Sunday, 23 July 2017

Mirror, mirror on the wall ...

Off subject ... but ... SUMMER HOLIDAYS ....... YIPPEE!

Several weeks ago I shared how I created the structure of my mirror frame using stampbord & pan pastels - see HERE - as you can now see from photo below, things have progressed ...

The frame was made for Nikky Hall (of Polkadoodles) using the wonderfully versatile NEW Regal Peacock soup stamp set, (for the first airing on Create & Craft). The stamps are brilliant because they encourage you to just "create" without the worry of composition or position ... simply stamp, have fun and make what inspires you.

I have stamped various images from the stamp set in black and then part coloured these with the same coloured pan pastels.

To add further texture, I stamped & embossed (in gold), using a selection of the stamps from the set.

Next, using the stampbord tools, I created highlights on some of the images to accent the delicacy of some of the designs ... and to also add another textural element.

I had a real blast getting messy and crating "from scratch" and had to play again with the stampbord, so watch this space ...

Happy Sunday everyone and I'm planning a PJ kind-of day ... and that includes walking the dog in them 😅😂😍

x x x

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Making a faux mirror from scratch ...

Sunday ... ahhh, where has the weekend gone? My 'to do' list doesn't seem to have decreased in size, in fact when I last looked I had added 6 more things to the list!!! That's the joys of the summer term and end of term activities ... sighs as wipes hand across sweated brow (obviously in a 'jazz hands' way) ... 😇😉😳

My project for 'Love 2 Create Challenges' is only part one because I can't share with you the full completed project as it's part of a new launch of stamps by Nikky Hall of Polkadoodles on 29th June 2017 on Create & Craft TV. Here's a wee sneak peek of part of my project ...

Can you guess what it is? Let me see if I can give you a clue ... ummm.... errr... ohhhh, I know ... the wicked Queen in Snow White consulted with one on a regular basis ...!

I began by gathering together a selection of stampbord pieces and played around with them until I had the shaped frame I wanted.

 Next, I added my pan pastels trying to randomly mix the colours from flat colours to the metallic ones ...

Once I was happy with the colours, I then edged each tile with gold metallic pan pastel and glued each piece together. I prefer to glue my pieces without supports/frame as I can then manipulate as needed. I'm also not worried about the glue blobs as I can deal with them once everything is dry. I have used a strong adhesive as I do not want a give in my frame.

Once dry, cover the back of your frame with a good layer of glue. 2 reasons why: 1] any gaps in tiles will be filled with glue to help with rigidity and 2] to ensure that the tiles adhere firmly to the backing material.

I'm recycling a board from a board backed envelope. Place the board on to the back of the glued frame and weigh down with a book etc which gives the glue time to bond. Turn over ...

 Turn over once dry and roughly cut away excess cardboard.

I have sanded back each of the pieces to get rid of the excess glue and am loving the worn look. However after sanding, you can also begin adding more colour if you wish. Once cleaned off and primed with hairspray (!), I began stamping ... but can't share everything, only a lickle bit ...

Will share my full project with you all really, really soon, so please pop back to see what my mirror looked like in the end.

x x x

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Beauty in flight ...

When choosing some products to use on behalf of Spellbinders, I instantly fell in love with this stamp set with matching dies called 'Swallow'. I could so many possibilities and when I received them, had to play straight away. So water pens to the ready, I set off and here's what I came up with ...

I began by stamping all the images with clear ink and embossing in white. Next the fun part ... adding the colour. I have flooded the image with blue adding darker areas to make the white 'pop'.

I have coloured the images keeping to a bold colour palate; again the colours stood out. I stamped the 'beauty' sentiment (from Beauty & Elegance stamp & die set) and die cut using the matching die.

Before adding the sentiment, I over-stamped the image with the sentiment stamp from the 'Swallow' set to add more interest. I have kept the card simple in design and simply matted on to a white 7"x5" card base.

I can see endless colour possibilities for this card design and busy trying out a sunset inspired background.

Happy Saturday everyone and I'm busy catching up with the housework as it can no longer be ignored ... oh joys, of joys ...not!

x x x

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My time to craft - summertime
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes
CAS Watercolour
Classic Design team - anything goes
Creatalicious - anything goes with a die cut