Friday 29 November 2013

Santa Robin For That's Crafty

Hello there, I hope you've all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend like me.
Today's post is to tell you about the project I have for you today over at That's Crafty which features an absolutely adorable little owl by Stampendous.
Here's what I made and you'll find all the details over at the blog.

Isn't he just so cute!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Tuesday 26 November 2013

Contemporary Christmas

Hello there, I'm a bit late with my post for the new challenge over at Make My Monday chosen by team mate Jan who would like to see a creation with a Contemporary Christmas theme which means no traditional red, green and gold.
I decided on lilac and blue for my card as I came across some pearly diamond patterned card in my card box that must have been there for nearly 10 years! I'm trying to use up some of my bits so this was ideal for the snowflake design I had in mind.
Here's what I made and I hope you like it as it's very simple compared to my usual creations.

I used 2 Sissix snowflake dies to cut out the large and small snowflakes from the pearly card which has a lovely shimmer to it.
I covered my card blank with some lilac patterned paper from the Polka Doodles Angelberry Christmas CD.
I then used a Hero Arts border stamp to make a border strip with Memento Sweet Plum ink, stamping on white card.
I assembled the card as you see, adding the die cut snowflakes with foam pads for a little dimension.

Sorry for my lack of visiting lately, we've had a very busy time getting my younger daughter ready to move into her London accommodation which finally happened at the weekend and hopefully I will have a bit more time for blogging than I have over the last few weeks.
Fliss xx

Some challenges for my card:
Songbird - Die Another Day (Use One or More Dies on your creation)
Clear It Out - Anything Goes Stash Item: Add A Snowflake
Creative Craft Challenge - Non Traditional Christmas Colours
Use It Tuesdays - Anything Goes With Hoarded Stash (Pearl Card used for snowflakes around 10 years old)

Friday 22 November 2013

Christmas Pine Wreath Card For That's Crafty

Guess who completely forgot to schedule her post for her project over at That's Crafty today - oops! Must do better next week!
I've been playing with my absolutely amazing new toy which is the Inkadinkado stamping gear kit that I got for my birthday and it really is a truly awesome tool and one to add to your Christmas list as you can create some fabulous shapes with it. My card below uses just one of the four tools in the kit and I can't wait for more time to experiment.

If you'd like to see how I made it pop over to the blog as I have some tips for you too and there's also a link to the video which might just persuade you it's a must have.

Have a great weekend everyone.
Fliss xx

Wednesday 20 November 2013

More Santa!

Good morning everyone and welcome to my Mid Week Inspiration for our current challenge theme at Make My Monday which this time is a rather inky and glimmery creation which I hope you'll like.

The background paper was made with a panel of watercolour paper which I coloured with Distress Stains in Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass and Crushed Olive. I found that if you coat the watercolour paper with water before pressing into the ink stains on a craft sheet the colours spread much more freely. Repeat this step until the paper is covered.
I then embossed the panel with a Darice snowflake swirl corner design, turning the card upside down to emboss the other side. I then brushed the raised areas with Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink wihich gave lots of lovely shimmer.
I stamped the Crafty Individuals Santa collage with VersaFine Smokey Gray ink on to thick, smooth cartridge paper and coloured it with Distress Stains. I cut it out with deckle scissors to leave a border and added it to a red card mat.
I added the background paper to a red card mat and then attached the panel to a white square card blank and finished off with a computer generated greeting on a red mat.

You still have a few days left to enter the challenge and hope to see you there.

Enjoy the rest of your week.
Fliss xx

Monday 18 November 2013

Santa Galore!

Morning all and hope you all had a good weekend in the rather chilly weather - Winter seems to be firmly setting in now so what better excuse to stay in the warm and do some crafting!
We have a new challenge over at Make My Monday today which has a theme chosen by our former team member Caz and having realised we'd all be madly trying to get those Christmas cards done now she picked:
Santa - The Big Guy

I had to go digital for my inspiration as I've got blocked sinuses at the moment and due to running eyes over part of the weekend couldn't wear my contact lenses so any colouring would look decidedly squiffy!

I've used some of the gorgeous Santa toppers from the Magical Winter CD by Polka Doodles which I combined with plaid paper and sentiments from the newest A Home For Christmas CD.
The hessian look paper I created myself using Photoshop Elements after scanning some fabric. It was very easy to do as I was able to adjust the colour slightly and create an A4 sheet to print out. I've added a Freebie page to the blog in case anyone would like it.
I also created the silvery matting layer on the second card with a cheat method which saves using up loads of precious glitter card. All you do is cut a piece of card wider than the card you need a mat for then rub silver pigment ink along the long edges (I used silver Encore Ultimate Metallic) and then heat emboss it with crystal embossing powder. This gives a subtle sparkle which is very elegant.
Lots of inking of edges before assembling and colouring of the sentiment panels with Promarkers - about the most I could manage!

