Sunday, 13 January 2019

Forever Thoughtful

I found last year I was a little pressured and was chasing my tail all the time to keep up.  With two of the blog challenges closing I DT'd for and another going down to fortnightly instead of weekly I now have a little time on my hands to be able to play and be creative.  Unfortunately I got a bit carried away and forgot to take pictures along the way, but I've got lots of angled shots and close ups.

My mother in law gave me some money for Christmas so I headed on down to Hobbycraft to see what I could find.  This was originally a wooden heart plaque, which I've altered with LOTS of "stuff" :)

Amongst the goodies I bought were some Metallic Gilding Polishes, the one you can see on the cogs above is the Ocean Teal colour from Creative Expressions.  The cogs of course are from Tim Holtz, as are the words "Forever Thoughtful".

Here a closer angled photo of the flower section, most of there were bought from The Ribbon Girl.

This one is a little further away.  You can see I painted the whole thing with black gesso, this is the first time I used it, messy was not the word LOL!!

Once dried I used a Dot Fade stencil from Tim Holtz to add a bit of texture.

In the gaps between the dots I've added some Golden Crackle Paste to add a second texture.  I then added more black gesso (note to self get black modelling paste!).  It got a bit more messy after than using some shimmer mister acrylics from DecoArt in two shades, I then pained on some DecoArt interference media in blue, this gave the purplish look.

Once all this had dried I added some Zing Embossing power to add a bit of sparkle to some areas (also in blue) you can see a section of this at the top right of the heart.  On top of this I added the cogs which I gilded before adding the flowers.

ModPodge was my best friend adding all the embellies to this.

I chose to do this in my favourite colour combination of blue and purple, normally I do this on cards so I was a bit dubious on how it would look.  It came out so much better than I hoped, I love the colours and sparkles.  Not sure if I will be giving this one away.  Here's the finished thing :)

Thanks for popping by to take a look
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this heart into the following challenges
Splashy Mix Challenges - Anything Goes
More Mixed Media - Anything Goes optional blue
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Make It Sparkle
Through The Purple Haze - Favourite Colour
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - January
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Keep on blending

I'm sharing another Christmas card today - YAY!!  That's two made ready for Christmas I'm not falling into that panic trap again.  I've decided to use Huddle (you can find them here).  I've coloured them monochrome but decided to so a beautiful coloured sky backdrop for them.

I've used the N range of Copics to colour the penguins, then some BV,s and V's for the sky (took lots of blending but I got there).   The texture was created with a sponge and some Copic cleaner.  The stars were added using a white gel pen.

Creating a single layer card today, I've added some DecoArt glitter to the snow and finished off with a silver glitter sentiment which I got in Hobbycraft.

Thanks for popping by today
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Dream Factory - Eight Below
Classic Design Team - Challenge 1
Sparkle N Sprinkle - Anything Goes
Card Mania - Baby Its Cold Outside
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Challenge 22
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Let It Snow
ABC Christmas - A = Anything Goes
Craft Rocket - Winter
Crafty Gals Corner - Snow Much Fun
Creative Craft Cottage - Winter

Wednesday, 9 January 2019


I've coloured the image with Copics, its framed with black card.  I wanted to go with a happy feel so I've gone for yellow design paper from Dovecraft and First Edition.  I've also used some more black card.

Here's our sketch for this challenge

The only embellishments I've added this time is a piece of black ric rac ribbon.

Finishing off with a sentiment cut out of black card with a Sizzix die that me for this week.

Thanks for popping by and we hope to see you at the challenge
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Do Al(l)-Kreatives - Think Twice (two flowers, design papers, bees)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Challenge 22
Allsorts - Hearts and Flowers
Sweet Stampin - Spots n Dots
Piles It On - Land Animals
Morgan's ArtWorld - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Unicorn Challenge - Things with Wings
Your Scrapbook Place - January

Monday, 7 January 2019

One of THOSE cards.....

I've tried to create something different today and am out of my comfort zone, but you have to test yourself or else how do you grow!  White space uggghhh!!  It scares me LOL!!

Anyhow....  This is a new image in my shop just called plain and simply I Love You.  Just because that's what's written in the balloon strings.

It was one of THOSE cards.   This was not my first attempt, I had several terrible colourings and one failed card before I eventually got it something like passable!  The image has been coloured with Copics.  Because I needed to cover up some of that white space I sprinkled some embossing enamel, actually lots of embossing enamel.  Underneath the image I've added a section of burgundy ribbon.

I wanted to try to do a card with a panel down one side, I've used some black card and design paper from First Edition I think it was (it's a bit that was left over in my scraps box).  After putting the card together I noticed I'd smudged some red ink (my fingers were covered in it after all the colouring attempts).  To cover the inky stain up I added some red and white twine tied in a bow.  I then had this HUGE white space down the left side. So I had to add some red and black gems to cover it up a bit.  CAS card ROLF who am I trying to kid!!!  Over to the experts....

Hoping you'll be kind with your comments after my disastrous crafty session :/
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Sparkle n Sprinkle - Anything Goes
Time Out - Loving
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy - Quotes or Sayings
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Crating from the Heart - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - Anything Goes
Love to craft - Anything Goes

Friday, 4 January 2019

Vintage Wedding Style Card

I'm honoured today to be joining as a GDT over at Scrapping4Fun this time.  I had great fun creating this vintage shabby chic style wedding card for the challenge theme.

I've used a stamp from Kaban Crafts which has been coloured with Copics.  I've then fussy cut it to add to the top layer.

My design paper are from First Edition, Santoro and UHK Gallery.  I've also used some black card.

Here a close up of the leaves and flowers section.  Behind the layers you can see some lace.

To finish off I've added a wood chip sentiment from Scrapiniec and some pearls.

Hope you like my inspiration for the challenge
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Challenge 1
Crafteezee - Shabby Chic
Time Out - Loving
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Studios - Happy Anything
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Crafting with An Attitude - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Night Before

I'm sharing a little early Christmas inspiration tonight, I'm using The Night Before Christmas which can be found here on Etsy.

The image has been coloured with Copics, framed with black card and I've added a section of left over red sparkly Christmas paper from First Edition.

The glittery red sentiment is one I got from Hobby Craft.

Thanks for popping by today
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Winter Wonderland - At Christmas
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Add a Little Sparkle
Sweet Stampers - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Forget me knots

Happy New Year!!

The new blog challenge starts today at SheepSki Designs.  The theme this time is New or OLD.  Hopefully this will give you a broad spectrum of things you'll be able to enter the challenge with :)

I'm going with both a new and old theme here.  The image is new I've not coloured it up myself before. The old is with the style of the card I've made. 

I've coloured the image with Copics, a black polychromos pencil, a black Copic liner and a white gel pen.  The sentiment was printed at the same time as the image.

I've used Walnut Stain ink from Tim Holtz to distress it with as well as using a Tonic solutions tool.

Adding two types of embossing enamel to add interest, i've framed it with design papers from Maja Design and Lemoncraft.

Thanks for popping by today, hope we see you at the challenge
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
My Time to Craft - Something New (new image)
Sweet Stampin - New (new image)
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Sketchy Girls - Everything is Allowed
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Worldwide Open Design Team - Challenge 12
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers - Anything Goes