Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Cyclist

Hello everyone, a rather sheepish Fliss here with a somewhat late contribution for the challenge this week over at Make My Monday (in my case known as late Tuesday hee hee) which has the theme of Sports chosen by Sue.
I had a bit of a struggle with this as I couldn't think what to do due to not having much in my stash that would fit the theme. I chose the vintage lady cyclist from Lost Coast Designs as I think she fits in rather well with all the cycling events which have been going on lately. Hope you like her too.

I stamped her on Inkylicious silk art card with Archival Coffee ink and coloured her with Promarkers before trimming her to a rectangular panel. I added a red mat made from a file divider (Tesco have a big pack in lovely muted colours at a bargain price and perfect for cardmaking).
I made the background paper with a piece of watercolour paper torn from a pad which I trimmed to fit my 5x7 kraft card blank. I coloured it with Pan Pastels - red, yellow and blue tints, magenta and orange shade. I then stamped on Kaisercraft Arty and Wood Panel with Adirondack Aqua ink.
I assembled the card as you see, adding computer generated text which I coloured lightly with the Pan Pastel colours remaining on the applicators.

Hope you're all having a good week and will see you again soon.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Friday, 15 August 2014

Ring Out The Bells

Hello there crafty peops, a slightly late post today with news of my project over at That's Crafty today which is another creation of the C sort as I'm trying to add to my collection to avoid the December panic of last year!

Hope you like it and it's made with the amazingly versatile Inkadinkado stamping gear which has to be one of the best stamping tools ever. All details can be found over at the blog as usual and i hope you'd like to visit as the DT has fabulous creations to show you on a daily basis.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Bye for now,

Fliss xx

Monday, 11 August 2014

Send In The Clowns

Hello there, a very quick and somewhat late post from me after a very busy weekend with the details of our new challenge this week at Make My Monday with the theme chosn by Joan which is Circus.

I had a bit of a struggle with this as I have no stamps to fit the theme and then fortunately remembered I had a lovely vintage pierrot girl from the Graphics Fairy so she came to the rescue with a rather electic card which I hope you like.

I printed her out and added her to a cream mat then covered my card blank with some paper from the Polka Doodles Bonbon Belles CD which I scored with a bone folder to add texture before attaching to the card.
I then added a red card border trimmed with pinking sheers to add interest before sticking the image on. I finished off with some bunting from the Polka Doodles Cherryblossom Lane CD and added a stamped sentiment by Flonzcraft.
As you see, simples!

Hope you have a great week and see you again soon, hopefully with news of my promised CANDY which has been delayed as I've been so busy.
Fliss xx

Friday, 8 August 2014

Stamping Ground

Hello again and here's my promised post for our new challenge today over at the That's Crafty Challenge Blog that for the next fortnight has the theme of Stamping Ground which means that there must be stamping on your project this time.

I have a tag as my inspiration which was the result of a bit of serendipity (did you know that's my middle name!) as I was playing around with my Stampendous Creative Palette and came up completely by accident with a piece of paper that had a really watery feel to it. As my Graphic 45 By The Sea stamp set was still out, it seemed like a match made in heaven and below is the result.

I made the paper using shades of blue and green acrylic paints which I added patches of to the creative palette then spread with my fingers rather than a brayer. Very messy but it gives a less mixed effect with obvious colour difference. I managed to pull 3 patterned pieces, the first being quite heavily patterned. I then misted on a little water and pulled the second print which I used for the tag background - do you see the waves and water spray effects? 
The final pattern was pulled from a piece of copy paper after again misting with water and as there wasn't much paint left, the resulting paper was perfect for stamping the main image on. She does have a bit of a blue tinge in places but I call that artistic license!

I covered a size 10 Inkssentials Manila tag with the watery effect paper, punching a hole through after sticking it on.
I stamped the woman image on the lightest paper with Archival coffee ink, trimmed it to a panel and added to a kraft mat.
I then tore some strips of corrugated card and then swiped with embossing ink and heat embossed with Frantage Aged Bronze embossing enamel.
I stamped some of the shells from the set with the coffee ink and cut these out. I stamped the sentiment and trimmed it to a panel.
I assembled the tag as you see and finished off with some Tim Holtz Idea-ology linen ribbon at the top.

You have a fortnight to enter the challenge with a fabulous prize of a £20 voucher to the online shop for the randomly drawn winner although please check out the rules first to make sure you're eligible.

Hope to see you there.
Fliss xx

Snowflakes and Reindeer

Hello folks, I hope you've all had a good week and I'm here with a rather quick post to let you know about my tutorial over at That's Crafty today which I'm afraid involves that C word again as having done it for the challenge about to finish, it gave me the inspiration to do more.

Here's one of the end results and more will follow next week but you'll find a complete tutorial on how I made the snowflake paper which has given me enough to make several cards, over at the blog.

The paper is really easy when you know how so do hop over where all will be revealed!

I'll be here again a bit later with news of the new challenge at the That's Crafty Challenge Blog so watch this space!

Fliss xx

Some challenges I'd like to enter:

Southern Girls - Christmas is a-coming
Stampin Royalty - Stamped Background
Crafting For All Seasons - Feature A Creature

Monday, 4 August 2014


Hello there folks and hope you all had a good weekend and of course, managed to fit in a bit of crafting as I did. I was actually meant to be doing the h word but decided to play hooky for some creating.
Today's post is about the new challenge over at Make My Monday but is also rather a special one as this is post number 899 so keep your eyes open for my next post as there will be CANDY to celebrate 900!
The challenge theme at Make My Monday is my choice this time and I picked a favourite of mine, BIRDS.
Here's my inspiration which I hope you like.

My card just has the one layer attached as I stamped everything on there.
I used the Kaisercraft Porcelain Rose stamp set, first stamping the music score fragment several times around the edges. I then stamped on the bird and flower collage and added the Flonzcraft sentiment in the remaining space. All stamping was done with VersaFine Smokey Gray.
I then inked the stamped paper using a Ranger sponge applicator and Distress inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar and Tumbled Glass.
I coloured the bird and flower image with Distress inks by applying them to a ceramic plate and then painting them on with a damp brush. I used Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Stormy Sky, Mowed Lawn and Frayed Burlap.
I inked around the edges with Weathered Wood Distress ink and them distressed them with an emery board before attaching the panel to a card blank.

Have a great day and see you again soon.
Fliss xx

Friday, 1 August 2014

Angel Heart

Hello folks, hope you've all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend as I am. Really sorry for my lack of visiting lately as I've got virtually no time to myself at the moment and am somewhat exhausted because of this. Hopefully things will settle down soon!
Today's post is with my creation of That's Crafty which this week is an alternative Christmas card (now don't all groan!) made with one of my new Carabelle Studio stamps which I really love for their eclectic style and although this isn't actually meant as a festive image I think it works rather well and I hope you do too.

This is actually quite sparkly although it doesn't show up that well in the photo so you'll have to take my word for it as there's quite a bit of glitter glue in evidence on the real thing!
You'll find all the details on how I made it over at the blog as usual.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Some challenges I'd like to enter:

4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
4 Krafty Girlz - Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps And More - Anything Goes
Crafting For All Seasons - Christmas in July
Divas By Design - Anything Goes

Monday, 28 July 2014

Flutterby Butterfly

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a lovely weekend even if you were rather hot like me. I have a card today which is my inspiration for our new challenge over at Make My Monday with the theme of Butterflies chosen by Laura.
I was really pleased with this theme as I really love butterflies but I was rather short on time as I've had a very busy weekend. A good rummage through my bits box solved the problem as I found a butterfly and a bit of background paper perfect for the challenge.

The background paper is made with the Stampendous Jumbo Cling Rosebud Set which I stamped with deep blue ink. I scribbled pastel pencils over the paper and rubbed them with a finger to blend the colours. I then added colour to the flowers and leaves with the pastels and Prismacolor pencils.
The butterfly (Hampton Art) had been stamped with black ink and clear embossed then sponged with Shaded Lilac Distress ink before cutting out.
I stamped the sentiment (Flonzcraft) with black ink on white card, trimmed it to a panel and added a purple card mat.

Have a great day and a lovely week and see you again soon.
Fliss xx

Some Challenges I'd like to enter:
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge - Add Some Purple
Crafting When We Can Challenge - Make Your Own Background

Friday, 25 July 2014

The C Word At That's Crafty Challenge

Hello folks and sorry for my lack of blogging and commenting lately which is because of a lot of family stuff going on at the moment but normal service will resume as soon as possible.

