Monday 26 February 2018

Some Very Exciting News!

Hello everyone, hope you're staying warm in the big chill! I think Siberia should have kept this freezing weather to itself!
I'm posting because I'm finally able to share the most exciting news that I've been longing to share and it's been really hard keeping this to myself.
Today sees the launch of some brand new stamps at That's Crafty and  I'm delighted to be able to say that 2 of the sets have been designed by yours truly! How fantastic is that! I'm over the moon as it's such a dream come true for me to see something in my head brought into being and I hope you like what I've designed. You can find the sets HERE

The stamps have been designed with mixed media in mind as they can be stamped on a variety of materials (paper, canvas, wood, fabric, acrylic, glass etc etc) and can also be used for decoupage as a few of the designs lend themselves to that.
Laura and Graham have cleverly produced matching white/greyboard shapes so that very textural and durable artwork can be created.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing some of the samples that I created for the NEC Trade Show last weekend so that you can get an idea of just some of the things you can make with them. Some of the Design Team will also be sharing makes too.

Fliss xx

Friday 23 February 2018

Seeking Stillness for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope that you've all had a good week. This is a scheduled post as I'm currently visiting my nephew and his wife whose daughter Lily is now 6 weeks old. I'm really looking forward to it as so far I've only seen photos as they live quite a distance away, Justyn being in the RAF.

I have my usual Friday post over at That's Crafty! Blog and this week I'm sharing a mixed media card that I made for the December One Day Special.

This is just a sneak peek so if you'd like to see it all, you'll need to head on over to the blog.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend and see you next week when I shall finally be able to share some rather exciting news and I can hardly wait!

Hugs, Fliss xx

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Midway Inspiration for I Heart You Challenge

Hello everyone, I hope you're all having a good week and managing to get some crafting done as I am. I'm also doing meals on wheels as my father in law finally had his first cataract op on Monday so I'm cooking their lunch for a few days until his eyesight has settled down.
I have my midway inspiration to share today as we're now half way through our I Heart You Challenge over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog.
I've made a tag with a bit of a story as believe it or not, it started out purple and pink! This step went totally wrong so I added layers and it ended up red and golden yellow.

As you can see, it seems to have a rather flaming heart look which was totally accidental. After my attempt with the purple and pink overlayer (this didn't work as the magenta was rather too translucent and went a really odd colour), I glued pieces of crinkled tissue paper stamped with script in red over the top on the top right and bottom left sides.
I used the Dinky hearts stencil with texture paste to add a pattern in opposite corners and when the paste was dry, glued crinkled tissue paper over the top.
I painted over the top of the entire tag with mustard yellow multi surface paint which is translucent enough to allow the under layer of red stamped script to show through. I then replaced the hearts stencil over the raised areas again and sponged Fired Brick oxide ink on the hearts. I let this dry a little and added another coat, giving a lovely soft look to the pattern.
I covered an mdf heart with crinkled tissue paper and when it was dry, painted over the top with bright red and magenta multi surface paints. I then stamped on the lovely rose with Versafine Crimson Red ink.
I stamped the stitching with the same red ink, sort of following the edges of the glued on tissue paper and then glued some felting wool in shades of red, pink and pale grey, adding the heart over the top with silicone glue. This was where the serendipity struck as I moved back after gluing the heart in place and realised the fibres at the top look a bit like flames!
I rubbed a little red oxide ink around the edges to soften the look and finished off with the Tim Holtz Clippings sticker.

That's Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard Panel, 4.5 x 9
That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Heart Size 5
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets - Textures Collection Set 3, Donna's Girls Collection Claire
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paint - Bright Red, Magenta, Mustard Yellow
That's Crafty! Texture Paste
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencil TC038 Hearts
Ranger Tim Holtz Oxide Ink - Fired Brick
Versafine Crimson Red Ink
Tim Holtz Clippings Stickers
White Tissue Paper

Have a great rest of week and see you soon - very exciting happenings next week that I can't wait to share with you!
Fliss xx

Friday 16 February 2018

Challenge The World for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, hope you're managing to stay warm in the current rather chilly weather as we have easterly winds here at the moment and we keep getting alternate very rainy days too!
I'm still in the middle of lots of crafting and will be able to reveal all in a couple of weeks and can't wait as it's very exciting!
I have my usual Friday post over at That's Crafty! Blog and this week I have my steampunk hat on again as I've got my very painty mitts on Donna's new Ella set of stamps and couldn't resist giving her a very steampunk themed setting.

You'll find all the details over at the blog as always and hope to see you over there where you'll find tons of inspirational creations with tutorials.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Friday 9 February 2018

Flutter Your Feathers for That's Crafty! and other news

Hello everyone, I hope you're all well as it's been ages since I've been able to come and visit, the reason for which will be revealed very soon although there is a sneak peek on here for anyone who hasn't seen my sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram.

I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with my usual Friday post that this week is one of the mixed media creations made for the Hochanda One Day Special back in December which was a total sellout.

All details of my little fluttering hummingbird can be found over at the blog as usual.

Now for the promised sneak peeks of some new mixed media stamps coming very soon to That's Crafty! and hope you like them.

I shall have some free time very soon and will be popping by as soon as I can.
Fliss xx

Wednesday 7 February 2018

I Heart You at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello everyone on a very chilly but bright day and last night we actually had a sprinkle of the white stuff although it will soon be gone with the sun shining as it is now!
We have a seasonal new challenge for you today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog and this month being February we've come over all romantic with the theme of I Heart You.
I was really short on time this week so I have as my inspiration the quickest card I think I've ever made and hope you like it (hope the other half does too as - whisper - he might just get this as a you know what!)

This came about as I was searching for some text for something else I'm creating and came across Lynne's Affirmations Set 4 which has the cute heart on to go with some of Lynne's lovely quotes and ping! inspiration struck.

I stamped a row of the hearts using Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick Distress Oxide Inks on white card and then glued the strip to a kraft card blank. This is where things went a bit wrong as I stamped my chosen quote underneath but the design didn't look right so I trimmed it off the card leaving a kraft border and glued it to a white card blank.

I then had the text dilemma but my trusty Tim Holtz Occasions stickers came to the rescue and I finished off the card with a row of romantic stickers which fitted the space under the hearts perfectly. Serendipity strikes again!

I hope you can join us this time as you have a whole month to enter now and it doesn't matter where in the world you live as the challenge is open to everyone. There's a £30 shop voucher for the randomly drawn winner and the Top 3 chosen by the Design Team will receive the stencil of their choice from the That's Crafty! own range which psst is about to get much bigger!

Have a great day and see you as soon as I can - time still short at the moment.
Fliss xx

Friday 2 February 2018

Spring Card for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, hope you're all OK and sorry for the lack of visits which are because time has been short due to family stuff and something I'm working on behind the scenes. All will be sorted in the week or so I hope when I might just have some rather exciting news!
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with a Spring inspired card which I decided to share to warm things up on a very chilly day. Hope you like it.

Have a great weekend and see you when I can.
Fliss xx