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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Your favourite stamp - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

A super easy challenge for you all over at Sweet Stampin'... this week we'd like for you to use your favourite stamp.

The hardest part is going to be choosing which stamp that is!

My favourites for over a year now, have been a series of three stamps from Inklylicious. You've no doubt seen them used on my blog many times since then.

I made a card with one of them


Definitely one of my favourites, though I'm rather in love with her sisters too!

Your turn. Have fun going through your favourites to choose one, and don't forget to come share the results with us.

I'm playing along with the Rubber Dance "your favourite stamp" challenge this week, because the fates collided and said it must be so! ;)

Have a great weekend!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Heat embossing - Sweet Stampin'

Good morning all,

It's Saturday, and you know what that means... Yep, new challenge time over at Sweet Stampin'! this week, our theme is heat embossing.


For my card I re-visited the industrial/chalkboard technique that I loved so much when Sir Tim used it in his 12 tags.
I found it translates pretty well to cards too. especially when said card is for hubby, who is an engineer (couldn't resist the fab embossing folder!) and loves his beer.


I heat embossed the stamp onto black card with white powder, and lightly went over parts of it with a piece of chalk to give it that dusty look that chalkboards often have.
A little bit of black twine finishes it off.


And there it is. Now it's your turn. I hope you'll come play with us this week!

Have an awesomesauce weekend!

Sammy-x

Friday, 1 September 2017

September challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Good morning all!

September already! Just a few more days and my offspring will be back to school, and I will be getting some well-deserved peace and quiet. Which will hopefully lead to lots of crafting!

Of course, september also means new challenge time over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit, where as always anything altered art or mixed media goes!

Now you may remember me mentioning recently that we were having a craft fair at work to raise money for our charity? I'm happy to report it was a resounding success! I sold almost all of my altered art and mixed media, and a load of cards besides, and we ended up taking well over £200!

One of the items I sold started off as a worn out little trinket box, which had certainly seen better days...


I had a play with a Tattered Angels paint system, and some goodies from Craft Box , and turned it into this:


I adore the filigrees Anna often puts in the Craft Box boxes. One of my favourite things to do is to cut them in half to get different shapes!


I hope this inspires you to come and have a play with us!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

September challenge - altered eclectics

Good morning blogland!

It's time for a new challenge over at Altered Eclectics, and the DT have been busy making all sorts of lovely things for your inspiration.

This month I played with an MDF ATC from Fernli Designs, as I wanted to make a little thank you something for a lovely crafty lady.


Apart from the lace and the Tim Holtz sentiment everything I used to embellish it is from Craft Box. I love the little glass gemstones. Because they're clear, they're a great way to add a little interest, without making it too "busy".

I hope you'll come and play with us!

Have a great day!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Doodling - Sweet Stampin'

Good morning stampers!

It's new challenge time at Sweet Stampin', and I have to admit... it's the one I dread! Yep, time for our Doodling challenge.

As you probably all know by now, I'm not a doodler. I really, really have no idea what to do, and never like how things come out. I even usually use stamps to do faux stitching on projects!

But luckily for me, my daughter is quite the opposite, and she came to the rescue by doing a zentangle heart for me to pop on a card.


Isn't she clever?

Now I know some of you are expert doodlers, so I hope you'll have a go and come play with us this week. you know you want to...

Have a great weekend!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Summer fun - Sweet Stampin'

** Apologies for the late post again. I seem to be having problems with scheduled posts not going live at the moment. waiting for a reply from the Blogger team!**


Good morning all! It's Saturday again, so time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin'
This week's challenge may seem like a bit of wishful thinking, at least to those of us in the UK, as the theme this week is Summer fun.

When I think of summer fun, I think of the seaside, and this led me to think of pirates, which resulted in this card below:


I hope you'll come join me and the rest of the Sweeties this week, and share your summery creations with us (because, frankly, it's all the summer we're going to get, it seems...)

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

August challenge - Rhedd's Creative spirit

Hello again all,

And of course August means time for a new challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit too!

I had some fun making a configurations box...



Most of the goodies in this configurations box came in the lovely monthly boxes sent out by Craft box.


Yes, that's a car from a Monopoly game, painted gold!



The wagon wheel I bought from a stall selling dolls house items. I thought it was perfect for a project like this.



One of my favourite things was coming up with different things to put inside the vials...

I hope I've inspired to you make something of your own and then come share it with us!

Have a fantastic day!

Sammy-x

August challenge - Altered eclectics

Morning all!

It's August already! (though you wouldn't guess it looking outside here... I don't think it's stopped raining in a month!) and of course that means new challenge time over at Altered Eclectics!

This is what I made for your inspiration:


I decoupaged a wooden block with a napkin (after painting it a lovely Spun Sugar), and had lots of fun decorating it after. I certainly didn't spare the flowers!

I hope you'll come play with us this month, and don't forget to come see what my fellow teamies have prepared for you!

Be right back with my second post of the day...

Sammy-x

Saturday, 22 July 2017

CAKE! - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

It's new challenge time over at Sweet Stampin', and our theme this week is Cake! yum!

And who does cake better than Lili of the Valley, right?

Here's my offering:


And speaking of cake... The craft fair for the charity I volunteer for is today, so wish us luck. we want to make lots of pennies for the orphans we look after, so we need all the fingers you can cross!
I've been telling people all week that there will be a cake stall, so if that doesn't bring them, I don't know what will, lol.

Hope you'll come join us this week!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Mid-month tutorial

Morning all,

Just a heads-up that my tutorial for making these canvases has just gone live over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.


Hope to see you there!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Photo inspiration - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

It's new challenge time at Sweet Stampin', and this week we have a photo inspiration challenge for you.

We are using this gorgeous picture:



I decided to use the macaroons and some of the pretty colours, though I was having camera issues and the colours haven't come out at all like what they're supposed to! It's actually a mint/pastel pink combo, rather than the sage/orange-pink it appears to be, lol.



The macaroons were from a magazine freebie (as was the sentiment), and I masked and stamped it several times to get the stacked effect.
The teacups are a Tim Holtz Bigz die.

I hope you'll come play with us. just pick anything at all from the picture that inspires you, and join us!

Have a great weekend!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

July challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Hello again, another post from me this morning.

It's my turn to host the challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month, and we have some gorgeous inspiration lined up for you. hope you'll go take a peek!

I did a trio of mixed media canvases, using lots of Craft Box supplies..




They're just under 6" each, and make a nice little set, I think. They'll be going up for sale at the craft fair we're having for the charity I volunteer for at the end of the month... fingers crossed we make lots of pennies, as it all goes to feed, clothe and educate orphans and young mothers in the Burmese refugee camps in Thailand.

If you check back on the 15th, I will have a tutorial for one of the canvases prepared for you.

I hope you'll come and join us!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

July Challenge - Altered Eclectics

Morning all,

Post one of two here from me, first of all about the new challenge over at Altered Eclectics.

This month I decided to alter a giant MDF tag from Fernli designs.


There's some more gorgeous projects waiting for you over on the blog, so go take a peek, then come and play with us!

Back in just a moment with my next project...

Sammy-x

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Lots of layers - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

Those of you who know me, know I'm not hugely comfortable with CAS. Love the style, but when I do them myself, I always feel like there's stuff missing.
So when they theme at Sweet Stampin' is Lots of Layers, I can breathe a sign of relief and go to town layering all the pretties until my heart's content!

Hence, two cards from me this week:




Mostly a layering of gorgeous papers this time (I remember the days I wouldn't have been able to use them at all, because I wanted to keep them and stroke them! lol), with a Kenny K image in the first (did you hear they're closing!!? I may have stocked up on 30 digis, because they are perfect for those pesky teens!) and the second has a super scrummy Artemio ship stamp.

I hope you'll come and play with us this week!

Have a fantabulous weekend,

Sammy-x

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Monochrome - Sweet Stampin'

Psssstttt... there's a new challenge starting over at Sweet Stampin'... This week we're looking for your monochrome creations.

I went - perhaps rather unsurprisingly - for the "many shades of brown" option.


This card was inspired by Chris, one of my fellow Sweeties, and uses one of my very favourite stamps.

Your turn... pick a colour and come play with us!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Thursday, 1 June 2017

June challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Hello all, second post this morning!

It's time for a new challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit, and I made another ATB (getting quite the collection now!). As the weather has been so lovely, I decided to go with a nautical theme.

I used a 3" ATB blank from Fernli Designs, and some beautiful papers from 7 Gypsies.


Instead of using card to mat the gorgeous 7 Gypsies ephemera, I used pieces of Hessian. I always think it has a natural look that goes great with a seaside theme!


As you're reading this, I should be back on the exact beach I found these seashells two years ago. Good thing I'll be able to replenish my stock!

That's it from me! I hope you'll come play with us this month!

Sammy-x

June Challenge - Altered Eclectics

Morning all,

I can't believe it's June already! at least we've been having some gorgeous weather here in Leeds for a change, lol.

It's also new challenge day over at Altered Eclectics. I decided it was about time I corralled all my paintbrushes in one place, rather than having them scattered in several places, so I grabbed a pen pot blank from the MDF man, and made this:



The paint I used is actually bronze and quite shimmery, and the bits that look white are a sparkly blue pigment, but I had some trouble capturing that on camera.



The heart was die-cut from a piece of board, then painted and covered in crackle medium. I embedded the butterfly - which I had distressed previously - into the medium while it was still wet, so it appears to be coming out of the heart.
The "Create art" sentiment is Snipart, which I got from Craft Box.

That's it for my first post of the morning. I'll be back in a minute with the next. Don't forget to come and join us this month!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Something old - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

It's challenge time over at Sweet Stampin', and this week the theme is Use some very old stash.

So dig out your old, neglected stash, and play along with us!

I made a card using my second-oldest paper pad (Dovecraft Garden Party) and some punches I've had since Adam was a lad and I never use...


And the heart gems? Another very early buy (from the pound shop). The sentiment I think was a magazine freebie, and therefore also pretty old, as I unsubscribed from them all a couple of years ago!

Over to you!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Shabby chic - Sweet Stampin' DT

Morning all,

Time for one of my favourite themes at Sweet Stampin' this week. Shabby chic!

I had a play with a pretty vintage image and lots of other goodies...


I made a flower out of Foamiran, and stamped the layers before putting them together. I really like the added interest it gives. The sentiment is from Unity (I believe!) and of course I had to add some of my favourite shabby bark hearts from Live & Love Crafts. (Whom I miss dearly, and will miss even more when the hearts run out! lol)
I may have gone a little overboard with the perfect pearls, but it just seemed to fit here.

Your turn! come play with us and show of your scrummy shabby creations!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Monday, 1 May 2017

May challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Hi all,

Another altered art challenge goes live this morning, this one over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

For this challenge I had a play with an mdf palette from Fernli Designs.


Most of the elements I used to decorate are from Craft Box, with a little Tim Holtz and a cabochon from The Works thrown in too. The circular item with the rose picture on, more-or-less in the middle of the palette, is actually a broach that I rescued from being thrown in the bin at work. Likewise the #71 game token came from an incomplete board game I was more than happy to rescue and find use for too!

This was my first palette, but enjoyed it so much, I think I will make a few more soon... We're taking part in a craft fair at work in August, to raise extra money for our charity, and this will be one of the pieces I'm putting up to sell. Wish us luck!

That's it from me for today, hope you'll come play with us.

Have an awesomesauce day!

Sammy-x

May challenge - Altered Eclectics

Morning all,

Ohhhh, it's May! That means it's not long until we go on holiday! Really need it, as instead of cutting down at work like I was supposed to, my work has about doubled since before Christmas. Something's gotta give, and I'd rather it wasn't me! lol.

On a more fun note, it's time for a new challenge over at Altered Eclectics!

I had some fun with a trio of mini canvases (each 10cm square).



The colours haven't quite come out as true to life as I'd hoped, but I'm really loving the crackle medium I used here, and the penny farthing is one of my favourite charms ever. The charms and flowers all came out of a recent Craft Box, as did the gorgeous gold micro beads.

The music is from an actual sheet of music. We got donated a whole stack of it at work, and some were not fit to be sold (falling apart), but perfect for crafting with! Of course, I bought some to play on the piano as well as the craft desk too, lol.

I hope you're feeling inspired to come and play with us this month!

Back in just a minute with another post!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 29 April 2017

humour - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin', and this week our theme is humour. we can all do with a laugh now and then, so I'm really looking forward to seeing the entries this week!

I decided to provide you with not one, but two smiles, so here is card one of two...



The sentiment certainly made me chuckle, and I thought the clothes peg was the perfect accompaniment. Of course, there's always the chance that people won't "get it", but I rather thought it was amusing, lol.

The chappy in this next card, a bugaboo digi, looks exactly like someone I work with, so this card will be reserved for his next birthday!

And that's it from me...

Hope you all have a fantabulous (bank holiday) weekend.

Sammy-x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Paper piecing - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

Another lovely Saturday (one where I don't have to work is always lovely, even if it does mean catching up on housework!) and another challenge over at Sweet Stampin'.

The theme this week is Paper piecing, which is always so much fun.



I had some real trouble capturing the colours here. Darn that British miserable weather. I'm ready for summer!

Hope you'll all come play with us this week, and enjoy your easter weekend!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 1 April 2017

April challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Hi all,

Last post today, I promise!

It's time for our April challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit, and this month I took my inspiration from our blog owner Sandie, who altered some wooden building blocks a while ago. I LOVED the idea, so when I discovered some at work, I grabbed them and had a play myself. This is what I made:


I started by sanding and priming the blocks, then painted them with Distress paints. A little stamping and a handful of embellishments out of a Craft Box to decorate, and most importantly some bricks (from Fernli designs), which I painted and added a little grit to, to give texture.

Aren't they cute? I think I'll be buying up all the building blocks that come through the shop from now on! lol.

Well, that's it from me for today, but I'll hope you'll come play with us.

Have an awesomesauce weekend!

Sammy-x

April Challenge - Altered Eclectics

Hi all,

It's the 1st of April already! No joke! I was taken a little by surprise yesterday when my son announced the holidays had started. I was expecting another week of peace first. Oh well, can't win 'em all, I guess, lol.

Oh yes, the monthly challenge over at Altered Eclectics! I altered another ATB (ok, technically there's three of them!) for the challenge this month.


I just LOVE the honeycomb sizzix die. It's such a great look, and I love giving them all different textures too, like filling some with Crackle medium. The ones with the larger text on the lighter background and the light brown ones? Backing card from a TH stencil! Waste not, want not!



The metal embellies are all out of the January Craft Box, which had a steampunk theme. Best subscription EVER!

I hope you'll come play with us this month.

Back in just a minute with my third and final post of the day.

Sammy-x

Travel - Sweet Stampin'

Good morning all,

Lots of posts from me today! It's one of those months where all the challenges fall on the same day, so don't be surprised at the sudden flurry of activity!

First up is the new challenge over at Sweet Stampin', where we're looking for anything to do with travel. But don't forget to stamp, of course!

I once again broke out my distress inks and a Tim Holtz stamp and some stencils, and this is the result:


Simple, yet so much fun to do. I never get tired of playing with my distress inks!

I hope you'll come play with us this week.

Back in a little while!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Mother's day/Special lady - Sweet Stampin'

Hi all,

It's nearly mother's day here in the UK, and Sweet Stampin' has a theme this week to mark the occasion: Mother's day (or for a special lady).

My mother loves two things very much, Tigers and music. She plays several instruments, and I try to always incorporate a little something music themed into things I make for her.
This year I've gone for a super CAS black and white look...



I was so happy to find the Stamp N' Stor tiger stamp at Samuel Taylors, as I hadn't found a single tiger stamp until now. When I say my mum loves tigers, I mean she LOVES tigers. I'm not sure there's anywhere in her house you can look and not see them!

This was so very difficult for me to make, as I'm still not quite comfortable with CAS, and white space scares me! Still, I'm happy with the effect the washi tape gives - an extra little something, without taking too much attention away from the tiger.

Ok, your turn now! Come play with us at Sweet Stampin' this week, and don't forget to take a peek at what my fellow Sweeties have been up to.

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 4 March 2017

No DP - Sweet stampin'

Afternoon all,

Apologies for the lateness of this week's Sweet Stampin' offering. I've spent all week thinking I was on a different day than I actually was (before you ask, yes, I was half-way to work on my day off before I realised, lol), and so I'm somewhat behind with this offering.

The new challenge this week is No Designer Paper, which made it a perfect excuse to break out the Distress inks and have a play with my new mixed media heavystock and stamps!


It's hard to tell from the photo, but there's a lot of gold accents that are so pretty and shimmery in real life. The card base is gold too! (look at me, using a non-white base twice in a row!)

Hope you'll come and play along with us this week!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

March challenge - Altered Eclectics

Hello again!

Back with altered art project number two of the day! This one is for Altered Eclectics, where we would also love to see your altered work!


I altered a MDF ATB from Fernli Designs


One of my absolute favourite discoveries is the Mixed Media Art Pad from Hobbycraft. as a general rule I tend not to shop at Hobbycraft, as they charge WAY over the odds for things, and our local branch focuses too much on peel offs and toppers, and doesn't really stock much in the way of useful supplies.
Their Mixed Media art pad however, is now one of my absolute essential staple products. It's definitely on the "desert island" list! It is fantastic at dealing with wet media, is super strong, but is also smooth and doesn't have the texture watercolour cardstock does.
I love it!
I used it both on the panels covering the block, and for the heart die-cuts. It reacted beautifully to my Distress inks. Seriously. LOVE it!


The stencil I used on the panels and the flowers on top are from one of my Craft Box boxes. to finish the top, I added a flourish from Fernli, and a heart pendant rescued from a broken necklace.


Some pearls and Tim Holtz smalltalk sentiments finish it off beautifully.


And that's my ATB. the photos don't really do the colours justice (it's far bluer in person), but not much one can do with this miserable weather we're having!

I hope you'll come and play with us this month!

Have an awesomesauce day!

Sammy-x

March challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Morning all!

It's the first of the month again, which means I get to share a couple more altered art projects with you!
this time I will start with my project for Rhedd's Creative Spirit, where as always, Anything altered art goes. (mixed media is good too, but no paper items please!)

I decided to play with a dimensional MDF ATC from Fernli Designs


The image is out of a book that came into the shop... It contains pictures of thousands of postcards, from really old vintage 1800's ones, through to more modern. The picture I used is of Commander Scott of the Royal Navy from 1901.



 I used several gears from the January Craft Box, and some other charms I had in my stash. The frame was a Docrafts one I didn't like much, so I painted it along with the rest.


The ATC has some texture, applied with a TH stencil and some black Dreamweaver texture paste, before I applied a coat of Ground Espresso Distress Paint. Then the ATC and the frame were highlighted with some antique gold Rub N Buff.

That's it from me... I hope you'll come play with us this month!

Back in a minute with post #2!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Flowers - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

Another week, another challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this week we're looking for flowers (I'm expecting LOTS of entries for this one, lol).

I considered going the shabby route for this, but figured I'd do something completely different (for me) and made this instead:


I watercoloured a Stamp n' Stor vase stamp, die-cut a stem, and added a Prima flower. A simple sentiment and some Enamel Accents to finish it off...

I was going to use actual stitching on the border, but have misplaced my mini sewing machine! lol.

Over to you guys,

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Masculine - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all!

Yep, I'm sneaking in on team Abi's week again over at Sweet Stampin', because it is one of my favourite themes... And convenient for me, as the theme is Masculine, and I just so happened to need a card for my grandfather's 91st birthday next week!

So naturally, out came the Tim Holtz supplies...


I inked up the background using a stencil and Fossilised Amber and Vintage Photo Distress inks, and then heat embossed it, flicking off bits here and there to create a pitted, distressed effect. I then inked the part the stencil had been covering, plus the "flicked off" bits with a darker colour. I LOVE the effect! I added a little extra by colouring in his waistcoat with a distress marker, just to make it stand out a little more.
The stamp and sentiment are of course also Tim Holtz.

I hope you'll come play with us this week!

Have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x