Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A Sprinkle of Imagination 12 Blogs of Christmas

I was very excited to be asked to take part in this years blog hop over at A Sprinkle of Imagination
They have some fabulous products in their shop including these gorgeous Relics and Artifacts from Prima, which I love!
I started my canvas by creating a textured background using mesh ribbon and smooth texture paste, once that was dry I gave it a coat of gesso and let that dry before stamping the Prima Doily with Versamark and embossing with clear powder. Then I added layers of inks and Perfect Pearls over the top of the whole canvas.  I spritzed the wings with a selection of inks and left them to dry before adding Sheffield Steel Megaflakes to highlight the feathers, and gluing the heart and wins to the canvas. Once that was dry I added pearls and gems for some sparkle, and spritzed again over the top with Perfect Pearls.
I've had the metal letters for ages and I love the look of the bare metal against the cool blues, so finally they have a home.
So there you have it, my new canvas which is actually on my workroom wall to remind me to spread my wings and fly a little!!

You can check out A Sprinkle of Imagination's great shop HERE

Have a Merry Christmas,
Elizabeth x

Friday, 11 December 2015

Craft Stampers Take It Make It Challenge December - Take a Technique

A little more festive inspiration for our December challenge over at Craft Stamper Blog where we would like you to share your frosty, icy or festive creations with us for a chance of winning a fabulous prize of £25 from Polkadoodles.
I have painted my Triptych with black GeeSsoGood and then stamped over the top with the large Vintage Flourish from IndigoBlu using the very gorgeous Aladdin Cottage Garden Metallic paint. Once that was dry I then stamped over again but this time using FlitterGlu and Chariot of Fire Megaflakes.
The Madonna and Child is one of the new Christmas stamps brought out in 2015 and looks stunning using the flakes. As you burnish the flake the texture of the wood shows through, adding another dimension to the project.

Elizabeth x

Monday, 7 December 2015

IndigoBlu CHA Sneaky Peep

It's my turn to share some sneaky peeps over at the IndigoBlu Blog today.
I made my scrapbook page using some of the beautiful new papers and stamps that will be launching to the trade at the CHA in January. For a closer look of how I made it, pop over to the IndigoBlu blog.

Have a great day.
Elizabeth x

Friday, 4 December 2015

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge December - Take a Technique

Here we are with the launch of our December challenge over at the Craft Stamper Blog our theme this time around is to "Take a Technique" and make your project icy, wintry or Christmasy (I know it's not a real word)!!
We have been sponsored this time by Polkadoodles who have very kindly put up a prize of £25 to spend on their goodies.
The technique I've chosen to use is one of my favourites, Megaflakes and FlitterGlu. I love the effect of gilding it adds something magical to a project, for very little extra cost.

I've used the Design Alphabet stamps, Christmas Compendium papers and the very gorgeous Morris Dance Megaflakes, all from IndigoBlu.

And of course Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without bells on!!!

Check out the challenge terms and conditions on the blog page, and make a little something to enter, using stamping of course. Along with the great Polkadoodles prize another lucky winner will have their chance to be featured in the Craft Stamper magazine itself, how cool is that!!

Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x

Thursday, 19 November 2015

A Bird in the Hand

It's another fusion of IndigoBlu and Kaisercraft today with these gorgeous papers from the Kaisercraft Ma Cherie collection and the Live, Laugh, Love stamp set from IndigoBlu.
Love that stamp set as there are loads of flowers, butterflies, leaves, lace, sentiments and a bird on it.
Have been playing with some Spectrum Aqua Markers and loving the bright colours :)

Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x

Wednesday, 18 November 2015


 I was very proud to be asked to take a class for the HSNW Club over on the Wirral. As some of you know these are the group that work uber hard put on the amazing Stamping Festival at Port Sunlight twice a year. 
29 Ladies used a mixture of IndigoBlu Stamps along with some gorgeous Kaisercraft flowers to create a Butterfly canvas, and also a couple of co-ordinating cards, all with fabulous results.

Sadly guess who forgot to take any photo's before everyone left for the evening with their gorgeous projects :(  which is such as shame as they were all amazing and so very different from each other.
Thank you again Ladies for making me feel so very welcome and having a relaxing day of craft.

Elizabeth xxx

Friday, 13 November 2015

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge November - Take a Stamp

Just a little reminder that our November challenge over at the Craft Stamper Blog is underway, with a fabulous prize up for grabs from Magenta you can find out more HERE along with the terms of entry for the challenge.

I've used Emporium of Curiosities Mixed Media Cardstack from IndigoBlu, along with the fabulous Chicken stamp from the Funny Bird stamp set and one of my very much used stamps the Honeycomb Background with Chocolate Box Megaflakes

After a little distressing of the edges, adding a few flowers I had a classy card for a very classy bird!!!!!

Have a great weekend.

Elizabeth x

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Snowy Nights over at the IndigoBlu Blog

It's my turn to share a snowy project over at the IndigoBlu Blog today. To see how I created my scene pop on over for step by step instructions.

Happy Saturday
Elizabeth x

Friday, 6 November 2015

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge November - Take a Stamp!

Our November challenge has started this morning over at the Craft Stamper Challenge Blog with a theme of "Take a Stamp". So all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this little lot

from Magenta is to include stamping on your project, and follow the entry instructions on the Craft Stamper Blog.

I've used stamps and papers from one of the new Kaisercraft collections, Ma Cherie, the colours are just lovely and have a vintage feel about them, and I love the stamps with this collection. Along with the three Butterflies and sentiment there is also a gorgeous big rose stamp.

So get stamping and join in this months challenge, you could win a great prize or even be featured in the magazine, how cool is that!

Elizabeth x

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

My poor neglected blog and a re-vamp!

 I have been such a bad blogger over the last couple of months, but am now determined to make amends and catch up with my friends in blogland.  I've made a huge start in my workroom and have now turned the whole room round, to make better use of the space. I am now trying to get everything back in and sorted out into storage boxes.

The box on top is a Tea Box bought from one of the cheaper shops and is perfect for all those little bits and bobs we all collect on our desks. The box with the drawer in is one I decorated a couple of years ago and was in need of a re-vamp.
I covered both in IndigoBlu's Fontastic Ephemera Mixed Media Cardstack, stencilled smooth texture paste through their new Texture Stencil and painted over the top of everything with lots of watered down GeeSsoGood, and I love the finished effect, very shabby chic!

I'll share some more pictures as my room progresses, that way I have to finish it!!!!!

Elizabeth x

Friday, 9 October 2015

Craft Stampers Take It Make It Challenge October - Take A Technique

Just a little reminder of our challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog we want to see Inky, Painty, Fabric and more on your artwork, with as always real stamping!

My Butterflies have been busy creating a cocoon of loveliness in my ATB using a mixture of Fantasy Fibres and Film. I think they deserve a little sparkle themselves, so I think the glitter my be out later!

Don't forget we have a fab prize up for grabs and also the change for one lucky winner to be in the magazine itself, how cool would that be.

So get creating, add some stamping and leave us a direct link back to your project on our blog.

Good Luck

Elizabeth x

Friday, 2 October 2015

Craft Stampers Take It Make It Challenge October - Take A Tecnique - Ink Stitch Paint Collage Print Paper

Our new challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog starts today with a fabulous prize from our sponsor's this month Calico Craft Parts
I've used a 2" and 3"ATB and had great fun decorating both with some gorgeous IndigoBlu papers, paints and stamps, and a little hide a way surprise for next week ;)
Top row left to right: 3" plain ATB cube kit, mini cogs style 1, geometric cut out ATC blank.
Middle row left to right: Mini fancy shapes 1 wood plaques, 2" square aperture ATB cube kit, mini crowns style 3.
Bottom row left to right: Fleur De Lis frame ATC blank, Mini butterflies style 3, Fancy cut out frame ATC blank.

So don't panic you don't have to make an ATB the choice is up to you a long as you include Ink Stitch Paint Collage Print Paper and of course Stamping on your project.

Elizabeth x

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Dragons Dream TIO #201 - Four!

It's Julie Ann's turn to take the lead over at the Dragons Dream TIO, and she has chosen the number four to be used on your tags.

I decided to use a dictionary page with the word on for this round, unfortunately the writing was way to small to read, so out came the number four stamp from IndigoBlu's Design Numbers set! I can see that one lol.

