Friday, 17 April 2015

A Life of Dreams

Hello there, I hope you've all had a good week and better than mine as I've spent rather a lot of time phone queuing to speak to HMRC which is a real time waster :) One of the hazzards of being in accountancy unfortunately so roll on the weekend!
My post today after the whingeing is to let you know that I have a post today over at That's Crafty to share a tag made with more of my current favourite stamp make which I'm sure you know is Carabelle Studio. Hope you like it.


A very regal looking lady don't you think?

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

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Hugs,
Fliss xx

Monday, 13 April 2015

April Showers

Hello all, I'm back from my trip to Kent last week and had a great time with lovely sunny weather. I also managed to acquire some vintage cabinet cards in Broadstairs and a lovely songbird illustration book in a charity shop in Margate, very happy additions to my vintage crafty stash too.
There will be some photos to share as well when I've had a chance to go through what I took and hopefully find some good ones!
We have a new challenge for you today over at Make My Monday and the theme this week chosen by Marina is April Showers - not something I really want at the moment!


I've chosen to ink up one of my favourite Viva Las Vegastamps for my card as she's such a cute and quirky image. I stamped her on smooth white stamping card and added the sentiment to the side of her. I coloured her with pencils and hand drew a puddle under her feet with a fine black pen, adding a little pencil colour.
I then stencilled the edges of a white square card blank with a Crafters Workshop mini tiny dot stencil using Worn Lipstick and Stormy Sky Distress inks. The ones going down the card remind me of rain drops which I think fit quite well with the image.
I added the main panel to pink and blue mats before adding to the tent fold card to finish.

Have a great day and a good week.
Fliss x

Friday, 10 April 2015

Grunge, Grunge, Grunge!

Hello again, as you can see now from my post title I just loved this challenge theme as I'm a big fan of grunge which is what we'd like to see at That's Crafty Challenge Blog for the next fortnight.
I've made a wall hanging creation as my inspiration and my Julie Nutting Prima doll has come out to play again.


I made the background first by applying vintage music score to a piece of mixed media paper with matte gel and adding torn pieces of book text over the top. I then lightly brushed on some white gesso to bring all the pieces together, following up with Vintage Lace and Lavender Paper Artsy Fresco Finish acrylic paint applied with baby wipes. This gives a soft mottled look which is very grungy in style.


I next stamped on Carabelle Studios Texture Chevrons with Bundled Sage Distress Ink followed by the star border from the Etoiles, Tache et Background Stamp Set with Picked Raspberry Distress ink, stamping once on scra paper to soften the colour a little.

I stamped the Prima doll on smooth stamping card and on book text with Archival Watering Can ink then coloured just the dress on the plain surface with pencils and Picked Raspberry DI. I just coloured the flesh and hair on the book text image then cut out the doll, gluing the coloured dress on top.

I added lace in places (very useful if you have any bubbles in the background as I did despite a good application of gel and using a brayer for smoothing!)

I stamped some Kaisercraft butterflies with the grey ink onto a scrap of gelli plate paper from my bits box (I always save them as you never know when they'll come in useful) and cut them out. I stamped the Dylusions text with the same ink on a scrap of stamping card and coloured it with Picked Raspberry DI after trimming it to a panel.



I finished off by applying some embossing ink to the top corners and the base of the panel and heat embossed it with Stampendous Frantage Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel. I swiped on a little Creative Expressions Gold Gilding Wax and a little more blue paint to pull everything together.

The challenge is open for the next fortnight and the prize for the randomly drawn winner is a £20 voucher for the online shop where you'll be truly spoilt for choice.

Good luck!
Fliss xx

Live The Dream For That's Crafty

Hello all, this is my first post of 2 today which I hope appears as scheduled as I'm currently down in Kent on a few days break.
It's just a quick one to let you know that I have my Friday That's Crafty project over at the blog if you want to pop on over and see how it came about. It's a Carabelle Studio creation again and hope you like it.


As you can see the lovely Helena has popped up again as I just love the rather sultry look she has which is perfect for all sorts of creations.

See you in a bit for my second post today as we have a new challenge at That's Crafty Challenge Blog going live at 8am and I just loved this one!

Fliss xx

Monday, 6 April 2015

Spring Picture Inspiration At Make My Monday

Hello everyone, I hope you've had a lovely Easter and haven't eaten too much chocolate! I've managed to restrain myself so far as we only just finished all the choccies we got at Christmas which I can tell you were rather a lot!
Today we have a new challenge for you over at Make My Monday and the theme this week chosen by Suzi B is a picture to inspire you and you must include a bird or birds in your entry.


A lovely picture I think you'll agree and here's my inspiration:


My background paper was made by applying patches of Distress inks in shades of pink, green and yellow with a Ranger ink applicator tool. I then stamped on the Crafty Individuals flourish with Archival Fern Green ink.
I stamped the Stampendous bird on smooth cartridge paper with brown and green inks and then coloured the image with pencils before trimming to a circle with a Spellbinders die. I added a scalloped, die cut green mat.
The flowers by Crafty Individuals were stamped with brown ink and coloured with pencils and cut out. I stamped the Flonzcraft sentiment with the brown ink and cut it out as the image is a little large as a panel. I inked it pink.

Have a great day and I'll see you next weekend as we're off to Kent for a few days tomorrow so my Friday posts will be scheduled and will hopefully publish when they should!
Fliss xx

Friday, 3 April 2015

Shine For That's Crafty

Hello folks, a bit of an oops here as I totally forgot to schedule my post here to let you know about my weekly project at That's Crafty blog! This was because my yonger daughter came back home from London late yesterday for the Easter weekend and with all the chatting it went straight out of my head!
I have a mixed media creation this week as at the moment I can't get enough of my treasured Tim Holtz Alterations layered butterfly die set and I've made a little wall hanging to share.
Here's a sneak peek and I hope you'll pop on over to see the whole thing too.




A special welcome to Shilpa from me and thank you so much for choosing to follow my art jouney - so lovely to have you on board and will be over to visit very soon.

Have a lovely Easter everyone.

Fliss xx

Monday, 30 March 2015

Flowers at Make My Monday

Hello there, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Ours was a bit noisy as my hubby has now fitted a house alarm so there was a lot of beeping involved in setting it up! The test run was deafening so I think any burglar would run a mile if he set it off!!!
We have a great new challenge for you today over at Make My Monday with the theme of Flowers in celebration of Spring and all the lovely trees in blossom at the moment.
My inspiration is a clean and simple card as I wanted to show off the beautiful image I used for my creation.


I've used a gorgeous pansy corner image which is part of a set of 3 by Aurora Wings. I always think of pansies in the Spring and in fact saw rather a lot on Friday as I visited a client who owns a garden centre and there were tons in one of the greenhouses. They have the most amazing farm shop I've ever seen too!
I printed the image on to smooth cartridge paper and painted it with Aquamarkers before trimmimg it to a square. I stamped the birthday sentiment (Flonzcraft) on with Archival Jet Black ink directly on the paper and then added the panel to a blue mat before sticking it to a cream card blank.

Have a great day and a lovely week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 27 March 2015

Gold and Silver

Hello again, I'm back with my inspiration for our new challenge today over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and if you haven't guessed from the title we have the rather opulent theme of Gold and Silver, both of which came into my creation.
Apologies in advance for the photos as the light was not good for metallics being too bright when I took them!


I've made a mixed media hanging with my favourite Sissix die by Tim Holtz.

I first made the bit that turned into a frame by stamping Carabelle Studio's Texture Spirales round the edges with Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver ink and then heat embossed it with Frantage Aged Gold Embossing Enamel - I find you need a very sticky embossing ink with the Frantage and the Encore is very good for that (I once found the ink still tacky after 2 weeks!).


Here's a close up so you can see the spiral design which I think looks very like the whorls in wood.


I cut the centre out to produce a frame which I attached to a piece of grey board which I covered with some dry embossed metallic card from my stash which I think goes rather well as it's a sort of mottled siver and gold.


I then die cut the butterfly from kraft card and embossed it with the texture fades folder in the set, rubbed the raised areaswith the silver ink and heat embossed it with Frantage Aged Silver Embossing Enamel and a touch of Detail Silver where the Frantage didn't stick well.


Another close up of the detail on the frame and butterfly.

There's a fab prize of a £20 voucher to the online shop for the randomly drawn lucky winner so do try and enter if you can.

Have a great weekend.
Fliss xx

Far To Fly

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a good week. Mine has been very busy with year end pay runs and tons of P60s but I've nearly finished them all thank goodness!
This is my first post of the day to let you know I have a project to share over at That's Crafty today which I hope you like. Here's a sneak peek.


You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual if you'd like to go and visit.

I'll be back in a while with the details of our new challenge which goes up at 8am on the Challenge Blog.

See you later.
Fliss xx

Monday, 23 March 2015

Serene In Green

Hello all, I'm a tad late with my inspiration for our new challenge today at Make My Monday with the theme chosen by teamie Joan which is The Colour Green so we'd like to see your creations with lots of green in.
It's a favourite colour of mine as I love the Distress ink Crushed Olive which I think is the one I like best of all so it had to come into my creation which I've made with the beautiful Aurora Wings Calla Lily Sprite image and I've turned her green to fit in.


I printed the image out on to my favourite paper for colouring in which is thick, smooth cartridge paper and I painted first with Aquamarkers then added more detail with pastel pencils which give such a lovel soft look.
I then trimmed the image to a panel and added mats of deep green and a little orange to tone in with the lily stamens.
I then took a piece of background paper lurking in my stash and altered it with Crushed Olive DI from the original pale sage green which didn't quite go with my image. I wrapped a piece of ribbon round before attaching it to my card blank.
I then painted a butterfly with Aquamarkers and added green dots with a pastel pencil before cutting out. I finished off with the Flonzcraft birthday sentiment (my favourite!) stamped directly on the background paper with Archival Fern Green ink.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore March Challenge - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking and have a great week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 20 March 2015

Madam Butterfly

Hello folks, I hope you've all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend like me.
Today's post is about my project today over at That's Crafty blog which is an arch shaped tryptich with an Oriental flavour and some more of my Carabelle Studio stamps which I'm sure you know by now are my favourite images at the moment:)


A rather brightly coloured creation as you can see and you'll find all the details over at the blog if you'd care to pop over and visit - I'd love it if you did too.

There's also a week left to enter our Wing 'n' Things challenge if you haven't yet done so for a fab prize of £20 to spend in the online shop where you're spoilt for choice so good luck if you decide to have a go.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Monday, 16 March 2015

Create A Scene

Hello crafters, I hope you all had a lovely weekend and those of you who are Mums had a great day yesterday. I was lucky enough to have my younger daughter home and she cooked a lovely lunch for us in the form of chicken thighs stuffed with goat's cheese and cranberry sauce wrapped in pancetta then baked in the oven. It was very yummy!
Today see the start of a new challenge at Make My Monday and I picked the theme for the week which is to create A Scenic Card. I've inked up for the first time a Stampscapes set I've had a little while and it's perfect for the challenge although I'm not sure you could say that about my inking!!!


I stamped my scene with the Lakeside Cabin set using Archival Jet Black ink on glossy card. I then added inking with various orange shades of Distress ink but actually found it was harder than it looked to make the ink spread properly - I think I need more practice!
I added a blue mat and then stuck the panel to a white square card blank.

Have a great day and a good week.
Hugs,
Fliss xx

Friday, 13 March 2015

Wings 'n' Things

Hello again, I'm back with the promised details of today's new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog where for the next fortnight our theme is Wings 'n' Things so anything with wings goes!

I've broken out some Carabelle Studio stamps again for my inspiration which I hope you like.


I made my background with random splats of Distress Stains - I used Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar and Bundled Sage. As you can see, I went roughly across the horizontal and vertical centre lines.
I next stamped some splats from the Carabelle Studio Etoiles, Taches et Background Stamp Set and Antique Linen Distress ink.
I stamped on some stars from the same set with Worn Lipstick Distress ink. I then added some pieces of Tim Holtz script tissue tape.
I stamped the angel tag (Un Coeur d'Ange stamp set) with Archival Coffee ink, placing the script stamp from the set directly underneath on the block and coloured it with Distress Stains and inks before cutting out.
I added the background paper to a kraft card blank and finished off with the tag embellished at the top with a button.

Hope you can enter as the prize is a £20 voucher to the online shop for the randomly drawn winner.
Good luck!
Fliss xx

Dreamer

Hello everyone and welcome to my first post of the day which is to let you know that I have a project to share over at That's Crafty today which has what I think might be my signature style background using lots of layering.
Here's a sneak peek and you'll have to pop over to the blog to see the whole thing :)


A very sultry looking lady I think you'll agree and you'll find all the details at That's Crafty if you'd like to look. Hope to see you there.

I'll be back in a while with news of our new challenge at That's Crafty Challenge Blog so see you later!

Fliss xx

Monday, 9 March 2015

Going To Town At Make My Monday

Hello everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend and certainly better than mine as I've come down with a sinus infection which I think I must have picked up at a seminar I went to last week where it was very hot and stuffy - sigh!
We have a new challenge for you today over at Make My Monday and the theme chosen by Marina is Building, Town or City which gives a lot of scope for interpretation.
Here's my inspiration which I hope you like.


As you can see, a very simple card as I decided to showcase the lovely row of buildings by Crafty Individuals. I stamped the image with Archival Watering Can ink on smooth card and cut it into a panel.
I then coloured the buildings with various pencils and then inked the sky area with Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar Distress inks. I added it to a kraft card blank and stamped the Dovecraft sentiment with the Archival ink.
As I said, simples!

Have a great day and a lovely week.
Hugs,
Fliss xx

Friday, 6 March 2015

Spring Has Sprung at That's Crafty!

Hello everyone and welcome to my post today which is to let you know I have a shabby chic project to share over at That's Crafty made with my beautiful new Liz Borer stamp set by Paper Artsy which I was totally unable to resist as the stamps are so pretty.
Hope you like it.


As you can see it's a little wall hanging plaque and in my current favourite Spring shades of pink and green. All the details are over at the blog as usual.
I'm also almost falling asleep whilst writing this at 8.30pm as I had to attend an Auto Enrolment pension seminar as payroll duties for quite a lot of clients are part of my job and the amount to learn and take in was staggering and somewhat scary!
Roll on the weekend is all I can say!
Hugs,
Fliss xx

Monday, 2 March 2015

We're Going All Girly!

Hello there, I hope that you all had a lovely weekend. It's time for a new challenge at Make My Monday and I have some news about that too as we have a new challenge blog!
This is because we had a lot of trouble with the other one freezing so it was felt that the best idea was to start again, which is what we've done.
We've also got to say goodbye for the moment to our founder Jacqueline as she's going through some rather difficult times and has decided to take a break. I'd like to thank her here and wish her well as we'll miss her a lot.
Our challenge theme for this week is Girly Birthday and here's my inspiration:


I've made my card with some beautiful Aurora Wings images. I made the background paper with a corner rose design which I printed on to smooth cartridge paper and then coloured it with various VersaColor inkpads in shades of pink and green with a toch of yellow.
The beautiful image is called Peace Rose and I printed her on the cartridge paper then coloured her with Aquamarkers. I trimmed the image to a panel and added a deep pink mat.
I inked the edges of the background paper with deep pink ink and assembled the card adding a sentiment stamped directly on the background and some pink pearls.

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Fliss xx