Friday, 12 June 2015

Wedding Lay out.....

Morning fellow crafty bloggers, hope you are enjoying these sunny days, had a lovely afternoon sat in the garden watching Zachary play yesterday, hadn't got the energy to join in with him as I have come down with a stinker of a chest cold......I'm going for a record for how many bugs I can catch in a year, I seem to have a week off before the next one appears, guess my immune system is running on over load.
I have had a play with all the new Crafty Individual stamps and paper pad that has just come out, the stamps are great for backgrounds, really nice and large...... check them out here. I wanted to do another wedding Lay out especially as it's my daughters and son in laws anniversary this Sunday.......guess whose got the kids !

I used a Tim Holtz stencil and Gesso for the main raised part of the background, the down size of that was it took an age to dry as it remained soft if I used a heat gun, afterwards I used purples and blues in glimmer mist drying in between each spritz.
I then used the backround stamps in archival hydrangea for the main areas and added some stamping in with Melon to add a smidge more yellow that are in the torn pieces from the new Seville background book from CI.

The butterflies are stamped on a page of the Seville book and then 
I added glimmer and gemstones for bling.

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Have a great weekend
hugs n smiles

that's Crafty.....all that glitters
Creative Fingers.....anything goes
Alphabet Challenge.....I for Indigo and cream
Craft Your Passion....anything goes

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Messy Day......

Had a lovely day yesterday at Daisy's Jewels Crafts, I went to a class to make this quirky panel using stencils and stamps from Lin Brown, it's ages since I did a class with her and her style has changed so much from the first classes I did at LB Crafts, I must say that this is so not me, I don't do bright colours but it was fun experimenting with them. We started off making a background using stamps and stencils, I got carried away as usual not knowing when to stop, so I ended up with an owl that looks like he is in a snow storm. I couldn't get the colour right of the background panel so I ended up re painting it again this morning, finally happy with the colour now.

Have a fun filled day
hugs n smiles

Addicted to stamps.....summer colours
Dream Valley......anything goes
Artistic Stamper.....summer is on its way
Corrosive challenge....pile it on

Kraftyhands......One for the Dads

Morning fellow crafty bloggers, what a lovely sunny start to the day, especially after the start to to flaming June we had, lets hope Summer has finally arrived. Just a quick post from me today to tell you about the new challenge starting this month at Kraftyhands, the theme is One For The Dads, so with Fathers day just two weeks away it's a perfect time to make a Fathers Day card or Birthday card. I have used the  Motor Mania cd to create this card.Lots of detailed layers which really make the image pop.

Thanks for taking a peek
hugs n smiles

613 Avenue cards......anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity.....Birthday
Scribble and scrap.......anything goes
Crafts Galore......anything goes

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Multi media scrap canvas.......

Morning fellow crafty bloggers, I had a day off yesterday and went to a class at Pink Tulip Creations to create this canvas, the tutor was Fran Westmoreland who is on the Prima design team, we had a fun day spraying, slodging, painting and sticking lots of layers using various Prima products, various gels, paste, gesso, paints, mica powders and sprays........a lovely messy day.

Have a fun filled day
hugs n smiles

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Riding High........

Evening fellow crafty bloggers, hope you are all having a lovely start to the Bank holiday weekend, I spent today at a crop, doing a lovely workshop with Morag Cutts, another couple of techniques I've not tried before, love the distressed ink background done on gesso for added texture and then the shaded inky resist embossed background for the bottom photo. We took our Grandsons to a local farm called Ashend Farm near Tamworth, its a great place to take children as its very hands on, but their favourite had to be the horses, Zachary who is only 2 and a half didn't want to sit on the small miniature ponies, oh no he chose a big one.

No day off for me tomorrow but I'm off the next three which will be sent with my Grandsons another visit to the farm on Tuesday and probably Twin Lakes on Wednesday which is another favourite place of the boys.
Fun times ahead, then I will need to go back to work for a rest.
hugs n smiles

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Music to my ears........

Evening and welcome to another project for the Crafty Individuals challenge this month, the theme is Music to my ears and is open to interpretation, perhaps you have a favourite song, just remember that you need to use at least one crafty Individuals product and then you can claim a code for a whopping 25% discount off their website. I have created a small hanging measuring 10 x 10 ins. truth be told I did make this panel for a recent DT call but didn't make the grade but I thought I'd share with you the instructions to create this. So warning this is a photo heavy post so grab a cuppa and read on........

List of materials needed
Aspire Dekro Mount frame & ATCS
Basic tool kit
PaperArtsy Fresco paints:
Nougat, Guacamole, Wisteria, Snowflake and Antarctic.
Crafty individual stamps : CI-206, CI-366, CI-194, CI-432
CI-393, and CI-346.
Wow ultra fine gold embossing powder.
Pearls, strips and individual.
Gems various sizes
Prima micro beads copper
Dble sided tape, foam pads
Zig wink of stella brush in clear
Ribbon or seam binding
Stickles in Gold and Stardust.
White embroidery floss
Black archival and Hydrangea ink
Colouring pencils or markers

Step 1
Paint blank frame and ATCs with Nougat paint for a base coat, then using Guacamole, wisteria and Antarctic dab on paint all over frame using a wet wipe, making sure all of the background is covered. To lighten colours use Snowflake and wipe over with a wet wipe again.By using a wet wipe it softens any edges and helps the paint to blend.

Step 2
Using CI-366 stamp, the lady on the piano, violin and CI-346, Dancing Lady, CI-393 fans onto white card, also stamp out the fan again using Hydrangea archival ink, colour in the images, cut out the lady dancing, piano, violin, some of the butterflies and the fan, as well as the teapot from CI-432 stamp set.

Step 3
Using black archival ink stamp onto the background the music advert from CI-366 onto the bottom left of the frame, the lady dancing onto the bottom right, tea for two tag top left and the butterflies and fan to the top right

Step 4
Remove the ATCs from the frame and put to one side.

Step 5
Randomly stamp the Music sheet stamp CI-194 onto the background using Versamark,then use gold embossing powder and heat set.

Step 6
Now you can start to build up the layers on the ATCs using foam pads to build up the layers of the images.

Step 7
Using CI-206 Flower heads ( I used 3 different sizes) and stamped onto patterned paper with Versamark and embossed in gold, I also stamped again on Vellum using white embossing powder and coloured in with pink markers.

Step 8
Decorate the ATCs, stick lace to the back, add gems and pearls, a bow, stickles, wink of stella brush to the butterflies, dress and tea for 2.

Step 9
Cut out flowers and shape on the back with an embossing tool, I snip in between one of the petals and stick overlaying the snipped petal so that the flower has dimension. Layer up three flower heads to form the large flower and keep some flat, add micro beads to the centres. Glue in place and add any finishing touches making a mini tassel for the fan adding gems.

Finished panel

Close ups of finished areas

Hope you found this useful 
hugs n smiles.

Thursday, 7 May 2015


Evening to all my fellow crafty bloggers, phew what a week, my Grandson Zach picked up another bug from nursery last week and then passed it on, to make matters worse apart from feeling ill myself I've been looking after him and then his brother and then hubby, so my house has been like a hospital ward, I haven't been back to work yet but thankfully I will be going in tomorrow for a rest now that we are bug free.
Apologies for the late posting of my card for the new challenge this month at Kraftyhands, the theme this month.......Lace and pearls. For my card I used one of the Basic Birthday sentiment toppers that have recently come out, I used distress inks and glimmer mist for the topper and then the background paper is from the Picnic Time Cd.

added pink and gold frantage to the edges of the topper
then finished off with cream pearls

hugs n smiles

Monday, 4 May 2015

Sports Shirts.......

Evening fellow crafty bloggers, hope you have had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend, I must admit I was looking forward to having a couple of days off for Gardening and crafting and I've spent both days ill, so nothing really done except a lot of sleeping. Today saw the launch of the new Cd from the Kraftyhand guys, a perfect Cd for all those male sports fans in your life called Sports Shirts . Here's three cards I made with the Cd. I did add sparkle in the form of a Wink Stella clear pen to the sentiment and golf ball.

stepper card using one of the card sets and backing papers

an A5 card using the tag from the card set and left over paper

Another card set on the Cd
Hugs n smiles