Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Oceans of love

So, the stash diet this month, is going as well as the actual diet.... This MFT Mermazing stamp set somehow ended up on my door mat. No idea how, honest guv!
I started off by stamping my background on a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour card with black versafine.  I masked off the rock to create a rockier scene. After it had dried, I made a water colour wash with cosmic shimmer pixie powders in teal wash and peacock green and painted the sea. I did the same for the sand using mango blaze, bronze blush and golden mint pixie powders. The pixie powders are similar to brushos, but contain mica and so add a soft shimmer. As I'd painted over my stamping it knocked the black back a little, but I liked how it softened things. Once dry I painted in the rocks and shells, using my zig clean colour pens and a wet paint brush to blend the colours.
I stamped lots of elements from the stamp set on a second sheet of watercolour card, but on the reverse, so it gave me a smoother surface to work on. I then coloured in all the mermaids, fish and shells etc using my zigs and again using a wet paint brush to move the colour. Personally, I find a paintbrush easier to control than a waterbrush when colouring this way. Once dry I fussy cut them all out.
I then arranged them all on my background and glued them in place. The "nemo" fish are cleverly drawn with the position of the eye so that you can turn them to face to other way, without them looking like they have a swim bladder problem and are upside down! I had a tiny speck of orange at the top of my card from the pigment in the pixie powder, but it bugged the heck out of me. I inked up one of the tiny fish stamps in versafine again and stamped over it to hide it. As I said before, the black ink had been knocked back by the wash, and so this one set of three fish was more vivid than the rest. I therefore stamped a few extras on the card to tie it in. I ended up with a few more fish than I intended, but I really liked how it added more depth to the scene. I mounted it on Hunkydory mirridazzle card, amid trimmed down a 5x7 card base to 4 3/4x6 to fit it. Oops, almost forgot to say that I added some glamour dust to the mermaid with a quickie glue pen. A final pic to show some of the shimmer.

Monday, 17 July 2017


I was asked to make a graduation card for an ex-colleague whose daughter is graduating with a degree in town planning. She told me that she had been working in London recently and liked blues and greens. I'd made a card for her other daughter's graduation and she'd commented at the time that Milla wouldn't like anything so flowery.
With those thoughts in mind, I started off by using the Mo Manning graduate with rose digistamp, sizing it to go on an 8x8 card and printing it off on 160gsm paper, and colouring it in with my copics. I then fussy cut it, snipping off the rose that she was holding in her right hand.
I stamped and heat embossed with black embossing powder the sentiment using the MFT Well Connected Alphabet. To add some interest to the background, I inked up the Crafters Workshop 6 inch City Grid stencil with versamark and then pressed it down on the card over the sentiment and then heat embossed it in clear embossing powder. Hopefully Milla will spot the reference! I then repeated this to extend the background, wiping the edge strip of the stencil clean to blend the join more. I knew the join would be covered by the graduate, so I didn't worry too much about it matching perfectly.
As Milla had worked in London, I thought the Joanna Sheen London skyline die would work perfectly. I die cut it out of black card and added it to the top of the card, covering where the stencil stopped. The die was slightly short and so I cut it a second time and then snipped off a bit to complete the skyline, knowing that the join would be behind her head.
I faffed about for a while trying to decide what to put at the bottom of the card, playing with repeating the London skyline, but after discussion with Hubby, decided to use this town scene, part of the Tattered Lace Winter Town set, which was the perfect length. Hubby was also involved in the placement of the graduate. She fitted best where she is, but I was concerned that her feet weren't on the bottom of the card. Hubby pointed out that she was obviously jumping for joy at graduating, so problem solved! 
There was a bit of a gap in the bottom right corner and so I stamped the hat from the TPC Studio graduation set and fussy cut it out. The tassel was on the wrong side though, so I turned the hat over and drew in edge of the hat with a white pen to define it. I assembled the card on a mat of green cardstock and added the graduate on 1mm foam tape to add some more dimension. Simples (sort of)!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Flower Challenge #10 reminder

We're halfway through our current embossing challenge over at The Flower Challenge and so my teamies and I have created some more inspiration for you.
I used up the leftovers from my original card to make my reminder card. I had some of the card that I'd embossed with the Quilted Flower embossing folder left and so I used this on my 8x8 card, but flipped it over this time so that the debossed side was showing. I used some of the same card that hadn't been embossed above it and added a strip of red card to cover the join.
I still had some of the Stampendous Pretty Poppy flowers and leaves that I'd painted left over and so I arranged these on the card. I added some gunmetal stickles to the centres of the flowers to add some texture. I used an Elizabeth Craft die to cut the sentiment in black and red and then layered them up to give a shadow. Simples really. Don't forget to make flowers the focal point of your image and if you can add our cue card to your post that would great.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Sending Hugs

Yesterday, I was in the mood to do some colouring and so I stamped lots of elements from the Lawn Fawn, Fairy Friends set. I coloured them in with my trusty copics and then, despite having the dies to go with them, I fussy cut them out as I fancied doing something with my hands whilst half watching telly. I know mad, I started regretting my decision when I got the bluebell type flowers! I added glamour dust to their wings with a quickie glue pen.
I found a background I liked in my stash of batch background making. I'd obviously made it with cosmic shimmer pixie powders and a star stencil, but no idea on the details! I trimmed it down to fit on a 7x5 card blank and added a green mat behind it. I stamped the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers set in versafine and added the elements around it. To finish I added a doodled border round the panel. It's super sparkly in real life, hopefully this photo gives you an indication of it.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Rescue Me!

So, this is the rescued version of my original card for the Sweet Stampin' challenge. It is more centred top and bottom than it looks in the picture, honest!I used this fun X-cut shadow die fairground set to create my card. Originally, the top layer was the coral pink that is in the middle of my alternative card, but that was where the worst of the paper damage was. 
To rescue the card, I trimmed off the card blank to leave me with the die cut image. I got my craft knife under the sentiment die (a waffle flower one I think) and scrapped it off the card to make it as flat as possible. I recut the top layer in peach card and glued it over the damage coral layer. I'd had to slightly trim the image panel when I rescued it, but cut the new piece to the original size as the edge of the panel had gone a bit wonky with the trimming. This left me with a slight overhang, so I used some foam tape snipped into slivers to support it before gluing it onto a new card base. I recut the sentiment and layered it up twice to give it some strength before adding to the card. No idea how I magic to get a curve on it as it is a straightish die, but hey ho!
The only downside of all this rescuing was that I ended up with a really thick image panel. It was already thick with 5 layers of card, but I think it ended up with about 7 as you can see! Definitely a card to hand deliver.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Butterfly Challenge plus cobweb and tiny spider phobics avoid last pic!

Over at the Butterfly Challenge they want to see keys and/or vermillion. Immediately, I knew what I wanted to do. Apologies, for the rubbish photo, it looks so much better in reality due to all the sparkle and shimmer.
A while ago hubby cut me out some mdf shapes and so I used a heart one for the base of my project. I put some red and topaz starlights paint side by side on my craft mat and dabbed them down the sheet with a piece of cut n dry foam so that I blended the colours side by side on the foam. I then dabbed the foam round the edge of the heart, keeping the topaz side to the edge, so that I ended up with red starlights edged in topaz on the heart. I then filled in the centre with cut n dry foam dipped in the red starlights. Once dry I stamped the sentiment from visible image in the centre in black versafine, once dry I carefully over painted it with black paint to fill in where it hadn't quite stamped due to the texture and to make it pop a little more. 
After leaving it to dry, I stenciled some imagination crafts chartreuse sparkle medium through their trailing vines stencil round the edges. There is more definition to the stencilling that shows on the photo.
To create the butterflies, I played around with several different shades of red card and different glittery embossing powders before settling on this deep pink card. I stamped the butterfly from the Sheena Douglass True Clours stamp set (this was a freebie when Crafters Companion joined Hochanda) in versamark and heat embossed with black twinkle embossing powder. I fussy cut two of the butterflies and trimmed down the wings of one to make it smaller. 
To make the bodies, I went a bit steampunk and cut the two keys from the All Occasions key die set. I layered them up in black card a couple of times to increase their rigidity. I then added some white gold Chameleon Wax (which has a fabulous orange smell) to make them look more like metal. I backed the head of the keys with the deep pink card. I cut the heads off the butterflies and stick them behind the keys so the antenna showed.
I then shaped the wings of the butterflies with my fingers and added them to the heart. A few more photos to hopefully show a bit more detail.

Right, cobweb and spider phobics look away now, this poor spider had set up camp outside my back door and hadn't counted on a glittery crafter living here...

Keep looking away if scared, 

Hide behind the sofa now....

A very glittery web (with my rhubarb lurking in the background!).

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Photo Inspiration

Saturday, so it's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin'  and this week we have some photo inspiration for you.
I used the colours and the flowers as my inspiration. I die cut the Xcut Just For You panel die and mat and layered it up on a 6x6 card blank. I then stamped and heat embossed flowers from Happy Little Stampers Doodle Flowers, and Craftwork Cards Stamp It III and fussy cut them out. I used white embossing powder rather than black ink to keep the soft feel of the photo inspiration. I added a touch of darker colour to the centre of the flowers with my Zig Clean Colour pens and some nuvo glitter drops to the centre of the flowers to finish.
We're looking forward to see what you create this week using the photo inspiration. Just don't do what I did originally... I made my DT card and I'd planned to stamp the sentiment on it as we're a stamping challenge and so need to see stamping on your cards. I couldn't find the stamp I intended to use and scrabbled about in my stash to find an alternative. It was only after I finished the card that I realised I'd used a a die and so there was no stamping on my card. Cue a last minute rush to create a suitable DT card. To add insult to injury, I left the original card on my craft table and didn't notice that my damp Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy cloth was touching it until it was too late and the card had absorbed the moisture and bleached the colour and buckled the card. Whoops!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The Flower Challenge - Embossing

It's time for our next challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want to see embossing along with your flowers. You can use dry embossing with embossing folders etc or heat embossing or both!
I used the Stampendous Pretty Poppy stamp set to stamp various blooms, leaves and stems on white card from my stash. I'd like to say that I watercoloured them using my gansai tambi paints, but in reality I just slapped paint on! Nothing technical. I felt that the vase in the set was too small and so I used another Stampendous set and used the vase out of that (no idea what the set is called but it has roses, hydrangeas and daisies along with two different vases). I them fussy cut all the elements and worked out an arrangement.
I embossed a piece of grey slightly shimmery card with the Creative Expressions A4 Quilted Flower embossing folder. I trimmed it to fit a 5x7 card blank and added black and red mats behind it. I glued it all into place and ten added gunmetal stickles to the centre of the poppies, patting it with my finger to spread it out and giving it texture. I added glossy accents to the vase and once dry added a second layer and added glamour dust up to the water line in the vase to give the idea of water in the vase.
I hope you all enjoy playing along with us this month, we can't wait to see your creations.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Monday already!

Monday and July! Where is the time going? I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I ended up at the emergency vets at 7.30pm on Saturday as my little Bramble bunny developed gut stasis, which can be fatal. Fortunately, we caught it early and with injections of strong painkillers and gut stimulants, the following morning she was boinging about and eating again. She's still on tummy and pain relief meds for a few days, but she seems back to her normal self. The vet was lovely and don't tell her boss, but only charged me the Saturday consultation rate, rather than the out of hours rate. Of course, I'd happily pay whatever was necessary, but hey, more money for crafting!
On Sunday, Hubby treated me to lunch at the local garden centre (brie, bacon and cranberry panini, yum) and they have a craft section where he bought me an 8x8 paper pad, Travel Notes by First Edition. This sheet of arrow paper in the pad was perfect to team up with one of the left over animals from the freebies from this month's Making Cards magazine. I used one of the Tattered Lace Sahara Labels dies to cut out the aperture in the paper and mounted it on some green card. I cut a fishtail banner out of the same card (although it randomly looks darker in the pic) and stamped the Paper Smooches sentiment before adding it to the card on foam tape. I also added the raccoon with foam tape and gave him googly eyes to finish. Simples!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Why you shouldn't rush a card....

Thank you all for your kind thoughts when I had my facet joint injections at the weekend. My consultant injected three pairs of joints in my cervical spine, which isn't the most comfortable of procedures, but all went well. I rested up for the rest of the day as instructed, but by Sunday afternoon I was needing some craft time...
So, I stamped the bird from the Heartfelt Creations "Tropical Parrots" and used my zigs to quickly colour it in, so as to avoid working with my head bent forwards for too long. I used the corresponding dies to cut it out. I thought I'd make a simple card and so cut out the sentiment from the set, added a few paper flowers and a doodled border, and job done.
After I'd finished it, the hairy edges on the Aloha started to really bug me as I usually spend a bit of time with a spellbinders tool brush or a pokey tool making sure the die cut has a "clean edge". I let the card sit for a few days until I decided to remake it today. I carefully removed the flowers and found a die to cut out the image without catching the sentiment. I then glued it all back together, popped the flowers back on and added a little glamour dust. Much happier!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Many Layers

Saturday at last and to kick off the weekend we have a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin'. This week we want to see "Many Layers". I did giggle when I read this challenge as we've all been taking layers off in the recent heatwave!
My starting point for this card was this wedding cake stamp set from Hunkdory. Lots of layers of cake!
I originally stamped the cake and added the bride and groom and stamped the sentiment under it on a rectangle of white card with the intention of just adding lots of mats and layers behind it. In the stamp set however, there was a bunting stamp which reminded me I had this cute heart string die by Penny Black in my NBUS pile and I could create a background with it. I cut it out of three shades of pink and arranged them on some cream card rather than white, so that the white cake would stand out. I mounted the cream on mats of two shades of the pink (I didn't have enough of the third colour) on a 5x7 card base. I coloured the cake with my zigs and fussy cut it. 
To prevent it floating in the air I put a strip of pink card under it (a bit like a table cloth). I added pearls where they were drawn in on the cake and then added a strip of pearls to integrate them. I stamped the sentiment, masking off the stick at the bottom (it's designed so that it can be an alternative topper on the cake) on white card. I then die cut it and a pink mat using tattered lace decorative labels dies. I added the cake and sentiment to the card using foam tape and popped a little glamour dust on the flowers and bride with a quickie glue pen. Hopefully, you can see the sparkle in the second photo.
I've scheduled this post as for once I'm getting up early on a Saturday as I'm off to Preston for my next round of facet joint injections in my neck. They can sometimes cause a flare up, so my apologies if I'm late visiting you this week x

Thursday, 22 June 2017

You Rock!

Phew! Thank goodness it's cooled down slightly, I was about to spontaneously combust in the heat. It wasn't helped by the fact that our bedroom window no longer opens and so it was 27 degrees in there on Wednesday night. That coupled with the morphine hot sweats meant I was an exhausted puddle until today.
I'm sat watching C&C whilst typing this, blogging is saving me from buying any more Christmas dies, but I do love watching Loen, who is currently dressed as a Christmas pudding!
Right, I shall stop waffling and move on to the fact that I actually made a card today. Albeit, a very simple one. I cut the Sizzix "Card front - Arrows" out of orangey card and glued it on to a 5x7 card blank. I'd previously cut it out of thicker more browny orange card, but I was having issues with it having "hairy bits" even when I scrubbed it with my brush tool thingy. Imanged to de-hair one of the arrows that popped out of it as waste and so I stamped the Paper Smooches sentiment on it and stuck it on the card with foam tape to cover the glue smudge I'd made. All the other elements were from the paper freebie that came with the July edition of Making Cards magazine. I backed them on card before fussy cutting them out and adding them with either glue or foam tape. Simples!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Many Happy Returns

Phew, it's warm! I've spent most of the day melting and the rest of it trying to stop the bunnies melting. Black fur onesies aren't that good in hot weather, poor things.
I had wanted to do some more screen printing today, but I need to iron the things I'm printing onto first and it's way too hot, especially as I have my own medication fuelled microclimate these days.
I did manage to do a tiny bit of heat embossing though as AAA cards want to see a resist technique used.
I started off by marking in pencil where I wanted my strip to go on the kraft card and then stamped my sentiment from a Clearly Besotted set in versamark and heat embossed in white embossing powder. I was tempted just to leave it out in the sun rather than use my heat tool, but sanity prevailed!
I masked off the strip with paper either side and stamped the butterfly from the Uniko set in versafine before heat embossing it in white. I then replaced the masks and blended Distress Oxides in Broken China and Wilted Violet over the butterflies, wiping the ink off the embossing although it stained slightly.
I then mounted my panel on a white card blank and added 3 pearls. I covered up where my masks had moved slightly on the panel by edging it in white pen, obviously I wasn't going for the perfect straight line effect!
The card still needed a little something and so I fussy cut one of the butterflies off my rejected attempt and added it to the card to finish. I hope you're all keeping cool, especially if you're working in this heat x

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Father's Day

Apologies for the wonky photo, I didn't crease the card properly before I took the picture.
I think I've mentioned before that my Dad loves caravaning, and I have many happy memories of trips away with various caravans and motorhomes, so this stamp set by Hunkdory was an obvious purchase.
I stamped the car and caravan on copic friendly card and coloured it in with my favourite copics (the caravan is a bit lighter in real life) before cutting it out. I added some glossy accents to the windows to make them shine.
I decided to use a 6x6 card blank and so using Microsoft Word, I selected one of the wordart options, that gave a outline to the block letters. I sized the word DAD using the rulers on screen and then printed the word on copy paper. I then cut out the inside of the letters and the centre parts using my scissors so I could mask off the card. I scribbled round the edges of the letters and the cut out centre bits with a quickie glue pen and allowed it to dry clear to give me a repositional adhesive to help the masks stay in place. I then used my Elizabeth Crafts Clouds and Grass stencil to add in the sky with versamagic chalk ink and a mini blending tool. I used the edge of my Clarity blending map to create the hills with memento ink.
After I removed the masks I added faux stitching round the letters to define them and also round the edge of the card. I stuck the car and caravan on using foam tape to add some dimension and I added some distress micro glaze over the inked landscape to fix it.
We won't mention how many backgrounds failed to meet my standards. I will tell you that you can reuse your copy paper mask at least 4 times though! A top tip is to make sure that you add enough colour around the edges of your letters so that you can clearly see where the dotted lines need to go, otherwise you end up with duplicate letters that don't match.
Hopefully Dad will like his card, it's always nice to be able to thank him in the card for all he does for me. I hope you all get to spend some time with your Dads' today, but hugs for all of you who aren't able to do so x

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Flower Challenge #9 - Halfway Reminder

It's time for our halfway reminder over at The Flower Challenge and my teamies have come up with some more amazing inspiration for you.
I decided to use up some flowers that I had stamped in black on white paper and fussy cut some time last year and which had been languishing in a pot on the bookcase. I think they are Chloe stamps and the smallest flowers are from a Dreamees set.
I painted the flowers with some diluted starlights paint, so they have a lovely shimmer to them. I also painted the edges of a piece of card with the starlights to give me a coordinating mat on my 8x8 card. I used a piece of white card on top of this which had been embossed with a free emobossing folder that came with my cut n boss machine. I arranged the flowers in a circle on the embossed card, placing large flowers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 if it was a clock face and then filling in the gaps.
I die cut Sue Wilson's faux quilled leaves out of green card and snipped them up and tucked them in being the flowers. I also cut the lawn lawn hugs out of the green and layered it up to add some dimension and added it to the centre of the flowers. I then added some bling from my stash to the centre of each flower and corners of the card. I still wasn't feeling the love for this card, so I added some details to the flowers using a white gel pen. Much happier with that. I hope this second picture shows some of the shimmer, 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


Angela's recent post using the Lauren Burch for Stampendous Cats inspired me to ink up my new Mama Elephant's The Cat's Meow stamp. I wasn't in a colouring mood and so decided to paper piece the cats, using some snippets of patterened paper from the bit box. Once I'd glued them all onto the kraft background, I coloured in their ears, any items then had on or were holding and added a little colour to their cheeks.

I stamped one of the balloons from the stamp set and some more balloons and sentiment  from Mama Elephant's Celebration Balloons and paper pieced these using some scraps of coloured card. I couldn't be bothered to cut out the centres of some of the letters and so coloured these in in a browny colour to try and match the kraft card. I drew in the strings with a black fineliner and added some faux stitching round the edge of the image. To finish, I added glossy accents to the balloons and the cat's noses, before mounting it on green card on a landscape 5x7 card blank.

As I used lots of bits I'm heading over to the Snippet's Playground, to see what mischief Parsnip has been up to!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Screen Sensations Bunnies

Happy Monday! I'm still aching from Friday, but that didn't stop me from having a play with my new bunny screen on Saturday.
I masked off the 3 smaller bunnies on the 12x12 screen and just used the larger rabbit to make some 6x6 cards. I blobbed on blue jeans and ultra violet ink and let them mingle as I carried on printing. 
I had great fun, got slightly messy, but that's the default setting for me! Clean up was easy though as everything just washes off in cold water and is drain safe.
I had a play colouring in one of the bunnies with my polychromos that evening. Happy with how it turned out. Looking forward to playing with it again, but definitely being good and resting up today.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Monochrome

Saturday again! Of course that means that it's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' and this week our theme is Monochrome.
Monochrome can be any colour and white, but I chose the use black as it was the ink pad that was still out on the crafting table of doom! I thought this lovely Magnolia Blooms stamp set from Clearly Besotted would work beautifully with the theme. I used my MISTI to stamp the large bloom and also the leaves twice on white card in versafine, so that I could make sure I got a crisp evenly black image. I then used the matching dies to cut them out.
I had a play on a bit of card to find an arrangement that I liked, and snipped the leaves to fit. This gave me an idea of the size of topper I liked, on which I stamped the sentiment from the set and then trimmed it down. I glued on the leaves and added the bloom with foam tape. I added a black mat behind the topper. I'd chosen the sentiment because of the size and shape I could make with the words, but I felt it looked a little austere for a birthday day. I rummaged in my gem box to find some black pearls to add and came across this blingy strip. Bingo! To make the proportions of the card work, I used a 7x7 card blank, glued on the bling and then added the topper with foam tape either side of the bling.
I hope you're inspired to join us at Sweet Stampin' this week, we love seeing all your amazing makes. Have a great weekend (this post is scheduled, so I may surface before lunch, or maybe not!) x

Friday, 9 June 2017

Crafting Live at Bolton

I went to Crafting Live at the Bolton Arena this morning, the first time it's been run by them, rather than Hunkdory. It was pretty busy and there were a good number of stands. I bumped into a couple of crafting friends there and managed to spend up, even without their encouragement! I'd been after a new guillotine for a while as mine has developed a dodgy cutting bit partway down the blade. Hubby will no doubt fail to understand why I also bought a smaller version - you lovely crafters will know that having a small one that you can keep close to hand is well, handy! They don't show up very well, on the photos, but I also bought two sets of Rare Earth flower stamps and a set of their dusting/blending brushes. Finally, sneaking into the photo are 4 Lil of the Valley stamps.
Of course the spending didn't stop there. They were doing free make and takes throughout the day with various companies, but also Screen Sensations were doing a one hour workshop for just under £40, however this included the screen printing kit, a tub of paint and a 12x12 stencil, worth £115 in total! It was so helpful to have the tuition and guidance, along with top tips, and hands on practicing on paper and a couple of different types of fabrics. Obviously, I spent extra on some more paints and screens (including one with bunnies on), well when they were all on 3 for 2, it would have been rude not too!
I have great plans (when we eventually move house) to screen print the plain curtains and cushions and possibly anything else that is flat and doesn't move! I came home laden with all my goodies, which unfortunately means that my neck and shoulders are suffering now. An early night tonight, methinks!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Oh Pooh!

My niece loves Piglet and her whole family love Disney. I swear you can't move more than 6 inches in their house without spotting something else with Mickey Mouse ears on it. It was my neice's 13th birthday in April and they went to Disneyland Paris for a few days to celebrate. I was behind with my crafting and said that her card and pressie would be waiting for her when they got back from Paris. I didn't say which trip though, as last week they took our parents to Disneyland Paris with them. I managed to get this card posted before they returned! It sounds like they had a fab time. 
I used this cute Winnie and Piglet die that I purchased from Create and Craft and paper pieced the characters. I used a die from a cheap set of four to cut the hills and mounted them on a piece of card to which I'd added clouds with my Elizabeth Crafts stencil and versamagic chalk ink. I'd also bought a Disney alphabet dies and stamp set from Create and Craft and used them to cut out the word belated. The birthday wishes stamp is from a Clearly Besotted message set. I wanted to keep the Disney feel, but not make it too childlike and so kept it very simple.
I have to say that adding the Disney brand to any craft item seems to double the price, but given their love of Disney I think I can get my money's worth out of them. I even used some of the stamps to decorate the envelope (and inside the card, but I forgot to to a photo of that).
Crafting Live comes to Bolton this weekend, it will be interesting to see what it's like this year after they took it over from Hunkdory. I'm hoping to go on Friday, so wave at me if you see me there x

Sunday, 4 June 2017

The Flower Challenge # 9

Well, it's 4th June (where is this year going?) and so it's time for a new challenge at The Flower Challenge, our challenge this month is the fabulous
If you could include our cue card in your entry post, we'd love you even more than we already do. If you're not sure how to do that, them just ask any of the DT and we'll be happy to help.
For my project this week I chose to use a 5x7 canvas board for a change, rather than make a card. I watered down some Starlight Lilac Blue paint to make a wash and painted the canvas board with it. When dry (I used a heat tool because I'm impatient), I then stamped the Woodware Whimsical Flower Sally Anne on the board in black versafine ink and heat set it as again I could wait for it to dry!
I painted in the flower, going over the black lines with Cosmic Shimmer chalk paints. I used mulled wine and heather for the petals, heritage green and ivy for the stem and leaves and first bud and Paperartsy fresco finish chalk acrylic in Guacamole for the centre of the flower. Once again I used my heat tool to dry the paint.  I then stamped the flower again in versafine back over the paint, not worrying if it wasn't perfectly lined up. 
Once dry (yup, heat tool again) I mixed some Imagination Crafts structure paste with a little of the Starlight lilac blue paint to give it a blue tint and applied it using parts of the Imagination Crafts Art Deco Corners stencil around the edge of the canvas board. I actually left it to dry overnight  and the following morning I applied a little Alchemy Wax in Japanese Jade around the edges with my finger. It has a lovely shimmer to the background in real life, which contrasts well with the chalk finish of the flower, hopefully the following picture gives some indication of that.
You've got until 25th June to join in and we'll be back with some more inspiration for you on 15th June.  We can't wait to see your fabulous floral creations x

Thursday, 1 June 2017


Are you sitting comfortably? This is going to be a loooong post. 
I started off with a 12x12 mdf jigsaw that I purchased on an InkBuds weekender last year. I gave the sides of the pieces a coat of white paint to take away the bare mdf look and glued them to two papers from Craft Consortium's 12x12 Tell the Bees paper pad. I made sure I got the text the right way up! I roughly trimmed the edges of the paper and then sanded them to get a good finish. (Apologies for the dodgy photo, the sunlight was too bright!)
I then went round the edge of the pieces with a piece of cut and dry foam with a tiny bit of blueberry crush chalk paint on it.
Yuck. Too much contrast, so I went back over it all with the same technique but with natural stone chalk paint to knock it back.
Much happier with this. To secure the jigsaw and stop it falling apart, at this point I flipped it over and added sticky tape across the joins. I then found some 12x12 paper in my stash that I didn't like and stuck it across the back with cosmic shimmer. I continued until I had 4 layers of paper stuck on, which made it very sturdy.
You can see on the above photo, resting on the back of the jigsaw, the honeycomb die from the A5 X-cut Beekeeping set, that I cut in kraft card and then covered in Pinflair gold buff it before snipping them up ready to go on the jigsaw. I also sponged a bit of Starlights Rich Gold paint on parts of them to add a little more interest.
I die cut the hive from the same X-Cut set 3 times in kraft card and then pressed them into a versamark pad and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I gave them two coats to get a good finish, before adding them to the jigsaw with foam pads to add dimension.
I die cut various flowers from both the Tim Holtz Wildflower sets in kraft card and coloured them with a mixture of blueberry crush chalk paint and distress and distress oxide inks to get the colours I wanted.
I then tucked the flowers around the hives with cosmic shimmer glue, cutting them down where necessary.
I die cut the sentiment using a Sweet Dixie Die and layered it up twice in kraft card to add some dimension and painted it with blueberry crush chalk paint. I also bought some amazing mdf bees from StickerKitten and painted them to highlight the details.
I then arranged the bees, sentiment and honeycomb pieces on the jigsaw and secured them with cosmic shimmer glue, before going around the edges of the jigsaw with my finger dipped in a little Pinflair gold buff it and then with a tiny amount of Starlights in Amethyst to finish the piece.
For some reason, the main picture is registering more blue than purple, so hopefully the following picture is more colour accurate.
Still with me? Go and get yourself a large tipple of something, you deserve it!