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SYD Day 6- Card 3

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Have to say I started with a completely diff idea for this card and then flipping through my dies I found the graveyard boarder die and remembered I had the witches die and the idea was born. I am sharing both versions of the Card the blinged up starry sky version and the plain not sure which I like better tbh.

I would change a couple of things like adding the witches into the technique. But as always live and learn

Ingredients: Lifestyle Crafts Dies ‘Graveyard Boarder’ & ‘Witches’, Liquitex Iridescent Medium (I love this to add a pearl type shimmer to things as I had no white pearlised paper this worked well to make the moon blend into everything else), Paper Accents Pearlised Paper in ‘Baroque’ and ‘Gems’, Thermoweb Foam Squares.

And 2mm Nail Art Rhinestones (well worth looking for on ebay I scored 20k for $4 which is a total bargain you can get bigger sizes I like the 2mm for doing hand blinged flourishes and what not. Totally a bargain crafter’s dream)

Without a ‘starry sky’

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With a Starry Sky

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SYD Day 6 – Card 1

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I will admit this one was a bit of a struggle for me, turns out I can now add 3 areas of my die stash I am lacking in itty bitty mini dies, Single Leter Alphabet dies and boarder dies that do not chop off a whole strip with it.

Still happy with the way this card turned out 🙂

Ingredients: DCWV Metallic Cardstock, Versamark Watermar inkpad, Donna Salazar Mixed Media Embossing poweder in Denim, Distress Ink Weathered Wood, Pink Paisley Hello Sunshine Stamp and die set, Kaiser Kaeidascope paper and MFT Scalloped boarder Die

happy

SYD D Day 3 – Card 3

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Soo I am falling a bit behind, however today was one of those hours and hours sorting and putting away craft supplies kind of days (Thank Goodness for the Game of Thrones Season 3 Marathon). Though I did Manage to do this Day 3 Card

Ingredients: Sizzix Triplets Balloon Die(Heart), Memory Box die Sideshow Tickets, Big Shot, Memory Box Modern Cloud Cover Stencil (I need to practice the layering clouds thing most of mine seem to have got a bit lost), Ink Blending Tool, Distress Water Colour paper, Hero Arts Stamp Set ‘Happy Day Animals’, Archival Ink in Jet Black, Doodlebug Twine in Cupcake, and Nail Art Nail heads (I think they are called).

happy everything

12 Tags of 2014 – September

I was so excited when I saw this Months tag Tim Holtz is really bringing some colour and fun into the tag this month with what is a huge symbol in my life Butterflies. And better yet I actually had all the right product to do my own take on this months tag.

I am super happy with how it turned out, the only thing being that the pic does not show up the Alcohol Ink background technique,

When I saw the original tag I knew I had to have a play, making fluttering butterflies has been a staple of my crafting since I first began my tentative steps into the wonderful world of papercrafting. In fact I was heartbroken last year when my favorite butterfly punch (I own very few punches as I really do not use them much but this one I used a lot) died it was only $2 and I got a good 8 years out of it so not to bad at all anyway The New Butterfly frenzy die makes me very happy as it is much easier to use than a punch and gives loads of shapes and sizes.

So here is my Tag, I decided I wanted to use my New French Flight Framelits and Stamp Set and so below is my take on this Months tag 🙂

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A Quick Card.

I got a text message the other day, the kind every crafter dreads, you know the one just wondering if you could whip up a card for someone who is leaving.

Making my card stash null and void as there needed to be a lot of space to write in.

So here is what I came up with based on what was close to hand and in about 30mins
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I automatically thought of the Tim Holtz Bird and Cage die as it looks good and is a quick way to take up a fair amount of room.

So I cut it out of some thin chipboard (recycled packaging). Inked the cage black and then embossed it with silver and used a technique we had learned in Creative Chemistry 102 to make it look a bit more tarnished and old (though I did not get to do it as much as I wanted to to get the look really happening)

I then inked the bird and it’s wing with some distress ink and set them aside, as you can see I was in such a hurry I did not even change my blending foam and some of the black got mottled into the other colour.

