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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

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Just shooting the breeze ...

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 ...


This postcard themed project is actually a one layer card and I have just masked images to create the illusion of 3D layers.


I began by placing the dolphins and whales (from Oceania stamp set) and then I masked them off using sticky note masks. Next I created my postcards by drawing around large sticky notes and giving the edges a doddle feel.


Using the lace border in the "Absolute Vintage" set, I began creating my sea. I thought the stamp gave the illusion of movement/water. I have added more ink to the bottom of my card to give an illusion of sea and sky. Next began the fun part of adding all the little details to the bottom postcard using the smaller embellishment stamps from the Oceania stamp set.

On the top postcard, I used the postal elements from the "Wish you here" stamp set.


I used linen effect card as I wanted a textural feel to my project and thought that this would help give a mottled effect to the dolphins. All the images have been water coloured using distress inks. The sentiment is from the Oceania stamp set and is one of 5 found on the set.


Thoroughly enjoyed making my card and really wanted to challenge myself to making a one layer card as sometimes I can overdo the layers and embellies. Now need to remind myself more often, to create more of these style cards.All the links to the products used can be found at the bottom of this post.

Thursday today which means Friday is very, very, very close ... yippee! Are you excited as I am for the weekend?

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Crafty Creations - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes
Everybody Art - anything goes
Sunny Day Crafting - anything goes
Through the craft room door - anything goes
Try it on Tuesday - anything but square

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

DJ play that tune ...

I had an occasion to make a male music themed card and for once I didn't dread the prospect! I knew where to go straight away ... PolkaDoodles Work & Play 8 - Feel The Music collection.


In the collection you get the digi image (to colour yourself) or a precoloured image. You also get some cracking design sheets where everything you need is in one place, making the design process so much quicker. For my card I have used a precoloured image.


I have cut the image out and layered it on to the themed papers (from the collection) and added some die cut stars. I do so adore the backing papers in this collection as they can suit both male and female cards ... added bonus!

Off to the eye doctors today (after work) to get my eyeballs measured again and will be so pleased when these visits are back to 6 monthly and not weekly!

Have a great day everyone,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge: anything goes
Crafting Musketeers - party time
CD Sunday - male
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Mr & Mrs ... Win & Tonic Challenge

Well feeling very proud today as I have been asked to join in with Win and Tonic Challenge (Tonic Studios) and here is my card. Firstly please forgive the photo as I have struggled to get a decent shot and struggled and struggled ... the poor light hasn't helped one bit. It didn't matter how many lights I used, the result was still "pah" ...!

So here is my first card for the challenge ...


Now Dawny sets a selection of themes for everyone to use but I thought you had to use all of them. That will teach me not to read the instructions properly. The children at school would find that very amusing as I'm always reminding them to read a question/prose etc once and then read it again before starting ...


I began by embossing card strips with Delicate Drape folder and inking the edges. Next I used the "Mr & Mrs" strip die and layered this on top of my embossed strips. I have now created my background. I cut a heart and a heart frame for my central piece, embossing the inner heart (as before) and inking the edges. Next using the mounted rose set, I cut both panels, embossing & inking the smaller and cutting out 3 roses.


On a piece of coordinating card stock, I covered it with Perfect Medium and then used Nuvo Shimmering Pearl embossing powder. I stuck my roses to the shimmery background and cut each out. These have then been placed around the heart. To add more dimension, I just cot out the rose and layered it on top.


The smaller heart was hand cut from a piece of card I had embossed with Ballerina Pink embossing powder. The sentiment has been cut away from one of the strips and mounted on to the heart. My finishing touches were some pink ribbon, stamped and embossed leaves (from Bunched Bouquet stamps) and flower stamens.

Next month I am determined to read the themes a little more closely before making my project, although that being said, I did have fun stretching myself to try and use all the themes. Don't forget to pop over to the blog and check out the other fabulous projects from the Tonic Studios team and who knows you could win this months prize. I don't have any mousses but they are on my "NEED" list.

Have a great Sunday,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Win & Tonic - take your pick
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Creative Corner - anything goes
Making Memories - anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - anything goes
Creative Knockouts - celebration