Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Thank you very, very very much!

Dear All

Well I have been overwhelmed by the good wishes from folk regarding my news that I have been lucky enough to have joined Crafter's Companion as Creative Development Officer and TV Guest presenter.  August has been an absolute whirlwind, a steep, steep learning curve  and I'm loving every moment! Everyone at the CC family have been so welcoming! I cannot believe that little old crafter me has been so fortunate. It is truly amazing!

Today's share is a card which takes me right back to where it all began with Sheena Douglass and my Paint Fusion roots:

So thank you, and I look forward to sharing even more adventures with you all
Love n Hugs xxx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Four Day Deal Final 2 Shows Today at 1 p.m. and 5p.m.

Hi All

First a huge thank you for all your lovely comments - they are really appreciated xx

How amazing have the 4 Day Deal shows been? Cram packed with techniques and ideas and there are the last 2 shows today so if you've been hesitating  today is the final day:-)

The folders are so versatile so I thought I'd share a couple of quick makes using them:

This one couldn't be easier : Its the ornamental snowflake folder has been embossed on Sheena stamping card and coloured using Spun Sugar distress ink. The flakes have then been picked out with glitter and a Quickie Glue Pen.

 Now this second one is a little stocking filler perhaps? A sticky note folder using just 2 folders; snowfall and evergreen on Crafter's Companion Pastel and Dark Centura Pearl. Its an idea that I adapted from one I found on SplitcoastStampers

 So enjoy the shows and if you want more inspiration why not pop over here where you can see all the amazing samples created by the Inkoids!!!

Have a truly amazing Thursday xxx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Well 14 hours to go - final sneak peek ahead of Sheena Douglass's 4 Day Deal

Hi All.

Super busy and brill weekend with family and now a final sneak peak. Before sharing however here are the show times for Sheena's 4 Day Deal on Create and Craft:

Monday 21 July at 8.00 a.m., 1.00, 6.00 and 8.00 p.m.
Tuesday 22 July at 9.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.
Wednesday 23 July at 2.00 and 9.00 p.m.
Thursday 24 July at 1.00 and 5.00 p.m.

So , without further ado what is more Christmassy than Holly and Robins?

The Holly folder was embossed  using Crafter's Companion watercolour card. I used a brayer to apply versa-mark to the raised holly and embossed using white EP. It was then painted using 3 H2O's from the Ultimate Romance set. The base of Kraft card just seemed to set it off..

So I hope that my and my DT pals samples have whetted your appetite and you can tune in to see Sheena's Crafty Christmas inspiration!!

Thanks for your comments - I love to receive them
Fiona xxx

Day 4 Sneak Peek.. tomorrow's the day.

Hi All

Lets hope its a lazy Sunday ( though I very much doubt that'll be the case for Sheena as she has to get the mountain of samples  loaded and ready to take down to Peterborough for tomorrow's launch!)

I really dithered about which sample to share today . This one is lovely and taken from the new A5 City Christmas. The skyline is just great as is the sleigh. Again this has been embossed on acetate and this time I've coloured them with Spectrum Noirs. The embellishment has been made with the new Evergreen embossing folder.

I may sneak another sneak peek in this evening - so watch this space! I'll also confirm the show times for those needing to commandeer the remote control. - Have a relaxing day.


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Sunny or stormy Saturday? Day 3 of Sneaky Peeks

It is predicted that today could see some dramatic thunder storms. We have a belated birthday celebration with the family for my husband , sister, brother in law and me  (all our birthdays in the space of 19 days! - June / July are always busy!!)

Maybe that is why for today's post I've chosen  something other than a card!:  This tissue box cover is made from 3 sheets of Crafter's Companion Kraft Card - painted with Pebeo Dyna Blue paint ( from the LOONG box of paint) , the ornamental snowflake folder and Pebeo Silver gilding wax.

If anyone wants to know how to make it let me know by leaving a comment and I'll pop on a quick tutorial on Monday :-)

Remember, the 4 Day Deals kicks off on Monday at 8 a.m. on Create and Craft and I know that Sheena will have loads of ideas and tips on how to get the most from your folders.

Have a great day xx

Friday, 18 July 2014

The second Sneak Peek from Sheena's 4 Day Deal launching on Monday and , its FRIDAY!!!

Hi all

Its finally Friday  and  whilst for some the summer holidays are beckoning (today may be the hottest day of the year so far) here thoughts are firmly on Christmas!

For today's sneak peek  I have chosen a great image from Sheena's new A5 stamp sheet Country Christmas: This particular stamp image almost an A6 size on its own!

This  has got to be the easiest card to create - using just 2 distress inks (Black Soot and Festive Berries) and one of my new favourite products - Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle Pearl Diamond Glitter Varnish.  The only card used was Sheena's Stamping Card ( and red mirri of course). The main image was stamped in Black Soot and brushed out using just a damp brush. The umbrella coloured with the red distress ink and  then the whole lot given a spritz of the spray and sparkle - It looks just like it was printed on Centura Pearl! The layers are the new folders; Evergreen and Ornamental Snowflake.

As one of my DT pals, Caroline, said;  change the wording and the image would work well for Valentine's Day too!

So as the clock ticks down to the weekend I hope you all have a fabulous Friday


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Sheena has a four day deal!!!

Hi All,

Firstly apologies - June has flown and July is heading the same way and my little blog has been seriously neglected (I could blame it on my age as I have now reached 50... I REALLY don't know how THAT happened LOL!)

But, moving on! The GREAT news is that Sheena has a four day deal with some wonderful new embossing folders and stamps starting Monday on Create and Craft (21 July) I will pop show times on here as they are confirmed but the launch show will be 8 a.m.

I have seen the samples and they are gorgeous and the DT has worked its little socks off to create some amazing projects. ( If you click here - you will find a link to everyone's blog)

But for my first offering I thought I would share this one:

Fellow crafters will know that sometimes you surprise yourself  with what you create and this was one of those occasions for me.

I found some double sided adhesive in my stash and it started from there: The card is about 8 x 8. so you can see that the new rooftops stamp is really sizeable.  The stamp was embossed on acetate and stuck to one side of the adhesive. Working on the reverse I then "coloured it with a a brown , bronze and gold glitter and gave the snowy areas a coat of white acrylic. Because I am impatient I then painted over the back of the glitter with 2 Luminarte Silks : a brown and gold.

Turning back to the front way I glittered the white areas using Katy Sue's Glitter Frosting -A hint of violet.

So to the rest of the card; The gorgeous blue is just black card painted with Luminarte Silk - Iris Petal. The Ivy is one of the lovely new folders with the embossing picked out using Pebeo Gold gilding was and the white backing card is embossed using another new Sheena embossing folder - falling snow.

Hope you like and hope you enjoy the shows and all of Sheena's inspiration

Have a great day

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Final sneak peek ahead of Sheena's shows tomorrow:

Hi All,
 Well nearly Friday! Just to confirm tomorrow's shows on Create and Craft are 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. I thought I'd finish with a quick and simple card - the sentiment appealed to my sense of humour and worked well with the image - both of which are from Sheena's new stamp plates ( as I mentioned a couple of days ago tomorrow's shows are a mix of old favourites as well as the new plates and they work brilliantly together:

So without further ado:

I really think the chicks are adorable - they're stamped in walnut stain distress ink and just a damp brush used to pull the colour out. I used Sheena's Curly Swirly embossing folder on the mat and that interesting Hessian...? I nicked a (new) leaf compost sack from the garden shed ( shh!!.. don't tell the best beloved ;-))

Anyway enjoy the shows - the DT have had enormous fun playing with these and if you want to see some more please pop over here to pick up the links to their blogs.

Have a wonderful evening

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Just 2 more sleeps! Sheena shows on Create and Craft this Friday

Hi All

Today I thought I'd share this  little box, made with the new King for a Day stamps from Sheena Douglass that launch on Friday at 11 a.m. on Create and Craft. The little papier-mache box was painted with a single coat of Pebeo black gesso and daubed with some Luminarte Silks using a sponge. The swirl is from Sheena's Flying Colours collection.

The crown, kingfisher (coloured using Spectrum Noir pens and pencils and painted with Ice silks) and sentiment are from the stamps launch.

Thanks for your comments - I really do value them :-)

Have a great day


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Sheena Sneaky Peek No 1.!

Hi All,

Sheena has 3 shows on Create and Craft this Friday featuring some new stamps AND a few favourites :-) Show times are 11 a.m, 4p.m. and 7 p.m. So if like me you only have Freeview then the 7 p.m. show will be  on the internet ( isn't technology great - when it works! ;-) )

So my sneaky peak combines both old and new and stretched my ultimate pro skills to make the birdhouse!

The chicks and the bird are from one of the gorgeous new plates. The bird and chicks were coloured using Spectrum Noir Pens and the bird house was made using the wrong side of Centura Pearl card and 3 distress inks; seedless preserves, picked raspberry and milled lavender.  The chicks are just adorable!  I'll post a peek with them and some great sentiments later in the week but if you can't wait pop here to find the links to the Design Team Blogs and Sheena's page.

Looking forward to sharing loads more so please pop back tomorrow

Fiona x