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Saturday, 31 August 2013

Distressed paint

Happy Saturday peeps! Can you believe it is the last day of August??
Yes it's Jude, back from my travels.  I've spent a few days in South Norfolk, riding my bike, visiting interesting places and eating too much.  Just what a holiday is for lol.
Before I went away I started a key cupboard for my niece which I intend to finish this weekend.  However I thought I would share the early stages with you.
This is how it started, and below is the first layer of burnt sienna acrylic. 
After it dried overnight I sanded it back. 
Then over coated with white. 
Yes I know it started white but there is method in my madness!!
I actually did 2 coats but you can't tell.
The next stage is to sand back the white to reveal some of the brown layer.  I can then add the paper decoupage layers to the front.
I'll share the finished article later.
TTFN Jude xx

Friday, 30 August 2013

Art panel

Good morning all and happy Friday. Hope you are all having a good week. It's been pretty quiet around here with Jude being away ;o) but she will be back later today from her travels and by the sound of it she has had a great few days. 

While she has been away I have been getting a bit inky and painty in the craft room and making a lot of mess lol. But I have enjoyed it. And today's piece is the result of some of the playing! 
I have made this piece for my daughter as she is redecorating her house at the min and wanted some bits with green on for her hallway. 
I have used a canvas board and a few different colours of acrylic paint for the background. Followed by black paint for the dots stencil. 

Once all that was dry I rubbed it over with some crackle cream and heat set that with my heat gun.
I used another stencil for the flowers but this time with Reisen Ferro and then a rub over with Silver Gilt Cream.
The rose was plain cream, so I inked it with a few different colours of Cosmic Shimmer sprays and then added some Shabby White Frantage. I cut the butterfly from heat proof acetate and then used the Frantage on this too. I think it makes it look quite delicate.
I finished it with a small silver frame and added Family using sticky letters. I aged this with Distress Ink and then finished it with some more of the lovely Shabby White Frantage.
Hope you like it.
See you soon.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

A Norfolk Broad......

.......or a Yorkshire woman on her holidays.  Not sure which I can say I am today lol.
I'm spending a few days in the beautiful Norfolk countryside, not far from Diss.  I've spent a fair bit of time in Norfolk over the past 24 years as my ex husband is from Gorleston near Great Yarmouth.  Unfortunately I don't think it so great anymore as the sea front is very commercialised and to be honest a little tacky.  Only my opinion and I would hate to offend any locals, but I won't be booking a holiday there any time soon!!
Obviously I don't have anything crafty to share with you today!  I did consider bringing some bits with me but decided against it.  Instead I thought I'd share a few snaps of the local area.

I'm back home on Friday evening so I'll 'speak' to you all at the weekend.
TTFN Jude xx

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Colour reference file - update

Good morning all, well after 11 days off, doing virtually nothing (and achieving even less ;o)) lol) I pulled myself back in to work yesterday, and boy is it tiring! I know it's ridiculous after only a week or so off but I could have fell asleep at my desk by lunchtime ;o)) Hopefully today will be better and I may actually be able to concentrate in this morning's 3 hour meeting!!!!!
Anyway I thought I would update you on the post from last week, where Jude showed you the colour book we had started.


Do you remember? it's where we are recording all of the alcohol pens in our stash. Mainly to help when picking colours, but also to stop us repeating any more of the same buys! lol. Anyway, Jude was busy adding some more of the pen colours to the inside pages. We now have all of the Promarkers and Flexmarkers added. While I was busy decorating the front cover :o))
It makes a change for me to get the better job ha ha, he he.
I love these papers. They are from the Raspberry Road Love Lives Here 6x6 paper pad, and every one of them is gorgeous.
I teamed them with some dark red Core-dinations card and some soft beige card for the centre.
The centre die is a Spellbinders Decagons die and the flowers are cut with the Sizzix Floral Botanical Set.
I added a couple of brads and inked everything with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, to give it a bit of a distressed look. The letters are from a set of Thickers, and then coloured with Distress Ink and the others are from a Christmas set lol.
Right that's enough from me today. Thanks for popping by again.
See you soon, take care.


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Make a wish

Morning all.  Hope our UK visitors enjoyed their day off yesterday -  even if it was the last bank holiday before Christmas!! 
My card this morning is a simple one made to add to the pile taken by Mum to sell at a charity event last night.  Her friend's daughter has been battling breast cancer for a few years and recently was told that there were no further signs of the cancer.  Obviously this is brilliant news and the event was a way of raising some funds as a thank you to Weston Park Cancer Hospital, here in Sheffield. 
I started with papers taken from the Molly Bloom set I purchased a few weeks ago.  Two of the co-ordinating sheets were cut to fit a 15cm square card.  The corners were rounded, edges inked with Scattered Straw distress ink and finished with faux stitching in a peachy Promarker (can't remember the name!)
The image was stamped on to plain white card, coloured with Promarkers and cut out.  I slit the cupcake so that the candle could be inserted and added the make a wish tag.  The edges of this were also darkened with the scattered straw and then layered on a third paper from the set.
An easy make for a Monday - what do you think? 
TTFN Jude xx

Monday, 26 August 2013

Happy Monday

Good morning and happy bank holiday Monday (in the UK) lol. I do hope you are all enjoying the long weekend. As you know it was Alan's birthday yesterday and we had a lovely day, with most of the family round and some good food etc. The sun even stayed out for us so we were able to make use of the newly finished patio and decking in the garden :o))
Today's card is the one I made for Alan. It's a really simple card but I liked it, and I'm happy to say so did he.
I drew the sentiment on my Silhouette Cameo using a metallic pen and white Centura Pearl card, then offset it and cut it out with the blade.
I coloured some of the words with a red Promarker, edged it with Black Soot Distress Ink and matted it on to some black Centura Pearl card.
I used a piece of fabric covered paper to cover the card blank and finished it with a small decorative brad. Like I said really simple, but effective. Hope you like it too.
See you soon, take care


Sunday, 25 August 2013

'Owl' together now.....................

"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Alan, Happy Birthday to you!"
Morning crafters it's Jude with you again.  Today is Alan's birthday (Jen's husband) so we are having a family lunch later today.  Unfortunately his grandson's can't join us this weekend but hopefully they can make up for it when he and Jen go to visit next week for Bailey's first day of  school.
 I thought today that I'd share the card I've made for him from Mum and Dad.
The background silhouette was cut by Jen on the Cameo as a trial.  I really liked it, so I based this whole card around the design.
Behind the image is a sheet of Hunkydory paper from the Autumn collection 2012, which I have inked to darken down.  I thought the cottage in the background added something to the scene.
The owl was cut from various different cardstocks all in the brown and gold range.  The cardstock image he is perched on is another of the Hunkydory set.
I hope Alan will like his cards, and I'll share more of them later in the week.
TTFN Jude xx

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Tilly Daydream

Good morning and happy Saturday. I hope you are all enjoying the start to this bank holiday weekend. We have another birthday to celebrate tomorrow. My hubby Alan, I won't say how old as he might get upset lol, but I always tease him that he's very old anyway ha ha ha. So tomorrow we have all of the family coming round for a bit of a celebration, which should be great if the weather stays nice.
Anyway today's card is one I have made using the new Tilly Daydream range from Docrafts. I think this is such a sweet little character, and it made a change to go back to some basic decoupaging.
I chose this image as I really love the colours in it, it really reminds me of Autumn.
I made up the decoupage using foam squares and then matted the image on to some pink/red cardstock.
I used three different papers from the same pad and built up a few layers, all matted on to the same card. Then I added a sentiment, flowers and some iridescent jewels to finish it off.

As we had some little notelets that came with the set, I used a co-ordinating one on the inside as a decoration to the card liner.
Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by again, and remember we love to hear from you so please drop us a comment and we can come and visit you too.
Take care, see you soon.



Friday, 23 August 2013

Stencil card

Morning folks!
On Wednesday I was having a little quiet time with one of our subscription magazines....
...when I came across a tutorial for making a card using a stencil.
As Jen had recently cut some tattered florals I begged the 'waste' and copied the idea. 
I took some white card and stencilled through the florals aperture with cream acrylic. Once this was dry I moved the stencil and applied a pink over the top.
Using a sequin mask I sponged bright pink and then black to the centres of the flowers. 
A heat gun helped move things along in between the steps, otherwise it would have taken a while.
Once everything was dry I took a Letraset fine drawing pen and drew around the flowers adding leaves, swirls and dots to embellish the artwork. 

I layered the finished piece on a couple of contrasting papers and added a sentiment raised on foam pads. 
I think it turned out well for a first attempt. What do you think?
TTFN Jude xx

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Granddaughter card

Good morning blog friends, hope you are all having a good week. I have been trying to get some organisation in the crafty stash and elsewhere in the house this week, while I am on leave from work. BUT, things keep calling me to play with them lol. I started organising the alcohol pens the other day, but got distracted by practising colouring ;o)) Then I thought I really need to clear my desk as I am down to a few inches of space to work in, BUT some of the new purchases were still on the desk so, yes you've guessed it, I got distracted again lol.
Anyway none of that has anything to do with today's card! Luckily I had made a couple of extra cards for other members of the family to give to Keira on Monday. This is one I made for Mum and Dad.

I love the layers on this card. It's really simple, but using the papers from the same pad is soooooo much easier than trying to put others together.

I decided to back everything with a dark brown Core-dinations card for a change and I really like how it enhances the pinks.

The topper is a ready made one from a magazine and the papers are all from the Butterfly Garden 6x6 stack from Wild Rose Studio.

I finished the card with a little tag and Granddaughter label, some pink lace and some of our little blossoms from Thailand.

Hope you like it, thanks for calling by again.
See you soon.
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