Monday, 14 January 2019

Sentimental faux encaustic canvas

Hi everyone and a Happy New Year to friends both old and new xx I must apologise for not blogging in December but life got in the way as I am sure many of you experienced and with work and personal commitments something had to give !!!
So I am here today sharing a faux encaustic canvas that I created last year, whilst taking part in Laly Mille's online workshop xx I have not finished the workshop as yet but do plan to as I so enjoyed the journey were were taking. 
It was also nice to get back to using paints and other substrates wth no particular plan in mind ! 
Lots of Painty layers and creative writing using white paint over  aged paper.
The photo is an old sepia one of my husband playing in the sea as a toddler. I did not plan to use this photograph, but when I used a technique shared by Laly the word 'Sea' appeared from below the layered  paints so it seemed quite appropriate. The nets, shells and bark were purchased in Hamburg several years ago in a lovely store called Depot. Wish we had one in the UK !!!
 Thank You so much fro dropping in to my little corner of Blog Land x Your visits are truly appreciated and I love to visit your blogs too xx

Best wishes in 2019

Crafty Hugs xxx

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Friday, 30 November 2018

It's Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog today. I hope you are all well and managing to survive this cold weather xx I must admit I don't mind the cold weather if I am all wrapped up and the sun is out as I can really enjoy an invigorating walk, then at night I enjoy getting cosy and warm with a mug of hot chocolate and even better some marshmallows...yum !!

Anyway I must stop rabbiting and share the details of this post x  Over at A Vintage Journey we have a tag Friday post when there are five Friday's in a month. Myself and the  very talented creative guides create tags, which they post over at A Vintage Journey and then share the details  of the creative process on their blogs. To view the Tags at A Vintage Journey CLICK HERE

The background was created using Decoart Chalk Paints and Crackle Glaze. I just love the depth of the crackle that I can achieve. Once dry I edged the tag with Black Soot Di, which then makes the crackle/colour stand out.
I fell in love with the Sizzix Cool Yule Dies by Tim Holtz and thought them the perfect addition to my  Christmas gifts this year. The other additions are from Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera, which I have had in my stash since last year, finding them only when I had a recent declutter/tidy. As I love to use brown paper and string to wrap my gifts I placed some string to complete the tag. 

One of my favourite songs and the reason for the style of wrapping xxxx

Thank You so much for dropping in, its so nice to have you visit and I am probably busy creating cards as usual I am running late.....but I shall get there xx

Much love and crafty hugs
Annie xx

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Monday, 26 November 2018

Birthday Card

Hi everyone and "Thank You" for dropping in to my little corner of blogland. Whilst attedning a wedding in August I was asked if I could make a birthday card for a grand-daughter. 
The little girl called her grandparents Gran Bear and Papa Bear and she was Matilda Bear. She also loved ladybirds and books. 
Now I just love teddy bears and the stamps that I have used here on M's card must be at least 20 years old. I just can't part with them and after all this time they have came in very handy. The  books and little cat on the right are "Tilda" stamps, again from many years ago, purchased when my nieces were tiny tots !!!

An 8x8 easel card  was put together and then die cuts from my stash and stamping took place, layering the dies and fussy cutting the stamps. I was able to print names on to card on my mum's printer, die cutting them with a circle die. ( I think the  die used for the frame  was by Spellbinders)
 Some pink corners and ribbons as well as ladybirds completed the look

The grandparents were delighted and I have to say it was a very cute card, which could also be placed in a frame. 

As always thank you for dropping in and I am sending huge crafty hugs to you xx
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Playing with more Papers from my stash

Hi everyone
Just a quick post today showing a card that I made using more papers from my stash x This time I used the wonderful papers from Madame Peyraud.
Layers of papers, some of which were die cut as well as paint on the edge of a credit card and of course some splatters. The dolls seemed like the perfect addition and I love the sweet dog xx
The little butterflies were punched using Tim's punch.

Thank You for visiting and remember there's still time to play in Sandy's Paper Stash challenge over at the A Vintage Journey Challenge blog x Click here to view the details and take in the inspiring makes by the DT xx

Happy Crafting
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Friday, 2 November 2018

Paper Stash Challenge at A Vintage Journey

Welcome everyone xx Today I am sharing my project for A Vintage Journey monthly challenge blog. The lovely and very talented Sandy is our host and she has chosen "Paper Stash' as her challenge theme this month. Here's what Sandy has to say :

"I am sure we all have them, those endless bits of beautiful scrapbook papers we have hoarded over the years. Create a project of any kind using them in creative ways in our preferred vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles."

I have to agree with Sandy as I have loads of beautiful papers from various sources that I just haven't used for many years !!! I bet you have loads too !!

Whist searching for a few bits 'n' bobs I found papers that are by Diana's Daughter's !!! Totally forgotten for a very long time....but now used in my Paper Stash project as below !!

 Below you can see the gorgeous papers from Diana's Daughters
 Below I am thinking how to layer them :-)
 The edges are distress using Tim Holtz Distressing Tool by Tonic Studio's then torn to add further details and texture. Some Vintage Photo DI was then applied to the torn areas.
 Some Lace and "Paper Doillies" were added to the torn areas. 
 Tim Holtz  Orane Frame Die was used to cut mat board then painted with Antique Brass Distress Paint then some Black Soot DI was adhered to age it up a bit . The inner oval of the die was stamped with one of Tim's stamps.
 You can see further layers in various stages below. A Tim Holtz butterfly, die cut and embossed then inked with Tattered Rose DI and Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge around the edges. Some threads to add texture. Taking my Tim Holtz Sidekick, which I just love for cutting Thinlits Dies was used to cut out some Wildflowers leaves then inked with various DI's. The tag was again some paper from my stash, which was decorated with some of Tim's chit chat stickers. Some paper flowers, with button on top were attached over the leaves, along with a couple of  small buttons on the butterfly.
 Lots of paper used and I have to say that I had great fun making this project. Like always I started out with an idea in my head, which then went in a totally different direction!!!!
I hope you can find time to join in with us for Sandy's wonderful challenge and to view more projects, be inspired by  my wonderful friends on the team, click HERE

Sending lots of crafty hugs to you xxx
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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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