Thursday, 29 September 2011

I'm A Winner

What a lovely surprise I had when I checked the Crafty Individuals Blog to see who had won the September challenge 'Hanging Around' and discovered that I was one of 5 very lucky people to have been chosen.  Knowing that other people like my projects is fantastic, let alone winning a prize.

Thanks to Jean and the Design Team for providing such interesting challenges and if you haven't popped over to their blog click HERE

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Monday, 26 September 2011

Are You In The Mood For A Christmas Blog Challenge?

Over at Craft Room, click HERE the current challenge is 'Anything Christmas' so of course I thought of a card, but I wanted to try something different.  The free leaf stamp that came with the September issue of Craft Stamper magazine made me think of a traditional festive wreath so that was my design idea.

First I used olive green StazOn and some Cut N Dry foam to lightly ink an A4 piece of plain white, smooth cardstock.  I wiped the excess ink onto a non-stick craft mat first and used this, a little at a time to cover the card.  You could use green card but I wanted a mottled effect, not a uniform colour.  Then I stamped the leaf image on the top which came out much darker and while the ink was still wet, covered with clear embossing powder and heat set.  This gave the leaves a lovely frosty look.  I carefully cut round the leaves and also cut out a circle of card with a circular aperture in the middle.  Using a think pencil I rolled the leaves to curl them and give some dimension before sticking them round this wreath, making sure they overlapped each other. 

The berries are small polystyrene balls, rolled around a red StazOn ink pad to colour.  When dry roll again round a VersaMark ink pad and then dip into a pot of clear embossing powder and heat set to give a frosty sheen.  A red ribbon bow at the top finished the wreath off and this was layered onto a pearlescent patterned cardstock.  The lettering was cut using the Cricut and Gypsy Wanderings font.
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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Just a Little Note ....

Recently I've needed to add a short covering note to a couple of parcels. Nothing long-winded and certainly not enough to type out and print.  I resorted to a scrap of paper on each occasion, torn from a notepad I keep by the phone but I wished I'd had something a little nicer to write on.  So I decided to make my own little expander file and notelets so next time I had to enclose a few words, I could do so in style.



I used Distress Inks in Brushed Corduroy, Rusty Hinge and Pumice Stone and a selection of small postal stamps from Crafty Individuals and C1 - 017 a lovely script stamp.  I used the same colours and stamps to make the notelets to go inside.


This would make a lovely Christmas or birthday gift, using your own colour palette and stamps and is you fancy make this, there is a step-by-step tutorial with pictures.  Click Tutorials at the top of the sidebar.
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Sunday, 18 September 2011

My First Waterfall Card, What a Challenge

Now I don't usually make unusual shaped or moving cards but that's where challenge blogs and forums come into their own because they push you to come out of your comfort zone. This month's card challenge at Crafts on the Net forum is a Kinetic card so, thanks to Jacki who sets the challenge, off I went to YouTube at her suggestion to find a tutorial. This is a great way of learning new techniques as you can stop and start as you make along and there are loads to choose from. I just clicked the first one I came to which was by Kim Burmeister and I found it detailed and easy to follow so here is the result.

I used cream and black cardstock, red and black StazOn and stamps from a set of  Chinese
images.  To make the background I used one of the many blossom stamps then chose 4 different images and a small blossom stamp for each of the cards on the waterfall. 

This turned out to be a really easy card to put together once I had decided on the images to use but I would have struggled without the YouTube tutorial.  I'm a visual and kinesthetic learner, in other words I have to see and do in order to understand and learn.  So the tutorial was perfect. 
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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Take the Tag Off that LBD

Over at Happy Daze Design Team the challenge is Little Black Dress, which in crafting terms means the technique or product you couldn't manage without.  Well I knew exactly what these would be and set to work making a tag for a change.

I use a lot of Distress Inks in both stamping and making my own background papers and these together with my favourite rubber stamps have been used on nearly every project in one way or another.  For this tag I used Distress Ink in Pumice Stone and Crafty Individuals script stamp CI - 017 to make the background for the tag itself.


 Then I used Glimmer Mist in Sapphire, sprayed onto plain white card and when dry, used black and blue StazOn to stamp elements from the corsetry stamp CI -306.  As you can see from the image above, the Glimmer Mist gave just the right 'splattered' effect to make the cardstock look old. 


I stuck the lace down with Glossy Accents and then used 3D foam for the individual pieces, adding a few gems in blue, silver and black to finish off.

I love the way this turned out and as luck would have it, the current challenge at 
Fashionable Stamping Challenges is Tags of any kind so I'll enter this one.  Click HERE to take you to their wonderful challenge blog.

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Saturday, 10 September 2011

Keep Young and Beautiful

This month's challenge at Crafty Individuals is 'Hanging About' and over at Craft Room the theme is Home Decor, so this is my entry for both, using Crafty Individuals' stamps, image and mini canvas. If you want to take part here's what you need.




I painted the large canvas with cream acrylic paint and turned the mini canvas over to form a frame and painted the inside with the same colour but the outside in Craig & Rose Opulence, pearlised silk paint in Rich Sari, available from DIY stores. The pearl edging was bought by the metre and trimmed to fit.

The image is from the Miniatures 'People & Places 2', with a little dilute cream acrylic paint brushed over the edges to soften it. I then used the Opulence paint to create the swirl pattern on the large canvas, using a plastic stencil and overstamped CI - 017, a lovely script stamp that I wouldn't be without. I attached the pink trim with Glossy Accents.

I stamped the corsetry image CI - 306 onto white card using VersaMark and heat embossed in red. The dress form and umbrella are from the same stamp.

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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Autumn Leaves

The August issue of Craft Stamper Magazine had a lovely leaf stamp as the free gift and as soon as I saw it I knew it would be a versatile image to use.

Here's a birthday card I made using the stamp and StazOn ink in red, yellow and orange.  I made two masks first so that I could layer the images on the cream card stock.  I used two or three colours on each leaf so the colours looked more natural and autumnal and then matted and layered this onto red mirror board and then onto the card blank. 


I stamped the image again using red and bronze embossing powder and cut these leaves out to add  dimension.  A stamped sentiment, matted and layered onto more red mirror board finished the card.

Thinking ahead, how about stamping the leaves in various shades of green, cutting them out and making a Christmas wreath either for the front of a card or as a decoration.  Stamp and cut the leaves and string together to make a garland or a long vine to decorate a large candle, or stamp onto tissue paper and heat transer onto the candle.  Just a few ideas for what I think you'll agree is a lovely, versatile image.
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Saturday, 3 September 2011

Ribbon or Lace?

Over at Fashionable Stamping Images, the current challenge which closes on 10th September is Ribbon or Lace.  http://www.fashionablestampingchallenges.cottagecrafts.ie/ or click the link on the sidebar to check it out.

Here's my entry which I made for a friend's birthday using a pale pink pearlescent card.  I threaded the lavender ribbon through the cream lace to make a lovely border for the bottom of the card and used Crafty Individuals stamp CI - 306, which has much more on it but I only wanted these two images for the card. 


First I smudged Distress Inks in Milled Lavender and Pumice Stone over a piece of white cardstock then using small post-it notes to mask off  the parts I didn't want to use, stamped the receipt element in black StazOn and the corset stand onto cream linen.  I frayed the edges of the linen and used Glossy Accents to fix both images to the card.  I stuck the lavender ribbon around these images and finished off with some  gems, a ribbon bow and ribbon rose.

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Friday, 2 September 2011

That Autumnal Feeling

Yes, whether we like it or not, Autumn is on the way and thinking of all the lovely colours this season brings inspired me to make this little card for a forthcoming charity event.


I cut out a mask the same size as the stamp and placed it on the card to keep an area of white around the image.  I used Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy, swiping the colour directly across the card with the ink pad to give an effect like tree bark.  I used Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge and a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam to colour a piece of plain white card onto which I stamped the Crafty Individuals Image CI - 176 in black StazOn.  I matted and layered the image onto gold mirror card and used foam pads to give dimension.

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