Friday 28 November 2014

Peek A Boo!

Hello again, I'm back as promised with the details of the new challenge over at the That's Crafty Challenge Blog which has the theme this time of Face which I took to mean that you can make anything you like which has a face on it.
Here's my inspiration and hope you like it:

Stampendous Cling Stamp - Blossom Beauty
Crafty Individuals Elements Stamp Set - Flower Heads
Kaisercraft Single Clear Stamp - Vintage Fence and Butterflies
Brusho Crystals
Distress Inks
Archival Ink - Watering Can and Fern Green
Stamping Paper
Circle die or cutter
Grey board

I used the vintage fence stamp to make what I think looks very like a shabby brick wall and stamped it with the grey Archival ink. I die cut a circle in the upper half.

I coloured this with a mix of Distress inks and Brusho crystals which I made into paints. I then stamped quite a lot of flowers with the fern green ink and painted them with Brusho crystals. The crystals are fab as you can mix them to make even more colours.
I then cut them out - I recommend doing this whist listening to the radio or TV as it takes a while!
I stamped the face on a scrap of stamping paper and coloured her.
I then checked the placement and glued the face panel to a square of grey board and glued the brick wall panel over the top.
I then arranged the cut out flowers around the face to make her look as if she's peeping through a hole in the wall.
I finished off with the secret garden text and a painted butterfly (my favourite by Kaisercraft).

I hope you can join in as there's a fab prize of a £20 voucher for the online shop for UK residents.
Have a great day and a lovely weekend,

Fliss xx

Bird On A Bough For That's Crafty

Hello all, a quick post to let you know that I have a project today over at That's Crafty using another of Dina Wakley's gorgeous scribbly birds and this time it's a little decorative panel which I hope you like.

If you'd like to see how I made it, you can find all the details over at the blog as usual.

See you again soon with news of our new challenge over at the That's Crafty Challenge Blog.

Fliss x

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.