Saturday, 15 May 2021

Tag - French bulldog in Paris

Hello everyone, I'm here with my second inspirational project for our May challenge over at the Country View Challenges. The theme is: We will always have Paris and the lovely Christine (Crafty Field) will be your hostess.


As you can see to fulfil the requirements of the theme, I used an Eiffel Tower, a French bulldog and the word Paris. 

To make the tag, I used a chipboard and cut out a tag shape with the old and retired but so loved Tag&Bookplates Movers&Shapers Sizzix die. I put a layer of gesso onto the surface and then I painted both sides with Speckled Eggs Distress paint. For the embossed pattern, I used white embossing powder.


I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Archival ink. After this, I toned back a little bit with wet Picket Fence. And when it was dry I first spattered with Picket Fence, then with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.


The Eiffel Tower was embossed with Potting Soil embossing powder. The dog was coloured with Hickory Smoke Distress marker, the balloon with Twisted Citron.

What I used:

Sizzix Movers&Shapers die, Tag&Bookplate

Sizzix Thinlits die, Circle Play

Sizzix Side Order die, Birthday

Stampers Anonymous, Paris Memoirs (CMS159)

Stampers Anonymous, Papillon (CMS106)

Stampers Anonymous, Mini Crazy Cats&Dogs (CMS272)

Stampers Anonymous, Floral layering stencil

Ranger Distress Archival inks (Vintage Photo)

Ranger Distress paints (Speckled Eggs)

Ranger embossing powders (White, Potting Soil)



So if you have a Paris themed project, please don't hesitate to join our May challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher to spend in the Country View Crafts online shop.



Saturday, 1 May 2021

Tag with Eiffel Tower and a little ballerina

Hello everyone, it's already May and we have a new challenge over at the Country View Challenges. The theme is We will always have Paris and my teamie, Christine aka Crafty Field will be your hostess. 

Well, I created a tag. For making this tag I had an inspiration board on the Pinterest. You can see it here. It's all about Ladurée, a bakery which was founded in 1862, in Paris and their main product is the macaron. Although I don't eat sweets made with sugar, I love the Ladurée style, atmosphere and advertisements. 




I begun my tag with cutting a tag from chipboard with the Sizzix Tag&Bookplate die. First, I added a layer of texture to both sides, then I painted both sides with a mixture of Bundled Sage and a tiny drop of Cracked Pistachio Distress paints.


When it was dry, I blended Dusty Concord Archival ink through a layering stencil (Shifter Stripes). 

I dried it with a heat tool, then I toned back the colours with watered Picket Fence paint.

The little girl was coloured with Kitsch Flamingo Distress Glaze. But first I applied embossing ink on the paper doll using the Distress embossing pen with brush tip. I'm sorry, I have no idea in which Idea-Ology Paper Doll sets you can find this girl, since I have many and I just put all in a big box :-)

The Eiffel Tower was stamped with Distress ink, then I heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Black embossing powder.

For the balloons, I used two die sets, the Circle Play for the twines and the Birthday (Sizzix Side Order) for the balloons.

The gold branches on the top are in the Funky Florals 2 set, and I heat embossed them with Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder.

What I used:

Sizzix Movers&Shapers die, Tag&Bookplates 

Sizzix Thinlits die, Funky Florals 2

Sizzix Thinlits die, Circle Play

Sizzix Side Order die, Birthday

Stampers Anonymous, Paris Memoirs (CMS159)

Stampers Anonymous, Papillon (CMS106)

Stampers Anonymous, Shifter Stripes layering stencil

Ranger Distress paints (Picket Fence, Cracked Pistachio, Bundled Sage)

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Dusty Concorde)

Ranger embossing powders (Super Fine Black, Princess Gold)

Ranger Distress embossing glaze (Kitsch Flamingo)

Idea-Ology paper doll

etc.


So if you have a Paris themed project, please don't hesitate to join our May challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher to spend in the Country View Crafts online shop.



Sunday, 18 April 2021

Bookmark with a girl and balloons

Let me show you my latest make, a bookmark that I coloured with the colours of the current MFT Color Challenge 163.




And here is the colour chart:



What I used:

MFT Birdie Brown, Mon Chéri stamp set

MFT Balloon Bouquet stamp set

MFT, Stitched Traditional tags

Copic Sketch markers


Saturday, 17 April 2021

Birthday card with a red bird

Let me show you my second inspirational project for our April challenge, the Birds and the bees. If you missed my firs project with Arthur, you can find it here


To begin with, I took a 300gsm watercolour paper and blended Shabby Shutters and Bundled Sage Oxide inks to the surface.


