Wednesday, 18 May 2016

My Little Mermaid

Hello lovely bloggers, a very happy Wednesday to you all, well here she is
the finished Mermaid that I made.  I'm so pleased too with the way she has
turned out!
Here are some pics and a short description of how she evolved......
So you can see this in my previous post, the head and the arms are from those brilliant
creative people over a Katy Sue Designs, they have some amazing moulds over there 
right now, both for using with cakes and clay.  They are so easy to use, if you are in 
doubt there are some great  You Tube videos which the talented Noreen has made
and you can also visit their Facebook page here
I was thinking what can I put her on????? Blue card for the sea? make a Rock from
the clay, but as I had this MDF Star shape immediately thought a star fish would be a nice
thing to make!  So by adding some red clay to the white I created this pink colour
I then moulded it over the star for the base shape and then made the ends
curled slightly and poked the holes with a Bar B Q skewer! tools of the trade! ha ha
Once I was happy with the shape I then laid my mermaid onto it and moulded her
in the sleeping position.
You can see I used a frayed ribbons for the base of her hair for the rest I used Satin Embroidery Threads.
I added glitter to a few of the strands and also added some whites and purple strands too just to add shade and texture.  For her tail I used glue and different shades of glitter and I also had a green nail varnish that I thought would add interest.and colour.  

I forgot to mention that whilst the clay is soft it can be manipulated to any shape, even the moulded
arms and hands I pulled and twisted to arrange them in the positon I wanted, the fish tail was just
sqeezed between my thumb and finger to get the flat finn effect!  You can also see her ear which
I created with a small roll of clay bent it and flattened it then used my skewer to shape.
I added a yellow and orange tinge of watercolour paint to the starfish too as I wanted to tone
down the pink.
I hand painted her Finn with blues and greens in watercolour paint and drew some veins with
a fine point marker pen.  For her eyes I used blue watercolour paint with a fine black line
along the bottom of the eye.  A light brown watercolour for the eyebrows and a lovely red
for her lips and a lighter shade for her cheeks.

I used some very fine beads of matching colours and glued these to her waist and 
as an arm band.
Here's a little back view

The finished Mermaid, I did add some irredescent glitter to the star fish to
to give the effect of the sand from the sea.
Phew, think that's everything, if you want to know anything that I have forgot
to mention, please just message me.  I hope you are inspired, Happy Crafting, Sue xx

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Ooooooooh a Mermaid in the Making.....

Hello lovely Bloggers, a very happy Thursday to you all!
What's been happening on your desks lately? May I ask, I must have a peek around your
lovely blogs later xx. Well, I have just started to attempt an Air drying clay Mermaid! 
Eeeeek!  (I have really got into clay making now I have found the fabulous Hearty clay,
It's so light) There's a first time for everything I suppose.  Here she is in all her bareness!  I
I have been having a look around pinterest and saw this gorgeous beautiful green Mermaid
and that's what has inspired me.  So watch this space and I will show her when she's finished!
Have a great day everyone and Happy Crafting! Xx

Here's my one I've just started, you can see the two moulds that have helped
enourmously, which are the head and shoulders mould available here from Katy Sue Designs.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Little Baby Thank You Cards with Buttons

Hello lovely bloggers, a very happy and sunny Wednesday to you all.  I hope you are all fine and dandy and enjoying the sunshine now without that bitter chill in the air! I think spring has finally sprung! Happy Days xx

I thought I would post my latest makes, these beautiful little "Thank You" cards for a new Baby Boy!
I just love all these different gorgeous buttons,  I have set each one onto a lace strip with a punched heart behind it.
The cards are all three fold with the little square aperture cut out and are left blank inside for people to write their own little personal Thank you message, you can order them here at my Etsy shop and you can also visit my Roses and Ribbons Facebook page here, where you can see more of my makes.
I love these collage apps too, aren't they great? they really allow you to highlight certain aspects of your card designs.  This one is called Live Collage and is on my ipad, it's free too! :0) Happy Crafting everyone, enjoy your day, Sue xx

Thursday, 24 March 2016

A Very Hoppy Easter to you All xxxxx

Ooooh it's been an egg-citing time in my craft room, do you remember that little sign I saw in Cornwall,
(Caution! uneven surfaces and Rabbit holes)..........

