Tuesday 27 September 2011

The Sky is the Limit Designed for Happy Daze

My Little Black Dress is definitely stamping. I have stamped on paper and wood and this time I decided to  stamp on fabric. I frayed a piece of cream cotton then painted with white gesso to make it easier to stamp on. I used  the Artistic Outpost Bluebird stamp plate which is so pretty. I used a combination of distress inks and watercolours to paint the image. I mounted the stamped fabric onto a piece of thick card that I covered in some paper from my stash, die cut an edge and added some lace an pearls to finish.

There is still time to enter The Happy Daze Little Black Dress ChallengeYou have until Midnight on 30th September when one winner will be drawn at random to win a  £15 voucher and free P&P to spend in the Happy Daze shop. Maximum of 3 entries per person & you must use at least one product which can be purchased in the Happy Daze shop.

  • You can enter by blogging you address to the linky widget here
  • emailing your picture to
  • uploading your photo to their facebook page
Happy Crafting XX

Monday 26 September 2011

Make My Monday ~ Steampunk, anything but a card

The challenge at Make My Monday is Steampunk anything but a card. I don't own many steampunk stamps as I struggle when I use them to make something that looks  half way decent. But thought I would have ago with some Graphic 45 ones I bought a while ago.

I used a small white fabric purse that I gessoed and stamped (with great difficulty :-D) then coloured with distress inks. I used glue n seal to finish the project but was not happy with how it diluted down the colours of the distress inks & mixed them together. The finished purse is a lot less vibrant than it was because of this. Anyway I added some metal bling to finish.

Hello to my new followers am off to check out your blogs now. XX

Saturday 24 September 2011

Crafty Individuals ~ Hanging About!

Phew only just managed to get this done in time as the Crafty Individuals September challenge finishes tomorrow. Having a touch of crafters block at the moment, one of those weeks when nothing goes according to plan and everything I touch goes wrong LOL.. This hanging was all set to have some pretty lace all along the edge which I'd bought from my last trip to Dunelm mills. As I didn't have enough to go all the way around I nipped to Dunelm this morning to get some more, and now they don't sell lace anymore, I only went there a few weeks ago, so was not amused, but I still managed to buy a few other bits and bobs, well it would have been a wasted trip otherwise!!

Anyway I used some of the Melissa Frances papers again to make the heart which I finally edged with some german scrap instead. I stamped the CI - 148 stamp onto some gessoed cotton and coloured with distress inks. The heart was made with MF papers and cut with a sizzix die and then dry embossed. I added some lace, roses and trim and one of the CI chipboard swirls. Think this will have to be the last of my vintage shabby stuff,  I will hide the MF paper so I don't use it for a while : - D Sorry about the photo but without a decent camera now so still using my iphone.

Off to tidy my crafty corner as there is stuff everywhere and even though I am very untidy it is loads worse than usual & Dylan (the dog) is snuffling though the stash I dropped on the floor!

Have a great weekend & Happy Crafting XX

Sunday 18 September 2011

Angel Arch

I'm having a bit of a shabby, vintage phase at the moment as you mught have noticed. LOL and this arch is for  two challenges, Vintage Udfordring which is 'Anything goes' & for the Happy Daze ' Little Black dress ' challenge (which is your favourite product/stamp/technique)

These little wooden arches are perfect for altering. I painted with gesso, then matt emulsion, and stamped the angels & texts with archival ink. Then used distress stains (my latest purchase!!) and water colours & finally my gold krylon to finish.

Very short and sweet as off to watch Downton Abbey!!

Happy Crafting & a big Thank you to all my old and new followers, I'm amazed I now have 70!! XX

Wednesday 14 September 2011

Fashionable Stamping Challenge

Spotted the Fashionable Stamping Challenge Blog a little while ago and thought I would have ago at their latest challenge, as I rarely make tags. Anyway this is my offering. I used Melissa Frances paper again, which I gessoed and then stamped with these two little cuties which are from Kreativ Hobby which are a Norwegian stamp company but they do ship to the UK. Other stamps used were lost coast designs (wish) and Tim Holtz papillon (background). I used distress inks and water colours to paint the tag and embellished with seam binding, lace,  pearls, some roses & little spellbinders tag.

I am also entering this into 

Thanks for looking & Happy Crafting XX

Tuesday 13 September 2011

Pearly Queen Designed for Happy Daze

My sister has lived in the US for quite a few years now, and I know she still misses Blighty so I thought these fab Artistic Outpost Loverly London stamps were just the job for this folded card for her birthday, there is a good mix of images and text in this set I followed a tutorial to make this folded card by Loriette on her gorgeous blog A Perfect Waste of Time. The background paper is made by haphazardly applying watered down distress inks with a paint brush and stamping lightly with archival ink to achieve a faded effect. The pearly queen was coloured with watercolours and distress inks and of course a pearl necklace.

A triangular pocket was added to the inside of the card to store the bookmark. More images were stamped firstly onto the pocket embellishment and then onto the book mark (he looks very dapper don't you think?) which was then sealed with Ranger glue n' seal and finally a red tassel to complete.

Thanks for looking & Happy Crafting XX

Friday 9 September 2011

Pretty as a Picture

I've not had a lot of time for crafting recently since being on holiday and returning, but this is a card I made for a friends birthday. The background paper is Melissa Frances fifth avenue and is a recent discovery. I bought it from Dunelm Mills of all places as they now have a craft section there. The image and frame are from crafty Individuals and the heart is a one I made using a sizzix die which was covered in the melissa frances paper. The other die cuts are from memory box and cheery lynn.

Its good to be back at my craft desk but I'm certainly missing those pain au chocolats for breakfast. Apologises for the photo but on going camera problems so using my iphone to take pics but I do rather like the border effects LOL!

Thanks for all your kind words, I really appreciate you taking the time and trouble to leave a comment and its lovely to visit all your blogs too.

Happy Crafting XX

Thursday 1 September 2011

The Little Black Dress: Designed for Happy Daze

This is a scheduled post as I'm hopefully sunning it in France, ink-free fingers crossed.

The current Happy Daze challenge is that favourite ‘ little black dress’ crafting item that we revert to when all else fails, I have a bit of an obsession with stamps and one of my favourite sets is Labels by Lost Coast Designs. I have used them many times and this time I have made a simple notebook.

I stamped and masked the images & coloured with distress inks. Then glued to some recycled card and cut to size. I sprayed with crafters companion to seal the notebook.

There is a £15 voucher and free P & P up for grabs for the current challenge. 
You can enter by blogging your address here, emailing your picture to or uploading your photo to their facebook page.

Happy Crafting XX