Thursday, 2 August 2018

Beauty goes far deeper

Hello and welcome

Yes it has been a while again, but I am enjoying a much needed break from work right now. The week is whizzing by way too fast but I have managed a little play in the craft room. Sebastian again. He has escaped the acrylic piece I last made.

Here's what I used:

Lavinia Stamp... LAV496 Seahorse.
PaperArtsy Stamp set... ESC12.
Visible Image Stamp set... Dare to Swim.
Woodware Singles... ADS503 Netting.
Seth Apter Stamp set... 3180-LG Mark Makers.
Versafine Ink... Onyx Black and Imperial Purple.
Archival Ink... Watering Can and Garden Patina.
Ranger Distress Inks... Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord.
Ranger Perfect Medium.
Creative Expressions Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder... Brilliant Sparkle Clear Mirage.
Polychromo pencils.
Posca Pen... White.
Nuvo Crystal Drops... Ivory Seashell.
White ribbon from stash.

Here's what I did...

I began by blending over the distress inks, keeping the seedless preserve to the edges. Once happy, blend the dusty concord around the very edge just to darken it slightly. Give the tag a quick spritze with water and blot with a paper towel. Take the octopus and ink up with the watering can. Being a grey it will give the look of being in the background slightly and allow my main image to pop.

Take the versafine ink and stamp the seahorse, do the same with the verse. Colour the octopus with pencils. Take the posca pen and add highlights to the eyes on both the seahorse and octopus. Also add white dots to the body of the seahorse.

Take the netting stamp and using imperial purple, stamp parts of it at random around the tag. Take the lines element from the Mark Makers and stamp randomly with garden patina.

I felt a little delicate sparkle was needed. Using the bubbles element from the Visible Image stamp set and the perfect medium, stamp at random and then sprinkle over the embossing powder and heat. Take the Nuvo drops and dot randomly over the tag making sure they are all different sizes.

Mount onto matching card stock and then onto white card base.

Take the peacock feathers and seedless preserves and press onto a craft sheet, spritze with water and run a piece of white ribbon through to pick up the colour. Dry with a heat gun. Punch a hole in the top of the tag, die cut two hole reinforcements and glue in place. Cut a piece of ribbon and push through the hole and then tie a ribbon with the remainder and glue to the top of the tag. I like to use a hot glue gun for this.

I hope you like it and thanks for dropping in. Hope to be back very soon.

Enjoy the the rest of your week with this gorgeous weather we are having and don't forget the sunscreen :-)

Much love

Bev. xxx

Thursday, 7 June 2018

A Simple Life is a Beautiful Life

Hello and welcome.

Well here I am with this awsome stamp by Lavinia Stamp. Sebastian the seahorse and isn't he just gorgeous. I wanted to use up an acrylic stack that I've had forever so thought I would give it a go with this stamp. Great fun to create but you just need to plan carefully what's to be stamped where in order to build up the stack and depth of dimension. I have to say that the picture really doesn't show all the sparkle and dimension and it really does look amazing in real life.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty... Acrylic Stack
Visible Image... Dare to Swim
Visible Image... The Ripple Effect
Studiolight... Summer at the Beach
Indigoblu... Rain Droplets
Kaisercraft... Old Mac
Stazon... Jet Black
Stazon... Olive Green
Stampin Up... Pacific Point
Ranger Archival... Fern Green
Imagination Crafts Starlights... Zinober Gold
Art Alchemy Metallique Paint... Emerald Green
Stampendous Glitter... Halo Mix
Posca Pen... Green, Yellow, Red, Gold, Silver and White
Dina Wakley Gel Medium
Pale blue dotted paper from stash
Holographic Foil salvaged I think from a bunch of flowers

Here's what I did... 

I started with what was to be my top piece of acrylic and stamped Sebastian with black stazon. Then take the metallic paint and paint it over the image, adding a touch of Zinober Gold over the eye. Once dry, colour over the metallic paint with the gold posca pen. Set aside to dry.

Take the base of the acrylic stack and pale blue paper and glue over the base with gel medium. Set aside to dry.

Take the next piece up, I chose the thick piece for this and stamp the large open circles from the ripple effect and the fish from the summer at the beach set in black stazon. Stamp the seaweed from the summer at the beach set with fern green archival. Use the white posca pen to add highlights to the circles and starlight paint to the fish. Add some clear glue to the circles and sprinkle on the halo mix. Set aside to dry.

Take the third piece of acrylic and stamp the sand and sea shells from summer at the beach with black stazon and the small fish from dare to swim set in olive green stazon. Colour sand and shells with the posca pens and add some silver to the back of the fish with a silver posca pen. Set aside to dry.

Go back to the base piece now dry and stamp the rain droplets in Pacific Point. Take the gel medium and cover thinly and apply the holographic foil, pressing down flat. Set aside to dry.

Now that the third piece is dry, turn over and stamp the wording from old mac and stamp with black stazon at the top of the acrylic piece. Take the screws and bolts that come with the stack and screw all four pieces together. As I said above, the pictures really don't show the sparkle and dimension but I hope you like it. All for now. 

Much love 

Bev. xxx

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

The eyes which see reality

Hello and welcome. I just could not wait to play with this awesome stamp from Lavinia. Isn't it just amazing. The possibilities are endless. This piece didn't quite go to plan but I kept going anyway. A little too rushed but the end result was okay.

Here's what I used...

PaperArtsy Smooth White Card... 240gsm.
Lavinia Stamp... Simmi.
Visible Image... Live in the moment.
That's Crafty... Inspirational Quotes - Set 1.
Tim Holtz Stencil... Splash.
Clarity Stamp Stencil... Double Sprig.
Versafine ink... Onyx Black.
Tim Holtz distress inks... Dusky Concord, Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed.
Ranger Enamel Accents... Electric Lime.
Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium... Gold Shine.
Imagination Crafts...Starlights Metallic Paint... Diamond.
Polychromo pencils.
Wink Of Stella... Clear.
Bling from stash.
Masking paper.

Here's what I did...

I began with a large piece of smooth white card. I reverse stamped the eye using versafine as this not only gives a crisp image but stays wet long enough to reverse stamp the image exactly where you want it. It's best to stamp the reverse image first as it will be much easier to line up the second eye. Stamp the dragonfly facing down using the same ink. Now stamp all the images again onto making paper and cut out carefully. You only need the actual eye part and eyebrow of Simmi and the wings of the dragonfly. Place these carefully over the images.

Now for the blending. This didn't go exactly to plan and my colours should have been brighter and more defined but as time isn't kind to me these days and rushing, it kind of got spoilt but I refused to bin it and carried on anyway. I used all the colours listed above and blended using brushes. I then took the Splash stencil and a baby wipe to take some of the colour back off around the edges and brushed back over with the Mustard Seed. I wanted a little sparkle so took the smaller dragonflies from the set and dabbed it with the Starlights Metallic Paint and stamped them onto the card.

Now remove the masking and colour the eyes and large Dragonfly wings with the pencils. I used the black Posca pen to sharpen the outer eye and a few lashes. Once happy add the bling. Take the verse from the quotes set and stamp at the bottom with versafine ink.

More bling needed I felt so took the Sparkle medium and pushed it through the Double Sprig stencil at random around the edge of the card. Take the Enamel Accents and carefully dot down from the eyes covering the black dots already stamped from the image. Brush over the large dragonfly wings with the Wink of Stella.

Now mount onto the gold card leaving just a tiny border showing and then onto a complimentary colour card. I chose the pink to pick up the pink on the eyes. I hope you like it. I have to say I'm loving Simmi. It is in my opinion by far the best eye stamp so far and so many ways you can bling it up. I just hope I can find some more time soon to have another play but I think my next make will be with the Lavinia Seahorse because that in my opinion is the best seahorse stamp so far.... smiles. All from me for now.

