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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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Fun with Infusions

Hi everyone........apologies for my lack of visits/comments last 10 days xx I have been visiting family and friends in the Wirral, Durley, Southampton and Cumbria, returning home yesterday evening.
Hopefully I shall manage to catch up with your latest posts this week.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had invested in some PaperArtsy Infusions. Below you can view a couple of cards that I have made. I thoroughly enjoyed using Infusions with the gel mediums and hope to play with water and other techniques in the next few days as I have a few more cards to create. 

 I loved the gold embossing on this really added to the richness of the colours

 On the card below I used Archival Ink on top of the Infusions Background, ensuring it was dry by using my Ranger heat gun.

Kids have just arrived for dinner and hopefully we can sit outside as its been an amazing day. 

Huge hugs and catch up soon xx

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Anniversary Wishes

Hi everyone...............hope you are well and if life is not so good then I hope that it improves soon xxxx
Today is a quick post to share a little card that I made for a recent anniversary. It was put together  using a Spellbinders die and Tim Holtz Framelits and stamp set plus a TH embossing folder.

Will be back through the week to share a card I made using  Paperartsy Infusions on the background

Huge Hugs and Thank You for taking the time to visit xx

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Monday, 4 July 2016

Say it With Flowers

Welcome everyone...............hope that the weather is improving as its very much been a mixed bag in our neck of the woods !! One minute is lovely sunshine then dark clouds and heavy rain........!!!

Today I am sharing an 8 by 8 easel card made for a friend who has recently retired.
Once again the beautiful Ophelia stamp from Stampsmith was used and a variety of leaves and tattered florals from Tim Holtz. With a little cup and saucer also making an appearance as she loves nothing more than a cup of tea !!

Having fun with Paperartsy Infusions at the will be back to share some of the projects next week...............meanwhile look after yourselves and have fun crafting xxxxx

I am also entering this project over at 613 Avenue Create where the challenge is Anything Goes with a twist - American Beauty and Use a Rose
It has also been some time since I played over at Fashionable Stamping where the challenge theme is Beautiful Blooms. Ophelia has leaves/blooms in her hair.

Over at The Artistic Stamper the challenge theme is All Things Bright and Beautiful and as my card is lovely and bright with florals/butterflies etc I am sharing it over there
Live & Love Crafts new challenge theme is Sprinkles of Summer, where my lovely florals, butterflies with pearls and  stamped image fit in.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes

As always thank you for taking the time to visit and leave a comment. They are truly appreciated xx
Huge hugs xx
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Birthday Card for a Dear Friend

Hi everyone....hope you are well and enjoying the summer weather/time spent outdoors.

It has been a wee while since I posted as I was away in Venice.........a trip thats been on my bucket list for years.............then of course there's work and other commitments. I have been crafting and still visiting blogland but had no time to post. 

Anyway I can now share a card made for a crafty friends birthday. Lynne absolutely loves Stampsmith Stamps so I used the lovely Ophelia, which is also one of my favourites.

Lots of layers,  using Madame Peraud papers by Papermania, with some of them torn and pieces of muslin adhered within the tears. The frame  around Ophelia was a gift from my lovely friend Astrid  and is a Sue Wilson Die, which I have since purchased as it's so beautiful.  Old lace, a metal butterfly and some pearls were also added to complete the vintage/shabby style, which is one of my favourites. 

Thank you for dropping in today...............visits are really appreciated  and its always nice to return the compliment x A busy week ahead but I am hoping to join in with Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry over the weekend x

Take Care and Huge Hugs
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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Shabby Chic Doily and Lace card

Hi Everyone.............cant believe its where did April go!!! Today I am sharing a card that I made using the Madame Peraud papers, a vintage doily and a lace butterfly.
The edges of the card were distressed with scissors and I inserted some cheese cloths where I have torn the paper. 
A pearl was applied to the lace butterfly and some Calico Craft Parts adorn the corners, with a lovely little part placed on the butterfly. The CCP's had some white paint applied using my fingers and I also took one of Tim's stencils and applied some Gathered twigs on to the paper.

There is some sunshine here in my neck of the woods at present, though it has been quite mixed with cloud and showers, but apparently warmer weather is on its way...............Yay!!!

Take care whatever you are up to and I look forward to catching up with you soon

Huge Hugs

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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Happy Easter to all my wonderful crafty friends and followers xx

Hello everyone...............hope you are having a lovely weekend and to those who celebrate Easter I wish you a very happy one xx I just can't believe how quickly the months are disappearing !!! It seems no time since Christmas.
The clocks have now sprung forward, which means lighter evenings and hopefully warmer weather is coming our way.
Today I am sharing a birthday card made recently for a dear friend.

Lots of stencilling in the background and you can see the lovely die by Sue Wilson taking centre stage. The butterfly is a die cut and embossing folder from the Tim Holtz range for Sizzix.

Have a wonderful weekend and a great week

Huge hugs

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