Friday, December 21, 2012

Scrapbooking layout - Live in the sunshine

 Hi everyone this is my first layout for the Twiddleybitz design team that I am on for the next three months.
 This layout of my beautiful daughter Alysha getting a sneak kiss from her boyfriend Jason.  I love this photo and I wanted it to be very special.  I loved the Twiddleybitz surfboard chipboard piece.  I just knew what I wanted to do.  .

Firstly as this is a hollow surfboard, I filled it with modelling paste, and when it was dry I covered it with some cream paint and then crackle medium.  Once it was dry I added a small layer of gel, and sprinkled with sand.  I then coloured the rest of the chipboard with distress markers.  I added flowers, starfish, and some film strip. 

 I used pieces from the grab bag to make the squares under and above the photo.  The little birds are chipboard pieces as well, and I covered with a little ink.  I found the bead when I was on the floor looking for the bird that I dropped,so it seemed appropriate to add it to the page.  You will soon find out I love clocks, and I put them on every project I do these days.  The photo actually has a piece of acetate over it, which had these awesome swirls on it
 I hope you enjoyed this post, and please click on the link above to take you to the Twiddleybitz ning for lots of fantastic ideas. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Abstract frame

Hi everyone, Merry Christmas, as this is my last post for Artfull Crafts before Christmas is upon us.  No snow again this year; I am forever hopeful.

I was quite taken with the Forget me not collection that I received for my next challenge.  I decided that it would be the basis of my next off the page challenge, Abstract memory frame.  Great news for you though, it is on special at Artfull Crafts, so make sure you click on the link, and go and add one to your cart! 

As you can see it is pretty involved project.  I didn't want to put photos in it, I thought it had more possibilities as a quote display board, one of my last presents to make.  I painted the board edges first, and although you cannot see it here, I used metallic copper paint, on all the edges and then Kaisercraft paint on the top 

I started using the Forget me not paper collection, Which I measured and cut to fit all the different boxes. 
Then it was playtime. I had all the wooden embellishments in my stash from SENZ, I also used resin embellishments that I made,  Kaisercraft blooms, a variety of stamps, some bling, and Kaisercraft tags.  I stamped using black ink, on left over bits of paper, and then matted those on brown card stock.  I also used quite a few items from Kaisercraft collection embellishments.  I also used a few dies for making embellishments such as the Sizzix bird and cage, and the dress from the sewing room set.  
I have taken a photo of each section, so you can see what I did.

I hope you have enjoyed, and thank you for stopping by. Thanks for all the great comments.
Merry Christmas to you and your family, and I hope that 2013 is wonderful and of course full of great crafting opportunities.   


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

4 Christmas Tags

Hi everyone, whats on the blog today? Christmas, no surprise there, but it it that time of the year.  So today is about tags... 4 of them actually, and embossing powder, and resists.  I decided it was time to try using some of this amazing embossing powder, that has been around for awhile, so tends to be put away, while new products are in favour.  But I love it, there are so many colours, and textures, you have got to try it out.

Embossing powder can be used to colour a product (I love old gold), it can be used to distress (distress embossing powder) and then it can be used as a resist (any colour but I do like clear powder for this)

The picture on the left uses clear embossing, the one on the right has been embossed twice. 

Left hand side:
I then used distress ink on the tag to colour it.  Note that where I embossed the words at the back, the distress has resisted it, also the red reindeer.  I useddistress embossing powder for the lamp, some stickles and a graphic 45 images. The lamps have stickles in them to look like the light lights are on.

Right hand side, Tag 2 has been embossed with distress embossing powder, and then the lamp was gold embossed, but I sanded it a little bit, to grunge it a little bit.

In this image, on the left I have stamped Santa with black ink, then used a white crayon to colour in all the places I wanted to stay white, so I could colour the rest of the tag in. 

Time to add a few embellishments.  Tulle, berries twigs and a Bobunny metal embellishment.   

For this tag I stamped the background, and then
coloured Santa with crayon again.
I also coloured the holly on his head with
distress markers, and then inked it very softly
with pale distress inks. 

I enjoyed making these little pieces for Christmas, and what a great thing to put on your thoughtfully purchased or made gifts.  I hope you have enjoyed these.  Please comment so I know how I am doing with all my instructions and projects.  Thanks for reading. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Snowman Hat

Hi everyone Jo here.  December is here and the Christmas countdown is on. This project is for Artfull Crafts table settings week.  I have always thought that snow at Christmas time would be wonderful, well, for a few hours anyway.  Making a snowman looks so much fun, but as that isn't going to happen this year in New Zealand, I decided a snowman's hat would be the next best thing for my Christmas table (actually for another friend of mine's table).

I started with a coffee tin, (no I don't drink that much coffee, I got it from a large business in town).  I covered the tin with BoBunny paper, I liked the black and white look. I also covered the top of the tin.  I cut this window from a Cottage Cutz die that I have had for a while, however there are lots of neat window dies on the market now, including two new releases from Spellbinders.  I adhered the cut-out window on to thick acetate, I then scored and creased the window panes, so that the window had dimension.  I decorated with Peelcraft stickers. 

 I used Graphic 45 paper behind the window to show a scene through the window.  I then cut a large circle from black card and adhered to the bottom of the tin, to make the brim of the hat. I then added baubles, pinecones, tulle, graphic 45 tags, poinsetta flowers, berries, leaves, ribbon, and a few branches.

  I used the window and peelcraft on a card as well.  So these windows have lots of uses. 

I hope you enjoyed the project.