Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Keep on Crafting Shop Blog Makes - 19 - 21 July

Greetings Peeps!

Mid-week already so it's time to share last weeks Keep On Crafting Shop Blog Makes.  Firstly a big thank you.  I have really appreciated your comments on the shop blog too, thank you to everyone who has commented, I do try to reply, time permitting. We would love to see you in the shop if you are in the area but you can also order online.

I blog for the shop Tuesday to Friday - Tuesdays post details offers, classes/workshops, new stock and my pick of the week. 

Wednesday's post was a festive set including a card, envelope and tag.  It was also really quick to make as it's white embossing powder on kraft card using the one of the new Christmas Woodward stamp releases.

On Thursday I used a couple of Imaginations Crafts stencils and a blend of distress inks.  The image were created at the shop dabble day.

Finally on Friday I used one of the Everyday 3D Embossing Folders from Crafter's Companion but gave it a festive twist but using seasonal colours.
I popped into the shop on Friday as the Christmas 3D folders were being demonstrating, the everyday and christmas are all available from Keep On Crafting.

Saturday I attending a Distress Oxides Class where we made a lot of fun inky backgrounds and I shall be sharing my makes this week. The Distress Oxides are on special offer at just £5.99 until the end of July or until stocks last, and P&P is free if your spend over £3.00.

Creative Blessings.  x

Monday, 24 July 2017

Noor! Design UK Design Team Call

Good Morning!  

My heart did a little flip when I saw the DT call for Noor! Design UK.  On my list of DTs I would love to be part of, Noor! Design UK is at the top, and yes I really do have a list 😊 - half a dozen companies I absolutely adore. If you are a regular visitor to my blog you will know that Noor! dies are my favourite. I'm attracted to these dies for their unique quirkness and beautiful design. Couple this with the adorable stamps, pretty papers and gorgeous embellishments available from Noor! Design UK makes for one very happy crafter and one delighted recipient of any creation using them.  

Being creative is my number one passion, I have crafted for many years but over the last three to four I have been able to dedicate more and more time to this hobby that brings me a lot of happiness.  I have some past DT experience and my position on the Creata DT was where I first fell in love with Dutch design and in particular the Noor! dies and papers.  I am not currently on any other DTs so have the time to dedicate to the 5 projects per month requirement.

Being part of a team designing samples and sharing inspiration using a product brand I love would be fabulous.  Blogging & being part of Design Teams has also been the best experience of sharing my passion with others and building friendships.  I first applied for the Noor! Design UK DT back in 2015, since then the class I attended with Tracy Payne, and the Noor! Design blog, have been a great source of learning and has certainly helped me improve my techniques around flower arranging on cards, etc and distress marker colouring. 

I usually blog three times a week and post my creations on my Facebook page, Instagram account, Twitter account and Pinterest.  I also have a YouTube channel and once my editing software arrives I am looking forward to
 filming some of my makes too

My project uses an MDF tag which I covered with a piece of Pion Design The Night Before Christmas - Just a Peek paper.  Next I stamped the Wild Rose Foxes in Stocking three times once on the tag using Black Archival Ink, once onto watercolour cardstock using pigment ink and clear embossing powder and once onto Pion Design The Night Before Christmas - Stockings were hung paper using Geranium Archival Ink.  

I cut around the stocking and fixed this to the image on the cardstock and watercoloured the foxes with Distress Markers.  I die cut the hats from Noor! Happy Holidays Santa's Suit, flipped one and coloured them using distress markers.  I have finished the hats off with fluffy stuff (yes it really is called that and it's one of favourite products for festive makes!).

I added glossy accents to the holly berries, and have embellished the tag with Noor! Mery's Twig die cuts coloured with distress inks, cheesecloth, natural fibre and moss, dried flowers, stamens and an artificial flower.

I colouring the lace ribbon with distress ink and added a few smudges and spots of white gesso to the tag. 

Now all that is left to do is cross my fingers and wish good luck to all the entrants.

Creative Blessings.  x

I wish to enter this into the following challenge(s);

Craft Stamper Magazine - An 'Anything Goes' Stamping Challenge! - July 2017

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Keep on Crafting Blog Makes 11 - 14 July

Greetings Peeps! 

I have decided to dedicate Wednesdays to sharing my Keep on Crafting Blog makes for those who missed them on the shop blog.  I post regularly on the Keep on Crafting Blog, inspiration posts are Wednesday to Friday and Tuesday's post gives a quick run down of deals and savings and upcoming workshops and demo days. 

