Monday, 30 November 2015

How to draw stars & a Distress background

Copyright Lindsay Mason

Here's a sweet little video I found for you on YouTube! By Lindsay Mason, this shows you how to draw 'grown up' sparkly stars to add to your cards, etc.

Use any reindeer (or snowman or penguin) stamp and stamp onto vintage sheet music or scrapbooking paper and cut them out. Or take some MDF shapes, and cover them. Glue the shapes on first, then allow to dry, place face down on a cutting mat and cut round them using a craft knife.

And here's Tammy Tutterow demonstrating how to apply that blended Distress ink background technique...

Copyright Tammy Tutterow

Lots of possibilities here!


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Fun background technique using Versamark ink

Copyright Patty Behan for Ranger Industries

Here's a fun one for you - a really quick background, easily adapted for Christmas cards or anything else (perfect if you are batch-making).

Ranger is using Versamark in this YouTube tutorial - but you could also use Perfect Media or Distress Embossing Ink. All these inkpads will dry clear, so you can use your dye-based ink over the top, using a brayer or sponge applicator. Dye inks include Distress, Adirondak etc.

Have fun with this one!


Monday, 2 November 2015

Beginners class on Saturday 6 November

Just a quick heads-up for anyone thinking about whether to book for the Beginners class on Saturday....

HURRY UP! The morning is full, but there are a few places left for the afternoon session (2.00 - 4.00) and don't forget: this is the last Beginners class this side of Christmas!

This class is always a lot of fun, and what better way to spend a Saturday? Full details here if you'd like to know more.


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

FREYJA'S LOVELY SAMPLES for her Christmas Card Pot Pourri class on 14 November

I love these. Love, love LOVE these samples! 

This one has an acetate window...

... and here's that fabulous rabbit again, but in another colourway. Completely different!

Tiny little boxes with rosette toppers, to hold pot pourri (or a chocolate), and some adorable cards with acetate windows etc.

And finally, one with an acetate window with snow!

Full class details are HERE - don't delay to book as I know this is going to be a very popular one.

Freyja does such lovely work, and these jewel colours are to die for!


Monday, 12 October 2015

MAKING FACES journal class - and an extra one by popular demand!

I'm really pleased to say that we had a wonderful time Making Faces yesterday - so much so, that I'm having to squeeze in an extra class next Sunday (18 October) for more faces ... and figures!

Here's some pix of how much mess just a few people can make when they're having fun - and thank you so much to Lesley for taking these pix for me, and emailing them over.

Next week's class will include a bit of colour theory (tints, shades and tones) plus a foolproof way to mix any skin tone - and of course more on how to draw faces and figures. We'll also make stencils, so you can use them over and over again.

See you there!


Sunday, 11 October 2015


This one has a danglie!

Just a quick reminder that Jo Firth-Young's JOFY class is on Saturday 17 October - so book now if you don't want to miss out!

Jo's using stamps from her latest designs for PaperArtsy, and as well as the stamps there will also be much fun with paint, dimensional elements and glitter!

Just nicely in time for batch-making all those Christmas cards, and if you love Jo's style, then you know you'll love these.


Wednesday, 7 October 2015


Here's a little teaser for my upcoming Sunday class, Making Faces.

This will be all about how to draw them, cheat at drawing them, plus making a stencil so you can draw more! Much fun...

I love journalling! I also love using PaperArtsy's fabulous acrylic paint range (which we stock at BladeRubber) as not only is the finish slighly chalky, making it very tactile and strokeable - the coverage is excellent and the pages don't stick together. Have to say it's my brand of choice (not that I'm prejudiced or anything) and currently I have over 40 of the colours. Guess what I want for Christmas? lol lol lol

The next journal class on Sunday 1st November is Word Up - the actual journalling, fancy lettering, all that stuff. Details on all classes are here.