Friday, 1 August 2014

Hello August :)

Morning all :)
Well here is August already - I am another year older (my birthday was yesterday the 31st) again lol!
It is a bit cooler now than it has been which is quite nice really, especially for our older dog Oscar, who has been really suffering in the heat.  I have had shingles, but I am on the mend now, but the hot and sticky weather has made that more uncomfortable too.  However, it has been nice to have a proper Summer as opposed to the wet weather we have had for the last few years :)
Anyway, as it is August it is time for a new challenge on the Ladybug Crafts challenge  blog.  This month the theme is ;
Favourite Colours
so a nice easy one really - although I have lots of favourite colours, which change on a regular basis!!
So, I have gone with a mixed media piece this time, in the shape of 3 tulips, which started out as plain MDF.

I gessoed the tulips and then covered them in decorative paper using gel medium to stick it down.  I inked all of the edges in walnut stain distress ink.  I did some stamping, using an alpha stamp and a numerals stamp - just over the flowers, not the stems (I really wanted to keep the green colour here), I used an archival ink here as I knew that I was going to coat with gel medium and I didn't want the ink to run.
I then took some stencils and first of all I stencilled flitter glue through and then added gilding flake. On top of that I stencilled some texture paste on too - I love that layering look.  When I finished I coated it all with some more matt gel medium to seal it all.
I made some paper roses with the same papers I covered the tulips with and then I dunked them into UTEE in my melt pot for the faux porcelain look.  I put them on one side to dry off and did the same with some punched leaves.
I stuck some patterned paper onto some Studio 490 moldable plastic (the proper name escapes me right now!) and then die cut some butterflies - as this is so thick the dies didn't cut right through so I had to fiddle a bit with a craft knife to finish cutting them - which I then heated and shaped.  I love the way that you can mold the plastic and it holds its shape perfectly.  I added a metal key to the body of one butterfly and to the other I added a little corked vial which I had filled with metal flake.  I made some antennae out of some wire and added these too.
I stuck on the flowers and the butterflies to finish this little home décor piece - I love it.  I am just loving green right now and I think these tulips are really cute :)
Don't forget to join in with the favourite colour challenge this month.
Back soon

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

July challenge Ladybug Crafts

Hi everyone ;)
I hope you're all enjoying the beautiful sunshine we've been having - I always find that the sunshine makes you feel better, it certainly makes me feel more like smiling even when I'm feeling under the weather :)
Anyway, I am here with my project for the July Ladybug Crafts challenge blog, which this month is;
Summer Flowers.
This month I've done an altered project instead of a card;

This started out as a plain MDF wood heart.
I covered it with black gesso and let it dry.
I took some kroma crackle and coloured it with acrylic paint and then spread it over the front side of the heart and put it aside to dry (which took 2 days, as I think I put too much on!)  When it was dry I added 'slap it on' to seal it.

Using Graphic 45 papers (I think it's called Bohemian bazaar?) I made flowers using Crafter's Companion Die'sire quilling flowers.
I then sprayed them with glitter spray varnish.
I added a glass pearl to the centre of each one.

I stamped my sentiment on black card and embossed with gold detail powder. I cut it so that the words were all individual. I added some gilding wax to the edges and I also sprayed this with varnish.

I added gold metallic acrylic paint to the edge of the heart before sticking all the flowers and the sentiment on.  I stuck 2 hatpins behind the flowers and added a bow and dazzler to the top.
The back of the heart was just black so I sponged more metallic gold acrylic paint over the back. I also put 'slap it on' over the back too so that it is glossy liken the rest.
I love the bright colours of this and I am addicted to paper flowers, especially the quilling ones as they look so effective!
This is on my Etsy store :)
I hope you like it too

Friday, 2 May 2014

Hello and a challenge :)

Hello again, and a Happy May to everyone :)
Well I am hoping that Summer is on its way as I am tired of the damp, murky weather and really need some sunshine.  I have spent most of April in bed with a nasty throat and chest infection which has really taken some getting over, but the worst thing is not being able to make things and craft - that makes me really crabby so my poor husband has had to put up with me griping and moaning for weeks that I couldn't do what I wanted to do!
However, I do feel as if I am on the mend now and as it is the start of May it is time for a new challenge over at the Ladybug Crafts challenge blog.  This month it is;
Use your favourite embellishments.
I have done a little blackboard this month and used paper flowers and rosettes which are my favourite thing of the moment - although my favourites do tend to change from minute to minute!
I painted the frame with acrylic paint, then covered with some patterned paper and stamped some alphas and numerals over the top.  I then used stencils to slap on some texture paste and added a tiny bit of glitter on top to give a little sparkle.I added lace around the frame inner and some beaded trim along the bottom of the chalk ledge.  I added some paper flowers that I'd made and some rosettes and also a beaded flower that I'd had left over from the beaded wedding bouquet I made.  I made a couple of little butterflies with art parts moldable plastic and added a vintage key to one and a little bottle full of gilding flake to the other.  I tied on the twine handle but added a piece and made a little wound cup to hold a piece of chalk.  Finally I tucked a couple of metal leaves behind the flowers.

