Thursday, 30 May 2013

My first craft fair adventure and news of a DT call out.

Morning all and another grey and damp day it is too! The front porch has sprung a leak and I am studiously ignoring this and just seeing it as karma's way of watering the dollar plant that stands there... Hey ho.

So, onto other things : I mentioned that I did my first craft fair  a couple of weeks ago. Apart from being very nervous it was great fun! Here's a couple of pics of the stall:

 The craft fair was in a local church hall  with about 20 stalls with quite a variety. I was initially worried about a very large Phoenix card stall a couple of metres away but turns out the customer base for handmade cards is different and, thanks to some advice from a seasoned crafter, I didn't even attempt to compete on price.

What I learned was the prep takes quite some time!!! Oh the joy of making inserts, finding ( or in some cases making) matching envelopes, cursing about non standard size cello bags and dilemmas on what to charge!!! Nonetheless I don't think it looked too shabby in the end!

For a quiet day ( it rained!!) things sold well; particularly the vases and the larger cards. The other stall holders and the organisers were a lovely, friendly group. I am delighted to be doing a stall at their Autumn fair on October 19th too!

Now onto another bit of news... you may have missed a call out for 2 new Inkoids to join Sheena Douglass's Design Team - The call out is open until June 20th and it is easy to join in.. please have a look, The link will take you straight there.

Have a warm and cosy day xxx

Friday, 24 May 2013

Moi? A little bit daffy? You betcha!

Morning all!

and as we sail into the last bank holiday weekend until August  I am greeted by grey clouds and drizzle...lovely! So, I thought I would brighten things up with a host of golden daffodils courtesy of Sheena's GORGEOUS new stamps and a supporting cast of clear rock -a- blocks. So here goes:

First off a daffy canvas  with a touch of the old paint fusion and some over-stamping and embossing courtesy of the clear blocks - Just a bright and cheerful  bit of wall art.

 Second a card : This time the delicious daffs have been coloured using watercolour pencils  and triple embossed. The smaller tiles are distress inks over-stamped with Luminarte Pourables. I even managed to capture the bling in the picture so you can imagine how blingy it is in real life!

Finally a reminder that  you can catch Sheena's shows on Create and Craft tomorrow at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. - guess I'll be doing the weekly supermarket shop at silly o'clock so I am back in time to watch ( oh my life is SUCH a social whirl - ;-))

Have a great bank holiday weekend!

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Such a busy month and its Sneaky Peek time!


Well, wow, what a busy month May is turning out to be! I have LOADS to share; my first craft fair, my first DT retreat with "wor Sheena"  and my fellow Inkoids :-) AND new stamps that launch on Saturday  on Create and Craft :-)  Can't possibly do it all  in one post so will start today with some Sneaky Peaks!

Sheena's new stamps are just gorgeous! If you jump here onto Sheena's blog  you will see all the new stamp plates and they are lush!

My first sneak peak is from the beautiful Violets plate. Not only do you get that GORGEOUS main image but also the art nouveau style swirls and a fabulous bee but more of that later! The card is very blingy as twinkling H2O's were used to paint the embossed image and background ( the Passion set  with the addition of Oyster and Alfalfa). The swirls and wording are Dusty Concord distress ink. This card would not have been possible for me to create without the use of a brand new product , CLEAR rock-a-blocks from Crafters Companion. It is fair to say I lurve them so thanks Sheena and Sara Davies!! They made the shadow stamping and over-stamping with clear embossing powder a doodle - so happy camper !

Thanks Goph for the pic x
I have a second sneak peek as Crafter's Companion UK kindly showed my  Tropical Hibiscus card on their Facebook page yesterday and I promised Shana Brennan that I would explain how I made it; so here goes Shana!
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The flowers are embossed using WOW black embossing powder on Crafters Companion heat resistant acetate. Turn the acetate over so you are working on the back and using H2O's colour the stamen, then add the pink (I used either plumeria or pink azalea, and a bit of tanzanite). There is no need to mix them with a binder this time because when they are dry cover the whole of the back with white acrylic paint . I used Pebeo's free flow formula applied with a sponge but any will do - this just dries quickly. When dry cut them out .

The background is Centura Pearl ( the wrong side!). First add a couple of random strokes of white emulsion to act as a resist. Then cover in a wash of  covered in a wash of  Luminarte pourables ( I used the Citrus Punch set;  one drop of pink grapefruit and one of sunburst.)  The shape is the largest Resplendent Rectangles ( Spellbinders). This was then matted onto black mirri card. Finally I used Collal 3 D Gel glue to attach the blooms and some green ribbon. Finally I drew on the birds using a black micron pen- phew!!

Hope this was of help Shana? Don't forget Sheena's shows  are at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday on Create and Craft. More sneak peeks and news tomorrow 


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Sneak peek - mixed media and wor Sheena :-)

Well, afternoon all!

What a difference a day makes - gone are yesterday's blue skies and grey and rainy is the order of the day. Hey ho at least there is no excuse for not getting on with the cards for the craft fair on Saturday.

If you live locally the Spring Craft Fair is at Holy Cross Church Hall, Adela Avenue Motspur Park from 2 - 5 p.m.  I have been before as a supporter and spent far to much money  with the talented folks who were there then.

But, onto the main purpose of this post - to share a mixed media canvas  made with Sheena's Paint Fusion Stamps and the Pebeo Acrylics and Mediums.

The whole canvas
 The background was stippled and then the lilacs done with the heavy body white and the colour pounced in with the end of a palette knife. The lilac leaves were painted paint fusion style. The bark is more mat texture medium and Pebeo gilding was with a wash.  The ivy is moulded using the PF stamp and half and half heavy body white and matt medium. The bird and swirls are a stencil.

Close up of lilac
 Finally for those not interested in canvases the paints work brilliantly on cards too. A simple strip of colours topped with Sheena's paint fusion poppy stamp that has been embossed in black onto white card!

If you have enjoyed these please pop along to my fellow design team members who have some amazing and different samples to share

Di -
Tracy -

So finally show times are 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow on Create and Craft - see you for breakfast ;-)


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Sheena shows on CC This Thursday

Just changed my "Morning All" greeting to "afternoon"...where'd the day go? Not mentioning a whole week!!

Anyhow just thought that I would dash off a quick post about Sheena's shows on Thursday ( that'll be the day after tomorrow then!!) on Create and Craft at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.  The show will feature mixed media and some well know paint fusion stamps - I have to say I really enjoyed making the samples. 

A couple of offerings today; the first was a large cork board  prettied up with a bowl of paint fusioned flowers... then I set about prettying up the pins using the daisy stamp printed on acetate and painted using the new acrylic paints

and the roses - some direct on cork and some on acetate
A close up of the daisy pins.

The second sample is an 8 x 8 canvas using the sunflowers and acrylics which was fun. The words are a few random rub ins that I found in the stash.

I have my very first craft fair this Saturday - it is a local one but boy, am I nervous... more on that and another sneak peek tomorrow. Till then enjoy the sunshine..I hear the weather is going to change tomorrow!!