Sunday, 30 September 2012

Calendar Challenge starts today

Hi folks, Just a quick heads up:0) The Craft Barn Calendar Challenge starts today pop over and check out all the details HERE
Have a lovely day!! Gay x

Saturday, 29 September 2012


 Welcome crafty friends, I hope you're having a lovely weekend, the weatherman says it's all set fair for today at least:0)

This week over at the Craft Barn we have been using vellum, lovely stuff!! here is my effort. The Design Team have had fun this week and made some lovely samples for us all to ooh and ahh over :0)

 I made some candle votives, a sheet of vellum embossed and trimmed to size wrapped around my spritzer bottle, a glue dot and a battery candle :0)

And a card, flowers of vellum cicles and a Tim Holtz die for the stalk.

Thanks for your visit, see you soon, Gay x

For the votives I used
Dreamweaver stencil, Damask
Brilliance inks in Cosmic Copper and Moonlight White
Spellbinders dies, Ironwork motifs
Tim Holtz Stamps French Marketplace

And for my card I used
Spellbinders Morocan Motifs and Nestabilities, Classic Circles Small.
Tim Holtz, Elegant flourishes
Sentiment by Crafty Secrets, Sweet Kids

Our Special offer this week. 
As you saw yesterday, Isa'sArt is using the metal tools on her vellum 
(Pergamano style), so we are offering 10% off a couple of tool kits so you can have a go at this technique.
Use the code VELLUM10 at checkout

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

LIM and a Twinchie too!

Good evening one and all, I have made a Twinchie and turned it into a card for LIM 86 a recipe this week to make a card choosing 3 from all the previous challenges:0)
My Twinchie, for the Show us your Twinchies Challenge, note the capital (T) letter please:0)

 And my card is
short and sweet today.
I chose to use weeks:
10. Sentiment only
5.   Pastel colours
12. Off centre
72. Something shiny
24. Circles
82. 3,2,1 =3 circles, 2 layers, 1 sentiment.

That makes 6 weeks inspiration LOL!! Thank you for visiting, see you soon, Gay x

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Get your calendars out!!!

Tee hee, I let the cat out of the bag early yesterday, oops. Here is the post you should have seen this morning and not yesterday morning :{
 Anyway on to the brilliant news :0) YAY more Calendars at the Craft Barn, the challenge is back and it would be great if you could join in this year
All the details are on the blog and click HERE to wing your way over, see you soon, Gay x

Saturday, 22 September 2012


Looks like if you visited here earlier today you got a little sneak peek at what is coming up, uh oh!!! Will keep you posted! Gay x
  p.s please scroll down for today's Craft Barn make :0)

All painty here then :0)

Hello my crafty friends,
I'm happy to see you today:0) This is the post for my Craft Barn makes and today I have a recycled tin or two with some rather special paint!
My tins were full of travel sweets ( and very yummy too) I hate throwing these tins away, they're big enough for embellishments and stuff. The Jars are the little jam/marmalade pots that you get in restaurants. Now with this paint I can disguise them and reuse them.

I used Pebeo Fantasy Moon paint. I found it facinating watching the paint develop it's characteristic surface of the moon like qualities :0) Over on the Craft Barn Blog there are a few more details about this project but the ingredients are here:

 I hope you have a wonderful weekend, thank you for visiting, tomorrow details of more fun to be had, I know, I'm a bit of a tease LOL Hugs Gay x

our special offer this week

10 % off Pebeo paints
Enter the code PEBEO10 at checkout

Thursday, 20 September 2012

LIM with Ovals :0)

Hi, hello how are you? Enjoying the Autumnal weather? Here it's been sunny and cool but in the north and the middle of the UK there has been rain again :{ Not so wonderful!
I have been making cards, that always makes me smile :0) Chrissy and Mandi, the lovely Divas over at LIM have asked us to make a card with a theme and that is all about ovals this week. So to my card.......................


 This is a masked panel that has been stamped and the coloured, I punched an oval, stamped the sentiment and then embossed around it. You can just make it out in this photo. One of my messed up cards ( yes after all these years I still make huge mistakes LOL) came in handy for the oval at the base and I was pleased when the pattern matched up to give a nice swirl. The stamp is from WOW and is designed so that the swirls are left out of the ink which was perfect to add distress colours to.
I first stamped in black.
I hope you like:0) Thanks for stopping by. I hope to be over to see you soon Gay xx

I used:
WOW  stamp Brocade
Hobby Art sentiment With love
I bought mine at the Craft Barn

Monday, 17 September 2012

AAArrrggghhh, no phone and no internet again!!!!!!

Hi there crafty friends:0) Sorry I've not been around, my services were definitely lacking this weekend:{ No phone from Thursday and no internet from Sunday morning. But now I'm back up and running again, good old Open Reach they sorted us out. I will be around to see you soon, in the meantime have you 'liked' the Craft Barn yet:0)
There is candy if you do .....................................................ta dah!!!

Click Here to go to the post on Facebook, Good luck :0) Gay x

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Rudolph the red nose reindeer?? Soorreee I'm early :0)

Hi folks, Today I have been playing with a Sizzix die, a reindeer, it has to be Rudolph! I made three items, all different, got a bit carried away really :0)

My first is a small 15cm canvas with shrink plastic die cuts of the reindeer. The canvas has some Mod Rock for dimension and a string of beads with bells for sound, they tinkle LOL
More of the details are on the Craft Barn Blog

 My card is with Indigo Blu stamps and glue with silver holographic foil and gold leaf. The reindeer has again been die cut in shrink plastic, coloured with Alcohol inks and shrunk.
 A reindeer, full size, that's been die cut out of Copper sheet and then passed through an embossing folder, the design worked really well for his face and I thought for his muscles too, what d'you think?

Over at the Craft Barn the team have made some more die cut art work, they've been really inspired. Check it out HERE if you would like to see what they made.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Gay x
 I used.........................

Sizzix die, Reindeer
Pepeo paints, Fantasy moon, Gold and chocolate
Mod Roc
Fresco paints in Snowflake, Egggplant, Orchid and Sky
Claudine Hellmuth's Gesso
Tim Holtz Numbers and alcohol inks in Eggplant and Snowcap

Sizzix die Reindeer
Couture Creations EF Vintage Plumes
Hobby Art Sentiment stamp, New Year Bright
Mirri card, copper
Distress inks: Barn Door, Rusty Hinge

IndigoBlu stamps, Here comes Santa 

Our special offer this week
Spend £30 on Sizzix products between Sept 10th and 17th and get a £5 voucher back
(you will find it in your parcel)

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Right let's have another go LOL

Hi again folks I'm having another bash at LIM.  This week the challenge is to have foliage on your one layer card and over at Simplicity the challenge is to make a gratitude card, here goes
I had a couple of attempts with this Clarity Vine stamp.  The first is my favourite, it doesn't come much more simple, stamped in olive distress, a little bright yellow copic and a Hot off the Press sentiment in black.                                                                               

This has a PTI sentiment but I spent some time colouring and adding mica powders but I don't like it very much :{
Thanks for dropping by and I'll be around to see you soon, hugs Gay x

Just a quicky!

I removed my last post, my card was far to similar ( unintentionally of course!) to Chrissie's gorgeous card at LIM for my comfort :0) I'll have another play and another attempt LOL!
 Thankyou if you kindly commented I'll get back to you, have a great day my friends, Gay x

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Image transfer anyone?

