Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Mixed Media MDF Heart

Greetings all!  Thanks to all my visitors and followers for stopping by today.

I am sharing an MDF heart from Creative Expressions that I purchased in my local crafting shop, Keep on Crafting, Bury St Edmunds, which I painted with white gesso.

I took a piece of Kirstie Allsopp charm pack fabric (this is the first piece I have used, it's just so pretty I didn't want to cut into it) which I have cut into squares using pinking shears and layered up in a decopatch fashion.

The die cuts are made using Noor! Design dies and Anna Marie Designs cardstock which I have highlighted with white gesso.

Using a blob (technical term) of Pinflair glue I arranged the pins (from my stash) and the stamens, flowers and mixed flower buds (from Anna Marie Designs).

The image is from Lunagirl Moonbeams (who is our Sisters of Craft sponsor this month) which I have glued into a beer bottle top and covered with an epoxy sticker from my stash.

I have added a strip of cotton lace trim also from Anna Marie Designs and finished the edges of the heart with more white gesso.

I would like to enter this in to the following challenge(s);

Noor! Design - Love -

Lunagirl Moonbeams - Love -

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes with optional create your own colour challenge (White Pink & Green) -

Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes -

Frilly and Funky - Layer it up -

Unicorn Blog Challenge - Lots of Love -

Creative Blessings.  x

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Quirky Crafts Midway Reminder - Pink or Red with White and Black

Just a quick post today to remind you that there is still time to enter the Quirky Crafts Challenge.  Our sponsor for this month is "The Cutting Cafe" they generously supplied digis and .svg files to the DT.

For this card I used the digi (wheelbarrow, flowers and apples) and the Bendi card SVG file, I had to cut this by hand as I still don't have a blade for Silhouette.  You get lots of different elements with the digi and different shaped pieces for the bendi card, which I shall be definitely be using again.

I have coloured the card and images with distress inks and Sakura Glaze Gelly Roll pens.  The Birds on the Wire are an Inkylicious stamp and the hat is a Doo Lally Pip stamp.

I think this needs a sentiment to finish it off but I'm still decided for what occasion.

Creative Blessings.  x

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Review: Tangle Teezer

This is not a paid for promotion or collaborative post.  The product featured was bought by me at full price. 

I was sceptical about a brush that claims to be a "professional detangling tool".  I have long thick hair that knots easily and it's hell to brush after a windswept walk, added product or washing it.  It was £10.60 which I though sounded a lot for a hairbrush but if it did what it said on the website "effortlessly remove tangles in wet or dry hair, without snagging or pulling hair." then it would be worth it.  Tangle Teezer is designed, manufactured and made in Britain.

Firstly I was impressed by how quickly it arrived and by how it was packaged.  

I went for the Original Tangle Teezer in the Limited Edition Berry colour, red and purple. 

I tried it out on dry hair and it ran straight through but the real test would be first thing in the morning. So the next test was bed head, once again no getting stuck and no swearing in front of the mirror.  

I also like the egonomic shape of the brush and it's certainly small enough to put in your handbag but they do have a compact styler brush where the teeth .

The last test was wet hair, this was the big one, wet tangled hair is just the pits to brush, normally I just end up stetching the hair and spliting it.  I am pleased to say tyhe Tangle Teezer produced no tears, rude language or shrieks.  So the science part is the teeth which have two tiers and memory flex technology.

I also tried running it through my hair a the end of the day after I had used mouse, styling serum and hairspray and once again it was a pain free experience.  Due to the shape of the brush it isn't suited to styling but Tangle Teezer have a blow-styling hairbrush which shall probably be my next purchase.

Creative Blessings.  x

Monday, 15 February 2016

Review: Highland Soap Company

This is not a paid for promotion or collaborative post.  The products featured were bought by me at full price. 

I discovered the Highland Soap Co. a few years ago whilst on holiday in Scotland, and now I usually buy some every time we visit but they also have an online shop so I can still treat myself to these luscious products.  I always take Highland Soap into the shower or bath and won't use any other type of wash.

Their shops are based in Spean Bridge (which is the one we always visit), Fort William and Pitlochry. I could easily spend an hour in the Spean Bridge shop smelling all the lovely products despite the fact it is only a small shop.

It's a family run business manufacturing products using the best natural ingredients and traditional methods of processing.  The ingredients and products are vegetarian and cruelty free - another reason I love the company. The products are free from SLS, SLES and paraben preservatives. The packaging is simple and recyclable, despite this it's beautifully packaged.
They don't just do soaps but bubble baths, hair care, body wash, bath melts, candles and more.  The range is large and covers everything from Apple Blossom to Wild Scottish Raspberry.  There are also the most attractive gift sets that make lovely presents for any occasion and some fabulous offers-I took advantage of the 2 for £8.  My order also come with a free mini bar of soap.
This time I picked;

Highland Honey & Oats "This lovely soap is traditionally handmade with lucious heather honey to moisture and pamper skin.  The organic Scottish Oats help to gently exfoliate to leave skin squeaky clean and smooth. "

 I wasn't sure if the smell might be a little boring but it's quite earthy and the oats are gentle on the skin.  I have quite dry skin and I did notice that it has exfoliating properties and my skin does feel smoother.

