Monday, 16 October 2017



Hi Everyone

Here's what Helen will be teaching 
this month for The Craft Barn at
The Memorial Hall, Lingfield:

18th October : Trees

I cannot decide whether to do Spring
or Autumn - love them both!

28th October : Illuminated Houses

Now do I put this on my Christmas tree
or should I just incorporate it with the
pine garland on my stairs?

Decisions, decisions .....

Love to see you there

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Song Challenge

The Song Challenge

Happy Sunday!

This month's challenge
reflects the changing season
Autumn is upon us and the
turning leaves form a 
kaleidoscope of colour 
on the ground

Obviously, the song had
to be 

Autumn Leaves

The falling leaves
Drift by my window.
The falling leaves of red and gold.

I see your lips,
the summer kisses,
the sunburned hands I used to hold.

Since you went away
the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter song

 But I miss you most of all my darling 
When autumn leaves start to fall

Since you went away
the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter song

 But I miss you most of all my darling 
When autumn leaves start to fall

I like this one best performed
by Eric Clapton 
There have been many other
artists who have recorded this
timeless classic

So, autumn leaves it is
however you may wish to
depict them

Here's Karen Gist's coaster:

Please enter your projects via the
link.  This closes on 5th November
at 11.55pm.  Should the link close
early then do please email your
project to me at
and I will be pleased to put it
up for you

"Till Tomorrow

Mickie xx

Saturday, 14 October 2017

For the Girls

For the Girls

Hi There!

So here we are with the 
final project in this strand
and what a project it is....

Here's Jane Castle to
show you what she made:

The project I have made does take a little time
 to make but then if you are going to give 
someone a handmade present your 
time is the main part of the gift. 

So grab a cuppa and we will make a start.

One of my main hobbies is gardening 
and I like to save seeds for the next 
growing year. 

A very close friend and neighbour is 
a keen gardener also and we
 always give each other birthday and 
christmas presents, nothing expensive but 
always something with a special thought. 

So I decided to turn this wonderful 
mini house into a seed shed for her.

Using Art-C mini house box kit I gave
 the outsides of each part a coat of white gesso.

The inside of the base, back and 2 sides 
were then covered with some of 
Imagination Crafts Rice paper.

 This was attached using 
Ranger Distress Collage Medium.

The distress medium does make the background
 quite a bit darker as you can see 
in the photo above.

Next I made a start on the seed envalopes. 

For these I used some ordinary brown
 wrapping paper as this helps to keep the 
seeds dry. 

Cutting pieces 10cm x 10.5cm, I then made 
folds so that the finished size would be 6cm x 4cm. 

the corners were cut away so as to 
remove some of the bulk.

In the picture above you can see the various stages, 
the last one has the bottom sealed and 
the top open ready to be filled.

I stamped the labels onto white card using 
black ink and a stamp from JM15. These were then 
lightly coloured using Chalk Cloud blending 
ink before hand writting. 

The envelopes were stamped and heat embossed 
with white powder using various PaperArtsy stamps.

The tag was made from kraft card and also 
heat embossed.

The seed packets were then filled --

and immediately sealed. 
Poppy seeds can go a very long way !!!

At this point I decided to make a sign for 
my shed, so masking off a stencil I 
inked onto a strip of shrink plastic.

This took about an hour to dry and then
 I cut it to shape and punched the holes
 in the top before heating

Now onto decorating the outside,
 the roof had a coat of Granny Smith paint 
before adding Grunge Paste through a Tando mask.

 I added a little Slate paint to the paste 
before applying it to the roof. 

Once dry I lightly sanded and 
added some Treasure Pewter.

The sides and the back were painted in 
Blush paint and then sponged with the 
Chalk Cloud blending ink in Toasted Rose. 

Stamped flowers were added using
 Carabelle Studio 'Zinouk du Jardin'.

Using the same stamp set I made a 
little figure, she was stamped onto
 300gsm card and then cut out. 

Her dress was stamped onto an off cut 
of painted card and stuck on top. 

Colour was added to the figure with 
Distress Markers.

Self adhesive gems for the ear-rings and
 Liquid Pearls for her buttons. 

The spade was stamped from JM 43.

There are holes in the 2 roof pieces so I 
added a ribbon bow and attached the 
'Don't eat the Daisies' tag.

The 'Seed' sign was threaded with some 
silk thread and tied to the decorative edging 
which was painted in China paint.

Zinouk and her spade were stuck on 
with some glue and the seed packets
 popped inside.

As this is a fairly small house/shed
 it's hard to catch the detail of the 
inside on camera.

I have been very impressed with this kit, 
it all went together very nicely.

I might include a battery nightlight to go 
inside for when the seeds have 
been planted.

The bow could be untided and then
 it could hang from a branch on a
 summers evening.

Thinking about it several would look
 very cute!!"

Thank you Jane - I can
just see these little houses
dotted about the garden
holding those little battery 
operated night lights!

Another delightful present
don't you think?......

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Friday, 13 October 2017

For the Girls

For the Girls

Hallo Everyone

Hope your week has gone well
and you are ready for the
weekend!  Hooray for Friday!

Here is the next instalment
of our current theme, which
I hope you are enjoying and
gaining inspiration from

Helen Chilton has a shrine 
for us today so sit back and
watch the magic unfold....

"I chose the Shadow Box Shrine 
for my Art-C project.

I've started by painting the pieces white 
and sprinkling with Pixie Powders.

Just rub it into the wet paint. I also used Teal Wash.

Then I scraped some Crackle Paint onto one side.

For the flowers, colour some thin card 
with Distress Oxides....

......and then cut out loads with the 
Impression Obsession dies.

Curl them up and wire them with a 
bead in the centre.

I thought the back needed a bit more oomph,
 so I stencilled it in black.

The twirly bits - all provided in the kit - 
have been painted with some of the 
Indian Pink Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish.

The base is painted white and coloured with
 Pixie Powder as before. I then doodled on it in 
black mainly to cover up the fact that I
 can't paint straight lines!

Add a few more loose flowers and 
stick it all together."

Products used:

That is a delightful gift Helen
thank you

You know Everyone, those
flowers are nowhere as fiddly
to make as they look - and
they are quite spectacular 
when wired into a bunch!  All
you need is the die and bits 
of paper from your stash to
get started.......

Just saying....

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

PS:  Helen will have us making trees 
at Inky Fingers on 18th October at the
Memorial Hall, Lingfield.  If you would 
like to come and join us please follow
this link   :

and if this is more your style:

Helen will be teaching this at Kit n Kaboodle
on 28th October.  Here's the link if you want
to be there.  Again the venue is The Memorial
Hall, Lingfield.


Thursday, 12 October 2017

For the Girls

For the Girls

Hallo Everyone!

Present time is looming ever closer
and we thought we'd inspire your
crafty instincts.  

Claire Jackson has used one of
the Art-C Display Boxes to get

"I started with the Art-C display kit box.

It comes in 8 pieces and the Perspex panes 
are covered in film to protect them.

I glued the two base, and two lid pieces together 
as per instructions, and gave them a coat 
of black gesso. 

I then decided that the top looked 
a little plain and added some Kaisercraft 
wooden embellishments before 
gessoing them too. 

It is really important that you don’t get paint
 in the slots for the panes or they won’t fit in.

 Next I gave the lid and edges of the base 
a coat of Imagination Crafts Rusty Patina 
in verdigris. This has a lovely gritty texture

I added a few more embellishments 
before using my fingers to dab on DecoArt
 worn penny and a little matte black paint.

While the paint was drying I started on the 
glass vials to go inside.

To get a deeper colour I first put a few drips 
of alcohol ink inside each vial and turned
 them around to coat the inside

Next I used a felt applicator to add the same
 colour to the outside. 

I then added a second colour to the outside
 of each vial to get a marbled effect.

 I then added drips of copper mixative.

 I lightly rubbed gold Alchemy Wax on the 
butterflies and added enamel accents.

 I added embellishments to the vials before
 assembling the box. 

The kit is so well designed that the pieces 
fit together very tightly without glue so 
if you wanted you could take the lid off 
at a later date. 

 With the reflection it was difficult to photograph. 

This project makes a pretty present 
in its own right but you could, 
if you wanted to, fill the vials with essential oils 
as an extra gift "

Thank you Claire.  Love what
you have done with the bottles
I can almost smell the essential
oils I imagine are in them.......

This particular display kit would 
also showcase a small treasure
or two..... you know the sort of
thing you have put away safely
in a drawer so you don't lose it
and then hardly ever see it....!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx