13 Apr 2018

Spring Joy




Well it looks like Spring might have actually arrived - at last ! I have been playing with my new Distress oxides, and after experimenting I ended up with a colourful background for this Spring Joy scene. 

I love Hares I don’t think I have ever actually seen one in the wild in person, but I adore them. I sat this darling hare by Hobbyart in his meadow, and stamped and fussy cut a flower stamp to keep him company. I love using dried flowers and items from nature, so of course they made up the meadow too. 




Some Hares were so full of Joy they jumped into the air over the meadow! I stamped my hares by Clarity Stamps which have always been a favourite of mine, but then when Lavinia Stamps released some similar hare stamps, I had to get them too! I wonder if there are any hare stamps I don’t have... no, no don’t tell me ... : )




 I stamped my assortment of hare stamps in a curve over the main hare, they look like they are having lots of fun! 

By the time I was finished it was much too large for a card, so I punched some holes in the top and hung it up with some pink raffia.


Thank you for visiting the hares today, have a lovely day.

I would like to enter  Spring Joy into the following challenges

9 Apr 2018

My visit to the Alexandra Palace Craft Show


I met lovely Jenny from Hobbyart

Unfortunately it was pouring with rain yesterday and was very misty, so Alexandra Palace did not have its usual magnificent views over London. It it was wonderful to meet so many lovely people. I took lots of photos to share.



A collection of beautiful cards by the talented Hobbyart Design Team.


The talented Barbara Gray giving a lovely little demo.



Some lovely cards by Inkylicous, I am sure I spotted my friend Sandra’s stunning work there.


Some gorgeous Alice in Wonderland makes from Dolly Dimples.


I was really looking forward to the Anna Marie stall, but sadly they had sold out of a lot of things the day before.



My goodies - a stamp by Hobbyart, and one from Clarity, a stencil too all with nature themes. A beautiful unique fairy stamp from Inkylicius. I also found some Distress Oxides at a good price! I found Tim Holtz Resist Spray, which I have had my eye on for a while.

 Last but not least I treated myself to a gorgeous die of children holding hands, and one of them holding a teddy bear ahhh.I used to work in a playgroup for under fives years ago before the coma and before I became very ill and disabled.

I am looking forward to playing with my goodies. Sad Indigoblu were not there, but they are very busy with their popular Dirty Weekend workshops. I will be receiving their new stamps to work with soon.Lots of crafting ahead.

Thank you for visiting, wishing you a happy crafty week xx

7 Apr 2018

Imagitation can take you anywhere !



I am always finding pressed flowers in between book pages, so after  experimenting with stamping on pressed rose petals  ( please see this postI thought I would try using punches with them. I began by gluing my pressed rose petals onto card, I used a Pritt glue stick. I then  used the beautiful  Fiskars punch to create lots of  rose petal butterflies. 

I created a sky background with watercolours, and stamped the lovely little Phyllis Harris Stamp by 
Unity onto card.After giving her some colour I carefully cut around her, and adhered her to the background. I wanted the butterflies to float her up and away to a magical land. So I arranged the butterflies above her and drew a line from the butterflies to her hands. I stamped the brilliant quote next to her,  I love that sentiment - imagination really can take you anywhere...

Thank you for stopping by, I am off to Alexandra Palace tomorrow for the big craft show.

Blog Giveaway 
If you would like a chance to win and all of the goodies in the picture below just click here : )




5 Apr 2018

Suffragettes 100 Years


It is 100 years since the suffragettes won some women in the UK the right to vote. I wanted to pay tribute to these brave women with this collage picture.There is a step by step about how I created it on the Indigoblu Blog Thank you for visiting. I would like to enter this into the following challenges,thank you.

Country View Challenges I have used a chipboard backing from a Watercolour pad and I have also reused some plastic packaging.
Stamping Sensations One for the Girls this definitely is !


2 Apr 2018

Enchanted Place Big Giveaway




To celebrate Spring I am giving away a lot of gorgeous goodies! Crafts Beautiful recently gave me a huge collection of Hunkydory goodies. So I am spreading the joy and  have included lots of the them, along with the stamps and embossing powders. The gold foiled acetetae is absolutely beautiful, and as it is Easter time I have included Lindt chocolate too!

The goodies included in the giveaway are 

3 Stamps by Michael Powell  

1 I bee lieve in you by Unity Stamps 

 1 Embossing Powder Pink by Papermania


1 Embossing Powder fluorescent Pink by Wow

2 sheets of gold foiled acetate 

1 sheet Botanical Blooms die cuts

1 sheet Rose Gold Destinations Case 

1 Rose Gold Floral Box Card

1 sheet Rose Gold Die cuts chic ornate elements

Approx 70 A6 size images for all occasions from Hunkydory Moments and Milestones pad

1 Lindt Bunny Paw best before 08/2018

A Close up of the 4 stamps


A close up of the gold foiled acetate sheets

I am giving these lovely items away as an individual person, just because it is nice to give. It has nothing to do with any companies that I may be associated with.  If you would like a chance of winning these goodies, please become a follower and leave a comment below. The winner will be drawn by random on 1st May 2018. 


29 Mar 2018

Happy Easter Weekend



I would like to wish my crafty friends a wonderfully happy and healthy long Easter weekend. I still have some polystyrene eggs to somehow decorate before tomorrow, but I have managed to make a few Hare cards using the  beautiful new Hare die by Creative Expressions 



I am thrilled to say that my Spring Scene frame is in the May issue of Crafts Beautiful magazine! They have sent me  a huge and very generous package of Hunkydory goodies. To share the joy I will add some of the goodies to my next blog giveaway which I will be doing sometime soon.



Not long to the craft show at Alexandra Palace, sadly Indigoblu are not going to be there, so I won’t get my hug : (  but it will still be wonderful to meet everyone else. Just hope I will be ok on the day to go ..  

25 Mar 2018

Easter Scene Frame



Hello dear crafting friends, how are you today? The daffodils are out so maybe spring weather may arrive soon! 

With Spring in mind I made this Spring Scene.I used a deep wooden frame, and created a Watercolour background. I then used a  wonderful spring stamp set which came free with Crafts Beautiful magazine. I coloured and fussy cut the stamps and added them to the front part  of the frame and added various dried flowers, and twigs. I adhered the butterfly stamps onto some thin wire so they could fly freely in the scene
Thank you for visiting and I hope you are having time to have crafty fun.

I would like to enter my Spring Scene into the following challenges.






18 Mar 2018

Indigoblu Butterfly Card


I love this beautiful, beautiful big butterfly from Indigoblu! I wanted to show her off on a large 8 x 8 Kraft  card. I heat embossed her in white on the centre of the left side. I repeated this on some stamping card, and  coloured her with the gleaming Luscious pigment powders before fussy cutting her.  


I heat embossed the line of leaves from the Aztec Borders Stamp Set above and below the butterfly, and I  also coloured them with the Lusciois. I adhered the fussy cut butterfly to the right of the first one.



To finish I thought it would be nice to heat emboss the butterfly on the inside of the card. I think the white embossing looks nice against the Kraft Card. 




Please visit the Indigoblu blog  to also see some fabulous art from Mike Deakin.



Thank you for visiting me today, I hope you are having time to craft.Lets hope the snow stops soon ! 
I would like to enter this into the following challenges.







12 Mar 2018

The Magical Tree




Hello, today I am continuing my story, which I started before Christmas with Lavinia Stamps.  I created the card using Lavinia Stamps and die cuts, Distress Oxide inks. and lots of love. 

The young hare had been desperately searching for the beautiful lady hare he had kissed under the mistletoe on Christmas Eve. He had searched every inch of the forest, but could not find her, and he was very, very sad. 
Then one bright morning in early March, he spotted her just the other side of the magical tree which stood on the very edge of the forest. 
He rushed towards her, “where have you been” he called. 
“ I have been very poorly” she replied “ I had to go  to the Hare hospital”  
“Are you alright now?”.he asked anxiously.
“I am better than I was , but em... well I won’t be... well not exactly like I was  before”.she replied with great sadness in her heart. “I can’t do all of  the things normal hares can do, and my life will be very different and difficult”
“You will Always be perfect to me” replied the young hare, and held her in his paws  and kissed her gently on her cheek.....

Thank you for visiting, I would like to enter this into the Penny Black and Stamping Sensations challenges. 

10 Mar 2018

Live Every Moment


Hello how are you today?
I originally created this little scene in my art journal, for once I actually quite liked the way it came out, and of course the sentiment is wonderful. 
When I saw that Country View Challenges theme this month was to make a postcard, I thought I would try to recreate it to fit onto a postcard. The gorgeous stamp is drawn by the very talented Phyllis Harris and manufactured by Unity Stamps 

The original page in my Art Journal.


9 Mar 2018

Walkies with Crafty Individuals





I am sharing another of my projects which I made for Crafty Individuals, this one features their gorgeous Winter Walkies stamp.I of course love this stamp as it features a lovely doggie!
How I created it.
I used a 4 inch deep frame and made a Watercolour background and stamped birds and branches onto the top and sides. I stamped and fussy cut the lovely  Walkies characters and coloured them.I also  added some flowersoft for the girls fluffy collar and for the Pom Pom on the hat. I also added some glossy accents onto the boots. I used some thin twine for the dogs lead. I added texture paste into the base and embedded the girl and various twigs, dried flowers and art stones. The art stones are wonderful, but oh my,goodness they do get absolutely everywhere! 

Thank you so much for visiting today.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges.

7 Mar 2018

Honoured to be a Guest Artist at Crafty Individuals




I am very, very honoured to have been invited by the lovely Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals to be a guest artist this month! I always love creating with Crafty Individuals stamps, and had lots of fun. This is a mixed media piece featuring a Spring Walk, let’s hope Spring will soon be arriving now the snow has finally gone.There is a step by Step of how I created it on the Crafty Individuals blog.I will be sharing more samples soon.


Many thanks to Jean xx

Thank you so much for stopping by.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges.

5 Mar 2018

Stamping on Rose Petals



I always seem to be finding pressed flowers inside of books, so I actually decided to carefully take them all out and lay them in a box  together. Some of my rose petals were quite large, and I wondered if I could stamp on them.... so I decided to experiment and the result is above it is all made from pressed rose petals and leaves. There are more details on the Indigoblu blog.


Thank you so much for visiting me today, I hope you are well, and are having fun crafting.

I would like to enter Stamping On Rose Petals into  the following challenges.


2 Mar 2018

Fairy Playing To The Mushrooms


Oh my goodness isn’t it cold ! Did somebody forget to tell the weather it’s March ! To take my mind of the weather I have created with this lovely Lavinia Fairy I received her for Christmas, but I have only had time to use her now. I have been busy designing with wonderful stamps. and I am of course very happy and grateful for that. 

 I have at last also got around to using the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, Only 3 colours to start with Picked Raspberry, Broken China, and Bundled Sage.I used all three to create the background for this card.I dabbed them onto my ink blending mat, and spritzed over them with water. I laid my card into the inks, and lifted it up to reveal the results, it looked like a watercoloured background. I kept dipping the card into the inky puddle until it was covered.

I stamped the fairy using a Versafine black inkpad, and coloured the flowers and mushroom die cuts with watercolours. Thank you for visiting me today, let’s hope the snow stops and it gets above freezing soon xx

I would like to enter this Fairy card into the following challenges.




16 Feb 2018

Alice In Fiskars Land


I made this 3d scene for one of my Fiskarettes UK design team posts.I love Alice in Wonderland! I have had a set of little wooden tables for ages, but I have never used them! So I finally decided I would put one together, and then continued to have a lot of fun creating the Alice scene around it. 

The Fiskars 3 in 1 tag maker is brilliant it easily cuts through shrink plastic! After punching it out I wrote ”Drink Me” onto it before shrinking it and tying it around the minature bottle. I then punched out a lots of hearts and painted them red, and glued them vertically up from the top of the table.The  circle punch was really useful to punch out a clock from some patterned paper, and I also used the beautiful butterfly punch to perch a butterfly on the edge of the  table.
I finished by adding some small playing cards which came out of  a Christmas cracker, and lots of other embellishments such as a hanging key, a pot etc etc

The lovely Alice stamp is made by Carabelle Studio

Thank you so much for visiting.

I would like to enter Alice In Fiskars Land into the following challenges.
Artistic Stamper Use Red

13 Feb 2018

Happy Valentines Day and Winner Announcement.

Happy Valentines Day !

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. The Winner of the four stamps as chosen by Random.org is.......



Craftychris

Congratulations ! Please email me at gillslapATyahoo.co.uk with your details and I will post the stamps off  to you. xx

I will be having another giveaway at Easter time, there may even be some chocolate included ! 



