Thursday 24 November 2011

What are you doing blogger

I have some Christmas Bell Decorations that can be personalised.

You can find all the details on my FB page {HERE}.

There is plenty of other stuff on there as well.


Wednesday 16 November 2011

Snuggle Season

THis week for bubbly i have made a Winter LO.

You can find all the details HERE.

All under the weather here at the moment so back soon


Friday 11 November 2011

Its all gooooo.....

I havent updated the poor old blog for awhile for various reasons. The main one being a sick laptop but also a busy social life for once, craft fair, a COUPLE of retreats, a craft show etc. And a first birthday to cap it off. So lots to update, laptop allowing.

So i will start with a quick roundup of all i have done at bubbly scrumptious recently. As always you can find all the instructions over on bubbly scrumptious.

These wreath was made from a polystyrene half ring, an old book and lots of tattered florals leaves.

Some hair clips and headbands made from a sizzix die

A customised kitchen thermometer recipe holder

A beautiful mini album made from Maya road coaster album. I finished this at a retreat so will be back with full pictures.

A metal wall plaque made for the ukS sponsors blog hop.

And finally Rebecca's first halloween party at mums and tots. She looked so cute as did all the other babies and todlers.

Thanks for looking


Wednesday 28 September 2011

Fancy winning a prize

We have launched a new inspiration board challenge over on bubbly Scrumptious today and you could win a prize.

All the details can be found HERE.

And here is my interpretation. I used the shed, hearts, colours as my inspiration

Go on and have a go.


Wednesday 14 September 2011

A darling LO

This week for bubbly i got to play with new Prima, Melissa Francis and Jenny Bowlin to create this LO of my neice Jessica.

You can find all the details HERE.


Sunday 11 September 2011

Crafting in my PIT

I had a rare child free morning so decided to craft. I got a box of DT supplies from Bubbly Funk in the week and was itching to get it open and have a play. But my craft room is such a PIT at the moment and my family sized dining table has a space the size of a placemat left to scrap on. So i had to have a tiny clean up before i started, booooooo.

But here is a sneak of the LO that i created. My brother sent me a beautiful Photo of Jessica the other day so i had to scrap it.

And i will leave you with some pics of Rebecca. She is 10 months now, how fast is the year jumping by!!! She learnt to crawl at the weekend whilst i was crafting at our crop, doh. So now i have to clean every morning so she doesnt get rotton. These pics were taken at my mums, who will have to do the same, as she was sat in the ash pile from their aga!

She is a minger, lol


Thursday 8 September 2011

Playing with Promarkers

This weekend just gone was our monthly crop in Banth. And this month we were lucky to have a special guest, Debbi (Wiccababe) come along and taught us her skills with the Promarkers.

I was so confident after the class that i went home and had a play with some Gorjuss girls.

And here is the card i made for Bubbly this week as a result.

You can find all the info HERE.

And speaking of our crop. We are busy getting ready for our retreat. We have changed locations this time around, trying somewhere new.

Here are a few pics

And this is the kitchen, ready for Linda's cracking breakfast

And this will be our crop room

And finally, the lounge for Fiona's Cocktails and X factor

Cant wait to go and tackle our group project, just a few more weeks to be patient.



Saturday 3 September 2011

Art from the Heart Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to a very exciting blog hop in Celebration of 10 years of Art from the Heart!

Lots of exciting things happening at Art from the Heart next weekend where the big birthday bash is happening. Want to know more then do click HERE

So in Celebration we are having 5 birthday blog hops.
You should have reached my blog from the lovely Janet HERE and are on the 7 Gypsies hop

Here is my project

I used

7 Gypsies Letterblock Tray
Old canvas, mount board, paint if making a faux letterblock tray
7 Gypsies Lille collection: Abundance
7 Gypsies Lille collection: Adventure
7 Gypsies Lille collection: Life is good
7 gypsies Conservatory collection: Butterfly
7 gypsies Conservatory collection: Flora
7 Gypsies vintage tags: Gypsy Market
Foam pads
Hot glue gun
Black cardstock
AFTH red heart (From packaging)
Metal findings: watch cogs
Distress inks: Brushed Corduroy & Weathered wood
7 Gypsies stickers
Heart pins
7 Gypsies index tab


These instructions are in 2 halves, 1 half for those with 7 gypsies letterblock tray and 1 half for those with faux letterblock trays.

I have drooled over a 7 gypsies printers or letterblock trays for many a year. But with a new addition to the family funds don’t stretch to luxuries like this. As I am never happier than when I am sat in my craft room with the radio playing in the background and my hot glue gun constantly on, I decided to construct my own.

I had an old torn and bashed up canvas. I removed the canvas which just left the frame. I gave it a quick sand before adding a piece of mount board to the back of the frame.

Next I measured the depth of the canvas and cut lots of strips of mount board to the same depth. Cut lots as you will need them later. I carefully hot glued strips of mount board around the four inside edges of the frame.

Once dry, I painted the whole thing in black.

I knew this was going to be a piece of wall art for my craft room so the Lille collection would match the reds and yellows of my room perfectly. I laid the collection out and identified my favourite bits from the collage style paper. I carefully cut them out and began arranging them on the canvas.

Once I was happy with the arrangement, I took a photo as I knew I would never remember how they went back together. I took each cut out piece and inked the edges with distress inks. I chose brushed corduroy and weathered wood to match the blues and browns of the papers.

This is the tricky bit; you have to do lots of measuring at this stage. I carefully measured the bits of paper and marked their measurements directly onto the canvas with a pencil. I carefully measured the mount board strips to match the pencil lines forming a grid type pattern. Check the boards fit. They have to be tight. If too big they will bend, if too small they will fall out. Keep going until you have the whole grid made. Paint the whole thing.

Once the paint was dry, I double check the paper pieces fitted into the grid ok. You may have to trim and re-ink slightly.

And that is the tray constructed. Its time to decorate

This is the 2 half, where those with real 7 gypsies trays come in. Do as above, select, cut and ink your chosen paper pieces. As you can see below, just adding the paper pieces gives a very flat appearance to the tray and I wanted mine to be more depth.

To start I selected a few of the smaller pieces and added them to card stock, just to make them firmer. I glued them into their correct places with the glue gun.

Next I construct little box lid type things. I picked another few paper pieces and stuck them to card stock, leaving about a 1/2cm edge around each one. I scored lines directly around the image before cutting off the corner squares.

I bent back the score lines to form a box lid. The unsecured sides expand out to fill the space. No need to glue as it’s a nice secure fit. I repeated with the remaining paper pieces but this time I left 1cm edges (or however deep your canvas is). The resulting “lids” are flush with the face of the frame.

Next its time to embellish. I took random stickers from various 7 Gypsies sticker sheets, and added them to the squares.

I cut out butterflies from the conservatory collection and decoupage them before randomly gluing them on. I added some metal findings and a sneaky Tim Holtz clock, and some buttons. I added more bingo squares with foam pads and a large flower cluster, again with foam pads. And finally to finish, as this project was created for the wonderful art from the heart birthday celebration, I had to add the lovely red heart that adorns your little packages of stash.

I just love how my project looks hanging on the wall.

I hope you have enjoyed my 7 Gypsies themed project as much as i have making it.

Before you move on - you will need to collect a letter from me, which is L. This is part of an anagram of a 7 Gypsies product.

So after leaving me a comment please you need to return back to Dyan. Once you get back to Dys blog please email your answer to Ben by 6pm Sunday 11th September.

Have fun hopping!