Most Beloved Minions

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

underwater folding


The current challange at Try it on Tuesday is more than one fold. I did a gatefold card a decorated it with designs by Ryn stamps.

I had a bit of a problem when I didn't stamp the baby seahorse properly so I over stamped kelp over it so it looked like he is emerging from the leaves which I really like. 

The project is inspired by the below photo.
 This amazing image is by the amzingly talented:
Kyle McBurnie, California Harbor seal in a kelp forest at Cortes bank, near San Diego, CA.
 I used the following distress inks to try and convay the beautiful shades of blue: faded jeans, tumbled glass, peacock feathers and of course salty ocean. I listened to Florence and the machine's never let me go which really went with the theme. I look foward to seeing your creations. 
Please remeber we have a DT call on at the mo, come and join the team.
I am also entering this into the following challenges
make my monday - mythical creatures- 2 mermaids
vintage stamp challenges - anything goes
PS really loved this, so stuck it in my art journal because I didn't want to part with it!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

if you don't suceed- shout at it


These cards are from a set that I made using the graffeti heart stamp. I had such a bad time trying to get this stamp to print. But after a trying 6 different types of ink and shouting at the stamp I managed to get these which I am really pleased with.


Saturday, 5 April 2014

cat in a circle

Dearest Minions,

this is my entry to the following challenges:
less is more - colour - add turquoise
all sorts challenge - no flowers
crafty place - you spin me right round

The image is made using my favourite Klimt cat stamp and blending peacock feathers and tumbled glass distress inks together. The cat's tail went wrong, so I die cut black card & stuck it over the offending bit!  oh and as usual I got an inky finger print in the corner.

We are having a design team call for Try it on Tuesday- if you fancy it please contact us.

I also wanted to show you the next super villian, just known as orange....


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Seed beads


This is my DT piece for Try it on Tuesday which is seed beads please do have a look at the inspiring Design Team pieces they have come up with some really superb pieces. These are a collection of brouches that I have made using felts, seed beads and the tattered floral dies from Tim holtz. I make them to giving away but end up keeping them!

I am also entering these flowers into the challenges for everybody challenge which is anything goes


Monday, 31 March 2014



this is my emtry to the current challenge for Macabre Monday at Haunted Design which is Skullduggery. My beauty is painited with fesco paint and stamped with deep red roses stamp.


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

the pink 3


This is my card using stamps that I bought at the NEC from the lovely Lavina stamps. The sentiment is a mix of two stamps and was rather difficult but well worth it. The circle was sponged with worn lipstick and pickled raspberry distress inks.

I am entering this into the following challenges:
less is more - 3 
Lavinia stamps - add pink
Through the craft room door- anything goes
crafty bloggers network - nature


Monday, 24 March 2014

Alice and the NEC


I am entering this inspired by Alice in wonderland/drunk guitarists card into the following challenges:

Artstic impressions - anything goes
left of center -favourite books
the fox and the squirrell - inspired by a book

Last weekend I went to the NEC Sewing and Hobbycraft show this weekend it was wonderful, lots of exhibitors, artists and great companies. Here are a few photos from the day.

I can not recommend it enough, the mix of stalls and exhibitions was really inspiring. I tried new things meet some wonderful ladies on the silk painting and came home with a new hobby - needle felting. When you are clumsy with plump fingers this is an extreme sport,  below are my first attempts. I still have use of most fingers.