Thursday, 21 July 2016

New Home

Please forgive the acrylic block - I was using it as a weight while the glossy accents dried. 


I'm on Wordpress now too. It's easier from my phone.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Sue Wilson from Ally Pally Craft Show

was pleased to be able to attend the craft show at Ally Pally again this year. I bought some Sue Wilson stamps and a die which can all be used together. Such a great investment.

I cut the outside of the frame by hand because I don't have the appropriate die, but it's on my wish list now.

The final card has lashings of glossy accents, a smear of glitter and a few iridescent sequins. It's given it a vintage with bling style ~ I don't know what that's called. 

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Time Lapse Colouring - First Attempt

Colouring in a stamped design from marie young on Vimeo.

I used my phone and a "Lazy Arm" to take this time lapse. I shall put the image in my journal as it is coloured on Letraset paper rather than cardstock. I had so much fun doing this I went on to make two more, and I can't stop watching them. I've shared them on Facebook and Instagram. I am addicted :-)

The colours I used were:
Grey Green
Tea Green
Blue Pearl
Warm Grey 2
Spectrum Noir BG2

I hope you enjoy watching this as much as I enjoyed making the video.

Marie x

Friday, 25 March 2016

Multi Coloured Blanket

A work in progress

I am having fun creating this random multi-coloured blanket. I was supposed to be using up scraps of yarn, but I keep going out to buy new yarn to add to it as well!

Saturday, 12 March 2016

A doodle with Inktense and Sharpie

The product of a relaxed Saturday morning. I had a blank tag cut from watercolour paper just waiting for ink. I started by sketching my design in pencil and then coloured it using my Inktense blocks as watercolours. When it was dry I outlined the design, and added some extra doodles using a Sharpie (very fine tip).

I love the Inktense blocks. The colours are just so vivid but you can water them right down as well. I hoped to get several more projects finished but everything I made after this just didn't compare, and then I got hungry and saw it was way past lunch so thought I would tidy everything away and try again another day.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Happy Mothering Sunday

I used the paper flowers from my previous post to make this simple card for my Mum. I used a card made by the lovely Linda Simpson at Crafty Piece of Heaven as my inspiration. Hers is way better than mine I think!

I appreciate that Mothering Sunday can be a sad day for some and in the past it hasn't always been the happiest day in my calendar. This year I was able to spend the morning with my son and then video messaged my Mum in the afternoon. It was a good day for me this year and I am grateful.

My heart goes out to those who cannot be with their mothers, or who cannot be with their children, for whatever reason.


Sunday, 21 February 2016

Paper flowers

Today I have returned to papercraft again in preparation for upcoming celebrations. I cannot show you the complete card yet, but I can share pictures of the paper flowers that form part of it.

The flowers are die cut from the smallest of my X-Cut nesting flower dies. I used a small brad in the middle and scrunched them up to give texture and depth.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Crochet basket upcycled from t-shirt fabric

I cut old t-shirts into strips approx 1cm wide and made them into a basket using a 7mm hook to crochet in a spiral. 

I'm using the basket to keep my latest project tidy. 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

What's In a Domain?

How to revert to a blogspot address if you don't renew your domain

My domain name came up for renewal this month but I decided not to pursue it and revert to my blogspot address.  That was easier said than done as it seemed impossible to delete the old URL in blogger settings.

I did a quick search and found a helpful blog post telling me exactly how - and once you know it is as easy as one click.

So here's the link for anyone else who needs it:

Sunday, 10 January 2016

My first card of 2016 ... and it is an owl

I was given a beautiful owl die for Christmas (thanks Mum and Dad!) and I love it. The owl comes with a leafy flourish.

For this card I cut the owl from some yellow patterned paper and cut two flourishes from green patterned paper.  The green paper actually has large white stars on it and I don't use it very often as I don't like it, but when I cut the flourish from it, I was very pleased with the variation it made.

I used a black Sharpie marker to dot the eyes and then a black line doodle around the edge of the card for balance.

Thank you for reading this post.  I am just having a cup of tea and shall be browsing my reading list to see what my fellow bloggers have been up to this week.  Enjoy your weekend :-)

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Phone Case

A quick make - just a simple phone case, seen here before the ends were sewn in.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Review of 2015

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2016 - I am going to endeavour to update my blog more often this year and thought I would start by looking back over the last 12 months.


Last year was a very difficult one as my son was diagnosed with another tumour and began his treatment at the end of 2014.  As the New Year of 2015 began, he was in hospital having chemotherapy and we watched the London fireworks from 12 floors up in University College Hospital.

New Year in London as seen from University College Hospital

Chemo :-(

In the summer of 2015, my son had major surgery to remove the tumour from, and reconstruct, his jaw.

Everything went to plan initially, but an infection meant that he needed more surgery last month.  His illness has been very well documented and had huge support via

Also in the summer, my husband and I celebrated our second anniversary - here we are at a local music festival:

Good times :-D

Places we visited

We spend a lot of time walking and exploring our local area and we also enjoy visiting London whenever we can.  I am a bit of a geek when it comes to transport, including boats, and I love a good picnic - I'm quite easy to please really!

Our most recent trip out we went to Little Venice and, as it's near Paddington Station, I had to go and find the statue of that famous bear as well.

Please look after this bear ...
... Thank you!

Paddington Basin
Little Venice

Things I made

I started the year making papercraft projects as usual, and also making memory wire bracelets (which proved very popular).  However, the last few months have been taken up with my rekindled passion for crochet.

A work in progress but I've run out of yarn :-O

Beanie hat with flower

A present to myself - soooo cosy and warm :-)

Colourful granny squares for a blanket
Thank you for reading my review and I look forward to sharing 2016 with you as it unfolds,
All the best
Marie x
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