Friday, 14 August 2015

A bit of canvassing!!

Hi all
Well today has been very productive partly thanks to the awful weather!
Because it was raining I decided to tidy my Craft Room - and, I can actually see my desk!!  Whippeeee.
Mind you I am not sure how long that will last! Lol. 
Okay so those of you who follow me regularly will know that I love Clarity Stamps.  In fact, so much so I went off to East Sussex last week to one of their two day retreats.
What a fabulous two days I had too.  My friend Alison and I went down on the Tuesday, did the craft retreat Wed/Thurs and drove back on the Friday.  It was brilliant.
So, part of the retreat focused on canvas work and I so enjoyed that.
In fact, I enjoyed it so much I came home and decided that my next project would be a canvas.
So, here it is.

Now I have used the latest Stencil from the New Design Stencil Club and also the new Stamp from the New Design Stamp Club - usually they get added to my stash and don't get used for ages, but as soon as I saw them I knew they would be used PDQ!!

So firstly, I added Buff Titanium Acrylic paint to my canvas and then let that dry overnight.
The following night, I did a bit of brayer walking - something I would not have tried before the retreat!  I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and also some Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Acrylics and just kept adding until I was happy with the background.

Then I fixed the stencil hinge like to my canvas and dragged some Grunge Paste through it and then left it to dry overnight.
Once that was dry I put the stencil back and used my Distress Inks to sponge some colour onto the raised stencil.  Then I stamped the sentiment into the middle of the canvas.

Added some liquid pearls to the four corners and then mounted it onto another canvas board and voila!
I am really pleased with how this turned out I think I might just have to do another one.
So I am going to enter this into the Clarity Challenge which is a bingo challenge and I have used the middle line, Stamp, Stencil and Grunge paste.
Other challenges:

Monday, 3 August 2015

The Four Seasons

Hi all
Just a quick post before I go off to my Clarity Retreat tomorrow.
I am sooo excited I can't tell you.
After a fabulous day at Maria's Clarity Workshop in Shrewsbury on Saturday I am heading off down to Kent tomorrow to spend two days in the company of Barbara Gray.  #excited or what!!!
So I thought I would just show you my latest four cards.
Alyce Keegan at Kit and Clowder holds a colouring challenge each month on her the Kit and Clowder Facebook page here.
This month we have to colour a Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Love in Spring" - but - and here is the catch - we had to do it in the colours of our favourite season.
Well, I just couldn't choose so I did one for each season.
Who would have thought that one image could look so different depending on what colours were used.
I am going to enter the Autumn one into the DT call at Ching-Chou Kuik's blog and then keep my fingers and toes crossed.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

A 2nd chance?

Hi all
Just popping in to add this creation to my chances of becoming one of the awesome team members at Ching-Chou Kuik.
This is a card I made a while back and although it is not a CCK image it is one of my most favourite makes.  
The image is an Aurora Wings image called
This took me hours of colouring and putting together.
Trouble is now I have put it together I don't want to get rid of it! Lol
Maybe I will put it onto a canvas background and keep it in my craft room - who knows.
So there you go, my second entry for the CCK DT call. (Fingers crossed)

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Flowers flowers everywhere!!

Oh my gosh, I can't believe it is 21 June since I last posted here!
The reason for the lack of postings is due to me feeling a bit low lately.
Don't ask me why because I just don't know.
Sometimes you know how it is, you could cry if someone looks at you in the wrong way?
Well that's me at the minute.  Strange really because I can't think of a reason.
Anyhoo - because of that I have been letting things get on top of me a wee bit and as a result I have decided to step down from all but one of my DT positions.
With Totally Tilda and Friends closing I thought I could cope with the others all being monthly but what with one thing and another it was not to be.  My crafting time was becoming unenjoyable and something had to give.
So to those DT's I have stepped down from, thank you for your understanding and for the opportunity to be a part of your team.
So, the one team I have kept on with is Through the Purple Haze.
A fabulous bunch of ladies who have given me some incredible words of wisdom and support so to you all - a heartfelt thank you.
So enough of this gabbing let's get on with the show shall we?
The new challenge over at Through the Purple Haze this time is:
They can be added to the card, on the image or the backing paper. So long as we can see lots of flowers somewhere it will count.
So our fabulous sponsor this time is:

