Monthly Archives: January 2014

I Found My Blitzer!

stencil plus blitzer

stencil plus blitzer colour restored

After seeing this post  by the Frugal Crafter and seeing the machine Tim Holtz and Stampin Up are peddling, I thought….I have one of them from when I was a kid, but it’s called a Blitzer. My Mum had saved it in a cupboard and it’s in good nick considering it’s 15-20 years old! I thought it would be perfect for stenciling as I have found it pretty difficult to get a crisp image all over the stencil! You add pens (I used Promarkers) and pump air through it and the ink kinda bursts onto the page. Some pens put splodges and some more find sprays of ink, fab for stencils though so I’m really chuffed!

The second image is just where I have added colour restoration when scanning it in. Interesting to see how the colours change!

Hand-Made Birthday Card

Hand-made Birthday Card

Word of the Day: 13

word of the day 13


adjective UK /ˈɡær.əl.əs/ US /ˈɡer-/ (click on the link below to listen to the pronunciations)

› having the habit of talking a lot, especially about things that are not important
garrulously     /-li/ adverb
garrulousness     /-nəs/ noun

A Few Days Off!

Well I know it’s been a bit quiet on the old ‘word of the day’ front. I have been away at an interview and now have a really important set of applications to do, but I still have a list of words, so stay tuned, they will start up again in a couple of days 🙂 Plus I have some new Tim Holtz stamps to mess around with so some more crafty posts will follow that! 

Word of the Day: 12

word of the day 12


adjective UK and US /əˈsɪd.ju.əs/ (click link to hear the word spoken in British or American English)

› showing hard work, care, and attention to detail:
assiduous research/efforts
an assiduous student
The government has been assiduous in the fight against inflation.
assiduously /-li/ adverb›I assiduously avoid buying imported products.
assiduousness /-nəs/ noun

Word of the Day: 11

word of the day 11


verb UK & US /əˈmiːl.jə.reɪt/ (a mee l ya rate) (click on the link to hear the word)

to make a bad or unpleasant situation better: Foreign aid is badly needed to ameliorate the effects of the drought.
amelioration  /əˌmiː.li.əˈreɪ.ʃən/ noun 

Word of the Day: 10

word of the day 10


adjective  UK & US/rɪˈkæl.sɪ.trənt/ (click on like to hear the pronunciation)

(of a person) unwilling to obey orders or to do what should be done, or (of an animal) refusing to be controlled.

noun recalcitrance  /-trəns/


Finally Finished….My Hand-Carved Alphabet!

Finally Finished....My Hand-Carved Alphabet!

Taking inspiration from a post on I decided that instead of paying nearly £20 to get some fancy alphabet stamps I’d seen, I would just carve my own. So I finally finished the ‘z’ today 🙂 They are a bit rough round the edges, but that’s the beauty. I want to do some numbers next!

Further Sunshine Award Questions

As very kindly nominated me for a second sunshine award, I decided that I would just answer her questions instead of doing the whole thing again!

  1. What’s your passion?

I have a few passions! Speech and Language Therapy and helping people with communication and swallowing problems is a major passion of mine. I also love anything art and crafty and to experiment with different techniques and materials. I write poetry too when the urge takes me!
2. Are you pursuing it?

Well I am still going to interviews for that first elusive job role. The craft stuff is a compulsion, so yes!

  1. Fruits or veggies?

Hmmm well both I guess! Veg with dinner, fruit (sometimes) with pudding 🙂
4. What inspires you?

Everything! Seeing other peoples work and the techniques they have used, hearing about new products and sudden ideas which pop up into my brain! Oh and of course trying things out for myself!
5. Do you have a cool crafting or life tip to share?

Hmmm well I think one thing  would say is that crafting can get expensive. I try to hunt for bargains, whether it’s buying make-up sponges from the pound shop or getting items to alter from charity shops. There are often alternatives for general stuff (a good one is using white emulsion instead of gesso) which allows me to spend more on the specialist products 🙂

  1. How do you feel about the 7 or less items shopping lane?

I haven’t really got strong feelings about it 🙂 I guess it’s useful, I prefer it to the stupid self-checkout machines!
7. What’s your go to dinner meal?

A Vietnamese red curry fish soup 🙂

  1. Favorite Quote?

Feel the fear and do it anyway (more of a motto really). It’s the title of a book too 🙂
9. What is one thing that you want to learn that you haven’t had the chance to get to yet?

Oh there are HUNDREDS of things! I want to learn British Sign Language, counselling skills, a foreign language and LOADS of craft techniques! I have some silver art clay I am dying to work out how to use.
10. Do you think you’ve found your purpose in life?

Yes! I just hope I can get the job after all the training!
11. And most importantly: do you want fries with that?

Hmmm no, I’d rather have spicy potato wedges!

Word of the Day: 9

word of the day 9


noun UK /ˌkɒn.fləˈɡreɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌkɑːn-/ (follow the link to hear UK and US pronunciations)

  • a large fire that causes a lot of damage
  • a large and violent event, such as a war, involving a lot of people:

They may succeed in turning a little local difficulty into a full-blown regional conflagration.


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