Sunday, 14 December 2014

First projects in my new home & good by to Craft-Room Challenge

Hello, finally back and settled in and started to get into the craft room.   Oh yes the new home very comfortable most importantly the IMPs have settled and seem happier here.  I could wish everything in my life was going so well but it never was a smooth path to life was there.  So new craft room, just getting to find my way around has any seen my Cropadile?  Yep found new safe places and promptly forgot where they are!  

If you have been one of our lovely Craft-Room followers you have probably seen that we are closing the challenge site.   It has been more 3 years of fun and friendship but changes in out lives have brought us a parting.   My thanks to Julia, Maria, Esther, Debi, Hazel, Mervi, Suzanne, Annie, Amber and Christi for their support and help with the challenge over this time.    Not all of these special people have active blogs now so there are no links on their names.

I would also like to thank out sponsors without whose support we would not have been able to offer the great real prizes that we did over the life of the challenge.   The Stamp Man, Tando Creative, Crafty Individuals, Ali Craft, The MDF Man, Flonz , Rogue Redhead, Tanda Stamps, Rarebird, Stamp Addicts & Indigo Blue.

On to our last challenge then, this started last Tuesday but I was not able to make a sample until yesterday.   The challenge is a wonderful inspiration picture created by Debi.

I love this collage, it is so romantic beautiful winter images and gorgeous dreamy women.

Not having any paper mache models to hand I thought I'd use this artists model.   The dreamy floaty feel of the picture with the delights' of winter came to me from the picture.   Using Bigz Wings Dies and a Spellbinders feather die the dummy has been given a floaty white robe, and wings that have the look of movement all cut from white light weight card and tissue paper.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Vintage Christmas

Great ideas and designs for our background challenge at Craft-Room Challenge, as always you give us a lot to think about and a great deal of pleasure visiting your blogs and seeing your work.

Sadly Annie has had to step down from the team because she has received a great offer the kind you cannot say no to.   It might be a bit early yet for her to share the news so you'll just have to keep an eye on her site to find out more, just like us her former team mates are having to. We all wish you every success in the future Annie, thank you for sharing your talents with us and being such a terrific roomie, we will miss you loads.

It seems that after her all to brief return Maria has had to step down again due to family and health issues.  We really hope Maria that things settle down for you soon and you can get back onto an even keel.   One of the original roomies your contribution to the challenge has been invaluable.

We do not have a host this time, following a group discussion we thought it would be fun to have a Vintage Christmas.  You are welcome to make anything Vintage Christmas Themed that strikes your fancy.

Crafty Individuals are our Sponsor this time and they could not be a more perfect sponsor for this theme.

Sorry I am a little late with my sample this week, been thinking of other things like moving!   But here it is now, I altered a bag with things that are to me very traditional christmas.

First the bag was stamped with traditional greetings.  Next a panel of gold textured paper and a strip of red crape paper.   More crape paper, this time green, used to tie a bow for the top of the bag.   One of my favourite Santa stamps created the main image coloured with my new Chameleon pens.   Not perhaps the best test for them but they are cool and the fade is a great effect.   Image die cut and some snow flakes punched out.   Both sides of the bag are decorated in the same way.   As a baby boomer my childhood was in the 50's and 60's vintage years.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Black White and Grey with just a touch of Green

 These are a few of my favourite things.   A mask form, painted with white Gesso, printed tissue added with the help of Modge Podge.   Rubber Stamping with Brilliance Lightening Black and then coloured with Green Whisper Pens.   The eye sockets outlined with black Whisper Pen, and the suggestion of lashes drawn on.    A black corsage with 3 gens popped onto it and a blast of silver spray and sparkle give the final flourish.

Moving home soon and I'm beginning to think that my collection of masks last used to decorate my flat in Bournemouth, 15 years ago, will be on display again.   The collection will be enlarged by the masks I've made since and kept, most have been re-homed but I've kept a few.

This mask was inspired by a new challenge Mixed Media Place whose inaugural theme is Black, White and Grey + one other.

Papertake Weekly also have a Black White + 1 theme.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Make your own background, no DP

This is the new challenge at Craft-Room Challenge set by our wonderful Mervi.   We had a great response to our colour theme over the last fortnight but peeps are still not making sure they know the rules!   We have a simple solution, we are not commenting on their posts.  Not all that effective but it saves us time and has the added bonus of reducing the frustration levels!

