Thursday, 11 August 2011

Christmas Paint Fusion

Evening lovely Crafters.

I hope you are all keeping well and safe in this horrible world we suddenly find ourselves in here in the UK. For the first time in my life I feel ashamed to be British. It all makes me so angry that people can behave in such a despicable manner. There is no excuse for any of it, despite what the media seem to want to make us believe.

Now onto to brighter and happier things. Our Fusion Master Sheena Douglass will be on your screen tomorrow launching a Pick Of The Week on Create and Craft with her new Christmas Paint Fusion stamps and if you like anything floral and festive, you'll love these. They can be used in lots of ways, not just with paint fusion and they are bound to get your creative juices flowing.

Sheena also has some Blog Candy to give away this week and you can check it out here.

Here are some of the samples I have made with the lovely new stamps.

The last two are from the same set and can be made into a wreath or a garland and all the embellishments are separate so you can play around to your hearts content.

I have to say a big thank you to all my lovely Blogging Buddies who have continued to leave such lovely comments depite my poor blogging of late. I do apprecate you all so much.

I will be having a little break now from Blogland until DD goes back to school in September. I want to spend some quality time with her and DH without the distraction of computers and crafting. They are both very understanding of my hobbies but I feel guilty when I don't pay proper attention to what is going on around me. DD is growing up fast and time is precious so I hope you'll understand if I don't get round to visiting you for a few weeks.

Enjoy the rest of your Summer, whatever the weather and see you in September.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

An Explosion Of Butterflies

I hope I find you well and enjoying your Saturday.

What a mix of weather we've had this week. After a sweltering first half, we then had thunderstorms followed by a really wet day on Thursday. Yesterday was warm and breezy and today is damp and misty.

Despite the rain we had a run to Ilkley this morning. They are having a three day continental market on the main street and there are all sorts of interesting foods to try and things to look at. We had a lovely browse and came home with several bags of delights.

I managed to finish my exploding box in time for my Aunt and Uncle's Golden Wedding celebrations last weekend so I thought I'd share it with you since it has now been safely delivered.

I find these really hard to photograph so please forgive the poor pictures but I think you can see the general idea.

I've used this same design on many occasions but saw recently the side panels embossed somewhere on blogland and liked the texture it gave. It's also much quicker than all the stamping I usually do which is great when I've left things until the last minute as usual.

The butterflies are from the recent Kanban QVC TSV which was a brilliant buy. I love all the stamps in the set and have already used most of them. These were coloured with H20's and then some diamond stickles added.

The sentiment was computer generated and cut with a Nestie and coloured with some Stampin Up dye ink.

It was also the start of a new theme over at The Stampman ATC swap and we are asking you to think of all things to do with the Ocean this month.

I embossed mine with swirls which I always think look like waves before colouring it with Starburst stains and distress ink. The ship, from the Aspects of Design Nautical set, was cut out and added with foam pads.

Thanks for stopping by and for putting up with my poor blogging at the minute. I hope you are all enjoying your Summer whatever you are up too and thank you again for your lovely comments. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.