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Sunday, 20 August 2017

IAAS Layer it Up



Come and join us at International Art and Soul for this challenge with the theme of Layer it Up.

My card blank is an ivory 8x8 by Joanna Sheen. I've been waiting to use my Tonic dies again because they're about the only ones that are actually available to use! lol I'm more or less ready to move house so a lot of my craft stash is packed. I used seven of the dies and layered them up. The purple and kingfisher coloured card is by Papermill. Once they were all layered the only addition was the flower cabouchon in the centre. This is from Craft Box and shows a pretty rose.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Sunday, 6 August 2017

International Art and Soul - Boxes and Bags



'Boxes and Bags' is the theme at International Art and Soul so come along and show us what you can do.

I've added another altered box I made for my friend. You might remember that I made another one earlier, on my blog, for her husband. That was a great success hence making this one for Anne. She loved it.

The empty box is a very sturdy one with magnetic fastener from Craft Box. This is a craft company based in the UK who supply these boxes filled with crafty embellishments. They're always beautifully packed and presented and once the craft items are stored in their usual spot you have a box ready for altering as a gift box.

I used  a sheet of Craft Box paper as the background, tearing the edge and using Distress Ink on the torn edges. A small Craft Box doily was placed at the top left behind the paper and one of the Snip Art circles was added to the same corner. I used Hobbycraft wooden letters for the name and painted them with Rowney's acrylic paint. A small wooden frame to the left had a mirror charm in the centre (Anne likes pretty things and make up). A beautiful Craft Box lace embellishment was set to the right and topped with a cameo charm. Some wooden flowers from Create and Craft were dotted around along with some pretty gems. A large 'diamond' butterfly was added to the top right. I really enjoyed making this box and I'm in the process of making another.

I'm not able to enter any challenges with my altered box as I have no internet until 16 August. This is a scheduled post but I hope you'll still leave me some comments to cheer me up when I get back online. I'm moving home so will be back shortly and hopefully my new craft room will be big enough. I have a large room at the minute and my new one will be much smaller. My sons said that they will make it work for me - I hope they're right. lol

Thursday, 3 August 2017

MAWTT Things that Fly



The theme this time is 'Things that Fly' so come along to Moving Along with the Times and join us.

My card blank is an 8 x 8 scalloped by Craft UK. I embossed the white paper with an embossalicious folder by Crafter's Companion before matting on to Papermill's pale blue card. The eagle is a digi by Morgan Fitzsimon and I coloured it with my Promarkers. I used a Spellbinders circle die to cut it and then edged with Stormy Sky distress ink. I mounted it on pads which raised the image more or less centrally on the card. I'd bought a pad by Tim Holtz of Small Talk and chose the various quotes from that before placing them randomly around the eagle. The main quote was a long one so I set it on a navy blue strip of Papermill card along the top edge.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Morgan's ArtWorld - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Down on the Farm or Anything Goes
AuroraWings - Fur and Feathers
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting and for leaving comments - they're much appreciated.

Hazel x



Sunday, 23 July 2017

International Art and Soul - Dies





'Dies' is the theme over at International Art and Soul and I've used lots of them! 

My card blank is 7x7 by Craft UK. The first die was a Spellbinders large scalloped square and I used gold card for this one. On top of that was a dark blue square and then a smaller gold square, again by Spellbinders. The card used is by Papermill. The image is from a local history forum I'm on and after it was posted I asked if I could use it for my son's birthday card. It's a white badge on a black circle and this was matted on to the gold square. You might have gathered that I'm a Geordie and am very proud of the fact because I truly believe that you could not meet friendlier people in the whole of the UK. My son Peter was about to have his 50th birthday so I used Spellbinder dies again for the 50 cut in gold. This was set at the top left. He has been working and living in London for almost thirty years now but is still a Geordie at heart. (For anyone who doesn't know - a Geordie is someone who was born on the banks of the Tyne, strictly speaking Newcastle or Gateshead.)

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Where in the World
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Clean and Simple of Fussy and Fancy - I think mine's classed as fussy!
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Thank you all for visiting and for leaving me your comments. They're much appreciated.

Hazel x


Sunday, 9 July 2017

International Art and Soul - Elements of Nature





The theme this time at International Art and Soul is 'Elements of Nature' so please use your imagination and join us.

I used a card blank by Craft UK and then matted on to it a tan coloured sheet of handmade Indus paper by Paper State. The background paper of leaves is from a painting by my late husband, Eric. His painting hangs in my bedroom. When I printed it my printer was playing up and it didn't print properly, making blueish lines, but I actually liked it so decided to go with it in that form. I used my many Spellbinder dies to cut the leaves in many colours.  The sentiment is one of my favourites and after printing it I cut it out and edged with Distress Ink. I added the leaves around the sentiment and then added some gold stones to some of the gaps. I bought the stones in John Lewis about twelve or thirteen years ago because I thought they'd be good in my card making but I haven't used them that much. Large jars of gold, silver and red will keep me going for many years, lol

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thursday, 6 July 2017

MAWTT Wedding/Anniversary/Engagement



Wendy set the theme for the challenge over at Moving Along withe the Times and it's Wedding/Anniversary or Engagement. My card can be used for any one of those celebrations as you can see.

My card blank is a scalloped 8x8 by Craft UK.  I used the Tied Together embossing folder by Couture Creations as the background. It was matted on to Anita's silver card. My Spellbinder dies of a heart shaped lock and key were cut out in a patterned silver card before being set in the bottom right corner. Joanna Sheen's dies of flowers were cut out in white as I'd decided to keep the card white and silver.  I added these to the top right and bottom left corners. The sentiment was generated on the computer in Scriptina font before being cut and backed with silver card. Mei Flower 'diamonds' were added to the sentiment and then I set it in the top left and raised it on pads.

I'm adding my card to the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes - Anything Goes/option Create a Sentiment
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting.




Sunday, 25 June 2017

International Art and Soul - Flowers





Come and join us at International Art and Soul and join in with our theme of 'Flowers'. 

My card is an 8x8 by Craft UK and I've used my new stencil on it. I bought the Folkart stencil at Hobbycraft a few weeks ago and this is the first opportunity I've had to use it. I stencilled the base pattern in Distress Inks in varying shades of green and then matted it on to Papermill red card. The elephants were done in Barn Door coloured Distress Ink on a separate piece of white card before being matted on to red card. I set it at an angle across the base mat. The same red card was used for the curved dies which I think were by Sue Wilson. I set one at the top of the elephants and the other at the bottom left so that I could add the flowers and swirly leaves to the right hand corner. The flowers were made for me a good few years ago by a blogging friend, Nataliya Simpson. The green swirly leaves were made with Spellbinder dies.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes with animals
Petal Lu - Anything Goes with Red
Stampotique Designers - Stencil It


Thank you all for visiting and leaving me comments, they are all much appreciated.