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Wesołego Alleluja! Easter Trio Home Decor

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hello everyone! Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L I am sharing a post with this Easter Trio set.

I actually made this set for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L for their booth at CHA show in January but I haven't had a chance to share it on my blog yet. Here is the picture of the beautiful display featuring my makes - such a shame I couldn't see it in person. Well, maybe next year!

I would love it if you'd have a moment to pop over here to read the full details of my project. Below you will see the list of supplies I used.

My frame is full of sparkly goodness with my favourite Fran-tage encrusted jewel technique :).

Other supplies:

Stampendous: Cling Baroque Cross and Big Top Type clear stamps, Fran-tage Encrusted Jewel Kit – Purple, Purple Micro Glitter, Fresh Green Crushed Glass Glitter, purple fun flock.

Maja Design papers Fika collectionMartha Stewart Doily Lace Edge Punch, Coffee Archival, Vintage Photo and Dusty Concord distress inks (Ranger Ink), wooden picture frame, ivory candle, ribbons, fabric flowers, gems.

And here is a little fluffy posy basket for my Easter eggs :).


If you'd like to try encrusted jewel technique in practice, you might like to join me for a day's workshop at the Sparkle Dreams in Swindon on the 17th May 2014. I believe there are only a couple of seats left so don't delay booking yourself in! You can see all the details here.


Witajcie kochani! Dzisiaj na blogu Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L możecie zobaczyć mój Wielkanocny zestaw dekoracji do domu. W zestawie mamy świąteczną ramkę, świecę i brokatowe pisanki. Zapraszam na bloga po dokładne detale.

A jeśli macie ochotę poznać od podszewki technikę encrusted jewel technique to serdecznie zapraszam na całodniowy warsztat 17tego maja w Sparkle Dreams w Swindon. Szczegóły znajdziecie tutaj!

Dziękuję serdecznie za wizytę i za miłe komentarze :).

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful & crafty week!

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Challenges for this project:
Sugar Creek Hollow #84 - Easter
Pan Pastel UK #11 - Pretty Shabby Chic
Rhedd & Rosie's Challenge #30 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Happy Easter 
Moving Along With the Times - Easter/Spring
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #70 - Favourite Technique
That Craft Place Challenge Blog - Anything Goes/Easter
A Creative Romance - Eggcellent Spring
Divas by Design - Easter/Spring
Vintage Stamping Challenges #19 - Anything Goes

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Life Is Art Tag

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hello everyone! Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I'm sharing a tutorial for this mixed media wooden tag:

If you have a spare moment, I'd love it if you visited the blog to see my tutorial :).

To tempt you a bit more, here the list of the yummy supplies I used:
Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix Black

DODZ™ - 3D

Other supplies:

Stamps (all Stampendous) - Life Is Art, Jumbo Moray Dahlia, Asian Umbrella, Jumbo Spider Mum
Micro Glitters (Stampendous) - Black, Ice Blue, Pink
Inks (Tsukineko Imagine Crafts) - Radiant Neon Electric Pink, Timber Black StazOn
Other media: Gelatos® (Design Memory Craft), Pearl Paint Dabber and Liquid Pearls (Ranger Ink)
Ribbon - May Arts
Creative Canvas Tag - Cosmo Cricket

A short post from me today but I hope you'll enjoy this little offering.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Challenges for this tag:
Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge Blog #29 - Trees/Wood
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You've Got Mail And My Old Sofa As Good ASNEW

Friday, March 14, 2014

Edited - woo hoo! I am delighted to say that I have won the March challenge at Eclectic Paperie! Yay!!!

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great week so far! And it's almost the weekend - yay!

Over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I am sharing today a mail holder I made for our freshly redecorated living room.

The inspiration behind it was this project - I absolutely loved the idea! No more clatter on the dining room table! I can already feel so organised, super efficient, in control over the clatter and stuff! How long my resolve will last - we'll yet to see lol.

Supplies I used:
6x12" Adhesive Sheets, Ivory and Silver Creative Photo Corners, Keepsake Envelopes, Crafty Foam Tape and DODZ™ - 3D.

