Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October Challenge at Ladybug Crafts

Hello all and welcome to Autumn :)
I love the Autumn, especially the beautiful colours that surround us.  I am very lucky to live in a fairly rural area so get to see lots of leaves turning from green to a fabulous range of oranges, yellows and browns :)
So, over at the Ladybug Crafts challenge blog this month, the challenge is Autumn and/or Halloween :)
Now I love Halloween, but sadly I don't really have anyone to send Halloween cards to so I have chosen to go with the Autumn theme.
I have used Heartfelt Creations papers and stamps to make this card.
I stamped in Vintage Sepia Versafine and then coloured the sunflower with Aquamarkers.
I didn't use any water at all (which is what I would usually do) but used the blender pen instead.  I used a hot pressed watercolour paper so it was nice and smooth. 
I layered up some of the papers from the matching pad and added the stamp which I had cut out with a slight margin.
The little stamp like piece with the sunflower on was coated with Glossy accents and a sprinkling of really fine glitter.
I added a big bow with a resin rose on top and also added 2 corduroy brads at the top.
I did the inside of the card to match.
Heartfelt Creations papers make it so easy to make a fab card fairly quickly and most of all I love these amazing Autumnal colours.

I hope you like my card today and I also hope you'll join in with our challenge this month.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Good afternoon everyone :) 
I hope you are all well and having a fab crafty September.
I am trying to organise myself to make Christmas cards and gifts - I've got
so much to do and the time is just flying by!!
Anyway, I thought I would pop in and let you see a card I have made with some
I have made a bit of a shaped card by using a scalloped circle die to take off the top corner.
I have embossed some pink Core'dinations card with the Ornate Butterflies embossing folder.
I then sanded it back to see the core - I love this folder, especially as it's A4
so you can do some really big projects with it.
I then took the Decorative Heart folder and embossed some white card.  I used Pebeo gilding wax in Empire Gold to really make the pattern stand out.
I cut out one of the embossed butterflies from the left over pink card
and also embossed some vellum with the butterflies too and cut one out of this too.
I added gilding wax to the vellum piece and then stuck the vellum wings to the pink butterfly
and added some little pearls along the body.
I stuck this lovely little butterfly to the centre of the heart.
The sentiment is from the Sentimentals range - Vintage Floral - Greetings 
To finish I added
a fancy bow, a sparkly gem and a couple of stick pins.

I think this card is really floaty and feminine and I love it :)
I hope you do too

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

My exciting news

Hello again (and so soon !!).
Well I did mention that I had some exciting news that I would like to share.
To be honest I have known for a little while now but to be honest I couldn't really believe it lol, so didn't say much just in case it wasn't real!!
I had a message on Facebook from a very nice lady who asked if I had a few moments for a chat.  For a horrible moment I wondered if I'd done something I shouldn't have done so I hesitantly said yes I was about and could have a few words.
Anyway, the nice lady was Sharon Callis from Crafter's Companion and she asked me if I would like to be a part of Crafter's Companion's Die'sire design team.  I asked her if she had the right person LOL!!!  So after the shock had abated a bit I said I would love to -
so I am now a design team member for Crafter's Companion Die'sire dies and Embossalicious embossing folders.
Excited isn't quite the right word, I'm ecstatic but a bit nervous too as the girls on the team are all super talented.  I am certainly going to do my very best to produce some great projects for them - and this is made easier by the fabulous dies and embossing folders that they bring to the market.
So I thought I had better share a crafty make with you using said folders :)
For the first one, I have kept it simple;

This is Kraft card embossed using the 8 x 8 folder Elegance.
I wrapped some lace across the front and made a lace flower.  The sentiment is from the Sentimentals range - Sentiments heat embossed with WOW powder and cut out with the Scalloped Tag .
I made the inside up to match and added a blank scalloped tag as a place to write a message :)
Well I will be back with lots more from Crafter's Companion very soon.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Ladybug crafts September challenge :)

Hello everyone :)
Running late as ever lol - I really can't believe it's September already!
I have lots of Christmas cards to get making, plus lots of gifts etc as I am hoping to get a craft stall somewhere a little nearer the time (I would like a regular stall somewhere but just can't find the right spot at the moment).
Also I have some exciting news, but I shall blog about that separately after this!
However, as it's the start of the month that means that it is challenge time over at the Ladybug Crafts challenge blog.  this month it's ..
Anything Goes
it was going to be something totally different but I mixed everything up with the months, so
 Anything Goes it is :)
I have done something a little different for me - I had a fab Whimsy stamp I have never inked up but I also had some age old papers which I loved the colour of and didn't know what to use them for, so I thought I would see if I could put them together even though I wouldn't normally.
I love the image but I'm not sure about the card, but my hubby thinks it's fab albeit different :)
So what do you think...

I coloured the lion with Spectrum Noir pens and pencils.  As I said the paper is some I've had for ages so I have no idea who it's by.  I stitched around the mats just because I fancied it :)  The sentiment is by Crafter's Companion from their Sentimentals range - 'Greetings'.
I just love that lion - well being a Leo I have to don't I!
Anyway, as I said it is something a little different but I kind of like it :)
Right back soon with my exciting news
(Oh, don't forget to join in the challenge :) )

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 d├ęcor 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 .