Sunday, 30 November 2008


The theme this week on Gothic Arches is "snow". Here is my entry.
The houses are from a stamp by Stampotique and the trees are made using twigs from the garden and circles punched from old book pages, glued together and then the edges burned a little.

Friday, 21 November 2008


This weeks theme on One Powerful Hour is "recycled". As this is something close to my heart I just had to take part. My contribution is a note book made from this weeks Radio Times mag which usually goes into the recyle bin but this time the pages were torn up and then glued back together, painted then rubbed with metallic rub-ons and inks from Nick Bantock ink pads.

The pages are bound with a piece of rusty wire I picked up somewhere and has been lying around waiting to be used ever since.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008


This week I have decided that I am going to join in with some of the challenges that are out there at the moment. This piece is for Gothic Arches silhouette challenge.
The owl section is cut from black paper; it was an old Victorian postcard image that I scanned and then altered the size, transfered to card and then cut out.

Monday, 17 November 2008


These Christmas decorations are made from old radio valves! When I saw this box of valves I knew I could do something with them so I bought them and waited for the inspiration to strike!

The challenge on Mixed Media Monday challenge site this week is Christmas decorations so these fit in perfectly!!

Tami asked what the valves looked like to start with......good point!! Here they are!

Sunday, 16 November 2008


I really like bookmarks! They are a cheap way of remembering a visit to a place or an event and I try to but one whenever I can on holiday, I now have a drawer full and I use a different one for each book I read......sad I know but there you go!

The latest theme on the challenge site One Powerful Hour is bookmarks so I couldn't resist joining in. Here is my entry.

Saturday, 15 November 2008


Don't forget the fantastic natural art that is around us all the time, especially at this time of year. I took these pics while out walking this morning, this is just a few miles from where I live.

Lovely avenue of trees to walk through.

Leaves floating on a pond with the
tree they fell from reflected amongst them.

I love this time of year, although it always strikes me as strange how decay can give such beautiful colours! These are my favourite colours, earth tones, especially the burnt oranges and burgundy mixed with browns and a few bits of green.

Beech trees always seem to give the most spectacular show!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008


I was down in Suffolk over the weekend and while there my friend and I took a lino cutting workshop. It was great fun and so I thought I would share some of the pics with you.

Here are my prints hanging up to dry!

These are my two favourite lino blocks.

And these are different colour versions of the blocks printed. We used proper printers ink to make the prints which I don't have at home so I am going to have to experimnent with various pigment inks and see what results I get!

Friday, 7 November 2008


The December issue of Craft Stamper is out today and I have an article in it using new Stampotique Christmas stamps. I know these stamps aren't everyones idea of Christmas images but I love them, they are certainly a change from the traditional Christmas!!

So, here is a sneak peek of the two cards featured in the mag (publishing rules don't allow showing the complete cards) plus an extra card that wasn't used in the magazine.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008


I have to say that mirror card is not one of my favourite things, too bright and shiny! But I do like this effect with it, it looks like metal!

Emboss the card using a Cuttlebug folder, colour the card using Stazon inks (I used Mustard and Ultramarine) and then sand lightly to remove some of the colour from the raised sections.

Stamp St Nick onto another piece of the mirror card and mount over the top.

Another couple of examples using different embossing folders and different colours of Stazon.

PS. I have added a link to the new Craft Stamper blog in the "links to see" section.

I have an article in the December issue of Craft Stamper that is due out on Friday November 7th; watch this space for sneak peek of the article on Friday.