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.
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

Friday, 6 February 2015

Stars For That's Crafty

Hello there, I hope you've all had a good week. Mine has been very busy with family stuff as well as work so very little crafting was the result although I did manage a very quick to make card for my That's Crafty project today.
It's very bright as we've still got rather odd weather where I live with a bit of sunshine mixed with lots of cloud, snow, sleet and rain, sometimes all at once!

You'll find all the details over at the blog as always if you'd like to hop on over and visit for some amazing inspiration from the Design Team.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss x

Monday, 2 February 2015

Say It With Hearts And Flowers

Hello there, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We actually had snow down here in the South although it was of the blink and you'll miss it sort! It was there first thing on Saturday but gone by 11am. It's still very cold though - brrrrr!
Today we have a new challenge for you over at Make My Monday and the theme chosen by Joan is rather romantic as it's Hearts and Flowers.
I've been slightly naughty with my inspiration piece as I had one of those weekends when I had quite a lot to do and I couldn't make anything work on the creative front. Then when searching for something else I came across a card I made a while back when I was a contributor to Craft Stamper magazine and as it was long before I had a blog, and fit the theme rather well, I decided to share it here. Hope you like it!

A bit of purple passion as you can see!
The background paper was made by spraying a piece of inked paper with water and scrunching it then flattening it out and rubbing a little purple ink on the raised areas. the text was then stamped on with VersaMagic Perfect Plumeria.
The Rubber Stampede image was stamped on cream card with VersaFine Imperial Purple ink and the a mat was added. The mat was made by heat embossing the edges of the card with plum and gold embossing powder.
The flower petals are Technique Tuesday and were stamped on cream card with the purple ink and cut out. The flower centre was made with a chipboard circle heat embossed with the plum embossing powder.
The card was assembled as you see, adding some plum grosgrain ribbon and a gold heart charm.

Have a great day and a lovely week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 30 January 2015

Animals at That's Crafty Challenges

Hello again, I'm back with my inspiration for our new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenges and our theme for the next fortnight is Animals (as you probably guessed from the title!).
I've chosen to use my favourite animal stamps which are Crafty Individuals gorgeous Alice Palace quirky bunnies.

I made the background paper first by applying splats of Distress Stains to watercolour paper - I used Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive and Bundled Sage. I spread some of the colour with a finger for a shabby look. I then stamped a flourish design from Crafty Individuals CI-351 all around the edges with Bundled Sage Distress Ink and right on the edge with Pumice Stone. I think it looks a bit like leafy fronds.
I stamped the bunnies with Archival Watering Can ink on a scrap of card I made a while back which was coloured with Spun Sugar Distress Stain and a splash of Pumice Stone. I added colour to the crowns and a little to the bodies with Distress Markers. I then cut them out.
I added the background paper to a kraft card blank and stamped the text from the Stamp-It Australia Time To Dream stamp set with the grey ink  and fixed the bunnies in place with foam tape.

It's good to enter if you can as the prize is a £20 voucher to the online shop where there are oodles of fabulous goodies.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Totally Tropical

Hi there everyone from an exceedingly tired Fliss. I'm really glad we've almost got January out of the way as it's such a difficult month for those of us in accountancy with HMRC's pesky tax return deadline - we always seem to have clients who leave it right to the last minute - sigh!
This is my first post of two today and this one is to point you in the direction of my project today over at That's Crafty with just a sneak peek this time and you can view the whole creation over at the blog if you'd like to hop over.
It's very bright so it might cheer up anyone who has a dull day.

You'll find the ingredients and recipe at That's Crafty blog as usual and it's worth a look for the inspiration from the Design Team with some gorgeous projects all with full tutorials and unlike magazines, it's totally free!

See you again in a while.
Fliss xx

Monday, 26 January 2015

Bright and Cheery

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a lovely weekend and managed to stay warm in the rather chilly weather we're having at the moment.
It's my turn to pick the theme at Make My Monday this week and I picked Bright and Cheery Colours because I felt we could all do with a bit of cheering up in the middle of Winter!
My card is rather eye poppingly bright so you might need your sunglasses - you have been warned!

I started off with a piece of paper from my Gelli plate box which being a lovely warm shade of orange was just what I needed. I stamped it with a flourish design from CI-351 and Ripe Persimmon ink as I wanted quite a subtle effect.
I then stamped the main image together with the butterfly and flowers from Innovative Stamp Creations set on smooth watercolour paper with Archival black ink. I painted the butterfly with Peacock Feathers Distress ink and the flowers with Picked Raspberry then cut them out.
I stamped the sentiment (Flonzcraft) directly on the background paper and then added it to a white square card blank together with the remaining elements.

The Design Team have come up with some fabulous inspiration and I hope can join us.
Have a great week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 23 January 2015

Seeing Stars

Hello all and apologies for my lack of visiting, January is still in full swing with the looming tax return deadline and I can't wait for February to come! We've had internet issues at work too which seem to be due to the current very cold weather - sigh!
I totally forgot to schedule my That's Crafty post too so apologies for that to Laura. My project this week is the card I made for my younger one's birthday last weekend and has been made with my new Carabelle Studio stamps which is a range I'm totally obsessed by at the moment as they're so different.
Hope you like what I created and without further ado here it is!

You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual and it's worth a look as it's such a simple card to make even if it might not look like it.

Have a great weekend and see you soon.
Fliss xx

Monday, 19 January 2015

20th Century Style

Hello all, I'm slightly late with my post for the new challenge at Make My Monday this week as the light went before I could take my photo and then the scanner wouldn't work!
This week the theme chosen by Marina is Twentieth Century Style and for my inspiration I've gone back to the 1960s with a retro scooter which should be familiar to anyone (not me I might add!) who remembers the Mods and Rockers.

The stamp was in a retro set that came with a Get Stamping magazine a while back and I stamped it with Archival Jet Black ink and coloured the image with Promarkers. I trimmed the image to a panel and added a turquois mat.
I found the chevron paper after an internet search as I knew I wanted a chevron pattern and I didn't have anything to fit. I printed it out and cut a strip to fit the card blank.
I added the scooter panel to the card and finished off with the text from the stamp set, stamped directly on the card with the black ink.

Have a great week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 16 January 2015

Tick Tock

Hello again! Today's the day for a new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge and for the next fortnight our theme is Tick Tock! 
I have to admit to being a bit challenged myself with this one as I didn't have that much to fit the theme so I decided to think outside the box. Hope you like what i came up with.

Do you see what I mean about thinking outside the box :D

I made the background by first spraying with Sherbert and Bookworm Mister Huey mists. I then ironed on some Bondaweb painted with gold metallic paint and then ironed on some snips of green checked chiffon ribbon.
I stamped the text from the Artistic Outpost Happiness set with Archival Fern Green Ink and stamped on part of the butterfly collage image in the corners. I stamped the butterfly part of the same image on cream card with the green ink and cut it out.
I distressed the edges of the background paper with an emery board and attached it to a card blank then added the butterfly to finish.

The challenge is open for the next 2 weeks and the prize for the randomly drawn winner is a £20 voucher for the online shop.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss x

A Sequence of Moments

Hi there everyone and hope you're surviving the current gales and nasty wet weather if you have that where you are. Not that I've seen much of it as I've been working full time the last couple of weeks so haven't been outside that much!
I also haven't had very much time for crafting having had to work last weekend to finish off something for my hubby. I just managed to squeeze in a bit of time to make my journal page which is my project today over at That's Crafty as I've made the decision to start a loose leaf art journal the size of my Gelli Plate so that I can hopefully make some quick background with inks and paint.
You might need your sunglasses for this as it's very bright! I thought the dark and dreary weather needed a pick me up!

You'll find the ingredients and the recipe over at the blog as usual if you'd like to see how it cam about.

I'll be back a bit later as we have a new challenge today over at the That's Crafty Challenge which goes live at 8am so will see you soon.

Fliss x

Friday, 9 January 2015

Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep!

Hello there, I hope you've all had a good week and better than mine which has been very tiring as I'm working full time at the moment due to being in accountancy and the tax return deadline is fast looming at the end of the month - sigh!
I have a project today over at That's Crafty which is a bird themed tag which involved some of the leftovers from my blue challenge project. Hope you like it!

You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual if you want to wing your way over and see how it came about.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Fliss xx

Monday, 5 January 2015

New Beginnings At Make My Monday

Hello there, I hope you all had a good weekend and managed to be a bit creative as I did. By the time this pops up I shall be back at work, not something I'm looking forward to having being off since Christmas Eve - groan!
Today sees the first challenge of 2015 over at Make My Monday and Jacqueline has chosen New Beginnings as the theme. I've gone a bit outside the box here inspired by some quotes I saw on Pinterest and I hope you like what I came up with.

I've done a little trick you might find useful here as I didn't have a stamp with the text I wanted to use so I had to get a bit creative.
What I did was to ink up part of an A4 sheet of card using Distress inks applied to a 15cm square acrylic block. I used Crushed Olive, Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar and Stormy Sky with a tiny swipe on the pink area with Picked Raspberry. I was thinking of the soft glow you sometimes get at the sun starts to rise. I dried it well with a heat gun and then ironed it flat with a dry iron.
I then typed the text in a Word document, checking the placement by first printing out on to plain paper. When I was happy with the positioning, I put my inked card in the manual feeder and printed the text onto it.
I trimmed the card to a panel to fit my square card blank and then stamped the meadow silhouette from a free Indigo Blu set which came with a magazine using Archival Jet Black ink. I stamped a tiny butterfly from the Crafty Individuals Elements Butterflies set with the same ink and coloured it with A Tombow marker.
I added the panel to a cream card blank and there it was - a clean and simple card! I didn't feel it needed anything else and hope you agree.

Have a great day and a good week.
Fliss xx

Some challenges for my card:
Quirky Crafts Challenge - Clean and Simple (hope it's CAS enough ladies)
Natalie and Amy  All Things New
Crafter's Cafe  New
Pink Gem  Something New
Crafty Calendar  What's New