Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A Walk on the Wild Side

Good Evening!

Before I settle down for a bit of telly and my night-time cup of cocoa, I would like to share this card with you. 

The stamp set is by Sheena Douglass and it has been loitering in my stash for quite some time - but it is still one of my favourites!

I have coloured the main image using an assortment of Spectrum Noir markers and pencils.  Both the stamp set called Little Red and the markers are available from Crafter's Companion.

I have teamed up my image with a Sissix Thinlits Die called Moonlit Owl and mat and layered with black card onto a starry die cut background.  

Next time I will try to make a card without using black card - now that really will be a test for me!

Hope this finds you well and enjoying your crafting.

Bye for now

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Floral Panel

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I decided to play with my Spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils from Crafter's Companion but I thought I would try them on black card for a change.

At first I stamped with a Versamark ink pad and embossed in white but I found that the result was too bold against the black card - so I discarded that attempt and tried again.  This time I used a Brilliance pigment ink pad (Moonlight White) without the embossing powder and it gave me a much more muted result.  Good so far!  I then began colouring in my image. To start with I laid down a base of white very lightly, using my Spectrum Noir pencils and then chose a selection of coloured pencils to overlay on top of the white. When I had finished the stamped outline had become too faded. In order to bring back some definition I used a Sakura white gel pen and sketched in some of the lost detail.

It probably took me a lot longer than if I had chosen to colour on white card but isn't it all about the journey and not just the destination? I had a lovely time sitting in my craft room colouring to my hearts content, with the window open listening to the birdsong from the garden - such a lovely day!

To finish the card I mat and layered with black and white card; stamped, coloured and fussy cut an extra butterfly from the floral panel and finished with a black embossed sentiment and a few gems.

The stamps I have used are from Stamp Addicts:
Birthday Greetings SA-5033 and
Floral Panel SA-7071

It's good to be crafting after a few months absence and I hope to be back soon with another card.

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

Bye for now

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Privacy Policy

Hello Crafty Friends,

This post is extremely important, as the new Data Protection Law (GDPR) that came into effect on Friday 25th May 2018,  applies to anyone with an 'audience' in the EU.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union.

It would seem that I am required by the new law to add a Privacy Policy page to my blog so you can see how I handle your information.

Please take a few minutes to read this document by clicking on the tab at the top of this page. 

I hope you will continue to follow me and share my makes and ramblings!

I'll be back soon with another project.

Happy Crafting!

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