Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mermaid Life


Hello Friends

I got out my Brusho's last night and had a wee play around.  I was feeling a little stressed so I wanted to make a mess and get into my happy place and craft. I made a few cards and this is one of them.  I have wanted to get this stamp out for a long time. So I finally did and I think the Brusho's worked perfecly for the sea scene. I used two colours of Brusho the sea green and turquoise.  I water coloured the mermaid and the dolphin, then went over them with Matallic Gelatos to give that silvery wet water look.


I really love this stamp set from Unity. It is one of the designs from the lovely Phyllis Harris called Depth of Life. I Love her work so much. I have a LOT of her stamps they are just stunning.  This one is so unique too I don't think I have ever seen a dolphin and mermaid stamp.

I hope you love my card as much as I do! Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Mandi xox

Friday, June 19, 2015

Beautiful Place



Hello Friends 

Happy Friday!! We made it through another week yay! This is our 3rd week in Maine and we just love it here! 
I stamped some images and got out my water colours and took them to the beach yesterday. I sat on some steps and painted as the tide was coming in and the waves were crashing in on the rocks right in front of me.


It is a wonderful feeling to just drive 6 miles down the road and be at the beach. I can't tell you how much my soul just loves being around water. It is so soothing! Where I am from in Scotland I am surrounded by water so living in New York for the last few years was a huge adjustment for me. It was something I never quite got used to. So I am so happy to be close to the ocean again.


 I  used this stamp I have not used this one before. It is called Beautiful Place by Donna Downey. I love it!! I went with beachy colours as you can see. I kept the tag pretty simple. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. 

hugs 

Mandi xox 

Linking up with Friends With Flair




Sunday, June 14, 2015

You Are Enough



Hello Friends

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. It's a beautiful day here in Maine! We went to the beach this morning. I have so many beachy themed crafts  running though my head that I want to make. However I was in the mood to make another distressed jar so I did!

I got this glass jar for free and of course since I am Mrs Upcycle I was going to use it to craft with. Since its Summer and I wanted to make a nice bright yellow one this time. This is so easy to do so please have go at it. Even if you think you do not have a crafty bone in your body, you can totally do this.

 I started off painting my glass lightly with a coat of  Buttercup acrylic paint and left it over night to dry. Then I stamped it with Versamark Ink and sprinkled some white embossing powder on it and heat set it. Now be careful as the glass heats up fast. It is best to not be holding it. I sat mine on a shelf while I was using my heat gun and then left there to cool. Once it was cool I took my Fossilized Amber distress ink and distressed some areas. Then I took a nail file and took some of the paint off. Finally I tied some lace around the top to give it an antique look. 

On our way home today, I made my husband pull over to the side of the road so I could pick these lovely daisies for my jar. Yes he thinks I am crazy! I am always making him do stuff for me in the name of crafting ha!

The stamp set I used on my jar is called You Are Enough from Unity.  I loved this stamp set as soon as I saw it. The sentiment says it all really.  Often we do not feel enough sometimes. I think we all struggle a bit with our identity. I know I have my days when I just don't feel enough. When it all comes down to it though you are enough and I am enough. I hope you love my upcycled jar as much as I do. Thank so much for visiting my blog today. I want to leave you with this.

You are strong enough 
You are beautiful enough 
You are smart enough
 You are kind enough 
You are worth enough
You are enough

Mandi xox

Friday, June 12, 2015

Craft Stamper Challenge TIMI ~ June Reminder





Hello Friends

I am back with another texture tag!  Also to remind you to come and join us over at the Craft Stamper Challenge Blog if you have not already. As you know this month our theme is texture. So I used embossing powder and some stitching to create the texture on my tag. You can pretty much use anything you want that will give your project some texture. Remember you must also include stamping somewhere in your project.

 I started out with my tag and sponged two different colours of distress ink Dusty Concord and Picked Raspberry. I went over the top with a  Tim Holtz Burlap stencil using the same two colours on opposite corners. Then I used a musical note distress stamp on the other two corners. Once it was dry I stamped over the top with this lovely heart stamp from Unity called Follow Your Heart. I used Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Next I used my border punch along the side and strung some purple hemp through the holes. I then stamped on some ribbon with the same stamp using the distress inks. Finally I added some cute wee buttons just to finish it off. 

I hope you like my tag now it's your turn. Come on over to the blog and join in the fun. There is a great prize this month. A voucher worth £20 from Rubber Dance Arts Stamps.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Mandi xox

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Paint Washed Box


Hello Friends

I  am just popping on to show you my lovely upcycled box that I painted this morning. I bought this wooden box from the thrift store for $2 and gave it a make over.  Well correction my husband bought it. He accidentaly broke my other wooden box that stored all of my essential oils. He did promise to get me a new one. Now I don't know if you know anything about essential oil storage but they are expensive. I think my last one was around $40.  So when I when I saw this at the thrift store I grabbed it. My husband was happy to pay for it at $2 ha!  It looks handmade it has some nicks and imperfections on it but it all adds to the character and I was going to distress it anyway.


I made a paint wash using Robin Egg blue acrylic paint and water. Thin the paint out until it is quite runny when you paint with it the wood texture still shows through. It left a nice wash and the knots of the wood were still noticeable.  When it was completely dry I stamped all over the box with this lovely stamp called Floral Soul from Unity. I used Peacock Feathers distress ink on top of the paint. When the ink was dry I went around the edges of the box with a white paint wash. Once the white paint was dry I took some steel wool and distressed the edges taking some of the paint back off.  Finally I stamped the beautiful soul stamp with Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.


Here it is side by side with the before and after. I absolutely love it and it is so much nicer than the last one I had and it was a fraction of the price.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.


Mandi xox

Linking my box up with Friends With Flair

Friday, June 5, 2015

Craft Stamper TIMI June ~ Take a Technique ~ Texture


Hello Friends

Welcome back to another Craft Stamper Challenge.  This month our theme is take a technique and that technique is texture. I started out with a Kraft tag and I used an Anna Griffin Elaborate Quatrefoil Embossing Folder on it. I then highlighted the embossing with Eggshell Paint and Gold Color Shine. Next I added some lace fabric to trim it out.  I used this lovely angel stamp from Unity called Maria Girl. I really was not sure about my colour scheme on this one so I kept it pretty monochromatic with the cream and kraft. I stamped the angel separately and fussy cut her out then painted her wings to give them some more texture. I then added some lace around her wings and a gold heart to her rosaries. 


 I hope you will join in with us this month and create a textured project. You can use lots of things to add texture like embossing folders, embossing paste, heat embossing, fabric, stitching these are just a few ideas for you. We have a fabulous prize up for grabs too this month. Our lovely sponsor is Rubber Dance Art Stamps and they are giving one lovely winner a £20 gift voucher. All of the details are on the Craft Stamper Blog.





Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you will come and join in the fun.

I am also linking my tag up with the lovely Unity Freinds With Flair :)

Mandi xox

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Change


Hello Friends

It’s been a wee while since I have blogged but we just literally moved house 6 days ago.  Not only did we move house but we also moved state. We now live in Maine!! I can’t actually believe we live here. My husband was offered a job here, so he took them up on their offer and here we are. The beach is literally only a few miles down the road from where we live. You know how much I love the beach right? That is a whole other blog post though.

When I saw this stamp on the Unity website I knew I had to have it. You can find it here Change is Never Easy. This sentiment spoke to where I am at in my life. Do you ever see a stamp that speaks to you? I do!  I made this card the night before we moved house. I know what you are thinking. Like I had nothing better to do but make cards ha! I was packing away my craft stuff and just had the urge to make something with this stamp. I  don’t really consider myself a creature of habit. I usually embrace change and don’t really like to do the same things twice. I like adventure but recently I was finding it difficult and I have totally been wrestling with it.

Over the last few years My husband and I have been wanting  to move. It has just never really been the right time though.  My husband has had various job offers around the country but none of them have ever felt right to pick up our lives and move.  I would always get very homesick in New York. I was brought up close to the sea so living so far away from it was always a real struggle for me. We tried to move back to Scotland last year but things were just not coming together. So I just kind of gave up my hope of moving and resigned myself to staying put. In the midst of all of this I had become weary. I let fear take over my faith. I had a lot of self doubt and questioned myself and my abilities. I was losing myself a little as I was feeling so stuck. Thankfully my crafting kept me sane during a lot if this time.

I have really struggled with these changes and the lack of change I wanted. I kind of threw up my hands and shouted at God not so long ago and had a bit of a melt down. I must admit it felt good to have my catharsis and just to get it all out.  There was a lot tears and snot involved you get the general idea.  Then the very next week we found ourselves in Maine house hunting. Like really I went from such a dark place to utopia all in the same week. Do you know how uncomfortable it is to be thrown out of your comfort zone when you are not ready. It was not in my plan to move so suddenly. So many changes and all at once aghhhh!
 
I am starting to see a pattern in my life. When I surrender something completely and just give it up. That is when God takes that very thing I struggled with and makes it flourish in my life. I will admit I can be so stubborn sometimes so surrendering does not come easy to me. I like to feel in control.  Sometimes though we need to break down and let things go before we have a break through. Surrender whatever it is you are holding on to. When it is time for something to happen then nothing will stand it’s way.  

 My husband and I literally had  less than three weeks to find a place to live and move here.  Things fell into place really fast and we packed up and moved. We left our jobs,  gave away most of our stuff and came here with just a car load of belongings. Now that is change!!! Everything went so smoothly though It could not have went better if we planned it this way.  Yes it is totally scary moving to a brand new state where we know no one. It is a lot of change all at once and it is overwhelming but it is also very exciting.

I have learned a lot in these last few months. That God really does have a plan for us and that his timing is perfect.  I also learned that Faith & Fear cannot live together side by side. It’s ok to be scared but fear is something that you need to feel, embrace it and do it anyway. Lastly I have learned that when you completely let go of something. That is when you give that something room to breathe. It will either wither and die as it’s not meant to be or bloom before your very eyes.


  Sometimes we are like the caterpillar in the chrysalis going through changes, fighting our old self to become the new. I love what is says about the chrysalis cycle of a butterfly '' The insect undergoes lots of changes during this stage. Although on the outside, there is almost no physical activity. ''  It takes work and it takes patience but if we don't give up change happens in the darkest of places and butterflies are born. We just don't always see or feel the progress but things are at work even when we don't always see it. 

 So I encourage you today, be brave and embrace change and all that it brings with it.

We have been in Maine for less that a week and it feels like home already. When I open my front door I can smell the sea :)

Mandi xox