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Wednesday, 12 December 2018
This was a new stencil I bought at Happy Stampers- I quite like the one on the Brusho sheet, looks like a blizzard in the background.
These are some older stencils which I will probably foil too.
I don't often buy craft magazines, but I liked the Embossing Folder with this one, and the Father Christmas stamps with the second one.
Not bought much in Christmas sales, but Craft Stash had a special one day of two EF's for a £5, so got these two Christmas and two Birthday ones. Good sizes too, 6"x6", and 5"x7".
While sorting through my photo files, I found this one, the stuff I got at the Motorcycle Museum Craft show. That cardstock is awesome, a fab 'oil on water' look to it.
Off to leave my link over at Julias place, The Stamping Ground.
So that's me about done, just leaves......And Finally........
Some of you have probably seen this on Facebook, sharing here as it did make me laugh!
Sunday, 9 December 2018
Mainly because most of them need to be coloured, and until I discovered how enjoyable Prismacolor pencils were to work with, I avoided colouring like the plague. So we have 5 Christmas cards, and 4 more gift tags to the collection.
Dies to Die For, a UK company who stock many of the well known US brands of stamps and dies, such as Altenew, Lawn Fawn,Mama Elephant, Pretty Pink Posh, and Whimsy.
I used the Fluffy Stuff on these too.
This is a Hobby Art stamp, bought at Happy Stampers a couple of months ago. Called Archie & 5 Pals.
Another Hobby Art stamp, Paws for Thought.
Both of these are Rubber stamps.
These Penguin tags are also using a Hobby Art set, clear stamps this time, called Round Penguins.
The Polar bear tags use stamps from Inkylicious, on the left, and a very old Woodware set on the right. Laughing right now, as I just did a Google search to see if it was still available. The only two images that showed up are both from my blog, so I guess not!
So, I said I'd tell you about the Puffy stuff.
It says on the bottle to apply a line of it, then heat with a heat gun. That works fine, especially if you are trying to line hills or trees for instance, but I found didn't produce the look I wanted for the fur.
So what I did was to add a thickish line of it onto the fur trim, then used a cotton bud to dab it all over.
If some areas puff up too far, you can flatten it down- the flat end of the cotton buds was perfect for that!
It's a really great little product for adding some dimension and texture to your Christmas creations.
And so we are done for another year, and I'd like to thank everyone for making this such a fun challenge. You've all provided so much inspiration, and often, reminded me of stamps I have that I'd forgotten about!
It's been great for taking the stress out of Christmas Card making, and made it something to enjoy through the year instead. As I wrote out and sent almost 70 cards earlier in the week, then another 30+ for work colleagues, and 20+ for family, I realised why in previous years-when I didn't start till November- I'd got heartily sick of the sight of them long before I was finished. So thank you ladies, and I hope you all have a quiet, peaceful and Happy Christmas, and thank you all for the lovely Christmas cards that have arrived!
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
And this is part 2. Yesterday I wrote and posted 67 to the UK and abroad. Good job I'd been buying the occasional book of stamps throughout the year, so the only postage I actually paid yesterday was for the foreign ones. Think I'd probably have fainted at the price otherwise. Today I sat and wrote 33 for work colleagues of ours.
And finishing off with another 21 for family, that'll get hand delivered. Until names start popping up I've forgotten. Now I know why I used to get sick of the idea of Christmas cards when I left them till November. I'm left with about two dozen, for any I've forgotten, or to go towards next year.
I'll be later visiting today, as I'm doing something I haven't done for more years than most of you have probably been alive,😁. I'm going to the hairdressers! I will still be red, purple & blue, but the purple & blue have gotten so dark now that the colours don't show properly, so it needs bleaching. And that's a job for an expert, having had a couple of close squeaks with it in the past, Doug won't go there now. The hairdresser I'm going to is Ellie, the lady whose wedding photos I showed a few weeks ago.Almost said girl, as I've known her since she was at school with my eldest, but as they are both in their 40's now, that would have been silly. The last time I set foot in a hairdressers, I was still in my mid teens!
So no crafting yet. The Brusho sheets from last week have been sat under a glass mat, with the box of cards on top to flatten out a bit.
So thats it from me this week, I'll be linking up at Julias place, The Stamping Ground, and round to see you all later.
Which just leaves.....And Finally...............
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
This pile is pretty much dry.
These are getting there.
I also have the sheets of Paper Towel I was working on top of.
2 sheets together, so this is side 1.
And this is side 2.
The Papercrafts show on Saturday was quite good, the only downside, which I didn't realise beforehand, or I'd have found us another route there, instead of the M42, was that The Bike Show was on at the NEC. 20 minute journey under normal circumstances, took us an hour and a half, and the majority of that was the last 5 miles or so.
Lots of exhibitors there, some favourites, like Honey Doo & Circa Design, and lots of others I'd not seen before. Didn't buy a huge amount, some of the last release of Oxides, a batch of glitter cardstock, a fab Dragon stamp by a brand called Pink Ink, and discovered Dies To Die For, a company that carries a huge amount of USA companies work. Some storage boxes and some sparkly embellishments pretty much rounded off the haul.
Just had to show these- in each case, it's only one colour of Brusho sprinkled onto wet cardstock.
Over the weekend it was the Christmas card challenge, and I think I've got more than enough cards now, so I made some gift tags.Details in the post below.
And I'm almost done. I'll be popping over to Julias at The Stamping Ground, and leaving my link there, so I'll see you all later.
That just leaves......And Finally.......
Best quote ever!
Monday, 26 November 2018
The sentiment comes from a Hobby Art set, Winter Wishes. That was stamped in the same green ink, but not heat embossed.
The Bells come from a Card-io set called Merrily on High.
I stamped the first bell in Gold Encore Pigment ink, masked it, then stamped the second. Heat embossed both then with the same Crystal EP.
The sentiment is from a Crafters Companion set.
Afterwards I added the holly sprigs using an old Rubber Stamp Tapestry set.
I used the Garnet Liquid Pearls for the berries again too.
Quite a lot of Card-io stamps used for the tags, this one is called Christmas Greenery. Stamped in Versafine Spanish Moss, heat embossed with the Crystal EP, and then the sentiment stamped in Versafine Majestic Green. I added White Opal Liquid Pearls to the Mistletoe Berries.
Another Mistletoe design, this time using a Lavinia Stamps Mistletoe Branch. I stamped this one in Olympia Green, added the Crystal EP, then stamped the greeting in the same colour. The same Opal White Liquid Pearls used for the berries too.
For these I used a Stampendous EP called Rainbow Sparkle, and although it doesn't show in the photo's, it makes it look like the trees are covered in lights.
I added a tiny acrylic star to the top of each tree. The sentiment here is from a Phill Martin set,Scribbled Christmas Petite.
This was the biggest batch I made. All Card-io/Majestix stamps, the branch is a partial stamping of a tree from the Christmas Breeze Collection. I stamped in Clair Rainforest, first and second generation images. I added a mix of baubles from the two sets,Zendangles and Bells & Baubles, using Versafine Majestic Blue and Deep Lagoon. The strings were drawn in with a very fine Micron pen.Sentiment again from the Crafters Companion set.The branch and baubles were heat set with the Crystal EP.
Sunday, 25 November 2018
The Clarity ones are a set of four, and the normal retail is £19.99, although right now, the Black Friday weekend, they are a third off, which is a great time to get them if you want to stock up.
The other set are Decorators Sash Brushes, from the Toolstation, and are £6.99 for a set of three, which is a great price point, assuming they do the job well. I looked at these as I'd seen someone somewhere on FB say that B&Q Sash brushes were a good alternative, and again, much cheaper. I did a Google search for the B&Q ones, as our B&Q has recently downsized a lot, and didn't want a wasted journey. Anyway, the ones that came up first in my search were a set by Toolstation, and the pic shown made them look visually at least as being very similar.
As you see, the Toolstation set does not have an equivalent to the largest Clarity brush . The Code for them is 78094.
They do appear very similar in looks, and as for the feel, I would say the Clarity ones are slightly softer, but only very slightly. Maybe slightly less rigid than the Sash brushes, but it's not a big difference.
To test them out, I used two types of Clarity card, their 7" square Stencil card, and some A5 sized Theuva card, which has a slightly glossy coating.
I used 3 Distress Oxide colours for testing, and worked on a blending mat.
This is the result from the Toolstation brushes. In the video you will see the comparison colour by colour, I just forget to take individual photos! Theuva card at the top, Stencil card on the bottom.
This is the pair using the Clarity brushes. Again, Theuva card on top, Stencil card on the bottom.
I then did a small comparison of the Toolstation brushes with an Inkylicios Blending brush.
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