Wednesday, 15 August 2018

I am Dog....

To see how I made this cute tag and what I used, please see the That's Crafty! blog here

The current That's Crafty challenge theme is Animal Magic, the team and I would love you to join in if you can, all the details can be found right here, there's an amazing £30 to spend at That's Crafty! for the winner :)

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Tea Bag Blossom!

It's been a busy week with my daughter and grandson coming to stay for a few days and I totally forgot to share my tea bag art with you!

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Animal Magic Part 1 - In the Dog House!

Hello ! I'm super excited to be a new part of the That's Crafty design team, to celebrate I'd like to share this cute dog make with you, a new challenge theme also starts today on the That's Crafty Challenge Blog, all the details can be found right here. There are prizes to be won so what are you waiting for you?!

What I did:

I added a single paw print using sand texture paste and a stencil, after a couple of coats of white gesso I then decorated the little wooden house using watercolours and  multi surface paints, along with odd bits of washi tape.

I stamped the dog character on white card and coloured using watercolours and Posca pens.

I finished by adding star sequins I had in my stash and little details on the house using a black posca pen.

What I used:

That's Crafty!  White Gesso
That's Crafty! Sand Texture Paste
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencil - Paw Prints
That's Crafty! Multi surface paints
Prima Watercolours - Tropical
Sunny Carvalho - Rubbermoon stamp - Bow Wow
Posca Pen

Really hope you like it, wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Close to Nature - Part 2

There was a time, not so long ago, that if a round substrate was suggested to me to use I would have froze to the spot and felt terrified, the That's Crafty! MDF Rounds have completely changed that, and now I go blank if I look at a square a rectangle to begin working on lol.
I also have to praise the That's Crafty Greyboard -you can chuck anything at it and abuse it with a heat gun and it keeps it's integrity. Here I used texture paste to add definition and texture to the greyboard mushroom, leaves and acorn. Add some humour and bright colours and it's a winning combination.

Don't forget the That's Crafty challenge is still running and you have plenty of time to enter, the theme is 'Close to Nature' and all the details can be found right here. We'd love to see you there - there are prizes to be won!!!!

Here is what I used, all items are hyperlinked for your convenience:

I used acrylic paints for the background and greyboard, Prismacolour pencils and Posca pens for the characters and details.
I do hope you like it.

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Close to Nature - Part 1

A new challenge theme begins today on the That's Crafty! challenge blog, all the details can be found right here - the theme, which I absolutely love is 'Close to Nature'. 
I find time spent with nature is SO healing, it doesn't matter if I'm out walking Poppy in fields, woods, by the river or just sitting in my garden gazing at the moon or watching bumbles drifting in and out of my hollyhocks.

I had great fun decorating a MDF Round - have you tried them yet?, they're amazing - you can attack them with any medium and they just take it! I usually begin with a coat of white gesso before adding different colours of paint and then making my scene. I have used the following items, just click on them and you'll go straight to the item in That's Crafty! online shop:

I do hope you like it and find time to join in the challenge.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

A Summer's Day Part 2....

Just a gentle reminder that the That's Crafty challenge theme, A Summer's Day is still running so there's plenty of time to join in, all the details can be found right here
This is quite possibly one of my favourite makes - EVER! A total of 12 hours of just getting lost in the creative process, absolute bliss.

 I could bore you with lots and lots of photos from different angles but I won't lol!

 It all began with a large MDF round, a stencil, some texture paste and sand texture paste....

Here are all the goodies I used available from That's Crafty!: 

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

A Summer's Day

A Summer's Day is the new theme over at the That's Crafty! Challenge Blog as I made this I was dreaming of eating an ice-cream on the beach!
All the challenge details can be found right here

This tag was great fun to make and the stamp is wonderful to use with lots of lovely, small details. To make this tag I used:

AALL and Create Stencil #16

Rubber Moon - Sunny Carvalho - Cling Mounted Stamp - I'm Licked

I do hope you are having a lovely day and the sun is shining for you, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A Stitch In Time

Firstly a huge THANK YOU to you if you took the time and trouble to leave a message on my last post, after a year of not blogging I did wonder if anyone would notice I had started again lol.
Anyway, the sun is shining so I won't ramble lol ....
The That's Crafty! challenge 'A Stitch In Time' is still running if you would like to join in, all the details can be found right here

I can't sew for love or money and my failing eyes mean I'm finding it harder and harder to thread a needle so I have opted for the faux stitch effect and used a white Posca paint pen for my 'stitches'.

Here is what I used, (click on them to go straight to the product page at That's Crafty!).

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Hello Land of Blog!

A great big hello to you if you are reading this - I'm back!
I took a year off blogging and boy did it go fast and so much has happened since my last post.
I've been busy creating for Craft Stamper magazine - warning - lots of photographic evidence;

Then a couple of months ago, much to my amazement, I was invited by That's Crafty here in the UK to create samples to be on the home shopping channel - Hochanda. More photos;

Much to my amazement once more and the prompt to begin blogging again, is that I'm fortunate to be also on the That's Craft Challenge Blog design team. There is a new challenge theme every month and this month the theme is 'A Stitch In Time'. Believe me it is quite a challenge for me, I'm hopeless with a needle and thread. Really hopeless so please join the challenge and show me how to do it!

Here's my creation;

It's on one of the wonderful That's Crafty MDF Chunkies, this is an ATC sized Chunckie and of course I've used lots of stamps. In case you are wondering about the challenge theme, I've used thread for the mouse's whiskers and in the center of the flower there is a single cross stitch. The stamps are all That's Crafty Stamps and the mushrooms are too :)
Please click here to check out the challenge details and here for the That's Crafty website.

Products I used for my ATC Chunkie are as follows, just click on them and you'll go straight to them :)

Thank you for bearing with me on such a long post, please do check out the That's Crafty challenge and see my team mates AMAZING creations too.

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A little bit Ziggy!

A new challenge begins today at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog, all the details can be found right here - in a nutshell the team are inviting you to use and 'Oldie but Goldie' stamp, so dig deep in your rubber stash and get stamping!
For me this was quite a difficult challenge - not the make - but deciding which stamp to use. In the end it was a choice between Moon Girl and Head - I was listening to David Bowie at the time so went with Head and gave him a Ziggy makeover - well why not? ;)
I wanted 'Ziggy' to have a stage so I used an empty Altoid tin, lots of stars, sparkle and shiny boots.
You can find Head here at the Stampotique online store, (if you enter the challenge you could win $30/£23).
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx