Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Happily ever after

THANK YOU so so much for your fabulous comments on my last post xxx

Today's post is short and sweet and is for a  challenge over at:

http://oakhousestudio.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/how-to-enter-our-challenge.html

The theme is 'Happily ever after'

I made a very simple card because I wanted the stamp to take the limelight and thought the design could be used for a Wedding Invitation

The stamp is Walesby Heart which I stamped with Memento ink. I stamped one image and then used a mask before stamping the second. The ribbon and bow were from my stash and the sentiment which I cut and embossed with a Spellbinder die I did on my laptop.  I went round the edges of the card and the sentiment with Pan Pastels

Till next time .............................

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A new love!

Hello and welcome!  Thank you for the wonderful comments left on my last post xx

Today I have found a new love - it is called Stampscapes.  I was looking on You Tube the other day for something and came across this brilliant chap doing tutorials with these excellent stamps.  I thought I just have to have a go with them. 

So here's what I did!


I stamped the trees and rocks, and then used the stamp again to extend the scene.  I then stamped the reeds, canooist and birds.  I coloured the water and the sky with Adirondack and Memento inks .

These stamps are so easy because you don't have to mask your work off, they are made in such a way that you can overlap them, making stamping so much easier.

I thought I might give this to my friends husband as it's his 70th birthday next weekend  I  hope he will be able to find a frame for it and put it in his study. I have put a gift card inside his birthday card, but I wanted to give him something a little more personal.
Unfortunately I am still unable to go out due to balance problems, so I will have to pay him back when he's bought it!!! lol

Till next time ....................


Thursday, 17 July 2014

You light up my life!

Thank you so so much for all your lovely comments about the little dresser I made xx

Today's project is a tea-light holder and much less fiddly and quicker to achieve than the dresser





The holder is made from MDF so I painted it with a coat of Gesso, and then with a piece of cut and dry I dabbed Grandma's Teacup, Pink Iced Gem and Peppermint Tea Acrylic Paints from Indigo Blu on all four sides and the top.

The stamps I used are Fuschia and Hanging Basket Decoupage stamps from Imagination Crafts.  I am a bit tempted to colour the fuschia and little flowers in the basket, but thought I would see what you think first.

Till next time ..............



Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Classy little dresser!

Thank you again for all the lovely comments on my post yesterday xx

A couple of weeks ago I watched a tutorial on how to make a chest out of matchboxes, so I thought I would give it a go.

Unlike the lady in the video I made ALL my matchboxes instead of buying them!

Three quarters of the way through I had a change of heart and decided to make a dresser instead! lol

The basics I followed from the following you tube tutorial
http://artfullymusing.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/video-tutorial-making-chest-out-of.html

So this is what I came up with:





I'm not going to do a step by step of how I did it because I would be here all night and you can click on the link above for details because the instructions work in the same way for the dresser.as they do for the chest.

The back of the dresser was cut with a spellbinder die and coloured with Pebeo silver Gilding Wax

I used papers and images from Kraftyhands Craft Nouveau cd - lots of lovely things on this cd. The embellishment was also from Kraftyhands which originally was brass but I changed it to silver to go with the little dinky handles which are beads I had in my stash.

I also used beads for the feet as I didn't have any proper feet to go on it!

It is a time consuming project because there is lots of drying time to take into account and lots of cutting papers, but I think it was worth the effort.

Till next time ......................

Sunday, 13 July 2014

A big birthday!

Thank you so much for all the comments on my post yesterday xx

Today's offering is a card for a friend's 70th birthday - he has a caravan so this seemed to fit the bill nicely


Everything was done for me for this card.  The Paper is from My Minds Eye and all I had to do was to stamp and emboss the numbers and birthday sentiment - easy peasy!!

Till next time ..............................

Saturday, 12 July 2014

It's been framed!

Thank you for the comments left on my last post xx

Not your usual square frame


I used the Tando Creative Triple Arch Layered Frame and firstly painted it with Gesso and then Pebeo Dark Blue Acrylic paint.  For the base I used Imagination Crafts Black Stars, Lapis Blue and Blue Sapphire Sparkle Medium.  I used Silver Sparkle Medium for the moon.  The stars are peel offs.

The fairy is from Chocolate Baroque and the Tree Stump and squirrels are from Indigoblu which were stamped and coloured with distress inks.

The butterflies are Butterfly Flourish by Signature Dies which I chopped about and finally added glitter to the fairies dress and wings.

There you have it.

The project turned out completely different to how I imagined, but I think it would look cute in a little girls bedroom.

Till next time ...................

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Had a play with an accordion!

NO! NO! NO! not the musical one lol

It's an Envelope Accordion Card which I've made for a 'Pass it on Alphabet Challenge' in a group on Facebook.

I started by making FIVE 4" x 4" envelopes, stuck the open flap to the bottom flap of the next one to make the accordion!.  

Sorry - the papers look rubbish in this light


I then made the toppers that go inside each envelope


This is the Envelope accordion card folded and ready to give away



Till next time .........................