Monday, 27 July 2015

Week 1 - School Holidays

Well, who would have thought, week 1 of the school holidays is over.
Only 6 more to go!
Summary so far.
Monday was my youngest daughters birthday, no crafting done!
Tuesday my youngest wanted to go spend birthday money (not all of it), no crafting.
Wednesday my sister-in-laws birthday, made a quick quilled card and another one for their anniversary on Friday.

Thursday hubby worked from home no crafting.
Friday rain no crafting not sure why not.
Saturday was not much better, Jess went to stables to get her weekly horse fix, Georgie didn't do much (that's teenagers for you). Steve went on the weekly shop followed by car cleaning and game playing on X Box and I made a card.

Here it is.

I began by stamping these cute stampotique dogs  (my holiday treat to myself) onto watercolour card and coloured them with my trusty distress inks (as watercolours).
Next  a length of watercolour card was cut to size and dipped into distress ink which had been pressed onto a glass mat water spray was added then dried.
Black lines were drawn around the edges of the pieces and the the card was stuck into place, a JOFY happy birthday sentiment was added to finish off the card.
Sunday more rain!
The wet cats were sent upstairs to wake the "teenager" up. LOL
We all popped to decathlon for a Horse Whip for Jess and dance leggings for Georgie followed by dinner at Grandmas.
Back home "I made another card".
This was a request by hubby as one of his team member was leaving, instead of shouting obscenities about leaving things till the last minute I went with the flow and came up with this card.

Unfortunately the picture quality is poor due to making it during the evening and rushing to get it done in time, you get the idea though.

Again I used a Stampotique stamp this time Cats, cute and apt as one appeared to be waving.
Images were stamped onto watercolour card and coloured in distress ink.
The back ground was dipped into three distress colours which had been watered down and dried in between dips. A huge Carabella stamp was used to add a little more interest and it was all layered up and stuck down.
The words were made up from Indigo Blu alphabet stamps which were individually stamped/cut and inked around the edges.
 Some of the letters were stuck with 3d foam to lift them from the background and others left flat.
That's one week over six more to go!

Sue X

Monday, 20 July 2015

Jessie J-11 today.

Today was my youngest daughters 11th birthday.
 This is the card I made for her.
We've had a busy day with visits to nanny's, grandma's, to the cinema to see Minion's
to Mcd's (not my Choice) and the day is still not over.
Sue X

SOC 2015

It's a sad day!
Today marked the last day ever of SOC Challenge, we have all had a ball looking at each others art and designs, gaining more inspiration and ideas.
 On a good note I actually got drawn out of the hat randomly for the last prize give away.
It's the first time I have ever won anything like this.
Here is a picture of all the yummy goodies I will be receiving shortly, can't wait to get stuck in.
There is still time to go and check out every ones entries they are all great works of art which show peoples individual talents.
Pop on over to
to see the fab entries.
 Sue X

Friday, 17 July 2015

SOC Week 6

It is the last week of SOC and to put it bluntly I was stumped !
This weeks colours are orange+orange+blue.

I just could not get into these colours, hence the late entry combined with the fact hubby was working from home, again! in our dining/craft/office room. That should be craft room first I think as these days it's very rarely used as dining room.

Any how, I'm just delaying the inevitable, back to the task at hand.

 It's not  a dress form this week but still a fashion item.
Many moons ago I made a steam punk type hat and decided to revisit it.
I made a template, then cut it out again in orange basil card stock to create a texture base, I then stamped and heat embossed a leaf pattern onto the shape.
The hat was glued together and left to dry, meanwhile I die cut some cogs and sorted out a piece of blue ribbon (or two) along with pre made white flowers. The ribbon and trim was added just above the rim of the hat and the flowers layered up and attached with a glue gun.
Orange spray ink was added to the white flowers.  Indigo blue treasure gold added to the cogs which were then stuck on  to the hat. A little distress ink in dark blue was added to the edges to create a distressed look.

Here are a few more photos.

That's it I'm off to catch up on last weeks visits and make a start on this weeks.
Thank you to our host for running the SOC and I look forward to next years challenge, I've thoroughly enjoyed the videos and visiting all of the other entry's which if you don't know by now are over at Twinkle Twinkle like a Star. 
 see you all next year.
Sue X

Monday, 6 July 2015

SOC Week 5 - Green + Green + Pink

Hello all!
Hope everyone had a super weekend.
I cannot believe it is week 5 of SOC 2015,  the past few weeks have  gone by so quickly.
 I must just say thank you to everyone who has visited my blog and made a comments, it really does mean a lot to me to read peoples lovely comments.  I spend many hours visiting everyone  who participates and I leave a comment on everyone I can get access to. (Think hubby thinks I have another man as it's often when the girls have gone to bed when I get a few minutes to comment. LOL)
 A couple  more weeks and the girls are off school for 7 weeks.
During which  I don't think I'll have much me time, I'll have to try and squeeze as much crafting as possible in the days ahead, wish me luck.
Saying that I have a pretty busy week and so  I have revisited a previous project, the one that started all the dress  canvas's off. Here is the original post
This  was the original design, as you can see colour wise it was lacking a little something and so this morning when the challenge came through I instantly knew I wanted to add a touch of pink.
The original had papers in the background mainly black and white but it did have a pale pink hue too.
Colour bloom sprays in 2 greens dark and light were used to colour.
This is how the revamp turned out.
Pink blossom was substituted for the white ones and pink micro beads added to the black glass glitter to enhance the shading even more. I am quite happy now the pink is on, as it seems to have finished the project off.
Here are a couple more close ups.

If you like what you see and would like to see more projects on this theme hop on over to
Just thought I would share a picture of potted roses sent to me for my wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago. The colours being Green leaves and the flowers were actually pink on the inner petals and another shade of Green on the outer petals.
This is another face too, I call this one "Just Breathe" for my eldest daughter who has just taken some mock exams.

One day I will get round to adding colour but for now I'm still practicing sketching.
Sue X

Friday, 3 July 2015

Friday Fun 3rd July'15

Friday is fast becoming the day to create in my journal.

Here goes. 

I began by prepping the page with a coat of gesso closely followed by texture paste.
This was then sealed with clear gesso to let me add colour on top but also be able knock it back to the original colour underneath as the paste was graphite black.

Lindy's Spray Gang and Prima blooms were used to add colour.
Again when I sprayed the prima bloom onto the  Lindy's, the colours reacted and dispersed similar to water dropped into oil.

Anyhow I liked this appearance and wanted to keep as much as possible so I opted to keep the pages nice and simple.

I used my favourite wall stamp and an edge effect stamp to add a little detail.
A title of discover was mounted onto black card and distressed, a bit of rusty metal and a touch of lime green cord was added to complete the piece.

Very simple this week no micro beads either.

Sue X

Here is a quick sketch.

Using a text stamp and a black alcohol marker I added a bit of detail.

I'm calling her," lost in thought".

Sue X

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

SOC Week 4

This weeks SOC Colours are red + red + metalic.
I wanted to do something that was a little different to previous weeks.
 I have done canvas's for the past 3 weeks so  I thought I'd have a go at a less textured flatter piece.
Mainly just to test if I can still paint.
I began with a sketch, yes, it's a dress, rear view this time.
 I layered some red papers onto the design (two shades).
To give a tooth I gave it a coat of gesso, thinning it out in areas to reveal the paper underneath.

I found a couple of matching red aquatone pencils, and  paints.
(Ok, a touch of clear texture paste happened to find it's way on the photo too. I just had to use it.)

I was a little distracted again, to be honest it doesn't take much and before I knew it the project was finished. Painted, splattered and a tad of texture paste.

Here a  couple more close up photo's.

 Hope you like this weeks project. Don't forget to pop on over to Twinkle twinkle like a star and check out every ones  fab projects.
 Here is another quick face.
I will keep practicing and hopefully will improve.

Sue x