Monday, 11 August 2014

Date for your diary

 It's The Artistic Stamper shop birthday on Saturday 23rd August. I will be there with a free Make 'n' Take. Why not pop along for a craft day out. More details on The Artistic Stamper website and the poster below. Hope to see you there!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Florence's Flowers

Today I have a decorated frame to share with you. I use two recently released stamps from The Artistic Stamper for my projects. The two flower pot stamp are designed by Debbie Cotton. They are Florence's Flowers large and Florence's Flowers small.


To make this project I started by painting a wooden frame with PaperArtsy Tinned Peas Fresco Finish paint. The frame I used was 15x15cm collage frame also available from The Artistic Stamper. Once dry I started added the stamped and coloured images.

I cut a square frame of white card to go around the edge of the frame. I stamped just the flowers onto the frame. I also stamped a large and two small flower pots. I used Distress Ink pads and Distress Pens to colour the flowers. To use the Ink pads I stamped the pad directly onto a tile. I added a little water so the ink could be used as a watercolour.
 

I stamped the flowers pot only onto dark grey textured card. For the smaller pots I didn't ink the text on the stamp so I just had the put outline. I cut out the pots and added them to the coloured flowers.

I cut a square of white card for the background. I coloured the card with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Ink pad. I added this to the frame and drew black faux stitching around the edge. I added the centre flower pot directly on the frame. The other two pots I added with foam pads. To finish I added Glossy Accents to the centre of the flowers and a black pearl to the top right corner.
 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

I'm on the cover!

I am thrilled that my card is the main cover photo on this month's Craft Stamper magazine. I used PaperArtsy Hot Pick 1301 stamp set and a Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer.


More details about the September edition are on the Craft Stamper website

Monday, 4 August 2014

Take It, Make It Challenge: August - DT card

A new Take It Make It Challenge for August has started on the Craft Stamper blog. The theme is to use your favourite technique for an 2014 issue of Craft Stamper. The technique I chose to use was 'The bleach blocking technique' by Hels Sheridan, July issue.

This is my DT card, below. The butterflies and sentiment stamps I used are Butterflies by Hobby Art. The shaped card blank is Elegance from Craftwork Cards


To create the card I started by cutting a panel of smooth white card. I coloured with card with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress ink pads. I then added the bleach blocking technique to the coloured panel. To do this I added water to a clear Distressing Tool pad and pressed it down onto the coloured panel. This removed the colour as shown below.
 

I then stamped the Butterflies with a Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad and coloured them with Copics. I cut out each butterfly. Once the background panel was dry I attached it top the card blank. I stamped the sentiment and black silhouette butterflies before attaching the coloured butterflies. To finish I added Stickles and clear Wink of Stella.

For more details about the challenge or to enter please visit the Craft Stamper blog.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Sew Sweeter

A new blog post by me on Craft Stamper blog today. Why not pop over to the blog for more details and step-by-step of how to make this card.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Cupcake Blueprint

I have a 30th Birthday card to share with you today. I used Tim Holtz Birthday Blueprint stamp set for the main cupcake image. It's a great celebration stamp set and ideal for men and women, as well as all ages. The number and sentiment stamps are both from The Artistic Stamper.


To make this card I started by stamping the cupcake image onto light blue card and smooth white card with a Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad. I cut out the light blue stamped image and mounted it onto a piece of mid-blue card. I coloured the image that was on the white card with Copics. I cut the elements out and attached them to the other image with foam pads.
 

I cut a piece from the front of the card blank, as shown below. Down the edge of the inside of the card blank I stamped Happy Birthday. I used Katy Leitch's Greetings stamp set available from The Artistic Stamper. The 30 panel on the front I used another Katy Leitch's stamp set called Numerical plate  for the numbers.
 

I attached the cupcake image to the front of the card with foam pads. I also added a picture frame corner to the top left corner. I drew faux stitching around the edge with a white gel pen. To finish the card I added Stickles to the flame and Glossy Accents to the little Birthday tab.
 

Friday, 4 July 2014

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge: July

The July blog challenge starts today on The Craft Stamper blog. The theme of the challenge is the Embossing Resist technique.

This is my DT card for the challenge.


To create my card I started by stamping the butterflies and sentiment with a VersaMark ink pad. The stamp sets I used were Flutterby by Katy Leitch and Journaling Words #1 both available from The Artistic Stamper. I then heat embossed the stamped images with a clear embossing powder, as shown below.
 

I then added different colours using Distress Ink pads and a blending tool.
 

The ink pads I used were  Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac.
 

I then stencilled flowers onto the image using a Walnut Stain Distress ink pad and a piece of blending foam. The stencil I used was PaperArtsy Stencil 005 by Lin Brown. I also stencilled more flowers using PaperArtsy Stencil 004 by Lin Brown and Brayed Burlap ink pad.
 

I distressed the edges of the images with a paper distressing tool. I attached the image to a square of brown card and added small silver brads in the corners before adding to a square card blank.
 

For more details about the challenge or to enter pop over to The Craft Stamper blog