Monday, 19 April 2021

A Sunflower Tote Bag

Did you know that there are several colouring mediums that we use that can be heat set onto fabric? Inktense blocks and inktense pencils are the ones I tend to reach for when crafting with fabric and  decorating items like bags. I made myself a bag recently using some supermarket fat quarters and added a sunflower pocket. 

Here is what I used:

XL Doodle Art sunflower stamp

Versafine Clair ink


Inktense blocks

Embroidery thread

5 coordinating fat quarters (Mine were from Aldi)


Material for straps and lining (I used a pillowcase) 

First I stamped the sunflower using the Versafine Clair ink onto the calico. I find this easiest to do using a stamp press as the magnets secure the cloth at the right tension. Versafine Clair isn't advertised as an ink to use on fabric, but having dropped a stamp inked with it on my jeans, it hasn't washed out after 3 washes, so it is fine to use! 😂 Then I painted the sunflower with the inktense blocks and a water brush (inktense pencils would work equally well). Once this is complete, iron it to heat set it. 

Next I cut 4 different strips from the fat quarters each 55cm x 10cm and sewed these together. I added a 10 cm strip at the top and bottom too, adding some braid over the seam. 

I attached the sunflower panel to a 17 x 25cm rectangle of the fat quarter using blanket stitch and made a pocket on the front of the bag, before sewing up the side seams.

Finally I made straps and a lining from a pillowcase and attached around the top. 

Here is the finished bag.

I fancy making a few more of these - I'm thinking a seaside themed one next! 
Thanks for looking! 

Friday, 16 April 2021

Our Robin and a few other visitors

 I've seen quite a few robins around blog land on cards at the moment, so I thought I would tell you about ours. we call him Spot because he has a white fluffy spot on his back about where his tail starts. He comes and sits on top of the hook that holds our window feeder and sings to us (or his own reflection). He is never aggressive towards his reflection, as I have heard stories of birds trying to fight their reflections thinking it is a rival. He will often sing whilst the female watches then nip to one of the other feeders, peck out a fat pellet and feed it to her. 

Anyway, I've been trying for a couple of weeks to get a bit of decent footage on my camera and finally managed it!  (You will need to crank up the volume to hear him)

We have been watching the birds a little more closely during lockdown and had some fabulous winter visitors. There was a little flock of longtailed tits,

and a small group of bramblings. 

These seem to have moved on this month but we have our first lesser redpolls now!  

I'm afraid my photos aren't great because they are of the feeders at the bottom of the garden through the windows. 
Thanks for looking! 

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Introducing Luigi the Llama, Frank and Betty (Seagulls of Seaton Carew)

 Here are my DT makes using Luigi the Llama, designed by Sharron Bates and turned into a fabulous stamp by Crafty Individuals.

First up is a shrink plastic version, coloured with pencils and attached to a wood slice key ring.

For this card I used background papers designed by Flo Langley and coloured Luigi with ecoline pens on watercolour card. 

Frank and Betty are a pair of seagulls from Seaton Carew, wrapped up against the cold. I get the impression that Betty is an avid knitter or crocheter and has been busy all through lockdown making scarves ready for the next football season. I used Crafty Individuals stamping card for this one, and coloured them with Ecoline pens, teaming them up with some papers from 'Wonderfully weathered 1'. By all accounts, you can get wonderfully weathered most of the time in Seaton Carew! 😂

You can find all of the new stamps here on the website!

Monday, 12 April 2021

Dragonfly Plaque

Hi there! 

There have been some amazing facebook lives and demos recently, so taking inspiration from Bev, Jane and Lynette Jasper I thought I would have a go too.

I used:

XL Doodle Art Dragonfly stamp

Versafine Clair Nocturne ink

Gel medium

Ranger Grit paste

Bakewell Inkable Big ones 

 a scrap of corrugated card

Black gesso

White gesso

Pretty Gets Gritty Explosion powders (I used Elf, Atlas, Neptune, Mermaid and Unicorn)

clock face MDF

lolly sticks/ waxing sticks (these are 15cm long and almost 2cm wide)

Watercolour card

Ecoline pens

First I stuck 2 lolly sticks across 8 laid in a square with gel medium. 

When it was dry I turned it over and applied some grit paste through the Bakewell inkable.

Next I stuck the torn piece of corrugated card to the centre of the plaque with gel medium and left it to dry. 

I stuck the clock face over the corrugated card, 

then painted the whole thing with black gesso.

Once it was dry I used a dry brush to brush some white gesso across it (horizontal and vertical light strokes on the textured areas)  

Once this was dry I sprinkled with the Explosion powders....

before misting with water....
At this point you will want to enjoy the magic. I got more colour variation when I didn't use a heat gun on it. You can go back in with the powders and mister as many times as you like until you are happy with the effect. 
Whilst this completely dried I stamped the XL doodle art dragonfly in black ink onto watercolour card and cut it out. 
I coloured it with coordinating ecolines and added a few highlights with white gel pen.

I stuck it to the centre of the plaque with gel medium and added some glossy accents on the yellow parts and the body

Here is  the finished plaque. Such a shame the shimmer doesn't show as well as it does in real life!

The challenge this month in the Bee Crafty Facebook Group is to recycle something. It could be a bit of packaging, a few buttons, a tin or anything that would go in the bin. Why not pop over and join in? Thanks for looking! 

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Introducing Fluffy, George and the Burglar Cats!

 If you  managed to see last week's Crafty Individuals shows on the Craft Store, you will have met these colourful characters already, but if not, I will introduce you. They are designs from Collage artist Sharron Bates made into fabulous stamps!

First up are the Trilby Cats, also known as Fluffy and George. Here I watercoloured them with ecoline markers over a wash of tea dye distress ink. They were teamed up with some of Flo Langley's Mismesh papers. 

Next we have the Burglar cats, also known as Syd and Albert. They too were coloured with ecoline pens and teamed up with some black mulberry paper and a sheet of the wonderfully weathered 1 papers. I also added some dots of nuvo drops to Albert's spots.

Syd and Albert were also turned in to shrink plastic earrings too.

 I will be back with the other new characters and some old favourites too once the new stamps are on the website.

Thanks for looking! 

Monday, 5 April 2021

A Shrink plastic key ring for Bee Crafty

 Hi there!

I thought I would share a bit of shrink plastic with you today. It is something that has been around for a long time, but it seems to be one of those things that you don't see much of it unless you seek it out. I thought I would show you how to make a simple key ring, and let you know a bit more about it. 

Shrink plastic comes in several different sorts. You can get clear, frosted, black and white. If you wish to colour on it you can sand it with some fine sandpaper, although some comes ready sanded. You will need to use a permanent ink  - one that dries on any surface - I use Archival or Brilliance. The ink will need to air dry for a good amount of time  (at least half an hour for Archival and overnight for brilliance)  The easiest way to colour your stamped images once dry is with coloured pencils. A sanded surface will help with this. Be aware that as the item shrinks the colour will intensify, so light shading with coloured pencils will give a better result.

I used: 

shrink plastic

XL Doodle Art dragonfly

archival ink

coloured pencils

corner rounder

hole punch 

heat gun

Key ring findings

First I sanded the surface of my shrink plastic

Then I stamped the dragonfly onto the sanded surface with black archival ink and left it to dry.

I rounded the corners with a punch....

and punched a hole in the corner (a regular hole punch could be used for this too)

Next I coloured the image with pencil crayons - remember paler and lighter is better as it intensifies when shrunk.
On a heatproof surface use your heat gun to start heating. It will curl and squirm, so keep some tweezers close by in case you wish to turn it over or reposition it. Occasionally it can stick to itself. Try and seperate it as quickly as possible if it does, but mind your fingers as it will be hot! 
Once it has finished shrinking, place an acrylic block (not a skinny one, but one with some weight) on top to make sure it is flat. 
Thread a jump ring through the hole and add the keyring. 
As you can see the colours are much deeper than before it was shrunk. I think I should probably have gone even paler! It really is huge fun to play with and a great hit with kids. there is something so magical about the shrink process. 
Thanks for looking! 

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Crafty Individuals sneaky peeks

 If you fancy some humorous stamps, then the new stamps from crafty Individuals that will be on The Craft Store (formerly Hochanda) tomorrow, might be just what you are looking for!

 There are cool and crazy Cats, Llamas, a couple of curious birds as well as partying Rabbits and lovely Ducks! I have really enjoyed making the samples and the DT have really excelled themselves! 

Hope you can tune in and watch! Friday 2nd April (Tomorrow) - at 10am and 2pm!!! So exciting! 

Thanks for looking!   

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

A Digi for Dora and last minute Rudolf Days

 Hi There! What am I like eh? nothing for a week then 3 posts in 3 days, and there will be more, lol! 

My first offering here is one of Dora's digis. The DT have all used the same digi this month and they are all so different! You can find Dora's Digis here

Next up are two Christmas cards made with Bee Crafty stamps and inkables for this month's Rudolf Days Challenge. I am a bit late as the challenge finishes at the end of tomorrow, but I made it just in time! I used distress ink on the base card and some splatters of Pretty Gets Gritty explosion powders too. 
Do check out Mo's blog for amazing inspiration to get your Christmas cards made every month! 
Thanks for looking and I hope you like them all! I will be back before Friday with a sneaky peek of the new Crafty Individuals stamps that are on Hochanda (Soon to be The Craft Store) on Friday at 10 am and 2pm. 

Monday, 29 March 2021

Bee Crafty Windmills and Lighthouses

 Good Morning! I am here with my samples from last week's Bee Crafty Hochanda launch of the stunningly gorgeous lighthouse and windmill stamps. Both sets are available in regular and XL sizes and all have coordinating dies too. 

These first two used the XL stamps and dies. The first was made into an easel card and the second has a grungy background made with Dina Wakely gloss sprays in Marine, Cheddar and White.

Next up is my mdf mini journal using both sets of regular stamps and dies as well as the clouds and the flower palm big ones inkables

If you didn't know already, the dies cut through shrink plastic really well as you can see from this windmill keyring, coloured with coloured pencils 
The popouts on the show this time included some wonderful seaside images, waves, clouds,  letters and numbers which will be great for all sorts of personalised projects as well as home decor like this plaque and of course on cards.

I made some more Clean and simple cards with the sets too, combining them with various big ones stencils.

And finally here is my lighthouse lit up with fake tea lights. 

You can find the Stamps and dies in various bundle combinations here on the website, and don't forget to look at the Bee Crafty blog, you tube channel and facebook group for more inspiration. 
Thanks for looking!