20 May 2018

Don’t Let Life Dull Your Sparkle



I fell in love with this Spellbinders  Away We Go  die when I spotted it at the Alexandra Palace Craft show earlier this year.It cuts beautifully, I do often struggle with dies not cutting very well!  I enjoyed creating backgrounds with my aqua markers pens so much I made another one, but no swirls this time. I also added some fibres and dried flowers. 
I currently have some pretty Forget-Me -Not flowers in my flower press, yes I actually put them in the press this time,  and not between book pages ! They should be ready in the next few weeks, so I am looking forward to using them.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you are having time to enjoy your crafting xx

I would like to enter this into the Artistic Stamper Backgrounds Challenge. 

16 May 2018

Kindle your Spark of Madness


Hello, I hope all is well in your corner of the world. Thank you so much for visiting, and for the kind comments you leave me, they are truly appreciated xx

I always like to take part in the Country View Challenges  This month the theme is Be  Humourous - so I am a bit out of my comfort zone with this one ! 

This cheeky giraffe by Carabelle immediately came to mind, I have only ever used him in my art journal before so I thought it was time he came out and jumped onto a card! 

I experimented with my aqua markers to create a swirly background, I really enjoyed doing that as 
I was just playing and not trying too hard, and it came out okisssh  so I think I may make some more : )
I fussy cut the funny giraffe and used sticky pads to adhere him to the card. He is humorous in himself but I added the fab quote by Dina Wakley

As well as entering Country View Challenges I would like to enter Artistic Stamper Backgrounds. 

Have a lovely day.



15 May 2018

Second Chance Winner of Big Giveaway



Sadly I never heard from the previous winner, I posted on her own blog, on here, and on the Indigoblu Facebook page, but to no avail. I do so hope that she is ok. If the original winner does ever see this please still contact me as 
I am sure I could find a little something to send to you.

I have randomly chosen another winner using random org.


The winner is #5 Tracey Thurston Congratulations please email me gillslapATyahoo.co.uk with your details.

Next time -  I have an extra special give away, a Mini Portable Photography Studio Light Tent. I hope to put it up as a giveaway during the summer, which will hopefully be arriving soon!








11 May 2018

Party Sheep




Hello how are you today? Sadly I have still not heard from the winner of the giveaway, I have posted on her blog and Facebook to no avail. If I have still not heard by Monday evening I will randomly select another winnner. I do hope that the winner Linda  is ok.

Today I have made a tag to tie around a gift for my sisters friends birthday. Oops I haven’t made the gift yet...... it is going to be a 3d picture in a frame. My sister and friends go on several holidays in the Lake District each year so I wanted to create  a country scene. The Crafty Individual Stamps are perfect for this.

As this is for a birthday the sheep of course had to be holding balloons! I used Watercolours for all of the colouring, and added texture with Flowersoft for the hedge and white Flowersoft for the sheep. I crushed up some Prima Art Stones to make the pathway. I finished the tag by tying on  several different shades of green raffia. 

Thank you so much for visiting today. Wishing you a happy, and hopefully sunny weekend xx 

I would like to enter Party Sheep into the following challenges.

Stamping Sensations Close To Nature
Craft Stamper Anything Goes with Stamping

8 May 2018

Final Call to Winner


I sincerely hope the Winner of the goodies above is ok, as she has not contacted me yet.....  I announced the winner a week ago. I have left a message on her blog, but the blog does not look very active. I hope to hear from her very soon.

To be fair to everyone who entered if I have not heard by the 14th May I will pick another random winner. 



2 May 2018

May Craft Stamper


The fab May issues Craft Stamper  is going to be in the shops this Friday.I am thrilled to have one of my cards included  in this issue. My very talented friends Elizabeth Robinson  Jenny Marples  and Tracy Evans, have features in this months magazine so it will be a brilliant one as always! 

Many thanks to Trish Latimer for including me.

If you can’t get to the shops you can purchase it from www.craftstamper.com to buy subscriptions, www.mags-uk.com for single print copies, digital copies from www.pocketmags.co.uk 
Overseas subscriptions are available too!


Here is a sneaky peak of my card.

