Wednesday, 23 September 2015

A little bit more Christmas.

I will be very busy for a while organising my workshops in Hervey Bay, getting myself ready for the October craft show and preping for my grandson Jackson's 4th birthday. I am making the Nemo themed cake and cupcakes for the day care class. Expect to see photos, lol.
I am taking the opportunity to show samples as I get them done as I could go very quiet on my blog for a while. Enjoy!


 This is such a cute stamp. It took a while to colour the leaves but if you do one leaf at a time
it is easy enough to do. Cutting it out took a bit of time but not as much as the colouring. Most of you who know me understand that I am very accomplished with a craft knife, yet I can't cut with scissors at all!



I love this stamp. Very clean and simple, yet elegant. I think I will try this one again with mica powders.


Stampendous stamp HMCW03 Wreath Kiss

Stampendous stamp CRR184 Silent Night

Happy crafting people!

Julie.




Sunday, 20 September 2015

Christmas is coming.

I have been trying to get some Christmas samples done with Stampendous stamps all while trying to get my workshop organised to hold all the new stock. Shuffling things around has helped but I am nearing the 'throwing all non-essentials items out' phase.

Here are some of samples done.

This card was coloured with pencil with a touch of le Plume markers. The outer areas were coloured with brown ink and a finger dauber.

Coloured pencil with glue and glitter on the wings. A touch of glitter was added to the
snowflake and adhesive rhinestones were scattered in the background.


I added some Sparkle N Puff to the snowflakes. You can still see some black ink through them. That is because I didn't use a fine enough glue pen and I didn't want them all looking like puff balls hanging down. The paper was white with silver foil holly leaves. I changed the colour with some ink to match the coloured pencils I used on the Fairy.


I used all bar one little animal that comes with this set on this card. Again, coloured pencil was used.

 CRR214 Christmas Cottage


CRR236 Crystal Angel


CRW153 Sugar Plum Fairy

CRS5053 Jumbo Cling Rubber Forest Friends


Thursday, 17 September 2015

Gilding Flakes

I was given some gilding flakes to play with along with the glue that goes with them. Here are a couple of the results.


This first card was created with double sided sticky paper and a Dreamweaver stencil. I tried to stamp with the glue first onto the base card. The glue is very strong and didn't work particularly well with the fine line stamp that I chose. I suspect that a solid stamp design would work better. I was worried about the glue ruining my stamp if I didn't get it into soapy water straight away as well. However, the glue was perfect for adding the extra detail onto the bauble and the applying foil over it when it waas completely dry. Of course the gilding flakes would have worked just as well. The benefit to using the gilding flakes as opposed to foil through the stencil is the all the areas of the design can be filled in. No extra flock or glitter needed. As you can see, the edges of the design are nice and crisp and the gilding stands out well against the crystal glitter.


I used the vertical 'Merry Christmas' stencil for this card and black Palette brand glue pad. I could have used the clear glue pad but the gilding becomes darker with black under it. I tried using the gilding flakes glue but two things happened. First, I ruined a finger dauber and second, the glue ran under the stencil. The second was more than likely because I was trying to get the glue on in the tiny areas of the stencil with a stencil brush and I was probably a bit too enthusiastic as I didn't want the glue to dry on my brush.
I cut the poinsettia die out of thin cardstock, added the glue with my finger and then let it dry. I added the gilding flakes and they attached perfectly. The trouble was that with all the pattern in the design I couldn't see what it was very clearly so I coloured the piece with Copic markers. Perfect!

 Dreamweaver stencil LL510 'Joy'

 Dreamweaver stencil LM298 'Vertical Merry Christmas'

Now I think I will go and gild a lilly!

Happy crafting,
Julie