Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone...well here's hoping that the cold weather is behind us and that we are on our way to warmer times. It was Mothering Sunday here in the UK on Sunday and I have to say I had the most lovely day xx I visited my mammy and then had dinner with my son and his wife xx

Yesterday mammy and I spent a day in Haddington with our uber talented friend, whom many of you know, Astrid of Astrid's Artistic Efforts. We really had a lovely day and managed to visit the Mad Scrapper store, where we could feel and touch lots of crafty goodies and spend some money too....amazing !!! Janine at the Mad Scrapper has the most beautiful papers from 49 Market, Prima Marketing and many more. Click HERE to access the online store.

Today I am sharing an easel card for a neighbour who recently celebrated a Special Birthday 
Thank You for taking the time to visit and leaving a comment, which is very much appreciated xx 

Happy Crafting and hugs
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Friday, 2 March 2018

Shabby Chic Hanging for A Vintage Journey Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome to new followers. Today we are Celebrating our 4th Birthday at A Vintage Challenge blog. As we head in to our 5th Year Brenda's chosen challenge theme is "Treasure".
Here is what Brenda has to say:
"Treasure can be described as wealth or riches we store or accumulate, a collection of valuable, interesting or useful things, bits and pieces we highly value, articles that we hang onto that we’ve bought or found and might never be able to purchase again. What is in your crafty or artsy treasure trove - those items we squirrel away to keep for something special? Maybe some elegant embellishments, that hoard of ephemera or memorabilia found in a junk shop, a tin of old buttons, rusty keys or diamant√© jewels, a paper pad you get out and stroke then put away again, some beautiful fabric or lace you can’t bear to part with. We invite you in this challenge to share a project that includes a part of your treasure trove, just let us know what it is so we can see it and comment on it and remember our focus styles and genres to work in (which can be seen under out blog banner) if you would like to be considered for being chosen as one of our top 3 Pinworthy mentions."

Like many crafters I do have a stash of treasures and today I am sharing a wall hanging, which uses beautiful lace, fabric and buttons from my stash. I also used Powertex (translucent) to harden the lace butterflies, enabling them to appear 3 dimensional. The main focal stamp is a Lynne Pirella for Paperartsy, which I purchased last year at Ally Pally, when I met up with Brenda x
 Setting up for the Powertex and I should add that I took a photograph of my lace/fabric layout on my mobile phone before finally piecing it together.
Placed in to the bottom of the cup, which provided a lift to the wings
Corner Detail
 More detail
 I am so looking forward to viewing your makes for this wonderful challenge theme. To view the AVJ challenge  blog and to see more inspiring projects/treasures CLICK HERE
I would also like to wish my Creative Guide Sisters a Huge "Happy Birthday" as I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful journey.

Huge hugs
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Out My Comfort Zone

Hi everyone........today I am sharing a couple of birthday cards  in a style that is totally out my comfort zone. The recipients are very girly and love bling/shoes etc.
So I used some of my Sue Wilson dies and the Tattered Lace shoe die, borrowed from my mammy x
 Sue's dies cut so well and I was delighted with the way in which you can layer them.

 I just love these butterflies and applied some Ranger Stickles  in Crystal for that added bling
A little book was made to go inside the pocket that the focal 50 sits on enabling my colleagues to add their own message.
 Stickles were also applied to the blue design but I have not quite captured it in photographs taken.
I also gave in to my urge to use some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges :-)
 The recipients were over the moon with their cards and I did enjoy making them  but its back to getting messy with paints and inks for me !!!!

Sending huge hugs xxxx

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Love is in The Air

Hi everyone...Today I am sharing a Destination Inspiration post over at A Vintage Journey x Where you can view the project details. 
As its Valentine's Day on Wednesday 14th February I thought I would make a gift for a special person as seen below :
 The wee journal measures 2 1/4 inches long and 1 1/4 inches wide 
 The technique for the faux leather journal cover can be found on You Tube
 The inside of the journal was made using card, folded like a fan, then decorated with scrap papers and small heart and stars die cuts.

The other side of the journal pages below
 A personal message  will be recorded at a later stage.
Thank You so much for visiting and I hope you can manage to drop in at A Vintage Journey too for the full details on how this was created.

I would like to enter this project over at Frilly and Funkie blog where the challenge is All You Need is Love, which you can view  by clicking HERE

Over at That's Crafty Challenge this month the theme is I Heart You, where I am also entering my project. Please click HERE to go to the That's Crafty Blog

Over at The Artistic Stamper Team Blog, which you can find HERE the challenge is Roses are Red (use the colour red) I  have entered my project here as I have used a red UTEE heart along with stamping /red hearts and papers inside my wee journal using TH ledger stamps and  a stencil  

Take Care and Happy Crafting 

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Chic Shoes

Hi everyone x Some sunshine here today, which is very welcome as its been pretty 'dreich' here in South West Scotland.
Today I am sharing a shabby chic card which was made for a 21st birthday x The shoe die cuts were gifted by my mammy, whom many of you know as Rita. The recipient absolutely adores shoes so they were a perfect addition to the card. 
Background paper  (Madame Payraud) was distressed on the edges. The hearts and stars are also dies, recently purchased on Amazon, which were aged with Vintage Photo DI. The words are from Lynne's Affirmations, sold by Thats Crafty. Some stamping, an adage ticket, bakers twine and Idea-Ology piece completes the look.

Thank You for popping in today, your visits are so appreciated

Huge hugs

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Friday, 2 February 2018

Melt It Challenge at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog

Hi everyone xx Hope you are all well and keeping cosy if you live in a cold climate......for those of you in sunnier climes enjoy the weather x I just can't wait for Spring to arrive xx
Today I am sharing my project created for the lovely and talented Julia Alston's challenge theme for A Vintage Journey blog, which is 'Melt It'. Here are the challenge details as described by Julia:

"This month we're asking everyone to MELT IT! Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style!"

Our sponsor this month is COUNTRY VIEW CRAFTS, who are giving our randomly chosen winner a £20 gift voucher to spend at their online store.....so definitely worth entering!! We, the Creative Guides, ( DT) choose three Pinworthy projects  who will receive a Pinworthy badge to display on your blog.

I had such fun with this challenge theme and decided to play with Shrink Plastic as well as my Melt Pot, which had not seen the light of day for a few years !! 
First of all a Bee Crafty MDF Art Board was covered in gesso then painted with Raw Umber by Decoart. Once dry Decoart Weathered Wood Crackle Medium was randomly applied  to the substrate as I only wanted a few areas of crackle. Once the crackle medium was dry the Art Board  was painted with Decoart Chalk Paint in Lace. My wood mounted Egyptian Stamps, which I have had for over 20 years, were used to stamp the background in  Sepia and Forget Me Not Archival Ink. Once satisfied with the stamping, which was not perfect as I was attempting to create an aged feel to my project, Vintage Photo DI was applied, creating some depth to the cracked areas.
It took me ages to find my shrink plastic, carefully hidden amongst other treasures in my stash. Once again Egyptian stamps were inked with Archival Ink in Black then  once stamped were roughly cut out to create a variegated edge. When my heat tool reduced the image size  Vintage Photo Distress Ink was applied. 
A torn piece of 300gsm card was covered in Ranger Perfect Medium, enabling the UTEE to stick to it.  My heat tool was then applied to the embossing powder on 4 occasions before stamping in to the medium whilst still warm. (nb The Egyptians stamps were also covered in the Perfect Medium before applying to the UTEE as it prevented the step from sticking) TIP - if you are not happy with the stamped image then you can just heat it up again and stamp until you are satisfied with the outcome.
Jet Black Archival Ink was applied to another of the stamps and I was pleased to see that it adhered very well on the enamelled surface. 
Then it was time to play with my Melt Pot and more UTEE powder in Gold. ( I also placed some UTEE Flex in with the powder as it makes the molten powder more flexible when it hardens...not sure if it has been discontinued but it is really beneficial, especially when trimming stamped areas with scissors or a craft knife)
First technique was to pour the molten powder in to a silicone pyramid mold. 
The second technique was to pour the molten powder on to my craft sheet and then stamp in to it with a Nefertiti stamp, which again had Perfect Medium applied to prevent it from sticking. 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Print Books, which were a gift from my lovely blog friend, Redanne, were used to finish this piece and using my fingers I applied a coat of Decoart metallic Paint in Ice Blue, the edge of the Art Board was also given a coat of this stunning colour, which really pops against the background colours. (I have decided I must use more of my Tim Holtz gifts/stash in projects this year)

Please take  GREAT care when using a Melt Pot as the liquid is very very hot and you should always use both hands when pouring. 
For more inspiration by fellow Creative Guides Please click HERE, which will take you to the AVJ blog.

Have Fun & Happy Crafting xx
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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Congratulations You're Engaged

Just a quick post today as I have been very busy with cards and my DT project for A Vintage Journey, which will be revealed Friday 2nd February. This  DT project was such fun and I am pleased to say Mr Mojo must have returned from his holidays as we really had a great time !!

Below is a card made for a recent engagement  coloured in Pinks and Cream  DI's with pearls added as well as a subtle pinch of Stickles Glitter, which really added to the overall feel...its such a shame you can't view it here xx
The background is a Tim Holtz Embossing folder , which is one of my favourites. The hearts and butterflies as well as the label are also Tim Holtz for Sizzix dies. You can just see on the bottom left that the butterflies wee cut twice, once in card and the other is some  newspaper card stock. I love the way they flutter. 

Thank You for your visit and I do hope you will pop back on Friday xx

Huge hugs

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Belated Wishes for 2018

Hi everyone xx Belated wishes to you all for a very Happy New Year 2018 x Life has been very busy to date and I can't believe that its already 23rd January !!!! I have managed to visit your blogs but not had time to post. Hopefully I am now back in full creative swing !! I will certainly try to post and visit you all more often xx

Today I am sharing a card created for a Special Milestone Birthday, using those cute Crazy Birds by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous. I also used a Tim Holtz embossing folder and banner/numbers dies as well as Distress Ink.
We have lots of Birthdays and Anniversaries over the next couple of weeks so its a very busy time in the craft room.
As always thank you so much for visiting and for leaving a comment....they are so appreciated xx

Meanwhile, take care and enjoy your crafty time. 

Huge hugs xxxxx

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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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