Thursday, April 03, 2014

PaperArtsy Blog

It's time for my PaperArtsy blog post, and it's a clean and simple card again.

You can see it in full here

don't forget that you can use my card as inspiration for the challenge, to win stamps.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

PaperArtsy Project

It's time for my monthly project on the PaperArtsy blog again.
This month I've gone for a card that is one layer, but is also shabby chic. One Layer doesn't always have to mean Clean!

I've used the gorgeous limited edition Jofy paint colours.

To finish the shabby chic look I created these shabby corners.

Don't forget that you can use my card as inspiration in the weekly challenge. I'm really hoping to see a few shabby corners there!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Chutney Tuesday: Carrot Chutney

I decided to make this chutney because I really like Carrots! So I was curious to know whether they would work as a chutney, after a bit of googling I found that Marks and Spencer's used to make a wensleydale and carrot chutney sandwich, which was widely regarded as delicious.... so I knew this had to be my next chutney project.

approx 1400g carrots (weight is before peeling) - grated (this is by far the most time consuming part)
2 onions diced
2 cooking apples finely diced
1 red chilli pepper finely sliced
2 tbls veg oil
1 tsp coriander seeds crushed.
350 ml cider vinegar
250g light muscovado sugar (or whatever brown sugar you have)

heat oil in large pan, add onion & chilli and cook until soft.
Add grated carrot and 2 tbls of the sugar and cook until carrots go limp and start to produce juice.
Add vinegar, rest of sugar and coriander and simmer for 20 mins covered and 20 mins uncovered, stirring frequently.

transfer to sterilised jars, squishing the chutney down in the jars.

makes approximately 1.5 litres of chutney.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

one layer simplicity #3 and less is more #161

I made a decision today that whatever the new challenges today at One Layer Simplicity and Less is more, I would combine them to make a card, and hopefully one that would be useful.

Less is More announced yellow and green as the theme, so straight away I thought Daffodils, and then One Layer Simplicity announced use water. yes! I could do that. (although just read the one layer simplicity challenge again, and it specifically says to use water to create a background or spritz your inked stamp, so this card probably doesn't qualify - it's okay, the kind people at the challenge have allowed it.... and even edited the challenge to include the technique :D.  )

I used distress inks and a water brush to colour this daffodil stamp from The frantic stamper.

And that's a mothers' day card sorted!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

One layer simplicity challenge #2

the one layer simplicity challenge has replaced the One Layer Wednesday Challenge.
I've been meaning to take part all month and made something today, but then have just spotted that the challenge only runs to the 24th of each month.
Oh well I may as well post it anyway.

The challenge was "Can you repeat yourself"
I made a really simple card, repeated the main stamp to create both a background and a focal image.

I added a little extra touch by cutting into the card at the corners of the masked off area, and then scuffing them with my knife blade to create a faux shabby chic layer. I'm really pleased with this effect so expect to see it a lot more on my cards!

All the stamps are from PaperArtsy

Saturday, February 15, 2014

PaperArtsy Reveal: PaperArtsy Papers

Today's Exciting reveal is PaperArtsy's new release of their own double sided

These are of fabulous quality, and lovely muted designs to work with their new stamp releases

They work really well with die cuts, and paper modelling.

And are beautifuly smooth for stamping on.

(these flowers were made by painting Lin Brown's new paints onto Copier paper.)

Ask at your local stamp store for PaperArtsy's new range.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

PaperArtsy Reveal: New Jofy Collection

I have to just say it, straight away...
Check Out those colours!!!
I am absolutely in love with the limited edition Jofy Paints. Such a gorgeous set of colours with amazing coverage.

6x6 greyboard

And the stamps are great too!

I created the dots using the eraser end of a pencil with the paints

5x7 card

And some tags

Again, just look at those colours.
and the new stamps

There's even more to see on the PaperArtsy Blog,  with even more stamps and stencils in the range.
Ask at your local stamp store for availability.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

PaperArtsy Reveal : New Lin Brown Eclectica Collection

Time for a very exciting reveal from Paperartsy. Lin Brown has released a new range of stamps, stencils and paints, which work really well with Lin's existing range of stamps and dies.

I used them to make a simple 5"x7" card

and a 6"x6" greyboard scrapbooking piece.

I used the stencil on this ATC in my embossing machine to create the background.

and with  the paints on this large tag

I used the paints with PaperArtsy's crackle and then used the stencils on top for this small tag.

I used a couple of Lin's existing stamp sheet (andd the dies)

WIth one of the new words stamps

The gorgeous new paints
And the fab new stencils

Check out the PaperArtsy blog for even more of the reveal, and ask at your local stamp store for availability.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

More PaperArtsy Clean and Simple

 I almost forgot to blog this, this week.


This is my guest designer post at PaperArsty, using the gorgeous new Lin Brown Word stamps

check it out here, and don't forget to enter the challenge to win free stamps!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

less is more, week 154 : one layer hearts

I find it very hard to resist the one layer weeks at less is more so here's my quick card using PaperArtsy stamps.

Just simple stamping and colouring with Derwent colour soft pencils. The hearts are colour with red, edged with black and then the colours blended with a derwent blender pencil.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Stealing an idea!

Today I needed to make a fiftieth card for a male..... I know! complete lack of inspiration.
And then I just happened to look at today's ShowCASe on Less is more and I saw this card (click on the link to see it) And that was it. I was inspired, so I immediatley tootled off and made my version of this card.

The numbers are banana frog stamps stamped with nougat fresco paint from PaperArtsy. I also used the script from PaperArtsy, again with the nougat paint, in a masked strip. I don't know who made the happy birthday but I use it alot.

While I was at it I also needed a 12th birthday card for a boy, and used similar techniques to create a totally different card.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

PaperArtsy Blog: CAS corner

After all the fun of my guest designer stint at PaperArtsy, I was thrilled to be asked back to contribute a regular monthly spot- What I like to think of as my clean and simple corner on the PaperArtsy blog.

My first contribution is a CAS valentine card, which you can see here in full. I haven't used any inks at all to make this card, all of the stamping is done using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints. I love the effect they give with stamping.

You can also enter the challenge, taking inspiration from any of this week's posts : including mine.
I hope you like my card, I'll be back next month with more from CAS Corner.

Friday, January 03, 2014

mug cosy and coaster all-in-one

I saw this idea on pinterest here and immediatley knew that I had to do my own version of it.
I chose to crochet as it's so much easier to custom fit things using crochet rather than knitting.


create a "magic ring" and dc(british -sc american) 5 into ring and tighten.
next round 2dc into each stitch (i do not turn, or join in round but crochet in a spiral (either method would work)
next round *2dc into next stitch, dc in next st, rpt from* all round
next round *2dc into next stitch, dc in next 2 st, rpt from *all round
next round *2dc into next stitch,  dc in next 3 stitch, rpt from * all round

continue in this way until you have a circle the same size or just larger than base of your mug.

next round dc into back loop only of each stitch.
next round dc into each stitch.
continue last row to base of handle (I didn't repeat this row at all.

turn and dc every row until reach top of the handle.
at end of last row do not turn but chain 1 and join to top of other edge.
next round dc all round.
repeat this row if need to reach near top of cup.

finish top with one round of reverse dc (crab stitch, rope stitch).
fasten off

attach yarn to row where you only crocheted into back loop, and reverse dc into front loop all round and fasten off.