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All work exhibited here is my own design, unless otherwise stated, in which case I shall have credited the original author of that work. I am thrilled to be able to share my designs with you but would appreciate that you respect that these are my designs and do not copy and place them anywhere else online or use them for your own personal gain in any way.

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Monday, 3 October 2016

CCM 174 Birthdays

We have a lovely easy challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers, Birthdays!

DV 174 Birthday

My birthday card was created with a stencil I created myself by diecutting a Go Kreate die into mylar. First I stamped the Katzelkraft Cat and then masked it up before brushing various DIs through to create a sort of landscape. The little border at the bottom was added later and coloured with Stabilo Fine Point pens, as the detail on it was very small and much easier to colour with a really fine point than a copic or even a pencil.

The birds in the trees stamps is called Corbeaux Silhouette also from Katzelkraft. I misfired the edge and had to finish it off with a sharpie marker!

Die cut is from Britannia dies, all matted onto a 7” scalloped square card. The cat is actually coloured a very pale lilac but sadly it’s so pale it looks as if it’s not coloured at all.

I am entering this into:-

AAA - #74 Masking
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - #07 Anything Goes
Colour Crazy - #23 Anything Goes Craft Colouring
Crafting With Friends - #28 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #340 Birds of a Feather
Creative With Stamps - #7 Sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - #445 CAS
Ellibelles Creative Moments - Creatures and Critters Linky Party 8
Freshly Brewed Challenge - #21 Animals
Kitty Bee Aloha Friday - #81 Birthday
Robyn’s Fetish - #336 Square Cards
Seize The Birthday - Soft and Simple
Southern Girls - Pretty In Pastels

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Monday, 26 September 2016

DV #141 Embossing Wet or Dry

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is embossing. You can use wet embossing or dry. We are sponsored by the fabulous Live and Love Crafts.

DV 141 Embossing

I chose wet embossing. My stamps are mostly from Paper Artsy, the flowers and butterflies are the new Kay Carley set EKC03 and the words are from JOFY 11. I stamped with versafine and embossed with clear detail powder, and then watercoloured using my lovely new Prima Watercolour Confections! I used Tropicals, Classics and also Decadent Pies. They are fabulous paints, just the merest touch of water brings them to live and the pigments seem really rich. I have no idea about their lightfast properties, or indeed what colours they actually are as Prima have not bothered to put this on the packaging, nor on their website. They come in a funky little tin with two fold out mixing palettes, and even a thumb ring to hold them with if you were using them outside.

I also made a border with Leonie Pujol’s lovely border stamps, and then added glitter glue to lots of the accents on the flowers and butterflies. It’s matted onto some pink mirri.

I am entering this into:-

A Bit More Time To Craft - #28 Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - #178 Female Birthday
Crafting from the Heart - #129 Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - #28 Anything Goes
Crafty Awesomeness - Sept: Anything Goes
Ellibelle’s Creative Moments - Creatures and Critters Linky Party 7
Get Creative - #48 Must Include Embossing
Incy Wincy Designs - Things That Fly
Make My Monday - #31 No Patterned Paper
QKR Stampede - #210 Embossing
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Powder Power

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Monday, 12 September 2016

DV #140 No Squares Allowed

Our challenge at Dream Valley is No Squares Allowed. I have to admit I veer towards the square card as I am a fiend for symmetry. So it’s nice to do something other than the ‘norm’ for me.

We are sponsored by the fabulous Live and Love Crafts.

DV 140 No Squares Allowed

My card is all made from scratch including the base, which was created with a Tonic die called Bowscale. I love the versatility of being able to cut any size I like, and the fact that I can make them square or rectangular depending on my mood.

The tree design is a Sweet Poppy stencil called Wishing Tree. I first inked through the stencil with a combination of DIs and after the ink dried I spread clear texture paste through, before it was able to dry I covered it in clear micro beads. The little sentiment is from a diecut pad from Craftwork Cards and edged in one of the colours I used through the stencil.

I am entering this into:-

4 Crafty Chicks - #315 Birthday
ABC Challenge - O is for Open
Artistic Inspirations - #163 Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - #163 Anything Goes + Sentiment
Bastel-Traum - #44 Mask/Stencil/Die Cutting
Brown Sugar - #215 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #337 Anything Goes, twist no squares
Creative Artiste - #18 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge - #115 Anything Goes
Love To Create - #19 Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
Oh La La Creations - #213 Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - #9 Anything Goes

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Monday, 29 August 2016

DV #139 Monochrome

Our challenge today at Dream Valley is monochrome. You could, of course, go down the black and white route, or as I have done, just shades of one colour.

We are sponsored by Crafty Ribbons.

DV 139 Monochrome

I have used Stampendous’ The Look, which also comes with a feather, which I have used and a rose, plus a stencil.

I stamped the face and then masked it off before stamping the Justrite script background with Forget Me Not Archival ink. I coloured the face in with Neocolor II watercolour crayons. I stamped the feather twice onto the first of the background papers that I used, in the same Archival ink I used for the script stamp. My papers are from NRN and K & Co. I distressed all my edges and then inked them with the Forget Me Not inkpad. I used Glossy Accents on her lips, and Spectrum Noir sparkle in clear over her eye makeup. A flower and small pearl/crystal spray finished it off.

The glossy accents and sparkle show up better in the pic below.

DV 139 Monochrome 2

I am entering this into:-

Colour Crazy Challenge - #20 Anything Goes Craft Colouring Challenge
Crafting From the Heart - #125 Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - #322 Words/Letters on the Background
Ellibelle’s Creative Moments - Let’s Colour Linky Party 11 Anything Goes
Oh La La Creations - #212 Girlie
PDE Linky Party - 135 Bold, Bright Colours
Polkadoodles - #34 Something Beginning with F (Feathers)
Simply Create Too - #116 Use Feathers
Stamping Sensations - Aug: Anything Goes
The Pencil Case - #27 Anything Goes

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Monday, 22 August 2016

CCM 171 By Or Under The Sea

Good morning and Happy Monday. Did everyone enjoy the Olympic Games? I am so proud of our Great Britain team. We even outdid our performances from the home games in 2012. Congratulations to all the medallists, and better luck next time for the ‘near misses’.

Right over to our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers, which this time is being hosted by Bec, By or Under the Sea.

We are delighted to be sponsored for this challenge by Woodware Craft Collection with a fabulous £12 voucher for our winner.

Apologies this is picture heavy!

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My Under the Sea is a bathroom cabinet that I purchased from my local recycling centre (or The Tip as we like to call it) for just £2. It started off as the most awful dark mahogany colour and boy did it take some sanding down to get it to the stage where I could even consider painting it. Ignore the ‘false’ mirror, but the reflection of the camera wasn’t exactly enhancing the pic so I photoshopped in a pretend mirror over the real one.

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Unfortunately I forget to take a pic before I started work but this one is after about three hours of sanding!

I mixed some emulsion to get an aquatic type colour and having gessoed it first I painted with the new colour. It was still a little too bright though so I dry brushed in some white paint to tone it down a little.

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This was actually finished in two stages, because my ME got really bad half way through and I pushed it to one side and didn’t get round to finishing it until I saw this challenge was due to be published so I cracked on at that point and finished it. However, when I started it, I only had a couple of underwater type stencils and a set of Magnolia dies which were ocean/underwater themed.

I textured pasted a mermaid and also bubbles through stencils. No idea where the mermaid stencil came from but the bubbles stencil is actually called Wave and is by Dutch Doobadoo. I also made my own embellishments from the Magnolia dies, and the tiny turtles which was a turtle border die, which I die cut several times and then layered up before painting.

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As you can see from the pic below, I moved things around before I was happy with where they all were, and before finally sticking them down, I painted them with Maya Gold paint, and also painted the mermaid and dry brushed some maya gold onto the top of the bubbles to give them a bit more definition. It was at this point it got pushed to one side and forgotten.

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Then the Heartfelt Under The Sea collection was released and I just knew I had to use it. I couldn’t face starting again, but hope that the addition of the Heartfelt pieces enhances it!

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I took a couple of sheets from the paper pad and stuck them inside the cabinet, adding extra diecut fish to the background.

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Before I stuck anything down, I placed various pieces to see if I liked them

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But I decided there were too many, and also it needed bubbles to match the front. After I stuck it all down I sprinkled Glamour Dust over the fish, you can just see some of the twinkles in the pic below, but in real life it’s must more twinkly.

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and the other side

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Before I put it all back together I gave it several coats of Plasti-Kote satin transparent paint spray, because obviously going into a bathroom it will have to deal with a lot of steam and I wanted to make sure that all those lovely paper pieces didn’t just fall to pieces in the heat and steam. Word of warning, if you go down that route yourself……. do it outside, the fumes and smell nearly choked me and Poppy dog.

Finally a view inside with everything re-assembled and the shelf in place. Can you spot the non deliberate error? Yep, I forgot to measure where the shelf was going to be so I could hide the join in the two different sheets of paper! Ooops

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As you can just see above. I stamped a gorgeous little Stampendous sentiment at the front of the cabinet. Near the sea We forget to count the days. I love this sentiment because it’s exactly how being near the sea makes me feel.

And here it is in more close up

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Looking at it from the left, this is the view on entering my bathroom, well not quite. This is on top of my cooker at the moment, but after it has sat outside for a few days to get rid of the smell from hell, it’s the lefthand side you will see more of as you enter the bathroom.

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Sadly it wasn’t until it was all re-assembled I realised that I should have tried to find a way to remove the mirror before sanding down as you can see, at this angle, the reflection of the dark mahogany areas I was unable to reach with the sander! I may have to see if I can sort that out over the coming days. I also had to die the knob as I forgot to get a new one and the original one was bright white and stuck out like a sore thumb.

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And finally the view from the right. By the way, my Daughter informs me I should have cleaned the mirror before taking a photo! But it took me so long to get a pic from the side that didn’t show the mess reflected in it, that a couple of finger prints are neither here nor there!

I am entering this into:- (way too many! but this has taken me ages, so I am showing off!)

Alphabet Challenge - M For Mythical (the Mermaid)
Altered Eclectics - Aug: Anything Goes
Bastel-traum - #44 Mask/Stencil/Die Cutting
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - #05 Anything Goes
Crafting Musketeers - #40 Anything But a Card
Crafty Boots - Anything But a Card
Crafty Hazlenut’s Patt Paper - Aug: Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - #135 Seaside/Beach
Delicious Doodles - Aug: All Creatures Great and Small
Ellibelles Creative Moments - Critters and Creatures Linky Party 6
Fantasy Crafters - #2 Aug: Anything Fantasty Goes
Fantasy Stampers - #69 At The Beach
If You Gave A Crafter A Cookie - #50 Photo Inspiration
Little Red Wagon - #355 Surf’s Up
Love To Create - #17 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Make My Monday - #28 Photo Inspiration
Melonheadz Friendz - Use Diecuts and/or punches
Mixed Media World - #17 Summer/Sea/Nautical
Morgan’s Art World - #17 Anything But A Card
Not Just Cards - #35 Aug: Anything Goes
Pile It On - #115 Die Cut Embellishments
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Go Fish
Sparkle N Sprinkle - Aug: Anything Goes with loose glitter ( I promise it is there, please read post!)
The Crafty Addicts - #22 Use Die Cuts
The House That Stamps Built WIW Photo Challenge - A1716 a1716
Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge - Aug: Anything Goes

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Monday, 15 August 2016

DV 138 Pretty In Pink

We are sponsored today by All Dressed Up for our Pretty In Pink challenge. We were lucky enough to have one of their gorgeous images to use in the challenge. I chose Fairy Flowers.

138 Pretty In Pink

I coloured her with copics and used some Stabilo fine point pens for the flower which were very small because of the size I printed the image at.

She is matted onto some pink mirri cut with a spellbinders label die. The diecut area in the corner is one of Tim Holtz’s Mixed Media dies and the sentiment die is another Spellbinder die.

I am entering this into:-

Come and Get It - Punches and Dies
C.R.A.F.T. - #376 Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can - #125 Things With Wings
Crafting with An Attitude - #18 Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Use a Digi or Stamp
Crafty Girls’ Creations - #24 Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - Aug: Anything Goes with Dies
Stamping Sensations - Aug: Anything Goes
Star Stampz - Add a Sentiment
Through The Purple Haze - #106 Anything Goes

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

CCM 170 Time

It’s my turn to host over at Crafty Cardmakers this time and I have chosen Time as my theme. I am happy for you to interpret that anyway you like, but if it’s not obvious then please tell us how it relates to time.  I am a little tardy with my post because I have had a nightmare week and didn’t get it finished on time.

170 Time

I started with a 5x7 canvas panel that I had already started but really didn’t like, but it was in the finished colours so that influenced everything else I did. I splodged various Paper Artsy Fresco colours on and then added a couple of stamps from the Ding and Dong range in the background. The main image is also from the same range. I stamped the components onto three different shades of Elizabeth Craft Shimmer Sheetz with stazon. The main body/clock I embossed around the two large circles and then flipped it over and embossed between them to give it some body (no pun intended). I also coloured the beak in yellow to give some definition and added some colour to alternate stripes on the legs, and the clock edge.

The wings and head plummage I accentuated with a white sharpie poster paint pen. I used brads for the eye and to hold the hands of an old clock, I had dismantled, in place. Finally I popped a few tiny gems into place in the centres of the stamped clocks in the background. The craft sheets were a nightmare to stick to each other. I ended up having to use Glossy Accents, but sadly it did leak onto the front of the bird and I had to try and repair it with copics. The upside is it’s really shimmery in real life. The photo doesn’t pick up how the colours change on the metal sheets.

I am entering this into:-

Art Journal Journey – Nature’s Wonders
Crafting When We Can – #125 Things With Wings
Crafty Boots - Use a Stamp
Creative Corner – Anything But A Card
Delicious Doodles – All Creatures Great and Small
Digi Choosday – #32 Anything Goes
Ellibelles Creative Moments – #6 Critters and Creatures Linky Party
Happy Little Stampers – Aug: Mixed Media Chall – Metal
Kitty Bee Aloha Friday – #77 All About Animals
Lemon Shortbread – #21 Anything Goes
Love To Create – #16 Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
Pile It On – #114 Make Your Own Background
QKR Stampede – #203 Things With Wings
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – August
Try It On Tuesday – Leftovers and Scraps (my clock hands were left over from a clock I dismantled for the cogs)
Unicorn Challenge – #12 Animal Kingdom

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