Sunday, 12 February 2012

Love is not just for Valentines Day ..............

First of all I really want to say a HUGE welcome to those of you who have visited but particularly joined my blog over the last month.  I can't tell you how excited I have been to see my number of followers steadily increasing and the huge range of visitors worldwide.  It really is awesome - and I don't use that word lightly!

So lots of hugs and love coming from this little spot in Shetland to everyone ....... thank you!

So what am I sharing today?  Well over at Swirlydoos (my favourite scrapbooking site) Paulien is hosting a "Card Journey" and each week she is showcasing a card with different techniques.  This is my card based on her tutorial and I just loved the colour combinations she used, the pleated paper, the "row" of pearls and the double stacked buttons.  We also did some stamping with string, but unfortunately most of mine is covered up!

As hearts are this month's challenge over at the Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog, this card just fits in perfectly.  Do click the link and visit the site as the DT projects are so inspiring and Jennie's rose heart using the Alterations Pine Cone Die is simply stunning!

I hope everyone has had a great weekend and there has not been too much snow.  We have had a really springlike day and so far it has been a very good winter (probably I should not have said that!).

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Be Thankful for What You Have ..............

I was quite taken with the current GINGERSNAP CREATIONS CHESTNUT THEME challenge

Words of Wisdom

as one of my favourite stamps is "Be thankful for what you have" which I thought came from an English poem.   How wrong!  googling it reveals that Oprah Winfray is the instigator of this quote!  Anyway I still love it and of course it is so true.

I have been making some different kinds of paper flowers this week having seen a number of new tutorials around various sites.  This flower is made from cardstock from the Tim Holtz Co-ordinations Distress Collection which is quite thick and a bit difficult to mould but dries an absolute treat!  I used Donna Salazar's Rose dies and it reminds me of an old English hedgerow rose. 

Our local picture framer gave me a whole bag of offcuts which are super for making a hanging and the white core card seems to take Distress Stains beautifully without bubbling up. 

Do have a look at the entries into this challenge as the entries are very varied and there is some stunning work.  Many of the quotes would be good inspiration for scrapbookers too.

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Grungy Monday 35: Holtz-ian ATCs!

Grungy Monday 35 !! Where did those 35 weeks go!  Linda gave us a real treat this week with an ATC challenge using your favourite Tim Holtz products. 

But where to start - so many favourite products.  Then I realised that my shrink plastic was still sitting on my desk after this week's Inking and Stamping nightclass, so I just wondered how well it would work in the Sewing Room die - in fact a treat!  I coloured the dress part with alcohol inks, although it was difficult to get a nice straight line, made some teeny flowers using my smallest flower punch and used the black shrink plastic for the banner.  And the background of the ATC features the invoice stamp from my other absolute favourite set - Curiosities.

Great fun! and great to be able to post an ATC as these are normally made for swaps.   Thank you Linda for another great challenge.  Do pop over to Studio L3 to see some of the fantastic entries including Linda's own ATC using sticky backed canvas.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Glorious Glimmer!

As soon as I saw the layout on the front cover of the first edition of Scrap365 I just had to have a go.  But it took a while to think of a photograph that would be bright enough to take the colours.  So here are the "Famous Five Schoolfriends" in their PJs - in that when we meet we talk late into the night over a bottle (or two) of wine, it makes sense to get into those PJs early! 

I used Tiger Lily, Vintage Pink, Patina and Olive Vine Glimmer Mists and threw in a bit of Gingersnap Smooch Spritz.  I unscrewed the bottles and used the plastic "tube" to daub and splash paint over the cream card.  I then covered up bits and pieces with some white gesso which helped dull it down and bring it all together.  I sprayed some Prima flowers with the darkest pink Glimmer Mist and the key with the Patina just to get some consistent colour into the embellishments. 

I really love this even though it is very bright for me!  I shall certainly be trying this technique again and will be on the look out for a suitable photo!

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Thank You!!

I came onto my blog this afternoon and discovered that two incredibly talented people had sent me the Liebster Blog Award. 

Thank you to Suzanne Bouchard at La Maison de Plume - a blog I visit regularly as Suzanne's work is so colourful and unique and Mel at The Yorkshire Fox -  whose creations are fabulous (check out her amazing mixed media creations with a sea theme).  I find it amazingly humbling that you both find me and my work inspiring.  Please do have a look at both of these blogs as the work and creations are fabulous.

So what is the Liebster blog award: the idea is to highlight five blogs with less than 200 followers that you visit on a regular basis and you find inspiring.  There are five rules:

  • share your appreciation with the blogger who awarded you the Liebster by linking back to their blog.
  • post the award
  • share the five blogs you are awarding the Liebster with and let them know that they have received it.
  • enjoy the new attention this award brings to your blog
  • and finally - have fun!
So here are five blogs I visit regularly and whose work and posts I enjoy and find so inspiring:

Sue : Pink Ink

If you have time do click on the links and visit these wonderful blogs as I am sure you will also find their work inspiring.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend - its just wet and windy here (but great crafting weather!)