Category Archives: Hardwood

Colour palette inchies

Another swap to share… this time some inchies using the following colour palette…

The colour palette reminded me of a sunflower against blue skies.

Here is what I made…

I used blue ink to smoosh the watercolor the inchies in and then stamped using the dark brown archival ink and the Hardwood stamp.

I then added the spotty washi to three of the inchies and strips of the yellow washi to two of the inchies. Into the strips I added the words sun flower.

Then I inked the edge of each inchie and added an embellishment sunflower from the stash. I then arranged them onto the yellow cardstock.

Love this bright and beautiful selection of inchies.

Happy crafting!


Flowers postcard

The theme for this month at the Postcard art swap group was flowers in my garden… well I don’t really have many of those so I’ve used some creative licence and used the flower from Butterfly Basics to add the floral element to this postcard.

I added the Tim Holtz tissue wrap and then gesso to the panel and then lots of brushos using the Matt medium to make them less reactive. I stamped in archival and coloured using the Brushos again. Then I added some subtle texture and pattern stamping too.

Next I added the glitter paste through a stencil to create the chicken wire type fence. I mounted the artwork onto some pale kraft cardstock I had stamped with hardwood to give it a frame.

Happy crafting!


Last night’s crafty session

So I had lots of fun with my friends at last night’s crafty session. We each made a background…. 

Then we cut them up to a template and swapped pieces so that we would make 5 cards… two with the backgrounds we had made and the other three cards would be using one piece from the others. 

So my cards … well if I am honest I finished them after work tonight before I put everything away… but they were mostly done last night… 

Using my pieces of background… 

From the piece that Mara made… 

From the piece Mo made…

And finally the piece that Kathie made… 

I loved being able to work with the panels others had made and love how different they all were. I must admit that as I had the luxury of a bit more time than just during the session I did add a few extra bits (the additional elements like the flowers and butterflies) but kept to the same available materials as at the session. 

Really good fun! 

Happy crafting!


Post class round up – gelatos


I’ve realised I never got round to sharing what we did actually make at the gelatos session on Tuesday…  well we made a great big mess! 

Yes this was the table post session… piles of stash, scraps and many many many baby wipes! Lol! 

Ok so what did we actually make. 

Well the samples I shared on Tuesday but on the night we made some different stuff but using the same techniques. None of us really finished out projects but most of us got close on at least one… 

First our scrapbook pages… 

Then our sunset cards… 

Next our stencilled background cards (mine and Karen’s ended up as starts of ATCs)… 

The dragonfly one just above was a a demonstration I did. Unfortunately we ran out of time for doing this one.

Once I have finished some of these off properly  (of the ones that are mine!) I will share more pics. 

Happy crafting! 


Breaking news! I am a Design team member

Yes that’s right I’ve joined a design team… I am designing some projects for Helen!
She has such a busy time of it designing all her classes that I have offered to help her out every so often and so on Wednesday this week, two of the layouts at her scrapbook class were designed by yours truly. Such a nice thing to have people like what I create enough to allow me to help them with their business.

So what did I design? Well we were using the glorious autumn themed papers… Color me AutumnDSP. (Gosh that has just killed me writing that in the American spelling!) and the theme for the class was hidden journalling/photos!

Layout one …


I kept to a simple colour scheme with the Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss dsps, and the whisper white. I used the Tape It stamps to create embellishments alongside the brushed gold buttons. Then the journalling is hidden on the tags on the right hand side popped behind the photo.

During the class I got round to creating a title using some alpha dies of Helen’s but not taken a picture of the page with the title yet…. Page is titled… BERRYS KID. This may make very little grammatical sense… Especially as she was picking blackcurrants not berries, but my maiden name was Berry so it is a play on that rather than about the fruit picking itself!

Layout two…


This time the layout featured a hidden photo… Can you see it! Well that’s the point … You can’t see it on the first photo… But you might be able to see it if I open the layout for a second pic…


Yes I created a panel with a hinge that opened up to reveal some journalling and another picture from the series of pictures.

I added to this layout by stamping using the Hardwood stamp and also cutting the leaves for the embellishments out of one of the pieces of dsp and adding them with dimension to some circles of cardstock.

Again the title was added after the photo… SMOOCH TASTIC. I die cut it out of coordinating colours and placed it both above the Soft Suede cardstock and below as a sort of frame.

Loved creating these pages, and as I said above, feels so good to be able to help Helen out with some of my creativity. I wonder what my next assignment will be?!?

Happy crafting!


Happy wedding day Mr & Mrs Smith

Yes my friend really has gone and become Mrs Smith!

Today my friend got married. Unfortunately the trip to Devon (where she upped and moved to just over a year ago) for one night was a little too much for me to undertake so I didn’t make it to see her in person, so instead made a card on behalf of myself, and the other two friends in the team who will be raising a glass to her from afar!

Just like yesterday’s I tried to do a step by step approach!

The card itself is inspired by so many I have seen before … I went for white on white, but then decided it needed some champagne throwing in!

I started with the Petite Petals stamp set and heat embossed lots of flowers using both the clear and champagne coloured embossing powders. Then punched them out. Next I dry embossed some scraps of the cardstock using a few different embossing folders and punched them out. Then I drew a circle (I used the bottom of my paintbrush jar to make sure it was a circle, and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from a Papermania set and then stuck the flowers down layering them up as I went.

Next I took some more white card and punched out the birds and then embossed them using the Beautiful Brocade folder. Then added them to the bottom of the circle along with the leaves which I didn’t emboss. I also used dimensionals whilst doing this to ensure I had some depth to the artwork.


I then realised I needed to mount it as it didn’t look right without an edge of some kind, but I don’t have suitably coloured ink or cardstock. So I made a mount using the same embossing powder and the Hardwood background stamp. You will see here I didn’t emboss it entirely, only the edges as that is all that would be on show.

Final touch was to add a champagne coloured ribbon in a bow and mount it onto the card blank.



So I hope that Mr and Mrs Smith have had a wonderful day … Wishing them all the best for their married life together! Congratulations Caroline and Dave!

Happy crafting!


Congratulations Julie!

Today one of my friends at work graduated after many years of distance learning! I am so proud that she has done this for herself! And she deserves to take this time to celebrate.

I made a card from all of us at work… And of course had to make it special for Julie!

I started with a Kraft card blank and decided to keep it reasonably simple and not layer up for a change! I dug out the coloured embossing powders which I love using but rarely do because my heat tool is so temperamental.

I found the bird stamps that came with the CREATIVE STAMPING magazine a while back and hadn’t got to use until now! Perfect for Julie!

I love the rich red and brown colours I chose for this. I then decided to create a base for the bird to sit on, but kept it subtle.

I used the Hardwood background stamp and inked it patchily to create a soft background, using the stamp flexibly, rather than with a mount to stop harsh lines. I also stamped it in Crumb cake so it was more of a watermark. Then I added music stamps randomly, using the Baked Brown Sugar & Soft Suede ink to give a slightly different tone to the stamping and give it some depth.

Next I added some pearl gems, in a randomly dotted around type of way. Then it was time to soften the card a bit… Out came the ribbon box!

I chose some chevron ribbon and some twine mixed together to provide a wrap bow.

And then I decided to quit whilst I was ahead and not over egg the pudding … Jobs a good ‘un!


Congratulations Julie!

Happy crafting!


Thursday Treasures! Theme time!

This week we have a theme to be let loose on … This is pretty broad and could be interpreted so many ways!

This is what I did with it!


Can you believe I actually started this page in February at a crop and never got round to finishing it? Well when I decided on the prompt it gave me the perfect push to finish it!

This is a picture of me, aged about 8, on the last day of our family holiday in Menorca, looking miserable as sin at the prospect of the holiday ending! I really was fed up!

I remember these holidays on Menorca with such fond memories and have always liked this picture as an honest capture of me at the time. The picture itself has some colour fades as it was up in a frame as part of a collage my parents had of holiday hoots for many years … So it really is a well loved picture and is a good capture of me as a child!

So as I said I started this layout at a crop in February, then it got put away to be finished another day and in the midst of moving the spare room around and making a craft space it got left!

The dsp is a random one I got in a kit a while ago, and the layout itself was based on a pin I now can’t find. I used a few bits and pieces to decorate the page …
Some framelits dies which Helen had to create the arrows and the little camera embellishment
Off the Grid stamp to give the arrows some colour
Angled corner tag punch for the tags
Hardwood stamp for the texture on the tags
Banner Blast stamps and coordinating punch for the pennants
Stickers from random bits of stash and lots of bits of bakers twine!

All the journalling is hidden on the back of the tags which are kept in the pocket behind the picture panel.

Love this bright page, which picks up on the colours in the photo and contrasts the sad face of childhood when the joy of the holiday comes to an end!

Happy crafting!


