I got around to making this months Artist Trading coins last weekend. Phew it was warm making these in the craft room, but I am pretty pleased with them!
The theme for the month was EMBOSS and I chose to get straight in there with embossing on the background as well as the die cut leaves and the stamped leaves… three different powders used and love how they turned out… albeit a little autumnal feeling!
Mixed together the Very Versailles and the Forever fern stamps for the coins, also different textures with the shimmer vellum and the bakers twine.
I must admit I was a little worried I might not get this done in time, but then Monday night I grabbed myself some craft time and made six cards using a piece of 6×6 cut from the Expressions in Ink dsp (I adore this paper and it was a challenge to cut into I promise!) and the coordinating stamps and dies, plus the Biggest Wish stamps which are my current faves!
I split the panels into pairs and so these are the two where I added the panel of Pale Papaya cardstock which I ran through the embossing folder to create additional texture.
Next these two I used Basic white and added some background stamping for behind the smaller panels of dsp and the embellishments.
Finally these two I added the Forever Gold elements as fun backgrounds plus the Pale Papaya cardstock to finish off.
Love the colours and the gold foiling in the dsp and those die cut leaves are amazing. Love how the stamps work well with the papers plus to create background elements too.
And those biggest wish stamps are still my favourites!
I have another one sheet wonder for my DT contribution for this months Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. Think I may be close to the point of switching to Christmas themed ones … but for now I’m still working with pretty floral papers.
This one is a salabration set I got called paper Blooms that coordinates with the In Bloom stamps and Pierced Blooms dies. I love the Pierced Blooms dies so much..
I made 8 cards from this sheet of 12 x 12 … not a large amount but loved using both sides of the dsp so some got 2 panels not just one!
I also made one card as a fancy fold which was fun.
I also mixed up the size of the base cards to suit the sizes I had cut the panels so there were 5×5 cards and 6×4 cards.
I went to town in my box of scraps die cuts using flowers and leaves from a mix of sets…. Wreath Builder, Forever Flourishing, Pierced Blooms … and this is how I decorated them combined with various sentiments. In some like the above I combined stamp sets for the sentiment… Hello from Forever Fern and Friend from Lovely Inside and Out.
I also added either gems to flower centres or wink of Stella and glossy accents just add some extra texture.
Loved creating the little jar of flowers for this one using the Jar of Flowers stamp and then fussy cutting rather than punching the jar. So cute.
Also used the fabulous Happy Celebrations to create the sentiment for this one but then the one below chose the Happy from my fave stamp set of last Christmas, Peace and Joy.
I also loved adding the circles to the cards to create focal areas for the flower clusters to sit on.
So this final one is the fancy fold that my friend Valerie taught me to make.
Love how cool this is and makes a really special card.
Such fun working with these pretty papers and die cuts.
The project last month was making collaged masterboards. Well this month I had to take someone else’s collaged masterboard and make at least 4 somethings out of it… but using ALL of it.
So Dianne had sent me two masterboards and I chose to use this one.
It was challenging to cut into something so pretty but cut it up I did… and ended up with these bits and pieces to play with…
And the left overs…
I think I am forgiven for chopping these little bits off! Lol!
So what did I make… well I made a postcard…
I added washi, the die cut little circle flowers, the punched butterfly and stickers. I also added ink and the strip of fabric and the corrugated oval. Love how the different elements worked well together.
I also created 2 tags, one slightly larger than the other but based on size 8 ranger tags…
Again I added some extra bits like the tissue paper, fabric, die cuts, washi, sewing, stickers, keys and inking! Also some ribbons and trim for the top of the tags.
Next I made 2 small tags…
I grabbed little elements with texture from my stash… I love the little gold theme for the fairy one… and the sewn elements for the butterfly one. I ended up adding the base tag to this one in the Calypso Coral cardstock to lengthen it a little too.
Finally I made a bookmark with inchies as the element of the masterboard.
Again I added the extra layers such as the wax paper, ribbon, book print, die cut and sewing. Love how this finished up so much!
So hopefully Dianne likes these and can make use of all the different pieces I made for her from her gorgeous background.
Looking forward to making use of the other masterboard she sent to me for things I can then keep and use.
I decided to just start layering up pink colours on my coins and see where I got to with it… no plan!
As you can see I also added black and white to my pink themed coins.
I started with coins cut from packaging so gave them a coat of gesso. Then added neocolours and water, followed by stamping in a different shade of pink. Then patterned paper which I added the neocolours to. I punched part of a circle out of cardstock I had coloured with dylusions inks in pink and purple.
I had a hunt in the box of used foreign stamps and found three in different shades of pink. I also added washi strips too. I didn’t mind that I was mixing different shades and tones of pink… it all worked together.
I hunted in the box where I keep die cut scraps and found flowers and leaves I could also use.
Then I finished off with the hugs die cut (lawn fawn) and the friend stamp (avery elle) and the pink coloured pearls.
Love how this came together and how different it is from the other one I created.
They’ve both been received by the swap recipient and we have now been informed that we have to chop up one and make it into at least 4 different things… wonder what Dianne will choose to make and which she will use and send back to me. I’ve been busy cutting up and using one of hers this weekend which I will share with you what I do with it once I’ve sent the finished items back to Dianne.
I actually had a 6×6 square of the forever greenery in the pile on the desk so decided it was begging to be used for this. I know the paper is usually a 12 x 12 but I had cut this down for a class last year and this was leftover from that project.
I mat each piece with whisper white and then created backgrounds using Pear Pizazz. As I said I kept it simple.
Then I created the sentiments choosing these long thin ones from Fancy Phrases and embossing them with silver powder.
Next I decided on the layout for each and adhered them in place, then added them to the card blanks.
I added the rhinestone gems to each of them and called them done!
So a simple 6×6 one sheet wonder for this month’s design team contribution… and another piece of dsp used!
I decided to make some cute ATC flipbooks for my raggy doll sisters as a little treat to send through the post. It took me a few different sessions to put these together so bear with me with the many pics of the process.
I started with ATC cut from amazon packaging and made lots of layers of paint, paper and stamping.
I used a lot of different supplies and had lots of fun creating these (there are 8 of us in the group so I made one for me to keep too!).
Next I made page two …
Side one (awaiting finishing touches) and side two…
Again it was fun to just play with supplies I had to hand and make some cute ATCs.
Next session I played with alcohol inks on slightly shiny card and created these cards… after playing with the alcohol ink, I stamped and embossed a grungy background stamp from the stash, added back washi and then stamped the Bee onto some French bookprint.
The reverse I used the same alcohol ink but more of a blended finish and added some stamped leaves, die cut flowers and a sentiment with a fun resin centre for each of the flowers.
I also worked on the back card which I also made from corrugated card and added more of the neon pink paint.
This time I added it after adding some Tim Holtz tissue wrap with matt medium and also added some black gesso round the edge. I then used some art alchemy paint in black for some sparkle (it doesn’t really show in the photos unfortunately). I then used black gesso to paint the wooden Love word and glued them into place and added a sparkly gem and some dots of black enamel to finish off. They were still drying in the picture so not the best pics but you get the idea.
I kept the back really simple with scrapbook scrap paper and a stamped and sticker date. I later signed my name but that didn’t make it to the photo archive! Also the odd one out here was the one for me as I ran out of the paper I had been using for the rest!
I did add a couple more pages but didn’t photo them whilst unattached … plus included little messages for my friends. I did however make a little flip through video and share it on YouTube.
Then I punched the top of each card with my cropadile and used a colourful book ring to fix them together.
I then went mad with ribbon scraps adding little colourful bits of trim to each of them… here they all are on my floor ready for packing.
I hope you liked this little project, I certainly had lots of fun making them and thinking lovely thoughts about my friends, whom I got to know 10 years ago this year.
Today I have the Artist trading coins I make for the swap group I organise over on Facebook. This month the theme is feathered friends and I ended up with feathers floating round the craft room with what I ended up making!
I have videoed the process for making these if you are interested…. here is the link.
I started with Making Cards magazine papers and used Jofy stamp and a Crafters companion sentiment and the feathers from an old Artful Days goodie box… oh and some shrink plastic. Such fun!
Looking forward to seeing what the other swap participants make of this theme!