Monday, 22 September 2014

MY FIRST SHABBY CHIC WREATH

Hey guys,
I love the look of anything shabby chic, or altered, and have seen some fabulous wreaths on Pinterest and thought I would have a go myself! Bear in mind this wreath is for all year round and is now hanging in my hallway as a welcome to any visitors! Here are some pics of it from start to finish, using embellishments from Wild Orchid Crafts, which were, metal flower, brads, natural cotton lace, ready made ivory bows with pearls, crocheted flowers, crown headpins & flat back pearls, from my own stash I used materials such as organza ribbon, shimmer organza materials, ayubergine cotton, natural calico, buttons, 2floral rings, gold mesh material, metal keys, pearls and beads and my own handmade flowers,
thanks for looking xx









Tuesday, 24 June 2014

HANDMADE PEARL & DIAMANTEE FLOWER CENTRES







Hey Guys, here is a video i made the other day showing you how i make my own flower centres, they can also be used for other projects but they save money from the ones i have seen in shops! thanks for looking xx

Thursday, 29 May 2014

FUNKY FLORALS SERIES - FOLDED ROSE (+playlist)







Hey there my friends,

Here are some folded roses i have made, from double sided satin ribbon, organza ribbon, and calico fabric, just to show you different fabrics, you can also do this flower with paper and cardstock, i do hope you enjoy watching and try making some yourself hugs, V xxx

FUNKY FLORALS SERIES - EASY TULLE FLOWER





Hey Guys, here is the video for the type of flowers i made for my grandaughter's tutu's i made, they are the easiest flowers i have ever made, hope you enjoy watching and if oyu haven't subscribed already, please do! hugs xx V

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

FUNKY FLORALS SERIES - SHABBY HANDKERCHIEF FLOWER

Hello Guys!!

Well here is another video in my Funky Florals Series, i do hope you love them, as much as i enjoy making them! I love to show fellow crafters what i make, its so nice when you can make your own embellishments, i personally feel very proud if someone says they love my embellishment and want to know where i bought it, and i can say, i didnt, i made it! so proud, and i love to inspire others to do the same, and if i have done that for one person today, my job is done!!! thanks for checking my blog out today, Hugs, Vick xxx













FUNKY FLORALS SERIES - VINTAGE LACE BLOOM



Hey folks,

Here is another video in my series of Funky Florals, i do hope you enjoy watching i like my video tutorials!! If you have any ideas for tutorials that you would like to watch, please leave me a comment and i will see what i can do! nothing crafty is off limits, i aim to please, thanks for watching, hugs, V xxx









FUNKY FLORALS SERIES - ROLLED FLOWER

Hey guys!! here is another instalment in my Funky Florals Series of video tutorials, have fun watching xxx V







Thursday, 8 May 2014

MORE FLOWERS

Hey guys,

Well i haven't done much but have made some more flowers, here is one of them, and if you check back here later, i will add a video link to this flower too on how to make it, hope you like it, Hugs, V xx


Friday, 2 May 2014

MY FLOWERS

Hey there, here are some flowers i have made this week.........hope you like them









thanks for looking, have a nice day!
Vick xx

Monday, 28 April 2014

Where have you been Mrs!!!???

You may well ask!.............no where would be my answer! I am in such a funk with my crafting and creating, i just cannot get motivated to do anything and have only over the last few days managed to make some of my own fabric flowers for embellishments, but as far as painting, altering and stamping goes, forget it!! think my mojo stayed in the old house when we moved in December!!
On a brighter note, the weather here in the U.K has been lovely, getting warm and between 60-66f over the last few days is brilliant for April in old blighty!!! So shhh.........don't speak too loud or it will go away, then again saying that today is freezing ha!! Well, i shall go for now and hope to be back soon to show you some good things i've created.........yeah, i know, dream on! xx Vick

Thursday, 16 January 2014

SO SORRY!!!................:( (WARNING long post, get a coffee.......or tea)

I know a lot of people will read this and say "Ahh..you didn't need to apologise!" but I truly feel the need to. You see I have been M.I.A yet again......life got in the way, like it does.........and I know this is ONLY a blog........but its MY blog and I made a promise to myself, if not to you all, that I would at least post once or twice a week!! People who know me on Facebook primarily, will also notice that I have hardly been on there either, I have nearly 4000 friends on there, obviously some are my family and some are close friends that I have met in person and online, 1 in particular but I won't embarrass her here, she is my closest friend, but in the main I bump shoulders with most of my 'FB friends' a lot, and yes, I mean all of them! we pass, like ships in the night around all different areas of facebook, because I am not just a crafter, I am disabled, so I see people on medical pages! I shop, so I meet friends on shop pages and groups, I obviously craft so I am on countless craft groups and run a couple myself and admin on a couple too, but I am also (and have been as long as I can remember)  a spiritual medium, I have always been able to see spirits, talk to them and receive messages from angels..........and since 33yrs old am a Reiki Master too.....NO!!! Don't run away........im not mad, just sick of hiding who I really am.......for years I was ridiculed if someone found out, even by a close family member, but hey, this is me, I was born with it, just like some of you was born with freckles, or blue eyes, or ginger hair, and all different other things that I don't care to mention cause I don't judge you........the only time I have ever judged people in my life is when they hurt me or someone I love or hold dear.
So, why now? I felt that this was just a craft blog, up till, now!.........it changed, life got in the way and I still wanted to post but had no card to show, no video to post the link to cause I haven't made any of them for you all either (yet another promise broken, and I don't normally break promises) so I thought what the heck, go back to why blogs were invented in the first place, they were here as a diary, and although I am not going to pour out my inner darkest secrets...........sorry! party pooper..........nah!! I haven't got any really.........i'm boring but very funny, or so I have been told! I am going to start posting about how I feel, or what I have done or not done! LOL.......and if you don't wanna read about me or my antics, that's fine, come back when I post a card, or video! that's your perogative and I respect you regardless, for being a follower and for being my friends.
And to make my life that bit busier, I offered angel tarot card readings, using my angel tarot and my spiritual hotline lol, all free of course and im booked up till Easter....all online through my group on Facebook! each one takes 3 hours from start to finish and your reading is typed out for you into a document for you to keep.
Anyway, life! yes.......firstly, I only did a bit of it but we had to pack up our house 2 weeks before Christmas as we were moving house in two parts, 8th Dec and 29th Dec, cause i wasn't well enough to do it all in one as I am severely disabled, and my poor hubby, John had to do it all, and he has arthritic knees, so we do everything very slow but we make do & we get there. Then we moved house and it was Christmas and I fell very ill, I have been to the doctors and have to be tested for bowel cancer at the beginning of February, the appointment has already been made, but it is also suspected that I may have diabetes as well, so you can imagine the tests, and surgical procedures I am facing and have already had, but on top of all this my house is still full of boxes and we barely have enough money to rub together and then all the hassle that comes with moving house, changing utilities, addresses, making sure everyone gets paid and you are above board with your tv licence and what not, its all stress, so nothing is helping, except for one thing, and its always there, my need, desperate need, to craft!
 I talk to my spirit guides and my angels and God every night, they are always around me, but craft is what takes my mind off EVERYTHING!!! its the thing that has for the last 10 years always got me through, and its all because of one man, the man I call my 'angel on earth' (he hates that cause he feels he can't live up to perfect) but he's perfect to me, my husband John........of course we do each other's heads in now and again as we are together 24/7 as he is my full time carer, when I let him, I'm very much independent still!! to his detriment, but, he bought me my first little crafty stash, it was a set from Argos and a tiny set of plastic drawers with all bits and pieces in, off a woman on Ebay, cause he knew I needed something to take my mind off the constant pain I am in, you see I have Osteo & Rheumatoid Arthritis' throughout my whole body even in my eyes!  M.E, Fibromyalgia, Lordosis (severe curvature of the lumbar spine)
 3 prolapsed lumbar discs, 2 herniated sacral discs, sacriolitis (crumbling of the sacrum and pelvic region) 2 prolapsed discs in my neck, clinical depression, survived Thyroid cancer 11yrs ago (so I had to have a left thyroidectomy) and we have last year found out through an MRI that not only is my sacrum crumbling but the rest of my spine and scapulas are crumbling too. I haven't told you all this to gain sympathy cause I don't want it......I have said this to bring to attention the fact that no matter what life chucks at you (and believe me there is more horrors I have gone through that I would rather not say on here) YOU CAN GET THROUGH IT!!! people are around, even when you think you are totally alone, you aren't. and when you are! and you are crying, pleading for someone to be there, your angels are and they ARE listening, so ask for what you want, ask for help, ask and ye shall be given! you don't have to believe me to try it in the privacy of your own home in your own space with no one listening but you and your angels, try it and see........you can get through anything.......and SMILE and LAUGH that's another one of my 'pearls of wisdom' I have a GSOH & use it constantly, my husband fell In love with my SOH before he even saw me or met me, so just remember to smile.
So, back to the craft........ Oh My Goodness, when my John bought me those craft things, he created a monster!!! hahaha.........I have so much stash now that I need two large rooms but will have to be content with one end of my large bedroom (so glad ive finally got a biggish bedroom) when we set my craft studio area up, I will be the happiest woman alive, no matter what else is going on in my life I know that I can forget about it for just those few minutes or few hours, i'm stamping, or painting, or sewing, or whatever! I have for some time now, called it 'My Therapy' and it truly is.
So.....please accept my apology for not being here and even if I have nothing crafty to say, I PROMISE to try and get on here at least once a week and a video every week or fortnight when I get one of my 3 desks set up
Thanks guys,
V x

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

SATURATED CANARY NEW RUBBER STAMPS

Hey guys,

As you may be aware the new batch of Saturated Canary rubber stamps were launched at CHA for the trade to order for their stores! So I wanted to do some cards/projects with the new stamps before they are available in the shops so you could choose your favourites ready for ordering in a couple of weeks time when they arrive!  This beauty is named 'Breeze' and she is stunning isn't she? I haven't gone overboard on the embellishments as I don't think she needs them, she is stunning in those colours without going crazy on the extras, so here she is, hope you like what I've done with her and hope to see you real soon, back here with the next S.C image
Hugs, Vick xxx

The full card in all its loveliness

   
 

The angled shot

Monday, 26 August 2013

WHAT I BELIEVE MIXED MEDIA TO BE


So how do I interpret Mixed Media?

I love the thought of making use of several different mediums and making a right old mess!!! LOL....so....lets be honest, its pretty much, grown up playing, with grown up tools and mediums!

Like paints, acrylics, oils, heat guns, hot glue, and ironing (I do need to interject here that no actual ironing of 'clothes' is undertaken, cause lets be brutally honest here, that would be totally criminal, yeah?)
It seems to me that mixed media is exactly what it says, mixed media! So pretty much anything and everything that you have in at that moment in time and want to add. So adding to the list above may be, wax, fibres, inks, stamps, paper, card, plastic, ribbon, lace, fabric, cheesecloth, bitumen, sand, metal, crayon, burlap/hessian, oils, embossing pastes & powders, whatever your heart desires. And add lots of layers, I've noticed that mixed media projects such as boxes, journals, book covers and canvasses have many layers on them, and I think this is to add colour texture and interest to the piece, or that's how&why I would do it! And also that a lot of work and personal artistic licence has gone into their making.
So, along with this and Altered Art, I love the precious time I spend around my arty, crafty things, and because of illness its a lot less time than I would want to have! however, the illness and disabilities were really the main reason why I got into this kind of crafting, in the first place, although I have always crafted in some form or another since the age of 6 when I was taught by my mum how to embroider.
I find that crafting eases my mind, slows my breathing and helps block out the constant barrage of pain I am in on a daily basis, its' my therapy, my saviour at times and my way of not becoming totally insane, well maybe there isn't any hope for me with the latter in mind, I think I was there a long long time ago!! But hey, crafting is fun! when it goes right! and if it doesn't? its what Bob Ross called a happy accident, and he was right!! I rarely throw away mistakes, cause I can always paint over them, rip them into something else, add something on top, whatever, cause I hate waste!! I am also the biggest skin flint miser going where my crafty stash is concerned, I hoard it all the time and have a vault the size of a house!!!!  LOL!!! I don't like parting with anything!
I don't know about you lot, but my projects very rarely turn out how I envisaged them in the beginning, that's if I actually get an idea at the beginning!!! the projects usually just emerge as I continue to 'play' and there is no rhyme or reason to it, it just 'is'.

So, on my pc hard drive and in my head, I've indulged into Mixed Media & Altered Art many moons ago, after discovering my favourite artist, in this field, Finnabair/Anna Dabrowski ( I do hope I have spelt that correctly, can't be bothered to check online)  you can find her amazing self and blog HERE
I have actually made little embellies and things that can be added to a project of that Mixed Media & Altered Art ilk but not actually made anything until now. There are so many great experts out there in blogland and on Youtube to watch and drool over, another mentor&idol of mine is a lovely lady on Youtube called MsLiberty25 (Miranda) she is absolutely awesome and I adore her, & everything she makes! She loves all things altered and her work is out of this world, she loves metal and can do things with it I would never have even thought of, let alone actually try! You can find Miranda's channel HERE

So, there you go, that's my thoughts on what Mixed Media is, and I hope one day, like me, you get the bug and try something new! If you do? make sure to drop me a line so I can check it out
Hugs, Blessings and much crafty love, Vick xxx


 

MY FIRST JOURNAL COVER

Hey there,

This is the first journal cover I have done and it will become a techniques/design journal, with all my ideas for creating projects!
I used Graphic 45 embossed Coredinations black card, backed with chipboard, I sanded it back and added gilding waxes, in 'Amethyst' and 'Vintage Plum' from Sam Poole's shop HERE I added my favourite colours of Aubergine and Purple, rose trim, flowers & embellies from my own stash from Wild Orchid Crafts..

***PHOTO HEAVY POST***
The full journal cover


Close up of my clay handmade key and crackled stamps



Close up of embossed wax background



close up of clay handmade key & frame



Close up of handmade cameo


the professional (haha) angled shot



The cameo, frame and key are all made by me from air dry clay, in my handmade silicone moulds from shop bought embellishments that I made myself. They are then painted with black acrylic paint, and then waxed with several different colours, 'vintage plum' 'pewter' 'lilac gold' and 'amethyst'. The metal corner isn't a corner at all, it is a square that I have bent over the corner and glued down with acrylic glue. Some of the flowers are made by me and the rest are shop bought and waxed from my stash.
I hope you like it, thanks for looking, hugs,

Vick xx

Saturday, 3 August 2013

SHABBY CHIC TO A 'T'

And today children we will be playing with the letter 'T' LOL........hey there folks, a couple of weeks ago whilst at a craft fair with my best friend Theresa, we bought some bits and pieces of MDF shapes and some other goodies too, and Theresa, gave me this 'T' to decorate for her cause she wasn't sure how to go about it and knew I would do something nice for her so I took it off her hands and decorated it like it is below here!
I went for the shabby chic style as I love it im sure Theresa does too, but her favourite colour is blues and turquoises so I thought, go with a sky blue pink (shabby chic shades) theme.
So I painted the whole letter in cream acrylic paint and then mixed some Kroma Crackle that you can buy HERE with sky blue acrylic paint in one mixing pot, and the same KC with a pale pink, I then added them to the 'T' with a palette knife in a random fashion.
After that had got to the state of crackle that I wanted I added a clear acrylic seal (as this stops further cracking & protects your work by adding a seal) you can use your own but if you don't have any you can buy that too from the same place its called 'Slap it On' then when that was dry I sprayed over it with pink glitter spray and varnish spray.
I added cream satin ribbon to all the sides, and on top of that laid down a natural crocheted lace, i added my embellishments with my glue gun where I wanted them, and voila!! we have the loveliness below, I hope you like it, im sure my friend 'T' will, hugs x V