Friday, 13 January 2017

Silver and Gold Challenge at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

A slightly late post to share my inspiration for our new challenge at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog which I should have scheduled last night but I was so tired, I fell asleep in the middle of one of my favourite TV programmes (Death in Paradise) and had to go to bed. The first time that's happened in ages as I normally don't do it!
The theme is Silver and Gold for the next 2 weeks and there must be both on your entry. I do have both on mine but the metallic shimmer doesn't show as much as it should so you'll have to imagine it's got gold and silver on there where it looks a bit brown and grey!


Lots of inking, stamping, painting and gold embossing went on here although it is fairly obvious so the materials are listed below:

Carabelle Studio A6 Stamp Sets by Zorrotte - Le coeur et l'oiseau, Dans l'univers des feuilles
Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass
Mixed Media Paper
DecoArt Metallic Fluid Acrylics - Gold, Silver
Gold Embossing Powder
Orange Pencil
Tim Holz Sticker Book - Chit Chat
Silver Metallic Card
Kraft Card Blank

There's a fab prize for the randomly drawn winner of a voucher for the online shop and all you have to do to be in with a chance is enter!

Have a great weekend and see you next week.
Fliss xx

Dreaming of Sunny Days for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you're all surviving the nasty cold and sleety weather we have at the moment, winter seems to have arrived rather suddenly! The perfect time to stay home and do some crafting I think.
I have my usual Friday post over at That's Crafty! Blog today and the lovely Bentley has come out to play again this week.






You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual if you'd like to see the whole creation as this is just a sneak peek.

I'll be back in a while with the details of our new challenge over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog.

Fliss xx

Friday, 6 January 2017

Stay Curious for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I'm happily back in my contact lenses for a bit until my cataracts get sorted out having survived laser surgery on a tear in my retina yesterday. It's really great to be able to see what I'm doing!
I have my first post of 2017 over at That's Crafty! today and I'm sharing a rather whimsical mixed media piece made using one of the fab dinky uprights.


Hope you like my sneak peek and you'll find all the details and a pic of the whole thing over at the blog as usual.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Just to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and hope that 2017 brings you all that you wish for plus health and happiness.
I won't be able to do as much blogging for the next month whilst my eyesight issues are being hopefully resolved so I want to share my favourite creations of 2016 with you (other than this there will just be my DT posts) as I'm currently typing with my face 6 inches from the screen so I can see what I'm doing! Time is limited as it gives me neckache after a while - sigh!







Hope you enjoy these even if you did see them the first time and the top one was the one that started off an exciting year with That's Crafty! and excitingly for me had the very great honour (squeal!) of being pinned by Sir Tim Holtz himself - a fabulous start to 2016!

There are more great things coming up on the craft side for 2017 and I can hardly wait to share all the news but have to keep it all under wraps for a while!

Have a great year!
Fliss xx

Friday, 23 December 2016

Anything Goes at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for our new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog where for the next 3 weeks the theme is Anything Goes!

I decided on an art journal page for my project and you won't believe it but most of the page is just 1 amazing stamp!


I coloured the page with Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilised Amber and Picked Raspberry Distress inks and then stamped on the amazing image from Carabelle Studio - called Collage Nature it's A5 size and covered most of the page! I stamped it with Archival Jet Black ink and then added a little colour with pencils.
I decided to fill in some of the gaps, using Carabelle's Texture Avec Des Chiffres which I stamped with the black ink and also with Wild Orchid Dye Ink.
The finishing touch was some inspirational Tim Holtz Big Chat Stickers.

Have a really fab Christmas and a great 2017 (I can't wait for my eyes to be fixed as Christmas will be a bit on the misty side!)
Fliss xx

A Christmas Wish at That's Crafty! Blog

Hello everyone, I hope you're all ready for the big day! I've thankfully done my shopping, just have rather a lot of wrapping to do and prepping veg and stuff tomorrow.
I have my final offering for this year over at That's Crafty! Blog today and I'm sharing a Christmas card which you'll find below featuring the lovely Bentley - hope you like it!


You'll find all the details on how I made this over at the blog as usual if you'd like to hop on over which I would love.

I'll be back in a bit with the details of our final challenge for the year over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog which is running for 3 weeks this time so you have more chances to get something entered.

Fliss xx

Friday, 16 December 2016

Choosing Happiness as That's Crafty!

Hello all, sorry not to have been around much lately everyone, this is because I still have issues with my eyesight, particularly the close sight which makes blogging and commenting more difficult.

I saw the consultant on Tuesday and the visit has thrown a spanner in the works as I have a small tear in the retina in my right eye which has to be fixed with laser surgery prior to the cataract procedures and as well as that, I can't wear my contact lenses for 10 days prior to the measuring for my replacement lenses and although I do have glasses the prescription is not strong enough so I'll be having a rather misty Christmas!

Anyway, enough whinging and on to the reason for my post which is to let you know that I have a project today over at That's Crafty! Blog where this week I'm sharing the second side of my splat upright which appeared on Hochanda. Hope you like it!


