Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Labour of love ..... literally!

The other night I thought I'd get my pencils out and do some colouring. Normally for me, I colour quite quickly as like to get that bit done so I can get on to the card making (which out of the two, is my favourite part). Anyhow I decided that I would actually spend a lot longer on my colouring and add a background, highlights, glitter .... yadda, yadda, yadda! Well .... whilst I enjoyed myself, I'm not sure I could do this everytime I wanted to colour an image. My eyes were I "bow down" to the full time colouring crafters amongst us, as you have the patience of a saint and probably a lot more besides.

Well here she is ..... Serenity Stardust from Polka Doodles ...

After colouring her, I rather bravely (or stupidly) decided that I wanted her to be placed amongst the stars, so set about creating my star shaped background. I've done a simple tutorial to explain what I did to create the shape.

Step 1:

Cut a piece of card slightly smaller than A5 - 13.5cm x 20cm (my chosen size). Lightly score a line at 15.5cm (slightly bigger than 6"). Place your dies so that they cover the score line. I have marked the score line in red in photo below. Stick in place on your cutting mat but beware .....

Place your card as photo below which shows where the score line will be on your cutting mat.

Run this through your machine and you will then get this shape ...

Step 2:
Now I became "flash Harry" and decided to add star shapes to the sides. Run through your machine and you will get star edges too!

Step 3:
Next cut out different sized stars to mat and layer. See below of my "rough" mock up ...

After layering up my stars, I then stuck down my Serenity Stardust image and added a few little stars to merge the two parts together.

I then added this to a dark blue glittered background to highlight the sky I had coloured and to make the stars "pop" even more.

Serenity Stardust has been coloured with Prisma pencils with added highlights using GraphIt shaker pens in white, glitter silver and glitter gold. As an added extra, I used white fine pearl pan pastel which adds a real shimmery effect (which the camera does not pick up well). Phew, as said in my blog post title ... a labour of love!

x x x

You can get Serenity Stardust here (click on image) ...

Serenity Stardust

Clear It Out - girls and die cuts
Creative Card Crew - for a teen
Papertake Weekly - theme I chose, "use glitter" (glitter via GraphIt pens, glittered stars and paper)
Through the craftroom door - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
Artisitic Inspiration - anything goes with a twist of diecuts
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - shaped card
The Pink Elephant - anything goes

Monday, 25 May 2015

Enjoy each moment ...

"Enjoy each moment" is definitely a mantra I need to take heed of more often. Sometimes life throws us a real "curve ball" and you can take your eye off what is important, so this sentiment is a perfect reminder to take stock.

For this weeks new challenge over at "Love to Create", I have made a quick CAS card ...

I'm not sure why CAS scares me so much as I actually thrououghly enjoyed making my card and found it liberating. No embellishments to rummage through and distract me from my task. I know I should do this more often but embellishments do seem to call out to me .....!

I have used the PCB STOP stamp set to create my background with a mixture of distress inks and pan pastels. I used Antique Linen distress ink to stamp my bricks background and whilst still wet, went over with neutral grey and neutral grey shade pan pastels. I buffed off the images before doing the same thing with the leaves but used chromium oxide pan pastel to add colour. As a finishing touch, I covered everything with white fine pearl pan pastel which muted the colours and gave a shimmery effect.

I stamped the bricks background on to a piece of stampbord (technique as before) and then the butterfly from PCB Postcard stamp set. I stamped another butterfly on to card and coloured this with magenta and orange pan pastel. As a finishing touch, I embossed the butterfly. I have edged the stampbord tile with the same colours I used on the butterfly and added some holes using my Stampbord tools. The sentiment is also from PCB Postcard set which has been distressed using my tools.

A quick card which allowed me to get a little messy but was quick to put together. We'd now love to see what you create in our "anything goes" challenge, so pop over and join in the fun at "Love to Create".

x x x

Products and links ...

Cupcake Inspiration: bugs and butterflies
Robyn's Fetish: anything goes
Crafty Calendar: things with wings
Fantasy Stampers: wings and things
Creative Corner:anything goes
Simply Create: keep it simple

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Phew, got there in the end!

Well what an epic adventure I had making this tag. Lots of fun mixed with a huge "boo boo" that made me wonder if I would ever get it finished. My journey began by checking out Tim Holtz's blog as fell in love with his May tag idea. However, I decided that I would try and start from the beginning and have ago at making the other Tags of 2015. March 2015 tag caught my eye and after reading all the explanations, I began.

So off I started using tissue tape and distress inks to create my background. Tim wanted people to use distress paint but surprisingly, I don't own any, so had to make do.

To give a paint effect, I covered the background in white pan pastel pearlescent medium. Next I stamped my images: "falling flowers" from Honey Doo Crafts and a butterfly from Indigo Blu.

On Tim's tag he used gesso to create his stencilled layers but instead I have used Maimeri Glass Gel and Premium Art Brands 12" characters stencil. I masked off the stamped images before covering my tag.

Now here is where things went dreadfully wrong. As per Tim's instructions, I covered the stencilled area with embossing powder BUT forgot to let it dry before blasting it with my heat gun. Oh the smell was dire, the medium bubbled and popped plus it dribbled everywhere. The wonderful stencilling was ruined and to add insult to injury, my tag looked awful. I was just about to throw it away, when I had an idea ...

Taking a sanding block, I sanded back all the raised, gooey areas and slowly felt a little more confident that I could resurrect my tag. When I was finally happy, I covered the raised stenciled areas with white pan pastel pearlescent medium, which appeared to calm everything down. However, it still looked "yuk" in my eyes, so I then went over areas with turquoise pan pastel.

Suddenly it looked as if my copper mess looked aged (copper patina effect)and I could finally see a way out of my "boo boo". Apologies, I forgot to take a photo at this point but hope you can see what I mean in in the photo below on my finished tag.

Using the same stamps as before and a piece of cloud effect paper, I stamped the butterfly using archival black ink and coloured them with distress inks. For the flowers I used perfect medium and went over this with the turquoise pan pastel. I coloured the flowers with the same pan pastel and then embossed all the stamped images with clear detail powder. Once cooled, I cut them all out ready to add to my tag.

Photo below shows how I have used the stamped images. For the butterfly bodies, I added some 7 Gypsies photo holders (secured with matching brads) and pearls to the flower centres. I added a Tim Holtz ticket to tie the stamped images together, adding some more 7 Gypsies metal embelishments.

 I added a "found" sentiment, secured with brads. Using some waxed lace (?), one piece under lower flowers and another piece at the top secured with eyelets. I used a buckle at the top of my tag decorated with a piece of ribbon offcut.

The sentiment on my tag definitely matches how I now feel and although I love the textural feel and colour of my tags background, I don't think I'll be hurrying to try this technique out again. Right better hurry and get my tag on to the Love 2 Create blog as this is my DT project for the inspiration post this week.

Now I can relax and enjoy my Sunday. My youngest son and I are off out for the day, so catch up with everyone in the evening.

x x x

Products I used:

Craft for craic - wings
Left of centre - distress it
Time Out challenges - Grunge with embossing
Crafty Calendar - things with wings
Inkspirational - use at least 3 of the listed elements - I have used all 4 !

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Oddella heart, Ickyink Art

It's been a long week and I am so relieved it is over. I can honestly say that so far this year, this week has been the most tiring, stressful and lengthy and why, because of statutory testing of primary school children. If both the government (past, present and future) and parents, trusted their teachers assessments, children would not need to suffer the unnecessary stresses of testing. Will stop now as this post could turn in to a lengthy rant ...! On to happier things.

Nikky Hall of Polka Doodles recently created a new range of digi images called "Ickyink Art" and so far their are 4 wonderful girl images to choose from. I have coloured up Oddella Heart image using my Prisma pencils ...

Now I've made the card up, I can't believe that I have forgotten to colour that centre circle on her forehead.

I have set the image on to a tag which I turned in to a card. I got the idea after seeing Sandie's recent post about how she created her tag card base. I have tweaked it slightly as wanted a bigger card base so I could print a larger image. My card is now DL sized.

I have kept the layering as simple as possible as wanted to make sure the image was the focal point. The papers are also from Polka Doodles, Work and Play 10. I haven't chosen a sentiment yet as not sure what to add, so gave up faffing and will add one when inspiration strikes.

Before I go, just to say that Polka Doodles are sponsoring Passionate Paper Creations over on Facebook. If you join the page you will find a discount code for 15% off Polka Doodles digi images and also a code to get a FREE Eden digi image .... so what are you waiting for as the offer ends tomorrow!

Right, gotta get something to eat as stomach thinks my throat has been cut and the noises coming from it, well lets just say, they aren't ladylike!

x x x

Oddella Heart, Ickyink Art from Polka Doodles

Scrap and Craft - lace and pearls
Crafters Cafe - Feminine
Fab'n'Funky - tag it
Cute Card Thursday - lace
Allsorts - no squares
Suzy Bee's - anything goes with a twist of pink
Creative Moments - teentastic

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Texture, stamping, stencils and stampbord ...

For the recent Stampbord show at Create and Craft, I was very lucky to be asked to create projects to show off the versatility of stampbord. I had a messy fun time making my projects and I have already shared some of them. Here are their links the projects shared so far:

Collaged Box with a matching picture frame
 Butterfly Box (up cycling)

Although the brief was "home decor", I just couldn't resist sneaking in a card or two .... and here is one of my cards which is also my DT project for "Love to create" challenges ...

I created the heart background by using "Heart of Flower"  stencil (from Premium Craft brands) with gesso. Although I wanted the parts of the stencil to show through, I also wanted a distressed look too. Once dry, I cut the heart shape out and mounted it on to gold card, cutting this out again to give a thin border.

Next was the stampbords turn. I placed several pieces of stampbord on to my gesso heart and using the same stencil, I placed it over the stampbord pieces ensuring that it lined up with the heart below. Again using gesso, I add detail to my stampbord pieces. Once dry, I covered them with soft gold metallic pan pastel.

Here is a close up of one of the stampbord pieces ...

Next I stamped the gorgeous roses (Premium Craft Brands roses stamp set) with perfect medium and embossed them with gold embossing powder. I cut all the images out and for added lustre, covered them in white pearlescent pan pastel.

I also stamped out clock images and the wonderful sentiment from the same stamp set in black archival ink.

Finally, assembling all my "bits" to create my finished card. I wanted to keep the embellishments to a minimum in order that all the other elements took pride of place, so only added lace and small punched, gold hearts.

I have had a blast playing and creating with stampbord but now need to get my stampbord tools out . .  . . . watch this space . . .

x x x

Links to the products I used:

Inkspirational - use 3 or 4 elements (stencils, stampbord, stamping, embellishments)
Just us girls - embossing (roses)
Chalk'n'Stock - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - layers
Stamps and Stencils - 3 of a kind - 3 roses, 3 rose buds, 3 clocks, 3 small stampbord panels
Sister Act - anything goes