Les Fleur’s Bottle



This weeks make is a wine bottle, I’ve not made one for a while and have been waiting to use this lovely napkin.

I started by covering the bottle with gesso.

Then using a damp brush I drew a water line around the parts of the napkin that I wanted to use, then separated the layers as I only needed the top one.

I glued these in place with some mod podge.


I used white chalk paint and covered the rest of the bottle, then using a sponge I daubed grey chalk painted over the white and up to the napkin.

I added some garden string to the top and a couple of wooden embellishments.


I also added a few gems to the flowers.


Then my all time favourite flowers, the delicate aster from Heartfelt Creations.

using white paper and distress inks in Festive Berries and Fired Brick  I shaped the petals and glued together along with some leaves and a little glitter.


Hope you like it

thanks for looking


Shans 25th Birthday Card


Hello visitors

Its been a while again! haha.

I’ve been so busy and haven’t blogged in over month so I have some catching up to do.

I wanted to share this card with you, I made it for my daughter Shannon, for her 25th birthday.


I used an 8 x 8 scalloped card and layered it with a 7.5 x 7.5 pink card, which I distressed with seedless preserve and ripe persimmon distress inks.

I took a piece of white card and ran it through a Sheena Douglass dry stone wall embossing folder and cut the shape with spellbinders grand scalloped squares. Then coloured it with distress inks in the same colours as above and added some picked raspberry.

I cut a rectangle from the brickwork card and put some silver mirror card behind it, then glue all this in place.

I used some paper that has script printed on it and distressed the edges with a Tim Holtz paper distresser. I used inks in Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot, Vintage Photo and Seedless Preserve.

Using the doll stamp ‘Megan’ from the Julie Nutting collection ( I love this and need to buy another ) ! I stamped the image onto a piece of white card, then again onto some patterned paper. I cut out the skirt twice and layered it, and the top once making sure the little frill covered the skirt waistband then the boots and hair band.

I have given the link below from Prima Marketing, I found it really helpful.

Once all glued together, I used copics to colour the skin, pro-makers on the hair and water pencils to highlight the clothing and boots.

The leaves are from Heartfelt creations and coloured with peeled paint and scattered straw distress ink, the flowers are a mixture from my stash. (including a little bit from my wedding bouquet from 25 years ago lol)

I glued these in place with some silicon glue as it gives time to move things around.

I added a metal embellishment handbag, ribbon, some wooden butterflies a die cut ‘Happy Birthday’ and Daughter.

I hope you like it, my daughter loved it

thanks for popping in today

Happy Crafting x


note book cover


Hello visitors

I was having a tidy up in the craft room and got a bit distracted, I found another note-book that needed covering so instead of putting it away I started another little project but made the effort to do it from start to finish tonight, I have too many unfinished projects at the moment lol.

This is a small note-book with ring binders



I removed the rings and covered the gray board with some black and white patterned paper


on the inside I covered it with black card


I added some ribbon and bling to the centre


and finished off with some ribbon, beads and a little handbag charm


thanks for looking today

happy crafting


Time is short, book cover



Today I would like to share with you a little note-book that I have covered using Heartfelt Creations paper pad ‘ Once upon a time’

I started off with a 5 1/2″  sq lined note-book


Using Heartfelt Creations paper pad Once upon a Time I measured and cut my selected page an inch bigger all the way around.

I snipped off the corners so it would fold in and made some cuts at the spine, then glued the paper in place.

This is the back, I also covered the spine with another piece of paper and cut the shape from a spellbinder boarder die, and then bent this around the front.


I used a clock die ( one of my Hobbylobby purchases ) and black card, I cut a sentiment from the paper pad and used silicone glue to raise it up a little.

I also inked the book edges with distress inks in Black soot and Vintage photo.


Using Creative expressions cast bronze metallic gilding wax,

I rubbed this over the black card border and clock, and also over the little metal Finnabair corner.

I made a small pocket on this page



And I covered the inside and made a small pouch with a tag insert


Hope you like it

Thanks for your visit today


Decoupage pine drawers


Hello visitors

It’s been ages since my last post and don’t know where the time went, during the summer I did visit America, I stayed in Atlanta and had a  shopping morning at Hobbylobby and managed to get a few ideas from there for some new projects, any walking dead fans? I went on the walking dead tour which was brilliant and recommend it.

So, while I was away hubby was decorating the spare room in some lovely pink paris wallpaper, I had this chest of drawers given to me by my late uncle and wanted to give it a face lift.



I gave it a light sanding and painted it white, I then roughly cut some left over wallpaper to fit the top and drawer fronts of the unit. I then soaked the backing off the wallpaper and let it dry out. Using Mod Podge I glue the wallpaper in place taking care to smooth out, when it was dry I gave it another coat of glue, then after that dried I varnished it with decoupage varnish.

Some pictures of my efforts




I was quite pleased with my first attempt at this,

and it’s brightened up my spare room too.

Thanks for looking today


Friends of the heart



Today I am sharing a heart made from MDF.

I made a similar one a while ago which seems to have been a popular make, I’m pleased to say.

I made this one for my grand-daughter Chloe, to give as a gift to her ‘Auntie’ as she leaves playschool this week, growing up to fast lol.


