About Moi

I was born in June 1981, I'm a hearing impaired paper-crafter who loves all things crafty. I sew, although I'm still very much a novice at sewing. I bake and cook hopefully all kinds of delicious treats. I have a huge passion for photography and the camera {yes I'm old school I still use an actual camera} is never far from me. I also love creative writing from making up sentiments/verses for my cards and other paper-craft projects to penning some fiction. I am an avid reader and if you are very unlucky I may even throw in some book reviews on here too!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Santa's Coming

The theme at Ikes world challenges  is Santa's coming...lets hope he brings some crafty goodies.

Images
Hot Santa 

Products used

Bauble embossing folder
Distress inks
Ribbon
Glitter
Wink of stella gold
Promarkers

I really enjoyed making this card, I’ve embossed the background, covered it in distress inks and added my coloured and cut image of Hot Santa.  I coloured the baubles using wink of stella and gold glitter.





Sunday, 13 December 2015

Red at One Stitch at a time

It's red fortnight over at http://onestitchatatimechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/.  You have a month to participate so no need to panic over the festive season.

I've kept my card very simple. I've used the red distress inks to make a patchwork background and coloured my shroom houses in shroomsville in various shades of red promarkers.



I am entering this into the following challenges:

http://artbymiranchallenge.blogspot.ca/
http://creativefingerschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
http://simplypapercraftsforalloccassions.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Ice and Snow

Images used:
Ice Skator

Products used:

Snowflake embossing folder
Distress inks
Die cut snowflake
Silver heat embossing powder
Perfect medium ink pad
Lilac organza ribbon
Glitter

I love the theme for this challenge  at  Ikes World Challenges For this card I coloured and cut out my image, embossed my background and distress inked it.  The snowflakes were die cut then heat embossed.    I wrapped the lilac ribbon around the embossed sheet and tied it in a bow. 




Tuesday, 1 December 2015

One Stitch at a Time ~ Winter

I am very late with this fortnights winter blog piece for http://onestitchatatimechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

I have had laptop issues and I am just about getting over it and reinstalling absolutely everything on it again.  Lesson learnt NEVER plug anything unless 300% certain it's safe in or it could totally kill the laptop!

This is my piece, and sorry again it's late.



I am entering this in the following challenges:


http://asnowflakespromise.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.co.uk/ There is NO link tool for this one so I'm unsure if this is a proper challenge or not!

http://creativecardcrew.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Childhood

Images used:

Rapunzel
Snow White
Goldilocks
Queen of Hearts

Products Used

Distress inks
Distress stains
Silver embossing powders
Script stamp
Red miri card
White cardstock
Gold miri card
Key stamp
Black archival ink
Promarkers
Coloursoft pencils
Birds stamp
Brick Stamp
Perfect medium ink pad
Alice in wonderland stamps


For this I went a bit mad and made some art journal pages that reminded me of my childhood so I have four art journal pages for the challenge at Ikes World Challenges.  Most of my childhood was spent playing in the streets, sneaking in to swim in the school pool after hours with some “older friends” and reading.  I remember reading these fairy tales many times over.  I hope you recognise them…Rapunzel {stuck in the tower}, Snow white {eating the wicked witches apple} Queen of hearts {from Alice in Wonderland} and Goldilocks and the three bears.  I had nightmares about these until I was faced with walking across the fields {where I thought bears lived} to go swimming or be left behind…swimming won!






Sunday, 15 November 2015

Thanksgiving at One Stitch at a Time



It is a Thanksgiving challenge over at http://onestitchatatimechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

Whatever you want to give thanks for is acceptable and for me this was friendship.  I sent this special card to a good friend who is always there for me.

I printed the pumpkin image multiple times and stacked them on a cake stand, a partial stamp that should have had a cake on it.  I added some leaves for the natural look.

For the inside of the card I enlarged and printed the pumpkin again, then "carved" the words Thanks Giving into and folded the card so it "popped" out.

My quote is a Ralph Waldo Emmerson one about giving thanks.

For each new morning with it's light
For rest and shelter of the night
For healthy and food
For love and friends,
For everything thy goodness sends.
For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, for hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in Heaven we thank thee!
Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Vintage

Images used:
My Swing

Products used

Promarkers
Lace doily
Dragonfly stamp
Sepia archival ink
Dress pins
Distress inks
White cardstock

This is the simplest card I have ever made, and although I’m unsure on how “vintage” it is I’m hoping it sort of passes for the challenge at Ikes world challenges.  I’ve inked the white card to make it old, I’ve used as off colour as I can find in the doily pack and coloured the image in pastel colours to look as though it’s faded.  I’ve stamped the dragonflies straight on the doily and added a couple of dress pins.



Sunday, 1 November 2015

Remembrance at One Stitch At a Time

I am a huge supporter of Remembrance.  Regardless of our thoughts on War, the fact remains generations have and continue to give their lives for us.  So we can remain safe, so we can have the freedom we have today, so we can express ourselves every single day.  Most all though for me the Poppy is a symbol of hope, that for their today we get a better tomorrow.  I also hope that it goes some way to say I can never understand what you who fight go through nor what you families deal with every single day but I am grateful, very very grateful to you all.

If you would like to join us with this Remembrance theme craft challenge please pop over to http://onestitchatatimechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

Here is my card, I couldn't bring myself to jazz it up or do anything besides mount this beautiful image on a poem. I also put another Remembrance poem as an insert.



I am entering this in the following challenges:

http://craftygalscornerchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

http://kraftinkimmiestamps.blogspot.ca/

http://www.4craftychicks.blogspot.co.uk/

http://crafty-girls-creations.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

All Hallows Eve

I don't normally go in for "Halloween" and prefer to view it as All Souls Eve or All Hallows Eve or All Saints Eve but I'm excited it is Halloween at Ikes world challenges as I can embrace the dead and witches aspect.

 It's ancient customs are a mixture of Pagan and Christian belief and was originally celebrated in May but around eight centuries ago was moved to a more dark and dreary date.

In parts of Europe bells are run at dusk for the departed souls and lit candles were placed on graveyard tombs.  It was the Polish who originally believed the empty churches were haunted at midnight because of which doors and windows were left open the following day to welcome ghosts into their homes.

More widely known is the Celtic belief derived from the Celtic night of the dead and the Samhain festival which was observed at All Hallows Eve.  The Celts believed that on this night the veil between this world and the next was at it's thinnest and that the souls of those departed in the last year were travelling their lonely way to the other world and thus for a few hours ghosts could and did walk this earth.

Some people went on to believe that any ghost that became trapped in this world having missed the small time slot to enter the next world would be trapped here until the next All Hallows Eve.  Others believed that the ghosts that remain were those who were unable to rest in peace in the next world, such as those who were murdered and whose murderers were never caught and brought to justice, those who had unfinished business in this world and needed to set things straight or remain to care for and watch over a loved one.

It was during Medieval England that people went "a-Souling" on the 2nd of November.  This invovled going from door to door to beg for a special small cake that was marked with a cross and called a soul cake.  Every cake eaten would free a soul from purgatory.  It is during this period that today's custom of Halloween began with the begging of Soul Cakes and carving Turnips to remember the dead.  Soul Cakes were also left in cemeteries and grave yards to feed the dead and pacify them so they wouldn't cause any mischief.  This malevolent view of the dead could and probably was the beginning of Gothic horror tales, the original stories of vampires and the arisen dead in the form of Ghosts and ghouls.

All Hallows eve is followed by All Hallows or All Souls day, the day when prayers are offered for the departed and they are remembered fondly.  There are various religious historical perspectives of All Soul's day, Most involve the dogma of purgatory and how the ringing of bells can comfort a soul being cleansed in purgatory and feeding the poor with Soul Cakes can alleviate the suffering of Souls in Purgatory.

In England All Souls day was merged with All Saint's Day for the Church of England religion and became known as the Commeroration of the Faithful Departed.  Yet among Continental Protestants it has been more concisely maintained.  During Martin Luthar King's lifetime All Souls Day was widely observed although the Roman Catholic meaning had ceased to exist.  Although it has since become an extension of All Saints Day many Lutherans still visit and decorate the graves on all the days of Allhallowtide including All Souls Day.

Images used

Witch
Witch
Tell tale heart
Zombie Frog, rat and brain
Fire word art
Fire hair from the element fire

Products used

Metal Halloween embellishments
Promarkers
White Cardstock
Archival pigment ink, Brilliance Moonlight white
Black cardstock
Liquid pearls
Red miri card
White gel pen
Dracula quote
Heart, nevermore, raven and Skull stamp from Smeared Ink
Silver mirri card
Skull embellishments
We R Memory keepers box punch board
Floral embossing folder
Distress Inks



For this card I stamped the skull as a background in white ink, I coloured and cut out the tell tale heart image and used metal embellishments and liquid pearl for blood.  The sentiment is written on the stamped heart in white gel pen.

Print colour and cut your images, matt them if required.  Score your box {I used a box maker} and cut a hole in the bottom, then build your box as normal Once decorated set aside and make your twisted easel card.  Cut a hole in the card base to match the box.  Tape the card onto the box {remember to have your box upside down so the holes match up.  Fill the box with Trick or Treat treats. 


I wasn’t going to share this last one but hey we all mess things up from time to time and oh boy did I with this one!  I stamped the ravens upside down THREE times before I just gave up and twisted the card around and added the witch on an angle.  








Sunday, 18 October 2015

All Souls Eve Colours at One Stitch at a Time

It's all about All Souls Eve and the colours surrounding that at One Stitch at a Time challenge blog this fortnight.

I don't normally go in for "Halloween" and prefer to view it as All Souls Eve or All Hallows Eve or All Saints Eve. It's ancient customs are a mixture of Pagan and Christian belief and was originally celebrated in May but around eight centuries ago was moved to a more dark and dreary date.

In parts of Europe bells are run at dusk for the departed souls and lit candles were placed on graveyard tombs.  It was the Polish who originally believed the empty churches were haunted at midnight because of which doors and windows were left open the following day to welcome ghosts into their homes.

More widely known is the Celtic belief derived from the Celtic night of the dead and the Samhain festival which was observed at All Hallows Eve.  The Celts believed that on this night the veil between this world and the next was at it's thinnest and that the souls of those departed in the last year were travelling their lonely way to the other world and thus for a few hours ghosts could and did walk this earth.

Some people went on to believe that any ghost that became trapped in this world having missed the small time slot to enter the next world would be trapped here until the next All Hallows Eve.  Others believed that the ghosts that remain were those who were unable to rest in peace in the next world, such as those who were murdered and whose murderers were never caught and brought to justice, those who had unfinished business in this world and needed to set things straight or remain to care for and watch over a loved one.

It was during Medieval England that people went "a-Souling" on the 2nd of November.  This invovled going from door to door to beg for a special small cake that was marked with a cross and called a soul cake.  Every cake eaten would free a soul from purgatory.  It is during this period that today's custom of Halloween began with the begging of Soul Cakes and carving Turnips to remember the dead.  Soul Cakes were also left in cemeteries and grave yards to feed the dead and pacify them so they wouldn't cause any mischief.  This malevolent view of the dead could and probably was the beginning of Gothic horror tales, the original stories of vampires and the arisen dead in the form of Ghosts and ghouls.

All Hallows eve is followed by All Hallows or All Souls day, the day when prayers are offered for the departed and they are remembered fondly.  There are various religious historical perspectives of All Soul's day, Most involve the dogma of purgatory and how the ringing of bells can comfort a soul being cleansed in purgatory and feeding the poor with Soul Cakes can alleviate the suffering of Souls in Purgatory.

In England All Souls day was merged with All Saint's Day for the Church of England religion and became known as the Commeroration of the Faithful Departed.  Yet among Continental Protestants it has been more concisely maintained.  During Martin Luthar King's lifetime All Souls Day was widely observed although the Roman Catholic meaning had ceased to exist.  Although it has since become an extension of All Saints Day many Lutherans still visit and decorate the graves on all the days of Allhallowtide including All Souls Day.

Due to the history of this event I chose to go down the food for Souls route.  I believe firmly that there are certain foods that feed the soul and make the soul feel better, chicken soup, a childhood favourite, in my case Rabbit stew.  These foods tend to be comforting but they don't have to be.  I must admit I do love a cheese straw okay a posh cheese straw as I use goats cheese.  So that's what I have made.  I made a small box using All Hallows Papers and popped some Cheese straws in them.  I personally made goats cheese and onion and goats cheese and bacon but I advise adding some finely diced chili and cayenne pepper to half the batch {separate it} then mix them up in your boxes or on a plate if your hosting a party and each time someone bites in to one they get a treat {cheese and bacon/onion} or a trick {cheese and chili}.


I am entering this in the following challenges:


http://disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ I'm confused on the rules of this one so if it's not allowed don't worry about commenting just remove my link please?

http://chocolatecoffeecards.blogspot.co.uk/ I'm unsure this qualifies as it's a box, it did say card but didn't specify I couldn't make something else please remove if it's not acceptable.  No need to comment just removing the link is okay.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Autumn Colours

Images used
Texas Bundle

Products used
White cardstock
Promarkers
Coloursoft pencils
Leaf stamp
Red ribbon
Distress inks
Inks

For the Autumn colours challenge at Ikes world challenges I made a stepper card.  I coloured the images using a variety of mediums and cut them out.  I distress inked the background and added the hand cut leaves, when the card had been put together I hung the ribbon around the bull like a lasso.




Sunday, 11 October 2015

Photography practice

I ceased the opportunity to try the camera on manual setting using the macro and flash settings.  It was a cold foggy and damp Autumnal morning.






Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Scrap book for a friend

These were done using a combination of old and new techniques, I full confess I anticipate redoing some pages!




Gelli plate printing for the background paper


Brushos for the bakcground paper

Stamped images and coloured with coloursoft pencils for the background paper


Brushos and tiny gems for the background paper









Sunday, 4 October 2015

One stitch at a time ~ Think Pink

http://onestitchatatimechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ is having a think pink theme this fortnight.  I decided to go a little barmy with this one as for me it's far more than about making people aware of cancer, it's about remembering those who spend years of their lives, reading, researching, experimenting and coming up with treatments and testing those treatments for this horrible disease.  Yet all we focus on is those who died, those for whom the treatment didn't work and how the researchers are failing those people.  Nobody celebrates or thanks them for at least trying their hardest, working with what they have and trying against the odds to come up with a cure.  So my card is for all the chemists, researchers and those who give everything to try and come up with the cure everyone wants.



I'm a little confused with some of the rules on these sites but if I'm wrong please just delete my entry no need to waste time commenting here.  I am entering this into the following challenges:

http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://kraftinkimmiestamps.blogspot.co.uk/

http://liveandlovecrafts.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, 2 October 2015

Donkey Sanctuary ~ Sidmouth

A while ago I had the opportunity to go to the donkey sanctuary, I say a while ago it was several years ago but I had totally forgotten about these photos of the very cute donkey's.