Thursday, 22 June 2017

You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog

My card today was super quick to make and features an older stamp set called Dogs from Inkadinkado. 
I stamped the hounds with VersaColor inks, added googly-eyes and a sentiment from MFT's Lucky Dog stamp set.
Job done!

Friday, 16 June 2017

A Bounty of Blissful Blooms

First a huge THANK YOU for the kind words sent to me following my first foray into crafting videos on YouTube.
I hope to do more soon.
 I made this card for my very special auntie Diane.
I started by stamping the floral images (MFT's Blissful Blooms) onto a piece of  6"×6" card and did some simple colouring with Promarkers. I then die-cut the name (Altenew's Bold Alphabet) from the coloured panel and also from some white Funky Foam. I stuck the Funky Foam letters back into the card and then the coloured letters on top to give some dimension. I stamped out a few more flowers onto a scrap of card, fussy-cut and added those too.
A few white-pen highlights & sequins to finish.

Thanks for stopping by and have a groovy weekend x

Monday, 12 June 2017

VIDEO - Alcohol & Acrylic Inking

Today I'm sharing my first ever YouTube video using Rangers Alcohol Inks and Liquitex Acrylic Inks.

The video took about 10 attempts as the dog barked, BT rang to try and sell me their internet services, my son sneezed or my other inkings failed. My bin is overflowing with inky disasters but I a version I'm happy with.
I hope you enjoy it too.

I used an A4 piece of 200gsm / 74lb sheet Yupo, Rangers Alcohol Inks (Cool Peri, Snow Cap, Wild Plum & Shell Pink), Liquitex Acrylic Inks (Deep Violet, Prussian Blue Hue & Turquoise Deep) and water & Blending Solution in Mini Misters.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Acrylic Pouring No 6

I made this card back at Easter time so I can't remember exactly what 'ingredients' I used to make it, but it would have involved inexpensive acrylic paints, Liquitex Pouring Medium, Floetrol or PVA glue, a few drops of hair serum and water.

If you go on YouTube and search for 'Acrylic Pouring', you will find lots of videos and tutorials on how to do this. If you scroll through my earlier attempts at Acrylic Pouring (see sidebar for links) you'll see some basic tutorials and also information on the lady who introduced me to this medium, Annemarie Ridderhof. She now has over 100 video tutorials and experiments on Youtube and I still highly recommend checking her out.

This would have been made on acrylic paper and as with all of my finished pieces, when it's dry I find a section that I can cut out to create a card centrepiece.

On this one, I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops just for some added interest.
Have a groovy weekend, I'm off to play with my old favourites...alcohol inks...Yay!

Friday, 2 June 2017

Baby Card

A whole heap of cutesie-patootsie today, in the shape of a new baby card.

I used a scalloped border die from MFT to create the two edges to my piece of 6" × 6" card. 

I ummmed n' arrred over this Tweet on You stamp set (again from MFT) for weeks before I caved in and bought it. I'm a typical Libran... indecisive. Takes me ages to make my mind up and usually stock runs out when I finally decide to spend my

I think this is an older set and I'm so glad I bought the dies too as the baby would have been getting married by the time I'd fussy cut all the bits out.
Instead of breaking the individual dies up, I ran the whole piece through my Cuttlebug. At least I won't lose little bits in the future. I then stamped the images on to the tiny cut-outs and coloured them with Promarkers.

I Distress Inked the centre of my card base with Tumbled Glass and then added my scalloped-edged pieces with foam pads for a bit of dimension. I had to cut them down a bit to leave the blue gap in between showing. (Hope this all makes sense)

The little 'wabbit' is from the super-cute 'Snuggle Bunnies' stamp set, also from MFT, this one I did fussy cut, but it was dead easy.
I then set about sticking all the bits down with glue or foam pads. I didn't use all the pieces in the end....less is more.

The baby's name was made with the Classic Alphabet die set from Memory Box.
To finish I added white & black doodling to some of the flowers and the butterflies, glossy accents to the name and some sequins.
I didn't add a sentiment, that way the card can be put into a frame and turned into a picture for the baby's room if required.
Tiz the weekend now...have a good one and as always, thanks for visiting xx

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Card For a Friend

My card today features a brilliant Friend die and gorgeous background stamp called 'Bundles of Blossoms' from MFT and some simple ink blending with Distress Inks.

First I stamped my piece of 6" × 6" card with Versamark ink and then added white embossing powder.

I added colour with Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry and Dried Marigold Distress Inks. I then laid the Friend die in position, ran it thru' the ol' Cuttlebug and stuck it to my card base with foam tape for a bit of dimension.

A few sequins and a birthday sentiment et voila...job done!
Wishing you all a happy & peaceful weekend.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Acrylic Pouring No 1 (Revisited)

Ahoy and welcome back to my wee bloglet.
A few weeks back I tried my first attempt at Acrylic Pouring but didn't get round to making anything with the dried piece.

Well at last I've finally got my act together and made a couple of cards.
You can read my orginal post here if you wish.

There's something special about acrylic pouring and working with alcohol inks (which I plan to do again soon). I keep going back over pieces that I've made and there always seems to something new to look at, bits I've not spotted before or taken a lot of notice of....(I know, you're thinking 'weirdo'!)

