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Sunday, 11 June 2017

International Art and Soul - For Men



This challenge is all about the men so join us at International Art and Soul and show us what you can come up with for our theme of 'For Men'.

I'm showing an altered Craftbox that I receive full of craft items on a regular basis. I emptied the craft items into my usual storage spots and started on decorating the box for my friend who lives a couple of doors away.

The box is really sturdy and has a magnetic fastener so I thought, when he emptied it of his birthday goodies, he could use it for bits and pieces of his hobbies. I used Craftbox papers as the base. They are of old seed packets and I tore the edges and then used Distress Inks on them. I then started to add items that I knew would have some meaning to him - the little Snipart garden gate and watering can, the wooden flowers, bird and sun from Create and Craft - he's a very keen gardener. I added a little Hobbycraft wooden frame and then centred in it a little guitar charm. He's also a keen guitarist. Cogs made me think of cars - not sure whether they are relevant to cars - but he likes driving so I reckoned they would tie in. A gnarled branch from Craftbox was placed almost mid centre and then I added Hobbycraft wooden letters making up his name. I'd used bronze acrylic paint on the letters and then added a little arrow pointing to the name. Final additions were a brown gem and brown checked button, both from Mei Flower. He now has the box which had inside a half bottle of whisky, snazzy jar of chutney, sweets, etc. and he loved it.

I'm entering my box into the following challenges:
A Inky Mess - Anything Goes Mixed Media
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes Mixed Media
Connie Can Crop - It's a Guy Thing
Cards Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket - For the Men/Boys
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash - Dude
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Thursday, 8 June 2017

MAWTT Embossing wet/dry



The challenge this time is Embossing - wet or dry. The theme was set by Sue B over at Moving Along with the Times. Do come and join us and see the super cards made by Team B.

I decided to use both wet and dry for my card. It's a 7x7 card blank by Craft UK. The paws embossing folder came into use for only the second time - I've had it for ages! I embossed right and left sides of the card blank, leaving the middle blank. The embossing folder is a long narrow one and I cannot for the life of me remember who made it. I stamped a Tim Holtz crazy dog and after colouring with my Promarkers I cut him out leaving a narrow white border round him. I set him in the bottom corner and then stamped his feeding bowl and bone in the blank space next to him, both coloured with my Promarkers. The sentiment is by Visible Image and I stamped and embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle embossing powder in Blueberry. After heat embossing it I cut with a Spellbinder wonky square die and then cut the larger size in metallic blue card as the mat. I set this to the top of the blank panel and that's my card finished.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday - Masculine
Addicted to Stamps - Animals

Thanks for visiting, call again soon.


Sunday, 28 May 2017

IAAS - Stitching Real or Faux


Stitching - Real or Faux is the theme for the challenge over at International Art and Soul. My faux stitching is a bit messy but because it's close work my eyes weren't too good, sorry.

I used an 8x8 ivory coloured card blank by Craft UK and then added a mat of beige Papermill card. The Tonic lace layering die in large size was used for the next layer. I only fixed the centre panel so that the lacy edge stands proud. The flower stamp was a freebie from a magazine and I stamped it in Memento ink Rich Cocoa before cutting out with a Spellbinder die. I used the embossed edge to try and keep my faux stitching in place and for this I used my Promarker in brown (oops, placed back in tray before I noted the exact colour!) That was fixed slightly above centre and then I added two swirls in beige using my Tattered Lace die. The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley and that was stamped in brown and added to beige card too. Three gold pearls by Michael's stores (yay, I've had them years and just got round to using them) were added to the top right.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes/Use Die cuts
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes





Sunday, 14 May 2017

International Art and Soul - Hot Colours



The new theme over at International Art and Soul is 'Hot Colours' so please come along and join us.

My card blank is by Craft UK and is 7x7 - my new favourite size.  I used my new Ally Pally buys to make this card. The first were the background stamps which are by IndigoBlue and I used my Distress Inks in hot colours to stamp before adding a strip of bright red ribbon - donated by my DIL, Wendy. The next was the word stamp by Visible Image which I stamped in Barn Door Distress Ink. After stamping the base sheet I mounted it on peach coloured card by Papermill. I then added the ribbon before mounting it on pads for depth. The word stamp was mounted on bright orange card, again by Papermill, and then added to the top of the design. I used a very old Create and Craft punch to punch out some bright yellow suns that I set on the ribbon. Red gems by Mei Flower were then added randomly to the design.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Card Mania - Life is Colourful
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting, please call again soon.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Moving Along with the Times - Butterflies



This weeks it's Team B's turn to entice you to join in with the Moving Along with the Times theme of 'Butterflies'.

My scalloped card blank is by Craft UK. I used a Bee Crafty butterfly stamp and a freebie butterfly stamp from Creative Stamping magazine to make the background. I stamped the butterflies in brown Memento ink. A friend sent me a pile of goodies a few years ago and in the pile was six sheets of glitter butterflies. I added some of these randomly in between the stamped images. After the background was complete I matted it on to orange card from Papermill. The corners were rounded with my Carl corner punch. Another of my favourite Visible Images sentiments came into play and was stamped in the brown ink before being matted on to more orange card. Raised on pads and set in amongst the butterflies and my card was complete.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes


Sunday, 30 April 2017

International Art and Soul - Vintage



This challenge is all about 'Vintage' so come and join us at International Art and Soul. I used an 8x8 card blank by Craft UK. The image is from Joanna Sheen's CD of Victorian Romance. I matted the image on to grey/beige patterned card which I bought from Payper Box a few years ago. The base mat is dark brown card from Papermill with a layer of the grey/beige card on top. A strip of beige lace, from the local market, was placed about two thirds up and a grey doily, from Craft Box, was placed more or less centrally on the lace. The image was then raised on pads and offset against the doily. Three organza lace backed flowers from Craft Box were added to the bottom right.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Shabby Chic or Vintage

Sunday, 16 April 2017

International Art and Soul - Wings



Come along and join us this time in our challenge at International Art and Soul - we have the theme of 'Wings'.

I've used a scalloped 8x8 card blank by Craft UK. My stamped image is a Dragonfly by Visible Image. I coloured it with Sakura Gelly Roll pens to give the glittery sheen to the wings. I then cut it out leaving a very thin white edge. That was put to one side whilst I used a Clarity stencil and some Distress Inks in various shades of green to make the background of reeds and bulrushes. When that was completed I matted it on to lime green card by Papermill. I matted it on to my card blank and then added the dragonfly The sentiment, again by Visible Image, was cut with a Spellbinder die, tinged with green Distress Ink and then raised to the right of the design. Five small green gems by Mei Flower were added to the top right and left corners.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
My Time to Craft - No Designer Papers
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thanks for calling in.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

MAWTT Birds and Feathers



This challenge was set for us by Jackie and she chose Birds and Feathers. My digi is a bird and has feathers so I think I've covered the theme. lol Come long and join us at Moving Along with the Times.

My large ivory card blank is by Craft UK and I embossed it with an A4 embossing folder of leaves, I'm not sure of the maker, sorry. I then used my new Tonic Venetian Lace layering dies to make the mat in white and yellow. I coloured the digi using my Promarkers but I'm sorry to say that I cannot remember who I have to thank for the digi. I raised the mat on pads to give a bit of dimension to the card and it looks quite effective.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafts and Me - Things with Wings
Crafty Awesomeness - Anything Goes (with coloured image)
Creative Craft Cottage - Dies and/or punches
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Scribbles Designs - Birds of a Feather
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - Animals or Birds
I Love Promarkers - Embossing

Thanks once again for visiting.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

International Art and Soul - Distressing



This theme is 'distressing' so please come along and join us in our challenge at International Art and Soul. It's just for fun but there are some super badges available for your blog if you're chosen as one of our favourites.

