Friday, 24 October 2014

Faery Ink Inspirational Post - All at sea!

I'm thrilled to be posting my Faery Ink inspirational post for this month.  Having quite recently bought some sea themed dies from Creata I picked the Pearl Mermaid from the Faery Ink collection, and you can find her here.

I coloured her using the following Graph It markers; Skin 4120, 41525, 4150, 4155, Lips 5115, Shell; 9501, 5115, Shell Bra; 5120, 5130, Hair; 3140, 3170, 3190, Eyes, 7130, Seaweed, 8260, 8270, Globe; White Shaker, Tail; 7125, 7130, 7210, 7220, 7240 8120, 8270.

I have used a design sheet from the Debbi Moore Designs Under the Sea CD as the backing paper (this is printed on photographic paper).  The embellishments are cut using the Creata dies from Creata Metallic card.  These have been highlighted with Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Antique Linen, Milled Lavender, Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw,  Spun Sugar & Victorian Velvet.

Crafty Blessings. x

Monday, 20 October 2014

September Review & October's Choice

You may remember that I read the first novel by Joanna Sheen & Julia Wherrell "A Sticky End" back in October last year and you can find my review here if you missed.

I was delighted when my mum bought the second book "A Violet Death" for me and this too has been signed by Joanna and Julia.  Some of you may know that Joanna Sheen is also a crafter (one of my favourites) with regular appearances on tv and articles in magazines, and I must say her novels are as beautifully crafted as her cards.

Victoria and Albert live in the fictional Devonshire village of Swaddlecombe, which to me seems like a character of its own.  Joanna & Julia clearly know first hand what it is like to live in a small English village, and Swaddlecombe sounds very much like the little village where I live.  Everybody knows everybody and usually everything, the shop, Post Office and pub are the hub of village gossip and the village show is not just about the taking part!  Fortunately, although there might be a few mysteries in our village  I'm pleased to report there hasn't been a murder!

Publisher: Victoria Farm Press Ltd
11th August 2014
As the first book was so good at embedding you in the village and discovering the quirks of each character reading the second was like catching up with an old friend.  I loved finding out how the renovations are going to Victoria's property, whether her and Albert have become a 'proper' couple and just who's cake will win the village show.

New characters and locations are introduced to the reader via Victoria's research for her latest article and her endeavours to find the murderer, but does she also risk her friendship with Albert?

10 KDS points.

My October read is a novel that received quite a bit of press and one I borrowed from the mobile library (I really shouldn't be borrowing library books I have more than enough books of my own to keep me reading for the next 300 years!) and was recommended to me by the librarian himself, which I guess does unintentionally make it his choice rather than mine but ... for October I shall be reading The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith.  Some of you will already know that this a pseudonym for a very famous author but for those who don't you will have to wait until my October review (or you could ruin the surprise and Google it!)

I would love to hear what book you are curling up with this month.  Autumn Blessings. x

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Faery Ink New Releases! - Christmas

Today sees some new releases over at Faery Ink, I have chosen Father Christmas.  I love this image as I think he looks like a rustic Father Christmas from the days of Wise Women, story tellers and folk songs.

I have used the following Graph It markers to colour the image; Skin; 4120, 4125, 4150, 4155, Hair; 9100, 9101, 9201, Holly; 8280, 8290, 9201, Berries; 5220, 5245, Lips; 5115, Outfit; 8270, 8280, Antlers; 3160, 5140, Ylue Log; 3140, 3160, 5140, 9405, Flames; 1250, 2110, Melted Wax; 9501.

The image is mounted using foam pads on Creata patterned paper which in turn is mounted on Creata copper mirri board using foam pads.  I have off set the image to allow a boarder which I have decorated with Creata peel-offs.  The crocheted ribbon/string is also from Creata and the Seasons Greetings sentiment is from my stash and inked with Tim Holtz Festive Berries and Vintage Photo distress inks.

Please pop over to the Faery Ink blog and take a look at the other new releases.
Crafty Blessings.  x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Poppies & Private Peaceful

I made this card for my mum, inside I put a newspaper clipping for the show Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo mat Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds.  I purchased tickets (we had seats in a box don't you know!) for mum and I as part of my mum's birthday gift - it's an important birthday I could tell you how old she is but I value my life too much!

Firstly I would like to tell you that the play was amazing, it was just one actor taking you through his life, the lighting and sound effects really added to the atmosphere, and we both thoroughly enjoyed. 

I used the Poppy digi from Sami Stamps (A Day for Daisies) with my Graph It markers; Petals; 5215, 5220, 5250, Stems, 8260, 8270, 880, 8290.  I adhered this using a tape runner to a DL card which I cut down and then stamped over it using Creata Script stamp with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink.  I used Clear Pigment ink pad and red embossing powder to emboss the Creata Hearts stamps and mounted them on foam pads.

Crafty Blessings. x

Friday, 10 October 2014

Faery Ink Challenge # 2 - Halloween

It's time for a new challenge over on the Faery Ink Blog, and the theme is Halloween.  I have used the very funky Skully Goth Girl image, you can get her in the Faery Ink Etsy Shop

I have coloured the image with the following Graph It markers Hair; 6110, 6120, 6130, 6140, Top; 2105, 2110, 2120, Eyes; 3190, Vest, 6290, Skulls; 6175, Skin; 3120, 4115, 4125, 4135, 4145, 4150.

The easel card is made from a sheet of A4 orange card stock from my stash.  I have used a button (also from my stash) as the stopper threaded with Creata ribbon which I have also used to create a bow.  The Halloween and bat peel-offs are from my stash (they were originally silver so I coloured them black with a permanent marker pen), and I used Creata purple and black mirri card which I have torn at the edges rather than cut square as I felt this was more appropriate.  I have added some foils from Foil Play and double sided tape at the front of the base and also to the skull on her top.   I'm really pleased that the foil colours match perfectly with the Creata mirri.

I would encourage you all to take part in the Faery Ink Blog challenge and share your Halloween Creations, why not pop along to the Faery Ink Etsy shop and treat yourself to a spooky image!

I would like to enter this into the following challenge;
One Sweet Challenge - October - Halloween Theme

Crafty Blessings. x

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Autumnal Creation

It would seem that Autumn has well and truly arrived in the UK, not that I'm complaining because it's my favourite season, as far as I'm concerned it is nature in all it's glory.

I always feel more inspired to make at this time of year and I simply couldn't resist this cutie from Faery Ink.  I really enjoyed colouring her using my Graph It's in the following colours (Wings; 7105, 9100, Hair; 1280, 2120, 2130, Skin; 4120, 4125, 4150, Lips; 4175, Eyebrows; 1230, Skirt; 8270, 8280,8290,2120, 2130, 5220, Top; 2120, 1280, 1250, Nails; 4175, Flowers; 5140, 2120, 8280, Eyes; 3250). 

It was also a chance to play with my new Creata stash including the new Autumn die and new ribbons.  I've undone the brown so I could fray it.

I've also used flower die, patterned papers, lined paper, silky card & classic paper all from Creata.  The tiny brad holding the flowers together is from my stash.


I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

wk 40 - Autumn Colours - Graph It Colouring Challenge -

Challenge # 92 - Anything Goes -

Crafty Blessings. x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

DT Project - The Sisters of Craft October Challenge

It's time for another challenge over on The Sisters of Craft Blog.  Don't forget to check the blog to see if you won last month. 

This month we are being sponsored by Ditzie Digi Designs, and I must say their designs are some of my favourites.   

For my DT project this month I have used Retail Therapy, I thought she would be perfect for a shopping list pad.

I have used Anna Marie Designs kraft card for the front cover and Anna Marie Designs black card for the back cover.  The front cover is stamped using a script stamp from Creata using Rich Cocoa Memento ink.

I used the following Graph It markers to colour Retail Therapy; Hair; 3120, 3125, 3140, 3170, Skin; 4120, 4125, 4135, 4150, 4170, Bag; 9405, 9407, Eyes; 2130, 3245, Top; 6110, 6120, 6140, 6175, Trousers; same as top plus 9501.

I attached a piece of Creata purple ribbon using Cosmic Shimmer glue between the two covers, the bow is also from Creata.

The image is adhered to the cover with Pinflair glue. The inside pages are made from copier paper and are stitched together with invisible thread (yes really!).

Please come and join the crafty fun at The Sisters of Craft Challenge.  The DT love seeing all your different creations.

I would like to enter this in to the following challenges;
613 Avenue Create - #91 Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - #111 Anything Goes
Crafting at the Weekend - #6 Anything Goes

Crafty Blessings. x