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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Rusty ATCs

Hello all,

Just wanted to pop in and share some ATCs I made for a recent swap at a craft retreat. We didn't have a theme, so I just grabbed my rust pastes and had fun!


These are only half of them, as I forgot to take a picture of the second batch! (there were 10 of us in the swap).

The retreat itself was fantastic! With a vibrant colour theme on the first day courtesy of the always fabulous Kassa Hayselden and an amazing mixed media affair on the second day taught by none other than the amazing Finnabair, it could only have been more perfect if there'd been a third day with Tim Holtz (hey, a girl can dream, no?), lol.

The workshop/retreat itself was hands down, no contest the best arranged and executed workshop I have ever been on. No others have been even close to the same league.. Do yourselves a favour and book yourself on a workshop with Art Workshops next time you fancy going on one. You can thank me after... ;)

I will share photos just as soon as I've managed to take a decent picture of the HUGE project we did with Finnabair!

In the meantime, it would be rude not to share my ATCs with A Vintage Journey for their Rusty Crusty challenge, now wouldn't it?

Have a fantabulous day everyone!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Animals - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

It's Saturday again, and we have another fun challenge for you over at Sweet Stampin'.  This week, we'd like to see animals on your creations.

I usually struggle a little with animals, except for James the Bear from LotV of course, but after a rummage through my stamp collection, I came across a stunning tiger stamp from Inkylicious, and obviously had no choice but to use it!

Just take a peek and you'll understand...

Isn't that just a gorgeous beast? My mum adores tigers, so that's her birthday card sorted for July!

I spent two hours turning my stash upside down in search of the gorgeous G45 papers that go with the tiger so beautifully. a little ribbon and some letter stickers and it's all done, leaving the stamp to soak up all the attention.

Now it's your turn. We'd love to see your animal creations (it's going to be so much fun to see how many different animals we'll be able to spot!), and don't forget to go take a peek at what my fellow Sweeties have prepared for you!

Have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

Sunday, 1 April 2018

April challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Hello again,

Back with my second mini album of the day, this time for the monthly challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

If possible, this one is even girlier!


For this album I used some gorgeous papers from Anne Marie Designs. I also used rather a LOT of WOC flowers...


I also used lots of embellishments from Tim Holtz and from Craft Box


I added photo mats and tags for journaling.



And there you have it, mini album number 2 for today. These are so much fun to make!
I hope you'll come and play with us this month. Just remember anything altered art goes (no cards please!), and don't forget to go take a peek at the team's gorgeous inspiration waiting for you on the challenge blog!

Have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

April challenge - Altered Eclectics

Good morning everyone,

It's April, and Easter, and though it may be the day for pranks and silliness, I'm not joking when I tell you there's some gorgeous inspiration waiting for you over on the Altered Eclectics blog, where our new April challenge has just gone live.

I took a greyboard mini album, and had lots of fun making it all flowery and girly. I've been making quite a few of these, as we'll be having another craft fair for our charity before too lone, and these mini albums have proved super popular, so I'm making as many as I can!


I went for a girly travel theme for this one. lots of pretty colours and florals... I also used a few real postage stamps in complimentary colours for added interest. The Eiffel tower is a Snipart, painted with Distress paints.


I also included lots of Prima journalling notecards in the pockets...


And little envelopes are great for keepsakes and mementos...


 The papers are Dovecraft


 And I got the stickers in a Craft Box.



 I love creating all the different pockets for photos and other mementos to go inside.



And that's mini album number one! I'll be right back with another, but in the meantime, don't forget to go take a peek at the challenge blog to see what other delights are waiting for you there!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 31 March 2018

BINGO! - Sweet Stampin'

Good morning stampers!

New challenge time over at Sweet Stampin', and this week we have a super fun bingo board for you all to play with!


Oh I do love bingo boards!

So I was going to try and go for a full house, but then this happened, with a little help from my brand new Tim Holtz stamping platform I got (myself) for Christmas:

Distress - Sentiment - Stars

How cool is that! I'm gonna try some more with oxides instead of distress inks next. I will probably make something with that background for hubby's birthday too, him being a sci-fi nut and all.

I hope you'll find some time to come play with us!

Have a great weekend!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Use your scraps - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

Such a fun challenge today over at Sweet Stampin'... we want you to dig through your stash and use up some paper scraps (because you know you have loads of them...).

I made a bookmark this week, as my last one had fallen apart. I used the leftover strips that I trimmed from some 6x6 sheets when I was decorating a mini album. They were all a perfect 1cm, which lent itself nicely to the following:


I stamped a Creative Expressions sentiment and cut each word out, then rearranged them on the tag. Finally a coat of Vintage Collage Medium tied everything together.

I'm thinking of making a whole heap of these for our next craft fair. I could stick one in each bag when people buy something...

That's it from me, your turn!

Have a great weekend!

Sammy-x

Because it would be rude not to, I'm going to take my snippets over to the playground

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Sentiment only - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all!

Hope you're all staying wrapped up nice and warm! Amazingly, Leeds has not had weather as bad as everywhere else for a change! Only a couple of inches of snow, and roads clear and buses running. Hasn't stopped people from claiming they're snowed in though, because if there's an excuse to be had, they'll take it! lol.

Speaking of excuses... If you need an excuse to get crafty, how about the new challenge over at Sweet Stampin'? we're looking for Sentiment only creations this week.

Perfect excuse to break out some of my favourite stamps!


It's of course a LOTV stamp, and I combined it with some vintage papers and some brown raffia for a masculine touch, so I could give it to my grandfather for his 92nd. A little gold frantage here and there just finished it off.

Your turn! Come and join in with the Sweeties and show off your sentiments. You don't really want to go out into the cold today anyhow, right?

Have a fantastic weekend!

Sammy-x