Monday, 27 October 2014

Halloween's a comin'......

I'm sharing with you today my make for the Sarah Hurley 365 Halloween challenge. You still have a couple of days to enter, at this link HERE, I'm sure there are lots of Halloween projects out there on t' the big day looms LOL!

I make no secret that I tend not to enter into the 'spirit' as much as others do, however I very much enjoyed creating this project and its features a few techniques that are still very new to me.

I have gone into details as to how I created this plaque, over on Sarah Hurley's 365 blog.

Thank you for stopping by today, and look forward to seeing you over at Sarah's blog.
Enjoy your Halloween !!!


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Recycled Kraft Project ...

Hi there, wow the weather sure has changed drastically this week hasn't it, it was so wild last night, I'm hoping its not setting the scene for as wild a winter.

I've been looking forward to sharing this project today. I created it a few weeks back for the autumn edition of Sarah Hurley's Lookbook (volume 5).

This project came about because I could see the potential of some protective packaging I kept hold of when we had some free standing radiators delivered. These stacks of cardboard that concertina into a four fold mini book were undamaged (despite protecting the corners of the radiators) and a perfect size (each page/panel is 9 x 14 cm) to craft with.

The concept of the project came about after I made a couple of the Doodle Dolls (Dream a Little Dream Stamp Set). I stamped them onto plain paper, then also onto a selection of patterned papers and cut out the hair and dress sections separately to paper piece them onto the plain stamped image.

I made 5 dolls and just couldn't decide which to include on the project, so adapted my project as I went along (as is usually the case with me anyway  LOL!) so that I was able to use all the dolls. 

You can see that that I have attached a couple of small usable mini pegs to clip two dolls to the project at a time, however three other dolls are stored in the kraft paper pocket. Depending on the day I can swap which dolls I have on show.

There are so many possibilities for this idea, the dolls could have days of the week or numbers on them to act as a calender. Maybe co-ordinate the dolls with your favourite colours / outfits. Could be fun to an entirely different colour range.
For more information on the details of this project head over to the Sarah Hurley 365 blog.

Thanks for visiting today, and I look forward to returning your visit and seeing what you have been making lately. x


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Hello Autumn ...

I have made a set of journalling cards for Sarah Hurley's Autumn edition ( #5) of the Lookbook.
I love the muted colours of the papers, and with the accent of bright orange and the grey I tried to add a modern look.

There is no questioning that I love the heat of the sun, but there is something about Autumn....that I really look forward to. The sunny days are fresh and there is something about the light that shows of the stunning colours that start emerging at this time of year. The birds start singing again, and wildlife in general becomes much more visible again (though I am certainly not impressed with spiders determined to enter the house).

I look forward to using these cards to document one of our many walks that we enjoy as a family at this time of year, looking for conkers, acorns, and seeds. I took these photos last weekend in the grounds of Blarney Castle, Cork. Its one of our favourite places to walk. Many people visit but only to go the castle, made famous by the Blarney Stone, but what they don't realise is that there are extensive grounds of formal gardens, lake, and woodlands to explore. It means that they are usually very quiet and we can keep away from the crowds.

To see more details of how I made the cards, pop over to Sarah Hurleys 365 blog.


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

New lookbook launched ...

Hi there, just wanted to share with the latest edition of Sarah Hurley's look book. It is a wonderful collection of cards and crafts to see you through this autumn season. As well as articles by Sarah documenting her newest releases and most recent news.

It is free to read, and can be found at the link here.

 Volume 5 - Autumn Edition

 As it's the autumn edition there are lots of fab projects for Halloween. The rest of team has done a fabulous job in providing lots of inspiration for altered projects, art journalling and project life. All products used are Sarah's and it is amazing how diverse the projects are, and it is how everyone uses these products in their own unique way that I personally enjoy the most. We all would love to know what you think too....

I am also a little bit excited by this issue too because it is one of my own cards that Sarah has chosen as the cover picture this time...... Hehe! It was a real double take moment for me when I saw it and I am still wearing a huge grin today 

Friday, 5 September 2014

Buttons and Stickles ...

We have a fabulous and fun new challenge launching this evening over at the Sarah Hurley 365 blog.


We would like to see your creations, including buttons, whether they are from your spares stash in your sewing box or die cut with your favourite papers - include them on your creation and let us know about it.

I had fun with this challenge, and got a bit carried away and made two cards,in different colour ways.

I used fellow team members Jaine Drakes special edition Cupcake stamps (to be found in Sarah Hurley's shop). having stamped them with momento ink I used my promarkers to colour them in before embellishing the cake case with buttons (securing them with a layer of sparkly stickles)

I replaced the stamped balloon strings with decorative craft wire, threaded through the holes in the buttons.

The papers are from various kits collected over the months from Sarah's 'A Few of My Favourite Things' monthly club.

I was pleased with how these cards worked and are great fun perfect for children and adults birthdays.

pop over to Sarah's blog to enter your 'Buttons' creation and check out the inspiration the rest of the team has for you.
Have a lovely weekend x


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Little Houses ......

Just a quick share with you today, it is my turn to post over on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog.

I relished the chance to just sit and make actually, I've hardly sat at my craft desk all summer.
I have a few new stamp sets sitting unopened on my desk, and I'm itching to start inking them.  
I reached for the new release Flower Fairy set by Clare Brown, and stamped this cute little house onto some paper scraps and done a bit of paper piecing.

If you'd like more detailed information on how I made this card, head over to Sarah Hurley 365 blog, where as a Design Team we post daily nuggets of inspiration for you, it's well worth a visit.


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Pencils, Stamps.....and Peace!

As promised, I am back with a little tutorial on how to create the watercolour backgrounds you see in the cards here (and also on my previous post).

These cards were very quick to come together, and having gained an hour to myself in the week (boys and husband went out on to the shops), I could sit in the peace and quiet and catch up on some crafty time.

Using watercolour pencils, a water brush I created the background onto 3x3inch squares of watercolour paper, by initially scribbling across the paper (very lightly) with 3 complimentary colours.

I then blended the colours together with my waterbrush, and continues to wash over the surface until I was happy with the look. It is at this stage the colour really intensifies, and you can make the decision whether or not to add any more colour.

Next I stamped the images from Sarah Hurley's Zen doodle Nature Stamp Set (onto a separate sheet of watercolour paper) and coloured the images by lifting colour from a 'palette' onto the image. For me colouring directly on the image with the pencil makes it too tricky to control the colour. This way a hint of colour is added that can gradually be built up.

When all watercolour paper layers are dry I layered them, then chose a number of sayings to stamp directly onto the watercolour background.

This is a really fast way to 1) build up a set of cards/notelets, and 2) craft when you have limited time as you don't have to trawl through all of your stash.

I have added details of the stamp sets I used over at Sarah Hurley 365 blog, where along with the rest of the DT we try and provide you with a little bit of crafty inspiration each day. You will also find our new challenge over there too where we would like you to enter your creation about your 'Favourite Things'

Thank you so much for stopping by today, hope you are all set to enjoy the weekend. x