21 Nov 2017

Snowman Scenic Square



I have been busy creating a half dozen of these adorable scenic boxes. Before assembling the mdf pieces 
I painted them and then added a coat of crackle.Sitting happily inside this one you can find a snowman or snowlady, a snowflake, both painted and decorated. Some dried elements, flowers pine cone etc, and some sumptuous  pink berries.
I also used mini polystyrene balls, and oh my goodness they went absolutely everywhere! I think I will still be finding them at Easter!




Thank you for stopping by, I would like to enter my little scene into the Mini Marvel challenge at A Vintage Journey

19 Nov 2017

December Daily


I have finally finished the front cover for my December Daily. It is only going to be a 6 x 6 one this year. I am going to be using Bo Bunny’s Christmas Carousel papers for my journal and the deer and pink berries are from Anna Marie Designs.Sorry I don’t recall who made the gorgeous snowflake stencil.



This is the inside of the cover, there is a pocket at the bottom, but I don’t have anything tucked into it yet.The Christmas Carousel papers come with lots of elements which I am planning to fussy cut and use as embellishments.

Thank you for visiting, I would like to enter my December Daily cover into the Stamps and Stencils challenge which is pastels.I would also like to enter it into the Allsorts Glitter Challenge  I hope the glitter in the snow shows up!

I would also like to enter Country View Challenges Use Stencils challenge, and That’s Crafty Stencil  It Challenge

Happy Christmas/Winter crafting xx

18 Nov 2017

Let It Snow


I expect you have started creating your Christmas/Winter cards, how is it going? Has the glitter travelled everywhere! I have made a fairly quick and simple card to share with you today, using two gorgeous Indigoblu stamp sets Winterland Wood and Sparkle and Glisten.



A Stroke of Midnight is the perfect paint to create a night time scene. I masked  the bottom of my picture and painted the rest.I used the trees and gorgeous deers from the Winterland Wood Stamp set and used versamarker to individually stamp them onto the card. I followed with white embossing powder, and then heat embossed each of them.

I painted some grassy snow around the deer's feet, and then removed the masking tape to reveal a clean edge. Any escaping splotches can be covered with a dot of snow in the next step!


Some snow is definitely needed, so I splattered some white paint over the scene. I always think it is easier to add a small amount  of paint to the brush and gently flick the bristles, to create little snow flurries.

 The sparkle and Glisten Stamp set has some lovely Christmassy sentiments which are  perfect for cards. I selected “Let It Snow” and stamped it onto the bottom of the card using the stroke of midnight paint.


A larger snowflake would look nice in the corner so I die cut one, and painted a gem to match the background and then centered it onto the flake.I also added a little Die Cut star to the top of one of the trees.

I finished my card by stamping another sentiment from the Sparkle and Glisten Stamp set inside of the card.

Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you will give this simple card a try.

I would like to enter Let it Snow into the following Challenges.
Craft Stamper Anything goes with Stamping
Artistic Stamper Use a Quote


11 Nov 2017

Lest We Forget


In memory of my Three Great  Uncles, and Great Grandfather, and in memory of my Grandfather (in the photo) who survived but was gassed and suffered for the rest of his life he lied about his age and joined up when he was only 14 years old.

10 Nov 2017

A Winters Meadow


Hello , I am in full Christmas making mode! I decided to make keepsake plaques for my family this year, and this one is for my sister.She takes several holidays in the Lake District each year.When I saw this charming Hobby Art stamp at the Alexandra Palace in September I thought it would make a perfect Christmas card for her.

I watercoloured the image and flicked my brush with white paint to create the snow.I love to use elements from nature so I chose a gorgeous piece of birch bark to mount it on and then added a pine cone, curly moss and a gorgeous pink berry.

How are your Christmas /Winter crafts going?

Thank you so much for visiting me today.

I would like to enter A Winters Meadow into the following challenges.


5 Nov 2017

Snowy Feathers


I was thrilled when I had the winning bid on eBay for this darling Indigoblu Robin. I knew my parents would love him so I created this plaque especially for them. For once I was actually pleased on how it turned out, so I decided to use the same idea to make a card. You can read the details about  how I made the card on the Indigoblu blog.

I hope all you Christmas craft creations are going well, thank you so much  for visiting.

I would like to enter Snowy Feathers into the following challenges.

Craft Stamper

28 Oct 2017

A Snowy Stroll To Church


Earlier this year I made my sister a Lake District 3D card for her birthday.She loved it and asked me if 
I would make a similar Christmas one for a friend. I have been busy creating it for the last few days, the stamps are by Crafty Individuals, and Clarity Stamps.
So I have started my Christmas crafts for this year, which of course means glitter absolutely everywhere!How are your Christmas /Winter crafts coming along?


A view from above


The card folded all ready for its envelope.

I have medical appointments this week, I seem to think up most of my crafty ideas staring at waiting room floors !

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges.

Christmas Challenge Blog

18 Oct 2017

An Autumn Wave




Aloysius is happily waving at you through the tumbling Autumn leaves, I hope you are waving back!




I stamped the gorgeous Aloysius and then drew him an arm as he wanted to wave at you. I gave him some colour, and then fussy cut him.I was very careful not to nip him.






To make a small exploding canvas, I painted the inside back of the box canvas, I used Indigoblu paints in Hot Cocoa and Leather Corset and I also added some Penny dreadful luscious to give an Autumn gleam.





I Used Warm Tan To paint  the front of the canvas and when the paint was still wet 

I crumpled up some copy paper and pressed it onto the paint.It left  lovely texture from the creases.





