Sunday, 29 April 2018

Rudolph Day - April 18

Hello there,

Well here we are again and time for another 'Rudolph Day' challenge over at Scrappy Mo's.  This month I've made a card using stamps by Crafty Individuals and I decided to use non-traditional colours:


Sorry for my lack of blogging recently.  First of all, my old beloved computer gave up the ghost and so I've been getting used to a new one with Windows 10......that's been fun!  I've also been busy making samples for Crafty Individuals who are on Hochanda 1st of May and for Inkylicious who are on Hochanda on the 4th of May, so lots to keep me busy but not much time to be at my computer.

Thank you to my loyal band of blogging friends for their continued visits and kind comments, you are all very much appreciated.

That's all from me for now and I hope to be back with you all soon x



Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Inkylicious Cats

Hello there,

Just a very quick post from me today.

I'd like to share with you a card that I've just made using the new 'Cats on a Branch' stamp by Inkylicious:


Aren't they gorgeous!

Have a lovely day and I hope to be back with you all soon x


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Mid-Month Inspiration at Stamping Sensations

Hello there,

It's my turn to offer some mid-month inspiration at Stamping Sensations by trying something new.  Now, I've always wanted to have a go at stamping on candles but I've never got round to it before, so here goes :)  I checked out a couple of videos on You Tube before I started to see how people had coloured their images.  As you need to stamp and colour tissue paper, it's a very delicate operation.

As our theme this month is 'One for the Girls,' I thought I'd opt for something floral as we all love our flowers, so I chose to use 'Rose Bloom' by Stacey Barras as it was a really good fit for the candle that I was using.

I decided to use my Stamping Press as I wasn't quite sure how well the Stazon Ink would print onto the tissue paper.   Here is the process, step by step in photos:

Stamped twice onto tissue paper with Stazon ink

Delicately coloured using Derwent Inktense pencils

I got very brave at this stage and used a damp water brush to intensify the colour.
I also used a red colour brush to darken some of the red areas.

Next, I cut out the image, leaving just a little white tissue showing around the image.

I laid the cut out image over the candle and wrapped a piece of baking parchment tightly around the candle.  Using a heat gun to adhere the tissue paper to the candle, it was like embossing magic as you can see the wax melting as you move along.  It's important to keep your heat gun moving so as not to create any holes with the hot wax, it all happens very quickly.

The end result!  
I added a piece of ribbon and a matching bow around the base of the candle to add the finishing touch.

For a first attempt, I'm very happy with the end result, although I would like to have another go and just leave it at the stage where it's been coloured with the pencils as I think that would give a subtle sketchy look.

I've thoroughly enjoyed trying a new technique (For me) and I hope that I just might have inspired you to have a go if you've never tried stamping on candles before.

Happy Crafting,
Sandra x 

Saturday, 7 April 2018

CI Samples - Take 2

Hello again and I hope that you're all ready to enjoy the weekend.

I'm here today to share the last of my Crafty Individuals samples from the March shows and here they are:




That's the last of my samples for now but I'm busy making more samples for the next show which is on the 1st of May.  

Wishing you a very happy and colourful weekend x


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Crafty Individuals Samples - March 18

Hello there,

I do hope that you've all enjoyed the Easter break.

I'm here today to share a few of the samples that I made for Crafty Individuals when they were on Hochanda last week.  The stamps are beautiful to work with and the hardest thing for me is having to stop making cards!  Here they are:



That's all from me for today but I'll be back at the weekend to share the rest of my samples from the shows x

Sunday, 1 April 2018

One For The Girls at Stamping Sensations

Hello there my crafty friends,

It's time for a new challenge over at Stamping Sensations and out theme this time is 'One For The Girls.'  I thought long and hard about what stamps I would like to use for this challenge and then I remembered a stamp that I haven't used for quite a while called 'Fashion Girl Vintage Fifties' by Flonzcraft and I think it hits the brief really well.  Here's my card:


I started by stamping the girl and the mirror with Versafine and then I used a clear embossing powder over it.  I masked off my images and then used red Brushos to create the background.  I used a Tim Holtz die cut on the corners and then mounted the card on to a piece of red card to give some contrast.  I added some gold peel offs and a ribbon to the mirror to make it stand out a little more.  The sentiment stamp that I've used is from an old stamp set by Crafter's Companion but I thought that it worked well with my glamour girl.

We are very generously sponsored this month by Gordon and Justin at Be Crafty

 and the lucky winner will receive a £25 gift voucher to spend at their online store

Stamping Sensations is a stamping challenge, so we must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artwork, this means: Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest.

All the details of our challenge rules can be found here

Please note:  If we don't comment on your entry it will be because it doesn't follow our theme to qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third part hosts such as Instagram, Flickr or Facebook etc.  We really don't want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who follow the rules.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

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