Enjoy the rest of your week and happy crafting.

Bev. xxx

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Change our story

Well hello and welcome once again. I am feeling quite chuffed to have found a little more time to spend in the craft room. This time I couldn't resist playing with the stamps from the latest edition of Creative Stamping. The stamps are just fab and the elephants go so well with the elephant stamp I already have perfectly. This is based on a card I made a while back so just had to put them together.

Here's what I used...

Multi media card stock... 115lb
Stamps from Creative Stamping Mag... Issue 57
Deep Red Stamp... African Elephant
Lavinia Stamp... Tree but no name on packaging
Inkylicious Stamp... Bare Trees
Sheena Douglass stamp set... Change
Stamping up stamp set... High Tide
Versafine Ink... Onyx Black
Ranger Archival Ink... Fern Green and Orange Blossom
Tim Holtze Distress Inks... Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral and Mustard Seed
Blending Brushes and Foam
Cuttlelola Dot Pen... Black
Masking Paper
Polychromo Pencils
Sue Wilson Die.. Stitched Rectangles
Inkylicious Stencils... Reflections and Scenic Clouds
Gabreille Pollacco Stencil... Mini Moving Vines
Dreamweaver Embossing Paste... No name on this but believe it is their original paste

Here's what I did...

I began by workng out the size I needed to create by scene at the same time as working out which dies I would need as I wanted to cut a frame which would have a depth deep enough to incorporate the elephant. In order to have the elephant as part of the frame, stamp the elephant onto the card first using the versafine ink. Place the die over the top and work out the placement. Using a sharp craft blade, gently cut around the elephant to enable you to tuck the die behind the image and tape in place with low tack tape and then run it through the die cutting machine. You will now have a nice frame with the elephant as part of it which will allow him to stand out from the finished piece.

Using a die from the middle of the two used, cut this onto an A4 piece of card and take out the middle to give you a stencil to tape down over your card stock which will allow you to work within and have a neat edge. Stamp the elephants from the Creative Stamping set onto the card and also stamp it onto masking paper. Carefully cut out and place over your stamped image.

Take a piece of paper and lay across the card and begin blending over the greens to create the grass area. Once happy turn your paper round. Cut a mask to create the sun and then blend over the inks to create the sky. Remove the mask creating the sun and gently brush over with Mustard Seed until happy with the colour.

Take the Reflections mask and brush through with the Black Soot distress ink across the card to create the mountains. Using the same mask move it around and blend through with the Weathered Wood distress ink to give a look of depth to your horizon. Take the Scenic Clouds stencil and using Rusty Hinge distress ink, pounce through with a sponge to create the clouds. Once happy with the blending and the scene is created, take the tiny grass stamp from the High Tide stamp set and using Fern Green and Crushed Olive ink, stamp it randomly over the grass area to create a feel of tufts over the field. Use the Cuttlola Dots Pen to add more interest and help ground the elephants.

Take the Lavinia Stamp tree and stamp it to the right of the scene with the black Versafine ink and the tree from Inkylicious to the left so that once the frame is added just a small part will show. Take the verse stamp and stamp this top left. I felt the mountains were a little too crisp against the sky so I brushed a little Weathered Wood over the top to darken it slightly. 

Now happy with the scene it's time to work on the frame. Cut a mask and place over the elephant. Using the Twisted Citron and Spiced Marmalade, brush over the entire frame. Then take the leaf stamp from the free stamp set and stamp it around the frame in Orange Blossom and Fern Green. Take the Mini Moving Vines mask and push through the embossing paste just on one vine down the left of the frame. Blast with a heat tool so that it lifts and bubbles a little. This paste is great for this effect. Gently brush over the Twisted Citron.

Now remove the masks from the elephants on both the frame and the scene and colour with shades of grey Polychromo pencils. Add a touch of brown to the tree and you're done.

