My journey through crafting collecting goodies along the way x

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Circle Trellis and and a Cactus Flower

Hey! And good afternoon, yes I nearly forgot couldn't even remember what day it was so so busy sample making for this Saturdays demo but I keep getting interrupted in other words getting nowhere fast!! Had to dash out just after lunch didn't get chance to eat what I had made, my son phoned asked if I would go check on Lorna his partner as he was worried about her she had called him at work and was quite distressed after going to the hospital to visit her dad. Its a long story so I won't go into all the details just now but I will tell you about the next classes. We will be using the brand New Cactus Flower die from Sheena and the Circle Trellis die from Sara's Black and Gold Collection.
I will give you a very quick run down of what I have used................
Sheena's wall stencil
Distress inks:-
Mowed Lawn
Tumbled Glass
Mustard Seed
Spiced Marmalade
Ripe Persimmon
Abandoned Coral
Seedless Preserves
Faded Jeans
Vintage Photo
Sky Blue Glitter Kiss
Pearl Lustre Gilding Polish
Don't think there was anything else but please do not quote me lol!

Sorry that's it for photos no time to take any more.
Must get back to the samples before someone
else is in need of my services, I will be off now but must tell you that my Grandson did arrive he was 7lb 7oz and is gorgeous however he had to go back into hospital on Sunday evening with severe Jaundice but he is doing OK now x
See you soon x

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

In the SPIRIT Of

So here's the thing, I've been waiting all day for some news and hopefully it will be good news! I am awaiting for the birth of my next Grandson the first of three that are on their way. Two are due before Christmas and one in the New Year. I was waiting all day yestetday too but so far nothing and I'm sure it won't be much longer so please forgive me if my mind is somewhere else at this moment in time. It has taken me much longer today than usual to get classes sorted but I think that I may just have got things done in the nick of time.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS Dies by Precious Marienke and this one is called Spirited Birds.
Because I am so far behind I won't go into too much detail, by the way, Great Dies!
List of goodies I have used.
Distress Ink Pads....
Peeled Paint
Evergreen Bough
Iced Dpruce
Festive Berries
Gathered Twigs
Chipped Sapphire
Rich Coccoa Memento
Black Versafine
Clear Powder
Gold/Clear Sparkle Pen
Firey Red Detail Sparkle (glitter glue)
White Gel Pen
Quickie Glue Pen
Diamond Ftost Glitter
John Next Door - Landscapes Mask
Sheena's Winter sentiment stamp
I don't think I have missed anything out but then again my train of thought is not in my craft room at present sorry!
I will take s couple of photos in a little while but for now I really do need to sit down and have a brew as I haven't had one since this morning, back later
The birds have been die cut and painted with the Distress inks, glitter highlights added with Quickie glue pen.

This time I have die cut the birds out of Kraft card, coloured with ink and Silver Gilding Wax.

Phew! Almost forgot to add the photos and still no BABY !!
See you later x

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Hexagons It Is !

Hello crafty friends, yes its that time once again and as you might of guessed by now we will be making something to do with the hexagon shape no less and you would be totally correct ๐Ÿ˜€
This week we are going to be using the new Double Stitched Hexagon Dies by Sue Wilson along with a set of stamps that are new by John Lockwood and just for good measure a beautiful set of Floral Dies by Xcut simply because they match each other so well and I intend to use them again in our future classes.
Okay so here's what's in store for the next class list..................
This is what I have used on both cards, one being 8x8 in size and the other is a 6x6 card.
Distress Inks as follows:
Pumice Stone
Salty Ocean
Shabby Shutters
Fosilized Amber
Cracked Pistachio
Worn Lipstick

Black Versafine
Quicky Glue Pen
Diamond Frost Glitter
Japanese Jade Alchemy Wax
Stamps - Summer Flowers by John Next Door
Xcut Dies - Meadow Flowers. I have to say I am really impressed with these dies.
So we have a little die cutting to do but not as much as you think !
Yes yes yes I have photo's.

Tap on photo to enlarge.
 This is the 8x8 card just needs its bow and sentiment. The Hexagon Dies start quite large and there are 12 in this one set.
 6x6 Card.

Colours look a little darker than the real thing, however you can choose to change the colours if you want in class.

