Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Happy Birthday

I'm back again with another card for Father-in-law's 90th Birthday. This time with a card that I made for my son to give to him. He grew up in the countryside of Cornwall, so I thought this card might bring back memories of his youth. I used Creative Crafting World's CD - Pollyanna Pickering's Sketchbook Collection - Chapter 5. I also used an 8x8 craft card as my base.

I'm going to enter this card into the current challenge over on the Allsorts Challenge blog which this week is Happy Birthday.

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Monday, 21 May 2018

Allsorts Challenge 9th Birthday

This week sees the Allsorts Challenge blog's 9th Birthday, so their challenge is Birthday Cards. Now this card has a 9 in it but not on it's own, however I'm sure that it will be perfect for the challenge. This has been made for my Father-in-laws birthday in a few days time, over the last year or so he has become more unable to get around under his own steam. When out he uses a wheelchair but around the home uses a walker. So when I saw this image I knew that this was what I would use to make his card. I'm glad to say he has a great sense of humour. The image comes from a La Pashe CD that has images from the former website Just Inklined.

Happy Birthday Allsorts and may you have many more.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Weekend Playtime

Last weekend saw Hubby loading the car and going off for a golfing weekend with his pals. So with this in mind I had a friend around and we had a crafty play. We had both wanted to try Acrylic Pouring and some time ago bought kits from Indigo Blu to try. We had also been watching You Tube video's and found lots of different ways of doing the Acrylic Pouring. So with lots of ideas running through our heads we retired to my Craft Shed (for all things messy) and had a play. By late afternoon and trying the technique we had seen at Ally Pally by B J Crafty we were sat watching paint dry, at that point it was pouring with rain outside and we had run out of room inside. We left the canvases to dry over night and started again on the Sunday this time trying the technique by Indigo Blu and also one we had found on You Tube. Below are some of the many canvases that I did using all of these techniques, they all dried slightly different but I love the results. Drying on Sunday was far easier too as it was sunny outside so we just covered the patio table with the canvases.

Some of my canvases were quite pale in colour and as soon as I saw them dry I thought of adding fairy scenes to them. This one below I made using the stamps only, the trouble with this was that it was a little patchy in the middle and I had to go over with a black marker. I also added some stickles.

 This bottom canvas was made using stamps around the outside and using a stencil in the middle and Archival ink. I added clear sparkle pen to the wings and some stickles around the fairy. Now all I need to do is find something to seal the canvases with.

We had a wonderful time and the only problem we found was the space to leave the canvases to dry while searching for the next thing to pour onto. If you are thinking of trying this please bear that in mind because it is addictive.

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Monday, 14 May 2018

In The Pink

Well I've managed to get back in less that a week this time. My card today is for my Grandson's God Mother, who loves fairy's. What a good excuse for me to make this card using one of the cutting files from Lavinia. I blended distress ink onto the card base in the centre using a mask and then adding some foliage using the stamps. Next I popped the cut out over the inked area and flooded the wings with glue and added some glitter.

I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Allsorts .. In The Pink
A Bit More Time To Craft .. Anything Goes

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

AWOL again

I don't know what's wrong with me at the moment, I just can't seem to get my act into gear. I've gone another week without posting anything on here, so today I'm going to post two cards. The first is for the Stamping Sensations challenge this month which is Close To Nature. This was a perfect excuse for me to get the Stampscape stamps out and inked up. Below is the result, I coloured the scene with pencils and added a little clear sparkle over the water (it doesn't show in the photo I'm afraid). I've not added a sentiment yet as I'm not sure who is going to receive it.

Next up is my card for the Allsorts challenge which is Fancy Folds this week. It's not a very fancy fold as I just folded back the front of the card. I had a lot of off cuts left over from a Graphic 45 project I made earlier this year which were calling out to be used. So after rummaging through the off cuts this is what I came up with. As it was using off cuts it also qualifies for Pixies Snippets Playground challenge, which is to use snippets/off cuts somewhere on your card. I added some clear sparkle pen to the fairy wings, a little glitter on the borders and a few gems on the front as well.

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I promise to try harder and blog more often too.


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Where Did That Week Go

I can't believe that a week has passed since I last posted on here. I've no excuse this time either. I did have a busy weekend starting on Friday evening where I attended a Powertex workshop at the local Hobbycraft store, where I made the canvas below. This was my first play with Powertex and it will make a great addition to my Mixed Media stash.

 Then on Saturday myself and 2 other friends headed up the M3 to Feltham and spent the day crafting with Powertex at another friends house. This is where I covered the Hobbycraft Scrapbook, I really enjoyed making the canvas and decorating the front of the Album, now all I need to do is buy some Powertex of my own.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Allsorts Challenge - Use Pearls

I'm showing off now and back with my second post today. This card is for the Allsorts Challenge which is to use Pearls. This is a card made for my Sister-in-law for her Birthday. I've used Heartfelt Creations and the Petunia Collection. I've used one of the backing papers with one of the toppers and some of the beautiful Petunia flowers and dies. I coloured the flowers and leaves using a blending tool and distress inks and then added Pearls to the centres.

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Rudolph Days

Two days on the trot, anyone would think I'm trying to make up for being absent for so long. My card today has been made for the Rudolph Days Challenge. Last week while feeling sorry for myself I saw this CD shown on Hochanda. It's by the talented Sarah Hallam (Peerless Designs) and called Purely Pencil, it's full of beautiful drawings of wildlife from around the world. As soon as I spotted this gorgeous stag on the disc I knew that I had to make some Christmas cards with it. I printed off 4 toppers and 4 backing papers and now have 4 cards to add to my small collection for this year.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Graphic 45 Retreat

Firstly please let me say sorry for being away for so long, I wish I could say I had a nice holiday but I've been unwell and finally it took a course of Antibiotics to get well again. Last Thursday, at long last I felt like myself. I was so glad as I thought I was going to have to cancel my weekend away at Clare Charvil's (My Creative Spirit) Retreat in Kenilworth. The doors opened on Friday evening at 6.00 p.m and most of the retreater's were there ready to start on their chosen projects. There was a small amount of people who joined us on Saturday morning. Below is my finished project using the wonderful new papers Sun Kissed from Graphic 45, when I say finished I still need to go through and add glossy accents in some places. This I can do here at home where there is plenty of time and space to let it dry. I plan on giving this to my Daughter for her Birthday in October and putting photos of her as a child, when she spent so many Summer (and Winter) holidays with my In-Laws who lived in Cornwall, playing on the beach. Anyway enough rambling from me, hope you enjoy my photos.

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Black and White

Just a quick post from me today. Last week I made this card for the Allsorts challenge. I had finished it on Wednesday in the morning and before I had a chance to post it on here and enter it into the challenge, I went down with the dreaded lurgy. Over a week on and I am just beginning to feel a bit better. The stamp I used was from Inkylicious with the sentiment from Chocolate Baroque. Needless to say the challenge has been and gone and it was never entered, it does make a nice addition to my ready cards though.

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