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Outside the Studio

Whats happening Outside the Studio

Here is an update on whats happening outside the Studio, Chickens, yes chickens and i love them.  So cute and smart, i am already able to hand feed Esmeralda (the white one)


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Tag for 21st Birthday

Tag for 21st Birthday

A beautiful tag I made for a lovely young lady for her 21st.  Really enjoyed creating this pretty feminine tag. I used the Julie Nutting doll stamp ( which I have a few ) I love how I can create different themes by changing the paper patterns for the clothes. I love making the backgrounds using many mixed media products.

Sorry photo quality not good


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Sowing Autumn Seeds

Sowing My Autumn Seeds

Back in my garden today, have just put in some autumn crops. Sowing Seeds today, Leeks, Spring Onions, Carrots, Beetroot and Radishes.


My man just finished the second planter for the deck so that’s what I have used. Autumn here now so the planters will be good for winter crops on the deck. Me think, time will tell.


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Male Birthday Card Ideas

 Male Birthday Card Ideas

Well here is another Idea for a  male birthday card, I seem to have a few birthdays where I am needing to make a card for a male.  Here is another one using the foil, building paper and alcohol inks. Finding it quick and easy now to pull this type of card together.

Male Card Burnt Metal 001


Here is a close up showing the texture that you get with the foil, which I crunched up first then stuck it down onto the sookwang double sided tape which was on the building paper. The link for Sookwang takes you to Scrapbooking Made Simple as that is where I was able to buy the large width of this tape. Mine is 4.5 inches or 11.5 cm wide.

Then I passed it through the Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine between a embossing folder.

Male Card Burnt Metal 002

Even closer: Used some hemp under the black cardstock, that was embossed with gold embossing powder.  Add the hemp twine to the card to bring it all together.

Happy to answer any questions about this technique.


Male Card Burnt Metal 003

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My Mixed Media Notebook/Journal

Notebook/Journal made with Mixed Media, Sprays and Stamps

I have just signed up for a new class called Radiant : Faces with Effy Wild.  It is fantastic the magic number is 9, 9 Artists all are fantastic all with different styles, 9 Faces so much to experiment with. It is a must look if you enjoy using mixed media to do portraits. The first class is which is really an extra class with Efffy using mixed media  we are creating our ultimate class notebook or journal. Fantastic tutorial, below is my finished cover.

Mixed Media Notebook/Journal : Love the result easy and quick!

Love the result easy and quick!

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Male 21st Card

Male 21st Card

Here is a technique that I have used before and I just love the outcome.  It is easy to do and you can get so many different looks.

I made plain black envelope to go with it and just embossed Happy Birthday on the front.




Here is a close up of the main feature of the card. To achieve this I first cut a piece of black building paper to fit my Grand Calibre then covered it with some double sided tape, you can use any brand I have a wide roll of Sookwang Double-Sided TapeI then  scrunched up some aluminium foil and placed it on top and then I put it in between an embossing folder and ran it through my Grand Calibre machine.

Then using a blending tool with Alcohol inks I covered the embossed foil.  Then holding the piece vertical I added alcohol ink to the top and let it drip down through the embossing. Lastly I used the Tim Holtz sanding block I rubbed it gently and took off a layer of ink off the raised areas.


I covered chipboard numbers 2 & 1 in silver embossing powder and heat set to achieve a metallic look, then used the same embossing powder to the stamped Happy Birthday on the black cardstock.  Attached the 21 to the cardstock, added two brads in the corners and backed it with another piece of cardstock. I then layered it all together.


On the inside I used some leftovers to make a gift card holder & some detail on the other side.


The finished card.

Questions and comments welcomed.


My First Post

Oh My Gosh,

First day with my new blog.  So new to this please have patients with me.  If you get bored here is a link to my old blog. It may take my some time to get this all going, but hey this is exciting and am enjoying the challenge. Read more