Tuesday, 31 May 2011

What's On This Month In ATC Land

Yep, it's that time again. Themed ATCs are winging their way through the post to their swap partners as we speak, so here are the first ones which were made for the Crafts on the Net swap which had a theme of BBQs!



I took the pictures from a store magazine and collaged them together. The word is printed on acetate and I used a cotton bud dipped in surgical spirit to remove some of the orange background from the strip to let the picture show through.


For the second one I admit I was running out of ideas. I just couldn't think of anything so I went with the only thing that popped into my head. Not my best idea but time was running out. Of course Sod's Law meant that as soon as I'd posted it off I had another idea but it was too late.

I deliberately kept the lines rather wonky so it didn't have too much of a serious look and kept the colours 'hot'.

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Saturday, 28 May 2011

Card and Box Envelope - Round 2

Here's the second card and Envelobox I've made.  As you'll see the Envelobox is almost identical to the first but the card is completely different. 
I chose a complimentary colour of  pale peach pearlescent card for this one and I started by using my Crafter's Companion Embossing board to emboss the wavy lines down each side.  I tore a strip of dusky rose mulberry paper and inked over the raised areas with VersaMark chalk Ink in Perfect Plumeria.  The beautiful organza ribbon and bow was the perfect colour for this card and was sent to me by Gill in a fabulous goody bag swap. 

I used Crafty Individuals stamp CI-306 and stamped, masking out the elements I didn't want with small post-it-notes, onto a 6" X 6" square of  paper taken from the Tim Holtz Paper Stash, Vintage Shabby paper pad, using black StazOn. I cut these out and coated them with Glossy Accents and then adhered to the card using small foam pads to give dimension.  The sentiment was cut from contrasting card using my Cricut and the Cindy Loo Cartridge. 


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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Happy Birthday In A Different Style

Here's the card I made for Jacki's birthday as part of the Crafts on the Net birthday swap.  Not my usual style because I've been making a real effort to try something different and for the first time I've used lots of die cuts that I bought as part of a kit.  Usually I feel as though I'm cheating a bit if I don't make the toppers myself but I was pleased with the card and I stuck to Jacki's favourite colour combo of pink and black so I hope she liked it too.


Although most of the elements are from the kit, I did die cut the 2 silver mirri board scalloped circles using a Spellbinders die and my old Quickutz Revolution die cutter.  The patterned paper, as regular followers will probably have noticed, is my favourite Imaginisce, Black Tie Optional - Kitsch'n Floral paper which I understand they are no longer producing.  Luckily I snapped up the last few sheets from local paper craft shop but I'll have to eke it out so it lasts as long as possible.

If you're interested in the die cut embellishments they are from a Docrafts Kit (a brand I've never bought before) called Pampered Pets.  If you want something with lots of cats and dogs then this could be for you but as you can see from the card, not everything is animal related.  I liked the images and the very soft colours and thought it versatile enough to be used for a range of projects.

Finally, congratulations to all those who made the Craft Room Challenge Blog Design Team.  I wasn't lucky this time but I look forward to seeing what the challenges are.
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Saturday, 21 May 2011

Girls, Girls, Girls

Here are my swap cards for the May ATC swap at CRAFTYMESS (see sidebar for link)  The theme was simply 'Girly' so naturally I started with my one of my favourite colour combinations, pink and black.


For this one I used elements from a free stamp but I'm afraid I've forgotten which magazine it came with.

This was a free stamp with the September 2010 issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.  I masked off the writing at the bottom of the stamp with a small post-it note, inked with black StazOn and then removed the mask and stamped onto the paper.  I used the black lace as a veil to give an air of mystery to the face.  The background is my own stamp made from Speedy Carve.  It's only tiny but it has been useful for many projects and as I wanted a faded look I double-stamped the image. 



This sweet little image arrived in my goody bag as part of the stamped images swap on Crafts on the Net, so I have Gill to thank for this one. 

I used minimal colour and then heat embossed selected areas of the dresses using silver embossing powder and a Papermania embossing pen.  I also used the pen to write the word 'Sisters', for drawing the heart and the border which were all embossed with silver.

If you fancy swapping Artist Trading Cards you'll find a monthly themed swap at Crafts on the Net and CRAFTYMESS.  Both have links on the sidebar.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Boxes of Delight are a Crafter's Companion

I recently purchased the Crafter's Companion Envelobox Creator board  and what an easy-to-use board it is.  All the maths has been done for you, all you need to do is decide on the size of card you are making and the depth of Envelobox you need, which will be dependent on the embellishments and toppers you use.  Once this decision is made you simply find those sizes in the accompanying booklet, look down the grid and there is the size of card you need, the scoring channels to follow and the sequence.  Honestly, it really is that simple.

I decided to make gift Enveloboxes for some thank you cards I have to make.  There are 4 in total and although I used similar colours, the cards are all different with a slight variation on the boxes.  

Here is the first set to be completed and I'm really pleased with how the boxes turned out.  I chose to make 1/2" depth Enveloboxes for cards that are 5" x 7" and chose ivory coloured pearlescent card which I cut to the required size. I scored and folded all 4 boxes at the same time and for the first one, decided to add the embellishments before I had constructed the box.  For the next one I made the box up first and found it was easier to add the 3D embellishments I had made this way but if you're using flat elements it wouldn't matter.



