Dec 30, 2013

Mixed Media Layout.

Hello Everyone.
Hope you all had a great Christmas, I certainly did, so much so that this is the first day I have actually played in the craft room!!! 
The Scotties blog has my Dt layout up today; it is an assemblage of papers, paints, pastes, stitching (of course) and anything I found on my desk! 
I just love how it came together.

I even did some doodling.
There are more pics over at Scotties if you want to know how I put the page together and the products that were used.

The forecast for New Year's eve in NZ  is fine, we of course are the first country to see 2014 in.
I wish you all a wonderful and creative 2014, 
See you next Year!

Dec 17, 2013

Non Traditional Christmas Card.

 Hello Everyone
I think this will be my last post before Christmas Day, so I would like to take this opportunity to give out a huge THANK-YOU to my followers (friends) old and new, it has been a great year, I do so appreciate your positive comments and support. 

Happy Christmas and a creative 2014, may you all be blessed with good health.

So today a Christmas Card which is not characteristic to the Christmas theme. 
I hope you like it?

All details on this card are over on the Scotties Blog  Here.
Keep safe these holidays, 

Dec 5, 2013

G45 Christmas Box.

If you are looking for the House of Cards Blog Hop click HERE.

Hello Everyone,
I have decorated another Box, I love Graphic45 and I could not wait to purchase the 12 days of Christmas pad, the images and colour palette just appeal to me as it is so perfect for Vintage projects and fussy-cutting....

Every  piece apart from the centre band has been fussy cut from the papers.

Thought this would be the perfect project to enter the
 'Anything but a Card Challenges.'

And also the Quirky Challenge Blog -'Christmas like in the good old times!'
Take this badge for you blog if you like to play Quirky!

Thanks so much for visiting.

Nov 30, 2013

A Shabby 'Delight'

Hello Everyone,

Today at Scottie Crafts for my Dt project I have decorated a Box using the Prima Delight range of papers and chipboard pieces. If you want a step by step on how I made it just click here.


It has layers and layers of elements and papers that give the box an almost epicurean appeal.
I loved making it.

Hope all is well with you all and thanks so much for your visit today,

Nov 26, 2013

G45-12 days of Christmas Card.

Hello Everyone,
Two Posts in two days, which is very prodigious of me but 'House of Cards'  has their Colour/Inspiration Challenge which is of course Shabby chic/Vintage week and being on the Dt for this genre, I have a card to inspire you to participate.

The card Bg is the die-cut from Memory Box(Frostyville Border). Then layered up some embossed strips and stitched.

I used the spellbinders circle and the clock face was cut on the cricut.
Some fussy cutting of the Dove and Holly completes the focal  image of the card.

My embellishments are some bling for the berries and painted up buttons with twine.
The inspiration for the card was from this image:  I loved the colour palette, but I also wanted to create some movement as the Poppies look as if they dancing.
color nature
You will see more lovely cards over on the HOC blog and you can join in the Challenge too.
Atypical for me to provide you with two posts in two days.

Hope you are having a good day.

Nov 18, 2013

A 'Delight'-ful card.

Hello everyone,
Monday morning here in New Zealand, and I am sharing another card that I have made with the Prima 'Delight' range, for Scottie Crafts.

What you are looking at here are the main elements that I have added to the card, as one of my blogger friends would say; 'Adding the Glamour.'   I love this discription as this is what I try to do with most of my creations.

Would you agree?

If you want a step by step on how I created this card, just click here.

Rob and I went away for the weekend to Whitianga on the Coromandel, a most beautiful peninsula here in NZ. We went on a boat trip to view the Volcanic Caves and were surprised and delighted to come upon a pod of killer Whales( Orcas) frolicking along the rocks, I was enthralled by them, they came right up to the boat and it was just magical.
If you ever have the chance to visit this country, do not pass it up.

Have a great week crafting,

Nov 11, 2013

Prima 'Delight' Layout.

Hello Friends.

A close up of the Tag, which has a a touch of Mixed Media; this creates wonderful texture.
If you would like to see more pictures, please hop across to the Scotties Blog here, for my Dt post.

Thank you so much for your visit today and the generous comments you leave, I am always humbled by them.

Nov 4, 2013

A Vintage Christmas Cracker

Hello All
Something a little different today.
 Its Blog Hop time at Scotties and it's Christmas Crackers all week!
 So hop over to their Blog here for all the information on the Challenge there is going to be a wonderful prize.  (If you like Memory Box, then you need to do this!)
(Psst.... you only have to visit one Blog each day!)

                                               Here is my Vintage Cracker.

Use fairly thick, stiff paper which folds in neatly.
I used Kaisercraft,  'St Nicholas Collection.'
 Trim your piece of paper to 8 1/2 ins by 6ins.

Mark from the edge 6,8,and 10cms from top to bottom- both sides and score.
Fold in on it self, right sides together and cut V slits, making sure to leave a small space between each cut.
Punch a decorative edge.
Another view of the folds.
 Place toilet tube in the middle of the cracker, roll up and glue edges to secure in place.
Click here and it will take you to many sites that show you different ways to put a cracker together, in case you are not able to follow my instructions.

 I stitched and added some stickles.
 Then I just decorated it up with all manner of things.

The best thing about making your own crackers, is that it’s a little individual gift for your guests.

Ooop's nearly forgot.... 
You will want to know my secret words:
 'for a'   
Good Luck and don't forget to check in on the Scotties Blog tomorrow.

I am entering this cracker into Allsorts Challenge: ' Christmas Cheer' .


Oct 28, 2013

A little Shabby Card.

Hello All
Over at House of Cards this month, we have a Sketch Challenge, and this week it is the turn of the Shabby/Vintage Girls to show you their inspirational pieces and this one is mine.

This is the Sketch.

 The Cross design, makes for an interesting take,  I chose to make a square card and stitched the cross.
The Bg is printed paper from Eclectic Anthology, my centre panel consists of some scraps that were on my craft table, it is not always I can make use of these little treasures, I keep them in a plastic container for weeks until it becomes too full and I have to trash them and start all over again; I need the space! 

 Prima Flowers complete this design, along with the inked up ribbon and computer generated sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into: UnstampaBelles Challenge-"Stitching"

The House of Cards October Challenge is here we would love you to play along with us.
Everyone is welcome.
Have a good week

4 Wonky Houses.

Hello All,
This is the last Monday of October, and my last projects with the Do-crafts Papers for Scottie Crafts.
It has been a learning curve designing with this product,  but what is interesting is that I have actually made cards encompassing different genres; from Cute to Clean and now some Shabby!

House #1

House #2

House #3

House #4
All the details on how I have made the cards are over on the Scotties Blog HERE.

It is a Labour weekend here in NZ, which means a long weekend for most people, I am using this time to pack up my craft room, temporarily, I am having a new carpet laid throughout the house next week, so I am going to be in some turmoil for a few days I think.

Have a good one 

Oct 20, 2013

Strip Piecing.

Hello Everyone
Two Christmas cards to share with you all today, and once again it is with the do-crafts papers.

More details are over on the Scottie Crafts Blog Here.
And my second is a little cutie.

My Penquins are a Penny Black Stamp that I have fussy-cut and attached to the spellbinders dies, I dry embossed the White background to add a little texture.
I am entering this card into the Challenge:
All creatures great and Small at Stamping Sensations
Do have a great week creating,

Oct 15, 2013

A Cracked Heart.

Good Morning All.
The past few days I have been playing with my paints and loved it, my need to get dirty was like a person in withdrawal, as of  late I don't seem to have let go in this area much; Mixed-media is a real passion for me, some of the work I produce has no practical use whatsoever, it is the process that is so pleasurable and gratifying.

And this plaque is a great example;  more a symbolism of a tragic event than  anything of use. Now before I go further let me assure you I do not have a cracked heart, as far as I am aware I have a perfectly good one.

The heart was cut free hand, coloured up with a mix of water-soluble wax pencils and Tombow pens,  crackle glaze was applied using an old cut credit card, I did not work it too much, I have found with experience the more you try to smooth the glaze off the less crackle you obtain. I left it for 24hours! 
To finish off, I rubbed frayed burlap distress stains all over the top and let it really sink into the cracks.

I rusted up some metal elements and topped with stickles to soften the look.

To make the frame I used Oil Pastels, and blended.

Now to add texture.. yes! 
 I dry embossed, then placed a stencil with embossing paste randomly over this, then immediately sprinkled beadazzles all over the top.

 To complete the look, I mounted my heart on a painted Bg and added some lace.
The result is an  eclectic mix of media to symbolise a broken heart.

I have been wanting to enter the Mixed Media Colour Challenges for weeks and always missed the dates, and even though the picture shows a happy married couple, I honestly did not notice them, concentrating 100%  on the palette.

Thank you for visiting, I appreciate your feedback enormously.

Oct 14, 2013

Three Hearts.

Hello Everyone.
Another Monday and another week begins, I am one of the lucky people and don't suffer from Monday-itis.  Gosh I do not miss getting up at o630hrs each day to work an 8hour shift, I love spending my days at home doing what I want to do when I want to do it, I happen to enjoy my own company as well and that's a big plus.
So to this weeks Dt card for Scottie Crafts, and I think it will appeal to you CAS girls, as this is about as clean and simple as I get!

 Once again it is Do-Crafts patterned paper, but you will notice I have included a technique to make it more interesting.
I am entering into the 'Think Pink' Challenge at 'That Craft Place Challenge Blog.'
I have a step by step tutorial on how this was put together over on the Scotties Blog here. 
Would love you to pop over and leave a comment, but of course you don't have to.

Have a great week,

Oct 7, 2013

My Goodness...I have digressed!

Hello all,
What a difficult week it has been, my next project for Scotties as part of their design team today is, wait for it.... Do-crafts papers!!! I have to be totally honest here and say that this product has no appeal to me whatsoever....... but it is not always about me and what I like is it? I mean there are crafters out there that would love these papers and things, and it is one of my duties as a Dt to provide them with inspiration even if I did find it a massive Challenge.
I make a cute card once a year for Precious (grand-daughter) and that is it, and she usually tells me what she wants, enough said.

The little girl is named Tilly and she is decoupaged, it is all done for you, no cutting, no colour work, no nothing, (please excuse the double negative).
 I could not live with myself not to at least add stitching and fussy -cut the stocking banner.

More details on how I put this together is over on the Scotties Blog Here.
Now if you happen to like my Cute and Fun genre this week, well guess what, I have three more coming up, every Monday you can pop in here or Scotties and drool, if that is your want over my labour of love or witness my demise with Do-Crafts.

I am entering this into:
Please feel free to copy to your sidebar  
'Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge'
Anything Goes as long as it is Christmas. 

Oct 3, 2013

Christmas Baubles and Tin Foil.

Hello All, 
I love the technique of dripping Alcohol Inks on foil, the colours all run into each other to reveal wonderful and unique effects. On this card I diecut a frame from the foil after I backed it onto cardstock, I also decorated the baubles, fussy cutting parts to create dimension, and some glitter to give them sparkle.

My leaves are also die-cut and coloured up in distress inks, as I have explained in a previous post here ( in case you missed it).
Click on Pic to see more detail.

The Background is watercolour paper that has been lightly stamped using Tombow markers then huffing on the stamp before applying to the paper.


'Anything goes' as long as it's Christmas

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