Friday, 19 January 2018

Sail Away

Hello Crafty Friends,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying your crafting.

My make for today requires a bit of patience but if you like jigsaw puzzles then you will love this paper piecing technique!

If you fancy having a go at this one, here are the dies that I have used.

Step One:  Cut a piece of white cardstock slightly larger than the scenic die and adhere a piece of double sided adhesive sheet to cover the reverse.  Leave the remaining piece of backing paper on the adhesive and run through your die cutting machine so that the sticky side will be on the reverse of your image.

Step Two: Take great care not to dislodge any of the pieces from the die. I used a piece of Cricut Transfer tape (it comes on a roll so that you can cut it to size) to temporarily hold the die cut pieces in place while I removed the die.

Step Three: Cut a piece of coloured background card to use as a mat on your project.  Peel away the frame/outline from the transfer tape and press firmly on to your coloured mat, having first removed the backing paper from the double sided adhesive.

 Step Four: Using alcohol markers colour one piece of your 'jigsaw puzzle' at a time. You may find it easier to lift the piece out to colour so that you do not contaminate the remaining pieces.

Step Five:  Press each piece into the appropriate space in the frame on the coloured card so that the double sided adhesive holds them securely in place.

Continue until all the pieces are coloured and in place.

To finish the card, die cut the yacht and waves from the Creative Expressions die set and colour in the same way.

Mat and layer your scene and add the final die cuts using foam pads to complete the card as shown in the first picture above.

Definitely not a quick card but I love the different effects you can achieve using these 'stained glass' dies.  I have also tried painting the pieces with metallic paint or using an assortment of Mirri card.  I will share some of these makes with you at a later date.

Thank you for joining me today,

Bye for now
x Anne

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Wooden Blocks For Christmas

Hello Crafty Friends

Are you all set for Christmas?  Not much left to do here, so it's time to catch up with a bit of blogging!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a workshop with Jo Firth-Young at The Craft Studio where we decorated blocks of wood!  I kid you not! 

Jo brought along different sizes of rough sawn wooden blocks that had been sanded on the surfaces that we were to paint.

Firstly we painted them with a wash of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints and then had a lovely painty day stamping and decorating to our hearts content.

As I am such a slowcoach with my crafting - I wander off into my own little world of daydreams -  it is quite lovely there, I had to finish my blocks at home.  As I didn't have enough JOFY Christmas images available I am afraid a few rogue snowmen have crept on to my finished blocks. Sorry Jo!

Here are they are photographed from various angles.

If you would like to check out how the professionals do it then pop over and have a look at Jo's blog.

Hope this finds you well and feeling festive!

Thanks for visiting me today
Bye for now
x Anne

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Jump For Joy

Good Evening!

A fairly quick card from me today using a much more recent stamp set from Visible Image.

I have die cut a square using one of Sue Wilson's pierced dies and then blended 3 colours through a stencil using the Kaleidacolor ink pad shown below.

The image is stamped in Versafine Onyx black and embossed with clear powder.  The sentiment has been stamped and then snipped into sections and arranged across the card.  To finish I have mounted it on to black card and then on to my base card.  Job done!

Thank you for taking the time to visit me today. Your company and comments are very much appreciated.

Bye for now
x Anne

Tuesday, 7 November 2017


Good Evening!

I am back today using a stamp set that I have had in my stash for some considerable time but this is the first time I have used it.

To create the card I have cut a shaped base card using a die from Sue Wilson's Noble Collection and then used the same die to cut a piece of backing paper to completely cover the front of the card.  

On a piece of white card that has been die cut using a smaller die from the same set, I have stamped the girl using Memento ink and coloured the hair and skin with a mixture of alcohol markers and Spectrum Noir pencils.

As the dress on the little girl is perfect for paper piecing, I have used some fairly plain paper do this, but next time I would like to try some pretty floral papers as I think they would work well with the summery image of this stamp set.

I then randomly stamped the butterflies on the white card and coloured them to give a base colour.  I repeated the stamping on the co-ordinating papers and fussy cut them and adhered them to those already stamped and coloured, lifting the wings to give a little dimension to the project.

To finish the card, I have added the sentiment from this Katie Kisses stamp set which I bought from Visible Image quite a few years ago.  So many stamps in my stash, so little time to use them all!

Thank you for taking the time to visit me today. Your company and comments are very much appreciated.

Bye for now
x Anne

Sunday, 8 October 2017

100 Years Old And Counting

I made this card for my best friend's Mum who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. 


The main consideration when planning the card was the fact that it was for a lady who is partially sighted.

It needed a bold colour, contrast and lots of texture. The elements needed to be well spaced so that by touch she could identify the flowers and patterns.  Apparently she loved it - so visually it may not be the best card I have ever made but I am so happy that it ticked the right boxes for this lovely lady.

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

Bye for now
x Anne

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Joy To The World

Hello and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today.

I made this card for the Claritystamp challenge to celebrate 'All Things Jayne Nestorenko'.

The main image is Jayne's Carol Singers which I have coloured with alcohol markers and then added some depth and shadow using pencils. 

The frame and banner stamp is called Jayne's Postcard Framer and comes with ready cut masking sheets which makes the stamping process so much easier!

To complete the card I have die cut some pearl cardstock to frame the project and also added a few touches of sparkle using a clear glitter pen.

I haven't been around much lately so I apologise for not visiting your blogs but I will be playing catch up over the next few days and very much look forward to seeing what I have missed!

Bye for now
x Anne


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