Christmas Cards

Here are some of the cards I made this year.

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For this card I using a stencil from Imagination Crafts with their Sparkle Medium.  It was really easy to use and gives a

lovely effect.





This card uses a flower template given to me by Angela Cutting. Take a look at her card making blog for more ideas.IMG_4514IMG_4484This card uses the free stamp from December’s  Craft Stamper magazine.

This is a lovely stamp by Andy Skinner which I really enjoyed using and not just for Christmas.

IMG_4482This was the card I made to go in the post using  a stamp by Hero Arts.  Really easy and quick to make.


What is Textiles? Exhibition in Edinburgh

Interested in textiles in the widest possible sense? Then head to kalopsia’s WHAT IS TEXTILES? 1-year anniversary exhibition  at

Gallery Seventeen in Edinburgh

A show that sees Textiles as a distinct artistic practice, that opens up the debate on “What is Textiles”.

kalopsia Exhibition

The exhibition will take place at Gallery Seventeen, 17th -23rd October,  10am-5pm.


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Gallery Seventeen

17 Dundas St



Honey Madeleines

I’ve always wanted to have a go at  making Madeleines so on a recent trip to Lakeland I bought the specialist tin you need.

madeleine tin

I used a recipe from Hannah Miles The Gluten-Free Baker and they were much easier than I thought. The recipe includes honey, hazelnuts, cinnamon and orange and they where lovely with summer fruit and ice cream.

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Larry Kwong Hockey Cards

Larry Kwong Hockey Cards.

Wedding Afternoon Tea

A few weeks ago  my daughter and I helped with the wedding preparation for two of  our friend wedding. It was a steep learning curve and one of the main things we learnt was not to attempt a chocolate wedding cake in 30 degree temperatures. The theme was afternoon tea and we spent a very hot week trying out ideas and freezing ahead what we could.


The  cake for the bottom tier was make using  Martha Stewart ultimate chocolate cake recipe and the top tier was our tried and tested wheat free  victoria sandwich cake. Because of the heat we kept the decoration to a minimum and purchased the chocolate cigarillos, which were brilliant and well worth the expense. First we covered the cake with dark chocolate ganache and then added the cigarillos. we got lots of very good feedback on the taste. The top tier was covered with white chocolate buttercream with lemon curd used to sandwich the layers together.


We made a selection of small cakes including plain and cheese scones, chocolate brownies, macaroons, lavender biscuits, almond clusters, lemon drizzle cake and ice cream cone cakes which were very attractive and fun,  The cake stands were made using old LPs.



Good food Ice cream cone cakes recipe. Beware though the calorie is 756.

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The  hall was decorated using 1001 origami cranes, bunting and pompoms. A thousand paper cranes are traditionally given as a wedding gift by the father, who is wishing a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple. These cranes were made by the bride and her sisters and it was very effective.

stash stories ♥ day thirteen

modflowers ✿

modflowers: stash storiesAs you read today’s post I will be heading home. All good things must come to an end I suppose, including holidays.

Although there are still a couple more stash stories to share.

Today is day thirteen. Unlucky for some…

stash stories13.3Today’s fabric is a classic Heals design from 1967.

However, now is perhaps the time for me to come clean and hang my head in shame whilst I admit I didn’t know that when I bought it.

I only found out later, after I became friends with Rachel at My Rainbow Vintage Home.

I learned from her that it is called Petrus, was designed by Peter Hall, and is now considered such a classic that there is some of this fabric held in the V&A textile archives.

stash stories13.2I also learned that Rachel had spotted my particular piece of Petrus (which is actually a big pair of beautifully-made curtains)…

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Nottingham Panthers New Signings June 2013

Minor League Hockey Cards

Nottingham Panthers have signed three new players recently and this has prompted me to create a blog in the hope of completing some card trades. The new players on the Panthers’ roster are-

Chris Capraro

Lynn Loyns

Leigh Salters

My want list and trade list are below.

Revised Wantlist

Hockey Card Tradelist

If you are interested in a trade please get in touch.

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Kalopsia’s KickStarter Campaign

Take a look at this project set up by four textile graduates who want to take exhibitions on the road.

Kalopsia’s KickStarter Campaign just went live! We are looking to fund our travelling, open submission exhibitions. So, be the first to support us, and get Kalopsia on the road.

Oh yeah and of course get some awesome rewards as well.

Cards and scrapbooking

I’ve put it off for a long time, but I’ve just had my first go at scrapbooking and I think I’m hooked. I realised you can use up at those things that are too big for making cards and actually used some  of the 100’s of photographs I’ve got stored. Many thanks to Angela for giving 3 of us a private scrapbooking  lesson. Have a look at Angela’s blog for some  lovely examples.


Here are some cards I made on the WEA’s March advanced card making course and a few more  based on ideas from the Craft Stamper magazine and Angela.




This  diamond topped cards  uses my new Darkroom Door stamp.


This uses beading embellishments.


This card uses a pigment ink background.




IMG_2567I got the idea for this brooch using an old drinks can from an article in Craft Stamper magazine by Elaine Levett. It was really easy, has a foam back and the edges aren’t sharp at all.

Recent makes

Here are a  few of the cards I’ve made since Christmas. Just remembered in time not to put my son’s card on before his birthday as he follows my blog.

As anyone who follows my blog knows I’m a great fan of Craft Stamper magazine and I made these cards used some of my favourite  techniques from resent additions.


This is the card I made for Valentines day, so simple.




I made these two  using patterned background paper with stencilling over the top and flowers made from circles of card and patterned paper with vees cut out to make petals, not as easy as it looks until you get the hang of it.


made using coloured  tissue and washi tape

This one uses coloured tissue paper, washi tape and magazine ads. Luckily I didn’t cut up my sons design and skateboard magazine, sign of relief. I  scanned them in so I can use them again. The images were stamped on to acetate. The steam punk light bulb was from  Mosaic a great bead shop in Leicester.


I don’t buy many cards, but I thought I’d show you this one, which I got in Nottingham. I just love it, it’s so camp and reminds me of one of my favourite films, The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (1938)

Die cut flowers


Here are two flowers I made for next to nothing. They are both made using the Tim Holz Tattered Floral die. The red ones uses some silk  from swatches I got for 50p and the other one  uses some gold plastic fabric I’ve had for years. I coloured them with Ranger Alcohol ink.

White flowerThis is a work in progress made using the alcohol  ink that was left on the pad after colouring the die cut flowers with a new die I got at the NEC in November.


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