Mellow Yellow

We are having a run of warm sunny days here in the UK. I’m actually leaving the house in the morning without a coat! Sunshine is the order of the day over at City Crafter Challenge Blog too, where the team would like us to use lots of yellow in our projects. At the moment I am having fun playing with stamps, inks, stencils and paint and this card has it all. Well, nearly all as there isn’t any paint!

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Did I mention there was also a bee? The background was stencilled using Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed distress inks. There’s a little Fossilised Amber around the edges.

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I stamped the bee and the crown (both by Stampotique) and then coloured them with Poloychromos. I paper pieced the bee’s wings.

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Next, I stamped Stampotique’s sunflower. That has also been coloured with Polychromos, the flower head being paper pieced.

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Here’s hoping you have a very sunny weekend and thanks for buzzing by.

You’re a star

I happened to have quite a few pieces of white card leftover from various projects. As they were sort of ATC size, instead of putting them in my ever increasing scrap pile, I thought I would whip up a few “same but different” ATCs.

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I totally love my Dylusions paints but am a bit scared when it comes to using them so using them here, on these small scale pieces, was the perfect low-risk activity to overcome my fear.

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I trimmed the card scraps to ATC size then, using fingers, smeared on blobs of paint. In some places I overlapped or, being very cautious as this is where I struggle, blended colours together. The paints dry super quick so by the time you’re done with the last one, the first is ready for its next treatment.

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I added a yellow star to each one by applying the yellow paint through a stencil. The black outline is also a stencil from the same set by The Crafter’s Workshop.

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I added random patches of stencilling using another Crafter’s Workshop template.

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Finally, using a Fude Ball pen I added the words. Freehand – yep, I really did. And, although not entirely happy with the “dream,” I was more than bit pleased with how it turned out.

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From my point of view, this was a great confidence booster and I just wish I had more time to mess around and get messy!

Whilst we’re talking stars, don’t forget we have a “stars or stripes” challenge on the go over at Crafty Boots Challenges, we’d love you to come and join in.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Ride with the stars

As the weeks continue to fly by we start another new challenge over at Crafty Boots. For the next fortnight theme is “Stars of Stripes,” but if want to treat yourself and use both then please do! I’ve been playing with inks and stencils for my little starry creation:

 

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Oh and of course my favourite little lady, Stampotique’s  Agatha Heart by Magda Polakow.

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For the background, I smooched on Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio distress inks, blending them and overlapping them at random. To create the stars I used a small blending tool and some Dylusion’s paint through a Dylusion’s stencil.

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Agatha was stamped directly on to the background and then again on a separate piece of cardstock so I could colour her in with Polychromos. The stamped sentiment is from Stampin Up! – part of the Happy Congratulations set.

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You will find lots more inspiration over on the Crafty Boots Challenges blog, so do buzz over and take a look at what the rest of the DT have been up to.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Mermaid Shrine

Time for a new challenge over at Anything But A Card and we have an Anything Goes theme for this month. Buzz over and be inspired by what the DT have been up to and then be sure to come back and link up your project. Anything but a card is welcome, ATCs and tags are good to go! I have gone with a favourite non-card make of mine, an altered shrine.

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Up until recently, it was difficult to get wooden shrines to alter here in the UK and I was slightly envious of their seemingly free availability across the pond. So I was uber excited when one of my favourite crafty suppliers, Calico Craft Parts, filled that gap in the market and got on-line to order. This is the result, definitely a labour of love but so enjoyable to do. There was quite a lot of drying time required, whilst building up the layers, and I am not renowned for my patience, I want to finish the job in one hit. So I did a bit each evening and allowed it to dry overnight and then did a little bit the following morning so it could dry during the day.

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The shrine needs to be glued together, a very easy task, and I did this before I got going on the transformation. I kept the front and box separate until the very end so it would be easy to decorated the inside. I began with a layer of gesso to seal the MDF and then used sage green, turquoise and white paints to cover. Once dried, a gel medium to glue on bits of gauze here and there and painted on some glass beads texture gel. Once dry, I painted on some Picket Fence Crackle Paint, just in patches and making sure it was quite thick so there was a good crackle. Then more green, blue and white paints and yet more drying.

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I squeezed out a little coral, gold and bronze acrylic paint and then rubbed them on to highlight different areas.

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Next I created the back drop. The image is from the Gecko Galz Sea Nymphs collage sheet and I popped it on some chipboard before brushing it with beeswax. I didn’t want the image to look too pristine and to have texture. I didn’t make the layer of wax too thick and kept it quite even all over so that you can clearly see the image. I brushed on a touch of bronze an aqua mica powder before giving it a buff with a soft cloth. Of course I should have taken a photo’ of this before I applied it to the back of the box!

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I added a touch more painted wispy painted gauze to the bottom of the box, attached the front panel and then added in miniature shells and a small glass vial of pearls. The shell on the front is actually a plastic button that I painted in exactly the same way as the box.

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I can’t wait to use more of these fabulous shrines and am going to make sure I do just that rather than take my usual approach of hoarding them!

Thanks for buzzing by and don’t forget that it’s “anything goes” over at Anything But A Card, do come an join us – the water’s lovely :)

 

Take A Chance

I think I have mentioned before that Sheffield, where I live in the UK, is not well positioned when it comes to the coast. This is unfortunate as both Mr Beez and I love the seaside. I love it in the summer, even amongst the crowds, when all the traditions of the British seaside are at the fore. But I also love it in the autumn and winter when, if you’re lucky, you might just find one fish and chip shop open and you can sit and wash the waves crashing against the shore.

