Thursday, 29 November 2012

Tatty Button Bookmark by Carol Fox

I have lots of little nieces who are in the early years of school and are learning to read. I quite often make them little bookmarks for their school books. One of my little nieces started ice skating lessons recently, so I have used this Tatty Button rubber stamp to make her a new bookmark.
The stick is a tongue suppressor that I painted with Fresco Finish Paint and Crackle Glaze before stamping the snowflake image from the Oxford Impressions stamp set, Christmas Wish onto it.
I stamped the main image using Jet Black Archival Ink and then colouring it in with Distress Markers scribbled onto my craft mat and picked up with a water colour brush.
I stuck it to the stick with Glossy Accents, coating both the front and the exposed back parts of the card image with the Glossy Accents too, so it would be a bit a bit more resilient to being used.
These also make great little stocking fillers or quick makes for a school Christmas fayre.
My daughter is a teacher and she recently made these with her class and the children really enjoyed making them and the little girls loved the Tatty Button Images.
The Tatty Button images also look lovely stamped onto shrink plastic and the children love watching them shrink up through the oven door. Either punch holes in them prior to shrinking, to make them into a necklace or add a brooch back or magnet to the back, easy ways to keep the children amused in the run up to Christmas, get them to make their presents. Everyone can have a fridge magnet lol. 
See you next week,
Carol x

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Urban Life by Alan Scott

This project was constructed around the set of stamps that arrived into my crafting hands last week. I have been a firm and active collector of the stamp sets Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley and this one is called Right Up Your Street.
The digital background is available for a FREE download HERE.

White Stamping Card A5
A4 Tag (constructed by gluing together a Buff Manila folder and then cutting out)
Pitch Black Adirondack Ink Pad 
Selection of 'darker shades' ProMarkers (Ice Grey 2 was used to 'dull' down the colours and was the main colour in the buildings)
That Special Touch Masks - Cogs and Crackle
Studio Calico Mister Huey's Mask - Bubbles
Selection of Cosmic Shimmer Mists
White Marker Pen
Red/yellow strong marker Pens (I have used Chalk Blackboard Markers)

Gold Sakura Pen
Moulding Paste/Pallet Knife/Gold-Silver Rub n Buff Cream
Color Catcher Booth (Perfect for using ink sprays etc)
Label Printer with Silver background
Black Liquid Pearls 
Normal Crafty Tool Box Items - Craft Mat - Sharp Scissors - Dimensional Tape - Good Strong Clear Glue


After we have glued the Manila folder together and then secured the print out onto the surface, the only thing that's left to do for the base, is to carefully cut it out in what ever shape we have decided.
This project can be cut down into 3 stages.
1. Tag background
2. All that Glitters and Coloured
3. Making the buildings and securing into place
Taking the masks and the moulding paste, we want to lay down some texture. You don't want to be neat and tidy here - it's texture that we want, not a nice flat surface. Place to one side to dry. It's best to leave over night and just forget about this project till the following morning.
Now then, the moulding paste is dry so its time to play.....

After you have selected your Ink Sprays, place the tag into the Color Catcher and start to lay down layers of colour. The first thing I did was to place the Cogs and Bubbles masks onto the project, to help avoid that problem of lines and over spill. This way as I sprayed onto the moulding area, any over spill would give me a pattern that would add to the tag and not just be a block of colour. Again this would lay down layers of colours.
When the ink had dried, taking my rubbing cream, I laid down another layer of colour. This was done using the best crafting tool ever... THE FINGER!
When I was happy that there were enough layers of colour and the background print had not been lost, the last stage was to place the stamped imagery. The stamps were inked using the Pitch Black ink pad, as I was using ProMarkers after to colour. The roof's were done first, as I was going to over colour the layer of colour with this grey. By doing this, I was going to 'dull' down the colour so that it wasn't so bright or intense. By layering colours, you can make colours match and become a unit and not fight with each other.
Using a light shade of grey (for outline I like to use Warm Grey 2 or a Blue Grey colour). Then taking a pair of sharp tipped scissors, cut around the image leaving a very small margin around the stamped image.
The last thing to do, is to place the cut outs onto your project. Using dimensional tape or good strong glue that gives you dimension, start to lay the images down and to make a picture. Try to tell a story and not just lay them down in a hap hazard way.
Lastly, place your wording down that you have made. I have used a small label maker and using a silver tape, just printed out the words I wanted. These were then shaped again using the sharp tipped scissors. When they were in place, I took red and yellow marker pens (again I have used the same pens that they use to write Menu's on boards and then colour to make attractive and inviting).
The last thing I did was to take something from my childhood. On those hot summers days (remember those such a life time away lol. We had cobbled streets. The fun we had picking up the tar that had melted between the cobbled stones. Our Mums didn't think it was such fun as it was almost impossible to get of our clothes not that we thought at the time). Taking the Black Liquid Pearls, I just filled in some of the cracks in the bottom corner.


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Take Flight Bookmark by Mandy C



Stamps I used:

Inks used:

Cut a piece of card 2.5 x 7 cm.

Using the non-wrinkle Distress ink method, make a background with the two Distress inks. Leave to dry. Stamp with brown StazOn with the Script stamp.

Stamp the ‘Take Flight’ image with Black Archival and colour with watercolour pencils.

Stamp the leaves from the Dylusions set down one side and the checkerboard at the bottom of the bookmark with the brown StazOn.

I did a bit of doodling on top the the border.

Colours the leaves and squares with watercolours.

Attach the girl and place your words where you would like them.

I drew around the bookmark with black pen. Then edge, first with Deep Lagoon and then with Charcoal Chalk Ink. Add some doodling with white and black pen. J


Monday, 26 November 2012

Portrait of a Lady: A Card by Deborah


Lynne Perrella’s latest stamp collection for PaperArtsy is my most favourite so far. Although it is ostensibly a Christmas collection many of the images aren’t specifically Christmassy - this beautiful lady, from Collection 019, for instance. So this week’s project is doubling up as my Mum’s birthday card.
I stamped the image in Jet Black Archival ink onto white card and die cut around it. I cut a second larger shape in black card and embossed it using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I used Swiss Dots to echo the spots on her veil but any smallish pattern will do.
After attaching the two pieces together with double sided tape, I inked around the edge of the black one with Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver.
Next I embossed a piece of silver card (Tim Holtz Adhesive Mirrored Sheets would also work) using the Spellbinders M-Bossibilities – Framed Labels 1. I cut carefully around the label and flourishes using sharp craft scissors, before grunging it up with a Pitch Black Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber and sticking to the back of my main image with double sided tape.
I then made a small hole at the bottom with a pokey tool and affixed a charm from my stash. Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metal Charms, Foliage or Locket Keys would all look great. There are also some lovely charms in the 40% off Clearance section.
I also used my Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss some white card. Because the folder is smaller than the card, I had to run it through twice but the join is hidden once you stick your die cut piece on top. Finally I attached it to the front of a black card blank. I often just write inside the black card with a Ranger Inkssentials white pen.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Yuletide Hanging by Laura

Item Used: 
Firstly, I cut my mountboard to size with a sharp craft knife and then I stamped my images from the Mini Blue Prints Stamp Set (I really love the size of these stamps – they are handy for so many things) with Archival ink.
Next, I coloured the images with Distress Markers and then I edged two of the mountboards with Glass Glitter and the other one with Shabby Blue Embossing Powder. I used a glue pen with the Glass Glitter and Sticky Stuff with the embossing powder.
When they were dry, I attached some WRMK grey velvet ribbon to the back of the mountboards with double sided tape.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Jingle Bells by Paula Tidman


I've only made about three Christmas cards this year, and even though I'd decided to not many cards this Christmas I felt rather inky this weekend so decided to make a card using the rather gorgeous St Nick stamp from Stampendous.
I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and I decided to use my ProMarkers to colour him in. I buffed round the edges of my card with Distress inks in Old Paper and Vintage Photo.
I took some Kraft card and stamped the Christmas sentiments from the Lynne Perrella sets 016 and 017 and snowflake stamp from the December Craft Stamper magazine using Seinna Archival ink (Vermillion would work as well) and then dry brushed some watered down gesso over the whole card.
I stamped and diecut the sentiment using the Whimsy ticket die and  then I used ribbon and bells from my stash to complete.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Christmas Candle by Carol Fox

This week I have decorated a candle using Oxford Impressions stamp set Christmas Wish.

This is just a basic candle that I saw when I was doing a shop in Tesco’s and I thought how well the large Santa from this stamp set would fit onto it (even when shopping my head is still crafting).

I stamped the Santa and the Star three times onto white tissue paper - I personally like to use a tissue paper with a slight sheen on one side of it, as I find it a little bit more gutsy and forgiving when being handled.

I used a Black Versafine ink pad, as it keeps the detail well when stamped onto tissue paper, some ink pads have a tendency to sink into the tissue a bit and can make the image a bit blurry. 

Once you have stamped your image you can colour it in if you want, I haven’t as I like the black on the cream candle, but this Santa would look lovely in a red coat and the stars in a nice golden yellow.

Cut out your images. Position them around your candle getting an idea of how you want to space them out. Keep one in place, wrap a piece of wax paper around the candle and heat gently with a heat gun, you will see the wax on the sheet start to melt, when it has gently remove the sheet from over your image. Repeat with the other images.

These are very quick and easy to decorate and the candles are inexpensive to buy, but once decorated they look really lovely, and done up in a cellophane bag with a ribbon tie would make great gifts.
See you next Thursday,
Carol x

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Fashion! SMASHION! by Alan Scott


This tag was created using the great imagery from The Dylusions stable of stamps the stamp collections used are: Pondering Petunia - Doodle Parts and Traveling Travis.
The backing tag shape and background design is available as a free download from this link here.


