Saturday, March 17, 2018

One layer stencilled Happy B-day

It's One Layer week at Less is More and the theme is use a stencil

For my card I used a Scrapberry Stencil, Versamagic ( Key Lime and Turqoise gem) and Distress Oxide (Mermaid Lagoon);

I used mini inkblending tools to apply these inks through the stencil.

The senitment ( Sizzix Happy Birthday by Stephanie Barnard) I stamped with Versafine Onyx black ink. Heat set it to be sure.

Added a few matching enamel dots.

For more informatipon or to play along the this.
Less is More Challenge, see.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

6,5"square box and two more patterns, with video

Today's box was designed as 1"high for pretty necklaces we make and sell in our giftshop where I volunteer.
But in the video I made a 2" high one for a more versatile size, to keep or gift square card  for example.
If you don't any scraps you can make the box 6"square and 3"high and use the whole 12"x12"sheet.
I used pretty foiled papers from Craft Sensation, but any you have will work, of course.

Start with the bottom piece and add a scrap as a shim.

So for this exact box I show in the video, you need a piece of paper that is 10,5"square.
And you score at 2" and 8,5"inches on  both sides, or 2"on all 4 sides .
Burnish and reinforce the scorelines, then notch and if you want add a thumbnotch.
Glue as indicated. FOld the top piece around the bottom one, so it will fit exactly.

Add a pretty ribbon or diecuts, felt flowers etc, whatever you like.

Monday, March 12, 2018

"Happy" Easter

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Easter inspiration. There's a moodboard and I took the bunny and the eggs from it with this digistamp from C.C. Designs (Grouchy bunny 2) and I printed it on the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper. I colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. Cut it slightly smaller and adhered it with tape runner.

Of course I had to color the grumpy cat like my own ;-). I used Nuvo shimmer pen on all the eggs and paint.

I love the expression of the cat...playing dress up is not a cat thing ;-)

For more information or to play along the Simon Say Stamp Monday Challenge, see this

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Marianne design cute animals, with video

I just got these cute little animal stamps from Marianne design (EC0169 and EC0171). I thought the other stampset were donkey or horses, but on closer inspection there are zebra stripes in the set, but if you leave those out it's pretty much a donkey, which I also like for baby I'll be off to get those as well lol....
I stamp the images using my Stampers' friend,first on scrap printer paper, then on the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper, then back to the scrap paper, so I could position the paper, turns out I had to move the spots twice. I used Memento Espresso Truffle for the spots.
Simon Says Stamp Intense black for the outline, could also have been brown, but I have a thing for black outlines, I can't help it...
Colored the images with Spectrum Noir and Illustrator markers and then stamped the spots on top. I had to fix a few with a marker anyway, but I don;t think you can see it.
Had the Scan N Cut  do it's magic, but it cut off one nose, I think I zoomed in too much, but I hid the mistake underneath the other giraf. I could have made two cards, but hey...that's is kind of why I stamp, cut, then color, I thought it would be too difficult to do the spots on cut out images, or my paper moved as the white rim is a bit weird...
I diecut the star window with the spotty edge with Nellie Snellen Multi frames ((MFD050) and traced the opening onto the cardbase, masked the edges and inkblended more Memento inks (Lulu Lavender and Summer Sky).
The sentiment in from another Marianne Design set (Ec0171) and I stamped it with Versafine Onyx black ink.
Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase. I then placed the giraffes with taperunner and foamtape inside the window and so you can't see the chopped nose.
The enamel stars are called enamel treats and are from Create a smile, but any will do.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

5x2 inch box for storing Washitape or tealights and more, with video

 I made this box for something else, it is a bit roomy for my washi tapes, but I already have 4 or 5 different sizes, width and height are also all different, so I think it's better if it's not a super snug fit as others might not fit.

For the box you need a piece of cardstock that is 9x10inches.
on the 9inch side you score at: 2 and 7 inches
on the 10inch side you score at: 2,4,6 and 8 inches.
Punch a thumb notch now as you can use it to see where you need to shorten the tabs easier, see pattern.
Cut away all the ||||| bits and glue with gluegun.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Video Collab with Kathya Kalinine- Easter riddles

We decided on the Easter theme as that's coming up soon. And as Easter is on April Fools day I thought this set from Inky Antics would be so funny. I apparently got the wrong size scratch offs, I blame inches vs cm for that lol. I linked to the Simon Says Stamp shop so you can see there's plenty more options.

For the card I used the Simon Says Stamp TRI circle die and cut it out of a panel.
Traced the openings onto the cardbase and applies Versamagic inks ( Oasis green, Aspen mist,  turquoise gem, Aquatic splash, Sea breeze)
Then I stamped the sentiments with Versafine onyx black ink.
I used the Inky Antics Easter riddles set, combined with the Simon Says Stamp It's no secret set.
The Bunnies I stamped on the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink and had my Scan and Cut do the cutting.
Colored them with Spectrum Noirs (Bg1-2 and5) and Illustrator markers (fs1).

Applied the scratch off sticker to the answer,although it's not big enough I had to roll with it.
Mounted the panel with foamtape. and adhered it to the cardbase.  Tucked in the bunnies (sorry the camera was hungry and ate some footage) ,but basically I just applied taperunner or foam to support the critters.

For Katya's video, see this.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

AAA cards challenge #110- Ombre, with video

This fortnight the challenge is Ombre.
Our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers, so join us and you could win a prize!

For my Ombre I used Distress inks (candied apple, abandoned coral and worn lipstick) but found it all a bit samey, so I also added Aged Mahogany at the top. My ombre turned out pretty much as the challenge badge and it wasn't meant to, I chose red to go behind my Heart sprinkle wreath from Simon Says Stamp.

I diecut it from 140lbs card and I also diecut the circle in the middle to  make a window.

For my critter I used  Gerda Steiner Valentine penguins, the sentiment also.
I don't really see this card as a Valentine lol.
card, more and encouragement card, or I might have to keep it for a year

I colored my penguin with Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Illustrator markers and I used a bit of Nuvo Shimmer pen on the balloon. The white Sharpie wasn't being nice, I added it for a shine on the balloon, but it didn't dry quickly enough so I smudged it. See video ;-)

Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase. I added foamtape to the penguin's head only and adhered the rest with tape runner.

For more information or to play along the challenge, and to see more design team work, click here

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Hoppy day

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: in my garden. And I'd also like to enter it into the Simon Says Stamp craft month challenge.

I have a rented garden, a vegetable patch or an allotment if you like. It's 10mx15m and my happy place, away from my craftroom.
I have dug in big cement mix buckets and they hold about 100litres of water and home a few frogs...or toads. I'm not really sure, I can't tell...they also house water snails and bugs and also dragon flies larvae, a few newts, it's really a cool thing on such a small scale. I thought the bucket was enormous at the home improvement store and it got dwarfed once out in the open.

Anyway, for my card I stamped the Woodware unfrogettable stamp with Versafine onyx black ink and colored him with Talens Ecoline. Adhered the watercolored panel with tape runner to the cardbase. I've added some Nuvo Shimmer pen to the wings, no gems on this one, there are a few on my first one.

Gerda Steiner Monthly challenge: March

I got the new challenge image and printed it onto the Crafter's Companion Neenah's paper and added the cheesy sentiment whilst in Photoshop.
Colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers, added some wallpaper and mounted the panel with foamtape to adhere it to the cardbase.

For more information or to play along the Gerda Steiner Challenge, see this.

in my garden... the Simon Says Stamp Monday  Challenge, and for it I made this little gift box.
It hold three tealights and I adorned it with all things "garden"...
The metal butterfly was yellow, I used nailpolish to color it up and splattered more nailpoilsh on top.

For more information or to play along the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this.

Less is More challenge #366: monochrome

I'm delighted to have been asked to be the Guest designer for this challenge, thank you ladies.

I made two cards, one with kitties and one with a chameleon.

The process is the same, just different stamps and colors.

I started by positioning my kitties (C.C. designs meowy) into my Stamper's Friend and inked them with Versafine Onyx black ink.
I added the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp (it's your birthday) and also used Versafine onyx black ink.

Then I chose three colors of brown ,  As I wanted to keep the card a one layer, I didn't want to use my markers and I thought this would look artsy ;-), something different. I contemplated black, and greys as well, but I felt this was more monochrome. Of course you could all do them the same color as well. I like how the coloring is not perfect and  the white bits look like spots on the cats :-D
Memento dewdrops ( rich cocoa, espresso truffle and toffee crunch) and I used one of the brush stroke stamps from Marianne designs (Eline's brush ec0161)line's brush ec0161)

No enamel dots for this card as I didn't have any browns.

The Chameleon card is done in the same manner, but different supplies:
Chameleon is Your Next Stamp- one in a chameleon
Brush is Marianne Designs- Eleine's Brush Ec0161
Memento inks- Pear tart, Bamboo leaves and cottage ivy.
Generic green and glittery enamel dots
Also Versafine onyx black ink for the sentiment and image.

For more information or to play along the Less is More Challenge, see this

Friday, March 2, 2018

Green... the challenge  at Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: anyhting goes, showcasing Memory Box products.

For my card I sued the Circle branch die from Memory Box and diecut it from a panel. Stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp it's your birthday with Versafine onyx black ink.
I stamped the Moody unicorn from Gerda Steiner with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink onto the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers.

I traced the opening onto the cardbase and inkblended Versamagic inks (hint of peston, Aloƫ vera and Tea leaves).
Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase,then placed the unicorn behond the branches, attached him with tape runner.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Versamagic inkblending recipes

So far I've come up with these four sheets of recipes.
Hope you enjoy!
You can alsofind Memento inkblending recipes and Ranger Distress ink blending recipes on  my blog.

Leaded window look, with video

Today I made a card that reminds me of Church windows, the leaded windows and also a bit of Christmas because I used gold, silver and reds amongst other colors.
To start the card I used the Simon Says Stamp Heart sprinkle wreath die and a circle die for the centre. I used black cardstok to  make the colors pop and make it look more like a leaded window,
Then I placed acetate on the back and filled in some of the hearts and dots in the wreath with Nuvo drops and Ranger enamel accents.
I don't have many Nuvo drops, but  I like their transparent look.
My bottle of Deco art media Liquid glass gave me this idea. It's similar to Ranger glossy accents and I also pulled that, but didn't use it.

In the video you can see how the light shines through, very pretty, if you want to keep that look, make another circle window in the cardbase. I chose to make a shaker card as I just bought these  pretty heart shaped gems in a giftshop in my town. Came in the little bottle, no brand, but I'm sure you can find them online, I found some on Aliexpress and ordered a truck load haha...

I used white craftfoam ad I thought it would match my cardbase and I diecut the same size circle from it for my dimension and shaker wall.
I adhered everything with tape runner and gluedots in between  the hearts and dots, to preven the black card to lift up from the acetate, which would make the Nuvo Drops or enamel accents to seep under.
Let it dry overnight with a bowl on top as I have cats as you know...trying to keep the cat hair off and it worked lol.
If you don;t have any Nuvor drops or glossy/enamel accents you can try alcohol inks or makers on the back of the acetate as alcohol ink will color acetate.
You can mix some glitter in with glossy accents too.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Experimenting with Versamagic as an Oxides alternative, with video

I pulled out my few Versamagic mini inkpads today to see how they would compare to the Distress Oxides ink.
I don't have the Oxides and so I can't say if they're the same, better, worse but I like how the Versamagic looked.
At first I tried it on my normal cardstock, the Canon DCP paper and nothing happened except the paper blistered as usual as it really doesn't like water, much like my cats haha.

But the blend beautifully on this card, through a stencil as well.
So I took out some Waterart paper and Bristol Smooth and I used a mix of water and bleach, but on this card just water also works. the bleach I have in that bottle always, and it was handy ;-)

I used Versamagic, Eggplant and pink petunia and Sea breeze and Turquoise gem.

Since shooting this video I also got a few greens and yellows and look forward to experimenting more and probably make my inkblending recipes for this ink too, as soon as I have all the colors I want.
The Versamgic have 36 colors in the range and I have 17 now, so almost halfway :-D

I've also done some layered inksmooshing in the video and that also looked very similar to what I've seen fromthe Oxides, but again I do not have those and so I can;t say for sure, only that I love how these worked out .

