Thursday, 11 May 2017

Lynne Perrella & Lynne's Affirmations

Hi everyone x today I am sharing a couple of easel cards, using the new Lynne Perrella stamps as well as Lynne's Affirmations stamps by the very talented Lynne Moncrieff of Adorn. I have been a huge fan of Lynne's creativity since I started blogging and I am very proud to have her as a close crafty friend, who is always so encouraging. The LP stamps  are very adaptable and  as crafters we can never have enough sentiments. Lynne's Affirmations  are also so versatile and you can see how I used them below. 
You can  just see the heat embossed stars from the stamp set and Lynne's wonderful Affirmation.
Below I have used the soaring birds  stamp and again a wonderful affirmation from Lynne's stamp set.
Lynne's Affirmations  and Lynne Perrella  stamps are available from That's Crafty and can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting....your  visits/comments are always appreciated.

Take care & Happy Crafting

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Friday, 5 May 2017

Use a Quote Challenge at A Vintage Journey

It's time for the May challenge over at AVJ and the fabulous Jenny Buttons is our challenge host.
Here is what Jenny has to say about the  "Use A Quote" challenge:
"Take a quote ! Any quote ! Whether it be on a stamp, a sticker, handwritten or sourced from the internet and make it the focal point of your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk project."

This month our sponsor is That's Crafty, who are offering a gift voucher for their online store as our winner is randomly chosen everyone has their chance of winning. ( Click the banner below to view the store)

I chose the large Art Shrine House for my project, which you can see below.  
The Art Shrine House measures 6.16ins x 8.64ins x 2ins deep so gives lots of scope for decorating in the design of your choice. I decided to use a Knowledge Quote and therefore thought some kind of school theme would be suitable. (quote  from the internet and is computer generated)

The Art Shrine House is very easy to put together and I painted the inside in Decoart Vintage Effect Wash in Patina, giving it a couple of coats as it reminded me of the colour of paint that was on the walls when I was at a very victorian style  primary school in the  mid-1960's. Taking Tim Holtz  Bricked stencil I applied grunge paste using my palette knife.
Now satisfied with the colour I took a Ranger Ink Essentials Tag and cut it to make a blackboard, then matted on some green card stock from my stash. I used a white Posca Pen to apply the numbers on the black card as it gave the appearance of having used chalk.
To colour the brickwork I used Decoart Yellow Iron Oxide paint, then  Decorate Quinacridone Gold paint. Below you can see how adding the Quin Gold made the colour more like red brickwork. (left side has both colours and the right side has just the Yellow Iron Oxide) 
I then took my white signs pen in between the brick to make it look like grouting.
You can also view the  Spellbinder die cuts by Sue Wilson that were used for the roof. They were painted with Decoart Dazzling metallics in Rich Espresso then adhered with Cosmic Shimmer Glue.
I just love the  Zettiology Rubber Stamps grungy style kids by Tracy and Teesha Moore. The were stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink then coloured with a variation of Distress Ink Pens and Promarkers. I made a couple of bundles of books tied with string to sit in front of the kids.
A close up of the inside and you can see the layers crated for the roof.
A close up of the brickwork, which I think looks amazing in the Decoart paint tones. The white pen really made each brick pop too.  You can also view my little stash of books, tied with string.
More roof details and a little  metal embellishment  on the side saying "Skool's Out" This was covered in Decoart Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold.
And finally another close up of the finished piece. 

To view the fabulous array of projects by my fellow Creative Guides please click HERE

And remember you could win a wonderful gift voucher from That's Crafty, who have a vast array of great products within their online store, (selling many of the projects I have used above.) It's also worth  checking out their own MDF product range as I know you will be as amazed as I was. You also have the chance to be chosen as a Pinworthy by the Creative Guides with the opportunity to be a guest  Creative Guide on the AVJ blogLooking forward to viewing your entries 

Best wishes & Happy Crafting xx

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Monday, 1 May 2017

Destination Inspiration Terminal 4

Hi everyone......... over at A Vintage Journey it is my turn to share a Destination Inspiration post using the contents of our Travel Bag, which consists of a product, technique, colour and substrate. For more details and to view my project and step by step Click HERE
Thank You so much for dropping and leaving a comment, which means so much to me. 

