Doves and Sea

17/02/2015 — 16 Comments

Doves & Sea

Hi there,

I have been playing with the canvas board from Clarity Stamps and thought I share a recent creation.

Would love to know your thoughts and what you see in it,

so if you get a chance let me know.

Bye for now.


Emilia Keepsake Box

Good morning,

Hope you are all having a great weekend.

This morning I thought I would share not a valentine card but a keepsake box, I made

for my granddaughter Emilia. I can’t believe she is nearly 4 weeks old.

I hope her Mum will use this to put in her little treasures and that she will do the same as she get older.

It started life as a paper mache box and I have to say I’m pleased with it.

I am having a lot of fun with my fabric hardener powertex, so watch this space for more adventures.

Happy Valentines day, hope you have love in your life.

Drop in and leave me a comment if you get a chance.

Bye for now.


Good morning,

Hope you dropped in to see the amazing artwork made by the Clarity Stampers for last month’s challenge if not yet here is the link.

This month challenge begins this morning and the theme is “Floral”. Hope you will join in.

The blog design team have made some very inspiring projects and everyone one of them is unique

and so different.

Well I love Fuchsias, and am crazy about Clarity Stamps Fuchsia Stamps. I have also

been having great fun with Kraft Card, so my project this month combines them both.

Hope you like it.

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What I used.

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Take some craft card mine was 8 x 8

Stamp the sentiment with Black Archival.


Next stamp the fuchisas with  versamark ink and detailed white embossing powder, and heat emboss, masking as required.

I would suggest doing each flower separately, don’t forget your talc or non static pad as white

can leave a lot of speckles if you are not careful. Here I am partway through the

stamping and heat embossing.

The link to the fuchia stamps is below.—As-See-On-TV—As-Seen-On-TV

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When you have finished masking, stamping and embossing.

Take some white gesso and add a little water until it is the consistency of milk.

With a very fine paint brush paint inside all of your stamped images with the gesso.

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I then coloured in the images using my Spectrum Noir pencils from the  Floral and Natural sets.

3 Shades of green and 3 of red. I also used the blending solution to complete the colouring and as the edges the stamping with a little green for added depth.

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Don’t forget to leave me a comment, I really appreciate it.

Bye for now.


Hi there after some requests as promised

a short blog on how I created this

keepsake box.

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Take a paper mache box, this was one I picked up at the NEC last year, a

protected desk, you can use black bin bags, I have a linoleum cover for my desk. A plastic plate,

a washed piece of an old cotton night dress and Powertex.

Don’t forget your plastic gloves.

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After putting on your plastic gloves, take you fabric and coat on the plate in the powertex. Massage it into

the fabric making sure all of it is covered and is worked into the cloth.

Looks really awful, but keep going.

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Paint the surface of the box with some of the powertex to act as a glue for the fabric.

No, its not chocolate so don’t be tempted.

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Drape and shape the fabric over the box, playing with it to position the draping of the fabric where you want it.

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Repeat for all sides and leave to dry, overnight

The embellishments were made with moulds and paper clay painted with

distress inks.

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I coloured the side with a mixture of perfect, pearls and coloured waxes.

I also painted the inside with acrylic paint to give a rich glossy finish.

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Hope you have enjoyed today’s blog.

Let me know what you think and if you try don’t forget to show me, I would love to see

your creations.

Bye for now.


Hi there.

This evening I thought I would share some new crafty experiments with you. The keepsake box

and its decorations were all made my me and I enjoyed every minute.

Watch this space for more

 and don’t forget to let me know what you think.

Bye for now.


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Hi there,

 I am sorry I have not blogged much this month, things have been a little busy here.

I would just like to introduce you to my Ist grandchild Emilia ( a little sleeping beauty) who made her entrance on the 19th January.

Mum and Baby are fine as is the totally besotted Dad, my son Patrick.

I still can’t believe I am a grandmother, so many have had a wonderful time calling me granny, but as I have told them all I am Nana Naomi.

Bye for now for a very excited Nana.

naomi (2)


January 2015

 Happy New Year.

Hi there and welcome to the 1st Clarity Blog Challenge of 2015.

I wanted to thank all the members of the Clarity Blog Challenge design team 2014  for all their inspiration

support and encouragement. It has been amazing to spend time with you this year.

It’s exciting times and we have some lovely new members of the blog design team, wait still you see

all their wonderful projects.

Hope you will join in and I will get to see what you come up with.

This months theme is Things with Wings and above is my little project.

I made this for a shiny new little baby girl called Grace who lives across the road and is just 2 weeks old.

This little canvas now hangs in bedroom.

This is how I made it.

Take the large Gelli plate and using pickled raspberry distress ink spread evenly all over, with you brayer.

Then take the fairytale castle and without inking stamp into the gelli plate and lift. It will therefore remove the wet ink

and leave the impression of the castle. Take you canvas and place as centrally as possibly over the gelli plate and lift off the background print.

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 Next line up the letter for the name you wish to stamp, from the nursery rhyme set of stamps.

I first tried sed Wow gold embossing powder, but it was too thick and the fine line art was lost. If I had a canvas board, I would have stamped directly onto it. But as this is a canvas I stamped on theva card with black archival ink and used clear embossing powder for the lettering.

I then cut out the letters and coloured with distress markers and stuck onto the canvas.

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 Next, this is what the white fibre looks like, love that shimmer. I took the Large and Small Butterfly, seen on TV in 2011.

I inked the butterfly stamps with black archival and made a sandwich of film with fibre in the centre. I place some greaseproof paper over it and ironed it with a hot iron.

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 It is essential that the image come through like this. It means you have heated it enough.


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 This is what the white looks like.

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 The yellow fibres, with film that has a hint of purple in it.

Cut out the butterflies and layer.


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 This is a close up of the name and one of the butterflies.


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To finish I sprinkled some glamour dust all over the canvas, well every little girl needs some sparkle)

and sealed with a clear mat spray. The spray will seal the glitter and also

allow the piece to be dusted.

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This is what I used

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Hope you like it.

Bye for now.