Wednesday, 19 July 2017

CAS Watercolour ......

Happy Wednesday folks ......

It's a little bit wet over here this afternoon ..... not quite as bad as in parts of the UK though. I believe some of you had some pretty bad storms last night.  Hope everyone is OK and that things have calmed down a little now.  It's perfect weather for staying in the craft room though ..... every cloud has a silver lining .... so they say!

I've had a busy few days .... playing with some new Sweet Poppy Stencil designs (that's  for another day though). I've been planning a magazine project (again that's for later) and I've also made a start on next month's DT work ..... talk about organised!!

I've even found time to play along with this month's CAS Watercolour challenge .....


As you can see the theme is Butterfly ........


I coloured the background panel with Distress Oxide Inks, using the smooshing technique ..... hope this can be classed as watercolouring!
I swiped the ink pads directly onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and then smooshed the cardstock into the ink.  I dried off the first layer and then went back to the craft sheet picking up any leftover colour.  I love how this adds depth to the background and if you remember to dry in between each layer the colours won't mix together and you get this lovely splattered, watercolour look


Once it was completely dry I stamped the small butterfly from the Penny Black Butterfly Trio .... love this stamp set! and embossed them in white .....


I stamped top and bottom of the piece of card, leaving the centre free so that I could stamp the large butterfly from the set ............


I used my MISTI to stamp the big one because I wanted it to sit across two pieces of card ..... the coloured topper and a piece of white behind .......


I placed both pieces of card into the MISTI making sure the coloured piece was exactly where I wanted it.  I then stamped the butterfly and embossed with Ranger's Liquid Platinum EP
I then removed the coloured piece and stamped and embossed the butterfly again, this time onto the white card and then layered the coloured piece over the top, matching up the two images .....


Don't worry I didn't waste any embossing powder, I only sprinkled it on the ends of the wings where they would be seen!

A simple greeting added to the bottom and we're done!


I love CAS cards, and even though they are clean and simple you can still use all your favourite techniques with inks, and embossing powders and glitters etc. You can still watercolour, smoosh, and splatter .... just leave some white space!

Oh well .... time to go.  The little man has arrived and he's hungry!  School finishes on Friday for the summer break, so I'll be seeing a little bit more of him over the next few weeks ..... another reason for getting organised!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Art Project 2017

Happy weekend folks .....

I've got special little project for you today ........ can't believe I haven't blogged this before, it's such a long time ago!
Last year ..... yes that's right .... last year, I was told about The Art Project that was taking place to raise money for the Manx Cancer Help charity.

The event was island wide and open to anyone.  Over 500 small canvases were distributed to all those who expressed an interest, and the idea was that you decorated it, however you liked.  It could be any design, using any techniques ..... your own personal style.
They would then be showcased and sold to the highest bidders to raise money for the charity.

Now you know me, I'm not normally one for pushing myself forward for anything but I decided to give it a go.
It was way before last Christmas when I first heard about it and to be honest I'd forgotten until the guy got in touch with me to say that he had the canvases and was I still interested, as he would drop one off for me.  Of course I jumped at the chance and here's what I created .......


I couldn't resist using one of my favourite, Finnabair inspired techniques to create this little piece of artwork ..... it's very Me!
It's a cute 5x5 inches in size and I named it Love Life. 



It's full of all my favourite bits and pieces ..... lots of metal embellishments, pretty flowers, gorgeous butterflies ........


Stencils and pastes, shimmery mica sprays, rich metallic waxes .......


 and of course lots of texture, texture, texture!


These canvases are now being showcased at the Hodgson Loom Gallery at Laxey Woollen Mills and I believe it's the last day of the exhibition today.  I might just have to pop up there and take a look.

Thanks for popping by ..... have a great weekend.

Cheerio until next time ......

Friday, 14 July 2017

Bee yourself .......

Happy Friday ........

The weekend starts here! Although I think it's already started for some!

I've got a little reminder for you this morning about the latest Craft Stamper challenge .......


It's been up and running since last Friday and there's already some fabulous entries in the gallery.

It's the usual Anything Goes theme ..... as long as there's actual rubber stamping somewhere on your project, and our sponsor this month is the wonderful STAMPlorations .......


A fabulous online craft store, stocking hundreds of their own brand of clear stamps, stencils and masks ..... and metal cutting dies.  The designs cover a whole range of tastes ..... there really is something for everyone.

The prize on offer for this month's challenge winner (randomly chosen) is this set of three (3) amazing stamp plates ...... cool or what!
And ........ Shery has very kindly offered a little something extra for everyone.  For the whole of July, when readers/followers of the Craft Stamper Blog place an online order of at least $15 they can get 20% off by using the code CRAFTSTAMPER at the checkout.
Thanks Shery!  

Surprise!  I've got a couple of journal pages for you today.


Yes I'm still playing along with the Creative Journaling 365 group on Facebook.  Well, when I say playing along what I mean is I follow what everyone else is doing and feel guilty I haven't been keeping up!  There's no way I'll get to 365 finished pages by the end of the year but if I can keep doing something every now and again I'll be happy!

I've been playing with my Distress Oxides again ....... I love them!
I can't wait until the new colours arrive ....... talk about stalking the postman!

Anyway ..... I started the pages by applying the colours to the background.  I used another favourite of mine .... the acetate smooshing technique, or it was more of an acetate pouncing really. 
I smooshed the DO's onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and them picked up the colour using a piece of acetate.  I then pounced the acetate over the journal page to build up the colour .... I love how you get this mottled look, and you can see I did leave a little bit of white space here and there.


I then added some foliage to the top of the pages using yet another favourite .... stamps from the JOFY range (JOFY 49 for the leaves) 


I love how you can stamp with the oxides and get clean, crisp images ..... and then use the same inks along with a little bit of water, to colour them in

I stamped a few grasses across the bottom of the pages, again in a green Distress Oxide and then stamped the large flower (JOFY 26) over the top using black Versafine ink and heat embossed them with a clear powder


 If you use more ink and less water you get this really cool, almost opaque finish .....


I added in a few little bees here and there, and finished off with the words ...... the new 'T' for Transparent set from Penny Black called be .....


Stamped and heat embossed in white, and I couldn't resist adding the extra letter ........ it just had to bee done (oooh .... sorry!)


Something else that had to go on there was the ladybug ...... stamped, coloured and fussy cut, and finished off with some glossy accents.
And finally I splattered some white paint over the pages and a few dots of gold .... just because I could!


Well that's 2 more pages done ..... and I love how they turned out.  I just wish I had more time to play.

Thanks for popping by ....... enjoy the rest of your day and have a great weekend.
I'm off into the craft room again.  I had a lovely day up there yesterday, very productive too.  And no interruptions.  Hubby's on the work's 2 day 'off site'........ you know one of those team building/bonding sessions where they supposedly get lots done.  Yeah! Yeah! .... it's just an excuse for a couple of days away from the office having a jolly!!
Yesterday was spent at the museum ....... apparently, it was all meetings and presentations along with a quiz that hubby had prepared.   He said it went down really well with everyone, but things got quite competitive ..... no surprises there!   Then they had a meal out in the evening and a late night doing goodness knows what ...... there was probably karaoke at some point.  I'll bet there's a few sore heads this morning though, which is not good as they're all off kayaking and coasteering this morning ........ let's hope they all make it back in one piece!

Cheerio until next time ......

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

One card ..... two challenges

Happy Wednesday ......

Middle of the week already.
Just a quick post today as I'm off out later ..... the sun is shining and I'm meeting up with the girls in Ramsey for lunch.

Before I go, I want to play along with the latest Less is More Challenge


It's One Layer Week .... whoo hoo!! and the challenge is to use a coloured card base.  Not something I do very often but I think this fits the bill perfectly ......


Definitely not white .... and only one layer.  It was hubby's birthday card.

The wine bottle image was stamped using Crimson Red versafine ink .... I think the stamp is an old Inkadinkadoo one 


And then the sentiment (from Penny Black's T for Transparent set ..... Birthday Love) stamped over the the top in black


I added the Happy Birthday to the bottom .... stamping in the red ink first, then in black over the top but slightly offset to give a shadow look


It's a bit different over at LIM this week with the challenge running for 2 weeks ..... so no excuse not to enter.   AND ...... they're also joining forces for this challenge with the AAA CAS Card Challenge .... so I'll be playing along there too!


I must dash, I'm still in my PJ's ..... can't go out for lunch like that now can I!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time .....

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Weekend's workshop ......

Happy Tuesday ........

We've got a bit of a grey, start this morning.  I was supposed to be meeting a friend for coffee later but we've decided to give it a miss ...... not much fun in the rain!
It means I can spend some time in the old craft room, playing ... ooops! I mean working with, some new designs from Sweet Poppy Stencils.
Watch this space because our Lucy is back on the TV soon with some gorgeous new stencils, maybe a few festive designs in there too.  Great if you want to make a start on all those Christmas cards ..... did I say the 'C' word out loud ..... sorry!!

It also means I have time to share last weekend's workshop with you too.  We had a fab day playing with patterned papers ..... I believe they all went home inspired, grabbed their mountains of papers and made even more cards ...... I love it!!

Once upon a time I always used patterned papers, for backgrounds, matting and layering, fancy folds etc., etc. ..... how times change.  I still buy them occasionally, but they very rarely see the light of day!  Shame really because there's some gorgeous designs.

Anyway, we had fun paper piecing .......


CAS designs using up those scraps of paper that we just can't throw away because we might need them!


It's also a great technique for adding colour to your stamped images .....



EDITED ......
After a little nudge from the lovely Di .... from Pixie's Crafty Workshop (thanks hun), I'm linking this little guy up to the latest Snippets Challenge.  Well it is only snippets of paper used to paper piece him and the balloon.



Back to the cards ......You don't need to paper piece the whole thing ..... just focus on one section of the image



Use the same paper to add a little more detail to your designs .....


A simple strip across the bottom, highlighted with a little gilding flakes makes all the difference.

We used pretty papers to make really simple, yet stunning cards.  Here's the same design using the same paper in two different ways ..... love how these turned out.  The paper is from a 6x6 pad called Roses All Over from My Favourite Things ...... it's gorgeous, some of the ladies loved it too.


I used one of the CUTplorations Stitched Snow Hills dies to cut the curved edge, but it could quite easily be done free hand with scissors


A simple stamped greeting along the edge and you're done.  And if you use clear stamps you can even shape them to follow the curve .......


We used punches with patterned papers to create this pretty floral design ......


I came across this idea on Pinterest a while ago but unfortunately I can't seem to find the blog that it was on originally.  I think it's been closed for a few years ..... Two Peas in a Bucket or something like that I think it was. Anyway, this is my version ......

I used a large circle punch and cut seven circles from various pieces of patterned paper.  Then using the same punch I cut two petals from each circle .......


Simply turn the punch upside down and insert the edge of a paper circle until you see a petal shape. Make two marks where the edge of the paper is and then cut


Turn the paper circle around and cut the same shape again. The two marks will show where the edge of your paper needs to be for all your petals to be the same size .... roughly.  Use different sizes of circle punches to make different sized petals.

Arrange the petals into a flower and add another circle to the centre .....


You can see I finished off with a bit of faux stitching around the edges .....


Last but not least ..... it was a busy workshop ..... we did a little bit of alteration.  Changing the look of some of those less favourite of our papers.


We don't always fall in love with all the papers from a particular collection or paper pad.  There's the odd one that's too dark, or we don't like the colour or the design ..... well, don't throw it away, change it.  Stamp onto it ......


A bit of white embossing with a pretty lacy design works wonders ...... or try a bit of rubber stamping with a dark ink .....


Add a few more elements like a bit of twine, a few drops of liquid pearls here and there


or even a bit more stamping ..... I've added a butterfly that's been stamped on patterned paper and fussy cut and then stamped my greeting on a separate piece of card and attached with foam pads.

Phew! what a lot of pictures.  Well done if you're still with me ...... I think I need a coffee now!

I hope I've given you some ideas on what to do with those gorgeous patterned papers that I know you have in your craft stash..... even the little pieces.  Have fun!

Thanks for popping by .... I hope the weather's a little nicer where you are.  Enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time .......
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