5 Feb 2018

Love Letters





I must apologize for not posting very much so far this year, but I have been in hospital. I am feeling much better now and I am happily back to crafting and getting all inky : )

Well February has snuck up on us, and that of course means all things love for Valentines. For my first Indigoblu project this month I decided to decorate these wooden letters, unfortunately I didn’t have a matching ”O” but I found a slightly larger papier mache one. I hope it works.... a few more details as are on the Indigoblu blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you are well and having lots of fun crafting. I have lots to catch up on. When I was resting I enjoyed watching all of the Creativation videos, it looks like there is lots of lovely new goodies coming out soon.I have never tried distress oxides, I really must, the new Tim Holtz resist spray looked interesting too. Did you spot anything, you are hoping to try? 

I think I am getting the hang of the followers button thingy now, and I am happily following lots of blogs. Thank you and a very warm welcome if you have become a follower, I hope that you will enjoy your visits. Please leave me a comment as I would love to visit your blog too xx


There is still time to win some fabulous Indigoblu stamps, click here for more information.

I would like to enter my Love Letters into the following challenges.
A Vintage Journey Melt it - Lots and lots of embossing powder on the letters!
Penny Black Love, Hearts, Flowers
Stamping Sensations Anything With Flowers

18 Jan 2018

Floral Notebook


Hello, and if this is your first time here a very warm welcome to you! I hope you will enjoy your visit, please leave me a comment as I would love to visit your blog too. I hope you have escaped all of the nasty winter bugs going around, I am so looking forward to the spring! 
Today I would like to share my Floral Notebook with you, which I created for Indigoblu. Indigoblu make amazing, unique and very high quality rubber stamps which are all manufactured right here in the UK. Their new floral stamps are just gorgeous and are a joy to colour !

This is how I created my notebook. 




I removed some pages from an old book, this one happened to be “Wind In The Willows” I tore the pages into large strips, and adhered them  to both sides of the  notebook covers using Super Thick Slap It On.



Using a Versamarker ink pad I stamped the flowers and heat embossed them with brown embossing powder.
After colouring the flowers with Indigoblu paints I fussy cut them.I added some Mulberry Bush (this is my new favourite colour) paint to the edges of the notebook.I used sticky foam pads to adhere the flowers to the cover.I also added some pressed flowers to the cover.


I tied ribbons and twine to the book rings, and then stamped the anemones on the bottom of each of the inside pages.


Please visit the Indigoblu blog to see Mike Deakin’s Project this month too

Thank you for visiting.I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Country View Challenges Anything Goes 



If you would like a chance to win these fabulous 4 Indigoblu stamps just click here to find out more

15 Jan 2018

Win An Indigoblu Set of 4 Limited Edition Stamps!





With the kind help of the wonderful Elizabeth Robinson I have finally added a followers button to my blog! I am a bit late doing this, but only by a few years !! 

To celebrate Indigoblu are very generously allowing me to give away a fantastic Indigoblu  1st edition of The Collector’s  Edition Stamps (see above) they are just fantastic, my favourite is the bubbles!
If you would like a chance to win this wonderful set of 4 stamps it would be nice if you were to follow this blog, and leave me a little comment below. The winner will be picked by a random generator on Valentines Day, so there is plenty of time to join in.Good Luck! 

Below are a few of my projects using the stamps.






10 Jan 2018

Fiskarettes Design Team Reach For The Stars


I am very happy and honoured to reveal today that I have joined the talented Fiskars UK Design Team. I will be creating with them for the next 3 months. I have been crafting since I was old enough to use scissors, and I have always used Fiskars scissors and trimmers. I have found them to be of the highest quality and never let me down.

My first project for Fiskarettes UK is ‘Reach For The Stars”

I painted the box frame in a metallic white paint and punched stars out of masking paper and placed them over the top. I then painted over the frame in blue paint, and when dry I  removed the stars.

For the hills I used the circle punch and folded them in half and overlapped them, adhering them together.I covered the hills in texture paste before painting them.

I used invisible thread to hang  one of the glittery stars from the inside top of the frame

The lovely girl Stamp is drawn by the amazingly talentedPhyllis Harris and made by  Unity Stamps 


Thank you for visiting and Happy 2018 xx


I would like to enter “Reach For The Stars” into the following challenges
Country View Challenges Anything Goes 

5 Jan 2018

Pegasus

Pegasus has flown to the  Indigoblu blog today, to wish you all a very happy and magical New Year.
I love the new Pegasus Stamp, he is just gorgeous and there are so many different ways to use him, so 
I think he will be featuring a lot in my future projects!  Please visit the Indigoblu blog if you would like more details about how I made this card.
 

I would like to enter Pegasus into the following challenges,
Emerald Creek Dares  New to you the lovely Pegasus is new to me 

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