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A canvas background

TheI have been a tad obsessed with Canva’s of late. In fact I am in the process of Making 4″x4″ ones for my 365 days of love for July.

This Background was created because I wanted to experiment with an Idea I had that I was not 100% sure would work.

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I used 2 crafters choice stencils – one cogs and gears, the other clock faces.

Firstly I prepped the Canvas using Monte Marte Modeling Paste ( a budget crafters best friend as it can also be used like gesso,) Tip: Open the lid of the jar before you buy it and make sure your Modeling paste is smooth if it is chunky looking DO NOT BUY IT!

Then using a palette knife and the first stencil spread the Modeling paste over the stencil kind of like buttering toast (ie on a slight angle), you can also use an old credit or gift card to do this.

As this canvas is 12×12″ I used the stencil 4 times.

Allow the Modeling Paste to dry between layers.

I then played a bit with the clock face sencil. Adding it in different places and turning it around as I went. (using the same method as I did for the first stencil)

After it was all dry I then used my palette knife to add some smoothed out bits that I added texture to by bouncing the palette knife over them. I also flicked bits of modeling paste over the canvas as well.

Yep more drying.

Then something really fun. Misting in various colours (do not stress if some seem to bright as you can see by the background once you rub over the metallic distress stains the colour is toned right down)

I did use my heat gun to dry the mists when needed. I used a combo of Home Made, Tsukinedo Walnut ink spritz and smooch.

Then I put some of the Copper? Metallic stain on my craft sheet and using my fingers gently rubbed it over the canvas, then I followed that with the Pewter and that is where it is at Now.

Thinking this may end up being the background for a Dr Who themed Christmas Present.

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?

12 Coasters December

Wow this year has flown by. Just one more coaster for me to catch up on and I will be done. Though you will have to wait a bit for the big reveal I am really excited at how it is all coming together.

I have been having some issues with my cb. So have to say I was super happy to find some pre cut mirror stickers which I used on this tag at a local cheapie shop, add in festive Berries and Evergreen Bough distress inks, some rock candy stickles, tissue tape, trim roses, Smooch spritz in golden glow, an angel die cut, some silver tinsel trim, and a festive chit chat sticker and viola you have my December coaster

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My Prize Put to Use

Of course when I got my lovely prize Pack from Girlie Grunge I had to dive right in and have a play and what better way to do that than a September sketch challenge from Jelly Bean Scrappers (though I did change it up a bit)

Now I love the paper I got in my pack so much and I hate the thought of wasting paper when you layer it up (some papers I dont mind doing this with however when it is paper that I truly love and want to get the most out of.) I have a little trick. It doesn’t effect your layers and you get the paper that would be covered up to put back in your stash

Simple cut out a square in the part of your page that you are covering up that is about 1/2 an inch smaller all the way around than you need and use that space to adhere your next layer. No one will know you did this and you dont have to worry about wasting pp 🙂 Not only a great budget tip but also great for those very special PP’s we hoard because we don’t want to use them all up at once.

I used 2 sheets of paper, the golden glow smooch spritz and a sheet of the Canvas that was in my prize pack.

I really love how this layout turned out:

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A little bit of Girlie Grunge Fairy Magic

This months challenge over at Girlie Grunge (see my sidebar for the link) is to create a gift using Donna Salazar Products.

As my blog readers know I recently purchased the Rose and Carnation Creation dies. I have been playing with making flowers from different types of papers and the Comb I created won not only Artist of the Month on the Girlie Grunge site but also the August Colour Challenge on Jelly Bean Scrappers for which it was created. Rather exciting stuff.

Anyway I bought a wand from our local and rather awesome cheapie shop called Jolly Ollies (they often have a lot of crafty things that are really good quality at very low prices) so I got the plain wooden wand.

I painted it with a combination of paint dabbers, used some impasto over a glimmer screen to create the raised bits. Used some glossy accents over them and sprinkled on the glitter and Made the rose in the center with The Rose Creations Dies and some plain brown paper. Which I again used the paint dabbers on (2 shades of pinks and a smidge of white) before dabbing on a little glue and glittering the flower (I did the same thing for all the flowers in the circlet)

Next I used some ribbon and criss crossed it down the handle of the wand like ballet slippers (how cute would this be for a flower girl) and misted some tulle with Smooch Spritz in Pralines and Cream. Tore it into strips and knotted it around the wand.

To make the circlet I started with some beading wire plated together and then formed into a circle. Built up layers of tulle (also misted with pralines and cream smooch spritz). Wrapping them around to build up a base for the flowers to be attatched to and also to create a little bit of hanging detail at the back. The wrapped around some pearl trim, and ribbon. Attatched the flowers by adding wire to the back of the brads and twisting it around the circlet. The butterflies were created with brown paper and wire (make circles all the same size, attatch two together and cover in brown paper till you have built up around 4-6 layers, let dry then cut around the edges of the wire, paint and glitter) and viola a very sweet gift for one very lucky little girl 🙂

So here it is :

The set together

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a close up of the star part of the wand so you can see the detail better

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and two closer pics of the circlet from different sides

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and that’s all there is there isn’t anymore (for now)

Entered into

Simon Says Stamp and Show Glitter Week

and

Girlie Grunges September Challenge

Mist-a-fying

I have a confession; actually it is more of an addiction. I love making mists.

as you can see from this picture of my Misting Box

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Sure if I had the budget I would be buying as many as I could get my hands on. However as a budget crafter you cannot beat making your own mists.

It seriously costs you less than about $1 a bottle if you follow my tips.

Lets talk about the Materials you will neeed:

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Firstly Invest in Re-Inkers, especially Distress ones. The reason for this is many. There is so much you can do with Re-Inkers above and beyond re inking your stamp pads or using stamping foam to make your own custom stamps or stamp pads for ones you have yet to own the Ink Pad of.

I will actually write up a tutorial on the things you can do with re inkers as I have quite a few.

Anyway back to mists.

Invest in a big jar of your favourite pearl ex powder (pearl, macro pearl or interference gold all make wonderful mists) and some Gum Arabic Powder. Alternately use your perfect pearls or any other mica based pigment powder. Both work really well and will give you different effects. I have used both pearl ex and perfect pearls in mists and love both of them. What I love about pearl ex is the ability to buy a larger jar we can only hope that Ranger will at some point create larger containers for some or all of their Perfect Pearls range.

TIP: Add in your gum Arabic powder straight to your jar of pearl ex and shake well this helps overcome the problem of lumps and having trouble mixing the powder into mists, water colours and other such things. Following the instructions on the bottle of course  ¼ gum Arabic to pearl ex

Invest in your misting or spray bottles. Look on EBay for bulk purchases (here is a link to one of my favourite places to get them from http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/290599549921?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649 )

You do not have to buy loads to begin with 10 bottles will give you a good range. The reason I prefer the 50ml bottles is that with the mini misters (these are fantastic for a smaller project when you only want a limited amount of a colour) you do not get a lot of use and often in projects I need to make more mist. So the 50ml bottles go quite far and mean that I do not have to make that mist up every time I want to use it.

You will also notice from the photos that I have a 100ml water bottle also purchased cheaply from eBay.

This one will sound a bit odd but also add to your Misting supplies one bottle of each of the cheap food colourings Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and Pink. I got mine at a local supermarket for 99c. These actually make really good mists and can be mixed to make other colours.

A ‘Recipe’ Book to add in a colour sample as well as how much of each Re-Inker or Food Colouring you have used. Also for when you mix your own colours and such.

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A Black Sharpie or other Black permanent Marker to write in your Recipe Book and on Your Bottles.

An Eye Dropper and small spoon or scoop.

Water (I use an old soft drink/soda bottle and always have it handy in my craft space)

So now you have all your materials what next?

Now you get to play Mad Scientist and experiment

Let’s start with a Basic Re-Inker Mist pick a colour and let’s begin

Step 1. Fill your bottle with water leaving some room at the top. Remember you can always add more water after you have made your mix but want enough room to add your shimmer powder and re-inker
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Step 2. Add a small scoop of your powder (when you have made a few you will discover the joy of trying different combinations of coloured powders for different effects however for the most part I stick to a neutral or golden shimmer so as to make my home made mists more versatile.) Swirl your bottle to mix in your shimmer
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Step 3. Now this will depend on the strength of colour of the Re-Inker as well. Colours like spun sugar will no matter how much Re-Inker you add only ever give you the barest hint of colour so choose slightly darker colours if you want bold bright mists. Add in one eye dropper full of your Re-Inker, put your spray nozzle back on and mix well, do a test Spritz on a blank piece of white paper to see if you like the strength of the colour. If it is not strong enough add some more Re-Inker, this takes a little bit of intuition as you may need one or two more eye droppers full or just a few more drops. Think about the depth of colour you want.
I used Forrest Moss and one full eyedropper was more than enough to make the colour
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Tip: Start gradually and build up it is far easier than going to dark and having to then turn what would be one bottle of mist into two

Step 4: In your ‘Recipe’ Book write down your recipe with your permanent Marker. Also write it on your bottle

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Step 5: Mist your ‘Recipe’ and allow it to dry
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And that is it a basic Mist made and ready for you to use

Food Colouring Mists are made in the exact same way. Just substitute Re-Inker for the food colouring and use a bit more caution as the food colouring is very concentrated. You can also use India inks, and other fluid based inks. I really want to try making a mist with brilliance re-inkers as I think you could get a lovely shimmer from them without needing to add perfect pearls or pearl ex.

Tip:  Experiment with making your own colours. Mix Both Re-Inkers and Food Colouring together for some great colours.

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Tip: Use Black Soot or Black India ink added a single drop at a time to intensify and darken colours. Do not use with light colours such as pale pinks and yellows as the black will totally take over these colours.

That is it some homemade misting basics.

I love Mists. As a budget crafter for me it is about stretching every craft dollar as far as possible to allow me to be as creative as I can. Home Made mists are a fantastic way to do this.

However the pre made variety are rather awesome. If you’re on a budget look for the value packs and store specials to help you build up your collection or try making your own.

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Card Crazy

This has been a very busy few weeks, with two birthdays of Note My Eldest niece turned 16

here is the card I made for her. All the flowers are dipped in a hand made glaze using Distress Re-Inkers and triple thick with a bit of water added, then shaken off to remove excess. I really love the way it gives the flowers such an intense  colour.
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The next card was a bit more of a challenge for me as I dont often do very Masculine cards. It was for my sisters boyfriend for his birthday. The Jollees Boutique sticker did most of the work, I did actually add more black around the edges of the card after this photo was taken but did not get to get a photo.

here is the card
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The next two cards were for a Jelly Bean Scraps Challenge to use some Jigsaw Pieces we were sent on a card or cards the first card I stamped the pieces and the second I used them as a sort of mask and spritzed over them.

Here they are

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and that’s all there is there isn’t anymore (for now)