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A year of Coasters revealed

This year challenging myself to do 12 coasters instead of tags has been yes a challenge. Coasters are much smaller than the tags that are usually used. They are just 4″ squares.

It is with a fondness and some sadness though that I say goodbye to the 12 tags of 2012 and reveal the piece of wall art I created with my coasters.

I know that this year will see even more creativity and I already have my idea ready and waiting for the first tag of 2013 (where would we be without Mr Holtz’s monthly inspiration).

Yes I added a little to some of the tags, an image here, a little glitter there, nothing major bar the complete reboot of my Febuary (oops almost typed fabuary) coaster on which I did keep two of my original elements just gave them a better backdrop as it were.

So here it is the very Last installment of my 12 coasters of 2012 the finished Canvas (painted in antique linen crackle paint, with letters cut out of sizzix love letters strip alphabet die, stamped with coffe bean ink on hero arts Kraft cs and all stuck on with matt multi medium) It truly has been a year of creativity and I for one am very glad that with the exception of April I managed to get all my coasters uploaded and shared on time.

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What do you think?

Let the October Catch up Begin

With some spooky halloween ATC’s for a swap at Jellybean Scrappers.

It is funny I love these but the pics do not do the justice then I also saw some of the amazing and sophisticated ones others did and was like hmm mine feel a bit amature then I remember I also do not have the hugest stash and I always make the most of what I have plus. I really am happy with how unique these are and they took so much work and I enjoyed making them all so much.

Take special note of the ‘dirt’ it took a lot of effort, an expresso paint dabber, some plastic and a craft knife to scrape the paint off the plastic but I really love how it turned out.

The first is aptly titled ‘Trick or Treat’ and I love that I got to use my wee 1″ paper bag die

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The Second I used the Tim Holtz Foil tape technique and grunged up the CB cut and emboss grave titled “Alas Poor Yorick” (cutting that skull in half was a beep totally worth it however any scrapping companies out there seriously some half skulls ie just the front would rock)

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and the last one I have to say I really wanted the arm to look zombie like so went totally ott with the alco inks (like I did on all the skeleton bits). I also used a Vintaj embossing folder I have with some cheap thin tags I got from a local discount store. Alcohol inks and Triple thick. The background is painted with distress re inkers. And this one has a really neat trick to it

So the original
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and without the pendant thats right the spooky tree tag can be taken off and worn or used on something else.

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and thats the Halloween ATC’s it was such fun playing with less pretty darker things for a change.

October Coaster (my take on 12 tags of 2012)

Yes I know I am usually an eager beaver and have my Coaster done long before now. However this month has been busy filled with place cards and art workshops and birthdays so it is only the last couple of days I have been able to sit down and work on my Coaster for October. See the Alcohol ink/rock candy glitter technique here.

I also needed to wait for one of my birthday parcels to arrive as I knew it contained the rock candy glitter (btw if you have diamond dust this technique works great with that as well I tested it out for cupcake sprinkles for something new I am working on for my etsy store)

Anyway I noticed that when you dropped the raisin? alcohol ink into the glitter it looked a bit like blood splattered onto snow so I did the same thing over some modelling paste that I textured by bouncing my finger over the top of it.

Used an orange, red and yellow paint dabber to create my sky, cut out some bats with a cuttlebug die and covered them with glossy accents and Rock candy dry glitter coloured with pitch black alcohol ink. Dropped a drop of alcohol ink onto my dry modeling paste and let it spread. To get the smaller splatters I took a thin paintbrush and dropped alcohol ink straight into the brush then tapped it a few times till I was happy with the result (to clean the brush dip it in some blending soloution and paint out the alcohol ink repeat until your brush is clean), Created my own coffin shape out of glossy card stock and again pulled out the alcohol inks to create what I hope is a faux stone/marble type finish. I also alcohol ink the plastic skeleton arm (taken from a cheap set of skeletons from spotlight already faux aged but I really like the way the alcohol ink kicks that up a few notches).  And that is all the elements of my coaster. Took a while to pull it all together but I am so happy with how it turned out.

Here it is. What do you think?

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12 Tags of 2012 September

So my first challenge was that I do not own the foil sheets, I did however some time ago find foil tape on ebay super cheap and have a roll of that. Yes its skinnier and took longer to cover the coaster, it also seems to scratch up easier.

Or perhaps that was my use of a green scourer rather than steel wool ( which I do not have any of at present).

It is quite funny actually I had such a different idea for my coaster originally. However I could not find my victorian Lady stamp and as I was looking I found the free stamp it stamp I was given at Artful Flight. Funny how that happens. I pulled out some white corrugated cardboard (purchased yesterday from a local cheapie shop), my little container of watch parts and just played.

I truly did not have a set idea in mind once I realised I could not find the stamp I wanted. So I really did just get inky and play.

The only thing I did differently with my background is after I scrubbed off some of the alcohol ink I also added a layer of Black Paint dabber then scratched it off using a paddle pop stick.

So enough rambling I am so excited to share my coaster with you all (the butterflies are mulberry paper ones I alcohol inked and then spritzed with a homemade pearl mist)

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The quote is very Apt “Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art” Leonardo Da Vinci

Here is Tim’s Tag for this month, and I have to be honest it both excited and scared me. Though I had a lot of fun doing my coaster this month. (click image to be taken to the post and how to’s). (Moved so I can pin my coaster to pintrest)

Arty Matchbox Swap

I have been dying to share this project with you all for a couple of weeks now but had to wait till it was in the hands of my swap partner.

Have to say this was in part inspired by some matchboxes showed to me by a friend on a Ning stite Amazing Matchboxes. Which I shared with the extremely talented ladies at Jellybean Scrappers. Also got to see some other really cool Matchboxes with spooky bottlecap style keyrings in them.

Thus a swap was born for  ‘Arty Matchboxes’ of course being the eager beaver I can be I eagerly started working on a very pretty matchbox using Butterfly garden paper that is still half finished in my stash.

However when I found out who my swap person was I totally changed my mind as the request was funky rather than pretty.

I raided my charms, Found a great Gothic Cross that I had gotten as part of a pendant from ebay, pulled out my watch parts and went to town.

I used alcohol inks over all of the metal parts including both the skull charms and all the watch pieces. Used modling paste to cover the matchbox then rubbed Dusty Concord Distress Reinker over the cover and heated it with my heat gun. (It is the only way it sets into the Modling paste) I did that a few times to build up a nice deep colour.

I only Used the Pitch black and Slate alcohol inks then covered the metal bits with Multi Medium in Matt it reacted a little to give that great rust effect on some of the watch parts.

Also when I was finished it just felt like it needed something else so I made a velvet pouch for the Matchbox

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The Matchbox

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Opened (though not a great pic)

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Whats that inside?

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Why Yes it’s a book

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The green on the edges of the Book is from setting fire to the edges it is how the Distress Reinker and modelling paste reacted to the heat instead of a burnt colour it turned green. As the book is a ‘Faux Grimoire’ it seemed fitting.

I also chopped up real book pages and burnt the edges to make the inner book. The skull on the cover has also been alcohol inked to age it a bit.

Have to say it was a lot of work to get this just right (took me 3 attempts to make the insert piece alone) but I love how it turned out. Not only that but the reaction of my swap partner and those who have seen it has just blown me away.

It was so much fun to do something a bit darker than what I would normally do. Never be afraid to try something new the worst that can happen is you really don’t like it the best well the above and my recent Masculine cards show you that sometimes you can create something truly special when you step outside of your creative comfort zone…..

12 Coasters July

You know the challenge I have been having with doing the coasters is they are 4″x4″ not a lot of room to work with however now that we are at the halfway mark I can see how my idea for the coasters is shaping up. I am sure by now your starting to get an inkling of what the finished 12 will be turned into given that I have been using the same colours for them all in various ways.

See T!m’s tag of the month here : July Tag

I loved the layering of this tag as well as the technique not having pressed air (although have been contemplating getting a mini air compressor as they are quite economical) I used a wide straw. For those Aussies reading this I emptied out a Sippah straw and used that.

