Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas Cards

Hi everyone...thank you so much for all the lovely comments you left on my Winter Wonderland post xx ...they were really appreciated and mean the world to me when I read them xx 
Today I am sharing some Christmas cards that I have made using Tim Holtz embossing folders, Stampers Anonymous stamps and thinlits dies, cut with Tim's new Sidekick, which I love. I can definitely see me using my small dies more now that I have the Sidekick as its just the right pressure and saves using the bigger machines for cutting. 

I have since added some Stickles glitter to them and it really is the perfect finishing touch xx

Will be back soon but until then.......enjoy your crafting xx

Huge hugs
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Friday, 1 December 2017

Winter Wonderland at A Vintage Journey

Hello friends xx This month it's the turn of the lovely and talented Sandy who is our host. for our monthly challenge at A Vintage Journey.  Sandy has chosen the theme "Winter Wonderland" and here is what she has to say :
For the month of December let's think of the season as well as the holiday with Winter Wonderland. As the song goes, sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening! Let's see some snow, snowmen, bare trees would be nice or some snow covered pines in the meadow. Whatever Winter Wonderland means to you in your vintage, shabby, mixed media; art journalling; industrial or steampunk style.

I love Christmas and thankfully I am not working this year. so look forward to having family here for dinner.  For my challenge project I have decorated  a 7' x 7' photograph frame purchased from a store with the letters B&M x

 I used Decoart Snowtex on the frame, applying some Glamour Dust Glitter, (which is really fine), whilst it was still wet. I so wish you could see the sparkle as its quite amazing !
The background is from the Tim Holtz Festive Paper collection and the Snowman is also one of Tim's Stampers Anonymous rubber stamp collections,  as is the  stunning cottage stamp. The snowman was stamped several times then layered as in 3D decoupage. The depth was created with silicone.
 The festive foliage were  cut using my new Tim Holtz Sidekick and I just love it as it has the right pressure for many of these previously hard to cut dies. Once through the Sidekick they are ready to pop out the die......Fabulous !!!
The deer and the corner piece on the bottom left were also cut with the Sidekick but the sleigh and large trees were die cut using my Big Shot
This challenge runs until the 5th January 2018 !!! So lots of time to get your amazing Christmas entries in. Our winner is Randomly chosen but the Creative Guides do pick three Pinworthy winners who have the option to join us as a Guest Creative Guide. Just remember to check to our travelling instructions ( rules) which are on the sidebar. This month's sponsor is Andy Skinner.

For more inspiration  by my talented fellow teamies click HERE

Thank You so much for visiting and for continuing to be a follower. It really does mean so much to me xxxx

Huge Hugs

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Let's Get Rusting

Hi everyone ...............I cannot believe that 2 months have passed since my last post.....but then again maybe I can!!! I have made some cards for special anniversaries but creating for fun has not been easy as Mr Mojo decided to go AWOL !!!!! Think he may have been annoyed as DH and I have been rather busy with household maintenance/de-cluttering etc. I also cleaned my craft room, which took me a week as I labelled everything in clear plastic boxes...................!!!!The last time I cleaned the craft room I spent ages looking for this time I should be able to locate items easier!!

Last night is the first time in ages that I thoroughly enjoyed playing/creating in my craft room..It was so nice to play with Seth Apter Stamps and incorporate some rusting. A recent post over at PaperArtsy reminded me how much I love to rust items and it had been some time since I used my rusting powder. 
And Voila !!!!
Many moons ago I watched a PaperArtsy video where Leandra used a brayer and Fresco paints to create a really nice background. I then took some Black Acrylic Ink and allowed it to drip from the top of the card. Some Black Soot DI was used to tone everything down and highlight the edges of the background. Seth's stamps were all stamped in Archival Ink using a stamping platform and then fussy cut. I die cut a small circle out of black card, took a couple of Idea-ology gears and applied acrylic then rusting powder plus  a spray of vinegar............scrumptious rust !!!!  I then applied some acrylic to various areas of the background/stamped image and again applied the rusting powder and vinegar.

Having been inspired with all the rusty elements shown over at  the PaperArtsy  blog this fortnight I would like to link my make to their Rustification challenge. Why don't you join in by clicking HERE

Thank You so much for dropping in and for leaving me a comment......................I am away for a few days but hope to be posting again soon..after all it's coming up to that busy time of year when Mr Claus will be visiting.

Huge hugs xxxxx Happy Crafting
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Friday, 1 September 2017

Altered Book Box for A Vintage Journey

Can't believe that September is here.......where has time gone my friends xx. Today I am sharing my make for the new challenge over at A Vintage Journey, which is "Altered Art"
The lovely Alison Bomber, aka "Butterfly" is our host this month and here is what Alison has to say about the challenge:
"We'd like you to get creative with recycled objects in a vintage; shabby, mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style, . Turn something unloved and unwanted into a work of art. Try some repurposing - make something new out of something old, or incorporate an unwanted object into your artwork. Think tin cans and jars, old bottles, toothbrushes - the more inventive the better."

Our sponsor this month is Simon Says Stamp and you can view the details of their prize over on the  AVJ blog HERE

I decided to alter a book box that I purchased quite a few years ago at Portobello Market, London.
You can see how the book looked prior to the alteration
 The opening
 Prior to painting masking tape was applied to prevent the paint from going on to the lovely faux gold pages.
 The back, front and sides  were then painted with Decoart Chalk Paint in Rustic, a delicious warm brown.
 Then Decoart Chalk Paint in Lace  was applied to the centre as I did not want the dark brown paint to be the background for my napkin.  Decoart Crackle Medium was then applied to the book cover and left to dry.
 Below you can see the gorgeous crackle when the Lace chalk paint was applied over the top of the crackle medium
 Decoart Matte Varnish was applied to seal the crackle and prevent any future damage.
 Distress Inks, namely Vintage Photo and Blue China, were applied all over the cover, with a heavier application around the edges.
 Oxford Impressions Venezia Stamp Set provided the gorgeous mask and other stamped embellishments as seen below.
I also decided to use the remaining piece of napkin to create a matching candle.
 The back of the book depicting more of the Oxford Impressions Venezia stamps.
 Thank You so much for popping in today and I do hope you can join in with our fabulous challenge. 
To view the array of altered projects created by my fellow Creative Guides just click HERE
Have a lovely weekend and thank you for leaving a comment. They are really appreciated and I shall certainly return the compliment.
Best wishes xx
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Monday, 21 August 2017

Sneaky Peek !!

Hi everyone xx Today I am sharing a Destination Inspiration post over at A Vintage Journey and below is a sneaky peek to tempt you to visit xxx
I really enjoyed playing with the contents of this month's travel bag and I can see me making many more of these lovely home decor pieces.
To view the whole post please click HERE

Thank You so much for dropping in.....your visits are truly appreciated x

Happy Crafting xx

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Sisterly Love

Hi everyone....sharing a recent birthday card where I used transfer paper enabling me to duplicate a rubber stamp image.  The background stamps were by Lin Brown for Paperartsy. (  stamp set ELB30) I had the pleasure of meeting Lin at Alexandra Palace earlier this year., which was lovely and she was delighted to show various ways to use infusions and her stamp sets. 
The butterflies were from a Tim Holtz punch and were the perfect size for this 8 by 8 card. I added lace trim, pearls and diamante for a sparkle. The ladies are from the Character Constructions  Mad Tea Party stamp set  and they  also have a lace shawl with a little diamant√© 

Thank You so much for visiting my little corner of blogland xx Its always a pleasure to read your comments and to return the compliment xx
sending you my best wishes xx
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Splats and More Splats

Hello everyone and Thank You for dropping in to my little corner of Blog Land. Your visits are so appreciated as I know how busy crafters can be.
I am afraid my mojo has been misbehaving, which is why I have not posted in the last few weeks, although I have been busy making birthday cards. 
Below I have used Seth Apter dies on a Kraft Card background and I love the way you can change the layers for different effect. Lots of paint and splats finished with a vintage cycle die cut.
Sending my best wishes and hugs to you all

Happy Crafting xxxxx
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Friday, 30 June 2017

Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone xx Where we have 5 Friday's in the month there is a Tag Friday post over at AVJ for your inspiration. To view  the Tags of my fellow Creative Guide sisters please click HERE

Below is my tag, which i trimmed in to a bookmark:

Here is the recipe:
Apply Distress Oxides on to your craft mat and wet with water until droplets appear. Smoosh your tag through the various colours of DIO drying layers in between until you are happy with the details. 