I used Slap It On Matt Medium to adhere the page to my tag, and gave it a top coat to seal it before using a watered down layer of GeeSoGood over the top. Once that was dried I stamped out the butterfly from the Discover Your Passion stamp set and coloured it in using Lyra Polycolour pencils. I highlighted the word "four" with lines, then added the number stamp using Jet Black Archival ink. To finish off I added shade around everything using a pale lilac pencil to make the butterflies float above the page.

Hope you can join in with us this time around, happy crafting.

Elizabeth x

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Dragons Dream TIO #200 - No 9

I can't believe that we have reached our 200th challenge over at the TIO, it doesn't seem that long ago that Frankie decided to start the challenge and I proudly joined as a team member.
You can catch up with Frankie on the Jewellery Maker channel where she is a guest designer, making her fabulous Steampunk creations.

So this time around the fabulous Gabrielle has chosen the number 9 which I struggled with, then I remembered a stitch in time.........saves nine - or at least I hope that's how it goes :)

So with Kaisercraft papers and stamps, distress inks and IndigoBlu's GeeSoGood my tag came together.

So hop over to the Dragons Dream TIO blog via the link on my sidebar and join in!

Elizabeth x

Friday, 11 September 2015

Craft Stamper Magazine's Take It Make It Challenge - Take a Stamp!

The new challenge over at the Craft Stamper Blog is well underway and we have some amazing entries already.

I've re-discovered my Art Journal, which I started a couple of years ago, there are still plenty of empty pages (shame on me, although I am using other journals) so it's time to get creating again, this time around with an assortment of IndigoBlu stamps.

I've used the Lotus flower and stamps from the Grand TourII sheet, and Dutch Doobadoo stencil along with several shades of Distress Inks, and of course a layer of GeeSoGood.

I doodled around the edge of the page with a Micron pen and created shading around the flowers with a soft pencil.

My mission for today is to complete the opposite page :)

Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Art Journal Re-Vamp

 I decided to give my Art Journal a re-vamp, when I did the cover originally it was black with metallic blue and silver, and very dark.
So after a coat of GeeSoGood Gesso and adding lots of elements that were left over from a Finnabair workshop I did at IndigoBlu earlier this year, along with a few flowers and buttons from my stash. I decided this time around I wanted a pastel colours for my journal.
  I used several layers of IndigoBlu's Cottage Garden paints in the gorgeous Grandma's Teacup and Townhouse Teal shades, diluted with water and spritzed onto the cover. Then after drying spritzed again with the gorgeous Snow White metallic paint, for a pearl sheen along the right hand side.
To finish off I applied a little Vodka Martini metallic paint using a dry brush to the edges of some of the embellishments, so when the light catches them they have a beautiful metallic lustre.

So there's my re-vamped cover and I promise to fill the rest of the pages and share them :)

Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x

Monday, 7 September 2015

IndigoBlu Vintage Poppies

It's my turn to share a project over at the IndigoBlu Blog where you will find step by step instructions, along with a shopping list of all the products that you need to make my Vintage Poppies card.

And for the canny crafters who like a bargain, if you watch any of my programmes on the British Craft Network over the next few weeks, you will find a product code for 10% discount and free P&P.

Happy Crafting

Elizabeth xxx

Friday, 4 September 2015

British Craft Network for IndigoBlu :)

I've got my first programme for IndigoBlu on the British Craft Network Saturday 5th September at 4pm.

I'll be showcasing the fabuous Christmas Compendium Mixed Media Paper Stack, along with some other of my favourite products, hints and tips.

Hope you can join me for the first of my shows, bloopers and all!!
Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x

Craft Stampers Take It Make It Challenge September - Take A Stamp

Our challenge this month over at the Craft Stamper Magazine is to "Take a Stamp" as easy as that, we want to see stamping on your projects. Leave us a direct link back to your single piece of artwork, and link back to the blog, and we can pay you a visit for a closer look.

As always we have an amazing prize up for grabs and also the chance to have your artwork featured in the magazine, so get stamping!!

A fabulous stamp plate and two gorgeous stencils are up for grabs!!

I've used one of the Poppy's from the Poppycock set from IndigoBlu stamped out in using Distress Ink onto a shaded Distress Ink background, and water brushed to move the colour around. The flourish was stamped out in Archival Jet Black and Stazon Studio Glaze Jet Black was added to the centres to create the stamens. To finish off I added some shading around the edge of the petals using a soft pencil, then blended it in using my finger, and finally a sentiment from the Poppy Meadow set.

Pop on over to the blog for more inspiration from the fabulous Craft Stamper team, and join in!!!

Elizabeth x

Frosted Designs September Challenge - Back to School

Our challenge this month over at the Frosted Designs blog is "Back to School" It's been a long time since I've had to sort out new books and uniforms, but I remember all those last minute trips for bit's that we had forgotten, great fun!

I've used a scrap piece of paper for my backgound and I can't remember where it is from, sorry, it was the script that drew me to it, along with the lovely distressed colours.

This is one of the Gorjuss Girl stamps and she looks like she is al ready for school with that stack of books! I coloured her with ProMarkers, fussy cut her out and added her with foam pads to make her stand out from the background.

These flowers have been in my stash forever! I think they were from Lakeland Plastic back when they used to have a craft section.

So there you have it "Back to School" is our theme for the whole month, so why not pop over via the link and join in, you could even win a fabulous prize!!

Happy Crafting

It's been

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Dragons Dream TIO #199 - Number "3"

 Catherine has chosen the number "3" for our new challenge over at The Dragons Dream TIO this time, how you use it is up to you, as long as you have at least one real stamp on tag.
I've used some left over bits from Kaisercrafts "On Stage" collection 6 1/2" paper pad, along with some Stampers Anonymous stamps.
A spattering of white GeeSoGood, a few sequins and a few blobs of brass perfect pearls finish it off.

Hop over via the ink on my sidebar and check out what the rest of the fabulous team have created, and join in!

Elizabeth x

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Dragons Dream TIO - No2

This time around over at the Dragons Dream TIO Blog Silvia has chosen the number "2" so we would like to see that incorporated onto you tag somewhere with as always at least one real stamp.

I love this die from spellbinders and couldn't get the song "Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do" out of my head lol, as you know I have a dog named Daisy.

I stamped the background of the tag in Salty Ocean Distress Ink with the Harlequin background stamp from IndigoBlu. Then brushed over a layer of white GeeSoGood to tone the colour down a little. I have to confess that that was the only stamp I used on my tag this time, the rest is made up from dies, flowers and dimensional drops.

Hope you get time to join in our little challenge, just click on the link on the sidebar to take you there.

Elizabeth x

Friday, 14 August 2015

Craft Stamper Magazines Take It Make It Challenge

Just a little reminder of our challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog
is to use your pens and pencils, add colour, doodle your own design to use within your project, it's your choice.

I used the new clear Christmas stamps from IndigoBlu, the baubles have become balloons and the Christmas presents are now for a Birthday, along with some added scribbles to create patterned papers and bows.

To finish off I splattered a little paint on the background and scribbles around the edge of the card.

So plenty of time left to join in, and as always we have a fabulous prize up for grabs and you have the chance of you artwork being printed in the magazine, so please keep it safe.

Good Luck
Elizabeth x

Friday, 7 August 2015

A Christmas Light for IndigoBlu

It's my turn over at the IndigoBlu Blog to share a project, you can find all the details HERE

 I've the houses from the new Snow Globe, raided the re-cycling bin and used a sprinkling of Royal Peacock Megaflakes for some Christmas glitz.
To check out the step by step details head over to the IndigoBlu Blog, and raid that re-cycling bin!

Have Fun,
Elizabeth xxx

Craft Stamper Magazine's Take It Make It Challenge - Take a Technique "Pens and Pencils"

Our new challenge over at Craft Stamper Challenge Blog is to Take a Technique "Pens and Pencils" so we would love to see colouring or doodling with your pencils, Copics, Promarkers etc.

I've always been a doodler so I thought I would share my little bird houses with you all coloured in using Lyra Polycolour pencils, very simple :)

We have a fabulous sponsor this month, with a great prize up for grabs from Chocolate Baroque.
And as always you could have a chance at seeing your artwork in print in the magazine, so please keep it in a safe place.
Leave us a direct link back to your artwork, and please read the rules before entering.