Monday, 31 October 2016

New Blog

You can now find all of my class work on my new Blog

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Things To Alter

A few months ago I was given a selection of dies-cut MDF shapes from Jaqi at Thinks To Alter. Unfortunately due to personal reasons I wasn't able to complete my project in time for the August DT spot but I kept everything safely in a box (because I normally loose anything that goes into my craft room) and today I actually managed to finish the project I have had in my head for so long.

Things To Alter MDF shapes are beautifully cut and so easy to use and there are loads to choose from. Even better this is a UK Company which I am happy to support.

I used an IKEA frame for the base but took out the glass.
It was great to get more than one size in each shape and each with so much detail.
The lettering comes in a variety of sizes and is great for canvas work, picture frames and scrapbook pages.
I added tiny pearl beads and micro beads to give a rich finish (remember when using micro beads apply with a spoon to glue and make sure unused ones go back in the pot.Never apply with a brush or wash away.  Do not put these down the sink as they are harmful to the environment).
I am teaching a Scrapbook Canvas class this weekend so for those of you coming along, we will be using some of these techniques in our project.

If you like to buy any of the MDF shapes  please visit Things To Alter xx

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Ladies That Craft

I have had a few enquiries lately about where the classes are based and what we do so I thought I'd take a few minutes to give you a bit of information.

Most of my classes take place at Parkwood Community Centre in Rainham, Kent and normally last two or three hours. The exception is the Crops which are all day and the Special classes like Creativity 101 or Special Edition Scrapbook Classes. These can last from 3 hours to all day depending on the project.

We do have loads of fun and you get to chat, drink tea and coffee and make new, like minded friends.

If you scroll down the pages of this blog you can see some of the many, many layouts, cards and projects I have taught (I have been teaching since 2005). I teach Scrapbooking, Card Making, Stamping, Art Journalling, Mixed Media, Mini books and loads more.

I am happy to travel to teach groups of people so if you have a crafty group and would like to have a chat please either complete the contact section on the right or email me at with your contact details and I will be in touch.

A couple of years ago I started this Blog to separate it from my personal one but you can still find more inspiration there as well

Thank you for visiting Ladies That Craft and if you have attended a class and would like to leave a review please use the comment section on this post. xx

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Penguins and Presents

My friend Stickerkitten (sarah) has just brought out her second set of 6" x 6" papers, this time with a christmas theme. Penguins and Presents is a wonderful mixture of traditional and modern with some really cute penguins thrown in.

The collection also includes standard and lovely shaped sequins and some lush wooden buttons.

There are loads of ways to use them but I am currently obsessed with the Snowflake Circle Die I just bought lol. Here they are seperately so you can see a bit more detail
The little penguins look great on the paper but they can also be cut out and used as a focal point.
and the greeting was also cut from one of the papers.
There are some lovely modern prints in the pack as well. Although you can't see it very well the paper I have used for the die cut has lovely circles on it.
and those little black trees are in the sequin pack. Love them.
Finally card three because I just had to use those penguins again.
If you want to buy these wonderful products made by a new British designer then head over to Sarahs Shop. You wont be disappointed xx

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Deer Deer Rustic Gate card

There is a lot of hard work goes into preparing a card commissioned by a magazine. This month my Rustic Deer card appeared in the Docraft Creativity magazine (the magazine is really good with loads to try out and step by step instructions)
There is a lot of trial and error, preparation and experimenting before the final project is accepted so I just wanted to give you a little look at some of the tried but not used cards that fell by the wayside.

My first challenge was to make a body for the die cut stags head and then to add some detail (I had to add an eye. Nothing looks right without an eye lol)

and then the gate shape.
and of course the backgrounds but I had to use the little mushroom die in each one (well its so cute).
And then adding the greeting

Hope that gives you some idea of the amount of work that goes into each commission, but I will say I love the challenge. It makes me think and stretches my brain and crafting skills so if you ever get the chance to have a go, don't hesitate. You wont regret it.

You can see loads of wonderful inspiration from myself and the really creative Design Team over at Docrafts. xx