Monday, 17 October 2016

Decorated shelf

Helloooooooo :-p
I am kick-starting the week off with a decorated BOOKCASE/ SHELF unit.  I love these and have done a fair few of these in the past.  They are around 11inches long and are designed for CD's but are also brilliant for mini books!  This little MDF shelf is also a BARGAIN at £3.99!!!!
I have painted it with 2 blue tones of Fresco chalk paint and then stencilled using the SEQUIN WASTE MASK .  I used the whole stencil so that I had varying sizes of dots.  The flowers have been stamped and paper pieced. Then I went around the edges with a toning colour.
The mask I used...such a handy one to have...
Thank you for popping by today, take care xxx

Friday, 14 October 2016

Never too early for Christmas plus more alphas!

Its coming...Christmas that is :-D

Today I have a card that I have made for The Craft Barn using one of the new Woodware stamps...Noel Tags.  There are a lot of ways to use this stamp and I chose to make a card and layer up the tags...

You can find out how I made this by taking a look HERE.

I also have some more of my Alpha Printer tray to show you...


X for XMAS...

Thank you for popping by, take care xxx

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Stamping Elephant!

Hello!  I have been working with a Natalie Kalbach stamp today, the wonderful ELEPHANT!!!  This stamp is amazing value as there are two stamps in the pack as well as a lovely 5x7 stencil to play with!  Each elephant is different though the same size and shape.  These stamps are big at nearly 7inches long.  With this in mind I thought I would stamp onto fabric for my project!
For the main body I chose some bright cotton fabric and stamped onto the reverse so that I had some soft shading.  Then I stamped again onto the bright side for the 'blanket' and cut that section out.  I decorated that with beads and bobbly braid.  Another whole elephant was cut out and I stitched them together leaving a gap for stuffing, adding a ribbon to hang by and a tail as well as incorporating the 'blanket' into the seam.  Then I added some more braid and a button & bead for the eye.
Thank you for popping over, take care xxx

Tuesday, 4 October 2016


Hellooooo!  This months colour theme over at Tando has lovely Autumnal colours in it.  I have decorated a large MDF KEY for you using BUTTERFLIES, flowers and a HEART to make a hanging...
All painted with chalk paint and a little overstamping applied.
Here is the colourway...
Thank you for looking today, take care xxx

Wednesday, 14 September 2016


Hello!  For this week I have put together some simple key-rings for you using some Tando Creative shapes.  I seem to have acquired a lot of these key-rings....they usually have shopping trolley tags on them. Hubby get given them at business conferences!
I used flowers, a leaf and hearts from the Grab Bag Range.  These are extremely handy to keep in your stash and you get a lot in a bag!  I painted them up and then used some haberdashery from my stash to decorate them.  A very simple and quick little gift that can be popped inside a card....or dare I say it in September...a small stocking filler :-p
Thank you for looking today, Hugs, Karen x

Saturday, 10 September 2016


I have been playing with shaving foam!  In fact my craft room now stinks of it hahaha!  Its a very messy, smelly process but you can achieve some very pretty papers.  That's always a bonus!  I made 2 cards with the prints I made...

For how I did these please pop over to the Craft Barn Blog for more information.

Take care and hugs xxx

Friday, 2 September 2016

A mixology in Pink!

Hi there!  Today I have something different from what I normally do but I did enjoy making it up!  Its a kit from the Tando Creative Ministry of Mixology Retreats.  These retreats take place a couple of times a year and they are a LOT of fun :-D

Anyway, I chose to work with Andy Skinners Frame which is quite a chunky beast!  People use all sorts of wonderful painty, grungy techniques on these kits but I have chosen to do something different.  I am using paper!!!!...and its PINK!!!!  Not normally Andy's thing at all!

I glued all the MDF parts together before painting them lightly in mauve acrylic over black gesso..  The sections of chipboard have been covered in some paper that I had had for ages, just waiting for a project like this :-D.  These tiles were then grunged up a bit around the edges.

Before I attached the 'lid' I added the stamped and coloured skull and 'neck'...

I would love to tell you whose stamp this is but I can't remember and there was no label, sorry.  I just add to add some very pink feathers for the poor souls hair!

I couldn't resist adding some black lace and some black paper flowers to finish this off and make it a bit more girly.  The letters are old metal ones that I coloured black with a Sharpie pen.

Thank you for popping by my lovelies, take care xxx