Monday, 8 August 2022

Vera Lane Studio: Spa Day


 Hello 

It's my DT day at Vera Lane Studio and I have made  journal page with today's new release, Spa Day:

This little cutie is having a most relaxing day. I made her background with an AALL & Create stencil and distress oxides then I heat embossed some swirls, with a PaperArtsy stamp, to represent steam tendrils. I coloured the images with Copics.

Spa Day

That's all for now.

I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Here's all the info you need:

AALL & Create carry Janet's clear stamp sets, stencils and Washi Tape. 
A list of stockists can be found here.

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge #7 AG 12/08
Pammies Inky Pinkies #2232 AG 14/08 (1/3)
Intaas #139 Happiness 14/08
Creatalicious Challenges #240 Embossing AG 14/08
Creative Fingers Challenge #236 AG 20/08 (2/3)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #187 AG 18/08 (1/3)
Classic Design Challenge #8 AG 27/08
A Perfect Time to Craft AG 28/08
613 Avenue Create Aug AG 31/08

Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo 

Monday, 1 August 2022

Path of Positivity: Dreams and Wishes

 Hello

Welcome to the August Path of Positivity Challenge.

Our challenge is always Anything Goes with an optional theme.

This month's option is to design a project that focuses on celebrating YOUR CREATIVE SELF by making something special just for you.

Honours and Prizes include:
  • $6 worth of images from Scribbles Designs, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants.
  • A badge for the following honours: Top PickVoter's ChoiceMost InspirationalRandom WinnerDT Delight.
I have a thousand projects (slight exaggeration) that I would like to make, but I decided that since we had a break in July, I would make the effort to visit and make some purchases from a craft store that has been on my wish list for a long time; the beautiful Lavinia Stamp shop in Ruthin, North Wales. It was everything I had hoped it would be - a magical kingdom selling not only beautiful craft goodies, but lovely stationery, home and garden decor, bath and beauty products and what's more, I visited on an Open Day, so the talented Tracy and her design team were demonstrating. I was in crafting heaven!
The only problem (and I'm sure most of you will know this feeling) was that I wanted it all - stamps, stencils, inks, pens, speciality papers, the lot - I not only wanted it, I needed it :) Sadly, my bank balance said different, but I came away with several stamps, a new stencil, some lovely mystical mica sprays, some juicy inks and several glitter gel pens. I was very content.

So my just-for-me project is a result of my visit and having a play with some of these new-to-me Lavinia items. I made a piece which I popped into a frame to sit on my bedside table. (We are in the process of redecorating and have gone with a beautiful, deep emerald green colour scheme.)


I used my new Elements inks to add colour to the back of the Laurel Stencil and made a mono print which I then cut using a circle die. This was the background for my little fairy, stamp, Rory. I made a moon by using a circle mask and inking around the edges. The ground was made by inking with a piece of torn paper as the mask. I added lots of tiny bits of foliage stamps, including the new Wild Summer Flower, Lavender and Leaf Creepers. I also added some Posca pen orbs and some white paint splatters, as well as Lime Green Stickles for some sparkle.
The background was inked with Elements and bleached with water splatters. I then stencilled over using the Laurel stencil again. White acrylic paint splatters were generously applied. I matted onto white and black card.  The sentiment is heat embossed.

Here is a close up, I should have photographed before I framed it, as there is glare from the glass, but I was excited to get the project completed.😀


We would love to see your creations! 
Just make sure that your entry is positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some way!
The link up is here: Challenge #103 Path of Positivity.

 

That's all for today! 
Many thanks to Scribbles Designs for sponsoring the challenge.


I'll be back with a another Path of Positivity project in a couple of weeks time.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo
                                                                                                                                            
I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Pammies Inky Pinkies #2231 AG 07/08 (2/3) Honourable Mention

I'd really love some feedback :)      

I read and appreciate all your comments. 
xoxo

Gecko Galz: Myths and Legends


 Hello

August is here and we have a new customer challenge at the Gecko Galz blog challenge. The theme this month is Myths and Legends.

We also have the monthly Image Challenge, the monthly Christmas Image Challenge, the monthly Stamp Challenge, a Steampunk challenge and a Gothic Challenge on the blog, as well as 4 Facebook challenges. 
We hope you can find some time to join in the fun.

The winner of the Customer challenge will get a $25 Gecko Galz Etsy Store voucher and the runner up a $12 voucher. There are plenty of free Gecko Galz images if you don't already own any. Each blog post has a free image to collect and, if you sign up for the monthly newsletter, there is the chance to claim a free collage set each month.  Also if you make any purchase of $2 or more you receive a free image.


I made a triptych booklet, using a 3D embossing folder and Distress Oxide inks to create the stone bases.


The pages are decorated with images of King Arthur inside frames. The frames are lifted up on foam tape to give a 3D effect. The frames and three of the images are from the King Arthur Junk Journal  Kit. The fourth image is an icon from the Camelot Kit.

You can see below that the King is on top of the same papers that I used for the other project. I added some creeping foliage and a piece of trim. A tiny bulldog clip keeps the booklet closed.


The book can be opened and displayed like this:


Here it is fully extended.

