31 Jan 2019

Spinning Monkey



Spinning flying monkeys?  I have a mischievous monkey spinner card that I made with one of the awesome Wizard of Oz sets by  Visible Image. Watch him spin....


I know that the Wizard of Oz flying monkeys can be a bit scary so I made this one fun by turning him into a spinner card. Ha! I can't believe that I've been making cards for so many years and this is the first penny spinner I've made. It was such fun!

Steps to make this.
Create a background by sponging yellow distress inks on white card, then stamp some of the small monkeys in dark blue dye ink and stamp the bricks in yellow distress oxides..





Cut a slot in the background for the penny spinner mechanism. Hold on to the piece that you cut out.

Glue two pennies (or in my case 5 cent pieces) together with a foam square. Then add foam squares all over the back of the panel, taking care to leave plenty of space around the slot so that the coins have free movement. Ease one of the coins through the slot so that one coin is on the back and the other is on the front of the background panel. Attach the panel to a card blank and then attach the reserved cut-out piece from the slot onto the card blank through the hole, so that you get a seamless look.


Stamp the monkey in black dye ink, colour with alcohol markers, glitter the wings with a Wink of Stella pen and fussy cut before adding it to the coin on the front with another foam square. (N.B. You can also get a matching die if you do not like fussy cutting).

Stamp the sentiment in blue ink onto a piece of yellow inked card and blend a darker yellow around the edge. Outline the sentiment with a dark blue alcohol pen, foam mount this sentiment onto a slightly larger piece of yellow inked card and attach it to the front of the card.





Stamps Used (plus a link to the matching die that is also available)

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the items in the online store):
        


Other Supplies:

Distress Inks (squeezed lemonade, mustard seed fossilised amber) Distress Oxides (squeezed lemonade, mustard seed), spomge or blending foam, Prism Ink (french navy), Promarkers, craft knife, 2 coins, wink of stella pen, foam squares, white card.


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Alway Fun Challenge #95 - Monsters or Fairies (well the Oz monkeys were considered monsters in the film so I hope this qualifies)
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 3 - Anything Goes Colouring Challenge
Crafting From The Heart #235 - Anything Goes
Creative Fusion Arts & Crafts Challenge #8 - Wings
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #143 - Anything Goes (must include stamping)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
International Art and Soul #50 - Be Inspired By A Movie (The Wizard of Oz)

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

That's all for now. I'll be back with another make or two very soo so I hope you'll stop by again.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

24 Jan 2019

So beautifully Wicked


I'm absolutely thrilled, delighted and super-excited today because I have a special dispensation to share this card with you.

You see, this stamp is in a new release and the stamps will only go on pre-order from tomorrow, Friday 25th January 2019. So this is an early peek at one of the inspiration cards I made with one of the sets in the fantastic new Wizard of Oz collection of stamps by Visible Image. I love all the stamps in the range and they are so easy to colour too. Over the next week or so you will be seeing some superb projects from the rest of the design team using all the characters in the release.

When I first saw the package of the Oz Wicked Witch I thought it looked like she was trying to come off the paper to get at you, so the idea of making a card where she was part in and part out of a frame was born.







I really like that photo because you can see that I haven't even had to layer her up at all, so the illusion of her coming off the paper is from the wonderful artist drawing, the shading on the colouring and the trick of just popping the hat, broom and hand over the edge of the frame. Easy!




The simple background was made by wetting some water colour paper and adding distress stains in 3 hot colours (Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin & Candied Apple), letting the colours swirl together. As it dries spritz with water to add some interest. When it was totally dry I added some more of the stains, neat (as in I didn't add water), onto my craft mat and dipped the piece into the droplets and dried it again. That created the speckles that you can see on the finished piece..









A 'frame' was made by attaching two rectangular dies together, like so, and cutting 3 frames out of white card. Those were glued and stacked together.

The smaller of the rectangle dies was used to die cut an aperture into a 'card front' sized piece of card, and the same die also used to die cut a rectangle from the water coloured background. These were attached to a card bland so that the coloured card sat in the aperture, and then the die cut frame was glued on top.






Then came the colouring; all done with Promarkers.

The best way to colour any of the Visible Image character images is to follow the picture on the packaging. That always shows you where to add the darker and lighter colours. With the Oz Wicked Witch the packaging also show you where to add the folds and creases in her clothes. I followed the packaging image pretty closely, except for making her clothes a little more grey than black and I gave her blue hair - just because I felt like it. ;-) The final touch was glossy accents on her eyes.

Clothes were coloured in Black, Cool Grey 1,2, 3 and 5.

Skin in Lush Green, Mint Green and Pastel Green

Hair in Indigo Blue, Azure,Sky Blue and Arctic Blue

The broom handle in Raw Sienna, Terracotta, Chestnut and the Bristles in Raw Sienna, Warm Grey 5, and Pastel Beige.






When it came to the fireball, I roughly coloured all over one of the flames with yellow (not caring if I went over the lines because it was being cut out), and then added a few dots if red and orange. The colours used were Canary, Mandarin and Poppy.

The witch and the fireball were fussy cut, then Stickles were added to the fireball to give a glittery shimmer. Once the fireball was dry the two pieces were attached onto the card.

The sentiment was stamped onto the same linen card as the card blank and this was fussy cut and raised onto fun foam.





So, here you can see how my colouring compares to the packaging.




Isn't she going to make some awesome projects next Halloween? You bet!


Stamps Used:


Other Supplies:


Water colour  paper, Distress Stains, Water sprayer, White marker-friendly card, Memento tuxedo black ink, Promarkers, Glossy Accents, Stickles, My Favourite Things inside out stitched rectangle, glue, fun foam.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafting From The Heart #235 - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams 11  Jan - Anything Goes
Everybody Art #439 - Anything Goes
House that Stamps Built J2319 - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers #376 - Anything Goes (I didn't do the optional Love theme)
Papercraft Challenges #29 - Bright Colours
Stamps + Fun = Creativity #338 - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge  January - Anything Goes (a 2nd entry from me)
Through The Craft Room Door 22 Jan - Anything Goes (THANK YOU for selecting one of my projects in the top 3 for January 8th!!!)

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx



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19 Jan 2019

Less is More #387 - Sketch 25


Are you ready for a new challenge? Today we have a sketch to follow that is loosely based on a layout that I loved by one of our regular participants at Less is More. So thank you Kathy (aka The Purple Princess Diaries) for you inspiration. HERE IS THE LINK to her card that inspired this sketch.


http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.com/   
    

 

Skull and Cross Buns is the generous January LIM sponsor so do make sure you enter for a chance to win some of their beautiful goodies.

Toni from Frankie Loves Craft, the LIM October 2018 winner, is our fabulous guest designer and her card is superb. Head over to the challenge blog to take a look at it, and also get some fab inspiration from the rest of the design team while you are there.


I have 2 cards for you today so let's take a look at them

1) Hello Lovely!






I thought the fastest and easiest way to replicate the sketch was to use some die cuts, so I found a piece of previously inked paper and die cut 5 branches. A die cut and stamped hello looked a little forlorn all on it's own so I cut a block of white and stamped 'lovely' on it. 3 little matching sequins finish this card.

STAMPS: Altenew halftone hello
DIES: Altenew halftone hello, Craft & You conifer twig 1
INKS: Prism(purple velvet), Distress Stains (worn lipstick, broken china, wilted violet)
OTHER: Fun foam, white card, sequins.







2) Heartfelt Sympathy

I'm not sure that the sketch elements really shows up in this card, but I like the end result so much that I am sharing it with you anyway.

Here I stamped the design in versamark ink onto a pearlised silver colour card and used my Polychromos pencils to colour the design.

As I left the stamps on the door of my misti while I coloured, I was able to go back in and re-stamp the images in versamark and the heat emboss them in silver.

I chose a sympathy phrase to go on this card which was popped up on fun foam, and some Nuvo drops were added to the small circles in the design.

STAMPS: Uniko origianlly organic, Happy Little Stampers doodled flowers
INKS: Versamark clear
POLYCHROMOS PENCILS: 101 White, 129 Pink Madder Lake, 123 Fuschia, 125 Middle Purple Pink, 166 Grass Green, 112 Leaf Green, 264 Dark Phthalo Green, 165 Juniper Green
OTHER: Stampendous detail silver embossing powder, Nuvo drops (white blizzard), Silver pearlised card, 3d foam

I'd like to enter my cards in the following challenges:

Card 1
A Perfect Time To Craft #1 - Anything Goes
Cardz for Galz #88 - Dimensional Elements
Crafting With An Attitude #47 Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #382  - Anything Goes
The Creative Playground January - Anything Goes

Card 2
A bit more time to craft #84 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More! #324 - CAS
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - CAS
Stampotique Designers Challenge #315 - CAS
The Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes


LIM BLOG
LIM FACEBOOK PAGE
LIM INSTAGRAM

That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

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UPDATE

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17 Jan 2019

You Are Loved Gift Set



It's Thursday, so that means it is time for my regular Visible Image design team  project and this week I have a whole gift set made with the fantastic 'One Kind Word' stamp set.

Now. I'm not one of those people that really 'does' Valentines day, but when I spotted a neat little positioning trick to make a heart shape out of this text stamp....


I just couldn't stop myself from going crazy and making a whole coordinating gift set for Valentines day. 

So, I made a matching card and envelope with some wrapping paper and a coordinating gift tag


                


I really love how pretty this set looks.

And it is so easy to create these too, once you see how to make the heart shape, which actually is incredibly simple to do!

Just stamp the image once Then rotate and stamp again. (The black lines in the second photo below shows the side of the stamp that I rotated and how it matched up to the first stamped image). Easy peasy!



                





To make the card, I stamped the typewriter and the sentiment in black ink, then stamped the heart (using the method  in the photos above) over the typewriter in a pink ink.

The smallest heart from the stamp set was stamped a few times around the border and a little doodling added before mounting onto coordinating pink and black paper, and then affixing to a card blank.

On the envelope flap I stamped the heart shape again and added the 'You Are Loved' sentiment.














The wrapping paper was made by sticking some sheets of printer paper together and stamping the heart shape in a repeating pattern all over the paper. 

The sentiment was stamped into the middle of the hearts on one row, missing the next row and stamping it again in the hearts of the row underneath, continuing like that on each alternate row until the last row on the paper. Then a smaller heart was stamped into some of the gaps in a regular pattern across the paper.

The gift tag was made by heat embossing onto black paper and fussy cutting out into a heart shape. That was then attached to white card and fussy cut to make to give a white border, and the back of the tag would then be easy to write on. An eyelet was added and the tag attached to the present with black ribbon and a few pink flowers to match.





Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
        


Other Supplies:

Versafine onxy black ink, Versacolor 33 pink ink, Versamark clear ink, WOW! opaque bright white embossing powder, Black micron pen, misti stamping tool, printer paper, black ribbon, pink flowers, black & pink paper and white card.  


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #211 - Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge Blog #445 - CAS
Crafting From The Heart #234 - Anything Goes
Love To Craft #30 (January) - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards January Challenge - Anything Goes
Pammies Inky Pinkies #1902 - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash #386 - Hearts on Fire
The Corrosive Challenge #1 - Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters Challenge #12 - Anything Goes
The Happy Craft Challenge January - Anything Goes

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

I do hope you like this set and that you will pop by again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

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10 Jan 2019

Is this a new variation on a mirror image technique?



Have you ever had a happy accident with your inks and stamps? I admit that most of my accidents are very far from happy and mainly involve dropped ink pads or smudged fingerprints. However my venture into the different ways to mirror stamp resulted in something I didn't expect, but absolutely loved... and the bonus is that it is repeatable. Happy days!

There are many methods you can use to stamp a mirror image, e.g using a brayer, or piece of acetate, there is even a product called 'Mirror Image' that you can buy. But I haven't seen anything that leaves this type of pattern when you stamp, so I might just claim this technique as my own. lol ;-)

This is not the 'kiss stamping' method (because I use the back of the large stamp), and I'm not claiming that stamping on the back of a stamp to produce a mirror image is the new technique either (because there are loads of people who have done that before). What I think is new is the way I let the stamps peel apart to make those particular patterns and that's the 'new technique' that I'm claiming. 

I made a little video (2 mins 48 seconds long) showing how I achieved this look because it is sometimes easier to see how to do things rather than explain in words, but there is also a photo and text 'how to' below this video link.



Doesn't that ink look all textured/patterned and it also matches the impression on the image of splashed and moving water. The beautiful head silhouette from the  Visible Image 'No Space For Dreams' set (one of my favourite sets!) and mirror image stamping have been in my head for a while now, so I'm glad I that it worked out so well.

The method used here is to take a large stamp, stamp your image onto the back of the large stamp and then take a print onto paper or card.

TIP Use a large stamp with lots of detail on it because stamps with open areas do not work well at all. (I used the large Visible Image Organics stamp).

So, first of all I lined up the profile silhouette stamp in my misti and attached it to the door.

Then I placed the large stamp face down onto the grid paper in the Misti i.e. the detail of the stamp was in contact with the grid paper and the flat back of the stamp was facing up. I should say that the grid paper inside the misti has been laminated and that means that photopolymer stamps will slightly cling to it so they won't move.

Next the silhouette stamp was inked up and I closed the misti door and pressed down as you would normally.

Now comes the magic....just let the two stamps peel apart on their own and don't touch anything until they have done that. As the stamps do peel apart on their own, the ink pools and created the big splodge (for want of a better word) and all the little threadlike veins. You can see from the photo that both the stamped image and the actual stamp have the same pools and veins. Fab!


Now, leave the head silhouette in the door because you will use that in a moment.

But before that, take your piece of card and press it firmly on top of the large stamp using your fingers or even a brayer - making sure not to move the card! When you peel the card away you have your mirror image ready.

Next, remove the large stamp from the Misti and place your card back in with the stamped silhouette facing upwards, then close the Misti door so that the 'normal' image stamps.

My first 'happy accident' went into the picture frame and I added a stamped 'Gemini' as a label.

But to finish the card front I cut it down to size, stamped the word 'Sister' between the two faces and edged it with a promarker.



On the inside I stamped the full sister sentiment

Then the area above the crease was masked and the splashes around the outside edges of the face stamp was used to create a loose border (with second generation ink).






Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):

               


Other Supplies:

Nenah Solar White card, Altenew dye ink (ultraviolet), Promarker (sugar plum), Misti stamping tool


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft Stamper TIMI January - Anything goes
Crafters Castle #13 - Anything Goes with option of fun techniques
Crafting From The Heart #234 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges #193 - Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenge #76 - AG - No twist
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #97 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations January - Fabulously Feminine
Through The Craft Room Door 8th January - Anything Goes

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

I hope you like this card and picture. Now....if only I had a sister who was a Gemini.....
Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

5 Jan 2019

Less is More #386 - Water


Happy New Year everyone!

How was your holiday break? Really good and full of making precious memories with family and friends I hope. I had an (almost totally) social media free holiday and it has done me the world of good.  I was becoming a real slave to those little 'pings' from my phone, so the break was incredibly welcome. It was much easier to do than I thought too!

But here we are again at the start of a new year and I'm super-excited to say that 3 new incredibly talented ladies have joined our Less is More design team. So I hope you'll pop over to the Less is More challenge blog to give

Kylie, Michelle and Stephanie

a warm welcome. You can take a look at all the amazing projects that the DT has created for the first LIM challenge of 2019 while you are there too. 

Right on to the challenge:


So that can be water in any of its forms...ice, snow, mist, liquid etc. There's plenty of ways to incorporate a water theme into your projects,


We're delighted to welcome back Skull and Cross Buns as our January Sponsor.

www.skullandcrossbuns.com 


And our Guest Designer for this challenge is the talented Viv (Daizy-Mae) who was our October winner last year. It would be lovely if you head over to her blog to leave her some love too.

I have 2 cards today, so let's take a look at them.

1) Feeling Under The Weather


This card goes out to any of you in the northern hemisphere that are currently suffering with a cold or flu, because it is that time of year isn't it?

I love the shine on that umbrella and I didn't use glossy accents to achieve it either! The umbrella was die cut 4 times, one umbrella was coloured with promarkers, and then all 4 were stacked together for dimension. I used a versamark pen to colour over the umbrella and then simply heat embossed with ultra thick embossing crystals. I did the heat embossing twice to really get a thick shiny coating.

The raindrops were die cut from a piece of scrap distress stained card. That was the only fiddly thing... sticking each raindrop on separately.

The sentiment was also die cut 4 times and stacked up for dimension too.

DIES: First Edition Craft (Weather), Sugar Pea Designs (Card Front Builder), Tattered Lace (All Occasions Sentiments)
PROMARKERS: Poppy, Pumpkin, Canary, Lush Green, Azure, Prussian
OTHER: Versamark Pen. Cosmic Shimmer Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals, Fun Foam, Scrap of water coloured card, white card.


2) Neutral Hugs 


Here's another card that can be used for a get well, or even a sympathy card. I must admit that I was disappointed that my camera couldn't pick up the shine on the vase on this one. But, hey-ho, that's the way the cookie crumbled.

I did get to open one set of my brand new Altenew ink cubes for this card though. I thought it would be good to try out the neutral colours on these wild flower silhouettes.

 So, everything was simply stamped, then the water and bit of 'grounding' was coloured with promarkers before colouring and heat embossing with UTE Crystals again.  A simple banner sentiment was made and everything was raised on fun foam for dimension.


STAMPS: Clearly Besotted (Simple Silhouettes)
DIES: Sugar Pea Designs (Card Front Builder)
INKS: Altenew (Milk Chocolate, Almond Butter, Hazelnut, Vanilla Cream) 
PROMARKERS: Cool Aqua, Sky Blue 
OTHER: WOW! Ultra Bright White embossing powder, Cosmic Shimmer ultra thick embossing crystals, fun foam, white card, kraft card


LIM BLOG
LIM FACEBOOK PAGE
LIM INSTAGRAM

I'd like to enter my cards into the following challenges:

Umbrella Card
Passion for Promarkers #474 - Add a Sentiment
ReTarte #134 - Anything Goes  (and a sad goodbye to this challenge!)
Through The Craft Room Door (week 1-1-19) - Anything Goes

Flower Vase Card
Always Fun Challenge #91 - Something New (new inks)
Lemon Shortbread #84 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Something New (new inks)


That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx