Sunday, 29 November 2015

Simple Steampunk

Think I might have mentioned once or twice that I'm a huge fan of Lelli-bot Crafts kits.  I always like to take part in the challenge and this month it's a simple recipe; 1 topper, 1 design paper and 1 embellishment.

I was lucky enough to win last months challenge and picked the Steampunk topper and paper pack so I have used the paper and topper from that kit.  The charm is from the Gothic Lace kit, I stitched it onto the topper.  The topper is adhered using Pinflair glue.  I cut up, crumpled, folded and distressed the paper using scissors and Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink, I've also edged the topper in this ink.  The card base is from the Fantasy Dragons kit.
I wish to enter this into the following challenge(s);

Lelli-bot Crafts Challenge - November - #6 Recipe -

Creative Blessing. x

Friday, 27 November 2015

A Couture Birthday

Well I did it again... I cut into my Graphic 45 papers!  I would like to say that it gets easier the more you do it but I'd be telling fibs!  However I made this for my dad to give to my mum for her birthday so it was worth all the cutting up.

I used the Couture paper pad and a gem heart, silver beaded chain, a pearl heart (all from my stash) which I coloured with a black Graph It marker and used some glossy accents on the printed beads.
Creative Blessings.  x

Thursday, 26 November 2015

A Kitsch Birthday

This is a card I made back in October for my mum's birthday using papers, die cuts and candi from the Craftwork Cards Kitsch kit.

I used an 8 x 8 card and folded back half of front to make a Z fold card.
I added some extra faux-stitching.
Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Faery Ink Inspirational - Faery Dream Tree

Today on the Faery Ink blog it's my turn to share some inspiration.  I picked Faery Dream Tree as it really appeals to my spiritual side.I also think it's a versatile stamp as it would completely change the mood of the image and scene depending on the colours used.
I have coloured mine with Graph It markers; Skin; 4120,4125, 4135, 4150, 4155, Leaves; 8250, 8270, Skirt; 7155, 6110, 6120, 6140, Dream Keepers; 7240, 7250, 7270, 7140, 7150, 5110, 5115, 1140, 2110, 9201, Top;  7175, 7180, 7190, Tree; 9201, 9203, 9205, Flowers 5245, 5240, Hair; 1130, 2110, 5115, 5120, 6120, 7130, 8110.  I have added Graph it Silver shaker and glossy accents to the dream keepers.
I have rounded the edges and added Seedless Preserve distress ink to the edges. The 8 x 8 card is from Keep On Crafting which I have also edged in Seedless Preserve.  The ribbon is seam binding coloured with a Graph it marker.
The pearls and gem heart are from my stash.
I have used a sentiment from the Visible Image Sunshine Set and Wow white embossing powder, which I have stamped on a die cut using Rectangle Frame die from Noor! Design UK which I have trimmed.

Creative Blessings. x

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Faery Ink Fae of the Month - Gabbie Art Nouveau

Today's One Day Fae Giveaway over at Faery Ink is Gabbie Art Nouveau.  I think Amanda has done amazing job on the style of this fae.

I have used the following Graph It markers; Skin; 4120,4125,4150, 4155, 4135, Hair; 3120, 3130, 3140, 3170, Dress; 5260, 5270, 5280, 1150, 1170, Jewels; 1170, Gloves; 8110, 8120, Eyes; 3160, 3140, Stained Glass & Wings; Pink, Yellow, Green & Clear Sakura Glaze and Pink, Peach Sakura Souffle.

I did struggle a little as to how to display her as I didn't want to detract from the fabulous art work.  I tried a few things but all the backgrounds detracted or just didn't fit with style.  So what better way to display her than stand her up and let the art work speak for itself.
I have coloured a piece of page from My-Thyme Colouring Book 1 with pink & yellow Sakura glaze and peach & green Sakura Souffle pens.  This is mounted on card and then I have made a simple stand from card to support the image.

