Friday, 15 December 2017

The Flower Challenge #15 Anything But a Card - Reminder Post

It's halfway though the month (I know, scary!) and so over at The Flower Challenge we've come up with some more inspiration for you.
I'm sure a lot of you like me are way behind on the Christmas plans. I used a Papermania Kraft Pillow box from their basics range, which had been a freebie with the now defunct Creativity magazine earlier this year for my make. I wrapped some gold and silver twine around it several times and secured it with a tiny bit of tape. I used Sue Wilson's Classic and Filigree Poinsettia die sets to cut the flower out of green, red and gold vellum. I shaped them slightly with my fingers before stacking them up and gluing them in place. For the centre of the flower and to disguise the glue I added some gold Nuvo drops. Simples!
I hope you can all find time to create a floral entry for the challenge, we love seeing all your wonderful creations x

Monday, 11 December 2017

Snowy Gift Tags

I hope that you're all managing to keep safe and warm in this frosty weather. Definitely the right time to stay inside and craft! I have to admit that my crafting has been taking a backseat to my hand sewing at the moment. I've got another Bucilla felt kit on the go, a stocking this time, which should be much simpler, but seems to be taking forever!
I did however get round to making some gift tags for when I eventually give in and start wrapping presents. I bought a pack of 20 plain white gift tags in two sizes from The Range last week for £1 and set to work decorating some of the larger ones. I removed the string from the tags as I'll use coordinating ribbon from my rather large ribbon stash instead. The tags are an off white, but I was happy for that to look like a blizzard in the background! I used some of the Aleene's Glitter Snow through the Simon Says Stamp, Falling Snow stencil and left it to dry. I stamped the Penny Black Snowy in black archival ink on white card. I squeezed out some ink from my Crafters Companion Sparkle pens onto a plate and used a brush to watercolour Snowy's hat and scarf. It doesn't show in the photo, but they have a lovely sparkle to them. I also used a pale grey Zig clean colour pen to add a hint of shading to Snowy and an orange one to colour in his nose. Once dry I fussy cut them. 
I drew a squiggly border round the tag with a black fineliner pen as this allowed me to avoid the snow blobs and then glued Snowy in place. To finish him off I added some glossy accents to his nose and some Nuvo Glitter Accents - called Fresh Snowfall, to the brim of his hat. I hadn't used this before and it holds its shape and gives more dimension than Stickles would. Et voilĂ  seven tags finished!
Oops, I was just about to publish this post when I noticed a typo in the title, "Snowy Git Tags", maybe I should have left it like that x

Friday, 8 December 2017

Blog Candy Giveaway!

The American Thanksgiving holiday got me thinking about what I'm thankful for and of course my thoughts were drawn to all you wonderful blog buddies.
To thank all my wonderful followers I thought I'd give away 6 Christmas themed stamp sets. Probably much to late for this year, but it might give you a head start for next Christmas!
All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to be a follower of my blog and to leave a comment on this post. The winner will be randomly selected and the prize will be posted to wherever they are on the world.
New followers are of course welcome to join in, the follow link thingy is in my sidebar, you'll just need to scroll down a bit to find it!  
I'll keep this post pinned to the top of my blog and will close the entries at midnight on 8th December, British time.
Good luck in the draw and thank you all so much for all your wonderful support and friendship. Group hug everyone!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

LOTV Christmas Bunnies

Honestly, where is the time going? I can't believe it's almost Christmas already! With that in mind I whipped up a few Christmas cards to send to my bunny owning friends.
I stamped these cute lili of the valley bunnies in black momento ink and then used my copics to simply colour them in. I then fussy cut around the image leaving a small border. 
As it's Christmas I decided to add a bit of sparkle. I coloured in the stars with a uni-ball signo sparkling gold pen (that SARN made me buy a while back), added some glamour dust with a quickie glue pen to the falling snow and glossy accents to the berries.
I finally got round to using a product that I'd bought last year from Joanna Sheen's, Aleene's Glitter Snow. It comes in a tub and is the consistency of royal icing and dries with texture and sparkle. I applied it to the snow the bunnies are sitting on with a brush (I've since discovered that it works brilliantly through a stencil as well) to add some more texture and sparkle to the card. Once dry I simply drew a quick border around a 6x6 card blank to link in with the border round the image and glued it in place. Simples!
Don't forget that I'm running a blog candy Christmas stamp giveaway for my followers. The post is pinned to the top of my blog or you can click here to go directly to the post. Entries close at midnight on 8th December UK time.

