Sunday, 26 January 2014

Another look at what I have been up to

Hi Bloggers,

I didn't get time to blog about the cards I put on Facebook over the last couple of days so I will share them with you today.

This card was made by using the embossing folder twice which you would normally do to continue the pattern but I was really surprised that this one looked like it had been done using the one embossing folder.

The background for this card was the ink that was still left on my craft mat after using it to make another background.  I had used my distress ink pads to put ink down on my craft mat and spritzed with water and took a piece of card through the ink.  I then dried that piece of card, spritzed again with what was still on the mat and took my piece of card through it again.  Once I was happy with the background I was working on I decided to use a spare piece of card and soak up the last of the ink on it.

This background was made up of going through the left over ink of about 8 different backgrounds I worked on.

Once I had embossed the card I took my StazOn ink pad over the top of the raised areas to make them stand out.  Once I was happy with that I then started to work different colours of distress ink in to the piece .  I cut the railings from a spellbinders die from kraft card and went over it with key lime radiant rains.

This card was made using the same folder but only used once.  The background was built up using the metallic pan pastels.  The background was black card that was put through an embossing folder and then covered with clear embossing powder and heated twice to give a glossy finish to it.

This card was made using one of the new embossing folders and some of the flower stamps that go with the new folders.  I used centura pearl card to put through the folder and then went over it with pan pastels.  Once I was happy with the build up of colour I took the ice silks over it to seal the pastels but to also give the piece some wonderful bling.

The flowers were stamped on to some centura pearl card that had been covered in the silks, cut out given a bit of shaping and then a pretty pearl was added to the centres.  The panels were cut and layered on to a sheet of card that started with a dark pink colour and went down to a light pink.

Well it is only one more sleep and then it will be time for Sheena's four day deals with these wonderful embossing folders, 12 of them in total and I am sure you will want them all.  Be sure to tune in to watch the Master of Stamping at work and press record so you can go back to look at her techniques.


Thursday, 23 January 2014

Sheena Douglass - New Embossing Folders

Hello Bloggers,

I have been shut away in my craft room busy working on my DT pieces and we have now got to the stage where we can start giving you a sneak peak of what's to come.

Sheena Douglass has been a busy lady designing embossing folders to go with some of her wonderful stamps that we already have in our collections.  Sheena will be on our screens at Create & Craft on Monday 27th January bringing you not only her folders but lots of her techniques in using them.

Today I have a sample to show you that was easy to put together but one that I loved making, it just felt right to me.

This is using a 5"x 7" embossing folder that goes with the Ageing Beautifully Stamp set.  The stamp set is one that gets used time and time again as it is so versatile.

I started by working on a piece of white centura pearl card on the non shinny side and making some splats using my distress stains.

I then used the torn edge, the little stain stamp and the hessian stamp, they were all stamped using gathered twigs distress ink pad.

I cut some kraft card to the size of the embossing folder and with the folder laying open on my desk I took the gathered twigs distress ink pad over the bottom part of the folder.  I then placed the right side of the card face down on to the inked surface and ran it through my embossing machine.

I stamped the sentiment from Only Words - From The Heart set on some more centura pearl card and cut it out using Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight.  I then did some more splats on this pieces and then I used my blending tool around all the edges.

I stamped the dragonfly from the Flying Colours stamps in black ink on kraft card, cut it out and went around it with the gathered twigs.

This was then all mounted on to an 8"x 8" Kraft Card.

I will be back again tomorrow with another DT piece so please do leave me a comment and if you like what you are seeing feel free to pop back.


Friday, 17 January 2014

Heart Box

Hello you lovely people,

When I took part in WOYWW last week I featured a heart box that I had decorated as a thank you for a friend and I promised to do a blog post on how it was made.

I started by covering the heart both inside and out with white gesso which I applied using some cut and dry foam as I do not like the lines paint brushes use.

I had bought a  Deco Art sponging kit from Ebay and I decided that the colours were right for what I wanted to do.

I started with the darkest colour Cranberry Wine and again using cut and dry foam I covered both inside and outside with this colour.

