Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Colours of The Wind

I honestly don't think I will ever tire of Autumn. I just love it. The smells, the incredible colours and textures, kicking up leaves with the kids ( and getting paid for the pleasure- I really do have THE best job in the world as a childminder!), the cosy nights and candles and not to mention the comfort food. Seriously- what's not to love?! I will never understand those that don't like it. My love for the season has become more than just about the things I mention though. It holds the most painful time in my life in it's grasp as I lost my Dad one glorious Autumn day seven years ago, yet somehow,weirdly,  that doesn't detract from the way I feel about it, instead it enhances it, as every day it reminds me of him and the larger than life, colourful character he was, and for that I offer it my gratitude always. 

Tonight I felt like celebrating all things Autumnal and created this card. The background was made with Ranger Alcohol Inks, which I went on to stamp over in Versafine ink and heat emboss with copper powder using my Colours of the Wind stamp set from Visible Image. I think the set is now retired but if you've not heard f them check out their other stamps as they are so different!


Saturday, 14 October 2017

A Very Crafty Saturday

Wow what a crazy busy week it's been. As well as working and all the usual running around us Mum's have to do, we've also had my eldest daughter's 18th birthday thrown in the mix yesterday.  I still can't quite believe she's no longer that cute little baby I struggled to evict from my belly, but instead an incredibly independent young adult with the world at her feet. While she is super independent, and organised all her own celebrations , which included a night in town with her mates, it didn't stop this mummy worrying and not getting quite as much sleep as I would normally enjoy while she was dancing the night away. So when I woke at 5am this morning, and having checked she'd arrived home safely, I hit the craft table as I couldn't get back to sleep. And there I stayed most of the day, finally relaxing,  while she slept off her rum and cokes!

And this is the result. It's been a while since I've played with my favourite Visible Image stamps, and once that box was open I was on a roll and couldn't stop as you can see! 

The snowflakes card was created with an aquatints background, splattered with water. I heat embossed various stamps from the Enchanted Snowflakes set, and added the Snowflakes and Butterflies verse.

The background on this card was created on my gelli plate using a stencil. Once dry I overstamped with Flower Inkognito in distress inks, heat embossed Create With Your Soul sentiment in the centre and added dragonflies from the Live In The Moment set, which I then coloured with Twinkling H20 paints. 

This was a background I made a while ago with Aquatint inks. It suddenly occurred to me that the sound waves from the Music Speaks set would work perfectly against it. I stamped and heat embossed the guitarist and sentiment from the Rock Out set and added glittered heat embossed stars from Universal. Simple yet quite effective I thought. 

Finally I had a play with Sleigh Silhouette, creating a background with distress inks and glitter. I used a pain pen to add snow for extra dimension. Christmas is coming- yippee!!!

I had such a lovely time just indulging myself, lost in my own little world. Definitely the stuff  the best Saturdays are made of. 

It's a good job I have had such a good session today as no time tomorrow. I'm off for afternoon tea at a local hotel with my friend. Stamps may make the perfect Saturday but girly  gossip and cake make for a pretty good Sunday too!

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog October DT Post

It's October, which means Halloween is coming, and along with it all things magical. So what better month to share a little wizard inspired project I have made on as my DT piece for this month's Anything Goes challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog. This month we are kindly being sponsored by Deco Art so do enter if you can for the chance to win this amazing  prize.

So, on to my project. My 11yr old daughter is Harry Potter mad. So much so that we have just decorated her room to fit the theme. She also love collecting sticks, and a while ago she created her own wand with one of her woodland findings and a hot glue gun. When I took delivery of my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform recently I had the idea that the cardboard sleeve it cam in would make a great picture frame, and so I decided to alter it to work with Emma's wand and create a piece of artwork for her room from it. 

I started by using a star stencil and texture paste around the edge, which I then paintedover with black Gesso.

As her wand was black I needed to create a light area to mount it on. Distress oxides work so well on black so I started by adding a variety of colours on to my craft mat, spritzing, pressing a stamping block in to it and then transferring to the inside of my frame. 

Once I was happy with the effect, I added more depth of colour with Dylusions spray inks and Cosmic Shimmer inks until I was happy that the wand would stand out against it. 

I highlighted the stars and frame with Deco Art gilding waxes and added more stars through the stencil inside the area in the wax.

Emma wanted the spell included, which I cut from silver card on my cameo and mounted under the wand. 

I am so thrilled with how this turned out. Not bad for a recycled cardboard box and a stick eh?! It looks great hanging in her Harry Potter bedroom so she's a very happy Potter head right now and I have scored some good mummy points too. Result!

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

October Anything Goes at Crafts Galore Encore DT Post

October's challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore is, as always,Anything Goes and this months sponsor is the fabulous Rick St Dennis

For my project I chose to work with the image Hexology. It's perfect to go in my daughters Harry Potter themed bedroom. I coloured it with Spectrum Noir pencils, and created the bluey/purple background with carefully place distress inks. It is mounted in a black box frame from IKEA , and for extra interest I added a few bats and cobwebs, and a stamped potion bottle by Sheena Douglass. 

We love to see your entries so do keep them coming in. 

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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Julia Spiri New Release DT Post - The Flower Dress

How I have missed working with Julia Spiris delightful images while we took a Summer break. The good news is, she is back, and feeling energised and inspired and has created two fabulous new release images for you to enjoy. I have worked with The Flower Dress, which was coloured with watercolour pens. I had a little go at creating my own scene around her too. What do you think?

The other new release is called The Butterfly Dress and you can find that here. Do pop across to the Julia Spiri blog or Facebook page to see what the rest of my team mates have created to inspire you. They are all amazing!

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Friday, 1 September 2017

Crafts Galore Encore September Challenge DT Post

September already, and I am starting to think Christmas thoughts with my project for this months Anything Goes challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore. This month our kind sponsors are Fabrika Fantasy. They have some beautiful digi stamps in the store, across many themes, but I couldn't resist this cheeky little duo ( find them here) . There is a pre coloured version included, but I wanted to colour my own (of course!), using my trusty Copic markers.  I teamed the image up with some festive papers from my stash that came with a magazine a while ago. A die cut snowman and some snowflakes helped to complete that wintry feel. 

We love to see your creation so do pop by if you can and join the fun for the chance to win a prize.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

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Creative Artiste Mixed Media September Challenge (DT Post)

I can't quite believe here we are in September already, but the calendar definitely say we are, which means that it's time for a new Anything Goes challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog. This month we are kindly being sponsored by Scrapmatts, an Australian store with a wealth of amazing goodies. Well worth checking out. 

I chose to focus on a little home decor project for my piece and created a shabby chic key and post rack for my hallway. I used Americana chalk paint over the exposed areas, and Scrapmatts chipboard key, which I then distressed by dry brushing white acrylic paint across and stamping in a vintage script stamp with Archival ink. I had some co ordinating papers in my stash to make the backing and sides look pretty, and I edged these with Distress Ink. 

I am entering this in the following challenges:

We would love to see your mixed media entries, so do join the challenge if you can. 

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