Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Once we moved to England, I didn't forget Elzybells! I looked up the Elzybells site and HAD to purchase some of the stamps for my very own! I love that I can purchase these stamps as unmounted, as almost all of my rubber stamps are off their wooden mounts (a great space saver!).
I've been very busy making Christmas cards lately, and Elzybells have taken centre stage in my card designs. You can see that I used this same watercoloured image in a previous blog creation.
Thursday, 13 November 2008
I tried both whisper white cardstock and watercolour paper for the image, which was stamped in black pigment ink and embossed with fine detail powder. The above card is with watercolour paper. The watery paint is absorbed more easily and creates a more subtle and sophisticated final image. Corrections can more easily be made by adding water or rubbing off stray colour.
I am really pleased with results. Although the Basic Grey paper is not exactly traditional Christmas stock, I think it does something special to bring out the wonder of this Elzybell's image. This will be one of the cards going to some of my stamping friends.
Monday, 10 November 2008
This is another example of the same card, with the Stampin' Up! sentiment on the front and other messages on the back of the tag.
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
When I first saw the Wonderful You stamp set from Stampin' Up!, I knew I had to have it! However, I already owned so many floral stamps that I decided to give the set a pass. However, the set burned a hole in my head, every time I flicked through the pages of the Stampin' Up! catalog. OK . . . you guessed it . . . I finally gave into my weaknesses!
I love the results, too! I used a variation of the template I made last week, using a 5.5 inch square of patterned paper from Die Cuts With a View Luxury stack.
In addition, I scrounged around in my embellishment basket, looking for the best bits and pieces to decorate the cards. I think sometimes we forget the embellishments that we have kicking around in our bottom craft drawer.
This wide open flower from the SU set could be colored in countless ways. In two of the cards, I simply used the solid flower in this two-step stamp set and a dye ink pad. For three of the cards, I used alcohol ink to color the flower. A bit of blending solution enables shading when using alcohol inks. The edges of the paper were painted with the alcohol ink, too.
Most of these became birthday cards; I never seem to have one when I need it!
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Altering objects and turning them into art is one of the easiest and most gratifying processes in paper crafting. You can make your altered art as sophisticated and detailed as you'd like, or you can simply slap on patterned paper and embellishments.
The beauty of tins is that many of them are free. Most of my tins have held tea or chocolate. I have collected so many of them that they were multiplying like rabbits! I decided it was time to alter some of them to work on my tin overpopulation.
The process is what we would have called decoupage in the old days. To make the attached tins, I have glued the paper down with the Art Institute's Art Glitter Glue or a thin layer of Royal Coat Decoupage Finish. The latter decoupage finish is the product that I use to cover tin and seal all the paper and elements. I usually like to go thick with the final finish.
Once the tins are finished, they are the perfect for end-of-year teacher gifts. Simply fill them with chocolate and candy. Teachers find plenty of uses for these tins when they are empty of sweets, too!
I made quite a few of these last year, too. My son Branduff has about 18 teachers, incredibly, so it was quite a challenge to make sure we got all his favorites. These few tins are just the beginning. I plan to keep making more before school lets out for the summer. Since we live in the desert, the decoupage glue dries in about 10 minutes if I put the tin outside! Hah!
Some of the paper used come from BoBunny, Junkitz, and SEI.
Monday, 7 April 2008
I recently hosted a Patterned Paper Swap Mingle on one of the yahoo stamping groups, to which I belong. I am paper mad . . . I collect and, daresay, hoard paper. I thought it would be therapeutic to try to use some of the pieces for a change! One of the best ways was to share some of my prized paper with others. The assignment was to take your most loved 12 by 12 pieces of paper or cardstock, cut the piece into four squares, and share those quarters with other ladies in the mingle. In the end, we received five 6 by 6 inch squares of paper from five of our friends from around the world.
It was incredibly interesting to see a bit of people's artistic style and personalities in the paper they choose and covet.
After the paper was distributed, the next step was to use some of these 6 by 6 squares and create. The green lady of luxury (see the entry below featuring the Dolly Mama Domestically Challenged Stamp and Kay Foley Stamp) featured one of the pieces of paper.
However, my friend Cheryl (and owner of the aforementioned yahoo stamping group) sent me this uber-lovely floral majestic paper! I just love it, and it seemed the perfect vehicle for featuring a couple of hearts from my new Cuttlebug die with embossing folders. I just love this card!
I'm back to the same spot I was because I don't think I can give away this card, just as I found it hard to give away some of my paper! As a result, this card is now happily sitting in my inspiration box for others to see.
Friday, 7 March 2008
My creative friend, Nancy, came to one of our Tuesday craft gatherings with the cutest basket, which was made using strips of cardstock. She had been trolling the internet and came across this basket tutorial created by Laura Canale who has the "wish you were here" blogspot. You can see her basket tutorial here:
I must admit, when I first saw the basket, I thought that it was much too fiddly and detailed for my crafting enjoyment. However, there was something about a challenge hanging out there in the front of me. I felt compelled to tackle this project. And I thought these little baskets would be ideal stuffed with candies to give to some of my son's teachers for Easter. (I say "some," because there is no way I will make 16 baskets; he has that many teachers!)
As of today, I have made four baskets; I only have pictures of three because one is really sad looking. It was a basket that another crafty friend of mine had given up and discarded. By the time I tried to recreate it, the tiny strips of paper were bent and no longer pulled easily through the weave of the basket.
However, I am proud of the three success stories. As you can see from the results, I like the idea of using double-sided patterned cardstock, in lieu of solid colors.
Was the project hard or easy? Hmmmmmmm . . . the first one was definitely a challenge. I hadn't printed out Laura's instructions, so I was darting to and from my computer desk and crafting table. Also, I was using a combination of adhesive and Tacky Glue with so-so results.
By the time I made the second basket, crafty Nancy suggested that I use Art Glitter's glue. I figured there can't be that much difference between Aleene's Tacky Glue and Art Glitter's Designer Adhesive. They both dry clear and permanent, but the Art Glitter glue dries in seconds! You can easily glue the paper and move on to the next piece without having to wait or have the glued pieces slip.
The hardest part of the basket are the tiny strips that you weave at the beginning. Once you get past those, the basket is fairly simple and satisfying.
The baskets are really sweet and pretty, but I don't think I can make anymore! My neck hurts from working over these baskets during the week.
Sunday, 10 February 2008
However, now I am home, and I've been attending to my back, and I'm slowly coming back alive!
With Valentine's Day and two birthdays this week, I decided to make some chocolate bar sliders. These are simple, even for the mathematically challenged non-engineer types!
The first chocolate bar slider is a Valentine's Day card for my husband, Niall. The papers are from BoBunny.
To make a slider card, you need to measure your cardstock to cover the chocolate bar. I've used Lindt European chocolate . . . yummy! I cut my cardstock to 6 1/2 by 8 inches. But your size will be determined by your chocolate bar. Score the paper so that it folds nicely over the chocolate bar. You may need four scores if your chocolate bar is thick. You can also fold by hand. Use adhesive to adhere the flap.
Below, is a photo of thank you slider using Stampin' Up! Ginormous Flowers. What an amazing stamp set. It provides so much potential to decorate cards, boxes, sliders, and other altered pieces. The brads are from Creative Imaginations and the paper is from Junkitz.
What makes these "slider" cards is a pulley system created with a piece of ribbon, which allows the recipient to pull up the chocolate bar. To make the pulley system, punch two matching holes at the top of your chocolate bar cover. Wrap the ribbon around the chocolate bar and slide it inside the cover. String the ribbon through both holes and tie a knot at the end of the ribbon. You'll discover that you now can pull out the chocolate treat with the ribbon! Now decorate the cover as you wish!
This final chocolate slider is for an upcoming birthday, and it again features Stampin' Up! Ginormous Flowers, brads from Creative Imaginations, and paper from Junkitz.