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Monday, 5 December 2016

First GDT Project for XCS - Altered Book

Hello Blogland.

Today is a very exciting day cos I finally get to share my first GDT project made for Xanderous Crafty Stash.

The lovely Naomi posted for a GDT Call, I applied and was invited to be a GDT for December.
Of course I jumped at the chance and was sent some lovely bits and pieces to play with.

Here is my first project.
Front

Back

This is where I usually have my Recipe List, instead here are the step by step photos of how this came together.

Firstly I took the front and back covers off the A4 Sketch book (these are hard covers) and started adding texture.
For this I used molding paste, stencils, dry wall tape and some lace.
I then coated the whole thing (once dried) with Black Gesso.
This part is just using the front cover, I drew round the image I intended to use and added various sized cogs from Fernli Designs (these were coated in black gesso before being glued down).

Then came the fun bit - adding colour!!
For this I used Lindy's and Radiant Rain Mica Sprays and Perfect Pearls.
Then I simply added the image - which I coloured using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink - And all the Elements from XCS - these were gone over with Perfect Pearls to blend in slightly.
Once finished I simply reattached the covers to the book.

Here are the links to each element.

I cannot praise XCS enough, it's a fairly new business and is growing slowly but surely.
With more and more new things being added and great value for money you should really go check them out!!

If you enjoyed reading about this project please be kind and leave some love below in the comments.
Huggles
xoxox

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Challenge #133 - BINGO!

Hello Blogland

Welcome to today's posting, it's time for a brand new challenge over at CWWC.

This fortnight we are once again being sponsored by

Our theme this week is BINGO

Here is my project
Recipe
Copics
Designer Papers
Cardstock
Lace
Flowers
Buttons
7DS sticker

Why not pop over and check out what the rest of the DT have created and join us in our challenge, there is a fab prize on offer for the winner.

Huggles
xoxox

Sunday, 13 November 2016

CWWC Challenge #132 - Circles

Hello blogland.

Can't believe it's time for another brand new challenge over at CWWC.
This fortnight we are being sponsored by my very talented daughter, creator of DevilCait Designs.

Our theme for this challenge is Circles.

Recipe
Copics and Watercolour Pencils
Die and Punches
Background Paper
Embossing folder
Cardstock
7 dots word stickers

I always worry I'm not doing Cait's digi's justice as she original artwork is amazing, but I think this has turned out well.

Go check out what the rest of the DT have come with and hope you will join us, you never know you might be lucky to win some of DevilCait's digi's for yourself!!

Huggles
xoxox

Sunday, 30 October 2016

CWWC Challenge # 131 - Sketch by Sandra (me)

Hello blogland!

Today is the start of a brand new challenge over at CWWC and this fortnight the challenge is
Here is the sketch

We have been sponsored by the lovely Nikki Burnette and I got to use Jayna.
This is my project
Recipe
Image
Copics
Dies
Designer Paper
Dylusions sentiment
Flower

I absolutely love how the koi fish turned out, this is my first attempt at doing these.

Pop by the challenge blog and check out what the rest of the team have been up to and why not join in, you never know you might be lucky to win the prize on offer!!

Huggles
xoxox

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Jewellery Stand

Hello blogland.

I am so stoked to be able to share my latest make with you, it's something different for me and for a first attempt I am ecstatic!!

I signed up for a challenge hosted by Fernli Designs FB group called
'Dress Me Up'
The idea was to alter one of their lovely dress forms.

It's gone from this

to THIS
Recipe
Powertex
Fabric and Lace
Bind-it-All wire
Small Pot
Gesso
Radiant Rain Spray - Cranberry
Black Acrylic Paint
Gilding Polish - Citrus Green
Glue
Plastic Bottle

I started by gluing the dress form to the base, then cutting a plastic bottle in half and wrapping round the 'waist' of the dress form.
I then cut and glued a Bind-it-all wire to a roped ring.

Next I used different fabrics with powertex and draped round the 'skirt', I wasn't sure how to hide the gaps between the skirt and dress form and started playing around with some ideas, I finally settled on using the coaster cut in half to make a shelf, I added a little pot.

Left it for 24 hours to dry completely and harden before painting/decorating.
I gave it a base coat of Gesso and spritzed the whole thing with the Radiant Rain spray, I wasn't happy with the effect so decided to paint over the whole thing with black paint, but only lightly so some of the purple colour comes through.
once it was completely dried I then dry brushed the gilding polish all over to give it some definition.

There you have it, please leave me some feedback in the comments below it is always appreciated.

Huggles
xoxox

Sunday, 16 October 2016

CWWC challenge #130 - No Square Cards

Hi blogland

Today is the start of a brand new challenge over at CWWC.
This week we are lucky to be sponsored by Julia Spiri.

Our theme this fortnight is
'No Square Cards'

I kinda cheated due to a lot of things going on with me and my home life lately, though it is still a shaped card.
Recipe
Copics
Crealies Die
Bo Bunny Paper
Lost & Found sticker - 7 dots studio
Circle Punch
Flower and Pearl from stash

Why not pop by the CWWC blog for more details on the challenge and see what the talented DT have made using the fabby digital images from Julia Spiri and check out the prize on offer.

Huggles
xoxox

Sunday, 2 October 2016

CWWC - Challenge 129 - Christmas Comes Early

Hello Blogland

It's time for a brand new challenge over at CWWC
and the theme is
"Christmas Comes Early"
and our sponsor for this challenge is

I was lucky to be given the chance to use

Here is my card using her.
Recipe
Rory Christmas Princess
Copics
SilentNight First Edition Papers
Trims
Tag Dies
Sentiment Stamp
VersaFine ink pad
Cardstock
Glue

Isn't she just super pretty?

Pop by the challenge blog and check out what the rest of our DT have made, and join in with us to be in with a chance to win the fab prize on offer!!

Huggles
xoxox

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Musical Christmas - From Craft Stash

Hello Blogland.

Today I am excited to share with you a BRAND NEW die and embossing folder collection by Apple Blossom.


Here are a couple of samples I made using a few of the dies.




Aren't they just super festive!!

Grab them while you can.

Huggles
xoxox



Sunday, 18 September 2016

CWWC - Challenge #128

Hello blogland.

Welcome to my blog, today is the start of a brand new challenge over at Crafting When We Can.
This fortnight our challenge theme is using your favourite medium - pens/pencils/paints etc.

Our sponsor is Star Stamps

Here is my project.
Recipe
Digi Image
Copics
Background Paper
Doily
Digital Sentiment
Bling
Cardstock
Dies

Thank you for dropping by please leave a comment below to let me know you've been.
Hope you will join us in our challenge.

Huggles
xoxox

Friday, 9 September 2016

Altered Mask

Hello Blogland

Tonight I am sharing something I literally just made, and it was a bit of a rush job do to the fact that it was made for my middle daughter who along with her boyfriend, my eldest daughter and a good friend of theirs have just left for a weekend away to attend a double celebration party, and it's a masquerade ball!

At the last minute I was reminded they didn't have a mask (arghhh), my eldest decided she didn't want one (phew), so I hunted through my stash and found a mask blank (yay!) and promptly got to work............... less than half an hour later,

TADAAAAAAAA

Recipe
Mask
Treasure Gold - Sapphire
String Silver Sequins
Gem Embellishments
Hot Glue Gun (life saver!)

Not bad for a first attempt and a rush job at that!

All that is left is for me to hope the mask matches her dress close enough.

Huggles
xoxox

Sunday, 4 September 2016

CWWC - Challenge 127 - Happy Birthday

Morning Bloggers

Yes it's that time again, start of a brand new challenge over at Crafting When We Can and this fortnight our theme is

We have also been very lucky to be sponsored by Karleigh Sue.

Here is my card using Poodle Skirt

Recipe
Poodle Skirt Digital Image
Copics
Tim Holtz Dies - happy birthday
Papers and Flowers from Stash

Isn't she just fab! Very retro, love her.

Look forward to seeing you join us for this challenge.

Huggles
xoxox

Thursday, 25 August 2016

New Botanicals Collection

Hello bloggers

Time for me to share with you the absolutely beautiful new dies launched today over at Craft Stash.


I was very lucky to have the chance to play with


It is such a shame I could not get a clearer photo of the detailed embossing the die has in the cut out, it is really something to see.
The crisp clear cut is obvious and amazing for such an intricate die, and that is really something for someone like me who has a tendency to be heavy handed.



I must admit I loved using the 'negative' of this die, it lends itself to so many design options, each one so effective and you do not lose any of the detail of the die itself (well not really)

Go check the rest of the collection out, you'll not be disappointed.

Huggles
xoxox

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Butterfly ATC's

Hello bloggers

Today I am sharing a little random project I made yesterday, a couple of ATC's.

Recipe
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paints
Paper Artsy Crackle medium
Glitter Glue
Archival ink
Tim Holtz chit chat stickers

I started off knowing I wanted to do a crackle effect in the background so used the paper artsy paints and medium to achieve this, but other than that I didn't yet know what direction I wanted to go in.
After searching through my stash I remembered the circle and square wooden embellishments I had from Fernli Designs so dug those out and had a play with layouts, once I was happy I paints them with PaperArtsy Paint in chalk, then had an idea of adding images inside them and turn them into mini frames, but what could I use?
It was one of those Ah ha moments, Vilda stamps to the rescue!
I was given this set as a thank you and I adore them and not really had much chance to really use them - til now.
I was happy with the result but knew it needed that something extra so used the glitter glue and Chit Chat stickers to finish them off.
The end result is so pretty and I love them.

If you think so too please leave me some love in comments below.

Huggles
xoxox

Sunday, 21 August 2016

CWWC Challenge #126 - Use Die Cuts

Helloooooooo Blogland.

It has been a little while since my last CWWC DT project due to me having to take a step back from things due to real life, but am happy to say I AM BACK!!!

The new challenge is to use Dies or Punches.

We are lucky to have been sponsored by Melonheadz and I chose to work with OWLS - Lineart
This is such an amazing set of cute little owls (and anyone who knows me well knows am NOT much of a cutesy person lol) and I simply adore these little creatures.

Here is my project
Recipe
Girly Owl
Copics
Background Paper
Tim Holtz Mixed Media die
Circle Punch
Sentiment
Flowers
Pearls
Washi Tape

I must admit I like the way this has turned out, I wanted to keep it fairly simple for a couple of reasons, one being I didn't want to lose too much of the die cutout.

Like what you see? Then go check out the rest of the DT projects, and don't forget to leave me (and them) some love in comments and look forward to seeing you join in with our challenge.

Huggles
xoxox

Friday, 12 August 2016

'Be You'

Hi bloggers

Today I am sharing with you a new journal page I just finished.

I've used an image drawn by my daughter Caitlyn from 
though at the time of writing this post the image is not yet available to buy.


Recipe
Dylusions Paints
Chevron Stencil
Copics
7 Dots Studio Word Stickers
Mini Ink bender & Foam Pads
Tim Holtz Stencil

I am entering this into the following challenges
That's Crafty - Zesty Zing
Paper Artsy - Patterns

Thank you for dropping by, let me know by leaving some love in comments - they're always appreciated.

Huggles
xoxox

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Rise Up

Hello blogland
Sorry it's been a while since my last post, have not really been in a good head space of late, but hey ho onwards and upwards right?
Which brings me to what I am about to share with you all and it seems quite appropriate.

Today's share is a mixed media journal page which I have titled
"Rise Up"


Recipe
Journal
Gesso
Glass Beads
3D Heavy Gloss Gel Medium
Acrylic Paint
Graphic 45 Stamp
7 Dots Studio Word Stickers
Silks Acrylic Glaze
White Sharpie
Alphabet Die - X Cut
Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Polish - Red Bronze

I have decided to enter this into 
That's Crafty is one of my absolute fave go to online stores.

Hope you like my page.

Huggles
xoxox

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

New Dies from Apple Blossom

Hello Bloggers

Time for me to share some more amazing new dies made by Apple Blossom.

The New Lock and Key and Woodland Collections.

Once again I have been lucky to use these fabulous new dies.

I was sent For You and Toadstool Border.

Here are my samples (as seen in the links above)



Aren't they just yummy?

These are available to buy at Craft Stash and if you haven't ordered from them before (why not?!?) you get a 20% discount off your first order when you subscribe to their newsletter - which is worthwhile as they do lots of great deals and special offers regularly, not to be missed!

Huggles
xoxox

Friday, 17 June 2016

New Creative Dies

Hello blogland

Today I am sharing another post relating to CraftStash and HOCHANDA.

I was sent 2 beautiful die sets made by Creative Dies
'Get Well Soon' & 'Happy Birthday' Frames.

I am so excited to show you my projects... AS SHOWN ON TV!!!




(can see relevant product codes in the photos if you wish to go buy them hint hint wink wink)




It's such a huge confidence boost seeing my cards being displayed, anywhere let alone on TV, I hope you like them as much as I do, if so leave me a little bit of love in comments below.

Huggles
xoxox


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Lace Collection - Craft Stash

Hello blogland

Today I am excited to share with you some samples I made using a couple of the GAWJUSS new dies by Apple Blossom.

These are from the brand new 'Lace Collection'

I was lucky to be sent the Lace Border and On Your Special Day.

Here is what I made with them - you will also see them in the product description as well (and that for me is a huge compliment which is why am sat here grinning like the cat that got the cream lol)




Aren't these dies just LUSH!
What are you waiting for?!?
Go grab them while you can, don't forget you get 20% off your first order when you sign up to the newsletter, which offers regular discount offers/codes.

Huggles
xoxox

BBCB Challenge #5 - Anything Goes

Hi Bloggers,
yes it's that time again, time for a brand new challenge over at BBCB and this month it's ANYTHING GOES!

I've been really lucky to be able to use Vilda Stamps.
Becka B is the exclusive UK Stockist and we are so lucky to have them.
The range is completely varied so there is something to suit everyones tastes, from super cute to funky and quirky to grungy and steampunk.

Here is my DT Card using Butterfly Corner

Please pop by the challenge blog and check out what the other DT ladies have created and leave some love.

Huggles
xoxox

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Underwater Mixed Media Canvas

Hi Blogland.

Today I want to share with you a mini canvas I have just finished after being inspired by the fabulous team over at That's Crafty.
I am ashamed to say that I have ONLY just discovered their challenge blog - where have I been?!? Especially as I am a huge fan of their store, of which I finally got to visit their bricks and mortar store and OMG it's heavenly, so need to go again..... and again......

The current challenge theme is The Sea.


I am really pleased with the way this has turned out, and the image, I think, is perfect for the theme.

Huggles
xoxox

CWWC Challenge #120 - Stars

Hello Bloggers

There's a brand new challenge over at Crafting When We Can.
Unfortunately there is no sponsor/prize this week but nothing wrong with a JFF challenge now and then. After all we all love sharing our projects, big and small.

Which brings me to mine, real life for me these past few weeks have been a tad full on and my head has been all over the place and I very nearly forgot to make something (my bad - sits on naughty step) however I did remember at the last minute and made this quick tag.


Recipe
Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio
Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon
Distress Ink Black Soot
Star Stamp - Tim Holtz
Good Friends sentiment - Fiskars
Water

I hope you will join us in our challenge, pop by our blog and check out the fab projects the DT have made and leave some love.

Huggles
xoxox

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Friendship Tag

Hello Blogland,

Today am sharing my latest make, I have made this as a sampler for Becka B, you will be able to see this on display when she is at the Birmingham NEC 1-3 July 2016.
I will add links to some of the products used in the recipe section.


Recipe
Copics
Paper Artsy Paints
Archival Ink - Jet Black
Lace

Thanks for popping by.

Huggles
xoxox

Monday, 16 May 2016

Marquee Dies from Craft Stash

Hi everyone,

I've been so anxious to share these cards for a while and now I can!

As you may or may not be aware I design for Craft Stash.
Every so often they send some yummy dies to play with and this time I got some gawjuss Marquee dies and a set of stamps.
I was sent the Star, Heart and the Ampersand.
They're all available as a set (see link highlighted Marquee).

Here is what I created using them.





Why not pop along and check out all the other fantastic goodies they have available, you get 20% off your first order!!

Huggles
xoxox