Friday, 25 May 2018

Mixed Media Floral Tag for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone and sorry for the lack of visiting this week, I've been up to my eyes in my accounting type work and haven't had as much free time as usual so hopefully will be round over the long weekend although if sunny, gardening will be done!
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog with my usual Friday post and this week have a many layered mixed media tag to share with a floral theme (no surprise there!) and pretty pastel shades including my favourite purple hues.

This is just a sneak peek and you'll find all the details over at the blog as usual with a photo of the whole tag.

Have a really lovely weekend and see you soon.
Fliss xx

Friday, 18 May 2018

Shabby Chic Blossoms for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, the weekend is nearly here thank goodness as I've had a very busy week with work and stuff and I'm looking forward to some creative time although I might just take a peek at certain celebrations going on over the weekend and I, for one, will be rather glad to get all the media hype about the Royal Wedding out of the way!
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with my usual Friday tutorial and this week I have another mixed media project to share created on one of the newest MDF surfaces to share - this is one of the set of rounds and you get an amazing 15 in the set in 3 different diameters and I've used the 6 inch one here.

As you can see, I've gone pastel this week as I'm trying out the new shades of multi surface paints and I really love this pretty light blue.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A Stitch In Time Challenge Midway Inspiration

Hello everyone with an oops from me as guess who forgot to schedule her post for the midway inspiration for the May Challenge at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog!
I hope you're all having a good week and enjoying some warmer weather at last. It's not been sunny here today and is rather windy but it's not cold really.
We have 2 new members of our family now having picked up our little furry babies on Sunday and they're right little devils, zipping around like greased lightning! Pics are at the end of the post for some awwws.

My chosen substrate is the largest size of MDF tag by That's Crafty! Surfaces and I started off my background by using the Triangle Lines 8 x 8 Stencil with texture paste to add a pattern. Once it was dry, I gave it a coat of Evergreen Multi Surface Paint.
The next layer was crackle glaze and once this had set, I brushed Green Multi Surface Paint over the top and hey presto! lots of crackle appeared as you can see on the second photo.
I stamped my flowers and leaves from my Fanciful Flowers stamp set 1 on Gelli printed papers from my stash, made with multi surface paints and Distress Oxide inks and stencilling. I cut out the whole flower from one and just the centre from another, then layered these up to make my floral element.
I brushed Lime Multi Surface Paint over a scrap of mixed media paper, stamping the lines of stitching from Donna's Girls Claire set of stamps using VersaFine Olympia Green ink and distressed the edges with an emery board.
I glued on the stitched panel and my floral embellishment, finishing off with the quote from Fanciful Flowers set 2 stamps on a scrap of lime painted mixed media paper.

There's a great prize of a £30 voucher for the online shop for the randomly drawn winner and stencils for the Top 3 so what are you waiting for!

Now for some cute pics of Hazel and Sage our new furry babies.

Hazel is an Agouti colour which is a soft brown like a wild rabbit and Sage, her brother, is a Black Otter colour being mostly black with a reddish cream underside and they are both Netherland Dwarfs like our Dill who it must be said isn't too impressed with the babies at the moment! He's the grand age of 8 years and they're only 8 weeks old!!!

Have a great rest of week and see you soon.
Fliss xx

Friday, 11 May 2018

Bright Blossoms for That's Crafty!

Morning all, I hope you're all having a good week with hopefully some sunny weather as we have here on the South Coast. It really does make you fee a lot more perky and I've been out for morning walks on most days to enjoy the sunshine. I'm really lucky to live right on the coast within a 5 minute walk of the seafront so that's where I tend to head for a walk. The only thing marring the coastline is the huge wind farm out in the bay but it's ecologically sound so I guess we have to put up with the sight!
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with another of those fabulous chunkies which are a really fantastic surface for mixed media which is what I've created, this time bright and zingy as I felt a bit summery when I did the post.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday 466

Hello everyone, I hope you're all enjoying some sunshine as we've had the last few days including (hurrah!) the Bank Holiday weekend! Back to the grindstone now though and I decided to join in with Julia's WOYWW466 in an effort to focus myself on what I have to do at the moment as inspiration has been a bit lacking over the last week or so.
As I don't actually have a crafting space, just the dining room table or the kitchen worktop, I've just gathered the contents of the dining table at the end in one place as they were scattered everywhere (showing my disorganised state of mind I think!)
There are some bits of WIP and a few of the doodles and sketches I've been doing lately which are due to practising my drawing skills which have become rusty over the last few years due to lack of time to do crafting things. Although I do now have more time in theory, I seem to be struggling with focusing on what I need to do.

Hopefully this heap of things will soon be turned into something meaningful so watch this space!

In the mean time, have a great week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 4 May 2018

Flowers Always Mixed Media Chunkie for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, hope you're enjoying some better weather today with some sunshine and a bit more warmth.
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with my usual Friday post which this week is a mixed media creation with a ton of products thrown at it to make a shabby chic style floral piece of artwork.

