Monday, February 13, 2017

Birthday and a New Art Journal

 First up, today is my beautician's birthday.
Happy Birthday, Hayley, hope it was fabulous.
I selected some soft colours and die cut
Tim Holtz wildflowers.
While they were drying, I used
the negative space as stencils over
the Kaisercraft Stamp.
Colours - Distress Ink;
Spun Sugar/ Milled Lavender/
Dried Marigold & Bundled Sage.
I spirtzed the die cuts with pearlised 
water so they dried shimmery. 

Next is the start of my brand new
Art Journal!
I have a couple of pages left in the last one
to complete. But, i was so
eager to begin.
This format is the same as my last
journal but instead of double page
spreads I have cut them into single pages.

Each page will begin with a dictionary page
and a single word and definition will
be masked off while I create.
The mask will be removed at the end
and the word highlighted.

First page is Courage.

 Stamp - Dina Wakely
Texture paste through home made
stencils using Tim Holtz media dies.
Colours are;
Dylusions paints and LSG sprays
Bo Bunny texture stamps
Heidi Swapp Gold spray splattered
Gold paint.Chit chat stickers.
 The colours are more vivid than they look here.

Second page Valentine
Texture paste through a CW stencil.
Colours; Primary Elements pigments
Chit Chat Stickers.
Heart designed by (I believe) Penny Bearcroft 
for Stamp Bug 
French wording stamp - Lime CitrĂ³n. 

These pages come together quicker than
the double spreads and I have already
got a set more pages to work on.
(Dictionary purchased for 99p 
from The Works just to cut up)

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Two More January Birthdays

 First two images are two
slightly different views of
a shaker card made for Pauline.
A 40th birthday so 40 confetti.
 Basic Grey Paper, Tim Holtz Word die
Jar stamp and die.

This image is of the inside stamping.
I just coloured with a shimmer pen.

This next one is a more
colourful, graphic design for
my friend Rachel.
 Word dies were die cut 
from pink glitter paper to
match the triangles on the
Papermania Neon Geometrics paper.
I also added glitter pink dots 
at the top & tiny triangles
inside the squares.
Words and squares are Papermania
Polaroid die set.
Dream Big is a Papermania stamp.

This image shows the paper added on the inside.

Friday, January 27, 2017

January Birthdays

 First card up is for Caitlin
a work colleague. This one was
made at 7:00am!! Forgot she
was going away.

Next three images are of the front,
inside and reverse of Penny's card.
She is the avid Alice Cooper slave &
I try to come up with
something new every year!
 Have to say I am very pleased with this one.
The colours are vibrant making the 
black stamped images really pop out.
(Stamps Inkadinkadoo)

I like to continue my designs
inside where ever possible.

And, I also like to include
an image on the reverse if I have one
I will be back with some more January birthdays soon.
I've also got an Art Journal page to share & a commissioned card.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New Year!

 First up, I have these 4 New Year cards.
This shows what you can do with a single
sheet of pretty A4 paper.
Paper in question, Prima Marketing Epithany.
Dies Tim Holtz Mixed Media
Distress Inks (colour behind die cut areas)
Glitter paper & number dies.
This next card is a 2nd of January birthday.
This was for craft buddy, Carol Quance.
Tag was a free die from a magazine
Stamp - amazing collage design Carabelle
Florals by Hero Arts.
This just shows the front and the inside detail.
 Love the font of this
free Birthday stamp.

It seems like all I have done is churn out
cards but there is an art journal page
about Christmas, to share soon.
That will be shared along with 
another birthday or two!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

More Cards Still!

First card to share is the one
I made for all of my neighbours.
This street sends a card to each other
so I thought as it was my first
year I must make an impression!
This card was made 16 times.


Next card is a Christmas Day Birthday.
My friend Anne was the recipient.
I made this one based on a Connie Stewart design.
Stamping Up dies & stamps.

The inside was stamped with some free stamps
For the floral image and quote.

This final card for today is a
New Year Day Birthday.
This went out to my Brother-in-law, Martin.
Made completely using free stamps!
 Got to love these magazines,
 giving free cover gifts.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

More Cards

 The top card was created for craft friends. 
It was designed on an idea by Connie Stewart.
Seriously, this flash card system saved
my Christmas. 

Now onto the special ones.
This first card is my Dad's.
Sadly I had no white fun foam and had to use blue.
It does shine through a little but I love it all the same. 
My favourite combination, White, Deer
& trees. What's not to love?

