Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Sparkling Monochrome Christmas


     We are Christmas every month over at Christmas Craft Creations, so if you have made anything seasonal come and join us. This month we are 'anything goes' and we have prizes too.
      Making cards for men doesn't have to be challenging, this one would be very suitable with it's monochrome pallet, even flowers work well this way.
      For this card I cut the frame in white with a silver mirri inner frame. Then cut the tree and foliage layers in shades of grey, finishing with a black glitter background with the deer cut out and backed with silver glitter.  All these layers were stuck down flat but you could easily add foam tape to give more depth.
      For the foliage I used grey and silver mirri card. The flower was cut in mat card for the top layer and glitter card for the backing. The gem in the centre was coloured silver with a Sharpie marker.
     Don't forget to pop over and join in with us at Christmas Craft Creations, you could be one of our lucky prize winners.
Materials List
JND194 - Four Seasons die set
JND187 - Lesleys Twigs
JND 190 - Pinstripe Poinsettia die
JNDCC017 - Poinsettia die - (solid background)
JND129 - Mini Ivy
S57262 - 3D PVA Glue

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
12 Months Of Christmas - #79 Anything Christmas Goes
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - #550 Anything Christmas Goes
The Holly and Ivy - #97 Anything Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - #35 Anything Christmas Goes
Ike's World - #146 Christmas In July
Shopping Our Stash - #449 Christmas In July
Through The Purple Haze - #182 Christmas In July

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Christmas In July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Funday Christmas In July Blog Hop

*Updated 16 July 21

The winners of the Christmas in July Blog Hop are:

1.  Spellbinders Joy Die:  Denise Bryant (from Kel's Blog)

2.  Maymay Made It Stamp Set:  Crafty Hair Lady (from Rocky's Blog)

3.  Park Lane Dimensional Embellishments:  Granmargaret (from Anita's Blog)

4.  Gina K. Designs Tidy Towel:  Bunny (from Amanda's Blog)

5.  K & Co. Chipboard Embellishments:  Lisa J. (from Kate's Blog)

6.  Greeting Farm $10 Gift Certificate:  Lisa Jannaway (from Anirudh's Blog)

Please contact Donna with your postal mailing information and your prize will be sent ASAP. 

 The Winners were Randomly chosen from all eligible comments left on the blog posts.  

Thank you to all those who joined in.

The Paper Funday Challenges and the Inspiration Station Challenges are hosting a Christmas in July Blog Hop! Please Hop along with us today for some fantastic holiday crafting inspiration and there are Prizes too!
 If you were directed here from Manal’s blog, you’re in the right place. Should you get lost, please start at The Paper Funday Challenge Blog and work your way through the hop.

      For this Hop, 6 prizes will be awarded to 6 randomly chosen commenters. To be eligible for a prize, you must answer this Question when you comment below: What brand of black ink did I use? I have provided the answer in my blog post.
      Your next stop on the hop is Christi. Should you get lost along the way, please go back to the beginning of the hop at The Paper FundayChallenge Blog / The Inspiration Station Challenge blog to find your way. Please hop along with us, have fun and Good Luck!

      For my project today, I’ve created a small 4x4 card using some brayer 'run off' ink as a background. I have lots of these small pieces of inked card following an experiment with gel plates, I love this 'no waste' crafting.
      Once trimmed to size I stamped some small Cardio deer and trees in black Versafine ink, layered it up on a thin black mat and glued it to the white card blank. To add a little more definition I used a white gel pen to highlight the trees and deer. There is no room for a greeting on the outside so that will have to go inside, cards this size could also be used as gift tags if necessary.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The 12 Months Of Christmas - #79 Anything Christmas Goes
The Holly and Ivy - #97 Anything Christmas Goes
Merry Little Christmas - #36 Anything Christmas Goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Christmas In July
Send A Smile 4 Kids - Christmas In July

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Summer Paper Funday


     This months challenge at The Paper Funday is all about Summer Fun. So for this little card I have used one of our sponsor images, Tree House Love by HettyClare.
     There are no progress pictures as it was just a case of printing the image off on some 120gsm white card and colouring it in with alcohol markers. There is a thin very pale grey line all the way around the image to make it stand out a little, a friend taught me this trick and it seems to work well.
     The card blank is only four inches square, a very small card that would make the perfect tag for a New Home gift. I searched through my stash for a New Home stamp but came up empty handed, hard to believe I don't have one......yet!
     A very thin mat layer helps pick out the red in the image, I tried a few colours but that looked the best option.
     Please come and join us at The Paper Funday, it's an Anything Goes challenge with the optional twist of Summer Fun.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Your Next Stamp - #167 Home Sweet Home
Angie's Digital Stamps - #54 Anything Goes/optional Flags
Digi Choosday - Wk27 Anything Goes

Monday, 5 July 2021

Dragon Girl

     Our third challenge at River Of Creativity is to make anything you like as long as there are 'no hearts or mushy stuff' on it. It doesn't have to be papercraft, it can be anything that you have made.
      The image panel on this picture is a digital paper from Vectoria Designs, I don't do much with digital images but this caught my imagination because I love dragons. The whole pack has my head buzzing with ideas for a journal, but for now it's just a picture to hang on the wall.
      After printing the image I took a piece of white card and some Distress inks and made a corresponding backing sheet. Spritzing with water when finished to achieve the speckled effect.
      I cut a dark blue mat layer to go between the image panel and the backing sheet, then cut another blue mat to go behind the backing sheet, it's amazing how much it changes the picture.
      To give the picture some dimension and interest I printed another page from the set and die cut it with one of Jamie Rodgers Canvas Collection dies. The sides were glued down but I used some foam tape in the middle to give it support.
      I was hoping to have it framed before now but I haven't found the right one yet, when I do I think it may have to be altered slightly to fit with the subject, I'll update this post when it's done.

      Please come and join us at River Of Creativity, we accept anything you have made as long as we can see our chosen theme in there somewhere.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
The Fairy and The Unicorn - Anything Fantasy
The Crafter's Cafe - #269 Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft - #7 Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft - #142 Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #52 Anything With A Critter
Crafty Calendar - July Anything Goes
Gem Of A Craft Challenge - #14 Anything Goes

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Cherry Blossom Light Box


     The new Art Deco dies from John Next Door made me think of oriental style projects. Rather than a card I decided to make a box scene with internal lighting.
     To begin with I die cut a box shape in dark brown pearl card, twice, one for the bottom and one for the lid.
     Using the Cassandre die I cut the lid, this gave me a perfectly sized hole to drop a gold die cut of Cassandre into and a brown version to trim up and glue along the outside edges of the lid.
     To keep the gold die cut in place I attached some thick acetate to the inside of the lid opening and glued the gold die cut on to it.

     To create a mid depth layer I used the same box die, cut one layer in kraft card and then trimmed the sides down to half the depth of the main box. In hindsight this could have been a little shallower as the image at the back of the box didn't show as well as I had hoped.
     In the centre of the kraft layer I die cut the trees from another of JND's die sets, Four Seasons and attached some pink flowers o look like cherry blossom. Each flower is shaped and has some yellow pollen like flock in the middle.

     At the back of the box I used a white card layer with an oriental style peel off stuck to it, this layer was glued flat inside the box back. 
     To create a misty effect I used a sheet of vellum glued at the back of the trees, this would allow the lights to shine through and the black on white image to be seen.
     Before assembling the kraft layer I used a hole punch on the corner of the panel to thread the lights through, there was also a hole punched in the back of the brown box for the lights to pass through from behind.
     The kraft layer was assembled and the lights run around the outside edge and fixed in place. I put the kraft layer in the box back and then glued the box corners together, this made sure the kraft layer would fit inside and gave a tight fit so it wouldn't shift about in transit.
     There were half the lights left to be attached around the inside of the box on the top layer, these were fixed in place too. 
     Fixing the lights is not as fiddly as it sounds, as long as you remember to thread them through from the back of the box, that way the battery pack will stay on the outside. For this box I used some redline tape to secure the battery pack so it was easy to use and would stay in place. It is possible to change the batteries once they go flat so you can keep your scene for a long time.
     To get the box to stand up I cut a stand from the same brown card as the box and glued it in place.

     To finish the box I put the lid over the back and glued the corner flaps together to create a tight fit. With the battery pack outside the box there should be no need to take the lid off, but it will come off if necessary.
     Using kraft card and the Twigs die I cut two twigs and covered them with the same flowers as used inside. To hide the join in the twigs I made a small knot using Japanese Mizuhiki cord in shades of pink and hot glued it in place.


