Monday, 23 September 2019

Artsystamper: Perfect Pansies


Hello! 
Happy Monday!

Today is my DT day for Artsystamper, a relatively new digital stamp company owned by Beverly Cole. One of the things I love about Bev's digital stamps is that you get a great selection of stamps and sentiments in each set and also pre-coloured ones for those quick and easy, last minute cards. Please pop over to the Etsy shop, TheArtsystamperShopand see what she has in store.

My tag has a mixed media background. 
Here it is:



I cut a tag from 300 gsm smooth card and blended Fossilised Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides with a sponge. Once I was happy with the blending, I added water splashes and blotted them up to remove some of the inky colour. I used a text stamp to add some texture, inking with the same DOxides in tone on tone style. I inked around the edge of the tag in Ranger black archival ink.
The beautiful pansy is the pre-coloured one. I fussy cut it and ran a black marker around the edge to hide cutting imperfections and to mask the white card. In doing so, I accidentally cut through the stem of the bud, so I simply popped the bud behind one of the large leaves.
I added some snippets in the form of textured white trim and woven raffia ribbon to the bottom edge of my tag, popped the pansy on foam dots for dimension and added a Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker quote. I decided to stamp the word Fleur in black.  To finish, I added a small hemp bow at the base of the pansy and threaded thicker hemp twine through the top of the tag.

I absolutely adore the colours in this pansy!



Here is the TheArtsystamperShop product I used:

Perfect Pansy


That's all for today! 
I'll be back with another Artsystamper project in two weeks time.

Meanwhile, please check out:

Thank you for stopping by today!


I'd like to support the following challenges:

Creative Knockouts #316 AG 26/09
Simply Create Too #153 AG 27/09
A Perfect Time to Craft  #9 AG 27/09
Pixies Snippets Playground #361 AG 28/09
Classic Design Team Challenge #9 AG 29/09
A Bit More Time To Craft #100 AG 29/09
Love To Scrap #125 AG 30/09
613 Avenue Create #225 AG 04/10
Dare 2B Artzy Favourite Colour 04/10
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #114 AG 05/10



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Sunday, 22 September 2019

Gecko Galz: Autumn Glories


Hello!

Today is my DT day at Gecko Galz and I  have some autumnal projects to share. I love the colours of autumn on crisp, sunny days, but I'm not too keen on the damp and cold that often accompanies it here in the North West of England!

My first project is an autumnal coloured card:


I used papers from the Autumn Harvest paper pack and the main image is from the Pixie Magic collage set. I distressed the edges of the papers and inked them with Vintage Photo. I added a doily, some cheesecloth and lace and then the image on foam pads. I made a little cluster of flowers and leaves and fibres along with a clock embellishment and finished by adding a brad and some gem stones.

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Next I have a couple of tiny scalloped edged kraft cards, perfect for holding gift cards:



I used the Autumn Colours Paper Pack and enlarged images from the Thankful for Fall Jewel It sheets. The paper and images were distressed and inked. Black lacy trim was adhered across the patterned paper and the images are raised on foam pads for a little dimension. Some bronze thread was added behind each image for some texture and shine. The die cut kraft paper flowers were secured together with a metal brad. Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers were added as sentiments.

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The next projects are decorated embellishment boxes. I made these to go with my Happy Mail for the runners-up of our Facebook page give away.



The boxes are the standard plastic trays with a lid. I decided to make a topper to tie around the box. On the back of the topper is a strip of green ribbon, held in place by more patterned paper, that ties at the side of each box, keeping it secure for mailing.
I cut a piece of kraft card and used Fabritack glue to adhere some gathered lace trim around the edge. Patterned paper was distressed with scissors and adhered on top of the card and lace. Tiny gems were adhered around the outer edge of the paper. Alpha stickers representing vintage typewriter keys were added to make  the words 'Bits & Bobs' and 'Craft Box'.
The images are from  the Thankful for Fall Jewel It and were cut with a circle die and inked around the edges. Die cut mats were cut from antique gold paper and a pearl, ivory doily acts as a frame. The image and doily were glued onto the patterned paper with a strip of twine ribbon beneath it. Finally the sentiment, one of my favourites, was distressed, inked in Vintage Photo and adhered to the topper.







And here is a sneak peek at some of the embellishments in the box:



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For the September Customer Challenge, I created two Steampunk Autumn cards. All the details can be found here.






I hope you'll join our Steampunk Autumn Challenge where the Winner will get a 
$25 shopping spree 
at the Gecko Galz shop.



The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product 
(this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) 
Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the weekly $1 deals!

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a Private Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize
Come and join us!

I'll be back on the 1st October with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:

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Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo


I'd like to play along in the following challenges: 

Autumn Layer Card
A Gem of a Challenge #18 AG 24/09
Crafty Calendar Lots of Layers 28/09
Crafting with an Attitude #55 AG 29/09
Classic Design Team Challenge #9 AG 29/09
Aud Sentiments #236 AG 30/09
Creative Inspirations Lace & Pearls 30/09
Ceativ Fusion #14 Autumn 30/09
Crafty Gals Corner #199 Fall Colours 08/10

Pair of Autumn Cards
Penny's Challenges #448 AG 24/09
Cardz 4 Galz #105 Welcome Fall 25/09
CRAFT #528 Autumn/Weather 25/09
Cardz TV #98 AG 26/09
Crafty Cardmakers #241 Autumn Colours 29/09

Embellishment Boxes
Crafters Castle #21 AG 29/09
Love to Craft #38 AG 30/09
Brown Sugar #293 AG 01/10
Corrosive Challenges #9 AG 03/10
Not Just Cards AG 09/10

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 


Monday, 16 September 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Blondie and Sabrina


Hello!
Happy Monday!

Once again it is my DT day at Vera Lane Studio. We have a new digi set release today called Blondie and she is one sassy girl! You can find here here.

My project is only 4 x 4 inches:


I coloured Blondie with my usual Copic markers and made her background with Sunset Beach PaperArtsy Infusions through a stencil (AAll & Create #39). Once dry, I inked the white background with Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide, concentrating more colour around the edges and finishing with black archival ink. I added some white Posca paint pen spots and some black inky lines. The sentiment comes with the set. I cut it into strips, inked the edges and glued it and Blondie directly onto the background.

My next project features Sabrina who was released last week:


Sabrina is another of Janet's bold, spirited girls. She exudes attitude and she makes me smile! She was coloured with Copics and the background was made in the same way as the one above, this time using Blackcurrant Infusions and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide.

There are a few more sassy characters to be released in the next few weeks and you'll probably see that I have a theme going on, as I have a little project in mind ...

Blondie                  Sabrina
     



I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane.
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Cardz TV #98 AG 26/09
Polkadoodle #37 AG 23/09
Creative Fingers #170 AG 20/09
Pammies Inky Pinkies #1937 AG 22/09
Always Fun #128 Fall Colours 22/09

Crafting With An Attitude #55 AG 29/09
Get Creative #84 AG 30/09
Corrosive Challenges #9 AG 03/10



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Monday, 9 September 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Creepy Cute Halloween



Hello!

It's Monday already and time for my DT post for Vera Lane Studio.

Janet popped a new digital collage set into the shop yesterday and it contains all the favourite creepy cute Halloween characters in two pdf files. 
I made this card:


I simply fussy cut the images, which come in different sizes and colour-ways, and ran a black marker along the cut edges.  I added some white Posca pen highlights and Glossy Accents to the eyes.
The background is Distress Oxides applied to acetate, one colour at a time, and spritzed with water.  This allowed me to control where I  placed the colour on the card. I let each layer of Distress Oxide dry before adding the next and built up the colour until I was happy. I die cut a circle of card and placed it in the sky and blended Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink around the circle to create a moon effect. I added some spots of Stickles to the moon to make it shine.
Some characters are glued directly into the background whilst others are popped on foam to give some dimension.


I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane.
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Cardz TV #97 AG 12/09
Crafty Catz #473 AG 13/09
Polkadoodle #36 AG 13/09
Always Fun #127 Create a Scene 15/09
Pammies Inky Pinkies #1936 AG 15/09
Creative Fingers #170 AG 20/09
Crafting With An Attitude #55 AG 29/09
Get Creative #84 AG 30/09
Corrosive Challenges #9 AG 03/10



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Artsystamper: Magnificent Magnolias


Hello! 
Happy Monday!

Today is my DT day for Artsystamper, a relatively new digital stamp company owned by Beverly Cole. One of the things I love about Bev's digital stamps is that you get a great selection of stamps and sentiments in each set and also pre-coloured ones for those quick and easy, last minute cards. Please pop over to the Etsy shop, TheArtsystamperShopand see what she has in store.

I have two cards to share today and both feature the beautiful My Magnolia digital stamp set. This set comes with black and white digital stamps for you to colour and three pre-coloured images for quick and easy projects, as well as three sentiments and three beautiful digital papers.

My first card has a mixed media background and is hand coloured. Here it is:



I arranged two of the .png magnolia stamps together in my chosen graphics program, resized them and printed them out. Bev has a video tutorial on how to do this which you can view here and here.
I coloured the image with Copic markers, using Bev's coloured images as my guidelines. Once happy with the colouring, I added some white Posca pen highlights and dots. I blended Antique Linen ink for the background. I die cut plain white card to make a frame for the magnolia. I used a brayer and Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks to create the colour on the frame. I toned it down with some PaperArtsy Snowflake chalky paint and added some white paint splatters. I inked around the frame edges with black archival ink.
The magnolia and background were adhered to the centre of a 15cm square card and the frame was popped up on foam tape. The sentiment is from the Sketched Spring Blossoms set. I die cut it with a scalloped oval and inked the background with Antique Linen. The edges of the scalloped oval were lightly inked with Seedless Preserves to add some definition. The sentiment was popped up on foam tape.


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My second card uses the pre-coloured Magnolias and one of the three digital background papers from the set.



Again I arranged two of the pre-coloured stamps together and printed them out. I used a die to cut out the image and inked the background with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, keeping the die in place to create a white border. The Seedless Preserves is highly pigmented, so I took a baby wipe and lightly touched the background to take away some of the colour. 
I matted my image onto damson coloured card and popped it on foam tape to be mounted on top of the green magnolia digital paper.
The edges of the background paper were inked in black and matted onto damson card.

Here are the TheArtsystamperShop products I used:

My Magnolia                             Sketched Spring Blossoms
       

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That's all for today! 
I'll be back with another Artsystamper project in two weeks time.

Meanwhile, please check out:

Thank you for stopping by today!



I'd like to support the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craft #99 AG 14/09
Creative Fingers #170 AG 20/09
We Love 2 Create #9 AG 25/09
Simply Create Too #153 AG 27/09
A Perfect Time To Craft #9 AG 27/09
Classic Design Team Challenge #9 AG 29/09
Love to Craft #38 AG 30/09
613 Avenue Create  #225 AG 30/09
Crafting by Designs Sept AG 30/09
Dare2BArtzy Favourite Colours 30/09




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Monday, 2 September 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Goodnight Moon


Hello and Happy Monday!

Mondays arrive so quickly and I can hardly believe that we are in September now. It won't be long before we're seeing the beautiful autumnal colours. I can't wait for that!

 Monday is my DT day at Vera Lane Studio and I have a card to share featuring the cute, new Goodnight Moon which is released today.

Here is my card:



I coloured the moon girl with Copic pens and gave her some white highlights. I created a galaxy background for her using a blend of Distress Oxides (Fossilised Amber, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Wilted Violet). I spritzed water onto the inky background and blotted it to bleach out some colour. I added sparkle with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and also applied white paint splatters. I inked around the background with Black Soot Distress Oxide.
I fussy cut the moon  and girl image and stars and carefully cut the sentiment into strips, lightly inking along the edges with black ink. All the elements were glued directly onto the background and placed on a white card base.



Goodnight Moon



I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane.
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

A Gem Of A Challenge #17 AG 08/09
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1935 AG 08/09
Crafty Creations #397 AG 09/09
A Bit More Time To Craft #99 AG 14/09
A Perfect Time To Craft #9 AG 27/09
Classic Design Team Challenge #9 AG 29/09
Love to Craft #38 AG 30/09
Love to Scrap #125 AG 30/09
Get Creative #84 AG 30/09
Crafters Castle #21 AG 30/09



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Sunday, 1 September 2019

Crafts Galore Encore: Autumn Owlet

Hello!

September brings another Anything Goes challenge at Crafts Galore Encore

The sponsor this month is the fabulous Fabrika Fantasy who are offering the winner 3 digistamp images. 

Fabrika Fantasy kindly gave the DT some images to work with. I chose this Autumn Owlet
Here is my project:



I coloured the owl with Copic markers and added some white Posca pen highlights. I lightly inked the background of the image with Distress Oxides in Stormy Sky and Antique Linen and added a few patches of Vintage Photo to give it a grungy look. I distressed the edges of the image card with scissors, inked them with Vintage Photo and matted onto kraft card.
The background is brayered Distress Oxides. I used a variety of colours including Picked Fence, Fossilised Amber, Spiced Pumpkin, Fired Brick and Vintage Photo. I brayered Snowflake chalky acrylic paint over the top to tone the colours down a bit. I used a Tim Holtz die to cut a pattern from the top left corner of the background. The edges of the inky background were inked with Ranger black archival ink and it was matted onto kraft card. I added some Vintage Photo ink to the kraft card under the die cut pattern so that the background was be more prominent through the holes.  
 The image was popped on foam pads and I made a paper flower using a Heartfelt Creations die and die cut some Tim Holtz foliage to make a cluster. I added some cheesecloth to the left side of the image and tucked the flower and foliage in place interspersed with some dried flowers.                                     



Many thanks to Dmitry at Fabrika Fantasy for generously sponsoring and supporting this challenge. We hope you'll pop over to the shop to see the many lovely products on sale.


Also, please pop over to Crafts Galore Encore to see the DTs wonderful designs. 


We'd love to see your creations.
Remember the challenge is always 'Anything Goes' and so you can create any type of project - it doesn't have to be a card.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo

                                                                                                                                            
I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Crafty Creations #397 AG 08/09
A Gem of a Challenge #17 AG 09/09
Cardz TV #97 AG 12/09
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #113 AG 14/09
2 CraftyCritter Crazies #30 AG 25/09
A Perfect Time To Craft #9 AG 27/09
Crafty Animals #30 AG 27/09
Fabrika Fantasy #34 Autumn 28/09
Classic Design Team Challenge #9 AG 29/09
Lovet o Craft #38 AG 30/09
Love to Scrap #125 AG 30/09

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments.