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Friday, 19 October 2018

Open every Door

Hi guys, I thought I'd show you a mixed media display I've made using stuff in my stash along with some Dusty Attic chip boards, as you know I'm in a mixed media mood at the minute and who I am to fight it!!!, lol

Of course me being me had to make something rather hard to photograph, but hey your used to that aren't you? lol
I used 3 embroidery hoops in various sizes then managed to get some canvas on a roll which apparently they may not do anymore, still I had enough for this right!


So my main frame is around 12" I think, and i used the hoop the other way as I thought the door by Dusty Attic looked fab sat inside the hoop rather than on the top, if you get what I mean, so after taking my Prima sprays I added a little stenciling with some home made paste, then coloured some Dusty Attic bricks with white Gesso, a layer of texture sand then some acrylic paint to finish them off,
I painted the door with white Gesso then again used my sprays but before they dried I wiped a little of the ink off with a wet wipe, then when dry I added some crackle paste here and there, then another thin layer of the spray put on with a brush over the paste, I fixed a piece of the 49 and Market paper behind he open works at the top, I then found a metal piece in my stash and fixed it on with 3D Gel,

I fussy cut out some flowers from a piece of 49 and Market paper, from the sweet Reflections collection, so love these and the paper is a fabulous quality too, I added these on both sides of the door which I had raised up with 3D foam pads and then glued it onto the canvas again with the 3D gel, when dry I added the heart tree embellishment to finish it off,


I went for a trip to a craft shop the other weekend ( quite a trip) lol and near the fabulous shop was some grass, on the grass were some trees were a few branches had fallen off, I picked a few up and brought them home and ta da ths is one of them which I've left in its natural state, just simply adding some paper flowers on the top,
The butterfly came off a laser cut sheet off the 49 and Market papers,

This is a Dusty Attic piece which i coloured with white Gesso, then a layer of texture sand and then used a cosmic shimmer granite paste which really made it look like stone, I added some cheesecloth, moss and layered up flowers including one of the 49 and Market paper ones and a clock face from a Maj Design paper, then a butterfly which I cut out of a strip from my stash,
The background was sprayed first with the inks then I used a stencil with some silver paste for the trailing leaves, I later added a bit of the lilac and greys to tie it more in with the other two, ( see main photo)


I again used the sprays by Prima, but this time I wanted to make a feature of the cheesecloth, so i kept it on show and as loose as possible, I then added another Dusty Attic chip board piece on the top, this I coloured with white Gesso dabbing it on with my brush so it gave a little texture, then i again used a fabric flower and another of the die cut ones, as before I then gave the middle of these some texture with some micro beads, I finished the embellishment off with a butterfly from the same paper pack,
Full view again,

Challenges:
October 2018 Mood Board
I used the wood, door, scene, blues, nature, outside,

Any questions feel free to ask!!
Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Without Change There Would Be No Butterflies

Hi guys, I've got a mixed media creation to show you today which I made by combining them with some of the fabulous products from


I have a little step by step tutorial for you on how I created this,
Take the Gummiapan Large old tag die and cut the tag out of some card board, ( I Used some old Packaging from a delivery)


At the same time die cut the bottom section of the tag again,


Spray both pieces of the tags with some water on the right hand side, then spread it a little with your fingers,

Gently pull back the top layer of the card board so it leaves the corrugated section showing, it is fine to leave patches of the top layer still in place, as shown below,


Do the same for the other piece too,


Paint your card stock tag with a layer of gesso, then when dry add some inks or sprays of your choice, I used some Prima Colour Bloom sprays,


After the sprays are dry I added a little of my handmade structure paste but you can use Grunge paste or similar, dry well, I also added some on the other section too, sorry not shown on the picture below!


When the structure paste was totally dry I stamped up a brick stamp by Gummiapan over the top using some Memento ink pad in Tuxedo Black,
I then added another bit of the sprays here and there,

This shows the structure paste added on the smaller section, on top of which I have stamped another  Gummiapan stamp over the structure paste which I did in the same way as above, I then cut the height of the section down a little,


At this stage I used three colours of the memento ink pads, just gliding them along some of the colour card stock by crafters companion, at this stage you can die cut some more tag sections out of thick card if they need it for extra strength at the back,


Then taking the Gummiapan butterfly stamps in Medium and the large sizes I stamped these over the top, this way each butterfly gets different colours,


Fussy cut them out,



To finish my tag off I used some eyelets from the mixed meadow pack on the bottom of the top section and the top of the lower one, joining both by adding some jump rings through, I then used a Laser Owe Love chipboard piece, keeping it in it's natural state, 
then I glued the butterflies in place,


How it looks on the wall,


Products used:


Happy Crafting!!

Monday, 15 October 2018

Tiny Flower Tutorial

Hi guys, I have a popped a video onto you tube showing you how I made these cute flowers using Lady E Designs  Tiny Flowers and Leaves 001


Hopefully you will also see the video here, I am very new to this, so please be kind!!! 

Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Commissioned Foamiran flower display

Hi guys, I thought I'd show you a display of flowers I was commissioned recently to make, the lady picked the colours and shape she wanted after having seen some similar flowers I made a while ago,


I made the larger flowers out of white 0.6 Foamiran and two colours of oil pastel, the Foamiran and the stamens in the centre came from 14 Craft Bar,


These flowers were made using a peony die by craft passion, I also made some hand cut calyx's for behind them using 0.6 Green Foamiran again from 14 Craft Bar,


I made the rose look smaller flowers using the same die, however I didn't scrunch the petals before adding them to the wire,


I made these flowers out of a Lady E Designs die Tiny Flowers and made the centres out of some beads in my stash,


I wrapped floral tape around the wire stems and added some leaves using another Lady E die from the Leaves 001 die, I then used a mould from my stash to add the detail on them,


Thankfully she loved them. Lol

Happy Crafting!!

Friday, 5 October 2018

Just beause - part 2

Hi guys, a few days back I showed you some of my latest flowers made with Lady E Designs dies and on my post I said I'd show you in a few days what I used them on, so here it is,


I've had this teal light holder in my stash a while just waiting to be decorated, as you can see I used the leaves die 003 with card stock which shows you can use them on more then just cards etc too,




I actually used some of the cardstock leaves to help keep the hanger upright in place, simply glunig some of the leaves behind the handle and in front too,


This is the side view ,

Hope you like my finished project, let me know if you make any too,
Also being cheeky here if you ave visited my blog would you leave me a comment as i'm trying to see if my comments section of my blog is working, thank you
Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Just Because

Hi guys, I was in the mood for creating flowers at the weekend out of Foamiran and so this is some of the ones I made,


I used the fabulous Flower 004 Dies by Lady E Designs for the rose type flowers, using silk foam in white and a versa colour ink pad in Magenta to colour the petal edges,


I then used the Poinsettia dies for the calyx's behind the flower heads, using some olive green Foamiran and the same ink pad on the edges,


I also used the Leaves 003 dies again by Lady E designs but cut these out of card stock and again edged the leaves in the ink pad to tone it all in,
I will show you in a couple of days how I used these!!!

Let me know what you think,
Happy Crafting!!!

Sunday, 30 September 2018

How Cute!!

Hi guys, I'm here again today to show you one of the latest releases from Sherri at My Besties, when I saw this utterly cute adorable image 772 "Snowman Bestie Birds Nest Dolls" I knew I just had to colour it up using my distress inks, I've not used them for ages but totally enjoyed using them so I may be using them again soon, lol


I used a Go kreate die for the main card shape covered with some maja Design papers, in between the layers I used a Noor Design snowflake die and a Memory Box  Bramble Circle die, this I cut in Kraft card stock to bring out the browns in the colouring, I aslo used the same Kraft card stock for the trees then I used some Maja Design paper for the leaf effect at the tops, I also used the new die by Lady E Leaves 004 again cut in Kraft card stock to tie it all in,


I added some stickles glitter on the places were the snow effect was needed, I do love a hint of sparkle for winter Christmas cards, 
Do check out this and all the other gorgeous images and products available at My besties,
Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Check this out!!!

Hi guys, over at Swedish House Crafts we have some exciting news we are published in the latest issue 183 of
Simply Cards And Papercraft 



There are some fabulous inspiration from some of the design Team for you to look at and see step by step on how we created our projects,



Also Suha has some fabulous discounts for readers on these fabulous collections,
Gummiapan Advent Calendar
Magnolia Christmas Calendar
Bugs Kisses And Halloween Wishes

Here's a quick peek at my creation, for all the details of the products used and the step by step tutorial you can buy the Magazine from your local craft magazine retailers
 or for this issue only!!


