Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Citrus Snowdrops

Hello and welcome. It's my usual spot on the blog over at That's Crafty today. Here is a sneaky peak which you can see in full HERE, where you will find a list of all the products used and how to's etc. 

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your week and hope see you again soon.

Much love, Bev. xxx

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Random Outbursts

Hello and welcome. Today I  am sharing a fun make using this awesome giraffe. He is one of my favourites at the moment. Was a bit of a cheat really as my pieces were already prepped.

Here's what I used...

PaperArtsy smooth white card 340gsm.
Carabelle studio stamp...Funny Faces.
Deep Red stamp...Random Outbursts 
Flower stamp...sorry make unknown. Any would do.
Hello from a magazine
Distress oxide ink pad...Worn lipstick,  Seedless Preserves, Salty ocean and Wild honey.
Distress oxide ink pad...Seedless Preserves.
Stampin up ink pad...Rich Razzleberry. 
Polychromo pencils. 
Posca pen...White
Versamark embossing ink pad.
Embossing powder...White.
Ribbon and brads from stash.

Here's what I did...

I began by cutting a piece of smooth white card to 5x8". I laid down the distress oxide inks onto my craft mat and spritzed with water. I swooshed my card through it and dried it. I continued layering up the colours in this way until happy with the look. I then spritzed water into my hand to allow me to flick over some larger drops of water and left that to dry naturally.

Once dry I used a white posca pen to trace round the lighter patches. This was just me playing and doodling one evening and had nothing in mind as to what to make with it so put it to one side. I had also stamped the giraffe and coloured with polychromo pencils for a previous project that I didn't end up needing it for.

I felt my cheeky chap would be good to use on my background so here we are. I glued him in place, stamped some flowers around the edge with the rich razzleberry and stamped my wording with black versafine. I die cut a tag on some matching card and stamped the word hello in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. I attached this at the bottom of the tag. 

Lastly I blended some distress ink in seedless preserves around the edge to darken it and mounted the card onto a piece of black card before mounting onto white card that I left an inch longer at the top to allow me to round off the corners and punch a hole for the ribbon. 

I hope you like it and thank you for stopping by. 

Much love, Bev. xxx

Friday, 21 July 2017


Hello and welcome. It's challenge time over at That's Crafty again. The theme this fortnight is All Things Grunge. Here is my DT inspiration and you can see it here, along with all the other great makes from the rest of the design team. I do love a bit of grunge so was looking forward to this challenge but time has been very short for me lately due to other commitments so I ended up out of time and had to make something quick last minute. It's not quite as was planned but hey ho. I did something and that's all you have to do, so come on and have a go. Don't forget there is a prize for the winner.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty dinky stencils...Arrows, numbers, cogs, clock background, metal grid and leaning man.
Visible Image stamp set...Somewhere in Time.
Sheena Douglas Stamp set...Time Machine. 
PaperArtsy Fresco paints...Snowflake, Stone, Bora Bora, Caribbean Sea,French Toast.
DinaWakely acrylic paints...Ruby and Medieval.
Treasure Gold...White Fire and Florentine.
Distress Inks...Weathered Wood, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.
Archival Ink...Watering Can and Jet Black.
Versafine Ink...Vintage Sepia and black.
Sweet Poppy glossy black paste.
Tim Holtz word bands and cogs.
Pinflair Glue Gel.
Pinflair Gloss Varnish.

Here's what I did...

I applied the stone and french toast fresco paints over the board using a brayer. I knocked it back by brayering over with a very light amount of snowflake. Once happy with the look I took the carribean sea and dinky cog stencil and pounced though randomly. I then took the clock background stencil and did the same using Vintage photo. I used the ruby paint through the dinky numbers and the medieval through the dinky metal grid stencil randomly. I used the 8 x 8 clock and french toast to apply part of the clock to the right hand side of the board. I stamped the balloon with vintage sepia and the word time from the Visible Image stamp set with watering can. I used the cogs from the same stamp set and stamped parts of it with Bora Bora paint. I used the numbers stamp with black stazon and stamped parts of that randomly. I wanted to add some white splatters so mixed a little water into a drop of snowflake and used a fanned paint brush to tap over the paint.

I took the Time stencil and grunge paste to create the word at the top and used a heat gun to speed up drying but added some texture with a pen lid by dabbing over the paste. I also used the glossy black paste and dinky leaning man stencil to create the man at the bottom and used a heat gun again to speed up drying at the same time poking with my finger gently to disturb the surface as I didn't want it smooth. I also stamped the large splat from the stamp set with Versamark and embossed with copper embossing powder. I set this aside to dry further.

I stamped the clock onto smooth white card twice with black versafine and embossing powder. One I left complete and the other I cut up so I could add the pieces with glue gel to give the look of raised shattered pieces. I glued my whole image over the embossed splat. 

I took the treasure gold in Florentine and applied it over the grunge paste word time. Then used a stipple brush to add some Bora Bora fresco paint  followed by more treasure gold until happy. I then highlighted areas with the white fire treasure gold. 

I then stamped my wording onto a piece of spare card and blended over the scattered straw distress ink. I used the cog stamp again to stamp part of it around the edges with vintage photo. I also used that to darken the edges adding a little walnut stain to darken it further. I mounted my wording onto a piece of brown card. I used the Tim Holtz cogs as a base for my wording which I glued into place with the all purpose glue before mounting my wording with glue gel. I took the Tim Holtz word band but wanted to highlight the words. To do this I used my finger to rub over with the Bora Bora. I wiped off the excess leaving the words nicely highlighted.

I then used my glue gel to stick all my broken pieces of clock into place and once dry, used some Pinflair gloss varnish to coat the surface of those pieces. Unfortunately it doesn't show in the photo below. 

I decided at this point to add some more dimension. I used the dinky arrow stencil  and crackle paint to add the arrows and sand texture gel around the edges randomly and set aside to dry naturally over night. All that was left to do was blend over the arrows with vintage photo. Blend over the sand texture gel with walnut stain and treasure gold. I also added an arrow also by Tim Holtz on the bottom right. 

I hope I didn't leave anything out. I hope you like it and may be got inspired. If so, please get crafty and enter the challenge. You can see the challenge rules here

All for now.
Much love, Bev. xxx

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Dreamy Lovers

Hello and welcome. I am over at That's Crafty today with this weeks blog post. Two dreamy lovers in the night sky. You can see a sneaky peak here but if you would like to see it in full along with products used and how to's etc, then please join me here

Thanks so much for dropping by. 

Much love, Bev. xxx

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Hello and welcome. I'm over on the blog at That's Crafty for my usual Wednesday post. Here is a sneaky peak. I am using one of the fab MDF Uprights and Beki.. If you would like to see the whole upright along with products used and how to's then please pop over and join me here.

Thank you for popping in and enjoy the rest of your week.

Much love
Bev. xxx

Friday, 7 July 2017

Making Faces

Good morning and welcome. It's challenge time again over at That's Crafty and the theme this fortnight is Anything goes. How fabulous is that hey. Anything you want to do so the world is your oyster as the saying goes. So why not have a go, you will be in the chance of winning a prize if you do so nothing to lose. Here is my DT inspiration for the challenge using one of the That's Crafty MDF upright splats, I just love them. You can see it here on the challenge blog along with all the other fab inspiration from the rest of our amazing design team.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty 8x8 Stencil...Random Stones.
PaperArtsy stencil...Kay Carley 061.
That's Crafty stamp set...Textures Set 1.
Rubber Dance Stamp Set...Textured Flowers.
Stazon ink pad...Jet Black
Versafine ink pad...Onyx Black.
Archival ink pad...Fern Green.
Ranger ink pad...Glacier White.
Dina Wakley heavy body acrylic paint...Lime, Evergreen, Lemon, Tangerine and Ruby.
Posca Pen...White.
Sharpie Pen...Grey.
Polychromo pencils.
Netting from my stash which is netting that fruite and veg comes in. Yes I keep everything lol.

Here's what I did...

I began by sponging over my entire upright and base with white gesso. I have to admit that I'm loving this one. Then taking the lime green paint, I sponged up from the bottom to just under half way. Then I sponged on the lemon followed by tangerine until I reached the top. Once dry I placed the randon stones stencil over the surface, and using the darker shades I pounced them through the stencil using a sponge. Once dry I took the textures stamp set and used the element that looks like fine cracks and randomly stamped it using the fern green and did the same with the element that looks like circles and splats with the plum. I then used one small element from the textured flowers stamp set that looks like fine dots and circles to add some white with the glacier white ink. I then placed the PaperArtsy stencil to the left of the upright and using an ink blending tool I dabbed through with the evergreen acrylic paint to create the leaves and did the same on the right of the upright. All these steps were also done on the base of the upright too.

Happy with my splat I set that aside while concentrating on the fabulous Giraffe. He is just adorable. I stamped him out twice onto the card with black versafine and coloured them in with my favorite pencils and then cut them out. I decided where I wanted them placed and then stamped him directly onto the splat with black stazon. I like to do this as any little bits that are tricky to cut will then be there once the image is glued into place. I then stamped my wording onto the splat and again onto the base. Now happy I glued my boys into place. I added some highlights to my boys with a white posca pen and also some little dots to my background. I then decided to add some white into the wording too.Finally I used a grey sharpie pen to go around my images just to give a faint shadow. I am happy with the look now so time to glue my piece to its base. I did this using the same glue. Works well. Then I finished my piece by adding the fruit net around the bottom.

I hope you like it and that my instructions all made sense. I also hope that it may have given you some inspiration for you to take away and create something wonderful and even better, enter into our challenge. You can take a look at the challenge rules here.

Thank you so much for dropping by. Have a great weekend and hope to see you again soon.

Much love, Bev. xxx

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Since we cannot change reality

Good morning and welcome. It's that time of the week again so I am over on the blog at That's Crafty with this weeks DT make. You can see a sneaky peak here but if you would like to see the full make along with items used and how to's then please pop over here and take a look. I do hope you'll join me, would be great to see you there.

Thank you for popping by. Enjoy the rest of your week and hope to see you again soon.

Much love, Bev. xxx 

In her own skin

Hello and welcome Feels good to be here once again. Yes I have a week off so managed some time in the Craft Room. I made a quick and easy...