Friday 24 June 2022

Garden painting


Today I'm sharing a painting I did over the recent long holiday weekend in the UK. It was inspired by the Place2Be garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, which was about highlighting children's mental health.

It was my favourite garden and I took lots of photos!

The painting has lots and lots and lots of layers...

I had a lot of fun. I must thank our Queen for staying on the throne long enough for us to get some bonus crafting days. Thank you Your Majesty.

Monday 20 June 2022

Butterflies, bees and bugs...part 3


If you've been following recent posts you will have seen the samples for a card making night at Chertsey museum. 



The evening was good fun. It was on the hottest day of the year and everyone soldiered through the heat...some with the help of a little chilled white wine. It's always a sociable evening and often people book in groups (if you're thinking the tables are a bit cramped) and don't want to be spread out.

The group made some stunning cards, and I'm very pleased to say, they all added their own creativity and really experimented. I don't think I got them all photographed but here's a sample...

Thank you to everyone who came along it was a very enjoyable evening. 

There's one more butterfly card I made for the FB #tagalongcolour challenge with Isa last month. It had to have complementary colours and I've used one of the Katzelkraft butterflies designed by @Isa.C.ArtandCraft.

 Have a lovely crafty week. Thank you stopping by xxx



Friday 17 June 2022

Butterflies, bees and bugs...part 2


I'm sharing a few more samples made for a craft night at a local museum.

These all use a mixture of stencilling and stamping in the background. The insects were stamped on the card to get the antennae and legs and then I didn't have to worry about cutting them out, before decoupaging a coloured version over the top.

Hopefully there will be plenty of inspiration to get everyone started for a fun evening of creativity.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I really do appreciate all of your comments xx

Monday 13 June 2022

Butterflies, bees and bugs...part 1


I've been prepping some samples for a card making evening at a local museum. I've run two or three evenings a year there for quite a while now and we've built up a little crafting group. One or two were already crafters when they started but most were complete beginners. Each time we meet I try to introduce a new technique or new media.

This time I'm going for simple techniques with lots of scope for individual creativity. 

The first technique will be spotlight stamping...

This one also fits the bill for Isa.C Art&Craft #tagalongxmas05 challenge to use red and grey and a snowflake cluster on a Christmas card. The butterfly stamp is by Chloe's Creative Cards and was stamped in the centre of the card in grey, as well as on a separate peice of card in red, which was then die cut and overlaid. A little bit of shading was added with ProMarkers and the snowflakes and sentiment added in Distress Ink. There's a little bit of glitter too!

The second one was also pretty easy with the butterflies stamped first in pink direct onto the card, followed by the smaller beasties in bright colours. The butterflies were also stamped three times in black on card and die cut with different sized circles, which were overlaid so the images match up.

For the third one I stamped the butterfly directly on the card blank, again on a separate piece of card and again on a sticky note. The butterfly on the sticky note was cut out and used to mask the one on the card while I added some green ink through a stencil. This meant that the wings remained white once the sticky note was removed. Some splatter and spodges were stamped on in black. The separate card was die cut into a circle and the butterfly coloured in, before overlaying it on the card so it aligned with the one below.

One technique which can be colourful or monochrome and suit cards for all occasions.

Hope they like it! Thank you for stopping by xxx

Sunday 5 June 2022

June Tagalong


This month the tagalong challenge set by Isa is to use paper strips or washi. I've been looking forward to using the 'Cats on Books' Katzelkraft stamp set designed by a Ukrainian artist Liubka.

I started by swooshing the tag in Distress Oxide ink spritzed with water, before sticking on the paper strips. I added stencilling with a new GiogioCraft book themed stencil, and stamped the leaves.

The cat was stamped, coloured and cut out of card and also stamped on the tag in order to get the whiskers. To finish off a border and a few flowers were added.

I had a request for a card for a book lover and used the same stamp with a different GiogioCraft stencil.

I'm looking forward to playing with the rest of the set.

Thank you for taking the time to pop by. Have a lovely week xxx