Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Frosted Starburst Card

Hi Everyone ......  just a a Sneak Peek today of the card I am sharing over at the Country View Crafts Shop Blog.

Hop over if you want to see the technique details and the full card.

Happy Wednesday!!

Friday, 22 November 2013

More Christmas Wishes........

I seem to be a bit hooked on hangings at the moment! After the fun of last week's subtle snowflake hanging I decided to go all Christmassy with this one!  

We are into the final run of this month's challenge at Crafts Too Challenge You - the main theme still being a Vintage Christmas but Twist 2 is looking for lots of colours, at least three and hopefully more!

I embossed a tag with a Crafts Too Embossing Folder (the one I used for the card in week 1 of the challenge) and carefully inked around the edges with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  I made a little effort to mask the middle section before doing a spritz and flick with water and then spraying here and there with Perfect Pearls Biscotti spray.  It does glint nicely but as these photographs were taken with a couple of inches of snow on the ground outside it was a little dark to show such detail!

After decorating with my usual embellishments plus seed heads from a cheap Christmas decoration, I again mounted the tag on a piece of corrugated card, painted white, distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then liberally covered (here and there) with Rock Candy Distress Crackle.  

I hope you will find time to join us in our challenge at C2CU. There have been some lovely and very different Design Team pieces these last four weeks which should give you some inspiration for Christmas projects if you are needing some!!

Thanks for visiting and have a lovely weekend x

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Letters for Caitlyn ........

As I am still beaming at being granny to a beautiful little girl I just had to make something for her! So here is Caitlyn's first little book - I thought I might use it to write down some of her sayings as she gets older (in that she is only six weeks old it will be a little while before it is used!).

We have a fabulous theme at Country View Crafts this month - LETTERS! and this was another wonderful opportunity to use up some of those Basic Grey sticky letters which I seem to have a huge amount of.  I stuck them all over my Ranger Tags (#8) and then covered them all in Gesso.

Once that was dry I sprayed both tags with mists made from Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo Re-inkers (with a bit of Perfect Pearls mixed in).  Finally I gave them a spray with some Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist (sadly just about the last of the bottle).  

And then it was down to decorating.  I have had this gorgeous Graphics45 Stamp for ages and I think it will now get quite a bit of use!  I used shades of Vintage Photo to colour it in and then splattered it with a few drops.

I mounted the tags onto some board to create two covers and used six tags to make the book.  I just tied the tags together with some crumpled up seam binding and a vintage button so I can open the book at any time for photographs or journalling.  

I do hope you will join us in our challenge at Country View Crafts.  Click the link here for our current challenge page, but please do look out for the wonderful inspirational pieces being posted during the month by the Design Team and our Winners.

And finally Caitlyn herself - she wasn't awake much when I was visiting!

Callum is very sweet and gentle with her. I hope it lasts!

I can't wait for my next visit at the end of this month!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Let It Snow ....... but not yet!

Another Friday and another Twist to our Challenge at Crafts Too Challenge You.  We have loved seeing your wonderful Vintage Christmas monochromatic pieces and now we turn to Vintage Christmas polychromatic!

I started off with lovely bright Broken China and Dusty Concord Distress Inks for my Snowflake Tag but they got a bit muted in the process!  I was much taken by Tammy Tutterow's tutorial this week (well I always am!) for a damask background and used the same technique for my background using a snowflake stamp. Click the link HERE for all the details of the technique.  Like Tammy I used my ribbon to mop up the colours left on the mat.  Though I say it myself they look fabulous!

I used a Crafts-Too snowflake die for the base of my collage and added a few bought flowers and leaves (very cheap!) which I squashed a bit and then edged with silver glitter and white puffy paint. My sentiment was a bit large, so out came the shrink plastic!

And finally I added the tag to some Kraft Corrugated Card.  I painted it first with white acrylic paint and then added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.  It still looked a bit bland so I added a few coats of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint here and there.

