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Mixed Media Wall Plaque

This plaque started life as reject MDF off cuts given to me by Crafty Friend, she was given them and then shared with me.
Now that’s what I call a friend, what do you think?



There have been no Saturday classes over the summer but last week saw the start of them again.

Because of one thing and another Phil was the only person who could make it and she didn’t mind having a one to one, below is what we made.

Slow start to the class because we were nattering, consequently we didn’t get it completed.  Finally finished mine and well chuffed with how it turned out.


The Plaque is very dimensional and touchy feely, love it.

Used stamps from Inkylicious, Crafty Individuals, Stampin Up, PaperArtsy and a new one which I just bought by Seth Apter (that’s the frame in the middle).

Apart from the stamping I painted, stencilled, used paper napkins, builders mesh and gauze.

Also found some old twine which I plaited to make the hanger for the plaque.


I am entering this into the Craft Stamper Challenge which is Anything Goes.



Pretty Victorian Bobbin

Not long back from the UK for Alex’s birthday, he has just turned 16!!!!   Flitting back and forth to the UK for my three grandchildren’s birthdays is the norm for me at this time of year.

Being at home this time worked out really well as I was able to go to the Sandown Park Craft Show.  Clare, Lauren and myself even managed to get into a make and take with the MDF Man.

For this week’s class instead of making a card we made a very pretty Victorian Bobbin Reel.  This was done with a toilet roll and two die cut circles.  The classes are only two hours long, which always extends into three, so the girls didn’t get to finish and had to take home to complete.

Long time since I have done pretty pretty and this ‘Bobbin Reel’ is extremely sweet looking.


When the bow is untied the linen, lace and burlap, which I stitched one on top of the other to form a band, unravels and reveals some very pretty ephemera inside.


The sewing machine even made an appearance along with some white paint but I went quite sparingly with the stamping.


Most of the things used on this piece are all elements that didn’t make the muster on other projects so were thrown into a bit box.


Graphic 45 are some of the papers used inside the roll which is such a great way to use up those odds and ends of paper snippets.






Gentleman’s Pen Holder

How guilty do I feel today?  Andrew asked if he could take his pen holder to put on his desk today.

So where does the guilty feeling come from???  I made this 3 months ago and it has been sitting on my desk ever since.  I wouldn’t let hubby take to work until I had photographed it.

Well me and photo taking is still not a match made in heaven but how bad am I to make hubby wait this long?  Shame on ya girl!!!!

Andrew actually brought home the toilet rolls from work for me to make these crafting implement holders for my craft room.  You can see the first one here.

He really liked what I made so asked if I could make one for him.  Cock-a-hoop and thrilled to bits as this was the first thing he has asked me to make specially for him.

It turned out rather well and has the look of leather, just like those expensive pen holders on a Victorian gentleman’s desk.

All done and dusted hunny so you can have it to sit on your desk (sorry)!!!

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I have another one which I want to show as soon as I have taken the pics.

Do you remember Mr Key Box here, well he is nearly finished.  I found this key which I want to put on the front of the box but it needs two holes drilled into the wood and Andrew is waiting for me to tell him where the holes should be!!

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Tissue Christmas Tree

Forgot to show what the girls made at my class on Saturday.

This centre piece for the Christmas table gave me the inspiration to make the wine glass centre piece here. I know how different could they both be!!!

To make the tree I used a retired Sizzix original die, which you have to cut out twice.
You also need to cut out 16 layers of tissue paper for the middle of the tree. On 4 of the layers I have stamped and embossed with silver E P.


Christmas Centre Piece

The Frilly & Funky have a challenge at the moment for a project that can be found on your Christmas table or Christmas tree.

Found a very plain wine goblet which just cried out to be altered. The goblet is 5″ long and a little battery operated flickering tea light fitted into the rim perfectly. Smear the edges first with some pinflair glue so that it stays in place.

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Next came the messy but real fun part, painting the glass with a white and cream paint. When dry splattered/flicked the same two coloured paints down the edges, whilst still wet spoon over some glass glitter. First picture shows the goblet unlit and the second shows the flickering tealight lit.

Ripped a pretty napkin for the candle and adhered with wax paper. Around the stem of the glass I covered this with Frantage Shaved Ice for a real sparkly effect.

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Stamped the snowflake stamp onto vellum … which was a freebie from Craft Stamper last year … twice with Versamark. White E P was added to one snowflake and silver E P to the second. Fussy cut both and layered over the middle of the ribbon. Also entering this for the Craft Stamper challenge, they want to see a splatter technique.


First Wall Hanging

This is my first wall hanging simply because not sure if this was my type of thing.

Had a play day yesterday with the melt pot, corrugated cardboard, paint, beeswax, napkins, mica powder, gilding wax, border die, stitching and ribbon.

