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Sunday, 31 January 2016

A Trip to Paris

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

How are you all this Sunday morning?

Another scheduled post as busy working away here demoing in Frankfurt!

A male card to share with you today!


Step by Step

1. 6 x 6 cream square card which I have matted and layered script card.
2 Wrapped Paris ribbon around base of first layer before adhering to card
2. The next 2 layers are from Kraftyhands Bygone Transport CD which have had the edges distressed with DI vintage photo and adhered to card.
3. The topper has also been distressed and adhered to card with foam pads.
4. To finish off added the distressed sentiment and card candi.

Many thanks for stopping by today!
Enjoy your day and hoping you can pop back tomorrow!
Crafty Hugs xxxx

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Red Balloons

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

A scheduled post this morning as I am demonstrating in Frankfurt at the Creative World show.

Another card to share using another Elisabeth Bell's images.


Step by Step

1. DL white card which I have matted and layered silver and blue card.
2. I printed the image onto supersmooth card and coloured with Copics, for the balloons I added liquid pearls Flamingo.
3. I matted and layered the image onto silver card.
4. Using grey card I cut out the birds and railings.
5. To finish off I added the metal leaf and red roses.

Many thanks for stopping by today!
Crafty Hugs xxxxx


Friday, 29 January 2016

Travel

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

The first of my scheduled posts to share as I am in Frankfurt for the craft show.

This card I am sharing is rather apt as I will be travelling later in the year to the USA.


Step by Step

1. 6 x 6 Kraft deckle edged square card.
2. Frist layer is brown textured card.
2. The topper is paper from stash which I have stamped the travel map with memento ink.
3. From the Travel Way stamp kit I have stamped the card and badge onto orange card with Versafine then embossed with WOW embossing powder, cut out and adhered to topper.
4. To finish off I added the compass and dimes from my stash.

Many thanks for visiting today
Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Thank You

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Woohoo the day has arrived and just a little excited.

A thank you card to share with you which is for you all!

Thank you to all of you who visit and leave lovely comments.
I will be checking in as much as time allows and I have blog posts going live all the time I am away.


Step by Step

1. 6 x 6 white square scalloped and embossed card.
2. Matted and layered green card with paper from my stash.
3. I distressed around the topper with DI spun sugar then matted and layered onto green card.
4. I added the metal leaf and Wild Orchid flowers to one corner.
5. To finish off I added the sentiment and pearl butterfly.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Fattastic Tuesday #121 - AG Twist Use some flowers
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #278 - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
The Paper Girls - Forest Friends
The Paper Nest Dolls - Always Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments #147 - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #160 - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #26 - Anything Goes

Many thanks for stopping by today!
Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

To my Valentine

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

And breath...

Well everything is all packed apart from my toiletries for the trip to Frankfurt tomorrow.

Yes I am nervous but I think it is going to be a fabulous but very busy 4 days demonstrating.

Before I share my card with you I have a notice for you to read if you are a follower of my blog.

In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs. 

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other Open Id providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.


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The date for this to be in effect is Jan 11, but a number of my blogging friends (and me) have already noticed a drop in Followers.  I'm sorry if this causes any issues or inconvenience to any of my Followers.  I do hope that you will create a Google account so that you can continue to follow both me and anyone else who uses Blogger.  

Once you create a Google account, you will need to become a Follower again because all previous Followers who did not have an account will be permanently removed from our Follower lists.  If you choose not to open a Google account, you can still follow my blog using Bloglovin' or via email.  You will need to check each blog that you currently follow to see what options they have for you.

I really appreciate all of my Followers and hope that you will continue to follow my blog going forward.

A Valentine card to share with you today. The rose I got from Pinterest


Step by Step

1. A5 Landscape card which I have matted and layered red pearlescent card and wrapped white ribbon around before adhering to base card.
2. I traced the rose onto parchment and then on reverse side coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils.
3. I matted and layered the topper onto pink card which I have punched and slotted the parchment into the slots.
4. I stamped the sentiment onto a tag and attached with a brad.
5. To finish off I added a double bow in red ribbon, added a cabachon to the centre and 2 pearl flowers to the top corners.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Creative Card Crew #105 - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspiration #148 - Anything Goes
Craft Dee Bowz - AG with Handmade Bow
Crafting from the Heart #96 - Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion #296 - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Ribbon or Lace
Allsorts #347 - Valentines Day

Many thanks for visiting today!
Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Little Bo Beep

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Last day of work until Thursday so a busy one ahead to make sure all admin is done.

