Zentangling – Blog catch up 5

I discovered Zentangle® in February at a craft show I visited with friends. I watched the lady demonstrating and thought it might be a good thing to try while I was still studying. Something that wasn’t a huge project, I could pick it up and do a bit whenever the mood took me. The lady was selling a kit but I was sure I wouldn’t need that and a bit of searching on the internet found rather a lot of source material. To see what’s out there do a quick google images search. There are tons out there.

The name of Zentangle® and Zentangling was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and they have developed quite a following for their own brand of structured doodling. The repetitive nature of it is very relaxing hence the Zen in the name. I found a few pattern sources on the internet dug out a notepad and pen and gave it a go. Here is my first attempt.

1st Attempt

As is my nature with such things, I was of course immediately hooked and treated myself to a couple of books, a new sketchbook and some pens. (Any excuse really). I also completed this piece entitled Dream.


I love the printed look of this and wanted a design for the first in my fresh new book. Anyone who has received a card or gift made by me will have seen my monogram on it. Having enjoyed the lettering in this piece I decided the first piece to christen my new book should be based around that monogram.


The next piece was this ZEN. Can you tell I am a little bit addicted now?


After this I thought perhaps I could use the technique in my card making and did the following two cards. The first was Sky blue hearts of which I used the larger one on a Valentine’s card order. The second was using a rubber stamped image and coloured highlights with tangle patterns filling the background areas of the design.

Sky blue hearts

For these hearts I used Sakura Gelly roll pens. These give a lovely raised finish giving a slightly embossed look to the work.

Sky blue heart Valentine card

Mother’s Day Purple Tangle

After the cards I got thinking about other things I could decorate and after purchasing a plain white china mug and a ceramic pen I came up with this.

T mug – front

T mug – side

T mug – back

T mug – handle

Then during a brief stop in Honiton on the way to our holiday in Cornwall I picked up this 6×6 canvas and completed another tangle project.

6×6 canvas

And finally and most recently a selection of 3×3 inch cards. Although I haven’t managed to part with any of them as yet.

3×3 cards

3×3 cards

3×3 cards

3×3 cards

Initial T 3×3 card

I am loving this new addition to my ever expanding hobbies list and am already thinking about how I might be able to replicate it in some way in my lace design. Now there’s a challenge for me!

Next up will be my first adventures in the craft of needle felting. See you again soon.


Cardmaking – Blog Catch up 3 (part 2)

More of the cards I have made since last October.


Kanban Gorilla Wobbler with Lili of the valley papers. Made for a friend but forgot to photograph it. He took a pic but looking at the Gorilla’s mucky chin not before his girls had played with it first  :o)

Time for Tea

Kanban elements easel card.

Vintage ship

Vintage feel Ship card for my Dad’s Birthday.

St George’s Day

St Georges Day card, Digi stamp from Dustin Pike coloured with Promarkers.


New Home

Little Claire’s stamped image coloured with Promarkers.

Stamped and Layered Cupcake

Woodware big stamp cupcake stamped and layered decoupage on patterned papers.

Summer cycle

Summer cycle Thank you card for Uni tutor from whole class.

George Clooney

George Clooney themed card – Apologies for picture quality on this one.

Fairy wishes

Fairy digistamp coloured with Promarkers.

Country Style Father’s Day

Father’s Day card on a Country and Western Theme.

Posh shoes

Girly shoes 40th Birthday card. Kanban card elements.


Kanban card elements engagement card. Greeting stamped onto Craftwork cards card candy.

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty decoupage.

Robins Anniversary

Pair of robins anniversary card.

White Tigers Anniversary

White Tigers anniversary card, Craftwork cards papers.

Classic lady in black and white

Kanban elements yet again with Docrafts papermania backing papers.


I know that I made a few more cards than this but for some reason I don’t have pictures of them all. Most unlike me. My next post update will be a little crochet project I completed over the winter.

See you next time.










Cardmaking – Blog Catch up 3 (Part 1)

My cardmaking since last October is going to be a very image heavy post. Or rather 2 image heavy posts. I’ve made 34 cards since then so I shall just post the pictures with occasional notes rather than get too wordy with them. Hope you like browsing through my creations.

Fairy Book

Mum’s birthday card last year. Digi stamp coloured with Promarkers, simple co-ordinating matting and layering.

Spaceship Boy

Kanban elements for a little boy’s 4th birthday card.

Beach Huts and Bunting

Digistamp beach huts in pastel shades with stamped bunting and lettering.


Digistamp image coloured with Promarkers, rosette made using flower and circle punches. Kanban patterned cardstock.


Twilight themed card. Nope. I’ve no idea who he is.

Snow Leopards

Snow leopards Christmas card for Animal lover friend.

Yellow Snow

Digi stamp coloured with Promarkers.

Cake Tower

Docrafts Tulip range Cake decoupage.

New York New York

New York themed 50th Birthday card.

Olympic Cycling

Olympic Cycling themed card.

Little Girl

Little girl shopping easel card. Kanban card kit elements.

Blue tangled heart

Blue Zentangle heart, Anniversary card.

Little Birds

Rubber stamped birds coloured with Promarkers.We are Memory Keepers papers.

Stamped pastel flowers

Flowers rubber stamped on to patterned papers

Manchester City

Manchester City themed card.

Mother’s Day Floral

Craftwork Cards papers.

Mother’s Day Purple Tangle

Rubber stamped imaged coloured with Promarkers and Zentangled. Craftwork cards backing papers.


Workshop Decoupage.

Part 2 of this post coming soon.

















More Wedding Makes

Over the course of a week in August I also made a couple of other bits for my sister’s wedding. The reception was held at the boat house in Teddington which underwent a staggering makeover for the big day. Everything was beautiful, particularly the bride and her attendants.

My contribution to the day was to create a seating plan guide and corresponding table flags in addition to a posting box for the guests to deposit their cards for the happy couple in.

Knowing the feel that my sister was looking for I suggested a traditional red letter box might be an idea. Fabulous idea I thought, until I started thinking about how on earth I was going to actually make this. It was a challenge, but I got there and here is how.

Creating the top I lined my stir fry pan with cling film and lined it with probably 8 – 10 layers of paper maché, strips of paper layered on with a mix of PVA glue and water.

Making the domed top - 1

Domed top - 2

The base of the box and the base of the domed lid were made from a pre bought paper maché hatbox. The dome was glued and pegged in place then additional card band added around the inside and outside of the bottom edge.

Attaching dome to lid

Attaching dome to lid

The main part of the hatbox was painted in black gloss paint to create the base and the body of the box was created with strips of card joined together and painted. The hole was then cut for posting and the domed top was glued to the top of the box. The base was not glued on so that the post box could be lifted out to retrieve the post.

Shell form

Coming together

The final step was to paint the box and add a posting times notice to the front. It was a serious challenge and took up most of the kitchen for most of the week, however, it was well worth all that effort.


And finally, in situ on the big day.

The Big Day


The table plan and flags was a much simpler task, matting and layering the table details and adding some paper bunting.

Table Plan

Table flags


And finally a picture of me and my boys on the day and another with my lovely baby sister Liza.

Me and my boys


Birthday cards

After a slight delay, here is the last but two catch up post. A few recent cards. Two for hubby and one was an order for my second cousin to give to her friend.

Tim’s birthday

Snap Happy

I am pretty pleased with how this card came out, and Tim was thrilled with it too. It’s a double easel card using Owl images created by the talented Dustin Pike and a wall digi stamp (sorry, can’t recall where from – if it’s yours let me know and I’ll be happy to credit) Both owls are coloured with Promarkers then mounted on backgrounds using various Kanban card and elements.

Tim’s birthday 2

Quack Snapper


A very simple card made for William to give to Tim for his birthday, a simple image sourced from the web (if he’s yours let me know and I’ll happily credit) matted and layered on co-ordinating cardstock then simply mounted. Very simple but effective I thought.


And last but not least a Spa card for cousin Joanne’s friend.

Spa day


This card was for someone who was being treated to a Spa day for her 40th birthday. The image is a digi stamp from here  coloured with my faithful Promarkers. I used imaginisce backing papers with princess tiaras, added hand drawn stitch details, a grosgrain ribbon trim and card candi and greeting from craftworkcards The edges of the card and image were inked with a chalk finish ink pad and layered using textured cardstock.

Hope you like. Next up, a bit of stitching.

Sweet Lovely Nancy

On the 17th May, my lovely cousin Nancy caught up with me in the age stakes. Some of the happiest times of my childhood were spent with Nan. Running barefoot to the seaside at Felixstowe in the summer holidays. Roller skating at the roller rink, riding round the town as teenagers singing at the tops of our voices. Singing, laughing, dancing, playing and working at the Spa Pavilion in the summer of ’85.

There was a big gap sadly as we grew up, went our separate ways and all but lost touch, but with the advent of Facebook I get to speak to her regularly and see her more often. While I have spent the years crafting, Nancy has been singing her little heart out and is now quite rightly very well respected in the folk scene now.

Anyhow, I digress. On the 21st of May my boy William and I joined other family and friends to celebrate Nancy’s birthday, so of course a card must be made. Here I shall share not only the card I made for Nancy but the lovely one the boy made for her too. Nancy has a love of owls and as well as her solo work she sings with the fab band The Owl Service. There was only one theme for her birthday cards.

Here is mine.

Twit twoo

I made a girly pretty owl using the lovely fruit scoop range from Craftwork Cards. This is an easel card, which is a style I love as it’s a little bit different.

And here is William’s

Concertina Owl

Nancy is not only a fab singer but a fine musician too. I reckon she could play just about any instrument. She also plays the concertina and this is what William chose to capture in his card.

He drew this great cartoon and I mounted it simply on grey and black layering mats to give his card the finish it deserves. I love this card and think William has a real talent for cartooning. Nancy was thrilled and all her guests were shown William’s artwork.

Well Cuz. Here we both are. The other side of the hill. Here’s to us celebrating many more occasions together.

Cards update

What with one thing and another (one being Uni and another teaching) I haven’t made nearly as many cards lately and I have certainly been falling behind in updating my flickr gallery with them. I have now done this so to look at more of my recent cards follow the flickr link and go and have a look. If that takes your fancy at any rate.

In this post I thought I would share a few cards I have made with a technique that I have not really used before of using rubber stamps and patterned papers. I have avoided rubber stamping for many years as I never had a great deal of success with the technique. I never really got on very well with using embossing powders and heat guns and I found the selection and prices of available stamps to be fairly unattractive.

However, in recent times the wide choice of stamps and the emergence of clear acrylic stamps have encouraged me to have another go. I like the acrylic stamps and the fact that you can better see what you are stamping and rather than a huge stock of coloured ink pads and embossing powders I have gone down the simple route, stamping in plain black or brown ink then either colouring with Pro markers or stamping directly onto patterned papers for different effects.

Here are some of my favourites.


This first one was for a colleague at work the stamp is a woodware clear stamp and the papers used were DoCrafts Forever Friends paper packs and some pink gingham I also had in my stash. By stamping the image on each patterned paper and cutting out the different parts of the design I created a layered decoupage with the pieces then added pearl gems to the icing on the cake.


This one was inspired by a card seen at The Glitter Pot, a fab shop in Burgess Hill. The flowers are Hero Arts I think and the components are stamped onto papers from Basic Grey’s Kioshi range. The base card is covered with DoCrafts version of Bazzill card and the other mats are also from the Basic Grey papers. The card and mats are inked around the edges and the flower components shaped with an embossing tool to give dimension to them and finished with Card Candi pressed into an ink pad to give a mottled finish. The final finish was a peel off greeting and a pretty lilac organza ribbon.

Coffee and Cake


Again this card uses the large cupcake stamp  but a different look achieved by using the Spring Feast paper pad from First Edition Paper. The mug is a shaped card from Craftwork cards covered with more paper from the same set and the steam swirls are die cut with a swirls Sizzix sizzlets cutting die in my cuttlebug.

I have uploaded a number of other recently cards. Click on the flickr link at the side of this page to go and have a peek.

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