Sunday, 19 November 2017

Song Challenge

Song Challenge

Happy Sunday!

This seems like an oxymoron
given the song I have chosen: 

Paint It Black

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors any more, I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by, dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a newborn baby, it just happens every day

I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door I must have it painted black
Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts
It's not easy facing up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the setting sun
My love will laugh with me before the morning comes

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors any more, I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by, dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I wanna see it painted, painted black
Black as night, black as coal
I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black

The song was written by those veterans of Rock;
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
and performed by
The Rolling Stones

My underlying thoughts were for
the challenge to be anything you like
 but in monochrome (black and white),
however, as other colours are mentioned,
 perhaps incorporating just one of them
would make for a striking piece of work...

Here's another of Karen Gist's
beautiful coasters to give you
some inspiration:

As always, you can enter as many times
as you like via the link. 

The link will close at midnight on 
10th December

If the link isn't working, then please
email a picture of your work to me
and I will be glad to post it for you

Good luck and I look forward to
seeing your work

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Crafty Emotions

Crafty Emotions


Have you got all your weekend
chores done? Good for you!

Now it is time to sit back and
relax and what better place to
start than with Jane Castle's
Thank You card........

"At this time of year it's so easy to concentrate
 solely on Christmas but it's probably a good
 idea to have a couple of cards ready made
 and 'In the Bank' as to speak for those 
special thank-you's. 

Not only for a fabulous gift but dinner parties, 
drinks gatherings with neighbours 
and then there's 'New Year' parties. 

Today I'd like to share with you a card that
 can easily be adapted using different colours
 if it's for a male or depending on what
 you might have in your 'crafting stash'.

I started by preparing my outer frame, for this I painted 
a piece of smooth white card with Mud Splat paint. 
Once dry it was then given a coat of Weathered Wood, 
left to dry again and then a final coat of Blush

This was then put to one side as I wasn't sure 
at this stage how large I would need
 to make my aperture.

Using the following stamp set and inks I proceeded
 to build up the layers of my wild flowers.

The first to be stamped was the cow parsley, 
this was heat embossed with white EP.

Then I gradually filled in the bunch using 2 other 
stamps from the same set. 

Finally I added a few hand drawn stems using a
 Distress Marker. 

After trimming to size I punched 2 holes, 
1 each side of the stems, threaded some
ribbon through and tied a bow.

After cutting my frame to size I then decided to
 add some narrow lace to the inside of the aperture. 
This was attached using narrow double sided tape.

A die cut tag was then stamped with my sentiment 
and this was attached using a dragonfly brad.

Using a different sentiment on the tag this could be 
adapted for many different occassions, so one could 
make a couple of cards and add the tag when needed!"

Items Used

Lace from sewing stash

What a lovely card Jane;
thank you.

Just goes to show you don't need
a load of stamps and supplies
to make a stunning card

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Friday, 17 November 2017

Crafty Emotions

Crafty Emotions

Hi There!

We have an anniversary card
from Hazel Harler today and
again, not a hint of you know
when in sight!

So sit back and prepare to

"Hi everyone, today I have an Anniversary 
card to share with you.

I used this lovely Crafty Emotions bird stamp set.

I stamped the two birds onto white card
 using black Archival ink.

I used watercolour paints to colour the background.

The birds were masked before I used a stencil
 and picked raspberry distress ink 
on the background.

 I used some watercolour paint on the edges
 and let it run a little then I added some 
blue splatters.

I removed the masks and coloured the birds 
with the watercolour paints.

The front of a card blank was stencilled with 
picked raspberry distress ink

I stamped, painted and cut out the
 Honey Doo flowers and flourish.

I glued the topper to the card blank and
 added some ribbon, the flowers and 
some blue gems to the centre of the flowers."

Beautiful card Hazel, thank you
very much

The flowers give the card that
little bit of a lift from ordinary
to interesting, don't you think?

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Crafty Emotions

Crafty Emotions

Hallo Everyone!

Good to see you!  Do you
know anyone with a pre-
Christmas birthday?....

You do?....

Well here's a gorgeous
card from Craftyfield

 "Succulent, or cactus (Cactii) as I know them,
 are in trend in the crafting world and as soon 
as I saw the Craft Emotion set I knew I wouldn't
 be able to resist!

 It has several elements, enough to build up
 a complete rockery...

I first stamped all the images on the sheet
 and fussy cut them to help me decide on
 a composition.

 I settled on using only 3 elements to keep
 things relatively CAS. I used my fussy cut
 images as masks to stamp on watercolour
 paper with Brilliance ink in black.

 I coloured the image with Inktense pencils.
 Keep it light, you can always add colour later...

I then used a wet brush to "melt" the colour
 on the paper. After this first wash was dry,
 I re-applied pencils where I needed more
 contrast or more intense colour.

For the background, I wanted lots of shine,
 so I used Starlight paints, applied with
 a brayer all over a piece of cardstock. 

You can see the shine, in fact that
 is pretty much all you can see, 
despite the weather being decidely cloudy

I put together my card by matting the

 focal image onto Art-C glitter card in
 black, adding a sentiment stamped in 
black ink on a piece of white glitter card.
I really like that card it's non shedding glitter,

 sturdy but still die-cuts easily, and it shines...

So nice I added another piece of white 

glitter and used Enamel Accents to create
 faux brads.

Without proper sunlight it is difficult to show how nice
 the glitter looks, but I thought you might want 
to see how well it stamped, as I was concerned
 this would be a problem, especially as the
 script on this stamp is quite small. 

I should say that I did enlist my trusty stamping 
platform to stamp the sentiment and I did 3 inkings
 to get the intensity of black I wanted.

You may wonder why cactus for a birthday card
 and I'm mulling over several funny sentiments
 I can add to the inside. 
"No need to be prickly, you're not that old" 
or similar. 

I would be grateful for your suggestions

 so don't hold back and add your
 comments below...please... pretty please?


Thank you for a great card
Craftyfield and also for making
us all smile.....

Well, I laughed out loud
I know a few people who 
are feeling a little prickly
over their birthdays right now...

'Till tomorrow 

Mickie xx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Crafty Emotions

Crafty Emotions

Hi There!

Everything is gearing towards
the end of next month and all
the happy crafters are beavering
away with seasonal items .....

Well what about all the other
life events that take place
even at this time of the year?

Here's Helen Chilton to start us
off with a small selection of
CAS cards that have nothing
to do with Christmas......

"These are clean and simple cards using
 Craft Emotions clear stamp set: Branches. 

They're all made in the same way 
with a few little tweaks here and there. 

Start off by cutting some masks using 
punches or dies. They need to fit
 a 4"x 4" card blank.

Stick your mask down with masking tape 
and choose your colours - I'm using 
Distress Oxides but dye inks are just as good.

Rub on your colours through the mask, 
blending as you go.

 Leave the mask in place and start 
stamping the flowers in black. 

 Build them up.... 

...and then remove the mask.
 And that's it, your basic card.

You can vary them by adding embellishments 
- here I've dotted some Ranger Enamels.

You can also stamp in the background with
 the mask on (Kaisercraft Texture stamp: Script)
 and bring out a couple of the flowers onto 
the white cardstock.

 Then I've added a greeting 

You can stencil the background with the mask
 in place and then double stamp the greeting.

You can change the shape of your mask
and stencil in the background. 

Finish with Stickles.

You can quickly stamp a border.

As these are Distress inks, you could 
splatter the background and add a
 doodled border.

The possibilities are endless ......."


Thanks Helen, that is quite a
comprehensive card set there
to suit many occasions

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx