Saturday, 22 December 2007

Shop closing times

Mill House Crafts is now officially closed until Thursday 10th January.

Thanks to all of you for your support throughout 2007.

I wish you all a Healthy Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in 2008.


( Advance notice ~ Shop closed Sat 2nd, Thurs 7th, Fri 8th, Sat 9th Feb.
I will be attending the trade craft fair at the NEC, Birmingham, therefore shop will be closed Sat 16th Feb also. I apologise for any inconvenience caused but hopefully you will like the new products arriving soon!)

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Hey cupcakes!!!

Finally got a chance to play with my new rubbah!!!Love, love, love my large polkas!! (stamped in brilliance graphite black). This is one of the new release backgrounders from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Cupcakes, xo's, heart and 'hey cupcake' from Kim Hughes new set "Hugs & Kisses" at Cornish Heritage Farms.

Happy Birthday is from Kim Hughes "Tag, you're it" set.

Copic spica glitter added to cupcakes.

Large heart hand drawn with Sakura gelly roll in black- also the cake stand is hand drawn with same pen. Black brads by Lasting Impressions.

I love the simplicity of this card and I like strawberries!!! Super shiny in real life.


Flourish and sentiment is from Kim Hughes' "Cute Curls".


Strawberry is from Kim Hughes' "Sweet Thang".


I added glossy accents from Ranger but unfortunately I think I did it too soon and blurred the little strawberry seeds beyond recognition.When the glossy accents had dried I added white seeds with my Sakura souffle white pen!!!


If you look closely you will see I embossed a square with my nestabilities.


Well I told you they would be different from TK!!!


Monday, 17 December 2007

Oh no!! Not more Thomas Kinkade!!

Sorry but I really like my Thomas Kinkade stamps but look away now if you've had enough!!!

This was an experiment with my Copic pens to see if I could create a mock brayered background but it looked a bit garish so I added white Sakura souffle pen in white for snow highlights. The wonderful dotted diamond background is a new release from Cornish Heritage Farms. (stamped on black cardstock with Brilliance moonlight white).
I only had printed Halloween orange twill so I had to be careful and disguise it!! The sentiment is from Kim Hughes "Christmas Cheer" at Cornish Heritage Farms.
The little hat pin started out life pearl coloured but my orange Copic transformed it and I just added a little copper wire to finish.


This one is much more traditional. The main image is stamped in Versamagic Jumbo Java and dark brown highlights added with a Copic marker. Copper and crystal stickles for the skyline. On the lovely bronze pearlescent cardstock I scored 2 channels and added ribbon to one. (note to self - use a bigger card to show off scoring next time!!!).

If you have a minute, drop me a comment and let me know which you prefer or if you are totally sick of TK!!!!
Tomorrow will be completely different - I PROMISE!!!! (not a TK in sight!!)

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Arghh!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't print what I really said when I did this!!!!!

I spent about 2.5hrs painting this pot for a prize in a raffle for the Down's syndrome association, so I was gutted when I kicked it over and it looked like this!!!!


Anyway, after drying my tears and beating myself up I started again the next day but decided to do 4 this time (allowing for breakages!!!).



A few poinsettias from the local garden centre and Taadah!!!! - the raffle prize and some pressies for my relatives. ( and no I didn't knock any more over!!)
Up close, they have lovely sparkly noses.

I handpainted the designs but I did stamp the snowflakes using white paint and Gel-a-tins retro snowflake set.
I've a few cards to share tomorrow.......

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Monchromatic Thomas Kinkade

Just a quick post with another card completed for the CHF birthday bash. Go to Cornish Heritage Farms gallery for more monochromatic examples.


The sparkly background is actually "mini triangles" which is one of the many wonderful new backgrounders from CHF. (Embossed with holographic powder. I only used my lilac/purple Copics to colour. The main background is a beautiful flowery sprig from Kim Hughes' Silhouette Blooms I stamped with Versamark. Sentiment is part of a Thomas Kinkade one.
Ribbon Mayarts.

Check this out. Wow, I made the Rubber Stamp Tapestry newsletter with this sample!!!!

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Fast & Fun!

As promised here are a few cards completed for the birthday bash over at Cornish Heritage Farms. I started this penguin card with my monochromatic challenge in mind but I was too tempted to add some colour here and there! All words handwritten, like you didn't guess!!!!
I feel a little bit like this penguin at the moment trying to keep a step ahead of all the Christmassy things I have still to do!!
The penguins are available singly at Cornish Heritage Farms designed by the very talented Asela Hopkins.


This was quickly put together using a scrap left over from a Nestability scalloped rectangle, some turquoise Colorbox queue ink pad and a sponge! This cute reindeer is another of Asela's stamped in the same turquoise. Pink copics to colour. Liquid applique for tail. Brad from Dovecraft. Lovely stripey ribbon from Mayarts. The little sentiment is from Kim Hughes Christmas set at CHF.

Last but not least, my good friend Lori challenged us to "mask" and I chose Sally the sheep and reverse polka dots backgrounder. This card was for birthday girl Lisa Strahl. In real life, Sally is very pink and very sparkly - just how I imagine Lisa!!!


Sunday, 2 December 2007

Simple watercolours

Well, we had fun at the CHF Lisa birthday party yesterday and everyone worked really hard from 10am to 10pm participating in the various challenges. I even managed to squeeze some in.

Etha challenged us to use ink from ink pads as our colour medium and water brush.
Using a flower from Silhouette Blooms I by Kim Huges (CHF) I used an ordinary paintbrush to apply pinks, greens and browns to the stamp and then I misted it with water and stamped.
The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

Without re-inking I water spritzed again and see below for a softer look
Now I know you are all saying but what about the embossed cards!!!!!!???? How did you do that??

Check out Nichole Heady's embossing with nestabilities tutorial on her blog.
This is a really effective way of adding to your card with not too much effort.

Now remember these challenges were completed in a short space of time!!! Remember that when I share some of my creations over the next few days.
If you can't wait, check out this album at Cornish Heritage Farms to see everyone's hard work.