Saturday 18 February 2017

Flowers - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

Another week, another challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this week we're looking for flowers (I'm expecting LOTS of entries for this one, lol).

I considered going the shabby route for this, but figured I'd do something completely different (for me) and made this instead:

I watercoloured a Stamp n' Stor vase stamp, die-cut a stem, and added a Prima flower. A simple sentiment and some Enamel Accents to finish it off...

I was going to use actual stitching on the border, but have misplaced my mini sewing machine! lol.

Over to you guys,

Have a fantabulous weekend!


Saturday 11 February 2017

Masculine - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all!

Yep, I'm sneaking in on team Abi's week again over at Sweet Stampin', because it is one of my favourite themes... And convenient for me, as the theme is Masculine, and I just so happened to need a card for my grandfather's 91st birthday next week!

So naturally, out came the Tim Holtz supplies...

I inked up the background using a stencil and Fossilised Amber and Vintage Photo Distress inks, and then heat embossed it, flicking off bits here and there to create a pitted, distressed effect. I then inked the part the stencil had been covering, plus the "flicked off" bits with a darker colour. I LOVE the effect! I added a little extra by colouring in his waistcoat with a distress marker, just to make it stand out a little more.
The stamp and sentiment are of course also Tim Holtz.

I hope you'll come play with us this week!

Have a fantabulous day!


Sunday 5 February 2017

sneaking in another NBUS

Hi all,

So instead of doing what I was actually supposed to be doing, I was inspired by Darnell's NBUS challenge to have a little play.

As an optional challenge, she mentioned looking to see what national day it was, and using it as inspiration. Oh happy days! It turned out to be national Libraries day here in the UK, and also the final day of National storytelling week.
The idea of storytelling of course made me think of fairy tales, which had me rushing to dig out an awesome Sweet Dixie fairy tale castle die that I bought last year but hadn't gotten around to using yet.

It so happens that my twin nieces have a birthday coming up in a little while, and I figured this was a perfect opportunity to get ahead and make their birthday cards.

So I cut the castles in their respective favourite colours, and teamed them with some Dovecraft Princess Fairytale papers (one of my first ever paper packs!)

I added a few Stickles and changed the colour of the door and flags to add a little interest.

Now I don't know about you, but sometimes when someone sees one of my cards, they'll pipe up "Oh, I used to make cards! I'll bring some bits in for you". Very sweet of them, of course. But invariably, they end up handing me a stack of peel-offs, and try as I might, I've never been able to get on with them. But just this once, I thought I'd make an exception, as I wanted silver and gold sentiments to match the Stickles, and my embossing powders were at the bottom of a stack of boxes and I couldn't be bothered digging for them, lol.

The remainder of the peel-offs I currently have (and I've gotten rid of hundreds already in the past) are going into a craft hamper I'm putting together  to sell at work. It's crammed with these kind of bits and pieces that may be useful for a beginner crafter. Fingers crossed I hope to get £10 to £15 for it, which will equate to 100-150 hungry tummies filled. wish me luck!

Have a most excellent day!


Saturday 4 February 2017

LOVE - sweet stampin' DT

Good afternoon everyone,

First of all, apologies for the lateness of this post, it managed to slip through the cracks, so wasn't ready to go live this morning!

It's time for our Love challenge this week at Sweet Stampin'. and I made two cards for this challenge.

The first one was inspired by Stephanie Ackerman, and will be hubby's valentine this year...

I used TH tissue paper for the background, and a corresponding stamp on the heart.

The second card is a girlier one, with a Make It Crafty stamp and a Unity stamp sentiment. both of which I'd never used before, which means I can go play at Darnell's NBUS blog anniversary bash! Yay!

That's my cards for today. Don't forget to come and share yours!

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday 1 February 2017

February challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Hello again,

Back again this morning with another February challenge. This one for Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

Like my other post this morning, this project contains a lot of upcycled items from the charity shop I volunteer in.

I decided to have my first go at a floating teacup.

The theme was decided by the cup itself, as the colours made me think of autumn, so I added pine cones and other embellishments in the same colour scheme. The large butterfly at the bottom is a belt buckle. A couple of the gems are missing, and it was going to get thrown away until I came to the rescue. It is also beautifully heavy, which was very useful when trying to balance the cup. The weight of the buckle was just perfect! The other butterfly was a necklace pendant.

Now I hope you'll come join us this month. Remember, Anything altered art goes!

Have a most fantabulous day!


February challenge - Altered Eclectics

Good morning ladies and germs,

You know, at the rate time is flying by, it'll be Christmas again before we know it!

But for now, we'll stick with the February challenge over at Altered Eclectics...

I took a little box my mum had given me (I suspect it once had a watch in it...) and used some broken jewellery and other pretties to upcycle it into a pretty gift box.

Volunteering in a charity shop has its perks... while we never get any crafty goodies in, we do get a lot of jewellery - a lot of it unsaleable - which I can snap up for next to nothing to use in crafty projects. Apart from the die-cut flower, the ribbon and the key, all of this has been rescued from work!

Now to think of what to put in it and who to give it to! lol.

Hope you'll come play with us over at altered Eclectics this month.

Back in a minute!