Mervi's turn now then, a great opportunity and excuse to get as messy as you want.   This pink, what is it with me and pink at the moment? and yellow background is the result of mixing distress paint with a geli pad.    First poured was some of the yellow onto the geli pad spread around with a brayer.   The card used was scrap with a stamped image and the heat embossed sentiment.   The yellow was allowed to dry while other bits of card were also pressed onto the pad.   Next, for this card, the Pickled Raspberry Pink, applied in the same way.   The result was a bright pink piece of card with speckles of yellow.   Finally Picket Post Distress Stain pushed across the card and then wiped off with a baby wipe.   Through all this paint the greeting stands out more and more.

The butterfly and the patten boarder at the bottom are old Elusive Images stamps, a bright cartoon butterfly seemed a great topper for the card.    A little bling and the card cut down to fit on top of a silver edged black card blank.    Think this will be for a girly birthday.

I'm also sharing this with
Artistic Inspirations - Make Your Own Background, well have to really don't I.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Oh look I altered something!

It's a slipper hanger that has been waiting its turn for beautification for quite some time.

I always think that things like these are far to good to just chuck out not even in the recycling bin.   So they wind up on my alterable mountain that is growing in various corners around the house.  

This one has been turned over and made into a wall hanging.

Isn't it Pink!    The inner heart shape from a Card Craft garland kit was the template for the butterfly wings cut out of designer papers, more DP used to cover the the shape which supports the butterfly and is attached to the hanger.   The hanger is wrapped in twisted sari silk this does 2 jobs it covers the less attractive plastic and gives a surface for glue to adhere to.    More of the same papers and one or two more have been die cut into flower and leaf shapes and then layered up and scattered over the project.   The pretty bird die cut is a tattered lace design from a bargain bin.   Dies are getting so expensive, and not being someone who must have the newest and latest designs the bargain bins are my first stop.
The Crafty Individuals stamp was not from the bargain bin but purchased directly from Crafty Individuals.

I had planned to go to the the Sincerely Yours event at Newark today but a car service and 4 new tyres rather put paid to that.  Brought work home as well this weekend so it would all have been a bit rushed anyway.   There will be other shows and opportunities to spend money on new craft essentials.

I'm sharing my altered slipper hanger/wall hanging with

Left of Center - Altered Art
Fussy and Fancy - Breast Cancer Awareness Lots of Pink
Artist Trading Post - A new challenge on the block starting with an Anything recycled/repurposed goes.
MilkCoffee - Lots of Layers
Altered Eclectics - Always anything Altered Goes, my second entry this month.

Time now for some decisions, get the work laptop out, do some housework, of have a little fiddle in the crafting zone? Ummmm what should I do? What will I do?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Green Man with his Autumn Crown

I found this mask blank at the Range, it is much smaller than the usual size I work with which brought challenges of it's own, things had to be scaled down.   The blank was coloured with Viva Inca Gold in bronze and green.   Then sprayed it with more autumnal colours of Glimmer Mists.   After it was dry it was stamped with leaves and branch, the branch stamped again and gold ep added.   The leaves of the crown are vellum and parchment type paper.   Once they were added the whole was sprayed with gold spray and sparkle.   Florist moss and a strand of twisted sari silk were the final additions.

The Green Man, a pre Christianity god or god like being who lived in woodlands.  He is always represented with a face crowned and surrounded with and by leaves and vines.   Often seen as a fearful being a powerful demanding deity.    With Halloween this month it is easy to conjecture links between the halloween tales and this ancient terror.

Friends who visit regularly know how much I enjoy these 3D tactile projects.   I'm sharing this one with:

Mixed Media Mojo - Anything goes with fabric (I hope the twisted sari silk fits the criteria)
Altered Eclectics - Always Anything Altered Goes
Rhedds Creative Spirit - Halloween or not, anything altered
The Mirror Crack'd - The Body Beautiful
Ruby's Rainbow - Autumn Leaves
Creative Corner Challenges - Anything but a Card

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, Seasonal Colours

Good morning, Happy Birthday brother.  It is such an easy birthday to remember 30th September.   This is his Birthday card this year.

It's also the start of a new challenge at Craft-Room Challenge with a colour theme set by yours truly.   At either end of the globe we are entering into the seasons of change Spring if you are in the lower half, Autumn if you are in the northern half.    Both times of year offer a riot of colour and are to my mind very energetic so my challenge is for you to use one of two colour pallets

Pick your pallet and work within it, trying not to introduce additional colours please.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Rogue Redhead Designs, I've used an image from the same plate that the winner will receive.  Well not the exact same plate, your will not have been cut and used.

There are lots of seasonal challenges around at the moment, here are a few of them

Fashionable Stamping - Trees, with Autumn Colours
Crazy 4 Challenges - Incorporate a leaf or leaves
Open Minded Crafting - Fall/Autumn
Daring Cardmakers - Autumnal Forest

Have fun with this one and remember to check everyone's rules.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Happy Retirement Ann and Ian

Ann until today had worked for the same organisation for 34 years, after his retirement her husband Ian joined the company working part time.   Today they retired and you just know who had to make their retirement card!  Here it is.

2 pieces of A4 card with DP joining them on the outside, the insert acted as additional support on the inside.   Their hobby's and interests include Steam Engines, Ballroom Dancing, caravanning and just getting out and about as much as they can.   Rogue Redhead stamps of the seniors even resembles them both making them the perfect choice.    Steam train a TH stamp and the fussy cut people are coloured with ProMarkers.    The sentiment says Time to Enjoy.

I'm sharing this card with
Simply Create too - "It's a Special Occasion"
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Lots of Layers

Sunday, 21 September 2014

That is the week that was

Health warning, I'm going to rant you might want to skip this first part and go to the cool card I'm sharing below.

Last Sunday my vacuum went Bang!  Whats the problem with that you may ask it saved you from doing the housework but.   I live with 3 cats, cats are furry and shed their fur everywhere and so when it gets ankle deep it does have to be vacuumed up.   So off to the shop to get a new one, bearing in mind that we are not going to be able to buy those powerful sucky tools once the shop stocks have sold out, something to do with global warming.   £100 + later a new cleaning tool made its way to my home.

New boss had her first post hand over week.   Now normally this would not be to much of an issue even if she does need to know absolutely everything and have her hand held at each step.  We are still working on the go live of a new computer system, what to new computer systems do? they go wrong.   Top this with 2 power cuts during the week stoping all work for each afternoon and resulting in 2 very late evenings in the office (6:45 and about 7:15) a new early start on Mondays on the promise of a early finish, yeah right.   And people wonder why I am stressed?

Then I get answers about the boiler at the house I am buying.   They have never had the boiler serviced and do not know when it was installed!!!! Who does not get their boiler serviced?   So I've gone back and said get it serviced or replaced to my satisfaction or the deal is off.

There is more the normal nonsense of spam calls, spilling the milk (Actually didn't do that) kind of normal day to day stuff not worth mentioning.

But, and this is important the cats are all fine.

So this week-end has been about unwinding, the vacuum was unpacked and put to work! Now this is sad but I like the new machine it is sooooo much better than the deceased one.   And I made a card.

Pumpkin Spice - Coffee or the Colours of Coffee
Less is More - Face the Music and Dance

The colour pallet (apart from the Orange) is shades of coffee, from the browns of 'black' coffee to the cream of silver top milk Camp Coffee my Mother used to make.   I've used Memento, Stayzon, and Colour box chalk inks.   The image has been coloured with Promarkers.

The Main images is a Stamps Happen Inc stamp stamped onto a scrap rectangle and fussy cut.  The blocks, music and stave are old stash collection stamps.   The solid strip is a piece of scrap from another project.   The cafe girl  on her stool always me think of Bob Fosse a brilliant mid 20th century choreographer, I expect her to break into one of his dances any moment now.

Good therapy.

I'm also sharing this with 

AAA Cards - Fussy Cut CAS

Right shopping list, Onion, Garlic and Icecream

Thursday, 18 September 2014


The perfect antidote to a stressful week in the office, a little ink and time to let creativity put logic in it's place.

A little sunshine, well seems we are not getting of the real thing!  Inspired by AAA Cards a CAS challenge site with the theme of Sunshine.   The card is from a recently re-discovered pad of graduated colour, this is coated stock so the images are stamped in Stayzon ink.   The glorious sun image is by Stampendous, while the sail boat and the water are Kanban stamps.   Simple really but oozing hot laze summer days.

I'm also sharing this fun card with,
Addicted to Stamps - Holiday
Inky Impressions - Primary Colours (Red, Yellow, & Blue) that + white is all I've used.
Crafters Cafe - Water Related

Right time to get back to logic and that office place.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, Forest Friends


We had a great number of entries for out last challenge, unfortunately more or less 50% did not qualify. Mostly it seems to be an issue about the number of challenges entered but with some there were also our other rules that were really being adhered to.  Please read the rules folks we are telling each other and ignoring those entries that are ineligible.

