Sunday 26 August 2012

Floral or Handmade flowers ~ Fashionable stamping Challenges

Hi Everyone, I'm hoping my scheduled post will work ok, we should be sunning ourselves on Surtainville beach in Normandy (well perhaps not this early as this should be scheduled for 7ish LOL!)

We can't wait to see your gorgeous entries for this fortnights Fashionable Stamping Challenge which is Floral or Handmade flowers. The DT have surpassed themselves with an array of stunning floral creations to inspire you, so please do pop over to FSC headquarters for a look. Marina at cottage crafts is the generous sponsor of our challenge and will offer the winner a fantastic prize. But remember we are a stamping challenge so we do require some stamping and no digi stamps please.

I made a card using the gorgeous rosie from The stampsmith and masked her then stamped over with one of my favourite stamps from Justrite. I used a combination of distress inks, prismacolour pencils and inktense pencils to colour the image then matted onto some card and pretty backing paper. The shabby flowers were made using the tim holtz tattered floral & a sizzix bigz flower die and some fabric remnants and dyed muslin (used my inktense pencils to dye the muslin as I wanted it to be colour fast) and I used a piece of the fabric to cover some metal buttons. I did hand sew my flowers but fabric glue would work work equally well.

To make the bag I scanned and enlarged the image (before it was glued to the card) and printed it out onto some transfer paper, mine was a cheapy version bought from Lidl which works well (love Lidl for their craft and sewing stuff, brilliant value ) can't compare it to TAP though as have never used it before. Then it was ironed onto a calico bag, and I stitched.

I added some more diecut flowers which I made as for the card above and I sewed on some lace and a bit of matching trim.

I am entering this for the following challenges

The Stampsmith ~ Anything goes

Have a great week & Happy Crafting XX

Thursday 23 August 2012

Tapestry Panel for Thats Crafty

Another project for Thatsbloggingcrafty using these delicious new Lynne Perrella stamps, they are becoming a firm favourite of mine, as they really get the creative juices flowing. I’m watching the Borgias at the moment and I wanted to make something with a rich opulent feel. I cut up some pieces of fabric and used bondaweb to adhere them to an old piece of curtain fabric. I stitched around each piece of fabric but you don’t have to do this, you can use a good fabric glue or just the bondaweb on its own.

I then painted two coats of gesso on some calico and used black archival ink to stamp my images. These were then coloured in using distress inks and some prismacolor pencils. More bondaweb was used to stop the images moving whilst I stitched them. I added a vintage key a yoyo flower and some chiffon rose trim to finish.
I haven’t decided what to do with the panel yet, whether to make a bag, or hanging any suggestions folks?

Have a lovely day and I'll be back on Sunday with a scheduled post for the new Fashionable Stamping Challenge. We are off to Normandy for our holiday, so lots of croissants and Tarte Citron for me LOL!

Take care & Happy Crafting XX

Friday 17 August 2012

The Bag Lady

Tis official I am a Bag Lady LOL! With limited time at the moment for crafting I'm still managing to squeeze in a little sewing. I've fallen in love with japanese linens, which is what I've used here for exterior of the Graceful Kelly bag. I resisted the urge to add lace and embellishments as I didn't want to cover up any of the fabric. I used a free pattern from

It's pretty roomy too and I liked the fabric so much I made another bag from Lisa Lams The bag bible. This time a reverse able shopper. Bias binding is a dirty word around here now LOL.  I made the central yoyo flower as a removable fastener.

Oh dear I'm becoming a hoarder of fabric now as well as paper, yikes what is it with us crafters.

And few piccies off a mini break to Wells-next-to-the-sea to bore you with.

As much as I like blue sky it's so much more interesting with some puffy clouds, don't you think!

Have a fabby day & Happy Crafting XX

Tuesday 14 August 2012

Medieval Gothic for That's Crafty

These new Lynne Perrella stamp plates are delicious, stamp beautifully and I think are my fave collection so far. The full project is on the That's Crafty blog here if you would like to see more.

I am rather remiss as I also have another project for That's Crafty here my shabby fabric tin, that was blogged last week and I never managed to put on my blog.

Hope you all have a fantastic day and Happy Crafting xx

Sunday 12 August 2012

Fashionable Stamping Challenges ~ Summer Ice cream colours

Yum the latest challenge at FSC is ice cream colours. Please do pop over to look at all those delicious and dreamy ice cream concoctions made by the other Stampettes, for some gorgeous and inspirational design projects. Our generous sponsor is Marina from Cottage Crafts with a fabulous prize up for grabs. 

When we used to visit my Nan in Islington we always used to go to De Marco's ice cream shop in Chapel market. Even in the depths of winter we always used to have one of their gorgeous, chocolate, strawberry, lemon and vanilla whippy ice creams, I've never found one that equals them since, the memories of childhood eh LOL!

I made a canvas for my design piece using those yummy colours. I used fresco finish paints to for the canvas and texture paste for the harlequin stencil to give it texture. The central stamp and the text and swirl stamps are by La Blanche. I stamped onto tissue paper and then glued onto the canvas as it is very difficult to get a detail impression if stamping straight on the canvas. The roses and post card are from Graphic 45 A ladies Day 8 x 8 pad and the lock and key are made using a tim holtz die. I used gilding paste around the edges of the canvas and rubbed randomly over the harlequin texture (not that you can see it LOL I'm pants at taking photos the colours are never quite the same! Any photography tips greatly welcomed!)

I am entering this for the following Challenges 

Hope you all have a fantastic Sunday and Happy Crafting. XX

Thursday 2 August 2012

Vintage Memories

As always these days I am behind in my blogging, this I meant to blog a while ago. It is a little fabric hanging using crafty individual stamps and images from their glossy photos. The images were scanned then printed onto cotton sheets from Crafty Computer Paper. The images print up really nicely on these sheets. 

I used inktense pencils to create a wash to colour the hearts CI- 342 stamp which was stamped with sepia archival ink onto calico. They were all stitched onto linen fabric with added lace and ribbon.

I am entering this for

The photos are rather dark, my camera never seems to take good shots inside, I will blame the camera rather than the operator LOL.

Take care and happy crafting XX