Saturday, May 30, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I digress. I had painted a couple of strips of canvas and followed Claudine's instructions, and made the beads. I did stamp on them too with one of the swirls from The Artistic Stamper, so when I rolled them up, the stamp in black showed up. I liked the effect. But I had seen Suze's comment about dipping them in utee, so as the pot was hot, I threaded them on a knitting needle, and dipped and rolled them in the hot clear utee. Pulling them out of the pot, the utee had clung to the end of the knitting needle and as I had covered the needle in embossing ink, when cooled the whole bead including the end slid off the needle! I was so pleased as the bead had an end! You could cut off this end while warm, but I liked it so much, I filled it up with Suze's Waltz beadazzles! I then superglued in an eyepin, and had what I call my extended beads!
I did make 2 versions, and one s fatter and shorter than the other. Of course you could use beads rather than the canvas, or paper or almost anything you like. My photos are rather rubbish, but you get the idea.
A Claudine, Leandra (she is the inventor of Leandra beads) bead with a twist! Maybe a technique called the CLJ... mind you sounds a bit pretentious.....Have absolutely no idea if this has been done anywhere else, but I love the idea of adding the bedazzles,or any other component and when I get my meltpot out again I will be making more and and trying to refine it too. Would love to hear what you think,
Monday, May 25, 2009
I used an old dressmaking pattern on the front, ( luck would have it , the pattern said Front View) and covered it in a mixture of Claudine's Studio Multi Medium Matte and traditional tan paint ( how did I live without this colour before!) . I had some gorgeous paper ribbon and old lace picked up from my favourite shop, Heselden Hats this week, which I glued down the spine, and around the edges. I then stamped one of the new Stitchels stamps in Fired Brick Distress ink onto Claudine's sticky back canvas, and cut them out. I just love this new stamp, it stamps just as it looks.
The distress ink gave a worn look to the flowers. I wasn't sure what to do with the corner of the book, where the sleeve part of the pattern had a rounded edge, so I cut the cover off ! Then I put a cracked texture mat from Carolines also stamped in fired brick behind it, and covered the inside of the cover with more canvas inked in fired brick, and stamped the Stitchels stamp in tattered rose distress ink and covered the join in the paper ribbon. The " perfectly fitted " stamp from the Ephemera plate finished it off.
Finally I used clear buttons ( this is a technique I found on a blog last week, unfortunately I did not bookmark it) and stuck old dictionary pages behind them with Glossy Accents, cut out, and used pink wire through the holes as thread. I used the words, button and altered, and some of the paper ribbon. I then peeled off the backing and folded them over the cut corner, and down the edge of the spine.
Friday, May 22, 2009
If you would like to know about our special offers or our new products ( we are continually adding them!) then sign up for our newsletter ( sign up box top left hand corner of the blog). We have almost all of the Ranger products, stamps, Kling-On, and loads of accessories. Finally for today another birthday card I made this week ( I was quite productive!) This one was for a dear friend of mine, Wendy. I used the melpot, of course, and some random papers,a Tim Holtz stamp, and a little charm I bought ages ago, which i put into the mould while it was still wet. I then superglued a brooch pin to the back and attached it to the card. A brush of Perfect Pearls, a spritz of water on the leaves and it was done!
Off to play with the new stamps, have a good day, the sun is shining here!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Aptly named Embrace Imperfection ( also one of Tim's stamps), I was rather pleased with the finished hanging.
I think my DH liked it also, ( well let's put it this way, he wouldn't tell me otherwise, would he?)
Happy Birthday Mal -love you lots
Monday, May 18, 2009
Firstly I printed it on plain paper from my inkjet printer, (a photocopy will work better if you have access to one). Using the Multi Medium Matte , I liberally painted it on a small piece of canvas, and laid the picture face down. Now the hard part, you have to wait for it to dry! You can heat dry it with a gun, but I just waited!
The birthday cards I am in the process of making are nothing like the original idea, and as soon as I know they have been sent and received I will show you.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I am only just discovering editing and adding music, so be patient with me please! lol
Hope you like, and I will be doing another how to video very soon.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Firstly I cut a strip of copper to fit the bracelet all the way round. Then I worked it onto the mould , and moved the copper up as the mould wasn't long enough, so I had a strip that I had worked and cajoled over the mould. Does that make sense? You can run the solid moulds through a cuttlebug or big shot, but this mould is hollow, so that wasn't possible this time. I completely forgot to take photographs through the whole process, I was so engrossed in making it!
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
Have a scrumptious Bank Holiday Monday ( here in the UK it is May Day holiday) . I am off to garden and help make a compost bin with the OH( probably more help than hindrance!) , so may end up playing with more alcohol inks *lol*... and thank you for looking
Sunday, May 03, 2009
If you didn't know, The Artistic Stamper has the design of the free stamp on the front of Craft Stamper's May issue, and it is a swirly bird, and Hels has designed some more birds and wonderful nature stamps to go with him here. If you would like the Craft Stamper special offer then go here
So to win this, all you need to do is add the blog candy to your blog , add a comment, sit back and wait! I shall choose the winner on Sunday May 3rd. Don't worry, I will post anywhere in the world, so please spread the word. I shall keep this post above the others until May 3rd.