Saturday, 20 August 2016

Season of Change...

Well, the heatwave never happened thank goodness, and there is at least an air of Autumn at last.

A really easy card using Poppystamps Freida leaf die, die cut from card covered in Dylusions ink sprays.

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I've added a backdrop of Brushos in oranges and reds.

  freida 3

And a sentiment heat embossed on gold to finish.

  freida 1

I love the drama of this card and hope you do to!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Hello Autumn...

There's me throwing myself headlong into Autumn, crafting wise that is, and now they've forecast a summer heatwave next week. 

Well it's too bad as I could not resist making another Autumn card with some of some recently aquired new stash. The lovely leaf is from the Sweet Dixie die set called "stylised daisy". Die cut from cardstock coloured with Dylusions inks in pinks and yellows.

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The lovely Autumn sentiment at the bottom of the card is by Whimsy stamps called "Autumn Letter Seals"

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The die cut Hello is by My Favourite Things, and the Autumn sentiment heat embossed in gold is by Inkylicious.

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Oh well, looks like I will have to dig out the Factor 50 sun cream again!

See you again soon x

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Autumn leaves...

Well, even if I hadn't told you, I think by now you will have gleaned Autumn is my favourite time of year.

So another card similar in style to my last creation, but this time die cutting the autumn sentiment form cardstock sprayed with Dylusions ink sprays in pink, orange and yellow to give this graduated  colour effect.

  leaves 2

The leaf is a die I very nearly overlooked as it is part of the Heartfelt Creations Delicate Aster flower die set.

The sentiment at the bottom of the card really sums up Autumn for me.

  Leaves 1

I still have more Autumn crafty ideas floating around in my head, so no doubt will be back with more soon!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Forever Autumn...

I thought I would use the technique shown in my last post to create this card.

The inky background is perfect for this kind of collage creation. Another autumn card using Memory Box Botanical Stem leaf die and Elizabeth Crafts 4 Seasons sentiment die.

  FA1

As I don't have that many Autumn sentiment stamps I just used words picked from different stamp sets to sum up how I feel about Autumn!

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I know I will be using these inky backgrounds a lot. I hope you like.

Will be back soon with more!

Monday, 8 August 2016

Paint technique using an acrylic block...

I've been experimenting with different paint sprays and paint powders using an acrylic block to help control where the paint ends up on my card. Although spraying ink directly onto an acrylic block is nothing new, I wanted to create a really subtle effect and have control over where I place my ink.

So this is how I did it...

  PT7

By sprinkling powder onto the block and then spritzing water directly onto the block I was able to create a lovely wash of colour without it going everywhere. Not too much water though or it will seep out underneath the block.

  PT6

The Lindy's Magicals are fantastic to use for this technique as the colours merge so beautifully.

The sample on the left was created by "dabbing" the block rather than pressing it directly onto the card. This way you can cover a larger area for a more subtle effect with no hard lines.

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I tried other colours too...

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And then with Dylusions, first with an added spritz of water directly onto the block...

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...and without, for deeper colour.

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Well, I have enjoyed this little experiment and will no doubt use it a lot. I hope you find it useful too.

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Industrial Chic...

Here is my creation for this week's Less Is More colour challenge which is to use blue and brown. 

I wanted to use my lovely Lindy's magical powders but also wanted to ensure I still left plenty of white space for the challenge, not that easy when using these powders.

So I made the flower using one of Chloe's designs, and then spritzed water onto a very small amount of blue and brown Magical's over the flower and card leaving one colour to dry before adding the other. I then die cut some leaves using Poppystamps Freida leaf die and painted them using the same powders.

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The Magicals are from the shimmer set called "Industrial Chic".

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Love, love these little pots of colour.

OK, I'm off to enter the challenge, have a great weekend!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

A very early autumn...

I know it's still summer and I know I shouldn't wish my life away, but I can't wait for the autumn.

Anyone who follows my blog regularly will know the autumn is my favourite time of year. I just don't do summer-I'm a redhead with freckles. I can't step out of the door in summer without my factor 50 sun cream on.

So I'm a bit early with this card, I make no apologies.

  autumn 3

I created these backgrounds using Tim Holtz distress sprays in Fosslized Amber and Picked Raspberry. I simply spritzed them onto cling film and laid the cardstock on top.

 autumn 1

The gorgeous wheat die is by Impression Obsession, die cut from the same background where the colour was heavier.

  autumn 2

And then just added some May Arts cord in hot pink to finish it off.

  autumn 4

Well I hope you don't mind my early autumnal card. 

I will try to enjoy what's left of the summer I promise!

See you soon x

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

How to make a simple paper bag without a template.

Been a bit of a while since my last post, but the sweltering heat here has not been conducive to crafting.

It has only slightly cooled, but I could wait no more to try making these simple paper bags. My reason for making my own bags is threefold,

One: pre-made bags are generally not that good a quality
      Two: it is difficult if not impossible to stamp on a pre-made paper bag
Three: You can make the bags to any size without a template.