Anyway, there yer have it.
Now go pour some acrylics.
Enjoy xx

Friday, 12 May 2017

Acrylic Pouring No 5

Welcome back to the ol' blog and another attempt at acrylic pouring.
In case you are visiting me for the first time and you're interested in Acrylic Pouring then may I suggest checking out the work & Youtube videos of Annemarie Ridderhof. Annemarie has made over 100 videos, experimenting with a variety of acrylic paint brands, mediums, etc, so if you have time, watch them all. I promise, you'll feel like Annemarie is your best buddy, she has an amazing spirit and a certain 'je ne sais quoi'. I could listen to and watch her create all day.

I actually did this acrylic pour at Easter but have only just got round to turning it into a card. I think you can make out the colours I used, red, orange, yellow, green and white, all cheap acrylics from The Range, except the white which is a Winsor & Newton .

This is my 5th attempt at acrylic pouring so if you look back at my old posts you'll get an idea on how I made this. Annemarie's videos will explain it far better.

To make my card I picked the best portion of my dried pouring and cut a square. I then sliced that piece into 4 sections, added a foam backing to each to give some dimension and stuck to my card base. I finished with some Nuvo Crystal Drop dots.
There's something really satisfying about acrylic pouring....I love it!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Love Is In The Air

Me again, with another zingy-coloured card.
I made it for a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary.

I started by lightly drawing a heart shape, using an MFT heart die, to use as a guide for my floral stamping. I stamped 'Sandra' on a piece of scrap paper first so that I could work out where to position it on the final piece. I used Altenew's Calligraphy Alpha to then stamp their names in full.

A T-ruler helped me stamp in a straight line.

The ol' zingy coloured Promarkers made another appearance, after I'd stamped my flowers and a pair of Love Birds (MFT's Blissful Blooms & Tweet Friends). Oh...almost forgot...I erased my pencil heart outline.

There were some tiny hearts in MFT's 'Beast Friends' stamp set, so I added a few but didn't colour them in as I felt they'd get lost in all the zingyness going on. I added some shimmer, with a Wink of Stella pen, on all of the images and a few sequins from Neat & Tangled to finish.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Acrylic Pouring No 4

It's the weekend...Yay!
I'm still experimenting with Acrylic Pouring, following the techniques of the amazing Annemarie Ridderhof on YouTube. 
My pour on this card was made with cheap acrylic paint in red, black, and white, PVA glue, water and hair serum that contains dimethicone.
If you're not familiar with acrylic pouring then I really encourage you to check out Annemarie's YouTube channel where she experiments with all sorts of 'potions' to get the effect below...the cells.

 Basically you need acrylic paint, opaque & transparent colours, a medium to thin the paint so that it pours well and doesn't flake when dry (eg Liquitex Pouring medium, Floetrol, PVA glue), small amount of water to also help with the flow of paint and silicone (dimethicone). The silicone helps in creating the cell effect. You can get silicone spray but if you look at some hair products, they contain the same ingredient (dimethicone) and it smells much nicer.  I use a 99p hair serum from Home Bargains.
A cheap blow torch, the sort you use with Creme Brules, also helps in creating the cell effect.

Annemarie has over 100 videos with lots of techniques and experiments and she shows how much paint and medium to use. It is trial and error as different acrylic paint brands can react differently, but the important thing is that it's great fun!

I added some streaks of Silver Moondust from Nuvo for some glittery highlights.
The best bit is that 100% of your final card or canvas is totally your own work, an original work of art.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Zingy Colours

Greetings Earthlings!!
I love spring.
Bright, zingy colours fill my garden at this time of year, everything is so fresh and alive, so I've taken that inspiration with my card today.

I've used a selection of images from MFT's Polynesian Paradise, Blissful Blooms and Polar Bear Pals (sentiment) stamp sets and coloured them with my trusty ol' Promarkers.

Having cute lizards like this in the garden would be an added bonus, but that just aint gonna happen in my corner of Blighty.

A Bank Holiday weekend beckons...Yay!
What ever you're doing...have a good'un.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Acrylic Pouring No 3

Welcome back to my 3rd attempt at acrylic pouring. You can see my previous attempts (1 & 2) by clicking on the Acrylic Pouring link in the Labels section in the sidebar.

For this pour I used 2 cheapie blues (above), a Winsor & Newton white, Liquitex Pouring Medium, water and hair serum (for the dimethicone / silicone ingredient).

The initial pour, which was the 'flip-cup' method was perfect...beautiful patterns, colour mix and cells.

Here are some close up photos....but...

 ... it's when I tilted the paper, which was just a regular piece of acrylic paper, that things went wrong and that's where I'm still learning. When the mix spread across the paper, the cells stretched and disappeared and the colours merged together (see above). It was just a blue-splodgy mess.

Fear not...all was not lost. The paint left over in my cup looked amazing and there was enough left to pour out a mini piece.

And here it is..... 

Because it was a smaller piece of paper to fill and therefore less tilting to get the paint to cover it, the patterns remained and cells stayed put.

These are tiny cards, 4 x 4 inch, that I managed to make from the tiny pour.
I love the ocean feel.
Still learning and still loving these experiments.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Hello Sunshine

A quick post from me today.
I love making cards like this, like mini- colouring books or pieces of wallpaper.

I used Altenew's 'Hello Sunshine' stamp set. It's a huge set with lots of flower and leaf images as well as 3 lovely sentiments. I stamped all over my card and then coloured with Promarkers. I used MFT's 'Big Hello' die to cut out my word and then stuck it back in again but with a foam background to give it some dimension.

I hope you can make out the Hello. I went a bit crazy with the stamping...but the recipient is equally crazy, so a match made in heaven. (She's gonna kill

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