Other supplies:
Stamps - Word Collage Border Hampton Art
Ink - Cloudy Sky StazOn Midi IMAGINE Crafts; Mustard Seed Distress Stain (Ranger Ink)
Embellishments - Prima Marketing, May Arts

Today I also wanted to share something else with you :). 

I hardly ever have good experience when shopping for large household items. I've lost track how many times my brand new purchases arrived damaged, incomplete, parts in different colours or with no assembly instructions. 

My ultimate 'favourite' must be our TV unit. We were really excited when we first set out eyes on this great furniture system that allowed you to build your unit to suit your requirements. So we did. We designed our dream unit, bought most of the segments until one of the components became unavailable for almost 8 months due to manufacturing problems. As it happened, the missing component of our TV unit was... the TV stand itself :). LOL. 

So today I'd like to give a really warm mention and bunches of thanks to Gary and the lovely peeps at ASNEW upholstery in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. They have given our trusted sofa and foot stool a new look and a new life, so to speak. The company delivered a first class service, great finish and attention to detail. We were given a tour of the workshop and were offered a really supportive approach during the fabric decision making process (we crafters know how long these things take! lol). You can even watch a video on their website on how the items are being transformed step by step - fascinating!

Before we considered re-upholstery, we spent ages looking for a sofa which would tick all the boxes that the old one did. In the end, all it needed was a 'face lift' and a touch of 'furniture botox' here and there. We are extremely happy with the end result and that we avoided sending our old gal to landfill. We also supported our local trade at the same time. If you are thinking about renewing your upholstered furniture, do give these guys a call - you won't be disappointed. 

So, Gary & the team - thank you! 

Our sofa before:

And after:

I would love to know if you guys have ever had any delivery dramas in the past. Please do share - it would be really comforting to know that I might not be the only one... lol :).

And on that note - have a great week! Thank you for popping in and for all your lovely comments!

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Eclectic Paperie - Alter a Book
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Colour Play Party With Stampendous and Faber-Castell Blog Hop

Friday, March 07, 2014

Happy Friday everyone! Today is a very special day - it's a big blog hop fun - colour play party - amazing inspiration - lots of prizes to win - almost the weekend day!

We've been playing this week with the talented folks from Faber-Castell, having lots of fun with colour and stamps. If you haven't seen the projects shared this week yet, I encourage you to have a look - the inspiration shared has been amazing! 

As my offering for today I'm sharing a little tag made with the new cool and funky Stack Art kits. The kits come in sets of kraftboard die cut shapes & sentiment sheets, complimenting stamp sets with their own stamping handle and new Fran-tage kits. These are perfect for beginners, seasoned Krafters or for crops away. You'll have there all you need to complete several amazing projects. The Kraftboard lends itself well to being covered with patterned papers, Fran-tage sparklies or altered with all kinds of creative media :).

To create the background I first covered the kraftboard tag shape (Regal Bird kit) with Adhesive Sheets and adhered scraps of old papers and tissue tape. Then I dry brushed a light coat of Gesso and next I added sections of strokes with the Pastel Crayons and blended them with a baby wipe. I added some background stamping with Black Archival and Teal Blue StazOn using Royal Heart set, NK Studio Grunge and Wired stamps.

The little birdie's body was covered with scrapbook paper and sanded along the edges. The crown and the wing are heat embossed with Chunky White Embossing Enamel. To adhere I used Adhesive Sheet and Thin Black 3D Foam Squares.

The words are a mixture of scrapbook paper and the Regal Bird kraftboard set. I added some final touches with white and black pens, Liquid Pearls and May Arts ribbon.

Here's the list of the peeps playing in this blog hop:
Asia King (yours truly!)

Thank you for visiting and happy hopping!

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Challenges for this tag:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Tag It
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Coffee Time with Stampendous and Faber-Castell

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Edited: Yay! My wall plaque has been spotlighted at the Fashionable Stamping Challenges #67! :)

Hello Friends! It's coffee time in my craft room! Well, actually it's always coffee time for me :) but today I would like to share a wall plaque I made to capture my coffee-licious obsession lol.

While I'm sipping my coffee, I might as well tell you about this fabulous colour play we're having all week with Stampendous and Faber-CastellAnd to celebrate this happy occasion there will be some delicious prizes for three lucky commenters who'll leave some love on the participating entries throughout the week up to the 9th March. The more you comment, the bigger your chance to win!

To create my wall decor plaque I played with my all time favourite - napkin art. And I also used one of my favourite napkins in my collection. But this time, I tried something new - let's call it a dry decoupage :). 

Instead of using a regular wet decoupage glue, I covered a round piece of a ply wood with a 6x12" Adhesive Sheet. I carefully positioned the napkin over the adhesive then used a wooden spoon to burnish the piece.

I used the redundant yellow cover sheet as a burnishing 'platform', this way I avoided the risk of any accidental tears. I was super happy with the result - no wrinkles on my napkin transfer!

Then I stamped the Cling Glance image (this is such a beautiful stamp!) on a scrap paper and cut out the outline to create a mask. I dabbed some light cream paint over the area to prepare it for stamping.

Once it was dry, I stamped the Glance image with Sparrow Mix'd Media Inx and coloured the image with the Art GRIP Aquarelles. I added some detailing to the hair with Oil Pastel Crayons. I kept the strokes mostly unblended.

Next, using Coffee Archival ink I stamped the coffee splatters and coffee beans around the edges - Perfectly Clear Stamps: Coffee Mug and Coffee Talk. Finally I rubbed in a touch of Frayed Burlap DI and Chocolate Gelatos along the outer edge for a distressed look and sprayed my plaque with Krylon lacquer to seal it all in.

There is a lot of fantastic inspiration being shared this week so do make sure to check it out. Here's who's playing today:

Asia King (that's me!)

Thank you for visiting and happy hopping!

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Challenges for this project:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Tick Tock
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Anything Goes
Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge Blog #27 - Anything but a card

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A Sunny Trip To Serengeti Gift Set

Friday, February 28, 2014
Hello everyone on this beautiful Friday morning! 

Actually, I hope it's beautiful, as at the time I am scheduling this post the weather people are suggesting the snow is on the way! Brrr!

I would like to send a warm welcome to my newest followers - and my heartfelt thanks for joining in my creative adventures. 

And I'd also like to say 'thank you' for bearing with me lately. I'm so busy with redecorating at home that I haven't had time to do my blog visits and I really miss seeing your beautiful work. But I hope to catch up on all the good stuff soon! And in case you've missed my last post, I'm going to teach a Fran-tage workshop at Sparkle Dreams in Swindon on May 17th. I hope you can join our creative play. You can find all the details HERE.

Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I am sharing a tutorial for this gift set. I'd really appreciate it if you visited the post here.

The gift set includes a card and a box to go with it. I made it as a birthday present for my friend's daughter who absolutely adores elephants. I had to think quite long and hard how to capture this and finally decided on creating a warm Serengeti scene.

I had a jolly good play with my lovely adhesives, stamps, Fran-tage and inks. The whole set took ages to complete but I was quite happy with the final result. And the best thing is the recipient really loved her gift - so I felt my job was well done! lol :)

Do check out the steps I took for this project and below I've included the full list of supplies for ease of reference.

Supplies: E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips – Refillable, E-Z Dots® Repositionable, Kraft Creative Photo Corners, Crafty Power Tape, black Thin 3D Foam Squares, 3D Foam Pennants, DODZ™ – 3D, 4×6″ Adhesive Sheets, 3D Foam Squares – White, Small, Keepsake Envelopes, 3D Foam Leaves.

Other: Serengeti, Coffee Mug & Vintage Lowercase clear stamps, cling Crowscape, Fran-tage Taupe Colour Fragments, Copper Micro Glitter (all Stampendous);

Cardstock and papers (Ambrosia collection) - Bazzill Basics; Distress Inks various colours (Ranger Ink); crinkly ribbon (May Arts); flowers (Prima Marketing).

Thank you for popping in today and I hope you have a super creative weekend!

