Friday, 7 April 2017

Magic Of Three at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog

Hi everyone....I am delighted to be the host of this month's challenge over at A Vintage Journey. The theme is "The Magic of Three"
It is said that using three of something adds more interest and power whether it is a conversation, art or numbers. Let us see you use three of something in your challenge project (numbers, techniques, stamps, colours, words, products - the list is endless!) Let us know your magic 3 components and ensure your project is in our vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles that we favour.
Our sponsor this month is Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, whose online store you can visit by clicking HERE
For my project I have used Three of Tim's Tiny Houses, three of his finials, three of his Quote Chips and various other products by Tim, including papers, number, arrow, Idea-Ology Botanicals and Paper Dolls. The roof on the Tiny Houses was ran through a TH embossing folder then covered in Pebeo gold and brass coloured wax, finished off with Decoart Antiquing Cream in Patina. I also covered the number 3 with the DA Patina.
 The three houses together certainly look better than two and I just love the quotes. The butterfly wings look so cute too.

My fellow Creative Guides have really pulled it out of the bag as they always do !!!! Do pop over and have a look at their marvellous projects and remember that we have a randomly drawn winner every month as well as three Pinworthy projects chosen by the Creative Guides who will receive a badge for their blog and a chance to guest here at AVJ. To visit the AVJ Blog click HERE

Thank You so much for dropping in and for leaving a really does mean so much to me xxx
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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Sneaky Peek Time

Hi everyone......Its close to the wire but I am sharing a sneaky peek of a project which will be disclosed Friday 7th when the April challenge commences over at A Vintage Journey.
Do pop back for more details and the link to the challenge blog.

Best wishes xx
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Monday, 3 April 2017

Infusions/Stencils and Oxide Inks

Just back from Edinburgh and had a fabulous time with DH/ really is  one of my  all time favourite cities with everything you could want to see within walking distance....well nearly everything as I do love the Roslyn Chapel, which is a few miles out with the city. Glasgow is another fabulous  city and if you love shopping then it is much better than Edinburgh. 

Below I am sharing a couple of cards made for birthday celebrations. 
I have to say that these cards were so much nicer in real life, with the pink and blue really popping against the background.
 The background is created using  Infusions by Paperartsy and the stencil by Kay Carley is also a PA product. 
I mixed PA Mermaid Acrylic Chalk Paint  to PA Grunge Paste and used a palette knife to apply it through the stencil. A piece of stained ribbon was placed round the two large stems.
I used Distress Oxides to colour the new Tim Holtz Butterfly Dies, which look amazing with the various layers of colour.  Along with the ribbon the butterflies really added to the dimension of the card. A label die was then stamped with a TH stamp and adhered with foam tape, adding more depth/detail.
Thank You for dropping in and I will be back Friday with the start of a new challenge at AVJ, which I am hosting.  Might even give you a Sneak Peek of what I am making before then !!!!

Take care and huge hugs

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Special Memories Every Day

Hi everyone....hope you are all well and ready for April tomorrow !!!! I don't even remember where March has gone!!!.  In the UK it was Mother's Day last Sunday and of course I had to make a card for my Mammy, whom many of you know as Rita ( RMG Creations Blog)
To start with I used papers from the Papermania Collection madame Payraud, distressing the edges with my TH Distress Tool. I dyed some muslin and kept the left over threads when I frayed the edges.
I die cut Tim's Framelit Wildflowers, inking them with various Distress Inks and Oxide Inks using finger daubers. The flowers were tied with string and a  Mother of Pearl heart button attached.
The  wooden frame was in my stash and I can't remember who made it....sorry about that.
The butterflies were punched using Tim Holtz Punch and inked with Vintage Photo DI, an Idea-Ology spinner attached. The photo was from Tim Holtz Photo Booth collection.

I really enjoyed making this card and even more delighted that  my mammy loved it. 😄

Thank You  so much for dropping in and I hope to see you at the start of next week. Just wanted to mention that there is still time to join in with our  All Aboard Birthday Challenge over at A Vintage Journey HERE as well as a chance to win a  wee prize if you enter a Tag, linking it to today's post check out the details.

See You Monday

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are getting up to. 

Huge Hugs xxxxx

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Some Love & Texture

Hi everyone...just sharing a very quick card using a Tim Holtz  embossing folder and a Paper Artsy Heart Stamp, which was fussy cut. I also used lace, pearl, ribbon and buttons  from my stash.
I am also playing around with an upgrade on my pc ensuring I am resizing as before. (Don't you just hate it when things change !!!!)

 Yay !!!! it has worked so hope fully I can get back to posting on a more regular basis.

Hope you are all well and having fun with all the new product arrivals from Creativation.

Huge Hugs
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Friday, 3 March 2017

All Aboard @ Vintage Journey Celebrations

Hi everyone......thank you for dropping by x Its so nice to have you here in my little craft corner of Blog Land x
Today I am sharing my All Aboard project as its the 3rd Anniversary over at AVJ. We also have some new creative guides to introduce to you and numerous projects to inspire you.

Our Sponsor this month Is Country View Crafts who are offering a £20 gif voucher to spend at their online store to our randomly chosen winner.
I have altered a Jack Daniel's Bottle, using Decoart Chalk Paint, Decoart Varnish as well as napkins, Tim Holtz Stamps, Butterflies and Distress Inks. ( plus some items from my stash)
Below you can see how I inked a word stamp and sentiment stamp on to tissue paper  (Archival Jet Black ink) and then adhered them to the bottle with glue medium. The hessian was adhered with Tacky Glue. The bottle top can be removed to enable flowers to be placed inside if required.
The sentiment is one of my favourites and it is so true. Hope you have time to join in with our "Celebrations" we just love to have you on board and there's always  a prizewinner and pinworthy badges, with a chance to join in with us as a Creative Guide on the AVJ blog.

To hop over to the Vintage Journey blog and to view the inspirational makes by my CG sisters as well as other details please click HERE

Take care and best wishes xx
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Friday, 3 February 2017

Words That Are Special Challenge at AVJ

Hi Everyone................its so hard to believe that it is February....where did January go??
Anyway its time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this month our Creative Guide,  Jennie, of Live The Dream blog is the challenge host. 
Here's what Jennie has to say about the challenge theme:

"We often use words for cardmaking, scrapbooking, journaling, layering backgrounds, stamping, collage, in mixed media work, on our tags …. In fact words are often an integral part of our design processes for many of our projects. This month show us words that are important or special to you and how you incorporate them in your vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk art."

Below is an altered art piece that I have created for the challenge. I did take step - by step photographs but having just updated my pc I seem to have lost iPhoto, which I used for importing/editing and resizing etc. 

Here are the photographs of the finished item:
Decoart paints and crackle glaze were used on the background and then alcohol inks were applied and quickly wiped off with a wet wipe as they dry very quickly and I wanted to spread colour around.
Torn papers and fabric were adhered with a matte medium and some fabric applied to a frame. I then painted the number 2 with some antique linen DP, using my finger tips to apply some decoart gold metallic paint to the number and around the edges of the book. I also took the gold paint and made some random circles ageing the altered piece even more. Some Vintage Photo DI was also applied around the edges.
Below you can see a die cut heart and adage ticket, a piece of tartan ribbon and some more words. 
Hope you can join in with us for this months challenge. As always we have a sponsor and randomly chosen winner. We also have  three Pinworthy winners who have the chance to be Guest Creative Guide on the  AVJ challenge blog.

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it as I know how precious time can be. 
To go immediately to AVJ  blog, where the team have left even more projects to inspire you please click HERE

 Thank You for visiting and Crafty Hugs xx

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Going Round In Circles at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog

Hi everyone xx Here we are with the first challenge for A Vintage Journey in 2017 and our theme is 
"Going Round In Circles". See below for the challenge details:

Whether large or small, 2d or 3d, clock face embellishments, buttons, eyelets or created with paint pot lids, stamped, stencilled, doodled or finger painted let’s see what gets you going round in circles. This challenge theme particularly fits with the art journaling style we love to see but can also be incorporated into a vintage; shabby; mixed-media; industrial or steampunk project.

I decided to incorporate a mix of Journalling and Vintage/ Shabby Chic styles in my project, which you can see below:
 I was not sure at all where I was going but decided to cut out some circles of varying sizes as viewed below.
 As the big wheel is a circle I decided to incorporate the stamp on the large circle, which was stamped in Sepia Archival Ink then blended with Tea-Dye Distress Ink
 Some Dot stencilling applied in Black Soot DI
 Paint was applied to a small bottle cap and placed here and there on all three circles. The same paint was also applied to my Ranger scraper, but you could also use an old credit card to create some lines.
 Teesha Moore stamps were inked in Jet Black Archival and then fussy cut. The smallest circles from the SB die were coloured with Tattered Rose DI and then cut/ sprayed with water/shaped with some tools and left to dry.
 To bring in some of the vintage/Shabby appearance I wanted to create I adhered some round ribbon flowers and pearls on all three circles as seen below. You can also view the little shabby flower.
 An Idea-Ology Tag fitted the bill for even more circles. I also took a white pen and added some dots around the paint marks. A little butterfly was cut from old book pages and adhered to card,  edged with Black Soot DI then decorated with some pearls.
 Then it was decision time for which ribbon to apply as I thought this make would be a nice wall hanging. I also adhered some clean die cut circles on the back to give it a  more professional finish, especially if it becomes a gift (also hides my mess!!)
 A close up of the large panel, edged in Black Soot DI
 A close up of the middle panel
And the small panel. ( just spied some glue, which I should have cleaned prior to photographing....sorry about that) xx
Over at A Vintage Journey you can view more challenge themed inspirational projects created by our very talented Creative Guides. Just Click HERE
There is also a random winner chosen every month as well as the chance to be a Challenge Pinworthy/future Guest Creative Guide for 3 of the challenge entrants. 
Thank You so much for dropping in to my little corner of blog land. As always your visits are very much appreciated. 
Looking forward to seeing your entries at AVJ xxxx
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Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year xx

Well here I am with my final post for 2016 xx I don't think I remember a year passing by so quickly !!! Or maybe it's just I am getting older !!

Below you can see one of the Special Cards that I made for family  xx The base is recycled cardboard packaging. The Ice Skates were gifted from my dear friend Redanne, whom many of you know. To visit Anne's blog please click HERE. It so happens that she has recently posted a beautiful tag and has used the skate die so do visit for more inspiration. xx

Wishing all of my crafty friends and followers a Very Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays  xxx 
Here's to a Healthy and Happy New Year 2017 xxxx

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas xx

Hi everyone xx Hope you are all getting there with festive chores of shopping, wrapping, making and writing cards.............Thankfully I am done and my wee craft room is still recovering !!! There's glitter all over the house and even the cats are looking festive having picked up litter from the carpet on their coats !! !!

Thought I would share a few photographs of some of the cards I have been making although there are  a few that have escaped without having their photographs taken !!

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and for those who don't celebrate I wish you a Happy Holiday xxxxx

Catch up Soon xx
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