Thursday 30 October 2014

trick or treat

Hello there. please bear with me this very productive week. I'm very excited about this project as this is really the first Halloween project that I have created. It was inspired by the very talented lovely lady that is Emma Williams who loves Halloween and creates awesome projects. You can go to her blog here

Once again this started it's life as a Graze box. I do love recycling! The box had a very autumnal feel about it and i thought it would fit the bill. So I used the lid to make the back and the base of the box to create the pockets.

I spritzed the back with various dylusions including black, grey and midnight. I then added some pewter and patina perfect pearls and left it to dry. Meanwhile I started preparing the various die cuts.

All the dies I used are from Tim Holtz and are by Sizzix. The leaves I cut out of craft card that i had smooched in fired brick, mustard seed, vintage photo and peeled paint stains spritzed with water.The webs were stamped on vellum with black archival and cut with corresponding dies.

The spiders I cut out of black card. I applied glossy accents to the head and covered with ripe persimmon distress glitter. I then applied glossy accents to rest of body and covered in black soot distress glitter.


 There are 3 bottles  in one of the pockets. I cut these out of thick acetate and inked with alcohol inks and added some crackle glosy accents to age them further.

The small cards are from an 8x8 seasonal paper pack by Tim Holtz.

It was then time to assemble the lot. I attached the 2 pockets first. Then a piece of burlap underneath one pocket and then attached the scrunched leaves around the bottom and the pockets.

I tucked in the phials in the bottom pocket. Then I attached the vellum webs and topped them with spiders.

I then tucked in the little pics in the remaining spaces and added trick or treat label on foam pads at the top.. 

As a finishing touch I added some angelina fibres around the whole project and heat set them These tend to resemble real webs like this.


Then it was time to add the treats......

So i hope you like my first dip into halloween.........Theresa xx

I would like to enter this make in the following challenges:

Fussy an fancy challenge - orange and black
Art with Heart challenge - trick or treat
Crafty sentiments - trick or treat or something sweet

Wednesday 29 October 2014

autumn colurs

Hello there. you must be fed up of me this week. I made this card this weekend and really loved how it turned out.

I started with a 13x13 cm piece of white card and a moon mask. I cut hills out of copy paper and masked lower part of sky while i coloured in the sky.

I used scattered straw, wild honey, barn door, fired brick, seedless preserves and dusty concord. I removed moon mask and added scattered straw and mustard seed. I added streaks of mustard seed to represent rays radiating from sun.

Then I masked off sky and worked on hills. I used antique linen, old paper, tea dye, rusty hinge and brushed corduroy Distress inks. Then i added greens: shabby shutters, peeled paint and forest moss with a make up sponge and the copy paper using the darker colours to the forefront.

I then stamped silhouettes in black archival ink using first, second and even third generation ink. All the stamps used are from Lavinia. The edge around the card is the outer edge of the hanging vines stamp.

I stamped the tumbling leaves and then continued the trail of falling leaves by using a couple of the leaves from hanging vines stamp.

I added some black spots and used black diamond stickles glue over them.

Some matting and layering and the card was finished.

As usual i do hope you like my make, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Lavinia stamps challenge - autumnal colours
TTCRD - anything goes


Tuesday 28 October 2014

monochrome christmas....

Hello my friends. I'm back again. Hopefully this will be a short post with lots of pics.

For this card I used Justrite stamps and spellbinders snowflake and border. I stamped the snowflake using cobalt blue archival ink. I added a strip of double sided adhesive to bottom edge and cut it with a border.

I covered it in microbeads.This was matted on navy blue card. To cover join I cut a strip of white card and stamped sentiment in cobalt blue. i matted on blue and attached to card with foam tape. The snowflake got the microbead treatment and a gem for centre.

I matted on a double white mat and added some bling to the edge of second. Matted on A5 base card and voila' card 1 is finished.

The second card again uses Justrite stamps and a spellbinders snowflake.

I stamped starry background on white card in versamark and brushed white perfect pearls over it.

Snowflake was cut out of navy blue card that had been covered with double sided adhesive and then microbeaded. I added pearl to centre.

On a strip of white card I stamped sentiment in cobalt blue archival ink and matted it on navy blue card. The topper was matted on navy blue card and attached to white base card. I added navy blue pearls to corners as a finishing touch.

And another card finished.

I do love monochrome and tend to precipitate towards blue quite a bit.

As usual I do hope you like my makes, Theresa xx.

I would like to enter this in the following Challenges:

Fan-Tastic Tuesday - anything goes with a monochrome twist
TTCRD - anything goes
crafty cardmakers - cut it out

Sunday 26 October 2014

Seasonal change....

Hello my friends. I have been more busy than usual  on blogger. This project had been in my head for a while now and finally I have managed to put it down on paper.

Below is the thing that got me started on this. This comes on the inside of graze boxes. A few weeks ago i was looking at it and then it was the light bulb moment.

So i create the 4 scenes using a moon mask, distress inks, stencil brushes and a torn piece of copy paper for hills.


The trees are from the trees and mantles set by Claritystamp. I used potting soil archival ink for trunk for spring, summer and autumn. I used watering can edged with potting soil for winter. For mantles I used fern green for spring, fern green edged with bottle green for summer. I am quite pleased with the way the mantle turned out for autumn if I say so myself.
I inked it with dandelion and then added orange blossom, olive green. red geranium and plum.
For winter one i simple flicked some water at it to give an idea of snow.

I edged all 4 windows with a black sharpie and distressed outer edges with scissors and inked with walnut stain.
Change is from the Ghandi saying which i managed to isolate with some masking.

The base is the back of my watercolour pad which i had used. i painted it with black gesso. I then stuck artwork down and the kraft windows on top.
I then added some embellishments. The pine cones and corn are cut from kraft card and inked with walnut stain, then versamarked and clear embossed. Twigs and leaves are spellbinders and the 2 flourishes are Sue Wilson dies which i cut out from a shaving foam strip that I had left over from another project.

Then my dilemma. I couldn't decide what to put on top. I experimented with a couple of ideas but I wasn't sure.

I would really appreciate any help and suggestions, Theresa xx


 I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Claritystamp challenge - seasons
Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - use kraft card
Word art wednesday - anything goes

Thursday 23 October 2014

happy Diwali 2

Following on from yesterday this is part 2 of the Diwali cards.


This first card started its life as a piece of white card which i inked with warm distress inks. I then stamped the arches from the India set by Sheena Douglass in potting soil archival. I stamped some random circles from the circle luster set from Designs by Ryn in red geranium.

I then stamped the sentiment n word chains by Claritystamp and embossed in brown tinsel.

I made sure it was all dry before I stamped the paisleys from the India set as I thought it worked well as the light used for this festival. I embossed it in sparkly gold. I added flames and some fireworks freehand and embossed in sparkly gold. Finally I lifted some colour off from the flowers to add some contrast.

Card 2 is again inked with distress inks and the background stamped with the circle cluster stamps from designs by Ryn. I then stamped some single circles and embossed in brown tinsel. i relly think that these circles easily double up as fireworks.

I then stamped sentiment from the word chains by Claritystamp and embossed with mica boss and added gilding flakes. They didn'y pop as much as i expected so I outlined them with a black micron pen and this did the trick.

I went round outer edge of base card with double sided tape and gilded it again. The topper was matted on corresponding colours and gemms added to centres of 'fireworks'.

So I do hope you like my offerings for todayas much as I enjoyed making them, Theresa xx