Thursday, December 25, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
The other day on a visit to a local craft store I spied this Tonic die which I convinced DH to buy as a Xmas gift for me. The die was not the easiest to cut out - I needed to use the Big Shot Pro and seem to have a bit of uneven pressure on the rollers. Had to do a bit of hand trimming to finish it off. Also struggled with the underneath part as it did not make sense. Usually I am good at fathoming things out but this seemed to defy logic. I think I need to try it again. The Spellbinders scalloped and classic ovals with the Marianne D Rudolph die were used on corresponding sides to cover over an experiment which did not work out.
The idea of this box is that you cut out all four sides with a Tonic die (none of my extensive die collection worked) to get a lantern effect. Then pop in a battery tea light, attach to a balloon and send off into the sky. Not something I would do so I will stick to using it as a treat box.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The die cut is from a Marianne D die called Skates
Monday, November 10, 2014
The stencil was inked using Distress Black Soot and my trusty Dream Weaver stencil brushes. For a first attempt I was quite pleased.
Friday, October 31, 2014
The die is Glowing Candles from Memory Box used with a Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing folder called Distressed Frame. I did have to trim the card as the frame is a bit smaller than the cards I have.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
I have tried the same technique with a feather and other leaves but it ended up a bit messy. I think the fern gave the effect I was looking for and it also has given me an idea to use it on the Gelli plate.
Monday, September 15, 2014
The background to this card is from a Stampin Up Designer Series pad called Welcome Neighbour. I stamped the Art Impressions Up, Up and Away stamp onto watercolour paper and coloured it in using an aqua painter and Distress inks. The sentiment is a Lili of the Valley one from the set called Sentiment tags.
The gold paper background is part of offcuts I bought from a printing shop. I did experiment with different types of ink with this stamp and found the best to be StazOn Grey. The gold paper was then matted onto a cream card stock and fixed to a dark green card.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
On my recent international move I decided to leave all my trimmers behind (they were old) and buy a new one in the UK. I went for a well known brand and have been really disappointed with the poor cuts. I have had my eye on the CutterPillar Pro for quite a while but was put off by the price tag until I realised I would probably buy numerous trimmers before ending up with the CutterPillar, so why not get it now.
The e-Bay seller in the UK told me I would not be disappointed and, wow, she was not wrong. It cuts beautifully, even on the narrowest of trims. The trimmer is backlit making it easier to see in dull lighting - I cannot tell you how many times I have messed up with my other trimmer. The cherry on the top for me was to be able to buy the metric version.
All in all, the CutterPillar Pro is the best trimmer I have ever had and I think it will even outlast me. It is definitely well worth the outlay.
Friday, September 5, 2014
The scalloped edged red card was purchased in a pack from Hobby Craft, UK. The embossing folder is a Cuttlebug one and the three quarter inch squares are from an old Creative Memories punch. For the sentiment I used two Britannia Dies word sets numbers 041 and 042.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
After washing and ironing them (use a steam iron and water spray on the bag which is not quite dry) I looked for a suitable image. What one can do is take a stamped image on photocopy paper and enlarge to get the size you want. Pop it on a lightbox and, with the bag on the top, you can trace the image using a soft pencil. In this instance I took a photo of a puma, used the photocopy selection on Photoshop and ended up with a suitable outline.
I then outlined the image with a black Sharpies Stained Fabric Marker and painted the larger areas using black Dylon fabric paint. After leaving the ink to dry for a day I heat set the image by ironing on the reverse side for 5 minutes. The iron must be on the no steam setting at a fairly high temperature.
I do intend trying out acrylic paints which I believe work well as long as they are not applied too thickly. I have done a number of these bags with images taken from the internet. Simple outline images work well.
Friday, August 1, 2014
All the paper used was from my stash. On the pink background I used a Martha Stewart border punch Doily Lace Edge. The apron is a die from Marianne D called Apron and the ribbon used is a Stampin Up one. On the reverse side of the box I used MFT Gift Card Pocket Vertical, inserted a Hero Arts Long & Cute tag and embellished the outside with a sentiment from Lili of the Valley die cut with a Spellbinders Circle.
When using the box as a gift I intend popping in 2 small glass jars with either homemade spice mixes or jams.
Adhering these delicate dies are always a problem for me so I stuck double sided tape (small pieces) to the larger areas and used a glue pen for the rest. The flowers are from a Marianne D die called Poinsettia. The sentiment is MFT Stitched Stockings in Archival Cobalt ink die cut using MFT Fishtail Flags Stax.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The decoration is from dies by Cottage Cutz - Baby Cradle and Stork Banner, sponged with Distress inks Tea Dye, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo. The tab at the top was made using a 1" Stampin up Circle punch.
The sentiment is a Cuttlebug one and was die cut using Stampin Up Apricot Appeal card stock. The ribbon is also Apricot Appeal and it was threaded through a Marianne D Ribbon 1 die. The die cut behind that is from MFT and is called Bookmark Duo.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
On a recent shopping trip up to Camden in London we bought a some items from an Asian store and they came wrapped in a really interesting couple of sheets of handmade tissue paper. I decided to experiment with it and used 3 colours of Carole's Craft Shimmer Magic spray misters for the background. I then used Versafine Onyx Black ink for the Hero Arts Timely Bird stamp and wrapped the tissue paper around a square piece of card stock.
