…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 🙂
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.
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.
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
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!
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…
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 😉
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……”
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…
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 🙂
I haven’t yet decided if I like the finished item or not…. but I can always do a different version 🙂
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…
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 😉
On a previous post, I stated that one of my resolutions was to use up some of the toppers that I had previously made but then stuffed in a drawer. This is the first of those; the background was very simple, just the same stamp stamped multiple times in different colours; I am listing the distress inks below however although I know I used the Crafters Companion wax pencils, I coloured this a very long time ago now and cannot remember which colours I used. The shadow outline is in gold metallic marker as a bit of an experiment 😉
The flowers are Crafters Companion dies, one of the essential flowers sets and the pearls are the Perlen Pen liquid pearls.
With our challenge for this month in mind, I am starting us off with a card created and inspired by (mostly) the Crafters Companion autumnal goodies that came with issue 11 of the Crafters Companion magazine.
Stamps and dies from isue 11
Copper embossing powder
Script stamp fom Sarah’s Signature collection
Mini leaf die (Marianne Design Craftables Cutting Die – Punch Die Autumn Leaves CR1336)
Distress Inks: Peeled Paint; Candied Apple; Barn Door; Vintage Photo and Ground Exresso
Finished size, 5×7
I used two different ideas from the magazine and put them together together
layering the two sizes of plain white card together I have stamped the script background across both pieces at the same time. I have then done the same with the leaf stamp, however I have then heat-embossed the leaves.
Using the larger leaf die I have cut various leaf apertures into the two levels of card and then used a mixture of distress inks and the renaissance gold gilding wax to add depth and definition. Both pieces of light card are then matted onto kraft card which has also been distress-inked to darken the edges.
I have then created the tag and added it along with the various die-cut leaves. The two leaves in the centre are from the crafters companion set, one of them is cut from kraft card and the other is an aperture (in case this isn’t clear on the photo) which is why the stalks are in opposite directions. If I were to do this one again, I would want to avoid having the two bottom edge cut-outs in-line with each other.
I am also happy to report that I have finally found my anti-static back (lost for several months) which I finally found hiding exactly where it belonged inside a zipped pocket on my tote bag that I had forgotten about…