Friday 25 May 2018

Mixed Media Floral Tag for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone and sorry for the lack of visiting this week, I've been up to my eyes in my accounting type work and haven't had as much free time as usual so hopefully will be round over the long weekend although if sunny, gardening will be done!
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog with my usual Friday post and this week have a many layered mixed media tag to share with a floral theme (no surprise there!) and pretty pastel shades including my favourite purple hues.

This is just a sneak peek and you'll find all the details over at the blog as usual with a photo of the whole tag.

Have a really lovely weekend and see you soon.
Fliss xx

Friday 18 May 2018

Shabby Chic Blossoms for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, the weekend is nearly here thank goodness as I've had a very busy week with work and stuff and I'm looking forward to some creative time although I might just take a peek at certain celebrations going on over the weekend and I, for one, will be rather glad to get all the media hype about the Royal Wedding out of the way!
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with my usual Friday tutorial and this week I have another mixed media project to share created on one of the newest MDF surfaces to share - this is one of the set of rounds and you get an amazing 15 in the set in 3 different diameters and I've used the 6 inch one here.

As you can see, I've gone pastel this week as I'm trying out the new shades of multi surface paints and I really love this pretty light blue.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Wednesday 16 May 2018

A Stitch In Time Challenge Midway Inspiration

Hello everyone with an oops from me as guess who forgot to schedule her post for the midway inspiration for the May Challenge at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog!
I hope you're all having a good week and enjoying some warmer weather at last. It's not been sunny here today and is rather windy but it's not cold really.
We have 2 new members of our family now having picked up our little furry babies on Sunday and they're right little devils, zipping around like greased lightning! Pics are at the end of the post for some awwws.

My chosen substrate is the largest size of MDF tag by That's Crafty! Surfaces and I started off my background by using the Triangle Lines 8 x 8 Stencil with texture paste to add a pattern. Once it was dry, I gave it a coat of Evergreen Multi Surface Paint.
The next layer was crackle glaze and once this had set, I brushed Green Multi Surface Paint over the top and hey presto! lots of crackle appeared as you can see on the second photo.
I stamped my flowers and leaves from my Fanciful Flowers stamp set 1 on Gelli printed papers from my stash, made with multi surface paints and Distress Oxide inks and stencilling. I cut out the whole flower from one and just the centre from another, then layered these up to make my floral element.
I brushed Lime Multi Surface Paint over a scrap of mixed media paper, stamping the lines of stitching from Donna's Girls Claire set of stamps using VersaFine Olympia Green ink and distressed the edges with an emery board.
I glued on the stitched panel and my floral embellishment, finishing off with the quote from Fanciful Flowers set 2 stamps on a scrap of lime painted mixed media paper.

There's a great prize of a £30 voucher for the online shop for the randomly drawn winner and stencils for the Top 3 so what are you waiting for!

Now for some cute pics of Hazel and Sage our new furry babies.

Hazel is an Agouti colour which is a soft brown like a wild rabbit and Sage, her brother, is a Black Otter colour being mostly black with a reddish cream underside and they are both Netherland Dwarfs like our Dill who it must be said isn't too impressed with the babies at the moment! He's the grand age of 8 years and they're only 8 weeks old!!!

Have a great rest of week and see you soon.
Fliss xx

Friday 11 May 2018

Bright Blossoms for That's Crafty!

Morning all, I hope you're all having a good week with hopefully some sunny weather as we have here on the South Coast. It really does make you fee a lot more perky and I've been out for morning walks on most days to enjoy the sunshine. I'm really lucky to live right on the coast within a 5 minute walk of the seafront so that's where I tend to head for a walk. The only thing marring the coastline is the huge wind farm out in the bay but it's ecologically sound so I guess we have to put up with the sight!
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with another of those fabulous chunkies which are a really fantastic surface for mixed media which is what I've created, this time bright and zingy as I felt a bit summery when I did the post.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Wednesday 9 May 2018

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday 466

Hello everyone, I hope you're all enjoying some sunshine as we've had the last few days including (hurrah!) the Bank Holiday weekend! Back to the grindstone now though and I decided to join in with Julia's WOYWW466 in an effort to focus myself on what I have to do at the moment as inspiration has been a bit lacking over the last week or so.
As I don't actually have a crafting space, just the dining room table or the kitchen worktop, I've just gathered the contents of the dining table at the end in one place as they were scattered everywhere (showing my disorganised state of mind I think!)
There are some bits of WIP and a few of the doodles and sketches I've been doing lately which are due to practising my drawing skills which have become rusty over the last few years due to lack of time to do crafting things. Although I do now have more time in theory, I seem to be struggling with focusing on what I need to do.

Hopefully this heap of things will soon be turned into something meaningful so watch this space!

In the mean time, have a great week.
Fliss xx

Friday 4 May 2018

Flowers Always Mixed Media Chunkie for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, hope you're enjoying some better weather today with some sunshine and a bit more warmth.
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with my usual Friday post which this week is a mixed media creation with a ton of products thrown at it to make a shabby chic style floral piece of artwork.

The above is just a sneak peek and all details can be found over at the blog.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend and see you soon.

Fliss xx

Wednesday 2 May 2018

A Stitch In Time at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello and welcome to my inspiration for our May Challenge over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog where our theme for this month is A Stitch In Time which could be real or faux, the choice is yours.
Actually can't believe it's May already and the weather today is anything but as it's cold and blowing a gale!
Hope you like my inspiration which is the mixed media sampler style creation that I made for the last Hochanda shows so you might have spotted this if you watched them.

The base for my sampler is one of the new MDF circles which come in 3 sizes (this being the 6 inch diameter) and have holes at the top to add a hanger if you like.
I painted the substrate with white gesso and then a coat of ivory multi surface paint. Once the paint was dry, I stamped the woven texture stamp randomly over with Vintage Photo oxide ink without using an acrylic block to achieve a worn, shabby look.
I then used the new and gorgeous stitches stencil with texture paste to add faux stitching to the background. I have a tip for you here as there are 9 rows of different stitches and I found that the easiest way to work with them is to cut the stencil up into individual strips as this means you can use them in any order you like and don't have to wait for texture paste to dry before adding more rows - result!

I left the stencilling to dry and when I returned a short time later found that the texture paste had leached up some of the colour from the oxide ink stamping underneath giving a worn, vintage look - serendipity strikes again!

I then made my floral embellishment by stamping the flower with black VersaFine ink on 2 complimentary shades of fabric backed with Bondaweb. I ironed the fabric to thick interlining to add strength and then cut my flower out, the whole one from the amber shade and just the centre from the aged ivory one.

I assembled my panel, adding lace in between some rows of faux stitching. I glued the flower together and then to the panel with 3D glue and added some small toning flower beads for texture. Some lace was tied through the top to make a pretty hanger. I can recommend using a needle pushed through lace or ribbon to pull it through the holes as they're quite small and the needle really helps your chosen trim to go through with ease.

There's a great prize of a £30 voucher for the online shop for the randomly drawn winner and the Top 3 chosen by the DT will receive stencils of their choice so do enter if you can.

Have a great day whatever you're doing and see you soon.
Fliss xx