Monday, 25 May 2015

Kraft Card At Make My Monday

Hello everyone, I hope you're all having a lovely long weekend, at least those of you here in the UK that it!
My post today is to share my inspiration for our new challenge over at Make My Monday and this week the lovely Suzi B would like to see us using KRAFT CARD on our creation.
I really enjoyed this challenge as I love kraft card and my creation is a very simple card as you'll see as I didn't want to cover up the kraft card blank I used.


I began by stamping the Carabelle Studio Texture Chevrons image directly on the card blank with white Gesso. I did this by spreading some Gesso on my craft mat and pressing in the stamp, repeating this 3 times. I then immediately washed the stamp to remove any leftover paint.
When the paint was dry, I stamped on the butterfly image (Carabelle Studio Papillon Grunge) over the painted area with Archival Jet Black ink. Some of the image didn't stamp as well as I wanted so I stamped it again on smooth cartridge paper and coloured it with Inktense pencils and cut it out.
I glued the butterfly over the top of the image on the card and added the number text from the butterfly stamp set and some stickers from the Tim Holtz Big Chat sticker book.

Have a great day and see you again soon.
Fliss xx

Friday, 22 May 2015

Numbers Up!

Hello again and welcome to my second post today which is to tell you about the new challenge we have for you today over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog which has the theme of Numbers Up which I'm sure you've guessed means we'd like to see your creations with numbers on them somewhere.
Here's my inspiration which is actually the birthday card for one of my nephews who has his birthday on Sunday.


As you can see, my bird crazy stamps have come out to play again. I stamped this one on smooth stamping paper and coloured him with pencils from the Spectrum Noir Nature set, blending the colours with blending fluid and paper stumps.
I made the background with turquoise and purple Brusho crystals, lightly spritzed with water. When it was dry, I stamped on the number image from the Carabelle Studio Textures Avec Des Chiffres set with Salty Ocean Distress ink.
I added the bird panel to an orange mat and the background paper to a deep blue card blank, finishing off with a Dymo text panel.

If you enter, there's a £20 voucher for the online shop for the randomly drawn winner.

Have a great weekend.
Fliss xx

The Beauty Within

Hello everyone, hope you're having a lovely week and looking forward to a long weekend as I am. If I haven't yet been to visit I'll hopefully get to you soon as I'm still playing catch up at the moment!
This is my first post today which is to let you know I have my Friday tutorial over at That's Crafty Blog which this week is a very simple tag as I've been really short on time.


Here's a sneak peek and you can view the whole creation over at the blog as usual.

I'll be back a bit later with my second post, Mr Blogger allowing, to tell you about the new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog which goes live at 8am.

See you later,
Fliss xx

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Things With Wings

Hello everyone, hoping you're all OK and I'm really late with this post due to several issues with family over the weekend, then my contact lenses which I had to take out early yesterday evening as my eyes were playing up and I'm blind as a bat without them! Still waiting on my glasses - sigh! Plus I couldn't get my photo to load up on this post!
Anyhow, enough whinging and on to the new challenge over at Make My Monday which this week has a theme I chose because I really love nature themed things or fantasy of course as you could have angels or fairies instead of birds, butterflies and so on.
Here's my inspiration which I hope you like.


The bird collage is by Penny Black and was stamped on smooth cartridge paper, coloured with Inktense pencils and then inked a little with Distress inks which I also edged with after cutting it to a panel. I added mats of green and pink as I'm thinking of Spring (despite the hail storms we had today!).
I made the background paper by stamping the Stampendous Frantage flowers round the edges of a panel of card with the Archival coffee ink I used for the bird panel. I then coloured them with Distress markers and inked with Distress inks, edging as before and then sticking to a white card blank, adding the matted main panel on top.

Hoping you have a great week.
Fliss xx

Some challenges for my card:
2 Cute Ink Challenge - Bird Theme
Dream Valley Challenges - Things With Wings
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Things With Wings
Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Spring With Birds And/Or Eggs

Friday, 15 May 2015

Those Little Imperfections

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a good week. Mine had been very busy with work, opticians visits etc and I have another visit there tomorrow as very annoyingly, the lovely frames I chose don't fit the lenses I have to have so it's back to the beginning - sigh!
Today's post is to let you know that I have a project to share over at That's Crafty blog as I've been playing in my little art journal again having finally got my inky mitts on a set of those fab bird crazy stamps I've been seeing everywhere!


You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual if you'd like to see how it came about as this is actually a one layer page and I have a tip to share about masking without all that tedious cutting out.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Fliss xx

Monday, 11 May 2015

Coffee and Tea

Hello folks, I'm a bit late with my inspiration for the new challenge today over at Make My Monday. This is because I had an extremely busy weekend and then had a very early start this morning to take my car in for a service so I'm writing this in need of matchsticks to keep my eyes open!
Our theme this week has been chosen by Joan and she would like us to take Coffee or Tea as our inspiration. I managed to mislay my coffee and teacup stamps (until I'd made my card of course!) so the cute digital image from Aurora Wings came to the rescue. Isn't the little kitten adorable?


I printed out the digital image on to smooth cartridge paper and coloured with a mix of Aquamarkers, watercolour pencils, Derwent Inktense pencils and Distress inks. I then trimmed it to a panel and applied Tumbled Glass Distress ink round the edges with an ink applicator.

Here's a little close-up so you can see the cute kitten a bit better.


I then printed out the roses corner image also by Aurora Wings on to the cartridge paper, coloured it as before and cut the image out.
I then dry embossed a panel of lilac pink card with a Cuttlebug Anna Griffin folder and glued this to an A5 cream textured card blank. I die cut 2 Marianne Design lace corners from light aqua paper and glued these on the right hand corners, adding the cut out rose image on the left.
I stamped the sentiment (from the Kanban coffee and tea set I couldn't find earlier!) on the teacup panel with Archival Watering Can ink and glued this on to finish.

Have a great week.
Hugs, Fliss xx

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Aurora Wings Challenge - Flowers
Glitter n Sparkle - Embossing - Heat or Dry
Come and Get It - Got Flowers?
Pile It On - Cute Animal
Just Us Girls - Embossing
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - Anything Goes/Add Flowers
Southern Girls - Animal Crackers 

Friday, 8 May 2015

Steampunk Surprise!

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for our new challenge at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and I have to say I was thrilled to bits with the theme as my creation was inspired by my secret (or now not so secret!) obsession with Victorian Steampunk novels which has been fuelled by the Kindle my dear hubby gave me as a present last year.
As soon as I saw the Carabelle Studio Femme Neoromantique, the image was a must for my little art panel as with her goggles she looks just like one of the heroines of my favourite novels.


I decided on a mixed media panel which started off as a square Paper Artsy Greyboard Panel. I cut a square of smooth card to the same size, partially dry embossed it with a cogs and gears folder then inked it up with Rusty Hinge Distress ink and swiped over the top with Chipped Sapphire and Walnut Stain Distress inks. I then glued it to the greyboard panel.
I cut an arch shaped panel of strong card slightly larger the main image and another arch panel a little larger to make a mat.
I dry embossed the smaller panel with the cogs folder and then swiped on embossing ink and heat embossed it with Frantage Aged Bronze Embossing Enamel. I rubbed Chipped Sapphire DI in the areas with slight gaps.
I heat embossed just a wide band round the edges of the larger arch with a mix of Cosmic Shimmer Tarnished Gold, Black and Verdigris embossing powders.
I stamped the woman image on smooth card with Archival Jet Black ink and painted her with watercolour pencils before cutting her out. I then rubbed on a little Pumice Stone Distress ink to makes the edges pop.


I glued the arches together and then glued on the image, adding foam tape under her head for dimension.
I next stamped the Carabelle Studio Steampunk:Machine a remonter le temps image twice on smooth card and heat embossed it with the Frantage Aged Bronze. I then coloured them lightly with Seedless Preserves Distress ink and cut them out.
I added these to the panel and glued the arched panels over the top.
I embellished the panel with some chipboard cogs which I heat embossed with the Frantage Aged Bronze and Verdigris embossing powders. a metal key which I added a little Verdigris heat embossing to and Dymo tape text.

Hope you like my creation and that you can join in. You have a fortnight to enter and there's a £20 voucher to the online shop for the randomly drawn winner although please check the rules about this.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

I'd like to link this up to the following:
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (mine started out as a plain greyboard panel)
Cuttlebug Mania - Stamping (I used my beloved Cuttlebug and the gears folder) My image is stamped as ere the clock and gear side panels)

French Fashion

Hello folks and welcome to my first post of today which is to let you know I have my Friday tutorial over at That's Crafty Blog and this week I have a card to share which was inspired by my daughter's job in fashion together with my love for Paris (an as yet unfulfilled dream - sigh!)
I've got my inky mitts on the Tim Holtz Runway stamp set which was a definite must have as it brings back happy memories of the graduate fashion show a couple of years ago when my daughter's degree collection strutted down the catwalk on some rather superior looking models.


As you see, a little bit of ooh la la! You'll find the details over at the blog as usual if you'd like to hop over to see.
I'll be back in a while with my second post which will be my inspiration for the new challenge at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and I can't tell you how much I loved this one - it's one of my favourites!

