Sunday, 26 March 2017

Mothers' Day

Hello everyone and Happy Mothers' Day to everyone too.

I'm thinking of my own dear Mum today as we lost her back in 2004 after a very difficult 4 year battle with Alzheimers Disease which I think is one of the most cruel things out there as it takes away what makes a person who they are.

In the case of my mother, the early signs were so slight they went un-noticed as eccentricities on her part - such as us wondering how she managed to kill off so many houseplants as she was constantly buying new ones. When it was noticed her condition deteriorated very rapidly until she no longer knew who she was and couldn't recognise family members.

I want to remember her now with the best photo I have of her which was taken when she must have been around 21 years old with her post World War Two hair and clothes.


Love you Mum and you're always with me.
Fliss xxx

Friday, 24 March 2017

Dream Time for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a good week despite the rather unsettled weather we've been having lately. I'm looking forward to the weekend as my girls are coming home for a day or so as it's Mothers' Day here in the UK on Sunday.
It's my day over at That's Crafty! Blog and I'm sharing another journal page also in rather a bold style which I hope you like. You'll find all the details on how I made it over there too.


Have a great day and a lovely weekend and see you soon.

Fliss xx

Friday, 17 March 2017

Imagine for That's Crafty! and Hochanda

Hello everyone, hope you're all OK and have had a good week. Don't know about you but I'm really looking forward to the weekend.
If there are any early birds up and about, our lovely Neil is demoing some fabulous new goodies for That's Crafty! on Hochanda today at 7am and 11am so do try and catch a show if you can. It's on Freeview Channel 85, Sky 663 and Freesat 822.
I'm sharing one of the journal pages I made for the shows over at That's Crafty! Blog today and I think it's my favourite of the pages I made too as it's very bold and punchy in style. Hope you like it too!


You'll find all the details of how I created this over at the blog and you can see all of the amazing new stamps, stencils (including some 8x8) and journals over at the shop and on the Hochanda shows of course!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Psychedelic Journal Page

Hello everyone, I'm back sooner than expected as I managed to find a little spare time to rustle up a new journal page which you might need sunglasses for as it's very bright.
It was inspired by the current colour challenge over at Rubber Dance Challenge Blog and I decided to ink up my Rubber Dance Round in Circles stamp set for this as I'm sure those of you that regularly follow my artwork will know how much I love circles.
This rather psychedelic page was the result and I hope you like it.


I used my trusty Paper Artsy splodger to apply the paint (all DecoArt) to the page having happily just acquired almost the exact turquoise shade shown on the colour inspiration (see below) and just scraped the colours on to cover my page.
I then stamped on various circle images from the set using Ranger dye ink in Caribbean Coast and Wild Orchid plus a little stamping with Archival Watering Can.
I finished off with the the text from the Rubber Dance Something Wonderful stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink.



Hope you have a good week and see you again soon.
Fliss xx

Friday, 10 March 2017

Bling It Up! At That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for our new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog which has the theme of Bling It Up! so you can probably guess what we'd like to see for this one!
I've gone rather girly with my inspiration which is a postcard as I'm quite liking this particular surface at the moment (can't tell you why either!).


I covered the postcard (one of That's Crafty! white/greyboard substrates) with Paper Artsy Sherbet acrylic paint. I then used the hearts background and quatrefoil background That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils with Paper Artsy Orchid and Lavender paints to apply a pattern.
The result was a bit stronger than I wanted so I knocked it back with dry brushed gesso and added a few streaks of blue for interest.
I stamped the lovely Serena (one of Donna Gray's beautiful stamps for That's Crafty!) on mixed media paper with Archival Jet Black ink. I coloured her with paints using Paper Artsy Blush for her face and neck and her hair with DecoArt Glamour Dust paint in Celebration Pink (it's really blingy!).
I stamped her again directly on the postcard and then cut out the image on mixed media paper except for the curly element on her hair. I added gems to her hair and the heart and finished off with some Tim Holtz Big Chat stickers.

Hope you can enter as the prize is randomly drawn so all you have to do is enter!
Have a great weekend and see you next week.
Fliss xx

Making Room For Growth At That's Crafty!

Hello all, I hope you're all OK and have had a good week. I've been very busy again with work both my job and also on the crafting side so I'm glad it's nearly the weekend. My job is rather stressful at the moment as I'm working in the new office and I've been doing the most difficult job with records that are in rather a mess - I know it's my job but sometimes I wish it wasn't!
I have my usual Friday post over at That's Crafty! today and this week I'm sharing a very quick to make card which I hope you like.


As you can see, one of those lovely Dina Wakley ladies has come out to play as I love the positive message they send and this one is my favourite. You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual.

I'll be back in a while as we have a new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog and as usual there's a voucher for the online shop for the randomly drawn winner.

See you in a bit.
Fliss xx

Friday, 3 March 2017

Be Great Journal Page For That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a good week. Mine has been extremely busy with work and crafting stuff which I can't share yet.
Last weekend was rather difficult too as my other half went with me to the optometrist, with me having to go to get a new left contact lens to last me until my cataract op early next month, he wanting to look at glasses frames to replace his. The optometrist insisted on checking his prescription as she hadn't done the one he took and he came out after nearly an hour with the news that he had suspected Glaucoma in his left eye!!! He now has to go and see my consultant!

I have my usual Friday post today over at That's Crafty! and this week I'm sharing a journal page that was actually easier to make than it might look. Hope you like it and you'll find all the details over at the blog.


It's actually very good inspiration for the current challenge over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog which has the theme of Just Words and if you enter there's a voucher for the online shop up for grabs!

Have a really fab weekend and see you next week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 24 February 2017

Just Words at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for our new challenge over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog which for the next fortnight has the theme of Just Words so we would like to see your creations with words as the main focus.
I've created a journal page which was actually quite simple to make as my main tool was an old credit card!


I coloured the page with Distress inks, starting with Squeezed Lemonade, adding Twisted Citron mostly around the edges (this was because my page had green in places over-run from a previous page). I then used an old credit card to swipe Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean inks around the edges.
I stamped the circles image (Carabelle Studio) with Picked Raspberry ink and the text from That's Crafty! Motivational Words Set 2 with Versafine Deep Lagoon ink.
I then added a few more swipes with the credit card and inks to pull my page together.

There's a great prize for the randomly drawn winner so do enter if you can.

Have a great weekend.
Fliss xx

Happy for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you've all had a better week from me as I've been struck down with a virus that turned into sinusitis and I've felt under the weather all week.
The only good news was my follow up visit to the consultant on Wednesday and he's very pleased with my eye which is healing well and I'm so happy that the resulting eyesight went as planned and I can see better than I've been able to for most of my life - yippee! Can't wait for the left eye to be done now.
I have a post today over at That's Crafty! Blog and this week for the first time in quite a while, I have a card to share. This is mostly as I wanted to try out some colouring now my eyesight is somewhat improved. Hope you like it!


I'll be back in a bit as we have a new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog and I have some inspiration to share.

Fliss xx

Friday, 17 February 2017

Curious Friends for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you're all OK and have had a good week, definitely better than mine anyway. I've been very busy helping out at the office with mega payroll problems which resulted in complete loss of some data and we've had to rerun a lot of them from the start of the tax year, on a back to back basis so I'm totally payrolled out!

I have my usual Friday post over at That's Crafty Blog and this week I'm sharing the reverse of my jagged edge upright. It also has a nature theme although this time bunnies have crept in. Hope you like it.


You'll find all the details over at the blog if you'd like to see how I created it.

Here's a little reminder of the other side too:


Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Fliss xx

Friday, 10 February 2017

Design Your Life Art Journal Page

Hello again and welcome to my third post for today which I think is a first for me as I've never done that many in one day before!
This is because I am able to share the first creation I've made since my first cataract op on Tuesday having finally felt like doing some crafting as you can only watch so much TV!!!
It was very therapeutic getting all painty and my Seth Apter stamps for Paper Artsy have come out for their first inking too.


It's actually been very strange in some ways as I didn't realise how much the cataracts had affected my vision. Having just the one done has made things a lot brighter and if I cover up that eye and look through the one yet to be done, the difference in colour is staggering! The cataract seems to have caused me to see everything in what I can only describe as vintage colour as it has a sort of sepia to olive tone which I really like. Looking through the corrected eye, everything is bright but has more of a bluish tone to it which is going to take some getting used to. It makes me wonder what my artwork is going to look like when both eyes are done as I suspect I've been subconsciously going for bright colours as I couldn't see properly - eek!

