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Sunday, 30 September 2018

All The Good Things - Koi

Oh my word - Sunday again!  Time is speeding by!  I hope you've had a good week!

When Stampin' Up! opened up in Japan, it meant that they would inevitably include some stamps indigenous to the Japanese market.  "All the Good Things" encompasses two of my favourite things - my love of Bonzai and Koi Carp!

Many years ago when we still lived in Bromley, we had inherited a little pond which came with the property. We reared baby Koi in it (well they started off as tiddlers but grew quite large).  Our next door neighbour was a Koi Carp fancier and he had a huge pond which took up the width of his garden and they were enormous specimens with all sorts of beautiful markings worth thousands of pounds!  He even bred them and sold the tiddlers to aquariums all over the country.

Long story short, one day I heard a roar and some colourful language - some enterprising boys had been "ahem" fly fishing over his back fence on ladders!  Needless to say, he stepped up security to prevent it from ever happening again!

So this is my card for today!   I used the stamparatus to help me double stamp in exactly the same position, first in Grapefruit Grove.  Then I cleaned the stamps and stamped a second time in Versamark so I could clear emboss afterwards.  With the fine tip glue pen, I outlined the Koi and flooded a thin layer in all the white spaces on the Koi for an embossed resist effect.

Next I spritzed the shimmery white card stock till it was fairly wet and sprinkled sparingly the Brusho Crystal, tilting the card stock to manipulate the crystals as it reacted to create this abstract effect.  I blotted off the excess water with a kitchen towel and sandwiched it under some heavy books to allow it to dry flat before mounting it onto a Grapefruit Grove mat which was adhered to the thick Whisper White card base.  Hope you like it!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Friday, 28 September 2018

Countdown to Christmas #2 of 12 Winter Woods - Wishing you Well

Week 2 of my 12 week Countdown to Christmas series is another flat card in landscape,  keeping it as a single layer for easy postage.

I keep saying this, so that if you're visiting for the first time, it is good to know that the Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!'s stamp positioning tool, is fabulous if you're making lots and lots of the same card.  However, there are some tasks like stamping the ground or the pine needles for the inside of the card in this instance, that traditional stamping is required.

Very often, I do a mixture of both (to keep my hand and eye in, as it were), because you could become too dependent on the tool to do everything and lose your confidence in taking stamp to paper the old fashioned way.  

As an optional extra you could add some sequins in the blank space, but I preferred making the glimmer tree the focal point so left mine without.

This is the inside of the card but it could so easily be the front as it is so pretty. I did second and third generation stamping with the pine needle stamp (that means stamping for the second and third time without re-inking the stamp).   

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Halloween Countdown #2 of 6 - Takeout Treats Bundle

These Takeout treat boxes are so stinking cute!  They're 2" (5cm) tall and 2-1/4" (5.7 cm) at its widest tapering down to about 1-3/4" (4.4 cm) at the base.

I love having dies which takes the brain work out of constructing a box and when you have dies which include labels for the set - that's even better!   What's more, they were the perfect fit for these ghoulish eyeballs! lol!  

Roll VT and see how simple they are to assemble!

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, 23 September 2018

More Country Home

Happy Sunday everyone!

Did you have a good week?  Pull up a chair and relax today.  If you don't follow me, then have a look at the free video tutorial I made Friday before last HERE - I featured the new Tin Tile Dynamic embossing folder and this stamp set called Country Home.  

This time I used a mixture of Stampin' Blends and watercolor pencils to colour in my images.  Instead of stamping on Whisper White, I actually stamped on Gray Granite card stock, so that I could use a white colour pencil to colour in the cotton buds as it wouldn't have been visible had I used Whisper White card stock.  I stamped the jug on Whisper White in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and used Mint Macaron Stampin' Blends to colour it in, then fussy cut to lay on top of the Gray Granite floral arrangement.

To give it a verdigris effect, I scribbled Light Mint Macaron Stampin' Blend over the Tin Tile embossed piece and lightly ran my Gray Granite ink pad over the surface.  The edges of the stamped floral piece was distressed by running the blade of scissors over the edges and I sponged Mint Macaron over it.

I attached a galvanized clip to the right of the jug, and tied a bow with Mint Macaron twine  as a finishing touch.

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