                    
                          King Arthur Junk Journal  Kit               Camelot Kit
    

That's all for now!
I hope you'll join our Myths and Legends challenge where the winner will get a $25 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz shop.


The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product (this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the monthly $1 deals!

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a friendly Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize. 
Do come and join us!


I'll be back on the 20th August with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:
Current Gecko Galz Challenge : "Myths and Legends"
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Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:



I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 
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Crafts Galore Encore: Christmas Blue Tit

 

 Hello

 Today sees that start of a new challenge at Crafts Galore Encore

The theme is always 'Anything Goes' and you can enter up to 3 different projects The challenge runs all month until mid day (GMT) 30th August.

Fred She Said is very kindly sponsoring this month's challenge.

Here is my project using the lovely Blue Tit digi:



I printed the digi, then cut it using an oval die. The digi is coloured with Copic markers and the background coloured with Distress Oxide inks whilst the die was still in place. This gave it a lovely crisp, white border. I added some water splatters to bleach out some of the background colour and to add a little texture. I also added white Posca paint splatters to replicate snow fall. 
I chose some beautiful vintage colour papers and distress the edges. I added some banner die cuts and made a paper flower cluster along with a tiny tag that says 'joy'.


Many thanks to Fred She Said for supporting the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.

Please pop over to Crafts Galore Encore to see the DT's wonderful designs. 


We'd love to see your creations.
Remember the challenge is always 'Anything Goes' and so you can create any type of project - it doesn't have to be a card and you can enter up to 3 times.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo

                                                                
I'd like to play along in these challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges #274 Christmas in July 06/08
Pammies Inky Pinkies #2231 AG 07/08 (2/3)

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 

Vera Lane Studio: Cancer Zodiac Tag


 Hello

For my Vera Lane Studio DT project this week, I have made another zodiac tag, this time featuring Cancer.


I coloured the image of the Cancer star sign girl with shells in her hair with Copic markers and I teamed her with the crab from the Sea Critters set which was recently released. I made the background by smooshing the white tag in orange Distress Oxides, then I heat embossed in white and added white paint splatters. I also stamped in black around the edges and added part of a die cut to spotlight the girl.
All stamps and dies are from AALL & Create.

Here is a closer look:


Cancer                                                     Sea Critters 
  

That's all for now.

I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Here's all the info you need:

AALL & Create carry Janet's clear stamp sets, stencils and Washi Tape. 
A list of stockists can be found here.

This is me and Casey - a personalised digital stamp from Janet Klein. 
Order yours here. or request from Janet via Etsy Contact.

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Pammies Inky Pinkies #2231 AG 07/08 (1/3)
Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo 

Monday, 25 July 2022

Vera Lane Studio: Be The Sunshine

 

Hello

It's my DT at Vera Lane Studio and today I have a card featuring a relatively new digi set called Be The Sunshine.


I used Copics to colour the images and then fussy cut them. I added white Posca pen highlights and one of Vera's Borders to ground them. They are on a stencilled background. I used an AALL & Create stencil in the traditional way, masking off the edges, to give a white border. Distress Oxides were brushed through the stencil and darkened around the edges. I doodled around alternative corners and added some white splatters. I decided to mount it on kraft card.

Be the Sunshine                               Vera's Borders

  

 That's all for now.

I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Here's all the info you need:

AALL & Create carry Janet's clear stamp sets, stencils and Washi Tape. 
A list of stockists can be found here.

This is me and Casey - a personalised digital stamp from Janet Klein. 
Order yours here. or request from Janet via Etsy Contact.

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge #15 AG 29/07
613 Avenue Create July AG 31/07 (4/8)
Pammies Inky Pinkies #2230 AG 31/07 (1/3)
Corrosive Challenges #07 AG 06/08 (3/3)
Ally's Angels #60 AG 07/08 (3/3)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #186 AG 07/08 (2/3)
Creative Fingers Challenge #236 AG 20/08 (1/3)

Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo 

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Gecko Galz: More Wanderlust


 Hello

We're heading towards the end of July and today is my DT day at Gecko Galz.
Our customer challenge, on the blog,  is Wanderlust and my projects are based on this theme.

First I have a retro travel tag:


I used one of the Little Ladies From Around the World and a travel poster from the Road Less Travelled collage set. I popped the poster behind a wooden frame and fussy cut the little girl. I made the background by stamping with a stencil, using distress oxides. The sentiment is a Small Talk sticker.

I also made a small journal page:


The background is stencilled with Distress Oxide inks. The lady and luggage image is from the Travel On collage sheet and it is teamed with a travel poster from the Postcards from Abroad collage set. I added some stamping around the edges and torn washi tape words containing adjectives describing travelling. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz's Small Talk sticker Book


My customer inspiration project was an A5 vintage journal page.
If you are interested you can see the details here.


That's all for now.
I hope you'll join our Wanderlust challenge where the winner will get a $25 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz shop.


The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product (this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the monthly $1 deals!

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a friendly Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize. 
Do come and join us!

I'll be back on the 1st August with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:
Current Gecko Galz Challenge : "Wanderlust"
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Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:

Tag
TTCRD July AG 02/08


I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 
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