Monthly Archives: January 2014

Watch this space!


Good morning! l’ve been busy crafting but cant put my projects on here until l hear if they are going to be used by the docrafts design team.  They are really busy putting together the next issue of the magazine, along with processing the heaps of makes we nine members of the Design Team have been sending in since receiving our kits with the three new Ranges in. They have produced a lovely Vintage range called  Madame Payraud, a Sew Lovely range, which speaks for itself and also a lovely Blue Parisienne range of blueness which is so classy!  So watch this space! 

Blue Canvas Tutorial


Short Product Description (photo at end of tutorial)


If you have ever thought of stretching yourself a little further than your usual card making projects, then a small canvas is an ideal way to make a start on something different.  This one measures 5”x7” so it’s a comfortable size to begin with.  Using the beautiful Parisienne Blue  Range, I have created this fresh looking canvas that can be hung on a wall.


Step by Step


Turn the canvas over as we are going to work on the back of it, creating a shadow box of sorts.  Firstly, I covered all four sides around the indented part with the paper tape, to make a ‘frame’ for our scene.  (this also covers up the staples and edging of canvas that aren’t usually seen!)


Next, I cut a piece of blue paper to fit inside the frame.  This will need to be stuck down (I used double sided tape) as it will fit up and under the frame but will also need securing down as it tends to move. 


Die cut the word LOVE in a lighter paper pattern and stick these letters diagonally across the page as shown. 


Measure the sides of your inner frame and cut the adhesive lace (what a great product!) and stick this down carefully making sure all the edges meet neatly. 


I used a canvas tag on the bottom left, with some of this lace across it.  I die cut my flowers using the Mdme Payraud vellum to create layers under the top petal and you can either use paper inbetween the vellum or just as top and bottom layers.  Play around with it and see which look you prefer.   I used several layers of the vellum to give a 3D effect to the flower. I like to think of it as petticoats under a full skirt!  On the top right flower I turned each layer slightly to give a multi petal effect, and with the other flower (bottom right) I layered them dead centre on top of each other.   I added adhesive pearls to the centres.


On the centre left of the frame, I cut a heart die and poked three white wired flowers through the holes and secured with tape on the back. I also a ribbon bow .


For the top left of the frame, I die cut two flowers with paper and vellum, with only two layers each this time.



This can be used as a Valentines gift or simply as a token of love, or something to treasure for yourself!



You will need


PMA 174405, PMA 358301, PMA 359101, PMA 171211, PMA 351425,  PMA 162101, PMA 367209, PMA 368304, PMA 160219, PMA 462207,  XCU 503056, XCU 503081, XCU 160151.


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Photo Transfer Technique



I wanted to show you something I made using the photo transfer technique.  Basically you get a good black and white image (you can use colour too but use good clear, strong images) and print it off on your printer.  Allow it to dry.  Then using a PVA glue, once dry, take a piece of white card stock, paint the glue on, quite generously! Place your picture, image side down, onto the glue and then I use a roller brayer to roll over and flatten creases out of the paper.  You can use anything smooth like a bottle, or rolling pin if you dont have a brayer.  Then let it dry completely.  Once its dry, you then either splash or sponge a bit of water onto the image, (not too much!) bit by bit and rub off with your finger.  Be careful not to rub too hard, or it will rub the whole image off, but its a great result for a different look.  I then usually use my trusty Mod Podge to seal the image and give it a matt or gloss coating.  A great look that you can use on cards, or anything, really! Try it!

My Seascape Canvas


This was one of my first efforts at altering a canvas, and Im so pleased with it. I just love the colours. I used all kinds of bits and bobs to make it up, Gesso’d everything to within an inch of its life and then coloured it with my fave Treasure Golds!! Used Acrylic inks, masks for a bit of texture, just messed around and love the result! I hope you do too!

Here it is!
Here it is!
2nd seascape 001 - Copy
You can see the clam shell I found on the beach to use, and my glue mould dragonfly, as well as a seahorse from a chime, and the sea bed here is made up of tiny beads pushed into texture paste.
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the silk flowers I bought in a junk shop and the beads are just that, gesso’d and coloured with Treasure Gold, and the swirly bits are pop pouri!
2nd seascape 004
I made cone flowers by rolling paper, and added a lock and key found in a junk shop. To the left you can see the ‘moulded’ area where Ive put texture paste through a mask.
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I added a doily of sorts onto the canvas, ok, so that didnt work out as planned, but its all good fun!