I do hope you will pop over to the Faery Ink blog and collect this Gabbie Art Nouveau and if you can't resist buying a few more goodies whilst in the shop there is a 30% off code that last for 48 hours. Don't forget to show off you makes in the Faery Ink Facebook group.

Creative Blessings. x

Monday, 23 November 2015

Vegetarians for Halloween!

Today I'm sharing a quick card I made for Halloween for my sister and her fiancĂ©.  I'm vegetarian and my sister's fiancĂ© is always teasing me about it so when I spotted this image on Handmade Harbour I knew it would make a perfect Halloween card for them.

I have coloured the image using the following Graph It markers; Skin; 8280, 8290, Cloak & Hat; 9502, 9505, Dress; 9104, 9106, Hair; 3160, 2170, Cauldron; 9201, 9203, 9205, 6290, Background; 9401, Tub; 2130, Lips 8110.  

The spooky eyes paper is cut from Dandelion & Daisy Pumpkin & Aubergine Paper pad using Woodware trimmer with the pinking blade and the twine is from my stash.  The base card is Anna Marie Designs black card.  

Creative Blessings.  x

Monday, 16 November 2015

Create & Craft launches My-Thyme Colouring Book 2 & Sakura Pens

Today at 3pm on Create and Craft Carley Duff is launching Colouring Book 2 from My-Thyme along with souffle sakura pens.  Unfortunately I only had a couple days to get some samples done and posted but I did have a lot of fun making these.  I have a small stash of Sakura Souffle and Glaze pens which I haven't used for a while so I dug these out.  I had forgotten just how well these pens glide over the paper.  The Glaze pens give a gorgeous shine and the Souffle create an almost opaque paint once they dry.

So on to my samples, first up is a little piece of home decor.
I painted this MDF jar with white Gesso, Anna Marie Designs Yesteryear Chalk paint and a thin layer of Crackle Glaze.  The ric-rac ribbon is from my stash and coloured with a Sakura pen.  The pattern is cut from an online freebie which you can get here and coloured with the Souffle pens.  The flower is from Noor! Designs UK and coloured with a Souffle pen.  The arrangement is built up with voile, dried flowers and fibre  together with some moss all from Anna Marie Designs.

Sample two is a twisted easel calendar using patterns cut from the My-Thyme Adult Colouring Book 2.  I have mounted the background and butterfly on black card from Anna Marie Designs.
The butterfly is adhered with Pinflair glue and I added pins as antenna.  The dots are black enamel accents.
Carley is also promoting the Tattered Lace dies so next up I have coloured ssome of my Tattered Lace dies with the Glaze pens.  The stepper card is made from Anna Marie Designs cardstock.  I really love peacocks and this die is one of my favourites.
Carley is trying to encourage crafters to use they patterns and images once coloured in their crafting rather than leave them in the colouring book.  I thought another great way to use your coloured pieces would be on your scrapbook pages.  This was a perfect excuse to finally scrapbook some of my hundreds of photos and of course I have to start with my bear aka the Newf, Fergus.  I'm sure lots of you will be familiar with my Newfoundland as it's not the first time he has appeared in my crafting although my projects are usually digital scrap pages.

I have used a Souffle pen to create the border and write the journalling around the photos. The butterfly and flower are cut from My-Thyme Colouring Book 2 and the letters from Book 1 and coloured with the Souffle pens.
The first photo is labelled with the traits of a Newfoundland; intelligent, friendly, easy-going, courageous, strong, loveable, gentle, amiable, docile.  The photo was taken in July 2013.

Photo two is labelled with some of the other names for Fergus or the breed; The Bear, Newfoundland, Newf, Newfie, Mayoss Get Your Kicks which is his Kennel Club name.  This photo was taken just over a year later.

I hope you enjoy the show and all the samples by me and the Carley Duff Design Team.

Creative Blessings. x

Friday, 13 November 2015

Faery Ink New Release - Holiday Hair Gabbie

Holiday Hair Gabbie is the new release from Faery Ink today.  I thinking of having my hair like this for Christmas day - isn't it fabulous!
I have used the following Graph It markers to colour the Holiday Hair Gabbie; Skin; 4120, 4125, 4135, 4150, 4155, Lips; 5245, Eyeshadow; 6150, Eyes; 3250, Scarf 6290, 9103, Hair; 9501, 9502, 9505, Decorations; 2120, 5220, 9100, 8270, gold shaker.
I added Fluffy Stuff to the fur collar.
I enlarged the image and cut out some of the elements in her hair to add to the steps.  The backing papers are from a Studiolight pad.  The sentiment is from Noor! Design.
Creative Blessings. x

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Faery Ink Facebook Contest - Winter Wonderland

A new Facebook Contest is happening in the Faery Ink Facebook Group and the theme is Winter Wonderland. For my DT piece I have chosen Bella Snow Queen.  I love Amanda's description of this digi on the Faery Ink Shop, it's sounds so magical.

"This commanding Snow Queen has arrived with her baby dragon to see whether fall has yet to loosen its grip completely so that Father Winter may finally reign over the land. Bella is an ordinary girl that dreams of extraordinary things and would love for you to journey along with her in the adventures of her imagination."

I have used Graph It markers to Bella Snow Queen.
The 8 x 8 card is from Keep on Crafting.  The background is Faded Jeans Distress Ink and Noor! Design stamps with white embossing powder.  The papers are from Noor! Design Winter Wishes pad, the edges are distressed and highlighted with white Gesso.  
The Winter dies are also from Noor! Design.  
The peg, snowball pompoms, fabric snowflake and brad are from my stash.  

I have used some glossy accents on the globe on her staff. I have used a Graph It Silver Shaker marker to add some sparkle.
The sentiment is also from Noor! Designs.  
The rules for the challenge are very simply.  As I mentioned the theme is Winter Wonderland! To enter you need to create a project in the theme of winter. It can be cute winter, fantasy winter or gothic winter but it can't be 'beach winter'.  Amanda and the team would like to see snowmen, polar bears, snow covered trees, and pretty little figments of our imaginations all bundled up to brave the cold months. Looking forward to seeing your creations. 

Creative Blessings. x

I wish to enter this into the following challenge(s);

Noor! Design UK - Challenge #12 - Anything Goes -

Christmas Card Challenge - Challenge #49 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Wedding Card Commission

Firstly I need to apologise for my lack of blogging and commenting on your blogs, but hubby had a week off work and we went off gallivanting, which included amongst other things After Eight milkshake and the new Bond film!

I was asked by a very good friend of mine to make a Wedding card for her son and his bride, I was so happy to do this as this particular friend had been very supportive when I was going through some very difficult health issues.

The bride is American hence the spelling of the name Ashley.  The colour theme for the Wedding is a Victorian lilac so I tried my best to get as close to this as possible allowing for a little artistic licence.
I have used a white 8 x 8 pre-scored card bought from Keep On Crafting, Bury St Edmunds.  The first layer is piece of Anna Marie Designs white card stock coloured with Phill Martin's Cosmic Shimmer Cloud Colour Blending Ink in Frosty Heather.

The next layer is a 200 gsm cardstock embossed using the Craftwell Checkered Arygle embossing folder.  I have added a strip of white seam binding ribbon (a whole reel bought for a very good price on Ebay) coloured with the Frosty Heather Cloud Colour.

The flower embellishment is created using white voile from the Anna Marie Designs Natural Accents Bundle, Stamens, Mixed Flower Buds and the large flower came from Hobbycraft, which I came across by chance not long after my friend asked if I would make the card and I thought it would be the perfect colour.
The lettering is cut on the Silhouette Cameo using Anna Marie Designs A4 Lilac Dottie card.
The box is made using A3 card from my stash.  I used more of the white seam binding ribbon to create the bow on top and lined the inside of the box with tissue paper given to me by my mum.

Creative Blessings. x

One of my blog friends has recently had problems with blogger so has had to restart her blog.  Her name is Annie and she makes the most awesome cards, mixed media etc, she is trying to rebuild her following, here is the link to her blog Please pop over, leave some love and become a follower.