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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Red, White and Blue.

Sorry Sorry but I just HAD to go topical what with the royal wedding tomorrow. I just love weddings and the Princes (ever since they so stoically walked behind their mothers coffin and they are similar ages to my sons, it struck a cord with me). I have gone red, white and blue (I am also very patriotic). Over at JFF this week it is the last week of shapes and Von chose Triangles, (Von I can honestly say this has stumped me hence my offering). I draw inspiration from the royal wedding as you can see. TH  DI inks, broken china and worn lipstick, stamped with a TH background that I have divided into triangles, used a paper edging that has triangles in it and a lace edge also triangle-ish, chose a wedding vintage picture and then red, white and blue bunting. Roll on the next wedding my Son Paul to Jenni in July. Thanks for looking and enjoy the wedding tomorrow. XOXO.
PS our little community is having a street party tomorrow.
PPS Yes I will be swapping this month so count me in.
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Saturday, 23 April 2011

JFF Squares

Whew! what a scorcher Easter we are having, now I am not complaining I love the hot weather. My poor garden however is beginning to look a bit sorry for itself. All the spring flowers have died off so quickly, and this is one of my favorite times of the year. You know when everything is so new and fresh. On the plus side having all the windows open even at night means I get to hear all the lovely bird song. Anyway over at JFF we have a month of different shapes and this week it is squares those gals really know how to challenge us every week. I was particular wowed by the DT  inspirational pieces for squares such a variety. Well here is my square piece. a tag painted with acrylic rose pink and then dabbed thru a square mask with chilli red. Used a couple of crafty individual background papers and made small square frames for them. I also used 2 pieces of square fabric for added interest a couple of brads and an eyelet. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you eat plenty of chocolate from the Easter bunny tomorrow LOL. XOXOPosted by Picasa

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

A Birthday Present


My cousin Mandy is 50 today and as we are crafting buddies I wanted to make her something special. So I made this heart shaped hanging frame and birthday card. The frame is called "Live Life with a Flouish" I used chip board and cut out the heart shape frames, I painted, masked, stamped on  and distressed them. One corner on each frame has been given texture (I used a wood and nails texture technique from Sam's technique zone) I can recommend this technique it really works.
For the top frame I made a grunge flower and embossed swirl  and used corregated package painted and distressed using metalic rubs for the backing.
The centre frame I have used antique lace and silk fabric with a vintage downlaod this is machine sewed to card decorated with antique buttons
The bottom frame has DI card which has had swirls stamped on a grunge butterfly and an chipboard M that has been heat embossed and a swirl stamped into it while hot.
If you look closely I have hand written the title on to each of the frames with swirly handwriting. Also a bit of bling snuk in (I can't resist bling)
The card I made using a vintage download  machine sewed to antique lace and pretty papers, decorated with buttons and a flower also a bit of bling. Thanks for looking. XX

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Happy Days and Sad Days

Its been quite a week really been to the hospital with "The Diamond" (XOXO) for a couple of days, we went full of hope, but unfortunately it was not to be, hence the sad day and realisation we have to learn to live with disability of a once very active person. HOWEVER the Happy Days return once you start to count blessings instead, we certainly have plenty and fortunately we are both very resilient. :-) So I turned my attention to some crafting and make the most of time off work. Luckily the JFF challenge is Thursday just perfect for me this week. And the challenge this week is from Von she set "Stars" now I find shapes quite difficult for some reason but today the creative juices flowed maybe it is because you should "Reach for the Stars" (the name of my piece) while you can. I inked a tag shape with DI bundled sage and Victorian velvet, I then ran it through the big shot with a star embossing folder and rubbed worn lipstick over the raised stars. I had the perfect vintage download picture which I machine sewed to silk fabric and lace along the bottom punched out larger stars and added embellishments the whole tag has also been glitter varnished but it does not show in the photo. Hope you like it, thanks for stopping by. XX

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Weekend Workshops


Wow what a beautiful weekend we have had, I love the sunny weather, the birds singing, all the doors and windows open, it just feeds the spirit, just fab :-). As well as breathing in the sunny weather I was lucky enough to attend another 'Carol' from Krafty Pieces workshop it was hosted by Diane from Crafts and Candle Light. We altered a cheese box with gorgeous results and its circular so very apt for this weeks JFF challenge . I also made a tag for the JFF this week sees the start of a new months challenge and it is 'Circles' I used a tag and inked with DIs tumbled glass, bundled sage and worn lipstick and edged in walnut stain. I have been yearning to use the stamp (Tick Tock flowers) for some time and thought it suited the circle theme quite nicely so masked and stamped the tag. I painted the cogs with antique gold acrylic paint and then crackle accents. I also made a grunge flower but out of paper using the same stamps embellished a couple of the stamped cog centers with metal leaf flake to lift it and with a few beads. All very coggy really LOL. Thanks for looking and enjoy the week even if it does cool down.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

A Bit of FUN

Well what a week! I came down with a horrible cold just as I was bragging (to anyone who would listen) that I had not had any Illness this winter. Oh no not me LOL. Well after going through a box or 2 of tissues and having rested and monged out for a couple of days (the Diamond bought me loads of cups of tea - Heaven), today I thought I would tackle the JFF "Anything you Fancy" theme week. A great choice challenge ladies after a challenging month which personally I have thoroughly enjoyed. So many lovely comments, Thank You for those.
I chose to use a little frame for this, which I painted pale rose acrylic and  masked using dusky rose acrylic. Once dry; I stamped the lines with purple ink. I embossed the S (for Sandra) and stamped into it hot to get the impression(I am making a special 50th birthday gift, so I needed to practice this technique) I finished off with a glimmer sprayed flower (lava Red) and a hand written shrink plastic sign for JFF. Simply but enjoyable especially as I feel rough, (Sorry just going fr the sympathy vote LOL). Have a lovely week and THANKS for stopping by. XOXO