Saturday, 21 February 2015


I hope you are all ready for the weekend and have some exciting plans. Today I am sharing with you a canvas I made. I loved making the tag inspired by Tim Holtz so much that I decided to make a similar canvas.

Ingredients List :
Tim Holtz Vintage Images and Stickers
Embossing Folder - Bingo
Wooden Key
Acrylic Paint - White
Crackle Paint
Tissue Paper
Various stamps
Tissue Tape

I created a collage on the canvas with various images from Tim Holtz's pads and papers. The canvas has been edged with tissue tape. I then painted a layer of white acrylic paint over the top to distress them further. The tag was created with a Ranger Embossing Bingo Folder which I sanded back and then rubbed over with gold ink to enhance the embossing. I added the 14 sticker and an altered wooden key to it.  The musical notes and image of the lady were stamped onto tissue paper, adhered with gel medium and then I added some Distress Ink to age them. To complete the canvas I added the little red heart - embossed and painted with crackle paint and the lace.

Challenges I am entering :
That's Crafty - Be My Valentine
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes 
Rhedds Creative Spirit - Anything Mixed Media

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Love is still around!

I know Valentine's Day has now passed us by, but I couldn't resist creating this card. You know when you think about crafting in your sleep? Well this is one such creation.

To create this card I used the materials below.

First I painted the thick card with acrylic paint and used the ink spray to add the red colour.  The purple spots were created with a stencil. Using various WOW! Embossing stamps I ramdomly stamped over the background in black ink. I used a white pencil to highlight the string of hearts. Finally I stamoed the flower image onto the card and then again onto plain card so I could decoupage the image.

I think all good ideas come to you when you are sleeping!!

Challenges I am entering:
Rhedds Creative Challenge - Anything (Mixed Media)
Unruly Art Quest - Heartfelt
Opus Gluei - Be My Valentine

Monday, 16 February 2015

Wildflower Walk

If you go down to Create and Craft TV today you may be in for a surprise! These new kits from Serif Craft Artist are simply delightful to work with.

Below are some of the samples I created for Serif :

Kits used are :

Wildflower Emporium
Rabbits Tea Party
Dawn Chorus
Punches and Stamps

They contain the most beautiful artwork featuring rabbits, hedgehogs, birds and more. The floral alphabets are so useful too.

To see more samples from myself and the Design Team visit Daisytrail 

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Key to My Heart

Its been ages since I joined in with any of Tim Holtz's tag challenges, but I was so inspired by February's tag I started to make my own.  Its also been a long time since I played with mixed media and I've really missed it!

To make mine I used the same background technique as Tim, using various images to create a collage. These were all pulled together by dry brushing with white acrylic paint.

I then added a few brighter images and the ticket. The red heart on Tim's tag gave me the idea to use felt for mine, add some lace and the keyplate.

To finish I coloured some twine with Frayed Burlap ink and used it to tie on the key.

I am so pleased with the end result and am now working on a little canvas to match - pictures to come soon!!

I am entering the following challenges:

A Vintage Journey - Love is in the Air
Frilly and Funky - Be My Valen - twine

Friday, 30 January 2015

Cold but no Snow

Its a cold day here in the South although not as cold as I know it is for some of you. However, its still a good excuse to be inside crafting!

My card has a wintery theme. I have had this stamp by Sheena Douglass for about a year and have only just got round to using it!

I stamped the image and used Promarkers to colour it in. I'm not sure if you can see it but I used diluted Liquid Pearls to add a shimmer to the snow. After mounting the picture onton grey and polka dot card I added punched snowflakes with gems in the centre. It makes me feel cold just looking at it!

Keep warm and Carry On Crafting!!

I am entering the following challenges with this card

Sisterhood of Crafters - Let It Snow
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - Winter Wonderland

Monday, 19 January 2015

Handmade With Love

Last week I posted a picture of the magazine article I was featured in, so I thought you might like to see the cards close up. Firstly I am sharing this one below.

The digi images and papers are from a collection by Wendy Massey at Handmade Harbour. To create the card I coloured the image with Promarkers before adding a die cut fence and mounting the picture onto card and the corresponding papers. I really love this image (excuse the pun) and think it would make a perfect valentines card.

Later this week I will be sharing the second card in the article -so do pop back!

I am entering the following challenges

That Craft Place - Love / Valentines
Handmade Monday - Handmade Harbour
My Time to Craft - Love is All Around

Sunday, 11 January 2015

In Print!

I was so excited to pick up my copy of Cardmaking Using Your PC today as my projects for the Handmade Harbour Design Team are in it!!

These wonderful images can be found on the free cd with the magazine or from the Handmade Harbour Digi site.

I will be posting close ups of my projects later!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

My favourite 5 of 2014

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely relaxing and peaceful Christmas. I can't believe we are nearly into a New Year. With that thought in mind I decided to join Debby at A Scrapjourney and share my favourite makes of 2015.

So in no particular order

A popular little card in my shop and craft fairs this year. I was lucky enough to purchase a Cricut Explore this year which revolutionised my crafting.

One of my favourite times of the year and a return to traditional creative stamping. I intend to do more in 2015!

I was lucky enough to join the Serif CraftArtist Design Team this year and this card made it on to Create and Craft television.

I love Autumn and the colours it brings. This was a winner of a blog challenge too!

And finally.....

Another return to creative techniques using gilding flakes.

I hope you like my choices and maybe you will join in with the posting too!

Wishing you a Happy 2015!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Merry ChristMouse!

I can't believe its such a long time since I blogged - things are really busy with the run up to Christmas. Now all the craft fayres are done I have had time to start decking the halls.

The card I am sharing with you today is one I made using my Cricut Explore. It has been a best seller at Craft Fayres. I cut the mouse and before adding it to the card blank covered a torn piece of paper, sprayed with Silver Sparkle, to the bottom to look like snow.  I then die cut the snowflakes and added the fun sentiment.

I hope this makes you smile!

Challenges I am entering :

Brown Sugar Challenge - Red, White and Green
That's Crafty - Anything Goes
Crafters Cafe - Christmas
Crafty Creations - Die Cuts
Cardz 4 Guys - Winter Critters

Monday, 24 November 2014

Preparing for Christmas Fayres

Things at Sparkly Fairy towers at the moment are extremely busy. I am getting lots of cards ready to sell during the run up to Christmas. It is always amazing too what you can find in your stash! Here is the use of a die I bought last year in a sale and haven't used until now.

I love the simplicity of this die, yet it makes such a beautiful card.  I'm hoping it might be a best seller!

I am entering the following challenges with this card

As You Like It Challenge - Your favourite Christmas style  - this is my favourite kind of style for Christmas Cards - crisp, clean and simple.

Christmas cards all year round - No patterned paper

Dies R Us Challenge - Christmas

What can you find here?

The makings and musings of a Sparkly Fairy!