Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Christmas Gangnam Style

Good morning and happy Wednesday, today I'm over at Ink Art Designs and I'm sharing my second Katzelkraft Christmas card.

I started by making my background. I used lots of Visible Images snowflake stamps and different embossing powders. It started as a much bigger sheet but I decided that it looked better cut down a little.

I love these dancing Santa and reindeer! They are by Katzelkraft and can be found here in the store. They've been coloured with glitter pens, so in real life they ar SO sparkly.

If you would like to head off to Dot's store you'll find lots of new stamps from Katzelkraft, together with a range from a new stockist, Art Journey. And if that's not enough there's 10% off all Crafty Individuals, Lavinia, and That's Crafty stamps throughout December, so click here to be transported.

Have a very happy week, and thanks so much for looking x

Friday, 13 December 2019

Seeing Stars

Good morning and happy Friday! I'm back today sharing my second card for the Country View Crafts 'Stars' challenge.

I started by making my background and some tags with Distress Inks and Oxides

I then cut a stencil from acetate using various sizes of stars.

I always put masking tape around my home made stencils so that it gives me a bit more room to play with (and they are easier to find as acetate can be a bit tricky!)

I just gessoed through the stencils on my background and tags.

Then added some text with a stampotique stamp and some white embossing powder.

These are Trish Lattimer stamps that I've coloured and paper pieced.
And my favourite Paper Artsy 'happy birthday' stamp. You see this scrap was just the right size phew!.

Now it was just down to putting it all together.

Until I made another project that involved a Tim Holtz die for cutting out a starry background. I thought that the left over stars looked perfect here.

My paper pieced girls.

I hope that you like it, and that you also join in with our challenge. Remember there is a £20 voucher to be won to spend in the store.
I'm entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge which is Stars.
Have a very happy weekend, and thanks very much for looking x

Monday, 9 December 2019

Never Have A Closed Mind

Good morning and happy Monday. Today I'm sharing a mini album that I made for a recent Craftascope show on Hochanda.

This is the front cover. The chipboard had been painted with lots of DecoArt paints and crackle mediums. The image is from the Splinters in Time collection.

The inside is an Indigo Blu concertina cotton rag book. On one side I've used some Craftascope stencils and sentiment stamps.

There are five 'pages' on each side, so lots of room for stamping.

And on the reverse I've used images from the Scenes in Time and Lush Landscape plates.

There's also the brick wall again from Splinters in Time.

And another painty and crackly cover on the back.

I'm entering this into this months Mini Album Makers challenge.
Have a very happy week, and thanks so much for looking x

Monday, 2 December 2019

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Again

Good morning and happy Monday. Today I'm over at Ink Art Designs with my first Christmas card of the year.

 I started with a sheet of marbled card that I'd made a while ago. I thought that these were quite icy colours, and I just liked it.

 But just because I like it doesn't mean it all gets to stay! I pushed some embossing ink through a stencil then embossed with some white Frantage powder.  Then I cut into it with a Tim Holtz die. I also inked the edges and embossed with chunky white embossing powder.

Don't you just love these Katzelkraft Grumpy Penguins, they can be found here in the store. I've also used some Tim Holtz stickers and one of my Christmas dies.
When I said this was my first Christmas card of the year it's also my only one so far. I really must get myself in gear and get myself some elves and a production line!
Please join us over at Ink Art Designs and join in with our challenge. All you need to do is link up your stamped project using any stamps from the range that Dot sells in her store. Just click on the link here and you will be whisked across.
Have a very happy week, and thanks for looking x

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Howl At The Moon

Good morning and happy Sunday - woohoo it's December! Today we're travelling down to Devon for our last holiday of the year, I could really get used to this retirement lark. For our new challenge at Country View Crafts the lovely Evelyn has chosen 'Stars', so here's what I've made.

For this I've used the beautiful Cosmos papers from Stamperia. I'm a little bit upset that I've had to use them, but I'm seriously thinking that my New Years resolution will be to stop saving things for 'best' I'm going to have to live to at least 150 to wear all my 'best' clothes, use my 'best' perfume and don't get me started on my craft stash!

I started by creating a frame using a Crafter's Companion die set. Blimey it looked so easy on the video, not so much in real life, but I'm sure it will get easier with practise.

Aren't these Stamperia papers gorgeous!

 There's a couple of lovely pages that are just full of tags, and they're so easy to cut out 'cos there's another tag on the other side.

You can't really tell here, but I've given these a couple of coats of sparkly Mod Podge.

And we're all done! It was fun to make, but I definitely need to practise these frames. Have a very happy December, and thanks so much for looking xx

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Fabulous at 50

Good morning and happy Sunday. I'm really pleased to be sharing my second project for Country View Crafts 'hand stamped' challenge, and this time it's a birthday card for my brother in law.

Whenever I need a fun birthday card I always seem to reach for my 'crazies' and my favourite Paper Artsy goodies.

 I started by making my background with my lovely bright fresco's and this fun JOFY mini background stamp.

And added some tactful 50's - just in case he'd forgotten!

 Then I cut out some frames and painted these in the same colours, and stamped and painted my sentiment.

Now for the Crazies! I've stamped and die cut the Crazy Dogs and accessories. 

 I've added Glossy Accents for their eyes.

 What's not to love about these guys?

This is one of my favourite sentiments for a birthday card, I think it really packs a punch.

I always love making these cards, they are such fun and never fail to make me smile.

I hope that you play along with our challenge, what's not to enjoy about stamping, it's my favourite crafting thing to do.

I'm entering this into the Craft Stamper TIMI challenge for November.

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

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Reach For The Stars

Good morning and happy Saturday. Today I'm over at Ink Art Designs and I'm sharing the rest of my 'Little Book of Secrets' that I made at a recent Tracy Easson class. I'm not saying how the book was made as it's a class that Tracy is still teaching. I will say that it was great fun and I can't wait to take another of her classes.

I know that you've seen the front cover already but I really like the covers lol.

I just love Matilda Bottoms, she's so cute!

And Morty is such a handsome chap, always with his head up to the sky.

This is page 3. I really enjoyed working with the fabrics, not something that I had ever done before.

This is the middle where we added some paper pages.

And the other side with some fabric clouds added. This is the very sweet Betsy Bottoms.

Lots of words on this page.

And I've added a Tim Holtz die cut to this one.

The lovely Matilda started the book so it seemed only fair that she should end it too.

And finally the back cover with a fabric badge that I made - I never thought that I would say that!

I hope that you've enjoyed your little tour of my book, and that you will also join me at the Ink Art Designs facebook group, and play along with our challenge over there. Just click on the link to be transported

I'm entering my book into this months Mini Album Makers challenge. It's the first time that I've made a fabric album but it won't be the last. I enjoyed it so much and you end up with something to keep.
I'm also entering into this months Craft Stamper TIMI anything goes challenge. 
Have a very happy day, and thanks so much for looking x