Thursday, 26 April 2018

We are fearless....

This was my April  card for my regular swap buddy Suzanne. I used a gelli plate print for the background and added stamped and  coloured quirky birds and a sentiment to complete this cheery little card...which  I know Suzanne loved because she sent me a really lovely message. It is so nice to get positive feedback on something "made with love."

Until next time

Monday, 23 April 2018

The wonderful world of MoM

I recently spent a fabulous weekend away at the April Ministry of Mixology event in Coventry... Hours and hours of fun and creativity with two full day and one mini workshop, resulting in three completed projects...

This project was from the mini workshop  on the Saturday night with the lovely Brenda Brown. It was a ton of messy fun making this and Brenda was amazing.

Not 100% sure how I am going to display this as yet but I love it

Until next time

Monday, 9 April 2018

Be sure to wear flowers in your hair...

After a break from crafting while we celebrated my husband's milestone birthday in Las Vegas, I was eager to get back in to the craft room and start "making stuff again"....and this was made for an art swap, where  we could make anything at all with the loose theme of "floral". 

Aside from the flowers, which were stamped onto a distress oxides background and punched before being "dressed" with gel pen, perfect pearls and a wink of Stella, the rest was done with pens, using light but deliberate (unblended)strokes.

The finished page was mounted on a coordinating blue card base and sent off to my swap partner.

I  had no idea what I was going to do when I sat facing the blank page, but was quite pleased with how this came out in the end.

Until next time,

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Officially Old

This is one a set of cards I made for my husband's recent milestone birthday and as he is now officially old , I  made this funny card using distress oxides for the background (two shades for the sky and four shades for the earth)  I die cut some prehistoric creatures in black and added the sentiments in black also.

He has a great sense of humour and loves funny cards so this made him smile

Until next time

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Recycled Heart

This was a fun project I made for an art group swap. The theme was Hearts and the only stipulation was that it had to be made using recycled materials... which makes my inner pack rat sing (and my husband sigh with relief that some of the "junk" I refuse to throw out was actually getting used 😁)

I started with a squished lid from a box some A4 paper and card came in and from this I drew and cut out some hearts (I used the others in other projects, it seemed to make sense to deal with that lid and get rid of the waste in one go).  They were gessoed and painted both sides (it helps with base rigidity, prevents curling and  of course looks better if the back of the project can be seen) and then stamped with a crackle stamp (Andy Skinner Toxic set), inked and finished with  white gold Alchemy wax.

For the base I used one of the flaps from a heavy duty box adhesive supplies had been delivered in and I distressed the cardboard. The box was way stronger than I expected and this was hard work and messy... but so worth it. Once it was done to my satisfaction I  added a layer of gesso and allowed to dry. Next I added some texture paste using two different script stencils. Once that was dry I used a paper artsy mini script stamp and randomly stamped the base. Then I used the white gold Alchemy wax again around the edges and  to add some highlights.

I stamped the FRAGILE wording (also from Toxic set) and printed the quote wording and ink edged them both before adhering them to the project. I wrapped some metallic thread around the heart and then used heavy body gel to adhere the heart to the back panel.

A couple of holes punched with the cropodile and threaded with some left over twine ribbon finished the piece and it was sent off to my swap partner.

I had such fun with this and it was good to see how something that was due to go in the recycle bin could be transformed with a little time and some painty stuff.

Until next time

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Courage is...

This card I made for my regular swap buddy Suzanne. I used a selection of distress oxides for the blended background which I then lightly spritzed with water.  I used a selection of Tim Holtz stamps (that I uncovered - new in their packets - during the big tidy which began in December and is still ongoing as it proved to me a much bigger job than anticipated) to build up the design and I am really happy with the way it turned out. I hope Suzanne will love it too.

Until next time

Friday, 2 March 2018

Happy Birthday Sister

 I bought a magazine in the supermarket a few weeks ago and the "free gift" was an embossing folder, stamps and dies. I have been known to buy these and set the freebie aside only to discover it years later, still in its this time I decided I would try it out straight away.

I really like the embossed image, which I lightly dusted with ink. I  die cut the flower and the butterfly in two shades of pink and matched one shade to the mat for my card base panel. I didn't use the stamps that came in the freebie on this card for my sister in law's birthday , but I will absolutely use them on other cards. I used some perfect pearl accents to complete this card which the birthday girl loved.

Until next time

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

One of a kind Love

This was an ATC I made for a swap on the Mixed Up Mag Mixer group where the February theme was of course Love ...there's just no getting away from it at this time of year eh?  😍

I used an MDF blank base to which I applied black acrylic paint, added weathered wood and when that was dry, topped with a dark red acrylic. I love weathered wood more than plain crackle because it allows you to use two shades and have one show through the other when the cracks appear.

For the heart (again MDF) I added red acrylic paint and then stamped with black archival. I ink edged all the way around and then added a little metallic wax to finish it off.

The wings were stamped and heat embossed onto a speciality paper and then cut by hand and adhered behind the heart. The one of a kind  wording was stamped, cut and adhered top centre and the word love  at the bottom was a chipboard piece which I dipped into versamark and covered with metallic embossing powder and heated.

When all was dry and stuck down firmly, I added a little metallic wax around the edges and called it done. I quite liked the end result and hope that by swap partner will too.

Until next time

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Love is in the air

I am taking part in a year long swap with UK Stampers. Each month we make a  square relating to the month in question... and this is February. Pretty sure the word February in the top corner gave it away 😉
I didn't want to make a square inspired by the cold and grey climate, bare trees, rain etc and I wasn't in the mood for pancakes... but Love has been everywhere this week. 

For this one I used my new favourite distress oxide ink for the background. The heart focal point is MDF which I painted with decoart acrylic and then stamped a patterned heart design with versamark and added platinum embossing powder. I used Payne's grey acrylic around the edges. The wings were stamped and embossed onto speciality paper and then fussy cut. I used heavy body gel to adhere the finished heart to the card square. I used an assortment of stamps for the words and hearts.

I was quite happy with the end result and its winging its way to the recipient as I type.
Until next time

Friday, 9 February 2018

Choose your own Adventure

This was the tag I made for the regular monthly tag swap over at UK Stampers and I am grateful to my swap partner Michelle for the photo.

This one was made using a die cut tag base to which I adhered some map paper as my starter layer. Distress paints were added, then  some texture paste through a stencil. The character bird and the wording were stamped and the image coloured before being adhered to the tag using matt gel medium. I used a charcoal pencil and blending stump and a white gel pen to add the finishing touches. Some soft fibres were added to finish it all.

I was quite happy with the end result and Michelle says she loves it, so all is good. This week I hope/plan to start on the tag for February.

Until next time
C xx

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Sweet Sixteen

This was a card I made recently for sixteenth birthday. I deliberately kept it simple and although its not clear in the photo, there is a hint of sparkle  on both the word Sweet and the numbers  (courtesy of "A Wink of Stella" )

Sometimes it is good to go back to clean and simple basics.

Until next time

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Friendship card

Once a month I take part in a buddy swap and this was the card I sent to my swap buddy Suzanne for the January swap.

I thought we could all use something pretty to counteract the January blahs and so shades of pink with a teeny pop of yellow was the way to go.

A mix of embossing, stamping and die cutting resulted in this card. I was quite happy with how it turned out and Suzanne says she loves it, so all is well

Until next time

Friday, 26 January 2018

Everyone loves a Thingummybob

The BIG tidy continues...although not at the same rate as when we started. Tonight while sorting I came across some Chocolate Baroque stamps that had never seen ink (actually - shame on me -  they were still on the plate and hadn't even been cut)...and so with a few minutes to spare I decided to have a quick play around with them.

To save time, I  grabbed an ATC blank (from my desk) that I had already added distress oxides to, and I used a stencil and a baby wipe to wipe back some of the ink. Then I stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner and the image above and slightly off centre and carefully added colour to the image with  gold and silver gel pens and a poppy red promarker. A couple of marks and some distress soot around the edges later and I was done.

I love the saying and the image and was quite pleased with how this turned out for such a quick project.
Until next time

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Be Strong and lift others

The sorting of the room of doom  remains underway and in progress but I just could not hold out another day...I had to create something...

I am signed up for a few swaps each month and so thought I could at least spend an evening making my swap items....and what fun I have had tonight!

This particular piece will be on its way to Canada shortly and there are tags, postcards and greetings cards going off in all directions around the globe this month... but for now the other projects are in various stages and are drying on my worktable as I type.

This is an MDF substrate and I used some very fine parchment paper printed with maps as my base, Decoart media line acrylic paint, Tim Holtz paper dolls, sticker by Marta  Lapkowska (of Maremismallart) and charcoal pencil. I was quite pleased with how it all came out and hope my swap partner will like it when it lands on her doormat.

Until next time

We are fearless....

This was my April  card for my regular swap buddy Suzanne. I used a gelli plate print for the background and added stamped and  coloured ...