Sunday, March 28, 2010

Blog candy giveaway....

...over at Linda's place, she's put together the pieces for you to make your own cuff

All you have to do is pop on over to her blog and leave a comment to be in for a chance of winning.

....if you've never seen the gorgeous pieces that Linda creates pop on over to her blog for a bit of serious eyecandy!!

Good luck with the draw too...


Friday, March 26, 2010


and its the last of our trinchie challenges over at SCD...the theme this week has been chosen by the lovely Melody and its:-


Here is my crown trinchie.....

The white card has been coloured using the new distress ink, chipped sapphire, then over stamped with a text stamp, also in chipped sapphire. The crown and bird are both chipboard shapes and both coloured with chipped sapphire and overstamped with the same ink with a text stamp, both were then painted with rock candy distress inks and a bit of bling added....letters and rub on crowns and a bit of doodling around the edge finish off the piece.

Do pop on over to the SCD blog and see the last of the trinchies, the DT have created some wonderful month we have something completely different for you to try!!!! lol

TFL xx

I'm really sorry but due to the illness of my son I've only just managed to post out the ATC's so I'm really sorry that they are so late, but, please be assurred they are now winging their way to you all - a BIG Thank You to all that took part in the swap...

and secondly,

I have a FAB announcement...
Joanne and I have been trialing some white chipboard for the lovely Di over at Tando Creative and she's asked us both to be on her DT!! isn't that FANTASTIC! so, Thank You Di I'm really looking forward to it!!

Have a great weekend xx

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Last Tando Technique...

Sadly today see's the end of Joanne and I's techniques for white board for Tando Creative - I've really enjoyed working with different products and putting the white board thro' its its a "free for all" and so a hotch potch of our favourite things...

Here's mine:-

The base is one of the lovely wavy edged arches. It has been coloured using a variety of the new DI's ...... the image is by stampington and was stamped direct to the board...her skirt was then coloured using watered down distress ink....the foliage was then stamped and hi-lighted using a glitter pen....the image was then coated with glossy accents and the edges daubed with gold acryllic...I was going to add something else but decided it looked better left alone!

Do pop on over to the Tando Blog and see what Joanne has created and see what the DT have created using other Tando Creative products. All the white board pieces that Joanne and I have used are now available to buy, one stockist is Bubblyfunk.

I would like to say Thank You to Di, Tando Creative for inviting me to play with these pieces I've really enjoyed the challenge and Thank You to Joanne for being such a great inspiration...

TFL xx

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tando Tuesday

and today its Colour Crazed.....well, the brief is stamp and colour!!and here is my piece:-

I am loving these arch shapes, have you noticed? actually I love them all but the arches and dominos are my favs....anyway today I have used direct to surface technique to colour my base....this was done using a versamagic ink pad, then I stamped about 5 different background stamps onto the piece, all by various manufacturers....some of the edges were then hi-lighted with a white pen. I then took a piece of wire and threaded some beads and wrapped this around the shape. A domino shape was then coloured with another versamagic ink pad and then stamped, clear embossing powder was then added to give it a sheen...the domino was then matted onto a brown piece of card and then adhered over the metal wire. Gold dauber was then added to the edges.

Pop on over to the Tando Creative Blog and see what Joanne has come up.

TFL xx

Sunday, March 21, 2010


are always abundant in March for us...and this week there's another four....

Here are a couple of cards, the recipiants have got them now so I feel able to show them here..

Now I wonder who this one is for?

The background is basic grey paper which I have had for ages and this is the last piece! the image is "the crafter" by stampotique which was stamped onto a piece of card which had various distress inks applied doodles around the outside framed the figure....this was then matted onto a brown piece of card, flowers and bling by prima, cosmo cricket tiny type letters and "40" from MM finish off the piece....Happy Birthday Ang!"

The second card to reach its owner yesterday!!

Background paper, Rum and Raisin by Paperartsy, the centre piece was cut from board and then painted with black acryllic then stamped onto with versamagic ink. The corners had viva ferro applied and whilst still wet stamped into them with a text stamp, when dry I dry brushed with acryllic paint. Archie in the centre has been created using ten seconds studio metal, puffed out and filled with GA's then adhered to the piece...the outside was daubed with gold.....the butterfly was covered with text paper and inked and his tail is glass effect gel from viva...loving that stuff at the mo - and a grungepaper rose with a piece of prima bling finished it off.....!! "Happy Birthday karen, have a great day!"


