Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Sneek Peak for you.

I am sharing another Sneek Peak for you this morning. This is a card I made using the wonderful Create a Card Pop out Dies that will be launching on Hochanda this Friday (26th May) at 8pm. I have had such fun using the dies and decorating them for so many different occasions. Please tune in for so much more inspiration.

I will be sharing the Step by Steps for all of the cards I have made after the launch so I hope you will join me again. For now, Ii hope you all have a great day. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Gilded Rose Box

Fancy making a gift box and dressing up with your 3D Embossing Folders. I can't tell you what a super impression these will give your cards and projects, they really have to be seen to be believed. The depth of design is on so many levels, the techniques and finishes you apply can really enhance them.

The size of the embossing folder is 5 x 7'', so I wanted to make my basic box with a finished size of 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 with a depth of 1''. I made my box with the Big Score, I cut two sheets of Matt Black Cardstock measuring 9 1/2 x 7 1/2. Having assembled the box, I gilded the embossed card with Empire Gold and Renaissance Gold and secured it to the lid with Tacky Glue. To add more texture and to hide the seam, I used DecoArt Sand Texture paste around the top and sides.

I used a small scrap of black card to emboss the cartouche and cut it out. With Black Dylusions ink spray, I dyed some paper roses. I then used the 'Rose' stamp from Sheena to add the sentiment.

I painted the Texture paste with Pebeo Black Gesso and then gilded the whole box and roses with the same gilding wax. I then used 3D Glue Gel to secure the roses and additional Cartouche to the lid.

Thank you for taking the time to visit today and for your lovely comments on here and Facebook, I really do appreciate them all. I hope you have enjoyed the step by step and the finished piece. Take care and Happy Crafting.xxx

Monday, 22 May 2017

Another Full Sneak Peek

Morning everyone, Hope you all had a great weekend. Time for another Sneak Peek of a card I have made for the brand new Create a Card dies being launched on Hochanda by Crafters Companion. Counting down the days now until the big day on Friday 26th May. I am sure the show will be full of inspiration, so I hope you will be tuning in.

I will be sharing step by steps for the cards I have been making with these great dies, so I hope you will join me after the launch for these. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Life's an Adventure

Create a rustic look with these fantastic 3D Embossing Folders launched on Hochanda by Crafters Companion. There is so much Depth and Dimension in these folders that they really hold their own. I have really enjoyed designing to show just how detailed they are.

For this card, I wanted the finished card to be larger than the embossing folder, but also wanted the folder to be the main focal point, so I cut 2 which I would join together later. I inked my 'Regency Swirls' folder with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and ran through my machine. This coloured the lowest part of the design to highlight the different levels of emboss. The card I used here was Neenah Dessert Storm.

Next I trimmed the design, both pieces to 6 3/4'' x 4 3/4''.

I took a strip of hessian, which I frayed at the edges. Then I joined the embossing folders to give me a 7 1/2 x 6 1/2 piece. I wrapped the hessian around horizontally and secured at the back with red liner tape. I did the same with some raffia, then again vertically, where they crossed I tied a knot.

I backed the piece onto red pearl card to give a narrow border, then attached to my 8 x 7 base card made with Ivory Centura Pearl card. I stamped the sentiment and cut it with a basic circle die, distressed with Antique Linen and layered onto some matching card cut with a larger basic circle die.

I hope you have enjoyed this step by step and the finished card, I hope it has shown the depth and detail of the folder, which is what I wanted with this card. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and hope to see you soon. Take care and Happy Crafting.xxx


Friday, 19 May 2017

Super New Launch Next Friday (26th May)

Morning, I have a nice surprise for you today, a full "SNEAK PEEK" on my blog. Crafters Companion are launching these Super New Create a Card dies next week, so here is one of the cards I have made for the show. I really hope you will be tuning in to Hochanda to see them in action.

I have to admit I have never used anything like this before. However they have been wonderful to work with. Having the ability to make a special card base at home with whatever card stock you like. It's fantastic, once you have cut the card the FUN really begins, The Decorating. I will be sharing Step by steps after the launch, so please keep your eyes peeled. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Thursday, 18 May 2017

All you need is Love.....

Morning, Today my card Is using 'Country Garden', one of the wonderful New 3D Embossing Folders launched on Hochanda by Crafters Companion. Where is the embossing folder, I hear you say!!! I wanted to share a completely different way of using them as well as a great way to use up all of those pieces in your bit box, we all have them. I have also used The 'Script' Stamp from 'All the Love' set by Leonie.

To begin with, take all those bits of black card you have and selectively emboss them with the folder, choose the elements you want to use on your card.

