Saturday 21 October 2017

Glimmer of Light Tag

My entire family is out today, leaving me home alone with just my 3 dogs for company. They are fast asleep in an effort to avoid being dragged out for walkies while Storm Brian whirls around outside, so I have listened to them and decided to stay cosy inside and hit the craft table. 

My first project of the afternoon is a tag. I'm not convinced we won't be plunged into darkness later as the power is flickering in the wind, so it seems appropriate!

To create my tag I first coloured it with musterd seed and spiced marmalade distress stain. When dry I went over with some Ranger Distress Crackle Paint, also in mustard seed. It's gone a bit gloopy with age, but that actually gave it wonderful added texture. 

I wanted to create a dark and light contrast, and found an old mask in my supplies that would work. I used archival ink to black out the areas, then stamped and heat embossed the lightbulb from the Visible Image Glimmer of Light set. To give it a glass appearance I then went over in glossy accents. 

The wasp and sentiment are also from the Glimmer of Light stamp collection. I stamped the wasp onto heat resistant acetate and heat embossed then coloured the clear areas with my alcohol markers. The sentiment was stamped on another piece of coloured card, highlighted with a white pen and layered onto black card to make it pop.


Thursday 19 October 2017

Lulu Cat Girl- Julia Spiri New Release

I'm really excited to be sharing Julia Spiri's newest release image today. She's such a cutie and I love steampunk images! Her name is Lulu and you can find her here in the Etsy store. She also has a super adorable pal called Nessie, so do take a look. 

To create my card I printed Lulu on stamping card and coloured with copics and promarkers before die cutting around her. Being a steampunk image I wanted to create a shabby feel, so I embossed and distressed a mat to mount her on using Core- dinations cardstock. The papers are from a 12x12 pad called Steampunk Botanica by Recollections. I die cut some cogs and gave them a rusty look with Pebeo gilding polish. 

Do pop by the Julia Spiri blog and see what my team mates have created- their work is incredible!

You can also follow Julia on her Facebook page here.

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18th Birthday Card featuring Saturated Canary- Peace Out

I forgot to share this card last week as we were rather caught up in birthday celebrations. My eldest daughter turned 18! Still can't quite believe it, but she's finally an adult , and one who has never been afraid to be true to herself, and I wanted a card that reflects that. She's had a fair selection of hair colours over the last few years, but my favourite was bright pink so I chose to colour the digi Peace Out by Saturated Canary in vibrant magentas. A while ago I spied a book of graffiti art in the charity shop and thought some of the images would make amazing backgrounds for cards, and the colours in this page worked perfectly with the digi stamp. 

I mat and layered it onto some bright pink paper from my stash, which I jazzed up with stamps from Visible Image. The sentiment is their too and seemed appropriate as she starts to carve her own mark on the world. 


Wednesday 18 October 2017

Colours of The Wind

I honestly don't think I will ever tire of Autumn. I just love it. The smells, the incredible colours and textures, kicking up leaves with the kids ( and getting paid for the pleasure- I really do have THE best job in the world as a childminder!), the cosy nights and candles and not to mention the comfort food. Seriously- what's not to love?! I will never understand those that don't like it. My love for the season has become more than just about the things I mention though. It holds the most painful time in my life in it's grasp as I lost my Dad one glorious Autumn day seven years ago, yet somehow,weirdly,  that doesn't detract from the way I feel about it, instead it enhances it, as every day it reminds me of him and the larger than life, colourful character he was, and for that I offer it my gratitude always. 

Tonight I felt like celebrating all things Autumnal and created this card. The background was made with Ranger Alcohol Inks, which I went on to stamp over in Versafine ink and heat emboss with copper powder using my Colours of the Wind stamp set from Visible Image. I think the set is now retired but if you've not heard f them check out their other stamps as they are so different!


Saturday 14 October 2017

A Very Crafty Saturday

Wow what a crazy busy week it's been. As well as working and all the usual running around us Mum's have to do, we've also had my eldest daughter's 18th birthday thrown in the mix yesterday.  I still can't quite believe she's no longer that cute little baby I struggled to evict from my belly, but instead an incredibly independent young adult with the world at her feet. While she is super independent, and organised all her own celebrations , which included a night in town with her mates, it didn't stop this mummy worrying and not getting quite as much sleep as I would normally enjoy while she was dancing the night away. So when I woke at 5am this morning, and having checked she'd arrived home safely, I hit the craft table as I couldn't get back to sleep. And there I stayed most of the day, finally relaxing,  while she slept off her rum and cokes!

And this is the result. It's been a while since I've played with my favourite Visible Image stamps, and once that box was open I was on a roll and couldn't stop as you can see! 

The snowflakes card was created with an aquatints background, splattered with water. I heat embossed various stamps from the Enchanted Snowflakes set, and added the Snowflakes and Butterflies verse.

The background on this card was created on my gelli plate using a stencil. Once dry I overstamped with Flower Inkognito in distress inks, heat embossed Create With Your Soul sentiment in the centre and added dragonflies from the Live In The Moment set, which I then coloured with Twinkling H20 paints. 

This was a background I made a while ago with Aquatint inks. It suddenly occurred to me that the sound waves from the Music Speaks set would work perfectly against it. I stamped and heat embossed the guitarist and sentiment from the Rock Out set and added glittered heat embossed stars from Universal. Simple yet quite effective I thought. 

Finally I had a play with Sleigh Silhouette, creating a background with distress inks and glitter. I used a pain pen to add snow for extra dimension. Christmas is coming- yippee!!!

I had such a lovely time just indulging myself, lost in my own little world. Definitely the stuff  the best Saturdays are made of. 

It's a good job I have had such a good session today as no time tomorrow. I'm off for afternoon tea at a local hotel with my friend. Stamps may make the perfect Saturday but girly  gossip and cake make for a pretty good Sunday too!

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Friday 6 October 2017

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog October DT Post

It's October, which means Halloween is coming, and along with it all things magical. So what better month to share a little wizard inspired project I have made on as my DT piece for this month's Anything Goes challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog. This month we are kindly being sponsored by Deco Art so do enter if you can for the chance to win this amazing  prize.

So, on to my project. My 11yr old daughter is Harry Potter mad. So much so that we have just decorated her room to fit the theme. She also love collecting sticks, and a while ago she created her own wand with one of her woodland findings and a hot glue gun. When I took delivery of my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform recently I had the idea that the cardboard sleeve it cam in would make a great picture frame, and so I decided to alter it to work with Emma's wand and create a piece of artwork for her room from it. 

I started by using a star stencil and texture paste around the edge, which I then paintedover with black Gesso.

As her wand was black I needed to create a light area to mount it on. Distress oxides work so well on black so I started by adding a variety of colours on to my craft mat, spritzing, pressing a stamping block in to it and then transferring to the inside of my frame. 

Once I was happy with the effect, I added more depth of colour with Dylusions spray inks and Cosmic Shimmer inks until I was happy that the wand would stand out against it. 

I highlighted the stars and frame with Deco Art gilding waxes and added more stars through the stencil inside the area in the wax.

Emma wanted the spell included, which I cut from silver card on my cameo and mounted under the wand. 

I am so thrilled with how this turned out. Not bad for a recycled cardboard box and a stick eh?! It looks great hanging in her Harry Potter bedroom so she's a very happy Potter head right now and I have scored some good mummy points too. Result!

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Sunday 1 October 2017

October Anything Goes at Crafts Galore Encore DT Post

October's challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore is, as always,Anything Goes and this months sponsor is the fabulous Rick St Dennis

For my project I chose to work with the image Hexology. It's perfect to go in my daughters Harry Potter themed bedroom. I coloured it with Spectrum Noir pencils, and created the bluey/purple background with carefully place distress inks. It is mounted in a black box frame from IKEA , and for extra interest I added a few bats and cobwebs, and a stamped potion bottle by Sheena Douglass. 

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