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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Time for Tea (or coffee)!

Hello lovelies
Well it is time for another challenge over at Totally Tilda and Friends.
This time the challenge is:
TEA OR COFFEE
We want to see your creations feature either Tea or Coffee somewhere.  It doesn't have to be on the image, it can be a charm, on a ribbon, on your backing paper but it must relate somehow to Tea or Coffee.
Our lovely sponsor this time is:
gif maker

And the Prize is;
So here is the card I made for this challenge:
Now this card was cased from the Clarity Website Gallery and the lovely Elaine Milner's card.
Isn't Elaine's card gorgeous? If anyone knows how I can link to Elaine could you let me know please. Thanks.
So I used the Victorian Tea Set Stamps and stamped them in Seedless Preserve Distress Ink for my card and added ribbon and card to match.
I masked off a band of card and stamped most of the images in second generation ink and the main teapot image in first generation ink to make it stand out.
I then brushed the same shade of distress ink around the edges of the band.
Then I drew a line down each side with my Flexmarker in Plum
I cut a tag shape out of white card and backed it onto some contrasting coloured card.
Then I stamped the verse and the teacup in first generation ink.
Using my Clarity Stencil brushes I brushed the same distress ink around the edge of the tag.
Added a satin ribbon in a matching shade to the tag and voila!
Thank you Elaine for the inspiration and I hope I did your card justice.
Challenges:
(The Teacup, teapot and sentiment are all stamps)

 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Little Daisy Elf

Hi all,
Just popping in to show you a non-DT card for a change.
The lovely Mitzi Sato-Wuiff over at Aurora Wings has just celebrated reaching 2,250 followers on the Facebook page and gave us all a gorgeous freebie image to use.
The image is called Daisy Elf and you can now buy her in Mitzi's Etsy shop here.
Digital Stamp - Daisy Elf - Big Eye Fairy with Floral Wreath Sitting on Daisy - Fantasy Line Art for Cards & Crafts by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff
Pretty isn't she?
So here is the card I made using this gorgeous image.
The image is coloured with my Spectrum Noir pencils.  I think I am slowly getting the hang of the blending now. I have used 20 different colours on this card - yes 20!! Lol
There are 5 on the Daisy alone!!
The clouds are done using a Clarity mask - must be my most used Mask I think! Lol
I used 3 colours on those two tiny butterflies.  All the gorgeous flowers are from my stash and mainly purchased from Wild Orchid Crafts.
The gorgeous Grace stamp is from one of the clever Word Chains at Clarity Stamp.  It doesn't represent a name rather the natural Grace and Beauty of this gorgeous image.
The background papers are from a pad called Petal Fresh by Nitwits at Lili of the Valley

I am really pleased with how this turned out and I hope you like it too.
Challenges:

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Now I'm Crafting with an Attitude!!

Hahahaha! No I don't mean I'm stroppy when I am crafting, lol.
Not at all.  Let me explain.
You will remember me saying that Through the Purple Haze challenges were closing down don't you, and then this week I told you that we have managed to keep it going?
Well, because I thought it was closing I decided to apply for another DT place.
So as I entered a challenge I noticed they were having a DT call, so thought "Why not?" - sounds like fun and it is a monthly challenge so that was brilliant.
I applied.............. they accepted!! Woooohoooo.
So I can now tell you that................
And what's more they are a lovely bunch of ladies too!
So without further ado, here are the details of the April Challenge.
The Challenge this month is:
FREESTYLE/FANTASY
And our lovely sponsor for this challenge is:
Buy Sassy Studio Designs
So we had a couple of images to choose from and I went with this one:
Super Mom Sassy
And here is the card I made:
As soon as I saw her I knew what I was going to do with her.
I am really pleased with how it came out too and not colours I would normally go for.
So, the image is coloured with my Copics for a change. Dead chuffed with her hair!
I have Anglicised the label at the top and added
at the bottom! I am sure every Mum knows that feeling eh??
So just a case of adding in some flowers, a little air dry clay bow, coloured with Distress Inks, a doily behind the image, the DP is from a Raspberry Road pad at Lili of the Valley called Shabby Shack and, as the saying goes, Bob's Your Uncle!! (I'm sure I don't have an uncle called Bob but hey ho! Lol).  All the flowers are from my stash and I made the ribbon with my MS Air Dry Clay.
So, I look forward to seeing your entries into what is Crafting with an Attitude's second challenge.
Please come along and join in the fun, and why not join the blog whilst you're there.  That way you won't miss anything will you?
Challenges:

Monday, 30 March 2015

Some good news and a "Rebirth"!

Hello lovelies
Well last week I posted what I thought would be my last card for Through The Purple Haze challenges and I was sad! 
However, Fiona has decided to take over the running of the challenge blog and..................
WE ARE STAYING OPEN!!
YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So essentially it is the same challenge blog with the same DT but there will be a change in that we will now be a monthly challenge with each new challenge going live on the 1st of the month.
So that gives you loads of time to get your creations in rather than having to rush and submit within a week! Wooohooo!
I hope you are all as pleased as I and the rest of the DT are?
So, without further ado let's get on with the next challenge shall we?
So we are starting in March but this will run until the end of April and then the first of each month thereafter.  We are hoping that the majority of our sponsors will stay with us and for that we are extremely grateful.
So this month and a bit long challenge is sponsored by:
Eiglassing

I have used Bowl of Daffodils for my card this time and here is what I made:
The base card I have brushed with Distress Inks in three colours, Shabby Shutters, Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade.  I have used the same three colours in the three little frames at the top of the card.
The image is coloured with my Copics and matted and layered on two contrasting pieces of card.
Not altogether happy with the colouring but hey ho, such is life eh?
Then at the top of the card I made three little windows in a piece of paper and brushed the same three DI colours into them and then stamped an image in each using the Wee Folk Fairy stamps from Clarity, love these stamps.
I added a piece of thread (hand drawn really) to make it look like a picture hanging on a wall and added a teeny bow at the top.
Bit of a rush card - my own fault but at least I got it done! Lol
I hope you will keep coming back to join in our new Monthly challenges and look forward to your entries in this new challenge.
Thanks for stopping by:
Challenges:

Saturday, 28 March 2015

New Baby!

Hi all
Well, those of you who know me through Facebook may have seen my fabulous news.
My darling daughter and her partner have just had their second child, a new little baby boy - a little brother for Carter.
Well, when I say little baby boy - he was actually 9lb 13oz so not quite so little eh?
Anyhow, I made a card for the happy occasion and just thought I would share it with you all.
So here goes:
This is the complete thing closed up.  I used a More than words template to cut the letters out of white card and then the same letters out of Designer paper.
The gorgeous ribbon across the B and the one I used to tie it altogether are from Crafty Ribbons here and here. (The It's a Boy ribbon is only available in a pack of baby ribbons now).
Front

Reverse
The first B was cut from Magnolia papers, they are so gorgeous to work with.
All the hearts, animals and embellies are from a Nitwits collection called stuffed love.
I just put them all in my Craft Artist and changed the colour of all the bits I wanted to use to the same blue.
Front

Reverse
The Baby Boy wording is from one of the Clarity Wordchains which you can find here.
Again the papers are from Magnolia
Front

Reverse
I typed on the Born on and Weight before I printed the tag off and then wrote in the weight and date as you can probably tell! Lol. 
The papers on this page and the Y page are from the Nitwits collection at Lili of the Valley.
The pad I have used here is called Bear Necessities.

That scan picture is the one of Leighton at 20 weeks.
The cute little bear buttons have been in my drawer for simply ages.
I obviously had some plans to do some knitting at some stage!! Lol
So there you go, sorry it was a bit picture heavy.
Hope you liked it.
So the challenges I would like to enter it into are:
(there are one or two on here! Lol)

Monday, 23 March 2015

There's an East Wind Blowing!

Hello crafty friends
Well today it's time for another post for Through The Purple Haze.
A bit of a sad day for me as this will be my last post for the lovely ladies at TTPH.
Due to many reasons, most of all health related reasons, Anita has decided to close the blog at the end of the month.  So next week's challenge will be our last ever challenge.
I have not been with the girls for very long but I can honestly say it has been an honour and a privilege to be a part of such a lovely bunch of crafters who still work hard each week to bring you lovely projects for your inspiration despite their own health problems.
Most of us are on Facebook so fortunately we will all be able to keep in touch with each other.
Anyhoo, on to the challenge for this week.
This week's challenge is:
ANYTHING GOES
Our lovely sponsor is:
I have used the gorgeous image called
Lucy Loo Mermaid which you can find here.
Digital Stamp- 'Lucy Loo' Mermaid- 300dpi JPEG/ PNG -MAC0062m
And here is the card I made.
The image is coloured with Prismacolour Pencils and Copics.
The "White space" is actually a shade of green which I did using Pan Pastel chalk.
You can hardly see it but trust me it is there. Lol. 
Not sure I am happy with the colouring on her hair or tail but hey ho, no time to do another one now..
The bow is made using a sheer two tone ribbon which I bought from Brenda's Lace and Ribbon specials on Facebook - why not pop over and have a look. Click here to visit Brenda's page.
So there you have it folks, my last card for Through the Purple Haze Challenges.
I do hope you will still find the time to join in our last two challenges as it would be a shame to miss out on the lovely prizes on offer.
Challenges:

Sunday, 22 March 2015

"Time" to enter the Clarity Challenge

Hello lovelies.
Just popping in to share my latest make.
I was inspired to do this after attending one of the lovely Maria's workshops in Shrewsbury.
If you would be interested in attending one or indeed any of the Clarity Workshops visit the Clarity Website for more details.
So, the current challenge over at Clarity's challenge blog is "Anything but a card".
So I thought, what about a clock.
I had bought this MDF clock from That Craft Place on FB ages ago and decided it was about time I did something with it.
(Okay so this one is greyboard but mine was MDF!)
So................
This is what I did with it!!!
First off I painted it all with Gesso, such a good base.
Next I used the Clarity Olive Branch Wreath stencil - here and pulled some Grunge Paste through it.
Once it was dry I painted the whole thing with some Acrylic Paint, the slow drying one.
I left that for a couple of days to make absolutely certain that it was totally dry.
Then because I didn't have black I went over everything with dark blue acrylic paint and then using some kitchen towel dabbed alot of it off to reveal the red underneath.
Again I left it to totally dry once I was happy that I had taken enough paint off.
Then I used some Pinflair Buff It in Red to go over the Olive Leaves and then buffed them up a bit.
I used the same red Buff it on the hearts but I will come back to them in a min.
Next I used a white ink pad and using the little bunch of stars stamp from the Wee Fairy Folk set I stamped little white stars randomly over the numbers.
Now I needed to add something to the middle of the clock because it looked a bit bare.
So I used the mushrooms and a couple of fairies from the Wee Fairy Folk set and then embossed them so that they stood out a bit.
So back to the hearts.

Really stand out in that red don't they?

So rich looking don't you think?

Well having used the red Buff It I wasn't happy with they so I used the wedge end of my Flexmarkers in a deep red and went over them.  It took a while but I am pleased with how they finished up.
Then I added the clock mechanism (well actually hubby did that for me while I was at work) and voila.
It now hangs in pride of place on my craft room wall!!
Get me Miss Maria - mixed media altered art!!!!
All thanks to you.
Challenges: