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Friday, 2 December 2016

Free on Friday 2nd December 2016

Welcome to Free on Friday.  It's the 2nd December and I wore my Christmas jumper - well one of them :) for the first time this year.   My tree is in progress and the present buying is almost done.  How is your Christmas preparation going?  Here are today's freebies, I do love the lady below, hope you do too.






Don't forget to leave some love and see you soon x



Friday, 25 November 2016

Free on Friday 25 November 2016

Hello to all my visitors, you are most welcome.  Humble apologies to my regular visitors for not posting last week and since it is now 11:43 in the UK I am almost late for this week.  I have been doing my second assignment for my Theology Degree course and having all sorts of problems!  I finally finished it about 5 minutes ago :)   

This week I have an assortment for you which I hope you will enjoy and find a use for in your own projects.





I do like to delete previous freebies every few months.  I like to give a large file as sometimes I have found the downloads come up smaller than actual size.  Large files can cause problems with opening web pages so I try to avoid that by deleting them.   I know not everybody has these super fast broadband speeds - I actually don't know anybody who does!!  Enjoy your weekend x



Sunday, 13 November 2016

Getting Down n' Corrugated Youtube/Blog Hop


Welcome to 
Creating the Crafty Life's Getting Down n' Corrugated Youtube/Blog Hop running November 13th - 19th

If you are coming from Stephanie Garon, you are right on track. If you just came across my blog and would like to hop along please start over with Misty Busby as she is our Hostess!

If you are not sure what a hop is, you just follow a set of links, going from person to person, looking at projects which are connected by a theme. This hop is all about using corrugated cardboard in your crafting.

Corrugated cardboard is that stuff boxes are usually made of. It actually has three layers. The corrugated layer is the middle layer, the outer layers are brown paper that if you want to show the corrugated texture you will need to peel off. Sometimes it peels off easily and sometimes it doesn't!

Corrugated Cardboard

Once you have your corrugated cardboard you can cut it into any shape you want.  In the samples below I have taken 3 pieces of approximately A4 cardboard - you can use cereal packets or plain cardboard.  In the first I have cut circles, the second, straight strips and a square and the third torn strips.  I have stuck the corrugated cardboard to the A4 bases and given the whole thing a coat of gesso, which is great for preparing the surface for paint.


Using acrylic paints I have created three backgrounds.  If you have ever watched tutorials by mixed media artists it often seems they create something to cover up!   So sometimes they create what seems a perfectly lovely background only to cover it up totally which seems a little crazy!  I admit to being one of those crazy people :)  I change my mind frequently as my projects evolve.  In the one below I have used gold metallic paint over the circles and added embellishments.




This piece is the third one in the first picture.  I have added texture paste and a little glitter around the torn pieces. I confess I tried some stencilling which didn't really work out to my satisfaction, so I added another layer of paint to blend everything in.  I used embossing powder on all the diamond shapes and seahorses.  I just used a layer of ordinary glue and then covered with the embossing powder.  I used glitter on everything else.  Here are some close ups:

You can see the stencilling in the last one.


This is the middle piece from the first picture, this took me days to get where I was happy.  I wanted to use a lace flower that I had made which was too big, so I kept swapping embellishments and pictures in an attempt to make it "right".  When I left out the lace flower it came together more easily.  The bird and the word are made of wood.  I have used a bird cage, lacey border and swirl die cuts. Various vintage pictures, feather and paper flowers.  Lastly I added a skim of gold metallic paint to the background.

I do hope you have enjoyed this page, please leave some love before you go on to the next stop which is Germaine.  The full list is below.
Winners will be chosen randomly from one of the videos/blog plus there are some hidden prizes from the ladies too. Make sure to comment and subscribe/follow on all of the hop stops!

Sponsored by MB's Treasurista
Prize Sponsored by Misty Busby:

Studio Calico Sundrifter 6x6 Paper Pad

Cuttlebug Iron Works 5ct Embossing Borders

Hero Arts Silhouette Wood Stamp

Recollections 65pc Floral Pack

Recollections 15pc Floral Pack

Michael's 3pc Mini Frames

Michael's 80pc Aqua Pearls

Michael's 80pc Gray PearlsWood Buttons 10 Pack

Michael's Natural 5yd Trim/Lace Pack

Recollections 2pc Swirl Pearls


To be eligible for the grand prize you must follow and comment on all the videos/blog post!!

Line Up




Angela Hoynes You are here :)




Thank you for visiting and I am sure you will enjoy the rest of the hop.  Next up is Germaine


Friday, 11 November 2016

Free on Friday 11th November 2016



Welcome to Free on Friday,  I hope you have had a good week. Here are some more of Elizabeth Gordon's pages.





I hope you have fun with these.  May I give you one last reminder to join in the Youtube/Blog hop starting tomorrow?  Take care x

Thursday, 10 November 2016

November flowers and how to use sprays indoors.



November flowers in my garden; my pond plant is still flowering and to my amazement I have a primrose in flower,


Here is a quick tip for you if you use sprays:  I was getting the spray paint everywhere no matter how I tried to protect the area.  I came up with a simple solution which works very well.  All you need is a very large plastic bag which you get from time to time when shopping. Next you need a large book or just a piece of hardboard.  You can see I used a large music book that I bought for crafting.  You put the item you want to spray inside the bag and spray away!  You could use paper under your item and use for backgrounds.  When you have finished spraying, take out your item and place a piece of newspaper on top of the wet area.  This will absorb the paint from the top of the bag as well as surplus underneath.



Mess free (almost) spraying.


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Tag for the Oulawz Thursday Challenge




Twisted Thursday challenge at The Outlawz is "anything goes" with this weeks twist, to make a tag.  Here is my tag and my first corrugated project for you to see. I added a touch of brown acrylic paint to the cardboard.





Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Corrugated Youtube/Blog Hop coming soon


Creating The Crafty Life is having a Youtube/Blog Hop starting November 13th to 19th.  The theme is all about corrugated cardboard in your crafting.  For my part of the hop I will be doing a tutorial and showing samples of what you can do with corrugated cardboard.  I do hope you will join me and the other ladies taking part.