Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Summer Dream

Hello and welcome. It's that time of the week again which means I'm over on the blog at That's Crafty with this weeks project. Time has been very short for me right now so I thought I'd share this GiganTAG which was made for the Hochanda shows a while back that featured these products. I thought with the weather this Bank Holiday being so hot and sunny it would be a nice summery one to end August. Really can't post a make for the C word right now. This is a sneaky peak but you can see the whole GiganTag HERE along with items used and how to's. This shot was in daylight and tilted so you can really see the shimmer of the fabulous paints. The full picture over at That's Crafty shows a front shot without daylight so you can really see how these paints look depending on the light. They are amazing. 

I hope you all had a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend. Have a great week and hope to see you all again soon.

Much love, Bev. x

Friday, 25 August 2017

Dare to swim

Hello and welcome. I hope you have all had a great week so far. Today I am sharing a nice and easy tag made with the awesome stamp set from Visible image called Dare to Swim.

Here's what I used...

PaperArtsy Smooth White Card.
Visible Image stamp set...Dare to swim.
Distress oxide inks...Salty Ocean, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberries and Fossilized Amber.
Tim Holtz Stencil...Splash.
Tim Holtz Word Bands.
Cosmic Shimmer...Aurora Crystal Sparkle embossing powder.
Clear Embossing Powder.
Versafine ink pad...Onyx Black.
Archival Ink Pad...Watering Can.
Archival Ink Pad...Fern Green.
Stampin Up Ink Pad...Black and Mossy Meadow.
PaperArtsy fresco finish chalk paint...Bora Bora.
Glossy Accents.
Posca Pen...Black.
Signo Pen...White.
Wink Of Stella...Clear.
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.
Gems from stash.
Ribbon from stash.
Here's what I did...

I began by pressing the cracked pistachio and salty ocean onto my craft sheet and spritzing with water. I swooshed the card over to pick up the inks. Dry this with a heat tool. Continue adding the inks to the craft sheet and spritzing with water, dabbing areas of the card into the ink. Keep drying as you go. Continue until happy with the look. Next is a technique which I love with these inks. Take the stencil and spritz with water. Have some paper towel handy as you will need to make sure the sides of the stencil are wiped dry. Place it directly down onto your card dabbing it straight away to take up any excess water. Lift up the stencil and dab up any blotches and then blast with a heat tool. This now gives a subtle faded print of the stencil.

Take the jellyfish and using the stamp platform and versafine onyx black ink pad, stamp the jellyfish in the top left and repeat stamp two or three times to get a good print that is wet enough to take the Cosmic Shimmer crystal sparkle powder. Once sprinkled on, gently heat from the back of the card until all melted. Repeat this with the second jellyfish. I already had a mask cut for this jellyfish from a previous project so used this to cover the image while stamping the shoal of fish in both black ink and also the watering can ink to give the appearance of depth. Take the wording and stamp this at the top of the tag. My preferred ink when stamping over distress oxides is Stampin up ink as it's so juicy and stamps over very well. Now take the seaweed and stamp this across the bottom using fern green and then add a couple with the mossy meadow, add clear embossing powder and heat set. Make sure before you do this to dust over with an anti static pad to ensure the powder doesn't stick to other areas. Take the bubbles stamp and stamp them randomly over the card with the broken china distress ink. Highlight the bubbles with the white signo pen. Doodle a border round the card using a black posca pen and then go round the edge again in the same way using the white signo pen. Add some wink of stella to the circles on the tentacles of the jellyfish to give a soft sparkle.Take the word band and rub over the wording with the Bora Bora to make it pop. Add this to the card and glue on a gem each side.  

Mount the card onto a piece of black card. Mount onto some blue matching card before mounting onto a piece of white card, leaving an inch at the top to punch a hole for the matching ribbon. Die cut two hole reinforcements and glue in place. Add the ribbon and bow.

Now the tag is made, add the glossy accents to the jellyfish and leave overnight to dry thoroughly, making sure it is lying flat so that the glossy accents level out with a smooth finish.

All for now and thank you for dropping by. Have a fabulous bank holiday weekend and hope to see you again soon.

Much love, Bev. xxx

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Here the song within the silence

Hello and welcome. Wednesday is here again already which means I am over at That's Crafty with this weeks blog post. I hope you all managed to see our shows on Hochanda last Friday. The shows had all the new goodies including this fabulous maple leaf stencil, which was one of the first sell outs. Thankfully Laura and Graham worked hard to get more made. I have to say this is my favourite as it's so versatile and can be used all year round for any occasion. I have used it here to make a wall hanging. This is just a sneaky peek but if you would like to see it all, with details of products used and how to's then please pop over and join me HERE.

Thanks for dropping in. Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, hope to see you again soon.
Much love, Bev. xxx

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Mr & Mrs

Hello and welcome. Wednesday means I'm over at That's Crafty once again with this weeks crafty inspiration. I thought I would do a little fun make with Bentley. Today I'm using one of the fab MDF torn page uprights which I love. Here is a tiny sneak peak. Happy days for Bentley as he's found his dream girl. Doesn't he look happy, the cat that's got the cream. If you would like to see more then please head on over HERE,

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

Much love, Bev. xxx

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Just found your nose

Hello everyone. Here today with a quick tag. I do love making tags and I haven't had any time at all just lately to make something just because I want to, which really are the best as they just flow and are generally much easier and quicker to make. 

Here's what I used...

Katelkraft Mini stamp...Autruche 088.
Tim Holtz stencil...Crocodile.
PaperArtsy stencil...Emma Godfrey PM007.
PaperArtsy stencil...Sara Naumann PS027.
Sizzix Thinlits Dies...Holiday Greens.
Disrres Oxide inks...Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint and Lucky Clover.
Posca pens...Black and White.
Daler Rowney white mixed media card.
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.
Coloured card stock.
Ribbons from stash.

Here's what I did...

I began with a piece of card measuring 5 x 8 inches. I pressed the picked raspberry, seedless preserves and salty ocean onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water. Swoosh the card through the ink and blast with a heat gun. Keep adding ink in layers, making sure each layer is dry before continuing, until happy with the look. Take the lucky clover and blend across the bottom of the tag where the greenery is to go, give a little spritz of water and blast again with a heat tool. Take the crocodile stencil and spritz with water and lay this onto the tag, dabbing over the top with a paper towel to avoid flooding and spoiling the look. Remove the stencil and dab of excess water and dry with a heat tool. Repeat until happy. Do the same with the dinky PaperArtsy stencil until happy.

Take the stamping platform and stamp the Ostrich directly onto the tag and repeat the stamping until happy. Set this aside. Now stamp the Ostrich onto the a piece of spare card and colour. Cut out the image and glue onto the tag. Having already stamped the ostrich, all the fussy bits that can't be cut out will be there. Take the leaf stencil and blend through with the lucky clover around the top of the tag. Replace the stencil back over the leaves and blend in parts of the leaves with the peeled paint. Using the holiday greens dies, cut out the grasses from various shades of greens and a light brown card stock. Glue these to the bottom of the tag making sure that the base of the ostrich is covered to hide the fact that he has no body. 

I typed my wording using a P-Touch machine and glued onto the tag. Use the black posca pen to faux stitch around the wording and the white posca pen to highlight areas on the face of the ostrich and also to outline the leaves. Mount onto matching card and then onto the white card base leaving an inch at the top. Glue the green roses ribbon across the bottom of the tag.

Take a hole punch to make a hole for the ribbon and die cut two hole reinforcements and glue in place. Tie on the ribbon and make a bow. Round off the corners.

All for now and thank you for dropping in.

Much love. Bev. xxx

Friday, 4 August 2017


Hello and welcome. It's challenge time again over at That's Crafty and the theme this fortnight is Anything but Cards. What a great challenge this is. You can make what ever you like. For my DT inspiration I have chosen one of the fab MDF uprights by That's Crafty and those grumpy old penguins by Katzlecraft. If you pop over HERE you can see it along with all the other great creations from the rest of the design team.

Here's what I used...

katzelkraf stamp...Les Pingouins.
Finnabair stamp...Pines.
Versafine ink...Onyx Black.
Archival Ink...Cobalt.
Distress Ink...Antique Linen. 
PaperArtsy fresco finish chalk paints...Captain Peacock, China and Glass Blue.
Pebeo Studio texture gel...White Sand. 
PaperArtsy gauze.
Prima Junk yard findings...bulb.
Santoro sequins.
Alphabet die...make unknown but any would do.
Tim Holtz...Corked vials
Nuvo Crystal Drops...Navy Blue and Ivory Seashell.
Cosmic Shimmer crystal jewels.
Silver star confetti.

Here's what I did...

Brayer on the china and captain peacock fresco paints until happy with the look. Take the pines stamp and stamp sections of it over the upright using the cobalt ink pad. Mix a small amount of the glass blue fresco paint with water and flick over the upright until you have the desired amount of blue spots. Repeat these steps on the base of your upright. Once dry piece the upright to the base and spread the texture gel along the bottom and up the tag. Set this aside to dry.

Stamp the two large penguins next to each other on smooth white card and stamp the small penguin separately. Cut these out and colour them. Cut a piece of the gauze large enough to bunch up at the bottom and glue this onto the upright. Glue the penguins into position. Die cut some letters from black card to make the word family and glue this into place. Take the two colours of nuvo drops and dot randomly over the upright until happy. Glue on some sequins. 

Take the word band and rub some fresco paint into the wording to make it pop and glue it into place. Take the corked vial and fill with a little of the heart confetti and glitter jewels and glue this to the bottom the the upright. Die cut some fish bones and lightly blend over with distress ink while still in the die and glue into place.

A grumpy penguin family making every second count. They just need to smile lol.

I hope you like it and remember, join in the challenge and have some fun. You could be in with the chance of winning a £20 gift voucher to spend over at That's Crafty. Have you ever visited the That's Crafty shop? If not you seriously need to. They have everything you could want. Take a look HERE. So come and join in the fun. We would love to see all your crafty makes. Don't forget to check out the challenge blog rules.

All for now and thank you for stopping by. Have a great weekend and hope to see you again soon.

Much love, Bev. xxx

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A handful of stars

Hello and welcome. How did the last week go so fast I ask myself. Already August and of course Wednesday,  which means I'm over at That's Crafty for this week's blog post. Below is a sneaky peak of my Tag. I have used Melina by Donna Gray and the awesome new sparklers by That's Crafty. You have to get them, you need to get them. The sparkle is just a big WOW.  If you would like to see the whole tag along with items used and how to's then click HERE.

Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you again real soon. Enjoy the rest of your week and happy crafting.

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...