Saturday, 5 September 2015

Colored Pencils on Black Card Stock

Hi there, fellow crafters! I hope you’re starting rested into your weekend, or that your weekend is at least beginning at a restful pace. Originally, I wanted to surprise you with a video, but new camera + cryptic settings kind of ruined the recording, so you'll have to make due with close up photos.

I was wondering how colored pencils like my Polychromos would hold up on black card stock – I know they are brilliant on kraft, but black? I almost expected the colors to be dull and never in my wildest dreams had I expected the brilliance I'd get. I used a white pencil as a “foundation” to lighten the base color a bit so it would show up even better against the black.

For this coloring, I didn't try to get a "blended" effect where colors would smoothly blend into each other. I wanted something more _organic_, as you can often see streaks of color on the petals of flowers. That's what I was going for and I think it worked out rather nicely.

I also used my Letterpress as a stamp positioning tool for the sentiment. When I use white pigment ink, I usually need to stamp multiple times to get even and solid color. I’m not great with lining up stamps, so I grabbed my Letterpress for that purpose. As you can see, it worked perfectly – you can see the fine print in the Altenew stamp and that is despite stamping it about four times. Perfect positioning!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed the project!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Pretty Glitter Poenies On Vellum.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, with some very glittery Peonies...

I used a technique that can achieve, oh so pretty results...

I took a piece of vellum, covered in Stick-It, then covered that whole piece with a fine, white glitter, burnishing it VERY well!  I used these gorgeous Peonies from Avery Elle's 'Peonies' set, stamped out in Black Onyx Versafine, heat set, then coloured over the top using alcohol markers. Now here is where I would like to add a *disclaimer* ...I have no idea what this will do to your pens!  It's an 'At Your Own Risk' kinda thang.  I didn't notice it harming my pens at all, but I can see a lot of people thinking this is ker-azy!  I would say, if you want to try it, kind of 'bounce' your pen nibs over the glitter as oppose to dragging them as if you were colouring card, and make sure you wipe off any glitter from your nibs when finished.  Trust me, no matter how well you think you've burnished that bad boy glitter will still shed!

Once I had all my pieces coloured, I fussy cut them out.
I then made an aperture covered in acetate as a backdrop for my pretty Peonies.  I wanted as much light to shine through as possible to really make them twinkle.  I cut another piece of card with the same aperture, and dry embossed in a dotty pattern.  I adhered my Peonies to the acetate using clear glue gel so it still looks pretty neat from the back.

I finished my card by building up my sentiment using the same Avery Elle Peonies set, stamped onto vellum, and Paper Smooches 'Thanks Word Die', which I heat embossed in Platinum Sparkle.  I embellished with a scattering of sequins, and a few little gems, and there you have it.

I really hope you like it.  As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.

Jill x

Peonies   Thanks Word DieCrystal Clear Sequins

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Shooting Stars



I recently got the some fabulous goodies from My Favourite Things - I am so pleased that they are now available in store!  I used MFT's Count the Stars stamps and dies to create this card:

I silver embossed the stars on navy cardstock and cut them out and used the brushstroke from WPlus9's Ink Splats set to create the effect of shooting stars.  I die cut the stars sentiment out of a silver cardstock 3 times to provide a bit of extra dimension.   

I hope you like this starry card.  I love the loose font of the dies and sentiments - so cool :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Count the Stars   Count The Stars Die-namic   Large Stitched Square Lawn Cuts   Ink Splats

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Many thanks

Well according to the met office the 1st of September is the start of autumn so that means i can start using The lawn fawn stitched leaves dies.
I have mixed up the old set and the new smaller version.

I coloured some white card with distress inks first then die cut the leaves. 
The largest one is from the original leaves dies.
Once they were die cut i added some more ink to the bottom parts of the leaves and dusted some perfect pearls in gold on them, it gives an amazing shimmer.
I also added some of the perfect pearls to water and splashed onto my panel and dried with a heat tool.
I wanted to add a matt using the new scalloped stackables from Lawn fawn and used some of the  card with colour on it. 
It is a bit random but i like the little extra pop of colour and no card was wasted in the making ;)
To finish i stamped the sentiment from Many thanks and added some dots of gold liquid pearls.

Just so that you can compare the size difference the left is the original set and right the new smaller one.
Everything used is linked up below just click the images.

Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts Small Stitched Leaves Lawn Cuts Scalloped Rectangle Stackables Lawn Cuts 
Stitched Leaves Dies Many Thanks

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

September Challenge Week 1

We're back to colours again this month and have some Autumn hues for you to play with along with one of my personal faves of black white and grey with a pop of yellow - a timeless classic!   Just pick a minimum of 3 colours from any one of the 3 images below and make something with it using at least one product we sell in store.   You don't have to make a card - it can be a scrapbook layout, or an off the page project - whatever takes your fancy!

In case you're stuck for a place to start - the DT are playing along too and this week we have used all 3 colour combos to kick things off.

I've made a simple Mandala pattern using Garden Flowers by Lia from Hero Arts

using Paper Smooches Leafy Greens and Lil Inkers Awesome word die.

using My Minds Eye My Story Papers and Washi, Wood Veneers, Smile Die
and Family Floral Stencil (used as a stamp)

We hope that's inspired you to play along - once you've made your creation - link it up here
You can play along as many times as you like and feel free to combine with other challenges as long as you stick to our rules too!   You have until the 22nd September to play.

Interactive Cards

Hi! How are you ? Hope you had a lovely holiday weekend ( if you're in the UK, that is!).

You might have realised by now that I love interactive and 3D cards. I'm showing you one that was in PaperCrafter mag recently and thought I'd show you as it's using all Reverse Confetti products that are back in stock.

This card is capitalising on the word play in the sentiment set!/Donut-You-Know/p/46035610/category=8451112

I've simply cut out a couple of layers, including the acetate large circle and added the different layers above and below the circle!/Donut-You-Know/p/46035610/category=8451112

By adding a brad to the centre and attaching ( without making it too tight) the different layers you can turn the top acetate layer ( using a washi 'handle') whilst the base layer is stuck onto the cardstock and this has the sentiment that you reveal by turning the circle!/Donut-You-Know-Confetti-Cuts/p/46035609/category=8451112

The little bits and pieces on the die really add to the donut effect ( if you can cope with the American spelling of doughnut! ��).

Have a look at sentiment sets in store and see how you could disguise them partially and create your own interactive cards! 

See you next week, when they've all returned to school! 

Keren xx

Monday, 31 August 2015

August Challenge Winner

It seems you all had lots of fun with our sketch this month as we had some awesome entries but we managed to settle on a winner, and our winner this month is Anni.

We loved Anni's design - clean and simple but with lots of clever details.  Congrats Anni - drop me a line and I'll forward you your £15 voucher.

Our runners up this month were Gemma and Nonni - both of whom also went with floral themes for their cards - there must have been something in the air!   Thanks ladies -  your cards were stunning.

Here's your blog badge ladies - wear it with pride!

We'll be back tomorrow with a brand new challenge for September with another chance to win £15 and this time we'll be breaking out another set of colours for you to play with ;-)