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.
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

Friday, 10 April 2015

Grunge, Grunge, Grunge!

Hello again, as you can see now from my post title I just loved this challenge theme as I'm a big fan of grunge which is what we'd like to see at That's Crafty Challenge Blog for the next fortnight.
I've made a wall hanging creation as my inspiration and my Julie Nutting Prima doll has come out to play again.

I made the background first by applying vintage music score to a piece of mixed media paper with matte gel and adding torn pieces of book text over the top. I then lightly brushed on some white gesso to bring all the pieces together, following up with Vintage Lace and Lavender Paper Artsy Fresco Finish acrylic paint applied with baby wipes. This gives a soft mottled look which is very grungy in style.

I next stamped on Carabelle Studios Texture Chevrons with Bundled Sage Distress Ink followed by the star border from the Etoiles, Tache et Background Stamp Set with Picked Raspberry Distress ink, stamping once on scra paper to soften the colour a little.

I stamped the Prima doll on smooth stamping card and on book text with Archival Watering Can ink then coloured just the dress on the plain surface with pencils and Picked Raspberry DI. I just coloured the flesh and hair on the book text image then cut out the doll, gluing the coloured dress on top.

I added lace in places (very useful if you have any bubbles in the background as I did despite a good application of gel and using a brayer for smoothing!)

I stamped some Kaisercraft butterflies with the grey ink onto a scrap of gelli plate paper from my bits box (I always save them as you never know when they'll come in useful) and cut them out. I stamped the Dylusions text with the same ink on a scrap of stamping card and coloured it with Picked Raspberry DI after trimming it to a panel.

I finished off by applying some embossing ink to the top corners and the base of the panel and heat embossed it with Stampendous Frantage Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel. I swiped on a little Creative Expressions Gold Gilding Wax and a little more blue paint to pull everything together.

The challenge is open for the next fortnight and the prize for the randomly drawn winner is a £20 voucher for the online shop where you'll be truly spoilt for choice.

Good luck!
Fliss xx

Live The Dream For That's Crafty

Hello all, this is my first post of 2 today which I hope appears as scheduled as I'm currently down in Kent on a few days break.
It's just a quick one to let you know that I have my Friday That's Crafty project over at the blog if you want to pop on over and see how it came about. It's a Carabelle Studio creation again and hope you like it.

As you can see the lovely Helena has popped up again as I just love the rather sultry look she has which is perfect for all sorts of creations.

See you in a bit for my second post today as we have a new challenge at That's Crafty Challenge Blog going live at 8am and I just loved this one!

Fliss xx

Monday, 6 April 2015

Spring Picture Inspiration At Make My Monday

Hello everyone, I hope you've had a lovely Easter and haven't eaten too much chocolate! I've managed to restrain myself so far as we only just finished all the choccies we got at Christmas which I can tell you were rather a lot!
Today we have a new challenge for you over at Make My Monday and the theme this week chosen by Suzi B is a picture to inspire you and you must include a bird or birds in your entry.

A lovely picture I think you'll agree and here's my inspiration:

My background paper was made by applying patches of Distress inks in shades of pink, green and yellow with a Ranger ink applicator tool. I then stamped on the Crafty Individuals flourish with Archival Fern Green ink.
I stamped the Stampendous bird on smooth cartridge paper with brown and green inks and then coloured the image with pencils before trimming to a circle with a Spellbinders die. I added a scalloped, die cut green mat.
The flowers by Crafty Individuals were stamped with brown ink and coloured with pencils and cut out. I stamped the Flonzcraft sentiment with the brown ink and cut it out as the image is a little large as a panel. I inked it pink.

Have a great day and I'll see you next weekend as we're off to Kent for a few days tomorrow so my Friday posts will be scheduled and will hopefully publish when they should!
Fliss xx

Friday, 3 April 2015

Shine For That's Crafty

Hello folks, a bit of an oops here as I totally forgot to schedule my post here to let you know about my weekly project at That's Crafty blog! This was because my yonger daughter came back home from London late yesterday for the Easter weekend and with all the chatting it went straight out of my head!
I have a mixed media creation this week as at the moment I can't get enough of my treasured Tim Holtz Alterations layered butterfly die set and I've made a little wall hanging to share.
Here's a sneak peek and I hope you'll pop on over to see the whole thing too.

A special welcome to Shilpa from me and thank you so much for choosing to follow my art jouney - so lovely to have you on board and will be over to visit very soon.

Have a lovely Easter everyone.

Fliss xx

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.
Fliss xx