Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Retro Rubber #78 White on White, there is still time to play..


There is still time for you to play along with the current Retro Rubber challenge.

White on white with a neutral, come on, give it a go!

Head over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends January 26th

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Monday, January 22, 2018

MFT Pure Innocence Hula Hoop Girl...


Happy Monday to you!

Still no work permit for me, but I am putting the enforced time off to good use.

We are entering week 2 of the current Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge and it's really got me enthused.

I got the great Pure Innocence stamp and die in the MFT Black Friday sale and I only inked it up a week or so ago!!

I coloured her with Zigs and a paintbrush (I prefer paintbrushes and a waterpot these days). I added some spots with a black marker to her trousers for a little bit of interest. I added some shimmer to her top and socks using Spectrum Noir sparkle pens. I coloured a bunch of these and put them back in their stamp storage pocket. I do this from time to time, so if I need an emergency card I have some pre-coloured / cut things. I often do it with new stamps, as I am so excited to colour them.

I thought she contrasted well with the beautiful piece of spotty background paper  - this is my year to try and use as much of my patterned paper as I can. It's going pretty well so far and I'm finding it fun to dig out some old faves.

A simple stamped strip of paper for the sentiment,finishes the card off nicely because this little lady doesn't need much.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Camera Background..


So every year JT and I do the annual $20 challenge.

We do it around Black Friday and you have to spend $20 on crafty things for the other one. You also have to have one ridiculous bargain item and then add themes, but you are not limited by the themes.

This year the themes were stars, stripes and Margate inspired.

I did a pretty good job with JT's haul, Studio Calico had the most ridiculous sale ever, so I went crazy there for both of us. The haul I got from JT is pretty impressive and I am slowly working my way through it.

JT bought me this awesome camera stamp, she was right I do have a few camera stamps, but I love the detail on this one.

I thought it would be fun to make a background using the stamps and pigment inks. I chose pigment inks because you get a much more vibrant colour.

Fun right?

I have only made 1 card out of this background so far, I decided to keep the other piece for another time.

To make this card, I die-cut the background using a stitched square die, I stamped the 'you're' using an MFT label maker stamp and the die-cut 'awesome' is by Neat & Tangled.

The background works so well on this mini kraft background, I'm feeling very pleased!


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Stash Play: 4 Coverplates...


I made a promise to myself this year that I would try and curb my craft spending (gulp) and dig through my stash more and really utilise what I have!

So you'll be seeing more 'stash play' posts from me.

Today I'm showing you the fun things I made using coverplate dies. I really like coverplate dies, but I didn't have a lot of them before 2017 black friday because they are SO expensive. I got some good deals on new and used coverplates.

I thought it would be fun to create distress oxide smooshed backgrounds to use with the coverplates and then I also decided I would add metallic spots over the backgrounds using my fave Penny Black 'Dots in Space' stamp. I use this stamp at least 3 times a week!! I am surprised it hasn't fallen apart.

I created two different coloured backgrounds, I thought it would be fun to have a mix of colours. Here are the backgrounds completed with their heat embossed metallic spots -

I then die-cut everything using the 4 chosen coverplates (clockwise from top left) -
Papertry Ink Harlequin and Mama Elephant 'Friend'
MFT Chevrons and Neat & Tangled 'Awesome'
MFT Peek-a-boo Polka Dots and Simon Says Stamp 'Heck Yeah'
Hero Arts Star Confetti and Spellbinders 'Hooray'

So that the cards would be versatile, I added a one word die-cut. Meaning later on I can add more text to them if I want, for different occasions - for example 'friend' could be 'happy birthday friend' or 'so glad you are my friend'. Its a technique I use a lot.

I love the end result, they are so pretty! And as a happy bi-product I got a little stack of glittery joy for use in shakers.

Close-up of the heat-embossed spots and the remnant shaker bits..
I had so much fun making these cards and they are a bit different and I got lots of fun leftover bits and bobs for use on other things.

I also thought that as these cards are pretty amazing and the stamped element is integral, I would enter the Craft Stamper January 'Take it or Make it' challenge, which is anything goes.


Friday, January 19, 2018

Bugaboo Birthday Bash: Day 7...


So I literally just got back from class at the Inkpad! Taught by Cheiron..

Fun to unexpectedly see the Craftgang, but sad as our friend Ava is not well at all, hence my last minute place. I am sending her positive vibes for a speedy recovery.

I wanted to post my Day 7 card today, as the rules are they have to be up by 7am tomorrow!!

I was overjoyed with the colour palette - so my colours and I decided to use the stamp shown in the image above (Birthday Bird 1).

Sprinkles threw me a bit, so I added a little bit of red bling - does that count as sprinkles?

Simple 'recipe' for my card, I printed and coloured the stamp using Promarkers,stamped the sentiment, die-cut it and the background paper using Simon Says Stamp stitched square dies.

Add a mini kraft card blank and some bling and voila! a pretty, colourful card.

Again, this has been oodles of fun..back to normal posts from tomorrow.