Here for you Anytime

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I love clocks, especially vintage clocks, so this Vintage Clocks stamp set by Nina B Designs for The Craft's Meow is right up my street! There are five fabulous clocks in this set along with lots of sentiments, including ones for Grandfathers, which I think this set is just perfect for.

This is one of my favorite clocks from the set, I just love all those details. Here I just stamped it using VersaFine Black Onyx ink and colored with Distress Markers. The patterned paper I used is from Prima.

For the sentiment I combined two sets, the 'Here for you Anytime' is from Vintage Clocks and the 'Friend' is from the Cherished stamp set both from The Craft's Meow.

Here's that fabulous Vintage Clocks stamp set from The Craft's Meow so you can see for yourself how gorgeous it is. Have a great day! : )

CASE Study #134

I can't believe it's the end of March already and it's our final week of inspiration from Julie Ebersole at CASE Study. Check out Julie's fab card this week. (Loving the new CASE Study graphics btw!)

So for my card, I CASEd the color combo, the basic layout, the foliage and floral theme and the use of dots.

The flowers from the Camellia stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps I embossed in white onto blue cardstock. The leaves I die-cut from Core'dinations cardstock using the Spellbinders Foliage Die.

The sentiment is from Folk Art Medallion also from Waltzingmouse Stamps stamped using Memento Bahama Blue ink.

Don't forget to have a peek at what my CASE Study team mates came up with this week too! I'll be back soon with a TCM post.

Amy Wanford
Andrea Ewen
Christina Maclaren
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teresa Kline
Teneale Williams
Jeanne Jachna 

Paper Crafts Magazine March/April

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's freezing here in Ireland, we're lucky we escaped the snow here in the south-west but the temperatures are well below normal. I'm really hoping Spring makes an appearance soon! Anyway, I'm busy working away on projects but I thought I'd pop in with one of the cards I had published in the March/April issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. It was for the Bride's Finery feature in the magazine, I had another card in this section too. I decided to print my own sentiments for my cards this time because I didn't have exactly what I wanted in my stamp collection. I made the cameo embellishment using polymer clay and a silicone mould. The baby blue twine - Shore is from SRM Stickers. The sentiment for my other card was 'For the Blushing Bride', a pretty blush colored card with lace, ribbon and flowers. You'll have to check out the magazine to see it!

I'll be back tomorrow with my CASE Study card and I also have a post for The Craft's Meow! Thanks for dropping by, I hope it's warmer where you are! 

My Core'dinations Creative Frenzy

Friday, March 22, 2013

I couldn't pass up on the opportunity to try out for the Core'dinations design team, what an amazing team that would be to be on. Who doesn't love playing with Core'dinations cardstock, the possibilites are endless! So here are my three projects for step one of the application process. Starting with a faux book gift box. My crafty friend Tosha recently inspired me by creating one of these amazing faux books and provided a link for the tutorial on how to create the folded pages part of the book.

The shabby flower I made using paper from the Core'dinations Super Assortments pad and the Sizzix Tattered Florals die. It's inked with Vintage Photo and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks.

For the book cover I used papers from the Core'dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, this is definitely one of my favorite collections, it's just perfect for vintage projects. Here I embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder, sanded the surface, rubbed with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, I love the rich deep tones this effect gives. I also distressed the edges with a distressing tool.

The Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection from Core'dinations has the most perfect texture for a vintage style book, a little light sanding, a swipe with some Antique Linen Distress Ink and it's as easy as that! If you're wondering how I made the leather look straps, all I used was some thick card (I used the back of an old sketchpad, about the same weight as grunge board I think) cut into a strip, rounded the ends, stained it with some Distress Stains and Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I scrunched it up to age it and inked the crease lines.

So, the trickiest part was actually making the faux book pages, it's made up of four pieces of paper, accordion folded. There is a bit of a knack to slotting them together but it's well worth the effort, the tutorial link above shows you how to do this.

I used a simple seam binding closure for mine. The seam binding I stained with Distress Stains. I really loved making this, there are so many possible uses for this little book, it could be a keepsake box (a baby or wedding version would be gorgeous), a gift box, it would even make a pretty jewelry box.

So inside, there's quite a good bit of space, for whatever you'd like to put in there! Some hidden treasure!

The finished box turned out 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 1 3/4". You could personalize the inside panel with a date, name, photo etc.

I used some more paper from the Core'dinations Super Assortments pad to line the inside of the book. I debossed it with the Swiss dots embossing folder and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The back of the book is decorated the same as the front, embossed, sanded and embossed with clear embossing powder.

I really love how this turned out and I can't wait to make another one already. You need so few materials, some fabulous Core'dinations cardstock is essential though!

Ok, for my second project I thought I'd share a card I just had published in Paper Crafts Magazine special issue - Card Creations Volume 11.

I used a beautiful shade of burgundy cardstock from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, embossed using the Sizzix Flowertopia embossing folder and sanded the surface to reveal that gorgeous Kraft core! The Guipure Lace from Craft Fairy I aged using a coffee dye (actual instant coffee and hot water). The sentiment I printed myself. I have another card in this issue too. The Card Creations special issues are one of my favorites, always jam packed full of ideas!

For my third project I thought I'd revisit a tutorial I did for a Shabby Rose. I chose this one mainly because I found that Core'dinations cardstock worked really well with this technique. The technique used to create the shabby texture effect actually splits the cardstock into two layers. These split layers are more delicate and make perfect lightweight petals. This is a shorter version of the tutorial, you can see my full version here.

I used the same splitting cardstock technique for the flower on the faux book but I distressed that one a bit more. For this flower I used cardstock from the Core'dinations Gemstones Collection. I used Spellbinders Rose Creations dies and Sizzix Tattered Florals die. I'm just going to show you the key technique here, where the cardstock is manipulated, then using a tweezers gently split apart. I teased apart three individual petals first before pulling apart to avoid tearing the joins.

Once you get it started it comes apart very easily, with Core'dinations cardstock it does anyway!

These separated layers are fabulously delicate and make the most perfect petals for your flower. I used chalk inks to color the separated side.

The great thing about this technique is that you have double the amout of layers that you die cut as a result of the splitting!

Once they're all inked up, I layered them and curled the petals inwards with a tweezers.

The result is a fabulously full flower, packed with lots of delicate layers. You can play around with variations of this too, using a mix of split and non-split layers. The technique works best on larger layers.

I hope you enjoyed this post and are maybe now encouraged to experiment with some Core'dinations cardstock now that you've had a taste of the possibilities! It's such a pleasure to work with, especially for those distressing techniques. I hope to share some more techniques with you soon using this versatile cardstock. What do I think I do best? (one of the questions asked) - Cards, paper crafted flowers, 3-D projects. Why I love Core'dinations and why I would be a good fit for the company? I love Core'dinations because of the texture, the possibilities, the colors and the quality. I'd be a good fit because I love cardstock, experimenting, coming up with new techniques and ideas, and sharing those ideas.

Tattered Floral Challenge

I just squeezed in just before the deadline with this one. The Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge was on my to-do list for a while now and I finally got around to it today. You know how much I love to make paper flowers and the Tattered Floral die is one of my all time favorites. You know I also like to make my flowers big and this one ended up being 3 1/2" wide and about an inch deep.

It's sitting on a faux book gift box I just made (more about that in another post). So I went for a full bodied, shabby flower and I added some stamens to the center. I used Core'dinations cardstock from the Super Assortments range to make the flower using several layers of the largest flower die and just a couple of the medium sized one. I did a lot of inking and blending with Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo Distress ink and some shaping and cupping on a foam mat. To add some extra glow after that I used some blending chalks, some orange and yellow and added some subtle shading to the bases of the petals in the center layers.

