Friday, 11 August 2017

Good Friends .......

Happy Friday folks ......

The end of another busy week ....... let the weekend start now!

Have you played along with this month's Craft Stamper challenge yet?  No .... well there's still plenty of time.  And ...... if you have already entered don't let that stop you joining in the fun again .... you can have up to three entries, just as long as they all have their own blog post!

The theme is Anything Goes ..... as long as there's rubber stamping somewhere on your project.

Here's an idea for you ....... a pretty little wall hanging

I spotted this idea of using black ink with this type of stamp, and stamping onto Kraft card and I LOVE IT!!!  Thanks to Heather Hoffman (one of the Penny Black DT) for showcasing such a fab technique, I'm hooked.

I simply stamped the image onto a piece of Stampin Up Crumb Cake cardstock, using an old Black Versafine ink pad. I used my MISTI so that I could repeat stamp the image (Penny Black's dancing daisies) until I got a good depth of colour ......

Even though you're using a black ink you still get all the shading on the stamped image ..... love it!

I then stamped and heat embossed in gold, the sentiment ....... you can see I've gone slightly over the top of the flowers with this as it's a lovely large stamp (from Stampin Up's Lovely Friends clear set)

A little tip for you ...... make sure that the black ink is completely dry first, and use an anti static bag over the card before you stamp the words .... this way when you sprinkle on the embossing powder it will only stick to the stamped sentiment, and not on the flower image too. Why am I telling you this ..... I've no patience so the first attempt saw gold powder everywhere!  Oh well .... it's only a piece of card.

I added a few splatters of Black Soot Distress Oxide ink onto the background and a few dots of glitter glue to the centres of the flowers.

I then mat and layered using black and white card and edged the white layer using a gold leafing pen to create the look of a pretty frame.

To mount the design I used an 8x8 square canvas ..... I added a little texture paste here and there using my favourite brick wall stencil

then I painted the whole thing black with a couple of layers of black gesso .... I love the matt finish.

I finished off with a touch of gold wax ..... gently rubbed over the brick wall texture to bring out the detail.

As always we have a challenge sponsor .... this month it's Keep On Crafting

And the prize for the challenge winner is ....... 2 fab stencils along with 2 great stamp sets (see the picture below)

All the challenge info can be found over on the Craft Stamper Blog, along with full details of the prizes ... don't forget we have a monthly Design Winner too!!
You'll also find more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team too ..... Happy Stamping!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the weather holds out ..... we've got a whole load of friends coming round for a BBQ this evening, so guess where I'll be this afternoon ..... yep! in the kitchen ..... prepping!  Hubby does have these great ideas. At least I just have to get everything ready ..... he'll be doing all the cooking!

Cheerio until next time ....

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Do you like to doodle ......

Hello there ...... I'm back again

It's been a busy day ....... and it's not over yet! That'll teach me to go galavanting at lunchtime.

It's time for another blog challenge this evening ....... do you like making ATC's? If you do you're in the right place ....... it's time to get this month's Happy Little Stampers ATC challenge underway.

The theme is Doodling ....... do you doodle?
I must admit it's not something I do a lot of however a little bit here and there can give a project a real fun look.

My ATC's have got a bit of a floral theme going on but there is doodling on there too ......
They started out as plain Kraft card and each one has been given a coat of pretty metallic paint from Sweet Poppy ....... Persian Blue

Bamboo .....

and Strawberry Sorbet .......

I then stamped the flowers (from PaperArtsy EEG14) over the top using a black ink and heat embossed them with a clear powder.
Each one was then coloured using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints  ..... these paints are fab and cover brilliantly

Spotted the doodling? (sorry!)  I added the dots to this flower, using a white gel pen

More dots on this one ...... ditsy groups of three, I love how this looks.

and stripes on the last one.  All of my ATC's have the faux stitching around the edges and a handwritten word on the bottom

I suppose you could say the painted dots are also doodled ...... I didn't use my usual brush to splatter the paint, instead I picked up the colour with the tip of an embossing tool and dotted the paint around the blooms

What will you doodle? .... I can't wait to see.

The challenge is sponsored by the HLS Store  and the winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their next order .... get doodling!

Thanks for popping by .... .enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time

Are you feeling festive? ........

Happy Thursday ......

Fancy some Christmas ideas? Have you started on your festive makes yet?  No ...... me neither. Having said that though I did spend yesterday playing around with this year's Christmas workshop .........  Ho! Ho! Ho!
It's coming along nicely too ..... very sparkly!  When I get them finished I'll give you a sneaky peek.

Speaking of Christmas, I mentioned yesterday that I'd have some festive Sweet Poppy Stencil designs to share with you.  I think a couple of the new stencils might just make it onto the show on Friday ... so here they are ......
There's a beautiful new Christmas Tree ...... Snowflake Tree

This is such a pretty design ..... I've used it here straight onto black card with the glossy white paste then sprinkled over the top with the fine glitters ..... Crystalina and one of the pretty gold shades

A simple sentiment added to the side of the tree ..... and you're done

Here's the same stencil used on a coloured background ......

White paste again ...... Crystalina glitter over the top

Just look at the sparkle ..... and all that detail ....... gorgeous!

One of the brand new Inspiration Words down the side ....... and you've got yourself a really simple yet stunning design.

Why not use those Inspiration Words as the focal point on your cards ....... this one's perfect for Christmas designs ......

CAS ..... and the colour comes from those fabulous glitters again ....

Use your rubber stamps to add more detail ..... this cute little guy comes from an old Penny Black set.
He's been stamped, coloured with pens and inks and then fussy cut

A few sequins here and there and a touch of glitter glue ......

And I finished off the sentiment using my rubber stamps again

Here's another of the new stencil designs ....... perfect for quick and easy cards ...... Let it Snow

Classic black and white ..... a touch of gold, and lots of sparkle ......

Or use your favourite colours to change things up a little and get a completely different look.

Last but not least ...... Northpole ..... brrrrrr!

Another great sized stencil that will fill a whole card front ...... I've actually added to it here because my finished card is 8x8 so if you like making larger cards it's a great one to use.

I created a little winter scene first before using the stencil ....... stamped the trees along a hill shaped mask across a piece of white card and used Distress Ink to colour the sky .....

Added in the little bunnies at the bottom ......

I then used the stencil with glossy white paste and sprinkled the design with glitter .... white onto the snowy areas and red to add colour to the pole

I used Black Archival Ink to stencil the signs onto white card and fussy cut them to attach over the top and make them stand out a little.
Because I was making an 8x8 (inch) card, the stencil design didn't actually fill the whole of my card so I simply added more falling snow where it was needed using a dimensional glue and fine crystal glitter.

Hope you like the new designs ........ and I hope I've given you some ideas for this years Christmas makes.

Thanks for popping by ........I hope you're enjoying your day.
We've just been to the Little Fish Cafe for lunch.  It was lovely down on the quay ..... sunshine, good food and great company.  Chris joined us too which was nice.  We haven't seen much of him since his pub refurb started.  Things seem to be going to plan .... it all looks a bit of a mess at the moment but I'm sure it'll look great when it's finished.

Don't forget the Sweet Poppy Stencil shows are 12 and 4pm tomorrow (Friday) ...... on HOCHANDA Sky Channel 663/Freeview 85/Freesat 817.  I'll be watching.

Cheerio until next time

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Book the sofa ...... grab the remote control ...... Sweet Poppy are back on the TV

Happy Wednesday ........

What's everyone up to this week? I hope you're having a good one.

I just want to give you a quick reminder that the lovely Lucy Ellis and Sweet Poppy Stencils will be back on our TV screens again this week.
There'll be some brand new stencils ....... everyday designs and possibly a touch of dare I say it .....Christmas! along with some old favourites and back in stocks  There's some brand new products too ..... exciting stuff!  And, as always great tips and demonstrations from Lucy.
Book the sofa and the TV remote NOW!  Or ..... if you can't watch live, set the shows to record.
Friday August 11th ....... at 12 and 4pm ........ on Hochanda Sky Channel 663/Freeview 85/Freesat817

Here's a little look at one of the new designs that's on the show ....... the gorgeous Mehndi Flower ..... how pretty is this!

A great size too ...... use the whole design to create stunning cards.
Classic black and white for that elegant look........

Glossy black paste onto plain white cardstock ..... simple

With just a touch of gold embossing to make it extra special ......

A few tiny gemstones for added sparkle ...... and a bit of matting and layering to frame the image

 Here I've used the same stencil ..... but created a totally different look .....

Add a bit of colour to the background ..... I used Distress Inks simply brayered onto a piece of white card

White paste this time through the stencil, and one of the gorgeous fine glitters from Sweet Poppy sprinkled over the top whilst the paste is still wet.

I used the same paste and glitter for the Inspirational Word down the side too ......

The Sweet Poppy glitters are super fine and they sparkle beautifully .... and there's lots of beautiful colours to choose from too .... this one is Penny Copper

Don't just use your stencils for the focal point on your cards ...... create interesting backgrounds with them too .......

I've used just part of the Mehndi Flower randomly on the edges of the black layer of card, with the black paste, to add a bit more interest to my design .....

Use your stencils with your patterned papers .......

I did a workshop a few weeks ago using patterned papers ...... even the ones we didn't like!  This is another version of one of the cards we made
We all have patterned papers that we love .... and don't use!  We also have some designs that are not so well loved.  Don't just throw them out or leave them on the bottom of the pile ........ cover them up a little and change the look ......

Use pretty stencil designs, and add a bit of glitter ......

Throw in a bit of rubber stamping, a sentiment too ........

Ooooh .... have you spotted one of the brand new products there ....... look at the bottom of the sentiment banner .... tiny 3D cement balls.  How cute are those ..... and great for adding texture to your projects.
I simply used my finger to apply a little bit of glue to the edges of my card, sprinkled on the tiny balls and left them to dry.  Once they were dry I gently rubbed over the top with a little White Fire Treasure Gold ......

If you click on the pictures you'll be able to get a better look at them! I can't wait to have a proper play with these ...... most of my samples were finished when they arrived but I had to use them somewhere!!!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
It's time I made a start on tonight's meal .... hubby will be home soon!
I'll be back tomorrow though with a few more ideas for using your Sweet Poppy Stencils ....... I think we'll go a little bit festive maybe.

Cheerio until next time ........

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