Thank you for visiting today; your visit is greatly appreciated. I have now split all my projects in to different pages/themes (see above). Go to the page title and you will see a gallery of my projects for that subject. Click on the photo to be taken to the relevant blog post.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Remember the moment with Dali Art stamps

Oh the sun is shinning and what a glorious day. The dog and I thoroughly enjoyed our ramble through the fields and I was relieved that for first time in ages, I didn't need to clean him thoroughly after our walk. I think because I was still feeling sunny, I decided to have a bit of inky fun playing with Dali Art 'The Moment - Butterfly Swirl' stamp set. I have deliberately kept the embellishments to a minimum to make sure that wonderful butterfly took centre stage.

I began by arranging the words on to my block in the order I wanted them to appear. Using Perfect medium, I stamped the words on to the corner of my card and embossed them with white embossing powder.

Next using Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed distress ink,  gradually build up colour to expose the words but leaving a white area at the top right of your card.

Using the ends of the butterfly wings, add swirls to the edges of your card with Picked raspberry distress ink.

Once I had added enough swirl decoration, I stamped the butterfly to frame the words and fill the upper space of the card.

I then mounted the finished panel on to a piece of black card leaving a small border. As an extra layer, I cut a piece of white card and tore away one corner which I then coloured as per the topper. I have raised the butterfly topper with 3D foam and added a knotted ribbon off cut.

I really do need to make more CAS cards but unfortunately, I sometimes "over think" the design and before you know it, out come the embellies ....!

Fantastic sunny day today and caught up with all the washing but now I have to do something with it ... yawn!

x x x

Products and links:

7 Kids College Fund - anything goes
Crafting by Design - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Crafty Addicts - anything goes/add ribbon
Jade's Sparkling Butterflies - anything goes
Through the purple haze - anything goes

Monday, 2 May 2016

Using up scraps with Tonic dies

I was recently sent the wonderful new banner dies from Tonic Studio and knew what I wanted to do straight away. As I now have several of these boxes, (as do most crafters), I grabbed my paper scraps box, selected some card and papers (all from Tonic) and began cutting the banners.

 I extended the bunting on two of the banners and added patterns. A little bit of layering and a cheeky sun made from the Celtic circle dies, and voila, my card came together really quickly.

I now have loads of bunting precut and think this may now appear quite a lot on my next few projects. I've already discovered that they make fabulous tab tops for my mini albums too ...! Love it when a product can be truly multi faceted.

Have a really lazy morning here (again) but sadly this afternoon is back to household chores ... boring but necessary.

Have a great bank holiday Monday,

x x x

Products and links:
 Tonic Studios Garland Fayre Decorative Bunting

2 Crafty Girls
Creative Knockouts

Saturday, 30 April 2016

"You Rock" mini album (part 2)

Whoops ... thought I had shared this already but had left my post as "draft" ... hence why it didn't publish. Some days I do worry myself.

Anyhow here is the 2nd part of my "You Rock" mini album that I created from "scratch" using the wonderful Sticks and Bones collection from Polka Doodles. The post sharing part 1 of the mini album can be found HERE ...

As a quick reminder, here's the front cover ... (top view)
... face on view

In my previous post I had reached page 5  and now to share page 6 onwards ... so here is a photo of pages 6 and 7. Page 6 is an area to place a photo but for page 7  I made an acetate storage pocket to store, well anything you want.

Here is a close up of page 7 and you can see than the envelope is secured with a button clasp. I have used the acetate envelope to store tags and tickets. The T-Rex image has been cut out and stuck to the front of the acetate envelope as added interest.

For pages 8 and 9, I used the great background pages from the collection as my backgrounds for the photo mats. However on page 9 I also created another secret pocket and have added some journalling tags.

Here is a close up of page 9 and the tags ...

Pages 10 and 11, in comparison to some of the other pages, are a little boring as they have been mat and layered ready for photos and journalling but can you see something peeking out of the top?

I have created a secret pocket for either a photo page or any memorabilia you might have. However for this mini album, I have made a photo page ...

I have taken the pterodactyl digi image and added it to a age I decorated using complimentary pages. Next, I cut around the shape leaving a border and at the same time, created an alternative way of extracting the age from the secret pocket. As an added extra, I have printed off the pterodactyl word art, adding tot he bottom of the page.

Page 12 and 13 (back inside cover) have been designed to mat photos straight to the frame areas. On page 13, (which is the back inside cover),  I have used various small scraps of papers (from previous pages) and created a patch work effect background.

PHEW! Think that is everything but not 100% sure I have shared everything but will stop now as this post is extraordinarily long already and I thank you so much for baring with me so far. I am really enjoying getting back in to making mini albums and have another 3 to share with you but might, if I am brave enough, share all the page via a video ... oohhhhh, watch this space!.

We have decided as a family to have a "crusty day" and lounge around in PJs and spend time together watching a few films and digging out a few board games. I hope you  have a relaxing Sunday too,

x x x

Products and links:

Challenge up your life: critters
Brown Sugar - for the boys
Morgan's Art World - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - animal + sentiment
Crafting with an attitude - anything goes
Creative Knockouts - lots of layers
Open Design Team Challenge - anything goes

MDF teapot shaped storage from Studio Light

I was a very lucky crafty person and received a wonderful MDF teapot to decorate from Personal Impressions; it is from the Studio Light range. The whole kit was wonderful to work with so much included for a very low price! You receive all the MDF parts, 2 decorative papers, 2 pages full of embellishments and 1 page of decoupage toppers ... oodles! I have a mini tutorial on the Personal Impressions blog showing how I made the tea pot - HERE

Here is the finished teapot and I have kept the 3D embellishments to a minimum on the front as I have varnished/protected all the elements.

As an added extra, I have used some card off cuts to create some dividers for the inner storage part and thought it might be "cool" to add the names of your favourite tea(s) on to the tabs.

Here is an aerial shot of the teapot with the dividers in place.

I have fallen in love with these papers and ordered 5 different pads and several other MDF kits ... so watch this space!

Have a great "extended" weekend everyone,

x x  x

Products and links:

Crafting a beautiful mess - anything goes
Craft for the craic - anything but a card
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Dragon Lair - anything goes

Friday, 15 April 2016

Heart bunting part 2

My original tutorial for the Decopatch Heart Bunting can be found HERE on the Personal Impression blog and additional photos can be found on my own blog post HERE.

Now I am going to share with you the finished bunting; all put together and on display. I have a selection of crates that I am in the process of revamping and my bunting has pride of place on them. You can now see why I added the pegs ... the hearts become a display area which can be continually changed.

All the hearts in a row ...

Please believe me that the shelves are not wonky in real life. Just me trying to do a panoramic shot.

Thoroughly enjoyed making these and have already changed the photos around since taking these shots and have also revamped 3 of the crates.

Please pop over to the Personal Impression blog to get a full break down of how I made the complete bunting HERE.

Have a wonderful day everyone and many thanks for popping over,

x x x