Friday, 29 August 2014

Look What I Saw !!

It was just luck that made me look out of the window at the right time to see this amazing sight over the Glens.  We'd been driving through Glen Clova the day before and seen a rainbow cast across the grass.  Something I'd never witnessed before.  This must've been the same phenomena.
You can see the spectrum of colours across the Glens which my camera managed to pick up using the museum setting. The picture was taken through glass as I didn't have time to open the window.

Saturday, 23 August 2014


We've had our wonderful cat Smudge since she was about 7 months old.  She was a rescue cat and I would urge anyone looking for a cat to start their search at a rescue centre. 
Smudge is now 18 years old, although she doesn't look it.  I've been meaning to make another scrapbook layout about her for ages and the current theme at CRAFT ROOM CHALLENGE was just the nudge I needed.
I started with a sheet of yellow 12" x 12", to match the throw that Smudge is laying on, then layered on the spotty and floral papers. 
All the die cut elements are from the Cricut Cindy Loo cartridge.  The sentiment stamps are from Crafty Individuals and Tim Holt collections and the stamped black cat to the left of the photo is one of the free Craft Stamper stamps.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

I'm in the Frame for a Happy Accident

This is one of those posts where I intended to take photos at various stages and then got carried away in the pleasure of making something pretty and forgot the camera.
I wanted a frame for a lovely photo of my daughter and her boyfriend but because it will sit on a fairly narrow ledge in my office, I also wanted something lightweight.  Now before I go any further I should explain that as the photo was taken professionally, I can't show it so that's why there is a white square in the middle of the frame.  Sorry. 

Anyway, I chose a papier mache frame of which I bought two at the Hobbycrafts's fair for the silly price of £1.  I know, I can hear you all shouting 'Should've bought more at that price!!!'.  Anyway I forgot to take a picture of it before I started so you'll have to trust me when I say it was plain brown, like wrapping paper. 
I didn't want to do anything too fancy or fussy because I wanted the photo to be the main focus so I started by painting the frame with white acrylic paint.  Then I used Imagination crafts Sparkle Medium in Gunmetal and a heart stencil to make two short borders around the frame.  That's when the happy accident occurred!  I thought I'd taped the stencil down but it slipped and so the heart smudged.  I took a baby wipe and started to rub the Sparkle Medium off and to my delight it spread across the frame, giving a distressed look.  I liked the effect so I smudged some all the way round the frame.  When that was dry I used the Medium again with the stencil and you can see the result.

I decided to mount the photo onto two layers of very thick card cut to size, so it stood proud of the back.  This was very effective - take my word for it.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A Summer's Night

I've just received my second set of Flonzcraft stamps from the prize draw at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.  How lucky to be picked two challenges in a row!!  This time I chose this lovely Art Deco Ladies, silhouette stamp sheet and another small vintage Christmas image.

For my card I chose the image of a lady dancing in the garden on a balmy summer's night.  The moon is shining and she's silhouetted against the feathery trees, lost in thought as she dancing under the silvery moon.

 The focal image was stamped onto white card using DI Black Soot.  This was then matted onto alternate card, stepping both top left and bottom right edges in an Art Deco style.  Unfortunately I stuck the bow over the top left corner - typical!

To continue the theme of a summer's garden I used white heat embossing powder to stamp the cherry blossom image from a Kanban 'Chinese' stamp set. The hanging branches rustling in the breeze are from Inkylicious.
I'm entering this card into the CRAFT ROOM 'Summer Garden' challenges.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Back to Reality

Hi folks, I hope you've all been enjoying the sunshine, either here or abroad.  I've just returned from a fabulous month-long break and am now trying to get back into the old routine ready for returning to work.

I'm hoping we get more warm sunny weather for a long time to come but eventually we'll start to think about the next big holiday. Yes, you know the one I mean and as if we needed a reminder, THAT'S CRAFTY! challenge blog has 'Christmas in July' as its current challenge.

I decided to make a vintage-style Christmas card (well, you can't start too early can you?) and opted for a textured aperture card, using traditional red and green colours.

 The dancing children stamp is one I chose from Flonzcraft after being a winner at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and is stamped directly onto the aperture backing using DI Black Soot.  Having masked the image, I stamped the music script in StazOn Olive green over the top.  The sentiments from Crafty Individuals are stamped onto watercolour paper, using DI Fired Brick.

 I've had the lovely green lace in my ribbon drawer for ages, courtesy of a blog hop a couple of years ago. It's not a colour I usually go for and was beginning to think it would never be used but it just proves that being a crafty hoarder pays off in the end!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Altered Eclectics Challenge

Another monthly, 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Altered Eclectics.  Remember no papercrafts; altered art only please.
I decided to alter a small wooden box for my DT piece this time and used paper and stamping rather than different paint and embossing techniques.  I started with some white tissue paper which I stamped with Crafty Individuals' script stamp and Distress Ink in Seedless Preserve.  I used this to cover the sides and the top of the box and then roughly brushed some DecoArt's Vintage White acrylic paint over patches of the tissue paper to fade the stamping.
On the top I've used some left-over die cut ovals which I stamped with Seedless Preserve and sentiments from Tim Holtz Stuff to Say stamp set and squares stamped with the CI script stamp. The swirl was cut using Cricut Cindy Loo cartridge and the key from the Indie Art cartridge, then heat embossed with Frantage, Aged Scarlet embossing enamel.
The circular frames were cut using the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge and the images are from Crafty Individuals' People & Places, Miniature 2 image book.  The edge of the lid was painted with Craig & Rose, Opulence, Pearlised Silk wood paint which I bought in a DIY shop.  As you can see the lid edge is quite rough and I could've sanded this down a little but I like the way it adds to the vintage feel of the box.