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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Chalkboard Project - Trying Something Different!

Hi Everyone! Hope you are all having a good week so far? We've actually had some sun here in Yorkshire and it's starting to feel a little bit like Spring - wonders will never cease ;)

Anyway, thank you for all your positive comments on the current room redecorations. We are currently in the process of moving stuff from one room to another and setting up, so I will update you next week on what has been going on.

This week, I want to share with you a little project I've been working on for a while. It's not a very big home decor project, but it needed working out and time without kiddies hanging about - something that doesn't happen that often.... It's my Chalkboard Fireplace! 



Bet you're wondering what on earth this is all about? Well I will tell you! When we moved in, there was a gas fire here. For various reasons (kiddies, lack of use etc), we had it capped off and I had a think about what we could do with the space. We didn't want to take out the fireplace surround as it's a nice and useful feature, so having seen a nice chalkboard that Leigh Penner had made some time ago, I wondered if I could do the same with this... and I could! We got the old fire removed and I got to work over a period of weeks.

I sourced:

1) A piece of birch plywood bigger than the hole and some coarse sandpaper for the edges of the board and a face mask to avoid inhaling the dust - from my local Handyman shop who is SO helpful!!

2) Some Blackboard paint from Wilkinsons and some cheap paint brushes


4) Some No More Nails adhesive to stick it on 

Altogether I think it came to about £14 for the materials.

All I did was sand down the edges of the board and then paint it. I had to give it three coats and put the last one on quite thickly. It needs a couple of hours to dry in between, so I did it over about a week outside when I was fairly sure it was not going to pour with rain. Once dry it was simple to put a bead of No More Nails round the outside of the board and stick it in place. I needed 24 hours for it to bond properly and also had to put something weighty up against it to hold it in place. My piano stool with some plastic sheeting on it worked well!

A quick trip to the supermarket for some cheap chalk and I've been having fun.




Here is a list of the supplies used on this project. I have signed up to affiliate links on some products (currently only Simon Says Stamp). If you purchase any item after clicking on an affiliate link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps in a small way to support the running of my blog and is very much appreciated, thank you! 





Thank you so much for visiting today. I had a lot of fun with this project and am really pleased with how it has turned out. The girls are excited to have something they can draw on that's not paper and I can get excited that it's not the walls!

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Flower Challenge #6

Well, hope you had fin with last month's challenge - so much talent out there! This month it's everyone's favourite topic - ANYTHING GOES! So basically, go to town and enjoy yourselves.



I've got back into sewing this year and have started pairing it up with my cards as well. It adds a rather nice touch, at least I think so!



I started by stamping the large SMILE onto some Neenah 110lb card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black. I then coloured in the flowers with my Copics - very basic shading!

I cut it to size and used my Edge Essentials die from Reverse Confetti to add the stitched detail across the top and the bottom and then sewed across it with some yellow embroidery thread (floss!). I do love the added detail this gives.

I then simply added it to a red A2 (US) card base with some foam tape.



Here is a list of the supplies used on this card. I have signed up to affiliate links on some products (currently only Simon Says Stamp). If you purchase any item after clicking on an affiliate link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps in a small way to support the running of my blog and is very much appreciated, thank you! 




I do hope you have a go at the challenge this month - you have until 25th to enter. Thank you for popping by as usual!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Craft Room Goings On - An Update!

Hello Everyone! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen me posting pictures of things happening in the craft room that mean I won't be doing much crafting for a while. I thought I'd do a longer post and explanation and update all in one on my blog.

In short, I'm moving out. Moving out of the craft room that is! I've been sharing space with the spare room and it's time that room had a bit of TLC. When we got our loft conversion on 4 years ago, our builder put his foot through the ceiling into this room. He fixed it and replastered it, but it still hadn't been properly painted (I know, I know.....). 
 

So that is finally being done. One corner has been prone to mould, so that was stripped of wall paper...
 

You can tell that there were shelves there at one point - and nice yellow paint.... Today I papered it with lining paper ready to be painted and I have to say I'm pretty pleased with my handiwork - not bad for a first attempt and some super cheap paper and paste from Poundworld!


I am excited to get painting!  

Once it is all clean and fresh, and we have new curtains, my husband will move his things out of a room which we built to replace the old garage (asbestos panels, so was quickly removed when we moved in) and I will move my things in. It's a fully insulated room, and although not huge, it will all be mine and suit both of us better - and I can finally get curtains in it after 5 years ;)

So, I won't be creating too much, other than a post I have for the upcoming Flower Challenge on 4th, but once I am done with IKEA furniture building and my crafty mojo is back, I will share a little craft room tour on my YouTube channel.

Thank you for taking the time to read. The colouring challenge started today so I am also excited to be taking part tomorrow - painting walls counts!




Friday, 24 February 2017

Happy Birthday Lisa!

