Monday, 24 November 2014

Gothic Butterfly

Good morning, and what a lovely one it is too :)

I absolutely love nothing more then getting my hands dirty in a mixed media project, and here my latest creative piece.

It felt good to do something like this again after my scrapbook pages.

The butterfly is a Prima resin dressed up in PaperArtsy paint French Roast and then the raised areas are highlighted in Treasure Gold Pewter and Rose Quartz.

The background consists of (to keep it quick and simple):

Tim Holtz Flourishes die cuts
Hot glue dripped down the piece
Prima Bloom Sprays (blue and lilac)
Viva Ferro Paste - Green Gold
Embossing powder - Black and gold
Treasure Gold - Pewter

For the backing I just mounted the piece on back card twice, but embossed the first layer in a clear powder, with a crackle effect stamp. Then I used the Tim Holtz Easel to stand it up.

I quite like this gothic look, so I will experiment some more with this style and really can't wait to go again... :)

I'd like to enter this in:
the Country View Crafts Challenge - Bugs, Bees and Butterflies
Not Just Cards - Challenge 7 (Always Anything Goes)
WOW November Mixed Media Challenge


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 285

Oh no....

Please don't judge me harshly, it's the worst it's been for ages! I guess I'm not paying that cleaning fairy enough!!

I've had a fairly productive week considering I have a very 'independent' (this is the nicer choice of words) toddler in tow. Will post more pics over the next few days, finally finished the page for the Prima BAP (Build-A-Page), which you can see here if you like.

I suppose I should go and tidy after my cuppa and having a nosy around other desks, but a trip to the Post Office is calling me... More crafty goodies have arrived :)

Have a lovely week one and all


Sunday, 16 November 2014

By The Sea - Scrapbook Page

On our hols in September we went to Cornwall, and with having two dogs and a toddler in tow, there wasn't a lot we could do other than go to the beach. Fortunately it was very good weather and we had a blast!!

(Inked the background with Worn Jeans and White to create a dappled water effect going across the page)

Isaac absolutely adored the sea, which made life a lot easier. So lots of gorgeous photos were captured... :)

I took my inspiration from the Prima BAP (Build A Page) this month and with my fast growing stash of their Seashore range I had plenty of products to do this.

I loved letting go and using and abusing my Prima goodies (I usually hoard them and think they're too pretty to use -  am I crazy?!). I have loads of their resins for this collection and this has to be my favourite line from Prima.

I used a cheese cloth which I stretched and sprayed with Prima Bloom Spray in Pearl White. Then intertwined it with the resin shells, crabs and a seahorse. These were first paired with the Prima Chalk Fluid Ink Pads in Dusty Attic, Worn Jeans and Turquoise Stone.

I used one of the Prima Road Signs 'Your Path', as it just fitted so perfectly. He made his own path to the sea, so brave and bold considering two weeks before he was terrified, screaming and pleading not to be anywhere near it, but he left the holiday in awe of it.

I used Prima flowers from various sets, Songbird, Something Blue and Seashore. I also used those lovely sparkling gems Say It In Crystals Adhesive Gems from the Seashore set.

Here are some more close ups:

My Prima resin stash will now need a happy top up lol...

Thanks so much for looking, have a cheery day/night!! :)

I'd like to enter this in to the following challenges:

Prima BAP November Challenge
A Crafty Mess Challenge 1 - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge 120 - Anything Goes
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Winner & Highly Desirables Challenge #24 – Anything Goes


Saturday, 15 November 2014

My Boys - Scrapbook Page

Here is a photo from a couple of years a go when my boys were slowly being introduced to one another.

I do have another boy, a Cav (Dillan) but he is desperately hopeless, in a gorgeous way, so never really took notice of Isaac. Alfie however, saw a new playmate when Isaac showed up. As soon as Alfie saw him and gave him a sniff, he just desperately wanted to be close to Isaac and give him kisses, well slobbery licks, but I'm a typical dog owner!!

So, I had to scrap this, especially after seeing the challenge at The Crafters Cafe, it gave me the oomph and more importantly, the right word to do something with it.

I have many more of them together but this was the start of a beautiful friendship a few days after Isaac was born and can't wait to scrap more, maybe even do a mini album for when Isaac is older.

I'd like to enter this in 


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

What's on your workdesk? Wednesday 284

Yep, it's still a mess. Some things never change, right?

Although I do wish there was a Craft Desk Cleaning Fairy that would pack everything up just the way I like it when I'm asleep. Can only only dream... :)

Been trying to finish off my Prima BAP spread, almost there. Will hopefully finish and post before the and of the week. 

My card I made a couple of days a go is still sitting there... (still need to write in it, then I can pop it next door).

My extra hearts left over from my anniversary card. Can you believe those little movers and shapers can cut through two layers of mount board? Did it by accident and it took me awhile to realise afterwards - oops :)

Hope every is well and see you next week xx


Monday, 10 November 2014

Just a quick note...

A little 'Thank You' card for my neighbour who very kindly gave us a huge bundle of clothes for my little boy.

I used my PaperArtsy stamps, which have been lying dormant for awhile, but they are perfect for occasions like this.

Picture isn't fabulous (again) must invest in a better camera or get a better backdrop.

I used my new Tim Holtz Distress Paints - Yum!!!! I love these. I wanted to settle on Stain or Paint and solo glad I went for these. They are a dream to play with, the colours are vibrant and fun. 

Just a clean and simple layout.

Thanks for popping by. 
Gee xx

I'd like to add this to The Crafters Cafe Challenge 89 - Thank You

Anniversary Card

This is a very quick card to do, which is handy when you're pushing the deadline - tomorrow!! Luckily my husband and I don't really 'celebrate' things like this, we think gestures should be an all year round thing, but we always make the effort to exchange a card.

I used Vivo Ferro Paste, it's so sparkly and gorgeous. It's my new play thing :) Unfortunately I can't really capture it in a this light. I used Amber Gold and Golden Green. 

I used the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Hearts on mount board and his stamp from Simple Sayings. 

It is very simple and I wish I could get a better pic, I may try again tomorrow when it's been opened. I do wish now I had a little more time as I feel I could have done so much more - maybe next year ;) xx


Tuesday, 4 November 2014


Okay, well this post goes a little against the crafting norm, but finally feel ready to share this drawing.

I do love to draw but I struggle to stay focused on a drawing as evident to the 9-12 months it took me to draw this.

I feel very connected to this, overprotective almost, mainly because of the hours I spent examining every little detail of her try to get her... perfect. Not the point of art I know, but I couldn't help myself. I fell in love with the photograph I found.

I took the image from an internet source as I can only draw from a photograph, I think it helps me know where things should sit on the paper - proportion wise. Unfortunately whoever took the photo I can't really get hold of as there is no contact option, but I'd love to know who took this. If it was you please get in contact :) The photo can be found here. For the photo she is the Lady of the Lake.

I did this picture about four years a go for an art course I was doing. It took me so long, because I wanted to get it right, for it to then not good enough for the tutor. Gutted. I took it badly, I quit the course. Artistic temperament perhaps? :)

She is on A3 sketch paper and done with pencil and graphite.

Anyway, I thought I would share here now as I'm about to embark on another drawing - who knows in a years time I may have finished - lol


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - November

Well, here is my first attempt at a Tim Holtz tag. How he did his can be found here on his blog.

...Actually quite scary to attempt this, it's like following in the footsteps of a giant!!

I didn't have the Layered Leaf but I do have that beautiful Layered Bee die, so to save my bank account I decided to give it a go with this instead. 

The first problem was the logistics of actually fitting it on the tag, if I wanted to successfully try this technique, and I actually quite like the tag this way around in a landscape fashion, completely going against the Tim Holtz norm, but then isn't that the point of creativity?! I am finding (and coming to terms with the fact) that I am not one of those people who can follow a recipe to the letter anyway, so this tag was probably never destined to look like his - just as my meals never come out looking like they do in the book :)

The second problem was the drop shadow, I just couldn't  get it to work with the bee folder, but I will keep trying this technique in other embossing adventures.

(added colour to the letters to tie in with the tag)

I used 'scraps' of Remnant Rubs - Elements in amongst the background and as I don't have any spray stains (yet) I improvised a little with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink pad. I rubbed the ink pad on the craft mat as normal, let the droplets separate and settle, put the heat tool over for a little while and then very lightly press parts of the tag into the ink and you get some concentrated 'droplets' of ink. I did the same with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.

I am quite pleased with my first attempt given the limited supplies I have, but I managed to use all Tim Holtz / Ranger products except for the ribbon, which was from my stash. 

See you soon xx

As well as submitting this for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 -November challenge, I like to put this forward for:
the lovely Country View Challenge for November Bugs, Bees and Butterflies
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge 88 - Things with Wings 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
 Crafting for all Seasons Tag It Challenge 89
4 Crafty Chicks Anything Goes Challenge

Saturday, 1 November 2014

'The Keeper' Book Cover CVC Guest Designer

So, so, sooooo delighted to design for Country View Challenges blog for winning a Top 3 Merit last month for my Sea Shell Card, it's such an honour to do this again - thanks team! :) 

The theme is Bees, Bugs and Butterflies, and straight away I knew that I wanted to incorporate the Tim Holtz Layered Bee. I have had my eye on this beautiful little gem for ages... so what a great excuse to make a crafty purchase!! 

I kept coming up with many designs for a mixed media piece thinking along the lines of a flowery shabby chic garden. I was messing around with 'bee' quotes for ages too, but nothing was coming together.

Then inspiration sprang out of the blue (pure lightbulb moment) and I got the idea for an old, antique, mysterious style book cover piece when suddenly the simplest title came to mind and so from here 'The Keeper' was born. Completely away from all of my original intentions for this piece.

I used a chicken wire stencil from Crafters Workshop, hexagon die cut pieces to create a honeycomb effect and some gears using the Cheery Lynn die.

Everything got a coat of PaperArtsy Treasure Gold in White Fire and Rose Quartz. Then the fun part with ageing  and painting started. Lots of light layers of PaperArtsy chalk paint in French Roast. Glossy accents on the letters and wings. 

I won't go into anymore detail as I could go on forever...! But I do hope you like and thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask :) xx
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