Friday, 30 May 2014

Using the Texture Paste on a Layout

So after making the past I had to use it in class didn’t I? Everyone got the hang of it after a while although if you’re using the paste at home remember use only a little at a time and keep your palette knife flat to the paper and you will get a good result every time.
and here’s the layout using the technique
I also used the paint from the texture paste to colour the flowers to keep the colours as close as possible. Really loved this technique.
More tomorrow x

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Texture Paste Tutorial

I’ve become addicted to texture paste and I have loads of different ones which I use often however there is one in particular which I find myself using more than most and that is the basic light and smooth paste for stencils.
I came across the recipe on Pinterest and had a go and boy does it work well. So for those of you who also love raised work on your layouts here is the step by step tutorial with photos of course.
You will need:
1/4 cup talcum powder
1 tablespoon PVA Glue
1 tablespoon White paint (I find a chalk paint is best)
a little bit of water
Take a small container, measure out and add the talcum powder and the glue and start to mix with an old spoon or skewer.
Now add the white paint and continue to mix. You should now have clumps of paste.
Add water a teaspoon at a time and continue to mix until the paste resembles toothpaste.
Place mixture in an airtight container and use as required.
To date my first batch has lasted 2 1/2 months and counting.
You can add chalk paint to colour the paste but don’t make it too runny as it will seep below your stencil.
To make larger amounts just double/treble ingredients. If you keep the ratio the same you will always get the same results.
Enjoy playing with this one. I am. xx

Three Cards

A bit slow in uploading onto the blog for the last week or so promise to do better over the coming weeks.
Thursdays class was great and everyone finished their three cards so that's always good. It was only when I got home that I realised that I hadn’t taken any photos mainly because everyone kept telling me to “sit down” lol.
Here are the three cards
And individually
Love those birds…
and a bit of stencilling to finish off.
The next class in June is now sold out but if you fancy joining me for a card class there are two available in July.
I am also now taking private bookings for Christmas Card Classes starting in September. These are available to groups of 10 or more at a venue of your choice. I have limited dates so please don’t leave it to late.
For more information or to book a place please e-mail me at
Scrapbook Class Tonight
I have used one 4” x 6” portrait photo and two 3” x 4” portrait photos. Anything will work. See you later xx

Friday, 23 May 2014

Payment online

Just a quick update on classes. I have now added the payment buttons on Julys classes so you can book your classes online by clicking HERE

Yesterdays Cards will be on here soon promise. x

Monday, 19 May 2014

In a class of their own

Had a great time this morning over in Sheerness teaching a card class. Everyone managed to make three cards and did a fantastic job.

Here are a few photos of the class.


Don’t forget. If you have a club, group or just a group of friends and you would like me to come along and teach a class please contact me at

Have a great evening xxx

Thursday, 15 May 2014

New Class Dates

This is a huge post.
Here is a list of the new classes coming up in the next few months. You will be able to book these online from Saturday by clicking HERE or by emailing me at
All classes are held at Parkwood Community Centre, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent.
I am now able to take payment over the phone or by paypal. Places tend to go quickly on some of the classes so make sure you book your place. 

Limited Edition Kit Class Sat 21st June 10am to 2pm  £25 NOW LIMITED 

Scrapping Your Family Sat 12th July 10am to 1pm. £12.95 

Card Class Weds 16th July 10am to 12noon. £11.50 

Scrapbook Class Thurs 17th July 7pm to 9pm.
. £11.50 

Card Class Thurs 24th July 1pm to 3pm . £11.50

Scrapbook Class Weds 30th July 10am to 12 noon  £11.50 NEW DAYTIME CLASS 

Ladies That Lunch High Tea - Saturday 16th August 1pm to 4pm Tickets now available from Julie. Conditions apply 

Scrapbook Class Tues 26th August 7pm to 9pm  . £11.50 

Scrapping Your Family Sat 6th Sept 10am to 1pm. £12.95

Card Class Weds 10th Sept 11am to 1pm. £11.50 

Card Class Thurs 25th Sept 1pm to 3pm. . £11.50 

PRIVATE CLASS Sat 27th Sept 2014 

Scrapbook Class Tues 30th Sept 7pm to 9pm. . £11.50 

Card Class Weds 8th Oct 10am to 12noon. . £11.50 

Scrapping Your Family Sat 11th Oct 10am to 1pm. £12.95 

Creativity 101 Sat 18th Oct 9.30am to 2pm. £30 

Card Class Thurs 23rd Oct 1pm to 3pm  £11.50 

Scrapbook Class Tues 28th Oct 7pm to 9pm  £11.50 

Scrapping Your Family Sat 1st Nov 10am to 1pm  £12.95 

Card Class Weds 12th Nov 10am to 12noon  £11.50 

Scrapbook Class Tues 25th Nov 7pm to 9pm  £11.50 

Card Class Thurs 27th Nov 1pm to 3pm  £11.50

There are more still to come so keep checking back for more details. xx

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Feeling a bit better

at last. Anyone who says IBS is manageable needs their head examined. It’s nasty and wipes me out everytime but at least I’m back on my feet today so I’ve managed to sort through some of the photos from the Crop and thought I’d share another of my works in progress.
I get very little time to play with my Art Journal but I do try to do a little at every Crop. My cat page is coming on nicely but I also started a second page mainly because I was dying to use Tim Holtz’ new Distress marker Spritzer which actually does work with most pens including copic and Pro Markers which is a bonus,
So I decided to make the background for this page using a Clarity Stamps stencil and the Spritzer. This was the result.
It works really well, the closer you get the more solid the colour, the further away, the finer the spray.
Intend to add more colours but thought I’d share anyway. Have a good day. I’m off to see if I can actually eat something. Wish me luck xx.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Feeling relaxed

after a great day crafting with friends, and the mess well, it’s amazing how much table coverage we all managed in a few hours.
Here are a few photos of the day.
A whole wall of layouts for inspiration
Book Art by Dee
Marilyn's very first Art Journal page
Some lovely layout being finished
And one of my works in progress
A special thank you to Maria for doing the Make and Takes and to everyone who made such a great job of clearing up in such a short space of time. Will let you know a date for the next one really soon.
Have a great weekend xxx

CROP (Craft Day) today

Car packed (hope I've remembered everything. )
Don't forget, if you want to have a go at the Art Journal, bring along an old book (a dictionary will do).
Going to be a great day, I will be there from 9.30 so come along when you want.
I have four places left so if you fancy popping along today we will be at Parkwood Community Centre, Rainham, Kent. Entrance £10 which includes tea, coffee, cake and a make and take.
If you need to contact me please e-mail
See everyone there xxx

Friday, 9 May 2014

A few cards

Thanks to everyone who came to the card class on Wednesday. I had a great time.

Here are the four cards we made.


Card One

Card Two

Card Three

Card Four

Don’t forget, if you live in the Medway Towns I hold classes at Parkwood Community Centre in Rainham, Kent. Just email me at for more information or fill in the contact form on the right hand side of this Blog.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Tutorial–Lego Bricks

OK housework done so now time to catch up on all those things I have been meaning to do for the last two weeks.

The first is this tutorial on making Lego Bricks for your cards and layouts (you can see mine HERE) I saw this idea in Simply Cards and Papercraft with written instructions only so I thought I’d have a go. The following tutorial is based on my experience.

You actually need very little to make these. My bricks measures 1 1/4” x 1 1/4” and “ 1 1/2” x 1 1/4”.

I used a small Xcut circle punch which does not have a size on it but I think it is the smallest one they do.

Black Soot ink pad, a piece of Cut N Dry and three different bright cardstock scraps.

1mm sticky foam pads and a white gel pen (not shown in photo)


To begin cut out several squares or rectangles using the measurements above. You will also need to punch out 4 circles per 1 1/4” square.


Using the Cut N Dry distress the edges of all the circles


and the squares/rectangles.


Once you have done this your selection should look something like this


Add one 1mm sticky foam pad to each circle and stick in place.



When making the larger block I found I got hung up on making everything straight so the way to get around this is to lay the rectangle in front of you and then cover one end with a 1 1/4” square


Now add your first four circles


Move the square to cover the finished side


and stick the remaining circles in place  NO PEEKING. When they are all stuck down remove the square and the block will look just right.


You can now make more in different colours


And they look good don’t they, but there is still one more thing to do and that is to make a little back to front “C” at the top right of each circle.


You now have everything you need to make that layout for the kids (or the big kids)

Would love to see finished projects if you use this technique. Feel free to leave a link to your project in the comment section. Have fun xx