Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Memories Box

Here is a wee something I made earlier. Not a card! But I do LOVE making altered boxes and other bits and pieces!

Before I tell you a little more about it I want to thank you ALL who left a comment on my last post. You girls are so encouraging. It was great to hear some tips about how some of you do make Craft Fairs work. And I know a lot of you have had much the same experiences as me.  I think it is fair to say that handmade items are generally not valued outside our own little craft world.

For now I am going to be sticking with Etsy!

To make this box I first painted it with blue acrylic paint. Then once it is dry I added a layer of PVA glue. Whilst this is still wet I then add a layer of white acrylic paint. this then dries to give the fabulous crackle effect.  I then added the Tim Holtz photo corners and the flowers arrangement..



Thank you all again for you support! You know how to cheer a girl up :)

Judy x

Sunday, 29 May 2011

What was the point?


Well I have a little bit of musing for you today and I would love to hear what you all think!

You might have noticed ...or maybe not...that I have been missing a bit around blogland. I have dedicated a lot of time getting ready for a Ladies Pamper Evening that took place on Friday night. I was very kindly asked if I would like a table. 

So I have been busy beavering away behind the scenes ALL last week. I did not meet up with anyone for coffee, my kids lived on stuff out of the freezer and I did not do any housework...just so that I could have a table full of stock.

Bet you can guess where I am going there with this one! Well the hall was FULL of glamorous women with lots of cash to spend. I had lots of oohhs and ahhs and this is lovely from many admirers ...but on the night I only sold a handful of tags and a couple of altered pegs. It was most certainly NOT worth all the sweat and hard work that I had put into it..


So I have a couple of questions for you my lovely readers.....,

Do you do Craft Fairs? 

And if so, is it worth the effort that goes into getting a table full of stuff ready?

What do you find sells...  lost cost items only?

What type of events work best for you...ladies only evenings  or family friendly school type affairs?
 
I would love to hear your thoughts. I feel a bit rubbish about it now.  Anyway I will stop the pity party and get over it and move on :)

I am glad I did it...if only to learn about what people don't want!

Back soon with cheerier posts!! LOL!

Judy x

Friday, 27 May 2011

Little Foxes!

Gorjuss - Little Foxes!

Firstly my apologies for not having anything new to share with you today. It has been a crazy busy week behind the scenes chez moi. I will ahve some photos to share with what I ahve been up to tomorrow :)

So I thought I would go through some of my back catologues and find you a card I made a while back!

This stamp continues to be one of my favourite stamps! It is so versatile. You can colour it to make a winter card or a spring/summer card. This is a newly re-released Gorjuss stamp and is called 'Little Foxes'.  It now comes with a few additional extra stamps so you can make a wee scene with it! Bargain!

This card is coloured entirely with prisma pencisl and I have embellished it with some Tim Holtz goodies and some of my favourite Kraft cardstock which is available right here at Quixotic Paperie

Thanks for popping by!

Have a great weekend one and all!

Judy x

Friday, 20 May 2011

Carmen Medlin - Natural Beauty Release adn Blog Hop!

Heloo everyone!

The stunning new collection by Carmen Medlin for SCACD Stamps is now IN STOCK at Quixotic Paperie!

There are SEVEN beautifully illustrated new stamps, which are available individually or as a discounted full sheet!

PLUS you can enjoy a blog hop packed with inspiration! Get started by visiting ELAINE'S BLOG.



Judy

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Ruby, Ruby , Ruby....



Morning all!

Hope you are all well this fine morning!  I have a 'Gorjuss' new image 'Ruby' to share with you that you can get right here at Quixotic Paperie. Isn't she lovely?

She is coloured with copics and I have used prisma pencils to create the background around her. The camera seems to have washed that out quite a lot. It is a little less subtle in real life!

The papers I have used are Echo Park 'For The Record'. I have punched out a few flowers above her swing and then added an big adhesive flourish to bling it up!

The black flowers are a first for me and are made out of metal.
I bought a black metal sheet as I was hoping to make some grungy stuff but instead I used it to make some pretty flowers! They are punched out and then run thorough a spotty embossing floder. I then sanded them down so you would see the silver coming though. Then the metal is such a doddle to shape and bend! A new thing to my reptoire that I love :)

Watch this space for more metal flowers ....

Now I love this girl so much that I decided to frame her! I made her into a piece of art that will match the card and hopefully make someone a lovely gift !
So here they are both together :) Sorry the frame is so blurry...makes it look arty though eh???


OK I will have this pair up for sale in my Etsy shop later today.

A wee heads up for tomorrow that you don't want to miss...there is going to be a fab blog hop and stamp release from Carmen Medillin. I will have a wee post for you tomorrow with all the details and info.

Have a great day!
Judy x

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

I Love You Dad!

Morning Folks!

Just a flying visit...I am on a cleaning day :) Bathrooms, washing, floors..blah blah...the list goes on.

I wanted to share with you a grungy, manly kind of card that I made for Father's Day. It was very much inspired by one Tami Hartley made for the Hero Arts blog a few weeks ago. Her one was a Birthday card but with a few tweaks I have made it into a Father's Day card. This is not my usual style of card, with the stamped and coloured image missing, so I have followed very closely to her design. As I get more confidence in this kind of style I will hopefully have more of my own design ideas!

First up, to make this card I stamped a background definition stamp in black ink from Verve onto grey card stock. I then gave the card a good scrunch and crumple for the distressed look. I added a couple of eyelets to the right hand side and then embossed in silver using a Hero Arts background stamp the circles.

I then painted a wash of white acrylic paint across the centre and once it was dry I added the sentiment. Again this was from Hero Arts. Finally I die cut the star and wrapped some twine around it . Ta da...my Hero Arts inspired Father's Day card.

It is great as I can make a few of these fairly quickly for all the Dad's that need a card and I even have some spare to pop in my Etsy shop :)


If you have any questions , please ask or you can go check out the link I gave you for fuller instructions on how to make this.
Thank you for stopping by.
Right back to work for me!

See you soon!
Judy

Friday, 13 May 2011

Big Hugs!

Well hello guys! I wondered when I was going to get this posted...Hooray for blogger fixing itself :)

So today I have stamped and coloured the wonderful image from Elisabeth Bell called 'A Pen Friend' now available from Belles and Whistles and can be bought at Quixotic Paperie. She is coloured entirely with pencils....back to my roots! ooops I lied slightly. Just her skin is done with copics and a little touch of Henna pencil for the shadows on her face. You know sometimes I forget just how MUCH I *heart* my prismas!

OK some of the other yummy gorgeous products I used on this card that can be found in Quxiotic are:
All the papers are stitched and then I added some gorgeous seam binding ribbon and a wooden button to finish.

Here is a wee peek of the inside.

This card can be bought from my Etsy shop here.

I have started adding some large watermarks over my images now, as many of you will be aware that there are some very unscrupulous sellers over on e-bay who are pinching our card images and selling them off as their own on CD's. I have found that many of my card images have been stolen. So ladies do what you can to protect your own work. If you have not done so sign up for your work to be protected by Copyright ( click on the link at the top right of my sidebar if you need to know how to do this) and also add watermarks over your images so that it makes it harder for these thieves to steal and make a profit from our work.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Judy x

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Craft Stamper - June 2011 Issue

Girlies I am so excited to tell ya that I have another wee article in this months Craft Stamper! Yeah Baby!

This month is a follow on from last months skin tutorials and I have created some hair - colouring tutorials. I have used the amazing Simply Sassy's stamps from Sugar Nellie , as the hair on these girls is A-MA-ZING!

These photos I have shown you today are just a little sneek peek of what you can find inside the mag!

I have shown you how to colour brown, black and blonde hair and it is complete with step-by step photos.

This is a fabby issue this month with some great Father's Day ideas. I am certainly going to be trying out the Faux Leather Wallet idea.

If you would like to order a copy of this month's issue and are not a subscriber, you can get one here at Quixotic Paperie.

Thanks so much for your visit today!

Judy

Friday, 6 May 2011

NEW Stash for Sale!

Hello everyone!

I have been busy today updating my 'Stash for sale' page!

I am having a stamp clear out ...so go check out the tab at the top of my page or click here.

All prices include postage and packing within UK. If you are International please feel free to purchase the stamps but I mayy have to charge a little bit extra on top for postage. I can give you a quote once I know which stamps you are purchasing.

I have uploaded only a SMALL amount of stamps today.....so in the next few days feel free to keep checking back as whenever I get a spare minute I will be adding more :)

Thanks guys!

Any questions...feel free to ask!

Judy x

You're tea-rific! - Quixotic Paperie

I have had this sentiment for sooooo long and have been dying to use it!

I am so happy now that I have an image to match my 'tea-rrific sentiment!'

I am happy to be back sharing with you some lovely goodies you can find in Quixotic Paperie.

So toady I used one of the new range of Stamping Bella stamps that Elaine now stocks at Quixotic Paperie. The new range is by artist Christy Croll.  She is called Alice. I just LOVE her style. I can see a few more of these finding a home with me :)


The image is coloured with copics and prisma pencils for shading. The papers are my current favourite pad...which is running a bit low now! the pad is MME 'Stella and Rose' Hattie collection. I also used some adorable laser cut chipboard shapes from Make It Crafty that Elaine is now stocking.


So that is it from me today! Thanks for your visit!
This cards is for sale in my Etsy shop right now!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Judy x

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