Friday, 4 September 2015

Finding Time Art Journal Page For That's Crafty

Hello there, this is a scheduled post as I'm currently on my hols in Italy so I'm hoping Mr Blogger doesn't let me down.

I have my usual Friday post over at That's Crafty and I hope you'll pop over to see the whole thing as this is just a sneak peek. Hope you like it!

I'll be back at the weekend and will hopefully have some pics to share as we're at Lake Garda and lakes and mountains are one of my favourite things (apart from cable cars that is!!!)

See you soon.

Fliss xx

Friday, 28 August 2015

Alphabet Soup At That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hello again, I'm back with my second post today which is all about our new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog which for the next fortnight has the theme of Alphabet Soup.

My inspiration is rather different to my last post as it's a masculine card this time with a slightly steampunk flavour.

I made the background paper with vintage shades of Distress Ink and I then stamped on a Carabelle Studio alphabet collage stamp. I then used 2 That's Crafty Dinky Stencils with the same ink.
I stamped on some of the elements from an Oxford Impressions steampunk stamp set and stamped the Einstein (I think!) image on a tan tile and trimmed to a panel. I added this to a dark grey mat.
I attached the panel to a grey card blank and added the image panel to finish.

I used:
Carabelle Studio Cling Stamp - Une Plume Sur Mon Carnet
Oxford Impressions Unmounted Stamp Set - Steampunk
That's Crafty Dinky Stencils - Grid Background, Arrows
Distress Inks - Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone
Archival Watering Can Ink

There's a fab prize of a £20 voucher for the online shop up for grabs if you enter and do hop over to see my DT mates creations which are totally fab too!

Have a great weekend and week and see you when I get back!
Fliss xx


Freedom For That's Crafty

Hello everyone, I'm here today after a very difficult week with my post for That's Crafty as it's my turn today to share a tutorial which this time is a much needed bright and cheerful mixed media art panel.

I'm not feeling that cheerful myself as you may not know that I live just down the coast from where the tragic accident happened at the Shoreham air show last Saturday and in common with everyone round here I'm still rather stunned by it.
It's affected my whole week as with the A27 being closed on the Shoreham flyover, the alternative route is a huge loop which is unfortunately my current route to work in Steyning which is just above Shoreham. I'm not actually complaining as the reason for the diversion is so very sad, it's just very tiring queuing every day to get to work.

The good news is we're off on our hols tomorrow which are much needed in my case and we're headed for Lake Garda in Italy which is hopefully warmer than here as yesterday felt like Autumn had already arrived!

Here's a sneak peek of my art panel which I hope you like and all the details are over at the blog as usual.

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

Fliss x

Friday, 21 August 2015

Crazy Together For That's Crafty

Hello everyone, hope you've all had a good week. Sorry for my lack of visiting lately too, things have been very busy here and I haven't had much time for creating, let alone blogging!
My post today is to let you know that I have my Friday project over at That's Crafty and this week I've been breaking out the Brushos again for a bit of serendipity involving rather too much water but the result was a riot of colour which I rather like!

Here's a sneak peek and you'll find the whole thing over at the blog is you'd like to see how it came about.

Aren't these birds just too cute!

Have a great day and a fab weekend and see you again soon.

Fliss x

Friday, 14 August 2015

Going Under The Sea At That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hello again, today sees the start of a new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and for the next fortnight we'd like to see your creations featuring an Under The Sea theme.
The Design Team have really rocked this challenge as I said earlier and you really should hop on over to see for some fabulous creations.
Here's my inspiration which I hope you like.

This is actually a greyboard wall hanging even if it looks more like a tag!

I covered the panel with a scrap of leftover Gelli print paper which was made with blue and green Paper Artsy acrylics and my 8x10 Gelli plate. I had applied the paint a little too thickly so I misted on some water and this paper was the result - serendipity strikes again! I sandwiched the ribbon in between to form the hanger.

I then used the Bubbles Dinky Stencil by That's Crafty to apply bubbles with an olive and a white pencil to draw inside the stencil shapes.

I stamped the Deep Red Seahorse with VersaFine Olympia Green ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. I then painted the image with acrylic paints and cut it out. I also stamped an image from the Carabelle Studio Ombrelines Aux Pistils Par Azoline stamp set, stamping twice with VersaFine Spanish Moss and Satin Red inks then clear embossed as before and painted them with green and purple paints. I then cut out just the central area of the green image and glued this on top of the purple one. It was inspired by a picture of a sea anemone I saw in the TV Times.

I made the seaweed fronds from Gelli print scraps using a branch die and glued all the elements on as you see.

Hope you can join us for a chance at a fab prize of a £20 voucher for the online shop where you'' be spoilt for choice.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Fliss x

Positivity For That's Crafty

Hello everyone, hoping you've all had a good week. Mine has been very busy as I've been doing studying at work in the form of rather tiring webinars and a lot of reading up online in order to get ready for my Xero accounting software accreditation test which I managed to flunk on Tuesday (I had to get 80% and only managed 76% - darn it!). Happily yesterday I took it again and this time got 92% - yippee! I now have Xero certification (yes, I know I should be certified!) for a year and then it all starts again.
This is my first post of the day which is to let you know that I have my Friday project over at That's Crafty Blog which this week is another page in my A5 size journal using my new Dina Wakley stamps which are fabulous for journals. Here's a sneak peek to tempt you.

You'll find all the details over at the blog and I'd really love it if you'd pop over.

I'll be back a bit later as we have a new challenge for you today over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and I think the Design Team have really rocked this fortnight's theme!

See you in a while,

Fliss xx

Friday, 7 August 2015

Be Outstanding For That's Crafty

Hello everyone and welcome to my post today which is to let you know that I have my usual Friday tutorial over at That's Crafty Blog which is a card for someone who might be in need of a bit of encouragement.
Sadly at the moment that could be me as my eyesight problems continue as after 5 weeks I still can't see my computer screen at work which is an arm's length away from me! I have to admit to have had a very polite tantrum in the optician's yesterday resulting in a talk with the manager and I have to go back today!
Hope you like my project - sneak peek below and you'll find all the details over at the blog if you'd like to visit.

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

Fliss xx

Friday, 31 July 2015

Purple Passion

Hello again, it's time for the new challenge at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and I'm here to share my Purple Passion inspiration which I hope you like.

You'll have to excuse the slightly dodgy pic as I had to scan the card having managed to mess up my camera settings when I dropped it when I went to take the photo - what am I like!

I made the background paper by using my Gelli Plate with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paints (Lilac and Moonlight) with white card.

I then stamped on the Carabelle Studio Femme et Oiseaux image with VersaFine Imperial Purple ink directly on the painted paper. It didn't quite stamp properly (I think due to the painted surface) but I managed to sort out her hair with a soft brush which gave it a slightly misty look that I rather like> I added a little colour to the lips, eyes and birds with coloured pencils.

I used the Distressed Harlequin Dinky Stencil with Paper Artsy Fesco Finish Paint in Pansy to add a pattern to the paper and finished off with the text from the Carabelle Studio Every Bird stamp set.

I distressed the edges and then added the paper to a card blank to finish.

Have a great weekend.

Fliss xx

All You Need Is Love (And Stencils)

Hello everyone and welcome to today's first post which is to let you know I have a project to share over at That's Crafty.
This week it's a fairly simple graphic type card in bright colours which is really quite easy to make. You'll find all the details over at the blog.

I'll be round to visit over the weekend if I haven't yet got to you - sorry, but things are still busy and tomorrow I have yet another trip to the opticians to look forward to - not!

See you in a bit with news of the new challenge at That's Crafty Challenge Blog.

Fliss xx

Monday, 27 July 2015

Flower Garden

Hello all, hoping you had a lovely weekend despite any adverse weather as yesterday here was a total deluge for most of the day! Also so cold I had to resort to a scarf to keep out the draughts!
It was good for crafting though and this week we're going floral at Make My Monday as the theme Suzi chose is Flowers and I'm sure you all know how much I love those.
My Flower Garden stamps came out again for this one and hope you like my inspiration.

I made the background paper with some DecoArt Spring Green paint which I applied to an acrylic block, spritzed with water then smooshed on some cartridge paper.
I dried off with a heat gun (I'm impatient you see!) and then stamped on the flower text from the Carabelle Studio Pretty Like A Flower set with Archival Fern Green ink. I then stamped on part of the Kaisercraft Honeycombe image with the same ink in the gaps.
I stamped the flower head on some paper from my bits box which was coloured with Picked Raspberry Distress Stain. I used Archival Watering Can ink for this. I then cut the image out.
I stamped the leafy stalk on the background paper with the Fern Green ink and coloured it with Inktense pencils.
I distressed the edges of the paper with an emery board and glued it to a card blank. I added the flower head with foam pads and finished off with the Carabelle text stamped on cartridge paper.

