Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Take One Stamp

Today's project is using just one stamp to create a clean and simple card for any occasion. The stamp I have used here is from the 'Beautiful Bouquet' A6 set of rubber stamps from Crafters Companion. It's a wonderful set with some amazing roses. There are other sets in the collection, which I will share as time goes on. They are a staple for your crafty stash.

Using Washi tape and copier paper, I masked off the card, then stamped my design within.

Next the sentiment was stamped onto a basic rectangle die cut. I used the same sprig/flower stamp around the corners. It's a wonderful little stamp so I can see it being used over and over again.

The flowers and leaves were then coloured using a selection of alcohol markers. Other colour choices could easily change the look completely. A set of them boxed would make a lovely gift or a good way to make some money for charity or your own crafty stash.

Here is the finished piece mounted onto a card base made with Centura Pearl cardstock. Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope to see you again soon. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx




Monday, 22 January 2018

Clematis Initial T-Shirt

Today's project is using more lovely imagery from Lilies and Light by Michelle of MJM Design Studios. It's so difficult to explain just how versatile this CD collection really is. It's not just for digital crafters, there is something in this for everyone, whatever crafting you enjoy and maybe you will even try something new. I have tried to show as many different projects as possible with Michelle's artwork, so I hope you will come back for more inspiration. The Lilies and Light CD collection is available from Hochanda and the Crafters Companion website.

It's such an easy but effective way to decorate a budget T Shirt in any way you please. It's also a great project to do with children, they will get a real buzz from designing their own clothes. First I printed my design onto copier paper. Then using a light box, I traced the outline design on the reverse using Black Colourist transfer ink and left to dry. Once dry I coloured the design with colours from the Colourist Transfer Inks.

When the design was finished and dry. I placed the paper face down onto the shirt and pressed with a hot iron to transfer the image.

There are so many wonderful designs included in the collection, this is just one of them. The designs can easily be used for stitching designs as well. The possibilities really are endless. See you soon, lots more to come.xx

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Oriental Roses

Another release of the wonderful 3D Embossing folders from Crafters Companion gave so much inspiration. Once I had chosen the colour of my card, I decided to add an oriental feel to the card, using  'A Little Bit Oriental' stamps from Sheena. The folder I have used here is French Lace, it really is beautiful.

I embossed the design onto 3 pieces of Core'dinations cardstock, here I have used Fired Brick from the Tim Holtz Distress Collection. I used Pebeo  Empire Gold Gilding wax on the lace portion of the embossed design. The roses (my favourite flower) are beautiful, to bring out the detail further, i rubbed over the surface with Fired Brick Distress ink.

Taking one of the additional pieces of card, I created a pocket to house a simple ATC card, This was decorated in the same way as the background.

A wooden tag was coloured with Distress Ink to match, the 'Fortunate' along with the symbol from Sheena were stamped using Black Versafine Ink.

Next I moved onto the ATC, The lamps and leaves were stamped with paper mask made from copier paper. The I stamped the silhouette leaves using Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. I then backed the ATC with the 3D embossed card to match.

To make the card larger, I joined 2 of the embossed sheets with Collall Tacky glue.

The join was easily hidden with the ribbon, you can see from the photo that the design is easy to match up.

I added the embellishments using Collall 3D glue gel. I then backed the piece onto black card before adding it to a base card made from Ivory Centura Pearl.

Thank you for visiting today, I hope you enjoyed your visit and I really hope to see you very soon, Back on Monday.xx


Friday, 19 January 2018

Crystal Marquetry Tulip

Hello all, I'm properly back. Working with Michelle's ( MJM Design Studios ) Lilies and Light Collection was a real treat for me. Being so versatile, her images can be used across the board. There really is something for everyone. Not just a few elements either, the triple CD collection is jam packed with everything you could possibly need to create a multitude of projects. Today's project also used the Wonder Crystals from Be Creative's Justin and Gordon, along with the Wonder Sheets.



To start I selected the design, then printed it directly onto the Wonder Sheet. I peeled the backing off and secured it to a piece of 250 gsm card.

Next, the individual pieces were cut out carefully.

Each element of the design was then covered with Wonder Crystals from the extensive colour palette from Be Creative, then heat embossed.

Once cool, they were arranged and secured using Collall Tacky glue from Crafters Companion.

To show off the design, it was mounted onto a double sided pearl black card. I used another coordinating image from the collection to create an insert.










Here is the finished card.

I do hope you like it and the step by step. It's nice to be back with you. I have really missed you all. Much more to come.xxx

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Aurora Borealis

Hi, I am sharing the design I produced for the AALL and CREATE Challenge 5, The Americas. This has been inspired by my time in Alaska, such a wonderful place, with it's many different facets. While there I was lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. What I saw, will never be forgotten, it was truly magical. I wanted to capture the dancing lights in this artwork, using shades of green and yellow as well as put across the wow I felt at the time.

I wanted to include photos in my project, so after positioning them, I added my elements. The boxes would have the letters inside 'Alaska'. I also added the outline map of Alaska.

Next I added the letters using my mixed font stamp set from Clarity.

Using a ruler and a black Copic multiliner, I added lines to a selected point, to give the illusion that these were shooting from the page, this would be my extra large format feature.

I created a frame around the page, which would remain white on completion. Using Pebeo Drawing Gum I masked each element on the page.

I had a final mock up with the photos I had selected to work out my next steps.

I started with a landscape, using Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire and Black soot. This would have to be a lot darker than normal in order to achieve the results I wanted.

On the left hand side of my piece, I added splats of Drawing Gum to the mountain tops to suggest snow, before adding the mountains with distress inks. The colour here was lighter than the hills as I was stamping trees later and wanted it to appear as if light from the Aurora was shining from behind them.

Next I started the task of creating the 'Northern Lights', I had practiced multiple times to try to get the dancing effect rather than flat colour with many types of media. Eventually I chose to use Distress inks with shades of green, also adding blues and yellows, which gave further shades of green where they mixed.

I then started building up the dark sky behind, carefully trying to keep the ghostly effect, bringing the sky to life, as if it were dancing across the sky.

I then removed all of the drawing gum carefully.

Using alcohol markers I coloured my design. The outline of the map of Alaska was deeper, as I was covering that later. I also decided to leave the letterboxes white, so as not to detract from the sky.

Using Cosmic Shimmer glue, I covered Alaska with 'Ice Diamond' a Crushes Glass product, giving a frosty and sparkling appearance while allowing the colour to shine through.

Here is my finished piece.



Thank you ever so much for popping by to see my post today. I hope you like the finished piece, the photos along with the step by step. Take care and Happy Crafting.


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Celebrate Diversity

Hi everyone, Something new from me today, a craft that I have never tried before, I have really enjoyed it, so I can see that it might become an addiction. Here is my entry for the AALL  and CREATE Grand Finale, The World. As it's all about Celebrating Diversity, my thought was- why not wear it? Designing a tee shirt is something new to me, let along getting that design onto a wearable item. It's been such an enjoyable journey, taking part, so really wanted to leave my comfort zone.

To colour the base design, along with all the other elements I used the Colourist heat transfer paints. The entry and no entry signs will make more sense later.

I cut out my design (Mirror Image) to avoid an other marks being transferred to my project.

It was then placed face down and pressed with a very hot iron.


It was very exciting to uncover it, to see the result, I was very pleased.

On copier paper, I prepared the elements I wanted to use in the background, I used a selection of stencils and bubble wrap.These were set aside to dry.

The tricky part  was preparing all the words I wanted for the design. Each of them had to be done in reverse. It's a lot harder than you might think. I printed them off and used a light box to write them. The main circular design was to contain 'Celebrate Diversity' which I positioned within the circle. It was my way of symbolising connections.



Next using the same technique, I wrote the other words I needed. The positive words were placed within the arm containing the 'Entry' sign symbolising that these actions are acceptable. On the other hand the unacceptable action were added with the 'No Entry' sign.



Next, I built up my background layer by layer, using a mask from copier paper to keep the 'White Space' I ripped the elements I had created to ensure no hard lines. Layering from my lightest colour yellow, teal violet etc. It's a lot easier in papercraft, but thoroughly enjoyable.

This is my finished design. I didn't add any hole as in the brief as the garment has 4 holes already, neck,bottom and the two sleeves. 

I am quite sad that these challenges have now come to an end, It's been a great experience and it's been wonderful seeing all of the entries and the different takes on each challenge. I hope you like what I have done and the steps I have shared. Good luck to all.