Friday, 14 December 2018

Friday Post Day

Hello lovely friends, followers and visitors, thanks so much for taking the time to visit during this busy part of the year. I have been a terrible blogger, - so I am going to start with a little explanation as to why:

Life is busy for all of us, and the older I get, the more I want to use my time creatively. I love to craft and create art, but I am tired of writing blogposts and spending ages and ages going from blog to blog, to see what others have created. Blogger is such a time consuming platform!! It's not that I don't like seeing what other crafters and artists make, in fact, I love it, and it mostly really inspires me enormously, but blogger is no longer the place for me to do that. I much prefer Instagram and even Pinterest. I don't like Facebook and have pretty much stopped using that. But I also know that I have many followers here, so I have decided to make Friday the day when I will write a blog post and show some of my stuff. If you would like to see my work more often, follow me on Instagram, (link in side bar), where I post usually 3 or 4 times per week. That's also where I love to see and appreciate the work of the people that I follow.

Well enough of the waffle, but I just wanted to be honest.

Today I am sharing some of the Christmas cards I have made this year, they were inspired by Tim Holtz's Holiday Hacks. This is just a small collection.
They all use the same stamp set, Festive Overlay, which are a great size for smaller cards, all of these are 4 x 4". Below some close ups:
For this one I also used the Winter Watercolour set. These actually work a lot better on a slightly larger card size. If you are interested, you can see another card using this set HERE 

Another sample using the same set, but with a different sentiment. The poinsettia was stamped separately on white card and then fussy-cut and adhered. 
The next few cards all use just the Overlay stamps in different combinations and colours.

Because I can never just do clean and simple, die cuts and other little embellishments were added to the cards, and to some of them I also added some white splashes for a wintry feel.

Well, that's it for this Friday. Wishing you all the best and hope you find some time for creativity too! See you next week 


Friday, 7 December 2018

Star light Star bright for A Vintage Journey

Hello friends, well, it's the first Friday in December and that means a new challenge is starting at A VINTAGE JOURNEY. The lovely Julia is our host and the theme this month is, as my title suggests: Star light, Star bright. I created a reverse canvas for the challenge:
This is what Julia had to say about the challenge: "This month we are asking you to create with stars.  Fill up the dark winter sky with them or use one really big one as your central focus.  Stencil them, stamp them, emboss them or die cut them.  Make a card, make a star box, make a canvas, create a journal page -  remembering to create in the vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial or steam punk styles".

Well, there you have it, plenty of chance to become creative, - sometimes the best antidode to this super busy time.

Anyway, on to my project.  Unfortunately the light has been so bad here lately that I have no process photos, but I'll try and give some steps on how I put this together.
I started by covering the canvas with gesso and when dry added a number of different chip board and metal pieces that I had been hoarding for just a project such as this. 
Next everything was cover with a number of different colours of Decoart paints, until I was happy with the overall effect.

I also added a Sizzix tree die cut I had coloured with various Distress Inks.

Because stars were to be a feature of the challenge I then added some stars using a couple of Tim Holtz stencils and some texture paste and while that was still wet sprinkled on some Distress Glitter Dust in Vintage Platinum in various places, including on the tree.
A die-cut sentiment, cut from metallic Kraft card was added in the background.
And finally one of Tim Holtz Paper Dolls.

.And some texture paste sprinkled with Clear Distress Glitter Dust to give it a bit more of a wintry feel still.
Some berries and die - cut branches, little cones and leaves finished it all off.
Well, that's it from me for today. I hope you will hop over to A VINTAGE JOURNEY,
and hopefully you will find the time to play along with our challenge, - we always love to see what you create.


Friday, 30 November 2018

Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hello friends, welcome, can you believe it's the last day of November? Well it is and it's also the 5th Friday and that means it's Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey.

Since I am busy doing Christmas projects, I decided to do two tags, with one having been made into a card:

Both are made using the same set of stamps by Lynne Perrella by Paper Artsy LPCO16 
I'll give you a quick run down of how I put them together. Starting with the card:
I started with a large tag and stamped with Versafine Dove Grey, In inked around it with Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Stormy Sky Chipped Sapphire and Wilted Violet. I then painted over the stamped image with what I though was transparent silver Aqua Tint. Big mistake, the paint is not totally transparent and I lst most of the detail of the stamp, even though it gave me a lovely silvery shimmer.

So then I had to start the tedious task of putting some of the detail back in, using a black and white pen as well as a black and white Stabilo All pencil.. I also added some colour with a red and green pencil. (To be honest I actually quite enjoyed it, though it took a while)....

Finally I added the stars in the background using the little star layering stencil by Tim Holtz, using silver embossing paste and then sprinkling Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter while the paste was still wet.

For the tag I used the other main stamp in the set. I wanted some gold shimmer and this time thought I would add some gold Aqua tint to start with, then use my inks and stamp the image as the last step. Sadly the result was not much better, as again I lost a lot of detail which I then added in in the same way.

I added a strip with one of Tim's 3D Dresden trim dies and a little snow flake charm.
And this time finished the tag with some gold embossing paste, which like usual with anything shimmery I find almost impossible to capture on a photo.
Well, that's it for now, - if you like tags, do check out what my teamies have created for your inspiration by clicking HERE, and we would love it if you add any tags that you have made.

