Monday, 1 September 2014

In Time with Steampunk

Good Morning, today we start a new challenge at I Am Roses, and our theme this month is Steampunk with the added addition of BUTTERFLIES

I started off my Steampunk clock using the clock frame from Kaisercraft, and covered it in a selection of  papers from Bearly Mine Steampunk Fantasy and Steampunk Fantasy II
I then used a CLD balloon die and wings die. Gears are from various die companies. The metal butterfly and bee and clock are from Ebay, and of course the gorgeous blooms are from I Am Roses......where you can find a great selection of flowers in various sizes and colors too. A complete listing of the flowers used will be listed below.
The centre of the clock is from Outlaw, with a KennyK steampunk image and cogs inside. The quote is one I found on the internet..
Flowers used

Don't forget to enter the challenge using at least two I Am Roses products for your chance to win some flowers from I Am Roses.
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Friday, 15 August 2014

A New Style card for me

Hello, today is my day to show you one of the projects I've created for I Am Roses using their gorgeous flowers......now who doesn't love flowers on a card. And for the first time I've created a swing card using Norma's tutorial off Splitcoast Stampers.
 I love this style of card and think I may try making one again, this time from memory though. I hope you enjoyed what I've created today. Thanks for stopping by...mwah!
List of Flowers used

All of the flowers can be purchased at I AM ROSES
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Monday, 11 August 2014

An Amazing Transformation

BEWARE....LONG POST AND LOTS OF PICS

I know a few of you have been wondering where I have been for the last three months....well here in pictures is my explanation. We started off in the front garden (unfortunately I didn't take any pics of what it used to look like, but I did take the image of our front garden from Google Maps, imagine it worse than this as the Google image is two years old so it was even MORE OVERGROWN than this picture shows)

We had new fencing installed along the side of the front garden and along the hedge in the front and side, so the fencing people removed the hedge for this purpose. The ivy growing along the front, the roof and the sides was removed by Alan and I and a little help from the fencing people. Then Alan removed all the grass that was a few feet deep and I threw it all into a skip we hired, then all the shrubs and the trellising that was along the front of the bungalow was removed and thrown in too, then Alan dismantled the front planter in the centre of the lawn that used to house a giant cordyline and a rockery, all of this went into the skip as well, and finally the two tier brick planter I had him build many years ago was also dismantled and thrown in the skip. 
We then removed as many weeds as we could by digging down deep, churning over all the soil, then stomped it all down, I sprinkled salt over the entire lawn area, then Alan covered it with weed fabric and we had a delivery of two tons of gravel delivered and we proceeded to throw that all on the weed fabric and voila it became a blank canvas ready to be created.......and this is how it turned out.



and alongside the fencing by the alleyway I created a rockery


That was all completed by mid June and then it was time to start in the back garden.
Again I forgot to take before pics of the whole area, but here is part of what it looked like.


and after three weeks of Alan demolishing everything except one of the big planters, and taking up all the bricks, and relaying them after churning it all over to remove as much of the weeds as possible, then stomping down the ground, sprinkling salt all over the ground and then laying down the weed fabric and then relaying all the bricks.......this is what it has become, a wide open area with our strawberry trees at the far end, a beautifully made bench for sitting down to water everything, lots of trellising we spent days painting both sides of, a rockery beneath the strawberry trees, and a perennial garden in front of the greenhouse which has been covered with trellising.

THE ENTRANCE to the Fourth garden


 A view looking over the fence along the alleyway


The ROCKERY beneath the strawberry trees


 A trellis front to the greenhouse showing off the perennial garden


 My WATERMELON patch for the summer of 2015

The lovely bench Alan built for me, just perfect in every way!

