Yes it's Spring, you can tell by the snowfall

Well it is not so unusual weather we are having, Snow, Sun, Hail, Wind & Rain.  Here in the UK we do not thankfully get the weather extremes experienced in some other parts of the world.  But nature does like to tease us with 4 seasons in one day.   Today might just be that day.

One of my hobbies is genealogy and with the help of DNA testing has been helping me to double check "discoveries" and fill in gaps.   This week I was able to send to a 4th cousin in New Zealand information about one of his lines that he had not completed much on.   Then someone else asked for some help with her Sanderson line, no relationship found, but I was able to send her some of the information she was looking for.  Turns out she is not so confident on computers whereas I just march on in there to find what I want!  Which of us is right I wonder?

In between there was a jewellery order to complete and send to Australia, how pleased am I with that!  Finished a birthday card for Granddaughter but cannot share that yet.   Made Granola, now this you might think is not worth a mention but it was the first time I'd made it.   With my Chef son here we have a cupboard full of ingredients but he had a cold and I do like my cereal breakfast so it had to be done.   Think the result of his visit might mean I spend more time in the kitchen when he goes back to London.

All the time I wanted to get into the craft room and eventually managed a little while there yesterday and finished this piece for my 6" fat book project today.

This project is allowing me to re discover old techniques and styles.  It also allows me to indulge myself in experimenting with mix ups I've not tried before.

Designer papers are something I have a whole pile  Mountain of but have rarely used.  I love all the vibrant bold colours and designs of these papers but find them hard to incorporate into my style and or cannot imagine covering them.

Here I managed to use a page of Crafty Individual paper it is packed with Spring/Summer colour while the flowers make a nice backdrop.   Over this is stamped acetate, the stamp is probably more than 5 years old certainly more than 2 it is an Inkylicious stamp used with Stayzon.  The acetate used to be part of a booklet cover, I rescued lots of these while I worked locally before they went into the shredder.   Vellum heart has been embossed with a Sweet Poppy stencil another old technique it felt good to use again, it has been stuck to the page with silicon dots at the point.  Finally snowdrops this stamp is more than 6 years old I cannot now remember the manufacture it was one of those smallish UK companies that sprang up at the height of stampings popularity.   The image was fussy cut allowing the delicate flower heads to move.

Lots of different techniques brought into play for this page!   Now sharing it with

Retro Rubber - Their current theme is a tic tac toe and I'v used the far right column Embossing, Green, Vellum.

Crafty Girls Corner - Make it green, my favourite colour.

That's Crafty! - A monthly challenge that appeals to me this month with the theme Spring into Action.   Feel pretty sure I sprang into this one.  sorry.


  1. What a pretty combination of elements and techniques. Stamping on acetate is something I always forget about until I notice my stash of acetate! It looks so good! I like your vellum heart too. It manages to look slightly translucent and solid at the same time. Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber Challenge this week.

  2. Embossed vellum is one of my all time fave elements, and it makes it SO much easier to hide the adhesive, doesn't it? You've put together an amazing array of details here - so pretty! Thanks so much for playing at Retro Rubber!

  3. I love the look of vellum embossed with an embossing folder, the contrast of the embossed parts and the untouched parts is always beautiful.
    Love your delicate flowers, fussy cut so perfectly!!
    Thank you for playing along with us at RETRO RUBBER, hope you join us again soon.

    1. Thank you Maria, the vellum is hand embossed using a stencil not machine embossed with a folder.

  4. Great mixed media project and love the elements you've used. The stencilling on the vellum heart looks so pretty and yes great to re visit an older technique. Enjoy the granola! x

  5. Wow, what a gorgeous image and lovely embossed vellum piece! Now if spring would just arrive here so I could see some greenery myself! Thanks for sharing this with us at Retro Rubber!

  6. Lovely project, love the colors and layout. Thank you for playing along with Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

  7. Great project, that embossed vellum piece is beautiful. Thanks for playing at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

  8. Very pretty mixed media project with lots of details and texture! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber and come craft with us again soon!

  9. A really pretty card Zoe. The embossed heart is just gorgeous and sets off the flowers so well.
    Thanks for joining in with our Spring challenge at That's Crafty! and wishing you luck.
    Fliss DT x


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