Friday, 24 July 2015

Ohhhh, new stamps to play with ...

Oh my oh my .... I am totally and utterly cream cracker'd and am sadly feeling my age today. What a busy fortnight and definitely have end of term fog head but must also add have had a real blast too with the all the leavers events/activities.

On to the crafty task at hand ... Polka Doodles Challenges "two patterned papers" challenge. I decided to use the new stamp sets recently released to create my own backing papers, "What's up buttercup" ...

I created the floral background using the stamps and coloured with distress inks. I created a further smaller panel ready to layer my sentiment on to it. I also stamped some additional flower to layer up and created further height.


Before sticking everything down, thought I better add some ACTUAL patterned papers (just in case). These papers are from Bonbon Belles collection.

The sentiment is from Polka Doodles Work and Play 1 which I have over stamped and coloured. A few leaf stamped embellishments a cute lickle wooden birdie button are the finishing touches.

Right better get my bottom in gear and post this on to the challenge blog. Loads of crafty stuff to do this weekend ......

x x x

Products and links:

Papertake Weekly - build it up
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Moo-mania - in the garden
Through the craft room door - anything goes
Artistic Inspiration - anything goes
Card mania challenges - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Use your stuff - anything goes

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Money isn't always for spending ...!

Edited to add (24th July): not sure what happened but my post disappeared! Have checked all the settings and everything appears okay ..... a little spooked and mightily confused. Thank you to the kind person who emailed me to let me know.

For this weeks inspiration post over at Love to Create, I have decided to make a money box to help save for Christmas but not Christmas Day per say but of course the Christmas sales ...

I began by painting the MDF money box with Maimeri yellow acrylic paint. Once dried I sanded the paint to dull the colour and then covered the sides in light gold metallic pan pastel.  Next I mixed white pearlescent pan pastel (dust) with Maimeri matt medium and dry brushed this on to all edges and corners. Again once dry, I lightly sanded to distress the colours further. Using the PAB Perfect Poinsettia stamps, I randomly stamped all over the money box using red stazon. All the images were coloured with permanent red pan pastel and then highlighted with magenta pan pastel.

I also stamped the poinsettia images on to red(ish) card and coloured as before, cutting each image out. Layering the stamped images randomly over the box helped create movement and texture .... and also fill in any huge gaps. (Photos below show the 3 sides sides).

On the front I have used a stampbord panel but have coloured the panel with light gold metallic pan pastel and then dry brushed a layer of the white fine pearlescent pan pastel mixed with matt gel. Again I randomly stamped the poinsettia image and coloured as per the money box. I used my stampbord tools to highlight all the veins and also on the sentiment.

The scrabble tiles have been cut and mounted with 3D foam to help them stand out further. 

To keep with the saving theme, I have added some 1p and 2p pieces. Some have been coloured with copper pan pastel and some glittered using GraphIt glitter shake pen. These were then added to the centre of all of the poinsettia flowers/leaves. Not sure if it's "legit" to use coins this way but surely it is just the same as saving in the money box  .... !Finally a few sequins were sprinkled over the money box.

Slow lazy day for me. Catch up on commenting, blog visiting, bit of crafting using a new kit (soon to be released) interspersed with household chores, (needs must on the latter).

Have a great day everyone,

 x x x

Products and links:

Crafty Calendar - Christmas in July
Hiding in my craft room - lots of layers
Fantasy Stampers - pretty petals
Sweet Stampin' - no DP
Winter Wonderland - traditional Christmas colours
Creative Craft Cottage - anything goes

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Altered milk bottle

Well this week has been manic from start to finish and I am sooooooo tired. Sports days (x2), school plays, leavers trips, school disco and a work colleagues leaving do crammed in to 5 days .... and don't forget the obligatory teaching too! We have only got 3 days remaining until the end of term but they are also chocker block too. I think I will be having a long lie or a lazy day next Thursday.

In my end-of-term fog head mode, I forgot to post my Love to Create project for the "anything goes/mixed media" challenge and am trying to sneak it in now before the inspiration post tomorrow! Sssshhhhh, don't tell anyone ... pretty please ....! For my project I decided to alter a milk bottle to turn it in to a candle holder ready for Christmas ...

I began by covering the bottle with Maimeri gel medium mixed with white and blue acrylic paint. I just splodged it all on in a "devil may care" manner ...

Whilst still wet, I then used my finger and tapped the wet mixture to create a textural finish.

When dry, I covered everything with fine white pearlescent pan pastel to had a sparkle/pearly finish.

Next came the decoration for the neck of the bottle and I have used old chains, ribbons and stampbord. I began by adding a layer of lace which has wonderful dangling pieces. I covered this then with a broken chain I found in a charity shop and began adding my decorations.

I stamped images on to stampbord, scrapping away bits to add highlights with my scrapper tools. The images were then embossed first with clear detail embossing powder and then white embossing powder. I then added bells to the chain (again found in rummage boxes at a charity shop) and finally finished with extra lace and ribbon to hide all my gluing .

A quick sneaky view of the top of my bottle where the candle will go but I think it will be more ornamental rather than for burning.

Right I'm off to sit in the garden with a large coffee, laptop in tow and off to catch up with all the crafty going on in blogland. Day of nothing on the cards today me thinks.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone,

x x x

Products and links:

Crafting with friends - anything goes
Jingle Bells - old fashioned Christmas
2 Creative Chicks - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Crafts Glaore Encore - anything goes
Crafting Muskeeters - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut - anything goes as long as it is Christmas
Rhedd's Creative spirit

Thursday, 9 July 2015

It's all about the embossing ...

This week has flown past quicker than Concorde and even faster than the speed of light! It has been choker full of "stuff" that I have completed but I don't remember when, where and sometimes why (lol). Relaxing but busy weekend happening and looking forward to getting away. I just home not too many people are travelling on Friday evening ... I can but wish ...

The theme this week over at Polka Doodle Challenges is "add some embossing" and as I forgot to blog my card last week, thought I had better add it and hope no one noticed my absence ... eeeek!  I have used papers, sentiment and embellishments from Work and Play 9, Love and Kisses.

I printed off all my elements and embossed them with different embossing folder. I then sanded back all the embossing to age the papers a bit.

Next I knocked the colour further back by adding fine white pearlescent pan pastel. This gave all the papers and embellies a great shimmery effect (which is not captured clearly in the photo).

I then began layering all my papers and images. I mixed embossed pieces with "plain" pieces which has given a wonderful textural feel to my card. I think it also has helped each stand out, (if that makes sense).

I then added some lace, little hearts and ribbon to add further textural elements to the card. Although it is "busy", I do love how all the elements blend together.

Right gotta get myself packed, the house organised and get an early night. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and catch up with you all on Sunday evening,

x x x

Products and links:

Crafting with Attitude - anything goes
In the pink - pink and floral
Frilly and funkie - something to say
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - anything goes
Colour Throwdown
Come and get it - anything goes with flowers
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Through the craftroom door - anything goes

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

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