I hope you like my little blackboard which I think would look lovely in a little country kitchen to let the kids know what's for tea :)
It is available in my Etsy shop HERE .

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Here comes Spring?

Hello there, I hope you're all enjoying the weekend :) 
 I am trying to catch up on some crafting but have so many ideas I'm not sure where to start! 
I thought though that I ought to share something for the Ladybug challenge blog, which this month is based on the theme of Spring. 
I am showing the birdhouse I made for my mum for Mother's day.
 Actually I made this a little while ago and my mum kept saying how she liked it and would I make her one so, as she is difficult to buy for, I thought she should have it for Mother's Day.
It started life just as a blank MDF birdhouse.  I used Tilda papers and covered it and inked it.  I die cut some paper borders to edge the roof and did a few rolled flowers to pop about.  I added the little clock at the apex of the roof and then for the Tilda bird to perch on, I put a vintage style key. I just love it and my mum has hung it in her hallway and it looks really cute.

I hope you like my little birdhouse and also that you'll join in the Spring challenge over at the Ladybug challenge blog

Monday, 24 March 2014

Beaded bouquet

Hello all :)  Well it's pretty chilly here and I am busy crafting.  As most of you know my health is pretty poor at the best of times and I have been unable to work too much for ages and to be honest I hate it! Anyway, I do have a small online craft store at Ladybug Crafts selling crafty goodies but now I am also thinking of selling more of the things I make too.  I will probably open an Etsy store soon but have lots of things to make and ideas to follow up first.  So, I thought you might like to see my first French beaded bouquet made after following a lesson by the fabulous Katie Dean. 
It's a wedding bouquet and with enough practice I am hoping to perhaps make some to sell - I would love to know what you think;

I also have plans for lots of beautiful cushions, home décor items and also cards as always.  I'll be back later with a little blackboard I have altered.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Long time no blog!

Hello everyone! 
Well it really is long time no blog!.  Unfortunately my health has continued to deteriorate and I have felt pretty low for several months. Because of this I have neglected things that I have loved to do such as my blog, but now I have made a promise to myself that I will post more often in the hopes that tis will encourage me to craft a bit more and therefore lift my mood :)
So enough feeling sorry for myself and on with the craft! It is the 1st of March and so it is time for a new challenge over at my challenge blog , and this month it is Anything Goes.

I have made a card using a beautiful Darkroom Door Anemonewhich I have stamped and embossed a luscious chocolate brown (it is actually called Bak and it is a WOW powder but it looks good enough to eat!)
On the corners I have used frantage embossing powder in shabby pink. For the background I used a Kanban backing paper and then took a piece of Kraft card and embossed an Anna Griffin background stamp (which I have had forever!) in white detail powder - I just love this white on kraft effect and the detail in the flowers just doesn't show up in the photos. I added some pink organza ribbon from my stash, a little Baker's twine bow and a couple of little stick pins to finish off.
 I hope you like it and I promise to try to be back really soon
Thanks for reading


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Finally back after a crummy couple of months!!

Hello everyone - well it seems like an eternity since I have posted here but I have had a terrible couple of months.  My health continues, as ever, to be really crummy and it is a struggle to carry on if I'm honest but nevermind there is always somebody worse off.
Then on September 4th I lost my beloved Irish Setter William.  He had surgery for a lump and we lost him within a week due to it being an aggressive cancer - my heart is broken and I miss him so much.  To top it all on the same day my dad was in hospital to have a stent put in his heart and he had a heart attack on the table - luckily he was in the right place and he is well on the mend now but the stress of it all made my health even worse than usual.
Anyway, I am back on the up now (although I am still having my moments) but thought I had better make more of an effort.  So I have signed up to a couple of online journalling courses and am definitely going to try to blog more often.

So , there is a new challenge over on my store blog HERE and it would be fab if you would like to take part.  The theme this month is Halloween, or for those that don't do Halloween, use your die cuts :)
I love Halloween but have no one to give a Halloween card to so I have used some die cuts on this card that I made for a 60th Anniversary card;

The papers are Kanban (who are sadly no longer going), and the stamp is an old Creative Expressions one which I lightly watercoloured and I just love it :)  The flower is a Spellbinders spiral blossom, the 60 is cut with my Slive and I punched lots of leaves with my beloved but ancient leaf punch which I have to stand on to get it to go through even the thinnest of card but I love the shape of the leaves LOL.  I bet you have all got something in your stash which doesn't work as well as it once did but you can't bear to get rid of it!!!
Anyway, I finished the card with some satin and organza ribbon from my stash, a couple of pins and some little bugs from K & Company (I think).
I hope you like this card - the people I made for loved it so that made me smile too!
I promise to be back soon but don't forget to join in the challenge