Saturday, 25 January 2014

Hearts and Flowers But Not For My Valentine

I wanted to make a feminine Congratulations card and when I saw the current challenge at
FAHSIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES which is Hearts and Flowers, I decided to combine the two.  Why not?

I stamped the lace border using Crafty Individuals' CI-350 stamp and the champagne glass using Distress Ink in Seedless Preserve, smudging a little of the colour along the edge of the border.  The white paper flowers were heat embossed with Frantage, Shabby Pink Pastel embossing enamel.  Then I brushed the edges with the DI before finishing with a dot of Stickles in purple.

The sentiment is from a Woodware clear stamp with all occasion sentiments which is very useful.  I stamped the main card along the top and the banners on the central card with the same DI although the banners were sprayed first with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Antique Rose.
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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Black and White Bottle

This is my latest altered bottle with a very simple black and white theme, using die cuts and some ribbon.  Also, very difficult to photograph.  I tried a darker background but you couldn't see the die cuts on the front of the bottle.  Clearly (pardon the pun) I haven't got to grips with my New Year's intention of improving my photographic skills.
All the swirls were cut on the Cricut Create using the Cindy Loo cartridge and either black card stock or my favourite Imaginisce, Kitsch n florals, Black Tie Optional card stock (now unavailable I believe).
I cut the small white doily in half and stamped each half with Distresss Ink in Black Soot and a large swirly heart stamp.  The half at the top was mounted onto black card to look like a fan.  The floral cameo was stuck to a flower shape cut from the reverse side of the Imaginisce card using The Flower Shoppe cartridge.
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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Collage Your Thoughts

No excuses for the lack of posts but I'm taking back my life so here's my first (I hope of many) post for the New Year.
This papier mache frame was originally painted blue and had some shells on it.  I made it for my bathroom but as with a number of my projects, I decided to recycle it and make something new.  This is a nice challenge and it means that the craft work around the house is constantly changing too.
I took all the shells off and sanded down any rough bits before painting with craft acrylic paint in Vintage White.  When dry I stamped the Crafty Individuals' CI-350 lace border (one of my Christmas presents) around the edges using Distress Ink Seedless Preserve; a beautiful aubergine colour.  On the left-hand edge I then stamped one of the Tim Holtz Stuff to Say stamps using DI Black Soot over the top of the lace.  
The centre panel of the frame and the two mounted panels were all painted in the same Vintage White and then stamped using DI Pumice Stone and CI-017 script stamp.  I've found Pumice Stone to be one of the most versatile DI colours I have.  No matter what colour your background, it gives a beautiful result everytime.  The edges of the two mounted panels were then inked with Seedless Preserve and the top panel was stamped in the same colour using another of the Tim Holtz Stuff to Say stamps.
The fabric strip was frayed and then stamped using CI-017 and Pumice Stone.  Using a VersaMark ink pad, I stamped  CI-347 Butterfly Panel stamp onto some white card that had been spritzed with Glimmer Mist Sugar Maple and Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist Antique Rose and then heat embossed this with Blonde Moments Bronze powder. 
The individual butterflies were stamped using DI Vintage Photo onto white card that had been sprayed with the Sugar Maple.  The spiral flowers and hearts are wood cuts from a set.  The flowers were heat embossed with the bronze powder and the hearts were heat embossed with
 Frantage Aged Scarlet embossing enamel.
I'm entering this into the current challenge at:
CRAFT ROOM -  Picture Inspiration
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