Monday, 7 January 2019

MMM - Magnets.....

Wow I know we haven't had a Monthly Make Monday for a while but I thought I'd try and get 2019 off on the right foot!

So before Christmas the Roolets and I where making a few things using Air Dry Clay, to be fair the pack had been open for ages (years in fact!) and the less clay that was in the pack, the less workable it became so I decided it was a good idea to try and create some flowers using Decembers Monthly Make.

First up you need some Air dry Clay, I like the DAS stuff it is child friendly and lasts ages and a clean flat surface to work on. I like to put some greaseproof/baking paper down to work on as all oc my cutting mats no matter how much I clean them are still messy and the clay will pick up any imperfections.

Roll out your clay until it is about 0.5cms thick (I used the Roolets playdoh rolling pins!) and larger than the stamp you want to stamp into it.

Ink up your stamp I used an Archival Ink pad, this does two things, it stamps your image into the clay, but it also protects your stamp as the clay will suck the moisture out of your stamps so if there is ink there instead it will remove the moisture from that instead. Press your stamp firmly into your clay, being careful note to got through the whole of the clay, but deep enough to leave a good debossed image.

(check out that concentration!)

Once you have stamped your image roughly cut around your flower, then use a pair of scissors to cut it neater. Once you are happy with your cut our flower dip your fingers into some clean water and smooth the cut edges of the flower. 

Then leave to dry, I shaped my flowers then used a cork board and round drawing pins to support it whilst drying.

As you can see the Roolets really enjoyed making them.

The clay will turn white as it dries.

Once your clay flowers and leaves are dry I added peacock feathers Distress Oxide to my flowers and fossilized amber Oxide to the the leaves from the centre out.

I then added some sliver gilding wax from the points of the petals/leaves towards the centre.

Next I took a sharp pencil and drew in the lines.

I found some magnetic tape and cut it to fit the backs of the flowers and leaves and stuck this on using a strong adhesive glue.

When the glue was dry the flowers didn't look quite finished - I found some gems and glued these into place on the flower.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Mojo - Picture Adventure.....

"So, the adventure begins....."

and what and adventure 2019 will be! 

I'm not planning on scaling any mountains or setting sail around the world, but each and every one of us will be embarking on a new adventure this year, whether it be reading a new book or starting a new craft project, every time we open ourselves up to the possibility of the new, our adventure awaits! And that is really why I chose this saying for January, we are trying a new things this year and our adventure is just beginning...

So, should we get cracking on this new adventure?

I think so to! Today we are going to create our very own inspirational picture

First up you will need a picture frame mine was a cheap one that was left from a multi-pack. I took the back off it and just the paper inside as a template to cut my piece of card.

I then made sure my stamps/POLY PLATE were clean and dry and lay them out on the reverse of the paper form the front of the frame.

Next I used our 10cm Circle POLY PLATE and sprinkled Brusho over it (Gamboge, Turquoise and Purple) and added a little SprinkleIT (Copper) too.

I spritzed it a little then cleaned up my STAMP BASE so I won't get as many drips.

I stamped this in place on the sized piece of card. I then stamped one of the trees from the Twin Pines stamp set using Brusho (Emerald Green and Leaf Green).

To stop the trees from floating I sprinkled a little bit of Brusho powder onto my matt and spritzed it  until it was very watery. I then painted in the ground. I then did the same in the sky using the Turquoise Brusho. And then left it to dry.

Once it was dry I stamped the Adventure saying in Black Archival Ink and placed it in the frame.

 Where will our next adventure take us????? 

Monday, 6 August 2018

Monthly Make Monday - Off the page again......

Well, it's Monday so that can mean only one thing there is another creation to share using our fabulous Monthly Make Stamp set!

I had one last Christmas Idea to share with you, again I decided to stamp off the page, but I hope you agree it turned out fab, I just love this colour combination.

First up I trimmed my piece of card down so it was 1 cm smaller than A5. I gave my POLY PLATE a quick wipe with a baby wipe and inked it up using stormy sky, broken china and faded jeans, gave it a quick spritz and stamped one at either side of my piece of card, making sure to re ink between images.

For the centre tree I used darker shades of blue so broken china, faded jeans and chipped sapphire, I stamped the tree in the centre and higher up the page this time.

Next I coloured some silver sparkle pen onto my glass mat and used it to "ink" up the snow stamp and then stamped it across the top of the card. When it was dry I stamped the sentiment in clear ink and embossed using Vintage Black embossing powder.

To finish the card off I mounted it onto a piece of black card, tied a piece of pale blue ribbon around the base of the card then mounted it all onto an A5 white base card.

I hope you agree another really quick and simple card made using the Fabulous Tree POLY PLATE.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Monthly Make Monday - Stamping Off!!!

No I'm not in a paddy!

But, it does feel a bit strange to be sat here talking about Christmas after spending a fabulous day on the beach with the Roolets! We have whisked our little people off to the VERY sunny East coast for some family time and it's positively tropical on this side of those hills!

So I have sneaked away for a moment or two to share with you a really easy card I made using this Months Monthly Make Stamp set.

First up I inked up the  POLY PLATE up using bundled sage, cracked pistachio and peeled paint, spritzed and stamped half the tree on the left hand side.

Then inked it up again using cracked pistachio and peeled paint, spritzed then stamped it about half an inch further off the page.

And one final time I inked up, this time just using peeled paint, spritzed and stamped it again even further off the page. I then gave it a quick blast with the heat gun to dry the ink.

