Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Digital Butterflies

I haven't had much time to update my blog with school holidays still ongoing, but here is a little sneaky update.

The latest kits from Serif CraftArtist were launched on Create and Craft last week - created by Siobhan Harrison the lady behind April Rose Illustration. Some of you may be familiar with her beautiful designs and, as part of the design team, we were lucky to see them first.

There are 6 kits in total and here are some of the samples I created :

This one is my favourite sample. I printed out a range of butterflies before decoupaging them onto the card. This would make lovely framed art too!



Kit -Cornucopia

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes - with a butterfly
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes



Kit -  Maison de Mode

 Kit - Summer Meadow


Kit - Rose Garden



Kit - Foxglove Dell



Saturday, 8 August 2015

That time of Year

So its that time of year again when students all over the land wait patiently (or impatiently!) for exam results. I remember the time well, even though it is some years ago.

I had to make this card as soon as I saw the digi stamp on DigiStampBoutique. I hope he will go to a good home soon!


I used Kraft Card as a base to layer the patterned paper onto. The image was coloured with Promarkers and decoupaged. Finally I cut three banners from coloured paper to decorate.

If you are waiting for exam results I hope you get everything you wish for!!

Challenges I am entering:

Doodle Pantry - Anything Goes (Digital)


Sunday, 2 August 2015

August Already

August already! Where do the months go? I have been playing with the stamps from the latest issue of Creative Stamping Magazine.



 They are very summery and sultery. I chose to stamp the butterfly and flowers onto black card with white embossing powder. I added colour using mica paints to give them a metallic sheen. The sentiment is part of s set from Quick Cards magazine.

Surprising what you can do with a few freebies!!

Challenges I am entering:

Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Mixed Media Card Challenge - Butterflies




Thursday, 16 July 2015

Bohemian Life

Did you catch the Serif shows on Create and Craft yesterday? If not then you missed the most amazing set of new digi kits.

The Bohemian collection is made up of Lilac Haven, Golden Peacock, Indian Nights, Midnight treasures, Moonstone Blush and Scarlet Dawn. There is the most amazing number of embellishments in these kits and its perfect for the mixed media look too!

Here are some of the samples I created for the shows:





Saturday, 11 July 2015

Let the holidays begin

At last we have come to the end of term in our house and have 8 weeks of holidays to enjoy (endure!) I have been really busy making thank you cards for teachers - with about 12 made this week and more to do!!

The other reason for my absence is the work I have been doing for Serif Craft Artist Design Team. If you saw Create and Craft yesterday, you would have seen we were lucky enough to work with the delightful artwork from Claire Tarling.

Here are some of the samples I created  





There is also another stunning collection coming up this Wednesday - here is a sneaky peek! 



I am entering the following challenges:

Digitially Sweet - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Animal and Sentiment
Digi Choosday - Christmas in July










Sunday, 28 June 2015

ABC of Me

I saw this list doing the rounds on the web the other day and decided to add it to my beloved Smash Book.

Here are some of my pages:




I have changed some of the points to suit, so here is my take on the list. Feel free to use! Why not come back and share some of your lists here too! 

A- Age:
B- Biggest Fear:

C- Current Time:
D- Drink you last had:
E- Easiest Person To Talk to:
F- Favorite Song:
G- Grossest Memory:
H- Hometown:
I- In love with:
J- Jealous Of:
Keep Forever:
L- Longest Relationship:
M- Middle Name:
N- Number of Siblings:
O- One Wish:
P- Person who you last called:
Q- Question you're always asked:
R- Reason to smile:
S- Song you last sang:
T- Time you woke up:
U- are loving?:
V- Vacation Destination:
W- Worst Habit:
X- Xrays you've had:
Y- Your favorite food:
Z- Zodiac Sign:




Thursday, 18 June 2015

Christmas in June!



Apologies for talking about Christmas soo early, but many of you as crafters and artists will already be thinking about making for Christmas 2015.

Today Serif Craft Artist launch their new kits on Create and Craft. There are some beautiful kits from Kimeric Kreations, Victoria Nelson Illustration and Laura Darrington Design Limited.


As part of the Design Team for Serif I had the pleasure of creating the samples, although I have to admit it was difficult to get into Christmas mode when the sun was beating down!










Sunday, 14 June 2015

Its the journey not the Destination



I thought I would share this project I made as my entry to the Sheena Douglass Design Team. Unfortunately I wasn't successful this time, but I am really pleased with the result of this piece.

I sprayed the canvas with various ink sprays and highlighted some areas with gold acrylic paint.  The middle section is an MDF square again sprayed with inks and Distress Inks. The butterflies, sentiment and flowers were stamped and embossed with Brass WOW!Embossing Powder

The outside leaves and flowers are from Sheena's brambles stamps. I sprayed a sheet of watercolour card with various inks before stamping onto it and cutting out the images.


As they say sometimes its not the destination but the journey that delights us!

Challenges I am entering:

Altered Eclectics - Anything Mixed Media





Thursday, 4 June 2015

A little stitchery

I hope you are all getting ready to enjoy the heatwave in the UK?

Another craft I love to do is sewing and embroidery. This weather is perfect for relaxing in the garden with a bit of sewing. This is a WIP! Although not sure what its going to turn into yet.....I will keep you posted.....


On the papercraft front I have also created a stitch themed card.


I used a Creative Expressions set of stamps to create the images, stamping with Distress Ink and using a wet brush to pull out the ink. I used a hessian embossing folder to create the background and lots of sewing bits and bobs to decorate.

Hope you like it!

Challenges I am entering are :
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
 Crafty Cardmakers - Stitching


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Fauna and Flora

I love where I live with so much wildlife. Just this morning I have watched two baby squirrels playing in the garden and we have foxes living next door too.

So what better way to celebrate the fauna and flora but to create a card using this beautiful Floral Collage stamp from Stamps Happen - an old favourite of mine.


I stamped the image across three tags and then coloured them using watercolour pencils and distress ink and mica paints. I think the kraft card and twine really adds to the card.

I am entering the following challenges

Make My Monday - Kraft Card
Fashionable Stamping - Use an old favourite
Sunday Stampers - Anything






What can you find here?

The makings and musings of a Sparkly Fairy!