Thursday, 28 June 2012

A Summer's Ball for Crafty Individuals

 Just a quick post showing a little bag I made before we went away using two of my favourite stamps C1 - 320 and CI - 331
from Crafty Individuals I painted the bag with a couple of coats of gesso which I tinted a pale greeny blue. Then used a crafters workshop mask and some versamagic chalk inks for the background. Stamped onto some gessoed fabric, coloured and stitched around the edges before glueing to the bag with matte medium, more matte medium to seal, then finishing touches of mint dyed lace and pink velvet ribbon.

Dylan the Doggie, is doing well, back to his old mischievous self, but now strutting about with a fetching lampshade collar around his neck, the little bag would be the perfect accessory for him as they are nearly the same shade but I wouldn't want to give him gender identity issues LOL!

Happy Crafting XX

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

What's Up Pussy Cat For That's Crafty

A bit of a change for me out with the victorian velvet and in with the spiced marmalade (I love the names of the distress inks just as much as the product LOL!) Wonder what we all did Pre- Distress Inks!!

If you'd like to see the full project please pop over to That's Crafty, short and sweet today as off to do some crafting to make my mind of my little Pooch Dylan who is having his operation today. He's an old boy growing old disgracefully, fingers crossed he gets on ok.

Here is the pest having a quiet moment for a change.

Having computer problems today as the laptop is playing up so using the netbook. So feeling extremely grumpy now as everything is taking twice as long Grrrrrrrr!!!!!

Need to do some crafting to relax.  xx

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Travellers pouch for Calico Crafts

This is a sneak peak of my first Guest DT project for Calico Crafts. If you would like to see the the full project and items used please pop over to their blog here and it would be lovely if you would leave a comment (thank you :-D )

Back from our mini break and we did catch a glimpse of the sun, but it has been a real shocker of a summer so far hasn't it and thinking of all those up North suffering from flooding? 

Just thought I would show you that the sun did actually come out in Paignton

And the very gorgeous Cockington Village (It was virtually deserted here, and one of my fave places to visit!)

Had to take some pics of the Dartmoor ponies

This is Grimspound a pre-historic settlement on the moor

You'll be pleased to know I can't bore you with anymore holiday snaps as blogger says I have reached my storage limit?? So will have to go and check that out.

Now I will have to catch up on my crafting and blog hopping as I've been out of craft mode for the last week.

Take care and Happy Crafting xx

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Butterfly Arch for Happydaze

Due to family circumstances I have decided to reduce some of my crafting commitments, so I'm sad to say this is my last DT project for Happy daze. I have loved being on their design team, they are such a talented and friendly bunch and always full of inspiration.

I used the lovely lost coast design Butterfly stamps for my final project. I had an off cut of plywood on which I drew an arch shape and asked if Hubby would kindly cut it out for me as I wanted to keep my crafting fingers intact LOL.

I layered on various colours of  studio acrylic paint with a roller and then used the edge to give the impression of tall grasses. Once dry I used black archival ink to stamp the butterflies. Then I used the crafters workshop template and versamagic chalk inks and outlined the flowers with a white gel pen. I stamped the sentiment with archival ink and then I had my first encounter with beeswax, had fun getting very messy.

There is still plenty of time to enter the Junebug Happy Daze Challenge. One lucky winner will be drawn at random to win a  £15 voucher and free P&P to spend in the Happy Daze shop. Maximum of 3 entries per person & you must use at least one product which can be purchased in the Happy Daze shop.
  • You can enter by blogging you address to the linky widget here
  • emailing your picture to
  • uploading your photo to their facebook page
My apologises for not visiting your blogs this week but this is a scheduled post as we are away in Devon.

Have a great week and Happy Crafting. XX

Friday, 15 June 2012

Vintage Shabby for That's Crafty

I have to say vintage shabby is a favourite of mine and I used these gorgeous Justrite cling stamps to make a little shabby zipped purse. Yes I know it's another one but Hubby has decided I have a build of crafty makes so he is going to do a craft fayre later in the year and see if he can flog some of them LOL. So I thought I would make a few more of these type of things. As long as I don't have to stand on the stall as I hate trying to sell things, much rather browse round other stalls and buy stuff.

If you would like to know what stamps I used and how I made the purse please head over to That's Crafty for more details.

I'm entering this for

Simon Says Stamp and Show ~ Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion ~ Anything Goes
Brenda's Tuesday Treasures 

I thought I would share a few pictures I took the other evening. We live very close to a nature reserve and seeing it was one evening without rain we went for a stroll and I took these on my phone. It was more or less deserted there and so peaceful.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. We are off to Devon next week so better pack our macs and wellies. Haven't been there for years so I can't wait for all those yummy cream teas and lots of walking on Dartmoor to try and compensate for all that clotted cream.

