Monday, 30 June 2014

Tag - Summer Days

The background is made using my 6x6 Gelli plate. When I got my Gelli I had to try it straight away. I went to their website to look at videos. Tried it myself but they didn’t come out like any techniques they showed!!!!!!! I'm going to write a post about my experience with the Gelli.
·         I did this background on copier paper! Cut to the shape of a tag and backed onto cardboard.
·         Stamped images.
·         Applied embossing powder.
When I heated the embossing powder the glue that was sticking the paper to the card melted and warped the tag, grrrrr!!! I never learn. It took ages for me to get it flat'ish again, i heated it and flattened it with my hand many times, it wasn’t going to beat me.
·         Stamped the butterflies and dragonflies.
·         Tied ribbon. I used a lighter to crinkle the edges to make it look different. I surprised myself there wasn’t a fire; I'm a little accident prone!
Not a big description on 'how to' but I think the techniques are very effective.

Materials used;
Crafty Individuals stamp CI-207
Gelli plate
Distress ink - picked raspberry
Stampendous embossing tinsel - vintage mahogany
From my stash;
Embossing folder
Acrylic paint

Challenge entered;

Thursday, 26 June 2014


I love this quote. 
I've just got a 6x6 Gelli Plate and I'm proud with my first attempts.
When I got my Gelli I couldn’t wait to use it. I got out all my stencils, embossing folders, magic stamps (I them made a few weeks ago. Mainly using embossing folders and silicone moulds), most of my acrylic paint, brayer, paper and card.
Once I started I couldn’t stop. I will write a separate post about my Gelli experience.
This is going to be a short post cos my mind is on other things because I'm having a knee operation tomorrow (27/06/14).
·         Firstly I chose which print I liked best.
·         Cut and glued them to card and then on a page in my journal.
·         The ticket ribbon I cut ages ago and thought it would look ok.
·         Printed quote edged with ink.
·         Glued to the page.

Materials used
Gelli plate
Acrylic paint - deco-art, jo-sonja and numerous other brands. Anything I could get my hands on!!! Lol
Silhouette cameo
Distress ink
PVA glue

Challenge entered

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Ozzie Owl

I've had the owl a while in my stash so when I saw the challenge for PanPastels and that's crafty I thought I would decorate my owl. I had been tempted to do him blue and white after my beloved footy team but those colours wouldn’t suit my home decor. So in honour of my fave team I've called him Ozzie owl!! Lol he's now perched above the table which is much more than I can say for the league table the footy team are in.
·         Firstly I drew around Ozzie onto the back of the card, cut him out and sanded the edges to take on a distressed look and also it neatens the edges of my cutting.
·         I applied Versamark to the eyes, beak and chest.
·         Using a soft brush applied the PanPastels. I did spray with hairspray when I had done them and I managed to get finger prints on it so then I remembered the hairspray!!!! I do it all the time and then wonder why my work is smudged!!!! Lol
·         I used the scallop stencil as i thought it looked more like feathers so then applied the gel with some PanPastel mixed in it. I'm a little disappointed that the metallic of the PanPastel didn’t shine through the gel when it had dried but I was still happy at the result.
·         I glued everything in its place. I felt the branch needed some decorating so in my stash i found some paper flowers and leaves.
·         Then added glitter glue to the flower centres and eyes.

Materials used
MDF owl from Anna Marie Designs
Co-ordinations cardstock
PanPastels - metallic's
Maimeri - modelling paste
Stencil cut on silhouette cameo
From my stash
Paper flowers, leaves, glitter glue, twine

Challenges entered;

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Monochromatic Tag

I love love love the vibrant colours of the Dylusions sprays so I wanted to make something really bright and cheerful.
  • I sprayed the ink onto some watercolour card. Then cut out a tag shape. What I've decided to do is a few different tags for different challenges and then use them to make a card when I need one or I might even display them in my home.
  • I love poppies and also my great nieces' middle name is Poppy so any excuse to use poppies in my designs suits me down to the ground. But I think this tag is a little too old for her at the moment, she is only 6 months old! Lol.
  • I stamped the poppies onto smooth card, embossed, cut them out and coloured them with distress inks and marker. Also I edged them with the green marker.
  • Stamped the saying and edged with the marker
  • I placed them on the tag but they looked a little lost and didn’t stand out so I sprayed a couple of pages from an old book and stuck the poppies and saying to them.
  • Carefully I tore around them and also edged them with the green.
  • I placed them on the tag and liked them much better.
  • Using the fine nib end of the marker I drew along the edge of the tag. I had seen this done on a card on Pinterest and thought it looked really effective.
  • Stuck them to the tag but I thought something was missing so added the ribbon to the bottom of the tag and also through the hole.

I can't make up my mind whether to put any more embellishments on it or not. For the moment I'm going to leave it as it is but when I put it on a card I can then add something to correspond with person who is receiving it.

Materials used
Dylusions spray - bubblegum pink, fresh lime
Distress ink - picked raspberry
Distress marker - crushed olive.
Wow embossing powder - ultra shimmer

From my stash -
Watercolour card, pva glue, pink organza ribbon, old reading book

Challenge entered;

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Texture but no mistakes!

I really like PanPastels mixed in a texture paste because it's so easy to blend them together.
So when I saw That's Crafty blog wanted texture in there challenge and PanPastels wanted 'man' as the theme I thought the 2 go together and the quote 'mistake' used for the Craft Barn challenge seemed so fitting because we learn from our mistakes.
Sometimes the mistakes we make in crafting can work out ok.
But also I'm sure we have all made mistakes with the male species!!! Lol.
  • Firstly I used distress inks with a stencil to begin the 1st layer of the background.
  • I then mixed the PanPastels with the gel and used with various stencils.
  • To add a little interest I used some acetate packaging and applied PanPastels mixed into the paste using stencils. Cut with decorative scissors. Edged with paint.
  • I got a quote off the internet. Copied it into my CraftArtist and used a font I really like.
  • Printed it. Cut with decorative scissors. Edged with paint.
  • Stuck the acetate to the page, then the quote.

Voila a 'man' textured quote!
Materials used
Smash book
Stencils - crafters workshop, Debbi Moore, Stamps Away, my own made with the Silhouette Cameo.
PanPastels - permanent green shade, bright yellow green, turquoise shade, turquoise.
Texture paste - Maimeri matt gel.
Distress Inks - black soot, faded jeans, rusty hinge.
Acrylic paint.
Fiskars - decorative scissors.

Challengers entered;

Glitter Fest

I wanted to decorate a plastic tin I'd had in my stash for a few years!! Yes it's took me this long to decorate it. I found it when I moved house last year. It's surprising what lurks at the back of cupboards!
I couldn’t decide how to decorate it so I looked at different blog challengers to get my brain into gear.
So I'm entering it into Imagination crafts - all that glitters, Cuddly Buddly - daisy, WOW - garden.
  • Right down to business.
  • I dusted off the tin and measured the size of card that I need to cover the majority of it.
  • Cut a stencil out of thick card on my silhouette. The idea behind using the card instead of stencil material is that I want the stencil to fill in where the card shows through the design so that I can add colour and sparkle.
  • Cut the stencil in half so that all of the Kraft was covered.
  • Applied purple and green sparkle medium.
  • Whilst the stencil was still wet from the sparkle medium i applied the embossing powders but when done I realised I had put the wrong colours on each section!!
  • So take 2! Applied Versamark to stencils and made sure I put the correct embossing powder on each one. Once heat set the pink was ok but the green didn’t show up very much and looked too pink!
  • So take 3! Applied Versamark again then powder but still too much pink showing through
  • So take 4! I used regular green which gave a more pearlescent effect but I went with that.
  • I stuck the stencils down with pva glue. Should have waited longer to do it cos some of the sparkle medium was still wet!! I don’t have the patience to wait which causes me more problems but I never learn! I'm sure there are many of you out there agreeing with me lol.
  • I stippled sparkle medium to the parts of the tin which wouldn’t be covered and also the lid.
  • I made a daisy flower out of wire for the lid and applied viva decor silver paint in the middle, when dry a blob of liner.
  • I then applied glamour liner as faux glittery pearls to the lid. I must confess I bought the liners in the sales for my great nephews to paint their own t-shirts but when they arrived I thought they were far too good for kids!! lol so in my crafting cupboard they went.
  • I left the project over night before I stuck the sparkle fest to the tin.
  • So as not to take away from the glittery fest I found in my stash some acetate butterflies so applied them randomly around the tin.
  •  I would have liked a butterfly on the lid but I thought it might get in the way of getting the lid off. So added a wire daisy, i made myself, instead. Adding 3D glitter paint and liner to the centre.

Voila an over the top decorated tin. Not really my style so felt totally out of my comfort zone but must say I really like it.
Materials used
Silhouette cameo.
Cutting file - flower background lace.
Versamark ink pad.
Sparkle medium - silver, chartreuse, old rose.
WOW embossing powders - lime light, green regular, magenta twinkle.
Waco glamour liner - black, purple.
Viva decor - 3D glitter paint silver.
From my stash -
Plastic bucket/tin.
Kraft card.
PVA glue.

Green wire.

Challengers entered;