For me I had fun building up layers and a little texture. Though the picture no where does the center scalloped circle justice in the sense you do not see all the layers . I then used some Kraft Core to make two larger scalloped circles and sanded them. Added in some glazed mini roses in victorian velvet and added them to a back that is layers of tissue paper stamped and painted over then inked around the edges. Stamped on my quote and embossed it. Viola Coaster of the Month.

I am really happy with how this one turned out.

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A bit of Shabby Chic

Recently I participated in Two swaps (though was lucky enough to get the same partner for both which was a great blessing to my budget),

The theme for both was Shabby Chic, one was a card box filled with 5 cards in set themes. The other was a box swap (I tried everywhere to find a box the right size but just could not find one so I added in another small box and a small tag album to make up for the size as well as a few extra goodies for my swap partner)

So now that they have arrived I can share the pics with you all.

Here is the card box and cards:

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and here is the two boxes and matching mini Tag Album

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I of course had to gold leaf a little, and one of the cards is also on Jellybean Scrappers for a monthly Inspiration Challenge.

A little bit of History Mini Albums Part 2

This next mini album was made at the start of 2010 and was a huge leap out of my comfort zone in terms of colour and style. I Believe I made this for the Kaiser DT call that year. I can certainly see how my photography has also improved a lot since then.

A Kaiser MDF Album with Kaiser Paper, and other assorted things and one of my all time most used set of stamps MSE Friendship quotes.

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and last but not least a chipboard Mini Album I created last year after a break up. I am really proud of how this turned out even if it wasn’t the happiest of endings. Sometimes scrapping can be a form of therapy. There is a lot of pockets and such to add print outs of messages and such. Funny though I have yet to add them to the album. I may one day but then again maybe I wont shrugs.

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And thats all for the walk down mini album memory lane 🙂

A little Fairy Magic

Today I would like to share with you two Fairy Valentines cards I made over the weekend.

I used these rather Stunning Midnight Fairy Stamps (my sister showed me and at the time there was only one set left so when I saw them re listed on eBay I had to snag them)

Here is what they look like.

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Now my first card I made with these is purely a flight of my own fancy. I started with the rainbow. Made using alcohol inks. A tip here if you try this put some old paper (from the recycling or copy paper) between your card layers as the ink will bleed through. I used a rainbow of colours. Did one line of each. Honestly just do a couple of small drops in the centre of your felt mine was a bit of overkill. Also add a little pearl Mixative over the top of your colours and a smidge of blending solution. Then just swipe it across your card in an arc to form your rainbow.

The fairies I hand coloured. Have totally fallen in love with the Smooch Pearl Accents as they are wonderful to add highlights to your fairies and also one of the colours in the set of 4 I have I am using as the blonde/gold fairy hair. I used matt multi medium to glue the fussy cut fairies where I wanted them and also to add the glitter to the rainbow and so it looks like it is cascading from the fairies hand. Hopefully the Little girl who this valentine is for will find it magical.
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The second card I used a tutorial From Split coast stampers here is a link to the Tutorial.
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The only things I did different was stamp a frame on Acetate, and placed the acetate over my stamp so I could see where to leave clear. I used some homemade blue glaze and a smidge of milled lavender re-inker. Also I put clear triple thick in the middle of the acetate where the fairy was going. That way I got an even glitter shimmer.

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These last few days were a creative whirlwind. About 10 Cards, a couple of presents and a few assorted boxes. Some of which I cannot share as they are for presents and when they have arrived I will definitely share them then. My Martha Score board is getting a huge workout I think since I got it a week ago it has only had two days off!

Have to say I am very impressed with the Splitcoast Stampers Tutorials I am not only learning a lot but find them very simple and easy to follow. I can sometimes get confused easily so it is a joy to find a site that is not only friendly and fun but also I have no hesitation in recommending to others!

Happy Valentines Day fellow creative people.

Hope you used your creativity to spread a little love and joy today.

Amanda