' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: 2023

Sunday 31 December 2023

2023 Retrospective

My last post for the year is a slideshow retrospective of my favourite makes of the year.
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See you all next year!


Sunday 24 December 2023

Last Christmas...

Hello followers and blog readers, 
I just had to squeeze one last Christmas card! 
Actually, this one can be Christmas or New Year and yes, it's another scene I'm afraid... 

All stamps are from Crafty Individuals. 
I stamped the church (I only inked the church itself) from the CI-474 set in Versafine Pinecone and masked it. 
I created the background sky and snowy hills with Distress inks and paper masks and although the impression is grey there is pink and blue in sky! 
I added the trees, the left hand one is from CI-450, the right hand one is from CI-209 and added the sheep from CI-467. 
A bit of pencil work on the church, path and snow as well as a few touches of gel pen for snow on branches and roof to finish. 

It does feel desolate, but a snow laden sky will do that... 
Only one thing left to say... 

Merry Christmas!

Craftyfield x 
I am entering the SSS Monday, Allsorts and Lost Coast Designs challenges

Wednesday 20 December 2023

Winter scene under the stars

Hello crafters another winter scene... this time I went for the more whimsical with the Lavinia Honeysuckle cottage (LAV687) fit for a fairy and the starry sky of a magical Christmas... 

I stamped and masked the cottage and created paper masks to colour sky and hills with Distress inks.  

In the sky I stamped and embossed the stars (LAV152 Stars Mini); on the sides of the card I stamped the fir tree (LAV478) with both green and brown inks (Versafine).  

I used colour pencils for the cottage and added some shimmering white ink (brilliance Moonlight White) with a sponge on top of the hills, roof and fir trees as if snow had settled there. But since this wasn't noticeable enough, especially in photos, I also used white gel pen on the trees and rocks. 

I considered adding a sentiment at the bottom and maybe will do later! 

Thanks for coming by, 

 Craftyfield   I am entering the Stamping Sensations (favourite colour is blue),
                                                        SSS Monday, and Lost Coast Designs challenges 

Wednesday 13 December 2023

Christmassy Robin Card

This year I have had a bit of an obsession with "floating" frames, this card uses a similar but simpler version (quicker) of this one here. 

I created an aperture in a panel of kraft cardstock and I added die-cuts of pine tree branches which I coloured with inks, crayons and sprays (don't ask). I popped up the whole on foam pads before adhering to the card base. 

The sentiment (Diesire) and the snowflakes (Papertrey ink) have been die-cuts out of glitter paper.
Pip, the red breasted robin, is die-cut using the printed image (Two Red Robins). 

Finally, I spattered some acrylic paint for a bit of Christmas snow... 

And if you wondered, yes, I am still loving the effect of the extra dimension this technique gives to a card. If you want to see more they are Tropical Frame (sloth) and Autumn Leaves

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the SSS Monday, SSS Wednesday
                                                         and Allsorts (my B is for Bird)challenges

Sunday 3 December 2023

Rice Paper Christmas decor

Hello crafters, 

I am back again for a 2nd Country View Challenge inspiration make, where the theme is "Christmas". I have upcycled a coffee jar again for another Christmas table centre piece. Warning this a photo heavy post... 

I used 2 of the postcards from the Stamperia  All Around Christmas Rice Paper (DFSA4808) and scraps of translucent paper with inclusions (at least 20 years old...). I applied the DecoArt Decoupage matte medium to the glass, smoothed the rice paper down and applied a layer of medium on top of the paper as well. 



 That layer allowed me to add some white Distress crayon on the mistletoe berries to make them pop.   I used a silicone tip to smooth the crayon. I couldn't resist adding some light touches of Distress crayon on the leaves and the bells.   On the tree side I added Enamel accents on the tree, here and there, 

Distress crayon on the bells and liquid glass on the baubles.

On the top of the jar I applied gel medium and dusted both glitter and Glamour Sparkle for a frosty effect. 
Some twine and a snowflake pendant serves as finishing touch.

Do click on the photos to get a closer look.

Some photos at night...

I hope you will join us in the Facebook group to enter our challenge, anything Christmassy will be welcomed for our Country View Crafts challenge, as long as you use products or brands stocked at Country View Crafts. If you do you could win a £25 voucher to win...

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the Creative Artiste challenge

Friday 1 December 2023

Scenic Winter Card

Hello crafters, 

December starts today and it is time to kick up a notch our Christmas crafting! So cards, tags, decor pieces... anything Christmassy will be welcomed for our Country View Crafts challenge, as long as you use products or brands stocked at Country View Crafts. 

To start us off I made this scenic card with the Katzelkraft stamp set Birches Forest (KTZ285) 

I stamped and masked the chalet and some of the trees before creating sky and hills with Distress inks and paper masks.

I added colour to the chalet and trees with pencils, and a sentiment from a retired Katzelkraft set stamped on a scrap piece of vellum. 
A few touches of white gel pen on the branches and the roof to finish.

I will be back in 2 days for a second make and hope you will join us in the Facebook group to enter our challenge. There is a prize to win...

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield     I am entering the Allsorts, Lost Coast Designs 
                                                          and SSS Monday challenges

Wednesday 22 November 2023

Sledging boy

Me again! Another Christmas card, with a Vintage image but in a CAS and bright style.

 I first stamped the Crafty Individuals Little Snow Baby (CI-240) inking just the boy and sledge with black Versafine. 
Then, after cleaning the stamp still in the stamping platform, I inked the stars and border with embossing ink and used detailed white powder to emboss. 

The embossing resisted the application of Pan Pastel over the top to give me the background colour. 

I layered the image on a piece of shiny blue paper with glints of gold and created a white aperture mat to frame the whole.

I hope you like my card!

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the Allsorts and We Love Stamping challenges

Brushos and Gelli plate

Hello bloggers,

Today I have 2 cards that could either be Christmas, or as I plan New Year cards. Both use Lavinia stamps and the oval and circle backgrounds have been printed using the Gelli plate. 

I made the background by inking the circle plate with light blue dye ink and sprinkled a tiny bit of brushos, Turquoise for the sky and Moss green for the "hills". Using my stamping platform, I stamped that first circle. Then I inked the plate with pigment ink and over stamped the background for a foggy effect. 
The Fairy Fir Tree (LAV478) was then partially stamped 3 times.
A few die-cuts to finish (Sizzix). 

The background was made the same way as before, except I splattered some acrylic ink for snow instead of stamping pigment ink.
The oval die-cut is from Craft Companion.

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield         My first card is entering the Lost Coast challenge.

Saturday 18 November 2023

Christmas decor piece

It's Saturday!! A weekend of crafts awaits... 

To start you off I will share my Country View Craft Challenge  inspiration make for the Repurpose  challenge. 

The glass container is an instant coffee jar, onto which I have spread gesso, gel medium mixed with sparkles and glass beads.

The piece de resistance is of course the collection of leaves, acorns and berries I have moulded with the Stamperia Silicone Mould A5 Woodland Mushrooms : 
If you wondered, the other half of the mould has the mushrooms!

I stuck the elements on the jar with a mix of gel medium and white paint and added varying mixes on top as if covered in snow.

I'm hoping it will be a nice table centre piece for the holidays, especially at night...

The other side of the jar...

What will you make to enter our Country View Crafts challenge and be in with a chance to win the very mould I used? The challenge is run in Facebook and you will have to join our friendly group first.

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the Creative Artist challenge

Monday 13 November 2023

Pointsettias and PATP

Still crafting for Christmas... today a card, inspired by the Lost Coast challenge
I don't tend to stamp on patterned paper but that is because fussy cutting fills me with dread. 

I stamped all the layers of 3 Elegant Pointsettia (John Next Door) on an antique paper, a Little Sizzles Classic paper pad, with Versafine Onyx Black. I fussy cut them and layered 2 to a flower attaching them with brads on a piece of white cardstock. The irony is that there was a matching die for this stamp and having waited too long to get them I found out none were left! 

The sentiment is a die-cut by Yvonne Creations (YCD10057). 

I matted the whole on another piece of the same paper pad which I punched with a Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page. Still revisiting old stash... 

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the Lost Coast and Stamping Sensations challenges.

Thursday 9 November 2023

Christmas tags

The Christmas crafting is in full swing and today I am doing tags! These are reserved for special people/gifts because they do take a bit of time to make.

I stamped the Crafty Individuals CI-503 Pinecones tags in Versafine Clair in shady Lane, Pinecone and Versafine Onyx black for the sentiment. A stamping platform is indispensable for this as I inked each area separately with a big inkpad and this what is time consuming!

I then cut along the stamped tag shape.

That's it... but isn't this stamp set gorgeous!

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the Allsorts  and  Stamping Sensations challenges

Sunday 5 November 2023

Recycled box

Hello crafters, for this month Country View Craft Challenge, where the theme is Repurpose, I have given a makeover to a large-ish biscuit box. 

I made a masterboard with Deco Art Mixed Media Fluid acrylics and the Stamperia - Sir Vagabond Aviator New York City stamp set. 
First, I calculated the length of paper I would need to go round the box, plus 1/2" tab to stick the paper onto itself. 
This was the first time I had to call on π since I left school and finally the sweat and tears of those geometry classes were (almost) worth it! The full length of the paper is 20", and with so much space I used all the stamps in the set and had to repeat them too!

Once dry I used Mod podge to stick the paper onto the box, applying the glue bit by bit to avoid it drying before I was ready. 