See you later!
Fliss xx

Monday, 4 May 2015

Simply A Tree

Hello all, I hope you're having a lovely Bank Holiday weekend which I have to say has been fairly typical weather wise as it's wet and cold! Good weather to be crafting though and I managed to get some done along with some baking.
Our challenge this week at Make My Monday has a theme chosen by Marina and we would like to see your creations with Trees or Leaves.
I've been experimenting with my Brusho crystals again and I'm not sure it turned out exactly as planned but it will have to do!
Here it is and hope you like it.


I stamped the tree first (Hobby Art) on thick smooth watercolour paper using Archival Jet Black ink.
I then sprinkled on Brusho crystals little by little, misting gently with water by Ranger mini mister as I went. This is the tricky bit as it's not always easy to stop misting on too much water. I keep paper towels by me to blot any excess water.
As you'll see, the results are a bit hap hazzard although I did manage to get a suggestion of sky and grass. The tree was the most difficult so you'll have to use your imagination the think of a gentle breeze shaking off the blossom.
I added the panel to a kraft card blank and finished off with a Tim Holtz small talk sticker.

Have a great day and a good week.
Fliss xx

Some Challenges I'd like to enter:
Crafts 4 Eternity - Inspired By Nature (I WON A TOP 3 AWARD FOR MY TREE!!!)
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Spring Has Sprung
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes

Friday, 1 May 2015

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

Hello all, welcome to my post today which is mostly to let you know it's my day over at the That's Crafty blog but before I get to that I want to let you know about an event happening at the shop on Saturday 16th May.
Laura has arranged a Make and Take Day with Creative Expressions John Lockwood. You'll find all the details HERE and it looks like a fun day for anyone near the Romford area (sadly I'm not - sigh). John will be demoing the new Sue Wilson dies so if you can make it you'll have a fab time.

Here's my project for this week and you'll find all the details over at the blog as usual. Hope you like it!


As you can see, it's very bright and it cheered up a very wet and cold day when I created it.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx
PS: Are you singing? :D

Monday, 27 April 2015

Vintage or Shall We Dance?

Hello all, I hope you had a lovely weekend despite the downturn in the weather which was a bit wet and not that warm either! I thought Spring had arrived but it seems to have hidden away again.
It's time for a new challenge today at Make My Monday and yours truly has chosen the theme of Vintage which I know won't be a surprise to those of you that know me well :D


I came across a stamp which had managed to stay in my stash uninked until now as it was hidden away and I found it whilst looking for something else (this happens to me quite often so, note to self - tidy up craft stash!)
The image is a Blue Moon one which I bought at a show because it combines 2 of my favourite things - collage and dance (I'm a big fan of Strictly). I stamped it on smooth cartridge paper and coloured the image with watercolour pencils, then cut it to a panel, trimming along the curved top edge.
I then made the background paper by using scrunched up cling film to apply Brilliance Pearlescent Beige and Galaxy Gold to a square of card. I then stamped on the Ornate Flourish (Inkylicious) with Brilliance Crimson Copper, stamping twice before re-inking.
I distressed the edges of the background paper and then added a little Tim Holtz Idea-ology tissue tape to this and a scrap of dark red card which I trimmed to shape to make a mat for the collage image. I glued everything to a kraft card blank to finish.

Have a great day and a lovely week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 24 April 2015

Let's Keep It Simple

Hello again, we're Keeping It Simple for the next fortnight at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and I actually really enjoyed something that it is normally way outside of my comfort zone but I've been loving leaving some white space lately, very unusual for me!
Here's my inspiration which I hope you like.


My Brusho Crystals came out to play here and I finally managed to produce something I actually rather like with them. I've found it really is a case of less is more and I sprinkled a very tiny amount of turquoise and purple on some watercolour paper and misted the crystals gently with water. That's literally all I did to produce the background which you can see below before I did anything else to it.


This one was scanned so the colour looks a little different but you can see how gentle misting spreads the colour well.

I then stamped on the Carabelle Studio Journal du Jour image with Archival Jet Black ink followed by Papillon Grunge with the same ink (I have a little tip to share here as I like to stamp butterflies at an angle so I actually cut off the number ticket and used it separately, writing a number 1 in the little box with a fine black pigment pen).

I then stamped the butterfly again on stamping card and painted it with purple Brusho Crystal colour - I sprinkled a little of the pigment on my craft mat and mixed it with water to make the paint. I then cut the image out and glued it on top of the butterfly on the background paper.

I glued the paper to a card blank to finish.

Have a great day and a good weekend and good luck if you enter (there's a great prize of a £20 voucher for the online shop with loads of lovely goodies to choose from)
Fliss xx

Always There

Hello folks, hoping you've all had a good week and welcome to my first post today which is to let you know I have my usual Friday tutorial over at That's Crafty which this week is a journal page in my A5 size journal which I find very useful as the size isn't quite as daunting as a larger one.
It's quite bright and cheery too, in keeping with the lovely Spring weather we've had this week and I hope you have too.


My Carabelle Studio stamps have come out to play again and you'll find the whole creation and the details over at the blog. Hope you can visit as there are some fabulous tutorials over there.

I'll be back a bit later with the details of our new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog which goes live at 8am today.

Fliss xx

Thanks to Valerie for her comment about Art Journal Journey and I thought I should put the whole page here to view :)
Thank you to anyone who comes to visit the start of my journey too. Hope you like it!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Earth Day

Hello all, I hope you had a lovely weekend and managed to fit in some crafting as I did - the first time in a while I got some bonus time too due to unforeseen circumstances which meant I couldn't do the other stuff planned in - not that I'm complaining!
Today's post is to tell you about the new challenge over at Make My Monday and teamie Joan has picked Earth Day as the theme so we'd like to see your creations with this in mind or on the theme of nature.
I decided to take the Earth theme literally and do some recycling as I can't think of anything more appropriate for Earth Day than that.
Here's what I created and underneath you'll see what I recycled to make it.



I covered a piece of greyboard with some of my vintage music score and then brushed on some white gesso and then applied a little pink and green acrylic paint.
I then cut a panel of the corrugated packaging and brushed on some gesso and green paint for a grungy effect.
I die cut some floral shapes from the tea box with a Marianne die set and glued some of these to the painted corrugated panel and glued this to the music score panel.
I next chose one of the birds from my bargain illustration bird book which I acquired in a charity shop in Margate. This one is a Rock Thrush and I picked him because the colours go well with my project. I cut him out and glued him to the panel.
As a final touch I added a little more pink paint to the free area and stamped on the text from the Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds set with Archival Watering Can ink I added some paper string to the top to make the hanger.

Have a great day and a lovely week.
Fliss xx

Thanks go to Marina for pointing me in the direction of Inkspirational Challenge as it seems my creation might just fit the photo inspiration due to the colours, bird (from the birds eggs) and the kraft packaging.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

A Little Happiness

Hello folks, hope you're having a lovely weekend with some sunshine wherever you are. It's lovely and sunny here but rather cold due to very strong winds so at least my washing will dry!
I'm here today to share the first creation in an age which isn't DT stuff as when I saw the current challenge theme at Allsorts, Quick and Easy Does It, I challenged myself to try and do something I find rather difficult so although there was more thinking than the time it took to actually make the card, the stamping from start to finish took only 10 minutes including stamp cleaning - very unusual for me I can tell you!
Here it is and hope you like it:


All of the stamping was done directly on the card blank and I first used the sequin waste stamp (Carabelle Studio Etoiles, Taches et Background) to stamp the dotty design on each side with Mustard Seed Distress ink.
I next stamped on the main image (Artistic Outpost Happiness) with Archival black ink, then followed with the text in the same ink together with the tiny butterfly.
As a finishing touch, I stamped the splats from the Carabelle set with Worn Lipstick Distress ink.

Tada! Done!

Have a lovely Sunday.
Fliss xx

Friday, 17 April 2015

A Life of Dreams

Hello there, I hope you've all had a good week and better than mine as I've spent rather a lot of time phone queuing to speak to HMRC which is a real time waster :) One of the hazzards of being in accountancy unfortunately so roll on the weekend!
My post today after the whingeing is to let you know that I have a post today over at That's Crafty to share a tag made with more of my current favourite stamp make which I'm sure you know is Carabelle Studio. Hope you like it.


A very regal looking lady don't you think?

You'll find all the details over at the blog if you'd like to see how it came about.

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

Monday, 13 April 2015

April Showers

Hello all, I'm back from my trip to Kent last week and had a great time with lovely sunny weather. I also managed to acquire some vintage cabinet cards in Broadstairs and a lovely songbird illustration book in a charity shop in Margate, very happy additions to my vintage crafty stash too.
There will be some photos to share as well when I've had a chance to go through what I took and hopefully find some good ones!
We have a new challenge for you today over at Make My Monday and the theme this week chosen by Marina is April Showers - not something I really want at the moment!


I've chosen to ink up one of my favourite Viva Las Vegastamps for my card as she's such a cute and quirky image. I stamped her on smooth white stamping card and added the sentiment to the side of her. I coloured her with pencils and hand drew a puddle under her feet with a fine black pen, adding a little pencil colour.
I then stencilled the edges of a white square card blank with a Crafters Workshop mini tiny dot stencil using Worn Lipstick and Stormy Sky Distress inks. The ones going down the card remind me of rain drops which I think fit quite well with the image.
I added the main panel to pink and blue mats before adding to the tent fold card to finish.

Have a great day and a good week.
Fliss x