Sunday 19 February 2017

Cone Flower in Yellow and Blue

Today I've decided to share with you a card I made a while ago, the pic has been sitting there waiting for me to get back into posting on my blog more regularly so I thought it was time to bring it into the spotlight.
I was playing with Paper Artsy Dylusions powder pigments and first stamped this gorgeous Cone Flower image from the Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden stamp set.  I used Versamark ink and white embossing powder.  I then used a small amount of 'Golden Sands' Infusion, mixing the crystals with a little water to create a background wash on a piece of water colour paper.  Once dry I mixed a stronger solution from 'Royal Blood' Infusions and painted the flower heads and stems.  I then splattered more of the paint over the background using a paint brush.

I used SU! 'Night of Navy' ink to drag round edges of the painted panel and to stamp the frame and sentiment from the Rubbernecker 'Freehand Phrase #900' stamp set on a scrap of plain watercolour paper, which I attached over the background.  I then mounted the panel onto a piece of cream card and then another of navy before attaching to the base card.

I love how this card turned out, hope you do too.  Thanks for dropping by I hope you'll call back again.


Monday 13 February 2017

Birthday Card for a Pal

Oh Boy ! It's been such a long time since I have posted anything on here and I've yet to come to grips with the changes that have been made by Blogger since I last posted.

Thanks so much all of you that have popped by to check for new work or to review some of my older creations whilst I've been 'resting' from Blogging. 

I really haven't been in the mood for much crafting for a while and not felt able to share the few things I have done.  I've done quite a lot of crochet and knitting to fill my resting times, maybe I'll share some pix of the other things I've been getting up to.

I thought I'd break myself back into Blogging gently with the pretty card below, which was one I made for a Pal's birthday a while back.

Of course, after so long I have to try to remember the products and techniques I used to create this, apologies if I get some of the things wrong !  Please do let me know if you spot that I've made an error and I will correct.

It's very simple really, background created using sprinkles of Brusho Powders then spritzed with water and left to develop.  The main image is from Penny Black, stamped and heat embossed then coloured using Gellatos mixed with water and brushed on.

I can't remember which company's stamp I used for the sentiment, sorry.

The Brusho'd background was gently edged with purple Stickles, as was the sentiment panel.

That's it from me for my first Blog in a while, I'll try to post up a few more in the coming days.

Happy Crafting Folks.

Love 'n' Hugs

Wednesday 10 August 2016

Purple Birthday

Today's project is one of the cards I made recently using up some backgrounds, toppers and elements I'd created a while back whilst playing with inks, paints, stamps and stencils.

I loved this panel when I'd finished it but wasn't exactly sure how I wanted to turn it into a card.  I added it over a slightly larger layer of black card then tied around some twine and attached a flower embellishment.  I decided not to add a sentiment to the front so that the card would work for many different occasions.

Materials and tools used :

Distress Inks - Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Blue Print Sketch
Rebecca Baer 'Secret Garden' stencil
Penny Black Slapstick Cling stamp 'Full Bloom'
Black Archival ink
Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel applied through a Stampers Anonymous stencil
Crafters Companion Spray and Shine to seal the DIs
Black cardstock
Lilac cotton twine
SU! 'Flower Shop' stamp set and matching punch for the flower embellishment

Here's a close up shot of the GBGG

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project, thanks so much for visiting my little piece of Blogland, I do appreciate each and everyone of you, particularly those of you who take the time to leave me a comment.  I'm always thrilled to see I have comments on my posts to read and publish. 

Hope to see you here again soon when I share more of my makes.

Hugs, Wynneth x

Monday 8 August 2016

Happy Anniversary

Well, today, a couple of my lovely pals celebrate a great milestone in their lives, it's a special Wedding Anniversary for them, Congratulations Kathy and Steve.

Happy Anniversary Kathy and Steve, hope you enjoy your very special day.

To mark this occasion I created a special card for my pals and it's their card which is the project I'm sharing with you all today. 

Please bear with me as I'm transitioning to a new laptop and trying to get my usual photo editing software installed and running.  Still have some teething problems to iron out so that I can get it working and back to the quality of pix I usually post.  I have a feeling the problems are due to now having Windows 10 running and it's possible the old software doesn't work with the new operating system, I may have to upgrade.

For the background of my card, I tried out the - new to me - 'Masterboard technique'.  I've seen a couple of demonstrations recently, one of which was by my lovely crafting pal Lauren during her appearance on HOCHANDA.  I just had to have a go for myself.

