Monday, 19 June 2017

Many Happy Returns

Phew, it's warm! I've spent most of the day melting and the rest of it trying to stop the bunnies melting. Black fur onesies aren't that good in hot weather, poor things.
I had wanted to do some more screen printing today, but I need to iron the things I'm printing onto first and it's way too hot, especially as I have my own medication fuelled microclimate these days.
I did manage to do a tiny bit of heat embossing though as AAA cards want to see a resist technique used.
I started off by marking in pencil where I wanted my strip to go on the kraft card and then stamped my sentiment from a Clearly Besotted set in versamark and heat embossed in white embossing powder. I was tempted just to leave it out in the sun rather than use my heat tool, but sanity prevailed!
I masked off the strip with paper either side and stamped the butterfly from the Uniko set in versafine before heat embossing it in white. I then replaced the masks and blended Distress Oxides in Broken China and Wilted Violet over the butterflies, wiping the ink off the embossing although it stained slightly.
I then mounted my panel on a white card blank and added 3 pearls. I covered up where my masks had moved slightly on the panel by edging it in white pen, obviously I wasn't going for the perfect straight line effect!
The card still needed a little something and so I fussy cut one of the butterflies off my rejected attempt and added it to the card to finish. I hope you're all keeping cool, especially if you're working in this heat x

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Father's Day

Apologies for the wonky photo, I didn't crease the card properly before I took the picture.
I think I've mentioned before that my Dad loves caravaning, and I have many happy memories of trips away with various caravans and motorhomes, so this stamp set by Hunkdory was an obvious purchase.
I stamped the car and caravan on copic friendly card and coloured it in with my favourite copics (the caravan is a bit lighter in real life) before cutting it out. I added some glossy accents to the windows to make them shine.
I decided to use a 6x6 card blank and so using Microsoft Word, I selected one of the wordart options, that gave a outline to the block letters. I sized the word DAD using the rulers on screen and then printed the word on copy paper. I then cut out the inside of the letters and the centre parts using my scissors so I could mask off the card. I scribbled round the edges of the letters and the cut out centre bits with a quickie glue pen and allowed it to dry clear to give me a repositional adhesive to help the masks stay in place. I then used my Elizabeth Crafts Clouds and Grass stencil to add in the sky with versamagic chalk ink and a mini blending tool. I used the edge of my Clarity blending map to create the hills with memento ink.
After I removed the masks I added faux stitching round the letters to define them and also round the edge of the card. I stuck the car and caravan on using foam tape to add some dimension and I added some distress micro glaze over the inked landscape to fix it.
We won't mention how many backgrounds failed to meet my standards. I will tell you that you can reuse your copy paper mask at least 4 times though! A top tip is to make sure that you add enough colour around the edges of your letters so that you can clearly see where the dotted lines need to go, otherwise you end up with duplicate letters that don't match.
Hopefully Dad will like his card, it's always nice to be able to thank him in the card for all he does for me. I hope you all get to spend some time with your Dads' today, but hugs for all of you who aren't able to do so x

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Flower Challenge #9 - Halfway Reminder

It's time for our halfway reminder over at The Flower Challenge and my teamies have come up with some more amazing inspiration for you.
I decided to use up some flowers that I had stamped in black on white paper and fussy cut some time last year and which had been languishing in a pot on the bookcase. I think they are Chloe stamps and the smallest flowers are from a Dreamees set.
I painted the flowers with some diluted starlights paint, so they have a lovely shimmer to them. I also painted the edges of a piece of card with the starlights to give me a coordinating mat on my 8x8 card. I used a piece of white card on top of this which had been embossed with a free emobossing folder that came with my cut n boss machine. I arranged the flowers in a circle on the embossed card, placing large flowers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 if it was a clock face and then filling in the gaps.
I die cut Sue Wilson's faux quilled leaves out of green card and snipped them up and tucked them in being the flowers. I also cut the lawn lawn hugs out of the green and layered it up to add some dimension and added it to the centre of the flowers. I then added some bling from my stash to the centre of each flower and corners of the card. I still wasn't feeling the love for this card, so I added some details to the flowers using a white gel pen. Much happier with that. I hope this second picture shows some of the shimmer, 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


Angela's recent post using the Lauren Burch for Stampendous Cats inspired me to ink up my new Mama Elephant's The Cat's Meow stamp. I wasn't in a colouring mood and so decided to paper piece the cats, using some snippets of patterened paper from the bit box. Once I'd glued them all onto the kraft background, I coloured in their ears, any items then had on or were holding and added a little colour to their cheeks.

I stamped one of the balloons from the stamp set and some more balloons and sentiment  from Mama Elephant's Celebration Balloons and paper pieced these using some scraps of coloured card. I couldn't be bothered to cut out the centres of some of the letters and so coloured these in in a browny colour to try and match the kraft card. I drew in the strings with a black fineliner and added some faux stitching round the edge of the image. To finish, I added glossy accents to the balloons and the cat's noses, before mounting it on green card on a landscape 5x7 card blank.

As I used lots of bits I'm heading over to the Snippet's Playground, to see what mischief Parsnip has been up to!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Screen Sensations Bunnies

Happy Monday! I'm still aching from Friday, but that didn't stop me from having a play with my new bunny screen on Saturday.
I masked off the 3 smaller bunnies on the 12x12 screen and just used the larger rabbit to make some 6x6 cards. I blobbed on blue jeans and ultra violet ink and let them mingle as I carried on printing. 
I had great fun, got slightly messy, but that's the default setting for me! Clean up was easy though as everything just washes off in cold water and is drain safe.
I had a play colouring in one of the bunnies with my polychromos that evening. Happy with how it turned out. Looking forward to playing with it again, but definitely being good and resting up today.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Monochrome

Saturday again! Of course that means that it's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' and this week our theme is Monochrome.
Monochrome can be any colour and white, but I chose the use black as it was the ink pad that was still out on the crafting table of doom! I thought this lovely Magnolia Blooms stamp set from Clearly Besotted would work beautifully with the theme. I used my MISTI to stamp the large bloom and also the leaves twice on white card in versafine, so that I could make sure I got a crisp evenly black image. I then used the matching dies to cut them out.
I had a play on a bit of card to find an arrangement that I liked, and snipped the leaves to fit. This gave me an idea of the size of topper I liked, on which I stamped the sentiment from the set and then trimmed it down. I glued on the leaves and added the bloom with foam tape. I added a black mat behind the topper. I'd chosen the sentiment because of the size and shape I could make with the words, but I felt it looked a little austere for a birthday day. I rummaged in my gem box to find some black pearls to add and came across this blingy strip. Bingo! To make the proportions of the card work, I used a 7x7 card blank, glued on the bling and then added the topper with foam tape either side of the bling.
I hope you're inspired to join us at Sweet Stampin' this week, we love seeing all your amazing makes. Have a great weekend (this post is scheduled, so I may surface before lunch, or maybe not!) x

Friday, 9 June 2017

Crafting Live at Bolton

I went to Crafting Live at the Bolton Arena this morning, the first time it's been run by them, rather than Hunkdory. It was pretty busy and there were a good number of stands. I bumped into a couple of crafting friends there and managed to spend up, even without their encouragement! I'd been after a new guillotine for a while as mine has developed a dodgy cutting bit partway down the blade. Hubby will no doubt fail to understand why I also bought a smaller version - you lovely crafters will know that having a small one that you can keep close to hand is well, handy! They don't show up very well, on the photos, but I also bought two sets of Rare Earth flower stamps and a set of their dusting/blending brushes. Finally, sneaking into the photo are 4 Lil of the Valley stamps.
Of course the spending didn't stop there. They were doing free make and takes throughout the day with various companies, but also Screen Sensations were doing a one hour workshop for just under £40, however this included the screen printing kit, a tub of paint and a 12x12 stencil, worth £115 in total! It was so helpful to have the tuition and guidance, along with top tips, and hands on practicing on paper and a couple of different types of fabrics. Obviously, I spent extra on some more paints and screens (including one with bunnies on), well when they were all on 3 for 2, it would have been rude not too!
I have great plans (when we eventually move house) to screen print the plain curtains and cushions and possibly anything else that is flat and doesn't move! I came home laden with all my goodies, which unfortunately means that my neck and shoulders are suffering now. An early night tonight, methinks!