Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Spring is here!

Hello Everyone,
I recently made some card samples for IndigoBlu using the New Stamp set 'Victorian Garden' and the New 'Junk and Disorderly' range of paint colours and did some stamping on one of the cards with paint on acetate. When I shared the card on FB I was asked if I had done a tutorial, so I have now put a photo one together.

This first card is the one I shared on FB and the square is the one I created for this tutorial.

The base of the card is 12" x 4", scored and folded at 4" & 8".
Fold the first panel over onto the second panel. Using a die cut an aperture out of this section of the card. 
(If you don't have a die cutting machine you can still cut out a section by hand).

This is what the card base will look like after you have cut out the aperture.

Using the die again plus the next size up die, cut out a contrasting coloured frame to go around your aperture.

Attach the frame onto the center panel of the card base.

On the last panel of the card base lightly draw through the aperture to get the same size shape. This will help you to know where to stamp your images.
Also cut out a piece of 4" x 4"  acetate. Place this in-between the two panels that have the aperture cut out and mark where the bottom of the shape comes to. Again this will help you know where to stamp.

The colours I choose to use on the card are from IndigoBlu. Hunter Green, Ruby Slipper, Coastal Walk & Lemon Meringue,

Stamp your biggest image onto the acetate first, slightly over to the right so that the image you stamp on the card panel shows through.
Tip- when you are using paint on acetate be careful as the stamp can slip on the surface.

When stamping with paint I brush some onto my glass mat then take the stamp to it. If you stamp the image several times just brush over the paint every couple of stamps to keep getting a crisp image.
Tip. Remember to clean your stamps straight away by either putting them in water or washing under the tap. Don't let the paint dry on your stamps.

Build up your images, leaving time between colours to dry. 

Once the paint is dry, use double side tape to attach the acetate to the card base and a little extra down the sides to stick the card pieces together.

I added small dots of red paint to the stamped images using a scoring tool.

Stamp the bee image onto velum and colour in. I used  blue Luscious powders mixed with a little water for the wings and Lemon Meringue paint for the body. When dry cut out the bee's.

I then stamped one of the sentiments onto the front of the card.

 The last step was to attach the bee's. As I used a wet glue the velum started to curl so I placed an acrylic stamp block over the top of them until dry. 

 The last few photos are some close up's of the card

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Would love to know what you think.
Happy Card Making, Sue xx

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


Hello there, today I would like to share with you a project I did a little while ago and didn't get around to blog about it. 
 I haven't really done anything Steampunk before so I set about using a new stamp set called Steampunkesque from IndigoBlu and after making a few cards went on to make to this 3D piece.

I used a small chest of drawers I had purchased a while ago as the base taking the drawers out to create platforms.

I cut out some card cogs and gears using a Tim Holtz Die, collected up some bits and pieces from some old electrical appliances, gathered up paints, glue, embellishments, Megs Flake, straws and bits of old Jewellery.

I have added lots of photos to show you the different stages I did to complete this project.

Its amazing what can be done once you start a project like this. I had great fun letting my imagination run away with me. Thanks for looking, see you soon with another of my creative ramblings xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Love is all you need- IndigoBlu Blog Challenge

Hello there, for this months inspirational reminder I decided to use a Beatles song to make a card that looked like a LP with lots of funky bright 60's colours and hearts. I thought using the New Mini Mike stamps might be fun for this. (Unfortunately my husband didn't agree, he thought it was the village people)! Anyway I had fun creating this card as I love lots of bright colours myself.
If you would like to join in the fun you can find the challenge details here!

I started this card off stamping the Dinkie'Love Is' heart several times onto a round piece of white card.

I then went onto stamping with the 'Circle Dot Background'and painting the hearts with Marshmallow coloured paint.

I then brought in lots of the bright coloured paints and did some more stamping of the circles over the top.

I added some flowers for 'Petal Power' and coloured in the rest of the circles. I stamped out four Mini Mikes and used the paints to colour them in.

I then attempted to give the guys a 60's look with a different hairstyles and mustache.

For the quote I used the word 'Love' from the stamp set Words Block #1 by just using a black marker on the word love and stamped and cut it out. For the other words I used my DYMO word printer machine.

I then used a grey marker around the Mini Mikes to make them pop up a bit and mounted the card onto a larger circle of black card.

I then thought I really should add some musical notes so stamped a few from the Dinky Stamp 'Notes'

Well thats all from me for today. I had quite a lot of fun putting this card together and I hope that you have a go at this months challenge.
Happy Crafting xx

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Cheesecloth flowers- A quick Tutorial!

Hello to you,
Today I would like to share how I make my cheesecloth flowers. 
I recently made a card using them as an embellishment and have had a couple of requests on how I made them so here we go.
The 1st card was the one I posted on FB, the 2nd card is one I made to show you how to make your own cheesecloth Flower.

What you need
Fine Cheesecloth
White Card- used to make your own card blank, layered piece to stencil on, base for the flower, leaves and sentiment.
Punch or circle die
Leaves Die (I used Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves)
Double sided tape
Black Ink pad
Stamp (IndigoBlu Word Blocks #2)
Luscious Powder or your choice of paints, inks, pens, to colour the flower.

How to make a Flower

Cut a strip of cheesecloth and cover with Slap-It-On. I found the best way to do this was to put a little (you can always add more if its not enough)  SIO onto your craft mat and work the cheesecloth onto it until it has been covered but not totally saturated. Gently pull the cheesecloth back into shape and leave to dry. (about 10 mins) This process stiffens the cheesecloth making it easier to work with and gives a better shape to the blooms.
While waiting for the cloth to dry out, make the base for the flower. I punched out a piece of thick card then covered it with double sided tape. 

At this stage I folded the cloth in half, length ways so when you have attached it to the tape base you can pull the cloth out slightly to give the flower more definition.
Remove the backing from the double sided tape on your circle and starting from one end of your cloth, press it into the middle and work it around the circle keeping the folded part on top.

Once you have finished winding the cloth around the circle and you can't see any more of the base, finish off by cutting off any extra cloth and sticking this end under the flower.
When you have finished this part, gently pull out the cheesecloth to make a fuller bloom.

I used two colours of Luscious powders to colour my flower. I mixed up the powder into thin paint.

Lightly paint your flower. If you want to darken the colour wait until the first coat is dry before adding more paint.

Add your choice of embellishment to the middle. Gems, beads or old pieces of jewellery are great for decorating these flowers.

I then stamped out the word 'Beauty' and die cut it out into a leaf shape. I also cut out a plain white leaf to layer under the word leaf.

The leaves were layered up, slightly off center to each other then glued to the underside of the flower.

Just using one flower was the perfect size for a little note card. I used a stencil to make a background to the flower, stamped and punched out a sentiment and the card was finished.
I had lots of fun making these flowers, I hope you have a go for yourself.
Happy Crafting xx