Autumn Wildlife

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Welcome back to my blog this morning. Can you believe we have reached autumn already. With the nights drawing in again, IndigoBlu have launched their challenge for September –

AUTUMN WILDLIFE

This is a perfect choice for me, I like autumn – the colours, the frsh bright days, and of course the wildlife. There is a flurry of activity, birds and small mammals become visible in our gardens again after the quiet days of summer.

 

I have made a DL cards, and chose three distress colours to create a background. IndigoBlu have a perfect stamp set called Nature II that for me sums up autumn in stamps. Wouldn’t it be great if the colour leaf litter that collects through the season is as luscious as the chocolate box Mega-Flakes that I have used here

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Products used

Distress Inks – Aged Mahogany, Fossilized Amber, Dried Marigold

Promarkers – Burgundy, Cardinal Red

Graphmaster alcohol pens – 104. 92, 98 (skin tone set)

IB - Nature II
IB – Nature II
IB - Aloysius
IB – Aloysius
IB - Chocolate Box Mega Flakes
IB – Chocolate Box Mega Flakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is well worth a visit to the IndigoBlu blog to check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team. I really look forward to seeing all your creations.

 

Thinking back on my other posts I have a tutorial post to create a tag using another set of IndigoBlu stamps, follow the link below

IndigoBlu – Tutorial to Make a Stamped Tag

Thanks for joining me today,

claire

Wedding Guest Book with Creative Expressions

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Hello,

We are in wedding season, and with Creative Expressions we are showcasing the wonderful products, and our projects that you can make to accessorise your wedding, and remember those special moments. it is very apt, for me to be sharing this post with you this week in particular, because this week  I am celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary.

The project i have chosen to create is a wedding guest book. I think it is a lovely idea for this blank paged book to be passed around from guest to guest to jot down and share their thoughts about your special day. I have step by step photo’s for you here, and at the end i have a full list of the Creative Expressions supplies I’ve used.

Step by step
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Step 1 – Prepare the MDF elements by priming them with a couple of layers of gesso. Allow to dry properly between layers.

 

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Step 2- . Stamp multiple images of the two smallest Filigree Peony stamps, using Colour Cloud Ocean blue. Use the corresponding Perfect Peony dies to cut out the flowers.

 

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Step 3- Take a ball ended tool to shape the flowers. Work onto a soft surface, like Phil Martins stamping mat, and moving the tool in circular movements in the centre of the flower. Add self adhesive flat backed pearls to the centre of each bloom.

 

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When the gesso is dry, begin applying Colour Cloud Ink to the MDF cover. Use the smoothie sponges to apply the colour. Either in a dabbing or circular motion, depending on the preferred finish. Allow to dry thoroughly.

 

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Step 5- Apply sparkle texture paste through the heart cluster mini stencil, as a backdrop for the MDF embellishments

 

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Step 6- Extend the texture paste through a portion of the stencil further up the page. Allow to dry.

 

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Step 7- Use Colour Cloud ink and gilding wax to colour tint the MDF elements. Accent areas with Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels. When dry fix onto the stencilled area of the book cover.

 

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Step 8- Use silicone glue gel to apply the stamped flowers around the MDF shapes, ‘catching’ short lengths of ribbon and loops among the petals.

 

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Creative Expressions supplies

MDF 6×6 book covers (2 pieces) – CEMDFBOOK6x6

MDF Wedding accessories (pack 19) – CEMDFWEDACC

Finishing Touches collection by Sue Wilson, Perfect Peony complete petals Die – CED1432

Stamps to Die For, Filigree Peony – UMS660

Mini Stencil Heart Cluster – CEMSHEARTS

Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud, Ocean Blue & Summer Sky

Phill Martin Metallic Gilding Wax, Frosty Aqua – CSPHGWFRAQUA

Finishing Touches 5mm Flat backed self adhesive pearls – SAP5WHITE

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels

 

Many thanks for joining me today. Below I have the link for the Creative Expressions blog, so if you’d more information or inspiration, head on over to see what the rest of the team have been up to.

Please click the link below to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating
CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS BLOG

Satin Ribbon, Ocean Blue – CESROCEAN

IndigoBlu Summer Florals reminder – Layering a stamp

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So how are you enjoying your summer. Did you know there is still time to enter the IndigoBlu July Challenge;

SUMMER FLORALS

I have another card made with the ever so stylish IndigoBlu Colour Me – Daisy stamp. This time I have used different colours to the conventional daisy colour scheme in my last DT piece for you. To remind you, I have the link below to direct you to my last post.

IndigoBlu Colour Me Daisy – Inverted Die Cut Layering

This time also I have used stacking layers, so that the image ‘comes’ out of the card towards you.

 

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I really enjoy finding new ways to use stamps over and again.

I also look forward to seeing the what the rest of the DT come up with also, there is so much talent in the team so head on over to the blog to see what they have been up to, there is new inspiration post every other day.

IndigoBlu Challenge Blog

Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.

claire

Cosmic Shimmer lustre fabric paint, Tote bag

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Hello!
Today’s post is fairly picture heavy as I talk you through how I used the fabulous Cosmic Shimmer Lustre Fabric Paints to decorate a canvas tote bag. You can pick up the canvas bags from most art & craft stores these days, but why not try a painting a plain tea towel/cushion cover/pillow case, because once you have painted and ironed over the paints with a warm iron, your design is permanent…just think of all the possibilities.

Along with the paints, I used two new floral clear stamp sets by Creative Expressions. I have really fallen for these stamps, they are so pretty and versatile and am really looking forward to showing you what else can be created with them.

Shopping List

Cosmic Shimmer Lustre fabric paints – Golden Lime, Sea Green, Atlantic Blue, Summer Sunrise, Moroccan Rose

Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Fabric Paint – Silver Shine

Creative Expressions Wild Flowers A5 clear stamp set CEC781)

Creative Expressions Summer Meadow A5 clear stamp set (CEC780)

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Step 1. Prepare the tote bag for painting by ironing, and inserting a layer of cardboard to separate the two sides.

 

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Step 2. Onto a palette/acrylic block,  mix up 3 shades of green using Golden Lime and Sea Green lustre paints.

 

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Step 3. Take one of the fuller grass like stamps onto an acrylic block, and ink up using the paint.  Stamp multiple times using a combination of the three shades.

 

stamp darker paint to front. Maintain a good mixture of stamp shapes for interest
Step 4. Introduce a second stamp with a very different shape, and continue stamping with the green shades. Keep a good balance of the colours and shapes across the canvas.  Consider keeping the lighter colours  in the background, and the darker colour to the fore to create the illusion of dimension.

 

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Step 5. With Sea Green paint select a third stamp (again with very different features) and begin stamping in the foreground of the composition. Using Golden Lime lustre paint, and a ‘grass like’ stamp, begin creating the canopy of a tree.

 

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Step 6. Introduce floral stamps and colour. Use Moroccan Rose lustre paint and a wildflower stamp to add just one or two images.

   

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Step 7. Using Summer Sunrise Lustre paint, stamp the single flower stem over the lighter green images.  The paint dries very fast, so it is fine to stamp over images already on the material.
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Step 8. Add extra colour that will tone in well, mix the lustre paints to create a new colour. To create a lilac, mix together Moroccan Rose and Atlantic Blue. Taking the stamp to this paint continue adding more floral elements to suit.

 

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Step 9 To link the tree canopy and meadow below, paint some birds free hand using Summer Sunrise paint between the two areas.

 

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Step 10. Remember to place stamps in warm soapy water after stamping to allow the paint to wash off without problem.

 

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Step 11. When all the colours have completely dried, take the Silver Shine Sparkle fabric paint, and randomly paint a single flower head across the whole picture.

 

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Step 12. As the sparkle paint dries the mica pieces really come to the fore and transforms the flower meadow into a magical fairy glen.

I hope I have intrigued you enough to have a go with these paints. Honestly they are so easy to use, and this was the first time I have tried a project like this. Because of the texture of the paints, they are perfect to use with your stamps, so you don’t even need to be confident free hand painting.

