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My world of stamping has now taken on a big change, and has become 'My world of Crafting'. Hopefully I can get back to the routine of more regular blogging.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Last post of the day....

Just one last card for the day. On the same theme as I just found another piece of card that I had embossed earlier. So a bit of sponging again, trying out a few different colours together.
Started at the bottom with Mellow moss, into Barely Banana to So Saffron, followed by Almost Amethyst into Lavender Lace to Lovely Lilac, finally using Bordering Blue into Night of Navy.
I must say how fantastic SU Whisper White card takes all the colours and blends do well, whether you are using inks or chalks and sponging, blending or brayering.
That's all for this weekend folks.
Thanks for looking.
Tricia -x-

Brayering and Masking

Whilst looking at You Tube this morning (in the early hours having been woken by my mobile - a text from my DD who's in Tenerife at the mo, telling me how much she loves me! , probably a little too much pop I think, as both sons had also received the same message, at the same time - bless her!!) I watched a brayer tutorial and here's my version. A LITTLE MORE PRACTICE ME THINKS!!
But, all created on one layer of whisper white by masking and reverse masking, the centre panel is brayered and the outer edge is sponged by masking the sunset panel. I have made slits in the uninked edge to slot the ribbon through and added a bow, using SU Close to Cocoa grosgrain, with a glue dot.
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Thanks for looking.
Tricia -x-

My first attempts with a brayer.....

My latest acquisition from Ebay - Upsy Daisy. I do hope it will be in the new Stampin' Up catalogue in October. Not too long to wait now, and then we shall know. You'll probably notice that I haven't actually use a brayer for all three. Top right and bottom, I did use the brayer with Adirondak ink pads that have a range of colour in each pad. This certainly makes life easy where the colours blend, but I definitely need to practice my technique efore showing ithers how to use one. However, the overall result will be well worth the time spent practicing. The flowers were stamped with Versamark and covered with SU black embossing powder, and heated with the heat gun. I must say that SU black embossing powder is by far, the best black embossing powder I have ever used. Absolutely awesome - very fine for the detail and gives a beautiful glossy finish when heated.

This was actually my first go at using the stamp and I decided to spong the background using Olive Green, Pumpkin Pie and Ruby Red. I like using this technique, just building up the intensity of colour as you like. And so much easier to blend the colour change. But I will persevere with my brayer - I will!
Thanks for looking.
Tricia -x-

Saturday Stanpin' Up workshop

What a lovely day we had! Two groups of lovely ladies came to my 'Crazy for Cupcakes' workshop yesterday and created these 3 cards, each using different techniques but using the one stamp set. And you can see how versatile it is, although there was far more that I could have showed them but time never allows!
This is the 'Step fold' card made with Pretty in pink and Close to Cocoa cardstock, Sweet Always DSPs, oval and oval scallop punch. The cakes were coloured using aquabrushes to pick up the colour from inside the ink pad lid after squeezing when closed.
This standard fold A6 card showed how the scallop edge border punch can be used to make a curved scallop edge. So ingenious, yet so simple when you know how! Joanne on ILWS has made a great tutorial on how to do this - and it save sme trying to put it into words!. So why not take a look on this wonderful, friendly and helpful forum.

And a gift card holder. So useful with the internal pocket for you to place your gift, whether it be a £50 note (oh yeah!), gift voucher or what about a lottery ticket for a Christmas pressie?

Here's the inside.

And again!
Thank you to all the ladies who made the day such fun.
Thanks for looking.
Tricia -x-

Sunday is playtime!!

Today I felt like making a batch of quick cards when you don't really have to think?? Hoping that the mojo returns whilst peeling back the double-sided tape, and thinking about what I'll be making next. Do you ever feel like that?
During the week I saw the Bind-It-All being demoed, so I wanted to use that. Then I saw Barbara Gray using her brayer - stunningly!! - so I wanted to try that out. But with so many other priority tasks, I haven't had the time. That's why these little cuties were the order of the day. I couldn't NOT use some SU products, so there's some sponging with SU inks and edging the toppers with SU inks, SU buttons and ribbon and some background stamping.
And the odd peel-off!
Hope you like and thanks for looking!
Tricia -x-

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Playing with Triple embossing

Time has just flown lately, and I haven't blogged for over a month - how bad is that? I've just realised that if I'm not at work then I'm thinking about crafting , if not actually crafting!

I have the most understanding husband who not only does most of the housework but does all the ironing too! How lucky am I!!
So I was ablr to have a 'play' with some Stampbord and triple embossing, something I had wanted to do for ages. Now the photos are not fantastic but you can get the idea - in actual fact, they look better in real life.

Here are some of the pieces that I made using Cosmic Shimmer sprays to colour the Stampbord and also SU ink refills. Various SU stamp sets were ideal for the circles and ovals such as Mr & Mrs and Organic Grace. I stamped with Basic Black to give a good clear image and then triple embossed with SU clear enbossing powder. It is great fun and you should try it out.

I used the SU ink refills for this one from the Rich Regals collection. Just dropping a couple of spots at random, then moving the drops over the surface. I then sponged a little to fill the gaps. I just had to spritz a little gold Cosmic shimmer to add that feel of luxury. Unfortunetaely it doesn't show up too well

This oval was stamped with a Mr & Mrs stamp. I just love jade and blue together - reminds me of peacock colours.

So now I've sussed out how to do this, it's time to move on and find some other ideas to try. Perhaps it won't be too long before I post again but don't hold your breath!!

Thanks for looking.

Tricia -x-


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