Friday, 21 April 2017

Hobby Art Poppy Scene

Hello again crafters.  I hope you all had a lovely break over the Easter.
I celebrated my birthday this week and spent the day with Lisa and the girls that all help out at the workshop.  I had a wonderful day that I'll always remember, I don't think we stopped laughing for most of the day, oh and eating, Kate was the host and provided some lovely food, there was plenty of cake some home made by Rose and myself and some bought and all lovely.  They got me a huge bunch of gorgeous flowers and Rose make me a lovely little Primrose cake.
So todays card is following on from the theme of the last class and my take on the card you made.
I started with a 5.5" x 5.5" piece of white Super Smooth card and cut it in half using the Crealies No 8 cutting die.  I then turned the die around on the bottom half of the card and cut it again so I had the stitch mark showing.  Then set that aside.
Next I used the Hobby Art Poppy Scene-it and took the largest of the poppy's to create the foreground image, stamping it twice so it could be decoupaged.  I stamped using Versafine and Wow Clear Embossing powder.  I cut around one set leaving a thin white border showing.
Next came the colouring in, so used Imagination Crafts Starlights Red and a tiny bit of Menthol for the storks.  Dropping some on a tile and adding the tiniest amount of water to create the darker colour then picking up some more paint on a different part of the tile and adding more water for a lighter shade of the red.  I set those aside to dry and carried on with the next stage.
Next I wanted to create a background that would show between the two cut out lines.  I took a piece of card 5.5" x 3" and started to blend Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade onto the card using a Blending Tool and taking the ink straight from the pad for a more intense colour.
(Please excuse the messy distress ink pad I had a little mishap in my ink box, I can assure you it is Squeezed Lemonade)
Next I lined up my cut edges to see where I could stamp a couple of little images from the same stamp set, this set has about 22 stamps in it.  Once lined up I put a little mark where I wanted the images to go then stamped and embossed as before.  I then cut another piece of card the same size as before and stuck the coloured strip in the middle then stuck the cut halves in placed them apart so as to see the stamped images and enough of the colour.
Once that was I done I matted the card on to some black card.
Almost done, next was to cut out the poppy heads to decoupage and mounted using 3D foam, I then 3D them onto the card but sticking the stork directly onto the card so I could stamp some grass around them.
I stuck the whole card onto a 7" x 7" card and added a little sentiment and some little dots and lines using a Micron Fineliner
Here's the card again.
Thanks for dropping by again today, hope you liked the little card and see you again very soon.
Love Jan -x-

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Craft Emotions and Hobby Art: A Shaker Scene Card

Good morning all! Martina here with another make using some of the Craft Emotions Dies combined with some of my favourite products. I think sometimes we get so excited about buying the latest products, we forget about some of the little gems we have in our stash...

(HINT: some of my 'golden oldie' products used in this project are heavily reduced in the Lisa B. Designs sale!)

I had an idea that I wanted to make a window, so I could have lots of little leaves behind it creating a shaker card. I looked through my dies and stamps and all I could find were ornate dies or small windows, so I decided to make my own using the Hobby Art Scene-It Window Set. This is such a versatile little set and the window can be made to the size you want, with and without shutters, an arch, or even into a door. I rotated the window stamp and stamped with Sepia Versafine Ink onto a piece of craft card four times.

I embossed with Wow! Clear Embossing Powder and then coloured the frames with a brown pen before cutting the panes of 'glass' away.

I embossed another piece of card with a woodgrain embossing folder from my stash and ran over the raised areas with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to bring out the texture. Cutting away the centre, I glued my window into place and then securely fixed a piece of Clear Acetate behind the whole 'glass' area.

To make a scene to see through the window, I used some of the elements from the Hobby Art Nature Trail Set. I used some torn paper to make hills, a die cut mask for the sun and then stamped some trees and foliage. I didn't want too much in the scene as a lot of it would be covered with my little leaves later.

Using lots of little leftover pieces of brown, orange and yellow card, I die cut loads of tiny Craft Emotions Leaves and put them on top of my scene. These dies make such dinky leaves (as well as a little mushroom!!) that are so useful for adding to branches, edges, framing things, or even just adding that little finishing touch! Behind the window section of the topper I used two layers of Woodware Mounting Tape to create a tight seal and keep the leaves within the window. Once it was all assembled, I decided I wanted a sentiment and some wooden elements to balance the card. The tiny little wooden leaves and acorns from the Craft Emotions Autumn Set are perfect for this: easy to colour, lightweight and add just enough detail (as well as being inexpensive!)

There we have it! A little off the current season I grant you, but we are supposed to get ahead of ourselves, aren't we?! I think it could be used for a man's card as well; I mean not all men like sport, beer, and DIY! Who can resist giving a shaker card a good shake anyway? It has to be done!

Have you found any products in your stash that you forgot you had? See what you can rediscover today: it's like having the fun of buying it all again!


Leaves Mushroom CED Autumn Wood CEWNature TrailScene-it Window HAWoodware Mounting Foam Tape 1mmGathered Twigs - Mini Fossilized Amber- MiniClear Gloss Regular WEPAcetate Sheets

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A bit of Spring with Imagination Crafts Stencils......

Good evening my lovelies........

Sorry another late post from me today. Why is it I seem to be chasing my tail all the time????
Never mind, as I always say........better late than never!

So today I thought that I would show you a card that I made using new products on my website. The stencil beeing ....... did you get that? Sorry, my humour is so lame!

Now I looove bees, I studied them at school and they are gorgeous little things that do fantastic things in our world and are so fascinating. I am not a lover of flying insects, you get a wasp near me and I hate it as they just annoy you but get a bee around me and I am happy as larry! 
Call me strange I know....... 

Anyway when Sue ( from Imagination Crafts ) showed me this new design I was thrilled as I knew I would love using it and do you know what.....I did.

It is a lovely stencil that you can use as a whole as I have below or you can just take elements from it and I love that as I know I will use it for many uses. I used Imagination Crafts Structure Paste initially to add some dimension  through the stencil on to the card. Once it was dry I used some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink through an Imagination Crafts Honeycomb Stencil to add some background interest and also used some torn copy paper to create some clouds.

I then placed my Imagination Crafts Bee Happy stencil back on and used my Starlights through it using a Domed Stencil Brush. The colours I used were:

I then filled in some areas of the stencil with a paint brush adding more detail and shading and then finished off by adding some detail around the outside with a Permanent Micron Pen.
I also added some splatters to the background with watered down White Gold Starlights and a paint brush and then added some detail to the card blank as well with the distress ink and honeycomb stencil.

Well I hope you liked my little happy bees card and that is all from me for now. I will be back next week, hopefully on time ;0).......
Have a fabulous week and I will see you all soon.

Love and hugs 
Lisa B xxx

Bee Happy IMST - NEW!!    Structure Paste IC   Tumbled Glass - Mini   Honeycomb IMST

Banana Yellow SL - NEW!!   Black SLTopaz SL   White Gold SL

Monday, 17 April 2017

Infusions With Love

Good morning, Kirsten here, slightly later than normal. I hope you're enjoying the holiday weekend. I'd like to show you a card I made using the Designs by Georgina Peony stamp set, ***(37% off on the website)*** the Sheena Douglass Sensational Centres cutting dies & two techniques with PaperArtsy Infusions...................

I cut a square of white card for the base & die cut a small pile of the flower centres, then attached thrm to the square of card with Imagination Craft's Magi-bond Decoupage glue. I also covered the top of the flowers with the glue to seal them as I knew there'd be quite a lot of moisture in the next step & I didn't want any pilling of the card............

When the glue was dry I sprinkled on A Bit Jaded & Emerald Isle Infusions & used a damp baby wipe to blend. Every so often I gave the card a quick blast with a heat tool, applied more Infusions & continued to blend them with a baby wipe - making sure to use a clean area each time, so as not too mix the colours too much, until I was happy............

The next step was more of the same colours onto separate pieces of white card, dipping a paintbrush into the Decoupage glue & dragging it through the Infusions to create a striped effect..............

I stamped the small tag from the Designs by Georgina Peony stamp set on to each piece of card with Onyx Black Versafine ink & heat set with WOW! Clear Gloss Embossing powder, cutting out just the peony from the Emerald Isle piece & gluing it on to the A Bit Jaded tag...............

I stamped the sentiment in embossing ink onto black card & heat set with WOW! Bright White embossing powder. I painted the tiny wooden heart from Craft Emotions' embellishments set 
Owl & Branches, pressed it into my embossing ink pad, heat set it with WOW! Clear Gloss embossing powder & glued it to the tag with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear glue & it was time to assemble the card..............

I added some detail to the tag with a permanent white pen & a couple of adhesive pearls here & there to finish.

Infusions - A Bit Jaded     Infusions - Emerald Isle    Peony      Create a Flower metal die - Sensational CentresMagibond Decoupage Glue  Owls & Branches CEW  

WOW! Embossing Ink     Bright White Regular WEP     VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black     Clear Gloss Regular WEP    Pen-Touch White Paint Pen

   Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue 125ml

***Lisa is doing a PaperArtsy workshop on Sunday, May 28. For more information click HERE.***

Thanks for visiting the blog today, have a great week.