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!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Snowy Again

I have to confess that not much card making is going on at the moment as I've got back into making my Bucilia felt decorations again and sewing whilst watching telly stops me putting food in my mouth! I'll show you some pics of the finished projects if we actually get some daylight to take them in. Got a couple of design team cards to rustle up this week though so that might inspire the crafting mojo.  
I made this card a while ago using a watercoloured image of Snowy by Penny Black. I trimmed a card down to fit the leftover panel of a distress oxide ink background and glued it in place. I added some corners using a Polkadoodles die. I edged the panel with some faux stitching and then added some stickles to finish. The 'snow' stickles look less obvious in reality, more like the ones down the sides by Snowy. Simples!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Happy Stampers Haul

So, I ventured out to Happy Stampers at Port Sunlight yesterday. It's a lovely friendly show with lots of smaller exhibitors as well as the big names. The only downside is how hot it gets in there, not great when you have your own tropical moments going on already! 
I was a good girl and took cash and stuck to my budget. I could have spent it all at the PaperArtsy stand though, as it was over half my budget was spent there. I couldn't afford to take advantage of it, but they had a fab offer of buy any four stamps the same size and get a fifth free. I bumped into a few blog friends too and it was great to be able to say hi to them in person and catch up. 
Apologies that I haven't been able to visit all your blogs this week, my neck still isn't great after my procedure the other week and so typing has been problematic. Hopefully I'll manage to catch up with you all soon. Have a great week x

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Flower Challenge is One!

Wow, can you believe it The Flower Challenge is one year old! We've had an fantastic first year thanks to my fabulous teamies and of course all the amazing support from all you wonderful bloggers out there. We now have over 160 followers and our success is beyond anything we could have imagined.
I have to send massive thanks to Aileen who decided to set up the challenge and invited me to be a part of it. I also have to say a big thank you to Viv who is our technical expert and who helps Aileen keep us all under control - not task for the faint hearted!
To thank you for all your support and to celebrate our first birthday we've been lucky enough to have some amazing sponsors and have not one, but nine amazing prizes up for grabs this month! 
Our theme this month is
                                 Use Your Favourite Flower
I'm not sure if this was an easy or hard challenge theme! I love lots of flowers, but in the end decided that one of my favourite things is when the spring blossom appears on the trees and so I went with that for my card. I have to confess that I'm sure I CASE'd this card from somewhere, but can't remember where - possibly a card by Faye Wynn-Jones. 
I used the blossom from the Clearly Besotted Beautiful Friend set (this is the one that also has the fuschia in it) and stamped it on tuxedo black memento ink on alcohol pen friendly card before colouring it in with my trusty copics and fussy cutting it. On a 6x6 card blank I stamped the image around the edges in memento London Fog. I die cut the Lawn Fawn Scripty friends three times out of pink card and stacked them up to give more definition and the glued the sentiment and image to the card. Simples!
We can't wait to see your fantastic creations, please remember to check out our rules to make sure that your entry is eligible to win one of our nine wonderful prizes and of course, have fun!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Hubby's birthday card

I almost forgot Hubby's birthday. When my parents came to take me for my hospital appointment last week, Mum handed me a card and said it was for Hubby. It took me a minute to work out why she had a card for him, then I remembered it was his birthday the next week! Phew, close shave there, although when I then asked Hubby what he wanted for his birthday, he said he didn't want anything and was hoping that I'd forgotten. You can't win!
Fortunately, I'd bought this Sue Wilson Stained Glass Bonsai tree earlier this year as Hubby loves bonsai trees. We have several buckets in the garden with stunted trees in them that were grazed down by sheep that Hubby "liberated" from a field. He claims that he will prune them down to turn them into bonsai trees, but has failed to add any timescales to his plans.
I simply die cut the image in black card and as the die doesn't have an outside cutting edge, I trimmed it down to add to a 6x6 card blank. I then cut it again in several different colours and inlaid the pieces. There were a few tiny bits, but it wasn't too fiddly to do. Simples.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Autumn

Happy Saturday! It's time for our new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this week we've gone all seasonal with a theme of "Autumn".
I used the Hobby Art Oak Tree stamp set and a Card-io bunny set to make my card and started by stamping the tree, bunnies and sentiment in black archival ink on a 6x6 card blank. I then watercoloured in the tree using distress inks. On a spare bit of card I stamped some leaves and acorns from the set in archival ink and again coloured them with distress inks before fussy cutting them. I ran a black marker round the edges from the back to get rid of any white lines on the edges. I assembled the card and added glossy accents to the acorns. To finish off, I drew in a border to link up the corners. 
I can't wait to see your autumnal creations, just remember to include some stamping on your card to be eligible for our top three. Have a great weekend crafting x

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Merry Christmas

Apologies for the rubbish photo, no matter what I do the lighting is terrible at the moment. I bought this Sizzix die in the sale this summer and finally took it out of the packaging this week. The die cut beautifully through some matt gold cardstock and as a bonus you can save the letters to use on another project. Great for batch making I simply placed the die cut on some coloured card and mounted it on a 5x7 card blank. I added some glossy accents to his nose and sprinkled on some red glitter before it dried. The stars fall out of the die and are shown on the packaging as being hung from the antlers, but I just added them randomly to the cards.
And now, gratuitous bunny photos. Willow is now 12 weeks old and a bit over 800g. I've never known such a cuddle bun. She will happily sit on your lap and be stroked for 20 minutes and then complain when you stop! She will groom you back and does a very thorough job of licking your hand. Parsley is more than happy to let Willow get all the fussing, he thinks humans are only good for bringing food.

Willow and Parsley are still living together happily, but trying to get a photo of both of them in focus and  facing in the same direction is rather tricky, even with a bribe of strawberry leaves.