Tuesday, 21 October 2014

love and lace

Hi guys, I'm back off my hols and had a little lost mojo going on, then i saw this lovely sketch on Cardabilities and The Ribbon girl has a white challenge on so I came up with this,

I had this bit of Magnolia paper left, so love this paper, I also used Cherry Lynn flourish dies large and small, the flowers are from The Ribbon girl and also the pearl button,
The butterflies are by Maya road, pearls from stash,

Closer View
awesome sketch

Cardabilities - Sketch
The Ribbon Girl - white

Happy Crafting!!
Hugs Liz xx

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Time for the Witching Hour

Hi Guys, over at We Do Doobadoo we have another fabby challenge for you, yes you guessed it 
I used the fabulous Dutch Doobadoo Clock mask and added some stenciling with the spiderweb stencil and DD modeling paste,

To add some more interest and detail I added a few Gears and coloured them with black soot distress ink, the hands were cut from a die in grunge board and again coloured with Black Soot,
I added a spider, bat and ghost and cat from the DD paper art Halloween set, the ghost is stuck to a little strip of acetate,
The image is a  Magnolia witches stamp and i've coloured it with copics and fussy cut it out, then layered it onto the clock with 3D glue,
To finish off the clock and to give it a dusty aged look I added a hint of Snow Tex here and there,
DD clock mask - 470.713.505
spider web stencil - 470.715.011
modeling paste - 870.000.000
Paper art Halloween - 472.950.001
paper art gears - 479.002.001

Magnolia-licious - Halloween or Halloween colours
Totally Tilda - Halloween
Lovely hAnglar or sweet Magnolia - 3 different embellishments

Hope you will join us in the fun,
Happy Crafting!!
Hugs Liz xx

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Halloween at Sweet Lilac

Hi guys, I'm here today hopefully as this is on scheduled post,
the challenge today is of course for Sweet Lilac and is
so get out your flowers and join us in the fun!!!

I loved making this project but it's hard to photograph lol,
I made the coffin from a template off the internet and decided I wanted to offset the lid so I could add some cheesecloth for mock cobwebs and some real looking spiders I bought last year from Hobby Craft, they scare me to death if left around!!!
I've used a Saturated Canary witches digi which has three witches togther but I only used the middle one and coloured her with my copics then fussy cut her out, she stands where she is by adding a piece of acetate behind her, the beautiful roses in front of her are from Sweet Lilac,
The fence and gate are made with a Memory Box die and again layered onto acetate, it doesn't show as  much in real life,

The toadstools and pumpkins came from Hobby Craft a couple of years ago and I had them in my stash, the paper art skeleton, spider, cat and ghost are from Dutch Doobadoo, 472.950.001
on the coffin lid I've used some more of the fabulous Sweet lilac flowers, and a pumpkin charm from stash,

I hope you will join us in the fun!!
Happy Crafting!!!
Hugs Liz xx

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Just for You

Hi guys, I'm putting on a card I've made in a scrap book style, I'm loving this look at the minute!!!

I Used Maja Design papers from the Sofiero collection and the clock is from Vintage Autumn Basics NO XVI,
the paper edges are distressed and have vintage photo distress ink on the edges, the stencil work is a Crafters workshop Ledger stencil used with grunge paste,I also used a Bo Bunny stamp on the paper to, machine stitching finishes it off,

The flowers are from Sweet Lilac, remember there is a new challenge on Wednesday,
The zipper effect at the top was made using a zip style die cut with grunge board, I added Lace from Live and Love crafts behind then another layer of  Maja Design paper, again from Live and Love Crafts,

Fabby sketch - from Cardabilites above

I will be back with a project on Wednesday for Sweet Lilac, hope you'll join us,
Happy Crafting!!!
Hugs Liz xx

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Too cute to spook

Hi guys, Back today with a scrap book page or at least my version of one!!! we don't really do much scrapbooking or do Halloween over here but i had a fabby picture of Tegan taken when she had been painting at playgroup with black paint!! most of which she got on her lol, she also had a little bed head going on too so I took the picture thinking she looks  so cute and it will come in for Halloween!!! 
Over at Dusty Attic they have a fab sketch again, with the theme of Halloween if possible, well here goes Mmmm!!!!

I actually used three images of the photo but have managed to cover most of one of them he he, the papers are a mixture of brands and used them for the colours,

I wanted to create a Halloween scene so i loosely followed the sketch and used some of the papers with layering, paint splats and stenciling using a DD Stars stencil on the top using Studio 490 Embossing paste in Metallic silver and a spiderweb one at the bottom,this is done using DD modeling paste,

the black paper art pumpkin, cross, gear and cat are also from DD, the grass die is by Noor,
The awesome  Dusty Attic Chipboard skeleton clock I added black soot and weathered wood distress inks too and i did the same for the DA cogs #1 too, the DA twig I left in it's natural colour,
The skull, ghost  and bones are by La La La Land crafts, tree is a Memory Box die,
Flowers are from Sweet lilac and my stash, remember we have an Autumn Colour challenge over at the Sweet Lilac blog
Behind the photo's is a Tim Holtz Rickety house die, it only comes out to play once or twice a year so i thought I'd give it an airing lol,
The spiderweb die is by La la Land crafts too and the fabby spider and large bat on the other side was a gift from a friend, thanks hunny,
The wooden letters I bought the other day and thought they looked more spooky placed like this,
To finish off the page I added Snow Tex here and there to create a dusty, cobwebby ( Technical term) look,
Full view again, I'm loving using these Dusty Attic pieces which  give added interest and texture to my projects which as you know is something I love to do, here is the gorgeous DA sketch,

Having said we don't do Halloween I will be back soon hopefully with a couple of other projects on this theme, for DT work!!  one of which will be on scheduled post as were away for a few days on a little hols, It's  been pouring down with rain and freezing cold today, so hope that goes away before next week too, lol

DA fabby sketch/ optional Halloween

Happy Crafting!!
Hugs Liz xx

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Quick reminder

Hi guys, just reminding you we have an autumn coloured challenge going on at Sweet Lilac. check it out for a chance to win some awesome flowers from Sweet Lilac,
They do a gorgeous range of flowers, leaves etc in all beautiful colours and styles so pop on over here and check them out,
hugs Liz xx

Saturday, 4 October 2014

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas with a small tutorial too

Hi guys,
It's time again for our new challenge over at We Do Doobadoo, this time it's 

I've used my new MDF Tree set which was in my DD DT kit and couldn't resist using it straight away!!!

Warning picture heavy, grab a brew first!!!  lol

This is the basic MDF base and i started off by painting it with two layers of Gesso, while this dried I took the trees and added some designer paper onto one side

I went round the edges with a little chalk ink, and painted the tree trunk with chestnut brown Silks paint,

Take a piece of cheescloth and layer on the top of the base painting it in place with another layer of Gesso,
snip the cheesecloth away from the holes for the trees,

When dry add another layer on top ruching up the cheesecloth here and there as desired, again remove the cheesecloth from the holes,
if desired add a few more strips of cheesecloth on top of the raised layers to add depth, let it dry,

Add liquid applique to the tree edges for the appearance of snow, mine was running out or I would have used more lol, heat set with a heat gun,

To finish them off I added a pearl string on each of them, and pushed them into the  prepared base,

I took a Die cut house and stenciled some mock effect tiles on the roof with a DD burlap stencil and the new DD modeling paste, when the house was put together I added a DD star on the end of the roof and added a strip of acetate behind the house to make it stand up on the base,
Back view shown with acetate adhered on,

Front view, I added a DD paper art tree too,
And also some more behind,

I used one of the new Kraft sign posts from the paper art fences and again added acetate behind to make it stand up,
The sleigh was a gift from my sis and I added a pearl flourish on the body with glitter glue on the sleds and a Magnolia mini stamp fixed on the top too,
The cute Deer stamp - leading the way Rudolph is also a  Magnolia stamp too, both were coloured with my copics then fussy cut out,
The Deer are cut from a die, cut out of Kraft card stock and for the antlers I added a hint of frantage in Ivory, these Deer were also fixed onto the base using a strip of acetate,
I added some course glitter glue all over the base to add sparkle ( not that it's showing much in the pictures!!!!) and a little more texture too,
I left a space behind the house for a battery operated Tea Light so the windows have a warm glow in the dark, Santa is warming his toes on the fire before his nights work lol!!!!!

Hope you have enjoyed my tutorial. go check out all the fabby DD products and have a go yourself,

DD  MDF Tree set - 460.440.090
DD Modeling paste - 870.000.000
Dd paper art Stars - 470.715.014
DD Burlap stencil - 470.715.006
DD paper art Kraft wooden fences - 479.002.007
DD Paper art tress - 472.948.012

Magnolia - Lazy summer days paper
Pinflair - ice Diamond glitter
Crafters companion - Deer die 

Midweek Magnolias - Anything goes
Marvelous Magnolia - layered up
Country view crafts - Sparkle and shine
Magnolia-licious - Monocromatic

Happy Crafting!!
Hugs Liz xx

Friday, 3 October 2014

Think Pink

Hi guys,  just thought I'd pop by with a Birthday card I made for a friend who loves pink! I saw that Live and Love crafts have a think pink challenge on at the moment for cancer awareness, seeing as that is very close to home (me) I thought I'd join,
I'm clear now and it was caught so very early, I'm really lucky so all I can say girls is get yourself checked if they ask you for a mammogram, as i didn't even know it was there!!!
anyway enough of that as I say, and onto the card!!!
I just had to use the beautiful Maja design papers from Vintage basics collection, so Love Maja Design papers!!! distressed the edges a little and then got to work with a couple of stencils and hand made texture paste,  
The Saturated Canary digi called snail mail is coloured with my distress re-inkers and is layered onto a gorgeous die by Joy crafts 6002/0304,
the flowers I used are from my stash and the seam binding is again from Live and Love crafts, So  love the things Sandy sells, swoon swoon!!!
To finish it off I used some word dies again from my stash,
My friend isn't into over fussy so it's another one which doesn't have much lace, layers and frills, still it keeps it with me then to stroke and look at lol,

Live and Love crafts - Think Pink
Fussy and Fancy - lots of pink
The ABC challenge - U is  for unique

Happy Crafting guys,

Back tomorrow with another creation and mini tutorial!!
hugs Liz xx

Thursday, 25 September 2014

A place called home

Hi guys, I did an altered art Clock the other day and loved doing it so much I decided to do another one, this time I wanted to do a nature one as I had picked up a set of these gorgeous birds and wanted to use one of them,
I thought this clock roughly looked like the sketch on Dusty Attic too so sort of followed that too,
not sure if it's allowed but hope so!!! 

I've also done a little tutorial on how i did this,

I started off with another of those fabulous Alterations clocks but this time took off the glass front, as i wanted my nest to be inside and wanted some of it to be spilling out for a 3D look, I gave the inside and outside of the clock two layers of gesso and did the same on the Dusty Attic skeleton clock, DA- Flourish, Birdhouse and T/H Alterations Gadget gears, these I again die cut in to some cardboard  packaging as it gives fab depth to a project,
in the end I only used one of the foliage pieces and two of the gears, but they will be used some time in the future I'm sure lol,

While the gesso was drying i cut a couple of Cheery Lynn flourish dies out of grunge board and then adhered them onto the clock, tucking them into the curves of the clock sides so it would almost give the illusion of stenciling, 

For the inside back  of the clock I added a circle of Maga design paper from the Vintage Autumn basics range XI and added a little chalk ink on the outer edges, I took my DA - skeleton clock
which I had painted with two colours of  Luminarte Silks on top of the Gesso and stuck this on top of the paper slightly off centre lenghwise so the nest wouldn't hide to much of it!
I stuck some metal clock hands from my stash and added a pearl in the center,

Next I took my gadget gears and trimmed them down to size by placing them roughly where I wanted them to be and then sticking them in place with 3D foam pads and glue,
place the back onto the clock at this stage,
shown here, make sure at this stage you have the clock in the correct place ie straight as in this picture I hadn't done so lol,
I made the nest by placing strips of Burlap to build up the bottom then I placed some real  dried twigs from my garden which i had painted here and there with a little gesso, to give some body to the nest, when i had placed them where I liked I drizzled a thin layer of glue over them and left them to dry,
When dry I added some Spanish moss over the top of the twigs and glued my bird in place, I placed a few bits of the moss around the bird and had some coming out of the clock too, 
I then attached my Dusty Attic foliage piece which i had covered with my Silks in Emporers Gold then i went over in some places with a little pastel brown chalk ink by Ingvild Bolme from Prima, I wanted a little colour but not to take take too much attention off the rest of the clock, on the other side I added a pearl trim to soften the look,
I added some gorgeous flowers from Sweet Lilac, a Dusty Attic Birdhouse which i coloured with Luminarte Silk Emporer Gold and added a pearl trim in a similar colour from Live and Love crafts,
To finish off my clock I added a little of the Emporers Gold silks on the  leaves of the die cut and added some gold effect wax with my finger on to the stem and also here and there on the clock to give a slightly aged look,

Both sides were done similar, I made this clock for my living room and I can also see the sides form where I sit so I wanted the clock to have added detail from that view too,
Birds eye view again!!!!

Simon says stamp - anything goes
Chocolate Baroque - colour challenge
Crafting for all seasons - colours of Autumn
Deep Ocean - Use at least one flower
Bloom girl challenge - inspirational picture
Dusty Attic - fab sketch

Well i hope you like my creation and may be inspired to have a go yourself, if you do let me know lol

Happy Crafting!!
Hugs Liz xx

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Peek a Boo

Hi guys, I'm back today with a project for Dutch Doobadoo using the fabulous new Camera mask, it comes with an inner part too for the finishing touch,

I've made it today for a Newborn baby but it great for Baby girls and weddings too or anything that's for a keepsake,
The papers are by Prima and i used the Burlap stencil with grunge pasteon the bottom, for a little added detail,
I cut out a circle using the lines on the camera mask for the sizes and added acetate behind to give the illusion of the lens and added a little snow tex on top of the circle for added detail and to soften the black a little too,
I used a Lily Of The Valley image called Pushchair and coloured it with my copics, this I adhered behind the cut out circle on the inside,
I finished off the camera with some flowers,  Pushchair charm, pearl flourish and Tim Holtz film strip,
Closer view!!

For the inside I've used some more of the Prima paper then using a section of the design made a pocket for some money or gift card to give to the new parents,
I finished this off with a couple more flowers too and some liquid pearl on the butterfly to match the ones on the Camera front,

DD Camera mask - 470.713.520
DD burlap stencil - 470.7135.006
Mask Art - A5 - BurlapEnglish Card Art - Camera 2piecable

Do check out these awesome DD products available here,

The ribbon girl - Pastel colours
Totally Gorjuss - baby
September bloom girl challenge - inspirational picture