' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: November 2012

Sunday 25 November 2012

Festive Sparkle

Heart, Cupid and Key hole (shrink plastic) are die-cut with Tim holtz/Sizzix dies

At last I have my entry for the Crafty Individuals challenge on the theme of Festive Sparkle.
For a long time I toyed with bits of paper and couldn't come with anything worthy and almost abandoned. I decided to concentrate on projects I HAD to do (Christmas gifts) instead, and created this handbag charm. And yes ! I managed to fit in a charm made with a CI stamp (part of the CI-342 set) on pearlescent card (Stardream Pearl card) and inset in a bottle cap. Good start !

Then I thought about how to package my homemade gift and decided on a box. Here was my opportunity to use my Christmas star stamp (CI-363). I stamped it in Versamark on a subtly glittered paper (Stardust Glitter Pale Pink) and embossed with silver powder. I stuck this panel on my box, applied glitter glue around it, added ribbon (pleated and stitched with a pink glittery ribbon on top), a flower made with die-cuts, 2 types of glitters and some Flowersoft for the center, and some leaves die-cuts also glittered.

I                                                                                                   I added a homemade "ribbon" to the side of my box lid, and stamped the bottom of my box with an old favourite (CI-001) , just because...

Finally a close up to show the sparkle better :

Enough sparkle for now...thanks for coming by,

Friday 23 November 2012

Calendar Challenge Week 8

Awww!!! The Craft Barn Challenge this week is "Children/cute". Not my favorite look, but as I am rather eclectic in the style of cards I make, I have no snobbish tendancies about cute... Problem is do I have any "cute" stamps ? But wait... I do, in fact I have tons, all obtained "free" from magazines. This challenge gives me an opportunity to try them out ! Sadly most of them are Christmassy and this being my August page... well if you look carefully there is some holly in there but otherwise it'll do !

To colour the image I used coloured pencils, blending with Sansodor only on the hat, and alcohol marker for the shadows at the base of Hollie and presents.
For my background, I took inspiration from Hollie's apron and made a patchwork from patterned papers. Some 120 squares, die-cut 3 at a time, i.e 40 passes in the die-cut machine ! Mad idea but once I started, I wasn't going to give up.
The frame had already been cut for another project and I used alcohol inks to coordinate with my colour scheme. 

And in the end I rather like it, so yes we should have more "cute" projects.

What do YOU think ?

Monday 19 November 2012

Clean and simple... Fall challenge

The Impression Obsession blog wishes us a "Happy Fall" in their latest challenge.

So, apologies but I had to use my Branches stamp again.... nothing says Fall like trees and leaves, right ?
As I have a thing about covering part of a beautiful stamp, this time I didn't stamp all of it !

I made masks  with scalloped nestabilities and added distressed inks with Cut & Dry foam. I stamped the CAC Branches (CC031) with the mask still in place.
I highlighted with distress inks the punched and die-cut leaves and stamped the letters with the Ornate CAC (CC077)

Thanks for coming by,

Thursday 15 November 2012

Calendar Challenge Week 7

This week's Calendar challenge at the Craft Barn is about Candles. I wanted to play with wax so the idea for this page has been inspired by Gio's project.

Rather than drop melted candle over the panel (too faint hearted), I shaved the wax candle and used my iron to melt it . To add colour I used shavings of wax crayons, as I didn't have coloured candles.

Sadly a lot of the wax got absorbed in the paper but enough stayed that I could imprint my stamp (Paper Artsy) on top of it. The definition is lost but that's the effect I was after.. London in the fog/rain.

I left this for a few days and decided it was missing something, then inspiration struck. I had in my stash the perfect finishing touch, a London postmark stamp from Crafty Individuals. This time I dropped the candle wax onto the panel and stamped. It didn't go well, so, I re-melted the wax, added some more,  re-stamped... and still the "London" part didn't show very well.
I left it at that as re-melting the candle is not very easy to control and I didn't want to make it worse !
I used mica powders over the wax and black in the recesses, so the postmark would show.

Next time I will go for broke and cover the panel in thick wax !
Would love to know your thoughts on this page...

Saturday 10 November 2012

Calendar Challenge Week 6

This week's Challenge at the Craft Barn involves tactile matters...

I chose flock over felt, as I am trying to keep the pages of my calendar fairly flat.

Now, I won't lie to you, this page involved a lot of work... Previous experience of flocking has taught me that if paper and flock are not close in colour the result is poor. In my test, I was flocking a cat stamped in Versamark and embossed with Sticky Stuf with black flock on white card. Result : balding cat... not a good look ! So now I know to pre-print my image in a colour close to my flock or use card in the same colour.

I used a letterpress plate and did 2 passes (top and bottom of page) in the die-cutting machine with black paint, then again 2 passes with embossing ink.
I used Sticky stuff over the embossing ink, heated it until clear and applied the flock over it.
Then it was a matter of tidying the flock that has a tendency to stray everywhere...

The central image was a doddle after that, simply stamped with chalk ink, die-cut with a Nestabilitie and inked with distressed ink (Tattered Rose).

Let me know what you think,

Thursday 8 November 2012

Calendar Challenge: Paper Tape

Already Week 5 of the challenge ! We need to have Paper Tape on our creations... As I never tried this before I decided to use Michelle's method (seen here) and make my own tissue tape.
And as I didn't have brand new tissue I used wrinkled paper ! However, going for a distressed look, it only made it better once I used distress inks over it (Antique Linen & a bit of Walnut). I stamped a few word stamps in black ink (Paper Artsy).

The main image is also by Paper Artsy (I only used a portion of the stamp), and once stamped I watercoloured the sky and the water. Then I used Stampendous Aged Aqua embossing powder to create a fantasy sea.

Since I didn't have a lot of space on my page I kept my tape small... but now I have a ready-to-customise lenght for a future project !

Hope you enjoy this one,

Thursday 1 November 2012

Challenge: A Gift For You

This week the challenge at Impression Obsession is "A gift for you". I have been meaning to make a card with a gift card holder so this is my inspiration for this card.

The background is CAC Rose lace (CC087) stamped in Versamark, then colored with pastels (chalks) using cotton balls. This technique allows complete control over where and which color is applied and I found it great fun.
The top right corner has been cut and glued to the inside of the card and I also cut a smaller portion of the top right corner of the base card, before gluing the background to the base card on the edges only (except the diagonal edge) thereby creating a pocket for my gift card.

The tag has also been stamped with the Rose lace, this time in white pigment ink, I punched some slot corners and added alpha rub-ons to say "For you".

To finish the card, although I didn't want to cover too much of the image,  I added a flower and some leaves.

Thanks for coming by,