The above is just a sneak peek and all details can be found over at the blog.

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

Fliss xx

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

A Stitch In Time at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello and welcome to my inspiration for our May Challenge over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog where our theme for this month is A Stitch In Time which could be real or faux, the choice is yours.
Actually can't believe it's May already and the weather today is anything but as it's cold and blowing a gale!
Hope you like my inspiration which is the mixed media sampler style creation that I made for the last Hochanda shows so you might have spotted this if you watched them.

The base for my sampler is one of the new MDF circles which come in 3 sizes (this being the 6 inch diameter) and have holes at the top to add a hanger if you like.
I painted the substrate with white gesso and then a coat of ivory multi surface paint. Once the paint was dry, I stamped the woven texture stamp randomly over with Vintage Photo oxide ink without using an acrylic block to achieve a worn, shabby look.
I then used the new and gorgeous stitches stencil with texture paste to add faux stitching to the background. I have a tip for you here as there are 9 rows of different stitches and I found that the easiest way to work with them is to cut the stencil up into individual strips as this means you can use them in any order you like and don't have to wait for texture paste to dry before adding more rows - result!

I left the stencilling to dry and when I returned a short time later found that the texture paste had leached up some of the colour from the oxide ink stamping underneath giving a worn, vintage look - serendipity strikes again!

I then made my floral embellishment by stamping the flower with black VersaFine ink on 2 complimentary shades of fabric backed with Bondaweb. I ironed the fabric to thick interlining to add strength and then cut my flower out, the whole one from the amber shade and just the centre from the aged ivory one.

I assembled my panel, adding lace in between some rows of faux stitching. I glued the flower together and then to the panel with 3D glue and added some small toning flower beads for texture. Some lace was tied through the top to make a pretty hanger. I can recommend using a needle pushed through lace or ribbon to pull it through the holes as they're quite small and the needle really helps your chosen trim to go through with ease.

There's a great prize of a £30 voucher for the online shop for the randomly drawn winner and the Top 3 chosen by the DT will receive stencils of their choice so do enter if you can.

Have a great day whatever you're doing and see you soon.
Fliss xx

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Floral Hello Card

Hello all, I've a card to share today as it was rather wet yesterday after a good start and today has been dull and cold so what better tonic than a bit of crafting (and sketching though can't yet show you).
This one is a little different and the colours are slightly off too as my camera seems to struggle with plummy tones and the doily is actually a shade of rose and not quite as strong as it appears here.

As you can see, I've included the background before embellishing and it was actually the leftover result from making my floral wishes card as the stencil was covered in the Distress oxides that I used and it was a shame to waste it so I misted on some water and pressed on a sheet of card. The above background was the end result and it's so pretty I just had to use it.

I stamped my fanciful flower twice on mixed media paper with VersaFine Spanish Moss ink. I then coloured it with Distress markers, using Spun Sugar, Crushed Olive and Wild Honey. I then cut out the whole flower once and just the petal part on the second. I shaped them with a large embossing ball tool and layered them up with 3D glue.

I assembled my card using a couple of pretty doilies, adding a gold pearl to the flower and stamping on the hello text (a free stamp from Making Cards magazine) with Archival Plum ink.

I'd like to enter the following challenges with my card:

Everybody Art Challenge - Flower
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Flowers

Hope the weather is better where you are and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Fliss xx

Friday, 27 April 2018

Heart Blooms for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, well it's now rather a wet day after a good start earlier on and I'm hoping things improve for the weekend too.
A very quick post before I start on some work I have to do today to let you know that I have my usual Friday post over at That's Crafty! Blog and this week I have a very bright creation to share which came about because I saw the colour of the year is ultraviolet and I love purple!

I love purple so much that I've actually managed to acquire a purple coat - my Andy won't lose me in a crowd lol. I'm hoping there will be more purple in the Autumn as the current clothing colours (yellow, orange!!!) do nothing for me with my blonde hair!!!

Have a great day whatever the weather and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Monday, 23 April 2018

Floral Wishes Card

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a lovely weekend with sunshine as we did and it actually felt like summer down here on the South Coast as it was so warm. Not quite so warm today but we still had a sunny start so hopefully the week will be good.
I have another card to share today made from my stack of flowers from my recent marathon stamping and cutting out session. This one is for a friend who's going through a bit of a tough time at the moment with health issues and I wanted to send her something to let her know I'm thinking of her.
Happily the colours fit the April colour challenge at Rubber Dance so although I haven't used their stamps this time, I hope that's OK (between you and me, I have to work out where I put them as I had a tidy up and now can't find things!)

I made my background paper by swiping card through some Distress Oxides (Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Worn Lipstick) spritzed with water on my craft mat. I then used the That's Crafty! TC8024 Flourish stencil with the same inks used neat to add a shabby chic pattern as I wasn't too bothered about getting the pattern perfect.
I cut a piece to fit my square kraft card blank and glued it on. I stamped the sentiment (a stamp free with Making Cards magazine) with black ink and then added some layered up flowers assembled with dimensional glue.
I finished off with an offcut of my stencilled paper which I die cut with an old scallop lace border die and inked with Worn Lipstick, tucking a couple of pieces under the flowers for added interest.

I'd like to enter this in the current Rubber Dance Challenge having used the colours although not the altered bit this time:

Have a great week and see you soon.
Fliss xx

Friday, 20 April 2018

Blossoming Flower for That's Crafty!

Hello on an exceedingly warm and sunny Friday feeling a lot like summer in April! Hope you're enjoying it too wherever you are.
I have my usual Friday post over at That's Crafty! Blog and this week I'm sharing a vibrant and zingy make on one of the That's Crafty! Chunkies, just fabulous for mixed media.

You'll find all the details over at the blog if you'd like to hop over (of course, I hope you will).

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Going Round In Circles Challenge Midway Inspiration

Hello, hope you're all having a good week and hopefully have Spring weather as we do as it's a glorious sunny day down here on the South Coast and much warmer too.
Slightly dodgy start to the day though as I had to make yet another trip to the tyre repair shop as I had another puncture in the same tyre as last time! Pesky builders and their screws which shouldn't be in the road!!! Thankfully it was fixed very quickly.
I have some midway inspiration for our April Challenge at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog with the theme of Going Round In Circles and I couldn't resist this floral wreath which I created for last week's Hochanda shows and if you watched, you might have seen this one (screen shot below)

This started off with the largest of the new MDF circles, the 8 inch one which I painted with white gesso and then used just the centre of the new dot mandala stencil (a sellout on the shows) to add detail in the centre of the circle (no point stencilling on an area to be covered up!) with texture sand paste. I then painted the whole circle with slightly watered down lime multi surface paint which gives a lovely fresh Spring green. I then spritzed on some diluted lime and mustard, allowing the paints to run down the panel.

Once the background was dry, I took a selection of flowers in shades of pink and purple from my large supply of flowers stamped and cut out from gelli prints in a recent mammoth crafting session and laid these out around the circle to decide on placement. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I glued them together with 3D glue gel and added them to the background with the same glue. I glued leaves in between, making sure they popped out a little to give a realistic wreath effect.
I finished off with some green gingham ribbon tied through the holes in the top (I can recommend threading through with a needle if necessary as it helps pull thicker ribbons through) and the quote stamped on a scrap of gelli print paper and shaped to form a plaque.

I hope you can join in the challenge which is now open to entrants all over the world and has a prize of a £30 voucher for the online shop for the randomly drawn winner and stencils of choice from the ever expanding That's Crafty! own range for the Top 3 chosen by the Design Team.

Have a great day and a lovely week.
Fliss xx

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge April 2018

It's been an absolute age since I've created anything for a challenge due to various issues which have taken up a lot of my time. A New Year resolution was to try and remedy that so as I had a large number of flowers in my stash to be used box (pic below if you didn't see them when I first did them), I made another card following on from yesterday's offering for That's Crafty! Blog as I'm still on rather a high after the Hochanda shows and if you caught them, you might just have seen my floral wreath which was made from some of the big heap of flowers below.
Spring is finally in the air so I made this card to celebrate in pretty blossom shades as the trees are at last starting to bloom.

My flowers were stamped on gelli prints after I had a long session making quite a few with muted prints which I love for stamping flowers and leaves on as it saves on having to colour them! Here's my finished haul below!

I shaped a couple of whole flowers made from my stamps for That's Crafty! (link in my side bar if you're interested) plus a couple of centre parts and the rounded centre in green. I layered these up with dimensional glue and shaped some leaves to go with them in a fresh green shade.
My background paper was a ghost gelli print, made from cleaning the plate after making a green and a pink print where I used a jar lid to make a circular pattern. It turned out a pretty soft green, perfect for my card. I cut a piece to fit my 5 x 7 kraft card blank and distressed the edges with an emery board. I then stamped on the stitching from Donna's Claire stamp set from her Donna's Girls Collection for That's Crafty! (she gave it to me as a gift too, thanks Donna!) using Fern Green Archival ink, adding the quote from my Fanciful Flowers Set 2 stamps with the same ink.
I glued on the background paper and added the layered flower and leaves with more dimensional glue to finish.

I'd like to enter the Craft Stamper Challenge for April with my card and hopefully will enter more from now on.

Hope you're all having a great weekend and enjoying the sunshine if you have it.
Fliss xx

Friday, 13 April 2018

Vintage Floral Card for That's Crafty! and Hochanda News

Hello everyone on what for me is a very exciting day as today is the day my stamps will be on Hochanda - yippee!
I also have a post over at That's Crafty! Blog where I'm sharing a vintage style card make with some mixed media background paper that I created.
Here's a sneak peek which I hope you like.

The shows are on at 12pm and 4pm SKY 663, FREEVIEW 85, FREESAT 817 and hope you'll be watching!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx