Friday 25 April 2014

LOC Spring Fling

Spring is in the air and it's time for a new challenge at Left of Center.  Our theme is "Spring Fling" and we are sponsored by Delicious Doodles.  I'm using Rosie.  I've coloured the digi using Photoshop and cropped it into an oval shape before printing onto tissue.  While I was at it, I printed out a small size oval as well (and a few spares in both sizes - I may make more projects later!)
Applying the image to the candle by heating with a heat gun (using baking paper to keep it in place ) is so quick and easy.  Hope you like it.

Crafty hugs,


Tuesday 22 April 2014

Tickled Pink at Ikesworld

Oops, I almost forgot to blog my DT piece for the Ikesworld Challenge blog!  I am a bit computer-challenged at the moment, being in the process of moving in to a new machine, and between that and the public holiday on Easter Monday, plus a week off work (which I spent sewing, believe it or not!) I've sort of lost track of things.  I also had a senior moment where I thought I was deleting pictures from my phone, but it turned out they were from my if you've visited older posts and are wondering where the pictures have gone, it's all my fault...

Anyway, one I didn't delete was this week's project.  I've used Mother & Baby to make a clean and simple card.  No grunge, no inky bits, and  - it's PINK.  I don't do pink as a rule, having been forced to wear it as a child.  (My sister got outfilts to match mine, but in blue. We've both been scarred for life by the experience.   Fortunately, I have two sons- I don't know how I'd have reacted to a request for a Barbie castle!).  I've used this image a few times because I really, really love it;  I think this would be a good card for a new baby girl. 

Anyway. I'm still moving into my new computer and learning a new operating system (from Windows to Mac OS) so it mat be a bit interesting for a while.  Bear with me, won't you?

Crafty hugs,


Friday 18 April 2014


I love pretty boxes. I don't really know why, I just do.  I also love living by the seaside - I'm looking out of my living room window at the beach as I write this (and yes, I do appreciate how very, very lucky I am).  So Graphic 45's By the Sea collection was a must-have, and the first thing I've done with it is to decorate a little (4 inch square) box .

As well as the G45 8 x 8 papers  and stickers I used a Spellbinders die to cut out some core'dinations card which I heat-embossed with Chinese Red Antiquities powder, some ric-rac braid (normal and jumbo sized)  a bit of piping cord left over from another project (I soaked it in tea to make it off-white) and some embellies that I had in my stash.  The frame was originally silver - I painted it off-white.  The picture is glazed with glossy accents.  Side view - 

And inside -
All I need to do now is to decide what to keep in it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crafty hugs,


Friday 11 April 2014

Limited Runs at Left of Center

It's new challenge time at Left of Center.  Last month was just so much fun, with the anniversary challenge running alongside the usual fortnightly themes, but it was a wee bit hectic.  Back to normal with the latest theme, which is - Dark.

I'm working with a digi from our sponsor, Limited Runs, The Count.  These little pop-up box cards are very popular at the moment and very easy to make.

I dug into my Halloween stash for the paper and punched the flaps of the box with my EK Success border punch (cutting off the spider that normally sits on the web).  The message?  Well, it just so happens that my birthday was yesterday, so this is my card to myself.

PS I had a GREAT day!

Thursday 10 April 2014

A box of...

I saw a lovely little box decorated with Sweet Sentiments paper on the G45 blog.  It was absolutely adorable, and, as I had a similar box on hand, I thought I'd make something similar.

My mojo absolutely refused to co-operate.  Whenever I thought about the project, it refused to be white and pastel and pretty and sweet.  It wanted to be dark and black and orange and turquoise...

I used "Steampunk Spells" - I love this collection - I bought two of everything!
Side view

Inside ( I sprayed the trim with Dylusions to get the orange colour.)

I had so much fun making this.  Hope you liked it.

(Haunted Design House have a Steampunk theme going on so I'm going to enter this in their challenge - thanks, Creepy Glowbugg, for pointing it out!)

Crafty hugs,


Wednesday 9 April 2014

Tim's 12 Tags - April

My first non-DT-related post for some time, and it's another two-fer for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2014!

Unlike March's tag,which I really struggled with, this one was lots of fun to do, so much so that I couldn't stop and also made the cover for a mini-book, using the same techniques. I thought I'd share the first page while I was at it - I covered the die-cut card with sticky-backed canvas and then painted it before adhering a stamped tissue with beeswax (See Suze Weinberg's YouTube videos for the method) and gluing on a couple of bits of hardware.  I had to include an octopus.  It was compulsory. (
I added a couple of chit-chat stickers as well.

 I didn't have any foil handy so I used Mirri board - and then put Crackle Accents over the top, otherwise it's pretty close to the original.
When I've finished all the pages I'm going to bind it with my Cinch - I've punched the holes so it's ready to bind.

And there it is.  Hope you enjoyed your visit - would love to see you again!

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday 8 April 2014

Everything Easter at Ikesworld

Team B’s turn at the  Ikesworld Challenge Blog and we’re continuing the theme of Easter.

I’m using Blossom 1.  This is such a pretty image and could be coloured in a number of different ways.  I’ve gone for a sort of apple-blossom pink (although my apple trees don’t have any blossom on them just yet so I’m working from memory).  One of these days I’ll do a project that doesn’t involve tissue paper, but today is not that day.  I sized the image to fit on a cardboard egg which I’d sealed, given an undercoat of gesso, and then painted with Daler-Rowney shimmer acrylic inks, first  in Sun-up blue and the a coat of Pearl Moon over the top.
While I had the gesso around, I painted some over the reverse side of the tissue paper, just where the blossoms were.  (I should point out that I use the crunchy tissue paper – the sort you wrap things in – not the soft kind like Kleenex.  I’ve never tried printing on the soft kind and I’m not sure what would happen if I did).  When it was dry I coloured the other side with alcohol markers – Spectrum Noir’s this time – and then cut the image out, keeping close to the edge. 
After that it just needed to be stuck to the egg and sealed over the top.  I used Bindex this time, just for a change.  A bit of trimming and there you have it!
Hope you're going to share your project with us at the Ikesworld Challenge blog.  If you use one of Ike's images you're in with a chance of winning a prize - so why not give it a go?  Ike even has a freebie that you can use if you don't have any of her digis, and you can't say fairer than that!  See you there?
Crafty hugs,