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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Paper piecing - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

All being well, when this post reaches you, I shall be enjoying some well-deserved relaxation in Filey (on the Yorkshire coast), while looking for seashells and other cool stuff to bring back for crafting with!

In the meantime, we have a paper piecing challenge for you over at Sweet Stampin' this week.

I thought it was the perfect chance to play with one of the Dylusions stamps I picked up a while ago...


I love stamps like these, but husband dear thinks they're creepy. He really doesn't like stamps that have any features missing, such as the eyes here, or the noses on Magnolia stamps. I am personally rather fond of them though!

My fellow Sweeties have pieced some lovely papers for you, so I hope you'll go take a peek, and if you're feeling inspired, please do come and play along!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Magic, Myth or Fantasy - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

Time for another challenge over at Sweet stampin', and this week our theme is Myth, magic or fantasy.

Now I happen to have twin nieces, who are into unicorns at the moment, so I have a pair of cards prepared with exactly those creatures on them.
I tried to keep them as similar as possible, only changing the colours to reflect each of their favourites.




Of course there's some sparkle too, on their horns and tails, because I'm sure there are laws stating unicorns must have sparkle. Or something like that...

Anyway, that was my offering, and my fellow Sweeties have some equally fantastical things prepared for you.

Hope you'll come and play along!

Have an awesomesauce weekend!

Sammy-x

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

May Challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Hello again!

I'm back with my second post of the morning, this time for Rhedd's Creative Spirit, where we have another fab altered art challenge for May.

We have some amazing new teamies joining us this month, so please do go see their makes and leave them some love!

I had a little fun with an 8" square piece of MDF this month, inspired by some of the ideas and techniques I picked up from Finnabair during last month's workshop.


I just love playing with the Art Alchemy Metallique waxes. I used White Gold here. Most of the embellishments were leftovers from the workshop kit, except for the MDF circle and large gear in the centre, which are Fernli Designs, and the key and filigree which came from Amazon. A Tim Holtz word sticker added a finishing touch.



It's over to you now. Come see what our fab new teamies have designed for you, and then please come and play along!

Have a most fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

May challenge - Altered Eclectics

Good morning everyone!

May already, which means it's new challenge time over at Altered Eclectics!

I have another mini album this month, as I've been super busy making loads of them for our charity craft fair this summer. They're a really good seller, so I'm hoping to have loads made by then!

This time I've gathered up the Tim Holtz supplies, and made one with a more masculine look.

I just adore the paper dolls, and if you look closely at the wording behind his legs, I arranged them exactly so on purpose... Got to have something to giggle at, no? hehe...


I don't know why, but I am hopelessly in love with that tape measure paper! I couldn't bear to cover it up.


There's lots of pockets, photo mats, envelopes, etc. for photos, ephemera and journalling.




Et voila. One masculine mini album ready for the craft fair. I have about half a dozen made so far, and LOADS still to go, lol.

I hope you'll all go check out my fellow teamies' fabulous makes, and then come and play with us!

Back shortly with my second altered project for the day...

Sammy-x

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Circles - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

New challenge time at Sweet Stampin' this morning, and this week we're looking for circles.

Now most of you probably don't know this, but I have a degree in film studies, and I don't think the film student in me will ever fully go away.

So, when I was at the craft retreat I mentioned in my previous ATC post and I saw a fabulous stamp set from AALL and Create that featured a moon very reminiscent of  the one featured in several early turn-of-the-century films by Georges Melies, I simply had to have it!

And because 9-10 hours of crafting each day obviously wasn't enough, I spent the evening (after a lovely swim in the hotel pool of course) in my hotel room making this:


For those interested, this link will take you to "Voyage to the moon". One of Melies best works (in my opinion anyway), and what is widely regarded as the first ever science fiction film!
While other directors were busying themselves making "films" that consisted of a train chugging by, or a woman hanging clothes on a washing line, Melies showed incredible forward thinking and creativity. without him, filmmaking would likely not have progressed as well and as quickly as it did.

Ok, sorry, I'll stop there, lol.

Please do come and play with us this week, and do check out what delights my fellow sweeties have whipped up. I promise they won't bore you with lectures on early cinema!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Rusty ATCs

Hello all,

Just wanted to pop in and share some ATCs I made for a recent swap at a craft retreat. We didn't have a theme, so I just grabbed my rust pastes and had fun!


These are only half of them, as I forgot to take a picture of the second batch! (there were 10 of us in the swap).

The retreat itself was fantastic! With a vibrant colour theme on the first day courtesy of the always fabulous Kassa Hayselden and an amazing mixed media affair on the second day taught by none other than the amazing Finnabair, it could only have been more perfect if there'd been a third day with Tim Holtz (hey, a girl can dream, no?), lol.

The workshop/retreat itself was hands down, no contest the best arranged and executed workshop I have ever been on. No others have been even close to the same league.. Do yourselves a favour and book yourself on a workshop with Art Workshops next time you fancy going on one. You can thank me after... ;)

I will share photos just as soon as I've managed to take a decent picture of the HUGE project we did with Finnabair!

In the meantime, it would be rude not to share my ATCs with A Vintage Journey for their Rusty Crusty challenge, now wouldn't it?

Have a fantabulous day everyone!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Animals - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

It's Saturday again, and we have another fun challenge for you over at Sweet Stampin'.  This week, we'd like to see animals on your creations.

I usually struggle a little with animals, except for James the Bear from LotV of course, but after a rummage through my stamp collection, I came across a stunning tiger stamp from Inkylicious, and obviously had no choice but to use it!

Just take a peek and you'll understand...

Isn't that just a gorgeous beast? My mum adores tigers, so that's her birthday card sorted for July!

I spent two hours turning my stash upside down in search of the gorgeous G45 papers that go with the tiger so beautifully. a little ribbon and some letter stickers and it's all done, leaving the stamp to soak up all the attention.

Now it's your turn. We'd love to see your animal creations (it's going to be so much fun to see how many different animals we'll be able to spot!), and don't forget to go take a peek at what my fellow Sweeties have prepared for you!

Have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x