Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone



Monday, 16 December 2013

New Baby Card

Hello everyone - goodness doesn't time fly - about a week sine I last blogged.

Today I have a new baby card to show you;


The images are from a set for new Baby & Christening with 2 main images one for each event, some word stamps & a couple of borders.  I cannot remember where I bought it from or whose stamps they are - but they were a bargain at £3.99 the set.

I stamped the main image in black archival ink & managed to quickly emboss with clear embossing powder, after which I cut it out with one of my label dies.  The image was then coloured in lightly with Promarkers - I haven't done much colouring recently so had to take care not to overdo it. A slight colour around the edge & little buttons glued to the corners.  I then attached it to the main card on sticky pads & added the blue ribbon with a faux bow.

I have difficulty tying a proper bow & getting it to lie along the length of the ribbon - so tying the faux bow gives me better results.

Despite there still being quite a bit to do for Christmas I have to start thinking of 2014 birthday cards as I have 4 in the first week of the New Year.

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Sunday, 8 December 2013

My latest canvas

Good evening everyone

Yesterday I attended another canvas mixed media workshop - I didn't do any stamping on it but we used ink sprays with mica to give that shimmer, & many other things.

Here is how my canvas looked on my arrival at the workshop


We had to send, in advance, a photo we wished to use on the canvas.  This is one of me with my step grand-daughter when she was about 6.  She is now 38.  I cannot believe I have allowed a photo of myself to be used & shown here.  The canvas was provided along with the brushes & all the paints & mediums for us to use plus a couple of die cut frames that we might wish to place around our photo. Then throughout the workshop lots of other items were offered that we might like to use.  All of us had also taken along things from home to put on our canvas & shared with each other.


I am now starting the process of creating this canvas - the photo has been adhered to the canvas & the larger of the 2 frames placed around it.  I have used a mask / template with a diamond pattern along with flexible filler to add pattern & texture.


Wow! now we have reached the stage where we are laying out the elements that we wish to use on the canvas to get a feel of how it will turn out.  I rather liked this layout but was worried that after removing everything I would not remember the placement.  So! as I had my camera with me for the purpose of recording progress I took this photo, then laid out everything in the right positions beside the canvas. This meant I could refer to it when rebuilding the design. I am not sure it can be clearly seen but there are some pieces of lace placed along 2 of the edges.  Once they are painted they become another texture on the canvas.

The flowers were some paper flowers I had bought sometime somewhere, the 2 small blossoms down the left hand side between the paper flowers were made from air drying clay using the blossom cutter that I had used for some flowers for my recent wedding.  The small bits & pieces are metal elements that were in a polybag containing them, ribbon, thread, a key (rather rusty & not used - the key used is double layer card die cut), buckle (too heavy - not used), buttons & a string of tiny beads etc.  Goodness knows how long I had had them - but finally they have been used.


This is a photo of one of the sides, where I had again used the template & filler to create texture. This shows the side after I have added the brown paint - it is amazing how the filler texture picks up the paint & gives it more interest.


We have now moved on a stage & all the embellishments are back in place.  I better say here that when I painted the sides I also brought the colour around on to the top surface just slightly - it wasn't a case of bad painting.  Then everything is painted white - now here is where my mind shows its confusion - I think we coloured it with Gesso rather than white acrylic paint.


Here is the final photo showing the finished canvas.  I used a mica spray in a sort of fawn/ beige tone.  The spray bottle wasn't working too well so sometimes it came out in splats rather than a smooth spray - but I rather liked the effect - so continued in that manner. To finish it I went back in with the dark brown paint & painted the centres of the flowers, the word LOVE & the bead string with a very light touch on the metallic findings. This is going to hang in my craft room & as I already have 3 canvases on the wall (left by the previous owner - which are in shades of brown & cream / beige) it will be absolutely perfect beside them.

I have to hold my hands up - & say completely unashamedly- I am absolutely delighted with the finished item.  I will have to take a photograph of it without all that protective newspaper in the background.

Thank you Peerless Designs for a great workshop & the inspiration.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to my little blog & if you have time before you go please leave a comment & don't forget to take a peek at Peerless Designs.  Just click on the link in the previous paragraph.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Monday, 2 December 2013

Another mixed media page

I couldn't go too long without making another piece of mixed media altered paper.

At the moment it is a case of trying things out & getting some practice in.  I will have to think about where I would be using the altered paper when it is finished or else all I will be risking the paper not getting used.  I don't think that would happen but still - some thought must start taking place.

How did I make this next piece?  Like this -


This is the piece of A5 paper - not really something I would use. Let's hope Murphy's law doesn't come into play & I find I could have used it as is.


After being given a coat of Gesso


Some flexible filler spread over & through small hole sequin waste


Using the sequin waste as a stamp.  Tapping Versamark ink onto it then pressing it on to the sheet of paper & embossing with silver embossing powder.


Starting to spray some colour on top.  I had a couple of splodges which I didn't want but found that a quick dab with a wet wipe & everything was fine.


Some stamping added - a little daisy stamp which was inked with Versamark & embossed with silver embossing powder, followed by a sentiment stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

I may go back & add some more colour to this - I am not sure.  It is probably best to leave it as it is & just make another one this time with more colour.  What a good idea!  I think I will do that this evening.

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Sunday, 1 December 2013

mixed media

Oh dear!
I think I have the bug.
After quite a few days of watching You-tube videos & one in particular - by Misty Russell  (It just had to be, didn't it?).  I have checked the link by the way & it does seem to work correctly.  

The video in particular that caught my eye was about papers you have but don't use because they are just not quite right?  Then they get left in your stash - seemingly never to be used.  I have watched her video a couple of times & each time I have been thinking I really should see what I can do.  Tonight I took the bull by the horns. I haven't followed the video completely stage by stage, but taken the basics & adapted them to what I have.

This was truly an "Ink on my fingers" moment.

I was going to take photos at each stage - but got carried away.  But, at least, here is the piece of paper after it had been treated with Gesso - you can just see the design beneath;



& it became this ..................


As I said earlier I intended to photograph each stage - but got carried away - anyway as I say -  here is the finished paper.

After covering the paper with Gesso I then added some texture by using a Stamps Away mask & Flexible Filler ( which I bought from B&Q - it's as good as those texture pastes).  I placed one at the top & one at the bottom on opposite corners.  I decided then to dry the whole paper with the heat gin. (Oops I meant heat gun - I haven't had any gin - I promise!!!)  I then moved into an area I have not ventured into for some while - misting sprays!  I had bought some quite a while ago from The Stamp Man - then - as we do, I had not used them.  Anyway - a little shake & a thump against the palm of my hand & they mixed up well.  So I sprayed about 3 different colours on to the paper. It was looking good.

Just recently I picked up a pack of sequin waste - but with smaller holes - can't remember where from.  So I took out a piece of that & cut off a narrow piece which I then inked with Versamark Ink.  I then placed this ink side down on the paper & pressed quite firmly.  Next stage was to pour silver EP over it & heat it with the heat gun.    Wow! I really have surprised myself.  Next I found a script stamp & inked it with Versafine Onyx Black - then randomly stamped it on the paper.  I did not mount the stamp on a block - which is the method I have seen done on these videos.

This piece of "new" paper will get used unlike it's base paper.  But it is a shame in a way that with what I have done with it the original design no longer shows.  I want to work on that & see if I can manage to retain some of the original pattern.

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Die cut Christmas cards

This last couple of days I have been busy making several Christmas cards for us to give to my husband's work colleagues.

Following on from some early stamped ones I have kept to the white & crisp style - this time using the Tonic dies with the tag die in the centre.  I like the idea of these dies as Tonic will be bringing out extra tags as well.  I also used the greetings die that came with the Tonic Cracker die set - still have to use the cracker die though.




Being all white - well almost all, they are not so easy to photograph & the sentiments greetings do not show up too well - but if you click on the photo you will get a bigger image which should be clearer.  

I layered the lacy oval over silver mirri card & cut a silver tag which had the white tag glued to it then they were glued to the background on sticky dots.  I found some small stars on some left-over peel-off sheets which just fitted over the embossed stars on the cracker.  Also some rather narrow white ribbon with silver edges - so I created 2 tiny faux bows to put on them.  Then finally a white ribbon at the fold edge - also with a faux bow.

Very pleased with those.  I had better get off & try & get some stamped Christmas cards made. 'Bye for now.



mixed media canvas

I had my first foray into mixed media work recently & attended a workshop at Peerless Designs.

I have to say I am completely smitten & in a weeks time I am attending another workshop there where we are going to include a photo. I have been playing a little in the meantime though & watching lots of You-tube videos.  I fancy trying altered paper & including my stamps - so watch this space.

Here is my first canvas.  If I am honest I am not too thrilled with the finish or the colours - but hey it is the first one!  Also I know that I can go over it with white acrylic & start again if I so wish. Still thinking about that idea.


The finished canvas.
It uses die-cuts, stencils & flexible filler, dry wall tape, acrylic paint, torn sheet music.

Here are some progress shots


Adding the sheet music - that is a shadow top right not the start of blue paint


Stencil work using flexible filler to produce some texture


Die - cuts being added


The gentle start to colouring using acrylic paints.

I never would have thought I would enjoy something like - especially if you think of the title of this little blog!

Back later. Thank yu for stopping by.


Saturday, 30 November 2013

Time for overdue catch up

Goodness - once it again it has been a while.  I really must pull my socks up in 2014 - there, that's my first resolution for the New Year.

Looking back at my blog I noticed that on the 8 November I showed you some work in progress - some Christmas toppers.  Well! they did get made into cards.  I have gone for clean & crisp this year - so most of my cards & are embossed white cards with toppers, ribbon etc added - but not too much.  Here is a sample of those made with the little toppers from 8 November;


I used an 8x8 embossing folder that had 2 different panels on it with a plain section through near the centre.  I had to adjust how it sat on my card as I was only using 5x5 cards.  I used the plain area to add my ribbon.


Here's 2 more.  I think if you click on the images a larger version will show the embossing better. I am also pleased to say that all of them included stamping.

I have been busy making cards with various crafts & also been having a play with altered canvas work.  I will sort out the photos & do a post on that next.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.



Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembrance day


We will not forget
Not only those who died in conflicts past but those who give their lives today


Sunday, 10 November 2013

Less is More - Week 145 - One Layer Thanks

Good afternoon everyone & what a beautiful day it is.  Well! it is here in North Wales, so I hope it is where you are too.

My card today is for the challenge at Less is More this week & in the rotation that they do, it is the turn of the one layer card, this time with the theme of "Thanks".

Here is my card;


I created the colour panel on the left side by masking the required space with post it notes then using a "shaving brush" style brush I applied Distress Ink - Shabby Shutters.  I pounced the brush a little as well as brushing smoothly in order to obtain a slight textured & shaded look.  Then as my Micron pens were on my desk from a zentangling session I added the faux stitching around the coloured panel.

The floral spray comes from a set of Laura Ashley stamps & the Thank You is a little wood mounted stamp from PSX which I have had forever.

I am fairly busy at the moment making Christmas cards & making this card has given me an idea for some of my Christmas cards.  So! thank you Less is More.

Why not pop over to the blog & see what else has been entered in this challenge.  Thank you for visiting my blog & perhaps if you have time you would leave a comment - they are always very much appreciated.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Christmas toppers & zentangling

Hello everyone

The making of toppers for Christmas cards continues & I have made a decision to use 3 or 4 different toppers & to try & create different cards with them.

Today I stamped & die-cut about 12 more & there are a few more stamped ready for die-cutting as well.

I also found time to indulge in a little zentangling - which I am finding somewhat compulsive & have been looking out stamps that will lend themselves to this technique.  In the meantime these are digital designs.


This photo shows the toppers made & 3 images for zentangling - the butterfly still to be worked.


A close-up of the 2 flowers.

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Monday, 4 November 2013

Some stamping & "find it use it"

Good evening everyone - just looking at my blog I notice I haven't shown you some of the cards I have made recently & also some stamping towards my Christmas cards.

Firstly some more of that "find it use it" card making.  Looking in a drawer for some of those plastic masks to use, I came across (I am not sure found is the right word) - some more of those fabric squares.  This time they were in black, gold & white.  Here is what I made & it does involve some stamping too;




They look very clean & fresh - just as I like things.

I also prepared some toppers to go on some embossed cards I had prepared;


The "Let it snow" toppers were made using a stamp that was free on a recent magazine - it really is quite nice.  The snowflake stamp is one by my friend Caroline of CaroLines Creative Stamping. Then yesterday I decided they needed lifting a little & added some colour with the gelly roll pens.


I have some other designs on my work-desk which need die-cutting, so that is probably a job for tomorrow - I suppose I have about two-thirds of the number I require sorted. Then soon it will be the start of putting them together & adding inserts.  

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Another zentangle card

I find zentangle fascinating & very relaxing.  Once I think about creating a design I cannot stop working on it - but then other things interrupt & perhaps I don't do any for a wile.

This card has come about because I have been asked to run a workshop on it at a local craft shop. The manageress had the idea of using a peel-off as the basis - so I took them home & had a play.  First I placed the peel off image onto some white card & scanned it.  This gave me an image to practice with.  Having tried out various ideas - i chose the pieces I liked & worked the actual image, then layering it onto a black card.

Here is one of my practice pieces on the scanned image, laid on to black card to get the overall effect -


& here is the finished card along with some close ups of the designs -




I think the next stage for me will be to colour some card with inks or sprays then zentangle over that - so watch this space if you like zentangles.  I also have looked out some of my stamps that will lend themselves to this technique.

It really is great when you can combine techniques & crafts together.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Finishing the cards from ..............

....... my stash.

Good afternoon - well we have had some really nice sunshine today - looks like the rain may be returning this evening though.

Earlier this afternoon I sat down & finished the patchwork square cards I was making from items found in my stash.  I am afraid that the embellishments & greetings that were added were via peel-offs - no stamping done.  Sorry!


Two of the really pretty butterfly designs


& two more


I have called these homespun designs because they remind me of country ways


The first two Christmas card designs


plus two more


& finally this one.

I also did started work on a some samples for a workshop I am doing next month on Zentangle - will post that one later.

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Friday, 25 October 2013

Using up Stash - next stage

Hi everyone - today I moved another stage forward in using up found items.  The fabric squares that I trimmed & glued to card recently (see previous post) have now become cards.  Well! some of them;


Very quick & simple designs.
I layered the squares onto some gold paper then onto square cards & added some peel-off embellishment.


A close up of one.


Two of the Celtic squares - again mounted onto gold paper then an A5 card.
This time the corner embellishments are stamped using a little Celtic stamp that is one of two that were free on a craft magazine which I bought when I was on holiday in Brittany last year.


Here are the other two.

They now await their inserts & recently I bought a lovely Christmas sentiments set - so that is what will get used.

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