Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Bauble Tree on Throwback Tuesday

Hello lovely peeps

You may have spotted this one on Hochanda again recently - it's a really quick card made with Leonie Pujol's Entwined Christmas Tree collection - great for batch making.

I was going for a CAS card, so used the Baubles die on it's own rather than entwine it with the base. I cut the tree from green patterned paper and glued it to a 6x6 card before covering all of the circles with colourful card candi.

For the border I inked one of the stamps in the Christmas Borders set with Black Memento ink and stamped around all four sides of the card.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Monday, 24 July 2017

Bunnies Post Box for LOTV on New Release Day

Hello lovely peeps

Hooray! It's release day - the lovely new Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps are available now on the website, with some special prices for 48 hours.

For my final inspiration card I have used Bunnies Post Box.
Aren't they sweet with their armfuls of cards?

After printing the digi version off onto Super Smooth 250gsm card, I die-cut the card using a large Sizzix tag die, then coloured the image in with Promarkers (named) and Graph'Its (numbers)
fur: ivory, sandstone, caramel
snow: ice grey 1-3
post box: poppy, crimson
tree: forest green, bright green, 8250
blue scarf: cool aqua, duck egg
tree:  caramel, 3250
robin: sandstone, caramel, poppy 

The tree looked a bit odd ending  an inch from the top of my tag, so I extended it a bit by adding a pencil line

then colouring it in with my markers and finishing off with a black fineliner pen

The bottom half of my 6x6 card is covered with white card embossed with a snow texture embossing folder and the top half is a paper from the retired Twas the Night 8x8 pad (now available in digi format at Nitwit Collections)

To make the card for my stars I dabbed some Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks onto my craft mat and spritzed with water before dragging some Sheena Stamping Card through it. I dried with a heat tool and repeated a few times to get some texture.

I edged the stars with Pumice Stone Distress Ink, added little white pearls and then arranged them with some die-cut snowflakes around the tag. The sentiment was stamped with words from the Christmas Wishes clear set (now available as digis)

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
 (to come)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will join me again tomorrow for Throwback Tuesday :o)
Katrina x

Saturday, 22 July 2017

New LOTV Release - For Someone Special

Hello lovely peeps

Another sneaky peek today of one of the fabulous new stamps being released on 24th July (midday) at Lili of the Valley. This one is called 'For Someone Special'.

This is the digi version but I printed it at the same size as the rubber version (46%) onto Super Smooth white card and coloured it in with Promarkers and Graph'Its

Here's a close-up.

For my stocking embellishment I die-cut all the parts from 'Christmas Stocking' by Die-sire from white card and coloured them with grey/red markers before assembling the parts together. I attached a loop of brown twine at the back with extra strong double-sided tape.

I layered the main image onto a 6"x6" card with papers from a My Mind's Eye pad (old magazine freebie) and hung the stocking from a Woodland Branch die-cut (Memory Box). The sentiment is one of the Happy Circular Sentiments stamps from Lili of the Valley.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
 Deep Ocean Challenge #159 Christmas in July
The Ribbon Girls July any image
Winter Wonderland Use a digi image
Star Stampz Challenge  Christmas in July
Come and Get It   Use 2 or more Designer Papers
Crafty Gals Corner # 132 Christmas in July
Little Red Wagon #403 Christmas in July

Please stop by again on Monday (launch day) if you can, when I'll be showing you my third and final card for the new release.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Fairy Shaker for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps

Today's make is a shaker card that I made with Leonie Pujol's Christmas stamps.

First I stamped the fairy from the Fairy Godmother set onto watercolour card with Black Archival ink

I stamped it again onto copy paper and cut it out

before adding Zig 2-way glue onto the back and leaving it to go clear (so it is repositionable)

With my handmade mask in place I overstamped the wings

and wording from the Christmas Greetings set

After covering the wording and wings with more masks (small enough to fit on sticky notes this time), I stamped on stars from the Tree Time set.

Once all my stamping was done I wanted to add a Brusho background, so I removed the paper masks (which would have got soaking wet) and painted all the stamped areas in with Pebeo Drawing Gum

After wetting the background with water, I brushed on diluted Crimson Brusho crystals

then sprinkled on Purple Brusho crystals and spritzed with water

I dried it off with a heat gun, rubbed off the drawing gum and then left the card under a large stack of books to flatten it out overnight.

To colour the fairy in I used Spectrum Aqua markers -
Peach for the skin, Tan and Boulder for the hair, Charcoal for shading

and diluted Crimson Brusho for the dress, shoes and wording.

I cut the top part of the dress out using a craft knife - using a glass mat makes it much easier to cut

I added double-sided tape around the back of the aperture and then attached a square of acetate.

For the base card I glued some more watercolour card to a 6"x6" card blank (to go behind the aperture) and then added two layers of foam tape.

I added more foam tape around the edges for stability and then added little white stars into the well in the centre before attaching the front layer (the white stars did not show up at all on TV, I should have gone with pink :o)

To colour in the stars I mixed Lemon, Copper and Clear sparkle pens on my craft mat to get a light gold colour, then applied with a slightly damp paintbrush.

As I had removed the collar and heart earlier when I cut my aperture, I stamped, coloured and cut out another one to glue over the top of the acetate.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Simon Says Stamp (Wed) We're seeing stars
Catch The Bug   Christmas in July - Make It Sparkle
Crafty Gals Corner # 132 Christmas in July
Little Red Wagon #403 Christmas in July
Oddball Art Stamps  AG/ optional A sky full of stars 
 Brown Sugar #259 Colour  

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Dinosaur Hanging on Throwback Tuesday

Hello lovely peeps

This week's unblogged make is a hanging that I made for Leonie Pujol's TV shows featuring her mixed media dies.

When I was looking at all the little triangles in Leonie's Mosaic set they brought to mind the spines on the back of a stegosaurus, so I thought I'd have a go at making a little dinosaur.  After looking at some 'how to draw' sites for children I sketched a dinosaur body onto white card and then scanned it in to my computer so I could resize it.  [If you would like a copy of this for your personal use please see my new Freebies page]

I printed it onto some watercolour card that I had coloured with Brusho crystals and then cut it out.

To decorate his body I inked up one of the stamps from the Gimme Texture set with Vintage Photo distress ink and stamped along the neck, back and tail.

For the spines I coloured some Sheena stamping card with distress inks and splatted on some water

then used several of the small triangles from the Mosaic set to die-cut the spines. These were then glued onto the back of my dinosaur cut-out.

For the background I painted some Kraft card with Titanium White acrylic and sponged on Forest Green paint at the bottom. This was then run through an 8"x8" Pebbles Embossing Folder

I sanded it back a little and smudged some Pebeo Empire Gold Gilding Wax around the edges before glueing it to a chipboard rectangle - this was a page from a Papermania Bare Basics Chipboard Album which I put new holes in so it would hang the other way.

For the wording I brayered distress inks onto some Clarity coated card, then cut it into strips

and stamped each part of the vertical sentiment from the Hey There Dreamer set, adding doodled lines around the edges of each strip.

For finishing touches I made a little red sun and a leaf for him to chew on using the Floral Bursts dies

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Christmouse Pudding for LOTV

Hello lovely peeps

 A sneaky peek for you today, and a reminder that you still have a week left to enter this month's Lili of the Valley Facebook Challenge 'Feature a Creature'.

This cutie is called Christmouse Pudding and is being released by Lili of the Valley later this month along with lots of other fantastic Christmas images.

I've very kindly been given the digi to play with, so first I printed the image onto smooth white card at 42% of original size (so it matches the size of the rubber version), then I coloured it with Promarkers/Flexmarkers and Graph'Its

I dug a few different papers from my stash to co-ordinate with the topper, and edged each of them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink after cutting to size.
grey, pink - First Edition Christmas Promise 12"x12" pad
brown - Dovecraft Back to Basics Modern 8"x8" pad
green - Dovecraft Back to Basics Vintage 8"x8" pad

For the sentiment I used one of the clear stamps in the Happy Circular Sentiments set and coloured it to match the topper. As an extra embellishment I printed off just the holly part of Christmouse Pudding - a little bit larger at 66% of original size - then coloured it in and fussy cut it.

To finish off I added some white Ranger Enamel Dots in the corner. The doodles around the edge of the topper were done by hand with a black fineliner pen.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Sweet Stampin  Christmas in July
Dragonfly Journeys #96 Christmas in July
Deep Ocean Challenge #159 Christmas in July
Creative Moments #122 Anything Goes, option of Christmas in July

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will join me again on Tuesday when I'll have a Leonie Pujol sample to share with you.

Katrina x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Giraffe Blocks

Hello lovely peeps

We are having a mid-month challenge reminder at Crafty Calendar Challenge today, featuring our second sponsor 

Bugaboo stamps

For my second 'Anything Goes' card I have used Giraffe Blocks, which comes as a trio.

First I pulled it into CraftArtist, shrank it a little and then pasted lots of copies to make a background, offsetting each new row by one block.

When I had enough to cover a 6" x 6" area I selected all the tiled images, clicked on 'Group' and then cropped it to make it 6 x 6 blocks in size. I also made it transparent to fade it into the background.

For the topper I pulled in another copy of the image, enlarged it and used the scissor tool to cut away just the first image of the three. I wanted a matching box to put my sentiment in so I copied and pasted the large image and removed the giraffe with the eraser tool, leaving just the box outline.

I shrank the second box down and added some text with Troutkings BTN font before moving the sentiment and the large giraffe down to the bottom half of the page.

Now, you might be able to tell from the first screenshot that I tried to make the background image orange but all I got was a slightly browny-black. What I wanted in the menu bar was the 'Colour using HSL' button but it was hiding - I think this is because of the manipulation I did earlier.

If you're having this problem too, this is how I sorted it.

1. Select the image you want to colour and select Tools->Convert to Picture from the menu
(just click OK when the dialog box comes up)

2. Click on the colour you want from the palette in the top right and the 'Colour using HSL' button should appear. Click on the button to deactivate it and your image will change to the colour you selected :o)

Now that my background was sorted I just needed to print the whole page off and cut out the different elements. The giraffe was coloured in with Promarkers
Spice, Apricot, Saffron
Graph'Its 3270 & 3250, Caramel
Sandstone & Blender for the edges

and then I glued everything on to a 6"x6" card, adding a few buttons as embellishments.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
A Gem of a Challenge #18 Animals
The Crazy Challenge #252 animals
Crafty Animals  #4 Anything Goes
Love to Scrap  #99 Anything Goes
Dream Factory #46 Zoomania
Sheepski Designs #4 Square cards

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x