Saturday, 28 November 2015

A very special birthday card........

Happy Saturday everyone.

Not sure how the weather is with you but down here in Somerset it's very cold and windy although dry.

I'm able to post this card now as my friend Anne has opened it.  It was a special birthday for her - and I won't give the game away (but I'm sure you will figure it out when you look at the card!!!).

For this I've used the following dies:

Sue Wilson Noble Double Pierced Squares
(Set A and Set B)
Die-namics Fishtail Flags
Tonic Deco Trellis Base dies
Joanna Sheen Signature Wisteria dies

The flowers were from my stash as were the Liquid Pearls.

I'm pleased to know that she liked her card.  Happy crafting.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Another mixed media project.........

Hi Everyone

Well I'm not sure what the weather's doing with you but this morning in Somerset we had gale force winds and torrential rain.........and this afternoon all is calm and the sun's been out!!! 

Here I am back with another mixed media project and I'm still on the blue and silver theme.  Now I've been racking my brains for a little while as I needed to make a birthday card for a man........who just happens to be my best friend and also my husband!  And to top it off it's his 70th birthday on did that happen?  I should tell you he's much older than!  I have no problem, like many of you, making special cards for ladies but when it comes to men and for such a special birthday I wanted to do something a little "off piste".  So when I saw a sweet little MDF bird house inspiration struck.  Tony loves his birds (feathered variety!!!), and we get loads of different varieties in the garden and around, which is probably because Tony feeds them every day - think he spends more on them than I do on our food!!!

I am also going to enter this in the new Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge which is to use a tag........I'm hoping they will forgive me for the bird house, but there is a tag on the back of it.

Anyway, here is my bird house - I've not gone into the details of what I've used and how as I think it's pretty self explanatory.  Really just lots of stuff I had in my stash already.  If you've got any questions just drop me a line and I'll get back to you.


Hope you're all having a great weekend.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Mixed Media Christmas Tag Challenge

Hello Everyone

I was absolutely delighted when asked by Loll to be part of her Mixed Media Christmas Tag challenge.  I'm sure most of you know this very talented lady who is Queen of CAS but also loves getting messy!!!  Not the normal combination but she does it so well.........

So here is my tag that I'm sharing today.


I started off with a blank white tag.  I then cut two sides off a perspex card bag so it would flip open and added a few drops of SU reinker and then did the same with all-purpose ink Frost White.  I spritzed the inks with some water and closed the little folder and ran my finger over the colours to mix them.  I then took a piece of multi-media paper and placed it on top of the ink lightly rubbing over the back so the paper took up the colour.  When you are pleased with the result put this aside to dry naturally or dry it with a heat gun.  I found it best to put it under a weight overnight so it flattened out.

I then mixed some white acrylic paint with some glass bead gel which I then pasted through my Simon Says Stamp! Falling Snow stencil down the right hand side of the tag.  Then I put the corner of the tag into my Craft Concepts embossing folder "Christmas Vine" (see photo below) and ran it through my machine.  I stamped the sentiment (Stampin Up Beautiful Season) onto a piece of tissue paper and tore around it.  I used Mod Podge Matt medium to adhere this to the tag.  I die cut a piece of medium pewter using my X-Cut snowflake die which I then cut in half - one piece was glued to the bottom right of the tag and the remaining one to the top left of the tag.  

Close up of the embossed part of the tag

I then used some left over "smooshed" mixed media paper to die cut a Cheery Lynn Holly Flourish and another one in silver mirri card which were then attached to the tag slightly overlapping.  I did the same with the die cut sentiment Peace which is a Memory Box die.  Final additions were some matching sequins, a piece of sequin ribbon, some gems and a silver bell tied on to some ribbon.  I then found some fairly small pine cones in my stash and used a Pilot Silver broad nibbed pen over the top of the cones and glued them down the Holly Flourish.

Please pop on over to Loll's blog to check out what the other designers have come up with and please join in yourselves - we'd love to see your creations.

Happy crafting.