Thursday, 28 February 2013

Now For Something A Little Different

Trying to avoid stereotype images for male cards, particularly for older men, is quite difficult.  I made this card for an elderly uncle's birthday and last year I used a lovely vintage car image but this time I really wanted to try something different.   Then I saw the challenge themes at two of my favourite challenge blogs and the colour scheme was already sorted outed for me.  So I'm entering this card into two challenges:

FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES - 'Red, Black and Brown' 
and
CRAFT ROOM  - 'Something For a Man' 


I started with a blank white card and inked the edges with Distress Ink in Fired Brick.  Then I used a piece of black Bazzill Bling cardstock as a matt, wrapping brown ribbon round the bottom third before sticking down.

Using plain white card I used the Fired Brick to ink all over then sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread.  When this was dry I die cut the two tags using Cricut cartridge, Tags, Bags, Boxes and More.  On one tag I used a music score stamp and  DI Vintage Photo.  I stamped the clocks, Crafty Individuals' stamp CI-255, onto the plain tag and the owl, a free stamp from Indigoblu, onto the music score tag, both in black StazOn.  The fob watch on the owl tag was free with the February 2011 issue of Craft Stamper Magazine and also stamped in black.  The sentiment is from a Woodware sentiments collection.

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Remember Paris

Here's another altered bottle, this time with a Parisian theme and I'm entering this into the 
CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS' challenge 'For My Friend'.


I started with an empty Disaronno bottle and a piece of A4 smooth white card which I sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Astral Mystery.  Once dry I cut 3 pieces to fit the front and back of the bottle.  I tore round the edges of each piece and inked with Distress Ink in Broken China.

The sprayed pieces were then randomly stamped with Crafty Individuals' CI-017 script stamp in DI Pumice Stone.  Onto one piece I glued the image of the 3 friends which is from CI Miniatures, People and Places.  I brushed the edges of the image with Designers' White Gouache to soften it a little first.  The Eiffel Tower is a Clarity stamp and was heat embossed onto acetate using Blonde Moments, Savoury Sky Iridescent embossing powder.


The lace was originally white but I sprayed it with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Patina, then tied it around the bottle, gluing the back with a little Glossy Accents.  I tied a double knot in the front and then added the turquoise brad.  

One piece of the sprayed card was stuck to the back and one piece was stuck at an angle on the front.  The second stamped piece I edged with cream lace using double-sided tape before sticking over the first piece.

I heat embossed the entire lid with the blue embossing powder which covered the gold lettering around the edges and added the cream trim.  The miniature Eiffel Tower was in fact a key ring with the key chain removed.  This was hot glued to the lid.  The sentiments were stamped onto the remaining sprayed card using a selection of CI stamps.

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Saturday, 16 February 2013

What Did I Do With Those Hearts?

If you remember, a couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of three hearts I'd made using thick chipboard and embossing powders.  The reason I couldn't show the finished project was because it was for Keith's Valentine card and he often looks at my blog.  However, as the day is now passed, here is the finished card.


I used cream Adorable Scorable card and added a strip of a lovely bronze-red coloured card from the same pack, which I put through a crinkler or crimper tool to give that corrugated effect.  The hearts were fixed on with 3D foam pads for dimension and the stamp at the bottom is one of the lovely free stamps from Crafty Individuals, which has lots of sentiments about love.  The word 'Love' at the top is from Stampers Anonymous, Stuff To Say, both stamped in black StazOn.
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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

A Decorative Book

At last a supply of tape arrived so I could finish this project which is for a work colleague.  If you want to try this yourself, it's from a project by Debbie Dolphin called Delicate Folds in the August 2011 issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.  It may look quite difficult but once you have mastered the scoring and folding of the book sides, it's really easy.


I used white Bazzill Bling card stock for my cover onto which I matted card from the Tim Holtz Ideology, Vintage Shabby card pad.  The sides of the book are plain white card, inked along the edges with Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy.


All the die cut elements for the cover and the lace edges inside the book were made using the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge. The Indie Art cartridge was used for the butterflies and the flowers, which were cut in four different sizes using a plum-coloured Bazzill Card and white card sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread.  Each individual layer was then sprayed with water, scrunched up and left to dry before piecing together, finishing off with a dot of Stickles in Xmas red.  Gabrielle Pollacco has a great tutorial for making these on her blog.  Scroll down to My Blog List and click Such a Pretty Mess, then scroll down Gabrielle's Tutorials to Making Water Distressed Blooms

The butterflies are glued into the folds of the book at different levels to give a 3D effect.


The sentiment inside, from the Stampers Anonymous Stuff to Stay set, is stamped onto white card which has been spritzed with Cosmic Shimmers Vintage Rose and stamped in DI Black Soot. 

I'm entering this into the CRAFT ROOM challenge which is Handmade Embellishments.

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Timeless ATCs

It's been a week since my last post and I still don't have any finished projects.  Unfortunately I didn't realise my stock of crafting essentials was so low and I've run out of double-sided tape, glue and neutral coloured card stock.  I've got a couple of things almost done but I'm waiting for the adhesive to finish them.

So, in the meantime I thought I'd share two lovely ATCs I received recently in a private swap.  The theme was Days Gone By and these capture the spirit of the theme perfectly.


The Best Friends opens to reveal a very nostalgic image.


My thanks to Mel and Brenda for producing these little gems.

I hope to be able to finish at least one of my projects in the next couple of days but it all depends on the postman!!! 

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Saturday, 2 February 2013

From The Heart

Not a complete project today (at least, not yet) but the embellishments that will make a completed project.

I started with a large die cut heart, cut using Cricut cartridge Indie Art with the shadow function on and two smaller hearts from a pack received as a gift.  I used VersaMark ink to cover each of the hearts and sprinkled Blonde Moments, Bronze embossing powder, covering the whole surface and heat embossed.  Next I used a small piece of Cut n Dry foam and 'splodged' the VersaMark randomly over the top and heat embossed again with silver, which merged into the bronze without leaving hard lines.  On the large heart, the bronze round the edge has got a lovely hammered effect, purely by accident.  Don't you just love happy accidents.



I then used a large heart stamp with a lovely swirly pattern to heat emboss over the top in black embossing powder.  The pattern covered the two small hearts completely giving a lovely filigree effect.


I was aiming for a more masculine look with these hearts and am pleased with the metallic effect I've created.   I don't know yet how I will use them but when the project is complete, I'll post the pictures.

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