Take Ranger Embossing medium and apply it to Dark Room Door  border stamp  Butterfly Garden and then stamp as normal on to your tag. 
Taking Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder in True White sprinkle it over your embossing ink image ( do this over a piece of white paper, which allows you to pour left over powders back in to the pot with ease)

Take your heat gun and melt the embossing powder, but do not over do this as it can change the colour of the white embossing. ( We call this heat embossing)
I then stamped the image once using archival ink in Sepia, fussy cutting the butterflies, colouring them with Distress Ink Pens and edging with same pens. ( I like to remove the white edge)
The Butterfly Wings were placed over the stamped/embossed areas and the large wings were adhered to one of Tim Holtz Paper Dolls.
Some Idea-ology spinners were then adhered to the smaller butterflies and the edges of the bookmark inked with Vintage Photo DI, which made all the colours pop. 
Some ribbon from my stash completes the finished bookmark.

There is also still time to join in with Nikki's June Challenge, which is "Canvas"
Prizes and Pinworthy places to be won so head over to the challenge page by clicking HERE
The challenge is open until the 6th July at 18:00 hours

Thank You for popping in today xxx Your visits are always appreciated. 
Have a lovely weekend xx I am heading to the NEC on Saturday so say hello if you happen to see me there xxxx
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Monday, 5 June 2017

Destination Post over at AVJ

Hi its my turn to share a Destination Inspiration post over at A Vintage Journey. 

Here is a little peek at the inside of my project:
Hope you can pop over and take a look at all the details. To visit A Vintage Journey blog please click HERE

Thank You so much for stopping by today and I'll catch up with you soon xx

Huge hugs xxxxx
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Friday, 2 June 2017

Steampunk Canvas for AVJ Challenge

Hi sees the beginning of another challenge over at A Vintage Journey and the lovely and talented Nikki is our host. Here's what Nikki has to say about he challenge description

"Let's work with canvas this month in our vintage; shabby; mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style. It doesn't matter how as long as some canvas is a dominant feature of your project. Perhaps you may use a canvas in the traditional way or use the reverse to create a shadow box? Canvas boards are fabulous to work on or perhaps you have some canvas sheets which can be cut and adhered to another surface."

Our sponsor this month is Shimmerz Paintz who are offering  the randomly chosen winner a $25 voucher for their online store. 

It's been a while since I have made anything Steampunk so I thought I would have a play with stamps, stencils, paints and Idea-Ology for Nikki's fabulous challenge theme. 

 Firstly I used an Andy Skinner Stencil with Paperartsy Grunge Paste then I applied Decoart Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey and Yellow Iron Oxide Paints to the canvas, creating various layers until I was satisfied with the appearance. Some Treasured Gold was then applied to the stencilled letters using a paint brush.
 Seth Apter's new dies from Spellbinders were coated with  Decoart Paynes Grey Antiquing Cream in Patina Turquoise. Once Dry I rubbed the patina back and then applied Yellow Iron Oxide for an aged appearance. Some Idea-Ology Gears  and a lightbulb were adhered with Ranger Glossy Accents along with some chain for my stash. 
 The spool is also an Idea-Ology piece and was perfect for tying the chain around. The words were stamped form A Steampunk set by Oxford Impressions and aged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I really had great fun playing around with the stencils and paints so I hope you will have a go to as we love you to hop on board for our monthly challenges.
For more inspiration over on the AVJ blog please click HERE

Hope to see you soon
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