Sunday, 31 May 2015

21 ..... no not me!

As said on a previous post, I am new to the whole Tim Holtz "tags of 2015" thing .... I know he's been doing them for eons but I have never felt confident enough to enter or even give it a go. Strange thing is I have bits and pieces from Tim but not a huge arsenal and I thing that is what has put me off.

Anyhow here is my version of his 1st tag for 2015, January is my inspiration piece for the "Love 2 Create" anything goes challenge ...

I began by covering a tag with a piece of script paper. It has been added using white pearl and black coarse pan pastels. I then used the colourless blender to do just that, blend them so that they would not appear too harsh against each other.

Next I used some vellum quotes I found ... again another thing I forgot I ha! They have been randomly layered over the background and then "aged" )using the same pan pastels as before).

The lettering are some "found stickers" which I covered in perfect medium and then smoothered in coarse black pan pastel. They have a wonderful sparkly texture to them. I did exactly the same to the frame but felt it was too dark, so sanded it back a little.

I have added a stampbord tile to the middle of the frame (decorated as per the other items) and covered the frame with flowers, diecuts and gems. Finally, because I can, I turned the tag in to a card ... not sure why, but I did !

Well half term is well and truly over and sadly I have to get organised today. First thing is tidy up all my crafty mess (which might take a while) and then get "organised" ...

Have a wonderful Sunday,

x x x

Products and links:

Pink Gem Challenges: flowers
Allsorts: vintage
Hiding in my craft room: freestyle
Come and get it challenges: distress it
Crafting when we can: bling it up
Dragonfly Dreams: how does your garden grow

Saturday, 30 May 2015

It's all about the journey ...

"It's all about the journey and not the destination"

I know, rather reflective post title but do love this quote. Not sure why but it is does speak to me ... okay, weird button has now been switch off.

Was out in the garden putting out the washing the other day and noticed how much my Ceanothus  bush was in full flower. As it is at the end of the garden, it doesn't always get my full attention which is a shame on my behalf, as it is striking.

The colours were bold, vibrant and striking; it spurred me to use blue to colour up Oddella Twig from Ickyink Art from Polka Doodles. Okay, haven't gone quite as vibrant as the Ceanothus but there's still blue on my tag ... okay blue/green/jade ...

I made my tag and covered it with a piece of paper from my scrap box (Teresa Collins ?) I then cut out the Honeypot die from Couture Creations, sticking this to my background paper. Next I created a border along the bottom using another piece of blue scrap paper. I added some of the hexagon cut outs to create a random pattern. I then added my coloured Oddella image.

I printed Oddella Twig out and began colouring her with my Prisma pencils. Oh my, (polite version), I really do not like colouring blonde hair and never get the shades correct, so that changed the direction my project was now going to go in. I covered my coloured image with perfect medium and then embossed her with clear embossing powder. Whilst warm I added blue phtalo pan pastel dust to the edges so it was locked in to the embossing powder. I again covered the image with perfect medium and clear embossing powder. However this time, I added white pearl and copper metallic pan pastel randomly sprinkling it over Oddella Twig.

To add further texture I have added fence die cuts, twig branches, felt leaf decoration, my sentiment (Polka Doodles Work and Play 2), gems and metal embellishments from 7 Gypsies. At this point, my tag still needed something .... go with me .... so mixed some copper metallic pan pastel with clear embossing powder and sprinkled this over all my tag, heat setting it.

Now I have a tag or if I add to a DL card blank, I have a card ..... love having options!

Off to be a domestic goddess today; can you hear me groaning and whinging?

x x x

Products used and links:

Jo's Scrap Shack: anything goes
Polka Doodles Challenges: girly but NO pink
Moving along with the times: texture
Challenge up your life: digi stamps
Crafty Time Challenges: anything new (Oddella Twig image)

Friday, 29 May 2015

"aaarrrr treasure" ahoy ...

After my mammoth colouring session the other day, I have decided to go for "print and cut" to create my DT project for Polka Doodles Challenges. It's inspiration week for the current challenge, "Girly with NO pink" and I wanted to create something for a teenager. I've gone a little grungy using Bonbon Belles ...

