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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Paper piecing - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

Another lovely Saturday (one where I don't have to work is always lovely, even if it does mean catching up on housework!) and another challenge over at Sweet Stampin'.

The theme this week is Paper piecing, which is always so much fun.



I had some real trouble capturing the colours here. Darn that British miserable weather. I'm ready for summer!

Hope you'll all come play with us this week, and enjoy your easter weekend!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 1 April 2017

April challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Hi all,

Last post today, I promise!

It's time for our April challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit, and this month I took my inspiration from our blog owner Sandie, who altered some wooden building blocks a while ago. I LOVED the idea, so when I discovered some at work, I grabbed them and had a play myself. This is what I made:


I started by sanding and priming the blocks, then painted them with Distress paints. A little stamping and a handful of embellishments out of a Craft Box to decorate, and most importantly some bricks (from Fernli designs), which I painted and added a little grit to, to give texture.

Aren't they cute? I think I'll be buying up all the building blocks that come through the shop from now on! lol.

Well, that's it from me for today, but I'll hope you'll come play with us.

Have an awesomesauce weekend!

Sammy-x

April Challenge - Altered Eclectics

Hi all,

It's the 1st of April already! No joke! I was taken a little by surprise yesterday when my son announced the holidays had started. I was expecting another week of peace first. Oh well, can't win 'em all, I guess, lol.

Oh yes, the monthly challenge over at Altered Eclectics! I altered another ATB (ok, technically there's three of them!) for the challenge this month.


I just LOVE the honeycomb sizzix die. It's such a great look, and I love giving them all different textures too, like filling some with Crackle medium. The ones with the larger text on the lighter background and the light brown ones? Backing card from a TH stencil! Waste not, want not!



The metal embellies are all out of the January Craft Box, which had a steampunk theme. Best subscription EVER!

I hope you'll come play with us this month.

Back in just a minute with my third and final post of the day.

Sammy-x

Travel - Sweet Stampin'

Good morning all,

Lots of posts from me today! It's one of those months where all the challenges fall on the same day, so don't be surprised at the sudden flurry of activity!

First up is the new challenge over at Sweet Stampin', where we're looking for anything to do with travel. But don't forget to stamp, of course!

I once again broke out my distress inks and a Tim Holtz stamp and some stencils, and this is the result:


Simple, yet so much fun to do. I never get tired of playing with my distress inks!

I hope you'll come play with us this week.

Back in a little while!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Mother's day/Special lady - Sweet Stampin'

Hi all,

It's nearly mother's day here in the UK, and Sweet Stampin' has a theme this week to mark the occasion: Mother's day (or for a special lady).

My mother loves two things very much, Tigers and music. She plays several instruments, and I try to always incorporate a little something music themed into things I make for her.
This year I've gone for a super CAS black and white look...



I was so happy to find the Stamp N' Stor tiger stamp at Samuel Taylors, as I hadn't found a single tiger stamp until now. When I say my mum loves tigers, I mean she LOVES tigers. I'm not sure there's anywhere in her house you can look and not see them!

This was so very difficult for me to make, as I'm still not quite comfortable with CAS, and white space scares me! Still, I'm happy with the effect the washi tape gives - an extra little something, without taking too much attention away from the tiger.

Ok, your turn now! Come play with us at Sweet Stampin' this week, and don't forget to take a peek at what my fellow Sweeties have been up to.

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 4 March 2017

No DP - Sweet stampin'

Afternoon all,

Apologies for the lateness of this week's Sweet Stampin' offering. I've spent all week thinking I was on a different day than I actually was (before you ask, yes, I was half-way to work on my day off before I realised, lol), and so I'm somewhat behind with this offering.

The new challenge this week is No Designer Paper, which made it a perfect excuse to break out the Distress inks and have a play with my new mixed media heavystock and stamps!


It's hard to tell from the photo, but there's a lot of gold accents that are so pretty and shimmery in real life. The card base is gold too! (look at me, using a non-white base twice in a row!)

Hope you'll come and play along with us this week!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

March challenge - Altered Eclectics

Hello again!

Back with altered art project number two of the day! This one is for Altered Eclectics, where we would also love to see your altered work!


I altered a MDF ATB from Fernli Designs


One of my absolute favourite discoveries is the Mixed Media Art Pad from Hobbycraft. as a general rule I tend not to shop at Hobbycraft, as they charge WAY over the odds for things, and our local branch focuses too much on peel offs and toppers, and doesn't really stock much in the way of useful supplies.
Their Mixed Media art pad however, is now one of my absolute essential staple products. It's definitely on the "desert island" list! It is fantastic at dealing with wet media, is super strong, but is also smooth and doesn't have the texture watercolour cardstock does.
I love it!
I used it both on the panels covering the block, and for the heart die-cuts. It reacted beautifully to my Distress inks. Seriously. LOVE it!


The stencil I used on the panels and the flowers on top are from one of my Craft Box boxes. to finish the top, I added a flourish from Fernli, and a heart pendant rescued from a broken necklace.


Some pearls and Tim Holtz smalltalk sentiments finish it off beautifully.


And that's my ATB. the photos don't really do the colours justice (it's far bluer in person), but not much one can do with this miserable weather we're having!

I hope you'll come and play with us this month!

Have an awesomesauce day!

Sammy-x