Saturday, 16 April 2016

Stencils and Embossing Paste

Hello there,

I hope you're all enjoying the weekend.  I've had a lovely day in my craft room and so I thought that I'd share one of my makes with you.

Before I show you my canvas board, I'd like to say 'Hello and Welcome' to my new follower......Lynda, thank you for joining me :)

Recently, I've enjoyed making my own embossing paste, which I've used again on today's project. I've also taken inspiration from our latest challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.  There were some lovely samples made by our Design Team and these are mainly the colours that I've used.  Hope you like it:


I've used two stencils and the Gibson Girl stamp is by Flonz Craft and the sentiment is by Inkylicious.

I'm entering this canvas board into the following challenges:


Enjoy the rest of your weekend :) x



Sunday, 10 April 2016

Purple Passion

Hello there,

I hope you're all enjoying your Sunday.

Just a quick post with a card that I've made for this week's challenge at Allsorts which is called 'Purple Passion.'  They are asking to see lots of Purple, so I've created a scene using several different shades:


The various stamps that I've used are all by Inkylicious

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:



Enjoy the rest of your day :)x


FSC Colour Challenge

Good morning friends and passers by.

Before I start today's post, I'd like to welcome my three newest followers........Carol and Jenny and Anja, thank you for joining me on my crafting journey :) x

It's time for a new challenge over at 'Fashionable Stamping Challenges' and this month's theme was chosen by our lovely Shirley.   Shirley's opted for a colour challenge this time and her chosen colours are yellow, blue and white, so here's the card that I've made:


I started by using a stencil over white card to give a blue and white background. I used a tiny scroll stamp around the edge to create the border and I used the same stamp to create an oval border around my main focal image.

The female image is a gorgeous Gibson Girl stamp by Flonz Craft which I stamped onto white card.  I then masked the image and used Ink Dusters to colour yellow around her.

The sentiment that I've used is by Inkylicious and I think it works really well with this Gibson Girl image as she does look a little sad and the sentiment is quite uplifting.

Here's a picture of the things used to create my card.  Unfortunately, I've missed off the Spellbinder's
Delicate Aster stamps and dies which I used to make my flowers:


We would love you to join us in this challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge, so please don't use digital images, just good old fashioned stamping.
We are so lucky to be sponsored every month by Leo over at Flonz Craft.  Their stamps are really well made and are great to work with and one lucky random winner will receive a $20 voucher to be used online.  There will also be a Top 3 spotlight, chosen by the Design Team.

Thank you for visiting today and I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing Sunday x

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

'F' is for Fuchsia

Hello there,

I'm here tonight with a card that I've made for the new 'Butterfly Challenge.'  The theme this time is F for Fancy Folds and Fuchsia.  Unfortunately, I don't have any fancy folds, just a Fuchsia Butterfly, and here's my card:


The stamp is by Inkylicious and it's called 'Vintage Butterfly.'  I stamped the butterfly twice and then decoupaged it to give it some dimension.  It was heat embossed in black and then coloured using Distress inks and Marvy LePlume markers. I mounted the image on to a Spellbinders  die cut square to give it a  black border.

Take Care and Happy Crafting :) x


Sunday, 3 April 2016

My 100th Post

Good morning my friends,

I've just realized that this is my !00th blog post.........Wow!

I would like to start today by giving a very warm welcome to my latest follower......Viv of Viv's Visuals, thank you for joining me again Viv :)

It's just a year since I started blogging and I've met so many kind, generous and amazingly talented people in Blogland, and I would like to say a big 'Thank You' for your support during that time, it has really meant a lot to me.  Other than spending time with my family and my two gorgeous Grandchildren, I'm never happier than when I'm covered in ink and I can't find an inch of space on my craft desk!

This weekend has been wonderful.  My Hubby and I have done lots of early morning walking, which we both love and I've had time spare in the afternoons to do some crafting. I got really messy yesterday when I decided to make some embossing paste.  I'd seen lots of recipes for it  on Pinterest and so I decided to give it a go and here are the results:



I'm really quite pleased with this a first attempt ever to use embossing paste and it only cost pennies to make.  For anyone who would like to try this, the recipe is:

  • 1 Quarter of a cup of baby powder or corn flour
  • 1 TBS of white school glue
  • 1 TBS of white acrylic paint
  • Enough water to achieve the consistency of toothpaste 
Obviously, the next step of my journey was to get out my Distress inks and get messy and here's the result of that:


I used various stencils and applied the ink using Ink Dusters and then sponged around the edge with a darker colour to draw the eye into the center of the tag. I was really pleased when the embossing still showed through and kept the wonderful flourishes.  Inks used were:
  • Distress - Worn Lipstick
  • Distress -  Fossilized Amber
  • Distress - Carved Pumpkin
  • Distress - Ground Espresso

The stencil used with the embossing paste is Tim Holtz Flourish
The sentiment is by Inkylicious

The gorgeous lady image is a Gibson Girl stamp by Flonz Craft which I stamped with the Ground Espresso ink. I then put her on on a brown Marianne die cut Butterfly which I  used gold Gilding Wax on. The tag was finished by adding some flowers to the sentiment and using a white ribbon which I coloured with the same inks as I used to colour the tag.

Sorry this is quite a long post but I hope you've enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed my time making my crafty bits.  

Thank you for visiting today and I hope to be with you again soon :) x

I'm entering this tag into the following challenges:

The Artistic Stamper - All Things Distress
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 223
Stamping Sensations - One For The Girls
Vintage Stamping Challenges - Lots of Layers (At least 3)
Try it on Tuesday - Add A Quote
Time Out Challenge - Inspired by Words
STAMPlorations - Stencil Sunday/Mixed Media Challenge





Saturday, 2 April 2016

CAS Thinking of You

Hi there,

I hope the sun is shining wherever you are today.  It's just trying to break through the clouds here.

I'm sharing a CAS card with you today that I've made for this week's challenge at 'Less is More.'  It's a colour challenge where you need to leave plenty of space with colour, rather then the usual white space, so here's what I've made:


I stamped the Daisy with Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with a white embossing powder. I then used a paintbrush with bleach on to take the colour out of the petals.  It didn't go as white as I wanted it to so I used a little white ink lighten it up.  As it ended up more of a cream colour, I mounted my card onto cream card to co-ordinate.

The Daisy stamp is by Inkylicious and the sentiment is by Stamps Happen.

I hope to be back with you again soon, but until then, have a lovely weekend x
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