Monday, 1 September 2014

Some Exciting News

Arrrr me hearties. I'm really thrilled to have joined the design team at Country View Crafts. I love shopping here, great prices and the customer service is second to none. The theme this month is Nautical, which was a bit of a jaw dropper, but then I remembered my Paper Artsy stamps and came up with this.
The ship and shrunken fishes are from the Hot Picks 1202 plate, and the crab and 'Gone Fishing' from 1112.
It's a very simple background, lots of Distress Inks, I've used
Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed , Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, and Black Soot
You gotta love these little guys, just stamped onto shrink plastic and coloured with Prisma pencils.
This is just part of the image that's been stamped onto some 1.5" Memory Glass. I stamped it in Stazon, then went over with some Silver Treasure Gold and it clung beautifully to the Stazon.
The torn edge has been rubbed over with the same Treasure Gold, and  a few highlights added with my trusty white pencil.
I hope you like it, and that you also join in with our challenge. I'm afraid we can't send Jonny Depp out as the prize, but there will be a £20 certificate to spend in the shop for one lucky winner.
Have a happy crafty day x

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Under The Sea

The fabulous Arwen has chosen the Stampotique theme this week, and she's gone with Under the Sea. Here's what she says.
Who doesn't remember - Arielle the little mermaid :) I love the sea and the residents there.Mixed with fantasy and mysticism, a perfect theme for a Stampotique Challenge!Let me see how your underwater world looks like.xx Arwen
Ok so technically she's sat on a rock and not under the sea, so I'm counting the evil twins as the under the sea bit lol.
Ocean ( mermaid Hazel) has been stamped onto  fantasy film, fantasy fibres, and acetate, and layered up to an ATC size,
Smushallaum and Smumanha have both been stamped onto shrink plastic. The sentiment is Ocean Text by Linda Peterson.
These fantasy films and fibres have to be the most fiddly stuff in the world to work with, and it meant I had to get use the iron. Who know's I may even get a duster out soon!
I hope you can join in with our under the sea adventure. Just remember to use real stamps and to link up with the challenge number.
Have a very happy day, and thank you for looking x

Monday, 25 August 2014

Under The Boardwalk

Well you can tell it's a Bank Holiday, it's rained all flippin' day so I apologise for the (lack of) photo quality. Seeing as Summer is definitely on it's way out, I've made an ATB to remind me of sunnier times.
All stamps are from the Artistic Outpost Boardwalk set, and they've been stamped and coloured with Wendy Vecchi inks.
Still raining.....
Still raining - this guy does remind me of Freddie Mercury!
Guess what it's still raining.
I saved the best till last. This shell is one that my son Chris gave to me when he was about 3. He thought it was great fun 'cos it smelt absolutely disgusting!!. He's 21 now, but I've still got the shell. Luckily the smell has gone lol.

I'm entering this into the Artistic Outpost challenge, anything goes, Frilly and Funky  Hip to be Square, and Eileen Hull's Art With Heart which is also anything goes.
I hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, 24 August 2014

There Are Always Flowers

Yea it's Bank Holiday which means no work for me tomorrow. It also means that Chris will be coming home from Leeds Fest smelling of camp fires (and just generally smelling) 4 lads in a tent together for 5 days ugh! And he had the nerve to complain that we used to go camping when he was younger - same field, same bit of grass but now, every August he can't wait to hit the same field lol. At least he knows the routine now - he strips off at the front door and I burn his clothes! (It's not true about the clothes burning, but the outdoor strip - hell yeah!)
Anyway, lots of scruminess as usual over at PaperArtsy Towers, and the one that really caught my eye was Linda Cain's journal page, which you can see here. Here's my version
Made in pretty much the same way as Linda's, with lots of stencils (that still need cleaning), Fresco paints (still on the floor) and Portfolio pastels - I really need to use thes more often. Also black and white Posca pens, and the sentiment from JOFY 14.
This was a really fun technique, perfect for us blendingly challenged.
Have a fab weekend, and I'll be round later to catch up (via the internet, if there's a knock at the door it won't be me)- I don't get out much lol x

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Bloomin Flowers

Hi, Kristen has chosen the Stampotique  challenge theme this week, and she has picked flowers (no pun intended). Here's what she says.
Kristen is our hostess of the week and here is her challenge to you:
 We may be nearing towards the end of summer, and for most, the flowers are fully bloomed, but for me, some of the best flowers are yet to come.  I love the gigantic sunflowers and the autumn mums, and for that reason, I challenge you to use flowers in your creations this week. Have fun !
I love flowers especially growing outdoors. It always seems a shame to me to cut them so I tend to have plants in the house. At the moment I've got a poincettia from two years ago that's hanging in there, and red and orange peppers lol. 
Of all the techniques I've learned in blogland, I think one of my favourites is to make a masterboard, so this is what I started with.
I've stamped Carol's Flower large, and small, Flower Block, and Trees which are all by Janet Klein.
I've coloured them all in with Prisma pencils and added a few of Jo's Tiny Bees Now the bit I'm not fond of, cutting it all out!

 I've used on of the big Tando arches and started to layer up. Bloom has been stamped with France's Typewriter Alpha.
I've finished off with Janet's Sunflower Large, and some of my clay flowers and leaves. Ta da, it only took me about 5 days and a trashed room lol I am the slowest crafter ever but I love it!
I'm also entering this into the Tando challenge which is Lovely Layers.
I hope you play along too and join in with your flowers.
Have a great day x

Monday, 18 August 2014

Christmas In July Or In My Case August

The theme this time at Indigo Blu is Christmas in July, and Jenny has done a fabulous tutorial here. I don't normally like to copy, but when I'm learning something new I don't mind so much, so this is my version of Jenny's snowflake lace technique.
This was a fun technique to try, but I definitely need more practice lol. Never mind though that's Christmas card number 2 done for this year :-)
Right, time for bed said Zebedee (I'm showing my age again now) but it's work tomorrow.
Thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, 17 August 2014


Well it's not even 12 and I've finished my PaperArtsy piece this week - organised or what lol. This week I fell in love with the bag charm that Helen made, so I dug out my stampboard and this is what I came up with.
I'd forgotten how much fun stampboard is, and I'll definitely have to use it more often.
I've used a stamp from HP extra 02 and just followed Helen's instructions. I was going to put one of my clay flowers on but decided that I liked it just as it was.
I've got so much to do today 'cos I was working all day yesterday, and Neil's decided that we need to go to the gym! I think I created a monster when I renewed our membership!
I'm also entering this into the Pan Pastel Bold and Bright challenge, and Simon Says Stamp Monday - scratched up. 
I shall be round blog visiting in the hours of darkness so see you then.
Have a very happy Sunday xx

Friday, 15 August 2014

Viva Las Vegas

The challenge this month at Bombshell Stamps is to make an easel card. Here's mine.
I've used stamps from the Butterfly Queen set and coloured her with Prisma pencils. Her wings have been stamped onto acetate. Every bombshell deserves to have feathers don't you think, so here she is as a Vegas show girl :-)
The stopper is one of my clay flowers. It's been painted and finished off with gilding wax.
Hope you like my little easel, and thanks very much for looking x