Sunday, 15 October 2017

Flower Challenge #13 - Reminder - Use Your Favourite Flower

Hi Everyone! We are half way through this challenge, where we would love you to use your favourite flower. I've been loving seeing all your cards so far. 

Don't forget that this is part of a fabulous prize giveaway, with some amazing prizes from some fabulous companies, so read the instructions and join in! 

I used my favourite stamp again from Clearly Besotted, and this time I coloured it with my Polychromos pencils, which was nice as they don't often get an outing.

I then took a piece of white card stock and drew outlines of these arrows from a stencil in different coloured pencils and coloured a few.

I took a white A2 card blank and distressed the edges with some wilted violet and cut the stencilled panel down so there was a small border. I popped the die cut iris out using the matching die and atached it with foam tape on top. A simple sentiment from the Clearly Besoted Many Mini Messages set and a few sequins is all that was needed to finish it off. 

Hope you will feel inspired to join us. There are some amazing prizes up for grabs and I would hate for you to miss out!

Thanks for popping by and Happy Crafting :)

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Colo[u]ring Challenge Road Trip - Edinburgh and craft room news

Back in August, after some deliberation I booked a rail ticket and some cheap accommodation in Edinburgh for the first ever Coloring Challenge Road Trip with Kathy Racoosin and Debby Hughes. I decided it was too good an opportunity to miss out on seeing some superb colourists and crafters so close to home.

The day itself was beautiful and we sat in a room upstairs in the Botanic Gardens colouring in chatting. 7 of us plus Kathy, her sister and Debby, it was a small affair, but I liked the intimate atmosphere.

We all got given a little zip up bag full of goodies, including a Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy and a cute little clipboard and some images to colour.

Kathy and Debby are inspirational people and really really lovely. They even agreed to pose for some crazy photos with me (and Morag too)

 I even got to use Kathy's favourite pencils....

 and the famous rag....

A lot of time and effort went into this event, I could tell, and I appreciate all that both did for us.

If you are thinking about it, I can tell you it was definitely very very very worth it! Meeting Kathy and Debby in person, as well as the other ladies who had travelled to it (one from Minnesota!!!!!), was wonderful. I'm the kind of person who needs a kick every now and again with my crafting and colouring and I find these kinds of events help. I get the chance to get away from the house and small people to spend time to myself - it's the headspace I need to give me a boost. Doing it with some amazing crafters was the icing on the cake.

I had to leave early just after Debby's demonstration of watercolouring a galaxy background (I want Daniel Smith now!), so unfortunately I didn't get in the final photo, but I didn't mind. I got to Waverley station to find my train was late but this lovely Black 5 came in on platform 20, so that was the perfect end to my day.

And in other news, my craft room currently looks like this....

I can get to my desk and know where a lot of my stash is! I hope to actually get making again within the next week, with luck. I need to start getting on with Christmas cards.

I've also received some more wonderful happy mail this week from Tina and Niki
B. Thank you ladies. It's so lovely to be reminded of why we make cards - they have made me smile!

That's all for me for now. Thank you so much for reading. Happy Crafting everyone!! xx

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Flower Challenge #13 - Use Your Favourite Flower - VIDEO

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Flower Challenge #13 - this is our One Year Anniversary. Can you believe it? A year! And so we have a fantastic challenge this month where you can win some amazing PRIZES - yep PRIZES, and you will want to go to the blog and read what they are - I would want to win these! 

Before I go any further...


I really don't want you to miss out!

 So, my favourite stamp is one from Clearly Besotted that is sadly discontinued. It's called Just Darling and it is my favourite flower in real life too - an Iris.

I've had this idea in my head for ages using the ink swiping technique that I was introduced to by Tracey. I didn't of course have the die, and I could no longer buy it, but having lovely crafty friends I managed to borrow it - thank you Lisa!

I have a video to go along with this process, so I won't go into much detail here, but it's a fairly simple technique of swiping inks onto a piece of paper. I have lots of little cubes of ink and these were the perfect size for this. Also I hope you'll forgive the messy enamel dots in the top left hand corner - it was all going too well with those until the inevitable splodge!

Thank you all for stopping by today, I hope this gives you some inspiration to enter and don't forget to follow the instructions or you won't be eligible for the prizes.

You have until 25th to enter and I'll be back on 15th with some more inspiration. Happy crafting!

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