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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 

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Baptism card and matching candle

Good morning everyone, today I'd like to share a card and candle that I made for a customer order.
First the card, I used a Forever friends bear from a Docrafts Cd, I personalised it and then printed on to card and also the same image onto water decal paper, to use on the candle. Next I cut it out using a Spellbinders label die, and matted on to gold mirri and then pink card.
I layered a scallop edge card with gold mirri, pink then white embossed dots card. A piece of pink satin ribbon was layered across, just off centre and the image topper was attached with 3d foam. Two double bows were added made from the same pink ribbon.
To finish some pearls, a florish and a card candy flower ( remember those I made on Monday?)

Here's the candle I made to match using the water slide decal paper. Sooo cute !!
I am entering this into
Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

White Wedding Card

I have been asked to make a wedding card for a friend of mine and this is what I came up with.
I used Centura pearl card, which is white with a beautiful golden glimmer. I embossed a layer and enhanced it with Distress inks
I printed the sentiment on to white card and to use it as the focal point I die-cut it using a decorative die. 

This was added on top of more centura pearl card die cut using Spellbinders Morrocan border die, layered with white chiffon and gold ribbon, then decorated with large pearls. 

I made some rolled flowers added more pearls to the centers and die cut foliage from gold textured card and more centura pearl. Viola!! I am pleased with the finished card and decided to make a decorative candle to go with.
Hope you like them and thanks for looking.
I am entering this card into
Simon says Stamp - Anything goes
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything goes
Hugs Sue x

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Cards for men

Good morning everyone, I hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend. The weather here was miserable, raining most of the time, but that just gave me a good excuse to sit in and craft.
Before I show you what I've been making today, I'm going to share a couple of cards I made for my dad and a friends dad for Father's Day this year.
I know I'm late sharing these, but I have got loads of cards and craft fair items, that I've made over the last couple of months and not got round to posting.
This first card was for a friend to give to her dad who is mad about steam trains. I have made cards with steam trains on for his birthday before and he was so pleased with them, he has framed them to keep on display.
The next two I made for my dad, one from me and the other from my children.
One of my dads passions are garden birds. He fills a lovely display of feeders, tables and bowls, three times a day with a full range of wild bird food and then enjoys sitting at his dining table to watch all sorts of birds and wildlife come into the garden to bathe in the bird bath and feed not only themselves but their young as well. A beautiful sight! Some of the birds are now so used to being fed, that they follow him around and into the garage where he keeps the food and are brave enough to come very close. 
This is off the children to Grandad, a very quick card, just three images matted and layered.

This is the one I gave him and he was made up with them both.
The images and papers came from a Joanna Sheen CD - JaneShasky- From the heart of the garden. I embossed and inked a strip of card with a floral spray border folder.

This image was printed onto a light card and decoupaged up.

I finished off with a matching tag and a double bow.
Thanks for looking, I'll be back soon to show you more.
Hugs Sue x

Monday, 27 August 2012

Card candy flowers

Firstly I would like to apologise for not being around for the last couple of months. I have been making lots of things for customer orders and doing loads of craft fairs with Crafting With Love and also been on holiday and I'm sure everyone finds that sometimes everyday life  gets in the way and there just arent enough hours in the day.  Anyway hopefully I'm back to blogging a little more regularly and I have got loads of things to share with you.

I'm going to start by showing you some flowers I made today using Card Candy from Craftwork Cards. I saw a lady demonstrating at a papercraft show in Leigh over the weekend and thought what a good idea, as I have loads of card candy to use up.

Its quite addictive, once you start you cant stop and its really easy. My (10 yr old ) daughter made some too . I think I'll finish some of these with gems or glitter or something for the centers, but I didnt have any to hand before taking the pics.
Now all thats left is to use them on some cards or projects.
Thanks for looking!
Tatty bye for now and I promise to be back soon and share some more of my many creations. 
Hugs Sue x

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Make a Wish ....

Good morning everyone, hope you enjoyed the lovely sunshine we had yesterday and lets hope we get lots more this week.
I have been getting back into colouring using Copic pens over the last few days, so decided to make a card or two and enter some challenges.
Here's my 'Make a wish' card...

I followed the sketch from Sketch Saturday. The papers are from a pad called Love letters by Mandy Terasawa and are my current favourites, such lovely pinks, soft greens and browns. I matted on some pearlescent paper and gently distressed the edges with Distress inks.

The image is from Lili of the Valley. I have had it for ages, but never got round to inking it up. I coloured with Copics and added a little clear glitter pen on the wings, although it doesnt show up on the photo.
I finished with a couple of paper flowers layered up with a button and a thread bow, along with a couple of silk leaves. A couple of strips of pink ribbon crossed under the image, and thats it. Nice and simple.
Challenges I'm entering....
Sweet Stamping - Fairies / Angels
Allsorts - Buttons and bows

Thanks for looking
Sue xx


Monday, 23 April 2012

Handmade Monday #63

Good morning, I cant believe that Monday has come round again, already, I dont know where the last week has gone.
But that means its time for Handmade Monday 63, if you are unfamiliar with this weekly link party, then just pop over to Wendy's 1st Unique Gifts Blog and read all about it and then you too can join in.
So what have I been up to this week?
Well I've been mad busy, but not all of it craft related.
Every thing seems to have broken this week, car, computer, sons mobile phone, speaker system, printer, scanner, so I have been rushing round, trying to get them fixed or dropping them off or picking them up, or buying new, only to get them home and find another fault, and have to take them back again.
My car actually went in for its MOT 4 weeks ago and a faulty valve was found, not bad I hear you say, only this particular part cannot be found anywhere in this country. As its an imported car, the Mitsubishi dealer has to order it from abroad and I was told it would take upto 2 weeks to get here, not only that but it is the most expensive valve I have ever heard of, think it must be made of gold or something, a whopping £460 + vat. Nearly a month later and I still have no car. I have been using my hubby's car to run round in, luckily he works nights so I have the car in the day.
Anyway rant over, back to my crafty news. I did a Vintage fair on Saturday, it was the first one by these new organisers and I had a lovely day, sold plenty and saw lots of familiar faces, so had a good catch up also.
Here's some pics of this weeks makes

 I've just noticed over on Wendy blog that shes booked in for the weekend event at Kenyon Hall Farm, I've just booked in for this one, so I'll see you there.
If anyone wants to know which craft events I'll be attending, you can check out my Events page. I try to update it regularly, so please keep checking back, it would be great to see you.  
Hugs Sue x

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Painted Olive Oil Bottle

I would like to share a quick post with you today.

I bought myself a new bottle to use for extra virgin olive oil and decided to paint it with olives (obviously), but I only had acrylic paints, and although I am happy with the result, I am going to have to remove it and paint it again using proper glass paints, as it won't stay on once in use. I did try to seal it with some sealer, but this too just comes off when rubbed or gets wet.
I have been out and bought some permanent glass paints, I just hope I can get the same effect with these new paints. I might have a new item to sell at craft fairs, if it does.
Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue x

Monday, 16 April 2012

Handmade Monday 62

Good morning everyone, hope its a sunny Monday morning where ever you are.
The children are back at school today so I've scheduled this post, as I'll probably be rushing around, trying to get them ready and into the car and looking for clean PE kits and lost books, the usual first day back antics.
This week I have had a few orders to complete. I can show you a couple of pics, I'm sure my customers won't mind.

A couple of wall hangers for one customer, who has received them and sent me a lovely message saying she thought they were beautiful and she is very happy with them. Phew! Its so nice to get good comments and to know that people really do like my painting.

A couple of heart chalkboards, and another satisfied customer.

and another Fushia keyhanger, always very popular.

I'll be hopping over to Wendy's blog to catch up with all the other creatives, that take part in Handmade Monday, later today. If you want to check out some very talented crafters, why not pop over there yourselves.
Apart from painting this week, my wonderful mum took me and my daughter to the Palace Theatre in Manchester on Saturday night. We watched the absolutely brilliant Phantom of the Opera,  LOVE IT!!! Its my very favourite. Thanks mum, Love You too!!
So thats it from me,
Toodle pip.
Hugs Sue x

Friday, 13 April 2012

Painted rose card

Good morning all, I'd like to share a card with you today.

 Its painted in the Paint Fusion style but the rose heads have been done free hand. I used papers from Sheenas cd.

I embossed the edges with gold and used some paper rosebuds, flowers and ribbon to embellish.
Challenges I would like to enter
Delicious Doodles - #17- Loads of layers
Crafts and Me  - We are going 3d
Cute card Thursday - Spring flowers
Simon says stamp - April showers bring spring flowers
Just a very quick post today as I've got some orders to get ready.
Hugs Sue x

Monday, 9 April 2012

Handmade Monday 61

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all enjoying a nice Easter break and have not eaten too much chocolate (not sure how much is too much though). Although I've had a nice week with the children, we've not been able to go anywhere as my car went in for its MOT and unfortunately needed a few things repairing. This wouldn't have been too bad, but one of the parts it needs, apart from costing an arm and a leg, is also not stocked in this country and can take upto 2 weeks to get. So I am without a car for the foreseeable future. Luckily I was able to use my hubby's car for a craft fair on Saturday, but its only small so had to take the back seat out completely in order to fit all my stuff in.

My daughter came with me as it was a local fair and my friend who usually comes with me drove up in her own car.

I have been having a go at decoupage this week, I love trying out new techniques.

These are done with tissue napkins.

This one has a tissue top and then handpainted rose buds on the sides.

I also painted some wooden cupcake shapes and made them into fridge magnets

I'm out this afternoon visiting my mum and dad. They've got my sis in law, daughters and great niece coming round for a visit, so we can have a nice family get together.
I'll be checking out all the other participants to Handmade Monday later this evening.
Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue x

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