Mount the scene onto some matching green card, making sure you have a depth deep enough to allow a border once frame added. Use mounting foam to allow the frame to stand up from the finished piece and carefully place it onto the card. Mount onto your card base. I used an ivory card for this.

Well that's enough typing...phew. A bit long winded so you may be bored by now haha. That's all from me and I hope you like it and maybe got inspired.

Enjoy the rest of your week and see you all again soon.

Much love

Bev. xxx

Thursday, 17 May 2018

And so the adventure begins

Hello and welcome. I'm here today with another quick and easy make. I just can't leave these stencils alone and always seem to find something to fill then with. Today it is this beautiful horse by Stamp Addicts.

Here's what I used...

PaperArtsy Smooth White Card... 240gsm
Stamp Addicts rubber stamp... Horse SA-7087
Tim Holtz Stamp Set... Phrases 3
Visible Image Stamp Set...Destination Unknown
Clarity Stamp Stencil... Winter Tree
Momento Ink... Tuxedo Black
Versafine Ink...Onyx Black
Distress Ink... Mustard Seed and Faded Jeans
Masking Paper
Inkylicious Blending Brushes
Alcohol Markers
Fine liner pen... Black

Here's what I did...

I began by taping down the stencil with low tack masking tape. Place this onto a stamping platform and stamp the horse with the momento ink. I used this ink for the horse as I wanted to use alcohol markers to colour the horse. Stamp the horse once again onto masking paper and carefully cut out the image. Out of the waste I punched a circle to use in order to create the moon. Carefully place the mask over the horse and the circle to create the moon. Use the fine liner to create texture for the grass. Take the blending brush and brush mustard seed over the grass area. I used this colour so that I could brush the faded Jeans over the whole area creating the sky and the grass (the blue over the yellow creates a really nice shade of green). Once happy with the the colour, take a baby wipe and gently dab areas of the sky to create the look of clouds. Using a sponge gently push all the colour that has collected on the stencil onto the card. This saves waste and also gives a good sharp edge to the finished look.

Carefully remove the stencil and the masks. Take your chosen colour of markers and colour the horse. I chose shades of grey for this image. Once happy take the words from the Tim Holtz stamp set and stamp it using Versafine ink in the top left corner and the words from the Visible Image stamp set in the bottom right corner. Trim the card to your desired size then mount onto black card. Mount this onto some blue card before mounting onto your white card base.

I do hope you like it. That's all from me today. Enjoy the rest of your week and hope to be back soon.

Happy crafting

Much love

Bev. xxx

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Just because your path is different

Hello and welcome. So here I am again. I'm feeling quite shocked that I managed to be back so quick. I found myself with a little free time so managed to make something quick and easy. I've had this verse for a while and not yet used it and I really like it so needed something to go with it. After a good old rummage I dug out one of my old favorites which I felt suited it well. 

Here's what I used...

Paper Artsy Super Smooth Card... 240gsm.
Sheena Douglas stamp set... A Different Dream.
Indigo Blue Stamp Set... Lost In Benidorm.
Indigo Blue Stamp Set... Light and Sound Borders.
Bee Crafty Inkables stencil... Unsure of name but it looks like a chain link fence.
Versafine Ink... Onyx Black.
Momento Ink...Tuxedo Black.
Ranger Archival Ink...Orange Blossom.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink... Faded Jeans, Broken China and Weathered Wood.
Alcohol Markers.
Posca Pen... Red.

Here's what I did...

Stamp the image of the man onto the card using the Momento ink. I used this ink as I'm using alcohol markers to colour the image. Stamp the image again onto masking paper and cut out carefully. Stamp the verse onto the card using the versafine ink. I love this ink for stamping as it gives a really crisp detailed image. Take the mask and place it over the man carefully. 

Take the Broken China and brush over the stamped image lightly, building up the colour gradually. Take the Faded Jeans and do the same again around the stamped image to allow a darker colour directly around the image. Once happy, remove the mask. 

