Thursday, 4 February 2016

Listen to the Trees.....

Morning fellow crafty bloggers, hope you are all well and having a great week. I had a fabbie weekend, I had brought tickets for my hubby and son for Christmas to go to the Classic Rock show at Birmingham town hall, so on Saturday we were rockin' in the aisles, such a brilliant band of musicians and will definitely be going again next year.
My card for today features the new stamp set of trees just released from Crafty Individuals CI 450 Listen to the trees.
I stamped the larger trees on acetate for the box and then embossed the smaller ones for around the sides. I used the Spring time paper pad, and finished off with stamping out some flowers using CI 445, it was rather hard to photograph this with the trees on acetate so apologies.







Thanks for taking a peek
hugs n smiles

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Love is in the air........

Evening fellow crafty bloggers hope you haven't been buffeted about by the winds too much, we have so far escaped the rain, just very high winds here. Last week my sis and I  spent part of the weekend at Champneys spa for our annual pamper day, massages, sleeping and then more sleeping as well as eating healthy food, not a bar of chocolate insight........soon made up for that though.
With Valentines fast approaching I thought I would make a romantic card, suitable for a wedding/anniversary.





The flowers are white and then I added water and a little paint (Shimmering H2Os)
to them,  then added more water to dilute the colours down again, finished
with a splash of white gesso and then sprinkled them with glitter. Love the subtle effect
so I will definitely be doing this to my flowers again.
The heart stamp is from Chocolate Baroque and is one of my favourite stamps
which comes out at this time of year, I stamped and embossed in gold on watercolour paper, then using lots of water and a small amount of shimmering H2Os in three different colours I painted the
heart in, then I fussy cut around it and cut down the middle of the heart to divide it in two.
The frame die is from Noor Design and is perfect for these vintage images.



Challenges
Through the craft room door......anything goes
Noor design......anything goes
Creative Card Crew.....anything goes
Stamps and fun =Creativity.....anything goes
Make my Monday.......newest or favourite stamp
Crafting Musketters.....new beginings
Craft your passion.....anything goes
Winter Wonderland......something new
Dream Valley......something new
613 Avenue Create......anything goes
Sweet Stampin.....vintage or shabby chic
Crafty Friends.....anything goes
Crafts Galore.....anything goes
Paper Shelter.....rough it up
Simply Create....something new (lace)
Creative Fingers......anything goes
Creative Knockouts......embossing
Crafty Ribbons.....fabulous flowers and ribbon
Crafty Girls.....anything goes
Crafting with attitude......new products/techniques (lace and painting flowers)
Auds Sentiments.....anything goes
Bunny Zoe crafts.....hearts
Creative Inspirations.....anything goes
Creative moments......anything goes

Thanks for taking a peek
hugs n smiles




Sunday, 17 January 2016

Half way reminder.......

Yay we have finally had a dusting of snow, always looks pretty until it turns to slush, at least I  am at home in the warm and I intend to spend the day crafting.
Todays card is from the new release from Crafty Individuals, I have used a backing paper from the Spring paper book for the background and kept the die cuts all off white for a more subtle look. I used a diamond stencil for the tag behind the focal image, whilst the paste was still wet I sprinkled it with clear mini beads and shaved ice frantage, then after it dried I spritzed with a pink glimmer mist.






Don't forget you still have a few days left to enter the challenge at Crafty Individuals, lace, buttons and bits n bobs. All entries get a discount code of 25% off an order as well as the winner picking some stamps of their own choice

Challenges
Allsorts......girl and sparkly
My Sheri Crafts.....fussy cutting
Mixed Media.....beginings (memories)
Fussy and Fancy....fashion
Fairy Tale.....everything goes
Creative Fingers.....anything goes
Crafty Catz.....word art
Crafty Girl creations.....anything goes
Fab n Funky....for a child
Deep Ocean ....something new (stamp)
Everybody art ......text
Simon Monday.....stencil it
Live and Love Crafts.......something new (stamp)
Ribbon girl.....any image
Winter wonderland....glitter and shine

Thanks for taking a peek
hugs n smiles

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Busy week......

