' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: November 2018

Friday 30 November 2018

Mere baubles

I can't believe December is upon us! All the Christmas preparations I have still to make... With less time on my hands, I am now making simpler cards and today I am showing one with the same Studio Light Basics Clear Stamp And Die Set - No.17 I used on my Shaker Spinner card earlier this month.

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Friday 16 November 2018

Over the rainbow

Still 2 weeks to enter our Stamplorations Theme & Sketch Challenge and here I am with a second inspiration make.

This month the theme and sketch are:

Thursday 15 November 2018

Shaker Spinner card

For us crafters there's a time for mass production of Christmas cards and then they are one of a kind, time consuming cards designed to stand out on the mantelpiece.
Today's offering is one of those...

It has a shaker element AND a spinner element for that wow factor and the sentiment is revealed by the spinner arm when opening the card, with both outside and inside in play, there are lots of layers and lots of opportunity for embellishments...

To make the spinner mechanism I'll refer you to Karen Burniston herself and this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhDIOvEK3k0.
The papers I used to create mats for the card blank and make all the embellishments are from Echo Park, the sentiment and small poinsettia have been stamped with the John Next Door Clear Stamp Set - Poinsettia.

The main embellishments have been stamped, embossed in gold Wow EP and die-cut with a new set by Studio Light, Studio Light Basics Clear Stamp And Die Set - No.17, which has both baubles stamps and matching dies. No fussy cutting, sigh of relief...

I wanted to emulate that shiny but "frosted" look of the baubles I remember from my childhood and applied a wash of Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder in White Pearl to the offcuts of Echo Park paper. With hindsight a coloured version would have produced a closer effect but it looked good anyway.

And ooh, look at the waste, could I use that as a topper or even a stencil?

I made the tree embellishment using an old technique with the Echo park paper.
I cut a half circle from double sided patterned paper - it doesn't need to be green on both sides, contrasting colours work too -  and folded 4 times alternating mountain and valley folds.

Each segment should be progressively larger and they all start at the same point about 1/3 along the straight edge.
Feel free to enhance the shape by using a scalloped, pinked or other elaborate circle die or decorative scissors.

To glue my tree together and give more dimension I used increasingly thicker foam pads for each fold.

There are also 2 foam pads on the other side.

To decorate the tree there are lots of options: create baubles with Nuvo drops or gems, garlands with glitter glue, embossing pen and powders, gel pen etc...

To make the shaker element I cut a frame from glitter card and one from cardboard instead of using dimensionals all around the frame as it is really thin. I also cut 2 pieces of acetate to sandwich my confettis.

With the glitter frame glued to the cardboard and one of acetate square,  the bottom acetate square in place, I  poured some of the confetti in the middle, before applying glue to the back of the frame and sticking over the aperture. If like me you used wet glue don't disturb the card until the glue is totally dry, otherwise some of the confetti will get stuck!

Echo Park Christmas Gingham 6" x 6" Paper Pad
Studio Light Basics Clear Stamp And Die Set - No.17
Karen Burniston Spinner Square Pop-Up Die Set
John Next Door Clear Stamp Set - Poinsettia
Tonic Studios Nuvo Confetti - Desert Sunset Stars
Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder - White Pearl
JEJE Double Sided Foam Squares - 1mm
JEJE Double Sided Foam Squares - 2mm
JEJE Double Sided Foam Squares - 3mm
WOW! Embossing Powder - Metallic Gold Rich

You were warned, quite a lot involved... but you can take from this anything you like!

I will leave you with a last photo of the card, opened flat:

Should you purchase any of the products I have used on this card, select  'Design Team'  in the 'where have you seen us' drop down so we know we have inspired you!

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Addicted to Stamps, Allsorts, Stamping Sensations, Vintage Journey, SSS Wednesday and Crafty Cardmakers challenges.

Monday 5 November 2018

ATC Coins - Serious Birds

For my second inspiration piece for the Country View Challenge on the theme of AT Coins, chosen by Debs, I have chosen to keep with the bird them. If you missed the first set, my "funny" birds you can find them here).
I find my "serious" birds equally funny and I hope they will make you smile too!

For my background I used a Gelli Printed tissue paper made with Paper Artsy Fresco paints and the Random Circles stencil by Tando Creative. Tissue paper is great with Gelli printing because being thin the paper can be pressed to pick all the paint up off the Gelli plate and it acquires a sturdiness in the process that renders it easier to use in projects.

The birds are from the Lost Coast Designs Big Anthropomorph Birds set and have been stamped with black Memento ink.

Unused as I am to this small size, I quite like the result and the AT Coins were, after a long time spent scratching my  head, very quick to make.

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Paper Artsy,  SSS Wednesday, Penny Black and more and Craft Stamper TIMI challenges.

Friday 2 November 2018


Welcome to a new Stamplorations Theme & Sketch Challenge! Our theme and sketch are:
For my card I used the sketch only and since our US crafters prepare for Thanksgiving, I thought I would use the Thankful & Blessed in their honour.

I created a panel with Prima Blooms sprays and stamped one of the flower clusters with Memento Fog grey, which I coloured with watercolour pencils and a water brush. The sentiment stamped with black Versafine is from the same set.

I die-cut the panel with my ever useful Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies  and layered it on a piece of printed vellum.

You'll find more inspiration from my teamies  along with the linky for your entries to the challenge on the STAMPlorations blog and all the prize details... did I mention there are prizes?!! All the more reasons to play with us!

Whenever you shop for STAMPlorations products you can get 20% off with my code: STAMPGIRLCRAFTY

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Addicted to stamps and SSS Wednesday challenges.


Thursday 1 November 2018

ATC Coins - Funny birds

Welcome to my first inspiration piece for our Country View Challenge hosted by the lovely Debs. She has chosen Artist Trading Coins as the theme (AT Coins are 2.5" diameter circles).

I used a piece of paper I had used with Prima Bloom sprays and the Tando Creative Leaves masks for my background.

The small birds are from the Birds of Paradise STAMPlorations stamp set and the cute ostrich head is from Katzelkraft (Ostrich - SOLO088). I coloured all the images with water based pens.

To take the photo I placed the ATCs on a piece of card I coloured with Distress Oxide inks applied in overlapping streaks. I thought it funny the way the Birds of Paradise are looking up at the Ostrich, either with envy or alarm!

Now it's over to you and I can't wait to see what you make... Remember that if you enter our Country View Challenge, you could win a £20 voucher to spend on new crafty supplies, so don't wait up!

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Addicted to Stamps, and SSS Wednesday challenges.