Friday, 20 February 2015

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #133 Tic Tac Toe

I just love the idea of this challenge which is being hosted by the lovely, talented Beth. She has chosen Tic Tac Toe as her challenge it's easier to explain by using the little sketch she has given us:

You can choose to include any line across/ down/ diagonal or go all out for a Full House.

I was inspired by a sheet of Graphic45 paper from the Secret Garden Collection which I used as my backing paper .... it has flowers, birds and birdcages on it, I knew I had a lovely Birdcage charm I had bought from Live and Love online shop ... who just happen to be our sponsors this time. I made my easel card with a scalloped die.

Here are the nine items I have included:

There is my treasured birdcage charm, I diecut the butterflies and the poem, I used lace and ribbon, framed my poem with some pearls. The poem was wet embossed with gold embossing powder, and although it doesn't show up very well the butterflies are sparkley . I dry embossed the base of my easel and just to be sure I added a 'With Love' sentiment in case my poem didn't count
here is a photo to prove my butterflies were sparkled
dry embossed base and gold embossed sentiment

So there you go... as simple as that ... I had so much fun ... I hope you will have a go too, entering is easy more details here we would love to see what you make for this lovely challenge.

That's all for this time crafty hugs xxx Annie

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

My New Guilty Pleasure

This past week I have kept myself  'playing' and I do mean playing with some ne,w silicone moulds brought out by Katy Sue Designs they have been cast from polymer clay characters made by the very talented Kathryn Sturrock. I have long admired Kathryn's whimsical characters, but knew that there was no way I could make models like hers freehand. But with these moulds ...well I am in my second childhood, I had planned on using air dried clay which is a very quick process but once I tried Fimo polymer clay I was hooked. The set of moulds came with a lovely project book ... now I don't DO instructions but this book is so well illustrated and written well it's literally child's play.

These are my first attempts:

Then I realised I couldn't just keep turning out these little people I needed to use them in some projects

This was using a 99p frame which I painted and distressed using the Vaseline technique

This project recycled a pickle jar and is one of the projects in the book, using Kathryn's step by step worksheet I was able to do some freehand modelling of the little animals and mushrooms

This is it as seen from above

Then I got a bit more adventurous and made some 3D letters using my silhouette machine they are ideal because they are not as big as the bought letters , I painted it white and painted some clouds on it, created some grass and stuck my little woodland fairy on ... then the real fun thing making all her little animal friends ....

Here is a sideways view

So there it is my one regret is that I didn't have these products when I was helping look  after my grandchildren because they would have had so much fun we spent so much time together making things .
Ah well back to reality then, I better  get off downstairs and make a brew ... it has been a while since my last one .... time whizzes by when you're having fun Bye xxx Annie