Monday, 17 February 2014

Crafting Musketeers Challenge #10.....

Good Afternoon peeps... yes its challenge time again, (the reminder post using Team B's creations that is).

The theme for this challenge is "Butterflies" and it has been sponsored by the wonderful

Here is a little bit about them.

 Dreamees is run by mother and daughter team Carol and Hayley Bignall.
"Founded in 2010, Dreamees has grown from strength to strength over the past months. We've managed to secure stands at shows around the country (venturing from Worcester up to Sunderland and across as far as Manchester & Hull!) and have recently decided to aim for larger shows including Whichcraft and the NEC (Nov 2012). With over 15 CD Roms and a range of polymer stamps that grows weekly, Dreamees has successfully featured in many leading papercraft magazines such as 'Complete Cardmaking with your PC', 'Papercraft Essentials', 'The Complete Guide to Digital Crafting' and soon to be 'Creative Cardmaking'.
Dreamees became manufacturers of Polymer plates in January 2012 and have since supplied growing and established businesses, along with providing custom stamps for paper crafters.
As of November 2013, Dreamees have appeared on Create & Craft TV multiple times and continue to do so."

Right: here is my project for this month and again, from me, its another altered item. This time I have decorated a 3 set of "wood" planters & tray.  
Photos from start to finish (well, until I seal them with waterproof varnish):

I used a black gesso paint by Indigo Blue for the base main colour & added a textured paint in a stone colour by Stamps Away around the rim of the pots & tray. I even painted the inside of each pot in the black. I might go over the black inside of the pots with an acrylic paint when I have more time.

The butterflies were painted using the textured paint in the stone colour & a lovely pumpkin colour. I painted the butterflies through one of 2 Spellbinder dies that I have (from the Papillion set). Thats why they are so rough. On the opposite side to the stone & pumpkin coloured butterflies I painted a different shape of butterfly in a glitter paste, 2 were done in the gold colour & one in the silver (as shown in one of the above photos).

Well, pop over to the Challenge Blog, and try your luck to win this fabulous prize of: 

Fiery Flower stamp, a Daisy Chain Stamp, a small Butterfly stamp and the Fly By Butterflies CD

You have until the end of the month to enter!!! Good Luck ;0

Sunday, 2 February 2014

A little birdhouse for someone...

Good Afternoon peeps, yes its a mini birdhouse... 

Made from paper mache (I think). The little tulips were stamped on using Distress Ink. The tulip stamp is a small clear stamp by Dreamees and the bird house was brought from That Craft Place online shop

After painting with gesso topped with acrylic paints, I used 4 different colours of acrylic paints for the stamped images & the detailing on the top of the birdhouse.
The ribbon band & chocolate box bow says Spring Time on it and gives a cheery brightness to the round house. I used a small mask full of different scrolls for the pattern on the top. This ribbon is from my own
stash as is the springy ladybug in some of the photos. 

Check out our Fortnightly Blog Challenge for this & all of the other DT members projects here: 
Anything But A Card Blog Challenge

Stampin' For The Weekend, where creativity meets a fortnightly challenge for every crafter to join!!!

I am also entering this creation into the following blog challenges:

Through The Craft Room Door - theme: Anything Goes

A Birth Congratulations for my newest Step Grandson...

Yes I have a new Step Grandson, by the name of David Jonathan, weighing in at  5lb 9oz at 4 weeks premature on 22nd January. There were some problems with the little man but he finally came home late this week. He is doing so well now but obviously still small. Both of his names come from David's paternal Grandad who sadly died some years ago, but it suits little David.
Let me introduce you to David at just a few hours old....

I have taken my time over making this card for him as I wanted it to be perfect!! I think I have achieved that with the finished card photographed below.... as I love to layer lace & ribbons to give more dynamic effect & different textures. I too, have to add a bow and/or buttons to every creation as a handmade item of papercrafting is not proper without either of them!! ;)

The image topper was a gift from the artist herself, Helz Cuppleditch. We have been talking, via email & Facebook for a while now & she very kindly said she would send me this topper when I was telling her about baby David & also looking at a photo on Facebook one day of the same topper but in pink.. 

I am entering this in to a Design Team call for one of my favourite online shops & blogs, called
Crafty Ribbons. 
Their website is available by clicking here: Website for Crafty Ribbons

Their Inspiration Blog is available here: Crafty Ribbons Inspiration Blog

and their Challenge Blog is available here: Crafty Ribbons Challenge Blog