‘Everyone has a story’ – A little travel note book

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My attention span and memory are absolutely useless and (if you are anything like me), there is a need to keep some sort of record for the brain spill lol! I always like to jot things down if I’m out and about. Whether it’s an creative idea or a list … Read More

‘Fancy dress’ – Artist trading card set

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ATCs (artist trading cards) are making a bit of a come back. I have seen lots of gorgeous mini artworks over the years and had never made an ATC myself. It’s a brilliant idea because they’re small and you can keep lots of them as keepsakes – which doesn’t take … Read More

‘Share a little love’ – simple card with rose petals

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The time of year has come for making Valentines crafts! I enjoy making cards with themes of love. They can be used all year round to tell someone you love them or even just to spread the love! I have a bag of dried rose petals which have been sat … Read More

Traditional ‘Christmas Cheer’ plaque

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Christmas Cheer mixed media plaque

This year I’m going for a traditional/vintage theme, with somewhat of a contemporary twist, to decorate my home. To start with, I made a hanging plaque to kick off my Christmas crafting! I chose chipboard as my base for the plaque as didn’t want it to be too weighty. I … Read More

Men’s mixed media Birthday card

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mens blue mixed media card

I know men are difficult to make a card for. When you don’t want the common football, gardening or car card (which is not everyone’s taste), this blue mixed media card is something different. I made this for my dad. It turned out really well and he really liked it. … Read More

A more masculine geometric card – Greens, blues and yellows

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Men need inspirational cards too. Its not very often I make men’s cards but I had a geometric stencil in my stash which I hadn’t used yet. I got out my distress inks and blended away. I built up the background using Indigoblu texture stamps then matted and layered with … Read More

Little black book – handmade note book from scratch

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Handmade books are just beautiful. I’ve never made one and was always curious. I’m normally quite ambitious and do something quite challenging, but I knew a few things can go wrong along the way (also, I didn’t want to ruin the designer paper sheet I have lovingly kept for years). … Read More

Words of encouragement – Ink and stamp card

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I love a good sentiment and ‘Mamamakes’ sentiment stamps are some of the best out there! So I chose ‘Don’t let anybody dull your sparkle’ sentiment from ‘Shine Bright’ jumbo stamp set and started there. I’m sure everyone has some Tim Holtz distress inks and I can’t blame them! They … Read More