Monday, 22 May 2017

The music of love ...

It's another new challenge over on the "Win & Tonic" blog and this months prize is the fabulous Essential Lace Dies. There are 4 different themes to choose from and you can do all of them on your project or alternatively, just one. I've gone for three out of the four ...

Colour - neutrals ie creams, taupes etc
Product - any Nuvo product 
Theme - open theme so any occasion

I previously made a card using the guitar and music notes (see HERE) and knew I wanted to use the same items again for this months challenge card. Here's what I came up with ...

I began by creating my background using one of the Indulgence Thins strip dies (Summer Wedding)  to make a panel and I have softly coloured it with Nuvo Aqua Flow pens (soft rose and rustic oak. Next came layering all the different die cut and stamped elements.

I stamped the delicate detail stamps with rustic oak Aqua Flow pen and whilst wet, added some clear embossing powder. These were then water coloured (again with the Aqua Flows) and cut out. I have gone for a soft neutral colour palate. Before placing them, I used the music score die cut as my placement point and began adding the flowers.

The guitar was then added and as a finishing point, some extra vine leaves added. The leaves are a great way of hiding 3D foam pads and also any gaps. I have also used the same Aqua Flow pens to colour tint the guitar and make it merge with the foliage.

The sentiments are from the Whimiscal stamp sets, stamped with rustic oak Aqua Flow pen finished with some Nuvo drops. I do love this layout (even if I say so myself) and already have another colour way on the go as well as making a male themed card (minus the flowers) ... so watch this space ...

Monday and the weather is suitably naff but I have high hopes that it will brighten up which makes the week appear to go so much quicker.

Have a great day and don't forget to pop over to the "Win & Tonic" blog to check out the other fabulous projects,

x x x

Products used:

A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Artistic Stamper - floral fantasy
Classic Design Team - anything goes
Crafts Galore - anything goes
Creative with stamps - flowers
Create and Inspire - anything goes with option of flowers
Happy Little Stampers - anything goes with dies
Mix It Up - anything goes with embossing

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Desk storage from mountboard scraps ...

Should start by saying long post and very photo heavy, so many thanks for reading/looking through the whole post. It's a new challenge over at We Love to Create Challenges and sadly I haven't been joining in as much as I would like but hoping things will now change going forward. Anyhow, here is my project for the "anything goes" challenge ...

It seems like eons have passed since I did anything 3D crafty wise and after a long SATs week, I just wanted to "switch off" and create something without a definite plan. I have used a selection of different sized mount board off cuts/scraps and the project originally started out as a drawer unit, but as is the way, suddenly morphed in to something else ...

(front view)

(top view)

I began by creating the lower drawer and then decided to make a smaller drawer using the mount board bits I had cut off. Next joining everything together and before I knew it, the unit appeared.

I then had a bit of a "doh" moment as the side pieces were too long and I had glued them in place, which meant I couldn't remove them. After having a little word with myself, I decided to add a back panel and yep, another "doh" moment ... it was bloody too short ... ! At this stage, I was about to throw the whole thing away, when I thought "what the ... ", just decorate it and see what happens.

I began by covering it in off cuts of a dotty paper but didn't like that either as thought it highlighted my mistakes, so out came the gesso, pan pastels and gilding flakes, along with the Bella Fleur and Belle Papillion stamps (from Polka Doodles).

I scraped some gesso in the corners and then began stamping on top which left an indent. Using my heat gun I dried the gesso so I could carry on decorating. next I stamped the butterfly randomly over the sides, and then gilded them. Next came the stamped images and to age everything, I lightly sanded everything.

I did the same to the front (as the sides) but used a few more of the floral images to add a contrast to the butterflies.

On the inside, I gilded the floral images as I wanted to create a larger focal point, with no butterflies in sight. I then went over all the edges with burnt umber pan pastel and the sides, front etc with white pearl medium. After all of this, came my favourite but also the really frustrating part ... the faffing ...! Once finished, my unit looked like this ...

I stamped more of the images from Belle Papillion and Bella Fleur sets on to water colour card and using my pan pastels, I water coloured them. After cutting them out (some with the matching dies), I added them to the drawer unit. Once I was happy with their placement, I covered the unit with a good dose of Mod Podge.

The sentiments are from Tim Holtz and lightly colour tinted with pink & burnt umber pan pastel. The drawer handles are from Tonic Studios and the other metal bits from 7 Gypsies. The brads I've had for ages and are from a mixture of companies.

Here are the sides: I've also added some ribbon and lace trim for additional decoration, again sealed with Mod Podge.

Phew ... think that's everything ... ohhh, forgot to add, there is something else but it's not quite finished. Sneak peek below ...

Hope you can join in with us and don't forget to pop over to my teamies blogs as they have created some awe inspiring projects. A little bit of gardening today as the jungle needs a bit of taming, so wish me luck ...

Have a great Sunday,

x x x

Products and links:

Hiding in my craft room - use up scraps
Sweet Stampin' - shabby chic
Vintage Journey - use a quote
Craft for the craic - anything goes
Creative Artiste - mixed media
Artistic Stamper - flowers
Create & Inspire - anything goes (option flowers)
Creative with stamps - flowers
Let's craft & create - background

Monday, 8 May 2017

Debutante Ball ...

Monday ... the start of SATs week for all those Class 6's out there and we kick off with the reading paper. Everybody has their ideas about testing and it's fruitfulness but as we must test (and not teacher assess in Primary School), it's important to make the experience as relaxed as possible. Sadly testing stays with us for the rest of our lives, (one way or another) but if we can prepare the younger generation to be able to take them in their stride, who knows, it might make their worries and fears slowly diminish. It is sad however that we still need to make someone's achievements be all about how they perform in a test condition and not about they themselves ...! Promoting common sense; to be able to judge a situation and act accordingly, would be more purposeful ... going to stop now as could fill a page and don't want to bore you all.

This weekend on Hochanda, The Belle Boutique stamps made another reappearance as the Nuvo Creative pens were on a one day special. I though I'd share with you one of my samples made for the show ...

I decided to make the image (Debutante Ball) appear 'vintage' so tried to recreate sepia tones with my colouring. I began by stamping the image and very quickly, adding clear embossing powder. The hybrid inks dry quickly so you need to have all your supplies to hand.

I have mainly used the browns, pinks and skin colours, using the lighter pens to blend out the darker shades. I have kept to the same colours for the skin areas too. I began the layering by stamping on to a piece of vellum, (using the "It's your special Day" strip stamp), embossing with white. Next tearing the edges, I stuck it to one side of my tag card.


With a complimentary paper and using the Dot and Drop Diamond corner, I added more detail. The lace trim would just not stay put, so I created a centre panel but this time I used the Dot & Drop Diamond Column. A few flowers and a die cut heart were the only embellishments I thought were needed as I want my image to be the focal point.

Thanks for popping over and I hope your week is relaxed and eventful in a positive way,

x x x


International Art & Soul - vintage
Colour Crazy Challenge - anything goes
Fussy & Fancy - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
A perfect time to craft - anything goes
Classic Design Team - anything goes
Crafters Cafe - Feminine