Hi there, Welcome, I have been discovering a new technique to me. I've always wanted to be able to do image transfer and this week I got the opportunity ! This is what I made

It's a little wooden vintage box. I transferred the image from an inkjet photocopy with TAP, Transfer Artist paper and an iron. I really enjoyed tinkering with this box, it has many layers of paint and gold leaf and embossing:0)
There are more examples of TAP paper transfers at the Craft Barn Blog All this week the team have been using it and they've made some really great projects

If you have a few moments check it out, on the CB blog I have done a step by step collage of how I made this little box.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, thank you for stopping by, hugs Gay x

This is a list of the items that I used

9cmx5cm Wooden box for altering
Dreamweaver Damask stencil and Black matt paste
Crafters Workshop Harlequin mask
Fresco Finish Paints: Little Black Dress, Claret
Stamps from the French Market place.
PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella Collection LPC011
Indigo Blu Starter Kit 
Sheets of gilding, Gold

Our special offer at the Craft Barn this week will be 15% off Distress Stains 
Enter the code DISTRESS15 at checkout

Thursday, 6 September 2012

An Autumn Twinchie :0)

Hi there, I hope you're enjoying this late sunshine, it doesn't suit everyone but I love it:0) I'm just quickly posting a Twinchie, over at the Show us your Twinchies blog the theme is Autumn, I hope you like it :0)
 I'm struggling with lack of light again, taking photos is easy with bright daylight, this morning and this evening the sun is low, it heralds a change in the seasons, Autumn is definitely on it's way! I hope you have a wonderful evening, Gay x

I made this one with Pan pastels, Distress inks and a stamp from Crafty Individuals, one of my favourites, Music Background and Birds, I bought mine from The Craft Barn.

Monday, 3 September 2012

LIM Chocolate, mmmmmm

Oh! yes! CHOCOLATE and Pink forgot about that bit LOL
Hi everyone, hope all is good in your world today:0) I have made a card for Less is More and I'm early (for me that is) :0) Chrissie and Mandi have challenged us to make a card with pink and brown in it, well brown means chocolate doesn't it?

'Man cannot live on Chocolate alone but a woman can!' Just about sums it up really tee hee!

I made my chocolates from a set of Gel-a-tins stamps funnily enough called Chocolate :0) Stamped onto card , coloured then Diamond glaze added and cut out, just a little TIP here if you have a white rim around you can colour with copics to conceal, I'm sure you know this but sometimes if you're new to stamping it helps:0) That's how I learned.
The Suchard label stamp is Tim Holtz, stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia and Distress ink, Spun Sugar sponged underneath.
Have a lovely day, Gay x

Sunday, 2 September 2012

A new journal challenge

Hello there, Happy Sunday to you!
I have news of a new journal challenge over at the Craft Barn Blog there is a wonderful prize, well worth the effort of joining in, methinks!!! Look at these little beauties

                                                          Click HERE to go to the challenge :0)

Gio has made a beautiful page and I had a go too, it's all new for me and still a bit experimental so bear with me LOL! Gay x

Saturday, 1 September 2012

A Paper Artsy card

It's another Craft Barn Saturday here on Crafty Musings, welcome. I'm pleased to see you :0) This week has been all about PaperArtsy at the Craft Barn Blog and so I made a card :0)

Simply stamped onto good quality card, before I stamped I gently swiped the stalk to make a highlight. I hope this makes it a little more lifelike. The die was cut out and I stamped the image later, the flower was stamped in StaZon in three colours onto vellum. I mounted the topper onto a splash of deep grass green, I really enjoyed making this card. Thank you for looking in, I hope your Saturday is a very good one, Gay xxx

This is what I used

PaperArsty Stamps Mini 67
Hot Picks 1005 and the postmark filmstrip die that co-ordinates.
StazOn inks: Olive Green, Vibrant Violet and Ultramarine

There are some great offers at the Craft Barn this week

15 % off Hot Picks and Lynne Perrella collections
use offer code HPLP15

25 % off the Squiggly ink minis 
                                                                   use offer code SI25
25% off some of the Ink and the Dog minis
(from MN20 to MN57 included price adjusted on website)

use offer code PA50