Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A new career?

The weekend was long and full of fun as Mal and I created for the shop! I learnt new skills, while I held the wood, and the hammer and the screws! It was case of "where is the hammer Jen?", as I looked everywhere for it, searching high and low saying " I put it down there, Mal", only to find it in my hand!  I am not sure that shop fitting will be my new career, but boy, oh boy, they do look fab, even though I say it myself :) My husband is just the best!!



If you are passing by or have a need for some stash, please do drop in and say hello to our new displays... we would love to see you.

Have a creative day

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Graphic 45ing it!

I hope you have enjoyed your holiday weekend. I have spent all of it working, and learning new skills, but more of that tomorrow... In the meantime I taught a workshop on Saturday using the delicious papers, Secret Garden and French Country from Graphic 45. This class is always gentle and quiet.. as everyone spends time concentrating, and did I finish mine... no , of course not! I thought you might like to see some pictures from the girls' books, such gorgeousness!

Thank you to everyone who came along, it was pleasure as always.
Have a creative day

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mixing it up!

Dear Blog, I am back again... wow! what is happening? I must be on a roll... lol Yesterday I taught a mixed media class, and the lovely ladies got a mixture of techniques to play with and learn, including UTEE ( my favourite!), alcohol inks (my favourite!), using sprays with stencils, ( my favourite!)... I see some kind of pattern actually all of the techniques were my favourite!! We had a great deal of fun as always, and although it isn't pictured here ( will try to get a decent photo of it later), My first mirror was only using one stamp.. and I tried to do that with my second mirror... it is  great learning curve when you can only use one stamp! Here are the girls gorgeous creations

Liz's mirror- note the inky fingers!

Rosemary's "with one stamp"

Sandra's green perfection!
and here are details from mine ....

My Mirror with one stamp

Alcohol inks, UTEE, Masks

Alcohol inks, Distress paint, wax


Paint Dabbers

I also had a visit from a fellow Ranger U Educator yesterday who travelled all the way from Belgium to see me... ( OK she didn't really .... but was here on a flying visit) and dropped in on her way to London...Tanya it was a pleasure to see you... hope to meet up again soon xxx

On another note, I also had a request to do kits for my classes, and instructions... putting this out to you my dear blog readers...would you like kits, or videos or on line classes? I love teaching, so please fill in the poll up on the top right hand corner and let me know :)
Have a very creative day
lots of hugs

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dance like no-one is watching....

"You've gotta' dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth. (And speak from the heart to be heard.)” -William W. Purkey
Great words, and perfect for this set of stamps designed by Sioux Jenneys, one of our Creative Design Team.
These are The Stamp of The Week this week, and you can get them half price until next Wednesday night. I made this tag with some of them. The background is a plastic doily used as a stencil which found at my mother in laws ( never throw anything away!!) and the spray kind of ran away underneath it all, so I hadn't used it, so I just have used it as the background for the tag.  I stamped lots of the dancer images on top  and even cut one out to layer on top ( I hate cutting out!) and added a piece of ribbon through the hole. Didn't take me very long, and I got to play too.. which is a rare thing for me at the moment ;(

Hope you like and have a creative day

Monday, May 13, 2013


Hello! A big Thank you to everyone who joined in my giveaway blog posts. I just wish everyone could win. I used Mr to pick the winners, and from the first post,  step up to the podium....

from the second post , Congratulations to ....


and from my post here... congratulations to.....

Please email me your addresses, so I can put your stamps into the post for you. Thank you to everyone who joined in, watch this space for more giveaways, and if you are lucky some art!!
Have a creative day

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Heart, Heart {♥}

Hello Blog {♥}! and hello to you too! WOW! another post! Don't get too excited , it may be my last for a I taught a class yesterday using the meltpot, and we did loads of techniques which the girls made into a canvas. Normally I would use stretched canvases, but this time we used a hardboard canvas which is much better for stamping onto, so the possibilities are endless....must get some more of them {♥}

I didn't take any photos of the girl's creations (no idea why) , but I did photograph mine, and here are some of the elements. I used Dina Wakley's Spilled Hearts template {♥} with UTEE to make the corner part of the canvas, and the top right hand corner is a piece of dipped UTEE music paper... definitely think I have to do some more of this!
All the textures in the UTEE were made using the new stamps which you can find here.


The class was great deal of fun, and I get to do it again next weekend too!
Have a very creative day {♥}

Friday, May 10, 2013

New Stamps from The Artistic Stamper!

I love releasing new stamps, and this set are just so versatile, and I just couldn't wait to share them with you! However one set of them is slightly delayed due to circumstances beyond my control...grrrr!! and won't ship until Tuesday. Can you tell my frustration?! lol update crisis averted and the stamps will be ready to ship Monday :))))
You can still order them and they will come out to you as soon as they are ready! I do so hope you like them... I have been playing with them with my meltpot ready for tomorrow's class....

You can find them here, and if you comment on this post, I will giveaway a stamp of your choice from this new selection!
Have a very creative weekend

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Another sneaky peek...

Dear Blog, I am back again this week...must be a record this year!! For those of you  stopping by, here is another sneaky peek of one of the new stamps which will be released tomorrow. This time, I have poured UTEE onto it, and loving how it is looking :) A little gem this stamp.. sorry for the pun ( gem on the frame!!!)

If you would like to win this stamps, providing you like it in all its glory of course... then just comment on this blog post. I will draw all the winners for this post and the last one early next week.
Have a very creative afternoon

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Sneaky Peek 3 ways...and a giveaway!

Dear Blog, I am keeping my promise to you, and trying to blog more often...whether I keep it up will really depend...but for the moment, I am getting there... I mean the weather is rather nice today and the sun is beating through my window, and the lure of sitting with a long cool drink does speak volumes! But, in the meantime, later this week we will have a few new stamps , and this is just a sneaky peek of one of them stamped three ways... I used archival ink, distress ink, and distress paint and stain... sorry only a sneaky peek, but if you fancy a chance of winning this stamp... I will be giving away one of them towards the weekend... all you have to do is comment on this blog post :)

Happy Creating

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Wax and Waning

I did promise that I would tend my blog with love and care, and several weeks ago I taught a wax class, and never did get round to showing you my canvas. We worked with wax in the melt pot stamps, moulds and the very useful serviettes... never pass by a pretty serviette, you never know when it might be useful!! lol
Here are the girls gorgeous creations!

and here is mine, which definitely needs more work on it :)


If you fancy a meltpot of my favourites, we have one at the shop next weekend , and there are still a few places on it.
Have a great holiday weekend
Stay Creative