Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Love Autumn

Hello. Wednesday once again which means I'm over at That's Crafty with this weeks DT make. I'm sharing a sneaky peak of a large tag I made for our recent shows on Hochanda. Leonie loved this tag but wasn't quite sure how the leaf was achieved so if you pop over HERE you can see items used and how to's

All for now. Enjoy your week and hope to see you again soon.

Bev. x

Friday, 15 September 2017

Need a Hug

Yay...It's Friday :-) It's also the start of a new challenge over at That's Crafty. The theme this fortnight is Fly Away, projects to contain wings, birds etc. Here is my DT Inspiration. Time was a little short for me so I made a fairly quick and east tag. I do like making tags and so love these characters so thought I would team them up for some loving hugs. You can see my tag over on the challenge blog HERE along with more inspiration from the rest of the design team. 

Here's what I used...

Lost Coast Stamp...Bird.
Prima Stamp...Border. Unsure of name as not in packaging but any would do.
Sizzix Thinlits Die...Susans Garden 659252.
Alphabet Die...Make unknown but any would do.
Glue Gel.
Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste.
Watercolour Brush Markers.
Ribbon from stash.
Feathers from stash.

Here's what I did...

I began by layering up the distress inks on to smooth white card, making sure I dried each layer before adding the next. Give the card a spritz of water here and there as you go. Once happy with the colour, take the 8 x 8 stencil and spritz with water. Make sure the edges are wiped dry before laying this down on to the card. Make sure you have some paper towel to hand to dab up the excess. Lift the stencil, quick dab again with the paper towel and blast with a heat tool. This will leave a soft print on the card. I love this technique as it is so effective. Now take the dinky stencil and apply the spiced marmalade lightly through the stencil randomly. Take the PaperArtsy stencil and translucent embossing paste and apply the paste through the leaves over the card. Blast with a heat tool until it starts to bubble to add texture. I love the look this gives.

Stamp the bird and cat onto some mixed media card and colour with the brush markers. Cut these out carefully. Stamp the border across the bottom the the card and glue the flowers across the bottom just above the stamped border. Die cut one of the branches from the thinlits die set using brown card. Glue the branch into place and using glue gel, mount the bird in place on the branch. Do the same with the cat and place him just above the flowers with his tail trailing over. Add some highlights to the bird and branch using the signo pen. Die cut the letters using black card and glue into place using the all purpose glue. Add a couple of feathers to finish off.

Mount your finished piece onto red card before mounting onto a white tag base. Punch a hole for the ribbon. Die cut a couple of hole reinforcements and tie some matching ribbon.

I hope you like it and that it may have given you some inspiration. So come and join in the fun over at That's Crafty. I would love to see some crafty projects and don't forget that you could be in with a chance of winning the £20 gift voucher to spend at That's Crafty. You can see the challenge rules HERE. Get your crafty mojo on and join in the fun.

All for now. Have a great weekend and hope to see you agin soon.

Bev. x

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

See Reality

Hello everyone. Yes it's that time of the week again. Seems to come round so quickly it's scary. I'm over at That's Crafty with this weeks DT inspiration. Here is a sneaky peak, which you can see in full HERE with items used and how to's. I'm using one of the Acrylic Upright Light Bulbs which is almost impossible to photograph due to reflection which is such a shame as you don't see all the changing colours and shadows created due to the mirrored background but I hope you get the idea.

All for now. Enjoy the rest of your week and hope to see you again soon.

Bev. x

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Keep your dream alive

Hello and welcome. I hope you are all having a good week. I'm here with a sneaky peak of this week's DT make for That's Crafty which you can see in full HERE with a list of products used and how to's. I am using the awesome Maple Leaf stencil which is one of the new stencils and also one of the new Greyboard trees..These were launched on Hochanda two or three weeks back. Those who know me well will know how I love my stencils but this one is definitely a favourite right now.

All for now and thanks for dropping in. 

Much love, Bev. xxx

Friday, 1 September 2017

Possibility begins with Imagination

Hello and welcome. I'm back here today sharing my DT inspiration for the blog challenge over at That's Crafty. Yes it's blog challenge time again and the theme for this fortnight is Rustica. Your project must contain rust effects. Well mine contains rather a lot I think but it was all good fun, especially when it turns you to drink because you want the bottle lol. No, all joking aside, I did save this bottle a while back, as I do many things as it's such a fab shape and I had this sort of thing in mind for it. Anyway that's enough chat. Come and join in the fun and you could be in with the chance of winning that £20 gift voucher to spend at That's Crafty. You can see my project HERE along with all the other amazing projects from the rest of the design team.

Here's what I used...

PaperArtsy fresco finish chalk acrylics...Bora Bora, White Fire, Lavender, Tangerine Twist, and Cherry Red.
Cosmic Shimmer Paint...Scarlet Sunset, Orange Gold, Jade Mint and Purple Violet.
LuminArte Paint...Iridescent Red and Iridescent Violet.
Treasure Gold...White Fire.
Gems from stash.
Metallic thread from stash.

Here's what I did...

I began by giving the bottle a coat of black gesso. I Cut 5 layers of black card with the die and glued these together to give a good depth. This was then glued to the front of the bottle. Then sponge on the Bora Bora paint, covering the whole bottle. Now take the White Fire and dry brush this over parts of the bottle.

Using the dinky stencil and grunge paste, apply to areas of the bottle. Once this is dry, add the art stones using the all purpose adhesive to areas of the bottle and also in the gap under the die to fill in. Once dry, go over with the Bora Bora. 

Once dry, go over again with the white fire using a dry brush  Now comes the lengthy part. Adding the rust elements. This is best done in sections allowing it to dry thoroughly before adding more. This takes a while to dry so over a few nights I added parts and allowed to dry over night. To do this I applied gel medium on the areas to be rusted and applied the rust powder. Then choose the rust regent colour of your choice and drip it over the rust powder and leave it to do its thing. Carry on with this process once each part is dry until happy. 

Take the Ancient Heart and apply the Cherry Red and Tangerine Twist, building up the colour until happy. I also added a touch of Bora Bora, mainly around the edge. Once dry I went over with the Cosmic Shimmer paint in matching colours to add the gorgeous pearly sheen. To add a little more yumminess I then added the LuminArte Iridescent paints. On the part above the heart, paint in the same way as the heart using the Lavender and Bora Bora. Once dry, go over with the Cosmic Shimmer purple violet and Jade Mint. When dry, add the Iridescent Violet. Glue both pieces to the front of the bottle over the die using glue gel. Using my finger, I gently rubbed over the purple top with Treasure Gold. Take the gem strip and add to the top of the heart.

Take the word band and rub some Bora Bora across the wording to highlight the words and buff off the excess. Glue this along the bottom of the bottle using glue gel. Tie a piece of metallic thread around the top of the bottle to finish off.

I hope you like it and that it may have given you some inspiration to take away with you and perhaps create something lovely to enter the challenge. You can read the challenge rules HERE. It would be great to see some lovely entries.

All for now. Happy crafting and have a fantastic weekend. Hope to see you again soon.

Much love, Bev. xxx

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Summer Dream

Hello and welcome. It's that time of the week again which means I'm over on the blog at That's Crafty with this weeks project. Time has been very short for me right now so I thought I'd share this GiganTAG which was made for the Hochanda shows a while back that featured these products. I thought with the weather this Bank Holiday being so hot and sunny it would be a nice summery one to end August. Really can't post a make for the C word right now. This is a sneaky peak but you can see the whole GiganTag HERE along with items used and how to's. This shot was in daylight and tilted so you can really see the shimmer of the fabulous paints. The full picture over at That's Crafty shows a front shot without daylight so you can really see how these paints look depending on the light. They are amazing. 

I hope you all had a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend. Have a great week and hope to see you all again soon.

Much love, Bev. x

Friday, 25 August 2017

Dare to swim

Hello and welcome. I hope you have all had a great week so far. Today I am sharing a nice and easy tag made with the awesome stamp set from Visible image called Dare to Swim.

Here's what I used...

PaperArtsy Smooth White Card.
Visible Image stamp set...Dare to swim.
Distress oxide inks...Salty Ocean, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberries and Fossilized Amber.
Tim Holtz Stencil...Splash.
Tim Holtz Word Bands.
Cosmic Shimmer...Aurora Crystal Sparkle embossing powder.
Clear Embossing Powder.
Versafine ink pad...Onyx Black.
Archival Ink Pad...Watering Can.
Archival Ink Pad...Fern Green.
Stampin Up Ink Pad...Black and Mossy Meadow.
PaperArtsy fresco finish chalk paint...Bora Bora.
Glossy Accents.
Posca Pen...Black.
Signo Pen...White.
Wink Of Stella...Clear.
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.
Gems from stash.
Ribbon from stash.
Here's what I did...

I began by pressing the cracked pistachio and salty ocean onto my craft sheet and spritzing with water. I swooshed the card over to pick up the inks. Dry this with a heat tool. Continue adding the inks to the craft sheet and spritzing with water, dabbing areas of the card into the ink. Keep drying as you go. Continue until happy with the look. Next is a technique which I love with these inks. Take the stencil and spritz with water. Have some paper towel handy as you will need to make sure the sides of the stencil are wiped dry. Place it directly down onto your card dabbing it straight away to take up any excess water. Lift up the stencil and dab up any blotches and then blast with a heat tool. This now gives a subtle faded print of the stencil.

Take the jellyfish and using the stamp platform and versafine onyx black ink pad, stamp the jellyfish in the top left and repeat stamp two or three times to get a good print that is wet enough to take the Cosmic Shimmer crystal sparkle powder. Once sprinkled on, gently heat from the back of the card until all melted. Repeat this with the second jellyfish. I already had a mask cut for this jellyfish from a previous project so used this to cover the image while stamping the shoal of fish in both black ink and also the watering can ink to give the appearance of depth. Take the wording and stamp this at the top of the tag. My preferred ink when stamping over distress oxides is Stampin up ink as it's so juicy and stamps over very well. Now take the seaweed and stamp this across the bottom using fern green and then add a couple with the mossy meadow, add clear embossing powder and heat set. Make sure before you do this to dust over with an anti static pad to ensure the powder doesn't stick to other areas. Take the bubbles stamp and stamp them randomly over the card with the broken china distress ink. Highlight the bubbles with the white signo pen. Doodle a border round the card using a black posca pen and then go round the edge again in the same way using the white signo pen. Add some wink of stella to the circles on the tentacles of the jellyfish to give a soft sparkle.Take the word band and rub over the wording with the Bora Bora to make it pop. Add this to the card and glue on a gem each side.  

Mount the card onto a piece of black card. Mount onto some blue matching card before mounting onto a piece of white card, leaving an inch at the top to punch a hole for the matching ribbon. Die cut two hole reinforcements and glue in place. Add the ribbon and bow.

Now the tag is made, add the glossy accents to the jellyfish and leave overnight to dry thoroughly, making sure it is lying flat so that the glossy accents level out with a smooth finish.

All for now and thank you for dropping by. Have a fabulous bank holiday weekend and hope to see you again soon.

Much love, Bev. xxx

Love Autumn

Hello. Wednesday once again which means I'm over at That's Crafty with this weeks DT make. I'm sharing a sneaky peak of a large...