Items used:

Chalky paints in pink, lilac, and cream

Flower: Heartfelt creations Delicate Aster

Swirl: Heartfelt creations cut mat create 2B

finished off with some raffia, gems and beads




Scrapbook Picture


Hi everyone

Here is my second post for today, this is the present I made for my dad for Fathers day today.

I added the tag and some cogs, in keeping with the theme.


This is my first scrapbook layout, I have to say it was inspired by Sue, but it is very similar to a layout on a canvas, which is probably why I enjoyed making it so much.

Originally I was going to make it as a scrapbook, but then as it took shape I decided to put it into a frame,and give it to my dad for fathers day.

I used a pine frame from the Range about £5 or £6

pine frame

I couldn’t just leave it plain lol

so I painted and distressed it, and finished it off with some gold leaf and varnish, which you will see at the end.

painted pine frame

This is part of the layout, I used techniques by Andy Skinner to age the cogs

scrapbook cogs

This is a photo of my dad’s granddad, Charles, taken in world war 1

scrapbook side

And a picture of my dad, as a boy from the 1940’s

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I have actually made a pair but the other one is not quite ready yet

The finished product, for my dad’s office

scrapbook frame

Dad loved it I’m pleased to say,

and my mum liked it so much it’s been promoted to the lounge lol

Thanks for looking in today


For my Dad


Hello visitors

As it is Fathers Day today, I am sharing with you the card that I made for my dad.

Although it is pretty basic I just love to make the paper cogs look old and giving them some texture.

I mat and layered the brown paper and green card onto a white card.

I cut the cogs from black card and used the left over piece in the top corner.

To give the cogs texture I used art Extravagance graphite paste ( I love this stuff) ! Once dried, I lightly rubbed over some wax to give it a rusted look and glued them into place.

The pocket watch I cut out and covered with some glossy accents, I added some cardboard letters ‘dad’ and a Happy Fathers Day sentiment that I printed onto patterned paper.

I found an old watch and the metal rim was a perfect fit for it.

cogs card

Happy Fathers Day Dad


Fathers day Cards


Hello visitors,

I’ve not blogged for a while! I don’t know where the time went, I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary last month in Tuscany, very beautiful and relaxing, had a very busy week returning to work, and now I have had enough of this bad weather:( where is our summer !!

I made this card for Fathers day a while ago as part of a card challenge, we had to use certain ingredients, ie: gold, blue, cogs, ink etc, so I thought I would get one of my father’s day cards ready as I knew I was in for a busy time doing other bits and pieces.

For this card I used chipped sapphire and broken china distress inks for my background.

Then randomly stamped the splattered patches with distress ink, and highlighted them with a white gel pen, using an old glue lid I dipped it into some gesso, white and black to add the circles.

I used a timepiece stencil with white embossing powder, and Andy Skinner’s cog stencil with gold paste.

 To finish off I added some words.

fathers day cards

This one is for my father in Law

Happy Fathers day Bill



Game of Thrones Tribute


Hello friends and new Visitors

Game of Thrones came back to our screens last week, one of my most favourite shows I absolutely love it, and to welcome it back I have made this Mannequin. It has been sitting in the cupboard for a year now, just waiting for the return of this program I think haha.

When I first bought her I had in mind a nice Vintage and pink theme, and when she started out she wasn’t really heading in that direction…..so she was drawn to the dark side ( my favourite side to work on after all ) lol

This her in her raw state, she is a paper mache figure, and you can see how she started, I cut strips of paper and made pleats for the skirt, but it just wasn’t working for me, we all make mistakes and I don’t mind sharing mine with you haha, we’re all here to have fun and learn along the way…

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I wasn’t happy…. so out came the textured paste and black gesso, and together we went to the dark side.

textured paste mannequin painted mannequin

Firstly, I extended the arms with some drawer knobs, then used white gesso to paint her, rubbed in some Finnabair Art Extravagance textured graphite paste ( I love this ) and then once dry I painted her all over with black gesso.

I chose my elements to add-on, but got carried away, so I didn’t take any pictures before painting, but if you look closely you can see most of them.

Starting with the top, I had a brown plastic lizard type creature and glued on some silver wings to his back, Finnabair metal flower on her arm, two silver metal flowers on her boobs, a Finnabair dragonfly, a hanging beaded earring, around the waist is a blue and silver bracelet.

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On the bottom I added some more Finnabair metals, a large brad, paper clip, metal nut, another old earring, some beads, a spring, the cogs are made from kraft card and given and aged look.

Time to bring out the colour

I used Dylusions sprays, Colour Bloom sprays, Lindy Stamp Gang, and Indigo Blu metallics.

Here is the finished dragon

textured pastemy dragon

the bottom view

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front & lower side view

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side views

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Front view

finnabair mannequin cogs

The base, again textured paste, black gesso and Dylusion sprays and an old broken necklace to thread up the pole, painted black then sprayed with colour.


I also bought a small plastic snake


put them altogether

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and at last after two weekends my finished tribute to Game of Thrones

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I hope enjoyed this blog, it was a bit long.

I loved making this one and pleased I could share it with you