Saturday 20 April 2024

Gilded Oval


If you saw the shows yesterday you’ll have seen Sam demoing the gilding foil and flakes so I thought I’d incorporate them into my project today. I’ve taken one of the filigree ovals and gilded it with both silver and gold flakes – I don’t usually mix my metallics but it seemed to work here. Then I’ve used some of the papers and pictures from the Stamperia Sir vagabond Fantasy collection to fill the frame.

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Saturday 13 April 2024

Brocante Mannequin

I’ve been playing dress up this week with this mannequin that I cut out of one of the 12x12 Stamperia Brocante papers. I’ve added a pleated skirt made from a strip of the same paper, some lace, some cut out spoons, some cut out flowers plus ribbon and gems. You can really go to town. It’s all layered up on a size 10 tag.

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Saturday 30 March 2024

A little bit of Chocolate!

 I had to do something chocolatey for Easter so have made a tag book with the Stamperia papers. Once you’ve made the basic booklet and added background papers, it’s very easy to do – you can pretty much layer up whichever pics you like. I’ve added a bit of stencilling as well with the Prima Redesign Chalk Paste – not used this before but I really liked it.

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I hope you have a lovely bank Holiday weekend.


Saturday 23 March 2024

A Card for Spring


We actually had a day of sunshine this week so I’ve made a card for Spring!

The background is by Stamperia, from the Atelier des Arts calendar which is at sale price – even though it’s for 2022, you still get the papers, so it seemed a good deal to me. I’ve used some of Marlene’s stamps and layered pattern onto pattern, which I do like doing just to see if I can get away with it!

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Saturday 16 March 2024

It's today!!

 At 2pm and 6pm Samantha Jane Laing will be on HobbyMaker TV with lots of lovely stamp designs so I thought I'd show you some of my makes in full.

The tulip picture is made with MDF frame which I've stencilled for the background and then coloured the flowers with Satin Inks. 
The next sample is a steampunky doorhanger - I used some greyboard and MDF cogs on the wings and background.
The last round is coloured with Satin inks - really easy and quick drying. I was going for a night time feel with this one.

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Saturday 9 March 2024

My Art...

A card this week - I wanted to see if I could create something reasonably colourful on kraft cardstock. Distress Oxides are good for this, so I stencilled a background first, going over it several times. I then stamped over that and also on another piece of card. I found the best way to get some colour on was with pencils. The text is stencilled onto gold card in black paste.

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Saturday 2 March 2024

Be Creative…

I’m making a tag this week combining bright flowers with what was meant to be a snowy background – a bit quirky, but I really like it! The background is kraft card sprayed with Distress Oxides and then at some point I’ve used the tree masks – can’t remember when as I dug this out of my stash. The flowers and bird by Melina are painted with Satin Inks – I’d forgotten how much I love these – they mix and mingle and give a lovely glossy, quick drying finish.

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Saturday 24 February 2024


Watch the Birdie

I was playing around with this leaf stencil this week. I sprayed it first of all with Distress Oxide Spray and then replaced the stencil and scraped through some modelling paste – I wanted to see if it would take up the green colour. It did very slightly. I added definition to the stencilling with a Distress watercolor pencil.

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Saturday 17 February 2024

Saturday 10 February 2024

Bend and Sway

Do you ever start a project and have no idea what it’s going to be? Well that’s this one!

I wanted to use the waste from some of the MDF Inside Story kits and create a geometrical background. I chose soft colours – unusual for me. Then I outlined the shapes with a black pen. Then it was time to stamp – first a silhouetted tree and some marks, then some text in yellow to add a bit of oomph! The flowers were a last minute addition as I felt it was all too bland.

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You just never know how it's going to turn out!



Saturday 27 January 2024

Snowdrop time…


I love snowdrops – Mum and I always used to go and see them at Chirk castle. So I’ve made a journal page using the snowdrop Dinky Stencil and some Texture paste. The background was already coloured with leftover paint, so it was just a case of building up the scene. Melina’s wintry tree fit right in.

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