Thursday, 26 February 2015
Hello everyone...Genny here. Today for my design team makes, I have been lucky enough to be able to work with this cdrom brought to us by Joanna Sheen. The cd is called Janet Kruskamp...The Collection. There are just so many wonderful images on this cd...I didn't know where to start and when to stop. For some reason unknown to me, this cd came out very quietly and a lot of Joanna fans I know didn't even realise it had been released and are only just discovering it. It has so many delicious images and backing papers on it.A lot of the images have decoupage included on the one sheet, so it becomes a cheap version to print out. There is so much detail in each image..you can imagine yourself there.The only background paper from another cd is on the 2nd card and that backing paper is from another Joanna Sheen cd...The Age of Elegance, another of my favourite cds. This was another cd that arrived very quietly but again has fantastic images and stunning background papers...many of which feature the work of William Morris. In the next couple of weeks, I may do a feature on that cd, as I'm sure many of you would love it. Any of the cds that I use are all available from Julie here at JB-Crafting. Also Julie is a wonderful source of embellishments for your stash...I know because I have many of them in my own.
I'm sorry that it is a short write up today..only I'm having some trouble with my computer..but of course, if you have any queries, pleasedo not hesitate to get in touch with me and I'll be more than happy to help. So until next week..take care and happy crafting.
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Hi everyone! Sorry about the late post this week -but here it is.
I have used the Stampendous Fantasy Tile stamps & the Forever in Time Paper Collection to make a plain box into something special.
I coated the top with a dark acrylic colour, let it dry then applied some weathered wood medium. Allowed this to dry & then applied a thin coat of white acrylic & watched the magic happen.
I covered the sides & inside of the box with a some of the lovely paper, then covered this with PVA to seal it.
I chose which stamps to use then stamped in various places around the box.
I then went around with my gold Rub 'n' Buff, and some other waxes to give everything an aged feel.
Now I have somewhwere pretty to store my bit 'n' bobs.
As usual I forgot to photograph the box before, but I managed to find a photo on the site where I bought it from. Here it is -
Monday, 16 February 2015
Hello everyone ...Genny here. For todays design team makes I have used a paper pad called Perfect Prints..Blue Dawn. I really loved the papers in this pad and wanted to share with you different ways of using them. For my first make , I have created this little wall hanging for the bathroom. The paper pad has 6 different styles of paper, 5 of each design, and they all tone beautifully. The one paper is covered in dragonflies and it was this one that gave me the initial idea. Over the years I have collected little quotes and have always wondered what to do with them.Well this year I've decided to make little wall hangings for my home. To make the wall hanging. I took a small canvas and covered it with two of the papers, one being the one featuring the dragonflies. I then wrote the quote onto some card and then mounted the saying onto some rainbow holographic. I took some of the same card and mounted some peeloff dragonflies onto it. I cut them out and mounted them onto the canvas. I like the rainbow holographic because the colours change depending on the light.
For my second make, I looked at one of the papers and thought that it had a chinese feel to it, so I decided to use one of my chinese inspired peeloffs to form the focal point on the card. I mounted the paper onto some dark blue card and then put that onto the base card.I stuck the peeloff to some white card andthen coloured it with my copics. I then cut it out and fixed it onto the card. I then took some flower shapes and coloured them to match. I tried to stay within the same colour palate as the colours used in the background paper.
I find it a good idea to have a go with different papers, using them as the starting point for a card..instead of having an image and finding paper to match that image. It's just a different way of looking at your stash and using it in a different way. On days when my mojo has gone off on a trip, I need to do something different and I always find myself looking through my stash and finding a paper that I love and make a card paper led instead of image led. I hope that you all have a great wee..so until next time..take care and happy crafting.
Sunday, 15 February 2015
Hi everyone! Another weekend rolls around - can't believe we are midway through February already!
I have made a card today using the Stampendous Fantasy Tiles & Forever in Time Paper Collection - Elderberry. All sent to me by Julie - thank you.
I picked out a backing paper - with lovely swirls. I matted this onto some white card.
There is a lovely border stamp that comes with the tile stamps. I stamped this onto white card, using a lovely Burgundy ink, to make a frame.
I picked out the tiles & stamped these onto white card with the Burgundy ink. Carefully cut them out. I matted these onto a smaller piece of the patterned paper using foam pads for a bit of dimension. Inked around the edges. I then matted this onto the white card with the frame.
All this was now matted onto the main card.
I stamped the border stamp onto some white card, but stamped on some scrap paper first to give a faded look. Stamped the sentiment onto this & added this to the card with foam pads.
There are some lovely papers in this paper pack - useful for all kinds of projects. I'd better get my thinking cap on for next week.
Hope you like this week's make.
