I hope you are enjoying this week's blog team up of the three fantastic companies Stampendous, Dreamweaver and Core'dinations. Today we have a big blog finale but if you have missed the fun earlier this week, be sure to check out these posts:
During this week's long blog collaboration we've been inspiring (and tempting!) you with some of the most essential crafting products - cardstock, stencils and stamps of course. I'm sure you'll agree that no respectable crafty tool box should be be left without them! :)
Now, we couldn't just tempt you with these awesome products without offering a little giveaway prize, could we? Nah, that would be unkind! So of course we have one. In fact, we actually have three! Here's what you might win:
For a chance to win simply leave some love on the participating blogs throughout the week. The more comments you leave, the bigger your chance of winning.
Here's my offering for today. When I saw this Splats stencil, I immediately thought of the little mess/devastation that my cat Kropek recently made at home (I shall spare you the full details! lol).
Before I knew it I was looking through my collection of feline stamps and I found this adorable Bonjour Kitty. Oh là là! The French look with a little beret and a scarf reminded me of street artists on Parisian's Montmartre. One thing led to another and I ended up with a messy feline artist keen to colour outside the lines :-) lol.
2. Cut a panel from patterned paper, slightly smaller than the card blank.
3. Ink and distress the edges. Make a small tear along the bottom right edge. 4. Tuck in a small piece of sanded Paprika card under the tear. Adhere the whole panel to the card. 5. Emboss a small piece of Paprika card the the brick folder and sand the raised edges. Use it to create a small banner from 3D Foam Pennants and an additional background panel. 6. Ink the Kitty stamp with PITT pens and stamp onto white card. Colour the image in with Inktense pencils. Stamp the image again on a Post-It note and fussy cut (to create a mask).
7. For the background, mask the Kitty and sponge PanPastels and Distress Inks through the Splatter stencil. 8. Stamp the Wired circle off the edges and around the Kitty. 9. Add shading with chalks and pencils. Add small splatters with watered down black watercolour paint. 10. Trim the stamped panel to size, distress the edges with ink and seal the image with hair spray. 11. Dab some Boss Gloss in bottom right corner, sprinkle with Aged Scarlet and heat emboss. 12. Mat the image with Coconut Cream and French Roast card. Adhere to the card base. 13. Ink the sentiment with PITT pens and stamp onto patterned paper. Sponge splatters through the stencil and heat emboss with Aged Scarlet (as in step 11). Trim to size and mat with French Roast card. Adhere with 3d Foam Squares. 14. Make a ribbon bow and adhere to the card with DODZ - 3D. 15. Finish the card with the banner and gems.
Hello Friends! Thank you for all your lovely visits and comments on my yesterday's post with the Dreams Do Come True card. In case you missed it, I shared an easy and fun glitter tiles background technique with lovely Stampendous glitters and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's foam squares. As promised I'm back today playing with super cool crafty peeps from Stampendous, Dreamweaver and Core'dinations. During this week's long blog collaboration we will be inspiring (and tempting!) you with some of the most essential craft products - cardstock, stencils and stamps of course. No respectable crafty tool box should be without them! :)
Now, we couldn't just tempt you with these awesome products without a little giveaway prize, could we? Nah, that would be unkind! So of course we have one. Or two. Or even three! Here's what you might win:
For a chance to win simply leave some love on the participating blogs - the more comments you leave, the bigger your chance of winning. So sit back, grab a cuppa and prepare yourself to be inspired! My offering for today is this autumnal card. As you are hopping along you'll see that many projects are winter/Christmas related but I simply couldn't get into the 'frosty' vibe yet lol.
To make this card: 1. Prepare your kraft card blank. 2. Cut a background mat from French Roast card, lightly sand and distress. Adhere to the base. 3. Cut a panel from patterned paper, distress and adhere to the base at an angle. 4. Partially spread the embossing paste onto Sun Coral card through Puzzle stencil. Sprinkle with Aged Ochre and Metallic Seasonings powders. Heat emboss. 5. Add some shading with distress inks to highlight the pattern. Distress with paper distressing tool. Add a small tear in the top left edge. 6. Stamp 4 Zinnias onto Coconut Cream card. Colour in with pencils and shimmer watercolour paints. Cut them out. 7. Emboss and shape the petals with a ball tool. 8. Create one double layered flower, leave one full flower and cut the third bloom in half. Make a single dab with Boss Gloss in the centres, add Mahogany powder and heat emboss. 9. Create the main blooms cluster. Tuck one of the half blooms under the small tear. 10. Add a hand dyed seam binding ribbon and adhere the panel to the rest of the card. 11. Dab Boss Gloss over some jigsaw puzzle pieces and sprinkle with Aged Scarlet powder - heat emboss. Add to the card. 12. Finish the card with cosmic shimmer mist, half pearls and Liquid Pearls.
That's all from me - now it's time to check out who else is playing today!
Hello Friends! I hope you are well today. First, I'd like to sincerely apologise for being a bad blogger lately. I am totally overdue on my blog visits and I feel awful for not knowing what you have all been up to. But I promise to catch up soon! Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I am sharing this glitter tiled card. October is a month dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer and we are helping to promote this initiative, as Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Every year we have a special offering of the fabulous Pink Photo Corners, where a portion of the sales is donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. I've featured these in my today's project.
In my card I used two leading colours in my colour palette - pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and green for hope. I hope these photos will inspire you to check the full details of my card on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog including the how-to of my glitter tiles background. Thank you so much for popping in today and for all your lovely comments. I'm back tomorrow with a card for an exciting Stampendous, Dreamweaver and Core'dinations collaboration - I hope you will stop by again! ;-) Big crafty hugs
Hello Friends! The autumnal weather has turned a little wet and chilly here in Oxfordshire and I'm starting to longingly reminisce the summer days... Thankfully there are still occasional sunny spells that help me remember this time of year is also truly endearing :). That's why I decided to make the most of a dry weekend day and finish this little beauty (apologies, the sun decided to hide behind the clouds when these photos were taken). A while back we bought this lovely vintage writing desk (ok, it's only a reproduction but don't tell anyone!) and I thought it would make a perfect dressing table. I loved it's original look, the patterns on the wood finish were beautiful. But as it wouldn't go with the design I have in mind for our bedroom, it needed a make-over. And this was when I again got sooo excited to have been given the opportunity to play (some more) with DecoArt's Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish paints. These paints are great as they can be used virtually on any surface imaginable :).
My whole table was first painted with Lace. Then on the drawers I used different mixing combinations of Innocence and Lace, with further Lace washes over it, wiping the colour off in places, until I got the result I wanted. The desk top was painted with Yesteryear.
I also added a little detailing with Yesteryear on the drawers.
Once the paint was dry, I did a LOT of sanding for a shabby chic distressed look.
Then I finished the table with a coat of Clear Wax and buffed it for a nice delicate satin sheen. It looked great but I decided I wanted a bit more 'drama' on the drawers so I waxed the drawers with the Clear Wax tinted with some Deed Brown wax and again, buffed it to a nice silky finish.
These paints are really great to work with! The best thing about them is that there is no need for all the tedious sanding and preparation before you start. As long as your item has been cleaned, you are ready to go.
And the waxes are lovely to work with, too. You can easily make little mixes of the Clear Wax with a darker shade, if you want to control the amount of 'vintage drama' you add to the project. Just remember to coat the whole piece with a Clear Wax first - this will prevent the paint staining with the darker waxes.
I must add a word of warning. Once you catch the 'painting bug', you will find it difficult/impossible to stop looking around the house for your next furniture painting project, much to your family's dismay. Bear that in mind before you start... lol.
Happy Thursday everyone and thanks for stopping by!
Hello Friends! How are you today? I am very, very happy today - especially after seeing new followers who so kindly chose to hang around my blog :-). Thank you so much! With the nights drawing in earlier and earlier and smoky scents floating in the air one can't help but start thinking of...Halloween! Although we don't really make any Halloween preparations at home, there is something really mesmerising about this event and I am always fascinated by all the creatively ghoulish and scary-licious projects shared in the blogland. And in the spirit (or ghost??? lol) of this event, here is my offering for you today. And while I'm on the subject of ghoulish makes. Stampendous October 2014 Blog Challenge is now open and the theme is Halloween Haunt. Be sure to link all your beautifully scary creations to the challenge linky tool and you may also have a chance to win some delicious Stampendoulicious treats!