Now take the stencil and place in on the card and brush over the Weathered Wood lightly around the outside of the card. Take the arrows element from the Borders stamp set and stamp it onto the card using the Orange Blossom. 

Now happy with the background, take your chosen colours of alcohol markers and colour the image. I decided to use a Posca pen to colour the verse as I thought it would give me a slightly shiny look but it didn't. Hey ho, it coloured it well so all good. 

I did think of adding some dimension to the card using embossing paste but decided that it might spoil the look as I felt it was ok as is so left it there. Mount onto some navy card and then onto a white card base. Hope you like it.

All for now. Thank you as always for dropping in. Enjoy the rest of your week. Hope to be back again soon.

Much love

Bev. xxx

Thursday, 26 April 2018

How Fragile Are We

Well hello and welcome to my world. It's been a fair while since I last found the time to have a play in my craft room. What with working full time and a home to run, time is scarce. I really think working should be banned and crafting made essential. I don't know about you lovely people but craft time is something I need in my life in order to be truly happy within. Crafting is a way of expressing ourselves and the things that happen in our lives on a daily basis. Anyway I did find a little time to create this tag using the new Visible Image Stamps. I must be honest I was a little unsure of the Bloom and Grow stamp set. I felt I wanted to have a play with it, but at the same time felt it a little eerie but not sure why. Mark twisted my arm at the Ally Pally show saying go for it so here we are. This started out at a quick play with it and ended up here.

Here's what I uses...

Visible Image stamp set... Bloom and Grow.
Visible Image stamp set ... How Fragile.
Inkylicious stamp set... Water Drops.
Marianne Designs stamp set... Eline's Brush.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink... Faded Jeans.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink... Broken China.
Ranger Adirondack Ink... Cranberry.
Stamping Up Ink Pad... Night Of Navy.
Verafine Ink pad... Onyx Black.
Signo Pen... White.
Fine Liner pen... Black.
Ranger Glossy Accents.

Here's what I did...

I began with a piece of plain white card and stamped the cracked image from the How Fragile stamp set in the middle of the card using the stamping up ink pad. Stamp the baby from the How Fragile stamp set using the versafine ink pad, I used a stamping platform so that I could stamp two or three impressions to ensure I got a solid image. Blend the broken china over the card, leaving it lighter in the middle. Once happy blend the Faded Jeans around the edge of the card gently until happy with the depth of colour. Take the Water Drops and stamp them around the card using the Stamping Up ink pad. Use the white signo pen to add some highlights to the water drops and also a little doodling around the edge of the card. Using a black fine liner pen, add some more doodling around the edge of the card. 

I felt something else was needed around the baby so I took the small splodge stamp from the Marianne Design stamp set and stamped it randomly using the Cranberry Ink pad. I did this using second generation stamping so it was a softer impression. I also used this ink pad to lightly brush around the baby image. 

Take the words from the How Fragile stamp set and stamp them onto a spare piece of card and cut out. Glue the words onto the tag. To help the water drops stand out, carefully fill each droplet with the glossy accents and set aside to dry. I like to leave overnight to ensure completely dry. 

Mount the card onto black card, then onto a piece of dark blue pearl card, then onto a piece of white card, making sure you leave a longer piece at the top so that you have enough to cut the corners to create the tag. Punch a hole in the top of the tag for the ribbon. Using a die, cut two hole re-enforcement's in the blue card and glue in place over the holes. Create a bow using some blue ribbon and thread a piece through the hole. Glue the bow in place using a hot glue gun. 

I hope you like it. I certainly enjoyed making it, and despite nearly not buying this stamp set, I'm rather glad I did. I will definitely be having another play with it again soon. 

Thank you for stopping by and I wish you a happy weekend. I hope the sun shines for us all. Take care and happy crafting.

Much love

Bev. xxx

Beauty goes far deeper

Hello and welcome Yes it has been a while again, but I am enjoying a much needed break from work right now. The week is whizzing by way to...