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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

X-Press It: Pop & Shine with Tapes and Markers

Today I have a little tutorial on the X-Press It Blog that celebrates your simple creative supplies, relying on simple foam and double sided tape to add POP to your projects, and glue markers for SHINE.  Check out the tutorial on the X-Press It Blog, or ogle the eye candy here…. enjoy!



Monday, 30 March 2015

In Review: Stamping on Calico--The Nutcracker Sweet

And this is #10 and the last in my chosen selection of publications from the last little while.  To be honest I don't think these cards photographed as well as they look IRL… nothing to do with the staging which I thought was rather glorious… more to do with the chosen stamping technique which was to stamp the outline stamps on calico… the brown ink shows up nicely on the actual samples of these cards, but lost a little in translation so hopefully you can see the intent!  Thankfully the mag showed close ups of the stamping on an accompanying page…

I don't make Christmas cards very often, and certainly not months in advance… but when approached I took the challenge, building little shadow boxes out of card stock and then recessing the Nutcracker Sweet stamps… one of my favourite little rodent stamp sets… rodent stamp sets often come with a little swag of little accompaniment stamps, in this case, little bits and pieces to build present stacks, baubles, wreaths, and of course trees, I enjoyed making these and it is good to see outline stamps used without any need to colour them in… bringing them to life in different ways than traditional colouring is challenging in this era of colouring tools, but great all the same!

In saying that, three cheers for the eternal success I have when I need chipboard to be coloured in a hurry and I turn to my trusty Copics… instant rich colour, no dry time, no paint mess to clean up… and a matt finish… better than a vintage Moet really!!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

In Review: Custom Embellishments--Sweet Friends

Well this double card feature was actually published in the same magazine as the Love Birds card from yesterday, two items in the same mag, both featuring bird stamps, who would have figured that coming from me…… just about everyone I suppose!

The card at the top of this feature I started to put together for a submission call for cards that featured sequins, with the thought that I would build a fully covered sequin panel behind the branch scene, but it didn't ever grown legs with me and I ended up with a scattering of sequins and then featuring sequins in the tail of the bows on the flower element… I still sent it in at the time but ended up being asked to turn it into a feature by making another card… and it was so hard to purchase another stamp to make this happen…. NOT!!  I really do love the Wryn series by Tiddly Inks, very sweet indeed!

So I continued the hand made embellishment theme this time pairing the stacked sequins with some fancy pins and beads, great way to jazz up simple rolled flower embellishments I think… and I was happy I stuck with my principles and made the grey leaves work, I love grey, nearly as much as I love black… I haven't shown these stamps to my niece yet, not because I don't think she will like them, primarily because she will bat her eyelashes and ask for them to go home with her… not just yet Dear Miss G!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

In Review: Designing with Sketches--Love Birds

Another submission for a sketch challenge, and when this one came along it was not long after I had received a little order from over the shores that a friend gifted me for my Birthday… and it was spent entirely on Paper Artsy Stamps… I love love LOVE the line work on this stamp range/line, and have some fabby flowers that have seen ink but not air time too!

The scattering of circles in the background was perfect for the circles background stamps, and I took the Copic Colouring from the top layer of birds all the way through to the circles in the background stamping… I even used the primary green Copic to make sure the layering card matched the stamping, a sure fire way to make things match when you have already introduced patterned paper but it doesn't have the perfect shade, of green in this case…. I based the colour of the fabby and much cherished heart embellishment which is by Webster's Pages, love these!

So any stamp with a bird has me before the first hello, tweet or beak, and these little lovelies are no exception, so much fun with the jazzy tails and different belly features, I was very happy with this little card!

Friday, 27 March 2015

In Review: Guest Tutor--Multi Media

This year Australian Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft introduced a Guest Tutor feature in the Annual and I contributed a piece that featured Multi Media or Mixed Media.  It was good to be able to show case a multilayered background and how it is brought to life with paint and washi tape and simple old circles and such… and I got to use my much love Hazel & Ruby Chevron Masks, I was ever so pleased when masks made a little come back to the market last year and these over sized chevrons are great for mixed media techniques as you can cover up good patches of them and still see the chevron pattern.

I was also more that a little happy to put my new at the time delusions stamp to use, the head and crazy hair are there in duplicate, no lazy day when you cut that hair out multiple times let me tell you, but fussy cutting is cool when the hair is crazy if you KWIM?!!

And a little shout out to my Molotow paint pens… they really came to my rescue with this piece as they had enough depth of colour that the little squishes of paint and splatters of dots held their own amongst the other bold colour blends… gotta love that!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

In Review: Cover Girl--Woven Wonders!

You never know how your cards are going to be staged, or when they will make the index pages, or the cover page, so when it happens it is always a little bit of a buzz… sometimes someone else has already let you know that you made the cover before your copy arrives, however, this was not the case this time, I remember getting to the post office right as the morning sorters arrive (6AM) and happily collecting my mag, and as the normal morning banter was occurring I looked down to my surprise… funnily enough it was my least favourite card of this feature, but it must have fit with the editor for the cover, because there it was!

I love incorporating techniques into feature sets, and weaving has been a go to for me for a number of years… I really liked the black elements in the Anna Marie paper collection by Prima, so I conjured up 5 different weaves and paired the detailed background with 5 of my very much loved Unity Stamp Company Angie Girls… these were some of the first I added to my collection, I have many more these days!

The washi tape flowers hold fond memories for me too as I took them to the hospital with me one day and made them a project for Mum and I to complete, she cut up all the little bits of confetti to make the centres for each of the flowers, which mounded up really nicely thanks to my trusty X-Press It Clear Gel Glue… I love these cards, and will find it difficult to part with them… a couple have found good homes, still some special ladies to find for the remainder… and yes there was a lot of happy sighing with the staging for these cards, a rustic french style table, and fun shutter/potted daisy combo, perfect!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

In Review: Designing with Sketches--What You Make It!

Once upon a time I would have definitely stepped left at the mention of a sketch challenge, but I cured myself of all barriers when I spent time on the Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch Team… my problem was that I was too literal, when a sketch is really just meant to be a starting point… in saying that I stayed pretty true to the sketch for this Designing with Sketches feature… although there was probably some thought that the submission would be a tag, but I opted for a circle card…

I just found this card in my "must add to my shop" stash the other day, it's not very big at all, so given that it certainly packs in some features… I worked with orange and blue too, rather unusual for me I would say…. but the flowers in triplicate sealed the deal and it was really just about dressing from that point forward… in the form of die cut after die cut after another die cut!!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

In Review: Polaroid Feature--Lucky to Have You!

Polaroids were a big part of my teenage years, they were always so much fun and I remember the miniature polaroids that became really popular in the early 90s, lots of good memories, some of which I find in a places I least expect them from time to time…. so when the call came out for cards featuring polaroids it wasn't hard to work out that I wanted to see if I could make a couple of girls stamps work… because that is what most of my polaroids contain… vintage style selfless, polaroid style!

The Wendy Burns' Stylish Friends stamps release by MFT have also had a lot of use in my creative space, I like that they are long stamps, with fine lines…. sweet!  The fabric polaroid is where I started once I had the stamps in mind… these frames are part of the Maggie Holmes Flea Market collection by Crate Paper, and came with the fancy sewn banners, so this little submission came together is a super flash!

See the classic style lolly-pops in the tea cup in the background, love that!

Monday, 23 March 2015

In Review: Mother's Day Feature--You're the Bees Knees

Here is my third selection from past publication work and this time the card was for a Mother's Day Feature.  I never have any trouble making cards with a Mother theme as my own Mother gives me so much inspiration to drawer from… bright and busy is obviously what came about the day I put this card together!

I do remember that when I originally bought these MME Cut and Paste papers that I was pushing my not too colourful, and not floral boundaries… but they jumped out at me and I used them A LOT!  In this card teaming them with a FabScraps frame which was coated in white paint and then sprayed aqua thanks to my trusty Copics and airbrush system.  The Prima Flowers were actually where this card started way back then… and perhaps the purchase of these flowers was the start of my little love of yellow which has developed over the last couple of years…

Not quite sure about the purple toned cupcake in the background, but if I could get my hands on the little glass plate and heart topped cover I would be more than a little excited!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

In Review: Chalkboard Feature--Good Day Chalkboard

I made this busy little card in answer to a publication call for chalkboard style cards, this sentiment stamp from MFT was the first of the modern day chalkboard style stamps that I purchased, and have used it many many times!

I thought it might be nice to emulate an actual old schools chalkboard, so framed the stamped sentiment with X-Press It Sticky Barc (coloured with a Copic Marker), and then went all out with an abundance of embellishments… if I remember correctly I had a rather large stash from Greatest View (Etsy Shop), including the little doilies I halved for the banner, and the rolled flower, and I was also quite chuffed with myself that I used that little row of resin circles, had those in my stash for a VERY long time!

Important that I also give a shout out to the fabby sky/cloud paper the I used in the background, Crate Paper be still my heart!