Friday, 13 July 2018

Summer fun at St Joe's


So once I week I volunteer at our local hospice (St Joseph's) as part of the Arts Programme there. I work with patients in the Day Hospice and for the past few weeks we have been busy making things for the big summer FUNd raiser... which is tomorrow.

So we made some giant flowers ...over a foot wide and very bright and colourful


Over thirty layered paper flowers of assorted sizes


We also made  a whole swarm of butterflies; over one hundred hand decorated beauties  ranging in size from 6 inches to one inch. 


These are going on the wall to show the way out to the garden. It should be beautiful.

 Tuesday and Wednesday Art Groups  at the Day Hospice  also made banners and giant fruit decorations. It should be an amazing  summery display and the FUNdraising team are busy putting everything out today. 

The patients and other volunteers had great fun undertaking these projects over the past few weeks. We have a recycled mosaic project coming up ion the near future...so watch this space 😉

Until next time
Cxx




Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Happy Birthday ... a blast from the past



This pretty simple card was made using elements from a card making kit I bought when I first starting making cards...many years ago. I stumbled across it when I was looking for something else and decided it really was about time to put it to good use.  

I teamed it with some patterned paper I have in my stacks and added ink edging and a coordinating sentiment panel to pull it all together and complete the very simple design.

This is part of my use it or... policy and I intend to be brutal  as part of my clear up/clear out craftroom project.

Until next time
Cxx

Monday, 25 June 2018

Be Amazed... a tag



Decided to try something different ( for me) and made this very simple tag using modelling paste through a stencil  and then added acrylic paint and spritzed it to allow the colours to run where they will. Once dry I added wink of Stella to the flower petals and some grey splatters. It's no masterpiece, but I was quite pleased with how it came out.
Until next time
Cxx

Friday, 22 June 2018

Go Wild....


Made this birthday card for my nature loving brother in law using stamps that came "free" with a magazine (inflated mag price to cover the stamps of course so not really free but I love these stamps and so it was worth it.)
The giraffe was stamped onto white textured paper and coloured with promarkers before being adhered to the card front. The silhouette and sentiments were stamped using archival black ink.
I am happy with how this came out and I am pretty sure he is going to love it. Happy Birthday Charlie!
Until next time
Cxx

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Painted Silence


This was the card I sent to my regular card swap buddy this month. I used a brick embossing folder for the base and a Gothic arch template for the feature panel. I covered the arch in gesso and then added layers of paint in shades of yellow and lime. This was topped with random script stamping and I aged the edges of the arch before adding the butterfly and sentiment. 

I really like the peacefulness of this one and hope Suzanne will like it too. It is on its way to her as I type and she is sure to let me know once it arrives.
Until next time
Cxx

Friday, 8 June 2018

MoM mask on a stick



Can't believe it is a whole week since I arrived in Coventry for the MoM weekender... 

At each MoM event there is a fun theme for the  Friday night meet & greet.  and this time it was decorated masks. 
As someone who wears glasses, and knowing how hot it can be in the hotel bar, this was my make. I  know this style of mask probably has  a fancy name but it escapes me for now, so I decided to go with mask on a stick 😁. 
I had great fun cutting and shaping the mask, layering up the components as I went... and not bothering to leave eye holes was not a problem at all with the stick. I  was so glad I opted for this style and I ended up using the mask as a fan as the room heated up beyond my personal endurance. Double-duty mask on a stick...not bad eh?

Until next time
Cxx

Thursday, 7 June 2018

A little summer Mixology


I just spent the most amazing weekend in Coventry at the Ministry of Mixology June 2018 event. The last session ended at 4.15pm on Sunday and its now Thursday  and I am still picking paint from my nails 😊

This pic is my take on the lovely  Hannah Oxberry's mini-book evening M&T workshop.  It was the late session on Saturday night and I didn't want to rush it so I brought it home to add the final bits and bobs. Too often I have brought stuff home intending to finish it only to leave it languishing for ages... but last night I spotted this and I got her done!  I love it!

Still buzzing from MoM and will share more soon but for now its bye from me ... until next time
Cxx

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

A little bit punny....Artist Trading Coins


Having a little more fun with the Artist Trading Coins - this time using a set that came free with a magazine recently.

I wasn't going to buy it initially, but then started to see some fabulous makes using it so made a quick dash to the local supermarket...and I'm glad I did.
These two ATC were made using two of the images and coordinating sentiments.... they never fail to make me smile.

I used double layers of Kraft card for the bases, some coloured background paper with a little light dotty stamping (which does not show up well on these pics for some reason???)  and some ink edging before adding the punny stuff.

I was happy with how they turned out. I haven't swapped any of these new style ATC as yet. I know there are some swaps coming up soon, but I thought I may also abandon a few (as part of the Art Abandonment movement) and hopefully share a smile in doing that.

Until next time
C xx

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Brick arch


 Another Gothic Arch project...Lots of texture on this one using a Viva stone paste through a brick stencil and adding the clean up paste randomly across the arch before using inks and sprays. As with the first one,  I added a second detail layer at the top of the arch and used Tim Holtz paper dolls  to finish it off.  Its very simple but I really like this one.

Until next time,
Cxx






Saturday, 19 May 2018

"Toxic - its all perspective" (a tag)


Another tag this time. This was a ready made tag base which I covered with gesso and then added stamps and sprays (on both sides.)

For the front I used a selection of stamps from VLVS and  for the reverse I used  a  stamp from the FRAGILE set by Visible Image and a Tim Holtz words sticker to finish it off.

This tag went to Germany as part of an International swap.

Until next time
Cxx


Friday, 11 May 2018

Artist Trading Coins


Perusing t'interweb tonight I stumbled across "Artist Trading Coins" - a new one on me. Apparently it is a type of ATC but coin shaped, sturdy and two and half inches in diameter. 

I just had to try for myself and I think I have a new addiction 😍 





I had such fun making these and I am pretty sure I will make loads more in the coming weeks. I was so keen to share them I didn't even bother to take them to my photo station...I just snapped them right there on my messy desk.

Until next time
Cxx

Monday, 7 May 2018

Mark Maker - a Tag


This is a tag made for a regular swap on UK Stampers. I used a gelli print base and added a variety of stamps from VLVS...including the "ratman" who was stamped on white linen card, coloured, fussy cut and adhered to the tag with gel medium.

I had no idea what I was going to make when I started out but I am very pleased how this one evolved and I am happy with the end result...Now I need to punch a hole and add some twine and its good to go.

Until next time
Cxx

Friday, 4 May 2018

"Time" - A Gothic Arch


I take part in a number of swaps and random challenges across web based groups and this was made for a Time themed Gothic Arch challenge. A downloadable template was provided for the basic arch shape and that was what I used to base my project on. I have since found several other downloadable Gothic Arch templates of varying designs. I decided it made sense to prep a few of these at the same time so it is highly likely I will be sharing more of these in future.

For this particular project I used a mix of three shades of blue acrylic paints, an assortment of stamps and archival ink. The boy sitting on the clock hand (katzelkraft stamp)  is from a Tim Holtz paper dolls pack.

I added an extra piece which I cut from scraps using the template as a guide. This was my first every try at something like this and it was fun.

Until next time
Cxx

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Happy Birthday


I have two brothers...with birthdays just two days apart and so I made this card, using a selection of Tim Holtz stamps and distress inks, for the brother who lives in New Zealand and I am hoping the Brit theme will raise a smile. Due to unreliable international postage times I always have to make his card in early April, to be sure of getting it there in time, but I was quite pleased how this came out.

My other brother lives 40 miles away and his card is still in progress, but at least I can post that off a couple of days before his birthday.

Until next time
Cxx

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
Cxx

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
Cxx

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,
Cxx

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
Cxx

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
Cxx

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
Cxx

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 wrapper...so 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
Cxx

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
Cxx

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
Cxx

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
Cxx

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
Cxx

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
Cxx

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
Cxx

Summer fun at St Joe's

So once I week I volunteer at our local hospice (St Joseph's) as part of the Arts Programme there. I work with patients in the Day Ho...