Thursday, 28 February 2013

Circus Tags by Carol Fox

Hi Carol here and welcome to my post for this week.

I am a massive fan of Circus stamps and as soon as I saw this set from Oxford Impressions, I knew they would have to come and live at my house.

I have used Dylusions ink sprays for my backgrounds along with gesso and a couple of stencils. I do love this new stencil I got recently, it reminds me of the way fireworks explode and I am looking forward to using this a lot.

I used


See you next week,
Carol x

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Meander Book by Alan Scott

I thought I would do something a little different this week. The project was inspired by visiting a new crafting friends blog The Male Crafter. He was making a Meander Book and I was interested in all about what this book was. This project also allowed me to dip into the scrap paper bin we all have.

It also means that we can re-visit all our stamping goodies to stamp up pages. The main imagery I have used are Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamp Sets. I have also dipped into my stamp collection and used a LOT of older Tim Holtz Stamp sets. I took the key/lock and screw head from a Kanban Stamp Set called Keys.


2 Manilla FoldersCardboard stock
Selection of Coloured Ribbon
White Stamping Paper
Sharp Tipped Scissors
Craft Knife
Double Sided Tape (as narrow as you can get)
Round Edge Punch
Adirondack Dye Ink Pad Pitch Black
Craft Mat
Good Clear Strong Glue
House Hold Pegs
Paper from your Paper Stash
Pencil and Rubber
1 inch circle punch
Manilla Tags  

Lets make a Meander Book
Take 2 manilla folders (go for the cheapest you can find), then with a
pencil and ruler, mark out as in picture 2.

With your trimmer, carefully cut out the pencil marks and then where needed, score (the dotted lines indicate where to score). Make as many strips as your booklet will need. Remember when folded, 2 sections will give you one page.

As you can see here, I have 4 sections. The centre sections will be secured together to form a single page. The outer sections will be used to make the pages that have the top section open, so that you can insert a tag. Mark a 'cut-out' with pencil, so that you
know what page is what. This is how the end sections will look when you have
joined them with the other cut out section.


I have constructed 2 of 4 strips. All l have to do is combine them together to give me one long strip. The second picture shows the completed strip.


Turn onto the back, so that the opened pages are on their sides. This will then help with gluing the opened pages together. These will be flat and not opened.

This is how your finished phase 1 will look.


To make your cover, place the insides onto a piece of card stock and then
allow an edge and mark round.

Make 2 covers 1 Front 1 for the back.


To make the gusset, take some card stock, mark out the length and then double the centre of your width of the constructed insert, to give you the width of the side.
Then allow at least 1 inch for each side flap. Here you can see how the centre of the constructed pages, has been doubled to give the centre section of the gusset.

From your paper stash select papers to cover the card stock. Do this with a good strong wet glue ,as it will give you time to move and make sure one edge is level. The
second picture shows the front and back, as well as the reverse side,
covered with paper and then trimmed to size.


Now then, lets take stock of what we have - a centre set of pages with opening for tags, front and back sections and a gusset.

Using double sided tape on the front of the inside pages section this is then secured onto the inside of one of the cardboard front page. The second picture is how it will look after the double sided tape has been trimmed and the corners from that page punched out using the corner punch. Make sure that the side part is level. Also make sure that the space allowed when cutting out the cardboard, is equal.


Allowed margin all around the three sides. Top/front, side and bottom.

Make a template from card stock and then delve into your paper stash bin,
so that you can cover each page.


Take the tags and then trim down to size. You want them to be about half an inch taller than the page that has the opened top. Again, use a corner punch and then secure a
piece of ribbon into place with the wet glue. A house hold peg will secure the ribbon
into place until its ready to be used.


To secure the gusset into place, place wet glue on the inside of the side that will face the front page and then turn, so that the side is face down. Then take the constructed booklet and place into the gusset. Make sure firstly, that the front side is pushed up to the glued side. You can do this by placing the facing page face down. Take an acrylic block and just push up against it. Then open up the booklet so that it's not flat but as if it was filled with lots of goodies. We are doing this, so that we can secure the inside back of the gusset to the back of our booklet. Turn around, face down and you will have to do a little manipulation to make sure that the back is secured against the gusset. Sorry I have no photos of this part, as the camera decided to go home and not play! I will however next time I do a project like this, make sure there are photos to show what I mean. However any problems of questions, please email me and I will get back to you a.s.a.p with the answer. 

Use the papers and the stamps that you have and just embellish
the booklet how you want to.


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Adore Postcard by Mandy C



Watercolour pencils
Selection of Collage Images


This week’s Sunday Postcard Art theme is Silhouettes. Although I made one earlier, I was inspired to make another entry. Here’s what I did.

·       Cut a piece of card to 6 x 4 inches in size.

·       Take a scraper and a couple of Eco Green Paints and scrape paint over the background. I used Lake and TidePool. Dry with a heat tool.

·       Once dry, stamp the perfume stamp down the left hand edge using the Aquamarine Archival ink, dry (very wet inks, so dry with a heat tool to set) then I stamped over that with the StazOn Stone Gray. I also used the gray to stamp Boutique over the rest of the postcard. Once again heat set.

·       Using the ‘Arty’ stamp and black Archival stamp a ‘stage’ for the ballerina. Heat set.

·       Adhere all the collage images you’d like to use. Stamp Adore in Archival. Edge with Dark Moss chalk ink and draw a line with the fineliner.

·       Finally using watercolour pencils create ‘shadows’ around the collage images.

Come and join in at Sunday Postcard Art.


Monday, 25 February 2013

Indian Princess Tag by Deborah


First I sprayed the inks onto a sheet of sturdy A4 white card, drying with a heat gun in between layers. I also added a little Studio Calico Mr Huey Mist: Custard.
I cut off a strip for the tag, stamped one of the Bombay floral motifs randomly in Magenta Ranger Archival Ink and edging with a black ProMarker.
I stamped the Abundance stamp (the face), more motifs and the hennaed hands onto the remaining card, using VersaFine Onyx Black, lightening the face with a flesh coloured oil pastel. I highlighted parts of the main image with Carmine ProMarker and Candy Cane Stickles Glitter Glue.
Once the Stickles had dried (don’t be tempted to rush this!), I cut everything out, stapled the hands to the main image with pink mini staples, stuck the floral motifs on with double sided tape, and mounted the main image onto the tag with two layers of foam tape. (You could use the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and colour the staples with ProMarkers or alcohol inks.)
I stamped the words onto a Spellbinders Label 8 die cut, edged it in black ProMarker, stamped a small motif from Crafty Individuals CI-342 in the magenta ink, fixed two layers of foam tape to the back and stuck it bottom of the tag. If you don’t have a die cutting machine you could use one of the Hot off the Press Design Tools to make your label.
I added more of the Candy Cane Stickles to the hands and the flowers on the label then finished the tag by adding beaded braid, sari ribbon and gold embellishments. You could probably make your own sari ribbon by spraying Tim Holtz Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon and adding a line of Stickles glitter glue along the centre. And if I hadn’t been so lazy, I could have made my own rolled paper beads with the Hot off the Press Bead Maker template. (I have made some – it’s really easy - but they are green).

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Shrunken Butterflies by Laura


Items Used:
These shrink plastic butterflies are stage 1 of a project that I am working on.
I ran the shrink plastic and the butterfly die through my Cuttlebug several times and sanded the shrink plastic with a sanding block to give it a "key". I then coloured the butterflies with various different coloured ink pads. I then stamped on them randomly with some texture stamps and then shrunk them with my heat gun. While they were still warm, I bent the wings upwards to give them more shape, being very careful not to burn my fingers in the process!

Stage 2 and the completed project will hopefully be revealed next Saturday. J

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Friday, 22 February 2013

Fashion by Fliss Goodwin

Hello everyone, it seems that this week Carol and I were thinking alike as you’ll probably see a great similarity in our colour choice and mine came about because of my longing for Spring and an end to all the cold weather – it’s freezing here at the moment!
I’ve been having a play with my collection of Distress Stains and used these to make the rather grungy background paper on my creation so read on to find out how I created it.

Here’s What You Need:  
 Kaisercraft Single Stamps – Dress Form, Boutique 
 Kaisercraft Stamp Sets – Charlotte’s Dream, Bingo Cards

Distress Stains – Picket Fence, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Shaded Lilac
VersaFine Inks – Onyx Black, Smokey Gray, Spanish Moss
VersaColor Ink – Lilac 
Clear Embossing Powder
15cm Square Card Blank
White Cardstock
Olive Green Cardstock
Coloured Pencils – Olive Green, Deep Pink
Deckle Decorative Scissors
Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Foliage
Craft Sheet
Water Mister
Heat Tool
Single Hole Punch

Here’s How To:
·       To make the background paper, apply patches of the Distress Stains to the craft sheet, starting with the lightest colour – the Picket Fence – first. Mist with water and swoosh a 14.5cm square of white card through the diluted colours. Dry with a heat tool and repeat until the card is covered.
·       Using the Smokey Gray ink, stamp the boutique design on the background paper, repeating and twisting until the paper is roughly covered. Stamp the lace border from the Charlotte’s Dream set on 3 corners with the black ink. If you need to fill in any gaps that will show in between the boutique design, part stamp the lace with the grey ink.
·       Stamp the dress form on a panel of card to fit with the black ink and heat emboss with the clear powder. Trim the panel if necessary and ink with the lilac ink. Stamp the damask design from the dream set with the moss ink around the edges. Colour portions of the image with the coloured pencils. Mat the panel on olive green cardstock.
·       Stamp the Imagine bingo card on a scrap of white card with black ink. Trim to a tag shape and colour with lilac ink and the olive green pencil. Punch a hole in the top and add a metal flower and leaf sprig with one of the brads in the foliage set.
·       Trim the edges of the background paper with the deckle scissors and stick to the card blank. Add the dress form panel and the imagine tag as shown in the photo.

Have a great weekend and see you again next week!

Fliss x

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Mushroom Bookmarks by Carol Fox




This week I have some shroomey bookmarks for you. These are a very quick and simple make, but I have found that making these has made me start to look at my stamp collection in a different way.
I first coloured a piece of card with Dylusions ink in Bubblegum Pink and some spots of Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade from my reinker bottle. I let this dry before laying my stencil over it and applied bleach, dabbing it on with a sponge. I then added the Lemonade ink to a small spot of gesso and using the same stencil and an old store card scraped it through. When this all dried, I used the ledger stencil and black paint applied with cut and dry. I now had this.



I cut two strips from this, 1 inch wide and 4.5 inches long. I applied black dabber to the edges and folded them in half lengthways. I added a small pair of magnets to the two inside edges.
I stamped my images using black Archival ink and then coloured them using the same pink and yellow inks. I stuck them to the folded edge of the strips and there you have it, two cute bookmarks. 

I used:
See you next week,
Carol x
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