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Hi, I'm Pam and thank you for visiting my blog. I have been making cards for over 10 years and am an independent demonstrator for Creative Expressions. I am lucky enough to teach on cruise ships and also get the chance to demo at The Big Stamping and Scrapbooking Show at Alexander Palace. I run workshops for a local craft shop and if anyone would like details of the them please e-mail me at stephen.smith870@ntlworld.com I love to scrapbook but my all time favourite thing is to get messy with ink!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013


 Morning All!  I'm back after the cruise and got home to find a package of loveliness to play with.
An enormous thank you to Sam Poole (who is extremely talented) for sending me these fab goodies to play with.  Anywho, this is what's on my desk today. 

So what did I do with it all....well, I managed to make 1 wall hanging as I had 3 weeks worth of washing to catch up with.  I had to have a little play, couldn't resist!  Here's the finished project.
The first thing I did was to cover the background with some K&Co paper which I distressed with Peeled Paint.  The arch frame was painted with Mulch Eco-Green Acrylic Paint.  I picked up some Olive paint on a piece of Cut 'n Dry and dabbed it on.  When it was dry I stamped the Woodgrain background stamp onto it with Coffee Archival Ink.
I've also stamped some of the leaves onto the background and painted them with the Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
The next step was marking where the arch would go so that I could stamp the message in the right place.
I stamped the owl onto a piece of patterned paper (K&Co again) with Archival ink, then overpainted it with Distress Inks.  I stamped it again onto Coconut White card, painted it and cut some of it out to decoupage with.
The leaves were also stamped onto white card, cut out and painted.
The colours of Distress Inks used were: Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge.

It was great fun to make and now that the washing and drying are finished...yippee!!!...I can get down to some serious playing.  I hope to have lots more finished pieces to show you over the next few days.  All of the items used are available from Creative Studios...check online and visit Sam's blog as well as the other design team members.

Just to finish off with, another picture of the sail in to Venice .  It has to be one of the most spectacular sail ins in the world as you have to sail past St. Mark's Square to get to the cruise ship berths.  I have to say that I was pretty pleased with my photographic efforts as well!!!

Many thanks for visiting and I hope to get around as many desks as possible this week.  I do appreciate all of the comments that you leave.  Until next time....happy crafting.


Belinda Basson said...

Loved St Marks square. Off to see if I can find Sams stuff, like the look of what you have made here. #30

Jackie said...

When I got married on the Arcadia cruse ship the captain said Venice was the most beautiful harbour in the world to sail into and the most difficult to navigate
I loved Venice !
Nice to come home to those bits to mjackie 6

Helen said...

Gorgeous make, but love the photo of your trip! Helen, 5

Ria Gall said...

how lovely to come home from a nice break and there is some great crafting stash waiting for your.
Love your wall hanging he is a cheeky chap
Thanks for sharing your desk today, Happy WOYWW hope you have a great week
Ria #42

Neet said...

Oh Wow, what a fantastic cruise you were on. The last time we were in Venice we saw a cruise liner coming in - it was like a shopping mall on water. Never seen anything so huge.
Must catch up on your travels.
Love the little owl hanging you have done, a really nice project there.
Thanks for the offer of hosting Flat Susan, can you email me your addie so I can add it to the list for when she sets off please.
Hugs, Neet (achickson@yahoo.co.uk)
Thanks for visiting mer earlier xx

Candace said...

Venice is somewhere I have always wanted to go. Once the kids leave eh?

Thanks for sharing your crafty space and have a great week

Candace #64

Twiglet said...

My daughter Max has just returned from Venice - can't wait to see her pics. I love the little owly project too. Thanks for sharing. x Jo

Eliza said...

Oh lucky you having a wonderful parcel to play with on your return and what a brilliant creation, I love it.

Eliza & Yoda

Anonymous said...

Oh I do like those arches! Both the naked version and your project - lovely and vintage :)

Happy WOYWW!
MA (20)

Christine B. said...

Congratulations. What a lovely package to come back to. Love ,love, love, how you have used them. It's stunning.
Bet you had a wonderful cruise. I went to Venice as part of a holiday present for my 60th last year. It was my first holiday in 20 years. I just loved Venice, we stayed at Garda and I loved Lake Garda it was beautiful. Hugs x ChrisB

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Love your shot of Venice..very atmospheric indeed!
Your little owl is very cute too, quite steampunky, which I love!
Hugs, LLJ 33 xx

Gill Edwards said...

what great stash, thanks for the visit earlier.

Gill x

Gita said...

That must've been a fun cruise. Love the owl stamp in that set. too cute. Brigita #122

BJ said...

Super frame, I have recen tly bought one of those but not got round to it yet, thanks for the reminder and inspiration. Thanks for visiting me already BJ#15

okienurse said...

great picture of Venice. I loved that city but didn't get to stay long enough to see much. I plan on going back. Love the owl on your wall hanging...very steampunkish. Thanks for visiting my desk earlier. Hope you have a great week. Vickie #36

Lynda Beazley said...

Wow what lovely new stamps to come home to! Your job sounds fantastic too. My cousin Mike Doyle is a singer and entertainer on the big ships. Maybe you've bumped into him at some time. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such lovely comments. have a happy week
Lynda B #25

Karen Ives said...

Lovely work, such a cute owl.
Thank you for visiting
Karen #42

susibee said...

Sounds like a super cruise.

Happy WOYWW. Susi #132

Maxam Made said...

Wow!! Great stamps!! Thanks for sharing!Have a great week! Ginny #120

Nikki said...

What you created is so kewl love the warm tones such fun stamps to play with :) Happy WOYWW hugs Nikki #13

fairy thoughts said...

after 3 weeks away i 'm not surprised you were itching to play and what a great piece you made ... owls are so 'in' at the moment too..... love ST marks and all of venice
janet #32

toni said...

Love the wall hanging you made with those fab stamps, great work. My husband took me to Venice on my 40th birthday that first view you get when approaching on the water is just breath takingly beautiful I shall never forget that, i'd love to go again hope you have a crafty rest of week
Toni 49 x

sara j said...

Loved your work, but you are right - that picture is gorgeous. What a fun way to make art - sailing about Europe! Thanks for visiting the Fun Room. Have a great week.

Krisha said...

Oh WOW, I have always wanted to see Venice. Such lovely stamps to play with and your creation is just fab-u-lous! LOVE the owl.
Thanks for popping my my blog and for the well wishes. As you can see a sprained wrist isn't keeping me away from WOYWW
Krisha #20


thanks for stopping by my blog for WOYWW. My hands were still too sore to type yesterday so I'm a day late but here I am. I love the name of your blog LOL. OH my gorgeous owl wall hanging you have made too...what a great owl stamp!!! ONE day we hope to travel OS. I've been all over Australia, briefly to New Zealand and Fiji but no where else...as I said ONE DAY LOL
Annette In Oz #39

Sue Zue said...

I can tell you had a lovely time, you are returned with bags of creativity.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Pam, it almost makes it worth coming home when the postie has been while you were away cruising. Love the photos you've been showing ... I can feel my feet itching again to be away though only travelling to Beauly in the Highlands this year ... far enough and beautiful enough for us :) Like what you did with the arch - great colours and that owl. Thanks for dropping by, I'm just catching up on the folks I didn't get to yesterday because there's simply not enough hours in the day, especially WOYWW :)) Have a great week. Elizabeth x #53

Maudieroff Roffey said...

Thanks for stopping by on WOYWW - love your arches & owls - Mxx #56

Lisa-Jane said...

Well done on the washing! Its the worst part about going away isn't it but worth it judging from the photo. Great looking dies you have there too.

RosC said...

Hi Pam,
Lovely stash in that parcel and you've managed to something really nice with it so soon after returning. The little owl is very cute.
Lovely to go cruising.
Thanks for visiting me.
Ros #38

Kath said...

what a lovely surprise to come home to after your wonderful cruise and I love what you made with it....Happy WOYWW...sorry I'm late this week...hugs kath xxx

Lucy said...

Your wall hanging looks fabulous! I particularly love that the owl has clocks for eyes. I'm glad you had a lovely time on your cruise. I just managed 4 days away and am already dreading the 6am alarm tomorrow morning! Thanks for popping round, have a great week and good luck catching up with all that washing! Lucy #32 x

505whimsygirl said...

Love the wall hanging. What a clever way to make an owl!

I've been on several cruises and think that's the perfect way to travel. I've always used Princess and have always been happy.

Thanks for visiting me already. I knew it wouldn't be before Saturday that I'd get a chance to visit people but here it is Sunday already!

Kay (11)

voodoo vixen said...

Fabulous pics of your cruise and the flintstones certainly made me smile! Lovely to find such fun mail when you got home and I love the little arch you have made. Apologies for my late arrival, Annette