Wednesday, 6 December 2017

National Cardmaker Runner Up!

If you are a reader of any of the Immediate Media magazines such as Quick Cards, Cardmaking and Papercraft etc you may have seem little ol me!


I was luck to be chosen as a Runner Up in their National Cardmaking Competition. I am so excited as I received a voucher for £150 for Crafting.co.uk!

Here are the cards I entered:




I hope they provide some inspiration and would also like to congratulate my fellow competitors!




Thursday, 16 November 2017

Snowflakes and Glitter

I must apologise for my lack of posting. At the moment I am busy prepping my Christmas craft stall stock so very busy!

I thought I would share some of the little cards I have been making which I am selling in my ETSY store too.




The die cut cards were made using dies from DOcrafts whilst the ducks are from an InkyDoodles Stamp set. I used watercolour pens to colour the image in.

So this is a short and sweet post, but will be back soon with news on my new Cricut Maker Machine!! (Santa visited early!)




Saturday, 28 October 2017

Happy Hauntings

So the witching hour will soon be nigh for those celebrating Halloween on the 31st. I love the day but prefer to think of the traditional origins rather than the commercialised merchandise! We will be carving our pumpkin as usual and enjoying a spooky tea.

This spooky card I made for a Halloween Card Swap at UK Stampers Group on Facebook.


I turned to an old Creative Expressions set of stamps which are still my favourite for the window, ghostly figure,pumpkins and ivy. I stamped these onto a background I made using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and water. 

I used a stencil and Distress ink to add the spooky tree. I stamped and coloured the pumpkins using watercolour pencils before cutting out and adding to the front. The black base card was put through an embossing folder and then I rubbed gold ink over the top to highlight.

I hope you all have a fantastic Halloween and stay safe whatever you are doing.

I am entering this into the following challenges:


Fussy and Fancy Friday - Spooky
Moo Mania and More - Halloween
Cards and More - Halloween
Tuesday ThrowDown - Spooktacular
Eclectic Ellapu - Dark / Dramatic





Sunday, 8 October 2017

Mini Book of Spells

I had such fun making this mini book! I made it for a Junk Journal Swap but would love to keep it myself!


 The cover was made from a cardboard box, covered in embossed black card. I used silver acrylic paint to highlight the raised areas. The lock and hinges are by Tim Holtz. The hinges are greyboard, embossed and again painted with acrylic paint.

All the pages I tea dyed myself to give a vintage feel.



I used lots of different things from my stash and printed ephemera.  

I think I may have to make another one for myself!

Challenges I am entering:

Love to Create - Anything Mixed Media / Creative
Frilly and Funkie - Tis near Halloween




Thursday, 28 September 2017

Nuts!

Thats how this week has been really - a little bit nuts. I have been a bit unwell with an infection and it has halted my progress.

It has given me time though to catch up with some of the swaps I am taking part in. This postcard I made for UK Stampers Forum Postcard Swap.


I used a set of stamps by Sheena Douglass for this. First I put Spiced Marmalade onto a craft sheet and spritzed it before dragging the card through it. I then stamped the images and text using an Archival Black Ink Pad. To add extra colour I used Aquamarkers and a waterbrush.

I love Autumn and I think these colours sum the season up perfectly.

Other challenges I am entering are :
Crafty Cardmakers - Autumn
Make My Monday - Autumn Colours
Crazy Challenge - Add an Animal




Friday, 15 September 2017

UK STAMPERS TAG SWAP

It's been a long time but I am so glad that I have refound UK Stampers Group on Facebook.  It has some great monthly swaps and I decided to take part in some. This week I am sharing my tag I made for the September Tag Swap.


First I stamped a music note background from a stamp by WOW! Embossing Powders. I then stamped and coloured the flowers with Spectrum Noir Pencils before affixing to the tag. I did the same with the birds. To made it look a bit distressed I edged the tag with white acrylic paint.

I hope the receiver will like it...!!

I am entering the following challenges too

Love to Craft - Anything Goes




Sunday, 10 September 2017

Junk Journalling - a new obsession!

Its been a while since I've had time to post,but with the summer holidays now a distant memory I'm slowly getting back into the craft room.

One of the most fun things I have found is Junk Journalling. There are lots of groups on Facebook that hold swaps and I have been dipping my toe in the water.

I am very much a beginner but thought I would share some of my photos from the most recent swaps I've taken part in. I would love to hear from you if you love Junk Journalling too!

Fairy Swap



Sewing Themed Swap


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

In the water

As well as my tag being inspired by the sea, we certainly are in the water in the South of England. It is miserable!

This week at Go Tag Thursday the theme is the letter "S". So I chose to use a stamp set by Sheena Douglass and Creative Stamping Magazine. I used the fabulous Distress Oxides for the background, before stamping the sentiment and the seahorse. I used mica paints to add some shimmer to the seashorse too. The anchor and shells I die cut using various dies. I then went to town with Ultra thick Embossing Powder, Thick White Enamel powder and sequins for a shimmering sea like finish.


Close up of the detail


Hopefully next time I post we may be basking in sunshine!!

Other Challenges I am entering:
Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Country View Craft - Blues and Greens





Wednesday, 12 July 2017

In the garden

We've had a few good days of sunshine here on the South Coast of England and now a few days of rain. The garden really needed it!


Coincidentally the theme at Go Tag Thursday this week is In The Garden. So I made this tag.

I painted a piece of card die cut into a tag shape with Pebeo Dyna Paints. The fence I cut on my Cricut machine before running it through a wood effect embossing folder. I used Distress Ink to highlight the pattern.

The butterfly, dragonfly and flowers are new from That's Crafty. There is a whole selection of chipboard flowers and insects. I painted them with paint and Distress Inks.

The leaves and flower in the foreground I stamped using a set from WOW! Embossing Powder. I had great fun creating this!

Other challenges I am entering are:
An Inky Mess - Anything Mixed Media
Country View Challenges - Things With Wings




Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Tagged With Love

I am writing this in the sweltering heat in the UK! It is expected to reach 34c today. This is a photo of our beautiful water lillies in the sunshine.



I haven't done a lot of crafting as its too hot to sit indoors, but here is a tag I have made.


I used a kraft tag for the base with a coat of gesso. Then I stamped the sentiment (not sure where it came from!) I had a piece of card I had die cut hearts from so I used this as a stencil with Distress Ink. 
The flower stamps are from WOW! Embossing Powders. I stamped these and then cut them out. I painted a wooden heart with gesso and then used a script stamp over the top. To finish I added gilding flaekes, glitter and some twine.

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Altered Eclectics - Anything Mixed Media
Creative Artiste - Mixed Media
Go Tag Thursday - Anything Goes









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