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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

16 AT LAST!!

Well, we're nearing the end of the summer holidays and for us, that signifies Tom's birthday.
He's always been one of the youngest in his class and I suppose that's always going to be the case till he leaves education and starts out in the world of work!
But today, he's sweet sixteen!
I saw a fabulously apt image over at Mo's Digital Pencil, called Computer Guy.  Tom loves his computer and computing and it's one of the A levels he's going to be studying.
This is what I made him:

I painted the background with green, blue and soft gold acrylic paint.  Then, I inked a SplodgeAway steampunk mask with Versamark, ran it through my Grand Calibur and heat set it with black sparkle embossing powder.  I replaced the mask and highlighted certain areas with paint.  I also painted lightly through sequin waste.
I coloured the digistamp with promarkers and darkened the edges with acrylic paints.  To finish off, I stamped and embossed the '16' and 'today' using Clarity stamps.
Well, my summer holidays are nearly over (sob sob) and I'll soon be starting work again.  I cant complain though, we have had FANTASTIC weather this year and it has been so nice to spend time outside in the warm sun.
Hope you're having a fab week and if not, it's nearly the weekend yayy!!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Purple version of Best Friend card

Just a quick post from me tonight.
I made another Best Friend card and this time I used shades of purple Pan Pastels to colour it:

And then I used some of my lovely Spellbinders and a lovely Pink Petticoat sentiment to make this card.  
The flower is by Stamps By Chloe and I embossed it with silver Wow embossing powder and layered it up.
Hope you have a fab week xx

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Something a bit different

Hello folks.  I hope the weather hasn't been too bad where you are today.  We've had torrential rain this afternoon, which has left our garden water logged again!!  I have heard that there's going to be another mini heat wave soon, so we'll look at this as a blip!
Now on to a recent project.  I decorated an MDF heart that I bought at the NEC last year.  I don't know why it takes me so long to use my new stash!  Is anyone else like this or is it just me?!!

I painted the heart with purple acrylic paint, then applied PVA glue and painted a layer of cream acrylic paint.  Heating with my heat tool gave me a lovely crackled effect.  I learnt this technique at a Sheena Douglass workshop and this is the first time I have got it right since!
Next, I stamped the Sheena Douglass swirls and butterflies with various Adirondack and Distress inks.  The final layer of stamping, including the sentiment, was with Brilliance pigment inks which I then embossed with clear powder.

I covered the back of the heart with a pretty mini daisy print paper and used the off-cuts to make roses and cut swirls with a Marianne die. 
For the finishing touches, I sprayed the plaque with a protective layer of gold Spray & Sparkle, then I coloured cream seam binding tape with Distress ink and attached it to the top of the heart.
This was a present for an incredibly brave family, for whom butterflies hold a special meaning.
I really enjoyed making this plaque and am looking forward to doing another one.
Hope you're all having a lovely, crafty weekend xx 

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Bad bad bad bad blogger .... AGAIN!

Oh dear, I've turned into such a terrible blogger! 
In fact, I even wondered if I should carry on blogging. 
After a lot of thought, I decided to go with the flow ... blog when I have time and not feel guilty when I let things slip. After all, it's just for fun :)
I can assure you that, even though I've been a lazy blogger, I certainly haven't been a lazy crafter!
I have been really busy with commissions lately, so all is good.
Here are a few makes that I've made over the last *cough* month:
*You might want to sit down with a brew, as there are quite a few!!*





Told you!!
I've finished work for the summer holidays now, so I can spend more time at my craft desk ... I mean, cleaning!  Hope you are all OK and enjoying our lovely weather.
Thank you so much for coming back to read my blog.
Crafty hugs xx

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