Thursday, 28 February 2013

Faith and Hope

Good Evening Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

I have arrived home safely after a busy couple of days in Leeds, I hope you are all well and have been enjoying the nice sunny weather we have been having.  It is nice to be home and I had lots of lovely parcels to open too.

Today's card I have used an Iris topper from the Kew die cut topper set from Kraftyhands. The meaning for the blue iris is faith and hope and symbolises eloquence. 

8 x 8 Scalloped white card
First layer is gold pearlescent card
Second layer is Core'dinations card which has been embossed using Die'sire Emossalicious Regal Swirl.
The topper has been matted onto gold mirri card which has been die cut using a spellbinder die
The bling across the card is what I bought last year on holiday in Turkey.
To finish off I have added a sentiment, feather and stick pins which have been coloured with my Copic's

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxxxx

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Time Waits for No Man

Good Evening Crafty Friends and Followers

A rather busy day at the studio today so this is a quick post from me.  Shattered tonight so no rambling from.

6 x 6 Kraft square card
Docrafts Papermania Chronology backing paper and decorative edge which I have distressed with DI Vintage Photo
I have used stamps from Visible Image from their Time Flies stamp set which have been stamped with VersaMark and Cosmic Shimmer Black embossing powder
The wooden clock is from Crafty-Emblies which I have added Glossy Accent
To finish off I have sprinkled Fran-tage and heated it up.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxxxx

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Say it with Flowers

Good Evening Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

I hope that you have all had a fabulous day.  I arrived safely in Leeds after being away for 3 weeks.  It was lovely to see Mike and Ian again.  I have had a fairly busy day but it was so nice to be back.

A quick post from me tonight as I still have some blogging work to do and catch up on my commenting.  Tonight's card I have made using a topper from the Kew die cut topper range from Kraftyhands.

Base of card is pearlescent which I have made into a centre stepper card
On the panels either side I have used First Edition Boho papers
The centre of the stepper first layer is from Core'dinations So Mod, second layer is a doily which I have coloured to match the topper
I have added pearl gem butterflies, red roses and sentiment from my stash

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxxxx

A Beautiful Day

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

A quick post to wish you all a Beautiful Day!  I hope you all get some crafting done today, alas none for me for the next few days as I am in Leeds catching up with Mike and Ian.  See you all later xxxx

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxx

Monday, 25 February 2013

Man about Town

Good Evening Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Well it has taken me all day to get this post to go live.  Blogger is being it's usual pain in the butt.
I am off to Leeds tomorrow morning so I am off to have an early night as up at 5.00 am in the morning.

6 x 6 Kraft card
First layer is bronze textured card from my stash which I have matted one of the backing papers from the Man about Town die topper sets from Kraftyhands.
I then matted the topper onto the same backing papers and inked around the edges using Black distressing ink
I have wrapped raffia around the backing paper threading it through a metal fastener
To finish off I have added a sentiment from my stash and 3 burnt orange card candi

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxx

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Tulips for Spring

Good Evening Crafty Friend, Followers and Visitors

Sunday already, the weeks are surely flying by.  Well today is my 2nd blog anniversary, time sure has flown since I started 2 years ago.  I have been inspired by so many of my blogging friends and fabulous crafters.  Today I am showing a card I made using Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion stamps and technique which is a very firm favourite with me and she sure has inspired me too.  I hope you like my little card!

8 x 8 cream scalloped card
First layer is from stash which I have matted Core'dinations card embossed with Die'sire Embossing folder Regal Swirl.
The topper is mount board which I have painted and distressed by painting board with PVA and emulsion paint and heating to get the crackle.
Using Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion Tulip Stamp I have paint fusioned with Pebeo Acrylic Paints
I sprayed with Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle Iridescent spray then once dry dusted with PanPastels Dairylade Yellow.
I have used PanPastels Burnt Sienna on the doily and then matted this onto the embossed card.
To finish off I have cut out butterflies using First Edition Boho paper pack with Spellbinder Les Papillion 2, added gems to the 4 corners of the doily, made a bow and added a floral button to the bow

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxxxx

Second Blog Candy Giveaway Winner

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Today is my second blogaversary!  How the time has flown and what an adventure it has been so far.  I have met and made lots of lovely crafting friends, not only bloggers but Facebook crafty friends too.
When I retired I just planned on being able to spend time crafting and doing what has helped me through some very difficult times the past 2 years.  I am now fortunate enough to have worked with amazing crafters in the Industry and been privilege enough to be on the design teams for Mike and Ian over at Kraftyhands, Stephanie Weightman (My Craft Studio), Kay Rutter (Hougie Board), Oyster Stamps, Ali Crafts, Ally Higginbottom, Sue Andrews (Jems Designs), Sam Austin (HobbyFun) and of course blog challenges too.

Mike and Ian asked me to work with them looking after our AMAZING Design Team and look after the office.  I get to see all the gorgeous and lush things that will be coming your way and even get to play with them too. How lucky am I!!!!

I wish to thank you all for your continued support, commenting and being such amazing crafty caring friends.   You all inspire me and I hope in some small way I inspire you all too.

Now I bet you are all dying to know who the 2 lucky winners are?  There were 75 comments, a few had been duplicated and I had commented too so that brought it down to 65 comments.  My husband picked the following numbers:

Drum Roll Please

The First Winner

Unclaimed so removed after one month

Second Winner is #21

Lindsay CraftyMonster 81

Congratulations Ladies, can you please email me you address please
Thank you for your visit Today
Hugs xxxxx

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Altered Box

Good Evening Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

I hope that you have all had a good day and managed to get some crafting done.  Today I decided that I needed a storage box for my Crafty-Emblies as they were all over the place and wanted to store them in the one place so I was searching my drawers for the ones that I wanted.

I had a box that needed a new lease of life so I sanded it down and painted it first with some funky green paint (I am in the mood for green at the moment), I let this dry and then painted a thin layer of watered down PVA, once this was dried I then painted over using cream emulsion paint.  I let this part dry and then finished it off with my heat gun.  This produced a lovely crackled effect on all of the box.

I then took my stippling brush and using Distress Inks Peeled Paint I stippled all over the entire box.

I then took my alphabet stamp and stamped the letters for "Crafty-Emblies", heat embossed the letter, then I used a Kaiser clock stamp and stamped over the letters.  Taking a bottle of Cosmic Shimmer Mist Rich Gold I spritzed over them.  Used my heat gun to dry and then cut them out.  I then used attached them to the box with Pinflair and added a few of the wooden cogs.  Viola a nice new storage addition for my crafty-emblies.

Thank you for stopping by Today and I hope to see you again Soon
Hugs xxxxx 

Teddy Love

Good Evening Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

6 x 6 square card
First layer is paper from London Market Papers
Second layer is from Core'dination's So Mod cut using Scalloped Label 1 die
The topper is from Kraftyhands which you can get here
The die in the corner is Fantastic Flourish Three from Spellbinders and the butterfly is Les Papillions 2
To finish off I have added some buttons from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by Today 
Hugs xxxxx

2nd Blogaversary Candy

Good Afternoon Crafty Friends and Followers

Welcome to all of my visitors both old and new.  Well I can't believe that next month on the 24th February is my 2nd blogaversary.  WOW how time has flown, I started my blog with some trepidation but oh my it has been the best thing that I have ever done with regard to sharing my designs.  I have made a lot of lovely crafting friends from all over the world and I can't thank you all enough for taking this journey with me.

As it is my second anniversary I have 2 prizes to give away, too 2 lovely followers.  You will each receive exactly the same.  The blog candy consists of the following:

A set of my Stamps,
2 Sarah Kay stamps,
Stamp cleaner
Stampography Card (this is what I use for all of my stamping)
A bag of 2 scissors and another of heart pendants
2 CD's from My Craft Studio Quintessential Garden

Now you are asking what do I need to do?

Well there are only 3 things I would love you to do and they are:

1.  Be a follower or become a follower
2.  Post  picture of the blog candy on your blog side bar
3.  Leave a comment

This will stay live until 23th February 2013.
The winner will be chosen by my Hubby on Sunday 24th February 2013

Thank you for visiting Today
Hugs xxx

Friday, 22 February 2013

Mother's Love

Good Evening Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Friday again, where is the time going?  It has been trying on and off all day here to snow but only little flurries.  It is bitterly cold, went out for a walk up to the hairdressers to drop some Mother's Day cards off and came back home.

I have then spend the rest of the day in my craft room creating!  I am hoping to get into my craft room all weekend after domestic duties have been done!

Today's card is made for Mother's Day

8 x 8 White pearlescent card
First layer is paper that I have had for ages (can't remember where I got it!) I have distressed the edges with DI Peeled Paint
Second Layer is from Pink Paislee London Market which has also been distressed with Peeled Paint.
Using DI Pumice stone I have distressed the doily then layered the topper which is from Kraftyhands and  is part of a Die Topper Set and can be bought here, this too has been distressed with DI Peeled Paint.
I have added cream lace and where they cross over a cream bow with a stick pin.  I have distressed the greeting with Peeled Paint, added a corner embellishment and pearl gems.

