Friday, 27 March 2015

Tea Cup Exchange Blog Party

Hello Friends! First of all, if you are looking for my earlier post with the Pop Up Bouquet card for the Stampendous/Dreamweaver/Woodware blog hop, you will find it here :).

As promised I am back today to play in the Tea Cup Exchange blog hop. The Tea Cup Exchange is a regular feature on the lovely Stephanie's blog The Enchanting Rose. If you missed it this time round, be sure to follow Stephanie's blog and wait for a call for the next exchange, due in September/October.

During the exchange devoted tea cup lovers exchange their prized possessions in return for a new beauty to be added to their collection. But that's just part of the fun. The most exciting bit is finding new friends that share the same tea cup love :).

I have been really blessed with my tea cup partners :). First, I met lovely Chel from the Sweetbriar Dreams. Here is a glimpse of the package that I sent off to Chel.


Chel adores London so my package also included some London themed note cards I made for her, which you might remember as I have recently posted them on my blog.


I put the note cards in this little keepsake box which I made a few years back. I thought the box was just right for the job :).
Next, I met sweet Shane from Roses, Lace and Brocante. Here's the beautiful selection of things that Shane sent me:


Look at this gorgeous tea cup!

Shabby vintage tea cup with pink roses
I am truly in love with this beautiful tea cup!

In the package I also found the following treasures...

scented Gardenia Fragrance Sachets for drawers
Divinely scented Gardenia Fragrance Sachet and a lovely vintage linen tablecloth
Beautiful shabby vintage tea towel
Beautiful shabby vintage tea towel
French Shabby Style Magazine - so inspirational!
Real French Shabby Style Magazine - so inspirational!
Paris themed postcard
Beautiful Paris themed postcard
And everything was wrapped and packaged so beautifully with ribbons, pretties and vintage dress pattern tissue papers - I was sooooo drooling over them! So I've kept them too! :)

My goodies wrapped so beautifully with ribbons, pretties and vintage dress pattern tissue papers.
I had so much fun taking part in this Tea Cup Exchange and no doubt I will be taking part again in the future! Thank you so much to Stephanie for organising the Exchange and to Chel and Shane for being such wonderful 'tea cup partners' :).

That's all from me for this week... phew... that's been a really busy week blogging-wise! :). Have a fabulous weekend!

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Anniversary Pop Up Bouquet - Woodware And Stampendous Blog Hop Finale

Hello everyone and my warmest, heartfelt welcome to my newest followers! My heart is singing with joy and gratitude knowing that more peeps have chosen to follow my creative efforts - thank you so much!

Today is our big finale of this week's playtime with Stampendous, Woodware Craft Collection and Dreamweaver Stencils (which have now become part of the Stampendous family). If you've missed my previous post with the Blossom Bunch necklace you can find it here.

This week's collaboration is super special as it is a celebration of many years of successful working relationship (and friendship!) of these three companies. The lovely Team at Woodware has worked tirelessly distributing Stampendous & Dreamweaver goodies. Yes, it's them who make it all possible for UK's retailers (and crafters) to get their crafty hands on these fantastic products.


This fantastic blog hop, apart from amazing projects also brings you the opportunity to win amazing prizes. And the super cool thing is that this time UK crafters can also participate in the giveaway - how awesome is that!

We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil. Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!

Deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using random.org and announced Tuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.

So today I have an anniversary card I made for my SIL and BIL :). This card was a bit of an experiment with the new (fabulous!) pop up die set from Stampendous -  Build a Pop Up Die Set. I have never done a pop up card before but I think my first attempt was successful :). It was super fun to make it!

Here are the supplies I used.

From Stampendous:
Cling Build a Bouquet Set
Build a Bouquet Die Set
Penned Anniversary
Build a Pop Up Die Set
Small Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Handle

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Adhesive Sheets 6x12", MyStik® Permanent Strips, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White

Plus:
Cardstock by Bazzill Basics®, papers Authentique Harmony 'Creation', ribbon (May Arts), white vellum, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 18 dies
Media: Imagive Crafts/Tsukineko® StazOn Mini Ganache, Brilliance Pearlescent Olive, Tea Dye Distress Ink, STAEDTLER® ergosoft® aquarell watercolour pencils,

Instructions:
1. Following instructions from the Build a Pop Up Die Set prepare a base for the pop up card from Authentique papers and add decorative borders using edge dies from the set. Mat over pink cardstock with MyStik® Permanent Strips.
2. Stamp the vase and flowers from Cling Build a Bouquet Set with Ganache ink onto papers with a plain design and colour in with watercolour pencils.
3. Die cut the images using Build a Bouquet Die Set and adhere to the pop up tabs.
4. Die cut one label shape from coordinated paper and add some inking while the shape is still in the die. Stamp Penned Anniversary with Olive ink.
5. Die cut another label (one size up) from white vellum and adhere to the card base.
6. Adhere the sentiment panel with Thin 3D Foam Squares over the vellum.
7. Tie a small bow from a decorative ribbon and crinkle it with a heat tool. Adhere to the card.

Here's the full list of participating blogs for today. Don't forget - to enter the draw, simply comment on all participating blogs. The more blogs you visit & comment on, the higher your chances of winning :).

Asia King (that's me!)

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your beautiful comments. I will be back again later today with my post for the Tea Cup Exchange Blog Party :).

Have a fantastic and creative weekend!

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Blossom Bunch Necklace - Woodware And Stampendous Play Time!

Hello lovely Peeps! If you are looking for my Shabby Chic Dress Form post for Spellbinders Partner Hop, you will find it here :).

I am back today with another blog collaboration project! This week everyone at Stampendous HQ is suuuuper busy - as well as taking part in Spellbinders Partner blog hop we are also playing along with Woodware Craft Collection and Dreamweaver Stencils (which have now become part of the Stampendous family).

The lovely Team at Woodware works super hard distributing Stampendous goodies. Yes, it's them who make it all possible for UK's retailers (and crafters) to get their crafty hands on fantastic products from Stampendous. And I myself cannot thank them enough for all the help and support they've offered me since I joined Stampendous DT (thank you, thank you, thank you!).

This fantastic blog hop, apart from amazing projects also brings you the opportunity to win amazing prizes. And the super cool thing is that this time UK crafters can also participate in the giveaway - how awesome is that!

We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil. Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects! To enter the draw, simply comment on all participating blogs. The more blogs you visit & comment on, the higher your chances of winning :). 

Deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using random.org and announced Tuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.

My offering today is a humble resin necklace :). Here is the list of supplies I used:

From Stampendous: 
Blossom Bunch 

Plus: Cardstock by Bazill Basics Paper® 
Adhesives by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Adhesive Sheets, DODZ™ – Small 
Envirotex Jewelry Resin; Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Squares One Bezel 
Liquid Pearls (Petal Pink, Lavender Lace); Inktense pencils, Winsor & Newton Satin Varnish; ribbon - May Arts 


Here's how to make this necklace: 
1. Stamp Blossom Bunch onto white card and colour the image in.
2. Trim to size and adhere inside the bezel with Adhesive Sheets. Apply two coats of varnish to seal the image in.
3. Cover the image with a thin layer of resin. Set aside for a couple of hours and then carefully add some mica fragments over the soft resin along the bezel's edges. Allow to cure fully.
4. Add some accents to the image with Liquid Pearls. Add a few sequins adhered with DODZ. Add another thin layer of resin and set aside for two hours. Carefully add some glass glitter along the edges. Allow to cure fully.
5. Add final accents with sequins and Liquid Pearls. Fully cover with resin. Allow to cure.
6. Mount on a coordinating chain and embellish with a ribbon and a metal charm.