Thanks for stopping by.
Monday, 9 February 2015
Hello everyone...Genny here. My first card is made using the wonderful stamp plate from Joanna Sheen. The two stamped images are from the Enchanted Forest range and this stamp sheet is called Magical Day.I have coloured both images using my promarkers and then cut them out. I mounted some backing paper from a wonderful little pad called Perfect Prints..Blue Dawn onto some blue card. I also created a little border using the same blue card. I then added one of my favourite sayings and some peeloff butterflies.
As part of my design team work I was given this little paper pad to work with and I have to say it is such a pretty pad with lots of different papers that will come in so handy in your stash.As most of you know by now and this is one from the Perfect Prints pad...my stash is an ever growing thing and I always keep my eye out for things that I think will come in handy, that are a great price. This pad is just the thing. Below is a card that I was having a little problem with as I couldn't decide what backing paper to use. That was until I looked through this pad. This paper was right to use with this decoupaged image. I was looking for a paper that would allow the decoupage to be the main focus
The decoupage is one from the Le Shu range and as you know I do have a bit of a passion for cats. Sometimes there is nothing better than sitting down, watching the television cutting out some decoupage. If I'm in the mood, I cut a load out and put them into cello bags until I need them.
It certainly keeps me quiet..lol. So until next week...take care and happy crafting
Sunday, 8 February 2015
Hi everyone! The snow has just about gone here. Hope you are all well & have had a good weekend.
Julie sent me some new crafty goodies! Fantasy tile stamps from Stampendous. As you can see above there are 12 lovely tile sized stamps & one lacy border stamp.
Here is the ATC I made with 3 of the tiles & the border stamp.
I cut out my ATC from thick card, covered it with white card. I picked out 3 tiles to use & stamped them onto white card using blue Distress Ink & cut them out. I edged the tiles with a dark blue marker.
I stamped down the long edges of the ATC using the border stamp & the blue DI.
Placed the tiles onto the ATC using foam pads for a bit of dimension. Added some blue gems for a bit of bling.
Edged around the ATC with a dark blue marker.
I have made this for a swap where the theme is the colour blue.
Hope you like my make this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Hello everyone..Genny here. I hope that you are all managing to stay warm and cosy. It's very cold here in the mountains of Wales but I have to admit that the snow does look magical. And as far as I can see it's the perfect weather to stay in and craft.
Today as my design team make I have used a Joanna Sheen stamp from her Enchanted Forest range. This particular stamp is on the Magical Day sheet. I have stamped the image using my memento ink pad and have coloured her using my promarkers. I then glittered her dress and wings and cut her out. I die cut a plain oval shape and the created a background on it. I used some paper from my stash to cover the card and then added a glittery peeloff around the edge. I decorated the oval using some die cut ivy leaves and sequin flowers. I then finally added a large die flower, colouring it to match in with the card.
All the little embellishments, can make such a difference to a finished card. As you probably know by now, I love all the little extras. Julie stocks some really wonderful ' just have to have it's' in stock and if you get the chance please pop over to the shop..either online or in person and take a look. It's always worth taking a look at the die cutting dies that are available...they are great to have in your stash as well.
I shall hopefully be back later in the week with some cards from some different Joanna Sheen cdroms. So until then..take care and happy crafting
Sunday, 1 February 2015
Hi everyone - hope you are all well & didn't get too disrupted by the snow.
For this weeks DT project I decided to make a pin cushion using the Stampendous Teacup Cupcake stamp.
I found some lining material & cut myself a piece large enough for the stamp & with a bi extra for seam allowance.
I inked up the stamp using black Stazon ink & stamped this onto the material. It didn't come out very black, as you can see on the cupcake wrapper on the photo.
I coloured the image using Sharpie pens.
I decided that the main image needed outlining so I sewed around it using some black thread - I didn't go over the wrapper though as I thought this would look too much.
Once I had done the outlining I drew a circle around the image, cut another piece of material for the backing.
I wanted to use the pincushion on my wrist so I found some elastic to attach to it.
I placed the piece with the image face down onto the backing piece, with the elastic across the middle between the two pieces. I pinned these together where the elastic was to hold everything in place.
I sewed all around the edge of the circle, leaving a small gap to enable me to turn the piece the right way out.
I snipped around the seam - hopefully to give it a more smooth look.
Turned the piece the right way out, inserted some stuffing then sewed the gap up.
On my wrist when I'm sewing - just to remind me to stop for tea & cake!
I thought it would look good in a proper teacup & saucer as well - might have to have a look around the charity shops next week!
Here it is on my wrist - have managed to crop my gnarly old hand out of the pic! Didn't want to frighten anyone!
Have a good week, thanks for stopping by.