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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 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)


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:
and Amy

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Suzanne's 'Outside In' Scrapbook

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well! I am here with a really special project for one of my friends who is poorly. She loves nature so for her birthday I thought I would make an 'outside in' scrapbook with pretty pictures of flowers, wildlife and scenery for her to look at when shes feeling low.
I used Papermania Sew Lovely range of papers, ribbons, bows and decoupage sheets, twine, eyelets, tags, photos, wooden embellishments and felt. For the front cover I chose quilted paper, then used a decoupage sheet label which I handwrote the title on. I then gave this texture and a 3D effect by matting with two different shades of felt. Fawn and Lime green.
On this page I made a pocket where I stored a photo tag, but also used little photos of flowers and wildlife as embellishments on the pocket and page.
A photo of a Small Copper butterfly on a tag I made, with a gold eyelet and twine to pull these tags out. I singed the ends of the twine with a lighter so they didnt fray.
A comma butterfly on the reverse of the tag.
On this page I made a pocket and decorated this with measurement tape embellishment, a ribbon and a matching bow. In my pocket is another tag with photos on.
Another tag with eyelet and twine fastening. My photo was taken at an exotic butterfly exhibition.
Another exotic butterfly photo I took at the exhibition.
For this page I cut around the decoupage sheet heart negative space to make a frame for my peacock butterfly photo, I then used the heart as a base to cut my common blue butterfly photo into a matching heart, just with no frame. I added ribbon and a wooden butterfly embellishment.
This page I made a pocket then decorated the far corner with decoupage sheet embellishments.
A photo I took of some gorgeous cloud patterns during a sunset on a tag with an eyelet and twine fastening.
This page I decorated with a tape measure die cut.
This page I switched round my pocket so the opening faces the side of the scrapbook rather than the top. There are two tags in this pocket.
A photo of a Crocosmia plant in my garden on a tag.
A collection of photos-two of plants in my garden and one of a spectacular firework I managed to photograph. I once again used felt as a mat for one of my images to make it stand out on the page.
On this page I made a pocket and used a photo of a seagull on the beach as an embellishment, I also embellished with a ribbon and bow.
The front of the tag from the previous page
And the reverse of this tag.
A beach photo at twilight.
A pocket which faces the side again, decorated with ribbon and a photo of a fireworks display.
The tag from the page above, a photo of a beautiful sunset against a tree.
The reverse of the tag with a photo of gorgeous cloud patterns during a sunset.
The last page of the scrapbook with a photo of an Aquilegia from my garden. I then dried out some of our seed heads and put seeds in an envelope I made with Sew Lovely papers for her to use in her garden should she choose to. Its one of my most loved plants!
I really hope she loves it!
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!
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