Best wishes & Take care xxxx

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Friday, 7 April 2017

Magic Of Three at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog

Hi everyone....I am delighted to be the host of this month's challenge over at A Vintage Journey. The theme is "The Magic of Three"
It is said that using three of something adds more interest and power whether it is a conversation, art or numbers. Let us see you use three of something in your challenge project (numbers, techniques, stamps, colours, words, products - the list is endless!) Let us know your magic 3 components and ensure your project is in our vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles that we favour.
Our sponsor this month is Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, whose online store you can visit by clicking HERE
For my project I have used Three of Tim's Tiny Houses, three of his finials, three of his Quote Chips and various other products by Tim, including papers, number, arrow, Idea-Ology Botanicals and Paper Dolls. The roof on the Tiny Houses was ran through a TH embossing folder then covered in Pebeo gold and brass coloured wax, finished off with Decoart Antiquing Cream in Patina. I also covered the number 3 with the DA Patina.
 The three houses together certainly look better than two and I just love the quotes. The butterfly wings look so cute too.

My fellow Creative Guides have really pulled it out of the bag as they always do !!!! Do pop over and have a look at their marvellous projects and remember that we have a randomly drawn winner every month as well as three Pinworthy projects chosen by the Creative Guides who will receive a badge for their blog and a chance to guest here at AVJ. To visit the AVJ Blog click HERE

Thank You so much for dropping in and for leaving a really does mean so much to me xxx
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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Sneaky Peek Time

Hi everyone......Its close to the wire but I am sharing a sneaky peek of a project which will be disclosed Friday 7th when the April challenge commences over at A Vintage Journey.
Do pop back for more details and the link to the challenge blog.

Best wishes xx
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Monday, 3 April 2017

Infusions/Stencils and Oxide Inks

Just back from Edinburgh and had a fabulous time with DH/ really is  one of my  all time favourite cities with everything you could want to see within walking distance....well nearly everything as I do love the Roslyn Chapel, which is a few miles out with the city. Glasgow is another fabulous  city and if you love shopping then it is much better than Edinburgh. 

Below I am sharing a couple of cards made for birthday celebrations. 
I have to say that these cards were so much nicer in real life, with the pink and blue really popping against the background.
 The background is created using  Infusions by Paperartsy and the stencil by Kay Carley is also a PA product. 
I mixed PA Mermaid Acrylic Chalk Paint  to PA Grunge Paste and used a palette knife to apply it through the stencil. A piece of stained ribbon was placed round the two large stems.
I used Distress Oxides to colour the new Tim Holtz Butterfly Dies, which look amazing with the various layers of colour.  Along with the ribbon the butterflies really added to the dimension of the card. A label die was then stamped with a TH stamp and adhered with foam tape, adding more depth/detail.
Thank You for dropping in and I will be back Friday with the start of a new challenge at AVJ, which I am hosting.  Might even give you a Sneak Peek of what I am making before then !!!!

Take care and huge hugs

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Special Memories Every Day

Hi everyone....hope you are all well and ready for April tomorrow !!!! I don't even remember where March has gone!!!.  In the UK it was Mother's Day last Sunday and of course I had to make a card for my Mammy, whom many of you know as Rita ( RMG Creations Blog)
To start with I used papers from the Papermania Collection madame Payraud, distressing the edges with my TH Distress Tool. I dyed some muslin and kept the left over threads when I frayed the edges.
I die cut Tim's Framelit Wildflowers, inking them with various Distress Inks and Oxide Inks using finger daubers. The flowers were tied with string and a  Mother of Pearl heart button attached.
The  wooden frame was in my stash and I can't remember who made it....sorry about that.
The butterflies were punched using Tim Holtz Punch and inked with Vintage Photo DI, an Idea-Ology spinner attached. The photo was from Tim Holtz Photo Booth collection.