I finished the top of the box with tissue tape to protect the paper when taking the plastic lid on and off. I selected a piece of patterned paper to stick in the centre of the lid (you can see a bit of it at the back of the picture) to make the red a bit less overwhelming. 

Boxes are my favourite objects to upcycle as they make good storage item at no cost and can be replaced easily for a change of decor or usage. What will you make to enter our Country View Crafts challenge and be in with a chance to win a lovely Stamperia mould? The challenge is run in Facebook and you will have to join our friendly group first. 
Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the Stamping Sensations and We love stamping challenges

Friday 3 November 2023

Secret Garden

Hello crafters! 

Today is a special day... I am featuring as GDT on the Creative Artist Challenge blog, where the theme is Anything Mixed Media goes!  I would usually have paints involved for a Mixed Media make but my muse decided otherwise... 
I was itching to use wood again and make a door hanger (see my previous one here) with a garden theme. 

For my base, I die-cut my wood panel (this is very thin food tray wood that I upcycle) and embossed it with the Sizzix/Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folder - Lumber (662718).

My background "garden" is a piece of sprayed cardstock in Distress Oxide Blue print, Tea dye and Cosmic Shimmer - Pearlescent Airless Mister in Hello Sunshine.  

All the garden elements have been stamped, die-cut and coloured with pencils and are all from the Crafters Companion Country Lane collection.

For finishing touches I added the embossed "garden" a stamp by Paper Artsy (ELB02) with Cosmic Shimmer in Aurora. It's a very thick EP with lots of small speckles that blew all over which gave that imperfect look (my heat gun is over enthusiastic shall we say!)
Finally, I dug deep into the stash to retrieve Flowersoft! Anyone remember how popular this was? I felt positively virtuous using it as, let's face it, my pot hasn't seen a lot of action and yet, at the time, I had to have it.

I hope you like this make and pop over to the Creative Artist Challenge blog to see all the DT makes and link up to the challenge.

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the SSS Wednesday, Addicted to Stamps and
                                                        Allsorts challenges

Friday 27 October 2023

Exquisite Halloween

Hello crafters, today I have a bit of inspiration for our Country View Challenge over on Facebook on the theme of Autumn Magic. This time I went "Halloween", mainly because I used stamps Tim Holtz included in his Halloween release although the botanical, script and advert could be used for any occasion! 

I prepared the background with Cloud 9 Cobble Stones ink (Lisa Horton), it's a "blending ink" and yes,  it does blend well in the same way as Distress inks. 

I used all 3 stamps in the Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz CMS453 set. The large floral I inked with Scattered straw and Walnut Stain Distress Oxides for a wilted look.

I added Ideology label stickers, Paper dolls and a spray of "blood" with an old Unity stamp.
I mounted the scene on a piece of black Core'dination cardstock (Black Magic), which I embossed with a goo design (another antique find from my stash - Pop Culture by Cuttlebug) and sanded. 

If you want to enter the Country View Challenge for a chance to win a stamp set from Tim Holtz's latest release and haven't joined our Facebook group yet, hop on over and click on "Join Group", answer a few questions and upload your project(s) in the album. But be quick as there are only 5 days left to enter...

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the SSS MondaySSS Wednesday challenges
                                                         and Lost Coast Designs

Saturday 21 October 2023

Oak leaves and mushrooms

Hello crafters, today I have a bit of inspiration for our Country View Challenge over on Facebook on the theme of Autumn Magic.  

Before that a word to my email subscribers:

Yesterday you received an email from me with the two blog posts that were published last week. This is a case of technology gone rogue or rather my failure to understand how migrating to the new system worked...  It should all be fine from now on and today's post should not appear more than once...

The scene has been built with the following Lavinia stamps and a mix of dye inks and Versafine: 
- LAV431 Moon 
- LAV 564 Mini Forest Mushroom 
- LAV 760 Oak Leaf Flourish 
- Tree Scene 

Hills were created with paper masks, and I used a paper from an old pad and a piece of Kraft cardstock to mat the image. 
The final flourishes come in the shape of leaf brads, which I have had in my stash for decades, having bought them when they were all the rage... but aren't they perfect here?! 

So, if you haven't joined our Facebook group yet, hop on over and click on "Join Group", answer a few questions and upload your project(s) in the album. The DT shows off new makes every few days to inspire you... 

On another note... you may have noticed I have changed my profile picture, the vision in pink of a Sarah Kay girlie to which I hung on way too long, for a more representative image of my style, combining both my love of CAS and Vintage.
Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the Stamping Sensations, and Allsorts  challenges

Sunday 15 October 2023

Meerkats Antics

Twice in a weekend! Is that a burst of creativity? No, not really, just a catch-up exercise. 2 weeks ago, I showed again my Meerkats Got Talent page on Facebook and they are so funny I wanted to give them a new platform after their disappointment at the singing contest. Today they are just having fun with fallen leaves:

I used a N0 10 MDF tag (That's Crafty) and applied acrylic paints with a painting knife. I bypassed the Gesso step and the result isn't any worse for it, in fact it is one the easiest and quickest landscape I have ever painted!

