Monday, March 27, 2017

Hydrangea Mark II

I have been having a play with the  Chinese Brush Painted Flowers Book again  (my bargain buy for £3) and have tried the tutorial for The Hydrangea doing it in Lingnan Style.
The book tells me that Lingnan style uses vibrant colours and spirited brushwork to express the beauty of Hydrangea by contrasting florets over a base of fused colours.  My effort sort of resembles the picture in the book.
I have  used my Marvy Le Plume II  water colour pens to draw and paint with.

I trimmed the watercolour card down in size using Crafts - Too rectangle dies stitch hole and then layered up using various different coloured card stock to compliment the colours in the painting.

Entering into the following challenges:
Come and Get IT Challenges #Spring time.
Crafty Card Makers #185 Spring into Spring.
Love To Craft #8 Anything goes.
CAS Water Colour #6 Spring.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Little Lighthouse.

This is a painting I did for a post card swap in February.   
The stamps are from Art Impressions Water colour range and I have been watching their videos  on how to use them. I have coloured in using my Marvey Le Plume II water colour pens by scribbling the colours out onto a palette and then picking the colour up with a paint brush. You have to send the postcard as it is so after painting it I left for several days and then sprayed it with Spray and Shine varnish to protect it from  the elements whilst in the post. I made a slight boo boo on this swap as I didn't read right to the end of the instructions and missed the bit which said the theme for the month was 'Faces' . Ooops!!!  I emailed my partner and said to imagine that there was a face peering out of one of the little windows instead.  The swap for March is anything with Wings and strangely enough I have not chosen to do a butterfly!!!

It was lovely weather last week for working in the garden and here are two photos of the what is in flower right now.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


A new challenge has started over on the Butterfly Challenge.
For the purposes  of the challenge  for the theme of " Repeat"  you just  need to have  something on your card  repeated maybe as a pattern or more than one of. The colour to use is "Night Sky". Again it is up to your interpretation of night sky colours. It could be the colour of twilight, a glorious sunset or even the colour of a  moonless night. 
Here is my inspiration for you.

I have gone with a repeat of the butterfly which is a pre printed card cut out. There is no name on the sheet unfortunately that I bought on Ebay. I have added pearls to each of  the wings on both butterflies. Card base is dark blue card stock and layered with gold pearlised card to match the markings on the butterflies. Sentiment is a gold sticker from my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Scrapper's Delights #64 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds Creations #24 Anything goes.
Love To Craft #8 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #54 Anything goes.
Alphabet Challenge # A is for anything with wings.
Brown Sugar #242 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #39 Anything goes.
Creative Fingers #126 Anything goes.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hanging Basket.

I've just  sent off my card for the March Chain Card Swap that I am participating in and still  have February's card  to show.  My partner for that month was Jeanne in Minnesota.  The  colours to use on your card were Sage, Willow and Raspberry . I chose the theme of Nature and to incorporate the product Embossing.

I used an embossing folder which came as a  magazine freebie from Practical Publishing International Ltd and Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Marvellous Squares' to die cut the frame work from raspberry card stock. The images is a clear stamp from Imagination Crafts that I have coloured in with my promarkers and a silver gel pen. Stamped onto very pale green paper before colouring. The little butterflies are a Tonic Butterfly punch. 

Iv'e decorated the inside of the card with the negative card die cut from the  front of the card. The little bird  was stamped on the envelope that I received from my swap partner in January so I simply cut him out, coloured him in and he has now winged his way back to America on the inside of this card. (I do like to recycle!).

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Time is flying by again and the girls in the Christmas Card Club have been busy with  their latest makes. The theme this time was set by Granmargaret who is asking for 'Two or more pattern papers'.
This just screamed one style of card for me so I have abandoned the recycled christmas card box  in favour of my christmas paper box. I had a look on You Tube to remind me on how to make the card and found so many variations that I sort of got carried away and ended up making six altogether and here  they all are.

First card uses freebie papers from Making Cards 2015/2016 christmas papers. Sentiment is a  clear stamp by Dovecraft  'Tis the Season'. Red card stock used to make the base card.
My second and third cards use papers  by Dovecraft 'Back to basics christmas '. These were all snippets left over from a project I made a few yrs ago now. Snippet of ribbon was out on my desk so I used it!. Sentiment stamp also by Dovecraft.  Card bases are made tent fold style.

