Sunday, 24 May 2015

Riding High........

Evening fellow crafty bloggers, hope you are all having a lovely start to the Bank holiday weekend, I spent today at a crop, doing a lovely workshop with Morag Cutts, another couple of techniques I've not tried before, love the distressed ink background done on gesso for added texture and then the shaded inky resist embossed background for the bottom photo. We took our Grandsons to a local farm called Ashend Farm near Tamworth, its a great place to take children as its very hands on, but their favourite had to be the horses, Zachary who is only 2 and a half didn't want to sit on the small miniature ponies, oh no he chose a big one.

No day off for me tomorrow but I'm off the next three which will be sent with my Grandsons another visit to the farm on Tuesday and probably Twin Lakes on Wednesday which is another favourite place of the boys.
Fun times ahead, then I will need to go back to work for a rest.
hugs n smiles

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Music to my ears........

Evening and welcome to another project for the Crafty Individuals challenge this month, the theme is Music to my ears and is open to interpretation, perhaps you have a favourite song, just remember that you need to use at least one crafty Individuals product and then you can claim a code for a whopping 25% discount off their website. I have created a small hanging measuring 10 x 10 ins. truth be told I did make this panel for a recent DT call but didn't make the grade but I thought I'd share with you the instructions to create this. So warning this is a photo heavy post so grab a cuppa and read on........

List of materials needed
Aspire Dekro Mount frame & ATCS
Basic tool kit
PaperArtsy Fresco paints:
Nougat, Guacamole, Wisteria, Snowflake and Antarctic.
Crafty individual stamps : CI-206, CI-366, CI-194, CI-432
CI-393, and CI-346.
Wow ultra fine gold embossing powder.
Pearls, strips and individual.
Gems various sizes
Prima micro beads copper
Dble sided tape, foam pads
Zig wink of stella brush in clear
Ribbon or seam binding
Stickles in Gold and Stardust.
White embroidery floss
Black archival and Hydrangea ink
Colouring pencils or markers

Step 1
Paint blank frame and ATCs with Nougat paint for a base coat, then using Guacamole, wisteria and Antarctic dab on paint all over frame using a wet wipe, making sure all of the background is covered. To lighten colours use Snowflake and wipe over with a wet wipe again.By using a wet wipe it softens any edges and helps the paint to blend.

Step 2
Using CI-366 stamp, the lady on the piano, violin and CI-346, Dancing Lady, CI-393 fans onto white card, also stamp out the fan again using Hydrangea archival ink, colour in the images, cut out the lady dancing, piano, violin, some of the butterflies and the fan, as well as the teapot from CI-432 stamp set.

Step 3
Using black archival ink stamp onto the background the music advert from CI-366 onto the bottom left of the frame, the lady dancing onto the bottom right, tea for two tag top left and the butterflies and fan to the top right

Step 4
Remove the ATCs from the frame and put to one side.

Step 5
Randomly stamp the Music sheet stamp CI-194 onto the background using Versamark,then use gold embossing powder and heat set.

Step 6
Now you can start to build up the layers on the ATCs using foam pads to build up the layers of the images.

Step 7
Using CI-206 Flower heads ( I used 3 different sizes) and stamped onto patterned paper with Versamark and embossed in gold, I also stamped again on Vellum using white embossing powder and coloured in with pink markers.

Step 8
Decorate the ATCs, stick lace to the back, add gems and pearls, a bow, stickles, wink of stella brush to the butterflies, dress and tea for 2.

Step 9
Cut out flowers and shape on the back with an embossing tool, I snip in between one of the petals and stick overlaying the snipped petal so that the flower has dimension. Layer up three flower heads to form the large flower and keep some flat, add micro beads to the centres. Glue in place and add any finishing touches making a mini tassel for the fan adding gems.

Finished panel

Close ups of finished areas

Hope you found this useful 
hugs n smiles.

Thursday, 7 May 2015


Evening to all my fellow crafty bloggers, phew what a week, my Grandson Zach picked up another bug from nursery last week and then passed it on, to make matters worse apart from feeling ill myself I've been looking after him and then his brother and then hubby, so my house has been like a hospital ward, I haven't been back to work yet but thankfully I will be going in tomorrow for a rest now that we are bug free.
Apologies for the late posting of my card for the new challenge this month at Kraftyhands, the theme this month.......Lace and pearls. For my card I used one of the Basic Birthday sentiment toppers that have recently come out, I used distress inks and glimmer mist for the topper and then the background paper is from the Picnic Time Cd.

added pink and gold frantage to the edges of the topper
then finished off with cream pearls

hugs n smiles

Monday, 4 May 2015

Sports Shirts.......

Evening fellow crafty bloggers, hope you have had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend, I must admit I was looking forward to having a couple of days off for Gardening and crafting and I've spent both days ill, so nothing really done except a lot of sleeping. Today saw the launch of the new Cd from the Kraftyhand guys, a perfect Cd for all those male sports fans in your life called Sports Shirts . Here's three cards I made with the Cd. I did add sparkle in the form of a Wink Stella clear pen to the sentiment and golf ball.

stepper card using one of the card sets and backing papers

an A5 card using the tag from the card set and left over paper

Another card set on the Cd
Hugs n smiles

Friday, 1 May 2015

Crafty Individuals......

Welcome to the new challenge at Crafty Individuals, we have a musical theme for you this month ......Music to my ears so lots of scope for you to join in the fun, with all your entries you will also get a code for a whopping 25% discount from the web site and there are some lovely new stamps just released to pop in your basket.
For my card I have created a painted background using PaperArtsy Fresco paints, I have used a wet wipe scrunched up and layered up the following colours......Guacamole, Wisteria, Antarctic and Snowflake. For the background stamp I used CI script stamp embossed in gold. I then stamped out CI 346......dancing lady and then again to add dimension to the image which I coloured in with Polychromos.

Have a great weekend
Hugs n smiles

Allsorts.....April Showers bring forth May flowers
Crazy 4 Challenge......the eyes have it
Brown Sugar......anything goes
Creative Fingers.....anything goes
Fussy and Fancy....lots of flowers
Simply Create.....pretty woman
Crafts Galore.....anything goes
Our Creative cnr.....april showers bring forth may flowers

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Album part two......

Welcome to part two of my mini album using a 12 x 12  Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses paper pad. The size of the album is 8x6 back with a covered chip board cover.

close up of the front cover

Flap on left page folds back with a mini pocket

flap lifts up on left page

double flap on right page has a mini pocket on the back of the first flap and then the another
flap folds back as well.

last pages with the flap open

Back of album
I used a Fur coat hook and eye for the album fastener
and the I put a button with diamante on the top of the hook.
Thanks for taking a peek
hugs n smiles

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Back to work......

Easter seems ages ago although it was only last weekend, I have had the week off and I'm back to work tomorrow, which means no more lie ins for me. I have had a lovely week off blessed with warm days. I also had lots of time to craft and made this album using a Heartfelts Creations 12 x 12 paper pad called Raindrops on Roses. I followed a tutorial by Shellie just using black bling on a roll instead of white and different flowers to the one in the videos. The handmade flowers are Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies called Tattered blossoms. The following photos are all of the pages in the album with the flaps and pockets shown. The punch I have used is a Martha Stewart punch

Front cover

First two pages, flap open on the left page.

Photo below shows the flap up on the left hand page, the flap 
on the right page also folds out.

the page on the right has a waterfall flap

I'll post more pics of the pages later in the week 
as this is only half way and I don't want to bore you 
with a photo heavy post
hugs n smiles