Saturday, 27 May 2017

Sweet Stampin' - Very Old Stash

Happy Saturday! It's a bank holiday weekend here in England, so I'm expecting the heatwave to vanish and to have golf ball sized hailstones by lunch!
Why not shelter inside and join us this week at Sweet Stampin'  as we want you to dig out some of your very old stash. We all fall prey to the lure of shiny new stash, but let's dig something neglected out from the back of the cupboard and show it some love.
I used a really old stamp set for my card this week, "Basil" from Happy Harvest by Trimcraft, copyright 2010 according to the packaging! I have to confess that I remember colouring up this particular image when I first got it, but it's been languishing in my box of bits until now, poor thing. I'd initally just trimmed down the image, rounded the corners and added some faux stitching (yep, still doing it 7 years later...). To revitalise it I trimmed it down using a spellbinders labels 8 die (that's been in my stash for a bit, they must be up to labels 178 by now) and then I added a frame using decorative labels 8. My paper is from an old Lili of the Valley pad, possibly One Birdie Lane, that I've had for years. I finished it off with a bit of crochet type lace that had been lurking in my stash for several years. Simples! I'm looking forward to seeing your creations, just remember to include some stamping to be in with a chance to be in our top three.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Ice Cream

Phew! Is anyone else melting in the heat? Sooo glad I'm not at work at the moment, our uniforms aren't made for summer!
I decided to have a play with this very appropriate new stamp from Lili of the Valley, Alice Ice Cream. I stamped it in Versafine on watercolour card with my misti to get a good impression. I then coloured it in with zig clean colour pens and a waterbrush. I added some clouds with an Elizabeth Crafts stencil and sea breeze versamagic chalk ink using a mini blending tool. Another new purchase was the Hunkydory Framed With Love die set which they've released to tie in with their Little Books range, being the perfect size to co-ordinate with them. I die cut the frame out of purple card and in a moment of madness ( I blame the heat!) decided to inlay the frame rather than stick it on top of the image panel. I also inlaid the sentiment die from the same set. I used some old Lil of the Valley papers on my card base and used a sizzix interlocking ovals strip die in purple to balance out the card, along with a few pearls to finish.
Shh, don't tell anyone but I rescued the image panel with sentiment attached from my original attempt at this card. It wasn't pretty. Heck, it wasn't even attractive in a poor light! Fortunately, I'd added the image panel on foam tape so I managed to save it.
Hope you all enjoy the lovely weather, I'm doing my best to keep the bunnies cool with frozen water bottles and wet towels over their run. Hot weather's not fun if you're wearing a fur onesie, poor things!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

InkBuds - Distress techniques

The second project we made at the InkBuds weekender was a tag book of different distress techniques taught by Hels Sheriden who is a qualified Ranger Educator. In order to prevent us getting brain fog from all the techniques, we added stamping to the tags before making them up into a book with mount board covers. I wasn't feeling brilliant and so I left early. Hels did offer to assemble my book for me, but I decided to bring it home unfinished instead. The photos show the front and back of the tags, we did the same techniques on both sides.
There was a mix of experience in the group and so we started off with the basics and progressed onwards, with lots of tips as we went. I won't go into details about all the techniques, but I will share the top tip of the day. Your most important distress ink is Antique Linen. If you're doing a blending technique, then put down a base coat of Antique Linen before you add your colours. It won't affect the colour of your inks significantly, but it will allow the inks to move more freely as they're sat on top of it and so you will get a smoother blend. If you're having trouble with a hard edge on a blend then if you go over the top of it with Antique Linen then it will smooth it out.
I had a play with some of the techniques a couple of days after the workshop and used the spare blank tags we'd been given to practice the techniques and to write down the steps on the back as a reference.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

A strange day...

I planned to post about the great weekend I had with the InkBuds; Hels Sheriden and Pauline Wheeler in Preston, but awoke to the terrible news of the terrorist attack in Manchester last night. Just unthinkable. I have to focus on the positives, how quickly the community pulled together to support those affected. My local supermarket had set up a table as you enter the store with a vase of lilies and a collection bucket for those killed or injured and it was filing up quickly. Of course my thoughts remain with those affected by this, but things must carry on to prove that terrorism will not win.
This is the altered sketch book that we made on Sunday, being black it's a swine to photograph. Hopefully the close ups show more of the detail. It's slightly larger than A4. Pauline gave us all our initials to add to the book, but also had lots of spare letters incase anyone wanted to make it for someone else, or add a word instead. We used treasure gold gilding wax to highlight the texture and embelishments. Although we had a sample to follow we could choose our own layout and embelishments. Pauline had a bag of wooden embelishments for us to rummage through (trust me to find a bunny in them!) and we also had lots of bits in our kit to play with - these are all the bits I had left over to play with later...
I'll be back tomorrow with the other project we made. Take care x

Saturday, 20 May 2017


Happy Weekend! I've scheduled this post as I'm off crafting today and have another workshop tomorrow with the InkBuds; Hels Sheriden and Pauline Wheeler.
If you watched Dr Who a couple of weeks ago, you'll know exactly why I had to buy this Avery Elle stamp set "that bites"!
I stamped the fish on stamping card and coloured them in with my zigs, before fussy cutting them out. 
I used a piece of distress coredinations cardstock and embossed it with a Dutch doobadoo wavy stripes stencil and sanded it back slightly to highlight the dots. The sentiment is from a Clearly Besotted birthday set. After adding the fish to the card with foam tape I added glossy accents to their eyes and teeth. My perfectionist streak kicked in after I added glossy accents and distress vintage platinum glitter to the "light" on the escapee fish from Dr Who. It just didn't look right...
So, after it had dried I then added a bit of Limoncello Nuvo Jewel drops on top. Much happier with the result, more like a light source. Hope you all have a creative weekend x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Any excuse...

My parent's neighbour very kindly did our wedding photos for us and we've never quite got round to finding the right thank you gift for her ( no rush, we'll only have been married 5 years in October!). Anyway, she loves pigs and so when I saw MFT's Hog Heaven stamp set, it was only right that I bought it and made her a set of cards with it!
I totally channelled Lynne in NI 's fab chalked clouds and doodled borders for these cards. I took some 6x6 card blanks and added clouds with versamagic chalk in and grass with memento ink using the Elizabeth Crafts sky and grass stencil.
I stamped lots of the stamps from the set in memento ink on super smooth card and coloured them in with my beloved copics, before fussy cutting them out.
I then played about with the elements to get a rough composition on the card which allowed me to work out where to stamp the sentiments. I used my misti and Versafine ink to stamp them in place. I then glued the elements down and added foam tape behind some of them. I drew in the borders next and then added stickles to finish.
I may have got carried away with the shower of cupcakes, but having cut them all out, I was determined to use them!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Oooh sparkly!

Not perfect (don't look at the beak), but this was my first attempt playing with the glitzcraft frosting paste and stencils that I bought at Happy Stampers. Don't know how well it shows up but I used two shades of blue for the kingfisher and two shades of green on the leaves. This was my first attempt at using multiple colours. The sparkle doesn't really show up, so hopefully this slightly out of focus shot will show it more.
Once dry I added in some clouds using an Elizabeth Craft stencil and versamagic chalk ink with a small blending tool. I trimmed it down to 5x5 and added green and dark blue mats before mounting it on a 6x6 card blank. Simples!