Friday, March 19, 2010

Week 43 at SCD

I really can't believe that its 43 weeks ago since the launch of know what that means don't you? only 9 weeks til we're 1!! and boy have we got some fab birthday plans lined, watch this space!!

Week 43 and its still our Thrinchie (or trinchie) month - either way, its 3"x3" pieces of art!

the theme has been set by Laura this week and she's chosen, Musical Instruments....

so, here's my piece....

its not exactly what I had in mind, and where have you heard that already this week??? The base is black cardstock cut to 3"x3", the music paper is by 7 gypsies and was cut to 3X3 and then torn, the stamps are all from inkadinkadoos rock start set...and the little piano is a charm from a cheapo shop....if I get time this weekend I'm going to make another one and hopefully by then I'll have a bigger area than 4"x4" to work in and be able to find stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pop on over to SCD and see what the other DT have created...there are some gorgeous pieces there!!

Have a good weekend...

TFL xx

PS ATC update, I'm waiting for one more set and then they will be posted out - hopefully the beginning of the week.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tando Technique Thursday...

and today Joanne and I are putting the white board thro' its paces with viva Ferro paste...

Here's my piece:-

the white board wavy edged arch was painted with acryllic paint and then the ferro plastered at the bottom and along one side, whilst still wet a criss cross stamp was pushed into the paste. (if you try this technique spritz your stamp - it will add release from the paste and also make the stamp alot easier to clean!) Once dry, gold and black daubers were added and when wiped off.....the car, arrows and phrase are all by T!m Holtz and the key was added.....

The board was gorgeous to work with and as its white gives such perfect colour results.

Pop on over to the Tando creative blog and see what Joanne has created...its gorgeous!

On a personal note just wanted to say a big thank you for the support my lovely friends have given me in relation to Josh. He was re-admitted to hospital on Tuesday. xx

See you tomorrow with another SCD challenge...

TFL xx

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tando Creative part 5

and today its "Spritz Blitz" - spraying it with Glimmer mist or anything wet from a mister!! (Joanne has done a fab job with the names hasn't she?)

So, here's my piece for today:-

You know how you get an idea in your head and it doesn't pan out...well, this started off as one of those episodes. The whole reason behind Joanne and I doing these white board pieces is to see how much the board will take's what happened:-
My idea was to have a masked off swirl to the side with a inchie/domino beside it. I placed the mask on the board and spritzed - but, it soaked under the mask - must point out that these masks were last used on canvas with acryllic paint so might very well not be as sticky as they should! so I used a babywipe and wiped the mist off, cleaned up my mask and tried again - but, didn't like the result so wiped that off and spritzed four colours onto the board - when dry I then stamped ontop of it with versafine ink and daubed the edges with gold has been very difficult to photograph since there's an awful lot of mica on that board!!! roflxx

Once again the board has tolerated my "bashing" very well. It has stayed stable and flat.

All the pieces that Joanne and I are using are now available to buy at Bubbly Funk.

Pop on over to the Tando Creative blog to see what Joanne has created.

Also, don't forget the monthly competition.

TFL xx

Friday, March 12, 2010

Week 41

over at SCD and its Dawn's turn to choose the theme and she's chosen:-

so, here's my thrinchie...

The white background card was coloured slighly with distress inks, its very subtle so barely visable. The stamps are from Art Journey and stamped in black - to add a bit if colour the chipboard heart has been coloured with one of the new distress inks, Barn Door, and three little bits of bling complete the piece.

A big Thank You to all of you who joined us for the ATC swap - the swap is now closed and your ATC's will be sent out to you this week. A couple of people have contacted me saying that their ATC's are on the way so once I've received those the swaps will be winging their way to you.

Do pop on over to the SCD blog and see what the others have created and perhaps take the plunge and join us.....

Have a fab weekend folks!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tando's Technique Thursday....

Joanne and I have been using Viva's Terra with our white chipboard pieces for our Tando challenge today.

Viva's Terra is like a thick coloured paste which drys like paint but with a grit like texture, almost like fine pebble dash. Once again, the white board hasn't shown any signs of seperating or warping under the use of such thick and wet paste, it has also maintained the true colour of the paste.

This time I've chosen the shaped arch to play with:-

The arch was painted with the Terra and then left to dry. Once dry I then rubbed distress stickles onto the corners and along the edges, I then stamped a paperartsy stamp with black ink and then a gold clock charm was added. The edges were hi-lighted with gold dauber. The piece was then adhered to a brown piece of card which had been edged with utee. The background paper on the card is from seven gypsies, text paper was adhered to grungepaper and butterflies stamped and then cut out, these were adhered to the card using silicone gel.

All the white board shapes are now available to buy from Bubbly Funk.

Pop on over to the Tando Creative blog and see what Joanne has created - it gorgeous!!

Don't forget there's another Tando Creative piece on Tuesday...xx

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tando Creative part 3

and this time Joanne and I are trying utee/triple embossing and seeing how the board reacts...

For my jigsaw piece I used versamark with cosmic shimmer ultra thick embossing crystals, this was repeated twice, then I inked up my stamp with black versafine and added another layer of versamark to the piece - ontop of that I sprinkled cosmic shimmer ultra thick in lapis sapphire, midnight blue and lava black and whilst still moulten pushed my stamp into the enamel....a few minutes later......................

not the easiest thing in the world to photograph, but irl its really striking!

When you do this technique the enamel and the base get exceptionally hot - the board hasn't warped or reacted to the heat at all (well, apart from getting hot! but, thats to be expected of all bases when this technique is used).

All the white board pieces used by Joanne and myself for these technique pieces are now available to buy through BubblyFunk....

Pop on over to Tando Creative and see what Joanne has made.....

TFL xx

Saturday, March 6, 2010

and after....

alot of secret emails and secretative meetings the day arrived when we surprised Ang with this:-

20 peeps made a 6x6 page for "Ang's special book" and several others from the crop made tags which fitted into the back page which had a little concertina pocket especially for them....

The front is made from sticky metal with letters under and the flowers are grungepapers...


was followed by:-



Here is my page...

I want to Thank everyone for their hard work in making the pages and for keeping the secret - we nearly had lots of slip ups but managed to recover!! roflxx - all of the pages are gorgeous and made such a special book xx

...and a big Thank You to Tracey for taking the piccies whilst we all enjoyed Ang's reaction!!

Enjoy your book Ang xx

TFL xx

Friday, March 5, 2010

the first time....

that I've not taken a piccie of my SCD piece!! I've let the battery go flat on my camera and I'm off out tonight with the girls so will take a piccie tomorrow and post it...

But, over at SCD its a new month and a new challenge.

Last months ATC's were just brill and we've got quite a few joined up for the swap! its still not too late to join the closing date, to me, is next Friday 12th March 2010! just contact me via the contact me button on my blog and I'll get the details to you. A Big Thank you also goes to our GD for the month, Chriss Rollins, her ATC's were just fab....xx

So, the theme for March is "THRINCHIES"
and what are they? I hear you cry - 3"x3" pieces of art....

and this weeks theme is:- LOVE AND ROMANCE

So, as I'm a nawty blogger, I'll add my piccie tomorrow, but, this is the description:-

A piece of rum and raisin backing paper by paperartsy - a penny black quote stamped in the corner and embossed with gold powder. Cupid, by Anna Giffin is stamped in black to the side and he's sitting on the word "love".... the edges have all been distressed and a brad is inserted into the phrase....can you picture it?? roflxx

Do pop over to the SCD blog and see what the others have created - and taken pictures off!! lol

TFL xx

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tando Creative

Joanne and I are showcasing some more new Tando Creative white chipboard pieces pop on over and take a look! Joanne has created the most gorgeous necklace, you'll all be totally blown away with it!! I was!

Today we're "Cracking up" using viva crocco paint on the board to see how it fairs....

Here's my piece:-

The base is the new jigsaw piece - I just love altering jigsaws....the first layer was the bronze crocco which I plastered on quite thick inorder to get the deep crevices and then to hi-light same, I added distress stickles - unfortunately, I didn't like it, so added more crocco in blackberry - most board would have struggled with the amount of paint and textures thrown at it, but, it hasn't warped or separated in anyway, shape or form - which is great when you change your mind with pieces (as often as me!! lol). The cracks were hi-lighted using a gold dauber. The middle section is a moo shaped piece of board covered with textured metal, a flower and some watch parts finished it all off.

The next piece that Joanne and I will be showcasing will be next Tuesday so I hope you'll join both of us then.

TFL xx

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tando creative

For the next few weeks on a Tuesday and Thursday I will be publishing some results using various techniques on White Chipboard shapes being created by Di Oliver over at Tando Creative. Both, Joanne and I, will be using the same technique base, but, obviously with "our take" on the technique and using different shapes....

So, the first technique is:- DISTRESSING

There are loads of different distressing technqiues out there but for these two pieces I have used just two.

The first one:-

I coloured the piece using distress ink swooshed onto a mat and then lifted with a blending tool - this was then splashed with water and the following effect created:-

you can see where the water was splashed....this piece was then used to create:-

the stamp is the current freebie from Craft stamper, the circles were hi-lighted with a white pen and the outside daubbed with gold acryllic.

For my second piece - I swished three colours of distress inks onto my mat and spritzed with water from my mister bottle. For this technique just give the ink a few spritzes - if you are too heavy handed the chipboard drinks the ink and it gives you a very weak colour base - too much water can also cause the chipboard to seperate. I then added the shape to the "watered ink" and swished it around allowing all of the shape to become coloured. When dry I then dropped water onto the piece and added colour to the edges with the blending tool (I forgot to take a picture at this stage) with the piece I created:-

The centre image is a stamp which has had some white lines added. you can see how the water/ink have coloured the background. Doodles and bling finish the pieces off.

Pop along to the Tando blog and see what Joanne has come up with and don't forget there's a new technique show casing more new shapes on Thursday. All shapes will be available to buy shortly.

TFL xx

Monday, March 1, 2010

March 1st

and its a new project over at Vanilla Sugar....

This month the challenge is to create a:-


So, here is my fabric book:-

The basis of the book is Claudine Hellmuth's sticky back canvas - I cut 6 pieces of 4" square and did the background for each sheet whilst still on the backing. when coloured I then stuck the pages to each other and punched the holes for fixing with a crop-a-dile, each page was then decorated and the edges daubed with gold acryllic paint. When complete book rings were used to hold the pages together.

The front page has a glimmer mist mask which was held in place whilst distress ink was sponged over. I then cut strips of paper, one of which was punched and then a further one adhered to the top - a piece of beaded trim was adhered to the bottom of the paper. The butterfly is from craft bitz and you get loads in a packet, unfortunately, during my clear up I've gone and misplaced mine - but, here I have adhered text paper and then chalked the edges, tiny gem stones have been added for effect on the wings and body. The letters "mum" are grungeboard and were painted with gold dauber and then rock candy distress stickles over the top.

Pages 2 and 3
page 2 - painted using acryllic paint - and a mask which only the edges were painted over. The image is one from Crafty individuals. lace and ribbon were added diagonally across the page.

page 3 - a heidi swapp butterfly mask and distress ink to create the background. Butterfly as per front page. Flower made up of primas and punched foilage! the dream embellishment was made using air dry clay and coloured using perfect pearls.

page 4 and 5 page 4 - painted with acryllic paint and stamped over with text stamp and sequin waste - centre panel is a piece of stampboard coloured with chalk ink and stamped with a paperartsy stamp - buttons finish off the corner...

page 5 - is my fav! the background is distress ink, the stamps areTims flourish, the butterfly and word as previous, flowers are prima and the centre is a prima say it with crystals centre, pearls and a pin finish it off.

Back page:-
painted with stream dauber, flowers as previous - a few gems finish it off.

The book has been held together with book rings.

I'm going to use this as a Mothers Day card for my Mum this year so before presentation it will have a few "texts" put in place.

Pop on over to the Vanilla Sugar challenge blog and see what the other DT'ers have come up with.

TFL xx