Craft room 16th November 2013

Iris folding, Zentangle,  gelli play and more

Yes I am still alive after last weeks blog, even after voluntarily owning up about the  photos I had posted to Jackie.She was easily placated with a cup cake,though it could also have something to do with the fact that she hasn’t actually seen the photos yet.

I now need to introduce you  Lisa, who is actually the real founder of our craft group. Lisa is the one who pushed me into starting the group after seeing the kimekomi balls we had made that Christmas and wanting to learn how. She also introduced  Jackie bringing her along the to first class a year last January( has it really been nearly two years?) and so the craft room was born.

Lisa’s first craft love is making jewellery but is now also  becoming an accomplished card crafter too and quite often marries the two together like the time she made the top 5 in the Clarity challenge (August) with her lovely shrink plastic bracelet.

Here she is working on some shrink plastic, totally engrossed as you can see, the pens she was trying out are the Promarker metalics and Sharpies permanent markers both of which seem to work really well on the shrink plastic. (Just don’t tell Jackie I have caught her on camera again)


Jenna (my daughter) is now totally addicted to zentangle and although she was  only introduced to it a month ago she has already started entering  challenge blogs. On the ‘I am a Diva’ challenge she has even managed to be selected for honours with one entry. If you would like to see some of her work here is the link to her blog.

Jenna spent the afternoon teaching my mother some new tangles and completing some more of my Gelli prints


I think we have definitely acquired a new regular in Diane as she too was back for more this week . She is loving the iris folding and along with Jackie, both chose to continue with some more iris folding. Using spellbinder dies for their apertures (so much easier than having to cut out with a craft knife) and also used one of the Embossalicious 8″x8″ embossing folders from Crafters Companion on the card before starting with the papers. I have found that the background papers you find in the middle of craft mags come in really handy to use as a contrast paper especially the floral ones. Diane used a pattern sheet she found in the middle of old craft mag she had been given. As you can see you don’t need to use special christmas papers.

Jackie’s is the on top with Diane’s below. didn’t they use a lovely selection of papers?

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I had another play with the gelli plate during the week as I had now got some Versafine ink pads to add to my collection. Using the feather  cut from the Sizzix bigz writing desk die as masks I inked up the plate with distress inks as before but this time inked up the stamps for the background effects with a mix of versafine and distress to get different looks. The bookshelves stamp is just one big stamp which I bought  at the Harrogate show in October, but am sorry to say I cannot remember who from, love it though. I managed to get Jenna to complete a couple of the prints so I could mount and and show them but am sadly still waiting for the rest as she has some secret Christmas projects she wants to complete first. Update, thanks Lisa the bookcase stamp is by New Impressions and is available form Oyster Stamps.

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We do seem to  manage to cram a lot into our 3 hour sessions (though we do run over now and again) and this includes a break for coffee and cake. This week I made coconut cupcakes with vanilla icing using the recipe from the Primrose Bakery cook book.I only changed the recipe ever so slightly as I didn’t have any coconut milk so used ordinary semi-skimmed soaking the dessicated coconut in it first before using. Lovely.




  1. Lisa

    Awww thanks for the shout out, you’re making me blush lol. You know how much I love our crafty aftys. Thank you for all the encouragement, you are a fab teacher and a wonderful much valued friend. Thanks also for catching my best side in the photo ha ha Xx

    Ps. Loving the gelli plate and zentangle art, looks fantastic 🙂

    • Lisa

      Pps. I think the bookcase stamp was from the Oyster stamps stand, could it have been Heartfelt creations stamp?

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