Monday, 20 August 2018

Vera Lane Studio: Dilly's Days


Hello!

It's my day to feature my DT projects for Vera Lane Studio.

We have a new digi set release today - the fabulous Dilly's Days. Dilly has 5 different poses and this set is so versatile. I made 2 cards, but I fully intended making 5 - one with each Dilly, but somehow life just got in the way this week :)

My first card is a Christmas card with Dilly holding the gift. This particular digi is perfect as a Thank You card or a Birthday Card:


I teamed Dilly with a tree from Tree Lot and a bird, which I coloured to resemble a robin, from Lovely Garden.
The images are coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut.  Some white Posca pen highlights were added to the images along with some iridescent glitter.

The background is acrylic paints applied with a damp, scrunched-up baby wipe. White paint was applied through a stencil and white and black paint splatters made with a fan brush. The edges of the background were stamped with music script and then inked with Ranger black ink. Three stars were heat embossed in gold.
The tree and girl are grounded with spotty washi tape and popped up on foam tape. The robin was adhered directly onto the background.


Dilly's Days                    Tree Lot               Lovely Garden
        

Here is my second card:


This one features Dilly with a bunch of flowers - she's the perfect choice for a Birthday, Thank You or general card. The background is acrylics applied with a crumpled baby wipe, but with a view to resembling ground and sky. The side edges are stamped with script and all edges are inked in black. Distress Oxide was applied through a stencil over the grass and black and white paint splatters were applied all over. 
The images are coloured in Copic markers. I teamed Dilly with a sun (from Sunny), a cloud (from Beach Love) and bird (from Lovely Garden). Dilly is grounded on striped washi tape and tiny torn strips of washi are added on each edge of the card.


Dilly's Days                      Sunny                 Beach Love
      

Here are my other Dillys - coloured and ready to be made into projects:


That's all from me for today.
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:

Dilly's Christmas Gift
CRAFT Challenge #479 Christmas 22/08
Cardz TV #60 AG 23/08
Jo's Scrapshack #247 AG 24/08 (1/3)
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1833 AG 26/08
Christmas at Sweet Stampin Aug AG 29/08
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #88 AG 30/08  (1/3)
Angie's Digital Stamps #23 AG 31/08 (3)
Corrosive Challenges #8 AG 31/08 (3)
Colour Crazy #33 AG 31/08
The Merry Christmas Challenge Aug AG 14/09

Dilly's Bunch of Flower
Craft Rocket #51 AG 27/08 (4)
Lemon Shortbread #74 AG 27/08
Time Out #116 Bright 29/08 (2)
A Bit More Time to Craft #74 AG 29/08 (2)
Let's Craft and Create #140 AG 31/08 (2/3)
613 Avenue Create #212 AG 31/08
Dare2b Artzy AG 02/09
Pattie's Creations #149 AG 06/09 (2/2)
Creative Fingers #151 AG 08/09 (3/3)

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Friday, 17 August 2018

Vera Lane Studio: Little Houses ATCoin Storage


Hello!

Today I thought I would share this quick and easy project. It's a repurposed crisp tube: you know the kind - once you pop - you can't stop!



 

It makes a perfect pencil/tool storage pot, but look what fits neatly inside ...


.... Artist Trading Coins!
(the ATCoin in the tin was made by the lovely Fran Chalmers)

I only have a few ATCoins from the two swaps at Vera Lane Studio Facebook Group, but I'm hoping to make and receive many more, so this will come in handy.

I used the pre-coloured Vera Lane Studio Collage Sheet images (details below) - they are fabulous for quick, colourful projects - just print, cut and glue.

So, how did I make this:

1. Eat the crisps and clean the container.
2. Gesso the outside cardboard.
3. I decided to add torn pieces of graph paper rather than paint the gessoed surface directly, but either will do.
4. Paint the container - don't ask why I chose this beautiful pink colour - it was a new paint I had bought and I just had to try it out - gorgeous translucent finish!
5. Make a border from book paper and colour/paint, then adhere along the bottom edge of the container.
6. I added some torn strips of washi tape.
7. I also added some textured trim along the top edge of the container.
8. Fussy cut images, go around the edges with a black marker to mask any cutting imperfections and adhere to the tube.



Simple. Quick. Useful.


   

That's all from me for today.
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:

Crafty Creations #372 AG 21/08 (2)
Penny's Challenges #393 AG 21/08
Craftaholics R Us #33 AG 22/08
Craft Rocket #51 AG 27/08
Moving Along with the Times  Texture 29/08
Time Out #116 Bright 29/08
A Bit More Time to Craft #74 AG 29/08
Let's Craft and Create #140 AG 31/08
Pattie's Creations #149 AG 06/09
Creative Fingers #151 AG 08/09

I'd really love some feedback :)      
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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Vera Lane Studio: Friendship ATCs


Hello!

At Vera Lane Studio we have a monthly ATC swap in the Facebook group, and this month the theme is Friendship.

Here are my ATCs:


The first ATC features a digi stamp from the Bread, Butter and Flower set:


 I used the girl kitty, Butter - isn't she cute!  She's coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut and I added Flower as a balloon for her to carry to her friend. Look at her sweet words! She truly is a great friend!
The background is Distress Oxides in Mustard Seed and Seedless Preserves with some modelling paste through a stencil for texture. Butter stands on some washi tape, the edges of the ATC are inked in Distress Oxide and Ranger black ink and I added 3 tiny golden coloured gems for a bit of sparkle. Flower and Butter both have Glossy Accent eyes.

My second ATC features one of Vera's Owls:


I chose the owl with the heart since the theme is all about Friendship. Again I coloured the owl with Copic markers, adding some detail and highlighting with a white Posca pen. The owl was fussy cut and popped on foam pads. He was given a washi strip to stand upon. I love his punny message - good friends are always there for us no matter what!
The background is acrylic paint applied to the card with a brayer. Texture paste was applied through stencil to create the triangles, but being white, they didn't stand out so much, so I outlined them with a black fineliner pen. I added some clear crystal gems and inked the edges of the ATC and finished it off with a hand drawn border. My owl has Glossy Accent eyes.

Bread Butter and Flower                             Vera's Owls

   

That's all from me for today.
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:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #87 AG 18/08
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1832 AG 19/08 (2)

Crafty Sentiments Animals 20/08
Penny's Challenges #393 AG 21/08
Back to Basics #9 Use a Digital Image 21/08
Dream Valley #184 Animals 25/08 (2)
Love 2 Create #11 AG Mixed Media (3) 28/08
More Mixed Media AG 31/08 (3)
613 Avenue Create #212 AG 31/08
Crafting by Designs AG 04/09 (Please
delete - this was my 4th entry)

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Monday, 13 August 2018

Vera Lane Studio: Under the Sea


Hello!

Happy Monday! 

It's my turn to feature my DT project for Vera Lane Studio today. 
I made this card:


I used elements from the Seahorse and Octopus set, the Under The Sea set and Ocean 11.  I printed out the images in a variety of sizes and began by fussy cutting the printed images and placing them on my blank card until I was happy with the placements. I then coloured the images with Copic markers and added some white Posca pen highlights.

I made the background with Dylusions paint applied to mixed media card with a crumpled, damp baby wipe. I added some white paint through a bubble stencil and some text in black ink. I outlined some of the bubbles with white Posca pen and I inked around the edges of the card with Broken China Distress Oxide and then with Ranger black ink. Some Art Glitter in Fauna was applied around the rocks to replicate sand.


The lovely sentiment is from the Seahorse & Octopus set - I cut into strips, glued it to the background and outlined it with a fineliner pen.

 

The great thing about digi stamps, apart from the price, is the ability to resize them. Mostly the elements on my card are small in order to fit them onto this 6 x 6 inch card base. Some of the elements are tiny - such as the starfish. However if you wanted to make an art journal page or decorate a gift bag, you could resize them to fit that purpose.
  One of the things that amuses me is that Janet, the artist behind these fabulous digi images, often gives names to the individual characters. The fish with the sharp teeth below is called "Bite"!


Here are the sets of digi stamps I used:

Seahorse & Octopus              Under The Sea               Ocean 11   
  

That's all from me for today.
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:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #87 AG 18/08
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1832 AG 19/08
Dream Valley #184 Animals 25/08
Craft Rocket #51 AG 28/08 (3)
Love 2 Create #11 AG Mixed Media (2) 28/08
More Mixed Media AG 31/08
613 Avenue Create #212 AG 31/08
Corrosive Challenges #8 AG 31/08 (2)
Dare2BArtzy Aug AG 01/09 (1)
Crafting by Designs AG 04/09 (3)

I'd really love some feedback :)      
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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Gecko Galz: By the Shore


Hello!

This month at the Gecko Galz blog we have a beach theme. The challenge is Beach Blanket BingoHave you joined in yet this month? If not, there's still plenty time and you can find new inspiration from the DT and free vintage stamps every couple of days on the blog.

 Here is a card I made:


I did some fussy cutting from the collage sheets to compose this collage card. Some elements were resized prior to printing (ship's wheel and turtle). Each element was inked around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and adhered directly onto the card or placed on foam pads to give some dimension.

Here is what I used:
Paper: Tiny Bubbles from La Isla Bonita paper pack
Images: Girl from Beauties on the Beach, Ships wheel from Beachy Jewels (enlarged) and turtle from Seaside Splendour Kit
Sentiment: Simply Sentiments stamp set
Bingo Card: free (recoloured) with June 2018 Gecko Galz Newsletter (sign up on the blog)
Own Stash: white card base, red card, Vintage Photo ink and blender, hessian trim.



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Next I made an altered tin:

 

The tin was a fish tin - quite apt, I think! 
I've admired tiny works of art placed inside tins for a while, but never tried it until now! My attempt was a bit hit and miss, but I am quite happy with how it turned out!
I gave the tin a coat of gesso, then painted the inside and edges with blue acrylic paint. When this was dry, I glued printed Tim Holtz tissue paper over the outside of the tin with Mod Podge and, once dry, I gave it a wash of brown acrylic paint.

  

The back the tin has some swirly patterned Gecko Galz digital paper - it's called Ocean Tide from the La Isla Bonita paper pack. The seahorse is a stamp from the Splish Splash digital stamp set, coloured with Copic markers. I didn't want the seahorse to be at the back of the tin, so I added some squares of cardboard (about 5 in all) and adhered that to the back of the tin to give some dimension. I arranged some garden stones and florists' moss and glued them in place. Next I added some fussy cut shells and a fish from the Beachy Jewels collage set. I sprinkled some Fauna Art Glitter to replicate sand and added two tiny flatback pearls.
I decided to grunge up the inside sides of the tin with a mixture of brown and green watercolour pens lightly wiped over with a baby wipe. 

 

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My other projects for Gecko Galz this month can be seen here





That's all from me for now!



I hope you'll join our Beach Blanket Bingo 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 $1 Wednesday 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!
Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo


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

 Card
Jo's Scrapshack #246 AG 17/08
Crafty Creations #372 AG 21/08
Crafting with an Attitude #42 (3) AG 24/08
Crafty Calendar Dots or Stripes 28/08
Creative Fingers #151 AG 08/09

Seahorse Tin
A Bit More Time to Craft #73 AG 14/08
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #87 AG 18/08
Crafty Friends #90 AG 24/08
Crafters Castle #8 AG 31/08

Corrosive Challenges #8 AG 31/08 
Angies' Digital Stamps #23 AG 31/08 (2)
613 Avenue Create #212 AG 01/09
Pile It On #145 New Technique to You 01/09
Dare2BArtzy Aug AG 01/09 (1)

I'd really love some feedback :)      
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