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

Friday, 14 October 2016

Clean and Simple at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for our new challenge at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog which for the next fortnight has the theme of Clean and Simple and as I said earlier, with my lack of time this week, that was a very good theme!

Having said that, I actually had 2 non starters before I came up with this card which I hope you like.


My new Tim Holtz Leaf Prints stamp set came out to play here and is perfect for a card in my favourite Autumn colours.

I used a brayer to apply Mustard Seed and Rusty Hinge Distress inks lightly across the card front. I then stamped on one of the leaf prints with Rusty Hinge and Fired Brick DIs. I finished off with a sentiment from Tim's Crazy Talk stamp set. So that's it - done!

If you enter there's a fab prize of a voucher for the online shop for the randomly drawn winner and there's a huge array of fabulous goodies to choose from at the moment.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Dream a Little Dream at That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a good week. Mine has sadly been very busy with work yet again with little time for crafting so at That's Crafty! Blog today I'm sharing the dreamcatcher I made for last week's Hochanda shows.

Here's a sneak peek and you'll find all the details over at the blog as usual along with quite a lot of pics on the process.






As you can see, I've gone for bright colours here but my dreamcatcher is actually double sided and the other side is quite different. You'll have to wait until next week for that though!

I'll be back in a while as we have a new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog and I was really glad when I saw the theme I can tell you!

See you in a bit.
Fliss xx

Friday, 7 October 2016

Tag Art at That's Crafty! and Hochanda!

Hello everyone, sorry not to be around this week which is mostly because I've been working behind the scenes on some artwork with some of the fab new goodies that will be on Hochanda today with That's Crafty! and Neil Burley will be demoing this time. The shows are at 8am and 11am so do watch if you can as you'll get lots of inspiration.

I also have a project to share today over at That's Crafty! Blog and this week it's a tag inspired by some black tags I saw on Pinterest with lovely bright colours for contrast.


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

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Friday, 30 September 2016

All of a Sparkle at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for the new challenge over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog where for the next fortnight we're All of a Sparkle!


There's quite a bit of sparkle here although it isn't easy to see it in the photo as my camera struggled a bit with the colour and the glittery elements.

I made the background paper by pressing a square of mixed media paper on my large Gelli Plate on which I brayered Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Acrylics (Blush, Sherbert and Wisteria). I then used the large circles Dinky Stencil with Wisteria paint and the circles background with Lavender paint and Wisteria to add a pattern to the paper.

I stamped Penny (one of Donna's lovely stamps) on mixed media paper and painted her with various Fresco acrylics then over painted her frock with Grape Stickles glitter glue. I cut her out and added a flower painted with glitter glue to her hair.

I glued the background paper to a card blank then added a couple of toning doilies and a scrap of green crochet ribbon. I added Penny with foam tape and finished off with a glittered up die cut and text.

There's a fab prize for the randomly drawn winner and all you have to do is enter!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Roses in Bloom for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a good week and sorry I haven't been around much lately, things have been rather busy again on the home front with little time for blogging.
This is to let you know I have a post today over at That's Crafty! Blog where I'm sharing a card featuring Donna's stamps again as I just love this rose stamp and as you'll see, I have roses galore on there!


Hope you like it and you'll find all the details over at the blog as usual.

I'll be back in a while as we have a new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog and I'll have my inspiration to share.

Fliss xx

Friday, 23 September 2016

Love Gives You Wings For That's Crafty!

Hello everyone from a rather tired Fliss. I've been really busy since we got back from our hols in Austria with all sorts of family stuff as well as work and some crafting behind the scenes too.

I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with a tag featuring what I think is my favourite of the new That's Crafty! clear stamp sets by our own Donna Gray. This is Serena and isn't she lovely and looking so angelic too.


You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual if you'd like to see how my many layered tag was created.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend too and I'll be round very soon to catch up if I haven't already.

Fliss xx

Friday, 16 September 2016

Christmas in September at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello again, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog for the next fortnight even though it's chucking down the rain at the moment!
Here's my inspiration which I hope you like as it's a 2 for the price of one type creation. My hubby liked them and asked how easy they were to make and could he order 50 for the office!


They weren't that difficult to make, the only tricky bit being sticking on the die cut trees.

I made a sheet of decorated paper with an A4 piece of white card. I added dots of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold, Yellow Green Light, Titan Buff, Metallic Gold - to my 8x10 Gelli Plate, spread the colour with a brayer and misted with water, pressing on the card to pick up the paint and smooshing on the white bits left with the brayer to cover the card roughly. I then misted on more water and picked up a second print which meant enough paper for quite a few cards - yippee!

I then stamped on the dry papers with text from the Tim Holtz Scribbly Christmas stamp set using Fern Green Archival ink and Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink. I was hoping to cut each A4 sheet in 4 but the dies are a bit big for that so I cut squares instead which left me with 4 narrow bits to use on more cards.

I die cut 2 trees from the square which left me with a negative to use on a second card - good huh!I dry embossed the centre of a white card blank front with a snowflake folder and then glued the negative panel on top.


For the second card, I dry embossed the card front with a snowflake border folder then glued on the 2 die cut trees. I stamped on the winter wonderland text with the gold Brilliance ink to finish.


It's great to have finally made a start on my Christmas cards and if you do the same you could win a fab prize of a voucher for the online shop.

That's Crafty! are also at Ally Pally at the weekend so do visit the stand if you're lucky enough to attend as there will be lots of demos and make and takes with Lauren Hatwell, Alison Hall, Helen Chilton, Carol Fox and Kerry Roberts - not to be missed! Have a great time if you do go!

Fliss xx

Cracklin' Rose Tag For That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, you may already know about this but if not. we're celebrating the launch of That's Crafty's own range of stamps designed by our very own Donna Gray. The stamps are most definitely in Donna's style being rather quirky and unique and I can't wait to show you all the things I am in the middle of creating, but for now, there is just the one.

I think you can probably guess what inspired my tag - are you singing yet?!


You'll find all the details on how I made my tag over at That's Crafty! Blog as usual.

I'll be back in a while as we have a new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog and it's one that might seem a bit strange in view of the heatwave we've been having!

Fliss xx