Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Flower Challenge #11 - Reminder - Focus on Background Stamping

Hello Everyone! I am enjoying seeing all your fabulous cards for our 11th challenge. How quickly the time has gone! You still have time to join in this month. As usual the challenge ends on 25th of the month.

This card uses lots of those little stamps that you get in sets and often ignore - well I know I do. I won this set on an Instagram giveaway from the very lovely Rowena. If you don't know her stuff, please do check her feed out. She is very talented! 

I started by picking three of the tiny little stamps in the set and stamping them in a fairly random organised manner on a panel of Copic friendly paper. I tried pretty successfully to avoid the same stamps next to each other!

I coloured them in with very basic Copic colouring - either one or at most two colours. I then cut out the panel with my WPlus9 Sunshine Layers die.

I decided I needed to colour the Big Bear and Bird and give him a flower to hold. I used Kathy Racoosin's rag technique with colourless blender to give him some texture for fur.

Again no sentiment - I just can't seem to think of them at all!

Looking forward to seeing what you create. Happy crafting everyone!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Flower Challenge #11 - Focus on background stamping

Hello Everyone! Welcome back to another Flower Challenge. This time we are focussing on background stamping. I confess that when I make cards, I often see the background, well as background, so it was refreshing to try to put it in the limelight.

I must apologise because the photographs are quite bleached out owing to the sun - shouldn't complain, should I!

As you can see, I made two very similar cards using the WPlus9 DoodleBuds stamp set. The first is done with Hero Arts Soft Pool ink on a light blue card base, the other is the same ink on Neenah.

I simply stamped all the different stamps from the set across each card panel, fitting them in as well as I could. I was really pleased with the result. 

With the tone on tone card, I originally embossed the word 'blessed', but it looked odd, so I added the black die cut on top with the additional words embossed on a piece of the same cardstock. I did the same with the other card.

You have until 25th as usual to link up your project and I hope that you've got some inspiration from myself and the rest of the fabulous Design Team. Happy crafting!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Dream Big - Clearly Besotted Stamps and Polychromos Pencils - VIDEO

Hello again Everyone. I'm enjoying making videos at the moment, so I have another card from the last Clearly Besotted release (not long now until the new one!) that I've coloured with Polychromos Pencils. I got these for Christmas 18 months ago and I need to get them out of their case more often!

I started by cutting a piece of white card to A2 (US) size and then die cutting it with a stitched rectangle and then with the MFT stitched Peekaboo frame die.

With an A2 white card base and my Precision Press, I stamped the pianist and the curtains in Memento Tuxedo Black. Even though I'm not Copic colouring, it's a nice black ink that dries quickly.

I then proceeded to colour with my pencils, and you can watch it all in the video below or over on my YouTube channel.

I stamped the sentiment on the front with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then popped it on the card base with foam tape - as you can tell from the video, that didn't quite go to plan, but I'm still pleased with how it all turned out.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me today, and I hope to see you all again soon!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Ink Dusters Vs Ink Blenders - VIDEO

So I was playing around with the MFT cloud stencil making backgrounds for some cards (Mr Seagull was one of them) and did a bit of filming of me using both the Ink Dusters and Ink Blending tool that I normally use.

The Ink Dusters are manufactured by a local company called Inkylicious. You get a pack of 3 brushes for £14.99, although I think my craft fair purchase was a little cheaper, and they are double ended so you get 6 brushes. You can read all about the brushes on the Inkylicious web page.

You can watch my video below or in YouTube:

Some pictures of the end result. In the video you see me using just distress ink, but I also used some Altenew inks which I like to blend with too - I find they don't stamp well but they do blend nicely.

1. Altenew Ink on the left, Distress on the right. Ink Duster at the top, Blending pad at the bottom.

 2. You can see in the following two photos how much brighter the blending tool lays down the ink. This is the blending tool. Altenew Ocean Waves on the left and Tumbled Glass on the right.

3. The Ink Duster does lay down a lovely layer of light ink which you can build on. Altenew on left, distress on the right. 

4. I even tried on vellum and the result is the same. Lighter layer for the ink duster and brighter with the blending tool.

5. The cards I made. Each picture has one background with the blending tool and one with the ink duster. While the photos aren't great, you can tell the difference.

I really do like them and find they lay down a nice light layer of ink that you can build up and it often avoids the harsh lines I can get with the blending tool. I may in future invest in some Clarity Brushes as well as I think the pointed tip will come in handy. I won't give up on the blending tools, as I think it depends on the look you are going for as to which tool you use for your project.

Do you have any of the brushes? Clarity or Ink Dusters? Would love to know your thoughts. I'm a big fan of crafting tools! 

Thank you so much for popping by today. Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Follow Your Dreams - Schoenberg and Clearly Besotted Stamps

Hello Everyone! How are you all? Can you believe it's almost time for another Clearly Besotted release already? I do appreciate them quarterly now though, as I actually get the chance to play with the ones I bought in the last release before the new one comes along.

I made this card at around 5am one morning when I really could not sleep and my head was swimming with a million and one things, so the best thing to do was to go and craft.

This is a card I've been thinking about since my stamp sets arrived and it finally made it onto paper, or card for that matter. It's inspired by one of my favourite pieces of music, Verklarte Nacht by Schoenberg. I've taken a bit of a liberty as it's a string quartet, so no flute, but they worked so well together I couldn't not have them.

I started by stamping the two figures onto Copic friendly card stock and then masking them off with masking paper before stamping the tree background on top. I love the magic of removing the masking paper!! I then coloured them with Copic markers, using three yellows for the moon shining through the trees. 

I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp and adhered it to a white card blank with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment on the bottom with VersaFine Onyx Black.

Thank you so much for visiting me today, and for all your comments. Happy shopping when the time comes ;)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Seven Hills Crafts Monthly Craft Challenge - July 2017

Hello Everyone. I'm getting in lateish to this month's Seven Hills Crafts Monthly Craft Challenge, which is a sketch. 

I've been playing around with my new MFT goodies that I got at the craft fair back in June - you can watch my haul video for more details.

I've been playing around with my ink dusters and that MFT cloud stencil that seems to be out of stock everywhere. Once I'd inked up my background panel I cut it out with the journalling card part of the WPlus9 Sunshine Layers die which I think is one of my most used purchases ever.

I stamped and Copic coloured the seagull - doesn't he just look so Zen and chilled? - and then fussy cut him out. It was a simple assembly adhering the cloud panel to an A2 (US) sized card and attaching Mr Zen Seagull with some bits of foam tape. I stamped the sentiment on some scrap card and then found a piece of scrap sunshine cardstock from the Whatever the Weather paper pad by Sugar Pea Designs. 

I hope this makes you as happy as a seagull with a chip! Thank you so much for joining me again and I wish you a fabulous weekend when it arrives :)

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Flower Challenge #10 - Reminder - Embossing heat/dry

Gosh, where does the time go? Here we are at the half way mark of this month's Flower Challenge which is all about Embossing heat or dry. 


 This time I went with heat embossing:

This was pretty simple, just heat embossing with some Versamark and Bright White Wow! Embossing powder onto some watercolour cardstock. I then spent a very happy hour colouring with my Inktense Pencils. I forgot how much I love them! After a blob incident, I decided to fussy cut it out and just place it onto a dark background onto a white A2 card base.

You can watch the video here, or over on my YouTube channel.

Don't forget, you have until 25th to enter. Happy flowery crafting everyone!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Flower Challenge #10 - Embossing heat/dry

Hello and welcome back to another challenge here at The Flower Challenge. This month we are focussing on embossing - either heat or dry.

If you watched my last haul video, you'll have heard me mention my friend Lisa who loves stencils and is giving me a healthy interest in them. She once told me that you can emboss with them, and so I decided to give that a try.

It works amazingly well. You may need to play around with whether or not you need an extra shim so that it embosses all over. I find my machine and the rubber mat I use occassionally needs one depending on the stencil. This was a freebie from a recent Simply Cards and Papercraft.

I kept the stencil over the embossed piece and used my new Inkylicious ink dusters to add a light coating of some purple and green Altenew inks over the embossed area. It gives a nice light touch of colour.

I then added some sequins for a little bit of sparkle..... OK, no I made a boo boo with a bit of the card as the stencil had some sticky glue on the back I never noticed and it transferred to the card. Sequins hide a multitude of sins.

I added three layers of my new MFT scalloped frame die to the outside. I couldn't decide on a sentiment at all, and so I just left it blank.

As usual, you have until 25th of the month to link up, and I'll be back on 15th with some more embossing. Happy crafting everyone!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Happy Birthday, Auntie Rachel!

I don't know about you, but I tend to buy stamps with cards in mind for specific people. As soon as I saw the poodles set from Clearly Besotted Stamps (yay, they are back!!!), I knew they were perfect for my French teacher sister. 

Obviously I had to have a poodle, and some shopping bags on there - she loves shopping and I'm always amazed at what she picks up in charity shops for next to nothing (a Brora cashmere jumper that just needed a little bit of extra sewing for one.)

I started with a piece of Make It Colour! Copic card stock and stamped everything with Memento Tuxedo Black. I then did some Copic colouring of the poodle - they have to be pink, don't you think? And then I found some snippets of patterned paper and did a bit of paper piecing on the bags. I added the ticks in bright pink.

I took a white A2 card base and stamped the French speech bubbles around the outside in different shades of pink and then cut my card panel down and popped it on top with some fun foam.

You'll notice there's something missing here. I used to have a set of links to the products used on my cards around about here. It was powered by InLinkz who are changing over to a product called LinkDeli. In doing so the price goes from roughly £5 a month to £25. Although I was part of the Simon Says Stamp affiliate programme, I earnt very very little from it (like pence in 6 months), I just liked having a central database for my purchases. So I hope you will understand it's just not worth it for me to continue with it. My previous posts will no longer have the links available, so I may go back at some point and tidy them up. I enjoyed using it, but finances have to come first and it no longer seemed a viable option for me.

Thank you so much for popping by today. We're almost at the weekend, so enjoy it when it comes :)

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Love From Lizi Summer Blog Hop

Hello Everyone! I have the pleasure of being part of a Blog Hop for a new to me shop called Love From Lizi. This is a UK shop and they sell a variety of crafty supplies from paper to Nuvo Drops as well as a monthly card kit. A big thank you to them for having me on the hop!

You should have arrived here from Alicia and I'll give details of who is next at the bottom of this post. This hop is part of a GIVEAWAY where Love From Lizi is giving a free card kit or £20 to spend in the shop, so please leave a comment on this and all the blog posts in the hop by 25th June to be in with a chance!

I had one of the mini packs with some super cute patterned paper and decided to do something different with it and came up with an art piece.

I picked out some of the patterened papers - cute hedgehogs! - and did something I've never done before, I tore it up. Yep, tore it right up. It was cathartic and also scary. I love my patterned paper, but have never treated it so meanly! I laid the pieces in the order I wanted and then I put some Tombow Liquid Glue onto a large sheet of watercolour card and stuck them in place before spritzing them with some Distress Spray Stain in Picket Fence that a friend kindly sent me. Be careful with this stuff, as my craft mat is now spritzed - cover your surfaces well!!

I left it to dry overnight and in the morning noticed it hadn't all stuck down, which I rather liked the effect of. I then got my Paper Artsy Eclectica stamp set with the hedgehogs (matched the patterned paper you see!) and stamped on top with Archival Ink. I had a notion to colour it in, but in the end decided to let the paper come through.

I cut it down to size to fit into my frame and decided it needed some washi tape on the bottom and top for added interest.

Here is a list of the supplies used on this card. I have signed up to affiliate links on some products. If you purchase any item after clicking on an affiliate link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps in a small way to support the running of my blog and is very much appreciated, thank you! 

Here's a bit of an artsy shot of it in my garden - let yourself grow after all.

Thank you so much for joining me today, it's been fun doing something different. Hop on over to Laura now to see what she's come up with.

Don't forget to leave a comment on this post and all the others in the hop to be in with a chance to win a card kit or £20 to spend in the shop :)

Monday, 19 June 2017

Craft Haul - April, May, June 2017 - VIDEO

Hi Everyone! Those of you in the UK, how are you surviving the heat wave? Seriously, it's nearly 9pm here as I type and it feels like it's about 24 degress outside. Musn't grumble as it's lovely to have the sunshine, but an ice bath would be really nice right now....

Anyway, I have a haul video of the purchases I've made over the last three months, including the recent craft fair I went to that some of you may have seen on Instagram.

You can watch the video here or over on my YT channel and if you haven't already, would be lovely if you could subscribe. That way you don't miss any in future :)

Here is a list of my purchases. I have signed up to affiliate links on some products. If you purchase any item after clicking on an affiliate link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps in a small way to support the running of my blog and is very much appreciated, thank you!

Thank you so much for reading and watching, enjoy the rest of the week.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Happy Birthday Love

As soon as I saw the March My Monthly Hero card kit add ons, I knew I had to have the Welcome Home set. Whilst the kit you have to order from the USA (if you are interested, Michelle has some information about purchasing them as an international customer), Seven Hills Crafts gets the add ons in as soon as they can. 

I had this very card in mind as soon as I saw it specifically for my husband's birthday which is today. 

This card took a LOT of masking, but since I love masking, it wasn't a problem for me. I started by taking a piece of Make It Colour! Copic friendly card stock and some Memento Tuxedo Black and after a lot of working out how I would mask and place each element, I stamped the animals in place. I had to rub off some of the ink on the squirrel around his bottom and tail so that it would look like he was sitting on the chair.

I then masked the animals and stamped a chair on top and got colouring with my Copics. I really should start writing down the colours I've used because I rather like how the squirrel came out!

I then took a stencil that my friend Tina sent me and masked off the chair and animals and blended some spun sugar distress ink on top to make it look like wall paper behind. I then die cut it out with a stitched rectangle die - I'd like to say it's not centred on purpose, but it's not, just my bad die cutting..... I popped up the panel on a dark grey card base.

I added the little speech bubbles using a fun little die my friend Dawn gave me for my birthday last year and added in the words myself. Both me and my husband have always been Star Wars fans, but recently rekindled our love of it by watching Star Wars Rebels, the newest element in the franchise, on DVD and YouTube, as well as revisiting some books my sister bought me 23 years ago. The quote is what Leia (me, as the sewing mouse) tells Han (husband as the paper reading squirrel), and what he replies, as he's being encased in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back. If you love it, you love it ;)

Here is a list of the supplies used on this card. I have signed up to affiliate links on some products. If you purchase any item after clicking on an affiliate link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps in a small way to support the running of my blog and is very much appreciated, thank you! 

So now that I've got my inner nerd out, thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend :)

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