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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Christmas is Coming

So firstly had to tidy ‘the room’. To be fair it has been a work in progress for a couple of weeks especially since a shelf fell down creating havoc. The shelf is back in situ and various re-arrangements later I am in a good place again.

Hadn’t really decided to xmas craft today but was having a quick look through my xmas HunkyDory stash and immediately thought “that would be perfect for xxxx”. I then got out ‘The Xmas Craft Box’ i.e.. All the bits left over last year, and found some toppers I made and never used.

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Not bad for one afternoon 🙂

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The card that started it all today, mostly HunkyDory goodness with a corner snowflake and single snowflake die cut added.

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I also found some digital crafting images which again made but not utilised .

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These were made using Serif. I have added sparkle and glitter mainly because I can. They can of course be easily repeated (in fact I already have more than one of each but as I did more or less exactly the same embellishment on them only included one of each)

And finally today the ‘tidying up card’ (please tell me I am not the only one that does it)

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Base is the off cut from card one. Then the other main topper on HD sheet. Frames are all on 3D pads or pinflair gel.

That is me done for today but feeling slightly smug that some of xmas is done.

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!

 

Scoreboards

I, like many of you I am sure, have more than one scoreboard, could I resist the new Hunkydory one? Of course not.

So here is my scoreboard story

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I started with the Crafters Companion Ultimate Pro. This has been a good workhorse but has limitations as a scoreboard. Its useful parts have been slowly replaced with newer and more versatile tools. Bow making pegs replaced with Tattered Lace Bowmakers, trimmer replaced with various ones ending with my fav the Cutterpillar, the enveloper with We’R’Memory Keepers etc, not to say I don’t ever use it but it’s main issue for me has always been its bulk.

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My next one is the Martha Stewart 12″ board. As the name suggests it is slightly over 12″ square overall size.This was bought as a Xmas present (mostly cause I asked) and I have loved using it. Being an american product it is in inches going as small as 1/8″, has a centre 0 measurement (very useful) and an included envelope maker (admittedly not used but thats because I usually need a box if card too big for the provided envelope)

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The Eazi-Scoreboard. Size it is just over A4 and really only has limited scores but I find invaluable for card bases as it has A4 centrefold, gatefold etc, thus replacing part of the Ultimate Pro and easier to whip out.

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Tattered Lace mini scoreboard Size is just over A5. Came as part of a bundle but I have used it lots. Obviously easy to carry in tote bag and when working on small projects ideal, that being said you are not totally restricted to A5.

And finally ………

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Only arrived today but already I am loving it. despite being the thinest of my boards (except possibly the mini) it is very stable and can be used on your lap.The scoring area is 12″ * 12″, inches one side ( in 1/8″ spacing) and cms (0.5cm spaces) on the other. On the inches side the centre is clearly marked with a 0, however it does not have numbering going out from it like the Martha Stewart board but I think it is still useful. At the top the score grooves start in the ‘frame’ making it very easy to start in the correct place. Its big advantage is the built in box making facility. This has always been the one thing I would always get the Ultimate Pro out for, now I don’t need to. The box making is on both sides so you can work in inches or cms.

All of the boards have come with their own scoring tool.

All the boards work and I will no doubt continue using them all except sadly the Ultimate Pro as I think I have now upgraded all its useful parts.

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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The Blank square here is for a personal message!

Another Wedding Card

Good Morning everyone, some of you may remember the wedding card I did several weeks ago using the Tattered Lace accordion dies. This one is also using the accordion dies and for a wedding, but in a completely different style.

The brief was ‘old style film cameras’ and not ‘lovey dovey’ so this was what I came up with.

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Side one has papers from my ‘all occasions’ USB, I have then imported camera images onto the top of the backing papers prior to printing. I have also used the colour mixer on ‘My Craft Studio’ to warm up the paper and then distressed it after printing with Rusty Hinge. The main image here is a Lily of the Valley Digistamp coloured with Spectrum Noir pens/pencils and with wink of stella over the top of the flowers and veil. On this particular digistamp there is no drawn bottom to the dress so what I have done to finish it off is run the bottom of the stamp through my die-cutting machine using one of the tattered lace torn edges dies (which means its also eligible for the challenge!). All of the ‘film’ is printed onto vellum and then strategically glued. I would strongly recommend to anyone doing this type of glueing that you invest in some small pegs as they are perfect for holding things like this in position whilst you carry on.

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The papers for the reverse is a repeat of the front panels and the mid-section is left unembellished for the personal message. I have then tried to make the left-hand side mimic a dressing room.

The whole of this card is very solid, the base was Sheena Stamping card (300gsm) to start with and then the whole of the frame has a double layer of both black card and vellum. I like the frames being re-enforced as the structure of the card does mean that the frame edges can be a bit flimsy, especially if the centre panels are then heavily embellished.

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This Stamp is a Sheena Douglass stamp from the ‘Remember When’ collection. I had originally hoped to use this on the card itself but the image was too large for the style of card I went with. Since my client also very much liked this stamp, it made it’s way onto the box instead ;).

I really enjoyed this card and am proud of the result.

Thanks for reading!

 

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