For my Halloween tag I used Distress Inks and acrylic paints to create the background. Then I stamped and heat embossed with Black Detail Embossing Powder the Tombstone Owl and I threw in a few stamped bats for a good measure (from Tricky Words and Halloween Diamonds Perfectly Clear sets). I stamped the Tombstone Owl again onto white card with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it in with Distress Markers. Then I fussy cut parts of the stamp and added them to the card over the Black Thin 3D Foam Squares.
To finish my tag I added a May Arts ribbon, a Bat Doodle and a Halloween sentiment. I hope you enjoyed my today's offering! Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments! Big crafty hugs
Do you remember my coffee table makeover I blogged a while ago? I'm soooo excited to say that my little beauty has been featured on Lindsay's fabulous Better After blog, which I absolutely adore! Yay! Thank you so much Lindsay! If you've never visited her blog, this is a must-visit-site for any kinds of furniture and home decor makeovers. She's got heaps of inspirational features from real bloggers all over the blogosphere. I guarantee you will find something there that will inspire you to start rolling your sleeves up right away! :). To visit her blog, hop over here. Happy crafting everyone! Big crafty hugs
Hello everyone on this beautiful Sunday! First of all I'd like to say a big 'thank you' for all the lovely comments on my dazzling autumnal wreath post. Blimey, I can't believe it's autumn already, where did the summer go???
Mind you, yesterday was so sunny and warm that Hubster and I decided to have the last BBQ of the year. And it was lovely. As it starts getting dark quite quickly now, we lit up our lanterns and tea lights in the garden and ended up having a proper candle-lit dinner :). I don't think I've ever had a BBQ in the autumn and this barby was definitely my favourite one this year. It almost felt like being on holiday again! Our cat Kropek didn't seem that impressed, though lol:).
Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I'm sharing a tutorial for this grunge birthday card I made for my Hubster. I would be delighted if you found a moment to see my tutorial here.
I've gone for a vintage grunge look for this masculine card. Lots of stamping, distressing and inking - just what I like!
As you can check all the details on my tutorial post, I will only list the supplies here.
If you missed the earlier posts, here are the blog hop links for you: MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY andTHURSDAY.
The team over at Add a Little Dazzle has even created a special pack featuring the metals from this blog hop. You can find it here - Add A Little Dazzle Stampendous Hop Special. Of course you might like to win some fabulous goodies, too! We're giving away three prize packages this week for comments on the blogs. A nice package of Metal Sheets, Stamps and Cutting Dies! So hop along to the participating blogs and leave some love! Here's the project I prepared for our blog hop finale - an autumnal wreath. To decorate my wreath I used a selection of shop bought flowers (Prima, Maya Road) and handmade flowers - faux porcelain blooms (see the video tutorial here) and moulded enamel flowers (see my video tutorial here). Oh, and I also added some poppy seed heads (found in a charity shop) painted with DecoArt acrylic paint.
For my base I used a Styrofoam wreath which I painted with DecoArt Americana Country Red acrylic paint (same colour as on the poppy seed heads). When dry, I wrapped a lovely orange lace all around the ring, letting some background colour to show through.
To decorate my wreath I stamped and die cut a batch of metal leaves. I used Brushed Bronze, Golden Glimmer and Precious Pearl sheets. To colour the pearl sheets I brushed patches of colour with Spectrum Noir markers and blended them with a blending tool and alcohol blending solution.
Next I added some doodling and 'puffing up' on the metal using a paper stump and a nylon pointy tool - I love the embossed texture on metal! Finally some of the leaves received a Fran-tage treatment with a blend of Deep Impressions Chunky Clear Enamel and Copper Lux Mix (heated with a heat tool from underneath).
P.S. If you click on a blog link and receive a notice that says "this post is not here" or something similar, just click on the blog header or look for a link that says Home. That should take you to the home page of that blog and the correct post should be near the top :).
I hope you've enjoyed hopping through all those amazing blogs and maybe you've even made some crafty friendships on the way! BTW, if you've enjoyed your visit here, why not subscribe to my blog to see my future projects? :).
I'm so happy to have been a part of this dazzling extravaganza and I have certainly been inspired my all the fellow Designers! I'm sure you have been, too!
Thank you for stopping by and for all your heart warming words! Have a wonderful weekend!
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Hello, my name is Asia - welcome to my crafty blog! I'm a creative card maker, occasional scrapbooker, mixed media explorer and handmade home decor lover :). Stay around if you’re prepared to become bewitched by my creative spell :).