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, 31 July 2018


One of my favourite things to make or alter as a gift is notebooks and I've used an Ike's Art image for the cover.  The background is distress oxide inks sprayed with water, once dry I have sprayed it with pink dylusions ink spray.  I'm rather late to the party on these ink sprays but I am completely and utterly in love with them.

Sunday, 29 July 2018


Ike's Art facebook group have a progressive challenge going and this month [yes I'm actually just in time to not only share it in the group but blog it too] it's this gorgeous tea party image.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Art Journaling Panda's

This was a double page I created for the progressive challenge over at Ike's Art Facebook group.  I really enjoyed this one...it all just felt natural and organic when I was making it.  I couldn't help but put a spin on the colour of the panda and the words. 

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Christmas Cards

This is the final lot of mass produced cards for me...I've used images from Hobby Art

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Flower show

Well this weekend was the flower show and despite being a bunch of nerves and convinced it was a bad idea, I did okay and it was a much needed confidence boost.

Here's my entries and results. 

Failed to place in Cheese Scones
Failed to place in Photogrpahy
Third in Vegetable quiche {Broccoli and Asparagus}
Second in Chutney {Beetroot and Apple}
Second in Greetings Card
First in Meringue
First in Swiss Roll

Shared the cup for most points in cakes and produce!

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Christmas Traditions.

It's all about Christmas Traditions at International Art & Soul so I am going to explain the tradition behind this creation and hope I don't bore you all too much.

I decided to make a Christmas Wreath, I've used pearlescent card and die cut millions of poinsettias, I've added gems for stamen and some arctic white sparkle medium for snow.  Now on to the traditions bit.

There are two possible origins of the Christmas wreath and I will talk about both here.

Ancient Greece and Rome 

Members of the Greco-Roman society would hand make circular wreaths from twigs, fruit, leaves and flowers to wear on their heads in a similar way to a hat.  The wreath symbolized the rank, occupation, status and achievements of the person wearing the wreath.  They were also used to crown victors for example a Laurel wreath was used to crown an Olympic champion.


In Christianity wreaths began around a thousand years Before Christ or B.C. {With Anno Domin A.D. being after Christ's Death} Although these terms are no longer used and it is now referred to as B.C.E., Before Common Era and C.E. Common Era, for the purpose of this blog post I shall continue to refer to the period of time with B.C and A.D.  During B.C. wreaths were known as Advent wreaths denoting the strength of health and life demonstrated by surviving the negative and harsh conditions of Winter.   From the start of A.D. through to today Christians believe the wreath symbolizes immortality and life after death in Heaven.  This stems from the circular and spherical shape of the wreath, both shapes being associated with immortality and ever lasting life.

As time progressed the Victorians brought in anything living, in particular ever greens such as Holly and Ivy {there is a link to the Christmas Carol The Holly and the Ivy where by Jesus Christ is the Holly and the Virgin Mary the Ivy in addition to Holly representing the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus} were brought in to cheer the house during the dark and miserable days.  Some people attached dried oranges, lemons, cinnamon sticks and cloves to help the house smell nice during a time when everything was damp and musty yet it also links to the spices given at Christ's birth and with it the promise of eternal life, other wise phrased as immortality, and those used to cleanse him when he died on the Cross at Calvary, which goes straight back to the wreath symbolising immortality.

Current day wreaths are more free spirited, they come in various shapes and sizes, most often a cross if not circular.  It could be seen as although the cross has lost the formal wreath shape it still holds the original meaning because Christ was killed on the Cross so believers could have ever lasting life in Heaven.  Some wreaths contain modern day decorations such as baubles, some continue the spices and fruit tradition whilst others have doves and white ribbon for purity, a sign of a house without sin.  Whilst in previous centuries wreaths or garlands were laid flat on tables and mantles as time progressed wreaths were hung on doors.

As with many traditions there is a link between the Greco-Romans and the Christians for both wore the wreaths on their heads, the Greco-Romans as crowns for winning and Christ wore a Crown of Thorns at his death.

Why Holly?

The use of Holly has multiple connotations and features in many legends.

For the Celts the sharp pointed leaves warded off evil spirits and its place on the door warded off witches, demons, witchcraft and spells.

The Druids believed evergreen leaves symbolized eternal life.

The Romans used Holly as an offering to Saturn during the festival of Saturnalia.

Some say that the Christmas wreath was as recent as the 16th Century and first began in Germany by members of the Lutheran Church who believed that the Holly has pointed prickly leaves similar to thorns and is linked to the crown of thorns Jesus wore with the fruited red berries representing the blood of Christ dripping from injuries caused by the thorns.

In modern society we now place Christmas wreaths on graves as a remembrance of those who have died, these are mostly in the shape of a Cross but can also be the more frequently seen circular wreaths too.

Now whilst if I was going down the very traditional route I would have made a Holly wreath but as it stands I've made a Poinsettia wreath instead.  Here is my wreath.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Christmas in July

This is tricky for me.  Ike's World Challenges have the theme of Christmas in July and this would normally serve as a reminder to me to keep ploughing on with Christmas cards but at this point I've made them.  I had an awful lot spare last year and therefore haven't really made any this time around.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Father's Day Scrapbook.

Well despite thinking this scrapbook would never get finished I have indeed finished it. The layouts consist of the National Road Run and the smaller Road Run we do locally.  Be warned these layouts have a LOT of tractors.  My photos are not the best either, I should have taken photos before I put them in the plastic sleeves really.

Thursday, 12 July 2018


It always amazes me that no matter how many times I go to killerton I still find a route to walk that I haven't walked on the fifty times I have already walked there.    IT was hot, really hot but I loved walking under the trees and enjoyed the fact that most people stick to the formal gardens so it was quiet and I got see plenty of wildlife which for me is not just a bonus but a highlight.