I grabbed one of my new hero arts background stamps inked it in one of my fav distress colours Peacock Feathers and spritzed the whole rubber stamp with water.

I stamped it (crookedly, but I will get to that in a moment)

and then blotted off the excess with a tissue.

I took I think it was worn paper or antique linen distress ink with my blending tool and covered the whole background with it as I felt the white was a bit to bright it also aged the Peacock feathers a little as well.

It took me a few minutes to figure out how I was going to get around the crooked background that did not quite cover the whole card, when my eyes caught sight of my tape container. So out came some Washi Style Tape and I used it around 3 of the edges to cover the crookedness and the blank space.

Glued on the bird added on the prima flowers and pearls and viola a card in under 30mins 🙂 I think some days I just get very lucky as a crafter as most of the stuff was pretty close to hand.

Take Flight

This is my other entry for the art competition ‘Take Flight’

Utalising mostly Tim Holtz and ranger products

The background was done using layered distress stains and Tim’s famous spritz and flick technique. Sealed with Claudine Hellmouths Multi Medium and the butterflies are cut from Tim’s movers and shapers butterflies.

Along with some drops of triple thick to replicate rain and an American Crafts Metallic marker for the center of the butterflies.

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Denim Mini Album

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For about a year or so now I have been totally enchanted by Donna Salazars work with reclaimed denim from her headbands and hand made flowers and embellishments.

Recently I found a 50c clothing section in one of my local op shops and scored 3 pairs of jeans. One was so lovely with embroidered pockets when I discovered they would fit a friend I told her they were hers until they fell appart then they were mine lol. It was a bit of a wrench to part with them because there is the most adorable little embroidered pocket on the front.

Anyway I have pulled appart and cut up one of the pairs and when I got my New Big Shot this week (thanks to an amazing and generous friend) I did some cutting out of the denim and played a bit with some embossing and Inking.

What I have learned is that Denim is a great canvas for ink, it embosses like a dream and is quite a versatile medium.

Steel rule dies are the best to cut through the fabric however as long as you do not mind having to do a little cutting, the thin metal dies work pretty well.

I used a combination of Quickutz and M Press Dies for this album as well as one of the reclaimed denim pockets:

I decorated the pocket to match the Album cover with an M-Press Heart that had been embossed with a Cuttlebug Script folder.

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The album is cut from the Quickutz Santa’s Workshop Die Set, I used part of the elastic stretch section of the Jeans as a sort of Handle, all the pages are embossed with an M Press Butterflies embossing folder and then inked over.

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and from the back:

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The Inside Pages: have spaces added for small photos with more quickutz dies, and random stickers and rub ons from my stash.(not sure of the stickers but the rub ons are from Kaiser Sweet Nothings and bon jour)

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I also cut out two pieces of denim for each page though honestly it was quite a sturdy denim and would have been fine as indavidual pages. I used OK to wash it glue to stick it all together, MM Crystal brads to hold it all together

and thats it one Denim Mini Album stored in a Denim Pocket. I may end up cutting out a word from Denim and adding it to the pocket just to tie it all together a little better.

So Long Old Friend

I find myself hit with a bout of Nostalgia this week. If you have been reading this blog you may well have heard some of my issues with my beloved cuttlebug as it has slowly been dying.

We had a good run my bug and I. You see it was an original cuttlebug. It got well used as one of my favored tools. As a budget crafter your die cutting machine is a great way to make your money stretch from making your own flowers to mini albums and everything in between. I also love using it to cut out alphas so that I don’t have to buy so many.

Anyway it now only cuts on one side, needs heavy shimming, and the cog/gear that turns the handle is down to just four teeth.

It is time to move on. But I felt I should at least post a tribute to my bug on my craft blog as I have created so much with it.

I am very lucky however to be able to move on. As a wonderful and very very generous friend sent me a brand new Sizzix Big Shot, no more ugly green for me its very pretty pink and black and even has rhinestones.

 

So it’s goodbye cuttlebug hello big shot 🙂

However as I said my cuttlebug served me well and I am so grateful that I have a replacement. No more fighting with my bug to try and cut things out.

RIP CUTTLEBUG

you will be missed.