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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Crafty Play Day

Hi Everyone,

Hope you have had a great week with lots of crafting.

I have had a crafty play date with my good friend Linda Simpson today and we had a great time making acrylic pour canvases and making backgrounds with Tim Holtz oxide inks.

My acrylic pour is still wet so I can't photograph it yet but I can share the journal pages I have made using the backgrounds


Linda very kindly bought me some Tim Holtz Dolls home from America so I have used some with Tim's ideology ephemera for this travel journal page


This one has Mike Deakin's latest downloads called Dream


And finally I just love the Dina Wakley Silhouetted Women. A little purchase I have made in the last week. I just know I am going to get loads of use out of these.

On leaving Linda's I have to pass Hobbycraft.......... well I say pass I never actually make it!!!
Made a little purchase or two or ten while I was there.

Have a fab week whatever you are doing, work for me tomorrow I'm afraid

Take care

Gill x

Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Wedding

Hi Everyone,

Well it's all over, the wedding I have been mentioning for months and what a fabulous day it was.

We arrived at Trafford Hall in Mickle Trafford on Friday to set everything up and from then on everything went smoothly. We had a wonderful day at the wedding and the bride looked stunning as did her new hubby.

I promised I would share with you some photo's of my crafty makes and am made up I can now do that.

The theme was navy/rustic with a bit of bling


In this display there is one of 20 different chalk boards I made. The rest were up the drive to the venue


One of the table settings before the gypsophelia was put in the vases


The marquee all set up


Post box, guest book and two of the button holes


This is the table plan, I think this is my fave, I had a vision in my head and it turned out exactly as I wanted


This is a photo board. I used a silver framed mirror and added some gold Inka paste to the relief. I then added some burlap and handmade lace flowers.


I can't take credit for the alter, this was set up by a lovely wedding company called Sweet-pea and Ivy


Finally here are the bouquets I made

I think it is my dream to go into the wedding planning business I have loved every minute of this - what am I going to do with myself now???????

To finish off here is one of me and my hubby and the bride and groom



I'll leave you now.....I think I need to lie down ;-)

Take care and have a great week

Love Gill xx


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Curious Cats

Hi Everyone,

I hope you have had a fab weekend, the sun has been shining and I have been shopping in the Works for a few bargains.

I want to share a card with Kevin's Gang cats from IndigoBlu stamps. I am not usually a cat person, I know a lot of you are, but these little fella's are so cute I couldn't resist.


I coloured the cats with Promarkers and cut them out. I then inked the background and stamped some foliage from IndigoBlu Victorian Garden stamps. I finished off with a little bee and the sentiment from Kevin's gang stamps.

I am going to have a go at entering the following challenges this week

Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes

All done but my pic has uploaded side on arrrggghhhh. Any tips on changing this in future let me know

Must go now more wedding stuff to make. Just one more week and I can share

Take care

Love Gill xx


Friday, 7 July 2017

Exiting Times - There's a new Challenge Blog in Town

Hi Everyone,

Today is the day that the Emerald City Crafts UK challenge blog starts so why not pop over and see the fabulous makes from the Design Team to give you some inspiration for your own entries.

The theme will always be anything goes so get your creative juices going and join in.

Here is my entry for the first challenge. Hope you like it, I obviously used Emerald City Crafts papers and ephemera to create this standing heart for your boudoir.



Talking of anything goes here are two cards I have made this week


I made this one using a Mo's Digital Pencil image....so cute don't you think


This one was for a colleague who was leaving, Can you tell he is into music?

Let me finish off with some links to the rest of Emerald City Crafts Design Team 







Soooo let me know what you think of the challenge blog and of course leave me a message 

Take care

xxx






Sunday, 25 June 2017

You know when you are getting on when........

Hi Everyone,

Remember when we went to parties that were for 18th, 21st, engagements and weddings? Now all we seem to go to is 60th, 65th, 70th etc, well that's what I have been doing the last couple of weekends. Having said that mind you, we still party as hard don't we. Problem is it takes just a bit longer to get over the party these days ;-)

So  in my last blog you saw the card I made for the 60th and this week here is the 65th card I have made


I made this card using papers and ephemera from Emerald City Crafts UK, I don't need to tell you how much I love these papers and ephemera and don't forget there is a new challenge blog starting in the next few weeks so I have linked you to it. Do get involved it will be lots of fun and always anything goes.

