MIxed Media, Papercraft



This is the second canvas that is making its way over to Australia at the moment.  This one is very different from the last but I have used the same collection – Scruffy Little Kitten.

I used another piece of paper from Craftwork Cards to base my picture on, but this time I used a sheet from the Time for Tea collection. I didn’t need to do much to this design so I  accented it with more Crystal Drops from Tonic Nuvo ( Raspberry Pink, Carnation Pink, Sweet Lilac and Bubblegum Blush).  I highlighted some of the design using the crystal clear from the Spectrum Noir Sparkles.  I also used some of some of the colours to shade the white flower pieces I had in my stash (I believe these could be Craftwork Cards ).  For the flowers I used Rose Quartz, Moonstone and Moonlight and once dry I fixed one of my Acrylic Diamonds as a centre for my flower, and fixed to the design.

Again I am really pleased with the way in which this design has turned out and I hope that you like what I have made.

See you again soon


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




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



February Birthday Card

Oops its been a little while since my last blog post, too many reasons to list but now I am back in the flow of things I have so many things to share with you all over the coming weeks.

I am starting with a birthday card made for a very good friend back last month.  You should know by now that I use mainly Craftwork Cards products, and this card is no exception.



I used the “A Year In Flowers” cardmaking pad and made up the flowers, using an acrylic diamond for the centres of the flowers. The stems coming from the flowers are made from bamboo skewers, and fixed with silicone glue for strength. I used some pretty pastel cardstock from my stash to give the card a little colour and used this to mount the February banner which is covering the ends of the sticks.  There are some acrylic diamonds that have been added to the card just for some added bling.

Used in this project

Cardstock from personal stash

Craftwork cards “A Year in Flowers”

Bamboo skewers

Acrylic Diamonds


90th birthday card

Today I am sharing the 90th birthday card which I was asked to make recently. I wanted something fresh and cheerful whilst also celebrating an amazing milestone birthday.  Again I turned to my tried and trusted Craftwork Cards and their new collection Velvet Plum.

I used a frame from the Craftwork Cards Essentials pack and I placed a selection of the flowers that were with the collection and some which I die cut using Sizzix dies in my Big Shot.  The combination of pre cut and  making my own flowers worked very well on the larger of the frames and I placed a coordinating piece of Velvet Plum underneath to compliment the design. I used another piece of the paper to cut out the number 90 using my Cricut Mini.  I placed some acrylic diamonds in various flowers and around the frame and some smaller crystals on the special wishes sentiment.  I looked at the card again and felt that it needed something else so I decided to make 2 bows using my bow maker and placed them top and bottom of the card and I felt it was complete then.

I think this has made a very pretty and effective card design.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog and I hope you will stop by again soon



Floral topiary for a friend

Happy Friday to you all.

Today I am sharing a floral topiary which I made for a friend recently.  I wanted to make something unique for her and try something I had never made before.  The floral topiary came to my attention in the Craftwork Cards blog and I loved it. Kath Woods, the design team member, did a fantastic job and I was thrilled when Craftwork Cards produced their first ever magazine and instructions to make the topiary were included. I tweaked the design adding some glitter to the topiary and also some acrylic diamonds. Instead of using a plant pot I upcycled a jar and decorated with ribbons. To secure the topiary I filled the jar with a mixture of acrylic diamonds and acrylic crystals. It doesn’t look as wonderful as the original but for a first attempt I am thrilled with it and will make another one in the future and play around with it again.

Thank you for reading and I hope you like what I have shared today.

Floral topiary based on an original idea by Kath Woods for Craftwork Cards
Floral topiary based on an original idea by Kath Woods for Craftwork Cards