My other choice was;

Wild Nettle & Heather "This traditionally handmade soap has a wonderful fresh scent of heather flowers from the Scottish Highlands.  Blended with the tender tops of nettles, one of the most nutrient dense wild greens available.  Further enriched with Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter to make a luxurious moisturising bar."

This was my personal favourite of the two as it smells devine and lathered up easily.  It did a great job of moisturising my skin and kept it feeling soft through the day.

The Highland Soap Company is really worth a visit virtual or otherwise, the products are a gorgeous treat for someone you love or why not treat yourself.

Creative Blessings.  x

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Two More Hunkydory!

Good Evening to your all!  A couple more Hunkydory cards to share , I have found these kits perfect for quick makes and charity cards.

These two use the Pretty Little Things kit and will be the last two I make for a bit.
The first uses the scattered frame layout that I used on a previous HD card, the only addition is the Joy! Crafts flatback faux pearls.

On the second I have added ribbon under the main topper, a brad to the tag and 3 gems to finish.

Creative Blessings.  x

I would like to enter the butterfly card into the following challenge;

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week350 - Circles -

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Lost Treasure or just lost?!?!

Hello!  I really love the images from Fabrika Fantasy and when I heard they had started a new Facebook group I was eager to join.  This piece was inspired by their challenge "Winter is Everywhere"  the idea is to 'teleport' any of their digis into a snowy winter scene.  Some of you will know by now how much I love snow so you can see why this was tempting.  I haven't entered it in to the contest as it doesn't allow 100% digital entries.

I decided to use the freebie image Pirate Parrot which is free until 29th February, you get three pre-coloured images and two line images.  I have used a pre-coloured .png image in Serif Craft Artist and created this scene using various Daisytrail digikits and the Safari kit from Digital Scrapworld (a past sponsor for Sisters of Craft Challenge blog).

I did give him a map but I think maybe he is reading it upside down and he doesn't appear to be very good a reading signs either!  Just hope he doesn't get too cold. 

Fabrika Fantasy will be one of sponsors this year for Sisters of Craft.

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 12 February 2016

Faery Ink New Release - Steampunk Stylist

This fabulous digi is one of today's new releases from Faery Ink.  This funky girl is Steampunk Stylist.  

This is the cover to my steampunk mixed media book, earlier in the week I shared the first page using Clockwork Cupids, also from Faery Ink.

I bought a couple of kid's hardback books from a charity shop.  I choose the bigger one for the project as I wanted to print the images off big and also because the cover had a textured front.  You can just about see the rough glittered areas on the book.  Once covered in black gesso it added to effect

I coloured the image using Graph It markers and added some Wink of Stella clear to the eye glass.
I have added hairdressing charms from my stash.  The mirror is made from a mini wooden frame from The Works coloured with Pebeo Empire Gold Gilding Wax from Dragon's Papercraft in Rugby and a piece of crumpled kitchen foil.  The raffia, key charm & zip are also from my stash.  The keyhole is from The Works and I used a couple of brads as screws.  

I add more gilding wax to the zip and the textured pieces on the cover.  

There are more steampunk images in the shop and more to be released, don't forget to share your fantastic creations in the Faery Ink Facebook Group.

Creative Blessings.  x

I wish to enter these into the following challenge(s):

Altered Eclectics - Anythings Goes (mixed media/altered art) -

Creative Artiste Challenge - Anything Goes with Mixed Media -

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Zoo Digital Scrapbook Page

Hello peeps!  Today I have done some digital scrapbooking.  I was having a virtual flick through my photos when this one of a sleeping snow leopard caught my eye.

I took the photos in to Craft Artist and had a play with frames and effects and added a few elements from the Daisytrail African Safari digikit.

This photo is from Banham Zoo, Norfolk and was taken on a visit in 2003.

Creative Blessings.  x

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

Digitally 'Sweet' Challenge - #147 Spots & Stripes -

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Back with more Hunkydory!

Today I used the Pretty Little Things kit to make an engagement card.

I have added a tiny gem to the ribbon on the bird house, a brad to the sentiment and mounted the topper on 3D foam pads.

Creative Blessings.  x

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Faery Ink Inspirational - Clockwork Cupids

I am really excited to share Clockwork Cupids from Faery Ink as my inspiration, this time I have created a mixed media page.  I bought a child’s hardboard book from a charity shop and covered the first page with white gesso to help adhere the papers because it was quite shiny.   The image is coloured with alcohol markers and metallic gelly roll pens.  I added glossy accents to the clocks & the eye glass.  This is the first page of my mixed media book.   The papers are from my stash I have edged them with distress inks and added some stamped images.  The music sheet was a free printable from The Old Design Shop which I distressed by tearing and inking it.

The charms are from stash, The wooden clock is from The Works.  The stamped wings is from the Visible Image Time After Time set.  The feathers are cut from mirri card using Noor! Design dies. The butterfly is cut & foiled using the TODO, I won some bits and pieces from Mel Heaton who was demoing the TODO on C&C.  I'm saving up for one of these. 

Creative Blessings.  x

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

Altered Eclectics - Anythings Goes (mixed media/altered art) -

Creative Artiste Challenge - Anything Goes with Mixed Media -

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Quirky Crafts Challenge - Let's use Quirky Red or Pink

It's time for February's challenge at Quirky Crafts!  This time the theme is  Let's Quirky use Red OR Pink + black and white.

Our sponsor for this month is "The Cutting Cafe" they generously supplied digis and .svg files to the DT.

I have used Wheelbarrow Deliveries to make a mini easel.  I couldn't decide which delivery to pick for my Wheelbarrow so I used 4 that suited the colour theme.  I have used Sakura pens to colour the image and mounted the strawberries and apples on some black card and 3D foam pads to create a stopper.

The DT were also given Bendi Card svg file to work with I had hoped to have my silhouette blade by now so i could have used that, maybe I shall have it time for the reminder post.

Creative Blessings.  x

JUGS Blinkie Just Us Girls Challenge - Valentine -

Saturday, 6 February 2016

More Hunkydory!

Hello!  I'm on a bit of roll with my Hunkydory kits.  Today I've made one using the Pretty Little Things kits adding, yep you guessed it, ribbon  and gems from my stash.  Apologies that I haven't visited your blogs for while but I have set aside time tomorrow to wander through blogland.

I'm keen to use a scattered frames layout on further cards.

Topper & tag mounted with 3D foam.

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 5 February 2016

Hunkydory Antique Flourish kit finished

Today I'm sharing a card made using up another Hunkydory kit,this time Antique Flourish.  I have added some Santoro ribbon, flat-backed pearls and gems.

Side strip is cut from second piece of backing sheet.

Pearls added.

Gems added.

Santoro ribbon
Creative Blessings.  x

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Book Review: Baby Talk 1 & 2 by Mike Wells

Mike Wells is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, for me his style is easy-going but engrossing and I have no idea how he manages to combine those two contradictory skills!  You can read my review of Lust, Money & Murder Book 1 here and you can download a copy here.

Book 1 of Baby Talk is free or you can download Book 1 & 2 from all the usual a places for a small fee.  Personally I recommend you download both, well you wouldn't buy half a bar of chocolate, would you!?!?

Photo from Mike Wells Official Website
I don't know about you but I find there are few things scarier than a creepy child...

"In this creepy horror novel, Neal Becker is convinced that his 5 month old baby daughter can talk. But that's impossible...isn't it? Except that Neal didn't really want to get married in the first place and pushed his wife for an abortion.  And now, Baby Natasha knows it. She's out to get Neal, or so he believes.  Join the two in a terrifying battle for survival that will make your blood run cold."  Blurb copied from Mike Wells Official Website 

(Contains Spoilers)
On the one hand I was with Neal, he is seriously creeped out by his baby, who says and does some very weird things, and it's human nature to try to beat or run away from monsters, but part of me just thought maybe Neal needs a mental health assessment!

There were honestly times when I couldn't work out if Natasha really was a baby possessed or if Neal was having a breakdown.  In actual fact Neal is having a breakdown but is it caused by his own guilt and unstable mind?   At points, where Neal restrains Natasha or leaves her alone, I was very torn between right and wrong.  I don't have children but I'm guessing it isn't considered good parenting to tape your baby into the dishwasher, although I have friends who are parents to toddlers who might give more consideration to it on a tough day!   Whilst this is going on there was a voice in my head saying she's going to escape, don't let her escape Neal.  On the whole I was completely divided who did I really want to save?

There is one thought from Neal that really sums up the layers of this story "One fleeting moment of extra pleasure in exchange for a lifetime of success and happiness."  Every action has a consequence but just how much of a consequence might be down to how guilty we feel about our actions.

Baby Talk is also available in audio format.

I am currently listening to Forbidden 1,2 & 3 and I must say that I absolutely loath Eleanor Sotherby, which I think is the general idea, keep your eyes peeled for the review.

* The End* 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Ta dah - I finally used up a kit!

Greetings Peeps!  I hope you are all well.  Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my last few posts.  I'm thrilled that you like my creations and take time out of your day to take a peek and comment.

On to today's card or cards, yes I have two feminine birthday cards to share.  If you use paper kits then I'm sure like me you have lots of them started and not finished and lots of pieces of paper and card hanging around!  After I finished yesterday's birthday card I challenge myself to use the rest of the Hunkydory kit, it's one of their smaller kits just two background sheets and a sheet of toppers. The only extras were a few gems and ribbon from my stash.

Here they are quick and simple, nothing flash but the satisfaction from using the kit up was gratifying enough.  I going to put them in a pack of 6 and sell them for £1 for charity.

I hope you have a great day.

Creative Blessings.  x