Sunday, 19 February 2017

International Art & Soul Recycling

The theme this time is 'Recycling' over at the International Art and Soul blog so come and join us. This time I decided to do a mixed media piece. I've called it 'Wings of Love'. The canvas, from Hobbycraft, and paints, Luminarte mists, were new but most of the other items were recycled. I'll try to tell you about them all. lol I used texture paste and stencils on the background first of all and then added a couple of small pieces of Snipart honeycomb on two corners. The flowers were removed from a card that I'd made a mess of earlier and I'd saved the flowers - too nice to destroy. There's a small key, obviously I'd lost the lock I suspect, some tiny safety pins, some little foam circles that I've had for years and I'm still not sure what they were meant to be. A buckle that I've had in my sewing box for ages and I removed the green material from it to use just the metal inner. A piece of net from a fruit bag in the centre background. There's a piece of string coiled up and some engineering pieces that my DIL gave me - I have no idea what they are but they were in the rubbish bin where she worked so she saved them for me. lol My family always has eyes for odd items for me. There's a press stud and a washer and the arrow in the corner is cut off a large plastic one that was holding a message n a bouquet of flowers I received. The birdcage was new because I'd run out of other things to add. The dragonfly and butterfly were from damaged cards.

Sorry, I won't bore you any more.

I'm entering my piece into the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart Challenge - Anything Goes
Make My Monday Challenge - Shimmer and Shine
Dragonfly Dreams - Hearts and Flowers
Mixed Media World - Anything Mixed Media Goes

Thursday, 16 February 2017

MAWTT For a Man

This week over at Moving Along with the Times we have the theme of 'For a Man'. I'm not sure that mine is the usual type of card you would send to a man but it was sent to a friend's son who is as tall as a man but not quite in that category yet! It was from Lily and me because Cole loves my dog.

My 8x8 card blank is by Joanna Sheen. The backing paper is from Joanna Sheen's Paper Collection Volume 2. I used a Tim Holtz crazy dog stamp and then cut her out leaving a small white border. I only coloured her pink collar with a Promarker and then raised her on sticky pads so that she was paddling in the sea. I generated the sentiment on the computer, cut it with a Spellbinders scalloped die and backed it with a larger blue scalloped die. It's already been given to Cole and it was a great hit.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Sir Stampalot Challenge - Animal Magic
Crafty Friends Challenge - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Masculine
ArtbyMiran Challenge - Anything Goes

Sunday, 5 February 2017

International Art and Soul

I'm so pleased to be working with a group of crafters that I worked with a few years ago on another design team. We've all come together again to be part of this new challenge blog 'International Art and Soul'.

The theme for our first challenge is 'Love is in the Air' so please come along and join us.

My card is an 8x8 by Joanna Sheen. The backing paper is by Tim Holtz and I matted it on to bright red card by Papermill. The steampunk Snipart heart (try saying that fast! lol) is distributed by Craft Box. I coloured the edge of the heart with a red Promarker and then used Crawford and Black's bronze acrylic paint on some of the cogs. The wooden letters I bought at Hobbycraft a few months ago and this is the first time I've used any of them. I painted them with the bronze paint too. Job done and I'm quite pleased with my almost steampunk card.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - Anniversary
Cardz4galz - Love is in the Air
Craftrocket Challenge - It's a Love Thing
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
Through the Craft room Door - Anything Goes

Thursday, 19 January 2017

MAWTT Swirls and/or Curls

After a long break due to my eye problems I hope I'm back for good. I'm bringing you my theme this week 'Swirls and/or Curls' for the challenge over at Moving Along with the Times. My design team friends have been helping me out with entry comments whilst I've been on my break so I'd like to say a huge thank you to Wendy and Jenny.

It's taken me a few days to get my card finished but at last it's done. My base card is by Joanna Sheen. I love this paper that came from a huge Costco pack that I bought quite a few years ago and I haven't had an opportunity to use this pattern. I decided her curls would make a show on my card along with a Snip Art wooden swirl that I bought online at Craftbox. I matted the paper on to dark red Papermill card (to match her dress). I placed the swirl to the left and then set some Wild Orchid Craft flowers at the base of the swirl along with some die cut leaves. I added a few red Mei Flower gems amongst the flowers and then added a gem to her ribbon in her hair and to the band on her wrist. She looks the kind of girl who would like gems. lol

I'm hoping you'll come along to join us in our challenge and to welcome me back.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Artbymiran Challenge 75: Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends Challenge 34: Anything Goes
Makingmemoriescrafting Challenge 1: Anything Goes
Morgan's ArtWorld Challenge 1: Anything Goes

Sunday, 23 October 2016

I'm still here

My buyers backed out - due to health reasons - on the day the contracts were due to be signed. I'm still here minus some furniture and with most of my crafting supplies packed in crates. I've been trying to make some order in my craft room today so that I can eventually make a start on some crafting until another buyer turns up. I've had no viewers for the past two weeks so things aren't looking good.

I hope to be back crafting soon.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

I'm moving


I'm going to be moving house in a few weeks so my crafting is going to be taking a back seat for a while.

I've lived in this house for twenty nine years so it will be a big upheaval for me. It's much too big for me and even with Lily, my Staffie, it's very lonely.

My son and daughter in law live in a little village in Northumberland and I'm going to be living very close to them. It means that they are there if I need help at any time. In a way I'm looking forward to it and I hope this is what Eric would want for me.

There are lovely walks for the dog - ether countryside or seaside - so she will be in her element.

The house is in need of some work so I'm taking a break from Moving Along with the Times DT until my new craft room is sorted and my internet is connected again. Aagh, so many things to think about.

Thank you all for staying with me over these past few years when my card making was very sparse. I'm hoping to be back with a vengeance very soon! lol

Thursday, 21 July 2016

MAWTT Monsters and/or Aliens

This week, over at Moving Along with the Times, Tanja has set the theme of Monsters and/or Aliens. I didn't have any images or stamps of aliens or monsters so tried to draw one myself. One of my sons said that it looked like a skateboard with eyes so it got binned. lol He was eventually persuaded to draw one for me and it looks much better.

I used an 8 x 8 card blank by Joanna Sheen and made a mat of My Minds Eye fence paper. I coloured the image with my Promarkers and then cut it out very carefully before centring him on the fence. I surrounded him with Spellbinders die cut leaves in various sizes - he was supposed to look as if he was bursting out of the fence but I'm not sure I succeeded with that!! I generated the sentiment on the computer, added a little bit of red 'blood' and then stuck it in the monster's hand.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments: Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Craft your Passion: Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time: Anything Goes with Elements of Nature

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