Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Sizzix Big Shot Die Cut Felt Flowers

I used my big shot to die cut some felt flowers. Then I folded them and stitched them to give them dimension, finishing the two smallest with a decorative button. 



Saturday, 22 August 2015

ATCs available for swap

I have made these ATCs today and they're available to swap (UK only due to postage costs).  They have been watercoloured using Distress Ink.

Please contact me through this blog if you would like to swap ATCs or tags.


Sunday, 9 August 2015

LOTV Spring Swing and different ways of folding

I was looking at some old magazines and found a template for this card which springs up. It was very easy to do. I shall do step by step instructions later.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Just keep adding stuff until it looks right



I finally got the look I wanted after asking the opinion of several crafty friends.  I took the photo before everything was dry - I hope I don't put my finger in the wet stickles again!

Monday, 20 July 2015

Out of my comfort zone

I haven't stuck any of this down yet; I'm not sure that it really works... I'm trying hard to make fussy cards as I admire them so much, but I can't translate my stash into that style. It just doesn't feel right.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

James Peeping - Lili of the Valley

Hello everyone and thanks for visiting my blog.  Today I am sharing a card I made using the James Peeping image by Lili of the Valley.




I cut a large tag from watercolour paper and printed the image using Memento ink.

I used Inktense blocks to put small amounts of colour on the image.


Then, I took a damp brush to blend the colour and add more where needed.














I punched a fancy edge on the cardstock and mounted the tag on the front with some patterned paper.

I punched some flowers from the same paper and shaped the petals*, then I layered them with some sticky flat back gems.

I have also used a Lili of the Valley sentiment "Just to Say" from the postmark collection of stamps.


Thank for reading this post. Please leave me a comment and I will visit your blog in return.

Marie x

*Place the flower on a soft pad - I use a dishcloth or some folded kitchen paper and rub the petals with an embossing tool.  This will make them curl.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A Lick of Paint

Lili of the Valley, Lick of Paint - had fun with this one. The paint and the keys are clear heat embossed so that they're glossy. What a mess he's making though!

LOTV Little Nurse

Monday, 20 April 2015

LOTV Dandelion Clock

I absolutely adore Lili of the Valley stamps, and here's my latest make using the Dandelion Clock image.


I really went to town on the colouring, and I decoupaged the image to make her stand out more.


I glittered her skirt and the flowers in her hair with Stickles, and...


I added a blob of Glossy Accents to the dandelion she is holding down at her side


Thank you so much for looking at my blog.  Please leave me a comment and I will visit you in return.


Sunday, 12 April 2015

The Big Stamp and Scrapbook Show - Stamps Away

I was lucky enough to go to a craft show this weekend. Sadly my budget was very small but I managed to get a good selection of new stamps. This one is "Stamps Away". I bought it so that I could make some male orientated cards, but I couldn't resist the purple shades when I inked this card.

The background is made using distress ink and a stencil from Creative Expressions.

Today I've spent the whole day playing with my new stash, so I'll be posting more of my creations soon.

Thanks for looking,
Mx

Friday, 10 April 2015

Felt flower decoration


Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the beautiful spring weather and avoiding the much publicised pollution.

My main hobby is papercrafting, but I also dabble in crochet and photography and I HATE SEWING... however, I have recently started making these little felt flower decorations and I am hooked! The shapes are cut using my Sizzix Big Shot which is easy peasy, and then I have fun going through my button stash and layering everything up.

I am going to make some into a garland, and, I am on the lookout for some more dies (I need the owl!) so that I can vary the range.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Distress ink watercolouring

Just sharing a rough trial of watercolouring.

Hope you have all had a great weekend.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Felt flowers

I have purchased a sissix flower die and some felt to make some quick layered flowers. I will make a garland or some other hanging decoration.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

The last day of #artchain and a request

It has been a while since I have been able to spend any significant time at Craft Owl HQ due to my son being so poorly with his Cancer treatment.  For those who do not know, he is only 15 and has recently been diagnosed with cancer for the second time.  He is so very brave about it and he makes me extremely proud.



I was nominated to take part in the #artchain on Facebook and mostly I shared previous makes.  However, for the final day, I made this Pencil Pixie card, which gave me huge satisfaction.



Please leave me a comment, I will visit you back, I promise ... (it just might take a while) ...


And finally, a special request:

I would be grateful if you could share the link to my fundraising page on your blogs to help raise awareness of childhood cancer and support him through his gruelling treatment.


lots of love from Marie xxx


Saturday, 3 January 2015

Please support my son, thank you



Life changed dramatically when Steven was originally diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in January 2006.  He had intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy leaving him with many long term side effects.  Then, in December 2014, he developed a lump on his left cheek which has been diagnosed as Osteosarcoma.  It was a massive shock to us all that he had cancer for a second time.

He has just started on a new treatment plan which once again includes very intensive chemotherapy.  It is heartbreaking to know that Steven will spend much of his time in hospital over the next year or more.  Each cycle of chemotherapy is given with intra-venous fluids lasting over several days.

Following nine months of chemotherapy, he will have surgery to remove the tumour and face a further six months of recovery.

It is awkward asking for financial help but we would like to raise funds to help with the additional costs of spending time in hospital, such as, travel expenses, snacks and treats.

The chemotherapy makes Steven very tired and affects his immune system so travelling by taxi would be a better option for him than train or bus.  The treatment also affects his appetite and we need to encourage him to eat which means buying food in addition to the meals provided by the hospital.  Finally, it would be nice to provide the occasional treat to take Steven’s mind off his illness, whether that is a DVD, video game or a day out between cycles.

If you could help, please give whatever you can.  Each and every donation will be appreciated.

We are very grateful to the Teenage Cancer Trust and therefore any surplus money at the end of Steven’s treatment will be donated to them.

Thank you

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