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 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 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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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone...well here's hoping that the cold weather is behind us and that we are on our way to warmer times. It was Mothering Sunday here in the UK on Sunday and I have to say I had the most lovely day xx I visited my mammy and then had dinner with my son and his wife xx

Yesterday mammy and I spent a day in Haddington with our uber talented friend, whom many of you know, Astrid of Astrid's Artistic Efforts. We really had a lovely day and managed to visit the Mad Scrapper store, where we could feel and touch lots of crafty goodies and spend some money too....amazing !!! Janine at the Mad Scrapper has the most beautiful papers from 49 Market, Prima Marketing and many more. Click HERE to access the online store.

Today I am sharing an easel card for a neighbour who recently celebrated a Special Birthday 
Thank You for taking the time to visit and leaving a comment, which is very much appreciated xx 

Happy Crafting and hugs
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Friday, 2 March 2018

Shabby Chic Hanging for A Vintage Journey Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome to new followers. Today we are Celebrating our 4th Birthday at A Vintage Challenge blog. As we head in to our 5th Year Brenda's chosen challenge theme is "Treasure".
Here is what Brenda has to say:
"Treasure can be described as wealth or riches we store or accumulate, a collection of valuable, interesting or useful things, bits and pieces we highly value, articles that we hang onto that we’ve bought or found and might never be able to purchase again. What is in your crafty or artsy treasure trove - those items we squirrel away to keep for something special? Maybe some elegant embellishments, that hoard of ephemera or memorabilia found in a junk shop, a tin of old buttons, rusty keys or diamanté jewels, a paper pad you get out and stroke then put away again, some beautiful fabric or lace you can’t bear to part with. We invite you in this challenge to share a project that includes a part of your treasure trove, just let us know what it is so we can see it and comment on it and remember our focus styles and genres to work in (which can be seen under out blog banner) if you would like to be considered for being chosen as one of our top 3 Pinworthy mentions."

Like many crafters I do have a stash of treasures and today I am sharing a wall hanging, which uses beautiful lace, fabric and buttons from my stash. I also used Powertex (translucent) to harden the lace butterflies, enabling them to appear 3 dimensional. The main focal stamp is a Lynne Pirella for Paperartsy, which I purchased last year at Ally Pally, when I met up with Brenda x
 Setting up for the Powertex and I should add that I took a photograph of my lace/fabric layout on my mobile phone before finally piecing it together.
Placed in to the bottom of the cup, which provided a lift to the wings
Corner Detail
 More detail
 I am so looking forward to viewing your makes for this wonderful challenge theme. To view the AVJ challenge  blog and to see more inspiring projects/treasures CLICK HERE
I would also like to wish my Creative Guide Sisters a Huge "Happy Birthday" as I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful journey.

Huge hugs
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Out My Comfort Zone

Hi I am sharing a couple of birthday cards  in a style that is totally out my comfort zone. The recipients are very girly and love bling/shoes etc.
So I used some of my Sue Wilson dies and the Tattered Lace shoe die, borrowed from my mammy x
 Sue's dies cut so well and I was delighted with the way in which you can layer them.

 I just love these butterflies and applied some Ranger Stickles  in Crystal for that added bling
A little book was made to go inside the pocket that the focal 50 sits on enabling my colleagues to add their own message.
 Stickles were also applied to the blue design but I have not quite captured it in photographs taken.
I also gave in to my urge to use some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges :-)
 The recipients were over the moon with their cards and I did enjoy making them  but its back to getting messy with paints and inks for me !!!!

Sending huge hugs xxxx

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Love is in The Air

Hi everyone...Today I am sharing a Destination Inspiration post over at A Vintage Journey x Where you can view the project details. 
As its Valentine's Day on Wednesday 14th February I thought I would make a gift for a special person as seen below :
 The wee journal measures 2 1/4 inches long and 1 1/4 inches wide 
 The technique for the faux leather journal cover can be found on You Tube
 The inside of the journal was made using card, folded like a fan, then decorated with scrap papers and small heart and stars die cuts.

The other side of the journal pages below
 A personal message  will be recorded at a later stage.
Thank You so much for visiting and I hope you can manage to drop in at A Vintage Journey too for the full details on how this was created.

I would like to enter this project over at Frilly and Funkie blog where the challenge is All You Need is Love, which you can view  by clicking HERE

Over at That's Crafty Challenge this month the theme is I Heart You, where I am also entering my project. Please click HERE to go to the That's Crafty Blog

Over at The Artistic Stamper Team Blog, which you can find HERE the challenge is Roses are Red (use the colour red) I  have entered my project here as I have used a red UTEE heart along with stamping /red hearts and papers inside my wee journal using TH ledger stamps and  a stencil  

Take Care and Happy Crafting 

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