Thursday, 20 July 2017

Fairy Shaker for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps

Today's make is a shaker card that I made with Leonie Pujol's Christmas stamps.

First I stamped the fairy from the Fairy Godmother set onto watercolour card with Black Archival ink

I stamped it again onto copy paper and cut it out

before adding Zig 2-way glue onto the back and leaving it to go clear (so it is repositionable)

With my handmade mask in place I overstamped the wings

and wording from the Christmas Greetings set

After covering the wording and wings with more masks (small enough to fit on sticky notes this time), I stamped on stars from the Tree Time set.

Once all my stamping was done I wanted to add a Brusho background, so I removed the paper masks (which would have got soaking wet) and painted all the stamped areas in with Pebeo Drawing Gum

After wetting the background with water, I brushed on diluted Crimson Brusho crystals

then sprinkled on Purple Brusho crystals and spritzed with water

I dried it off with a heat gun, rubbed off the drawing gum and then left the card under a large stack of books to flatten it out overnight.

To colour the fairy in I used Spectrum Aqua markers -
Peach for the skin, Tan and Boulder for the hair, Charcoal for shading

and diluted Crimson Brusho for the dress, shoes and wording.

I cut the top part of the dress out using a craft knife - using a glass mat makes it much easier to cut

I added double-sided tape around the back of the aperture and then attached a square of acetate.

For the base card I glued some more watercolour card to a 6"x6" card blank (to go behind the aperture) and then added two layers of foam tape.

I added more foam tape around the edges for stability and then added little white stars into the well in the centre before attaching the front layer (the white stars did not show up at all on TV, I should have gone with pink :o)

To colour in the stars I mixed Lemon, Copper and Clear sparkle pens on my craft mat to get a light gold colour, then applied with a slightly damp paintbrush.

As I had removed the collar and heart earlier when I cut my aperture, I stamped, coloured and cut out another one to glue over the top of the acetate.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Simon Says Stamp (Wed) We're seeing stars
Catch The Bug   Christmas in July - Make It Sparkle
Crafty Gals Corner # 132 Christmas in July
Little Red Wagon #403 Christmas in July
Oddball Art Stamps  AG/ optional A sky full of stars 
 Brown Sugar #259 Colour  

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Dinosaur Hanging on Throwback Tuesday

Hello lovely peeps

This week's unblogged make is a hanging that I made for Leonie Pujol's TV shows featuring her mixed media dies.

When I was looking at all the little triangles in Leonie's Mosaic set they brought to mind the spines on the back of a stegosaurus, so I thought I'd have a go at making a little dinosaur.  After looking at some 'how to draw' sites for children I sketched a dinosaur body onto white card and then scanned it in to my computer so I could resize it.  [If you would like a copy of this for your personal use please see my new Freebies page]

I printed it onto some watercolour card that I had coloured with Brusho crystals and then cut it out.

To decorate his body I inked up one of the stamps from the Gimme Texture set with Vintage Photo distress ink and stamped along the neck, back and tail.

For the spines I coloured some Sheena stamping card with distress inks and splatted on some water

then used several of the small triangles from the Mosaic set to die-cut the spines. These were then glued onto the back of my dinosaur cut-out.

For the background I painted some Kraft card with Titanium White acrylic and sponged on Forest Green paint at the bottom. This was then run through an 8"x8" Pebbles Embossing Folder

I sanded it back a little and smudged some Pebeo Empire Gold Gilding Wax around the edges before glueing it to a chipboard rectangle - this was a page from a Papermania Bare Basics Chipboard Album which I put new holes in so it would hang the other way.

For the wording I brayered distress inks onto some Clarity coated card, then cut it into strips

and stamped each part of the vertical sentiment from the Hey There Dreamer set, adding doodled lines around the edges of each strip.

For finishing touches I made a little red sun and a leaf for him to chew on using the Floral Bursts dies

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Christmouse Pudding for LOTV

Hello lovely peeps

 A sneaky peek for you today, and a reminder that you still have a week left to enter this month's Lili of the Valley Facebook Challenge 'Feature a Creature'.

This cutie is called Christmouse Pudding and is being released by Lili of the Valley later this month along with lots of other fantastic Christmas images.

I've very kindly been given the digi to play with, so first I printed the image onto smooth white card at 42% of original size (so it matches the size of the rubber version), then I coloured it with Promarkers/Flexmarkers and Graph'Its

I dug a few different papers from my stash to co-ordinate with the topper, and edged each of them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink after cutting to size.
grey, pink - First Edition Christmas Promise 12"x12" pad
brown - Dovecraft Back to Basics Modern 8"x8" pad
green - Dovecraft Back to Basics Vintage 8"x8" pad

For the sentiment I used one of the clear stamps in the Happy Circular Sentiments set and coloured it to match the topper. As an extra embellishment I printed off just the holly part of Christmouse Pudding - a little bit larger at 66% of original size - then coloured it in and fussy cut it.

To finish off I added some white Ranger Enamel Dots in the corner. The doodles around the edge of the topper were done by hand with a black fineliner pen.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Sweet Stampin  Christmas in July
Dragonfly Journeys #96 Christmas in July
Deep Ocean Challenge #159 Christmas in July
Creative Moments #122 Anything Goes, option of Christmas in July

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will join me again on Tuesday when I'll have a Leonie Pujol sample to share with you.

Katrina x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Giraffe Blocks

Hello lovely peeps

We are having a mid-month challenge reminder at Crafty Calendar Challenge today, featuring our second sponsor 

Bugaboo stamps

For my second 'Anything Goes' card I have used Giraffe Blocks, which comes as a trio.

First I pulled it into CraftArtist, shrank it a little and then pasted lots of copies to make a background, offsetting each new row by one block.

When I had enough to cover a 6" x 6" area I selected all the tiled images, clicked on 'Group' and then cropped it to make it 6 x 6 blocks in size. I also made it transparent to fade it into the background.

For the topper I pulled in another copy of the image, enlarged it and used the scissor tool to cut away just the first image of the three. I wanted a matching box to put my sentiment in so I copied and pasted the large image and removed the giraffe with the eraser tool, leaving just the box outline.

I shrank the second box down and added some text with Troutkings BTN font before moving the sentiment and the large giraffe down to the bottom half of the page.

Now, you might be able to tell from the first screenshot that I tried to make the background image orange but all I got was a slightly browny-black. What I wanted in the menu bar was the 'Colour using HSL' button but it was hiding - I think this is because of the manipulation I did earlier.

If you're having this problem too, this is how I sorted it.

1. Select the image you want to colour and select Tools->Convert to Picture from the menu
(just click OK when the dialog box comes up)

2. Click on the colour you want from the palette in the top right and the 'Colour using HSL' button should appear. Click on the button to deactivate it and your image will change to the colour you selected :o)

Now that my background was sorted I just needed to print the whole page off and cut out the different elements. The giraffe was coloured in with Promarkers
Spice, Apricot, Saffron
Graph'Its 3270 & 3250, Caramel
Sandstone & Blender for the edges

and then I glued everything on to a 6"x6" card, adding a few buttons as embellishments.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
A Gem of a Challenge #18 Animals
The Crazy Challenge #252 animals
Crafty Animals  #4 Anything Goes
Love to Scrap  #99 Anything Goes
Dream Factory #46 Zoomania
Sheepski Designs #4 Square cards

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Holly Wreath for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps

Our Leonie is on the telly box again today with her fabulous Christmas dies, stamps and embossing folders. The shows are at 8am, 12pm and 4pm on Hochanda.

This is the second card that I made for the shows, using the 'Softly Falling' embossing folder and some of the stamps (if you missed my first card 'Christmas Kisses' click here to see it)

First I made the background by embossing a 7"x7" piece of card

I made sure the folder edge was hanging off the edge of the sandwich before running it through the machine - to make sure I didn't get a line down the middle of the card

After the first pass I turned the card around so I could emboss the rest of it.

It matches up pretty well

This left just one un-embossed area in the bottom right corner which by happy coincidence is where I want to put part of my greeting later :o)

Next I made a topper by die-cutting a large circle from Sheena's Stamping card and stamping the small row of houses from the Welcome Home set in Black Archival Ink.

I made a sticky-note mask to cover the houses up and then stamped some trees around and behind the houses.

To colour them in I used my Gansai Tambi watercolour paints and a tiny paintbrush

These paints are so lush, but it's only the second time I've used them so I had to make a colour chart beforehand to see which colours I wanted.

I also used them to colour in some holly leaves that I'd stamped up from the Perch stamp set onto watercolour card. I ended up using three different shades of green as it looked a bit 'samey' having them all in one colour.

I added a bit of Clear Overlay sparkle pen for the snow and chimney smoke and left it to dry

then added blobs of Pinflair 3D Glue Gel around the edge of my topper

to stick all of the holly leaves to.

There's a lovely sparkle from the pen once it's dried.

I finished off with a sentiment from the Christmas Greetings set, stamped onto white card.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Deep Ocean Challenge #159 Christmas in July
Inky Chicks #85 Christmas
Creative Craft Cottages Challenges #91 Christmas in July
Sparkles Forum Challenges # 93 Embossing
Retarte  #101 Christmas in July
Get Creative Challenges #60 CAS 
My Time to Craft #349 Christmas in July
Happy Little Stampers (Christmas) option die cuts

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x