Friday, 25 July 2014

No project - just a quick update ..........

Thank you so much for all the good wishes yesterday. Sorry, there's no project from me today -  I just thought I would update you on my appointment at the Balance clinic  today.

We spent an hour and a quarter together and he THINKS I may have visual vertigo!  He has given me some exercises to do twice a day for the next three to four weeks. Just moving my eyes, then moving my head side to side and up and down.  I also need to turn full circles to the left and right.  I might make a ballerina yet with the last two exercises lol

He was extremely thorough going over the symptoms etc etc.  Apparently there is normally a trigger that sets the visual vertigo off, but we couldn't actually find it! lol  He does know by the tests and examinations that it is the right side of my brain that is affected.

He went through the exercises I will need to do which was NOT funny, and I left the medical centre walking like a drunk! lol 

He also suggested Yoga or Tai Chi - yes well, will think about that one! lol 

It is a matter of trying to retrain my brain to be in cinque with my movements, and to come off my medication so we shall see.
It was obvious that there isn't going to be a quick fix for the condition, just wish it hadn't taken 7 months to get to this stage! 

Hopefully I will have something crafty for you tomorrow, thank you again for your good wishes, it means a lot xxxx


Thursday, 24 July 2014

I wish I could fly .........

Thank you for the comments left on my last post xx

I have been having a play with Chocolate Baroque stamps the last couple of days.  Thankfully I had done most of it yesterday as today I have felt absolutely awful with my balance problem  I have an appointment tomorrow at the Balance Clinic - just hope I feel well enough to be able to go.

Anyway here's my little project

The fairies are from the  Chocolate Baroque August Fairy Stamp Set.  The reeds and water grass are from Stamp scapes and the ivy frame is from Sheena Douglass's Festive Embossing Folder. Everything was coloured with Distress Inks

The challenge over at Chocolate Baroque is a colour one

So hopefully I have used them rightly!

I would like to enter this into the Chocolate Baroque Challenge

Till next time .............

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Have got to say a HUGE Thank you for all your wonderful comments yesterday xxx

Today there's something different but oh so simple to accomplish.

 I saw on TV the other day about being able to colour things with water and ink, so I thought I would have a go!  disaster struck - it didn't work as planned, obviously the person on the TV was using special ink whereas I used Alcohol Ink, or maybe I put too much water in the container.

Anyway I wasn't going to be put off so I made the polystyrene balls wet and then dropped the alcohol inks onto the balls and oh my gosh, I had coloured baubles.  So what might have been a disaster, became a happy accident!

Their all  ready now to add the ribbon. 

There is a WARNING with this technique - if you have any disposable gloves then do wear them, I think I may have inky fingers for quite a few days!!!! lol

Till next time .............

Happily ever after

THANK YOU so so much for your fabulous comments on my last post xxx

Today's post is short and sweet and is for a  challenge over at:

The theme is 'Happily ever after'

I made a very simple card because I wanted the stamp to take the limelight and thought the design could be used for a Wedding Invitation

The stamp is Walesby Heart which I stamped with Memento ink. I stamped one image and then used a mask before stamping the second. The ribbon and bow were from my stash and the sentiment which I cut and embossed with a Spellbinder die I did on my laptop.  I went round the edges of the card and the sentiment with Pan Pastels

Entering this in the Oakhouse Studio Happily Everafter Challenge

Till next time .............................

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A new love!

Hello and welcome!  Thank you for the wonderful comments left on my last post xx

Today I have found a new love - it is called Stampscapes.  I was looking on You Tube the other day for something and came across this brilliant chap doing tutorials with these excellent stamps.  I thought I just have to have a go with them. 

So here's what I did!

I stamped the trees and rocks, and then used the stamp again to extend the scene.  I then stamped the reeds, canooist and birds.  I coloured the water and the sky with Adirondack and Memento inks .

These stamps are so easy because you don't have to mask your work off, they are made in such a way that you can overlap them, making stamping so much easier.

I thought I might give this to my friends husband as it's his 70th birthday next weekend  I  hope he will be able to find a frame for it and put it in his study. I have put a gift card inside his birthday card, but I wanted to give him something a little more personal.
Unfortunately I am still unable to go out due to balance problems, so I will have to pay him back when he's bought it!!! lol

Till next time ....................

Thursday, 17 July 2014

You light up my life!

Thank you so so much for all your lovely comments about the little dresser I made xx

Today's project is a tea-light holder and much less fiddly and quicker to achieve than the dresser

The holder is made from MDF so I painted it with a coat of Gesso, and then with a piece of cut and dry I dabbed Grandma's Teacup, Pink Iced Gem and Peppermint Tea Acrylic Paints from Indigo Blu on all four sides and the top.

The stamps I used are Fuschia and Hanging Basket Decoupage stamps from Imagination Crafts.  I am a bit tempted to colour the fuschia and little flowers in the basket, but thought I would see what you think first.

Till next time ..............

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Classy little dresser!

Thank you again for all the lovely comments on my post yesterday xx

A couple of weeks ago I watched a tutorial on how to make a chest out of matchboxes, so I thought I would give it a go.

Unlike the lady in the video I made ALL my matchboxes instead of buying them!

Three quarters of the way through I had a change of heart and decided to make a dresser instead! lol

The basics I followed from the following you tube tutorial

So this is what I came up with:

I'm not going to do a step by step of how I did it because I would be here all night and you can click on the link above for details because the instructions work in the same way for the they do for the chest.

The back of the dresser was cut with a spellbinder die and coloured with Pebeo silver Gilding Wax

I used papers and images from Kraftyhands Craft Nouveau cd - lots of lovely things on this cd. The embellishment was also from Kraftyhands which originally was brass but I changed it to silver to go with the little dinky handles which are beads I had in my stash.

I also used beads for the feet as I didn't have any proper feet to go on it!

It is a time consuming project because there is lots of drying time to take into account and lots of cutting papers, but I think it was worth the effort.

Till next time ......................

Sunday, 13 July 2014

A big birthday!

Thank you so much for all the comments on my post yesterday xx

Today's offering is a card for a friend's 70th birthday - he has a caravan so this seemed to fit the bill nicely

Everything was done for me for this card.  The Paper is from My Minds Eye and all I had to do was to stamp and emboss the numbers and birthday sentiment - easy peasy!!

Till next time ..............................

Saturday, 12 July 2014

It's been framed!

Thank you for the comments left on my last post xx

Not your usual square frame

I used the Tando Creative Triple Arch Layered Frame and firstly painted it with Gesso and then Pebeo Dark Blue Acrylic paint.  For the base I used Imagination Crafts Black Stars, Lapis Blue and Blue Sapphire Sparkle Medium.  I used Silver Sparkle Medium for the moon.  The stars are peel offs.

The fairy is from Chocolate Baroque and the Tree Stump and squirrels are from Indigoblu which were stamped and coloured with distress inks.

The butterflies are Butterfly Flourish by Signature Dies which I chopped about and finally added glitter to the fairies dress and wings.

There you have it.

The project turned out completely different to how I imagined, but I think it would look cute in a little girls bedroom.

Till next time ...................

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Had a play with an accordion!

NO! NO! NO! not the musical one lol

It's an Envelope Accordion Card which I've made for a 'Pass it on Alphabet Challenge' in a group on Facebook.

I started by making FIVE 4" x 4" envelopes, stuck the open flap to the bottom flap of the next one to make the accordion!.  

Sorry - the papers look rubbish in this light

I then made the toppers that go inside each envelope

This is the Envelope accordion card folded and ready to give away

Till next time .........................

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

All boxed up

Hello and welcome to a new post.  Thank you again for your wonderful comments xx

This project has taken me quite a few days, only because I was watching the tennis, Grand Priz and Tour de France!!!

I'll start with the pictures first:

This is the back

This is one of the sides

This is of course, is the front!

The box is from Indigo Blu which I began by painting with Gesso.  I then dabbed on Royal Satin and Lavender Lace Stamping Paint from Imagination Crafts on the front and back of the box. I used the Royal Peacock Gilding Flakes from Indigo Blu down one side of the box.  The rest of the sides I painted with black Pebeo acrylic paint. 

  I used Pan pastels for the background to the image  just to take the whiteness of the card off, and then stamped and embossed the Dianne Stamp from Indigo Blu.   I only wanted to highlight the flowers on the image ( you might like to click on the picture to see it more clearly) so coloured those with Promarkers. 

Next I attached the Victorian metal corner embellishments from Creative Expressions and flowers from my stash.

Not sure what I'm going to use it for yet - any suggestions would be welcome 

Till next time ..............

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Not quite picture perfect!

Hi and welcome to a new post.  Thank you for continuing to leave your lovely comments xx

Today I thought I would have a go at creating a scene with Pan pastels (It's ok, you can have a good laugh, I don't mind! - you can click on the picture and zoom in if you dare! lol) 

The stamps are Nature II by Indigo Blu and the Fairy is Aurora from Signature dies.

I need more practice, but am reasonably happy with the finished result 

Till next time .................

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Love a little bit of Sparkle!

Hello and welcome to today's blog post.  Thank you as always to all those that left comments on my last post xx

Here's today's little make:

I started with a black matt card, then turquoise mirri, another narrow black matt and then a Panel card (Imagination Crafts).  The stencil is called Carnation (Imagination Crafts) and the butterflies were made with a Martha Stewart mold.  The colours I used were Sage Green, Diamond Quartz and Lapis Blue Sparkle Medium (Imagination Crafts)

If you click on the photo,you will see the sparkle in detail

I would like to enter this into - Anything Goes

Till next time ..........................

Anything goes at Just for Fun Challenge

Hello and welcome to the new challenge over at:

From now on every challenge will be 'Anything goes'  There have been some changes, so please be sure to read the rules etc before entering.

I was watching Phill Martin the other day on Create and Craft using Serif Craft Artist and thought, oh my gosh I can't remember the last time I used mine, so I have now put that right!

Hope you will join us and look forward to seeing your entries