Saturday, 31 March 2012

Dress It Up A Bit

I don't know about you but I always feel that giving money or a voucher as a gift is an easy option but it's not always possible to buy a present.  So why not make a lovely envelope to make the contents special and after the voucher or money have been used, the envelope can be kept as a reminder.  Making envelopes and gift boxes is so easy with the Crafter's Companion Envelobox Creator Board and I made these two flat envelopes to take money.  

For this one I used a pale yellow swiss dotted card stock which I over-stamped with large flowers in orange StazOn, using a blossom element from a Kanban Chinese stamp set.  I ran the orange and green card through the Cuttlebug using an embossing folder to give them extra texture and then used Crafty Individual's stamp CI-131 for the main image.  The dandelion and sentiment is from an Inkylicious set and the raised blossoms are from the Kanban set.

For the next envelope I used a washed out green and orange striped card stock and again over-stamped with the same Kanban stamp as above, this time in black StazOn.  I used another piece of the green embossed card and a picture from Crafty Individual's Miniatures, People and Places 2.  The little girl's clothes made me think of a farm, I think it must be the dungarees, so I wrapped some raffia around the card before sticking it to the envelope. The green petals of the flower have been stamped with CI-017, script stamp and then layered with plain petals and finished with a pale green button.  Next I stamped the funky flowers and butterfly, which I coloured lightly using orange StazOn, onto acetate.  Finally I twisted some short strips of raffia and glued them underneath the flower to continue that 'down on the farm' impression.

I'm entering this envelope into the current challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges which is 'Spring is in the Air'.  To take part click HERE or scroll down the sidebar for their button.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Thank You, Times Four

If you're a fan of Craft Stamper Magazine, you'll remember Linda Elbourne's fabulous project in the March 2012 issue, Binding Blossoms which has four arched panels, stamped, decorated with flowers and bound with ribbon.  I loved this idea so when I wanted to make a special thank you card I decided it would be perfect and although I followed Linda's instructions, I chose different colours and stamps to make it my own.

I used Distress Ink in Fired Brick to colour the white card stock which I sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread before stamping using StazOn ink in red and black for all the images.

  Both sides of the panels were stamped randomly with Crafty Individual's Script stamp CI-017 and the outside panels only were stamped with a Kanban blossom stamp (also used as the background for the Art Nouveau Lady), then I used a piece of sequin waste to stamp the spots.  On top of this I stamped images on the inside panels using the following stamps:  

Eiffel Tower and Art Nouveau Lady, Clarity Stamps 
Butterfly Crafty Individuals CI-061
 Postcard, Crafty individuals, free gift
Twigs and Dandelions, Inkylicious
Sentiment stamps from Crafty Individuals and Inkylicious

And the perfect card needs, of course, the perfect envelope or in this case an envelobox, using the Crafter's Companion Envelobox Creator board.  I used a dotty embossed card stock and added a simple ribbon tie and  tag to complete the gift.

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Sunday, 25 March 2012

Her Only Thought Was the Basket of Goodies

I've been so busy lately that I didn't realise its been over a week since I posted.  So what's been happening?

Well I'm desperately trying to finish a little thank you gift for a colleague, based on a project in a recent copy of Craft Stamper Magazine and hopefully can post that in a couple of days.  We've been celebrating this weekend because Louise has a place at Warwick University for the next stage of her studying so a quantity  of champagne has been consumed.  Not a difficult task!

I have, however, managed to complete some ATCs ready for swapping and here's one on the theme of Easter using one of the Crafty Individuals People and Places 2 mini background papers.  I embossed the cream pearlescent backing card using the Cuttlebug and mini daisies folder to keep the vintage feel but then decided to 'pep' the whole thing up with the vivid green and yellow flower which I cut on the Cricut.

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Friday, 16 March 2012

Let's Play at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Yes it's playtime, or should I say, eyes down because the current challenge is Play Bingo which means you choose a line on the board to determine which elements you incorporate into your piece.  Click HERE to check out the blog and take part.

Obviously there are elements from other lines on the board on my project but the line I chose to 'play' was the vertical line:  show some metal, lace and words.   

Now you know me, I'm always trying to do something a bit different and this time I decided to decorate an old candle that had been lying around in the drawer.  It was a cream candle so I lightly coloured the top with red StazOn ink then cut a sleeve to fit round it from white card stock.  I inked the edges with the red StazOn and coloured lightly and unevenly the rest of the sleeve as well.  Then I stamped it with a music score stamp using a VersaMark ink pad and dusted three shades of mica powder over the top.  I secured this round the candle, gluing the overlap with Matt Accents.  Next I glued the cream lace around the top of the candle, then crossed the two ends over at the back and then tied  into a bow at the front.

I die eight tags using the Cricut and the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge; four in white card and four in red mirri board slightly bigger than the white ones.  I inked the edges of the white card tags in red StazOn using a piece of Cut & Dry foam and smudged more red over the tags before spraying them with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread.  When dry I stamped the images and words using black StazOn and then glued these to the mirri board tags to create charms.

I hung the charms at different heights from the lace using roughly twisted gold jewellery wire.  I used a gold wire earring post and some small gold seed beads to mount the red glass heart on the top of the candle where the wick is.

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Sunday, 11 March 2012

A Vintage, Shabby Craft Room Challenge

Over at Craft Room, the current challenge is Vintage, Shabby.  Click HERE to take part.

I decided on a tag and having picked some cream pearlescent card I knew this image from Crafty Individuals Miniatures, People and Places 2 would be perfect for what I had in mind.

Now yesterday Keith and I had a great day at the Creative Stitches and Hobbycraft fair at the SECC in Glasgow.  I could've spent a fortune but you'll be glad to hear I was very good and stuck to my budget (more or less).  One of my purchases was a Cuttlebug which I wanted purely for embossing and so was desperate to use it.  So the pearlescent card went through and was embossed with tiny daisies, which I then brushed lightly with Milled Lavender Distress Ink.

A small square of cream crotchet lace, some pearls, a couple of pale flowers and some stamping using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo completed the look.

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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Make It For A Child at Fashionable Stamping Images

At Fashionable Stamping Images the challenge is 'Make it for a Child', interpreted anyway you like.  Click HERE to take part.  

Now I don't really have any young children in the immediate family and at first I was stumped as to what to make but then I thought of a bookmark; probably because we've just had World Book Day and I'm on the literacy working party at work, preparing the library for it's official opening on Friday.  

I wanted to use a selection of generic children's book character images and so started by stamping the fairy castle image at either end of the bookmark using Distress Ink in Broken China.  This was a recent free stamp from Craft Stamper Magazine.  Then I added the other images using a mixture of black and blue StazOn and Distress Ink in Vintage Photo for the little girl's image.  I then masked over all these and stamped the script over the top using Distress Ink in Pumice Stone.  I die cut the lettering using the Cricut and the Don Juan cartridge and used the same script stamp and red StazOn.

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Saturday, 3 March 2012

A Labour of Cupboard Love For 'Me Ol China'

Some of you may remember me posting month's ago about the little cabinet I was altering for my collection of blue and white china miniatures.  I wanted to create a rustic look  and knew which stamps and colours I wanted to use but time just got in the way.  Well  you'll be glad to know that it's finally completed and to prove it here are some pictures for you.  Starting with the bare, naked cabinet before I got my inky 
paint-covered mitts on it.


I didn't sand it at this stage but painted it with one coat of  brilliant white undercoat.

When dry I lightly sanded the surfaces to give a smoother finish which removed patchy flakes of paint to give the cabinet a more distressed look.

Next I used a plastic template of swirls and mixed up a pale, dove grey acrylic paint mix and used this to stencil the swirls on each side of the cabinet and one small swirl on the top left and right of each door.  When dry I used black and dark blue StazOn ink to stamp the music, vintage ladies, keys and sentiments directly onto the cabinet.  Then I stamped the little girl images onto white paper and stuck these to the sides brushing them in with some white Gouache.

Using a piece of Cut & Dry foam, I wiped all the edges, inside and out, using Opulence Pearlised Silk paint by Craig & Rose and also dabbed this through some sequin waste to create the circles. Lastly, using gold StazOn, I edged the outside of the cabinet, over the Pearlised paint and added a few very light smudges here and there on the main body of it too.

And here it is, all ready to be fixed to the wall and filled with my miniature china.

I'm really pleased with the way this turned out and I think it looks far more expensive than the £4.50 I paid for it at the charity shop.  A real bargain huh?

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