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.




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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.




31 Aug 2017

In Memory of Princess Diana

I visited Kensignton Palace earlier this year to see Princess Diana's Fashion story.Which of course was a collection of the most beautiful dresses.
I also visited the Elegant and charming White Garden which was dedicated to her memory.

Rest In Peace Princess Diana.








I have not been creating anything recently as I have been in hospital, and have developed another serious problem. I will be seeing another specialist at the end of September. I will try to craft when I can. How can it be almost September - I am still waiting for the summer to arrive !


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





 

10 Aug 2017

Alice in Wonderland Keepsake Display


I have always loved Alice In Wonderland, so I was very excited when I heard that there was a new immersive play happening at Waterloo Vaults. We went to see it as a pre birthday gift for myself! It was absolutely brilliant! Wheelchair users had to take a different route to everyone else, but I did not miss out on too much. It was great fun, apart from being soaked by Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum! 
I have a lot of Alice stamps and whatnots, so I decided to make this little keepsake display box so 
I would always remember my happy day. I found this box at the Ally Pally craft show last April.


I used pages from an old Alice book to line the little cubby holes, and for the inside roof I used the cover of the theatre programme, which featured alice falling down the rabbit hole. I used Indigoblu's gorgeous Grandma's Teacup acrylic paint to cover the outside of the box.


I stamp and heat embossed white roses down the sides of the roof.



To decorate the inside of the roof I stamped Alice and the White Rabbit onto shrink plastic, and then I gave them a drink from the bottle marked "drink me" and they both magically shrunk! The White Rabbit peeped out of the heart which I had outlined with a red glitter pen, and Alice sat on the shelf with the bottle, the Mad Hatters hat and a badge.


In the first cubby hole sits a rose made of book pages and of course it had to quickly be painted red, so the paint inevitably drips over the side, the Queen of Hearts is overseeing the whole event. Tea is then taking place with a stamped teapot and cup on shrink plastic, and the all important jam tarts made of chipboard and then painted. The third cubby hole has a cover from a little Alice bar of soap which I had. 


The fourth cubby hole has a shrunken stamped Alice with a special clock which I cut out from the programme. The fifth cubby hole holds a special real postage stamp, it was produced for the year of the child in 1979.Sitting in the six cubby hole is Humpty Dumpty.I made him with paper clay, it is only the second time I have used paper clay, it has a very different texture to regular clay. I made the wall with chipboard and texture paste. 




The last line of cubby holes features a picture cut from a tag that came with an Alice umbrella, a raven badge given out at the theatre, some pictures fussy cut from an Alice quiz game, and the final cubby hole has some words cut from my Ace of Clubs travel permit card which I was handed at the beginning of my Alice Underground experience.

I hope you have enjoyed visiting Alice and myself today, if you are coming to London this summer I highly recommend Alice Underground.

I would like to share this with the following challenges.






That's Crafty Anything But A Card

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