You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual and I'd love it if you hopped over to see how this came about.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Friday, 9 December 2016

Flower Power at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for our new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog where for the next fortnight we have the theme of Flower Power.

I've made a tag with one of the lovely new Prima princesses and this one is Maia - I love the flowers she has in her hair.


I used my fingers to apply 2 shades of pink paint to the MDF tag (Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Acrylics Orchid and Sherbert). Once the paint was dry I drew the triangles on the tag with a graphite pencil, adding dots top and bottom. I painted them with orange and yellow Paper Artsy acrylics.
I then added stencilling using the honeycomb and diamond dot Dinky stencils with Archival Watering Can ink.
I stamped Maia on stamping card with Archival Jet Black ink and coloured her with a mix of coloured and pastel pencils, adding detail with markers. I then cut her out (not well as my dodgy eyesight doesn't help with this!) and covered up my rather bad cutting by using the graphite pencil round the edges - it really does cover up any cutting issues!

There's a great prize of a voucher for the online shop for the randomly drawn winner and all you have to do to be in with a chance is enter - how easy is that!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

The Two Of Us For That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you're all more ready for a certain date than I am! I still have quite a lot of shopping to do for the big day, not to mention birthdays first as well!
I have a project to share today over at That's Crafty! Blog which is the first side of my double sided splat upright. Hope you like it.






I'll be back in a while as we have a new challenge today over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog.

Fliss xx

Friday, 2 December 2016

Among the Flowers at That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you're all keeping warm wherever you are and I have to say, down here it's absolutely freezing! It was -2 when I got up yesterday which is the coldest I can remember in ages - brrrrrr!
I have a project today over at That's Crafty! Blog which is the reverse of my top hat MDF upright which last week was inspired by the cat in a hat. If you missed it you can see it HERE.
This is the girly side as I imagined that Bentley might have a lady friend and hope you like her.


You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual and I hope you decide to hop over as there are some fab tutorials to see.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Friday, 25 November 2016

All Grunged Up at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Oops! Guess who forgot to schedule their challenge post for the new one today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog!
The new one for the next 2 weeks is to get All Grungy which I loved as it's a favourite thing of mine to do. I decided on a tag this time on one of the fab MDF tags from That's Crafty! surfaces range and hope you like what I did.


I first brayered white gesso on the tag and when dry, used the That's Crafty! Bubble Wrap Dinky Stencil with texture paste to add rough detail in opposite corners. I didn't do it carefully in keeping with the grunge theme.
I then roughly applied turquoise, green and yellows acrylic paints in sort of smeared verticaal stripes over the surface, repeating until I was happy with the effect. I next dabbed yellow and orange paint over the raised texture paste patter.
When the paint was completely dry, I stamped the Visible Image text on with Archival Watering Can ink and also added a little stencilling with the same ink using the Diamond Circles Dinky Stencil.
I stamped the Carabelle Studio butterflies on thick cartridge paper with Archival Jet Black ink and painted them with Fossilised Amber Distress ink. I added the cut out images to the tag to finish.

There's a great prize just for entering so do give it a go if you can - there's some amazing new goodies in the online shop so you'll be spoilt for choice.

Have a lovely weekend,
Fliss xx

The Cat On The Hat for That's Crafty!

Hello all, I hope you've had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend as I am. I also hope you managed to catch one or both of the shows That's Crafty! did on Hochanda yesterday with the lovely Neil doing some fab demos.
I'm sharing the first side of one of my creations for the show at That's Crafty! blog today and I think this is my favourite one too - you'll probably see straight away what inspired this particular make too!


Hope you like this and you'll find all the details over at the blog so that you can see how I made it if you'd like to hop on over.

Doesn't Bentley look adorable in his snazzy hat?

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Note to self

Hello everyone, today I have an art journal page to share that is the first thing in an absolute age that I've been able to create just because I wanted to - yippee! Or not yippee as in fact the reason I did this particular page is that as some of you already know via Facebook is that last Saturday I was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes so I'm feeling rather miserable at the moment, even though everyone says it's easy to fix the problem (it doesn't stop me worrying about the actual "procedure" as it's called).

I decided to try and cheer myself up a little by creating some art and what better place to do that than my art journal!


This is a very inky layered page and I'll show a couple of the steps so that you can see how the page came together.


I began by sponging the page with Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilised Amber Distress inks and then used the Visible Image Universal clear stamp set with Fossilised Amber, Picked Raspberry and Iced Spruce Distress inks to add a circular pattern all over the inked surface.
When this was dry, i dry brushed some white gesso over the top to tone it down a little and blur the pattern a bit.


I then took a couple of Carabelle Studio mini stamps - Chevrons and Abc, stamping the chevron pattern with Ranger Wild Orchid Dye ink and the paperclip image with Watering Can Archival ink. These went all over, stamping some images twice before re-inking until I was happy with the effect.

I then stamped 3 butterflies (Carabelle Studio) on cartridge paper with Jet Black Archival ink and painted them with Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon Distress inks. I cut these out and added them on the left side of the page.

