Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Crafting with Dragonflies- Use a Freebie Image

Hi Folks, it's time for another challenge over on the Crafting with Dragonflies challenge blog. This week, the challenge is to make a card using a free digital image, and show the link where you got the freebie from. I have used a Cuddlebug Cutie digital image to make a Birthday card. This image is called Ty, and seemed just right for the recipient, who has now received her card.

I coloured the image with Polychromos, and sat her in a circle which I filled with patterned vellum.  The main background of the card is a wrinkle free distress background using Wild Honey and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks.

You can find the image that I used here the website is full of great designs by the artist Anna Stillwell.

I have added a sentiment by Chocolate Baroque to finish my card.

There are some great digital sites where you can get digital freebies, this site offers a daily selection and is worth checking out. Pop over to the Crafting with Dragonflies challenge blog, there are some great freebies on offer from our blog owner Hilde, just look for the freebie tab at the top of the page. Why not have a go at entering our challenge, and don't forget to tell us where you got your freebie from in your blog post. Thanks for stopping by, xx

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Hi Folks, I have made a card using the Mini Echoes template from Crafter's Workshop. I coloured some texture paste with acrylic paint, before spreading it over the template onto black card. Once it was dry, I dry brushed a deeper colour over the top to create some shadows. I stamped the main image onto a Tim Holtz cabinet card movers and shapers die cut shape, which I have actually used upside down because it fits the design perfectly this way! I needed to draw around the die to get the correct size, just in case you were thinking of trying this idea out yourselves. I have coloured the image with pencils. I have added a sentiment from the Mackintosh sentiments clear stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Foiled Rose Panel

Hi Folks, I have created a card with the Mackintosh Windows stamp set using some metal foil to create a focal panel. I stamped the image with Stazon Ink, and drew over the lines with an embossing tool. I rubbed black acrylic paint onto the panel, and then wiped the excess off, leaving black paint in the crevices. I added some coloured gilding wax to the leaves and flowers to make them stand out.

I stamped some matching roses onto a piece of background from my stash, that I had made ages ago. I have used the wrinkle free distress technique with metallic Distress Stain added to two tones of purple Distress Ink. I simply added a piece of ribbon and a sentiment from the Mackintosh Sentiments stamp set to finish.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Orange Tree

Hi Folks, I have another card to show you today, using the stamps of the month from Chocolate Baroque. I have combined them with an older stamp set, Fantasy Woodland to create this card.I have used some fairly plain background paper, the reverse is extremely patterned, from my stash, and stamped the images, using archival ink. I then coloured the images with Polychromos pencils, adding some white highlights. I used one of the gorgeous Mackintosh sentiments, the fonts are just great on these stamps, and I know I will use these stamps so much.

I have matted the design onto orange and black card, and simply added some little mosaic tiles, as a nod to the Mackintosh detail so prevalent in the designs of the time.

The beauty of Chocolate Baroque stamps is that lots of the newer designs have details that tie in with the older designs, so the leaves and orange motif match perfectly on both of these sets. If you are a CB fan like me, I hope that I have reminded you to look back through some of your old favourites and use them with your new best friends. Thanks for stopping by, xx

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Mackintosh Birthday

I have always loved the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the new stamps sets from Chocolate Baroque evoke that style perfectly. I have a Birthday card to show you today, using the lovely new Mackintosh Windows/Mackintosh Beauty Multibuy stamp set. I have created a wrinkle free distress background, and stamped the rose spray from each set onto the background to create a frame for the main image. I used bleach to paint the images, so that I could then colour these images with Distress markers. I stamped the main image onto a large die cut and also coloured this with markers before matting it onto black card. I have added a sentiment from the Mackintosh Sentiments stamp set.

I wanted to show the versatility of this stamp and that it could be used for lots of occasions, not just weddings, by changing the colours that you use. Thanks for stopping by, xx

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Alter a Tin or Jar

Hi Folks it's time for another chaleenge over on the Crafting with Dragonflies challenge blog. This fortnight, we are challenging you to alter a tin or a jar, and it would be great to see your before and after photos.

I have chosen to alter a jar that contained some scrumptious marshmallows that we treated ourselves to before Christmas. In the name of crafting, they had to be finished off so that I could use the jar of course!
I started by painting the jar with a stone coloured paint, and then added some background papers which had some lovely vintage adverts on them. I clipped the top of the paper, which enabled me to mould the paper to the contours of the jar more easily. I added a coat of crackle glaze, followed by dark brown paint to the top and bottom of the jar, creating a worn edge above and below the papers. I kept the screw area of the jar clear.
I painted the lid in a toffee colour, and once it was dry, I added various colours of metallic gilding wax in tones of brown and gold to make it look more aged. I printed my image onto kraft card and coloured it with pencils. I cut it out using a ticket die from Tim Holtz. I used a smaller die from the same set and a stamp from Paper Artsy on another scrap piece of kraft card. Some brown lace and ribbon were all that were needed to finish my jar.

Our sponsor this week is Digistamps4joy and Margy is offering a prize of $10 to spend in the store to the winner.
Why not hop over to the challenge blog to see what my creative team mates have been up to, and have a go at entering the challenge?

Thanks for stopping by, xx

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