Groovi Sunday

Alreet pet!

Happy very early Monday morning to you all… Monday doesn’t hold the same dread for me as most people…I work shifts so it’s a 50/50 chance I’ll be working. Same with any other day. However I do still enjoy the occasional lazy Sunday (one out of every two in fact) and this Sunday, I’ve been getting back into my Groovi parchment crafting.

Groovi was one of the first crafts I got into after Barbara Gray very kindly gifted me with the starter kit (every job has it’s perks) but I’ve been out of practice for a while.

I’ve recently joined the Clarity Gold Club, so I thought it would be the ideal time to throw myself back into it, and this was the result:

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As Barbara always encourages when she demonstrates, I used elements of different plates to get the result. For this one, I used plates from the wonderful Jayne Nestoreko range, the three wrens plate and the landscape plate from the starter kit. To colour the image, I used Spectrum Noir colourblend pencils and backed it onto a paper from the Northern lights paper pad, also from Claritystamp.

This was my first dabble with perforating around the edges, which is something I really need practice on, both this and my white work. Nevertheless I’m pretty pleased with the finished piece especially as I’m so out of practice.

Groovi is a bloody wonderful system, perfect for impatient people like me who like instant results. If you’re looking for a new relaxing hobby, I can’t recommend this enough.

Thank for popping by,

Ta’ra

Becca x

Sheena’s Time Traveller

Alreet pet!

All of my time and money recently seems to have gone into the dreaded house move last month, so, when I finally had a payday that didn’t require me to put most of it straight into an estate agents pocket, I decided to treat myself to Sheena Douglass’ Time Traveller collection.

I was lucky enough to be a part of the launch of this collection at Hochanda, and I absolutely fell in love with it. The samples are incredible, and watching Sheena in action only made me want it more.

What’s more, is I really wanted to dip my toe further into the realms of mixed media. So, one rainy day during my week off work, I pulled out a canvas and went for it, and this is the finished piece:

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I had a ridiculous amount of fun creating this project. I didn’t have an idea in mind at all when I started, it seemed to evolve as I went and I’m really happy with the results. The boyfriend loved it so much, he pinched it and it now sits proudly on his desk!

Products used in this project:

  • Sheena’s Time Traveller Collection
  • IndigoBlu black gesso
  • Pebeo sand texture gel
  • Pebeo gilding wax – king gold & renaissance gold
  • Imagination Crafts starlight paints – bronze and petrolium
  • Tim Holtz distress inks – walnut stain
  • Spectrum Noir Aquatints – teal (06), gold (33) and silver (74)
  • Papermania clear embossing powder
  • IndigoBlu square flat canvas
  • Sheena stamping card
  • Crafters Companion centura pearl – black

Thanks for popping by!

Ta-ra!

Becca x

Sheena’s Day of the Dead

Alreet pet!

Sheena Douglass’ Day of the Dead range. Wow!

I deliberately rota’d myself to launch this show with Sheena on Hochanda a few weeks ago because I absolutely adore the range. It’s very quirky and off beat, quite like myself, so when I got it home I immediately started playing with it and this was the result:

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On the same day I worked with Sheena, we had Hobby Art in too. And all I could think about was how amazing it would be to have a walrus looking a little bit shocked to see a dancing skeleton there! I loved the finished result so much that it now sits proudly on the windowsill in my living room so I can smile every time I look at it.

I look forward to seeing what other quirky makes I can achieve with this range!

List of items I used:

  • Sheena Douglass’ Day of the Dead range
  • Hobby Art’s Wilfred and Wally
  • Spectrum Aqua pens
  • Tim Holtz distress inks – ‘Barn Door’, ‘Spiced Marmalade’ & ‘Mustard Seed’
  • Spectrum Noir Coloublend pencils
  • Pebeo silver gilding wax
  • Centura Pearl black cardstock
  • Scrap piece of walercolour card from my stash
  • Frame from a cheap goods store

Thanks for popping by!

Ta-ra,

Becca x

Autumnal Inspiration

Alreet pet!

My first post, how exciting!

Crafter’s Companion are a company I work with almost every day at Hochanda, and I absolutely love their products. They recently opened their second shop in Chesterfield which is only an hour and a half away from where I live, so how could I resist?!

As I went there on the opening weekend, there were plenty of offers to take advantage of. Whilst I was in the checkout queue, I saw issue 11 of the Crafter’s Inspiration magazine for just £5. With over £50 worth of goodies for free, I thought it was worth giving it a chance.

So with many autumnal projects in the magazine, I was inspired to make this card:

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I thoroughly enjoyed this project as it’s not occassion specific and can be recreated for many events throughout the year. I’ve really gotten into my distress inks recently and this was the first time I attempted to combine inks with an embossing folder and I love the result.

For this project, I used:

  • The free embossing folder and stamp set from the magazine
  • The ‘Wings of Love’ die from the ‘Together Forever Signature Collection by Sara Davies’
  • Sizzix thinlets die – Elegant Deer by Pete Hughes
  • Tim Holtz Walnut stain disress ink
  • Twine
  • Centura Pearl – Hint of Silver cardstock
  • Scrap piece of cardstock found in my stash

Thank you for popping by!

Ta-ra,

Becca x