To finish, I stamped the Kaisercraft text (Way of Life) on black card with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with white detail powder. I then cut the words up and glued them to the page.

Hope you like my page and I'll be back soon with some rather exciting That's Crafty! news.
Fliss xx

Friday, 18 November 2016

Sparkle in the Rain for That's Crafty!

Hello and welcome to my post today which is to let you know that I have my usual Friday tutorial over at That's Crafty! Blog and this week I have a journal page to share with an extremely quick background - necessary as I've had another really busy week.


You may not be able to see but the silhouette figure has loads of sparkle. You'll find all the details over at the blog if you'd like to hop on over.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend and see you soon.

Fliss xx

Friday, 11 November 2016

There Must Be An Angel at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for our new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog where for the next fortnight we would like to see creations featuring an angel.

I know a lot of people would think of Christmas in connection with angels but I've done a journal page with my favourite Carabelle Studio angel.


I made the background by sponging the page with Tumbled Glass DI then used the same inkpad and an Antique Linen inkpad to lightly apply ink prints to the page in a random fashion. I then added some more with Weathered Wood, smudging the outlines for a softer effect.
I next stamped on the broken line image from the Visible Image Scratch the Surface stamp set using Old Paper DI.
I stamped the angel and the wings from the Carabelle set on stamping card with Archival Watering Can ink and coloured the images with pencils. I then cut them out and added them to the page with foam tape.
I then stamped the text from the Visible Image Learn to Fly Again stamp set at the top of the page with the grey ink and to finish my page stamped the feather from the set on with Weathered Wood DI to resemble feathers fluttering down from broken wings.

There's a great prize for the randomly drawn winner simply for entering the challenge so why not give it a go!

Have a great weekend and see you soon.
Fliss xx

My Favourite Monster for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend as I am. My week has been rather busy as we had my eldest nephew's wedding last Saturday which all went off very well and everyone had a really lovely time. This was followed by Sunday lunch in Arundel at our favourite restaurant there as a belated birthday celebration for yours truly.
After that I did manage a little crafting and first up is to let you know I have my usual Friday project over at That's Crafty! Blog which this week is a rather bright and zingy door hanger.


I just couldn't resist this adorably cute and quirky set of monsters from Elenazinski Art for Paper Artsy so I think you'll be seeing some of the others very soon!

I'll be back in a bit as we have a new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog which has a great theme that would come in handy for Christmas makes although that's not actually what I've done as my inspiration - you'll have to waite and see!

Fliss xx

Friday, 4 November 2016

Don't Worry, Be Happy for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, hope you've all had a good week. This is a very quick post to let you know that I have a post today over at That's Crafty! Blog where this week I'm sharing a bright and cheery journal page having finally got my inky mitts on the lovely Bentley designed by our very own Donna.


I hope you like it and you'll find all the details over at the blog.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend and see you soon.

Fliss xx

Friday, 28 October 2016

Friday 13th Part 2 Challenge at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for the new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog which has a spooky theme as we're heading for a certain day very soon.
I've made a card for my inspiration which is for my nephew's birthday which unfortunately for him, coincides with Halloween!
Here it is and hope you like it:


I made the background paper by swiping on Distess inks - Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass - then inked around the edges with Old Paper DI. I then stamped on the text in opposire corners with Pumice Stone DI, stamping twice before reinking.
I next stamped on more text from the Tim Holtz Undertaker set with Archival Jet Black ink together with the spider. I used the Flight of Bats Dinky Stencil with black ink and the Crow Dinky Stencil with Old Paper DI to add some more interest.
I stamped the larger skull and the poison text on white stamping card with black ink and coloured the images with Promarkers then cut them out.
I distressed the edges of the background paper with an emery board and glued it to a kraft card blank. I added the skull image and text to finish.

There's a great prize of a voucher for the online shop for the randomly drawn winner and all you have to do to be in with chance is enter!

Have a great weekend.
Fliss xx

Trick or Treat for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a lovely week and are looking forward to the weekend as I know I am! I've been on my own in the office all week which has been more tiring than I was expecting as well.
I have a post over at That's Crafty! Blog today and as a certain day is looming, I have an atc to share on a Halloween theme featuring one of the new Paper Artsy stamps from their fab new designer ElenaZinski Art. Isn't the image adorable and so quirky too!


You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual if you'd like to see how it came about.

I'll be back in a bit as we have a new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog.

See you soon,
Fliss xx

Friday, 21 October 2016

Follow Your Dreams for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a good week. I'm currently madly packing as we're off to Bath for a long weekend and a much needed break especially in my case as I've been so busy lately.

I have had to sadly say farewell to Make My Monday as I couldn't keep up with my DT duties and was much in need of some me time which has been lacking over the last few months. Thanks so much to Caz and the team for being so understanding and will keep up with you when I can.

Anyhow, enough of my troubles and on to the reason for this post which is to let you know that I have a project today over at That's Crafty! It's the reverse of my dreamcatcher from last week as I made it double sided so that it could be hung up like a traditional dreamcatcher.






You'll find the whole thing over at the blog if you'd like to see it.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend and see you next week!

Fliss xx