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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

Sunday, 5 February 2017

sneaking in another NBUS

Hi all,

So instead of doing what I was actually supposed to be doing, I was inspired by Darnell's NBUS challenge to have a little play.

As an optional challenge, she mentioned looking to see what national day it was, and using it as inspiration. Oh happy days! It turned out to be national Libraries day here in the UK, and also the final day of National storytelling week.
The idea of storytelling of course made me think of fairy tales, which had me rushing to dig out an awesome Sweet Dixie fairy tale castle die that I bought last year but hadn't gotten around to using yet.

It so happens that my twin nieces have a birthday coming up in a little while, and I figured this was a perfect opportunity to get ahead and make their birthday cards.

So I cut the castles in their respective favourite colours, and teamed them with some Dovecraft Princess Fairytale papers (one of my first ever paper packs!)


I added a few Stickles and changed the colour of the door and flags to add a little interest.

Now I don't know about you, but sometimes when someone sees one of my cards, they'll pipe up "Oh, I used to make cards! I'll bring some bits in for you". Very sweet of them, of course. But invariably, they end up handing me a stack of peel-offs, and try as I might, I've never been able to get on with them. But just this once, I thought I'd make an exception, as I wanted silver and gold sentiments to match the Stickles, and my embossing powders were at the bottom of a stack of boxes and I couldn't be bothered digging for them, lol.

The remainder of the peel-offs I currently have (and I've gotten rid of hundreds already in the past) are going into a craft hamper I'm putting together  to sell at work. It's crammed with these kind of bits and pieces that may be useful for a beginner crafter. Fingers crossed I hope to get £10 to £15 for it, which will equate to 100-150 hungry tummies filled. wish me luck!



Have a most excellent day!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 4 February 2017

LOVE - sweet stampin' DT

Good afternoon everyone,

First of all, apologies for the lateness of this post, it managed to slip through the cracks, so wasn't ready to go live this morning!

It's time for our Love challenge this week at Sweet Stampin'. and I made two cards for this challenge.

The first one was inspired by Stephanie Ackerman, and will be hubby's valentine this year...



I used TH tissue paper for the background, and a corresponding stamp on the heart.

The second card is a girlier one, with a Make It Crafty stamp and a Unity stamp sentiment. both of which I'd never used before, which means I can go play at Darnell's NBUS blog anniversary bash! Yay!


That's my cards for today. Don't forget to come and share yours!



Have a great weekend!

Sammy-x

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

February challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Hello again,

Back again this morning with another February challenge. This one for Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

Like my other post this morning, this project contains a lot of upcycled items from the charity shop I volunteer in.

I decided to have my first go at a floating teacup.


The theme was decided by the cup itself, as the colours made me think of autumn, so I added pine cones and other embellishments in the same colour scheme. The large butterfly at the bottom is a belt buckle. A couple of the gems are missing, and it was going to get thrown away until I came to the rescue. It is also beautifully heavy, which was very useful when trying to balance the cup. The weight of the buckle was just perfect! The other butterfly was a necklace pendant.

Now I hope you'll come join us this month. Remember, Anything altered art goes!

Have a most fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

February challenge - Altered Eclectics

Good morning ladies and germs,

You know, at the rate time is flying by, it'll be Christmas again before we know it!

But for now, we'll stick with the February challenge over at Altered Eclectics...

I took a little box my mum had given me (I suspect it once had a watch in it...) and used some broken jewellery and other pretties to upcycle it into a pretty gift box.


Volunteering in a charity shop has its perks... while we never get any crafty goodies in, we do get a lot of jewellery - a lot of it unsaleable - which I can snap up for next to nothing to use in crafty projects. Apart from the die-cut flower, the ribbon and the key, all of this has been rescued from work!

Now to think of what to put in it and who to give it to! lol.

Hope you'll come play with us over at altered Eclectics this month.

Back in a minute!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Dies and punches - Sweet Stampin'

Good morning peoples!

It's new challenge time over at Sweet Stampin' this morning, and it's good news for all you die-cutters out there, as the theme is dies and punches.

For my card, I used a Polkadoodles die set. It is entirely Jane's fault I own this, as She Made. I Saw. I Needed Wanted. hehe...


The stamp is of course one of Julie Nutting's Prima dolls, and the paper is Kaisercraft's Ma Cherie.

And now it's your turn to break out your dies, punches, and of course a stamp or two, and come to play with the sweeties.

Have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x


I would like to play along with the Craft Stamper TIMI challenge this month.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Something New - Sweet Stampin'

Good morning all!

Time for the first Sweet Stampin' challenge of the year, and if Santa brought you anything crafty, playing along will be easy, as the theme is Something New. But even if Santa forgot to drop off the crafty goodness you'd been hoping for (like he seems to do every year. Bah Humbug!), I'm sure you all have a new, unopened something in your stash you can use to play along with, no? And if you don't, how about using the new theme in a different way to mean a baby, house or job, etc?

For mine I used a brand new Snipart frame I got from Craftbox, some paper out of a previous box and a very old LDRS sentiment stamp that I hadn't gotten 'round to using yet, lol.


Sweet and simple, but the more I looked at it, the less I thought I wanted to add anything. The paper has enough interest already, and adding embellies at this point would just be overcrowding it, I think. I think I'm starting to get the hang of this CAS thing a little...

Now then, your turn. Come see the gorgeous inspiration my fellow Sweeties have cooked up for you, and then come play with us!

Have an awesomesauce day!

Sammy-x

Sunday, 1 January 2017

January Challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Good morning bloggaroos, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

If you're anything like me, you're very glad to see the back of 2016. Here's hoping 2017 will be a better one for all.

And what better way to kick it off than with some altered art? A great time to come play along at Rhedd's Creative Spirit's January challenge!

I took a boring old tray, and turned it into a much prettier one.



I used Docrafts decoupage papers, distress paints and a pretty Robin I found at The Works.


This is how it started life:


A closer look at the cluster on the front. It's made from an MDF oval from Fernli designs, which I painted, stamped and distressed, before adding the gorgeous gem centre and WOC flowers.


That's it from me, please do go see what my fellow teamies have been up to, and why not come and play with us?

Have a most fantabulous 2017!

Sammy-x