Friday, 27 May 2016

A Beautiful Mess

Good Evening!  I have some good news, I've joined the Design Team for "A Beautiful Mess" Blog which is a new monthly challenge and always anything goes!

There are 2 sponsors this month;

I have used Majestic Monarch Butterfly available here.

So how is it made?   Piece of cake!  I used some printer card I'd made during a session with our Molly.  This was the shaving foam technique.  Basically you get some cheap shaving foam onto a tray, add drops and splodges of inks; reinkers, starburst stains, anything like that.  You can make patters or swirl randomly.  Then you place your card on top, squish it down until the surface is covered, pick up and wipe off the excess foam (I washed it briefly under the tap)  Set to dry and you have some nice coloured backgrounds.

I then just opened word and added the digi 3 times and printed out direct to the sheet.  I've cut out and stuck one to the card base then 2 back to back then used glue dots to attach the body bit so the wings are 3d.

Thanks for looking :)

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Crafty girls creations - Anything goes
Aud sentiments - anything goes+sentiment
Crafty gals corner - anything goes
Crafty addicts - bling it on
Classic design team challenge - Anything goes

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Feeling Green

Afternoon all!  I'm feeling a little green fingered lately and have been reorganising the back garden to make it nice for the kids.  I've found some broken pots so have been mooching round for inspiration to do a mini fairy garden for Molly's play house and I've been collecting glass jars to make little light up fairy jars.  Just need some battery tealights for them.  Hoping to get down to the beach tomorrow between the thunderstorms to look for sea glass as I'm sure fairies would love that :)

I've made this card which is Lady Leprechaun by Hannah Lynn available at Crafts and Me and coloured with promarkers, tria and flex. Its mounted on a pearly green card that I've dabbed roughly with gold metallic paint.  The sentiment was a cover gift from Craft Stamper.

Anyway I'd best crack on and get this house in some order, Miss Moo has seen the fairy gardens on Pinterest so now its "When are we doing it?"

Thanks for visiting x

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Faces at Crafts & Me

Evening all!  I'm settling in well to my new post, being kept busy and the scenery is very nice indeed!
Been splashing about on the boat and have discovered a new past time for our Ethan - collecting sea glass.  He is absolutely fascinated with it!  We'll make something out of the pieces of glass and pottery we find when we have enough!  Also been sorting out the back garden, Molly wants to make a den so have been assessing the area and trying to figure out how we're going to do it but she's determined to have her den lol!

Over at Crafts & Me Challenge this month the theme is Faces.  That is the face is the main focus of the card, doesn't have to be human either!  For this I chose Easter Lily by Hannah Lynn digi stamp and went for pastels in pink, blue and yellow to draw more attention to the face and hair.  I matted it on plain card coloured with matching promarkers then couldn't decide what backing paper to use so spent some time shuffling these around as you do then decided to keep her plain and simple with a couple of embellishments; a yellow sparkly butterfly and iridescent gems and I felt that was enough for this one.
The greeting is Penblwydd Hapus meaning Happy Birthday in Welsh.
Thanks for looking and hope you pop over to the challenge and join in too!

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Saturday, 2 April 2016

Fairies and Magic at Crafts and Me

Hellooooo!  I'm back again!  Settling down into a new job which is in my hometown, not 60 miles away!  Really miss the teamies over at Liverpool, we'd have such a laugh but family has to come first and the travelling was pretty bad so have got at least a temporary contract nearby so it means I can do the school run nearly every day.  Its also leaving me with a bit of time to actually make something and I've been busy colouring away so have a few ready to make into something now :)

This one is for the April challenge at Crafts & Me which is Fairies and Magic.  If you've never been to the Crafts & Me Store and love all things fairies, magic and fantasy then its the perfect place for you.  There are loads of awesome artists in the stable like Hannah Lynn, Sarah Burrier and Jeremiah Ketner to name a few so go check them out!

This image is a new one by Hannah Lynn called Autumn.  I think she'd look gorgeous in any colour combo.  I've coloured with Chameleon pens, I find these really handy if we're away on the boat as I can't carry too much so bring them for a range of tones.  I used the sky blue and purple violet and a green and pretty much that was it!  The skin I did with copics and added distress ink round the image and also dyed the doily with distress ink and matching distress paint.  I added a bit of sparkle to the edge of the wings with sakura glue pen and glamour dust and dropped some onto the doily whilst it was drying too.

Hope you like and thanks for looking!

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Just for Fun and New Chameleon Pens

Hiya all!  Thought I'd make this one just for fun!  I got some NEW PENS :D  I'm always happy to have new pens!  I got some money for my birthday from my colleagues so decided to get some Chameleon pens.  These are a pretty long and chunky alcohol based marker with 2 nibs and a chamber that contains a 3rd nib filled with a blender.  You put either nib of the pen into the chamber and it transfers blender so you can then colour in a lighter shade which goes increasingly darker back to its original colour.  They're about 5 quid a pen, bit less the more you buy, are they worth it? Hmmmm.  They're not excessively priced when compared to Copic Ciao for example and they give you a good quality of colour as a solid alcohol ink pen but with the added touch of the blending chamber so yes not bad really.  There is no excessive bleed such as you get with Flexmarkers and I love the fine nib on the end.  I think this sets it apart.  The downside is they're heavy but you can pull them all apart to make them smaller and lighter whist in use.  I haven't had them long enough to judge how economical they are with the ink yet.  I tried to achieve the same results by touching the nib of a promarker onto a blender pen, it works (ish) but you don't quite get quite the same result as Chameleon which is much more consistent.

Our Molly had a play also and it actually made her colouring look really good like she had added shadows and highlights only she used just one pen to achieve it.

I used the Cool Tones set for my card - The V04 Deep Violet, BG4 Aquamarine and a touch of BV4 Blue Violet.

So how did they perform?  Pretty dandy actually!  The hair, clothes and wing are just ONE pen!  I haven't got the skin tones yet so still using promarkers for that but hey not bad at all for one pen!  The background was the aquamarine but I did help it along a little with the chisel end of a promarker blender because of the  size of the surface it was to cover.  There's a little bit of the blue violet at the bottom.

So in all, Chameleon Pens get a thumbs up from me.  They'll certainly come in handy on the boat where space is minimal and I can only bring on so much.

Onto the actual card now!  The image I totally fell in love with and its Violet Pixie by Sara Burrier available from Crafts & Me.  I found a purple paper stack I forgot I had over xmas so said I'd use that so the papers are "New Bloom" by First Edition which have all been distressed with scissors then ink.  I've added flowers and sitressed the little blue ones, glitter around the wing and mask with a glue pen and crystal glitter and curled some organza ribbon around the die cut.

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C.R.A.F.T - Recipe
Crafty Catz - Flowers
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Lookie what I got
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Noor Designs UK - Anything goes
Creaine - Bingo (Lilac/Flowers/Wings)
CraftyGals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Simon says Stamp - Something new