Saturday, 30 January 2016

Competition Time

So it's competition time again and this week I'd like you to  'Guess the recipient' of my wee cardlet.
Answers on a postcard, terms & contitions apply, blah, blah, blah...

Under my desk I have stash of gorgeous decorated chipboard alphabets in a variety of fonts that I've never been able to use. They're purely for stroking, marvelling over their beauty and tracing around to create words on

So that's what I did...traced around the letters to make up the mystery recipients name.

I added some cute critters from MFT's 'Things with Wings' stamp set and a sentiment from their 'Amazing' set and coloured the whole darned lot with the ol' Zig markers.

I added some white doodles here n' there, swooshed it all with a Wink of Stella pen and added the obligatory sequins where obligatory sequins were needed et voila!
The deadline for entries to the competition is July 33rd 2012.
Good Luck!!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Yupo + Alcohol Inks

I've had these alcohol inks for about 100 years (give or take) and was 'googling' for alternative ways to use them, other than splodging them on glossy card which didn't float my boat. I found this awesome video on YouTube from Jogglesdotcom all about YUPO and alcohol inks and was blown away.
I really encourage you to watch this video for full details & techniques but briefly Yupo feels like good quality card but is actually synthetic (thin plastic) and it positively blows traditional glossy card out of the water. I managed to source an A5 pack of 10 sheets via the USA from Amazon to test. I paid about £5 for 10 sheets but it was worth every penny & I will definately buy a bigger quantity soon.

So here's my introduction to Yupo + Alcohol Inks (AI) and a comparison with regular AI glossy card (above).....Yupo (below).
To start I simply dropped a few drips of POOL AI onto each piece of 'card'. Fairly regular circles develop on both but you will notice that on the Yupo some colours will have a kind of 'halo' of colour around the outside. The POOL circles are slightly green on the edge.

Next I added RASPBERRY AI. Where the 2 colours met on the glossy card you will see that the colours just merged whereas on the Yupo, they met but moved around each other, only slightly blending.

This time I added PURPLE TWILIGHT both as individual drops but also on top of a RASPBERRY circle on each. On the glossy card the RASPBERRY circle just changed colour completely, on the Yupo a new circle of colour was formed within.
Can you see the red halo around the RASPBERRY and the pink halo around the PURPLE TWILIGHT on the Yupo? This is sooooo darned exciting!!!

Next I added CITRUS which made some unusual blends on the Yupo...reds & oranges and its own halo of orange. On the glossy card the drops continued to simply create circles.

This is SUNSET ORANGE, such a beautiful colour...


Here I added SAIL BOAT BLUE (darker blue) directly onto other colours. As before on the glossy card the colour just changed completely whereas on the Yupo a new circle formed inside the original.

Ok...having finished adding colour I poured some blending solution into a mini-mister and sprayed a fine mist above the glossy card sample and you'll see that not much really happens. (For gawds sake, be careful spraying this stuff...DO NOT INHALE!!!)

Spray above the Yupo and the colours appear to 'crack' & really is stunning. If you apply blending solution directly onto a blending tool / ear-cleaner / Q-Tip and dab then you have even more control over the effect and where colour is removed....

...this is the glossy paper having been dabbed directly with the blending tool.

Oh my flamin' gawd!
This is the Yupo after being dabbed directly with the blending tool.

To finish this trial, I added 2 dots of SILVER AI to both samples and spritzed again with blending solution. The silver just 'greyed-out' on the glossy card but on the can see above. It remained a bright silver and just glistened.

So, in summary, if you love using alcohol inks then get yourself some Yupo. I will never use glossy card again. Of course white tiles are another great background for AI's, if you want to make coasters or wall art and I'm also going to try with acetate to see if I can get a similar effect.

Here's my first attempt at a landscape with AIs on Yupo. I drizzled the ink across the paper, swiped gently with a piece of card and then dabbed blending solution to create texture.  This is so much fun!

I highly recommend watching the Joggles tutorial which also also shows how to doodle with your finished creations to make stunning pictures.
And if you're hooked like me, there's an amazing group on Facebook called 'Alcohol Ink: How It's Done' which ooooozes inspiration, tips and advice.

Go on...give it a go...and if you do, let me know...I'd love to see your creations.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Liquid Pearls & Stencils

Sometimes I think I spend more time just staring at my crafty stash, pondering, stroking, shuffling, ooohing n' arrring over the 'pwetty' colours than actually using it.
So today I thought I'd break out the Liquid Pearls and stencils and have a play about.

I used a Crafters Workshop stencil called 'Cell Theory' and initially started by putting small blobs of the Liquid Pearl on a piece of scrap card before applying to my stencil with a spatula. Then I decided to cut out the middle man and ended up just squirting it straight on to the stencil. 

The result was amazing! The only thing is, when I lifted the stencil some of the paper tore (Grrrr) & I'm not sure if it's because of the card used (regular stamping card) or I didn't work fast enough

So, I tried again, same card but worked faster and the result was a lot better but still the odd tear.

Not wanting to give up, I tried one more time, different colours and using an MFT stencil, again same card but even faster and the result was perfect.
I'll try another day with a glossy card to see if I can create something perfect and not at break-neck speed and report back.
Let me know if you've tried this technique before.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Sweet 16

My son n' heir is 16 tomorrow.
Where have the years gone?
How did he get all grow'd n' stuff?

Happy Birthday Oliver.
You are AMAZING!!


MFT - 'Amazing' die & stamp set

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Hello From the Other Side

Yes.... Hello  from the other side of Christmas 2015 and welcome to 2016.
I had resolved ths year to make a card every day, give up Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter as well as start a strict diet.
5 days in and I have failed miserably so I have now resolved to give up all resolutions, which I should have resolved to do in the first place. 
Darned waste of 5

Moving on...

...'Ere's a card I made using Winnie & Walter's 'In Bloom: Anna's Flora' stamp set. 
I masked off a strip across the centre of the card and stamped several of the flowery images on both sides.

I then added the Happy Birthday sentiment using W&W's 'The Big, The Bold and the Happy' set but to confuse you I have taken a photo (above) of a completely different sentiment set. (Don't ask!!)

It's all coloured with the ol' Zigs, because hey...that's how I roll.
A few regulation sequins et job done.
Right...I'm off...again.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year!!!

Well here we are at the end of another year.

Thank you to everyone who has visited my wee bloglet during 2015. 
The craft industry is an amazing place for inspiration, friendship, sharing our passion and handmade kindness.
I hope all of your dreams, including the crafty ones, come true in 2016.

Happy New Year!!

Distressed Patterns - MFT
Adorable Elephants - MFT
Thank You - Clearly Besotted

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Merry Christmas. Joyeux Noël. Fröhliche Weihnachten. Meli Keuliseumaseu.
Vrolijk kerstfeest. Mutlu Noeller. Feliz Navidad.

These are my final 4 festive cards for 2015.

Have a wonderful day tomorrow!!

Festive Cats n' Dawgs

This is a photo-heavy post of all the Christmas cards I've made this year featuring cats & dog stamps from Inkadinkado that I made for my animal loving pals.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

A Confession...

Howdy Doody folks!
I've 4 million(ish) Christmas cards still to squeeeeeeze in before the big day but first a confession.
I bought...yes you read that right! I bought a pack of Christmas cards.
There! Said it! It's out in the more secrets. 
I had wayyyyyy too many to make this year, I panicked and in a moment of weakness I succumbed to a pack of supermarket cards.
(Hangs head in shame & slinks back to the naughty step)

MFT 'Dashing By' stamp
Memory Box 'Merry Christmas' die
Distress Ink smooshing

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Festive Bears

Hey everyone!
I hope all your plans for Christmas are going well and that you're almost ready to enjoy the big day.
Today I have 2 cards to share, both using one of the bear stamps from MFT's 'Cool Day' set.
MFT stamps are highly addictive, buy a set at your peril!!

For my first card, I cut out a circle from a Post-It note and, using a dauber, created a night sky using Salty Ocean & Chipped Sapphire distress inks. I then flicked water droplets on to the ink and blotted to creaty a snowy effect. I then removed the Post-It circle to reveal a birght moon.

The 2 bears were stamped on scrap card, coloured and fussy cut and placed behind stitched, hillside borders from Lawn Fawn. 

My second card was outta my comfort zone....a shaker card!
I really enjoyed making this one and plan to make more shakers next year.

Back tomorrow...see yer x

Friday, 18 December 2015

Merry Christmas from the Gardener

It's official...I've lost the plot.
The toll of making so many Christmas cards has hit.
This is the Christmas card that I made for my gardening clients this year. Each step photographed as I went along and what did I forget to do? Take a photo of the finished card....Grrrrr!!!
What a muppet (that's the polite version!!)

I used the 'Thankful Friend' stamp set from MFT, which spookily looks like me (except I look ridiculous in a hat) the leaves stamp from the 'Harvest Mouse' set. The stamped images were masked off and the sky created with distress inks. I flicked water droplets and then quickly blotted to leave a snowy scene.

The masks were removed and the images coloured with Zig markers.

A few sequins, a splash of glitter, job done.

Merry Christmas Everyone x

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Crazy Cat Lady

A break from the ol' Christmas cards today and something for a good pal of mine...Kay.
Kay volunteers for the Cats Protection League and fosters cats n' kitties until they find their 'forever homes', so I thought a selection of images from the 'I Knead You' stamp set from MFT would be just perfect.
Happy Birthday Kay (me ol' Fruit-Loop!)
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