Sunday 30 December 2018

PaperArtsy Sneak Peek

Hi all,

I hope that you have had a great Christmas and are gearing for the New Year.

Tonight I am over at the PaperArtsy blog with a sneak of things to come!

Pop over to the blog to have a look at more detail.  

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday 26 December 2018

PaperArtsy - A Year In Review

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas.

Tonight I am over on the PaperArtsy blog sharing some of my favourite projects from Topics 13-16.

This is an example from Alison Hall, showing her amazing Artist Trading coins.

Make sure you pop over to the blog to see what other projects I've reviewed.

Thanks for joining me.

Sunday 23 December 2018

PaperArtsy Year In Review

Tonight I am over at the PaperArtsy blog sharing a review of the first 4 topics of the year.

As Christmas is only a couple of days away, make yourself a cuppa and hide away and have some time to yourselves.

Pop on over to see my top picks of the topics and to remind yourselves of the amazing inspiration brought to you by the Bloggers.

Thanks for joining me this evening and I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas.

Saturday 15 December 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Christmas

Hello again.

Today I am sharing with you my next project for the Country View Crafts Challenge.

I have loved seeing all of your projects so far so hope that you continue to join in.  And if you haven't yet, there is still plenty of time.

Here is my second project for the challenge

I have, again, used that amazing Kay Carley poinsettia as my main image.  This was stamped onto white card and then coloured using Polychromo pencils, cut out and shaped using an embossing ball tool.

My background was kept fairly simple.  I layered Tim Holtz Christmas papers along with the Tim Holtz Wallpaper.

A stitched circle was die cut onto Kraft card and then inked around the edge using Walnut stain distress ink.

I created a cluster of flowers in the bottom right of the circle.

The bow was seam binding that I dyed using distress ink and crumpled.

To finish my card, I used Tim Holtz Clippings stickers which I inked around the edge.  I also added some red Rhinestones.

Let me know what you think of my card.

Don't forget to pop over to the Challenge blog where you can see the inspiration from the rest of the design team.  There is also still plenty of time to join in with the challenge and show us your creations.  I love seeing how we have inspired you.

Thanks for joining me today. 

Friday 14 December 2018

Clean & Simple Christmas - All A Bit Sparkly!

Evening all,

Yes, I have used the 'sparkle' word - not one I use very often!

Tonight I have a 'sparkly' project over at the PaperArtsy blog.

Pop over to the blog to see the full reveal of this project and how I created it.

Thanks for joining me.

Saturday 8 December 2018

It's Beginning To Look Alot Like Christmas

Hello again.  Today I am sharing one of the cards that I have designed for Christmas.

Shhhh…….   This one is for Dan.  He should have this by now... but just in case!

The main image is PaperArtsy Zinski ZA33.   This was stamped and coloured using Polychromo pencils.  Once I cut the image out I added Glossy Accents to the eyes and chunky glitter to the bottom of the coat.

Next, I layered Tim Holtz papers which I distressed and then inked using walnut stain distress.

My next step was to start embellishing my card.

I used Tim Holtz tokens and mini lights.

Stars were added for finishing touches.

I really loved how the modern images created by Elena Zinski worked with the more vintage feel of the Tim Holtz papers.

Thank you for joining me today.  I hope you like my card.

Happy crafting,

Saturday 1 December 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Christmas

Today is the launch of the final Country View Crafts Challenge for 2018.  Unsurprisingly, the theme is Christmas.

Here is my first project to show you this month.

I wanted to keep my card fairly simple but soft and elegant and so decided to use vellum as a base.

I started by stamping the gorgeous poinsettias from PaperArtsy Kay Carley EKC21 using Versamark ink and then covered with silver embossing powder and heat set the powder using my heat gun.

I then used a Versamark pen to draw a line around the edges which I then sprinkled with powder and heat set to create the border.  This was then set aside.

Next, I stamped the poinsettias onto white card, coloured them using Polychromo pencils and cut them out.

To give my flowers shape, I used an embossing ball tool and rubbed over the front and back until I was happy.  These were then layered together and stamens added to the middle.  The poinsettias were added to the bottom corner of my card.

To finish, I added a Tim Holtz ideology Word Band which formed the sentiment on my card.

Thank you for joining me today.  Don't forget to pop over to the Country View Crafts Challenge blog where you can see all of the amazing inspiration from the design team.  There is still time to create Christmas cards and so I hope that you join in and show us your Christmas designs.

See you in a couple of weeks when I show you my second project for the Challenge.

Happy Crafting!

Monday 26 November 2018

Matchbox Art


Tonight I am over on the PaperArtsy blog sharing my project for the current challenge, Matchbox Art.

Here is my finished project

Again, I thought I would take the opportunity to get ahead with my Christmas crafting and have created a matchbox with an intention to use it as a gift box for a piece of jewellery.

I started by creating my background using Mulled Wine, Koala and Blah Mange PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints and added a touch of gold.

I used the new Sara Naumann stamps ESN29, ESN32 and stencils PS113 and PS114.

Once I was happy with my background I die cut the matchbox.

Before assembling, I edged all of the box using Mulled Wine.

I then stamped and cut out some of the pine leaves, postage mark and greeting which I then added to the top of the box.

I was really happy with how my matchbox turned out.  They are so easy to decorate and there are so many possibilities.

Make sure you pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the inspiration throughout the fortnight.  And I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge and show your own matchbox art.

Thanks for joining me this evening.

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Artist Trading Coins

Hello again,

Here is my second project for this challenge

The background for this coin was part of the previous background in the first project.

This time I used a vintage Santa stamp which I coloured using a water brush and Distress Ink.

I loved making these Artist Trading Coins and can see them being addictive.  Even better, if you don't want to use them to swap they can be easily mounted onto a card.  Though I have to admit I am not giving this one away as I love it!!

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the Country View Crafts challenge this month.  Don't forget, by joining in and linking your project on the CVC blog site you may be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher.

Thanks for joining me.

Thursday 1 November 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Artist Trading Coins

October came and went in a flash!  November sees the next Country View Crafts challenge which has been set by Deborah Wainwright.  Debs has chosen the theme of Artist Trading Coins.

A few months ago Danny at That Craft Place introduced me to these little beauties as he cuts and sells MDF versions.  In the beginning I didn't quite 'get' them.  But now, I am HOOKED!

Here is my first project

My project started with me creating a larger background.


I created a wrinkle free distress background using Distress Oxides.

Next I used Distress Micro Glaze through the Festive stencil.

I love the effect of this.  After each stencilling I used another distress oxide colour then dried them again.

Next, I used Distress Ink through the Starry stencil.

Once everything had dried I cut my Artist Trading Coin to size and added stamped wording around the edge using Archival Ink.

The poinsettia and bow were die cut and then edged using walnut stain distress ink.

To finish I edged my coin using black acrylic paint.

I had great fun creating this project.  These coins are addictive!

Do pop over to the blog and look at the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the design team.

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with this month's challenge.  There is a gift voucher up for grabs for one lucky person if you join in with the CVC blog challenge.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Christmas Gifting

Yes, I've said the 'C' word.

Tonight I am over at the PaperArtsy blog showing you a gift box that I have altered as a Christmas gift.  The theme for this fortnight is 'Tissue Paper'.

My project centred around an ATC storage box from That Craft Place.  I started by painting it using Fresco Finish paints.  For the tissue paper technique I stamped using Archival ink and then adhered this to the box.

To go with my gift box I altered one of the ATCs that come with the box.  I also created a gift bag using Tissue Wrap and decorated this in the same way before filling it with sweets.

Pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see more information about how I created this project.  Thanks for joining me this evening.

Happy crafting!

Thursday 25 October 2018

Christmas Crafting With Creative Expressions

Today I am sharing more projects that I made for the Creative Expression shows with Lisa Horton on Hochanda.  Grab a cuppa and have a browse - this is a very photo heavy post.

I had great fun using the grey board baubles and the Christmas mini stencils.

I think that the blues were my favourite.

I then created some cards and backgrounds.

Finally, I made an advent book, using two of the baubles as the covers

So, there you have it.... lots of Christmas crafting going on using only paints, stencils and mdf.  

Thanks for bearing with me with all of the photos.

Have a great day!