Then I spritzed with water.


Then I added Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste through a Stampers Anonymous stencil. When the first part was dry, I continued the stencilling. 

In the end, I spattered my background with gold paint and inked the edges of my 6x6" panel with Vintage Photo ink.

For the bird, I used 300gsm watercolour paper too and I coloured the pieces with Fired Brick and Abandoned Coral Distress inks. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain inks.

For the umbrella, I used Kraft paper and brown textured paper.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Feathered Friends by Tim Holtz

Sizzix Thinlits die, Handwritten Celebrate by Tim Holtz

Sizzix Thinlits die, The Gent by Tim Holtz

Stampers Anonymous layering stencil, Floral by Tim Holtz

Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste

Ranger Distress Oxide ink pads (Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage)

Ranger Distress ink pads (Fired Brick, Abandoned Coral, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo)

Idea-Ology Fasteners


If you have a project with birds or bees (or both), please don't hesitate to join our April challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher to spend in the Country View Crafts online shop.


Thursday, 15 April 2021

Thank you tag with Bloom Colorize flowers

Hello everyone, I would like to show you my thank you tag where I used Tim Holtz Bloom Colorize flowers as a focal point.




And if you like it, here is a tutorial.

I cut out a tag from chipboard with the retired Sizzix Movers&Shapers die, Tag&Bookplates. Then I put a layer of gesso to the surface.


Then I painted the whole tag (both sides) with Bundled Sage Distress paint. When it was dry, I blended Peeled Paint Archival ink through the Shifter Stripes layering stencil.


When the ink was completely dry, I toned back the colours with wet Picket Fence paint. Later, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Archival ink.


Then I wanted to add some stamping. So I chose a beige colour ink (Tsukineko Memento Desert Sand) for this.


The pieces of the bloom flowers were mostly cut out from the premade papers which I created  two months ago after a Tim Holtz demo.



For assembling the flowers, I used the Sizzix YouTube video.

What I used:

Sizzix Movers&Shapers die, Tag&Bookplates

Sizzix Thinlits die, Tiny Type Lower Case

Sizzix Thinlits die, Bloom Colorize

Stampers Anonymous, Shabby French

Stampers Anonymous, Tiny Toadstools

Ranger Distress paints (Shabby Shutters, Picket Fence)

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint)

Ranger Distress inks

etc.




With my tag, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Not a card



Thursday, 1 April 2021

Now what? - Arthur is sitting on suitcases and frowning

Now what? That's the question Arthur is struggling with right now. But don't worry, Arthur is a wise owl, he can figure out the answer. 



I have made this card for our current challenge over at the Country View Challenges. The theme is The birds and the bees and the lovely Sue will be your hostess in April.

For making this card, first I cut out the pieces of Arthur, then I started to paint the parts with Distress Pumice Stone paint. To the edges I blended Vintage Photo Archival ink. 


Then I added a little brown (Gathered Twigs) for the pieces I had to glue on the top. For edges of these pieces, I used Ground Espresso Archival ink. 


Then I spattered Arthur with Walnut Stain paint.


His eyes got Mowed Lawn colour, his beak Carved Pumpkin with a little brown. Here you can see all the paints and inks I used for colouring Mr. Cuteness.

For the background I took a watercolour paper and started to blend Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn ink. Then I made patterns on the paper with a stencil and Mowed Lawn Oxide ink. I spattered the background with Vintage Photo Spray Stain and inked the edges with Gathered Twigs.

Since I found the background too bold, I toned back the colour with diluted Picket Fence paint.

The suitcases were made earlier, you can see that post here.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Colorize Arthur (664730)

Sizzix Thinlits die, The Gent (665202)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Alphanumeric Classic Upper (664223)

Sizzix Bigz die, Baggage Claim (664439)

Stampers Anonymous layering stencil, Linen (THS061)

Ranger Distress paints (Carved Pumpkin, Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain)

Ranger Distress ink pads (Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron)

Ranger Distress Oxide ink pads (Mowed Lawn)

Ranger Distress Archival ink pads (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso)


If you have a project with birds or bees (or both), please don't hesitate to join our April challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher to spend in the Country View Crafts online shop.





Thursday, 25 March 2021

Easter card with Cottontail by Tim Holtz

The last time, I so enjoyed making a patterned background with Easter eggs using Pumice Stone and Speckled Egg Distress Oxide inks that I decided to make another one with some changes, of course. Here you can see my earlier card that I mentioned and there you can find the tutorial as well.

