Monthly Archives: September 2014

Creative Blog Hop


I am thrilled to be taking part in this Creative Blog Hop and thanks to the lovely Sezzie D for her invitation to be a part of this Blog Hop. You can visit her  blog at

The idea for this Blog Hop is to learn a bit about us so here is me….

Who am I?

I am a mother to 2 fabulous young boys, who are growing far too rapidly and 2 Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Sarah a beautiful gentle 6 year old girl who I rehomed from Germany and my baby Chester a massive mischief and complete Mummies boy weighing in at over 65kg at 20 months old (not yet fully grown either).

I love my children, I love my dogs and I love my craft!

Crafting for me started with knitting as a child, taught by my Mum, although I preferred crochet and cross stitch. I discovered papercraft over 12 years ago and enjoy card-making, scrapbooking and ATCs.  My particular love is for stamping and die-cutting which has evolved into designing my own range of Black Flower Creative stamps, coming soon.

Here is my Sarah:


And my baby Chester:


What am I working on at the moment?

I always have plenty of projects on the go at any one moment.  This unfortunately results in a constant collection of boxes full of unfinished objects, which is always nice to rummage through and complete when time allows.

Recently, I have tried to clear one box with projects over 10 years old, like this blanket:


Current big projects:

Baby clothes quilt

I admit to having previously hoarded baby clothes and had the idea to upcycle them into a quilt for my boys for the winter.  This is progressing well and I hope to be completed before the weather turns cold.

Crochet Blanket

My boys are certainly going to be warm this winter with this crochet project.  I made my friend a small version for her gorgeous little baby girl earlier in the year to which my boys took a fancy to and thought I could make a version using up odd balls of wool from my stash. (Again hoarder, but then I am a crafter).

Here is the baby blanket made for my friend:


And some of the squares for my boys:


Crochet Minions

I have made Minions for my boy’s birthdays this year thanks to inspiration from the internet but this has developed into a new craft of Amigurumi and has inspired many things to be made for Christmas presents…….. Currently working on a miniature minion to go on my handbag as a charm.

Here are my 2 boys with their Minions:


Stamping / Zentangle

I am always stamping for cards and always have a pile of random stamped images ready to colour when I get a moment.

Sometimes getting pens or pencils out is to much trouble in an evening, so I reach for a black pen and get tangling.  Currently working on some ideas to celebrate the centenary for remembrance day.

Here is a card I made recently, combining stamping with zentangle:


My creative process?

When I am creating I will usually have some idea of style or process in my mind which I want to work in and will rummage in my stamps or die cuts for a starting point.  I may already have an image I have already coloured. From that I will gather “things” to co-ordinate, whether it be more stamps or masks, stencils or chipboard etc.  Once I have more than enough I start in no particular order and go with the flow.  I tend to find when I have something specific in mind it never actually happens so I prefer to keep things relaxed.  It works for me.

Why I create what I do?

I ultimately make things I like, maybe a design, a colour or a style, whether it is for me or for someone else.

How do I stay focussed/motivated?

I have awful trouble staying focussed at the best of times, but when I do need to meet a deadline I am a huge fan of lists.  I break a task down into manageable steps and find it much less daunting to complete that way and more fun.

As for staying motivated, I only have to look at half started projects or rummage through my stamp collection and I will have a spark of an idea to grow on.

When I get time to relax I like to be doing something, so I fill my time with colouring, drawing or crochet.  As I complete something I am filled with inspiration of what to do with it next.  Ultimately I will have more than one idea so will be inspired to make more.  Time is the only hindrance.

Thank you for visiting my little corner of blog land and listening to my waffling.  I hope I have inspired you in some way.

Please keep following the blog hop here are some links for you…..

Take care and Happy Crafting!



Mixed Media Floral Tomorrow


I have a “Mixed Media” project to share today.


I started with a Gelli Print I had made using the Gelli Plate with acrylic paints in shades of pink, red, orange and yellow.


I drew a flower using a Sharpie and coloured in using Spectrum Noir pencils.


I splodged yellow acrylic paint randomly through sections of “That Special Touch” Basket Weave Mask and left to dry completely.  I then repeated the process using red acrylic paint and the Moroccan mask.


The last mask I used was “That Special Touch” Leafy and this time I used 3D Clear Texture Paste and applied through sections.  It is white when it goes on but clear and shiny when it is dry.


I then cut lots of diecuts:

Sizzix Interlocking Circles Border Die in pale yellow (which I inked with orange and red ink randomly and tore roughly into 2 sections)

Sizzix Bigz Decorative Accent w/Flower & Leaves in orange foam (which I again stained with ink)

XCut Alphabet die (which I layered onto red cardstock)

I then arranged all the diecuts and added handwritten words.


I hope you like.  As always, I would love to hear your comments.



Vintage Autumn Owl


I have another card to share today using my Black Flower Creative stamps (still to be coming soon)

Vintage Autumn Owl

I stamped the owl and the leaf images and coloured in using pencils. I then embossed the entire image using an embossing folder.


I coloured the roses in brown to make them look like conkers or nuts for a more autumnal feel.



I added a length of my handmade crochet lace which I have in my stash.


And lastly added a bundle of flowers and flourishes.



I hope you like it.

As always, I would love to hear your comments.

Take care.