Monday 29 May 2017

Birthday Wishes For My Number 1 Man!

Today is the birthday of the number one man in every girls life..... no, I'm not talking about George Clooney.....  it is my Dad.

Here is the card that I made for him....

I started off my stencilling Walnut Stain and Broken China onto a card blank using a Tim Holtz stencil.  I then edges around the card with Walnut Stain ink.

The image was stamped using Coffee Archival ink and then mounted onto another rectangle of card. 

To assemble, I added a strip of card and a tab that I had stamped using a fabulous new Carabelle Studios stamp, and layered co-ordinating washi tape.

To finish I used Tim Holtz letters to spell Dad and a quote.

I'm hoping that Dad likes his card.

Thanks for looking......

Saturday 27 May 2017

Flower Power Challenge at Country View Crafts

It's my turn over at Country View Crafts Challenges.  The theme this month has been Flower Power... who doesn't love flowers, right?

For this challenge I have created a canvas for a very dear friend of mine, Dianne.  This is the finished canvas....

To create this I started by adding scraps of lace and chipboard to a blank canvas board.  I then added micro beads for extra texture.

Once this has dried I painted the whole canvas using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints.

Here is a close up of the texture created by the micro beads.

Next, I added a layer of Deco Art Weathered Wood which I left to dry thoroughly before adding a different colour of Fresco paint (which in this case was Lake Wanaka)  It's at this stage you see the effect of the Weathered Wood.

I never tire of seeing this - it's like magic!! LOL!!

Once this was dry I started to embellish the canvas using photographs, flowers and metal embellishments.

I really enjoyed creating this, and it was more special because it is for a dear friend.

Here are some close ups of the embellishments.  Dianne always likes to look at my work and so I concealed some of the embellishments so that she could 'find' them.

One of the frames was chip board and the other was plastic.  I coated these in gesso and then added Classic Treasure Gold.  I love the vintage effect that this has created.

I also used lots of metal embellishments tucked away here and there.

So, there it is - my canvas for Dianne.  Beautiful photographs surrounded by lots of flowers in Dianne's favourite colours.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today. 

If you haven't done so already there is still time to join in with the current challenge and be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher.

Thanks for looking.....

Wednesday 10 May 2017

More Flower Power

I can't get enough of this month's theme over at Country View Crafts Challenges., Flower Power.

Today I am sharing some note cards that I have created with the challenge in mind.

I started off by embossing a Tim Holtz flower onto some small water colour papers that I bought from a fine art shop in London.  I couldn't resist them because they were so small and cute...LoL!!

I then started to colour them in using Distress Oxides and a water brush.

I never tire of water colouring!  Especially on white embossing because it makes the image 'pop'

For the backgrounds, I blended Vintage Photo and Broken China Distress Oxides.

After blending the inks I splattered some water then added Broken China through a Tim Holtz stencil.

I then layered the panels onto note cards... and voila!

These were great fun to make!

Do pop over and join in with the challenge at Country View Crafts.

Thanks for popping by today.....

Sunday 7 May 2017

Flower Power Challenge

I can't get enough of the current challenge over at Country View Crafts.

Here are 2 more cards that I have created having been inspired by the latest challenge....

I started by covering card blanks with patterned paper.  I drew a scribbly border around this to create a frame.  I cut a rectangle in shimmer card and drew a scribbly border around these.  They were then mounted to the centre of the cards.

The images were stamped and coloured using Prima watercolours.  Once dry they were cut out and attached to the mounted rectangles.

To finish,  I added gems and seam binding ribbon.

I love these JOFY for Paper Artsy flowers - really striking!

If you haven't done so yet, do join in with the Flower Power challenge over at Country View Crafts - don't forget - there is a gift voucher up for grabs for one lucky person!

Thanks for looking.....

Friday 5 May 2017

Framed Memories

Good evening,

This evening I am sharing a project over at the Paper Artsy blog.

The theme for the fortnight is Found Objects and I have created a frame using repurposed train tickets and a painkiller packet.

For my project I have used Ink and Dog stamps from Paper Artsy which are still some of my favourite 'go-to' stamps.

Pop over to the blog to see more details from my project and to see what other wonderful creations have been contributed for this topic.

I hope that I have encouraged you to join in with the challenge.  Don't forget that there is a gift voucher up for grabs over at the Paper Artsy site.

Thanks for looking....


Tuesday 2 May 2017

Catch-Up Blog Post

I haven't been very good at blogging lately and so have a few things to share with you.  Today I am sharing the mother's day cards that I made this year.

I made both cards the same but in different colour ways.

I started by covering card blanks using background papers.

Next I added doilies, pleating the larger back ones. 

The sentiment was stamped and cut around and then layered onto the doilies.

After this the fun began as I started to choose different paper flowers and beads to embellish the cards.

I drew a border using a fine tip pen to create squiggle lines.

So - there you have it..... 2 similar but very different mother's days cards for 2 very special mums.

Monday 1 May 2017

Country View Challenges - Flower Power

May has come around soooo quickly.  The challenge theme for this month is flower power - who doesn't love flowers, right?

Here is the card that I created for the challenge...

The background was created using a stencil and Modelling Paste.  A really important tip here is to make sure you thoroughly clean your stencil after use or at least put it straight into water - that way the modelling paste will not dry onto the stencil. Once the modelling paste had dried I coloured the background using Broken China  and Shabby Shutters distress inks.  I used a few torn strips of music paper to add another layer and texture.

The amazing image from Lin Brown for Paper Artsy was stamped onto Smoothy card stock and coloured using Polychromo pencils.  It was then cut around and mounted onto the card.

I drew a scribbly line around the card.

To finish I coloured Seam Binding  using distress inks.  I crumpled the ribbon while it was still wet.  When dry, I tied the ribbon around the card.

So - there it is! 

Do pop over to the Country View Crafts Challenge blog and see the designs from the other design team members - they are all totally amazing!.... and make sure you join in with the challenge to be in with a chance of winning a voucher to spend at Country View Crafts.

Thanks for looking.