Sunday, 25 June 2017

Making a faux mirror from scratch ...

Sunday ... ahhh, where has the weekend gone? My 'to do' list doesn't seem to have decreased in size, in fact when I last looked I had added 6 more things to the list!!! That's the joys of the summer term and end of term activities ... sighs as wipes hand across sweated brow (obviously in a 'jazz hands' way) ... 😇😉😳

My project for 'Love 2 Create Challenges' is only part one because I can't share with you the full completed project as it's part of a new launch of stamps by Nikky Hall of Polkadoodles on 29th June 2017 on Create & Craft TV. Here's a wee sneak peek of part of my project ...

Can you guess what it is? Let me see if I can give you a clue ... ummm.... errr... ohhhh, I know ... the wicked Queen in Snow White consulted with one on a regular basis ...!

I began by gathering together a selection of stampbord pieces and played around with them until I had the shaped frame I wanted.

 Next, I added my pan pastels trying to randomly mix the colours from flat colours to the metallic ones ...

Once I was happy with the colours, I then edged each tile with gold metallic pan pastel and glued each piece together. I prefer to glue my pieces without supports/frame as I can then manipulate as needed. I'm also not worried about the glue blobs as I can deal with them once everything is dry. I have used a strong adhesive as I do not want a give in my frame.

Once dry, cover the back of your frame with a good layer of glue. 2 reasons why: 1] any gaps in tiles will be filled with glue to help with rigidity and 2] to ensure that the tiles adhere firmly to the backing material.

I'm recycling a board from a board backed envelope. Place the board on to the back of the glued frame and weigh down with a book etc which gives the glue time to bond. Turn over ...

 Turn over once dry and roughly cut away excess cardboard.

I have sanded back each of the pieces to get rid of the excess glue and am loving the worn look. However after sanding, you can also begin adding more colour if you wish. Once cleaned off and primed with hairspray (!), I began stamping ... but can't share everything, only a lickle bit ...

Will share my full project with you all really, really soon, so please pop back to see what my mirror looked like in the end.

x x x

Products and links:

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Happy Father's Day

Oh my! It would appear that me and Mr Blogger - always a 'Mr' when it goes wrong - haven't quite synchronised ourselves as you can probably guess when you take a look at my project below ... .
This post should have been scheduled for last Sunday but somehow, it appears to be scheduled for tomorrow! So quickly, I have made the changes and am now sharing it with you all today 😂

For my project I have used the new range of alphabet & frame stamps from Tonic Studios - Block Capital, Cursive Capital & Initial Frames to create my project. I have stamped and layered the different frames on to decorative papers, paper piecing the results. Next, stamping the relevant letters on to white card. The latter was then cut out and added to the paper pieced frames.

The 'Happy' frame has an addition layer to give the frame a 3D look however I stamped the day straight on to the decorative paper. I have added some star die cuts, heart punch shapes and complimentary Nuvo drops.

I love projects like this as I seem to keep bits of papers which reallly are not big enough to use as a background but are still big enough to keep ... or is that the crafter in me whom can't throw anything away? 😇😉😊

Right off to check all my other scheduled posts ...,

x x x

             Products used - links on photo:

Alphabet Challenge - H for hearts
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - dies and punches
QKR - anything goes with paper piecing

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Using the waste to create a card with Spellbinder dies

On Saturday I shared my fortunate news about becoming a Spellblogger and also hinted that whilst making this card (HERE) a sudden 'eureka' moment materialised and I simply just had to give me idea a whirl.

For my previous card I began by cutting loads of the 'With Love' sentiments and when I looked over to the piece of card I was using, suddenly realised I could use the waste to create a background.

I began layering the different pieces together - so that the words became legible - on to a piece of backing paper.

Gradually I covered the paper with the waste but now if you look at the photo, you'd never guess that these bits were originally destined for the bin!

I cut a further 'With Love' from a piece of card (which I had measured to fit my design) and placed this on to a complimentary piece of backing paper. Photo is to show where the strip will go but not just yet ...

Using the heart (from the 'Swallow & Heart' die collection), I cut and embossed the design on to another scrap of paper. I wanted to create a layer for the heart, so I drew around the die itself and cut it out by hand.

To give the rounded edge that we all get from our dies, I put my backing layer and die through the Platinum and now it gave a fabulous look when the two pieces were glued together.

Back to the strip ... I punched a hole in one end and added the heart , placing both now on to my card. I decorated the heart with a banner and flowers (from Swallow & Heart set) and die cut the swallow placing the bird above the heart. Some small heart sequins were also added as a finishing touch.

 As a finishing touch, I added some more flowers (smaller ones) on the ends of the sentiment ... which is also a great way to cover any 'wonky' lining up 😏


I'm really quite pleased how this turned out and the design has so many possibilities, in a range of different colours.

Now what can you do with your die cut waste? Please let me know as I would love to see your ideas.

x x x

Products and links:

Create and Makes - anything goes with twist of yellow
Through the craftroom door - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Notebook cover with stamps & pan pastels

It's a new "Anything goes" challenge over at Love 2 Create and I thought I'd share a notebook I made using my pan pastels, inks, stamps and some die cuts ...


Now I have to be honest and say the notebook isn't finished as I made a bit of a 'boob' when printing the inside pages. I created different styled planner pages and was really chuffed with myself. Trimmed them down and went to place the holes in them, (with my bind-it-all), when I noticed my mistake ... I had printed the planner pages with the titles at the very, very, very top which meant the holes would obliterate them. Definite face plant moment ...! Oh well back to the printer I go ...

I began by covering a piece of mount board with kraft card. Next came a layer of gesso and whilst wet, I stamped in to the gesso to leave a subtle floral impression. Once dry, I covered everything with grey and then with white pearl medium pan pastel, blending with the colourless blender. Next I highlighted all the raised bits with my versamark pen and coloured with metallic gold and bronze pan pastel.

I stamped in between these designs with a script stamp in brown ink. Using gilding glue, I stamped extra flowers and gilded them. As they looked 'brash', I sanded them back to give a more aged look.

On a piece of kraft card, I created the same background (as main front) but instead of gilding, I stamped flowers over the panel (see below). I mounted this panel on to another piece of kraft card but distressed the edges with black pan pastel. I stamped a butterfly, colouring with metallic bronze & magenta pan pastel. This was then placed in to bottom left corner.

I created another smaller panel using the same principles as above but made sure the final result was smooth so it could be written on (if need be. This was then mounted on to a decorative die cut panel created by using 2 die cut corners. As a finishing touch, I added a further butterfly.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting absorbed in to my project, chucking this and that at it and by the time I finished, my hands were very dirty ... sheer bliss! Have to be honest and say not sure when I'll have another go finishing my notebook but it will have to be soon as I want to give it as a present.

If you get the chance, pop over to the challenge blog and firstly see the wonderful projects my teamies made and if you get the time, join in with us all.

Have a great Sunday everyone,

x x x

Products and links:

Love to Create - anything mixed media
Addicted to stamps - flowers
Stamping Sensations - favourite stamp (at present, mine is Belle Papillion & Bella Fleur)
Mixed Media World - anything goes
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
A Inky Mess - anything mixed media
Altered Electics - anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything goes
Artistic Stamper - winged things
Classic Design Team - anything goes