About Moi

I was born in June 1981, I'm a hearing impaired paper-crafter who loves all things crafty. I sew, although I'm still very much a novice at sewing. I bake and cook hopefully all kinds of delicious treats. I have a huge passion for photography and the camera {yes I'm old school I still use an actual camera} is never far from me. I also love creative writing from making up sentiments/verses for my cards and other paper-craft projects to penning some fiction. I am an avid reader and if you are very unlucky I may even throw in some book reviews on here too!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

First Christmas Card of the year!

I know I'm a tad late, after all we have already had almost 15 days of 2017 but for me this is the first Christmas card of 2017.  I've been stamping images and keeping them in my colouring box so as the inspiration hit I could whip up a Christmas Card.

This particular card uses:

Penny Black Stamp {I'm not sure which one sorry, but it's a hedgehog and holly and an old wooden mounted one, which I am using more as part of my use it or lose it stash rule.}

Vellum {no idea where that came from it was in my "to use up" stash box}

Distress inks {to ink the vellum and the edge of the embossed oval}

Snowflake Die {which I think is a DoCraft Xcut one}

Glitter Card, {to mount the oval on}

Seasons Greetings Die {A DoCraft Xcut one, I love how economical and good their new carbon steel dies are}

Mica Powders {to coat the seasons greeting sentiment}

Scalloped Edge Oval Die {Spellbinders Nestability Dies}

I've used Derwent Colour Soft Pencils to colour my image

Wow {pale blue} Embossing Powder on the Die cut Snowflakes

A Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder for the die cut oval.

I have read about and looked at the Craft Stamper, take it make it challenges for a few months now and never had the courage to play along.  Cards are something I struggle a lot with, I find layering difficult and keeping it clean even harder.  This time I have been encouraged by a friend to give it a go, so here it is my first Christmas Card of the year, being added to the Craft Stamper Challenge.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Anything goes with optional old/new, Modern/Vintage

Hello, and welcome to the first challenge of 2017 at Ike's World Challenges we have an ANYTHING GOES theme, which counts for both type of craft and what you put on your creation.  There is an optional twist of Old/New, Modern/Vintage.

I've not gone with the theme this time and instead chosen to do some art journaling to help me deal with events.  There are certain people in this world who I struggle to be around, their negativity impacts my confidence, their demands leave me physically and mentally exhausted but because of who they are and because I unconditionally love them I still help them and I wouldn't be me if I didn't.

Anyway this is my creation:

The journaling reads:  Some days I feel this beautiful and some days I long to be this beautiful.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Happy New Year on a Perfect Winters Day

Welcome to 2017, it's that time of year when "Thank you" cards are being made in abundance for gifts received over the festive season.  A lot of mine will pop up later in the year as I do not want to flood this post with an excessive amount of cards, that and if I'm honest cards are not something I find easy to make so some may never see the light of day if I get the opportunity to make a replacement.

It is also the season of resolutions, both regular and crafty.  Regular ones I try to keep but invariable never do but this year I want to:

  • Read more {well only at bed time, last year I said I wanted to read less as it was something that ostracized me from people, but I've learnt that I it made me miserable and I'd rather be happy}
  • Eat Less {yes the good old lose weight, eat healthy etc.  Well I was trying to eat more in 2015 as apparently I don't eat enough but I'm fed up of feeling nauseous, my stomach physically hurting and fearing meal times because of the quantity of food so I'm returning to what I used to eat}
  • Eat what does NOT make me ill.  {Yes another food one but I'm allergic to dairy and pistachios and in order to protect my health I can no longer give in and just eat it when people say I'm just being awkward, difficult, making a fuss of nothing and on a fad diet}
Now to the much more interesting crafty resolutions, this year I want to:

  • Be unique and not make anything that looks like anything else I or anyone else has made {this may be tricky I do have a thing for sunset brushos and silhouettes at the moment}
  • Not purchase any craft stash unless I run out {I'm usually good at this one}
  • Not follow crafting trends, they are of no interest, the real joy in craft is being creative
  • To make more use of my old stamps
  • To do more Scrapbooking
  • To do more Art Journaling
  • To express myself and use craft to ease my stress levels and deal with situations.

Right finally here we go the interesting part, a couple of Thank You cards:

It was -5, yes that's minus 5 this morning and the frost was stunning so I popped out with the camera for ten minutes whilst bringing the recycling bins in and these are the results.  I am now reasonable on manual and need to practice something called ISO I think.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas ... and Christmas Baking

I would like to wish anyone who reads this a MERRY CHRISTMAS and if you want some company even, via facebook messenger I'm available and happy to chat between any festivities that happen tomorrow.

I'd also like to share some festive baking with you.  I've made a Buche de Noel using Mary Berry's Swiss role recipe, some home made Victoria Plum Jam and Dairy Free Chocolate.

Of course Cookies are needed for Santa and this year we have a choice:  Gingerbread stockings with lemon Icing or Dairy Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies:

There is also some baby pink meringue kisses {cream is optional and can be found in the fridge inside three containers so it doesn't contaminate my dairy free options}

 {Before Cooking}

 {After cooking}

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Baked Christmas Goodies

I've longed to give baked goodies for Christmas for quite some time I am just hoping that Royal Mail hasn't let me down and delivers it both in time and in one piece.

I made Hokey Pokey or Honeycomb using Golden Syrup, Bicarb and Caster Sugar and Frangipan Mince Pies.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Christmas Photo Inspiration

It is photo inspiration this time around at Ike's Art Challenges and I've created this table center piece completely from card.  I've used Ike's  Poinsettia and Bauble images.

I have to confess I adore this theme and the inspiration {don't forget to pop over check the photo and join in the challenge}.  I've also made an amazing friend a very unique Christmas Card.  She got married this summer and I use the same image I used on her wedding card {THANK YOU IKE} as the tree topper.  She is also a cat lover so I was over the moon when I heard Ike had a Cat Christmas tree.

I've also made another good friend a 12 days of CREEPmas advent Calendar.  I enjoyed it but I WILL remember never ever cut hundreds of layered poinsettias ever again even with a die cut machine!