Friday, 31 May 2013

Hit with a Cute Stick

A couple of weeks ago Gail , Andrea and I went away to a crafting retreat in Whitby for the weekend , the new stamps from Sweetpea Stamps had just arrived so Andrea and I had a play around with them. I used the Little Wishes and some of the Lily Bee papers in purple whilst Andrea did pink.  
I Andrea used Little Blossom stamp, Lily Bee papers and diamante stickers from 3DJean
Liquid Pearls, Lace, satin ribbon and charm from Ribbon Girl
Copics, spellbinders die, stampin up tab punch

I think Gail was a little worries that someone had hit me with a Cute Stick as this really is far to cute for my style , but I know a friend who will love it for her Birthday.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Be Still...

... my beating heart!

I think Iv'e been hit with the lavender stick and may have to lie down in  a darkened room! Lavender is not a colour I use very often ( twice in a week!) and considering I have a button phobia it's a wonder this project happened at all!

It's a 6x6 inch canvas... painted with lilac acrylic paint, the edges daubed with Viva Croco in gold.... I was too impatient and dried it with a heat gun... the result.. not much crackle so I wiped some of the still sticky paint  off.

I stamped the dotty stamp and embossed it in gold, stuck it to a chipboard heart and stitched buttons onto it. Strips of gold faux mesh tinted with a purple Pro Marker surround the heart. 

The heart is mounted onto an old book page and glued to the canvas....

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Playing with Shimmerz

I needed a gift for my cousin who has just got engaged so thought a shimmery canvas might be the ideal thing. I've used the Shimmerz Baby Breath and Vibez Razzledazzleberry to make it shimmer all over.  

 I have also used around the chipboard heart some of the silver Diamante Faux Mesh cut into strips and stuck with Best Ever Glue. A couple of Hobby House flowers in the corner finished it off nicely.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Julie: card making sci-fi style [with masking, staping + heat embossing]

Hello again.
The 'Tape' set of clear stamps by Infocrea consists of 3 really versatile background designs:
  • mesh / chicken wire;
  • tape measures and
  • a circuit-board style
I know I'm going to have fun with these timeless images in my art journals soon but, as I recently had a card to make for a sci-fi fan,  ... I knew I could put that circuit-board to use straight away, and here's what I came up with:
Using an embossing ink pad I stamped on to the plain side of the double-sided Lily Bee paper 'Victoria Park' Charcoal [the reverse side is the polka dot design I used on the final card] which I'd die-cut into hexagons.
 I then heat embossed in several colours:
Next I stamped again, just on the edges this time, then embossed in a contrasting colour:
I added the embossed hexagons to my card base using 3D foam pads then along one side I stencilled through the Tando Creative 'Distorted Harlequin' mask using a white chalk ink: 
Here's a close-up:
 ... and here's the end result again:
So there you have it some space-age style stamping with the Infocrea stamp set ... I hope my sci-fi fan likes it!
If you're not a sci-fi fan ... how about using it in a Steampunk style? Or just as an abstract background?
Plus there are 2 other Infocrea 3-piece sets available to choose from too:
  • 'Abstract' features: doodled circles; owls and chequerboard - another perfect adaptable set] and ...
  • 'Nature' features wild flowers; a book plate and butterflies.
Which set's more your style?
Julie :-)

NEW Stamps

I just love the new Owl stamps from SweetPea Stamps and needed a couple of birthday cards , what could be better than these. 

i stamped the image first and then stamped it again on matching paper , cut out the moon and his hat so i could paper piece them and then added some of the Gold Diamante Faux Mesh . I just cut a strip of it and stuck it along the bottom a couple of Hobby House flowers later and there done. 

Friday, 10 May 2013

Peony or Anenome?

...either way difficult to spell but easy to make...


I used the Tim Holtz tattered Flowers die and this double sided patterned paper...and at  70p a sheet it won't break the bank.Cut 4 in the large flower for the top, 4 smaller flowers for the centre and 4 large flowers for the lower layer in a contrast patterned paper

Fold each flower in half and then quarters... use a hot glue gun to glue together, this is quicker than using wet glue (if you use wet glue use a peg to hold until dry).

You may have to tear some petals to make them lie flat...Curl your petals

Punch a circle... glue one set of four flowers to the circle. Glue the smaller flowers inside this set of four.Turn the flower upside down and glue the contrast flowers to the circle..the petals should curl in the opposite direction.

Make a hole in the centre... push a piece of florists wire through, bend the end.

Secure with hot glue and add aflat back gem..

Peony or anenome.... you decide.

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