Monday, 25 July 2016

That's Crafty! on Hochanda Today!

Hello everyone, just a quick post to let you know that That's Crafty! is on Hochanda today at 10am, 1pm and 6pm with our lovely Lauren Hatwell demoing again.

Do catch a show if you can as the new goodies are totally amazing and you'll love all the gorgeous samples made by my very talented team mates.

Here are some sneak peeks of my samples but you'll have to watch the shows or this space later in the month to see the whole things!




Hope you get to see the shows, you won't be disappointed at the array of mixed media projects.

Fliss xx

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Mr Big Ears

Hello everyone, I hope you're all having a lovely sunny weekend and I'm here today with a short post to share the card I gave my father in law for his birthday this week.
I'm taking a break in the middle of a baking session to do this (cheese scones and a fruit cake for my father in law).
The card features my newly acquired Hobby Art hare stamp which I was unable to resist as soon as I set eyes on him!


Isn't he just adorable! I stamped him with Archival Watering Can ink on thick, smooth cartridge paper and then stamped some of grasses and flowers from the set on with AArchival Watering Can ink on thick, smooth cartridge paper and then stamped some of grasses and flowers from the set on with Archival Olive and Fern Green inks.
I then added colour with pencils until I was happy with the effect. I trimmed the image to a panel and added a simple blue mat as I know my father in law prefers unfussy cards.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Fliss xx

Some challenges I'd like to enter:

A Gem of a Challenge - Animals
The Corrosive Challenge - Nature - Animals

Friday, 22 July 2016

Birds of a Feather

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for our new challenge at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog where for the next fortnight, our theme is Birds of a Feather and I'm sure you can guess how much I love this one!


I chose to fill another page in my A5 size journal as I've been itching to ink up my new Carabelle Studio image - it's called Un Oiseau sur mon Journal so how could I resist!

My bacground is made with Distress inks - Squeezed Lemonade and Salty Ocean - which I swiped on the page having first brushed on water so that I could achieve slightly softer colours. I then used several Dinky Stencils - Distressed Harlequin, Chevron Background and Punchinella with Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar and Cracked Pistachio DIs to add a random pattern.

I stamped the bird image on my page with Archival Watering Can ink and added some colour with watercolour pencils. I then added further stamping with the same ink with some more Carabelle Studio stamps - my absolute favourite Journal du Jour, the star border from Taches et Background and the lovely text from Every Bird. I carried on until I was happy with the layered effect.

I hope you can enter as there's a prize of a voucher for the online shop for the randomly drawn winner and the array of goodies in the shop is just amazing!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Forever Roses at That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you're surviving the rather sweltering weather we've had this week - very unlike our usual British Summer! I have to say I don't cope that well when it's really hot, probably because I'm an Autumn girl having been born in November!

This is my first post today to let you know I have a project to share over at That's Crafty! Blog. I hope you'll like it as I've been playing with my Sheena Douglass Day of the Dead stamps and as you'll see they come in handy for other times of the year too, especially now with the roses in bloom.


As you can see I've gone very very rich colour shades which I felt really suit this glamour puss image. You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual if you'd like to hop over to see how it was made.

I'll be back in a bit as we have a new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog.

See you soon,
Fliss xx

Monday, 18 July 2016

Sentimental at Make My Monday

Hello everyone, hope you all had a great weekend with some glorious sunny weather as we did down here in the South of England - actually wore a short sleeved top all day for the first time this year!

Sorry for my lack of visiting lately too which is because I'm working on something behind the scenes which is taking up most of my spare time at the moment and I also started a new job 2 weeks ago with a change in my working week which will take a while to get used to.

There's a new challenge today over at Make My Monday which has a theme chosen by your truly for the next fortnight and it's Sentimental, by which I would like the sentiment or text to be the focal point of your creation whatever it might be - a tag, card, art journal page?

Here's my inspiration which is a simple card and unusually for me, took only 15 minutes to make!


My Brushos came out to play along with my treasured Tim Holtz Good Thoughts stamp set which I haven't inked up in an age!

The background was made by sprinkling lemon, purple and turquoise Brusho crystals on mixed media card and misting gently with water, blotting with a paper towel as the original colours were a bit in your face.
One the background was dry, I stamped on the text with Archival Cactus Flower ink which I think tones very well with the Brusho colours. I added a deep lilac mat and attached the panel to a white card blank.
As a finishing touch, I added a scattering of purple and fuchsia gems for some added sparkle.

Hope you can join in and would love to see you there. We have a DT call out at the moment too as we've lost a couple of DT members lately, the latest being Martina for the best possible reason as she's just had a beautiful baby girl - good luck Martina!

Have a great day and a lovelt week and see you soon I hope.
Fliss x

Friday, 15 July 2016

Angelic Dreams at That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, hope you've all had a great week and I'm here with a very quick post to let you know that I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with an ATC to share which I hope you like.

It shows another way to use an image too large for an ATC to make one that fits. All details over at the blog as usual.


Have a great day and a lovely weekend and see you soon!

Fliss xx

Friday, 8 July 2016

Feminine Challenge At That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for our new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog and having had a masculine theme last time, this time it's one for the girls!

I have a rather girly tag to share created with the gorgeous Lady Rose stamps by Tim Holtz. Hope you like it!


I sponged a large white/greyboard tag from That's Crafty! surfaces range with pink and green acrylic paints - Paper Artsy Fresco Finish acrylics in Blush and Guacamole.
I then stamped on the small ticket image from the set with Fern Green Archival ink, stamping off on scrap paper first to make the colour more subtle.
I stamped the larger rose spray on twice, inking with Fern Green and Potting Soil Archival inks. I then coloured the flowers and leaves with pink and green Distress Markers.
I next stamped the main image on stamping card, coloured with a mix of pencils and Distress Markers and cut it out. I added the image near the bottom of the tag, with her hair over the edge slightly.
I finished off with some crochet lace trim and tied some ribbons through the top.

I hope you can join us as there's a great prize for the randomly drawn winner.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

You're My Number One For That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a good week. I started my new job on Tuesday and it's really great to get to work in 15 minutes as my journey before was sometimes 45 minutes or more! I'm also finishing work earlier which is lovely too.

I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with the card I made for my hubby as we celebrated our wedding anniversary last week and it's clean and simple in style as he's not keen on fussy cards.

Here's a sneak peek and you'll find all of the details over at the blog as usual if you'd like to hop over.






I'll be back in a while with the details of the new challenge at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog so see you in a bit!

Fliss xx

Monday, 4 July 2016

Happy 4th July My USA Friends!

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a lovely weekend and I'd like to wish any of my USA friends that see this a very Happy Independence Day!
My weekend included an emergency trip to London to pick up my elder one and computer for a dash to the Apple store in Kingston to drop off the iMac for fixing. Rather unexpected as we had planned a trip to Guildford instead as it was our Wedding Anniversary last weekend. I think we'll be doing that trip in a couple of weeks time now!
We have a new challenge today over at Make My Monday with the theme of Explode! chosen by Shawna as today is the 4th July. There are several ways you could interpret this theme but you'll need to hop on over to the Challenge Blog for all the details.
I have to admit to having struggled a bit with this one so I hope you like what I eventually came up with.


A lot of head scratching went on as I wanted to go the firework route but don't have any stamps to fit. I found the firework background via Google (what would we do without it!) and printed it out on white card.
I then stamped the skyline image (Art Impressions) over the top with Archival Jet Black ink and added the Tim Holtz Crazy Talk text underneath. I added a mat of red metallic card for contrast and assembled the panels on a white square card blank - ta dah!

Have a great day and a lovely week and see you soon.
Fliss xx

Friday, 1 July 2016

Be Awesome at That's Crafty!

Oops! Guess who forgot to schedule her post for That's Crafty! The EU referendum debacle is to blame as there's so much going on in my head at the moment with that plus I've finished at my job and will be starting the new one next week and I'm rather nervous as it's a very long time since I changed a job!
I have an ATC to share today with a message that is a note to self :D


This is one of the creations for the last Hochanda shows That's Crafty! did and I felt it was the perfect time to share this one in the hope it will make me feel a bit better.

Hope you like it and you'll find all the details over at the blog as usual.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Friday, 24 June 2016

Masculine At That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for our new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog where we would like to see your Masculine creations so it's one for the men and boys in your life.

I made my card by folding the largest size of Ranger kraft tag in half. I then cut a piece of mixed media paper and coloured the smooth side by applying blobs of acrylic paint to my craft mat, using mostly orange, red and yellow on one side with blue and green on the other, I spritzed it with water, dipped the card in and allowed the colours to run.
When the paper was dry I stamped on the main image. I then added a strip of bright blue hessian ribbon through which I pushed some antique bronze brads before sticking on my image panel. I added some Chit Chat stickers to finish.

I used:
Tim Holtz Sideshow Cling Stamp Set; Ranger Size 12 Kraft Tag; Mixed Media Paper; Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints - China, Tango, Yellow Submarine, London Bus, Granny Smith: Tim Holtz Chit Chat Sticker Book

Have a great weekend and see you soon.
Fliss xx

Nature Acrylic Tag At That's Crafty!

Hello everyone and hope you've all had a good week despite the extremely changeable weather which seems to have caused a lot of problems - definitely on my journey to work!
I have a tag to share over at That's Crafty! Blog today which is my first attempt at paint on acrylic and it was quite tricky so I think I need more practice!


I hope you like it and you'll find all the details over at the blog as usual.

I'll be back in a bit as we have a new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog and I'll have all the details.

Fliss x

Monday, 20 June 2016

Fairies at Make My Monday

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was very busy with family stuff as it was Fathers Day and there was quite a bit of visiting to do!
We have a new challenge today over at Make My Monday with the theme chosen by Joan which for the next fortnight is Fairies.


My inspiration features a beautiful image by Aurora Wings which was printed out on to thick smooth cartridge paper and coloured with Prisma pencils. I trimmed the image to a panel and added contrasting mats.
The paper is Polkadoodles  and I added a contrasting strip of card with a punched strip over the top. I embellished with some butterflies die cut ffrom glittery card and added a sentiment stamped on patterned paper, die cut and matted on contrasting card.

Have a great week and see you soon.
Fliss xx

Friday, 17 June 2016

Hope Journal Page For That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you're all surviving the rather odd weather at the moment. I just wish it would make it's mind up whether to be Summer or not!
I have a project to share over at That's Crafty! Blog which is a page in my A5 journal and features my newest Carabelle Studio stamp.



Isn't she lovely? You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual if you'd like to hop on over to see how it came about.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Friday, 10 June 2016

In The Pink At That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for the new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog which for the next fortnight has the theme of In The Pink so you can probably guess what we would like to see!

Here's my inspiration which I hope you like.


I just adore these cute Alice Palace bunnies from Crafty Individuals!

The background on my ATC was made in layers as I started something which went a bit wrong so I partially covered it up with Paper Artsy Fresco Finiah acrylic paint in Sherbert and then used the hearts Dinky Stencil with Orchid paint to add the pattern.
I stamped the bunny on stamping card and scribbled on colour with a grey and pink pencil, colouring the crown blue for contrast. I cut the image out a stuck this on.
The finishing touch was to use the Enchanted Dinky Stencil with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Medium Grey Value 6 to apply the text at the top.

There's a great prize if you enter of a voucher for the online shop for the randomly drawn winner.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Tell The Story For That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, hope you've all had a good week and have been enjoying some sunshine as we've had although some of it was very hot and humid. Shouldn't really complain though as it at least looks as if Summer might have decided to make an appearance at last!
I have a post over at That's Crafty today sharing one of my ATCs that I made for the last Hochanda shows and you'll find all the details of how I created it over at the blog.


Hope you like it and I'll be back in a bit as we have a new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog.

See you later!
Fliss xx

Monday, 6 June 2016

Photo Inspiration At Make My Monday

Hello everyone, hope you're all OK and I'm a bit late with the challenge details for the new one today at Make My Monday which has a rather fab photo inspiration.



Here's my inspiration which is a bit of a rewind as I had no time to make anything due to being somewhat busy lately.


I remembered this one which had the look of the photo in some ways so I decided to share it again.

The background is made with Distress inks and a Carabelle Studio stencil and the cute Dina Wakley bird was stamped on some paper patterned by the same stencil. I added a sentiment from the same stamp set and some pretty ribbon to finish.

We've now gone fortnightly and have had to say goodbye to the lovely Marina too so I'd like to wish her well for the future here and thank her for all she's done for us.

Have a great week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 3 June 2016

Zingy ATC Storage At That's Crafty! Today

Hello everyone, I hope you're all keeping warm in this unseasonably chilly weather. I had to wear socks to bed last night as I was so cold I couldn't get to sleep! I'm also typing this with 3 layers on as without the heating it's somewhat chilly in the house. Really hope Summer makes an appearance soon.

I'm over at That's Crafty! blog today with a tutorial on how I created my ATC storage box for the recent Hochanda shows so if you're interested do hop over. It was really quick to decorate due to the dinky size but it will still hold quite a lot of treasured ATCs in great style.


As you can see I've gone for my current preferred bright and zingy colour scheme as I love orange combined with blue.

You'll find all the details at the blog as usual.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx