Saturday, January 31, 2015

Caledonia Thistle

 Hello Friends

I hope you are all well and warm. It is soooo cold here in upstate NY. Cabin fever is setting in but it is just too cold to go out so I am trying to keep busy with my crafts. I love winter just not the frost bite temperatures of late.

Anyway yesterday I decided to try my hand at painting. Yes free hand painting no stamps or tracing to give me the image. I sketched an outline of a thistle and went from there. It was a little scary but I went with it. I have not painted since high school so this is the first time I have painted anything from scratch. I wanted to paint a wee thistle. Since I am from Scotland it is the national flower after all. I also just love them as flowers/plants they are unique.

I used my peerless watercolors I love these paints so much. I have a lot of work to do on my painting skills but I really like how it came out. Not bad for my first real painting in years right?  Once it was dry I printed some words from the song Caledonia. Then I made it into a card.  I love this song it always makes me so homesick when I hear it. If you have never heard of it I will post the video below.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!!

Mandi xox

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Your Wings Are Ready

Hello Friends

I have a lovely butterfly card for you today inspired by article of clothing. My husband bought me lovely butterfly jammies (pyjamas) for Christmas. I LOVE them so much. They are the kind that when you put them on they are just super comfy and you want to live in them ha! Anyway I loved the pattern on them too. A collaboration of different butterflies coloured in pink with a touch of grey. I thought this would make a great card.

I got out some of my favourite Unity butterfly stamps to create a similar pattern.  I used my distress inks to paint the butterflies and background. 

I really love the combination of the colours once it was dry I stamped the word butterflies all over it with silver ink. I backed it on to some glitter paper and then a grey card base. I added some glitter to each butterfly. Finally I printed out a sentiment that I love to add to my card.

~ Your time as a caterpillar has expired. Your wings are ready. ~ 

It is time my friends to shake off the old and fly into the new. Whatever that may be for you in 2015, have the courage to use your wings. Be brave and FLY!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.

Mandi xox

Supplies - Unity Stamp Company - A Friend Loveth, Trust Your Soul SMAK Kit, Strength & Dignity KOM. VersaFine Black Tuxedo, Distress Inks - Spun Sugar, Weathered Wood, Worn lipstick. DCWV Glitter Matstack

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Hello Friends

I am back with another card!  This time I am using the colours from this month's Unity Be Inspired Challenge. I just love purple's and blue's they are my go to colours when I craft. You should come and play along it if you want to there is still a lot of time left to join it.

 I got out a stamp set I have not used in a long time Insightful Meadows. I was going for a bokeh background on this card. I have never really tried it before so I was just kind of experimenting and it worked out great.

I applied some watercolor paints to the stamp then stamped all over the page with 3 different colours. Then I sprayed water on the card and blotted it with some paper towel. I dried it with my heat gun and this is the result that was left behind. It kind of blurred itself in the process and that is exactly what I was going for.  I stamped the sentiment from the Trust Your Soul SMAK kit right over the top with Versafine ink. Finally I backed it on to some black card stock and then a lavender card base.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Mandi xox

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

You Are Amazing!

Hello My Lovely Friends

I hope you are all having a good week so far!!  I have been really busy over the last week so I have not had much time to craft. So today I made some time :) I am really meant to be cleaning my house but crafting comes first right ha!

I am still on my watercolour roll. I love love using the Peerless Watercolors that I got for my birthday! Thanks to my hubby for the best present ever :)  This card I made today was a complete accident. Yes that is right an accident! Don't you love it when stuff like that happens? My original plan was to put glitter inside the heart and keep the outside clean. But I got some splashes outside the heart aghhh! So I just went with it and added some more to even it out! I dried it with my heat gun and I LOVED the way it came out. I used the outline distress heart and sentiment from the Unity  Trust Your Soul SMAK kit. I applied my paints right on to the stamp using two different colours. I went with a Valentine theme but  with very wintery cool colours since it is still freezing cold here in upstate NY! I stamped it on to my paper then painted in the heart. Once it was dry I applied sentiment right over the top with Versafine ink. Then added some splashes with my paint brush. How easy is that?

 When I was out at the weekend and picked up some Teresa Collins crafting goodies that were on sale. I love this line she has out right now with turquoise, gold and silver in it. I think it is called the studio gold line. I will post a picture of it later.  I just has to buy these lovely sequins. The packaging itself is just lovely too. They come in wee test tubes  that are super cute!!!  I threaded some through some silver fancy floss and tied them around the bottom of my card. I absolutely love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Mandi xox

Simon Says Stamp Wed - Heart
Craft Stamper - Take It Make It
Friends With Flair
Simon Says Stamp - Monday  - Winter colours
The Pink Elephant TPE282  - Love
House Of Cards  - Colours
Word Art Wednesday 167  - Anything Goes
Unity Be Inspired Challenge  - Card Layout
Addicted To Stamps Challenge  - Holiday Valentine
Time Out Challenges - Hearts

Friday, January 16, 2015

Gold N Glitter Tag

Hello Friends

I have been playing around with my new stamps this week.  I have made a lot of new things and this is one of them. You know how much I love making tags so I had to make one.  I am on a glitter role at the moment. So I made this tag with gold glitter and gold sequins. It is a bit over the top but I don't care I love it ha!! I used kraft card to just give it a twist and I think it works quite well. I love the gold ribbon that I picked up at Hobby Lobby in the sale gold glitter chevrons. The sentiment is from No Remedy For Love January 2015 sentiment kit. I heat embossed it with white embossing powder to make it pop :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Have a great weekend :)

Mandi xox

 Friends with Flair

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

All That Glitters Is Snow

Hello Friends

Have you ever seen a stamp that you just absolutely love?? Well I did with this one. The minute I set eyes on this winter girl with her mittens and hot drink I knew I had to have her. She comes as part of one of the kit of the month's at Unity. I am not a member but they usually have a one time purchase of the kit of the month's so I jumped on it. Well actually my husband did, he bought me this one for my birthday which was right before we left for Scotland. This kit is called Warmth of Winter  and is the 12/14 KOM.

I finally got around to using her over the weekend. I had a million ideas for her when I ordered her but now I was stumped with what to do with her. I started off  just putting her down on paper. I heat embossed her with black embossing powder and painted her with my Peerless Watercolors. I absolutely love the way the colours of these paints all blend together. They are almost effortless for a novice like me :) I really want to take a paint class this year it is one of my goals for 2015.

 Once she was painted she sat on my counter for 2 days as I was stuck with what to do with her. Then I got the idea to put the trees behind her in white using white embossing powder. The trees are from the same stamp set which is really useful :)   I covered her up and stamped around her then when the trees were set I water coloured them. I wanted to finish off the card with some snow I wanted to use chunky glitter to make it really pop at the bottom. But I could not find my white chunky glitter anywhere so I had to make a quick trip to the craft shop for some.  I put some on the bottom then dotted some around the background of the card. I was really happy with the way it turned out the glitter really makes the card pop. I am just loving the chunky glitter look lately.

 I them remembered I had bought a Crafter's Companion magazine while I was home and It came with a free stamp set. This is one of the sentiments I used from it  -  All that glitters is snow.  I just love it! It did happen to snow here yesterday so it was a perfect fit for my card. I stamped it on to a wee bit of vellum and heat embossed it with white embossing powder just to finish off my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I hope you love my card as much as I do :)

Stay tuned to my blog in the coming weeks. I am going to be having a wee giveaway on here for all of my readers. I bought way too many craft things over the last few months so I thought I would share some of them with you guys n girls :)

Mandi xox

Supplies - Unity Stamp Company KOM Warmth of Winter, Crafters Companion Free Stamps, VersaMark Ink, Black and White embossing powder, Vellum, Peerless Watercolors , Glitter Card & White card base.