Moan over, we have a new challenge for the next 2 weeks at Craft-Room Challenge, our host is Amber and her theme is Forest Friends.

Amber says "I have picked the theme of "Forest Friends".  I love forest creatures!  You can include any of them in your project, but I ask that they be one of the focal points and not just a "token gesture".  Please check out the New Pesky Rules to ensure that your entry/post qualifies to be in with a chance of winning."

Our sponsor for the challenge is Tando Creative, you know they send really nice goodies to our winners.


With this colourful time of year and this fab theme I have chosen to create a mix media canvas as my sample.   The canvas is 12" x 9" initially painted with watercolours two trees added with stencils and embossing paste.   When that was dry the trees were given definition with ProMarkers.   Glimmer Mists  more watercolours and stamps built up the scene.    The silhouette birds are felt iron appliqué fixed here with glue with the suggestion of a tree trunk on the edge.   The deer trotting through the woodland is a Tando Creative rain deer also coloured with ProMarkers.

I've mentioned our rules and I always look to respect those of other challenges, with this in mind I am entering my canvas into

Fantasy Stampers - Autumn Colours
Animal Friends - Golden Autumn
Stampinback - Anything but CAS (rubber stamps used 2 trees and flock of birds)
Simply Create Too - Fall/Autumn

and then I learnt of The Mirror Crack'd a new monthly mixed media challenge with the theme of Anything Goes.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Off White, Blue and Brown

Well I did mention that the colour themes around this week were inspiring me.

Blue and Brown, it's a very stylish combination this week-end I could not resist it.   I've not made one of these journal cards recently so I did for this project.

The stamps are Kanban ones, stamped in Brown Memento.   Then it was just playtime with my Promarkers lots of different Blue and Brown tones.    To finish Inkylicious ink dusters Adirondack and Distress inks blended top and bottom.

Two challenges for this colour combo, one it does not qualify for but as far as I can see it does qualify for
Daring Cardmakers -  Colour Challenge.

Something with wings is another popular theme and I hope the bluebird here will not be seen as a token gesture as it is as important to this piece as the flowers or the sentiment.

Stamping Sensations - Things with wings.

Colour themes and tags and things

When I updated the Challenges for Days list yesterday (Saturday) I was struck by the number of colour challenges and how different they are both in style and the colours suggested.   So inspired I made a couple with more spilling out of my head ……..

First Chocolate Mint

Does it make you think of the delicious chocolate with little mint sugar crystals in it?   Did me.    The die is one I picked up recently in a bargain bin as I've got a patchwork in my head for another time.    Here using the middle size die and some double sided card.   The shapes stamped with images from various set in Coffee Archival ink and coloured with Sakura.   Another bargain die provided the ribbon suspended medal.   The ribbon is white and has been coloured with a green Promarker pen.   A little bee charm just completes what is essentially a CAS card.

Less is More are of course the inspiration of this colour combination.

Next, Pretty in Pink

This one started under electric light I was delighted this morning that it was working out as well as it has.   Handicapped as pink is not really one of my go to colours there is a surprising amount of useable bits to help.   Pink card stock cut with the trusty TH tag die and left overs + left over of green from the project above cut with yet another bargain bin set of dies for some flowers.   A freebie paper pad provided the blue bird and bunting at the top, this is largely hidden by the old Basic Grey fibres.   Crafty Individuals Ladies of Paris stamp used with Memento brown ink and just the forefront image coloured with Promarkers.

This was created for
Allsorts - Pretty in Pink
Suger Creek Hollow - Tag your it

It's only now Sunday afternoon and at least one more colour combo calls.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Tando Creative endless opportunities.

More or less 5 years ago a brand new paper crafting product came onto the Market.   High quality strong and durable Chipboard.   This board came laser cut shapes intended I think for scrapbookers, arch shapes, inches, twinchies simple basic shapes that would take a battering.

The owner/designer Di Oliver a paper crafter herself got some of her friends to test the products and write about them on their blogs.   It was from one of these blogs that I learned of the product and went looking for retail sources.   My early efforts were with the arches and the jig saw pieces.

Over the last few years the range has grown and now includes many 3D projects, a much wider range of shapes and elements that can be used for all manner of crafting projects.   Flexible and strong masks were soon added to the range these match and compliment the chip board extending the possibilities.