This is the result after all the playing and I really loved how it turned out. This piece will be hanging in my craft room as of today and I just might be doing some more!!!

The stitching came about because I wanted a decorative edge at the top. Cut it out with an Xcut border die which had lots of little holes when cut.

Stitching and myself go hand in hand so out came the needle and thread to do a quick back stitch along the top.
Just didn’t want to glue or tape the ribbon handle so this was stitched onto the wall hanging at the same time. This appealed to the neat freak in me so the back also looked nice.

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Dress Form

I’m always wanting to try new things and when I saw this YouTube video tutorial by Miranda I just had to make one.
Well I did and I made it for the new challenge this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges which is Anything Goes. Nice an easy this fortnight with $20 up for grabs for the winner from our generous sponsor Flonz Crafts.

Front and back views of my Dress Form which looks totally better in the flesh.

Close up pics of the base which I put into a glass tealight holder then glued into place with a hot glue gun. I first dabbed the glass with alcohol inks and then added a piece of lace. It worked just fine with the glass holder being such a solid base.


Post It Note Holders

Whilst home in the UK at Christmas time I had a crafty play day with my good friend Brenda and she gave me a beautiful Post It Note Holder which she had made. She gave it to me because I was quite poorly at the time and she knew that when I had seen it posted on her blog I just loved it. How kind is that. You can see Brenda’s post here.

What are we crafters like … hooked or what … I had to have the die which was a Tim Holtz Sizzix Index Card Folder … brilliant.

Anyways I made one so you get to see not only mine but also Brenda’s.

Brenda’s is the one with the ribbon on and mine has the little mouse which was printed onto tissue paper then mod podged.
More images below of the front and back … Brenda’s first then mine.

There is a new challenge blog just starting girls and I am entering the above into it … go check it out and see who is on the Design Team.

Country View Crafts Challenges – ‘Pick & Mix’ … that’s anything goes to you and me!!!


Quilting Through The Year

Those were the days ahhhhh!!! Andrew and I lived in Kuwait for seven years and whilst there I met some amazing quilters who had set up a quilting class. I loved sewing and made my own clothes, curtains, cushions, novelty things like rag dolls, bags, Disney outfits but had never done quilting so I joined. Hooked or what, my time spent at those classes were fabulous.

Today I am showing you a Sunbonnet Sue All Through The Year quilt which I made for my first granddaughter a few years ago. Quilting is partly about preciseness and neatness which is sadly how my mind works … a right pain sometimes. Samplers are a good way to start but appliqué was the way I veered off and I loved every minute of the making. Still love my sewing but the cutting out plays havoc on my hands so I don’t make quilts anymore. In actual fact I use my rotary cutters and quilters rule for my cardmaking now (very useful) … I very rarely use a paper trimmer at all.

Lots of photos because this quilt is showing every month of the year, I have even added some cross stitch into the quilt … you do this by using waste canvas which is water soluble.

Can honestly say that each time a square was finished just couldn’t wait to start the next. The part I disliked the most is the tacking of the top layer to the wadding and bottom layer but when this was done I so looked forward to all the hand stitching to attach everything, all those swirls and hearts are hand stitched

This pic show most of the quilt.  Phewww all those french knots on the Christmas tree … labour of love.

January, February, March and April.

May, June, July and August

September, October, November, December.


Mmmmmm Chocolate

Fashionable Stamping start there new challenge for the next fortnight and the theme this time round is BINGO.

My DT project is a recycled toilet roll which I made into a bag, then added a Turkish Delight … my most fave Chocolate Bar mmmmm.
The first two pictures are the front of the bag and the next two are the back. The three lines of the grid I followed are … show some metal, lace and words which is the first vertical line on the grid. This could also have followed the middle horizontal line which is the lace, distressing and buttons because I made paper distressed ruffles on the bottom … love making these.

We made a version of this at my Cottage Crafts class yesterday and the girls loved it.
I will be showing another one I made tomorrow but this one has a Cream Egg in it … all my ladies had a treat because I gave them a cream egg to add to their 😉 projects when finished. Minute on the lips, lifetime on the hips … at my age who cares!!!

Andrew has been flattening some bottle caps for me because they look gorgeous with a little picture in the middle then add Glossy Accents which makes it look like glass.

Stamps used: See D’s Vintage and Stampin Up
Papers: Anna Griffin
Entering For: – Sweet Stampin – Let’s See Those Layers
Annabelle Stamps – Say It With Chocolate (bit of a stretch this but I have a chocolate bar)
Crafty Ann’s Challenge – Anything But A Card
The Stamp Man – Vintage
Paperplay Challenge – Recycle It
Craft-room Challenge – Shabby Vintage