Friday, 23 June 2017

A Birthday and a Bereavement.

Hello everyone

A quick post from me to share a couple of cards I made for recent events, one for a happy birthday and the other, sadly for a close friend whose Mum passed away.  These are both quite simple cards but I was particularly pleased with them.

First the birthday card which was for our Son's lovely Mum-in-Law.

It was a difficult card to photograph really to get the fab effect of the butterflies which are cut using a new die I bought recently at the StampMagic show.  There is a background layer created using PaperArtsy Infusions then the diecut layer placed over the top with the wings lifted. The large butterfly is a mini Tim Holtz/Sizzix die cut from the same Infusions background and overstamped with a PaperArtsy Mini script stamp.

A different angle to try and show the dimension.  It still doesn't show it too well with being white but the effect is lovely and I was really pleased I'd bought this die from Chloe's stand.  The stamped sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque.

My second card is one of those inevitable ones we crafters wish we did not to have to make but I always try to take extra care to keep them simple and elegant when I do.

This was a simple case of stamping the beautiful Penny Black stamp (another StampMagic purchase this time from Snazzy's) with Watering Can Archival Ink, then the sentiment from Chocolate Baroque and finally layering onto a co-ordinating matt before sticking it to the card base.

I absolutely love this elegant stamp and the clever dimensional effect given by the cut of the rubber.  Val, the owner of Snazzy's had two or three other designs in the same range and it was so difficult just choosing one.  I think I might have to have at least one more!  

It has been so hot over the past week making my conservatory craftroom unbearable until too late in the evening for much crafting to be done but we (or might that just be me) are looking forward to a much cooler weekend so I'm hoping to have some playtime this weekend.

Thanks for dropping by and until next time........

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 16 June 2017

I said I'd be back!

Hello Again,

For my second post today I am sharing a postcard created for one of the other swaps this month in UK Stampers Forum.  This time the theme is numbers.

I've used PaperArtsy stamps throughout on this piece, mainly HotPicks sets.  I stamped the main image (affectionately known as Shrek Girl amongst PaperArtsy fans) and then created a mask to cover her while I blended Distress Oxides and did all the random stamping on the background.

When I removed the masks I decided not to add much colour to Shrek Girl as I liked the way she popped from the background so I just coloured little bits and then added Glossy Accents to her heart.  

And speaking of hearts..... when I'd finished this piece I realised it fits the fab Country View Crafts challenge again so I'm off to link it up. 

It might be next week before I'm back again so I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Lesley  Xx

This time it's ATCs!

Morning all,

The weather has cooled down a little from a couple of days ago....much more my comfort zone now 😉 but it's set to rise considerably again for the weekend so I will probably be complaining, lol!

My first post this morning (amazingly I have another one to follow) is to share the ATCs I have created for this month's UK Stampers Forum swap (Facebook group).  If you're interested this is becoming a very popular group run by Sid Hazelden.  There is lots of varied inspiration with friendly members and Sid kindly organises several swaps every month which I'm really enjoying so look it up on Facebook if you're interested in that kind of thing.  It says UK but I think there are international members too.

The theme for this month's ATCs is 'Anything Goes' so I created three totally different ones.

 I used different background techniques and products and different stamp manufacturers for each one.

 This one turned out to be my favourite and its a stamp by Artistic Outposts.  I laid down random colours of water soluble crayons then covered them with PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze and finally a mix of two slightly different shades of green Fresco Finish.  I was rushing the layers a bit because my conservatory craftroom gets so hot everything dries before I can apply them and I don't think I put enough crackle glaze on so only got a few crackles here and there but I think it was for the best in this instance.  Finished off with a little highlighting in red.

This one has a spritzed background of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays.  The image is from one of the newest Lynne Perrella sets from PaperArtsy stamped with black Archival ink.  I then added London Bus and White Fire highlights using PaperArtsy Frescos and painted the face.  This ended up heavier than I wanted because again, it was drying too fast for me to blend it properly but it didn't look too bad in the end.

The final one is Distress Oxide ink squished on my craft mat, spritzed with water and then the card dipped into it.  I stamped the clouds then used a water brush to remove some of the colour.  I did the rest of the stamping, added colour to the ladder and bird and finished off with painting the clouds with glitter gloss.  EDIT :  I forgot to say the stamps are from Tracey Easson's Wonky Tonk collection.

Once again a fun swap to enter and I love waiting for my swaps to arrive each month.

I'll be back shortly with another post.

Lesley  Xx

Monday, 12 June 2017

I got off to a slow start.......

but I'm up and running again now for June!

Hello everyone,

After doing so well up to the middle of May I disappeared. lol, but some of that was down to family time over half term holidays etc.  I have made several items but either can't blog them yet or I haven't had time but finally tonight I can share a tag I've made for the UK Stampers Forum (Facebook group) June swap.  The theme this month is anything goes which is handy because I've managed to make it fit a some challenges.

I started off with a large manilla tag and layed down several layers of Fresco Finish Acrylic paints very randomly using my small brayer.  I used 3 shades of grey plus a light layer of lilac.  When I was happy with the painty layers I mixed some PaperArtsy Violetta Infusions with a dollop of Finnabair modelling paste and applied it through a heart stencil.

I then did some light stamping on the background using Emma Godrey and Darcy stamps (both for PaperArtsy) and then stamped the quote from Darcy's set with black Archival ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Finally I diecut a scribbly heart from a piece of Infusions treated card using a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die, stuck it to the tag, edged the whole thing with black and added some ribbon.  I keep looking at the tag now and thinking it's not quite finished and I think it needs another diecut heart.  I'll have a go tomorrow and if I decide to add another one I'll edit the pics.

I'd like to enter this tag into the following lovely challenges...

I hope to be back with you by the weekend with another challenge entry 😉.  In the meantime I hope you all have a good week.

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 19 May 2017

I'm doing well this month.......

Hello everyone on another wet and grey day....

I hope all this rain is making some difference to our depleted stocks of water, lol!!!

Anyway,  for some reason despite several days away from my craftroom I'm doing quite well on the production rate this month......for me at any rate, Ha! Ha!  This morning I've finished a tag for the UK Stampers Forum tag swap.  As mentioned in my previous post this is a lovely FaceBook group for beginners and experienced stampers alike.  The theme this month is Anything Goes so how could I not enter.

 I had no plan in mind for this tag, it's very rare that I do but by complete happenstance I ended up with a tag which I think has a reference to our current situation here in the UK, ie  our upcoming General Election.

Once again I started out with a recently discovered tag.  I think this one was done with Distress Stains judging by the splats of gold and the colours.

I stencilled with Fresco Finish paint through a Seth Apter designed stencil then created the background with PaperArtsy Minis and Hot Picks stamps.  I stamped the clock/watch face 3 times onto another piece of background card (Glimmer Mists this time I think) die cut them and stuck them to the tag.

Finally, when I got home from an overnight visit to our daughters last night the Paperdolls from Tim Holtz' last release of products were waiting for me.  Haven't we been waiting an age for this release to reach the UK for all but a very lucky few?  As I went through them all just to see what was in there (there are lots) this lady struck me as looking like a suffragette and so together with the 'MAKE IT (your vote?) COUNT'  I thought she completed the tag perfectly.  I simply inked round the edges of the lady with Sepia Archival Ink before placing her.  I added the key and the OXO (painted with a mix of gold and copper FF and then clear embossed) for balance.  Finally I layered the tag onto black card and added the sari silk and lace.

That's it from me for today.  See you again soon and have a lovely weekend everyone.

Lesley  Xx

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

I nearly forgot again, lol!

Evening everyone who hasn't gone to bed yet!

I got a little busy with chores this afternoon and forgot to come back and do this quick post but as I'm going up to my daughter's in Harrogate tomorrow till late Friday I didn't want to leave it.

This time I have a postcard to share.  It's for another swap in the UK Stampers Forum again and this time the theme is 'Floral Heaven'.  Well, I have more flower stamps than butterflies I think so I was spoilt for choice on which to use.  I decided on a beautiful stamp from Chocolate Baroque called Crackling Rose.

Once again I've started with one of my found glimmer mist backgrounds (I have loads, lol).  I stamped the image using Watering Can Archival ink and embossed with clear ep.  I then painted the image using Amsterdam Acrylic Inks (bought from PaperArtsy at Ally Pally last month).  I stamped the lacy border, another Chocolate Baroque stamp from their Lace Fragments set and used cut n dry foam to edge with black Archival ink.

Finally I stamped the word BLOOM which is part of a quote from a PaperArtsy stamp and I added a few tiny 'dew drops' of Glossy Accents but I don't think you can see them on the pic.

I'm off to enter this into a challenge.

I hope tomorrow and Friday are as glorious as it's been here today.  I have tickets to the Stitching Sewing and Hobbycrafts show which starts tomorrow for 3 days so Jenna and I are going on Friday.

See you all again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Everything's coming up Butterflies!

I'm back .....

.....for the second of three posts today!

I've made three ATCs for a swap for the UK Stampers Forum (not just for crafters in the UK) this month were the theme is 'I've got butterflies'.  There couldn't be a better theme for me as I might just have a 'few' butterfly stamps knocking around my craftroom, lol!  Add to those the new Distress Oxide inks with which I am in love and I was in seventh heaven.  The Forum is a lovely group, growing daily with beginners and experienced stampers alike.  It's full of inspiration with some lovely swaps and challenges so why not look them up on Facebook.

They all started out with blended Oxide backgrounds which I sprinkled with water and dabbed with paper towel.  Stamping was then done with Black Archival ink.

This first one simply had a few touches of Sakura gold sparkle pen before edging in Walnut Stain Oxide and adding a bit of Frantage on the corners and a Chit Chat word.

The second one had some of the colour removed with a wet paintbrush before once again adding a bit of subtle gold sparkle, walnut stain edging and Frantage.

The third one is my favourite I think.  Same methods as the other two but with a few dots of white pen added as well.

I really enjoyed these quick makes and I like them so much I think I need to make three more for me, lol! 

I'm entering them into a couple of lovely challenges.... 

Another post .....yes, 3 in one day, lol...... coming up later.

Lesley  Xx

Oops I forgot!

Morning All,

And what a gorgeous morning it is here in North Notts....about time too!  The awful northerly wind has gone to be replaced by a gentle breeze and glorious sunshine. It's not too hot so perfect weather for me that certainly makes you feel more like being smiley, lol!

Last Saturday was my birthday and a week or so before, Leandra over at PaperArtsy shared a link to an Infusions class being given by Sandra Botham at Art From the Heart in Harrogate.  Now, I've had my Infusions more or less since PaperArtsy first started making them so I'm pretty comfortable with them anyway but I liked the look of the projects and thought it would be a nice way to spend a few hours on my birthday.  It also gave me the perfect excuse to travel up the day before and spend some time with my daughter and her family...... lots of smiles and cuddles from 3 of my beautiful grandchildren!  As I thought, the class was lovely, very chilled and I came away with some smashing backgrounds plus a couple of nearly complete projects.  I'll share them all with you another time.

For this post I have a couple of birthday cards that I forgot to share last week after they landed with their recipients.

The first was for my friend Hazel

As regular visitors will know I've been been having fun using up some lovely backgrounds I found recently during my clearout and this was one I particularly liked made with Glimmer Mists.  The colours are fairly unusual for me and I think that's why I liked it so much.  I did some simple stamping and embossing with white ep using Artemio stamps then added touches of Stickles Stardust.

I mounted the piece onto coordinating cardstock then used my new TH/Sizzix wildflower dies to cut from two coordinating colours of card.  The greeting was also diecut.  I arranged it all on my cardbase and job done.

The second card was for another crafting friend, Sally.

For this one I masked off a strip across my cardbase and blended two shades of my new gorgeous Distress Oxides, then sprinkled water droplets to dabb off some of the colour.  I stamped the silhouette border which is a new to me stamp by Bee Crafty that I picked up at Ally Pally last month.

Although you can hardly see it I did stamp the Inkylicious moon image as if it were rising over the flower strip but I used a very pale colour and then spritzed the card with pearl glimmer mist which almost obliterated it.    I stamped the sentiment then added two narrow strips of ribbon.

I'll be back later today with another couple of makes which I want to enter into challenges.

Lesley  Xx

Monday, 1 May 2017

And my second post for today.

Hello again,

Well, that's another bank holiday over but at least it's not long to the Spring one. Not that it makes any difference to us oldie retired folks, lol!

My second card for today is another that I haven't decided who it's for yet.  It's also another rediscovered background, this time with a simple sprinkling and spritzing with water of PaperArtsy Infusions.....gorgeous little bottles of pigments with Walnut Stain granules in.  I'm quite excited because I'm going to a workshop using these at Art from the Heart in Harrogate next Saturday.  It happens to be my birthday so a fab way to spend it!  If anyone is interested HERE is the link.  There are still places available and it looks like a good workshop for beginners and more experienced crafters alike.  Lots of variation to the things we'll be making too.  I don't know the tutor, Sandra Botham (HERE is her blog)  but several of my friends do and say she is lovely.  My problem will be keeping up as I am such a slowcoach, lol!

This started life as just two shades of Infusions, Lemoncello and Violet Storms I think and just a light application.  I did a little stamping with Infusions using a technique Leandra showed us at a PaperArtsy make n take at Ally Pally.  I used the more lacy leaf same shape as the ones layered on top, from one of Lin Brown's latest sets (I absolutely love her new stamp sets) and the effect is really subtle and almost unrecognisable as the leaf but that's more or less what I wanted.  When it was dry I used one of Lin's new stencils and applied co-ordinating Fresco Finish paint with a stencil brush.  I also did some background stamping with inks using more of Lin's stamps.

Next I stamped the leaf x 3 and the quote x 2 (Lin's again) onto separate card.  I used 3 shades of green on the leaves and stamped the quote twice so I could leave a decent area of card round each line.  I cut them all out and attached them to the card.

I'm entering this card into the same three challenges at my previous one.

Well, that's it from me for today.  I'll be back in the week to share a couple of birthday cards that I hope arrive at their destinations in time.....I made them early then forgot to post them, doh!

Lesley  Xx

Using up those old backgrounds again!

Happy May Day everyone,

I hope those of you who have a day off for this bank holiday Monday here in the UK are having a lovely day even if the weather is being a bit of a miserable so and so.  I'm not going out today so don't mind much what it does.  It actually feels like a Sunday to me and I will be confused as to what day it is for the rest of the week, lol!

Anyway,  I'm sharing the first of two cards I've made over the past couple of days using more of those found old backgrounds (second one to follow later today).  I haven't decided yet if it's going to a crafting friend later this month or into my stash ...for one of those birthdays I forget till the last minute, lol!  I'm also entering it into some challenges I have realised it fits (I think).

For once I had written on the back of this piece of shiny (not glossy) coated card exactly how I made the background and it was a really simple one.  I used a piece of synthetic bath sponge, the kind with biggish holes in, to stipple a couple of shades of Adirondack Ink all over.  Very simple but very effective I think.  I used stamps designed by Kay Carley for PaperArtsy and a mix of Black and Watering Can Archival Inks.

I painted the images with Amsterdam Inks which I bought from the PaperArtsy stand at Ally Pally last month....they work beautifully on the coated cardstock and I definitely need more colours!  I then added tiny touches of UniPaint white pen which dried to a shiny enamel like finish and lots of tiny touches of pretty Stickles.

I'm entering this into the following challenges

Enjoy your day everyone.  I'll be back later.

Lesley  Xx

Saturday, 29 April 2017

And there goes another month!!!

Hi everyone,

Well, somehow another month has slipped by without any posts from me.  Gosh where is this year going to?  How can it be almost May already?  I have been doing quite a bit of crafting (for me) especially considering I've been away from the craftroom a fair bit this month starting with a lovely two days in London with three wonderful friends and visiting the craft show at Alexandra Palace where lots of lovely new goodies were purchased to fill some of the space I'd made during my craftroom clearout, lol!  I've also been able to spend some precious time with our Son and Daughter's families.....the grandchildren are growing up far too fast for my liking.

Anyway, back to crafting.  I can't share the cards I've made because the birthdays are next week so hopefully that will be two cards to share soon but I also made a couple of tags.  They are totally different from each other but both started out with backgrounds from the old pile of stuff I made years ago.

Here's the first one.

 This tag started out with just two shades of Glimmer Mists to which I added the wildflower stamping using stamps from Chocolate Baroque.  I die cut the leafy spray from co-ordinating cardstock and stamped it with script before adding it to the tag.

The border along the bottom was a piece left from a long ago project which I painted and then added the Chit Chat sticker words to.

And here's the second tag in a totally different style.

Another ancient background which I think was PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint mopped up from my craftmat was the base for this tag and the stylised flowers from Tracy Scott for PaperArtsy (one of my purchases from Ally Pally) were stamped onto other background pieces.

Originally, the background was quite a bit brighter but when I placed the flowers on it they got a little lost so I muted the background a bit with a watery wash of Fresco Finish Snowflake.  I stamped onto  old bookpage and a mix of old backgrounds which I think were done one with Moonglow Inks, another with Brusho powders and a final one which I think was another Moonglow test piece and I added some watered down Viva Precious Metal paint to co-ordinate it a bit more.  I painted in some areas with the Precious Metal Coral and the blue was from an really old set of ink nolonger available.  I did my usual cutting and layering to build up the flowers and then attached them to the tag.  I finished it off with Chit Chat sticker words again.

I am getting an awful lot of satisfaction using up the old backgrounds I found and figuring out what I can do to them to make them co-ordinate.  I was particularly pleased with the second one because it's quite funky compared to my usual style and I really enjoyed using Tracy's stamps.  I'm hoping to treat myself to at least one more set when I get to visit the PaperArtsy stand again at the StampMagic show at Doncaster Dome in June.

Righty Ho!  That's it for today but hopefully I'll be back next week with the two cards once they have been opened by the recipients.

Thanks for dropping by and have a wonderful long Bank Holiday weekend everyone here in the UK.  Lets hope it gets a tad warmer than it's been here today.  

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 31 March 2017

Blimey! How Long?????

Hello there die hards!

I can't believe it's a month since I last made something but I decided my craftroom was in dire need of a serious sort out after I got some new storage to go on top of my long worktop that was piled high with stuff.  I now have a fairly clear floor and almost everything where it should be plus a mountain of stuff to hold a carboot sale with...... all that stuff I bought years ago and have now outgrown or got far too much of like beautiful designer papers.... sound familiar anyone?  I still have one cupboard to do and all my cross stitch stuff (lots) to out but I'm really pleased with myself and feeling quite smug, lol!  Of course, I'm off to Ally Pally next weekend so no doubt I shall fill the bit of space I managed to create 😃😃😃.  I'm so looking forward to seeing three very dear crafting friends I haven't seen for far too long as well as other newer friends.  I will no doubt be stalking Leandra and co on the fab PaperArtsy stand for a good portion of the weekend, lol!

Anyway, I finally made time for a little play for the current PaperArtsy Blog Challenge which has a gorgeous colour theme of blue and ochre.  Lots of beautiful inspiration from Darcy's fab introductory post here and subsequent posts from guest bloggers.  Chris kicked the theme off on Monday with this wonderful project which got me itching to create from the get go. 

Whilst having my sort out I came across some lovely backgrounds I made years ago, so long ago infact that I haven't much idea of what I used but I'm fairly sure Glimmer Mist sprays and Distress Stains (including gold) figure in there.

These together with Chris's project gave me the kick start I needed.

First I did some stencilling with Fresco Finish paints followed by stamping the images I wanted with Versamark and embossing with Ranger Queen's Gold powder onto the blue background. I also embossed round the edge and then stuck this to my card base.

Next I stamped and embossed the images again on to the ochre backgrounds, cut out the pieces I wanted to layer up and stuck them to the background.


 Finally I stamped the words onto an ochre scrap with black Archival and embossed with clear ep before cutting them out and adding them to the card.

It was lovely to make something again and especially in these lovely rich colours.  Very satisfying to use up stuff from many years ago too.  BTW I used JOFY stamps from various sets to create this card.  Off to do my link up now so have a lovely day everyone and I hope it's not another month before my next post, lol!

Lesley  Xx

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Is it a flower or is it a leaf?

Good Evening everyone,

I'm so glad we have an extra week to create entries for the current challenge of masks over on the PaperArtsy Blog as it's given me time to finish an idea I started last weekend but didn't get to complete.  I wanted to use a skeleton leaf from one of Lin Brown's fabulous range of PaperArtsy stamps to create a flower.  I love the direction Lin has gone with her last two releases.  There are some gorgeous main images as well as lots of lovely smaller stamps to create backgrounds and collages, simply beautiful, so her latest stamps released a few weeks ago quickly made their way to my craftroom.

I started by painting a layer of Snowflake Fresco Finish onto a square of card and followed this with brayering three different colours of FF over the top.  I did this very randomly and made sure each layer was dry before moving onto the next as I didn't want the colours to blend at all.  When I was happy I stamped the skeleton leaf from ELB30 multiple times in a circle using Archival Black Ink to create the flower.  After stamping each one I dried it with a heat tool then covered it with a mask I had made from a post-it note. I made 7 masks altogether so that I could overlap the 'petals'.  I think this looks like a clematis I have in my garden.

I then masked off all the petals and proceeded to use stamps from several of Lin's new sets to create the background, sometimes using FF paints and others using Archival Inks.  Finally I stamped the quote, another of Lin's stamps, with black Archival Ink before lightly applying Watering Can Archival round the edges using Cut n Dry foam.  I layered the square onto a larger piece of PaperArtsy designer paper (precious now as it's discontinued I think) and attached it to a white base card.  The final touch was a paper flower and a bit of bling embellishment for the centre.  I loved the way this 'flower' turned out stamped on the brayered background so I abandoned my original idea of adding more colour to it.

There has been so much gorgeous inspiration over on the blog this past 2.5 weeks, first for this challenge and this week to showcase more lovely new releases from the PaperArtsy designers.  My Wish List is now totally out of control and I will have so much trouble deciding which stamps (not to mention some fab new stencils and masks) I can afford to bring home with me from Ally Pally in April.   

Tonight I have another treat to share.  A small group of my friends and I decided to do a version of RAKs as it was RAK week last week (see mine to Emma HERE).  We did a sort of secret Santa thing to decide who we were to make for and this is what I received from my lovely friend Helen (  It is an 8 x 8 gorgeously textured canvas and I love it!

Helen has also used some of Lin's new stamps to create the canvas and the shades of blue are so pretty.

Just look at the fabulous crackle on the heart!  Awesome!  Lots of wonderful layers of paint, paper and various other media on this lovely gift and I shall treasure it.  Thank you Helen!

Helen also included this lovely card using some of Emma Godfrey's newest stamps which were only officially released at this week but Helen was lucky enough to get them from the Stevenage craft show the previous week.  These are also on my wish list, lol!

Well, that's enough from me tonight.....bedtime shortly as I need a good nights sleep - famous last words, lol!  I have my Daughter and her children coming down for a couple of nights tomorrow and as we all have colds it could be fun, lol!  Off to link up my entry to the PaperArtsy Challenge.

Night, night and hugs
Lesley  Xx

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