Please click the link below to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating
CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS BLOG

I have entered this into the Take it Make it challenge over on the Craft Stamper blog

Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.

claire

IndigoBlu Colour Me Daisy – Inverted die cut layering

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Hello and welcome to the IndigoBlu challenge for July. For my design tean inspiration today, I have used the Colour Me Daisy stamp, and the bold white & yellow daisy colours as my inspiration – they do so remind me of summer

SUMMER FLORALS

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I have done something a little different with this card, as you can see. Instead of layering the die cut layers on top of one another, I have created aperture windows decreasing in size towards the central image….and it’s so easy to do!

To Make

  1. Take the IndigoBlu Colour Me – Daisy stamp and stamp once onto white card with black ink. Stamp a further three times, using yellow ink (I used mustard seed distress ink). Trim each to the size of the image.
  2. Take one of the yellow stamped flowers, and position and cut the largest of the nesting dies that will fit within the image.
  3. Take a second yellow stamped flower, and place directly behind the first cut aperture, position the next die (down in size) within the aperture and secure with low tack tape. Remove the top later and cut the second.
  4. Repeat step 3 to cut the aperture in the third and final yellow stamped image.
  5. Using 3D foam, layer each of the stamped images directly on top of each other, largest aperture layer on top and the black stamped flower on the bottom.
  6. Attach all layers onto a 10cm sqaure kraft card blank.
  7. Take some words from the IndigoBlu Floral Fantasy set, stamp in black and cut out individual words/lines.
  8. Use adhesive to attach to the centre of the flower.

Stamps used

IB Colour Me Daisy
IB Floral Fantasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This challenge has really bought out the best in the design team, and a visit to the challenge blog is definately worth a visit, to check out their inspiration

IndigoBlu Challenge Blog 

Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.

claire

Use stamps & paints background for a Dragonfly beauty – IndigoBlu

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Good Morning. Hope you all had a great weekend. Have you been over to the IndigoBlu challenge blog, to check out the latest DT inspiration for our challenge, there is still time to enter

Brown & Teal Challenge

We have more fabulous pieces to inspire you and get those creative juices flowing.

I have used some of the newer stamps here today, along with a classic (dragonfly), on a background created with IndigoBlu’s own English Cottage artist acrylic paints.

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IndigoBlu products used;

IndigpBlu A5 Word Blocks #1 , by Mike Deakin

IndigoBlu Tasty Textures A5 stamp set

IndigoBlu Dragonfly A7 dinkie stamp

IndigoBlu english cottage acrylic paints – Hunter Green & Peppermint Tea

There are fantastic prizes on offer to the winners, the choice of an amazing selection of stamp sets. There is a Winner’s Badge, and one for the Top 3, to display proudly on your blog. The WINNER of the challenge will also be invited to do a GUEST SPOT on a future Challenge Launch post. That’s right, your work will be on the Challenge Blog alongside the Design Team!
Head over to the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog for full details

Also the Top Three each month (chosen by our lovely DT) will all be invited to do an inspiration piece to be included on the reminder post that goes live mid challenge. So, if you’d like a chance to be featured on the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog get those stamps out and get creating!

Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon,

claire

 

Stamped Wild Flower ATC with Creative Expressions

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Hi All! Thanks for joining me. As I am away from my craft room at the moment, I only have limited supplies with which to craft. I made sure I travelled with inks, ink blenders, a selection of stamps and plain cardstock. So over the next few weeks I will challenge myself to see what I can create. Today, for Creative Expressions I have made this little ATC with stamped wildflowers.

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What is an ATC?

ATC = Artist Trading Card, a mini piece of artwork for artists to showcase themselves, techniques, styles etc is a small collectable format that can also be swapped.  There are no rules to creating an ATC, other than the artwork must be 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size.

How Make

1.Cut a 2.5 x 3.5 inch piece of coconut white foundation card by Creative Expressions.

2.Create the background using a direct to paper technique with  Gathered Twigs Distress ink. Drag the ink pad lightly over the cardstock in one direction only, to create a wood effect. Highlight the background by repeating using Spun Sugar Distress ink.

3. Select one of the flowers from the Creative Expressions WildFlower clear stamp set , and stamp using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. Re ink the same stamp with Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink and stamp again – I have offset the image off the page because I only wanted a small amount of blue.

4. Die cut two small banners from the Justrite- A2 stitched Banners & Rectangles set. Colour each of the banners with distress ink, one with Gathered Twigs and the other with Mermaid Lagoon. Glue into position as shown.

5.  Colour two small pieces of cardstock; one with Gathered Twigs and one with Mermaid Lagoon, and when dry die cut the words from Sue Wilson’s Perspectives Happy collection. Use cosmic shimmer acrylic glue to add to the ATC.

6. Embellish the flowers with same coloured flat backed gems.

Creative Expressions Goodies used

Creative Expressions Coconut white foundation card

Creative Expressions Wild flowers A5 clear stamp set

Justrite – A2 stitched Banners & Rectangles

Creative Expressions, Craft Dies by Sue Wilson – Perspectives, Happy Die

Please click the link below to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating
CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS BLOG

 

Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.

claire

 

 

IndigoBlu Vintage Mixed Media Canvas – Brown & Teal Challenge

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Hi, come and join us for a brand new challenge on the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog, the new theme is, and I have made a vintage mixed media canvas panel, inspired (loosely) by the Queens 90th birthday celebrations.

BROWN & TEAL

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I’ve seen the inspiration from the rest of the design team, and it is definitely worth a visit to the blog. So head on over and leave your challenge entry too, the theme is one of my favourites so I’m looking forward to seeing them all.

Good Luck everyone!

I have created a video for you, so pull up a chair, make a cuppa and press play, hope you enjoy!.

 

IndigoBlu Stamps used

IB- ‘Jack’
IB- ‘Penny Farthing’
IB – ‘Floral Fantasy A5’

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.

claire

My first watercolour painting, Bee-eater

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I’d like to share something very different today, but something I am very proud of. I have shared with my Dad a life long fascination of birds, and when I received a palette of iridescent watercolour paints from Creative Expressions, I was inspired by the colours to paint this glorious bird to put on the front of a card for Dad’s birthday.

Bee-eaters are an African species, that migrate north through Spain in the summer, and as their name suggests they are known for catching and eating bees. I have never actually seen one myself, but they are a stunning bird, about the size of a crow but more slender. Stunningly they are actually this vibrant in colour in real life, though I have never seen one for myself. Dad photographs these birds regularly in Spain where he lives, and I chose one of those photographs on which to base this painting.

I have very little confidence, and perhaps patience in my drawing and painting ability, but I really really wanted to make this work, and I am so chuffed with myself that it has turned out so well. I think Dad too was pleased, and perhaps surprised!

To see Dad’s stunning photo’s of these birds, follow this link http://www.pbase.com/ednjoan/beeeaters_1

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I thank you for joining me today, I really appreciate the support.

claire

Simple Stamping Techniques – Creative Expressions

Hi there, Friday again and this week I have a couple of bookmarks to share with you using the pack of 6 greyboard bookmarks by Creative Expressions. I have used the heart banner from the ‘New Home’ clear stamp set, and the Scrabble Tile alphabet. I have also included a little video tutorial talking you through how to create a continuous pattern from a single strip stamp…..ideal for the new stampers visiting today!

 

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I’ve have tried to show three different styles for you today. I was really pleased with the way the blue bookmark turned out because I was able to get it to look like actual denim fabric.

To create a denim look fabric

Cover a piece of white linen cardstock with two colour cloud inks, Indigo Mist and Ocean Blue, layering one over the other and allowing to dry.

Please take a look at my video tutorial where I talk you through how to build up a larger image just from a single stamp.

Supplies used

Greyboard bookmarks

Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud – Indigo Mist, Ocean Blue, Cerise Pink, Spring Bluebell, Basil Leaf

Foundation Card – Black & Coconut white

Creative Expressions – New Home Clear Stamp Set (CEC-755)

Creative Expressions – Scrabble Tiles Alphabet set (small) (CEC769)

Justrite Stamps – Doodled roses clear stamp set (JRCR-02194)

Creative Expressions – Stitched Mobile fun clear stamp set (CEC765)

 

I do hope that I have inspired you to try something different today. Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon,

claire