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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Tim Holtz Autumn Leaves Backlit Canvas

Hey everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with a special project for one of my closest male friends. He went out of his way to make my birthday really special this year so I wanted to make something special that showed how much I appreciate him. 
I had the idea to do a backlit canvas with led fairylights as these dont get hot. 
I started with a plain canvas, cardstock to cover this canvas and the fairylights. 
First I arranged the fairylights in the back to give as even a light as I could manage, then I sewed and glued the lights into the reverse of the canvas. I then cut a sheet of cardstock to cover the front of my canvas.
Next I die cut leaves using a Tim Holtz die, and on the plain cardstock I used the negative die cut to sketch the leaf shapes in a line travelling up and across the canvas. I then cut the cardstock on the edges of the leaves, leaving enough to keep the leaves on the canvas, but where I could bend and shape my leaves to show light around the cut edges. I then drew round these leaves with versamark inks and embossed with gold embossing powder. I then used the negative die cut to sponge colour of distress inks I wished to use onto these leaves. Next I coloured the die cut leaves with these inks, and stamped script designs onto the background. I shaped these also and then found a stamp of leaves which I stamped with these same colours too, then cut out leaving a little border around the edge. I shaped these too.
I then arranged all the remaining leaves and made sure I was happy with the shaping.
I had to wait until the evening to see how it looked but I was very happy with the result. In reality it has a lovely warm white light glow, but my camera didnt like taking photos in the dark and made the colour look different!
Close up of the leaves-if you look closely you can see the embossed leaves are off the bottom layer of cardstock, and you can see the script on the coloured leaves.
The canvas in the dark-its actually a warm white colour in reality but my camera didnt like taking photos in the dark!
Close up of the leaves-if you look closely you can see the embossed leaves are off the bottom layer of cardstock, and you can see the different levels of light the leaves create on the canvas.
I really hope he likes it and you enjoy looking at my project too :-)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Monday, 1 September 2014

All Crafts Challenge September Gift Set

Good morning everyone, hope you are well! Here is my make for our September inspiration post for our All Crafts Challenge. Woodware very kindly sent me some products to use on my creation so here is my make using their kit and items from my stash.

They sent me Frantage embossing enamel and snowflake chipboards so I used Frantage for the first time! Wow that can be a messy process! I thought they made wonderful embellishments and would work perfectly with the gorgeous new Classic Christmas ribbons I got from Crafty Ribbons recently!
I used some gorgeous vintage christmas images I had which I left uncoloured to match my monochrome black/white and silver colour scheme. I used Papermania Art Deco papers which I distressed the edges of with my distressing tool. I mounted the image on black glitter card, then silver glitter cardstock.
I placed my Deco papers then arranged my image at an angle, with the snowflakes I constructed with the chipboard pieces as my embellishments.
I added Merry Christmas and Swirls and trees Classic Christmas designs by Crafty Ribbons to my creation, then made a matching tag. I covered the tag in distressed deco paper as I had my bag, then I added the Swirls and trees ribbon. I used my crop a dile to add an eyelet to make the tag look posh. I used Woodware ribbon as my tags tied ribbon at the top. Lastly I added a smaller version of one of the vintage image also mounted on black and silver glitter cardstock.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

All Crafts Challenge August/September Midway Inspiration

Good morning everyone! Hope you are well :-) I am here with our midway inspiration post for my All Crafts Challenge-the place for you to show off all your non card creations! We have had some stunning entries so far and you have another month to enter your creations and play along! We are sponsored by the wonderful Woodware this challenge so its well worth having a go! :-) You can find the challenge here
Well here are our inspiration pieces for you-I hope you like them!

Guest Designer

Elaine (me, there will be a separate post on how I made it)






There we go! Please pop by and play along with us, we love seeing all your gorgeous creations!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

All Aboard Adventurer Birthday Card

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well :-) Sorry my blog has been so quiet-I've had a nasty couple of horsefly bites on my hand so its been very swollen and painful which then led to blood poisoning and this obviously made me very poorly! Anyway I wanted to share a card I made a little while ago. Like I have said in previous posts I have been looking around to see what I could incorporate in my makes and decided I should use some of my old photos as they are gorgeous and just sit for years and years on a hard drive doing nothing! 
For this card I chose this photo and a digi of a hot air balloon. I tricked my printer into printing directly onto the design paper by cutting it the size of a photo print and putting it through my printer as a photo. Worked well and I love the effect! I used complimenting paper as my base, then added sentiments I cut from Papermania All Aboard paper. I placed these and the photo on orange cardstock as a mat. I then placed all my elements together, with the hot air balloon on top of the photo.

 I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments!

Friday, 15 August 2014

A Little Bit Crafty! Sew What? Midway Inspiration

Good morning everyone, hope you are well! I am here with my midway inspiration for you for our Sew What? challenge at A little bit Crafty.
I used Papermania Sew lovely stash I got from a docrafts goody bag a few months ago to make a special card for my friend. 
I started with a die cut decoupage image and created my card around that. I covered the base of my card with a neutral paper, then added a bright red die cut circle which I cut in two and used on one side of my card. I then cut a border which I attached to the opposite side. I placed the decoupaged element over both sides, and added real vintage buttons from my own stash and felt under my sentiment to give it real depth and texture. I then added ribbon, and a vintage button as an embellishment.
I covered the inside of the card with vibrant spool paper, then die cut a place for my message out of white stamping card with a Sizzix die.
Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Sarah Hurley 365 Favourite Things!


Good evening everyone, hope you are well! I am here with my Sarah Hurley 365 project for our favourite things challenge. Of course my favourite things is butterflies so I used the Curio set to make my own charms for a necklace using printable shrink plastic, my crop a dile to make the holes and my jewellery stash-jump rings and a chain.
Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Monday, 4 August 2014

All Crafts Challenge August/September!

Good morning everyone, hope you are well! Can you believe its summer already?! This year seems to have flown by! Anyway its time for a new challenge and our winners to be announced so here we go :-)
Thank you so much for everyone who joined us, your talent always inspires us and its an honour to have you join our challenge :-)
Our winner (chosen by random.org) is:

No 125 - Larissa

And our top three in no particular order are -

No 25 - Stacey S

No 81 - Jen Young

No 146 - Amelia

On to this challenge-as always our theme is ANYTHING GOES BUT NO CARDS! We love seeing what you've been up to, and hope it encourages you to think outside your comfort zone to pick up a new craft or use your stash in new ways to make gorgeous gifts for yourself and others! ;-) We have a tiny rule for you -please limit yourself to two of a certain kind of make each challenge-so you can make two tags for example, and then some other kinds of creations like jewellery, sewing or scrapbook pages.

We welcome our guest designer for this challenge Avril





Our DT creations for you
Elaine (Me! there will be a separate post on how I created after this one)

May




I cant wait to see what you all create for this challenge and thank you for getting involved, as always I encourage you to pop by the other entrants for inspiration and to make some new crafty friends :-)
Remember NON CARD creations only please but as always we are an anything goes themed blog so you can make whatever non card creation you desire!  We are also looking for new DT members (all the details on the post here
We have a tiny rule for you-please limit yourself to two of a certain kind of make each challenge-so you can make two tags for example, and then some other kinds of creations like jewellery or scrapbook page.
Also if you would like to be a guest designer please write GDT after your name,  thank you! :-)


Friday, 1 August 2014

A Little Bit Crafty! Sew What?

Good morning everyone. hope you are well! I am here with my 'Sew What?' creation for A little bit Crafty. We are sponsored by Whimsy stamps, Beads Direct and Blooming felt ltd so its well worth a go!
I used Papermania Sew lovely stash I got from a goody bag a few months ago-and given the theme I added coordinating felt to give further texture. I made a panel for the heart with two colours of felt and two elements from the die cuts, then I made a panel on the base with felt behind it too. I stamped faux stitching around the edges, and added a border of paper and ribbon. Lastly I added two pinwheels to embellish the card.
Inside the card I decorated with coordinating papers, and used a die cut panel for my message, cut with plain cream card with a nestie.

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Common Blue Butterfly Canvas

Good evening everyone! Hope you are well :-) I am here with a make I am really proud of. I wanted to make something based around some of the gorgeous butterfly photos I have managed to take so far this year and so I printed my photo onto canvas. I then took a plain canvas and played with a new medium. Acrylic modelling paste. I used a palette knife to smear this over a stencil which I had secured to the canvas with tape. I then removed the stencil and washed between each area I treated. I left this to dry, then painted with dark metallic blue paint, then I painted the rest of the canvas and the tops of the texture paste made with the stencil with this too. I let this dry, then got out my spray inks and pearlescent paint medium. I masked the canvas then used a length of hessian and sprayed the yellow ink onto this to give like a waffle like effect. I sprayed green ink onto a stencil then mixed the ink with the pearlescent medium to give a glimmering green effect. I decorated with cotton lace, hessian butterflies and pearls as butterfly trails.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Creative Blog Hop Q&A

I have been asked by my lovely and extremely talented Sarah Hurley team colleague to take part in a Creative blog hop. Its very difficult to capture your craft journey in one post but I will give it a try and hope for the best!

What am I working on?
I have been taking photos of butterflies-my passion as anyone who follows me well knows! I have been working on a way to include these in my crafting and have been playing with some new mediums. Here is a photo of one of my projects I have just finished (I will create a separate post to explain how I made it)

Ever since I have been blogging I have come from cards and then expanded my crafting into all sorts of new crafts-I now even sew which I thought I would never be able to do! I am very glad to have been brave enough to try new crafts and I really feel my blogging has encouraged me in doing so-its wonderful to be part of a wide supportive network of crafters!

How does my work vary from others in my genre?
I always find these questions really difficult to answer-I think if I asked the people who follow my blog they would have a much better idea of how it does. I will do my best to answer though. I try to make my crafts varied and try new things, I may have come from card making but now I like to create lots of different crafts and share these with my followers and crafty peers.
I am told that I have a very distinct style, but I am not sure how to describe this. I love bright colours and I love creating vibrant and eye catching makes, and I also like to make really practical makes I can use everyday like my phone case. 
I also love to create upcycling projects like my tin can brooches and lightbulb baubles.
I include some of my favourite makes below for you to look at.
My phone case and a gemstone butterfly necklace


A CAS card and my beaded curtain tie backs


A male card and a ribbon flower hairband


A wicker butterfly decoration and an altered lampshade


A CAS butterfly card and a pair of altered flip flops


My tin can brooches and faux butterfly frame


A ribbon wreath and altered lightbulb baubles


A Sweetheart butterfly canvas and a Ship card


My kindle case and a Christmas card with its own wreath

How does your writing/creative process work?
I quite often have my best ideas just as I am falling asleep! This is a blessing and a curse, but im glad for it-my mind is always trying to think of what I am going to make next. As for writing my blog it depends on my mood-but I try to make a structure of how I came to make something, how I made it and which products I used and a little greeting and thank you to my lovely followers. They are after all the best part of blogging!

Thank you so much for reading my post and I hope you enjoyed it. 
I pass the torch on to:
Erin 
and Amy
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