I then inked up just the Christmas part of the large sentiment at the base of a trimmed down A5 piece of white card, I stamped in clear ink, then added Ravens Night Embossing Powder and heat set it.

Across the top of the card I stamped the snow again in clear ink but this time used our Vintage White embossing powder and heat set it. Once it was cool I distressed around the edge of the card using fossilized amber and peeled paint Distress ink.

My tree needed some decoration so I grabbed my Sparkle pens and added some tinsel I was going to add a few baubles too but my Stickles were missing I wonder who "borrowed" then LITTLE LADY!

Once the sparkle pens were dry I mounted my image onto a piece of burgundy card and attached a ribbon around the card. This was then mounted onto an A5 base card. And finally I tied a bow on my ribbon.

Another really quick and simple using this months Monthly Make set.

Now, I must dash there is a spot on the beach and it's calling me!!!!!

Monday, 16 July 2018

Monthly Make Monday - 'Tis the Season!

Happy Monday!

This months Monthly Make stamp set is a biggie a whopping A4 in size, which contains the fabulous new Tree POLY PLATE which is a perfect size for A5 cards.

But today, I am steering clear of cards and returning to a love of mine..... Scrapbooking! I haven't scrapped in ages but some thing about this stamp set yelled out to be scrapped, so I dug out a Festive picture and away I went.

What do you think????

The hardest part of the whole page was finding my 12 x 12 card stock! It was in a "safe place"! And selecting my photo, I chose to convert my picture to black and white before printing it out as a 10 x 13 cm.

First up I inked up my POLY PLATE using tumbled glass, broken china and stormy sky Distress Inks, then spritzed the POLY PLATE and stamped it three times across the top of my page, inking up before each stamp.

 I popped my photo on to check the positioning of the next tree being careful as the stamped trees were wet and I didn't want to ruin my photo.

When I was sure where I was going to stamp my next tree I inked it up using broken china, blueprint sketch and faded jean, spritzed it and stamped it into place.


Using tumbled glass and broken china Distress Inks I lightly Distressed around the edges of the page.

I then inked up the swoosh in weathered wood sprtized it and stamped it under the dark tree, then without re inking I stamped parts of it under the two trees on the edges.

As the page needed to dry I went off in search of some complementary papers for matting my photo onto. On the darker one I stamped the falling snow across the top, in clear ink and embossed in our Vintage White Embossing Powder. I then repeated this across the top of my page.

Whilst my embossing things were out I stamped the "'Tis the Season" saying in clear ink onto a piece of  Vellum and tore around 3 edges.

I stamped the saying again this time in Stazon Blue Hawaii but only concentrating on the words Season and Magic. I then cut these out!

Once my embossed saying was cool I flipped it over and using the two smallest stars I stamped one in Stazon Blue Hawaii and the other in Cloudy Sky all of the reverse of the saying and left it to dry.

This time using all the stars and weather wood Distress Ink I stamped all over the paler piece of card that I would be using for matting my photo.

So, all my pieces were ready I decided to put my page together! I started by trimming down my matting papers, I cut the paler one 1cm larger than the photo and the darker snow one 2 cm larger than, as I wanted to see the snow! I popped my photo in place then attached my vellum saying, then the photo over the top. I then stuck the words Season and Magic in place.

Some was missing so I stamped the largest star in Cloudy Sky on top of the dark tree! PERFECT!

I really hope you enjoyed taking this step away from cards for a moment I sure did! And now I have found my 12 inch papers I might just have to start scrapping again!

Anyway Julys Monthly Make Set is available on our website now! With the stamps being available indivially from the 15th August! 

Monday, 9 July 2018

Monthly Make Monday - Quick Colouring Technique

It's Monday again, boy do Monday's come around so fast these days!

Well, I have been playing with Junes Monthly Make Set and came across this lovely technique that works well with both Distress Ink AND Oxides! Check out those butterflies, if you look really closely you will notice the solid butterfly is different colours - cool hey! 

So how do we do it well it's really simple! Shall we start with our Distress Oxides?

Of course, why not for this one I used twisted citron, peacock feathers and seedless preserve Distress Oxide.  I started by covering the whole of the solid butterfly with twisted citron and stamped it onto my card.

Make sure you clean your stamp between each colour otherwise you will contaminate your oxide pads!!!!!!!

Next ink up the centre 2/3 of the stamp using peacock feathers, stamp this over the top of the twisted citron one. A stamping platform will help line this up perfectly but it is just as effective lining it up by eye!

Clean your stamp!!!

Then ink up the centre 1/3 using seedless preserve and stamp that over the top.

Make sure your butterfly is completely dry and ink up the outline butterfly using a permanent ink (I used Archival). And stamp this over the top!

Fab hey!

Now for the Distress inks

Ink up the whole of your stamp using twisted citron, then the centre 2/3's using peacock feathers and finally the centre 1/3 in seedless preserve. 

Spritz with water and stamp onto your card.

Leave to dry and then over stamp the outline in a permanent ink - notice how my outline isn't solid, well that's because I concentrated inking up the centre of my stamp and not the outside sides, i.e. I pressed the ink pad really hard in the centre but not at the edge.

Really simple hey!

To finish off my cards I used the same ink colours to distress the background, stamp a few of the mini butterflies and the Distressed panel. Then I stamped the saying in Permanent ink. Normally I would have created my background first but as I wanted to share these fab colouring techniques I started with them!

Anyway Junes Monthly Make Set is available on our website now! With the stamps available individually from the 15th July 2018

AND I must dash as we have a very special bumper Christmas edition out this week too!!!