Today I am sharing a little seaside themed ATC

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I am sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme is “Let’s Go Nautical,” using a mood board for inspiration. I have picked out the tiny little bottle of miniature shells and the yacht on my vintage style ATC. The main image is created from an image and digital paper from the Gecko Galz Seaside Kit.

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I’ve applied the image to a wooden ATC together with the words and then brushed on a thin layer of beeswax. I dotted on a few silver stars and then brushed a couple more layers of beeswax to seal and encase them.

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To adhere the tiny shells, I brushed on more beeswax, quickly pressed the shells into it and then brushed on a little more wax building up layers around and underneath the shells.

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Once I was done with the wax I brushed on a little aqua mica powder then buffed with a soft cloth.

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Unfortunately, these words have haunted me of late. A chance presented itself, I was too timid to take the chance and now I am kicking myself. So I shall keep this on display and close to hand to remind me never to be in that situation again.

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Not my cup of tea

Pinch and a punch it’s the first of the month and, in the UK, it is forecast to be the hottest day of the year so far, possibly reaching 30C. So naturally I am going to be beavering away in a storage unit, where there is no natural light, counting cooking equipment. This is not my idea of fun, even on a rainy day. Therefore a reward at the end of it is vital to keep my spirits up and naturally, I choose cake!!

No cake on today’s card, just a cup of tea

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The image is a digital stamp from the Gecko Galz High Tea kit. I swooshed on some distress inks and then coloured the flowers with Polychromos.

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Look at that fabulous lace trim with tiny little buttons. I found this over at Live and Love Crafts, an Aladdin’s Cave of tempting crafty treats.

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A scrap of lace and a single piece of organza rose trim were the only other embellishments.

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Thanks for buzzing by and enjoy your day.

Black and white on the beach

We’re moving in to the second week of our black and white challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and have some more inspiration from the DT, and our guest designers, to share. I decided to go for a single layer stamped card:

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Cards like this always look nice and easy but we all know that, in reality, direct stamping on to your card is always fraught with danger and the possibility of a disaster.

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I started with beach huts and black archival ink,  I think this stamp is one of Hobby Craft’s own. The “shingle” is a stamp from Stampin’ Up!, the Gorgeous Grunge set, and is one of my favourites.

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The sentiment is also from Stampin’ Up! but I’m not sure which set exactly.

So, mission successfully completed. Did it take more than one attempt to get it right? Now that would be telling 😉

Thanks for buzzing by and here’s to a good week, it’s going to be another busy one!

A splash of red take 2

When I saw this week’s theme at City Crafter Challenge Blog, “blue green and a splash of red,” I was torn about which way to go. Part of me wanted to do a classic layered card and the other part wanted to play with inks. I chose to do both – well, if you can, then why not?! You can check out what I am calling my classic style card here.

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On a square of cardstock, I stamped the leafy pattern, using a stamp from Paper Artsy’s Squiggly Ink Flora and Fauna 3 set, then inked it with some of the new release distress inks – Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon, and a couple of old favourites – Mowed Lawn and Tumbled Glass. I spritzed with water, blotted and then quickly stamped a little bit of text using the same colours. I wanted it to be a bit blurry.

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Once the ink was completely dry I coloured the leaves with a green Polychromo and added a few white highlights.

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I can’t remember where the heart stamp is from but I used Memento ink and then Promarkers for colour. Once it was cut out, I ran a black Stabilo All pencil around the edge, smudging it inwards and then added the white dots.

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This is going to be an anniversary card for my brother and his wife who will be celebrating their 14th anniversary in a couple of weeks time. I dithered for a long time about whether to add a stamped sentiment but, in the end, decided to play safe and add that to the inside.

Thanks for buzzing by.

 

 

Blue, green and a splash of red

Things are definitely warming up here in the UK although the sun itself is still being somewhat elusive and I wouldn’t risk going anywhere without my umbrella. However, it has been possible to sit out in the garden and in my book that makes it officially summer. Today’s I am sharing a card that takes up that garden theme:

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I’m sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme is “blue, green and a splash of red.” I sort of knew that my splash of red would end up being a butterfly!

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I’ve used some Anna Griffin papers and coordinating cardstock from my stash and created mats and layers, topping them off with a border strip, also from Anna Griffin.

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I’ve created some shabby style flowers using a floral die. The flowers were cut in different sizes, from ivory cardstock. I inked them with Crushed Olive and Tumbled Glass distress inks, spritzed with water and crumpled them up tightly. Once they had dried a little I layered them and adhered the layers with glue.

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A new departure for me was to add some proper stamens to the centre. I’ve always been a bit scared of using these for the purpose for which they were intended, but now I have I shall continue to do so. No doubt this will require further purchases!!!

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The finishing touch was to stamp, colour and punch out a bright red butterfly.

Have a happy weekend and thanks for buzzing by.

 

 

 

The stressful things in life!

Having started the week by commenting how quickly the weekend whizzed by, I’m finishing it by commenting how slowly this week has gone! On the work front it feels like I have been pedalling very hard only to end up going backwards so I am more that ready for the weekend.

Today I am sharing a card that I have made for a friend and work colleague, like me, is drowning in an ocean of work. However, she has had the added stress of moving home at the same time.

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She and her partner have moved from a city apartment into a townhouse in a leafy suburb. This house stamp from the Stampin’ Up! holiday home set is pretty close to the real thing. I stamped the houses directly on to card and then swooshed on green and blue inks with a brush.

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I stamped and coloured and extra house and applied it over the original using glue gel.

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The stamped hearts and sentiment are from the same set.

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Moving house is usually on the list of “the most stressful things in life” along with planning a wedding, which is exactly what this lovely couple are doing ahead of their big day this time next year!!

Thanks for buzzing by.