Friday, 20 December 2013

Artful Times for Christmas

Hello and it's lovely to be back with Neet at Artful times and Chissie of Jumbled Crafts who will be helping us as well, so between us we hope we can get your creative juices flowing and inspire you to join in.
A very easy challenge so no excuses, we would like to see your favourite Christmas card you have sent or received.

For my offering two CAS card with the same snowman from Gorjuss stamps borrowed from my friend Becky


 lots of masking and the fab free stamp from Novembers Craft Stamper, the glasses and tash have been embossed the cap stamp unknown stamped and cut out and an other unknown little birdy stamp just for the fun of it all coloured with distress markers
Same stamp but a different hat from PSX embossed in sparking white and coloured with white acrylic paint  and H2O's lovely and sparkly
So there you go folks nice and easy for Christmas
Have fun and we look forward to seeing your favourite
Merry Christmas
I'd just like so say blogger is still playing me up and not publishing it's been like this since reader changed any suggestion as to how to fix this annoyance would be very much appreciated
Thanks for popping by

Sunday, 24 November 2013

White on White

Heavens to Betsy it's been a while since I last blogged, so hope I find you all keeping well now the days have got colder.

This is a tag made for Ali craft and Try it on Tuesday , with corrugated card partially stripped back, de-bossed  and embossed with paste and die cuts added .


Monday, 21 October 2013

Distressed and spooky

Artful Times are all about distress this fortnight and Ali Craft are after your Halloween creations a perfect match, not that mine is anywhere near perfect.
I've used my new favourite, distress paints wrinkle free as you would for the inks

Also Tag Along, a haunted house

I can't believe how luck I was to see these toadstools on the grass just outside my house, it must be at least 40 years since I last took photos of some in a wood

Please feel free to save the photo's and use as you like
Have a good week all and thank you for popping by :)

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Autumn tag

I love autumn not just for the glorious colours but for the fungi, yes I collect mushrooms and toadstools,wood ceramic glass you name I've probably one.
This tag started with the distress paint resist one of the tags from the first day of Tim's 102

 The colours I have used are bundled sage, mahogany, dried marigold and peacock, don't you just love the richness of the mahogany .
If you haven't noticed Artful Times want to see your autumn colours so you have just a couple of day left to enter 

Monday, 7 October 2013

Almost tag 12

Whilst looking for some inspiration I decided to have a go at Tim's tag 12 but only  got half way through as I  then went off on a tangent and made a topper for a birthday card for a friend whose lost a lot of weight ( well done Karen)

Now it just so happens it fits into the Fashionable Stamping challenge ... use a stencil or mask
Thank you for taking the time to visit :)
Right  back to stalking my mail box waiting for the start of Tim's 102

Saturday, 28 September 2013

CAS Fun with ATC's

Good morning blogger well it is at the moment . I don't know if your having the same trouble as me that posts are publishing, but not showing up on the dashboards until hours later !!!
This really couldn't  be any simpler :) just a question of getting the balance right

 I wasn't quite so happy with this one but thought I'd show it anyway
Thanks for the challenge

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Eat drink and be Merry

Eat drink and be merry that's the theme at Frilly and Funky and Forgotten things at Our Creative Corner
It all started with the background which was the result of a play with the distress paints, the tea cup stamp an old wood mounted  one from Docrafts cut out and stuck one with a little piece of lace to look like a doily

Hope this post ok as blogger is playing me up
Thank you for a great challenges ladies and thank you  for popping by :)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Autumnal Stripes

Mr mojo seems to be playing along with me at the moment, so with inspiration coming from Fun with ATC's stripes and Alie - Crafts autumn, as last night I was playing with the alcohol inks but more of that to come when it's finished as I went off on a tangent making this ATC lol

I just love the way the inks in the glossy card glow just like autumn on a sunny day


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Scraps at Artful Times

I'm sure none of like to waste a single scrap of paper and have boxes full of them, with that in mind and Finnabair's classes still fresh in my mind (we used the scraps left over for the journal pages) I decided  to make a mini page, nowhere near as full on as the one we did in the class but this is going to be a topper on a card.

If your using up your scraps on a project then pop along to Artful Times and join in the challenge and if your layering it up pop along to Country View Crafters challenge
Thank you for popping by :)

Sunday, 8 September 2013

I'm converted

Yesterday I took my friends Becky's place as she wasn't feeling very well on Hels workshop.
 I got to play with the new distress paints !!! yeah I'm converted as I didn't think I needed another type of paint, just love the way they work with the distress inks a real eye opener for me but I guess most of you  know how wonderful they are .
Here's one of the pages in the book we did

Thanks for popping by xxx

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Finnabair Weekend

If you haven't all ready heard it was a fantastic weekend for those of us on the Finnabair weekend, meeting with peeps I'd met before and meeting many for the first time and I finally got to meet Neet and her friend Wendy
Three projects with three over generous kits .
First project was a 12 x12, I've never work on such a large piece before

Second project was the canvas 8 x8 a size more in my comfort zone but still a first for me really enjoyed making it and plan to do some more in the future :)

Finale project a journal cover and I'm feeling more confident

We then did some journal pages with what we had left over, but scatty me left one of them behind so I'll post them another day
Thank you, everyone there the fintastic Anna  and Val and her elves for making it a weekend to remember


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Opps it's a mirror

Ever had one of those days when you just watch something fall to the floor well that's what happened to the glass of this frame, but all is not lost as I found I  had a mirror tile that fitted phew !!!

I've used mulberry papers I've had for ages, and stamped on some of them,  tore it into pieces and stuck it the frame very simple I know but love how it turned out and finished with a few coats of vanish which you cant see in the photo but it does enhance the blending of the papers

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Craft-room Challenge 58

My second and final piece as a guest designer for the craft-room challenge, which is to use something new.
I  have used Glimering Hope which I  bought from the sadly missed Happy Daze and the arch from aperture set 1 from Stamps away,  I used this on my homemade gelli plate (one day I'll treat myself to a proper one as I love making mono prints) I have then sketched around the arch with a pen and used distress picket fence through a very old fiskar stencil and added the word Hope with some punched out butterflies.
I would also like to add my card to the Allsorts challenge which is also used your new stash

It's been a pleasure visiting your blogs
Thank you Craft-room challenge


Sunday, 18 August 2013

2 ATC's

Gosh 2 posts in 2 days so unlike me lol but saw the challenge at Fun with ATC's was to use die cuts and with Cathryn's  amazing twinchies at Artful Times still fresh in my mind I set to just randomly sticking on die cut flowers gesso the whole lot and sprayed with dylusion inks and finished off with some metallic waxes

Then I found one I hadn't blogged think my brain was else where ha ha

A shaving foam background with the umbrella man cut from 2 different mono prints and a quote which fits nicely into the challenge at Country View which is quotes
 I forgot to say the Author is unknown but the stamp is one of Tim Holtz
Phew need a rest now
Take care all and hope you've had a brill weekend

summer for OOAH

Hello hello hello and welcome to Annie, that makes 99 followers :)
Seems ages since I have made something for a challenge and I see the lovely ladies at OOAH have a summer challenge and inspiration suddenly hit at about 10.30 last night with an "I wonder" I'm not sure if I have seen it done before as who knows what we absorb when blog hopping.
I've striped the top off of some corrugated card and painted it white I then inked up my embossing folder and run it through the big shot yeah it work ! what I mean is I got the result I was hoping for, which was creating a depressed printed image whist still leaving the texture of the of the corrugated card, then added some soft subtle inks to create a soft romantic feel of summer. I liked it so much I didn't to overload it so rooted about in my polymer clay bits box and added the bird and flowers .

I'm pleased with it though not with the photos :(
Hope you like to too and thanks for popping by :)

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Could do better !

Yes I think we crafters could make a better job of creating a cabinet of curio's than this one I saw in a museum on a mini break the OH and I took to Bath.
Just think of the fun a group of crafting friends could have over a  weekend. What say you ? :)

The rest of the museum was wonderful with interesting displays and a theme of eye ball  photographs dotted around .
We had a lovely time and saw all the usual sights though I didn't drag Keith around the Fashion museum
Thank you for popping by :)

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Craft-room Bingo Challenge

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It's wonderful to have been asked to be a guest at Craft-Room Challenge for August
I have managed to avoid doing a bingo challenge up till now, so a first for me.
I have gone for butterfly, mask and lace
I have used the same prima mask for  my background and foreground with inks and paints, the blue butterfly had been triple embossed and stamped into and just to finish it off a tiny piece of lace has been tucked behind on of the squares.
Their sponsors for this month are Sweet Poppy stencils

Sunday, 21 July 2013

One for 3

Have you seen it's a technique challenge over at Artful Times and at Fashionable Stamping it's Flora and Fauna and at Ali Craft  it's butterflies so I have combined the three.
Despite how wonderful the weather has been I've not seen that many butterflies about, so thought I would make some of my own.
The technique is masking and just takes a little planning for me, first on scrap paper
then onto the card

I finished off by masking the whole design and adding a soft green ink to make it really pop against the white of the card


Wednesday, 17 July 2013


Hello to you all on this beautiful sunny day.
Still playing with polymer clay here and have been making hair barrettes, one of which  is in the steampunk style, I've used stamp and moulds to create my images.

I did contemplate adding colour but decided to leave it black so maybe the next one will have distress colours
I'm linking this to ABAC who's theme is steampunk
Thanks for popping by :)

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Summer Sizzler ?

I vaguely remember what a summer sizzler is, something to do with being to hot to move I think so hope this card I have made for another male friend who is a little treasure and drives Becky, Sue and I about to craft fairs as my car only a 2 seater

On Sunday Sincerely Yours had there first fair at Portsmouth and our local craft shop (Pickwell Farm) had it's first ever stand a must to visit if your in the area :) ,now she sells a lot of Tando and guess who she had demoing.......................... the Lovely Di and what did Di have that fab Daleks made by Mark

Country View Challenge ............Summer sizzle
Simon Says Stamp and Show .............Anything goes
Come and Get Challenge ....................Masculine cards

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Ower Mrs

Now when I saw the challenge at Artful Times was white on white I thought phew I'm not on the team at the moment, but would you believe it as I was playing with some polymer clay I had one of those light bulb moments ! :)
I'm not sure how you would describe it  but I am pleased how it's turned out, the polymer clay was baked on the wooden heart and then stuck on


Monday, 24 June 2013

Sail away

A  birthday card for a man friend as opposed boy friend, although I am greeted with a kiss and a cuddle :)  just happens to fit the bill of OOAH challenge the theme being Transport.

I looked though the mono prints I did and found one that reminded of sea and sky, then stamped my ship and added a little pink to the sky.
Thanks for the challenge ladies   

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

This ones MINE

Thought you might like to see some of what I have been upto of late :)
I've got hooked on chain maille and even sawing my own jump rings after a few false starts and broken blades .

If you want to see more then please take a look at Smudge Designs
I have also been playing with polymer clay and made my version of a green man
I've use an embossing folder for the textured background, the leaves from a mould I made from a junk shop find and the face from a push mould then painted and distressed
Hope you like and thanks for popping by

Monday, 10 June 2013

A quick post

Hi all, a quick post from me, I started this page for a swap a few weeks ago and finished it last week and it has now been received.

The background is an acrylic paint clean up paper from when I was doing some mono printing.
Stamps used by Art Journey
Ali Craft have started a new challenge blog and there first theme is "open"

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Challenge 62 OOTH

Well here we are at the end of the month and it my last guest appearance  for the wonderful ladies at Out of the Hat challenge.
The brief I was given was Jewel in the crown, what ever that means to you, my mind wandered to the TV series of the same name then the crown jewels and rubies but did you know that what was thought of be a ruby, is in fact a spinel !

So here's my offering of an ATC. I wonder what the other have done ? and where it will take you !

Friday, 24 May 2013

Challenge 30 at Artful Times

Sadly this is to be my last post for Artful Times as I have decided to take a break from the commitment of the challenge, but I shall still be about so please continue to support Neet at Artful Times

Now on with the challenge which for the next fortnight will be "Vintage" and I took inspiration from Brenda and Yvonne  as they make such wonderful layered cards

I started with an embossed and painted background then an inked paper doily, the Crafty Individual image has been stamped many times and decoupaged  all finished off with lace