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52 Shades of Anything But Grey - Dream

Posted on April 3, 2020 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Playing Card Number one is a simple technique, using inks and a piece of metal mesh ribbon as a stencil. I am using my Adirondack inks with a small piece of sponge. They have such lovely colors which work well together - I have Ginger, Butterscotch, Terracotta, Rust and Expresso. They do stay wet for a while and will smudge if you are not careful but let them dry or use a heat gun to help it along.

I dabbed the colors through the mesh to get an interesting background and since I liked the ribbon so much, I ened up using a piece cut in half as part of the design.

Some perfect pearls around the edges of the stamped wording and the edges of the card itself provided some shine.

For the butterfly embellishment, I used one of the images from a previous project made in an earlier blog post on" target="_blank">Distress Oxide Inks.

I finished this card off with some gold leaf glued around the edges.

52 Shades of Anything But Grey Challenge Week 1

Posted on April 1, 2020 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Ok, so if you are as bored as I am with the lockdown, here is a project challenge for anyone that wants to join in.

'52 Shades of Anything But Grey'

I actually came up with this a few years ago, when the film after which it is named originally came out. I never got around to doing it as life events took over, so this seemed like a good time to resurrect the idea. All you need is a set of old playing cards like these. The idea is to create a different mini art project on each one. I will be posting mine here on this blog. If anyone takes up the challenge, post a link in the comments below, post on your member profile or upload to the photo gallery.Follow the cards posted or make your own on the same theme.

Topic 1 - 'Dream'

Note: I initially used gesso to create a base to work on but it took quite a few coats to get the pictures covered, but I worked out that if I sanded the cards very lightly that the paint adheres much better. Don't sand them too much or the card will become weak, just enough to get rid of some of the plastic coating on the card. If you are covering with scrap paper, then just glue it over the top, it won't need sanding.

Up-cycled Photo Frame Corners

Posted on April 1, 2020 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I love repurposing things that I find lying around or waiting to be thrown out. Clearly my parent's house, I found a large picture frame with those plastic corner thingies on it. They got put in the bin and then picked out again as I thought of a use for them. Really pleased out this turned out!

Here are the corner protectors

Glued together and spray painted white

Then stamped with a nice swirly background stamp

Here is my new little storage rack. Super useful to dry things keeping them separate. These are the next projects coming btw.

Decorated Chipboard Tag Album

Posted on March 31, 2020 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Still on the album theme, today I am posting a quick tag album project. The last trip to Disneyland Paris at Christmas just gone was amazing! We went as an extended family after an exceptionally difficult time after losing Dad and we wanted to just not do the normal Christmas thing, as it would have been so sad. My kids are pretty much all grown up but even so, they insisted on running around and collecting all the fastpass tickets for all the rides in the parks, even if they weren't going on them. This became a bit of an obsession and like all these things you collect, they just sit around in the drawer at home and forgotten.

So, I decided to make this tag album, probably due to cabin fever having to stay inside and then realised that it would be the perfect place to stick those tickets. A nice quick and satisfying project for the Cornonavirus lockdown, remembering better days when we could travel freely. I am definitely feeling trapped and can only plan my next trip in my head because who knows when or if we will ever escape!

I actually hand cut the tags as I wanted a particular size of around 4 inch width. The covers are chipboard and simply covered with some leftover scrappaper. I used the Alterations 'On the Edge' die to make the pocket on the front and Sizzix luggage label and tickets for the embellishments. The stamps are Royal Langnickel Clear Choice Travel France and Kaiser 'All About Me'. Inside the album I have used the Sizzix Scallop Pocket die to hold the tickets which surprisingly fitted them perfectly.

Couldn't resist a photo of these glorious metal keys. You can get them on Ebay. Just love them.

Decorated Chipboard Album 1

Posted on March 30, 2020 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The Corona Virus thing has had one good thing come out of it for me. Basically, the website I had abandoned over the last few years  has suddenly become of great interest again. I guess the boredom of being faced with endless weeks stuck in the house, a uni assignment to do, a house to sell, amongst many other things has pushed me back to my crafts.The huge personal issues over the last few years, including losing some special people in my life have stopped the creative flow but now is the time to move on. Call this a sanity project!


Actually, I hadn't realised how much I had missed my crafts, the inks, the stamps and everything else, so I have decided to dust down the tools and get back to doing something I love, rather than all the things I have HAD to do over the last few years. This must be the same for many people across the world right now. This will just be a place to post some of the things I get up to, nothing formal but I hope you enjoy browsing whatever comes out of it.

I realised how many boxes of things I had lying around in my garage. Clearing out your garage seems to be one of those jobs keeping people busy right now, so I decided to rise to the challenge. Anyway, I stumbled on a box of covers, pages and coil binders, the ones made by Zutter. I got so cross with all those stupid coils getting tangled up so I had stuffed them in a box and left them there until I calmed down, which turned out to be a few years.



I decided to pull the stuff out and create something to cheer myself up, a simple album to store some thoughts. No detailed notes here, just some photos. A base coat of white paint on the covers gets a nice canvas to work upon.

Now just stick on anything you can find, like paper flowers, die cuts etc and cover with some white gesso to give a nice base. Note: those sequins got removed, as did the butterfly and the flowers by the fence but the basic project remains the same.

Then get out the spray inks, I am using my distress ones but you could use the glimmer mists and just ink in a spray bottle watered down a bit. You can't direct the colours exactly, so just go for general areas. The effect is actually very nice. Keep on layering up the colour until you get something you like.

The coil was painted with gesso too and the pages inside were actually some old scrapbook paper I had lying around, rather than plain white pages. I want this to be a place to glue things I find that I like rather than a place to write notes. This was a quick project but it definitely feeds the soul to get the paint and glue on your hands again.

If anyone reading this wants a tutorial on using that Zutter machine that you might have gathering dust on a shelf somewhere, then please add a comment below and I will upload some notes and maybe a video.


Easter 2018 - Stacked Egg Template Zig Zag Egg

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (1)

In the good tradition of movies, today is out takes or bloopers day. Those cards that didn't work.


These two cards are examples of ones that did not turn out in the way I hoped. I usually don't post these type of disasters up on the blog but I think that it is useful to show the ones that didn't work as much as the ones that did. That is really how you learn in life after all.


The first one made using the stacked eggs from the free members template gives an example of working with geometric style patterned papers. I tried to line up the zig zags which did more or less work but I just think the choice of papers was wrong. So if you squint at it in a dark room with the curtains shut it works! The background is textured with an embossing folder which is a bit difficult to see in the photo. The result however is pretty nasty!

This one was made because I had cut an egg shape from the template in some floral paper that I thought would work quite well with the embossed paper background. I also wanted to try out some rather cute mini die cutters so I used these to make the word Easter.


I really hate this card, enough said really!!

Easter 2018 - Stacked Egg Template Pearlescent Embossed Egg

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We are coming to an end of this short Easter series of projects, with a couple more egg themed cards to go. This one is so simple but looks expensive, with an embossed pearlescent egg and ribbon. Embossing folders and pearlescent papers are truly a match made in heaven.

Easter 2018 - Carrot Boxes

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (2)

As Easter is approaching rather fast, I am posting these projects quickly so you can have time to make them. So today here is another free template which you can find on the Member pages. The template will make a cute Carrot Box in various sizes. Make small ones filled with Smarties or similar and hang them as a banner!

Or pile them in a basket for small visitors

Or make larger ones for bigger treats!

Thanks for joining me on the blog. Look out for more ideas soon and if you want to see what free templates, backing papers etc there are, just sign up to the site, completely free and no obligation.

Easter 2018 - Stacked Egg Template Cards Contemporary Style

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Two very simple but very eye-catching cards today, both using just single eggs cut from the free template 'Stacked Eggs' The quality of paper or card is key for these very basic designs. With great paper, you don't need much and they work beautifully on a simple white background.

I am using the smaller sized eggs for this card, so I could cut 9 from co-ordinating pretty papers. Love this simple clean design on a white card!

To add a little interest, I have cut the front side with scalloped scissors and added a small strip of ribbon. Otherwise a very simple, clean card with three eggs.

Easter 2018 - Stacked Egg Template Cards Three Eggs In A Row

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Two card projects today, simply using 3 egg shapes from the free template, 'Stacked Eggs'.

Three eggs cut from the template with lovely patterned papers and a torn paper background, quite happy with this!

Another one using floral papers and a lace trim.Love those floral papers, probably because I have now stepped firmly into being old age!

Easter 2018 - Stacked Floral Egg Card using the Free Template

Posted on March 17, 2018 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Ok so there is a new free template on the Member pages and we posted a project to make a hanging Easter decoration the other day using this template. Today I am using the Stacked Egg Template and some pretty floral papers which I think work well with this design to make an Easter themed card.


I have simply layered up my pieces with some foam pads. Choose your first size of egg from the template and then work down skipping say two sizes each time. If you choose consecutive sizes, you won't get the definition you are looking for but in all honesty, you just need to play around with them until you find a design you like.

My egg was quite 3D here, so I decided to cut an oval shape from the front of my card and place the embellishment on the inside, so that it pokes through when the card is closed. This gives a nice dimensional effect to the card anyway as you have to look through the 'oval window' to see the egg.....remember that from Play School...shows my age!

Easter 2018 - Gate Box Basket Saleable Template

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

There is a new Gate Box and Basket Chipboard Template added to the saleable pages, which you can find on the left hand sidebar. This is a double template, with two designs, which will make a square picket fence display piece, just perfect for those mini flowers and also a smaller rectangular box idea for making into a basket. Fill it with Easter Eggs or anything you like!

I will be posting some photo instructions for this project soon and they will live permanently in the project notes section of the site for reference.


If you would like to get this template free, use the contact form on the left hand sidebar and tell me what you would fill your basket with and who you would give it to and why. I will pick the best two and send out a free template.

Easter 2018 - Free Stacked Egg Template

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I love making decorative items for my twig tree and for my fireplace mantel and Easter is no exception. I have heaps of things I have made in previous years that I bring out, just like I do with Christmas to dress my living space.


For this year, I have added some cute to make hanging Easter egg decorations, made using a free template you can get on the Member pages. I will be posting a series of cards I have made using this template both in a stacked form as here but also just using the template as a simple egg shape, so you can get lots of different ideas with how to use it.

As ever, I simply make something for myself and share it on the site here for members. All I ask is for you to be kind enough to comment here on the blog, on the Facebook page and let me know that you like it. I have given up asking people to post photos or links to things they make as I know everyone has such busy lives but a comment does help!

Also if you have enjoyed your visit and want to help me cover site fees and the like, please hit up the Donate button right hand sidebar, or consider getting one of the purchasable templates which are listed on the menu on the left hand sidebar. Every little helps a lot. Thank you!

Easter 2018 - Marbled Paper

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

A quick follow up to yesterdays post. As you know I hate throwing things away, so all that foam left in the tray had to be used for something. I have simply placed some paper on top to pick up the inked foam and then left it to dry for a little while before wiping the excess foam off with a paper towel. You can see one in the photo above before the foam was wiped away. Actually, I even liked the patterns on the paper towels after that but you have to stop somewhere!


Anyway, I am super happy with the papers, they are lovely and will make nice pages for my journal.

Easter 2018 - Marbled Easter Eggs

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone and welcome to the Easter 2018 series of projects. You still have a couple of weeks to get going on some projects and we have some ideas with some free templates for you to use as well! The theme this year is definitely eggs, as you will see and I hope you enjoy looking at the photos and trying some of the projects out for yourself.

This project is ideal if you are lucky enough to be looking after small people. They love using their hands but beware, it will make a mess! All you need is some cheap shaving foam, some food colouring and some polystyrene eggs. All these things are super cheap, so this is a great project if you are on a budget.

You will need a flat tray to work on. I am using the base of a sandwich collection that I got a few weeks ago. I was getting some shopping with my husband and we spotted it on the discount shelf. A whole tray of pre-prepared sandwiches and unfortunately, we were both super hungry. Needless to say, most of those sandwiches didn't make it home!


Anyway, I digress. So you spray some foam on the tray and dot around some food dye. Then just swirl it in and start dipping in your eggs. Just to add that I painted some of the eggs with pastel acrylics and some with just white. The eggs I got had a sort of shiny finish to them, so I wanted to make it easier for the inks to attach but you could try doing it without painting to see if it works.

I have mounted my eggs on some bamboo skewers as this makes it much easier to hold and then to dry.

So here you can see the mess I made! I simply put the skewers into a glass to let the eggs dry a little bit. The shaving foam will stay foamy though, as all you are really aiming to do is hold the colour in place long enough for it to mark the egg underneath.

Here are my collection of shaving foam marbled eggs. Doesn't look too promising does it? Don't stress, it will all be ok in the end. So after about twenty minutes you can start to wipe off the excess shaving foam and reveal your marbled eggs.

You could add some cord and hang them but I think they look beautiful,  if you put them in a basket or birds nest.

Valentines Day Projects 2018 - Love Letters free printables

Posted on February 10, 2018 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Today's project is a simple message banner, which you can make to say anything you like! I would suggest you keep it clean, especially if you are displaying your message in a public place!


I have just cut out my letters, added them to sqares of red card and hung them on a piece of stripey string. You notice the mini pegs, they will be appearing in a separate post, as I made the hearts from scratch and I bet you can't guess how I did those!

You can get the letters on the member pages which you can print out and make up any message you like, so register with the site if you haven't done so and head to the left hand sidebar under the Members Pages tab.


For those of you who have been a bit slack with making your Valentine a card, simply make the letters as above and stick them to a card. Well at least you made the effort!!

That is about it for this year, we will be back soon with the Easter projects, so thanks for visiting!

Valentines Day Projects 2018 - Mini Heart Flower Pot

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Todays project idea is to make a cute little plant pot filled with hearts and love. It was really quick to do and a nice little gift for someone special. Again, I think Valentine's Day is about telling those you love how you appreciate them as much as for lovers, so you could make this for a friend or family member. I have actually just used mine as a decorative piece rather than a gift.

I am using my mini hearts (photo/video tutorial coming soon - Update, shelved to next year cos I ran out of time, which I have covered with glitter glue and left to dry before gluing them with a hot glue gun onto some thick beading wire.


I know I don't have to tell you but do mind your fingers as that glue is unbelievably hot and I have lost count of the times I have screamed as the glue attaches itself to my fingers and I flail around trying to get it off!

If you like, you can just use bought embellishments and you can find heart embellishments all over the place if you don't want to make them but I do like to make my own from scratch as that is part of the fun.


The beading wire is bright silver so I chose to dab the pieces first with some green Distress Paint to tone it down a bit. The wired hearts were then pushed into some florist oasis in the miniature plant pot and covered with some of that ferny moss stuff you can get in the florist supplies. This gives the appearance of leaves so that you don't have to faff around trying to cut miniature leaf shapes.

Then finish off the pot with some coordinating ribbons.The little label was just a piece of chipboard cut to shape, dabbed with Picket Fence Distress Ink and then stamped with the tiniest stamps I had in my stash!

I hope you have enjoyed this Valentine's Day series, there are a couple more projects to come but I realise that we are running a bit late this year, so they will be posted up in a bunch.

Valentines Day Projects 2018 - Woven Hearts and Baskets with free template

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Two projects today to make up time. We are making those pretty woven hearts you see all over the place. I think they are traditionally from Scandinavia and tend to show up at Christmas but I don't see why they can't be made for Valentines Day also! 


I just wanted to make some to hang on my decorative twig tree, which I use all the time, simply swapping around the decorations according to the season.


The template is on the Member Pages for free. You can make a one sided woven heart that you can use to stick to other projects or a woven basket, so there are in fact two templates. I haven't done a tutorial or video to make these hearts, as there are literally thousands on Youtube, so have a browse there as they are a little fiddly to do to be perfectly honest with you!

Tip: if you are struggling with the last strip to weave in and out when making a basket, then simply weave it in and out of the top heart. That will make perfect sense when you come to do it! If you have any questions just post them below this blog or use the contact form on the left hand side bar.

Valentines Day Projects 2018 - Mini Love Heart Packets free template

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Remember those Sweetheart lollies you could get when you were a kid, well you can still get them! Today's quick project features cute little mini packets that you can fill with those heart messages. There is a template to make these on the member pages and they are a great way to use up scraps.


Simply put your heart sweet in a piece of cellophane and secure the packet with a mini peg.

You can of course use them for other things as well but I thought this was a nice little quick project to celebrate the season of love for friends big and small!

Valentines Day Projects 2018 - Decorated Pegs and Love Notes

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

If you followed the Christmas projects posted on the blog, you will have seen that decorated pegs featured in a few of them. I love the effect from simply painting the pegs white and stamping on them. For this project, I have stamped individual letters and used them to keep my decorated money wallets closed. Money wallets, if you are not sure are just those little brown envelopes you can get in any stationery store but of course you could just use mini envelopes.If you don't have those then browse around the member pages, I am pretty sure I posted a free download to something similar you could use a while back!

There is a note inside each one but you could add a small chocolate gift inside instead and you could hang these banner style on a string.

I just love this set of pastel papers which work so well together and the fact that they are pink rather than red, makes me happier to give to a friend or daughter and not just your 'better half'!