Thursday, 1 December 2016

Crafts Galore Encore December Challenge DT Post

I have some exciting news to share. As of now I am a design team member on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog!! I have been following the blog and entering challenges on it for a while now, so I was thrilled when Denyse approached me and asked me if I would like to join the team. I have had the pleasure of crafting with her in person at a couple of workshops in Kent , and never realised she managed the blog. Small world!!

So, this is my fist official DT post and I am pleased to showcase my work using images by this month's sponsor Sherri Baldy. I hope you like them and they have inspired you to enter this month's challenge. The theme is Anything Goes, so get creating and share with us here for a chance to win.







The digi I chose for my first creation can be found here. She's such a cutie! I teamed her up with some vintage papers from my stash, a die cut snowflake and a hand made flower.

The Gift

Challenges:

Craftaholics R Us #12 Cards for Girls for Christmas
Craft Rocket #29 Winter Time
Crafting With an Attitude #22 Anything Goes
Moving Along With the Times #34 Anything Goes/Christmas
Through The Purple Haze #114 Winter/Christmas Colours

This sweet little gingerbread girl is hiding here in Sherri's store. I never could resist gingerbread and she worked beautifully with some papers I had from a magazine last Christmas. 

Gingerbread Bestie

Challenges:

Addicted to Stamps #222 Make Your Mark
Crafty Creations #329 Christmas
Creative Moments- Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts #29 Anything Goes/ Christmas Paper
Sunny Day Crafting #25 Anything Goes




Thanks for stopping by to see my work. I hope you enter the challenge, and if you do good luck!

And I guess it's time to wish you all a merry Christmas too. I'll see you in the new year with my next project for Crafts Galore Encore. Can't wait!

Lynda
xx

Friday, 25 November 2016

Exotic Flowers- Julia Spiri New release

It's new release time over at Julia Spiri and I just love this weeks image. She is called Exotic Flowers and you can find her here. This was so much fun to colour and really brightened up an otherwise dreary November day.



Julia has very kindly put a Black Friday offer in place for her too!


We always love to see what yo create with your Julia Spiri digis so why not pop across to her Facebook group too and share your wonderful creations and join in the chat. And don't forget there is also a monthly challenge over on the blog if you enjoy blogging your work. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:




Thanks for popping by.  Have a great weekend!

Lynda xx


Monday, 7 November 2016

Some Festive Sparkle

Like it or not, Christmas is coming to get us and soon. I'm nowhere near prepared for it this year, it's kind of snuck up on me when I wasn't looking, so I am now on a mission to get my butt in gear and start some preparations. Every year I want to treat myself to new decorations, and every year I end up deciding to save my pennies and stick with the old ones, so this year I am going to try to make some. Much nicer than shop bought after all, and cheaper too!

My first hand made decoration is a monolith from Visible Image. I had so much fun making this at the weekend and it almost put me in a festive mood! All stamps on it are also from Visible Image too of course ( I do have a slight addiction to them!) .

I am really pleased with the way it turned out and can't wait to see it really sparkle amid the Christmas lights. 




Challenges



Sunday, 6 November 2016

A Very Special Congratulations

I was so thrilled last week to hear the happy news that my beautiful niece Kerri and her fella Mark are, after 7 years together, now officially engaged. It's been long awaited I can tell you, so I am glad Mark has finally popped a ring on her finger, and what a beautiful ring it is too!  They really do make a wonderful couple and I wish them all the happiness in the world for their life together. 

Of course no such occasion can go unmarked with a card, and I just couldn't resist using this gorgeous fairy stencil from Sweet Poppy Stencils. Isn't it just the sweetest image for a young couple? I teamed it with some stamps from Lavinia Stamps to create a pretty scene, and added some stickles and perfect pearls to accent the details.



Challenges:





Working My Fairytale Magic

Nothing beats going back to your childhood and spending some time throwing paint around with your sister and recently I did just that, with my older sister Tina. Tina is a professional photographer ( and a pretty amazing one at that - check out her work on her website here), and every so often she likes to throw a creative challenge my way, making props for her studio shoots. 

She traveled to me a couple of weeks ago, armed with over sized book shaped constructions, put together by her husband, and our mission was to turn them into giant story books for children. We took over my conservatory and set to work!


Tina was working on a pirate story book, and the theme for mine was to be fairy tales. 


Step one was to add some texture to the 'book' , which I did by covering it with tissue paper.


While that dried I cut a castle and lettering from SVG files on my Cameo, and arranged the basic image out  to check I was happy.


The entire book was then covered with white gesso.


 I created some trees hanging over the castle with texture paste and a mask, then I used my fingers to apply acrylic paint , in blues, purples and pinks, and shimmering cream for highlights. When that was dry I sprayed areas with cosmic shimmer spray to really make it magical and shimmery. I painted my castle, cut and stamped pillars and a sweeping driveway, and once I had stuck it to the book I used hot glue to edge around it, creating definition to the turrets, and covered the glue with gilding wax, which  I think it made it look a little like an ice palace don't you?


I defined the tree branches with a grey marker, and added Nuvo Drops as berries. I love this drops, so easy to use and the colours are beautiful!


Every castle needs a hero and a princess of course, and I had the perfect stamps in my stash, made by Visible Image. The brick work stamp I used was also from them ( I have a bit of an obsession and rather a large collection!). In this story my princess is about to be snatched by a dragon, but her heroic beau will not doubt come to the rescue!





I have to admit, I am thrilled with how the finished project turned out and I can't wait to see Tina how works her own magic in her studio with it. There's no rest for me though now my work is done - I went to visit her last week ( where she put me to work making santa hats!!) and she sent me home with another book to work on for her. Can't wait to get started!


Challenges:







Thursday, 27 October 2016

Steampunk Heart by Julia Spiri ** NEW RELEASE**

Wosers has Julia pulled some amazing images from her pencil this month!! This weeks new release has a steampunk theme and I just love them!! Go take a look at what the rest of the team have made over on the blog. So much talent and creativity!

For my card I have worked with Steampunk Heart. Isn't she a beauty? Oh, and not only are the actual digi stamps stunning ( you can find them all here), but Julia has created some incredible clip art (here) to compliment them too! I used a variety of the elements to create a backing paper using Craft Artist on the pc, printed the main digi image separately and coloured her with copics before cutting her out. The sentiment stamp is Tim Holtz and the other embellishments from my stash. 



I really hope you enjoy this new collection, and if you do make a purchase don't forget to share your creations with us over on Julia's Facebook group. It's always nice to see what other crafters are making. 

Challenges:


Thanks for stopping by 

Lynda 
xxx

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Colours of The Wind by Visible Image

I've spent so long working primarily with digital images recently that this week I decided that having reduced my digi DT commitments, the time has come to get back to some proper messy play and doing what I love- painting and stamping!

One of my favourite stamp companies is Visible Image and todays card features their stamps. The Visible Image designs are so unique and cutting edge. If you aren't aware of the company do check them out. 

I have become friends with a lovely lady on their Facebook page, and we challenged each other to dig out our gelli plates, and make something arty to swap. I created my backing paper on the gelli with a stencil and paints, in Autumnal colours. Autumn is my favourite time of year and I never need an excuse to play with leaves- even paper ones, so I decided the stamps to use for my swap would be the Colours of the Wind set. I stamped them in versamark all over the paper and heat embossed different colours over them. I also used the leaf stamp that comes with the Christmas Poinsietta set, stamped both on the back ground and on another gelli printed sheet and fussy cut. I also stamped the main leaf again and fussy cut, edging it in gold to make it pop and adding the sentiment across the top. I mounted the main and smaller leaves on foam pads to give it some added depth and dimension. 


I really hope that the lovely Erika likes it. It was great to get back to some good old fashioned ink and paint splodging!

Challenges: