Monday, 5 December 2016

12 Journals of 2016 - November Journal Page Tutorial Now Playing!

Good Morning Everyone

It is frosty out there today so I will be keeping nice and cozy in the house today and plan to get a few more decorations up.

Here is the link to my tutorial as promised.  I have four pages to catch up on before the end of the year so watch this space!

I am off to get my balsamic pickles into their jar and then I will be having my breakfast.  I think porridge will be perfect today!

See you again soon.  Thank you for popping by X

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

12 Journals of 2016 - November in November!

Hi Everyone

I know it is late and by the skin of my teeth but here is my November Journal Page playing along with the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 Challenge!

This month saw the return of the resist technique and an embossed die cut technique and this was Tim's original inspiration:

….and I had the perfect picture and memory to include on the tag for this layout.  I love this photo of Callum proudly showing me the Giant Leaf he found!

I decided my Autumnal day was sunny but frosty too and added a little Distress Glitter to my pile of leaves.  A bit like it was here today.  I remembered to get out there and fed the birds although the blackbirds are having a lovely time munching on the remaining apples that are scattered around our apple tree.

I will post the tutorial tomorrow but at least the page is up before November is out!  Don't forget to pop along to visit Tim and see what everyone else was inspired to make by this months tag.

Thank you for popping by X

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Christmas Stamps and Creativity all in one Festive Bundle!

Hi Everyone

Today Bibi, the lovely owner/designer of Rubber Dance Stamps, and I are launching a brand new collaboration in time for your Christmas crafting!  Are you struggling to get started making your cards this year?  Then this festive bundle is just what you are looking for.

When you make this purchase first of all you will be receiving a fabulous set of Rubber Dance stamps that give lovely impressions time after time.  This set, as you can see, is very versatile with lots of lovely Christmassy images with so many possibilities.  Frosty Friends was designed for Rubber Dance by Susanne Rose.

You will also be receiving 10 tutorials from me!  I will show you how to create Gift Boxes, Baubles, Birthday Cards, Note Cards, Magical Treat Bags and 7 different Christmas Card Designs!  Tons of inspiration and tons of techniques to get you ready for Christmas!

Just a small selection of the lovely projects we will make together.  You will also receive a pdf with all the project photos, materials and tools lists and all the dimensions you need to create this bumper bundle of festive creations.  I know that each of these projects will inspire you to make other creations too.  What better way to make sure that you get the most of of your lovely stamps.

Here is my little advert to really get you in the mood to get started!

……….and here is the link to my ETSY shop so you can make your Frosty Friends purchase and of course check out my other online workshops too!  

This item is also available from Bibi over at Rubber Dance.  So if you want to get this and perhaps check out all the lovely stamps too then click this link!

Bibi, Susanne and I really hope that you choose to enjoy crafting with us this Christmas.  Ho Ho Ho!

Thank you for popping by X

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

12 Journals of 2016 - April!

Hi Everyone

As the temperatures plummet outside I was inside making an April page for my Journal!  Still playing catch up but still having lots of creative fun and I hope you find lots of inspiration in my tutorial.

This page was inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 series.  Each month he takes two techniques from pervious years tags and combines them to make a new tag and inspires so many of us to play along.  I have so many tags now from many years of playing along I am making art journal pages instead and there is a tag in there too!!!

You can see Tim's tag in this shot but you will see in the tutorial that one of my tags made way back in 2012 inspired this page too!  I loved this faux mosaic technique using scraps of patterned paper and I am sure you will too.

Each of my pages has a coordinating tag and each holds a memory.  As I was making this page the faux mosaic reminded me of china tea sets and my love of all things afternoon tea.  I really like making them and am collecting lovely antique china to serve my celebration teas upon.  This photo though is of a cake I would really love to know how to make.  I think my skills are a little way off this standard yet though!

This is the finished page and I love how cheery it looks - it perhaps has a hint of frost about it after all!  We were forecast a little snow this evening but so far only cold and rain.  We even picked up all the leaves and doggy presents in the garden just in case we get to build a snowman!  I guess we only have ourselves to blame if it doesn't snow after all ;-)

Here is the tutorial and I really hope it inspires you to try out the techniques and get creative.  Thank you for popping by X

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

A Mixed Media Tutorial!

Hi everyone

Here it is finally managed to get this uploaded.  Life suddenly got a bit hectic….better ate than never!

Here is the finished piece and be warned - very messy painty hands can be achieved with this one!  Fabulous ;-)!

As I said on my previous post this piece was inspired by the art and yummy products of Finnabair!  Hope this tutorial inspires you to get creative.  Thank you for popping by X

Friday, 7 October 2016

Here's something I was working on at 4 this morning!……...

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all looking forward to a fabulous weekend.  I will be posting another tutorial shortly but I couldn't wait to share what it is I will be showing you how to make!

I can't tell you what my hands looked like at 4 this morning!  I did take a minute to peel it and wash it all off before I jumped into bed, promise!  This canvas forms part of an audition for Finnabair's Creative Team and I was inspired by some of my lovely Finnabair products and I was so please with how it was going that I couldn't stop!  I was so enthralled I didn't even realise the time!!!

As you know Finn has a wonderful way of combining unusual bits and bobs and combining them with art products to make unique and beautiful artworks and this canvas was inspired by her.  I combined metal elements with paint and beads and glitter and suddenly a magical flower blooms!

I created my own texture paste by mixing rust mica powder with transparent 3D Matte Gel for lovely sparkly texture accented with Bronze micro beads and Midnight Blue glass glitter - Yum!

 On the tutorial you will see how I used lace and pearl trims to make pretty textured borders.  I warn you this technique is not for the faint hearted nor those that don't want to get their hands dirty!!!  I am still picking off little bits of brown paint ;-)

As you can see I had a wonderful time and I picked a word that sums up this piece to finish the canvas.

So keep an eye out for the tutorial and keep your fingers crossed for me.  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and thank you for popping by X

Sunday, 4 September 2016

12 Journals of 2016 - March

Hi everyone

I hope you have all been having a wonderful summer.  I have been busy and seem to have taken a little time off blogging and making videos but don't worry I have still been getting my fix of creativity!  So before I get to this:

Just thought I would share what I have been up to as it has been very creative but in a different way!  I have been helping Mum!  I have been getting all painty and decoraty!  It has been fun spending Mum's money ;-)  Here is her bedroom all finished and looking lovely (if I do say so myself!!!!)  We are now working on her Lounge so I will share that with you when it is all looking gorgeous again.

I have also been up-cycling and have a new chair in my bedroom.  Here are the before and after shots:

Remember this one?

Well it now has a matching bedside table!

I loved doing this look and they look fab in Callum's room and help keep it tidy to…..ok well that may be a step to far for now ;-)

I have long been meaning to cover this Ikea sofa……..

……and then inspired by the most perfect fabrics I did this and I have to say even to an amateur like me it was easy peasy and I would recommend it to anyone as the sofa easily comes apart to make covering simple.

 I have to say that this will probably be the only time it looks like this as it is mostly used as a cupboard!!!

We also had another trip to the hospital with Callum's knee and he had it stretched which I know sounds painful and it was but thankfully he got to sleep through it.  Here he is all recovered and attached to a knee bending machine.

He has definitely been through it this year but he is doing well and is back in the Gym …….not quite up to tumbling yet but every day sees him getting closer.  Fingers crossed and thank goodness for the talented surgeon and staff of the NHS!

So that was my summer with a few lovely days in the garden of course so now it is back to sharing the creativity and this one is a catch up page in my 12 Journals of 2016 series all pages inspired by Tim Holz's 12 Tags of 2016.

This was Tim's tag where he mixed two of his previous techniques to achieve this new look and this was the page it inspired:

As you can see it is a little more feminine than Tim's but the techniques are there only my version of them as you will see in this video:

I wish you all a Happy Sunday and hope you are finding time to create.  I am hoping to get another page caught up as I am a bit behind this year…..well ok a lot behind lol!

Thank you for popping by X
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