This is our last challenge until September as we're all taking a well earned rest for August to recharge our creative juices. Hope you can join us.

Have a great day and a lovely week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 24 July 2015

Illusions For That's Crafty

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a good week. Mine has been so busy I can't wait for the weekend!
My post today is to let you know I have a project to share today over at That's Crafty Blog. This week it's an art panel with a nature theme which I hope you like.

I've used one of the fab new white/grey board panels for my project and I've been playing with the brand new and exclusive Dinky Stencils again and one of them has been used in a slightly unusual way. Please visit the blog to find out how!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Monday, 20 July 2015

Steampunk at Make My Monday

Hello all, hoping you had a lovely weekend with some sunshine as we did. Mine was also very busy with family stuff as we had my younger one home for the weekend after the lucky thing had been to the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A so I'm sure you can guess I'm a tad green with envy!

We also had my parents in law over for lunch yesterday as my father in law had a minor op on Friday so we thought it would cheer him up and also today is his 90th birthday although you'd never guess if you saw him.

I've been a bit of a cheat with my inspiration for the Steampunk challenge at Make My Monday this week yet again due to lack of time so hope you like it even if you have seen it before. It's the favourite of the steampunk cards I've made over the last few years which is partly why I am sharing it.

This was made with the Creative Expressions Sam Poole steampunk image which I coloured with Aquamarkers. I then inked the edges of the panel with blue Distress ink.
I inked up a panel dry embossed with the X Cut clock folder with Wild Honey, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress inks.
I then dry embossed a kraft panel with the Cuttlebug gears folder. I painted some chipboard cogs with blue paint and assembled the card adding a metal cog and stamped text to finish.

Hope you have a ood week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 17 July 2015

Stencils and Masks At That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hello again and yes, you guessed right as our new challenge today over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog, in honour of the launch week of the Dinky Stencils is Stencils and Masks.

Here's my inspiration and I'll be adding the details later today as my eyelids started drooping when I started writing this last night!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Fliss xx

Beautiful Moments For That's Crafty

Hello everyone, sorry I haven't been around to comment this week, time has been very short due to various commitments so i should hopefully catch up at the weekend.
It's my turn to post over at That's Crafty today and it's the launch week of our new and fabulous Dinky Stencils range so that's what I've used for my project this week.

As you can see, some dinky creations made with some of the brand new atc blanks, these being grey/white board.

All the details are over at the blog as usual if you want to see how they came about.

Back in a while with details of our new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog.

Fliss xx

Monday, 13 July 2015

Brand New and Exclusive Goodies At That's Crafty!!!

Hello again, I'm back and so excited to be able to finally tell you about the fabulous new That's Crafty goodies developed by Laura and Graham which I know will just fly out of the shop as they're so useful and such good value, not to mention a first of type as well!

The most exciting part of the new range is the collection of ATC size stencils which are available in tons of designs as you'll see below and although they've been designed with atcs in mind, they come in just as handy for larger projects and being small, are so easy to handle. They also have a little hole at the top corner so you can keep them all together on a book ring or similar - how clever is that!

As you can see, there are quite a lot in the collection and there are more in the pipeline too. There are also some fab atc blanks as well made from chipboard, kraft chipboard, white/grey board and acrylic plus some large A4 sized white/grey board perfect for making art panels using all sorts of mixed media techniques as they're so sturdy.

Here's a little sneak peek of one of my creations that you'll be able to see all of very soon.
Aren't I a tease!

Have a good week and see you later!
Fliss xx

A Tag For Make My Monday

Hello all you crafters, hope you had a lovely weekend and managed to get some crafting done. I did a little although the weekend was busy with a reading glasses hunt as my close vision isn't great due to the transition from gas permeable to soft lenses, the Optician saying it will take a while to get the prescription right as my eyes adjust.
We also went to see the latest Terminator film, Genesys, which I was a little apprehensive about as I loved the first 2, but not the third (cheesy ending!) and the Christian Bale one was quite good. I needn't have worried though as it was very well done making good use of Mr Schwarzenegger's age and had lots of wit along with the action. I can tell I enjoyed it as I can judge how good the film is from the point I notice discomfort in the dodgy cinema seats, which in this case was when I got up to leave - ouch!

Now to the reason for this post which is the new challenge today over at Make My Monday with a challenge theme chosen by yours truly, Anything But A Card, so my inspiration is a tag.

I made the tag with kraft card which I smeared with green and yellow acrylic paints using my fingers for a smudged effect. I then stamped on the daisies from the Tim Holtz Flower Garden set with Archival Watering Can ink and coloured them with paints and pencils. Slight artistic license with the colours as I wanted a good contrast.
I then stencilled on a chequerboard design with pink paint (see my next post for details on the stencil I used) and finished off with the sentiment from the Carabelle Studio Pretty Like A Flower set stamped with the darl grey ink. I tied some wired green ribbon at the top.

I'll be back (sounding like Arnie - tee hee!) a bit later with the promised news from last week which I can't wait to share!
Fliss xx

Friday, 10 July 2015

Wish Upon A Star Inspiration For That's Crafty

Hello everyone, hoping you've all had a good week. Mine has been quite creative due to a couple of days off work but I can't share anything yet as it's mostly for a rather exciting event happening next Monday onwards so you'll have to wait and see :D
My post today is to let you know about my project over at That's Crafty which is my rather belated inspiration (of the midway sort!) for our current challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog which has the theme of Wish Upon A Star.

Here's a sneak peek and you'll need to pop over to the blog to see the whole thing. Hope you will!

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss xx

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

All At Sea at Make My Monday

Hello everyone and apologies for my absence lately which is because work and life have been very hectic over the last couple of weeks and I've had no time for crafting. On top of that I still have eyesight issues as my Optician recommended changing my gas permeable lenses that I've had for over 20 years to soft lenses. These arrived on Saturday and I can get them in very quickly but taking them out is a nightmare. I couldn't get the right one out last night until gone midnight and ended up with a rather red eye so today I'm having to resort to the glasses that didn't quite work in order to be able to see at all!
As you can imagine, I'm feeling somewhat miserable but I'm just about managing to craft and was able to finish what I started for our challenge this week at Make My Monday which has the theme of

The Sea
This is for my father in law's birthday in a couple of weeks but as he doesn't see my blog, he won't know it's here :D

All the men in my hubby's family love the sea and my Stampscapes stamps came out to play. I hope you like my background which is one of a Gelli print session on Sunday when I made a small batch with my new 6x6 plate which, if you like making square cards as I do, is fabulous!

Here's a pic of the print I took showing the 3 left. The darker versions were the originals from applying 2 shades of teal and 2 shades of blue with white Gesso using my figures. I then misted on water to make the paler prints, one of which I used for the card.

As you can see, you can get a good effect of sky, sea and waves if you apply roughly horizontal stripes across and I know I'm going to struggle with adding anything to the darker versions as I can't bear to cover any of them up!

To make the card, I stamped on the sea and wave stamp, followed by rocks and the lighthouse. I then added the ship which is from Crafty Individuals CI-294. I added coloured to the images with a chalk pastel for the grey and Inktense pencils in greens, blues, browns and white to make the images pop. The most useful was actually the white as I found applying it quite strongly covered up any unwanted lines which was the price I had to pay for not stamping first and masking.

I think it worked quite well though and hope you think so too.

I simply added the panel to a kraft card to finish - it's a bit wonky due to my eyesight issues but it will have to do!

Sorry if I haven't been to visit lately but hope to remedy that soon.

Fliss xx

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

1000 Posts Candy!!!



Hello everyone and a special welcome to my new followers. As promised in my last post which was my 1000th post since I started blogging (sometimes it seems like yesterday!), I'm here with a little candy to celebrate.

I'd like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has been following my art journey - I couldn't do this without your constant encouragement which makes me feel very humble sometimes.

OK, on to the promised candy, the first of which is a voucher for the That's Crafty online shop. Some of you know that I'm part of the Design Team but you may not have seen the incredible choices in the shop so prepare to be amazed HERE.

Here's the second lot of candy as promised and the first random winner will have the choice of the voucher or goodies with whatever is left going to the second winner.

It's not a brilliant pic as I had light issues but the contents are as follows:
  • Vase and Shrub Clear Stamp Set
  • A variety of mini stamps including hearts, a flourish, cameo etc
  • Bronze Gems
  • A variety of vintage style lace and stitched ribbon
  • 2 Embossing Folders - Roses, Butterflies
  • A Spiral Flower Die

Please link up below if you'd like a chance to win.  You have until 30th June to enter. Good luck!

Fliss xx