Thursday, 16 June 2016

Published Work

Hi all,

Imagine my surprise when I got a message from a friend to let me know that she liked my page printed in the latest Scrapbooking Magazine.  The layout had been photographed months ago and I was waiting for them to publish it but wasn't sure when it was happening, apparently the time is now!

Well here is the layout. The photo was taken a few years ago when I was in Edinburgh but page was created in March.

Here is my latest art journal page that I taught in May. I must admit I quite like this one.

Well that's it for now, I'm on school holidays in a week's time so hopefully I will have lots more to share with you all then.

Take care and happy crafting,


Sunday, 29 May 2016

Unity Blog Hop

Hello all,

Today I am participating in the Unity Blog Hop, yay my first blog hop!! If you have been following the hop you would have come to my page from Amy's blog, then following me is Doreen with her Unity creation.

I have used three different stamp sets today. The flower is from the SMAK kit Wildflowers & Wings from April 2014, the quote "Explore the beauty that surrounds you." is from the Kit of the Month:
 A Chance to Change March 2016 and the butterfly is from the Everything Resides in Hope set.

I heat embossed the flowers onto the mixed media cardstock and then coloured the background with Ken Oliver Crafts Color Bursts and Liquid Metallics

The Unity blog hop roll is:
3. Helen Mazengarb (that's me!)

Please make sure you check out everyone's page and hopefully get lots of inspiration to start creating with these wonderful  stamps.

Take care and happy crafting,

Monday, 11 April 2016

Winner of Unity Week

Hi all,

I had my trusty assistant (willing son Sam) help me draw the two winners from my wonderful week as the Growing in Unity Gal. Here they are . . . .

First Winner! (from Thursday's comments)

Second winner! (from Tuesday's comments)

So if this is you please email me at and I will send your details to Unity Stamps so that you can receive your goody bag of 25 random stamps in the mail.

Thanks so much to all the lovely people who left comments and followed my blog this week.

Take care,
Helen xx

Friday, 8 April 2016

Growing in Unity Day 5

Hi all,

Welcome to my last day as the Growing in Unity Gal. I've had a lot of fun this week sharing my creations but what I have really loved is receiving the lovely positive comments so thank you very much.

I thought I would finish with a bang so I have two projects for you. Well to tell you the truth I made my journal page and then realised I used the same stamp when I was last a GIU Gal (because I love it so much) so I thought I should make something with a different stamp. Plus I couldn't resist one last pun for the week! So here are my two projects - an art journal page using Beautiful Soul and Imperfection is Beauty and a card using Holy Shiitake.

Well that's it, I hope you've enjoyed my selection this week. Don't forget to leave your comments and I will draw the winner this weekend with some help from my sons.

Take care and have fun creating,

Helen xx

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Growing in Unity Day 4

Hi all,

Today I'm stepping away from the pun stamps and I've made a stamp with an Itty Bitty that I  love, Triple Tree Line. The stamp has 3 trees on it and I just repeat stamped the two outer trees along my card stock. Then I coloured it with Copics and once again used up some scraps for the background papers. I did stamp the middle tree twice so that I could layer and add some dimension.

Thanks for looking and don't forget to leave a comment. I must admit I am really enjoying receiving the comments each day, they're a little ray of sunshine that brighten my day, so thank you.

take care,
Helen xx

Layout Share

Hi all,

I am having a great time making cards this week with Unity Stamps and posting about them but I thought I would spice it up with a few layouts. Two of these I made for the Hip Kit Design Team Call (which wasn't successful oh well!) and the third because I was dared to use the scissor stencil from Prima.


I did actually video this mixed media layout and when I start school holidays next week I will finally get around to editing it and posting it on YouTube. My YouTube page which is a bit scarce at the moment is here so pop by and have a look if you like.

Take care and have a great day.

Helen xx

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Halfway There! Growing in Unity Day 3

Hello all,

I hope you're all having a great week just like me.

For today's piece I made another card using a pun stamp, I must admit the pun stamps from Unity really appeal to my sense of humour.  This time I am using the We're Toast stamp from the Itty Bitty range.

I stamped one image on the piece of cardstock for the base and then a second image on a scrap piece of card that I coloured with my Prismacolor pencils, colouring it just like my toaster at home. I cut out just the toaster and mounted it on the first image to give a bit of dimension.

For the background I used a stencil and ink from my stash and then sprayed some Lindy's sprays over it. I grabbed one of my stamps for some background texture and after, when I checked, I realised it had been discontinued, oops! Finally I found some old stickers from a few years ago and added them to the card for a little spot of colour.

Thanks for stopping by, remember to leave a comment!

Take care and have fun crafting,

Helen xx