Anyhow, enough of my rambling and on to my art journal page. I coloured the page with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paints, adding dots of colour to a plate and scraping them on to the page with an old credit card. I used Hansa Yellow Light, Titan Buff, Transparent White, Yellow Green Light and Primary Cyan. I carried on until the page was roughly covered.

I next stamped on the diamond design from Seth Apter's Paper Artsy ESA02 with Archival Cactus Flower ink. I followed this with the dots image from the same set with Ranger Carribean Coast Dye ink. I added a bit more stamping to layer it up a little, using the same stamps but reversing the colours.

I coloured a scrap of mixed media paper with more DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Cyan, Cobalt Teal Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Primary Magenta - and then used Seth's Robo Rings for Spellbinders to cut out some shapes from the painted paper. Imagine my delight when I found there was a negative space left which I could also use. I cut this out with one of my trusty Spellbinders circle nesting dies, leaving the left hand edge straight.

I glued the negative shape and the largest ring to the page across the centre. I then stamped the star design from the ESA03 set together with the text from That's Crafty! Motivational Words Set 2 clear stamp set on leftover painted paper, using Versamark ink and heat embossed both images with white detail powder. I cut these out and added them to the page.

To pull my page together, I stamped the star design from ESA02 on the page 3 times with Versamark ink and again heat embossed with white detail powder.

I hope you like this as much as I enjoyed creating it and will be round soon.

I'm also sneakily linking this up to the current Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge as the February theme is an Anything Goes Stamping Challenge and I have quite a lot of stamping on here, all layered up. Hope you like it everyone.

Have a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

I Heart You! Challenge at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for our new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog which for the next fortnight has the seasonably romantic theme of I Heart You! and we would like to see your creations with hearts on.
I've made a Valentine card which I hope you like.


I made a background paper with several shades of Distress inks - Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Old Paper, Worn Lipstick - which I applied straight from the inkpad, pressing lightly to transfer the inks to a piece of mixed media paper.
I then stamped on the heart from the Carabelle Studio Le Coeur et l'oiseau stamp set with Weathered Wood Distress ink. I inked the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink and glued the paper to a kraft card blank.
I stamped the heart on mixed media paper with VersaFine Satin Red ink and the wings with Archival Cobalt ink. I cut the images out and gave the heart shape a double mat of dark red and blue card to make it pop. I added this to the card with the wings using foam tape for added dimension.
I finished off with some Tim Holtz stickers from the Small Talk Occasions sticker book.

Do enter if you can as the prize for the randomly drawn winner is a voucher for the online shop and we have lots of CHA goodies due in!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

The Impasto Effect for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, hope you're all OK. I've now had my first cataract op and all seems to have gone alright, the only fly in the ointment being that the consultant now wants to wait and check the prescription for my left eye before ordering the lens which means I have to wait until April so I'm currently feeling very frustrated.
It's going to be rather difficult at work with all this going on and at the moment I'm not sure how well I'll be able to see my computer screens when I go back to the office next week.

I have my Friday post over at That's Crafty! Blog today and this week I'm sharing  very textured mixed media panel which I hope you like. It's actually the top panel of the rectangles hanger kit which has 3 small panels included - I used these for my MixedUp magazine project which features in Issue 5 (you can subscribe to this via Pocket Mags and it's digital so it doesn't matter where in the world you are)


Does this make you long for Summer - it does me!

I'll be back in a while as we have a new challenge for you today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog and I have some inspiration to share.

Fliss xx

Friday, 3 February 2017

Remembering Moments Journal Page for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, sorry to be around so little at the moment, This is partly because of my eyesight issues and also because my job has taken a dramatic change as the practice I work for has merged with another larger firm of Accountants and we now work in their office which is in Littlehampton and further away although not too bad from the travelling side. It's quite different on the actual work side though and will take a while to get used to.

On top of this, I have my first eye op next week so my stress levels are currently rather high!

I have my usual friday post over at That's Crafty! Blog which is another of my Hochanda samples which are good to have as my eyesight is not great at the moment. Hope you like this one.


Can you tell I'm longing for Spring!

Have a great weekend and will be back when the first op is done and I should be able to see properly from one eye at least!

Fliss xx

Friday, 27 January 2017

Going Round In Circles at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

Hello again and welcome to my inspiration for our new challenge over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog where for the next fortnight our theme is Round and Round and I'm so pleased as I love this one.

I've created an art journal page in my A5 journal where Seth Apter meets Carabelle Studio! Hope you like it.


I made the background for the page with some Distress ink pads which have gone a little dry. Because of this, they're perfect if you press them randomly on card or paper and if you do it enough times, you get a grungy style inky pattern. I used Old Paper, Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky.

I then stencilled a pattern down the side of the page with Gathered Twigs ink and smooshed it before it was dry largely because I realised I'd used a squares stencil - oops!

I stamped the circles from the Seth Apter circle stamp using Gathered Twigs Distress ink. I used some Carabelle Studio stamps to stamp the eye, ladybirds and Azoline flowers into the circles with Archival Potted Soil ink. I then added a little colour with pencils.

I stamped the quote (the one that means so much to me at the moment) with the Archival ink on mixed media paper, cutting the words out separately and gluing them to the page. I then went round the edges with a brown pencil to make the words pop.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Fliss xx

Creating Progress Art Journal Page for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you're all managing to stay warm in the big chill! It's absolutely freezing down here at the moment with bitterly cold winds being the cause and it makes my face ache just to go out in it! Roll on Spring and Summer!

I have my usual post today over at That's Crafty! Blog and I'm sharing another of my Hochanda samples which have come in handy as I'm still rather optically challenged at the moment! Hope you like this one.


You'll find all the details over at the blog if you'd like to see how it came about.

I'll be back in a bit as we have a new challenge today over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog and this one is a favourite theme of mine too.

Fliss xx


Friday, 20 January 2017

Seeing Reality Journal Page for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone from a rather miserable Fliss. I have new contact lenses the consultant dealing with my eyesight issues insisted on and I hate them with a passion as they've made my long sighted which when I've been shortsighted most of my life is really hard to deal with. I have to wear glasses most of the time as anything closer than about 3-4 feet away gets increasingly more fuzzy. The only place I can see properly is way in the distance and that's why I'm so upset!

Anyway, now I've got that off my chest, I have a post today over at That's Crafty! Blog where I'm sharing one of the art journal pages I created for Monday's Hochanda shows with the brand new white/greyboard journal pages and the new clear quote stamps chosen by my team mate Moira.


You can probably guess why I chose this one as the quote is rather dear to my heart at the moment with reality being somewhat misty!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx

Friday, 13 January 2017

Silver and Gold Challenge at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog

A slightly late post to share my inspiration for our new challenge at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog which I should have scheduled last night but I was so tired, I fell asleep in the middle of one of my favourite TV programmes (Death in Paradise) and had to go to bed. The first time that's happened in ages as I normally don't do it!
The theme is Silver and Gold for the next 2 weeks and there must be both on your entry. I do have both on mine but the metallic shimmer doesn't show as much as it should so you'll have to imagine it's got gold and silver on there where it looks a bit brown and grey!


Lots of inking, stamping, painting and gold embossing went on here although it is fairly obvious so the materials are listed below:

Carabelle Studio A6 Stamp Sets by Zorrotte - Le coeur et l'oiseau, Dans l'univers des feuilles
Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass
Mixed Media Paper
DecoArt Metallic Fluid Acrylics - Gold, Silver
Gold Embossing Powder
Orange Pencil
Tim Holz Sticker Book - Chit Chat
Silver Metallic Card
Kraft Card Blank

There's a fab prize for the randomly drawn winner of a voucher for the online shop and all you have to do to be in with a chance is enter!

Have a great weekend and see you next week.
Fliss xx

Dreaming of Sunny Days for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I hope you're all surviving the nasty cold and sleety weather we have at the moment, winter seems to have arrived rather suddenly! The perfect time to stay home and do some crafting I think.
I have my usual Friday post over at That's Crafty! Blog today and the lovely Bentley has come out to play again this week.






You'll find all the details over at the blog as usual if you'd like to see the whole creation as this is just a sneak peek.

I'll be back in a while with the details of our new challenge over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog.

Fliss xx

Friday, 6 January 2017

Stay Curious for That's Crafty!

Hello everyone, I'm happily back in my contact lenses for a bit until my cataracts get sorted out having survived laser surgery on a tear in my retina yesterday. It's really great to be able to see what I'm doing!
I have my first post of 2017 over at That's Crafty! today and I'm sharing a rather whimsical mixed media piece made using one of the fab dinky uprights.


Hope you like my sneak peek and you'll find all the details and a pic of the whole thing over at the blog as usual.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.
Fliss xx