Our Zombie solar lantern in a churchyard fence setting at the front of the veggie patch

Beans in front, last lot of peas in the tub, and a massive amount of cherry tomatoes

My fabulous crop of sweetcorn


And finally our third garden area.......where we can relax and sunbathe in privacy and stay in the shade when need be. This is as far as we got last year, and that was just filling in the pond area, and once it was filled in, it was piled high with excess soil, tree trunks, bricks, concrete slabs, wood from the bench, and other piles of garden junk, which all went into the skip thanks to the help of Teresa and Dave who managed the clear the area in 3 hours, so it was just flat soil.......a whole new area to work on....


Voila.......this is what it then became



Two sun loungers for relaxing on

 Trellising put up as a screen against the neighbours view, planted with a variety of clematis and passion flowers, and a giant planter with my pink Hydrangea.

 More trellising put up to display my giant metal butterfly and for more varieties of passion flowers to grow up and over the entrance way.

 Alan's wonderful pond he created on the spur of the moment.....the perfect spot surrounded by the rockery he built and I filled in with plants. When we finished the garden (as this will be the last rebuild) we had a custom sign made for it.....it still needs to be attached to the front of the pond. We have four goldfish in the pond and three frogs as of last count.

 The rockery leading away from the pond alongside the alleyway fence.

The end of the rockery and one of the 2 garden lights Alan wired in so we can enjoy the garden in the evenings as well.

 A downward view of the pond from over the fence.....see the goldfish

 More trellishing behind the pond and just perfect for holding my gecko clock.

Well now you know why I haven't been around for ages......we started all the demolition work on May 15th and finished it by bleaching the deck and re-oiling it for another years protection yesterday just before the storm started. I hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures of all our hard work. All of the garden especially the front garden has been designed to be low maintenance, no lawn to mow, no hedges to trim anymore, just water the plants and plant annuals each year.........WOO HOO!

It's been a long three months but I think you'll agree it's an amazing transformation, along with over 1100 bricks, 2 tons of gravel, 16 bags of golden flint gravel for the rockery and planters, 670 litres of compost, 13 trellis panels, 10 litres of black paint and oodles and oodles of plants.......this is OUR GARDEN
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Friday, 1 August 2014

A Summer Display


Hello all, today is the start of a new challenge at I Am Roses challenge. This time around we'd like to see you create something for a friend using at least two I Am Roses products on your creation.
I created a lovely centrepiece for my friends garden table.
I started off by painting a plant pot saucer tray with glossy black spray paint, and when it was dry, I decorated the bottom with some pearl beads, then covered the top and sides with a variety of roses and carnations from I Am Roses. I also used some pinecones, pearl strands and berries. The inside is filled with clear beads that look like water and I filled in with carnations, stamens, mushrooms, pinecones, roses and finally a candle in the centre of it all. It only took about half an hour to put it all together and she loves how it looks on her outside patio table.

Flowers used

I hope to see some of your gorgeous creations in our challenge this month, plus your chance to win a fabulous prize of some of the lovely flowers from I Am Roses.

Don't forget to check out my fellow DT members projects......for some great inspiration.
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Pretty Little Birthday Gift Bag


Hello everyone........yes it's me. I'm back today with a white gift bag for my I Am Roses Dt project I've decorated for my granddaughter who turns 13 this coming Sunday. Her gift will go inside the bag. And I discovered when I came online that my last two posts for I Am Roses didn't show up, and that's because they were scheduled for 2015.....duh! So I will publish them tomorrow. I don't know why I'm thinking it's 2015 already. How silly! Anyway I hope you all enjoy the little gift bag I made......and watch out for my posts tomorrow.

