Monday, 21 August 2017

Spellbloggers post - Flip, Flap Book using All Stitched Up dies

Whilst hunting for some new ideas to do in Art & Craft club next term, I came across this fabuloys tutorial to make a flip book or waterfall book by Alexandra M on YouTube - Well I had to simply try it out ... obviously in the interest of being able to teach how to make it to the children ... otherwise how will I know if the class would be able to do it 😆😅😉

Here's my take on the project and I've used the Spellbinders All Stitched Up die set to embellish my book ...

I created the booklet and have decorated the front using All Stitched Up die collection with labels being created using Spellbinders Venise Lace layering dies. I added extra trim, beads and flowers to the dress form die cuts to create more detail and depth. Other elements from the same die set were also added by being cut and then layered in different colours.

Flowers and butterflies are from Spellbinders Marisa's Bouquet dies and I thought they added a feminine touch to the design. The belt closure was made from the remnants of an old belt which I have cut down (width) and added a buckle. Holes were punched in opposite end at different intervals to allow the flip flap book to grow in size.

I've left the pages blank for the moments as haven't quite decided on what the book will be ... alternatively I could just create a selection of embellishments &/or layers leaving the recipitant to decide on the use ... now that sounds like a plan ...! I added a metal embellishment to act as the 'pull' because I felt it would be stronger that a card tab.

The papers are from a  reduced pad I found in a local paper shop and as they didn't have a front or back cover, sadly I can't share who the maker/designer is; if you know, please let me share so I can credit accordingly.

Please do pop over to Alexandra's YouTube page and check out the project; it's a fab, easy, quick book to make. She also has loads of other wonderful designs and I'm very jealous and in awe of her creativity.

x x x

Products & links:

I would like to share my book in the following challenges:
International heart & soul - layer it up
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes
CCC Digi Creations - more than one fold
Kreative-in-kauf Challenge - no cards
Mix It Up - anything goes
Not Just Cards  - anything goes
Scrapbook & Cardmaking - anything goes

#spellbinders   #spellbloggers   #neverstopmaking

Sunday, 20 August 2017

... and the jukebox played ...

My recent make for the 'Win & Tonic' challenge was inspired by the Jingle Bells sentiment die especially as the song then kept bouncing around in my brain ...

Jingle bell, jingle bell
Jingle bell rock
Jingle bell swing
And jingle bells ring
Snowin' and blowin'
Up bushels of fun
Now the jingle hop has begun

I wanted to use the sentiment with non-Christmas dies, so I dug out my musical dies and had a 'play'. My first card used the electrical guitar (see HERE) and this time I've played with the juke box ...

Again I created my background using Nuvo embellishment mousse in Peony Pink & Citrus Green, dry brushing the colours and then spritzing the colours. Next I die cut the juke box in white but only embossed the die on to kraft card. I coloured both the white & kraft die cut the same as my background, layering one on top of the other and then cutting away the excess kraft card.

The sentiment 'Jingle Bells' was cut 3 times and layered on top of each other to create greater depth. It too was coloured the same as my background. The perfect harmony die was cut in white and again, coloured the same way. However the winter snowflake I just cut in white - once - to act as a contrast. The snowflake was then cut in half and mounted either side of the juke box.

Now the 'fail' bit ... I stamped 'ROCK' again but embossed the stamped sentiment in Ballerina Pink embossing powder ... epic fail ...! Why? The colour blends too greatly in to the background so you can't see it but hey ho, lesson learnt. 

If you get the chance, pop over to the 'Win & Tonic' challenge blog and see the fabulous projects the Tonic DT have made all Christmas inspired. They is also a 'cracking' present on offer too ...

Lazy Sunday morning here but need to pick up a bit of speed now as off out to lunch. Thanks for popping over and have a great day doing whatever makes you happy,

x x x

                                            Products used & links:

Crafty Hazelnut - anything goes Christmas
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Die Cut Divas - anything goes with dies
Dies R Us - anything goes with dies
Paru's Cardmaking Challenges - anything goes
WWODT - anything goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - festive sentiment

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Christmas dies but not on a Christmas card ...

Oh my what a few hours! In the time that it's taken me to type this post, I think here in Ireland we've had every season thrown at us in a very short space of time ... blue skies, sunshine & heat to torrential rain, winds & rapid temperature drops back to blue skies & sunshine. I'd settle for the dry bit just for now ...

I thought I'd share a card made using the Delicate Detail stamps stamped and coloured with my Nuvo Aqua Flow pens.

I always sketch out my ideas now before making as was finding that I'd suddenly be struck with inspiration but when I had time to make, the brilliant idea had vanished in the ether ...! For this card, I wanted to create a wreath effect but didn't want to use a circle as my guide. Whilst looking through my Tonic dies, I struck upon the Mistletoe Wreath die set and it was my crafty eureka moment. I cut out the wreath part (leaving it inside my card) and the die leaves a rectangular space in the sentiment which was perfect for stamping my sentiment.

Using Indigo Dawn & Evergreen Fern Aqua Flow pens, I stamped the Floral Flourish stamp three times, and whilst the ink was still wet, water coloured my images. These in turn were cut out. Next I stamped just the flower design multiple times (with Indigo Dawn) and again while the ink was wet, coloured. These too were cut out ready for my wreath to be assembled. Before adding all my elements I stamped the sentiment - Delicate Detail Simple Sentiments stamp set - in Metro grey hybrid ink.

Before assembling my wreath, I stamped the Vine Flourish (multiple times) with Fresh Green Aqua Flow pen, colouring images whilst ink was still wet. The heart elements on the stamp were coloured with Indigo Dawn. These again were cut out. Finally all my stamped and coloured images could be added to the Mistletoe Wreath. As a finishing touch, I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Violet Galaxy and Sweet lilac.

I do love finishing different uses for my dies and where possible make them all year round and not just pigeon hole them for certain times of the year. Do you do that too and if so, which dies have you found more than one seasonal use for?

Right, off to pack a mini case to cover all the seasons of the day and get ready for a day out. Have a wonderful weekend whatever you are doing,

x x x

Products used and links:

I'd like to add my card to the following challenges:
Crafty Friends - anything goes
A perfect time to craft - anything goes
Artistic Stamper - anything goes
Classic Design Team - anything goes
Crafty Girls - anything goes
Create and Inspire - anything goes
Love to craft - anything goes

Friday, 18 August 2017

Polkadoodles - Under the sea in a Tropical Ocean ...

OMG time ... half way through August already and not 100% sure we can say we've had a summer. Our pear tree in the back garden has  been overflowing with ripe pears since mid July and normally it's early September when we start harvesting them. Ty, my dog, on the other hand has been helping harvest them by 'springing' in to the tree and plucking a pear. he doesn't eat them, just picks them! I suppose he is a Springer Spaniel ... yep, pun was intended 😁

It's inspiration week over at Polkadoodle Challenges and the theme is "Anything Goes" but on the DT we've decided to create summer themed projects to fit the theme.

The 'go to' product for me has to simply be Tropical Oceans and Tropical Underworld clear stamp sets ...

Polkadoodles Tropical Oceans clear stamp set     Polkadoodles Tropical Underworld clear stamp set

I created the background using Nuvo embellishment mouses, layering the colours, adding texture using 2 different stencils (applied with a baby wipe) and finally adding bubbles using another stencil. I wanted my seahorse to be swimming in a warm tropical ocean ...

I stamped and cut out the seahorse colouring him with Nuvo Aqua Flow watercolour pens and then highlighting parts of his body with the Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen. He's been mounted on to the background with 3D foam but first, I shaped the body using a ball tool.

The original plan was to make a textural background and then add my embellishments but sadly I forgot to mask off properly and the background blend out on to the card blank. Cunning plan? Make a circular frame which hides all the mess. The embellishment images have also been strategically placed too ... frame didn't cover everything!

Again I stamped and water coloured the shells and anchor, placing them at the bottom of the frame. I created a banner, stamping the sentiment - which is from Technique Tuesday.

To add height - also help ground the shells and anchor - I used the Cherry Blossom Branch die to create some seaweed. In the photo above, you can also see where I have stamped seaweed on to the background. My final 'finishing touch' was to add some Polkadoodles clear Dew Drops.

Adore, adore, adore the Oceania range of stamps from Nikky Hall and will be sharing a notebook/organiser I made using aforementioned ... just a mammoth photographing task to be completed first!

If you grab yourself a coffee - or another beverage of choice - pop over to the challenge blog and see the fabulous projects my teamies have made too.

Have a great weekend,

x x x

Products used & links:

I would like to share my card in the following challenges:

CCEE stampers - nautical
Crafting with an attitude - anything goes
Moving along with the times - "B" - blue, bubbles, branch
Southern Girls - add stamping
Craftaholics R Us - Ocean Life
Day Dreamer - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - add a sentiment
Challenge up your life - summer