And there you have it!  My tag on a hanging! And my three colours:  Blue, Purple and Kraft Brown (a bit of white thrown in as well!).

I had great fun creating this and it will be a great tag to decorate our study this Christmas.  I do hope you will join us at C2CU for our next twist. Click HERE for some great DT inspiration!

It is a full on weekend for me - a three day Craft Fair and my play (Sharks in the Custard) is running at the local Theatre Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  So days at the Fair and nights at the Theatre!  My apologies for not getting to visit blogs at the moment.  Normal service will be resumed next week!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

In Love With ....... Ripe Persimmon!

Another month at Anything But a Card and the challenge is Fall Into Fall.  This challenge is an open theme and we want to see any current project you have created and if it is fall themed then that's great too!  Just Anything But a Card!

I have fallen in love with Ripe Persimmon!  I wasn't too sure when the ink arrived, but now I just can't get enough of it and it is just fabulous on glossy card. So for my DT piece for this challenge I am sharing an ATC I made recently for the Rebel Stampers ATC Swap.  

Living so far north in such a treeless landscape I just loving using leaf stamps at this time of the year - lovely memories of walking through the leaves in the nearby wood when I was a child.

And my new favourite combination of the moment - Ripe Persimmon and Peacock Feathers ....... just yummy. And as usual hands to match!

I hope you are having a lovely weekend and enjoying better weather than us - wet windy and cold! Winter is definately on its way.

Friday, 8 November 2013

More Christmas Wishes

Another Friday ...... and my second DT piece of the month for Crafts Too Challenge You.  Our main theme this month is Vintage Christmas and we are still with Twist 1 which is Monochrome, so I have made another sepia card in order to use another of these gorgeous vintage images. 

Once I had gathered my pieces this was a reasonably quick card to make (just what you need for all the cards we need to make at this time of the year!).  I used a Crafts Too Snowflake Die Cut to create a top border for my background card and then layered music paper, lace, ribbon and pearls for a vintage look. I am still enjoying making these paper clay buttons and they are so lovely and light on the card. (The clay is from Stampin Up and I bought some lovely button moulds from the US.) 

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you will join us for our Challenge.  You have another week to enter the first twist of the challenge - but come back and join us again next week for twist two!

Have a lovely weekend x

Friday, 1 November 2013


How quickly the months fly past! November already! and so here we are starting another new monthly challenge at Country View Crafts. This month we are challenging you to use LETTERS.  

I just love any type of script/text paper as I feel they can be utilised for any scrapbook layout.

As most of you know I have chosen not to use baby/children papers for layouts of my grandson and these vintage text papers are just perfect for this colourful photo of my little grandson taken last year.  

I am really enjoying using the new Stampin Up paper clay.  I have used various paper clay products over the years, but this is the best so far.  It colours beautifully with reinkers and whilst in Rome I found some lovely cake decorating flower and button moulds. So watch this space .........

I hope you join us this month in our challenge.  Click the link HERE for some fabulous DT pieces to inspire you (they are all so very different) and of course there will be more pieces as we progress through the month.  

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

A Vintage Christmas

First of all a great welcome to everyone - it is great to have you visiting, but especially to those of you who are new followers.  I really appreciate your visits and comments.

And here we are - another month and another new challenge at Crafts-Too Challenge You!!  This month our main theme is "A Vintage Christmas" but for the first two weeks of the challenge we are focusing on monochromatic projects.  

I love combining sepia browns and creams and used this gorgeous Crafts Too Embossing Folder directly onto my card (it fits a 5 x 7 card beautifully).  I managed to carefully and reasonably cleanly cut out the oval in the centre and this made a great focal point for this lovely vintage image.

I have kept my card quite simple just adding some handmade flowers, ribbon and gems and a Christmas sentiment.

I hope you will join us in our challenge this month. Click the link HERE to catch up with some fabulous pieces from the rest of the Design Team and the full details of the challenge.

Have a great weekend!