Saturday, 13 September 2014

Two Birds with one stone?....... but I hope I haven't killed them, lol!

Hi everyone,

I've had very little time for crafting so far this month as various family commitments have filled up my time.  Last night I returned from two delightful days of looking after my youngest grandchild, 2 yrs 9 mnths 'know no fear' Charlie!  He's been an absolute delight for me to look after and I think his Daddy must have worn him out with energy requiring persuits in the first half of the week as he just wanted to sit for cuddles and watch his current favourite films ....Mr Poppers Penguins and Hocus Pocus.......with me and then after school there was double pleasure when big sister, Izzy came home.  Do love my littlies (although not little for much longer :-(  ) sooo much!

I had been wanting to make an entry to this month's Chocolate Baroque Challenge so last weekend I finally made a short time to play with my new Brushos (only had them about 2 months, lol) I ended up with one piece that I thought I could make use of to fit with the colour inspiration and as I needed to make a last minute birthday card I 'killed' two birds with one stone so to speak.  Debs, who creates some beautiful art and shows it HERE, had her birthday last Tuesday and I didn't know she was going to be on holiday for two weeks so still hasn't seen my card but we've swapped messages this morning and she's told me to go ahead and blog the card and she won't look till she gets home, lol!

This was a piece I decided to save after mopping up some of the Brushos from my craft mat.......they are gloriously messy, lol!

And this is the card I made I made from it.

What I couldn't capture in a photo is the 3D glaze I added to the 'light bulb' centres.  I just hope it was properly 'cured' by the time it went in the post as it was quite thick.  All the stamping was done with Versamark and embossed with Wow Bright White embossing powder.

The butterly was stamped onto the same original piece of card but on an area less covered by ink spodges.

All the stamps are from Chocolate Baroques lovely Steampunk collection.

See you all again later this week hopefully.  Have a good weekend all!

Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 31 August 2014

And more fab PaperArtsy ....but this time just for fun & guided by the wonderful Lin Brown.

Hello again lovely visitors!

After the excitement of being part of the launch of new stamps by a brand new designer, Elizabeth Borer, over on the PaperArtsy blog last night I now have something to share from my fabulous weekend away with a lovely group of PATwits and learning from the awesome Lin Brown.

As I'm so slow and always way behind the others, I never get time to take pics on the day so leave that up to my buddies Sam and Helen (they take better pics than me anyway, lol) but we had an absolutely wonderful time and Lin Brown is a brilliant artist & teacher (and a lovely hostess into the bargain) and I love making things under her guidance.

On the Saturday we made a beautiful Lin Pirella chipboard mini album.  Lots of Fresco Finish paints, gorgeous Lin Pirella stamped images, stencils, colouring in with paints and/or pencils and it was fabulous!   Of course, I nowhere near got mine finished and I didn't get chance till last night to do so but I've taken lots of photos to show you the lovely details.  I had to change mine a bit when I got home because I realised I hadn't thought enough about which 'pages' were going next to each other and which of the smaller shapes were being attached to which of the larger ones so some of the colours were wrong and/or they were too busy. It doesn't matter though, just means it's not an exact copy which is good, lol!

Okay, off we go come lots of pics!

The gorgeous front cover with my absolute favourite Lin Pirella image!

Inside front cover

The smaller page should have been attached to another page but the colour was soooo wrong, lol, so I made it into another mini page.

Opened out to show back and front covers.

So there you have it!  I did enjoy colouring all those images with a mix of Fresco Finish  paints and coloursoft pencils...... so relaxing!

On the Sunday we had a day playing with all sorts of different media onto tags none of which are yet  complete but I'm going to have a lot of fun turning them into finished tags that I can show you another time.

See you again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Saturday, 30 August 2014

and .....BREATHE!!!

Hiya Everyone,

Well, I can finally breathe as the cat is out of the bag, lol!  For almost a month I have had to not let slip the fact that PaperArtsy HQ had asked me if I would like to do a couple of projects for the launch of their new designer, Elizabeth Borer's pretty stamps.  What me???? Nah, course I wouldn't!!!  I did actually hesitate slightly but only because I would hate to let them down by not coming up to scratch with the projects...... and my makes were being shown alongside the talents of Elizabeth and Penny Nuttall ....Ooooer!  I hope I didn't let the side down and that you like what I created.  If you go HERE to the PaperArtsy Blog you will be able to see my projects but more importantly Elizabeth and Penny Nuttall's fabulous designs too.  Not only that but all this past week Leandra and the DT have been showcasing some fantastic new stamps from the wonderful designers on the PaperArtsy team so there is oodles of awesome inspiration to keep you going for an age.

These are the lovely stamps and although they are very different from the rest of the PaperArtsy ranges I think they fill an important niche.  Now this is going to be a long post so make yourself comfy, lol!

EDIT  Now the launch has gone live the stamps are on the website and if you click on the images you will be transported to the wonderful PaperArtsy shop.

Eclectica³ {Eizabeth Borer} 01

Eclectica³ {Eizabeth Borer} 02

My first project is an MDF heart (stamps from EEB01). 

Now silly me, I was so engrossed in the actual projects I completely forgot to take step by step photos so I hope you can understand my explanations from close up pics.  The first one, obviously taken in the garden wasn't very successful because the sun was so bright it drained some of the delicate colouring from the main image but she looked so nice against her ivy backdrop!

I started by painting the heart with Pea Coat Fresco Finish and on the left side I smeared some Grunge Paste which I then stamped into with the trailing ivy.  On the right side I applied PA Crackle Glaze.   When it was all completely dry I covered all of the surface with a blend of Sky, Antarctic and Snowflake Fresco.

I then used my lovely new Fibralo pens from PaperArtsy to colour in the ivy trails including those stamped in the GP and then highlighted those with Pewter Treasure Gold as well as right round the edge. 

Next I stamped the beautiful Ivy Fairy in her bower onto watercolour paper and, scribbling the Fibralo pens onto my craft mat, I watercoloured her.  I also painted areas of her wings and dress with PA Matte Glaze and sprinkled with Glamour Dust .... one of my rare concessions to glitter, lol! I included this photo because I think you can just catch the faint glitter sparkle, the hint of TG and also the sheen on the die cut flowers but after I took the photo above I decided there was not enough colour to her skin nor the 'sky' background so I added a little more which was a big improvement.

 The diecut flourishes were coloured with Fibralo pens and for the diecut flowers I made my own mica sprays with Fresco Finish paints, water and mica powder and sprayed onto Heavy Duty PaperArtsy Smoothy paper.  I was so chuffed with these sprays! I also used them to colour the chiffon ribbon.

So there you have my pretty Ivy Fairy who could be displayed anytime of year.

My second project is a small luminary (stamps from EEB01 and 02)

I was having a little tidy up and found this wooden luminary frame hidden behind other stuff.  I can't remember who the kit is made by but when I got it it was badly cut out on the corners so took me ages of carving bits out to make it fit properly.  Once I managed that I had painted it with Pea Coat Fresco Finish and then it got left. 

As soon as I found it I knew it was a perfect showcase for Elizabeth's new stamps and would make a lovely decoration for Christmas too!  I repainted it with a mix of Claret and Little Black Dress Frescos and then sanded it back to reveal some of the dark blue and bare wood. 

I then took the lovely trailing ivy and stamped with Versamark without a block so I could work it round the corners and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I rubbed the metal corners and some wooden beads for feet with Classic Treasure Gold to tone them in but didn't attach them until after the panels were in place. 

I cut four heavy vellum panels to fit and then stamped them with various images from the two stamp sets. I coloured them on the reverse with watered down Fresco Finish paints and added subtle sparkle on the front surface (as on the circle frame and wings above) with a Sakura clear sparkle pen. I fixed the panels in place before attaching the feet and corners.

Here are the panels with a fake candle inside.  I wish I could capture the true effect as it really does look quite pretty.  Even my OH loves it!

 On the above two panels I did some masking to layer up those lovely baubles and then drew in the hanging twine with a fine black Pitt pen.  Again, after painting the images on the reverse I added Sakura sparkle to the baubles on the front.

(must have had the shakes when I took the above photo cos it's a bit blurred, lol! Must remember to take more water with it ;D)

This was my favourtie of the two projects but I had so much fun doing them both.

Thank you so much PaperArtsy for asking me to play with your new stamps and for Elizabeth Borer for her lovely designs.  I was very honoured to be asked and hope that my projects have given the stamps the showcasing they deserve.

Thanks for visiting me today and if you haven't already been over to the PaperArtsy Blog please give yourself a treat and visit.  There had been so much beautiful artwork all week and so much variety there's bound to be something to make you Oooh and Aaah!

See you again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A Birthday Card for one of my very special people.

Hi Everyone,

Woops!  It's been a few weeks since I managed a post but I'd had enough of my mega hot craftroom (conservatory) during most daylight hours and what I did manage to make I can't show yet.  Happily for me things are cooling down although we do seem to have our own little weather pocket here at the moment and are still having very comfy temperatures and lots of sunshine unlike most other areas of the UK from what I can gather.  It does get a bit nippy in the evenings though!  I managed to have a really good cleaning session in the craftroom on Monday (although lots of tidying still needed) which took me hours but made me feel very virtuous, lol!

Anyway, today I can now share a card with you that I made for a lovely girl who has become very special to our family, my Son & his Daughter in particular.  Yvonne is partner to Jamie and much loved Step Mum to Alexa and this is the card I made for her birthday.

Because the colours are very subtle I found it difficult to capture them on the photos but I used a lovely piece of Prima paper from one of Finnabair's collections and overstamped on the right side with an IndigoBlu corner flourish stamp.  I used Watering Can Archival Ink stamping twice each time between inking.  The sentiment stamp is from Heartfelt Creations and is stamped in the same ink onto another piece of the Prima paper, die cut with a Spellbinder label and layered onto Co'ordinations card cut with a matching fancy label die.  I used the same Co'ordinations card for the poppy diecut and to matt & layer.

I used the same method of stamping the flourish for the inside of the card and the sentiment is from Inkylicious.

It took me blooming ages to get that bow exactly how I wanted it, lol, but I was really pleased with the finished card.

Thanks for visiting today and I hope it's not weeks before I can post again ;-)

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 1 August 2014

WhooHoo!!! Announcing my blogging anniversary give away winners!

Good Morning everyone,

First of all it wouldn't be me if I didn't mention the weather, lol!  It is blessedly a teensy bit cooler here today with a wonderful breeze which I think is supposed to bring rain later this afternoon.  At the moment though the doors and windows have all been open since 7 am and it is lovely ;-)

Now to the business in hand this morning!  Thank you to all the lovely people who left comments on my give away post, 26 in all and not one candy stalker which is great and one new follower so welcome Lucyna.  I used to choose the two winners but forgot to find out how to put the selector jobbie on here so I'm afraid you'll have to take my word for the selections.

And the winners are .......................

#1 which is Helen

#21 which is Julie Ann

As you are both part of our lovely birthday greetings group you know I already have your addresses but I won't be able to post the parcels till next week (hopefully Monday)I'll message you when they're on their way and I do hope you enjoy playing with what I've put in the boxes.

Lots of love & a big hug 
Lesley  Xx  

Friday, 25 July 2014

There's a new Challenge Blog on the block - Chocolate Baroque!

Morning Everyone,

And ........ we're in for another hot one .........enough said :-(, lol!

First of all a little reminder about yesterday's post ......yes it is only 1 day since I last posted, what a rarity, eh?

I would have done a sticky post to stay at the top until next week but I haven't a clue how to do it, lol!
Closing date for entry is midnight on Thursday 31 July 2014.

Okay, now on to today's post.  Chocolate Baroque have been a favourite stamp company of mine for years and in fact, it was seeing the owner Glenda Waterworth demonstrating on a well known TV craft channel that got me hooked on stamping in the first place.  Boy, does Glenda have a lot to answer for, lol!  Little did I dream when I saw that program that I would be lucky enough to become one of the original members of Glenda's first design team back in the days when the company was known as Elusive Images.  I was very sad when family commitments meant I had to resign from the team but I have never lost my love for their stamps and was so pleased to see the new Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog appear on the scene and I knew I had to have a go.

The first challenge is a colour one and there's lots of lovely inspiration from their current talented design team which you can see here.  I translated the colours into Distress Inks Scattered Straw,  Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean and using brushes to lay down the background colour I kept them very light and soft.  I sprinkled water droplets and then blotted off some of the colour. I followed this with some light stencilling and background stamping with the Scattered Straw. 

Other stamping is done with Archival Black and painted with the Distress Inks. I stamped the butterflies onto separate card, coloured and cut them out and attached by just the bodies.  The lace is dipped into watery DI's on my craft mat.

I used Chocolate Baroque stamp set Harebell Butterfly and the word was taken from a stamp on their Artistic Affirmations set.

Right, I'm off to add this to their link up.  Anyone can enter the challenge and if you use CB stamps you will be entered into a random draw for £15 to spend on their website, ;D!  It's a monthly challenge launching on the 3rd Wednesday of every month so still plenty of time to enter.  I might even get another one done, lol!

See you again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Summer School at the MDF Man's Place!

Morning All,

I hope everyone is feeling good and managing to sleep in this hot weather we're having! Regular visitors will already know my feelings about hot weather so I won't go into that again, lol!

I have a rare midweek share for you this morning because yesterday I went to visit the MDF Man for a taster workshop he was running together with the very patient and helpful Kath.  The plan is to run regular weekly workshops for a very reasonable fee & if you can get there I would recommend them as a lovely way to spend a few crafting hours.  You do need transport though as the venue is not on a local transport route being situated in an old cotton mill in a pretty valley which has been converted into one of the nicest business parks you'll ever see.  Pleasley Vale where they are situated always feels a bit like another world to me and is a conservation area so is subject to restrictions which prevent it looking like your typical business park. Coincidentally my Mum (who will be 86 on Saturday) had her first job in the mill when she left school at 14 but only lasted a few months because of an allergy to the dust.  This link gives you a bit of history if you're interested but I found lots more because there are lots of spooky tails of ghosts ;D.  My daughter and her friend went on a ghost tour there one evening which she said was pretty spooky and I once took my son there to take photographs for his GCSE.  It was a very gloomy day and during the time the mill buildings were unoccupied and I have to say I was very glad when he'd finished so we could go home, lol!

Anyway, back to crafting!  Yesterday we altered one of Rob's (MDF Man) curved boxes and unusually I did not do any stamping whatsoever.  Lots of texture from Grunge Paste and also an embossing folder, die cut handmade flowers (one of my favourite things to do), stencilling and Treasure Gold.

I did have a slight accident (could have been a major disaster, lol) on the way home when half a bottle of brush bath leaked all into the bag my box and other stuff I'd bought were in.  It just got the left corner of the underside of the lid so I have to sand it back and add a bit more TG which is why it looks a bit overdone compared to the others ;-).


I don't do give aways on my blog very often, not because I'm mean, lol, but because I don't want blog candy 'stalkers' (my nickname for them) visiting just for the chance to get their hands on some goodies.  However, I've met some wonderful friends (some are still virtual ones but no less valued) through crafting and blogging and wanted to share some of my favourite stash as a thank you.  I'm really sorry but due to postage costs I have to restrict this to UK commentors only! So, I have made up two boxes of goodies which are both similar in content....

Box #1

Contents include : Tattered Angels Nature Glimmer Glass Album kit including
                            Album, ribbons, 2 Glimmer Mists, metal embellishments, pack
                            of Glimmer Chips, Butterfly mask, tags/paper & ephemera
Also :                   Dreamweaver stencil
                            TCW template
                            Acrylic tags & shapes
                            MDF butterfly & heart
                            Stamps x 2
                            Selection of metal charms, embellishments & vintage watch parts
                            Sticky backed gems & mosaics
                            Selection of beautiful lace.

Box #2

Contents include : Tattered Angels Travel Ledger Album
                            Eco Green acrylic paints x 2
                            Stamps x 2
                            MDF large butterfly & heart
                            Kraft gift bags (for decorating) x 2
                            Spellbinders Impressabilities stencil
                            Prima stencil
                            Sticky backed gems & Mosaics
                            Acrylic tags & shapes
                            Selection of metal charms, embellishments & vintage watch parts
                            Selection of ribbon & beautiful lace.

All you have to do is leave a comment so that I know you'd like to be included in the random draw.  I am grateful for every comment and every follower on my blog and I know that, like me, some people visit regularly but often don't have time to comment but I hope this time you'll be able to so I can include you in the draw.  PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS GIVEAWAY OR BROADCAST IT IN ANY WAY.  I want the winners to be people who visit just because they want to and if any of those happen to be new ones that's great.

I'm only running this giveaway for a short time partly because I didn't get chance to post at the beginning of the week, lol, and the draw will end next Thursday 31 July 2014 at midnight which is the end of my anniversary month.  I will post the winners on Friday 1st August 2014.

Have a lovely week, don't melt and keep the sunscreen handy!

Big Hugs
Lesley  Xx