Materials used 
PCD224 - Cassadre die set
JND194 - Four Seasons die set
JND187 - Twigs die set
JND174 - Small Flower plate
S57320 - Thick Acetate
S57262 - 3D PVA glue
S57085 - Ultra Clear Tape 6mm  (Redline)
   Other items from stash

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Creative Fingers - #210 Anything Goes
Love To Craft - #59 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #555 Anything Goes/Option - Make A Scene    (Top 3)
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes 8th June
Let's Create and Craft - #172 Anything Goes/Option Add Buttons
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies ~ June
Creative Craft Cottage - #141 Eileen's Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft - #6 Anything Goes     (First)

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Merry and Bright


      A new challenge at Christmas Craft Creations begins this week, the theme this month is 'Heat Embossing', so break out those stamps and powders.
      The stamp used on this card is an old Woodware one, it's one of my favourites. Stamped on black card and embossed in silver.
      Black isn't usually the first choice for a Christmas card but with a pop of colour I think it makes an elegant card.
      When I cut the mat layer I cut out the centre to keep for another project, it won't be seen so why not use it for something else.
       The layers were all assembled before the tiny purple gems were added, I have a few friends that love purple so this card will go to one of them.
       As I like making decorations for Christmas it's good to make the cards early in the year and store them, before going on to the 3D projects later on. So why not come and join us at Christmas Craft Creations with whatever seasonal project you have made using heat embossing.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The 12 Months Of Christmas - #78 Anything Christmas/optional ChristMouse
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - #545 Anything Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - #35 Anything Christmas

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Learning To Fly


     It's our second challenge at River Of Creativity, this month our theme is Parent and Child. We accept any hand crafted project as long as we can see how our theme has inspired you.
     I have been watching some very inspiring videos online by Eileen Godwin, her use of stencils to give just a hint of colour to the background really caught my attention.
     To begin this card I stamped the mushroom by Lavinia Stamps in Versafine black. Before getting a stamp press silhouettes were a bit problematic, but now it's so easy, if you miss a bit then stamp it again.
      To make sure my moon was kept perfectly clean I die cut a circle of Stix2 masking sheet and placed it so it would appear to be behind the mushroom.
     With the mask in place I used a stencil, some Distress Oxide in Lilac and a blending brush to colour my background.
     I only coloured part of the area through the stencil, I kept lifting it up to peek underneath and check it was where I wanted it to be.
     Once the Distress Oxide had dried off I stamped the large dragon in the air and the baby dragon sitting on top of the mushroom, looking at his Mum.
     The mushroom was grounded by adding a small shadowy area at it's base with a coloured pencil. The sentiment is also a Lavinia stamp, stamped in Versafine black.

      The image panel was trimmed to fit a 6x6 black card blank but it needed a tiny splash of colour to bring it all together, this was when I started searching my stash for the right piece of card or paper. After what felt like hours I gave up and used a purple pearl marker to colour the edge of a white card mat, once under the image panel it looked perfect, just a hint of purple to match the background.
      River Of Creativity is not just for cards or mixed media, we would like to see any hand crafted project that fits your interpretation of our theme, please come and join us.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Shopping Our Stash - #446 Gnomes / Mythical Creatures
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes With A Critter
A Bit More Time To Craft - #141 Anything Goes

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Sparkle and Shine

     Sparkle and Shine is the optional twist at The Paper Funday this month. The stamp I used on this card is a reverse image, so the light area is Distress Oxide ink on black card.
     The image came out quite well but it needed a colour burst, this was achieved by putting tiny gems on the seed heads.
     To make the gem colour stand out I used some cerise card to make a mat layer, the shine is added by die cutting a greeting in pink mirri card.
     It was a very simple card to make, it joins the card stash for future use. The inside has been left blank so it can be used for almost any occasion, most of the cards in the box are like this so they're ready at short notice.
     Please pop over and view the DT inspiration, then come and join us with your project.

I wold like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Love To Craft - #59 Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe - #267 Anything Goes

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Sunshine and Showers

      The theme at River Of Creativity this month is sunshine, this challenge blog is not just for mixed media and cards, it is for ANY craft. If you have made it and it fits our theme we would love to see it.

     Both of these card started with I-Zink pigment inks and some acetate. The ink was dropped onto one piece of acetate, then covered with another piece of acetate and squished together.
     Before the ink could dry the two pieces were pulled apart, this is what gave it the steaky patterns. It was then set aside to dry, which didn't take very long. I made several different sheets using other colours and put them in my stash box, after all if you're going to get all the products out you may as well turn it into a full creative session.

