Thursday, 28 November 2013

Christmas Events and ATC's

What's coming up next...
Two busy weekends!
This Sunday I will be at the South East Dance Studios for their Christmas Fayre, lots going on that day including great entertainment, mince pies and mulled wine so really looking forward to a fab day! 
Plus I'll be selling my clocks and more! 
Then on Sat 7th I'll be at The Artistic Stamper in Faversham with the lovely Jennie and Georgina for their Christmas Party day, how exciting!
I'll be doing Free Christmas ATC make and Takes.
Not sure what makes Jennie and Georgina will be doing but they're bound to be great!
Hope you can join me at one or both or these events if you're free! :-) xxx

Monday, 25 November 2013

Simply Stamps and Stencils

Happy Monday Crafters,

I thought I'd start the week with another simple idea for the men in our lives!
This uses a variety of stencils with Distress Inks to create the random background.
The stamps are from Tim Holtz, Travel Ways including the tire track which I stamped in second generation ink and I think looks fab!
I then personalised using numeral and letter stamps - simples!
Hope you like this offering xKx

Sunday, 24 November 2013

A bit of colour on a grey morning...

I can't believe another week has gone since I last blogged!
I've been busy with DT work and packing clock kits and Christmas is approaching way too fast now!
I have a Christmas fair next weekend and the following weekend I'm with the lovely Georgina and Jennie at the Artistic Stamper in Faversham for their Christmas Party.
Anyway I've been using a lot of alcohol inks lately and I saw this idea that kept the colours separate and thought how great it was.
I managed to gets each colour applied in its own space with some botching and swirling effects going on in each area.
In the top area I masked off a circle for the sun while I added colour around it.
I then remove the mask and carefully added the yellow for the sun and then blended the outer area until I achieved the desired effect.
I was pretty pleased with this result.
I used glossy card and then the stamping was done carefully in black Archival.
 The butterflies are punched from glossy black card and hey presto lots of vibrant colour going on.
Hope you like it and this little masking technique.
Have a lovely Sunday whatever you're up to xKx

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Christmas Season

Happy Weekend crafter's,
This afternoon I'd like to share with you my DT card for Sweet Lilac Flowers.
If you'd like the chance to win a hamper of their gorgeous flowers all you need to do is make something using the current theme and incorporating some of their lovely flowers, easy!
I blended some Stonewashed Adirondack ink around the edge of the scallop card.
Then I cut the Country Landscape die from Memory box using blue card and added torn Washi tape, a blue dot and a script design, in between the two layers I'd created.
The Geese, Follow Me stamp is from Hobby Art which I stamped in Momento London Fog and water coloured with distress inks.
Finished off with the flowers with the addition of Glamour Dust.
I had a vision in my head of what I wanted to create and was pretty chuffed with the finished design.
Hope you like it to...xKx

Friday, 15 November 2013

Baby Boy Clock

Happy Friday Bloggers,
It's lovely and bright here today, rather chilly though!
I'm off to do a bit of "C" shopping later ;-) and grab a bite to eat with my daughter who's had another exam to sit this morning.
Then I'll be catching up on craft work all weekend, what have you got planned?
I thought I'd share this commission clock I was asked to make, I used Tatty Button Toadstool Retreat stamp.
The design and composition work well for the clock and I decoupaged the toadstool top.
After stamping with Sepia Versafine onto cream card I water coloured the image using distress ink.
The green Flower Soft  was an after thought but I really like how it works.
To personalise as requested I wrote the name one with a gel pen.
It's mounted into a contrasting base and finished with contrasting Candi and peel-offs.
Mount onto the CD then assemble into CD clock.
Hope you enjoy this post...xKx

Thursday, 14 November 2013

For the Men

Morning Bloggers,
I thought I'd blog these tags that I'd made for last Sunday's workshop samples.
I used Ranger Manilla Tags, how lush are they...
For the far right tag I used Charlie Chaplin from Deep Red stamps, I looked at these stamps earlier in the year and purchased just recently, they are fab!
I simply finished this tag with torn Washi tape.
The images on the other stamps are from Tim Holtz Warehouse District and Travel Ways.
For the backgrounds I used Hero Arts sets Brush Strokes and My Notebook which have fab stamps for splats and brush stroke effects, I stamped these in distress ink.
The second tag from the left also uses Dylusions spray London Blue and a black fine liner for the writing.
I finished the tags with raffia which I opened up to stamp on and some string.
Really quick and easy tags for men's cards.
Thanks so much for popping by, have a lovely day...xKx

Monday, 11 November 2013

Laminated clock workshop and more!...

Hi De Hi Blogworld,
I'm having a bit of a restful day today after a busy weekend.
A lovely craft market on Saturday selling my wares, met up with some regular and new customers which was lovely.
The weather was pretty horrendous with all the rain but thankfully dry for unloading and packing away, always the worse part.
I was then home to turn myself around for yesterday's workshop and catch up on the usual Saturday evening TV, I'd heard about the John Lewis Christmas TV advert on the car radio and was pleased to catch this premier too.
So onto the workshop with the most lovely group of crafting ladies, Eileen and her bessie Karen, Marianne, Rosemary, Kim, Liz, Kim, Maureen and Christine.
It was fab to meet old friends and some lovely new faces from the world of Facebook and put faces to names, what lovely ladies they all are too!
It was a tall order yesterday as we had a shorter time to work in but never the less we made a CD clock using the kit I put together, this was the main project for the day.
These kits were also available to buy on the day at a special discounted price.
The technique uses alcohol inks and laminating and once the method and technique clicks in boy oh boy do we have some fun!
Then we moved on to simple Tags, as samples I'd made some male themed designs using Hero Arts stamps sets, Brush Strokes and My Notebook, which have some fab stamps for Art Journaling designs including brush stokes and splats!
Along with a combination of stamps from Tim Holtz, Travel Ways, Warehouse District, Umberella Man, and Audrey Hepburn from Deep Red.
Then we made a start on a Poppy card using Hero Arts Poppy background which is a negative impression clear stamp and the Friend Definition word background.
I'll leave you with a few pictures from the day below, my next class will be in January where we'll be doing Altered Art with an Ikea Malma mirror, if you're interested in attending please email me - as spaces are limited but if enough interest I'll hold two separate classes.
Any questions about products or techniques please feel free to contact me.
Have a good day xKx

Friday, 1 November 2013

New Challenge over at Lavinia Stamps and as promised a Clock GIVEAWAY!

Happy 1st November Friday folks.
Did you have a scary Halloween and many
Trick or Treaters?
We put our Halloween decorations up last Sunday,
some bunting, pumpkin decorations and Halloween tea light holders.
We also have a lovely pumpkin tea light holder which we got when we were in Disney for Halloween celebrations
a few years ago now.
Next it will be the Christmas decorations!
As some of you know I'm now part of the
Lavinia Stamps DT which I'm absolutely thrilled about, exciting times!
Today is the launch of their new challenge
Bright Hot Colours and I made my samples during the past month which have been kept under wraps until now.
I'm excited to share these with you now and hope you will join us in the challenge at
Lavinia Stamps Challenge Blog
and take at look at what the rest of the DT have made to inspire you, amazing work and lovely blogs from them all too.
It was only appropriate that as the first CD clocks I made used Lavinia stamps that I made a clock for this exciting new chapter!
I used the Zen Tree and one of the three Zen Houses and the design was created using the Gelli plate technique with ink pads, brayering and stamping.
I will try to blog this clock in step by step stages this month but please bare with me it's very hectic at the moment.
For the next make I've used the large Zen Mushroom House, alcohol inks and laminating technique which we're doing at my workshop on the10th Nov.
This is such a simple arty thing to do and I absolutely love it!
and lastly I used the beautiful Zen Butterfly with some distress stain ink splats, how cool is that!
I did have a few splats around the kitchen when I'd finished as hubby pointed out!
So I hope that all the DT's hard work will inspire you to have a go and you are in with a chance of winning a £40 Voucher for Lavinia Stamps!
Now I promised a Clock Giveaway and here it is
All you need to do to have a chance of winning this very clock is to leave a comment on this post any time during November and subscribe to or follow my blog, simples!
Then at the end of the month I will randomly select a winner!
I've added the Subscribe to buttons at the top right hand side of my blog under the heading and labels.
The follow this blog link is further down the page on the right so you can select either option.
That's it, as always thank you for visiting and good luck with the GIVEAWAY!
Crafty Hugs xKx