I am hoping to get much more crafting and art journalling in during the next few weeks I have been that busy concentrating on getting back to my healthy eating regime and a bit of Zumba I have neglected my art in the last few weeks.

Whatever you are doing have fun

Take Care

Gill xx



Sunday, 4 June 2017

A Little Bit of Steampunkery

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all well and safe wherever you are tonight.

Tonight I am sharing a 60th Birthday card for one of our best friends. He loves cars and motorbikes and is a proper mans man so I wanted something with this in mind.


The image is a copyright free one from the Internet and the backing papers are Mike Deakin Art Steampunkery digi downloads. I printed a greeting and inked it with Tim Holtz distress ink in brushed corduroy and added a few die cut cogs that I have added rust paint to. The reason I used red card to mat the images was purely because Paul loves red.

Have a great week everyone

Take care

Gill xx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Art Journal Challenge - The Change

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a good Bank Holiday even in the UK rain.

I promised I would share some journal Art that I have been doing with you this week. This challenge is another from Junk Journals Junkies and Mindful Art and the prompts this week were green, orange and purple and the words The Change. Well as ladies of a certain age know only too well about 'The Change' there was only one way I could go.


On water colour paper I used Brushos for the background colours with lots of water, There is also lots of texture in the background with old book pages, modelling paste and stencils that you can pick up on if you look closely.

I love journalling and think it is my new favourite thing to do..........then again I also love my card making, altered art and so on and so on................;-)

That's me for today

Take Care

Gill xx

Monday, 29 May 2017

An Exciting Announcemt

Hi Everyone,

Well I am back from Mexico after a fabulous holiday and have had a very up an down 10 days since.

Bad news first so I can finish on a high;

Back to work....... boooooooo

I came home to a to a very poorly little Dixie my miniature Yorkie and had to have him put to sleep two days later so that has been really upsetting for us all. We miss him greeting us when we come home and the place is so quiet.

Now for the great news;

As you know I have been designing for Emerald City Crafts UK for a couple of months now, well Linda has set up a Challenge Blog and she has also asked me to be on her challenge design team, Pop over and have a look at the rest of my design team colleagues and see the amazing crafts they make. You will find my badge in the side bar.
The first challenge will go live on the 7th of July and every first Friday of the month thereafter and it will always be anything goes. I really hope you join in because I can't wait to see all your fabulous makes.

Since I got back I have entered a few journalling challenges so will finish this post with one for you.


I entered this in a Facebook Challenge blog called Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art they have a new challenge every Monday in which you are given three colour and a hint word. In this case it was purple, orange and brown with the word music.

I am going to share a couple more pages with you this week so look out for them.

Have a great week all and take care

Gill xx

Sunday, 7 May 2017

More New Papers and Ephemera

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick catch up today as I am busy packing for my holidays in Mexico.

I promised a couple more samples from Emerald City Crafts UK and here they are.


This card is for the true romantic and perfect for an anniversary card or just to tell your wife/husband/partner they are loved. I used some Tattered Lace die corners and little roses to compliment the colours in the papers

The ephemera and matching papers go together so well they help to take the stress out of card making because the minute you see them together the creative juices just start flowing with ideas So if you are having a bit of a mental block at the moment look no further than Linda's designs.



Doesn't this one make you go arrrrrrrrr. Look at that face on the little dog.
A few little embellishments and there you have it another birthday card ready to send.

So that's me for this week folks, I will see you when I get back from my hols.

Take Care

Gill xx

Monday, 1 May 2017

News Flash - There are new papers and Ephemera from Emerald City

Hi Everyone,

Today see's the latest in the Emerald City Crafts UK designs go on sale as digi downloads.

Have a look at Linda's You Tube to get a full description of the new ranges, So Cute and So Heavenly, they are absolutely gorgeous and you can buy them at affordable prices to print off again and again. The quality of the print is amazing as I only have an everyday printer and they have come out so crisp. This is the beauty of Linda's products, you don't just have to use the papers with the ephemera they are so lovely they can be used on all sorts of projects.

Here are a couple of samples I have made so far and will be sharing more with you in the next few days.




This is the first from the So Heavenly range. I up-cycled a baked bean tin by painting it pale pink and then wrapping one of the papers around the middle. Add a strip of ribbon round the top and bottom and rub some DecoArt metalic lustre around the rim and it is ready for the gorgeous angel ephemera and some flowers and butterflies. You can see I have put pencils and brushes in mine and it has given a lovely classy look to my craft area


Back to cards with this one. I have used the backing papers and also stenciled a heart. For the main image I have cut around the two angels  from the ephemera and stuck them using pinflair glue so they are standing off the paper. I then chopped down the sentiment to fit, matted with matching pink card and tucked it at a jaunty angle. 

This collection is perfect for romantic cards




Now to the So Cute, gorgeous vintage images with matching papers. This is a large tag using this beautiful little lady and matching papers. I finished off around all the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink (walnut stain, lacy punch for the edges and some flowers and leaves using more punches in my stash.


Keeping with So Cute how gorgeous is this baby. As soon as I printed it I thought new baby card. Although the papers and ephemera are quite vintage with a few stars I think this turned out quite modern.

So I hope you like this little sneak peak. Keep an eye out for more later in the week

Take care
Gill xx

Friday, 28 April 2017

Altered Art

Hi Everyone,

Work is so tiring at the moment I so wish I could retire and spend every hour crafting, but it's not to be so I have to craft when I have the energy and it certainly isn't after a 9 and a half hour day.

This week my lovey Aunty retired and I have altered  a wine bottle for her as part of her retirement present.


I have decoupaged the whole bottle with vintage newspaper and birds. I glued vintage string to the top and bottom and used flowers from the Works, leaves from a Joanna Sheen die and a butterfly punch. I have left the top open because I think a couple of silk flowers will look great in it. I made a tag saying Re-purposed with love.

I hope you like it and if you fancy having a go at this altered art you should it is great to see what can be made of something we normally throw away.

I hope you all have a great Bank Holiday weekend

Take care

Gill xx

Sunday, 23 April 2017

It's Been Busy

Hi Everyone,

I haven't been around in a while, it's been a busy time primarily due to getting ready for our charity Alternative Grand National Ladies Day here in Liverpool. I do all the table decs, menu's, table numbers etc and when you have 150 ladies attending you have to make sure everything is perfect. Here are a couple of pics of the tables:





We went for a classy black and white theme this year. I decoupaged and decorated old shoes with flowers and butterflies. 
We need to start thinking of a theme for next year now so suggestions are welcome.

So what else has been keeping me busy? Lets have a look


This is just one of a few custom orders I have finished in the last month. We are on the blue side of Liverpool in this house but I am not averse to making a Liverpool FC card occasionally ;-) 

So whats next, I am making some more samples ready for the new collection of papers and ephemera from Emerald City Crafts UK. You will love them they are so sweet and different from the last collections so look out for them coming soon

So that's me for now I won't leave it so long next time 

Take care

Gill xx


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Nostalgia Canvas

Hi Everyone,

Here I am again showing another creation using Emerald City Crafts UK Nostalgia papers and ephemera.

The images are just lovely some of which are from original family photo's so they truly are a one off.

This Canvas is of a lovely Gentleman and would look great on the wall of an office




All the paper you see is from Emerald City and the bits and bobs are from my stash. I distressed everything with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink

Hope you like what you see and don't forget to leave me a little comment and say hello

Take care

Love

Gill xx

Monday, 6 March 2017

Mothers Day Gift

Hi Everyone,

Mothers Day is just around the corner so I thought I would share a paper craft gift with a difference with you today.

Yes I have used Emerald City Crafts UK papers for this. I try to think outside the box and make as many different things with them as I can because they are such a good weight and I want to show lots of ways you can use them.

So here it is .... a pair of paper bead bracelets.


I made two, one with little pearls and one plain


A close up with the pearls


I have used the little gift box I made from Les Beaux Oiseaux collection  to finish off the gift


And here is my wrinkly wrist showing what they look like on

So how did I make them?


I marked half inch lines on the back of the A4 paper and then in each line I marked diagonally before cutting them out. Once all the pieces were cut I rolled each piece tightly around a cocktail stick and glued the end down. It takes a bit of practice but I got there.

And to finish off the Mothers day gifts I made a couple of fridge magnets. My mother in law collects them so I will pop these with her other gifts


All the papers used in this post are from the Madamoiselle Collection

Next time I am going to shown you a picture using the Nostalgia Collection.

If you have ordered and used the papers let me know what you think in the comments

Until next time, take care

Love

Gill xx


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Hero

Hi Everyone,

So here we are again showcasing the second of the new Emerald City Craft UK papers and ephemera. This time it is Nostalgia a stunning collection of nostalgic images from days gone by and matching papers.


I decided to do a journal page this time to show the versatility of the papers. I chose a background paper that was quite plain in design and a picture of a sailor and soldier enhanced with poppies


After putting down a thin layer of gesso I stenciled some poppies using red and green inks. Using the gesso made the paper matte and gave the ability to take the inks perfectly


Finally I distressed the edges, added the picture, a paper poppy and a sentiment.

The sentiment says:
Being a HERO doesn't mean you're invincible
It just means that you're BRAVE enough
to stand up and Do what's needed

Thanks for visiting again and watch this space for more ideas on how to use the papers and ephemera

Take care

Gill xx

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A New Launch from Emerald City Crafts UK

HI Everyone,

Here is the launch from Emerald City Crafts UK I was telling you about on Sunday. I hope you like the papers and ephemora as much as I do.


I have made a bow card (template from Sandras scrap) using the A4 papers and one of the smaller images, added a few flowers and leaves and the sentiment from the image


The card is a big card so I needed a box to put it in. I used three sheets of polka dot 12x12 card to make the box and decorated the top using the larger postcard size ephemera, matching A 4 papers and some die cut swirls and flowers. I finished it off with a die cut bow all from the Madamoiselle papers


Finally here is the closed box.

If you need a fabulous card for your Mum on Mothers day this collection is perfect.

Look out for my next blog when I will showcasing the Nostalgia papers

Sunday, 26 February 2017

There's a Baby on the Way

Hi Everyone,

Tonight I am going to share a card I have made for a lovely young couple's baby shower next week. It is such an exciting time for them as it is their first and they have a daughter on the way.


Not the best picture I'm afraid - sorry!

I made this using a stamping Bella stamp and coloured it with LePlume alcohol markers. The backing papers are from Lili of the Valley matted on to grey card.

I also had some fab news this week - I won an art journal challenge on the Junk Journals Junkies Page. I was soooo excited I have never won a challenge before.

Coming up on the 1st of March is more design team work for Emerald City Crafts UK
Linda is launching two new designs from her collection. Madamoiselle, a beautiful collection of couture ladies and papers and Nostalgia, a stunning collection of Victorian ephemera and papers.
I am lucky enough to have been designing with them this weekend and all I can say is WOW!

Keep your eyes out for the launch and order you won't be dissapointed

So that's me for now I'll be back on the 1st March. Until then take care

Gill xx

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Mad Hatter

Hi Everyone,

It's my birthday today so I want to share some top hat party props I have made using .............. you guessed it Emerald City Crafts UK papers. I have challenged myself to make as many different things as possible so you can see how versatile they are.


This one is using the Les Beaux Oiseaux papers and ephemera, a few feather die cuts, and some little flowers from my stash


This one has a wall hanger added to it. I used the steam punked papers and ephemera, little roses and an mdf key coloured gold


And finally another one with steam punked papers and ephemera, die cut cogs and a metal key and lock. I have aged it all with some rust paint and gold wax


All three together on my vintage shaby chic box

I really enjoyed making these and am sure they are not the last ones I will make ;-)