Monday, 4 December 2017

The Flower Challenge #15 - Anything But A Card

As it's now December, it's time for our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see anything but a card.
I decided to make a tag for this challenge, as this year I've purchased some very simple Christmas wrapping paper, but plan to bling it up with handmade tags.
I didn't have a tag die the size I wanted, but rummaging through my stash I found a tag stamp from the Parpermania Jolly Santa range, which had alternative messages to slot into it. The only problem was that the main tag stamp had a gingerbread man on it. Never fear, with a sharp pair of scissors he was carefully removed and can be slotted back in place if needed.
I stamped the tag in black archival ink and cut it out, then ran a black pen round the white cut edge to give a more finished look. I stamped a sentiment from the Papermania Traditional Sentiments set on the tag rather than use one of the original sentiments.
I coloured some white card with blended distress inks and over stamped them to create red and green card to die cut. I used a green distress marker that matched one of the inks I'd used, to colour in the border on the tag. I then used Sue Wilson's Classic Poinsettia to cut the green leaves and her Filigree Poinsettia to cut the red leaves. I shaped them slightly with my fingers and layered them up to form the poinsettia and glued in place. 
I found a couple of small flourish dies in my stash (sorry, no idea who made them) and cut them out of soft matt gold mirri card and snipped them down and tucked them behind the poinsettia. I added a flat back cream pearl cluster to the centre of the flower, but wasn't happy with its colour and so I dabbed some mercury glass stickles onto it with my finger to give it more of a soft golden tone. Note to self, do this and let it dry before you add it to the flower, much easier. It doesn't show in the photo but I also dabbed some Christmas red stickles onto the poinsettia with my finger to add a little sparkle. I will eventually fish out my cropodile to punch the hole in the tag and thread some ribbon through it finish.
I'm looking forward to seeing your floral makes this month. Just remember that the focal point of your project has to be a flower(s) and if you can add our cue card to your post we'll love you forever! My teamies and I will be back with a reminder halfway through the month. Happy Crafting x
Don't forget that I'm running a blog candy Christmas stamp giveaway for my followers. The post is pinned to the top of my blog or you can click here to go directly to the post. Entries close at midnight on 8th December UK time.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Bucilia Advent Calendar

I finally finished my Bucilia Santa Advent Calendar on Tuesday. Well, I say finished, I still need to add a bit of dowelling or something along the the back of the mantelpiece to stop it scrunching up when hanging.

There are little ornaments to fit in the numbered pockets. I decided to add some cording to them so that I can take them out each day and hang them on our twig tree.
I've already started on my next sewing project, another Bucilla felt kit, but a stocking this time. Unfortunately, my neck and shoulders have been playing up the last couple of days and so sewing has been put on hold, but I'm looking forward to cracking on with it. Only another 7 kits to go after this (they were all on really good deals so I had to buy them, honest). 
Don't forget that I'm running a blog candy Christmas stamp giveaway for my followers. The post is pinned to the top of my blog or you can click here to go directly to the post. Entries close at midnight on 8th December UK time.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Disney Birthday

I can't believe that it's almost December, it's definitely feeling more wintery now, so I hope you're all keeping warm and cosy. It's the perfect excuse to stay inside and craft!
I may have mentioned that my sister and her family are Disney addicts. They even went to Disneyland Paris twice this year and their house has Mickey Mouse logos everywhere. My brother in law is the biggest kid though and so I knew exactly what the theme for his birthday card should be this year. I'd purchased a set of three Disney stamp sets from Create and Craft earlier this year as I knew they'd be perfect for them.
I drew a grid on a piece of card to fit on a 6x6 card base and then stamped the Mickey and Minnie logos in each square in black ink. I then coloured them in using my zig clean colour pens. 
I used the Memory Box Jumbled Birthday die for the sentiment. I played around with the colours, initially trying red and black, but it didn't stand out enough. Eventually, I went with green which is his favourite colour and added a black shadow to it with another die cut. To bring the green into the card I added a green mat along with the black and red ones to pull it altogether. 
Don't forget that I'm running a blog candy Christmas stamp giveaway for my followers. The post is pinned to the top of my blog or you can click here to go directly to the post. Entries close at midnight on 8th December UK time.


Saturday, 25 November 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Your Favourite Christmas Colour Combination

It's time for our new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' and these week we want you to use your favourite Christmas colour combination.
Whilst I love the traditional Christmas green and red combination, I do love the more contemporary colours too and in particular silver with purple and blue. Purple of course is good anytime of the year!
I made a masterboard again to make this card. I started off by blending Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides on an A4 piece of white card and flicked water in it then let it dry. I then applied the same inks through a couple of Christmas stencils in various areas.  Once dry again, I stamped snowflakes, a Christmas sentiment and Christmas trees in silver and white inks randomly on the masterboard and then stamped some more snowflakes in black archival ink. Finally I applied some sparkle paste through a couple of stencils onto the masterboard.
To make my card I die cut a tattered lace decorative rectangle out of the masterboard and added a frame with silver mirricard (even if it does look black on the photo!). I glued the, in place on a 5x7 card base and stamped the Clearly Besotted sentiment. I had in my stash some leftover stamped, watercoloured and fussy cut Penny Black Snowy snowmen. I simply added him on foam tape to the card. Of course, I couldn't resist adding a bit of faux stitching and some stickles to his accessories to finish. 
I can't wait to see what you make this week, just remember to include so stamping to be eligible for our top three. 
Don't forget that I'm running a blog candy Christmas stamp giveaway for my followers. The post is pinned to the top of my blog or you can click here to go directly to the post. Entries close at midnight on 8th December UK time. Hope you all have an amazing weekend x

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

WOYWW or What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Blimey, Wednesday again already. This month is flying by. Time to join the lovely Julia to share what is on our workdesks today. Once again I'm sharing what is on my lap as the table of doom is reaching critical mass and may offend those of a tidy disposition.
Hopefully you can see some progress on my Bucilia Advent Calendar, the top section is completed apart from sewing on the two stockings hanging from the mantelpiece. The pockets and bottom are progressing well, just some holly to add at the join and then sew it all together and add the backing. Oh and then to make all the elements to fit in the pockets! I'll have it done by 1st December, just don't ask which year!
I can't wait to see what you have all been up to, have a fun and creative week x

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Masterboard ATCs

I mentioned in my last post that my tag was made using some snippets, so as promised this is where they came from. The fabulous Angela makes wonderful projects from masterboards that she has created and so she inspired me to make my very first one.
I started off with an A4 sheet of Hunkydory's Ink Me white card and randomly blended Salty Ocean, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides. Once dry I spritzed and flicked on some water and then let it sit for a minute to react and my heat tool to speed up the drying (because I'm too impatient to let it dry naturally!). I then repeated this step until I was happy with the result. I then randomly stencilled the pistachio ink through a diamond stencil and the salty ocean ink through a flourish stencil. There are two tree stamps in the Clearly Besotted Let's Prance set and I stamped these rotating the stamp randomly in black archival ink on the masterboard. Finally, I flicked the ink from my Wink of Stella glossy white and clear pens over the card by tapping the pen over my finger. Hopefully you can see some of the sparkle this adds in the photo below.
I chopped up the masterboard to make the ATCs and was left with a few bits that I used to make my tag. I stamped the three reindeers from the Clearly Besotted stamp set on white card and coloured them in with my polychromos pencils before cutting them out with the matching dies. I added glossy accents to the noses. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set in black and then cut them up. This allowed me to position the words more pleasingly. I then drew a frame round the edge of the words with a 0.1 fineliner pen and drew in a border around the edge of the ATC's with a 0.3 fineliner pen, before gluing everything together. I ended up making 8 ATCs in total.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Tag You're It! #77

The incredibly lovely Darnell is guest designing over at Tag You're It! for the current challenge and she inspired me to get started on making some Christmas tags.
As you can see I used the embossed white tag and layout to inspire my tag. I stamped one of the reindeer from the Clearly Besotted Let's Prance set and coloured him in with my polychromos pencils then used the matching dies to cut him out. I cut my tag using a small X-cut die and then embossed it using a star stencil. I die cut the sentiment out of a scrap of leftover inked card and added another layer under it to make it stronger as it would overhang the sides. Before I assembled my tag I couldn't resist adding some faux stitches round the edges. Once I'd glued everything in place I added glossy accents to his nose and to the sentiment to finish.
As I die cut the sentiment out of the leftovers of making some ATCs which I'll share with you tomorrow, I'm taking this tag over to The Snippets Playground. I've not managed to play over there for ages so I'm hoping Parsnip has got some mugs to share my flask of mulled wine! Hope you've all had a great weekend and that this week is good for you x

Friday, 17 November 2017

Happy Birthday

Back in August I made a card for my Dad's birthday using the same stamps and dies and Mum asked if I could make a similar card for my Uncle. If I could be bothered, I'd add a link to it, but it's Friday afternoon, I didn't sleep well last night or the night before and so you'll have to go rummaging for it yourself!
I used a Creative Crafting World DL card blank for this which has the fold on the short side. I die cut the Robert Addams Flying Scotsman die out of silver, gold and black card and assembled it as per the very necessary instructions.
Last time I made the card the very lovely Claire of Hamnmule Designs blog thought that the Clearly Besotted sentiment looked like it was made of steam. I thought that was genius and so this time I stamped it above the train in Memento London Fog to emphasise this. I added two lengths of the track that is included in the die set, we'll just ignore the fact that not all the wheels are resting on the rails!
Hope you all have a great weekend, I think mine shall be spent mostly sleeping! 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Flower Challenge - CAS Reminder

Halfway through the month and so it's time for our reminder post over at The Flower Challenge and this month our theme is clean and simple.
I went super CAS for my reminder card. On a 6x4 card base I stamped one of the stamps from Sheena Douglass Orchid set. The stamp has a little tendril coming off at the top of the stamp and so I added an extra squiggle at the bottom to fill the space and balance the card more. I coloured the stamp in using my polychromos pencils (still getting the hang of these!). To finish off I stamped the sentiment which was from a freebie set with a magazine.
I'm so looking forward to seeing what you make for the challenge, just remember that flowers need to be the focal point of your card. Have a great time creating x

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Indigoblu Acrylic Pouring

You may have seen that Kay from Indigoblu is on Hochanda at the moment as their One Day Special with acrylic pouring. We spent the second day of the retreat playing with this and so I thought I'd share my makes with you. The top photo is an 8x8 canvas board, it's really hard to get a good photo of it to show up the silver, but trust me it looks better in real life!
Kay mentioned on the shows that they dry differently and so I thought I'd show you a photo taken just after the pours and one taken when they were dry. Admittedly, some of the pieces my be the wrong way round in the second picture, but I'm sure you can work it out. The top right panel was done on a black gesso painted base and the rest on white. These were all done using the transparent paints and no metallics.
Now, you may have noticed that the bottom right panel looks very different once dry. That's because we put all our trays on shelves to dry out of the way. I was stood talking to someone by the shelves and turned round quickly. The back of my long hair must have flicked out and caught the panel! Fortunately, it was only that one panel which was mine that it caught! Cue Kay and two other ladies with wet wipes trying to wipe acrylic paint off my back and out of my hair. They got most of it out, but I spent 20 minutes that evening pulling the rest out once dry. It looked like I had a bad case of green dandruff on my top by the end.
The final piece I did was on an A5 canvas board and I mixed the paint in my cup with black rather than white gesso, I really wish I could capture the metallic sheen in the photos.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Babies

Yep, Saturday again and so it's time for our next challenge over at Sweet Stampin' and this week we want to see "Babies".
I made a super quick and simple card this week using the Lili of the valley sentiment stamped in versafine black on a 6x6 card base. I stamped the babies from a Clearly Bessotted set in memento on alcohol pen friendly card and coloured them in with my trusty copics before fussy cutting them out and arranging them on the card. To finish off I drew in a border. Simples! 
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, I'm looking forward to settling on the sofa with hubby to watch Despicable Me 3, but might squeeze in a bit of crafting too.
As ever I can't wait to see what you make with this theme, just remember to include some stamping to be eligible for our top three. Have a great weekend x

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Gosh, I've not joined in with WOYWW for ages, where is the time going? In case you're not familiar with it, we all congregate over at the very lovely Julia's blog to share what we are currently making. It  doesn't matter what type of craft we're doing, but we then get to hop around and see what everyone else is up to and share the love.
I've got to confess that I've not been doing much card making at the moment as I've been enjoying hand sewing again using some Bucilla kits.  I'm currently making an advent calendar and you can see above the top part of the calendar that I'm currently working on.
I made some Halloween themed items recently, I made a Bucilia Halloween decoration set which is currently residing on my twig tree.
I also made a haunted house wall hanging, the black dots on it are where you are supposed to add a sequin and then hang one of the little icons at the bottom of the photo from them. I learnt on the Nordic house hanging that this is a nightmare to do and so am just going to sew them in place instead, I'll probably get around to doing that next October!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The Flower Challenge #14 - CAS

November already and so it's time for our new challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this week we want to see your clean and simple projects. We had a fabulous response to our birthday celebrations so make sure you check if you were a winner.
I used the Rare Earth Sweet Pea stamp set for my card. It's designed to give a watercolour effect and has several layers to stamp. I simply coloured the stamps with my distress markers, spritzed them with water and then stamped them on some watercolour card. There were a couple of empty areas in the flowers and so I scribbled my distress marker on my acrylic block and picked it up with a wet paintbrush to infill the gaps. I stamped the name of the flower in black memento. To finish, I trimmed it down to fit on a 6x4 card blank and added a pink mat. Simples! 
I can't wait to see your CAS entries, just remember to use a floral image as the focus of your card.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Happy Halloween

I don't celebrate Halloween, but took part in a Halloween card swap this year. I used a tattered lace die to make the pop up box out of blue card from Lidl. I used largest of the Marianne owl dies and more Lidl card to make my witchy owl. I die cut his hat from the accessories for Tim Holtz Crazy Birds die and added purple glitter glue to it. Using black archival ink I stamped that bat from the Hunkydory For the love of stamps Halloween set on the box, using my fingertip as the acrylic block as its a tiny stamp. I die cut several of the impression obsession branch and snipped it in places before adding them to the supports in the box. I'd bought an unbranded set of ghost dies from eBay and so I cut these in white card and added them on acetate popping out of the box. I also added them to the sides of the box. Apologies for the dodgy photos but I was in a rush to get the card in the post. In fact I was in a rush making the card and fortunately it turned out to be a quick make! In my haste though, I forgot that it was supposed to be a secret swap and signed the back of the box... 

Friday, 27 October 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Bears

The clocks go back tonight, so I get an extra hour in bed. Yippee!  Alternatively, I could get up early and use the extra hour to craft. Nope, you're right. Not a chance in heck of that happening!
Back to today and we have a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' and we want to see BEARS this week. I had to be careful how I worded that or we could get some really interesting entries!
I made a super simple card this week using the Waffle Flower, Bear and Bird Stamp set. I used my MISTI to stamp my composition in black archival ink and coloured it in with my zigs. I then added a few highlights with a white pen. To assemble the card I simply added a mat of grey card on a 5x7 card base. Simples! 
I'm looking forward to seeing your creations, just remember to include some stamping to be eligible for our top three. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and if you're in the UK don't forget to put the clocks back tonight x

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Indigoblu Retreat - Day One

I spent the weekend in Retford at the Indigoblu Secret Retreat. I had a brilliantl time, lots of hugs, laughter and crafting. Kay is lovely and gives amazing hugs and she was helped out by Lou (who demos ecoline on Hochanda) who is mad as a hatter! Alex who is a presenter on Hochanda was also on the retreat, complete with a candy skull apron. What you see on screen is exactly what you see in real life, she's great, but we won't mention how she spilt an entire bottle of paint in her lap...
You can see the project we made on the first day above. We used a stencil to ensure that we all had a reasonably shaped face with all the features in the right place and then Kay took us through the painting step by step.
Of course I had to do a little shopping whilst I was there, especially when they were generous enough to give us a 20% discount. They allowed us to rummage through the unpackaged stencils to find the ones we wanted and Alfie gave a demonstration of how they make the stamps whilst making some that were out of stock for people. Hubby very kindly gave me birthday money early and so I spent the lot!
I bought a load of paints (the top eight are the ones we used to paint the face (not including the hair and background) and some slap it on which we mixed with the paints to extend their working time and make more of a glaze.
Of course I had to buy some stencils, including the one I used on my project.
I was very good and didn't buy many stamps as I have waaaay to many. Occasionally when they make the stamps part of the rubber doesn't come out perfect and so they trimmed off those parts and allowed us to buy the undamaged parts at bargain prices.
Finally, I bought some of their yummy luscious pigments which you can mix with various mediums to make paints and glazes and colour texture paste etc. I also bought some fabric slap it on as I have some Pink Ink printed designs that I plan to use the pigments on.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Flower Challenge - Reminder - Your Favourite Flower

It's time for our halfway reminder post over at The Flower Challenge and we're celebrating our first birthday with some amazing prizes. Please read our special challenge rules ie include our theme cue card and tell us which prize you would like. We've had a few entries that we've had to disqualify for not following the rules, which really upsets us.
We've asked you to use your favourite flower this month and so I've continued with tree blossoms. I started off with a 6x6 card base. I die cut two consecutive sized Tattered Lace Pin Dot Squares in white card to add some dimension. I then used the Spellbinders Cherry Blossom die set which I've had in my stash for years, so it was good to use it again. I die cut the branches a couple of times and arranged them in the card, snipping them to fit at times. I then cut the smaller flowers multiple times and glued them in place. Once finished I added stickles to the centre of each flower. Originally the main branch ran diagonally from left to right on the card, but when I picked it up to stick it on the card after the stickles had dried, it was the other way round. I decided I preferred it that way!  I die cut the Memory Box Hello three times and layered it up to give more dimension before adding it to the card. I'm claiming that this is another card that looks better in real life, you can see the white colour more clearly and it doesn't look like it has a brown outline to the branches!

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Sparkle and Shine

I can't believe that it's Saturday again, but that means it's time for our next challenge over at Sweet Stampin' and this week we want to see you "Sparkle and Shine" which is the exact opposite of how my house looks at the moment!
I used Heartfelt Creations Tattered Blossoms which I stamped with black Stazon on Hunkdory mirridazzle card. I have the dies to match these stamps, but the plastic coating on the card makes it tricky to die cut, so I decided to settle down on the sofa and fussy cut them instead. I used Heartfelt Delicate Asters for the leaves and treated them in the same way but on silver mirri card this time.
I stamped the sentiment from Visible Image on a piece of card just under 6 inches square with black archival ink and mat and layered it with some more mirridazzle. I glued two of each sized flower together, offsetting the petals as I did so and added them to the card. I added a clear gem to the centre of each flower. Finally, I added a doodled corners with a fine liner pen.
This card was a swine to photograph with all the sparkle and shine, so I hope yours is easier! Just remember to include some stamping to be eligible for our top three x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Bucilla Nordic Gingerbread House Advent Calendar

I finally finished the Bucilla kit that I started back in January. I lost the will to live when I started making the 25 individual pieces that are attached the the house on a small piece of cord made from embroidery thread. These are designed to be added to the scene each day and hang from the red sequins dotted around the design. After an eight month break I was ready to attack them again! The hanging is about 24 inches high.

Technically it's not finished, as I still need to sew on the hanging cord on the back, but I'll sort that out when I'm ready to hang it. I've finished another much smaller kit since this one and am currently making different wall hanging. This one also has individual elements that you're supposed to hang on it, but I'm just sewing them in place this time!