Taking part today are:


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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Dressing Up With Spellbinders, Stampendous And Scrapbook Adhesives By 3L

Upcycle papier mache Hobbycraft dressform
Hello everyone! So lovely to see you popping in here today. First of all - a special heartwarming welcome to my newest followers - thank you so much for joining the 'gang' :). If this is your first visit here - welcome to my blog! Please, grab a cuppa, make yourself comfy and enjoy the read.

I am so thrilled to be taking part today in the Spellbinders Partner Hop featuring supplies from Spellbinders, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, DecoArt and Stampendous!

During Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week partnering companies will be joining in the fun offering inspiration and fabulous prizes. Each day selected companies will share fabulous project tutorials from their featured designers. And I am blessed to be Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's featured designer for this Springtime Hop :).

Spellbinders Partner Hop
Join in the Hop for great project tutorials and fantastic prizes!
My offering today is an altered papier mache dress form. I recently found this old gal at a charity jumble sale in my town. She was originally decoupaged with Decopatch papers by the previous owner and she's definitely seen better days. The stand was also quite wonky and it broke off when I tried to straighten it. But I wasn't at all worried as I didn't like it anyway. I knew I would want to replace it and I already had something in mind for the job (more on that in a moment).


Luckily I could see the potential in this girl so I altered her with this shabby chic number.

Altered shabby chic papier mache dress form
From drab to fab - an altered shabby chic papier mache dress form
True to the nature of my special assignment, I have a lovely tutorial for you - to see the full details, you'll need to hop over to the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog. Simply click on the photo below and I will magically transfer you to the tutorial post :). I truly hope that these following pictures will tempt you (even more) to check it out (not to mention the prizes that are for grabs!).

Shabby chic DIY dress form tutorial by Asia King
Give an old papier mache dress form a shabby chic make-over! Click on the photo to access an easy to follow tutorial.
I have recently fallen madly in love with the crushed glass mosaic finishes that are currently trending in the home decor stores across the UK. You can see them on lamp bases, vases, mirrors, frames and even small table tops. For me the most exciting thing was to discover that you can easily recreate this sophisticated look with Adhesive Sheets and Mica Fragments.

On-trend - crushed glass mosaic effect that can be easily created with Adhesive Sheets and Mica Fragments
On-trend - crushed glass mosaic effect that can be easily created with Adhesive Sheets and Mica Fragments
You don't have to be limited to the straight lines of your Adhesive Sheets either. And that's because you can die cut your Mica covered sheets with a guaranteed full coverage and no gummed up dies :) - just as I have done to create a rose lattice trellis in my recent Roses of Friendship card.

The inspiration for the outfit was drawn from this beautiful project made by Gail Schmidt from the Shabby Cottage Studio. I created my layers with Canvas Ribbons, Lace Ribbons and a paper trim die cut using Spellbinders Oval Regalia set. The flower was made using Peony die set.

Flower skirt created with Peony die set and Canvas Ribbons and lace
Supplies:

Adhesive Sheets 6x12"DODZ™ - SmallDODZ™ - 3D, Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/8", Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/4" (available soon); Canvas Ribbons and Lace Ribbons (Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®)

Other supplies:

Spellbinders: Peony and Oval Regalia die sets; Ephemera Papers

Stampendous: Pearlized Mica Fragments, Vintage Ladies and Charmed Art Perfectly Clear Stamps

DecoArt Americiana Decor Chalky Finish in Lace and Primitive, StazOn Mini Cloudy Sky ink by, seam binding, ribbon roses, decorative pins, pearls.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen this picture (below). I also invited guesses what I would be making from these old chess pieces...

Although I can't play chess, I can still put old chess pieces to good use :).
And here is the answer... I used them to make my new stand and a top/head for my dress form :). Up-cycling at its finest ha ha ha! :)


Upcycled chess pieces altered art dress form
I up-cycled old chess pieces to create a new stand and top for my dress form.
So what do you think about my dress form? Better before or after? I'd love to know what you think!

If you've enjoyed your visit here, feel free to hang around a bit more :). And if you choose to follow my blog (which would be awesome!) be sure to let me know how I can visit you back and return your kindness :).

Have a fantastic creative week and good luck in the prize draw!

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Vintage Stamping Challenges #30 - Olde Worlde
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - An Altered Art Challenge Blog March - Anything Goes
Frilly And Funkie - Bring On the Bling
Our Creative Corner - Junk In Your Trunk
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper Magazine - Anything Goes
Retro Craft Shop #9 - Retromania


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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Roses Of Friendship With A Vintage Charm


Hello Friends! First of all a big 'thank you' to everyone who's visited and left such kind comments my 'Be More (Steampunk) Dog' layout. It's really heart warming to know that you haven't given up on me :), despite my sporadic blog visits at the moment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart...

Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I am sharing this lovely Roses of Friendship card. I would love it, if you could find a spare moment to check out all the details :). The inspiration for my card was my auntie's beautiful cottage garden and this lovely photo from the Shabby Tea Room's Challenge this week:






This card was a bit of an experiment with the Adhesive Sheets 6x12"Gilded Mica Fragments and Spellbinders Grateful Lattice die which I used to create my shimmery trellis background. I just love how the Wild Roses seem to be climbing up the golden trellis.


The vintage charm and frame embellishments are from the Works. The seam binding ribbon was died with distress markers using a technique I saw on Tammy Tutterow's blog.


The papers I used are called Vintage Floral and were free with the February 2015 issue of Making Cards Magazine. The 'cherish precious friendship' words were cut out from an old packaging from Prima flowers. They are printed on a clear acetate and I found that Adhesive Sheets are fantastic for adhering transparencies. You get a strong, even, edge to edge coverage - so no messy excess glue showing anywhere :).


I had no idea how this card would turn out. Because of my recent health troubles and the bucket-loads of pain killers I have to take, my creative planning seems to abandon me quite often. But I am quite pleased with the result here. Hope you like it too! x

Supplies:

Adhesive Sheets 6x12", Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White, Home & Hobby E-Z Runner® Grand - Permanent Strips, DODZ™ - 3D

Other supplies:

Stampendous: Cling Wild Roses, Friendship Assortment Perfectly Clear stamps, Gilded Mica Fragments; Spellbinders Grateful Lattice die

Core'dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered cardstock, patterned papers, Ganache StazOn Mini ink, Liquid Pearls, Inktense pencils, seam binding ribbon


That's all from me for now. Thank you for popping in today. Take care of yourselves and enjoy the weekend!

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Craft Stamper March Make It Take It - Anything Goes Challenge 
Shabby Tea Room Challenge #247 - Pop Of Pink
Simon Says Monday Challenge - B is for...Bling!
Country View Challenges March - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Things That Fly
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #93 - Springtime
Frilly and Funkie Challenge - Bring On The Bling!

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Be More [Steampunk] Dog - Scrapbook Layout

Hello Friends! I hope you are all keeping well and are enjoying the first signs of spring. 

We've had our first ever crocus in our garden. Just one. And just for a few hours until something has eaten it... We saw it first thing in the morning and by the time we got back from work - it was gone. No trace of it... we were so sad...!

Anyway... today I am back to share... a scrapbook page! I know! It doesn't happen very often on my blog :). 
But when I saw this cute little guy during our short break in Bruges last summer I just knew I had to scrap him :). I took about a hundred photos of him lol. I really loved this sweet innocent face in contrast with the Steampunk feel of the horse carriage... Isn't he just gorgeous? And I knew these new cool stamps with ScrewLoose and Sparky mates would be perfect for my layout.