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For this example I've used an A4 sheet of paper, but once you know the principles of how to make the bag, you can use any size sheet of paper.

alte bag 5

Fold the A4 sheet of paper in half. Score as shown below. My score lines are the width of double sided tape as I've used 100gsm paper and wet glue would have just been too soggy.

Score a line at the top and bottom of the bag to whatever size you wish the bag to be, the bottom of the bag will be folded and stuck to the back of the bag, and the top will fold forward as shown in the final photo.

I can't emphasise enough to score accurately using a scoring board, and use a bone folder to crease the folds, otherwise your bag will just end up all wonky.


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At this point, don't stick anything if you want to stamp, otherwise you will be stamping over lots of bumps.

So just score your paper and stamp away! I've used Altenew's "Beautiful day" stamp set. 

alte bag 1

When your stamping is complete, stick down one fold on the open side of your paper (inwards- towards what will be the front of your bag). Then fold the one remaining score line inwards each side as shown below.

  alte bag 2

Use a bone folder again to ensure a crisp edge. Then open the bag out each side and invert the crease as shown.

I've then used scallop scissors top and bottom for a pretty effect.

alte bag 3 

Then just fold the bottom of the bag back and stick, and fold the top forward-your bag is complete!

I've made a slightly larger one as well using an A3 sheet of paper. To finish I've used May Arts cord in navy and the "gift for you" stamp is by Woodware.

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 It is definitely easier making them than it is to post photos and write down instructions, but I hope you can follow OK.

I really hope you like and maybe have a go yourself. It took me a few times to perfect it, even though they are simple!

See you soon x

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Timeless....

Time is one thing I have been short of of late, hence the lack of posts over the last few weeks, but I was determined to find time today to join in this week's Less Is More challenge aptly called "Time".

I've used Lindy's magicals to create the painted backdrop for my stamp. I didn't realise until recently that there are two types of magical powder, flats and shimmers, and it is the shimmer powder that has mica. I have to say whilst I love the flat colours, the shimmer colours really are something else.

I've used "Cape Cod Coral" from the Nantucket Pearls set for this creation, which splits into gorgeous coral, orange and pink tones when water is added.

  time 1

The beautiful stamp is from the Sizzix framelits stamps and dies set called "clocks"-perfect for this challenge.

  time 2

Well, I hope you like, I'm off to enter the challenge. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, 19 June 2016

It's a beautiful day...

I'm loving the new Altenew stamps and although I only possess one set at the moment I am going to make the most of them.

Now don't get me wrong, I love the flowers with this gorgeous set called "Beautiful Day", but it was the leaves that caught my eye first.

I chose to stamp the leaves in quite unconventional colours of bronze and beige. The lovely frame is by Papertrey from their Boutique Borders range: Sympathy.

Altenew 1 

All I did was simply mask off the middle so that the leaves frame the sentiment.

  altenew 2

Well, it really is a beautiful day today, hope it is wherever you are too!

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Splatters...

I hope you like this creation as I have suffered for my art today and I'm covered in ink!

Very difficult to control ink when spraying direct from the bottle but somehow eventually I managed to create this inky card and leave some white space.

I have created this card for this week's challenge over at "Less Is More" which is "splatters". Yep, judging by the state of my hands I think I've definitely splattered some ink today!

I masked off a rectangle in the middle and then sprayed Dylusions inks with a sprinkle of Pixie powder in copper, and then added some splatters of black ink.

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The frame is from the Boutique Borders stamp set by Papertrey, and the lovely solid sentiment is by Paula Pascual.
  
SP2

Well, I'd better go and clean my hands before I get my inky paw prints all over the house.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Lindy's Magicals and Gesso...

No creation as such for you today, but I thought I would share my experience of using Gesso with Lindy's Magicals powders.

As mentioned in previous posts I have been crafting a long time but I have never used Gesso. I know lots of you have been using Gesso for many years and are very experienced with it so this post is really for those who like me maybe haven't tried it yet.

I kinda knew about it's use for acrylic paint but didn't realise that there is a universal Gesso by Pebio which is suitable for all mediums including watercolour paints.

Having used Brushos and Magicals on watercolour paper and 300gsm cardstock I wanted to see what the difference might be with Gesso. I hope you can see the difference in the photos below...

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I simply used a paint brush to apply a thin coat of the Gesso all over the card. Once dry (it dries very quickly) I spritzed the card with water and then sprinkled the Magicals onto the water.

I have used exactly the same Magical colour powder in both samples, in this case "C'est La Vie Cerise" from the "Tres Chic set, but you can see the colour is much lighter in the top sample as some of the paint has soaked into the cardstock.  

The colour in the bottom sample is much more vibrant where the Gesso has prevented the paint from soaking through and I think the powder has dispersed much better too.

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In the photo below you can also see one of the other colours I've used called "Chateau Rose" (the pink sample on the left of the photo), which is also more vibrant and you can see the different pigment colours better too. And because the Gesso prevents the cardstock from getting soaked with watercolour the card does not wrinkle or warp nearly as much.

  G1

I suppose it's all personal preference, but I'm glad I invested in this Gesso as I prefer the effect with it rather than without it. I am hoping it will have the same effect with Brusho's too, I will let you know!