Friday, 21 April 2017

windows and doors

I have used the window and window box die for these cards from creative expressions. Much inspiration came from Sue Wilson's cards but the patio door was my idea.

These will be put on the die cutting workshop along with ideas using the essential rectangles

Monday, 17 April 2017

New Woodware stamps

 I have taken 2 flowers from the woodware range and used them different ways with different colouring methods - doodling, brushpens, inkpads, pixie powders, metallic gilding polishes as well  as using different powders for the stamping. There are a number of  pixie powder cards because that was also some prep for the pixie powder workshop.
Some of my inspiration came from the cards seen  on the creative expressions stand at our trade show/catalogue. The double z card was inspired by one  that Jane Gill was demonstrating at the show.

The first workshop on these this this Wednesday if anyone is interested.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Creative stamping and Glitter kiss

I have enjoyed playing with the latest magazine stamps - entitled Ultimate Crafts- with the new Glitter Kiss from cosmic shimmer. Some ideas worked better than others but since we are on a learning curve with Glitter Kiss I have included all samples since they show what happens when you are too heavy handed etc.

The unfinished cards at the bottom were to show different ways with glitter kiss, although some have not shown u as well as hoped. The embossed border on black shiny card shows up much better here

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


Just a few examples of special cards done for family members

Friday, 24 March 2017

Springtime & Easter

    This workshop board contains a mixture of stamping and die cutting. The cross, which would also make a lovely sympathy card, is from stampendous as is the card with the large bunnies( I also have lots more done with these stamps & dies). The paper pieced tulip is a woodware stamp and most of the dies are Sue Wilson's. The daffodil from the winter garden creative stamping also fits in nicely here

The shadow box card is made from a number of dies I had opened and the basket which appears on the cards above can also be used to make a nice Easter basket - shame I had no eggs!

Monday, 20 March 2017

creative Stamping 40

Sorry I'm late with this. I was lacking inspiration for a theme to go with these stamps then I decided to use shaped cards as an idea to explore.
This issue deals with a few  male and female hobbies so in the end this is what I came up with

Some cards used dies to produce the shapes, others we cut ourselves.
My challenge with these magazine stamps is to try and use them all and no others but whilst doing a workshop someone said shame no sewing machine , so we got out the woodware sewing machine stamp and used this on the side stepper as shown below which I think works a lot better.

This week I am starting on the next issues stamps, hopefully to get a number of cards done before they come in!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Birthday cards

just to share with you some of the handmade birthday cards I received from friends and customers.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

More Flowers

Just a few samples with the Stampendous stamps and dies and some new Lea-bilities flower dies, mixed with other die cuts  and assorted backgrounds

I keep working on new ideas as I get the time - so more may follow

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Creative pastimes

I wondered about creative pass times for those who may not want to do cards all of the time. Thinking of the colouring books about, I thought we could easily create our own using our stamps and then look at different ways of colouring the images. The layout of the pages is different for each stamp and I've spaced them out so they could be cut out and used on cards as desired. Not all pages are shown here but another thought was sending cards for children to colour

Wondering what else comes into this category I thought of creative doodling. Doing structured patterns similar to the zentangle ideas but in stamped or stencilled images can be rewarding but you don't have to worry about the overall images. Most of these ideas come from previous samples I have done

Then I heard on the radio that origami would be the next big thing (yet to see evidence of this though) so I pulled out some of the ideas I had done here - bags and boxes are always more useful that some of the origami shapes but I do love these flowers

Saturday, 4 February 2017


I had intended to do frames and apertures together but then I had too many ideas for 1 workshop so I separated them. There are a few that are not true apertures in that I have filled the hole with acetate  - but from the idea that you see through an aperture to what is behind I think they should be here.
Again lots of idea and some not more to come- hence the odd example from Christmas to show what can be done. I shall keep working on the ideas........