This design is also known as Starburst as your centre point is  off to one side of the card.  
On the fourth card I used the same design as on card 1 but repeated the pattern on the bottom half of the card  to make a complete design .  Papers are freebies from  Making Cards Nov 2016.Sentiment is a clear stamp by Kaisercraft.
Fifth card again used the Starburst design but upright this time and the pattern has been inlaid onto a piece of card with spaces left between the papers and gives quite a different effect.  Papers are freebies from Making Cards Nov 2016. Sentiment is by Hot off the press in their ' Forever christmas Cards paper stack.' 

The sixth and last card is my own design.  Papers are all from  Hot off the press  'Forever christmas cards paper stack ' along with the Noel sentiment.  I don't know why the card has come out this odd colour as the backing card is the same red as on the design papers. I have given up trying to work out the mysteries of my camera's choices!  I laid the design papers onto card to make a complete pattern and then die cut out using my sizzix scallop circles. I think it sort of looks like the patchwork 
'Dresden plate.'

As I have used loads and loads of snippets I'm off to play on the swings in the playground. 
See you all there. If Miss has put the pogo sticks out don't touch em!!
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #273/274. Use up your snippets. (I most certainly did but thev'e created loads of little triangles now. )

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Butterflies and Bees.

What a gorgeous day it has been today. Seen a couple of butterflies again in the garden and a huge bumble bee  busy searching for somewhere to make a home so my first card for you  is quite appropriate.
It's the second week of  #74 Butterflies +E  is for Edges and/or the colour Mint green.
Here is some more  inspiration for you.

Card base has the pre cut butterflies edge already on it. The image is by Hunkydory from their 'Second little book of flowers'. I backed the inside of the card with a very pale mint card stock that matched the leaves on the flowers perfectly.  Sentiment is a multi coloured sticker  from my stash.

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Catch The Bug # Birds, Bees, Butterflies.
Come and Get It Challenges # Things with wings.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Love to Craft #8 Anything goes.

My second card uses  darker mint card stock for the base card and a Digi paper  'Shabby Roses 02c' by Cameo Shop on Etsy.  The butterrfly edges are a tonic border punch.  Sentiment is a glitter sticker from my stash as are the white roses. The butterrfly created in the middle is 'Theo Butterfly' by Poppy Stamps. I die cut from a square of card and then inlaid the butterfly back inside. Turned both over and secured the butterfly down at the the edges and then covered with a piece of acetate cut to the same size as the square. I have adapted an idea I saw here on Laurel's blog  and created the  shaker element using the little waste butterflies from the tonic die punch edge strip for the inside. You can just see them inside the wings of the butterfly. 

It was such a nice day that I took the photos out in the garden.
Entering into the following challenges:
Jo's Scrap Shack #179 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper # Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds Creations #24 Anything goes.
Scrapper's Delights # 64 Anything goes.
The Flower Challenge #6 Anything goes with florals.

Unicorn Challenge #19 Go green.
Win and Tonic # Anything goes.(Used Tonic butterfly border punch.)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rose Cottage.

This is a little painting I did for a post card swap back  in January.   
The stamps are from Art Impressions Water colour range and I have been watching their videos  on how to use them. I have coloured in using my Marvey Le Plume II water colour pens by scribbling the colours out onto a palette and then picking the colour up with a paint brush. You have to send the postcard as it is so after painting it I left for several days and then sprayed it with Spray and Shine varnish to protect it from  the elements whilst in the post. Happy to say it arrived safely and unscathed.

Has anyone else noticed how hard it is to now to follow back people who become your follower.
You no longer get a direct link back to their blog when you click on the little icon so unless they leave a comment on your blog at the same time as linking  or you do recognise who they are then your, to put it mildly 'Up a creek without a paddle'! Conversely I have now noticed that I no longer have an image of me when I follow a new blog and the name is showing as my full name and bears no resemble to my blog or blog address and I can't find out how to fix it back to how it was. I am so annoyed. Can you see the steam!!!!!

Thankyou to all my new followers and please leave comments so I can find you back.