Friday, 16 March 2018

Happy Day

Happy Day

Hallo There!

How're you today?  Hope
you're only being affected
by this Mad Marchness in
a good way .........  I've
always wondered why the
eggs are brought by hares
or rabbits (depending where
you are in the world).....

Angela Radford has popped
by today with a really cute
project that has nothing to
do with madness, March or
Hares ..... just Spring...

 Hi all, Angela here to show you how I 
used this door hanger to create a 
really nice gift.

 Cut out the tiny butterflies and
 attach to the hanger.

Next I applied some crinkled tissue paper 
and then covered the whole thing 
with a good coat of Gesso and don't 
forget the sides and back.

Now you can start to add the colour, 
(Fresco Finish acrylics by Paper Artsy)
 I like to layer this adding the lightest colours
 first, dry it and then add more colour. 

When that's complete, rub over everything
 gently with Treasure Gold gilding wax. 

At this stage I also made some larger butterflies
 using a Woodware mould and coloured those too.

To complete the hanger I used a text stamp
 randomly, attached a sentiment, positioned the
 butterflies and added some gems. 

It's a good idea to seal the paint when
 finished with Glaze or varnish.

Happy crafting, Angela xXx

Oh Angela, that is seriously good
Thank you very much.  

I particularly like the colours - not really
in my comfort range so I think I will
have a go at this technique myself but
on a book cover .................

'Till tomorrow 

Mickie xx

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday

Happy Mother's Day!

I was thinking about Mothering 
Sunday - its origins and customs,
when it dawned on me that I
haven't seen a Simnel Cake for a
long while.  Do any of you bake
them for Mothering Sunday? 
Can they even still be bought?

 Craftyfield has popped in with
 a lovely bright card to share
with you:

"Gelatos are great for adding colour quickly
 to a project. Here I used them dry as this
 is my favourite technique with them.

I simply scribbled the colours over
 the stencil, held in place with masking 
tape and rubbed a dry baby wipe over. 

A brush will work equally well for this.

If you want clean colours, use a clean 
piece of wipe everytime you change
 colours, especially when working with 
complementary colours which together 
make greys... (Blue/Orange; Yellow/Violet, 

For a quicker background, you can
 create a stripe with masking tape,
 instead of doing the whole card 
front as I did. 

Or stencil just 2 corners, or inside a 
heart stencil... the possibilities are endless.

If you are doing the whole card front 
with a small stencil like I did, be 
mindful of the pattern repeat. 

The one I used for instance had a 
vertical repeat, but I couldn't find 
a way to join the design horizontally! 

No matter... the joint will be mostly
 hidden by the focal image.

Over to you, have a play 
with these sticks, they are great fun!"

You'll find Gelatos here:

Or you could use Distress Crayons
They are fun to use too and
come in the Distress colours so
can be matched to your project.
They can be found here:

Thank you Craftyfield - love that

I know that in other countries, 
Mother's Day falls at different times
of the year.  Also, there are other
customs - do please share what
you do in your country

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday

Hallo Everyone!

In the UK it is Mother's Day
tomorrow and if you haven't
made your card yet, here is
some inspiration from
Louise Thomson

"I have made this card with 
mothers day in mind, 
although it could be suitable 
for any number of occasions.
I cut a little square of scrap
 fabric using a die. 

I sponged do crafts so soft fabric paint 
on to my chosen stamps (by paper artsy)
 and printed on to the fabric.

Once I had printed several flowers, 
I filled in a little more using a paintbrush.

 When the paint was dry I added 
stickles glitter. 

I stamped in to my card blank using 
the same paperartsy stamps in 
distress oxide ink before matting
 and mounting the fabric."

A delightful card Lousie, thank
you for sharing it with us.

Unusual too, with the stamped
fabric.  Gives a nice texture

I will have to consider adding
this technique to my little book
of ideas

D'you have one of those?  I find
it really helpful in those, what shall I do moments!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx