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

Monday, 11 November 2019

Build A Man

Good morning and happy Tuesday. Well we're back home from a wonderful couple of weeks in Spain. The weather was very kind to us so I'm really feeling the cold now.
I'm sharing another project that I made for the recent Craftascope One Day Special on Hochanda, and this time I've built myself a man or eight!

This is A3 size - wish I'd thought about that beforehand as it took some packing - luckily Mr Amazon came to my rescue. I have an industrial sized plastic back full of packaging, and I don't know how 'cos I never buy anything lol. 
I'm looking forward to catching up with the shows now that I'm home and the laundry is all done.
I'm linking this to the current Dream In Darkness challenge.
Have a very happy week, and thanks so much for looking x

A Grand Day Out

Good morning and happy Monday. I'm over at Ink Art Designs today together with Morty, Matilda, and Betsy Bottoms from Just A Girl And Her Imagination.
 A little while ago I was lucky enough to attend a Tracy Easson class at Which Craft? in Doncaster. It was my gift to myself for turning 60 a couple of days later. It was a brilliant day and we made the 'Little Book of Wishes'

This is my front cover. Everything was provided by Tracy, even the sewing thread! I'm not going to go into details about how this was made as Tracy is still teaching the class, and I can't recommend it highly enough, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

And here's the back cover. I even made a fabric badge, something I wouldn't dream of doing before Tracy's class, I've never worked with fabric before, but I really loved putting my book together (over many many hours lol).
Please pop over and visit Dot's group, everyone is welcome, and join in with our challenge. It's always 'anything goes' as long as stamping is the main focus using any of the many brands of stamps that's in the store. Just click on the link to be taken there. 
Have a very happy week, and thanks so much for looking x

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Craftascope One Day Special Cards

Good morning and happy Thursday.  Today I'm back sharing some cards that I made for the recent Craftascope One Day Special on Hochanda.

This was made with the Build A Man set.

And this is Lush Landscapes and Splinters in Time.

Finally I couldn't resist making a shaker card - this is using Lush Landscapes again.
This is our last day in Spain, we fly home tomorrow, so I'm really looking forward to watching the shows on a TV rather than my phone lol.
I'm linking my man to the current Dream In Darkness challenge. 
Have a very happy day, and thanks so much for looking xx