Monday, 22 January 2018

Let's talk Distress Oxides! Part 1.....

We recently ran a couple of quick workshops using Distress Oxides, each card we made, we built on our techniques we had learnt on the last one and I think everyone walked away with 3 stunning cards, but importantly a head full of inspiration, so I thought I would share them on here too...

Fancy hey! But sooo easy to do

First up we are going to look at the tiled card, for this we are going to concentrate on painting and stamping using our Distress Oxides.

Lets begin by cutting a piece of white card slightly larger than your stamp, (I used Funky Flower - Amazing for this one, the saying is from another set - I got them all muddled up lol!). Stamp your image onto the piece of card in Archival Ink.

Onto a glossy surface (I used the back of my stamping block) stamp a little bit of the Distress Oxide I used peeled paint, peacock feathers and fossilzed amber. I painted one colour at a time so I didn't contaminated my ink pads. Next to the stamped ink spritzed a little water (you need the water to allow the ink to move whilst you are painting). Then colour in your image.

Make sure the Distress Oxides are dry then cut the image into four pieces (I was going to do six but the maths got the better of me!).

Mount the pieces on to a piece of black card leaving a small border and gap between the pieces. Trim the piece of black card.

Place the tiled image onto a card and layout where you want the sentiment to be. Remove the tiled image and stamp the sentiment I used peacock feathers to tie in with my flower. Make sure your stamp is clean before you ink it up as the Oxide will pick up any ink from the stamp that is not permanent and dried on! Also be sure to clean your stamp well afterwards.

See I said it was really easy and quick! So why not join me on Wednesday for some more Distress Oxide fun!

Saturday, 20 January 2018


We are back!

As most people will know the last 6 months has been incredibly busy but we really can't complain it keeps us out of trouble and I get to escape to my little crafty haven!

We have a new website where we are currently running a 20% off any stamps offer to celebrate, so if you fancy 20% off any stamp set* or two all you have to do is hop on over to our website pop your stamps in your cart and then before you checkout add NEWWEB2018 where it says promo code it really couldn't be simpler.

* Please note: Monthly Make Kits, subscriptions and stamp only sets are not included in this offer! Offer runs until Friday 26th January 2018.

Anyway with the new website I was hoping to move our blog across there too as it really is letting me do things our previous one didn't, but for all the amazing and wonderfully useful things the website can now do it seems when it comes to blogging you can't really beat blogger, so here we shall stay....

We also have a number of new monthly "clubs" or more like craft-alongs that will be using our Monthly Make sets these are nearly ready to go - I just got a little carried away so things have taken me a little longer to do than planned (isn't that ALWAYS the case lol!). So whilst I get these pesky ducks in a row here's a sneaky look our January's TAG-IT

Monday, 3 July 2017


Wow, what a wonderful weekend!

We got to meet so many lovely people at the Sincerely Yours Show@ the Wirral on Sunday, it was lovely to catch up and chat to sooo many of you! 

The even better news was Mr Roo was back, but on limited duties, which meant I got to lift and shift everything - I have the bruises to prove it! But if that wasn't enough Little Lady and Crafty Nic got to join the party too and we had a lovely day crafting and creating together and chatting about what we were up to!

The three of us spent the whole day working on ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) boy did we make some beauties and more importantly boy did we have fun!

But before I share a couple of our makes, lets have a little chat about ATC's for those of you who don't know ATC's have been around forever in fact they date back to times when people had their portraits painted and Artists would us them as a sample of their work. 

There are a couple of rules which are: a) all ATCs must measure 2.5 x 3.5 inches & b) ATC's are Traded, Swapped, Gifted BUT never sold! And to me that is their beauty, they are a way to share, create and inspire others.

So here's a little inspiration from Little Lady, Nic and I......

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Our wagon's lost a wheel.....

So, where do I begin? 

These last few weeks have been "growing weeks"! As most of you know we are always up to something or off somewhere, as a family we never stop. So, when a wheel falls off our wagon or in this case Mr Roo decided he needed a stay at "La Hotel Hospital" it really does knock us off track! Don't panic Mr Roo will be fine, in about 8-10 weeks time!!!! Oh and a big Thank You to everyone who has messaged/emailed/asked how he is doing it is so lovely of you all!

But, it gets you thinking about how much we all do. And well as much as I don't want to, I have to admit Mr Roo does do his fair share of the graft! He lifts and shifts everything, makes our stamps, helps at school, does more than his fair share of the dance/school run, and probably most importantly he helps look after our little people, our little people who adore him!

So, I have to admit I can' wait for him to get better, but in the meantime I will still attend everything we have booked in the diary, BUT, it will just be me (and anyone else I can rope in to help!).

So here is the perfect journal page for the past few weeks....

Friday, 21 April 2017

New Mini Makes

Evening all, I am just about to start working on some new samples, well is it really working more playing lol!!! But before I do I thought I would share our two new Mini Makes.

I have been struggling to keep these lovelies in stock every time I have come to load them onto our website, we visit a show a POW all the stock has gone! I can't complain though, as that's a good sign you are liking them, so here goes we have stock and no show for 2 weeks - my fingers are crossed lol!!!!!

So first up we have Mini Make No 8, which is a kit to make this little lovely using one of our 8 inch frames which is included....

As it's a Mini Make the stamps used are not included but everything else is including the Texture Paste, stencils, canvas paper, etc. Oh and don't panic you are safe the gruesome twosome aren't included just a template to add your own photo's!!!!

And then there is Mini Make No9....

In this Mini Make you get a Tote canvas bag, 5 x 3.5ml tubs of Fabric Paint, fabric, templates, embellishments, the works! Again the stamps I have used aren't include, but this kit is really about getting to grips with working with Fabric Paints and unleashing your inner fabric designer!!!

Both of these are currently available on our website, if you would like more information then please hop across and check out our Mini Makes.

Now off to work.....

Thursday, 20 April 2017

April's Monthly Make

Howdie folks!!!

Sorry I go on a bit of a ramble, so if your just here to check out Aprils' Monthly Make and dash, then scroll on down a bit, otherwise sit back and enjoy with a cuppa......

We are on our last week of school holidays here, it's been 3 weeks in total!!! Little Man broke up a week earlier than Little Lady so he went back yesterday and she goes back on Monday, I know his holidays don't really make much of a difference as he only goes to playgroup for 2 half days but for a Little Man that doesn't really talk, it's all he has asked for, for the past 2 weeks is to "go play with my friends!!" So off he went yesterday on his adventures, he was soooo excited when we picked him up so we know he loves it, though poor Mrs B might be regretting taking him on, her words were "he's been lively!"  so I high tailed it out of there as fast as possible just in case he wasn't allowed back!!!

So, today we enjoyed a lovely family day "down on't farm" it's a mixture of feeding very friendly animals, a massive park, indoor play centre and the bestest ice cream ever! We had a lovely day! But, whilst Little Man was feeding 1 lucky chicken its second bag of food, I was admiring the lovely spring flowers they have planted everywhere and suddenly remembered I haven't shared Aprils' Monthly Make with you, so here it is.....

Aprils' Monthly Make is all about card making and as it is Spring I designed a lovely Hyacinth stamp set, so please say a big hello to Heidi

I know I say this every month but we really have packed it full of goodies, not only do you get virtually an A5 stamp set worth at least £15.00, some of our new specialty papers (worth £1.99), a bag full of our new Antique White Embossing Powder (worth £3.99) and all the other materials included to make your 3 cards!!!!! 

So what can you make? Well, we give you all the materials to make 3 of the following cards, and for each of those cards you not only get the instructions to make that card but also some "Step It Up!" instructions giving you a slightly more complex card option too.

If you would like more information about this months fabulous Monthly Make then please visit our website and check out our Kits section.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

March's Monthly Makes - Sue's Designs....

Back again, I hope you didn't all fall off your chairs with surprise! I know 2 posts in 2 days unheard off, but here you go...

Sue went to town with her makes for March so I thought I would pop a few on here.....

For this one Sue used the Poly Plate to create the background, then stamped over the top when it was dry.

Sue has again created a lovely background using the Poly Plate and then used it to create the reversed image of the flower - Fab Hey!!!!

No Poly Plate this time just a stunning card for any occasion!

This is a similar card to the purple one above, just expanding on the idea!  

For this one Sue has used the Petals from the Flower and teamed it with Mildred.

Sue has used one of my favourite techniques for this one Bleaching, what a fab effect.

This beautiful card has a lot of cutting out but wow is it worth it.

Lovely aren't they I love the cream and brown one above, the colours are fab!!!!

If you would like more information about this months fabulous Monthly Make then please visit our website