I also divided some of the larger petal layers (something that Core'dinations cardstock is perfect for), as in I split the actual paper. I go into more detail about this in this tutorial - Shabby Rose Tutorial. It makes the petals more textured and light, I just love the effect and it's perfect for a tattered flower!

The leaves I cut by hand from Core'dinations cardstock and inked with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I'll be back really soon with another post to talk a bit more about this faux book I just made, I think it's one of my favorite creations for a long time!

The Craft's Meow March Release blog hop

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Welcome to The Craft's Meow March release blog hop! You should have arrived here from The Craft's Meow Blog. There are four fabulous new sets available - Birthday Pun, Sweet Birthday, Take the Cake and Sweet Silhouettes (free gift with $50 purchase). Today is also The Craft's Meow 2nd Birthday! And we're celebrating our brand new gallery too, check it out here - The Craft's Meow Gallery, it's jam packed full of inspiration. Ok, so here's my card for today. I used Sweet Silhouettes and Sweet Birthday.

I used a grey cardstock base, some woodgrain patterned paper, the pink cardstock I embossed using the Die'sire Embossalicious Floral Vine embossing folder from Crafter's Companion.

The label from Sweet Silhouettes co-ordinates with Spellbinders Labels Ten. I stamped the silhouette and cut it out, the details I colored with Distress Markers.

The sentiment I used is from the Sweet Birthday stamp set, it's a great size and I love the font. I also added a little bit of lace, embroidery floss and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Next up on the hop is the talented Deborah. Oh and there's a great opportunity to win all four stamp sets from the March release, just leave a comment by 9pm PDT Saturday March 23rd. Enjoy the rest of the hop! 

CASE Study #133

Hello! It's week three at CASE Study with the amazing Julie Ebersole as our muse. I love her inspiration card this week, have a look!

I was really inspired by the scene that Julie created so I CASEd that. I didn't have any cloud dies so I just cut out some cloud shapes. The bike stamp is from Hero Arts and I colored it with Distress Markers. The sentiment is from Sticker Sentiments - Birthday from SRM Stickers. I also added a strip of stitched dots from Sticker Stitches - Black from SRM Stickers. The Pink Sorbet twine is also from SRM Stickers.

Don't forget to check out what my CASE Study team mates have come up with this week. I'll be back really soon with my card for The Craft's Meow March release blog hop. See you soon! : )

Amy Wanford
Andrea Ewen
Christina Maclaren
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teresa Kline
Teneale Williams
Jeanne Jachna 

The Craft's Meow March release previews Day 4

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

It's day 4 of previews at The Craft's Meow. Four brand new stamp sets will be released tomorrow, Thursday March 21st. That's also The Craft's Meow 2nd birthday! How cool is that! Today the design team are previewing Sweet Silhouettes designed by Nina B Designs, this stamp set is the March free gift with $50 purchase. Ok, so here's my card!

I decided to make a simple gatefold card with the silhouette as the focal point. The gorgeous label stamp in this set co-ordinates with Spellbinders Labels Ten dies. There are five sweet silhouettes in this little set along with three sentiments.

The patterned paper is from Woodland Park by October Afternoon and I just inked the edges with some black ink and a blending tool. 

To color behind the silhouette I stamped a separate mask and cut out the inside of the oval leaving the banner in place, then using a blending tool and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink I created the soft blush background. Then I colored the frame and silhouette details with Worn Lipstick and Crushed Olive Distress Markers. 

The touches of bling are from Want2Scrap Classy Corners - Grace by Nina Brackett. I like to snip elements from the bling designs rather than using the whole design, sometimes it's nice to add just a touch.

As part of The Craft's Meow birthday celebrations there will be TWO WINNERS of a stamp set per day, with a bonus on blog hop day, when two lucky winners will win the entire release! Deadline for comments on The Craft's Meow blog is 8:00pm PST each day. I'll see you again tomorrow for the release day blog hop!