Friday 27 February 2015

Oodles Of Doodles

Hello there, it's time for a new challenge at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and the theme for the next fortnight is something rather close to my heart as those of you who have been following my art journey for a while will remember.
Our theme is Oodles Of Doodles which I'm sure means as little or as much as you like. In my case, my inspiration for you is all doodled as I've got my zentangle hat on again!

Here's the end result and underneath you'll find the doodle that started it off - you'll be able to see that it had a very humble beginning. That's what it's all about as you have to find the courage to put pen to paper and then build on it.

I can't tell you how to do it as it's just one of those things that goes with the flow, so to speak.

To make it I used the following:

Strathmore Artist Tiles - Toned Tan
Sakura Microperm Pens

If you decide to have a go, do let me know and it's definitely good to enter as the prize for the randomly drawn winner is a £20 voucher for the online shop which is chock full of fabulous goodies.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss x

Monday 23 February 2015

Tag You're It!

Hello folks, I hope you all had a good weekend and managed to fit in some crafting which is more than I did as we had family stuff going on again with birthday celebrations and so on.
It's time for a new challenge at Make My Monday and this week the theme is Tags. I had to cheat a bit with my inspiration as having had no time for crafting, I'm sharing something I made a few years back that I really like and I know I enjoyed creating at the time.

I made my own tag as I wanted an arch shape and I covered it with some decorated paper from my experimental box. It was sprayed deep red and stamped with a square design in black then some doodling with a gold leaf pen was added.
The Gibson girl was stamped with Memories Artprint Brown ink, coloured with pencils and cut out. I then cut a heart shape from card and covered it with pressed pansies.
The tag was assembled with ribbon and a butterfly from my vintage illustration book and the text was stamped with Hero Arts alphabet stamps and inked up with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress inks.
The final touch was a pressed daisy in the lady's hair.

Have a great day.
Fliss xx 

Friday 20 February 2015

Contemplating With Lynne Perrella

Hello there, I hope you've all had a good week. I'm here today with my weekly project for That's Crafty which is a colourful creation featuring my new and first Lynne Perrella stamps from Paper Artsy.
I was totally unable to resist these gorgeous medieval style beauties done stained glass style and I suspect they'll be making an appearance quite a lot.

You'll find all the details over at the blog and some pics to show how the background came about. Hoping you can visit.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Monday 16 February 2015

Two Favourite Colours

Hi there, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. It was sunny yesterday and despite it being February our sunlounge was warm enough to eat lunch in and I managed to get washing out on the line too!
I did have time for some crafting too and here's something I created for our new challenge today at Make My Monday. This week Suzi has challenged us to make something with our Two Favourite Colours which I found a little difficult as I try create with as many colours as I can so in the end I picked my favourite 2 shades of Distress inks for inspiration - Crushed Olive and Victorian Velvet, otherwise known as Pink and Green!

I've also used some of my favourite stamps here too.

I made the background paper by painting watercolour paper with dusky rose and olive green acylic paints which I watered down to make a wash. I then stamped on the Stampendous Love Paris image with Archival Olive ink. I then stamped on Hero Arts Old French Writing with VersaMagic Pink Grapefruit ink.
I stamped the Rubber Stampede Tip Your Hat (she looks so French!) image with the olive ink on smooth cartridge paper. I painted the image and also the flowers on the Eiffel Tower image with Aquamarkers in shades of pink and green.
I then stamped the Kaisercraft butterfly on a scrap of pink painted watercolour paper with the olive ink and cut this out.
I assembled the card as you see, adding some pale pink lace trim and a green flower and leaves to embellish.

Have a great day and a good week.
Fliss xx

Friday 13 February 2015

Be My Valentine

Hello again, I'm back with details of the new challenge today over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and as it's a certain day tomorrow, our challenge theme is of course Be My Valentine.
I've actually got 2 cards to share as I've had a bit of creative trouble over the last couple of weeks and my second card is the one I actually started first and couldn't finish right away though as soon as I'd sent the other one off to Laura, inspiration struck and I finished it off.
You'll have to let me know what you think as the design is the same but the cards are not quite!

As you see, the design is simple and for this one I used the Carabelle Studio Jeu de Fleches mask with Barn Door Distress ink on smooth white card.
The heart is hand cut from some paper from my stash that I made with Gelatos then stamped with the Stampendous NK Studio Wired stamp set and added dots with a mini dot stencil.
The finishing touch was to stamp on the Kaisercraft sentiment with VersaFine Satin Red ink.

And now for my original card:

As you can see, I used the arrow stencil here too only this one was done with Studio Calico Mr Huey's Mist in a red shade. As the spray was quite wet and ended up all over the stencil, I pressed another piece of card on top and it gave a negative image.
I made the heart shape using the negative printed paper, scribbling on the design with a black Sharpie pen until I was happy with the shape. I then cut it out.
The finishing touch was the same text stamped this time with VersaFine Crimson Red ink.

It's good to enter the challenge (although you do need to be a UK resident) as the prize is a £20 voucher to the online shop and if you haven't yet seen the huge range of goodies available, it's worth a browse.
Good luck!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

In The Tropics ( Otherwise Known as Wishful Thinking!)

Hi there, welcome to my first post of the day which is to let you know that as it's Friday (yippee!) I have a project to share over at That's Crafty blog which is of a tropical nature and quite bright and flowery as it's still very chilly and I needed some warm colour.

You'll find all the details as always over at the blog and I hope you'll come visit for a fabulous array of inspirational projects with full tutorials.

I'll see you a bit later on today as we have a new challenge for you over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog.

Fliss xx

Friday 6 February 2015

Stars For That's Crafty

Hello there, I hope you've all had a good week. Mine has been very busy with family stuff as well as work so very little crafting was the result although I did manage a very quick to make card for my That's Crafty project today.
It's very bright as we've still got rather odd weather where I live with a bit of sunshine mixed with lots of cloud, snow, sleet and rain, sometimes all at once!

You'll find all the details over at the blog as always if you'd like to hop on over and visit for some amazing inspiration from the Design Team.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss x

Monday 2 February 2015

Say It With Hearts And Flowers

Hello there, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We actually had snow down here in the South although it was of the blink and you'll miss it sort! It was there first thing on Saturday but gone by 11am. It's still very cold though - brrrrr!
Today we have a new challenge for you over at Make My Monday and the theme chosen by Joan is rather romantic as it's Hearts and Flowers.
I've been slightly naughty with my inspiration piece as I had one of those weekends when I had quite a lot to do and I couldn't make anything work on the creative front. Then when searching for something else I came across a card I made a while back when I was a contributor to Craft Stamper magazine and as it was long before I had a blog, and fit the theme rather well, I decided to share it here. Hope you like it!

A bit of purple passion as you can see!
The background paper was made by spraying a piece of inked paper with water and scrunching it then flattening it out and rubbing a little purple ink on the raised areas. the text was then stamped on with VersaMagic Perfect Plumeria.
The Rubber Stampede image was stamped on cream card with VersaFine Imperial Purple ink and the a mat was added. The mat was made by heat embossing the edges of the card with plum and gold embossing powder.
The flower petals are Technique Tuesday and were stamped on cream card with the purple ink and cut out. The flower centre was made with a chipboard circle heat embossed with the plum embossing powder.
The card was assembled as you see, adding some plum grosgrain ribbon and a gold heart charm.

Have a great day and a lovely week.
Fliss xx