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Holidays are coming!

Hello to all!

Its been a while since I had a chance to post anything; with Christmas on the horizon I am sure that we are all looking at our Christmas stashes with glee and becoming reacquainted with stamps/dies which we had forgotten that we have 🙂

Today I am bringing you an MDF project; this is my first attempt at one as I wanted to move into working with something more durable than a card and MDF seemed a reasonable priced option with the added benefit that if you really hate what you have done, you can sand it back and start again!



  • MDF door hanger
  • Spectrum sparkle pens
  • Sheena Douglass Ivy stamp
  • Sheena Douglass Christmas words Stamp
  • Dona Ratcliffe christmas pixie’s stamps
  • Sheena Douglass Twinkling lights die
  • Sheena Douglass poinsettia die
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol pens
  • clear glitter embossing powder
  • Pebeo 3d relief paste and silver foil
  • Pebeo silver gilding wax
  • Fomarian
  • Liquid pearls / glitter glue
  • Black embossing powder
  • White Gesso
  • fine micron pen


  1. Cover the whole base with white gesso and leave to dry
  2. splodge your choice of spectrum sparkle pens onto a glass matt
  3. pick-up with a damp sponge and dab freely onto the whole of the base.
  4. leave to dry(!)
  5. repeat from step 2 until you are happy with what you have
  6. Apply gilding wax all around the edges, bringing some of it on into the corners (you can do this later, but then you will have to navigate around stuff)

1st Layer:

  1. Stamp your base images (words and ivy) in black ink; I used versafine because it is so very juicy and the surface of the MDF is not as smooth/flat as a piece of card
  2. use a micron pen to fill out any bits that didn’t quite make it
  3. Stamp the toadstool house with an embossing ink and heat emboss

2nd Layer:

  1. Trace over various lines with the 3d paste; I chose to do the stems on the ivy and the line running through the words ‘sparkle’. I also did a couple of extra foil stars to match in with the word.
  2. leave the paste to go off (I recommend either walking away, or doing all the prep work for layer 3) if the paste has not turned clear, it is not ready.
  3. apply the foil

3rd Layer:

  1. On separate card, stamp out, colour and cut out your decoupage elements. This is the leaves for the ivy and the flying pixie. You may have noticed that I did not mention colouring the ivy on the first layer, this is because there is no point, you are going to cover it up with the decoupage anyway
  2. Die cut your additional elements. These are the twinkling lights and poinsettia elements. I have used foamarian for the poinsettia which will cut through at 3 layers of foam in one go (yay)
  3. Colour your elements – I have used sn pens for both; in addition I also drew on some vein lines in the flowers with a micron pen.
  4. Shape elements as required
  5. Cover the fairy lights (the actual lights only) with clear embossing powder and heat emboss with clear glitter embossing powder. I have done 2 layers of this, but you can do more.
  6. Layer up your elements onto the base (I’ve used 3d glue gel)

To finish:

  1. Add liquid pearls to the centre of the flower and as desired over the whole of the base
  2. Add gold glitter glue to areas of the flower for extra sparkle

And that’s it – happy crafting!




Well hello to all!

Its been a bit quiet on the blog front recently, but we have been busy busy busy 🙂

This is a small selection of our most recently commissioned pieces; if anyone wants to know specific products/techniques etc please ask 🙂

However the majority of the stamps are by Sheena Douglass/Donna Ratcliff with most of the colouring being various items from the Spectrum Noir Range; I have however tagged other products which have also been used.

I hope everyone is having a happy 2018 so far; I plan to spend a couple of happy crafty hours today so will quite possibly post some of the new goodies which have mysteriously arrived at my door….


Butterfly Teepee time

Hello to all, I recently made this card for a facebook challenge and due to its unusual shape, wanted to post a ‘How To’ guide 🙂



I have divided the guide into sub headings, so if you already know how to construct a Teepee card, feel free to skip ahead 🙂





Teepee Construction:

  • x3 Squares of construction weight card (Ive used centura pearl, 6×6)
  • Glue
  • Scoreboard

If you haven’t already, I would strongly recommend that you have at least one groove on your scoreboard coloured in; personally I have the central line coloured as this gives me the most space to either side of the line. This is so that when you score a diagonal line, you can see where you are going!


Score all three of your squares diagonally across the middle and then fold them over into triangles


Arrange your triangles so that the central one has the score line running vertically away from you; then place the two sides (one to the left, the other to the right) so that their score lines run along the right (or left) top edge of the central card. Like so:


then stick together 🙂

The two outer flaps that you will now have then cross over each other to complete the Teepee. DO NOT stick these two flaps together as if you do you will not be able to lay the card flat for an envelope; neither will your recipient be able to open the card if you have chosen to put a personal message inside 😉

Normally, the crossover will be held in position by either mini-magnets or sticky back velcro, however mine is currently being held by a peg as I am waiting for magnets to arrive…

Matt and Layer:

If you have a perfect layers tool, feel free to skip this bit as you won’t need it.

  • x2 squares at whatever mat interval you want to use from your base layer. My base layer was 6×6, so my mat is 5.75×5.75, this means that I am reducing all sides by a quarter inch
  • Scoreboard
  • Guillotine/trimmer (you get the idea)

Line up your mat layer on the diagonal (as you did to score the base card). Score a line at a quarter of an inch away from the central line – please note that these two score lines must match the measurement you have reduced your mat by; I reduced mine by a quarter inch so my scorelines must also be a quarter inch.


Cut down the two scorelines and you will have your first mat 🙂

My next layer is the pretty stuff; in terms of layering against the mat the process is the same as the mat we have just done, but you are resizing against the mat, not the base layer. So for me, I am taking another quarter inch off so my squares will be 5.5×5.5 and my scorelines will still be one quarter out from the central line because my layer is still one quarter reduced from the mat.

Pretty Stuff:

  • Stamps
  • Colouring tools
  • x2 squares of appropriate card for you chosen colouring medium (as stated above, 5.5×5.5 in my example)
  • Some extra of your chosen card
  • Appropriate ink for your chosen colouring medium
  • glycerin (optional, depending on whether or not you are using watercolours)
  • Pearls/gems
  • Scissors
  • 3d glue/foam pads

Firstly, do your score lines for when you cut the layer, but do not cut yet 🙂


Start to stamp; I have deliberately placed my pieces of card together because I want my stamp to crossover the lines of the card. You can use some low tack tape to make it all a bit more secure for this bit if you want.


Colour it in(!) You will notice that my two outer triangles are more vibrant than the middle two; this is because on the middle ones they will be covered by the decoupage layer that I have stamped, cut and coloured and are now sitting to the right of my card. As they then become an underneath image they only need enough colour not to look as if you haven’t bothered.

At this point it is important to think about how the card will be when fully constructed; the two flaps that don’t have any decoupage on the flowers haven’t got it because one of them will be underneath the closing flap and therefore needs to be mostly flat and the other will be coming off of the bottom edge and I wanted to keep it clean.


Once you’ve finished the basic stamping you can cut down the score lines and finish decorating however you choose; the butterflies are stamped and fussy cut then attached with pinflair (As are my decoupage layers). In addition I have gone drop crazy with liquid pearls and also added black mats to the two small ‘leg’ triangles at the bottom. I have used a small palette of colours, (red blue and green) so they all match each other; its not clear on my pics but I have also used clear sparkle overlay. If you are using the overlay on top of watercolours, remember that it will act as a waterbrush and spread the colour some more; if you don’t want this to happen (eg on the lillies) work in from the outside and regularly clean your brush off on a scrap of card.


And that’s all there is to it; fold the card down the central line for enveloping, though I suspect I may need a box for mine due to the embellishments *sigh*

I hope you have all enjoyed my tutorial and have lots of fun giving your own a try – thanks for reading x

Stamps used:

  • Sentiment stamps from Sarah Davies’ Flutterby collection
  • Sheena Douglass Butterfly
  • Donna Ratcliff musical collection