Sunday, August 14, 2016

Thanks - Scrapbook Boutique Challenge Aug 2016

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I love the new Scrapbook Boutique challenge mood board. Here's my take on it, a thank you card...because I needed to make one for one sassy lady!

Lime, Black and White!
This is again a mixed media piece:

  • Dylusions paint - Fresh Lime
  • Twinkling H2O - Lemongrass...for a touch of glimmer on the eyes and dress!
  • Dylusions archival ink - Dirty Martini
  • Versamark Onyx Black ink
  • Distress Ink - Picket Fence (white)
  • Dylusions Paint pens - black. white
  • Stampin Up Embossing Powder - black
  • Dyan Reavely stamp -Strength (woman)
  • Hero Arts stamp - thanks
  • Tim Holtz diamon stamp

This is a one-layer card so I used a masking technique to keep the woman in black and white as I painted the background in Fresh Lime. Versamark ink was still a bit wet so you can see a bit of smudging on the edges. I loved this shadow-y effect so much that I added more gray shading later to accentuate it.

To repeat the harlequin diamond on the lady's top, I used a "rolling" stamp technique I learned from one of Dyan Reavely's videos. Instead of mounting the stamp, just kinda roll it on and don't re-ink each time.  I love the random-ness of the effect. I did this using both the Dirty Martini and Picket Fence inks.

Once the background dried, I heat-embossed 'Thanks'. I love the accidental smattering of black dots which add to the over-all grunge look.

For a touch of shimmer, I added on some Twinkling H2Os. It's so hard to photograph but maybe you can make it out a bit in the zoomed in photo below.

To finish off, I outlined and added highlights to the eyes and lips using the paint pens to make them pop even more. AND, I also added some grey watercolour around the lady.

I loved the materials and techniques I used so much, I reckon I'd replicate this in my Art Journal.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Live the Life

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I'm back again to my crafty blog after a few years...w00t! This time, I'm dabbling with art journalling. What a fun way to experiment with various tools and techniques and thinking ink creatively ;)

Here's my most recent one which I'll enter into Scrapbook Boutique's July challenge; in fact, it draws heavily on the mood board particularly with the use of grids, quotes and colours.

My piece is in mixed media:

  • watercolour (Kuretake)
  • pigment ink - Versafine black...results are always crisp even with fine details
  • dye ink - Stampin Up Rose Red, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Not Quite Navy
  • Dylusions paint - White Linen
  • cour pencils (Derwent Academy)
  • white Uniball Signo pen
All stamps are from various Tim Holtz sets except for 'enjoy little things' which is by Kaisercraft.

This was so much fun to create. Here are a couple of closeups:

Monday, April 1, 2013

Handmade packaging

I created these for my daughters this Easter - quite a pretty way to hold those easter eggs, no?
These are really super-easy to make, especially if you use pretty paper to begin with. The larger ones above have stamped images for a completely personalised look.

Here's a quick tutorial.

You can use any size of paper. This tutorial uses 6"x6". In the feature image above, the large ones are 6"x12" and the smaller one is 6 1/2" x 4 1/2".
  1. Fold over a narrow strip
  2. Put some double-sided tape or strong adhesive (sticky strip is probably best)
  3. Adhere the other side to form a hollow cylinder
  4. Fold flat, having the 'seam' in the middle. Staple this opening close.
  5. Turn 90 degrees and punch hole/s (last photo shows 1 and 2 holes)
  6. Fill and close with ribbon
Et voila! 

I've made these as party favours as well as place cards (place cards, favours, and table decoration all in one!)

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

CFC67 - Flags, banners and more besides

It's been a long time in-between crafting, for sure, so it was so good to get back to it! I've been playing with the new Stampin Up In-colours and the best way to get inspired, imho, is to join challenges.  CAS-ual Fridays did not disappoint and here I am with my entry to challenge  #67 - Flags & Banners.

All products are from Stampin Up
cardstock: Silver Glimmer (vase), Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green
stamps: En Francais background, Fabulous Phrases
punches: small heart, Ornament

I love using the Ornament punch and turning it into a vase; the Glimmer paper sets it off, methinks.

This is very much inspired by Lorena's cute and clever, I thought.
Here are the other cards I made, while inspired. 

 Welcome back me! :-)

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

PDCC119 - Thank you card

Anita Hiess ran a Twitter competition on Valentine's day.  I didn't really win the competition and yet Anita, kindly and generously, sent me her book Manhattan Dreaming anyway; autographed with personal dedication at that.  Super awesome.

The least I could do was create a handmade thank you card.  I got my colour inspiration from The Play Date Cafe Challenge 119 - black, white, hot pink; it also fits in perfectly with Scrapbook Boutique's February challenge so I'm entering it there, too.  Here's my card:

Stamps: SU Vintage Vogue, Tiny Tags
Inks: Basic Black, Melon Mambo

As this card would be posted, I kept it fairly flat.  I did layer the big flower though that didn't show very well on the photograph, even enlarged.  I also attached the button using twine, paying homage to the twine theme over at PDCC (hey, I'll take inspiration where I can) :-)

It's a very simple layout; one I seem to do a lot!  I probably need more inspiration. haha.

cheers all.

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