Monday, October 2, 2017

Halloween Play Challenge #2- Moonlit Owl

Welcome back to Day #2 of the Halloween Play Challenge.

Today I am playing with this beauty- another favourite of mine.


The beauty of this die is that it cuts the design into your card front and leaves a negative space for you to create an amazing background.

Yesterday I played with oranges and today Im playing with purples!

I pulled out my Distress Inks in the following colors and made an ombre background.


This is what I mean about the die cutting the design into your card front.


I also used a second die from Halloween Scripts (coming up in a later process video- I promise) as the sentiment at the bottom.


This die makes card making SO simple. 
It gives you a chance to focus more on your background colors and techniques *hint hint*.

I re-inserted the word die (which I cut out from metallic gold patterned paper) and I love the contrast of it against the purple background peeking in between (since yellow and purple are complimentary colors on the color wheel).


And for a much loved fun factor- I did add GOOGLY eyes!


The crescent moon and the bats feature here again (from yesterday's Haunted house).

And here is the final product :)


The process video for this can be found HERE

Remember, if you are inspired by this video, go ahead and take a picture of your project and upload it to Halloween Challenge Album in the FB Group.

There are 3 prizes up for grabs and the more times you enter a different project into the album, the more chances you have to win one of the amazing prizes.
Read more about the challenge HERE (original blog post)

So what are you waiting for?
Go make something amazing and have fun while you are at it!!

Happy Halloween Crafting.
xxAmira

Halloween Play Challenge #1- Haunted House

Hello Readers,

I'm hosting a challenge over at Aunty Vera Scrap & Craft which uses this amazing Haunted House die.


I had SO much fun with this!!

My secret weapon was the black glitter foam which I used to die-cut the house out of.




Bats were also cut from the same item.



And I LOVE the crescent moon (I am a night sky gazer after all).

So here is the first card I made 


And because I had so much fun, here is a second one ...




alike yet different...





The card on the left was made using Distress Oxides while the card on the left was made using Distress Inks.



The process video for these cards can be found HERE.

Remember, if you are inspired by this video, go ahead and take a picture of your project and upload it to Halloween Challenge Album in the FB Group.

There are 3 prizes up for grabs and the more times you enter a different project into the album, the more chances you have to win one of the amazing prizes.

Ok so you want to know what one of the prizes is?

Prize #1 DRUM ROLL!!!!


What a fab prize!!
Just in case you missed it, this scarecrow die is also available in the Aunty Vera October Kit LINK
Wait till you see what I've made with this die!!
So what are you waiting for?
Go make something amazing and have fun while you are at it!!

Happy Halloween Crafting.
xxAmira

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Little Projects for busy times: ATC's and Paper Clip Art

Dear Reader,

Sometimes I don't feel like making a big project that takes planning and time.
Sometimes, I just want to sit down and make lots off little projects and use up little bits of my stash.

A stamp set like this 'Little Fishes' by Santoro is the PERFECT thing for just that!


Apart from the large 'Gorjuss' girl, you have the little accessories which you can use to make hand made embellishments and other short projects like ATC's.


I found myself stamping and humming to myself one night this week and little de-stress session yielded many goodies that I will be passing onto fellow crafters as RAKs, thank you and swaps.

ATC's

I combined the stamp with the Liquid Pearls and the Ice resin to make some pretty ATC's for this month's ATC swap in our ATC group.




I heat embossed some and not others...




... each of my ATC's is just a bit different than the other.


I enjoyed adding Nuvo Crystal drops to the fish to add dimension and to make it seem like the koi fish were glistening as they bobbed up from the water.

2- Hand made Embellishments

I really love this pretty mini stamp.


You can do so much with it.

You can cut out the middle rectangle and just color in the girl to be used where you need her in your project 


Or you could layer her with nested rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies for a more layered embellishment 


and don't forget to add the other mini stamps in the set


Speaking of the other stamps!
You can combine them with the koi fish to make their own thing.


3- Paper Clip Art

But by the far, my most favourite thing to do when I just want to sit down to relax is to make paper clip art.











4- Ice Resin

One product I truly enjoyed playing with in this kit is this Ice Resin

I did some research and found out that it was predominantly used by jewellery artists.
I watched a few YT videos where Susan Lenart herself demonstrates how she uses the product.
I remembered that I still had some item from this charm pack from the August Kit:


So I decided to give it a whirl :)



The Dimensional Magic looks cloudy upon initial application but it does dry clear leaving your jewellery looking pretty spectacular!



I'm super impressed!
Maybe I need to look into jewellery making LOL

I attached it to a paper clip with a jump ring for now and I might just use it as a book marker for a while.


And here is every I made :)




I hope you have a chance to sit down and make some embellishments for your stash.
xxAmira

GORJUSS ~ Little Fishes ~ Easel Cards

Hello crafty girls!

It is the project you have been waiting for!
YES!
Today I am using the Gorjuss Stamp ~ Little Fishes!!!

Will you look at how utterly GORGEOUS this is!!



I wanted to recreate this scene on a card and make it more dimensional.
Let's see how this goes shall we?

So I start off by inking her on some Neenah Solar white card stock (VERA TO LINK)


Next I stamp out the rock onto kraft card stock. 
Check out the process video (link below) to see how I did this.
I also inked up 'the rock' with Iced Spruce and Gathered Twigs to give it more interest



Next, I fussy cut the girl out to see how she was going to look on the rock.
Looking good!
I really like how her hands are placed on the rock like she is leaning on it.


This is what she looks like after I shaded her in with Prima watercolours.

Notice her legs?
They still have the watermarks on them from the stamp.
Not to worry, I will show you how I fixed this.
Do you like her as a brunette?

I did make another one and she's a blonde..



Next I stamped out the companions critters from the stamp set, water coloured and fussy cut them.



Next I stamped out the bottom part of the image (minus rock and girl)


... and water coloured with a mixture of blues and greens.


 Here are the girls once more, one was stamped with her legs and the other ... not (LOL).
I propped them onto the rock using foam tape and also made a double layer of rock.
I love how they come off the card.





For the brunette:

I popped the water color feature up so it was facing the viewer using foam tape...


 and applied a quick water color "feature" to the base of the card.


I then added the cut out critters so that it looked like they were all swimming towards her legs and the crab was creeping out of the water to say hello (she is brave and is not afraid!)

Next, I took my liquid pearls and added dimensional squiggle marks to the bottom part of the card to emulate the waves in the top water feature.

 

All a girl needs now is a tackle box by her side and a lighthouse to guide her ....
and VOILA!


 I did add glossy accents to the fish and the crab to make them look like they were glistening out of the water.




That tackle box is adorable!
It did come in the September kit but if you wanted to buy it on it's own, check it out here



 For the blonde:

Instead of liquid pearls, I made squiggly lines with glossy accents ...



and then covered them with Ice Resin ...



Here is how that turned out!















So there you have it, 2 simple ways to turn that stamp into a feature you can sit out on your mantle.

Watch the process video HERE.

Please leave me a comment below and tell me which is your favourite: the brunette or the blonde?

Hope you have found some inspiration here.
xxAmira