Monday, 30 September 2019

Autumn Dawn

Hello! No crafting to share today, just some pics to share of today's amazing dawn as I was up with the lark this morning.
It's a rather chilly Autumn day today and the poor trees are already shedding their leaves when they're still green here so not much in the way of those glorious autumn shades I love yet.
Hope you like these and have a good week whatever you're doing. In my case today I'm off to the Tai chi class I've just started to help my clunky neck and back from years sat at a computer doing accounts work.

Fliss x

Friday, 27 September 2019

Blue Tulips!

Hello on a rather blustery Friday! It seems more like October than September and the poor trees are shedding leaves when they're still green.
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with a mixed media plaque on a floral theme with a bit of artistic license as my tulips are blue!
Here's a sneak peek and you'll find the whole project over at the blog on this link

Have a great day and a lovely weekend and will be over for a long overdue visit this weekend.

Fliss xx

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Dragonfly Dreams

Hello everyone, I hope this finds you all well and sorry it's been so long since I've been here. Things have been very busy firstly with work then family stuff and then I got struck down on Bank Holiday Monday with a nasty sinus infection which has only fully cleared up in the last few days.

I've done some creative therapy as I had to take my car to the garage on Friday after a warning light came on and they phoned me later in the day to say that the cost of the repair is going to be over £1,600 due to having to take the engine apart to do it. It's really upset me as you can imagine so crafting has helped a bit to take my mind off it.

Hope you like what I've created with Melina's beautiful dragonfly stamp and her gorgeous lily design as I wanted to create a calming nature scene.

I used one of Melina's gorgeous masks with texture paste on one of That's Crafty! substrates, a large white/greyboard circle with 2 little holes to add a hanger.

Once it was dry, I misted the surface with Aqua and Basil flat matte sprays to colour it. As you can see, the white surface underneath picks up more colour to bring out the pattern made by the stencil.

I stamped the dragonfly on spray overflow paper in shades of blue and green, adding more detail with a mauve Zig brush pen. I cut the image out and painted on a coat of the new and gorgeous 3D holographic gel which if you haven't tried it is just amazing!

The lilies were stamped on white cartridge paper and coloured with flat matte sprays and Zig brush pens then cut out. The leaves were stamped on spray overflow papers as was the text. Everything was then cut out.

I assembled my panel as you see using silicone glue for a 3D effect and added thread made from recycled sari silk at the top.

Here are a few more of my creations from the last few weeks which I haven't shared here yet:

I'm hoping to try and be a better blogger from now on so fingers crossed that I can keep this promise!

Fliss xx

Friday, 2 August 2019

Shrooms Galore!

Hello! Slightly late with this post as we had no internet for some of the day as BT had some sort of problem that they took several hours to sort out. You never know how much you'll miss it until you don't have it!
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with a card featuring quite a lot of mushrooms as That's Crafty! has 2 shows on Hochanda tomorrow at 11am and 3pm and will have quite a lot mushroom stamps with some fab demos from Jo to inspire you.

You'll find all the details on how I made the card (I even managed to sneak in an artist trading card) over at the blog.

Have a great weekend and hope you can catch the shows - I know I'll be watching.

Fliss x

Friday, 26 July 2019

Grunge Flower Birthday Card for That's Crafty!

Hello on a rather dull Friday! It's still rather hot and sticky although we had a very loud thunderstorm in the early hours which woke us up and then there was quite a lot of rain. It's cleared now but is very grey and cloudy. I'm rather glad we don't get temperatures like they do in London as my daughter Sarah said it was an unbearable 37 degrees there yesterday and the design studio where she works was really awful. It was only just below 30 here but I still got puffy ankles!

I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with a rather colourful and quick to make card on a floral theme. Hope you like it.

Hoping for cooler weather over the weekend and that you're coping wherever you are.

Have a great weekend whatever you're doing.
Fliss xx

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Holiday photos and more

Hello everyone, hope you're all well and coping if you have a heatwave as we do here on the UK south coast at the moment.
Just got back from our holiday to the Norwegian fjords which we greatly enjoyed as the scenery was spectacular and we were lucky with the weather as there was only 1 day with some rain. The rest of the time was mostly hot and sunny which made it rather weird to see snow on the mountain tops and ice on the glaciers we visited.

I have a few pics to share here. We stayed at Balestrand, a pretty village with traditional houses with carved wooden dragon decorations typical in the area. The fjord was the longest one called Sognefjord and it was strange the water was salt so far inland.

The food was largely fish based which I love as it's my favourite and I tried out several I haven't had before - catfish, coal fish and monkfish to name but a few. The only downside to going to Norway is the astronomical price of everything - £5 for a rather bad cappuccino (Norwegian ones are nothing like Italian!!!), the same for a 330ml bottle of fruit juice, almost £50 for a bottle of wine and so on.

Kvikne's Hotel in Balestrand where we stayed, room with a fabulous fjord view

Typical property in Balestrand with dragon decoration

View from the Akvarium jetty at Balestrand and apparently much painted

Little fjord view towards Balestrand

Further little fjord view

Esefjorden flora

Esefjorden reflections as the water was like glass

Waterfall seen on rib boat trip (exceedingly scary at first!!!)

Goats spotted on this very small scrap of relatively flat land, the rest of the area had trees everywhere and a few more lone goats were seen in these. Farming in this area is very difficult due to the lack of flat ground and we saw many tiny farms on mountainsides.

First view of the glacier area from the boat

Closer view with 2 glaciers in the distance

Supplebreen and yes, that is ice at the top, it was a blue grey in colour

Boyabreen with a top and bottom glacier as the middle section had melted

Mundal book town with lots of books in the most peculiar places, this one being the most picturesque

The top of Esefjorden

Vik Stave church complete with carved dragons

Vik Stave church and churchyard

Amazing view of layered mountains taken from Vik quayside and the photo doesn't really do it justice

There were lots of jellyfish in Vik harbour!

Bergen harbour where we spent a few hours on our way back. The tall ships race was on and the harbour was packed with masted ships (not shown here as it was too difficult for me to take photos of them). Andy was in his element and took 100s of photos.

Hope you like these and will be catching up as soon as I can.

Link to my post for last Friday at That's Crafty! Blog where I was sharing 2 cards made with 1 stencil technique.

Fliss xx

Friday, 12 July 2019

Catching Up!

Hello, I hope you're all well and sorry for the lack of blogging lately. I've been very busy again with accounting and VAT work, making samples for Hochanda shows (One Day Special last month and shows last week) plus still doing things for my father in law whose progress is quite slow. He comes to us every Sunday for lunch and I still do his shopping and various other stuff too.
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with a rather frosty mixed media collage which I created for the shows last week - these were part of Hochanda's 12 Days of Christmas - and it was very odd making Christmas cards in a heatwave I can say!
This one is more wintery than festive and a tiny bit steampunk as if you look closely at the snowflake, you'll see the quirky spanner heads.

I also forgot to share the post for last week and this one is more than a bit steampunk, featuring the same bird and if you read that post plus this one, you'll see where the snowflake appeared on both.

I won't be around next week as on Monday quite early we're off on our travels, going to our long awaited holiday in Norway a very long way down a fjord and I'm starting to get rather excited!

See you when I get back.
Fliss xx

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Blossoming Card for That's Crafty! and more

Hello, I'm here slightly late with the details of my post over at That's Crafty! Blog last Friday which is because on Friday and Saturday I had an issue on my blog which was caused by the photo host of my blog background layout and I ended up with a huge grey watermark straight across the page.
This was eventually sorted out yesterday evening by my tech help (my brilliant elder daughter) so if you did notice it, you'll know why I hated it!

Here's the card from my post which I hope you like.

I hope you've had a good weekend and that you have a good week ahead.

Fliss xx

Friday, 14 June 2019

All Floral at That's Crafty! Blog

Hello! Rather a windy and dull day today with just a tiny peek of sunshine but so cold it definitely doesn't feel like June - I actually had to wear my winter coat out today although I only had a short sleeved frock under it :D
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with another of the samples that I made for the last Hochanda shows and this week I'm sharing a many layered card with stencilling and stamping. If you'd like to see how I created it please do hop over HERE

Have a great weekend and see you soon.

Fliss xx

Monday, 10 June 2019

Affirmations ATCs and more

Hello, it's been a very wet, cold and dismal day here and it's very hard to believe it's actually June when it seems more like April!
I have something rather cheery to share as I've been joining in with the challenges over at Mixed Media Learning Zone and the final one is affirmations. I've made a trio with my own affirmations and I hope you like them.

I've also got a card to share as it was my niece Lucy's birthday on Saturday and I made her a simple card with a floral theme and my favourite birthday sentiment (a Hero Arts stamp I've had for ages).

Have a great week and see you soon.

Fliss xx

Friday, 7 June 2019

Arty Card and Other News

Hello on a rather wet and dismal Friday. Hope you're all ok and I'm wondering where the summer has gone after the last few sunny days!
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with a rather arty card which is one of the samples I made for the last Hochanda shows That's Crafty! had in May. It features a lot of layered stencilling and stamping and you can find all the details over at the blog by clicking HERE if you'd like to see how it came about.

On another note, I've been joining in with the challenge by Mixed Media Learning Zone on their Facebook group with the prize of a place on their Summer Wellspring School and I've done the first 2 which are below. The first was monochrome in just black and white and the second finger painting and my love of colour has come out to play for that one.

I still have to do the 3rd one which is affirmations so will post that when I get it done as I've really enjoyed stretching my creativity which has been a bit tired lately with life getting in the way.

Have a great weekend and see you soon.
Fliss xx