I stamped a few of the meerkats in various colours of Distress Oxide inks and coloured them with pencils. Then, I had to fussy cut them.... my most hated crafting job, but it had to be done!

The leaves have been die-cut and punched from a piece of Kraft colour paper to which I applied Distress Oxide inks in Fired Brick, Twisted Citron, Scattered Straw and Walnut Stain. And since the Oxides have a tendency to lighten after a while, I enhanced them with some Distress dye inks as well. 
Finally I spattered a bit of Walnut Stain Distress spray.

I layered leaves and meerkats on different levels with foam pads to give the impression they are wading through a stack of fallen leaves.

The little guys still make me smile and I hope they will do the same for you!

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield           I am entering the Allsorts, Stamping Sensations
                                                                 and Creative Artist challenges

Saturday 14 October 2023

Frosty Christmas tree

It's been a while since I have made a Christmas card, but the time
is coming up quickly so better be prepared!

I used a spellbinders Nestabilitie die to make a stencil and inked the shape created with Distress inks, for a cold winter day sky effect. Then, I traced around the shape with a gold gel pen for an unobtrusive frame.
The tree, a Crafty Individual stamp (CI-462 "Large Christmas Tree") has been stamped with dark green dye ink.
The sentiment is die-cut out of an alcohol ink scrap (with rose gold metallic) and I added "frost" to the tree and on the snow with Stamperia Glamour - Sparkles in Sparkling White. This is both for texture and shine but is a bit difficult to see in the photos, I tried to capture the shine in this next one:

I matted the focal image on a pearlescent vellum card before adhering the whole to my card base.

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the Allsorts and SSS Wednesday challenge 

Sunday 1 October 2023

Autumn News

Well... the time has come... along with the falling leaves, shorter days and cold weather,  yes the first of October is the day we kick off the new challenge at Country View Crafts. 

You can read the announcement on the blog but the headline is this: the challenge will be run on the new Country View Crafts Facebook group. Once logged on to Facebook, joining the group is easy, just click on this link, then the "Join Group" button and reply to the questions to prove you are real crafters. 

All the details for entering the challenge, theme, rules etc.. will be available in the group as well.  

Will I be blogging my CVC DT makes you ask? For now, I intend to carry on publishing here because, if nothing else, it's a record for myself of all that I have done in one place and makes it easy to search effectively through my 1000 of posts or so! 

Thanks for coming by, 


Sunday 10 September 2023

Stamped tree and die-cut leaves

Funny to think of Autumn when the weather has finally decided to turn hot and sunny for the hottest week since June! But Autumn and falling leaves is the theme of my card today: 

My focal image is a Crafty Individual stamp from the CI-450 set "Trees" inked in different colours. The sentiment is also from the same set. 

I created a floating frame with die-cut leaves from a masterboard coloured with Distress Inks. The smaller leaves are from a Joycrafts die and the big leaf is the from Memory Box. I popped up all the die-cuts on foam pads for the floating effect.   

I have used this technique a few times (here and here) and it has become a favourite, even if it is time consuming! 

Thanks for coming by, 

 Craftyfield   I am entering the SSS Monday, SSS Wednesday
                                                         Allsorts and We Love Stamping challenges

Tuesday 5 September 2023

Here comes the sun

Late in the season (the one that skipped the UK entirely) I am enjoying the sunshine, and this inspired me to create a bright and cheerful tag with, literally, the flower of the sun!  

I started the background with Distress Oxide sprays and added some stamping with a very old A5 stamp by Docrafts (A5 Background clear stamp "Musicality"). 

I applied gel medium with a stencil from the Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencil Set #28 (MST028) and sprinkled Cosmic Shimmer Artic Red embossing powder over it, The EP is a translucent red but depending on the angle has a gold/green lustre to it. 

And to add a bit more bling I created a glitter border with "proper" glitter which I normally try to avoid as it has a tendency of re-appearing for days on end on any and all surfaces (including the humans in the house). 

My focal point is the sunflower that I built with the Julie Hickey Designs Sunflower Bee stamp and coordinating dies sets, with 2 die-cuts of the stamped image, one of them on foam pads. The centre is also popped up with pads to give more dimension.  

Finally, I added 3 pieces of paper ribbon (Lakeland, must be over 15 years old...). 

The shine shot...

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the SSS Wednesday SSS Monday  Allsorts,
                                                        Stamping Sensations and Lost Coast Designs challenges