My journey through crafting collecting goodies along the way x

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

In an English Country Garden

Well I'm what you might call late again and I so hope you're all doing better than I am, currently I have serious toothache and have had it for a couple of days now but it seems like my gum and jaw are also affected can't quite decide where the pain is really coming from, I have been trying to get an appointment with my dentist who is just a very kind and sympathetic gentle guy but for some strange reason the dental studio is closed. I have called there twice and made lots and lots of phone calls but to no avail, the answer machine just asks you to leave a message there's not even an emergency number and I so don't want to start looking for a new dentist but if I don't have any luck tomorrow then I have no option don't think I can stand another night like last night I don't even know how many tablets I took in the end until I actually fell asleep. Thankfully it wasn't quite as bad this morning but I didn't eat anything yesterday and very little today don't want to aggravate it before I see the tooth fairy I mean dentist lol!
So I'm going to be super quick with this post and tell you that I have used Sara's new English Country Garden collection for our cards this week.
First card is 6x6.

As you can see I used Gathered Twigs Distress ink and Crimson Blush Colour Cloud ink.
I have made the 6x6 card into an easel card and used the Over the Edge die to create a flora border and decorative panel.

The flowers have been die cut from patterned paper and white cardstock.

I have added ink to the white flowers then a touch of Pearl Wax from Cosmic Shimmer but you can't really see it in this picture.

At this point I need to tell you the next card is a 5x7 and I have used Stormy Sky onto an embossed background (Stone Wall) and die cut Sara's new Window Box die and also the Daisy flower die, I don't have a photo to show you right now but I will add it as soon as possible. I'm going to finish here as I really can't concentrate at the moment so please forgive me I'll try and get back later with the second card for our class.

Morning back with the photo's to show you card two, then tablets for breakfast followed by work and after that Dentist Hunting!!!!!

Stormy Sky , Squeezed Lemonade and Gathered Twigs Distress inks.

Sara's English Country Garden Cottage Window and Lazy Daisy dies.

Sorry this photo is a little bit blurry and don't have time to take it again but you get the picture (pardon the pun)

Later x

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Art in a Stamp - Imagination Crafts

Morning All, hope everyone is well just finished our next lot of cards for this week and next week's classes.
Something a little bit different using the Art Stamps from Imagination Crafts along with the Sparkle medium, Starlight paints and Alchemy Wax, hope you like them.
For the first card which is a 5x7, I have used Black Stazon ink onto Acetate then applied the Sparkle medium onto the reverse with my pallet knife and I have to say that the results are pretty good if not impressive, well I think so and it's a pity that the photo's don't show it as good but it is difficult to get a good picture when photographing anything done on acetate because there's so much reflection.
Anyway you will see what we shall be doing only it will look much nicer than my photos.
On card two I used my Amethyst Starlight paint for the background and once again I stamped onto the acetate with Black Stazon, its always best to use your anti-static bag first because you know how smooth and slippery the surface is.
Both cards have an embossed background panel and for these I used two of Sara's new folders from her Signature Collection English Country Garden, one I applied wax onto and the other I have inked the folder with my Dusty Concord ink pad. Lets have a look and see what you think ????

Black Stazon
Dusty Concord
Amethyst Starlight paint
Cobalt Alchemy Wax
Plum Cobbler Colour Cloud Blending ink
Paint brush flat ended

Think my Diamond Press is photo bombing don't remember it being there and it's not part of the requirements this class lol!

This is the 5x7 card with the Sparkle medium image.

Cobalt blue Alchemy Wax on the embossed black background.

7x7 card. This has the Amethyst Starlight paint image.

I love these paints they really reflect in the light.

Plum Cobbler and Dusty Concord have been used to create the two background panels.

Black Versafine ink for stamping the sentiments

 Just experimenting with the photo editing program but gave up as time is too short to have a play and enjoy ones self lol!

Didn't improve things any as you can clearly see the light from the window very prominent because of the reflection on the acetate.

A better shot here out of direct light.

Well that's it folks for another week hope I have encouraged you to get your sparkle mediums out and have a go, and just before I go I thought I would show you these last two photo's that I took a couple of weeks ago of the one and only Shadow that naughty little black cat that decided to live in our house over a year ago as the Boss or so Shadow thinks!!!!!!!

Don't think you are going to watch what you want Mrs. And NO you can't have the remote back, just try and take it!

If you think I'm going to move think again!

you shall not Craft!

Food it is then ha!

See you soon x

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

To Woodware - An Old Letter - from Daisy May & Dotty Flowers.

Good afternoon everybody hope it's dry where you are today it has stopped raining here at the moment but it's still warm so I'm not complaining and at least the garden is happy for now. We had a good demo day at the shop on Saturday with the lovely Karen from Stix2 and I really enjoyed myself as I got to take part for once and it made a nice change for me not having any stress and just a relaxed playtime, can't wait for the next one which I think has already been booked for August but I will have to check with Louise about the date and then I can let you know. I have to thank Karen for giving me the inspiration for our classes this week as I have used some of the stamps that were available on the demo day and of course they are all from Woodware and I for one will be putting them to good use and making  lots of goodies with them. I think quite a few sold out but I'm sure Louise will be sending another order for them so they should be back in stock soon.
So what have you done with them I hear you cry? Well I decided to keep things almost the same except for the fact that I have made cards with them but on demo day we made a canvas bag and it was fun to do something a little different so who knows we might even get to do this in class so watch this space........
For these 5x7 cards I have used three of the Woodware stamps sets and I have to say that they are great value for the money, so inexpensive and perform beautifully every time even on fabrics.

Ok nice and simple this week.

Memento ink Rich Cocoa
Ripe Persimmon Distress ink

I used my Quickie glue pen and my Glamour dust.

I have paper pieced the stamped image known as Daisy May over the background Old Letter stamp.

When you stamp your image more than once onto different papers or fabrics  you can mix and match and make two different images if you get what I mean.

The small butterfly has been die cut from double sided sticky sheet then Gold Craft Foil placed on top to add just a little accent in the corner.

I have distressed the edges of the background panel with some Ripe Persimmon then added a tiny border of glitter with my glue pen.

Onto the second card, I created a mask through which I have inked with SHABBY SHUTTERS & CRACKED PISTACHIO Distress inks then stamped this lovely Dotty Flowers image to create a very simple yet stylish look.
I have stamped the flowers in Black Versafine ink.

I coloured the leaves in with my Spectrum Noir pen then stamped the small sentiment on each side before adding faux stitching with my Micron Fineliner Pen, not very straight don't think I had my glasses on at the time which is not such a good move as you can see lol! Pity I couldn't, not to worry we live and learn so they say.

Black Versafine to stamp the sentiments.

A touch of Stickles glitter glue just to finish off.

Well that's me off for my lunch now so I'll see you later.
Have a good afternoon, it looks like the sun is trying its best to make an appearance, go on you know you can do it ⛅
Sheilagh x

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Pinwheel Daisies Just Rite

Good afternoon didn't think I would get this far today but somehow I've managed to carry on despite all the coughing and sniffling going on due to yet another cold which started just before weekend, so for that reason I will make this post as short as possible and see how it goes, fingers crossed and tissues ready.
Two rather simple and straightforward cards for this week as my brain just doesn't want to know right now so please forgive me as it has take quite some time to get to grips and actually finish one card let alone two as nothing would go to plan it just went from bad to worse till I finally gave up and this is where I have arrived, woe is me! all together now Aawwwhhh!!!!
Moving very swiftly on as I feel the need to get myself another tissue but before I do I'll tell you that the cards were made using the Pinwheel Daisies stamp set from Just Rite Stamps along with some Colour Cloud inks, Waxes from Imagination Crafts, Clear ink pad, Black Versafine ink, Clear and Gold Pearl Embossing Powders. The embossing folders are both from Crafters Companion and the Have a Wonderful Day sentiment was free with one of the Inspirations magazines.
Card one is A5 (A4 half fold) and card two is a 6x6 square.
I will show you a couple of photo's so you get an idea, if you wish to change the colours that's fine but you will need to bring your inks, I have used a small fine paint brush to paint some of the flowers with the Waxes.

Colour Cloud inks
Lemon Meringue
Basil Leaf
Turquoise Pool
Crimson kiss
(these are what I used to make both cards)

Pink Tulip
French Lavender
Japanese Jade

Black Versafine
Mustard Seed

I started out with the stamped image in Gold embossing powder but for some reason it looked odd then I realized that there was something wrong with my powder it didn't melt as it should have so I guess it's passed its sell by date so I had to try again but I only had Gold Pearl powder so it's not as bright as I wanted. The panel has been coloured with the Cloud inks and waxes added but you can't really see it in this photo.

Sorry it was short and sweet but I really must go now and take my tablets  to clear off this infernal cold.
See you soon  x