Saturday 21 October 2017

Woodingdean workshops

Home....pretty early!! Not even that mucky. Whoop whoop.

Can I say thank you to the lovely ladies who joined us today to start our workshop adventure. I wanted to have small groups, mainly because they’re so nice to run, but also to avoid scaring Mandy off so she never wants to return!! Mandy found us a brilliant venue. There was live music on in the other rooms as well, which was rather lovely!

Of course we ran out of time, but everyone had a smashing day.

Although we aren’t taking anymore bookings for workshop spaces tomorrow, we will have a pop up shop!! It will be open from 10am for a couple of hours, then again from 3pm. to the theatre!! Seeya tomorrow Crafty gang xx

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Crafting with a bit of joy....see what I did there 

How do crafters. Happy Wednesday - or if you're in my head...happy Monday!

Today's let loose show was all about Joy Crafts. I had a good variety of dies, and some lovely papers. I said on tv how nice it is to mix it up - I'm generally up to my elbows in paint, so to do a bit of "clean crafting" now and again is good fun!

I started with my little owl. He started quite jolly, but ended up looking hungover, grumpy and not into Christmas....which I thought was really funny. I wish he had also been falling off his tree now, I think it would have added to his general demeanour!

Love this die, it's so pretty and handy....this will be another must have

This die is stunning. Very detailed and elegant. I did a plain card!

Pop up dies are clever aren't they! They make a really interesting card. I layered the house up which covered the fold, and adds colour.

The snow globe die is a cracker. It took me some thinking and planning to work out how to make a shaped card out of the die, but I was really pleased with the result. It's a versatile die as there's loads of other dies and stamps that will work with it.

Another little owl....not hungover this time, and really cute, I've teamed this one up with a stamped background, and the cool Bare Tree die, which I cut several times and layered to extend the image.

The Bare Tree again, this time used as it has been designed. It makes a fab pop up design. Very easy, and effective.

This photo really captures the way the mica powders shine - don't they look amazing!

Thank you for tuning in and also stopping by to check out my blog. Hopefully I'll get chance to share some photos of tomorrow's Dream Day! It's competition winners time. Eek, can't wait

Friday 6 October 2017


There are still some spaces left for the workshops I am running soon.  In fact, the first couple are only a few weeks away!!  Eeek.

I am planning on using the brand new, and utterly stunning, Stamperia products.  We will use the lovely rice papers, paper pads, and more....lots more!!

The workshops will run from 10am until 4pm, and we will have a lunch break at 12.30.  We will provide refreshments throughout the day - and a light lunch.

The first weekend workshops will be on the 21st and 22nd October.  The workshop projects will be repeated, so we will be doing the same things on Sunday as we do on Saturday.
The address for the first workshop is:
Rottingdean Whiteway Centre
Whiteway Lane
There's parking and disability access, if required.

The workshop will then be repeated on the 11th and 12th November. This will be held at:
That Craft Place
2 Grand Parade
East Sussex
BN26 5HG

Unfortunately there is a flight of stairs, so no disability access - sorry!  There is free street parking, but you may have to walk to the shop (not far!).

The price for the full day, including your crafty kit, refreshments, lunch and exclusive workshop goodies, will be £60.

In order to book a place we will require a £10 deposit, which will be refunded if you need to cancel your place within 2 weeks of the workshop.  However, after that, if we don't manage to fill your place, I'm afraid you will loose the deposit if you have to cancel.

To book your place, and for further details, please email me at:

Or speak to me, or my lovely friend Mandy, on 07517047611.

We will require you to pay the deposit of £10 to book your place, and we can take card payments or paypal.

I am so pleased I have finally been able to arrange these, and can't wait to get cracking!
Just in case you are not familiar with Stamperia products, here's a few makes from my recent Let Leonie Loose show.

I look forward to having some crafty, messy, fun weekends with you :) xx

Let leonie loose...Carabelle and the wonderful Gelpress much do I love these stamps.  The designs, the quality.  The variety.  They're ace.  This weeks LLL show was made up of good worker stamps, you know, the sort that will be a good background for all your other stamps, dies, stencils...all your stash.  Use them with clay, angelina fibres, texture paste or lashings of paint.  Whatever...they will work.

I had my first proper play with the Gelpress.


Honestly, I'm having withdrawal symptoms...I had to do "other stuff" today, and quite frankly didn't want to.  Well, I say this, I wanted to combine it with the other stuff to be honest! Block printing on top of these backgrounds....that is definitely going to happen!

The joy of all the pieces is how easy they are.  I had to have a play to find my feet first of all, but when I got the hang of it, there was no stopping me.  The stamps are amazing, as you lift the paint off the Gelpress, and then take a print.  Layering, and adding more detail, colour and texture adds such depth to each piece.

It did help having a block of card stock at hand.  The Clarity card is perfect, it prints beautifully, and has been cut to the perfect size, so you can easily print in precisely the same place - making the ability to layer your images really simple.  I also used the paints from Barbara, these were the Viva Decor acrylic, and of course the Gel Press.

I used the stencil below, from Indigo Blu, quite a lot, as it's perfect for pulling out specific words, or using it for the full verse. 

Many of the layers were also using the bird stencil from Carabelle, which again is such a handy tool.  I also reached for my Mamma Makes stamps - always handy for journaling and art pieces.

Homework for myself.....who fancies a GelPress workshop next year?  :)

Monday 2 October 2017

Last weeks Stamperia show...

Evening crafty folk.  This post was written ages ago...however, my stupid phone blogging app thingy deleted it for me.  Handy that.  So, I'm writing it now, a little late, but here all the same!

So, last week we had the marvellous Stamperia papers.  As you know, I love this brand.  Their designs are stunning.  Paper makes me happy!  Who knew I was that easily pleased.

The box I made for the show was decorated with papers.  I ripped them and crumpled them to add texture, and then stamped using the Stamperia stamps.  The white embossing powder looks lovely and really makes the images pop on the paper.

Layering the papers looks effective, but to emphasis the layers I added paint under the ripped edges of the paper.  Fade the paint out, so it looks like a shadow.  It's really easy - I used a dark brown rather than black, as this isn't as harsh. 

I also added crackle paste.  This adds more texture, and interest to the box.  I coloured the white crackle with pink paint, which I mixed with the dark brown paint until I was happy with the tone.  This was a brilliant suggestion....thank you Francoise :)

To finish the box I mixed a little of the brown Distress Oxide ink with a clear glaze.  This made a lovely glaze wash - which produced a lovely antique finish.  I added this over the crackle glaze, which also helped emphasis the crackle effect.

I had some really pretty Christmas papers on the show as well.  I started decorating this little book, and was going to continue to decorate the box for it....but ran out of time unfortunately.  I hope you like the Stamperia products, and if you do fancy having a play with them, then I would love it if you could join me on my workshops - we have some running in October and November.  The products are stunning.

I'll repost my workshop details so everyone knows what, where and when.