Monday, 30 March 2015

Flowers at Make My Monday

Hello there, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Ours was a bit noisy as my hubby has now fitted a house alarm so there was a lot of beeping involved in setting it up! The test run was deafening so I think any burglar would run a mile if he set it off!!!
We have a great new challenge for you today over at Make My Monday with the theme of Flowers in celebration of Spring and all the lovely trees in blossom at the moment.
My inspiration is a clean and simple card as I wanted to show off the beautiful image I used for my creation.


I've used a gorgeous pansy corner image which is part of a set of 3 by Aurora Wings. I always think of pansies in the Spring and in fact saw rather a lot on Friday as I visited a client who owns a garden centre and there were tons in one of the greenhouses. They have the most amazing farm shop I've ever seen too!
I printed the image on to smooth cartridge paper and painted it with Aquamarkers before trimmimg it to a square. I stamped the birthday sentiment (Flonzcraft) on with Archival Jet Black ink directly on the paper and then added the panel to a blue mat before sticking it to a cream card blank.

Have a great day and a lovely week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 27 March 2015

Gold and Silver

Hello again, I'm back with my inspiration for our new challenge today over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and if you haven't guessed from the title we have the rather opulent theme of Gold and Silver, both of which came into my creation.
Apologies in advance for the photos as the light was not good for metallics being too bright when I took them!


I've made a mixed media hanging with my favourite Sissix die by Tim Holtz.

I first made the bit that turned into a frame by stamping Carabelle Studio's Texture Spirales round the edges with Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver ink and then heat embossed it with Frantage Aged Gold Embossing Enamel - I find you need a very sticky embossing ink with the Frantage and the Encore is very good for that (I once found the ink still tacky after 2 weeks!).


Here's a close up so you can see the spiral design which I think looks very like the whorls in wood.


I cut the centre out to produce a frame which I attached to a piece of grey board which I covered with some dry embossed metallic card from my stash which I think goes rather well as it's a sort of mottled siver and gold.


I then die cut the butterfly from kraft card and embossed it with the texture fades folder in the set, rubbed the raised areaswith the silver ink and heat embossed it with Frantage Aged Silver Embossing Enamel and a touch of Detail Silver where the Frantage didn't stick well.


Another close up of the detail on the frame and butterfly.

There's a fab prize of a £20 voucher to the online shop for the randomly drawn lucky winner so do try and enter if you can.

Have a great weekend.
Fliss xx

Far To Fly

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a good week. Mine has been very busy with year end pay runs and tons of P60s but I've nearly finished them all thank goodness!
This is my first post of the day to let you know I have a project to share over at That's Crafty today which I hope you like. Here's a sneak peek.


You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual if you'd like to go and visit.

I'll be back in a while with the details of our new challenge which goes up at 8am on the Challenge Blog.

See you later.
Fliss xx

Monday, 23 March 2015

Serene In Green

Hello all, I'm a tad late with my inspiration for our new challenge today at Make My Monday with the theme chosen by teamie Joan which is The Colour Green so we'd like to see your creations with lots of green in.
It's a favourite colour of mine as I love the Distress ink Crushed Olive which I think is the one I like best of all so it had to come into my creation which I've made with the beautiful Aurora Wings Calla Lily Sprite image and I've turned her green to fit in.


I printed the image out on to my favourite paper for colouring in which is thick, smooth cartridge paper and I painted first with Aquamarkers then added more detail with pastel pencils which give such a lovel soft look.
I then trimmed the image to a panel and added mats of deep green and a little orange to tone in with the lily stamens.
I then took a piece of background paper lurking in my stash and altered it with Crushed Olive DI from the original pale sage green which didn't quite go with my image. I wrapped a piece of ribbon round before attaching it to my card blank.
I then painted a butterfly with Aquamarkers and added green dots with a pastel pencil before cutting out. I finished off with the Flonzcraft birthday sentiment (my favourite!) stamped directly on the background paper with Archival Fern Green ink.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore March Challenge - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking and have a great week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 20 March 2015

Madam Butterfly

Hello folks, I hope you've all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend like me.
Today's post is about my project today over at That's Crafty blog which is an arch shaped tryptich with an Oriental flavour and some more of my Carabelle Studio stamps which I'm sure you know by now are my favourite images at the moment:)


A rather brightly coloured creation as you can see and you'll find all the details over at the blog if you'd care to pop over and visit - I'd love it if you did too.

There's also a week left to enter our Wing 'n' Things challenge if you haven't yet done so for a fab prize of £20 to spend in the online shop where you're spoilt for choice so good luck if you decide to have a go.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Monday, 16 March 2015

Create A Scene

Hello crafters, I hope you all had a lovely weekend and those of you who are Mums had a great day yesterday. I was lucky enough to have my younger daughter home and she cooked a lovely lunch for us in the form of chicken thighs stuffed with goat's cheese and cranberry sauce wrapped in pancetta then baked in the oven. It was very yummy!
Today see the start of a new challenge at Make My Monday and I picked the theme for the week which is to create A Scenic Card. I've inked up for the first time a Stampscapes set I've had a little while and it's perfect for the challenge although I'm not sure you could say that about my inking!!!


I stamped my scene with the Lakeside Cabin set using Archival Jet Black ink on glossy card. I then added inking with various orange shades of Distress ink but actually found it was harder than it looked to make the ink spread properly - I think I need more practice!
I added a blue mat and then stuck the panel to a white square card blank.

Have a great day and a good week.
Hugs,
Fliss xx

Friday, 13 March 2015

Wings 'n' Things

Hello again, I'm back with the promised details of today's new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog where for the next fortnight our theme is Wings 'n' Things so anything with wings goes!

I've broken out some Carabelle Studio stamps again for my inspiration which I hope you like.


I made my background with random splats of Distress Stains - I used Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar and Bundled Sage. As you can see, I went roughly across the horizontal and vertical centre lines.
I next stamped some splats from the Carabelle Studio Etoiles, Taches et Background Stamp Set and Antique Linen Distress ink.
I stamped on some stars from the same set with Worn Lipstick Distress ink. I then added some pieces of Tim Holtz script tissue tape.
I stamped the angel tag (Un Coeur d'Ange stamp set) with Archival Coffee ink, placing the script stamp from the set directly underneath on the block and coloured it with Distress Stains and inks before cutting out.
I added the background paper to a kraft card blank and finished off with the tag embellished at the top with a button.

Hope you can enter as the prize is a £20 voucher to the online shop for the randomly drawn winner.
Good luck!
Fliss xx

Dreamer

Hello everyone and welcome to my first post of the day which is to let you know that I have a project to share over at That's Crafty today which has what I think might be my signature style background using lots of layering.
Here's a sneak peek and you'll have to pop over to the blog to see the whole thing :)


A very sultry looking lady I think you'll agree and you'll find all the details at That's Crafty if you'd like to look. Hope to see you there.

I'll be back in a while with news of our new challenge at That's Crafty Challenge Blog so see you later!

Fliss xx

Monday, 9 March 2015

Going To Town At Make My Monday

Hello everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend and certainly better than mine as I've come down with a sinus infection which I think I must have picked up at a seminar I went to last week where it was very hot and stuffy - sigh!
We have a new challenge for you today over at Make My Monday and the theme chosen by Marina is Building, Town or City which gives a lot of scope for interpretation.
Here's my inspiration which I hope you like.


As you can see, a very simple card as I decided to showcase the lovely row of buildings by Crafty Individuals. I stamped the image with Archival Watering Can ink on smooth card and cut it into a panel.
I then coloured the buildings with various pencils and then inked the sky area with Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar Distress inks. I added it to a kraft card blank and stamped the Dovecraft sentiment with the Archival ink.
As I said, simples!

Have a great day and a lovely week.
Hugs,
Fliss xx

Friday, 6 March 2015

Spring Has Sprung at That's Crafty!

Hello everyone and welcome to my post today which is to let you know I have a shabby chic project to share over at That's Crafty made with my beautiful new Liz Borer stamp set by Paper Artsy which I was totally unable to resist as the stamps are so pretty.
Hope you like it.


As you can see it's a little wall hanging plaque and in my current favourite Spring shades of pink and green. All the details are over at the blog as usual.
I'm also almost falling asleep whilst writing this at 8.30pm as I had to attend an Auto Enrolment pension seminar as payroll duties for quite a lot of clients are part of my job and the amount to learn and take in was staggering and somewhat scary!
Roll on the weekend is all I can say!
Hugs,
Fliss xx

Monday, 2 March 2015

We're Going All Girly!

Hello there, I hope that you all had a lovely weekend. It's time for a new challenge at Make My Monday and I have some news about that too as we have a new challenge blog!
This is because we had a lot of trouble with the other one freezing so it was felt that the best idea was to start again, which is what we've done.
We've also got to say goodbye for the moment to our founder Jacqueline as she's going through some rather difficult times and has decided to take a break. I'd like to thank her here and wish her well as we'll miss her a lot.
Our challenge theme for this week is Girly Birthday and here's my inspiration:


I've made my card with some beautiful Aurora Wings images. I made the background paper with a corner rose design which I printed on to smooth cartridge paper and then coloured it with various VersaColor inkpads in shades of pink and green with a toch of yellow.
The beautiful image is called Peace Rose and I printed her on the cartridge paper then coloured her with Aquamarkers. I trimmed the image to a panel and added a deep pink mat.
I inked the edges of the background paper with deep pink ink and assembled the card adding a sentiment stamped directly on the background and some pink pearls.

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Fliss xx

Friday, 27 February 2015

Oodles Of Doodles

Hello there, it's time for a new challenge at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and the theme for the next fortnight is something rather close to my heart as those of you who have been following my art journey for a while will remember.
Our theme is Oodles Of Doodles which I'm sure means as little or as much as you like. In my case, my inspiration for you is all doodled as I've got my zentangle hat on again!

Here's the end result and underneath you'll find the doodle that started it off - you'll be able to see that it had a very humble beginning. That's what it's all about as you have to find the courage to put pen to paper and then build on it.



I can't tell you how to do it as it's just one of those things that goes with the flow, so to speak.

To make it I used the following:

Strathmore Artist Tiles - Toned Tan
Sakura Microperm Pens

If you decide to have a go, do let me know and it's definitely good to enter as the prize for the randomly drawn winner is a £20 voucher for the online shop which is chock full of fabulous goodies.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss x

Monday, 23 February 2015

Tag You're It!

Hello folks, I hope you all had a good weekend and managed to fit in some crafting which is more than I did as we had family stuff going on again with birthday celebrations and so on.
It's time for a new challenge at Make My Monday and this week the theme is Tags. I had to cheat a bit with my inspiration as having had no time for crafting, I'm sharing something I made a few years back that I really like and I know I enjoyed creating at the time.


I made my own tag as I wanted an arch shape and I covered it with some decorated paper from my experimental box. It was sprayed deep red and stamped with a square design in black then some doodling with a gold leaf pen was added.
The Gibson girl was stamped with Memories Artprint Brown ink, coloured with pencils and cut out. I then cut a heart shape from card and covered it with pressed pansies.
The tag was assembled with ribbon and a butterfly from my vintage illustration book and the text was stamped with Hero Arts alphabet stamps and inked up with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress inks.
The final touch was a pressed daisy in the lady's hair.

Have a great day.
Fliss xx 

Friday, 20 February 2015

Contemplating With Lynne Perrella

Hello there, I hope you've all had a good week. I'm here today with my weekly project for That's Crafty which is a colourful creation featuring my new and first Lynne Perrella stamps from Paper Artsy.
I was totally unable to resist these gorgeous medieval style beauties done stained glass style and I suspect they'll be making an appearance quite a lot.


You'll find all the details over at the blog and some pics to show how the background came about. Hoping you can visit.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Hugs,
Fliss xx

Monday, 16 February 2015

Two Favourite Colours

Hi there, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. It was sunny yesterday and despite it being February our sunlounge was warm enough to eat lunch in and I managed to get washing out on the line too!
I did have time for some crafting too and here's something I created for our new challenge today at Make My Monday. This week Suzi has challenged us to make something with our Two Favourite Colours which I found a little difficult as I try create with as many colours as I can so in the end I picked my favourite 2 shades of Distress inks for inspiration - Crushed Olive and Victorian Velvet, otherwise known as Pink and Green!


I've also used some of my favourite stamps here too.

I made the background paper by painting watercolour paper with dusky rose and olive green acylic paints which I watered down to make a wash. I then stamped on the Stampendous Love Paris image with Archival Olive ink. I then stamped on Hero Arts Old French Writing with VersaMagic Pink Grapefruit ink.
I stamped the Rubber Stampede Tip Your Hat (she looks so French!) image with the olive ink on smooth cartridge paper. I painted the image and also the flowers on the Eiffel Tower image with Aquamarkers in shades of pink and green.
I then stamped the Kaisercraft butterfly on a scrap of pink painted watercolour paper with the olive ink and cut this out.
I assembled the card as you see, adding some pale pink lace trim and a green flower and leaves to embellish.

Have a great day and a good week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 13 February 2015

Be My Valentine

Hello again, I'm back with details of the new challenge today over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and as it's a certain day tomorrow, our challenge theme is of course Be My Valentine.
I've actually got 2 cards to share as I've had a bit of creative trouble over the last couple of weeks and my second card is the one I actually started first and couldn't finish right away though as soon as I'd sent the other one off to Laura, inspiration struck and I finished it off.
You'll have to let me know what you think as the design is the same but the cards are not quite!


As you see, the design is simple and for this one I used the Carabelle Studio Jeu de Fleches mask with Barn Door Distress ink on smooth white card.
The heart is hand cut from some paper from my stash that I made with Gelatos then stamped with the Stampendous NK Studio Wired stamp set and added dots with a mini dot stencil.
The finishing touch was to stamp on the Kaisercraft sentiment with VersaFine Satin Red ink.

And now for my original card:


As you can see, I used the arrow stencil here too only this one was done with Studio Calico Mr Huey's Mist in a red shade. As the spray was quite wet and ended up all over the stencil, I pressed another piece of card on top and it gave a negative image.
I made the heart shape using the negative printed paper, scribbling on the design with a black Sharpie pen until I was happy with the shape. I then cut it out.
The finishing touch was the same text stamped this time with VersaFine Crimson Red ink.

It's good to enter the challenge (although you do need to be a UK resident) as the prize is a £20 voucher to the online shop and if you haven't yet seen the huge range of goodies available, it's worth a browse.
Good luck!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

In The Tropics ( Otherwise Known as Wishful Thinking!)

Hi there, welcome to my first post of the day which is to let you know that as it's Friday (yippee!) I have a project to share over at That's Crafty blog which is of a tropical nature and quite bright and flowery as it's still very chilly and I needed some warm colour.


You'll find all the details as always over at the blog and I hope you'll come visit for a fabulous array of inspirational projects with full tutorials.

I'll see you a bit later on today as we have a new challenge for you over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog.

Fliss xx