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.

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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:
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'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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Oct 1, 2013

Not Poppies!

Hello All
My little card today has been inspired from the inspirational pic at' House of Cards' Challenge (HOC), and my Dt piece for this 5th week can be made in any genre, but I seem to stick to what I love and am comfortable with which is Shabby, but this is not too Chic.
I made a similar card last year but in a Red palette, which looked like Poppies.... hence the title.

Although it is Springtime here in NZ, Autumn creations are everywhere  in Blogland and so this pic should encourage you to enter our Challenge this week HERE.


 The painted fabric is Calico or Muslin as some may know it as.
It is simply made by die-cutting three Circles in different sizes, cutting a stem and arranging on the card, the centre pieces are twine.
The rest of the card is pretty well explanatory. 

Have a great week.