Thursday, 31 December 2015

Dancing for Pleasure

I'm so behind sending out my PIF Swap ATC's that I feel terrible about it, today I put both of them in the post to the recipients and I hope they like what they receive. Late in November I created an ATC for December and as you'll see below I managed to lose both that and the one I did for November, there has been decorating chaos, moving my craft room around and the usual shuffle of household items and furniture to fit the christmas tree in. They will turn up again no doubt, but if I'm honest I prefer today's creations instead :)

The photo above is for the December PIF and the word was 'Pleasure', I decided to go with the theme of 'Dancing for Pleasure' and dug around to see what I could find. I made the musical note back panel a while ago when I started experimenting with alcohol inks, the background stamp was another French find in the Summer and I used copper embossing powder to compliment the colours in the inked paper. The piece I cut this from was just sat in my 'maybe someday' box, today was its day lol!

The card was a special coated glossy card for alcohol inks, so it has a lovely smooth and shiny finish, I created the wording using the No. 3 Dovecraft Wooden Alphabet Stamp set which I simply stamped as close together as I could with some Tuxedo Black Memento ink,  then I used my ink dusters to create bands of Lady Bug, Tangelo and Dandelion inks and edged the cut to size piece by running it along the Lady Bug ink pad. I added the dancing fairy MDF shape with acrylic glue and when dry I 'painted' it using a Wink of Stella brush pen in Gold. Two orange adhesive gems at the top and bottom of the wording completed the ATC.

The above photo is my November PIF Swap, the word for the swap was 'Beautiful' and I chose the sentiment 'Beautiful Moments' and tried to capture a wintry sunset/rise, the photo doesn't show the holographic 'sparkle' on the trees that makes it look like a frosty morning or evening but it is a pretty effect. Like December I did another design for November but in the chaos that has been the past few months, I can't find them anywhere, so today I sat down and put my thinking cap on and came up with two new ideas.

I used my newly acquired ink dusters and Dandelion, Rose Bud and Danube Blue Memento Inks, the trees stamp was free with the Winter Crafters Companion magazine and the sentiment embossed in gold is from the Santoro Willow Sentiment Clear Stamp Set. I over stamped the trees when dry with clear embossing ink and sprinkled Papermania Holographic embossing powder over them. The final touch was an orangey gem from my stash to represent the sun.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Life is Not About Waiting For The Storm...

WOW! It's been over 2 months since I last blogged, life got in the way of blogging sadly, although I did do some card making, albeit not as much as I would have liked and I never made my christmas card target, I just about managed to make enough cards to send to friends and family, next year I'll do better, this I know because I've already made a start on cards for 2016 lol!

I was very lucky and very spoiled this year, for Xmas I was given lots of crafting goodies including sets of Presscut square and round nesting die sets, an inkylicious ink dusting kit, a set of 12 Brusho Crystal Inks, a set of 12 gelatos, various Tim Holtz dies, stamps and carry case and lots more besides, I did very well and was absolutely blown away at the bounty.

So for the past few days I've been playing with my new goodies and over the next week I'll share what I've been making, the photos in this post are my first efforts at playing with my Brusho Crystals, the "Wishes are the magic..." panel in the photo above was my very first play with brusho's, hard to believe that a little water and a sprinkle of the crystals could create such a colourful effect. I embossed the sentiment first using white detail embossing powder from the Cosmic Shimmer range, then applied the crystals in Purple, Emerald Green and Turquoise and spritzed with water. I trimmed and edged the panel with double sided tape to which I applied some Lilac Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter, the panel was stuck to a 5" x 7" card base that I embossed with a TOGA embossing folder I picked up in France in the Summer,  I used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to colour the card before spritzing with my homemade silver shimmer mist.

My second panel was created with Scarlet, Orange and Yellow Brusho Crystal powders, again I resist embossed using a Tim Holtz stamp from the Good Thoughts set, the edge of the panel was highlighted with the new Distress Ink for December 2015 Candied Apple, my new favourite shade of red. I picked out the heart using Red Berry Sparkle Pen. I used the same glitter edge technique as I did on the card above this time I used Ruby Red Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter and stuck the panel on at an angle, more to try to correct the fact that I'd stamped the sentiment wonky! The black heart adhesive strip feels like velvet as was a gift from my nephews and niece for Xmas, they gave me a few other crafting bits items including the dancing fairies in the card in the main image.

The main image cards were my second attempt at using the Brusho Crystals, the sentiment is from the same Tim Holtz Good Thoughts stamp set, the blue design used Leaf Green, Emerald Green, Lemon, Turquoise and Ultramarine crystals. I embossed he sentiment with Black Detail Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder, the panel was then trimmed and matted with a sapphire blue glitter paper and the mdf fairy  was glued in place and the wings were coloured using an Aquamarine Sparkle Pen.

The orange and purple card was made using Orange, Scarlet, Purple and Lemon Brusho Crystals, the sentiment was added again with Black Detail embossing powder and matted on to a piece of Purple Centura Pearl card, once the fairy was attached I coloured the wings with a Silver Wink of Stella brush pen. I'm loving the vibrant colours that the Brusho Crystals create, next I want to try stamping images and using the crystals to colour the stamped images. I also want to experiment with embossing pastes and wax to create resist and relief designs. I think 2016 is going to be the year I begin to experiment more with mixed media projects. Big, bold and beautiful colour combinations are on the horizon :)