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.
Today is a little similar to last week in that I am sharing a butterfly themed tag (well three of them) … and they are very similar to last weeks in design but are actually the tags I made for three friends who joined me for an online craftalong last week….
Crumb Cake base, Butterfly Brilliance stamps, Butterfly Bijou dsp, Gorgeous Grunge stamping and washi tape… perfect fun and slightly grungy tags. Didn’t go full on Grunge as the idea is they can go in their journals and so may not fit with their style if I went too far to grungy in the design of these. Love them!
Really need to play with the stamps and dies more for this set. Unfortunately the dsp sold out so almost wishing I had hoarded it more!
Today I have two postcards to share with you because two separate groups had heart themed swaps this month… and I thought why not share them both at the same time! (Actually you will see this isn’t right … but read on to discover more!)
First up is the heart card I made for the Inchies, Twinchies and more group and I used the Darcy paperartsy stamp…
I embossed it onto a Gelli print and then added some colour to the cogs.
I decided to sew a border on the panel to add texture. I then embossed the title onto some card and added that too.
The base was some chipboard painted with black gesso. I added some doodling round the edge and called it finished!
Next up I made this postcard for the Hearts a Flutter challenge at Postcard Art Swap…
I used distress oxides and the smooshing technique with different shades of pink and purple. I also did a bit of subtle stamping in the background.
Then I used Indigo Blu stamp for the wings and then using the wipe up from the oxides onto glossy photo paper I stamped and embossed the heart stamp (another Darcy one) and stuck that down.
I doodled and chose a sentiment from the stash and embossed that before glueing the strip in place.
I finished it off with some enamel dots and some glossy accents on the heart.
So that was me thinking I was done with heart postcards but after I had posted them to the recipients I realised I had made a mistake and the swap for Inchies, Twinchies and More was actually for four postcards … doh!
So off I set again! I chose to use Darcy hearts and keep to the theme…
Card 1… a Gelli print using the mini Gelli plate and a heart stencil and lots of paint splatters and adding the panelled heart on top.
Card 2.. stencilled with distress oxides and gloss gel through an aall and create stencil. Then scrap of cardstock and the cog heart embossed and lightly watercoloured. I love peacock feathers.
I taped off the edge and then watercoloured using the metallic paints from a Rainbow Moon set I bought a while ago. Then when it was dry I stamped the funky hearts into the middle and coloured them with Inktense pencils. Then I added versamark and clear emboss over the whole postcard to give it a glossy finish.
Finally I used vellum and created a pocket for the heart confetti and then sewed around the edge. I added the dotty washi and the embossed heart I coloured with a red pen.
OK think I have now come to the end of heart postcards…. but probably got a few more heart projects to blog about before the month is out!
Today I am sharing a couple of junk journal envelope pockets that I’ve made for a swap… I also made one for my journal, but I will share that another time.
Here is the first one I made… with Paris and flowers and Monet as the inspiration.
The starting point was the pretty peach envelope and then some floral paper from the stash. I also found some scraps of other papers that went well with the colours. Then I chose some French postage stamps and that made me go with the Paris theme. The quote was already printed out and so I just needed to cut it up and ink it. I created a little folded area and on the back panel I used an eiffel tower die cut to draw the shape and watercoloured it with black watercolour pencil. I then found the printed sentiment and thought it worked well.
Inside I made a little card and carried on the theme with the flowers and bookprint, also adding the strip of gold ribbon and another quote.
The reverse of the pocket I used these monet themed papers and some bits from a magazine and the die cut I was gifted in a swap to create the floral cover.
The reverse of the card I went with more of the monet themed paper and sentiments and stickers and a bit of the leftover envelope to keep the colour theme going.
I also added the little punched heart that was on the desk.
The second envelope pocket started with lots of stamps and bookprint…
I went with a postal themed pocket and the kraft section with the envelopes opens up to show underneath but I forgot to take a pic.
For the card in the pocket created by the envelope I added the piece of gelliprint I had embossed and added it using stitching, again with a bit of the gold ribbon.
The reverse of the card I added inking and the cute Dylusions dog stamped image.
The actual envelope I used had some lovely pattern to it. I decided to cover the very obvious picture of a Swan which I wasn’t keen on using and used some patterned paper, and book print. I then used a printed image I had been gifted as the main focal image.
Hopefully the recipient likes and can make use of the pockets in their junk journals.
Today for Stampin Up Sunday I have some little cards I made a few weeks ago for the lovely ladies who joined me for some Christmas crafting via Zoom.
I went with 4×4 cards and then created a little scene using Distress oxide inks and embossing and the stamps and dies from the In the Pines set.
Love how cute these are… and such simple little cards to make using the snow bank dies and then the little tree.
The background I made using the splattered stamp with white embossing from the Gorgeous Grunge set. There is a snow stamp in the In the Pines set but for speed it was quicker to use the other one as it would go across the whole panel in one stamp!
After I stamped and embossed the snow I added a post it note circle and then used the Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers oxides before going over it with Black Soot to create a lovely night sky.
The snow banks I layered up, but first brushed the edge of them with a stencilling brush that had a pale blue ink residue on it. I just added a little definition.
The tree I stamped with Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow.
Once I had layered it up I then die cut it with the stitched shape square… I love this finish to the panel.
The card bases were made from Mossy Meadow which gave a nice rich finish to the little cards.
Merry Christmas dear blog readers… hope you have a lovely day, however you choose to enjoy it. Clearly we all have had very different years all year and Christmas will no doubt be a different experience too. However staying safe is the most important thing and we will get to party and spend time with our loved ones another time as long as we stay safe!
OK… onto the crafting… today I have the cards I made for the child and the hubby to share with you. As usual they were the last cards I’ve made… always left until the last minute!
The Princess got a pretty wreath card with peach and green colours and lots of white.
Hopefully you can see plenty of sparkle on the words too and a bit of soft wool for the bow.
The hubby also had word dies feature, but I went for a wintery scene instead…
I used lots of ink blending and splatter for the background and lots and lots of sparkle on the trees too.
Thankful that I had prepared blog posts in advance since the last few weeks have been pretty horrific. Unfortunately, through the teenagers attendance at school, the hubby and I also contracted Covid and we got pretty poorly. Grateful that neither of us had problems with our breathing, however both have felt pretty unwell. We are both on the road to recovery now but energy is low and so fortunate to have most of the blog posts prepped in advance.
Today another three coins to share with you from the advent coins I made for the swap.
This time there are a few new styles to share…
The first one is an ink smooshed background and an embossed reindeer and bold black numbers.
The next is using the pointsetta stamp but against a splattered background. I embossed it and then used distress oxide and a water brush to add colour.
The final one is using fresco finish paints and a stencil for the background. Then I added the white embossing.
See you in another few days with the next set of coins.
Three more of my advent coins to share with you today…
The green one is a duplicate of the one I made for day 1. And the blue one is similar to the one I made for day 3 although I changed the snowflake stamp and colour of the embossing.
Number 5 I took a different technique on. I used ink smooshing and some background stamping before adding the focal image of the pointsetta on either side of the coin. I like the bright white against the rustic red colour and the contrast of the embossed number in dark red.
Check back in a few more days to see the next set I created.