Monday, 27 February 2017

Hello You! - Making Cards

Hi there!

Isn't this the most adorable owl picture, I think it's so sweet!  As soon as I saw these papers in my February subscription copy of Making Cards magazine along with the stamps I made a card immediately.

Supplies used;
Free papers - Making Cards magazine Feb 2017
Free stamps - Making Cards magazine Feb 2017
Feathers die - Noor! (Joy!) Crafts
Black cardstock - Anna Marie Designs
Momento Rich Rocoa Ink
Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink
Buttons & twine - my stash

Creative Blessings.  x

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Snow much fun!

Hello friends.  Today I'm sharing a digital project made in Serif Craft Artist and using one of my own photos.

This photo was taken on our holiday between Christmas and New Year 2010.  I picked this photo to create a scrap page as I love the opposing powers of the vehicle (man) and the a snow (nature).  The embellishments are mostly from Daisytrail Magical Moment kit.

Creative Blessings.  x

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

Digitally 'Sweet' Challenge - Winter -

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Warm Wishes

Hello friends

A few weeks ago I attended a Brusho class at my local crafting shop Keep on Crafting in Bury St Edmunds.  It was so much fun and I couldn't wait to experiment with my own set.  I've also booked for the advanced class in March using stencils and glazes.

We made a few practice backgrounds on ordinary cardstock (see my journaling page using another Brusho background here) first just to get the feel of how the Brusho work under different conditions.  Then we made a few pieces on water colour paper and stamped some images using clear ink and white embossing powder  and using the Brusho as paints.

Here is the card I made;

Supplies used:
Watercolour card stock
Spiritz bottle with water
Versamark Ink Pad
White WOW embossing powder
Sentiment from free stamp set from Making Cards magazine
Adirondack Cranberry ink pad

Bury St Edmunds is a very pretty town in the west of Suffolk with lots of history, if you haven't been there it really is worth a visit, of course I'm biased but I promise you won't be disappointed.  If you do visit it's also worth popping into Keep on Crafting and feasting your eyes on the crafting goodies.  If you can't get to the shop you can order from the website and P&P is free to mainland UK as long as you spend in excess of £3.00.

Creative Blessings.  x

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Flying in with a Thank You!

Greetings peeps!

I hope you have all had a good week.

There is something so lovely about owls isn't there and when I saw the images from this month's Making Cards magazine I made a couple of cards as soon as my subscription copy arrived.

Supplies used:
Owl papers, images  and stamp set from Making Cards magazine February issue
Annamarie Designs black cardstock
Sequins from my stash
Tim Holtz distress inks

Creative Blessings.  x

Sunday, 19 February 2017

January Book Review - Being Human: The Road

Another book review today, unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book on the whole.  I was a fan of the UK series Being Human from the first season in 2009 and all the characters, but this book didn't follow through with the great plot building that was part of the series.

Synopsis in my own words;
Like Annie, Gemma is a ghost, she turns up at the house of Annie, George (a werewolf) and Mitchell (a Vampire).  A secret held in the derelict houses stops Gemma from being able to move on.  The housemates must find out the secret before the houses are demolished for a new road.  George and Mitchell are also concerned about their jobs at the hospital and the new hospital administrator who is keeping a very close eye on everyone.

Photo courtesy of Goodreads
I felt Gemma's character detracted from the secret and the storyline and I found these pages quite hard going.  I enjoyed far more the storyline involving George and Mitchell keeping their secret from the hospital administrator and felt this story line could have been developed more rather than the one with Gemma.

The book has difinitely been written assuming the reader has already seen the TV shows, and if you haven't seen them and read the book to see what all the fuss is about I think you would be disappointed and probably wouldn't bother to catch up with the show.

I have the other two books and am trying decide whether to put the effort in to read them.

Creative Blessings. x

Friday, 17 February 2017

Wings Canvas


Today I'm sharing a mixed media canvas.  A few months ago I bought two ephemera packs from Emerald City Crafts on Etsy and the images I have used on this piece are cut from the front sheet.

Supplies used:
Les Beaux Oiseaux ephmera pack
Leonie Pujol Kaleidoscope Dreams stamp set
Rich Cocoa Momento ink
Copier paper stained with coffee
Bottle caps from stash
Patterned papers from stash
Canvas from The Works
Decopatch Glue

The sentiment is from Leonie Pujol's Kaleidoscope Dreams stamp set which I stamped on to copier paper which I stained with coffee.

Creative Blessings.  x

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

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

My First Journal Page

Hello peeps!

As the title suggests I'm sharing my first ever journal page today.  I've never really been sure about journaling, it looks creative but as I've always created things for a specific purpose or occasion so wasn't sure if this would be for me.  However, I was inspired by Leonie Pujol to give it a go, I've been following her blog and watching her shows and it looked like a lot of fun.  I thought it would be a good way to record which stamps I have too.  There's me applying a purpose to it!   It was also a good opportunity to use one of my Brusho backgrounds (created on ordinary cardstock not watercolour) made at a class at Keep on Crafting, Bury St Edmunds.  It was so much fun that I've already booked a spot on the advanced class.  Another post about that later in the month.

Supplies used:
Goldline Spiralbound Notebook with ivory pages 140gsm
Tim Holtz Crushed Olive Distress Ink
Brusho ( I didn't make a note of colours.)
Graph It marker 3160
Carabelle Studio "Monsieur Cerf et Monsieur Hibou" stamp set
Leonie Pujol Super Swirl, Hey There Dreamer, Bohemian Doodles, Flower Burst, Lots of Texture, Flight to Freedom and Just Be stamp sets.
Coffee dyed copier paper
Ranger Archival Ink - Watering Can, Cornflower Blue, Fern Green and Sepia

As I mentioned, this is my first page and next time I would like to add some texture, stencilling and layers.

Creative Blessings.  x

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

Anything Goes February Stamping Challenge -

Monday, 13 February 2017

"A Blooming Marvellous" CAS Birthday Card

Hello friends!

Today's share is my sister's birthday card.  I decide to try my hand at a clean and simple (CAS) card, I do find them a bit tricky but I had a plan and I also wanted to try some simple masking to sit the cat behind the flowers.  The stamp set I picked was perfect for a CAS too.

I must give credit here to my friend Missy Pink over at Simply by Pink as I first spotted the idea of sequins on a card for some subtle sparkle on her blog.  Please take a look and I'm sure she would love some comments too.  😊

Suppliers used;
Stamp set - Quick Cards Made Easy issue 161 freebie
White cardstock - Creative Crafting World
Dovecraft Jet Black Ink - The Range
Papermania Clear Embossing Powder - The Range
Spectrum Noir Coloured Pencils, paper stubs and blending solution - Crafter's Companion
Pebeo Drawing Gum - Dragon's Papercraft
Sequins - My Stash
3d foam tape - Poundland

Creative Blessings.  x

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Thank You card - Redoute's Les Belles Fleurs

Hello my lovelies!

Today I'm sharing a Thank You card I made for my gandmother to thank her for the Christmas gift we received.

Supplies Used;
Redoute's Les Belle Fleurs Popper Pad - Creative Crafting World
Black cardstock - Annamarie Designs
Die cut letters & brad from my stash.
Black gems - Poundland
Woodware tag punch - bootsale bargain
Black Sparkle Heat It Up Embossing Powder

To make the Thank You sentiment I used some die cut letters (these came from a bootsale in a large box of crafty stash) and used Black Sparkle embossing powder, not only did this colour them to coordinate with the card but it added some sparkle too.  I coated them three times with embossing powder to give them some density too.

Creative Blessings.  x

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

Thursday, 9 February 2017

January Book Review: Out of the Dark - Adele Geras

Welcome to my little space on the internet, today I'm reviewing a book.  I think I've mentioned before that I really enjoy the Quick Reads titles, they only cost a £1 and are all completely different so no matter what genre floats your boat you should find something.  Mum and I usually buy a couple each and swap and then pass them onto the hospital.  Sometimes I hire them from the library.  Last month I took out on loan Out of the Dark by Adele Geras.

Synopsis in my own words;
This novella tells the story of Rob Stone disfigured by war trying to blend in with society and live a normal life after the harrowing events of the First World War.  He is haunted by the ghost of his Captain and struggles with a broken heart.  Rob focuses his attention on finding the Captain's family to return a family photograph, and hopes in turn to calm his own mind.

Photo courtesey of Goodreads website
I liked that Geras did not dwell on Rob's time in the trenches, she sets up his before story in just a few pages but it wasn't rushed so we are able to understand why he would want his life to return to the way it was before, a handsome man with a good job courting a pretty girl.

I have seen it criticised in being unoriginal with giving us the reasons why Rob went to war.  I agree but then Geras is only telling the truth, these men and boys went to war thinking it would be short, they were fighting for King and Country and would return as heroes.  They were of course heroes, but we shall never forget that so many didn't return and it was anything but a short war.

One reviewer criticised the staccato sentences, and to be fair they are short and this can be a little off putting.  However all the Quick Reads I have read have been written in this style and once you find the rhythm it's not a problem.  Also the books are written as easy reads.  Quick Reads sets out to dispel the myth that books are boring, difficult, itimidating or a novel is too long.  It is as simple as "getting people to read."

Despite it only being 78 pages, Geras manages beautifully to capture the character of Rob and the rest of the cast, the details of his mask and the city where he lives.  This is heart-warming story with an uplifting ending.

Creative Blessings.  x

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

L'Amour - Debbi Moore download

Hello peeps!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at today's creation which uses another free download from Debbi Moore called Shabby Chic Love.  The project example was an easel card but I really liked the collage layered effect on the heart so I decided to use that as the theme for my card.

Supplies used:
Shabby Chic download - Debbi Moore
Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Ink 
Glossy Accents
Buttons and gem from my stash
Ribbon & pearl bow from Linda Simpson's blog candy win

I wish to enter this in the following challenge(s);
Unicorn Challenge - Butterflies and/or Hearts -

Creative Blessings.  x

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sketch Layout - Quick Cards Made Easy Reader DT

Today I'm sharing my Reader DT Sketch Challenge creation for Quick Cards Made Easy magazine issue 162.  I decided on a steampunk theme for my card and twisted the sketch upside down.

Supplies used; 

Ribbon and cardstock (embossed using Craftwell Argyll Checks folder) from my stash.
Papers, topper and sentiment from Lelli-Bot Crafts.
Gems and button from Artful Days.

Here it is in the magazine.  

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 3 February 2017

Happy "Blooming" Birthday - Debbi Moore download

Hello Visitors, Followers, Friends, etc!  It's truly lovely of you to stop by and see today's creation. Using a free download from Debbi Moore called Country Rose Watering Can I created this card for a friend.

Supplies used;
Creative Crafting World white cardstock
Button from my stash
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy

Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

A Crafty Challenge - Anna Marie Designs

A couple of weeks ago I set myself and my mum a challenge to make a card over the weekend using at least two Anna Marie Designs products.

This is my card, I sent it to a friend who had recently moved house.
Supplies used;
Anna Marie Designs Vintage cardstock
Anna Marie Designs Blissful Cocoa 7"x7" paper pad (250gsm)
Anna Marie Designs Blissful Pink 6"x6" paper pads (250gsm)
Anna Marie Designs Floral Bird Cage stamp set
Kirstie Allsop stamp set
Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink
Kuretake Dark Pink Wink of Stella
Paper Flowers and Flower Gems from my stash

Here is my mum's card.

Anna Marie Designs Blissful Cocoa 6"x6" paper pad (250gsm)
Anna Marie Designs Dotty cardstock
Anna Marie Designs Blissful Cocoa die cut sentiment
Anna Marie Designs MDF fabric covered butterfly
Anna Marie Designs Paper Gardenias
Anna Marie Designs Microbeaded Berries
Anna Marie Designs Flower Bud Sprays
Anna Marie Designs Wheat Sprigs
Anna Marie Designs Stamens
Hunkydory Vintage Dreams Collection image

Creative Blessings.  x