Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Crafting Cafe May Challenge - Creatures

The theme this month at the Crafting Cafe is "Creatures", and the sponsor is the lovely Oak Pond Creations.  I've made an easel card using their cute Fancy Fish image, along with a few extras in the background!  I hope you like it!

What I used:
Papers: DCWV Photo stack (water, grass and sand prints)
Image: Oak Pond Creations Fancy Fish digi stamp
Embellishments: Craft Planet "Deep Sea" fun stickers, Italic peel-off alphabet, brads
Tools: Purple cows large wavy line trimmer blade, Papermania fluid metallic brush markers

Crafting notes:
  • The fish image is printed onto plain vellum and then coloured with metallic markers, which gives an opaque finish even on vellum.
  • The seaweed is cut from scraps of grass print paper from a DCWV photo stack.  I've used the grass print sideways, to get a stripy finish similar to the light patterns you get underwater.  The seaweed handily covers the adhesive for the vellum :-)
  • The eyes are coloured on the reverse of the vellum, to make them distinct from the other silver coloured parts of the fish.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Moving house card for Country View Crafts

I'm very excited to announce that I'll be doing a few guest designer posts over the coming months for the blog for my favourite online craft shop, Country View Crafts.  My first project went live on their blog today and I'm sharing it here too.  It's a moving house card, with a moving house on it :-)  I'd love to know what you think - as kinetic cards go, this is just about as easy to make as it gets!

Waggle the lolly stick and move house!

A full description of how to make the card can be found on the Country View Crafts blog here.

What I used
Papers: Tim Holtz Idea-Ology paper stacks "Retro Grunge", "Destinations", Kraft card
Embellishments: Wooden laser cut house, magnetic fastener
Tools: Papermania circle punch, Studio g mini alphabet stamps, That Special Touch map mask, Adirondack paint dabber "snow cap", Ranger archival ink "coffee", Tim Holtz distress inks "Spiced marmalade", "Chipped sapphire", "Vintage photo", "Broken china"
Other: Walls mini twister lolly, and a toddler to eat it :-)

Crafting notes

  • I coloured the wooden house with a paint dabber and a distress ink pad.  Apply the paint first and allow to dry before applying the ink so the colours don't bleed.  Use masking tape to get a nice straight edge.
  • To give the lolly stick room to move, I stuck three layers of foam tape to the reverse of the map, around the top, bottom and left edges.  Tape is preferable to pads, because it gives a smooth and continuous edge, so the slider doesn't get caught.  I needed my tape to be half thickness - to cut it down, unroll sticky side up onto your craft mat, and cut with a knife.
  • I distressed the edge of the map before inking it - just make small tears along the edge and then roll between your fingers.


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Layout 11: Craft Talk Weather Challenge

The theme for the April scrapbooking challenge on the docrafts Craft Talk Forum was the weather, and the suggested sketch had a diagonal layout of three photos.  I chose a single photo page, but kept the diagonal structure from the sketch - this is what I came up with:

This layout should have been nice and quick, as I had a fairly clear idea of what I wanted to do, and I had a couple of ready made embellishments that I really liked too.  But then the dog got her first ever couple of fleas (which seemed to be immune to her flea treatment :-( ) and Bob and I got colds, so much of my crafting time has unfortunately been spent spraying the carpets and wiping noses!   Further delays came from me getting stuck on the journalling, as usual, and deciding to modify both the ready made embellishments a bit.  Here's how the title started out:

I didn't have any snowflakes to match this one, and it really bothered me that part of the title was covered up!  I'm much happier with the ATD metal snowflake I've replaced it with, and I added them in a couple of other places too:

Happy crafting!

What I used:
Papers: Forever Friends Christmas Snow 6x6
Embellishments: American Traditional Designs Lil' Stackers (Snowflake) and Lil' Charms (Let it Snow), Fabric snowflakes (can't remember where from), large silver brads
Tools: XCut embossing snowflake punch, Marvy le Plume dark navy pen

Crafting notes:
  • I snipped off the 'arms' of the fabric snowflakes that were not visible, as I think they'll make brilliant winter trees for a small topper :-)
  • Most of the journalling strips come from the bits of the 6x6 sheets that would have been hidden under the photo.
  • I used silicon glue dots to stick the snowflakes down.  I like that you don't have to wait for the glue to dry, and these dots can be repositioned without mess too.