Thursday, 23 February 2017

It Will Show You The Way Altered Box

Hi crafty friends!

I hope you are well and feeling creative. My post today features plenty of bling and shine with this cute box / card combo I created using WOW's new Sparkles glitter.


My substrate was just a plain old gift box I'd saved which I painted with chalk paint. I used Peppermint Stick glitter over stenciling details and added a touch of Perissa embossing powder onto the stones which surround the flowers.



Adding pink and a deep purple inks into the glitter gives a tint and a more blended, softer look to the Sparkles.



Open the box to find a micro greeting card inside! The card is decorated with a heart covered in both Peachy Keen and Prom Queen Sparkles glitter . I softened the heart outline with stones and the Perissa embossing powder which was used on the front of the box.
 

 

I stamped the sides of the box with the lines and brush strokes stamps from WOW's new release Wall Art set. I think they work really well together, creating an almost basket weave pattern.

See how the glitter lifts everything? Just by added small touches of it here and there makes a big difference to projects!


I hope you're inspired to give WOW's Sparkles a try and  don't forget to join in the challenge on the blog!


Warm hugs,
xxx



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

WOW! 2017 Release Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends!

Today is a very exciting day.... it's time for a WOW! embossing blog hop, where we are celebrating the new releases for 2017. And boy, they are exciting!


created my card using the new Wall Art, Hearts & Twine stamp sets, Sparkles glitter and gorgeous new embossing powders.


The blingy Sparkles glitter (in Celebration and Coral Beach) works perfectly accenting areas of projects. Here I've used them around a die cut circle and under a piece of acetate.


For the focal point, I stamped the smaller heart from the Hearts & Twine set and adhered glass micro beads into the centre. I then sprayed with a mica spray and added pinches of embossing powders (Champers, Rose Gold, Perissa, Sand Dune and Copacabana) into the wet surface before melting and drying with a heat tool. 


Don't forget to check out the WOW! website to see the range of new products along with stockist information on how to get your hands on the new products.


Blogs
Fran Westmoreland >>> You are here!


Where to Buy:

Good luck!!
xxx 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Winter/Spring 2017 Workshops

Hey everyone!

I hope everything is well with you guys. It's been a while since I was here hasn't it - I promise I'm still in the on the planet haha! It has been a very busy time here with a lot of exciting things on the go behind the scenes, hence my absence.

The start of my 2017 workshops begins at the end of January along with a host of other dates and I can't wait to be getting my apron dirty once again!


Saturday January 28th - The Mulberry Bush - Thatcham











 
 Saturday February 4th - Loobi Crafts - Leighton Buzzard








Saturday February 11th - Amelia's Creative Crafts - Studley



Saturday February 18th - Craftstation - Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Details tbc 





Saturday 18th March - The Artistic Stamper - Faversham



Saturday 22nd April - That's Crafty - Romford
Details tbc

29th / 30th April - Prima Weekend Retreat - Papeterie Crafts - Aberdeen




Would love to see you if you can make one!


Big hugs
xxx

Friday, 23 December 2016

Winter Joy card + Video Tutorial


Hi everyone!

I hope you are all warm, cosy and ready for the festive season. Today's post is my last project of 2016 - how is the year nearly over already?!

So on with today's creation for WOW embossing , which is this last minute festive card along with a video tutorial in which I create this Wintery card using WOW! Fab Foils, embossing powders along with showing you how to create your own DIY embellishment (which gets the full WOW! treatment!).


I used a selection of powders on the project to alter and add some seasonal sparkle; Silver Hologram Sparkle, Vintage Peacock embossing glitter, Opaque Bright White plus my favourite Copper Fab Foil.  Stamping always gives a complete look to background areas, and on this project I added subtle snow flurry details with the mini background stamp from WOW's Let It Snow set.



Customising chipboard letters with Fab Foil is such a fun and easy way to alter and add some shine.



I hope you enjoy the tutorial!




Wishing you all a very Merry & Bright festive season.
xxx

Friday, 16 December 2016

3D Winter Lodge Tutorial

Hello crafty people!

I do love a good 3D project at this time of year. So in my latest video I decided to alter a 3D box picture frame mixed media style using gesso, glitter, embossing powder, tissue paper and a host of Prima embellishments to create a cosy Winter lodge.






Full start to finish tutorial above (with kitsch music ;) )



 Layers of festive flowers and winter berries top the lodge's eaves.



A peek inside...isn't the deers head just fabulous? 


I used thick chunky twigs for the logs inside. Free and they look absolutely perfect!


I really enjoyed creating this one and hope it's given you some last minute festive inspiration!


Happy crafting
xxx

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Upcycled Bauble Tutorial

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all well. I have some more festive  inspiration for you today with a new video tutorial today, with this one focusing on how to alter old Christmas tree baubles.

I think most of us all have those ugly baubles and tree decorations that are old, tatty or just the wrong colour! So my tutorial will show you how easy it is to alter and customise a bauble in (pretty much!) 5 easy steps.






I use mostly salvaged and natural decorations and of course a Prima flower had to get in there ;)
 Frosty berries...

I really love to use spices at this time of year and that goes for my projects too! Here I've used star anise spice pods on the bauble.

Prima Art Alchemy paint by Finnabair adds the opalescent sheen on the bauble and embellishments.


TFL!



Warm hugs,
xxx

Friday, 9 December 2016

3D Mixed Media Christmas Tree Deccoration Video Tutorial

Hello sweeties!

My Christmas tutorial-fest continues today in which I create this mixed media 3D Christmas tree.  

My step by step tutorial shows how to create a decorative tree using old tinsel, paint or gesso and glitter. This project is great as a table centre piece, tree topper or sideboard decoration.





How lovely is this Santa sticker from Prima (Victorian Christmas, 2015)?


The pearl and crystal wire sprigs add a bit of luxury on top of the tree, which were decorations from Christmas crackers!


 Lots of lovely layers...






Happy crafting!
 xxx