Monday, 8 May 2017

Tonic Buildables Hippo

Hi Crafters

I seem to be going through a 6x6 phase. I am trying to take into account the cost of postage as sending out an 8x8 comes under large letter so nearly £1 to send!!

So this Hippo is so super cute,  I love it!!

I made it using grey pearlised card. To add a bit more dimension I inked the edges with black ink and assembled the hippo with foam pads.
The added Nuvo drops to the eyes to add a bit more dimension.
The Baby balloons are a Tonic die too. I cut 2 out and offset the grey with white underneath, then I placed the white letters in the balloons to make them pop.
The blue  paper is from a paper pad from the pound shop.
To add a bit of interest and make the hippo stick out I matted 2 scalloped circles onto the card and put the hippo onto them.
A few pearils in the corners were added to finish it off.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Creative Stamping Mag Number 41

Hi Crafters

Another 6x6 card today

This is one of those cards that we never like to make. I usually have a few Sympathy cards or Thinking of You cards in my card box ready for those times they are needed.

This is very simple and plain but that was what I wanted.

I matted and layered cream pearilised card onto black card.
Then stamped the feather and sentiment onto a smaller piece of cream card and matted this onto black card. The placement of the stamps were made so much easier using my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.
I then mounted it onto the center of the card with foam pads just to give it a bit of dimension.

Both stamps were from the Creative Stamping Magazine issue 41

Friday, 5 May 2017

Creative Stamping Magazine 42

Hi Crafters

Today I am sharing with you a 6x6 card.

I made this with the fabulous free stamps in the Creative Stamping Magazine number 42.
I don't do many princess cards but I had to have the magazine as the stamp set included a unicorn, playing cards etc and loads of super inspiration inside the magazine.
The backing paper is from a Tonic paperpad. I added faux stitching to add a bit of interest.

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Thanks for dropping by

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Tonic Buildables Owl

Hi crafters.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Today I am sharing with you a 6x6 card I made using the super cute Tonic Buildables Owl.

This was such a hoot to craft with (sorry couldn't resist)
So easy to craft with, I can see the various colours and textures to use with this being endless and suitable for so many occasions.
The sentiment is one of my stamps that I designed when I had my little craft business and its so apt for this character and card.
The paper is surprisingly from the pound shop. I got a 6x6 paper pad and for £1 how could I resist.
Hope you like.
Feel free to leave a comment even if it's just to let me know there are crafters out there who drop by.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Stay Wild Visible Image Card

Another Visible Image Stamps card.
Used Stay Wild set.
Using Distress inks I swooshed the colours onto them concentrating on trying to keep the blue to the center of the card.
Added a mask and spritzed some water to lift some of the colour then dried and stamped the Image, sentiment and smaller horses.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Stand Out Visible Image Card

By now you will probably have seen a pattern emerging. I am having a a bit of a love affair with Visible Image stamps.
On this one I was on the verge of putting it in the bin as I really thought it was a bit over the top as I usually don't do really grungy
When my hubby & my 14 year old son clapped eyes on it their reaction was. That's really cool!
I shared it on Visible Image facebook page and I got really positive feedback.
So what can I say? Typical crafter...forever critical of my makes

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Win & Tonic DT April Challenge

Another blog challenge going on over at the Win & Tonic blog.
Winners are chosen at random. So anyone has a chance of winning.
Up for grabs this month to the luck winner is a set of Nuvo brush markers. I'm sooooo jealous. I don't own these myself but they look fab.
Here is my Easter make to inspire you.

Visible Image - Music Speaks & Distress Oxides

So my distress oxides arrived Yay!!!
So it became apparent that I need an Ink blending tool as the make up sponges weren't fit for the job.
They are now on order but like a true crafter, I'd waited long enough for the Ink pads to arrive and had to play.
So I chose 3 colours out of the 12 and layed down colour on the card.
This was my second attempt at this card as the first one I had stamped the image in Memento
but once the ink was put down it dulled the image with it's chalky style finish.
So start again!!
So colour layed down and blended rather clumsily with my (not fit for purpose) make-up sponges
I splashed with water to get the colours to react.
Pretty happy with just the effect of the colours I then set about stamping
For this I used another new toy 
The Tim Holtz Stamping Platform
It made positioning the sound waves etc super easy and adding the sentiment straight
Love it!
Once done I didn't want to overdo it or over grunge as I loved the colours.
So, matted onto black then put onto a white 8x8 card

Friday, 14 April 2017

Another Visible Image Face It card

As with my previous post I have used the Visible Image face It stamp set
Starting with a 7x7 inch piece of white card
Stamped and embossed the image and sentiment
I used a Big and Juicy stamp pad and just layed down bands of colour, with no plan
I then splashed some colour on it to lift some colour and add effect.
Using a cracked glass mask I then added some colour to add some interest.
Using the same mask I then added some Creative Expressions Glitter Kiss around the edge to lift it and give a bit of sparkle.
Really happy with how this one turned out.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Visible Image Mr Bone Jangles

I wanted a card deemed fit and cool for the likes of a teenager to like.
Started with a 7x7 inch piece of white card
Stamped and embossed all images in black
using distress inks I layed down some colour
I then used a cracked window and brick wall mask to add some random pattern
Darkened the edges with black ink to draw your eye to the centre.
Then matted onto white then black card and mounted onto a white 8x8 card

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Visible Image Face It card

Going through a wee love affair with Visible Image stamps.
My first taste of crafting was stamping then I got into other things (as you do)!
So to create this one I cut a 7x7 inch piece of white card stock.
I stamped and embossed all of the black images and sentiment
I did a colour wash in Faded Jeans Distress Ink (if I remember right)
Then layed more colour down.
I used a mask to add some texture then to add a bit more texture I used Creative Expression Mousse

Hope you like

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

First Play with Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

Ok! I have stamped for more years than I'll admit to.
It is what first got me into paper-crafting many moons ago.
When people complained that stamping was hard, I never quite understood.
Yeh I'd botched a card putting the sentiment on squint or hadn't stamped it perfectly 
(engage swear words)
I'd even ruined a piece of card with not getting the image completely perfect, lined it up wrong or put a lovely dirty ink mark where it wasn't wanted. And sometimes even for a crafter you don't want a butterfly on every project
Heck, looking at all of the above, stamping can be a blooming right hit and miss.
So when my favourite company Tonic teamed up with Tim Holtz (all stand for Sir Tim)
to create the Stamping platform I sat up like a Meercat and paid attention.
Well! it arrived on Saturday.
So I'm impressed with the build of it, very well made, a good weight.
One gripe. It only comes with 2 magnets. I knew this when I ordered it. There was an option to buy more but I did think this would be for people losing them and 2 would do the job. However most of the cards I have been testing this on were 7 inches square so a few more magnets are needed to secure the card down especial after you've stamped the image and open the lid back up. You don't want the card to move. (more now ordered from ebay)

On the card below I stamped the image, which stamped great but I did think (I wish that was a bit blacker) think my ink pad is needing replaced.
I re-inked the stamp and stamped again and because everything is in the exact same position the image stamps perfectly on top of the first.
Placement of the sentiment is also much easier. You can line up and get right and no need for a steady hand.
All in all I really like it.
I have one stamp which is a Polymer Silhouette stamp giving me a bit of a hard time. I have used various stamps. At this point all polymer. I have yet to try out unmounted rubber like the Sheena Douglass ones so will report on how those perform.
Below is the simple card I made on the first trial of the platform.
Stamps used are Visible Image Face It set & sentiments are also from a pack from Visible image

Monday, 27 March 2017

Little Gift Box

So I made this little box. 
The finished result didn't turn out as I hoped. I must be hones. I do always struggle when using Mousses, waxes etc as I always feel the effect is too messy and a bit Homemade.
But hey ho trying things out of my comfort zone so a bit of messy crafting it was.
The box I have made these loads of times. It's all in one and i got the original idea from a Pootles video.
Made the box using black card stock, cut a Tonic Die and coloured it with Creative Expressions Mouse. Punched out some flowers from Tonic Petal Pairs coloured again with the mousse and did a double colour of centre using Nuvo drops. Added some washi tap around the side of the box and topped with a Mother die cut (again) Tonic.
Then added a touch of mousse to the edges to finish off.
So here is the finished box. As I say a bit grungy for my liking.

Thanks for dropping by.
Happy Crafting

Monday, 20 March 2017

My first Brother Scan n Cut project

After umming and ahhing over the Brother Scan n Cut.
Not needing, not wanting. I finally caved in and bought the Scan n Cut CM700 limited edition when it was on offer on Create and Craft.
I have a few other cutting machines but the lure of the deal, great demonstrations by John Bloodworth and the final nail in the coffin FLEXI-PAY. How could I resist?

So I took it out of the box, linked it to my wi-fi, updated the firmware and then put it back in the box.
I had an idea of a project I wanted to create.
A work colleague had just had a baby and I wanted to do a 3D  frame with the baby's name, weight etc on it.
So using Brother Scan n Cut Canvas I designed what i wanted in there, sent it over wireless to the machine and cut.

Here is the finished project.

Hope you like it. Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Elvis Gone but Never forgotten

A member of our team was leaving and I was tasked with his card. Or the truth be told I volunteered to do the honours.  Couldn't have him leaving us with an awful Funky Pigeon card now could we? 
I shouldn't say that now. I've now offended all the Funky Pigeon card lovers. yeh like my blog has that many viewers 
What I should say is, he wouldn't have felt much effort had gone into it if we'd given him a normal card!!
Mind you he is a bloke so probably opened and though...hmm no money. What a waste of time.
Anyway here is the card and I'll shut up now.

Hope you like. Thanks for dropping by