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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Hot Tag

A hot colours tag, perfect for a southern summer Christmas, and would be great for a man too because it's not too fussy but still has lots of texture.

I started with a smooshed card using distress inks, stenciled pastes, added a reinforcer ring.  The rosette is two punched circles, one of them with wet and crunched paper dyed with distress inks.

Sentiment stamp: no brand
Stencil: Rosies Studio
Star stencil: homemade with a punch
Circles:  punches
Partial die for top: Spellbinders
Little tag sentiment: Hastings Art Stamps
Little tag: punch
Clear glimmer: Glitter Kiss Frosty Sparkle
Gold glitter paste:Glitter Kiss Golden Sand
Nuvo Crystal Drops copper penny






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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Snow Jar Tag

While we have Christmas in the heat of summer, sometimes snowy things make it feel cooler - I guess it's the colours.

When I was a kid I had one of these shakers with a house scene in it; haven't got a clue where it went, but now I have a couple to put out at Christmas for the grandchildren to play with and they love them too.  I even have a sneaky play now and then, I'm really just a big kid.  ;-D

I stamped the jar, house, trees.  Stamped the snow and heat embossed it in white (a little just happened to get on the trees too), then using a mask sponged distress inks for the sky.  The lid is coloured with gold Sharpie pen.  I glued then flocked the ground snow and house roof.  Metallic glitter tape bands and (using a mask) a border stamp of trees and reindeer.  The a soft grey-blue for the stamped snowflakes.  Edges inked.

Snow Jar stamp set (jar, house, trees, snow): unknown
Snowflakes stamp: Papermania
Border stamp: unknown
Metallic tape, flocking (so soft and fuzzy)

Click on for a close-up & spot the flocking!
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Monday, 4 December 2017

Sea Necklace

This fortnight at Incy Wincy it's such a great challenge - SILVER AND/OR GOLD. 
Check out the challenge, and drool over the design team's work here:  incywincydesigns

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Every 1st and 3rd Monday
Fabrika Fantasy is our Sponsor this time, and provided this beautiful digi:
fabrikafantasy.com/sea-necklace-digital-stamp




Left:
This is what it looks like when it catches the light.


Click on image for a closer look.





and a detail pic:

Image: Fabrika Fantasy - Sea Necklace
Coloured with Copics, Gilt Flakes, silver, gold, black & white pens.

I had a play with some gilding flakes (new to me) which seemed perfect for this project.  I used two shades of blue card,  and applied gilding flakes in a couple of colourways, adding in detail with pens.  I matted with  gold mirror card, stamped the sentiment and heat embossed with silver embossing powder and added ribbon.

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Christmas tags

I had a tag making session to go with the grandchildrens gifts.

The backgrounds for most of them are snippets of smooshed background that I had made for other projects (always good to use up leftover bits), and simple stamped images.

You might notice one has 'Rhiannon or Ruby' on it.  Ruby is Rhi's name for herself when she is being a dog!  At our house, she has made herself a kennel from a big cardboard box and decorated it with drawings, pawprints, a welcoming door mat on the flap and holes punched for air!!!  ;-D

I made the tags double with a coordinating colour (their own favourite colours) slightly off centre, it added a bit of interest as well as substance and weight.  After the first couple I decided to have the message stamped on the back.

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The Christmas Tree Fairy

Come and join in our Christmas fun at Come And Get It challenges, this time it's a card: cagichallenge



And I used a beautiful image from one of our sponsors - All Dressed up.  Have a look at the wonderful images here: alldressedupstamps


I coloured the image with pencils, then sponged three shades of Distress Inks around the edges and spritzed with water, blotting to remove colour when it was how I wanted it.  I masked the image then used a toothbrush to add gold acrylic paint speckle, and a spray of green mica mist.  When it was all dry I stencilled some stars (stencil is made with a star punch).  Lastly I brushed the wings & dress with clear Wink of Stella, and stars with Kindyglitz.  Double sided tape strips on the side were covered with pastel lemon superfine glitter.






Image:  All Dressed Up - Christmas Tree Fairy
Coloured with pencils
Distress Inks
Star punch: Unbranded
Gold acrylic paint
Green mica mist - own mixture
Kindyglitz, Glitter, Wink of Stella

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Little Note

Heat Embossing, Dry Embossing, any kind of Embossing is the theme at the Crafters Café.  See what the design team have done and then see what you can do:  crafterscafe

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

Sponsor Rick St Dennis provided this fantastic image:  rick1949/euro-girl-Sharon


This looks a bit like me: got dressed in the dark, hair that won't behave, always slightly bewildered and haven't got a clue what I'm doing!

I used dry embossing for the banners and brick wall, and heat embossing for the sentiment.

Image: Rick St Dennis - Euro Girl Sharon
Coloured with Copics
Banner die: Kaisercraft
EF: Sizzix
Metallic rub on (3 colours)
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Embossing powder: Ranger
Perfect Pearl mist

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Monday, 27 November 2017

CAS Christmas Wreath

Another one layer CAS card for Christmas, great for mailing.

I started with a dabbed circle of distress inks onto an acrylic block, spritzed, then printed it onto the base card.  I added some spiky details with a toothpick, then stamped and heat embossed with gold.  The borders are strips of d/s tape with crystal glitter rubbed on.

Wreath & sentiment stamps: Kaisercraft
Distress inks
Gold embossing
Crystal Glitter - click on detail photo



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Christmas tree CAS

A one-layer CAS card.

I put some Distress inks on an acrylic block and spritzed, then printed on to the base card.  When dry I flicked with more DI & sprayed with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold.  I stamped and heat embossed the tree, put Kindyglitz in the baubles and gold Stickles on the star.  A dab of white Nuvo crystal drops here and there.  That's all I wanted.  It's really hard to photograph metallics.

Stamp: Craft Creations
D.Inks
Nuvo Crystal: white
Mist: perfect pearls gold
Kindyglitz crystal, Stickles gold



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Friday, 24 November 2017

Congrats Daisy

Today Daisy had her first pups, 12 of them.  Sadly two died but the rest are healthy and looking good - she did so well.   Daisy, a Brittany Spaniel, belongs to our daughter's family and our two grandchildren are so excited, so I thought after patiently waiting so long the whole family deserved to celebrate too.

I stamped this image from the set (looks like Daisy), coloured her to look like Daisy, then masked the image while I roughly sponged DI colours to spotlight her, and then around the edges.  I used pigment inks in the same hues for the sentiment.

Image Stamp: Tim Holtz
coloured with copic markers
Sentiment: Mama Elephant
Dots: Nuvo copper drops
Distress inks

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Quail

I love these images, there is a set.  We have quail running around here and it always makes my day to see them; they are such handsome birds with their little topknot bob-bob-bobbing.    As it is late spring/early summer, we are hoping to see some babies soon.

I masked the image and sponged DInk in the grasses, put WoS over the birds.  It is hard to see but there are scored lines top and bottom to add to the border and frame it.  Click on the image for a closer look.









Image: Pickled Potpourri
Coloured with Copic pens
Distress inks
Wink of Stella
White gel pen
Glitter tape


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Monday, 20 November 2017

Sketchy Fairy

This is my first blog with the Incy Wincy team - thanks for having me.  Check out the design team's work and enter here: incywincydesigns





The challenge is a sketch, and such great one to work with:


Our sponsor is All Dressed Up who provided this lovely image to work with: happy-christmas-little-star



Image: All Dressed Up - Happy Christmas Little Star
Coloured with Copics
Oval Die: Spellbinders
Papers:
Stash: ribbon, pearls, Kindyglitz


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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Winter Sport

Come And Get It challenges you to a winter sport theme. Check out the design team work here:  cagichallenge
Our Badge

Thanks to super sponsor Bugaboo for the image:
bugaboostamps scene-it-close-knit-friends


Image: Bugaboo - Close Knit Friends
Coloured with Copics
Rectangle stitch die: unbranded
Friend die:
Sentiment: typed on computer
knit border; re-purposed packaging
Toothpicks, crochet cotton

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Sympathy Tree

Even on a sad occasion I like to make cards that have hopeful, life affirming elements, like this tree.  I expect that the recipient would take their own meaning from it.

I die cut the frame from paua design wrapping paper because of the gorgeous colours.  Edges of the blue card are lightly inked.