Thanks for your visit like always and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A little sparkle on a dull day...

Hello friends, hope you are keeping well. The weather has been chilly and grey here the last couple of days, perfect weather for some crafting, - so I am in full Christmas Card making mode. I have made nearly 20 cards so far, but don't worry, I will not show them all, - today I will share just a couple made with some of my Tim Holtz stamps:
I'll keep this post quite short, as these are busy times for us all, just a few close ups and some product info:

This one uses the Holiday Greetings stamp set. The background was done with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxides. I stamped some trees from a much older set in the background, using Iced Spruce Doxide.
The main stamp was stamped in Ground Espresso Doxide and then clear embossed, I also added some white pencil for snow,
The main card was mounted on a piece embossed with the Lumber 3D folder, coloured with Distress Inks in various brown tones and then I applied a layer of Crazing Medium with a palette knife, a cool trick I learn from my lovely blog friend Sara Emily from Saras Closet  After the crazing medium had dried I then rubbed in some Distress Crayon with a damp finger, to bring out the cracks. I also drew in some stars with a white gel pen and added a little sparkle with Diamond Stickles.
The second card was done in a very similar way, - the bird is from the Simon Says Stamp limited edition stamp set and was coloured with a mix of Distress Markers and coloured pencils

I then finished it with a die cut coloured with Doxides and then I added just a tiny bit of Distress Glitter in Vintage Platinum, it looks really sparkly in real life but it all gets lost in the photo.

Well that's it, hope you are all having a good week and are not too busy. I'll try and visit soon...


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The next installment

Hello all and welcome, thanks for dropping by.
Today I am sharing the second part of the projects I created for Hunky Dory using their dies.
These projects use the dies called Pretty Poinsettia and as you can see, I created two further Christmas cards;
For this one I used a frame die and sentiment from my stash, and then embellished with the beautiful poinsettias, leaves and pinecones that are all part of this set.
I cut and embossed the poinsettias from vellum, the other dies were cut from the fabulous card I received, and coloured with a variety of Distress Inks.
I just love these little pine cones, they are put together with two little dies, one fitting on top of the other.
For the second card I decided two cut various circle dies and make a circular card. I used my old Spellbinder dies, but Hunky Dory stock and incredible variety of dies, both their own brand, like these circles for instance, and numerous other ones.. I used some Tim Holtz Kraft Christmas papers and one of the Christmas Worn Wallpaper papers for the background, and then again used the dies to embellish.
For this one all of the dies were cut from the card 

I decided to tuck the little Santa from the last die set I featured in my previous post, in between
 the poinsettias. This time I cut him from Kraft Card and coloured with Distress Inks and pencils etc. to add some detail.

The card was finished with a white embossed sentiment from the Tim Holtz Holiday Greetings set.
Well, that's it for today. I would like the thank Hunky Dory for sending me these lovely products to play with, and hope you all have a great creative week!


Saturday, 10 November 2018

A wonderful invitation

Hello friends, thanks for dropping by.
A few weeks ago I received an invitation from Hunky Dory Crafts, to ask whether I wanted to receive some of their products and do a review of them on my social media. Well, why not? So the other day I received two die sets and a pack of smooth white card, and today I will show you what I have made with the first die set and some of the card.
The die set I used is called Prancing Pixies.
So here goes:
The first projects was three Artist Trading Coins. The little dies in the set are just perfect for these 2.5 inch coins that seem to be all the rage just now. Below first of all a picture of the actual dies:
And here a few close ups of the coins:
This one uses the little toad stool, I just cut it twice, from the card, which by the way is absolutely brilliant, it's strong without being too thick, super smooth so great for stamping and absolutely perfect for die cutting! Even intricate dies cut brilliantly with my old Big Shot in just one pass!
The base for this one was a wooden coin I purchased a while back, I coated it with gesso, a thin layer of crackle paint and then coloured with Oxide Inks and finally put some embossing powder around the edge.
The toadstools were coloured with a mix of different markers from my stash.
This one was done in a similar way, the moon was done with a mask and the fairy was coloured with shimmer paint, and some glitter was added to his wings. The stars were done with one of Tim Holtz's new stencils, just using a baby wipe to lift some of the ink.
For this one, using the delightful prancing deer, I coated the coin with crackle paste and when that had dried and cracked, added some normal stencil paste and sprinkled some Distress Glitter into the wet paste. The stars in the background used Dreamweavers silver embossing paste through the same Tim stencil.

So far for the coins, but of course the dies can also be used for cards, so below two very different cards I made:
This one uses a chipboard snowflake frame from the Polish company Snipart. I painted it with Shimmer paints, cut a circle to fit behind, coloured with Distress Oxide and some Gesso stamping to add more interest, and then used the delightful sledge as focal point:
The sledge was cut from metallic Kraft core in silver and then aged with Mushroom alcohol ink. The detail was added with a Stabilo All pencil and a black pen.

Now I did want to use the little Santa also, so here is the final card I made, which would be suitable for a child perhaps:
Well, I think that's all for now, thank you for dropping by during this busy time of year, happy crafting and I will be back in a few days showing you what I made with the other die set.


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