Well this week has got off to a busy start, yesterday I spent the day tasting all the new chocolates that Thorntons will be bringing out in the next few weeks, bang goes the diet I have put on so much weight after Christmas and now a few more calories have hit the waist line. On Monday I had my grandson Zachary so we spent the day playing trains, which my son used to play with, we brought him a Playmobile train set when he was 5 and it still works now after 20 years.
Todays card is a wedding card using one of my favourite LOTV stamps, coloured in with Prisma pencils.




Challenges
Craft Your Passion....anything goes
Crafting Musketeers......new beginings
Crafty Calendar........something new
Crafty cardmaker......something new 
Cutie pie.....krafty cuties
613 Avenue Create.....anything goes
Allsorts .....ribbon and lace
Creative Moments......anything goes 
Through the craftroom door.....anything goes
Inky chicks....anything goes
Brown Sugar....anything goes
Creative fingers....anything goes
Fairy Tale....everything goes

Thanks for taking a peek
hugs n smiles



Thursday, 7 January 2016

New look......

A new year and a new look to my blog, thought it was time for a change, I am so fed up with dark mornings at the moment that every time the alarm goes off I turn over and drop back off to sleep again, which isn't good when I should be getting ready for work.
Todays card is one I made using one of the newer stamps from Crafty Individuals, featuring these sweet vintage bears CI 440


Image coloured with distress inks and frantage added to the edges.


Challenges
In the pink......anything goes
Cute card Thursday......hey what's new.
Creative Knockouts........anything goes
Crafting with attitude.....anything goes
Craft...1 ribbon, 2 embellishments (gems and lace), 3 papaers and 1 image
Stampavie.....something new
Fab n Funky......something new
Creative Moments......anything new
Through the Craft Room door......anything goes
Everybody Art.....anything goes
Crafty Calender......something new
Crafting Musketeers......new beginings
Craft your passion.....anything goes
Addicted to stamps.....labels/tags

Thanks for taking a peek
hugs n smiles

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Lace , buttons and bits n bobs..........

Happy New Year to you all, I managed to stay up until past midnight which is a miracle for me these days as I'm usually asleep by 9:00pm, such a light weight. Well it's a new year and a new challenge  and what a great theme  Gio has chosen for this months challenge at Crafty Individuals, skies the limit with this one.........Lace, buttons and bits n bobs. I've been working on a few samples for the next TV show featuring Crafty Individuals stamps and this is one of my samples for the show.


My bits n bobs include a wooden skewer, beads, lace, scrim, ribbon and gems
The stamps I have used are 
CI 350 Lovely Lace
CI 338 Young girl dreaming
CI 206 flower heads
Lots of layers and embossing in gold as well as colouring in using my Prismas.




Don't forget to use a product from Crafty Individuals to enter the challenge, you also get to claim a 25 % discount code off your next purchase

Challenges
Artistic Stamper.....anything goes
Thats Crafty ......anything goes
Crafts Galore....anything goes
Penny Black monthly.....one for the girls
Glitter n Sparkle.....anything goes
613 Avenue cards.....anything goes
Stamping Sensations.....anything goes with a die

Thanks for taking a peek


Friday, 1 January 2016

Review of 2015......

Evening peeps and welcome to my review of 2015, I did rather neglect my blog last year due to another year of not feeling particularly well, but I intend to get back to crafting and blogging this year. Here are my top picks.

January
mixed media box

February
made this for the Paperartsy launch of Elizabeth Borers new stamps.

April
Album made using Heartfelt Creations paper

May
panel using stamps from Crafty Individuals

June
mixed media scrap layout

July
Card using stamps and image from Crafty Individuals

August
Shabby Chic album made at a workshop with Tracey Payne

September
Altered suitcase with mini album 

October
card using stamps from Crafty Individuals

November
Wedding card

Thanks for taking a peek
Happy New Year