Sunday, 4 September 2016

12 Journals of 2016 - March

Hi everyone

I hope you have all been having a wonderful summer.  I have been busy and seem to have taken a little time off blogging and making videos but don't worry I have still been getting my fix of creativity!  So before I get to this:

Just thought I would share what I have been up to as it has been very creative but in a different way!  I have been helping Mum!  I have been getting all painty and decoraty!  It has been fun spending Mum's money ;-)  Here is her bedroom all finished and looking lovely (if I do say so myself!!!!)  We are now working on her Lounge so I will share that with you when it is all looking gorgeous again.

I have also been up-cycling and have a new chair in my bedroom.  Here are the before and after shots:

Remember this one?

Well it now has a matching bedside table!

I loved doing this look and they look fab in Callum's room and help keep it tidy to…..ok well that may be a step to far for now ;-)

I have long been meaning to cover this Ikea sofa……..

……and then inspired by the most perfect fabrics I did this and I have to say even to an amateur like me it was easy peasy and I would recommend it to anyone as the sofa easily comes apart to make covering simple.

 I have to say that this will probably be the only time it looks like this as it is mostly used as a cupboard!!!

We also had another trip to the hospital with Callum's knee and he had it stretched which I know sounds painful and it was but thankfully he got to sleep through it.  Here he is all recovered and attached to a knee bending machine.

He has definitely been through it this year but he is doing well and is back in the Gym …….not quite up to tumbling yet but every day sees him getting closer.  Fingers crossed and thank goodness for the talented surgeon and staff of the NHS!

So that was my summer with a few lovely days in the garden of course so now it is back to sharing the creativity and this one is a catch up page in my 12 Journals of 2016 series all pages inspired by Tim Holz's 12 Tags of 2016.

This was Tim's tag where he mixed two of his previous techniques to achieve this new look and this was the page it inspired:

As you can see it is a little more feminine than Tim's but the techniques are there only my version of them as you will see in this video:

I wish you all a Happy Sunday and hope you are finding time to create.  I am hoping to get another page caught up as I am a bit behind this year…..well ok a lot behind lol!

Thank you for popping by X

Friday, 22 July 2016

Fishy Card Tutorial using Alcohol Inks and News of Giveaways!

Hi Everyone

Today I am sharing a tutorial that shows you different ways of using alcohol inks to create backgrounds for your stamping.  This quick and easy card features the Something Fishy stamp set from Rubber Dance.

I will guide you through the techniques and pretty soon you will have a card like mine that looks fab inside and out…..if I may say so myself ;-)

Here is the tutorial:

…….and here is the Giveaway News.  I am having my first ever Giveaway on YouTube (so excited) and the prize is this lovely set of stamps donated by the fabulous Bibi who is the owner of the Norwegian based Rubber Dance stamp company.  Many of you know I have been active on the Design Team for some time and have recently joined with Bibi to bring you Stamps and online tutorials all in one creative bundle!

So if you want to have the chance of winning these stamps all you have to do is pop over to my channel on YouTube, subscribe if you don't already and then leave me a comment to say you want to join in.  If you want to go into the draw twice then just share the tutorial and make sure to tell me in your comment that you have done so.  The Giveaway runs from 22 July - 05 August 2016.

But that is not all……. Follow this link to your second chance to win these fabulously fishy stamps.

……….and this link for chance number three!  How cool is that?!!! (this will go live a little later today!)

Last but definitely not least if you want to purchase our first stamp and tutorial bundle featuring the Mushroom stamp set from Rubber Dance then please follow this link and head over to my ETSY shop to check out the offer.  Here is just a few of the many things you could be making very soon!

Good luck in the many Giveaways and see you here very soon with a stamp and online tutorial bundle featuring the Frosty Friends Stamp set.

Thank you for popping by X

Monday, 18 July 2016

Mixed Media Flower Card Tutorial

Hi Everyone

This tutorial is all about how easy it is to create interesting mixed media background papers that you can then go on to use in your projects.  I show you how and then how to turn that into a pretty flower card.

I have used my paper as a background paper and then I have revealed the design by cutting a stencil design into the white card.  I finished off with some punched flowers and voila!!

I really hope you enjoy the tutorial and have lots of fun creating your background papers in a myriad of colours!

The weather has finally turned a little warmer here so I am off out to have tea in the garden - a fabulous end to the weekend.  Hope you have all had a wonderful time too.

Thank you for popping by X

PS A Stamp Giveaway coming very soon so watch this space!!!!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

12 Journals of 2016 - June

Hi Everyone

Here is June's Journal page inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 and his June Tag in which he combines two techniques from previous tags for a completely new look.  This really is a fun challenge to play along with.  New things to try or old techniques to rediscover and tons of inspiration so click on this link if you want to play along too.

As you may know I have been playing along with this challenge for some years now and I have decided to make journal pages rather than tags this year.

Each page also comes with a matching tag as you can see here.  I haven't decided what to journal about yet and as I am having printer troubles I will share the finished tag with you later.

In the video you will see how I used the two techniques Tim used on his tag as the inspiration for my journal page.  Hope you find something to inspire you to get creative.

If you are new to my blog…….Welcome……….There is a ton of creativity in my archives so please feel free to explore and of course if you like what you see then please subscribe and be sure that you get to hear next time I post.

See you soon with some more creativity.  Thank you for popping by X

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

12 Journals of 2016 - May

Hi Everyone

I am catching up with my 12 Journals of 2016 this month and probably next!  I am a bit behind again - I don't know where my time disappears to sometimes.  Keeping this post short as I am off to edit June's Page which is all filmed!

I am playing along with Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 only I am making journal pages instead.  The principal is the same I will take his inspiration and give it my own interpretation and will film the journey for you.

I love how this one turned out… the end!  This was one of those pages that took a while to find its direction as you will see in the video.  But when it got there I liked the story it told and I know fellow Art Journalers will appreciate the use of Gesso and a black pen which so often come to my rescue!!!!

As usual I am creating a tag for each month but I am out of ink at the moment so I haven't been able to add my journalling and photo just yet - I will bring that to you in another video once my printer is up and running again!

If you are wondering about those gorgeous stamped images I have use Antique Botanicals by Rubber Dance.  I particularly love this flower and have used it over and over.  Click on the link if you want to see more of this lovely collection of stamps.

Without further ado here is the tutorial which takes you from Tim's inspiration to my interpretation.

Thank you for popping by x

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Another Archived Tutorial!

Good Morning!

Well it is a bit grey and damp here at the moment so I hope it is sunnier where you are today.  Just a quick post with another little tutorial.  Sorry about the photos but as I said this was footage from a few years ago!

I used similar papers for both of my designs but even so I think because I used two different sets of flower stamps the photo above has an oriental feel whilst the one below is a little more modern looking.

This is a really easy card idea to replicate and I know you can come up with all sorts of paper combinations using your own flower stamp stash…..!!!!

Hope you have fun with this tutorial.  Thank you for popping by X

Friday, 20 May 2016

Trawling my Archives

Hi Everyone

Over the coming weeks I will be bringing you tutorials I videoed some time ago.  Because video files are so large from time to time I have to move them on to an external hard drive and these are the ones I have forgotten!!!  So I am dusting them off and editing them and I hope they are useful tutorials with fun ideas for you to try or adapt for your projects.

This first tutorial has a fun rag daisy embellishment that I know you are going to be able to make and use to embellish a whole host of crafting projects.

This card can be made in any colour combination - Navy and white - Cream and Pink…it is up to you all you need is card stock and a matching ink - combine that with a flower background stamp, a fun greeting or two, a butterfly stamp and some die cut foliage, etc.  These are all things you will have in your stash I am sure.

Add a strip of fabric and a needle and thread and you too will soon have a lovely summery card like this one.  Next to these card photos I found a photo of this little (not so little) beauty.  I wonder if the cake inspired the card or the card inspired the cake?

Either way I enjoyed making them both!……..and eating the cake of course ;-)

 YUM!  Now I am hungry.  But off to check out my archives again so I can bring you another tutorial very soon…..but for today here is the tutorial.

Hope you are having sunny weather or are making sunny projects….or both would be perfect.  Until next time, thank you for popping by X
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