Its been a bit quiet on the blog front recently, but we have been busy busy busy 🙂
This is a small selection of our most recently commissioned pieces; if anyone wants to know specific products/techniques etc please ask 🙂
However the majority of the stamps are by Sheena Douglass/Donna Ratcliff with most of the colouring being various items from the Spectrum Noir Range; I have however tagged other products which have also been used.
I hope everyone is having a happy 2018 so far; I plan to spend a couple of happy crafty hours today so will quite possibly post some of the new goodies which have mysteriously arrived at my door….
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
The majority of the elements are from Sheena Douglass’ Time Traveller range, but I have added in a couple of extra bits 😉
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Section Five is what the whole project was based on!
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 🙂
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
Carrying on the challenge, I have three new entries which are also all going into my Christmas stash!
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.
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…
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!
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 🙂
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 some 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.
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 🙂
I had a mini-break over Easter and since I couldn’t take my craft corner with me, I took a little bit of colouring instead 🙂
After I came home, I had three coloured images that I then wanted to work with, so I thought I would post this one because of the ‘ear out of frame’ effect that I have used.
So, I have used a circle die to cut out the image; to have the ears poking out, you need to place the die over your image in the position you would like it to be in. Then at the point where the image is outside of the die, make a couple of reference pencil marks to either side of the overhang. I like to make my marks on the outside of the die, because then they will disappear when I run it through my die-cutting machine, you can also mark the inside, but you will then have to rub out the pencil marks as the die will cut just outside of them.
Snip along outline of your image (as if you intended to cut the whole thing out by hand) to just beyond the pencil marks (remember, I marked the outside of the die, which means the cut will be just inside where I have marked). Now slide your die into position, with the area you have snipped resting on top of your die. Run it through your machine as normal and hopefully, you will have cut all around your image with the bit you snipped cheekily poking out of the side 🙂