Late 2010 I was invited to join the design team for Tando Creative, giving me the opportunity to test, experiment with and explore the opportunities the range provide.    There was even the opportunity to write the first tutorials these were in the form of a book made of 6' square chipboard stamped embossed coloured heated and goodness only knows what else on each side.   The finished book can be seen here.

The adventure continued with more and different projects.   Mobiles proved to be successful.  2012 was  a terrific year for GB for the Craft Barn extravaganza that year the Tando team laid on GB themed projects.  Below are 3 of my samples for the event show casing the then new buttons, another whole raft of opportunities and ideas.

Later in 2012 life got rather complicated with work being done in the house the demands of the design team became to much and I stepped down from the team but the pleasure taken in Tando products remains and it is a delight to try new additions to the range when they become available.

This is one such, a book cover.

The kit comes as a 6" square project with front and back boards and a 3/4" spine.   To complete the cover there is a laser cut topper for the front.   I painted this topper with pearlised paints in different colours and several layers to get deep rich colours.   Behind this is a 6" thin metal sheet hand embossed with using a TSS mould and tools.   Decorative tape helps hold the structure together with paper from my stash lining it all on the inside.    Sweetpea stamps provided the steampunk bee stamped with Stayzon onto foil lined card.   

Recently Tando Creative opened their own on line shop Tando Creative Retail  where the entire range is available.

The book cover is my entry into
Altered Eclectics - A monthly challenge where anything altered goes (except cards).
Rhedds Creative Spirit - The other monthly challenge where anything altered goes (except I think cards)

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, Something Old Something New

We loved your Cat themed makes over the last fortnight I'm sure we will have a lively debate choosing our Winner and Top 3.    While we are doing that we have a new challenge at Craft-Room for you.   

It is Annie's turn to host the challenge and she has come up with a goodie.   Something Old, Something New; Old and New stash? thats the direction my project took.   The New is a stamp and embossing folder set by Couture Creations I picked up recently, the butterfly and flower were stamped and then embossed.   The blue tit is a Craft Stamper cover stamp that had not been used previously.   The topper and mat were cut with a deckle edge blade, one of the old things used the others were my felt pens used for colouring and the Blue Glass ep the sentiment is embossed with.

Our sponsor for the challenge is Crafty Individuals, the designers of the Blue tit stamp used here.

With our rule of no more than 5 other challenges I am being very selective about challenges I enter.
Sweet Stampin' - Embossing
Simply Create too - Show us Something New
4 Crafty Chicks - Something Old Something New
That Craft Place - Summery Colours
Come and Get it - Things with Wings

Sunday, 31 August 2014

a short stroll down memory lane

As the schools go back this week there will be some girls with terrific tans and memories of friendship in the sun, beside the sea.    Just as there are many of us who remember our long gone school holidays and the fun filled days at the beach.

This stamp an older Crafty individuals brings it back.   The tag, long time stash, must have a coating of some kind the effect it had on Promarker was very interesting especially the look it gave the sky I rather like it.    Once the tag was completed to make a card just a strip of sticky back lace, Eau de Nil, extended the water line with the tag placed over the top.

Sharing this with
Less is More - Beside the Sea. Poor photo the actual card is white not purple of blue.
A Gem of a Challenge - Summertime

Monday, 25 August 2014

Red, Orange, Yellow

That' the current colour challenge at Inkspirational currently.  It appealed to me when it started last week but I was not sure I'd get to it.   A bank holiday gave me the time needed to play a little.

The result this little altered carry tin.   Remember Paper Mill? they used to sell all sorts of chipboard sets in these great little carry tins, this one held letters.   Yesterday I was going to use a few and transferred the rest to another tin.   In the end the letters did not get used still there was this great empty tin.    Alcohol Inks Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange and Red Pepper worked all over the tin.   Orange ribbon wrapped around the handle.

The front cover is from a Tando creative set, the base worked with yellow and red inks.   The sun stamp (well what other image would go with this) is an old one purchased from ebay inked with gold and covered with gold ep.  The frame worked with Orange inks and then embellished with Orange, Red and Yellow gems.

Result a great hot new storage box.

Beside Inkspirational I'm sharing this with

Altered Eclectics - Always anything altered
Allsorts - Bright Sunshiny Colours

Well the long week-end is over and the promise of Autumn is with us.   All being well this was the last Bank Holiday I'll spend in this house.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, Cats

It's Christi's first turn at hosting the Craft-Room Challenge this week and as a completely bonkers cat lady, even worse than me, her choice of theme is CATS.

The prize comes from one of our fabulous sponsors, The Stamp Man.

Here is my sample.  It is not often that I use DP but having recently rediscovered this set thought it should be put to good use and it is pretty.   I've used a contrasting paper with the tag die with some yellow ribbon behind.   The main topper used 2 stamps, the frame with flowers is by Stampendous, the cat in the middle is an old Personal Impressions, think they fit really well together.   All colours done with Promarkers.

We would love you to join us at the least take a look at the terrific samples my roomies have made.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, A Summer Garden

It's been an interesting couple of weeks for us on the Craft-Room Team with discussions around quality of entries and what we are really looking for. As a result our rules have changed which are intended to encourage people who really enjoy (as we do) taking inspiration from our challenge theme.   Quality over quantity is our motto.

Hopefully this will not be to tough on Hazel who is our hostess this time.    Taking her inspiration from the season, here in the northern hemisphere, and the glorious weather we are enjoying Hazel's theme is Summer Garden.

Certainly deserves something a little different, at least for me.    Us Brits are well aware of the TV shopping channel 'Create and Craft' and their membership scheme.   Every couple of months or so they offer a special product to members who only have to pay the P&P.   Recently the offer was a Craftwork cards kit to make this garland (well 3 garlands but I've only done this one so far).   Struck me as perfect for our Summer Garden theme.

I've used both the free kit and elements from another Craftwork cards kit that proved irresistible a couple of years ago.    Hope you are tempted and will join us and share your Summer Gardens with us at Craft-Room Challenge.

Our prize this time is a Tanda stamp set and a Woodware stamp set.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

1 Tag, 2 sides

A fun little project that would have been my sample for the current Craft-Room Challenge until I decided on the panels instead.

Tag shapes cut with the TH die and then a window cut in one with the ticket shape die.    Tags coloured with Glimmer Mist.    A new Crafty individuals mask of birds in flight used with Adirondack inks and the ink dusters, the brushes get into the detail of the mask.   Crafty Individuals stamps used on both sides the flowers and dragon fly coloured with Sakura pens.  Some of the foil coloured with alcohol inks left from a previous project sandwiched between the two tags.   The double sided tag embossed with the sun rays folder.   Another dragonfly stamped onto acetate and fussy cut, a row of self adhesive gems used on the body.  The centres of the pink flowers have micro beads glued into them.

The whole thing has a wonderful shimmer/sheen that unfortunately does not come over in the photos but you get the general idea.

Looking around thought to share this with Sweet Stamping - Take Fight.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Craft-Room Challenge Green Inspiration

 Green Inspiration
This gorgeous picture was created by Debi our hostess this fortnight at Craft-Room Challenge.   All Debi wants is to see is something created by you inspired by some part of the picture, it would also be nice for her to hear how you were inspired.

This is my take on the challenge.   3 Tando panels 15" x 5" each given layers of Mown Lawn Distress Paint and Peeled Paint Distress Stain.   A Crafty Individuals flock of birds stencil used on one with Imagination Crafts bronze glitter paste.   The tree parts, flowers and butterflies are all Tando from the same kit.   These were coloured with various mediums, the butterflies stamped as well with the stamp used on the panel and then everything arranged on the panels.    Before sticking them a stamp used on the opposite corner to the birds and other stencils used with Vintage Photo DI, the same ink used on the outside edges of the outer panels.   PVA glue applied to the back of each chipboard element will hopefully ensure everything should stay firmly attached.   Finally wanting to add more texture and searching my EP box I remembered setting up some 'altered' glue with green ep a while ago.    After melting the ep the glue pulled off the plastic fairly easily and pieces added to the boards.

So had all this to do with Debi's picture.   Well Green, I just love Debi's mood board, the grace and beauty of the images, the strong reflections of nature all combined to lighten anyone's mood.  This piece  of wall art will be displayed on the wall of my new home when that is decided on.

As always there will be a winner drawn at random from all the qualifying entries, this time we are sponsored by Crafty Individuals, and have some lovely goodies from them to send to someone.

Here are some great challenges I'm sharing this project with.
Love to Create - Bright and Sunny
Lunagirl Moonbeams - Use your favourite colour (Green just in case you had not figured that out)
Imagination Crafts - Anything Goes (using IC Glitter Paste)
and 1 I nearly forgot!
Fashionable Stamping - Dreaming of Summer

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Wedding/Anniversary

Looks like a my inspired by a tattoo challenge flummoxed a lot of you, but it is a challenge and I like to make them stretching.   Well done to all who did enter I really loved visiting your blogs to see your work and learn what inspired you.

