Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Using the waste to create a card with Spellbinder dies

On Saturday I shared my fortunate news about becoming a Spellblogger and also hinted that whilst making this card (HERE) a sudden 'eureka' moment materialised and I simply just had to give me idea a whirl.

For my previous card I began by cutting loads of the 'With Love' sentiments and when I looked over to the piece of card I was using, suddenly realised I could use the waste to create a background.

I began layering the different pieces together - so that the words became legible - on to a piece of backing paper.

Gradually I covered the paper with the waste but now if you look at the photo, you'd never guess that these bits were originally destined for the bin!

I cut a further 'With Love' from a piece of card (which I had measured to fit my design) and placed this on to a complimentary piece of backing paper. Photo is to show where the strip will go but not just yet ...

Using the heart (from the 'Swallow & Heart' die collection), I cut and embossed the design on to another scrap of paper. I wanted to create a layer for the heart, so I drew around the die itself and cut it out by hand.

To give the rounded edge that we all get from our dies, I put my backing layer and die through the Platinum and now it gave a fabulous look when the two pieces were glued together.

Back to the strip ... I punched a hole in one end and added the heart , placing both now on to my card. I decorated the heart with a banner and flowers (from Swallow & Heart set) and die cut the swallow placing the bird above the heart. Some small heart sequins were also added as a finishing touch.

 As a finishing touch, I added some more flowers (smaller ones) on the ends of the sentiment ... which is also a great way to cover any 'wonky' lining up 😏


I'm really quite pleased how this turned out and the design has so many possibilities, in a range of different colours.

Now what can you do with your die cut waste? Please let me know as I would love to see your ideas.

x x x

Products and links:

Create and Makes - anything goes with twist of yellow
Through the craftroom door - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Notebook cover with stamps & pan pastels

It's a new "Anything goes" challenge over at Love 2 Create and I thought I'd share a notebook I made using my pan pastels, inks, stamps and some die cuts ...


Now I have to be honest and say the notebook isn't finished as I made a bit of a 'boob' when printing the inside pages. I created different styled planner pages and was really chuffed with myself. Trimmed them down and went to place the holes in them, (with my bind-it-all), when I noticed my mistake ... I had printed the planner pages with the titles at the very, very, very top which meant the holes would obliterate them. Definite face plant moment ...! Oh well back to the printer I go ...

I began by covering a piece of mount board with kraft card. Next came a layer of gesso and whilst wet, I stamped in to the gesso to leave a subtle floral impression. Once dry, I covered everything with grey and then with white pearl medium pan pastel, blending with the colourless blender. Next I highlighted all the raised bits with my versamark pen and coloured with metallic gold and bronze pan pastel.

I stamped in between these designs with a script stamp in brown ink. Using gilding glue, I stamped extra flowers and gilded them. As they looked 'brash', I sanded them back to give a more aged look.

On a piece of kraft card, I created the same background (as main front) but instead of gilding, I stamped flowers over the panel (see below). I mounted this panel on to another piece of kraft card but distressed the edges with black pan pastel. I stamped a butterfly, colouring with metallic bronze & magenta pan pastel. This was then placed in to bottom left corner.

I created another smaller panel using the same principles as above but made sure the final result was smooth so it could be written on (if need be. This was then mounted on to a decorative die cut panel created by using 2 die cut corners. As a finishing touch, I added a further butterfly.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting absorbed in to my project, chucking this and that at it and by the time I finished, my hands were very dirty ... sheer bliss! Have to be honest and say not sure when I'll have another go finishing my notebook but it will have to be soon as I want to give it as a present.

If you get the chance, pop over to the challenge blog and firstly see the wonderful projects my teamies made and if you get the time, join in with us all.

Have a great Sunday everyone,

x x x

Products and links:

Love to Create - anything mixed media
Addicted to stamps - flowers
Stamping Sensations - favourite stamp (at present, mine is Belle Papillion & Bella Fleur)
Mixed Media World - anything goes
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
A Inky Mess - anything mixed media
Altered Electics - anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything goes
Artistic Stamper - winged things
Classic Design Team - anything goes

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Travel & Adventure ...

There is a new stamp launch from Tonic Studios on Hochanda on Saturday 10th June and is part of the One Day Deal (ODD) and the stamps featured will be 2 new alphabets and a set of frames. Don't forget to check out all of Paula's shows.

Here is one of my projects featured on the show ...

I decided to use both alphabet sets on my card to create a travel themed project ...

I began by creating my background with the Block Capital Stamps, stamping with Nuvo Hybrid clear ink and embossing with gold powder. I created a selection of words - PARIS, ROME, MILAN, NEW YORK & PARIS - the words were randomly placed over the backing card. I added colour using Rustic Oak and Soft Rose Aqua Flow pens

Next I stamped BON VOYAGE using the Cursive Capitals stamps and cut each letter out, mounting them on to kraft card. The 'BON' was placed inside one of the frames. I then created a central strip colouring with the same Aqua Flow pens and added a selection of the travel dies from the Landmarks Collection.

On a piece of vellum (with the Cursive Capitals), I stamped ' TRAVEL & ADVENTURE' in brown and embossed with clear powder. As an added extra, I emboss from the back to give a white shadow.

The 'VOYAGE' was then placed at the bottom in a 'hickledy pickledy' fashion and a selection of buttons added to match the theme. I also stamped and coloured a watch and heart (from Initial Frame stamps) and added these to the opposite corner.

It was great fun playing with the stamps but I'm even more impressed with myself that I only used two colours!

I will be sharing my other projects over the week and also my shaker cards which I totally forgot to blog ... whoops!

x x x

Tonic Alphabet Stamp   Frame Set-338308  Tonic Alphabet Stamp   Frame Set-338308  Tonic Alphabet Stamp   Frame Set-338308

Crafting with friends - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Card mania - buttons or bows
The Crafter's Cafe - anything goes plus travel
Scrap'n'challenge - make your background