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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Day 36 - A little sparkle!

Evening!! I have been busy crafting nearly all day - had a deadline and wanted to get everything in the post before the weekend. And, as ever, it's all secret, so I can't share with you. I did, however, get one thing done today that I can share.

I've been meaning to do a colour chart for my Spectrum Sparkle pens - and just never got round to it. But I was watching Sheena on Create and Craft this afternoon, and it reminded me that I hadn't yet got it done. So, after visiting the post office, I sat down at the computer, made a chart, printed it - and then settled down to colour it in.
Sparkle is notoriously difficult to photograph, but I'm really please with how this came out. And I love the pens - such a gorgeous range of colours. And the clear is just perfect for adding that sparkly to touch to almost anything!! Now, I really hate using glitter as the mess just does my head - so I very rarely use the stuff. In the past I've used the Luminarte Silks Clear Glaze when I've wanted a bit of shimmer - but these are really sparkly - without the mess!! Which means I can now add sparkle without having to deal with the mess!! Brilliant!!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Day 35 - A Sad Day!

Evening!! Today has been a sad and somewhat difficult day. A year ago today, my Dad passed away after losing his battle with cancer. I spent part of the day with my Mum and sister - and the rest of the day I have been working on the project I started yesterday - the one I shared as yesterday's photo of the day.

Well, here it is. The finished project.
It something I've had in mind to do for a while, but just never got round to doing it. The frame was among my Dad's things when we sorted them out. He was Iifelong Cherries (Bournemouth) football fan - and years ago, my cousin had made him a joke certificate as "Man Utd's No 1 fan.  

So, the transformation of the frame began yesterday with sanding and undercoating with gesso. Today, I mixed more white gesso, with DoCrafts Artiste Sea Spray Acrylic Paint and Pearl Medium, and painted the frame again. The inside mount was cream, so that was painted with a mixture of white gesso, Pearl Medium and a very small amount of black gesso.
I then used First Edition Deco Mache paper (Monochrome Floral) with Mod Podge, and decorated two of the corners of the frame.
I repeated this on the inside mount.
Using a HOTP free magazine stamp set (the one that came with the feather die and stamp), I stamped little swirls and slodges over the frame and mount with Dove Grey Stazon.
I then went onto Serif Craft Artist, and used the "Divine Thoughts" digi kit to create the layout. The metallic heart buttons are from a massive bag I found in a charity shop.

Not much more to be said really. Back tomorrow.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Day 34 - Not much to see!!

Evening. I've had a busy day again. Bit of running first thing this morning, then crafting for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, most of what I have been doing is secret, so I can't share any of that.

However, I have started a project today, that I am hoping to complete tomorrow. It doesn't look much, as I've only got as far as working on the frame.
All I've done so far, is to rub down the frame to remove the varnish, and have painted it with 3 coats of white gesso.

Hopefully, I will continue with this tomorrow. 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Day 33 - Happy New Home!

Evening all. So, just a quick post tonight. This is another card from last year that I never got around to sharing - a New Home card for my brother- and sister-in-law! 
It's a little A6 make, made from navy blue and cream card with a Kanban house topper and sentiment. 
Back tomorrow,

Monday, 1 February 2016

Day 32 - A Country Life Easel Card

Evening!! Has been a busy one today - including a 5 mile run - but finally have time to sit and blog. Tonight I have my last make from the gorgeous Morgan Fitzsimons "A Country Life" CD. For this one I used one of the Card Companions, and made a Circle Easel Card.
I used Sheena Stamping card for the base, printed with matching papers from the CD. I added extra layers to the main image, as well as the one I used for the stopper! It doesn't show on the picture, but the flowers are sprayed with Pearl Diamond Spray and Sparkle.
Back tomorrow,

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Day 31 - Horsing Around!!

Evening!! Well, I almost forgot to blog today!! It's only because I'm watching Fiona on Create and Craft that I remembered!!
This is one of the Shadow Boxes from the "A Country Life" CD, printed onto Watercolour Card. I decorated it with my Kimono Blossom Branch and Die'sire Flowers for All Occasions 3 with lots of pearls. The sentiment is also from the CD. I mounted it onto more watercolour card printed with matching papers from the CD.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Day 30 - Pretty Flowers

Evening! Were you lucky enough to catch the extra Spectrum Aqua show this afternoon? I was out - so missed it - but looks like the Aquas are going well!!

I have another make from the Morgan Fitzsimons CD which is also on the show - this one used one of the Shaped Cards printed onto Sheena Stamping Card.
I made the base card from 2 sheets of Matt Black card. The papers are printed on Satin Finish Paper - and I used more Matt Black with my Die'sire Floral Dance Edge'ables to create the fancy sides. Using the papers printed on Printable Light Card, I cut flowers with Die'sire Essentials Flowers for All Occasions 4. The flourishes are Fancy Flourishes from Sara Davies' Butterfly Lullaby collection.
I used one of notelets and the verse writer to create a matching insert.
Back tomorrow,