Saturday, 12 April 2014

Flying Geese

... is the name for the quilt pattern used on my latest bag.  I never realised how much work went into quilting until I actually got involved. Here are the flying geese close up. . As you can see they are not flat on the work but dimensional.

They are attached to the body of the bag at the point of the diamond to achieve that effect

Ready for take off! 

This is the front completed layered up with wadding and backing with the quilting finished.

The inside is also 3 layers making it quite a substantial and solid bag.  I practiced my free-motion quilting here on the inside to echo the pattern on the fabric ...

and there are 2 pockets.  Love this one for my phone.

and this one for all my other loose bits and pieces

You can probably see it has a zipped closure too.

The finished bag.

I haven't completely given up making cards.  Still on the glitter roll though.  

Monday, 31 March 2014

A few cards...

Still enjoying cards with my Heartfelt Creations dies. The one below is for Paula (and I'm sorry I completely forgot your birthday!)  The sentiment is one of  Lin Brown's new plates over at PaperArtsy and the paper is ancient from my stash so probably not available any more.

I've been using spray adhesive to attach the glitter recently... it works quite well.  The centres of the flowers are smaller versions of the same die moulded with a ball tool. There are lots of videos on the HFC blog and their YouTube channel if you're interested.

And of course it was Mothering Sunday yesterday.  These papers are from a Teresa Collins paper pack and I've used a Spellbinders trellis die (perfect size for a 5 x 7" card)

Here's a close up . The flower centres are resin - I think they came from The Range.

Sunday, 23 March 2014


Actually, a windmill bag. It gets it's name from the way it's put together, basically four strips of fabric in the shape of windmill sails and the sides of the sails are sewn together to form the bag.

There is an inner and outer layer, both the same, so lots of colour on the inside too

Considering it's such a mishmash, I think the colours and patterns sit really well together.  

Great fun to make and I learnt a lot about stitching and quilting in the process

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A glitter thing

I've definitely got a glitter thing on the go at the moment . I've been using the Imagination Sparkle Medium which comes already mixed in a paste and can go straight through your stencil as well as the Cosmic Shimmer Clear Texture Paste through the stencil and then pouring glitter onto the images once the stencil is lifted.

I love the way you can combine different colours and then matching the glitter with my coloured card stock. It really sings on a black background.  I've added a few black pearls to the one below to break up the space.

Thursday, 27 February 2014


Oh dear.... not only am I a collecterer of paper, I am now a collecterer of fabric!  lol  I found a new shop yesterday so raced home from work, grabbed the satnav and shot off down the motorway.  I think I was in need of blowing away the winter blues with these colours.

I've always been a fan of green

...then there was this gorgeous sewing themed fabric (and it came in about 4 different colourways!)

and who could resist these crazy guys?! (shades of Daniel Torrente and Jill Penney)

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Heartfelt Creations Tattered Florals

In between everything else that's been going on lately, I made this birthday card from some of the Heartfelt Creations dies and stamps. I absolutely love this card.  I could hardly bear to part with it so I'll have to make another one!  I couldn't blog it before because it uses one of Lin Brown's new quote stamps.

At the same time I made this tag .... and then I decided to turn it into a card!

PaperArtsy Chatsworth Paper Collection

So anyone who follows the PaperArtsy blog will now know that they have (hooray) released some new papers.  I loved their Thorndon papers which are now sadly discontinued.  They were such good quality and these are certainly on a par. They go beautifully, not only with Lin Brown's range of stencils, stamps and new Fresco Limited edition paints but also the rest of the PA range.

Once again, I've been so lucky to have a play. I can HIGHLY recommend them.

The set of ATCs below uses a combination  of PaperArtsy stencils (old and new) and I used one of the many PA script stamps on the paper as background.  You can see that this paper echoes the diamond stencil.

The paper below echoes one of Lin's new stencils

I used Lin's ELB04  plate and the new Fresco colours to stamp up some flowers on black card and used on of the quotes from ELB05 as well as some lace from my stash.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Eclectica³ Lin Brown Collection - more

Another piece from me using Lin's new Fresco paint colours, and stamps including the new quote stamps which you can see here

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

PaperArtsy Reveal - Eclectica³ Lin Brown Collection

More excitement over at PaperArtsy tonight as the next new products come on line and tonight it's Lin Brown's turn.  Lin's collection with PA just keeps growing and now stencils and new Fresco paint colours have been added to the list as well as more beautiful new stamp plates. Lin now has 2 "quote" plates which work really well with the rest of the line. 

Again, I've had a wonderful time playing with the new products.
Here are a couple of ideas for you.

The tag below was made before I'd even thought about it really.  I just picked up the closest craft items to hand and it was done before I knew it! 

The background is coloured with distress inks and overstamped with a quote stamp from ELB05. 

I then used one of the new stencils.

.... and pushed embossing paste through it, before covering it liberally with gold glitter.

The wall hanging below used greyboard as the substrate.  

I used Lin's new Fresco colours throughout...

aren't they yummy! I also used another new stencil with PA Grunge Paste.

Highlights were added with White Fire Treasure Gold 

Hope you like my....

If you go over to Lin's blog, there are lots more samples and ideas for you there and also over at Jo Myhill's blog.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

PaperArtsy Reveal - Eclectica³ Darcy Collection Part 2

Before you see the second group of samples I created for Darcy's big reveal, I thought you would like to see the new plates that are available.




Aren't they just fab?!  

Darcy has created some really useful stamps for backgrounds and filling.  The No 10 tag below was coloured with Fresco paints and a tiny star stamp used to highlight the background for the top half of the tag.

The butterfly has also been painted with Fresco paints and the lower wings highlighted with a white marker.

My final mixed media piece below was made using the images from EDY05, EDY06, EDY07 and EMO4.

The background was put together on corrugated card using Grunge Paste for texture.  I painted it with a mixture of Claret, Tinned Peas, Hey Pesto, Green Olives, Cheesecake and Haystack.  I stamped the grass/flower stamp and embossed with black embossing powder.  I intentionally didn't worry about having a complete image.  I used the little mixed circles stamp from EDY06 and Claret Fresco for added interest and finally highlighted with White Fire Treasure Gold.

I painted a couple of pieces of Smoothy Card separately with Fresco Claret and Tinned Peas, stamped the flamingo image and then cut out different sections of the claret flamingo and stuck them onto the tinned peas flamingo.  Probably unnecessarily time consuming (!) but it did give more depth lol.  

I then did the same with the caterpilllar.  

The "sun" flower is a stamp from EDY05.  It was stamped onto painted card and cut out twice and layered up.I punched out the edge holes for  extra interest.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing all the wonderful creations from the team. Watch this space as there is more to come!!! (see the link on my previous post)