Friday, 30 January 2015

Stop And Smell The Flowers - Timeless Rose And Other Blooms

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. ” 1956 The Walter Hagen Story

What a lovely quote, don't you think? :). And that's exactly what we're doing at Stampendous HQ this week - we're smelling the flowers! And here is my floral offering for today :).

Supplies:

Stampendous: R2183 Timeless Rose,  S5071 PenPattern Butterflies, DCS5071 Butterflies Die Cut SetEKM01 Pastel Pink Ultra Fine Glitter (Stack Art Elements - Silence Kit)
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko® SSH57 Jumbo Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Handle

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: 3D Foam Squares – White, Regular; E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips; DODZ™ – 3D; DODZ™ – Small; Adhesive Sheets

Plus: Cardstock by Bazill Basics Paper®, patterned papers, old bookpages, vellum, shopping tags,
All A Flutter embossing folder by Couture Creations, ribbon by May Arts, fabric flowers, DIY moulded flowers, gems

Media: STAEDTLER® ergosoft® watercolour pencils, Liquid Pearls (Petal Pink, Buttercup)

Instructions:
1. Prepare a tall card base, cover with patterned paper and add some machine or faux stitching along the edges.
2. Cut two smaller rectangles from cardstock and use as mats for one vellum and one bookpage panels.
3. Emboss vellum with All A Flutter folder and add Liquid Pearls to the raised areas for added dimension.
4. Stamp Timeless Rose onto bookpage panel and colour with pencils.
5. Add both panels to the card as shown and mount over foam squares.
6. Stamp PenPattern Butterfly onto cream cardstock, die cut and cover with Adhesive Sheet.
7. Sprinkle the butterfly with Pastel Pink glitter, add gems and adhere to the card. Add detail with Liquid Pearls.
8. Finish the card with Liquid Pearls, shopping tags, ribbon, gems, flowers and fussy cut butterflies. Adhere with DODZ.

I love flowers - who doesn't? :) And I love floral stamps. That's why I feel so blessed to be part of the Stampendous family as we have 'bucket-loads' of beautiful floral images and I get to play with them all! Pure awesomness!

So why don't you have a quick look at what my DT Sisters have been creating this week with their floral picks!


And sharing today:

I hope my post have inspired you to pick up your favourite floral stamps and create something to make Spring come quicker :). Thank you for stopping by today and your lovely comments letting me know you've been. They are all so much appreciated :).

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Craft And Hobby Association 2015 Project: Mixed Media Dragonflies - Part 2

If you're looking for my Grow Your Blog 2015 Link Party blog post, click HERE.

Hello everyone! Thank you for stopping by today to see the second installment of my Mixed Media Dragonflies CHA ensemble. I'm posting it a little early than originally intended :).

In my first post I shared a Mixed Media Dragonflies Canvas With Adhesive Sheets and today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L I am sharing the remaining items - an altered wooden plaque and an altered mobile phone cover. I would love it, if you found a moment to hop over to the blog to find out all the details how I made these items.

Here are my three pieces together.
 

Here is my altered wooden wall plaque - a shelf for my altered phone cover.


And a couple of close-ups:



Supplies used for the altered wall plaque:

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Adhesive Sheets - 6x12", DODZ™ - Small, DODZ™ - 3D, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White, 3D Foam Squares - White Mix, 3D Foam Pennants, 3D Foam Keys & 3D Foam Swirls (Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®), 3D Foam Wings, 3D Foam Butterflies

Media: DecoArt Americana Metallic Oyster Pearl and Spa Blue acrylic paints, Prima Color Bloom sprays (Soft Teal, Summer Sky), Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (Peach Delight, Lemon Zest, Iridescent Gold), texture paste, white gesso 

Other supplies: Tim Holtz Layered Stencil - Gothic, PaperArtsy - Bloom stencil, wooden wall candle holder, printed napkins, various embellishments and findings, paper flowers, buttons. 

Now onto the altered phone cover. I had a used mobile phone cover in my stash and I thought it would make a great notepad, perhaps for keeping phone messages or telephone numbers?


And a few close-ups:


And the inside:


Supplies used for the altered mobile phone case:

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Adhesive Sheets - 4x6", DODZ™ - Small, DODZ™ - 3D, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White, 3D Foam Squares - White Mix, Crafty Foam Tape - White, Keepsake Envelopes

Other Supplies: Stampendous: Vintage Typewriter & Vintage Press Perfectly Clear stamps, Phone Elements Cling Rubber stamp, phone cover, printed napkins, cheese cloth, various embellishments and findings, paper flowers, buttons

Media: Stampendous Boss Gloss, Stampendous Periwinkle and Aqua embossing powders, DecoArt Americana Metallic Oyster Pearl and Spa Blue acrylic paints, Prima Color Bloom sprays (Soft Teal, Summer Sky), Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (Peach Delight, Lemon Zest, Black Cherry, Iridescent Gold), Tsukineko StazOn (Jet Black, Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Emerald City), white gesso

I hope you enjoyed the second installment of my mixed media project. Thanks for stopping by and for all your heartwarming comments!

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Grow Your Blog - Linky Party 2015


Hello and welcome to the GROW YOUR BLOG 2015 Link Party! The lovely Vicki from 2 Bags Full is the hostess

If you are new to my blog... Warmest welcome! My name is Asia King and I come from Poland. Asia (read something between Asher and Ashya) is a Polish diminutive from Joanna, just like Bill from William :). I am married to my best friend, lovingly nicknamed MySteve, and a mum to our furry feline baby called Kropek. Both lads support my creative efforts in their own way :0. I now live in the beautiful county of Oxfordshire in the UK.

I am passionate about all things handmade and I am particularly fond of upcycling. My blog is mostly about papercrafting, card making and rubber stamping but I also like to play with mixed media and altered art, furniture decoration and handmade home decor items.

I am really fortunate to be one of the Design Team members for two fantastic craft manufacturers: Stampendous and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. I am also a part of the Bloggers Outreach Program for DecoArt.

My blog is my little diary where share my creative makes as well as technique and project tutorials. I usually blog about once or twice a week. I also regularly post on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog, where once a month I also share a full project tutorial.

If you'd like to get a quick flavour of my style of crafting, click on the picture below and hop over to my Pinterest gallery to see my latest makes.

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Do Come For Tea - Shabby Chic Style

Hello Friends! It's Tea Time at Stampendous HQ this week! Beautiful tea cups and tea pots are being shown in their finest stamped glory. Here is my humble offering :).
Supplies:

Stampendous cling Teapot Posies, cling Kettle On, Coffee Mug Perfectly Clear™ Stamps, 

Sea Green Ultra Fine Jewel Glitter, MG01 Crystal Micro Glitter
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko® 
Jumbo Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Handle 

Adhesives by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D Foam Pennants, 3D Thin Foam Squares - white, 3D Foam Leaves, DODZ™-3D, Creative Photo Corners - White, MyStik® Permanent Strips 

Plus: Cardstock by Bazill Basics Paper®, Alpha chipboards, old book pages, patterned papers, doily transparencies (from recycled packaging), ribbon - May Arts; Inks: Cloudy Sky StazOn by Tsukineko®; Tea Dye Distress Ink by Ranger; Distress Markers


Instructions:
1. Prepare 6"x6" card blank from kraft cardstock
2. Trim a floral background panel slightly smaller than the card base and adhere with MyStik.
3. Stamp the Teapot Posies in black onto an old bookpage and colour in. Gently blend the colours with a water brush. Tear the page around the image and mat onto kraft cardstock. Add faux stitching with a purple fine liner.
4. Stamp the Kettle On with Cloudy Sky ink onto patterned paper and mat onto floral & kraft background. Add to the card over Thin Foam Squares.
5. Cover Foam Leaves with Sea Green glitter and adhere to the card. Add a lace flower and a ribbon bow and adhere with DODZ 3D.
6. Cover three Foam Pennants with Crystal glitter and adhere to the card to create a small banner.
7. Finish the card with 'tea' and 'time' words from chipboard alphas as shown, embellish with gems and chipboard clock face.


Apologies for a short post and for being so quiet lately but I've been a bit under the weather. Hopefully full blogging and crafting mojo will resume shortly!

Thank you for popping in today and for any kind words letting me know you've been. 

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Where Hummingbirds Nest, Butterflies Rest - Upcycled Yarn Birdhouse


Hello dear friends! Thank you for stopping by today and my warmest welcome to my newest followers from Bloglovin' and Networkblogs! So lovely to see you here!

In case you missed my last post, be sure to check out my CHA2015 Mixed Media Dragonflies Canvas with dry decoupage technique :).

Today I have another 3D make - a colourful fluffy birdhouse. This project was so much fun to make! It's a weaved collection of yarn, fibers, feathers etc - I almost felt like a little bird weaving a nest myself lol :). And of course it also includes some stamping, colouring and Frantage-ing!