And here is my today card.


What I used:

Stampers Anonymous, Spring Shadows (CMS393)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Sizzix Wildflower Stems 1 

Sizzix Bigz die, Cottontail

Ranger Distress Oxide ink pads (Pumice Stone, Speckled Egg)

Ranger Distress paint (Speckled Egg)

Ranger Distress Archival ink pads (Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo)

Ranger Distress ink pad (Gathered Twigs)


I hope you like it!!! Thank you for stopping by!!!



Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Hippity and Hoppity - Easter card

Let me introduce you the two Easter bunnies, Hippity and Hoppity. They are very cheerful and droll young rabbits, also they are best friends. 

Now let's see how I made the background for these merry chaps. 

First of all, I took a 300 gsm watercolour paper and started to stamp eggs with Distress Oxide colours (Speckled Egg, Pumice Stone) randomly. For this, I used the Stampers Anonymous, Bird Feather stamp set. You can also use the Spring Shadows for this. Maybe next time I will do a background with that too. In the end I speckled the background with diluted Ground Espresso Distress paint.


After this, I did some stitching. I don't often do such a thing, just when I have to take out my sewing machine to shorten my new jeans, since I'm a diminutive woman :-) I also inked the edges with Gathered Twigs colour.


The next step was to make an underlayer. For this, I cut out a one size bigger square and coloured the edges with Distress Speckled Egg paint.


The rabbits were cut out with the Sizzix Thinlits, Bunny Hop die from Kraft paper. This is why I could sand the edges.

For the text, I used an old Strip (Sizzlits) die, the Tattered Curvy Banners. The two words of the text were stamped separately. First I inked the Hippity carefully to avoid inking the Hoppity accidentally. For this, I used the Ground Espresso Archival ink. Then I do the same with the Hoppity. I also spattered the banner with Vintage Photo Spray Stain using a brush.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Bunny Hop by Tim Holtz

Sizzix Sizzlits Strip die, Tattered Curvy Banners by Tim Holtz

Stampers Anonymous, Bird Feather stamp set (CMS180)

Stampers Anonymous, Spring Shadows stamp set (CMS393)

Ranger Distress Oxide ink pads (Pumice StoneSpeckled Egg)

Ranger Distress ink pads (Gathered Twigs)

Ranger Distress paints (Ground Espresso, Speckled Eggs)

Ranger Distress Spray Stain (Vintage Photo)

Idea-ology Classic Kraft Stock



I hope you like it!!! Thank you for stopping by!!!




Sunday, 21 March 2021

Easter card with silhouette bunny

Hello crafty friends, this is my second project for our March challenge, Silhouette. We would like you to put a silhouette image to the focal point of your project. I did that too. For this, I chose an old Bigz die, the Easter elements by Tim Holtz. A perfect silhouette bunny.


Actually, the background was in my stash for quite some time. I think I made it when the Speckled Egg colour was released and it arrived to me. I really liked it but I couldn't find anything suitable for this nice background until now.


So, first I used the Rosette layering stencil and I blended embossing ink through the stencil. Then I melted Liquid Platinum embossing powder with a heat tool. When the embossed pattern was cold again, I started to blend Speckled Egg Distress ink onto the surface. I placed a little bit bigger paper under my background which edges were heat embossed with Liquid Platinum. Then I speckled my background with diluted Vintage Photo.

The  bunny was coloured with Spun Sugar Distress paint.


But then, I put a layer of pearl shine to the top. For this you can use the Ranger Liquid Pearls but I used the DecoArt Oyster Pearl paint.

What I used:

Sizzix Bigz die, Easter Elements

Sizzix Thinlits die, Wildflowers Stems 1

Sizzix Thinlits die, Friendship Words (Script)

Sizzix Impresslits die, Star Trim

Stampers Anonymous, Rosette layering stencil


I'm not sure you can see it but I put on my each die-cut a pearl shine cover. And the Star Trim was covered with Liquid Platinum too.

If you have a silhouette project, please don't hesitate to join our March challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher to spend in the Country View Crafts online shop.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Bookmark with a little mademoiselle and balloons

Hello everyone, let me show you my bookmark that I made for the MFT Color Challenge 161


What I used:

MFT Stamps, Birdie Brown Mon Chéri stamp set

MFT Stamps Balloon Bouquet stamp set

MFT Stamps, Stitched Traditional Tags Die-Namics

Copic Sketch markers