Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat...

Hi, I hope it's nice where you are 'cos I'm still in the sunshine (and another year older now lol) Today it's the turn of the lovely Carol to  host the challenge and she's gone with a colour theme of purple, black and pink. So, out came the paints, and this is what I came up with.
My 'bats' are actually Owl Tree, this is what they should look like...
Yep they look good as owls too lol.

The sentiment is Twinkle Bat and I think it fits in rather nicely here.
I've gone around the edges with Abstract Foliage to give it a spooky feel.
I hope you like it, and that you play along with our challenge - don't be shy, we love seeing your entries.
Thanks very much for looking, and I'll be around catching up next week when I'm back home x

Monday, 13 October 2014

There Are Always Flowers

Greeting from Sunny Tenerife (I hope) It's my birthday today, and I quite like this new tradition we've started of celebrating it on holiday. Here's my second piece for the CVC Sparkle and Shine challenge. 
Again Christmas has been barred, but after my birthday it's open season, so I'll be in full Christmas mode when I get home lol.
I know it looks like my matting and layering is a bit off here, but I'm making myself a journal, and this will go in when I've got a few more pages done. I do have a few journals, but I always mess up on page 2 or 3 and then it puts me off lol.
So from the top...
I always forget what I've used so I've put it in the photograph :-)
I've brayered on 
Butternut and

Next came a bit of stamping, I've used Ellen's stamps from EEV08 stamped in Snowflake, the text is from Sara Naumann's ESN111 stamped in Wendy Vecchi's Orange Blossom, and Sara's scratches are stamped in Tango fresco.
I went a bit high tec and also used some bubble wrap with my new favourite Hint of Mint from Lin's Autumn limited edition paints.

Take your eyes of that dirty craft mat lol. The stenciling at the top is one of Lin's stencils and Guacomole paint, and the stamping at the bottome is the border from JOFY 24

Now time for the sparkle and shine.
Nothing says shine like glass paint on acetate! I've used the flowers and sentiment from JOFY 14 The only way to stick the flowers down without the glue showing through was to stitch them. This gives them loads more movement than if they were just stuck. I love my new sewing machine, it can go in a straight line without any help from me, which is great because I can't do straight!
 There's still loads of time to join in with our challenge over at Country View Crafts, the winner will receive a £20.00 gift certificate, and be offered a design team spot for an upcoming challenge. 
Hope you like mine, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Stampotique Designers Challenge - Use Book Text

Hi, hopefully if I've set up Blogger correctly, it's Wednesday, and time for another Stampotique challenge. This week it's the fabulous Corrie's turn to choose the theme, and here's what she says.
Hello everybody and happy Wednesday to you all!
Today it is my turn to host the Challenge and I would like you to use book text. This is such a versatile material and when I get a bit stuck, I regularly reach for an old book to use the pages. I think everybody has an old book or magazine lying around to use. I can't wait to see what you come up with, but most of all have fun creating !!! 
Corrie x
The background has been created with Brusho's . They are the latest craze and I think I'm gonna like them! Next time though I will wear gloves, I had inked fingers for 3 days!

This is just the Brusho's on the card. I've used yellow and aquamarine - this is the nicest colour I've ever seen. 
I've stamped Journey Collage with bleach, stood back and gone wow. Told you I was going to like the Brusho's!
I've also painted in bleach some of Angelboy's wings, and stamped Journey Collage onto book text and sewn down.
The seam binding has  been dyed with the Brusho crystals too.
This was really fun to make, so thank you Corrie for a fab challenge.
I hope you will join in too and use some book text.
Thanks very much for looking x

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Men, Men, Men, Men, Manly Men....

The fabulous Kim  has chosen the theme at Stampotique this week, and she has gone for a masculine feel.
I'm so excited to host the challenge this week as it's one I'm always struggling with.  In a home where the males outweigh the females, you wouldn't think it would take much to create a masculine card, but it's something I have a hard time doing every time I sit down to make one.  I challenge you to show me your best masculine cards this week-are they ones that come naturally to you or do you draw a blank when you need to create one as well?
Can't wait to see all the possibilities you come up with this week!
It's true isn't it, whatever is in your stash it's never the right stuff to make a 'man card' they're just difficult arn't they - men in general I mean :-)
Here's my card.
This technique was shown to me by the wonderful Jo (JOFY) and I loved it so much I had to make another straight away while I still remembered how to do it!
Everything has been painted with Fresco acrylics.

This is the tag that hiding in the slot. It's attached with some very manly string lol.
I've used the following stamps.

Hope you like it, and that you will join in this week and make something for the man in your life.

Right I'm off to pack now, 2 weeks in the sunshine for me, so I'll see you all when I get back :-) 

Have fun and get stamping! xx

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Life Isn't Just A Bag Of Bits

Here is my 1st piece for this months Sparkle and Shine challenge at  Country View Crafts. Recently I was lucky enough to spend a 'training day' with the fabulous PaperArtsy girls Leandra, Lin, and Jo(FY)  It was THE BEST day and these are the nicest ladies you could ever wish to meet. The idea was that you had an hour to make a project, then move on to the next table and make something else....
Anyone who has ever been on a class with me will know that I always come away with a half finished project, and a bag of bits to finish at home. I always have the best of intentions, but months later I still have the bag of bits. Well not this time, oh no, this time I've finished it off!
This is a piece of 8x8 greyboard, which I've not used before, but it is fab! Really strong, and holds it's shape whatever you throw at it. The lovely Lin had already stenciled in the poppies for us with grunge paste but the rest is mine (ok Lin did help me blend my paints too lol) That's what's so great about these days you learn the real stuff like how to blend your paints, which brush to use, how much water etc.
So where is the sparkle and shine?
It's here in Darcy's fab new flower from EDY09 It's been painted in Pumpkin Soup, and Plum from the new Autumn Limited Edition paints. The sparkle has been added with a blob of Glossy Accents and Treasure Silver.
Other paints used are
Hey Pesto 
We have more dots over another of Lin's stencils ELB PS001, and I've stamped the flower from ELB01 in paint, and also with Copper Kettle Gilding Flakes.
The sentiment is from HP1204 and is one of my favourites. There's also some Treasure Silver over the grunge paste grass.

Hope you like my Sparkle and Shine hanging, and that you join in with our challenge too. There's a £20.00 certificate to spend in the shop for the lucky winner, and a chance to play along with the design team in a future challenge.
Thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Week Four at Claudine's Altered Playing Cards

Wow it's week 4 already at Claudine's Altered Playing Card  challenge, and she has shown us some fabulous techniques. I was really short of time this week but still wanted to join in, so here are mine - just painted and stamped I'm afraid, but they made me happy :-) 
Enjoy your Sunday, and thanks very much for looking x

Friday, 26 September 2014

Christmas in September!

Well yesterday we had Halloween and today it's Christmas - my this year is going fast lol.
One of the projects at PaperArtsy  that really caught my eye was Wanda's Christmas cards. I really like the way she applied the paint so thought I would give it a go. Here's mine.
These are made with the new Lin Brown Limited Edition Paints. I usually have a favourite, but I really can't choose one from this set, they are all gorgeous.
Made with the ELB11. I even dusted down my sewing machine for this one.
The Santa is from Hot Picks 04, and the sentiment from ELB11 again. I couldn't resist a bit of sparkle for his beard.
This is from Christmas HP02, and the sentiment from ELB12
This is from LP016
So there we are, 4 more cards done for Christmas, and I really enjoyed learning this technique, and it's one I shall definitely use again. It's surprising how little paint is needed, I had to mop up far more than I used :-)

Hope you like them, and thanks very much for looking x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

I Got My Spook On...

I know I'm a bit late this week, but real life seems to rearing it's ugly head lol. It's all good though, Chris is on holiday for a week, and we go away next week  - he better bring my suitcase back on time or else!
Bit I digress, Carol has picked the theme this week at Stampotique, and here it is.
Carol is our hostess this week:
I love Halloween and as a crafter it can never start early enough. So for the challenge this week I am sneeking it in a week early. So I hope you have fun getting an early Spook on. Carol x
Mine started out to as an ATB, and here's how it ended up.
You can't beat a bit of orange and purple for Halloween (or plastic spiders!)

I've used 

Here we have the bat from 
Halloween Cube 1 stamped onto acetate and coloured with Posca pens.
This is the scull from the same cube stamped onto memory glass and painted.
Then it's just die cuts and fake cobweb material! I made this a couple of weeks ago, it had been raining for ages, and then the day I did spooky Halloween the sun shone! Even a plastic spider isn't scary in sunshine lol.
This was good fun to make, and now it's your turn to get your spook on and join in! Just remember to link up correctly, and no digi's.
Thanks very much for looking x