Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentine's Sven

So here we are half way through Half Term, it's Valentine's Day AND Ash Wednesday. There's a lot going on. I felt the need to break out Sven to make my husband's card. I love Sven. I can't seem to stop colouring him - I made this card a couple of years ago!

I've used quite a lot of NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff - see Darnell for more details on this!) from my January haul video, including the heart stencil and stitched heart peekaboo die both from MFT.

Sven is coloured in with Copic markers and then fussy cut. I used some Barn Door distress ink with the stencil on a white card blank and then covered it over with some red card which I'd die cut using the Peekaboo die. I popped it up on foam tape.

I popped Sven into the opening using some more foam tape - I wanted you to see him rather than covering him all up - and the sentiment is from the Clearly Besotted Tiny Type set.

Lots of red, lots of Sven. What's not to love? Happy Crafting and thanks for popping by :)

As for Lent.... I shall be giving up chocolate and crisps for the next 40 days and donating some money to the British Heart Foundation. Wish me luck!

Monday, 5 February 2018

Some news and Craft Haul - January 2018 - VIDEO

Hi Everyone, I've been MIA for a while owing to life getting a little bit hectic, but I'm back and ready to share my haul for the month of January.

First up is my news. I've recently got a paid job, as opposed to my current unpaid work as a full time mum, of  5 hours a week as the school librarian in my daughters' school. It takes me back to what I was doing before I became a Mum and has been good fun. Extra cash, but sadly less time for crafting as I adjust to it all.

Of course working in a school comes with hazards. The germ ridden little darlings then gave me tonsillitis which is a horrific and unimaginably painful disease for which I've been on antibiotics for the past week. I can't wait to see what else I get - been a while since I had the mumps..... 

So that's my life lately, of course it hasn't stopped me buying stuff, so onto my latest haul. You can watch it below or on my YouTube channel, where I'd love it if you stopped by and subscribed.

I've ordered from the following shops I've used before (please note, I don't have any affiliation with these shops), Amazon, Seven Hills Crafts, Clearly Besotted and Samuel Taylors, but I've also got some digital stamps from a newish company run by Patricia Alvarez. It's called Kinda Cute by Patricia and I love her little images,and they are very reasonably priced and don't take up much storage space.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Flower Challenge #16 - Reminder - Spotlight Stamping

Welcome back to the reminder post for this month's Flower Challenge #16, which is all about Spotlight Stamping.

I decided to use one small stamp and to stamp it several times onto some watercolour cardstock with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink. I then took my Daniel Smith Hero Arts Palette dot sheet and coloured one of the images to spotlight it. 

I used quinacridone fuschia for the petals. Don't you just love the word Quinacridone? Being a bit of a linguaphile, I had to know more about it, and the quinacridone wikipedia entry is a wealth of knowledge - complete with a molecule!

I stamped the sentiment from Clearly Besotted onto some vellum with my as yet unused Stazon Ink - now that has an interesting smell!! - as I wanted to see how it fares. No wonder people love it for stamping on acetate, it works a treat. I wrapped the vellum overlay around the card and then attached it to a card blank.

I hope this gives you some inspiration and I can't wait to see what you come up with. Happy Crafting Everyone!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Card Concept #84 - Sweet Inspiration

Hello Everyone! Welcome back to the first Card Concept challenge of the new year. What a sweet inspiration it really is.

Those pastel colours and the stripes and pearl decorations gave rise to to my layered and sparkly shaker card.

It's been a while since I used my Fuse tool and I remembered why. I fall in and out of love with it a lot as sometimes it doesn't fuse the plastic as well as it should, but when it works, I love it for making quirky shakers like this.

I used my much underused C9 stripes builder set with some nice pastel chalk inks for the background. Lots of scraps of Lawn Fawn patterned papers for the birthday cake dies (Sugar Pea Designs) and a whole load of Little Things sequins I have in my stash but haven't used for a while.

The key to the Fuse tool is to get it really really hot. I've also found the Fuse pockets are thinner plastic and seem to work a little better (for me at least!), and double fusing them at the sides adds a bit of added security. You may think this is a bit much, but I still prefer to do them this way than with foam strips!

Hope you get the chance to join in and as always, happy crafting!

My first Gelli Prints - VIDEO

How is everyone today? I'm trying to keep up with my New Year's resolution to have a haul video on the 1st and a crafting video on 10th. So far so good, eh?

I've been wanting to try gelli printing for a while now after watching Kim Dellow's mixed media videos. My November - December 2017 Haul shows the gelli plate I bought along with the acrylic paints. The latter give lots of colour for not much cost.

I had a lot of fun, and plan on playing more after watching some more videos. I find the acrylic paint dries very quickly and I didn't fully get to grips with how to manage that.

I ended up using the blue background to make a picture for my Dad for his Christmas. I simply framed it with an IKEA Ribba box frame I had. Apologies for the terrible photo, but I forgot to take a picture before I wrapped it and so this is it in situ on his wall and I only had my phone with me to take a picture!

Do let me know what you think. Ever dabbled in mixed media or gelli printing? Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Flower Challenge #16 - Spotlight Stamping

Hi Everyone, Welcome to the first Flower Challenge of the New Year! What better way to start off than with some spotlight stamping, where you colour one section of your image to spotlight it. 

I made this card for my in laws as we were visiting over the Christmas holidays and it is their anniversary at that time.

I used a stamp from Winnie & Walter that a friend gave me for my birthday and said it would come in handy for this challenge - she was right!

I stamped the outline in Versafine Onyx Black onto some Bristol board, and water coloured in one of the roses with my Zig Twin Tip marker - one of the three I have in primary colours. I rather like them and they work well on the Bristol board. 

I then die cut it with one of my SSS Stitched Rectangles and adhered it to my white card base with some double sided tape. I then stamped the sentiment from an older CB set appropriately called Mr & Mrs, in Classic Cherry (Ranger Dye Ink) and cut it out and adhered it with foam pads for some dimension.

Some sequins in various shades of clear, pink and red added some sparkle.

I do hope you'll get time to join in and blow away all those cobwebs from Christmas. The challenge is on until 25th January as usual and I'll be back on 15th with some more inspiration. I hope you'll take the time to check out my team mates' cards too - some gorgeous examples!

Happy New Year and Happy Crafting Everyone!

Monday, 1 January 2018

Craft Haul - November, December 2017

A very Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a good Christmas and that Santa was very good to you all.

I'm back for my first video of 2018. I'm aiming to be much more consistent with my videos and do a haul and a crafty video once a month. Nothing like starting the new year with good intentions!

This haul is things I purchased at the end of November and in December. I actually won some of the goodies I'm showing from Dies to Die For in their Christmas giveaway - not bad at all!

Here's to a supremely crafty 2018!

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