List of Flowers used
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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Kody's Been Framed

Good Morning, it's the First of June, the sun is shining and it's time for a new challenge at I Am Roses Challenge blog.
This month our challenge is to alter a frame or create a frame on your project and to use the gorgeous flowers from I Am Roses.
I bought this multi frame many months ago and it started out white, but I just couldn't go with a white plain frame, so I changed the color by painting it with black gesso, then going over it with INKA GOLD graphite, platinum, and silver to give it a pewter look, and really pleased with how it turned out. I printed out some cute pictures of our little Kody in black and white to go with the frame and then used the gorgeous flowers in peachy pink and white colors to really stand out against the color of the frame. I also added some gold bead stems, some metal leaves I got off Ebay, and crystal stems. The little butterflies I've used are also metal ones that I got off Ebay.
A close-up of the whole frame and sections of flower arrangements


List of flowers used

So if you'd like the chance to win some lovely flowers from IAR, create a frame with a couple different flowers from I Am Roses and enter our challenge HERE
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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Binder #1



Today I want to show you one of the two Tim Holtz Worn Cover binders I've decorated using embossing folders and Viva Decor Inka Gold. I started off by cutting out some grungeboard the size of the binder in three pieces, then covered each piece with an embossed sheet of cardstock. Once everything was glued into place, I started using the Inka Gold on them, mixing the colors of violet, gold and copper. I then added four metal corners that I also used the inka gold on, some wings from Tim Holtz, a prima clock, one of the metal flower embellishments from Finnabair, and four plastic flower embellishments that also underwent the inka gold treatment. I then added four small purple roses from I Am Roses in the centres of the flowers and a temptations label that I took off an old candle.....I knew I could use it someday.

Also don't forget you still have time to enter our tag challenge at I Am Roses to win the chance of winning some gorgeous flowers.

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

A Little Colorful Spring for you!

Good Morning, today I'm showing you my DT project for I Am Roses. For my project I created a lovely cover for a sketch book. I started off by covering the paper mache cover with some patterned paper and then a cover of corrugated cardboard and added a couple more papers to that. I then added some bricks, and a hanging birdcage with texture paste and stencils. I then sprayed the whole project with some sprays from LSG and once dried, went over the bricks, and birdcage with some Viva Decor Inka Gold waxes, I painted the edges of the corrugated cardboard with some Luminarte Silk Glazes. The metal butterfly was colored using Rangers Adirondack alcohol inks and then a little coating of the Inka Gold wax in gold. The little bee and clock metal charm was colored using the Inka Gold waxes as well. I've also added a resin birdhouse and bird behind the flower arrangement, which I used Inka Gold on to give it some color. The long branch and bird are from a Tim Holtz Alteration die, frame around the flower image is from a Sizzix die which I colored using Viva Decor Ferro texture paint, and once dried, I used a few colors from the Inka Gold waxes again. Finally my gorgeous arrangement of flowers from I Am Roses
A closeup of the Scrapbooking flowers I used, colored with copics, to create some spring looking flowers. The roses are all premade. A complete list of flowers are below.
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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Keeping Track of your Colors

Whilst re-organizing the bedroom into a more organized craft room. I decided to make a book to keep my color charts in for all my different mediums. So to start it off I wanted a fancy cover for it. I took two A4 sized Canvas boards, covered them with white gesso, then covered the entire surface with different embossed patterns done with white cardstock. Some of them I tore to get the right size while others I just cut to size. I then covered all of them with white gesso as well to hold the various sprays on them.
I used various Lindy's Gang sprays to create the various colors, then covered with some die cuts and chipboard cuts from Wycinanka. The dandelions and steampunk arrangement in the middle are from Wycinanka. The doily dies are Cheery Lynn dies, the gears are from Robert Adams and Cheery Lynn. Butterfly is from Globe Piccolo, the side hardware findings and long key are a Sizzix die. The metal clock is from Ebay. The centre frame is a chipboard die from Dusty Attic with a Sizzix one on top. The top Sizzix frame die has been covered with Viva Decor Ferro paint in gold iron, then covered with various Viva Decor Inka Gold waxes.
The hardware findings, some of the wooden gears and the lettering has been covered with Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders.

The back cover was covered with various dies and embossing folders and then sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays.

I've punched 3 holes along the side and inserted metal rings and am slowly filling up pages with little color swatches from all my various mediums, will show you the finished pages when I'm done.
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