Sunday, 24 June 2018

Uniko Guest Design - Surprise Stencil Release - Scattered Polka Hexagons

I'm back today to share my next card for the mini stencil release from Uniko. This one is the Scattered Polka Hexagons and I thought it would go perfectly with my last purchase from them, the Bee Happy set. I've been itching to ink this up and they go very well together.

It's been an age since I made a spinner and the sizes of the stamps just worked out perfectly. I started by inking a piece of yellow card stock using the stencil with some Wild Honey distress ink to get a tone on tone look.

I kept the middle of the card free from ink and using some Versa Mark ink stamped the heart from the stamp set. I then heat embossed with WOW! Gold glitter. I cut out my spinner element from the panel and before I realised it, I crumpled up and threw the cut out piece in the bin! Normally I keep it to place in the space so it looks more uniform and you don't get the white, but it worked out fine without it.

I then stamped the bee on some white card, fussy cut it and started assembling the pieces. I use my giant roll of 3M tape for the backing as I can cut it to size easily. I also use the MFT spin and slide discs which are light and small enough for tiny stamps like this. I glue one onto a circle of white cardstock with multi medium matte as it's strong and dries quickly. I then place it into the aperture and glue the stamp on top. It flows really well around. I have a video on spinner cards over on my You Tube channel.

I stamped the sentiment onto some black cardstock with Versa Mark ink and again embossed with the WOW! gold glitter powder. I added some vellum to the back so it wouldn't look so stark against the yellow.

The stencils are available now in the Uniko shop. Have any caught your eye? Thanks for popping by and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 23 June 2018

The Flower Challenge #21 - Use a Previous Challenge

No I haven't gone back to my old days of being on the DT, although I have to say I miss the camaraderie we had, no, I decided after seeing all the great posts from the team and the object of using any previous challenge I couldn't refuse to join in.

This one is for Challenge 17 - CAS. I love CAS and it's a great opportunity to focus on the flower itself. With this one, it's all about the colouring and I even braved some no line as well.

I stamped the Make a Wish image from Clearly Besotted onto some Strathmore Coloured Pencil paper with some yellow memento dye ink. I then got to colouring slowly and with very light layers using my Faber Castell Polychromos, trying my very best to give it some light source. I really struggle with this technique.

I went back in to give it some added depth with some black pencils in all the nooks and crannies as Kathy would say.

I haven't done much in the way of colouring for this current 30 Day Colouring Challenge, so it was nice to sit down and spend some time with me and my colouring medium.

I'm linking this up to the challenge at The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge and also the Flower Challenge #21 Use a Previous Challenge.

Thanks so much for popping by and happy crafting! :) 

Uniko Guest Design - Surprise Stencil Release - Mehndi Mandala - Blog Hop + VIDEO

Hi Everyone, I'm absolutely thrilled to have been asked to Guest Design for Uniko, a lovely UK based company who makes fabulous stamps and stencils. I have quite a few of their stencils already, so to be asked to use more of them, of course it was an instant yes!

This is part of the blog hop to celebrate the release. You can start over at the Uniko blog, and I'll let you know who to hop onto next at the end of my post. This is the first of three cards made using three stencils. I have a video to go with this one showing you how I made 4 cards in 45 minutes using just one stencil.

You can watch the video here or over on my YT channel :)

I took a piece of A4 white card stock and cut it down to 11 inches as I always make my cards 5.5x4.25 (US A2 sized). I then marked out the middle point so I would know where to place the middle of my stencil.

I placed my stencil in the middle and started blending with very gentle ink blending in Spun Sugar. It's quite light, so I built up the layers gradually. I then put the stencil on top and added Picked Raspberry for some contrast. 

I removed the stencil and then cut the panels to size to fit my card blanks. I picked two different pink colours to fit with the pink on the stencil and background. I then attached them with foam tape on top. I'd like to give credit to my friend Lisa Tilson of My Card Trip whose card I saw using the slightly off set mounting of the panel. It gave me the main idea for this set. I thought a few sequins in pink and clear would be a nice addition.

This is such a gorgeous stencil, and I hope this inspires you to try some stencilling. The new release is available now over on the Uniko website and you can carry on in the hop by visiting Beverly Brown, Uniko's esteemed creator.

I'll be back tomorrow with more. Happy Crafting!

Friday, 8 June 2018

How To - Stencils with Funky Fossils Designs Mermaids - VIDEO

Hello! So if you saw my April and May haul video, you'll have seen the gorgeous mermaid stencil that Sarah Gray from Funky Fossil Designs gave me to have a play around with. I decided when I had a couple of hours to spare (no kids in the house!!) I'd have a good old play with hers and some other stencils I had that hadn't seen much love in a while.

I ended up only using the mermaids in the end - once I started I couldn't stop! - and I filmed the process. You can watch this below or over on my YouTube channel. My camera decided to have a bit of a wobbly at points and I lost some of the footage, but I hope you can still get the gist of them. 

I decided to try something different and not do a voice over for this video. My space in the basement is lovely, but I find the boiler and pipe work can be noisy at the worst times and finding a time to be able to do them is hard. I thought I'd edit it without this time. I'd love some feedback on how you find this. 

Here are the projects I finished. I used lots of different techniques from ink blending to texture paste and glitter - yes I used glitter even though I usually hate the stuff. I even used some of my new distress oxides. They really do blend nicely and I suspect I may be saving up for some more :)

1. Coloured texture paste and glitter. 

2. Distress ink and water bleaching

3. Distress ink and texture paste with glitter stencil on top

4. Distress Oxide and splatter

The detail is amazing on the stencil - the swimming mermaid's hair is spectacular - and you can buy this and others in Sarah's Folksy Shop.

I hope you enjoyed today's projects. I really am in the mood for stencils right now, so expect to see some more of them! Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting :)

Friday, 1 June 2018

Gelli prints on cards - #2

I managed to make another couple of cards from my gelli print session that I mentioned in my last post. I even used up some NBUS!

One of my favourite stamp sets of all time is the Simon Says Stamp One with Nature set and I finally bought the dies in a recent spend there. The main printing was done with the leaves stencil I also bought from SSS. This is such a lovely stencil. In the green card, you can just see the hint of it on the die cuts. I used two shades of green on this print - a sort of tone on tone gelli print.

My second card uses a print I made from all the leftover bits of paint on the gelli plate. I basically gave the plate a light coating of one colour and it lifted all the layers underneath that hadn't picked up in previous prints. Don't you think it really looks like bark? I absolutely love it!

I die cut the pieces then had trouble working out where to put them on the card, so I hit upon the idea, which I am sure I've seen somewhere else, of random stamping and then covering up some of the stamped images with the die cuts. I popped them up on foam tape then cut the pieces that were hanging off the edge of the card.

I hadn't left a lot of space for a sentiment, but the inking was a light grey, and as the sentiment is meant to be a bit wobbly, I thought it would look nice just stamped on top.

Almost a one layer card!! 

Hope you're all enjoying life and keeping on crafting as much as you can :) Happy Crafting Everyone!

Friday, 25 May 2018

Gelli Prints on Cards #1

Hi Everyone! The weather has been glorious, but I'm a bit glad of the rain today as the garden was starting to get a little sad and wilted, despite my efforts at watering. Let's hope it clears soon for the Bank Holiday weekend!

I've been watching Kim Dellow and Teresa Morgan's gelli print videos lately and decided I wanted to get my plate and paints out again and have another play. There is nothing like playing to get you used to the medium. It helps you work out what works and what doesn't and you usually end up with something you can use for cards at the end. You can watch my first attempt at using the plate in My First Gelli Prints Video.

I decided to try some stencils with my gelli plate. One I bought and one that I made from a die. I've had this Spellbinders die since I first started crafting 3 years ago, using it on this card back at the very beginning of my blog. I hadn't used it in a while and considered selling, but there's something about it that made me keep it. I'm glad I did because it works really nicely on the gelli plate. I just die cut it out onto a couple of sheets of plain printer paper.

I printed this at the end of my session, and honestly I cannot quite remember how I did this! This is why it's important to film gelli plate sessions, if only so I can remember. I think the blue was already on the plate, I added yellow on top and then the red on top of the negative portion of the die.

However I did it, I LOVED the results. It reminded me of  hieroglyphs on an ancient Egyptian tomb - my eldest is currently obsessed with Egyptians!

Hope this inspires you to try out your gelli plate again - some of you have told me they have them or even made them. They can be a lot of fun! 

This has been sent off to the lovely Michelle over at The Card Grotto, who is a constant inspiration and an absolutely lovely friend. Wishing you a fabulous birthday!!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Craft Haul - April, May 2018 - VIDEO

Hello! Here I am sharing my crafty hauls from April and May. I combined them as I knew I was going to Happy Stampers in Port Sunlight in May.

I'm over on my You Tube channel where you can watch it, or you can watch below. Details of where I bought the items are in the description on my YouTube video.

Thank you so much for all your kind comments on my GDPR posts of the past couple of days and I'm glad some of you have found them useful. We shall see what happens on 25th May!

I'll be back with some crafty posts soon - I have a lot of NBUS to use up!! Happy Crafting Everyone :)

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