Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Not much craftin' going down...

Hi all - we had a wonderful couple of days at Scrapaholix, it's always so nice to get together with crafty friends!
Sadly, I have nothing to show!!! Busy weekend - I think most people in the western hemisphere know by now that my son became under 15's National Fencing Champion on Sunday (I'm so proud!). Hospice Monday, where I volunteer to craft with the patients, - lots of new ladies, so we made some cards to break them in gently! We then visited my Father in Law in Brum yesterday as he's very poorly at the moment... but coping ok with it (fingers crossed).
Today I was hoping for some paper playtime, but alas, I have a days worth of phone calls to make. My Mum has finally decided to move from the Isle of Wight to be nearer to us (YAY!), but as she is coming down tomorrow, hoping to do some viewings on Saturday, I guess I'd better line some up hadn't I?!
So, in lieu of much paper fiddling going on over the next few days, I have this to show and tell:
It's a little muslin bag, made as an inspiration piece for the next Crafty Individuals challenge - keep an eye on their blog for more details any day now! They also have some pretty new stamps available, so take a peek at them too!
The bag started off cream in colour, I used glimmer mists to make it a lovely chocolate brown.
I then stamped image plate CI-148 onto cream card, before embossing and distressing a little (of course). A little pleated crepe paper and punched borders above and below the image, some crinkled seam binding in a loose triple bow, some Orchid Crafts tiny roses - (you gotta take a look at their prices - great value,) and some pearl trim at the bottom and TaDa!!! A cute little bag for a special gift! Hope you like! xxx

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Scrapaholix this Friday/Saturday.

Mmmmmm. Interesting kit this month. The highlight of the kit has to be the bling swirl - absolutely beautiful. I wanted to try out a new technique for creating a frame which I saw in Craft Stamper this month... so I gave it a go, using the papers from this month's kit and I'm really pleased with it... BUT, I felt that the 'busyness' of the page would overwhelm the bling. Take a look:

I'm really looking forward to teaching the girls how to make this frame - it's so versatile, as it'll go with so many photos, depending on the colours you choose. To prove the point, I made another frame, only this time with less colours, as I wanted to use the bling and for it to have room to shine! See what you think:

I felt that the bling was too stark in clear diamente, so used a brown Promarker to tone it down - I think it worked! And I'll let you into another secret... I managed somehow to get a few little splodges of ink on the base cardstock here and there whilst stamping the frame - so that's why the sequins have been scattered around - there's always a solution!
Hope you like. xxx

Friday, 17 June 2011

One of the best tips I've ever been given...

So, those people that know me, know that I am OBSESSED with Distress ink pads. I'm lucky enough to have every colour and I'm forever telling my gals that they are the best thing ever... BUT... I do have one little issue with them. They really aren't that brilliant when stamping with acrylic stamps - they don't seem to like to sit on the surface. I've tried all the usual remedies - patting the surface of the stamp with sellotape, rubbing vigourously with an eraser... but though this gives some improvement, I've not found anything to completely solve the problem.
THEN... I heard mention of somebody rubbing their acrylic stamps with sandpaper to remedy this exact issue. Yes - SANDPAPER!! "Silly girl", I thought; "she'll ruin her stamps."
Anyway, in desperation, I thought I'd try it on a stamp I'm not overly fond of... guess what? It works! Absolutely brilliantly. I spent over two hours yesterday (I own a fair few stamps lol) doing this to every stamp I own... after a little bit of cramp, and a few sheets of fine grade sandpaper, I can now reach for any of my stamps and any of my distress inks without fear of a dodgy image - fab! Here's a picture of before and after:

I don't think I need to tell you which is which - the results are obvious. So - if you want to use dye based inks on your acrylic stamps, get some sandpaper to them - it removes whatever they use in the manufacturing process which water based inks don't like better than anything else I've tried! xxx

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Crafty Individuals June Challenge

The challenge this month is to create something in the vintage style, including hearts in the design, and obviously using their stamps or products. Here's what I came up with:

I used a 6"x6" canvas, and some Websters Pages Ladies and Gents paper. The dressform diecut is stamped with a Crafty Individuals flourish stamp, before being decorated with netting, flowers, trim, and a cute little ticket from the Crafty Individuals CI-307 set. Here's a close up:

I then diecut some chipboard hearts, and covered them in white tissue paper, stamped with images and text from the Crafty Individuals CI-306 set. This set has a beautiful dress form, some bodices and a great sized vintage reciept. I finished it all off with a little bling, a famous quote and a few pretty little butterflies. Sweet! Take a look at some of the other challenge entrants here

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

My Version of a SMASH!

Well, can you believe it - I STILL have this darn cold - have slept on the sofa for the last three nights because poor Rich was getting no sleep with me hacking away all night! But enough whinging... take a look at this:

I kept the front cover fairly one dimensional, as this little baby will be travelling around with me! The band is a 7 Gypsie's one I've had for yonks. And now just a few of the pages:

I found a wonderful You Tube vid, showing how to make a smash lookylikey, and she had some PDF's of a few pages to print out... I added to this one with some stamped images (the ink splodge and borders at the top. Next up:

Again - the 'This and That' was printed, and I added the butterfly. There's lots of different patterned papers throughout the book - I just raided my ever growing stash! and next:

Another printed page on the right,which I added the stars to, some random patterned paper on the left, and a Maya Road kraft envelope. And the last photo is showing a page that I've used:

I've had some Promarkers for a while now, but because I didn't have any image stamps I liked that were suitable for detailed colouring I haven't used them much. Most people seem to use those weird images of girls with HUGE heads, or really cutesy ones... neither really tickle me. Then I saw that Gorjuss Girls came in stamps - Yay! So I bought some, and I played.... i'm really chuffed with the results!
Well, that's it - my little book. I really recommend that you try and make one - Connie (my daughter) has a REAL Smash book, and she absolutely adores it... but i have to say theres a bit of an issue with the pages turning smoothly - they get stuck, and quite a few people have mentioned this. Mine? Those pages turn like a well oiled machine.... xxx

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Poorly Sick...

Hey guys... hope you're doing well! I, on the other hand have been given a lovely gift by my step-daughter - a rotten cold!! So, here I am, in my pj's, feeling very sorry for myself. I'm half way through making my own version of K&Co's Smash book, it's the most brilliant way to use up all those bits of paper you have lying around, and of course, the most wonderful opportunity to get out all your stamps! I'm looking forward to sharing with you when it's completed! Bye for now - I'm off to find another giant box of tissues... xxx

Sunday, 5 June 2011

A very belated gift...

So, AGES ago, a friend asked me to make her daughter a banner for her bedroom, saying sleep. This was back in February, and I remember thinking to myself "oh, that's yonks away - I'll put it to one side for now"......
So when I saw her last week, I asked her when she needed it for, cos I thought it must be coming up pretty soon. "Oh yes", she said... "That was a couple of weeks ago".....
OH NO!!!! How rubbish am I??!! So, somewhere in the last week of revision/nagging the kids, I managed to make this:
She asked for something in greys and pinks, and for it to be shabby chic (or chabby chick as I like to say since I heard someone on You Tube pronouncing it that way - teehee...). Her daughter is in her early 20's, so I tried to keep it a little classy rather than out and out girly (the style I would opt for when creating for my teenage darling).
I think one of the favourite elements I used on it has to be the Diamond Dust on the letters. Because it's chunky and made of real glass, it seems to sparkle and shine in a beautiful way, without being too OTT. Nearly finished my first tub - will need to go order more soon! xxx

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Busy but Absent...

Just a quickie - I've not been around to blog much this week - it's the kids revision half term, and the majority of my energy has gone into coaxing/cajoling/encouraging them to get their heads into their books!
I have, however, found a little time to make a sweet little mini book, it's a gift so not sure I can show it yet!
And today? Well... Richard only went and jumped out of an aeroplane! He's now back on Terra Firma, safe and sound - what a brave man!!!