Monday, 19 March 2018

Parchment Jungle

Morning. Are you all keeping warm, I do hope so. A bit of a shock, when your expecting spring like weather. It's freezing here today, no snow, but ice storms instead, with thunder and lightning last night. Today I am sharing a parchment project, made using the wonderful images from Jungle Dreams brought to us by Michelle from MJM Studios.

For this project you will need:
Jungle Dreams Collection
7'' x 7'' Parchment (to allow for scoring and attaching)
Parchment Scissors (your preferred)
Twin Needle Tool
Mapping Pen
Perga Ink White
Embossing Tools
Pergamano Embossing Mat
Clarity Moon and Landscape Masks or Copier Paper
Sheena Stamping Card 6'' x 6''
Red Liner Tape
Distress Inks: Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire

Step 1: Create and print your design for the parchment onto paper or card.

Step 2: Trace your design to the parchment, using a mapping pen and white ink.

Step 3: Emboss your design from the back of the parchment using your small ball tool. Then add shading and whitework to add more depth, movement and texture. Always rest your work between sessions of whitework.

Step 4: From the back of your parchment, colour your design in colours of your choice.

Step 5: Take your card and create your landscape, building up the hills and mountains using the distress inks, always leaving a very pale section where they meet. When the land is complete and you are happy, add the moon mask.

Step 6: Continue with your background, building up the sky colour, always creating a deeper shade around the edges, fading out towards the moon. Remove the moon mask when finished and very lightly swipe from one side to add the smallest amount of colour, this looks like clouds or mist. You could add trees etc, but I chose not to on this piece

Step 7: Using a twin needle tool, prick all around your design. I dropped my tool and damaged one of the tips, so it's not very tidy. (another is on order).

Step 8: Using your snips, cut around your design (as shown)

Step 9: Score your parchment at 1/4 and 1/2 inch. Do this very gently and fold.

Step 10: Using red liner tape on the outer tab, secure to the reverse of your background. Sit back and enjoy your project.

Thank you so much for joining me today, I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and the finished piece. Hope you will join me again. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Friday, 16 March 2018

Stitched Hummingbird

Morning, I hope you are all well, I hear you are bracing yourselves, ready for a cold snap from the return of 'The Beast from The East 2' I do hope it's not as bad as last time, so stay warm and safe. Today I am sharing a little embroidered piece, using the images from the Jungle Dreams Collection from Michelle. If you're going to the NEC this weekend, I hope you have a great time.

For this project you will need:
10'' Square of Calico
7'' or 8'' hoop
Clarity Light Wave or similar
Embroidery Threads
Coloured Card and Matching Ribbon

Step 1: Choose the designs you would like to use and print them off, Choose a selection of threads.

Step 2: Mark the edge of of your hoop by finger pressing or placing in the hoop. Remove and transfer your design using the light panel or holding up against a window.

Step 3: Stitch your design, here I have used a lot french knots to add more texture, but the choice is yours.

Step 4: Trim a little fabric from around the edges, then roughly stitch the excess at the back. Make sure your design is pulled tight in the frame.

Step 5: Secure the ribbon hanger at the back to form a loop for hanging. Run glue all around the back of the frame and secure your card, coloured facing outwards. Place under a heavy book to ensure even adhesion. Once dry trim around the frame.

Here is the finished piece:

Thank you for taking the time to pop by today, I do hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and the finished project. If you do have time it would be lovely to see some comments, I really do love to read them. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Rainforest Adventure Scrapbook Page.

Morning, Years ago when I was in South America, I had a marvelous time in the Rainforest. I had lots of lovely pictures and wanted to display them in a scrapbook, but couldn't find the elements that would look good. With the launch of Jungle Dreams from Michelle (MJM Studios) on Hochanda all that changed. I dug all of the photos out and created this scrap page. Are you all loving the new collection from Michelle, I imagine you are coming up with all sorts of ideas and designs.

For this page you will need:
Serif Craft artist or similar program orsoftware
Super Smooth Card
Super Smooth Paper
Black Card
Spray n Shine
Adhesives, Tack Glue, 3D Glue Gel

Step 1: Use your software to build up your design.Simply add the elements you want to use by dragging them onto your virtual page.

Step 2: Once happy with your design it's time to create your decoupage elements. Copy the elements you want to use and paste them onto a new page.

Step 3: Cut out all of your elements and add any finishes you want to. For the cheese plant I used Spray and Shine from Crafters Companion.

Step 4: Shape your extra decoupage elements and position them on your project using 3D Glue gel.

Step 5: Layer your project onto Matt Black card, or pick a colour that will draw attention to a certain part of your project.

Just take a minute to look at how each of the elements print, the metal bird is amazing, it looks just like a real metal embellishment. The quality of the images is astounding.

Thank you for taking the time to visit today, It's always nice to have you join me. I love to share my experiences with different crafty products. I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today along with the finished piece. Hope you will pop by again very soon. 

I have a Groovi Tutorial being published on the Hochanda Blog at 10 am this morning, I do hope you will take a look. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Stand Out From The Crowd!!

Morning Crafters. Today I am sharing another of the samples I made for the launch of Jungle Dreams from Michelle. Once again, it's been created using only one of the many images in the collection along with a couple of the sentiments to create the card and insert. Welcome to today's tutorial, I hope you enjoy it along with the finished card.

You Will Need:
Jungle Dreams Collection
Distress Inks: Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch,Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.
Alcohol Markers: Yellows, Oranges and Red
Pebeo Drawing Gum
Sheena Stamping Card
Small Paint Brush
Adhesives and Base Card

Step 1: Print out your chosen image onto Sheena Stamping Card.

Step 2: Choose your sentiment. Tip: Print a page of sentiments, it save card and you will have the for other projects.

Step 3: Create and print your insert onto super smooth paper.

Step 4: Fill the image with Pebeo Drawing Gum, create a few splats by tapping your loaded brush onto a pen or ruler above the piece.

Step 5: Start your background, using Faded Jeans around your image, blending outwards.

Step 6: Next blend from the edges with Blueprint Sketch towards the middle.

Step 7: Repeat with Chipped Sapphire, always fading towards your image.

Step 8: Repeat with Black Soot, to really deepen the richness of the colour. Go easy here. Once the inks are dry, remove the drawing gum. Cut out your sentiment and bled around the edges.

Step 9: With your Alcohol markers, colour your image, blending from red to yellow.

Step 10: Assemble your card as shown in the photo.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit today, I do hope you have liked the tutorial and the finished piece. Hope to see you very soon. Take care and Happy

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Savannah Landscape

Morning, Today I am sharing the first tutorial for a card I made for the launch of Jungle Dreams from Michelle. I wonder how many of you have started receiving your collections, I imagine you are having lots of fun designing with the wonderful elements. For this card, all I have used is one element, a frame border, the possibilities are endless.

For this you will need:
Jungle Dreams Collection
Distress Inks: Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany
Tree Stamps
Clarity Masks or Ripped Copier paper
Clarity Moon Mask or Circle cut from Copier paper
Yellow card
Black base card

Step 1: Print out the border frame, Make sure you leave this to dry thoroughly before using the distress inks.

Step 2: Position your moon/sun mask and first landscape mask.

Step 3: Build up your colours, fairly deep at the bottom. working away from the mask, fading out to leave a paler tone where the hills meet. Continue with adding to your land and sky. With the sky add a small amount of Aged Mahogany for warmth.

Step 4: Peel away the moon mask, add trees and bushes, remembering to keep the perspective to build your scene.

Step 5: Mount you piece onto yellow card and then secure to your black card base.

Thank you for taking the time to visit today, I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and the finished card. Hopefully you will visit again soon.Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Monday, 12 March 2018

I've fallen behind again.

Hi all, I am sorry I have really fallen behind this weekend and the builders were due today but they cant make it after all. I have a post on the Hochanda blog today, It's using Foamiran, today's flowers are Chrysanthemums, I hope you will take a look.

I am sure I will be back to normal tomorrow and hope you will join me then. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Friday, 9 March 2018

Create your Own Journal Series and other News

Morning. I thought I would start my Tutorials for the New Collection 'Jungle Dreams' On Monday, to start the new week. So today, I am using my blog to let you know about my Journal Making Series on the Hochanda Blog with a GIVEAWAY and a show you just cant miss today, along with some project photos. Justin and Gordon from Be Creative will be sharing their AMAZING Wonder Crystals at 10 am and 3 pm today, Don't miss these shows, especially the first one as they're on a fantastic offer, with bonus goodies included too, so they might not last till the 3 pm show.

Secondly, My 'Create your own Journal' was published yesterday, I hope you will join me for the series of 3, taking you right from the beginning to the end. I will be giving away a 6 x 6 almost identical version at the end of the series, so please join in the GIVEAWAY and even more exciting get involved with the series, it would be lovely to have you on board and you will have great fun.

As you know I love working with the Wonder Crystals and have created many craft projects using them. If you love them too today is definitely the time to get them. Here are some more projects using the crystals.

I hope you will join me next week for more tutorials, I have 2 posts on the Hochanda Blog. On Monday I am sharing a Foamiran Chrysanthemum tutorial and on Thursday, I have an exciting Groovi/Clarity tutorial. I do hope you will join me there as well. For now take care and Happy Crafting.xx