Wednesday, 25 January 2017

WOW Powders

In my last post I mentioned that I was going to play with WOW Powders at a workshop run by our local craft shop.  So, today I have decided to show you what we made.

We were each given a set of 4 powders in  complimentary colours and these were ours to take home at the end of the day.  It was 'the luck of the draw' which colour palette we had to work with but we could also add extra colours to our projects from the craft shop stash, which extended our scope.

The bird on this project is covered with a WOW premium glitter called  Sparkles and the colour I have used is Jade.  This was pressed firmly on to the double sided sticky sheet that had already been applied to the shape.  Before fixing to the substrate, to ensure the glitter doesn't shed, I always fold a sheet of paper in half, enclose the glittered item inside the paper and give it a good old burnish with my fingers, making sure of course that every bit of the sticky sheet covering it, has been coated with glitter first!

The bird cage shape was pressed into an embossing ink pad and when it was thoroughly inked a graduation of different embossing powders were applied and then heated.

Before adhering to the project, the paper roses have been tapped on to an embossing ink pad and  edged with  Opaque Primary Process Blue embossing powder and then heated to melt the powder.  The same colour has been used to emboss the stamped flowers on the side panel of the project.  This blue is my least favourite from my allocation of powders as it is a much stronger colour than I would have chosen. In a future project, I think I will  try mixing it with some white embossing powder and see if it tones it down.  Another excuse to play with colour!

The  heart shape on this project has had circles of foil pressed onto the sticky sheet that covers it and the remaining exposed sticky area covered with Jade Sparkles.  I would like to try this in different colours, perhaps by applying circles of gold foiling and then a red glitter instead of Jade. 

The final card of the day was a quick and easy one using a background stamp and two different embossing powders, Under The Sea and Avocado.

Other powders used on these projects are Perissa and Fairy Tale.

It was certainly a most enjoyable and sparkly day - I'm sure that I left a trail of glitter all the way to the bus stop!

Thank you for visiting today.

Bye for now

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Shaggy Dog Tails

Good Morning!

I would like to begin by welcoming all my new followers who have found me courtesy of the kind introduction Barb has given me on her Blog.  Thank you all for visiting and also for your lovely comments.  I will of course be looking out for your Blogs and following your work.  It is lovely to 'meet' you all.

My card today is created using a digi stamp taken from a Katy Sue Designs CD called Shaggy Dog Tails.

I have taken the image into a graphics program and re-sized it to suit the size of the card I wanted to make.  I have used alcohol markers to do the colouring, not that there was a great deal required!  For a background I have used an embossing folder, some black card and a die cut square to mat and layer.  The final touches are a sentiment and a couple of small flowers I found in my 'bits box'.


I hope you like it!

It's a busy time for me at the moment as apart from making samples for some up-coming shows (more about that in a later post), I also have a place booked tomorrow on an all day WOW Embossing Powders course at Loobi Crafts which I am really looking forward to. So if you happen to be in driving distance of Leighton Buzzard, I think there may be a space or two on the repeat workshop this Saturday - it's bound to be sparkly!

That's all for now,

Monday, 9 January 2017

Fragrant Honeysuckle

Before I post my latest project I would like to welcome my latest follower Barb, who I met for the first time a few months ago at a craft workshop.  I think it is lovely to make new friends and feel part of a community through crafting.  Welcome Barb!

Now for my first post in 2017.

Recently I saw some lovely stamps from Chocolate Baroque on Hochanda TV and it motivated me to dig out my stash of stamps from this lovely company.
The main image is from the Fragrant Honeysuckle set which is still available on the Chocolate Baroque website.  I have stamped on white cardstock using a grey ink pad, Memento London Fog.  I wanted to keep the outline subtle as I didn't want too much of a stark contrast with the colours I had chosen.  I started with alchohol markers but when I had finished colouring I wasn't really happy with the blending or contrast of colours that I had achieved so I used my Spectrum Noir pencils to add more depth of colour.

The card is finished by layering with dark blue card, some co-ordinating backing paper and a bit of lace and ribbon and few adhesive pearls.


I hope you like it.

Bye for now