Friday, November 27, 2015

Festive Chalkboard chalkboard Christmas countdown

       I love the build up to Christmas, once I have got all the Christmas shopping out the way that is, I have so many advent calenders that I have made over the years but there is always room for one more! This is one I have made for The Fruit Pixie using the lovely Craftwork Cards Festive Chalkboard kit.

This was very easy to make. 

I used the wonderful Craftwork cards Festive Chalkboard set to make this.
First I cut a star out of a sheet of the Festive Chalkboard paper and then did the same but made the star slightly smaller in a deep red card, This then gives you a thin red boarder around your star. Place a piece of the Chalkboard Sheets by Forever in Time behind the star to make the blackboard.

I then stick them together and used the thick chipboard backing to the paper pad to give me my base and covered the back with another piece of the Festive chalkboard papers. Punch your holes and add some ribbon to hang it up with.

For the decorations I used the frames from the Festive Chalkboard kit and put some black card behind them. I used die cut letters for the "Days to Christmas"  and added one of the lovely bows to pull all the frames together and finish it all off.

Then all you need is to add some glitter, it is Christmas after all, find a piece of chalk and you are ready to count down to Christmas in style!!

The Fruit Pixie online shop -

Snow princess box card

My young next door neighbour and craft prodigy was 10 yesterday! So of course I had to make her an amazing card for her birthday. Instead of a card card I decided to go for a box card. As she loves Frozen and I have a rather large collection of snowy things ( they are my favourite things) I thought this would be perfect!

Of course my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine played a huge part. All the individual parts can be bought from the Silhouette store.

Happily I can also report that she loved it!!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Chalkboard Christmas cards

The Fruit Pixie now sells Craftwork Cards! I have loved their products for many, many years and so I was so excited when The Fruit Pixie sent me the new Christmas packs.

    It was hard, as usual, to choose which one to begin with but I eventually chose to start with the Chalkboard Christmas set.

   Now, I would not normally use black at Christmas, when it comes to the festive season I am defiantly a vintage traditionalist, red, gold and green is our chosen colours at home and we bring out the same decorations year after year, which I love. So I thought I would give this set a go and I have to say I loved using it, as you will see I hope.


Here is my first card, nice and simple using part of one of the papers in the pad along with a sentiment and 2 die cuts. I just love that little bird!!

The second one is using another paper but this time I have cut out the image and used 3d foam to give it some hight. I then used the other half of the same paper as a backing paper and just added a sentiment to finish it off.

As you can see by these couple of cards you can make quick and easy cards with the set that look striking. You can also spend more time and create bigger and more involved projects with it too, as I will show you in the coming weeks.

You can find the set here -

There is also a Magic of Christmas set too, so stay tuned for that one too!!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Art Journal Emporium November bundle

As a member of the Art Journal Emporium and a member of their design crew I get a fantastic digital kit at the beginning of each month to play with. This months is just beautiful, full of wonderful Victorian style blooms with that altered edge.

    As a member of the Emporium we also have a great forum where we are given challenges to work with using the kits and there are even a draw at the end of the month with a small prize too. You can find out all about the Art Journal Emporium here -

  So here is my mixed media page using the November kit. I made up my background using acrylic paint and stencils to incorporate one of the collage pieces in the kit. I then collaged the rose, butterfly and ribbon strips over the top and added a bit more paint and stencil work to help them blend in. A hand lettered word finished my page off and fitted in with the challenge, well sort of!!

If you want to start Art Journaling but just don't know where to start or love to journal but want to be part of a community the the Emporium is worth a look. Tangie, the artist who runs the Emporium is very generous with her talent and products.

 Please don't let the fact that it is digital put you off. I don't do digital art very often but I love digital supplies as you can just print out what you want, the exact size you need and how ever many you need. Many of my crafting friends have been surprised that they were printed at home, I have not got an expensive printer. Not to mention all the storage space I save on!! Why not give it a go?

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Art journal emporium October collage sheets

Every month in the Art Journal Emporium we get a set of wonderful collage sheets to use in our journalling. I can now proudly say I am a member of their design crew too!

     Here is my October page using a couple of the collage sheets.

You can find information about the Art Journal Emporium here -

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!!  I love to make things for Halloween, I have never been trick or treating, my generation here in the UK never even had Halloween when we were children. Now though we make a night of it, hubby carves a pumpkin while I decorate the mantelpiece and make soup and other treats before we turn off all the lights, OK so we pretend we are not home, settle down and watch all our favourite old horror films. If its after about 1970 then we are not interested, it has to be either Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee!!

     So over the years I have made a lot of decorations, some for design team assignments and some in swaps and some just for me. This years new decoration is my very cute Halloween House made with my Silhouette Cameo machine and by SVG Cuts. I am so pleased with it and my little Voodoo Dolls are just the right size to attack it!!

Here is this years mantelpiece decorations

The books at the end are all altered books on Halloween themes. Skelli was a plastic skeleton from the pound shop I covered in book pages and painted then made him a top hat and dressed him ready for a night on the gravestones!

This wonderful Dracula is one of my favourite ever swaps He stays out all year in my craftroom.

Two more small houses I made this year with my Cameo, these are from LD Designs

Lastly my witch doll, printed cushion and Day of the Dead shrine completes the look!

Its amazing how a collection grows over the years. If anyone who's art is here is reading this thank you! As you can see your work is treasured and comes out each year to be admired.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween mixed media frame

   I have a little Halloween project to show you today that I have made for the Fruit Pixie using some of the wonderful mixed media things she sells.

I began with one of the Crafty Individuals chipboard frames which I painted with the Cosmic Shimmer paint Midnight black on both sides along with one of the chipboard swirls from the same sheet.

When the paint had dried, it did need 2 coats I smeared on some PVA glue. I wasn't worried 
 about how well it covered, then rubbed in some of the Cosmic Shimmer polished silk glitter, I used Sahara gold. I did the same on the swirl too

I then ran some more PVA glue around the swirl, the inside of the frame and the top of the frame and poured some of the Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels Midnight Snow,
 pushed them into the PVA , poured them off and let them dry thoroughly.

Once everything was completely dry I made up one of the flowers from the Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells collection and added some glitter glue and one of the Creative Expressions vintage black buttons to the centre. I also made a couple of paper streamers from scraps of the Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper. Then I stuck them onto the middle of the swirl and the swirl to the corner of the frame.

I wanted my frame to hang so I punched a couple of holes in the top swirl of the frame and made up a couple of paper beads by rolling a small strip of the Graphic 45 paper around a cocktail stick. I threaded a length of wire through the bead, gave a few twists to secure the bead on the wire and then through one hole, left a short length then back through the other hole and through the other paper bead and twisted the wire off to secure as you did the first. I had left some wire at both ends to curl to finish it off.

Then all you need is something to fill your frame with. I used one of the Graphic 45 Steampunk spells images in mine but you could use what ever you like.

You can find the things I used in The Fruit Pixie shop here -

Chipboard frames -

Cosmic Shimmer paint -

Cosmic Shimmer Polished glitter -

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels -

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells flowers -

Creative Expressions Vintage buttons -

Monday, October 26, 2015

Scary Halloween paper doll

Krysty Designs, who I design for, has a new Halloween digital kit out today. Its called Scary and is available through Mischief Circus.

     Even though it is a digital kit it is very easy to use it to make what ever you want. For this kit I decided I would make a Halloween paper doll.

You can find Krystys kit here -