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Monday, 15 January 2018

Learning To Fly

Good afternoon and welcome to my second post of today.  We have a new challenge starting over at Lost Coast Designs, called 'I am Woman', and here's what I've made.





I started out by gessoing a tag and then roughly painting with Deco Art Media acrylics. 


Then I rubbed through a stencil with a wet wipe to remove some of the paint.



Once dry I used a different stencil and went through with a fuchsia Portfolio pastel.
I stamped the Feather Diva With Face onto vellum and coloured lightly with pencils.  The Carmen's Veranda Fly clear stamp has also been stamped and embossed onto velum, torn around, then held in place with brads.

This is a really fun challenge and I hope that you join in. You don't have to use Lost Coast/Carmen's Veranda stamps (but we love it when you do)

Have a very happy Monday, and I'll see you later in the month xx

Roll Up, Roll Up

'Cos the circus is back in town! Good morning and happy Monday. Can you believe that we're half way through January already, it seems like this year is going to go as quickly as last! As you know, Rubber Dance is combining the colour and theme challenges into an either/or/both, and this months theme is 'Vintage' I had to put on my 'big girl pants' for this one, but here's what I've made.




I started by covering a chipboard album cover with some Graphic 45 paper and gessoing over to knock it back a little.




Then I grunged it up a bit with lots of rusting paste and crackle medium. It's looking quite vintage now - or should I say old and messy!




The lovely Elephant has been stamped three times as I wanted to dress him up a little. An elephant should always look his best in public! 



And here he is! The words are from the same paper pad, and I've given him a ball to balance on. To say I wasn't really sure what I was going to do for this challenge, I'm really happy with how it turned out, and they don't call it a challenge for nothing!




These are our lovely colours, and you have until the 31st January to join in.



All of our stamps can be found here, and as always you can have them winging their way to you with free P&P by quoting SDFreeShip on all orders of 15 Euros and above.

I hope you join in with our challenges, and have a very happy January. Thanks for looking xx



Saturday, 13 January 2018

Hello...

Good evening and happy Saturday. I've had a bit of a play day today. Loads of things that I should have been doing, none of it got done, but I had a really fun day. This is what I made.



I've had these Paperbabe stamps and stencils for a couple of years now, but I've only used them once. They're the mini's, but they're a really good size - this is an 8x8 album. I'd seen what the lovely Tracey had made at New Beginnings, and it made me want to have another go, so after spending 45 minutes trying to find them (they were exactly where they should be, and where I looked first grrr) I had a quick You Tube recap on how to use them.


I stamped and drew her onto watercolour paper, as I wanted to use my watercolour pencils. Then I put clear gesso over the top to give it a bit of tooth. This sealed it perfectly, there's no budging the 3 dots that I'd left for the eye, nose, and mouth lines. Grrrr number 2!


I used my Inktense, and the 4 Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils that I own lol.



I made the background by die cutting some patterned paper. It's a bit of a new years resolution to try and use some of the mountain of paper that I have. I used up 4 here - result! I liked how it looked, but thought it was a little bit boring.



Sewing machine to the rescue - I much prefer it now! I showed it to Neil before and after the stitching and he couldn't tell what I'd done. This is the man who notices if I've moved his glasses a millimetre to the left!



I've made her a dress out of more paper (that's 5 now) and given her a sentiment and some sequins to cheer her up a bit. I had great fun making this, just 'cos I wanted to!

I'm entering her into the following challenges
Paperbabe Stamps - Anything Goes
That's Crafty - Feeling Blue
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Winter Blues
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Use Patterned Paper
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies
Craft Stamper TIMI January


Have a fun weekend, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Love This Life

Good morning and Happy Wednesday. It's my turn over on the Rubber Dance blog and this is what I've made.


Actually there's rather more of it there, and I would love it if you would pop over and have a look. It's really easy, just click here.

As always if you would like any of these fabulous stamps, just quote SDFreeShip on any orders of 15 Euros and above for free worldwide P&P.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks very much for looking xx

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Down With The Fishes

Good afternoon and happy Thursday. I'm over at the Lost Coast Portal To Creativity with my 1st Lost Coast/Carmen's Veranda piece of the year. The challenge is 'Oodles of Doodles', and here's what I've made.



The are lots more photo's and a step by step over on the Portal, so transport yourself, as if by magic, by clicking here.

I'm entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday, and also Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenges, as they are both 'something new' and this is the first page of my brand spanking new journal. I'm also entering it into the Thats Crafty 'anything goes' challenge.

Have a lovely week, and thanks very much for looking x

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year

Good morning, happy Monday, and welcome to 2018! So, we've survived Christmas, hopefully only put a couple (I wish) of pounds on, and now it's a brand new year. Now it's back on the diet, back to the gym (groan) and time to make the ridiculous superwoman/domestic godess' type resolutions that last about 30 minutes before I'm back to eye rolling with attitude!
On a more positive note, it's also time for a new challenge at Country View Crafts, and to break us in gently this month, it's Anything Goes. Here's my piece



I've had the Dylusions Creative Dyary for a little while now, and I've been torn between wanting to use it, and wanting to keep it 'safe' lol. I'm not a journaller, and the thought of 'spoiling' it terrifies me.


 It's so beautiful just as it is!


I wanted to try and blend the two pages together so I sponged Dylusions paints across them both.


Then I added some stencilling, and finally stamped the birds and sentiment. A selection can be found here.


I've used the sentiments and dates from the Dylusion sticker book, there's a full range of accesories here. I've even added my 'things to do' for the 1st of January. The next thing to go on will be my weight Eeeeeeeeek!!! I have so much weight to lose, but I made a start at the end of 2017, and 2018 is going to be my year!

So please join in with our challenge, what could be easier than Anything Goes, and don't forget there's a £20 certificate to spend in the shop.
Have a wonderful 2018, and thanks very much for looking xx

Friday, 22 December 2017

Merry Christmas From The Ass's

Good afternoon and happy Friday. It's not long now until Christmas, so here's a card I've made for our neighbours!



The background is Carmen's Veranda's Christmas Lights that's been coloured with glitter pens.


I've given the Ass Family some party hats - well it is Christmas! I hope they like it lol.

Please join in with our Christmas/Winter challenge, for the chance to win some Lost Coast $'s. 

Thanks very much for looking, and have a wonderful Christmas xx

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Not Many Sleeps Now

Good morning and happy Thursday. I'm really happy to be sharing my second piece for Country View Craft's Christmas with the option of red, green, and rust challenge.


Of course it's a Christmas card, don't you know the big guy will be here in 4 days!


I started by cutting a 7.5 x 7.5 piece from a really old Christmas stack by Tim Holtz. I don't know what it's called, and the front cover fell off years ago.


Then I painted over with washes of gesso and DecoArt quinacridone gold. That's the rust sorted!


I used the same paper to cut out some of the Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettias. That takes care of the red and green!


You can never have too much rust, so I painted on some Prima Brown Rust Paste onto a very glittery plastic fern. When it was dry I added some more quin gold paint.


It was starting to take shape a little now. I'd also stamped a Tim music stamp from the really old set, the one with the street lamp on. There's some of his tissue tape there too, and the 'snow holes' have been created by a die from the Winter Wonderland set.


At this point, I realised that it was going to be a totally Tim card! I've cut out the festive gent, and also 'Noel' from the Vintage Tidings set. I'm ashamed to say that it's the first time both packets had been opened.


To say that vintage isn't really my thing I do like this - though at one point I thought it was heading for the bin.

I hope you join in with our challenge, you could win £20 to spend in the store, and who wouldn't like that!

I'd also like to enter this into the A Vintage Journey Winter Wonderland, Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Christmas, and That's Crafty 'Tis The Season challenges.

Thanks for looking, and have a very Merry Christmas xx