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Sunday, 4 June 2017

A Little Bit of Steampunkery

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all well and safe wherever you are tonight.

Tonight I am sharing a 60th Birthday card for one of our best friends. He loves cars and motorbikes and is a proper mans man so I wanted something with this in mind.


The image is a copyright free one from the Internet and the backing papers are Mike Deakin Art Steampunkery digi downloads. I printed a greeting and inked it with Tim Holtz distress ink in brushed corduroy and added a few die cut cogs that I have added rust paint to. The reason I used red card to mat the images was purely because Paul loves red.

Have a great week everyone

Take care

Gill xx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Art Journal Challenge - The Change

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a good Bank Holiday even in the UK rain.

I promised I would share some journal Art that I have been doing with you this week. This challenge is another from Junk Journals Junkies and Mindful Art and the prompts this week were green, orange and purple and the words The Change. Well as ladies of a certain age know only too well about 'The Change' there was only one way I could go.


On water colour paper I used Brushos for the background colours with lots of water, There is also lots of texture in the background with old book pages, modelling paste and stencils that you can pick up on if you look closely.

I love journalling and think it is my new favourite thing to do..........then again I also love my card making, altered art and so on and so on................;-)

That's me for today

Take Care

Gill xx

Monday, 29 May 2017

An Exciting Announcemt

Hi Everyone,

Well I am back from Mexico after a fabulous holiday and have had a very up an down 10 days since.

Bad news first so I can finish on a high;

Back to work....... boooooooo

I came home to a to a very poorly little Dixie my miniature Yorkie and had to have him put to sleep two days later so that has been really upsetting for us all. We miss him greeting us when we come home and the place is so quiet.

Now for the great news;

As you know I have been designing for Emerald City Crafts UK for a couple of months now, well Linda has set up a Challenge Blog and she has also asked me to be on her challenge design team, Pop over and have a look at the rest of my design team colleagues and see the amazing crafts they make. You will find my badge in the side bar.
The first challenge will go live on the 7th of July and every first Friday of the month thereafter and it will always be anything goes. I really hope you join in because I can't wait to see all your fabulous makes.

Since I got back I have entered a few journalling challenges so will finish this post with one for you.


I entered this in a Facebook Challenge blog called Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art they have a new challenge every Monday in which you are given three colour and a hint word. In this case it was purple, orange and brown with the word music.

I am going to share a couple more pages with you this week so look out for them.

Have a great week all and take care

Gill xx

Sunday, 7 May 2017

More New Papers and Ephemera

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick catch up today as I am busy packing for my holidays in Mexico.

I promised a couple more samples from Emerald City Crafts UK and here they are.


This card is for the true romantic and perfect for an anniversary card or just to tell your wife/husband/partner they are loved. I used some Tattered Lace die corners and little roses to compliment the colours in the papers

The ephemera and matching papers go together so well they help to take the stress out of card making because the minute you see them together the creative juices just start flowing with ideas So if you are having a bit of a mental block at the moment look no further than Linda's designs.



Doesn't this one make you go arrrrrrrrr. Look at that face on the little dog.
A few little embellishments and there you have it another birthday card ready to send.

So that's me for this week folks, I will see you when I get back from my hols.

Take Care

Gill xx

Monday, 1 May 2017

News Flash - There are new papers and Ephemera from Emerald City

Hi Everyone,

Today see's the latest in the Emerald City Crafts UK designs go on sale as digi downloads.

Have a look at Linda's You Tube to get a full description of the new ranges, So Cute and So Heavenly, they are absolutely gorgeous and you can buy them at affordable prices to print off again and again. The quality of the print is amazing as I only have an everyday printer and they have come out so crisp. This is the beauty of Linda's products, you don't just have to use the papers with the ephemera they are so lovely they can be used on all sorts of projects.

Here are a couple of samples I have made so far and will be sharing more with you in the next few days.




This is the first from the So Heavenly range. I up-cycled a baked bean tin by painting it pale pink and then wrapping one of the papers around the middle. Add a strip of ribbon round the top and bottom and rub some DecoArt metalic lustre around the rim and it is ready for the gorgeous angel ephemera and some flowers and butterflies. You can see I have put pencils and brushes in mine and it has given a lovely classy look to my craft area


Back to cards with this one. I have used the backing papers and also stenciled a heart. For the main image I have cut around the two angels  from the ephemera and stuck them using pinflair glue so they are standing off the paper. I then chopped down the sentiment to fit, matted with matching pink card and tucked it at a jaunty angle. 

This collection is perfect for romantic cards




Now to the So Cute, gorgeous vintage images with matching papers. This is a large tag using this beautiful little lady and matching papers. I finished off around all the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink (walnut stain, lacy punch for the edges and some flowers and leaves using more punches in my stash.


Keeping with So Cute how gorgeous is this baby. As soon as I printed it I thought new baby card. Although the papers and ephemera are quite vintage with a few stars I think this turned out quite modern.

So I hope you like this little sneak peak. Keep an eye out for more later in the week

Take care
Gill xx

Friday, 28 April 2017

Altered Art

Hi Everyone,

Work is so tiring at the moment I so wish I could retire and spend every hour crafting, but it's not to be so I have to craft when I have the energy and it certainly isn't after a 9 and a half hour day.

This week my lovey Aunty retired and I have altered  a wine bottle for her as part of her retirement present.


I have decoupaged the whole bottle with vintage newspaper and birds. I glued vintage string to the top and bottom and used flowers from the Works, leaves from a Joanna Sheen die and a butterfly punch. I have left the top open because I think a couple of silk flowers will look great in it. I made a tag saying Re-purposed with love.

I hope you like it and if you fancy having a go at this altered art you should it is great to see what can be made of something we normally throw away.

I hope you all have a great Bank Holiday weekend

Take care

Gill xx

Sunday, 23 April 2017

It's Been Busy

Hi Everyone,

I haven't been around in a while, it's been a busy time primarily due to getting ready for our charity Alternative Grand National Ladies Day here in Liverpool. I do all the table decs, menu's, table numbers etc and when you have 150 ladies attending you have to make sure everything is perfect. Here are a couple of pics of the tables:





We went for a classy black and white theme this year. I decoupaged and decorated old shoes with flowers and butterflies. 
We need to start thinking of a theme for next year now so suggestions are welcome.

So what else has been keeping me busy? Lets have a look


This is just one of a few custom orders I have finished in the last month. We are on the blue side of Liverpool in this house but I am not averse to making a Liverpool FC card occasionally ;-) 

So whats next, I am making some more samples ready for the new collection of papers and ephemera from Emerald City Crafts UK. You will love them they are so sweet and different from the last collections so look out for them coming soon

So that's me for now I won't leave it so long next time 

Take care

Gill xx