Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A little dose of happy ...

I recently shared several cards I made using up 'leftovers' after creating two birthday cards (see HERE), using a selection of Spellbinders dies & stamps, so thought I better share one of the birthday cards I made ...

I created a panel by using the butterfly dies repeatedly, stamped the sentiment, mounting on to some backing papers with 3D foam. Before sticking the panel down, I added some ribbon finishing with a knot. Next I placed some smaller butterflies in the negative space, lifting up their wings and a smaller butterfly near the sentiment.

A quick easy card but I think it's also quite effective too and so not my normal style. Isn't it fab how you can be inspired to try something new with something new ... lol!

x x x

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Craftaholics - anything goes
Crafty Creations - anything goes
Crafty Gals - anything goes
Day Dreamer - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Using up left overs ...

A new post for as a ....

A while back I made a two different birthday cards for friends - I can't share one just yet as her birthday is not for another couple of days - using a selection of dies from Spellbinders: Marisa's Bouquet, Francesca Label & Tiny Sentiments stamp set. This left me in a bit of a quandary afterwards as I had lots of bits left over which were just too good to be assigned to the bin, so I have used them to create 2 other cards ...

I began by stamping the sentiment "with much love" down one edge of the card blank, adding the labels and finishing with a flower and layered butterflies. As an added extra, I used a few mini heart sequins and pearls.

This card uses the negative space - after cutting out a selection of butterflies for one of the projects mentioned above - and then adding the larger butterfly back in. The panels are at a 'jaunty angle' for added interest. Again one of the Tiny Sentiments has been used.

I say it more to than once (to myself and whoever might be listening), I really must try and make more CAS cards as they are so quick to make and can look equally effective as a card with 'loads' on it - my normal style 😏😉

Another thing I need to do is find an on line photograph course, especially editing side, as for the life of me, I just can't capture on film accurately. I have a light box, lights etc etc but alas, still 'okay-ish' photos ... another 'must do' to add to the rather extended list! Any advise welcomed.

x x x

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Entering the following challenges:
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes
Create and Inspire - anything goes
Kreativeinkauf challenge - punches/dies
Love to craft - anything goes

Monday, 24 July 2017

Beauty in words ...

Summer holidays have begun and so the endless rain starts ... why I act surprised, I don't know. Now the holidays are here I can catch up with my crafting and blogging, as life became a wee bit more hectic the last 6 weeks of term.

Back at the beginning of July, Tonic Studios released 2 new alphabet stamps and a set of coordinating frames on Hochanda. I wanted to do something a little different with the alphabet stamps and decided to make a mixed media inspired piece ...

I began by creating the background using the Block Capital stamps in a random pattern with clear ink and then embossed with white. Using the Evergreen Fern Aqua Flow pen on my glass mat, I swooshed the card through it. Next with a spritzer, I further spread the colour out, blotting every now and then with a piece of kitchen towel.

I stuck the panel down to another piece of card and realised that I didn't like the colour of the card I had chosen! Luckily had a quick 'light bulb' moment and using gilding glue, added a border of gilding flakes in silver and gold. Now happy with the result, I mounted both layers on to a piece of black card.

On a piece of red and green card, I again stamped the alphabet but embossed with clear powder. The petals for the flower were made using the heart die from the 'Make-a-Shaker card' set and leaves from Layered Clouds die set. Everything was layered and finished with black glitter and a silver button.

The sentiment was stamped on to black card, embossed in white, again using the Block Capital stamp set. Words were then added to the panel. As a finishing touch, the smallest butterflies from the Layering Butterfly die set were added ... after they had been gilded a little.

Something a little different and wanted to show how the alphabets could be used differently and also how you can change the use of a die - hope I succeeded?

x x x

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Artisitic Inspiration - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - lots of layers
Stamping Sensations - anything with flowers
My time to craft - in the garden
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Creative Artiste - anything mixed media

Tropical birthday wishes

Recently I needed to make a quick floral card and knew straight away the stamp sets I wanted to use - Tropical Flowers & Tropical Paradise Flamingo stamp sets - from Polkadoodles. I quickly stamped out a selection of images and then cut them out on my scan & cut.

I coloured the flowers and leaves with my Aqua Flow pens and added Nuvo drops to the lilies to give a mottled look.

Whilst they were drying, I die cut a large frame from the Ribbon Gift Frame collection and stamped my sentiment in to the lower corner - sentiment from Celebrations clear stamp set. I mounted the die cut panel on to red card & placed (with 3D foam) on to my card blank.

Next I began placing the flowers on to the panel, layering them up as I went along. To keep the card balanced, I added a flower and leaves to the opposite top corner.

As a further finishing touch, I added random small drops of the Nuvo drops to try and look similar to escaping pollen from the lilies.

I do rather love these stamps and always find a reason to use them (when I can), as they are so very versatile. Have to also say, same goes for the Ribbon Gift Frame dies too.

Another 'crusty day' here in Chez Sims as the weather really doesn't inspire me to do anything else. I hope where ever you are, chinks of blue sky are appearing for you and if they are, please send them this way ...,

x x x

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I'd like to share my card in the following challenges:
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - lots of layers
Stamps + Fun - anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams - anything goes
Crafty Calendar - anything goes
Crafty Friends - floral

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Mirror, mirror on the wall ...

Off subject ... but ... SUMMER HOLIDAYS ....... YIPPEE!

Several weeks ago I shared how I created the structure of my mirror frame as part of my DT piece for "Love 2 Create" using stampbord & pan pastels - see HERE - as you can now see from photo below, things have progressed ...

The frame was made for Nikky Hall (of Polkadoodles) using the wonderfully versatile NEW Regal Peacock soup stamp set, (for the first airing on Create & Craft). The stamps are brilliant because they encourage you to just "create" without the worry of composition or position ... simply stamp, have fun and make what inspires you.

I have stamped various images from the stamp set in black and then part coloured these with the same coloured pan pastels.

To add further texture, I stamped & embossed (in gold), using a selection of the stamps from the set.

Next, using the stampbord tools, I created highlights on some of the images to accent the delicacy of some of the designs ... and to also add another textural element.

I had a real blast getting messy and crating "from scratch" and had to play again with the stampbord, so watch this space ...

Happy Sunday everyone and I'm planning a PJ kind-of day ... and that includes walking the dog in them 😅😂😍

x x x

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I am entering/sharing my mirror in the following challenges:

More Mixed Media - Anything goes
An Inky Mess - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Classic Design Team - anything goes
Love 2 Create - anything mixed media goes
Electic Ellapu - summer colours
Mix It Up - anything goes with optional twist of distressing
Not Just Cards
Rhedd's Creative Spirit- anything goes
World Wide Design Team - anything goes