Next gently highlight them with your Pebeo Gilding wax, Here I have used Empire Gold and Renaissance Gold. Set aside for later.

To make the background I took a 5 1/2'' Square of Sheena stamping card, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and I stamped Leonie's Script stamp, I did the same for the sentiment panel.

Across the background and the sentiment panel, I used Frayed Burlap, Old Photo and Tea Dye Distress Inks, darkening around the edges and blending out to a much lighter shade in the centre.

I then backed the sentiment with Black card, giving a very narrow border.

Before adding anything to the background I wrapped 5 or 6 strands of hessian string and secured it at the back. I then attached it to my 6'' square Centura Pearl card base. I then added a metal key embellishment.

To add the wow to the card, I shaped the flowers and leaves, made from the folder, arranged and secured them with Collall 3D Glue Gel. I did leave a couple flat for sticking to the base card with Tacky Glue.

I hope you like the different way I have used the folder and maybe it's something you hadn't thought of before. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit today and hope to see you very soon. Take care and Happy Crafting.xxx

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Little Things

Hopefully you managed to catch the launch of these brand new 3D Embossing Folders on Hochanda from Crafters Companion. It's impossible for me to let you know just how amazing the detail is, it's one of those things that has to be seen to be believed. Here is a very simple card I made for the launch , they really speak for themselves, so any card or project you make will have wonderful depth and dimension. All you have to decide is how you want to show it off.

For this card, you will need a piece of Mirri card, cut to 6 1/2 x 4 1/2'' to allow an overlap for attaching later. It was embossed with the Regency Swirl 3D Folder. Then it was coloured with a selection of Adirondack Alcohol inks, I used Pool, Sunshine, Yellow, Sail Boat Blue, Denim and Stonewashed. They were applied using  a felt pad and applicator, rotating the tool as much as possible.

Taking an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Ivory card, I scored it in half to create a Tent Fold base card. The I cut out a window/display frame using the wonderful die from Sue Wilson. 

Having stamped the sentiment from the coordinating stamps I cut a matt from some extra Mirri card that I had coloured using the same inks. I then added some colour to my sentiment using Antique Linen Distress Ink, making it deeper around the edges and layered both onto Centura Pearl Ivory Cardstock.

I cut a selection of leaves, some from Leonie's Mixed Media collection into the Mirri Card I had previously coloured. I also coloured some Mirri with Raspberry Alcohol ink and from this I cut some of Leonie's Mixed Media flowers. I then embossed the leaves using a Leaf Vein Texture Embossing Folder from Crafters Companion.

To finish the card I attached the Mirri Card behind my window with 3D Glue Gel. Then I added the sentiment, I lastly shaped the flowers and arranged them using the glue gel.

I am so happy you took the time to visit today, I hope you enjoyed the step by step and the card I have shared today. Take care and Happy Crafting.xxx

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Time - Showing us what Matters

Hello, I've got something a little different to share with you this morning. Yesterday Kim from Paperbabe Stamps brought her Male Mixed Media, stamps and stencils to Hochanda. I bought them a little while ago, they really are fantastic. I never been able to draw a successful face so these have really been amazing to use and have allowed me to try something new. If you didn't see the shows, they will be available on 'Rewind' via the Hochanda website.

For this I used the 'Side Swept Bangs' template, the instructions are super easy to follow. I used Stick n Spray from Crafters Companion on the back of mine to hold it in place. Next I positioned the facial features, using the coordinating stamps. For the eye's I used Blueprint Sketch Distress ink.

Once completed, I used a 0.3 & 0.5 black Copic Multiliner pen to darken the lines before rubbing out all of the pencil markings.

I started building up the skin tone with my alcohol markers, blending to add shape to the face.

I continued to blend, darkening around the sides of the face and hairline. Below the shoulders, I faded to the lightest shade.

I took a warm golden base for the hair, my chosen hair colour was dark brown but I like to start with a lighter base, after adding the darker colours the tones does show to give a more realistic look.

Next I took my 2nd beige colour to start the blending. Working with the hairs natural movement, blending from the root and from the tips, leaving a bridge in the mid-lengths. 

I continued with a deep warm brown applying in the same way.

Lastly, I took my darkest brown to add even more depth and tone before blending with the warm brown I had used previously.

Then using copier paper, I made a mask to cover the whole image.

The colours I used for this background were Blueprint Sketch, Dusty Concorde and Chipped Sapphire. I wanted to blend areas while still keeping some white without it starting to look patchy.

I made a stencil from the clock die from the 'Time Traveller' collection by Sheena. I also used another from Clarity, stippling through with Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire.

