Thursday, 14 February 2019

New hobby

Crafter's Companion have some fab fabric paints and I decided to treat myself. I've done silk painting before and love all the effects you can create so when I saw Pebeo fabric paints and big stamps from Sheena Douglas I had to have a dabble

I love butterflies and though its suggested that when painting clothes its done before the garment is made up so the fabric is lovely and flat for painting on I decided to jazz up a pair of jeggings .

I started with a butterfly on one of the back pockets ,stamping the outline by using some of the white fabric paint as ink, it worked ok but I wasn't overly convinced. I went for purple and yellow for this butterfly .


My confidence bolstered I decided to have a go at several butterflies on one of the legs. Using the white paint as ink was harder here, in fact I can understand why it's recommended to paint before clothing is made, stamping over seams doesn't work well but overall I think it looks ok. Must admit I've only been brave enough to wear the jeggings to slimming club so far but who knows.





I decided some of the images would benefit from being inked again in a darker colour so I experimented with Versafine and Stazon and despite both saying not suitable for fabric stamping the jeggings have been washed several times and the ink lines are still in place and the garment hasn't fallen to bits, but I have since bought a fabric ink from Crafter's Companion Threaders range but as yet I haven't used it.




Excuse the loo in the background but the bathroom is the only full length mirror I have.


I would like to enter this project into the following challenges:-

613 Ave create - anything goes optional twist critters
(hope butterflies count as a critter)

Addicted to stamps - anything but a square

Time out challenges - a little bit retro 
(hope my leggings have a 60's feel)

Penny's -anything goes

Crafty creations - anything goes





Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Paint yourself


This cute artist was a freebie from whimsy and she was such a delight to colour and the perfect image to go with one of my favourite word stamps. I have several of these sentiments  all sayings from children. I guess they have a special place in my heart as I use to be a children's nurse  and love the innocence and honesty children come out with.
I decided I wanted to keep my card pretty simple and wanted to experiment with my new acquisition of distress inks. I know I'm behind the times but hey ho. I created my background and then stamped my sentiment onto the background . I coloured my little artist with promarkers and then fussy cut her out.I attached her to the background I'd created and then attached the background to a white base card.

I think this would make a fun get well card or just a cheer up card for someone , I think it would bring a smile to anyone's face.



I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-


A place to start - inspirational

The paper shelter - letters and or numbers

Shopping our stash - make your mark

Lemon shortbread - anything goes



Friday, 10 August 2018

Ring a ring of butterflies


My original idea was to make a circle of butterflies but decided it looked rather over kill so went for a much simpler design. The butterfly stamp is from a Threaders set by Sheena Douglas for Crafter's Companion coloured with Promarkers and cut out bu hand.

The gold circle is cut in mirri card and was actually waste from a create a card die I made a while ago and forgot to post.
I used a white square base card, added the gold circle then simply stuck the butterflies around the circle evenly.

No sentiment as yet but think a small sentiment in the middle would finish nicely and it could be for birthday, mother;s dat or even thank you, will definitely be using this design again as it was super quick to create once I had the elemnets and I think is quite stunning in impact.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

I love promarkers - anything goes

crafty creations - anything goes

addicted to stamps and more - CAS

CAS on friday - butterflies

passion for promarkers - make it feminine

colour crazy challenge - anything goes

try it on tuesday - inspired by a song

Monday, 25 June 2018

My final housemouse and friends guest designer challenge


In the UK school is still several weeks away from breaking for the summer but in the home country of the House mouse and friends they are already thinking of the days they return back to school so that is the challenge this time around but as always there is an anything goes option so everyone can play along.

I love my garden but in the last couple of years mother nature has been my garden designer as we have  been concentrating on sorting my sons garden and then I had a shoulder injury that has meant I haven't been able to compete with mother nature and her love of dandelions in my garden is only too evident, so for me this house mouse stamp represents my garden in summer. 

I decided to use an embossing folder on my card which is simply embossed and tinted with aqua pens and silver guilding wax. My mouse I coloured with promarkers and then fussy cut him out before attaching to the image and adding some small dashed lines as on the stamp for his 'puff'.

I die cut the embossed image and simply added that to an card base that had been coloured with yellows distress inks so I'm dreaming of a warm summers day. The sentiment just sums up my card as ,much as I don't like all the work the dandelions cause me as Eyeore says weeds are flowers too its just that they aren't where you want them and they do add colour and wildlife too so they can't be all bad.

I finished the inside of my card with the original image stamped and coloured with water colour pens but somehow the mouse on the card front looks bigger.

I would like to thank Christine and the team at Housemouse for giving me the opportunity of being guest designer and wish whoever is the next guest designers well and hope they have just as much fun as I have had. Please pop over and join in the fun you never know what might happen it could be you.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Floating in the air

Time for another House mouse and friends challenge and my penultimate guest designer card. I wanted to do something a little bit different and challenging for me anyway so here is what I came up with. 
I used a diesire create a card easel die to create my card but my challenge was to use acetate , well actually clear recycled packaging. I cut out the card pieces so I had a white card base and the bits for the easel were in acetate. I used the matting dies from the set to create a white bric- a -brac edging ti frame my finished image which of course for a house mouse challenge is some super cute mices.

I stamped the image onto the acetate using stazon and let it dry. I then used some water colour pens and mixed the ink with some pva glue on a piece of glass from an old picture frame for my mixing palliate and then painted my image from the back so the colours didn't obscure the printed image. I then left it to one side and crossed my fingers that when it dried it would have the effect I hoped for and thankfully it did.

I used pva glue to stick the acetate together and to the card and I love how it turned out. The sentiment is cut in purple mirri- card and the flowers are stamped and fussy cut before being shaped and stuck into position to hold up the easel.

Now I expect there will be lots of entries for this challenge as who doesn't make cards for birthdays and there is always the anything goes option if you are birthday card making filled so no excuses to pop along and join in.