Monday 27 January 2014

Eastern Promise

Hello there folks and welcome to my post today which is for the new challenge over at Make My Monday which has a theme chosen by Suzi B - Eastern Promise.
I have to admit having struggled a bit with this one and in the end a beautiful image from Aurora Wings called Lotus Sprite came to the rescue as she has quite an Oriental look about her. I hope you like my creation.

The background paper here actually came first and was created with one of the V & A quilt inspired stamps which I thought was perfect with its' delicate bamboo design. I stamped it with VersaFine Spanish Moss ink and embossed with clear powder. I then added VersaMagic Pink Grapefruit direct to paper from the ink pad.
I then printed the image out on to smooth thick cartridge paper and coloured her with Aquamarkers, adding detail with Prisma pencils. I added a narrow green mat and a wider one of matte gold card with a touch of subtle sparkle.
I then dry embossed a panel of the same green card with the Cuttlebug bamboo folder and assembled the card as you see adding the Chinese character I found on the internet to finish.

Have a lovely day and great week.
Fliss xx

Friday 24 January 2014

Cherish For That's Crafty

Hello there folks and a warm welcome to my new followers with a big thanks for choosing to follow me on my art journey.
Today's post is to share my project for That's Crafty and as usual you'll find all the details on how to make it over at the blog.

I also hope you're all OK and hopefully not as busy as me. Things have been manic here due to car problems combined with working full time with the looming tax deadline so I'm really looking forward to February when things will hopefully calm down.
My lack of visiting lately has been as a result of all this so I'm really sorry and will make up for in in February.

Hugs and best wishes,
Fliss xx

Monday 20 January 2014

A Bit Of Krafting

Good morning everyone, I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed some sunshine as we did - very necessary after Friday's deluge which caused huge problem down here in the South with flooding everywhere. Happily I got to work although soaked through and had to dry some of my clothes with a towel - my boots took ages to dry near the radiator too!
We have a new challenge for you today over at Make My Monday chosen by Jan this week and she has challenged us to use some kraft card on our creation. I loved this one as it's a favourite of mine and my inspiration this time is a fairly simple card.

The background kraft card was embossed on both sides with a Darice border folder, butterfly swirls.

I then stamped the Papermania Urban image with Archival coffee ink onto a piece of smooth, thick cartridge paper coloured with green and blue Distress Stains. I then added further colour to the butterflies with more Distress Stains.

I stamped the Hobby Art sentiment with the coffee ink on a further scrap of cartridge paper coloured with Distress Stains and added this as a finishing touch.

Have a great day.
Fliss xx

Friday 17 January 2014

A Country Girl At Heart

Hello folks, it's time for my weekly post for That's Crafty and this time I've altered another of the lovely burlap canvasses by Sir Tim.
It's a very quick post as I'm really busy at the moment working full time to help my boss with the dreaded tax return deadline fast approaching and we still have loads to get through. I reckon I'm going to need a week of sleep when we've finished too!

You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual and I hope you'll pop on over to see how I made it. If you haven't yet looked at the blog, do hop over as there are loads of fabulous tutorials to feast your eyes on.

Have a great day.
Fliss xx

Monday 13 January 2014

Watch The Birdie!

Hello there everyone and I hope you all had a good weekend. It's time for a new challenge today over at Make My Monday with the theme of Birds which is another favourite of mine so many thanks to team mate Rosie for choosing it.
I had a rummage in my bits box for some background paper to go with the image I wanted to use and I hope you like the one I decided on.

I've gone all Stampendous for the card as I just love this cute little chap that I decided to turn into a little blue tit - can you tell how much I'm longing for Spring? I stamped the collage on Ranger manila cardstock with Archival coffee ink and then coloured it with Aquamarkers. I inked round the edges and added a buff coloured matting layer.
The background paper was made with the Stampendous jumbo rosebuds stamped with VersaFine Smokey Gray ink on a piece of hammered texture card. I then rubbed dusty pink and yellow VersaColor ink cubes over the top. Because the card is textured it gives a lovely mottled effect. I then added a little extra colour to the flowers and leaves with pencils.
I assembled the elements on a kraft card blank.

I hope you can join us this week.
Have a great day,
Fliss xx

Friday 10 January 2014

A Sunny Creation For That's Crafty

Hello there everyone, hope you've all had a good week so far and better than me too. Work is currently extremely busy with the tax return deadline looming and I'll be working full time until February as we have quite a few naughty clients still bringing their records in!
Anyhow, enough of my troubles and on to the actual reason for the post which is to tell you about the project I have today over at That's Crafty which is a bright and cheery little wall hanging decoration for my kitchen (in need of brightening up in the dreary weather).

I've been playing with my fabulous stamping gear kit again so if you'd like to see how it came about, all the details are over at the blog. Hope you can pop on over.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Monday 6 January 2014

First Challenge Of The Year At Make My Monday

Hello folks, a slightly late post about the first 2014 challenge launched today at Make My Monday with the theme chosen by Laura which is one I love:


I decided on a cute card this time with an until now uninked stamp which I thought I ought to give an inking as a challenge to myself. Here's what I made:

I stamped the image by Bildmalarna with my favourite Archival Coffee ink on smooth cartridge paper and coloured her with a mix of Aquamarkers, Distress Stains and Prisma pencils. I then die cut the image to an oval and inked the edges with yellow.
I covered the card blank with rosebud paper from the Polka Doodles Pretty Sweet CD and used a scrap of the same paper in blue to make a heart shape with my own paper template which I also used with kraft card, embossing this with the Cuttlebug roses folder to match all the other roses.
I embossed a scrap of lemon yellow card with the Creative Expressions Trellis folder and stamped a Crafty Individuals butterfly with the coffee ink and coloured with Aquamarkers. I assembled the card as you see, adding a sentiment by Flonzcraft to finish.

I hope you're all managing to survive the nasty weather being thrown at us yet again and that none of you have been flooded out.
Have a great week.
Fliss xx

Friday 3 January 2014

Bluebird For That's Crafty

Hello there everyone and a warm welcome to my new followers. So glad you decided to come and share my arty journey.
I have a sneak peek here of my project for today over at That's Crafty and if you hop on over you can see the whole thing and how I've been playing with my new Gelatos. They're new to me and I love them so I'm sure you'll be seeing further creations with them very soon.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend and hope you're all surviving the current nasty weather.

Fliss xx

Wednesday 1 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone, I can't believe that another year has now started and popped on here to wish you all a very Happy New Year and a healthy and crafty 2014.
I also want to share with you my favourite projects from 2013 and apart from one which is my absolute favourite because I loved creating it, you'll see that the others show a rather varied style but all have some of the techniques I love so much.
You'll have to let me know what you think and see if you can guess which is the one I love the most!

I think you'll agree that they all show my love of texture not to mention my obsession with those ever versatile Distress inks which have all made an appearance here in various ways.

My main resolution for this year is to try and organise myself better so that I have some time to come and visit you all, something that has been sadly lacking lately.
I also had the very sad decision before Christmas to have to give up my Fashionable Stamping Challenges DT as I felt it really unfair on my fellow teamies not to be able to keep up with the commitments. I want to say thank you here to Shirley and everyone for being so kind and supportive of me when things have been so difficult.

Here's to 2014!
Fliss xx
PS: My favourite is the bird canvas as it has oodles of the texture I love and I was able to use a panel of decorated paper that I made about 10 years ago and hoarded for the right creation.