Holiday Project

Hello to all! I have been on holiday from work this week so I have been spending some quality crafting time (despite the bad weather) with various bits and bobs. While most of what I have been doing has just been playing, I was inspired by a fellow crafter to create a project that was a little more ambitious than a single card front; et voila!

The top picture is of the card closed, it then opens out into an extended concertina card as pictured below

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The majority of the elements are from Sheena Douglass’ Time Traveller range, but I have added in a couple of extra bits 😉

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Front Cover

From the new ‘Call of The Wild’ Range by Sheena Douglass

This is the image stamped; heat embossed and then fussy cut (as I do not yet have the matching die) I have then coloured it using distress inks and a little bit of spectrum sparkle with a finishing touch of Twinkling H2O for the white bits of the feathers. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and the torn edges on both this and all of the other torn edges in this piece are created using a deckle edge tearing ruler.

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Section one is the time machine  balloon die which is again coloured with spectrum sparkle and distress inks, however I have also used a little gilding wax.  I will list all of the colours etc at the bottom of the post.

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For Section Two I have used a patterned paper as my base and then added in some chain stamps (For the love of stamps) and a compass die (Tonic). The rest is still the Time Traveller range. I wanted to make the cogs and the ‘Thingamabob’ a little more interesting so I have used a combination of embossing powders and gilding wax to create different looks; I have also used some Frantage embossing powder (this is a thicker powder) which has given  the mottled effect on the ‘Thingamabob’. As I was covering most of this is embossing powder I didn’t put much effort into colouring it; it is mostly a distress ink wash although I have used pencils to colour the fin and the umbrella.

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Section Three is a pocket with a blank tag for a personal message; the quill and inkpot are also Sheena Stamps but from the 2016 Christmas range.

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Section Four is very similar to Section two; again I have used a patterned base card and then embellished it; the clocks and cogs are embossed the same way as in section two, with the pocket watch face being coloured with distress ink.

Finally…

Section Five is what the whole project was based on!

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I coloured this Time Traveller lady several months ago now but couldn’t decide how to place her. Hopefully, this project will have done justice to the beauty of this stamp 🙂

Materials:

Time Traveller Range:

  • Thingamabob Stamp Set
  • Steam Punk Woman Stamp Set
  • Timepieces Stamp Set and matching die set
  • Geared Up Stamp Set and matching die set
  • Make Time die

Call of the Wild Range – Dare to Dream Stamp Set

For the Love of Stamps – Time to Celebrate Stamp Set

Distress Inks:

  • Aged Mahogany
  • Peacock Feathers
  • Vintage Photo
  • Walnut Stain
  • Black Soot

Other:

  • ‘Ocean Wave’ Spectrum Sparkle
  • ‘Calypso’ WoW embossing powder
  • ‘Rose gold’ WoW embossing powder
  • Frantage embossing powder
  • Oil Pencils
  • Tearing Ruler
  • Pebeo gilding wax
  • Adhesive gems
  • ‘Gold’ Ranger Liquid Pearls
  • Black Card
  • HunkyDory Map Paper
  • Graphic Arts paper pad (base card)
  • Ribbon
  • Tonic Compass Die

 

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Xmas Crafting 2017

If you have been paying attention this is not the first 2017 Xmas Crafting but heyho.

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Starting with 4 quick cards. Image created in Serif (was actually printing inserts but also had a little play) All four images printed on one A4 MQC stock and cut to size so that matt layer is also only one A4 sheet of hd card stock. Not clear in photo but I have treated them all slightly differently in terms of where I have added glitter.

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8″ * 8″  –  This one started with an image from HD Xmas little book. It is a nice image but not my style so I challenge myself to use. I cut out the centre image leaving a frame that I have added to an acetate ‘box’. Under I have added a die cut halo and put over the base images, decoupage the inward image from the previously cut out frame ( hope this makes sense). The die cut frames are part of the HD Moonstone range, these particular ones are designed to go with the Little books. The Merry Xmas die is from tonic , part of their bottle wrap inserts.

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6″ * 6″ – I also had the topper set etc of the same image so carried on with my challenge to myself. This one is simply using the cut off of the blue HD used on previous card, a linen gold mat plus the topper.

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(photo not good, sorry) 7″ * 5″  –   Made a bit more effort on this one. Circular topper with a tonic circular die added. The second topper has been created using a different tonic die set. The patterned matt layer is the one deigned by HD to go with this topper set. Gold base, which had the circular topper cut out of it, and the two flashes are some gold glitter wash tape.

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Both DL –  1st one is the image from HD card stock (the remaining piece is blue with stars and therefore can easily be used separate from this image ). Added a strip of the gold wash tape and a sentiment. 2nd one is a topper matted onto black. The strip is an offcuts mounted onto a dark purple offcut finished of with a sentiment.

That used up all the images ……

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8″ * 8′ Kraft card – There was a piece of card stock left over. I have put gilding wax on edge of card. Black base matt with the card on top. A different image from the Little Book matted onto a HD mirri matt. Gold ribbon with bow plus Xmas sentiment.

In between I also got carried away and sorted my off cuts into colour groups, and threw many bits away as even I do not know why I kept white copy paper off cuts. They are now in poly pockets stored with card stock in the same colour groups. The theory is that I will use up the bits before getting annoyed looking through bits box and just cutting up a new piece of card.

No, no spending !

Well plan A went out the window fairly quickly.

You may have noticed that I do have a thing for HunkyDory and I particularly like the Twilight range. Now I was good and avoided the Twilight Sunset range but couldn’t be so strong for the Twilight Forest range.

And here it is the ultimate pack ( toppers, card, lanterns, inserts and little book), with the black mirri and foiled acetate.

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I did try to distract myself but taking myself oft to craft.

Two cards that started out as birthday cards for a friends 6year old.

Neither ended up as they were intended on the day and were finished later. Rocker card is now for Xmas and the one with cars as a Well Done card.

Then I set myself a one hour challenge.

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Managed 5 simple Xmas cards. Mainly just an image added to a card with simple embellishments.

Still ended up buying the HunkyDory. LOL

More Stamping! or possibly more Christmas…

Carrying on the challenge, I have three new entries which are also all going into my Christmas stash!

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So this one is using a Phil Martin stamp which is the phone and the text message icons; I’ve then added in some christmassy stuff to make it a little more seasonal. The ‘Noel’ is from an Indigo Blu set which I got right at the beginning of my crafty habit and is still one of my favourite sets.

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This happy little penguin is from Whimsy Stamps; on this one I have coloured it with pencils but I may well do several of him in different mediums because he is so cute…

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And Finally, this is one where I had no idea at all where I was going with it until I did; the snowflakes are a Honey Doo Stamp set from last year which I have heat embossed with a Wow! diamond sparkles. This is the first time out for this embossing powder and I have to say I am impressed! As is often the case, the photo does not due justice to the level of sparkle on this card and having also used Papermania’s Snowflake embossing powder my experience is that this one gives better image coverage with a more even sparkle – however this may just be luck of the draw. I have used distress inks to give the snowflakes some definition, however I then felt that the bottom left corner was looking a bit empty so I added this cute little stamp. I had a horrible moment after stamping when I realised that I had stamped in versafine instead of momento; the card I used here would not work well with watercolours so I decided to use my alcohol markers as planned and hope for the best. I think I have gotten away with it… (hurrah). I have also extended the ground line of the stamp out to the edge of the card so that the image wasn’t floating so much. The ‘Merry Christmas’ is from the same set as the ‘Noel’.

I hope you all like my fun stuff, I certainly enjoyed making it 🙂 – Keep it Crafty!

Just for Weirdchild…

…because I love her too much to see her fail, I have decided to extend the challenge!! (i’m sure she’ll be grateful)

In the meantime, a couple of shares from me as my beautiful kiddies are now back at school so I have more crafty time available 🙂

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This is a lovely Crafters Companion stamp which is coloured with oil pencils, distress ink and foiling for some pretty accents which was commissioned last week; however I am also including it a one of my challenge entries.

