Showing posts with label watercolours. Show all posts
Showing posts with label watercolours. Show all posts

16 Aug 2017

Dandelion Wishes

I am delighted and honoured to have been invited as a guest designer at A Vintage Journey.This month Amanda has chosen Watercolour as her theme.Which is of course my favourite colouring medium, it is very versatile and easy to use.Why not give it a try and join their challenge this month.

I created a background with my watercolours and stamped this gorgeous girl blowing a dandelion stamp by Crafty Individuals. I always love to use elements from nature with my projects, so I found some pressed gypsophlia to use for the blowing away dandelion seeds. I am always finding forgotten pressed flowers in between the pages of thick books, where I have pressed them many months or probably even years before!

I wrapped some threads around the base of the card and tucked some more gypsophlia between them.

I finished the card by edging it with black ink, and adhering the picture onto a scalloped edged card.

May all your wishes come true xxx

I would like to share this card with the following challenges.

Craft Stamper Anything Goes with Stamping

Artistic Stamper Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Twist Bloom

Stamping Sensations Anything Goes

Emerald Creek Dares Anything Goes

CAS Watercolour Challenge Salt I used salt on the watercolour background.

Try It On A Tuesday In The Garden

Noors Designs Anything Goes

That's Crafty only Cards


23 Jul 2017

Underwater Mini Book Cover

I have always loved seahorses so when I saw 49 and Market's gorgeous Sea and  Sand paper pad, I knew it would be perfect for my mini book to scrapbook the few days I recently spent at the seaside.Then I saw they had matching seahorse stamps ! So of course I just had to get those too!

I decided to use the front cover of the pad as my mini book cover and covered it in gesso, then I had my doubts as it got a bit soggy poggy, but luckily it was ok when it dried out. I made a a background with watercolours and used embossing powder in olive for the seaweed. For the air bubbles I embossed some with clear and others with white. I watercoloured the lovely seahorses and stamped Indigoblu's bubble stamp all around the edges and heat embossed them  in white.

I finished off by spreading some bead gel over the bottom of the cover.This was my first play with the stamps and I am looking forward to using them again.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I would like to share this with the following challenges.

19 Jul 2017

Dandelion Fairies

These two lovely Fairies are overlooking their field of dandelions. At midnight thousands of fairies emerge from the dandelions and twinkle and sparkle as they flitter  around. Some of them fly away and grant wishes for special,people, while others stay in the field and play and create magic. 

A sideways view of the card, the wings fold inwards so it fits in the envelope!

I watercoloured the background and stamped and heat embossed the dandelions and the lovely sentiment.

Thank you Fairy much for visiting us today.

I would like to share this with the following challenges.

Country View Challenges Things with Wings  - oh dear I hadn't better call the fairies things!

5 Jul 2017

Thank you Indigoblu

My year with Indigoblu has flown by, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the talented and lovely team. I have made this thank you card for them with much love.

    All of the stamps are made by Indigoblu. I used watercolours to create the background, and embossed the flowers. I used flowersoft at the bottom of the picture.I love flowersoft!

    I flicked lots of sparkling glitter from a glitter pen over the picture.

    Thank you for visiting today.

    I would like to share this card with the following challenges.

    Mixed Media World Anything Goes
    Happy Little Stampers Watercolours/ Twist Blue

    International Art and Soul Flowers
    Simon Says Summer Sunshine

    5 Jun 2017

    There Is Always Something New To Discover


    Well the summer has finally arrived !  I am celebrating by making a mini book full of flowers, and all things nature . Nature has always been a huge inspiration in my art. This is one of the tags in my mini book and I have also been experimenting with recycling gift cards, so please stop by the Indigoblu blog to see more.

    I would like  to thank all of my crafting friends for asking about me after the latest terrorist attacks in London. I am ok, I live about 17 mikes from the recent attacks.

    I took this photo of London Bridge at around this  time last year.



    I would like to enter this tag into the following challenges

    Products Used

    19 May 2017



    My beloved Golden Retievers name was Tammy, her kennel club name was Tamara Anwen.Tammy was born in Wales and Anwen means very beautiful, which she was. Of course Tammy is also a song famously sung by Debbie Reynolds in the Tammy films.

    I printed the music onto some canvas paper and heat embossed some heart balloons and the word Love, in a marbling pink embossing powder. Tammy used to love ballooons and she could hold them in her mouth without bursting them! I edged the paper with pink and brown inks.


    Both the Dog and Angel are wooden stamps and must be well over 10 years old! I stamped the wings on vellum and embossed them with white embossing powder, and fussy cut both the wings and doggie.I watercoloured the doggie.


    I sat Tammy on some white net and added lots of beads and sequins onto the netting and background. 
    I adhered a strip of fabric lace at the bottom and rolled up some of the lace to form a flower, and popped a little pink button in the middle.

    Thank you so much for visiting.

    I would love to enter this into the following challenges.

    Frilly and Funkie The Sound of Music 

    Words to Craft By Party Time balloons always mean party time !

    16 Feb 2017

    Mardi Gras


    There is a wonderful Blog Challenge called Words to Craft By  Each month they give you a poem to create with. This month the verse is 

    "It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; 

    and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States 
    until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans." ─ Mark Twain

    I have a friend who plays Dixieland Jazz, and he has visited New Orleans many times. I have the trumpet player stamp just to create cards for him! I added lots of streamers, stars and glitter in the traditional Mardi Gras colours. Unfortunately the photo makes it look paler and less vibrant than it is in real life.

    I created this card especially for the Words To Craft By Challenge. Why not stop by and join in the challenge too!

    Thank you so much for visiting me today.

    16 Jan 2017

    Alice is in Winterland

    Alice has fallen down the Rabbit Hole and has magically found herself in Winterland!

    I created the background with watercolours and I used Indigoblu stamps for Alice and the tree.

    I squeezed some glossy accents onto the top of the picture and let it drip down to look like icicles and then shook a generous amount of fine white glitter over the top.

    I used glass beads at the bottom of the picture for Alice to stand on, I hope she does not get too cold!

    Thank you so much for visiting myself and Alice today we are all mad here ; )

    Lost Coast Stamps are holding a wonderful Alice in Winterland challenge, and their Design Team have created some lovely pieces! I would love to enter this into their challenge.

    I would also like to enter it into the following challenges.

    Happy Little Stampers Watercolours

    Fashionable Stamping Challenge Winter or Spring I will let you guess which one I have done : ) Flonzcrafts make some lovely very unique stamps, and I was lucky to be their random winner last month.I am so looking forward to working with their wonderful stamps. I choose a variety of stamps from a Victorian child to a 1950's model - can't wait for them to arrive and share what I make!


    29 Dec 2016

    What a Surprise!

    I discovered today that my little Christmas box (3 inch square) won the Readers Challenge in Papercraft Inspirations! I gave this box to my Mother for Christmas and filled it with lip balms and little chocs.

    I made the box some time ago with some beautiful Forest Magic stamps which came with the magazine. I wrote a few words about it here.

    My talented friend Sandra's gorgeous card was published too!

    Thank you so much for visiting. May you have many happy days in 2017!

    16 Dec 2016

    December Daily Journal



    How are all your Christmas preparations going? I had a bit of a fight with a falling Christmas tree earlier this week!

    Every year I try to make a December Daily journal to record all of the Christmas mishaps and preparations.

    I created the background with watercolours, I added some Iridescent Medium to them. I cut the beautiful swan from a Christmas card! I used the trees from the Indigoblu Winterland Wood stamp set on the cover, and the deers and trees on the tags which I popped into a pocket on the inside cover.

    The inside pocket is made from Kaisercrafts Christmas Wishes range. I used glossy accents on the top edge of the pocket and let It drip down to make icicles and then shook lashings of white glitter over it!

    I tied on blue, pink, and white organza ribbons to the tags.

    The 8x8 scrapbook is from Hobbycraft.

    Thank you so much for visiting, I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well!

    Vintage Journey Winter Magic

    Stamps and Stencils Christmas Wishes

    Fashionable Stamping Challenge Anything Goes

    Artistic Stamper Christmas

    Emerald Creek Dares Winter Wishes

    Words 2 Craft By Winter is the time for Comfort


    12 Dec 2016

    Magical Winter Unicorn Forest

    I used a Lavinia Stamps Unicorn, and he told me that he wanted to be in a Magical Winter Forest! I decided to use a mixture of watercolours, glass beads, and gems to make a mystical home for him.

    A close up pic of the frosty icicles, I love glass beads! : )

    Thank you so much for visiting me today. I would love to read any comments you might have, and I look forward to visiting your blog too!

    I am entering this into the Lavinia Stamps Challenge on their Facebook page.

    I would also like to enter it into the following Challenges

    Craft Stamper Snow and Ice

    Artistic Stamper Christmas

    Emerald Creek Dares Winter Wishes

    Vintage Journey Winter Magic

    13 Nov 2016

    Christmas Gift Box


    I have a rather large pile of boxes because they maybe useful one day! I have actually used one of those boxes to make a little 3 inch square gift box.

    I painted the box pink, and stamped tiny snowflakes on the sides of the lid. The scene on the top was created with watercolours and glitter, and a lovely set of Forest Magic Stamps.


    Thank you so much for visiting, I hope to see you again soon!

    I would like to enter this into the following challenges.

    Stamps and Stencils Tags, Bags Boxes

    Craft Stamper Anything Goes


    8 Nov 2016

    Papercrafter Inspirations

    I was thrilled to see my clean and simple bauble card in Decembers Papercraft Inspirations!

    This issue has an amazing set of woodland stamps with it, which are just lovely !

    More good news Jacquie Lawsons Advent Calendar is ready o download for this year.I always look forward to her calendar, it is now part of Christmas for me! It is so Christmassy and beautiful.

    13 Sep 2016

    Back to School Matchbox drawers and Mini Books

    Hello, I hope everyone has had a good summer. Its my most favourite time of the year, and it's always sad to see it slip into Autumn. It's now time for children to return to school so this months challenge at Mixed Media Mojo is Back to School with a Twist of Primary Colours.

    I made this little set of drawers with a little girl making the best of her last days of school holidays, and happily flying her kite .

    You can find many templates for matchboxes on Google. When you have found the one you like, print it onto card and carefully cut it out. I decided to make a three drawer box. Before assembling the boxes I coloured each one in primary colours. I used ink dusters to apply the dye inks. The boxes could also be covered in pretty papers, we all have plenty of those!

    I stacked the boxes on top of one another and used PVA glue to keep them in place. A small decorative brad can be added as a handle.
    I stamped and water coloured a lovely Phyllis Harris girl stamp. I wanted her to stand up on top of the box so I left a tab on the bottom of the stamp. I folded the tab up and glued it to the top of the box.

    A diamond shape cut out of some card works well as a kite. I adhered it to some wire and placed it on top of the match box to appear as if the girl is holding on to it.

    Now what to put inside the drawers? You could put small sweets or mini gifts such as erasers, pencil toppers etc I decided to make some miniature books. I used my Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Classic Pooh stamps, to decorate both sides of the miniature accordian books.

    Thank you,so much for stopping by. I hope to see you again soon.

    I would like to enter this into the following challenges

    Craft Stamper Anything Goes

    Creative Artiste Anything Goes

    Sweet Stamping Cute and Cuddly

    Follow My Blog on Bloglovin or

    Subscribe to Enchanted Place with a Reader


    2 Sep 2016

    I Feel A Little Frayed Around The Edges

    Here is a sneak peak of my "I Feel A Little Frayed Around The Edges" card which is in this months Craft Stamper Magazine.There are lots of great articles in this months magazine, including using real leaves in your artwork!

    21 Jul 2016

    My Thoughts Are With You Today Card

    I used this beautiful stamp by Phyllis Harris, to make a Clean Simple card for the Craft Barn Challenge. I don't usually do clean and simple so this was a good challenge for me to try!

    Thank you for visiting.

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

    Craft Barn Clean and Simple

    Artistic Stamper All Things Bright and Beautiful

    That's Crafty Feminine Challenge


    13 Jul 2016

    Once upon a notebook

    I recently found this cute little notebook. I decided to alter the cover by using A lovely Teddy stamp by Crafty Insividuals, and colouring her with watercolours.I created the background by using chalks on water I have written a short tutorial on how I did this here. I then added a few spalshes of watercolours.

    I tied a lot of pretty organza ribbons onto the book spiral.

    Thank you so much for visiting.

    I would like to enter this little notebook into the following challenges.

    Crafty Individuals Mini's Challenge

    Artistic Stamper All Things Bright and Beautiful

    Craft Stamper Anything Goes with stamping

    That's Crafty Feminine Challenge

    1 Jul 2016

    The Voice of The Sea Speaks to the Soul Mini Scrapbook

    This months Challenge theme at Mixed Media Mojo is Summertime with a Twist of Shells. you do not have to use the twist if you don't want to, it's all about having fun!

    I made this fairly simple 6 x 6 mini book for the theme. I will be adding a few notes and pictures about how I created it later this month.

    I hope you will join in the fun this month.


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