Have a great day and a good week.
Fliss xx

Friday 15 November 2013

Floribunda For That's Crafty

Good morning everyone, I hope you've all had a lovely week and are looking forward to the weekend as I am as I've been really busy yet again with work and family stuff.
Today's post is to tell you about the project I have today over at That's Crafty which is a rather shabby, vintage style card on a floral theme.

You'll find all of the details over at the blog and I hope you'll hop over to see how it came about.

Have a great weekend.
Fliss xx

Monday 11 November 2013

Christmas Gift Bag

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend despite the somewhat chilly weather which I have to say was perfect for staying in the warm and doing a bit of crafting.
Here's one of my makes which is for the new challenge we have for you today over at Make My Monday and your hostess this week is Laura who would like to see:

Anything But A Card - Christmas Style

I decided to make a start on my gift bags as it's lovely to be able to personalise your packaging especially when you can pick up packs of kraft bags in different sizes incredibly cheaply - I got a pack of 5 for just £1 - amazing!
I added a panel to the front of the bag of text paper from the Polka Doodles Here Comes Christmas CD to which I added faux stitching made with the Tim Holtz ruler and a brown fine pen.
I made the snowflakes with a Sizzix die, cutting them from a piece of pink and blue flourish paper from my bits box. I covered them with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with Crystal powder for some sparkle.
I made a matching tag by covering a circle with the pink text paper and adding the remaining snowflake. I punched a hole at the top and tied some lace through to add a feminine touch.

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

I'd like to enter my gift set in the following challenges:

2 Sisters Challenge - Christmas Sparkle
Crafty Calendar November Challenge - All Things Christmas
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything But A Card

Friday 8 November 2013

Steampunk Christmas Baubles At That's Crafty

Hello there everyone, hope you've all had a good week. Today I'll be winging my way up to Kingston for my daughter's graduation - she gained a first in her fashion degree and now has a job working as a print designer for a small but fast growing London Fashion company. She's having to commute at the moment as it seems that finding a flat share is as hard as getting a job these days!
I have a post today over at That's Crafty and there's a sneak peek below of my rather quirky steampunk creation which I hope you'll hop on over to see properly.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Wednesday 6 November 2013

More Autumn Flowers!

Hello there, I have some more inspiration for the current Autumn Flowers challenge at Make My Monday to share with you with a card that is a little simpler than my last one shown on Monday.

The background here is made very simply by inking up a small square acrylic block with Dried Marigold and Crushed Olive Distress inks to make a check style paper and I ten punched 3 of the corners with a daisy corner rounder punch.
The daisies by Hobby Art were stamped with sepia ink and coloured with Promarkers and pencils. I then cut them out and added them to a small round doily.
I stamped the sentiment (also Hobby Art) directly on the background paper with the sepia ink and added all the elements to the card blank.

There you have it - simples!
Fliss xx

Monday 4 November 2013

Autumn Flowers

Good morning everyone and I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was quite busy as it was my birthday yesterday so we went out for lunch and had family round for tea and cake later on. Lots of lovely pressies too!
Today's post is to tell you about the new challenge today over at Make My Monday with a theme chosen by your truly of Autumn Flowers as I really love chrysanthemums and other Autumn florals. Here's my inspiration:

I've used a favourite flower stamp by Circa Design which I stamped with VersaFine Olympia Green and heat embossed with clear powder. I then coloured the image with Promarkers. I die cut it into an oval panel with a Papermania die.
The flourish background paper was made by stamping the flourishes with Versamark ink and heat embossing with pearl green powder. I then sponged on Wild Honey and Dried Marigold Distress inks.
The green panel is Canson Mi-Teintes paper dry embossed with a floral trellis folder.
I assembled the card as you see, adding vintage linen lace and a sentiment panel with and embossed mat using scraps of leftover paper.

I hope you can enter as I'd love to see you there.
Have a great week.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Friday 1 November 2013

Little Red Robin

A very quick and somewhat late post from me about my project today over at That's Crafty which is a Christmas card as being November now I needed to add more to the very slowly growing card heap.

If you hop on over to the blog you'll see how I made it and you might want to click on the pic to get the full effect of the grungy and crunchy background I made.

Have a fab weekend all.
Fliss xx