I am home alone today - the old goat is doing a wedding and son is off down the snooker hall - so I got out my fav dragons. Don't get to use them as much as I would like and all I really wanted to do today was colour - so I made 6 simple - but so pretty - cards. There is loads of extra detail you can't see like gems - 3d glaze - glitter - irredecent shiny tummies.
My US friends tell me the what they call 'pop' dots is our foam raiser - and I have to admit that I mostly use silicone glue because you can shape the image better.
The boy is layerd with his arm and body shaped and raised - and thr big flower that it is all set on is raised too - so I think I am covered!
Coloured with copics and the paterned papers are all matted with a pearl teal - I seem to be into orange at the moment!
This is a showcase for British arts and crafts - all sorts of handmade products are available. We are hoping that it will be the UK rival to Folksy/Art fire/Missi and the like. So go over and check it all out
Kitten Tip - just because an image is called something does not mean that's what it has to be!
This image is called Sunflower - in the SHOP HERE - but it is a great flower to layer which ever colour you use.
I wanted a more tropical feel to try out new inking technique - so I went purple.
I cut out the top flowers and shaped them - then I set them back slightly aside so that it looked like there were even more petals.
It's the first time I have done these 'painted stripes' - and I don't really have the proper stuff to get a clean solid line - but it's very effective and I will have another go. Might work it up into a turorial for you.
Must clean my scanner plate - it seems to have smudges and dust on it (probably gliter)!
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Now the pretty stuff - I have used this cute 70s looking camper van from Little Claire - the camper is coloured with copics and the flowers are cut round their big shapes and layered with 1mm - 2mm and 3mm foam pads so they all stand up more towards the centre. The 70's and peace sign are cut froma Chttlebug alphabet set - I think it's curls and swirls - the little blue flowers are punched shapes
For my second project I have used a Love Bunny from Amber - this one is Bunny Hugs - I love these clean clear images and can't wait to add a few more to my collection. The background paper has a flower pattern and there is a flower collage 'swag' made up of all the different sorts of flower shapes I culd find. Punched shapes - sequins - gens - fimo slices - even the ribbon had a crochet flower string through the middle!
I didn't mean to scare anybody :-) - as if I could quit really!
I went to the osteopath yesterday - not been for months - and it totally knocked me out - still out of it today, but I have been sitting listing new stuff in the shop so check out the new cards - I have some great new images
Anyway - it's a Stretch N Bubbles day to day and this little chappie in the SHOP HERE, is exactly what the weather is like today!
And I had some wonderful summer pattern scrapbook paper squirreled away - and the rest just fell into place
There are loads of oval shapes piled up - some are raised - and the swirls are some new die cuts that I bought and will not star in just about everything!
This is a sort of experiment. I saw a post on a zutter forum asking about albums with hinge both sides - and I thought hmmmm.
So frontcover is gate opening - hinged both sides
next page full size hinged right
then another gate
then hinge left
then another gate
and the back page
It's a bit of a fiddle getting al the pages in the correct place - but it's great fun. I did it with a boy theme - all scruffed up in blue, green and brown - with some old rub-ons that have been knocking about for ages and a tag that I covered to match with a bottle cap embellishment (did you know you can flatten bottle caps in the cuttle bug?).
I have just put in a massave order to re-stock the shop with 'o' wires, but i can't get any of the larger sizes - I do hope Bind-it-all is not on the way out - I love it.
Anyway - if you want the measurements and a plan to copy this drop me an email and I will send you one
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I have just the Youth Football from Boni - cool, another first for me. Fab images - really modern and fun. I hope you will overlook any oddities in the look - we have a different stle of football in the UK, but I do think he looks super cute in his uniform.
The backing shapes are cut with nestabilities - then trimmed off. The papers are my mate Erica Martain's design - they were actually a Christmas range but fab for boys all year round. The pale blue looking background is actually silver and the fluffed up paper is a handmade Indian paper with tiny silver dots. It is much thicker than mulbury paper and makes a wonderful fluffy edge is you run a wet paint paint brush where you want the 'cut' and just tear it apart
Life getting in the way of crafting!!! - should not be allowed
The old goat is at The Pencil Museum this week giving Manga workshops there so that left me to walk into church to do my stint in the office - then into town to have my nails done - THEN home - started my Stretch N bubbles project but just too tired to finish - grrrr
It has been just glorious here - sun shining - clear blue skies - warm days - heaven.
I have just bought myself a new stamp set - it's the Hero arts Friendly Flags - it bunting pennants that are all the rage now/ Hero Art stamps do tend to be more expensive than some of the others - but by goodness they are such good quality. They are good and solid - not at all squishy - perfect to use right from the first go.
Anyway - I have up one of my Summer tags into a card just so I could play with making bunting. The flags are on a string with beads inbetween which is loose on the front of the card. I have yet to add a greeting - thinking 'Summer Fun' . Al l I want to do now is make bunting!!!!!