Friday, 20 August 2021

One Earth

 Hello from a grey and drizzly Cornwall!

This months challenge from River of Creativity is 'One Earth'.  I  like their challenges as they really make you think outside the box!  

For this challenge I found an amazing photo of my 5yr old grandson, Arthur 'holding' a froglet (or it may be a baby toad, not too sure).  There is a section of path near here where, every year, hundreds of these frail little creature cross to a lake.  For me, it makes you realise just how fragile the wildlife is, how it hangs in the balance.  It seems even more fragile when there is a child involved.

I have made up a scrapbook page with the photograph.

These are lovely challenges so if you fancy something different check out the link above.

Thank you for taking a peek today, take care xxx

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Patchwork journal cover

 Hello again!  

This months River of Creativity challenge is basically nothing soppy :-).  I had to have a think about this one, not that my makes are that soppy, but I wanted to do something other than a card etc.

I have done some hand sewn patchwork to use up some scraps of fabric and made an A5 JOURNAL COVER.

Apart from the patchwork I have left it plain with no adornments so that there is no worry about it lying flat.  Here is how the book inside fits....

And here is the outside all opened up flat...

Thank you for popping by, take care and be safe, hugs x

Monday, 14 June 2021


 Hellooooo lovely people!

I don't scrapbook very often and often wish I did having seen some of my friends scrapbooking.  So when The River of Creativity put up there latest prompt of  'Parent and Child' I knew just the photo to use.

I love this photo of my daughter with her 3wk old firstborn.

Perhaps someone can tell me how to avoid the glare when you take a pic of a glossy photograph? 

Thank you for looking , hugs and take care x

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Seashell Starshine!

 Hello folks!  Over a year since I blogged last but to be honest I needed to take that break plus I think a lot of us didn't feel like it during the last year!  

We have a massive cellar filled with old family stuff which all needs sorting and clearing.  Having a rummage the other day I came across a carrier bag full of shells which my late father-in-law must have picked up years ago.  I didn't feel it was right to just throw them away so they were cleaned and put to use.  The leftovers will be passed to young family for other crafts.

I made a 12x12inch hanging for the garden!

The base is acrylic painted MDF . The shells were attached with a glue gun and then everything was given a few coats of satin varnish.  I used wire to hang it.  It looks lovely against our fence and really makes me smile!

The limpets were strung to make wind chimes and were varnished to bring out the colours .

I am entering the Sun Hanging into a new challenge blog called River of Creativity.  It brilliant because you can make anything you like!

I know not many people are using blogger these days but if you do pop by , a big thank you

Karen x

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Stencils on fabric pencil case

Hello!  Have you ever thought to use Tando's wonderful *stencils* on fabric?  They can make wonderful backgrounds! Or how about using them as a template for embroidery?  I wish I had thought about that sooner hahaha!  I have used one of the *long stencils* to make a background on a plain pencil case.  I sponged the permanent ink through and then went round with a fineliner, adding some doodles.

For the squares and heart fabric pieces I drew around a *twinchie* and a *heart* before stitching on with a basic running stitch.  A bead, some bobble trim and colourful lining finished the bag.

Thank you for popping by, take care xxx

Friday, 21 February 2020

New Home Hanging

Hi!  My sister has very recently moved house and I wanted to make her a 'home' hanging as a moving in gift.  Tando has a wonderful mix of substrates for all sorts of ideas and I found this lovely set which was perfect....  *The TALL HOUSE KIT*!   I didn't use the whole kit s the project is a fairly small one, around 6x6inches.
I painted the canvas board with dark blue and, when dry, added Weathered Wood then a light coat of white, using a large brush.
I added texture sand through  the *GIRAFFE* mask on the roof and modelling paste through the *DOT STREAM* mask on the large tree.  When they were dry they were painted with acrylics.  The main part of the house has been painted and then stamped on with a crackle stamp.  I added some painted card behind the doorway.  The lettering was done on my computer.
Thank you for looking, xxx

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Large Ring Binder

Hello! Here is the largest *RING BINDER* in the set of three from Tando Creative.  This one is around 9x11 inches, just under A4.  As a set they are incredibly good value!!!!
In a bid to use up my papers I have covered all the outsides apart from the spines.  The inside is just painted *CADMIUM RED* as well as the edges and spines on the outside.  The large *DISTRESSED HEART*  has been distressed some more around the edges and had some of the *TEXTURE THINS* added before painting in the same red.  A strip of wide lace was glued around the outside as shown before the heart was attached.
Thank you for taking a look, take care xxx