Friday, 30 June 2017

Christmas Bling! - Craft Buddy Crystal Art Kit

Greetings peeps!

I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend.  Tomorrow morning I am off to another class at Keep on Crafting in Bury St Edmunds, this time it's mixed media cards. There may still be places available so if you are interested please phone the shop on 01284 701101 between 9.30am and 4.30pm today.

I'm sharing a little bling this morning!

This is my first Christmas card this year and my first Crystal Card Kit from Crafty Buddy.  I found it very relaxing, it reminds of paint by numbers but the end result is truly stunning!

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 23 June 2017

Engagement Congratulations!

Good Evening peeps!

Thank goodness it's Friday, it's been one heck of week, add to that the heatwave and I'm not sorry to see the back of this week.  I hope you had a good week and have a fabulous weekend.  Today's share is the card I made for my friend who recently became engaged.

I have kept it fairly simple with a distress oxide wash for the background and grey ink for the images.

Supplies used;
Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Oxide - Keep on Crafting
Ranger Watering Can Archival Ink - Keep on Crafting
Creative Stamping magazine free stamps

Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Father's Day Card - Lili of the Valley

Good Evening Crafters!

We are in the middle of a heatwave here in the UK, if it's super hot where you are I hope you are keeping cool.  I'm afraid me and hot weather really do not get on and I am longing for Autumn already, pretty sure I suffer from Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Anyway I didn't come on here to whinge about the heat, I wanted to share the Father's Day card I made for my dad.  I watercoloured the image using my Distress Markers and the white wax crayon for a resist technique to create the clouds.

Supplies used;
Kraft card - Annamarie Designs
Tartan papers - stash
Tim Holtz Brushed Courdroy Distress Ink - Keep on Crafting
Sunday Stroll - Lili of the Valley
Jet Black Dovecraft Premium Pigment Ink Pad
Clear embossing powder - Keep on Crafting
White wax crayon
Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Keep on Crafting
Xcut Four Petal Nesting die
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Leonie Pujol Typograph dies

Creative Blessings.  x

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Wedding Preppers!

Hello, a small warning before I begin that this post is photo heavy! 😲  Today I'm sharing photos of the items I helped prepare for my sister's Wedding.  I have left it until now as I wanted to wait until after they returned from honeymoon. The following makes might explain why my blog was very quiet at the beginning of the year!  Some of the more boring and time consuming craft work was undertake by yours truly and our mum.

The theme was birds and shabby chic with a touch of bling.

Place Names
Die cutting 70+ place names wasn't too bad and only took me approximately an hour.  I used a Tattered Lace die.  The last photo shows how my sister finished them off.

Then came the bunting, a whole different story.  I had an X Cut die & my Cut N Boss so thought this would make life a lot easier.  Little did I realise that cutting 400, yes 400 hessian pennants was going to eat time!  Each one taking at least two turns, some three or four, through the machine, and whilst the electronic die cutting machine was a saviour, I couldn't do anything else other than wait for each one to come out, a bit like watching paint dry!  And don't even talk to me about the mess, it looked like a haystack had blown up in our conservatory, which where I craft, so each session ended with a mass vacumming session!  Unfortunately I can't locate a photo of the bunting when it was finished but it looked beautiful with the purple hearts painted on it.

Heart Confetti for the tables
I have no idea how much heart shaped confetti my mum had to cut, but she had a very sore wrist after punching out hundreds of these tiny hearts!  This confetti was for the tables along with some gems.

Next on the list was key chains for each of the bridesmaids and the flower girl.  I used my Serif programme to size and set the words to fit in the pendant.  I stained the paper using coffee to add the shabby chic style as white looked too stark.  Fixed the paper in place with a domed glitter sticker and a little glossy accents to make sure it didn't came out.  It took me a little while to decide on the design but once I was happy with it I was able to quickly put them together.

Bridal Pin
The bridal pin came about as my sister wasn't keen on having a sixpence in her shoe (she later decided in the end to have a sixpence in her shoe too).  I used a key and lock charm, crystal heart bead and a few smaller beads to make an angel.  The sixpence came from Ebay (I polished it up using brown sauce) and the charms and beads I had in my stash.

Hen-Do Heart Rosettes Name Badges
I wanted to keep with the Shabby Chic theme of the wedding for the Hen Badges.  This was a very fiddly exercise as they kept springing apart as I was trying to squeeze them into the heart shape.  I had seen a free rosette maker with a magazine but I decided not to get it as I already had my Hougie board and I was pretty sure of the shape I needed, and as predicted that part was easy. Trying to hold it together, form the heart and glue it drove me close to insanity!  I got there in the end though and added the names cut using the Noor! Design banner die, inked them with Vintage Photo distress ink and then added buttons from my stash.

Ring Pillow - made by Mum
The ring pillow was made by my very talented mum and I just had to share a photo as I think it's stunning.

A few other elements - Made by my sister.
It really was a full-on handmade Wedding, here are only a few of the hundreds of items my sister made.

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 16 June 2017

Thanks Paw-fully!

Good Evening folks!

It's Friyay, hope you have an awesome weekend planned.  I'm off to a Mixed Media Glass Bottle Class at Keep on Crafting tomorrow so expect some pics of that next week.  Just to mention that there were spaces left on this class so if you fancy coming and you are in the area it's worthing popping in, class starts at 10am.

You might remember that recently we went away to Warwickshire for a few days to coincide with my sister's Wedding.  Whilst we were at the Wedding, Fergus and my parents dog, Buddy stayed at Doggie Day Care and we picked them up the day after the Wedding.  I made this postcard style card to say thank you, from Fergus of course!

I used Serif Craft Artist to change the photos to black and white and used elements from the Vintage Typewriter digikit to create the postcard.  The P and C are coloured with gold Sakura pen and I added some faux franking with Docrafts Papermania Portbello Road Urban Stamp and edged it with a bit of Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.

Whilst I am on the subject of Fergus, you can visit his blog here, he usually posts every other Saturday, so look out for a post tomorrow.

Creative Blessings. x

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

You can't have rainbows without rain!

Greetings peeps!

My second post today, this time I'm sharing a card made using Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens, I'm becoming addicted to using these.

I scribbled a chunk of colour from each of the colours, spritzed them with water and then gentle blew on the water to create the trails.  I added Cool Grey Zig pen to the bottom and a little water and then dried it off a little with kitchen towel.  I wanted to give the impression of raining hitting the ground and splashing up.

The umbrella was a die cut I receive in a bundle of various die cuts and embossed cardstock.  I painted it with black gesso and shaped it slightly.  I added a few drops of Glossy Accents and dragged them to a point with a pin.  Finally I stamped the sentiment.

Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens; Red 020, Dark Pink 027, Cobalt Blue 031, Light Green 041, Yellow 050, Deep Violet 084, Cool Gray 1 099.
Glossy Accents
Black Gesso
Sentiment - Visible Image Sunshine stamp set

Creative Blessings. x

Simply Dad! - Keep on Crafting


I have another post on the Keep on Crafting Shop Blog this morning.

I will be back this evening with another post on here.  Creative Blessings.  x

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Grungy & Quirky Father's Day Card - Keep On Crafting

Hi Peeps!

Just a quick post from me sharing my post on the Keep On Crafting Shop Blog.  There is also a peek at my experimental piece from Saturday's demo and a video.

Full details here.

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 9 June 2017

Crafting the Seth Apter way - Keep on Crafting Workshop

Good Evening Peeps!

Firstly, there is demo day at the shop tomorrow, Margaret Brackenbury will be working with the Threaders Inks and stamps from Crafters Companion and there will be special offers on those products.  Mandy really does provide some excellent deals on demo days with the products being used, so if you can, it's worth popping along to Keep on Crafting, click here for address details.

Today I'm sharing the finished canvas which I started at the Crafting the Seth Apter Way workshop with Chris Stevens at Keep on Crafting on Saturday, 3 June 2017.  

Chris started the class by asking if we want to see the her finished projects, as Seth's way of teaching is not to show an end project so students aren't swayed by his designs or try to emulate the project.  It's a more free way of teaching but we were all a little daunted but agreed to just go with the flow and not see the finished projects.

We started by making three backgrounds one on white cardstock, one on kraft card and one on canvas.  Using the Little Black Dress Paperartsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paint we painted all three black.  I think we all felt this was a little odd, why not start with black card, but as Chris explained it adds depth to the finished piece.  I'll admit I was sceptical but looking at my finished piece now I can see it's true!

The colours on the kraft card were to be kept lighter as these would act as contrast on the dark pieces. The layers were built up further by add paint through stencils and on stamps.  I also used the die cut waste as stencils.  There are plenty of colours to choose from in the Paperartsy Fresco range but I used;  Mahogany, Mud, Terracotta, Buff, Carribean Sea and Midnight.

I think I would call this my first proper mixed media grungy style canvas and it's certainly given me a taste for creating more arty pieces of work.

Supplies used;
5 x 7 inch white Canvas - Keep on Crafting
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paints - Keep on Crafting
Paperartsy Stamps by Seth Apter - Keep on Crafting
Various Stencils

Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Bird Cages Stencil & Starlight Paints - Keep on Crafting

Good Evening Peeps! 

Sharing another Keep on Crating post today, see my annoucement here!

As soon as I saw this Imagination Crafts stencil in Keep On Crafting in Bury St Edmunds I knew I had to have it.  I have another project in mind for it but today I wanted to share some more of the Imagination Crafts Starlight Paint colours. I am building up my collection of these and the colours are so beautiful it's hard to choose which to get next!   Some other things worth mentioned about the Starlights; they are water-based and semi-translucent, the sparkle is produced by finely ground metal flakes and you get a lot of paint for your pennies.

Supplies used;
Imagination Crafts Black Satin card - Keep On Crafting
Starlight Paints; Apple GreenPearlSalmonSand and Topaz.
Pearlescent Gold Paper - Anna Marie Designs
Kraft Card - Anna Marie Designs
8 x 8 card blank cut down to 7 x 7 - Anna Marie Designs

Creative Blessings.  x

Monday, 5 June 2017

Exciting News!


I have some very exciting news to share today.  As many of you probably know by now, Keep on Crafting is my favourite independent craft shop and I'm thrilled to say that Mandy, the proprietor has asked if I would like to contribute to the new Keep on Crafting blog!  I am so looking forward to sharing projects, inspiration, tips and techniques with you, and keep your eyes peeled for shop and website special offers and discounts too!  

Let me tell you a little about this award winning shop.  First off, it's won the International Craft Awards Silver Award two years in a row for Best Independent Craft Shop in the South East of England.  (Voting is now open for 2017, click here.)  

The shop is located in Risbygate Street in the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.  Here you will find medieval architecture, a scattering of boutique shops, an elegant Georgian Square with a stunning Cathedral and the Abbey ruins set in striking gardens.  

Mandy and her team Chris, Dot and Margaret have an incredible wealth of crafting knowledge between them and are always ready to answer your crafty questions.  The whole team love to promote craft education and help crafters get the best possible use from their products and the variety of ways to use them.  Most Saturdays there is a workshop and these can be booked by popping into the shop, on the website or by phone. Or, if you want to learn about a new product or advance your techniques there are often demo days just pop into the shop between the times advertised.

The shop may be small but the range is diverse and includes many of the top brands such as Tim Holtz, Creative Expressions, Crafter's Companion, Hunkydory, Snipart, Paperartsy, Imagination Crafts, Stix2 and many others. There are plenty of products for all your papercrafting, scrapbooking and mixed media needs.  

This is a card I made earlier in the year using the Imagination Crafts Starlight Paints Poppy Stencil and Satin board from Keep on Crafting.
There is currently a fantastic deal on the Imagination Crafts Starlight Paints, these are one of my personal favourites, and until the 7th June if you spend £25 on Starlight Paints you can save 10% on all products on the website.  Use offer code STAR10 at the checkout. Your order must contain £25.00 worth of Starlight Paints, if you order just the paints you will pay just £22.50.

Something else to mention about the Imagination Crafts products is, if you spot them on TV they are usually in stock at Keep on Crafting at the same time, so why not save on postage or buying the big bundles and purchase from Keep on Crafting, don't forget UK P&P is free when your order is over £3.

If you do pop into the shop don't forget to mention that you heard about it here!  😊
I will be back tomorrow with my first inspirational Keep on Crafting post.

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 2 June 2017

Happy Birthday Amy

Evening all!

I thought I would give you a break from the Wedding festivities and share a birthday card I made for my friend.

Supplies used;
Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Pens - Keep on Crafting
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink - Keep on Crafting 
Noor! Design Bunting die
Leonie Pujol Typograph dies
Joanna Sheen Happy Birthday die - C&C
Lawn Fawn Stamp & Die set - Ebay

Creative Blessings.  x