Monday, 21 May 2018

Family Mixed Media

Hello all

Today I thought I would share with you all one of my latest pieces I have been working on and it is something I have wanted to do for a long time.

This mixed media hoop was done a for a fun monthly challenge each month we are given 5 prompts this months prompts are as follows:

Mixed Media

So here is what I have come up with from the above prompts

On this hoop I have used the following products:
White Gesso
Texture Paste
Brick work Stencil (Tim Holtz)
Glass Bead Gel
Turquoise Brusho
White Linen and Crushed Grape Dylusions Ink Sprays
Wood Veneer Hearts
Laser Cut Wooden Word "Love"
Lilac Embossing Powder
Copper Thread
Micro Beads
Heavy Gel Medium
Prima Alchemy Wax - Amethyst

The photograph I have used as my focal point is of Myself with 2 of my older brothers and my Dad, I printed this picture off on my Canon Selphy.

I love how this has turned out and it will be getting hung up in my craft room (that is if my dad doesn't claim it before I get chance to hang it)

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Guest DT Inspiration

Guest DT Project for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog Sponsored By SheepSki Designs using Baby Feet

 The challenge theme is B is for.....Use as many B items as you can on your project.

For my inspiration piece I have created a Bookatrix Card, Used two different shades of Blue cardstock, Baby Feet Digi, Boys (Twins)

Here is a close up of the beautiful verse featured on the card

Come along and join in the fantastic Challenge.

You can enter the challenge HERE

You can find the amazing Sheepski Designs digi images over on Etsy HERE. Don't forget to use code SKIKELLY10

For this piece I used the following products:
Pool Party and Marina Mist Cardstock
Gold Peel Off Border Stickers
Blue Ribbon
Twins Sentiment and Verse
Foam Tape
Tombow Glue

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Friday, 18 May 2018

Sheepski Designs Challenge Reminder

Hi all

Today I thought I would quickly share my latest DT inspiration for the current challenge over at Sheepski Designs Blog and to also remind you that you still have time to enter

The theme is Your Favourite colours

Here is my creation using Butterfly Curl

My favourite colours are: Blue, Purple, Pink and Black so I have incorporated all of these by water colouring the Butterfly Curl digi in Blue, Purple and Pink. The card base has been done in Black and Pink.

I love the butterfly curl digi which Andrea has designed. I have also included a few Petal Lu flowers, sequins and a bit of a bling trim on the base.

You can enter the challenge HERE and you have until 31st May 2018 

I look forward to seeing all your entries 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Colour Revamp and Retirement List

Hi lovelies

So it is that time again for Stampin' Up! the retiriement stage where lots of products will be gone for good to make way for the AMAZING NEW products in the NEW catalogue which launches 1st June.

Not only do we have lots of amazing new products to look forward to BUT a Colour Revamp, So what is a colour revamp?

Well every 5 years or so Stampin' Up! retire some colours, introduce new colours AND bring back some retired colours on top of the usual new in-colours.

So what is going and what is to come?

Which colour(s) will you be sad to see go? For me personally i will miss Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky, and Island indigo.

In order to keep bringing you the most current and on trend colours, Stampin' Up! decided it was time to give the colour collections a makeover.

Let's take a look at the NEW colour collctions

So colours are leaving, so if you are wanting ink refills for your ink pads or aany of the coordinating products, get them now! They are only available while stocks last and they are going quick!

Another update for you all to do with the ink pads is that we have a NEW ink pad case design, beginning 1st June 2018 all colours will come in the new cases which are AMAZING so much easier to open and stack-able. Ink refills are also being re-done with a new formula to stop the foaming which has been happening with some of the colours BUT don't worry this formula can still be used on the ink pads you already have.

You may have noticed all the ink pads are on the retirement list DON'T WORRY the above is why so not all of them retiring just the case design, so you will still be able to get them, the only ones retiring are listed at the beginning of this bog post.

So along with the Colour Revamp we have the Retirement lists
All retiring products can be found on my store >>> HERE <<<

Remember everything that isn't a stamp set is "While Stocks Last"

In the retirement you will notice the BUNDLES, the stamp sets and dies are carrying over BUT NOT AS A BUNDLE. So if you have your eye on a bundle GRAB IT QUICK to save 10%.

Well that is all for now but I shall keep you all updated as much as possible, don't forget I have a facebook group specifically for my Stampin' Up! where I will go live with any important info and so on. You can find my group >>> HERE <<<

Xx The Crafty Bat xX


That is correct you are reading this right folks, WIN your very own Stamparatus from me :)

So what do you need to do to WIN?

For every £30 order placed (before shipping) gets you 2 tickets into the pot 
For every £50 order placed (before shipping) gets you 3 tickets into the pot
Join my team get 4 tickets in the pot
To place your orders or to join my team go >>>> HERE <<<

I am an independent demonstrator for Stampin Up and this is not endorsed by Stampin Up. Solely run by me. Any queries please do contact me.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Floral Heart 60th Birthday

DT Project for Sheepski Designs Challenge using Floral Heart

 This months challenge theme is Animals

Come along and join in the fantastic Challenge.

You can enter the challenge HERE

You can find the amazing digi images over on Etsy HERE. Don't forget to use code SKIKELLY10

Come on over and join the Facebook group where you can share your creations using SheepSki Designs images and even enter the Facebook challenge. Facebook Group

For this piece I used the following products:
Spectrum Noir Markers

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Travellers Notebook - Fresh Florals and Eastern Palace

Hi all

Today I have a new project to share with you all, This project I have loved working on and been super excited to show you, I couldn't help but make two to show you how different they can look.

Eastern Palace and Fresh Florals Travellers Notebooks

The covers have been made from the beautiful designer series papers and then laminated and trimmed down.

I will first show you the Eastern Palace one and explain what I have used I will also include a list of supplies at the end of this post which will be linked to my Stampin' Up! store.

Inside there is four notebooks and each one has its very own cover which has been made from the Eastern Palace Designer Series Papers, The covers have not been attached permanently to the notebooks, so the notebooks can be taken out easily and changed once filled.

Notebook 1

Notebook 2 with pocket

Notebook 3

Notebook 4

The back of the Travellers Notebook

As you can see above at the back I have attached a pocket again made from the same designer series papers, and in this pocket is four page markers made from the matching card stock in the following colours Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig each one has been decorated with the designer series papers and a tab has been added which has been made using the Tabs for Everything Bundle

The page markers are as follows: Goals, To Do, Don't Forget and Notes, I have also added some sticky notes in the pocket which are from my own stash. Throughout I have attached some very cute Star paperclips again from my own stash.

Now lets take a look at the Fresh Florals version

On this one I have attached a Berry Burst ribbon bow onto the elastic which keeps the TN closed.

Lets take a look at the inside, I have done a few different things on the inside of this one

As you can see there is a pocket on the front and then before we reach the first notebook there is a dashboard which wraps around the first notebook. This dashboard has been made from laminating pouches and the inside designs can be taken out as and when you like and changed you could even add photographs. In the front of this I have used one of the Memories and More Cards from the Perfect Days collection.

Notebook 1
On this notebook I have attached a pocket on the front of it and added the page markers into it. You can also see the other side of the dashboard which has some of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper.

Back of the Dashboard and Notebook 2. On the cover of this notebook I have also added a vellum overlay which can also be decorated by stamping and heat embossing onto it.

Notebook 3 has a pocket on the front

Notebook 4 again I have added a velum overlay onto this one

The back of Notebook 4 and the TN - Another pocket right at the back on the inside of the cover

Closer look at the page markers and the dashboard. The age markers have been made from Lemon Lime Twist Card stock and Berry Burst Card stock then decorated with the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper. The dashboard is a two pocket dashboard so you can have four photographs in or four different designer series papers and so on.

The possibilities with these beautiful TN'S is endless you could do so much and add as many accessories as you like, you could even personalise it. They make great gifts and are very handy to have in your bag.

 A Laminator, Elastic, Notebooks, Accessories (paperclips, mini sticky notes, corner punch)

Product List

Friday, 30 March 2018

Love You Scrapbook Layout

Today I have a 12x12 Scrapbook layout to share with you all.

This layout is a very special layout as it is of my Grandad and a special tattoo I had done in his memory.

I absolutely LOVE how this layout came together, The paper I used to do my layout on is a Shimelle paper.

My Grandad was and still is my hero, my shining star who i miss dearly. He had Alzheimers, Dementia, and Cancer behind his eye he fought so hard and for so long but on the 29th October 2003 he closed his eyes one last time. No longer in pain but at peace but left a BIG hole in our hearts.
My Grandad held on for my Nan's birthday which is 28th October.