Here is the front view of the birdhouse and inside you can see some tiny spotted eggs. To make these I squashed some small Styrofoam balls to form an egg shape. Then after painting them with acrylic paints I added some spots by flicking a paintbrush over them with some watered down brown paint. To weave the birdhouse itself I needed a base to work on - and for that I used super hi-tech equipment. Read on to find out more...:)


Supplies:

Stampendous: PenPattern ButterfliesButterflies Die Set, Cling Hummingbirds, Hummingbirds Die Set, Aged Hunter Embossing Enamel 

MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko® 
SSH57 Jumbo Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Handle

Cardstock by Bazill Basics Paper®

Adhesives by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
®: 3D Foam Pennants, 3D Foam Squares Regular and 3D Foam Squares Small - white, DODZ™ - 3D

Inktense Pencils, plastic florist stand, multicolour yarn and threads, ribbon, cheesecloth, watered down white acrylic paint in a spray bottle, feathers, Liquid Pearls 

Instructions:

1. Weave the yarns and threads through the gaps of a florist stand, leaving one gap open to create a nest's entrance. 


2. Spray generously with watered down acrylic to tone down the bright colours. Repeat until you are happy with the result. 


3. Wrap around with hand died cheesecloth and secure with matching threads.

4. Stamp the Hummingbirds and PenPattern Butterflies and colour them in. Die cut the images.

5. Add some Aged Hunter enamel to the birds' wings. 


6. Stamp the flowers, colour in with pencils and cut them out.

7. Start layering the images over the nest as shown, securing them with DODZ and Foam Squares.

8. Embellish further with foam pennants, feathers and flowers. Add little eggs inside the nest. 


I absolutely adore those little hummingbirds - they look super cute! And the patterns and colouring options for them are just endless! If you'd like to see some more 'humming' inspiration check out the projects my Stampendous teammies are sharing today!

Asia King (that's me!)

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your heart warming comments! Take care of yourselves and stay warm!

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Craft and Hobby Association 2015 Project: Mixed Media Dragonflies - Part 1


Hello Friends! I hope you are all well and keeping safely away from the strong winds and rain. I have been snuggling indoors, doing a little bit of crafting and also working on a new look for my blog. You know, new year, new hair, new blog design...etc lol. Please bear with me if things look a tad strange for a while - it's still work in progress.

Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I am sharing a first installment of a three-piece project I created for their display booth at the CHA 2015. Here is a picture of my ensemble to give you a flavour of what's coming :).

First up - a canvas. I would be delighted if you found a moment to hop over to the blog to read how I created my canvas. My second installment will be shared on January 28th :).

This project is a new take on my dry decoupage technique from the altered mixed media vanity box I shared back in May 2014.


Supplies by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®:

Adhesive Sheets - 12x12", DODZ™ - Small, DODZ™ - 3D, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White, 3D Foam Squares - White Mix, Crafty Foam Tape - White, 3D Foam Pennants

Other supplies:

Stampendous Discover Today Perfectly Clear stamps, Stampendous NK Studio Wired Rubber stamp, canvas, printed napkins, various embellishments and findings, paper flowers, buttons, cheese cloth


Media:

Stampendous Boss Gloss, Stampendous Periwinkle and Aqua embossing powders, DecoArt Americana Metallic Oyster Pearl and Spa Blue acrylic paints, Ranger Ink Perfect Pearls (Baby Blue, Petal Pink, Buttercup), Prima Color Bloom sprays (Soft Teal, Summer Sky), Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (Peach Delight, Lemon Zest, Black Cherry, Iridescent Gold), Gold Cosmic Shimmer Mist, Tsukineko StazOn (Jet Black, Blue Hawaii), white gesso

Thank you for stopping by today and don't forget to pop back on the 28th to see the rest of my CHA assemble! :)

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Monday, 5 January 2015

Dreaming Of Spring With A Sparkly Butterfly Wreath


Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to my first post of 2015 and thank you for stopping by today.

This week at Stampendous HQ we are starting to dream about Spring. Since Christmas and the New Year's celebrations are now behind us, we are officially 'allowed' to look forward to the arrival of this wonderful season.

And what a better way to celebrate Spring than with a spray of early flowers and a delicate flutter of butterfly wings in fresh bright colours.

So today I'm sharing a lovely butterfly wreath. First, the list of supplies.

Stampendous supplies:
Cling PenPattern Butterflies stamps, Butterfly Die SetPearl Ultra Fine Glitter (Melon, Yellow Neon, Pastel Pink, Sunflower, Tigerlily)

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L:
DODZ™ - 3DAdhesive Sheets 


Other supplies:
Flat ring wreath, Liquid Pearls (Rouge, Buttercup, Petal Pink, White Opal), white and natural raffia, artificial flowers and moss, Faber-Castell PITT pens (Light Flesh, May Green, Chromium Green, Pale Geranium Lake, Magenta, Dark Chrome Yellow), Ranger Black Archival ink, ribbon (May Arts).
And here are the steps:
1. Wrap raffia and flower sprays all around the ring base. Tie a ribbon for hanging.
2. Stamp multiple PenPattern Butterflies onto white cardstock and colour in with PITT pens.
3. Die cut all butterflies with the coordinating die set (see supply list above)
4. Cover each butterfly with adhesive using Adhesive Sheets.
5. Sprinkle the butterflies with matching glitters. Embellish with Liquid Pearls.
6. Arrange the butterflies around the wreath base and adhere with DODZ 3D.
7. Fill in any gaps with artificial moss.

Thank you for stopping by and for any kind words letting me know you've been :).

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Hanging Onto Christmas With Vintage Ice Skates



Hello crafty Friends! Christmas 2014 is over - can you believe it? 

I always feel a bit sad when Christmas days are over so quickly, especially after months of preparations. 

So I like to hang onto them for as long as I can :). That's why today I am going to share another Christmas card on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blogYou can click here to view my full post with the Vintage Ice Skates card with 3D Creative Foam Sheets.



Supplies:

3D Foam Christmas Shapes, 3D Foam Creative Sheets, DODZ™ - 3D, DODZ™ - Small, 3D Foam Squares - White Mix, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White, Adhesive Sheets - 4x6'', E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips - Refillable, Photo Corners - Polypropylene, Clear



Tsukineko Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink, Spellbinders Foliage die, Sizzix Biigz Tim Holtz Ice Skates die, Couture Creations Baubles and baubles embossing folder, Simple Stories - December Documented collection, May Arts ribbons and suede twine




Don't forget to visit my post Vintage Ice Skates card with 3D Creative Foam Sheets on the Scrapbook Adhesives' blog to find out full details how I made this card.

Thank you for stopping by today and since this will be my last in 2014, I'd like to thank you all for all your support, visits, comments, emails and shares throughout the year. Without you my crafty friends, my blogging adventure just wouldn't be the same - thank you from the bottom of my heart! 

Here's to the new prosperous New Year, full of kindness and creative flair,  full of new creative opportunities and bags of new crafty stash!

With big festive hugs


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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Miracle In The Manger / Cud W Stajence



Christmas Blessings to all! 

It's Christmas Eve which means that this evening I will be celebrating Christmas festivities with my family. 

In Poland our main festivities take place on Christmas Eve (that's also when we get to open the pressies) and my dearest Hubster lets me keep this tradition at our home as well.

So it's only right that on this special day I would share an inspirational card that captures the true meaning of Christmas - the Miracle in the Manger. And here is my offering.

I stamped Stampendous Barnyard Nativity stamp with Ganache StazOn Mini ink onto kraft paper. Then I stamped partially inked Christmas Cottage over it to frame the nativity scene which I then coloured with Inktense pencils. 

I also stamped the holly leaves and pinecones twice so I could cut them out and pop them onto the image over some 3D Foam Squares.



My sentiment comes from the Hope Verses clear stamp set. The snowy backdrop was added with DecoArt's Snow-Tex sprinkled with Silver Frantage Crushed Glass Glitter and toned down with dabs of Ranger's Mushroom Color Wash. I also added a light misting of snow with Dylusions White Linen ink spray. The papers and cardstock are from Papermania, adhered with E-Z Runner. To finish, I added May Arts ribbon, jingling bells, epoxy buttons, some cut-out inspirational words and a touch of Glossy Accents over the berries.



I'd like to take this opportunity to send you all my warmest Christmas wishes. Let this festive time be happy and peaceful, spent with the people you love the most. Let your heart be filled with compassion and take joy in every day miracles.

Dla Polskich Czytelników, takie mam oto życzenia bożonarodzeniowe. Niech ten świąteczny czas będzie pełen szczęścia i pokoju, spędzony w otoczeniu najbliższych Wam osób. Niech Wasze serca wypełni wrażliwość na drugiego człowieka oraz radość z małych codzinnych cudów.

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Twelve Ways Of Christmas With Stylish Handmade Decorations



Hello Friends! Thank you for finding a moment to stop by today, especially during such a busy time of the year!

Are you ready for Christmas? I'm almost there. Just a few final things to organise and we'll be ready to celebrate.

As always when the house is so beautiful with all the Christmas decorations, warm twinkling lights and pressies waiting under the tree, I'm getting all emotional and grateful for what we have. 

Initially when I was thinking about this post, I was just going to take a couple of photos of our Christmas tree and some of the festive garlands I've put together (I have a soft spot for garlands lol).

