Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Try Something New for the New Year

So I have been trying new crafty things for the new year. So for The Artistic Stamper, I decided to play with air drying clay, you can see more over on The Artistic Stampers blog here

We also have a monthly change. The theme this month is Anything Goes.
You can join in here and here.

Thanks for popping by

Friday, 13 January 2017

Sheena Douglass Groovin' 60's bookmark

My post for Crafters Companions Inspirers team this week is a bookmark, using the swinging chick, and Blooming Sixties stamps by Sheena Douglass and grunge AquaTints. 

After cutting a piece of watercolour card to size, I sprayed it with water and brushed the AquaTints over the top allowing them to blend into each other where the colours overlapped. Once that dried I stamped over the top with one of the flowers from the Blooming Sixties set. I was not very pleased with the job I had done so I went around all of them with a black pen (that's what they are for...right!) After stamping one of the Swinging Chicks in place and going over the image with a silver pen. I splattered some with and silver paint over the top and went around the edges with black paint.

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Monday, 2 January 2017

Sheena Douglass Swinging 60s Card

A very Happy New Year to all, I hope 2017 bring great things for everyone xxx

For my Inspirers post this week I have made a card. Using a card blank, watercolor card stock, Aqua Tints, and the new Sheena Douglass Swinging Chicks stamps. I love these stamps, they are just so fun looking.

 I cut the watercolor card to size sprayed it with water and dropped the Aqua Tints over the top using the applicators that come in the box. Once I was happy with how it looked I dried it completely and then splattered black acrylic paint over the top. While that was drying I stamped the ladies out, I was unhappy with how the ink looked against the paint so I painted over them with the same black paint before cutting them out. To finish I glued the ladies in place on the card and doodled around the edges.

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Friday, 23 December 2016

Hot Chocolate Mix-Gift box

My post this week for the Crafter's Companion Inspirers team is a gift box/packet. I filled mine with a hot chocolate mix including lots and lots of marshmallows, but sweets, bath bombs or many other things would work as well. I love giving handmade gifts and this one is sitting in the Christmas eve box along with our snacks and games ready for a fun evening with family and friends.

I created the packet in two separate pieces so that I could run the front section through my Gemini machine using the Decorative Star die. Before folding all my score lines and gluing the pieces together I attached a piece of acetate behind the die cut opening.   

Friday, 16 December 2016

Christmas Packaging Ideas

My post this week for the Crafter's Companion Inspirers team is for gift wrapping.
This year I decided to wrap all the presents under my tree in brown paper and used dies, papers, and Inks to decorate them. Like a lot of Crafter's I invest a lot in my die collection so any excuse to use them and I will, I must admit it took a little longer to do this than just wrapping paper and tag.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all have a wonderful festive season.
Gemma xxx

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Blog Hop for Mind Winner

Wow thank you so much to everyone that has joined in on this blog hop. 
It was lovely reading all your comments and I am grateful for each and every one of them.

The Randomly chosen winner,
 decided by the roll of some very geeky dice was


could you please email me at inkykitty01@gmail.com or message me via my facebook page 


Monday, 5 December 2016

Crafternoon Blog Hop for Mind

Thank you for joining us all on this fun, fab blog hop all in aid of Mind an amazing charity helping people with mental health problems. One in four people have experienced a mental health problem in their lifetime, that means most of us has experienced or know and care about somebody that has experienced a mental health problem at some time. So please join in, donate and hop along xxxx

Check out the links below, for more information about what is happening, raffle tickets and prizes.

During the crafternoon event, Crafter's Companion hopes to inspire and educate, below you will find the cards I created and then the tutorial.

Cut a piece of white card to fit your card blank, then using a brayer apply a thin layer of paint, this background is all about adding layers. you can also achieve a similar look using a bank or store card to apply the paint.

still using the brayer apply more layers in different colours until you are happy, I stuck with cool colours until my final layer.

where I added a pop of red. Before using the Hessian embossing folder as a stamp with white distress ink over the top.

I also used the same paints and technique to apply paint to a black piece of card, and the paints I used were Pebeo-: Bleu Ceruleum, Irridescent green yellow, Cadmium red hue and Iridescent green blue. I love the shine the iridescent paints give on the black card.

Cut an aperture from  the front of the card blank leaving a border around the edge.

Die cut the Joyful Snowman from white card and rip a piece of white card that will fit across the aperture to represent your snowy ground.

Glue these in place on the front of your card, glue your painted background to the back of the card blank.

To finish off die cut a sentiment from white card and glue in place before taking a clear glitter pen to add some extra sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment below. A random comment will be chosen to receive a gift from Crafter's Companion. Next on the hop is Sally

Gemma xx

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