Friday, 6 January 2017

Going Round In Circles at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog

Hi everyone xx Here we are with the first challenge for A Vintage Journey in 2017 and our theme is 
"Going Round In Circles". See below for the challenge details:

Whether large or small, 2d or 3d, clock face embellishments, buttons, eyelets or created with paint pot lids, stamped, stencilled, doodled or finger painted let’s see what gets you going round in circles. This challenge theme particularly fits with the art journaling style we love to see but can also be incorporated into a vintage; shabby; mixed-media; industrial or steampunk project.

I decided to incorporate a mix of Journalling and Vintage/ Shabby Chic styles in my project, which you can see below:
 I was not sure at all where I was going but decided to cut out some circles of varying sizes as viewed below.
 As the big wheel is a circle I decided to incorporate the stamp on the large circle, which was stamped in Sepia Archival Ink then blended with Tea-Dye Distress Ink
 Some Dot stencilling applied in Black Soot DI
 Paint was applied to a small bottle cap and placed here and there on all three circles. The same paint was also applied to my Ranger scraper, but you could also use an old credit card to create some lines.
 Teesha Moore stamps were inked in Jet Black Archival and then fussy cut. The smallest circles from the SB die were coloured with Tattered Rose DI and then cut/ sprayed with water/shaped with some tools and left to dry.
 To bring in some of the vintage/Shabby appearance I wanted to create I adhered some round ribbon flowers and pearls on all three circles as seen below. You can also view the little shabby flower.
 An Idea-Ology Tag fitted the bill for even more circles. I also took a white pen and added some dots around the paint marks. A little butterfly was cut from old book pages and adhered to card,  edged with Black Soot DI then decorated with some pearls.
 Then it was decision time for which ribbon to apply as I thought this make would be a nice wall hanging. I also adhered some clean die cut circles on the back to give it a  more professional finish, especially if it becomes a gift (also hides my mess!!)
 A close up of the large panel, edged in Black Soot DI
 A close up of the middle panel
And the small panel. ( just spied some glue, which I should have cleaned prior to photographing....sorry about that) xx
Over at A Vintage Journey you can view more challenge themed inspirational projects created by our very talented Creative Guides. Just Click HERE
There is also a random winner chosen every month as well as the chance to be a Challenge Pinworthy/future Guest Creative Guide for 3 of the challenge entrants. 
Thank You so much for dropping in to my little corner of blog land. As always your visits are very much appreciated. 
Looking forward to seeing your entries at AVJ xxxx
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Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year xx

Well here I am with my final post for 2016 xx I don't think I remember a year passing by so quickly !!! Or maybe it's just I am getting older !!

Below you can see one of the Special Cards that I made for family  xx The base is recycled cardboard packaging. The Ice Skates were gifted from my dear friend Redanne, whom many of you know. To visit Anne's blog please click HERE. It so happens that she has recently posted a beautiful tag and has used the skate die so do visit for more inspiration. xx

Wishing all of my crafty friends and followers a Very Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays  xxx 
Here's to a Healthy and Happy New Year 2017 xxxx

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas xx

Hi everyone xx Hope you are all getting there with festive chores of shopping, wrapping, making and writing cards.............Thankfully I am done and my wee craft room is still recovering !!! There's glitter all over the house and even the cats are looking festive having picked up litter from the carpet on their coats !! !!

Thought I would share a few photographs of some of the cards I have been making although there are  a few that have escaped without having their photographs taken !!

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and for those who don't celebrate I wish you a Happy Holiday xxxxx

Catch up Soon xx
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Friday, 2 December 2016

Winter Magic at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog

Hi everyone.............It's time for another challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this month the host is our very talented Deb, of Paxton Valley Folk Art blog, which can be found HERE
Deb has chosen the theme "Winter Magic" and here is what she has to say:

"For us in the northern hemisphere December brings the start of winter and for many that means freezing cold weather and Christmas. But winter is so much more than that and so we ask, how would you interpret the magic of winter? Snow, icicles, colours of blue, silver and white, the festivities of Christmas, misty winter landscapes; show us what your magical focus is for the season and in a vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk style."

As someone who just loves Christmas time this theme conjured up memories of  snow and  in particular very cold and frosty mornings. 
As a child I remember Jack Frost making the most beautiful patterns on the window of our bedroom, something not many people see nowadays with central heating in most homes. I also love snow globes and the magic of the glitter dancing within the so pretty xx

Below is my creation for Deb's Winter Magic challenge

 It's such a shame that I cannot catch the glitter on my camera, even when taking the photograph outside.
Below you can see the snow globe stamp, which was one of a large set of stamps free with Creative Stamp Magazine
 Some Die Cut leaves from Tim Holtz thinlits
 Now beginning to come what shall I create the background with ??
 Some snowflakes to start off!!
 Followed by some Decoart Snow-tex, which I also used on a  TH snowflake stencil and was really pleased with the results. ( I added some water to the snow-tex to make it easier to apply with my paint brush stucco style)
 I then decided to stamp the snow globe and scene in blue, using Wendy Vecchi Archival ink in Manganese Blue
 Some watered down gesso was splattered using a paint brush
 And then some die cuts of Tim Holtz stamp and die sets..........absolutely love this snowman, who appears to like this  snow globe as much as I do !!!
 A little piece of tartan ribbon and some Ranger Stickles glitter applied to the snowflakes, trees, globe and Santa complete the look.
Thanking for dropping in's always nice to know you have visited xx For more inspiration please visit the AVJ blog, where my lovely talented DT sisters have more inspiration for you.  Please CLICK HERE
It would be lovely to see you join in with us this month and our sponsor is in fact Country View Crafts who are offering a £20 voucher to spend in their online store. The winner is randomly chosen so everyone who enters is in with a chance of winning xx

Sending huge wishes to you xx
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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone...............two more days until December then its the countdown to Christmas xx
Just recently we had a few birthdays in the family and today I am sharing one of those cards.
I used Catherine Moore stamps on an old book page, masking the lady so I could add the tree behind her. Some twine and matting of the book page as well as distressing the dye of the matted card. The background was created with Paperartsy Infusions and the Ivy leaves are stamps and dies by Sheena Douglass. The happy birthday stamp is from a TH stamp set. I also adhered some muslin and a piece of torn fabric.
It's a busy time for crafter's who have long lists of things to do so I am sending huge hugs to you all as always xx Thank You for stopping by xx

Take care xx
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Monday, 21 November 2016

Paloma visits Ayrshire, Scolkand, UK

Hi everyone...many of you will be aware of Paloma, the Bird of Peace, who is visiting the homes/countries of crafters all over the world. Paloma started her journey in France and has travelled worldwide. Details of her journey can be found HERE on Lys's blog
Today Paloma has arrived in Ayrshire, safe and sound with her new passport, as her previous one was lost in transit, She was accompanied by a beautiful card, all made by Astrid of Astrid's Artistic Efforts.

Paloma is now heading  off on another journey and I am sure you will be able to follow the destinations by clicking the post " Where Is Paloma?" by clicking HERE

Safe travels sweet bird xxxxx

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Enjoy the Journey

Hi everyone..a very quick post today as I am trying very hard to work on my Christmas cards and gifts at the moment, as well as manage all the other everyday task!! 
Below is a birthday card for a special person
I created texture using paste through a TH stencil, addition of die cuts , rub ons, tape and the travel sign from Calico Craft Parts.  A little stencilling at the side then the addition of the tickets.

I am sure you are all just as busy so I am sending my best wishes to you for a wonderfully creative week

Huge hugs
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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Is it Really November ??

Hi everyone...............sorry for my lack of comments but DH and I are having a late holiday in the Algarve, Portugal. Apart from a couple of days we have had wonderful weather. Experiencing these temperatures really confuses you that it's Autumn and  only 7.5 weeks to Christmas !!!! We also had the pleasure of our son and his wife joining us for 5 days, which was fantastic !!!
In the photograph below you can see us having lunch at Antonio's......the most amazing Fish Restaurant near Vale De Lobo..........delicious fish and amazing service.

Off to Seville for a couple of days tomorrow. We are massive Game Of Thrones fans so we are heading to see the gardens there, which were filmed as Dorn

Catch up soon xx
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Monday, 24 October 2016

Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey

Welcome lovely peeps xx Today I am sharing a project over at A Vintage Journey Blog, which is part of the Destination Inspiration. Creative Guides share step by step details of creations using certain products, techniques, colours and substrates from our Travel Bag

Below is a sneak peek of my make :

To view the complete project and step by step please click HERE

Thank You for dropping in today and if you leave me a comment I shall get back to you as soon as I can

Take care and happy crafting xxxx

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Friday, 7 October 2016

Make it Spooky for A Vintage Journey October Challenge

Hi everyone...........Its that time of year again when things "Go Bump in The Night" and the lovely Anne Redfern has chosen the theme of "Make it Spooky" for this month's challenge at A Vintage Journey.
Here are Anne's own words regarding the challenge theme details:
As we approach All Hallows' Eve we want you to create a vintage, shabby, industrial, Steampunk or mixed media project to celebrate the spookiness of Halloween, don't limit yourself to black, orange and purple - just 'Make it Spooky'!!

Having recently located some of my stash of Graphic 45 papers I decided to make a Spooky Steampunk Project. For more spooky projects made by my amazing AVJ family and to join in with the challenge please click HERE

I have had this clock for quite some time so decided I would like to alter it and make something that I could use as a home decor piece. As mentioned I used papers from my Graphic 45 stash. Its tie for me to start using these gorgeous papers along with others, after all that's what they are for!!!!
The front of the paper stash used can be seen below and above you can see how I used the back of the clock as the template.
 I decided to do a bit of 3D decoupage and fussy cut some of the paper elements, edging them with my distress marker to remove the white  cut edge.

I also added Crackle Accents to the cut papers and really liked the way they appear when layered.  as seen below
Some spider web  fabric and a spider/skeleton, who is trying to escape !!!
And below another photograph of the finished project.  The skeleton hands were clasps that I purchased in a supermarket beginning with S and ending in Y's. I just removed the clips!!!
I do apologise for the way the light is catching the sign above the clock, which reads Potions & Charms. 
For more inspiration by my AVJ family Creative Guides and to view challenge details please click HERE
Thank you so much for dropping in today and I look forward to viewing your entires to the AVJ challenge. 
Take care and keep crafty xx