Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Always be yourself...or a Mermaid

Good Evening Crafters

Not long now until our holiday combined with my sister's Wedding, two years of planning and it's almost here! So please forgive me if I don't get to comment on your blogs for a few days.

Today I wanted to share a scene I created using a background I made with Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush pens.  I used these colours with a beach type scene in mind.


I used the free stamp set from Creative Stamping magazine and my Tim Holtz stamping tool by Tonic, which was the free gift with the subscription to the magazine.  It arrived last week and this is the first chance I've had to experiment with it and I love it.   I think I will be using this a lot so expect more stamped projects to appear on the blog as I have a lot of stamps and heaps that are un-inked!

Supplies used;

Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Pens - Keep on Crafting
Wink of Stella pens - Keep on Crafting
Memento Dew Drop Inks - Keep on Crafting
Watercolour cardstock - Keep on Crafting
Nautical Stamps - Creative Stamping magazine


Please do take a look at the Keep on Crafting website, postage to the UK is free when you spend over £3, or if you're in the area why not pop and grab yourself some crafty bargains.

Enjoy the rest of your week.
Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Birthday Bunting - CAS with a twist

Hello Fellow Crafters!  Happy Friyay!

I hope you had a good week, mine has been busy but lovely.  This morning I popped in to town for an eyebrow wax a little treat in preparation for my sister's wedding next Saturday, and of course no trip to town is complete without a little purchase from my local craft shop, Keep on Crafting.



On to my card for today which is a clean and simple birthday card with a bit of a twist.  The bunting is cut from one of the backgrounds I made at the Kuretake Clean Colour Real Brush workshop at Keep on Crafting.  All the colours are available in the shop, or if you purchase online you get free P&P when you spend over £3 and if you use this code CC5 at the checkout you get 5 pens for £11.


Supplies used;
Bunting Die - Noor! Design
Kuretake Clean Colour Real Brush pens - Keep on Crafting
Sentiment Blooming Butterfly Stamp Set - Anna Marie Designs
Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks - Keep on Crafting


Here's a photo of my little haul, the stencil and Snipart are my mum's purchases.



Creative Blessings. x

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Prima Mixed Media Pt 2 - Keep on Crafting

Hello!

It's been an extremely wet Wednesday here in Suffolk so I had a very soggy doggy walk (but Fergus really enjoys the puddles so that was fun) and I was almost able to swin to the village library bus!  Today I'm back with my second card made at the Prima workshop at my local craft shop Keep on Crafting on Saturday.   I added a few items from my stash after the workshop as I decided to change a few pieces and add elements when I got home.


Supplies used;
White Gesso paint
White Wow embossing powder
Net & Wire Prima Stamp
Chrome & Iris Color Bloom Spray
Chipboard Flourish
Pebeo High Viscosity Studio Iridescent Silver Acrylic paint - stash
Prima Lace Trim (flowers)
Die cut flower
Wow Clear Embossing Powder
Wow Clear Stamp pad & bonding powder
Wow fab foil
Sparkly twine, staples and pearl (coloured with a Sharpie) - stash
Silver Papermanis Embossing Powder - stash
Lilac Heat It Up Embossing Powder - stash
Wish sentiment from 7 Gypsies stamp set - (Papercraft magazine exclusive)

I prepared the base at the workshop spreading on the gesso with a spatular to give it some texture. More texture was created by used the stamp and white embossing powder to create a resist against the Color Bloom sprays.  These are now on my wish list.  The lace flowers and die cut flower are also sprayed with the Color Bloom, the die cut flower was then embossed with clear powder and scrunched, I added the pearl at home.


I originally painted the flourish pink but wasn't happy, so added foil but I felt it was too over-powering so painted it to silver at home.  I also added foil to the base, I like the patchy look of this rather than a solid block of foil as I feel it adds to the texture and interest.


A few extra bits I added at home are the Wish sentiment embossed with two colours of powder mixed and a touch of silver embossing around the top and bottom edge.  Then I took some sparkly twine and randomly stapled it  The twine is left over from a nail and string art kit from the 1960/1970s, if you don't know what I'm talking about click on this pinterest link to take a look at some modern ideas using this retro hobby.

Don't foget most of these products can be purchased at Keep on Crafting either in the shop or online. Postage to UK is free when you spend over £3.  If you can't find something pop over to the Facebook page and send a message.

Creative Blessings.  x

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

Noor Design UK - Add Lace - http://noordesign-uk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/may-challenge-add-lace.html   (Lace flowers)

A Inky Mess - Anything Mixed Media or Altered Art - Challenge 10 - http://ainkymess.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/challenge-10.html

Double D Challenges - Flowers Galore - http://daranddiane.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/flowers-galore.html

Monday, 15 May 2017

Prima Mixed Media Pt 1 - Keep on Crafting

On Saturday afternoon I was lucky enough to attend a Prima workshop with Fran Westmoreland at my local craft shop Keep on Crafting in Bury St Edmunds.  We made two mixed media cards, this was the first.


Three products went straight to the top of my wish list; paper clay, Artisan Powder and Rose Gold Gilding Wax.

Supplies used;
Kraft Card pre-folded card blank
Prima papers
Stencil
Art Basics Light Paste
Resin Frame
Beads
Crown embellishment
Sentiment tag
Prima Flowers
Color Bloom Vintage Metal Antique Gold
Paper clay
Iod by Prima Vintage Art Decor Mould - Baroque 4
Artisan Powder
Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Metallique
Art Alchemy Metallique Wax - Rose Gold
Jump rings & spacer beads
Gold Glitter

All these products or similar can be purchased/ordered from the Keep on Crafting shop or website.



Creative Blessings.  x

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

A Inky Mess - Anything Mixed Media or Altered Art - Challenge 10 - http://ainkymess.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/challenge-10.html

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Steampunked Father's Day Card - Emerald City Crafts

Greetings bloggers, followers, visitors and guests!

I'm shocked at how quickly this month is going, and next month it will be Father's Day, it doesn't seem 5 minutes ago it was Mother's Day, which, for my visitors from across the pond, is in March in the UK.



Some time ago I purchased the Steampunked ephemera pack from Emerald City Crafts as I thought it would be ideal for masculine cards.  I had forgotten that I had put this card together, just added the die cut letters today.



Supplies used;

Steampunked Ephemera Pack - Emerald City Crafts
White cardstock (used for card base) - Creative Crafting World
Black cardstock - Anna Marie Designs
Tim Holtz Dusty Concord distress ink
Leonie Pujol Typography Letter Set dies
Black cord - The Works
Tartan and marble paper - stash

Creative Blessings.  x

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

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - anything with patterned paper/card - http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper-may.html

Monday, 8 May 2017

Kuretake Workshop - Keep on Crafting

Good evening peeps!

I hope your weekend was fun, mine certainly was, if a little hectic too!  On Saturday morning I attending my local craft store, Keep on Crafting in Bury St Edmunds where the very talented Chris Stevens held a Kuretake Clean Colour Real Brush workshop.  These pens have long been on my wish list but I love to work and experiment with a product first, if possible, before I commit to buying it. Obviously this is the great thing about classes and workshops at Keep on Crafting, it's also a bad thing as I nearly always end up buying something, in fact most of my monthly craft budget gets spent in Keep on Crafting!



As you would expect from Kuretake the pens are top quality and the colour spectrum is amazing! Big patches of the bright colours work best to make these stiking backgrounds, simply scribble your colours and spritz with water and wait for the magic to happen!

There are 80 colours available in these pens and I bought 12 on Saturday, I based my choices around the Floral and Henna colours that Dali Graham uses but I'll definitely be adding to my collection.

Supplies used;
Pre-scored white 7 x 7 inches base card - Keep on Crafting
Watercolour Cardstock - Keep on Crafting
Kuretake Clean Colour Real Brush pens - Keep on Crafting
Paperartsy flower and leaf stamps - Keep on Crafting (sorry I forgot to note the name of the sets.)
Versamark Ink Pad
Sentiment Stamp - Bee Crafty
Dovecraft Black Pigment Ink Pad
Heat It Up Clear Embossing Powder
Black, Green, Pink & Purple Stabilo Point 88 fine 0.4 pens (to add the doodle).

I have another background to use and share too.

Creative Blessings.  x

Place and order online at Keep on Crafting of over £3 and p&p to the UK is free! 

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

Craft Stamper Magazine - Take It Make It Challenge May - Anything Goes Stamping Challenge http://craftstamper.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/take-it-make-it-challenge-may.html

Friday, 5 May 2017

Red Hot Rockabilly - Lelli-bot Crafts

Happy Friyay!

How has your week been?  Mine has been super busy.  We had new doors and windows fitted on Tues and Weds, a full house on Thurs (mum, dad & an uncle who lives in America, my friends little girl and two dogs!).  Today I have been decorating the house ready for my sister's Hen Crafternoon on Saturday, that's after a Kuretake class in the morning and lunch at Frankie & Bennys (which is also part of my sister's hen celebration).  I will try to share photos and video of my sister's hen-do but she is incredibily camera shy, so, we shall see.


Today I'm sharing a vintage style card made using the Red Hot Rockabilly from Lelli-bot crafts. Some of you will know that I adore Lelli-Bot Crafts, you can make fab cards quickly as you have everything you need in one kit.  You can also buy the individual pieces, so if you want extra embellishments, no worries, run out of toppers, no problems.


They also do stamps in some of the ranges too, I used a star stamp from the Rockabilly set to create a tattoo on the topper.  Also, in my opinion, they products are incredibly well-priced.
Supplies used;
Papers, Toppers, Ribbons, Twine, Charm, Buttons, Rose & sentiment - Red Hot Rockabilly Kit Lelli-bot Crafts
Star stamp - Red Hot Rockabilly stamp set Lelli-bot Crafts
Staz-on Ink Pad
Black lace sticker strips - Poundland
Roses Die - Noor! Design
Black cardstock - Anna Marie Designs
Red cardstock - Stash
Red & Black Sharpie
Clear Kuretake Wink of Stella Pen - Keep on Crafting
8 x 8 pre-scored card - Anna Marie Designs


Creative Blessings.  x


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Happy Birthday Roses - Altenew

Hello friends!

I hope your week is going well so far.  Today I'm sharing my first card made using Altenew products, it's a birthday card for my grandmother who was 90 at the end of April.



I cut down and embossed an 8 x 8 card.  I stamped the leaves directly on to the card blank using Dew Drop inks and then use the off cut to stamp and cut the roses, using Altenew inks.  The card is finished off with ribbon and a sentiment.



Supplies used;
Leonie Pujol Dotty Days Embossing Folder
Altenew Vintage Roses (leaves)
Pistachio, Olive Grove, Northern Pine Memento Dew Drop Inks
Altenew Build-A-Rose stamp & die collection - freebie from magazine
Ruby Red, Coral Berry, Frosty Pink Altenew Inks
Debbi Moore Sentiment stamp
Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
Noor! Design Banner Die
Ribbon - stash

Creative Blessings.  x

Monday, 1 May 2017

Funky Birthday - Visible Image

Good Evening Crafters & Visitors!

My friends' little girl recently turned 9, I was struggling to think of what to do for her card when my mum reminded me that she loves to sing.  She is taking lessons and has leading parts in a dancing & singing group she belongs too.



I have used one of my Brusho backgrounds made at Keep on Crafting, layered on to black lined paper. After stamping the singer on to a Brusho background I cut around the dress, stamped the singer again on to white cardstock, heat embossed it, fussy cut it & attached the dress using 3D glue gel. Stamped the music script with Distress Oxide.


I die cut the sentiment from the same Brusho background, used texture & stencil for the number 9. Finally I added a few ink splatters.


Supplies used;
White cardstock - Creative Crafting World
Black lined paper - stash
Brusho - Keep on Crafting
Tim Holtz Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inkn - Keep on Crafting
Sing stamp set - Visible Image
Dovecraft Jet Black Pigment Ink Pad
Clear Heat It Up Embossing Powder
Leonie Pujol Typography Letter Set Dies
Viva Modeling Paste - Anna Marie Designs
Stamps Away Stencil
Lilac Night Cosmic Shimmer Mist Spray



Creative Blessings.  x