Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Card Concept #78

Hello Everyone! It's time for another Card Concept challenge. This time I've gone completely the other way and chosen CAS as my card design.

When I saw all those pretty pastels, I felt it needed something simple.

I have to say these challenges are making me revisit a lot of older stamp sets and supplies. This is a set from Sugar Pea Designs that I got last year and have only inked up a couple of times, but I saw Laurie use it recently and it reminded me why it is so great. I also got out my Versa Magic Chalk inks because they give such a soft pastel look. 

This is a one layer card and I inked up the different cake elements in different colours using my Precision Press - a stamping tool really does help with lining it up. My only issue with this stamp set is that if you want a candle on the top, it either has to be wonky (safety!!!!) or you have to mask slightly when you stamp and I was too lazy.

So simple! I hope you feel inspired to join in this  month, I know I'm enjoying these challenges immensely. Thank you for visiting me today, Happy Crafting!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Flower Challenge #12 - Reminder - Tic Tac Toe

Here we are again, the half way point in this month's Flower Challenge - Tic Tac Toe.

This time I've gone with the bottom line - White, Die Cuts and Colour. I found that I have a few flower dies that I've received with my magazine subscription to Simply Cards and Papercraft. This is an old Build-A-Flower type die where you get the different elements and stick them together to make a flower.

I found some scraps of blue Bazzill paper in my scraps box and managed to get all the petals for two flowers out of it, and some scraps of yellow and black made the stamens and centre. I bent the petals slightly before sticking them together to give them a bit more life.

I took an A2 (US) white card base and found a scrap stitched frame in my scrap box and attached it to the base with some foam tape. I also used some little bits of foam tape to attach the flowers. I applied clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the flowers and then some glossy accents to the centres. It is super shiny! A simple sentiment in the bottom corner finished it off.

See that shimmer! You have as always until 25th to get your cards up and enter. Happy Crafting and thank you for visiting me today. And look out for next month's challenge - we have quite a special anniversary challenge!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The Card Concept #77

Hello Everyone, I'm delighted to be able to tell you that some time ago I was asked to join The Card Concept Design Team and so here I am with my first post. If you don't know this challenge, it's a fortnightly challenge with a photo to inspire you to make a card in one of 6 different styles. I have to tell you it's a lot of fun to try something different and that's what I've done today, something completely different to my usual style.

I've gone all shabby chic and vintage! I saw the woodgrain, the flowers and the texture on bag and felt it needed something with lots of texture.

My magazine dies came in handy again, and I started off by making some little felt flowers in autumnal colours.

It's a bit fiddly to get them right, but like everything practice makes perfect. I had found a piece of woodgrain paper that was in a paper pad that I bought when I first discovered Hobbycraft had opened in my town 3 years ago. These things eventually come in handy!

I cut the panel down to size and inked up the sides of an A2 (US) card base with some Spiced Marmalade distress ink and an ink duster. I attached the paper to the front and then stamped the sentiment using my Precision Press.

I decided it still looked a little too clean, so I found some self adhesive lace a crafty friend had given me and placed it around the frame on the woodgrain. I then attached the flowers above the sentiment.

It feels good to try something in a completely different style to my usual and I hope you'll give it a go. Thank you so much for visiting me today. Happy Crafting!

Monday, 4 September 2017

Flower Challenge #12 - Tic Tac Toe

Hello Everyone, I hope you've all had a great summer holiday. School starts again this week, so no doubt the weather will get nice and sunny ;)

It's time for another Flower Challenge - can you believe we are on number 12?? This month we have a Tic Tac Toe board for you to pick from (Noughts and Crosses for those in the UK who don't know).

And here is the board you have to choose from. You can pick a line, across, down or diagonally.

 I've gone with the middle line - Gems, Watercolour and CAS

I started with some watercolour card and heat embossed my image (Create A Smile Stamps) in clear gloss embossing powder. I usually use white but I've seen Michelle Short use a lot of clear and I loved the look so gave it a go.

I then got out my Gansai Tambi Pearl Watercolours and coloured in my image.

These paints are so creamy and so shiny too! I love how it turned out. I found I had a mask of the flower so covered it up and then added some less watered down paint to make brighter splatters.

I then cut the panel down and used lots of foam tape to attach it to my A2 (US) card panel and then stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black. A few gems from my stash in matching colours finished it off.

You have until 25th of the month to enter and I'll be back on the 15th with another post to remind you all again. Hope you are all having a great day. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Craft Haul - July, August 2017 - VIDEO

Hi Everyone! I made it back from Edinburgh in one piece and had a wonderful time. More on that in another post, but in the meantime I have a haul video for you of the crafty goodies I bought in July and August.

Don't forget that the 30 Day Coloring Challenge starts on Friday 1st for a whole month. I believe this is number 8 and you can read about my previous exploits (July 2016 - Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4) and I have a video on how I usually prepare - if I have the time. I still have quite a lot of images I stamped previously to colour in for this challenge - and of course a whole pile of new stuff!!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Friday, 25 August 2017

Sewing Fat Quarter Bags for Copic Markers - VIDEO

Why Hello! Yes, you have come to the right blog, it is me, Ruth, but I'm here with a non card making project and video. I'm showing you how I make my little zipper bags that I use to transport my Copic markers around when I go off travelling. 

I filmed this a few weeks ago and thought it would be nice to share as I'm off to Edinburgh on 26th so I can get to the Daily Marker Coloring Challenge Road Trip with Kathy Racoosin and Debby Hughes on the Sunday. Big thank you for my husband for doing his duty at bath time over the weekend :) To say I'm excited is an understatement!!

I make these bags based on a You Tube tutorial I saw by Made Everyday and I thought I'd share with you how I do it, in case you feel inspired to make your own. With a little bit of practice for the zip and if you go slow and steady with your sewing, you can make these quite easily.

This is what I use to make them:

  • Quilter's Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • 2 fat quarters
  • 3 zips the length of your finished bag. I use 8,7 and 6 inch zips (the whole zip will be about an inch longer)
  • Quilter's clips/pins - I use a combination of both
  • Fusible fleece 
  • Thread - I generally just use white, but you can use a matching colour
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Zipper foot

The video shows the process, as you can make these any size you like, but I can make 3 bags from two fat quarters. My finished bags measure 8x6, 7x5 and 6x4 inches.

Fold each fat quarter in half length ways right sides together and iron them before cutting. With the fold to the bottom of the cutting mat, place it just slightly overhanging the bottom. You will trim it to separate the pieces later. Then cut out your pieces as mentioned below. If you cut it this way you will get the number of pieces you need.

This close up shows how you measure 9 inches up the side and then cut along 7 inches.

  • An 8x6 bag will need two outer pieces measuring 9x7; two lining pieces measuring 9x7 and two 8x6 pieces of fusible fleece. You will need an 8 inch zip.

  • A 7x5 bag will need two outer pieces measuring 8x6; two lining pieces measuring 8x6 and two pieces of fusible fleece measuring 7x5. You will need a 7 inch zip.

  • A 6x4 bag will need two outer pieces measuring 7x5;two lining pieces measuring 7x5 and two pieces of fusible fleece measuring 6x4. You will need a 6 inch zip.

Here's the video which shows how you make them up - you'll see more clearly the sizes I've mentioned above.

I have been sending these out as presents to friends, but some friends have suggested selling them, so I may one day. 

Happy crafting! I will update my blog with details of the coloring challenge road trip when I return at the start of next week.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Flower Challenge #11 - Reminder - Focus on Background Stamping

Hello Everyone! I am enjoying seeing all your fabulous cards for our 11th challenge. How quickly the time has gone! You still have time to join in this month. As usual the challenge ends on 25th of the month.

This card uses lots of those little stamps that you get in sets and often ignore - well I know I do. I won this set on an Instagram giveaway from the very lovely Rowena. If you don't know her stuff, please do check her feed out. She is very talented! 

I started by picking three of the tiny little stamps in the set and stamping them in a fairly random organised manner on a panel of Copic friendly paper. I tried pretty successfully to avoid the same stamps next to each other!

I coloured them in with very basic Copic colouring - either one or at most two colours. I then cut out the panel with my WPlus9 Sunshine Layers die.

I decided I needed to colour the Big Bear and Bird and give him a flower to hold. I used Kathy Racoosin's rag technique with colourless blender to give him some texture for fur.

Again no sentiment - I just can't seem to think of them at all!

Looking forward to seeing what you create. Happy crafting everyone!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Flower Challenge #11 - Focus on background stamping

Hello Everyone! Welcome back to another Flower Challenge. This time we are focussing on background stamping. I confess that when I make cards, I often see the background, well as background, so it was refreshing to try to put it in the limelight.

I must apologise because the photographs are quite bleached out owing to the sun - shouldn't complain, should I!

As you can see, I made two very similar cards using the WPlus9 DoodleBuds stamp set. The first is done with Hero Arts Soft Pool ink on a light blue card base, the other is the same ink on Neenah.

I simply stamped all the different stamps from the set across each card panel, fitting them in as well as I could. I was really pleased with the result. 

With the tone on tone card, I originally embossed the word 'blessed', but it looked odd, so I added the black die cut on top with the additional words embossed on a piece of the same cardstock. I did the same with the other card.

You have until 25th as usual to link up your project and I hope that you've got some inspiration from myself and the rest of the fabulous Design Team. Happy crafting!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Dream Big - Clearly Besotted Stamps and Polychromos Pencils - VIDEO

Hello again Everyone. I'm enjoying making videos at the moment, so I have another card from the last Clearly Besotted release (not long now until the new one!) that I've coloured with Polychromos Pencils. I got these for Christmas 18 months ago and I need to get them out of their case more often!

I started by cutting a piece of white card to A2 (US) size and then die cutting it with a stitched rectangle and then with the MFT stitched Peekaboo frame die.

With an A2 white card base and my Precision Press, I stamped the pianist and the curtains in Memento Tuxedo Black. Even though I'm not Copic colouring, it's a nice black ink that dries quickly.

I then proceeded to colour with my pencils, and you can watch it all in the video below or over on my YouTube channel.

I stamped the sentiment on the front with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then popped it on the card base with foam tape - as you can tell from the video, that didn't quite go to plan, but I'm still pleased with how it all turned out.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me today, and I hope to see you all again soon!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Ink Dusters Vs Ink Blenders - VIDEO

So I was playing around with the MFT cloud stencil making backgrounds for some cards (Mr Seagull was one of them) and did a bit of filming of me using both the Ink Dusters and Ink Blending tool that I normally use.

The Ink Dusters are manufactured by a local company called Inkylicious. You get a pack of 3 brushes for £14.99, although I think my craft fair purchase was a little cheaper, and they are double ended so you get 6 brushes. You can read all about the brushes on the Inkylicious web page.

You can watch my video below or in YouTube:

Some pictures of the end result. In the video you see me using just distress ink, but I also used some Altenew inks which I like to blend with too - I find they don't stamp well but they do blend nicely.

1. Altenew Ink on the left, Distress on the right. Ink Duster at the top, Blending pad at the bottom.

 2. You can see in the following two photos how much brighter the blending tool lays down the ink. This is the blending tool. Altenew Ocean Waves on the left and Tumbled Glass on the right.

3. The Ink Duster does lay down a lovely layer of light ink which you can build on. Altenew on left, distress on the right. 

4. I even tried on vellum and the result is the same. Lighter layer for the ink duster and brighter with the blending tool.

5. The cards I made. Each picture has one background with the blending tool and one with the ink duster. While the photos aren't great, you can tell the difference.

I really do like them and find they lay down a nice light layer of ink that you can build up and it often avoids the harsh lines I can get with the blending tool. I may in future invest in some Clarity Brushes as well as I think the pointed tip will come in handy. I won't give up on the blending tools, as I think it depends on the look you are going for as to which tool you use for your project.

Do you have any of the brushes? Clarity or Ink Dusters? Would love to know your thoughts. I'm a big fan of crafting tools! 

Thank you so much for popping by today. Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Follow Your Dreams - Schoenberg and Clearly Besotted Stamps

Hello Everyone! How are you all? Can you believe it's almost time for another Clearly Besotted release already? I do appreciate them quarterly now though, as I actually get the chance to play with the ones I bought in the last release before the new one comes along.

I made this card at around 5am one morning when I really could not sleep and my head was swimming with a million and one things, so the best thing to do was to go and craft.

This is a card I've been thinking about since my stamp sets arrived and it finally made it onto paper, or card for that matter. It's inspired by one of my favourite pieces of music, Verklarte Nacht by Schoenberg. I've taken a bit of a liberty as it's a string quartet, so no flute, but they worked so well together I couldn't not have them.

I started by stamping the two figures onto Copic friendly card stock and then masking them off with masking paper before stamping the tree background on top. I love the magic of removing the masking paper!! I then coloured them with Copic markers, using three yellows for the moon shining through the trees. 

I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp and adhered it to a white card blank with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment on the bottom with VersaFine Onyx Black.

Thank you so much for visiting me today, and for all your comments. Happy shopping when the time comes ;)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Seven Hills Crafts Monthly Craft Challenge - July 2017

Hello Everyone. I'm getting in lateish to this month's Seven Hills Crafts Monthly Craft Challenge, which is a sketch. 

I've been playing around with my new MFT goodies that I got at the craft fair back in June - you can watch my haul video for more details.

I've been playing around with my ink dusters and that MFT cloud stencil that seems to be out of stock everywhere. Once I'd inked up my background panel I cut it out with the journalling card part of the WPlus9 Sunshine Layers die which I think is one of my most used purchases ever.

I stamped and Copic coloured the seagull - doesn't he just look so Zen and chilled? - and then fussy cut him out. It was a simple assembly adhering the cloud panel to an A2 (US) sized card and attaching Mr Zen Seagull with some bits of foam tape. I stamped the sentiment on some scrap card and then found a piece of scrap sunshine cardstock from the Whatever the Weather paper pad by Sugar Pea Designs. 

I hope this makes you as happy as a seagull with a chip! Thank you so much for joining me again and I wish you a fabulous weekend when it arrives :)

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Flower Challenge #10 - Reminder - Embossing heat/dry

Gosh, where does the time go? Here we are at the half way mark of this month's Flower Challenge which is all about Embossing heat or dry. 


 This time I went with heat embossing:

This was pretty simple, just heat embossing with some Versamark and Bright White Wow! Embossing powder onto some watercolour cardstock. I then spent a very happy hour colouring with my Inktense Pencils. I forgot how much I love them! After a blob incident, I decided to fussy cut it out and just place it onto a dark background onto a white A2 card base.

You can watch the video here, or over on my YouTube channel.

Don't forget, you have until 25th to enter. Happy flowery crafting everyone!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Flower Challenge #10 - Embossing heat/dry

Hello and welcome back to another challenge here at The Flower Challenge. This month we are focussing on embossing - either heat or dry.

If you watched my last haul video, you'll have heard me mention my friend Lisa who loves stencils and is giving me a healthy interest in them. She once told me that you can emboss with them, and so I decided to give that a try.

It works amazingly well. You may need to play around with whether or not you need an extra shim so that it embosses all over. I find my machine and the rubber mat I use occassionally needs one depending on the stencil. This was a freebie from a recent Simply Cards and Papercraft.

I kept the stencil over the embossed piece and used my new Inkylicious ink dusters to add a light coating of some purple and green Altenew inks over the embossed area. It gives a nice light touch of colour.

I then added some sequins for a little bit of sparkle..... OK, no I made a boo boo with a bit of the card as the stencil had some sticky glue on the back I never noticed and it transferred to the card. Sequins hide a multitude of sins.

I added three layers of my new MFT scalloped frame die to the outside. I couldn't decide on a sentiment at all, and so I just left it blank.

As usual, you have until 25th of the month to link up, and I'll be back on 15th with some more embossing. Happy crafting everyone!

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