Saturday, 2 July 2016

Jumping Juniper Berries it's July!!!

July and still no sunshine in the UK (well not any of note) so a good excuse to stay in and craft!
This month at Crafts Galore Encore we have an Anything Goes Challenge sponsored by the fabulous, Art by Mi Ran 



The prize is 3 digis of your choice, click on the image above to check out the fabulous artwork that you can work with.

I was lucky enough to get Berrylicious to work with. I cut the image out on my Cameo, using Print and Cut, then coloured it with Copic pens and Polychromo pencils and Wink of Stellar Clear. I rounded the edges of my card and embossed it with circles. I then used a fab new die that I bought, Crealies XXl Double Stitch Circles. I deliberately offset the circles and then swapped the inner colours about!
I then stamped and die cut the Altenew Word "Hello", which I glittered up with frosted Lace stickles. Finally I added some orange dew drops from Polkadoodles.

Happy Crafting!
Denyse x


I would like to enter this for :-
Just us Girls Word Summer (summer berries and prom dresses!)
As You Like It - Fave pens etc Copics, I love the range of Copic colours and shades and think they blend beautifully, I also love the fact they wrk so well with my polychromos pencils.



Thursday, 9 June 2016

A Little Birdie Told Me!

This card has been made using a digi stamp from Robyn's Fetish I used A Little Birdie Told Me.
For the background I cut a strip of acetate with a wavy line and airbrushed a sky using a Copic B12 pen.
I coloured the image with my copics and add some clear Wink of Stella sparkles and fussy cut it out when I added it to the background I created a shadow behind it but pulling the tail and head away from the card. I also  cut out extra daisies from the digi which I added as embellishments and also used to decoupage the daisies on the tree stump. The tag, phrase, grass and layers were all cut using my Cameo.
I mounted it using various papers and cards from my stash.
Happy Crafting,


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

One Box, One Lid, One Puzzle, Two Ways!

This month at Crafts Galore Encore Challenges we are being sponsored by Kenny K who are offering two prize of  3 digis one will be chosen and one will be selected randomly.



Please pop along to the challenge blog to enter, our theme is "Anything Goes". and we love to see what you create.

I was delighted to be asked to create a sample for the lovely Karen Clare  who is also known as "The Clock Lady"
Karen has recently designed a fantastic puzzle which is made out of MDF and comes flat packed ready for you to decorate/ alter/ personalise. A clever addition to the puzzle is its box which has a reversible lid. As the puzzle can be decorated on both sides, using both sides of the lid means you get two completely different puzzles and looks in one! The kit costs £9.95 with postage of just £1 to the Uk.
Please click HERE to visit Karen's website where the kits can be purchased and also HERE to visit her Facebook page.

I assembled my box using cosmic shimmer glue and held the pieces in place with the elastic bands that came in the pack




I then gessoed all of the pieces. I decided to take my inspiration from a workshop that I did with Emma Godfrey at That's Crafty. On the first side I used a store card to smear Paperartsy Fresco paint in Bougainvillea, Banana and South Pacific, I then added patches of snowflake followed by black stencilling of groups of dots. Various stamps were inked using the paint and stamped on using the paint as ink, I also stamped using distress inks and versa color in white. Splodges of black and neon pink were added and a rubbed in some more distress inks. Lines in gold metallic paint were applied using the store card. Different circles were added using pen lids dipped in paint. Text was added randomly (I put some upside down to make the puzzle harder) using stazon ink. Finally I used black and white journalling pens to add detail and this is what i ended up with ...




For my second side I stuck down old book papers with mod podge then I used Decoart Fluid Media paint in Dioxazine purple, with Paperartsy Fresco paints in Bora Bora, Banana and Limelight. Again I also used Americana neon pink. I sprayed the colours with water and used my fingers to apply the colour. I dry brushed with neat Paperartsy Fresco in Snowflake to knock the colour back and then added little pops of pink and gold dots. I added stamped text and then doodled with black and white journalling pens.
I ended up with this

Turning my attention to the box I painted it with Dylusions Turquoise and then added Prima Art Alchemy metallic paint in Deep Waters. I dry brushed with Decoart gold to finish.
I photographed the two sides of the puzzle and printed on glossy paper which I mounted on to black card and stuck it either side of the lid (the lid can be used either way around). I also Stamped the bottom of the box and added a small copy of each photograph.





As you can see, one item can give you two completely different looks!




I hope you like this and consider visiting Karen's shop to look at all the goodies there and pop one of these kits into your basket!
Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

I would like to enter this for:-



Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Merry Month of May is upon us!

This month at Crafts Galore we have an Anything Goes Challenge, sponsored by Di's Digis, who are offering $12 of your choice of digis as a fabulous, randomly chosen, prize.


For my project I decided to use two samples I have just created for the Stamp Addicts' show on Hochanda TV.
My first project was created by pulling a gelliplate print using layers of different acrylic paints and various stencils.. I then stamped on to the yellow circles and the corner, using Archival Ink.I kept the card simple by picking out the main colours in the matting and layering. I thought it ended up with a slightly "Oriental", feel to it.

My second project was created by repeatedly dropping alcohol ink on to glossy card (and aiming for the centre of already created circles) Dropping the ink creates a smooth circle which sponging etc couldn't achieve. I then inked the smaller stamps leaving the stalk at a length that matched the rest of the head making more of an orb. I love the fact that this leaves the card open to interpretation!



I am also very pleased to announce that I have been lucky enough to have been offered a place on a new Dt at Jade's Sparkling Butterflies! I will start posting my creations for them in June.
Happy Crafting!
Denyse xxx

I would like to enter these for :-





Friday, 1 April 2016

April Fool's, Anything Goes and an 18th Birthday!!!

Hello Blogland, I haven't been around for a while as have been busy with birthdays (my lovely Bethany was 18, and I was ... too old to remember!) and viruses (I know which I prefer!)
I am also very lucky to have been to a number of great workshops, and the flowers on my project are inspired by a fabulous workshop with Brenda Brown and Countryview Crafts.
Anyway I am back in time for a new Crafts Galore Encore Challenge which is sponsored by Beccy's Place and the theme is Anything Goes.
Beccy is offering 3 digis or a digi set of the winners choice.

I wasn't fortunate enough to receive a digi, but as I had various 18th birthday momentoes to make that wasn't a problem for me. 
For my project I took a light wood heart from The Works and painted it with Bougainvillea chalk paint from the Paper Artsy Fresco range. I then painted on a thin layer of their crackle glaze and once dry added a layer of Sherbet Chalk paint. I used distress inks (walnut) to ink the edges. I then mod podged some card from Amazon packaging and laid old book pages on top. Once dry I used a Tim Holtz Alterations  Bigz die 656640 to cut out flowers, which were painted with various distress inks and edged in walnut. I assembled the flowers with brads and used mod podge to stcick them to the heart. I cut the 18 using my trusty Silhouette Cameo and used Ice Resin Enamels (raspberry) to give them a metallic look (on top of amazon packaging again!). Finally I added some blue frantage around the edges and a tiny butterfly brad that I enamelled with the ice resin powders.
I was happy with the result, as was the recipient, a friend of Bethany's who shares my birthday!
Happy crafting!
Denyse x


I would like to enter this for:-
The Artistic Stamper - ATD
A Beautiful Mess #1 AG
Brown Sugar AG
Craft for the Craic Anything But A Card
Crafting with Friends AG
Creative Artiste AG/Chipboard etc #13
Creative Fingers #106
Dragon's lair AG
That's Crafty ATB&B
Countryview Challenges Spring
Avenue 613 AG
L'il patch of Crafty Friends AG
We love 2 Create AG MM
Crafting By Designs April AG
CraftyCreations Challenges For a Young Girl (to me 18 is young!)
Crafting For All Seasons Diecuts
CraftyGals AG
Crafty Addicts AG/Spring
2 Crafty Girls/Jade's Sparkling Butterflies AG
In the Pink 
Through The Purple Haze Flowers 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Chistmas to you all, I hpoe this finds you happy and well with family and friends.
The Crafts Galore Encore Challenge theme this month is "Anything Goes", and is sponsored by Beccy's Place, with the winner receiving their choice of three digis or a set of digis from HERE

I decided to try a non traditional image for a Christmas card so I picked the free Owl image available from the Beccy's Place Blog.
 I started by colouring my image with my Copics and using liquid glass to accent the eyes. I then use a spellbinders die to cut out the aperture. My favourite bit was the background. I cut a circle out of pearlised cream card using my spellbinder's die. I then sprinkled my brushos liberally and squirted with water! I then took some Stmpendous aged white embossing paper, sprinkled it on randomly and heated from beneath with my heat gun then I added some cut out stars which I also embossed with the aged embossing powder. To finish I used a Sizzix die to cut the word "Joy", out of gold card and used a pearl to dot the joy!
I hope you like it as it is not a traditional image to use on a Christmas card!
Merry Christmas and Happy Crafting!
Denyse xxx



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Sunday, 1 November 2015

DT CALL!!!! & Use a stamp or digi!

This month Crafts Galore Encore is sponsored by Art by Miran and the lucky winner gets their choice of 3 digi images from the Art by Miran store (click on the badge to visit the store).




We also have a DT CALL for a number of places on our DT to begin with the first challenge of 2016 on January 1st!
To join our DT please add DT to your entry for this challenge. If you have tried before please try again, our requirements are:-

1. You need to have a blog and also a Facebook account (we run the group from a private FB group)
2. You will be required to produce one project each month. The themes aren't difficult and usually the sponsor will provide you with a digi image to work with (usually you get a choice as to which image you choose!) The project will need to be ready by the 28th of each month.
3. You will need to comment on challenge entries.
4. Every other month you will be asked to pick your choice of a winner and write a sentence or two about why you picked it (please click on the winners tab above if you want to see what is needed !)
5. You need to enjoy colouring as we work with digi stamps (we chose to do this so that we could work with people worldwide!)
We are a friendly group and as flexible as we can be (life does tend to get in the way of craft !) We really look forward to seeing your entries and hope to be in touch soon!

I really enjoyed getting my Copics out for this Challenge, although it has been so long since I used them , my colouring is a bit rusty! Once coloured I glittered the snowflakes and used decoart liquid glass for the Bubbles and Rudolph's nose. I cut extra snowflakes on my Cameo and glittered them and use saree twine (bought from Oxfam) to hang to jingle bells from the card. The greetung was cut from the new sizzix dies.




I would like to enter this for:-

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Beautiful Brushos in September1

The challenge this month at Crafts Galore Encore is, "Anything Goes", and we are sponsored by the delicious, Di's Digis , who are offering a $12 prize to the randomly picked winner.


As there were no DT images this month I decided to use my Brushos and some new Finnabair and Carabelle Studio stamps  that I bought from That's Crafty.
I have been having lots of fun with my Brushos, since going to two different Brusho Workshops, one with Eileen Goodwin at Oyster stamps and a couple with Karen Clare (AKA The Clock Lady).
I kept it very simple, stamping on to Mixed Media Paper (which I had die cut using Memory Box Open Studio Die set Distressed windham College) and then painting in with my Brushos (and using water trails for the colour to run down). It was then simply mounted and I added a retro sentiment with a new/old toy of mine an old fashioned press labeller!


I would like to enter this for:-