Monday, 16 July 2018

Cherish The Memory, Repurposed Cacao Container, Mixed Media

I'm so happy to be able to share my first design with you all as a member of the Cherish The Memory Design Team.


This started off life as an empty cacao container.

I hope you like it...


Supplies used...



After cleaning the inside of the container my first job was to remove the bar code from underneath -  
simple enough to do with a touch of rubbing alcohol.

Then cover the container with a piece of paper cut to size - leaving just a tiny overlap.  I distressed the edges of my paper first, and glued it just a bit at a time to ensure it had a good bond with minimal air bubbles.  

Once dry, I simply covered it with Holtz Distress Collage Medium (Crackle).

Then I added the cog image, followed by the frame cut from the die...  and built it up from there.

The cogs I've added are covered in Rusting Powder.
Please feel free to email me if you need any more info on those or want to know how to achieve that technique.

The final step was to add the tags. 


The lid to this container has a lip on so it's easy to remove and add whatever you want.

What would you use it for, I wonder?


Thank you so much for stopping by today...

Donna. x

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Craft Consortium Winter/Christmas Design, 'Winter Woodland Deer'...

I don't stamp very often - and when I do I tend to favour simple designs.

Add just a touch of colour using Distress Inks, water and a paintbrush - then add a few layers of  varnish (I use the kind you can buy as a spray) to waterproof and protect.

That's my style of stamping right now.

But I just couldn't resist having a little playtime with this sweet set of stamps.

Isn't that deer just the cutest?

If you look closely you should hopefully see that I've 'grounded' this little cutie using just a touch of grey ink.

I've also cut and layered up the images to help add some definition.

Here's a list of supplies used...


Winter Woodland


Other supplies...

Distress Ink

Frayed Burlap
Walnut Stain
Ground Expresso
Shabby Shutters
Peeled Paint
Twisted Citron
Hickory Smoke
Fired brick
Festive Berries

Twinkling H20's - Pearl Blue
Delicata Ink - White Shimmer
 Varnish (Spray)
Images stamped with Versafine Smoky Gray


Apologies for what seems like a long absence.  

Some of you may know that I have what's known as 'Histamine Intolerance'...

It would seem that trialling an apple a day for a month or so is not a good thing for me.

They are most definitely on my 'no' list from now on!

Huge thanks for stopping by today.

Donna. x

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Cherish The Memory - Design Team Announcement...

Just a very quick post to share my news.

I've just joined the Cherish The Memory design Team.

Here's a little bit about them...

The idea for cherish the memory began after dear friends had a beautiful baby boy called Oliver. Sadly following complications after his birth, Oliver fell asleep. This was the most devastating time for them both.

Through his parents' grief, and the upset at having to organise a service for their first much longed for child, one thing came to light, there a lots of gifts sites but not a lot of ideas for sympathy gifts and cards for babies and children for family and friends to send at this difficult time.

So an idea began to form for a unique card and gift site with a very personalised trusted service, since we formed in July 2014 we have been asked if our gifts can be used for other occasions, in response to this our shop has grown to now include cards and gifts for all of those special occasions in life.

We offer bespoke gifting and handmade cards, all wrapped in beautiful tissue ready to send direct or to treat yourself.

Isn't that just a beautiful concept?

Art from the Heart...

I can't wait to show you just how truly lovely Karen's designs are.
Why not take a look at her Etsy shop and see for yourself?


Donna. x