Using a natural sponge I dabbed the Raspberry colour all over the outer lid and box.  I then use a mini shaving brush and dabbed the Hi-Lite Flesh colour again all over the outside of the lid and box.

I also had a small kraft tag which I painted in exactly the same way as I had the box and once dry using stickers I put my friend Gill's name on it.

I had a very pretty oriental napkin with blossom on it so I pulled it apart taking it down to one ply and I cut around the flowers.  I used a decorative piece of mirror card that also was in the same sort of colours I had used and had an oriental feel to it. I cut this to size and lined the inside base of the box and inside of the lid.

I used some dies to cut flower and a heart shape from a soft canvas material and I stamped a friendship stamp over all of these using my plum archival ink pad.  I used IndigoBlu slap it on matte  on the napkin flowers to line the inside of the heart box.

I stuck the canvas flowers and the heart on to Clearly for Art so that I could heat it with my heat tool to enable me to get some shape to the pieces.  Once they were all shaped I stuck a large brad through the big flower and small brads through the little flowers. 

I used silk crushed ribbon and tide it in a big bow at the back of the box and put a little piece through the tag.  Using some dies I cut out the green swirls and the pink butterfly.  I stuck everything down using cosmic shimmer glue, glue gel and sticky dots and finished the box off sticking the key on the heart and filling the box with chocolates.

I really enjoyed making this box and when my friend gave it to me at Christmas I knew straight away what direction I wanted to take it so Mr Mojo was there with me.

When I make 3D art I have to have lots of layers and textures and this little box has both of those things.

Thank you for stopping by to have a look at the "How it was made" post and thank you for all the lovely comments that you left me last Wednesday when I showed this box on WOYWW.

I appreciate that it takes time to read and then leave comments on blogs but I really enjoy reading them and I am happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please feel free to follow my blog if you like what you see and you fancy joining me on my crafting journey.


Wednesday, 8 January 2014

WOYWW #240

Hello Blog Hoppers,

I can't begin to tell you how happy I am to be sitting here blog hopping after over two months of not being well enough to do much at all.  This WOYWW is so addictive and when you can't take part for whatever reason you really do miss it.

If you have just landed on my blog and are unsure of what WOYWW is all about then jump on over to Julia's blog for all the details and the link to enable you to join us on our journey around the world looking at other crafters work spaces.

On my work space I have a little thank you box that was made for a dear friend for helping me out.

This started out as a paper mache heart box that was given to me as part of a Christmas present from the same friend that I then gave it back to once I had worked on it.

This is the finished box which I had so much fun decorating and I knew as soon as I got the heart just what I was going to do with it, mojo was in full swing!

This is another view of it in it's finished state showing the little tag with Gill's name on it.  If you would like to know what I used and how I made this drop by over the next couple of days and I will have blogged a step by step post for you.

Going to keep it short and sweet today so I can look in on as many of you as possible because I have missed you all.

If you come across my blog please do leave me a comment I really enjoy reading what you have to say and if you like what you see jump on board as a follower and take the crafting journey with me.



Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy 2014 to all my followers

Hello you wonderful people,

Yes I am sure you have been wondering where I have been and why nothing new has been appearing on my blog.

Sadly my health has been getting in the way of me doing a lot of things and I have found it very difficult to stay focused and concentrate when trying to use my laptop.  It looks like my laptop has also taken a sickie as all of my pictures and images have disappeared which is very frustrating. I have managed to reinstall all my side bars but I can not get my pictures back on my posts.  As this is the case I have decided that I won't worry about it I will put it down to both me and my laptop being off colour and start a fresh from 1st January 2014 and we will move forward from there.

I have managed to keep on top of my design makes for Sheena Douglass and it has been nice to see some of them on Create and Craft.  So on that note I thought I would start this fresh post showing you the pieces that I made with Sheena's latest stamps "Underwater Angels" and "Hidden Stars".  These stamps were created to work alongside her beech themed stamps.

This was made using Centura Pearl Card, Acetate and the new Luminarte Silks and both sets of stamps.

I coloured the images using my Spectrum Noir Pens on this one.

I liked the use of the red and two blues on this card it makes it more masculine.

This card was made using embossing folders and some of the Pebeo Gilding Wax.  The Pebeo Gilding Wax is so creamy and so different to all the other brands out there and you only need to use the smallest amount to get a result.

This card was made using the caught in crystal effect using the good old floor polish from so many years ago.

This box I made using embossing folders, gilding wax, silks, spectrum noirs and shells and bits from my stash.

So this is some of the work I was busy working on before Christmas and I am sitting waiting patiently for some new Sheena Douglass pieces to land on my hall mat so that I can get creating again for an up and coming show.  Be sure to watch this space for sneak peaks at what I have been up to.

It is my intention to get back in to joining in the WOYWW again so I can travel around the world looking at what you have all been up to and leaving you comments and catching up with you all.

I am hoping that this coming year is a much better one for me where my health is concerned as I have to be ready for my six week holiday to New Zealand to stay with my dad and celebrate my birthday with him other family members and a lot of my dads friends.

I would like to thank all of you that have come back to check if I am still blogging and please do leave comments as I appreciate the time you have taken to leave them and I really enjoy reading them. 

If you are new to my blog, welcome please feel free to leave comments and if you would like to join me on my crafting journey then please hit that follow button.

Happy New Year to each and everyone of you out there in craft and blog land.


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

WOYWW #228

Hello  Blog Hoppers,

Well it is that time of the week again where we hop around the world taking a look at each others workspaces.  Why do we do it, well because a very nice lady by the name of Julia set this up so that we could have fun and make a lot of lovely crafty friends at the same time.

Talking of making friends from taking part in the weekly blog hope, I met a friend who it turns out only lives around the corner from me.  Gill and I have started having some fun crafting time together and it is so lovely to be able to share with someone that has the same interests as you.  Today we had a play with my new Gelli Plate.  Yes I gave in a bought one but it was all Barbara's fault from Clarity Stamps because she proved that it didn't need to be a messy way to craft.

On my workspace today you can see the new Gelli Plate and propped up in the background a tree masks that I bought at the same time and two images that I pulled from the plate using acrylic paints. 

Also propped up are some of my masks that I have decided to have a play with this week using my embossing pastes and my gelli plate.   I will be making some cards, tags and possibly a canvas using the masks and embossing paste.

Sheena is away on holiday so while she is having a well earned rest I thought I would pull out some of my other bits to have a play with and I may try some new techniques on some of her stamps.  Once Sheena is back we will probably be shut away making some more samples with her next lot of amazing stamps, bring on the fun.

Well that is my workspace for this week, short and sweet so I can get around leaving you all comments on all the lovely things you have on show.

Thank you for dropping in on my blog and leaving your comments I really appreciate you giving up your time to do so and I enjoy reading what you have written.  If you have just stumbled upon my desk and would like to follow me on my crafting journey please feel free to add yourself as a follower.

Bye for now


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

WOYWW #227

Hello Blog Hoppers,

It is so good to be able to take part in WOYWW this week after having to miss out on last week.  If you want to know more about  WOYWW and how to join in then hop over to Julia's blog for all the details.

So what has been happening on my desk this week I hear you say, well I will show you.

To the left is a card that I am still working on, the three panels have been stamped, mat and layered and then stuck down on to some fabric that has been frayed around the edges.  The canvas in the middle is a paper blocking canvas which I think just needs a few tweaks and it will be done.  The small tag to the right is finished and was made using distress paints, embossing paste and frantage.

Also on my desk today are my new babies, my set of spectrum noir pens which I can't wait to get using, and hopefully turning out some good projects with them.  I had a large set of promarkers but I gave those to my daughter to take to university with her, I know she will use them in her art.

I hope you are all having a really lovely day, I am off to hop around the world looking at all your desks and leaving you comments.  I look forward to reading the comments you leave for me and I will answer any questions.

Have a great day