Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January Recap - Lots of Inspiration

Hello everyone!

Welcome to our first recap post in 2018! We have to share a big bunch of stamping inspiration! Our Design Team created amazing stamped projects in all kinds of styles!

Now, lets move on to the fab makes of everyone!!!


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Thank you all for stopping by today!
We are back tomorrow with a new challenge.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Make a wish - Creating a wood effect background.

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today with a tag which looks like a piece of wood....well hopefully it does....a bit!!

This is a really quick and simple effect to achieve. Apply a couple of blobs of Fresco paints (green and white) onto a size 8 manila tag and scrap down the paint using an old store/credit card....make sure it is an old one though lol.

Once that is dry, then grab a ruler and a black fine liner pen and start to randomly draw in the 'planks' to give the wood effect and also add little dots to represent the nails. Add a little bit of brown Gelatos randomly as shown on the photo to darken it down a bit.
Not bad huh?! I can't take credit for this method as I saw it somewhere on my travels, probably Pinterest, but I really liked the way it looked so was dying to try it out for myself.

The next step was to stamp the Da Vinci woman 1 and a flower from the Antique Botanicals set onto a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and then colour them in with a selection of Jane Davenport pencils.  The images were then fussy cut out and put to one side while I had a little think about what else to add to the background.

I thought the image needed little something else so I took a set of wings from Butterfly Trio and embossed them using a white embossing powder and fussy cut them out also to add to the woman.
I then pulled together the whole tag with the images I cut out plus some dry wall tape (yes really) and a small piece of cheesecloth, self adhesive pearls, a fabric flower and I also added a  Tim Holtz quote chip as a finishing touch.

I hope you all like my 'wooden' tag ;)
Donna xx

Stamps Used:

Antique Botanicals

Da Vinci Woman 1

Butterfly Trio

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Always Sparkle - Envelope Book Tutorial by Sue

Good afternoon and happy Saturday, welcome to the weekend! It's Sue here with my envelope book.

Making your own books and journals is very popular at the moment, and I wanted to have a go. I also wanted to use supplies that I had already as it's just after Christmas and I'm already in 2022's craft budget.

So I have quite a few of these -  Colour Craft lustre paints.

Loads of these - rather posh DL pearlised envelopes. I bought a box full in a closing down sale, so have a box full less 3!

And these, my favourite bright StazOn inks. So to work (well play really, I'm making it all up as I go along)

I started by painting my envelopes with the paints, then added some stencilling in a contrasting colour.

I've used totally different colours so that I've got a choice of colours for my toppers.

I've used metallics on this one and they are really nice!

For the 'in between' envelopes I've used my favourite inks and dabbers for very quick and easy coverage.

Next it was time to add some background stamping. I've used stamps from the Round In Circles plate, and Vintage Script (ATC)

This is how the envelopes join together. They're self seal so you just stick the sticky flap inside the next one. This made colouring the 'dabbed' ones interesting, as you coloured one side to match one painted envelope, and the other to match another, so that when you flipped it open the two 'pages' went together.

This is how it looks when it's all joined together. I've not inked all of the envelope as the topper will cover most of it. You can just keep adding to it by adding a painted and a dabbed envelope.

When I think it's full enough I will just make a 'dabber' envelope page in yellows and greens to match the front page, then I can seal it all up with the sticky part of the front envelope!

For the front cover I've stamped and embossed Merry Magpie and coloured him with sparkle pens. I've also stamped and embossed the sentiment from Something Wonderful, together with the numbers from Pick A Number.

You still have 4 days to join in with our current colour/and/or Make it Vintage theme, so I hope you join us.
Have a lovely weekend, and thanks very much for looking xx

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