Thursday, 30 January 2014

Layering Challenge!

I always love a challenge and when a friend at the end of last year asked if I could come up with a layered design card which could easily be posted this got me thinking about how I could use some of my products a little differently.

So this is what I have come up with - 

Using a Sissix Framelit Die I have embosssed directly onto the card and then layered the smaller die cuts over the top.  

The embossing is really quite effective and when combined with sanded card stock (which gives a white edge) another layer appears to be created. I did use Sticky Fixers on the stamped layer, but I have found that one layer of sticky fixers does not catapult the cost of postage into the upper echelons of bulky mail!

It took a bit to work out the "sandwich" for the Big Shot, but here it is:

  • open tab base
  • bottom plate
  • cardstock shim
  • rubber embossing mat
  • card 
  • framelit with cut blade upwards (most important!!)
  • cutting plate
  • folded A4 sheet of printer paper

I think you will agree that it is quite effective and I do love another way of using my dies.

I used Staz On ink to stamp the Decorative Label and painted with Stampin Up Classic Pads by squishing them onto my craft mat and spritzing with a little water - they do have quite a lovely watercolour feel. (Hmmm - my Happiest Birthday stamping is a little squint!)

Thanks for looking x

Stampin Up Products Used:

Sissix Framelits Labels Collection
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Co-ordinations Sandable Cardstock (Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding)
Stamps: Apothecary Art and Summer Solstice
Inks:  Stampin Pad Crisp Cantaloupe and Wild Wasabi
Border Punch:  Scallop Trim Border

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

So Tender

It is the most AWFUL day here - very wet, very windy and very cold! It is also another dark day and just so difficult to craft or do anything really, so I thought I would cheer myself up with a blog post and share this layout I made last week for a challenge over at Swirlydoos. 

I absolutely adore this photograph of Callum and Caitlyn, taken back in the summer when Caitlyn was only three weeks old. 

I was entering a Swirlydoos Round Robin Challenge and I was last in the team, so the design was set, including the inclusion of the flourish and flower cluster. I only had this one piece of double sided Maja Design paper which I used for everything! by the time I had finished punching and cutting I had only two little strips left! As I was only using one sheet of 12 x 12 I decided to make my own background paper using Paper Artsy Grunge Paste, a damask mask and Tattered Rose Distress Ink. 

Peggy also challenged us to use a technique from the Swirlydoos Youtube Video Library and I chose Rae's recent distressed/embossed chippie technique which you can find HERE if you would like to have a go.

It has now taken me four attempts to type this blog post, so I wonder if it will actually post! All due to the weather I am afraid and the continual storms we keep getting.  I am also struggling to visit some of your blogs - I can see your lovely projects but am unable to leave a comment. I haven't forgotten you! (We are all looking forward to the new Shetland broadband link but no date has been set yet.)

Thank you for visiting and I hope the weather is a whole lot better where you are x

Friday, 24 January 2014

A Different Approach .......

Hello and welcome and I hope everyone is enjoying better weather than here! Our house is being battered by 70+ mph winds, sleet and hail! I am not sure whether this post will manage to break through into the ether!

I am sharing something a little different from my norm in this blog post. When teaching workshops I try to present a range of products which are easily obtainable (given our location on this northerly isle!) but which can also be used in different ways.  As an occasional purchaser of Stampin Up products (I love the card stock for my flower making) I decided a few months ago to become a demonstrator and have spent the last few months using Stampin Up punches, stamps, inks and card stock in my style.

In the process of becoming a demonstrator I have met a wonderful group of Stampin Up friends here in Shetland and last Saturday was one of our monthly team get-together's.

Rhoda had a chosen a lovely Prima layout for us to scrap lift - quite simple as we don't have very long and all we needed to take with us was a mug shot!  

To start off with we used hemp to create a stitched background - punching the holes first which resulted in a bit of head scratching - but we got there!

Then I demonstrated some flower making - the white one was made with the SU Pansy Punch and Whisper White Cardstock. The flower layers were sprayed with water and then scrunched up in my usual style.  The rosette for the centre was made from SU Paper Clay and the Rosette Mould - having used paper clay for years I am finding this product one of the best I have ever used.

I also made this flower from the Pansy Punch using three layers of paper stock. After wetting the leaves I just gathered them together and added some stamens.

I only have a small range of stamps at the moment but I do love the range of butterfly and sayings stamps. 

The main text on my layout says:

Happiness held is the seed;
happiness shared is the flower.

which sums up my fabulous life of crafting at the moment!

I hope to occasionally blog an SU project showing the versatility of the products for my workshop participants and lovely SU friends (and anyone else of course who might be interested!).  

Thanks for looking and have a
 great weekend x

Products used:

Paperstock: Soho Subway
Cardstock:  Natural Composition Speciality, Neutrals Collection and Whisper White
Punches: Pansy and Decorative Label
Stamps: Fabulous Phrases
Simply Pressed Clay and Blossoms Clay Mould
Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Doilies and Antique Brads

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Crackle Art

Hello Everyone - it is my turn today to share a project over at Country View Crafts Updates so here is a  sneak.  

Click the link HERE to see the whole project - and yes it is those Fresco's again!!

Thanks for visiting x

Friday, 17 January 2014

Sending Love and Warmest Wishes .......

What a horrible day it is here - gales, rain and dark skies. It was the same yesterday and very cold too, so thoughts came to mind of the current Frilly and Funkie Challenge to bring warmth to those feeling the chill.  I have a friend in France going through a bit of a hard time at the moment so I decided to make a card for her with memories of our lovely holiday in Paris a couple of years ago.  

I had a quick search before going to bed for papers and stamps Paris related so yesterday morning all I had to do was put it together. It is now in the post and I am sure it will bring those happy memories back for her.

And being Paris related it fits in very nicely with the Artistic Stamper Challenge this month "Love is in the Air".  

So thank you Rebecca at Frilly and Funkie and Jennie at Artistic Stamper for two great challenges. It has been a great treat for me this month to get back to doing some challenges and I have enjoyed it very much.  

Have a great weekend x

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Rolled Rose Tutorial

A couple of followers have asked for a tutorial for the little rolled roses I make for my projects.

So here goes!

Punch or cut cardstock or paperstock circles
 - I find this size works really well.

With the front of the circle uppermost
ie the side you want to see when rolled
cut a spiral starting on the
right hand side.

I have drawn the spiral here so you can see it
a bit clearer.

There will be a little bit you need to cut off
in order to level up the cut spiral.

Alot of people start rolling at this stage, but
I use a paper distresser to go around the edge.

This creates a lovely white edge on
paper stock and is very effective on
cardstock as well.

Then start rolling from the cut edge at the right
hand side. I use a quilling tool as I
find this easier with my arthritic

This is what it looks like
when rolled.

When you turn the rose over you will see there
is a little flap which you can lift.

Put a little bit of glue on this bit and
stick it down (although I have to
admit I don't always do this!)

And now the final step - I like to squash it
a bit with my thumb.

The roses are quite hardy and will
take quite a bit of pressure.

The finished flower - you can see how
squashing it has given a little
more roll to the edges.


I love these rolled flowers as I can always use matching paper or card on a scrapbook page or card. 

Little pearls sit quite nicely in the centre too.

I find them very useful in cream on vintage scrapbook pages.

In fact they are just great for filling in lots of spaces, even the inside of other flowers.

I hope you find the tutorial useful x

Sunday, 12 January 2014

A Sort of Serenity ........

Not just another year, but another set of wonderful challenges! And in this post I'll be giving you two for one!  

First off at Anything But A Card this month this wonderful picture is our inspiration.  I have decided to use the colours and a strong vertical theme for my project, trying to retain the feeling of serenity which the picture portrays.

And at Our Creative Corner Claudia has challenged us to use a former shopping sin!  How great is that!  So here is my confession:

Every time I travel through Aberdeen, I always seem to end up in Hobbycraft as it is just over the road from the ferry. I never feel it has much in the way of inky things I need but I do get carried away with buying things to alter ....... and I never get around to using them as they need PAINT which I don't really do. 

But as you all know by now (!) I recently bought some Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint having been so inspired by the fabulous projects created by  Alison at Words and Pictures(aka Butterfly). 

So having practised on tags here is my first major attempt at using the paints and using a paper mache hanging from my bulging basket.

I stuck some various elements on the bare board - some Crafty Individual stems and punched butterflies and leaves and gave everything a coat of gesso.  I then applied Sky Fresco Paint with a piece of foam and combined a little Snowflake and Mocha Mousse here and there.  

I did little more dry brushing with the Snowflake and then stamped a bit of texture with a Tim Holtz Mixed Media stamp (one of my Christmas pressies) but this time I used Beach Hut which is transparent.

I didn't dare use stamps direct so I stamped some text and my sentiment on tissue paper and used Claudine Hellmuth Mixed Medium to layer them over everything.(I just love the way you can poke bits in here and there around the leaves.)

And that was it really! apart from a bit of sanding here and there and around the edges of the hanging.  I did add some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges just to give it a more aged look.

I then decorated with the usual suspects!

I do love the way the paints give such a lovely texture when they dry - in fact they looked far better when dry. However, despite using Snowflake they are a bit darker than I planned hence the "sort of" serenity.

I am certainly very taken with Fresco Paints and now need to look for some more interesting colours. Thank you Alison for the wonderful inspiration and all those fabulous how to's you give us.

I do hope you will join us at Anything But A Card for our challenge this month.  Click the link HERE to see last week's wonderful inspirational pieces from some of the DT.

And do pop over to Our Creative Corner to have a look at the wonderful pieces the DT have made with their shopping sins.  They did make me smile! And it made me feel soooo much better.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you are having a great weekend x 

Friday, 10 January 2014

I Can Do This!

Well I did warn you there was more! Paper Artsy Fresco Paints(Vintage Lace, Orchid and Pansy) but with Crackle Glaze this time! 

Oh what fun I am having and with a quiet month  I have the chance to take part in some challenges I've not visited for a long time.  So this piece is for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog where the theme is New Year Resolutions. This is not so much a resolution as a mantra! 

All my life I have had a hang up about always looking right - wearing the right clothes, hair all in place, always mascara ...... you get the picture! But hey I am retired and get my bus pass this year, so it is about time I loosened up a bit - hang around in PJs if I want and let my hair go another day (I might not manage the mascara though.........). 

This was the closest quote I could find in my (ever expanding) stamp collection - not really the world expecting me to be someone else but me!

As well as experimenting with the paints I have also been making flowers with some different types of paper.  I used 140lb water colour paper for this one.  It was a little stiff to mould when wet, but I love the way it holds it's shape.  

Do hop over to Frilly and Funkie HERE for some fabulous DT makes - I always follow the blog as there are some wonderful tutorials and how to's and great inspiration, but nice to get the chance to join in this month too.

Have a lovely weekend x

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Experimental Daubings!

Catherine Matthews-Scanlon meets Paper Artsy!  

Am I loving these Paper Artsy Fresco Paints!  They really are fabulous and I am fascinated by the way they blend so well.  And the Grunge Paste with the new Tim Holtz masks works a treat!

I love this Black Eyed Susan stamp from my friend Catherine Matthews-Scanlon. I am very grateful to Catherine as she has taught me so much over the last couple of years and in particular got me started on mixed media, something I was quite afraid to start. I am so pleased that she now has her own range of stamps and masks at Art Gone Wild.  

I only have opaque Fresco's at the moment so the white was a bit streaky for painting, but I still love the overall look.  For the background I combined Pansy, Orchid, Toad Hall and Vintage Lace.  I also used them on the metal too which was quite successful. 

Thank you for popping over and having a look. I've got more tags ready for decorating today, so you may get a bit fed up with my experimental daubings!!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Tagging Along!

Good morning everyone and as it is my first post of 2014 a Happy New Year!  A little late unfortunately as Shetland has been experiencing wifi and mobile problems after a cable was cut in Edinburgh nearly two weeks ago!  My apologies for not having been a great visitor to your blogs these last couple of weeks, but fingers crossed it seems to be working at the moment!  

I don't make New Year resolutions but I have some thoughts of what I want to try and join in with this year and one of those is Tim's Tags - I managed just one last year. 

I just loved this month's tag, the basis of which is metal and paint and you can see all the details HERE on Tim's blog.

As I didn't have any Black Distress Paint I used my favourite Dusty Concord (I have it in all the medias).  I am amazed at the different colours/shades you can get just using one colour - Distress Stains, Distress Inks and Distress Paint. (My mother would have called this colour "puce"! - I much prefer Dusty Concord.) 

I also used a different clock and centred my pieces around travel rather than time. I really enjoyed making this tag and it has set me up for the rest of the month.  I hope you will have the time to play along too.

It is a quiet month for me as I have January off from two DTs! What will I do with myself? ....... I can't wait to start experimenting with these lovely PaperArtsy Fresco Paints and Crackle Glaze - all very new to me so very exciting!

Thanks for visiting!