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.
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
Thank you so much for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.
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!
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!
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.
In this issue of Creative Stamping Magazine, 29 it is all about Family Celebrations, and the free stamps accompanying this edition cover cards for the whole family. My brief from the editor this time round was to demonstrate how stamps can be used to create many layered images ie. decoupage.
It can be easy to just use the stamp as is, and produce a 2 dimensional image. Of course using them this way you have the opportunity to use many of your colouring mediums to bring them to life. But sometimes it is just good to do something different, especially if you have already used the stamp many times over already.
My set of cards for you here hopefully show you that by stamping the image many times and fussy cutting out different elements of the image you can create your own 3D image. there are full written up instructions in this issue of the magazine.
i was particularly proud of these cards, because as you can see the editor chose my layered cake card as the main cover image …. I was chuffed to bits.
By stamping the floral bouquet many times and colouring each identically, i was able to cut out the flowers as individual elements and layering them together. I stamped the leaves from the free stamp set as a backdrop, before piecing the bouquet back together again.
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Even on it’s own, the smallest of stamps, used imaginatively can create beautiful modern cards. I havn’t used many other supplies, mainly just card stock, ink and embossing powder. Full details to make are available in the magazine.
I hope you enjoy what I have created for you!
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Using the free music themed stamps and the Neon Geometric Capsule collection by Docrafts, I was able to come up with a selection of cards that would suit all generations. There are full details in the magazine on how I made these cards.
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Here are the cards from my latest magazine commission. I was asked to make a set of cards using a beautiful new collection called ‘Believe‘ from BoBunny.
Full instructions on how to make these cards can be found in Papercraft Essential, issue 134 – head to the More Mags website to purchase, or click on the magazine image above. I have paired the papers with stamps from my own collection including some Clearly Besotted Stamp & Die collections.
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Hello, it’s been a super busy week here, and it feels as if I’ve had no time to catch my breath. School holidays for my eldest son have begun, so I won’t have any time to myself now until September. So I really enjoyed squirreling myself away to sit and play with the new Creative Expressions stamps that I have to make this New Home Pop-Up card.
I have a little video of how I made this card, and I hope the instructions to make the pop-up elements of the card are clear – it really is a simple technique, but is very effective and completely adaptable to any design.
Would love some feedback on my videos, it is a constant learning process and I’d like you to gain as much out of them as you can 🙂
Please click the link below to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating
Hi, it’s Friday….and its been such a glorious week for us in Ireland, I cannot believe we have had super hot weather for the last 5 days, and it’s set to stay for the bank holiday weekend on it’s way – we are being spoilt. Today I am sharing a card created for Creative Expressions using the modern Doodled Roses clear stamp set by Justrite, and Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud ink.
For an ultra fresh feeling, I have stamped and heat embossed the images in white, with the help of the resist technique I have used the inks to make the flowers ‘pop’ from the page.
The fresh, light theme is enhanced by stamping the sentiment onto a vellum wrap so that the words remain soft on the card.
I have a video tutorial here of how I created this card. I am really enjoying filming these, (and I hope they are proving to be watchable for you too!). This time it’s a little less structured and lets you see a little of my creative process. This week however has proved challenging and I’ve lost track how many attempts it took me to edit this piece! On more than one occasion all computers have very nearly ended up out of the window as they have not been co operating with me LOL……I do hope you enjoy watching x
Hello, welcome back to my blog. I cannot believe it is friday again, and time to share my Creative Expressions DT project with you. I took delivery of a very exciting parcel this week, that included the new Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders. I had a little bit of fun with my youngest son during the week getting to grips with using these powders, and today I have the first of my projects to show you.
I created the blue card to initially, before videoing a little tutorial for you, where I talk you through making the gold card. In the card above, the ‘Happy Birthday’ card, I used the Teal Wash Pixie Powder and the Sentimentally Yours, Dandelion Dream stamps by Phill Martin. The background has been embossed using a mask by ‘That Special Touch’, called Counterpane. I wanted to show you that masks can be used in ways other than stenciling.
I have a video tutorial here, to talk you through making the gold card above, using the Golden Mint pixie powders by Cosmic Shimmer.
Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder – Teal Wash & Golden Mint