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Flowered Canvas

Last Saturday’s class was all about finishing a canvas that we started a few weeks ago.

Needle, cotton and material were used to make the beautiful flower and the image is from G45, “A Ladies Diary”.   Lots of other elements were used on the canvas but nothing could escape the gesso, crackle medium or acrylic paint.




Finger Painting

What a glorious sunny Sunday it is today, well in my neck of the woods anyway, I really hope it’s good wherever you are.

Andrew and I had a really boozy and late night yesterday (taxi time) but it was worth it and now we are meeting up with Crafty Friend to go for lunch, couldn’t get any better.

The Saturday class went well, we concentrated on painting only with our fingers and baby wipes.  It was all about the acrylic paints and them there little fingers.  We even added crackle paint with the fingers (everything was all gooey and messy) yum yum!!!  The only time a brush was used was when we added decoupage glue to the card and tissue paper.

Because we were using templates from a Stamps Away aperture collection (Set 1) I felt it needed to be mounted onto an 8″x8″ card to do it justice.

Theresa even enjoyed it and didn’t worry too much about the messy digits.


More pics plus the stamps used were from an old Tim Holtz ATC set.


Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend (sun still shining, things are looking up).


Handmade Paper Roses

I mentioned in my last post about the roses I was making with copy paper and paint.  The roses were incidental to what I was actually doing.

My ultimate plan was to make my own sprays with acrylic paints so I was actually experimenting.  The results were amazing and because the testing of the sprays was onto copy paper it made for some very interesting backgrounds.  Hence the handmade paper roses.  No die cuts were used, I just tore some freehand spirals and then rolled into roses.  Another revival of an old technique which was dredged up from the back of my mind.


The acrylic paints used in my experiment are from Reeves and they worked very well.

The leftover test paper gave me the perfect opportunity to use the newest die to my collection …  Jourdana.  This added an extra little feature on the card.

The die is very similar to the TH Mixed Media one but I find this quite small and I wanted to be able to cut a larger area.


More paper roses but this is only a sneak peak because I haven’t finished the hanger yet.



Join FSC With Blots And Splashes

FSC is having a Blots & Splashes theme for this month’s challenge and this canvas was made with loads of painty blots and splashes.

Crafty Skype buddy Dot is far more organised than me because she started her piece for FSC whilst on one of our Skype sessions and all I did was play around making roses with copy paper.  Ahhhh but the card I made with those roses is gorgeous.

Anyways onto my canvas where I have used another Indigo Blu beauty, she was bought at the same time as her Best Friend.

Used the Tim Holtz Wildflower dies to make the flowers plus I used the same paint to colour in.  Flicked white paint over the canvas and blotted away a lot of the excess.


Here you can see some close ups which shows more clearly the splashes which were achieved with the Tim Holtz stencil Splatters.


I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.


May Day Party With Crafty Friend

Scheduled post today because we are out partying and I also don’t want Crafty Friend to see this canvas until I have given it to her.  Monday was a milestone birthday but today is the celebrating time.

Happy May Day everyone, hope that wherever you are the weather is better than here.   Wet and miserable is the only way it can be described but wahooooo who cares as we will all be in a marquee in the garden.  Well I use the term garden very loosely as it could be placed anywhere on the acres of land at the family farm.

When we craft together at her place I am in seventh heaven because as you look out of her craft room window you can see the most fantastic views.  Everywhere you look is dotted with animals.  She even has peacocks roaming around the yard and – wait for it – the first baby Peacock she ever bought she named it Shirley.  (I kid you not!!!)

No mundane card would have been enough for Crafty Friend’s momentous day so I have made a canvas instead, fingers crossed that she likes it!!!

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At the moment I am not really into all the nuts, bolts, nails and other paraphernalia that can go onto a canvas but the mind isn’t completely closed against it so you never know.

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Mixed Media Board Canvas

Looking forward to the class today as this will be the first time the girls will be using sprays and inks on a 7″ x 5″ Canvas Board.

Below is the wall hanging that they will be making with lots of yummy texture and man appeal.

Mixed Media Hanger

Definitely going to have to get the gloves out for Theresa!!!


Scrap Watercolour Flowers

Over the years painting with so many different mediums plus using lots of different crafting tools has made my interest in crafting just grow and grow.

There is a down side though, because we absorb and learn so many different techniques over time when we move on to new things everything else tends to get stored at the back of our mind.  It’s only when we see something that we haven’t done for a while that we remember how much we really liked doing it.

Lauren loving the CAS look has revived my interest in watercolour paints again.  So much so that at the end of my class this week I gave everyone a piece of scrap watercolour card and we had a play around with watercolour paints.  (This was a first for them.)

When all was finished, tidied up and packed away I came across my play around piece of scrap card.  Hadn’t the heart to throw it away because it looked really pretty so decided to make something with it.  This is what I came up with – another CAS card.

Watercolour Flowers

Used the circle die from the Sizzix  Scribbles and Splats set.  Cut out three circles and glued them onto my scrap watercolour card then fussy cut around them.

Next with my black Versafine ink I stamped three stems onto fresh card stock before placing the scribbled circles on top.


Why Three Birthday Cards???

My youngest granddaughter Lauren starts a new journey on Friday as she becomes a teenager.

The biggest part of missing out on Lauren’s growing up is keeping abreast of how her personality has changed and how her creative style in life has done a complete turn around.

Whereas Claire, Amber and I love the messy, inky and busy side of crafting Lauren, to my complete surprise, has gone more like her Dad and loves the CAS look.

Lauren and a girlfriend of hers came to Ally Pally with us this year and they loved it.  Flitting about the huge hall like butterflies they were in their element.  Hardly saw them at all during the day.  We eventually stopped for lunch and they showed us what they had made at one of the make and takes.

On the Sunday after Ally Pally Lauren, friend and myself made an album.  Mine was pretty with lots of embellishments on it, her friend’s was like a pizza with everything added but Lauren’s was very stark and minimalistic.

This was when I realized that her developing creative style is so different to mine, Claire’s and Amber’s.

Way to go Lauren, be unique and make your own path sweetie.

Lauren’s birthday card was already made by the time I set sail for Ally Pally but on discovering how she likes CAS I had to make another.  Hope she likes it.

Used watercolour card and also watercolour paints to achieve the background effect plus the stamped sentiment (from Stampin Up) was done with black embossing powder.


Might as well show the two other cards which I created (not Lauren’s cup of tea methinks).

Did two because I wasn’t sure what colour she was into at the moment but it doesn’t really matter now as I won’t be sending either.  DI inks were used to create the background plus various stamps.

Used two new dies that have been added to my collection recently and the picture stamps are an old set from Crafty Individuals.


It’s been extremely hard for Andrew and myself as all through the grandchildren’s lives we have lived abroad.  Hence the reason for all the missing out on their growing up and the changing stages of their personalities.

Entering the Penny Black  and More Challenge – Birthdays


Gelato’s And Dot

Another fun Skype with Dot yesterday (check her post)and this time it was the Gelato’s that got the full treatment from us both.  She is finally converted and loves them to bits.  I had a sneak peak of her next project with them and all I can say is you are all in for a treat, nuff said.

My first make is on glossy card and the vibrancy of the colours really popped off the page so toned it down by spraying over with Dylusions White Linen.  Used one of the new stamps that I bought whilst at Ally Pally called “Man And Bird” from artStamp.  Stamped with a brown ink pad.  Gorgeous eh, bought three other sets whilst there (loads of other goodies as well) which I am sure you will see soon.


The second make was on Sheena’s stamping card where I used the same stamps but this time inked in black.  Used the same Gelato colours but they turned out more muted.  Also added some molding paste through a stencil in the corners but it doesn’t show so well in the pics.

He really looks as if he might fall over with the weight of that bird on his shoulder!!!  (Or is it that I put him on the block wonky???)



Who Doesn’t Love Blue, Yellow And White

FSC this month is having a colour theme kind of moment and it was moi who chose this theme.

What is it you ask???? … Blue/Yellow and White are the colours which we are looking for.  I really hope you will join in with us.

Yikes I can hear you saying that’s nothing like the colour combinations that FSC want to see.  That’s because it’s a before and after that I am showing.


The first pic is how the wall hanger looked when I bought it in the sale at Cargo.  After a complete overhaul and workout the second pic shows how it looks now.

Shirley 1

Just couldn’t wait to get my little mits on the Indigo Blu stamp which takes centre stage.  She looks so forlorn and melancholy who could resist her.

I bought a few of these end of line Christmas hangers so that I could use them in my class and the girls loved how they turned out.

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I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.