Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Shrink Plastic Rules!


Good Evening,

Autumn is well and truly with us and as if we needed a reminder, last night the strong winds rattled roof tiles and howled down our chimney! Luckily, no damage done to our little abode and pleased to report that the garden fence is still standing!


So after a wild and windy, sleepless night, today I am turning my thoughts back to Summer and sharing a card I made for a release of some of Leonie's stamp sets.







Lots of shrink plastic here!  The stamp set used is Fly Free and from this set I have stamped the dragonfly three times and the flower head five times - all on clear shrink plastic.  I have coloured them with alcohol pens, cut them out and then heated to shrink.  When they had cooled I added glitter to the wings of the dragonfly. 

The background has been created with Distress Inks, a blending tool and some masking to create hills and sky. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.


Once I had adhered my shrink plastic pieces to the background, in order to create stems for the flowers, I masked and stamped areas of the frames from the Banners and Frames stamp set and for a really quirky finish the grass is actually the pigtails of the rag doll from the stamp set of the same name! Why did I do that?  Just for fun and because I can!
 

I hope this finds you safe and well,
 

Bye for now
x Anne

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Bits From My Stash


Hi Folks,

After the rush of blood to my head having posted twice in one week, I'd like to report that I am now fully recovered and back to my usual bad ways. Oops - more than two weeks have slipped by but I'm back again at last and I will try to get round to visiting your blogs very soon!


My card today is made using a stamp from my stash that I think is ideal for paper piecing.  I have used this technique for the skirt and blouse on the stamped image and have coloured the rest using alcohol markers and a gold metallic pen on the girl's boots - although that doesn't show up very well in the picture. 




The embossing folder used in the background is one of my favourites. It's an A4 folder called Heart Lattice EF-009 from Creative Expressions, but I have had it for ages so I'm not sure if it is still available.  I do like the bigger format folders for embossing as I find it much easier to cut down to suit the size of the card I want to make.  

The sentiment is a Peel Off I found in my bits box - so that has obviously been around for quite a while too!


To finish the card I have mat and layered the image and sentiment onto some brown cardstock to bring out some of the colour used on the image.


Thank you for visiting me today your company and comments are very much appreciated.
 


Bye for now
x Anne

 

Monday, 21 August 2017

My Notes


Hi Folks

It is almost unheard of for me to post twice within a week but I wanted to share one of my projects to brighten up a new notebook that I had just started to use. 



I have used a piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock cut to the size of my notebook and adhered to the original cover.  I have then cut a couple of stitched hills using an unbranded die and blended around the edges with Distress Ink, Gathered Twigs and added these to the bottom section of the cover.  The Stamps are from the lovely Lisa Horton who designs some of my favourite images - ever!  Most of the stamps are from the Gnome Spring Chicken set but the wee bit of foliage in the top corner is from the Mushroom Village Set.


I have coloured the images with alcohol markers and then added a bit of depth and shading with Spectrum Noir pencils.

Finally I cut the letters for the word Notes from an alphabet set of dies from my stash.

Thank you for visiting me today,  your company and comments are very much appreciated.

Bye for now
x Anne
 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Imagination


Back at last!

Apologies for my absence but I have hardly been around for the past few weeks - we have been gadding around the country looking at houses, trying to find our forever home.  I would really like to have a proper craft room (wouldn't we all!) and hubby would like enough space to have a decent woodworking workshop - nothing grand, just enough space for his workbench and tools with power and light so he can have a bit of warmth in there during the winter months and when it gets really cold he can crank up the heat and still feel his fingers when he is working - a bit dodgy using chisels when you can't!

Oh yes, the rest of the house is important too but please note that we have our priorities right!  After all, retirement should be the time to pursue our hobbies. 


Well now, that is my excuse for not blogging for an absolute age!!


Back to the crafting, my offering for today is a card I made a few weeks ago for one of Leonie's shows on Hochanda.  






It is a bit of pure fantasy being my take on the Loch Ness monster!  This certainly isn't a masterpiece but created just for fun and to show how you can take elements from your craft stash and use them in a slightly different way with a bit of imagination and quite a bit of masking!  The head of Nessie is the seahorse stamp which I have masked so that it appears above the waves and the humps for the back and tail are the crescent shape from the Bohemian Doodles set, masked in a similar way.

Details of stamp sets, masks and stencils I have used can be found by clicking on the following links:


The Deep Blue, Bohemian Doodles and Imagine.

Hopefully I will be back more frequently - until the next lot of houses come on the market and we are off again!

Thanks for visiting me today - your company and comments are very much appreciated.

Bye for now
x Anne



Friday, 21 July 2017

Santa Claus

  

Today I bring you Santa Claus in one of his earlier colour schemes and a chance for me to play with some of my green pens!




With a mind to batch making my Christmas cards I have kept this very simple. The stamp I have used is from Hobby Art and I have stamped this directly on to an A6 card blank.  Lots of glitter, a sentiment and a blended blue background with some faint hues of pink to complete the card.


I think I had better return to the more traditional red when I get round to making the rest of my cards as I don't think the children in the family will appreciate Santa dressed in green!


Thank you for visting me today,
 


Bye for now
x Anne
 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Robins from Leonie

Good Morning,

The card I am sharing with you today is made with products that will be appearing on Leonie's shows today on Hochanda TV.  Live shows are at 8am 12pm and 4pm.  




I have used Kraft card as the basis for this card and also for the fussy cut images. These have been coloured using Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and then further detail added with Spectrum Noir pencils.  The holly leaves, berries and robins are from the Perch rubber stamp set and the stamped sentiment is from the Christmas Borders photopolymer set.  To add a bit of shine I have foiled some areas using P­­ebeo Mirror Effect Leaves.

There will be lots more samples and inspiration from my teamies on the shows, so I do hope you will have time to watch them either live or via the Hochanda website using Rewind.

I will be back shortly with another sample using more of these lovely products.

Bye for now
x Anne

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Hummingbird


Good Afternoon,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying your Sunday.  

This will be brief as I am running late - now there's a surprise!

I wasn't sure if I should share this card with you as it hasn't turned out quite as I had planned - but I didn't think it was quite bad enough for the bin. Anyway, I will share it with you and then you can see how not to do it!

It is made using one of the dies from Sue Wilson's beautiful stained glass range and if you want to see how the professionals do it then check out Sue's blog.




 
Why don't I like this card?  The colours I have used are too bold and varied for my taste and the glitter is too chunky, so I haven't achieved a very crisp finish. I will try again with more subtle colours and maybe use a finer grade glitter such as the polished silk glitter from Creative Expressions. 

I will be back soon with something completely different!

Thank you for visiting me today.

Bye for now
x Anne