Sunday, 8 October 2017

Mini Book of Spells

I had such fun making this mini book! I made it for a Junk Journal Swap but would love to keep it myself!


 The cover was made from a cardboard box, covered in embossed black card. I used silver acrylic paint to highlight the raised areas. The lock and hinges are by Tim Holtz. The hinges are greyboard, embossed and again painted with acrylic paint.

All the pages I tea dyed myself to give a vintage feel.



I used lots of different things from my stash and printed ephemera.  

I think I may have to make another one for myself!

Challenges I am entering:

Love to Create - Anything Mixed Media / Creative
Frilly and Funkie - Tis near Halloween




Thursday, 28 September 2017

Nuts!

Thats how this week has been really - a little bit nuts. I have been a bit unwell with an infection and it has halted my progress.

It has given me time though to catch up with some of the swaps I am taking part in. This postcard I made for UK Stampers Forum Postcard Swap.


I used a set of stamps by Sheena Douglass for this. First I put Spiced Marmalade onto a craft sheet and spritzed it before dragging the card through it. I then stamped the images and text using an Archival Black Ink Pad. To add extra colour I used Aquamarkers and a waterbrush.

I love Autumn and I think these colours sum the season up perfectly.

Other challenges I am entering are :
Crafty Cardmakers - Autumn
Make My Monday - Autumn Colours
Crazy Challenge - Add an Animal




Friday, 15 September 2017

UK STAMPERS TAG SWAP

It's been a long time but I am so glad that I have refound UK Stampers Group on Facebook.  It has some great monthly swaps and I decided to take part in some. This week I am sharing my tag I made for the September Tag Swap.


First I stamped a music note background from a stamp by WOW! Embossing Powders. I then stamped and coloured the flowers with Spectrum Noir Pencils before affixing to the tag. I did the same with the birds. To made it look a bit distressed I edged the tag with white acrylic paint.

I hope the receiver will like it...!!

I am entering the following challenges too

Love to Craft - Anything Goes




Sunday, 10 September 2017

Junk Journalling - a new obsession!

Its been a while since I've had time to post,but with the summer holidays now a distant memory I'm slowly getting back into the craft room.

One of the most fun things I have found is Junk Journalling. There are lots of groups on Facebook that hold swaps and I have been dipping my toe in the water.

I am very much a beginner but thought I would share some of my photos from the most recent swaps I've taken part in. I would love to hear from you if you love Junk Journalling too!

Fairy Swap



Sewing Themed Swap


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

In the water

As well as my tag being inspired by the sea, we certainly are in the water in the South of England. It is miserable!

This week at Go Tag Thursday the theme is the letter "S". So I chose to use a stamp set by Sheena Douglass and Creative Stamping Magazine. I used the fabulous Distress Oxides for the background, before stamping the sentiment and the seahorse. I used mica paints to add some shimmer to the seashorse too. The anchor and shells I die cut using various dies. I then went to town with Ultra thick Embossing Powder, Thick White Enamel powder and sequins for a shimmering sea like finish.


Close up of the detail


Hopefully next time I post we may be basking in sunshine!!

Other Challenges I am entering:
Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Country View Craft - Blues and Greens





Wednesday, 12 July 2017

In the garden

We've had a few good days of sunshine here on the South Coast of England and now a few days of rain. The garden really needed it!


Coincidentally the theme at Go Tag Thursday this week is In The Garden. So I made this tag.

I painted a piece of card die cut into a tag shape with Pebeo Dyna Paints. The fence I cut on my Cricut machine before running it through a wood effect embossing folder. I used Distress Ink to highlight the pattern.

The butterfly, dragonfly and flowers are new from That's Crafty. There is a whole selection of chipboard flowers and insects. I painted them with paint and Distress Inks.

The leaves and flower in the foreground I stamped using a set from WOW! Embossing Powder. I had great fun creating this!

Other challenges I am entering are:
An Inky Mess - Anything Mixed Media
Country View Challenges - Things With Wings




Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Tagged With Love

I am writing this in the sweltering heat in the UK! It is expected to reach 34c today. This is a photo of our beautiful water lillies in the sunshine.



I haven't done a lot of crafting as its too hot to sit indoors, but here is a tag I have made.


I used a kraft tag for the base with a coat of gesso. Then I stamped the sentiment (not sure where it came from!) I had a piece of card I had die cut hearts from so I used this as a stencil with Distress Ink. 
The flower stamps are from WOW! Embossing Powders. I stamped these and then cut them out. I painted a wooden heart with gesso and then used a script stamp over the top. To finish I added gilding flaekes, glitter and some twine.

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Altered Eclectics - Anything Mixed Media
Creative Artiste - Mixed Media
Go Tag Thursday - Anything Goes









Sunday, 4 June 2017

Animal Tag

Don't you just love it when you discover stash you have never used and completely forgotten about?!

I haven't made a tag for a challenge for a while and wanted to join in with Tag Tuesday's theme which is Animals.  Searching through my stash I found an UNOPENED PACK OF SHEENA STAMPS!!!

This is the set is called a Perfect Day


and this is the tag I made


I created a tag blank and used Distress Inks to create the background. The stencil was also found in my stash! again from Sheena and I used this with Distress Ink to create the foliage. The hare I stamped onto card and coloured with ink and a wet paintbrush. I punched out a moon shape and stamped the cloud.

Having found all that new stash I am one happy hare (bunny!)

Other challenges I am entering:
Crafty Animals - Anything with Animals
Stempelgarten - Wildlife





Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Magical Unicorn

Unicorn's are a big trend at the moment. I have been working on this card for some time and I think I'm happy with it now.


The clouds and rainbow are cut using my Cricut machine whilst the unicorn and sentiment is from an Avery Elle set of stamps. I used watercolour pens for the unicorn with the added sparkle of Spectrum Noir glitter pens.

I am also really grateful to the team at Seize The Birthday who chose my animal card (see previous post) for birthday honours!!


I am entering my unicorn card into the following challenges:

Love to Craft - Anything Goes




Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Back to Black

Well its finally like summer here in the South Coast of England. We are expecting 30 degrees this weekend!!.

I took my artwork outside to photo and am a bit disappointed with the picture. In real life I'm pleased how it turned out. I made it specifically for the That's Crafty Challenge which this week is Back to Black.


I first painted the canvas with black gesso and then added die cut corners from black card before coating again with gesso. I used a stencil from a recent edition of Cards and Papercraft, with Pebeo Dyna Paints. The butterfly stamp was from the same set which I stamped and embossed with WOW! Embossing Powder Metallic Gold Sparkle.

I just wish you could see it in real life to see the shimmering effect!

Other challenges I am entering

Artistic Stampers - Floral Fantasy
CountryView Crafts - Flower Power



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