Thank you for visiting, wishing you a very happy upcoming bank holiday weekend xxx


1 May 2018

Winner of the Big Giveaway is..



Thank you to all the lovely people who entered. Sadly there can only be one winner, but there will another giveaway in the summer, just because it is nice to give. 

The lucky random winner of this wonderfully large collection of  goodies is....




Congratulations Linda please email gillslap AT yahoo.co.uk with your details.

You may notice the giveaway post says 14 comments but I replied to one comment which is why it says 14. 

28 Apr 2018

Encouraging Card And Secret Message Tags


Hello, I am on the Indigoblu Blog today with a special card that I created to be encouraging, and supporting. A handmade card and written message can mean so much in difficult times. I also wanted to include some hidden tags for secret messages or gift cards.




 Thank you for popping by. I would like to enter this card into the following challenges
Paperbabe Anything Goes and Heartfelt Challenges Anything Goes 

25 Apr 2018

Emerging Butterfly Into Our Wonderful World





Did you see the lovely Kay on Hochanda tv yesterday?  They had some truly spectacular offers on the beautiful Indigoblu stamps ! If you missed the shows you can still watch them on Hochanda  tv online. I have written a little step by step incase anyone was interested in how I made the card shown above. 

 Butterflies are an excellent example that sometimes changes are good and can even be beautiful.

Indigoblu Stamps Used  :- Victorian GardenAnemone and Daisy  Live,Laugh,Love

Step 1.  I painteWarm Tan paint over my 7x7 watercolour card, while still wet I crumpled up some copy paper and patted it down onto the paper, which left lots of interesting creases and textures.

Step 2. Some thin plastic was next to be used to add some textures. I sponged some Olive waistcoat paint  over the crumpled plastic, and spritzed it with water before laying it down onto the watercolour paper and tapping my fingers lightly over it. It left  interesting patterns.I repeated this process using the Peppermint Tea paint

Step 3. I sketched the outline of a pupa shape and cut around it, and also cut a slit in the middle so the butterfly could escape.



Step 4. I then covered the pupa with texture paste. I used the side of a palette knife to score some markings on the pupa.When dry I painted it with Peppermint Tea, and Olive Waistcoat paints.


Step 5. After stamping and embossing  half of the butterfly in Black, I lightly added some colour to her using Grandmas Teacup and Lemon Meringue paints.I fussy cut the lovely butterfly and slotted her into the pupa.


Step 6. Black embossing powder outlined the flowers from the Anenome set and the leaves from the Live, Laugh,Love set very nicely, and I coloured them with the Marshmallow, Wimberry Pie and Pantry White paints. When dry I fussy cut all of the flowers and leaves. I then added some shape by curling the leaves and petals around a pokey tool,  which gives them a more natural look. 

Step 7. I stamped and embossed “Let Your Dreams Be” sentiment from the Victorian 
garden onto the background.I flicked several colours of paint over the picture to add some little dots of colour and interest. 

Step 8. As my blank card was white,  I edged the watercolour paper using a black ink pad so it would stand out nicely.

Step 9. A real twig was perfect to hold the leaves and the pupa.I used sticky foam pads to adhere the pupa, leaves, and the flowers which completed the picture.


Step 10. To make the card stand out when it landed through someone’s door, I Stamped some flowers onto the corner of the envelope. 

Thank you for visiting, I hope you managed to get some of these gorgeous stamps!

I would like to enter my Emerging Buttefly into the Craft Stamper Take It Make It  Challenge and the 

My Blog Giveaway 
If you would like a chance to win and all of the goodies in the picture below just click here : )



13 Apr 2018

Spring Joy




Well it looks like Spring might have actually arrived - at last ! I have been playing with my new Distress oxides, and after experimenting I ended up with a colourful background for this Spring Joy scene. 

I love Hares I don’t think I have ever actually seen one in the wild in person, but I adore them. I sat this darling hare by Hobbyart in his meadow, and stamped and fussy cut a flower stamp to keep him company. I love using dried flowers and items from nature, so of course they made up the meadow too. 