Die cut frame: Couture Creations
Die cut tree:
Tag: Spellbinders
Sentiment stamp:
Ribbon, ink

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Woof!


I made this for a friend who moved to a new house.  When you go to their house Bella their dog pops up in the front window to check you out, then races to be first at the door to let you in.

This is one of those stamps sets that has the back and front on it.  You can see what I did with the inside of the card.














Stamps: free with a magazine
Sentiment stamp:Inkadinkadoo
Die: Spellbinders
Leaf punch: Martha Stewart


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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Charming Bird

Come and play tic-tac-toe with us at the Crafters Café! here:  crafterscafeblogchallenge

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog
Choose any line as long as it has the middle CHARM square in it.




This great image from sponsor Bugaboo:
bugaboostamps-flower-bird

I used the line:  blue-charm-designer paper.
The image is put behind a diecut hole that has a black frame added on the front.  A doodle border is hand-drawn on the pink card.  I thought the charm looked a little like a basket with a flower in, and tied it on with scraps of blue ribbon.

Image: Bugaboo - Flower Bird
Coloured with Copics
Hexagon dies: Couture Creations
Designer paper:  Lily Rose
Stash:  charm, ribbon, black pen

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Winter Girl

Join us at Come and Get It challenge - this time is Winter Girls:  cagichallenge

Our sponsor is All Dressed Up with the image here:  feed-the-birds


Image: All Dressed Up - Feed the Birds
Coloured with colour pencils
Frame dies: Unbranded
Snowflake Die: C & M
Hello Die:  Wplus9
EF: Provocraft - swiss dots
Kindyglitz



The EF is inked over with white chalk ink to give a snowy look, and the snowflake border is left free.  I liked the pencils to colour the image as it is quite delicate.  My granddaughter Rhiannon thinks this is herself.

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Redhead Dahling

Isn't she a dahling?  No doubt about it.  And what a diva with a matching doggie.  She looks like she'd be fun.


Image: Rick StDennis
Coloured with Copics
Die: Spellbinders
Sentiment stamp: Kaisercraft
Rickrack, gold Stickles, glitter card













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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Happy Music

Crafters Café challenge this time is MUSIC.    Check out the design team's work here: crafterscafeblogchallenge

DT Badge

Isn't this a fantasy every guy has sometime or other?  Guitar heaven? Dream on!





Thank you to our sponsor  Dr Digi for the image of Derek Clapton, get it here: doctor-digi derek-clapton

Image: Derek Clapton
'Be' die: Sizzix
'Happy' die: Heidi Swapp
Zigzag die: Couture Creations
EF:  Couture Creations
Washi tape

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Challenge Quilt 2017

Finished in August 2017 for the NZ Quilt and Craft Fair September 2017, Page 33 Challenge.
It was called a Page 33 challenge which means entrants were given page 33 from random magazines to use as inspiration for their quilt.  Some people got fashion pages, car pages, gardening pages, and I got a house page.  The geometric shapes, strong perspective and soft colours were what inspired me.






























Apart from having a connection to the inspiration page, the quilt had to fit within a 0.5 metre square, have three layers and obvious quilting elements.  We could use anything on that page for inspiration (e.g. words, colours, shapes etc).

I used several techniques: raw edge applique, piecing, 3D panel, and common quilt blocks.  Beaded embellishments represent the chandelier and the flowers on the table. I moved the furniture around a bit.

It got first prize.  I was overseas at the time and didn't know it had won.

Scary Boo!

I made this to give to the little girl next door and, as she is a crafter, hopefully she might pick the bits off and re-use them.  The bat can flap it's wings, and the ghost and bats eyes glow with Kindyglitz.

Halloween Dies:  Provocraft
Striped paper download:
Grass die: Impression Obsession
wavy die: unbranded












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Autumn Mouse

Look at this face!  How sweet? And this will go nicely with a gift box of specialty teas.

I wanted to keep it as simple as possible, so just  embossed a border onto the card to frame it.  I embossed the veins in the leaves by hand and inked the edges with antique paper distress ink, and glued them so the edges are lifted off the card.


Image: Stampendous Rose Hip Tea Cup
Coloured with Copics
Stitched Circle Die:
Leaf die: provocraft
Thanks Die: Wplus9


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