See you soon x

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Add a Little Sparkle

Hello! So I got up this morning early with a blooming headache and I have not had one for quite a while that was so bad, anyhow I have managed to work through it and you will be pleased to know class is now ready so here is what we have for the next installment.........
Dies by Sue Wilson .... Festive Collection .... Ftosty Mini Background, Winter Trees.
Stamps by Creative Expressions .... Herald Angel and a Scenic Border Die from Sara's Contemporary Collection.
I have used Double sided Sheets with Glitter, Silver Gilding Wax and Pixie Powders in Midnight Blue and Purple Violet. Disterss inks Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord. Black Versafine and Clear Powder. Quicky Glue Pen.
Oh! And a touch of Lavender Glitter Kiss.
So............. be prepared to get a bit sparkly lol!
Sorry not taken photos yet will add them in later x

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Spirit of Christmas - A Little Bit Festive & Cute

Good morning! Back once again with our next set of Classes and of course it has to be yet another one going towards our fast approaching Festive Season ☃
For this next class we will be using this lovely Snowflake Circle die by Precious Marieke which creates a beautiful frame and I have teamed it up with a little bit of Sheena's Festive along with a touch of Sara's Cute collection, they all work really well together I have to say.
So the recipe for these two cards is as follows :
6x6 Card
Sparkle Pens
Black and Amethyst.
An alternative to these would be Dusty Concord and Black Soot distress inks and a Clear Sparkle pen.
Sheena's Winter Snowflakes sentiment stamps.
Cute Christmas Winter Owls.
Tacky Glue and 3D Glue Gel.

7x7 Card
Sheena's Winter Wonders snowflake stamps.
Clear Versamark ink.
Wow Silver Hologram Sparkle embossing powder.
Distress inks
Gathered Twigs, Iced Spruce and Faded Jeans.
Black Versafine and Clear Powder.
The tiny snowflakes are from the Cosy Penguin Cute Christmas die set.
Stag die from Sara's Scandinavian range.
Think that's just about it for now, bet you would like to see some photos though??? Well friends I will oblige but I have to go take them first so in the words of Leonie " Bear With!" lol !
Back later x

  See I said I'd be back!
6x6 Card

7x7 Card

Sorry the light is very poor so not great quality with the photos.
See you soon x

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

A little bit of a mixture

Hi all! Just to let you know that we will be having a class this week even though Louise is chilling out in sunny hot Espana lucky thing!!!
I have chosen one of my sample cards from our demo on Saturday as quite a few people asked for it and I know several of you will have already bought the latest Crafters Companion magazine and thought it might be a good idea to use some of the freebies that came with it. By the way.....
THANK YOU to everyone that came to support us it was a really good day.
OK for the first card which is A5 in size I have used the Scandi Bird and little foliage dies along with the mini Lace folder and two colours of my Pebeo Gilding Wax (Empire and Renaissance gold).
I have created a background with acrylic paints and embossed it in the Floral 3D folder then added the gilding waxes.
Not quite finished it yet so I will be back later to fill you in on the rest.......

Back shortly!

Finished first card except for the sentiment which I might just die cut.
One of the layers has been painted with Topaz Starlight paint.
Here you can see where I am going with the second card, same style in different colours and I have introduced some Silver gilding wax with the Empire Gold.

Better go and get it finished then lol!
See you later x

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

My Apologies

Good morning my fellow crafters! How early AM I? and with good reason but not good news, so sorry to tell you that I can not make class this week due to my larger than usual work load as I am in the middle of prepping for my up and coming demo's this weekend, 2nd & 3rd September. Not one but two and unfortunately for me they are for different product ranges so I don't have that luxury of time to prep a class as well, hope you will forgive me. Sorry!
The good news is if you are free on Saturday the 2nd you will be able to come to my demo at the shop......Crafty Chorley ( find it on face book) its free so just turn up and you can join us for some fun and most likely lots of laughter and even maybe a brew or two not to mention some wonderful new products in the latest Christmas ranges from Crafters Companion and Sheena Douglas.
Hope I will see you then if not see you soon.
Sheilagh x

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Long Tall Flowers - Woodware

GOOD EVENING! as good old Alfred Hitchcock used to say, well I know its late so please excuse but late is better than the alternative so to speak. Busy days I must endure at least for a few weeks yet to come so here it is as I know you have been waiting to see what we have for class this week and yes I can confirm it will have nothing to do with CHRISTMAS. In fact floral is our next venture with two lovely stamp sets from our trusty old friend Woodware.
One 7x7 card and the other is 5x7.
Ok so I have just been interupted I will be back as soon as possible with all the most important details...............soon!
And here we are!
Distress Inks:
Broken China
Peeled Paint
(If you have the Distress Oxixde inks they will work better)
Sparkle pens:
Clear, Moonstone, Moonlight, Cosmos, Inspired Violet and Rose Quartz.
Alcohol Pens / Spectrum Noir
A variety of colours in pinks, purple, greens and blue.
Black Versafine
Clear Powder
Clear ink
White Powder
Water spritzer
Think that's just about it but you can bet your bottom dollar I've forgot something, soooo me lol!
Oh I know ! Photo's?
Well if I take them now they will most certainly be rubbish as its well past going dark now, so I will do my best to add them first thing in the morning.
See you later x

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Woodland in Winter or any Season

Good afternoon to everybody, these weeks are getting shorter and shorter if that's at all possible anyhow we just have to keep on going don't we! and this week we are taking a visit to the woodlands with these two beautiful die sets from Sue Wilson's Woodland Collection - Birch Tree Forest and Forest Animals. The Sentiment die I have also used is from her Festive Collection.
Both sets from the Woodland Collection could be used for so many different themed cards and cover every season so don't think of them as just for your Christmas makes because I have chosen to turn them into Winter/Xmas type cards. I think these die's will be so useful indeed.
So here is a very short list of things I have used :-
Chalk inks or Oxide inks
Water Spray
Blending ink (Onyx Black or Black Soot)
Glue Pen and Glitter
Pearl Gilding Polish or Wax
 A5 card.
Sorry the pics aren't very good but st least I have managed to take some this week lol!

I used my new Sue Wilson Twisted Holly embossing folder to create the frame on this 7x7 card.

 I think this style of card could be quite easily made into a mans card.

Change the sentiment on this card and send it to someone who has a December birthday, change the colours completely and it can be any time of the year.
Well that's it for this week see you soon x

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

On the Diagonal

Morning! No! no Christmas for this week you might be pleased to know, then again you might not lol! Sorry I don't have much time this week to go into depth with this weeks post for class so it is definitely short and sweet. I will give you a run down on the craftiness that I used to create two cards one being an 8x8 and the other is a 7x7.
Is there die cutting involved ? Yes! not too much. Is there inking and stamping involved ? Yes using the Colour Cloud blending ink Decadent Teal which by the way is from the Phill Martin colour range, two die sets from Sue Wilson and a lovely big Swirl Stamp from Sara's latest Collection (Scandinavian no less). Sentimentally Yours Everyday Sentiment Stamps also by Phill Martin.

Along with the teal blending ink I have also used:-
Black Versafine
Frayed Burlap Distress ink pad
Teal Ink Spray Mist
Cosmic Shimmer Teal Pearlescent glue
Clear Powder
Gold Starlight Wax
Clear Sparkle Pen
Alcohol Pens in Coral and Magenta (in other words peachy pink and a darker pink)
I think that is just about everything except for the Grand Floral die set which was part of Sara's English Country Garden collection used as the embellishments.

Now I must dash no more time left will come back later to add some photos.
See you later then x

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

3D for Christmas

Hi all! So late today been a bit of a struggle but finally got there in the end. Been playing with the new 3D Christmas Embossing folders from Crafters Companion that I was demoing at the weekend at Inspirations Preston and can I just say Hi! and a huge thank you to everyone who came to see me xxx
I will speed things up as time is slipping away so we shall be using the beautiful Village scene this week to create a couple of lovely cards with very little effort and this is exactly what these folders do for you.

Clear Ink Pad
White Embossing Powder
Silver Gilding Wax
Antique Gold Gilding Wax
King Gold Gilding Wax
White Gel Pen
Cut n Dry foam

This actual design is very useful because it works for any season just by changing the colours and card stock.
See what you think...........
Each card is A5 in size.
Just added a die cut poinsettia and sentiment.
This one is made from black card.
 Gold Centura Pearl card one of the new shades from the Precious Golds collection.
Three colours of the Pebeo Gilding Wax.

Sneak peek at the none Christmas card version ๐Ÿ˜
Not quite finished yet.
OK see you soon x

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Raid Your Stash Day ! Parchment Re-Visited

Good afternoon, didn't think I would actually get to share with you all this week as I'm in the process of making lots of Christmas samples for my demo this coming Saturday and by yesterday I was almost tearing my hair out whilst trying to figure out what on earth we could do in class that wasn't anything to do with the C word as we had visited that season last week. Soooooo! I decided to go right off piste and go with something that was literally a Luck Dip! right out of my stash so to speak, so please forgive me as we have probably made something similar in the past but this time I decided we should make a card with a matching box to put it in.
As you will see I have used my own flower stamps so they won't be available in the shop (sorry ๐Ÿ˜ž)
The flowers have been stamped in CLEAR INK and Embossed in WHITE POWDER, there is something so pretty about flowers made from parchment don't you think?
I coloured the flowers with my Spectrum Noir pens in Pink and Light Green.
The background is Small Dots Embossing Folder.
Do bear in mind when you look at the photos that I haven't quite finished them both off yet, they need a little more titivation so to speak so I've not stuck any of the flowers down and there is no sentiment but here is where I'm up to............
By the way I know that you all will have many different Flower stamps and Dies in your own stash so this will be easy for you to make at home.........

White Embossing Powder.
Alcohol Pens.
6x6 Card and Box

I will post more photos once I have finished them both as I need to add something into the centres of each flower.
See you later x
OK so here the finished artical or should I say Box and Card. Pleased to say everyone enjoyed making them ๐Ÿ˜ x

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Frozen Forest - Craftwork Cards

CHRISTMAS!!!! There I said it ha! Nuts! that's what you are all thinking, well not quite all of you as I know oh too well that many a true card maker starts their xmas card making in this our Summer season. What Summer? I hear you exclaim! Its not too bad outside at the moment the rain hasn't hit yet but I'm not holding my breath it's in the forecast so we shall see.
Next for our classes we shall be using this lovely paper and topper collection from Craftwork Cards entitled Frozen Forrest.
To create these cards I have chosen to use my Circle Swing card die from Crafters Companion and a few of my Snowflake dies, here are the other ingredients :-
White Gesso
Small Stippling brush
Glue Pen
Chipped Sapphire
Memento Nautical Blue ink pad
Moonstone Sparkle Pen
White Gel Pen

 I stippled the white Gesso arround the edges of the die cut paper panels. I have also added panels to the other side which I have stamped snowflakes onto with the Memento ink pad.
 The white panels on this card have been embossed in a folder.
Click on the image to enlarge.

 I have only used one small part of the beautiful paper from the 8x8 pad.
 You might notice that there are three different cards, I have included the picture of this one to show that it doesn't have to be just Christmas as I have made this card as a Winter Birthday with Flower Dies instead of the Snowflakes.

I used one of the animal toppers from the pack because I thought he looked cute but you could easily use a die cut or maybe a stamped image instead.
See you very soon x

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Sands of Time - Time Flies Donna Ratcliff Designs

Why does it have to be so miserable today?the light is so bad to work in and why does everything go wrong? when you are trying your best to get things finished with plenty of time to spare, well I guess that's just the way it goes so how can you tell that I'm having a bad day !!!!!! Not playing any more need to have a cup of coffee and re-group. Deep breath and start again........
Well hello! lets go back to the start and begin once more. Trying to incorporate a few different techniques this week and I might just regret it later lol! I have used the new stamps from Crafters Companion which are Sands of Time and Time Flies

A6 Rubber stamp sheet at a great price.

Card 1 is 7x7

Just taken a very quick photo to give you an idea as time is definitely not on my side today.
Distress Ink pads
Salty Ocean
Rusty Hinge
Mermaid Lagoon
Candied Apple
Black Versifying
Clear Powder
Jade Starlight Paint and a small paint brush or water brush
Blending tool or foam
Now I need to just finish card 2 so I will be back in a while with the results of a very stressful day !
To be continued........
Like I said this morning nothing going to plan so I have taken a couple more photos to let you see the things I have been using on our second card.
Aqua Pens to colour the Hour Glass and Leaves
Alcohol Pens to colour the flowers
Spiced Marmalade to distress the edges of the background which was created with the Colour Cloud Chalk inks and a touch of Glitter Kiss
Now I just have to stick it all onto the card base............. hopefully ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Aqua pens

Alcohol pens

I have used the Cosmic Shimmer Crackle Glaze to make the back drop to the main image.
I have started! so I will finish! card 2 it will be all ready for class tomorrow,
See you soon x

Just a couple of photos taken at the end of yesterday's class.