     The best way I have found to stick these panels down is to put the decorated acetate on to a sheet of double sided sticky film, then you get no glue marks because it's sticky all over.
     These acetate panels were die cut after the sticky was added, using Tonic nesting ovals. I also discovered it was best to stick down one end of the panel and gently peel off the backing, smoothing it down as I went. It helped keep it aligned and made sure I got no air bubbles under the acetate. If you do get an air bubble you can pierce the card from behind with a pin, just make sure you don't go all the way through the acetate aswell.

      For the rain man the acetate was stuck onto a sheet of white card, then decorated with Distress Ink and spritzed to get the rain drops. 
      For the sunshine lady I used a stencil and Distress Ink to create the rays of the sun before sticking down the acetate. The stencil wasn't quite large enough to cover the card completely so I inked the main part and then moved the stencil around to enlarge the area.
      A mixture of Scattered Straw and a dash of Fossilised Amber created the desired effect. For each card the character was going to need to be grounded, this was done by using a piece of torn paper and the same Distress Inks used for the backgrounds.

      The two characters are cut using metal rule dies, one Sizzix and one unknown. The rain man was cut in very dark blue and the lady was cut in a pearly dark brown, each image panel has been matted on the same card as the character.
      The sayings were found on line, typed out and printed off. I don't know who Rain Man's saying comes from but the Sunshine Lady is by Helen Keller. Both sayings were die cut oval to match the acetate panel and ink blended to match the backgrounds. Both characters and sayings are mounted on foam, sayings on 1mm thick and characters on 2mm thick.
      The two cards were made several months apart as it took me a while to find a suitable lady for the sunshine card. Now they're complete I rather like them as a set, they may just end up being framed and kept rather than gifted as cards, although each acetate panel has a double so maybe it's a good reason to make some more.

      Don't forget that River Of Creativity is a new challenge that accepts ALL forms of craft, as long as we can see how the theme has inspired you any project is welcome.

I would like to enter these cards in the following challenges:
Path To Positivity - #91 optional - change your environment (frame as pictures)
Use Your Stuff - #422 Use A Stencil
Crafty Calendar - Masculine
The Creative Crafters - #40 Anything Goes
Love To Craft - #58 Anything Goes
Let's Craft and Create - #171 Anything Goes + No Patterned Paper
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies
Dies R Us - #169 Anything Goes using stock a die
A Bit More Time To Craft - #140 Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - #5 Anything Goes / optional mood board

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Snow Tag

     This months challenge at Christmas Craft Creations is to make tags or ATCs. 
     I started by die cutting some mountboard with a Bigz die, I like working on this because is thick enough not to distort when using wet glue or paint.
     I was going to use paint, but when I started rummaging through my stash I found a nice offcut of blue scrapbook paper, so I glue3d this to the board, let it dry and then sanded the edges smooth.
     I stamped several different snowflakes across the tag and embossed them in white. To make a pretty edge I used some silver gilding wax, I've found the best way to apply this is using the back of a piece of blending foam, it's firmer than my fingers so it's easier to get a good finish.
     A tiny gem in the middle of each snowflake added some shine but it needed sparkle. Using non shed glitter card I die cut some snowflakes and stacked them on thin foam pads and added it to the corner of my tag.
     A small length of silver organza ribbon finished off the tag. I like the simplicity of this, I could have added lots more to it but I think it's fine as it is.

I would like to enter this tag in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - J~Jewels / K~Kids
Sparkles Christmas - #124 Use A Tag     (Spotlight Win)
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - #541 Anything Christmas Goes
The Holly and Ivy - #94 Anything Christmas Goes
Merry Little Christmas - #34 Anything Christmas Goes

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Sunshine On The River Of Creativity

     There is a new challenge on the block, River Of Creativity is for all crafts, not just paper. There will be a theme each month but it will be quite a broad one, allowing your creativity to run riot. 
     This picture started life as a wooden wallart item found in a charity shop, I didn't like the artwork much but when I looked at the back it was a great shallow frame I could do things to.
     I started to put together the image panel and tried it inside the frame, it was too much of the same colour, so I painted the inside edge of the frame with dark brown acrylic.
     I had a sheet of 12x12 paper that was almost exactly what I wanted but it was a bit too bright and a tad too big, the inside of the frame is 10.75 inches square. After playing around with different ideas I found a sheet of vellum in my stash with little flowers all over it. Perfect, it knocked back the colour and added another feature, as the light changes across the panel the flowers show up. After trimming the paper to fit inside the panel I folded the edges of the vellum over the paper all the way around, this way the vellum stays put and there is no need for glue.

     The bee hexagons are cut from mat photos using a die by Jamie Rodgers, the shape caught my imagination as soon as I saw it, they're like little boxes, which reflects the idea of using a box frame.
      To fix the paper panel in the frame I used some redline tape, this stuck to the vellum overlapped edge so hopefully over time it will not show through the paper as it doesn't actually touch it.
      To fix the bees to the vellum I used some Stix2 3D PVA, strong stuff and acid free. To get even spacing I used a wooden stir stick between each shape until the glue set.
     The corners needed a little something so I die cut some honeycomb in mustard card, thank you Avril for the use of your die, but only stuck them in two of the corners.
      At the bottom I added some paper sunflowers and at the top there is a small die cut bee, this is only stuck on with tack because I'm not sure if I like it, maybe I will find something I like more in time.
     I am so pleased to be working with the girls at River Of Creativity, it's great to have a challenge that welcomes all craft, not just card making. Please pop over and read all about it, then come and join us with your creations.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - #5 Anything Goes
Always Fun - #212 Combine Old & New Products
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes With A Critter
Creatalicious - Things With Wings
World Wide Open Design Team - #4 Anything Goes
Dies R Us - #168 Anything Goes With A DRU Stock Die

Floral Brusho


     This month at The Paper Funday our optional theme is flowers, so I have raided my stash and used an old rubber stamp by Heartfelt Creations.

     The image was stamped on watercolour card and white embossed. Then I used a clean paintbrush to add water to individual areas of the card before sprinkling Brusho on top and letting it do it's magic.
     If you 'paint' the areas separately you can keep the colours from running into each other but you do need to let one area dry off before colouring the next.
     The choice of mat colours was to pick out the colours in the image, it then went onto a kraft card, I thought a white card may take away from the image.
     Once mounted on the card blank I stuck tiny gems of various co-ordinating colors in the middle of each little flower.
     Using Brusho like this makes it look like you've spent hours painting, it's such fun to do.
     Please pop over to The Paper Funday and join us with your creations, we'd love to see them.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Galz - Mother's Day / Special Lady
Shopping Our Stash - #444 I Made This For You Mum     (Top 3)
Dare2BArtzy - Flowers
Stamping Sensations - Beautiful Blooms

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Who Let The Dogs Out?

     This is a group of cards made and sent to some of my crafting friends, we were due to meet up but like most things Covid put a stop to that.
     The backgrounds were made with Distress Inks and a Splatter stamp from Inkylicious, I've made lots of these as every time you make one it's different and so easy too.
     The silhouettes are all Lavinia stamps, I've not got a lot of the fairies, just a few small ones, but I do have lots of animals. These are actually wolves not dogs, but I don't think that matters very much. Having a stamp platform has made using silhouette stamps SO much easier, at least now when I miss a bit I can go back and stamp it again in exactly the same place!
     The greeting is an old Woodware stamp, I love the font, then layered with a black mat to pick out the silhouettes and the cards were finished. 
     During this pandemic I have watched many more craft videos on Facebook and Youtube than I would normally have done, I am grateful to those people for keeping us entertained and enthused at such a stressful time. I have learned quite a lot too, making a batch of backgrounds when the mood takes you and keeping the run off/tidy up bits for die cutting to name but a few.

I would like to enter these cards in the following challenges:
The Fairy and The Unicorn - Anything Fantasy
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles - Animals/Birds/Insects
TGIF - Cats and Dogs

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Christmas Craft Creations Birthday


     Over at Christmas Craft Creations this month it's our First Birthday and we are celebrating by having a Birthday prize pot, you might want to take a look at our theme of No Stamping, then come and join in the fun.
     I started this with some lovely blue card that used to be a folder, using a snowfall die I cut the holes into it. 
     The trees were cut from silver mirri card and stuck onto the blue card. I then trimmed the blue card so the trees were on the edges.
     Backing the blue panel with a white mat layer makes the holes into falling snow. Placing this onto another blue layer before going on a white card blank framed the whole panel.
     The finishing touch was to add some deer die cut from silver and grey glitter card.
     A very simple Winter card all done with die cuts, mostly from the John Next Door range.
     Come and join us at Christmas Craft Creations this month, just remember our theme is 'no stamping'.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Winter Wonderland - Peace On Earth
Jingle Belles - Peace On Earth, Recycle Something
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas