Thursday, 8 October 2015

Creative Expressions Thursday.

Hi Folks

Today is Thursday 8 October can you believe how fast this year is speeding away from us.... I was chatting to my brother on the telephone yesterday and he is building a kitty shed in his garden for the local kitties he adopts and feels sorry  for when they are out all weathers with winter coming , he currently has a kitty he adopted from a local factory cos he kept sneaking in and hiding under the warm machinery , see how soft we are lol ...of course today was a very wet one for most of us here in UK and we were no exception in Hertfordshire I took my daughter to the airport for her holidays  last night so I have a week on my own and she gets a nice sun filled week in Majorca.

So for a nice bright card I used some of the wonderful paper we were sent this month and a sentiment that goes with another stamp which I will be featuring this month too from of course Creative Expressions.

So without further waffling here is today's card.

I love the colours and the backing paper is simply stunning. It is by Craft Consortium from Creative Expression's and the 12x12 and is called Bloom beautiful and it is stunning no other word comes to mind.Here is the pad.

 I started with the blue colourway of this stunning thick paper which comes in a more purple tone too in the pack also. I cut a piece about 5x6 inches and matted it on to some cream card. I then added foam to the back and another layer of cream slightly more than half inch larger, to give it that double mat look.

I stamped my sentiment and inked the edges with the new blendable inks from Cosmic shimmer called colour cloud blending inks for Creative Expression's using the blendy tool which looks and feels just like the beauty blender for make up  haha.

I trimmed the top to look  like a little tag and punched a hole in the top, I added foam to the back and added this to the backing we created in the last steps.

I used some cream card and Sue's fab dies , from the finishing touches die sets this one is called Camellia complete petals. I cut several sizes and several leaves too.

I inked the edges with the blendable inks and then used a foam mat and a large ball tool to sculpt the petals into the shape I wanted the flowers to be in. I also cut out some leaves in cream and added some glass glitter which you all know I love.

I added a cream marabou feather to the left hand side of the card and on the spine I added some glue and mounted some tiny blue stones and some pearls
I made one large flower and two smaller ones which I tucked into the side of the larger one on top of all the leaves. I made some really simple ones for this first card and as I do a lot of inky goodies that are quite intricate I  kept this one simple before moving on to some flowers that take longer coming over the next couple of Creative Expression's Thursdays.

I think this paper would also look amazing to cover a special trinket box for someone to keep  too ... hmmm I feel a mixed media box coming on. What do you think?

I do hope you liked this one as it is far more clean and simple than I usually do but I like to keep the styles mixed and vary it from time to time too to suit other peoples tastes etc.

Have a wonderful Thursday and I will see you all soon . 



Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Visible Image Wednesday.

Hi Crafty folks.

Today is Wednesday so of course this means I have a card made using Visible Image goodies , I have been busy with the Autumny/fall feel time of the seasons therefore I used colours appropriate to this time of year before getting all pink for raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer research which is so important to all of us in many different ways. So today I used the wonderful Winter tree which I had been coveting for so very long and finally Helen treated me to it after the Aly Paly show which was amazing along with some other wonderful goodies including this fabulous sentiment entitled simply " What really matters ". 
and Colours of the wind.

So Here is today's card.

I was really pleased with how this one came out as I simply love these colours so warm and vibrant.
If you would like to learn how I put this one together then please keep watching and read on.

I started by  inking my Winter tree stamp with Versafine archival ink in Sepia and used just the branches to adding some low hanging broken branches across the top and upper sides of the card. I also stamped the whole tree to the bottom left in the same ink.

I used a template of a circle here to rub a little scattered straw Distress Ink off the circle to give a yellow glow.

I stamped out the sentiment also in versafine but black onyx this time.

 I used a light grey promarker to give a slight shadow to the tree and make it look like it is more 3D from the page.

Starting to use more of that same Scattered straw distress I rubbed a little around the edges of the age allowing a couple of spots where the ink streaks further onto the page.

 I used a range of warm tones to further enhance the edges and drag some colour into the picture too, I used next wild honey and then rusty hinge and Vintage photo still using just the same piece of cut and dry foam as we did at the show, those of you who took my little make and takes will know or if your an inker like me.

I also added some gold sakura stardust and metallic pens to highlight the tree, you can also paint with them if you used a wet brush so I added a light wash of warm goldy mica sparkle in paces too, which is very hard to pick u on camera of course.

 I further enhanced the tree , the non shadow side with the metallic pen which you can see the light bouncing off here.
 I also added some white gel pen on the very highlighted arts of the tree and a highlight to the sentiment and of course the edges of the branches too.

