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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.
  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/acetate_tissue/

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

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Some layouts and a card.

So here I am just waiting to remember to take photos for Adventures into doodling two and three when I remember I have two layouts and a card that I have yet to share with you all. They are all such polar opposites and really stretched my skills in some ways.

The first layout is from my niece’s birthday last year. Her favourite colours are Pink and Rainbow.

Now I am no stranger to pink and pretty. My first thought was cupcakes, with Impasto Icing and corrugated card patty cases. Of course with micro bead sprinkles. I also However I have had a lovely piece of Shimmery Ki memories Lace butterfly CS. I traced a circle onto the packaging paper and cut it out as one piece. I sat there looking at the clear packaging circle and thought oooh wonder what I can do with that. Some Staz on and a Kaiser stamp later I had a lovely acetate looking piece of hand stamped goodness (which also created an idea for faux rub ons and yes it is on my tutorial to do list). I really wanted to try a little painting on white cs, with a smidge of splatter. Add in some hand blinging of 3 stamped flourishes and a giant cupcake to hide the sour expression of someone else at the party and viola a layout is born. I have been working on my layering skills. Just because I like to stretch my skills and push my creative boundaries.

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The second layout was a harder journey. I really will need to invest in more 3d flowers or learn to make them myself (budget scrapping can sometimes be a smidge painful full of wants but not always haves). For this I wanted to have a go at clustering. The thing I have learnt is that sometimes my mind is far too ordered. Although I am so happy with how my Layout of me from Kindergarten turned out (my aim is to have all my school photos scrapbooked by the end of the year). I can see that I definitely need more flowers and some other stuff to cluster with. Always a learning curve. I took the colours from the background flowers in this photo as well as the blue in the uniform. Added in some resin flowers, a big hand made one and a matching journaling tag complete with seam binding and jute. And here it is:

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I had an idea after joining the girly grunge site for this card. Originally it was going to be for my DT application for Donna Salazar designs (perhaps next time). I was so happy with this Shabby Chic steam punk look. Along with the handmade recycled book flower butterflies and flowers. I cut in half a Tim Holtz cog that I had cut from plastic packaging, which if you look carefully form leaves of sort under my flowers. Just a little snow cap left to dry then inked over with a smidge of green. I totally adore just adding a hint of colour. This is where re inkers and cotton buds come in most handy. It is a simple technique dip your cotton bud into your re-inker and then gently apply on the edges you want colour. Use the clean side to clean off the excess and viola shabby chic. It also works well used with browns for an aged old worn look. So with the big Tim Holtz clock and the Sizzix locket die (all coated in triple thick with a smidge of iridescent medium). This idea was born. Totally love the background with a homemade pearl mist and glimmer screen. Not sure who will be the recipient of this card but I do hope they love it as much as I do. Especially as I parted with one of my Tattered Angels keys just to give it the extra oomph it needed.

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So now you are caught up with my few scrapping endeavours this year. As always I look forward to being challenged and stepping out of my comfort zones. All whilst scrapping on a pretty small budget. Often I think that having a small budget has forced me to find ways to be creative that I may not have found if I had an endless stash of wonderful products to chose from. (although I would not complain at having more choices at all and can imagine I would be very happy in a well stocked studio of creativity and with everything at my fingertips yes a woman can dream)

drummmmrrrrrrrrrrrroooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllll please and the winner of a Bag of Mixed Die Cut recycled book flowers is…………………………….
Lucky Number 4 Alex Carr! Will be in touch to get your addy for your flowers Congratulations!

12 Tags Tag 12 With a Fond Farewell

Here is Tim’s final tag link for 2011

  http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/12/12-tags-of-christmastag-12.html

Meet Tim, thus named because his creation was inspired by Tim Holtz’s last tag

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This Little Bearbie has the honour of being my smallest bear to date standing at just over 3″ or 8cm tall. His fabric is recycled curtain fabric offcuts and hand stamped and from one of my own unique bear patterns. But more about that later.

Here is the tag I created inspired by Mr Holtz’s

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I think in some ways I have put off writing this blog post as it is so hard to say goodbye to such an inspiring event.

What it has given me not just in terms of new techniques or inspiration but also in pushing my boundaries and helping me to grow as a crafter is immeasurable.

After a year fraught with broken appliances, a broken leg and other such disasters it has been a joy to allow my creative side a chance to fly freely culminating in my one and only bear this year. This little bear is my smallest to date standing at just a scotch over 3”

Materials:

Bear: Mini bear or Mini Bear Pattern.

Recycled Curtain Fabric off cut

Staz on Jet Black Ink (I have tried this with other inks and they smudge or fade to much on fabric)

Kaiser Sheet Music Texture clear stamp

4mm Lock nut joint set

3mm glass eyes or in this case as I am out I used some Pearls off a Prima Say it in Pearls flourish (necessity is the mother of invention so they say)

Stuffing (I use pollyflock)

Jingle bell

Burgundy Ribbon

Black Nose thread (either use DMC or some thick ish cotton)

Cotton or fishing line to sew (I use clear fishing line as it is cheaper than the clear sewing thread however it can take a little practice to get used to)

Needle

TAG: Manilla Tag (handmade from a manila folder)

Tissue Paper

Craft Wire Loop

Kaiser Sheet Music Stamp

Pearl Mist (home Made)

Die Namics 5 pointed flower Die

Burgundy Mist (homemade)

Kaiser Black and White Craft Paper

Homemade glimmer glaze (mine used triple thick, water, a drop of pine needles re-inker all mixed together)

Kaiser die cut elements

Tim Holtz clear stamps from both: Urban Grunge and Regal Flourish

Lucky Squirrel Polyshrink in clear

Gold Mixative

Utee & melting pot in my case a paraffin wax pot I got off eBay pre the Melting Pot being available for overseas use.

A Brad

Snow Cap Dabber

Moonlight Snow Glitter

Black Soot Distress Ink

Staz on Jet Black Ink

Heat Gun.

Multi Medium in Mat

Die Namics 5 pointed flower petals cut out of stamped tissue paper (around 6 petals needed)

Let’s start with the Bear.

If you have purchased your own little bear skip this part and move straight onto the tag.

If not you will need to stamp your fabric before cutting out your bear and following the pattern instructions. I tried to line up my pattern pieces so the Music pattern matched up where possible to allow for continuity and a more even looking bear.

Tip: When sewing mini bears I find it easier to leave the opening at the top of the arms and legs rather than the sides. This makes it easier to joint them and ladder stitch them closed.

To attach the jingle bell thread it through your ribbon and glue it at the back of the bears neck or alternately tie a knot. Keep an extra length of matching ribbon so you can attach the bear to your tag but keep it so he is removable as well.

I will create a pattern and do a bear making tutorial soon including step by step pictures and a downloadable free pattern at a later date.

Tag:

Background. Please follow Tim Holtz’s instructions for stamping the background and such. As I did not have his Tissue Paper I Hand stamped some of my own with Staz on and the Kaiser Music stamp and Proceeded as Normal

Wings: See this Link and Watch the Video on how to do this. I used the Regal Flourish wings with some gold Mixative rubbed over the back of them

http://youtu.be/igo7t0U26Bc 

  1. I added  some snow cap dabber over the music notes and tissue paper to give it a lighter image
  2. I used a little homemade glimmer glaze mixed with some moonlight snow glitter and painted over the whole tag
  3. Cut out your side tag and paint with homemade glimmer glaze in green. Put aside to dry
  4. Use your Die Cut elements from Kaiser, ink with a little black soot and rub in. I cut the scalloped strip into pieces to better fit the tag then stuck them together ready to place on the tag
  5. With some extra stamped tissue paper cut into small strips and glue around your wire circle. To do this fold the pieces in half stamping side out  and place the wire in the middle of this then with a small amount of glue glue the strips down. Keep going until a bit over half your circle is done. Then do the in-between spots. Cut the bottoms of the tissue paper into points and decide where it will be best with placement of the bear and such. Glue it into tag
  6. Adhere your Green tag onto the side you want it making sure it is glued over the wire circlet.
  7. Play with your bear and wing positioning and when you are happy with it. Glue the wings in Place
  8.  Now just below the center of the wings place a small hole in your tag.
  9. Put the matching ribbon around your bear’s neck and poke it through the hole in your tag and push it through. Either tie it a bow or tape it to the back of the tag
  10. Make your flower by piercing a small hole for your brad and putting it through your petals. I do this putting each layer in-between the petals of the last one. Scrunch one layer at a time starting with the top one into the centre of the flower. Do this as tight as you can. Set the flower on your craft mat and Spritz with burgundy mist (mine is home made with a little red food colouring, 3 drops of black soot re-inker and a little pearl ex powder for shimmer). Heat with your heat gun allowing some of the petals to singe for an extra grungy aged element and place on your tag. (Note I also did this with the Halo of tissue Paper as well to give it a little contrast)

That is it for 12 tags of Christmas for 2012 hope you have enjoyed my creations. Stay tuned for tips, tutorials and creativity.

12 Tags Day 10

As always inspired by the Amazing Tim Holtz see his tag here

http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/12/12-tags-of-christmastag-10.html
This tag almost had me completely beat. I made several unsuccessful attempts to do the transfer technique sans packing tape and let’s just say EPIC FAIL! Sooo I spent some time playing with another way to make pendants and ornaments instead.  I did not want to just give up. In frustration I walked away from my very very messy craft space (think Utee sprinkled around like frosted sugar and you will begin to get the picture). I took a time out to catch up on some net stuff and allow the glossy accents to start to dry, and also to change my state of mind. I was feeling very Bah Humbug, uncreative and mojoless. After a while I was curious about how the glossy accents were drying and what the pendant looked like as it dried. All of a sudden I found myself pulling out patterned paper and working on my tag. For me my crafting like my readings is very intuitive. I just needed to stop over thinking things and get back into the flow of creating.

So here is Tag Number 10

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Materials:

Distress ink- winter (all 3)

Home Made Pearl Mist

Aqua Brush

Autumn Leaves Christmas Flourishes

Craft Mat

PP from Kaiser Black and White Timeless Paper Pad (6×6”)

One Mind One Heart Perspex Circle Pendant

Utee

Pearl Ex Powder-

Heat Gun

Versa mark Watermark ink Pad

Glossy Accents

Inkadinkado Clear Stamp (if you have rubber stamps this step is better for rubber stamps as it can melt some clear ones)

A cold bottle (like one full of frozen water)

Tag (I used one I had ruined as it is being covered so it is a great way to use up your mistakes)

Foil tape or aluminium foil (known in Australia as Al Foil)

Silver Ribbon
Fancy Edged scissors

  1. Use the versa mark to ink your pendant
  2. Cover in Utee, shake off the excess (I left my pile on the piece of paper and moved it to the side) and heat till it is all melted. Dip into the pile of Utee, press down and heat. Repeat this around 3-4 times till you have built up a nice thick layer. (Alternately If you have a melting pot use that and dip it into the melted Utee)
  3. With a brush on the pearl ex powder where you want the colours to show. Heat allowing it to mix into the Utee. Repeat until you are happy with the colour.
  4. Add another coat of Utee over the top and Heat
  5. Hold the flat side of your stamp against the bottle so that it is cold. (only needed with clear stamps and still no guarantee that the stamp will not melt I got lucky with the Inkadinkado one)
  6. Place stamp on a stamping block.
  7. Heat the Pendant until the Utee is all melted.
  8. Quickly push the stamp into the melted Utee and push down hard as possible
  9. Allow the Utee to cool
  10. Remove the stamp
  11. Cover with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry.
  12. Take your Tag and cover it with your PP
  13.  Fill your aqua brush
  14. Take Festive Berries and tap some onto your craft mat
  15. Add a little water but leave one space with darker ink
  16. Paint the flowers on the PP with the aqua brush, adding darker spots on the flowers to create texture
  17. Clean your Aqua brush and the leftover festive berries off your craft mat (or alternately use it for something else)
  18. Tap your wintergreen onto your craft mat and again mix with a little water
  19. Using your Aqua Brush Paint the leaves of your pp
  20. Allow to dry or heat with your heat gun
  21. Stamp a flourish in each corner with Iced Spruce
  22. Mist with pearl mist
  23. Heat with heat gun (be careful you will notice a couple of small ink run spots on my tag. Look for small pools of the mist and carefully blot them away then dry) till dry.
  24. Repeat the Pearl Mist Step
  25. Fold your foil into a small ish strip and cut with fancy edged scissors
  26. Sepperate your foil pieces
  27. Place a little glossy accents along the edge of your tag and place the fancy edge over the tag (I did this shiny side down for a muted look) press down gently and smooth out the ridges you can.
  28. Trim to size and glue the extra to the back of the tag
  29. Repeat 27 and 28 until the all the edges of the tag are covered and you have a silver boarder around your tag
  30. Place some glossy accents on the back of your Ornament and glue to a piece of foil
  31. With your fancy scissors cut around the ornament leaving a slight boarder
  32. Run some glossy accents around the side and the very top edge of your ornament and gently push the foil around the side and over the top.
  33. Tie some ribbon through your ornament leaving enough so that it will be able to hang on a tree
  34. Place the ribbon through the hole at the top of your tag and tape it to the back leaving enough so the ornament is where you want it to be.
  35. Make a small bow and glue it onto your ornament

And again that is it there isn’t any more J Tag and Gift in One inspired by my Lovely Sister and a card she made

