Wednesday, 26 June 2013


Hi, I've had yet more new additions to my ever growing stamp and die collection and also to our doggy family.  We take the terrible twosome to Agility classes every week and there is a delightful lady from the RSPCA there who told a tale of a poor little dog with no home - and guess what muggins here said!!

Firstly here is a picture of my new stamp! this is from Lilly of the Valley and I can't remember the corner dies, the wording is from Cheery Lyn dies.

This is quite apt again, as we are doing yet more decorating - I think that one day we will stop but I can't see when!!

Now My second new thing

I read in a magazine about putting gesso on, then a layer of acrylic and then putting clingfilm over it when wet to get a really cool look.  I had a go on a tiny pine chest that I had knocking around.

I also tried printing onto tissue paper and then using "slap it on" by indigo blue to secure it and blend the tissue into the background.

There are a 1001 mistakes, but I was reasonably pleased for a first attempt and would try it again!

Now here is our last new addition...

A 7 or 8 year old miniature poodle currently called Tootsie (that may change as she doesn't know her name as no one has used it in the last 4 years!!!) she is loosing some hair through stress and is a very quiet docile thing - a little beauty!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge "Take Flight"

This is a great title - Sooo many things you can do I didn't know where to start! AND there is a great prize donated by Zoe too!

 I had a go with two sets of Visible image stamps - I just love this butterfly stamp they do! Naughty Eileen  talked me into buying some frantage and I love it - it give a great metallic edge to a page.

Now this one is not so much taking flight as falling, but it uses some great Lavinia Stamps and shows how easy it is to make a flower out of garden string!!

It is a great challenge with a lovely prize - so please pop on over to their BLOG and have a go!  Any card with the theme of flight can enter.


Melissa xx

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

From disaster comes something right

Well what a ay, absolutely everything I touched at work went wrong so I gave up and made some cards for Chris's friend they both turn 16 on the same day so one card is from Chris and the other from his girlfriend - I hope they are ok!

I used a great Visible Image girl stamp and the other bits are from Indigo Blu.

Love from Melissa xx

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Redd and Rosie's Challenge for June!

Hi Guys

This month is all about ribbon and lace at the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge blog.  We have been sponsored by Craft Shapes in Torbay - here is a little bit about them.

Craft Shapes Torbay is a husband & wife team run from workshops in the sunny seaside town of Torquay in Devon

It was created to help Kim, who originally set up her company Dotty Heaven who makes personalised and bespoke wooden gifts. She was finding it very difficult to source the right shapes and designs for her customers - and wanted to offer something a little different to the "run of the mill" craft shapes

available for purchase on the internet.

Husband, Ashley researched different methods of wood cutting and after a year of using a CNC machine they decided to invest in a Laser Cutting machine.

Craft Shapes Torbay is still in its early stages but in its first 6 months of business is going from strength to strength - with a portfolio of over 100 designs already. New shapes and designs are being created every day and they welcome requests on new deigns too

I must say the quality of the shape I was given was really good, although I did have a little bit of a fit as I've never actually used a wooden shape in earnest so I hope you like my first attempt

In fact this was also y first go at Crackly Paint and Chris (my son) raised his eyes to heaven and made that noise that only teenagers can make at my delight and amazement at watching paint crack apparently I am "so sad"

 I just love the sentiment on the back of the heart and I thought it fitted the back of the shape really well.

Anyway it is a lovely challenge to do, it can be on any medium so long as it contains ribbon and lace and don't forget to link back to  Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge blog.


Melissa xx

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Lovely Lavinia Lavender!

Hi Guys

The next Lavinia Stamps Challenge stamps challenge - here are my DT entries,

With such lovely images a pretty bit of paper or a simple die cut is all you need. The fairies wings I put mica powder on, although the picture doesn't show :( it means that as you turn the card they just catch the light.  The card on the right is one of the newer images and great fun to colour as the combinations are endless.

Anyway - please take a visit to the challenge blog I'd love to see what you enter - I'm always on the lookout for new ideas ;-)