I added a light spritz of water in places to spread out the ink a little with a brush and give it that water painted feel and while it was still damp I brushed on some Blush Perfect pearls mica powder, these have their own binding agents so no need to set but if you new the card would be handled a lot once you had finished you could spray a fine mist of hairspray into the air and waft the card through it but don't spray it directly onto the card as it will leave either a wet patch or stain and the paper will have a transparent look to it spoiling all your hard work.
You can see in the picture above the mica shimmering on the card in random places and it took on the colours of the ink but also had a pinky coral tone to it too which really looked good with these ink tones.

 So from here I wanted to add some mat and layers and I used cream gold and a redy Burgundy pearl for the outer edge to bring out the tones in the perfect pearl.

 You can see the tone of the red card better in this one .

And here, you can start to see the ink layers and the mica  but also the shadow and the highlight on the tree.

Lastly I used the small little tree stamps from the Colours of the wind leave set which I love and used them to create the little mixed leave montage along the bottom of this card, I used Iced spruce, Vintage photo , fired brick and Rusty hinge and once they were all dry I went back in with some metallic pen washed over with a little water brush and some white highlights in places and grey shadow too. As before.

 Here is a close up of the ink layers and how the leaves stand forward proud like they do because of the shadows and highlights etc.

The finished card again and the mats etc. I truly hope you like this card as much as I do.

So here are the stamp sets used.

I hope you enjoyed this one and maybe try it for yourself or something like it as this could easily be a picture for the wall , or other art , it doesn't have to be a card , it could be a tag or a wall plaque too.

let me know what you think or if there is something you would particularly like to see me break down for you in the comments below and I look forward to seeing you with something different tomorrow.

Huge crafty hugs to all.


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Visible Image Wednesday.

Hi Friends.

Today I have the card I demoed in the tent at Aly Paly last week or so. This was the one I showed on the Sunday and I had the very kind hearted Stephen helping me grab a few bits and bobs which was a huge help. Thank you Stephen.
It was very different demoing with a camera focused just in one place and mirror image too so when you move one way it goes the other lol but I soon settled and even managed to give away this card to the person who answered my little question at the end of the session so I hope they are enjoying it now. I managed to resist wearing the Britney microphone though , I had to for fear of bursting into song with  ,oops I did it again or something....  ( a well known Britney Spears song with the youngsters apparently back in the day,  hehe).

Anyway I of course used the Fabulous Visible Image goodies and focused on the Be strong sentiment and the Revolution set which I will add at the end as always for reference.

So here is Sunday's card. "Being Strong".

This is before I added lots more glass glitter in the waves and the Black little flat back sparkles in the corners to finish off.
So to recap on how you start, it is the same as the tags we made at Aly Paly to tie in all together with the theme of getting inky and stamping into Utee etc. 

To start.

Stamp the script from the Revolution Set randomly how you would like it on the background, I had mine in the two opposite corners as shown here.

Next I inked the background with the colours of my choice , opposite on the colour wheel and infinitely blendable too, I added two layers as always , go back to the post on the tags for more step by steps on how to blend inks and why two layers etc. I then added tone on tone inking and some flicked water as before and blotting the ink away to leave rings and shapes to fit in with splashing water.

 Here is the small piece of UTEE with the small Fleur de Lis pressed into it when molten to leave this wonderful indentation which I added some black archival ink to the centre and rubbed over with some Treasure gold wax to pick u the high points.

I stamped my sentiment onto card and inked the edges and mounted it onto black card. I also added grey and blue around the lettering to make the writing really stand away from the card, like a shadow.
I added them each item to the card with foam to make the card a little more dimensional.

Lastly I went back in with my trick with the glitters in the wavy corners to really make some wet looking sparkles appear out of the waves with the White horses of the sea.

I hope you enjoyed today's little post , It isn't a huge in depth one as I am currently suffering from a near terminal case of Man Flu , I went back to work after having a wonderful two weeks annual leave to re for Aly Paly and catch a little Staycation time and after two days haha I have germs lol you have to laugh though and keep on sniffing.

Here are the stamps sets used as always.

I wanted to also remind everyone of next month being October and for Breast Cancer awareness there are events throughout the month here is the fab promo picture that Helen and Mark have created to explain what they and the team will be taking part in next month using the amazing Be Strong stamp that I featured above but any others too. Under the promo pic I have included Helen's words about it for you to have a look. Rarely are we not touched in our lives by someone that has some form of this awful disease nowadays but by keeping raising funds for the research at the fore of our minds hopefully one day we will have a cure  ( I try to hope that anyway ) . 

Helen's words...

We are raising funds for Breast Cancer Care throughout October with fun challenges, competitions, a BIG PINK BLOG HOP and more! PLUS we will be donating 50% of all sales of our 'Stay Strong' stamp during the whole of October too!

Breast Cancer Care's BIG PINK event will help more people find a way to live with, through, and beyond breast cancer.

Donations can be made via our Just Giving page...

More details coming soon!

Also if you are anywhere near the
Happy Stampers Show in Port Sunlight on Saturday the Visible Image team will be there with the Very talented Pauline Butcher on the stand demoing too. Pop along and have some fun with the gang and say Hi for me.... 

Ok lovelies 
See you soon 



Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Visible Image Wednesday.

Hello my lovely friends and a huge welcome to all that have visited since the show on the weekend.

Today I intended to show you the other cards I demoed in the tent over the weekend but it seems the photos are corrupt so I need to get them re-done so for those of you who have not seen all the photos from the show or do not have facebook I thought I'd do a Visible Image homage with piccies from the weekend.

Mark & Helen are fab at taking pictures and I zoomed in a little so I could show you our Team Awesome faces haha, this was actually Sunday a.m and we were just enjoying a cuppa before the first lot of crafty friends were due through the doors to the make and take table.

Here is the stand, we were at number 36 and had one gorgeous bright ,sparkly colourful stand, people were gasping coming up to the DT work on display which made us all so very proud. I am also in awe of the work that goes in putting the stand up and taking it down at each and every show and Mark and Helen are like a well oiled team , they go into the zone and all of a sudden the stand is there or next it is gone and packed away. Team work at its best guys for sure.

So here we are in full swing at the table enjoying the make and take, I had a gentleman here who had never crafted let alone use ink or UTEE and he was so so chuffed at the end when he had his tag and it was Masculine and inky and he had achieved it with just a little guidance. Well done Sir...! .

Here I am explaining away why he should heat utee from underneath lol ... (no cats were covered in UTEE  during the making of the make and takes lol)

Having a good old chat and giggle here with two lovely ladies , they had already done the m&t and were chatting and asking lots of questions as the others were finishing. I had a great time with these two and hope to see them again as I did feel I didn't get to give them as much time as I would have liked.

I was saying on Facebook I look like I had dropped off here but It was just deep in concentration and getting on with the task at hand of course.

So next I have Pauline, Erika and Debbie who all achieved so much with little time left. wow , beautiful ladies with beautiful tags. I was soooo proud , I wish Id got a picture with you all though. Here is there fabulous tags.

Aren't they fabulous guys and dolls? I just love them, everyone did so well , amazing.Wooop Woooop!

Here is again Debbie, Erika and Pauline but on the left we have Stephen and on the right Jilly.
Both Jilly and Stephen helped me immensely in the demo tent, Jilly with her presence and being there and Stephen running around collecting a few bits for me, thank you guys... You were all awesome help go team go team.... Proudly displaying their tags too...

I also was doing the Christmas tag Make and take and I met a lovely lady called Jemma and here is her tag too. I tried to get everyone to do their own individual extras , like choose their stamps and which colours they would like and this is a lovely example. We had so many varied colours at the end and everyone with big smiling faces that they achieved so much. I loved it .

I will finish this post with a lovely picture of Helen and myself , If I find any others I will of course add them at a later date , thank you again to all who came and took part in the make and takes and to those who tried to book in but missed out (spaces went so fast ). A huge thank you to Mark and Helen not only for asking me but for helping through out the two days and for building a Kimmy wall so people could see lots of my work together, that was a lovely surprise as I didn't know they were doing that and so many people asked me to show them how I achieved it all so that was so very special.

If you are down in the Exeter area or near there and you have any time over the next few days or couldn't make it to Aly Paly then why not pop along and see Mark and Helen on The Visible Image C05 stand for yourselves and see not only our fab artwork from all the team but the stamps we are all so inspired by. 

The show is called :

The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show.

Westpoint Centre, Exeter

24-27 September 2015

Last time I counted there was 174 exhibitors at least... wow I wish I was there as I didn't get to nip round at Alexandra Palace, I needed sooo many bits and pieces and had not a minute in the end to collect it all, ah well lol least i met lots of smiley happy people too and I loved that.

Ok folks give Helen and Mark lots of hugs if you get to Westpoint and if not I will see you very soon for more crafty moments here on the blog.

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I hope to see you all very soon with more show pictures and some new goodies too. Happy Wednesday 

Love to all