Take care & Happy Crafting XX

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Crafty Individuals ~ Summer Ball

Good morning on another dreary summers day LOL! I meant to blog this a while ago. The current challenge at Crafty Individuals is a Summers Ball. I made a small clutch purse. The necklace and perfume bottle were made for Craftstamper and appeared in the June issue.

The purse is actually made of wood but has a flexible flap, It is painted with matt emulsion, distress inks and inktense pencils. CI stamp used is CI - 341.

I'd like to welcome my new followers and a big thank you for all the kind and encouraging comments you are leaving, very much appreciated.

Happy Crafting. xx

Friday, 8 June 2012

She was a Little Girl at Heart!

I booked to do an online Suziblu course a while ago, but have never got round to doing it so I bought her new book and inspired by the projects inside I decided to have ago. I like having the book to refer to rather than having to use the computer so I think maybe online courses are not for me.

The canvas is 16 x 12 inches and is made from plywood and I found it so much easier to paint on than canvas. Hubby bought a large off cut which should work out very economical.

I used a mixture of acrylic paints (liquitex, fresco finish and Martha stewart), prismacolor pencils and chalk inks. The butterfly and heart are stamped. I've used crafters workshop stencils and the rest of the canvas is drawn by hand. I used to love drawing long flowing medieval style dresses as a child (mind you my girls weren't quite so buxom then te he!) so that is why she has the flowing robe, plus I love Game of Thrones so I suppose that was my inspiration really. I enjoyed using the acrylic paints and they give a really nice texture and dry super fast. The next step is to coat it with a layer of  beeswax, The lovely Sam from Me and My Stamps who creates the most gorgeous Suzi canvases has been giving me some tips about using beeswax, thank you Sam 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, will it ever stop raining, it's blowing a gale outside too, this really feels like Winterfell (Game of Throners will know what I mean!)

I'm entering this for 

Happy Crafting XX

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Vintage Sewing Box for That's Crafty

If you would like to know more about this little box please head over to That's Crafty for details of products used.

This must be the shorted post ever LOL!!

Happy Crafting (well it's the only thing to do in this grotty weather) xx 

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

An altered Cigar box for Happy Daze

I've had an old cigar box lurking in my crafting stash for a while now and I decided to give it a make over. I gave it a base coat of black gesso, then as I couldn't find quite the right shade I wanted for my box, I mixed a few different colours of my matt emulsion together to create a custom shade. I gave it a couple of coats, then sanded it down to reveal some of the black gesso. Next I used vintage photo distress ink and a crafters workshop template to create the harlequin pattern. I distressed some old book pages and used this fabulous vintage bird plate by blockhead stamps to decorate the lid of the box, using distress inks and inktense pencils to colour the images. I glued in place with matte medium then I sealed the box by rubbing in a small amount of Judikins microglaze, which is perfect for protecting your inky creations, then I buffed a small amount of antique gold patina around the edges of the box.

I meant to blog this yesterday, but as usual I am late, I despair of myself sometimes LOL!

Have a great day & Happy Crafting xx

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Mystical & Very Magical ~ Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hope you are all enjoying this Jubilee weekend, whether partaking in the Royal celebrations or just enjoying the extra time off. The weather is pretty dismal here, but the world of magic and faeries is the new theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenges day, so head over to see what my lovely FSC teamies have created. There should be plenty of sparkle and glitter to brighten your day. Our sponsor is Marina from Cottage Crafts and is offering a fabulous prize for the winning entry. Please remember we are a stamping challenge so we do need to see some form of stamping on your project.

I made my own background paper using a scroll stamp from stamp addicts and some some crafters workshop stencils, distress inks in dusty concord and broken china, and toned down a bit with a weak wash of gesso. The soggy loo roll technique for the embossed panel behind the stamp. The central stamp is by Curious by Design and is stamped on watercolour paper. I used plenty of glamour dust and a spot of stitching and finished with plenty of mulberry roses and a cheery lynn butterfly.

I'm really sorry I haven't managed to visit all your blogs these last couple of weeks, but time has ran away with me and I hope to catch up with my comments soon.

Have a fantastic weekend and happy crafting. xx

Friday, 1 June 2012

Lucy's Lovely Blog Candy & my blog candy winner!

I received a gorgeous parcel from Lucy (True Colours Blog) this week. It was beautifully packaged in blue tissue paper with a lovely note card.

Have a look at what was inside

One of Lucy's gorgeous altered bags. It's absolutely beautiful with lots of gorgeous stamping and such beautiful colours and it was filled to bursting with lots of pretty trims.

Thank you so much Lucy, it will be treasured.

The winner of my blog candy as picked by random using Inlinkz is Claire one of my DT sisters from Fashionable Stamping Challenges. I don't know how to get a picture showing the result. I have looked on inlinkz site but it doesn't say how to get the picture!

That's all today have a lovely jubilee weekend. I will be back on Sunday with the new challenge at FSC xx