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My second is another wedding card featuring a Lili of the Valley digi-stamp; a Sheena stamp and a variety of dies which I will list below. I have also used a mixture of sequins, gems, hard pearls and liquid pearls; the tag in the small pocket die is also removable both for added interest and to make it easier to write on.

Base Materials:

  • Crafters Companion gatefold card blank
  • My Craft Studio Super Smooth Card
  • Create and Craft Mirricard
  • Sheena Douglass Stamping Card
  • Marble Paper

Colouring Mediums:

  • SN Alcohol Markers
  • Crafters Companion Sparkle Pens
  • Distress Ink (Vintage photo)

Dies:

  • TL Flower Panel
  • TL Gold Lace Butterfly
  • Heart felt Creations small Pocket Die
  • Crafters Companion Lacy Daisy Die

Embellishments:

  • Craftmania Sequins
  • Hunkydory Glitter
  • Ranger Liquid pearl
  • Adhesive Pearls and Gems
  • Ribbon

Challenge Failed

As has been pointed out to me I have totally failed the current challenge 🙂

My one and only and for my first attempt at colouring not too bad.

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What I have done is a special birthday card that I cannot share for the time being, thereby making a mess which today I have tidied and re-arranged.

Oh forgot the Cuttlebug disaster when it went clunk and no longer worked EEEEEk. However a quick youtube search found the problem and resolution. 30mins later all fixed and I could breath again.

So to today ….. apart from having to tidy I had decided on a bit of re-arranging. My cut’n’boss has lived on my desk all the time I have had it (and was worth the cost when I broke my shoulder) but I find that I use my baby blue or cuttlebug most of the time so felt it needed a new home but still easily accessible.

So here we go a small trip round my crafty space.

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The Baby Blue now where the Cut’n’Boss used to be with the plates for the Cuttlebug in a letter rack. On the right is my unit showcased in a previous post now sat on top of a couple of landscape A4 trays that have an A5 storage box lid with my corner punches and clamps on the left and the base with 3D pads of various sizes all to hand. On the bottom is an A4 lid with scraps ready to rifle through. (the base is on another unit with all my acrylic stamping blocks)

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Moving round to the left I have two hi-fi units from Argos configured two different ways with my card stash (well most of it). On top of the one in the corner are tubs with embossing folders, HD Little books, miri mats, gilding flakes and Candi. On the other one is my Cutterpillar Crop. The Cuttlebug is happy in its home on the floor very easily picked up to be used.

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And turning further round is the Cut’n’Boss in its new home. I have even had cause to use it since I moved it and all is fine. The tubs are full of punches. The small set of drawers have pens such as Wink of Stells with transfer foils in the top drawer. The second shelf is Christmas. In the filing cabinet I keep my card blanks, envelopes and corresponding celo bags.

And just because it would be rude not to ……

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While clearing the desk I made these toppers with ‘things’ I found which seemed to go together.

 

 

More Stamping!

With the Summer holidays almost over I am trying to squish a couple of extra photos into the challenge; unfortunately I have had to abandon a couple for looking a bit rubbish, but I am happy with the two below so felt they were worth posting 🙂

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This is a lovely Crafters Companion stamp which I have used before but felt was well worth using again.I used polycolours and extended the scene around the stamp to fill the topper space. I have also cleverly covered up an unfortunate ink smudge with a ribbon 😉

 

This second one is a Lili of the valley digistamp; also coloured with polycolours but with wp-image-1923221322some Wink of Stella glitter pen; glue drops to which I have added some glitter and some foiling (difficult to see on the photo) and a couple of liquid drops for the hair and toe bells. This particular one had two rescues, the first being that I over coloured my fairy’s face, which I managed to fix using a rubber (proper artists putty rubber, not a hard pencil eraser) which worked very well and the second being that although I have a stamping platform I forgot to use it, so when the sentiment only half stamped I had to try and line it back up. As is nearly always the case I ended up with a ghost image of some of the sentiment, but this has been covered by adding a green shadow effect to the text.

 

Handmade Cards for every occasion

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