Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Male Birthday Celebrations

I have had quite a few male birthdays to create cards for recently.

Here are some of my makes:


Firstly is this card that I made for our nephew, Thomas.

I decorated a card blank with background paper.  I stamped some of the fab small images on the JoFy stamp set.

The 'boy' was stamped and coloured using Polychromos.  It was then cut out and mounted onto a stitched oval die cut.

To finish I added a lovely polka dot ribbon.

I simply love this card!!


Next is the card that I made for our nephew, James.  James turned 16 this year - goodness knows where the time has gone!

I mounted various papers onto black card. 

The main image was stamped onto distressed paper and the greeting was stamped and punched out.

I then layered it altogether until I was happy with the finished card.


Next is the card that I created for our Brother-in-law.  I actually used stitching on this card (yes, I know!!).  I used my old favourite Jalopy stamp for this.


Finally is the card that I created for our friend, Piers. 

Here I assembled various background papers.

I stamped the Tim Holtz cogs in the new Wendy Vecchi Shadow Grey Archival ink (my new favourite).  I then stamped the vintage car over the cogs in coffee Archival.

I finished the card with black gems.

So..... there they are!! 

Unlike most people I love  creating male cards!!

Thanks for looking......



Monday, 22 August 2016

Any Reason To Craft!

Crafters look for any reason to craft!

So.... my husband has been busy planning a huge car meet and all of the money raised will be going to a very deserving charity.

In conversation I asked him if he had created tickets yet - the answer, no - so I jumped at the chance to create them for him.  I wanted to keep it simple due to the volume being created.  Here are my tickets for his event....


The ticket strips were die cut from a Tim Holtz die.

Next, I stamped small car images that I purchased from Victorine Originals (American company) some years ago.  I have used these stamps so many times - I love them.  These were stamped in Archival ink.

Next I set about colouring them with watercolour pencils.  The colouring isn't amazing but fine for the tickets.

All 330 tickets are unique and hand made!  I must admit I am really pleased with the outcome.  Dan was really pleased too!



Saturday, 20 August 2016

Journal Swap

I have completed my next journal page in the swap with Darcy.  This page took me a couple of weeks to complete - I started when I had a really heavy cold and had to keep painting over the page because I couldn't get anything to work and didn't like what I did!!

While trying to get it completed, Paper Artsy released their latest JoFY stamps.... well.... what can I say?!  Totally, totally love them!  And the ideas started to flow!!

Here is my page:


I started off by creating a brayered background.  I apologise that I can't remember what colours I used but I think it was tinned peas, guacamole, granny smith, glass blue.

I used the Paper Artsy Darcy stencil to create blades of grass and tone in the grassy section.  I also stencilled longer grasses on the page.

Next I stamped the JoFY stamps in black Archival ink.  I decided to colour them using Polychromos and set about colouring until I was happy (I could colour non-stop!).

Following this I used a Darcy stencil to create a torn edge around the page.

The Tim Holtz stamp quote was stamped onto old music paper and then cut out and added to the page.

To finish I added white details and wording in areas on the page about things that I love.

I am happy with the finished result!!


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Paper Artsy #3Up Infusion Fun

Before I start, I hope you've got a cuppa - it's quite a long blog post with loads of photos!!

It's #3Up week at Paper Artsy this week.... basically - a lucky few of us are picked to create a project to be shown on the Paper Artsy blog. 

I was one of the lucky few.  My task was to create a project using the fabulous Infusions and some stamps that Leandra would send to us.

Here are the stamps that I received:


I know, right!  How generous!  They were all pre-loved but in perfect working order!

So, I racked my brain and eventually decided to create a little atc book - I had some canvas atc's and thought that they would work well with infusions.

Before setting out to create my project I had a wonderful crafty day with my bestie, Caz.... we tried Infusions with lots of different mediums and in different ways so that I could choose what to use.

To start the project I gesso'd both sides of every atc so that the infusions would have something to 'grip' to and not just sink into the material.

I decided that I would cover the backgrounds using 2 Infusions techniques.

Firstly, I applied them with a brayer:


I liked this technique because it looks quite distressed!  To brayer them I sprinkled the Infusions onto a craft sheet, sprayed a small amount of water and them brayered like I would with paint or ink.

This is a close up of one of them:


For the opposite sides I applied the Infusions with Paper Artsy Satin medium:


To do this I sprinkled the Infusions direct to the atc and then brushed satin medium up and down to cover the atc.

