Monday, 24 June 2019

Mosaic 's and Stained Glass

Hello Peeps!

My last piece of inspiration for the June challenge

The challenge is 

Stained Glass Techniques using Dies 
 TWIST Use some Glitter

I must say I did have fun making this.

Then I umm'ed and arr'ed about what medium I was going to use and eventually settled 
on my Tim Holtz Distress sprays, choosing four jewel colours.
That mean I had to get out the trusty pizza box and a piece of  thick white card stock.
As these sprays hadn't been used for a while, the nozzles were a bit blocked and so I shoved a needle into the hole to open it - I was facing the red one at the time and got a face full of fine red spray!
After cleaning off the ink, I applied them to the sheet of card instead.

TIP: wait for sprays to dry!!!
I was too quick and immediately stuck down a piece of double sided Sizzix sticky paper over my sprays - then as I peeled off the top sheet to leave a sticky surface facing me I also in places pulled back the wet surface under the sprays so had to pat them carefully back. It meant I had a flawed surface in places but I managed to get away with it.

You can see the yellow bit sticking to the top sheet in the photo above. 
Once the sticky sheet was clear I sprinkled my fine white glitter on it and pressed it into the sticky surface to create a sparkly base.

I then took my Alt&New Moroccan Mosaic Cover die and die cut from a sheet of black card the mosaic background. I actually die cut several different backgrounds to see which one looked better and this one looked quite good.

 I arranged it on the sheet of sparkle to see where it looked best and then trimmed off the pieces - you can see them on the side.
I glued the cover on the top of the sheet.

Taken in full sun

I die cut the word 'Hugs' from one of these pieces, using the SU die set Lovely Words.
I mounted this with thin foam strips to cover up the one spot showing where I had pulled the sticky up off the sprayed area. 

Taken in full sun

I then mounted the whole onto a card blank. 
However, I could have used this to decorate a bag or a box or a big tag.

Taken in shade

 There you have it - a stained glass look using dies and glitter.
I think it looks quite attractive - what do you think?

You have five days to enter the challenge at 

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

True Love

This is my post for Bizzy Bec's June Challenge. As usual, the challenge is 

Anything Goes

I used a set of dies that I recently purchased from Bizzy Bec
to create this card for a pet lover.

I had great fun making the cat and dog up from the die set and 
one of the best things was I got to use up scraps of card and a background sheet.

The background is painted with acrylic paint using a baby wipe as a paint brush
The clouds are sponged on with white ink using a stencil from D'Lish
The sentiment is stamped with Ranger Archival ink 
The stamp is from SU Nine Lives set.

My little cat Weasley thinks he is a Prince
 so I added the crown to the cat as I think all cat's probably think themselves royalty!

The green strip is another left-over piece of green acrylic paint smeared onto white card. 
The frame is SU Whisper White thick card die cut with SU Stitched Rectangle dies

The animals are from a die set by Creative Expressions
called - Stitched Say Cheese
(Currently 20% off and Free postage)
You get 31 dies in total

##NEW Pre-Order Creative Expressions Dies - Say Cheese - Click Image to Close

You have to the end of June to enter!

Monday, 17 June 2019

Painting the Town Red

Hello Peeps!

Welcome to Tasmania and the Winter Festival 

when the town is painted red for two weeks

A pretty special photo from the lookout, on the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington, thanks to Jan Brylle 
When Dark Mofo red starts to reflect at the top of Mount Wellington Observatory with a lil' bit of peaking 

Today I want to share what I made for the latest challenge at 

Stained Glass Techniques using Dies 
 TWIST Use some Glitter

Random Number Draw prize:
$15 Aus at shop of your choice or through PayPal.

I decided to use a beautiful new die set from Stampin' Up called Butterfly Beauty
This set has 20 dies in it: I only used one of them but I die cut it five times.

I have a selection of fancy glitter papers built up in the stash - most of them are from Stampin' Up but there are a few others there as well...

So after picking some jewel colours for this piece of work, I die cut out four of them.
You can see in the first photograph a blue sheet and in the background some others face down.
This has left me with four other diecuts to use another time so wait to see them in future.

Then I die cut the butterfly in black card - yes, that is one big die.
I attached this to a piece of white card using Sizzix double sided sticky paper, 
which leaves the top side of the white piece sticky where the black card does not touch it.
I had to be careful not to rest my hand on this sticky bit and disturb the surface.

I carefully dis-assembled the other four die cuts by removing each internal piece I required carefully with tweezers and placing them into the corresponding space on the black butterfly.
You can see in photo 1 that I had got about half way through when i took this shot.
(Finally remembered to document the work!)

In photo 2 I have completed filling in all the spaces with a variety of glitter paper pieces

You can see a line towards the top of the white sheet that delineates the end of the sticky surface.
I covered all this surface with fine white glitter and then trimmed away the excess card.

TIP: I keep my white glitter in a take-away food container and try and contain all mess in this container if I can - doesn't always work but keeps spillage to a minimum.
That jar of fine glitter I have had for over five years.

I rubbed the glitter over carefully with my finger to remove excess and brushed off the bits collected on the card before mounting the whole onto a piece of purple card and then onto a black card.

I had diecut a sentiment in black card to match and added it with some glue as it stays better on the glitter than anything else.

A close up of the colours - poor photo, sorry about that.
See that with this die you can remove individual butterflies to make the die smaller or to suit the project.

There you are - creating a Stained Glass card with some die cuts and some glitter

Now it is your turn to create something beautiful. 

Monday, 10 June 2019

What is a Die Cut?

Hello Peeps. I hope you have had a great week. I have had a mostly good one except for medical people insisting that they stick me with a needle. In their defense, they were trying to save me from some pain at the time so I cannot lay blame anywhere except at my own whimpy feet!   I have a phobia about needles so need to really process the idea usually before a needle; however,  in both cases I didn't have time to do this - hence my whinging. I am fine - just a real coward.

Here is something to take you mind off my carping...

A glorious view of kunanyi/Mt Wellington thanks toJodie Richardson.

Now, I looked at the challenge at Unstampabelles but there were NO ENTRIES YET. I know you have a month to enter so can only assume you are thinking about what to do.

There is a prize offered in a random number draw, so you have to enter to be in that.

$15 Aus at shop of your choice or through PayPal.

The Challenge is

Stained Glass Technique Using a Die
 TWIST Use some Glitter

to make a tag for
Unstampabelles current June Challenge#90

There are some amazing pieces on Pinterest if you go looking at stained glass technique on cards
Here is one site that has a great idea too

Is a die cut something you personally have cut using a metal die and card? Or can it be something like a peel-off, which has been die cut at some stage but not by you?  I choose to think it can be called a die cut and therefore I have used a peel-off to create my own rather than going to the many dies I have and diecutting one in metallic card for my tag. 

I added two die cut words and a ribbon.

My peel-off (very old from stash!) was put onto some vellum

I coloured in behind on the vellum using Copics

The whole was then stuck to a tag which had a sheet of double sided jac paper placed on it - the diecut /vellum was stuck down to the white card and then the rest outside the frame was still sticky. So I sprinkled it with fine white glitter, pressing it into the sticky surface with my fingers to make sure it was nice and smooth,  before applying the words in black card. 

A stained glass technique piece on a pretty gift tag.

See, you can make one too!

Go to Unstampabelles - you have three weeks to make something.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Caught a Bug lately?

Hi Peeps!

So many people here are going down with the 'flu or a variation thereon, that I thought I had better make a few Get Well cards for the stash!

This is for Bizzy Bec's Blog and new June Challenge

always Anything Goes 

I recently purchased an IO die (753-U) from Bec called Monsters.
They are soooo cute. 

I put them in a jar using mu die set from Stampin' Up and ended up Printing off a sentiment as I couldn't find anything suitable in my considerable stash!

I made it a shaker card

The grunge effect is from the SU stamp set called Gorgeous Grunge.

The lid is a gold piece die cut and I ended up doodling around the outside with a fine pen.

Sorry about the photography but I ended up having to take the last photo inside as it was so cold and dark outside by 4.15 pm

I have so many ideas about using these little critters too.. they are very alien-looking as well....

You have June to enter in the challenge at Bizzy Bec's and I urge you to have a look at her on-line store. She orders in stuff and if you are prepared a to wait a few weeks, you can get some wonderful eclectic pieces. 

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 3 June 2019

An Oldie but a Goodie

Hi Peeps, over at Unstampabelles there is a new challenge just gone up. It is to use the Stained Glass Technique and to use it NOT with a stamp (because we are an UNstampABELLES) but with a diecut.

I ran out of time to do anything new for this this week - don't ask, I don't know where it went either - so I am recycling one I did at Christmas last year for my daughter.

 Stained Glass using Dies  
TWIST Use Some Glitter

The green leaves are green glitter paper die cut and inserted into gold frame
The red berries are red glitter paper inserted
NOEL is a burgundy red glitter paper
The ribbon is a champagne glitter paper

The frame is die cut from gold card and I left the bells in gold as well.
I then picked out all the bits I didn't want in gold
I laid the frame over jac paper (double sided sticky paper) and then added the bits from the green, red and champagne paper  - or tape would work as well if you have the wide stuff - put it onto the backing card first and then start adding your dies. 

Once all the bits were in place I sprinkled it with fine glitter and gently rubbed into it with my fingers until all the sticky  and me were covered with the white glitter. 

Then I did some mounting - red, gold and green
I can see where I missed a piece of gold in the frame that should be white - clue:near a bell!

Time consuming but fun!

Hopefully I will make something new for the next week!
You can go over to Unstampabelles and see what the rest of the DT did - because they are way more organised than me!!!!

Here it is officially winter, as off the 1st June

A beautiful photo of the Hobart waterfront with a snow-covered kunanyi/Mt Wellington in the background thanks to Jase Evans