Saturday, 18 October 2014


Christmas 2012 was not a brilliant time for me as my eldest son Mark passed away aged 38.  Since that time I have slowly moved forward and last month I went away with my family to have a holiday but also to scatter my late son's ashes.  For several years he lived in the Saundersfoot area and I chose a quiet place in a Woodland Trust Woods and then buried his ashes under the young sapling.

Having purchased a Gromit that I could decorate myself I thought what a wonderful idea to paint it and add poppies as a remembrance to my late son.

Starting with the white ceramic gromit I painted three coats of green acrylic paint, allowing to dry thoroughly in between each coat.

Once the main body had dried then I set to and painted the head and after that I painted the colour in red with the ears and tail in brown.  Of course ensuring that his eyes were white and his nose was black.  I decided to spray a varnish all over Gromit not only to give a gloss finish but also to seal in the paint.

Then came the fun part although I have to say fun it might have been but tearful a couple of times when I thought how much my late son would have laughed at the end result.  I had purchase red poppies from Wild Orchid Crafts and glued several of them onto the body and feet, not forgetting to give Gromit a lovely poppy headpiece or should I now call him Poppy Gromit.

Thank you for looking and hope you enjoyed my take on Poppy Gromit.  Gromits can be purchased online or at their shop in the Cribbs Causeway near Bristol

Saturday, 6 September 2014

ART is...................

I thought the wording by Penny Duncan was so right for crafters, and my thanks go to her for creating this saying.  If you visit Penny's blog there you will find that she shares her cutting files for free.  The Art is wording can be found in the cutting files under Words and Phrases.

So onto the card itself, I met a super lady several years ago whilst at a Lace Fair, Lyn sold tatting yarn and other exciting goodies, she even wrote tatting pattern books as well.  Sadly recently Lyn sold her online business due to her dear husband becoming unwell.  I wanted a card to send to her and I thought that the wording was inspirational as is Lyn herself. 

I used paper from my stash and with a TH shattered stencil dabbed around the paper using Victoria Velvet distress ink.  Then using another TH stencil this time the dots and Golden molding paste I placed the stencil along the edges. Once dried blended squeezed lemon, bundled sage and dried marigold distress ink over the dots.

Next I had previously die cut the trellis using some Graphic 45 paper, I decided to emboss the trellis and used the Ranger embossing dabber and whilst wet sprinkled the Ranger Embossing Powder Antiquities Frosted Crystal.
So onto the wording, although this is a file that can be used for cutting machines, it can also be printed out onto normal paper.  I used a pale pink paper and then tore around the edges and inked with the victorian velvet. 

Prior to gluing on to the card, I cut down two purple feathers and glued down first.  I do like the filigree embellishments that I have purchased from Funky Junkie in recent times as I can add tiny pearls were appropriate.  This lovely dragonfly is no exception, the glue used is either one purchased from stampin' up or sometimes glossy accents.
Now the card is ready for sending.  Thank you for looking.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Celebrate flora and fauna......

A few months back I purchased the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea pad, such super double sided papers.  All too often I purchase and like far too much to want to use.  With scissors in hand I set to and cut out the bird and butterfly from one of the papers.  Another was then cut to size for the 6x6 card.

I had some time ago used a small piece of muslin cloth and the TH distress stain broken china.  Unfortunately the muslin looked awful once dried so it got put to the side, I came across it again and felt it would look just right with the blue cameo.  The heart shaped doily was left as white and using the cut out bird, coloured butterflies etc all were glued onto the card.
Searching around my crafting box I dug out a small filigree embellishment and a small ivory rose. These complimented the pointed end of the heart.
The small die cut butterflies are from the TH butterfly frenzy strip die.  Using this die has given me several butterflies that I have been able to use of many cards.  By using plain card it gives the opportunity of colouring to suit the project.

Thank you for looking and hope you enjoyed the card.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Stepping out in lace

Not quite sure I would step out in that dress without a top to go with it.!!!  I used another of my Prima mannequin embellishments from Funkie Junkie for the main part of this card.  Cutting out a piece of my adhesive canvas I blended different distress paints together and then stuck onto an 8x8 card. The flower under the mannequin was stained with milled lavender as was the lace and ribbon.
Once dry I then glued into place on the card. The lace at the top was coloured with a mixture of distress stains in milled lavender and spun sugar to get the colour I wanted then left to dry thoroughly.  The butterflies were cut using the TH Butterfly Frenzy strips.  I only needed to use three different sizes and painted them, finishing off the beginning and end with little Venise lace applique roses.
My brain cells are flagging with names and makes of some of my embellishments and sadly the butterfly is one of them.  I certainly purchased some in recent times but where and when I can't remember, but it certainly finished off the die cut butterfly that had been given to me.

 Just prior to gluing down the butterflies I die cut a tag using an oddment piece of Graphic 45 paper and tied a piece of ribbon in to the top and glued down.

I expect by now it will be realised that I do rather like butterflies.

A card that was a joy to make, hope you enjoy and thank you for looking.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Fly away

My second post in one week, and enjoyable to make as well.

I started with a 6x6 card and paper from Pion Design that I had purchased some time ago through dies to die for, a great site to visit.  I purchased the 12x12 paper that has four 6x6 designs to be able to cut up.  Using a TH stencil and distress ink I dabbed around on areas.  I used the TH trellis die and cut out two using double sided paper so that  I could use the different middle sections to infill on the cutout trellis itself.  Have to say I was rather pleased with the results, by using pinflair glue it meant I could then have then sitting proud of the cutout areas.  I then stamped one of the quotes from Artistic Outpost Quotes and Quotable set, tore the edge of the paper and distressed with TH distress ink in tea dye.

The butterflies were two that I had received so can't say what die cut was used. But they certainly blended in well with the quote and of course the paper has tiny butterflies in the top right corner.
Another fun card to make, thank you for visiting.