Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Spellbloggers post - HappyBee Birthday ...

Recently I shared a mini tutorial using Spellbinders Honey Bee die set (see HERE) and after making that card it spurred me on to make another but instead of using white card, this time I chose cream. The curious thing inside wanted to see how much different the same colours were for the end projects. The only difference I can see is that the colours look a little warmer - what do you think?

Before I begin, I must pay respects to the 'work horse' that sits besides me on my crafting space and has been it's weight worth in gold productivity wise ... my Spellbinders Sapphire machine. This is a complete and utter god send when it comes to cutting smaller dies as its quicker to use but it's overall footprint is next to nothing. I just wish it was easy to find the replacement cutting pads here in the UK ... 😔

Right, let's get going and here's the project I am sharing today ...

I have used exactly the same colours as for my first card, (see HERE) but rather than create a background, I have used the die cuts themselves.

I have used Spellbinders Tiny Sentiment stamps stamped with Nuvo Hybrid black shadow ink and chosen 2 this time. I cut all the die cuts out from different offcuts of cream card as thought it would be 1] great way of using scraps and 2] wanted to see how the colours looked on different shades of 'cream' ... as you do ...

If I was doing this card again would probably stamp the sentiments first as was a wee bit tricky with all the different layers. A black micron pen soon came to the rescue ... phew!

Right O, better get ready for my day out with mum,

x x x

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I would like to share my card in the following challenges:
Crafting by design - anything goes
Crafty Creations - anything goes
Day Dreamer Challenges - anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Win & Tonic - Jingle Bell Rock

Another new challenge over at 'Win & Tonic' this month and the theme this month is 'Christmas'. The Tonic DT would love it if you popped over and join in the fun with us especially as the prize on offer this month is ...

Dimensions - Christmas Cracker Treat Box Die Set

For my card, I wanted to create a card but use non-Christmas dies for the main focal point. My starting point was the Sentiments Three set - which have a fab selection of Christmas phrases - I was drawn to 'Jingle Bells' and instantly thought 'music', so without further ado, off I went to grab my music themed dies. This is what I came up with ...

I created a very soft background using Nuvo embellishment mousses in Pacific Teal & Aquamarine, firstly dry brushing the colours on to my card blank and then by spritzing/flicking the same colours.

I die cut the sentiment 3 times and layered together to create a deeper/dimensional cut. I spritzed it with the same mousse colours, then with water and using a wet wipe, dabbed the colour. I was really pleased with how it created a great mottled effect.

For the guitar, I cut the design once in white but only embossed the design on kraft card. I 'moussed' both and then layered one on top of the other cutting out the now layered electric guitar. behind the guitar I placed a white snowflake to act as a contrast.

I also die cut the Perfect harmony die and as with the other die cuts, 'moussed' it. This was then put behind the guitar and snowflake. Before stamping the 'ROCK' (Block Capitals alphabet stamps), I did a trail run of where all the different elements would look best on my card blank. Once happy, I stamped the additional word, embossing in Serenity Blue.

Apologies for the poor photos ... however hard I tried, I just could get a clear image so had to walk away before I had severe words with my camera 😉

Hope to see you over at Win & Tonic even if it is really a little too early for Christmas projects ...,

x x x

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Entering my Christmas card in to the following challenges:
A snowflake's promise - anything goes
Paper Minutes - anything goes
The holly & ivy - anything Christmas goes
Through the craftroom door - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Merry Monday - anything goes + link up

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Moussed up picture frame ...

I am relatively 'new' to the Nuvo embellishment mousse but when I received mine from Tonic Studios I just had to play but starting out in small steps to get a feel for the product and also for the colours. Sadly my photographic skills do not clearly show how rich in pigment the mousses are and what a wonderful shimmer & shine they have too.

At this point should say that this is a rather photo heavy post, so grab a beverage - mines a black coffee, no sugar please - and let's begin ...

So what did I do? I grabbed some stampbord shapes and mount board decided to create a picture frame ...

I began by choosing how to place my stampbord pieces and then colouring them with 3 different mousses: Old Navy, Pacific Teal & Cornflower Blue. I used a dry paintbrush to add the colour as wanted to create a mottled effect. Remember to also colour the outside edges of your stampbord as these will be on display too!

Once happy with the layout, I stuck the stampbord pieces to mountboard trimming away 3 of the edges but leaving the top. This lust helps me move the frame around to decorate whilst the glue 'goes off' properly. Next it was stamping time ... using the following stamps from the Delicate Detail collection, I began creating my decoration: Floral Tag, Floral Flourish & Vine Flourish.

I've added highlights using Pure Platinum embellishment mousse and coloured the leaf elements with Citrus Green & Seaspray Green ... or even a bit of both! I painted these parts adding the teeny, tiniest bit of water to the mousse. Just couldn't leave the foliage blue ...!

Now to have a little more fun with my scrapper tools ... joy of joys. With the tools I went over each of the stamped designs adding defined highlights to make the images 'pop' even more. I've even gone around the outside edge of the frame to tie all the detail in and hopefully, focus your eyes on to the stamped images.

Now that I've completed all the designs, I cut away the excess mountbord from the top and also from the centre to create the frame.

Using a piece of hardboard, I drew around the frame - inside and out - added a further 1cm allowance on all sides. Using a very, very, very sharp craft knife, I cut away the excess hardboard but only cut away 3 of the sides on the inside frame: both sides and top. For the bottom part, using a bradle I crated a crease line and gently, in fact very gently and slowly, manipulated the hardboard to make a hinge.

Using the same colours of mousses that I had used on my stampbord, I coloured the hardboard on both sides. In the photo below, you will be able to see how I cut the inner frame to create the hinge. Although it does look very creased here, don't panic, a little bit of sanding and further mousse made for a very smooth and efficient opening.

Now to stick the hardboard to the stampbord frame ... but before you do that ... add your opening/closing mechanism, (see below). You can also see in the photo below, why I added the extra 1cm allowance to the hardboard; it creates a place to safely add acetate (to protect picture/photo) and also a place to safely anchor your picture/photo. Quickly must add that I did paint the inside part with the mousses so everything co-ordinated but forgot to take a photo ... sorry ...

I used heavy duty glue to adhere the two pieces together and whilst trying extra pressure added with bulldog clips.

Once dry, add your acetate square to the inside of the opening and a piece of white card to the flap (see below) ...

All completed and actually quite chuffed with how the frame came out. I want to make another one using the mandala stamps from the Delicate Detail collection but next time using brighter, opulent colour scheme.

The photos above and below are a close up of the stamped details on the picture frame. Click on the photos to make them larger for a better 'look see'.

Here's another photo of my finished frame and apologies for the glare ... that'll be the acetate. If you look carefully you might even see me trying to take a photo of the frame ... 😁

Phew ... thanks for reading all the way to the end as it is a rather photo heavy post. Please do share with me how you have used the Nuvo embellishment mousses on your projects - in comments section below - so I can pop over and see how the mousse inspired you.

Right back to the paint brushes ... sadly the wall painting type,

x x x

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 I'd like to share my picture frame in the following challenges:
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
More mixed media - anything goes
Classic Design Team - anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu - anything goes
Mix It Up - anything goes
Monochrome Twist - anything goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - anything goes