Thursday, 7 December 2017

Twas The Night Before Christmas

Well it's been a while since I blogged but I'm back (hopefully!).....

I have had two family members in hospital and moved one half of my Business into new premises AND it's "that" time of year so getting back into my craft room is a major achievement and one that I intend to make more time for.

Anyway, just a quick post to let you know I haven't gone missing totally 😆

Here is a quick, simple card I made for the MAWTT challenge blog, the theme was an element from the "Twas The Night Before Christmas" poem.  I used part of a baby Groovi plate with red parchment for the main picture, a red bow, foiled sentiment, gold star brads and a deckle edge card.

I really enjoy the Groovi plate system, must make a note to use it with more projects.

Promise not to leave it too long before my next post.

Happy crafting

Thursday, 14 September 2017

MAWTT - Sentiment As The Focal Point - No Images

Wow, where has the last month gone?  I definitely lost that and now have to play catch up with myself!

It's time for the Moving Along With The Times Team A Blog Challenge and the theme set by Christine is "Sentiment as the focal point - no images) so here is my DT entry.

A really quick and simple card with a "non perfect" look that matches the sentiment.  I hope this shows you guys that are beginner card makers / crafters all projects don't have to be perfect or full of embellishments etc - a simple card with slight imperfections will be loved just as much (if not more) by the person receiving it and they will appreciate the time you have taken to make it.  

Don't be too self critical, just enjoy the craft process and a bit of you time making things, at the end of the day crafting should be fun and relaxing.

Well, I have lots of crafty projects to work on today but before I make myself comfortable in my craft room a large cuppa is called for so off to put the kettle on, until next time..............

Happy crafting xx

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Things Beginning With The Letter B.......MAWTT

Cuppa on my craft table ready for getting inky and messy today but before I start picking out ink colours, papers and other goodies this blog post was calling me.

Here is my latest make for the Moving Along With The Times Challenge, it's Diane Louise's turn to choose the theme and she chose "Things Beginning With The Letter B" so I couldn't resist doing one of my favourite candle makes with a "Bouquet" of lavender.

Those of you that know me are aware I adore painting these and have completed so many of them, however,  over the last couple of days it is just what I needed to do, something calming I could lose myself in that wasn't paper crafting or jewellery making so I do hope you don't mind a little bit of self indulgence.

Please pop over to the challenge blog to see all the other DT inspirational makes and while you are there why not enter yourself, go on give it a try.

Well I have finished my cuppa so now its time to play and see what gets created today so until next time...............

Happy crafting x

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Exciting News!

Can you see what is different about my blog today?

Well, I am so excited to share my news................... I am so proud and honoured to say that I have been invited to be part of........

Team Mama

which is the Design Team for Mama Makes and Bakes, a fantastic Company that manufactures polymer stamps. If you click on the badge on the right of my blog it will take you to their shop where you can see all of the stamps that are available.  Here are just a couple of my favourite sets.

You can also follow Mama Makes on Facebook

Really look forward to making samples for Mama Makes future shows on Hochanda and will be posting them on here which I hope will provide inspiration and show the versatility of these stamps.

Off now for a Sunday afternoon walk in the breezy sunshine so until next time..........

Happy crafting xx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Age As A Focal Point MAWTT

Welcome to my latest post for the Moving Along With The Times Design Team Challenge and it is Carole's time to host for Team A, she has chosen "Age as a Focal Point" 

Why not join in the fun, we love seeing your entries into the challenge, just click on the link above to take you over.

Here is my contribution for the DT inspiration but please pop over to see all the other DT members makes. 

The card is an 8" x 8" plain white blank, I have used a backing paper called "Publications" from Daisy D's and edged it with gold gilding wax, the sentiment and the car are from the Remember When collection by Sheena Douglass and have been stamped in sepia on cream card, edged with gold gilding wax then matted onto brown card and stuck on using foam pads.  The wooden numbers have been given a distressed look then mounted using foam pads.

I hope you like it, a quick and simple card for when you are in a hurry (if you forget like me).

Off to have a craft table clear up so until next time...............

Happy crafting xx

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Love Canvas and More

Honestly don't know where the time goes too!

Its been a few weeks since I blogged so thought I better catch up and share a canvas along with a few other cards and projects that I made as a DT Member for Craft Buddy / Dawn Bibby Creations that were made using the Summer Treasures Chest one day special on Hochanda.

I started the this project by masking off an area to one side of the canvas, then used texture paste through a stencil onto that area, down the side of it I stuck a piece of hessian. Once all that was dry I painted the round canvas all over using black gesso along with all the other components apart from the lace heart embellishment.  The following day I dry brushed all the embellishments and raised areas on the canvas with gold metallic paint, arranged them onto the canvas until I was happy then glued them all down.  The lace heart was coloured using a light red alcohol pen then dry brushed with the gold metallic paint and stuck into place.    Really happy with this one, something a bit different, hope you like it too.

The treasure chest was just that, a really gorgeous selection of goodies from lace through to beautiful flowers and everything in between.    

Below are a few of the samples I made for the shows.

A pretty gift bag.

There was the most stunning paper pad included, this page was my favourite and looked great with the copper metallic paint which was used to completely cover the periwinkle flourish diecut. Copper embossing powder was used with the script stamp from the Vintage Dreams stamps set and also on the little wooden butterfly.  An old library card was dragged through the paint to create the broken lines.

Elegant and understated were two of the descriptions I have received for the next canvas and I will take both of those.  Two of the laser cut corners were painted with silver metallic paint and stuck down at alternative corners, then three of the flowers from the kit were strategically placed at different heights and stuck down. A crystal leaf embellishment was then adhered next to each flower.    

A quick and simple but elegant Birthday card.

This card was made using the distress oxide inks and sparkle pens, I won't tell you much more but keep a look out for a video from me on how to achieve this look.

Off to sit in the sun with a well earned cuppa, my sketchbook and pencil so until next time..............

Happy crafting xx