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What Challenge?!

Having seen the lovely xmas card Weirdchild has been making I found myself a little confused as I am sure that the Challenge was to be using something new…. However the challenge is only a guideline anyway so who cares?!

Every month I do my best to set myself a specific Crafty allowance ( I am sure many others do too) and so I am ashamed to say that I blew the whole of August’s allowance in one blow 😦

Some of you will have seen the new Crafters Companion Christmas Stamps that launched a couple of weeks ago which I had been merrily ignoring; unfortunately I was then lured into purchase by a really good deal (with a set of sparkle pens) and an additional discount available on the site through other means. I have been drooling a little over the sparkle pen sets for a while so I finally succumbed.

I have done two cards so far and a possibility.

The First I did was a craft along whilst watching Hochanda on rewind

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This is the first time I used the glycerin-with- spectrum-aqua technique and was happy with the result. The rest of the colouring is also spectrum aqua and I have used pebeo’s liquid foil relief paste to ‘flick’ (as you would water) to make the foil droplets which I think is really pretty; I shall definitely be using the technique again!

 

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This Second one was also coloured with spectrum aquas but was essentially just colour and stick; I have also added liquid pearls for a bit of dimension

This last one isn’t finished because I cannot decide whether or not my Tatty Ted colours match the background. They were created separately so the colours were not done to match to start with, but I can’t quite make up my mind…

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Whilst Xmas was happening in one room…

… I was trying to be a good bunny in my room!

The Challenge this month is to use something new, however both WC and myself are also trying to be really good and finish off projects that have been started and toppers which have been made but then not added to anything. I already had a small backlog of toppers which has since been added to because I have taken to doing some colouring when away from home; so yesterday I took some time to go through my ‘starts’ tray and divided everything up into ‘Coloured’ ‘Half Coloured’ ‘Not yet coloured at all’ and ‘Completed Toppers’. I am now trying to work my way through them before starting something new, though I have to admit to working on a reward system; having completed the ones that will be shown below I allowed my self a new bit of colouring…

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This Is the other Crafters Companion Stamp by Donna

That I bought a few weeks ago which I have coloured with SN alcohol pens and some distress ink. I am also quite pleased with myself because I have used up a piece of backing paper that I didnt like (yay me) and then created a bead trail all over using liquid pearls. I plan to do a more overtly steampunky version but have not yet reached that reward level…

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Technically this one still is not finished because it needs a sentiment, but apart from that it all finished! Colouring mediums as above although this one also has twinkling H20 over the top of the flowers – this is what I used before there were sparkle pens 🙂

This next one I started for Mothers Day this year but it got sidelined because I had an order come in which took priority; after which Mothers day was over so I never finished it.

The base of this card is all computer generated

I also printed off a second Daffodil image so that I could colour it; the leavs under the coloured image are actually the same daffodil image coloured in green. I have then foiled the word ‘Mum’ in gold and added several green flicks with my colouring pencil to add to the bouquet along with gems and liquid pearls.

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When I originally did the foiling there were some gaps where the glue has not pulled the foil, so I have filled in the holes with more of the 3d paste creating quite a nice ‘bubble’ effect on the word ‘Mum’ although I am not sure how well it can be seen on the photo!

And Finally, this one could also do with an additional sentiment to bridge between the two sections; I have included it here though because the dragonfly topper I have used has been sitting in a drawer for 2 years…

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Variations

Hi all, I’ve been a bit quiet recently, so I thought I would share some of my projects with you!

There was no clear winner for the last challenge; so I am calling it a draw! this months challenge is to create using new craftystash items. As mentioned before, they do not need to be newly purchased, just not yet used as I know that both Weirdchild and I have things hiding in our stash which has yet to see the light of day. Entries must state which item was new 😉

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After studiously avoiding buying any of the Disney Princess goodies ever since they started bringing it all out on Create and Craft, I finally succumbed this Belle die and ‘Enchanted’ when they were having their mass all-must-go type sale a month or so ago on the basis that the word die could be used in a variety of situations and the Belle die (Whilst undeniably Belle) could be put with a variety of different back drops, sentiments and/or flowers and still look good. The main central stamp is a new one from Crafters Companion designed by Donna Ratcliffe; which I have coloured and then applied crackle medium over the top. I have also used ‘Lemon Sorbet’ diamond sparkles glitter by Hunkydory on the yellow items and another new product, scatter gems around the left-hand side of the image – we found the scatter gems by accident and thought “ooo……”

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This is a quick little card which I put together as something to do with the image I had coloured. There is nothing new on here so not part of the challenge!

Similarly this happy little bear was also a quickie however the sequins I have embellished it with are new so it just about qualifies…

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And Finally, This is another of Sylvia Zett’s beautiful images which I coloured up and then mass glittered. The background flower stamp that I have used is also new, its a Phil Martin stamp which I found unexpectedly reduced in the Range a little while ago 🙂

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I haven’t yet decided if I like the finished item or not…. but I can always do a different version 🙂

Thank you for Stopping by!

 

Exploding Box – BEWARE!

Leading on from my facebook post earlier, I have spent a rather larger part of today than intended making an exploding box. I have not done one before although it has been on my ‘to try’ list for some time however there is a tutorial in the new Crafters Companion Mag which has a rather exciting cake inside so I thought, why not?

The Magazine rates this as a 3 in difficulty with a completion time of 90 mins. I completely failed in terms of the completion time, however there were various bits and pieces that I did a little bit differently some of which definitely added time; I’m pretty sure I entered a time warp somewhere along the line as well because I appear to have lost an hour altogether somewhere…

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The initial cutting and scoring of the base, lid and matts only took about half an hour, but then time was added by my inability to create anything without distress ink so I also stopped and inked all the edges 🙂

For people who do not know, the base of an exploding box is a square divided into 9 equal squares, the four corner squares are then removed to create a cross shape. As a top tip, I would strongly recommend that when you remove these corner squares you either use a steel edged ruler and knife; a pair of scissors long enough that you can line up and make the cut in one snip or a trimmer. For most people, if you try to cut with a smaller pair of scissors you will end up with a wavy line.

The cake was easier than I thought it was going to be, but still a bit fiddly. Another tip would be to curl the card around a pen or pokey tool (similar to flower shaping) to give it a natural curve before joining the two ends together. I also found it easier to roll the sides of the cake tighter than actually needed and then let the card relax into a wider circle than to try and tighten to the right size.

I did go a little bit crazy with the liquid pearls, but overall I think I like it and may well do another (quicker) one soon 😉

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