I didn't have a plan when I started the master board, but as one of the recipients of the card loves purple and the other is a fan of red, I wanted to incorporate both of these colours.  I have to say I was really pleased with how it turned out in the end, there was a period during it's creation when I was sure it would be consigned to the bin !

Supplies and tools used :

PaperArtsey Fresco paints - Squid Ink, Granny Smith, Cherry Red, Dolly Mix, Snowflake
Crafty Individuals 'Crowned Bunnies' stamp
Lennie Pujol 'Doodle Drops' stamp set
Diana Wakely 'Clearly Collaged Hearts'
Gansai Tambi Starry Colours paints
Stampers Anonymous 'Ledger Script' CMS241
SU! Blackberry Bliss ink

I still have the rest of the master board background left, I'm sure you'll be seeing more of it in other projects soon. 

Thanks for dropping by today to see my latest project, hope you like it. 

Til your next visit.... have a crafty time


Wynneth x

Sunday 7 August 2016

Welcoming a New 'Mrs'

Good morning and welcome to Sunday.  As I promised in my post yesterday, today I'm sharing details of a gift I created for the Bride who's wedding I attended recently.

I'm not a jewellery maker or beader, but I'll try my hand at most crafting, so this is my first venture into making a gift with beads.

I wanted to create something for the new 'Mrs Mackeen' to be given to her at breakfast the day after the wedding.  This is what I came up with, using stretchy beading thread and a scrap of organza ribbon.

I'm told she was 'delighted' with her gift and that made me happy - easily pleased that's me Ha Ha

Thanks for dropping by to see my project today, I've been busy at my 'table of craftiness' and have a few more projects to share with you over the coming days.


Wynneth X

Saturday 6 August 2016

Wedding Bells

I've had quite a busy time recently.  One of the things I've done since I posted on here last was attend a lovely wedding last week when the son of a couple of my dear friends wed the love of his life.  I felt very privileged to have been invited to their special day and it was a beautiful day, even the weather behaved which provided lots of great photo opportunities.

I thought the project I'd share with you today is the card I made for the 'Happy Couple'.  It's a little different to the cards I've been creating recently, but I was pleased with it once finished and I hope the Bride and Groom liked it too.  

I used a few new/un-used items from my stash to create the card :

* Centura Pearl card
* Sizzix A4 embossing folder
* Tim Holtz 'Scribbes and Splat' die set
* Joanna Sheen Die-Lacy 'Grace Lace' border die

The embossed background was created using the embossing folder which was included as a free gift with the Sizzix Big Shot Plus I was lucky enough to receive as a birthday gift earlier in the year. 

Other materials and tools used :

* SU! Sassy Salutations sentiment stamp
* SU! Soft Suede ink
* Tiny pearls from my stash

There is another item I created for the wedding, I'll share details of that with you tomorrow.

Thanks for dropping by to see today's project, hope you enjoyed your visit.


Wynneth X

Wednesday 27 July 2016

A couple of Challenge Entries

Hi Peeps, it's been a while since I posted on here, but I've a couple of projects to share with you today.

A short while ago my lovely crafting pal Kathy let me know the name of a stamp set she'd used on a card I was admiring.  She then sent me a link to the set for a good price, of course another set jumped into my basket whilst browsing the site oopsie !  The 'accidentally' (ahem) purchased set was Stampers' Anonymous 'Flower Garden' CMS215'.

When I 'fessed up to kathy, she said that was on her must-have list so headed off to purchase it.  She then told her pal Sarn what she'd bought and (just like a crafters pass-the-parcel) Sarn also purchased a set. Then she thought that as all three of us had the same stamp set, it might be nice to challenge me, kathy and herself to create a project using the set.  Oh what fun !

My set took a little longer to arrive than theirs so there has been a slight delay with makes, but I've now been busy.  Do click on the links in the above paragraph to check out both of their fabulous creations.

Although there are quite a few different flowers in the set, the favourite of all of us is the Cone Flower, so this is the one we've all used.

For my first card, I decided to use a water colour background technique that is new to me - pressing a Distress Ink pad onto a piece of acetate, spritzing with water then smooshing it onto the card/watercolour paper, drying each colour before adding the next. 

DI's used : Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade

Once dry I stamped the cone flower over the background using black Archival ink.  I then painted it using Fossilised Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade and Forest Moss for the stem and used Forest Moss to apply colour through a That's Crafty Dinky Stencil all over.  I then added a sentiment stamped directly over the background using a Rubber Necker stamp from their Freehand Frame Phrase set 900.  Swiped the black ink pad around the edges and attached to a black 5x5 base card.

I was fairly pleased with finished card, but felt the background was a little too colourful and busy.  So I made another, this time using just Mustard Seed through the stencil.  The cone flower was coloured with the same DIs as the previous card

I think I prefer this version of the background.  The sentiment is from a set which I think was a magazine freebie.  Before attaching the painted panel to the black base card, I used another of my new stash items - Gansai Tambi Starry colours, using the Red Gold, applied through the same dinky stencil. 
There we go then, two cards using the same tools and materials.  I hope both Kathy and Sarn are happy that I've managed to join in with the challenge at last. 
Thanks for dropping by.
Wynneth x

Thursday 7 July 2016

More new stash playing...

More new stash items were calling to me and I was too weak to resist Ha Ha. 

I'd watched some videos recently on Yupo paper used with Alcohol Inks and decided I just had to get some Yupo and have a go myself.   I bought Ranger brand but there are other makes available.

It's fun to watch how the inks react/interact on the Yupo and I'll be experimenting with other colours later.

I used part of the background I created and added stamping using the Carabelle 'Ville d'oilleurs : Zitenkia' set which I've had in my stash for a while.  I then used a new Sweet Poppy Stencil and black Stazon ink to add the larger image.  Then Layered the background onto a slightly larger piece of black cartstock.

Using a die from my new Seth Apter 'Drip Drop' set and black cardstock I diecut the 'drippy' ring then rubbed on a little Treasure Gold and added it to the background framing the stencilled image.  I used a white Posca Pen to add a few highlights and to draw a line around the background attached to the black layer.

Finally I used a new sentiment die (gift from a lovely pal) to cut out 'Enjoy' from white cardstock and attached it over the frame.

I enjoyed playing with Yupo and have the other piece of the background to use on another project.

Thanks for popping by to check out my latest project, hope you enjoyed seeing it.


Tuesday 5 July 2016

Trying out new stash....

I've been trying out some of my new stash acquisitions recently and for today's project I used one of my new inkpads.  I'm loving the Hero Arts Ombre and Neon Ombre inkpads and this Neon yellow is so vibrant.  I also used a sentiment stamp from the SU! Botanicals For You set I picked up for a bargain price at the first ever Sincerely Yours Craft Show held in Plymouth recently.  It is so frustrating for those of us living in the SouthWest that we have to travel miles to visit a craft show, I was excited when I read that SY was venturing down here, I hope they come back here again and do another show.

For the image I used the Visible Image INKcognito Flower stamp set and a splats stamp from another VI set.  I then mounted the image layer over a slightly larger piece of coloured SU! card and then cut a frame using two sizes of die from my Crealies No 24 set of stitched rectangles.  I stamped the sentiment using SU! Early Espresso ink onto another scrap of the linen effect cardstock using for the layers and frame.

A simple design but I am pleased with the finished result.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you've enjoyed seeing todays project.  I've more new things to play with and hope to share more projects with you soon.


Wynneth X

Monday 13 June 2016

Mache Book Box

Today's project is another of the 'shoe box' projects brought along by one of my crafting pals when we met up in Grimsby earlier this year.  Debbie provided each of us with a set of two mache book boxes to alter as we wished. 

Here's the front of my finished book

 the inside

the back

I used the smaller book first and started off covering it with a layer of white gesso.  I then applied Paper Artsy Fresco chalk paints over then rubbed a little Silver Treasure Gold paste over the top.  The image on the front is from a set by Crafty Individuals added using gel medium, with more medium over the top to seal and secure the image.  I applied a thin coat of Stardust Stickles all over, except on the image.

I added Platinum Stickles around the edge of image then attached a scrap of lace down the left side and attached a metal key found in my stash.  I made a closure using two pieces of lace and a couple of large gems, attached to front and back of the box.

On the back I used some Crafty Individuals stamps and Stazon Black ink before applying the metal scissors embellie.

Inside I used another of the CI images and a small wooden clock charm, which I covered with the Treasure Gold.  More scraps of lace, Stickles and lots of gems.

It was a fun project to complete - thank you Debbie.

I still have the larger book box which is still a WiP, I'll share once I've completed it.