Wednesday, 10 May 2017

More Flower Power

I can't get enough of this month's theme over at Country View Crafts Challenges., Flower Power.

Today I am sharing some note cards that I have created with the challenge in mind.

I started off by embossing a Tim Holtz flower onto some small water colour papers that I bought from a fine art shop in London.  I couldn't resist them because they were so small and cute...LoL!!

I then started to colour them in using Distress Oxides and a water brush.

I never tire of water colouring!  Especially on white embossing because it makes the image 'pop'

For the backgrounds, I blended Vintage Photo and Broken China Distress Oxides.

After blending the inks I splattered some water then added Broken China through a Tim Holtz stencil.

I then layered the panels onto note cards... and voila!

These were great fun to make!

Do pop over and join in with the challenge at Country View Crafts.

Thanks for popping by today.....

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Flower Power Challenge

I can't get enough of the current challenge over at Country View Crafts.

Here are 2 more cards that I have created having been inspired by the latest challenge....

I started by covering card blanks with patterned paper.  I drew a scribbly border around this to create a frame.  I cut a rectangle in shimmer card and drew a scribbly border around these.  They were then mounted to the centre of the cards.

The images were stamped and coloured using Prima watercolours.  Once dry they were cut out and attached to the mounted rectangles.

To finish,  I added gems and seam binding ribbon.

I love these JOFY for Paper Artsy flowers - really striking!

If you haven't done so yet, do join in with the Flower Power challenge over at Country View Crafts - don't forget - there is a gift voucher up for grabs for one lucky person!

Thanks for looking.....

Friday, 5 May 2017

Framed Memories

Good evening,

This evening I am sharing a project over at the Paper Artsy blog.

The theme for the fortnight is Found Objects and I have created a frame using repurposed train tickets and a painkiller packet.

For my project I have used Ink and Dog stamps from Paper Artsy which are still some of my favourite 'go-to' stamps.

Pop over to the blog to see more details from my project and to see what other wonderful creations have been contributed for this topic.

I hope that I have encouraged you to join in with the challenge.  Don't forget that there is a gift voucher up for grabs over at the Paper Artsy site.

Thanks for looking....


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Catch-Up Blog Post

I haven't been very good at blogging lately and so have a few things to share with you.  Today I am sharing the mother's day cards that I made this year.

I made both cards the same but in different colour ways.

I started by covering card blanks using background papers.

Next I added doilies, pleating the larger back ones. 

The sentiment was stamped and cut around and then layered onto the doilies.

After this the fun began as I started to choose different paper flowers and beads to embellish the cards.

I drew a border using a fine tip pen to create squiggle lines.

So - there you have it..... 2 similar but very different mother's days cards for 2 very special mums.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Country View Challenges - Flower Power

May has come around soooo quickly.  The challenge theme for this month is flower power - who doesn't love flowers, right?

Here is the card that I created for the challenge...

The background was created using a stencil and Modelling Paste.  A really important tip here is to make sure you thoroughly clean your stencil after use or at least put it straight into water - that way the modelling paste will not dry onto the stencil. Once the modelling paste had dried I coloured the background using Broken China  and Shabby Shutters distress inks.  I used a few torn strips of music paper to add another layer and texture.

The amazing image from Lin Brown for Paper Artsy was stamped onto Smoothy card stock and coloured using Polychromo pencils.  It was then cut around and mounted onto the card.

I drew a scribbly line around the card.

To finish I coloured Seam Binding  using distress inks.  I crumpled the ribbon while it was still wet.  When dry, I tied the ribbon around the card.

So - there it is! 

Do pop over to the Country View Crafts Challenge blog and see the designs from the other design team members - they are all totally amazing!.... and make sure you join in with the challenge to be in with a chance of winning a voucher to spend at Country View Crafts.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Car-tastic Birthday!

I've mentioned on many an occasion just how much cars and motoring feature in Dan's life!  Last week it was our friend, Colin's birthday.  Here is the card that I created for him....

I covered a card blank using paper showing the world - Colin travels all over the world for work and fun and so I thought this would be perfect for him!

The Ferrari image was stamped onto water colour paper and then painted using Prima watercolours.  It was then layered onto kraft card.  I stamped a greeting and added some pearls to finish.

Fairly simple card but effective for a motoring enthusiast!

Thanks for looking.....

Friday, 28 April 2017

An Afternoon With The Gelli Plate

I am learning to LOVE my Gelli Plates! I recently saw a fabulous You Tube video by Brigit Koopsen.  It inspired me so much that I couldn't stop creating Gelli prints!

I won't show you how I created the prints as Brigit shows this in her video.  I used Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints which worked a dream.  This is what I created....

It really was addictive!! I just couldn't stop printing.

I then used Brigit's technique and created a birthday card for my bestie, Caz.  The main image is an Everything Art stamp from Paper Artsy.

I had loads of prints left over and so have started to create a background in my small journal. 

I'm not sure what to do with this page yet so will probably come back to it!

I really think that you should have a play at this technique - it is so much fun!

Thanks for looking.....

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Rusty ATC

It's my turn over at the Country View Crafts Challenges blog.  The theme of the month is rust - and I can't get enough of it!

Today I am sharing an ATC that I have created.

This project started off as an embossed sheet of card which I then painted in Little Black Dress Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paint.

I then set about creating a 'rusty' background in the same way that I did for my project earlier in the month.

I love the effect that you can create with these paints!

Once I was 'happy' I added a little bit of treasure gold to make some of the rust stand out.

I then cut a section of this to create my ATC background and set it aside.

My next step was to create more texture for the ATC.  For this I used Paper Artsy Sara Naumann ESN02 stamp set.  This is one of my favourite sets and gets used alot!

I started to stamp using black Archival ink onto tissue paper, then once heat set, tore around the stamped images as closely to them as possible.  I also created a Paper Artsy infusion background and then stamped text onto the background.

Scraps of the tissue paper were adhered to the ATC background using Matte Medium.

Next, I gathered embellishments together.  I  brought another element of rust in my choosing some ready-made rusted embellishments.

The butterfly and rusty screw head were adhered using Cosmic Shimmer glue.

To finish I added words from the Tim Holtz Clipping Stickers.  These were actually one sticker which I cut in half and then edged in Walnut stain distress ink.

And finally - a closer look at some of the layers on the ATC.

I had so much fun creating this ATC.  And even better is the fact that I have embossed background and tissue papers left over to use in another project!

I really hope that I have inspired you to take part in the monthly challenge.  Don't forget to share your creation on the CVC challenges in blog to be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher.

Thanks for looking......

Wednesday, 19 April 2017


It's my turn over at the Paper Artsy blog tonight.

Pop over to see my project.  The theme is Resin and I have used Hot Picks stamps
in my work. 

I hope that my resin butterfly inspires you to join in with the challenge and be in for the chance of winning £50 worth of Paper Artsy vouchers.

Thanks for looking.....

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Country View Crafts Challenges #50 - Rust

I was excited when I saw the theme for this month's challenge as I have recently saw Seth Apter demonstrate a rusting technique using just paint.

This is my finished project:

And here's how I created it.....

I started off by using the new Distress Oxides, which I blended onto a tag and sprinkled with water.  I love the feel of the ink - they are softer than original distress inks.

Just look at the effect the water has on the ink - awesome!

Next I die cut a Tim Holtz bird cage in plain white card and painted it in black fresco finish paint.

I then took the 2 sets of Seth Apter colours for Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints and set to work at creating rust.

I layered up Mahogany, Terracotta, Green Patina and Smoked paprika.

I kept layering the paints until I was happy with the 'rust'.

I then started to construct my tag.

I took a lady from the new Tim Holtz Paper Dolls and added some colour using a marker.

I then attached everything to the tag and added a quote and metal chain.

I really enjoyed making this tag...Pop over to the Country View Crafts challenge blog and see what the other design team members created.

I hope you join in with the challenge.

Happy crafting!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Inspired By Tim Holtz

It is my turn over at Country View Crafts today. I am still super excited about joining the team.

Here is my project for today

I started by creating 2 master boards using spiced marmalade and worn lipstick Distress inks. Once covered I using a Tim Holtz stencil to add more colour and patter.

Next I set about using one of my favourite Tim Holtz stamp sets. 
It's one of the early sets but still my favourite - I just love that script.

I randomly stamped the script over the master boards using Archival ink

One of the master boards were used to create the background of these fabulous new butterflies.

The other was used for the background to my card. 
I inked around the edge using walnut stain Distress ink.

I then assembled my card, adding black seam binding ribbon and a Tim Holtz word band.

So, a bit of a Tim Holtz overload - but what's not too love?!

Thanks for looking.....

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Paper Artsy Topic 4: Windows, Doors & Architecture - Unlocking The Past

Tonight it is my turn over on the Paper Artsy blog.

The theme is Windows, Doors and Architecture - such a fabulous theme!  I interpreted this in my own way! 

Pop over to the Paper Artsy blog to see how I created this.

I hope you feel inspired to join in with the challenge..... look forward to seeing your creations!

Thanks for looking.....

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Country View Crafts Challenge - Inspired By Tim Holtz

A few weeks ago I received a very exciting email from Susan at Country View Crafts, inviting me to join the CVC Design Team - it obviously took me a whole 30 seconds to respond!  I can't even tell you how excited I was!

The current Country View Crafts challenge and my very 1st official challenge is "Inspired By Tim Holtz".  As soon as I saw the theme I was really pleased!  Tim has inspired me since I started to craft in 2007.

So - here is my first creation....

I started by creating an alcohol ink background using sailboat blue and juniper alcohol inks- I LOVE these colours.  I hadn't used alcohol inks for a little while so it was lovely to use them again.  I had forgotten just how fun they are to use!  I cut a slim slice from the background to use for the sentiment panel.

I then used the Mixed Media 2 die to cut the swirls in opposite corners of a white card panel.

I then attached this to the alcohol ink background and adhered it to a card front. 

I stamped a sentiment from Tim's  Simple Sayings stamp set and adhered this to the centre of the card.

To finish I added a seam binding bow and a few adhesive pearls.

I was really happy with the end result!

Do pop over to the Country View Crafts Blog and see the other amazing projects created by the Team, and I hope you choose to join in the challenge.

Thanks for looking.....

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Fun With Alcohol (Inks)

I managed to have a play with alcohol inks last weekend.  I hadn't played with them for a long time and had forgotten how much fun they are!

I kept it simple and used the colours from the new Alcohol Ink kits that are for sale.

Here is what you get in the kit.... loads!  And some card stock too!

Here is what I did!

I smooshed some alcohol ink onto alcohol ink glossy card stock.

Next, I die cut one of Tim's wildflowers in black card stock- these are such versatile dies - I love them!

I added a panel of black card to a card blank and then added the alcohol ink panel on top, with the wildflower die adhered to the centre.

To finish I added a strip of card with a stamped sentiment.

I really enjoyed making this card and it was unusually 'simple' for me! 

Thanks for looking....