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Monday, 16 March 2015

Decorative mirrors

Good Monday morning, I do hope all the mums out there had an enjoyable day yesterday. I had a very relaxing day playing in my craft room with some new stash.
Here's a couple of decorative mirrors I've been working on...
 The mirrors I use are from Ikea.
 On this one I used Mother's Day Pink mixed with a touch of white and gold embossing powders to create a fully embossed background. This took quite a long time to get a good coverage and nearly a full pot of powder, but it did look pretty.
I used various die cut swirls, leaves and corners, along with my new Tim Holtz bird and birdcage die, just couldnt wait to use it. The flowers were from Wild Orchid Crafts and I finished with pearls and a couple of butterflies.

For my second mirror I decided to cover with patterned paper and used more or less the same embellishments, just in a different colourway.

Please excuse the photos, its very difficult to get a decent photo of a mirror without getting something  reflected in it. *If anyone has any tips on taking photos, please pass them on*
Mixed media monthly challenge - #10 Birds of a feather

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Happy Mothers Day

Good morning everyone, and Happy Mothers Day to all the mums out there.

Today I would like to share a few pieces that I made ready for my recent craft fairs.  

 I picked up some laser cut words and phrases at a Sincerely Yours papercraft show. Not sure whether you can tell but the heart shape was painted with a purple chalk paint, then with a crackle paint, ( bought from Anna Marie designs, at the same show) and then finally a lilac chalk paint, that I mixed up myself, using a recipe of acrylic paint and cornflour. If you look closely you can just see the crackle effect on the top right.

I painted the butterfly in shades of purple to match the heart and the Nana in one of the shades, with
white dots around the outline.
I used a combination of die cuts, cheesecloth, flowers and buds to embellish around the edge of the heart.
I would like to enter this into
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Things that fly

This one is another laser cut 'Mothers are like buttons, they hold things together' 
I used a few colours of pinks and purples, and drew a stitched effect in white.
I raided my button box and used various shapes and colours along with some silk flowers to embellish.
I would like to enter this into;
Simon says Monday challenge - B is for ... buttons.

 Here are a couple more, decorated in a similar way, but with different colours and embellishments.

More challenges;
Allsorts challenge- Flowers and pearls (Family wording)
Crafty Catz weekly challenge - Buttons and bows (Mothers are buttons)
Country View challenge - Anything Goes

 Thanks for looking.
Hugs Sue x

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Mixed media canvas and a new family member

Good morning everyone, hope your all feeling well today. I can finally get to use my new kitchen, yay! all cupboards are now full, and there's just the floor and a bit of decorating left to do. That means I've got my dining room back and can sit at my table and play with some new crafty stash I got from Sincerely Yours paper craft show last weekend.
 But before I do, here's a quick catchup....
I've been doing lots of craft fairs and artisan markets over the past 12 months and been a very bad blogger ( I know, hangs head in shame), so I'm hoping to get on here more often this year and share some of my crafty makes.

I decided to try some mixed media crafting over the last few weeks and after looking at some amazing talent on here Gabrielle Pollacco, I was inspired to have a go.
Now I know this is nowhere near as good as hers, but I'm pleased with my first attempt. I am going to add some wording, but its near enough finished.

The mermaid body was made from Das air dry clay, but turned out to be quite brittle once dry, and the strands of hair kept falling off. I have used glue gel to try and glue them back on, not sure if it will last long, as long as I don't keep touching it, it seems to be ok. *Note to self - use different clay next time*
For the background I used a few stencils, some stamping and loads of glimmer paints and gilding wax, over all sorts of media, such as chipboard, cheesecloth, mesh tape, die cuts and modelling paste. I even made my own bit of netting out of string.

I finished off with jewels, pearls, metal charms and even more gilding wax.

It now has pride of place on my mantle, although it doesn't match my rooms decor (brown with red accents)
I may decide to put it back in my dining room ( as in photo) now that it has been cleared of all my kitchen paraphernalia.

Hope you like it, and maybe you'll be inspired to have a go yourself, its great fun.

Challenges entered;
Pan Pastel UK - Stencils
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge  - Anything goes
Our Creative Corner  - Junk in your trunk (string, cheesecloth, bits of paper)
Imagination crafts challenge- always anything goes
Simon says stamp - Monday challenge -hint of clover (green)
Country view challenge - Anything goes

Before I go I would like to introduce the latest addition to our family
This is Kira (black and gold girl) who you've met before and our new boy Logan (black). We've had him for about 8 /9 months now.
 He'll be 1 at the end of March and he's already taller than Kira, who's coming up to 4, this year.
 Isn't he a beauty?

Friday, 31 May 2013

Lets have a Catch-up

The sun is shining in the sky, there ain't a cloud in sight..... Bet that's got you all singing, I know I am.
Good day to everyone, I hope you are all keeping well. Thought its about  time we had a good ole catch up. Go and get yourself a cuppa and lets chat. Be warned this is quite a long post, feel free to skim it or just look a the pics, I wont be offended.
There are a number of reasons that I've not posted for a while, the main being I've gone back to work, I mean a proper full time job, not just doing my craft fairs. I'm now a deputy manager/senior nursery nurse at a lovely little pre- school not far from home. It feels great to be working with children again and they're even younger this time, they really lift the spirits and make me feel young again. I can dance around and sing like a 'gud un' and they love it and when a little child comes over and grabs my hand saying "Come and play Sue"  well my heart just melts. Can you tell that I Love my job.
Earlier this year me and a co worker did a reverse bungee in aid of Christie's cancer charity. After losing my brother just over 12 months ago to this horrible disease, I try and fund raise as much as possible. We were thrilled to raise over £200 and had a brilliant experience in the process.
Ok ! here goes, its our turn next.

5,4,3,2,1, blast off

Aaaarrrrrgh!! Oh look you can see my house from here!

No one warned us that it spun round as well as catapulting us into space.
Oh dear bet I look a lovely shade of green.

Ready to come back down to terra firma.

Well apart from looking a bit windswept, we don't look too bad.
Infact can we go again? that was great fun. 
I am still doing regular craft fairs and that's probably another reason for not blogging, not through lack of time just that I hadn't really got anything new or different to show you.
Here's a couple of photos of my craft stall at various venues. 
Walton gardens in Warrington
Created in WA - Mothers Day craft fair held in Warrington's indoor market.
Other side of stall at Mothers Day fair
 Over the past couple of months I have started to play with different craft mediums and I'm adding new things to my craft stall
An old favourite of mine.
Large framed mirror hand painted with wild
 flowers and a butterfly using matt acrylic paint.

A new twist.
Large framed mirror hand painted with fantasy florals
using special irridescent paint and over laid with acetate flowers



Wall hangings and hanging heart baskets.
The heart baskets contain 4 scented tealights.
 People kept asking me for scented candles, but I don't like to paint on scented candles as the scented oil can affect the paint and after a while the design can look a mess.
The wall hangings are painted using an assortment of mediums, Distress inks, Luminarte range of twinkling H2O's, sprays, daubers, pourables and various acrylic paints, along with Sheena Douglass' range of stamps and various background techniques. 

Vases painted with a fab new paint called Fantasy Prisme and Fantasy Moon by Pebeo.

These coasters and panel are created using the Fantasy paints again, along with rubber stamps by Sheena.
These are great sellers as the effect created by the paint is wonderful and very unusual.

Lastly, ... I hear you sigh with relief, if you've stuck with me so far, Thank you, now give yourself a pat on the back, we're nearly at the end.
I'd like to show you a couple of custom orders, not my usual style, but fun to make.

A birthday card for a Doctor Who fan.

The verse inside
"Fezzes are red,
the Tardis is blue,
Bowties are cool,
Happy 18th Birthday
to you."

A Princess Castle nappy cake.
This was a present for my friend at work who has just had a baby girl, a few weeks earlier than planned,
 but beautiful and perfect and oh so cute.
Welcome to the world 'Matilda'.
There you have it, that's what I've been up to lately. A quick review of the last few months, ok,ok, a not so quick review.
Anyhoo whats new with you?.....

Monday, 10 September 2012

Flower Fairies and fusion painting

Hi all, here's a couple of candles I made recently.
 I found a sheet of Flower fairy rub ons in my stash and thought I would use them on candles.
I looked each image up on the internet to see which flower fairy they were, this first one is a red clover fairy. So I used a painting technique to paint some red clover around her and a little bumble bee friend. Lastly I added glitter to the fairy's wings to give them a nice twinkle. Here's a couple of pics going around the candle.

The second one is a sweet pea fairy image, so using Sheena's Fusion technique, I painted sweet pea flowers and foliage around the candle, and not forgetting the glitter to the wings.  Here's a few pics around this candle.

I'm linking up with  this weeks Handmade Monday #83 . Its been a while since I joined in, but I have good intentions that I'm going to be a better blogger from now on.  
I'll be back later to catch up with the other lovely crafters and find out what they've been up to.
Thanks for looking.
Hugs Sue x

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Butterfly wallhangings

Good morning everyone, I'm scheduling this so fingers crossed its posted correctly.
All being well, I should be setting up my stall at Warrington's farmers and craft market as you are reading this, hopefully in nice sunny weather, as we are outside in the town centre.
Thought I would share a couple of wall hangings with you today.
I have made quite a few of this style with the butterfly and wild flowers in shades of pink, on oval shaped mountboard, as they seem very popular and always sell well.

I was asked to paint one on circular shape mountboard and also one in shades of blue.
As usual I painted a dark shade of paint, then a crackle effect or a sponged effect with the lighter top coat, as the background.
 Next I use Sheena's Paint Fusion range of stamps to set out the design, then paint the flowers and butterflies in acrylic paints. Once dry I soften the background with a little Distress ink.
On the back, although its not really seen, I apply a patterned paper in a matching colour, usually one from Sheena's Cd rom. 
Then edge each mountboard shape with 'Wow' embossing powders, as well as over stamping the butterfly with a hologram embossing powder to give a lovely bit of sparkle. 
I finish them by using a cropodile to punch holes and thread them together with ribbon, with matching bows and decorative gems or pearl embellishments.

I really like the shades of blue, think I may try some other colours too.
 Sorry the photo's are a bit dark, but I was struggling to take the pic's last night.
Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue x 

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