Wanted to do something with a little gift box that originally had some tealights in it. It has sat there for ages so I picked it up ans actually did something with it !! This one also is my entry to the Just For Fun Challenge blog whos subject this fortnight is 'Oh for the wings of a bug'.
I gave it two coats of pale blue acrylic paint and allowed it to dry thoroughly. I then took some glossy cardstock and applied Alcohol Ink in juniper and cloudy blue with an applicator and felt until happy with the finish. I also used some blending solution. The colour is very subtle actually. This was trimmed into 4 panels slightly smaller than the base sides.
I took an acrylic poppy stamp and stamped twice with Archival black onto each of the panels and the edges of the card were lined with fine gold pen and a metal edged ruler. These were then adhered with double sided tape to each side panel as shown. A small half pearl embellishment was added to the bottom left of each panel.
The 'to you from me' labels were made using the same AI background and a nestability die which I also embossed before stamping with the words in Archval black ink. Again a half pearl was added to each of the panels. These were stuck in place with DS tape as shown.
The butterflies are made using Martha Stewart punches in two sizes. The background paper used was made by scanning three pieces of cotton printed material that I had bought as fat quarters in Skipton. They were printed with the inkjet printer onto plain 80gsm copier paper. I liked the colours which all compliment each other. The back of the paper was painted with some more of the pale blue acrylic paint to add a little more body to the paper. Once dry I used the two punches and punched out large and small butterlies, some of which were to be layered.
I edged the large butterflies with Stickles diamond glitter glue and once dry layered the small onto the large punched out pieces with glossy accents. Each of the layered butterflies had a half pearl added for a head before sticking in place on the box to decorate.
The top of the box was held shut with two gold swirly clips either side of the two butterflies. I was going to add ribbon but decided not to. Light and Airy I thought !
Here are a set of 9 inchies done as a swap on UK Stampers Forum. The theme is 'The Americas' so I used a red, white & blue theme.
I printed out the tiny USA flags and trimmed ready to apply to the inchies.
I took a dotty border stamp and stamped with Adirondack stream and red pepper dye inks in stripes on a piece of white card. I dried with a heat gun and punched out the 9 inchies. These were then edged with more stream ink and a foam applicator. I stuck the flags in place, edged with fine black pen and stamped the USA in archival black ink to finish.
Needed to do some birthday cards so made one using some polymer froggy stamps. The frog (Personal Impressions) was stamped onto a 3 inch square white card mat in Archival black ink. This was then coloured using Copic markers. The crown was stamped separately also on white card with the Archival ink. Once coloured to satisfaction the central mat was edged in tangerine Versamagic chalk ink and matted onto a piece of moss green card at 3.5 inches.
The crown was stamped and trimmed so as not to obscure the froggys eyes and coloured with Deco-Color Liquid Gold paint marker and three adhesive gems were added to the pointy bits. This was put aside to be added at the end.
A 5 inch square piece of printed paper was then punched with Martha Steward 'around the page' punches. This was stuck in place on a plain white card followed by the froggy mat in the centre.
The crown was stuck in place. The 'Hoppy Birthday' sentiment was stamped on white card in Archival black, matted onto moss green card and gold was applied to the spaces in the letters to contrast with the crown. This was edged in tangerine chalk ink and applied as shown on foam pads.
I have organised a 'Continents' inchie swap on UK Stampers Forum. These are my 9 inchies for the Asia Theme. I took a piece of cherry blossom printed paper and stuck this to some stout card. I then cut out the inchies with a 1 inch square punch (a must have for making inchies).
I picked out the blossoms with a Quickie glue pen and glittered with a bronze iridescent fine glitter. Once dry I applied a small brass charm onto each inchie with Glossy Accents.
Finishing touch was to add a printed word & edge each of the inchies with gold Krylon pen.
Here is one more set of ATC's just completed for a swap on UK Stampers Forum . The theme this time is as the title and I wracked my brain for ideas for these. I ended up using some free digi images from the Land Of Nod Studios of three charming little people who I thought I would use as a depiction of the words. These were printed out onto plain copier paper.
The base cards were cut from pale blue cardstock (just had it spare at the time !) and these were painted with a good coat of acrylic paint in desert sand. When dry I used a piece of sequin scrap as a stencil and went over selected portions with spiced marmalade Distress Ink and yellow Dylusions matt acrylic applied with a matural sponge. I dried all thoroughly with a heat gun.
I then took a polymer Inkadinkado chandelier stamp and stamped this on each card with archival black ink, again drying with the heat gun.
I then stamped the hats (West Coast Designs) onto patterned paper with archival black and carefully trimmed them out.
The images were then assembled and stuck in place first and trimmed followed by the hats and the images gone around with a grey Copic marker. The words were printed out onto copier paper, trimmed out & stuck on and edged with a fine black pen.
Finishing touch was to edge each card with tangerine Colorbox chalk ink.
Here is another page for the weekly journal Challenge over on UK Stampers Forum. This weeks gudelines were:
1. What is your favourite colour and why?
2. Use this as your main background for your page
3. Add a doodled border to your page
Blue is certainly my favourite colour for many reasons too numerous to go into here.
I took a piece of plain card cut to size and then trimmed out a printed backing paper with a predominently blue theme to the same size as the base. I then stamped some text, top and bottom in broken china Distress Ink I next took a piece of wordy paper and tore this colouring the torn edges with broken china Distress Ink also. The paper was stuck in place and trimmed to fit.
I then took a selection of Hero Arts solid block stamps and selected loads of blue inks of all types including Versamagic, Brilliance & Impress and stamped them onto white card. The shapes were trimmed out and stuck in place on the background.
All colour swatches were edged in Posca white pen and the edges of the page were decorated in doodled triangles and dots also in Posca light blue and gold. The word 'BLUE' at the top is made with rub-ons and the rest is written with Posca black and dark blue.
Here are three ATC's I have done as part of a swap over on the UK Stampers Forum. The theme for the month of March is 'In The Woods' so I decided to do a green woody theme for mine.
I cut the plain white card to size and then applied a digi background to each of the cards, tree trunks and woody effects !
I dug out a load of tiny little stamps of leaves and flowers from a set of See D's Morsels cling stamps. I inked the leaves with Memento Dye inks in new sprout, pear tart, bamboo leaves & cottage ivy and randomly stamped the leaves in bunches on the trees in the background. A number of the leaves were glazed with clear Sakura Glaze pen to highlight.
The flowery stamps were inked in Archival black and stamped randomly at the bottom of the cards. I highlighted areas in yellow, red and blue Posca markers to act as a bed of flowers.
The three words were printed on plain copier paper and coloured with new sprout and bamboo leaves ink before sticking in place with glue pen. Final touch was to edge the cards with tea leaves Versamagic chalk ink.
Not like me to do cute really, but I have had some of the Lili of the Valley printed toppers for ages so I decided to start to use them.
This card simply uses the topper as a centre piece, matted onto purple linen textured card and edged wirh diamond stickles.
I embossed stars on a piece of white card using a Sizzix texture plate and cut this into a larger square which I again matted onto a larger square of the purple textured card.
Before mounting I took a piece of mauve silk ribbon and tied around the smaller mat into a bow before matting this onto the larger mat.
All of the mats were then stuck in place on a plain square white card. The 'Friend' plate was made using a Nestability die and thin white card which I embossed and coloured with Dusty Concord Distress Ink before stamping with 'Friend' using a polymer stamp. This plate was then edged with Stickles and stuck in place as shown.
Here is wishing everyone a fabulous Valentines Day !!!!!
Here is a piece put together with 5 things I had sent to me by a member of UK Stampers Forum as part of a Random Swap.
The five items were an oversized paperclip, a polymer clay pebble with the words Natural Beauty, a wooden bird, a rusty heart and a bookring.
I took some fuschia pink cardstock and punched around with Martha Stewart punches. Then I used Dusty Concord Distress ink and applied this with a sponge around the edges. I applied a mask centrally and sponged through this with the same ink.
Next I stuck the bird in place with Glossy Accents.
The gold paperclip was then coloured with some red pepper AI and some felt. This was then clipped into place to hold the rusty heart as shown.
Final touches were to add the polymer clay sentiment and to place the bookring through the filigree at the top left. The piece was highlighted in various places with white pen to complete.
Here is Week 5 of the Mini Journal weekly challenge over on UK Stampers Forum. This weeks requirements are:
1. What is/ would be your perfect day?
2. Include a picture on your page.
3. Use some stamping on your page.
I always love being in a warm climate, sat on a beach with my partner drinking cocktails. So Sun, Sea, Sand & Cocktails is the theme. Wish I was sat there right now !!!
I started with a white card cut to 4.5 x 6 inches and smooshed with Impress dye inks in lavender, ultramarine & lemon yellow as the base. I then stamped a postoid from Invoke arts on the bottom left in archival black ink.
The picture was printed onto ordinary copier paper, trimmed and stuck in place. I found a couple of different diameter round lids and used these to mark some circles in yellow and ochre acrylic paint as shown.
I got to work with the Posca markers in black, yellow, white and journalled the words on the page along with some doodles.
A plate was cut and coloured with Impress in chartreuse and lemon yellow with the recipe for my favourite cocktail 'Nothing' and actually looks very much the colour of the finished cocktail. This was stuck in place and some holes punched with the Cinch to finish.
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