Sunday, 29 November 2015

Christmas cards

 Christmas card making in full swing - still have loads to make but I think they will get done.

 This one was inspired by the lovely card I saw in the Paper craft Essential mag on page 64. It was created by Adele Johnston ( sorry couldn't find a link to her) . I have to say that I have not followed any of her instructions ha ha .

The silver on the poinsettias is drawn on with a glue pen and then i used silver flakes on it. The die cuts are coloured with distress stains as is the background card.

Right ...better get back to it!

Soojay xx

Wednesday, 25 November 2015


 Well I am afraid there's not that much going on. Just the front cover of my December daily journal.
I do think that most of this will get done in January!
I had to move my craft room-dinning room round so that we can use the table to sit at at Christmas.

 I still have loads of cards to make, as well as gifts.

 I have promised to dye my daughters hair at the weekend and I am out on Sunday - so not sure when I can do them.

If you would like to join in with the desk hop, pop over to Julia's blog for all the info.
Have a great week.

Soojay xx

Sunday, 22 November 2015


 I have not had much time to create this week but I did manage to make a few tags ( 20 +) .
These are to go on the gifts I give this year. 

 I used distress inks and then spritzed with water, then I used a TH Christmas stencil and spritzed again with a glitter spray. 

Finally I added a tiny wooden Reindeer ( bought from hobby craft) 

Soojay xx

Wednesday, 18 November 2015


 Not much creating although I have been busy( last few posts). To the right of the desk is an art journal page ( yesterdays post). In the middle some inches and twinchies from my sister ( we did a swap ) .

 Theses are the ones she made for me - aren't they fab?

To the left of my desk is a Bo Bunny Misc Me journal with some blank sleeves. I decided to make a December daily journal ( my first one) this year - I am hoping I will be able to get it done - December is always SO busy at home and at school- even if i just remember to jot a few things down and take daily photographs , I shall be pleased. I might start to get the page backgrounds ready but need to look at others to see HOW I want to do it. Any ideas or links to examples would be gratefully received.

If you would like to join in with the desk hop, pop over to see Julia's blog for all the info.

Soojay xx

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Art journal - recyling and experimenting.

 While browsing pinterest earlier today , I saw a journal page with a fab idea- to use up those rub on sheets. There was a time that I loved them and bought lots of them - probably to use one or two words or images. The rest tend to get put in baggies and come away from their backing sheet and bits come off. I Love that for this page , it doesn't matter, its just part of the background.

 The rub ons went on first mostly randomly , some didn't come off at all and some only partly. I then applied distress inks and then spray water.
next I painted the heart in distress paints.

 I added some more words and some white spray.

I finished with a very small amount of glitter paint.

I quite like it.

Soojay xx

Monday, 16 November 2015

Lavinia Stamps

 I DO love Lavinia Stamps - I bought some a few years ago to make those Magic Boxes  ( I need to do some more they were fun) .

 The background is just distress inks spritzed with water. Then  stamped with my lovely new stamp. 
If you have not visited the on line store - DON'T !!  You will want to buy every stamp!
I will turn this into a card or book cover .

Soojay xx

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Pupil Note books

 A large part of my week at work is now taken up with counselling pupils, whether it is for bereavement, self esteem, anger management, self harm, anxiety, depression or a specific mental health problem. Its not just me, there are a team of us as services outside of school are few and there are long waiting lists.
I sometimes give a pupil a note book to write thiongs down in if it is appropriate. I usually pop to poundland to buy as many note books as I can . These were 2 for £1. I decorate them to make them a little more personal. These two already have homes.

 They are just the right size for a spritzed postcard. I then stamped with Lavinia stamps annd a sentiment.

 I added a little glitter glue and Nuvo crystal drops ( see last post for details of theses).

 The background on this one is distress stains and cosmic shimmer spray. Again stamped with Lavinia stamps.

I need to shop for more now.

Soojay xx

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Another page from ATDML Retreat

 This is another page from the fab class by Mel Hand from ATDML using Marion Smith Time Keeper Papers.  The photo is of me in Diagon Ally at Harry Potter World on a school trip  in 2013. It was one of the best school trips I have been on and I am SO EXCITED that I am going again in a few weeks ( I am cheaper to take than a teacher as I don't need so much cover ) - It will definitely feel like Christmas after the trip .
Enabling alert! I filled the punched flowers with Tonic Studio Crystal drops . They are very much like liquid pearls but you get more in a bottle and I found them cheaper! (depending on where you buy- my bottles were £2.25 each) 

The Nuvo bottle contains 1fl oz the liquid pearls contains half that 1/2 fl oz

The bottle is prettier AND when you have used It all up , you have a pretty gem to remove and use. I love liquid pearls and use them all the time - but the Nuvo is just as good - I am sold.

While I was browsing I also bought some of the new gilding flakes _ again cheaper and a bigger pot :

 I can't remember how much I paid for the indigo Blu flakes but it was over £5
 The nuvo ones are £4.99 a tub - they only arrived yesterday, so I have not tried them out yet .
They only come in silver, gold and copper so far.

 There is quite a bit more in the tub.

You can also get a glue pen to use with them if you fancy your handwriting gilded.

I have my eye on the embossing powders ( also in a gem topped bottle ) and The new embellishment mousse ( not out till 23 Dec) they do bottles of glitter.

And I thought that Tonic Studios only made dies!- Sorry if you already knew but I thought it was just too good to keep to myself. 

Soojay xx

Friday, 13 November 2015


This months theme for our tag swap on UKS is "Vintage" Hopefully these will fit the bill.
White tags, sprayed with inks, stamped and torn paper added. Those photos are from Tim Holtz photo booth strips. 

Soojay xx

Wednesday, 11 November 2015


Well a bit of a mess! Underneath that heat mat are bags of paper scraps and kits from the retreat - I still have lots to complete. ( I did manage to upload quite a few during the week) .
 The tag is part of a set of three for a swap on UK scrappers and the theme is vintage - I am still at the "arranging " stage and they are still a bit wet from spraying ( they were white to start with).

When at the retreat, I bought the complete range of Bo Bunny Calender girl papers but they didn't have any of the other "bits" to go with it but I managed to get hold of some and they arrived today.

How yummy are they?!

I do have a project in mind but I just cannot get hold of a Tim Holtz Flip Frame for a decent price ( £14.99) in the UK - Seems to be out of stock. 
Here is the place I got my idea from.

If you would like to join in with the desk show and tell HERE is the place to start 

Will hop after work.

Soojay xx

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Halloween at Stoke By Nayland

 We have a photo booth at the retreat at Stoke , up until the last min I had nothing sorted to wear . Some of the others had gone to great lengths and had some amazing outfits. I popped into a toy store in Colchester and found the mask and "Day of the dead" hat ( its a bit big!) .
I was trying to look sultry but I don't think it worked well!

 I used a mix of Halloween papers , old and new. I popped some sparkly purple gems on the spiders eyes.

 And lots of glitter.

I glossy accented all the spider bodies.

Soojay  xx

Sunday, 8 November 2015

The Retreat Creations -Part two

 Last weekend at this time I was creating ( or starting to create ) some of these pages. We get to choose 5 classes over the weekend and there is often the opportunity to buy and extra class or two if you have time. I have to say I love the classes I chose but also love all the other classes too- its really difficult choosing which to do .
We nearly always get at least two pages out of each class and this class was the second page from Karen Moss's class using Dear Lizzy documentary papers.
The photo is of Dan and Meg earlier this year in Tintagel Cornwall.

She included some really pretty strips of washi tape - which I love.

 the was also a gorgeous cork bow.

 I used the left over watercolour card from the backing to this tag.

 This class was taught by the Fab Ann Freeman and uses Pink Paislee Memorandum papers.
The photo is from Natalie's 30th Birthday party this year.

 There was a whole pack of thickers included in the kit too.

 I completed this yesterday with a couple of photos taken at the Retreat.

 I love the little clipboards.

 It was made while I was "between" classes. The photo is of Dan and Meg taken by hubby when the three of them had a holiday in Cornwall earlier in the year. I could not go as I was working.

 Just a simple page .

I loved this class by Mel Hand (ATDML) and she had used her own photos of a trip to Harry Potter World. I remembered that I had been in 2013 with the school ( how lucky was I!?!) and hadn't printed out any of the photos. I started the page at the retreat but completed it at home

 The kit uses the GORGEOUS Marion Smith "TimeKeeper" pages. I love these pages so much - i bought extras. 

 I used distress stain to colour the heart 

and gilded a chipboard cog .

I still have a few more to show you but I also have a sick hubby , so not sure when I can photograph/complete.

Soojay xx