Thursday, 17 July 2014

Busy sewing take 2

Hello hope its hot enough for you :)
the hottest day of the year so far phew!

Just wanted to share this quilt and matching cushion with you
 I made it for my friends special birthday
Luckily she loved it as much as I loved making it for her.

Thank you for dropping by and commenting, always appreciated.

Hugs All

Sandra XXX

Monday, 7 July 2014

Busy Sewing

Hello blog land its been a while since I have posted 
I haven't been resting on my laurels (honest gov)

I have had several projects on the go as well as my garden and a holiday :)

I have just finished the lap quilt above

and below
is Anastacia  
8ins tall antique pink mohair 

I do hope you are all enjoying the lovely summer, 
I certainly am :D

Thank you for looking 

Many Hugs
Sandra XXX

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Mail Art for Artful Times

Greetings friends this post is sharing 
"Mail Art"
as it is the challenge over at Artful Times
Great challenge and some fabby projects made by the team. 
Do pop over and take a look

I got all inky with this one :)

I took a regular envelope and rubbed some gesso all over front and back
then used DI
Bundled sage, Weathered wood, Worn lipstick and Tea dye
I also gave it a little cosmic shimmer spray Ancient gold
there is a lot of background stamping using 
text in soft blue, diamonds and a bird cage in weathered wood
A Tim Holtz background stamp in sepia 
then butterflies and a feather along with one or two other stamps I liked.

I also decorated the back of the envelope

 and made a card to go inside my Mail Art envelope
As you can tell I had great fun with this challenge a great Saturday morning :)

Thank you for looking and taking time to comment which are much appreciated.

Enjoy your Sunday

Hugs Sandra XXX

Friday, 2 May 2014

Artful Times Ch Pin it

 Hello and I do hope you are all managing to fit in some crafting time.
The ladies over at Artful Times are keeping us on our toes 
with the latest challenge and it is a tricky one.
They are asking for something that can be pinned..
I decided to stick with my vintage style I am happiest in,
and used a simply cardboard disk which I painted with pale grey then stippled gold with a dry brush. It is then stamped with a floral swirl and I stuck some seed beads around the edges added some tiny flowers (I have had for years) 
a punched out butterfly.
That left a gap which I looked at for days before I added the image and I think it works LOL.
 It has been finish with cinnamon stickles in the centre of the flowers and around the edge.
I have added the back photo to show the pin, I shall wear it on a scarf maybe.

Thank you for all your kind comments on my previous Artful Times challenge post. I really do appreciate them. :)

Enjoy bank holiday weekend.

Hugs Sandra XXX

Monday, 21 April 2014

Artful Times Ch Spray Away

Happy Easter to all crafting Chicks
hope you all had loads of Chocolate and got crafting time as well

I know I have been AWOL again :( but in my defense I am making a very special quilt  :)
which I will share later in the year.

Over at Artful Times the lovely ladies have asked for projects that have used spray
I have made this canvas which has been painted with gueso 
and then sprayed with vintage cosmic shimmer, Patina and Tarnished Gold
I then stamped tissue paper with swirl and text and stuck to canvas
gave it another spray of both
I then glued some lace on the bottom left of the canvas and sprayed it again
Die cut flowers and leaves which have all been spayed before I made them
I have added the metal with a picture and some pieces of a broken necklace to finish
(as I missed the metal challenge sorry Girls)

The words reflect the style I love to work in which is this canvas.

Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving lovely comments which I really appreciate.

Hugs Sandra XXX

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Anything Goes

Wow what a beautiful few days we have had in SUNNY suffolk so good for the soul.
The wonderful sunny weather has inspired my postcard art cum art journal-ish piece
Unfortunately my photo colour makes it look darker than it is in the flesh

I have painted the background with pale yellow, sage green and pearlised pink
all the colours I see in my garden
spritzed with tattered angels marshmallow

I used a mask for the diamonds using a lilac ink 

I have stamped in chateau grey text and a bird cage it is very pale hard to see in the photo
then stamped swirl in sepia and the butterflies and stamp stamps in purple

Die cut a bird cage and punched butterflies and stamped the title added a few white highlights to finish.

Thank you for looking

I enter this into 
and a new challenge blog 
both asking for Anything Goes

Also made a seascape in fabric, lace and paint and  free motion machine stitch
hopefully it looks like pools of water and sandbanks before the open sea :)

Thank you for looking and commenting which is always appreciated.
Thanks for the lovely comments about my latest bear creations. XXX

Bear Hugs Sandra XXX

Monday, 3 March 2014

New Bears

Good evening everyone  hope this post finds you well
I just wanted to share with you my new new bears 

you can view them in more detail by looking at there very own blog :)

Beary Hugs
Sandra XXX

Monday, 24 February 2014

Little Boxes at Artful Times CH 49

Hello and I am feeling good today it has been a lovely spring day 
and me and the diamond have been out to the seaside for a lovely walk along the prom and then lunch 
I know I spoil him :) well it is his birthday today :)

Over at Artful Times they have all box mad and made some wonderful examples for us.
Now I just love decorating boxes so I couldn't pass this up hence 2 boxes

I  painted the heart shape box with gold inside and out 
then cut out the paper and distressed and inked the edge
sprayed the paper flowers to colour
and mounted on a simple black paper circle 
punched a tag and distressed the edges again
I wanted this box to be suitable for a man to pop his present inside :)

I then just had to go all girlie and covered the square box with this gorgeous paper 
inside and out, I then rubbed chalk ink around all the edges
added a die cut corner and a made flower.

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving comments I very much appreciate it.

Hugs have a great week.
Sandra X

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Flower Power

Hello there 
Just like to thank you very much for visiting and commenting on my last post :)
lovely to catch up with blogging buddies. Particularly as I hadn't been blogging for quite a while.
Hugs XXX

This week I was having a blog trawl and came across the latest challenge on 
Frilly and Funky they are asking for lots and lots of handmade flowers
Fantastic :) as I love making flowers so therapeutic.

Also asking for us to Build it up over at FSC

I have this gorgeous bought photo frame and it is perfect for decorating the center.

I choose a colour palette of Blue and Cream (one of my favorite) 
used some new papers I have by docrafts for the center and the handmade flowers.
I stamped the paper with the flowers and the bird cage in blue 
added a layered strip of contrasting blue paper 
and another layer of the little girl 
I used water colour pencils (blue) to tint the flowers in the girls hair
and of course made all the flowers with the same papers to finish the decoration
 and added two plain cream punched flowers which I have text stamped to finish.

*just to be sure I did not decorate the outer frame this is how it was bought* 

Hope you are all keeping clear of those horrendous floods 

Have a great week.

Hugs Sandra X

PS! Shhhhh New bears coming soon :)

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Artful Times Ch 48 TH Style

Yawnnnnnnnnnnnn Stretchhhhhhhh 
deep breathes 
yes I am out of hibernation :) 
I simply can't believe that I haven't blogged since just before Christmas 
Bad Bad Girl :(

In my defense I have been busy making bears I will photo them soon and share with you soon.

I must say it was so lovely to take part in the Artful Times challenge 
the lovely ladies are asking for Tim Holtz style Tags, Cards or ATC
so I  got really messy with a tag and it felt good. :)

The tag has been painted black 
stamped and clear embossed swirls
painted over with storm cloud and rubbed back to reveal the swirls (love this TH technique)
I stamped with a TH diamond stamp
made a grunge flower and die cut a TH swirl
also die cut the bird and cage (although not TH dies)
added a few embellies.

A great shabby TH look I think.

I guess I should wish you all a very Happy New Year (embarrassed look) as its nearly spring 
and I do hope you have not been unduly affected by flood and gale.

See you soon

and thank you stopping by and commenting its always appreciated 

Hugs Sandra XXX