Sunday, 25 March 2018

Easter Egg

Easter Egg

Hi Everyone!

It hardly seems a moment since
Christmas and here we are about
to celebrate Easter - four days off
work, how lovely.  The first holiday
of the year and much looked 
forward to I don't doubt........

Jane Castle has brought in a
delightful card to start us off:

"The card I'm sharing with you today
 could be used for so many different occasions
 it's one worth having ready made as 
a stand-by. ( maybe more than one!)

I began by colouring a 15cm x 15cm card blank
 with paint and ink. 

Next using the Toad Hall I painted a piece of 
smooth white card.

 Once dry I brushed on some matt medium 
and added some scrumbled tissue paper. 
To make sure the tissue paper was attached 
without any air bubbles I brushed over the top
 with a little more matt medium.

When this was completely dry -- (it's easy to tell as
 it will no longer be sticky!), I made a wash with
 1 part water to 1 part Chartreuse paint 
and brushed this over. 

Being a translucent paint the darker
 colour underneath still shows through. 

Finally when this was just dry I brushed over 
some Cosmic Shimmers Mica Powder.

This is what I stamped my chickens and sentiment
 on but first I decided on the size I wanted my
 embellishments to be. 

They all measure the same 5.5cm x 4cm, 
2 landscape and 2 portrait.

 I made a paper window of the size so
 I could choose where I needed to cut after 
stamping and heat embossing.

The 4 pieces of card were then mounted onto 
some black mirri card before attaching to the card.
 A flower was added from my stash of 'ready-mades', 
to break up the greens.

I like the texture the scrumbled tissue paper 
gives and it's good fun to get a little 'inky 
and messy' now and again!

Thanks for stopping by today, 
hope you have a good week and 
enjoy your crafting X."

A really effective card Jane,
than you very much

would be fun here, as indeed
PaperArtsy.  Both sets are
half price too!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Sunday, 25 February 2018



Hi There!

It is the last Sunday in the
month - nearly springtime 
How fabulous is that?  

Love it when the thick
waterproof, hat, scarf
and warm gloves become
superfluous to requirements

Makes leaving the house so
much quicker..............
Yes, I know, dream on ....

In the meantime Craftyfield
has discovered a new way 
of decorating greyboard and
chipboard ..........

"Did you know the Tando chipboard pieces
 can be embossed with folders? 

When I discovered this is possible, 
I saw them in a different light... 

With frames in particular, the added 
dimension gives them the look of ornate 
Vintage woodwork.

Today's project is showcasing this technique.

 First I painted the frame with several 
colours of acrylic paints, I was aiming for a 
Verdigris finish.

I embossed the frame in a Cuttlebug folder
 and applied Metallic Lustre to highlight
 the texture.

My frame is ready... 

I selected an image from PaperArtsy Hot pick 1207 
and stamped it with Versafine black. 

To age it, I used a mix of Antique Linen 
and Walnut Stain Distress inks.

 I created the background with layers 
upon layers of Distress Oxide inks 
in Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and 
Scattered Straw. 

A bit of stencilling and stamping 
on top (PaperArtsy ELB33).

Finally, I picked the embellishments from 
my overflowing left overs bin.

There you have it a simple technique to 
jazz up these chipboards!"

Thank you Craftyfield, I love this
technique it adds interest to what
is often a boringly plain piece of

I do enjoy Craftyfield's mini tutorials
don't you?  Just enough to inspire
the experimentation gene in us all

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Saturday, 24 February 2018



Hi Everyone!

I'm here with something completely
different today.  I say, I am but it
is really Jane Castle who has
brought the project to us

I think you'll like it.....

"Hi everyone, hope today finds you all well
 and ready for some crafting ideas! 

I have often stamped an image onto a 
piece of calico material and then embroidered
 it so here is one I made today.

The image was stamped using Archival ink, 
I chose the cornflower blue as I wanted most 
of my stitching to be that colour. 

Once the flowers were embroidered and the 
tiny beads sewn on I frayed the edges. 

This was then sewn onto a piece of blue card
 which had the edges distressed.

A tag was made from the same card
 and heat embossed in white. 

Before attaching to my kraft card blank 
I added a wooden flower button but any 
embellishment could be used. 

To finish off I added some Treasure Pewter 
to the edges and some faux stitching 
with a white pen.

This idea could be used for the fast 
approaching Mother's day ----- stamp 
Mum on the tag or embroider Mum 
onto the material

'Bye for now

Jane xx

That is lovely Jane, thank you.

I'm thinking that could also be set into
one of those clear plastic frames and
used as a coaster....... or.........
stamped and embroidered onto one
of those calico bags ..........

Leave you with that

'Til tomorrow 

Mickie xx

PS the SALE is still on - take a look
you might well find a bargain or three.....