My card blank is a 7x7 by Craft UK and for me it's the perfect size. I painted about an inch round each edge of the card, let it dry and then added Pentart Cracking Primer in a thin coat on top. After that had dried I added a thick layer of Pentart Cracking Paste on top of that and waited for the magic to happen. Yes, it began to crack, just what I wanted for the base of my design. I stamped an image (I bought it at Ally Pally a couple of years ago but I have no idea who made it) of trees in Memento brown ink and then tore roughly round the image, making it big enough to cover the centre of the cracking. I used Distress Ink round the torn edges and then roughed the edges with my scissors before adding to the base card.

When we first visited America, in 1984, we were staying in North Carolina and one day we were taken by friends to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest to see the wonderful, fantastic, HUGE trees. We took photographs of them and then when we were home Eric added Joyce Kilmer's poem to the images, you can read it below:

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks to God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me.
But only God can make a tree. 



Happy memories and this is why I used the first two lines as the sentiment. I generated it on the computer before giving it the same distressed treatment as the image! 

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Sunday, 19 March 2017

International Art and Soul Embossing





Come along to International Art and Soul challenge blog and join us for our next challenge which is 'Embossing'. I hadn't done any heat embossing for a while so decided whatever my card was like there would be some heat embossing on it too.

My card is a large ivory blank by Joanna Sheen. The red, orange and maroon card is all by Papermill. I used a Crafter's Companion embossalicious folder to emboss the clocks on the red and orange card. I cut two different sized panels and joined them with a thin strip of maroon card before adding to a mat of maroon card. The sentiment is by Visible Image and I stamped that with a Versamark pad before adding red glitter embossing powder and heating it. I cut it with a Spellbinders die and matted it on to maroon card which I then cut to leave a small border round the edge, rounding the corners with a Carl punch. I added five small Mei Flower red gems to the bottom of the sentiment panel. The brass clock charm is by Craft Box and was my final addition.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
StarStampz - Add Gems and/or pearls
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes


Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

MAWTT Flowers



Jenny has set the theme of  Flowers - handmade or die cut so this is my offering. Do come along and join us at Moving Along with the Times.

My 8x8 scalloped card blank is by Craft UK. The bright pink card was embossed with an embossalicious folder by Crafter's Companion. It embosses corners and a slight border edge. I matted it on to black card and that came from Papermill, as did the pink. The flower die was, I thought, one of Joanna Sheen's signature dies but it might not be, hmmm. The sentiment is from Bee Crafty and I stamped it and then cut with a Spellbinder die. I raised it on pads before setting the flowers around it. Three small pink pearls from Mei Flowers on each side are the only other embellishments.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Daisy Chain Challenge - Make it Feminine
Dragonfly Dreams - Girly with dies/punches
Crafty Girls Creations - Always Anything Goes
Inky Chicks - Flowers(stamped or embellishments)
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door  - Anything Goes


Thank you all for coming to visit and thank you all for your comments.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

IAAS Fancy Borders


This challenge at International Art and Soul is Fancy Borders. I've used my favourite border of all time and it's one of Spellbinders dies.

I've made a very simple CAS card but I love it (even though I do say so myself lol)

The card blank is a small Craft UK 6x6 and I used a background paper from one of my boxes of Craft Box goodies. I thought they were beautiful muted shades of pink and yellow with a darker lacy border printed along the bottom edge. It looked almost like earth and so I decided to stamp the tree as the focal point.The tree is by Bee Crafty and I stamped it in Memento brown ink. I cut the border in yellow card from Papermill and fixed it to the top edge. The card was finished.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Double D Challenges - Think Spring
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes/CAS

Thank you for calling by and leaving me some comments, I appreciate them.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

