Monday, March 30, 2015

Foil tape Malma frame

Every now and then I get the urge to decorate a Malma frame, these are very cheap wooden mirror frames from Ikea and make a wonderful blank canvas.

I was very inspired when I saw this blog post of a transformed cheap frame with foil tape  I have a roll of foil (that I got from a DIY store) and I suddenly thought that die cuts could look really good under the foil so as I  have designed quite a few border and edge lace dies for Joanna Sheen recently, it's a good chance to play with them.  I die cut the Ribbons and bows border   and the Caroline Lace border 4 times plus I die cut one each of the Signature Pram, Rocking horse and Cot and mobil dies.
I stuck these onto the frame and found that the caroline lace fitted perfectly around the mirror...I then covered the whole lot with crumpled foil tape.  Pressing down on the foil reveals the die cuts underneath plus I also used an embossing tool around each one so that they would show up even more.  I dabbed black gesso over the whole frame, after a few minutes I wiped some off leaving the foil distressed and old looking.  I finsihed off with a few gems here and there.
Here's a photo 
Thanks for visiting and I'd love to here what you think of this idea.  Any die cut would look gorgeous done this way and the frame has a large 3" edge to play with.. I think I might be making more LOL

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lace spool card

The idea for this card just popped into my head the other day, so I had to give it a go :)

I used 6 of the new of the new Lace Corners, Edgers and Ribbon Signature Dies I designed for  Joanna SheenI die cut one of each them to wrap around each spool.
I made my own template for the ribbon spools and cut them out of craft paper, inking the edges of each of them and finished them off with drawing lines on the top and bottom with a fine brown pen.
I really enjoyed making this simple card and it shows off the new lace dies too.
Thanks for visiting today
See you soon :)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

New Signature lace dies

I designed some Lace edger dies and ribbon dies for Joanna sheen.  Here's an 8" card I made today using the Katy Lace Corner along with the Ribbons and bows die

 I think that the Ribbons and Bows die look fantastic along the bottom part of this card and you can see that it is a lovely size to cut out individual bows, like I have for this card. The Katy Lace corner can be used as a frame as I have done, or you can put them together to form a lovely shape in the middle of your card. 
The backing paper is printed out from the lovely Joanna Sheen Age of Elegance CD Rom  but I can't remember where I printed the lady from.. I have a box of printed out toppers that I add too all the time, so some of them have been in there for quite a while Lol.

I have enjoyed playing with the dies as much as I did designing them Lol.. I will add more cards as I make them using some of the other dies I designed for Joanna. :)
Thanks for visiting today -Happy Sunday!
See you soon.
Hugs xxx

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Northern Lights painting

When my Son and girlfriend visited Iceland they were hoping to see the northern lights and were very lucky enough to see a flicker of them.  I thought that as they both love volcanos too, I would create a picture using my artistic licence and imagination overlooking the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano with the magic of the lights above.  In this painting they are both  enjoying the view.  I look forward to giving them this picture when ever I next see them again. 

I used both Tim holtz distress Inks and my H2O's to create the shimmery lights adding some hot foil for the twinking stars peeping through. The volcano lava is a mixture of bright H2O paints and foils. The whole picture really does shimmer with the lights. I hope I have captured what it would look and feel like to stand there and see this fabulous view. :)

Thanks for visiting today... see you soon :)
Hugs xx

Monday, December 29, 2014

Gifts I made this Christmas

I made a few gifts this Christmas for my family.  Here are a few Birthday books that I made for my Daughter and DIL to keep track of Birthdays over the coming year..
 I used grey board and a mixture of papers for the covers and some lovely sticky back pink velvet paper inside on each of the pages for the first one I made for my DIL.

This one was covered with some gorgeous wallpaper because I knew my Daughter would love it.
 I made these little hanging penguin cards (inspired from the ones in John lewis this year) for my Grandchildren to hang on their trees.. I love their honeycomb paper bellies and so did the kids! Lol

Thanks for visiting my blog today.. I will be back tomorrow with 2 clocks I made for gifts this year..
BFN xx

Monday, November 10, 2014

Signature Stencil Sample cards

Here are some sample cards I made using the new Signature Stencil / Masks that I designed for  Joanna Sheen..

Embossed purple card panel - inked lightly over with Tim Holtz seedless preserves.

Embossed pearly card

Watercolour crayon technique.  I found this wonderful technique on the web here - the only difference I did was to run my mask through my cuttlebug to impress the colour onto card.. it works really well.

I embossed - inked with versamark and brushed mica powder over the panel. I used the new Signature Classic Lace background die for the panel on the right.

I appliled ink to the stencil and run it through the cuttlebug to get this look

Simple embossed and sanded back to get this look

Another Watercolour crayon tecnique - using golds, silver and white crayons with a touch of blue.. it gives a more soft look

Back panel was embossed and sanded back and the front panel is more watercolour crayons.

 Embossed parchment paper first - then coloured flowers on back with promarker pens, then I hand embossed each flower to get this effect.  The butterfly is from the I love knitting stamp set

Thank you for visiting today.  I hope I have inspired some of you to dig out your own stencils to play with or go along to the Joanna Sheen Website and treat yourself :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vintage wedding frame

This is a sample using one of Joanna Sheens wonderful new MDF shapes - I added a vintage bride printout behind the Horseshoe MDF shape and threaded ribbon through the holes.

The frame is an Ikea Malma frame that I painted white first.  I used some lovely cream textured card to die cut the hexagon shapes using Joanna Sheens large Signature Patchwork dies.  As the card is textured on one side I decided to emboss some using 2 different embossing folders but leaving some shapes blank. The roses are from the Rose and heart frame Crafts too embossing folder, I then used a versamark pen to hightlight the roses and heat embossed with white powder.  I stuck the patchwork pieces onto the frame with Pva glue and then lightly inked the edges and the roses with distress ink to add a more vintage look.   I glued the cream ribbon around the inside frame and over the lace adding some buttons to finish.

I really enjoyed decorating this frame and can't wait to make another one... maybe with a patchwork baby theme.. :)
Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Sylvie x

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Signature Stencils by Joanna Sheen

There are some wonderful new 6" stencil / Masks available on Joanna Sheen website.  All of them are very versitile and useful and will look fabulous in so many ways.  I will be showing some sample cards soon.
Here are the stecils that I designed for her:

Thanks for visiting today :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Klimt inspired art

I love all things Klimt. I was asked to do my version  of 'The Kiss'.  I have done several (using various mediums) over the last 10years because I love the feeling the painting evokes especially the original done by Gustav Klimt himself over 100 years ago. 
I took some pictures of some of the stages during my creation.  This time I used H2O watercolour paints, Primarker pens, Tim Holtz Distress Inks and of course lots of my gorgeous foils.
Here is the finished painting.. It is 15" x 20" I am very pleased with it.

I started by drawing the outlines of the people. I used promarkers to colour the skin tones and hair and because I wanted their clothes to shine like gold so I decided to use H2O's to colour his and her clothes.. these paints are loaded with mica and give such a beautiful sheen which is perfect for this painting.  You can see the glow of the paints in this picture.  .

 Then I painted the cloak that surrounds them both using a lovely rich yellow H2O paint.

 Then it was time to prepare my background.  I masked off the edges so they would be neat and used lots of Chipped Saphire, Aged Mahogany and Gathered Twigs Distress inks... then sprinkled water all over and lifted the ink with kitchen towel to make the dreamy looking background.  Later I flicked some Solar Gold H2O paint on aswell to add lovely golden sparkle around the couple.

 I cut a piece of card to shape of the ground they are kneeling on and used lots of ink and alcohol  pens in very bright colours Lol.. 


 I added foils lots of  the patches all over his coat using various shades of golds, silver and coppers. I used a glue pen to put the vines that fall down from them and then cut small triangles of dst to add more gold foil. I filled in the details on her face and added more coloured foils to her dress.
I am sure this won't be my last painting of the Kiss Lol... there are so many ways using so many different art materials that this picture can be created.  Thankyou for visiting my blog today and I hope you like my painting.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LIM week 180 - One layer card with fingerprints!

LIM week 180
What a lot of fun the challenge is this week over at the Less is More Challenge blog... Adapt a fingerprint on a one layer card.  Well technically, I'm not sure this one will fit as I did use my Thumbprint for each balloon Lol..  I masked each thumbprint as I went with a balloon shape cut from paper - and then I used a white gel pen to draw around each of them to create balloons!  The Beautiful stamps are from the Little Suzys Zoo design  available from Joanna SheenI coloured the characters with pencils - plus I coloured around the edges of the balloons to try to make them pop a little..(not actually pop Lol..)

Thank you for visiting today :)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sylvie Ashton Cardmaking Pad samples

Here are the samples I made using the New Sylvie Ashton Cardmaking Pad.  There are 12 different designed pages (2 of each) they all have a topper with either some decoupage or embellishments, they have borders and greetings on each sheet.





Thank you for visiting, comments are always welcome :)


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