Pro-Marker or FlexMarker Pen
Neon Markers Set
White Alcohol Colouring Paper/Card
Selection of glitter Sakura Pens
That Special Touch Masks (here I have used: Argyle and Button 6inch masks)
Molding Paste
Selection of
Dylusions Ink Sprays
Rubbing Creams Gold/Silver and Fleur de Lys coloured)
Baby Wipes/Kitchen Paper
Post it Note
Print out of tag
Mounting card (I have used an Manila folder glued together and then cut out)
Craft Mat
Black Marker Pen
Normal Items from your crafty tool box


After you have printed out the downloaded tag shape and secured it onto your backing card, carefully cut around the shape and there you have your A4 tag shape backed ready for you to embellish.
Using the Pitch Black ink, stamp out the two figures that have been chosen from a vast collection of stamps from the Dylusions collection. Now then, one of the figures doesn't have any HAIR or even a HAT! This is where you can pick what ever embellishment you want. To make the hair style I picked, is easy to do with a little forward planning.

Using a Post-It Note, just stamp the head and shoulders close to the 'sticky' end of the Post It. Then carefully using sharp scissors, cut out the stamped image and try to keep as close to the printed line as possible. This will save time later having to touch up with a black marker pen. However there will be some extra dots needed to bring the two stamps together.

Place the post-it on top of your stamped image, ink up the 2nd stamp and with careful placement stamp onto the white card. You can overlap and print onto the Post-It - it's better to do that than be even a few mm away when you're then going to have to draw lines to bring it together. Repeat this twice making it look like a modern hair style.

Now it's time to colour in. I have used the Letraset Neon Marker Set, as I wanted this to be vibrant and in your face colouring - after all, on the catwalks they do use bright over the top colours. Using a Warm Grey 2 ProMarker, I did an outline around the images so that when I cut them out, it would not look harsh. If you don't have this pen, I would highly recommend that if you do want to build up a collection of pens, then the 3 sets of greys are a must. So much can be done with them, not just alone but also combined in layering with other colours.

The next step was to embellish the tag. I have used the two Masks and some Molding Paste. To do this, lay the mask down on top of the surface of the tag. Then carefully with a spatula or even a old credit card/gift card, lay down a layer - don't make it smooth, don't be over tidy either, you want to have some definition and unevenness when you lift up the mask. This is then the hardest part .... walking away to let the paste dry. You can use a heat gun but that could warp the card. So place aside and do something else.When it's dry, you can start to build up layers of colour. Rubbing the creams onto the paste, will add a colour and highlight to the texture that you have made. Then taking your spray inks, give short sharp blasts. If you have puddles of colour, just roll a paper towel over the area and then lift the colour off the surface.

All we have to do now is the placement of the stamped images. Using the good strong clear glue, place a good size dollop. You want to put enough on so that the image is raised up and not on the same level as the molding paste layer that you have done. When you're happy, the last thing to do is use your Glossy Accents to fill in the 'glasses' so it looks like there is glass in the lenses. This is a stage you don't have to do, it's just an extra layer.There you have it, a large tag that can be given away as a 'card' or just backed onto a frame and made into wall art.
Any questions please get back to be and I will do my best to help you.


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Santa’s on his Way! by Mandy C



For these two ATC’s, I’ve stamped directly onto white ATC’s using Black Archival Ink. I’ve used the Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamp Set Mini Holidays 3.

I coloured the ATC’s including images with watercolour pencils and left to dry. Then I added some chalk ink around the edges of the ATC’s and added some Stardust Stickles for a snowy effect.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Believe: A Card by Deborah


For this card I have chosen to work with the wonderful angel doll image from Lynne Perrella Collection 020. She is stamped onto copy paper in Jet Black Archival ink, as is the gemstone from Collection 019 and ‘Believe’ (from the Russian Doll) also from 019. The gemstones are painted with Distress Stains – just dab some onto a craft sheet and use a fine paintbrush. The angel doll is coloured with a mix of Distress Stains and ProMarkers.

For the background and the lace trim die-cuts (Tim Holtz/Sizzix) I went to my stash of home-made papers, decorated with a mix of acrylic paints, spray inks and Distress Stains, often through stencils and masks.  I also often add random stamping.

I cut my background paper in two and glued the doll, ‘Believe’ and the gemstones to one half with Mod Podge: Matte, then tore roughly round it and mounted it on black paper using double-sided tape. I used a glue stick to affix the lace trim die-cuts then taped it all onto a card blank which I had already covered with the rest of my background paper. 

To finish, I coloured a piece of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon with Worn Lipstick Distress Stain, tied it into a bow and fixed it with Stix2 Silicone Adhesive. A few dots of Candy Cane Stickles Glitter Glue around her halo added the final touch.
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