Friday, 29 March 2013

Tags of 2013 March (Nearly late!)

Hi Everyone,

March Tag of 2013
I have been that wrapped up in workshops and show prep these last couple of weeks, I almost forgot how near to the end of March we are already and realised I still had not done my March Tag.  Only when I was out shopping in a charity shop yesterday did I spot something that not only reminded me, but was also perfect to use. 
You would not believe what spurred me into action - not a lovely background paper, or book page but - a cotton pillowcase (Photo further down if you dont believe me). Yep that is what I have used for my background, and the rest of the tag fell in to place from this background.  I felt Mrs Bunny was off on a journey somewhere with her shopping basket thus the wording JOURNEY and it was a lovely country scene so I gave her a die cut tree and a few flowers.  The trunk of the tree was stamped over with Tims bark stamp from the Stampers Anonomous set to make it a bit more authentic.  The flowers started life as an aluminium drinks can that I die cut with the smallest tattered florals die, painted with distress paints like Tim and threaded onto pin sticks with brads.  The right and left outer leaves are Tattered leaves die cut shrink plastic, coloured with bundled sage d/s and shrunk down.  The detail was just put on after with a gathered twigs distress ink pen.  The other leaves are the leaves from tattered pinecone die, cut out of core card.  The path was made from joined up film strip ribbon, as was the trim up the right had edge,  and the picket fence was die-cut from a creatables die. The vintage ribbon at the top was stained with tumbled glass, ripe persimmon and squeezed lemonade distress stains all spritzed with water so they ran into each other.
Close up of flowers/path

Close up of tree
Original Pillowcase!

Hope you like it, I will get it posted now before its to late! sorry Tim x
Hugs Mo x

Wednesday, 27 March 2013


Hello Everyone,
Its Wednesday, and its time for WOYWW when we all have a snoop around each others desks, if you are not sure what I am talking about, tune in here with our lovely host Julia to join in the fun.
I thought we would have a little change this week with my desk and show it from a different angle.  The reason for this is, a couple of people think I work really tidy, but the fact is I am lucky enough to have lots of space and am able to shove most of it out of the way when I take my photo. 
As you can see I am on another one of my missions!  I have been to a couple of shows recently and bought lots of hearts from the MDF Man to paint up and hopefully sell at a few Craft Fairs I have booked in to later in the year along with some inchies mirrors, storage boxes, canvases etc.  At the back of my desk (which of course is really the side!)  I have a collection of lovely new Indigo Blu stamps and their Kroma crackle which I am itching to use on some of these hearts. It is not a giant loo roll at the back, that is simply my cleaning up stuff along with the wet wipes in the tub. My beautiful complete collection of distress inks and applicators is on show for all to see along with ink pads, heat guns, tools, glues etc.  The next picture gives you a view of my other desk area in the same room.  At the moment it is cluttered with a couple of storage boxes nearing completion, just needing the pretty bits to be attached,  and one not yet started yet.  The two pretty floral cards are what I made from last weeks flowers (see my last post for a closer look) and a there is a clock awaiting butterflies and hands to be added.  I house all my flat dies on the magnetic board on the wall, and you can see my cutting area below this with the paper trimmers all 4 of them! and next to that my heating area where I keep my iron, melting pot and hot glue gun. You can see the rest of the room next week (when its a bit tidier!) 
anyway that enough of me rambling for one day, off now to have a nosey look around what everyone else is up to.  As usual I will visit everyone who visits me and a s many as I can get around.  As many of you know, Wednesday is also my workshop day, so bare with me I may be late getting around but I will be there.
Have a great day bye bye for now.
Hugs Mo x

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Flowers & Fairy's

Hello again,
Posting three times in two days, I hope I am making up for not posting at all last week.
WELCOME to my new followers Ria, Rosie, and Cathryn lovely to have you on board.
I actually just popped on for a very quick post to show you a couple of 8"x8" special cards I have just finished using the flowers I made recently(see my tutorial last post).
They are both along the same lines as you can see using my new Anna Marie stamp and a lovely fairy stamp from Stamp Addicts.  I stamped the background of the Happy Birthday stamp in London Fog Memento and filled in the gaps with Best Friend with distress inks Peacock feathers on the blue and Seedless Preserves on the Plum.  I used the same colours to lightly colour the background and went a little heavier through a flower mask to add a pattern. I coloured the fairy with pro-markers and mounted onto a spellbinders die cut.  The only obvious difference (apart from the colour of course!) is that on the plum card I removed her wings and crown, I thought like this gave me a different use for the stamp, and looks just as pretty dont you think? Because of the depth of the flowers I will have to make special boxes for them, but I think this will make them look extra special too.  I am quite pleased with how they turned out, I think I like the pink one best, and for someone who's favourite colour is blue that seems strange to admit. I will leave it for you to decide which you like best. 
Hugs Mo x

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Flower tutorial

Hi everyone,
I have been having fun making lots of flowers as shown on Create & Craft this week by Anna Marie from  They are such pretty flowers on there own or when they are grouped together as you can see from the photo, I thought I would do a quick tutorial for you in case you missed the show.

Die-cut rings using two sizes of circle dies together

Fold into quarters and cut into fringe from the outside all the way along
Open out carefully and make a cut
stick double sided tape all around the inside
Stick the staemen onto the edge of the tape and begin to roll fringe around it
make sue the edge is kept level and roll all the way along
Gently shape the petals
Ink a little distress ink around the edges to finish

Hope you have fun making your own.
Hugs Mo x


Hi Everyone,
Firstly a big HELLO and WELCOME to my new followers joining me on my crafty journey.
Its that time of the week again, where we all have a little snoop around other desks to see what everyone is up to with WOYWW.  If you want to join in the fun and need to know more, pop over to find out how with our lovely host Julia here .
 On my desk today, I have been playing with my some new Anna Marie stamps and flower stamens  I bought at the paper craft show in Harrogate last Saturday that I went to with Anne.  The flowers are made up of paper rings cut and wrapped around the stamen as Anna Marie was showing on Create and Craft last monday.   I have done a quick tutorial in case anyone missed the programme for my next post as I think they are so pretty.  The fairy rubber stamp in the centre of the desk are from Stamp Addicts I am going to use her with the flowers on a couple of birthday cards, there are 3 backgrounds of which have been stamped ready at the back of the desk, although I dont think they are very clear on the photo. I will post them when I have finished them.  Meanwhile here is a sneak peek of some I made up earlier ready to go on to a card. It love it when you see something like this from a bit of card, ink & ribbon and little bit of time.

At the back you can see finished Mr Owl I was working on from my last desk, see my last post for a better view.  He is sat on my desk watching what I am doing  with his lovely big eyes.  Just out of view you can see lace, I might use this too but am not sure yet.  I have some owl ribbon you can see at the back left that I could not resist, and some felt owls which are in the packet at the back awaiting construction. Anyway I must say toodle pip for now as I have a workshop today so must get organised, I will catch up with everyone that visits me and as many others as I can later today.
Crafty Hugs till then and have a great Day!
Mo xx

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Shop till you Drop

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to my new followers, thank you for joining me on my crafty journey.
Yesterday I went to the Papercraft Extravaganza show in Harrogate with my dear friend Anne and we had the best day out you can imagine.  We spent a few hours of retail therepy at the stalls at the show, stopping every now and again to check on Annes DH who was spending the day patiently reading whatever was to hand whilst drinking tea and coffee, and giving him chance to stretch his legs  whilst we saved his seat.  From the show we all relaxed for a while whilst we enjoyed lunch, and then it was a visit to Dyan Reaveleys Art from the Heart were we failed to resist buying morecrafty bits we HAD to have . We  came back suitably skint and loaded down with bags of goodies. Here are some of my purchases from the trip.

As you can see there is quite a few things, owls of course (pressies from Anne) and hearts from the mdf man.  One of the new Tim Holtz Tiny things stamp set, the new dylusions white linen ink spray  colours, trinkets, flowers centres ribbon and a lovely new stamp from  What a lovely lady Annamarie is, this was the first time I had the pleasure of meeting her.   I believe she is on Create & Craft Tomorrow (Mon) at 9am using this stamp set. 
On my desk 2 weeks ago, I was busy using my Mr Owl (Its a Hoot) Stamp and here he is in all his glory.  I stamped around the edges of craft card, then  I paperpieced him on to the quilted background featured in this months Craft Stamper.  I put an eyelet in each corner, and threaded garden twine through  to make it a little rustic. A little hand drawn frame and  he was done.   I  also made this cog and clock card for a friends 60th birthday.  A took a piece of black card, sewed around the edge, stamped the cogs on the with versamark heat embossed with gold and silver.  I used metal tape torn and scratched to add interest and attached over the four corners and in the centre.  Next I used  more metal tape over cardstock dry embossed it and coloured it with gold and silver and bronze alchohol inks. I cut around the cogs to make the shape uneven and stuck it over the silver areas. Extra cogs were added on the top made from diecut grunge paper and the card was completed with a die cut craftables clock from gold mirror card. The black centre of the clock is from the same die cut from black card.  I attached the hands with a simple brad at six o'clock for the 60 birthday.

Mr Owl - What a Hoot!

60th Birthday Card 6 O'Clock!

2 more cards I have to show off today are ones my lovely ladies are making during my 2 workshops this week.  The theme is butterfly trail and flowers and flourishes,
Flowers & Flourishes
Butterfly trail
Hope you enjoy

Hugs Mo x

Wednesday, 6 March 2013


Hello everyone, and welcome to my new followers Lyn, Kay, Vickie and Miek welcome aboard lovely to have you with me on my crafty journey.  Its Wednesday so its time for  us to show each other whats on our workdesks with our host Julia so why not join in the fun at
So what is on my desk?????
I know it looks a bit staged, but I had just finished inking and stamping a few different colours of background papers and tidied up for the night up last night.  I am ready to use the papers with my new woodware its a hoot stamp I purchased yesterday. Owls are a particular favourite of mine and I tried to resist him but I heard him say please take me home.  I had a go at the faux quilted  effect shown by Joanne Allison in the latest issue of Craft Stamper for the background of my card and I really like the effect.  I am going to paperpiece Mr Owl with my background papers then maybe a little doodling around him to make a frame. 
 I met up for coffee with my lovely friend Anne yesterday and in the next photo just have a little nosey at what presents she brought for me. Isn't this little book for my blog friends details just the cutest thing you ever did see? It was made by the very talented Lynn Holland as you can probably tell by the sweet little Doodley birds.  The beautiful tissue paper is what it came so carefully wrapped in, I love it.  There is also little packet of pretty wooden buttons and a whole stash of friendly plastic for me to play with.  Anyone who follows Anne's  blog will remember the lovely pin cushions she made recently and now I am the proud owner of this one. Just a note that  Anne (Redanne) may well not be able to join us on WOYWW today as the builders accidentally cut off her Internet but she asked me to pass on her apologies for not being able to say hello to all her blog friends today and she will catch up  with everyone very soon.
Thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments on my workshop cards last week I was very touched. I will try to get around as many desks as I can and will visit everyone who comments on my desk.
 Have a very Happy Day. BBFN Hugs Mo x