Monday, 24 November 2014

Black and White With A Hint Of Red

Hello folks and hope you had a good weekend. I had a bit of a difficult time on Friday as I managed to end up totally contact lens less after a complete disaster first thing when trying to put them in! I can't really explain what happened - it was just extreme clumsiness after a week of sleeping badly.

As I'm blind as a bat without I had to phone in to work and say I couldn't go in (owing to the fact that even if I'd got there I'd have to work with my face 6 inches from the computer screen :)

Needless to say, I had a horrible day as I couldn't see to do much at all. I did see the optician on Saturday and she's rescued me with some permanent soft lenses until my new gas permeables get fitted. This was just a well as we had booked to see The Imitation Game that evening and I was able to go. If you haven't seen it, I can highly recommend it although I might be slightly biased as I adore Benedict Cumberbatch - such an amazing actor!!!

Anyhow, enough waffle and on to the reason for today's post which is to let you know that we have a new challenge today over at Make My Monday chosen by the lovely Suzi B who has picked Black and White with a Hint of Red.

Quite clean and simple for me although that could just be the abundance of white!
I stamped the cute penguin by Stampendous with Archival Jet Black ink and coloured his scarf with a red Aquamarker. I then trimmed the image to a panel and added a red mat.
I dry embossed the card blank itself with a Darice snowflake flourish folder. I then stamped the sentiment (Lindsay Mason) with the black ink, adding a red mat as before.
I assembled the card as you see, adding 2 glittery trees die cut with a Crafters Companion Die'sire tree die set.

Have a great day and a lovely week.
Fliss xx

Some challenges I'd like to enter:
Come and Get It - Winter
Allsorts Challenge - No Designer Papers Allowed
Fantasy Stampers Challenge - Cute Christmas
Animal Friends Challenge - It's Cold
Card and Scrap Challenge - Chistmas Card or Box
Christmas Cards All Year Round - No Patterned Paper
Dies R Us Challenge - Christmas
Scribbles Designs Challenge - Penguin Paradise
The East Wind Challenge - Baby It's Cold Outside

Friday, 21 November 2014

Scribbly Red Robin For That's Crafty

Hi all, just a quick post today to let you know that it's my day for a project at That's Crafty and this week I have a clean and simple Christmas card to share that could easily be made in bulk, something essential for the festive season.
Here it is and hope you like it:

He's a really cute fellow don't you think?

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Fliss xx

Monday, 17 November 2014

Glitter and Sparkle

Hello all, I hope you had a lovely weekend and managed to fit in a bit of crafting as I did as I'm slowly getting there with my festive heap of creations so fingers crossed I manage to get there in the end!
Today see the start of a new challenge at Make My Monday and this week, we'd like to see your creations with a bit of glittery sparkle.
What more could I do but add another festive bit of inspiration :)

My lovely snowman is from a Polka Doodles CD, Here Comes Christmas, and he's my favourite from there. I coloured him with Aquamarkers, trimmed him to a panel and distressed the edges.
The background paper is Dovecraft and I glued it to a kraft card blank. I then added a panel of red glitter card and a computer generated strip of text.
I added a frayed piece of hessian (burlap) and glued the snowman panel over the top.

Have a great week.
Fliss x

Some challenges for my card:
Card Mania - Use a Digi (My snowman)
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenges - Anything Goes + Optional Glitter (My card has some)

Friday, 14 November 2014

Vintage Style

Hello again, I'm back as promised with the details of our new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog which for the next fortnight has a theme close to my heart, VINTAGE.
Here's my inspiration which I hope you like.

Carabelle Studio Cling Stamp - Un Ange a Aimer
Crafty Individuals Flourish Stamp - CI-173
Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Embossing Folder -Floribunda
Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel - Aged Bronze
Archival Coffee Ink
Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Fired Brick
Embossing Ink
Smooth Stamping Card
Kraft Card
X Cut Nesting Dies - Ovals - Large, Doorplate - Large

1. Make the background paper. Cut a piece of stamping card to fit your card blank - mine is 8x8 because the angel is quite a tall stamp (almost 15cm including the wings). Ink up with Antique Linen and Tattered Rose DIs.
2. Use the flourish stamp and embossing ink to stamp a design in each corner of the inked paper and heat emboss with the Frantage enamel. Add the brown inks around the edges and on the embossed corners.
3. Stamp the flourish design over the paper with Tattered Rose and VIntage Photio without using an acrylic block. Do this repeatedly until you're happy with the effect which will be shabby chic like vintage wallpaper.
4. Stamp the angel and wings on stamping card with the Archival ink and colour with the Distress inks and Aquamarkers as desired. Cut the images out.
5. Dry emboss a panel of stamping card and one of kraft card with the embossing folder. Ink the stamping card panel with the pink and brown DIs. Inks a doily with the Vintage Photo.
6. Stamp the sentiment with the coffee ink and die cut with the smallest oval die. Die cut the second smallest doorplate from a scrap of card and stamp and heat emboss the flourish design with the aged bronze Frantage. Ink with the pink and brown DIs and glue on the sentiment oval.
7. Distress the edges of the background paper before gluing to the card and then glue on the remaining elements as shown.

Don't forget that the prize for entering is a £20 voucher for the online shop though please chack the rules first. Good luck!

Have a great weekend,
Fliss xx

Stag Night

Hi everyone, a bit of a pun for my post title as it's the name of the stamp I used for my masculine Christmas card for That's Crafty today by IndigoBlu which is great for the men in your life for either the festive season or a winter birthday.
Here it is and hope you like it. All details over at the blog as usual if you're interested in how I made it.

He's a rather handsome fellow don't you think?

Thanks for looking and back a bit later with the details of our new challenge today over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog.

Hugs, Fliss xx

Monday, 10 November 2014

Berries and Foliage At Make My Monday

Hello everyone and first up today is an apology for my lack of visiting lately which is because life has got in the way of everything with lots of family stuff going on and work has been exceedingly busy too making me rather exhausted.

I'm slightly late with my post for the new challenge today over at Make My Monday which has a theme chosen by Jacqueline, perfect for adding to your festive heap, BERRIES AND FOLIAGE

  • I decided on holly for my card as it happily has both berries and foliage, starting off by making the background paper which I coloured with Gamboge and Olive Green Brusho Crystals then swiped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink for some added shimmer.
  • I then inked up my old Papermania holly stamp with Brilliance Pearlescent Olive ink, adding a little Pearlescent Ivy round the edges of the leaves and inking the berries with Pearlescent Poppy using a sponge then stamped on the coloured paper, re-inking as I went.
  • I stamped the sentiment on deep cream card with Olympia Green VersaFine ink, then die cut with an X Cut die and added to a gold mat. I stamped the holly on stamping card with the same ink, swiped on colour with Peeled Paint Distress ink and coloured the berries with a marker and a Spica pen.
  • I embossed the side of a square kraft card blank with athe Cuttlebug holly sprig folder and assembled the card as you see, adding the cut out single holly sprig to finish.
Have a good week and see you soon.
Fliss xx

Some challenges for my card:
Crafty Calendar - It's All About Christmas
A Crafty Mess - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - T For Traditional Christmas
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Anything Goes

Friday, 7 November 2014

2 For 1 For That's Crafty

Hello everyone from an exceedingly windy and wet South of England. I thought I was going to get swept away as the wind is so strong at the moment so not good when you have to drive along the coast to work like me!
It's my That's Crafty project day today and this week I'm sharing something rather bright which actually made 2 projects for the price of one simply by ......... (I'm a tease I know but you'll have to pop on over to see how I did this!)
Here's a sneak peek to entice you - or I hope so at least :)

Thanks for looking and I hope you have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Fliss xx

Monday, 3 November 2014

Vintage Style

Hello there, I hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed some sunny weather as we had a really warm Saturday with 22 degrees on the 1st November! Apparently cold weather is on the way though but I actually don't mind as long as it's not wet!
Over at Make My Monday we have a new challenge today with a theme chosen by yours truly and one which is close to my heart too, you've guessed it - VINTAGE

 I've inked up what I think must be my favourite image, the lovely Le Brun by B Line Designs which I found out a few months ago is based on a self portrait by a French lady artist of the same name. Her art is truly beautiful and so inspirational. I stamped the image on smooth cartridge paper with Memories Creamy Coffee chalk ink and coloured her with Prisma pencils then trimmed around the image on 2 sides. I added her to a shaped kraft card panel.
I then made a background paper by inking smooth card with Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo Distress inks applied with an ink applicator. I stamped on a Stacy Stamps lace background design with the coffee ink, not using an acrylic block for a vintage shabby effect. I then cut an aperture in the paper with an X Cut die and will be saving the panel to use on another project.

I then die cut a trellis from kraft card with a Cheery Lynn die and made a background panel to sit behind it with antique cream card embossed with an X Cut rose folder.
I assembled the card with the embossed panel and die cut trellis sitting behind the aperture and added the image panel on the side, decorating with pearls. The finishing touch is a German gold scrap butterfly that has been in my craft stash for quite a while.
I left off a sentiment for the moment as I like to have a few cards that can be made suitable for several occasions.

