' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: July 2021

Wednesday 28 July 2021

Coffee themed Ephemera tiles

To please the many coffee lovers, STAMPlorations have released coffee themed Ephemera tiles along with a host of new paper products such as card fronts, ATCs etc... The Newsprint Coffee tiles comes 6 to a postcard (which can be used as is), each tile measuring 1.75 " (4.5 cms). 

To add my personal touch I used pencils in this card:  

Life begins after coffee

I cut windows out from a piece of  white cardstock to put 4 tiles behind and added the sentiment from the After Coffee set.
Next, I created tags and added a bit of foiling round the edges on one of the tiles (left tag, bottom tile). Sadly the foiling looks white on the photo. 
Ceramic look stamped mug and coloured pencils

The one on the right has a dimensional cup, stamped (After Coffee), fussy cut, coated with Liquid glass paint (DecoArt)  and popped up on foam pads. The sentiments are also from After Coffee .

Do check what my teamies made with the Carpe Diem and What's Up Ephemera tiles sets on the STAMPlorations blog. Heads up, there might be prizes to win...
Thanks for coming by,

Sunday 25 July 2021

Flowers for a lady

I have been trying to poke my (crafting) mojo in order to kick it into action...

I stamped one of my latest rubber stamp, Movie strip collage from Chocolate Baroque and coloured the image with pencils, taking my time tickling the paper until satisfied.
I find this technique therapeutic, it does relax the mind and gives a lot of control, unlike markers, which prevents disasters.

Coloured pencil on stamped Movie strip collage

I added stencilling with Leaf Trails (Lavinia) and die-cuts to finish.

The arrow is from the MFT Blueprint set 7 cut from a STAMPlorations clear sticker (Mixed Media Backgrounds #2) , the flower from a very old All Occasion die and the Best Wishes from STAMPlorations Everyday Sentiments.

That's all for today but I hope there will be more soon!

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the SSS Wednesday, We Love Chocolate BaroqueStamping Sensations,  Allsorts, Addicted to stamps,  Paperbabe and Unikostudio challenges.

Sunday 11 July 2021

Steampunk and textured tag

Welcome to my second inspiration post for the Country View Challenge, hosted this month is by Monika, who chose "Use a stencil or two..." as the theme.
Still under the influence of Tim Holtz I produced this second tag, more masculine and a little steampunk:
Texture medium, stencils, paper doll

 I first stencilled sand texture medium through 2 of the Tim Holtz Mini stencil set #43 and added embossing powders, starting with a bit of Seth Apter, Emerald Creek Vintage Beeswax, then a bit of Aged Copper (Frantage), finishing by Pirate gold , a dark gold.

After the texture medium had dried I "cooked" the EP with my heat gun, then sprayed the tag with several colours of Prima Color Bloom.

My focal point is a paper doll placed on a stamped piece of card (from the Stamperia "Lady" stamp set) with several cogs (665225 - Sizzix Bigz L Die - Mechanical by Tim Holtz) painted with black gesso and "distressed with acrylic paints for an aged look..

Over to you now, have a look at what the DT made on the Country View Challenge blog and link up your project to the challenge for the chance to win a £20 voucher for the Country View Craft shop.

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk's ultimate challenge (very sad loss), River of Creativity and Allsorts challenges.

Thursday 1 July 2021

A stencil, crackle paste and embossing powders

Summer is here, although in the UK it has all the hallmarks of a damp squib! Still, when the weather is bad it's time to craft... and enter our Country View Challenge!
This month it is hosted by Monika, who chose Use a stencil or two... as the theme.

I took inspiration from Tim Holtz session on Textures and medium to create this tag.

Tag with Tim Holtz Mini stencil set #10

The stencil is Tim Holtz Mini set #10. I used Crackle medium, but as I didn't have the Ranger one I used the Prima Texture Paste Clear crackle which gives smaller crackles compared to the Ranger one.

This is why, when I added a mix of embossing powders on top, the crackles disappeared, leaving only a slight texture which gives a bit more dimension to the blooms.

For powders I used Wow! in WH01 Apple red, WH06 Lemon, and a mix of WS78 Seaglass, WE13 Skinny Chai Latte, and WS49 Vintage Peacock to get an approximate green for the stalks.

Once the crackle had dried, I sprayed the whole tag with Prima Color Bloom Sprays in Cobalt and Green and inked the edges to enhance the crackles.

Finally the sentiment is from the STAMPlorations Blooming Buds set.
In the (weak) sun you can just see the shine from the sprays and embossing powders.

This exercise reminded me how much I love playing with embossing powders and how good they are on top of stencilled texture media! So go on have a go and link up your project to the challenge for the chance to win a £20 voucher for the Country View Craft shop
For more inspiration have a look at what the DT made on the Country View Challenge blog.

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