Friday, 31 January 2014

faux leather

I made myself a promise I would make some of this faux leather - so yesterday afternoon I set aside the time to do just that.  At the bottom of this post is a link to You Tube where Sheena Douglass has put a tutorial.

Oops - good morning everyone!  I hope the weather is being reasonably kind to you & that you are not caught up in these nasty floods.

I have always thought that Sheena Douglass & her ideas were a little "way out" for me - but it is funny how one thing can change your mind & you say to yourself - "no it isn't - I can do that too". Well watching Sheena on her 4-Day deal on C&C this week has really got my mojo going again. The only thing was I spent so much time watching her demonstrations I forgot to order any of her embossing folders. So I have to hope those I have will work just as well - but as soon as they are back in stock I am getting some.

All set up to start - embossing folder, kraft card, spritzer with water & a touch of glycerin.  I didn't have any good kraft card so I tried this with a cut down manila folder. I think it was probably a little thin - but it seems to have worked ok.

This is the piece of card after it has been treated with the glycerin water, scrunched up & put through the E-bosser inside a folder.  As the E-bosser is electric I had to make sure the card was reasonably damp but not so wet it would leak into the machine.  Worked beautifully. Even though my card was not that thick you can see from the top edge that it has really lost its card feel it is quite pliable.

This is what it looks like after using Distress Inks Vintage Photo & Spiced Marmalade.

A close-up

This is it after using Distress Inks Fired Brick & Black Soot over the earlier inks.  The Black Soot was used mainly to highlight the embossed images more.


The finished piece after it has been sprayed with Crafter's Companion's Spray & Shine

I think I would have liked the embossing to be a little more pronounced but this is quite an early folder & they didn't cut them quite so deep then.  Perhaps it might have been deeper if I had run it through the E-bosser a second time?

I don't think I am going to use this piece - I want to hold on to it a bit longer.  But I am definitely doing some more & probably later today.

If you didn't catch the programme on C&C Sheena has produced a video on You Tube which you can find HERE - which obviously explains in more detail than I have in this post.

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Thursday, 30 January 2014

A special birthday card

Hi everyone
Last week I made a special birthday card for a lady in one of my groups - so I didn't put it here until now in case she did take a look at the blog.

I actually had the idea of how to lay out the design of this card after finding the stamps that I have used.  I say "after finding them" because I had put them somewhere safe & as usual forgotten where.  But, anyway I did find them.

They are from Lily of the Valley & because of the wonderful detail in them I thought I would just colour the background lightly & then think of a different way to display them on the card.  I used a 5x5 square card & rounded the 2 outer corners.  Then in a 6x6 paper pad I found these 2 co-ordinating papers & they gave me the idea for the colouring of the background.  I covered the front of the card with the blue paper then cut out a smaller square of the pink paper - backed the right & left edges with some matching strips - so that I could curl the corners.  Curling the corners was probably the hardest part as whatever I used to try & stick them in place didn't work.  In the end they just stayed curled.  The main image & the little tag were stamped on white card in black archival ink then quickly embossed with clear EP.  I used 3 distress inks in shades of blue, pink & green & lightly sponged the colours on.  As it was a special birthday I sneaked a little 70 peel off onto the tag & a black "Happy Birthday" peel off to finish.  I don't have a stamp that small. The tag was hung from the pink layer on some sheer pink ribbon.

I hope she liked the card as I really enjoyed making it & seeing my idea come through.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

too many ........ not enough?

Yes - too many new ideas & things ..................... not enough hours.

For a little while my mojo has been on holiday - now watching Create & Craft some new ideas have come along to whet my creative appetite, along with things I touched on before Christmas.  I have been particularly won over by Sheena Douglass & the things she is doing with embossed card. I missed the early part of one of her programmes but knew that she had made something akin to leather.  I have now seen the whole episode.  I have been to the chemist for glycerine & I have bought an extra spritzer bottle.  I need to make some leather look card - Now!
Well, ..................... I need time.

Who knows ............ perhaps tomorrow.

Also in the early days of December I attended a workshop for a mixed media canvas - I blogged about it here.  One of the things I prepared for that canvas was some air-dried clay flowers. Since that workshop I ordered some silicon moulds to make other embellishments.  Christmas came upon us & other things & I haven't yet had time to play.  So! another too many/not enough.

This evening hubby informed me that there is a lot of rugby on at the weekend.  This looks like being my time frame to play!

Why not pop back & see how I get on.

Monday, 27 January 2014

play with embossing folders

Hello everyone
By sheer chance I caught the tail end of a Sheena Douglass programme on Create & Craft toda -   it appears she had been doing wonderful things with embossing folders.  It looks like I missed a particularly interesting technique so I rushed to my TV in the bedroom to record all future programmes -  as they are the Four Day Deal this week.

Anyway, the last thing she showed was really interesting & linked with my new interest of mixed media.  After embossing a piece of card with a particular folder she then coloured some of the flowers with pens - I used Promarkers - then when it was dry she coated the whole thing with Gesso.  Well! I just had to have a go at that;

On the left is the white card after embossing.  I just used the first one I came to in my storage folder.  The one on the right has been coloured with Promarkers & then painted with the white gesso.  It makes a great subtle background. When I use gesso in my mixed media sessions I sometimes water it down a little - I might try that on another embossed piece & see the difference if there is any.

My mojo had been flagging recently but with a new interest in mixed media & now spotting this technique I feel quite revitalised.

There are some more things to try that Sheena did - but I only saw the finished items - although I think I can make out what she did - but in any case I will have the programmes recorded to find out.

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Sunday, 26 January 2014

mixed media card

Hello everyone
I gave myself some me time today & set to work on another mixed media card.  Here it is;

This time I included stamping.

I started off with a 12x12 sheet of lightly patterned paper which I cut into four 6x6 pieces;

This photo shows how pale the pattern was on the sheet.    Next I used a mask & inked through part of it with Crushed Olive Distress Ink to add a pattern/texture to one side of the paper.  The mask had a floral pattern but when I remove it from the paper it didn't look so good, so I lightly sponged the whole section with the ink.  Due to the previous inking it meant that there were darker shades here & there & this certainly looked better.  The next stage was to stamp the images in black Versafine ink - one image is text & the other faux bubble wrap.  I didn't put the stamps on an \acrylic block in order to get an imperfect image.

The next stage was to create a texture by using sequin waste & filler paste - one section towards top left & the other towards bottom right.  When that was dry I used some watercolour paints similar to H2O's & coloured some of the spots.  I had also left a portion of the paper uncoloured. Into this area I adhered some pink sequin waste which was to be the mat for my focal image. Looking at the test layout it needed a little something else so I added a black paper flourish which I placed slightly under the sequin waste.  Once everything was glued in place I added a couple of paper flowers picking up the colour of the vase in the main image & some flat backed jewels.  I trimmed the square with fancy edge scissors layered it onto black card & then onto a white base card.

It doesn't have a greeting on the front & I am looking amongst my stamps for the right sort of "Happy Birthday" - if I find one - I will stamp the 2 words separately then cut them out & edge them with black pen & place on the card.  This will probably be at the top above the main image.

I really enjoyed this me time session & will be making more time for another session.

Thank you for looking at my little blog I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Friday, 24 January 2014

A birthday card

Hello everyone.
Perhaps I shouldn't really be blogging about this card here as there is not a single stamp on it - but at least it shows you that I am creating.  I made this card this way because the person it is for will appreciate this style more than a rubber stamped card;

The card is a pale cream scalloped edge 5x5 card & I used one of a set of oval scallop dies to cut out an aperture in the front.  To be honest the significance of the shape of the oval die within the scalloped edged card didn't hit me until I looked at the photograph.  Silly isn't it.

I backed the aperture with some cream & burgundy patterned paper, then made up the little bouquet of fabric flowers.  Then I cut a paper bow using a template that a colleague had given me & attached it below the flowers along with some cream ribbon tails.  Some creamy flat backed pearls were added to the centre of the bow & the corners of the card, along with a vertical Happy Birthday peel off greeting.

This is the inside of the card where I made an insert from the same paper as the backing to the aperture.  Then using the same die I cut a scalloped oval out of cream card & adhered it to the page for the greeting.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

mixed media card - update

Hello everyone

I just couldn't get that mixed media card out of my mind last night - it was lacking something & I couldn't think what.  I knew there was nothing more to do to the card design itself but it wasn't presented right.

Then just before falling asleep - I had a thought - as you do.  Most cards I make in whatever style - have layers.  My mixed media card didn't.  So this morning I cut the front piece away from the back piece - mounted it onto a layer of black card - then mounted it onto a white base card.  The result is this -

It has given the card a little more life.  I now need to improve on this too.  So that is my next project.

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Mixed media card

In the hope of lifting my very low creative mojo I thought I would dabble in a little mixed media today.

I attended a couple of really enjoyable mixed media workshops towards the end of 2013 & really caught the bug - this was on canvas & you can only have so many canvases on the wall.  But I may think about doing more for presents during the year.

After the workshops I had a play at home creating background papers by using paper that I had in my stash but never seemed to feel like using on my cards.  Here is one of the pages.

So today's play was for a mixed media card, but I didn't get around to using stamps.  It ended up being rather monotone - but it's not too bad.  The next one must include stamping.  Here is the card;

& here are some close-ups;

The dotty pattern is filler through sequin waste - some people call it punchinella

The roses in these two photos were made by filler through sections of a floral mask.

This central image is a label with ribbon through each end & a double paper flower with button centre attached to it.  Some glitter has also been sprinkled across the whole which shows up best in this photo.

The base card was a white folded card & I attached a torn edged piece of grey distressed paper near the folded edge - using matt medium.  The label was then layered on top of that.  As the ribbon was blue I wanted to give the whole image a blue tinge - so mixed some blue acrylic paint with the matt medium for a wash.  I think perhaps I should have brought in another colour - but that is what play is all about isn't it?  Try it, like it, don't like it, play again.

Play again is what I will do tomorrow - this time using stamps & a little more colour.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Now that I have made a start again I hope to be blogging here more often.  'Bye for now.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Making cards again

Hello everyone & a rather belated Happy New Year to you all.

After making Christmas cards I have just started getting back into making cards for this year  - some stamped some not stamped.  Being the time of year it is - romance is in the air & I heard of two sets of engagements across Christmas & New Year.  Here are the cards I made;

This card looks like it is a stamp & it is of sorts - it's a digital stamp that was featured in a craft magazine I bought over Christmas - so really came in handy. Just coloured it with Promarkers then matt & layered it using a Spellbinders label die.

This card has been made using a new X-cut Aperture Die - which cuts & embosses & comes in an embossing style folder .  The fancy heart is the part that get cut out & leaves a heart-shaped aperture.  I decided to just remove the swirly part inside the heart & then place it back inside the aperture raised on foam pads. I layered onto a white base card added a couple of gems to the centre of the larger embossed flowers & added a peel off congratulations on a separate rectangular tag.

I also had to make some birthday cards - so will show those tomorrow.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year

Thank you for your visits to my blog I look forward to welcoming you during 2014.