Sunday, 30 December 2012

One last Christmas card before the end of 2012!

Here is my last Christmas card for 2012 which is the one I made for Keith, my other half.

The Poinsettia is on the front cover and the other images are on the inside surfaces of  a concertina card. (The greeting is on the back of the card).

All are images taken from Sheena Douglass stamps and they have been painted with Pebeo Fantasy Moon and Fantasy Prisme paints once the relief edges had set.

The labels were also from Sheena's stamps which were stamped onto white pearlescent card and then heat embossed in gold.

The various shaped black layers behind the images were cut out with Spellbinders dies using my e-bosser machine.

The double sided pearlescent card used for the card base was embossed using the e-bosser machine in an A4 size embossing folder. The finished card is A5 in size.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Coming Soon - A New Monthly Crafting Challenge

Good afternoon.

It is nearly the end of 2012 and will soon be the start of a New Year. To celebrate this fact, I am starting a new  Crafting Challenge. It will be a monthly challenge for now but I want to make it fortnightly in the future. I hope that you will like the fact that it will be open to any type of craft as long as it fits the challenge theme. I do not want to limit it to one craft as there are so many out there which need an outlet for the world to appreciate.

With any luck, the first challenge will be announced on 1st January...... as long as I can work out the technical bits! Do please watch this space for more information.

Shirl xx

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

And the winner is...... for Giveaway III

Congratulations to Nannie Flash, our winner of Giveaway III. The two sets of Sheena Douglass stamps are yours. Please can you e-mail me at and let me have your address and I will put them in the post.

Thank you to the people who entered.

This is the last giveaway this side of Christmas but more will happen in 2013.

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all followers of our blog. We hope that you have found it interesting and a possible source of inspiration.

See you all in 2013.

Shirl xx

Sunday, 16 December 2012

More Decorated Tiles

I think I am getting the hang of this!

Here are 4 tiles all of which have been painted with Pebeo Fantasy Moon and Fantasy Prisme paints.

All the images are from stamps by Sheena Douglass.

I am looking into how to best mount these to make teapot or saucepan stands.

Giveaway III

Good morning,

Just a quick reminder that Giveaway III ends tomorrow. Don't forget to enter at: Giveaway III

Shirl xx

Friday, 14 December 2012

Decorated Tile

Here I am playing with Pebeo Fantasy Moon and Fantasy Prisme paints again.

This is based on a white ceramic tile. The central image is from a rubber tag stamp by the lovely Sheena Douglass. Once I had edged the stamped image in a gold coloured relief medium, I extended the design so that the whole tile surface was incorporated into the design.

The land, the tree and the tag edge are painted with the Prisme paint and the sky with the Moon paint. I love the way that the two colours of Moon paint mixed themselves to give the beautiful effect for the sky.

This will be made into a pot stand by putting felt and rubber feet on the back.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Pebeo Painted Book Marks

 I really have fallen in love with these wonderful paints. These tags, made from thick mount board, have been painted both with the Fantasy Moon and the Fantasy Prisme paints. Again, I have done a close up so that you can begin to see the sorts of effects that you get.

The image is from a stamp by Sheena Douglass from her latest sets designed to go with these paints. However, I am looking forward to using other stamped images too and even having a go free hand. So brave, so fearless!

Just wait until you see what they look like on ceramic tiles! Once the paint has dried for about a week, it is so tough that you can use it as a trivet for hot pans with no ill effects to either tile or pan.
I need to go raiding Ikea over the holidays to see what I can find to decorate. As the paints work on all non absorbent surfaces they will be so many things to have a go at.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Don't forget to enter for our Giveaway III

Good morning,

Just a reminder to enter for our Giveaway III. There are two sets of A5 stamp sheets from Sheena Douglass - Wouldn't it be Lovely sets 1 and 2. The closing date is in just over a week's time. Follow this link: Giveaway III

Shirl x

Playing with Pebeo Fantasy Paints

Happy Saturday to you all.

I have been having great fun playing with my new Pebeo Fantasy paints. They give such brilliant effects. OK, I admit they are not perfect but as these are my first attempts I am pretty pleased with them.

The Fantasy Prisme paints split as they dry, as can be seen in the bottom close up picture, leading to all sorts of different effects. The amount of patterning apparently depends on how thick the layer of paint is. The more paint, the more it splits.

The Fantasy Moon paints don't split like the Prime but gives some lovely swirly patterns.
These three examples are done on thick cardboard so I can't wait to try them out on other substrates such as glass, tiles, mirrors etc.

The stamp used for the pattern is one of the new ones from Sheena Douglass. This is then outlined with a relief medium which does not spread to give a rim around each shape. Then you just drop the paint into each section carefully trying not to get it in the wrong sections!

They are oil based paints so it does take quite a time to dry but the results are worth it.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Giveaway III

For this Giveaway, I have 2 sets of Sheena Douglass Stamps - Wouldn't It Be Lovely sets 1 and 2. These are A5 size stamp sheets with 10 stamps on each set.
All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog and follow it so that you know if you have won!
It would be lovely if you would visit our Facebook page at and "Like" us as we continue to build our business.
The winner will be drawn on Monday 17th December.
Good luck,
Shirl xx

Winner of Giveaway II - Gizzimomo

Good morning.

I am delighted to announce the winner of Giveaway II. Congratulations go to Gizzimomo. Please can you send me an e-mail at with your address so that I can put the three Darice Embossing folders into the post for you.

If you do not claim your prize by Monday 10th December then a re-draw will be done.

I will shortly launch Giveaway III so watch this space.........!

Shirl xx

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Giveaway II ends tomorrow

Good morning.

Just a reminder that the winner for Giveaway II wll be drawn tomorrow so don't forget to enter by tomorrow at about 18.00 hours. Follow this link to the blog: Giveaway II - 3 Darice Embossing Folders

Shirl x