Monday, 30 April 2012

Pack Up Your Troubles

Finally I'm feeling a bit better and have finished the gift box I was making in the shape of a suitcase.  I used the Crafter's Companion Boxer Board to make the two halves, which are hinged together with a strip of card stock.  This project is covered in the Intermediate section of the Crafter's Companion Ultimate Pro techniques DVD.

I've decided to enter this into the current Fashionable Stamping Challenges challenge 'Embossing'.  If you want to join in click HERE or scroll down the side bar to their button.

I started with two pieces of pale lilac pearlescent card stock cut to size, then used the Boxer Board to score the lines for folding.  I used  a darker, purple coloured matt card stock and the Cuttlebug to emboss the daisy design and then cut one large panel for the top of the suitcase and eight strips for the sides and stuck these on.  

The images and travel ephemera were stamped onto plain white card stock using black StazOn and adhered using Glossy Accents glue.  Some layered flowers, ribbon handles and a luggage tag finished the project and the suitcase is now ready to hold a nice gift.

You can see the embossing more clearly here.

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Saturday, 28 April 2012


I haven't done a lot of crafting this week, been busy trying to sort out a holiday and generally feeling a bit under the weather so more time sitting and snoozing than 'doing'.

However, I have been keeping up with my fellow bloggers and the lovely Paula over at Ephemera's Attic has been busy putting together some fantastic blog candy, so if you'd like to be in with a chance of winning click the link at the top of the side bar and while you're there make sure you check out her fantastic creations.

  Good luck.

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Sunday, 22 April 2012

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things - Stamps & Inks

I haven't done any scrapbooking for ages even though I have loads of piccies still waiting for inspiration.  So when I saw the current Craft Room challenge 'Ink it', asking for projects using rubber stamps I felt it would be perfect for a scrapbook layout.  To join in the fun click HERE or scroll down the side bar for their button.

I started with a 12" x 12" piece of mulberry coloured card stock and inked round the edges using black StazOn and a swirl stamp I bought in America some years ago.  Using the same stamp and Distress Ink in Milled Lavender, I stamped round the edges of the cream card stock.  I then stamped  a music score panel using the same ink to the left of the cream card.  I painted the large chipboard 'S' with Craig & Rose Opulence pearlised silk paint in Rich Sari, bought from the DIY store, stamped with the same stamp and black StazOn and then edged it with gold Pen-touch.  The rest of the word was stamped in black StazOn underneath using a SeeDs alphabet stamp set.

The stamped images were always going to be the 'photos' on this layout and I decided to create a background paper that co-ordinated with the main page colour to stamp onto.  So using 200gsm smooth white card and the Milled Lavender, I inked the card and then spritzed it with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread.  This is a combo I use a lot for its vintage effect and it definitely gave the stamped images a distressed feel. 

On the large centre panel I used another all time favourite, Crafty Individuals CI-017 script stamp and Distress Ink in Pumice Stone.  I stamped the Eiffel Tower, by Clarity Stamps, using black StazOn onto creased, cream linen which I dyed using cold tea to showcase another medium to stamp onto.  

I wanted to use a selection of stamps for the other images, including the sentiment stamps and use heat embossing and acetate to represent the versatility of stamping.

The journaling was typed using Engravers MT font and reads: 

 Stamping is: versatile, for every occasion.  Use on canvass, acetate, wood, cloth.  Heat Emboss.  It's Inky, Messy and above all - great fun!

Other stamps used:

CI-267 - tree
CI-295 - ship
CI-332 - reindeer
CI-131 - little girl (stamped onto acetate)
Edwardian Lady a free gift from Crafty Individuals
Watch, flower (stamped onto acetate) and butterfly (heat embossed) - free stamps from Craft Stamper Magazine
Fan from a set of Chinese stamps by Kanban
Sentiment stamps from Woodware 

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Saturday, 21 April 2012


The lovely Joanna over at Under a Creative Spell is have a mega giveaway.  An incredibly generous 2 year blog anniversary celebration so to be in with a chance, click the button on the sidebar.  Giveaway closes on 17th May so don't delay, do it today.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Drip, Drip, Drop Go The April Showers

I don't know about you but we've had monsoon style rain here nearly all day, so my drive to work along flooded country roads was quite hairy at times.  I know that parts of the country are desperate for rain though so I'm not complaining.

April Showers happens to be the theme for an ATC swap I take part in, so here's one of my cards.  The image was mounted onto a cream pearlescent card stock which I put through the Cuttlebug using the Daisy embossing folder.  I swiped Distress Ink in Milled Lavender across the top of the embossed side which gave the daisy edges a purple-pink tone.  The little daisy flowers were cut using a mini punch and the poem was typed using the Lucida Handwriting font.

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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Message in a Bottle

I created this piece for the Fashionable Stamping Challenges 'Nautical' themed challenge.  Click HERE or scroll down the sidebar for their button.

Although I usually like making vintage style pieces, I like to try something different now and then and will venture into other styles.  I didn't feel inspired to make a card, ATC or altered box for this challenge and I couldn't shake off the shipwreck aspect of the theme.  I felt compelled to use a bottle somehow and so here is the result.

I used a piece of seashore patterned paper and muted the colours down with a wash of dilute white designer's gouache before sticking it to a piece of chipboard.  Then I lightly painted some pale blue acrylic paint onto a piece of white card in straight lines and blurred the edges with more gouache but wanted to create stippled effect, like foam on waves.   Now I'm sure you've seen those balls of nylon mesh, sometimes called bath buddies or lillies, for exfoliating the skin?  Well I untied them and put them in the wash thinking they would come in handy one day and so I used a strip cut from one of them to randomly stamp little flecks of blue paint over the top of the card.  I stamped the seashell image several times in black StazOn onto the prepared card and cut them out and I also cut out three of the shells from the backing paper to mix it up a bit.

  The little glass bottle originally had some flavoured coffee syrup in it so I used a hot glue gun to stick this to the side of the card and made the 'message' by inking a torn piece of paper in Distress Ink Vintage Photo and stamping the Crafty Individuals' script stamp CI-017 on the top.  I added a small starfish and shell together with the string and a small piece of the bath mesh to finish it off.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

We'll Send You a Picture When We Get There

Even though the weather has taken a backwards step, thoughts are still turning to the summer and holidays and this was my inspiration for the Crafty Individuals' challenge for April 'Time For Summer'.  Click HERE for the link or scroll down the sidebar for their button.

I decided to make a set of vintage tags to show each destination our intrepid family visit on their tour of Europe and the Americas. Apart from Distress Inks in Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo, black StazOn,  some postage stamps and two sentiment strips, all the stamps and images are from Crafty Individuals as follows:

Small, plain white tags
People & Places Miniatures 2 
CI-017, script stamp
CI-325 Vintage Car (just the top part of the stamp)
Various free stamps that Malcolm so kindly sends with the orders

First I lightly inked all the tags, back and front, using Pumice Stone and then stamped both sides with the script stamp and the same ink.  I added postage stamps where I could and other, appropriate stamped images for each leg of their journey.  

So as the family set off in their new car their first stop is London and then onto  Paris, Rome, Venice and finally New York.  

Cheerio everyone, see you when we get back.  

Here we are in beautiful Paris, then it's off to Rome.

Oh the romance of Venice and those gondolas!  Then it's back to Southampton and onto the ship for our crossing to New York.

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Friday, 6 April 2012

Let The Music Play On

The Craft Room have a Music theme for their current challenge.  Click HERE to take part or scroll down to their button on the sidebar.  I think this is such a great theme because the sky's the limit to interpret this in any way you like.  

As I enjoy creating vintage-style pieces, I thought a nice little wall hanging would be great and decided to use a mixture of stamping, chipboard pieces, paper and an image.

I started by covering the chipboard base with a piece of sheet music received from the lovely Lynne at Adorn.  I painted this with a watery coating of designer's white gouache to give an opaque look and inked the edges with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  As soon as  I saw the violin image in my miniatures book I knew it would be perfect and mounted it into a pre-cut frame.  

I painted the die cut music tags with gouache, stamped them with black StazOn and then highlighted the edges with gold Pen-touch.  I used 3D foam strips to mount these, adding an extra layer of foam to the uppermost tag so it was raised up from the single note tag beneath.  A few pale pearls and the ribbon hanging completed the project.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

It's A Man's World

I find making male cards quite a challenge and always turn to heat embossing as a medium which I think lends itself to masculine images, particularly for older men.  I made these two cards for Keith to choose one for his elderly uncle's forthcoming birthday, both of which use Crafty Individuals stamps as their main image.

I used black StazOn and the following stamps:

CI-325 Vintage Car
CI-295 Discovery
CI-017 Script 
Free pocket watch stamp from February 2011 issue of Craft Stamper

This is the one Keith has chosen for his uncle.  Apologies for the squint angle of the scan!!

 This is the extra card

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