Wednesday, 11 December 2013
So here is the first challenge from me. I'd love to see you use the letter "E" and purple on your tags with as usual one real stamp.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
As a total bookworm this was a major decision for me lol, but in the end decided on "Memoires of a Geisha", a fabulous book.
I can't remember where the stamp is from, it's been around forever and is well worn, but the gorgeous stencil is one of Jayne's at Stamporsaurus, She has some gorgeous stencils and I'm always spoilt for choice. I used grunge paste and then painted over with guacamole fresco paint, followed by a layer of green amber treasure gold after everything had dried.
The challenge is running for two weeks and we would love to see you share your tags with us, just please remember to use at least one real stamp on your artwork.
and watch out for a Design Team call out as well!! x
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
I had to choose Harry Potter, although I couldn't narrow it down to one particular film, as long as Alan Rickman is in it I don't mind lol.
I love these Grahpic45 papers and stamps, they are just right for my theme. I added texture with Grunge Paste and wiped paint over with a baby wipe, so that I didn't cover up the pattern on the paper underneath, then added a mix of ink and gilding wax to finish off.
My cobweb embellishment was cut out on Cricut from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge and smooshed with ink.
We would love to see you join in out challenge, just please remember to use at least one real stamp on your tag.
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Sunday, 27 October 2013
We made an altered box with a drawer decorated with anything and everything!!
It was a great day and fab to catch up with the Girls, ups and Iain.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
This time over at the Dragons Dream Helen has chosen the theme of a TV Show, Fabric, Cream/Neutrals and Bling/Sparkles.
I've gone with Brideshead Revisited, an amazing series set in beautiful surroundings with the very gorgeous Jeremy Irons as one of the leading men, what more could a girl ask for!
There was a Teddy in the series and I think he was called Mr Algenon if I remember correctly. So "Sleeping George" from IndigoBlu is playing the role for my tag, along with lots of Prima flowers and a mixture of bling, and some crotcheted lace from the craft shop at Denman College.
Click on the link on my sidebar to take you over to the TIO blog and join in.
Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Typography is a perfect word for the daughter of a printer, and as I bought the stamps to go with the paper pad that I won from Ali Craft, I thought I would christen them!
Love the new Potting Soil Archival ink pad by Wendy Vecchi it's a great vintage shade.
Click on the link on my sidebar and check out my fab team mates tags and join in our challenge!
Thursday, 26 September 2013
The background is made up of a mixture of wild honey, tea dye and rusty hinge distress inks, all fab colours for Autumn. The stamps are from Sheena stamped out with Archival ink, and a Marianne die finishes it off.
So looking forward to Port Sunlight this weekend catching up with Friends and of course a little retail therapy!!!!
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
When I was young we had many happy holidays at my Nana and Grandpa's caravan near Garstang, Lancs. We had an old shirt box crammed with board games, and bit's and pieces to amuse us as we didn't have electric on site at the time, just wonderful gas lamps!!
Up's age give a way!! One of our favourite games was Bingo, and we would use old button's to mark off the numbers as they came up, happy times.
I started out by embossing the base tag with a Darice folder and trimmed along the bottom to show the lacy edge. Then I coloured the entire tag with a mix of Victorian velvet and Brown Corduroy distress inks and a smooching of gilding wax around the edges.I than stamped out the TH bingo cards and line, cut out some small tatty flowers, and added the same colours to both along with some swirly leafy leftovers from another project that were sitting on my desk. Having lost my beautiful little piece of lace, I panicked not, and cut out some paper lace with a Cheery Lynn die, phew think I got away with that one!
The finishing touch are the old shirt buttons as flower centres.
As for the old shirt box full of wonderful memories, it is still treasured to this day and I will never part with it.
If you would like to join in with our latest challenge just click on the link on my sidebar, just please rememnber to use at least one real stamp on your tag.
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
I love the Vintage Shabby paper pad from TH the colours are just gorgeous and amongst the patterns is one with musical notes on, just perfect!
I crumpled up white tissue paper and stuck it down on to the tag with a generous coating of Fresco Metallic Glaze, the sheen is beautiful in the flesh. Then added a mixture of dies all cut from the same paper pad and edged with Faded Jeans Distress ink. The butterfly stamp is by Crafty Individuals and also has music in the background, so a double whammy!
Hope to see you dreaming along with us this week and thank you for your lovely comments, they mean so much.
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
The stamped image is one of Crafty Individual and coloured with ProMarkers. The tag and dies are all made a sheet of TH Vintage Shabby paper, which have been inked with a mix of Victorian Velvet and of course Black Soot. The flowers were ready made from my stash and the final layer was a dabble of gorgeous Gilding Wax from Creative Expressions, which I am slightly addicted to!
Sorry the photo looks so blue, it's not got light properly here all day.
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Sunday, 25 August 2013
A few years ago a few Friends and I went off on a crafty retreat in Manchester, where we made samplers using loads of tecniques including metalwork dying fabric, stamping and stencilling fabric etc Then earlier this year when my work was on show at Rhos on Sea a Lady spotted this frame and asked if I could make a Wedding Sampler for her Daughter's Wedding in the same colour scheme, but with names and dates embroidered on it.
So here it is, the original frame made from metal craft sheets embossed though the cuttlebug, paint wiped over and then clear embossing powder heated over the top for texture.
The fabric has been dyed with with a mixture of Stuart Gill fabric paints and when dried using the fabric paint again I used the Stampendous Peony all over it.
My very clever Friend added the names and dates for me, she has an embroidery machine, so it was much quicker than me doing it by hand.
Then came the sewing bit, French Knots, Swaroski Bicones, Chinese Coin Crystals and Hearts.
This took the longest as I needed natural daylight for these tiny weeny crystals and knots even with my specs on!!
Happy Sunday Elizabeth xxx
Saturday, 24 August 2013
I used up all the odd die cuts that have been on my desk for ages by gluing them on to the canvas before painting it with acrylics. The mini tattered flowers and leaves were cut out of a sheet of TH Vintage Shabby paper, inked around the edges with Faded Jeans (guess what colour my fingers are today). The Prima Dolly was stamped on to white card and coloured in using Lyra Polycolour pencils and some paper piecing with the Vintage Shabby paper for the dress.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
The stamp plate I've used is from Chocolate Baroque and is crammed full of nature, bumble bee's galore, all coloured in using Lyra Polycolour pencils which are fab to work with.
The clock die is from Marianne and the label is from Spellbinders.
The base tag has been made up of layers of Grunge Paste, Distress Paint, Gilding Wax and of course Black Soot Distress Ink.
It's been a busy few weeks for me here working at lots of County shows and the Eisteddfod, all good fun but I'm glad to say normal service is now resumed lol, I have crafty withdrawal symptoms and intend to have my fix over the next few days.
Use the link on my sidebar to check out what the rest of the DT have created, they are uber talented Ladies and a great inspiration, and of course you could always join in.
Also going to sneak this in to Hels Sunday Stampers challenge "Waterloo Sunset Time"
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
This time over at Dragons Dream TIO Silvia has chosen the theme of Waste/Rubbish, Chipboard and Male, a fab combination!
I'd bought myself a couple of new tops and the green sparkly one had a rather nice chipboard tag attached to it, just perfect for this challenge two out of three requirements!
Hope you enjoy our challenge this time, just click on the link on my sidebar to take you over to the TIO challenge.
Friday, 26 July 2013
I painted a chipboard tag with mermaid fresco paint and when dried stencilled black soot distress ink through a crafters workshop stencil. I stamped over the top with the indigoblu anenome stamp in archival ink, then stamped the flowers again on to some blue scrap paper, and decoupaged them over the top adding some green gems for the centres.
The butterflies were a free download I found on pinterest and the small love stamp is by PSX.
To join in with our challenge just click on the link on my sidebar.
Also going to enter this in to Ali Crafts Butterflies Challenge
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
All of them created beautiful flowers.
Sunday, 14 July 2013
Thursday, 11 July 2013
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
I love this Honeysuckle stencil from Imagination Crafts, and have used it probably the most out of all the stencils I have, and that's quite a lot, lol.
The photo doesn't do the frame justice as it appears to be curved, and it's not in real life, it's completely flat.
I'm entering my frame in to Imaginations first challenge "Anything Goes"
I love this Poppy Meadow stamp from IndigoBlu and the sentiment is just so true!
I applied grunge paste through the Crafters Workshop mask and then painted over with lilac Fresco paint, working in some dusty concord and black soot around the edges. The sentiment was stamped out on watercolour card as I love the texture when you ink it up. The flowers were also stamped out on to watercolour card, waterbrushed and then extra layers of petals were added by stamping again on to tissue paper and layering up.
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
So here's a peek at my gorgeous stash of Hand Dyed Wensleydale and Merino wools all boxed up ready for next weeks felting class WI House in Denbigh, then it's off on a road trip around North Wales teaching in various places, can't wait as it's a chance for me to have a play as well, and lots of WI tea and cakes!!!!!
One hundred and sixty something (lost count) boxes of gorgeous glitzy fibres along with some very sparkly crystals for embellishing the centres of the corsages.
So have pulled a couple of boxes out for myself to play with, well it would be rude not to, wouldn't it?
Am doing a talk at Colwyn Bay WI this evening on crafting so had better get the car loaded up.
Saturday, 29 June 2013
The background colour is a mixture of guacamole,chocolate pudding and orchid Fresco paints, spritzed with water then blended together for an aged look.
I'm entering this in to Ali-Crafts first challenge, anything goes.
Friday, 28 June 2013
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Love a good re-cycle!
Love these little Bunnies they are so cute. I coloured them with promarkers and just added a touch a sparkle to the bubbles.
It's my turn over at Dragons Dream TIO to choose the theme, so how could I resist (this being the middle of Summer and all, and me living at the seaside), having a coastal theme.
I've used a chipboard tag this time as I wanted a good solid base to work on. The background was crated with a mixture of distress stains, mica powders and gilding wax. The sentiment is from Crafty Individuals and the flourishes are from HOTP.
You might have noticed I love Seahorses and they make an appearance whenever possible. This is one of Caroline's and has been painted up with Imagination Crafts mica powders, which are gorgeous in the flesh sadly photo's don't do them justice, finished off with Creative Expressions gilding wax and, erm, a snowflake!!!! Yep you read that correctly lol, the fin was made from an Alterations snowflake die using a couple of layers of tissue paper, see a snowflake is not just for Christmas lol.
Hope you pop along and join in our challenge this time, just please remember to use at least one real stamp on your tag. You will find a link to the challenge blog on my sidebar.
I'm also going to see if I can enter this in to Crafty Individuals June challenge as well.