Next I set about using the fabulous stamps.  I wanted them to blend into the background and look printed but knew that this might be tricky on canvas.  Instead I stamped onto tissue paper using Archival inks:


I also used another technique by sprinkling infusions directly onto tissue paper, activating them with water and then drying.  I then stamped in Archival ink:


Once I had created enough stamped images I tore around them and started to apply them to the canvas atcs using Matte Medium.

Following this I decided to try another Infusions technique! This time I wanted to create a Grunge flower.

I used the Paper Artsy Grunge Flower die to cut out 8 flowers from tissue paper. 



I positioned the flowers so that they overlapped and then added a brad to the centre.


Then the fun started!

I started with the top flower.  I sprinkled Infusions onto the flower, sprayed it with water than scrunched it up to the middle.  I did the same using another colour of Infusions and alternated until all of the flowers were coloured, wet and scrunched.

At this point you could leave it to dry naturally - but I'm impatient! LOL!! So I started to dry it with a heat gun and as each flower dried I unfolded it.

This is the result:


I was really happy with this and it felt like a dried flower!

(Hope you're still with me and not asleep!).

To finish I then embellished all of the pages and added my flower to the front.

The final technique was ribbon.

Here I cut white seam binding and wondered what it would be like to colour with infusions!




I sprinkled the Infusion powder onto my craft mat and sprinkled with water.

I then scrunched the seam binding into the water until it was covered. I then dried this with my heat gun:


Phew!! So - that's how I made my project!

So - what did it actually look like??

Here are the pictures of each page.....

The front:


Inner pages:









Back page:


So - that's my project!! And I really enjoyed creating it!

Pop over to the Paper Artsy blog to see the other fabulous creations from fellow #3Upers!

Thanks for being patient with my blog post!  Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Birthday Wishes

It was one of the Patwits, Helen's, birthday on Sunday.

I had recently created a few master boards on tissue paper and thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to cut into them.

Here is the card that I made for Helen...


I started off by covering a card blank with black card.

I then cut a square of my masterboard (this was created using Fresco Finish paints and Ellen Vargo Paper Artsy stamps) and adhered it to the black card.

I added a black stitched oval to the centre of the card.

The flowers and caterpillar were stamped onto card, coloured using Polychromo pencils and them cut out.  There were attached to the card using Cosmic Shimmer glue.

To finish I added seam binding ribbon.

While I was in the throws of creating this I decided to make some spares.  Here is my variation on Helen's card...


Now I have an excuse to make more masterboards!!
Thanks for looking.....


Sunday, 26 June 2016

Playing With Scraps

I have had a very tiring week and so had decided to take it easy this weekend.  I wanted to create a project and decided to use all of the scraps that  I have had laying around.

I decided to create a mini book using the Sizzix Passport die.  Here is my finished project....


The covers were decorated using Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints and stencils on the Gelli plate.


The inside pages were decorated by brayering Fresco Finish paints (I used China, Blue Glass, Zucchini, Limelight and Granny Smith).  For the pages and covers I used shades of green, blue and a touch of stone.


Next I set to work with stencils and paints on each of the pages and covers.


The next stage (and last for Saturday evening) was to colour Grunge Paste with Granny Smith, China and Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint and then stencil on the pages.

At this stage I then decided to leave everything to dry thoroughly overnight.


This morning I started by collating all of the scraps and images that I had- this included images on tissue paper and card stock.  I coloured some images in using alcohol pens.

I put the mini book together using thread and used washi tape to hide the cotton.


I started off by adhering the tissue paper image to the pages using matte medium so it looked as though they were part of the back ground.


I then started to add to add the images on card stock.


Now the fun really started......

I started to add scraps of lace, flowers, gems and sequins.


I also added metal embellishments (you may know how much I love metal and rusty things!).


To finish I added scribbles and dots using a white Sharpie marker.


I added a book plate 'thingy' to the spine to finish.....


This was a fun project to create..... more so because it was a 'just because' moments - which I very rarely get the opportunity to do!

That's enough from me..... thanks for looking.....

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Happy Father's Day

Today is all about Dads- and don't we just love them!!

Here is the card that I made for mine


I used male themed backing papers for the background. 

The main image was stamped in Archival and then I used a rotary stamp to stamp the greeting.
I then sewed (yes! me!) around the edges - it's a good job I wanted a distressed look as I can't sew straight for love nor money!

I liked this image - the umbrella makes me think of how Dad's protect us :)

Thanks for looking!