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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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No Christmas today ……… oh Damn

I was not going to Xmas craft today other than to possibly put inserts in and where needed make envelopes, but as they say ‘all good plans’……….

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I unwrapped a pack of stencils and the swirly mat was the packaging, couldn’t resist crafting with it. It is a Hunkydory little book image with the top & bottom borders removed (they appear later) My current favourite die cut. The berries are tonic nuvo drops that I made on my glass mat and once set transferred to card.

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Hand fussy cut decoupage that I found in the Xmas box, that die again 🙂 . A couple of HD tags and just a simple gold mat.

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As simple as it gets. The slightly brown on the bottom has been removed and replaced with filler and sparkles.(The glue although it appeared ‘clean’ obviously had some brown from pin in it, will use a different glue next time)

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And finally those two borders added to a gold mat. Backed with some mottled dark red paper and topped with a left over HD topper all from the Xmas scraps box. It needs something else but cannot decide what.

I have also done what I set out to do and all Xmas cards now have inserts and envelopes

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!

‘Dogs’

Another commission; this one was rather easier than the wedding card I posted previously!

The brief was just for a 60th birthday and dog related.

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The background is from the My Craft Studio ‘Occasions’ USB. For anyone who has been watching create and craft over the last few days, you may have noticed that there have been several demonstrations using the My Craft Studio software. I have previously posted items created using both Serif and My Craft Studio however one of the demo’s showed something I had not tried (ooeer) so I thought I would give it a go. The emboss function on the software is what I was playing with; I have used it before but it had not occurred to me to layer the same image over the top to maintain the colour. This is what I have done here and I quite like the result 🙂

The main image is a Mulberry Wood digi-stamp (sourced by Crafters Companion) which I have coloured with my Spectrum Noirs. Very observant people will realise that it is largely the same colour palette as for Barnaby Bear, this is because I really like how the bear turned out, so thought I would use the same again 😉

First Wedding Card of the Year

This card is one of my most intense commissions of the year so far; it features the Tattered Lace accordion dies and a variety of other bits and pieces.

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There are three sizes of the die and I thought it would be nice to mix them together. Anyone familiar with accordion dies will notice that the middle sections are not joined together. This is because with the size difference they can only be joined if you make the smaller squares the same width as the largest one (otherwise the whole card warps) either by adding extra card of by extending their width with ribbon. I didn’t really like either option so instead I went with having the middle sections swinging free.

The brief for this card was a tricky one;

I was asked for decoupaged Forever Friends Wedding bears; Something to do with Music; Something to do with sport and a mix of both Western and Oriental influences in the general feel of the card.

We later narrowed down the sport to ‘tennis’ and the music to ‘the piano and violin’.

This is the back:

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The base of the card is from double-sided centura pearl, I have also used the centura for all of the embellishment die cuts. One of the things I really like about using CP is that the sheen of the card comes through once it has been coloured. The sports and music items are both digi-stamp builds so they are printed on some nice paper with a decoupage layer to allow the images to be beyond the size of the swing square. There is also a matching box however I failed to take a photo of it!

Western influence:

  • Key
  • Bears
  • Tennis
  • Piano/Violin

Eastern influence:

  • Chinese Lanterns
  • Red Packets
  • Brush Script Kanji (I think that’s right)

I am listing everything used below; please feel free to comment/ask questions 😉

Dies:

  • Tattered Lace accordian dies
  • Tattered Lace Torn edges squares
  • Tattered Lace hearts (both from mini assortments)
  • Tonic Key
  • Tonic ‘Secret Whispers’ mini envelope
  • Crafters Companion Lanterns
  • First Edition Letters (these are part of Docrafts)
  • Delightful Daisies Sue Wilson
  • Sapphire set tag die

Other Embellishments:

  • Self Adhesive Lace
  • Musical embossing foler
  • Sticky Pearls
  • Clear liquid Drops
  • Assorted paper flowers
  • Daisy Punch

Images:

  • Forever friends (sourced from Docrafts)
  • Sports and Music sourced from My Craft Studio Designer Directory digi-stamps
  • Background image for text is from the Crafters Companion Kimono collection

Colouring:

  • Wax Pencils
  • Distress inks (Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord)
  • Alcohol pens (hanging hearts only)
  • Gilding wax (key)

Plus my computer 🙂

Another Holiday

Don’t you just love the end of the holiday year when you just have to take the holiday time you have not managed to take 🙂 So here I am on my last holidays bits.

I have tidied again, re-arranged again and crafted again.

Firstly let me share my latest storage solution. I am sure I am not the only one who has alphabet dies that come as a ‘block’ so you end up with various letters you didn’t need , quite apart from the ones that we cut then don’t use. I have stored these various ways but have now gone with this………

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A pill box. It is one of those that has the week and 4 compartments per day i.e. 28 compartments. This particular one cost £1.49 and each day comes out seperately. I have created a box from odd coloured card stock just to keep it controlled as the separate trays are for obvious reasons fairly loose, printed some letters and sorted. Last 2 compartments have numbers and punctuations.

I have then gone for the ‘stuff’ found when tidying desk and scrap boxes.

Card 1

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7*5 – I had to make a New Job card and these were bits I got out but didn’t use. I decided on an easel card as I do quite like them and wanted to try the ‘opposite’ way of folding the card. I think I prefer this way as it seems more stable. Brown hunkydory base mat, black mat, gold mirri mat + hunkydory little book image. I have added peel-offs to the sides of topper. (A bit old school I know but I find them useful). Stopper is some more of the brown  hd, black mat and an off-cut from a card I made 2 years ago :). Have added some images cut from a paper off-cut (as it happens also from a 2 year old make)

Card 2

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A5 – White hammered card base, edged with pebeo silver gilding wax. Base mat layer is an hd paper off-cut. black and silver mirri mats. Topper is from hd little book which I have created decoupage, three layers on the flowers and just the one for the saying.I have added pin flair craft glaze to the vase and some nuvo drops to the flower centres.

Card 3

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6*6 – Gold mirri base mat, an insert off-cut and a pink hd off-cut with some gold tape over the join (in this photo you can see the shadow of the join but not in real life) A couple of die cuts (all in off-cut box) and gold nuvo drops.

Card 4

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6*6 – The things I find in my scrap box !!! Die cut layered onto green hd. The flowers and butterflies are all from an ‘sticker’ sheet that I have no idea where it came from. It is quite ‘posh’ as it is embossed and everything. Only new thing added are the candi corners.

Card 5

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6*6 – The red base appears to have originally been cut to go with the green die-cut on previous card ( yes I don’t know either) Rosette and banners were me playing, along with the ‘Thank You’. The mat gold layer was also in the scrap box now cut to size and die cut with a tonic layering die..

I’d like to say that scraps box was looking emptier but I would be lying, however desk is clear.

Being a Rebel

When I started crafting yesterday there was no August Challenge so I continued with Xmas (which I would point out Phantomsax knew) so here are my final Xmas for July Challenge even though a draw has already been declared.

Card 1

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Well technically three all with same base. From some hammered white card I have DIE CUT 3 mini-stepper cards (die by Tattered Lace)

Left to right, 1) a gold layer cut and then stamped and coloured a candle image. Fussy cut then affixed to card 2) gold and white layers finished off with DIE CUT snowflakes. The 2 smaller are cut from gold, the larger one cut from white and gold wink of stella added 3) no layers just a Tonic DIE CUT candle, coloured and paper pieced.

Card 2

(posted in wrong order as matt on this card is what was gutted from card3)

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As I have done before I got out a Hunky-dory Xmas set.

6″ * 6″ card base. Bottom gold mirri base layer (gutted to make the most use of ) Main image is part of a HD card to which I have added a HD border strip and HD greeting. Finished off with Red Berry Nuvo drops, red bow ( made on a bow maker) and glitter dots.

Card 3

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7″ * 7″ card base. again started with a gold mirri layer with a red second layer.Using a HD topper that has two frames created main image – smaller frame glues flat, central image is on foam pads, outer frame has had snowfall acetate added ad then fixed on double foam pads. Bottom is a strip of gold mirri embossed topped with red and some HD border.

Card 4

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7″ * 7″ base card (again) Base layer is gold shimmer card layered with a part of an HD matching insert. Topper image is on foam pads and a domed snowfall acetate has been added to the frame. Greeting has been matted onto DIE CUT gold shimmer and gold mirri card (Tattered Lace tattered circle dies) also added some glitter to snowy areas.

Card 5

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DL card base. Base layer is cut from HD base card edged with gold gilding wax. The robins are the top strip from the card used in card 2, matted onto gold mirri. Bottom is a DIE CUT bow ( not forced into a bow) from insert top border (card 4) on the right is a HD sentiment and on left another piece of the insert matted onto gold mirri (Tattered Lace die again)

Card 6

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DL Card Base. Gold shimmer card with gold mirri card forming base. Thee small topper mounted on foam pads linked with robin border. Finished off with more of the ribbon border. ( I may have to re-look at this one as the mirri is taking over, probably will add some DIE CUTS)

Card 7

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Quick card completed again on the way to bed – A5 base card. HD insert cut in half. One half on front rest actually used as the insert inside. Topper is from the Kanban little book with a piece of HD card added to the bottom. Matted onto black card that has been edged with gold glitter. Fixed using pinflair glue gel to even up the different thickness of Kanban and HD.