Friday, 27 September 2013

White Rose Make Over!

My final piece for Crafts To Challenge You this month and something completely different!  

By now you will remember that the theme is Texture and the twist is to add something shiny or glittery.  There is still time to enter your project - just click the link HERE or pop over and browse the wonderful entries. 

I used the Tim Holtz Pocket die which I then decorated to make an extra special gift wallet. I have used various Spellbinders and Marianne dies layered over a doily, but I am most excited about these roses which have had a complete makeover!

This is how they started out:

I used a Marvy Le Plume Watercolour Pen (Wine) to colour the edges of the flower - I didn't bother too much just kept brushing the large nib over and around the leaves.

Then I spritzed it with water and after it had dried a little spritzed some more with Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer (this close up looks more pink than it actually is).

Finally I added some Crystal Stickles around the edges.  The Stickles were still a little wet when I took the photograph - they dry to a lovely light sparkle.

It is getting a bit addictive!

But I love the subtle effects.

My white flower stash is definately diminishing -  but I think now I really will have to buy some more!

Thanks for looking and I hope this inspires you to start giving your white flowers a make over.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Layering with my Scraps!

Our theme at Country View Crafts this month is layers and I am back with a final piece for the month which uses up some of my scraps.

I  found this wonderful little book and wallet on Pinterest designed by Emma Trout using just a single envelope and five tags.  Just perfect for my overflowing box of bits and pieces! I also had four small photographs of my mother sitting on my desk from another project, so I decided to combine the two.  

This is a photo heavy post - be warned!

First of all I decorated the tag with loads of bits and pieces - offcuts, bits of ribbon and lace, mis-stamps and including a label from a recent purchase (no I wasn't adopted, but I used to think I was found with the fairies at the bottom of the garden!).

This was stuck onto the envelope and I started decorating the rest.

Everything sort of folds over itself and it is quite difficult to photograph!

Here is the envelope which started it all!  A tag is folded to go inside the envelope and the outside piece decorated.

Both sides!

Then it was the turn of the wallet - two tags joined together to create a little edge to edge folder which I covered with the last of my Prima Tea Thyme papers and some altered white flowers and a strip of lace.

So there you have it!  

I really love this and thank you Emma for the wonderful inspiration.  I indulged myself making this on my birthday a time when I miss my Mum more than most - but I think she would have loved this.  I also made a slight dent in my scraps box!

You still have another couple of days to enter our challenge at Country View Crafts - there are some wonderful entries, so do pop over and have a look.

Thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Mixed Media Weekend Workshop

What a fabulous time we had at Voxter at the weekend! I had been asked by a number of friends to run a mixed media tag workshop (with sleepovers!) - an opportunity to get messy, learn new techniques and generally have a good laugh.  And that we did! 

It has been a little while in the planning but on Friday some of us gathered at the Voxter Centre to get everything ready for a prompt 9am start on Saturday.

Making Paper Roses!

The String Flowers took a bit of concentration!

The kitchen was heaving with homemade soup, bannocks and homebakes.  And then of course we still had to have chocolate!

 And we finished on time - all packed up and ready to go home with five seasonal tags completed.

But already tags and techniques have been chosen for next year's workshop .....

Thanks Mhairi, Jessie, Rhonda, Diane, Julie, Thelma and Kathleen for such a wonderful weekend and to Vicki for organising it all and then being unable to join us.

And my apologies for not being around my favourite blogs for the last few days - as you can imagine it has been a bit hectic with the workshop and other family events (including the birth of a beautiful granddaughter), but I hope to get back to normal after today.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Textures with a Twist

Shimmer Sheetz are a whole new experience for me and I've enjoyed experimenting with them for Crafts To Challenge You this month.  As it is half way through the month there is an added twist to the textures theme - add something shiny or glittery.  

Despite all the experiments with this product (it embosses beautifully) more than anything I loved the way just plain stamping  created such a lovely effect on the pearl and colour background.  

This Stampin Up Rose stamp is one of my favourites and I think it would have been lovely to ink it with some form of alcohol ink pens (which I don't have). Instead I layered my piece into a double embossed frame using Spellbinders Dies and created a small cluster of flowers and butterflies.  

It is not easy to photograph the shimmer sheetz but I think you can see how the butterfly is shadowed n the pearl shimmer which also takes up the pink of the flowers.  A new product for me, but one I will certainly return to. 

In case you didn't think the Shimmer Sheetz were sparkly enough I added pearls and crystal pins!

Thanks for looking and there is plenty of time to join with us in the Challenge at Crafts Too

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Forgotten Things

I thought I would share a layout I made for a challenge at Shetland Scrapbookers last month.  Back in May we set ourselves a CSI Challenge and we had all summer to come up with the layout.  Some members found it alot of fun and others are still working on it!  

White was one of the five scheme colours and I chose to work with this as my main colour and found some old 12 x 12 smooth white sheets bought in the early days of scrapbooking but not used since.  I made my own background paper by stamping with this fabulous Blazing Poppies stamp by IndigoBlu and then generally splattering the page with more Frayed Burlap DI.

Orange and lime green were two of the other colours (along with blue and grey), so these white flowers got the treatment with Spiced Marmalade DI - again another inky colour I have not used in absolutely ages.

Using all these old supplies fits in very nicely with this month's challenge at Our Creative Corner which is Forgotten Things.  Such a great challenge as we have all got something hidden away we have not used for a while.  There are some stunning DT inspirational pieces and some wonderful entries so do pop over and have a look.

The photograph is of my parents before they were married (about 1952) and I expect Mum had made her dress as I see the same design popping up in a lot of photographs around that time.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you are getting better weather than we are at the moment!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Hitting the Books ............

 HITTING THE BOOKS is our theme this month at Anything But A Card which is a trifle difficult for me as I normally do in most of my projects!  So for something different I thought I would make a hanging ball ornament from folded die cut papers.

I have done this before with the Dress Form Die but thought it would be fun to try another shape - although finding a concentric die is not easy - so I resorted to a circle! I cut my circle die twice and cut one in half, then glued them together to make a segmented ball shape (sorry no photo!).

I die cut circles from an old book and folded them in half.  I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of the papers and the segments of the ball shape.

Then I started glueing the papers together, four or five at a time and then glueing them in to the circle segment.  I find it easier to do it this way rather than trying to stick them all individually into the segment.

Not a great photo but here is the finished ball.  It was a difficult shape to work on but there is always something useful to hand! The kitchen towel roll made a great stand.

Then it was down to decorating - some handmade flowers and metal squirls and altered leaves from Hobbycraft which I sprayed with Broken China spray to soften the bright green.

I hope you will join us this month in our challenge - just think about using papers or books in any way you like, just not in a card!  Click the link HERE to go to the challenge post and see the wonderful DT makes and the super entries so far.

We have made some changes at Anything But a Card which we hope you will like and find a little easier for joining in.  

Challenges are now monthly rather than two-weekly as I am sure all of us (including the Design Team!) found the challenges coming around a little too quick!  

Watch out too for our monthly mini challenge spotlighting one of the Design Team.  This month Julie showcased some of her wonderful journals.

Thanks for looking x

Friday, 13 September 2013


Embossed plastic is not the easiest thing to photograph!  but I thought this would be a bit of fun for week 2 of our Textures challenge at Crafts To Challenge You this month. 

I have used a Crafts Too Feather Embossing Folder on recycled Plastic Packaging.  I am always amazed at how the embossing goes white in places and creates a lovely surface on what is something for nothing.

I found some lovely white feathers in the field beside the house which fitted the theme perfectly and used these with some small white and yellow buds, paper string, ribbon and this lovely Crafty Individuals bird stamp, to create  a small collage.

There is still plenty of time to join us in our challenge - click the link here to see more of the Design Team makes this week.  As we are all choosing our own style, there are some fabulous makes.  Never to sure how to describe mine, but I suppose it is shabby collage!  

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Baby Layers

My second make for Country View Crafts this month is a vintage baby card using the gorgeous Pion Design papers.  I just love the softness of these colours and they are just so lovely for a baby card. 

I have kept the card quite simple, just layering the papers with some muslin which sometimes takes a bit of glueing but the sewing machine keeps things all in check!

The blue flower was made from a couple of hyacinth type petals which I sprayed lighly with water and scrunched up.  A little Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges and some stamens just finishes it off.  I am gradually getting through these flowers and I can now see a bit of a dent in the box!

As you have probably guessed our theme this month at CVC is layers and already there are some fabulous DT makes and wonderful entries into the challenge.  I hope you join in with us this month.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, 6 September 2013

Sepia Tone on Tone

Hi Everyone and I am really pleased to be back creating this month for Crafts To Challenge You.  Our theme this month is "Texture" and for my first piece I have created a tone on tone tag using Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  A bit of a signature style for me!

I have used an embossing folder to create the texture on my tag and thank you to Trace Metcalfe for reminding me that I had a set of Tim Holtz Diffusers which create a lovely flat space for stamping a quote!  

I love using lace, ribbon and muslin and of course making my own flowers which are scrunched up creating even more texture.  

So there you have it!  A tone on tone tag - using just one Distress Ink Pad.  

The Design Team have put together some lovely pieces for this first week of the challenge and of course there will be our weekly posting through the month plus the twist in a couple of weeks time.  

I hope you join us in our challenge.  Click the link HERE for the challenge page.

Thanks for visiting!