Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Song Challenge

The Song Challenge

Hi there!  Happy Sunday everyone!

Thought we would be snowbound today
but all the weather forecasts didn't include
this little bit of England ...................again!

I find snow on the beach to be quite surreal
especially if there is a blue sky and the sea
is that lovely mix of greens, purples and 

So we come to the other new 
challenge of 2017.  

I've called it the Song Challenge and 
I will give you the lyrics of a song and
Karen Gist will provide  a little bit 
of inspiration in the form of a decorated 
Tando Coaster

All you have to do is create your project
based on the song, or an aspect of it and
you have two weeks to upload it via the

Your project must show the Song Title
and who sang it ..... be warned some
songs have been done by more than one
person.  You don't have to add all of them
just the ones who made the song famous 

So here goes:

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

It doesn't show signs of stopping
And I've bought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

When we finally kiss goodnight
How I'll hate going out in the storm!
But if you'll really hold me tight
All the way home I'll be warm

The fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we're still goodbying
But as long as you love me so

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

and here is Karen's Coaster:

Good luck everyone
Looking forward to seeing
your creations

The link closes on 29th January 
at midnight

Winner will be announced on
31st January


'Bye for now

Mickie xx

Saturday, 14 January 2017



Hi there!

How're you doing?  Trust all
is going to plan in your corner
of the universe .....................

To round off the week's bokeh
techniques we have Angela Radford
to show us how she goes about it

Get comfy and prepare to enjoy:

"This is an official name for a specific photographic  effect.
It comes from the Japanese word for 
haze : 'boke'  and blur: Boke-aji.
It is basically the aesthetic quality of images 
out-of-focus in a photograph. 

Crafters have found ways of reproducing this effect without a camera.

There are various ways of achieving this effect 
with both wet and dry techniques. 
The one I am using today is probably the most messy 
but I know that my crafting friends out there don't mind 
getting their hands dirty! 

So here goes.

For this technique you are best using watercolour paper 
as we are going to be getting it nice and wet.

So first you will need to attach the paper to a craft mat 
with masking tape as the paper is likely to warp when wet.

Next cover it thoroughly with water,
lots of it as you need the paint to spread. 
I have started adding colour here and it shows quite well 
that the paper is very wet.

I have used Paper Artsy fresco paints for this 
and you need to add enough water to them 
so they are more like a wash 
then apply them around the paper  
allowing them to blend slightly.

It may look a little dark at this stage 
but remember it will go lighter when dry. 
You can blot it if you wish to remove some of the colour. 

Remove the masking tape and dry it by either 
leaving it to dry naturally or use your heat gun

It should now look something like this:

If the paper has distorted I place it under my craft mat 
for a couple of  hours which will flatten it out again

Now you can start to add the dotty images 
though actually you could use any shape you like 
but I like dots as they are easy to find in different sizes. 
You can use a stencil or dabbers for this. 

I used a white pigment ink at different intensities 
until I was satisfied with the coverage.

And it's time to decide how you will use the Masterboard.
But before I do that I have another practice piece that I tried 
to see how this technique would look with coloured dots too 
and here is part of the Masterboard I made but what do you think?

These would make great background papers for all kinds of projects.                                                                                        
I decided to use sections from both Masterboards to make a card

I needed a background so decided to try the technique 
on a black card blank and I really like the effect.

I played around with the layout for a while before making 
a decision about the design. 

It was during this stage that I decided to use both Masterboards.

I used small dew drops from my stash 
to finish the card which just adds that 
little bit of sparkle which is so perfect 
for this technique.

Hope you enjoyed watching me make this. 
Give it a go, it's great fun to do.
Happy crafting,
 Angela x"

Materials used:
Masking tape.

Echo that Angela!  

Many thanks for a super project.

I'm off to make some master boards 
So very useful to have in your stash, 
especially if you have limited time
or, like me, an awful memory.....

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Friday, 13 January 2017



Hallo Everyone!

Hope you are all well and
seasonal bug free................

everywhere I go it seems
that everyone is coughing and
sneezing.................might have
to consider living in quarantine
for the time being ............

Today's Bokeh project is from
Craftyfield, who has a different
take on the technique:

" I started by applying Distress inks to my Kraft tag. 
Some of the lighter colours do not show much at this stage 
but will be revealed in the next stage...

To create the Bokeh effect I have designed my own stencil, 
of course you can use one of the many circles designs available 
but I'm a control freak... and wanted to create the circles one at a time. 

To cut your own, use either circle dies or a circle cutter as I did.

The traditional way to create the Bokeh effect 
is to use white pigment ink but I fancied trying it
 with a Distress Crayon first.

 I stencilled 2 circles with a white Distress crayon to see the results. 
I continued with the pigment ink as I found it easier to 
control the different levels of opacity of the circles.

For the stamping I used the Paper Artsy flowers with Versafine black 
and embossed them in clear powder. T

he sentiment by Kaisercraft is also stamped with Versafine but not embossed.

You can see my embossing powder container (ex take away dish) in which I decant my pot. 
Not much left at the moment!

I pulled out my Gelatos and coloured a circle around the flower heads 
using a stencil, to echo the Bokeh circles.

Quite simple to make, although it did take me a long time 
to stencil all those circles one by one! 

The most difficult part is to know when to stop 
and I hope I haven't gone overboard!"


No, Craftyfield you haven't gone overboard - 
it is a super tag.  I love the technique you
used too, not to mention cutting your own

I quite often cut my own stencil's too and I use  
a purpose made product called Punch it And Die

"Till tomorrow

Mickie xx