MIxed Media, Papercraft

A Ruby Wedding celebration


I was recently asked to make some special canvases for a Ruby Wedding celebration . It turned out to be my biggest project to date and a project I really enjoyed creating.

Firstly I scanned the photos I was given and changed my mind on the size canvas I was going to use. I had originally planned on using 8x8inch canvases but then decided that 12x 12 inch would work better.

White canvas was too stark a colour so I coated the canvases in two coats of Paperartsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paint in Vintage Lace.  Once dry the effect was the one which I was hoping for. I used Kaisercraft Key to my Heart papers for the base of both the canvas designs.  I used Pinflair Foto Glue to adhere the paper and it gave me the exact strength I wanted. I mounted the photos and placed them in the middle of the canvas.( I have not shown the photos in this blog post because they are not of any members of my family).

Wedding photo canvas

In this canvas I made the rose using a Spellbinders die and I made smaller rosettes using the Sizzix Bigz die.  I used the Kaisercard which complimented the paper. I adhered a row of acrylic diamonds to the design at the bottom of the paper, these have not been picked up in the photo.



This next canvas was a honeymoon photo and I felt that I could do a little more with it.

Honeymoon canvas

Again I used the Kaisercraft paper but I went for more of a design around the edges which I made using another Spellbinders die.  The design looked a little bare so I made some more rosettes and added these to the ends of the accents.  Below the photo I chose to make a carnation using the spellbinders die. As you can see its made this simple and effective and the design didn’t need any more work.

I thoroughly enjoyed making these and I know that the recipients were thrilled with these canvases which makes my work worth it.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will stop by soon.




Grandpa’s birthday

SAM_2835I was recently asked to make some cards for a birthday and upon enquiring the recipient liked gardening. Hmm lets see what we have left of the Potting Shed paper pad then.

I decided to use the kraft card boxes and decorate the outside with a flowerpot.  I had cards shaped in a flowerpot so I cut one in half and coloured it in to make a more realistic looking flowerpot.  I used a sheet of the Potting Shed paper to cover the top of the box and then mounted the flowerpot.  The flowerpot is actually shaped to give it some dimension so it gives the effect of being a real flowerpot.  I had some flowers which I had left over from another project and I stuck them in the open flowerpot so it  had the illusion of a pot of flowers.  I decorated with a brown ribbon and a birthday sentiment and the age of the recipient.

The card which you see on the right has more of the Potting Shed paper on it and I’ve added another flower with a sentiment and the requested name. The leaves are from a free gift with an order last year and have come in very useful. The stems of the flowers were ordinary BBQ kebab sticks coloured in with a promarker.  I think the whole effect is pretty cool and I know that they were well received on the day.

Here’s what I used in the project:-

Cardstock and box – Craftwork cards

Paper – Craftwork Cards The Potting Shed

Flowers – Craftwork Cards A Year in Flowers – March and April

Promarkers – black, terracotta, forest green, tan

Sentiments – More Than Words alphabet by Craftwork Cards

Happy Birthday Stamp – unknown

Leaves – unknown

BBQ kebab sticks




Mr Speaker

SAM_2848This is a recent make made for someone else.  I’ve taken to trawling digi stamp websites recently as I have had a number of projects I haven’t been able to find suitable images for.  For this design I again turned to the Doctor Digi Stamps as I loved the images I downloaded recently and they print and resize so well.  This design is called Mr Speaker and I love the humour behind it!

I coloured my image in using a combination of Promarkers and Flexmarkers and then mounted the image onto a few different sheets from the Limited Edition Craftwork Cards Vintage Finds Pad and used some matching candi which I have enhanced with glossy accents.  The final touch was a sentiment from my go to sentiment collection by Phill Martin.  It turned out well and the recipient was hopefully pleased with the card.

Here’s what I used:

Image: Mr Speaker by Doctor Digi

Papers and candi: Limited edition vintage finds by Craftwork Cards

Card stock from stash

Wording: Sentimentally Yours by Phill Martin

Promarkers/Flexmarkers: sand dune, red, light fawn, antique white, coral, moss, marsh green, khaki, soft khaki, warm grey (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), cool grey 5, sandstone, storm blue,


My first foray into Digi Stamps!!

Can you believe it, yes, I’ve never used digi stamps before as I simply have not been able to get on with them.  However I had to change all that as I needed to make 2 cards for a family birthday and I didn’t have a suitable image to use.  It took me a while to find two that I liked and I downloaded and woah they come up, no problems there then! The test was the printing and…………they came out!  Every other time I have tried to use a digi stamp I have never had much success in printing.  So away I went with it!  Perfect…and well received I must say.  I won’t hesitate to go digital again if I am in search of something.  So here are the cards.


Cricket Derek for Dad, perfect!! Although this card wasn’t from me 🙂 I used my go to card stock and coloured card from my stash.  The image I coloured in using promarkers and flexmarkers and I stamped the name and used a sentiment from my craftwork cards stash.  Very simple once I got the hang of it!

Here’s what I used

Cricket Derek Image by Doctor Digi.

Promarkers/Flexmarkers – sand dune, sandstone, burgundy,burnt sienna, warm grey 1, warm grey 2, pear green, canary, indigo blue, pine, black, light fawn, saddle brown, pale pink.

Stamps and Sentiment by Craftwork Cards


SAM_2834I matted the jukebox image onto some card I found in my stash and used the Jukebox collection from craftwork cards to compliment the main design.  I then used card candi all around the card just to finish it off.  Perfect.

Here’s what I used

All card stock – craftwork cards

coloured card – stash, possibly bazzil basics but I am not sure

Papers, sentiment and card candi – Craftwork Cards Jukebox collection

Distress markers – black soot, barn door, tumbled glass, shabby shutters, picket fence, antique linen, squeezed lemonade, frayed burlap, bundled sage

Promarkers – tan, caramel



Here’s notice

Talk about being busy.  Birthdays all at once and no time to add my latest projects to the blog!!  So here we go, the first of a number of posts showcasing what I have been up to recently.

For once I have made something for myself!  The vast majority of my work I give away, but this was something I liked and decided to go for it and I am really pleased with the colours and the whole finish.

I started with this
I started with this
And this is the finished result
And this is the finished result

I loved the Craftwork Cards Scrumptious Paper Pad and made a feature of some of the elements of the paper.  The basic board I painted in Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint by Paper Artsy in Ice Blue and Spanish Mulberry for the centre notice board.  I took a favourite piece of the Scrumptious paper and decoupaged elements of it which I then mounted onto a piece of mulberry cardstock and then onto the notice board.  To give the paper some strength I coated it with Claudine Hellmuth’s multi medium.  It’s such a shame you can’t see the decoupage because the 3D effect is lovely.

Next up I cut out lots of pretty flowers and stuck them randomly over the board, securing them with the multi medium and then when that was dry adding some pretty acrylic diamonds and sparkles here and there. Whilst I was waiting for this to dry I found some chipboard ampersands which I thought would nice.  I painted these with the Fresco Finish and when dry applied a lot of Glossy Accents.

The top of the board was looking a little sorry for itself so I thought I’d make a sunflower feature using the pieces of the scrumptious paper.  This Spellbinders Die Is one of my personal favourites and I have used it so many times to brighten up little gift boxes.  Its unusual but pretty all the same.

To finish the notice board I had some pretty lace ribbon (if you can call it lace ribbon) and secured that.  I pinched some clothes pegs and decorated them with flowers and sparkles.

The notice board is now on my wall above my computer desk and I use it for my reminders and appointment cards, although Vik the Viking seems to have made himself at home on there are well (he’s the little Viking figure I bought in Copenhagen whilst “on tour”)

Here’s what I used

Stamps away wooden elements notice board

Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints:Eggplant, Ice Blue, Snowflake, Spanish Mulberry

Craftwork Cards Sumptuous Paper Pad

Spellbinders Create a Flower Sunflower Die

Clothes pegs

Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium


I hope you like this home décor project and please visit me again soon