Saturday, 17 January 2015

A touch of Summer

Good morning, peeps!

I'm just popping in briefly to tell you that wor Sheena is on Create and Craft TV next Monday 19 January to show you some more techniques and ways with her wonderful new stamps and dies.  Her shows are at 9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. - not to be missed!

In the meantime, here are a couple more of the cards I made as samples of what you can do with this collection - I hope you like!

Thank you for looking today.


Monday, 12 January 2015

Did you watch it then?

Good afternoon, peeps!  I'm talking of course about wor Sheena's show on Create and Craft TV that started at 3.00 p.m. this afternoon.  If you did miss it, it's usually possible to catch up on the C & C website.

Anyhoo, I thought I'd just pop in and show you the card that I've created with the Brambles stamps and dies, the Scarecrow and the Fields of Gold stamp.

It's hard to see in this photo but the berries in the foreground are glazed with Glossy Accents, which I also used to create some 'dew drops' on some of the leaves.  Sheena suggested triple embossing them with clear powder which is another way of doing it, so great minds think alike, eh?  Well, nearly anyway....if  my mind worked like wor Sheena's I would be a happy bunny!! :-)

These stamps and dies are so fabulous to work with and I'll be making another card with this set and a little help from one of its friends but I'll show you that another day.

Thanks for looking today, peeps!


Saturday, 10 January 2015

Sneaky peeks, day 2

Good afternoon, peeps!

I thought you might like another little peek at some of the new stamps and dies that wor Sheena has been busy creating.  Apart from seeing what I've done with them, you can see the good lady herself on Create and Craft TV beamed straight to a TV set near you live from CHA in California at 3.00 p.m. on Monday 12 January - I forgot to tell you that yesterday - doh!!

Anyhoo, here is today's little offering:

The dies I've used on this one are The Old Tree, Country Fence and the smaller of the two corners from the Hedgerow Corner set - all really versatile sets to have!  The background and background stamping was done with Spectrum Noir Aquatints.

Thank you for looking today and I'll see you all again soon!


Friday, 9 January 2015

New launch not to be missed

Good afternoon, peeps!

Well the weather is dreary and stormy outside but inside my craft room it's summer!  Wor Sheena is over the pond all set to launch a series of new stamps and coordinating dies at CHA - yes I did say dies as well!  They are fabulous and it's an absolute delight working with them.  Here's the first of my sneaky peeks:


I love these Wild Roses and the die set includes the leaves and the stamens - I've enhanced mine a little with some Ranger Liquid Pearls, The curvy frame is another die in the series and will be eternally useful for all sorts of card designs.

Here are some more Wild Roses in a different setting:

The whole series is full of wonderful images all connected with nature and I'll be back tomorrow to show you some more!

Thank you for looking today.


Monday, 24 November 2014

My first attempt at Scrapbooking

Good afternoon, peeps!

For some years I have been wanting to scrapbook some old family photographs and, whilst having bought some papers and other stash for the purpose (as you do!), I have never felt inspired to create any actual layouts until I found the work of Gabrielle Pollacco.  Do follow the link and have a look at this lady's blog, her work is amazing!

Anyhoo, I wanted to use her work as inspiration and not slavishly copy so this is what I did:

It's not perfect but I'm reasonably pleased with it for a first shot and I really did have the most fun doing it!  The photograph is of yours truly (I'm the one in the middle but without the big ears!!) at age three and a half on holiday in Rhyll, North Wales with my parents.  It was ever after known as 'Windy Rhyll' in the family because everything we ate on the beach came accompanied with quantities of sand because of the wind!  Perhaps that's why I'm not over keen on ice cream to this day - the memory of the sandy kind is imprinted on my memory!

Here's a close up of the very flowery bit to the right of the photograph:

The twine bow and the little scrap of cheesecloth/butter muslin (it's known by different names in various parts of the world) are two of Gabrielle's signature touches and I just love the way they add texture.

Obviously, for this layout I was working with stuff in my stash but I have been collecting a few stencils and bits to help out.  Here's the list of what I used where I know where it came from:

Designer Paper:  Foundation paper (pink)  Graphic 45 'Botanical Tea' Collection.  The rest from my stash
Flowers:  These are largely from my stash and were bought from Wild Orchid Crafts.  They also have some similar flowers to the hydrangea ones I used here.  The Flower Vine I bought from The Craftz Boutique years ago and they still have some similar ones here.  They are really helpful at this shop and they have a very efficient mail order service - don't go there unless you're prepared to spend - the temptation awaits you there!
Stencils:  Dylusions Luscious LeavesTCW Mini Art IsTCW Mini Specimen
All other bits and bobs are from my stash - it's amazing what you find when you root around!

I do hope you've enjoyed looking at this - it's a complete departure for me so do please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Thank you for looking today and I hope you've enjoyed your visit,


Saturday, 1 November 2014

More mixed media

Good morning, peeps!

Well are you all ready with a cuppa to sit down and watch wor Sheena?  I'm so looking forward to the shows!  If you are watching, look out for these samples:

This is painted on a stretched canvas and I think I just about chucked everything at this before I finally painted it with the Pebeo Acrylics (on the shows today if you're quick - they often sell out!).  There are plasterboard tape, butter muslin (or cheese cloth as some call it), crumpled tissue paper, modelling paste, die cuts, grunge board shapes (Tim Holtz) and silk flowers....oops! nearly forgot the beads!  When the paint was dry I dry brushed over the highlights with gesso and finally added some Pebeo Gilding Wax to other highlights.

This box could be for a man because it's not fussy at all but is painted with the special effects paints that are in the mixed media kit launching today on Create and Craft TV.  The shape stretched diagonally across the lid is one of the new stamps that you'll see today.

And finally:

A door hanger for the lady herself.  The wood is primed with gesso and then painted randomly with Spectrum Noir Aquatints.  The stamps used for the tree and leaves are new for this weekend's shows and the leaves are painted with H2Os.

Enjoy the shows and thank you for looking.


Friday, 31 October 2014

Tree Canvas

Good morning, peeps!

Did you miss me yesterday?  I'm sorry there was no post but I don't know what happened to the day, it just sort of ran away with me.  I'm sure we all have days like that.

Anyhoo, here is today's offering:

This is a canvas board on which I painted some random hilly shapes using white acrylic mixed with various shades of H2Os.  The basic tree trunk is one of wor Sheena's new stamps that are being launched on the Weekender event starting tomorrow at 9.00 a.m.  I filled the trunk shape with Modelling Paste to create the bark texture that isn't showing all that well in the piccy.  When that was dry, I painted the surface with H2Os.  The leaves, blossoms and sky were all produced with some of the special effects paints that are in the mixed media kit that's also being launched on the weekend shows.  The stamps that produced the flowers and leaves are also on the shows but the butterfly is cut from a Crafter's Companion die.

I do hope you'll all be watching over the weekend because I know there'll be some wonderful demos and some exciting products as well.  The show times again are:

Saturday 1 November at 9.00 a.m., 12.00, 6.00 and 8.00 p.m.
Sunday 2 November at 11.00 a.m, 2.00 and 7.00 p.m.

Thank you for looking today.