12 Tags of Christmas Day 8

Inspired by the Ever Amazing, Ever Impressive, Geenie of Creativity Mr Tim Holtz himself

 http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/12/12-tags-of-christmastag-8.html

After two completely botched jobs and ruining two tags trying to get the background technique to work with stamps that did not suit it. I was getting frustrated. So I went and looked through my other stamps pulled out a few sets and started to re evaluate my idea. It took a little playing and I have to say even though my original set of ideas was completely different I am very happy with the end result. I am not the best when it comes to layering or adding lots of things onto a space. I think it comes from loving the clean uncluttered look. So even getting the layers I did into this tag was a challenge. I did pull out chipboard gears and the same clock that Mr Holtz used on today’s tag. But I did steam punk already with Day 1’s tag and honestly after I started playing I just let my creativity go and followed along in its wake. So here are the results. Love to know what you think.

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Materials Used:

Tim Holtz – Re-Inkers in Dusty Concord and warn lipstick

-Blending tool and 2 pieces of felt

– Paint Dabber Snow Cap

-Visual Artistry Stamps- French Market, Lost and Found, and Regal Flourish

Versa mark Watermark Ink pad

Homemade white Pearl Mist

Glossy Accents

Manilla Tag

Prima Say it in Pearls (two small flourish pieces)

Baking Paper

Resin Flower

Hand Dyed Seem Binding (Mine came from a wonderfully seller on Etsy called Tattered Inspirations)

Sizzix Heart Locket Die cut from chipboard

Cotton Buds

Kaiser December 25th Clear Stamps (I used the merry Christmas ticket)

Polyshrink in Opaque

Brilliance Pearlescent ink in: Purple and Orchid

Staz on Jet Black

Heat Gun

Utee

Step 1. See The Technique on Tim Holt’z Blog for the background of this here is mine after I added an extra step and misted it with homemade pearl mist, dried it with my heat gun and re misted it with the pearl to give the really shimmery and very pastel colour effect. I used snow cap on the flourish stamp from Regal Flourishes in the top corner and the writing from Lost and Found on the side. I used worn lipstick and dusty concord to Colour the tag.

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Step 2: Paint all 3 pieces of your chipboard Locket with snow cap. Dry and repeat.

Step 3. With your blending tool go around the outside of the background heart with dusty concord, blot off any excess ink with a piece of paper towel, or strong tissue.  Leave the centre white or if you like colour it as well.

Step 4. Go around the outside of the smaller ornate heart with Worn Lipstick, blot off excess ink. Then using a cotton bud with a smidge of ink, Run it around the ornate parts of the Heart. Again blotting off the excess

Step 5. Do the same with the key. I did the heart at the top with Worn Lipstick and the key part in dusty concord.

Step 6: After the ink has dried push each piece onto your versa mark watermark stamp pad. Cover in Utee. Shake off Excess. And heat to a smooth glossy finish with your heat gun. (Alternately you could use glossy accents or triple thick. I was impatient and did not want to have to wait for them to dry)

Step 7: Using a little glossy accents on the back of the ornate heart position and glue onto the background heart (I left the top part of the locket unglued so I could slip the shrinked tags under it a little and in case I wanted to add a chain or some such.)

Step 8: Tear off a piece of Baking Paper. Using the Staz on (I tried this with versa mark black as well it does not set) ink the Eiffel Tower stamp from French Market and stamp onto the baking paper. Heat with your heat gun. You will know it has set when the image fades into the background and looks similar to Tim Holtz’s ghosting technique

Step 9: Position your Eiffel Tower image onto your tag and play with it to see where you want it. Trim or tear off excess of the image and stick into place (I found a little glossy accents on each side worked well for this)

Step 10: Position your Heart locket in the bottom corner. When you’re happy with where it is going use a little glossy accents to glue it into place

Step 11:  Place your two small flourish pieces onto the Baking Paper in the bottom corner opposite to the heart and stick in place leaving a gap to glue your resin flower.

Step 12: Glue on your Resin Flower with glossy accents

Step 13: Attach your key in a place you are happy with

Step 14: Stamp your Shrink plastic with the Merry Christmas Tag in both Orchid and Purple. Cut around them. Using tweezers, or something to hold them in place. Heat with your Heat gun until they won’t shrink any more (best to do one at a time) when they have shrunk a bit you can remove the tweezers (or you will end up with an indent). I shaped mine while they were still warm so they do not lie completely flat

Step 15: Attach your two shrinkies to the Tag

Step 16: Take a small piece of seem binding and tie into a bow. Glue bow to the key

And that is it everything I did to make today’s tag.