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Monday, 18 June 2018

Brazen Bee

When I'm not making anything for a DT post I like to play...
and lately I've been using die cuts to make embellishments.
This "brassy" Bee was the result of a happy accident
 and will be using it on a future dt project :D

I have this awesome "bee" die and decided to layer it
up and heat emboss it...
 which meant putting all the bits back in the bottom layer lol.
 *was playing and forgot to take inprog shots*
I coloured the bottom layer with promarkers,
heat embossed the top layer with crusty gold embossing powder
(mixture of metallics and black from previous playtimes),
sandwiched the plain layer between the two for added depth,
 then poured clear glazing medium over the whole piece.
The intention was to create a shiny/enamelled brooch effect...
BUT I have a messy desk...
and 3 tiny pieces of charcoal got into the mix
(you can barely see them)
 as the gel dried the black spots grew and ruined 
the whole effect.
Undeterred I changed things up, too interesting a piece to waste.
 Added lumpy orange/red/yellow acrylic paints...
and got a rusty looking metal finish instead :D
 Now what to mount it on?
3 inch square chipboard...
 black gesso through netting...
 rollered on white gesso...
 trusty "Golden" Bronze paint
 which when you add water separates to give you
added to bee too...
 and I have a yummy, shiny..
 texture full panel for my bee to crawl on :D

long post but hope you enjoyed the experiments :D

Monday, 11 June 2018

Bling's the Thing!

Welcome to 
sponsored by

For this challenge the DT had free range to use any
image they I chose one of my all time
favourite rubber stamps.

I had been trawling craft channels, and caught a demo on
 "Hochanda TV" and the lady said she was pleased to let
people copy her demo as that was what they were all about.
(Very rudely I did not catch her name or remember the company
she was demoing for)

The base for the "topper" is a piece of patterned paper
with a gesso wash and slightly distressed,
onto which I stamped and heat embossed my image.
I wasn't too bothered about it being a perfect stamp as 
I think it adds to the "distressed" look.
I then used watercolour pencils and 
a water brush to colour the image, using the 
stamp block as inspiration.
(yes it is a huge wooden block stamp that cost me £15
way back when lol)
Next a little "overstamping" to add more
detail to the backgound.
For the base card the lady created her own scene
using co-ordinating cad stock and more stamping.
Then I started thinking about the "bling" aspect of the challenge...
firstly adding holographic embossing powder to the 
background, and faux pearls to the flowers.
I then mounted on "pearlescent" cardstock...
you can see here how shimmery it is getting :)
Because the sponsor is a Die company I thought it
only right that some die cutting be involved. This Die 
from Tattered Lace mirrored the image nicely, so
I cut it from glitter card.
The base card looked a bit flat now, so I used
 Stardust Stickles on the tiny butterflies...
before making a paper flower with a huge faux gem 
as a centre :D
a few close-ups o the detail...

I don't use bling very often, but I hope this project
has given you plenty of options lol
Enjoy XXX

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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Spreading the love...

BLOOBEL digi store is closing!!!
So had to go and snag some of Lisa's funky
images before they disappear...
and they are on sale, with an addition 30%
off if you spend over $5!!!

 So here is a tag I made using 

I started with a messy background I had made
using up excess paint from other projects.

 Next I used white gesso through
the waste from some die-cut flowers as a stencil.
 Love the effect this gave :D
 I used the paper to cover a tag...
 before blending around the edges with 
distress inks.
 Matching this multi coloured paper with
Promarkers was a doddle.
 Coloured and cut out my image...
 glued it directly onto the tag...
 then added words,
 Pearl drops, pearls
and a hessian strip*to cover a join* :D
There's nothing more fun about Summer
than dancing bare-foot in the grass :D
Enjoy XXX

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Friday, 8 June 2018

Sweet Dreams are made of this...

The latest challenge is up and running over

Sponsored by Kj Arting
The theme ,as always, is 

and this is my first post as a DT member.
I chose to make a tag shaped wall hanger,

I started by cutting 2 tags, 1 from watercolour card
and 1 from regular 250gsm card stock...
 I used the watercolour card to create a grungy
background using gesso and letraset alcohol inks...
and more gesso.
 I had seen a video by Tim Holtz where he used
3D embossing folders to create deep texture...
So I got out some embossing folders...
 inked them with TH distress inks...
 and ran the damp tag through my cuttlebug.
 Thrilled with the outcome. I was trying for 
a look that said "ancient ruins" so that this
little cutie would feel at home :D
The image is *of course* coloured with 
I finished off with eyelets, silk cord and
words from my paper stash :D

Enjoy :D XXX
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