Have a great day and a lovely week.
Fliss xx

PS: There will be candy soon as today is my birthday and I want to thank everyone who has been so kind in my recent difficult times.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Some Like It Hot!

Hello again, I'm back with details of the new challenge today at That's Crafty which has the theme of Hot and Spicy which I interpreted as colours so I have a rather bright creation to share with you this time.

As you can see, I'm still on a bird theme here too having finally inked up some Carabelle Studio stamps which have been in my craft stash for a good couple of months.
My background paper is the result of quite a lot of layering and started out with the aplication of some Brusho Crystals to a piece of wet watercolour paper. This produced a splattered look but as the paper was very wet the powders disolved and spread about. I helped the process a little with a wide paint brush.
The next layer was some spritzing with some Cosmic Shimmer mica spray which added a little sparkle. I then stamped on a Deep Red background stamp with Barn Door Distress ink to add texture followed by random stamping with the triangular background stamp from the Carabelle set with Fired Brick.
I then stamped on the circular design from the Stampendous NK Studio Wired set with white and yellow acrylic paints. I stamped on the flowers, masking as I went until happy with the effect and then used a Dylusions stencils to add the leaves with Black Soot Distress ink, doodling with a fine black pen to join everything up.
I stamped the bird and sentiment together with some smaller flowers of the same design on some scraps from my gelli plate leftovers as the slightly lighter orange shade made a contrast with the chilli red background. I cut these out and glued them to the background paper after distressing the edges with an emery board. I then glued the paper to a card blank to finish.

I used:
Carabelle Studio Stamp Set - Femme et Oiseau
Stampendous NK Studio Stamp Set - Wired
Crafty Individuals Elements Stamp Set - Flower Heads
Dylusions Stencil - Lucious Leaves -
Brusho Crystals - Brilliant Red and Orange from the Starter Set
Archival Jet Black Ink
Distress Inks - Barn Door, Fired Brick, Black Soot
Cosmic Shimmer Mica Mist - Golden Fish
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paints - Haystack, Nougat

If you're UK based it's great to enter for a fab prize of a £20 voucher to the online shop. Good luck!

Have a great weekend.
Fliss xx

Minuet Bird For That's Crafty

Hello folks, Happy Halloween and I hope you've all had a good week. Mine has been exceedingly busy so I'm looking forward to the weekend.

This post is to point you in the direction of my project today over at That's Crafty which is another Christmas card for my slowly growing heap of festive creations.

This goes to show what you can do with a stamp that's not actually meant to be a Christmas image but he looks rather cute as a robin don't you think?

You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual and hope to see you there.

I'll be back a bit later on as we have a new challenge for you today over at the Challenge Blog and all will be revealed at 8am.

Bye for now,
Fliss xx

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Shabby Chic at Make My Monday

Hello folks, a very late post for the challenge this week at Make My Monday chosen by Suzi with the theme of Shabby Chic.

I'm sure you know how much I love that and I managed to get it made in time but due to lack of camera and computer couldn't get it posted in time - sigh! The good news is my replacement laptop is being delivered today so hopefully it will be up and running some time at the weekend when my dear and clever hubby can sort it all for me. The insurance company is sending a voucher for my camera too so I should have one again soon and not have to keep borrowing!

Enough of my troubles anyhow and here's my shabby chic creation with a pic underneath to show how I made the background with just one Crafty Individuals stamp.

My image is the gorgeous Spring Gal by Stampendous but as you can get Winter pansies, you'll have to imagine she's a Winter Gal instead! I stamped her with Archival Plum ink and coloured her with Prisma pencils then trimmed her to a panel and distressed the edges with an emery board.

The background paper started off as a leftover piece of inked paper made with my Stampendous Mono Printing plate (available at That's Crafty) and Distress inks - Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage and Pumice Stone which I applied to the plate and misted with water.
I decorated the square I cut to fit my card blank with Crafty Individuals CI-173 flourish stamp without using an acrylic block - this gives fabulous shabby effects. I used VersaColor Atlantic Blue ink and first stamped the whole design in opposite corners. I then inked up parts of the image and stamped round the remaining edges. I finished off by stamping small parts of the image all over until I was happy with the effect.
Very shabby chic don't you think?

To make my card, I distressed the edges of the paper with the emery board and attached to the card. I added my image together with a flourish cut from smokey blue card with a Cheery Lynn die and finished off with a Flonzcraft sentiment stamped with Archival Cobalt Blue ink.

My DT mates have made some beautiful inspiration for you so do pop on over for a look.

See you soon.
Fliss xx

Friday, 24 October 2014

Simply Bright For That's Crafty

Hello there, sorry for my lack of visits lately everyone which is because I still haven't got very much in the way of computer time at the moment and am really missing my laptop.
A very quick post to let you know I have a project today over at That's Crafty which is a rather bright and simply designed card made with my trusty Inkadinkado stamping gear which is fabulous when you need something in a hurry.

