2016 Christmas Cards

Some of this year’s Christmas cards.

Products used:

Indigo Blu holly stamp

Katzelkraft Grumpy Penguins stamp

Clarity Snowflake mask

Tim Holtz snowflake stamps,  Christmas words stamp and die

Gelli plate backgrounds


Chalk paint


My latest chalk paint piece using Annie Sloan’s new white wax over Provence paint.

More Gelli plate backgrounds

I’ve been playing with my 6×6″ Gelli plate and  have made these cards with some of  the  results. I’ve discover a couple of things as I’ve worked, firstly that paint from different manufactures react differently depending on whether they are quick or slow drying and are opaque or translucent and  some were more successful then others depending on the technique used. Secondly the prints I thought where the least successful  made the best background papers. image

I used Clarity’s Leafy swirl stencil and some bubble wrap to create this print.

imageFor this print I used an old plastic fork to draw into the paint and finished with February’s Craft Stamper magazine free stamp.

Tartan Scottie

greyfriars logo

This wonderful tartan Scottie came down from Scotland recently.

ScottieYou can own one too. They are made by Grayfriars Tartan, a charity based in Edinburgh. They have other lovely gifts including, dog coats, ties and cushions. All profits from Greyfriars Tartan go into the Grassmarket Community Project providing community for disadvantaged people in Edinburgh. Click here to buy

This is the lovely Sandy wearing a very  fetching tartan jacket.

Sandy in Coat 2

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



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.

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.


Christmas Cards

Just a few of the Christmas cards I’ve made this year. I made them using ideas from the Craft Stamper magazine and background techniques learned on a WEA advanced card making course. I tried to use supplies I already had and it really stretched my creativity.


Holiday in Scotland Part 1

Some of the places we liked  from our holiday in Scotland.

We started off in Glasgow which is a great city, which  isn’t like other tourist cities. Glasgow is a take us as you find us city, which is very refreshing.  Most of the galleries and museums are free and visited by the locals. Another interesting thing is that it has an enormous number  of parks and green spaces. have a look at a map and check it out.

We started off the week visiting Holmwood House a National Trust for Scotland property just a few miles from the centre.

Build by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, who interestingly never when to Greece.

The next  day we headed into the centre to the Merchant City. We had great expectations of the Italian centre and I have visions of little coffee shops and maybe some Italian art, but we where sadly disappointed,  just the same old chains and some old fashioned Restaurants. The buildings were amazing and we did find lovely coffee in The Tinderbox.

The Museum of Modern Art is worth a visit.

This statue of Wellington shows how down to earth and fun loving the people of Glasgow are and I think sums up the essence of the City. The story goes that over the years going back to the early 80’s a traffic cone has been placed on the statue by the locals and every time it was removed they put it back. The local radio station Clyde 1 asked listeners how they wanted to mark the success of  the Scottish Olympic team and the vote was for a gold traffic cone.

Lots of cone based merchandise in the museum shop.

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