Monday, 31 March 2014

A little bit of IndigoBlu........

Morning all,
Well its a bit cloudy looking out there today after yesterday but I cannot moan as it is not raining....yet!!......
Anyway this morning I thought I would show you something a little different and show you a few of the samples that I have made over the last month or two for the lovely Kay Halliwell-Sutton over at IndigoBlu......
These were a couple of samples that I made for her for Create and Craft using the gorgeous Rose Blush stamp, along with Honey comb background and Dinkie Flourish.
I actually used Pan Pastels on the background to add the colour and then used Pro markers for the main image. I stamped with a Black Onyx Versafine ink pad.
We will be having more IndigoBlu stamps arriving soon and on the website.
Have a look and let me know what you think..........
A little closer look at the detail.........

For the next one ( I apologise as the photo was blurry and it was the best one I had !! ) I used the small and large Butterflies, I love the detail on these stamps. I also used the Script Background and embossed it in white WOW powder to get a resist.....
Again using Pan Pastels and Pro Markers for colour and the Dinkie Florish and Distress inks for the background......

A little closer look......

Over the coming months I will be showing you lots of inspiration with IndigoBlu stamps as I bring you more creations that I have made for Kay......
See you later in the week, back in to the studio now for more designing......
Hugs Lisa.B xx
 Flutterby Dinkie A7 Red Rubber Stamp Vintage Flourish Dinkie A7 Red Rubber Stamp by Indigoblu Honeycomb Background A6 Red Rubber Stamp by Indigoblu

Rose Blush A6 Red Rubber Stamp  Big Butterfly A6 Red Rubber StampScript Background A6 Red Rubber Stamp by Indigoblu

 WL01 Bright White 160ml       VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black

Saturday, 29 March 2014

The Lovely Botanica Collection......

Good morning all and happy Saturday,

As usual I am chasing my tail this week trying to get everything done but had half a day off today and took time out and went and see my sis.... I love my sister, it makes you realise how much your family means to you when you don't see them that much!!

Anyway enough of the sloppy stuff!

I thought that I would bring you some samples that I made using the fabulous Botanica Collection
It is a really beautiful collection that is sooo easy to use as are most of the Craftwork Cards kits but the foling on this one makes it extra special and I also love butterflies and there are loads in this kit that you can cut away.......
Anyway let me stop waffling and show you what I made..... 
Now apologies for some of the photos as they were taken late at night........
The first card is a simple card. I made it on a 119mm square mini card and I used the beautiful butterfly paper and cut away some of the butterflies and then matted it on to purple card.......

A closer look at those cut away 3D mini butterflies........

I love to paint with stickles and I used siver stickles on this card to embellish it......

For the next card I changed the colour of the backing card and it is amazing how different it can look......

I cut the butterfly out of one of the Botanica toppers and again embellished with silver stickles........

For my last sample today I made an open picture frame...... some of the papers in this collection are so lovely that you don't need to do too much to them to create a lovely scene.....

( Apologies for this picture, it is a little out of focus but the best one I had )

A clearer, closer look.......

I cut away the flowers from another sheet to de-coupage on top.....

A little closer look at the detail on the edges.....

Well that is about all from me for now, I hope you like the samples with the Botanica Collection and I will be back next week....
Remember there is still two days left to enter the challenge this month:

Keep leaving your comments, we love to hear them and look out for another give away coming very soon.........
Big hugs Lisa B. xx
Straight Edge Card Pack 119 x 119mm - White Glitter Glue - Silver  Botanica Collection

Friday, 28 March 2014

Botanica Hamper Quick Cards...

Good morning and happy Friday

My post for this week relates to the beautiful
Craftwork Cards Botanica Hamper 
available HERE 

As always with the Craftwork Cards Collections
the designs on the papers are so lovely that it is very easy to let the papers do all the work

All of my cards are made with 
and I've also used a black fine liner pen, a silver gel pen and some Liquid Pearls
plus a little bit of ribbon from my stash
For rounded corners, I used the Woodware Regular Corner Rounder 




I think the birdie cards would be suitable for both men and women

Next week I'll show you what I've done with some of the tags from the
Botanica Backgrounds Printed Tag Pad
until then, keep crafting and enjoy your weekend

New Botanica Hamper    Botanica Collection       Regular Corner Rounder

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Stencilled tags

Hi! It's Thursday again so it's Georgina here with my regular Thursday post.
Today I have two stencilled tags to share with you.

For my first tag I used the pretty Glitz Craft Wildflower stencil available from Lisa B Designs. I cut a large tag shape from smooth white card. I lightly distressed the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress ink pad.

I positioned the Wildflower stencil on top of the tag as shown below. I used Post-it notes to mask off areas to prevent colour from going there. I coloured the leaf and stem area first with Forest Moss Distress Ink. I then masked off the areas before adding the purple to the flowerheads.

I used Hobby Art Scene it Sentiments stamp set for the wording. I stamped this with Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad. To finish I added faux stitching and ribbon.

For my second tag I used Imagination Vine Trellis Border stencil and Old Rose Sparkle Medium. To start I cut a large tag shape from white card.

I cut a rectangle of patterned card to fit onto the tag. I used the stencil and Sparkle Medium to add the design to the patterned card. I masked-off the circle so it was kept clear. Once dry I added it to the tag.

I punched butterflies from the remaining patterned card. To finish the tag I stamped a sentiment from the Hobby Art Birthday Collection using a Onyx Black VersaFine ink pad.

Sparkle Medium Old Rose   Vine Trellis Border   Wildflower 1  CS052D Birthday Collection  Scene-it Sentiments Clear Stamp Set Memento Ink Pad Tuxedo Black  VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Stencils and Paint, part two

Hello, Kirsten here, happy Wednesday.
I left you at the end of yesterday’s post with this simple background. Now it’s time to add something to it.

I chose the Sweetpea stencil by Glitz Craft & used Oregano Adirondack ink through it. The important thing to remember when you want to use inks over acrylic paint is that inks like Adirondacks & Distress inks will NOT be permanent. They can be removed with water, or a baby wipe, which is great if you make a mistake, or change your mind. If you want a permanent image use inks such as Archival, Stazon, or similar.

Next, I masked off all the foliage areas of the stencil with Woodware Stencil Tape & applied Blue Sapphire Sparkle Medium through the petal areas.

I wanted a slightly patchy effect, so I scraped off some of the SM & returned it to its pot, then set the card aside until the SM was dry.


To finish the card I made a chalkboard label with a sentiment stamp from a Penny Black set, white embossing powder, a white pen & tiny amounts of Summer Linen paint, added some adhesive pearls to the top right corner & some doodling with a black fine liner pen – this not only frames the card, but draws the eye in towards the centre.
That’s the card finished. I hope you like it & it inspires you to have a go with using paint with your stencils.
Before I go here are a few tips about cleaning your stencils. The method of cleaning depends on the medium you’ve used, so I’ll try to break it down into simple steps.
    Inks such as Distress & Adirondacks will not dry on stencils, so you can leave the ink on as long as you want, it will still be wet. To remove the ink, use a baby wipe/paper towel & water/ clean cloth & water.
    Inks such as Archival & Stazon will dry almost instantly on stencils. To remove them you need surgical spirit. I have found that after a while (I’m talking a number of days) you can remove some of the ink with a baby wipe, but the stencil will be permanently stained.
    Embossing inks will stay wet & can be removed with baby wipes.
    Acrylic paint will dry very quickly & will eventually stain the stencil slightly, but won’t damage it. You can either clean it as you go with a baby wipe, or keep a dish of water beside you & drop the stencils into it, then clean them at the sink later – DON’T pour lots of paint down the sink! If you use this method cleaning them with your fingers or a soft cloth should be enough to remove the paint, then dry the stencils with a separate cloth, or stand them somewhere to dry on their own.
If you use a baby wipe/cloth & water:

Place the stencil flat on your craft sheet.
    Swipe the baby wipe over the stencil either towards you, or away from you. Don’t wipe in all directions, that increases the risk of catching the wipe/cloth in the open areas & tearing the plastic, thus ruining your stencil.
    Remember to clean & dry BOTH sides. As you clean, the ink/paint etc. & the liquid from the baby wipe/water will seep underneath. When I dry my stencils I place them on a soft cloth, dry the top then flip it over & dry again.
    Another option is a specific stencil cleaning tool like this one;

Stencil Cleaning Tool

 I haven’t tried it yet, but it certainly looks interesting.

I hope I've answered any questions you might have had. If I've missed anything, feel free to ask me in the comments, or on the Lisa B Designs Facebook page. I'll do my best to answer you as soon as possible.

And that’s it from me for now. Keep the blog challenge in mind. Remember it runs until Saturday, April 5, so you’ve got plenty of time to take part if you find you’ve been inspired by any of the stencils blog posts.

Sparkle Medium Blue Sapphire     Sweetpea     Plastic Spatula     Emboss Ink Pad      WL01 Bright White

Oregano Adirondack Ink Pad       Hobby House Sea Charm 5mm Pearls     Stencil tape 25mm x 25m   

Until next time, happy crafting.