' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: June 2018

Saturday 30 June 2018

Roses are red

Today for my second Crafts U Love inspiration make, I created a card with a new stamp from the Studio light So Spring collection. The main stamp is a lovely big rose with whimsical leaves, perfect for those who enjoy colouring.

I stamped and embossed the rose before painting with watercolours.
To get the variation of tone in the petals, I find the easiest way is to first paint the petal with water and then apply the colour where I want the darkest tone.
Whilst the watercolour is still wet I can pull out the colour and fade it out to the edge of the petal where the colour should be the lightest.

I painted the leaves and traced the branch with the same colour along the embossing.

The butterfly was painted in the same way and I used a fine liner in black to highlight the antennae.

Finally I added adhesive stones at the end of the antennae, along the swirls and also in one corner of the card.

I matted the image on blue cardstock to match the blue of the butterfly.

You will find all these supplies at Crafts U Love:

Studio Light So Spring stamp set n0 285 Rose
Emboss Embossing Stamp Pad
Tonic Studios Glacier White Nuvo Embossing Powder
Prima Watercolour Confections Watercolour Pans - The Classics
Manuscript Black Fine Liner Pens
Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue 125ml
WaterArt Watercolour A4 Paper Pack
Papermania 2mm Adhesive Stones - Silver

The rest of the design team is also posting today and will be featured on the Crafts U Love page.

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the SSS Wednesday, Paperbabe challenges.

Sunday 24 June 2018

In the Spotlight at Stamplorations

Welcome to a very special Stamplorations post!

This June marks the 5th anniversary of Stamplorations and Shery has several surprises for you to celebrate.


To read up on all the details click on the image above to find the post. This month, instead of our regular challenges, we are having only one with the theme "CASE the STAMPgirls". All month long STAMPgirls get to be in the spotlight and pick 3 of their favourite projects as well as create a new project (or a few!).

For those of you who aren't sure about what CASEing is, we loosely take it to mean that you copy something from our projects in order to create your own. It can be the colour combination, the layout, a particular element.

You can CASE any project shown this month although, of course, I'm hoping that you will choose one of mine...

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Dare to Dream

The written word, our theme for the Country View Challenge this month, is perfect for Journalling, after all journals are originally all about words! Today I'm showing a journal page featuring stamps for my journaling instead of handwriting as I don't like my own…

Friday 15 June 2018

Engagement card

The announcement have been made in Facebook but if you missed it... I have the honour of joining the Craft U Love Design Team!!!

For my first make I decided to create a romantic card, appropriate for newly engaged or married couples. And since in the UK we had a wedding that attracted much interest across the world, I used a photo of our royal couple for illustration purposes.

I made a stepper card from an 7"1/2"x12" piece of card and cut 5 pieces of paper from the Studio Light 6"x6" Memories of Summer paper pad to decorate the steps and central panel.

I created several embellishments from the Studio Light So Spring die set (SS78). This set is perfect for weddings and engagement cards and will also be perfect for Valentine's makes and all year round whenever you need hearts!

I die-cut 4 flowers and gave them a Glitter Gems centre.
The frame, arrow and fish tail tag have been given a distressed gold foil treatment by applying Hot foil and rubbing with a scoring tool whilst hot.

I threaded the arrow through the intertwined hearts and glued both down.

To make the vellum enveloppe I drew a rectangle within a square on a scrap piece of vellum as shown, then scored, cut and folded. To glue the flaps down I used Cosmic Shimmer Glue  because it has a fine nozzle.
I filled it with a mix of sequins  and glued it shut attaching the heart "waste" from the die-cut frame.  I used classic sequins in Mermaid Tail mix but the Tonic Studios Nuvo Pure Sheen Confetti pack is fabulous for this as it has 4 different kinds in the pack and exists in several colourways.

Side views of the card:

Studio Light Memories Of Summer 6" x 6" Paper Pad No.77  NOTE: link is to 78 not 77
Studio Light So Spring Cutting & Embossing Die Set - No.78
Eleganza Craft 8 mm Glitter Gems - Light Pink
Couture Creations Foil - Gold Vintage Matte Finish
Creative Expressions White A4 Vellum
Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue 125ml

I hope you'll like my first make for Crafts U Love, I will be back later this month for a second piece of inspiration.

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the SSS Wednesday challenges.

Friday 1 June 2018

The written word

New Month, new challenge at Country View Crafts and our theme for June has been chosen by the lovely Teresa as "The written word". Time to show you my favourite script stamps I thought...