Thank you for stopping by Today

Postcards Steampunk

Good Afternoon Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

The lovely Tracy Moss from Cardmakers Delights emailed to ask if I would be interested in using her postcards on a few card samples for her.  I did a few cards for her last year and they are gorgeous cards to use.  She knew I loved my Steam Punk and send me quite a few of these fabulous post cards.

I would highly recommend my crafty friends to visit Tracy's site as there are an amazing array of toppers from cute to vintage to steam punk.

Today's card is made using a couple of these Steam Punk postcards and I made another one for that male relative in your life.

A5 Kraft card
First layer is black card which I have matted a piece of gorgeous paper from London Market from Pink Paislee which was part of my Christmas present off Mike and Ian (Kraftyhands) which I have inked the edges with DI Vintage Photo
I have distressed around the postcards with my scissor and then inked around them before matting them at an angle onto black card.
To finish off I have added 2 charms and 6 buttons  and sentiment from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxx

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Vintage Treasures Wall Hanger

Good Evening Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Today I had the pleasure of meeting one of my crafty friends Kath Mucky Paws Halstead who doesn't live too far away from me. We met up for lunch and had a good natter and she is just lovely.

Today Mike and Ian from Kraftyhands have been on Create and Craft with an assortment of the fabulous CD's.  As you all know I work with the boys and look after the design team.  I managed to watch the first half of the show this morning before I went out and they were going through the samples and mentioned me!  I nearly fell of the couch but chuffed to bits :)

This is what I made using the gorgeous Vintage Treasures CD.  I wanted to show crafters not to be afraid to use your CD's for altered art too as they add to your crafting arsenal. I made this wall hanger.

The wall hanger has been painted with Pebeo Acrylic paints, PVA and cream emulsion to get the distressed look.
Around the frame I attached purple ribbon with beads on.
The picture has been printed off from the CD and I added pearl gems and stick pins.
For the hanger I crocheted a braid using lilac ribbon and attached to the back with staples
To finish off I added feathers, lace, roses and a beautiful stick pin.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxx

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Sweet Pea

Good Evening Crafty Friends, Follower and Visitors

Tonight as promised I have posted a card using Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion stamps!  I love sweet peas and the colour purple.  I hope you enjoy your visit.

A5 card from my stash
First layer is from DCWV Once Upon a Time mat stack
Second layer pearlescent green paper
Topper is mount board crackled and painted using Sheena Douglass' Sweet Pea Paint Fusion Stamps and painted with Pebeo Paints and then sprayed with Spray and Sparkle Iridescent Glitter
I have added a flower made with lace that I made and a button from my stash
To finish off I have punched out a couple of butterflies with MS butterfly punch and some glitter gems.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxxxx

Christine's Digi Adventure Showcase - Easter Bunny

Good morning crafty friends and followers

A couple of weeks ago Christine emailed me to ask if I would like to be a guest designer for her Digi Showcase Adventure which takes place today.  I of course replied that I would and she sent me this cute little digi.  I hope you like what I have created today.  You can visit Christine's Blog to see her design teams projects too.

Base card is 6 x 6 white scalloped card
First layer is from Core'dinations So Mod card pack which I have embossed using the Die'sire floral 6 x 6 embossing folder.
The scalloped layer is from First Edition Boho paper pack using the Spellbinder scalloped oval die
I printed the image onto Neenah Card and coloured with Copic Ciao Pens.  I distressed the edges with PanPastels Dairylide yellow.
I have added the sentiment Spring, gems to the centre of the flowers and lemon flowers from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxx

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Vintage Treasure Samples

Good Afternoon Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Did you manage to see Mike and Ian at 1.00 pm and 6.00 pm today?  Weren't they fabulous and all the gorgeous samples our design team have made with this fabulous CD.  As we have such a talented design team, there is no need for me to make samples but I just had to for this CD it is a stunner, especially for those of you who love vintage.

This is one of my samples.  I decided to use the CD to show that they can not only be used for cards, this is just one idea I what I came up with.

The front of the heart hanger

Back of the Heart

Paper mache heart
Painted with acrylic paint, PVA and Cream Emulsion 
Attached lace around the heart and ribbon to form a hanger
Backing papers where cut out with Heart die
The toppers are from the CD as does the papers
I have attached a rose, metal embellishment has a ribbon attached and a pink bead to the centre

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxx

Monday, 18 February 2013

Steampunk Box

Good Evening Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Whew what a busy day I have had, went to see my Dad this morning and then went to see my Stampin Up upliner Debbi.  Got home this afternoon and managed to see Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion show on Create and Craft.  I have done some painting this weekend and will be posting a card on Wednesday.

Tonight's box started life as a flat pack from Crafty-Emblies which I have painted with Pebeo Acrylic paints and then painted over this with Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour paint in Copper.  I then stamped the lid with VersaMark and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder in black.  I have then attached wooden embellishments again from Crafty-Emblies.  I plan to use this to store my Steampunk bits and bobs.  Stamps used are from Ally's Inky Finger's, Freebie from DoCrafts Magazine and Personal Impressions

This is the box painted before stamping

Inside base stamped with Free DoCrafts Chronology stamp set

Lid of box stamped with Ally's Inky Fingers stamps
centre stamp is from Personal Impressions

Side view of box with Crafty-Emblies wooden embellishments

Crafty-Emblies is a small family run business but do the most amazing wooden embellishments and are adding everyday.  I just love them, you can ink, paint, spritz and even use some of their emblies as stencils.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxxxx

For a Special Mum

Good Morning Crafty Friends and Followers

Today's card is another sneaky peak of the new Vintage Treasures CD by Mike and Ian at Kraftyhands.  Just to remind you all that the boys will be on tomorrow 19th February at 1.00 and 6.00 pm on Create and Craft.

This is another card I have made to add to my stash which is for a "Special Mum".

6 x 6 white square card
Backing paper, toppers, tag and sentiment from CD
I have added lace, pearl swirls and stick pins.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxxxx

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Lacy Sunshine Challenge

Good Morning Crafty Friends and Followers

Today is time for our second challenge over at Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog.  Our challenge this fortnight is "use your favourite colours".  Now anyone who know me knows that my favourite colour of all time is Purple any shades so of course I had to use this colour but I have combined it with grey.

I have used Berryclaw Bears makes a Bear which is another of Heather Valentin's digis.  You can purchase this digi here.  This is the only official and authorised shop for Heather Valentin Digital Stamps.

6 x 6 Labels 1 square cream card which I have made into a Twisted Easel card
Inside of card I have added grey floral card with gold embossing.
I stamped a thimble using Dew Drops Pearlescent Lavender and placed this as the stopper for the easel.
Front of the card I have stamped scissor using Dew Drops Pearlescent Lavender using the scissors from my Stampography Dress Stand stamp set
Using the rest of the grey floral card I have cut out using Spellbinders Label 1 die.
I printed of the image and cut this out using the above die.  I then coloured this using my Copic Ciao Pens.  I distressed around the image using PanPastels natural grey and using Spica pen in purple added faux stitching.
To finish off I have added a couple of buttons, scissors and flowers from by stash.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxxxx

Saturday, 16 February 2013


Good Afternoon Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Housework all done, waiting for washing to dry and then get some ironing done.  I am hoping to get into my craft room later on and get some crafting done.  I am going to be playing with my new Stampin Up stamps and inks, see how the mood takes me.

I finally finished sorting out my craft room yesterday so it is all nice and tidy and got rid of a lot of rubbish.  Some items I have decided to sell, as they are just sitting there and not being used.  It is funny how your crafting changes over the years.  Anyway here is today's card.

6 x 6 white square card
First layer is from First Edition Boho Chic papers which I have wrapped some lace around.
The second layer is from my stash which I have cut into a scalloped circle using my Spellbinder Die
The Topper is from Kraftyhands Love & Hope Die Cut Toppers
The butterfly has been cut using card from my stash using Spellbinder Papillion dies
I have added pearl swirls, 3 pearl gems and a sentiment all from my stash

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxxxx

Friday, 15 February 2013

F is for Florence

Good Evening Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

It has been a lovely sunny day today but definitely chilly.  Went to see my mum this morning to catch up.  Decided to have my hair cut into a bob and so pleased with it now it is off my neck, it was driving me mad!  A lot of you will know that I have naturally curly hair so to see it straight after nearly 12 months of it being curly was a bit of a shock but I like it, the beauty of it being layered that I can still just wash and go and leave it to dry naturally.

This evening I decided to do some paint fusion, I haven't done this is quite a long time and I have really enjoyed doing it.  I have painted the letter "F" for my granddaughter's bedroom, I did one for Alice so decided to get this done so I can take it with me when I go and see them on Sunday.

I have painted it lilac underneath and then PVA and emulsion and crackled it by drying the paint.
The stamps are from Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion Simply Sweet Set
I have used Pebeo Paints

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxxxx

A Man's Best Friend

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Friday already!  Where has this week gone?  Doesn't time fly when you are having fun.  I am off to see my mum this morning which will be lovely as we can caught up on all the gossip.

A quick male card for you today, I have used Man about Town Die cut topper set from Kraftyhands

6 x 6 Kraft base card
First layer is black card which I have layered a sheet from the Topper set, before matting this down I have wrapped Baker's Twine around and tied into a knot
The topper I have matted onto black card then layered this down
I have added a metal charm with a brad and some black Card Candi then a sentiment from my stash

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs xxxxx