With Memento Black ink, I stamped a sentiment stamp from Bee Crafty, using the 'Time' part on the left had side and the rest in the top right hand corner. I next took the Hourglass stamp from Sheena's Time Traveller collection and stamped using Blueprint Sketch Distress ink.

I finally removed the copier paper mask.

Many thanks for taking a look today, I do hope you have enjoyed this step by step and the finished piece. If you would like to do something similar, I would highly recommend the stencils and stamps from Paperbabe, they have really helped me to do something that I have always wanted to do. Hope you will join me again soon, Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Monday, 15 May 2017

Clay Wallhanging

Here is another fun way of using the amazing 3D Embossing Folders from Crafters Companion. When I first used these folders I really was blown away at the detail, depth and dimension they gave. So much so that I was intrigued as to what else I could do with them, so here is one thing I came up with, using the Country Garden Folder.

I rolled out my air dry clay to approximately 6 mm (a little thicker than I required). To make sure it was even, I used chipboard either side as a measure. I placed the embossing folder over the clay and rolled again. Then using a pastry cutter, I cut the area I wanted.

Once thoroughly dry I added the colour, here I started with Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer Mists, I used Midnight Blue and Purple Violet.

I wanted a random blend of colour so I dabbed the colour in areas and then added the second colour slightly overlapping. Once dry there was no hard line.

To add a protective coat I used a couple of coats of Spray n Shine from Crafters Companion.

To finish I added a ribbon tag at the back for hanging, then I entirely covered the back with felt to protect the wall.

This could be made in any colour you choose. Also they could be made in a range of clays depending on what you would like to use it for. I have tried it with stoneware clay, so it makes a great coaster or even a hanging for the garden. The possibilities are really endless. Thank you for visiting today, I hope you liek what I have shared and hope to see you again soon. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Faux Parchment

I loved making this card, as soon as I saw the folder, I thought of Parchment and Lace. It's a superb design and the detail is so perfect throughout. I still can't believe what a stunning result these new 3D embossing folders from Crafters Companion give, here I have used Ornate Lace. You really have to see it in real life to appreciate their beauty.

Sadly I have lost the photos, I wanted to share with you to accompany my step by step so I will just have to explain as simply as possible. Please do get in touch if you want to ask anything about it.

Step 1: Take  a sheet of Sheena Stamping Card, larger than the folder, Ink the folder with Archival Cornflower Blue ink and run through the machine, this forms the inside of the design.

Step 2: Repeat step 1, making sure you have between 1/2 and 1'' extra card on each side. This will enable you to score, attach and secure to the backside of the inner card.

Step 3: Carefully trim around the main design, you might find it easier to rough cut through the lattice area to separate both sides first.

Step 4: Line up each side of the design, with the design inside the card, then score and secure at the back. When dry add a panel at the back to cover the workings.

Step 5: Stamp the 'Love', die cut and then edge with a Silver Pebeo 4Artist Marker.

Step 6: Cut out Sara's Butterfly from the Butterfly Lullaby Signature Collection.

Thank you for stopping by today to see what I have been sharing, Hope to see you again soon. I do hope you like the finished card. Take care and Happy Crafting.xxx

Friday, 12 May 2017

Water Garden

Here I have used the amazing new 3D Embossing Folders from Crafters Companion to create a card to suit any occasion. I've added bright bursts of colour with Brusho that suit the design.

I used watercolour card and a Tonic Die to create a deckled edge square measuring 4 1/4'', then embossed it using the  Country Garden 3D Embossing Folder. Then I selectively added the Brusho, suing Scarlet, Gamboge, Sea Green and Leaf Green before spritzing with water. The embossing is so deep that none of the detail was lost. I sealed my piece with a couple of layers of Spray n Shine.

To create the skylike background, I took a piece of Sheen Stamping card measuring 5 3/4'' square. I embossed with a Textures folder from Crafters Companion. I blended colour onto this using Blueprint Sketch, then Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks to darken the edges.

I stamped my sentiment and cut out using the same frame die, this time moving it after the first cut to get the smaller size that I wanted.. I then added the same colour Distress Inks as used for the background.

Using Centura Pearl White, with a hint of Silver, I made a 6'' Square base card. All of the edges of the layers were edged with silver using a Pebeo Silver 4 Artist Marker pen. I layered up, finally adding the sentiment with Collall 3D Glue Gel.

Thank you so much for your continued support and for the lovely messages here and on Facebook, I really do appreciate hearing from you, knowing that you are enjoying what I share. Hope to see you again soon. Take care and Happy Crafting.xxx