Mervi is our hostess this fortnight, and as it is her wedding anniversary this week she has selected a very apt theme of Wedding/Anniversary for the new challenge at Craft-Room Challenge. 

Seeing the challenge I knew I wanted to use the Rogue Redhead Designs love birds, the only question was how.    Found some old printed floral card stock which I've used as the base card and taken my colour scheme from.   A mat of gold Vellum layered next and then the fun began.   White card embossed with a spellbinders deep embossed pattern.    There is a blank section of these folders, so with mould still under the card the birds were stamped and heat embossed with WOW fine detail gold ep.   The same ep used for the sentiment on a piece of white scrap card stock.   The frame for the sentiment was left over from a previous project involving the TH tag die.   But I get ahead of myself.    Having embossed the card Sunshine yellow brushed over the outer edge, and over the little frame.    ProMarker pens used to colour the raised design, Whisper pens were used to colour the birds.    Finally a little golden vellum die cut used to draw attention to the Love Birds.

We are very fortunate in our sponsors, they support us challenge after challenge.   This time we able to offer one winner drawn at random £10.00 to use at The Stamp Man's online shop.

Tempted, we would love to see your Wedding/Anniversary projects.  We all love sharing out work don't we, I believe that my card fits the following:

613 Avenue - Make your own challenge see site for chart. Col 1Image, Col 2 Sentiment, Col 3 Embossing (Wet and Dry), Col 4 Flowers, Col 5 Paper Punch, hopefully a die will be OK.

Just us Girls - Word Prompt BIRD

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

And another little project

Well I'm back at work now, how quickly you slot back in and feel as if you never went away!

A little something I'd been playing with for the last few days of my annual leave, I've actually given this one a name 'Timeless'.

The pocket watch shop is an MDF base 8" across and 10.5" in length.   The shape has been covered with Do-Crafts tissue the one with writing and roses.   The roses were coloured in with yellow ProMarkers.   The back panel is metal hand embossed with my favourite Sizzix plate 'Floral bouquet', I really enjoy hand embossing metal guess it is the same as rubber stamping gets you in touch with the project so you are not just manufacturing it but building a deeper feeling/relationship with it.   I know crafters will understand what I mean by that.

So wood covered, metal in place Viva Croco next in Turquoise and Copper and left to dry.    La Blanche stamps used directly onto the rim and onto card at this point just the dragonflies and orange flowers from the same set.   These were coloured in with Do-Crafts felt pens and Sakura glitter pens for the insects.   Images fussy cut and secured with silicone so they stand proud.   ProMarker pens used on the raised metal design.   Three die cut cogs left on my work surface for ages coloured black.   Still feeling it lacked something I looked at various ways to complete the project and finally decided on another La Blanche stamp from a different set.   This time coloured with ProMarkers and the blending pen used to add some highlights.  I used yellow and a turquoise shade to echo colours already used in the project.

Although made as a personal project and creative outlet I'd still like to share this with.

Altered Eclectics - Always anything altered goes

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Always anything altered goes

Fashionable Stamping - Flowers

Crafty Cardmakers and More - Wooden it be lovely

All Crafts Challenge - Anything except Cards

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Day 16 of 16

Well the last 2 weeks have flown by but they have been full of fun and visits to some interesting and lovely places.

Yesterday I did get out and visit Tattershall Castle one of those places that at least partially survived Cromwells destruction of Royalist strongholds.   Here he commanded that the fortifications were demolished but allowed the tower to stand.

Today visitors can walk right to the top, 149 steps up a spiral staircase.    The stone hand rail is smooth from hundred of years of use and who knows how many hands.    The stone steps have all been filled in where years of use had worn hollows into the them.  

The visit set off a train of thought about England's History especially the reign of Henry viii and later the 1st Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell.    First Henry in the 1530's ordered the confiscation of church property especially the rich abbeys Thronton amount them.   This led to their eventual falling into ruin, today they are quiet and interesting places to visit frequently in wonder at the workman ship that built them in the first place.

Then the British Civil War leading to a puritanical government and Cromwells 'reign' of terror resulting in so many old Norman established castles being destroyed.    Two significant periods both with their roots in religion both leading to bloodshed and destruction.

So another good day out ended with a visit to Let's Create, Jo Channon's shop in Tattershall.   Well being in the area it would have been rude not to visit wouldn't it?

Today, well for now I'm listening to/watching a recording of the Shadows Final Tour in 2004.   All that magical 1960's music and so much fun seeing these veteran musicians enjoying their music and still making the moves they did nearly 40 years earlier.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Day 15 of 16

It rained yesterday, not really the weather to go looking round ruins soI stayed at home.   Think today will be a normal kind of Saturday or maybe that will be tomorrow it would still be nice to go to Tattershall if I can.

So I used up some scraps.

A pre-cut page for my journal thingie, this was stamped last week with the flower filled piano but it did not work as planned and so set aside.   The embossed card used for yesterdays card a piece left over covered here with some kitchen foil previously experimented on.

The foil has been coloured with alcohol inks and other paints gilding flakes and glitter dropped onto the wet paints.    Old Johnsons floor polish dripped over and a piece of recycled acetate places on top.    I left this for several days and then separated the foil and acetate.    Ruined the Acetate with a stamp such is life.   The foiled placed over the embossed card and gently worked with 10SS tools to bring out the design.

The foil covered card hides the bad stamping on the base card.   The base card coloured with both DI and Adirondack inks, the lolly stick was pre coloured.    Both card and stick stamped with Crafty Individual Stamps the stick lined up to fit over the card.

It is playing like this and just finding out what happens that I love to do and these 'journal' cards are perfect to experiment on.

Sharing the results with
Daring Cardmakers - No scissors please
Left of Center - Use Metal


Friday, 27 June 2014

Day 14 of 16

So really with just the week-end to come my 2 weeks leave is nearly over.   Stayed at home yesterday as I do not want to make the sun burn worse.   No fear of that today so might be a good day to have a little more exploration, there are a couple of interesting properties at Tattershall.

On Wednesday updating the Challenges for Days list a few challenges caught my eye each contributed to the design of this card.

The panel has been embossed in a folder and the raised areas picked out in different green coloured ProMarkers.    The die cut butterfly is vellum also coloured with a green ProMarker.    The sentiment and the butterfly settling on it are stamped in yet more green.

The challenges are

Creative Inspirations - Clean and Simple
I Love Promarkers - Embossing
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Embossing
Butterfly Challenge - Monochromatic
Crafty Creations - Things with Wings
Deep Ocean Challenge - Favourite Colour Combination.   Green is my favourite colour here it is in various shades.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Day 13 of 16

The day has dawned light and bright again, this week is summer.   My face is rather burnt from yesterday and the is an interesting stripe on the right side where the arm of my glasses covers it.   Think this is from driving around with the car window open.

Well no crafting yesterday I was have such an interesting time at Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park.  Very interesting place with great spaces for the animals there helpful and informative staff, the whole place is clean and well laid out.

That made 2 wonderful visits to wildlife parks this week, here are a few pictures  of both places.

Mablethorpe Seal and Animal Sanctuary.   Here are two of the permanent residents seals who it was not possible to release.   I think there are about 6 permanent seal residents two types of seal are generally cared for here Common and Grey.   The Grey's often come from Donna Nook just up the Humber estuary where as cubs they might be injured or abandoned.  

There are several pools holding recovering and pre-release seals, who are all very playful and inquisitive.   This youngster spent a lot of time at this porthole while in the pool 4 or 5 others played.

Seals are not the only residents there is a beautiful pair of Lynx, Meerkats, Red Fox and Badger.   The foxes and badgers were injured on the roads and came here to recover and live permanently I caught a glimpse of a fox but their sections are very well arranged giving these lovely wild animals lots of privacy. 

As you walk around the gardens you pass aviary after aviary providing homes for many birds including a wonderful barn layout where if you peep through knot holes you can see 2 barn owls resting.   Reading the information notice you learn that each of these birds was injured and each has had one wing amputated.

Another aviary if home to these gannets.   This group sitting preening and sunbathing on this platform provided a fabulous photo opportunity.

So much to see, so much to learn a wonderful day out.

Yesterday and off inland to Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park.   I've already exulted their virtues above now here are some pictures.

There are 4 white wolves at the Park they have a large enclosure with lots of places to go for privacy.

There are 2 Siberian Lynx, this is the female checking out where that last piece of meat was.

Most of the birds are birds of prey and there was a magical flying display.   This chap wanders freely around the park possibly looking for his tail!

There is a tropical house with a butterfly section where I managed to snap these beauties.

Now that i know these two wonderful wildlife/zoological parks i will have to get my proper camera out and batteries charged before visiting again.

Not sure what today holds, think staying out of the sun might be a good idea!