Friday, 23 February 2018



Happy Friday Everyone!

In case you don't have a 
huge amount of time what
with preparations for the
weekend, shopping and
the like ........ 

I have a gorgeous birthday
card to share with you today
from Claire Jackson ......

"With spring just around the corner, 
I’ve returned to one of my favourite 
PaperArtsy Hot Picks stamps 
for a quick and easy birthday card.

First I stamped the flower and 
masked it off. 

Next I masked the top of the card 
and used Distress Oxide ink and stencils
 to build up the bottom strip. 

I used a damp baby wipe to
 knock the ink back in places.

Keeping the flower mask in place I 
stencilled the top portion of the card with 
a variety of Stampers Anonymous 
Tim Holtz layering stencils.

 I inked a Kaisercraft stamp with black 
Archival ink and pressed parts of it onto 
the card without using a block.

Removing the flower mask I used 
watercolour pencils to add a little shading
 around the flower and to the petals 
and to finish off the sentiment is a 
double die cut layered black over white.

You can vary the colours to make a 
card for almost any occasion."

Thank you Claire for a lovely
card.  Surprising how many
birthdays there are in February ....

Interesting to see what can
be done without using loads of stash!

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 22 February 2018



Hallo There!

As crafters, we tend not to
throw much away and often
have more than one use for
something which we take
for granted.

Angela Radford is with us
today with a beautiful card

"Hi all. 
I wonder how many of you use kitchen rolls 
to mop up your inks and paints, 
if the answer is yes then you'll like this. 

Don't throw them away just glue them 
to a piece of card and brush over a thin coat
 of white Gesso to blend the pieces together 
then stamp on Tim Holtz balloons.

Next, die cut these.

Use the same stamps to decorate
 a white card Blank. 

The black card uses the same stamps
 and was a piece I had left over
 from another project. 

Mount onto the card and arrange the diecuts. 
I used an embossing tool to shape the central
 balloon and completed the design with 
Stickles glitter glue and matching gems.

Finally I used the same stamps to embellish
 the inner page and the sentiment stamps 
are all Woodware. 

Happy creative week, Angela xXx"

Thank you for another of your
wonderful cards Angela.  You make
it all seem so simple and such a good 
idea to re-use the kitchen roll

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

Sunday, 18 February 2018



Happy Sunday Everyone!

Hope you are enjoying a warm
and cosy, relaxing weekend.
It is wet, cold and........yes, you've
got it..........blowing a hooley!

Anyone got just two of the three?
Aren't you the lucky ones?!

Take a look at Craftyfield's mini
tutorial using those lovely little
boxes from Tando

"Since the Craft Barn was having a sale
 in January, I grabbed a few bits and 
pieces... I wanted to explore the possibilities 
offered by the Cubbeys with aperture and 
this is what I made  

The cubbeys need to be slotted 
and glued together but, 
depending on your chosen finish,
you will need to decorate first. 

I decided to go for paper rather than 
paint as I love the look of the
 Kaisercraft Basecoat papers and thought
 they would be perfect for my "inside walls".

The photo shows the pieces already
 papered on one side 
(what will be the inside") 
and the outside papers ready 
to be glued on the made-up cubbeys.

 I wanted to exploit the apertures 
and decided to use acetate as windows. 

One is inspired by churches stained 
glass windows, another is looking out on 
a landscape, both stamped and
 coloured with glass paints. 
The third one is a piece of printed acetate.

 Of course the point of it all is to
 see the sun streaming through and
 projecting coloured shadows... 

I am planning to showcase my cubbeys
 on a window sill for free and eco-friendly
 lighting, but you could always place
 it anywhere with a small candle behind
 (electric preferably).

I placed a few embellishments I made 
with paper clay, some Kaisercraft flourishes 
and other crafty treasures from my stash
 on the larger side of the cubbeys."

Love the sun streaming through 
the windows Craftyfield.  Thank you
for this inspiring tutorial.

I'm sure you all know that the SALE 
continues throughout February.  I'm
off to see if anything more has been
added and of course I shall need to
check out the Tando section..........!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

PS:  If you need any clarification or 
extra information on any of the
projects we show, do please get in