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Wednesday, 28 August 2013
I spent some of my bank holiday weekend playing with inks, making some backgrounds. These are mainly Dylusions ones- I have a stack from A Touch of Craft- but no matter how well I clean the sprayers when I've finished with them, they always seem to be blocked next time I want to use them. Which irritates me, as I have to spend time soaking them all again. So they got left on the shelf this time. Serve them right.
Also had a play with Versamark on black paper with Mica Powders- the one on the right looks a total mess in this picture- its copper powder, but actually looks a lot better in the flesh. It would be hard pressed to look any worse.
More Mica Powders on Versamark, this time over a sheet of glossy paper, that was coloured with Distress inks.
The quick-eyed among you may have spotted a huddle of sponge daubers in the top picture.
I also had a bit of a 'try some home made stuff' weekend.Two things I've seen on Pinterest lately- DIY sponge daubers, and stamp cleaner. If you want to know about the stamp cleaner, its in the post below this one- if you are easily shocked, skim quickly past the bit where I worked out how much branded stamp cleaners cost per litre!
Anyway, here are my very cute looking sponge daubers- sorry, I can just see them with little faces drawn on with a marker.:)
All it is is PVC plumbing pipe- I bought a 2 metre length from B&Q for £1.98- Beloved Hubby probably has some in the cellar, but there are spiders the size of dinner plates down there!
So, a length of pipe, and a bag of latex make up sponges from Poundland. Hubby has a tool for cutting said pipe, but a hacksaw would do it too. You would need to smooth the edges after though. Cut into lengths about 1 1/2 ", post a sponge in, gathered up so you have the dome sticking out, and away you go. I didn't glue them in place, as they can now be pulled out & washed/replaced. I also thought you could try different sponges, as they all have different textures. I've only used barely a foot of my pipe, so you'd get almost 50 daubers for £2+ the price of sponges.
So how was your Bank Holiday? Show us what your up to, do. We need to know, honestly.
Monday, 26 August 2013
Well, I've been seeing lots of recipes for homemade stamp cleaners around, and kept meaning to try one out. I even bought most of the ingredients, just not got round to doing it. By most of, I mean two, it only needs 3, or 4 if you want to perfume it.
Well, today I finished off my bottle of cleaner, so it seemed the ideal time to try it out.
What you need:
A spray bottle
Optional: Rose Water
I admit right now that I never got around to buying the distilled water. Its available from chemists, by the way. I used water from my water filter jug, I figure thats taken all the nasties out of it, and I was only making up enough to fill my bottle, not a huge amount to store.
As well as regular stamp cleaner, this is my usual stamp cleaning kit:
Baby wipes for most ink removal, they deal with dye inks easily.
Staz-on cleaner, a toothbrush, a paint pad and an old towel.
Most of the recipes I found give quantities for making up at least a pint, and like I say, I only wanted enough for one bottle, so this recipe is winging it a bit- no exact quantities were used, but I don't think it really matters.
After I'd rinsed out the bottle, I added about half a teaspoon of glycerine. I think this was about 50p a bottle. This, and Rosewater can be found in the baking aisle in the supermarket, as well as chemists.
Next I poured in about an inch of Baby wash- mine came from Aldi, about 80p. Now I just topped it up with filtered water, put the lid back on and rolled it back & forth to mix. Don't shake it, you'll end up with a pressurised bottle of foam!
And thats it. If you want to add rosewater to perfume it, do that just before you add the water, but I thought the Baby wash smell was perfectly acceptable.
So, now the acid test. Is the mix any good, and does it work?
I inked up the stamp with Black Versafine.
Stamped the image off onto scrap, and gave it a spritzing with the cleaner, and went over it with the toothbrush.
Wiped it off with the towel, and...WOW! I think its cleaner than before I inked it!
So then I was curious- what was the likelihood of it removing Staz-on? Not very high, to be honest. Its a solvent based ink, right?
And of course, apart from how cheap this is, the real beauty is that it won't damage your acrylic blocks like Staz-on Cleaner does. This is the damage caused to acrylic blocks by Staz-on cleaner, before I knew about what it did. Now I save them for cleaning any stamps that needed Staz-on removed.
So, my two ingredients cost me less than £1.50, and I'd say I will be able to refill my bottle dozens of times before either one runs out. I'm guessing my bottle of stamp cleaner just cost me less than 10p!
Just a quick add-on, I've been calling it Baby Wash from all the recipes I read being almost entirely American! Its what we in the UK call Baby Bath. I did find a recipe or two that used Dove shower gel instead, I think the idea is that it needs to be a liquid soap that is as free from chemicals as possible, so there is actually quite a bit of scope for what you use.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
One parcel, duly opened. A lovely little note from Kimmie, the Smash Book, and another package of goodies. How much awesomeness can you fit into one package? This much:
Lots of stamps, some flowers, the tiniest notepad I've ever seen,some ephemera invoices and look at the gorgeous colour of those tags, they're fabric too!
Nope, not done yet.
More stamps, stickers, doilies and a humungous tag!The tags are ace, you just want to stroke them all day, lol.
A gorgeous envelope, filled with exciting stuff:
Tags, pockets & butterflies.
Nope, we're not done yet.
So cool, its an illustrated dictionary.
Here are a couple of shots of the Smash Book:
And here it all is, a desk full of amazing stuff! Kimmie, thank you so much- I never expected so much awesomeness. Now I just have to get my ass in gear, and start my Book.
WOYWWers are the most wonderful people!
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
The numbers are from stencils,cut from black glitter paper, which I stuck onto card with Spray adhesive.
Top tip here, remember to flip your numbers over when drawing on the back of the cardstock!
Yes, I've made that mistake before.
I added a couple of UTEE hearts, done with WOW Black Twinkle embossing powder.
The 21st card for our niece, I put foiled Congratulations paper onto the card front for this one, and added some Tattered Florals and ribbon, along with a strip of Happy Birthday Vellum.
Mortimers 13th card involved some more Internet images, Call of Duty this time. I used one large image for the backing paper, then Photoshopped some small images into a strip, leaving a black space in the middle where I typed in the birthday message, using a similar font.
Stencil numbers, 140mm, Clevercut. They do letters as well.
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die
WOW Embossing powders
Foiled background paper, Craft Creations
Black glitter card/paper
Versamark/clear embossing ink
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Actually, a lot of birthdays this month-we have a whole Pride of Leos in our family. I counted them up while I was making cards- 11 close family, and no less than 7 friends!You couldn't fit that much ego in one room, lol. Some special ones this year too- Beloved Hubby is 40, a niece is 21, grandson Mortimer is 13 and a friend is 50.
Which is why my desk contains these:
The Stamping Ground- come and join the fun of a world wide snoop at the coolest, most inspiring craft desks you will ever find, not to mention the best group of blogging pals anyone could wish to be part of.
Sunday, 11 August 2013
I don't have that one, but I have something very similar.Mine is by Stampendous, called Sketched Blossoms. It was wood mounted, and I suspect its discontinued, as I couldn't find it on sale anywhere.
The card is by Clarity Stamps, called Theuva Card, and its a lovely smooth,bright white.
So I stamped the single image first onto an A5 sheet, so I got them on side by side.
Using another sheet, I cut it in half lengthways, and used the stamp again to stamp it multiple times along the whole length.
Next they were both matted up onto matching cardstock- by some amazing fluke I had some purple card that comes very close to the Memento pad.
Both panels attached to white pearl card blanks.
Anyway, I punched out a medallion from each colour, trimmed down around them to leave a narrow border, then cut each one in half. I also trimmed off a little bit of the pattern, as you can see in the one on the left.
Stuck them down with some glue stick.
Now some sentiments- I backed these onto matching card and trimmed them down.
Also added some matching acrylic gemstones as a finishing touch.
White Theuva card, Clarity Stamps
A collage type stamp
Memento inkpad, Sweet Plum
Versafine, Onyx Black
Photo corners, or punch
Black & Purple cardstock
Saturday, 10 August 2013
As my stamped piece was on a blue/pink/purple oil pastel background, I used blue & purple mulberry paper for the background mat.
I tore two squares of each colour, and used a scrap of card to stick them to, using DST. The scrap won't show beneath the stamped piece.
That bit done, I mounted the image with DST onto the squares, then onto a square white card blank. Next, a Dragonfly made from Angelina fibres was added over the one in the image with some silicone glue.
The row of flowers along the bottom is one of the ones I received from Deeyl, Queen Lightwell, in the ATC swap!
Onto a scrap of the same oil pastel card I stamped the saying in Black Versafine, and trimmed it to a tag shape. Added an eyelet & some fibres and mounted it with silicone glue again.
Dragonfly Post stamp, Crafty Individuals 001
Oil pastels & white card for the background
Sentiment stamp, mine came from Life Sentiments, Kaiserkraft
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Two things I spotted over the last couple of days, wandering the net, as you do. Two of our friends on here had great weeks- Maisie Moonshines name was on the list of winners for the Tim Holtz Tags of 2013, August, this week, and Chris at Pearshapedcrafting won the Artistic Stampers July challenge!We all know how fabulous our friends are, lovely to see their creativity being rewarded.
So, my desk then.
In my net browsing, I found myself on Pinterest ( how surprising!), and looking at some humorous pins. I saw this one, and instantly thought of all my WOYWW friends! So here, ladies, is the perfect answer for why we have untidy craft rooms-
My Buddleia, commonly known as The Butterfly Bush, has been living up to its name this year, its been covered in Peacock Butterflies. Dozens of them over it, along with a few cabbage whites.
have any of you seen any Ladybirds this year?
I haven't seen a single one anywhere, not even during those really hot summery days.
Probably could have been briefer, sorry Julia- its a good job I'm writing, not talking, lol.You'd be here for days, rofl! Have a fab Wednesday, catch up with you all later.