This scheduled post is certainly winding the clock back. It was in the Autumn of last year when Sew Somerset contacted me asking if I would write an article around the tote I had submitted. You can imagine how thrilled I was!
I cannot thank Sew Somerset enough for the pretty manner they photographed the tote. I am never sure of the copyright issues surrounding sharing photographs and text from publications so the photograph I am sharing is one I took prior to submitting (regulars to my Blog know that I never request that submissions be returned to me).
For me, it is always the cherry on the cake when published work features a stamp company I design for, in this instance all the stamps in the article featured in the Winter 2014 issue are Oxford Impressions stamps:-
Dressforms & Corsetry
The notion behind the intention for this tote was explained in my actual article.
Many thanks for your visits. I always appreciate the time you take to visit but all the more so when I am unable to visit your own Blog posts.
31 Mar 2014 31 Comments
31 Mar 2014 11 Comments
I promised a fourth and final March Madness Giveaway however it is on hold for a little while longer, set-backs in my life have had a knock-on effect to my crafty time. It is definitely a priority to share with you as soon as possible.
30 Mar 2014 18 Comments
This is a scheduled post sharing a sneak peek at my DT project for That’s Crafty If you would like to view the project in full along with instructions and supply list then please visit HERE..
Have a lovely Sunday, a day when in the U.K. we celebrate our Mums or of course any woman who carries out a mothering role whether that be a Grandmother, Aunt, etc. Let them know how precious they are to you.
P.S. I hope that next week I will be able to catch-up with the art you have been creating.
27 Mar 2014 32 Comments
Apologies for being absent from my Blog and also for being absent from visiting your own Blogs, I do plan on catching-up with you very soon.
For now I want to share a Darkroom Door DT project. It sees me having opened my art journal to play once more.
This page centres around a quote which was the springboard for my page.
Everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
Texture always appeals to me. I like to be able to run my fingers over a project and to feel rough against smooth and as you know, I like layers, the notion of something peeking from beneath.
I did journal on this page but as with my first page, shared a few weeks ago, the words are all but obscured with paint.
I will let you decide if I achieved this but I was aiming for the appearance of disintegrating plaster and old wallpaper that is peeling away from a wall, that appearance and texture has always appealed to me, long before I started to stamp.I cannot explain why but butterflies were in my thoughts when I started working on this page. Seen in this photograph in the form of a new stencil – oh I so love this stencil. That is huge coming from me as I wouldn’t say I am the biggest fan of stencils – tell me, will all that change, the more I art journal!I’ve shared before how I like a mix of textures and will happily marry rustic with delicate. On this page I wanted to balance the texture on the actual page with something more delicate to convey the butterflies and also the quote which I find to be delicate, fragile, a baring of the soul. Vintage dressmaking tissue was the perfect colour to compliment the page. The butterflies are also stamped onto a piece.The fragment of fabric was evocative of a floral dress which I could imagine this woman wearing.I hope you are all having a good week, a creative week.
Soon I will be sharing some samples using the fabulous new Texture Stamps from Darkroom Door. I was lucky enough to receive the Floral and French Script to play with. Darkroom Door have also announced new stamps covering stamp sets, frames and collage stamp – plenty of new products.
Thank you, as always for your visits and comments which mean so much to me.
24 Mar 2014 32 Comments
Time to share another Gecko Galz DT sample. This sample relates to one of the Gecko Galz January product releases, the lovely My Fair Lady set. I have already shared one card I made with this set and found I couldn’t resist making another card and yes, once again playing with colour!
Gecko Galz My Fair Lady
Gecko Galz Butterfly Wings
Darkroom Door Lace stamp set
Luminarte Twinkling H20s
TCW Mini Ledger Stencil
Ranger Glossy Accents
Extras:- low gloss printer paper, watercolour paper, texture paste, old jewellery, vintage lace, blue lace.
Print My Fair Lady onto low gloss cardstock. Lay aside for the moment.
Use stencil and texture paste to create pattern on watercolour paper followed with a wash of colour with Twinkling H20s. Adhere panel to cardbase. Also apply Twinkling H20s to vintage lace. Once dry adhere to cardbase. Now adhere Gecko Galz image, trimming with lace and jewels from old jewellery. Stamp Elegance onto scrap of watercolour paper, ink edges and adhere to right of image, embellishing with paper flowers and butterflies.
I used butterflies which were left over from previous Gecko Galz DT samples, they were too lovely to not make use of.
Adhere the butterfly which had been printed onto transparency to top corner of image.
I looked to the colours of the lady who I believe is the beautiful Lily Elsie, to bring those colours throughout the card.The shimmer hasn’t translated but I used a combination of paints for the background, paints which also included Twinkling H20s, yes I continue to twinkle away, seeming to struggle to step away from the H20s at the moment! I even went as far as to paint the vintage lace with the paints to add that band of colour.
I always like a little bit of stamping somewhere and this Darkroom Door word suited the image. The flowers I’ve had for the longest time. not my colours but I forced myself to use, bringing even more colour to this card. them on this card.It leaves me to say that I always appreciate the time you take out of your day to stop by and visit my Blog and to leave a comment.
23 Mar 2014 20 Comments
Sunday rolls around so quickly, it seems like only yesterday I was sharing my DT project for That’s Crafty, yet it was a whole week ago!
This week I am sharing a project which makes use of some of my absolute favourites when crafting. As always, the full project can be viewed at the That’s Crafty Blog.
Enjoy your day.
22 Mar 2014 3 Comments
Although I was unable to commit to the That’s Crafty Challenge Blog, obviously I was more than happy to share news of challenges right here.
If you are looking for a new challenge and if you like to get inky then this is right up your street.
The theme is ‘Inky Antics’. Your projects must contain ink of some sort – ink pads, ink stains, alcohol inks, re-inkers, pens, markers – anything, as long as there is some ink. This Challenge runs until 7.55am on Friday 4th April.
The winner of the Challenge will receive a £20 voucher to spend in our online shop.
All details can be viewed at the That’s Crafty Challenge blog.
I will return tomorrow with my DT project for That’s Crafty, at least, a sneaky peek of it!