Monday, 20 September 2021

A pot for my blending brushes


Hi There! I have been meaning to make a pot for my blending brushes, so, as the theme on the Bee Crafty Facebook challenge is to make something for yourself, I decided to have a go. 

Here is what I did:

I used a can from some pineapple slices that had a ring pull, so to make it safe, I squeezed the top edge with pliers to remove the sharp edge.

I measured the depth of the can and cut a piece of 180gsm Kraft card to fit with a small overlap (8.5cm x 29cm)

I used spots of shimmer paint to cover the card in vertical stripes, blending the colours together at the edges.
Once this was dry I wiped it with an anti static cloth, then stamped a selection of flowers in versamark, before heat embossing with fine detail white powder.

I then stamped a selection of the arrows, question marks and exclamation marks using black archival in the spaces.

I added a few highlights and a scribbled border using both gelly roll and posca white pens.
To attach the card to the can, I used double sided tape to attach it to the tin. I then used both tape and glue to secure the end of the band. 

I used:
A can from some pineapple slices
1 A4 sheet of 180gsm kraft card
Versamark ink

Here are a couple of views of the pot from different sides, which really don't do justice to the shimmery paints! 
I do hope you will have a go and share in the Bee Crafty facebook group. Don't forget to enter your projects on the September challenge album too! 
Our lovely Bev and Sam are on the Craft Store with oodles of amazing bargains in a Bee Crafty Happy Hour at 1pm tomorrow! Don't miss it! 
Thanks for looking! 

Monday, 13 September 2021


Hi There! I am here with a step by step for this T-Rex card today. With several dinosaur fans in the family I had to get this stamp set!  
I began by smooshing a background of Crackling Campfire, Peeled Paint and Rustic Wilderness Distress oxide inks on to mixed media paper. I made sure this is completely dry before stamping on it.

Next I used rustic Wilderness and Vintage photo Distress oxide inks to stamp the smaller worker stamps over the smooshed background. 
I cut two tags from watercolour paper using the middle sized die from the tags and banners die set. I stamped the text stamp onto the tag with Vintage photo distress oxide and sponged a little around the edge of the tag too. 
I used Versamark ink to stamp the smaller dinosaur skull on to a scrap of gold card and embossed with fine detail white embossing powder. 
After cutting out the skull, I stamped the remaining tag with the leaf stamp in Tea Dye distress ink.
Next I assembled the card, sticking the background to an A5 white blank card. I added some string to the tags and attached them to the front of the card with 3d glue. I used the same glue to add the skull to the 2nd tag. It would be easy to personalise it by adding a name to the second tag too.
Here is another look at the finished card, along with links to the products in the Bee Crafty store:
A5 card blank
A small snippet of gold coloured card or kraft card
Versamark ink 
3d glue

For those of you that saw my post about Karate grading a few weeks back, I have now received my belt. In our club, once you reach the Dan grades you do not have a new belt again, so each one is created for each individual student. One end is embroidered with the name of our club in Japanese...
The other end has my name translated into Japanese...
It is going to take a while, and plenty of tying, for it to soften up and hang well, but I love it. Here is the certificate that I received on the day.

Thanks for looking and Happy Crafting! 

Monday, 6 September 2021

A new Journal!

Hi There! I have a new journal! I decided to buy one of the 6x6" Dina Wakely Kraft Journals and today I am showing you the first finished pages in it. 

I began by painting blocks of shimmer paint and some Gesso onto the double page of the Kraft journal.
Next I added a couple of patches of texture paste through the Bakewell inkable
I stamped the dotty border, arrows and question marks using Versafine Clair black ink. I also snuck in a bit of white pen to add a few highlights
Next I added the Dina Wakely collage paper words using matte medium and set it aside to dry
I stamped Rainbow view onto a scrap of white card and cut it out
Finally I stuck the house to the page with matte medium adding a bit of shadow with a grey scribble stick. I may go back in and add a few more twiddly bits to finish it off.
Check out that shimmer! 
Here is a list of links to what I used:

Monday, 30 August 2021

Oak leaf window card

Hi there! Thought I would share how I made this card with you today. 

I began by attaching the oak leaf inkable to a square of a 6 x 6" kraft card and sponged unicorn white ink through the aperture. 
Once this was dry I used blending brushes to make a sun in mustard seed Distress oxide inks then added spiced marmalade, crackling campfire and walnut stain around the yellow with the darkest colour at the edges.

next I used a white pen to go around the inner edge of the inkable, then removed it.
I placed the inner part of the inkable over the leaf shape and used a blending brush to add some Memento Espresso Truffle ink around the edges to create a shadow. 
I put the outer part of the inkable back in place and used a skyline inkable to add a few hills at the bottom of the leaf.
Then I stamped the Elder in the memento ink on to the leaf shape.
I removed the inkable and added a few sequins around it. I also added a few spots of clear stardust gelly roll pen to the elder stamp. I trimmed the card a little and inked the edge with the memento ink before attaching to a 6x6 kraft card. The 3d effect created by using the darker ink to make a shadow really made it pop, I think.
Here are links to the products I used:
6x6" kraft card
Memento Espresso Truffle ink
Beautanicals Elder stamp set from the End of Line section
Gelly Roll stardust pen

Thanks for looking and Happy Crafting! 

Saturday, 28 August 2021

A few Christmas cards

 I have been very bad with my Christmas cards so far this year, but I have managed to add 3 more to my collection this week. The First is all done with Inkylicious stencils and stamps. This is a style that Deby and Emma demonstrate often at shows.

The second  was stamped with Bee Crafty stamps and an Inkylicious sentiment

and the third was done with Bee Crafty Stamps and lots of different inks

The Bee Crafty stamps for the latter two are in the end of Line section and are a bargain at £5 a set if you fancy them 😉

They would have been my Rudolf day entry, but poor Mo and household are not well at the moment. hope she feels better soon! 

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Dena's Stamps at Crafty Individuals

 Did you see Jean on the Craft show at the beginning of August? She took the latest new stamps with her - 5 stunningly beautiful designs by our very own Dena Rangely. I've saved sharing my samples until they are on the Crafty Individuals website, which they now are. The stamps are all fantasy based - enough of me talking about them though. Take a look! 

First up is 'New beginnings', a gorgeous baby dragon hatching from it's egg.

Next is the Gentle Dragon....

There is the gorgeous 'Rising Phoenix'....

Next is the 'Wishing Tree'...

and finally the beautiful 'Fairy Rose'
Huge Congratulations to Dena on a very successful first Collection and if you want to get your hands on these goodies you can find them on the Crafty Individuals website here