Friday, August 29, 2014

My favourite seat.

Hello all!
It's been a very long time since I blogged about any of the refurbished/repainted bits of furniture that I do so here's one of my very favourite pieces that I'm absolutely not going to put up for sale, ever!!!
       We came across this  - I'm gong to call it a vintage draughtsman's chair - on one of our last junking trips around Eastern Pennsylvania before we moved back to the UK.  I loved it and almost ran to the counter with it to put it aside while we carried on browsing.  Here's a before shot -

   I had a plan to make this a statement piece for our kitchen/diner in our English house so I set about spray painting it bright red - this was definitely going to stand out!  The seat was freshened up with a light coat of brown acrylic paint as I wanted it to still resemble wood.  I then created a graphic design in permanent vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo and applied that to the seat.
         It now stands proudly at our kitchen counter and I love it even more!  The 'after' photos are from our American house but you can still see the chair in all its's glory.  I will get around to photographing it in it's present home very soon.

And here's a close up of the seat design - 

                                         Thanks for stopping by!

Anything goes at The Outlawz

Hello all!
the end of August has got here far too quickly for my liking and that means another 'anything goes with the optional twist of Christmas' challenge from the DT colouring group at The Outlawz - what a mouthful!
       We have been sponsored this month by the wonderful Bombshell Stamps so I decided I really should use one of their fab digi stamps to make a card!  Time for a guy card, using one of the great hot rod images - I coloured it (and the printed sentiment) with Copics and then matted the whole thing onto some black cardstock.  Super simple and hopefully, simply super!

         If you join in with our challenge, you could be the lucky winner who gets to pick a set of digis from Bombshell Stamps so why not give it a go?  You can use any colouring medium but just make sure you are colouring in an image please!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Inspired by Words challenge at Time Out

Hello all!
we're kicking off another challenge over at Time Out Challenges and we're asking you to get inspired by the following words- "If music be the food of love, play on".  You can take whatever creative direction you wish from that phrase and just run with it!
     Our guest designer for this challenge is Rosemary so please take a minute to check out her blog and say hello.
      I decided I wanted to use a bird on my card as that was saying 'music' to me for some reason. I started off by cutting part of a circle from a piece of white cardstock as I had seen this fabulous card
Dee's Art Utopia
on the wonderfully creative blog Dee's Art Utopia (you really should go and spend some time browsing her gorgeous cards!) and I wanted to do something similar.  I stuck some patterned vellum behind the white card and then added a stamped and fussy cut bird on the edge of the circle, a stamped sentiment and a couple of scrap paper pennants, attached with a heart brad  - picking up on the 'love' from the inspiration phrase.


         Entering this into the challenges at Fantastic TuesdayThrough the Craft room door and Tuesday Throwdown.

       Thanks for popping in and please do come and join us in this fortnight's challenge :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

An angelic challenge.

Hello all!
                 It's Friday again and time for another challenge from The Outlawz Colour DT.  Our theme this week is in recognition of "Be an Angel" day (22nd August), so we are asking you to create something picturing an angel.  You can use any colouring medium you choose but you must colour in a line drawn image as we are a Colour DT after all!!

       For the month of August, we welcome Bombshell Stamps back as our generous sponsor.  The prize is 1 digi set of the winner's choice from the Bombshell Stamps store. They have some fun and sassy vintage and retro designs so be sure to check it out!

                For my card I picked a cute little angel from Make it Crafty and coloured her using Copics.  I then fussy cut the image and placed her onto a pale blue, dotted background, adding a simple sentiment and a few gold stars.

         Entering this into the challenges at Copic Marker Europe,  Little Miss Muffet, Winter Wonderland, Addicted to Stamps and Bearly Mine.                                     

    Thanks for popping in!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Delight in the little things

Hello all!
             I'm back with my Friday card for the colouring challenge at The Outlawz.  Our theme is a colour/photo inspiration and you can use any colouring medium you like, as long as you have a line drawing that you are actually colouring - does that make sense?  How many times can you use the word 'colouring' in one paragraph, or 'coloring' for my friends across the Atlantic?
      So, probably best to move on and tell you that we are being sponsored this month by the fabulous Bombshell Stamps - they offer both rubber stamps and digital options so you could pick up a great prize by joining us.
          Another CAS card from me - no big surprise there!   My mojo seems to be stuck in CAS mode for now so I'm just going with it until the patterned paper and embellishment fairy comes by to visit!  I used a Whipper Snapper rubber stamp for this card, coloured with my Copics, mounted the image on some cardstock and added a stamped sentiment.

                       Entering this in the challenges at Crafty Little Fairies, Cute Card Thursday, Crafting for all Seasons and Inky Impressions.

                          Please come and join us at The Outlawz and check out the fantastic inspiration from the rest of the DT.  Thanks for popping by today! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Time Out CASE challenge

Hello all!
I hope the summer's not whizzing by too quickly for you - it sure feels that way for me at the minute!  I can't believe it's time for another challenge over at Time Out and this one is a CASE challenge.
         Our inspiration card is this one - from Anita so please do go and pay her blog a visit :)

   Another blog to visit is that of a our fantastic guest designer this week - Shona who has come up with a wonderful card for the challenge as have the rest of the Time Out DT !

               As I was CASE-ing the inspiration card, it's no surprise that my card is very CAS.  I used a rubber stamp with 2 different colour chalk inks, a computer printed sentiment of one of my favourite quotes, a paper flower and a few gems.

    Entering this into the challenges at Crafty Sentiments Designs , Fan-tastic Tuesday and Through the Craft Room Door.

                          Thanks for stopping by to take a look :)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Eat, drink and be merry in the great outdoors!

Hello all!
      Time for another Friday colouring challenge over at The Outlawz and our theme this week is 'Picnic/BBQ' - basically eating al fresco.  

    For the month of August, we welcome Bombshell Stamps back as our generous sponsor.  The prize is 1 digi set of the winner's choice from the Bombshell Stamps store. They have some fun and sassy vintage and retro designs so be sure to check it out!
    For my card this week, I used a Dude Time Doodles digi (not sure that they're still operating so please let me know if you are and I'll link up!).  I kept it CAS again as I do find it easier and just added a few scraps of paper and a Tom Holtz ticket.  I figured that Santa would have festive coloured beachwear so limited the colours to red and green.

     Entering this into the challenges at Fan-tastic Tuesday , Through the Craft Room Door , Crafty Girls , Delightful Challenges , Addicted to Stamps and Hambo Hoedown.

Thanks for stopping by - please check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the team, (you can find their blog links on the DT page of my blog).

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