Category Archives: Mixed Media

Hand Crafted!

i just had to share this beautiful glass ornament gift created by Jane Wimbury (Cosy Creative Crafts). Jane has learnt how to fuse glass and the results are stunning.
If you want to try a new craft  Jane runs half day (fused glass) or all day (copper foil technique and mosaic stepping stone) classes in Banbury. Contact Jane at for more information.
This large 8×8 card was created by Traci Mortimer, who “borrowed” ideas from my scrap club design and incorporated them onto a card. Very striking.
Traci was really pleased how the embossing powders looked on her Cheery Lynn flowers. Another way of adding interest to die cuts!
Traci, Jane and Issy have treated my husband and myself to a day out at Blenheim Palace with an afternoon cream tea in the Orangery. We are really looking forward to it.
The gift vouchers came in this lovely card that uses one of the brand new Sue Wilson Creative Expressions dies.
And finally how about this for a stunningly wrapped gift? It has been made by Wendy Fane.
This is gift wrapping that is not destined for the bin! I have stored it safely and am going to use it as an embellishment on a scrapbooking layout! Thank you Wendy (and loved the gift inside too!)

Stunning Mementos

I am in awe at the talent demonstrated by Tessa Miller who gave me this beautiful hand crafted notebook.
Tessa has sewn the cover herself!
You can check out the exquisite detail in this close up photo:
Tessa also made me a beautifully boxed mini book as a memento of my retirement. This is the outside of the box:
Open the box to reveal Happy Retirement. Now you will have time to ………
…Relax, Enjoy Life…..
……Travel, Do Some Gardening…..
…Smell the Roses…..Thank You!
The back cover. Check out the hand crafted textile buttons on the ends of the ribbons:
Extended when open:

Two stunning keepsakes. Thank you so much Tessa. I love them!


Jenny Williams has created such a cute piece of wall art as a gift.
So many lovely details:
Love the touch of colour from the buttons:
Jenny has used metal Tim Holtz embellishments:
This is such a lovely gift idea and so personal. Thanks for sharing Jenny.

Mixed Media Heart

This is such a beautiful heart that Jenny Williams has created from a 12×12 sheet of patterned paper available in the shop.
Jenny has cut the heart out from this paper and then added it to a cardboard backing. The paper was then “crackle glazed” and left to dry. The 12×12 patterned paper costs just 60P!
Such a fabulous effect!
Decoart One Step Crackle Glaze is a fantastic product. Just brush on and wait to dry. And it is amazing value at £2.40 a bottle (existing stock only)!
I like the quote Jenny has added:
Seam binding was inked to match so the heart can be hung up:
Flowers were cut from the remaining paper and leaves from coordinating card. Brads added to the flower centres and then everything arranged and glued to the heart.
Did you notice the tiny dragonflies and bees?
They were cut with the Cheery Lynn Tiny Things With Wings die set. Great value at only £8. 65. We have just the one set in stock.
To add texture Jenny has added seed beads and micro beads. What a fabulous effect. Brush Decoart mat multi medium onto the heart, add the beads etc. and leave to dry. Once dry the medium is invisible!
A really beautiful project Jenny. Thanks for sharing.
Check out the layout Jenny has created with the same paper tomorrow!

“Time” For Something Different!

Make time for this fun and relaxing class and create something bright and modern!  We will be making a variety of projects including a small clock, two cards plus a couple of other little surprises that you can see in the photo! Colours will vary but will be similar to the samples shown.
We are running the class on Friday 12th January 10-30 4 pm, and Saturday 13th January 10.30-4 pm. The day costs £20 and includes all the materials needed to create the projects.   Please note that numbers are limited for this class because we only have a limited number of clocks.  Currently we have 6 kits (places) left.
Please ring 01844 208996 or email to book a place or confirm a provisional booking.

Oh Christmas Tree!

We were all asked to take a home made ornament to my nieces’ wedding which I thought was a lovely idea for December wedding!
I made a trio of small hearts:
The largest features Gemma and Steve’s initials which I cut electronically:

The medium heart was made with the inside negative waste left over from cutting the first and smallest heart! I added glitter so they have a little sparkle.
I attached lace to the smallest heart. All the ribbons and large pearls were attached using my Stix2 hot glue gun. The hearts were die cut four times and layered to make them sturdy.
I used this Elizabeth Craft Designs Twisted Hearts die set which I’ll be able to use on some of the wedding layouts too!
Sarah made this sweet bird house. The roof tiles were all hand cut and layered.
My ornaments hanging on the tree:
I didn’t know this was being taken!

Callum’s Birthday

Jane Towse has been playing with her Prima dolls and created a birthday card for her teenage son:


The doll has been paper pieced, and Jane has added some stencilling to the background, plus some die cut cogs.


And I love the birthday bunting that Jane made for the occasion!


The greeting is a Cheery Lynn die, and the bunting itself made with the tag Lawn Fawn die set.


The splats are from the Tim Holtz set.  Jane has used twine to connect the bunting for a masculine touch.


The stitched circle comes with the Lawn Fawn tag die set.


Here are some alternative Prima dolls that could be used for the project, plus the dies Jane used:


Two great projects! Thanks for sharing them with us Jane.

Turn End Herbarium

Heather Hunter has used the gilded layers technique and created an amazing mixed media project!


A close up of part of the box cover:


And another one:


This photo shows the wooden box that Heather has used:


Open the box to reveal the contents:


Heather has made prints from flowers and plants in her garden, plus added phots and text.


Using the gilded layers technique Heather has also altered a book, which lights up!


Heather has only altered the cover as she wanted the structure of the old book to still be visible.

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Low heat battery operated lights are hidden inside the book itself.


Two very imaginative and creative projects. Thanks so much for sharing them with us Heather.

Cute Baby Projects, Video Links and Fabric Stamped Cards!

How cute is this? Jenny Williams was inspired by our Saturday demo with Michelle Johnson and has created a selection of gifts and a matching card:

Jenny created this sweet diorama card for a friend who is about to have a baby boy. Once the baby is born Jenny is going to add his name along the top.

The trees and leaves come with the diorama set, and Jenny has added some grass and cute animals……..

…..which were die cut with this set from the shop:

Using the ideas from our demo with Michelle,  Jenny has created two matching Babygro’s!

Such a lovely idea. The giraffe and elephant shapes were die cut using the Stix2 with Heat Iron On adhesive sheet (delicate materials). The shape is quite fragile so be careful when colouring with promarkers. Use a gentle dabbing motion as demonstrated by Michelle. Iron onto the Babygro with a piece of Stix2 parchment paper on top to protect the garment and craft iron.

Jenny then used the Stix 2 with Heat Iron on adhesive sheet (various materials) and Stix2 foils with die cut letters to create this message. Such a clever technique, a and the products from Stix2 to do this technique are very inexpensive.

Check out this video for another idea from Michelle.

Jenny then created some cards using the same product/technique and some patterned fabric!

Check out this short  video with Michelle to see how easy it is to create appliques.

The adhesive sheet was ironed onto the back of the patterned fabric and the Woodware flower stamped on top. Jenny then used a green and orange promarker to add colour to the fabric. Easy but very effective.

This fourth card has a more distressed feel. The background was created using distress stains.

Jenny added a sprinkling of embossing powder for texture:

And brushed on Decoart crackle glaze. As it dries the cracks appear. So easy (and again an inexpensive product) to use:

The fabric flower was ironed onto the card base and colour added with promarkers. Such a great effect.

Using these Stix2 products enables us to create appliques from our stamps and dies, which makes them more versatile. Ensure that the ink is washable if the project is going to be worn. Crafters Ink or Memento Luxe would both be suitable. Michelle shows very clearly how easy this is in this short video.

Thanks Jenny for sharing your lovely projects.

We ran out of the Stix2 adhesives and irons on Saturday but I ordered more on Monday so a restock is imminent!

Fantasy Jar Garden

Michelle Hobbs has created a fabulous decoration in a Jar. Lots of white die cut shapes are suspended from strips of acetate from inside the jar lid!


The top is covered with white glittery card and the jar tied with a pink ribbon.


Michelle has used more dies to create a fantasy garden inside her jar:


Here are a few close ups. It was a bit tricky to photograph!

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What an amazing project and such a creative idea from Michelle. Another idea to try with dies that you own?


Thanks Michelle for such a beautiful idea.