I really enjoyed making this card and even more delighted that  my mammy loved it. 😄

Thank You  so much for dropping in and I hope to see you at the start of next week. Just wanted to mention that there is still time to join in with our  All Aboard Birthday Challenge over at A Vintage Journey HERE as well as a chance to win a  wee prize if you enter a Tag, linking it to today's post check out the details.

See You Monday

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are getting up to. 

Huge Hugs xxxxx

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Some Love & Texture

Hi everyone...just sharing a very quick card using a Tim Holtz  embossing folder and a Paper Artsy Heart Stamp, which was fussy cut. I also used lace, pearl, ribbon and buttons  from my stash.
I am also playing around with an upgrade on my pc ensuring I am resizing as before. (Don't you just hate it when things change !!!!)

 Yay !!!! it has worked so hope fully I can get back to posting on a more regular basis.

Hope you are all well and having fun with all the new product arrivals from Creativation.

Huge Hugs
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Friday, 3 March 2017

All Aboard @ Vintage Journey Celebrations

Hi everyone......thank you for dropping by x Its so nice to have you here in my little craft corner of Blog Land x
Today I am sharing my All Aboard project as its the 3rd Anniversary over at AVJ. We also have some new creative guides to introduce to you and numerous projects to inspire you.

Our Sponsor this month Is Country View Crafts who are offering a £20 gif voucher to spend at their online store to our randomly chosen winner.
I have altered a Jack Daniel's Bottle, using Decoart Chalk Paint, Decoart Varnish as well as napkins, Tim Holtz Stamps, Butterflies and Distress Inks. ( plus some items from my stash)
Below you can see how I inked a word stamp and sentiment stamp on to tissue paper  (Archival Jet Black ink) and then adhered them to the bottle with glue medium. The hessian was adhered with Tacky Glue. The bottle top can be removed to enable flowers to be placed inside if required.
The sentiment is one of my favourites and it is so true. Hope you have time to join in with our "Celebrations" we just love to have you on board and there's always  a prizewinner and pinworthy badges, with a chance to join in with us as a Creative Guide on the AVJ blog.

To hop over to the Vintage Journey blog and to view the inspirational makes by my CG sisters as well as other details please click HERE

Take care and best wishes xx
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Friday, 3 February 2017

Words That Are Special Challenge at AVJ

Hi Everyone................its so hard to believe that it is February....where did January go??
Anyway its time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this month our Creative Guide,  Jennie, of Live The Dream blog is the challenge host. 
Here's what Jennie has to say about the challenge theme:

"We often use words for cardmaking, scrapbooking, journaling, layering backgrounds, stamping, collage, in mixed media work, on our tags …. In fact words are often an integral part of our design processes for many of our projects. This month show us words that are important or special to you and how you incorporate them in your vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk art."

Below is an altered art piece that I have created for the challenge. I did take step - by step photographs but having just updated my pc I seem to have lost iPhoto, which I used for importing/editing and resizing etc. 

Here are the photographs of the finished item:
Decoart paints and crackle glaze were used on the background and then alcohol inks were applied and quickly wiped off with a wet wipe as they dry very quickly and I wanted to spread colour around.
Torn papers and fabric were adhered with a matte medium and some fabric applied to a frame. I then painted the number 2 with some antique linen DP, using my finger tips to apply some decoart gold metallic paint to the number and around the edges of the book. I also took the gold paint and made some random circles ageing the altered piece even more. Some Vintage Photo DI was also applied around the edges.
Below you can see a die cut heart and adage ticket, a piece of tartan ribbon and some more words. 
Hope you can join in with us for this months challenge. As always we have a sponsor and randomly chosen winner. We also have  three Pinworthy winners who have the chance to be Guest Creative Guide on the  AVJ challenge blog.

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it as I know how precious time can be. 
To go immediately to AVJ  blog, where the team have left even more projects to inspire you please click HERE

 Thank You for visiting and Crafty Hugs xx

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