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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Friday, 2 December 2016

Winter Magic at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog

Hi everyone.............It's time for another challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this month the host is our very talented Deb, of Paxton Valley Folk Art blog, which can be found HERE
Deb has chosen the theme "Winter Magic" and here is what she has to say:

"For us in the northern hemisphere December brings the start of winter and for many that means freezing cold weather and Christmas. But winter is so much more than that and so we ask, how would you interpret the magic of winter? Snow, icicles, colours of blue, silver and white, the festivities of Christmas, misty winter landscapes; show us what your magical focus is for the season and in a vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk style."

As someone who just loves Christmas time this theme conjured up memories of  snow and  in particular very cold and frosty mornings. 
As a child I remember Jack Frost making the most beautiful patterns on the window of our bedroom, something not many people see nowadays with central heating in most homes. I also love snow globes and the magic of the glitter dancing within the so pretty xx

Below is my creation for Deb's Winter Magic challenge

 It's such a shame that I cannot catch the glitter on my camera, even when taking the photograph outside.
Below you can see the snow globe stamp, which was one of a large set of stamps free with Creative Stamp Magazine
 Some Die Cut leaves from Tim Holtz thinlits
 Now beginning to come what shall I create the background with ??
 Some snowflakes to start off!!
 Followed by some Decoart Snow-tex, which I also used on a  TH snowflake stencil and was really pleased with the results. ( I added some water to the snow-tex to make it easier to apply with my paint brush stucco style)
 I then decided to stamp the snow globe and scene in blue, using Wendy Vecchi Archival ink in Manganese Blue
 Some watered down gesso was splattered using a paint brush
 And then some die cuts of Tim Holtz stamp and die sets..........absolutely love this snowman, who appears to like this  snow globe as much as I do !!!
 A little piece of tartan ribbon and some Ranger Stickles glitter applied to the snowflakes, trees, globe and Santa complete the look.
Thanking for dropping in's always nice to know you have visited xx For more inspiration please visit the AVJ blog, where my lovely talented DT sisters have more inspiration for you.  Please CLICK HERE
It would be lovely to see you join in with us this month and our sponsor is in fact Country View Crafts who are offering a £20 voucher to spend in their online store. The winner is randomly chosen so everyone who enters is in with a chance of winning xx

Sending huge wishes to you xx
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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone...............two more days until December then its the countdown to Christmas xx
Just recently we had a few birthdays in the family and today I am sharing one of those cards.
I used Catherine Moore stamps on an old book page, masking the lady so I could add the tree behind her. Some twine and matting of the book page as well as distressing the dye of the matted card. The background was created with Paperartsy Infusions and the Ivy leaves are stamps and dies by Sheena Douglass. The happy birthday stamp is from a TH stamp set. I also adhered some muslin and a piece of torn fabric.
It's a busy time for crafter's who have long lists of things to do so I am sending huge hugs to you all as always xx Thank You for stopping by xx

Take care xx
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Monday, 21 November 2016

Paloma visits Ayrshire, Scolkand, UK

Hi everyone...many of you will be aware of Paloma, the Bird of Peace, who is visiting the homes/countries of crafters all over the world. Paloma started her journey in France and has travelled worldwide. Details of her journey can be found HERE on Lys's blog
Today Paloma has arrived in Ayrshire, safe and sound with her new passport, as her previous one was lost in transit, She was accompanied by a beautiful card, all made by Astrid of Astrid's Artistic Efforts.

Paloma is now heading  off on another journey and I am sure you will be able to follow the destinations by clicking the post " Where Is Paloma?" by clicking HERE

Safe travels sweet bird xxxxx

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Enjoy the Journey

Hi everyone..a very quick post today as I am trying very hard to work on my Christmas cards and gifts at the moment, as well as manage all the other everyday task!! 
Below is a birthday card for a special person
I created texture using paste through a TH stencil, addition of die cuts , rub ons, tape and the travel sign from Calico Craft Parts.  A little stencilling at the side then the addition of the tickets.

I am sure you are all just as busy so I am sending my best wishes to you for a wonderfully creative week

Huge hugs
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