Wednesday, 31 May 2017



Hallo Everyone!

I'm quite excited to have
Karen Gist here today with
another of her fabulous
creations so without further
ado, over to you Karen:

"Hi, I have chosen to decorate the Cotton
 Carrier Bag for this project. 
What a fantastic bag this is!!! 
Its made of sturdy cotton, 
is a good size and has a zip...I love it!!!!

To start - stamp the sunflower from the 
PaperArtsy set ELB24 on some scrap paper
and cut in half.

 Enlarge it by using a photocopier or your 
scanner software and print out. 

Now trace the image onto your bag. 
I chose the sunflower but you could 
use any stamped image this way.

Paint your image. 

You can see by my photo that these 
Starlight Paints are super shimmery! 
They have a lovely consistency for fabric too.

Punch shapes into some fairly stiff card
 to use as a stencil. 

I used a Woodware scalloped circle but you 
could use any shape you fancy.

Dab paint through the circles randomly
 over the rest of the bag.

Add some other circles by dipping a bottle top
 into the paint. 

Heat set all the paint using an iron then doodle 
around all the shapes using waterproof pens. 
(I used Uniballs for this)

Sew some ribbon and braid across the top of the bag 
and add buttons to the small circles and
 large buttons to the handles. 

Tie a length of ribbon to the zip pull and you are done!

Supplies used:

Ribbons & Buttons

Karen your bag is just
right for the summer.
Thank you very much for
a lovely project

I'm going to have to make one 
of these - I can just hear people
asking me where I bought it

Hmmmm..... pocket money opportunity?.....

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Vintage Chic

Vintage Chic

Hallo there!

D'you know John Masefield's
poem?  The one that starts
I must go down to the sea again
the lonely sea and the sky......

Feel a bit like that myself today..

Here's Louise Thomson
she has her eye on the
sea too ....

"I found a very plain piece of 12”x 12” paper 
and spread it with sand texture paste 
in a loose cross shape. 

(I later regretted not choosing paper with
 a bit more weight to it, but hey ho.) 

Down the middle I added a scrap of lace.

On to some tissue paper I stamped the 
Blue Fern seaside stamp using memento ink.

 I tore scraps of this out and added 
to my base paper.

I gave the whole thing a watered down 
coating of Fresco nougat paint. 

Starting in the centre of the texture paste 
I spritzed water on to the paper and then 
sprinkled Brushos over the top.

 In some areas I added extra water and 
then blew the paint with a straw to create
 extra runs and drips.

Once the Brushos were dry I used 
a sizzix layering stencil, 
more Nougat paint and some 
cut n dry foam to add in a lacy design.

On to a separate piece of card I stamped the

 Blue Fern seaside stamp twice. 
I lightly distressed the edges and added 
a little gold alchemy wax.

On to this I added my beachy photo, 
also with some wax and paint 
added around the edges. 

(In case anyone is interested, 
this beautiful beach is at 
Heartland Point in North Devon. 
Well worth a visit – we saw 
seals the day we went!) 

I also die cut some flowers from 
the Sizzix wildflowers die set.

I partially re inked the seaside stamp using 
Broken China Distress Oxide ink and 
then spritzed with water before stamping 
a few times around the edges of the project. 

I found you can get two or three good 
prints like this before needing to re ink.

I also added a few die cut birds 
using an Impression Obsession die. 
These were then painted over in Fresco paint 
and had a little of the Brushos blended in with them.

Finally I added a selection of bits and pieces 
from my ‘things-too-pretty-to-throw-away-and-
I’m-sure-I’ll-find-a-use-for-them-one-day’ drawer. 

This included a flower made out of more lace 
with a brad pressed through the middle, 
a ceramic button that I was kidding myself 
if I thought I would ever get around to 
stitching on to a cardy, and a little glass bottle
 that once contained tiny beads, now stuffed 
with a scrap of stamped card as a 
message in a bottle. 

With a little fine liner doodling around the edge,

 the whole page was complete"

Materials list:
12” x 12” paper (mine was too thin, I would recommend this one)
Distress oxides – Broken China
Fresco paints – Nougat

Such a lovely page
thank you Louise

I feel quite inspired now
to take a walk with my
trusty camera along the
the sea front (as we call
the prom in these parts)

I have the stamp, etc, etc.........
Just need a photo.......

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Friday, 26 May 2017

Vintage Chic

Vintage Chic

Hi Everyone!

How're you doing?  If you
are in the UK I'm sure you
will be looking forward to
the Bank Holiday...

Hope you've something nice
planned and the weather will
be good .........  Fingers crossed
for that .........

Claire Jackson is with us today 
to share a beautiful card that
could be sent to anyone for any

"Cut a square of white card 41/8 x 41/8 inches. 
Stamp the main bird vignette image and 
emboss in black detail embossing powder

Tape down the harlequin stencil onto one half 
of the card blank and mask off the other half 
to prevent any stray specks of Brusho getting on it.

Sprinkle Ost. Blue Brusho over the stencil and
 spritz the card and stencil with water. 

Blot with a paper towel to remove any excess 
water and remove the stencil. 

Dry thoroughly with a heat tool.

Tape the stencil back in place. 

Use the triangular stamp in the set 
without a mount, tapping it on the 
ink pad and pressing randomly 
over the stencil.

Sprinkle ost. blue Brusho around the edge 
of the embossed image and spritz 
with water. 

Blot with a paper towel to control
 how much the crystals spread.

Sprinkle ost. blue onto a craft mat and mix with 
a wet paint brush, paint over the bird before 
diluting down to paint the bird seed box. 

Repeat with violet and colour the flower and leaves.

Use the triangular stamp unmounted again 
to add swirls around the edge of the main image

Add shaded lilac Distress Ink to darken 
the edges and highlights with a gel pen. 

Mount onto black card before securing to 
the centre of the card blank"

Thank you Claire. That is such
versatile card

What do you think Everyone?  Do you
agree it is good to have a few cards
made up ready for any occasion?

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx