Monday, September 28, 2009

A couple of Christmas cards and an ATC

Here are a couple of Christmas cards I made with some lovely papers from the Craft Den. As a member of the Craft Den design team, I really want to try to find time to work on more new things. Life would be much easier if I didn't work, LOL.

First is using the really vibrant Blonde Moments Minasie Moo papers in turquoise, pinks and purple with Bazzill Swiss Dot cardstock as a mat on the white card. Nesties, Craftwork cards sentiment tablets and copics are all also from Craft Den. Stamp, ribbon and flower from stash.
Copics used are: Skin E00; Hair: Y11, Y08, Y15; Dress: V12, V15, V17; Wand: Y15

The second is using Bo Bunny, Tis the Season range of papers. Nesties, copics, card candy, sentiment tablet and Ice Stickles from Craft Den. Stamp, ribbon, and flower from stash.
Copics used are: Santa Suit: R05, R27, R46 (this combination needs a darker base coat, I ended up covering most of the R05 with the R27 in the end as it's too salmony); Boots and Belt: E33, E37; Skin: E00, Buckle: Y15

I also had a go at some resist techniques, which I saw in the latest edition of the Craft Stamper Magazine. I usually stare longingly at the lovely things I could never hope to make, and decided I should just have a go. I used Ranger acrylic dabber paints, a lovely vintage script stamp, a Paper Artsy Birds on a wire stamp and a lovely scroll detail background stamp. I also used Debbie Moore clear embossing powder. Everything from Craft Den, except possibly the vintage script, but I could be wrong, Lynne has so many lurvely stamps!!

After applying my stripes of acrylic paint, I masked the area where the main stamp would be, by first stamping onto a post it note and loosely cutting round it and sticking that to the ATC. I then stamped the script background in black stazon and then the scroll background in versamark, which I embossed with clear embossing powder. After that a contrasting colour can be dry brushed over the embossed areas and ironed with brown paper to create a resist effect. Well, I need to work on it!! lmao!! For some reason the over painting distorted the original purple and green, however you can see the effect quite well on the middle yellow strip.

Here is also a version that I didn't over paint so you can see what the original colours were! I think perhaps they were not quite dry enough. Well I enjoyed myself and will try, try again!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Indian Dreams

Here is my ATC for the September Craft Den swap, this month the theme being travel. I have seen some of entrants at the studio already and they are all really great! I think it's such a fun idea as you can try loads of techniques not used very often in scrapbooking due to the scale. I first inked up my background and overstamped with scattered straw distress ink, gilded the ATC edge and painted shimmer mica powders on the main embossed image with a waterbrush. This was my third attempt, lol!

Gilding flakes, embossing powders, shimmer mica powders, ranger distress inks all available from Craft Den. Stamps from stash.

Friday, September 25, 2009

August ATC swap

I wanted to catch up and post the lovely ATC swap I got for the August ATC challenge at the Craft Den. The theme was Signs of the Zodiac and I got this lovely Pieces design by Pat. Love it, my first ATC swap!! Pride if place in pocket number #1 in the ATC folder I am going to have to buy, lol!!
September theme is travel and I am trying to finish mine to hand in this week. I am on the third attempt, having ruined 2 already!

It's been a mad, mad month...

I know, I haven't blogged since August. It's been all work and no play for weeks so it was wonderful to scrapbook at Craft Den this Thursday and have some time to craft afterwards as well when I got home, bliss.

Here is the lovely layout we did in class, a really great 3D effect which it's hard to see in my photos. I had a small crisis last night when I realised I didn't have the bling I had in mind to complete the last detail and had a rushed visit to Craft Den today to buy another one, phew!

I just love this photo of Emma, she looks so all knowing and wise!!

I did another page afterwards, which started out well, turned really bad and I had to do some rescue work and some cover ups, and I'm finally happy with it, LOL. I bought a lovely book of calendar tags at Harrogate show the other week, with an idea to do a year in the life album (of Emma of course, who else?..). Here is August on Sheringham beach in Norfolk with Granny, building sandcastles. The journaling is on the other side of the tag.