Monday 27 September 2021

Dragonfly dreams journal spread

Hi there! I've been enjoying myself in my journal again. I thought I would show you how this page came about. 
I started off by tearing some strips of tissue from my soak up sheets that I put in place when I use sprays on things. These have been sprayed with distress oxide and gloss sprays.
I then stuck some of the strips into my Dylusions journal with matte medium and left to dry
Next I sprayed a little distress oxide ink in the white spaces and again left to dry
I added some stencilling using the circle dinkables and blending brushes. There was enough residual ink on my brushes without reinking them.

I stamped the ledger stamp in Peacock Feathers distress oxide ink randomly around the page.
I stamped the smaller coffee rings in frayed burlap distress oxide ink then left it to dry.
I used memento Espresso Truffle ink to stamp the Elder flowers and the numbers from the coffee stains set.  

Next I stamped the dragonfly onto a scrap of watercolour paper in versafine clair ink.
I coloured it using ecoline pens, the wings using pastel blue, rose, violet and yellow, then I coloured the body with a turquoise green. I cut out the dragonfly, cutting off legs and antennae.
I used the memento ink to stamp the dragonfly direct to the journal page where I wanted it to go and left it to dry.
Finally, I used matte medium to adhere the dragonfly and the sentiment (from the dina wakely collage papers) into place.
Here is another look at the finished page.
I used:
Tissue paper
Thanks for looking and Happy Crafting! 

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: