Sunday, 30 June 2013

Close To My Heart Blog Hop

I am participating in a blog hop for Kat who is starting out with CTMH products. If you are interested in purchasing the products and don't have a local dealer please visit

For my projects I used the Pinwheel stamp set and some of the Reflections Dream Pop papers.

My first project is a card for my Son's birthday next month. I started by colouring a piece of white cardstock with various colours of pigment inks, then stamped some stars at the top with Alabaster fluid chalk ink. I outlined the edges with a black marker then attached it to a piece of grey cardstock with a clear resist pattern printed on it and layered it on a piece of black cardstock.

I stamped the small pinwheels on a piece of the Reflections Dream Pop  patterned paper with a black stamp pad, cut them out and added a brad to the centre. I stamped the little "stick" to add to the pinwheels.

I printed a picture of my son, outlined it with the black marker and adhered it to the front panel. and attached the pinwheels. I attached a strip of the grey resist cardstock at the bottom. Stamped the sentiment and coloured the stars with a glitter gel pen and attached it with double-sided foam tape.
To complete the card I stamped two stars and coloured them with the gel pen.

I decided to do a second project using a canvas. I started by finding a picture that I liked which is a freebie from a blog and based the colour palette on the picture.

I painted the canvas with different shades of purple acrylics and added a bit of white acrylic around it. When dry I placed a stencil on the canvas and added molding paste, and coloured it with Smooch ink. When it dried, added the picture with gel medium underneath and over the top and framed it with the little stamped pieces from the pinwheel set.

When looking at the stamp set, I thought that the little pinwheels could be used as flowers. So I stamped several in different colours, cut them out and layered them and attached a button. I added some embossing powder to the edges to give it some dimension. I cut out the sentiment from another piece of Reflections Dream Pop  patterned paper and glued it to the bottom and added the flowers around the picture.

I decided to do one more project using all the lovely decorative papers and settled on a file folder book. I used several different papers and sentiments. I also made tags from the scraps.

On the front I used the Tim Holtz die to make the little Rosette with one of the papers that was really colourful.

Of course there will be prizes to be won by leaving a comment on the posts.  

Lets get this hop started! Below are the links to each designers‘ blogs. If you get lost along the way- just come back here: 

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Colour Perceptions Artist Trading Card

On ArtVentures we are starting a new ongoing swap theme "colour perceptions", with each month being a different colour. For this we must think layers of the colour and must be  predominatelythe colour for that month. Inspiration/theme is based on and emotion/how the colour us makes us feel,

For this month the colour is red, and this colour made me think of love and passion.

I took a piece of glossy white cardstock and coloured it with Sangria PiƱata Alcohol Ink and pounced it on with Caro extender and a felt pad.

I coloured some white cardstock with Lipstick Red Fluid Chalks then cut out the Memory Box curly wreath. I had printed off some pictures of lovers previously so I also cut them out with the die and placed it in the centre of the curly wreath on the ATC.

I punched some heart from 130LB cardstock and layered 3 together to give them some body, and coloured them with a red marker. I melted some clear UTEE and added some garnet Heat-it-Inks, dipped the hearts in it and when dry added a little flower gem.

I attached a piece of Sookwang tape to the bottom of the ATC and covered it with Fire Red and burnished it and attached the heart to the side.

I coloured some white cardstock with Red Pepper Adirondack ink and stamped the PSX Pixie Expressions stamp in Versfine Onyx Black and attached it to the glitter piece with double-sided foam tape.

Altered Pringles Can

On AFTCM we did a swap where we altered a Pringles potato chip can with a steampunk theme.

For mine I covered the can with some scrapbook paper. For the top portion I embossed some flashing tape then added some alcohol inks to give it some color.

 I had some Graphics 45 steampunk papers and cut out several images and attached them with double- sided foam tape. I added some tiny roses to the two ladies heads.

Glued some cogs, a watch face and some other items around the can. Stamped a ticket and a sentiment and attached it.

I covered the lid with the same scrapbook paper that I had used to cover the can.

I had discovered a video on Youtube using the Tim Holtz movers and shapers mini clock die ( sorry can't find the link right now) and decided that I would do a steampunk version to put on top of the lid.
I cut the die 6 times out of some medium weight chip board then painted the outside portion black. Colored the hands with a silver paint pen and embossed the "bells", top and legs with copper embossing powder.

I cut the legs off two of the pieces and sandwiched them in the middle. I inserted a piece of acrylic and some scrapbook paper behind the front piece and another piece of acrylic and a pocket watch face on the back piece. Then I glued them all together. I added some tiny cogs on the outside of the front. I glued a large cog to to a piece of popsicle stick then atached the clock. I then added some large gears to hide it and help keep it in place and finished it with a couple of gold dewdrops on the side.

Tags with UTEE

Been a while since I posted anything as I had a busy couple of months. Recently on AFTCM we did some tags using the same image and UTEE (Ultra thick embossing powder).

I had recenty printed off an image from Elizabeth's blog which really appealed to me and I decided to use them for my tags.

For the first one I colored the background with fluid chalk inks, stamped a floral stamp and Tim Holtz script stamp in a darker colour, then adhered the image to the tag.

I cut out a frame and covered it with white UTEE then sprinkled on platinum UTEE and some queen's gold embossing powder, heated it till it was "liquid" then stamped into it with a Magenta background stamp.

I stamped and embossed the Magenta sentiment then coloured it with fluid chalk inks and buffed it to remove the ink from the embossed area.

 On the second tag I coloured the background with pigment inks then stamped a PSX Maple Leaf stamp in black. Attached a smaller version of the image. It then cut out some Cuttlebug leaf dies and glued three together, added white UTEE on top and a couple of other colours of embossing powder heated it and stamped into it with a maple leaft stamp. Ahered these to the tag with double-sided foam tape.

I cut another piece of cardstock, and again applied white UTEE and sprinkled some Platinum UTEE over it heat it and stamped the Hero Arts sentiment with the dark pigment ink while hot. I attached the screw brads, then adhered it to the tag with double-sided foam tape.