Monday, 20 January 2020

New Craft Brand Launch

Good morning all,

Today we see the launch of a brand new Brand to the crafty world, though through an artist we love.

Today, Lisa Horton launches her new brand, Lisa Horton Crafts.  You can see Lisa on Create and Craft at 1pm and 6pm.  What a very exciting day it is.

As a member of Lisa's design team I have been very privileged to see Lisa's new products - and everyone is in for a treat.

Here are some of the projects that I have created for the launch.


This card was created using Lisa's fabulous In The Loop Stamps and Co-ordinating Edge Cutz dies.

The papers are from Lisa's Capri collection.  These are based on Lisa's own background art.

This is another simple design using the same die and papers, this time teamed with an embossed sentiment.

Here, I have used the butterfly flourish edge cuts die and layered it over a stencil design that has been embossed using texture paste.

I have to say, I am a little bit in love with this simple background!

So there we are.  Three of the makes that I created for the launch.

I have more to show over the next couple of days.

Thanks for joining me today.

Do pop over to the Crafting With Lisa Horton Facebook group and see the wonderful projects over there.  And lastly, wishing Lisa every success in her launch today.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Country View Crafts Challenges - Love

Today  I am sharing my second project of the month for the wonderful Love challenge.

It has been a fabulous start to the year and I love seeing all of your projects.  What better way to get out of the spell of Christmas crafting than by thinking about love!

Here is my project

I started off my covering a card blank using panels from the Stamperia 'Mechanical Fantasy' paper pad.  These papers are absolutely gorgeous, and the new Mechanical Sea papers are just as gorgeous - and have been ordered!

The heart was stamped twice, and the first coloured using grey colours of Polychromo pencils.

The second heart was coloured using red shades of Polychromos.

I love this heart - I love the steampunk feel to it.

My colouring is never perfect, but I don't mind that.

The quote was stamped onto a panel of the grey heart and cut out.  This was then mounted onto the heart which was mounted onto the card panels.

I was really happy with this card.  It was a fairly simple make but the quality and distress on the papers make it look far more complex.

Thanks for joining me today.  Don't forget to pop over to the Challenge blog to look at the inspiration by the fellow DT members.  And while you're there, I hope you are inspired to join in with the challenge - you never know, you might be the lucky winner of the gift voucher to spend in the online shop.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, 12 January 2020

A Loving Heart

Evening all.  This evening I have a project over on the PaperArtsy blog.  The theme for the fortnight is 'Love is in the Air'.

For my project I have done a spin on the traditional colour theme associated with 'love'.

I started by painting a 6x6 inch grey board panel with Heavy Cream Fresco acrylic paint.

I then brayed Niagra Falls Fresco acrylic paint over the panel, ensuring that you could still see plenty of the Heavy Cream.

I used a new PaperArtsy Sara Naumann stencil randomly using Gold Rush Fresco acrylic paint.  I love these colours together.

I created a pool of colour using Midnight Fresco acrylic paint.  Once this was dry (which was very quick) I stamped the two hearts from PaperArtsy Sara Naumann ESN11.

This was then cut out.

The hearts are a new release from Lisa Horton Crafts.  But shhhhh they are not released for another week!

The hearts were painted using Niagra Falls Fresco acrylic paint and then stamped using Gold Rush, using new PaperArtsy Sara Nauman stamps.

These were attached to the grey board panel.

To finish, I stamped a sentiment from PaperArtsy Sara Nauman ESN11 and inked around the edges.

I really enjoyed making this panel and more so because I used colours that I love!

Thank you for joining me this evening.  

Make sure you pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see inspiration from the other bloggers.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Country View Crafts Challenges - Love

Happy New Year to you all.  I hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year?  I would love to hear what crafty treats Santa brought you.

The first challenge of the year is 'Love'.... what a wonderful way to start the year.

Here is my first project of the month

I decided to create an ATC.

I started by brayering a very simple background using PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic paints.  The pic actually looks darker than it was.

This was then cut into a panel along with a back panel.

I used my Tim Holtz stamp platform to stamp the main image in case I didn't get a clear image first time (but I did).

I love this image.  It is from an Aall and Create set designed by Tracy Evans.

The image was coloured using pencils.

I finished by drawing a border.

So, there you go - first Challenge project of the new decade!

Pop over to the Challenge blog to look at the inspiration from the other team members.

Thanks for joining me today.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

This evening I have another project over on the PaperArtsy blog.  The theme for this fortnight is A Bit of Sparkle.  And to me, nothing shouts sparkle more than PaperArtsy Kay Carley stamps.

Here is my finished project

I decided to use alcohol inks onto glossy card as a base for this project.

I used Aqua and Cloudy Blue inks all over the card.  I love the effect of Alcohol inks and they are so simple to use.

My next step was to sponge Versamark ink through Stencil PS118.  I then covered the snowflakes in Wow embossing powder and heated them until the embossing powder melted.

I dragged the Versamark pad over the bottom of the panel and covered this in Wow powder to created snow filled hills.  I was actually really happy with this - it turned out better than I expected.

Once this cooled, I sponged Versamark through the word 'Snow' on the same stencil.  This time I used a glittered Wow powder.  I'm not normally a glittery person, but I loved this!

I stamped the snowman from PaperArtsy Kay Carley EKC31 and co-ordinating stencil PS161.

This is such a fun set to use.  Once the paints were dry I added a touch of clear glitter to add a bit more sparkle.

I was so happy with how this card turned out.

Do pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the other inspiration for this topic.

Thanks for joining me this evening.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

More Christmas Makes

I've been busy using up those mass produced master boards that I created.

These are the original master boards.  I used PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic paints to create these.

I embossed snowflakes on the background using silver embossing powder.

Onto the main image panel I stamped and embossed an image from the PaperArtsy Sara Naumann stamps.

I put the cards together, using panels of black card to add contrast.  To finish, I added twine and a metal snowflake.

Thanks for joining me today.  I hope that you are well on your way or even finished with your Christmas crafting,


Saturday, 7 December 2019

Partridge in a Pear Tree

This evening I have a project over on the PaperArtsy blog.

The theme this fortnight is Cute Critters.  I chose to use the Squiggly Ink Egg and Nog collection - I love these stamps.

Here is my finished project

I started off by brayering Sage, Koala and Blood Orange Fresco Acrylic paint onto a sheet of card.

I then randomly stamped the poinsettia stamp from Squiggly Ink Egg and Nog 2.

I painted the poinsettias using the Blood Orange paint.  Because this is translucent I thought it left a lovely contrast on the brayered background.  This was mounted onto black and a co-ordinating panel of mahogany card.

My cute critter is this partridge.  I stamped this onto a Koala painted sheet of card.  The partridge is from Squiggly Ink Egg and Nog 5.    I added a touch of Blood Orange to brighten the partridge up.

I also stamped the pears and coloured them in Sage and Blood Orange.

I stamped the poinsettia twice and shaped it before adding it to my card to finish.

I had forgotten how much I loved using these stamps.  It goes to show that they never age.

Thanks for joining me this evening.  Don't forget to pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the other cute critters being created for this theme.

Happy Crafting!