Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Lady in Yellow

 Good evening, Crafty ladies & gents...
I hope you've all had a good day?  Mine's been a bit hectic so no crafting for me today but yesterday I spent a good few hours creating the card below.  I found this image on the Public Domain at the end of last year, and fell in love with the image & colours.  I've been waiting for a day where I just wanted to create for myself i.e, no commissions, no family birthdays etc, so create I did.  The image is called Lady in yellow- Carter, Pruett (1891-1955) - House & Garden 1926 and it really is beautiful to look at, I just love the yellow. Yellow is not usually a colour I use much but I teamed it up with purple mirror card and the backing papers I created in CraftArtist from the lady's dress and the wallpaper ( You can't see it but it is a pale green/flowery wallpaper). The yellow in the flowers and the pale green are from the same paper, plus the purple mirri too.  I chose a pale green pearlescent card for the leaves & flourish.


8 x 8 card blank
Purple Mirri card (stash)
purple & cream pearls (stash)
Pearlescent card (stash)
Marianne Creatables frame LR0240
Marianne Craftables flowers LR0162
Marianne Creatable white border die CR1250
Joy Crafts Alphabet & Number stencil die 6002.0140

I decided after I made the card that it would be for My Mum, from my Daughter for Mothering Sunday.
It really is beautiful, purely because of the image, of course ;-)

Thanks for popping in, I appreciate you finding the time to come visit :)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Through the Purple Haze challenges - Pick your favourite colour
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes/Buttons & Pearls
The Crafting Cafe - Anything goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Make it feminine

Until next time.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Napkin Decoupage

Afternoon lovely peeps :)

Kinda been missing on blogger for a while - have been busy with new projects & not blogging about them - until now!  Here is one of the new projects I have tried - and I must say, although it's not a quick project, I thoroughly enjoyed putting it all together. 

 It's a plain memory type box with window in which I have sanded back and then painted with Gesso (sp?) - it took three coats until I was happy with it.  I then painted the inside with green acrylic paint - I didn't want it looking too perfect, so used my paint dabber to sponge the paint over and leaving some of the underneath white paint to come through - kinda distressed but not quite, if you know what I mean! Once dry I then took my chosen napkin & cut out the flowers that I wanted & then arranged it over the front & side of the box until I was happy with the design.  Then came the messy/tricky/sticky bit...I painted slap-it-on over the box & placed  each one layer of napkin down & then brushed slap-it-on again.  Well, the result is below for  you to see...let me tell you, I wasn't totally happy with the end result as when I varnished over the whole of the box (inside too) I noticed when dried that I'd got a few 'bumpy' bits of varnish.  I had to let it dry completely before sanding back again & re-varnishing. Whilst waiting for that to dry I then stamped out the letters to spell out Mum, painted them with the same acrylic  green paint (as used in the inside) & waited for them to dry before applying them to the dry varnished box.

So, What do you think, not bad for a first attempt? I can definitely see room for improvement and that will come with experience! I plan on making another one very soon for my Sister's birthday.

 I made some small cards for the inside of the box & then wrapped it all up for a gift for my Mother's birthday & I am so happy to say she was thrilled with her gift! She kept stroking her hand over the box & shaking her head, saying she couldn't believe I had made it!  She also loved all the cards inside.  I was so chuffed!!

So, that's all for now.  I'm glad to say I have got around to visiting blogs but seriously, you guys blog so much LOL I can't keep up with you all!

I'd like to enter my project into the following challenges:
Brown sugar - #77 - Anything goes

Until next time,

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Mish Mash of thanks

HI Peeps,

I'm back again! Hope you're all doing ok?

I've had a fun time playing around with some new Christmas dies! What better way than making some Thank You cards for my special family who spoilt me on Christmas day!

Aren't the images cute, pretty & clean looking - I really love them.  They are from
Here are a few more.  I must of got over excited as the last card (green & purple) is on the wonky side! hehe.  Oh well, I struggle with getting things straight! lol

Card blanks created using Spellbinders Adorning Squares die
Image & sentiment from Pink Petticoat
Centura Pearl card
Card from my stash
Buttons from my stash

That's it for today.

Hope you all have a good day & thanks for stopping by :)

Until next time,

Sunday, 5 January 2014


Happy New Year Peeps!

Can you believe we are at the start of a New Year...oh well, soon be Christmas! ;-)

So, to start off our new challenge over at Feeling Crafty Challenge we have chosen the theme


And, our sponsor for this months challenge is 

Hayley Gillie

Stampin' Up Demonstrator

 And the prize for the winner is
a very generous
£20 stampin' up voucher!

Your project must be butterfly themed, it can be a card, a scrapbook page or a 3D project.

 Please check out our blog Feeling Crafty challenge to see the beautiful crafty inspirations from the Design Team. 

Here is my project:

Ingredients used:

Centura Pearl card stock - Pink & white
Foundation coconut white card
Black card from my stash
Acetate (for butterfly)
Kanban butterfly & border clear acrylic stamps
Versamark stamp
Black embossing powder
Die'sire Floral Frenzy 6" x 6" embossing folder
Pink Sekura Jelly Roll pen
Black ribbon


So, to join in with our challenge, please visit the Feeling Crafty challenge blog for more info & for inspiration from our very talented Design Team members.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenge(s):

Through the craft room door ~ Anything goes
Allsorts  ~ Free & Easy
Creative Moments ch33 ~ Anything goes
Simply Create Too ~ Anything goes
Crafty Creations Challenges ~ Anything goes
C.R.A.F.T Challenge ~ Anything goes
The Crafting Cafe ~ Anything goes

See you there!

Until next time,