Saturday, 19 May 2018

A Peek at Fairyland

Last week I treated myself to a new set of stamps from Crafters Companion as demonstrated on Hochanda by the fabulous Sheena Douglass.

And this is the result...


To create the card I first applied Distress Crayons onto Watercolour card, adding water to create a wash. I then overstamped the toadstools and foliage. I used Distress Ink and water to colour in. I also applied a wash of Clear Sparkle Pen to add a touch of magic. Finally added some white pen highlights.

I wonder who lives in those toadstools?!

Challenges I am entering :

The Fairy and the Unicorn - Anything Goes (optional fairies)
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Magical Fairy Garden



Saturday, 5 May 2018

DIY Postcard Swap

Well what glorious weather we have in the South of England today. Apparently we are heading for a heatwave!

I've just been to the post office to post my 10 postcards as part of iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap. It was the first one I have taken part in and its been great fun. I even got my Gelli Plate out which I have had for nearly a year and not used!!

Here are some of the post cards I will be sending out


Made using my first ever Gelli print!


Stamps, stencil and Distress Ink.


Mixed collage

I will share more of them later in the week and also pictures of the ones I receive!






Sunday, 29 April 2018

Rekindling my mojo!

I have been struggling a bit to create recently and was looking for something to inspire me. And I found it in the Facebook Group Sheena's Inkettes. So much so that I had to buy the new lily stamp and embossing folder.

I also finally got around to buying some Pebeo Gilding Wax too!


I made a finished card using embossing, Pebeo Dyna Paints, Cosmic Shimmer powders and stamping.


I can't wait to try out some more techniques with this set!

Challenges I am entering



Saturday, 14 April 2018

Believe in the Magic

What a beautiful day it is here in the South of England. I do believe Spring is here. Its been a while since my last post due to the school holidays. We had a fantastic family trip to Disneyland Paris where you certainly do believe that magic can be found everywhere! If you would like to see more of my photos you can follow me on www.instagram.com/thesparklyfairyisme



So it was apt that this week's challenge on CASology is BELIEVE.


For my card I diluted Distress Ink before applying with a wet brush.  I overstamped the fairy and sentiment using an archival inkpad. For added sparkle I added small dots of glitter.

Just remember always BELIEVE!

I am entering my card into the following challenges
Make My Monday  - Things With Wings





Saturday, 10 March 2018

Lets hear it for Mums!

I can't believe the year is going so quickly and on March 11th in the UK it will be Mother's Day. I think it is so important that we honour the mothers in our lives and remember those that are no longer with us. Sadly one of my best friends passed away last year and I will be thinking of her and also of her son this year.

I am very lucky to still have my Mum here and also a Mum myself. I always look forward to the thoughtful gifts my son chooses  - although they are usually always pink and sparkly!!

I am sharing a Mother's Day card here I made for my Mum to give her Mum who is 97!




I am entering them in the following challenges:

Lets Craft and Create - Anything Goes + Mother's Day
Dies R Us - Pastel Colours
Paper Creators - All About Mum
Fab N Funky - Mother's Day
Try It On Tuesday - Mum's The Word







Friday, 23 February 2018

Spring Time

Although Spring is supposed to be on its way this week, we will be seeing freezing temperatures here in the UK.  However I wanted to share my Spring themed tags I made for a recent Facebook Group swap.


To make them I painted some thick card tag bases with blue acrylic paint and added the clouds with white paint.  For the tag on the left I die cut the fence before adding the rabbits and the grass. These were from a great set of stamps free with Crafts Beautiful Magazine. I had a diecut butterfly in my stash and scrunched up a paper flower to create the daffodil.

For the second tag I put it through an embossing folder and highlighted the areas with coloured pencils and inks. I added the stamped images and the paper flowers. The flowers I decorated with sparkly glitter.

I hope the recepient will enjoy them much as I do!

Tag You Are It - Must use a metal die (Tag 1)
Love To Craft - Anything Goes








Friday, 2 February 2018

E is for Eye

So did we all survive January? Some say its one of the bleakest months. I love Winter so it doesn't really affect me!

When my son was born 11 years ago I got into crafting and one of the first things I started making were ATCs. With it being a quite month on the sales front after Christmas I decided to take part in a swap on Facebook. The group is Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art. There are some talented people!

The theme was the letter "E", so I choose EYES.


I used Distress Oxide Ink to colour the cards and then spritzed with water. Each card I put through embossing folders. I used Black Soot to pick out the detail. I found the collage images on the internet and then adhered them and stamped in the clear spaces. I used Ultra Thick Enamel in Gold to add splashes. Finally I found some Tim Holtz acrylic squares which I placed over the eyes to add interest.

I really enjoyed this messy art!

An Inky Mess - Anything Goes (Altered Art/Mixed Media)
Country View Challenges - Anything But Cute




Saturday, 20 January 2018

A week of Birthdays

I hope you have all survived the horrible weather we have been having both in the UK - rain, wind and lots of snow in the North!

This week in our family is a birthday week for my Dad will be celebrating his 70th birthday! and my brothers birthday is 2 days later. I will share the cards I have made later this week.

For today I thought I would share one of my cards I made with the Pawsome Waffle Flower stamp set.


It was a set I bought sometime ago and only just opened it!! I stamped various elements and coloured them using ProMarkers.

I hope your week is Pawsome too!

Challenges I am entering:

My Time To Craft - Something New (new stamp set)
Just Add Ink - Something New (new stamp set)
Craftaholics R Us - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes







Thursday, 4 January 2018

Happy New Year!

First of all Happy New Year to you all! As usual the festive season went far too quickly, but it was lovely to have some downtime with the family.

One thing I always insist on is my son writing his thank you cards to family after receiving presents. My grandma of 97 still remembers to send out money to all her Great Grandchildren!.

I decided to make this card for her as being in a nursing home she loves to receive mail.


I used a fabulous set which came with Creative Stamping magazine to make the card. 

I stamped the bear, cut him out and fixed with foam pads. I did the same with the present and his scarf.  The bunting was from a set in my stash wish I added alpha stamps to.

I can't wait to get back to crafting again after the festive break and discover some new techniques!

Challenges I am entering are :
Simon Says Wednesday - Something New (used new stamp set)
Unicorn Challenge - Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges - Something New







Saturday, 16 December 2017

Penguins In Love

At last my cardmaking orders have slowed down and I can concentrate on my own Christmas makings! My son finished school yesterday and the festive spirit is in full supply!

I wanted to share a card I made for me parents using a free die from Papercraft Essentials Magazine.


I die cut the penguins, heart and foliage using the free dies and the words I made using my Cricut Machine. My parents loved it!

Cardmaking Challenges I am entering:

Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas










What can you find here?

The makings and musings of a Sparkly Fairy!