I chose a pretty patterned paper and die cut some flourishes in different sizes using my Cricut and the Cindy Loo cartridge.  I then used my Gypsy to cut some flower shapes from the Gypsy Wanderings cartridge, again in different sizes.  I inked the edges of the flowers using VersaMark chalk inks in a contrasting colour and then spritzed them with water, scrunched them up and then opened them out and left to dry. Once dry they are very stiff and you can pull the petals up to make a 3D flower.  I chose to have only 3 layers of petals but you could have more than this and I have made 5 layers for a scrapbook layout.

 This is a very easy technique and produces really lovely results.  I wish it was my idea but I have to thank Gabrielle Pollacco at Such a Pretty Mess for this one.  Click the link on my sidebar under My blog list and scroll down Gabrielle's blog tutorials to 'Flower Tutorial - making water distressed card stock blooms'.  

For the card I used a similar coloured pearlescent card blank and matted and layered cream and black card, finishing with some patterned paper. You can see I cut a daisy out of each corner of the black card using a small punch.  I added some black velvet ribbon threaded through a cream buckle which I die cut using my old Quickutz Revolution.  I didn't want the card to be too fussy, so I finished it with some pre-made paper flowers and the little daisy die cuts from the black card.



I'll post pictures of the other 3 sets when they're completed but if you would like to make boxes like these then the Envelobox Creator is fantastic.

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Saturday, 14 May 2011

New Challenge Blog, Candy and DT Call - All Your Christmases At Once!!

I've just discovered a new challenge blog called Craft Room. 

http://www.craft-roomchallenge.blogspot.com/ 

or click on the links in the sidebar to go straight to the on line shop or the challenge blog.

They are starting a fortnightly challenge with the winner receiving a £10 voucher to spend in their lovely
on line store.  They've  a great selection of everything you could want for all your creative projects, so check it out.

As part of their challenge blog they have put out a DT call and are looking for crafters with a variety of styles.  By now you're thinking, Ooh! I could do that, so click the link and have a look at the requirements. I've decided to take the plunge and try for  the DT as well.

Now I wouldn't say I have a particular style - yet.  I'm still evolving as a crafter and am willing to embrace a number of styles and techniques for altered art, ATCs, cards, scrapbooking, mini books and more.  So if I'm really lucky, the lovely people at Craft Room will think that's a good thing.  Anyway, here are examples of  some of my projects.


I made this notebook using a favourite stamp, inking and heat embossing on brown parcel paper and corrugated cardboard packaging.



Again, I used a mixture of techniques here:  Heat embossing, die cuts, painting, inking and layering to produce a nice little canvas.

The colours of my daughter's 'T'shirt just sang out to be scrapped.  I made all the flowers to co-ordinate with the papers, die cut the titles and inked and tore paper to my heart's content.

I would love to be part of the new Craft Room Design Team, bringing some different ideas to the table and helping to create a really interesting and inspiring challenge blog, full of ideas for how to use all those lovely paper crafting goodies you have.

Here's hoping and to anyone else who decides to go for it, good luck!

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Monday, 9 May 2011

Free as a Bird - Crafty Individuals May Challenge

This month's challenge theme at Crafty Individuals is Free as a Bird.  Anything goes as long as you use at least 1 of their products so here's my entry.

I used a CI ATC background of trees and then used 3 die cut frames, stuck together with foam pads to give a 3D effect, all mounted on a piece of chipboard slightly smaller than the largest frame.  A little heat embossing on the middle and top frames using bronze powder added more dimension and texture.  Lastly I used a small CI bird stamp which I received with an order last year and put this on the top frame, with a small metal filigree leaf and a few beads.



To join in the challenge click here:  http://www.craftyindividualsblog.blogspot.com/

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Saturday, 7 May 2011

In The Pink - And The Black

The theme for this month's card challenge over at Crafts on the Net is celebrations with a colour scheme of pink and black.  This is one of my favourite colour combinations as it is for Jacki who set the challenge.  If you haven't checked out her blog then pop over and have a look at the beautiful cards she makes.  You'll get lots of inspiration.  Click the link on the sidebar for Cards by Jacki.


Here's my entry.  After I'd made the card I turned it horizontally and decided that it would have looked like a garter that way but of course it was too late.  So what have I learned from this?  My first idea may not always be the best one and no matter how satisfied I am with the layout, play with it a bit more!!!! 

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Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Kitchen Craft

I mentioned last week that I was experimenting with heat embossing and stamping onto tin foil.  I like finding different surfaces and textures to play around with and as everything gets more expensive it's a real bonus to be able to make use of this relatively inexpensive kitchen item.

I tried using different colours such as bronze, red and blue but found black was the only colour that really noticed on the tin foil so I decided to make a Father's Day card as the metallic finish seemed to suit a more masculine card.

I cut a large rectangle of tin foil and then using an old painting brush, I brushed randomly across the surface of the foil to give it more texture.  Then I used black StazOn and stamped onto the tin foil using this lovely stamp from Crafty Individuals, CI-255.

I know it doesn't look like tin foil but I just couldn't get the angle right to eliminate reflection.

Next I made a black greeting card and mounted the foil panel onto the front, offset to the left.  Next I cut a smaller rectangle of black card to layer on top and drew a border round this using a silver Pen Touch and a metal ruler.  Onto this piece of card I stamped part of the above image using VersaMark and then heat embossed using clear embossing powder and mounted onto the foil backing using adhesive squares to give dimension.  I also embossed two more single watch faces onto tin foil, using black embossing powder and cut these out to stick on as a final layer.


The sentiment was heat embossed using silver powder and the card was finished.  You can see in this picture that the clear embossing on the small piece of card adds further dimension. 

I was pleased with the results and would definitely use this again as a matting and layering element.
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