Art Journal Basics class -the preparation

A few months ago when friends were gathered at my house they were having a mooch at my Documented Life Journal and expressed a wish for an art journal class. I had a little think and decided to agree to do one. Of course that meant several sleepless nights going … Ooh I could do this or I could do that … Only to remember most journal pages take a while to do, and time to dry, so that did limit what we could achieve in a couple of hours of crafting time. So a couple of days later I set to with my idea and worked out if it was possible to create something in a couple of hours that showed some techniques and basics for them.

I started with a quote…

We can complain that a rose bush has thorns, or we can rejoice that thorn bushes have roses…. Abraham Lincoln

I figured this had a lovely message and also had a visual message to be followed as well.

I took a sheet of thick watercolour card and cut it to 8×8 and then thought about what colour the quote made me think of. I decided on red and spritzed spray inks in red, pink, purple and orange/copper and swished the paper through them to give a good blended coverage.


I do love the finish that Dylusions inks give when doing this. So different everytime. I also spritzed some water to remove some colour in places … Although by the time the page is finished you can’t see any of this … But still it’s all part of the process.

Next I took a rose stamp which was a freebie with Craft Stamper, and stamped it down one edge in Archival ink, and also lots of times onto old book print. I then took a script background stamp and stamped that down the other side, along with the harlequin stamp and the sun shine stamp. Next it was time to add some paint. I actually started with a layer of gesso thinly brayered across the page. Then added some of the book print roses which I had cut out. To these I added some dark pink/maroon paint with my fingers, and some grey gelatos. I then added more white by using Distress Stain. I actually had a big accident with this as I squeezed the bottle and the dabber came out and flooded the page with white. Fortunately most of it wiped up … It is just a shame I wasted most of it!

Next I added more of the grey gelato and some more of the pink and maroon paint.

I also added silver paint down the edges, and made marks using lids and edge of credit card and the paint. As per usual I forgot to take any pictures of these stage … So my next picture includes, stamping with paint/ ink and using masks to push paint through and ink through. Oh and stamping the number/alphabet stamp with distress stain too!


At this point I had been working on the page for about an hour and a quarter. So time to move to finishing touches if this is to be a class.

I handwrote the quote (my printer wasn’t switched on so couldn’t be bothered to type it up instead) and then edged each piece, and sprayed with some ink. Next I took the remaining book print roses and coloured them with some gelatos and the spray inks. I added more copper to them to make them stand out a bit. I then layered these up … One of them has several layers to make it more dimensional, and rubbed some stickles over them once they were adhered to the page to give them a sparkle.


So this was my sample for the class. It meant I had finished a page under 2 hours with some basics in there. I could rule out certain techniques due to drying time, but this sort of thing was definitely doable.

A week or so later I decided to try the same process again but using different stamps for the background and different colour scheme. This time yellows and oranges. I didn’t do process pics as I forgot and just immersed myself in the process. I also didn’t get round to adding a quote at this point!


So in prep for the class I chose a few different quotes, and have printed them up in readiness. I also thought I would let people choose their own colours rather than dictate to them … After all I had started out choosing red for my first one, and it ended up very much more pink!

For me art journaling is so much more about the process rather than the end result. The hope is that the end result is good, but it isn’t a given, and shouldn’t be given as much consideration. But that’s just me!

Hopefully the girls in the class will take their enjoyment from the class and find their own way of art journalling … Given a few of them mainly like clean and neat things, it may well not be their thing! But company and playing with stuff should hopefully make it an enjoyable evening regardless!

Will post the result from the class in another post!

Happy crafting!


Wiping the Petite Petals

It’s time for a catch up post!

On Wednesday my lovely friend Helen (check out her blog) held a fab class on the baby wipe technique!

Now I use a lot of baby wipes… But usually to clean things, not to add ink to stamps! But the thing with the baby wipe technique is it is a lovely subtle way of adding multiple colours to a stamped image.

Helen chose the fabulous Petite Petals set to keep the five cards we were making similar, but with loads of other bits and pieces too!

I didn’t actually finish my cards at the class … I forgot adhesive … Plus concentrated on getting all the stamping done instead! But yesterday I put them together. I didn’t 100% follow the instructions… Only one genuine mistake … Otherwise known as “doing a Catherine” where I affixed the card topper to the card base upside down … But the other slight changes were just where I wanted to add some ink to edges which I sponged on. So sorry Helen, not exact replicas but still all your gorgeous designs are there!






Hope you like the set … I think they make lovely cards I must admit.

Happy crafting!