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!

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Foggy Morning Camera Fun

It appears there is one reason or another for keeping me from my Thursday Adventures so this week I am sharing some photos of a foggy morning. 

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Nature Art Journal

I have collected a lot of stamps from Hobby Art because I love them, they are of images I feel passionate about, they are of superb quality and most importantly they are good value.  For this double art journal page I have used a combination of about 6 different sets of Hobby Art stamps and a couple from a set I had free on a magazine just before Christmas {It's probably best I don't discuss the magazines as they appear to be all adverts at the moment.}. 

The text reads:  "Pause, Take a breath, let nature calm your soul" ⒸSallie Baker 2019 I've stamped with Archival ink and coloured with Derwent Procolour pencils and I'm afraid everything is fussy cut from the larger images to the fiddly caterpillars and ladybirds.  The background is using distress inks for the grass and gelatos for the sky.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Hanging decorations

I was inspired by a friend to make some hanging decorations, she hangs random things from her kitchen cupboard handles.  I knew I wanted to gift them so I tried hanging photo frames but they were large and clumsy and didn't really hang that well.  In the end I used what is described as baubles and inserted a photo before gluing them shut.  I then stuck individual gems around the seam. Gosh was that a challenge and half?  The darn things just wouldn't stay on unless they were only glued 2/3 at a time.  Then I had to wait for the glue to dry solid before I could do the next one.  They took far far longer than I could ever have imagined but I hope/think they went well and if not the bauble and photo can be recycled!

Thursday, 24 January 2019

It's cake time

Due to funerals and an interesting start of the year there has yet to be a Thursday Adventure so today I am sharing some cakes with you.  I made an Orange Battenberg, my take on Lamingtons, and a moreish mincemeat bite. 

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Art Journal Cover

I said late last year I wanted to do more art journaling and so far that's working really well for me.  I have almost finished one of my art journals and I like to have more than one on the go so I can do something whilst one is drying. 

That meant a new journal needed a cover.  I like to have something that encourages me to be free in my journals on the cover and I also wanted to address a difficult conversation I had on Christmas Day.  I wanted to remind myself I had the strength needed to overcome the negativity hidden somewhere in the depths of me yet as a cover I didn't want it to be negative or too revealing. 

With those things in mind I decided I would use the theme  hidden depths, whether that be ocean depths, deep inside yourself, deep space or to be honest it can be interpreted in whatever way you wish.  Which is how I realised I had inadvertently covered another topic. 

Lately I was made aware of how someone who isn't deaf and has no hearing related issues had a week off work with a burst ear drum.  I couldn't believe it, any deaf person I know, myself included, wouldn't and don't stop because of an earache, burst eardrum or ear infection we just keep going.  It's part and parcel of our everyday lives and speaking personally unless I am unable to function with the infection {usually because I cannot maintain my temperature at or below 40oc with the aid of medication} then I don't bother to go to a dr, they'd only laugh me out the door so why bother? 

Whilst discussing this with someone else they mentioned tolerance and perhaps other people have lower tolerances which made me consider that perhaps because it is part and parcel of life deaf people are more tolerant and accepting of infections and the complications that comes with being deaf but also perhaps it's not just about being more tolerant but the fact that from experience if I complain or mention the words earache, burst eardrum, ear infection, hearing loss I get rolled eyes, sighing and more often than not "why are you always negative", "try being positive for once", "so your deaf it's not the end of the world so stop acting like it is", "attention seeking again do you ever stop", "you can't possibly have another infection stop overreacting".  I could keep going but I think you get gist.  If someone who is deaf bemoans a decline in their hearing or illness relating to it the reaction is that we are milking our situation for sympathy so we have grown to have a hidden depth of strength, of not complaining, of getting on with life regardless of the pain and struggling. I like how my journal cover shows this depth despite not being directly related to either meaning behind the creation of the page.

Talking of infections I had an infection over Christmas and the New Year and it has meant my Asthma is bordering on uncontrolled.  There are times I need my salbutamol inhaler whilst doing very little so because of this I have delayed the start of my "Thursday Adventures" then unfortunately a family funeral was booked for a Thursday and so I hope this week will be the start of my adventures for 2019. 

The text reads " Show your hidden depths" ⒸSallie Baker 2019 and I have used some stash I had for Christmas.  The marine life is a stamp set from Bumbleberry Crafts this store is new to me but the service is fabulous and the stamps are of fabulous quality.  I've used a combination of distress oxides, dylusions spray ink, silver nuvo mousse, nuvo drops and some blue texture paste for the background with stencils.  All stamps are coloured using derwent procolour pencils.  These are my absolute favourite colouring medium. 

Sunday, 20 January 2019


Welcome to a new Challenge at International Art and Soul this fortnight is an easy one to get you started.  This one is Movies.  Unfortunately I am struggling with the incentive when it comes to cards and I just cannot face the stress, especially as I'm not a natural card maker.  I've made an art journal page.

I have used:

Brushos {for the grass}
Distress oxides {for the sky}
Dylusions paint pens and glitter {for the clouds}
Wow copper embossing powder {for the quote }
Bumbleberry Paper Crafts Wild About You stamps, this is a new company for me and their service is exemplary.  I highly recommend them and the quality of their stamps.

My quote reads "If you allow it you can be happy anywhere" ⒸSallie Baker 2018

I have chosen the film "We Bought a Zoo".  Or at least I think it was a film as well as a book.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


Over at Ikes World Challenges the theme this month is Animals.  The challenge is open to everyone and if you prefer you can dip your toes in with anything goes. Ike always does a stunning a freebie and of course you can purchase her images at Ikes Art.

Keeping with the intention at the end of the last year to only make cards using methods I enjoy I have used brushos for the background.  I sprayed the watercolour card with water and various colours of burshos. I left it to dry naturally because that intensifies the colours.  Then I added a quote as if I was making an art journal page.  The quote is written by me and reads "An animals spirit shines as bright as a starburst". ⒸSallie Baker 2018

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Fridge Magnets

Yup another one and I should warn you there could be a fair few more as I am loving making these.  Yet again I have used an Ikes Art image for the magnet

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Fridge Magnets

During the hassle with a broken fridge freezer some of my larger magnets were broken so I've been colouring up so to replace them.  This one is my favourite, I've used Derwent pencils to colour the lake image and quote.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Cats and Dogs

Welcome to a new year at International Art and Soul the challenge this fortnight is an easy one to get you started.  This one is Cats and Dogs.  Unfortunately I am struggling with the incentive when it comes to cards and I just cannot face the stress, especially as I'm not a natural card maker.  I've made a friend some coasters for mugs/glasses or they can be hung to make decorations.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Fridge Magnet Library

I am making fridge magnets again, I love how they brighten the kitchen and add a touch of home made individuality to the room.  I also want to take this opportunity it explain why I use so many of Ikes Art Images.  It's not because I have to but mostly because they are what I need for what I am doing.  It's not just that though, if I'm stuck for inspiration at any point I flip over to the store and come away with far more ideas than I need or can deal with.  This library image not only inspired me but it really is me I could read constantly and not realise the time.