For our new challenge theme over at That's Crafty Challenges it's all gone a bit festive as our theme for the next two weeks is
CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER
As you can see I have gone with a non traditional styled card and I have been playing with some of Seth Apter's fabulous products to create it. There is a lot of sparkle and foils on it but try as I might I just cant get the camera to pick it up.
The background was a piece that I had used to clean paint off my brayer, to it I then added some gilding flakes that I embedded onto the surface with gel medium. I then ran it through Seths embossing folder - Grid Iron. Next I roughly applied some tacky glue over sections of it and rubbed on foils in bright pink and gold, sadly on the photo these don't show up to well. I randomly stamped some Christmas words.
With some of the left over card I die cut Seth's Robo Star die and painted over then all with spectrum noir crystal clear sparkle pen. I cut it all again in black card that I had flicked gold paint onto to add some outline definition once added to the background. I tied on, with black cotton, the smaller of the star so it swings from the larger star. I twisted some thin wire around the bottom and added some sequin stars. A Tim Holtz's Christmas chit chat sticker finishes it off.
Hopefully this close up shows the foils and sparkle a little, and it is only a little, better.
Now we would love to see your Christmas in September makes and if you choose to play along with us you could be the lucky winner of a £20 voucher to spend online at That's Crafty.
You will find some fabulous Christmas inspiration from my team mates and all the details HERE
Well we have an exciting week ahead on That's Crafty Blog as that's Crafty have launched a brand new range of own brand stamps today, and as if that wasn't exciting enough they have all been drawn and designed by my team mate and very special crafty friend Donna Gray. How cool is that?
All week the That's Crafty design team will be showcasing what they have made using a selection of these stamps.
I have made a couple of cards where I have combined some of Donna's new stamps with some stamps from my stash.
I have used the following Paperartsy stamps:- Kim Dellow EKD03 & EKD02, Emma Godfrey EE017 and I have stamped them into small squares that I masked off and coloured with coloured pencils, I have then added all my squares using stitched lines. I stamped the birds onto some gelli print scraps, cut out, and added the the card. All has been created for an 8" x 8" square card blank.
For even more inspiration the team have made some fabulous samples and well worth checking out HERE
We would love to see you join in this fortnight and share with us your square themed, square shaped projects. Remember one randomly chosen winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend at That's Crafty online store.
Well rain stopped play today! it's been absolutely shocking, weather wise, here in the North West it just hasn't stopped raining. So after frightening the floors with the hoover that was enough of that housework malarky I decided to have some crafty play time.
It has been absolutely ages since I have played along with the Stampotique Designers Challenge, my beloved Stampotique wooden friends have been gathering dust, work, life and other crafty commitments have prevented me having much spare time, that is until today!!! I also wanted to make a card for my sisters birthday tomorrow so this was the perfect excuse.
The theme over at Stampotique Designers Challenge is 'Polka Dots'. Mine come in the form of stenciled dots and a touch of dotty washi tape. Background has been created by using Leanie Pujol die 'in a spin' cut from the background card and then cutting it again on a background scrap that I had stamped the "Bla Bla Bla" stamp all over. I then glued the white cut back into the card and using the waste from the coloured card pieced it all back in. I have used 'Relaxin' and coloured her with pencils, cut out and applied the card with 3D foam.
Sentiment is from Dylusions. Matted onto black card and then onto a card blank.
It's been really good to ink Stampotique stamps up lets hope next time isn't as long.
The 'Get Cracking' part of my make is I have used decoart crackle medium through a stencil onto That's Crafty greyboard and then coloured with brusho crystals misted with water (when the crackle medium was dry) I then die cut the seahorse using Tim Holtz 'Sand & Sea die'. As you can see I have gone for a very clean and simple look so that the seahorse is clearly the star of the piece. To create the background for the seahorse I have used Sizzix framelits - Snap Happy and also Leonie Pujol - Bark Texture die which makes great seaweed when cut using a scrap of Dylusion sprayed background I had.
Finally I added the Tim Holtz 'Crazy Talk' stamp set.
For more inspiration why not check out the fabulous makes from the team HERE
So why not come and join us and share your 'Get Cracking' make with us. As always one randomly chosen entry will receive a £20 voucher to spend online, trust me you'll be stuck for choice.
I hope to see you over there playing along with us this fortnight
Just to let you know I'm over at That's Crafty Team blog. Following on from last Tuesday when I used Dina Wakleys new Boxed Faces stamps I have again used another of her stamp sets, this time uses the Sketched Faces set.
I got a bit carried away and made 4 cards and have included a tutorial on how I created my backgrounds. I'd love it if you'd pop over for all the details HERE
I am also entering them into Augusts challenge over at Craft Stampers Take It Make It where the theme is "Stencils and Masks"