Tuesday 26 August 2014

Turtle Dove Easel Fold Card

For the Christmas Season we probably send the most cards of the year so I'm always looking for ways to make cards that are as not going to cost a fortune in the post. An easel card is a great way to achieve dimension but to fold flat to go in an envelope.
I carefully stamped the pear tree from Turtle Doves with brown ink and
the star was inked with orange.
The tree was coloured with Coloursoft pencils.
 I trimmed and matted with red and cream to make a topper for the card.
 A strip of card was stamped with red Doves to make a border. I used a piece of A4 card, scored it in half and placed the topper on to see where I was to cut down from the centre fold to the next score lines. The sentiment from Christmas Magic Clear stamps was stamped onto cream, matted onto red and fixed to the inside fold. The border was attached then the tree topper and a couple of gems to finish.
The Honeysuckle is one of my favourite flowers
and couldn't resist colouring this one with oranges and the purples.
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Saturday 16 August 2014

Daisy Mobile Phone Cover

I've known for a few years that certain mobile phones you can get a picture put onto the cover.
It wasn't the case for my old phone so when I got my new one I got a clear cover.
I made a template from card and decorated it with the Daisy stamp from Honeysuckle Butterfly.
I also made a note card using the same method.
I started by colouring the centre of the card with Squeezed Lemonade and the edges with Mustard Seed. The diamonds are from the Harlequin Fragments and I used Mustard Seed Ink. The flower was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and I lifted the yellow from the petals with a water brush.
For the leaves I used Coloursoft pencils.
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Friday 15 August 2014

Here come the Girls

I have been playing again with the Julie Nutting Doll Stamps again.
It's been relaxing sitting and cutting out paper piecing while watching the
weather changing from summer to autumn within and hour and then back again.
The paper for the background of this card is a Printable download Polka Dotty 6 x 6 that comes in a variety of colours. Riley is quite tall and fits the A5 card.

Priscilla is quite a sassy young lady and I love to give her paper pieced stockings.
My niece loves her and earlier in the year used her for a canvas she made.
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Thursday 14 August 2014

Baby wipe Technique

A few weeks ago I did a workshop with a lovely lady who has a company called Uniko Studio.
It isn't often that I get to craft with others and it was a pleasure as it was a small group and I was made to feel very welcome joining them.
We had five cards to make using the baby wipe technique and it was real inky fun
Here are a few of the cards we made.
I love the clean and simple style of these cards.
The ink from a couple of re-inkers was dripped onto a baby wipe ( different wipes give differing results). Place the stamp onto the wipe and then onto the card.

I used paper masks to give areas to work within.
The baby wipe technique is definitely worth remembering especially when multicolour ink pads dry our or a specific colour combination is wanted.

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Wednesday 13 August 2014

Stamp Storage

Storage is always a concern for crafters and since we re-organised my room I still find myself frustrated sorting though to find things.
I wanted a somewhere to put my growing collection of Julie Nutting stamps so reached for a few pieces of grey board and made a box.

I painted the grey board with a blue paint and them gently rubbed over with peach on a sponge to give a weathered look. When dry I used Golden Molding Paste through my newly acquired
Finnabair Honeycomb stencil. (I love the size of the holes in it.)

I rubbed the dots with silver Treasure Gold to blend with the blue.

The panels had been painted with the peach paint and the stencilled and two of them I stamped and coloured with pencils.

I think I may need to make a few more of these to save time when I'm searching for my crafty stash.
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Tuesday 12 August 2014

Monday 11 August 2014

Julie Nutting Doll Tag 2

Tag 2 was started on the play day we had last week. There was a delivery while I was there and a few things dropped into my virtual basket. Glenda opened the newly released Watercolour tag pad from Prima and we put it to the test.
We tried Distress inks, paints and Brusho inks. I used distress stains for my tag and was pleased with the way it took the colours and kept the vibrancy. I finished this tag at home with some stencilling, stamping and added Cassandra doll.
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Sunday 10 August 2014

Inspired Tag

My mojo had done a disappearing act at the beginning of the week. So when I knew that it was a special friends birthday on Wednesday and a play date was on the calendar, it was a relief to have the old mojo kick started.
 We had lots of inky, painty fun with fabulous company and a delicious food for lunch.
We each played with Glenda's Brusho ink granules and came up with some great bits and bobs. I have never seen anyone do such fine art work with such an enormous brush as Glenda did.
Lesley was working on a project with Julie Nutting Doll stamps and
this is where my inspiration came from.
A few things came home with me, this is Riley who is great for paper piecing. The tag is from the Mixed Media Couture Tag Pad 3.5" x 8" - Hancock Park and I used my new favourite stencil Branches.
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Tuesday 5 August 2014

Thistle Butterflies

My two cards are made using the same stamp from the new Thistle Butterfly stamps set.
I love the size of this stamps and it fits beautifully on a 6 inch square card.
I spotted a few crafters have been using Brusho which I've used many times as a watercolour for backgrounds. I love the technique of dropping it onto pre wet card and watching the colour spread.
 I had a great afternoon playing  making many backgrounds and stamping over them.
For the first card I used turquoise and the colour split into blues, greens and yellows.
The second card colours are emerald green and ultramarine.

Different effects can be obtained by differing the amounts of water added.
 For the second I spritzed with water when the granules had been sprinkled for a
more watercolour effect.
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