12 Jul 2018

Paperbabe Alice Rabbit




Hello, did you watch the football match last night? I am very proud of England for playing an honest, clean game. I am not really a football watcher, but I always watch the big English games. Croatia just seemed  to continually trip, kick, and push our players ? 

On a happier note, I was lucky enough to win a Paperbabe challenge! For my wonderful prize I selected the Alice In Wonderland Rabbit templates and face stamps. The templates come in several parts and you piece them together to create your outline, to then colour. The face stamps have multiple layers of eyes, pupils, eyelashes etc. It looked a bit tricky at first but it was very easy to follow and I soon got the idea of it - I think ! The above picture is my very first attempt at using the templates and stamps, it is far from perfect, but not too bad for a first go. 

I used Watercolours to create the background, with layers of playing card suit stamps over the top,  I also stamped and fussy cut a pocket watch, which I  added gold paint to, and glossy accents for a clear watch face. I used black and some white fun flock on the nose. I coloured my die cut flowers to match the colours in the Picture Inspiration provided by Paperbabe. To finish off I added an Alice Sentiment.

Thank you so much for visiting, let’s hope the sunny weather returns soon.

I would like to enter my Alice Rabbit into the following challenges. 

Paperbabe Challenge  Picture Inspiration

9 Jul 2018

Alice Day Winner


Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun with my first Alice In Wonderland Challenge, and created such wonderful projects! Random.Org has selected a winner and it is Number 1 Sid.   Congratulations ! Please email me at gillslap AT yahoo.co.uk with your details to receive your wonderful prize.


Sid’s Winning Tag as chosen by Random org.

I do not have any new Crafty makes to share today. So instead  I thought I would share some photos which I took on 1st July during our Guinness World record Largest Cream Tea Party hosted by Mary Berry.


Of course the table was beautifully decorated as the event was held by Cath Kidston.




I wore my Cath Kidston Alice In Wonderland dress!


Mary Berry looked beautiful and elegant as always.


We broke the Guinness world record !








7 Jul 2018

Happy Alice In Wonderland Day



HAPPY ALICE DAY !

To celebrate the day I have made this Mad Hatters Top hat, and decorated it with all wonderful things Alice.




I used numerous stamps and added colour with Watercolours, and fussy cut them all.



I also used some mini playing cards, and painted chipboard pieces. 
I did lots of tricky and challenging gluing so everything would stand up in place.


I wanted the hat to look Wonderland wonderful from every side.
I made roses from vintage Alice book pages. 
I also added dried flowers and moss to enhance her Wonderland garden.

It was a lot of fun to create my Mad Hatters Hat. it is impossible to list all of the items I used, but some of them are 
Chipboard top Hat is from Tando Creative.
Alice sitting stamp is from Dolly Dimples
The White Rabbit and King of Hearts stamps are by Crafty Secrets.
The sentiment is by Carabelle Studio
The jugs etc are by Artful Days they had an Alice themed monthly box last year.

Thank you somuch  for visiting Alice today, have a wonderful day! 
I would love  to enter my Mad Hatters Hat into the following challenges.


6 Jul 2018

Alice Challenge Enter Today




I have made this Alice tag to tie onto the winning gift for my Alice Fun Challenge. Today is the last day to enter so if you have time to create something Wonderland today please do enter  and of course Don’t Be Late xxx

I will be back tomorrow with something special for the day!

Thank you for stopping by.

1 Jul 2018

Alice In Wonderland Challenge Reminder 7 Days left !




Hello, how are you, are you enjoying the sunny weather? 

Unusually for me I have created a clean and simple card today! If you are thinking of creating something for Alice Day, and I do so hope you are, there are 7 Days left to enter. 

There is a huge variety of  themes you could use for Alice, so why not take a look through your little box of crafty supplies (yes I know it isn’t really  little !) and I am sure with your creativity and talent you could conjure up a little something to celebrate Alice Day.

Alice Theme Ideas 
Tea party, cups, saucers, china, plates, cake, tea, sandwiches etc 
Time, clocks, watches etc 
Flowers, roses, etc 
Doors, keys, locks etc 
Butterfly, caterpillar
Trees, toadstools, rabbit holes 
Hare, Rabbit
Top hat
Playing cards,  suits hearts, spades, clubs, diamonds
Queen of hearts
Jabberwocky everyone must have on of those in their craft stash ! 


One random winner will selected to win the following

Thank you for stopping by today, stay cool xx

27 Jun 2018

Alice In Wonderland Secret Passages Journal



Almost a year ago I went to an immersive Alice In Wonderland Show in the Vaults theatre. The vaults are unused old arches under Waterloo Station, London. I took the wheelchair path which was a little different, to everybody else’s, but there were still lots of passages and turns and surprises. I wanted to represent this in my little journal of the fun time spent there.


I included opening doorways, envelopes, hidden tags along with photos and clippings from the programme.


I folded down the top of this page.


The page unfolded.


Another fold down page with pockets .





Next you need to flip the book over and it folds down three times. I think I missed one page when I was taking the photos. There are also lots of fold outs and pockets etc which are difficult to show in the photos.



Some more fold outs.


There is another page underneath which I forgot to take a photo of. It was fun to create this journal, and brings back happy memories when I look through it again.

On the 7th July it is Alice Day here in the UK, and I am hosting my first  Alice Challenge Celebration to spread the joy of Alice. I hope you will be able to join in the fun, any crafts, cards, journals, scrapbook pages, canvas, mixed media etc are welcome.  More information on how to join in the fun here


I would like to enter this into The Mini Album Makers Challenge I have never joined in with this challenge before, but I became a follower as soon as Autumn started this wonderful challenge.
I would also like to enter them Paperbabe Anything Goes Challenge.  and Mixed Monthly Challenge Wrap It Up I have used some playing card suits ribbon to wrap around my mini album to keep it together.



Thank you for visiting me today, I appreciate it very much xx


24 Jun 2018

Alice In Wonderland Challenge



Every Year in the UK there is an Alice In Wonderland Day, this year it is on the 7th of July. I thought it would be Wonderful to have an Alice Crafting Celebration! There are so very many talented crafters/ designers who I know also love Alice. So I hope we can have fun and fill our blogs with Alice! There are so many different inspirations for Alice - tea party, roses, playing card, hearts, hares, rabbits..

 I have a dedicated Alice page with more info here. It is all for fun, with some Alice themed goodies  (see below) for a random Alice friend to win.

I created my “Alice Falling Down A Rabbit Hole” by strongly persuading some bark to wrap around a circular wooden piece! The Alice stamp is by Artistic Stamper but I am not sure if it is still available to buy. I coloured her dress and stockings blue so I hope it meets their paint it blue challenge. I used invisible thread to dangle a key, hearts, clubs, spades and other Alice whatnots down into the rabbit hole.I would also like to enter Cut It Up Anything But A Card and We love to Create Mixed Media


Thank you so much for visiting xx

22 Jun 2018

Papercraft Magazines


Hello how are you today? I hope you are ok. I have recently been very lucky to have  a couple of my cards in Papercraft magazines.This bear one is in Papercraft Essentials. He is having a jolly time celebrating someone’s birthday!



My seahorse card is in a fairly new magazine called Love Cardmaking  It comes with free stamps and dies every month. I used lots of glass bead gel on this card to try and give a shimmery undersea look.

I am currently working on some special Alice in Wonderland whatnots for July! 

It looks like it will be a sunny weekend coming up, I hope you have a lovely sunny time.

Thank you so much for visiting today xx


19 Jun 2018

By The Sea


I love the sea, although sadly I do not see it very often, and then I only see it from a distance as unfortunately beaches are not wheelchair accessible, but at least I can see it for which I am very  grateful. 
With the sea in mind I created this 7x7  card. The background is from the gelli plate. I inked up the gelli plate and then placed the netting from some tangerines over the top, and it left this nice netty pattern. I cut some pieces of bark for the seagull to stand on, I must admit I don’t like seagulls as one of them swooped behind me last year and snatched my sandwich right out of my hands!  



I also added some art stones and few tiny shells, some stamped and some real.To finish off I wound some twine around the edge of the circle.

The stamps I used  are by Crafty Secrets.

Thank you for visiting today, have a lovely day. Hugs xx

 I would like to enter this into  the following challenges. 

That’s Crafty Summers Day 

Artistic Stamper Colour It Blue

Country View Challenges Written Word


 

16 Jun 2018

Hang In There Art Journal Cover


Hello how are you today, well I hope. I have nearly completed my latest art journal, this is my first one made by Jane Davenport. I love all  of her products, although I don’t have many. I didn’t cover my book before I started and of course I soon realised it was getting  very inky, painty spalshy!

Here is the messy cover!

I don’t have much space to keep my journals, and I knew it would need to be squashed in somewhere so the cover had to be one flat layer only. I began by applying two coats of gesso.  I used a Daler Rowney gesso as it was on offer in Hobbycraft, and it works very well even though it is a bit thinner than some of them.  I dabbed on some blue and pink acrylic paints with a sponge.I love the girl on a swing stencil by Clarity Stamps, which I used  with some black paint. I heat embossed all of the flowers which are by Lavinia Stamps. The art in my journal represents my struggles so I thought the “Hang In There” sentiment from a Phyliss Harris Stamp kit was very fitting! 

Thank you for stopping by, and hang in there friends!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges.



12 Jun 2018

Bee kind



Today I am sharing a very heartfelt canvas “Bee Kind”.




I began with a blank white box canvas, which is always daunting.My first step was to use a honeycomb die cut as a stencil and applied texture paste into it. I really should buy a honeycomb stencil as I think I would use it a lot so it would be a good investment. When the paste was dry I painted some light  brown acrylic over it. 




More waiting time was needed so I heat embossed the bees in black, and coloured them. I added glitter to the wings, and fussy cut them. I use Spectrum Noir clear glitter pens, they are easy to use and give a lovely clear sparkle.





  I used my Versamarker pen over the top of each honeycomb piece,  and sprinkled clear embossing powder over it.I  heated it up to give a glossy drippy  honey look !


 


After a light coating of brown paint over the canvas I used a sponge to dab on some rose and yellow 

acrylic colours to the edges. I always spritzed my sponge with water first as it helps the paint to move more easily.





Chipboard Letters would have been good, but of course as always I did not have all of the letters to spell “Kind”. I used thin card letters instead, and painted them rose, and clear embossed. I attached some of the little bees to each letter



The canvas looked a bit bare in places so I stamped a script stamp using the light brown paint. Remembering to wash it immediately afterwards, have you ever tried removing dried acrylic paint from a stamp - I don’t recommend it : ) 


Thank you so much for visiting I truly appreciate it xx


I would like to enter this into  the following challenges. 

That’s Crafty Summers Day

craft Stamper Take It Make It Anything Goes

Country View Challenges Written Word

Stamping Sensations Anything Goes

Penny Black In The Garden


I was thrilled to be the second prize winner in Stamping Sensations May Challenge. So keep submitting to challenges you never know when you might win! 












5 Jun 2018

Buzzy Summer Days


I am over on the Indigoblu Blog today with a Summer Days 3d scene.  I hope to see you over there.

Thank you so much for visiting. I would like to enter this into the following challenges.
Craft Stamper Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations Anything Goes
Crafteezee Summer

3 Jun 2018

By Your Side Lace Card





Hello how are you today? The lovely challenge at Frilly and Funkie is Layers of Lace. Unfortunately the only lace I have was given to me by a friend of my Mothers and is very, very bright red! I am a pastel person so I didn’t think I would ever be using it! Then I remembered seeing Barbara Gray do something with lace and mini gelli plates at a craft show, the mini plates also had mounts. I don’t have any of those items, but I do have a normal size gelli plate so I thought I would experiment and try to achieve the same sort of effect.



I brayered my ink onto the gelli plate, and then laid my rather vibrant lace on top.I used some copy paper to lay over it to tap it down in place. Then after crossing everything I can ( which isn’t much) I placed my card onto the plate and patted it all over, and with trepidation I pulled it back.... it worked out okish! A darker ink would have shown up more, but I do like my pastel shades!





I then stamped a gorgeous Teddy stamp by Crafty Individuals, and gave the larger teddy some ribbon lace on the bottom, of her pretty dress, and added some gems to both teddies. After adhering them to the card with sticky foam pads, I stamped the gorgeous sentiment which is also from Crafty Individuals.

Thank,you for visiting myself and the teddies today.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges


2 Jun 2018

Alice in Doodle Land !


Hello how are you today? Did you also have the terrible thunder storms? Hopefully summer will arrive shortly! 

I don’t usually share my art journal pages as they are for my own personal scribbles, but this months Paperbabe challenge is Doodles. So what better place to doodle than in your art journal. I have not done much doodling before except while waiting on the phone! 

I love Alice in Wonderland so I decided to do a quick scribbly sketch of  her. It was the  first time I had used my water soluble  sketching pencil, it worked quite well. Although I was a bit heavy handed sketching in places so the pencil did not blend completely.  I used Watercolours to give Alice some colour. Of course Alice’s roses are meant to be red,  but I don’t have any red ink. So I loaded up pink in my pen, but it must have mixed with some residual blue as it came out a sort of purple! Oh well never mind ! 

My writing is terrible but I included my favourite quote by Lewis Carroll 

“ imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality “

There is an actual Offical Alice day every year and this year it is on 7th July. I think I should blog something special on that day. Would anyone like to join in, I know lots of us love Alice?  

Thank you for stopping by today, happy crafting! 




26 May 2018

Country Holidays



Hello, let’s hope the sun comes out for the Bank holiday weekend! Today I am sharing a 3D frame I made for my  sister’s  friends birthday. They have taken numerous holidays together each year in the Lake District since well... forever. So I wanted to create a Lake District type scene, and these  Crafty Individuals Stamps are just perfect for that.




She has two grown sons so I stamped coloured, and fussy cut two boys and a couple to walk along in the scene.


Crafty Individuals  CI-467

After stamping and fussy cutting the sheep, I added some white flowersoft to their coat. 

 

I also used some flowersoft for the hedges, and added in some dried flowers. I used twigs for tree trunks, and finished by adding some tiny bunting. I just have to wrap her gift up and attach the tag I made previously and it will be already for her birthday.


Thank you for visiting and whatever you are up to this weekend I hope you have fun! My wheelchair has been making a terrible grinding sound recently, luckily it is my indoor one, and not my other newer one for going out in,  so I may make it out to have a lovely Pimms and lemonade outside the pub, if the weather is nice enough. xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges




22 May 2018

Gothic Arch Challenge



For the last few months I have been taking part in the Gothic Arch Challenge  at UK Stampers. Gothic Arch refers to the shape it does not have to be gothicky (thank goodness)This months theme is “in stitches” I wondered what I would create, so I looked through my old wooden stamps, and came across these treasures. A lovely teddy and bunny with stitches on them. I decided as they had been packed away for such a long time, they needed a good wash so I washed them and hung them on the washing line to drip and dry!

I used glossy accents to add drips of water falling from the furry friends.They are quite difficult to see in the photo but there lots of them there.I used green flowersoft on the branches, and also added some faux stitches around the edges. 

The foam stamps are coming away from the wood, so I am undecided if I should remove them from the wood to save space or glue them back on... 

I would also like to enter my In Stiches  Gothic Arch into That’s Crafty Stitch In Time Challenge

Thank you so much for visiting me today, I hope all is going well with you xx

20 May 2018

Don’t Let Life Dull Your Sparkle



I fell in love with this Spellbinders  Away We Go  die when I spotted it at the Alexandra Palace Craft show earlier this year.It cuts beautifully, I do often struggle with dies not cutting very well!  I enjoyed creating backgrounds with my aqua markers pens so much I made another one, but no swirls this time. I also added some fibres and dried flowers. 
I currently have some pretty Forget-Me -Not flowers in my flower press, yes I actually put them in the press this time,  and not between book pages ! They should be ready in the next few weeks, so I am looking forward to using them.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you are having time to enjoy your crafting xx

I would like to enter this into the Artistic Stamper Backgrounds Challenge. 

16 May 2018

Kindle your Spark of Madness


Hello, I hope all is well in your corner of the world. Thank you so much for visiting, and for the kind comments you leave me, they are truly appreciated xx

I always like to take part in the Country View Challenges  This month the theme is Be  Humourous - so I am a bit out of my comfort zone with this one ! 

This cheeky giraffe by Carabelle immediately came to mind, I have only ever used him in my art journal before so I thought it was time he came out and jumped onto a card! 

I experimented with my aqua markers to create a swirly background, I really enjoyed doing that as 
I was just playing and not trying too hard, and it came out okisssh  so I think I may make some more : )
I fussy cut the funny giraffe and used sticky pads to adhere him to the card. He is humorous in himself but I added the fab quote by Dina Wakley

As well as entering Country View Challenges I would like to enter Artistic Stamper Backgrounds. 

Have a lovely day.




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