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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

No Internet For A While

Hi everyone,

I won't have any internet access for nearly a month! I've scheduled a few posts for November, but I'm afraid I won't be able to visit your blogs.
I look forward to catching up with everyone at the end of November.
Be good!

Monday, 20 November 2017

Clean and Simple for Lost Coast Designs

Good afternoon and happy Monday. The Lost Coast challenge this month is a very scary one (to me) it's Clean and Simple eek!



I started by stamping the Lost Coast Designs Flower Flourish onto a scrap of a Gelli print and embossed in black.


Then I stamped it again onto a piece of white card and embossed this. It's not easy is it white card and black embossing powder! Then it was just a case of matching the two up.

The sentiment is one of the wonderful Carmen's Veranda clear stamps, Born To Stand Out.

Please head over to the portal and check out my teamies wonderful creations - they're not scared of C&S like I am!

I hope you join in, there's Lost Coast $'s up for grabs! Have a fun week, and thanks very much for looking xx

Friday, 17 November 2017

A Crazy Birthday Card

Good morning and happy Friday. It's time for my second 'stencil' piece for Country View Crafts, and this time I've gone a little 'crazy'


If you remember I made a master board for this challenge so I started by cutting a piece 7.75 x 7.75. I really like it, but it's a bit busy for a background, so I decided to chop holes into it!

In the first one, I put this Crazy Cat.

And in the other, I put this one!

I've also used a die from the Tim Holtz Halloween Sizlits set, and my go-to Celebration Words set.
I really like how it looks, and as the recipient is a 'cat person' I hope she'll like it too.
There's still lots of time for you to join in, so please dust off the stencils and play along.
Have a fun week, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Shhhhhhhh

Good morning and happy Wednesday. Today is the start of a fun new challenge over at Rubber Dance, it's your Favourite Movie. Here's mine (with apologies to Donna and Bibi) for the (mis)use of the stamp.


Yes, it's The Sound Of Music... oh wait a minute, I couldn't do the von Trapp family, - I hope you can tell what it is, but for those who can't, it's The Silence of the Lambs. I've used the cloud that Donna designed for the Whimsical Summer Rubber Dance plate.


I made a background on mixed media paper with Fresco paints and Porfollio oil pastels. Then I stamped the cloud (as a cloud this time).


Now I don't like to brag but I drew these myself lol. These are the ones that made the grade, you should see the 2 sheets of  A4 that ended up in the bin! Who knew drawing an oval could be so hard. Actually, I did, that's why I buy rubber stamps.


Then just a bit of washi tape to ground my lambs, and some rain drops - well they won't be very happy with their mouths taped up will they.

It's your turn now, so please join in and show us your favourite movie. Remember to quote SDFreeShip for free worldwide P&P on orders of 15 Euros and over.
Have a fun week, and thanks very much for looking xx













Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Feeling Groovy

Good morning and happy Tuesday. I'm over on the Rubber Dance blog today with this.


Actually, there's rather more than this, and I would love it if you hopped across and had a look. Just click here to be transported across.
As always just quote SDFreeShip on all orders of 15 Euros and above for free worldwide P&P.
Have a wonderful week, and thanks very much for looking xx

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Broken and Beautiful

Good afternoon and happy Saturday. Following on from Halloween over at Lost Coast Designs we have the Day Of The Dead.


I've used Carmen's Veranda Sugar Skull Woman and Broken Look Beautiful together with Lost Coast's Rustic Checkerboard Border.
And this is how it looks in my chippie album.


There are more details of how this was made over on the portal so please pop over and have a look.

Have a great day, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Stencil Time for Country View Crafts

Good morning and happy Wednesday. It's the first of the month which always means that it's time for a new challenge at Country View Crafts. My lovely teamie Gabrielle has chosen stencils for this months theme, which is something I really enjoy using.



For this challenge, I thought I would make a master board, which is something I haven't done in ages.

I started with a piece of A3 and gessoed in black, and then white. Then I brayered on some colour. I've used acrylic paints from ranges by  Dina Wakley, DecoArt Media,  and Amsterdam.

Then I added some stencilling with Dylusion stencils and white acrylic.

For a bit of contrast, I added some black stencilling, and it was all done. Now the scary bit, time to chop it up!

I've used a hexagon die and the Tim Holtz Detailed Butterflies dies.

For the background, I used a circle stencil for some reverse 
stencilling with Distress Inks.

The sentiment is from my favourite Tim Holtz Celebration Words.

If you pop back later in the month, you'll see what I did with the rest of the board!

Now over to you, please join in with our fun challenge, and show us your stencils.

Have a wonderful month, and thanks very much for looking x









Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Quote The Raven

Good afternoon and happy Wednesday. Well, it's day 25 already of the 31 Days of Halloween, and it's my turn to share a project again over on the Lost Coast Designs Portal To Creativity.



This is another page in my cloth Lost Coast Designs album.



I've die cut a page on thick black card, and stamped the Carmen's Veranda Skulls and Bones Background and embossed with white.



Goth shrine has been stamped into various colours of UTEE and has been brushed over with gilding wax. Edgar has been stamped onto shrink plastic, and Nevermore Raven has been stamped and attached.

Please join in with our challenge for the chance to win Lost Coast dollars to spend in the store.

Have a great day, and thanks very much for looking x

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

American Gothic Meets 31 Days of Halloween

Good afternoon and happy Tuesday. It's day 24 of the 31 days of Halloween over at Lost Coast Designs and this time it's a family affair.



I started with the happy couple from American Gothic Party and coloured them with watercolour pens. 


Of course all family portraits need a frame, so I stamped Carmen's Veranda's Cracked Mirror onto acetate.


I joined the two together with a couple of jump rings and added the chain. Then I decided to do a bit of a head swap, so used Skeleton and Roses and Skull Flourish


There's still time to join in with our challenge, so head off to the Portal and link up. 

I'm entering my gruesome twosome into the That Crafty Get Your Spook On challenge.

Have a great week, and thanks very much for looking xx

Friday, 20 October 2017

Always Take The Scenic Route

Good morning and happy Friday. It's my turn to be sharing a step by step project over at the Rubber Dance blog.




For lots more details please click here.

As always please quote SDFreeShip on orders of 15 Euro's and over for free worldwide P&P.

Have a great weekend, and thanks very much for looking x


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Lost Hope

Good afternoon and happy Tuesday. Welcome to day 17 of the 31 Days of Halloween. The Lost Coast Designs DT is having great fun creating something every day during October, and today it's my turn again.



This is one of my very favourite stamps!



My tag is quite a large wooden one, and I've created the background with  DecoArt Fluid Acrylics and an old credit card.



I've stamped Goth Raven and embossed him in black onto a Gelli plate background.

Don't forget to check the Portal daily for new inspiration, and please join in with this, and the 'animal' challenges.

I'm entering my raven into the That's Crafty get your spook on, and the Craft Stamper TIMI anything goes challenges. 

Have a fun week, and thanks very much for looking xx

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Hello There

Good morning and happy Sunday. It's time for a new challenge over at Rubber Dance, and this month it's to use an animal stamp. So here's everyone favourite giraffe.


This is the first time that I've attempted mail art, but it won't be the last as it was such fun. All of the paints that I've used are from the DecoArt Media Line.


I thought it would be easier to 'unstick' the envelope then I wouldn't need to wait for one side to dry. Any other time when I don't want an envelope to fall apart they do so without trying, but this time oh no! Four envelopes later I finally took one apart without tearing it. It's been very carefully (not!) painted with fluid acrylics and tinting base.


I've added some stamping now with Grungy Swirls and Round in Circles, and also lots of stencilling using the same colours as the background.


I've stamped Giraffe onto a dictionary page and coloured him in yellow fluid acrylic.


3rd Row Textured Houses have been stamped directly on the envelope and a bit of colour added. The 'surprise inside' stamp is from Happy Birthday.


And here's the back! - yes, it did stick back together lol. There's more Textured Houses, different circles from Pick A Number, and the SWAK is from Mail Art.
I've really enjoyed making this, and if I can get the envelopes to let go I shall be making more!
Please join in with our challenge, and add an animal (or 2 or 3)


When you visit the shop, don't forget to quote SDFreeShip for free worldwide P&P on orders of 15 Euros and above.

I'm entering my envelope into the Craft Stamper TIMI 'anything goes' challenge.

Have a fun week. and thanks very much for looking x

Friday, 13 October 2017

Just Dance, Dance, Dance

Good afternoon,  happy Friday, and happy birthday to me! I know I'm very old, but I do still love birthdays, and Christmas. Yes, there I've said it, I love Christmas! Anyway to celebrate my birthday and day 13 of the 31 Days of Halloween over at Lost Coast Designs I've hired Justin and his backing dancers.





I've painted and stencilled the Tando chippies, the stamped and white embossed the Domino Shrine.
Next I've stamped and cut out the guys from Dancing Skeletons, and used my gelli plate to reverse stamp.


Aren't they happy chaps! They always remind me of the dancers in Strictly - I think the one on the right has Anton's smile!

As always we would love it if you joined in with our challenges, we currently have the 31 Days of Halloween, and Animals OR both!

I'm joining in with the Get Your Spook On challenge at That's Crafty,  Not A Card at Simon Says Stamp Monday, and the Craft Stamper TIMI Anything Goes.

Have a lovely day, and thanks very much for looking xx

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Wish You Were Here?

In a word yes! 8 years ago I was here and I'm really looking forward to going back one day.


I'm over at the Rubber Dance blog today, and if you pop across by clicking here, you'll see where I'm talking about.

As always please quote SDFreeShip on orders of 15 Euro's and above for free worldwide P&P.

Don't forget to join in our fun current colour challenge too.

Have a great week, and thanks very much for looking x





Sunday, 8 October 2017

You Looking At Me

Good afternoon and happy Sunday. It's day 8 of the 31Days of Halloween over at Lost Coast Designs, and I'm giving you the evil eye!



He's a bonny chap isn't he!


He's been made by die cutting a couple of tags and some stencilling.


And this is Evil Eye himself. He's been coloured with Aquatones to give him a good strong colour. The stringy bits are hot glue - I thought it looked like drool mmmmm.

So we have 2 challenges running, the 31 Days of Halloween, and Animals, so please get your spook on and join in!

I'm also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge 'A walk on the dark side'

Have a fun (and spooky) week, and thanks very much for looking xx

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumn Beauty

Good morning and happy Thursday. It's good to be back with my second Autumnal themed piece for Country View Crafts.

All of the paints and mediums are from DecoArt. 



I started by putting some DecoArt modelling paste through a stencil, then I gave it a couple of coats of gesso. When dry I painted with Autumn shades of Media Acrylic




Luckily this dries very quickly, so I was soon able to give it a second coat, more of the green/gold, and also the quinacridone

colours.



While this was drying I die cut some felt flowers with a Leonie Pujol media die.




I also added some Frantage, and some glue gun 'cobwebs'


The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker.


I'm not ashamed to say that this is the 3rd time this Wendy Vecchi embellishment has made an appearance.



It was so hard not to stick the flower in the middle lol, but I do think that they look nice in a cluster in the corner.

Please join in with our challenge, it doesn't need to have an Autumn theme, just mixed media in Autumnal colours.
I'm also entering this into the 'That's Crafty' Forever Autumn challenge.
Have a fun day, and thanks very much for looking x