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… 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

mannequin game of thrones tributecolour bloom sprays

front & lower side view

game of thrones mannequin finnabair finnabair metals

side views

steampunk mannequingame of thrones tribute mannequin

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

game of thrones mannequin basesteampunk mannequin base

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

steampunk game of thrones game of thrones steampunk mannequin

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

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



Decoupage shoes



Hope your all enjoying the weekend, I’ve just finished decorating a pair of shoes…..

I had this pair of gold shoes and they are so comfortable but they were starting to look tatty….

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I started by giving them a light rub down with fine sandpaper, then chose some rice paper to cover them with, this is my first go using rice paper, I quite liked it as it’s a bit stronger than paper napkins.

I cut the rice paper into small squares then into triangles, then using modge pod I glue the pieces onto the shoe…

decoupage shoes


I wasn’t sure whether to cover the frill, but then decided I would, this was a bit tricky as it’s all fabric and I had to do it in stages.

decoupage shoes front

I covered the whole shoe with a varnish, but before I wear them out I think I will look into coating them with an outdoor sealer.

decoupage shoes heels

the heels


side view

decoupage shoes side

so I will be wearing these on a night out in May…. I might do a bag if I get time

thanks for looking today

happy crafting


Love Music


Hello visitors

Its been a lovely day here, quite warm and the sun has been out, well at least until tea time then we had rain… but that’s British weather for you.

My Daughter moved house just over a month ago, and so my 4-year-old grand-daughter Chloe has a lovely new bedroom, so I decided to make a new Picture for her room, it was already decorated in a lovely plum colour and I had some 12 x 12 plum vellum and matching plum card.

So to start with I cut a piece of 12 x 12 mount board and glued onto it my backing paper, I tore the vellum more or less in half and glued this to one side.


then I distressed the edges with seedless preserve distress ink.

distressed layout

I laid out all of the embellishments that I wanted to include, these were a couple of strands of wool, a heart I made from plaster of paris, and flowers and beads from old jewellery

embellishments 2

The other embellishments I added were die cut butterflies, a flourish and the flowers were Heartfelt creations sun-kissed fleur

embellishments 1

I embossed these with clear embossing powder, and used distress ink on the flowers.


I mounted my photo onto white card then onto plum card, and added some plum triangles to the corners.


I inserted the photo just behind the vellum and added the embellishments

heartfelt creations sunkissed fleur

I added some wooden letters to finish off

love music canvas

I ended up mounting it onto a piece of MDF, and fixed some hooks to the back

Thanks for stopping by today



Purple Mirror


Hello visitors

Today I am sharing a mirror that I made for my mum as part of her Mothers day gift


It looks a pink here, but it is actually more lilac & purple

I cut out some embossed card using various embossing folders and glued them onto the mirror, then painted it with two colours of chalky paint.

I added some Inka gold and cosmic shimmer gilding wax to highlight some of the embossing.

purple mirror 1

I cut three layers of card to make the frame and painted it in creamy white and then added some gems.

The bird cage is Tim Holtz sizzix die caged bird. Covered with silver Inka Gold.

purple mirror2

The flower is Heartfelt Creations delicate aster with some flower soft added to the centre

I also added some wooden letters to finish off

Thank for popping in today


Mothers Day


Hi Everyone

I am having a chilled out relaxing Mothers day and hope you are enjoying you day too.

Here are two Mothers Day cards that I made.

mothers day card 1

For my background I have used distress inks, then applied Viva glitter paste in Fuchsia, through a stencil,

stamped my sentiment

then added some gems to the butterflies.

For this card I have applied Starlights metallic paste in two colours

mothers day card2

added the sentiment, bow and gem

The Sentiments are from Quietfire Designs

Stencils from Imagination Crafts

Starlight Metallic paints from Imagination Crafts

thank you for popping in today



Floral Doorway & Latch


Welcome to my blog today

I made this card for my Daughter Shannon, she moved into her new home this weekend,

I wish her every happiness, and know she is thrilled to bits.

So for her card I used Heartfelt Creations Floral Doorway & Latch stamp, and coloured it in with Inktense pencils.

Heartfelt creations latch

I used glossy accents over part of the handle.

Heartfelt creations floral latch

Added liquid pearls to the flowers, and a wooden key, which I rubbed over with silver Inka Gold.

Heartfelt creations Floral Doorway & Latch

The letters are from Tattered Lace, and I added some wooden hearts.

Heartfelt creations Floral Doorway & Latch card

Then mat and layered onto Black & white card.

Thanks for looking today


Tonic Verona storage box



Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year.

Now its back to reality settling back into work and getting up early haha.

While I was at home over the festive period I finally got around to making my Tonic box which was a present from the previous year!!

I chose my papers from the K&Company, Hannah scrapbook pad

side view

Tonic verona side

I used crackle and wax, made some plaster of paris flowers and coloured them with distress inks, then spritzed them with a shimmer and added some wired beads


tonic verona top

I used some black soot distress ink over the cream paint on the wood to give an old used look


tonic verona box

I’m happy with the way it turned out it did take about a week though, now I have to decide where it’s going to live and what to keep in it!

Happy crafting