Saturday, 18 February 2017

Not Quite a RAK!

Hi Everyone,

I'm back home after a couple of nights stay with my Daughter and her family having had lots of lovely cuddles with all three Grandchildren but especially baby Seth who, at 7 months old is now starting to recognise me quicker following a gap between visits.  Jenna, Seth and I also had a nice little train ride into York to have lunch with one of my lovely crafting friends, Emma.

This week is Random Act of Kindness week and a small group of crafting friends to which Emma and I belong decided to do our version of it which was more a Secret Santa type of thing.  Names were pulled out randomly and my recipient happened to be Emma so instead of posting it I took my RAK with me, especially as it was a bit awkward to parcel up.

A couple of years ago (at least) I found a metal memo board with a magnetised bird and butterfly attached in a charity shop.  They were covered with some decorative paper with Parisienne images which had probably been really nice originally but had become scratched and faded almost to disappearing.  As soon as I knew Emma was my recipient I knew exactly the makeover I wanted to give this.  I soaked and scraped off the original paper and searched through my considerable stash of 12" x 12" designer papers to re-cover the board.  This paper was just so lovely it didn't need any stamping and I definitely wasn't going to cover it up with paint or pastes! Once glued on and dried I blended Archival Ink lightly around the edges and then added light touches of Treasure Gold blending it into the middle.  From the strip I cut off I covered the bird and the butterfly and edged them in the same way.  I then gave everything two coats of DecoArt Matte Varnish to seal and protect the paper.

I then found a lovely chipboard flourish which I painted with Fresco Finish paints, stamped a script with Archival Ink and dabbed Treasure Gold onto the flower parts before gluing it to the memo board.  I also searched out the beautiful Prima flower embellishment and glued it and a metal flower to the flourish with heavy gel medium. Finally I stamped the quote and added a few gems to the bird and butterfly.

The last bit was to cover the front of a little memo pad with the last little piece of paper, stamp the quote and paint the back (no paper left, lol) with co-ordinating paint.

It's funny that I have had everything that went into this makeover in my stash for years, the paper must be at least 8 years old and although I love every bit somehow I've never been able to bring myself to use them but they all came together quickly as soon as I knew who the piece was for and I have to say I was well pleased with the finished project.  It turned out better than I had ever expected and I thoroughly enjoyed doing it.

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday and are looking forward to the balmy temperatures we are forecast for next week ;-).  See you again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Monday, 13 February 2017

My first PaperArtsy Challenge entry for 2017!

Hi everyone,

The lovely PaperArtsy people are into their second blog challenge of the new year and, having failed to get a project finished for the first one, I made sure I've got at least one entry for the second one.

The theme is Masks and being a crafter who absolutely loves using masks and stencils I was determined to have an entry in this one.  I hope I get chance for another one too!  I also made this project fit a colour theme challenge for a group I'm a member of on good old Facebook,  UK Stampers Forum.  If you are a stamper/crafter and fancy joining a group of very friendly likeminded people, have a look on FB and ask to join.  Lots of shared inspiration and encouragement with challenges and swaps as well.

For the PaperArtsy Challenge I used a Wendy Vecchi heart mask and stencil and also a Color Box stencil to create a card.

I did lots of switching backwards and forwards between the Large Heart Mask and Stencil and the Color Box stencil to achieve this effect and I Ioved how replacing the CB 'bendy' hearts and lightly blending where the hearts overlapped made it look as though the large heart is translucent.  The script stamp is from a Sara Naumann set and the quote is from an Emma Godfrey set, both PaperArtsy designers.


I deliberately used the edge of Cut n Dry foam to achieve the streaky effect but also did some traditional blending inside the large heart.  Simple matting and layering on co-ordinating coloured cardstock before attaching to a white base card completed my card.

There has been some wonderful inspiration as always on the PaperArtsy Blog this past week both from the guest bloggers and the people who have entered the challenge so far.  I'm off to join in by adding my card.  Hope you get chance to pop over and look, you won't be disappointed.

Thanks for dropping by and see you again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Monday, 6 February 2017

A Brother's birthday.

Hi everyone,

It was my eldest brother's birthday last week and although I shared a pic of the card I made him on FB and Instagram, I completely forgot to blog it.  I like to do this as a record for myself so I don't make him a similar card next year, lol!  That could happen as he and his wife love hill walking so that was my inspiration for his card so it's bound to pop into my head again.

I started with a piece of card I had scraped Fresco Finish paints from PaperArtsy onto ages ago when making a project for their new releases this time last year and I created the hills using torn copy paper, Cut n Dry foam and Archival Inks.  I then stamped the rushes (IndigoBlu) along the bottom, added the birds in flight (Inkylicious) then stuck the piece to a tentfold base card.

I finished off by stamping the sentiment (from a Lin Brown set for PaperArtsy) and adhering the diecut bullrushes.

Apparently the card was well received which is good because he might end up with a bought card next year unless some fantastic inspiration strikes.  I can't use his other hobby passion as he is a very talented water colour artist and I wouldn't even attempt to make a card for him with my novice water colouring, lol!

Thanks for dropping by.  Have a good week everyone.

Lesley  Xx

Thursday, 26 January 2017

I love a bit of nature in my crafting!

Hello again,

I said I'd be back soon and here I am with another birthday year starts of really busy with birthdays, lol!

This card started off with a piece of scrap watercolour paper that had some PaperArtsy Infusions pressed onto it from a stencil.  I stamped the splatters (from a Lin Brown set for PaperArtsy) with Archival Ink and then inked around the edges.  

I stamped the fern inchies (from a PaperArtsy Hot Pick set) onto a scrap of Kraftcard using Versamark ink, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I trimmed the image and layered it onto a piece of blue pearlescent card then attached it to the main piece.

I stamped the Lin Brown leafy stem onto the blue pearlescent card with Black Archival Ink, heat set it to ensure it was dry then cut it out before adhering to the main piece.  Finally I stamped the Lin Brown quote before layering onto Kraftcard then attached the whole thing to a cream card base.

I'm off to Harrogate for the day tomorrow for a girly lunch and a cuddle date with my newest grandson Seth.  Here he is with big sister Izzy, totally mesmerised by the disco ball at our Son's wedding.

Thanks for dropping by.

Lesley  Xx

Monday, 23 January 2017

Crikey where did December and January go!

Hi Everyone,

I just got a shock when I opened up my poor neglected blog and realised it's nearly 2 months since my last post so a very belated Happy New Year to you all!!!  To be fair to myself though there has been rather a lot going on in this neck of the woods but not much of it has been crafting.

The old year ended on a mix of highs and lows.  The high was our Son's fabulous wedding 3 days before Christmas which was such a happy day for us all and here's just a few photos.

Sadly, the lows were the loss of 4 members of mine and Hubby's families, 2 Aunties, 1 Uncle and most devastating, my lovely Sister-in-Law who passed away on her 59th birthday after a brief, brave battle with cancer. We'll miss you so much Pauline!

So, what with Christmas and New Year as well, I sort of got out of crafting mode and with my craftroom/conservatory being a tad chilly (mega understatement) it's been a bit of a struggle for my enthusiasm to resurface but I think I'm getting there now ;-).  All the fabulous new stamp releases from PaperArtsy not to mention lots of wonderful new products constantly popping up on my Facebook Timeline from Creativation, the trade show currently in full swing in Arizona, are really getting the creative juices working again. 

Anyway, I have my first share of the year for you today as it's my friend Lin's birthday and I know she has received her card.

I very roughly scraped gesso onto a square Kraft card base with an old credit card so that the surface was a little textured.  I then inked up Stampendous Crumpled Edge stamp with Archival Ink (Coffee I think) and followed this with a lightly stamped script in the middle, splatters and then flourishes in the corners using Potting Soil Archival.  These were all PaperArtsy stamps.

Next comes the very unintentional error!  I stamped the little quote upside down so I had to cut the front off the card base and turn it into a topper for a second base, lol!!!  Good job the background script is very light as this is now upside down ;-0.  I rubbed Treasure Gold round the edges of the card and stuck it to the new card base then cut and embossed the Tim Holtz/Sizzix butterfly from a piece of Fresco painted card, sanded and touched it with Treasure Gold before attaching just the body to the card.

I was really pleased with this fairly simple card and love the impression of lots of texture.  

I'm going to try to remember to enter more challenges this year (hmmm, wonder how long that will last) and this card fits three I think.    (theme is Anything Goes)

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I'll be back in a day or two.

Lesley  Xx

Saturday, 3 December 2016

It's PaperArtsy guest blogger time!

Hello Everyone,

For the past week over on the fabulous PaperArtsy Blog there has been lots of inspiration and wonderful projects for Topic #23 - Bleach techniques which was introduced brilliantly as always by Darcy HERE.

I love the effects you can get using bleach on paper, card, inks, etc., and have tried out various different combinations in the past.  I even have a pad which has some sort of product that removes colour that you can use as an 'ink' pad for stamps.  In all the attempts I made I have found the results to be extremely varied.  With some card and also inks bleach barely works at all and often when it does work it leaves a totally unexpected colour behind.  Some of these are lovely and some not so, lol!  I also like 'painting' with bleach if I get the right combination of card or ink  On this occasion I wanted to use stamps and stencils to remove colour from dye ink backgrounds on matte coated cardstock and I did a few experiments using bleach but found that a faux bleach technique using water was more successful.  If you hop over to the PaperArtsy Blog you can see my step by steps on how I created two Christmas cards using mainly Sarah Naumann stamps, sneak peeks of which you can see below.

Thanks for dropping by!

Lesley  Xx

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Whoops, I nearly forgot........'s the first of November's Quick Cards posts over on the Chocolate Baroque DT Blog!

Morning All,

I completely forgot I had a couple of quick and very easy cards oveer on the CB blog today.  As we have Christmas getting ever closer and this year I am even more behind with my preparations than usual due to my slow op recovery putting a major spanner in the works, quick Christmas cards always come in handy and Chocolate Baroque have some stunning Christmas stamps suitable for every style.  Just hop over to their website and enter 'Christmas stamps' in the search bar....gorgeous!

Anyway, for my first card I simply stamped the beautiful tree onto a diecut shape, embossed with sparkly embossing powder then coloured in with some water based metallic paints. I dusted around the tree using Pine Needles Distress Ink.  After sticking the image to the card base with double sided tape I stamped and embossed the sentiment and used the same but smaller dieshape to cut it out before adding it to the card using 3D foam along with some ribbon.

My second card was even quicker!  I stamped the image onto the diecut shape using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and pulled in some of the colour with a water brush.  I then added a little grey watercolour shading around the image, edged with Vintage Photo and stuck it to the card base with 3D foam.  I then stamped the sentiment at the bottom, risking all if it had gone wonky, lol!

Do pop over to the Chocolate Baroque DT blog as there is loads of fabulous inspiration from the team members if you need a card or two in a hurry.

See you again soon.

Lesley  Xx