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Just back from the UK where we have been celebrating Alex’s birthday.  He has just turned 17, learning to drive and growing up way too fast.

Had lots of playtime whilst away and even managed to get to a class at the Craft Barn with Helen Chilton.  We made a Marquee Sign with lights but stupid here left it at Clare’s house.  You can see Helen’s make here but I used different stamps and colours on mine.

Also had time for some art journaling with Clare but had to buy a new A5 book because I left mine at home … now I have two on the go.  Note to myself when visiting Dot must remember to take it with me!!!!

It’s been so long since I have made a tag and today was just perfect to start one.  Beautiful sunny weather and lots of crafting time.

Bought stamps and paints at the workshop … Sandy had her shop there.  Below you can see I have used one of the new PaperArtsy stamps on my tag with some of the new paints.

The ‘Dream On’ sentiment came from the bottom of a stamp from Finnabair.

The eye stamp is so old that my poor little brain can’t remember where it came from.


Sorry for not visiting anyone whilst away but tomorrow is catch up time to see all that I have been missing.  See you soon.


First Post Of 2017 – Australia Here We Come

Happy New Year Everyone.

If I was going to do a bucket list one thing would definitely be on it – a trip down-under to visit my great friend and crafting buddy Dot from Ink Art Designs.

Not in my wildest dreams did I think that this would happen.

Well 2017 is certainly going to be an exciting year for Andrew and myself as our Christmas present to each other is a trip to … Australia!!

Because of the long haul flight we decided to break it up with a four day stay in Hong Kong before flying into Melbourne.  We will be staying with Dotty for nearly three weeks then the journey home will be broken again with a four day stay in Singapore.

Dot has already started planning all the exciting things that we are going to do but for me the highlight has to be the crafting retreat that she has booked us into at Cockatoo Downs Farm.  Even the name sounds magical.

Shock horror is Andrew coming crafting with us????  Shouldn’t think so, he has to take care of Dot’s dog but did I fail to mention that she lives next to a golf course!!!!

My first piece of the year started with this tag and my idea was for it to go onto the first page of my new A5 Journal Book.

As usual off I went on a tangent – have problems with reigning in my thoughts when crafting – by the time I had finished the tag it didn’t fit in with my journal page.


Will show the journal page another time in the meantime here is a close up of the tag.



Penny For Them

Dot will be surprised, I managed to finish these makes and even post them.  Today was all about playing around with painted backgrounds, using very few colours and making one layer pieces.

Firstly this is one of my favourite stamps so she just had to have centre stage.  Paints used are TH Distress Paint – Barn Door and Mustard Seed.


Next is this rather elegant tag.

It seems like forever that I have made a tag but this one was a joy to make.


Last but not least is this tiger stamp which is from one of Sheena’s sets.  It was bought many moons ago in one of those mad moments of … I just have to have it.

First time of inking and now I am wondering why it took me so long as he is gorgeous and stamps like a dream.



Remember John Doe

The CSI team have been hard at work and they think they know what John Doe looked like when he was alive.  No name at the moment just a face.

If you know who he is please leave a comment.


Tried to make the scull on this tag look as if it is an x ray image, extremely pleased with how it turned out.

He definitely looks not of this world … very ethereal looking but not in a fairytale way.



Delving into My Dark Side

It’s official no more Christmas cards being made until next year – now for something not a bit Christmassy.

I have been wanting to get my mitts on this stamp for ages and finally bought it last month when I went to the Dublin craft fair at the RDS.

  I love anything to do with CSI on telly plus sitting down with a psychological thriller book sees me in 7th heaven.

John Doe


France Is In Our Thoughts

Thank you everybody for your kind comments on the tag I made yesterday as I know out there in blogland it is total bewilderment.

Just a little excerpt from a comment that Dot left …
“Lives lost, lives changed forever, and those feeling overwhelmed with what is happening in our world”.

Today I am showing the second tag I have made.



Total Shock And Bewilderment

We all have Paris in our thoughts at the moment.



Live In The Moment

Metal embellishments aren’t usually my thing (even though I have loads of them).  Decided to change all that and in the future I will use as many as I can on my work.

Two down umpteen to go.
(Wonder how long this will last.)



Fun In The Evening

Crafting time for me is during the day – it is extremely unusual for me to be in the craft room in the evening or at weekends for that matter.  Andrew stills works full time so my evenings and weekends are spent with him.

If there is footie on the telly then Andrew usually watches it in the craft room which leaves me free to watch whatever I want in the lounge.  He was watching Aldershot play the other night so I decided to join him (definitely not to watch the footie) but to have a play with some new stamps I had bought.

For my background I started with a large sheet of watercolour paper and three different colours of Distress Paint.  Ended up with two very different makes from the same sheet of paper.  The first being a pretty looking card made with some new Penny Black goodies.


Then a tag using a new Stampotique stamp.



Playtime Happy Tag

This is just a playtime tag so no long spiel about how it was made because everyone knows how long it takes to read posts and time is very precious to us all.

So just look and enjoy.

I am happy to answer any questions if there is something about the tag that you would like to know.