Sunday, 15 March 2015

New Etsy listings

I've made a few new things over the last few months, and only just got around to taking some photos and posting them on Etsy.

Here are a few pics:

The beads for this bracelet and pendant were made using turquoise glass that reacts with the ivory glass petals, creating the black border around the flowers, and giving it a watercolour painted effect.

This pendant is made using two marbled glass beads. Marbled beads are great to make, watching the colours swirl together in the heat.

I had a few sea-inspired beads that I wasn't sure what to do with, so I made a sea bracelet, using memory wire and and a seahorse charm

I've been experimenting with glass tiles recently, and made this pendant with one of my favourite backing paper designs.

Had a bit of a 'red' obsession a few months back, and made these three memory wire bracelets :)

Here's a bracelet I made which is covered with dangling flower charms made of seed beads and flower beads. 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Mother's Day

Just finished making Mothers Day cards, for my lovey Mum and Mum-in-Law :)

I love backing papers but don't use them much - I'm never sure how to use them so they don't overwhelm the card. I think it works ok with these cards, though :)

Saturday, 7 March 2015

New Beads!

Hi! I've been making some new beads! Really pleased with how they have turned out, and just need to work out how to use them now...

I'm really pleased with how this yellow bead turned out. It's made using a glass called Mystic Yellow, and it looks transparent until it's heated, when it turns all cloudy. I can't wait to make some more of these, and play with this glass again!

This bead is made with transparent blue in the centre, encased with purple glass, so it shines with both colours. This is my new favourite technique!

This bead uses the same technique, with a deep indigo purple centre, encased with pale blue.

This bead uses silvered ivory and green frit to create the landscape. Looking forward to trying a few more landscape beads!

I love the colour of this bead - it uses a glass called rubino ora. The swirls were created using some purple and white frit.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Late Birthday Card...

It was my Aunt's birthday about a week ago, and I missed it :(  I spoke to her the day afterwards, and made her a card, but wish I'd sent one to arrive on time! My Aunt is very artistic and creative, so I'm always a bit nervous of sending her my cards. She makes beautiful teddy bears and sells them all over the world. It's a bit intimidating! Here is her website, and a couple of her creations:

Bears by Sue Quinn


Here's the card I made for her. I really hope she likes it.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant Challenge: Anything Goes
Paper Pretties : Birthdays
Divas By Design : Happy Birthday
Addicted to CAS : Luxury

Addicted to Daisies

Trying out a couple more masked panel cards with my new favourite stencil :)  I think maybe the pale background works better than the deep blue. I think I need to try using cleaner / paler colours for the petals, too. I might try that tomorrow.

I'm entering this last card in the ColourQ challenge: #256

Water brush

I've had a couple of those water brushes (the ones that you fill with water) for ages, but didn't really know what to do them. After seeing Heather Telford's post here, I had to try it! Her video shows how she colours the stamped flowers with the brush, and it looks so effective. I have to practice a fair bit, but here's one of my first attempts. I'm also using my new wink of stella gold pen - had to get one after seeing Heather's video :)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Tip Top Tuesday: Anything Goes

4 Crafty Chicks: Something old / something new (old waterbrush, new stamp, new gold pen)

Color Throwdown: #307

Monday, 25 August 2014

I love stencils now!

Here's another card using a stencil I bought ages ago and didn't know what to do with. I think stencils are my new obsession, now...

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts : Warm sunshiny colours
The squirrel & Fox : Spring or Autumn