Saturday, 29 June 2013

The Final Countdown .....

Only 2 days until ALTERED ECLECTICS goes live on 1st July.  This is the wonderful new Altered Art Challenge blog where the theme is always 'Anything goes'  We are an Altered Art challenge so please, no papercrafts at all.

Pop over and check out the amazing DT blogs for a taste what to expect, then get ready to join us from
1st July.  We want to see your fabulous altered art projects.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Don't Forget the Gift Box

As well as making some Thank You cards, I made this little gift box using the Crafter's Companion, Envelobox Creator.  This takes all the maths out of making gift boxes of different sizes  and is well worth buying.


I used thick cream card and stamped all over with a music score stamp and Distress Ink in Tattered Rose.  The Eiffel Tower from Clarity Stamps, is in Vintage Photo. 


I put a piece of white parchment through the Cuttlebug, using a grunge photo frame embossing folder and then with a piece of Cut n Dry foam, inked over the raised pattern with Vintage Photo.  This was layered with die cuts using the Cricut and Elegant Edges and Indie Art cartridges.

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Another First for Parchment

I'm definitely on a role trying new products at the moment.  Another product on my list was parchment paper and I finally bought some, so here's another 'Thank You' card.

First I trimmed the white parchment to fit the pearlescent blue card blank and then put it through the Cuttlebug using the large daisy embossing folder.  I don't have the patience to try real parchment work but this gives a nice faux-parchment finish.  


The paper flowers were layered and finished with pearls to add to the soft, feminine feel but I didn't want to make the card too fussy so a simple ribbon finished it off nicely.   

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Lucky Me, I made Top 3

Yes I've made Top 3 again over at FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES for my entry into their challenge 'Tag Time'.  See the badge in the sidebar.

It's very gratifying to be picked by a member of the DT because you know they really liked your work.  So a great, big THANK YOU for picking me and congratulations to Suzanne and Alison who were also chosen and to Sylvia-Anne who was lucky enough to be picked by the random generator.

Don't forget the new altered art challenge blog, ALTERED ECLECTICS ,will be going live on 1st July.  We want to see your altered art projects, NO PAPERCRAFTS PLEASE, otherwise anything goes.  There will be lots of inspiration from the DT, including moi.  In the meantime, click the link and check out the amazing DT blogs for a taster of things to come!

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

I Tried Something New

Over at
FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES
the current theme is 
'Show Us a New Style/ Show Us Something New'.

We all like to experiment with new products and techniques from time-to-time and I've been meaning to have a go at triple heat embossing but never got around to it.  So this was the perfect opportunity.

Using Distress Inks, I made this hanging from very thick card, inking both pieces with Vintage Photo and edging with Black Soot.  I used Pumice Stone to stamp the script with Crafty Individuals' CI-017 and then over stamped with CI-255 in Vintage Photo.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz 'Stuff to Say'.


Using Blonde Moments Ultra Thick Embossing Powder in Suet Silver, I triple embossed three corner sections on the base and used stamps free with Craft Stamper Magazine to emboss the images while the powder was still hot.


For my first attempt, I'm pleased with the way the embossed images turned out, particularly the words. I did wonder if they would just merge into a grungy mess but they didn't, although I've missed the 't' off the end of 'Fugit'.  I'll definitely be trying more of this technique in the future though.


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Friday, 14 June 2013

Sun, Sea and Beach Tag Time

The warmer weather is finally here (for the time being anyway) and thoughts turn to holidays, lazy walks along the beach and all things summer.  Luckily, there are three blog challenges which allow me to combine this theme into one project.  So I'm entering this tag into the following challenges:

CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS - Sun, Sea and Beach
CRAFT ROOM - Here Comes Summer
and


I started with a square of card which I covered with torn pieces of pale peach paper to give texture and resemble the sandy beach.  In the past I've used DIY sandpaper to great effect but I liked the colour contrast and decided to shy away from the obvious materials.  

The stamped tag is a Crafty Individuals' plain tag, inked with Distress Ink in Broken China and Milled Lavender.  I stamped the twigs using an Inkylicious stamp and DI Pumice Stone and then the seahorse, which was a free stamp from Crafty Individuals, in DI Vintage Photo.  I stamped the seahorse again onto acetate using black StazOn and cut out.

  The Seagull picture is from Crafty Individuals' Miniatures, People & Places 2 and the stamping on the ribbons is from a seashell stamp which was free with the July 2010 issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Monochrome Colour Schemes

I like monochrome colour schemes, as you've probably noticed.  I don't start out this way, in fact I usually have the desire to use a really wild mix of colours but once I begin putting something together I revert back to type.

This was a very simple card to make, using the Cuttlebug to emboss the card blank and then inking with Distress Ink in Black Soot, using a piece of Cut n Dry Foam.  The image was a free stamp from the February issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.


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Sunday, 9 June 2013

How Cute

I had to share this with you all and if you're a cat lover you'll really appreciate it.

This is the reminder card that came from our vet's practice regarding our cat Smudge's annual vaccinations.  I  loved the image and kept the card by my work table.  Smudge is a grey and white tabby but looks just like this one, although I don't think she'd be interested in sugar mice.  I bet they smeared fish oil on these ones to get the cat interested.


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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Tag Card

As well needing to make a few extra cards at the moment, I'm also busy making my first DT project for Altered Eclectics.  I look forward to sharing it with you when the challenge goes live on 1st July.

For this card I've taken a tag I made sometime ago.  Using tags for cards is a great way of making dimensional cards without fancy folding and cutting and it makes an unusual card.  Leaving the card blank means I can use this for a number of occasions when the need arises.


I used the Cuttlebug to emboss the Swiss Dots on the lavender card before layering with mirror card and ribbons.

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Sunday, 2 June 2013

I Made the Design Team

Woohoo!!  I made the DT for Altered Eclectics, a new challenge blog for altered art launching soon.  A big thank you to Elaine for offering me this chance and I look forward to sharing my projects soon and joining in the fun with my DT buddies.

The launch date is scheduled for 1st July but I'll keep you informed.  In the meantime, why not click the link in the sidebar and check out the fantastic DT blogs; such a variety and lots of inspiration.  A little something to 'whet your appetite'.

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