The black die cut is from Go Kreate 6 x 6 Frame Wavy #1 and the decoration at the top of the card is a Marianne D Anjas Vintage Decoration die out of CM Storybox Everyday paper. With still being a little upside down in the craft room I could only find a blue lid to photograph the card on, not sure it was the right thing to do !!
Monday, April 14, 2014
I then walked around the house trying to remember if we had any elastic bands - you get rid of so many items when you move countries most of which you find you need months later. Eventually, I decided to go the string route and topped it with a large Ellison Tags Scallop die complete with a Lili of the Valley Set 61 Quotables Celebrate sentiment. The tag I found in my stash and suspect it was one I had experimented on using Distress inks.
Monday, April 7, 2014
The photo corners are from an old EK Success punch,
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Stampin Up Petal Cone die was cut from orange card stock with 2 of the scalloped half circles (in the same die) being cut in green. The stamp is a Peachy Keen one called Easter Patch and I used markers to colour it in. The handle is an orange pipe cleaner with the label being from the Go Kreate set Concentric Tags #1. I distress inked the pointy tip of the cone using Black Soot to make out as if the "carrot" had just been pulled from the ground.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
The Inkylicious stamp Bird on a Wire was purchased at a recent craft show here in the UK and I will say it was not a good idea to stamp it onto watercolour paper. I think a smoother surface would do the stamp more justice. I coloured the birds in using Distress Ink and a blender pen. The sentiment is one from Gina K Designs Purr-fectly Delightful.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I did have a problem with stamping out this image and eventually used a rocker type acrylic block plus Versafine Onyx black ink. It did not stamp well and I needed to go over the image with a black marker. Afterwards I looked online and someone suggested stamping on top of a ream of paper - will try that next time. The birds were from an Inkylicious set called Daydreamer and the flowers inked up in Archival Berry Purple were from a Stamps Away set Pilkington Floral Silhouette. The sentiment is from Flourishes Kids at Play.
I liked having the topper all prepared - it makes it a lot easier and silhouette stamps are a favourite of mine so I am looking forward to trying more out in the future.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
The recipe for this card is simple : 2 Spellbinders Circles, 1 Cuttlebug embossing folder, 1 Silhouette Couple to which you add a sentiment from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings. Creating this card has reminded me to go into my stash and try to use up my large drawer full of blank cards. Need to start to get my supplies down to a manageable level before we move again !
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I forgot just how much fun doing the small cards can be. It also gives me the opportunity to go through my stamps and dies and to use the smaller ones.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The base lattice of this card is Tonic Studio Indulgence Round Window Boudoir Square Base with the bronze and bodice bits being a separate die called Indulgence Round - Basque.
The dies cut really well and this card was quick and easy to assemble. It was so way out of my comfort zone in design but such fun to make.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
The sentiment is from a Gina K Designs set called Lovely Labels 2 stamped in Berry Purple Archival ink and punched with a Stampin Up oval. The paper used is from my stash - I cut up a lot of 12 x 12 sheets into card toppers before we moved and did not note down where I took them from. The upside is it is really easy to get my hands on a large variety of papers all cut to size in one packet. Should have thought of that years ago !
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
This project uses the Stampin Up envelope punch board and 3 pieces of card stock measuring 5¼" x 5¼", 2 of the same colour and one of a contrasting colour. The flower decoration on the front is a Marianne D die called Ovals coloured with Weathered Wood and Victorian Velvet Distress ink. The sentiment is from the Flourishes sets Taglines and Medallion Motif stamped in Cobalt Archival ink. On the original box a pipe cleaner was used for the handle but I chose to twist a couple of pieces of pink raffia I had left over from another project. The small envelopes in the inside measure 82 x 72 mm.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
A simple card using dies and punches which I tend to forget about sometimes.
Monday, January 13, 2014
The background paper to this card has come from an old 6 x 6 pad made by Fresh Print called Blueberry Swatch book. The poppy is a Memory Box die called Prim Poppy with the sentiment being a Hero Arts one from the set called Remember. It was stamped using Archival Cobalt ink and die cut with Sizzix Ovals.
Monday, January 6, 2014
It is such a pity there are no more Marij Rahder stamp sets around, I just love her quirky images. The horse and the fence are separate stamps from the same set and I just made a mask of the horse (with a post-it note) to stamp the fence in the background. I used Momento Tuxedo Black ink on Copic paper which I bought from 7 Kids College Fund. My Copic colouring in is very rusty so I decided just to stick to just browns for the horse. The images were die cut with Go Create Plain Ovals using Antique Linen Distress ink sponged along the sides. Not sure of the background paper as I cut a whole lot into card size before we moved and did not note down where they came from.
The sentiment is from the Gina K Designs Purr-fectly Delightful stamp set and was die cut with a Whimsy Notables 2 die. Have a great week.