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Monday, 26 September 2016

{Mixed Media Tutorial} Stencilled Mood Board

Good evening all.

It's my turn to inspire you to use your stencils with my monthly tutorial at STAMPlorations. Pop over to see how I made this mood board.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Stencil Sunday #63

Good afternoon all.

It's certainly feeling more autumnal than summer now and I can't believe how quick the nights are drawing in. Spent most of this week under the influence of a migraine so haven't achieved much other than necessary crafting for several days and kept away from the computer as much as possible too.....somebody please tell me that life does get better and hormones do eventually settle down again!!

It's time once more to show you a Stencil Sunday project over at STAMPlorations and like the weather this has definite autumnal vibes.

I used part of the leftover mood board from my project earlier this week which used the newly released Trendy Leaves 2 stamps. I added additional stencilling using Leaf Bliss (Large) and Dots all Over stencils with peacock feathers DI. Words are from the Bold Sentiments Believe stamps set and I cut an extra leaf with the matching dies and attached with foam pads. Ribbon from my stash.

Here you can see how I used the Leaf Bliss (Large) stencil with water to add a ghost pattern over the inking.

 I used the Luggage Tags Nesting Dies to make the tag.

Do pop over to the blog to see what the other girls have made, you won't be disappointed!

You still have plenty time to join our mixed media challenge this month but do remember we accept non-card projects only.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Trendy Leaves 2 Blog Hop

Good afternoon all.

We have a special new stamp release over at STAMPlorations today (with matching dies!) so we're having a mini blog hop...I do hope you can join us! Commenting closes September 9, Friday, 11:55 p.m. Pacific
Winner announced Sunday, September 11

1 commenter will be randomly drawn to win the Trendy Leaves 2 stamp set.

I have a few autumn birthdays coming up so these stamps were perfect.

I started by making a mood board using the new Trendy Leaves 2 (available at 10% off until September 13th!) stamps which I stamped in versamark ink and heat embossed with white EP, colour was added with various distress inks. I then stamped and embossed two more leaves and die cut them with the corresponding dies then coloured with DI. Sentiment is from the Party Time stamp set.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Stencil Sunday #62 + September Mixed Media Challenge

Good afternoon all.

Gosh September already...where has this year gone to? Time once more to inspire you to use your stencils and come over to join in our Mixed Media challenge at STAMPlorations, please remember we accept non-card projects only though.

Today I'm sharing a canvas. I started by downloading the free Color Bloom sampler onto thin card and adhered this to my canvas with gel medium...this caused the ink to run but the effect was quite nice. I used the Flutterby stencil with Radiant Gels then once dry coloured the canvas with various Distress Inks. I then used the Bold Florals stencil with crackle paste to make my flower, once dry I inked this with DI. I then stamped and heat embossed some flowers from the Big Bloom Factory set then stamped around the edges of the canvas using my favourite stamp from Mixed Media Elements. The words came from the Art Marks set.

Do pop over to the blog to see what the other girls have made, you won't be disappointed!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Mixed Media Tutorial "Create Art"

Good evening all.

It's my turn to inspire everyone today over on the STAMPlorations blog with a mixed media tutorial....I hope you will pop over to see how I recycled the packaging from new bedlinen to make this fun folder.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Stencil Sunday #61

Good afternoon all.

It's my turn to add some inspiration to the Stencil Sunday post at STAMPlorations today, I hope you like what I've made.

To make the background I used DecoArt Media Misters over first the Big Bloom Factory (large) stencil then, once dry I used the Leaf Bliss (large) stencil with a different colour. I love the fact you can layer these misters without any colours mixing and muddying. I then used Big Bloom Factory stamps to overstamp some of the background design then heat embossed with various colours of EP. Tags were cut using the new CUTplorations Luggage Tags Nesting. I stamped and embossed two of the flowers from Big Bloom Factory on waste card and fussy cut them to adhere to the top tag. Smile Word die was cut from white card for the larger tag. Ribbons and pearls are from my stash.

I hope you can pop over to the blog to see my teamies projects this month, you won't be disappointed.

You still have a few days to enter our Mixed Media challenge this month...remember non-card projects only!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Progress Report

Good morning all.

Finally getting around to taking some indoor photos! We're slowly getting there...busy emptying the loft of the old house and sorting everything before the new loft gets filled. All the Christmas decorations have been sorted and stored together under the stairs so they're easily accessible which will make life much easier come the time!

All the minor flaws in the kitchen were ironed out by the joiner last week and all my doors and drawers now sit straight and shut smoothly. Here are some pictures:

This is how it used to look...although these pictures from the brochure must have been well and truly photo-shopped as it wasn't this light in either of the rooms! We blocked up the second archway and moved the entrance to the utility room.

This is our version...


Cooking area..dual fuel Rangemaster oven, lots of drawers for crockery and pans. Archway through to dining room.

Looking over the island to the main storage (the utility door used to be to the RHS of the fridge and the archway where the plate rack is)....there is a breakfast bar on the other side of the island and the tap doubles as a kettle hence the tea/coffee tray in view. Dishwasher to left of sink and shelves for cookery books and bits and bobs either end.

My dresser and spice rack with the utility room entrance to the right. Double doors to the garden, we're about to build a porch on here to store all the coats, footwear and the dogs stuff as we have very little cupboard space in the house.

This is the brochure picture of outside the kitchen doors.

My large corner pantry....cupboards to the right and left (plus other side of fridge) are all pull out larders with metal baskets.

and my almost tidy utility room! It's nice to finally have a laundry room which doesn't double up as an entrance porch.

A close up of my storage jars...they came with the blank chalkboard labels which I immediately attached then had the light bulb moment of stamping the words on instead of chalking them!! I very carefully used the Sketchy Alphabet stamps from STAMPlorations and heat embossed in white...I'm rather pleased with the outcome!!