Fabulous Birthday

Friday, September 26, 2014

Hello! Just popping in with a card featuring some of Core'dinations gorgeous Black Magic Collection cardstock. I love this stuff, it is just magic when you emboss it, then sand the surface to reveal a colored core! Here I used Freeze colored cardstock and teamed it with another of my favorites Glitter Silk, I used Bermuda Bling, a gorgeous turquoise.

Both the embossing folder and sentiment stamp are from Anna Griffin. I embossed the top half of the cardstock and stamped the sentiment on the lower half using Memento Luxe Wedding Dress Ink. The flowers are from Petaloo.

I've been pretty busy working on projects so I haven't had much time to blog. I'm hoping to make some more hand-carved stamps today, I've been dying to get back to it! SO you should see some sample cards using them soon. Have a great weekend! The weather has been fabulous here in Ireland! : )

Your Handmade Home - Xmas Special

Monday, September 15, 2014

This gorgeous magazine landed on my doormat the other day, it's the brand new issue of Your Handmade Home. It's the XMAS Special edition! There are some stunning projects in this issue in a variety of different crafts including Knitting, Crochet, Sewing, Making, Stitching and Papercraft. It's just full of crafty inspiration, I've been enjoying dipping in and out of it in the evenings with a cup of tea!

I'm delighted to have some creations in this issue! I was asked to come up with some ideas for Christmas Gift Wrap using brown paper. I did a little stamping on some of the gift wrap using pigment ink, I also used some paper doilies, washi tape, ribbon and a little chalkboard!

You'll find full instructions in the magazine. Along with lots more ideas for decorating and making your own gifts for Christmas. There's also a great beginners guide to knitting, crochet, sewing etc and some fabulous templates to create some of the projects in this issue at the back of the magazine. You can pick up a copy in your local newsagents now (UK) and is available for purchase now online too.

Stop and Smell the Roses - Hand Lettering

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I've a hand-lettered card to share today with some illustrated accents. It was an exercise for a hand-lettering class I'm taking on Skillshare by Mary Kate McDevitt. The class takes you through the first steps of hand-lettering from concept to sketch. It's not exactly for complete beginners, you're expected to have some experience in actually drawing letters.

The first step was to pick a phrase or quotation, no more than 10 words that we would like to hand-letter. The lessons (including videos) then take you through exploring inspiration, some basics of lettering, sketching and finalizing your drawing. It's not a speedy process, it takes time to develop the initial idea, refine sketches until you have the final drawing but I really enjoyed it and found it very helpful.

Once I was happy with my final sketch I transferred it onto some good quality paper in pencil and colored using watercolor paints. To add a little dimension to some of the lettering I used colored pencils to shade in a drop shadow.

I didn't just draw the letters off the top of my head, I used fonts for visual reference. I can definitely see how you need a lot of practice to improve, my lettering was pretty wonky at the beginning, it's not perfect now but I think it's getting a bit better!

It's the spacing I find tricky sometimes, depending on the font and keeping a consistent thickness for each letter in a word. Some fonts are definitely easier than others. It's funny the letters were the only part I really had to work hard at, the illustrated accents really flowed around the words naturally.

Ok, that's all for now. I've a few projects to finish off. Hopefully I'll be back soon with some more hand-lettering or maybe some more hand-carved stamps! : )

Bravo card!

Friday, September 5, 2014

I finally have a card to share! Isabelle went back to school this week and we've all been adjusting getting back into a routine. I've caught up on all my projects that needed to be done so I decided to have a bit of play. There's nothing better than a challenge to get the Mojo kickstarted so I made this card for Virgina's View Challenge #7 which was all about using pattern paper/designer paper. Lots of layering going on in this card!

Most of the patterned papers I used are from Crate Paper Love Notes Collection. I was tidying up my craft room (always an ongoing process!) and I discovered lots of stickers and bits and pieces! I love this yellow polka dot border sticker, I think it's from the Happy Days Collection from Echo Park.

The flowers I used are from Prima (the pink one) and Wild Orchid Crafts (the red one). The leaves I cut  and shaped from Core'dinations cardstock.

The 'bravo' sentiment stamp is from Avery Elle Oh Happy Day stamp set and the 'way to go' is from Hero Arts Studio Calico Miss You So Much stamp set. I used Memento Luxe Love Letter and Pear Tart inks, I just love Memento Luxe inks, they are so juicy!

I should have some hand-lettering projects to share soon, I've been having fun doing an online course over on Skillshare by Mary Kate McDevitt. It's really interesting and I'm learning a lot! : )