Sunday, February 14, 2016

   For St Valentines day I have made a sweet mixed media heart project for The Fruit Pixie and I have taken some photos along the way to show you how I achieved it.

To begin with I took one of the Creative Expressions MDF hearts and painted it using the Cosmic Shimmer chalk paint in Nude.

I cut one of the BoBunny large doily's apart and glued some of the lacy pattern to the top and bottom of the heart.
I then used one of the Creative Expressions masks - Damask and some Cosmic Shimmer chalk paint in warm white this time to stencil through it.
Some of the Creative Expressions self adhesive pearls and also their pearl corners were added for decoration.

I chose some of the Bo Bunny petals, cut them down between the petal shapes and added either one of the Creative Expressions self adhesive pearls or a self adhesive crystal to the centre of each flower and folded them up.

Then I took a butterfly from the Craftwork cards Time flies and added some of the pearls along the middle. Using a quickie glue pen I added some of the Cosmic Shimmer Sahara Gold glitter around the edge.

It then needed a sentiment and so I chose the Visible image stamp Just making memories and stamped it in black onto a scrap of Craftwork Cards paper and cut it out in a rectangle and mounted it onto card. I added a thin line of glitter again with the Quickie glue pen around the sentiment. 

I used a hot glue gun to attach the flowers and butterfly. I realise I covered up my stencilling but sometimes that happens as a project evolves. Never be afraid to cover something up you like if that needs to happen. After all you know its there!

To finish I cut up one of the pearl corners to add a flower to the sentiment and then used the remaining pearls to fill in any gaps.

This is such a sweet mixed media project that would be lovely as a Valentines gift but also as a gift for a bride on her Wedding day. You could use the colours of the wedding too. I think mine might become a Mothers day gift.

Everything I used in this project is available from The Fruit Pixie -



Monday, February 08, 2016

Dirndl dress peg bag

If you have read my blog before you might of noticed I love Austria and visit several times a year. I love everything about the country, the lifestyle, food, countryside and their dress style. Yes they really do wear their Dirndl dresses day to day, shopping and to the office. I love them, it appeals to my creativity I suppose as they are always beautifully made. I have always wanted one and will have one one day perhaps.

So when we needed a new peg bag, the one I made a few years ago was too small and looked very shabby, I knew what I was going to make........

A dirndl style peg bag!!

All my own work too, even the pattern. The woven ribbon even came from Austria too.

Hubby had better not leave this one out in the rain!!

Doily card

   I have been creating beautiful projects for the Fruit Pixie with the beautiful Vintage ephemera collection pack from Craftwork cards. Like the Christmas collection packs I was using back in December it has lots of things in it to make all sorts of different projects. I am going to start by showing you one of my cards I have created.

Everything is from the kit except for the card base and the doily.

The doily is one of the doily's from Bo Bunny. This is one of the smallest size that I have coloured using some distress ink.

You can find the Craftwork cards Vintage ephemera collection here -

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A Fetch the dog and friend

One of my Christmas presents this year was the Debbie Shore Handy Storage DVD. The first thing I just had to make was a Fetch the dog, he is just so sweet and so useful too!

I did add a couple of my own ideas though. First I added a pin cushion to the top of his saddle, I couldn't stick pins into his body, that would just be cruel!!

I also felt he needed a nose too. Being a very stylish dog he had to have a fashionable collar as well.

I was really pleased with him and took him to show my Mum. She loved him too, so I have made one for her to help her stitch up her knitting projects.

Again I added a small pin cushion on her back.

A little button nose and this time a nice big bow.

My Fetch is defiantly a male dog, I won't go into details!!! Mums is a little girl. 

They were such fun to make and as I said so useful, he sits by my machine or on the arm of the chair is I am hand sewing. There are several things I want to make from the DVD, so watch this space!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Gypsy life mini book

   I have been busy in my craft room creating with the beautiful papers from Marion Smith designs, this time the Junque Gypsy collection available from The Fruit Pixie. I love these papers they are so versatile, as I love to collage I decided to make a little book using all the wonderful collage pieces in these papers.

I made my book using my Silhouette Cameo but you could use any book or mini album. I have collaged the images but the collection would make a lovely scrapbook too.

The main subject of this collection is Gypsy life. There are wonderful vintage images that make collage easy. 

There are lovely sayings too

The papers are double sided and it is really hard to decide which side to use but it dose mean you can use every little bit of paper. For this page above I just used my craft knife to cut around the leaves and flowers so I could add one of the images under it which looks like an extra layer.

Don't be afraid to cut your papers up and even cut into the images as I did with the hand.

There are also these old advertising images too.

Again I cut around the 2 sides of the Sunlight Soap image to layer it on top of the other soap image. I also added some washi tape too.

These two pages show more of the Gypsy inspired images. The butterfly's came from a large image. As I said don't be afraid to cut them up.

I loved these 2 images and thought all they needed was a little washi tape and some ink.

The last 2 pages I used a couple of the rose images and more of the butterfly and washi tape

Even the back of my book is beautiful using these papers.

I hope you liked looking through my Gypsy Life book, do look at these beautiful papers they really are lovely and great quality too.

You can find the papers I used here -

I also used this washi tape -

I inked the edges of my book using this ink -


Monday, December 21, 2015

Glittery Snowflakes

     Now I love snow, snowflakes especially and have quite a collection of snowflakey things to craft with. I just can't pass them by. So when Sarah-Jane, The Fruit Pixie sent me the new Woodware Chipboard snowflakes Chippies I just couldn't wait to play with them!

For me Christmas snowflakes have to sparkle, that's just the law, but I also wanted them to have colour too. The best way to get both I found was to paint then first and then glitter them.

For this one I painted the largest snowflake with the Cosmic Shimmer chalk paint Alice Blue, the middle snowflake Cosmic Shimmer Nude and the top one with the Cosmic Shimmer Warm White.

For the glitter I reached for my Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle texture paste which I applies with a paint brush. The largest snowflake is covered in Silver Moon sparkle paste, the middle one in Pink Blush sparkle paste and the top one in Aurora sparkle paste.

I left them all to dry over night then layered them up using PVA glue. You will need a wet glue because of all that wonderful glitter! I then added a gem to finish it off.

Snowflake 2 was painted with the Cosmic Shimmer chalk paints Nude and Warm White and then covered in the Cosmic Shimmer sparkle paste Pink Blush over the Nude paint and then Aurora sparkle paste over the Warm White chalk paint.

Again I left them to dry over night and layered them up using PVA glue.

For the final snowflake I decided to try a darker colour. The top snowflake was painted with PaperArtsy  London night paint and the bottom snowflake in PaperArtsy Snowflake.

I then covered them in the Cosmic Shimmer sparkle paste Silver Moon over the London night paint and Aurora Cosmic Shimmer sparkle paste over the Snowflake paint.

It was made in the same way as the others and a large gem added at the end to finish it off.

These look so pretty hung on the tree. 

You can find what I used in the Frute Pixie shop by following these links - 

WoodWare Snowflake Chippies -

Cosmic Shimmer Chalk paint -

Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle paste -

The gems are from my own stock


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Magic of Christmas star box scene

Today I have a cute little 3D project to show you using the Craftworks cards Magic of Christmas kit.This kit is available from The Fruit Pixie.

     I love the little 3D scenes people build for Christmas, so these have inspired me to build my own. Now I made my star box using my Sillhouette Cameo but you can easily buy one of the little card boxes available on the market.

I covered the inside and outside of the star box using the Magic of Christmas papers. 

I then covered the back of the star with the same paper as the outside. The little deer is cut from one of the many die cut toppers that is in the kit. 

To give a background to my scene I cut a scrap of white card into hills and added some die cut trees. I then put my little deer on 1 layer of 3d foam.

I then cut some more snowy mounds for the foreground and built them up on 3d foam pads.

I cut up another of the die cut toppers for the Seasons Greetings and used some of the paper to cut the pinecone and leaves. Before I added these though I glued some of the Ranger tinsel around the box using my hot glue gun. I then added the collage pieces I had cut out earlier.

I think my little box looks very vintage. It was such fun to put together.

You can find the Craftwork Cards Magic of Christmas kit here -

Monday, December 14, 2015

Magic of Christmas Christmas cards

I have been lucky to of had the Craftwork cards Magic of Christmas kit sent to me by The Fruit Pixie. The kit has a beautiful vintage look and has plenty of papers, die cut sentiments and of course their Candies to meet everyone's needs.

   To begin I have made a couple of very simple cards but as you can see they look lovely.

This card used just one of the 8x8 papers. I cut the paper to fit my square 5x5 white card base and then cut the JOY letters out of the remaining paper and glued them onto the card. I then just added a die cut snowflake using one of my many snowflake dies then used my clear star glitter pen to finish the card off.
 A very simple but effective card

My second card used a Craft card card blank and one of the papers as a background. I then cut the bird from another of the papers in the pack. The Merry Christmas topper is one of the many die cuts that comes in the pack too. The holly and other greenery is from another paper in the pack, just cut out and collaged onto the card making it looks very Victorian I think.

This kit has so many options for cards and all kinds of other projects, its well worth looking at