Monday, November 14, 2011
To start with (yes I am a few days late) the fabulous ladies at Sweet Pea stamps featured some of my creations on their blog the other day. Click on their name to check out my work.
To end with, I have been chosen as one of the blogs featured on Stop and Scrap.com's countdown to Christmas Blog Hop. That means that 3 fabulous people will win one of a $25 or 2 $10 shopping sprees on their fabulous store website. If you haven't been there you absolutely have to check it out, they have EVERYTHING paper craft related that you can imagine. We will be having a Christmas card contest on my day, and all you will have to do is post up a link and follow my site. Easy Peasy! When I know, you will know.
Happy Crafting and you may even get another post from me tonight, I have some layouts to show.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
So is anyone else having stress about Christmas Cards? I am not very financially solvent and so I am going to try to use up all sorts of old patterned paper and use all sorts of stamps I already have. My big issue right now is that I just don't have the inspiration to get started. So I am going to put out there the question how do you get inspired for Christmas Cards/ Holiday Cards?
My current plan is that I am just going to start colouring images and will worry about what paper to put them with and how to lay them out later. The current image count is at 7 snowmen and 1 Angel.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Everything is attached using Glossy Accents as the Glitter Ritz can be termpermental with adhesives.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Ching Chou Kuik's Silk Dance
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Both cards were made using random papers that I found out of my pile so my apologies for that... it is all super old so odds are you wouldn't be able to find it anyway! I do however know that the flowers for both are from Prima, the lace strip is from Hero Arts and the first card has some Glimmer mist on it. I coloured both images using watercolour pencils and a waterbrush which for some reason they look really gross in these pictures and I don't know why. The first card is very well bright. It is for my cousin who is turning 2 in a few weeks. I wanted to make lots of layers and textures to appeal to her.
(Chingchou Kuik's Kimono Butterfly Mermaid)
I really like this second card. I was trying to get away from my typical super girly colours. I think it turned out really well, she is sexy. The background paper has embossed sections and makes me happy. If you look really closely there is a strip of pearls down the black divide on the left.
(Ching Chou Kuik's Silk Dance)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The first one is my dearest boy, and his new coat, it is one of the ones that the sleeves zip off of. I used some of the paper from the Mr. Boy line and cut out shapes. I also had some chipboard accents that I threw on there. I did a little bit of distressing around the edges to give it a rugged look.
This final layout is of my beautiful "niece" (best friend's child). I took a white piece of cardstock and masked it off, then spritzed it with Glimmer Mist. I cut out two partial circles of Bella papers and put them behind a Close to my Heard chipboard circle. Along the bottom edge of the pictures I took two strips of Bella paper and did a double accordian fold so that it would lay flat but have some dimension. The journalling block is also from Bella and there are 3 chipboard accents added on (yeah for visual triangles!!)
Monday, August 22, 2011
I hope that people are getting their colouring entries ready for me, Friday will be the deadline. A friend asked me to show how I colour with chalk so today that is our topic. Let's get started.
First stamp your image. I am using another fabulous image from Sweet Pea Stamps today. I have stamped using Staz-On , but it isn't neccessary.
Get your chalks out and ready to go.
Option one for colouring is to use little eye shadow daubers.
Option 2 is to use a cotton swab. I always remove some of the extra cotton so that I have more control with the colour. I give a little tug, then cut off the excess. When you have picked up the chalk on your dauber of choice, give it a little blow just like you would do with eyeshadow before you apply it. This just gets rid of some of the extra little dust that comes up and will prevent it from falling where you don't want on your image.
Now you can stop there, your image will hold up just fine. Personally, being a glitter nut I like to spray a little glimmer mist overtop. This is diamond glaze, and just adds a touch of glimmer, it isn't overwhelming or easy to capture using a picture.
This is my totally finished image. There is a little chalk outside the lines from my muffin paper burnishing. If you use the paper method you won't have this.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
and I just had to get them inked up and start creating. Now as you know I am on a pretty tight budget so Copics just aren't an option for me, they are just too expensive. I have several techniques that I use that will still give you the depth, blending and shading that is such a popular draw in the copics. Option one is watercolour pencils and then blending them out using either a blending pen or a water brush (or a paint brush dipped in water). This technique takes some practice so you don't completely sog your paper while you blend, and your need to colour smoothly with the pencils or you may get an uneven look (as I did with the background in the picture below. I should have done the background first, not as an afterthought).
Option two, which is what I am going to show you today is how the rest of the picture was coloured is done using your inkpads (and I know you have them, don't lie!) and a blender pen. Let's check it out.
- A stamp with some actual spaces for colouring
- Stazon ink
- Water based inkpads such as Close to my Heart or Ranger's distress inks
- Blender pen (available at your local scrap store, usually double ended and not refillable)
- Heavy white or offwhite cardstock
- Stamp your image using Stazon. This will keep the outline from bleeding while we play.
2. Shade your background colour with a coloured pencil or the blender pen and shade it out how you like. Remember it is better to start light and build. You can always add, taking away is much more challenging.
3. Next, how do we get the ink from the pad onto the blender pen? There are 2 methods and it depends on the shape of the ink pad you are using. I personally just squat the lid of mine into the top of the ink and scoop it up from there. Option 2 is a non-stick craft mat or a piece of wax paper. Stamp the whole pad down on it and pick up the ink from there
4. Now we are ready to start the fun part. I tend to start with larger areas first, but the more common (and one I will recommend) is to start with your lightest colour and work to your darkest. There are things like red lips that you absolutely can't do before you do the face, so make sure that you plan your mode of attack.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
- 115 mm and 2mm sookwang doublesided tape
- several colours glitter ritz
- mask shapes (plastic is the easiest to get off, but paper works too)
- 1 piece of cardstock
- mini muffin papers (I will explain later)
- large craft mat or scrap piece of paper (has to be bigger than the paper you are working on)
- paint brush or papertowel
- An apron or garbage bag to cover yourself in....
Ok so here we go. First make sure that you have some clean space to work in because the tape is SUPER sticky. If you have one of those anti-static bags for embossing, rub down your cardstock and your craft mat, it will make things easier in the long run. Glitter ritz has a static charge to it, so it likes to stick.
- Put your tape as you would like it on your page. I won't judge you at all if you would like to cover your entire page, I know how awesome this looks! Remove backing and place masks how you would like them. Ensure that they are stuck down well, or glitter will sneak underneath and your design won't look as crisp
- Pour your first colour of Glitter ritz into the muffin papers. I find this is the easiest way to contain them, but you could also use a spoon or a straw. Gently cover the areas you would like in this colour. Gently use your finger to burnish (rub) the glitter into the area. This just ensures that you get a really rich covering and that other colours won't stick in the spaces
- This is the hardest part right now. You can't just tip to the side like you would with embossing powder or you will end up with a line of glitter. You must flip the page over completely in one swift motion, and then tap your layout. This will put all the excess onto your craft mat, then you can put as much as you can back in the jar. Make sure that your mat is completely clean before moving on to the next colour, so use the paintbrust or the paper towel to wipe it off. If you are using one, give it a static sweep too.
- Repeat with all of the colours until the tape is filled.
- To finish off your creation, use the 2mm tape to create a nice clean border. Lift up your masks, then use black (or your colour of choice) to fill in the borders.
- To ensure that the glitter doesn't invade your house, do another round of burnishing. The muffin cups and your fingers work well for this but you can also use a brayer.
- Add in your pictures, and if you get excited a few accents. I used a Close to my Heart crocheted flower, a pewter brad and a Prima flower that matched my glitter colours. To add some dimention I also added some butterflies the same as what I had used for masks, but only attached them in the center. Remember you need heavy duty adhesive like liquid glass when attaching to glitter