Now for my Sister.
She is a huge fan of clean, simple
uncluttered and uncomplicated. 
I think I achieved this.
I had a go at the inlaid die technique
demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire.
However, as my chosen die cut all the way out, 
I backed it with vellum and added two layers
to make them stand a little proud
of the card front. The snowflake in the centre
is only one layer.
It is a little blurrred and the stamping
doesn't look clear but it is the way the design
was on those white flowers.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Some Christmas Cards

 The top two cards were based on Connie Stewart's
Flash Card technique.
If you have not heard about this, go check out YouTube.
Honestly, they saved my life.

 This one was a masculine card
for my ex train buddy, Martin.

While this one was for
my friend and ex colleague, Kate.

Had issues getting clear shots
of these and getting them posted
in time!
Some people have had to make do
with New Year Cards!

Check out the glitter on the die cut stars.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Altered Tablet Packet

 Here is the front of the altered Panadol packet.
I applied heavy gesso all over to hide
the original design before colouring with Silks.
Then added texture paste.

This is the back.
It shows the texture of the gesso.

The centre shows tissue covering
with photos of Penny and Alice.
 This was how it started.
I made it for Penny to carry with her
during chemo and other hospital sessions.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Catch Up Post

Showing just a few more of the cards
I have been making.
First one was for a birthday
end of June.
Simple multi layer, multi colour stamping
using Altenew Peony.

Next up a blank card selection
commissioned by my sister.
She wanted some water-coloured
images on blanks for grabbing when required.
Various stamps used;
Penny Black/ Tim Holtz/ Papermania

Lastly for now, a commission by
my neighbour, Rose, for her
Great Grand Daughter's 2nd Birthday.
Here I went to town using multiple paper
layers die cut into pretty shapes
to provide some interest for the Gorjuss
Girl Purrfect focal image.
Papers used;
Papermania - Lucy Cromwell.
Images water-coloured with Inktense
I added to the dress & the number
some light pink Prima Art Sugar

More to come soon.
I have an altered tablet packet,
to share using texture & Alice Cooper images
for my crafty friend, Penny.
An Autumn coloured Get Well card
& a few other cards.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Art Journal Spread

This is my first completed Art Journal entry
since November 2015!
I have started 4 others and got nowhere with them,
but today, I wanted to have a little creative 
time just for me after seemingly weeks of
cards etc. made for others.
I made this from scratch and am thrilled with it.

I thought I would enter it for a Facebook
Bingo challenge on the Hey Little Magpie Group.

I ended up using the whole Bingo Board.
When I began the spread the only thing I knew
was i wanted it to be mainly Blue
contain Love and have texture.
I achieved all of this.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wedding Card

This card was made for Hollie.
She is a work colleague/friend and she
recently got married to Paul.
I realised after making this card
that it was going to be a nightmare to
get a decent photograph.
So I took several!

Front - Stampin' Up die
Heat embossed sentiment

First card stock layer. (Vellum covers it)
Sentiment Stampin' Up.

Inside the card.
Words - Stampin' Up
Rings - wedding set I have

In this final shot, 
I tried to capture all the layers together.
They loved it!

Monday, August 08, 2016

Seriously behind with my uploads!

I have cards here made as far back
as May! I know!
I love my new home, it keeps me
busy. I am still organizing my
craft room. It is almost done.
Although, it is only when I get started creating
that I will realize what I reach for most
and get it positioned accordingly.
I do also work full time and that steals most
of my day. Now I have a kitchen
that I love, I spend a lot of time in there, or in my
garden. I went 17 years without a garden!

Anyway enough waffle, to the cards;

This first one was a commissioned piece.
New Baby Easel card made for a work colleague.
All images stamped and water-coloured.

Next card was made for my friend, Donna.
She also has a New Baby card to make & I loaned
her the stamps in the above card.
Naturally, I sent them with a little homemade piece
of art & love.

This next card was made for my sister, Tracy.
It was sent as a encouragement card because
she is going through a pretty difficult time
in her life.

This last card was made as a birthday card
for the office to sign for a colleague.
It was the same colleague,
that I made the New Baby easel card for.

I can not seem to get my art journal going but i did 
make a quick set of blank water-coloured cards
for my sister to send. I also have a wedding card
to share and another commission piece.
I will be back later with those.

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
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
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.