...... well look what it has has now made it's appearance in my little Easter Frame I have made, working with the new Nursery Sugar Button Mould sets from ,, which they will be launching today on the CreateandCraft Channel at 1pm and 6 pm - Sky Channel 674 Freeview 36 Freesat 813 and Virgin 748. make sure you tune in to see the other gorgeous moulds in this set! Here's a sneaky peak at one of my Creations, obviously in keeping with this weekends Easter Holidays, I have used the fabulous Rabbit mould, which comes complete with Carrots and a bottom half  Rabbit to glue him into those
awkward places he gets himself stuck into hee hee!

The other moulds I have used in this project are as follows:
Wood Panel Design Mat
Miniature Frames
Fashion Embellishments (Design a Hat Mould) for those beautiful little blossom flowers.
all available here

I have also used some of their flower soft in Meadow in between the grass.
The Easter basket and eggs were made freehand with the Hearty clay, just by rolling two strands thinly
and twisting together for the handle and the weave is just rolled strands placed in S shaped on top of each voila!
I used White Hearty Clay which I must say, after using other types this has to be the easiest to use! its so maliable, its like working with marshmallows, and dries as light as a feather.  Its so easy to paint too, I used
my water colour paints on the carrots and look how lush and orange they have come out! really pleased with
those, (did you see the little sign on the hessian sack? "Fresh Carrot Juice")! hee hee.
I used Tim Holtz Distress inks on my wood panel.
The bunting and backing papers are from their Flower Soft papercraft collection!
I think thats everything, any questions just send me an email xx I hope you are inspired.
Heres a little close up...
Have a very Happy Easter everyone and may your chocolate eggs be filled with goodies! Happy Crafting Sue Xx

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Hats off! To the Mother of the Bride!

Hello lovely Crafters, a very happy Tuesday to you all.  Just thought I would pop on a little card I made, whilst you're waiting in anticipation for the new Katy Sue Design Moulds to be showcased! Hee hee.  I hope you are inspired.........
Happy Crafting xxxx

Friday, 11 March 2016

Watch this Space.......

Hello lovely Crafters, I'm sooooo excited, firstly I'm in Cornwall, and the weather has been very kind to us this week which makes it all the more beautiful.......
Secondly I've been sent some incredibly gorgeous new moulds from the lovely Katy Sue Designs!! Eeeeeeeek sooooooo gorgeous! the bad news is I'm not allowed to show you anything yet, but I couldn't wait to play with them so brought them with me to Cornwall, this next picture is a clue....
I spotted it right here in Marazion where we are's inspiration for my next card...
Hee I said, watch this space....happy crafting xx

Friday, 4 March 2016

Mother's Day Makes

Hello lovely crafters, a very happy Friday to you all!
Well, we've had, Sun, Rain, Hailstones and I think snow is forecast for the Weekend! Can't wait!!
What else is there to do but to stay at home in the warm and craft! :0)))
Thought I would share some of my Mothers Day makes with you.
What are you up to this weekend? Anything exciting?......... 
I hope you are inspired.
Happy Crafting xx

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Rustic Wedding Invitations

Hello lovely bloggers, just thought I would pop these little Wedding Invitations on that I made for a lovely Bride to be!  The wedding is going to be held in a barn the theme being Rustic, with vibrant sunflowers throughout!  I love the RSVP which states on the bottom.....we promise to dance if you play
........which gives the guest a chance to ask for their favourite song and helps the DJ out with his play list too, everybody's happy! Thanks for looking, happy crafting! Xx

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Oh Dear!!

I have just realised that the pictures that I have been posting via the Blogger App on the ipad cannot be viewed in my normal browser for some reason!!!  So, I must apologise for this, hopefully this has now been rectified and normal posting will now be resumed! Phewwwww!
Happy Crafting xx

Creative Colouring Books

Hello lovely bloggers and a very Happy and Healthy 2016 to you all, may it be full of lovely Crafting
Creations and lots of inspiration!
Those lovely people over at Katy Sue Designs have sent me one of their Adult Art colouring books to
Play with.  Have any of you got the bug yet! I must say, once I started I found it really relaxing,
I brought all of my pens down in a box and sat in front of the TV and was hooked!
This new book is Birds but they also have Le Shoe and Nautical Adventures available here.
Here are a few of the pictures I have coloured so far..

I tried different mediums, pro markers, polychromo pencils, watercolour paints and sharpies, I must say they all worked really well.  The book is spiral ring bound so it's easy to lay each picture flat, which makes it easier to colour, or if you need to remove a picture.  Pictures are on one side only the
Promarkers did tend to bleed through even though the paper is lovely and thick but you can place card behind.  Thanks for looking and happy crafting xx