' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: March 2018

Thursday 29 March 2018

Fabric bag for Easter

I'm not a great one for sewing, embroidery or any kind of needlework but, needs must, and I had a call for a cross-stitch panel and decided to place it on a drawstring bag.

If you're like me, sewing challenged, I'll just say don't bother making your own bag and pick one up already made! And I would have done as the Craft Barn has them on sale here but I needed a specific colour...

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Sparkling Vision

Glitter is not really my thing, especially the loose stuff that gets everywhere but WOW Embossing powders do have beautiful mixes that I had to try. I combined those with Visible Image stamps, won at the Craft Stamper challenge earlier in the year for this CAS card:

Sunday 11 March 2018

A double Scoop of Gelatos

Me again... just in time to wish Happy Mother's day to the British mums with a card full of the joy of spring. After all the snow and cold weather last week,  I couldn't wait for a little bit of sunshine and I created my own from hot colours of Gelatos.

The double Scoop of the title comes from the design of this Mother's day card relying on stencils for both focal image and background. Unusually there is no stamping. At all!

Friday 9 March 2018


As you can see I'm having a busy week here! Those are the vagaries of blog scheduling... I hope my faithful readers won't mind.

Lately I have been buying unusual (for me) items at the Craft Barn because with the sales, there are some fab bargains to be made and at that price I told myself if I spoiled it all it didn't matter! On this occasion though, I managed to get very close to the result had in mind. Phew...

You can read the details on how I made this hop on to the Craft Barn blog...

My precious Treasure

I am delighted to be featured on the A Vintage Journey blog today as a Pinworthy guest after my Snowman wowed the DT.

I have to say when I discovered the chosen theme for Vintage Journey's challenge in March, I felt panic... using some of my Treasure... How will I be able to cope?!! But cope I have and it is certainly better to use these precious items rather than keeping them for that elusive special occasion!

Today my main treasure is a beautiful resin frame by Prima.

I started with a gessoed canvas and applied texture paste through 2 stencils.

I added pieces of cardstock and die cuts before coating everything with black gesso for a dark base.

For colours and shimmer I used DecoArt Extreme Sheen paints as well as Paper Artsy Frescos, in shades of blue, violet and green.

To add interest to the background I did a bit of stamping and embossing, all in shimmering or glitter EPs.

The frame was treated in the same way with a coat of black gesso followed by some Extreme Sheen paint.

For embellishments, I finally opened an old packet of glitters and sequins and used them alongside some Glitterbitz and micro beads.
I created a few metallic embellishments with bottle caps, the top one has also a glass bead that magnifies the image but doesn't photograph too well!

Stencils: The Crafter's Workshop Garden gate and Dutch Doobadoo A5 Fabric
Paints: DecoArt Extreme Sheen paints, Paper Artsy Frescos
Mediums: Pebeo White Gesso; DecoArt black Gesso, Golden Gel medium
Stamps: The Artistic Stamper Chicken wire and Harlequin
Embossing powder : WOW Sea Glass, Cosmic Shimmer Ultra Thick Silver Pearl and Tropic Red.

Another look at the completed piece at an angle...

I hope you will be inspired by my treasure....
Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Mixed Media Monthly, WOW Embossing powders, We Love To Create, Creative Artiste and The Artistic Stamper challenges.
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Thursday 8 March 2018

Cold as ice

The Artic weather conditions we had last week in the UK led me to pick up this Polkadoodle image and colour it with alcohol markers.

I do love the look of her, pretty but powerful, she's striding the snow with a determination I did not feel last week!

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Wish you were here

Hello crafters, I am back for a second inspiration piece for the Country View Challenge on the theme "Postcard size", chosen by my teamie, Sue.

This time I went with both the size (6"x4" or A6) and the theme "Postcard" using some of my Rubber Dance Travel themed stamps.

Sunday 4 March 2018

Watercolour challenge

Anyone remember this UK Channel 4 Programme aired late last century? Loved it!

This fortnight it's Paper Artsy who challenge us with watercolours or watercolour look. I just had to join in and pull out my neglected paints for this!

Thursday 1 March 2018

Postcard size

Welcome to my first inspiration post for the Country View Challenge. The theme, chosen by Sue is Postcard - Anything 6x4 size (or A6 card: 14.8x10.5cm).

I went with a Fleur de Lys theme for my card by combining a Crafty Individuals 'Baroque Splatter Script Background'  stamp (CI-430) with an old Spellbinder border die (S4-213).