So the image I chose to work with is called:
and here is what I did with it:
The image was printed out on to my card and then left to dry overnight.
Then I brushed Spectrum Noir Aquatints across it.
Now it did move the ink a little in the middle of the image but I don't think it detracts from the end results. What do you think?
Next step was to lift the colour out of the image with water which took a bit of time as I had to let it dry afterwards.
Then I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir pencils and did the leaves and the little flowers with my Promarkers with the extra fine nib on. I used my glue pen and added glamour dust to the Unicorn's horn, not sure if you can see it though?
Then I added two little punched butterflies after coating them with Glamour dust.
I also added my flowers and a gorgeous pin which I have had for a while.
Lastly I added a Clarity Stamp word from one of the fabulous Word Chains.  These word chains have so many connotations it is simply amazing.
The backing paper is a Magnolia paper I have had for a while.  I think it came from the Prince and Princesses collection but I can't be sure. (It's an age thing! Lol)
So there you have it - my inspiration for the flowers challenge.
I do hope you will get time to join in with us, we do love to see all your gorgeous creations.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

DT Call Ching-Chou Kuik

Hi all
Just popping in to show you this card that I made using one of Ching-Chou Kuik's fabulous digital images.
Iris - Digital Stamp Instant Download / Flower Lady Fantasy Art by Ching-Chou Kuik
This image is called Iris and you can find her here.
So here is the card I made using this gorgeous image.
The image is coloured with my Copics and I am so chuffed with how this turned out I can't tell you.
The background is done with a Clarity Stencil and pale blue ink pad.
Now I don't know if I stand a chance of becoming part of this fabulous team but I really do love these images. I would never have had the courage to colour something like this a while back but since joining Alyce Keegan's online colouring classes my confidence has grown just a wee bit.
If you want to improve your colouring and are interested in the classes then pop over to www.kitandclowder.com to find out more.  Alyce also has a group on FB too where there is lots of fun and laughs with the odd competition to join in with along the way.
So fingers crossed this is the card I shall submit for the DT call at Ching-Chou Kuik

Friday, 24 July 2015

Something Funny at TTPH

Oh my goodness.  I have only just realised that I did not post my TTPH creation for the July challenge.
Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is:
You will find some wonderful digi images at Bugaboo for any occasion.
The Design Team were able to choose an image to use and I chose
and here is what I made.
It is a pretty simple card and I left it that way because the image is quite busy.
It is coloured with my Copics and I have just added a couple of pearls top and bottom right to finish it off.
This was for my hubby for our Wedding Anniversary (31 years this year!!) partly because I know I drive him mad (and him me at times Lol)
So if you have the time - I know the kids have all finished school now and holidays are beckoning) it would be lovely to see you.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

A sad farewell from Totally Tilda and her friends!!

Hello again my lovelies.
Well as you may have gathered from the title of my post today is the last post I shall do for the Totally Tilda and Friends challenge blog.
Due to a decline in entrant numbers Susie has decided that it is time to drop the curtain on our little show for the final time.
To say we are all sad to be finishing would be an understatement.
But you know what they say, all GOOD things must come to an end and today this is the case for us.
To finish on a high we have decided to make this last challenge:
Our sponsor for this last challenge is 


Simon Says Stamp

One Lucky Winner will receive a RANDOM ASSORTMENT of 3 full size 
Premium Dye Ink Pads from Simon Says Stamp.
So, let's finish this off with a fantastic turnout and give the DT something to choose from for the Top 3 for this last challenge.
So to mark this sad day I have decided I must use a Tilda stamp.
I used Farewell Tilda (quite fitting I thought) and here she is.
Coloured with my Spectrum Noir pencils and a bit of cloud masking in the background.
The sentiment is computer generated.
The papers are from Nitwits @ Lili of the Valley and this pad is called One Birdie Lane
So here is Tilda waving goodbye.
Thank you to all those of you who have entered our challenges in the past and a huge big thank you to all our wonderful sponsors who have given some fabulous prizes.
So all it remains for me to do is say, please try and find the time to join in our last ever challenge and See you on the other side!!! Lol