Then, when I started photographing the tree, I had this warm fuzzy feeling flooding in. And no, it wasn't (just) the mulled wine :). I just felt this overwhelming pride and joy seeing how special our Christmas tree is - all because it has so many unique handmade ornaments.

I've recently heard some (unkind) people saying that handmade ornaments usually look 'handmade' for a reason (in other words 'cheap') and they fall apart after the first season. I hope this post will prove them wrong. I know I'm bias but I love my decorations and I think they are beautiful and stylish. Most of my ornaments are now a few years old which proves that handmade decorations can last just as long as shop bought ones. 

So here are my twelve (handmade) ways of Christmas, some of these projects have been blogged before, some have never been shared. I hope you will enjoy looking at them just as much as I do :).

1. Shabby chic sparkly hearts - these paper mache hearts were painted and covered with sparkly wallpaper off cuts and finished with glitter glue and sparkly gems.
2. Gold bauble ornament using Creative Photo Corners - you'd never believe this ornament started its life as a simple Styrofoam ball and a couple of packs of gold Creative Photo Corners.
3. White rose tree ornament - grab a mulberry paper rose, die cut leaves from vintage music sheets, glitter glue and a crocodile clip to create a beautiful shabby chic decoration.
4. Sparkly bauble ornament with white sequins - after painting a Styrofoam ball with vintage white paint simply adhere white sequins, one by one, to fill the entire space. I buy packs of assorted sequins in varying sizes and colours from £1 shops. These packs are great value for money. The ornament was really easy to make but it took ages so it's best tackled during a girls' night in with your BFF and a bottle of wine. Or two. Friends that is. Or wine bottles - depending on your preference :).
5. Glitter Styrofoam star ornament - another easy make where with a sprinkle of glitter, a selection of pre-cut adhesive foam star shapes, rustic ribbon and a metal charm you can create a truly unique ornament.
6. Handmade Styrofoam star ornament with sequins - another example of a star ornament, this time embellished with glass glitter, a die cut paper star and a handful of unusual sequins.
7. Disco ball bauble ornament with sequins - this is one of my favourites. It was made in the same way as the sparkly white bauble (see 4 above) but this time I used gold, silver and holographic sequins. To secure larger sequins I used short dress maker pins. The metallic and holographic surfaces on the bauble beautifully reflect the lights from the tree and if you tap it gently, it will shine like a super disco ball!
8. Silver pinecone ornament using Creative Photo Corners -  this is a slight different take on the technique I used to make the gold bauble (see 2 above). This time instead of a Styrofoam ball I used a Styrofoam egg. After adding some die cut pine branches I got a smart pinecone ornament. This very decoration was featured on the cover of the Winter 2014 CardMarker Magazine and for a limited time you can download for free a full step-by-step tutorial for this pinecone ornament.
9. Easy DIY Star ornament with snow-ice sprinkles - oh, this one is so much fun to make and it could not be easier. Cover your Styrofoam shape with adhesive, sprinkle with Shaved Ice and watch it glow in the light. 
10. White Christmas birdhouse ornament - this is my most recent make. It started its life as a plain paper mache birdhouse and with a little of mixed-media magic it because a sparkly home for winter loving birdies. Hop over to check out my full photo tutorial for this DIY winter birdhouse ornament.
11. Simple ribbon bow tree ornament - to wrap up my handmade ornaments collection, a couple of easy and quick ideas for trimming the tree. First up - a simple bow tied using a sparkly ribbon that will compliment your colour scheme. Decorating a Christmas tree with simple ribbon bows? Why not?! :)
12. Florist hessian mesh bow ornament - this one is for all rustic look lovers. Cut a length of plain wide weave burlap mesh, tie it into a bow, add a simple rose brad and attach to the tree with a black wire, crocodile clip or even a paper clip will do! 

And here is our tree this year in its full glory.
And here are a few more photos of our decorations. First - Altered Christmas Candles with beautiful vintage hand-stamped images from Stempelglede.


And here is one of my DIY garlands. To make my garlands I buy 'blanks' (long plain garland branches) in after-Christmas sales and then collect glittered flower sprays, embellishments and small ornaments throughout the year in promotions, car boot sales or from charity shops.

Then with a touch of paint and (even more) glitter it's really easy to alter them to create an elegant uniform look. As for assembly itself - cable ties are your best friend! Easy, affordable, discrete and indestructible! :)





So what do you think? Are my decorations Kirstie's Handmade Christmas - worthy? I truly hope so. 

Thank you for stopping by and for surviving till the end of the post :). If you'd like to hang around a little longer, feel free to browse through my other Christmas craft projects. Or go totally crazy and subscribe to my blog to stay up to date with my future projects!

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