Monday, 17 October 2016

Happy Birthday ~ Steampunk Style~

Hello everyone. I have a birthday card to share with you today. My dear friend is celebrating his birthday this week and I wanted to make him a card. This was attempt number two. The first one ended up on the bin!

I used ground espresso, peacock feathers and blueprint sketch distress inks and a stamp from  Ultimate Grunge stamp set to create my background.  I die cut the weathered clock die and used Lindy's Stamp Gang midnight bronze embossing powder to alter it.

I also die cut some other cogs by Spellbinders and altered them using rusty hinge and ground espresso distress inks. Using my finger, I dabbed some antiqued bronze and tarnished brass distress paints in random places.
The images and sentiment were inked with vintage photo to get the aged look. The three steampunk men were adhered using foam tape for extra dimension.


Stamps: Tim Holtz Framelits with Stamps Possibilities, Simple Sayings and Ultimate Grunge

Dies: Donna Salazar/Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets, Die-namics mini film strip, Tim Holtz Weathered Clock

Ink: Distress Inks: Ground espresso, peacock feathers, blueprint sketch, black soot, rusty hinge, vintage photo, Ranger archival jet black, versafine onyx black, distress paint antiqued bronze and tarnished brass

Other: Brass brads, Lindy's Stamp Gang midnight bronze embossing powder

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Rustic Cabin - Tim Holtz Village Dwelling

Hello everyone! Today I have a new project to share with you. I have been madly pinning all of the wonderful Village Dwelling creations on Pinterest as I am a huge fan! Before the holidays, I placed an order for the dies so that I would have time during the school holidays to make some of these wonderful structures. I have named this one Rustic Cabin due to the weathered papers that I used to decorate. Kaisercraft released a collection called Base Coat and it was perfect as way of decorating. It took me a while to get the hang of manipulating everything but be warned...lots of sticky inky fingers result from making these so have baby wipes handy LOL!

To create the roof, I had some silver corrugated cardstock in my stash which was perfect for the roof.

While the front and back panels are flat, I cut rectangular pieces of vellum to place behind the windows so that when you place a battery operated tealight candle inside, you are able to attain that warm flickering glow!


Die: Tim Holtz Village Dwelling Die

Paper: Kaisercraft Base Coat Paper Pad and Game On Collection P1494 :MVP (Base)
           Bella! Silver Grey Corrugated Vintage Cardstock, Clear Vellum

Ink: Distress Ink Black Soot and Ground Espresso

Glue: Helmar Tacky Craft Glue, Scotch Quick Dry, Xron 2.5" create a sticker

Other: Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners

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Sunday, 9 October 2016


Hello everyone! Today is my last day of the school holidays (sigh with sadness) and it's back to work tomorrow. I thought that I would take the chance to get a short blog post in before I get stuck into some school work today. I have been busy crocheting several baby gifts these holidays and one type of project that I wanted to make was an amigurumi giraffe. It was a bit time intensive for me as my stitch count was off at times and I had to redo rounds a few times but I finished it and I couldn't be happier! The blanket it is sitting on is also part of the gift so I can't wait to give it to my dear friend once he becomes a grandparent. I followed the tutorial on The Crochet Crowd. As I was following the video tutorial, it helped me a lot with learning to read the pattern.

Here are some close ups..

I used Marvel 8 ply wool and a 4mm crochet hook to complete my project. The safety eyes I bought from Spotlight.

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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Follow Your Heart - Mixed Media Canvas

Hello everyone! I hope that you are all well. I have decided to continue practising with other mediums and decided to create a canvas, as I haven't made one for ages! I do like the She Art style and thought that this would be the direction that I would go in.

I applied white gesso and once dries I then used a stencil and some texture paste to some areas of the canvas. I then sprayed some LSG sprays.

The house image was simply some shapes that I cut out. I used some white gesso around the edges. I rubbed some gelatos around the edges of the shapes that were a complimentary colour to the papers and then used a dark gelato around the outside of the entire house. I then used various stamps to add texture.

I drew a tree onto the paper and glued it onto the canvas in the same manner as the house. I also used gesso and gelatos as before. I did outline the image with a black pen. I used a stamp to stamp hearts onto the tree and gelatos to create the leaves. I outlined them both with the pen to add definition.

I originally wanted to use a Darkroom Door sentiment stamp but it was too big for my canvas! So instead I printed the sentiment onto my compute and cut it out.
I used Prima oil pastels to colour these butterflies in. They react so beautifully with water.


Canvas: 8" x 8"

Paper: Grace Taylor Vintage Scrapbook Pad

Ink: Staz On Jet Black and Blazing Red

Masks: Maya Road and Tim Holtz Dot Fade

Stamps: Bobunny Stitches and It is Written, 49 Market Gabi's Square Stitch Stamps set, Gabi's  Circle Stamp set, Gabi's Butterflies are Free, Fiskars Clear Stamps Border Patrol

Other: Gelatos and Prima Water Soluble Oil pastels, Lindy's Stamp Gang Star Burst Blue Hawaiian Blue and Tiffany Blue, Maiden Hair Fern Green and Jack in the Pulpit Teal, Mister Hueys Opaque White, Liquitex White Gesso, Art Basics Soft Matt Gell and Modelling Paste

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Lifelong Friends

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing a layout with you which has some photos from my trip which I took earlier this year. I was inspired by the BAP sketch at Prima, and I thought that it was a great way to start scrapping some of my photos.

I am still a novice when it comes to mixed media, so I am trying to come out of my comfort zone and use the mediums as much as possible. I do love teals/aqua tones and wanted to use them in the layout.

I used a 2 Crafty chippie for my title and embossed it using some LSG bronze embossing powder.
I absolutely love butterflies and so I had to use this beautiful cling stamp (#580179) on my page. I also used some of the Prima dies to die cut some leaves to accompany the Prima flowers as well.
I used some of the Art Basics as well to create some texture.


Paper: Editorial Collection : Maestro (background) and French Riviera Collection

Stamps: Clings Stamps #580223 (rings) and #580179 (butterfly)
Clear Stamps #960641

Die: Doily 1 and leaves

Flowers: French Riviera #586188 and #586829

Ink and Sprays: Stazon Jet Black, Dark Bark, Color Bloom Worn Leather and Dragonfly Blue

Other: Art Basics Clear Gesso and Texture Paste, 2 Craft Chipboard, LSG Midnight Bronze Embossing Powder, Finnabaur Stencil Grungy Grid

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Ink and Sprays

Monday, 26 September 2016

Thank you

Hello everyone! It is the start of school holidays and now I can stuck into all of the craft projects that I have been wanting to do but haven't had the time to start. I have been wanting the Altenew Peony Bouquet Stamp set for a while and I ordered it and I had a play with it. I just love it! I think that I will need to order to the matching die as I fussy cut this one out and I think having the die would be much easier. To create my card, I actually stamped the flower twice and I have applied foam tape and to the second flower to add some dimension. I had to use my MISTI to be accurate as when I used my stamp block, I was hit and miss with the layers.


Paper: Maja Design Summer Crush

Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouquet and Build A Rose Stamp and Die

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
Altenew  Crisp Inks Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy and Coral Berry, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen

Dies: Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight, Dienamics Fishtail Flags Stax

Other: Hemp and Bakers Twinw, Kaisercraft Pearls, MISTI

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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Baby Blanket

Hello everyone! I hope that you are well. Thank you for your words of kindness in your comments from my last project. It certainly was greatly appreciated. Today I share a project that brings joy. I have a dear friend who will be a grandparent for the first time in a few months. I decided to do some crocheting and have been working on this blanket for a little while.

It is 66cm x 45cm (approx 18" x 26"). I used nine different coloured 8ply yarns. The blanket was completed using double crochet (US single crochet). 

The border was also completed using double crochet using two yarns that were used in the blanket.
I like bright and I wanted it to be as uni-sex as possible. I plan to make a toy to go with the blanket in the school holidays when I have a bit of time.

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