Apr 13, 2016

Working with Fibres

Hello Everyone,
I am working with fibres at the moment, which I find very relaxing. My intention  was to make a piece that represents New Zealand; a country that has wonderful colours all year round. 
It is also a gift for a friend that will be visiting from the UK.

I will start with the Bg which was painted  (gelli plate) and stamped, then stitched randomly.

The flower was cut using lace, tyvek, and fantasy film and the centre is a little piece of Paua shell; commonly used in Maori carvings, and traditionally represents the stars in the sky.
I have tried to recreate the iridescence  of this shell using the fibres and beads.

 Many layers sewn by hand...took me ages.
 This will be framed.
I see NZ in this piece; a small part of this amazing planet called Earth.

Challenges to enter and to celebrate Earth Day: 22nd April.
Inspiration photo.


Hope you are having a great day

Mar 7, 2016

Mixed Media Card

I am only posting once a month these days as I am a little busy, but I thought you may like to see what I made this week.
I spent a day in the garage making up Backgrounds with the Gelli plate including stencils, and I liked this Bg so much it inspired me to make this card.

 I also made the Tyvek Bg behind the chipboard butterfly.
The text stamping  was added then I stitched in the left hand corner.

The element and main focal point has a Bg of painted Tyvek, I have combined layers of different media, added the glass seed beads, stitching and then cut the butterfly out of the Background paper, but this time I included foil sweet papers.
I would like to enter my card into these Challenges:
Frilly and Funkie- Layer It Up.
(Shabby Chic/Vintage)

 The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #22

 Challenge: Springtime.

And lastly a new Challenge Blog for me and first time  entering:
Creative Artiste Challenge 12-Anything Goes.

Hope you are all well.
 Smiles :)

Feb 9, 2016

Mixed media cards

It has been awhile since I last posted circumstances allowed me to have some playtime in the craft room and I made some master boards, from these boards I made two cards.

The card below is my entry into the Challenge:Anything mixed media at Love to Create.

The Bg has many layers of glazes to create depth, then I applied some stamping and painted tissue paper. Dry embossed then highlighted in Gold
Diecut the flower from the same master board.
Painted up some cardstock in Teal Acrylic and diecut the glamour bits.
Have a great day

Dec 20, 2015


Compliments of the Season to you.

  A Big thank you to my followers who have taken the time to share your comments on my work this year, I do not say it enough but I really appreciate your thoughts, it is always pleasing to read what inspires you.
I have made a few tags and cards that I would like to share with you, please enjoy this special time of Year with your loved ones and a most Happiest of New Years 2016.

Mr and Mrs Claus.
The Tags.
The cards.
And this is a little Album I made for Scarlett (Gd) to keep her secrets in.
Bamboo Skewer binding. 
Credit for my interpretation of this cover was taken from here.
Inside Cover.
Handmade thread box.
All pages are like this.
Envelopes inside pockets for her secrets.
Back Page.
Note paper and various size tags, depending on how big her secret is!

I am all done and ready to share a wonderful day with my family.

Dec 17, 2015

12 Tags-Funkie Junkie Style # 12

Hello Everyone,
Oh goodness I have completed the Funkie Junkie 12 days of Christmas Challenge.
And it is a little bit of Shabby from me to finish off.
On this creation I was inspired by the Holly, texture and Twine.
 My Bg was painted using Red Acrylic with a touch of Quin Gold then I dry embossed.
The ornaments were cut on the cricut, and then decorated up with mini textured Holly leaves and pearls, also some sticky bling bits.
I sat these on a little piece of lace, I went crazy with Texture on this Tag.
The word JOY is a rub on.

You can click on the photos for close-up views
all 12 Tags for my banner here.
I did not take a picture of them hanging as it is too difficult to see them all properly.
So another year of this Challenge has finished and it has been so much fun, it is always surprising where a little bit of inspiration can take you creatively.
 Thank you Linda for continuing this annual challenge.

The URL is  www.thefunkiejunkie.com.

Have a great week,

Dec 10, 2015

12 Tags-Funkie Junkie Style # 11

Hello Everyone,
Onto the penultimate Tag for  the Funkie Junkie 12 days of Christmas Challenge.
and this week I have been inspired by texture and the palette; Teal and Brown always looks good.


This week Linda has applied a base of thick texture with minimum embellishments, the latter does not excite me as I love to embellish, having said this my Tags are only 31/2 ins in size so I am limited to how much I can attach to my Tags.
No snowflakes for me, but a Poinsettia Flower and not in the usual beautiful Red, I went with a softer combination of Teal and Gold.
Vellum has been ever so lightly painted in said colours then embossed to create the texture.

My Background has also been embossed using two diecuts.
 The word MERRY has been cut on the Cricut and painted in various colours, then wet embossed twice using Utee. 
Attached to a skewer so that it is sitting up off the Tag.

 Tag #11
You can click on the photos for close-up views
 You can get the full challenge details on the Tag #1 post.
The URL is  www.thefunkiejunkie.com.

Have a great week,