Sunday, 29 March 2015

Crafty Individual Challenge 'The Animal World' - Scooby

The challenge is titled 'Animals' and for me the 1st thing I thought of was my much loved English Bull dog called Scooby. Unfortunately he is no longer with me. He used to love playing in the park with his friend's Whizzer and Duke. When they weren't there he had his orange ball which lasted quite a while for Scooby, usually balls were popped and chewed within minutes lol. He also seemed to wink on a lot of his photos too!

·         Firstly I printed a photo of Scooby and used a faded leaf design around the photo (which is a little hard to see now).
·         Triple embossed over the photo. I only had fine detail clear embossing powder to hand. I would have been better using thick clear embossing powder. Also, my fine powder is a little contaminated with bits n glitter lol.
·         Sprayed with shimmer sprays. Wiping off any drops that went on the photo.
·         Stamped ferns and grasses in black ink.
·         Tore the edges and distressed with green ink.
·         On a piece of separate card stamped the bird and tea cups. Coloured with chameleon pens. Scooby used to love chasing the birds.
·         Embossed some Kraft card, distressed edges with green ink.
·         Stuck Scooby on the embossed background and then added the bird in the teacup.

Materials used;
Crafty Individuals CI-207 Ferns and Grasses, bird in the tea cup was sent free with some of CI stamps, thank you Jean and Malcolm.
Archival ink-jet black.
Versafine-Spanish moss.
Crafters companion-textures embossing folder.
My stash;
Shimmer spray.
Matt photo paper.
CraftArtist software.

Challenge entered;

Friday, 20 March 2015

Tonic Studios Celtic collectable cards

Materials used;
Tonic Studios - Collectable die sets - Celtic dream
                       - Deco oval trellis base
                       - Dragonfly delight frame n insert set
Tonic Nuvo Crystal drops

Craftwork cards paper pad

Owl card

I got the idea from Dawny here's a link to her blog and the instructions for making the owl card, pinkpiggywiggy. I have asked her if it was ok to copy the owl and she said she was happy for anyone to make the owl and also post her your finished card. This is very generous, thank you Dawny.
I followed the instructions but I had to substitute some of the dies she used as I haven't got them yet!
It was soooo easy to make.
I hope you like my version of the owl and gives you an incentive to have a go yourself. Feel free to leave a comment. I would also like to see your makes.

Materials used;
Tonic Studios - Deco trellis baseRococo Dragonfly die 

Tattered Lace - circle dies

Dragonfly Frenzy

The cards and tag were shown on Create and Craft when I sent an email into them. I put in the email that tonic dies are 'no FAFF' dies but Dave the presenter said 'no NAFF' lol. I did email them again to correct it but they didn't read it out so I went on the FB tonic page and explained what had happened because NAFF means rubbish!!!

I'm so in love with the dragonfly die, it's a really good size and cuts like a dream every time.

Top card -
I used - Tonic Studios - Strip die beautiful buckle, Rococo  
Dragonfly die, Just for you pansy topper, Nuvo Crystal drops.

Middle card -
 I tried to do a technique called shutter or flip card. I can't find the video on You Tube but when I do I will add the link to it.
When you have watched the video or know what a shutter/flip card looks like you will notice that mine is different!
This is because I got muddled up with my cutting edge but I liked the outcome so I carried on making the card.
I used the embossing folder and then blended distress inks to achieve a leave colour.
With the dragonfly I heat embossed the wings.
Added leaves and butterflies.
The inside I used the dies, stamped MUM and added the drops
I used;
Tonic Studios - Rococo  Dragonfly die, Royal fern, Deco trellis base, Nuvo Crystal drops.
Crafters Companion - leaf textures embossing folder.
Sue Wilson - finishing touches dies - magical butterflies.

Tag -
I entered this in the wow embossing powders monthly challenge. I have written a more in depth post on how I made it.
I used;
WOW embossing powders.
Tonic Studios - Entwining trellis dies, Avante drawer deco, Rococo Dragonfly die.

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear from you. Especially if you have tried a technique but done it wrong.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Wow Spring Is Here!

Spring means to me flowers budding and bright colours popping out from dull places making me think summer is not too far round the corner. 
·          I cut the tag with my silhouette using pre-embossed card. 
·          Applied Versamark all over the tag and heat embossed with Easter sparkle. 
·          The flowers window box is made with the drawer die, embossed green and a piece of card cut to the size of the die and sprinkled with gold glitter. I stuck to the tag with 3D gel so that it grips to the glitter. 
·          I then cut flowers with various dies and papers.  
·          Heat embossed with the wow embossing powders. The pink and red flowers I applied glue to the tips of the petals and then sprinkled on glitter, because I had already assembled the flowers it was really hard to heat emboss. I found this out when I tried to do it on another flower, it was totally ruined, lol. 
·          Applied crystal drops to the centres. 
·          I die cut the dragonfly and applied silver to the wings. 
·          Faux stitching applied with a fine marker pen
·          Ribbon to finish the tag. 

Materials used –  
Wow embossing powders – easter sparkle, sensational sage, persian indigo, totally teal, silver bells. 
Silhouette cameo 
Card and glitter from stash. 
Tonic studio dies – dragonfly, trellis flowers, avante drawer die. 
Tonic Nuvo crystal drops.  

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Tonic Goes Mixed Media

  • Firstly I covered a 12 inch canvas with tissue. 
  • Put blobs of matt paint on a non stick craft mat. Picked each colour up individually with an old plastic card (same as a credit card). Scrapped paint on the tissue. 
  • Cut the Celtic dream dies and deco oval trellis dies in thick card and used them as stencils with various pastes.  
  • cut Celtic dreams diamond shape die in white shrink plastic and applied violet Inka-Gold 
  • Dry brushed paint over them. 
  • Die cut loads of flowers (I had made them previously over a few days). 
  • Applied various shimmer sprays before I stuck them on the canvas.  
  • I arranged the flowers then glued them in place when I was satisfied where they needed to go. To enable the flowers to flow over the frame I cut a piece of card and stuck to the frame so that the flowers were supported. this took me a while as I kept changing my mind where the flowers should go and left them over night (unstuck) to see if the next day I liked the arrangement.  
  • Applied glossy accents to large butterfly n sepia to moth also putting a 3 blobs on the canvas n placed small jewellery charms in it. 
  • To finish I added various glue pearls to the flowers. 

Materials used; 
Tim Holtz tissue 
Tonic Studios dies – trellis flowers die sets, Celtic die set, deco oval die set 
Tattered lace dies - puff ball Lacy Marguerite 
Paint – Indigoblu  
Shimmer sprays various companies. 
Nuvo crystal drops –  tonic studios - neptunewedgewood blue, raspberry pink, Wisteria purple. 
Shrink plastic - white 
Inka-Gold - violet 
Ranger - glossy accents, sepia accents. 

Verona Drawers

Firstly I must say this drawer unit was so easy to put together. There are no written instructions just drawings which were easy to follow.  
  • Once put together and glued I painted the base blue. 
  • The unit came with grey-board mats cut in various shapes. Which I thought was a really good idea as you are not painting directly on the MDF so if any mistakes are made it wont spoil the  look. Also it made it a lot easier to apply paint. I have a trapped nerve in my neck so struggle sometimes when an object I'm working on is 3D and have to get in uncomfortable positions also if I was to do a technique on the grey-board it is much easier when flat. For this I painted them all pink. 
  • For the drawers I used the die that is made especially the sizes of the fronts so I cut them with silver card. 
  • On all the other mats I stamped and embossed the swirls except for the matt on the top which I just stamped and heat set the ink.. 
  • Stuck the die cuts on the mats then to the drawers. Also sticking the other mats to the unit. The kit also comes with PVA glue! 
  • The top and the bottom of the unit are separate pieces. I could have glued them all together but I haven’t just in case I change my mind and decide to stack another Verona unit on top. The ‘legs’ actually make a tray when turned over. 
  • Applied 2  coats of gloss mod podge. 
  • Finished. Doesn't take long to make, the only time consuming bit is waiting for things to dry. 
I sent a email and photo of the Verona to Create and Craft Sunday 1st march, when Jo Austin was demonstrating and it was read out. 

Materials used; 
Paint  Indigoblu matt Teahouse Teal, Viva D├ęcor Maya Gold Magenta paint 
Tonic Verona unit, Avante diesPVA glue 
Brilliance Ink – Platinum Plant 
Wow embossing powder - Totally teal 
Pebeo - silver gilding wax