What plans do you have for today?

A spring like card to share, really fed up with the weather now and want some warmer weather.


Step by Step

1. 7 x 7 white square card, I have punched the corners with X-cut punch.
2. Matted and layered navy card and spotted card which I have distressed with chipped sapphire.
3. Before adhering layers to base card I wrapped chiffon ribbon around.
4. I distressed a cut down a doily then cut out blue pearlescent card using SB Stately circles and layered the topper with foam pads for dimension.
5. To finish off I added the lace, pearl floral corner and sentiment which has been distressed with chipped sapphire.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create #160 - Anything Goes
Come and Get it - Round Things
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #26 - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time - Tic Tac Toe (top row)
(3 or more layers/ Blue/Pearls)
Simply Papercrafts #21 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations #12 - Always Anything Goes
DL Art - Anything Goes

Many thanks for stopping by today
Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Monday, 25 January 2016

Anyone for Coffee...

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Happy Monday to you all!

Getting excited now as only a few days before I fly off to Frankfurt for the Creative World show!

I think I will be needing quite a bit of coffee today!


Step by Step

1. DL white card which I have matted and layered olive green card.
2. The next layer is from Lavender and Lace paper pack.
3. I matted and layered the topper onto dark green card, I changed the colour of her dress using Copic markers.
4. To finish off I added the sentiment and pearl gems.

Little Miss Muffet #129 - Anything Goes
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
Fattastic Tuesday #120 - AG/Make it Girly
Inky Chicks #61 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz #308 - Girls just want to have fun

Thank you for stopping by today!
Crafty hugs xxxxx

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Ride a Cock Horse...

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

It was lovely to catch up with Paul and Gill last night and we had a fabulous time.

Today another chilled day I think, not sure what to do, might do a bit of crafting.

A boys card to share today.


Step by Step

1. 5 x 7 scalloped square card.
2. Matted and layered pearlescent blue card and paper from LOTV Beach bliss paper pack.
3. Matted and layered paper from Graphic 45 Let's Celebrate and pearlescent card to bottom right hand corner.
4. Matted and layered the topper onto brown card, all layers have been distressed with DI chipped sapphire.
5. To finish off I added the sentiment and card candy.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Craft for the Craic - January Blues
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #101 - Anything Goes
Simply Papercrafts #21 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments #147 - Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude #12 - Anything Goes 
Crafty Girls Creations #12 - Always Anything Goes

Many thanks for visiting today!
Crafty hugs xxxxx

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Vintage Reverse Canvas

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

How are you all doing today?  
Housework to do first before getting into my craft room, fancy a bit of parchment crafting for a couple of hours before getting ready for my cousin Paul and his wife Gill coming for a meal.

What do you have planned?

Here is the reverse canvas I created when Kath came on Thursday for our play day. Visit Kath's blog to see her interpretation, she show the theme of reverse canvas and spring.


I first gave the inside of the canvas a coat of white Gesso, I then went over the frame with modelling paste to cover the staples and also a think layer on the inside.  Once dry I stencilled around the outside with a number of different stencils, wall, heart, harlequin and postcard with modelling paste.  Painted it with Pebeo Ash brown then dry brushed dark brown over this to highlight the stencilling.


For the inside I cut out a piece of cardboard, removed some of the top layer to add texture, painted a coat of Gesso, using modelling paste and these stencils  bird cages harlequin and words added more texture.  Once dry gave it a coat of Pebeo antique white paint, I then dry brushed brown and gold to highlight the stencilling.
The frame was grey and white, I painted a coat of Gesso, then antique white. Once dry painted over with brown using a baby wipe wiped some of the brown off, once this was completely dry I dry brushed gold iridescent paint to highlight. The image is from Tim Holtz ephemera collection.


To finish off I placed the insert inside the canvas with Glue gel.
Painted the flourish and door hinge with Gesso and Pebeo paint, then dry brushed with gold paint.
The large flower and metal leaves are from my stash. The other flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
The birds have been painted and dry brushed with gold to highlight them (unfortunately the photograph doesn't show this very well. I also painted the birdcage too.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - AG Mixed Media
We Love Vintage #61 - Anything Vintage
Crafty Girls Creations #12 - Always Anything Goes
We Love 2 Create #2 - AG Mixed Media
Inspiration Destination #69 - Always Anything Goes

Many thanks for stopping by today!
Crafty Hugs xxxxx




Friday, 22 January 2016

Olivia

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Well I had a wonderful day yesterday with Kath.

We decided to craft a reverse canvas, need to add finishing touches and will show over the weekend.

A card to share, I have not added a sentiment as not sure who it is for yet.


Step by Step

1. A5 white card with first layer purple pearlescent card.
2. The next layer is green card with corner's punched with X-cut punch.
3. Printed Olivia by Art by Miran onto supersmooth card, coloured with Copics and then cut out using SB Labels 29 die. Distressed the edges with DI Dusty Concord.
4. Using SB Fantastic Flourish 2 die cut out using orange pearlescent card.
5. To finish off I added purple roses and 2 gold leaf stick pins.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage #41 - Die Cuts
Digi Stamps 4 Joy #120 - Anything Goes
Doodle Pantry Blog #13 - Anything Goes
WWODT Challenge #7 - Anything Goes

Many thanks for visiting today!
Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Thursday, 21 January 2016

On your Engagement

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

I am off to spend the day with Kath crafting, not sure what we will be doing yet!

As you know my son got engaged on New Years day to Holly and here is the card I made them.


Step by Step

1. 7 x 7 cream square card.
2. First layer is cream card which I have distressed with DI dusty concord.
3. The papers, topper and sentiment are from Kraftyhands Romantique CD.
4. I distressed all the papers, sentiments and toppers with DI dusty concord.
5. To finish off I added the pearl heart and roses.

I would like to enter  this into the following challenges:

Inspiration Destination #69 - Always Anything Goes
Artistic Inspiration #148 - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart #95 - Anything Goes
Our-Crafty-Corner - Always Anything Goes

Many thanks for stopping by today
Crafty Hugs xxxxx


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

ABC easy as 123

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

How are you all today?

Phew, all prep work finished now just to box up ready for courier tomorrow!

A new card to share using an Inky Impressions image College Chic Angelina, I won in one of the challenges.


Step by Step

1. Red 6 x 6 scalloped square card which I have matted and layered blue card.
2. The next layer is from the Graphic 45 Time to Flourish September paper.
3. Printed image onto supersmooth, coloured with Copics then cut out with SB Labels 20.
4. I stamped the books with Versafine sepia, embossed then cut out and distressed with vintage photo.
5. To finish off I coloured the "abc" with red pen, made a triple bow and added gems to centre.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Creative Ladybird Creations #11 - Anything Goes
Fattastic Tuesday #120 - AG/Make it Girly
Inky Chicks #61 - Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Ribbon or Lace
Whoopsi Daisy - New to you (Digi Image)

Many thanks for stopping by Today
Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Bling it on

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

What are you plans for today?

Whatever you have planned have a good one.

A birthday card to share today.


Step by Step

1. 6 x 6 scalloped white card which I have folded the front of the card in half and folded back.
2. Matted and layered pink cardstock and paper from the Lace Butterflies paper back on the inside of the card and the folded front of the card.
3. I stamped the butterfly onto Parchment with Memento ink and cut out then adhered to front of card.
4. To finish off I added clear gems to body of the butterfly, 2 corners and sentiment.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

My Crafting Stories #1 - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #159 - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #25 - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #148 - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart #95 - Anything Goes
Craft your Passion #295 - Always Anything Goes
Eureka Stamps #176 - Pile it on

Many thanks for stopping by today
Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Monday, 18 January 2016

Blog Candy Winners

Good Evening Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

I would like to welcome all my new followers and hope that you enjoy your visits and that in some small way I inspire your creativity.

Thank you also for all those of you who entered by blog candy to celebrate 5 years of blogging.

The winners have been chosen by Random.Org

First Prize goes to...

Katie Marriott
Claimed


Second prize goes to...

Lea Brawny
Claimed


Third Prize goes to....

Dawn Lancaster
Claimed


Fourth Prize goes to...

Isobel Hunter
Claimed


Fifth Prize goes to...

Linda Weber



Congratulations ladies!!!

Please email me at lasimpson60@gmail.com with your address so I can get your prizes in the post.

You have until Monday 25th January 2016 to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who took part!

Crafty hugs to you all!






Dancing Butterfly

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Happy Monday all!

Another week and a very busy one at that getting the finishing touches done for Frankfurt.

Another butterfly card to share today!


Step by Step

1. DL white card which I have matted and layered Kraft card.
2. Using Paper from Lace Butterfly paper pack I cut 3 strips and matted and layered onto the Kraft card.
3. Cut out a rectangle of stamping card, distressed with Memento ink stamped the ivy in a corner and a butterfly. Stamped another butterfly and cut out and attach to acetate spring which is adhered to back of rectangle.
4. To finish off added pearls to 2 corners and the sentiment.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Cards Galore - Anything Goes
Crafts & Me - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends #12 - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge #160 - Female Birthday
Sweet Stampin - Things with Wings

Many thanks for stopping by today
Crafty hugs xxxxx


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Blog Candy 2015

Good Afternoon Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

It sure has been an extremely busy end of the year for me what with making my crafting TV debut and all the preparation work required I clean forgot about my Christmas blog candy which I have done every year.

As this year is drawing to a close and next year marks the 5th anniversary of my blog I am offering 5 prizes to 5 lucky followers. This blog candy will run for 4 weeks as I have a very busy January going off to Frankfurt for the big craft show then in February demonstrating again at the NEC.

My blog would be nothing without you my followers! I appreciate each and everyone of you whether you just pop by for a visit and those regular followers who always leave me lovely comments.
There are no words to express my deepest gratitude for your kindness.

I will post world wide as I have a lot of followers abroad too!

The blog candy will close on 17th January at 12.00 pm and the winners will be chosen by Random Org and announced on Monday 18th January!

Good Luck!!!


Just 3 things you need to do and they are as follows:

1. Be a follower of my blog (Google Friend)
2. Post on your own blog sidebar or Facebook page the choice is yours.
3. Leave a comment and add your link to Mr Linky

Thank you for visiting today!
Love and Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Chic Craftique Journal

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Today I am sharing my decorated journal for Chic Craftique 12 month journal event over on Facebook.

Here is a video about the journal and subbies giveaway!


As you know I have challenged myself to learn new techniques this year and made a good start so far.


This journal I bought from the Range and the cover was black and is A5 size.
I gave the back and front a coat of Gesso.


I then mixed blue and white acrylic paint and painted over both sides.


I then added musical tissue paper and die cut fob watch and musical notes.


I then used Craftwork clock stencil and modelling paste and added to both back and front of the journal.


I then added the metal words which reads My Journal 2016 and painted a darker blue.


As the words got lost I outlined them with black marker pen and then dry brushed Pebeo DYNA silver iridescent paint over the letters and the raised areas of the stencilled clocks.
To finish off I spritzed Distress Spray Stain and dabbed with a wet wipe.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

A bit more time to craft #12 - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends #23 - Anything Goes
Anything But Cute #9  - New Products (Distress Spray Stains)
Crafting with an Attitude #11 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations #12 - Always Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze #93 - Anything Goes

Many thanks for stopping by today!
Crafty Hugs xxxxx

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Gone Artsy DT January Projects

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Followers and Visitors

Today I am sharing my design team project for Gone Artsy

I have used goodies from Deb's store Gone Artsy

Check out the store and if you purchase anything use DTLS15 to get 15% off your purchase.

I have made a box card and all instructions can be found over on the blog!

A reminder too that there is only 1 day left to enter my blog candy




I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown #276 - Add Dimension
TTCRD - Always Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons #l17 - Monochrome
Fresh Brewed Designs - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenges #260 - Anything Goes

Many thanks for stopping by today!
Crafty Hugs xxxxx