The skull is from the cutting files section, which I have recoloured in Word and the skulls border, is one of the brushes (again recoloured in Word). See you don't have to have fancy packages to edit your images and can use what's on your computer!

The sentiment is also from the same CD (again recoloured in Word). I have cut out all the letters, layered them up with 3D foam and then glittered with my GraphIt Shake pen. As a finishing touch, and I suppose the girly element, added sequins and gems.

Now after seeing my card, I realised that it might not be as girly as girly could be, so quickly whipped another one, which is softer in tone ...

Again all the elements are from the Bonbon Belles CD, including that LUSH bubble backing paper ... oooohhhhh, I can see another project coming on soon using that.

Half term is drawing to a close, so I suppose I better start to get organised for next week as have been incredibly lazy this week but sometimes we just need to do nothing!

Have a great weekend everyone,

x x x

Products and links:
 Bonbon Belles Collection  GraphIt Shae glitter gold pen

7 kids college fund: anything goes
Inspiration Destination: anything goes
Penny's paper crafty challenges: anything goes
City Crafter: sequins
City Crafter: teen

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Labour of love ..... literally!

The other night I thought I'd get my pencils out and do some colouring. Normally for me, I colour quite quickly as like to get that bit done so I can get on to the card making (which out of the two, is my favourite part). Anyhow I decided that I would actually spend a lot longer on my colouring and add a background, highlights, glitter .... yadda, yadda, yadda! Well .... whilst I enjoyed myself, I'm not sure I could do this everytime I wanted to colour an image. My eyes were I "bow down" to the full time colouring crafters amongst us, as you have the patience of a saint and probably a lot more besides.

Well here she is ..... Serenity Stardust from Polka Doodles ...

After colouring her, I rather bravely (or stupidly) decided that I wanted her to be placed amongst the stars, so set about creating my star shaped background. I've done a simple tutorial to explain what I did to create the shape.

Step 1:
Cut a piece of card slightly smaller than A5 - 13.5cm x 20cm (my chosen size). Lightly score a line at 15.5cm (slightly bigger than 6"). Place your dies so that they cover the score line. I have marked the score line in red in photo below. Stick in place on your cutting mat but beware .....

Place your card as photo below which shows where the score line will be on your cutting mat.

Run this through your machine and you will then get this shape ...

Step 2:
Now I became "flash Harry" and decided to add star shapes to the sides. Run through your machine and you will get star edges too!

Step 3:
Next cut out different sized stars to mat and layer. See below of my "rough" mock up ...

After layering up my stars, I then stuck down my Serenity Stardust image and added a few little stars to merge the two parts together.

I then added this to a dark blue glittered background to highlight the sky I had coloured and to make the stars "pop" even more.

Serenity Stardust has been coloured with Prisma pencils with added highlights using GraphIt shaker pens in white, glitter silver and glitter gold. As an added extra, I used white fine pearl pan pastel which adds a real shimmery effect (which the camera does not pick up well). Phew, as said in my blog post title ... a labour of love!

x x x

You can get Serenity Stardust here (click on image) ...

Serenity Stardust

Clear It Out - girls and die cuts
Creative Card Crew - for a teen
Papertake Weekly - theme I chose, "use glitter" (glitter via GraphIt pens, glittered stars and paper)
Through the craftroom door - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
Artisitic Inspiration - anything goes with a twist of diecuts
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - shaped card
The Pink Elephant - anything goes
Tip Top Tuesday: hair

Monday, 25 May 2015

Enjoy each moment ...

"Enjoy each moment" is definitely a mantra I need to take heed of more often. Sometimes life throws us a real "curve ball" and you can take your eye off what is important, so this sentiment is a perfect reminder to take stock.

For this weeks new challenge over at "Love to Create", I have made a quick CAS card ...

I'm not sure why CAS scares me so much as I actually thrououghly enjoyed making my card and found it liberating. No embellishments to rummage through and distract me from my task. I know I should do this more often but embellishments do seem to call out to me .....!

I have used the PCB STOP stamp set to create my background with a mixture of distress inks and pan pastels. I used Antique Linen distress ink to stamp my bricks background and whilst still wet, went over with neutral grey and neutral grey shade pan pastels. I buffed off the images before doing the same thing with the leaves but used chromium oxide pan pastel to add colour. As a finishing touch, I covered everything with white fine pearl pan pastel which muted the colours and gave a shimmery effect.

I stamped the bricks background on to a piece of stampbord (technique as before) and then the butterfly from PCB Postcard stamp set. I stamped another butterfly on to card and coloured this with magenta and orange pan pastel. As a finishing touch, I embossed the butterfly. I have edged the stampbord tile with the same colours I used on the butterfly and added some holes using my Stampbord tools. The sentiment is also from PCB Postcard set which has been distressed using my tools.

A quick card which allowed me to get a little messy but was quick to put together. We'd now love to see what you create in our "anything goes" challenge, so pop over and join in the fun at "Love to Create".

x x x

Products and links ...

Cupcake Inspiration: bugs and butterflies
Robyn's Fetish: anything goes
Crafty Calendar: things with wings
Fantasy Stampers: wings and things
Creative Corner:anything goes
Simply Create: keep it simple

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Phew, got there in the end!

Well what an epic adventure I had making this tag. Lots of fun mixed with a huge "boo boo" that made me wonder if I would ever get it finished. My journey began by checking out Tim Holtz's blog as fell in love with his May tag idea. However, I decided that I would try and start from the beginning and have ago at making the other Tags of 2015. March 2015 tag caught my eye and after reading all the explanations, I began.

So off I started using tissue tape and distress inks to create my background. Tim wanted people to use distress paint but surprisingly, I don't own any, so had to make do.

To give a paint effect, I covered the background in white pan pastel pearlescent medium. Next I stamped my images: "falling flowers" from Honey Doo Crafts and a butterfly from Indigo Blu.

On Tim's tag he used gesso to create his stencilled layers but instead I have used Maimeri Glass Gel and Premium Art Brands 12" characters stencil. I masked off the stamped images before covering my tag.

Now here is where things went dreadfully wrong. As per Tim's instructions, I covered the stencilled area with embossing powder BUT forgot to let it dry before blasting it with my heat gun. Oh the smell was dire, the medium bubbled and popped plus it dribbled everywhere. The wonderful stencilling was ruined and to add insult to injury, my tag looked awful. I was just about to throw it away, when I had an idea ...

Taking a sanding block, I sanded back all the raised, gooey areas and slowly felt a little more confident that I could resurrect my tag. When I was finally happy, I covered the raised stenciled areas with white pan pastel pearlescent medium, which appeared to calm everything down. However, it still looked "yuk" in my eyes, so I then went over areas with turquoise pan pastel.

Suddenly it looked as if my copper mess looked aged (copper patina effect)and I could finally see a way out of my "boo boo". Apologies, I forgot to take a photo at this point but hope you can see what I mean in in the photo below on my finished tag.

Using the same stamps as before and a piece of cloud effect paper, I stamped the butterfly using archival black ink and coloured them with distress inks. For the flowers I used perfect medium and went over this with the turquoise pan pastel. I coloured the flowers with the same pan pastel and then embossed all the stamped images with clear detail powder. Once cooled, I cut them all out ready to add to my tag.

Photo below shows how I have used the stamped images. For the butterfly bodies, I added some 7 Gypsies photo holders (secured with matching brads) and pearls to the flower centres. I added a Tim Holtz ticket to tie the stamped images together, adding some more 7 Gypsies metal embelishments.

 I added a "found" sentiment, secured with brads. Using some waxed lace (?), one piece under lower flowers and another piece at the top secured with eyelets. I used a buckle at the top of my tag decorated with a piece of ribbon offcut.

The sentiment on my tag definitely matches how I now feel and although I love the textural feel and colour of my tags background, I don't think I'll be hurrying to try this technique out again. Right better hurry and get my tag on to the Love 2 Create blog as this is my DT project for the inspiration post this week.

Now I can relax and enjoy my Sunday. My youngest son and I are off out for the day, so catch up with everyone in the evening.

x x x

Products I used:

Craft for craic - wings
Left of centre - distress it
Time Out challenges - Grunge with embossing
Crafty Calendar - things with wings
Inkspirational - use at least 3 of the listed elements - I have used all 4 !

What's new on my blog this week ...

' I'm happiest when I'm with you' hanging heart decoration