Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Out My Comfort Zone

Hi everyone........today I am sharing a couple of birthday cards  in a style that is totally out my comfort zone. The recipients are very girly and love bling/shoes etc.
So I used some of my Sue Wilson dies and the Tattered Lace shoe die, borrowed from my mammy x
 Sue's dies cut so well and I was delighted with the way in which you can layer them.

 I just love these butterflies and applied some Ranger Stickles  in Crystal for that added bling
A little book was made to go inside the pocket that the focal 50 sits on enabling my colleagues to add their own message.
 Stickles were also applied to the blue design but I have not quite captured it in photographs taken.
I also gave in to my urge to use some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges :-)
 The recipients were over the moon with their cards and I did enjoy making them  but its back to getting messy with paints and inks for me !!!!

Sending huge hugs xxxx

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Love is in The Air

Hi everyone...Today I am sharing a Destination Inspiration post over at A Vintage Journey x Where you can view the project details. 
As its Valentine's Day on Wednesday 14th February I thought I would make a gift for a special person as seen below :
 The wee journal measures 2 1/4 inches long and 1 1/4 inches wide 
 The technique for the faux leather journal cover can be found on You Tube
 The inside of the journal was made using card, folded like a fan, then decorated with scrap papers and small heart and stars die cuts.

The other side of the journal pages below
 A personal message  will be recorded at a later stage.
Thank You so much for visiting and I hope you can manage to drop in at A Vintage Journey too for the full details on how this was created.

I would like to enter this project over at Frilly and Funkie blog where the challenge is All You Need is Love, which you can view  by clicking HERE

Over at That's Crafty Challenge this month the theme is I Heart You, where I am also entering my project. Please click HERE to go to the That's Crafty Blog

Over at The Artistic Stamper Team Blog, which you can find HERE the challenge is Roses are Red (use the colour red) I  have entered my project here as I have used a red UTEE heart along with stamping /red hearts and papers inside my wee journal using TH ledger stamps and  a stencil  

Take Care and Happy Crafting 

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Chic Shoes

Hi everyone x Some sunshine here today, which is very welcome as its been pretty 'dreich' here in South West Scotland.
Today I am sharing a shabby chic card which was made for a 21st birthday x The shoe die cuts were gifted by my mammy, whom many of you know as Rita. The recipient absolutely adores shoes so they were a perfect addition to the card. 
Background paper  (Madame Payraud) was distressed on the edges. The hearts and stars are also dies, recently purchased on Amazon, which were aged with Vintage Photo DI. The words are from Lynne's Affirmations, sold by Thats Crafty. Some stamping, an adage ticket, bakers twine and Idea-Ology piece completes the look.

Thank You for popping in today, your visits are so appreciated

Huge hugs

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Friday, 2 February 2018

Melt It Challenge at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog

Hi everyone xx Hope you are all well and keeping cosy if you live in a cold climate......for those of you in sunnier climes enjoy the weather x I just can't wait for Spring to arrive xx
Today I am sharing my project created for the lovely and talented Julia Alston's challenge theme for A Vintage Journey blog, which is 'Melt It'. Here are the challenge details as described by Julia:

"This month we're asking everyone to MELT IT! Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style!"

Our sponsor this month is COUNTRY VIEW CRAFTS, who are giving our randomly chosen winner a £20 gift voucher to spend at their online store.....so definitely worth entering!! We, the Creative Guides, ( DT) choose three Pinworthy projects  who will receive a Pinworthy badge to display on your blog.

I had such fun with this challenge theme and decided to play with Shrink Plastic as well as my Melt Pot, which had not seen the light of day for a few years !! 
First of all a Bee Crafty MDF Art Board was covered in gesso then painted with Raw Umber by Decoart. Once dry Decoart Weathered Wood Crackle Medium was randomly applied  to the substrate as I only wanted a few areas of crackle. Once the crackle medium was dry the Art Board  was painted with Decoart Chalk Paint in Lace. My wood mounted Egyptian Stamps, which I have had for over 20 years, were used to stamp the background in  Sepia and Forget Me Not Archival Ink. Once satisfied with the stamping, which was not perfect as I was attempting to create an aged feel to my project, Vintage Photo DI was applied, creating some depth to the cracked areas.
It took me ages to find my shrink plastic, carefully hidden amongst other treasures in my stash. Once again Egyptian stamps were inked with Archival Ink in Black then  once stamped were roughly cut out to create a variegated edge. When my heat tool reduced the image size  Vintage Photo Distress Ink was applied. 
A torn piece of 300gsm card was covered in Ranger Perfect Medium, enabling the UTEE to stick to it.  My heat tool was then applied to the embossing powder on 4 occasions before stamping in to the medium whilst still warm. (nb The Egyptians stamps were also covered in the Perfect Medium before applying to the UTEE as it prevented the step from sticking) TIP - if you are not happy with the stamped image then you can just heat it up again and stamp until you are satisfied with the outcome.
Jet Black Archival Ink was applied to another of the stamps and I was pleased to see that it adhered very well on the enamelled surface. 
Then it was time to play with my Melt Pot and more UTEE powder in Gold. ( I also placed some UTEE Flex in with the powder as it makes the molten powder more flexible when it hardens...not sure if it has been discontinued but it is really beneficial, especially when trimming stamped areas with scissors or a craft knife)
First technique was to pour the molten powder in to a silicone pyramid mold. 
The second technique was to pour the molten powder on to my craft sheet and then stamp in to it with a Nefertiti stamp, which again had Perfect Medium applied to prevent it from sticking. 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Print Books, which were a gift from my lovely blog friend, Redanne, were used to finish this piece and using my fingers I applied a coat of Decoart metallic Paint in Ice Blue, the edge of the Art Board was also given a coat of this stunning colour, which really pops against the background colours. (I have decided I must use more of my Tim Holtz gifts/stash in projects this year)

Please take  GREAT care when using a Melt Pot as the liquid is very very hot and you should always use both hands when pouring. 
For more inspiration by fellow Creative Guides Please click HERE, which will take you to the AVJ blog.

Have Fun & Happy Crafting xx
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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Congratulations You're Engaged

Just a quick post today as I have been very busy with cards and my DT project for A Vintage Journey, which will be revealed Friday 2nd February. This  DT project was such fun and I am pleased to say Mr Mojo must have returned from his holidays as we really had a great time !!

Below is a card made for a recent engagement  coloured in Pinks and Cream  DI's with pearls added as well as a subtle pinch of Stickles Glitter, which really added to the overall feel...its such a shame you can't view it here xx
The background is a Tim Holtz Embossing folder , which is one of my favourites. The hearts and butterflies as well as the label are also Tim Holtz for Sizzix dies. You can just see on the bottom left that the butterflies wee cut twice, once in card and the other is some  newspaper card stock. I love the way they flutter. 

Thank You for your visit and I do hope you will pop back on Friday xx

Huge hugs

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Belated Wishes for 2018

Hi everyone xx Belated wishes to you all for a very Happy New Year 2018 x Life has been very busy to date and I can't believe that its already 23rd January !!!! I have managed to visit your blogs but not had time to post. Hopefully I am now back in full creative swing !! I will certainly try to post and visit you all more often xx

Today I am sharing a card created for a Special Milestone Birthday, using those cute Crazy Birds by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous. I also used a Tim Holtz embossing folder and banner/numbers dies as well as Distress Ink.
We have lots of Birthdays and Anniversaries over the next couple of weeks so its a very busy time in the craft room.
As always thank you so much for visiting and for leaving a comment....they are so appreciated xx

Meanwhile, take care and enjoy your crafty time. 

Huge hugs xxxxx

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas Cards

Hi everyone...thank you so much for all the lovely comments you left on my Winter Wonderland post xx ...they were really appreciated and mean the world to me when I read them xx 
Today I am sharing some Christmas cards that I have made using Tim Holtz embossing folders, Stampers Anonymous stamps and thinlits dies, cut with Tim's new Sidekick, which I love. I can definitely see me using my small dies more now that I have the Sidekick as its just the right pressure and saves using the bigger machines for cutting. 

I have since added some Stickles glitter to them and it really is the perfect finishing touch xx

Will be back soon but until then.......enjoy your crafting xx

Huge hugs
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Friday, 1 December 2017

Winter Wonderland at A Vintage Journey

Hello friends xx This month it's the turn of the lovely and talented Sandy who is our host. for our monthly challenge at A Vintage Journey.  Sandy has chosen the theme "Winter Wonderland" and here is what she has to say :
For the month of December let's think of the season as well as the holiday with Winter Wonderland. As the song goes, sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening! Let's see some snow, snowmen, bare trees would be nice or some snow covered pines in the meadow. Whatever Winter Wonderland means to you in your vintage, shabby, mixed media; art journalling; industrial or steampunk style.

I love Christmas and thankfully I am not working this year. so look forward to having family here for dinner.  For my challenge project I have decorated  a 7' x 7' photograph frame purchased from a store with the letters B&M x

 I used Decoart Snowtex on the frame, applying some Glamour Dust Glitter, (which is really fine), whilst it was still wet. I so wish you could see the sparkle as its quite amazing !
The background is from the Tim Holtz Festive Paper collection and the Snowman is also one of Tim's Stampers Anonymous rubber stamp collections,  as is the  stunning cottage stamp. The snowman was stamped several times then layered as in 3D decoupage. The depth was created with silicone.
 The festive foliage were  cut using my new Tim Holtz Sidekick and I just love it as it has the right pressure for many of these previously hard to cut dies. Once through the Sidekick they are ready to pop out the die......Fabulous !!!
The deer and the corner piece on the bottom left were also cut with the Sidekick but the sleigh and large trees were die cut using my Big Shot
This challenge runs until the 5th January 2018 !!! So lots of time to get your amazing Christmas entries in. Our winner is Randomly chosen but the Creative Guides do pick three Pinworthy winners who have the option to join us as a Guest Creative Guide. Just remember to check to our travelling instructions ( rules) which are on the sidebar. This month's sponsor is Andy Skinner.

For more inspiration  by my talented fellow teamies click HERE

Thank You so much for visiting and for continuing to be a follower. It really does mean so much to me xxxx

Huge Hugs

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Let's Get Rusting

Hi everyone ...............I cannot believe that 2 months have passed since my last post.....but then again maybe I can!!! I have made some cards for special anniversaries but creating for fun has not been easy as Mr Mojo decided to go AWOL !!!!! Think he may have been annoyed as DH and I have been rather busy with household maintenance/de-cluttering etc. I also cleaned my craft room, which took me a week as I labelled everything in clear plastic boxes...................!!!!The last time I cleaned the craft room I spent ages looking for things...so this time I should be able to locate items easier!!

Last night is the first time in ages that I thoroughly enjoyed playing/creating in my craft room..It was so nice to play with Seth Apter Stamps and incorporate some rusting. A recent post over at PaperArtsy reminded me how much I love to rust items and it had been some time since I used my rusting powder. 
And Voila !!!!
Many moons ago I watched a PaperArtsy video where Leandra used a brayer and Fresco paints to create a really nice background. I then took some Black Acrylic Ink and allowed it to drip from the top of the card. Some Black Soot DI was used to tone everything down and highlight the edges of the background. Seth's stamps were all stamped in Archival Ink using a stamping platform and then fussy cut. I die cut a small circle out of black card, took a couple of Idea-ology gears and applied acrylic then rusting powder plus  a spray of vinegar............scrumptious rust !!!!  I then applied some acrylic to various areas of the background/stamped image and again applied the rusting powder and vinegar.

Having been inspired with all the rusty elements shown over at  the PaperArtsy  blog this fortnight I would like to link my make to their Rustification challenge. Why don't you join in by clicking HERE

Thank You so much for dropping in and for leaving me a comment......................I am away for a few days but hope to be posting again soon..after all it's coming up to that busy time of year when Mr Claus will be visiting.

Huge hugs xxxxx Happy Crafting
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Friday, 1 September 2017

Altered Book Box for A Vintage Journey

Can't believe that September is here.......where has time gone my friends xx. Today I am sharing my make for the new challenge over at A Vintage Journey, which is "Altered Art"
The lovely Alison Bomber, aka "Butterfly" is our host this month and here is what Alison has to say about the challenge:
"We'd like you to get creative with recycled objects in a vintage; shabby, mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style, . Turn something unloved and unwanted into a work of art. Try some repurposing - make something new out of something old, or incorporate an unwanted object into your artwork. Think tin cans and jars, old bottles, toothbrushes - the more inventive the better."

Our sponsor this month is Simon Says Stamp and you can view the details of their prize over on the  AVJ blog HERE

I decided to alter a book box that I purchased quite a few years ago at Portobello Market, London.
You can see how the book looked prior to the alteration
 The opening
 Prior to painting masking tape was applied to prevent the paint from going on to the lovely faux gold pages.
 The back, front and sides  were then painted with Decoart Chalk Paint in Rustic, a delicious warm brown.
 Then Decoart Chalk Paint in Lace  was applied to the centre as I did not want the dark brown paint to be the background for my napkin.  Decoart Crackle Medium was then applied to the book cover and left to dry.
 Below you can see the gorgeous crackle when the Lace chalk paint was applied over the top of the crackle medium
 Decoart Matte Varnish was applied to seal the crackle and prevent any future damage.
 Distress Inks, namely Vintage Photo and Blue China, were applied all over the cover, with a heavier application around the edges.
 Oxford Impressions Venezia Stamp Set provided the gorgeous mask and other stamped embellishments as seen below.
I also decided to use the remaining piece of napkin to create a matching candle.
 The back of the book depicting more of the Oxford Impressions Venezia stamps.
 Thank You so much for popping in today and I do hope you can join in with our fabulous challenge. 
To view the array of altered projects created by my fellow Creative Guides just click HERE
Have a lovely weekend and thank you for leaving a comment. They are really appreciated and I shall certainly return the compliment.
Best wishes xx
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