Sunday, 28 October 2012

Let's Go Oriental

It's ages since I posted as I've been tied up with other things.  However, at the last minute, here's my entry for the 
CRAFT ROOM challenge 'Going Oriental'. 

I painted the small canvas with artists's acrylic in Black Mars and then cut six twinchies from red card.  These are squares of card 2" x 2".  After heat embossing the edges of the twinchies with Blonde Moments Fresh Red Iridescent, I heat embossed the individual images from a Kanban Chinese stamp set using black embossing powder.  I stamped each image on paper as well to form a mask and used these to cover the embossed images while I stamped over the top using gold StazOn and a large blossom stamp from the same set.  This gave a nice, subtle background to each twinchie.  These were then glued into place using Glossy Accents.

To finish the hanging I sprayed four wooden chopsticks with gold spray paint and using the hot glue gun, stuck them to the sides of the canvas.  Then I twisted red and black embroidery floss together to bind each corner.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

It's A Gift

Here's a little gift bag I decorated using Crafty Individuals' CI-332 Reindeer stamp.  As you've probably guessed by now, my stash of Christmas items is limited but sometimes that's a good thing as it can force you to be more creative.

I stamped the image onto plain white matt card using Distress Ink in Fired Brick, then tore round the edges and inked with the same colour.  The carrier bag came from a mixed pack of 5 colours from Hobbycraft, measuring approx. 14cm x14.5cm onto which I stuck a piece of glitter flock paper to cover most of the bag front.  The double border is cut using the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge after running the white Bazzill Bling card through the Cuttlebug with a Snowflake embossing folder.  A few red gems in each corner of the image and a bow finished it off nicely.  All ready for a lovely gift.

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Sunday, 14 October 2012

Shades of Autumn/Fall at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Yes Autumn is well and truly here with the temperature dropping, a light frost in the morning and all the gorgeous, rich colours of the leaves as they fall.  The current challenge at FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES is to use these colours in any way you like so I've created this card with lots of foliage stamping.

I started by spraying a large piece of cream card with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread, I then cut a piece large enough to cover the front of my card and stamped randomly over the top with a leaf stamp, free with the September 2011 issue of Craft Stamper Magazine, heat embossed with Blonde Moments Bronze Lustre and Fresh Red Iridescent embossing powder.  Then I cut a smaller panel to fit diagonally across the card and used the rest to stamp the leaves again, this time using Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters and Brushed Corduroy and StazOn in red and yellow.  I re-stamped over the top of the leaves and heat embossed using Personal Impressions Clear Gloss embossing powder and cut them out.

I used a cluster of small flowers from a Kanban Chinese stamp set and heat embossed these onto the sprayed card using the Blonde Moments powders and cut them out. I arranged these around the edge of the small panel and stuck this to the card using 3D foam strips for dimension.  The leaves were arranged in the middle of the panel and the sentiment, free with a Crafty Individuals order, was heat embossed in red.

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Last Year's Memories

Whilst sorting out my Christmas paper stock I found a picture of Louise taken last Christmas as she was about to hand all the presents out from under the tree.  I had the camera poised and was quick enough when she turned round with that beautiful, beaming smile that just sums up Christmas.  She hasn't lost that magical feeling you get when you wake up on Christmas morning and I hope she never does.  She's 23 now but she'll still be as excited about  this Christmas as she was as a toddler.

I'd obviously printed this out to scrap but I think at the time couldn't get a layout together because of the colours.  You can just see the tree and some of the presents but that blue dressing gown dominates the picture.  Not this time though because as soon as I looked at it I decided to go with a non-Christmas layout and just give a passing nod to the season with a few simple embellishments.

I started by using a large handmade scalloped template to cut round some Bo Bunny paper which I stuck to the plain dark card stock backing.  Then I layered different patterned paper and plain card, some of which I distressed but kept to a mainly blue theme. The doily was sprayed with Cosmic Shimmers Vintage Mist in Astral Mystery and Patina and with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread.  The die cuts are all from Cricut cartridges: the title from Gypsy Wanderings Font, the parcels, Santa Sleigh and tree from the Christmas cartridge, the hearts from Indie Art, the scalloped frames and mats from Elegant Edges and the journaling tag is from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More.

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