Saturday, 27 July 2013

Christmas in July ...........

I normally don't do Christmas until - well Christmas! But we have a great challenge at Anything But a Card at the moment which is Christmas in July.  I know that many of you don't wait until Christmas like me and are super organised and start really early so this is your challenge!!  I hope you join in.

I made this little hanging from the Tim Holtz Bird Cage Die but as I haven't ordered my Christmas papers yet, the green's are little unfestive!  It is a start though!

Click the link HERE to go over to the challenge post and let's see your Christmas in July!!!

Still sailing ..........

Friday, 26 July 2013

She Must Have a Beach Set.........

My final era for Crafts Too Challenge You this month is Edwardian and these lovely Graphic 45 ladies who mean so much to me as I would have had to have the Beach Set too, including the lovely cloche hat!

I have used lots of scraps of paper in this card (some of them have labels cut out of the middle!) and together with a mis cut die (I chose the best half), some muslin, scrim, lace, tape, pins and some handmade flowers made from the Marianne Design Vintage Papers I have made a card from just bits and pieces really.

This is the last week of our very first challenge month and I hope you have been inspired to join us.  I will not be part of next month's challenge as I am still sailing but I will be back for the September challenge.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Sizzling Summer Take Two .......

Time for another scheduled post as today it is my spot at Country View Crafts for my second Design Team piece for the current challenge - Sizzling Summer.  I do hope you will join us if you haven't already done so.

The one thing I do miss about summers here in the north of the UK is the lovely feeling of wandering alongside fields of corn and enjoying the stillness of a hot summer's day. 

So this second tag is made in a similar way to my Sizzling Seashore tag but in totally different colours and embellishments and trying to evoke the colours and feel of the fields and the sunshine.

I covered my tag in exactly the same way as before, but this time I also used some gorgeous millinery netting.

(It is worth looking on Etsy at some of the millinery supplies - lovely textures in the lace and netting!)

This time I sprayed the surface with a spray made from Stampin Up Certainly Celery Re-inker and a bit of Glimmer Mist Sprout here and there.  

At the very edges I sprayed a little Vintage Photo Spray (made from DI Re-inker) and mopped it up immediately to get just a faint colouring.

My sentiment was again stamped on tissue paper in Green Staz On Ink and applied very carefully with Claudine Hellmuth Mixed Medium.

I had some fun making some poppies using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die and spraying the cream cardstock with Oriental Poppy Glimmer Mist.  There was a bit of Slate Glimmer Mist in the bottom of my spray box and the flowers just caught it here and there.

The lovely green flower stamens in the white flower also came from a millinery shop.  Sadly I am nearly at the end of these white flowers!

I used the last of a Prima vine to finish the top and bottom of the tag, making a few little "squished" buds from the small flower of the Tattered Florals die.

I am really enjoying these mixed media adventures and am constantly on the look out for what I might be able to stick down for the lovely texture!!  I am also having fun making my own sprays from re-inkers - not just DIs but the new Stampin Up ones too - absolutely gorgeous colours.

Well I wonder where I will be when this post goes out ??  Thanks for looking and plenty of time to join in with our wonderful challenge at Country View Crafts.

Jenny Wren

It is twist time at Crafts Too Challenge You!!  Our theme this month is Choose a Decade or Era but the twist is now LAYERS.

For my third DT piece this month I have used the second of the adorable Marianne Design Vintage Ladies stamps to create a layered tag.

I used papers again from the Marianne Designs Vintage Paper Pad and over stamped them with a Vintage Text in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I used the same paper to roll a couple of flowers (it is amazing how much you can get out of one A5 piece of paper!) and layered these with some small white rosebuds, stamens and scrim. 

And Jenny Wren - the little tag is covered with some book text from an Enid Blyton Book (the Family at Redroofs) which I picked up in a charity shop recently.  I used to get called Jenny Wren a lot when small and there is a whole chapter in this book with the same title!  The other children are also called Terence (my  husband) and Molly (my mother in law) and so it has been exceedingly useful little book!

I do hope you will join us in this challenge -click the link HERE for some more wonderful inspirational pieces from the Design Team.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Steampunk goes Pastel .............

Steampunk is the current challenge at Anything But a Card and I thought I would do something a little different.  (As soon as I saw this stamp I had to have it - explanation at the end of the post).

After embossing a white flourish I used Broken China and Dusty Concord Distress Inks (one of my favourite combinations) and used the Tim Holtz Wrinkle Free Distress Technique to cover my tag.  I just LOVE this technique.  My tag looked fabulous and the shame was I was crafting at night and couldn't get a photo! and I had so many projects to complete before the holiday I just had to keep going!

I used Broken China and Dusty Concord wherever possible just using a little bit of Vintage Photo to give a vintage feel.

This is the second week of our challenge at Anything But a Card. I do hope you will join in.

And why do I love this stamp.  Up until 10 years ago I was a reasonable long distance cyclist and our holidays were always on the bikes, packed up and cycling up to 1000 miles over a four week period, even in the Alps in Italy and France.  Then my husband had a very bad accident, sadly on his bike and suffered major disabling injuries.  Sailing has now taken over from cycling and we love it just as much. 

One of my cycling outfits (padded shorts and top!) bought in Italy was pure Dusty Concord and my helmet a good Broken China.  But of course I didn't know those colours then!

Still sailing..........

Friday, 12 July 2013

1950s Chic

The second week of our Challenge at Crafts Too Challenge You and this time I have gone to the 1950s.  

These wonderful Marianne Design Papers have some lovely images which if you are my age you will remember well (well I remember my mother wearing a dress like this - I was still in gingham!)

I used the bottom of one of the sheets and one of the stickers to create my card.  A very quick and simple card  - I just added some ribbon, a button and some gems on the pattern.  

Click the link HERE to see the rest of the DT inspirational pieces for this week and I hope you feel inspired to join us.

Still sailing ..........

Friday, 5 July 2013

The Launch of Crafts Too Challenge You!

Today is the launch of our exciting new challenge blog Crafts Too Challenge You (C2CU) 
and the theme for this month is

Choose a Decade and Anything Goes

Every Friday through the month the Design Team will be giving you some great inspiration for the theme but for the latter two Fridays there is a twist to the theme and it is up to you whether you join the challenge with the theme or with the added twist.  

Crafts Too is our sponsor and there is a prize each month as well as a top 3 - so I hope you will  join Brenda, Rebekkah, Carol, Chris, Sharron and myself and feel yourself challenged.

For my first DT piece I have chosen 1920s vintage as this wonderful little Vintage Ladies Stamp from Marianne Designs just said 1920s, but I think it could be any era you want really up to 1950!

My tag was embossed with a corner Sissix Die and then inked with Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks and over stamped with my Hero Arts French Writing Stamp (never off my desk) with Seedless Preserves.

The Marianne Designs Doily Die was cut with cream card and just adds such a lovely backdrop to the decoration.  

I have used a handmade paper rose (tutorial on my side bar) as my main flower and added some scrim and muslin.

I hope you join us on this new adventure!  Click the link HERE to see the rest of the Design Team projects.  All very different so there should be a style to suit everyone!  

Monday, 1 July 2013

Sizzling Summer ..........

Sizzling and Summer are two words which we would rarely put together in Shetland!  but what a great theme for this month's challenge over at Country View Crafts.  I do hope you will join us in this lovely challenge theme.

We may not get sizzling temperatures but when the sun shines here in Shetland there is nothing as blue as the sea, the white of the beaches or the green of the hills.  So as today I start my sailing holiday my tag is "sizzling sea shore"!   

So grab a cuppa as there are alot of photos!

I covered my tag with bits and pieces of scrim, net, muslin and lace (all stuck down with Claudine Hellmuth Mixed Medium) and then I covered the whole lot with gesso.

When it had dried (I left it overnight) I sprayed it first with Gingersnap Smooch Spritz (in places as this is very strong colour!).

Then I sprayed with Glimmer Mist Seven Seas and a little Sprout - the Shetland colours of the sea, beaches and hills!

I dry brushed a bit of gesso over the top once it had all dried to tone it down a bit.

The texture on the tag is amazing, but no good for stamping, so I stamped these lovely Tim Holtz stamps (they are now on holiday with me!) onto tissue paper with Staz On Midnight Blue Ink and layered the pieces carefully over the top with Claudine Hellmuth Mixed Medium.

And the background of my tag was finished.  So then it was down to decorating.

A Dusty Attic anchor with a bit of copper embossing powder and these wonderful turquoise shells I picked up in our children's toy shop.  The other shells are all gathered from beaches here and in Orkney.  

A few seed beads, jade eyelash ribbon and some treasure!  

Hopefully when you are reading this I will be somewhere reminiscent of these colours in sizzling sunshine - maybe! the West Coast of Scotland can be as cold as here in Shetland!  

There is a great video HERE by Simon King - only a minute long but it really sums up life here in Shetland - on a sunny day!