The week started with Art Journaling. 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Keep on Crafting Blog Makes 4 - 7 July

Greetings Peeps! 

I thought today I would share the makes I made for the Keep on Crafting Blog last week. 

 The two cards above were made at the workshop.

I was inspired to make these two pieces by the Mixed Media Glass Bottle and Card classes, combined a few techniques. 

All products are available from Keep on Crafting. We would love to see you in the shop but don't forget you can always order online and p&p is free when you spend over £3.

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 7 July 2017

Fergus' Girl - Birthday Card

Greetings peeps, happy Friyay!

Today I'm sharing a birthday card made for my friend's little girl who turned 3 on Wednesday.  You may remember the digital scrapbook page I made.  Alina loves animals in particular she is very fond of Fergus, my Newfoundland and Buddy, my parents' Labarador.  This image is called Bud's Girl but for the purpose of this card I've made it Fergus' Girl.

The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil and coloured with my Graph It markers.

This is one of my favourite sentiments from Paperartsy.

Supplies used;
Bud's Girl image from Mo Manning (Mo's Digital Pencil)
Ink It Up! Clear Stamp Pad
Heat It Up! Pink Embossing Powder
Heat It Up! Yellow Embossing Powder
Paperartsy (ZA08) Big Giant Lots sentiment stamp - Keep on Crafting
Graph It Markers
Happy Birthday sentiment - See-d's Stamps
Alphabet - See-d's Stamps
Ranger Glossy Accents - Keep on Crafting
Dovecraft Ribbon
Flower paper - stash

Creative Blessings.  x

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

Mo's Digital Pencil Facebook Challenge - July - Anything Goes - Facebook

Crafty Ribbons - Facebook Challlenge - £15 Voucher challenge

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Selfie Scrapbook Page

Hello peeps!

I decided to do some paper scrapbooking last week.  As some of you will know I love making digital scrapbook pages but it's been quite sometime since I made a "real" scrapbook page.

I'm sure it will come as no surprise that I have picked my favouite subject to scrapbook, my Newfoundland dog, Fergus.
I used my Craft Artist Programme to change the photos to sepia and add butterflies.
To finish I added some journaling to a kraft card tag.

Creative Blessings.  x

Monday, 3 July 2017

Yellow Rose for Friendship

Hello Visitors

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, as I mentioned on Friday, I attended a craft class at Keep on Crafting, I will share the results of that class tomorrow.  Today I'm sharing something a little different, it's a cross stitched card.  The kit is from The Nutmeg Company.

It's the first time I have stitched on paper.  I stitched it as a birthday card for a very dear friend, personalising it by adding her name.

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 30 June 2017

Christmas Bling! - Craft Buddy Crystal Art Kit

Greetings peeps!

I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend.  Tomorrow morning I am off to another class at Keep on Crafting in Bury St Edmunds, this time it's mixed media cards. There may still be places available so if you are interested please phone the shop on 01284 701101 between 9.30am and 4.30pm today.

I'm sharing a little bling this morning!

This is my first Christmas card this year and my first Crystal Card Kit from Crafty Buddy.  I found it very relaxing, it reminds of paint by numbers but the end result is truly stunning!

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 23 June 2017

Engagement Congratulations!

Good Evening peeps!

Thank goodness it's Friday, it's been one heck of week, add to that the heatwave and I'm not sorry to see the back of this week.  I hope you had a good week and have a fabulous weekend.  Today's share is the card I made for my friend who recently became engaged.

I have kept it fairly simple with a distress oxide wash for the background and grey ink for the images.

Supplies used;
Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Oxide - Keep on Crafting
Ranger Watering Can Archival Ink - Keep on Crafting
Creative Stamping magazine free stamps

Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Father's Day Card - Lili of the Valley

Good Evening Crafters!

We are in the middle of a heatwave here in the UK, if it's super hot where you are I hope you are keeping cool.  I'm afraid me and hot weather really do not get on and I am longing for Autumn already, pretty sure I suffer from Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Anyway I didn't come on here to whinge about the heat, I wanted to share the Father's Day card I made for my dad.  I watercoloured the image using my Distress Markers and the white wax crayon for a resist technique to create the clouds.

Supplies used;
Kraft card - Annamarie Designs
Tartan papers - stash
Tim Holtz Brushed Courdroy Distress Ink - Keep on Crafting
Sunday Stroll - Lili of the Valley
Jet Black Dovecraft Premium Pigment Ink Pad
Clear embossing powder - Keep on Crafting
White wax crayon
Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Keep on Crafting
Xcut Four Petal Nesting die
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Leonie Pujol Typograph dies

Creative Blessings.  x

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Wedding Preppers!

Hello, a small warning before I begin that this post is photo heavy! 😲  Today I'm sharing photos of the items I helped prepare for my sister's Wedding.  I have left it until now as I wanted to wait until after they returned from honeymoon. The following makes might explain why my blog was very quiet at the beginning of the year!  Some of the more boring and time consuming craft work was undertake by yours truly and our mum.

The theme was birds and shabby chic with a touch of bling.

Place Names
Die cutting 70+ place names wasn't too bad and only took me approximately an hour.  I used a Tattered Lace die.  The last photo shows how my sister finished them off.

Then came the bunting, a whole different story.  I had an X Cut die & my Cut N Boss so thought this would make life a lot easier.  Little did I realise that cutting 400, yes 400 hessian pennants was going to eat time!  Each one taking at least two turns, some three or four, through the machine, and whilst the electronic die cutting machine was a saviour, I couldn't do anything else other than wait for each one to come out, a bit like watching paint dry!  And don't even talk to me about the mess, it looked like a haystack had blown up in our conservatory, which where I craft, so each session ended with a mass vacumming session!  Unfortunately I can't locate a photo of the bunting when it was finished but it looked beautiful with the purple hearts painted on it.

Heart Confetti for the tables
I have no idea how much heart shaped confetti my mum had to cut, but she had a very sore wrist after punching out hundreds of these tiny hearts!  This confetti was for the tables along with some gems.

Next on the list was key chains for each of the bridesmaids and the flower girl.  I used my Serif programme to size and set the words to fit in the pendant.  I stained the paper using coffee to add the shabby chic style as white looked too stark.  Fixed the paper in place with a domed glitter sticker and a little glossy accents to make sure it didn't came out.  It took me a little while to decide on the design but once I was happy with it I was able to quickly put them together.

Bridal Pin
The bridal pin came about as my sister wasn't keen on having a sixpence in her shoe (she later decided in the end to have a sixpence in her shoe too).  I used a key and lock charm, crystal heart bead and a few smaller beads to make an angel.  The sixpence came from Ebay (I polished it up using brown sauce) and the charms and beads I had in my stash.

Hen-Do Heart Rosettes Name Badges
I wanted to keep with the Shabby Chic theme of the wedding for the Hen Badges.  This was a very fiddly exercise as they kept springing apart as I was trying to squeeze them into the heart shape.  I had seen a free rosette maker with a magazine but I decided not to get it as I already had my Hougie board and I was pretty sure of the shape I needed, and as predicted that part was easy. Trying to hold it together, form the heart and glue it drove me close to insanity!  I got there in the end though and added the names cut using the Noor! Design banner die, inked them with Vintage Photo distress ink and then added buttons from my stash.

Ring Pillow - made by Mum
The ring pillow was made by my very talented mum and I just had to share a photo as I think it's stunning.

A few other elements - Made by my sister.
It really was a full-on handmade Wedding, here are only a few of the hundreds of items my sister made.

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 16 June 2017

Thanks Paw-fully!

Good Evening folks!

It's Friyay, hope you have an awesome weekend planned.  I'm off to a Mixed Media Glass Bottle Class at Keep on Crafting tomorrow so expect some pics of that next week.  Just to mention that there were spaces left on this class so if you fancy coming and you are in the area it's worthing popping in, class starts at 10am.

You might remember that recently we went away to Warwickshire for a few days to coincide with my sister's Wedding.  Whilst we were at the Wedding, Fergus and my parents dog, Buddy stayed at Doggie Day Care and we picked them up the day after the Wedding.  I made this postcard style card to say thank you, from Fergus of course!

I used Serif Craft Artist to change the photos to black and white and used elements from the Vintage Typewriter digikit to create the postcard.  The P and C are coloured with gold Sakura pen and I added some faux franking with Docrafts Papermania Portbello Road Urban Stamp and edged it with a bit of Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.

Whilst I am on the subject of Fergus, you can visit his blog here, he usually posts every other Saturday, so look out for a post tomorrow.

Creative Blessings. x