Supplies:
From Stampendous:
SSC1219 ScrewLoose N Sparky Perfectly Clear™ Stamps
M323 Screwy Pals
H316 Sparky
ASCRS02 Cling Steampunk Set
NKCRS05 Cling Kaffee Klatsch Set
SSC1205 Journal Lines Perfectly Clear™ Stamps
FRM02 Gilded Mica Fragments
FRM03 Tarnished Mica Fragments
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
SSH38 Small Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Handle


Plus:
Adhesives by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: DODZ™ - 3D, DODZ™ - Small, 3D Foam Squares - Black Mix, Adhesive Sheets 4x6", Creative Photo Corners - White, E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, 3D Foam Pennants 

Media: Clearsnap®: Smooch® Green Apple and Mocha, ColorBox® Mudslide, Ranger Ink: Color Wask Lettuce, Distress Inks Tea Dye, Crushed Olive 


Cardstock by Bazzill Basics®
Papers: 7Dots Studio - Dreamer, Authentique - Adventure Explore, corrugated cardboard scraps
Embellishments, ScrapFX chipboards, wooden and paper flowers, brads, suede ribbon/string (May Arts), Martha Stewart Doily border punch, four small photos (2x2") printed on printable canvas, black glitter alphabet stickers (K&Co)


Instructions: 
1. Trim 1/4" around a 12x12" background paper (7Dots Studio), punch around randomly, add some tears and distress the edges.
2. Add strips of pattern papers to the page. Add some spray ink and ink splatters.
3. Add stamping around the page as shown with ScrewLoose N Sparky Clear Stamps, Screwy Pals, Sparky, Cling Steampunk Set, Cling Kaffee Klatsch Set, Journal Lines Clear Stamps with black, brown and green ink. 




4. Paint Steampunk shapes with Smooch inks and adhere to the page with Adhesive Sheets. Cover any excess of the adhesive with Mica Fragments. 
5. Trim the photos leaving a small white edge, mount on corrugated cardboard mats, embellish with more stamping and brads.
6. Adhere to the page with 3D Foam Squares with DODZ™ as shown. Embellish with clusters of flowers, inked and sprayed with coordinated inks. Add coiled suede string.
7. Add the title with glitter stickers.
8. Mat the page with with Authentique - Adventure Explore paper and adhere with E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips.
9. Add final embellishments with 3D Foam Pennants covered with patterned papers and inked Creative Photo Corners.

Thank you for your visit and I hope you've enjoyed my today's offering. Be sure to pop over to the Stampendous blog to check out other great projects with Sparky and ScrewLoose friends!


Have a sunny and creative week!

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Just Us Girls #283 - Masculine
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - B is for.. Be More (Steampunk) Dog
Our Creative Corner - Junk In Your Trunk (corrugated cardboard scraps)
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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Quintessentially British - Vintage Note Cards

Red and blue union jack pennants bunting card
Hello Friends! Thank you so much for your lovely comments (and even purchase offers! lol) on my previous post with the shabby chic bird's nest ATB (Artist Trading Block).

Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L I am sharing a set of 'quintessentially British' note cards I made for my new blogging friend Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams. I 'met' Chel through a Tea Cup Exchange party over at Stephanie's blog The Enchanting Rose. Stephanie and I met through this year's the Grow Your Blog Linky Party - I love how these parties lead to new blogging friendships! :)

Papermania Portobello Road handmade vintage note cards

Chel's blog is very much devoted to her love of London, especially the Docklands, the place she grew up in. So I wanted this gift to reflect her passion about the London city :). You can find out all the details about my London themed note cards on the Scrapbook Adhesives blog today.

London city emblem and red telephone box

Supplies:

3D Foam Pennants, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White, E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, E-Z Runner® Combo - Value Pack,

Other supplies:

Artistic Outpost rubber stamps (London Underground, London Elements); inks: Memento Bahama Blue, Archival Vermillion, Tea Dye Distress Ink

Papers - Papermania Portobello Road; cardstock - Core'dinations

London Tower bridge rubber stamp

Artistic Outpost London Underground station names stamp

I would be thrilled if you found a moment to read my post about these little vintage note cards and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for stopping by today and for any comments letting me know you've been here {hugs}!

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