Challenges I would like to enter
Craft Stamper Take it Make It  - Take a Stamp
Unity Be Inspired Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wed Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Inky Background
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes
That's Crafty Challenge Blog  - Blue
Crafting By Designs  - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations  - New (stamp)
Eureka Stamps - Baby It's Cold Outside
Friends With Flair

Monday, January 12, 2015

Door Hanger Sign

Hello Friends

I am back from Scotland and I have horrible jet lag! It's been 3 days and I just can't get back into this time zone yet. I had such a lovely time at home in Scotland with my family. The weather was pretty mild it rained mostly. When we landed back in NY I walked out of the airport and my lips froze it was that cold yikes!!! Today we have snow so I am home having a crafty day :)

 I made this door hanger a few weeks ago for my friend Colin who is massage therapist and yoga teacher in Scotland. He just moved into a new place of work and needed a new door sign for his room.  He asked if I would make him one so of course I took on the challenge :) If you need a massage and are in the Glasgow area I highly recommend him. Here is his website Glasgow Yoga Massage if you are interested in checking him out.

So on to my door hanger :) This was a plain wooden hanger that I painted then covered in card stock. I printed out the words and stamped the tree image using my distress inks. Once the card was stuck down I gave it 2 coats of clear glue to protect it. Next on each side of the hanger I sprinkled some copper embossing powder and heat set it then added some twine. This was just to reinforce it being handled on a daily basis. Finally I added some twine and a wee metal embellishment that says serenity on it just to complete it.

I hope you like my door hanger! It was the first one I ever made and I am pretty pleased with it :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today have a lovely day!!

Mandi xox

Door Hanger, Unity Stamp Company - Create Today, VersaMark Ink, Ranger Distress ink Peeled Paint, Copper Embossing Powder, Green Paint, Twine, Embellishments & Glue.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Butterfly Blues

 Hello Friends

I managed to get another tag made for the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge. I love love love using white embossing powder to create projects. So I wanted to make another quick entry for this challenge. This time I went for a lovely butterfly and used my watercolours again on this one. This stamp is from the Trust Your Soul smak kit from Unity Stamp Company.

I created the background on the tag with my paints, silver stars and glitter. While that was drying I heat embossed my butterfly in white, cut it out, painted it then glued it to my tag. I only glued the body of the butterfly so that I could pull out the wings creating a 3D butterfly.

I love the colours on this one so much. This is the first time I have used this butterfly stamp and I love it. I just know it is going to be one of my favourite stamps. I hope you like my tag thanks so much for stopping by :)

Mandi xox

Simon Says Stamp Wed - Anything Goes
Wow Embossing Powder Dec 2014

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Love You Snowy Heart Tag

Hello Friends

I wanted to make a project  for the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge. This month the challenge is white stamping. If you know me and my blog this is one of my favourite techniques to work with white embossing powder. I also happened to pick up the February issue of the Craft Stamper yesterday so I wanted to use the free heart stamp that came with it.  I am still home in Scotland for the holiday's still so I don't have all of my craft supplies but I did bring a few supplies with me and I happened to have another heart stamp that I used to create the top and bottom border.

I stamped my tag and embossed it with white embossing powder then I used my Peerless Watercolour paints to colour it. I really love the way they blend together. I went for a two tone look with the raspberry and plum colours.   The tag was so absorbed with water that the paper started to pill. I loved the way it left a snowy effect behind once I rubbed the dried in pills away. Don't you live it when unexpected things happen when you craft? I backed the tag on to some gold card and went around the edges with the embossing powder to give it a border. Then I added some little details a button and some twine to finish.

I hope you like my tag thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

Mandi xox

Tags, Kraft Card, Versa Mark Ink, White Embossing Powder, Craft Stamper Heart Stamp Freebie, Unity Stamp Company Hearts & Sentiment, Twine & Button.

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