Our special offer from Swedish House Crafts, 20% off this issue at this link. 
Discount code: SHC20 

For 20% off SCP: https://www.moremags.com/papercrafts/simply-cards-papercraft





Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

A Dabble At Doing A Mixed Media Canvas

Hi guys, are you like me and like to play with something different at times? I am in the mood for mixed media at the moment, not doing this all the time means I only have what I have in my stash but I really enjoyed playing!!! Lol


So I started with a deep edged  canvas and added some sprays from my stash, I wanted the clock effect to stand out so I kept the background paler, I added a little detail with out depth by spraying a bit of the Prima spray directly onto a sodden scrunched up kitchen roll piece then lightly dabbed it here and there on the canvas, including the sides,


When dry I placed the Dusty Attic Skeleton clock chipboard roughly were it would be fixed then I knew where to place the text, so after removing the clock chipboard I made the text out of a stencil and  some texture sand paste because guess what, all my other pastes had dried up and died!!!!!!!!!!! I mean what! don't you know I want to create!!!!!!! Lol anyway the paste I used wasn't as bright as I really wanted so after drying I placed the stencil back over the top and dabbed some  white ink over the top with dabber, this worked better then the paste and finished up being a subtle colour,

I went over the clock with some white gesso, then when dry with some crackle paste, I added a little script stamping here and there too, then when this dried I added a little diluted acrylic paint here and there,


I glued the chipboard Clock in place on the canvas and while there was some space I took a texture stamp in my stash and some grey ink from a memento ink pad and stamped the pattern here and there too, if you look closely you can hopefully see it and the paint effect made the kitchen roll I described before,
Taking one of the smaller Skeleton Clock faces I painted this with some brown acrylic paint this time leaving the chipboard without the crackle paste, I then added some metal embellishments in my stash,
these I added some texture sand to in places then when dry went over with some white Gesso, acrylic paint and some waxes, keeping in with the colours,


While these set I took the adorable Dusty Attic Bearded Iris and again added some of the texture sand on the flower head only, when dry I coloured the heads with a couple of colours of some matt chalk effect paint I have,


then in the centre of the petals I used some Frantage  and heat set this,


I simply painted the stems with more acrylic paint then glued them in place over the smaller clock and metal embellishments, I love how these peek out from behind the main flowers,


I finished the base of the flowers off with some more Dusty Attic Chipboard and some Art Stones,


On top of these I added a metal butterfly from my stash, I deliberately kept this as it came, I also added one on the other side to balance the look,


It looked a little bare on the corners of the canvas but I still wanted the clock effect to be the main eye focal  point, so I added a couple of Dusty Attic corner scrolls #2, these I again painted with some acrylic paint from my stash, but as with the paste It started running out so I had to really dilute it,  but by doing this the colours became subtle and helped take the focal point off them, I then went over the Dusty Attic Foliage leaf with the same paints to blend it all in,

Well you girls who do Mixed Media perfectly are probably cringing now, but I had fun and didn't let the fact that my stash is low, dying or dead!!! put me off and I quite like the effect it finished up with, Lol
Sheen Douglass stamp
 Prima 3D Matte Gel ( fixed the media onto the canvas with)
Prima - Art Stones
Decoart - Texture Sand
Prima colour bloom mists
Deco art- Acrylic paints
Silk paints
Prima  white Gesso
Dusty Attic -
 Foliage
Skeleton Clocks
Bearded iris
TCW - Mini stencil
Metal embellishments - stash
Frantage and aged copper waxes

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Exploding Winter Themed Box

Hi guys, I thought I'd show you an exploding box I made using the fabulous Lady E Poinsettia die flowers I showed you a couple of days ago,


As you can see I used the one I heat set and coloured all the petals with the Versa Colour ink pad, I then used the Poinsettia middle that came with the die set too, In the middle I fixed a pearl embellishment from 14 Craft Bar, Underneath the flower I used another of Emilia's new dies Leaves 004, these I cut out of Kraft Card stock, simply cutting down along the leaf stem so I could use them in the places I wanted, they look fab with the stem left whole too, I love that you can a die more then one way!!
Underneath that I also used another of Emilia's latest dies Tiny Leaves, these I kept whole and cut the die twice out of some Maja Design paper then edged the leaf edges here and there with a little distress ink and shaped an odd one with my fingers too,


I added some hints of glitter glue here and there too, I love making exploding boxes but forget how hard it is to photograph them, lol


Inside I made a smaller Poinsettia using the smallest die from the set and just using two layers of the 0.6 Foamiran in white, I only coloured the middle of the flower too, as you can see I used the same flower middle and used a similar pearl middle again from 14 Craft Bar, this time I only used the Leaves 004 die again in Kraft card, these dies cut like a dream even in the kraft card stock,
I used these to finish off my winter scene, hope you like it!!

Happy Crafting!!