Tuesday 26 February 2013

Nina Crafts: Beep Beep Wall Canvas

I am really pleased with how this wall canvas turned out! I wanted it to be big, bold and bright and I think it ticks all those boxes!

To make this wall canvas I used the following stamp sets: Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom, Krystal Tips Alphabet and number sets, all from Dimension Stamps.

I started by painting the four corners of the canvas in different coloured acrylic paint, I then painted a piece of canvas paper in the same colours. Next I stamped the tyre tracks all over the canvas in brown ink (not Stazon as I wanted it to smudge a little as I glazed it). Then I painted some bubble wrap with silver acrylic paint and added that the canvas too. I did this whilst the paint was still wet so the bubble wrap picked up some of the other colours too. When I was happy with it, I left it to dry. When it was dry I distressed around the edges.

Next I stamped the tyre tracks along the long edges of some white printer paper, then tore along the edges on both sides and distressed it. I attached it to the centre of the canvas.

Next I stamped the car onto the canvas paper in Stazon ink, so that I had one in each of the colours. I then stamped different sayings into the number plates using the Krystal tips alphabet. I then attached these to the canvas too.

Finally I die cut a "shield" and stamped on "2 Cool" distressed it and attached it to the centre of the canvas. I then coated it all with a satin glaze to seal it all.

Monday 25 February 2013

Sorting Ribbons....

I decided it would be a great idea to have a go at sorting out my ribbon box/tub, as it takes up loads of space under my table and I want to use the tub for carting things backwards and forwards to the caravan.  It would also make a fab bath for little lady lady up there as she hates showers but loves mud, so washing facilities are a necessity and somehow I don't think a washing up bowl is not going to be big enough this year!
I know the weather is a little nippy at the moment but I wanted to be all ready for when the weather picks up and we can make the most out of the fabulous weather we will get this year! A girl can dream!
So all set with my little helper in tow we started to sort though a mountain of tangles and re rolled yards upon yards of ribbon. My little helper lasted all of about 15 minutes and toddled of to find something more interesting to do. I however carried on....
I might have under estimated how many ribbons I had. I have two of these beauties all made from a plastic coat hanger covered in paper (it grips the ribbons better and looks nicer!), some string, a couple of pieces of doweling and a lot of hard work.
And are the all sorted I hear you ask? NO, I still have a small bag that is so tangled up I think I am just going to cut chunks off it as and when I need it!

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Thinking of You

I am currently working on samples for Dimension Stamps for there next show TV (26th February at 3pm on Create and Craft). But last night I was too frazzled, as this lovely weather is fantastic (and I am in no way complaining!), but my little lady has rediscovered her love for the great outdoors or more to the point the contents of her outdoor toybox and yesterday we were out all day making the most of the sunshine!
So when I had finally sat down to craft I wanted so make something I didn't really have to think about and this idea had been floating around in my head all day, I think it was inspired by planting sunflowers and using garden canes as horsey jumps! Oh the fun!

To make this card I used an A5 off white card. I cut a piece of Kraft card 10.5cm by 7cm and crimped it. I the cut another strip of Kraft card and folded it over the top adding lace under the fold and ribbon over it. I then attached this to the card.
Next I stamped "Thinking of you" (Dimension Stamps Word Perfect ref: 1803160a) onto a ready made tag and threaded it over a hat pin then pushed it through the ribbon on the card and secured the tag to the card.
I them made two paper rosettes (Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosettes) attached them to the card and added a wooden button.
Not bad for a card inspired by sunflowers and garden canes, lol!

Thursday 14 February 2013

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day!
I am really pleased with how this card turned out, I have had the design in my head for a few days so I was really pleased I got around to making it.

All the stamps I used are from Dimension Stamps:
  • Plain Alphabet (ref: 1801012A)
  • Letter Frames
  • Window of Waves (ref: NC003)
This card was a real quick make I started by stamping the square letter frame onto some patterned paper and cut them out. Next I stamped "LOVE" onto plain white card, added fake stitching and cut these out too. These were all then distressed lightly.
Next I distressed a square plain white base card in different shades of red, finishing by adding a tiny amount of black. Then stamped across the top and bottom of the card using Window of Waves.
I then found a piece of scrap red coredinations card cut it to fit across the card, then embossed it, sanded it, distressed it and stuck it onto the front of the card.
Down the fold of the card I added some ribbon and added to large staples to the opposite side.
To finish off the card I stuck on the four square frames then added the letters and covered them both in Crackle Paint. I then used a heat gun to get the crackle paint to dry quicker so I could add an embellishment with out getting sticking fingers.

Sunday 10 February 2013

12 tags: February

So it's February already, where does the time fly? but it does mean another tag from Mr Holtz!

This months tag was all about Valentine's day and the Queen of hearts. Mine is nothing like the original but it was still sooo much fun to make.

It's been a funny make, as in the process I got to use a spellbinders set of dies I got before Christmas and haven't had the chance to use! And I learnt not all polymer stamps can be used to stamp into hot embossing enamel, as some melt! Whoops!

For this tag I used the following bits and pieces:
  • Spellbinder Shapeabilities Mix'd Media Playtime
  • Dimension Stamps Stamp sets: Grand Word Perfect (ref: 21803069a) and It's a date (ref: 2400070a)
  • Baby Butterfly from Crafty Roo Designs  - Yep my very own design - watch this space, there are more to come!
  • The crown from a very old stamp set - not sure who's!

Friday 8 February 2013

Happy Valentines Day!

I know it's a little early but I current resist playing with Dimension Stamps January's project club stamp set, they are just so cute!

For this card I also used Grand Word Perfect 2 (ref: 1803069a),  Krystal Tip Alphabet (ref: 1900006A) and Postage Stamps (ref:1808011A).
I started by stamping in black, the large postage stamp blank, then inside it I stamped the lollipop to the left hand side, then in the bottom right corner I stamped "swee" down and "heart" across the bottom making the  "t" fit right in the corner.
Next I masked off the lollipop and the writing and randomly stamped the small sweet in red, all over the background.
To finish of the postage stamp I cut it out and coloured in the edge, then leaving the mask over the lollipop, then distressed it.
Then using an A6 card blank and red ink, I stamped the top half with 3 lollipops, then masked these off and filled in the gaps with the small sweetie and distressed around the edge.
Out of red card I cut a 6cm strip and attached that the the bottom of the card and stamped "I Love You" in the bottom right corner.
Where the red card ends I punched a small hole on the edge and another at the folded edge and threaded white and black ribbon and tied a bow.
Next I added three pearl gems in two corners and then attached the postage stamp. To finish off I added Glossy Accents to the lollipop on the postage stamp.
Oh so sweet!

Wednesday 6 February 2013

Craft room find....

I recently had to admit my crafting table needed tidying up as I didn't have any space left to work. So be-grudgingly I started putting all the stamps away, sorting that mountain of unruly ribbons and then I spotted a half made card ......

Well it would have been rude not to finish it hey!

For this card I used the following stamp sets from Dimension Stamps: Sew Creative (ref: 2400073a) and Patchwork panel.

All I did to make the background was stamp the patchwork panel four times onto a page of an old book, cut them out and distressed two in green and the other two in pink/red. I then cut a piece of scrap card to measure 13cm square and stuck the four stamped images randomly covering the scrap card. Then I cut off any excess of the stamped image. Then distressed this too.

Next I stamped the patchwork panel onto plain white card, coloured it in and distressed it. (This is how I found it!).

So I then cut a 14cm square base card and a mount for the patchwork panel to sit on out of kraft card. I then distressed both kraft card bit in red. Next I stamped around the edge of the background with a straight stitch and attached it to the base card.
Next I stamped a thimble onto a scrap of white card then masked it off and stamped a cotton reel, then coloured it, distressed it and cut it out.

To finish of the card I attached the patchwork panel at and angle and stamped around it with a zig zag stitch. Then I added the thimble and cotton reel to the bottom right corner. Finally I raided my button box and added a few buttons to the card.

And as for my crafting table, yep you guessed it, it is still a mountain of crafting loveliness!

Saturday 2 February 2013

Nina Crafts: Out at sea

Here's another card I made using a new set called Out at sea (ref: NC006) from Nina Crafts.

Sorry about the photos!

I wasn't quite sure how this card was going to turn out as I wanted to do a zig zag card, but I also wanted it to be A5 in size. So, I combines the two and I think it works quite well.

I started by cutting an A4 piece of card in half. On one of the pieces I stamped the lighthouse about an inch in from the left side and coloured it in, then created a grassy hill. About an inch from the left side I scored a line to create a tab to secure it onto the main card. Then I cut it out.

On the other piece I stamped the saying "Out at sea is the best place to be..." to create waves all across the base of the card, then I ripped across the top and distressed it. Then about an inch from the right side I scored a line to create a tab to secure it onto the main card.

Next I cut another piece of white A4 card in half and trimmed both pieces down (5mm of each edge). On one page I shaded the bottom in blue (the sea) and the top in yellows and oranges (lovely sunset). To make the sun I punched out a circle and shaded it using oranges. Once I was happy with the "scene" I stamped the saying across the sun (making sue it wouldn't be hidden by the lighthouse once I attached it).
On the other piece of trimmed down card I stamped the lighthouse, once onto scrap paper then with out re inking onto the bottom left corner of the card. Then I did the same with the corner stamp in the top right corner. I then distressed around the edge of the card.
To finish the card I took a piece of A5 Kraft card and stamped the corner stamp in all four corners on the front and back, then distressed around the edges on both sides too. Onto the Kraft card I stuck the scene and attached the lighthouse to the card by gluing the tab to the back of the kraft card, then I did the same for the sea. Finally to hide the tabs and give space to write my greeting I attached the other piece of white card.