Today I'm posting a card to wish Lovely Lisa from My Card Trip a very very very Happy Birthday indeed!

Lisa is celebrating a big birthday... you can kinda tell that from the card..... 


Lisa has been such a lovely crafty friend over the past year or so. She's listened to me be sad and happy, been understanding when I've tried to give up buying crafty supplies and failed (and also sighed, quite rightly so!), and just generally been great.

I wanted to make a card with a flower image because that's what she's amazing at, and add in a bit of me too - the sewing!


I heat embossed this Clearly Besotted flower that Laurie very kindly sent me (now retired) - one of several she no longer wanted to use - in white embossing powder onto water colour card and then set about colouring it in with my Gansai Tambi paints. I added some blue shading for depth and also some of the Starry Water Colours for some light bling.

Once it was dry, I die cut the edge of the panel into an offset V shape with my Reverse Confetti edge dies. I then sewed some grey embroidery thread (you Americans call it floss, which to me is something you clean in between your teeth with!) in the holes. I popped it up with foam tape onto a pink A2 (US sized) card base and added the little '50' which I found in my stash. I covered it in Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and lots of glossy accents - I'm hoping she will forgive the little splodge!




Here is a list of the supplies used on this card. I have signed up to affiliate links on some products (currently only Simon Says Stamp). If you purchase any item after clicking on an affiliate link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps in a small way to support the running of my blog and is very much appreciated, thank you! 





So, Happy Happy Birthday Lisa, here's to more chats, more crafting and an altogether fabulous year! Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, 19 February 2017

European Copic Colouring Programme with Faye Wynn-Jones

Today, after many months of build up, my friend Dawn and I travelled to a Holiday Inn outside Leeds to take Classes One and Two of the European Copic Colouring Programme with Faye Wynn-Jones. If you don't already know Faye and her work with Dies to Die For, please look her up, because you will be astounded by her work. 

Faye came up to Leeds after I asked her if she ever came North and she said if she got enough interest, she would look at running a class. I found a couple of people and it rather grew from there. Something to bear in mind if you are quite far from some of the classes.


So, what did I think? I loved it, absolutely loved it. I was hyper excited about taking it - possibly because I also got a day off from looking after my two little ones! - and sometimes I can get a bit disappointed with things I've got overly excited about (yes I am 40, but everyone gets to act like a 10 year old sometimes!). I was not disappointed at all. It was everything I hoped and more.

Not only do you get access to a European Copic Colouring Master who instructs, encourages and even says 'I like it', which is a massive boost to your confidence :), but you also get six hours of Copic colouring and sit with a group of people who also love colouring and card making. We had a really nice group and shared storied and laughs. Oh, and I also forgot a couple of markers but Faye had spares - obviously she's met people like me before ;)

We covered the Copic markers themselves and cleaning them (something I need to do more!), focussed on smooth blending, hair, skin and backgrounds. The time just flew by!

There is a lot of information on Faye's blog about what is involved in the classes, and the six hours flies by and certainly gave me a bit of a boost to my colouring.

I have a whole booklet, some goodies and a reinvigorated sense of colouring and creating, and a desire now to do Classes 3 and 4 later in the year when I've had a chance to do some more practice. With the 30 Day Colouring Challenge coming up on March 1st, I'll be practising with Copics a lot. 


And best of all, I get a certificate all signed to say I've done it. Makes me feel like I've accomplished something! 

Thanks for indulging me in my excitement about this class and if there's anything else you'd like to know, please drop me a line. Thanks for popping by today!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Flower Challenge #5 - Reminder

Hello there! It's not often I get to make a reminder card for this challenge, in fact getting any time to make cards at the moment is hard going with planning various refits and refurbs and room moves in the house, to catching up with friends I haven't seen in ages, and the kiddies demanding quite a lot of attention (being kiddies, that's what they do and it's a joy most of the time).

BUT! Let us not be downhearted, let us carry on as best we can, making the most of the little scraps of time I have, which brings me back to my card.... As you remember from my challenge post, we are CASEing Therese's gorgeous card:



And here is my CASE on it....


Looks familiar? Yes indeedy, for it is what Darnell would call a Two-Fer and I made a card with the left overs from my die cutting of the previous card.

 

I simply cut down the panel to cover a slightly smaller than A2 (US size) card base and stamped the sentiment from CB Brushed Greetings in VersaFine Onyx Black. I then popped it up on lots of foam tape onto a white card base and then added some enamel accents into the middle of the flowers, along with some of the same sequins I used before. Quick and simple works for me right now!


Here is a list of the supplies used on this card. I have signed up to affiliate links on some products (currently only Simon Says Stamp). If you purchase any item after clicking on an affiliate link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps in a small way to support the running of my blog and is very much appreciated, thank you!



I hope this gives you some more ideas! Don't forget you have until 25th to enter over at the Flower Challenge blog. Thank you so muich for visiting me today :)

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