Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Vintage Gelli not Vodka Jelly

Good Morning!

I was flicking through looking for something to show you for today, this is what I found..

This was done using up a piece of Gelli plate waste, it was the piece I blotted with before I pulled my print, too good for the bin don't you think?

Then for a very simple focal piece I used a die cut from a Tim Holtz bigz die, stamped my beloved vintage car, then gently brushed Slate ink downwards through the same stencil as the Gellied background.

I haven't added links to any products this time, brain isn't fully functional yet, it's 3.20 am! But I'm sure you can guess the stamp,stencil,Gelli are all from Claritystamp.

Ok I'm off to either mooch about in the dark and make a drink or just lay back down and toss/turn a while longer..

Have a good day!


Sunday, 15 December 2013

Last one of the year

Good Morning!

Call me lazy but..I'm sat in bed blogging. I did work hard yesterday though.

It was the last Claritystampers Northwest class of the year, so we had to celebrate the year!

Most of the photos were too explicit to show you, honestly they get a whiff of a vol au vent and they go mental, It took me until midnight to clean up the tequila glasses and pull down the bunting they made out of their bras, there was knickers hanging from the Christmas tree (next to Jo's tassels).....Linda,Carol,and Jane are still waiting to be bailed out of Jail.

Ok so the bit about the tequila glasses wasn't true...but we did have vol au vents...


And we nearly lost Jo to the curtain monster..

And would you believe they managed to do a bit of Claritystamping before the riot squad turned up to replenish the Vodka and peanuts...

I've worked them all so hard all year that they need a month off!

Have a great Sunday, whatever your doing.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Sneak peek...

Happy Friday!

Yes it's happy, forget that it's the 13th and make your own luck...


I thought I would give a tinsy winsy little sneak peek of one of the Clarity class projects for the Preston gang tomorrow, the ladies at Shrewsbury and Chester really enjoyed this.


I'm hoping the projects don't get covered in party food tomorrow as its our last meeting before Christmas, I suppose they might behave if nobody brings Vodka Jelly...


If you have never taken the plunge and come to one of our classes why not join us in either Shrewsbury,Preston or Chester. If you would like more details please email me.

Also don't forget the other regional Claritystamp workshops dotted around the country, click here for more info.


Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Another journal page...

Hello there!

I was looking through my pics deciding what to show you and I spotted a pic of my most recently finished journal page...


I haven't picked my journal up in ages...

Just incase you where wondering about the bird on the right hand page...it was an old stencil done with acrylic paint.

I think the owl eyes look spooky highlighted.

Thanks for stopping by, have a good day!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013


Good evening!

Another Christmas card today..

You may recognise Frosty

I stamped him twice and masked, then stamped the dude in the background..

I coloured with Copics.

The lovely flowers are from Sweet Lilac

The embossing folder is an A4 from Spellbinders.

A few of you asked about the embossing folder that I used on the Moonfairy card..here it is.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, 9 December 2013


Good Morning!

Start of another fun filled week, not quite so manic though hopefully. I have 2 classes this week and both are prepped already.

I may get to make a few more Christmas cards, who knows..

Here is another Christmas card I did for Creative Cardmaking.

I used the large Moonfairy Claritystamp. An 8x8 embossing folder, and some flowers from Sweet Lilac.

This was piece on Copics for Beginners, so I didn't get carried away with the colouring.

I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

A ride around the British Isles...

Happy Sunday to ya!

Shhh,don't wake me up....when this goes live, I will either be talking in my sleep or snoring loudly or both...

I did work hard yesterday though.

Anyway, here is another of my samples from last weekend.

I used the new British Isles stamps along with the Harley and Life is a Journey, which I use a lot!

The ink I used...if I remember rightly, I used Cranberry Adi to stamp the solid British Isles and Plum Archival to stamp the outline and other images.

Hope you like it!

Come back tomorrow to see another Copic coloured Christmas card..I may be awake then too!


Thursday, 5 December 2013



It's been a tad breezy here, not too bad today but wild in the night. I've seen pics of New Brighton, very sad indeed, the town has only recently started to come to life again and it's been badly flooded.

I hope it passes soon and you all stay safe...

Today's project is a Diar...I don't know how to spell it so lets just call it a Dalai Lama ok?

I used the lovely Chrysanthemum stamps, stamped and masked the three at the bottom, then used the oval aperture stencil to cut the window. I added the banner made with the new Letterbox sentiment kit and a purple more blooms.

The back panel was done with Madeleine stencil and Slate ink.

Hope you like it!


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Flower Stencil


Today's card is another of my samples for Barbara's tv shows last Sunday..

I love this Flower stencil because it is so detailed and yet it's still really solid and sturdy.

I had a few ideas of what I wanted to do with it, and to be honest this wasn't one of the ideas, it just happened! But I like it.

I also used the new mini Letterbox sentiment kit.

Barbara has been playing with a different stencil on her blog post, have a look!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.



Monday, 2 December 2013


Good Morning!

Hope your weekend was enjoyable?

I really enjoyed spending a weekend at home, a rare treat,especially as I got to see the Clarity shows on Create and Craft...

Here's the first of my samples

No surprise this set flew out the door, it's another corker!

I also used one of the Aperture stencils with brick wall and leafy swirl stencils.

Ink used, Sage distress and Oregano Adi.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Advent 2013


I just realised its December 1st, so it's time to show you my Advent project.

I've kept this under wraps for months, there was a lot of work put into the design and measurements of this, so there was no way I was going to risk the design being 'borrowed' by companies that I won't mention, they know who they are...

Products used include

Claritystamp Letterbox kit and Numbers kit.

First Edition Nordic paper and embellishments.

Tonic Holly cutting die.

This is the front..

And this is the side view..

The first page..

And last page.

I thought I might do a brayered scene to go in here, or a photograph.

Hope you like it.

Come back tomorrow for the first of my Clarity samples from Barb's shows this weekend.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Black and White UTEE.

Happy Saturday!

And I'm particularly happy because I'm able to stay home today and watch Barbara on my iPad at 11am.

Then of course there are the regular Sunday Clarity shows tomorrow, I can't show you my cards for that yet, but I can show you this...

It's one of a series of UTEE cards I did for Creative Cardmaking, it's on sale now.

Actually one of the other designs made the front page, yippee! I will show you that one soon.

Anyway, for this one I used a couple of Clariystamps, a cutting die, and a texture tread, not telling you anymore, go buy the mag lol.

Have a nice Saturday whatever your doing.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Maddie and Angelina..


I've been a bad blogger again, I know..

I have been a busy bee, but also I've had to have some rest too.

Anyway, here is a card...

I used Madeleine with Angelina fibres and a couple of stencils, have you seen the very new ones??

And the brand spanking new gorgeous Garden Heart stamp..I need it!

Right, I'm gonna go and schedule a couple of posts, try and turn over a new leaf..

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The stockings were hung....

Good Morning!

I've been busy playing nurse to Amber, her school like the children in school regardless of illness to protect the schools attendance targets and are quickly on the phone if there is an absence, strangely though, they are very quick to have me take her home when they have to clean up her puke because the teacher wouldn't let her out of lesson to do it in the toilet!

Anyway, little rant about shitty teachers, I feel better now lol. And Amber is much better now fortunately.

I was going to blog about the NEC,but as I said I've been busy, not taken pics of artwork and stash yet.

So, instead...here's a card I did a while ago for Creative Cardmaking


This was part of a set with a theme of Copics for Beginners.

I used one of the 'twas the night stamps and a Christmas banner stamp, from Clarity of course.

The beautiful flowers are from Sweet Lilac.

Hope you like it!


Monday, 11 November 2013

Giveaway winner!

Good Morning!

Hope you had a good weekend, mine was excellent-I will blog piccies etc tomorrow when I've caught up with myself..

In the meantime, here is the giveaway winner





This is what Maureen said

I love the leafy swirl stencil as it is so versatile, I can use it with the gelliplate (my 2nd fav), with my embossing machine or just as it is as a stencil. I can pick out bits of it to use, oh I could go on and on but that will use up valuable crafting time. I love all the clarity items and just wish I had a never emptying bank account, xxx


Drop me an email with your address so I can post your DVD and stencil.



Saturday, 9 November 2013

A Rose

Good Morning!

Please excuse that this is a scheduled post, hopefully I'm just waking up in our hotel ready to head round to the NEC, have I mentioned I'm excited??? Say hello if you spot us.

Don't forget about the giveaway, scroll down a couple of posts to see it.

Now then, a card..


This is made using the beatiful new Clarity Rose which was last months new design stamp for club members.

I made this ages ago when Barb sent me the stamp to do one of the club projects, I made the project for Barb but kept playing with the stamp because i loved it immediately. I've had to keep what i made hidden until the stamp was released.

Ok that's it for today, have a great day!


Friday, 8 November 2013

Gelli Garden

Happy Friday!

Well it's happy for me because me and the kids are off to the NEC this evening ready for the weekend. Amber knows the gig very well, but it's Steve's first time so we have to show him the ropes, I imagine he will spend most of his time watching the artists painting demos etc.

Anyway, before I get too excited...here's a card.

Yep, Gelli Plate background!

The blank bit in the middle was inspired by my arty buddy Sam Crowe.

I used Burnt Umber paint. Cobalt Archival ink.

Stamps are all Clarity.

Right then, I better find an empty suitcase!

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013


I promised a giveaway didn't I...

So here it is

The new DVD from Barbara Gray, and I will throw in a Clarity stencil too!

This is full of really lovely arty projects.

As I mentioned yesterday, this has generously been donated by Barbara herself.

Speaking of Barb, have you seen her new blog???

So what do you need to do to be in with a chance?

Just leave me a comment below, tell me your fave Claritystamp item.

I will randomly pick a winner at the weekend.

Good Luck!


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Yes it's been a while....


Did you wonder where I'd gone?

Well I'm here now, and here's a card..

The colour is a little off, it's hard to get a decent pic in the winter light isn't it.

I used one of the new Aperture Clarity Stencils to lightly dust the oval shape, then used a couple of other Clarity stencils for the pattern.

Then I used the lovely Christmas Tree outline stamp with some Angelina fibres,

Add a sentiment, done!

Barbara has very kindly given me some top notch Clarity goodies to use as I see fit for giveaways etc, sooo, how about a giveaway in way of apology for my absence??

Right then, come back tomorrow then.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Testing something...