Wednesday 13 August 2014


I've taken the decision to stop blogging here for a number of reasons - life moves too quickly nowadays and blogging is way too time consuming.
BUT I'm not finished crafting and sharing, I'm just moving the whole kit and caboodle to Facebook - much quicker and more convenient for this stage of my life.
So please join me on my Wiccababe facebook page.remember to like the page so you can keep up to date with my projects and giveaways

Aquamarker winners

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the Aquamarker giveaway
my 2 winners, who were randomly selected are...
no 5 - Sammy
no 9 KateE
congrats ladies - all prizes will be posted out this week

 Debz x

Friday 8 August 2014

Live the life you've imagined

Hi there,
thanks to everyone who commented here and on the Letraset blog about my last post featuring white embossing and promarkers.
This time I'm sticking with the grungy theme but using completely different products - this time I'm using Letraset Inks and Aquamarkers.
Here's a sneaky peek...
I'm also giving away some goodies
I have two sets of Aquamarkers to give away - so we'll have 2 winners this time.

All you have to do is leave a comment on my post on the Letraset Blog here and then leave your details on the inlinkz below. The draw closes at midnight (GMT) on Friday 8th August

Debz x

Sunday 27 July 2014


Thankyou to everyone who visited my blog and the Letraset blog featuring my post and to everyone who entered my flexmarker giveaway.

The randomly selected winner is 
please email me with your details and I'll get your prize sent out to you
if the prize is unclaimed by noon on Friday 8th August I will redraw another winner

Saturday 5 July 2014

Time Flies

I have a cute wee post over on the Letraset blog today featuring an easy technique that gives some really sharp results - pop over now and leave a comment there and leave your details on the inlinkz below and you will be entered into a draw for this pack of Flexmarkers...
the draw closes at 12 noon GMT on Saturday 19th July 2014 and the winner will be announced soon after
Here's a sneaky peek of my project...

Debz x

Wednesday 25 June 2014

Create with your soul

I'm loving altering these notebooks - so easy to do, just decorate an A4 sheet of whatever cardstock or paper you want to use then stick it in the plastic cover which protects your handiwork, then replace the notebook inner. Couldn't be easier!!
diamond white cardstock from The Papeterie
Visible Image stamps: "create with your soul", "time after time"
Tim Holtz stencils: harlequin, clockwork, shatter
Distress inks, black archival ink

I'd like to enter this into the following:
Fan-tastic Tuesday - anything goes
Just Inspirational - anything goes

Debz x

Monday 23 June 2014

Sun Ray Tag

I'm on a bit of a roll with the Tim Holtz style tags, so today I'm sharing another sample I made for The Papeterie, this one is more in keeping with the bright cheerful colours that I like...

I'd like to enter this tag into:
Creative Corner - summertime
Papercrafting Journey - anything goes
Crafters Cafe - distress
Clear It Out - anything goes

Debz x

Friday 20 June 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - January

I'm trying to catch up with the 12 tags from the beginning of the year that I didn't have time to do at the time, so first up is January...
I had to substitute a few components that I didn't have - 

This is what it's supposed to look like - 

 Debz x

Sunday 15 June 2014

Scotland the Brave

I've seen "Scottish" stamp sets before, and they've never really lived up to my expectations -  they're great in theory, but actually using them for anything practical has always fallen flat... until now!
The lovely folks from Visible Image were recently at The Papeterie for a weekend of demos and workshops -  and they have made an exclusive Scotland set for us, you can only buy this from The Papeterie. Click here for details.
So I've made a couple of samples for the shop using distress inks on watercolour paper...
I used: Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserve and Crushed Olive distress inks
I'd like to enter this one into  
Simply Create Too - Celebrate your country 
Just Us Girls - watercolour stamping

I used the same 3 colours of distress ink for this tag.

Debz x

Friday 13 June 2014

Farewell Ryan

One of the laddies that worked in the IT dept at work left to go to a new job, and as he helped us quite bit, especially with the Sue Wilson charity DVD last year I made a leaving card for him from all of us at The Papeterie.
I really enjoy making male cards - I think it's probably because I was never a pink, girly girl. And I'm really loving using the Tim Holtz layering stencils for various techniques.

Kraft card
Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Gathered Twigs
Layering Stencils: Croc, Chevrons, Woodgrain
Visible Image sentiment stamp from Scotland set exclusively available from The Papeterie
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology: mini gears, game spinners, long fasteners
Seam Binding
Clear embossing powder

Straight after I inked through the croc stencil onto the tag, I covered with clear embossing powder - even though the Distress Ink looked dry, the embossing powder still stuck to the inked parts, creating this great effect. I also did this on the card panel with the chevron stencil and 2 different colours of distress ink

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
As You Like It - heat embossing, because of the glossy effect it gives this otherwise flat project
Aud Sentiments - any sentiment for a guy
Papertake Weekly - for the boys
Craft Your Passion - for the boys

Debz x

Wednesday 11 June 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - June

As some of you know, I've recently had quite serious surgery - I had a total hip replacement on the 20th of May. And because nothing is ever straight forward with me, they had to fit a special bantam hip as my bones are narrower than normal. They also didn't cement it in, so I have to be extra careful with it. At the moment I'm managing to get around on crutches and it gets a little easier every day, but I've still got a long way to go.
But at least now I can sit at my craft desk long enough to get some crafting done. 

And the first thing I wanted to try was this month's Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - June Tag.
This is my interpretation...
I had to use some of the foliage instead of the gears that Tim used on his. I also didn't have the same butterfly stamp/die set, but substituted it with the smaller stamps I did have - then hand cut them out.
This is Tim's original version.....

I really enjoyed getting back into crafting - and it inspired me to do some more tags, which I'll share soon.
Debz x

Tuesday 6 May 2014

Rainbow Notebook

I made this notebook for a lassie who is away to leave school soon, and make her way in the world - thought it might give her a bit of inspiration...
The best thing about these alterable notebook is the fact they have a durable clear plastic cover - so whatever you create won't be destroyed by wear and tear.

I kept everything 2d this time, but I think next time I might have a go at some 3d elements. First I inked up a piece of plain paper with my 3 favourite Distress inks: Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberries and Mustard Seed- I just love how these colours work so well together. I then added some Seedless Preserve and Ripe Persimmon inked through some of the Tim Holtz stencils: Rays, Bubble and Dot Fade.
I then did some subtle background stamping using Memento London Fog to stamp the Paris memoirs TH stamps, then Black Archival ink to ink the sentiment from Good Thoughts and the hand and script from Typography (both Tim Holtz stamp sets). And finally I flicked some water at the page and dried with a heat tool - easy peasy!

Just hope she likes it :)

Thanks for visiting,
Debz x

Sunday 4 May 2014

WOW cards

It's been a busy week, but I'm back with my final class from the craft retreat - which was White on White cards...
 I just had to have an owl project somewhere!

Iced Silver card
White Gold card
Aspen card
Iced Gold card
Spellbinders Celtic Accents
Spellbinders Celtic Motifs
Sweet Dixie Owl & Branch
Paula Pascal stamps - extra large sentiments, everyday messages

dots embossing folders

Thanks for visiting,
 I appreciate any comments 
Debz x

Saturday 26 April 2014

Up up and away

Pop over to the Letraset blog to see my hot air balloon coloured with promarkers on Iced Silver pearlescent cardstock from The Papeterie

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate any comments Debz x

Thursday 24 April 2014

Altered Art Wall Hanging

back again with another project from the spring craft retreat. This was my first class on the Sunday and involved a lot of chipboard, painting and diecutting....

kraft card
watercolour paper
Do-Crafts tissue paper
lace daisies
PI Retro Floral stamps
Matha Stewart Satin Acrylic Paints:  Pink Carnation, Pea Shoot, Jonquil
Ranger Archival inkpad: Viridian
Memento inkpad: Rosebud
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Die: Garden Greens, Trellis
Sizzix Dies: Phrases Love, Phrases Home, Butterfly
Tim Holtz Adage Tickets
Tim Holtz Chitchat

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate any comments Debz x

Tuesday 22 April 2014

Girly Industrial

Thank you to everyone who visited the other day and commented on my Bright Distress Box, today I'm back with the second project that I taught twice at The Papeterie craft retreat.
Everyone who did this class really enjoyed the effects we got with the Foil tape and were amazed at how easy it was.

Wooden picture frame
Ranger Foil Tape Sheets
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Brushed Pewter
Cut n Dry Foam
Black card,  Silver card, Aspen card
Distress Embossing Powder: Vintage Photo
Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations dies: Picture Wheel, Gadget Gears, Tattered Florals, Garden Greens
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations embossing folders: riveted metal
Embossing tool and foam

Here are some pics of the ladies making their own versions #iyp #itsyourproject

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate any comments Debz x

Sunday 20 April 2014

Hello strangers

Hi there, long time no see :) I'm not going to bore you with apologies, I just haven't had time to do much crafting let alone have time to blog about it, but I'm back to report on the Spring craft retreat at The Papeterie - its been a lot of hard work, but it was worth every minute.
This was the first retreat where we had 3 days of classes, tiring but great fun!
On Friday, I only taught one class - the Bright Distress Box. Anyone who knows me, knows I love bright colours - I've never really been a subtle pastel kind of girl.
This is what we made...
Triangle paper mache box
Watercolour paper
Distress Ink inkpads: Picked Raspberries, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Gathered Twigs
Ranger Mini mister
Ranger Ink Blending Tool & Blending Foam
Tim Holtz Stencils: Rays, Splatters, Dot Fade
Distress Markers: Picked Raspberries, Peacock Feathers
Tim Holtz stamps: Paris memoirs
Tim Holtz 'writing desk' sizzix die
Distress Glitter: Black Soot
Seam Binding

and here are some pics of the ladies on the class, which I taught on Friday and again on Saturday...

Thanks for visiting,
 I appreciate any comments 
Debz x

New Baby 1

My boss at work, and friend Charlotte recently had her first baby so I had a few baby cards to make, on for Charlotte and her husband James,...