Friday, 27 July 2012

EMBOSSED HEART


...good friends help you find important things when you have lost them, your smile, your hope, your courage...
- Doe Zantamata -


...hello everyone...today I'm sharing with you a Tag I have made using the Steampunk Set Embossing Folder...


...I took a plain manilla tag, added some old paper distress ink, then some inked texture randomly added till the whole tag was covered, a few walnut splats & a whisper of white emulsion...


...a hand cut  primitive heart in metal card, embossed with steampunk cogs...



...added cogs, metal buttons, a skattering of melted powders in old gold & aged copper...



...wrapped in wire with added ideaology...


... a distressed steampunk embossed heart, I hope you like it...



...I'm glad your here, thank you for dropping by...
xxx




Wednesday, 25 July 2012

FANTASTIC DT NEWS




...hello everyone...today I'm sharing with you some wonderful news, I have been chosen as a Design Team member for CRAFTING TIMES ...they are a Company based in Shepreth Cambridgeshire, they run in-house workshops & they also stock brand products from Dylusions, Artistic Stamper, Tim Holtz, Indigo Blu to name but a few, which you can purchase in-store or on line...

...I look forward to sharing my designs for the Team with you real soon...you can check out the CRAFTING TIMES BLOG here http://itscraftingtime.blogspot.co.uk/ and browse through the shop at your leisure...

...thank you for dropping by I'm so glad your here...
xxx

Saturday, 21 July 2012

HAPPY MAIL - TAG SWAP



...if we all did things we were capable of doing we would literally astonish ourselves...
- Thomas Edison -


...hello everyone...today I have the pleasure of sharing with you a Swap I have done with a very talented lady who's blog is an absolute delight to browse through...you'll find many treasures in all styles of crafting and if your ever looking for inspiration this is the place to be from vintage to rainbow brights you'll be wow''d by her creativity...

...we decided on a HEART themed Tag and here is what Mr Postie delivered to me...


...a lot more than just a Tag!...


...how gorgeous is this, I adore hearts of all shapes, sizes & textures...


...metal wings...


...superb techniques...


...a very fitting sentiment...


...finished off with a delightful bloom...

...if you haven't already guessed my Swap has been with the loVely Trace Metcalfe who has won many awards for her work...


...but it doesn't stop there, also in my parcel was many many envelopes full of gorgeous Die Cuts and another Tag with a personal message on the back...



...a wonderful surprised to recieve all this candy, I was blown away by Trace's generosity, her kindness has touched my heart...this has been my first Swap and I hope there will be many more, thank you so so much Trace your Tags adorn my wall...xxx

...here is what I made in return...


...I covered a Tag with Ranger Tissue Tape and embossed it with the Tree Branch folder...


...I added walnut DI splats & white emulsion splodges, The whole Tree was coloured in Walnut & the eye-let is a washer coated with embossing powders...


...I coated a wooden heart in Barn Door then loaded it with distress crackle, once dried I repeated the process and heated, while still hot I dropped embossing power in random patches then heated again, the effect is what you see above it was a total experiment! (at school I was rubbish at chemistry too)...


...I made a wire mesh and added the word sacred...


...I covered the back of the Tag and added a faux leather topper with a embossed sentiment...


...when I get time I will do a tutorial on how to achieve the effect on the heart, I know there are a lot of piccy's but I hope you have enjoyed looking at them...
...thank you for dropping by today I'm really glad your here...
xxx














Thursday, 19 July 2012

HOWDIE


...expectation is the root of all heartache...
- William Shakespeare -


...hello everyone just a quick posting...today I'm sharing with you a canvas that I made for our monthly swap over at my dear friend May's the theme was to make a 12-12 with a title of YEE-HAW which was chosen by Barney...




...a 12-12 is not something I would choose to do and did struggle with this, so I was very pleased to learn our swap for next month is an Altered Matchbox...I'm looking forward to this theme & it will be my first...

...thank you for dropping by I'm glad your here...
xxx

Sunday, 15 July 2012

PRETTY LITTLE PRINTS part 2


...let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love, it will not lead you astray...
- Rumi -

...hello everyone...today I'm sharing with you the second part of my DT makes for Craft Work Cards, first up is a Tag...


...I took a palin manilla Tag & covered it with Walnut Distress Ink, the mini frame is a part of a nesting set that comes with this months kit, I used Old Paper DI with Walnut around the edges...


...the flowers are a mixture of Tattered Florals & Sizzix...


...this gorgeous butterfly is the Fanciful Flight Die, I added a touch of Stardust Stickles to the wings, the stamp is Build a Flower from CWC ...


...I got inspiration for this second piece from Tammy Tutterow...


...again the frame is part of a nesting set within the kit, I gave an overall coating of Old Paper to the card which was spritzed, the frame was coated in Frayed Burlap then the embossed butterflies had a touching of Mowed Lawn the same for the Tag which has embossed CWC flowers which I water coloured, I made two flaps from the papers which are held together with a strip of dyed muslin that I stamped with CWC flowers...


...I used the Candi to hide the staples on the flaps...



...so there you have a tag within a card...I hope you like what I've made with this loVely Project Kit...it's available to buy now priced at £15 click below...


...thank you for stopping by today , I'm glad your here...
xxx















Thursday, 12 July 2012

LAYERED HEARTS




...please take responsibility for the energy that you bring into this space...
- Dr Jill Bolte-Taylor -


...hello eveyone...today I'm sharing with you a Tag I've made & some sneaky peeks of my last DT makes for CraftWork Cards...I do hope you like them...



...I took a plain manilla tag & randomly coated it with PaperArtsy Fresco Paint in Sherbert then overlaid it with Pickled Raspberry Di, added some splodges of white emulsion and dried the brush off on the tag!...


...I cut a primitive heart from white denim and stapled that to the tag then added a rosette flower made with some gorgeous Basic Grey papers...


...a pair of crackled wings with a yummy leather heart adorn the top of the rosette flower...


...I put the heart through the sun ray texture fade, I was hoping it would work on the leather & was pleased to see it did...




...I'm happy with this Tag it's my second journey into PINK, hope you like it too...

...also here are a couple of sneaky peeks of my final DT pieces for CWCards...



...I'll be able to share these with you very soon...

...thank you for dropping by today, so glad your here...
xxx






Monday, 9 July 2012

TEXTURES & CIRCLES

...the funny thing about life, if your refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it...
- W Somerset Maugham -


...hello everyone...today I'm sharing with you a Tag I've made using many layers of Inks, paints & textures...I hope you like it...



...I gave a plain manilla tag a random coating of PaperArtsy Fresco Paint in Mermaid, followed by a heavy dosing of Walnut Distress Ink, followed by random circles in Black Soot, then put it sideways in Tim's Tree Branch embossing folder...


...I cut a piece of roughly torn corrugated card with Tim's movers & shapers Book Plate Die (which could double up as tombstone!) and again randomly gave it a coat of the ParperArtsy Fresco Paint in Honey Dew, followed by Black Soot & Walnut DI I also used a smidge of textured embossing powder, at the head of the Book Plate I used a gorgeous fox head button...


...I used a piece of leather with one of Tim's On The Edge Dies for the top of the Tag, which i hand stitched in fine gauge wire, a thimble would of saved my poor finger tips but we do have to suffer for our art sometimes! I also cut an extra circle to place over the eye-let front and back...I took inspiration for this from the amazing Tammy Tutterow...


...I stamped the steampunk chaps onto a crumpled piece of brown paper, then did the same on a piece of plastic roughly cut to the same shape, then I lined them up & held them in place with a couple of small brads & stuck them with foam pads to the Book Plate...


...I gave the Tree Branch a fine sanding to let the paint show through, hopefully from this shot you can see all the layers of texture...


...I had a lot of fun making this Tag...I'm entering it for the following challenges...

&

...thank you for dropping by today...
xxx















Friday, 6 July 2012

Pretty Little Prints part 1


...we dont see things as they are, we see things as we are...
- Anais Nin -


...hello everyone hope you've all had a smashing week, come rain or shine, well this week for me  has felt like Christmas but i'll share more of that with you in a mo...

...firstly I'd like to share with you the first part of my DT set for CraftWork Cards...the monthly Project Kit is available now priced at £15...



...all of the above is in the kit, the papers are loVely & thick, lots of embossed sheets too, wordage plus cards & envelopes & yummy candi, the kit represents excellent value & here are a few of my makes using only the products in the kit apart from where i've used distressed inks & CraftWord Cards Build a Flower stamp set, oh & a small piece of denim...







...thought I'd do a little off the shoulder number with a full billowing skirt...



...the papers are yummy don't you think, well that's the first installment I can show you the rest next week after they've been shown on the CWC blog ...

&

...when I got home from work today I had 2 packets amongst the mail (i'm beginning to look forward to arriving home!) and this was in the first...


...these were from Lynn, who saw these amazing fox buttons and thought of me...


...Lynn is one of the most loVely, kind & generous hearted lady's you'll find, apart from designing the now famous Doodly Birds Lynn is so very generous in passing on tips and techniques of others, a beautiful lady...thank you so so much Lynn your kindness has really touched me, the buttons are just so gorgeous and so unusual I cant wait to incorporate them into my work...drop in to Lynn & the Doodly Birds for a visit here: http://oneimadeearliertoday.blogspot.co.uk/ and say hello...

...also there was these little beauties...



 ...who I have Anne to thank for...a wee while back Tim Holtz was doing a new Summer Colours give away all you had to do was leave a comment, which I did...when I checked back last week there were 10 winners along with their comments, I thought never mind they'll go on my birthday wish list...then I got a message on my blog from Anne saying she'd seen my name, so I went back & checked and there I was! I'd not looked properly (maybe time for an eye test!) so I wouldn't of got these if Anne hadn't made me double check, you guys know Anne but if you don't I suggest to take a peek at her gorgeous blog here: http://bollyanne.blogspot.co.uk/ and admire the view...

...sorry that was a long ole posting today, I wish you all a wonderful weekend...
xxx