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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Simple masking techniques .......

Happy Tuesday to you ......

Finally .... 5 minutes to sit down and catch up.  How is everyone?

We had another fabulous workshop over the weekend  ....... 8 lovely crafty ladies around the table, all playing with simple, fun masking techniques, Distress Inks and we even used the MISTI to create gorgeous CAS cards ...... they all say they NEED one now!! (ooops! sorry girls)

You don't need anything fancy though to do the masking ...... just low tack tape, copier paper or even Post It Notes.
Here are a few samples I made to get them started .......

A simple panel across the card, masked using the low tack tape then colour added to the panel using Distress Inks

I then stamped the floral image using a black Versafine ink, and used the same Distress Inks to add colour to the flowers ..... so easy

Here's another version (one of the favourites from the day) ......

The panel doesn't always have to be across your card .... why not go top to bottom for a change

Mask the panel with the Low Tack tape ..... add in a circle mask to create the moon and then ink with shades of blue and purple  Distress

I spritzed with a little water before removing the masks and then added in a little yellow ink to the moon

The gorgeous fairy is from Lavinia and I finished off with a sentiment and a touch of sparkle.

This is where the MISTI came in.
I don't know about you but I sometimes struggle to get a perfect image with silhouette stamps.  No matter how much ink you apply, or how much pressure you use, there's still paler bits here and there. I know you can use a black ink to paint over them, or use a black pen to fill in but .... it's never quite right.  Not with the MISTI ..... if it's not right the first time ink up the image and stamp it again ....... and again ....... and again .... until you're happy with it.  The stamp is not going to move, it will always stamp in exactly the same place ...... perfect every time. What did I ever do without it!

Anyway ...... you don't have to use silhouette stamps ....

Use pretty floral images ....... or butterflies

And why not create a panel with the ink on the outside edges .....

Create the layered look by inking, spritzing and then stamping onto the panel before removing the masks, with something like a script stamp

The perfect backdrop for one of my favourite images ....

But I must say .... this little guy stole the show.  Yes .... they were making Christmas cards .....

Use your dies to cut shapes to use as masks ....... from acetate, masking sheets or simply good old copier paper.

These are a couple of cards I made last year but they loved them .....

It's surprising what you can do with a bit of low tack tape and a piece of copier paper!

The move went well last week.  Lauren and the little man are all settled into their new home ..... we do miss them (sigh!) ..... it's so quiet!  Just hubby and I here now.  Saying that we have seen them nearly everyday since they left ..... we're still on school holidays so Alex is here while his mum's at work.
Of course we now have empty rooms ...... so it's time for a change.  We've already moved our lounge up a floor ......

 Well .... it's a bigger room .... with a nicer view over the square

There's still the bookcases at one end to change around ...... Lauren's library is still here (I thought we had a lot of books!!) but I can live with that.  It does mean of course ..... the downstairs lounge is now empty ........ hmmm ..... are you thinking what I'm thinking?
You guessed it ..... the old craft room is on the move.
Yep ..... I'm bringing the whole lot downstairs.  It does mean I'm going to have to tidy everything away but hey .... at least my desk will get a good clean!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Have you entered the challenge yet? ......

Happy Thursday folks,

Well .... it's moving day today ...... not us (thank goodness ... well, not YET anyway!)  
It's Lauren and the little man that are on the move ..... into a place of their own, with Lauren's partner. We're doing our bit to help .... so that means this is a scheduled post.  Hubby's taken the day off work to give them a hand moving the heavy stuff, and me well ... I'll be at one end or the other,  packing, un-packing, cleaning you name it.  Although by the time this goes live I may just be sat with a well earned cuppa .... hopefully!

Anyway it's time to remind you about the latest CAS Card Challenge over on the STAMPloaration blog
As always the theme is Anything Goes .... as long as its CAS ...... with an optional Colour Twist 

There's just a few simple things to remember when entering the challenge ......
  • To be in with a chance of winning one of the prizes you must display the challenge graphic in your Blog post 
  • Link back to the actual CAS Challenge post NOT just the STAMPlorations blog
  • You don't have to use STAMPlorations products to enter the challenge ..... but it would be nice if you did
  • and ...... you can link up to 3 entries into the challenge

As you can see this month's colour twist is .......


I've gone a bit autumnal here I think ...... don't know why, it's been glorious the last few days!

A nice easy design using the STAMPlorations Trendy Leaves ..... love this stamp set!
I simply stamped one of the leaves using different colours of Memento inks ..... a green, a brown and a touch of orange ........

Then using another leaf design from the set, I stamped over the top with Versamark ink, and embossed using a gold fine detail powder

I added a sentiment ..... from the STAMPlorations Noteworthy set .... again embossed in gold

And finished off with a few tiny dots of glitter glue.

There's more leaves on the inside too ......

Check out the STAMPlorations Blog for more ideas and inspiration for this month's challenge and then why not give it a go.  I look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
It's going to seem really strange and very quiet in our place tonight.  We seem to have had a house full for so long ..... I'm going to miss them (sigh)

Cheerio until next time ......

Monday, 15 August 2016

CAS Mix Up ........

Happy Monday ......

And what a lovely Monday it is too ..... we've got blue skies and sunshine again.  I do hope it's nice where you are.
How was the weekend?  We had a lovely surprise,we were invited to the theatre on Saturday evening with Chris and his girlfriend, to see Oliver

It's the latest production from the Taylorian Company at the Gaiety in Douglas, and what a great show it was.  One of Chris's members of staff was in it .... Tom .... not only can he pull a good pint he can sing pretty good too (comes in handy on the karaoke nights!) He played the undertaker Mr Sowerberry ....... and he did a grand job!

picture courtesy of Taylorian Productions
But, I've got a lot to do this week so I'd better get on .... what with Lauren moving (we've still not got everything packed), a few bits and pieces to do in town (I may just make the most of the sunshine and do all that today). a friends birthday to celebrate at the end of the week (party time!), and a workshop to prep before Friday ...... it's going to be a busy one!

Before all that though .... I'm going to start the week having a bit of fun playing along with a favourite blog challenge of mine ...... CAS Mix Up ..... a Clean and Simple Mixed Media Challenge.

You all know I love the CAS design, and I do like a bit of Mixed Media ..... so why not join the two together.
This month the requirements are .....

Think I've got it covered .......

OK .... there's not much stamping on there, but ..... there doesn't have to be (thank goodness!) 

The spray part is ..... a water spray.
I've used the stencil mono-print technique for the background.
I sprinkled two colours of Brusho onto the pretty Roses stencil from IndigoBlu (Rose Red and Lemon I think) and then spritzed it with a little bit of water.  I then laid the stencil onto a piece of mixed media cardstock, gave it a little press down, mopped up any excess colour/water with a piece of kitchen roll then removed the stencil, leaving the rose design with a pretty coloured background

Once it was dry I placed the stencil back over the design and used the your choice part of the challenge which is ...... pearlescent texture paste ...... I'm loving this stuff at the moment, it gives such a pretty shimmer ......

The lovey Loll Thompson (one of my bestest blog buddies .... and one of the creators of the CAS Mix Up challenge) used the same technique on one of her designs last week only she used White Crackle Paste and it looked fab!!! Check it out here.
Guess what the postman has just handed to me this morning ..... yep!  the White Crackle Paste ..... can't wait to have a play.

Back to the card ....... I left the paste to dry. and then I cut a small strip off the bottom of the panel, attached both pieces to a larger piece of card leaving a space to stamp my sentiment ..... told you there was stamping on there!

I used foam pads to attached the panel onto a card blank to add a bit of dimension ....... nice simple design suitable for quite a few different occasions.

Well that's it from me today ...... thanks for popping by.
I'm off to the old craft room now to make a start on the weekends workshop.  It was all sorted but .... for one reason and another, I've changed my mind and decided to do something different.
Never a dull moment here!

Enjoy the rest of your day.
Cheerio until next time

Friday, 12 August 2016

Love is like a butterfly .......

Happy Friday folks .....

Another week has whooshed by ...... and what a busy one it's been.  Preparations are well underway for Lauren's move next week ..... boxes are being filled as we speak.

We're going to miss her and the little man ...... but it does mean there's going to be lots of space, if the old craft room needs to spread out a little .... just saying!

August's Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge is also well under way ....... it's Take a Technique this month and it's all about Stencils and Masks. Just remember to also include some stamping on your projects too.

I love my stencils .... and I have to admit I do have my go to all the time favourites, tow of which I've used here on my inspiration piece ......

Stencils and masks can help you create the look of layers, and add depth to your projects, as well as allowing you to add fabulous textures by using embossing pastes.

I started out by adding a touch of colour to the centre of a piece of white cardstock using Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, some water and a piece of acetate to smoosh the ink around.
I then used the Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil with the same colour of Distress ink to add more detail, and another layer, to the background .......

I didn't ink through the whole of the stencil .... just the bit down the centre brushing more ink over some of the design to add shading.

Next came a little bit of stamping using a script background and Grey Versafine ink

Texture Paste next ..... and the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil (love, love, love this!!).  I used a pearlescent paste and I must say I really like the look .... sort of an ivory colour and then when the light hits it you get a gorgeous shimmer .... really pretty.

I stamped the Inkylicious butterfly directly onto the card ..... to get the antennae,  and again onto a separate piece of card, coloured it using different shades of pink Distress inks and then fussy cut it out and attached it over the image on the card.

I added my sentiment on the bottom .... ... (an old Stampin Up! stamp I think!)

and splattered a touch of black ink here and there to finish off.

I did pretty much the same on the inside only this time I stamped the butterfly first, created a mask to cover it over whilst I added the detail to the background ......

Same colours ..... same stencils .....

Hope you like it and that I've inspired you to enter this month's challenge.  We've a great sponsor for August ...... the fabulous  GioGioCraft

and the challenge winner will receive a set of FOUR gorgeous stencil designs

You'll find more fabulous inspiration and ideas from the rest of the Design Team over on the Craft Stamper Blog, along with all the challenge information and more details of the prizes up for grabs.

Happy stamping!!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm getting ready for the weekend not that we're doing much .... mainly packing for Lauren I think. I'm trying to catch up with what I should have been doing during the week
We are going out for tea this evening I think ...... so no cooking again.  We have some good news to celebrate ....... hubby got promoted at work ..... whoo hoo!!!
It's all been a bit hush hush for a few days, but it was made official at the beginning of the week .... he's now Director of Business Analytics (I think I've got that right ...... sounds posh to me!!)
Congratulations love .... you deserve it!
The bottle of champagne that's chilling nicely in the fridge is going to have to wait a while longer though ..... I'm determined I'm sticking to the no alcohol this month!!!

Have a great weekend ..... hope the sun shines for you.

Cheerio until next time

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Out of this world ......

Happy Wednesday to you .....

Hope you're week's going better than mine ...... I can't seem to get anything done and the house is in a right old mess.  Not my fault though .... not this time ...... it's all down to Lauren.  They're moving out next week into a nice little house with her partner ...... so the packing has started.
There's boxes everywhere, clothes and shoes everywhere ...... although that's nothing new, and there's no space in the garage!!!!  Looks like our weekend is going to be spent clearing stuff to the re-cycling centre .... oh joy!!!

Anyway .....  enough of all that. The little man and I have been having some fun in the old craft room. He's had quite a few birthday parties on his social calendar recently so we needed some cards making. He spotted these little guys from the Out of This World set from Clearly Besotted and thought they were perfect for the job .......

Silly Grandma forgot to photograph the others before they were sent but ..... there's still one party left so we needed one more card.
Two birds .... one stone and all that ........ I thought I'd play along with this week's Less is More challenge, it's been a while.

As it was the first Saturday of the month at the weekend, it's a Colour Challenge and the ladies have chosen ......
(nice combination)

Don't these little guys look cute in their shimmery colours

Everything has been stamped using the Vintage Sepia Versafine ink and then embossed with a clear powder.
I've coloured the cute aliens using Starlight Paints from Imagination Crafts, mixed with a little water .... love the shimmer from these and the colours are fab! I've used Mediterranean Sky for the blue and the gorgeous Topaz for the brown.
You can see they were stamped on a separate piece of card and then fussy cut before attaching them to my card using foam pads.

I applied some Distress Ink onto the background using the acetate smooshing technique ......

and added a little something on the inside ...... well, every alien needs a space ship don't they .... how else would they get around (hehehe!)

Well that's it from me today .... I suppose I should make a start on something.  Ironing maybe, mop the kitchen floor or .... do I go to the old craft room with these guys who have just arrived .....

Woof! Woof!!  ........ the housework can wait.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Anything shiny ......

Happy weekend .......

I hope you're having a good one.  We've been out and about today ..... the sun was shining so we made the most of it.
We drove down to Castletown and I collected my latest Stampin Up! order .... more craft goodies have arrived in the old craft room!
Then we drove over to the lovely Grenaby Studios where I called in to see a friend who has a fabulous jewellery workshop there ...... ELEMENTIsle.   Claire makes and sells the most incredible pieces of silver and gemstone jewellery ........ it's hard not to want it all.  Did I add to my collection whilst I was there .....what do you think!  Well .... a girl can never have too many earrings!
We finished off our little trip with a late lunch back in Douglas ...... down on the quay for the delicious Fish Pot from The Bridge ..... nom nom!!

Speaking of jewellery and precious metals ....... it's time to launch the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge for the month of August. And this month the theme just so happens to be ......

I must confess I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to anything shiny ....... and I love adding a touch of metal to mixed media projects.  It can be charms or metal embellishments ...... or creating a simple metal surface using foil.  Even by just adding embossing powders here and there can give the look of nice shiny metal.

This project was really simple to do using the Metal Foil Tape Sheets from Ranger, Alcohol Inks and a pretty embossing folder

Not sure the shine comes across well in this picture .... but bear with me .... we'll get there!

I cut a piece of white cardstock down to size and then covered it with a piece of the foil tape ..... this is so easy to do as the foil is self adhesive .... great for using with all of your dies!

I then added some colour to the foil using various colours of alcohol inks ........ just smoosh the colours over the foil using one of the applicator tools and a piece of felt, and then use a little touch of Blending Solution to mix the colours and get a nice blend

Now you can see the shine ....... and the pretty sort of marble effect from using the Blending Solution.

Once it was all dry ..... and it didn't take long at all ..... I used the beautiful Butterfly Embossing Folder from Stampin Up! and ran it through the Big Shot to give this gorgeous raised design

My sentiment was stamped onto vellum (well half of it was) and embossed in the white (one of my current favourite techniques)   
I then wrapped the strip around the 'metal' panel securing it on the back so you don't see the adhesive through the vellum

The second part of the sentiment was stamped directly onto my card once the matting and layering had been done.  I used a combination of the Happy Little Stampers Bold Birthday Sentiments (the Happy bit) and Everyday Sentiments (for the Birthday) I love how all the stamp sets mix and match.

As always the challenge is sponsored by the Happy Little Stampers store .....

and the winner will receive a $15 discount voucher to use in the shop.  

Happy stamping .... and don't forget the metalwork!
If you need more inspiration then pop over to the HLS Blog, the Design Team have been busy and you'll also find some links on there to some fab metal themed tutorials.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day, and what's left of the weekend.

We're off out for Sunday lunch tomorrow ....... no cooking again for me ...... yeah!!!  No glass of wine either ... sigh!  Alcohol-Free August is still on track .... for me anyway.  Hubby has revised it a little ... he's now saying no drinking except on Fridays .... and maybe Saturdays.  He's just no will power.
I must confess I did had a small G&T on Friday night ... well there was one waiting for me when I arrived at the The Queens, and it would have been rude not to drink it now .....wouldn't it.  I only had the one though then it was soft drinks for me ...... hubby not so much!  Well it was Friday!

Cheerio util next time .....

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