In the meantime today sees the start of a new challenge at That's Crafty and as it's the 25th today, our new theme is The C Word aka Christmas in July. Eek I hear you say! It is a good opportunity to get ahead to avoid panicking in December so below you'll find my first card of the year which is actually quick and easy to make if you have an Inkadinkado Stamping Gear as I do.

For my card I used the round cog which is the perfect size for anyone that is a fan of 6x6 square cards. I used the cog with the Pinecones Evergreen stamp set. I first stamped the sprigs with Adirondack Lettuce ink, following up with the pinecones using Brilliance Cosmic Copper ink and finally the pine needles with Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy.
I then stamped my favourite Tim Holtz sentiment with the ivy ink on a scrap of the paper and die cut it to a circle to fit in my pine wreath.
I trimmed the wreath panel to fit my 6x6 kraft card blank and added it together with the sentiment panel to which I added a scalloped mat of kraft card.
As I said, really quick and easy!

Do hop on over to see my team mates inspiration as they've made the most gorgeous creations which you're sure to love. If you're a UK resident and enter you're in with the chance of winning a £20 voucher to the online shop so what are you waiting for!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Monday, 21 July 2014

En Vacances For Make My Monday

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend and didn't feel like you were about to melt like me! It was really hot and humid with thunderstorms mostly at night and is apparently going to be like that all week so I'm not that happy as I always find it hard to cope with very hot weather - sigh!
Anyway, enough whinging and on to our new challenge today over at Make My Monday which has Sue's chosen theme of Vacations (or holidays) and my inspiration came about because of a photo I came across of my favourite holiday destination - Italy. I've put the photo underneath so you can see what I mean.

I actually bought this Michael Powell stamp because it reminded me of our last trip to Italy when we stayed at Sorrento which if you haven't been there I can recommend as it's so lovely and a great base to visit quite a few amazing places including the Isle of Capri which is where I took my photo.
My card is very simple as I just stamped the image with black ink on watercolour paper and then painted it with Aquamarkers.
I then added several paper mats before sticking the panel to a 5x7 white card.

Here's my photo which was taken on our walk from the harbour up to where the shops and cafes are. It was a winding path leading up with lots of beautiful iron grille gates which gave glimpses of the most gorgeous gardens and villas. The shops were a sight to see when we got there as window shopping was all we could do - there was Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino, Prada, Versace - you get the picture!
We also had the most fabulous lemon iced tea I've ever had, also the most pricey as they were 8 euros each which bearing in mind this was 6 years ago was quite a lot!

Have a great day and a lovely week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 18 July 2014

Hello Dolly For That's Crafty

Hello folks and first up is a huge thank you to everyone who left such kind messages after my sad post on Monday. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate you taking the time to do that. It still hasn't quite sunk in as it was so sudden I'm sort of floating around in a bit of a daze. I don't think it will seem real until the funeral next week.
I have a project today over at That's Crafty which is another rather girly creation although in complete contrast to last week I've gone all bright and zingy as I needed cheering up.
Hope you like it!

You'll find all the details over at the blog including how I made the background paper and also how I made the paper her dress in stamped on - you'll get a surprise if you pop over to see what I stamped with!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

New Challenge At Make My Monday

Hello everyone, this is rather a sad post from me today as I've just had the most traumatic weekend in a very long time which started on Friday when I got home from work to find that my stepfather was in hospital extremely poorly having suffered a very bad brain haemorrage and we spent some time at his bedside that evening.
Sadly he passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning having never regained consciousness. I did think that might happen as the very kind nurses did say that all they could do was try and keep him comfortable but it was still a shock as I'm sure you can imagine.

I'm keeping going by keeping busy and managed a small bit of crafting yesterday for our new challenge today at Make My Monday with the theme of End Of Term chosen by Marina.
I've been a bit creative with the theme as I chose to see it as the start of something new which does hopefully happen after graduation.

I made the background paper by inking a scarp of card by swiping it through Distress Ink Re-inkers sprayed with water. I used Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet.
I then stamped with some Crafty Fairy images starting with circles stamped with Spiced Marmalade, then flowers stamped with Picked Raspberry and dotted circles stamped with Salty Ocean.
I trimmed this to size and added it to a pink mat. I then stamped the B Line Designs butterfly on the piece I trimmed off with black ink and cut it out. I brightened the colour a little with Mustard Seed ink.
I die cut the Tim Holtz weathered clock and inked it with Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean then glued it to the card. I stamped the text with Hero Arts alphabet stamps and VersaFine Deep Lagoon ink. I added this to the card with the butterfly.

Have a good week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 11 July 2014

Stencils, Masks or Templates

Hello again and welcome to my second post for the day with my inspiration for our new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and this time I've been getting creative in my journal.
As you can see from the title, we're playing with Stencils, Masks and Templates this time and we're challenging you to do the same.
Here's my page and hope you like it:

I coloured my page with Distress inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade. I then added a pattern with a Prima stencil using Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Crushed Olive Distress inks.
I then stamped on the stalks from the Carabelle Studio Ombreline Aux Pistils stamp set which I planned to add flower heads to. I stamped some flower heads from the set on to white stamping card as I wanted them to really pop. I then cut them out and added them to the page.
I then used the stalk stamp to add a funky border round the edges and stamped the text from the Andy Skinner Batik Garden set on stamping card and cut them out by hand.
I finished off with some doodling down the sides and the sprigs at the bottom - really handy for covering up stray ink marks caused by stamping when extremely tired!

I hope you can join us as the random winner will bag a £20 voucher to the online shop.

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

Beautiful For That's Crafty

Good morning all and hope you've all had a good week so far. This is my first post today to let you know that I have a new project today over at That's Crafty which if you hop on over, you'll see I've gone all girly this week with a pastel flowery creation.
Here's a sneak peek and I hope you'll want to go and see the whole creation.

I'll be back a bit later on with the details and of course, my inspiration piece for our new challenge over at the That's Crafty Challenge Blog.

Fliss xx

Monday, 7 July 2014

Postcard From Paris

Good morning folks and welcome to my post today especially my new follower Annie - so lovely to have you on board.
We have a new challenge today over at Make My Monday which has the theme of Mail Art chosen by Suzi B who would like to see creations involving postcards, envelopes and so on.
I decided on a postcard featuring a real wish of mine which is to travel to Paris as I've never been there - my younger daughter is going there for the weekend in a couple of weeks as a friend of hers has been an au pair for the last year and as you can imagine I'm rather green!
My postcard has a rather vintage feel to it as you'll see.

I cut my piece of thick cartridge paper slightly smaller than 4x6 as I wanted to add it to a card backing for strength.
I then used sponge applicators to apply Distress inks - I used Spun Sugar, Shabby Shutters, Victorian Velvet and Crushed Olive. I then stamped on a rose from a Glitz Design set with the darker Distress inks and added Hero Arts Old French Writing with Crushed Olive.
I then stamped on the Stampendous Paris image with Memories Creamy Coffee and added the post marks from an Inkylicious stamp with the same ink. When the ink was dry, I added colour to the flowers with Polychromos.
I stamped the Lost Coast Designs Rose Boy with the brown ink and added a little colour with the pencils. I cut the image out and swiped it with embossing ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I did this because the image needed a little something to pop agains the background.
To finish off I stuck the panel to a 4x6 piece of kraft card.

Bye for now and have a great week.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Some challenges for my postcard:
Anything But A Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Challenges - Anything Goes
Paper Creator's Crafts Challenge - Anything Goes

Friday, 4 July 2014

Going Steampunk For That's Crafty

Good morning all, hoping you've all had a lovely sunny week which has been so warm here and it's fabulous to be able to walk about in short sleeves at last.
As it's a certain date I'd also like to wish a very Happy Fourth of July to all of you in the United States - have a great day!
It's my That's Crafty day today and this week I'm sharing an altered arch frame by those lovely peops over at Tando Creative who make such wonderful and amazing value items crying out for ink or paint so this time I got very messy indeed and had purple fingers for a while!
I hope you like my tranformation and you'll find all the details of how I created it over at the blog.

If you haven't yet entered our latest challenge over at the That's Crafty Challenge Blog, you still have a week to enter your creations with a seaside flavour as the theme is All At Sea - why not give it a try as the winner is randomly chosen to be fair to all entrants.

Have a lovely weekend,
Fliss xx

Some challenges I'd like to enter:
Crafty Creations Challenges - Things With Wings
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes - mine is an altered chipboard arch frame
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes Altered Art