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Diy rainbow with circle dies and Stamping Bella unicorns, with video

I don't have a special rainbow die , so I was experimenting with circle dies, and you can use any you have, stitched, plain, dotted etc.
You can either use colored cardstock or white and color your own strips with markers or Distress inks or alike.
Remember one circle gives you two rainbows or more if you cut it up smaller. I ahve to make 14 cards now....If you're very particular about the order of the colors, I would suggest to use white card and either diecut each ring by itself or do like I did and stick them all together and make one pass through your diecutting machine.
But if you're making loads and loads of cards, this is the best solution I think.

I stuck my circles together with the best placing I could, but as my painter's tape is for sensitive surfaces, it's not as sticky and some circles moved, I'm OK with that as most will be covered up and again it saves me buying another die.

I stuck all the colors together on the back with some sticky tape, then added tape runner and placed it on my cardbase. Also used taperunner for the Stamping Bella set of unicorns and foamtape for the clouds (memory box puffy clouds).

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp (believe) and I used Versafine onyx black ink, Then added some generic enamel heart/dots to help your eye travel across the card. Upor down you will just follow those hearts...try it ;-)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Using up scraps: quilted cards and a small haul with video

Today's card is a bit fiddly and in hindsight I should have done it differently I think.
I taped all these little squares together, but glue-ing them on a thin panel of printer paper might be easier, I just didn't think if it quickly enough and once started you persevere, at least I do ;-)

I cut tons of little squares 2cm each, that's a bit under one inch. and then took a standard square cardbase for the Netherlands , but you can make these cards any size you want. In the video I also show different solution if you don't have nesting dies. Look around in your stash.

After deciding on
the colors and pattern and glueing it all together I diecute two heart of od the panel (Aver Elle Hearts frame) and the same hearts from more scraps.
I also diecut the Simon Says Stamp Painted Hello from black card with stick it on the back for the sentiment.
The to hide a few gaps I added enamel dots from Create a Smile (enamel treats), but again any shape, size, brand you have will work.

Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase.

I hope you like this idea and will give it a try. I'm not a quilter or patchworker, so I'm sorry if some of the terminology isn't correct .

I used the other bits how I suggested in the video, on a scrap piece of paper, the liquid glue made it warp a little, but it looks better and is less fiddly, somehow I think my dies are not completely square if that's at all possible ;-)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

AAA cards Challenge #109: diecuts only

The rules for this challenge: 
We're looking for CAS cards that feature die cuts as their main and focal point. We will accept the addition of a stamped sentiment, but not stamped images that have been die cut. 
As always our definition of CAS means that white space should not be patterned, embossed or textured.

Our sponsor this fortnight is Stamplorations

For my card I used two sets of dies one is from Avery Elle  (Hearts frame) and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn (xoxo).

The set from Avery Elle comprises of the wreath like frame and then smaller stand alone hearts I used them as

I cut the dies from pink and red card and adhered it to the cardbase with liquid glue as I forgot to use something useful like Stick it ;-)
One red heart shaped enamel dots for some shine.

For more information or to play along the AAA cards Challenge, see this.
Don't miss out on the other fabulous makes from the DT.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Dry embossing with dies

This time the challenge over at Less is More is Dry embossing CAS style.
I only have 4 or 5 embossing folders and so I decided to use My Favorite Things layered leaves dies for the embossing on the cardbase.
I use a piece of silicone baking mat, but one or more layers of fun foam (craftfoam) will also work. I thought leaves would fit a wild animal, especially if I kept him as a zebra...too much white

I stamped my donkey from Marianne Design (EC0170) onto Crafter's Companion Neenah Paper with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink. Connected a few open lines so my Scan N cut could cut it out, then colored it with Spectrum Noir markers.
It's actually meant to be a zebra, there's stripes included in the set, but I ignored that as I thought a donkey or horse would be fun
for a baby card.
The sentiment is also from Marianne Design (EC0171) and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink. Added a few enamel dots for color.

For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Delicate florals

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, is to use a diecut and to showcase Penny Black products.

For my card I used a die from Simon Says Stamp (small hello) and the Penny Black stampset delicate florals.

I used the direct to stamp method with watercoloring markers. I first did two tones of green, dried the stamp and did the red and orange flowers, or buds.I used watercolor paper and a stamp positioner.
Added some washi tape at the edge of the cardbase, mounted the panel with foam tape and adhered it onto the cardbase.
For the sentiment I added Stick it on the back of black card and diecut it, adhered it on top.
The added some glittery enamel dots as if they were buds.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Get well soon card with embroidery and with video

I meant this to be a Valentine card, then I realized today was the 15th,. not the 14th lol.
So I made it into a get well card, but it could be one for next year's Valentine?

I picked a piece of patterned paper from the Craft Sensations endless love block.

Then diecut a heart, mine is the scalloped from the basic shapes by Marianne design, but any will do.
I drew a heart line on it with pencil and poked holes in each point/valley and then threaded red embroidery string through it. It's a little weird this hear beat, but that's why "get well"is least I though so.

Diecut two more, smaller hearts fromt he same set, one in red, like the string. and the other to stamp the sentiment on. It's from Clearly besotted ( brushed greetings II) and I used Versafine Onyx black ink. Adhered the smaller hearts with tape runner and the big on with foamtape.
To finish the card I added one gold glitter heart enamel as it picks up the detail fromt he background.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I'm really Viking you and happy mail

Today I'm making a Valentine's card, so I printed this C.C. Designs Viking kid and added the cheesiest of sentiment I could think of "I;m really Viking you" haha...makes me giggle, sorry.

I printed him on the Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored him with Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Illustrator markers.

You can find the stamps as digis or as rubberstamps here (no affiliate).

Then I embellished him with rhinestones. In the video I explain why ;-)
Happy Valentine's day, or should that be Viking day? lol

Monday, February 12, 2018

Justine Hovey's Video hop, Camo embossing with video

Today I have the honor to participate in the biggest Youtube hop ever.
As I did last week with a small number of ladies, Justine  also set out to save the smaller Youtube Channels and a lot of well known or bigger channels are helping along the way.

I was allotted 6 minutes or less for my video. So off screen I already diecut and stamped the panels and mounted the first one with foamtape.

A few years ago I made a Christmas card with this technique, I call Camo embossing, as it looks like camouflage clothing to me, maybe not in pink and purples tough...
I made two cards, the first one with the heart uses the most Wow embossing powders:
Heart throb
Shrinking violet
Magenta Twinkle
Taffeta pink
Purple glitz.
Simon Says Stamp Die heart of flowers and It's your birthday stampset.
Versafine Onyx black ink and Versamark ink.

I have a big collection of embossing powders, but three would be enough, or two like I used on the feathers. Any colors you have and any combo will work, esp through a detailed diecut like the Heart of Flowers.

I traced the opening and masked it off with Post-it tape, you don;t have to do this, but as the panel is raised, you can peek under and I like it to the crisp and white.
Then I covered the area with embossing ink, I used the Ranger dauber, the mini cube perfect medium and the Versamark inkpad, just to show you can use any. just grab the one you have.
Then I used the Joy! Crafts craft scoops to sprinkle on dots of embossing powders. You don;t need a 100% coverage as when you tilt the card the embossing will stick
anywhere there's still exposed sticky ink. Then tap off the extra. I keep mine in a little craft pots. Wow sells empty embossing pots. They will mix in the pot and create a whole new exciting color.
Heat set the embossing powder and remove masking tape to reveal the cameo effect. Then cover with the diecut panel.

I love how you can see gradients and all the petals are different, but the same.
Then I added a few glittery enamel dots, but this is optional.

For the second card I used the diecut itself, the positive if you like. and just dabbed on the sticky ink with the Ranger emboss it dauber, and then sprinkled on Wow  Vintage Peacock and Sensational Sage, heat set them and repeated the process to cover and bold spots I made with my fingers. Also mounted the feathers with foamtape and the sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamp (Birthday Balloons) and I also stamped it with Versafine Onyx black ink and the MISTI for precision Stamping.

And remember the left overs I poured back into one of those little pots? I made these pink/purple ones after wards.

Next stop on your hop is: Janelle B

The prizes all the wonderful sponsers have put up are amazing and from my video comments you can win a $25 dollars giftcard to Simon Says Stamp and 2 Catherine Poolers inks if you're inside the USA only, so please mention your location in the comments on Youtube. Justine Hovey will pick all the winners on February 26th. Then you will have until March 10th to claim your prize, so don't forget to check back.