Monday 30 March 2020

Time For Tea

I'm back today with a card that I've made for my Sister-in-laws Birthday next week. There is a standing joke in the family where we call her Tea Pot Lil, as she is never normally far from a tea pot and constantly has a cup of it in her hand. At the moment due to Chemo therepy she is under lock down so we are hoping that this will cheer her up on her Birthday. I've used the Heartfelt Creations Tea Time Collection for this card. I stamped the tea pot, cups and tea sack and coloured them in and then picked some papers from the 12x12 pad that matched. I stamped Happy Birthday on the front of the Tea Pot and also added a sentiment from the pad that says You're Tea-riffic.

Thank for taking the time to look and your kind commetns which are always appreciated.

Take care and keep safe.

Sunday 29 March 2020

Motor Biking

This card has been made at the request of a friend who needed a card for a friend who is turning 60 in the next week or so. Having made it I'm wondering how it is going to be collected now. The stamp is from Pink Ink and called Mel's Angel. I stamped it out using Crafters Companion Finesse Black which is great if you are going to colour using Alcohol Pens. I then used a mixtue of pro markers and metalic markers to colour the image. I finished off by inking around the image using Distress Inks and then adding 60 Today die cut using Rob Addams dies.

Thank you for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.
Hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.


Thursday 26 March 2020

A Workshop Make

At the beginning of the Month I showed you a canvas that I had made with leftover papers from a workshop I attended at the end of January. The workshop was in Warwickshire and held by Clare Charvill of My Creative Spirit. Clare gave us all a choice of 12x12 Stamperia Papers to complete our Albums (this album is called Picture Perfect), I chose the New Sea World papers. They had a great steampunk feel to them and I enjoyed picking what papers to use where. All through the day I kept moving two sheets to one side as they had a large feature design on them and it would have been a shame to cut into them and loose the effect. These were the two sheets that I used for the canvas which can be found here. Do pop over to Clare's website and take a look around she has some great projects, tutorials and of course papers from serveral suppliers too, she also has a 20% off offer at the moment too.


Album Front

With the top and bottom flaps open

Close up of the lefthand flap with photo frame

With lefthand and righthand flaps open showing photo frames and middle section

Middle section open left and right showing pockets at the edges

Close up of the middle section with three photo flaps top and bottom

I've not put any photos in just yet, but think I will use photos of my son. He liked nothing more that getting dirty and taking things apart and putting them back together again when he was a child. He's in his thirties now and not much better as he's a mechanic.

Thank you for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.


Wednesday 25 March 2020

March Rudolph Days And Pixies Snippets Playground

While clearing up after my play yesterday I was trying to think what to make for the Rudolph Days challenge this month when I found some play pieces that I had made some time ago. They were sitting on the worktop forgotton along with the die cuts of the two Merry Christmas's. They not only solved what I was going to do for the Rudolph Days Challenge but also allow me to playalong with the Pixies Snippets Playground Challenge too, as they were made using scraps.

My first card was made using the debossed side of an embossing folder and then using Cosmic Shimmer Opel polish in Blue and Silver across the top. I mounted it onto an A5 card base and added the Merry Christmas die cut.

My second card was made using a piece of left over acetate packaging which I added some green  Alcohol ink to the reverse side and then some glitter. I then stuck some crumpled up tissue paper to the reverse. I was never happy with the finished result and didn't use it. Some time later I looked at it again and added some green paint to the back  and got something that I was happier with. I'm quite please with the result that I've managed to get with this card. Again I added to an A5 card base with some mirri card and finaly the die cut Merry Christmas.

I'm sure that many of you have extra time on you hands with self isolation at the moment, make a Christmas card and come and join the fun at the Rudolph Days Challenge. Maureen has got a great prize for the winner who is picked at random. If not a Christmas card then rummage around your scraps and make a card, you can than join in the fun over at Pixies Snippets Playground Di always has a great prize for whoever is picked at random. You'll find the rebels behind the bike shed.

Thanks you for taking the time to visit and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Keep safe and well

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Anything From The Animal Kingdom

I should really have posted before now, but with the way things are in the UK at present it seemed to throw me for a bit. In my last post I told you I was off for a Crafty Retreat with some of the members of the group I belong to. We were at Kenilworth for the weekend the 14th and 15th March, I'm so glad that we went ahead with it as everything has been cancelled now. We had a great time although one member could not make it as her husband became unwell on the Friday evening and over night, she stayed away just in case. On the Sunday evening my close crafting buddy and I along with hubby's (we live very near to each other) went up the the Yorkshire Dales until the last Friday. We had a great week, the weather was kind to us. My friends husband is a keen cyclist and got out and about everyday riding some very hign hills, while my hubby took us out and about around the Dales. Coming home along the M1 we could not believe how quiet it was for what is normally an extreamly busy road. Since coming back it has taken me a few days to get my head around not going out and not mixing with other people. But today I seem to have woken up with a well what the hell attitude and decided to get some of my unused stash out and take it for a whirl.

First up is this card made with some dies and paper pad that I bought last year from Create and Craft called Paper and Wood. They came in sets of 4 and I have 2 sets and I also bought the other month, from the same artist, a different set only this is on a USB to use with the Scan n Cut. There are several layers to each bird and a background to pop them onto. I'm taking my bird over to the Allsorts Blog this week as they are asking for Anything From The Animal Kindom.

As we are all confined to home at the moment I have no excuses for not posting on the blog more often.

Take care everyone and thank you for visiting and your comments which are always appreciated.


Thursday 12 March 2020

Butterfly Challenge And Pixies Snippets Playground

Wow this month is rushing past and I've been so busy the last week or so. It's time for the UK Stampers Network annual craft retreat and I've been busy getting stuff ready for this. This year were off to the Holiday Inn at Kenilworth 13th-15th March. We always have a great time too. However back to my card for today. I made it at the end of last week and have only just got around to taking it off of my camera. The Butterfly challenge this time is U and Mrs A wants to see cards using:- card in the colours Umber, Ultra Pink and Unbleached Silk, use dies, use patterend paper and make a U fold card and of course it must have a butterfly. Well I managed the Umber card and the Ultra Pink card along with the dies (flowers and Thank You) and the patterned paper also 2 butterfly buttons. The coloured card and patterned paper came out of the scrap box and the flowers were left over from a previous project so this means that it qualifies for Pixies Snippets Playground too so I'm off to see who's behind the bike shed this week.

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Monday 2 March 2020

Left Overs From A Workshop

I recently had a wonderful day out at a Clare Charvill (My Creative Spirit) workshop, where I made an Album (will show you this at a later date). When I had finished the Album I had two gorgeous 12x12 pages left from the collection that I used. The collection was a new one from Stamperia called Sea World, the papers are fabulous especially if you like steampunk and industrial themes.  As soon as I saw the pages that I had left I knew that I wanted to make a canvas with them and could almost picture it in my mind before I started cutting into the papers.

First I fussy cut around the lady and the coral that she has in her hair then I cut around the Jellyfish and finally a collection of cogs and gears that was on one of the sheets. I also found that there was the word Industrial which I cut out and added to some black card.  I then played about with how I wanted my A3 canvas to look by moving the pieces about until I was happy with it.  I then got my paints out and picked some colours that were similar and reminded me of the sea and blended them across all of the canvas. Once dry I painted a rust technique around the corners and edges trying to make it look as though the rust was seeping into the sea. I achived this by first painting in black then a dark brown mixed with a little sharp sand, then with a mixture of copper and turquiose and a little gold colour, very carefully dry brushed over the black and brown. I then found a stencil which was a maidenhair fern, but reminded me of seaweed, so with some sparkle medium that I had on my shelf I stenciled through at the bottom of the canvas. Only when everything was dry did I go back a stick the pieces that I had cut out into place.

I love how the canvas turned out and after sticking the INDUSTRIAL word down I went over the letters with glossy accents.

If anyone is thinking that they would like to make one of these with the same papers that I have used. Be aware that there are two sizes to this paper collection. I used the 12x12size and I think that the 8x8 size would be too small for this project.

If you've stuck with this until the end, thank you for visiting and your kind comments which are always appreciated.