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Pear No.2

I had another go at using my new pear rubber stamp. After several more attempts and a flat surface, I managed what I thought was a better print. I have made it (well two versions of the make it 3D) into a copy of yesterday’s card. This is the result, though I am not sure that it is much better. I think I need some more practice.


I then decided to do a challenge , set by Daring Cardmakers, to make a card incorporating a teabag. This was my effort… 


and I finished off with another stamp, this time of flowers (Hero Arts), in my favourite colour – purple 🙂


I will start writing soon!



First attempts

Well. I still haven’t been writing. No, I am still in the clutches of crafting and art. I have been trying out my new Corel Painter software. I haven’t checked out the tutorials yet, but I will. With the help of publisher, (I suppose it should be photoshop) I have painted and put together the following:-

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I also managed a couple of cards. I actually got out some watercolours to paint the stamped images. First time I have ever painted with them ( well…coloured in).






I should be writing!

Well I should. I promised myself that I would get started on my novel again, and I will. But at the moment I am really enjoying experimenting with different techniques for my cards. I love working with paper, and cutting out shapes, or punching out shapes, and it is probably not a surprise if I tell you I love doing flowery type designs. Lately I have been using materials other than just paper, such as felt, and have dug out my rubber stamps and experimented with fibre-tips, crayons, water-soluble crayons, pastels etc. I am also going to try painting with water colours too. How can I stop all this and sit down and write? Of course, sometimes it is the other way around, and I just have to write…sometimes sitting in bed at 3am, writing a poem. There just aren’t enough hours in the day, or days in the week, or weeks in the year!!

These are the most recent cards I’ve made, using stamps…



…and a couple of Easter cards. The chick looks a bit miserable, despite the ‘Happy Easter’text!

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A pressie…

It was my birthday on Friday and my OH asked what I would like. Having been trialing Corel Painter X for a few days, that was an easy question to answer. I had already done my homework and bought a full , brand new copy, complete with registration, for about a third of the normal price. My wonderful other half said he would pay for it as part of my pressie, so I am over the moon. Not that I will stop using my lovely Artrage, as I still love working with it, but painter does offer a lot more…and so it should, for the price. Had I had to pay the full price, I doubt I would have bought it. So I will be posting my new works of art, with no excuses for poor work, other than my lack of talent, lol! This is the first…

Well. gotta start somewhere 🙂 There are lots of free tutorials that come with the programme, so I am going to start them tomorrow. Looks like lots of fun.

Freebies winner is…

Cheryl from

Thank you to those who took part. Cheryl, I will be in touch 🙂


A challenge

Well, I was perusing  Cheryl’s blog, when she happened to mention a challenge set by Daring Cardmakers. Of course, being nosey, I went to have a peep and this is what I found. The challenge at the time was for a card on the theme of I am woman, with something feminine about it, but with no Tilda’s, Sugar Nellies or Bellas. Since I have no idea what any of those are…no chance of getting that bit wrong, so I thought I’d have a go. Having looked at everyone elses’ wonderful contributions, I can see that my style is very different, but…it’s me!

Meanwhile I have been busy with other cards, especially one that was to someone whose birthday I forgot!

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I don’t know whether everyone has gone to sleep, or just don’t like my giveaways, but the response has been minimal. There is no catch. Just leave me a comment on here or one of my other blogs, and include the message that you’d like to win a freebie. That’s all! Here are the two prizes the winner can choose from:-

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For details of the contents of the craft package, click here. Good luck!

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