Some Hares were so full of Joy they jumped into the air over the meadow! I stamped my hares by Clarity Stamps which have always been a favourite of mine, but then when Lavinia Stamps released some similar hare stamps, I had to get them too! I wonder if there are any hare stamps I don’t have... no, no don’t tell me ... : )




 I stamped my assortment of hare stamps in a curve over the main hare, they look like they are having lots of fun! 

By the time I was finished it was much too large for a card, so I punched some holes in the top and hung it up with some pink raffia.


Thank you for visiting the hares today, have a lovely day.

I would like to enter  Spring Joy into the following challenges

9 Apr 2018

My visit to the Alexandra Palace Craft Show


I met lovely Jenny from Hobbyart

Unfortunately it was pouring with rain yesterday and was very misty, so Alexandra Palace did not have its usual magnificent views over London. It it was wonderful to meet so many lovely people. I took lots of photos to share.



A collection of beautiful cards by the talented Hobbyart Design Team.


The talented Barbara Gray giving a lovely little demo.



Some lovely cards by Inkylicous, I am sure I spotted my friend Sandra’s stunning work there.


Some gorgeous Alice in Wonderland makes from Dolly Dimples.


I was really looking forward to the Anna Marie stall, but sadly they had sold out of a lot of things the day before.



My goodies - a stamp by Hobbyart, and one from Clarity, a stencil too all with nature themes. A beautiful unique fairy stamp from Inkylicius. I also found some Distress Oxides at a good price! I found Tim Holtz Resist Spray, which I have had my eye on for a while.

 Last but not least I treated myself to a gorgeous die of children holding hands, and one of them holding a teddy bear ahhh.I used to work in a playgroup for under fives years ago before the coma and before I became very ill and disabled.

I am looking forward to playing with my goodies. Sad Indigoblu were not there, but they are very busy with their popular Dirty Weekend workshops. I will be receiving their new stamps to work with soon.Lots of crafting ahead.

Thank you for visiting, wishing you a happy crafty week xx

7 Apr 2018

Imagitation can take you anywhere !



I am always finding pressed flowers in between book pages, so after  experimenting with stamping on pressed rose petals  ( please see this postI thought I would try using punches with them. I began by gluing my pressed rose petals onto card, I used a Pritt glue stick. I then  used the beautiful  Fiskars punch to create lots of  rose petal butterflies. 

I created a sky background with watercolours, and stamped the lovely little Phyllis Harris Stamp by 
Unity onto card.After giving her some colour I carefully cut around her, and adhered her to the background. I wanted the butterflies to float her up and away to a magical land. So I arranged the butterflies above her and drew a line from the butterflies to her hands. I stamped the brilliant quote next to her,  I love that sentiment - imagination really can take you anywhere...

Thank you for stopping by, I am off to Alexandra Palace tomorrow for the big craft show.

Blog Giveaway 
If you would like a chance to win and all of the goodies in the picture below just click here : )




5 Apr 2018

Suffragettes 100 Years


It is 100 years since the suffragettes won some women in the UK the right to vote. I wanted to pay tribute to these brave women with this collage picture.There is a step by step about how I created it on the Indigoblu Blog Thank you for visiting. I would like to enter this into the following challenges,thank you.

Country View Challenges I have used a chipboard backing from a Watercolour pad and I have also reused some plastic packaging.
Stamping Sensations One for the Girls this definitely is !


2 Apr 2018

Enchanted Place Big Giveaway




To celebrate Spring I am giving away a lot of gorgeous goodies! Crafts Beautiful recently gave me a huge collection of Hunkydory goodies. So I am spreading the joy and  have included lots of the them, along with the stamps and embossing powders. The gold foiled acetetae is absolutely beautiful, and as it is Easter time I have included Lindt chocolate too!

The goodies included in the giveaway are 

3 Stamps by Michael Powell  

1 I bee lieve in you by Unity Stamps 

 1 Embossing Powder Pink by Papermania


1 Embossing Powder fluorescent Pink by Wow

2 sheets of gold foiled acetate 

1 sheet Botanical Blooms die cuts

1 sheet Rose Gold Destinations Case 

1 Rose Gold Floral Box Card

1 sheet Rose Gold Die cuts chic ornate elements

Approx 70 A6 size images for all occasions from Hunkydory Moments and Milestones pad

1 Lindt Bunny Paw best before 08/2018

A Close up of the 4 stamps


A close up of the gold foiled acetate sheets

I am giving these lovely items away as an individual person, just because it is nice to give. It has nothing to do with any companies that I may be associated with.  If you would like a chance of winning these goodies, please become a follower and leave a comment below. The winner will be drawn by random on 1st May 2018. 


29 Mar 2018

Happy Easter Weekend



I would like to wish my crafty friends a wonderfully happy and healthy long Easter weekend. I still have some polystyrene eggs to somehow decorate before tomorrow, but I have managed to make a few Hare cards using the  beautiful new Hare die by Creative Expressions 



I am thrilled to say that my Spring Scene frame is in the May issue of Crafts Beautiful magazine! They have sent me  a huge and very generous package of Hunkydory goodies. To share the joy I will add some of the goodies to my next blog giveaway which I will be doing sometime soon.



Not long to the craft show at Alexandra Palace, sadly Indigoblu are not going to be there, so I won’t get my hug : (  but it will still be wonderful to meet everyone else. Just hope I will be ok on the day to go ..  

25 Mar 2018

Easter Scene Frame



Hello dear crafting friends, how are you today? The daffodils are out so maybe spring weather may arrive soon! 

With Spring in mind I made this Spring Scene.I used a deep wooden frame, and created a Watercolour background. I then used a  wonderful spring stamp set which came free with Crafts Beautiful magazine. I coloured and fussy cut the stamps and added them to the front part  of the frame and added various dried flowers, and twigs. I adhered the butterfly stamps onto some thin wire so they could fly freely in the scene
Thank you for visiting and I hope you are having time to have crafty fun.

I would like to enter my Spring Scene into the following challenges.






18 Mar 2018

Indigoblu Butterfly Card


I love this beautiful, beautiful big butterfly from Indigoblu! I wanted to show her off on a large 8 x 8 Kraft  card. I heat embossed her in white on the centre of the left side. I repeated this on some stamping card, and  coloured her with the gleaming Luscious pigment powders before fussy cutting her.  


I heat embossed the line of leaves from the Aztec Borders Stamp Set above and below the butterfly, and I  also coloured them with the Lusciois. I adhered the fussy cut butterfly to the right of the first one.



To finish I thought it would be nice to heat emboss the butterfly on the inside of the card. I think the white embossing looks nice against the Kraft Card. 




Please visit the Indigoblu blog  to also see some fabulous art from Mike Deakin.



Thank you for visiting me today, I hope you are having time to craft.Lets hope the snow stops soon ! 
I would like to enter this into the following challenges.







12 Mar 2018

The Magical Tree




Hello, today I am continuing my story, which I started before Christmas with Lavinia Stamps.  I created the card using Lavinia Stamps and die cuts, Distress Oxide inks. and lots of love. 

The young hare had been desperately searching for the beautiful lady hare he had kissed under the mistletoe on Christmas Eve. He had searched every inch of the forest, but could not find her, and he was very, very sad. 
Then one bright morning in early March, he spotted her just the other side of the magical tree which stood on the very edge of the forest. 
He rushed towards her, “where have you been” he called. 
“ I have been very poorly” she replied “ I had to go  to the Hare hospital”  
“Are you alright now?”.he asked anxiously.
“I am better than I was , but em... well I won’t be... well not exactly like I was  before”.she replied with great sadness in her heart. “I can’t do all of  the things normal hares can do, and my life will be very different and difficult”
“You will Always be perfect to me” replied the young hare, and held her in his paws  and kissed her gently on her cheek.....

Thank you for visiting, I would like to enter this into the Penny Black and Stamping Sensations challenges. 

10 Mar 2018

Live Every Moment


Hello how are you today?
I originally created this little scene in my art journal, for once I actually quite liked the way it came out, and of course the sentiment is wonderful. 
When I saw that Country View Challenges theme this month was to make a postcard, I thought I would try to recreate it to fit onto a postcard. The gorgeous stamp is drawn by the very talented Phyllis Harris and manufactured by Unity Stamps 

The original page in my Art Journal.



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