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





Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Steampunk Lady

Just spotted this little lady on the shelf ready to be put on a canvas, poor thing I had forgotten to blog about her tut tut.

The quote is so me!!  


The background was done with muted distress oxide inks,the stamp is from Indigoblu and the embossing folder run through using co-ordination cardstock and the cogs are from Crafter's Companion.  

I will get round to framing her one day but for now, she is back in her spot on the shelf.

Off for a nice cold drink so until next time.................

Happy crafting x

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Playing With Distress Oxide Ink Pads


Gorgeous sunshine outside but I needed to tidy up my craft room, no idea how it gets in such a mess all the time, it's not me surely 😉✂

Anyway, you know how it is, you start to put things away and inks and stamps on the table keep catching your eye.............   the next thing you know you have picked up a few tags, a kitchen roll, the water spray and a few more bits, instead of tidying you are crafting!

These two tags are the result.


I started by blending some of the Distress Oxide inks together on the tags, spritzed them with water, waited a few seconds and then rolled the kitchen towel over the top. The process was repeated until I was happy with the backgrounds.

Next I used Dawn Bibby Creations stamps with a black archival ink pad. The first tag is using a stamp from the Exotic Flourish Stamp Set and the second tag uses ones from the Floral Messages set.  After heat setting the ink a water brush was used along with a piece of kitchen paper to blot the colour away removing the distress oxide ink from within the flowers.  

Finally, some ink was scribbled onto a craft mat, picked up with the water brush and painted back into the flowers and also for the word Love on the first tag.

Quite happy with the results, these will be used on a couple of presents I need to give over the next week or so.

Craft room still needs a tidy but making things are so much more fun!

Until next time........
Happy crafting xx


Monday, 29 May 2017

Midnight Owls Crystal Art Canvas Kit


Its not very often I am totally absorbed by one large project but I have to say my family have had a lovely quiet week as my spare time has been taken up working as a member of the Craft Buddy Design Team on this gorgeous Crystal Art Canvas Kit called "Midnight Owls" in readiness for the Craft Buddy Weekend Special on Hochanda Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June.

All the Crystal Art Canvas Kits are pre mounted onto a wooden frame,  a faux frame is part of the canvas so it can be hung on the wall as soon as it is finished. This picture measures approximately 50cm x 40cm.

This complete craft set includes:
  • 1 x crystal art template
  • 1 x magic pencil
  • 1 x tray
  • Bags of resin gems

The picture below shows just one of the owls in the picture.  As you can see the picture is made up of squares which each have a letter or symbol on, these correspond to a specific colour of crystal very similar to painting by numbers.  The crystals are individually bagged in separate colours making it really easy to get started.



The next picture shows the first six crystals in place.  I find it easier to transfer each colour of crystals into a grip seal bag or jar which is then marked with the relevant letter or symbol.  Use the magic pencil to lift up the coloured resin gems and place them on the corresponding dots. 



This picture is of the finished project which is absolutely stunning and definitely has the WOW factor as it sparkles in the sunshine (I need to brush up on my photography skills as the camera didn't pick this up so really doesn't do it justice). 


Being totally honest, this technique is a relaxing and therapeutic craft activity, suitable for aduls and children (ages 6+) alike.  The result is a stunning piece of rhinestone art, which you can mount on your wall, or give to a loved one.

I am totally in love with this particular craft so will be watching the shows to order one for myself and yes, probably a couple of others to take away on holiday with me as its so portable and doesn't take up much space, unlike the many other crafts that I love doing. 

Its got to be tea time now, kettle is going on so until next time................

Happy crafting xx

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Latest Journal Page

Nothing better than a cuppa in the craft room!

A wonderful afternoon was had making this journal page using cheery colours on a very dull, rainy day with a nice big cup of tea (no cake though as I'm "trying" to be good).

Out on the table were Dylusion inks, paints and journal along with floral stamps and sentiments from Dawn Bibby Creations and a Lisa Horton (Creative Expressions) doodled borders stamp set,  bit of a strange mix maybe but I was confident it would all work together.

Hope you like it, I'm pleased with how it turned out and best of all it was a relaxing afternoon crafting.


Wonder what will be on the craft table next time I do some art journaling?

Until next time........

Happy crafting xx