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Challenges for this project:
Floral Fantasties - 5th Blogaversary Celebration (fave items Fran-tage in any shape or form!)
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #67 - Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
Divas By Design - Make it Sparkle
The Paper Shelter #147 - Animal Magic
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Save The Date - Four Seasons of Fran-tage Workshop

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hello friends! Apologies for being so quiet at the moment but I've been awfully busy with redecorating at home. I promise to share some crafty stuff and catch up on my blog visits soon (I so miss seeing what you have been  up to !). 

But for now I just wanted to share some exciting news with you!

I will be teaching a workshop at Sparkle Dreams in Swindon on Saturday 17th May 2014. 

The project we will be making is Four Seasons of Fran-tage, packed full of Stampendous goodness and Fran-tage beauties. And yes, we will be playing with the encrusted jewel technique, too!

You can find all the details and booking information here

I look forward to seeing you there!

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Star Struck Valentine and the Stitches!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Warmest greetings and happy Valentine's Day wishes to all! I hope your day has been filled with love, creative flair and happiness! 

Also, my warmest welcome to my newest followers - thank you from the bottom of my heart for wanting to share my creative journey.

Today I over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L I am sharing my  Valentine's card I made for my dearest Hubster :). You can find the full details here.

My hubby has recently fallen in love with star gazing and astro-photography (yes, I know, I’m no longer his only love lol). I’ve been thinking long and hard about what to get him for Valentine’s Day as I wanted something that reflected his new interest. But how do you find a nice and thoughtful gift in an area that you have no idea about? Luckily I had a thought – I could give him a star! OK, maybe not a star itself, but an opportunity to give one his own name and have it officially registered. And that’s what this card is all about… :).

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My card was inspired by the beautiful flowery compositions you can find over at Joanna's blog W Kartkowym Zaciszu. Joanna (or Asia, she's Polish, too!) often hides her beautiful flowers under lifted layers  of paper - and I absolutely love this look!

Here are the supplies I used:

Adhesive Sheets 4×6″, DODZ™ – 3D, E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, 3D Foam Squares – White Mix, E-Z Dots® Mini Permanent, 3D Foam Stars, 3D Foam Hearts, Crafty Power Tape

Card base - old CD folder 

Music Motif Stamps & Template, Micro Glitters – Stampendous
Free clear stamps - Craft Stamper Magazine
Treble Clef die – Marianne Design
Flowers – Prima
Ribbon – May Arts
Digital WordArt – Tlc Creations, Rain Drop Echo Designs

Oh, and before I forget. On Sunday I will be at the NEC Birmingham at the Craft Hobby & Stitch International show. I will be mostly hanging around the stand H46 with Woodware UK and Stampendous. If you are in Birmingham on Sunday - be sure to stop by and say 'hello'. I would love to meet you in person!

Have a wonderful weekend, free from any bad weather conditions!

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Challenges for this card:
Rhedd and Rosie Challenge #26 - Love is in the air
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - We love stamps
Stempell & Kartoon #19 - To co kocham (recykling - opakowanie na plyte CD)
Szuflada - Serce
Tando Creative #2 - Passion
Vintage Stamping Challenges #17 - It's a man thing

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Find Me at Yarnton Nurseries

Friday, February 07, 2014

Warmest greetings to all the lovely peeps reading this post today! And my special warmest welcome to my newest followers - so lovely to see you joining in!

I've been so busy lately with crafting (yay!) and getting ready to redecorate our living room (double yay!), that I haven't had a chance to blog about my exciting news yet!

I am really trilled to have my very own display at Yarnton Nurseries Garden Centre in Yarnton near Oxford! My little exhibition features some of my favourite pieces ever and most of them are available to purchase :). My work will be featured there until the end of April. 

If you are in the area, do pop in as this is such a fantastic garden centre. After you've had a walk around you can enjoy a delicious coffee and cake in the Oasis Restaurant, which is where you can see my work displayed.

I will be back with some crafty offerings before too long. Until then, please stay safe and warm (very windy and wet in the UK at the moment). Thank you for your lovely visit and for all the warm thoughts you'd like to share :).

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