I cut the middle section of the canvas into four diagonally.


I then created a background for Aloysious using the same texture technique as before.I repeated this process again on another sheet of card to create my leaves from.


I die cut numerous leaves from the  painted card and after crumpling them up, I added flitterglu and Chocolate Box megaflakes  to make them truly shine.





Aloysius made himself comfortable on the background card, and I added some leaves  around him.




Next I adhered each of the four flaps to the front of the frame and proceeded to decorate the frame with lots of leaves, small pine cones, and twigs.


I adhered the background to the back of the frame.


 A sentiment or message could be stamped onto card and then cut out and added onto the canvas. If you do not have leaf dies or punches you could draw and then cut out the leaves.


Take a peek at the Indigoblu blog to discover what the rest of the wonderful Indigoblu team have created.




Products Used


12 Oct 2017

Nemesis


I am not sure I can call this an art journal page, as it is not actually in a journal as my journal is full! So  I will just call it a mixed media page! I have just purchased a Jane Davenport journal with watercolour pages, so I am looking forward to that arriving.



I started by browsing images of Nemesis, and then drew a very rough sketch.I used Watercolours to add some quick colour, and added megaflakes to the sword and scales of justice.



I stamped and heat embossed various branches on my background paper. I then used a wooden window stamp and stamped it twice. I should use my wooden stamps more often than I do. I have them all in a art bin and I don’t retrieve them very often.

I then Die Cut  lots of  leaves, and also coloured them with watercolours and added a dash of gold and copper megaflakes here and there to add some Autumn shine.i adhered them to the picture along with some natural elements from nature.

Thank you for visiting today, and many thanks, for all of the kind and supportive messages I have been receiving xx

I would like to share Nemesis with the following challenges.

5 Oct 2017

Drifting Into Autumn


It seems my hopes for an Indian summer are well and truly over, as we find ourselves drifting into Autumn.October is full of crisp golden leaves fluttering from the trees, so I decided to try and recreate that scene for my  Indigoblu project this month. I recycled some items, and foraged Mother Nature for other Autumn treasures.

A step by step tutorial is on the Indigoblu blog.

Thank you so much for visiting, and happy Autumn !

I would like to enter this into the following Challenges

Stamping Sensations Autumn Glory

Products Used

2 Oct 2017

November Craft Stamper



It is always a huge honour to be published in Craft Stamper! I am thrilled to share a sneak peek of my “Everything Will Be Ok” card which is in the fabulous November issue. I used a gorgeous Phyllis Harris  Stamp, I love her art!


It looks like it is going to be another fantastic Craft Stamper issue!

You can get a copy of the magazine at  www.craftstamper.com or buy subscriptions, www.mags-uk.com for single print copies, digital copies from www.pocketmags.co.uk 

Thank you xx


18 Sep 2017

Alice In Her Garden



I am thrilled and honoured to say that lovely Indigoblu invited me to stay on their Design Team for another year. They are all such lovely and talented ladies and gent.They have been very kind and understanding as I have developed another  serious health problem, and I am currently boggled eyed with strong painkillers! 

Can you spot a shrunken Alice taking a stroll in her colourful and beautiful garden above?

I painted the inexpensive wooden frame with Grandmas Teacup. When the paint was dry, I dabbed Snow White paint onto the numbers stamp, and I randomly  stamped it around the frame.



For the background, I cut a piece of Watercolour card to fit inside of the frame.I mixed Grandmas Teacup, Iced Gem, and Olive paints with some water to give it the fluidity of Watercolours. I spritzed the paper with water and added the washes of colour. When it was still wet I sprinkled the lovely luscious powders over the top.I also used paint to stamp "Kindness Matters" from the Mindfulness stamp set.


I used paints instead of inks to stamp the flowers over the background.I also stamped some on another piece of card for cutting out.

I used Stazon to stamp Alice and the bees onto shrink plastic, and shrunk them.Alice is of course used to shrinking! I adhered the bees to some twisted wire.

After adhering the background inside of the frame, I added some Coarse texture paste inside the bottom of the frame. It held the flowers both stamped and pressed, bees and of course Alice in place. When dry I painted over the texture paste with Olive paint.

I added  some more flowers to the front of the frame.  I stamped and coloured a beautiful butterfly, and sat her in the top left corner of the frame, where she could  oversee events.


You could also apply these steps to easily create a greeting card instead of a framed picture.

Please visit the Indigoblu blog to see what the rest of the talented Design Team have created

Products used


I would like to enter this into the following challenges.
Craft Stamper Anything Goes with Stamping

16 Sep 2017

Ally Pally Craft Show





I decided to brave a visit to the Ally Pally Craft Show today. It was very, very busy So we didn't stay long, as I am not too well.


Sadly Indigoblu were not there this time : (


I discovered two new (to me) companies with lovely products 



I always like to use natural elements in my projects so I was delighted to discover Anna Marie Designs. They have the most gorgeous natural products and stunning creations! 


As I am an Alice fan it was nice to find some original and different Alice designs at Dolly Dimple Crafts


Clarity Stampswere very busy and I tried to watch Barbara Gray give a demo, I couldn't see much but the finished result was wonderful!


Jenny Maye was there with Hobbyart too, with lovely projects by the Design Team. 

 

Lovely Cards by Lavinia Stamps

I am finally seeing the surgeon next week.I hope he will say that something will  be done to unblock my artery.I am trying to do a little crafting each day.





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