Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Warm and Cosy Love Place

It's so cold, I wanted to create a comforting, cosy looking card with a Valentine theme.
I used a piece of wood effect paper on a kraft card blank and layered with the pink embossed card.
The embossing folder I used for this is from a set of 2, Sizzix Texture Fade set "Holiday Knit"
These have been in my stash a long time I recently used them again for some of my Christmas cards.
I had a lot of interest in these cards and contact about the folders used.
The knitted look is fab and needn't just be for Christmas.

I the die cut the red and pink felt hearts and used 
Polly Allsorts Whimsical Street Sign stamp set to create the 
Love Place sign, adding wire and foam pads to mount on to the hearts.

The wood effect paper for the sign board was mounted on to a piece of card for strength and stamped with Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves ink, Love Place is stamped in the Pincone colour.
Once cut out, red wire was formed to shape and attached through holes made with a pokey tool.
Red ribbon has been threaded through a length of rustic ribbon and a bow tied to finish.

Polly Allsorts Whimsical products can be purchased here

I'm working from home today so I think a warming hot chocolate will be on the menu for this afternoon, keeping snug and warm.
If you have the awful flu that's is prevalent I hope you soon feel better and can avoid it if you haven't had it already.
Crafty Hugs xKx

Monday, 8 January 2018

A Whimsical World

New Year, New Home...

Today I have a Whimsical make to share, a mixed media card using stamps and stencils from Angela, designer, creator and owner of
Polly Allsorts

A new home card called The Mouse Box
I've used fussy cutting for this and incorporated my love of creating miniature scenes and displays.

Using the individual stamps from the A5 Street Signs stamp set, 22 individual stamps on a red rubber sheet.

I stamped the Ivy leaf and branch with Versafine Clair inks and sponge coloured with distress oxides, I also heat embossed some of the leaves for variation and used second and third generation stamping.
These elements were stamped and fussy cut to create the branches and leaf layout.

 The main coloured background was created blending distress oxides and adding water for the bleaching effect, this formed the main centre square and was mounted on to a Kraft card blank.
The Mouse Box was stamped onto the main street sign board using a stamp press tool to align.

I added hessian and string along the top of the card along with the ladybird and butterfly embellishments and layered punched hearts.
The New Home wording was stamped from the set.

Using the 6 x 6 Whimsical texture stencil I created a cobbled path, I love the fine detail it shows when used with texture paste. The mini toadstools are created using the same stencil and coloured with distress oxides. I've also used flower soft in green for a mossy/grass effect and for flower blossom on the side panel along with some flower stamens.

Corrugated card sits behind the branches either side.
I cut the triangle mouse from felt and added string for the tail.
A perfect new home for this cute little chap.

Angela and her creations feature in the current edition of
Making Cards Magazine and her Whimsical houses, stamps and stencils can be purchased here at her Etsy store.
New designs and creations are on the way...

Thanks for reading today, crafty hugs xKx

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Christmas 2017

Wishing everyone a Wonderful Christmas and a
Peaceful and Happy New Year

Some of this years festive creations

Monday, 4 December 2017

Advent weekend

Hope you enjoyed receiving your Advent calendars and opening them this weekend.
We started opening ours on Saturday when we were all at home to appreciate them, so we opened Friday and Saturday's in one go!
I have a lovely fabric one that I bought for my daughter, Jennifer, when she was very young.
It was bought from a craft fair, I do like to support these fairs when people have put such effort into making wonderful handcrafted items. Such treasured makes add to the festive memories each year.
This year I decided to make a matchbox Advent, I've been wanting to do this for a while now and finally got around to doing it!
Really enjoyed making it and I was very happy with the result, It's filled with individually numbered, wrapped chocolates and a selection of different stud earrings.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Making the most of an extra hour

Today I've been pottering about and getting some bits ready for a craft class on Tuesday.
I thought the day was whizzing by and then realised I hadn't changed my little clock in the kitchen.
So the realisation of an extra hour to my day was just perfect!.
In readiness for the darker nights and relaxing evenings I recently purchased
Lavender sleep balm from the local lavender farm and hop shop, along with a lavender wheat bag for neck and shoulder aches and pains.
They are just perfect for cosy winter evenings and the balm seems to be aiding a good nights sleep and what's not to like about relaxing warmth on your neck and shoulders with the soothing aroma of lavender.
This coming week I have a couple of classes to finish preparing for, one on Tuesday and one on Sunday and then it will be demo time again.
Last week I attended a local village craft market with craft supplies, gifts, techniques and inspiration, more details to follow on the next dates and info on the sidebar of my blog.
Here's a picture round up of recent activity, have a lovely relaxing evening, the light is already starting to go, love and crafty hugs xKx

and relax...

Craft class using Stix2 adhesives, foils and glitters along with various stamps including Woodware bubbles along with 

A little visitor posed for the camera! :-) 

Decoupage technique showing how to transform a simple wooden spoon into a pretty gift 

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Celebrating Halloween with a Pumpkin Patch

Our house is all about Halloween this weekend.
I've been super busy and in-between craft events and activities my attention has been on creating crafty Halloween Trick or Treats!
Those of you who follow me on Facebook might remember the start of a project recently that looked like this -

It started life like this -

Plain ceramic container just 10 x 9cm

It's ended up like this -

A mini Autumnal Pumpkin Patch, I do love miniature things so creating this was right up my street!

Then there were a few Autumn makes for my Docrafts demo's and for the lovely Angela, Polly Allsorts, Hochanda debut -

Today I've been finishing off our Pumpkin Patches in the garden, our wall baskets and container -

Now I'm off to prepare for a Saturday Halloween evening, a few sweet Trick or Treats, a glass of something Rose,
Strictly Come Dancing Halloween Night and 
Harry Potter, A History of Magic!
Pretty much perfect in my book!
Enjoy your Halloween activities everyone, Love and Crafty Hugs xKx

Friday, 6 October 2017

Polly Allsorts debut on Hochanda

The lovely and talented Angela (Polly Allsorts) made her debut on Hochanda just a week ago.
These whimsical houses that she designed are just fabulous, in 3 sizes, the possibilities are endless!
I decorated the medium size Topsy Toadstool using wood effect papers and various dies to create a Gingerbread Christmas theme style. it was such great fun to do.
The small Tiptoe Palace was painted with acrylic paints and I used Halloween dies to create a Trick or Treat sweetie box, ideal for lolly's and all those sweet treats.
The next new design is awaiting my attention and I look forward to getting creative with it.