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Monday, 1 September 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Good Morning Lovelies and welcome to my blog. I'm very honoured to have been nominated to do this Creative Blog Hop, by my lovely friend Wendy McCarthy thank you Wendy.

It's a continuous Hop every Monday with a host of inspirational bloggers taking part, there are a few questions I've been asked, so here goes.

1. What am I working on?

I'm not currently working on anything in particular, but I'm in a few design teams and I find I'm always trying to get ahead with them and also my Christmas cards.

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I'm not sure it does? But I love to create from scratch, I love trying different technique's, mediums and products.

3. Why do I create what I do?

I love stamps and colours, I love to experiment, I've been paper crafting for about 17 years now and stamping is my main passion, I'd love to be able to draw, but I can't, stamping allows me to create something different every time, I love masks/stencils too.

4. How does my creative process work?

In many ways! Sometimes I may have new things I want to play with, sometimes I might be inspired by something/someone. Very often I join in with a challenge and having a theme to follow not only challenges me but also makes me use things I have at hand. I usually start with looking through my stamps and stencils to assess what I want to play with, then the colours, the technique often follows depending on the stamps I've chosen.

I would like to nominate two fabulous bloggers I visit regularly and admire:

Clare Messenger: Clare is fairly new to blogging, but her style is fab, colourful and inspiring, I love to visit Clare's blog, she has recently joined a few Design teams too which is fabulous because it means I get to visit more often, how about visiting Clare's blog for yourself and become a follower. Here's Clare's blog

Sandra J Wright: I have long been a fan of Sandie's work, I would say that Sandies work is predominantly Vintage, but with a twist, I find her work unique and beautiful, Sandie mostly does Altered Art pieces which are sensational but she also has done some amazing Mixed Media pieces. Please visit Sandie's blog

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, I do hope you enjoy my creations, have a fabulous day xx Zoe xx


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Visible Image Challenge

Good afternoon Lovelies! What a beautiful day we have here, sunshine with a few clouds, it's certainly not hot, but pleasantly warm, with a cardy lol!

Anyway, I noticed a post on Facebook from Visible Image about their Challenge, I usually enter but thankfully it reminded me I hadn't, so off I trotted into my Summerhouse of crafty stash-ness and went to work with one of their fab new stamps, I love this new range, so "edgy" and different.

I used the script stamp with Archival ink then Brusho crystal paints through a "Splat" mask, I used Orange and Lime Green, I used the splats on the flower stamp to create my edge, few gold glitter dots and voila! I hope you like it?

Thank you for visiting today, hope you have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend xx Zoe xx


Saturday, 23 August 2014

Sweet Poppy stencils pt 5

Good morning Lovelies, me again with a few more Sweet Poppy samples!

The first 2 I've used the same stencil in different colour ways. The first one I used Silver texture paste and the fab glitters over top.

My second I used I used Gold Texture Paste and glitters

The third is a birthday card for my first foster baby, can't believe she will be 5 next month bless her, I had her from 4 days old until she was adopted at 17 months, it broke our hearts, but her Mummy and Daddy are wonderful people and I'm very lucky that they stay in touch. Anyway I used DI to colour her and Transluscent Texture paste with Micro beads.

Thank you for visiting, have a great weekend xx Zoe xx


Friday, 22 August 2014

Sweet Poppy Stencils - pt 4

Good morning Lovelies! Today I'm sharing with you some more of my samples using the fabulous Sweet Poppy Stencils.

My first card I made glitter card by brayering Black Sparkle Medium onto Black card, I used the pearlescent Texture Paste though the stencil and sprinkled with the fabulous Crystalina Rainbow glitter, these glitters are amazing, I'm not a big glitter person but these are so ultra fine and although sparkly they are sparkly in a subtle way, if you get my meaning? My flower is the tattered poinsettia die using vellum which I coloured using Archival inks, the Holly die is a Marianne die. The centre of my flower is the pearlescent paste I put into a mould and left to dry for a couple of days.

I used Kraft card which I splodged on Chalk paint with a sponge, the Mechanical Horse I used Pearlescent Texture Paste and while wet I removed the stencil and sprinkled on different colours of Brusho's, I finished off with some gold gilding wax.

My last card is DI through the stencil, Transluscent Texture Paste and Micro beads.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you have a fab weekend xx Zoe xx


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Friendship Blog Hop for Lisa

Good morning Lovelies! Today's post is something very new to me, I've never done a Blog Hop before, so please be kind, I hope I've done it right?

It's a Friendship blog hop for a lovely friend Lisa Tyrell who has been rather poorly lately, she has a way to go yet but is getting the help she has so long been needing, so this Blog hop is to show her some support and love!

Here's a card I've made for Lisa. Get well soon Hun xxx

So you should of came here from Vicky Fortier, please now go to Teresea Morgan, many thanks.

Blog Roll - A Friendship Hop for Lisa!

Maureen Scott –

Jackie Cornfield -

Vicky Fortier -

Zoe Russell - ---- this is me!

Teresea Morgan -

Bettina Leikvoll -

PaulineMargaret Stewart -

Karen Willis -

Linda Simpson -

Kay Roche -

Erin Bentley -

Kath Muckypaws Halstead -

Kristy Deyette -

Susan Renshaw –

Kay Mowat -

Fiona Walker -

Stephanie Lukaszewski -

Kyra Eunkyo Kim -

Catherine Craftyhands Wilson Dobbs -

Lisa Tyrell -

Please, if you cant hop around all the blogs, just head over to Lisa's and leave her some love. Thanks everyone for being involved. She's going to love this!!! :) Mo xxx

Thank you for visiting, Lisa will be thrilled you've spent the time to visit, have great day xx Zoe xx



Tuesday, 19 August 2014

New Sweet Poppy Stencils - Pt 3

Good morning Lovelies, here's day 3 of my samples for the fabulous new Sweet Poppy Stencils

I used White Glossy paste heated until bubbled then a smidge of Alcohol inks and gold gilding wax, few blobs of detail sparkle on the berries.

Brusho's background and Black gloss Texture Paste.

Memory box mask background, Distress markers, Transluscent texture paste and Chrysalina Rainbow glitter.

Thank you for visiting today, pop back tomorrow of more of my creations for Sweet Poppy, have a great day xx Zoe xx


Monday, 18 August 2014

New Sweet Poppy Stencils pt 2

Good morning Lovelies, I'm back again this morning with a few more Sweet Poppy samples using the gorgeous new stencils and glitters.

Love this little fella, I drew through the stencil with a fine black pen and coloured him in with Distress markers, I then used Translucent Texture Paste and the gorgeous Crystalina rainbow glitter.

Pan Pastels background, Gold Texture Paste, Gold Glitter then heated until bubbled.

Pan Pastels background, I stamped using the coordinating design by Lavinia Stamps in various colours of Archival Inks then I used Green Glossy Texure Paste and Gold and Olive Green Glitter over the top.

I hope you like my samples? Thank you so much for visiting, you can order these fantastic new stencils from Sweet Poppy - The Craft Station, come back tomorrow for some more samples, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx