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 I may even throw in some book reviews on here too!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015


This fortnight over at Ikes World Challenges the requirement is to create using this sketch.

It's that time of year, where the Christmas tree has gone, the evenings are getting lighter and I'm thinking of spring and that bursts of sunshine.  However in my head somewhere is that nagging thought that if I don't get a move on my handmade Christmas will be a disaster.  So it's time to start lists of whose getting what, how many cards are needed and of course to make a start on them.  which is exactly what I did with this challenge.

I have some special friends who get some extra special cards where possible and these always take more time to make so I try to get them done as soon as possible.  Anyway this is my take on the sketch with a Christmas card.

For this card I have used the two images from Ike's Art, Hot Santa and Santa Hunk and I decided that I would go down the all things Christmas route a little further and use a song lyric as a sentiment.

 I used the "all I want for Christmas is you" song lyric and tried to position it and imply that Hot Santa just want's Santa Hunk for Christmas.

I admit I'm unsure how this card will envelope with it's unusual shape but I had great fun making it and I'm sure the recipient will love it.

Saturday, 24 January 2015


Well with all these books I'm reading and no bookmark {I think the bed ate it because I can't find it} I clearly needed to get inky and make myself another one.  I think these might become popular gifts this year, well popular from the point that I adore making them so there will be lots to give away.

For this one I have stamped my new favourite stamps from smeared ink and cut them out, placing them on as clean a piece of white card I could keep it but with red ink about it was never going to stay spotless lol.  I then backed it onto red card.  I'm going to upload this to the following challenges:  White and one other colour at Quoth the Raven and Smudgy Antics anything goes.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Something Old Something New

Hey everyone,

This should be my last DT post for Ike's World Challenges {assuming I have counted properly which I doubt very much}.  I have loved every second of my time working with some very talented people and am delighted to say some are life long friends.  The encouragement to express my creativity and insane ideas has been faultless and such a positive experience, I would like to thank you all because I all I have learnt will forever remain with me. However, I am delighted to say that my insaness is welcome and I will be staying on with Ike's world challenges.  Thank you so much for letting me stay it is amazing and I am sure some day soon I will stop smiling about it.

Well I admit that this project relates to the theme in what could be an 'abstract' way. I couldn't decide how to go about this until I was talking to a friend who suggested I use some art journalling...this is the result.

 Something old is quite easy, I love a bit of history so {probably because my brain has never worked in the regular way} I figured I would go down the indigenous route and look at the 'old' tribes that still exist in the world today.  I used the New Zealand images from Ike's Art and coloured the Maori mask using various brown promarkers with blue and red to highlight the 'face' part.

The second page has Kiwi's, they are 'Native' {and therefore in my head 'old'} to New Zealand.  Again I used brown promarkers to colour them.

I inked the background of both pages using shabby shutters and tumbled glass distress inks.  The words Indigenous and Native are die cut from a sizzix set of letters {cannot remember which ones} using docrafts art deco mint green paper.

Now before I reveal my journaling I want to explain the something 'new'...this is a tenuous link to say the least and as I said before a little abstract but the 'new' part is the images, the New Zealand images are new to me....sorry a very tenuous link I know.

My journaling reads:

There is something fascinating about the indigenous people of New Zealand {and other countries}and it would be wonderful if we could take some of their knowledge and skills as well as their culture into our modern day lives.  Similarly native animals like the Kiwi are amazing creatures who are specific to individual habitats and tell us so much about the world and our environment.