International Art & Soul Recycling


The theme this time is 'Recycling' over at the International Art and Soul blog so come and join us. This time I decided to do a mixed media piece. I've called it 'Wings of Love'. The canvas, from Hobbycraft, and paints, Luminarte mists, were new but most of the other items were recycled. I'll try to tell you about them all. lol I used texture paste and stencils on the background first of all and then added a couple of small pieces of Snipart honeycomb on two corners. The flowers were removed from a card that I'd made a mess of earlier and I'd saved the flowers - too nice to destroy. There's a small key, obviously I'd lost the lock I suspect, some tiny safety pins, some little foam circles that I've had for years and I'm still not sure what they were meant to be. A buckle that I've had in my sewing box for ages and I removed the green material from it to use just the metal inner. A piece of net from a fruit bag in the centre background. There's a piece of string coiled up and some engineering pieces that my DIL gave me - I have no idea what they are but they were in the rubbish bin where she worked so she saved them for me. lol My family always has eyes for odd items for me. There's a press stud and a washer and the arrow in the corner is cut off a large plastic one that was holding a message n a bouquet of flowers I received. The birdcage was new because I'd run out of other things to add. The dragonfly and butterfly were from damaged cards.

Sorry, I won't bore you any more.

I'm entering my piece into the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart Challenge - Anything Goes
Make My Monday Challenge - Shimmer and Shine
Dragonfly Dreams - Hearts and Flowers
Mixed Media World - Anything Mixed Media Goes



Thursday, 16 February 2017

MAWTT For a Man



This week over at Moving Along with the Times we have the theme of 'For a Man'. I'm not sure that mine is the usual type of card you would send to a man but it was sent to a friend's son who is as tall as a man but not quite in that category yet! It was from Lily and me because Cole loves my dog.

My 8x8 card blank is by Joanna Sheen. The backing paper is from Joanna Sheen's Paper Collection Volume 2. I used a Tim Holtz crazy dog stamp and then cut her out leaving a small white border. I only coloured her pink collar with a Promarker and then raised her on sticky pads so that she was paddling in the sea. I generated the sentiment on the computer, cut it with a Spellbinders scalloped die and backed it with a larger blue scalloped die. It's already been given to Cole and it was a great hit.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Sir Stampalot Challenge - Animal Magic
Crafty Friends Challenge - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Masculine
ArtbyMiran Challenge - Anything Goes





Sunday, 5 February 2017

International Art and Soul


I'm so pleased to be working with a group of crafters that I worked with a few years ago on another design team. We've all come together again to be part of this new challenge blog 'International Art and Soul'.

The theme for our first challenge is 'Love is in the Air' so please come along and join us.

My card is an 8x8 by Joanna Sheen. The backing paper is by Tim Holtz and I matted it on to bright red card by Papermill. The steampunk Snipart heart (try saying that fast! lol) is distributed by Craft Box. I coloured the edge of the heart with a red Promarker and then used Crawford and Black's bronze acrylic paint on some of the cogs. The wooden letters I bought at Hobbycraft a few months ago and this is the first time I've used any of them. I painted them with the bronze paint too. Job done and I'm quite pleased with my almost steampunk card.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - Anniversary
Cardz4galz - Love is in the Air
Craftrocket Challenge - It's a Love Thing
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
Through the Craft room Door - Anything Goes


Thursday, 19 January 2017

MAWTT Swirls and/or Curls



After a long break due to my eye problems I hope I'm back for good. I'm bringing you my theme this week 'Swirls and/or Curls' for the challenge over at Moving Along with the Times. My design team friends have been helping me out with entry comments whilst I've been on my break so I'd like to say a huge thank you to Wendy and Jenny.

It's taken me a few days to get my card finished but at last it's done. My base card is by Joanna Sheen. I love this paper that came from a huge Costco pack that I bought quite a few years ago and I haven't had an opportunity to use this pattern. I decided her curls would make a show on my card along with a Snip Art wooden swirl that I bought online at Craftbox. I matted the paper on to dark red Papermill card (to match her dress). I placed the swirl to the left and then set some Wild Orchid Craft flowers at the base of the swirl along with some die cut leaves. I added a few red Mei Flower gems amongst the flowers and then added a gem to her ribbon in her hair and to the band on her wrist. She looks the kind of girl who would like gems. lol

I'm hoping you'll come along to join us in our challenge and to welcome me back.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Artbymiran Challenge 75: Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends Challenge 34: Anything Goes
Makingmemoriescrafting Challenge 1: Anything Goes
Morgan's ArtWorld Challenge 1: Anything Goes