Wednesday 31 January 2018

The Perfect Gentleman

Hello, and welcome!  

Have you seen the film Kingsman? If not, I can recommend it.  I didn't think it was going to be the sort of film I'd enjoy but I really did.  It's in the 60's secret agent style- think James Bond or the Man from U.N.C.L.E., with a villain bent on world domination and fun (and deadly) technological toys.  

Anyway, one of the hallmarks of a Kingsman is sartorial elegance, understated but immaculately dressed at all times, so of course the True Gentleman suite made me think of the films.  I'm always happy when I find supplies that will work for masculine projects - with a husband, two sons and several nephews and great nephews (and even a couple of great-great nephews) in the family.  

Here's the tutorial for the card I made with some of the supplies from the suite.  (I've got a top tip for using the stamp-ma-jig with a small surface in the video too!)

Thanks for stopping by - please do come again soon!

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Saturday 27 January 2018

Cue the confetti!

Hello everyone, and welcome!  

Today's card has a surprise inside-when you open it, it throws confetti at you!

I came across this fun card on YouTube, on Jennifer McGuire's channel (I love her work!).  She used a die to make the throwing mechanism, but it's quite easy to make it just by measurement.

Here''s the tutorial - 

Would you like to see the  scoring diagram?  

The "thrower" is 2 3/4" by 8 3/4" - score on the short side at 1/2"  and 3 1/4", on the long side at 1 3/4", 3 1/2", 5 1/4" and 7"

I had fun making this one - although I did manage to glue the throwing bit in upside down.  I make these mistakes so you don't have to!  Let me know how you get on!

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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Sure do Love you treat box

Hello, and welcome!

Today I'm having fun with the Lots to Love Box framelits.  Of course, Valentine's day isn't far away and this sweet little box is just the right size to hold a few treats - or maybe some jewellery.  

Instead of the usual pink or red, I chose a different colour scheme for my project.  I think the copper on Dapper Denim is rather masculine - a good choice for a gift for the man in your life, perhaps?

Here's the tutorial -
What do you think?  Do you like this colour combination?  Let me know!

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Saturday 20 January 2018

InspireINK - Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine

Hello and welcome to my bit of the very first InspireInk blog hop!

We (the bloggers) are all current Stampin' Up!® demonstrators and every month we'll share a project that we've made according to the challenge criteria. The products used are all available in the current Annual, or seasonal, Stampin’ Up!® Catalogues*. We link our blogs together so that you can hop from one to the next just by following the "next" link at the bottom of the post.  

We'll be taking it in turns to set a challenge theme, and the theme for this month is - Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine ( easy for you to say!)

I made a card using the super-fabulous Myths and Magic Glimmer paper and the "Celebrate You" dies in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  The picture doesn't really show it, but the dragonfly's wings (the stamp is from Dragonfly Dreams) and the "amazing" have Wink of Stella brushed over them to add some subtle shimmer.

As stated elsewhere in this blog, I am officially addicted to playing with Brushos and I made the background using them.  If you want to see how it went together, check my YouTube channel in a day or so....

Meanwhile, might I suggest that you hop along and see what the lovely Justyna has ready for you?  Click the button below!

Keep crafting!
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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Discovering Brushos

Hi everyone, and welcome!

Today’s blog is a bit different. Just for once, I wanted to take some time to talk about techniques that you can use in your crafting.

Brushos on Shimmery White
I’m a bit of a technique-o-holic, just between you and me.  Before I discovered Stampin’ Up! most of my crafting was based around mixed media/altered art.  I love getting inky and painty. 
Brushos on Watercolour card

So I quite literally did a happy dance when I spotted Brushos in the catalogue, because that means that I can use them in my SU projects without teasing you!

I used them in different ways on different surfaces- 
and I will be using the results as a base for future projects.  I'm not going to explain the techniques in detail in future, so I wanted to spend a bit of time now showing you some of the ways these pots of brilliant colour can be used.
Here's the video I made while I was playing-

Brushos on Glossy White
I may be a little bit addicted to the starch-and-cling-film technique.  I used to be a primary school teacher and many of the ways of using colours are things I used to do with my classes - but I wouldn't have used spray starch with young children because of concerns about safety, so this one is new to me!

I was particularly pleased with the way Glossy White card came out- 
it's more of a satin finish than gloss and the starch doesn't leave quite so much texture but the colours are super-vibrant.
They work well with a stamped and embossed resist image as well.  For a super-bright contrast, I would use white embossing powder - I used clear here and colours did bleed a bit underneath.  

I had so much fun and I'm so happy with the results.  What do you think?  

Keep Crafting,

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