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

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

Monday, 20 October 2014

More Spookiness!

Hello, guess who's late again with her post for the new challenge this week at Make My Monday. Teamie Joan has chosen the theme of Halloween as the spooky date is drawing near.
I had to go mostly digital for my inspiration due to the lack of actual Halloween stamps and I hope you like what I created.

I've used some Halloween images from the lovely June of Dezinaworld before she had to close down her online shop due to various difficulties and it's a real shame as you can see from the beautiful main collage image which is a favourite of mine.
I used background papers from a Polkadoodles Halloween download pack and used one for the background and 2 more to make panels as you see. I then assembled everything adding the cut out pumpkin and cat from June together with the bird (in black to resemble a raven) and cage die cuts by Sit Tim and cut from black paper.

I hope you can join us as we'd love to see you entering.
Fliss xx

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Quoth The Raven!

Hello there, I'm a day late with my post for the new challenge over at That's Crafty due to lack of time and this fortnight we'd like to see your SPOOKY creations with a certain creepy date fast looming.
I actually don't have that much in the way of spooky stuff so my trusty IndigoBlu Hocus Pocus stamp set came to the rescue.

A rather eye poppingly bright creation here as you see.

I started by making a piece of background paper applying Ripe Persimmon Distress ink to some smooth card and then stamped on the Kaisercraft Diamonds pattern with the same ink.

I then wanted to cut a window to add the main raven collage image underneath so I used an X Cut nesting die to work out the placement. Having done this, I stamped the collage image on a piece of smooth cartridge paper with Archival Jet Black ink and coloured it with Aquamarkers. I then used stencil to extend the image slightly to fit in the size of aperture I wanted. I used the Mini Specimens stencil by The Crafters Workshop which is fab for this sort of thing and made the arch shape at the top and grunge dot pattern at the bottom using Black Soot Distress ink.

I cut the aperture in the orange paper and then stamped on the spider and web image with the black ink in the top corners. I used a fine black pen to extend the cobwebs in places. I then stuck the raven panel to my card blank, checking placement and trimming a little and added the orange frame over the top. I finished off with the text stamped with the black ink using alphabet stamps.

If you're a UK resident, we'd love to see you enter as the randomly drawn winner will receive a £20 voucher for the online shop.

Hopefully see you soon.
Fliss xx

Friday, 17 October 2014

Smile For That's Crafty

Hello everyone, I'm finally back with my project for today at That's Crafty which is something to encourage me to do what my post title says, something I've actually found quite difficult to do lately with all the problems we've had lately.
I'm really sorry I haven't been able to come and visit but I've only had short bursts of computer time on a borrowed machine lasting around 20 minutes or so and it's very hard to do all I need to in that space of time.
I should hopefully have a new laptop to replace my stolen one in a couple of weeks so please bear with me until then.
In the meantime, here is today's project and as usual, you'll find all the details over at the blog.

See you again soon.

Fliss xx

Monday, 6 October 2014

Children or Babies At Make My Monday

Hello everyone and many thanks to those who left a comment on my last post about our shock just over a week ago. I much appreciate your kind thoughts which cheered me up a little.
Still not much in the way of good news although the police have linked 5 other cases to ours and have a person of interest as they call it so fingers crossed they manage to get somewhere.
I'm here today slightly late with my creation for today's new challenge at Make My Monday with Jacqueline's theme of Children or Babies. I chose children as I love the image I used by Paperbag Studios which reminds me of my younger daughter who had plaits between the ages of 7 and 10.

I made the background paper with a daisy stamp from Crafty Individuals Elements Flower Heads sstamp set, stamping in Memories Creamy Coffee to mafe a sort of frame round the edges. I then applied Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress inks with a sponge applicator. I distressed the edges with an emery board and added the panel to a chocolate brown mat to leave a small contrasting border.
I made a card blank with some dusky pink hammered card and stamped daisies round the edges with the brown ink. I then added the background panel.
I stamped the image (called Little Lu Lu) with the brown ink on smooth cartridge paper and coloured her with Aquamarkers. I trimmed her to a panel and added mats of bright blu, dusky pink and chocolate brown to tone in, leaving a slightly wider border at the bottom to add some pink pearls to.
I stamped a butterly (B Line Designs with blue ink and coloured with Aquamarkers before cutting out. I checked the placement and then stamped the Flonzcraft sentiment directly on the background paper before adding the image panel and butterfly to finish.

Have a great week everyone and stay warm.
Fliss xx