Monday, 19 December 2016
Sunday, 18 December 2016
Over at the IndigoBlu Blog this month we are all sharing our projects about feeling thankful. I am extremely thankful for the amazing opportunities that have come my way this year, and the incredibly talented artist's that I've had the pleasure of working with in this year's journey.
I love looking at Pinterest for idea's and tutorials, and one of my many boards holds quotes, so with this in mind I decided to create a book to keep all my favourite thankful quotes in, so when I'm having a down day, I can give myself a little reminder of why life is good!
I started with an in-expensive chipboard album and gave the covers a coat of White GeeSsoGood to seal the board. Once it was dry I cut Damaged Damask paper to cover the outside of the front and back covers, and Damaged Dots paper to cover the inside.
On the outside of the covers I stencilled through the Script Stencil with White GeeSsoGood once this was dry I repeated the process on the inside using the Damaged Damask Stencil
When the covers were completely dry, I sanded around the edges to get rid of any excess paper and also to give a distressed look.
I stamped out a quote from the Grand Tour II Stamp Set and cut it out using one of the Spellbinders labels dies. I also cut a flourish out and inked around the edges of both using Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink.
I wanted a small image for the front of the book, but the Lost Family cards were a little too big, so I cut out the picture from the front of the packet, it was the perfect size. All she needed was a little colour adding with coloured pencils.
I used a scrap piece of fabric to create a background and arranged the sentiment, die-cuts and image over the top of it, perfect.
The book has lots of pages ready to add the inspirational quotes onto as and when I find them.
Friday, 9 December 2016
Just a little reminder that the current challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog is underway. We would love you to share your Snow and Ice themed projects with us, just please remember to follow the entry guidelines and have stamping on your project somewhere :)
We have a great prize up for grabs from the.....
I've had fun with one of our very own Trish Latimer's Whimseygirl Two stamp. She makes a perfect Angel with lashings of Unicorn Sparkles and oodles of sequins, you know I love a sequin......
And with stencil numbers from the Tim Holtz thinlits collection, a few doodles from me and a little Evergreen Bough Distress Ink, she is all set for Christmas.
See you at the challenge.
Friday, 2 December 2016
It's time for another great challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog this time around we would love to see "snow and ice" along with your stamped projects. Think white texture paste, glitter and sparkle for a cool wintery project.
We are sponsored this time around by The Craft Box supplies of a monthly kit packed with goodies.
Check out the entry requirements over on the blog and get stamping. Not only do we have the fabulous prize from The Craft Box but you could also be in with a chance of having your artwork published in the magazine it's self.
My Snow and Ice project, is a shabby chic junk journal made with left over BoBunny papers from my demo last weekend. The Winter Wishes collection is so beautiful and perfect for the theme this time. I also stamped out the Stag from IndigoBlu's Winterland Wood stamp set in Memento's London Fog ink. After cutting him out I covered him in sequins, gems and of course Unicorn Sparkles.
I just love these little hearts from the Hobby House they are so sparkly, and are perfect for finishing off a bow.
I used lots of odd beads and a couple of metal charms to embellish the cover, and of course sequins, I have a little addiction to those.
I added a layer of clear Super Thick Slap It On with just a small amount of Unicorn Sparkles mixed in with it through the Damaged Damask stencil, all of which you can fin on IndigoBlu's website.
Another addiction.............Doilies, I just love them and hunt them out wherever I go. They make the perfect addition to shabby books and they make the spine of the book look pretty.
You can see the texture paste a little more clearly on this picture of the back of the journal.
I'm now working on the inside, adding lots of pockets, tuck spots and tags, and will share on another blog post when it's completed.
So have fun and please do join in with us this time around with the Take It Make It Challenge.
Challenges I'm entering my junk journal into:-
Thursday, 1 December 2016
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of demoing the gorgeous new Winter Wishes Collection from BoBunny over at the craft shop in Burleydam Garden Centre on the Wirral. We always have a fun day, with lots of gossip, warm drinks and of course a lovely lunch. I'm looking forward to being back over to demo next year. Keep an eye out on the demo dates list on my sidebar for further info.
The ladies wanted to do a little "make and take" session and learn how to make an envelope brag book, with hidden spots for photo's and journalling.
The pockets on the left hand side contain a mat ready to be added onto.
This right hand page has a fold out journalling spot, held shut with a snowflake. This has to be one of my favourite collections this year, and if you want to see what I'm making with the left-overs, check my blog in the morning ;)
Friday, 18 November 2016
The Circle Dots Background stamp makes a fabulous firework display !!!
I cut a piece of watercolour card to 5 3/4" square as I love working with 6" square cards. I added diluted Luscious Powders in lots of different colours randomly to the stamp.
I then spritzed the stamp with water to make sure all the luscious was wet, then applied the stamp to the watercolour card. I even managed to get a couple of extra impressions from the stamp for future use.
I decided not to spritz the card as I like the effect and the powders were starting to move on the watercolour card anyway.
Whilst that was drying I mixed some Purple Luscious Powder in with some Super Thick Slap It On it has a beautiful soft sheen when mixed in, and I couldn't resist adding a little of the Unicorn Sparkles for a little extra glimmer.
I applied the paste through the Sparkle and Glisten Stencil and carefully lined the edge of the watercolour card with some of the green Luscious powder, before setting it on one side to dry.
It was then Matted onto a piece of lilac cardstock slightly bigger than the watercolour card and added to a 6" square card blank, and as always I just can't resist a sequin or two!!
Friday, 11 November 2016
Just a little reminder for the Craft Stamper Challenge which is underway over on the blog, you can find lots more inspiration HERE to get your creative juices flowing.
As always there's a fabulous prize up for grabs and even the chance to be featured in the magazine. So check out the guidlines and get stamping!!
Sunday, 6 November 2016
Friday, 4 November 2016
Here we are again with another new challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog where we are wanting you to share your stamped projects with us.
As always we have a fabulous sponsor who this time around is The Artistic Stamper with a fabulous stamp set.
I love drawing and have done since I was a child, and as some of you know I love to doodle Seahorses, and create mystical underwater scenes, this time with Gelatos. The project is still in my sketch pad, but I'm thinking this one might end up on the wall in my workroom as I love the colours.
I incorporated one of the new stencils from Indigoblu and the fabulous set of stamps designed by Limor Webber called Limor's Circles which I just love and use all the time.
So get stamping and join in with the challenge this month for not only the chance of a fabulous prize, but also chance of being featured in the magazine its self, how cool is that! Please read the entry requirements before adding your link, and have fun with your stamping.
Entered into the following challenges
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
I thought I'd share a few of the samples I made for Jenny Marples Indigoblu show on Hochanda last weekend.
I just adore the little Dormouse Gem designed, and as you can see I used it quite a lot!
The clocks went back an hour giving us an extra hour of crafting time.
I think I need to make one of these for my workroom door, they are so cute.
The Luscious powders are the perfect colours for using on these.
And who says the laundry room can't be pretty lol.
I think this one should really be in my front porch!!
Such beautiful images and so easy to colour.
Thursday, 20 October 2016
I had so much fun putting the Kaisercraft Advent Calendar together and then decorating it. I chose a selection of papers from the silent Night Collection, one of which has small square images that are the perfect size for the drawer front and backs.
I left all the numbers in the chipboard surround and brayerd over with Martha Stewarts Lake Fog paint and popped aside to dry. Then I brayered the drawers with the Sycamore Bark paint, making sure they were all dry before turning over and doing the other side.
Once the drawers were dry, I glued them together with a good strong wet acrylic glue, before dry brushing some of the Lake Fog paint around the edges.
The Advent Calendar itself needs a a little patience and a few spare hours to put it together, before you can start the fun part of decorating it. I used Lake Fog to paint the main Calendar.
I cut out all the drawer fronts and backs, then using a 3/4" circle punch, punched half circles in the paper that would be on the front of the drawer, before using wet glue to attach them. I covered the back of the draws, so that when the day had past and the draw had been emptied, it could be turned around so the numbers no longer showed.
I chose a busy pattern to cover the outside of the calendar, as you need a strip of paper longer than 12" this way it was easy to disguise the join. With a happy Santa paper to decorate the centre panel, and a sentiment cut from another sheet, all that was left to do was add some glitter to the now dry numbers and add them to the drawer fronts.