Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Life Isn't Just A Bag Of Bits

Here is my 1st piece for this months Sparkle and Shine challenge at  Country View Crafts. Recently I was lucky enough to spend a 'training day' with the fabulous PaperArtsy girls Leandra, Lin, and Jo(FY)  It was THE BEST day and these are the nicest ladies you could ever wish to meet. The idea was that you had an hour to make a project, then move on to the next table and make something else....
Anyone who has ever been on a class with me will know that I always come away with a half finished project, and a bag of bits to finish at home. I always have the best of intentions, but months later I still have the bag of bits. Well not this time, oh no, this time I've finished it off!
This is a piece of 8x8 greyboard, which I've not used before, but it is fab! Really strong, and holds it's shape whatever you throw at it. The lovely Lin had already stenciled in the poppies for us with grunge paste but the rest is mine (ok Lin did help me blend my paints too lol) That's what's so great about these days you learn the real stuff like how to blend your paints, which brush to use, how much water etc.
So where is the sparkle and shine?
It's here in Darcy's fab new flower from EDY09 It's been painted in Pumpkin Soup, and Plum from the new Autumn Limited Edition paints. The sparkle has been added with a blob of Glossy Accents and Treasure Silver.
Other paints used are
Hey Pesto 
We have more dots over another of Lin's stencils ELB PS001, and I've stamped the flower from ELB01 in paint, and also with Copper Kettle Gilding Flakes.
The sentiment is from HP1204 and is one of my favourites. There's also some Treasure Silver over the grunge paste grass.

Hope you like my Sparkle and Shine hanging, and that you join in with our challenge too. There's a £20.00 certificate to spend in the shop for the lucky winner, and a chance to play along with the design team in a future challenge.
Thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Week Four at Claudine's Altered Playing Cards

Wow it's week 4 already at Claudine's Altered Playing Card  challenge, and she has shown us some fabulous techniques. I was really short of time this week but still wanted to join in, so here are mine - just painted and stamped I'm afraid, but they made me happy :-) 
Enjoy your Sunday, and thanks very much for looking x

Friday, 26 September 2014

Christmas in September!

Well yesterday we had Halloween and today it's Christmas - my this year is going fast lol.
One of the projects at PaperArtsy  that really caught my eye was Wanda's Christmas cards. I really like the way she applied the paint so thought I would give it a go. Here's mine.
These are made with the new Lin Brown Limited Edition Paints. I usually have a favourite, but I really can't choose one from this set, they are all gorgeous.
Made with the ELB11. I even dusted down my sewing machine for this one.
The Santa is from Hot Picks 04, and the sentiment from ELB11 again. I couldn't resist a bit of sparkle for his beard.
This is from Christmas HP02, and the sentiment from ELB12
This is from LP016
So there we are, 4 more cards done for Christmas, and I really enjoyed learning this technique, and it's one I shall definitely use again. It's surprising how little paint is needed, I had to mop up far more than I used :-)

Hope you like them, and thanks very much for looking x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

I Got My Spook On...

I know I'm a bit late this week, but real life seems to rearing it's ugly head lol. It's all good though, Chris is on holiday for a week, and we go away next week  - he better bring my suitcase back on time or else!
Bit I digress, Carol has picked the theme this week at Stampotique, and here it is.
Carol is our hostess this week:
I love Halloween and as a crafter it can never start early enough. So for the challenge this week I am sneeking it in a week early. So I hope you have fun getting an early Spook on. Carol x
Mine started out to as an ATB, and here's how it ended up.
You can't beat a bit of orange and purple for Halloween (or plastic spiders!)

I've used 

Here we have the bat from 
Halloween Cube 1 stamped onto acetate and coloured with Posca pens.
This is the scull from the same cube stamped onto memory glass and painted.
Then it's just die cuts and fake cobweb material! I made this a couple of weeks ago, it had been raining for ages, and then the day I did spooky Halloween the sun shone! Even a plastic spider isn't scary in sunshine lol.
This was good fun to make, and now it's your turn to get your spook on and join in! Just remember to link up correctly, and no digi's.
Thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Altered Playing Cards Week 3

It's the 3rd week of Claudine's altered playing card challenge, and I've gone along with the themes of steampunk and Autumn.
This has an alcohol ink background, and some stamping onto tissue paper. The cogs have been painted with VerDay paints.
This one has a Fresco paint background. I used that to cover the mud that I made with my first attempt with the alcohol inks. The stamps are by Incylicious. The seed pod was on a plant so on it went. Its been filled with Glossy Accents so hopefuly it should last now.
I'm really enjoying Claudine's challenge, and can't wait to see what she does next week.
Thanks very much for looking x

Friday, 19 September 2014

Rise And Shine

Bombshell Stamps have a challenge of polka dots and glitter this month, which really got me thinking! This is what I came up with.
The stamp is from the aptly named 
 Rise and Shine plate.
The background is Portfolio pastels, and Fresco acrylics through a stencil for my polka dots.
I'm afraid you can't see too much of the glitter due to the lack of light here at the moment.

Here's a bit of the glitter!
I love Bombshell stamps, they give me a chance to practice my colouring (or lack of) technique, and they are just fun!
Hope the sun comes out wherever you are, and have a good weekend.
Thanks very much for looking x

Thursday, 18 September 2014


The challenge this month at Lost Coast Designs is Clean and Simple. Not usually my style, but I have just got this fabulous stamp so had to join in.
Don't you just love this bird lol he's called Bird Bones. This is as C&S as I can do, look at all that scary white space.
Hope you like him, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Just One Stamp!

My lovely teamie Sam has set the challenge at Stampotique, and it's a fab one! She wants us to use just ONE stamp eek. Here's what she says 
Stampotique stamps are VERY addictive, many Stampotique fans have LOTS of Stampotique stamps and often a few stamps are used in just one creation which is wonderful because they all work so well together. The most Stampotique stamps I used for one creation was 15, this got me thinking . . . lots of Stampotique stamps can spoil us for choice so how about using just one stamp. I found using just one stamp quite a challenge, so as hostess for this weeks challenges at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog I am inviting you to use Just One Stamp! 
Here's mine
The wonderful Helen Chilton showed us how to make a bag charm here using stampboard, and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to make another. Stella has got center stage with lots of Distress Inks. The seam binding has been dyed with the same inks to match.
Hope you can join in too - you should, it's fun!
Thanks very much for looking x