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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Typing a note to say ... "Miss You" ...

I was a very lucky person and had two of my cards featured in Craft Stamper Magazine (February 2017 issue) which came out on 6th January 2017. I was asked by Nikky Hall of Polkadoodles to create the projects using 3 of her clear stamps sets: 'Oceania', 'Wish You Were Here' and 'Absolute Vintage'.


If you haven't got the magazine here is a little peek showing my cards ...


I have already shared one of my projects, 'Just Shooting the Breeze' HERE and am here is my second project ...


Using the mini postcards from the  'Wish You Were Here' stamp set and masks, I created my background using pumice stone and picked raspberry distress inks. I then over stamped with one of the butterfly images, (from 'Absolute Vintage') in picked raspberry.

 

I created another background using the same techniques to act as my mat and layer for the main focal piece ... the typewriter. I have stamped this twice so that I could create a raised image and also have some where to stick my typed message


Using the corners from the Ribbon/Gift Frame dies, I added these to my toppers to draw your eye in to the main focal point: my typewriter and the message.


I also added some extra die cut flowers, (Super Sprigs die) and stamped butterflies. I was also a very lucky bunny and had SEVEN more cards publisged in Papercraft Essentials, again using the wonderful PolkaDoodle products ... happy dance ...

Right back down to earth and off to do some household chores which have been neglected this week and I can nolonger find reasonable excuses not to do them. Have a great day everyone,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Allsorts - anything goes
Crafting with dragonflies - one for the girls
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Polkadoodles - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Classic Design Team - anything goes
Crafts Galore - anything goes

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

To my wonderful Wife ...

There's a new monthly challenge beginning over on the Win & Tonic Challenge blog and you can choose from four different themes ... all themes very achievable and ... there is a wonderful prize too!

I have gone for the following themes:
Colour = kraft plus anything
Products = any (I used a wide range of Tonic Studio products)
Theme = happy anything

So here's what I came up with for this months challenge ...


I began by stamping out my images and embossing with Nuvo white embossing powder. All the images were then coloured with Nuvo Aquaflow pens and I carried on colour to create the background too.


Using the Affections base Heart Vines dies, I only cut away the outer edges and then added the painted topper to the card front, cutting away one edge, (on the card base), to keep the heart shape.



I also used the same dies to decorate the inside of my card. I also stamped around the edges, embossed and water coloured the images.


I thoroughly enjoyed making my card and must admit, will try this technique again but with other shaped dies I have in my collection ... ooohhhh, the results are endless.

Need to catch up with my blog as it has been a bit neglected recently due to illness (mine) and various family events etc, so watch this space as I do have quite a few things to share with you.

Hope to see you over at the challenge this month and can't wait to see what you create,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Crafty Creations - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Paper Craft Crew - Love
Simon Says Stamp - florals
Crafty Addicts - anything goes with a sentiment
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Friday, 10 February 2017

A cheeky, mischievous Leprechaun ...

I have used Mischievous Leprechaun from Fabricka Fantasy for this weeks project for Colour Crazy Challenges and I have coloured him with my Lyra Rembrandt pencils. Apologies for the rather washed out photos but I am struggling to get my camera to take a decent shot ...! Okay, I admit there maybe a little operator error too but when you set it up for auto mode, well, the photo should be better ... lol


I found a copywrite free image of the hat (from a St Patrick's site), enlarged this to create my card base and then cut a shadow in black card. I have decorated the inside too but sadly forgot to photograph that!
 

The Leprechaun has been coloured with my Lyra Rembrandt pencils and in real life, looks a 100 times more vibrant and the hair has oodles more shades of red and orange. Oh well, never mind and as this Irish drinking toast proves, worse things could happen ...

As you slide down the banisters of life,
may the splinters never point the wrong way.

Now who out of my relatives to send my card to ..... decisions, decision, decisions ...

Lou
x x x

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Up-cycled bargain frame

It's a new challenge over at "Love 2 Create Challenges" and as always the theme is "anything goes, mixed media inspired". For this challenge I have upcycled a plastic frame which was a shocking monstrosity (although you could see its hidden beauty) which I found in one of those £ shops. When I touched the outside edge of the frame, flakes of paint fell away. However as I want a distressed look to my frame, these missing pieces just added to the character.


I began by covering the frame in white gesso and applied this with my fingers to give a roungh finish. When dry, I silver metallic pan pastel to the inside edge and some of the raised partsd. I also added coarse white pearl pan pastel medium too to add a shimmering look. I sealed the pan pastel with a layer of Maimeri Matt Gel.


Next using the Magic Garden stamp set I began making my floral elements. Some of the flowers have been stamped on vellum, some on pearl card and other on water colour card. All were embossed with white embossing powder before being coloured with pan pastels.


I have layered all the elements and added extra ribbon, lace, die cut flourishes and paper flowers.


The sentiment was printed from the matching CD, Magic Garden Soup Stamp crafting kit and placed in the centre between the two mounts.


I do love how an unloved bargain can be transformed ... now to get on to the drawers full of items I have either bought, been given or found and give them a long over due make over too. I'm sure I can't be the only crafter who has drawers full of items they want to alter ...?

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Creative Artiste - anything mixed media
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
More Mixed Media - anything goes with option of blue
Classic Design Team - anything goes
Happy Little Stampers - mixed media
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - mixed media (anything goes)

Saturday, 21 January 2017

So glad we're friends ...

A quick post from me to share a card made using the accessory stamps and dies from Tonic Studios Marmalade's World Collection. There are five different sets and they are sooooo versatile and help create quick and effective cards. I can already see these being my "go to" stamps and dies from Tonic Studios ...


I have only 2 stamps & matching dies to create the main focal point of my card: floral bunch & ribbon. The base card was created using the Threaded Scallop circle layering dies. I began by die cutting the floral bouquet in green card and inking all the edges. I layered these to form my wreath shape.


Next I stamped a selection of the floral bouquets, coloured them with my Nuvo pens and cut them out using the matching die. These were then layered on top of the first wreath layer (with 3D foam). As a finishing touch, I stamped the ribbon and embossed with Black Glitter Noir embossing powder and again, cut them out using the matching die. In the centre, I stamped my sentiment.

A relatively quick card and love how just using the two stamps (and matching dies) you can create a striking card.

A little spot of decorating prep today, which is the bit I dread the most and procrastinate over, but it needs doing. Enjoy your weekend whatever your plans are,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Hiding in my craft room - colour it
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Making Memories - anything goes
Aud Sentiment - anything goes with a sentiment
Craft Rocket - add a bow