Here is some close up pictures of my layout.

The sentiment above which is in the middle of my photographs fits so so well and is so true as my Grandad is my sun my moon and all my stars.

Here is a close up of the picture of my Grandad, This is my favourite picture of him and one i cherish the most. That face and twinkle in his eye says it all. He was one of the most amazing gentlemen you would have ever met, a family man who adored us all. This man taught me so much as i was growing up we did everything together. Not a day goes by that i don't think about him. 

Here is a close up of the picture of my tattoo which is on my left forearm and it reads "My Guardian Angel Grandad 28.11.25 - 29.10.03

I hope you like what I have done with this layout and I hope it gives you some inspiration to scrap those photographs of your lost loved ones. These can be the hardest layouts to do but can also be the most rewarding to know you have accomplished that difficult hurdle to make these precious photographs into a work of art.

Products Used:
Shimelle Starshine 12 x 12 Paper
Shimelle Starshine chipboard stickers
Pink Paislee - Fancy Free Collection Thickers
3d Glitter Foam Star Stickers
Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Spring Time ATC's - March Swap

Hi all

I hope everyone is well, apologise for how quiet I have been things have been hectic but i won't bore you all with whats been going on.

So I have started to take part in a monthly ATC swap where each month we have a theme etc and have to make 3 ATC's and send them off. This month's theme is Spring colour in the garden/park must have some stamping and layering.

I thought I would share with you all my 3 that I did for this swap 

For my ATC's I have used the following products:

Brusho - Gamboge and Yellow

I love how these turned out, I think the background which I achieved by just using two Brusho colours has turned out beutifully. This screams spring to me especially with the daisies, the Life is beautiful sentiment finished these ATC's off perfectly.

All products I have used on these ATC's have been linked above.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Monday, 26 March 2018

DJ Prince

Hey All

Today I have another Scrapbook Layout to share with you all, This layout is of our beautiful pooch Prince.

Yes Prince has headphones on and yes he was singing along, The other half had the wacky idea and we couldn't stop laughing hence the photograph of Prince. 

Now for some close up pictures of the layout

The sentiment fits perfectly to this layout as Prince is a Beautiful dog and sure does have his wacky moments. Prince is only about 7 Years old in the picture he is now the ripe old age of 13 years old, he is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and is my shadow. Such a loving boy and so so gentle but can be rough when its play time with my hubby to be, I try and nope it won't happen he prefers to snuggle up with me and shower me with kisses, well to be honest anyone he knows gets a shower lol. I am sure he forgets how big he is as he tries to sit on my lap which is a big no no so he settles for attached to my side.

He amazes me every day and I wouldn't change my snuggle monster for the world even though he can drive me up the wall at times.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Meeting Chubby Scrapbook Layout

Hello all

Today I wanted to share with you all a 12 x 12 scrapbook layout I have been busy working on and as you may have guessed from the title it is to do with the one and only Chubby Brown.

The picture featured on this layout is of myself and my eldest brother with Roy Chubby Brown. Behind the photo is a tag which I have done some journalling on about the night.

On 28th December 2013 we went to see Chubby Brown Live, which was an amazing night. We had been bought up around Chubby Brown due to my Dad being a massive fan of his. Unfortunately due to my Dad's health he couldn't come with me to watch the show, So me and my Brother went but before going and without my brother knowing, I emailed the theatre explaining about my Dad and his health and so on and asked if it would be possible to meet Chubby before his show. I can honestly say I never in a million years thought we would get that opportunity BUT I got an email back, the theatre had passed on my email to Chubby's manager who spoke with Chubby and he had agreed to meet us. I was sooooo excited so I had to call my brother straight away and yes he was buzzing too.

On the night we were both so nervous in meeting him but Roy was absolutely amazing so welcoming and such a humble down to earth guy. He asked how my Dad was and said he was so sorry to read that my Dad couldn't make it and was happy to be able to meet us on his behalf. I took Chubby's latest DVD at the time with me which was a present for my dad and got it signed he even signed his autobiography for me EEEEEKKK!!

The whole experience was AMAZING! the show was outstanding we enjoyed every single minute of it.

Here is a close up of the picture

On this layout I used the following products:

Seasons of Cheer Designer Series Paper (Retired)
Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers

Such a simple layout but one that holds an amazing memory which had to be done as a scrapbook layout.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX