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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Happy Birthday, Tracy

Today is my sister's birthday.
I had planned to upload a photo
of a duvet cover I have which
provided the inspiration for the card.
However, like most things, the cable
for the external drive is hiding from me.
Been moved 6 months now and still 
have to excavate the spare bedroom 
every time I want something!!!


Anyway, the duvet has grey and pink faded roses,
the Eiffel tower and it inspired me.
Stamps - Altenew Painted Flowers
Tim Holtz - French Flight
Elusive Images - Paris wording
Roses coloured using 
Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day

Hello, I am back!
Bet you didn't even miss me.
Here I am with a card for my Dad.
I plan to be back with more stuff soon.


I stamped this gorgeous "brand new" stamp
design from Carabelle Studio - Bird Journal, 
onto water-colour cardstock.
I applied some coarse texture paste
through a CW Harlequin Stencil.
Once dry I sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang;
Clam Bake Beige
Cape Cod Coral
Then I mixed up Magicals, also from Lindy's,
Dark Truffle Brown & Milk Chocolate
into sprays and over sprayed with them.
I also made up some Nutmeg Primary elements
to spray on the texture.
Your'e the Greatest stamp - Papermania.
I love these colours.

So where have you been? I hear you saying.
Well work, obviously most of the time.
But, I am in the process of making my craft area in 
the bungalow more efficient with lots of great storage.
I do plan to actually do some crafting at some point!!
I have made a few cards that need to be uploaded and to
be perfectly honest, I am too lazy to boot up this computer
or at least I was, but it now has a new home in the guest room
which will make life far easier for me.
Got pots of flowers in my garden, hanging baskets on the
corners of the house and a Japanese Maple in the front.
It is beginning to look like someone lives here. 
My Dad cleaned all the fascias (which hadn't been done in 
a VERY long time) and it looks much neater outside.
He also recently painted my gas & electric meter doors
and the house number, so the only thinking
letting the place down is the pipes.
The birds love my feeder and I am content to sit
& watch them for hours.
I will be back soon with more photos
& craft things.

Monday, May 02, 2016

More Cards

First card is one I made for 
my sister. I always give a card at 
Easter but base it on a Spring theme.
Here I show the front and below
is the image of the inside.


The front was stamped using
Tim Holtz Embossing Ink 
and Floral Stamp.
I dusted over with a dusky pink
perfect pearls, then over- stamped with
Tim Holtz Florals and a stamps
from a free set.
On the inside I used Tim Holtz Dotted stamp
and two other free stamps.


Then I sent her this card to thank her
for all the lovely Christmas gifts.
(We did Xmas at Easter)

I die cut a circle of water-colour
paper & then stamped this
free fairy image.
I water-coloured the image using a mixture of
Derwent Water-colour pencils &
Derwent Inktense Pencils.
To complete the card, I die cut
Thanks (Tim Holtz)

That's it for now!
I did make two cards for two
birthdays on 4th May but sent them before
I took photos!!! What can I say, 
I wanted them gone, so busy at 
work and when I'm home I
just love to potter around 
cleaning and making my new
home lovely.

Next time I will share a few commissioned pieces.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Three Styles of Card

My first card is a mixed media piece
commissioned by one of my new
neighbour's, for her grandson.
I based this on a design by Louise Crosbie
aka. ZuZu in DoCrafts magazine.
Heavy Gesso
Patterned Tissue
Jute 
Vintage Photo Distress ink
Tim Holtz die


The second one was made for
a colleague, Caitlin, who was poorly
and ended up spending a night in hospital.
I thought she needed cheering up.
Paper - Lucy Cromwell
Vellum
Stamp: Free Cover Set


This last one is a Decoupage Easter card
I made for my Dad.
I loved the image and the paper.
The chicken wire is a Tim Holtz die.
Papermania Decoupage Kit

I can not believe that in one week's time,
I will have lived in my new home, 3 months!!!
Where has time gone! 
The spare room is still full, mainly crap I might add!
The bungalow is so easy to keep clean and I now have
my cat to share the space with.
Kia is a real darling, so clean and almost
invisible. I swore after Thomas, my old cat passed 
away, that I would never have another.
But, I adopted Kia from my sister & she
is a joy. I love to come home to her.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dad!

This is the card I created for
my dad's birthday, which is today.

Stamps: Carabelle Studio - Bird Collage
Hero Arts - Branches
Die cut tiny birds - Memory box
Brusho in Sandstone
Perfect Pearls in Gold Brown (dusted on branches)
The light was appalling this morning,
we had torrential rain most of the day.
So the photo does not quite show the gold shimmer to the
branches.
The photo I took of the card stood didn't come out
clear either. It was a blurry mess!!

Dad loves the birds but I doubt many paid him a visit today for his
birthday. I wasn't too happy going out to work in it!

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Mother's Day

On 29th January, my colleague, Hollie,
gave birth her gorgeous little boy, Theo.
He came two months early, but he was
really determined to join us.
After a long month in hospital,
he was allowed home on 1st March.


He is a mini image of his mummy.


How perfect for her to have him home
for her very first Mother's Day.
I made her this quick cute card
to mark the special occasion.

I used Papermania honeycomb stamp
with embossing ink & dusted with
yellow/gold perfect pearls.
Image, free CS cover stamp.
I had intended to share wedding invitations,
but they will keep for another day!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Home Improvements & Some Cards

Well, they say an Englishman's home is his castle.
I have found mine.
However, not everyone shares the same taste and
work was needed before I moved in!!
Here are a couple of before & after pictures.
First up is my craft room.
This was originally bedroom 3 but
previous owners saw fit to knock it 
through to the already large living room.
This makes it open plan 
one side of the bungalow.


This little beauty (bucket, throwing up here)
adorned the living room wall!


This is a picture of both areas
taken after my Dad kindly dealt with
the beast on the wall

This is pretty much how we look now
A decent photo of the new fireplace wall
will follow.
Heart was a moving in gift from
one of my train buddies, Joanne.


This is the very first craft make
of 2016!!
Colleague, Hollie, gave birth
to her gorgeous baby, Theo, 
8 1/2 weeks early he decided to arrive.
Both are doing very well.
He is breastfeeding and just being
kept in an incubator until he fattens
up a little. Hopefully he comes home
on his original due date of 31/03/2016.


Finally, handmade this as today
is my beautician, Hayley's birthday.

 This close up gives you
a better idea of the shimmer.

Background is stamped in watermark ink
perfect pearls are brushed over to
reveal the image.
French book text is used for
Alice Palace Rabbits
(I love these)
Stamping done in Hero Arts Shadow Ink
Soft Sand for border design.
Well that's all for now, I seriously need
to unpack more boxes. Been here almost a month.
Need to get the craft room up & running.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Birthday Card

Crikey, its a long time since I last posted!
But, to be fair to me, I have a very good reason.
I have just moved home!
Not up the street, or round the corner, but to a 
new county, my home Town.
I actually moved last week and have just got on 
the internet via wireless adapter.

So, here is my brother in law's birthday card,
for New Years Day and we were meant to be going 
up to stay, for his birthday. Sadly my aunt passed away
just before Christmas, totally unexpected
and we had the funeral on 30th December.


The card is made using one of Martins own photos of him
on his trail bike. He is a huge fan of Valentino Rossi so
I added a logo for him as well.

Back to the move, I now have a dedicated craft area
with far better light and excellent storage so i will
be able to create and take photographs better.
So, no more excuses for letting the blog slide.
Except, it's back to work tomorrow and I think
I have three months unpacking to do!
I do know where some of my craft materials are
& I plan to complete my 
Christmas Art Journal page first!!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Special Cards & Xmas Day Birthday

Today I share my Family Cards.
This first one is a Brusho background.


This second is also Brusho and
is the design that inspired a
simpler version for craft friends.


I actually made 4 of these, two in red.
Sadly time for photos ran out.

This card shown, is actually made for
someone who is sadly no longer with us.


This card below, is for my friend, Anne
who has her birthday on Christmas Day.
Had to take this to work to get a
decent photograph!


I loved this so much,
I didn't want to part with it unless I could get 
a good picture!
Background made using cut panels
of water-colour paper and 
Brusho in Rose Red & Lime Green
I mopped up the excess using the die cut
before die cutting the Wild Blooms (Memory Box)


I embossed all the panels using my
favourite folder, Secret Garden
and I added interest with a few die cut swirls.
I loved the folds of this design.
It was simple to create and one I
think I will use again.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Cards for Friends

Here are a selection of the cards,
that I made this year.
I didn't have an awful lot of time and I
will tell you the reason why in the New Year!
I needed quick, simple designs and as
always, fit the design to the recipient.

I got some excellent "free" stamps with a few
craft magazines and they proved a God send!



Some incorporate Tim Holtz dies
(above & below)



This one above, I made specifically for all the girls
at Queen Bee beauticians because it was an
idea I got from their Christmas window display

and the one below, I mass produced for
all my craft friends.
It is not as simple as it looks.
The background is Brusho with
Heavy Gesso through a Lace Stencil (TCW)
Then snowflakes with light modelling paste
through another stencil
painted with pearl paint

The Kraft card itself, was painted with pearl paint
and so was the die cut word snowflake.

I will share some more later & one of them (for my sister)
gave me the idea for this simple snowflake one.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Two Birthdays

I had two birthdays with a couple of days
of each other & a new background idea,
that I really wanted to try.
Result, two cards but different colours & images.
Both cards feature an image personal to the recipient.
 
First up, my card for Karin, featuring
one of her gorgeous photos from Iceland.
The colours on the card were selected to match
the blue in the photo.
 

Next up, my friend (& old work buddy) Kate.
With this one, I went with pink to match her
Labrador's tongue.
I always think of two things when I look at this photo.
First it reminds me of the test screen on television
of years gone by & second I wonder if Skye is in
fact blowing bubbles with some gum!!
 

 
Both card began the same, 2 squares of 140lb
watercolour paper and gesso added randomly.
Book text paper from a purpose bought cheap dictionary
added & then one card spritzed with Blue Magicals;
TiffanyLou's Blue
& the other Pink Magicals:
Cotton Candy Pink.
(Both from  LSG Sweet Treats set)
While the Magicals were still wet, I added Brusho,
Ost Blue to the Blue card & Rose Brusho on the pink one.
Both were well dried and then Golden Light Molding Paste
was put through a Tim Holtz Stencil, Blossom.
I love how the paste draws up some of the colour in random places.
I dragged Gold Drawing Ink over some sections.
Brusho & Drawing Ink both by Colourcraft Ltd.
Photos were die cut using the Maggie Holmes Polaroid die.
Birthday - Tim Holtz Thinlits Script.
 
Sadly the photograph does not show the glimmer
made by the magical sprays.
 


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Latest Art Journal Spread - Craft Life

When I began creating this page, it was using
a colour scheme I had used for something else.
I had used 140lb watercolour paper to blot off
excess colour.
The only idea I had for the page was shimmer.
Lots of glorious pearlescent shimmer...
I totally love the gold/pink combination and
I used this as my starting point.
Sadly, as we all know, cameras do not pick
up shimmer very well. So I included two close up
shots because the gold on the velum heart shows quite well.
 
 
 I also wanted a close up of this gorgeous
digital bird I purchased.


Now a photograph of the complete double page spread.

 
The base of this began life as Dylusions sprays.
First I spritzed with White Linen and then added Lemon Zest
Tangerine dream and Cherry Pie.
Spritzing them this way turned them pastel
(an idea I gleaned from Joggles)
I then used water & more white linen to
do the ghost technique using the Rosetta
& Love Post Stencils by C/Workshop.
Once dry I spritzed with Heidi Swapp Colorshine
GOLD! Yummy!
I added light molding paste through the Love
Post stencil. I also drew them hearts lightly on velum and cut out.
I added the Winged Heart TH die & the bird.
The paste soaked up colour from underneath.
I coloured the back of the velum hearts with Gelato
Champagne Gold and once on the page
spritzed with Gold.
Other products used;
Silk Acrylic Glazes.
Donna Downey stamp
Lime Citron Stamp - Amour
Love stamp - Hero arts
Crafty Secrets Bird Notes stamps
Galaxy Gold ink
LSG Magicals Cotton Candy Pink
Primary elements Rose Gold
Words are all "found Poetry"
from a purpose bought dictionary.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

It's All About Weddings!

I really have neglected my poor little blog.
To be honest, I have been so very busy making
wedding invitations for my friends, Claire & Craig.
Once they were done, I needed a total break from
crafting!!!
Anyway, I am back today to share
this card made for my sister & hubby.
Yesterday was their Wedding Anniversary.
 
I am really into Gold/Pink combinations right
now & so this card was born.
 
 
Today, my colleague, Andy married his lovely
girlfriend, Rachel. So, I made
then this card, using the same palette.
 
Materials list;
140lb watercolour paper
Lindys Starburst Sprays;
Heidi Swapp Colour Shine - Gold
design by Rebekah Meir
Tim Holtz - Mini Hearts
Love - Maggie Holmes - Open Book
Gold Stickers - Jen Hadfield Home Made
Stamps;
Love Defined - Tim Holtz
Paper Strip - Prima
Velum pieces - Papermania
Sequins - from my stash
Deeper pink on heart - Cherry Pie Dylusions
 
links to products where possible.
Thank you for dropping by.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Handmade Book

Warning - Photo heavy!
 
I handmade a small notebook for my sister.
Its purpose, so she could note what we did on holiday.
I made the pages using shaving foam & distress reinkers.
I did one side Milled Lavender,
let it dry well & then turned over
& repeated with Victorian Velvet.
I used PaperArtsy Stamps,
Finnabair stamps,
Donna Downey empowered word stamps,
Baroque Swirl stamp is by Inkylicious
I then stitched the book together using dental floss.
Here is the finished piece.
 
Front Cover
Lower portion coloured with Silks

Inside front cover

some of the decorated pages

inside back cover

Back cover
 
I tried to keep the book simple so that my sister had room to write.
She said the shaving foam made the paper lovely & silky, smooth to write on.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Card Share

I made this card to give my sister, Tracy. I saved her birthday money until I went up on holiday.
She saved mine for when I got there and we went out for some retail therapy.
 
I also made her a hand stitched minibook to jot down things about
our week, however having just upgraded to Windows 10, I have not yet got the
pictures back on my computer. (I sensibly moved everything to my portable hard drive) 
 
For the card I used Tim Holtz tissue, Luminarte Silks, Texture Paste,
Tim Holtz Stamps & stencils. Artful Mosaic- original by Michelle Ward,
Finnabair Butterflies.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Two Art Journal Pages

I wanted to create a page in my journal
made up of recycled materials.
Here is a photo of a few of those items.
Tea bag paper, fruit tea from inside
100% Kraft napkin & balsa wood.
 
 
Here's what I came up with.
I used even more recycled bits such as;
eggshells, labels, cut off pieces of hessian
and grass heads from outdoors.

 
The eggshells were adhered on top of
the tea bag papers and then while the gel medium was
still wet, I added the dried fruit tea from inside the bags.
The hessian was offcuts from some Wedding Invitations
I adhered them to make a square to place my grasses.
The whole page was coloured with LSG Starbursts;
Cape Cod Coral/ Clam Bake Beige
Gelatos; Cinnamon / Ice Chai & Coffee
The Moth images were stamped onto the Kraft napkin
I used Paper Artsy word stamps
The tag was from a set of recycled bags.
Title was die cut with Memory Box Urban alpha
cut from the balsa wood.
I was inspired to use eggshells by
French Mixed Media Artist;

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For my next page I wanted to
incorporate lots of layers.
I also wanted to use image transfer.
My transfer was made from this photo
I took in Feb 2008 at Howden Minster.
I changed it to B&W.
However, the transfer came out blue
& I was thrilled because it matched
my chosen background colours!
 

 
Here is what I created.
My layers consist of Masking Tape,
Washi Tape,
Gel Medium resist with stencil
Dried Flowers
Die Cuts; Tim Holtz / Memory Box
Stamping - Nathalie Kalbach
Coloured using LSG Starbursts;
Whale Watch Blue / Sea Grass Green
Silks & Primary Elements
My focal Image of the Howden Angel
Crafty Individuals Butterfly Girl
Stamped on tissue & adhered to page.
My wording at top Indigoblu
Angel Definition at bottom.