Saturday, 12 August 2017

You are tough - Visible Image

Here is my Saturday inspiration for Visible Image using the beautiful and striking Face It stamps and mask, and also, you will see I have used the quote from Life can be tough - but in a bit of a chopped up way. 

I like looking at text stamps and seeing what you can do with them - in this case I got my scissors out and physically cut them apart, so that they looked like this:
By doing this, I was able to create myself a whole new sentence, which you will see repeated throughout the piece of work:
Look carefully and you will also see that I have added a stamp from the Visometry set, and also the fabulous crackle from Create It too - just to add a little depth. Once I'd used my separated sentiment, I simply stuck it all back together again on my acetate backing, ready for being used in full on a future project. 

Take a look at your stamps and quotes, and see what else you can make up with them! 

And while you're thinking about it, you might want to take a look at the Visible Image Summer Sale!!! As if you need an excuse to buy more awesome stamps....

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Pretty Flamingos by Fuzzy Lemon

Inspiration today from my own trousers... I really should have taken a photo but I love my flamingo print pants and when I saw this amazing die by Fuzzy Lemon I knew I had to have it!
So here are a couple of cards made with the one die available from CraftStash.

On this card, the flamingos are die-cut in white card and I have simply turned one over and run it back through the machine between two sheets of paper. This flattens the die-cut edges and it no longer looks like the 'reverse' of the die-cut. I painted both flamingos with pink, red and black Nuvo Aqua Flow pens, applied with a waterbrush, and I simply blended the colours, slightly roughly, to get different shades of pink on my flamingo pair. 

The stamping has been done with a Nuvo clear mark pad and Glacier White embossing powder on black card, a simple heart cut out to mount the flamingos on. Pink and white sequins were a must to finish the card!
For this card I die-cut each flamingo's body twice, curling the wings for extra dimension. Everything was glittery, from the water to the grassy bits, very handy elements from a recent Die-Cutting Essentials set of dies, called Freshwater Friends. 
I stamped the greeting onto heat-resistant acetate and wrapped it round a bit of glittery card, the only way to get this kind of effect as it is impossible to emboss onto glitter. I liked this way, it's a bit different, so I must remember to do this again! 
To get your hands on this gorgeous die by Fuzzy Lemon, and many more like it, go to the Fuzzy Lemon section on the CraftStash website, it couldn't be easier! 

Happy Crafting!
Nicky xx

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Remembering Reykjavik - with Tonic Studios

I took a trip down memory lane when I received these amazing Tudor Town dies from Tonic Studios. As well as making Tudor houses, as they were intended, I saw something else too, I decided to recreate a scene from our fabulous holiday last year to Reykjavik and Iceland. 

We were struck by the beauty of the coloured houses, both in the city and in the surrounding villages, and they really encapsulated the scandi style. There was no limit with colour, so I got playing with my brightly coloured Craft Perfect card, the Toy Emporium die set, a lot of Christmas trees and a bit of white tissue paper...

All of the houses were created with the very same set of dies, I changed the shape of the windows by snipping the bay window frame and even put some skylights in too. The key to these houses was cutting all the features in white, and putting black card behind them. They were incredibly simple to make and each one is still a working box, with opening bottoms into which you might put a gift or a treat.
The first house had to be in Tonic Orange of course, but this photo shows the bay window, from which I cut all the other windows too - see the window on the side - it is the centre panel. The skylight is 2/3 of another panel, just snipped out and stuck onto black card too. 
On the yellow house I positioned the bay window on the end, and added extra windows to the side. The wooden beams are snipped from the end detail panel. It just takes a few seconds to look at the dies and see how you can snip them apart.
For the blue house I added a blue roof with white detail. The window on the side is two panels stuck together.
This house is particularly snowy! But it just shows that you don't need to use all of the dies to make a complete model. I just used the base roof panel in white to cover it. 
I made my Scandinavian church out of lemon card using the George and Dragon die. It is so far removed from the Tudor style, again just by cutting out all the detail in white. 

You'll see lots of Christmas trees, both around the village and on the mountains in the background. For the 3D trees I stuck three together after folding each in half lengthways. I was very lucky to find some modelling clay on top of the cupboard and rolled tiny balls of red clay to place into the base of a little pot, made out of a punched circle and a centimetre strip of red card, then I sliced down the 'pot' in three places and wedged a tree into each one.  I had just as much fun making my diarama with tissue paper and lots and lots of Christmas trees (the tree is part of the Toy Emporium set!) 
I just want to go back to Iceland now!!!

Please check out the amazing samples made by the rest of the design team, they are stunning and imaginative - a Tudor street, tea rooms, country cottages, beach huts, sheds..... the only limit is your imagination!

Thanks for reading and
 Happy Crafting!
Nicky x

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Feeling romantic - Anniversary time!

I'm feeling the love today...
Sunday 30th July brings our 18 year wedding anniversary, and it reminded me of this dainty tealight holder I created with the recent Tonic Studios Cathedral Box die set. 

Unbelievably easy to create, all I had to do with this was snip away the top sections of the box with scissors, and die-cut the pattern through three of the four sides. I punched a hole in the top of each side and threaded ribbon through each.

The special touch is the gorgeous heart-shaped Tonic Studios die, Love Honour and Cherish, which I cut in gold and stuck onto white and trimmed round. 

Wouldn't they look stunning on tables at a wedding?! I know that if I was getting married, I'd certainly make these for my special day, not least because they are a quick and easy make and the effect as the light goes down is so pretty! But it's a stunner of a die, check out the Cathedral Box die photos on the Tonic Studios pinterest pages for further inspiration!

If I could, I'd do it all again tomorrow! 

Happy Crafting
Nicky x

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Capture the Moment with Visible Image

My Saturday share for Visible Image is this card made with the awesome camera from the Capture the Moment stamp set, a beauty to stamp and build up the layers of the lens.

I used all the elements from the set, as you see, I love the huge 'smile' stamp and the text is just perfect. 

I stamped my image and heat embossed onto white card with black powder, then cut round it, repeatinf the lens area a couple of times. Then I used my silver Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and a sponge, and rubbed the colour all over the parts I wanted to look metallic, and wiped the embossed areas clean with a cloth. I loves the effect that this created- as realistic as a stamped camera can be!
The background was created with Distress Oxides, splashed with a little water, then a funky chicken wire stencil which I also applied blue Nuvo Embellishment mousse through, as this gave a slightly raised texture to the background. A smudge of silver across the wire gave the project a distressed look to finish. 

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Summer Garden Sunshine-Creative Stamping 46

In a desperate attempt to bring some summertime back to this rainy day, I am sharing a few cards I was commissioned to make for Creative Stamping 46, which is a stunning magazine, with a gorgeous full A4 stamp plate featuring designs by Joanna Sheen.

My male themed cards featured the gnome... 
a lazy hammock stretched between trees...
and a fun barbecue complete with a selection of sausages...
among other designs which you'll see in the magazine!

All of the how-to's are in the magazine, which is on sale in all good supermarkets, craft shops and WHSmiths right now, and the projects from the rest of the team are amazing!
But the stamp plate itself is more than worth the money, for a summer and beyond of gorgeous stamps....

Happy Crafting!
Nicky x

Monday, 17 July 2017

Win and Tonic July Challenge

It's time for another challenge over at Win & Tonic. There's an easy theme this month - ANYTHING GOES!

So here's my Tonic inspiration, in the shape of a fun card that I made with the DL layering dies - not that you'd know that's what they are, but the delicate panel detail on the smallest strips caught my eye, so I set about positioning them in a criss-cross pattern, and this is the result:

You have until 14th August to submit your entries onto the Win and Tonic Blog. The only rule have to use something Tonic. The prize? The stunning new Cathedral Box Die,  so popular and there were some fantastic samples from the design team when they were launched early in July. 

Good luck and happy crafting!