Friday, 23 February 2018

Seeking Stillness for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope that you've all had a good week. This is a scheduled post as I'm currently visiting my nephew and his wife whose daughter Lily is now 6 weeks old. I'm really looking forward to it as so far I've only seen photos as they live quite a distance away, Justyn being in the RAF.

I have my usual Friday post over at That's Crafty! Blog and this week I'm sharing a mixed media card that I made for the December One Day Special.

This is just a sneak peek so if you'd like to see it all, you'll need to head on over to the blog.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend and see you next week when I shall finally be able to share some rather exciting news and I can hardly wait!

Hugs, Fliss xx

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Midway Inspiration for I Heart You Challenge

Hello everyone, I hope you're all having a good week and managing to get some crafting done as I am. I'm also doing meals on wheels as my father in law finally had his first cataract op on Monday so I'm cooking their lunch for a few days until his eyesight has settled down.
I have my midway inspiration to share today as we're now half way through our I Heart You Challenge over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog.
I've made a tag with a bit of a story as believe it or not, it started out purple and pink! This step went totally wrong so I added layers and it ended up red and golden yellow.

As you can see, it seems to have a rather flaming heart look which was totally accidental. After my attempt with the purple and pink overlayer (this didn't work as the magenta was rather too translucent and went a really odd colour), I glued pieces of crinkled tissue paper stamped with script in red over the top on the top right and bottom left sides.
I used the Dinky hearts stencil with texture paste to add a pattern in opposite corners and when the paste was dry, glued crinkled tissue paper over the top.
I painted over the top of the entire tag with mustard yellow multi surface paint which is translucent enough to allow the under layer of red stamped script to show through. I then replaced the hearts stencil over the raised areas again and sponged Fired Brick oxide ink on the hearts. I let this dry a little and added another coat, giving a lovely soft look to the pattern.
I covered an mdf heart with crinkled tissue paper and when it was dry, painted over the top with bright red and magenta multi surface paints. I then stamped on the lovely rose with Versafine Crimson Red ink.
I stamped the stitching with the same red ink, sort of following the edges of the glued on tissue paper and then glued some felting wool in shades of red, pink and pale grey, adding the heart over the top with silicone glue. This was where the serendipity struck as I moved back after gluing the heart in place and realised the fibres at the top look a bit like flames!
I rubbed a little red oxide ink around the edges to soften the look and finished off with the Tim Holtz Clippings sticker.

That's Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard Panel, 4.5 x 9
That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Heart Size 5
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets - Textures Collection Set 3, Donna's Girls Collection Claire
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paint - Bright Red, Magenta, Mustard Yellow
That's Crafty! Texture Paste
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencil TC038 Hearts
Ranger Tim Holtz Oxide Ink - Fired Brick
Versafine Crimson Red Ink
Tim Holtz Clippings Stickers
White Tissue Paper

Have a great rest of week and see you soon - very exciting happenings next week that I can't wait to share with you!
Fliss xx

Friday, 16 February 2018

Challenge The World for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, hope you're managing to stay warm in the current rather chilly weather as we have easterly winds here at the moment and we keep getting alternate very rainy days too!
I'm still in the middle of lots of crafting and will be able to reveal all in a couple of weeks and can't wait as it's very exciting!
I have my usual Friday post over at That's Crafty! Blog and this week I have my steampunk hat on again as I've got my very painty mitts on Donna's new Ella set of stamps and couldn't resist giving her a very steampunk themed setting.

You'll find all the details over at the blog as always and hope to see you over there where you'll find tons of inspirational creations with tutorials.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Friday, 9 February 2018

Flutter Your Feathers for That's Crafty! and other news

Hello everyone, I hope you're all well as it's been ages since I've been able to come and visit, the reason for which will be revealed very soon although there is a sneak peek on here for anyone who hasn't seen my sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram.

I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with my usual Friday post that this week is one of the mixed media creations made for the Hochanda One Day Special back in December which was a total sellout.

All details of my little fluttering hummingbird can be found over at the blog as usual.

Now for the promised sneak peeks of some new mixed media stamps coming very soon to That's Crafty! and hope you like them.

I shall have some free time very soon and will be popping by as soon as I can.
Fliss xx

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

I Heart You at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello everyone on a very chilly but bright day and last night we actually had a sprinkle of the white stuff although it will soon be gone with the sun shining as it is now!
We have a seasonal new challenge for you today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog and this month being February we've come over all romantic with the theme of I Heart You.
I was really short on time this week so I have as my inspiration the quickest card I think I've ever made and hope you like it (hope the other half does too as - whisper - he might just get this as a you know what!)

This came about as I was searching for some text for something else I'm creating and came across Lynne's Affirmations Set 4 which has the cute heart on to go with some of Lynne's lovely quotes and ping! inspiration struck.

I stamped a row of the hearts using Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick Distress Oxide Inks on white card and then glued the strip to a kraft card blank. This is where things went a bit wrong as I stamped my chosen quote underneath but the design didn't look right so I trimmed it off the card leaving a kraft border and glued it to a white card blank.

I then had the text dilemma but my trusty Tim Holtz Occasions stickers came to the rescue and I finished off the card with a row of romantic stickers which fitted the space under the hearts perfectly. Serendipity strikes again!

I hope you can join us this time as you have a whole month to enter now and it doesn't matter where in the world you live as the challenge is open to everyone. There's a £30 shop voucher for the randomly drawn winner and the Top 3 chosen by the Design Team will receive the stencil of their choice from the That's Crafty! own range which psst is about to get much bigger!

Have a great day and see you as soon as I can - time still short at the moment.
Fliss xx

Friday, 2 February 2018

Spring Card for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, hope you're all OK and sorry for the lack of visits which are because time has been short due to family stuff and something I'm working on behind the scenes. All will be sorted in the week or so I hope when I might just have some rather exciting news!
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with a Spring inspired card which I decided to share to warm things up on a very chilly day. Hope you like it.

Have a great weekend and see you when I can.
Fliss xx

Monday, 29 January 2018

Craft Stamper March Issue

Hello all on a rather windy and dreary day down here in the South of England. I'm taking a short break in the midst of a crafting session as I'm really excited to say that I have a project in the March issue of Craft Stamper magazine which will hit the shops on Friday this week although if you subscribe, you'll already have your inky mitts on it!

Here's a sneak peek of what I made which is in my bright and zingy style.

Have a great week and see you soon!
Fliss xx

Friday, 26 January 2018

Times Flies for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, hope you've all had a good week and have managed some crafting time. I'm up to my eyes in craft stuff at the moment and also had to do some work for my hubby's business (just those things like paying the staff!!!).
I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today with my usual Friday post and this week I'm wearing my steampunk hat, you know - the one with the cogs on :D, for a mixed media art panel.

You'll find all details over at the blog as usual if you'd like to hop over to see the whole thing.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend and see you soon.

Fliss xx

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Feeling Blue Challenge Midway Inspiration

Hello everyone, a very quick post in the middle of a crafting run to share my midway inspiration for our Feeling Blue Challenge over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog which has another 2 weeks to run as we've now gone monthly.
The challenge is now open to crafters all over the world and the randomly drawn winner will receive a £30 voucher for the online shop. In addition to this, our chosen top 3 will receive a That's Crafty! stencil (own choice) and there are tons to choose from with more on the way soon.

I have a fairly bright and breezy tag as my inspiration with lots of stencilling and a bit of stamping.

I coloured my tag with multi surface paints which were applied with a brayer. I then used the spiral flower stencil to add the flowers using Distress Oxides and used the butterfly background stencil at the top with the same inks.
I stamped the butterfly wings and text from some of the Lynne's Affirmations stamp set 1 with cobalt ink. I painted the butterfly with Distress markers, having drawn a body between the wings with a fine dark blue pen.

That's Crafty! Surfaces - Size 5 White/Greyboard Tag
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set - Lynne's Affirmations Set 1
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Flight of Butterflies, Spiral Flower
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paints - Bright Blue, Ocean, Teal, White
Tim Holtz Oxide Inks - Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet

Have a great day and rest of week and hope you can enter the challenge.
Fliss xx

Friday, 19 January 2018

Tangled for That's Crafty!

Hello all on a lovely sunny but chilly day. Just a very quick post to let you know that I'm over at That's Crafty! Blog today sharing a panel that was inspired to take a sort of fairytale turn as I created a wood nymph out of the gorgeous Lana stencil that premiered on the One Day Special That's Crafty! did (a sell out!) last December.

You can see the shimmer on this sneak peek that doesn't really show that much on my That's Crafty! post although I used quite a bit of gold and bronze metallic paints on there along with gorgeous gold shimmer paint.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Fliss xx

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Sarah's Card

Hello everyone, hope you're having a good week. It's gone very windy and rather chilly down here on the South Coast so if it's the same where you are, stay warm.
Just a quick post to share the card I made for my daughter's birthday today (she won't see it as she doesn't read my blog). It's quite a simple one and features one of Tracy Easson's Wonky Tonk girls which I've had for a few months and have only just had the chance to ink up.

I do love the quirky look of these images and I stamped her directly on the card blank with black ink. I then stamped on the flowers from the same set in the left hand corners.
I followed this with the little scattered flower stamp from one of the other sets, stamped randomly around the image with black ink.
I then coloured all the images with Zig clean markers and finished off with the birthday text which was a stamp free with a magazine. That's it - done!

I don't often do a card this quickly but really enjoyed colouring the images so I think there may be more to come.

Enjoy the rest of your day and week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 12 January 2018

Nature Dreams for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend as I am. We had a bit of great news this week as our eldest nephew and his wife had a little baby girl late Tuesday evening and they've called her Lily Grace which I really love. This means my in laws are now great grandparents and we all can't wait to see Lily.
On another note entirely, I have my first post of 2018 over at That's Crafty! today on our brand new looking blog. It's one of my Hochanda samples and I hope you like it.

You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual and I hope you'll hop over as there are loads of other projects to see, not just mine!

Have a great weekend and see you soon.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Feeling Blue at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello and welcome to my inspiration for our January challenge over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog as this year we've gone monthly. Our first challenge of the year has the theme of Feeling Blue so we'd like to see entries which are mainly blue.
I've created an art panel with my favourite feline, Bentley, and surrounded him with flowers. Hope you like it.

I covered my white/greyboard panel with paint in shades of blue with white which I brayered on. Once the paint was dry, I used the Daisy Background stencil with shades of Oxide inks to add a floral pattern in the top right corner. I also sponged a little of the pink Oxide ink around the edges and stamped the script from Textures Set 3 down the left hand edge with Archival Cobalt ink without using an acrylic block.
I stamped Bentley twice and several of the large flower from Donna's Fleur set on mixed media paper with Archival Jet Black ink and painted the images with several shades of blue Multi Surface paints. I then cut the images out, just the head on the second Bentley image.
I glued on the first flower about half way down on the left side and then stamped Bentley again on the background and over the top of the flower - this is to save cutting out his whiskers. I glued the whole cat image over the stamped image and added his head using foam pads for some dimension.
I added the remaining flowers with a mix of glue and foam pads for interest. The finishing touch was to stamp the smile next in the lower right hand corner.

Have a great day.
Fliss xx

Monday, 1 January 2018

2017 in Review

Hello again and Happy New Year if you missed my post of yesterday. I've decided to share a dozen of my personal favourite creations from 2017, one from each month of the year to possibly reflect my developing style. I hope you like them.

An art journal page to reflect my eye troubles last year

Another art journal page reflecting my enforced job changes

More art journaling reflecting my future hopes

A Hochanda sample in my bright and zingy style

A mixed media panel with gorgeous new stamps by Donna which I was thrilled to have the priviledge to work with

I was thrilled to have finally cracked the acrylic stack technique with this underwater themed panel set featuring gorgeous Marina again all blinged up

Mixed media layers for a glam grunge art panel with a favourite butterfly theme

A truly mixed media piece inspired by a rusty factory on the side of a loch seen on our holiday to Scotland's lochs

My favourite bark technique for a woodland creation with the gorgeous new greyboard embellishments

My challenge to myself to create something in half an hour, quite a challenge as I'm not a fast crafter!

A very vintage mixed media panel with die cuts that I cut from corrugated card and texture paste through a stencil

My favourite from the Hochanda One Day Special samples I created which has multiple layers on a nature theme

I hope you like seeing these again or for the first time if you missed them when they first appeared or if we didn't know each other then.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and creative year ahead.
Fliss xx