Monday, 26 December 2016

We're on a break! :-)


Our Design Team are having a well earned break this week and we will be back 
with a new blog post on Monday 2nd January 2017.

Thank you very much for visiting our blog throughout the year and see you in 2017! 


Sunday, 25 December 2016

Spread Your Golden Wings by Lynne Moncrieff


A project with a Christmas tinge to it although the message is one that can be carried throughout the year.

The stamped angel, from Oxford Impressions (an all time favourite stamp) has been given a golden wing courtesy of a Relics and Artifact.








Supplies


Prima Finnabair Stamp Sets – Old Town, Don’t Forget To Fly
Martha Stewart Metallic Acrylics – Rose Gold, Copper
Distress Stain Spray – Antiqued Bronze, Tarnished Bronze
Cardstock Scraps
Staz-on Timber Brown
UHU Glue Stick
Extras:- Small wood frame, rusty tin wire, scrap of gold mop up paper


Instructions


After applying Gesso to substrate, apply clear texture paste to stencil, consider composition before steaming ahead with the stenciling. Once dry, paint substrate with metallic acrylics and Distress Stain Sprays. 






Apply metallics to scrap cardstock and book text. Stamp Finnabair circles, stained glass circle (stamp twice, fussy cutting a central circle and layering for dimension), Oxford Impressions angel and sentiment. Fussy cut circles, adhering Finnabair circles to panel.  Layer the stained glass circle behind the angel. Tuck a small piece of mop up paper behind angel image. 








Paint a small wooden frame before layering over one of the words.






Paint a R&A wing with Distress Stain Sprays. Adhere to panel as though it is the angel’s wing.






If choosing to hang, create holes in substrate, threading through rusty tin wire to form a hanger. Pliers or jewelry tools can aid you to coil ends of wire.

It can be a difficult time of the year for so many. Whether you are seeking joyful times during the festivities or a time to reflect on that which has passed, I wish you comfort, joy and peace.


Lynne x

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Elf by Donna Gray


Hi everyone,


Donna here today with my final make for 2016 and of course it just had to be another Christmas one ;)






What to do: 


This was a great way to use up some scraps again. The background is a Gelli print using DecoArt paints, while applying a Tim Holtz Christmas stencil over it and using a red Distress Ink pad, pounce through the words.

Have you noticed how thick the cardboard is on the back of the Strathmore Mixed media pad? Don’t throw it away, it can be used for so much, cut it down to size and adhere the background to it, it’s really sturdy and won’t warp.

Take a sheet of the Strathmore paper and stamp Serena with black Archival ink. I used Zig pens to colour her in but Distress Markers are just as lovely too. I drew the Santa hat and elf collar but I’m sure everyone has a Santa hat in their stash somewhere ;)

Once you’ve coloured everything in, fussy cut out and stick to the front of the background. Add some snowy dots with a white pen, some bling from your stash, some Stickles and some Frantage in the bottom corners to look like piled up snow.

Use a Crop-a Dile to punch 2 holes for hanging at the top, thread some twine through it to hang as a Christmas ornament.

All that’s left for me to say is a very Happy Christmas to everyone and I really hope that my lovely teamies and I have inspired you all to get creating in different ways this year. Oh and I hope that Father Christmas has been to the craft shop for you….that’s the most important thing ;)


Supplies Used:




Hope you like it and see you all in 2017!

Donna x

Friday, 23 December 2016

Bentley’s Christmas Wish by Fliss Goodwin


Hi there, as this is my last post before the big day at the weekend, I have a card to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas featuring a rather cute Bentley in his Santa hat.







Ingredients:


DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Green Gold, Yellow Green Light, Metallic Gold
Glitter Card
Kraft Card Blank


Recipe:


My green paper actually came from my bits box and was made by swiping the green and gold paints over a thin sheet of A4 card with an old credit card, carrying on until I was happy with the effect.

I used the snowflake stencil with the Versamark ink to apply a pattern to my green and gold paper, heat embossing the snowflakes with white powder. I also added some swipes with the inkpad, which I embossed with the white powder. I then distressed the edges and added the paper to the card blank.

I stamped Bentley on stamping card with the black ink and coloured him with watercolour pencils, trimming the image to a rectangular panel. I stamped the Santa hat on a scrap of card, coloured with watercolour pencils and cut out leaving a fairly thick border, which I painted grey. The thicker border ensured that The hat would cover up Bentley’s top whiskers.

I next stamped the wish text directly on the image panel, and then added it to a mat of glitter card. I glued the panel on to the card blank to finish.


I hope you all have a really lovely Christmas and will see you next year when That’s Crafty! has some great things in store for you.

It’s also the start of our last challenge for the year over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog so don’t forget to check it out at 8am. 


Fliss x

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Pocket Letter by Ingrid Kristina V


Hello everyone!

Ingrid back with the last guest design post. I thought long and hard about what I was going to make for my final post and figured that you might be totally Christmas-ed out so I decided to create a pocket letter. Many of you probably heard of pocket letters, but it might be something new to you.

For those who are not familiar with the subject, pocket letters are a form of a happy mail. You’d send a pocket letter to your crafting buddy. The idea is to create little pockets in which you can include your letter or a note to your friend and fill other pockets with little goodies like fun clips, buttons, washi, sequins, die cuts, ribbon, stickers and anything else you want to your friend to have. I think it is a wonderful way of letting your crafty friend enjoy some of your craft stash and play with things they might not have.

There are a few ways of creating pocket letters. You can combine and decorate envelopes and make an envelope flip book, you can take a sheet protector for collectors’ cards and fill those or you can make your own, like you will see me today. It is up to you to decide what is best for you and there is not a right or wrong way in this case. You can even create and decorate your own sheet of A4 card and cut it up into small ATCs to fill the pockets with, if you don’t have or don’t want to use ready-made project life cards like I did.

I wanted to focus on showing you how to use the We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool with some of their other products, in case you find this a fun way to exchange little treasures with your friends and want to try it.


Here’s a little step-by-step for you…


Step 1: Prepare your Clear Sheets (12 x 12”), the Fusible Pattern paper and pre-heat the Fuse Tool. You can buy a mat for it (don’t use the fuse tool on your craft mat as you can say goodbye to it afterwards). I use a piece of a chipboard that came with my flat-packed furniture to put under the sheets to fuse it. It works great!








Step 2: Take a selection of Project Life cards and select your favourites. I chose a few in similar colours and tones that I thought went well together. Also, keeping in mind it will be a pocket letter for my friend, I selected a few cards with fun messages on them. If you don’t have such cards, you can stamp or write on them, add stickers…








Step 3: Secure the two clear sheets on top of each other with a washi tape and use the ruler to guide you when fusing. It is a good idea to move the fuse tool fairly slowly to give it time to do its job. If you do it too fast, the sheets can come apart, if you do it too slowly, you will make a hole in the sheets. You can practice on a small piece first to get a hang of it.








Step 4: I measured the size of my card by placing it on top, then use the ruler to fuse. You will also need to make slits for your pockets. Place the chipboard in between the sheets, then cut so that you only cut through the top sheet, remove, then make another pocket and so on until your entire layout is done.








Step 5: I decided to alternate the cards horizontally and vertically and to create extra small pockets for sequins and beads.








Step 6: In the end I added a few stickers, created my little banner embellishment with sequins and added a few bits and bobs. I also added some word stickers. I’m ready to fill the front and back of the pockets with goodies for my friend and to write my special note. Once done, simply fold, pack and post! The pink paper behind the pocket is only for the photography purposes so that you can see it better.










I even made a little butterfly clip using pattern paper, a die cut word, the fuse sheets with the tool and some chunky glitter. You can use the clip to hold it all together once folded. It is a lovely embellishment for any diary too. I will have a separate tutorial on my youtube channel to show you how you can make these pretty butterflies.








So I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Feel free to let me know your thoughts.

Thank you and have a wonderful time over the festive period. Lots of love,


Ingrid xxx


Supplies List:


We R Memory Keepers Clear Sheets (alternatively use ready-made Sleeves)
Project Life cards (alternatively use ATCs)
…. a few sticker embellishments from my stash…

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Rainbow Tree by Alison Hall


Hi Everyone! I hope you're all ready for Christmas! Just in case you still need a quick Christmas card, I've a very clean and simple one to share with you today.



 


 
 

Here's what I used...


Distress Ink Pads - Evergreen Bough, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries
Card - White & Black


Here's what I did...


1. I inked up the Tim Holtz tree stamp with the three Distress colours, lightly misted it with water, then stamped it on white card. I then dried it with a heat gun.

2. Next, I stamped the Emma Godfrey phrase with black archival ink beneath the tree.

3. I trimmed the image, mounted it onto black card, then onto a 5x5 inch white card blank.

Ultra-simple! I hope you like my little rainbow watercolour tree. I made a few of these very quickly.


Wishing you all a very happy Christmas! 

Alison x

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Happy Everything by Amanda Southern


Hi everyone


With Christmas only a matter of days away for most of us there are those around us that don’t celebrate it at all and it’s also nice to remember them at this time of the year. With that in mind I have made a Happy Everything card instead of a Christmas card and kept with the traditional red and green of Christmas.






Here’s What I Did:-


I have kept this one clean and simple but there is a lot of masking off to layer up the stamping. I first stamped the central flower in black archival ink and once the ink was dry I masked off the image with masking fluid. I then stamped the other 3 Azoline designed stamps onto post it notes and cut them out these cut outs I will be using to allow me to build up the stamping behind the central flower. Once I had stamped and masked them I rubbed off the masking fluid.

The colouring of my image was done using alcohol markers and shading added with coloured pencils.

I splashed slightly diluted white Dylusions paint over the lot and then stamped my ‘Happy Everything’ sentiment.

Mounted onto black card and then onto a card blank.


What I Used:-


Other 3 stamps are also Carabelle designed by Azoline
Alcohol Markers like Promarkers, Spectrum Noir etc
Card Blank


I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and to those who don’t celebrate Christmas I wish you a very Happy Everything.

This is my last post for That’s Crafty! for this year, so have a good one and I’ll see you all on the other side!

Love

Amanda X
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