Friday, 11 April 2014

Limited Runs at Left of Center

It's new challenge time at Left of Center.  Last month was just so much fun, with the anniversary challenge running alongside the usual fortnightly themes, but it was a wee bit hectic.  Back to normal with the latest theme, which is - Dark.

I'm working with a digi from our sponsor, Limited Runs, The Count.  These little pop-up box cards are very popular at the moment and very easy to make.

I dug into my Halloween stash for the paper and punched the flaps of the box with my EK Success border punch (cutting off the spider that normally sits on the web).  The message?  Well, it just so happens that my birthday was yesterday, so this is my card to myself.

PS I had a GREAT day!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

A box of...

I saw a lovely little box decorated with Sweet Sentiments paper on the G45 blog.  It was absolutely adorable, and, as I had a similar box on hand, I thought I'd make something similar.

My mojo absolutely refused to co-operate.  Whenever I thought about the project, it refused to be white and pastel and pretty and sweet.  It wanted to be dark and black and orange and turquoise...

I used "Steampunk Spells" - I love this collection - I bought two of everything!
Side view
Inside ( I sprayed the trim with Dylusions to get the orange colour.)

I had so much fun making this.  Hope you liked it.

(Haunted Design House have a Steampunk theme going on so I'm going to enter this in their challenge - thanks, Creepy Glowbugg, for pointing it out!)

Crafty hugs,


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Tim's 12 Tags - April

My first non-DT-related post for some time, and it's another two-fer for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2014!

Unlike March's tag,which I really struggled with, this one was lots of fun to do, so much so that I couldn't stop and also made the cover for a mini-book, using the same techniques. I thought I'd share the first page while I was at it - I covered the die-cut card with sticky-backed canvas and then painted it before adhering a stamped tissue with beeswax (See Suze Weinberg's YouTube videos for the method) and gluing on a couple of bits of hardware.  I had to include an octopus.  It was compulsory. (
I added a couple of chit-chat stickers as well.

 I didn't have any foil handy so I used Mirri board - and then put Crackle Accents over the top, otherwise it's pretty close to the original.
When I've finished all the pages I'm going to bind it with my Cinch - I've punched the holes so it's ready to bind.

And there it is.  Hope you enjoyed your visit - would love to see you again!

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Everything Easter at Ikesworld

Team B’s turn at the  Ikesworld Challenge Blog and we’re continuing the theme of Easter.
I’m using Blossom 1.  This is such a pretty image and could be coloured in a number of different ways.  I’ve gone for a sort of apple-blossom pink (although my apple trees don’t have any blossom on them just yet so I’m working from memory).  One of these days I’ll do a project that doesn’t involve tissue paper, but today is not that day.  I sized the image to fit on a cardboard egg which I’d sealed, given an undercoat of gesso, and then painted with Daler-Rowney shimmer acrylic inks, first  in Sun-up blue and the a coat of Pearl Moon over the top.
While I had the gesso around, I painted some over the reverse side of the tissue paper, just where the blossoms were.  (I should point out that I use the crunchy tissue paper – the sort you wrap things in – not the soft kind like Kleenex.  I’ve never tried printing on the soft kind and I’m not sure what would happen if I did).  When it was dry I coloured the other side with alcohol markers – Spectrum Noir’s this time – and then cut the image out, keeping close to the edge. 
After that it just needed to be stuck to the egg and sealed over the top.  I used Bindex this time, just for a change.  A bit of trimming and there you have it!
Hope you're going to share your project with us at the Ikesworld Challenge blog.  If you use one of Ike's images you're in with a chance of winning a prize - so why not give it a go?  Ike even has a freebie that you can use if you don't have any of her digis, and you can't say fairer than that!  See you there?
Crafty hugs,

Friday, 28 March 2014

Here comes the bride!

...of Frankenstein.  This is my DT piece for the latest challenge at Left of Center, sponsored by Sassy Studios, and the theme is - ribbon and/or flowers. 
I've gone more left of centre - which is defined as anything gothic, horror, steampunk, manga etc  - rather than sticking to the theme this time, although there is a bit of braid at the top of the tag.  It doesn't really show in the photo, but I did a bit of decoupage on the digi of the Bride (who is very sassy indeed!).  Otherwise, this is a very straightforward tag, with a bit of colouring-in and sticking onto a tag, as my Mojo has apparently gone on holiday without me this week. 
We'd love to see what you can do with the challenge at LOC.  There's a prize from our sponsor up for grabs - why not hop over to the challenge blog  and share your project with us?  See you there!
Crafty hugs,
PS We have a Facebook group too - we'd love you to join!

Backwards and in high heels!

My turn to contribute a project to the LOC Blogiversary celebrations, and I've chosen a digi from Ike’s Art. 
This is one of a series of real killer heel shoes – my feet ache just looking at them, but my word, aren't they pretty?  And what else should you do with a shoe but make a shoebox ?  The sentiment is one I made myself with my Imagepac, the quote is credited to Bob Thaves, about Fred  Astaire – “Sure he was great, but don't forget Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards...and in high heels!”

These folding box cards are very popular right now.  They are similar to the version that Rob Addams has on his CD's, but Rob's cards are powered by elastic and pop up into place.   This kind doesn't do that but there are lots of examples to follow if you want to make one.
I covered my box in Hunkydory card that I've had around for ages.  I do like black or white with tiny silver poka dots.  And it seemed to be just right for a card about one of the great dancers of the Hollywood heyday. So I hope you like it, too.
Crafty Hugs,

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Dreaming is free

All right, I admit it - I haven't contributed a link to Hels Sheridan's blog for a while.  I've visited every week; Sunday Stampers was one of the first blogs that got me joining in with challenges, and there was a time when I rarely missed a week.  However - as I joined in more and more challenges, and then began contributing to a DT or two,  it got harder and harder to keep up with everything, and what had to give was the weekly challenges.  (It takes me a week to think of an idea!)  Nevertheless,  I still follow Hels's blog and was lucky enough to get to one of her workshops recently.  So - as it's the 300th edition of Sunday Stampers,  I've made a special effort and put into practice what I learned from Hels -

The stamps are from a number of sources - Indigoblu and the Artistic Stamper among others - I just went digging through my collection until I found some I liked.  I used Timber Brown Staz-On ink onto tissue (this time it was the Kleeex kind, not the the crunchy kind I normally use) and beeswaxed it onto the painted canvas.  Apart from at the workshop, this is the first time I've used beeswax in my Melt Pot.

  I added a screw eye to the bottom of the smaller canvas and hung my little pendant from it (it's one I made using Pebeo Fantasy paints - I have a box full of them and hardly ever wear jewellery!) 

 I stuck the key (and the jewel) and the little dragonfly charm in place with Cosmic Shimmer glue.  What else is there?  Oh, yes, the roses are made from cold porcelain ( I'm still in love with it!) 
So there we are.  I hope you like it - and if you get a chance to attend a workshop run by Hels, just jump at it.  You won't regret it.
Crafty hugs,