Friday, 23 May 2014

Ever seen the Peacock Fae...?

Here she is hiding in the shadows, sitting amongst the toadstools waiting...but what or for whom does she wait?



Items used;
Matt black card
Creata mirri
Fairy stamped image from my sister (sorry can't remember which brand this is)
Kirstie Allsopp Flower Confetti Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug Bird Call embossing folder
Splodgeaway mushroom stencil
Graph It Markers; 3150, 3160, 3170, 3190, 4150, 5110, 8240, 8260, 8270, 8280, 8290, 7140, 7150, 7160, 7175, 7180
The toadstool was made by running the splodgeaway mask through the Joy die cutting machine which left just enough of an impression for me to hand cut it.

I am entering this in to the following challenges
Quirky Crafts Challenge As proud (and beautiful) as a Quirky Peacock http://quirkycrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/more-quirky-peacocks.html
Dream Valley Challenges Things with Wings http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/challenge-82-things-with-wings.html
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes http://ttcrd.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/ttcrd-challenge-may-13.html
My Besties UK Challenge Anything Goes (one entry without a Bestie allowed) http://mybestiesuk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/my-besties-uk-challenge-anything-goes.html
Challenges 4 Everyone #41 Anything Goes http://challenges4everybody.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/challenge-41-anything-goes.html
613 Avenue Create Challenge #72 http://challenges4everybody.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/challenge-41-anything-goes.html
My Craft Creations Challenge Anything Goes http://craftcreatoins.blogspot.co.uk/p/new-challenge.html

Friday, 16 May 2014

I'm in Pet Focus magazine again...with Fergus of course!

Greetings Dilettantes

Just wanted to share my fantastic news, I've just had my second article published in Pet Focus, The Puppy Diaries Revisited.  This is a write up on Fergus' second set of puppy classes.  Don't forget you can follow Fergus the blogging Newfoundland at www.newfnewsdog.blogspot.co.uk

Of course I'm thrilled to have another piece published complete with photos, just as excited as I was the first time.  Here are a few photos from the magazine, if you would like to read the article don't forget to pick up your copy of Pet Focus magazine.

Blessings to you all.



Thursday, 15 May 2014

The Mad Crafters Tea Party

'Sigh' That my friends is a sigh of contentment.  I just had the best morning, I think maybe there is nothing more pleasurable in life than spending time with lovely people, and when you spend it doing the things you love it's all the better. 

My perfect morning...tea cake & craft.  The lovely people, Michelle, Carley and Stephen.

Those crafters amongst you may recognise Carley from Creata and her shows on the Create & Craft channel, it was super to spend some crafty time with her, and yes she really is that happy, fun and crazy in real life!  The very generous Michelle (of the Creata DT) hosted the crafty tea party at her house where we all enjoyed tea served from a teapot (in my opinion the only way tea should be served) and scrumptious cupcakes, chocolate, and I took along some of my almost famous melting moment biscuits (those which won first prize at the village show).  Stephen was our gentleman of the hour or rather three hours, which went so quickly and I think we could all happily have spent the whole day, nay, week crafting our hearts out.

Three hours playing with lots of super crafting goodies and raiding Michelle's crafty stash :-)   I came home with lots more cards from Michelle, and from Carley for my Breakthrough Breast Cancer & Macmillan Cancer Support charity sale happening later in the year ... watch this space for further details.

Here are photos of my mornings creations (also for the charity sale) and the girls and guy that I spent my morning with.






It really was a fantastic morning, and I hope we can do it again soon.  Crafty blessings to you all. x

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Crafting for Charity & Challenges

Todays make is a charity card, for my sale later in the year to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care and MacMillan Cancer Support.



Items used;
Lili Of The Valley Image
Material and diamonte flowers from stash
Creata ribbon bow and mirri board
Paper flowers made with Creata die.
Pearl brad from stash
Googly eyes from stash
Centura Pearl Card distressed edges with Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Distress Ink

Image coloured with Graph It markers; 6110, 6120, 6130, 6175, 5110, 5115, 5125, 5140, 1150, 3140, 3150, 3160 & shaker white marker.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;
The Ribbon Girl http://www.ribbongirls.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/may-lovely-lili-challenge.html
Clear It Out Challenge http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/its-challenge-time.html
Crafty Sentiments Design http://craftysentiments.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/flowers.html

Crafty Blessings.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Leather...of the faux kind!

Many of you crafters will probably be familiar with the faux leather technique shared by the very talented Sheena Douglass.  It's a really easy but effective technique, this was my first attempt!  For those of you that haven't heard of it I shall share the technique here but for a full video tutorial pop over to YouTube and watch Sheena at work.

You will need:

- Kraft Card (I can only assume this will work with any Kraft card but know for certain that it works with the Crafters Companion, Creata and Anna Marie Designs variety.
- A spray bottle of water
- Gylcerine
- Embossing folders (I have used Kirstie Allsopp Vintage Rose)
- Die cutting machine (There are many on the market but I know that the above folder fits through the Joy - my machine of choice - using the white A base and the D cutting mat as it is a smidgen smaller than the black embossing mat.)
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (vintage photo is a good choice but it's entirely up to you) and applicator or alcohol markers, or may be try another colouring medium.

Technique

1. Add above half a teaspoon of Glycerine to the spray bottle and then fill with water.  Shake.

2. Spray the Kraft card liberally but do not soak it.  Rub the card with your fingers gently as you don't want to make it fluffy.  Repeat.

3. Once the Kraft card feels pliable screw it up.  Gently unfurl and flatten.

Repeat step 2 and 3.

4. Whilst the Kraft card is still damp place it in the embossing folder and emboss as normal.  Remember the card should not be soaking wet, you should not end up with water running out of your embossing machine just a residue left behind in the folder.

5.  If you wish you can now apply (vintage photo) distress ink.

6.The pieces can be dried on a sunny window sill. or on a not so sunny day a radiator or airer!  (My airer dries more craft things than it does clothes, fortunately I have a very forgiving husband, who ever so occasionally runs out of pants - just kidding!

7. If you are using alcohol markers the card must be dry first.

8. Once coloured and dry you can seal the leather with Spray and Shine or Pebeo bindex as suggested by Sheena Douglass.

Rather than using distress inks I used my Graph It Alcohol Markers and I'm quite pleased with the result.  I used the following pinks 5110, 5115, 5120, 5125, 5130, 5140; purples 6110, 6120, 6130, 6140, 6150, 6175 and the silver glitter shaker marker.


Items used;
Faux Leather from Anna Marie Designs Kraft card
Creata Parchment
Creata Peel-offs

I used my new Pergamano tools to make the parchment butterflies.



I shall be entering these into the following challenges;

Creata Challenge No #28 - Colour Inspiration http://creatachallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/creata-challenge-28-colour-inspiration.html
My Craft Creations Challenge http://craftcreatoins.blogspot.co.uk/p/new-challenge.html
Let's Go Pink Graph It Colour Crazy Challenge http://graphitmarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/wk-19-lets-go-pink-graphit-colour-crazy.html



Crafty Blessings to you all.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Baby Bag and With Love Tag

Evening Folks

Here are my makes from this weekend;  firstly a vintage style romantic tag the background is made using sheets from the Creata Pattern Card pads with glitter.  It is a simple weaving technique, easy and therapeutic.  The 3D elements are die cuts from the large Creata die cuts and patterned pads, raised on 3 sets of sticker foam pads and finished off with Creata lace.



I'm a crafter therefore I stash stuff!  For a while now I have been 'storing' a few inexpensive gift bags, you know the ones that normally cost about £5 and you're not really sure why!  I managed to get these for 50p each in a closing down sale, wish I had bought more now!  Anyway thanks to a few challenges I finally got around to using one and decorating. 

The flock words 'joy' and 'girl' were from my stash and are self-adhesive.  The words 'baby', 'adore' and 'sweet' are self-adhesive letters again from my stash.  I made the rose and rosette (using my new found gift wrapping techniques) using pink satin florist ribbon, I vandalised a pull bow to make this! Using the Creata feather dies I cut various sizes of feathers from Creata pink mirri card.  The owls were from also from my stash I coloured them with my Graph It markers (colours; 9100,9101, 5110, 5115, 5120, 5125 & 5130), the satin ribbon in the corner was original white but I coloured this using Graph It marker no. 5115.



















I shall be entering the bag and tag into the following challenge;
Creata Challenge #27 Tags and Bags http://creatachallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/creata-challenge-27-tags-and-bags.html
Crafting at the Weekend Challenge 1 http://craftingattheweekend.blogspot.co.uk/


I shall be entering the bag into the following challenges;
Graph It Markers Challenge Wk 18 Let's go pink!  http://graphitmarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/wk-18lets-go-pink-graphit-markers.html
Crafty Girls Challenge 17 http://4kraftygirlzchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/challenge-17.html
Crafty Sentiments Designs http://craftysentiments.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/anything-goes.html
Scribble and Scrap # 18 http://scribbleandscrapcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/challenge-18-always-anything-goes.html
Craft-Dee Bowz http://craft-deebowz.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/may-challenge.html

Saturday, 3 May 2014

I love it when a plan comes together....

A few weeks ago I was commissioned to make a friendship cushion.  My client decided what they wanted it to say and then I was given free reign. 

So I leafed through my shelf of cross stitch books (and borrowed more from the library-any excuse!) and pondered over alphabets, thread colours and materials.  After weeks of procrastination I finally decided to have a go at designing my own, making good use of my iStitch programme by Jane Greenoff.

After a few hours of tinkering the patterned was finished.  More procrastination over what colours to use.  As I was using an antique coloured linen for the design I wanted muted vintage tones to coordinate.  I also wanted a complementary piece of fabric for the back, which led to many happy hours rifling through my box of threads and stash of fabric!


I'm pleased to say that the cushion was cross stitched, stitch-up on my sewing machine using honeycomb stitch and filled.


The client also wanted to take advantage of my professional wrapping too.  I kept the wrapping simple (the client had asked for a cellophane wrap) using twine to finish it off.  I used some of the lovely Anna Marie Designs dotty card to make a tag using Xcut Four Petal Nesting die.

I am also entering this in to the following challenges;

Anything Goes Monthly Challenge on the Sisters of Craft Blog
Anything Goes Challenge #92 Sarah Hurley 365
Anything Goes Challenge http://craftcreatoins.blogspot.co.uk/p/new-challenge.html
Anything Goes Challenge # 81 http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/challenge-81-anything-goes.html
Anything Goes Challenge http://thatcraftplaceblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/new-challenge-anything-goes.html
Crafting at the Weekend Anything Goes # 1 http://craftingattheweekend.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-1.html