Friday, 7 September 2018

Back To Nature @ A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog

Welcome everyone xx It's time for a new challenge theme over at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog. The lovely and very talented Jennie Atkinson is our host and she has chosen "Back To Nature" as this month's theme. Here is what Jennie has to say :
"This month we are asking you to celebrate natural elements in your project. Think real nature in terms of twigs, dried flowers, shells or pebbles or perhaps stamps and stencils depicting these wonderful elements. Immerse yourself in the colours of the seasons whether they be bright or muted and create a project in our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk."
I have chosen to use stamps, dies and inks, depicting natures flowers, stone pots, ivy leaves,birds and butterflies.  
My project is not quite what I had in mind as clearly Mr Mojo was working overtime and kept taking me on another journey. I have to say I am pleased with the outcome and I certainly had much fun along the way!!
 Shutters Open !
What started out as journal pages became an old, badly whitewashed wall on someone's house. The walls also showed signs of cracking having been exposed to nature's elements. I created Shutters using Tim Holtz Cabinet Die and a scoring tool. The shutters were inked with Black Soot DI to create an aged effect. That's Crafty Crackle Paste was applied over Paperartsy Hey Pesto paint and then washed with Paperartsy Snowflake. Just inside the shutter is paper from Tim Holtz Wallflower Stash. 
Sheena Douglas's Ivy stamp set, was inked with Ranger Archival in Potting Soil, then die cut. Tim Holts Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Rusty Hinge and Aged Mahogany were applied to the ivy leaves depicting the changing colours at this time of year. The beautiful swallow is from a stamp and die set by Tim Holtz. Some dies in my stash reminded me of a milk churn and stone flower pots that I new would be useful in this layout.
Below you can see my new favourite stamp and die set from Tim Holtz. I just love those gorgeous flowers and jars. Various DI's were used to colour the flowers before die cutting using my Sizzix Sidekick.
Once everything was inked and glued some butterflies were punched using Tim Holtz Butterfly Punch and I think they just set the page off x
I do hope you will join in with Jennie's amazing challenge x We love to see your entries and its wonderful to see all the various interpretations x For more inspiration by my wonderful teamies /Creative Guides please click HERE, which will take you to the AVJ Blog. I would like to enter this make over at That's Crafty where their challenge theme is Forever Autumn. Meanwhile thank you so much for visiting, your comments are truly appreciated. I hope you have a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to xx
Huge Hugs and Happy Crafting xx
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Friday, 31 August 2018

It's Tag Friday @ A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog

Welcome everyone and today I am sharing a mixed media tag as its Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog. I actually made two of these tags as I was meeting up with  my lovely craft friends Anne Redfern and Tracy Evans. They were both delighted with their gift, especially Tracy, as I had used her A4 stamp, that she personally designed for AALLANDCREATE.
We had the most amazing day together with my mammy and Anne's husband, David, took the most amazing care of us throughout the day x 
It has been some time since I created a mixed media project as we had so many anniversaries, birthdays and wedding between June and August and I had such fun making these tags x 
The background was made using various acrylic paints and a brayer, then I inked up Tracy's background stamp. I also used some of Abs AALLAND CREATE designs too. The stencil used was by Tim Holtz and I used That's Crafty light texture paste. Tim Holtz jar stamp was inked and then die cut and I stamped Zettiology stamps inside for a fun look. The large images are also by Zettiology and were stamped and fussy cut/coloured using Tim's Distress Markers. The sentiment was a wood mounted stamp I have had in my stash for many years and is one of my favourites. A little wash tape added further dimension. 
Thank You so much for visiting as I know how busy everyone is and I do really appreciate comments that are left here on the blog. 
To view more tags and inspiration created by my fellow teams click HERE
Remember you still have time to join in with our  August challenge "How Can You Resist", which finishes next Thursday 6th September 2018 at 18:00

Huge hugs and Happy Crafting xx

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

A Happy Dance

Hi everyone x Its a bit cooler here in South West Scotland but I am not complaining as we have had a glorious summer this year and really see the benefit in our garden xx AS I mentioned in my last post its a particularly busy time in our family with anniversaries and birthdays so today I am sharing another birthday card x
The card is 8"x8" and is kraft card with a large doilly, a Sizzix die cut, one of Tim's Paper Dolls and a large button, some pearls and two butterflies. 
Thank You so much for dropping in as its always so great to see you here and I really do appreciate your comments xx
Huge hugs and Happy Crafting xx

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Thursday, 26 July 2018

Birthday Time

Hello x Thank You for popping in to CNCT today x It's always nice to have you drop by x Today I am sharing some birthday cards. June - August is such a busy time for birthdays, anniversaries etc x but I know that my cards are truly appreciated  so its all worthwhile x
It's clear to see that this card is for my lovely mammy x 
The sentiment is one of Lynne's Affirmations, available from That's Crafty
Dad's card below x
Another easel card made using some square dies and a Tim Holtz stamp, paper dolls, Idea-ology pieces and tissue tape.
The card below is for my dear friend Anne Redfern who celebrated a 'Special Birthday' recently. 
Anne and I started blogging around the same time and its been amazing to watch her journey HERE.  I have also enjoyed meeting Anne at a Finnabair workshop and to have  her visit my home, along with her lovely husband x I do hope that I can do the same and visit Anne for another enjoyable crafty day together x 
Four more cards to go and then I can attempt some junk journalling, which was started on a recent trip to my lovely friend Astrid's home. It's so nice to be able to get together with crafty friends, both here on the blog, at a workshop and at home xx

Sending my best wishes xx

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Friends Are The Best

Hello friends x I hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely weather if you live in the UK x We have some rain here today but it's badly needed and we are advised the sunshine will return x

Today I am sharing a card made for a friend whom I have known since we were children x I used circle dies for the easel card and a Tim Holtz embossing folder on the die cut circular frame. Also used were Tim's Butterfly punch and a thinlits die for the word friends and of course those amazing paper dolls, which we all love x Some die cut ivy was then placed behind the girls and some pearls added to the butterflies. 

Over at the Frilly and Funkie challenge Blogspot the challenge is "B" Happy.  My project features butterflies that are prominent on my  miniature card. To view the F&F challenge click HERE
Over at That's Crafty the challenge is Close to Nature and I am sharing this project as it has beautiful butterflies that we all love and some green ivy.  My friend lives on a farm and as children we were always exploring the fields and playing outdoors. To view the That's Crafty Challenge Blog click HERE
At Country View Crafts the challenge is Summer Garden, which you can find by clicking HERE The children are together in the garden with ivy behind them and the butterflies are flying above.

Moo Mania have a Butterfly challenge so I just had to link up with them too. You can view the challenge by clicking HERE

Sending huge hugs to you and a big "Thank You' for visiting xx
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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

BBQ Time

Hi everyone x Hope the weather is nice wherever you are and that you are enjoying it xx Just a quick post of some invitations I made, which may be a bit confusing as it is a whimsy teacup that is the main focal image !!!

We decided it was our turn to have some friends for a meal and what better way than to sit in the garden with the aroma from the BBQ, so I thought I would make the invites using a Queen Kat stamp I have had in my stash for ages and ages !!

I did not realise that this card had slipped and the next photo is a bit fuzzy until this morning and of course the invitations are now delivered, but I am sure you get the idea xx

Have a great day and thank you so much for visiting and taking time to leave a comment, which means the world to me xx 
Huge hugs and happy crafting xx
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Friday, 22 June 2018

Journal folder/Booklet

Hi everyone...hope you are all good xx I have been away in the Baltic on holiday, which was totally amazing and the internet was intermittent as well as very expensive on our ship, hence the delay in this post. Prior to going my mammy and I had the most wonderful crafty day with our dear friend, Astrid, whom many of you know. We were inspired by Astrid to make a file folder/booklet, which I knew would be perfect for our our holiday, recording visits and any other information/ephemera collected along the way. 

Astrid has a very good step by step to create the journal/File Folder Booklet, which you can find HERE at A Vintage Journey

I have used lots of Tim Holtz stamps/rub ons/dies and Idea-Ology, some of which have been embossed and collaged. I have also used AALL&CREATE stamps too. 








It's such a wonderful keepsake and I had such fun creating it x 
I would like to enter my journal booklet over at Art Journal Journey, where the challenge is "Inspired By". My lovely friend Astrid always inspires me with her marvellous makes and this has to be one of my favourites so far. 
I am also entering the "Written Word" challenge over at Country View Crafts as there are lots of stamped/written words on each page within the booklet.
And have you seen the fabulous journals/mini albums over at the Mini Album Makers challenge blog...they are totally amazing and I am entering there too.
Sending huge hugs as always and have a lovely weekend xx 
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Friday, 1 June 2018

Stencil It !! at A Vintage Journey Challenge

Hi everyone...hope you are all good and enjoying the warmer weather x Over at A Vintage Journey this month Astrid is the hostess and her challenge theme is Stencil It !!  Here is what Astrid has to say:
"Create a project using at least one stencil, in a style that fits our challenge focus - vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk. There are so many possibilities to be creative with stencils on your cards, journals, layouts, ATCs or 3D projects. Stencils offer endless possibilities, be creative and have fun!"

I decided to join in with the challenge having recently purchased some AALL&Create stamps and stencils. I have seen several of my crafty friends use these stamps and Tracy Evans is also a designer for this wonderful company. View Tracy's blog HERE

The background was painted using two  colours of Paperartsy  Acrylic Paints using a brayer. 
I then added some That's Crafty texture paste through the AALL&Create stencil. I then stamped various AALL&Create stamps using Jet Black Archival and Sepia Archival permanent ink. The edge of the card was inked with Black Soot DI, which then highlights the lovely paint colours and stamping.
I love the sentiment, which is suitable for my niece, who has just finished her 4th year exams and is off to London with her mum for a wee break.
I hope you get the chance to join in with us for this fabulous challenge that enables you to create yummy texture and various details in lots of ways on your crafty projects . If you enter  the challenge and are chosen by the Creative Guides you will receive a  Pinworthy Badge for your blog.

For more inspiration please click HERE which will take you to A Vintage Journey where the Creative Guides have posted the  most amazing projects. 

Lots of Hugs & Happy Crafting xx
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Friday, 11 May 2018

Playing with Paints and Stencils

Welcome xx  Hope you are looking forward to the weekend and having  some crafty time. Today I am sharing some socks...my new addiction !!!  and a  poly pocket folder that I have been altering with the view to storing my stencils !!
I am hoping to alter quite a few items that I have been storing for some time as I really need to make some space in my cupboards xx

I can't believe how time has once again flown by......life has been pretty busy with one thing and another but time crafting is always enjoyed xx

You can see the folder below...still a few things to do but getting there !!!

 Lots of Decoart paints and stencils. The  stencilled quote, which reads " The object isn't to make art it's to be in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable " Robert Henri, is a favourite. It is also much clearer in real life than in the photo shown.

And below some more socks, something I am really enjoying and it also stops me from eating too much chocolate !!!!
Have a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to and I will be back soon

Huge hugs xxxxx
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Monday, 16 April 2018

Baby Card and a New Hobby

Hi everyone xx I am sorry that I have been absent  from blogland over the last few weeks but life was rather busy and I am sure you will agree that from time to time you have to do the best you can and although I was managing to visit posting was not something I was able to do.
But here I am today, sharing a baby card which combines Tim Holtz stamps, papers from my stash and some Peter Rabbit stamps from Crafter's Companion that were purchased many many years ago.
 When I have had time I have also been knitting socks, which is a knew hobby for me but very addictive. My lovely mum knits the most fabulous socks and has wanted to teach me for quite some time. We had quite a few laughs along the way but I am pleased to say that all her hard work and support has paid off as you can see below. My son is patiently waiting on me finishing off a pair for him, so I guess today is taken care of once I get back from my walk.
I hope you are all well and thank you so much for dropping in  today xx Your visits are always so appreciated and its even nicer if you find time to leave a comment and I can get back to you xx

Sending huge hugs xxxx
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