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Thursday, 2 October 2014

A Stitch in Time

Good morning all.

Off for a bit of pampering this morning before hubby and I disappear to Harrogate tomorrow.

Today I can share the result of my messy play at the weekend. I bought some blank canvases a few months ago and finally took the plunge and opened one up! Thanks to Cheryl for the tutorial which helped get me started. Sorry this is quite a long photo heavy post, best make yourself comfie with a cuppa before you start :)

I knew I wanted to do a sewing related one (not that I like sewing,,,it's something I don't do!). On a recent visit to the loft at Mum's house I came across a sewing box which belonged my Great Aunt (and probably my Great Granny before her) and decided to give it a new home. The box is currently waiting to be given a makeover but is still full of bits and pieces which have been gathered over the years and it is these pieces I wanted to use, to commemorate the special relationship I shared with my Great Aunt.

After painting the canvas with gesso I started adding buttons, scraps of fabric, lace and ribbon, press studs, hooks, pins, flowers, a zip and bobbins. Once everything was glued in place I added several more layers of gesso. This was then spray painted with Cosmic Shimmers in silver and gold (the only spray paint I own!). I then added some Distress paint and twinkling H2O's to highlight some of the items.

My dress form has been painted with acrylic and distressed with crackle glaze, before various lace was added and a gem which was rescued from a card. The bodkin needle in the corner is a very old find from the sewing box.

The charms (scissors, thimble and sewing machine) were magazine freebies which I was loathe to give away! The large flower was from Costco and is made from raffia. The butterfly is from Melissa Frances. Tape measure ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

A Stitch in Time was computer generated and printed onto tissue before being glued to the canvas. The tape measure was found in a sewing kit which was probably a magazine freebie many moons ago.

I added a chipboard "S" and some peel offs to some reel shaped die cuts to spell out sew happy. I then got glue happy and added lots of flowers, buttons, pearls, gems and a decorative pin to finish things off.

I'm really chuffed with how this has turned out and can't wait to start another one! I now have my eye on some new spray paint which Sheena Douglas's design team have been giving sneak peeks of this week!

Challenges entered:
The Mirror Crack'd - anything goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - at least one flower
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Crafty Bowz - anything with a hand tied bow (on LHS)
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes
The Crazy Challenge - special lady
Paper Creator's - add a charm
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with buttons and ribbon
ABC Challenge - u for unique
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu - flowers
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - halloween or not

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Crafting for all Seasons #87 "Too Cute to Spook"

Good morning all.

The weather was gorgeous yesterday although we had rain in the evening, can't believe it's October today! Hubby and I are off to Harrogate for the weekend to do a bit of sightseeing, we have been in the past to trade shows but never actually seen any of the sights. Of course I may just have to call into the Yorkshire Showground at some point to check out the crafts on offer....it would be rude not to wouldn't it!!

Today it's time for our next challenge at CFAS and this time the theme is "Too Cute to Spook". We're  looking forward to seeing all your makes. Our sponsor this time Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet who gave the DT images to work with.

A treat bag for Halloween from me.

I've used Candy Bear from Stitchy Stamps which I've coloured with promarkers. Dies from Spellbinders. Bag is made from an A4 sheet of paper printed on both sides with contrasting papers from Bearly Mine. Ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

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Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the rest of the girls inspiration, you won't be disappointed.

Challenges entered:
Die Cuttin Divas - anything goes
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Halloween costumes and fun
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
Love to Create - ribbon
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy - 2 or more DP's
The Corrosive Challenge - halloween colours
Delightful Challenges - cute and cuddly

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Halloween Tealight

Good morning all.

I'm off down home today as I have a funeral to go to, I hope the weather behaves.

Some recycling to share today.
I started out with this:

Took out the middle and added a battery operated tealight...

and ended up with this!

Image is from PpinkyDollsArt and I've coloured with promarkers before die cutting with a Spellbinders oval and layering onto a fancy oval.

Fence die is from Magnolia, I used black card and then rubbed gold gilding wax over it. Mesh came from Crafty Ribbons and button from my stash.

Spider's web, spider and pumpkin dies are all from Spellbinders. I edged the lid with black ribbon and added the orange spotted ribbon over the top, both ribbons from Crafty Ribbons. The witches hat was made to fit the top of the lid, cord from Crafty Ribbons and stars from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Great Impressions - get your spook on
Pile it On - the witching hour
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with buttons and ribbon
Decorate to Celebrate - anything goes
All Crafts Challenge - anything goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Ppinky Dolls - anything goes/girly
2 Creative Chicks - any glass jar
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Take a Word - buttons and bows

Monday, 29 September 2014

Merry Christmas

Good morning all.

A quiet day yesterday spent making a mess in the craft room! Nothing to show yet though...maybe tomorrow.
A clean and simple Christmas card to share today.

Stamp is from Kaisercraft and was a magazine freebie, I've coloured it with promarkers and added some stickles. Ribbon and bow from my stash. After layering the image on green and red card I adhered to the card base with foam tape to give the card some dimension.

Challenges entered:
Christmas Card Challenges - anything goes
CHNC Extra  - anything Christmas goes
Completely Christmas - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes with 3 layers

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Mostly Words

Good morning all and welcome to my latest followers. Thank you for joining me on my crafty journey and I hope you enjoy what you see here. Thanks also for all the wonderful comments, I do read and appreciate them all.

I had a lovely relaxing couple of hours at the hairdressers yesterday morning then got all the laundry washed and dried. After persuading hubby to make the tea I managed some time in the craft room too.

Image and sentiment stamps are from Woodware's Huge Snow set...I do love this stamp but wish it didn't have the lines of all the letters on it as I never know what to do with them!
I've stamped with versamark (stamping the "O" twice) and heat embossed then paper pieced all the letters. I think the paper was from Papermania, it was an odd sheet I had left. The 2nd "O" has been die cut and I've added a gem and some stickles before adhering with silicon gel for height. I then embossed the edges of the card before adhering to the card blank with foam tape.
Side view showing the layers.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - Recipe, Mostly Words
CHNC Extra  - anything Christmas goes
A Gem of a Challenge - clean and simple
Red Rubber Inspirationals - anything stamped goes

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Robin Red Breast

Good morning all.

Off to the hairdressers this morning, then I'll have to catch up with some washing and housework!!

Another quick Christmas card today.

Stamp was a magazine freebie, stamped on Desert Storm kraft and coloured with promarkers. Sentiment from the same set of stamps. Gems from my stash.

Nice and flat and finished inside.

Challenges entered:
CHNC Extra  - anything Christmas goes
ABC Christmas - something festive
Crafting by Designs - Christmas
Scrapper's Delight - anything goes, no DP
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Completely Christmas - anything goes

Friday, 26 September 2014

Fa la la la la...

Good morning all.

I haven't played at "Less is More" in a long time so thought it was time to rectify that...this week's challenge is "face the music and dance"...I thought this stamp fitted the bill.

A very quick card. Stamp is a magazine freebie coloured with promarkers. Die from Memory Box. Snowflakes are punch waste from the insert. Gems from my stash.

Very flat for posting and finished inside too!

Challenges entered:
CHNC Extra  - anything Christmas goes
CHNC - 20 minute or less
Less is More - face the music and dance
Sparkles Forum Challenge - things with wings
Stamping Sensations - things with wings