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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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Is it Really November ??

Hi everyone...............sorry for my lack of comments but DH and I are having a late holiday in the Algarve, Portugal. Apart from a couple of days we have had wonderful weather. Experiencing these temperatures really confuses you that it's Autumn and  only 7.5 weeks to Christmas !!!! We also had the pleasure of our son and his wife joining us for 5 days, which was fantastic !!!
In the photograph below you can see us having lunch at Antonio's......the most amazing Fish Restaurant near Vale De Lobo..........delicious fish and amazing service.

Off to Seville for a couple of days tomorrow. We are massive Game Of Thrones fans so we are heading to see the gardens there, which were filmed as Dorn

Catch up soon xx
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Monday, 24 October 2016

Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey

Welcome lovely peeps xx Today I am sharing a project over at A Vintage Journey Blog, which is part of the Destination Inspiration. Creative Guides share step by step details of creations using certain products, techniques, colours and substrates from our Travel Bag

Below is a sneak peek of my make :

To view the complete project and step by step please click HERE

Thank You for dropping in today and if you leave me a comment I shall get back to you as soon as I can

Take care and happy crafting xxxx

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Friday, 7 October 2016

Make it Spooky for A Vintage Journey October Challenge

Hi everyone...........Its that time of year again when things "Go Bump in The Night" and the lovely Anne Redfern has chosen the theme of "Make it Spooky" for this month's challenge at A Vintage Journey.
Here are Anne's own words regarding the challenge theme details:
As we approach All Hallows' Eve we want you to create a vintage, shabby, industrial, Steampunk or mixed media project to celebrate the spookiness of Halloween, don't limit yourself to black, orange and purple - just 'Make it Spooky'!!

Having recently located some of my stash of Graphic 45 papers I decided to make a Spooky Steampunk Project. For more spooky projects made by my amazing AVJ family and to join in with the challenge please click HERE

I have had this clock for quite some time so decided I would like to alter it and make something that I could use as a home decor piece. As mentioned I used papers from my Graphic 45 stash. Its tie for me to start using these gorgeous papers along with others, after all that's what they are for!!!!
The front of the paper stash used can be seen below and above you can see how I used the back of the clock as the template.
 I decided to do a bit of 3D decoupage and fussy cut some of the paper elements, edging them with my distress marker to remove the white  cut edge.

I also added Crackle Accents to the cut papers and really liked the way they appear when layered.  as seen below
Some spider web  fabric and a spider/skeleton, who is trying to escape !!!
And below another photograph of the finished project.  The skeleton hands were clasps that I purchased in a supermarket beginning with S and ending in Y's. I just removed the clips!!!
I do apologise for the way the light is catching the sign above the clock, which reads Potions & Charms. 
For more inspiration by my AVJ family Creative Guides and to view challenge details please click HERE
Thank you so much for dropping in today and I look forward to viewing your entires to the AVJ challenge. 
Take care and keep crafty xx

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Friends challenge xxx

Hi everyone...last week my lovely mum and I had a wonderful crafty day with our talented friend Astrid. As always we have crafty chats and share tips/techniques etc. This time we also shared some stamps and dies. 
Don't ask me why but I set us a challenge to create something using the dies we cut with a deadline of today!!!  Now why did I do that !!!!  I totally forgot I had a project to make for the Friday, I was then working  12 hour shifts over the weekend, had another project to make and a few personal matters to attend to............but anyway I could not opt out now !!!!

So here by the seat of my pants is my first Christmas card of the year !!!!

 Above you can see the finished card with stencils. dies, stamps, distress inks etc.
 I started off by applying gesso to a card and then some texture paste through a TH bubble stencil
 The die cut  world map was  inked with Vintage Photo and Black Soot distress Inks. Similarly the word PEACE was inked with Festive Berries and edged with Black Soot DI. The black around the edge really defines it.  I now have these dies as I can see me making great use of them xx
 The die cut holly and Ivy leaves are by Sheena Douglas and are totally fabulous. Having watched Sheena on a craft channel show (There are also matching stamps, which are essential)  I knew I just had to purchase these dies and stamps as they will be perfect for this years Christmas cards.  The ivy can also be used anytime. Again, I edged the leaves with Vintage Photo DI and Black Soot then applied Mowed Lawn, which really added the depth of green that I hoped to achieve.  (See below)
I also added a little Stickles glitter using my finger, which you can just see if you look closely xx
So................I made the challenge just in time.  YAY !!!!You can view mum and Astrid's makes by clicking on their names.............RITA.............ASTRID

Thank You for dropping in.....It is really appreciated and I love it even more when you leave a comment, enabling me to get back to you. 
Take Care and Huge hugs

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Friday, 30 September 2016

Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone.............I can't believe that tomorrow is the first day of October and before we known it Halloween, Guy Fawkes Night and Christmas will be upon us !!!! OMG I hear you say !!!!

You may also remember that earlier this year I left A Vintage Journey and my lovely crafty buddies, whom I missed so much............the good news............ I am now back with them and I am just so happy and clearly, so is my mojo !!!! YAY !!!!

I don't know if its ever happened to you but I had a craft room clean/clear out over the summer and  once completed every time I went in to create I could not find what I wanted/lost my motivation and Mr Mojo clearly wasn't happy either !!!!

My mojo is clearly easing his way back and today I am joining in with my fabulous AVJ family and their Tag Friday post.
I was inspired by Andy Skinner, whom I saw on HOCHANDA a few weeks ago. I loved his rusting and aged techniques so made a purchase of Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Gray.
I had a few other paints i.e Raw Umber as I had participated in one of Andy's online workshops a few years ago.
Layering the Payne's fray and Quin Gold is fabulous and I shall be trying out more of Andy's techniques as I am a grungy style girl. I also loved the effect of the weathered wood and Antiquing Cream in Titanium White.
Above you can see variations of Andy's new stamps and below some numbers from one of his new stencils
The Livre Apothicaire is also a stamp of Andy Skinners, which I stamped on to tissue paper, splattered some Quinacrodone Red paint, added a spider and some grey  spider webbing type fabric that I picked up in Wilko last year for a pound. The Skeleton was also purchased cheaply in a food superstore too !!!!
Thank You for dropping in and I hope I have inspired you to look out for some of Andy's future shows, products or techniques shared on You Tube. 

Meanwhile you can check out the fabulous tags posted by my uber talented buddies over at AVJ by clicking HERE. To view the step by step you can visit their individual blogs by clicking on their names !!!!

Huge Hugs  xxxx

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Octogenarian !!!!

Hi everyone....sorry its been a while as August has been so busy with 30th birthdays, looking after our grand-puppy....yes our grand-puppy !!!! He is a Boxer called  Chuck  and  we absolutely adore him xx 
As our cats are aged 17 & 18 years my DH and I were going between houses, staying overnight, for just over a week as it would not have been fair to have Chuck at ours. He is not used to cats and our two would have been quite anxious as he is a big bundle of fun who likes to play with everyone xx.

In fact Chuck was like my FitBit for a week, with lots of walks and play. 

Anyway, below I have an 8" by 8" card for an 80 year old gentleman to share, which depicts Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous rubber stamps and lots of stencilling etc. I also used a Gabrielle Pollaco stencil with PA Grunge Paste. 
Heading off to the Edinburgh Fringe for a couple of days, people watching and also a concert in which the Treacherous orchestra are playing...............really looking forward to it !!

Sending you all my best wishes and thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment. I shall certainly return the compliment. 

Take care and Huge Hugs xxxxx
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