Sunday, 4 November 2018

Manila shipping tags were transformed with white embossed snowflakes and red embossed sentiment. Glimmer sprays created the mottled background. The 3-D snowflake was gilded with silver foil and dressed up with a red rhinestone.

Red Love

Mixed media word art "Love." I used a mould and clay to create some of the embellishments on this piece. Lots of glimmer sprays were used.

Do you believe?

Do you believe in Father Christmas?

Here is altered word art, in which I use a variety of stencils on each letter and then painted the piece with glimmer sprays (Lindy's and Colour Arte) and mica paints.  Embellishments, such as glittered snowflakes and beads, were added.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Humming right along

I taught a stamping class a couple of weeks ago using the Stampin’ Up stamp set, Picture Perfect, which has the most adorable hummingbird.

When I first bought the set, I did not own a stamping platform. This was a challenge because the hummingbird stamp is made up of four separate pieces. We still were using acrylic blocks with our unmounted cling stamps. If you had a two-, three- or four-step stamp, trying to line up each piece was nearly impossible, usually resulting in fuzzy images!
Thank goodness, that some clever folks at Sweet Petunia came up with the stamping platform, which they dubbed the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented (MISTI). I describe a stamping platform like a “mini printing press,” which gives you the control to add more colors and experiment with ink combinations until you achieve the finished look you want.
Since the MISTI, there have been several other stamping platforms enter the market, including the newest, Stampin’ Up’s Stamparatus. I can admit, I own FOUR different stamping platforms! 

The best thing about Stampin' Up!'s Stamparatus is that it has two heavy duty, interchangeable acrylic platforms. This means you have four stamping surfaces that you can switch out on the platform. This particularly is useful when you are using stamps that have three to four pieces, like this Picture Perfect hummingbird.
I created a video to show how I set up the hummingbird stamp on the Stamparatus.

Also, here are the Stampin' Up! inks I used to color the hummingbird.

Stamp 1 – Use Sahara Sand all over. Then lightly ink the wing only with Coastal Cabana.

Stamp 2 – For the neck stamp, use Berry Burst.

Stamp 3 – For the brightly colored part of the hummingbird, use Baja Breeze, Bermuda Bay or Marina Mist. You can come back with a bit of Tip Top Taupe (darker) OR Crumb Cake (lighter) on the wing and the tips of the tail. Use your finger on the tail to remove the harsh line of ink.

Stamp 4 – Ink up the head and beak with Tip Top Taupe (can also use isolated on tips and edges). Then use Crumb Cake on the wing and tail.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Christmas "Eve Girl"

Following on from the previous post, here is another AngieGirl from Unity Stamp: Eve Girl

Be sure to wear flowers in your hair

I'm only one of the many, many, many fans of artist Angie Blom's AngieGirls. Her lovely ladies are very open images, which are perfect for coloring. I've become quite a fan of Unity Stamps, and you can see all of the AngieGirls stamps by clicking here here.

Here are some of cards I made featuring AngieGirls stamps. The swirly heart frame came from the Silhouette Design Store; it was cut out on the Cameo. I added some gold foil to the frame. Both watercolors and alcohol markers were used.

If coloring soothes your soul, I highly recommend trying out some of these AngieGirls stamps, and you can make some cards at the same time!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Sweater Tags, So Cute!

It's the middle of the summer, and now I'm starting to panic that I won't have time to make enough products to sell at our Christmas Bazaar in early November! This is a perennial worry of crafters who do most of their sales at end-of-the-year markets.

Last year, at our Christmas Bazaar at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colorado, we found that tags and gift cards were the hottest merchandise in our booth. Not as many folks mail or give regular-size Christmas cards, it seems. However, a pretty tag for a present, gift bag or bottle of wine is always in demand.

The Elizabeth Craft Design Winter Sweater gift tag (above) and this Silhouette santa tag especially were popular at last year's craft market.  All of the profits for our sales went to charity.