WOYWW #272

Time for another WOYWW, hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. Nothing to win, nothing to make.. then what is it about? Hop over to her blog and find out.

It’s been a busy crafting week, with a few projects finished I really like. I discovered a blogpost about lots of things (239+) you can do with your embossing machine. (I think I actually rediscovered it, it kind of looked familiar). I was looking for a faux metal technique and came across this technique with crayons, and had to try it out. Love it! Some cards I made with this technique are visible in this post as well. In the comments from last week, I promised I’d show another cupboard with my crafting stuff. Let’s start with that. (Oh no wait, check out the GAP quote in my widget bar first, I found it again and still love it!)

This is how much of my stuff is stuffed away.

This is how much of my stuff is stuffed away. Most frequent used things are on the front half of 3 shelves, the rest of the space is for less frequent used things or non-craft related items. The brown binders and the green in between contain my stamps.

Usually before starting to craft I get most of the frequently used things out of the cupboard and put it around me on the table, like this:

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Having taken many things out, put the card I want to work on ready, pull the box with baby close (wheels beneath a box are very usefull!) and get crafting! Oh and those curtains are still from the previous owners of the house, we haven’t had the time/energy/budget to have new ones made. On the front of the house we could put up our old cream coloured ones, but they were not wide enough for the back windows here.

What does that turn into during crafting?

This:

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Finally made a card with the quote from VivaLasVegaStamps: Stick a gear on it and call it steampunk. (Because that’s what we’re all inclined to do, right? Always put a gear on it when it’s something steampunky… that would be a fun challenge, something steampunk without gears!) (And next one: without rust. I’d hate that challenge, as I’m in love with Rusty Hinge.) *

Other stamps are from De-Stempelwinkel and the embossing folder is the Oceanthingy Spellbinders M-bossability. Steampunk and Art Deco/Art Nouveau go well together, I still have tons of ideas for it!

*scribbles on wishlist: Rusty Hinge Distress Stain, can’t believe I don’t have that yet!

And this is 22 minutes later:

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Not really sharp picture, sorry.

I’m assembling the alluminum foil card with flowers from Chocolate Baroque. I love how they turned out, with glitter, glossy accent, glimmer mist spray copper (or didn’t I use it?) and stickles. There are little Mod Podge Mod molds (or what is their name) shapes to see if they fit on the card.The two plastic boxes (one is an icecream box from Hertog) contain diecuts or fussy cut stamp images which I eventually didn’t use on projects or which I made extra. The mod molds have a plastic box of their own. (They are made with Martha Stewart clay, a tiny bit of ink, chalks and perfect pearls powder).

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I also tidied the top of the drawers, as I noticed after taking the previous picture it was a bit cluttered with random things. Now it displays the letter F which I still want to embellish further before I give it to my daughter of almost 2 years. (Give in this case means: show her, let her see it and feel it, then put it somewhere high where she can’t reach it.) Also on display now are the big popsicle sticks we decorated the other day. (I made a fast stand for it – wishing I had wooden stampblocks to put them in – out of small empty sturdy box.)

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My son and I made the birdhouse. Or rather, I traced and cut the template, he stamped 3 times and then put the acryllic block with ink on it, then I stamped some more and glued it together.

During all this, my little one slept – is still sleeping. Sometimes I get out all crafting supplies but have to put them away unused, other times I craft with him on my lap on a pillow or in a .. what do you call it… a looooong piece of fabric, wrapped around me and the baby in it. This time he was fine in the box. (Hmm I think it’s not called “box” in english, that is the exact word we use for it in Dutch. So don’t call child care services yet that I’m putting my baby in a box in the english meaning of the word haha!)

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Hope you’re having a crafty week too!

Oh and darn Julia for being so enthusiastic about the Quietfire stamps – my order is on it’s way now! (For other Dutch readers: my experience with shipments from Canada which fit through the mailbox is quite good, it allways arrived within a week. Watch out with “inklaringskosten” though – if the value of the goods is written on the package and is above €22,- (about 30 CAD) then you have to pay those service costs, which are between €13,- to €18,- which is quite a lot!

Anyone else giving the Quietfire team a boost in their sales?

 

Lucky origami crane and blue fish

Not a very creative title or post this time, both are just very descriptive (and a short post, at least it’s short to me!).

Materials for the first card:

  • wallpaper from a sample book
  • stazon ink
  • scissors/paper cutter and glue.
  • Origami Crane from Designs by Ryn
  • Origami Lily from Designs by Ryn
  • Three leaves set from Designs by Ryn
  • Caran d’ache neocolors
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Origami Crane

As you can see, I didn’t add a sentiment yet, I’ll do so when I know the occasion. Plenty of space for it :).

How to make it:

Cut up the wallpaper. I cut up randomly first, then started gluing down and cut parts to fit more or less. After gluing it down I put some ink on the cutting lines to make them more visible. Glue them onto some scrappaper, don’t worry about the edges – make it larger then the rectangle, cut it to a rectangle later on. (or another shape with your embossing machine or a free form). Stamp the images with Stazon or another ink that holds on shiny smooth surfaces (as this wallpaper was shiny and smooth, and most wallpaper is “washable” nowadays, so dye based ink will not set on it probably). The stamping wasn’t very well visible, so I used my caran d’ache neocolor crayons to add some colour to the flora and crane. You can cut it to a rectangle before stamping or after, not sure what I did but I don’t think it matters much. Ink up the edges, glue upon a base card and you have a simple, sort of modern card. I left lots of room for a sentiment – either for a long quote or a simple one word sentiment would fit. The latter woul turn it into more of a mens card – being more metallic looking and with straight, hard lines in it and few words ;).

On this image you can see the shiny surface better, and the stamping is not really what draws the attention: (A card with effect!)

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The next card is a blue fish in blue.

Used materials:

  • Dylusions ink spray
  • caran d’ache neocolors
  • Butterfly fish from Designs by Ryn
  • Sea Bubbles from Designs by Ryn
  • White gel pen
  • Black pen

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How to make it:

Spray ink onto a large acryllic block, put your paper on top of it and press flat. Pull paper off (don’t drag) and let dry (or use a heat gun for impatient ones like me). Take your pattern stamp (sea bubbles here), spray wome water on them and stamp on the card. Dab dry with a cloth – you are basically removing the ink where you have stamped.

Stamp the fish. Wet the little fish and dab again to remove more ink in the fish so he is either lighter or you can more easily colour him in. Colour the fins, add some highlighting with a gelpen and make the eye white. With a water soluble crayon, go around the edge, then go over it with a wet brush. Take your black pen and sketch the frame, add a few white lines as well.

Before sending this off I added a sentiment “Have a fantastic birthday” where I changed the fantastic to fintastic, highlighting the “i”. Furthermore, I coloured the fins even more – I made a maks for the fish, cut off the fins and used the bodymask and the negative of the mask to cover up the card, leaving only the fins visible, then sprayed it with Perfect Pearls mist copper. I partly stamped rising bubbles from his mouth, (only a few bubbles) and used a white gelpen for highlights. Then I added Glossy accents to it’s eye and the bubbles and send it off to it’s receiver without taking a picture! At least I think I did – I can’t find more pictures of him. If I do find them I’ll add them here ofcourse!

 

WOYWW #271

Time for another WOYWW, hosted by Julia from Stamping Ground. Curious what it is about? Hop on over to her site!

This is what my desk looked like after 1 1/2 hour of crafting (I did clean up a bit in between as I didn’t have space). This time I didn’t keep my crafting area clear, usually I put down a bigger cutting mat and try to keep that clear of stuff so I have room to do the actual crafting. Not this time, I just wanted to make some simple things, envelopes, and decorate them with a stencil and some distress ink – nothing fancy – so figured I didn’t need that much room.

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What’s on there: A card of aluminium foil and a “copper” frame, heattool, distress markers, empty teacup, distress ink, embossing powder, can of paintbrushes, box of glue related things and things that aren’t glue related (you know, other things like a small package of brads, and just… little things in packages that I might use if they are on my table, but definetely won’t use if I put them out of sight). (Putting them on my table isn’t helping).

What’s more on there: a tin can with my childresn crayons which I confiscated. They rarely used them (in the Netherlands, children colour more with pencils (potloden) or felttip markers (viltstiften). On top of it is a spray can of sealer which I have never used yet, then you can see a binder in the back with some of my stamps, and on the right a drawer with my distress inks in it – I always just get the drawer out and put it on the table / chair.

Oh I forgot my wellbeloved spraythingy – unfortunately it got loose again so I’ll have to fix it, but need to fix it so it won’t leak this time. (The previous fix was putting the spray top on the glass jar because the original orange spray jar broke). [Oooh what a coïncidence, in that post is also the quote I have referred to a few times lately!]Oh, and those heart stickers on there: They have kind of become my pincushion. (What?) yup, pincushion for just 1 needle, and that one needle/pin (can you see it’s yellow head?) is to open up the tip of the glossy accents bottle, which is seen next to the drawer.

Let’s take a look to the left and a step back.

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My frame for hanging nearly finsihed cards.

My ikea drawers with many of my supplies, two boxes which I need at hand. (It started out as one half box, then it got one full box quite soon, and now in the past month somehowe another box moved in there.) You can see into the second drawer, here are my other (big) inkpads, the little ones are in another drawer with the chalks.

Do you see the dowels sticking out of the drawer? That is my solution to nosy babies. You can imagine that having craft supplies in the same room where little kids play isn’t very safe. (health, furniture, money etc..) I wanted a simple solution so my son (at that time I only had him) couldn’t open the drawers. I’ve had the drawers for quite a long time and I had always planned to paint/decorate the sides but never done it yet. Because of this I didn’t feel bad about drilling holes in them.

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My embossing powders (I still want some bright yellow!) and my “lock” solutions. A hole in the side of the board and drawer, a dowel in it and it’s closed. Don’t stuff your drawers so the dowel can’t be moved in though! How to open? Take a pencil/pen/thingy, and push the dowel in.

How do you prevent your kids from figuring this out too soon? Don’t open the drawers when they can see you do it. My son (aged 3) hasn’t noticed the dowels yet, so this fix still works.

Now, let’s put the camera away amd tidy things up a bit.

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And then it really was time for bed!

Little things with Big effects

21 finished projects to go, 5 projects at 85%, 1 project at 25-75% (depending on how much I want to add ofcourse), and then about 30 background bits waiting to be used. My goal is to use my scraps, the bits and pieces I put aside when making other cards, the extra backgrounds I (accidentally) made. Ofcourse, once in a while I start from scratch again (or, like when I played with metallic paint, I made lots of bits to create cards from – mostly stamped images centerd on a piece of paper, so that’s about 20 card-starters more..)

What’s with these numbers? It’s the amount of unposted projects / cards. I craft harder then I post!

Let’s take one finished project off the list and blog about it now. Oh I forgot, it’s not finished yet, as I am still thinking about adding a sentiment. I know what the sentiment should be about (little things, big impact, something along those lines) but don’t know the exact quote / line yet, nor how I’ll get it on the canvas.

The canvas I’m talking about is a canvas with melted crayons on it.

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I wanted to do this ever since I saw it on a blog about 3 years ago?

I feel melty – Light and Spoon by JK create

Check out my pinterest: To Do board for a few more crayon art things.

I once gave it a half try, but that didn’t look good. The project below does.

 

Little things with Big effects

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Used materials:

  • Crayons and heat gun
  • Distress ink
  • Cell theory 12 x 12 crafter’s workshop template
  • mmodelling paste
  • Stazon ink
  • White gel pen
  • Glossy accents
  • Stamp from School of Fish set from Designs by Ryn
  • Trickling water from Designs by Ryn
  • Rising bubbles from Designs by Ryn
  • Sea Bubbles from Deigns by Ryn
  • Paper/gloss pens
  • Black sooth distress marker.

How to make it

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I started out on a flat canvas by sponging with festive berries (and maybe a bit of ripe persimmon on the top) distress ink through the cell theory template, removed the stencil and smeared the ink out a bit more (it didn’t dry very well). Next, I repositioned the stencil and applied molding paste – the molding paste absorbs the colour of the ink. When that was dry I applied blue distress ink – probably my favourite blue: Peacock Feathers. Then take a moist cloth and wipe off the distress ink off the molding paste.

Putting up the crayons this way is not advised – once the crayons start melting they will come loose ofcourse. It was a very hot day – too hot for me to be outside, so I left them outside and went on to cutting out shapes for other cards inside. I had fun stmaping the images (onto normal 140g paper) and colouring with distress ink on acryllic block, and occasionally some neocolors. Less fun was cutting it all out, I think I have half of it still waiting to be cut out, 1/4 is used on cards (still to be blogged about), and 1/4 is cut out but not used yet. Adding to my stash.

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Back to the crayons… they didn’t melt in the sun, so in the afternoon I moved inside and used my heat gun. (Did I mention it was a very hot day allready?). No pictures of the process, was too busy :). It did smell a bit, as the wax also bubbled (heated too much?). The top half of the melted part has a different “texture” – before the wax was completely cooled off I pressed some cardstock against it.

I don’t have pictures of the process, only pictures of the finished piece now.

I heated the heat wax a bit again and stamped the little fish – this was a bit of trial an error. Too hot and the image won’t hold, too cold and there is no impression. It was a bit scary to use a stamp on hot stuff, then again, I don’t think rubber melts before wax melts, and I didn’t press it in hot bubbling wax. I was able to stamp on it with stazon, but the lines weren’t very clear. After I had done the fish, I dared to use other stamps and continued with the rising bubbles and trickling water.

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The stamped images weren’t all to clear because of the unflat surface –  I only heated the lower part of the bubbles, wanting those to sink in and the others to be more on the surface (no pun intended!). I traced the outlines with black sooth marker – as it’s sort of an oily/gloss surface the ink dries very slowly. [I just made new pictures and slightly rubbed over it - it is dry. (Harder rubbing would ofcourse remove some wax and the ink!)]. I also used a white gell pen for highlights. I dotted the highlights as drawing isn’t possible in the wax, and had to clean the tip of the gell pen every few dots or it would become clogged. So be careful, use an old one if possible.

Next, I added Rangers glossy accents all over the fish and the lower bubbles.

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Last bit was adding the paper pen / glossy pen accents.

 

 

Picture made with flash, in the evening inside. Here you can see the shiny bits and gloss on it very well.

Picture made with flash, in the evening inside. Here you can see the shiny bits and gloss on it very well.

 

Picture made without flash, inside in the evening.

Picture made without flash, inside in the evening.

 

So maybe it still needs words and a frame, but that’s the last bit, and I’m not very good at the end details :P.

On the other hand, I like it as it is now, with no words on it. It has a title, maybe I should hang it on the wall with the title beneath it. IT’s only an A5 size, so not very big for on the wall, but with the intensity of the colours it catches the eye easily enough.

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Fragmented Fishes

Ok, the fishes aren’t really fragmented, I just wanted an alliteration in the title. The paper on which the fish and octopus are stamped was fragmented though.

Maybe I should show the cards first:

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What was used?

  • Stamps from Designs by Ryb: Sea Bubbles, Octopus and School of fish.
  • Old sheet of musicpaper
  • White gelpen
  • Caran d’ache neocolors
  • distress inks: peacock feathers, tumbled glass and broken china.
  • stazon Jet Black
  • Mod Podge / decoupage glue.
  • embossing folder
  • circle die

How was it made?

  • Take your music paper, put some distress ink on it (splatter, lightly brush and spray, however you like it, just use light colours.)
  • Tear the music paper in little pieces, and randomly glue it onto cardstock.
  • Put it in an embossing folder
  • Ink the highlights a bit – those are not very visible anymore because I sprayed it afterwards with glimmer mist or dylusions ink spray, (can’t remember which one) which darkened the piece quite (I shouldn’t have done it).
  • Cut out the circular shape]
  • stamp the fish(es) and colour them.
  • Highlight with white gelpen, ink the edges, and put decoupage glue on top of it all to seal it off. Don’t brush too much or you’ll spread the ink / neocolors around.
  • The background: put distress ink onto an acryllic block, spray lightly with water and press the acryllic block on the paper. Add a stamp to it for extra swirls.

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The second card uses about the same materials, maybe some additions like shabby shutters distress ink and the cardinal fish. The star and bubblestamp is from a fairy set stamp from Chocolate Baroque. The sentiment is from a sea-creature set (mermaids?) from Chocolate Baroque. Here I embossed the music paper first, then inked it, then tore it and glued it back onto a piece of cardstock.

 

Tropical peacocks

In dutch, there is an expression” Proud like a peacock”. And I am proud of my whole family: parents, sisters, and ofcourse my partner and children. Pictures of my childen later. This is a crafting blog, so lets start with the card.

Indonesian Peacock

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I started with stamping the peacock in copper metallic paint, and liked the look very much – the look of an image stamped with paint, lines a bit blurred. I put a mask on the peacock and made the background. This is made with Peacock feathers and tumbled glass distress ink, then sprayed with water.

The edges are stamped with peeled paint distress ink then sprayed very lightly with water (the stamp), to make the ink run a bit more. Leaf stamp is from Designs by Ryn.

After drying I used a small stamp from Chocolate baroque Wisteria Lane set and distress marker picket fence. The stamped image is hardly visible though. NExt, another small stamp from Chocolate Baroque, and yellow acryllic paint. I stamped it quite careless, so it would match the watercoloury background and leave stamps. Last was a stamp from the Poppy Meadow stamp sheet of Chocolate Baroque, stamped in red acryllic paint. I had a little accident (grrr!) with it, which left a stain on the right hand, but I don’t mind – it adds to the watercolour / batique feeling. The red didn’t dry as intense as it was when it was just stamped, I loved the look of the wet colour. It reminded me of indonesian scenes, with rich, vibrant colours, the air heavy with sweet smells, humid air and the sound of hidden insects. And then there’s the proud peacock in the middle. I’ve never been to Indonesia, but part of my familyroots are there. The memories I’ve got (the plants, smells, humidity etc) is mostly from butterfly farms / zoos with exotic plants in them.

A cut off pieace of paper, where I had stamped off excess paint, served well as sentiment line – I placed it at the bottom of the card, and have a spare one inside the card incase I misstamp the sentiment.

To enhance the richness and brightness of the red stamp I have embossed it, using a very red embossing powder, however it turned out not as bright as well. :(

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Red embossed flowers

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The red flowers before embossing

 

 

I like the batique, watercoloury look of the card, and if the red was a little bit more orange or dark, it would be a great tropical colour scheme. It still calls to mind memories of tropical flowers, humid air, sweet heavy smells and tropical birds calling from near and afar though.

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Family pictures

Now for some family pictures, most are from the 2nd child – she’s just so adorable now. On the brink of being consciously naughty, still mostly full of innocence. The oldest is usually moving too fast to take good pictures of, got lots of blurry ones. Or he is without clothes (it is hard sometimes to get him to wear even underpants!) so not really suitable for the internet.

 

Christmas (2013) in August (2014)

I found a memory card with some pictures of unposted cards on it, including my christmas / new years collection.

 

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I think I sent about 40% of the cards between christmas and new year’s eve, and 35% before 5th of January, and the last 25% never got made or sent… (sorry friends/family who didn’t get a card, I was just too tired and too busy to craft! Adress selection was quite random, I always print out all adresses on labels, so I won’t forget relatives or friends. Adresses that are near me aren’t printed as well, as I deliver these cards myself. Still, they are written in that adressdocument too. I noticed less people are sending cards now with Christmas or new year. I don’t exactly mind, as it has become a routine for many people, it has lost it’s meaning. Still, many people don’t receive cards from me except for this time of year, and those that do get birthday cards are quite close to me, so I want to make them something special too. So, I still continue to make “hurray the longest night has passed, we welcome a new year and hope for a good harvest” cards. (The original meaning of the feast, which was adopted by the Christian church).

So, what did I make last year?

Here’s a gallery:

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Hello autumn, winter and spring babies! and a WWOYWW

What was on your workdesk wednesday in November 2013.

Well, there was babies, and mess. Let’s take a look…

Today I want to show you three baby cards, two which I made in November last year (november 2013), and one I made after 3rd of July, because I wanted to send them a birth announcement card but hadn’t yet congratulated them on their baby which was born in March! Ok, they didn’t have my adress so I got the announcement card from my mom, but better late wishes than none, right?

I am most pleased with the first two cards, although they took quite some time to make.

I’ll start with the one that has stamps from Designs by Ryn on them:

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I stamped the fairies on top and repeat stamped the leaves and acorns, masking them off with self adhesive window foil. After that, I coloured them in, I think with my Caran D’ache neocolours.

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Used stamps:

Dancing Faeries CM-M6 from Designs by Ryn

Acorn Faerie set  CM-M12 from Designs by Ryn (used only the leaf and acorn)

The letters were made with a Joy Craft alphabet die

The baby stamp is from Stampinback: Sleeping baby.

 

 

Next is a card I made sort of simlutaneously. This is the birthannouncement card:

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The stork is the logo of the city The Hague, where they live. The stork is also said to deliver the babies. The colours of the city are green and yellow, so they kept in style. I like how they made it a unique and personal card.

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I made this card with the same sleeping baby stamp, and stamps from Nonsequiturstamps - Plate 101 Trees, NSPL101.

A little bit of the process and What’s On Your Workdesk-ness:

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On the left the self adhesive window foil, with the cut out templates. The stamps are there too. Memento and STazon inks, a remote for the tv, acryllic block, and in that metal tin for pencils weren’t pencils. I don’t know what was in there, but what is in there now is different from what was in there then, and back then it weren’t pencils allready. (Now it stores quite a few of my cutting dies).

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Oh right, Christmas was nearing so I made a few Christmas ornaments for cards allready. And see the card on the top right? That one I made for my father, I’ll post about it later.

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A furhter look down the table. A binder with stamps in it, the couch behind the table (and isn’t that a sleeping toddler on it?) – as we were preparing to move I had gotten the brilliant idea of emptying one of the living rooms so we could store the boxes in there, which meant moving the dining table to the other living room. It was a bit cramped in there though.

 

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Oh look, here’s a better view. And no, that is not my applejuice in the bottle, nor is it my ambulance. In the back 2 binders with stamps and 1 with dies (that storage solution didn’t work, I didn’t put the cutting dies back properly and they also fell out too easily.)

On to the last card with the sleeping baby.

Used on the background and the center piece: Chocolate Baroque Floral Edges Unmounted Rubber stamp sheet - A5 Part Number UA5SP0416

The little butterfly is probably from one of the faeries or dragon sets from Chocolate Baroque

The text (barely readible on the photo) is from Sheena Douglas – Crafter’s Companion – A little bit magical – Knowledge

The fairy is from.. can’t remember. She’s got glossy accents on her wings.

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Health, Wealth, Happiness, Love, Always! From Sheena Douglas – A little bit magical – Knowledge set. The embossing didn’t quite work out as intended unfortunately. But no time to make a new card or cover it up, it’s just the magic wish flowing from the fairy’s hand.

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I tried to use the same colours as on the birth announcement card, and (as seen in previous picture) added a butterfly at the end of the swirl to match it even more.

 

I really liked the first two cards, and might make more of these. Use the colours of the birth announcement card, or the season in which the baby is born or other elements that I can reuse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOYWW # 269: Time is the essence of life

It’s been a while since I participated in a WOYWW, but it’s about time I did again, as I made some pictures while making the card for the first Chocolate Baroque colour challange (july/august). See the end of the post for the picture of the card, and another desk- picture. (For an older desk picture, of how it was back on November, see my next post. (Yup, NEXT post. I’m not working in an entirely chronological order when it comes to blogging – I can time travel, hurray!).

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Hmm now what’s on there: My heat tool, a cloth, my much beloved broken and fixed water sprayer, distress inks, stazon inks, Chocolate Baroque stamp, glue, embossing ink, acryllic blocks, stamppositioner, embossing powder, an empty teacup (hurray! I emptied it!), cuttlebug, binder with stampimages, scissors, my phone, waterbrush, another cloth – I love that one too. It’s an old rag, almost falling apart, but it’s just the right size, right absorbency, and been with me all my “crafting” life. The yellow cloth is not as good, that one is for cleaning the desk or acryllic blocks. The smudgy rag is for lifting off water / ink from cards.

After having received a new stencil (clockwork from Tim Holtz) I ofcourse had to play with it, even while my kids were around. Ofcourse that resulted in them playing with it and me trying to keep things in one piece. I took some light coloured distress inks (so the inkstains on their hands would not be very intense), and having the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge in mind I took out my distress inks Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters.

I liked the colour and stencil combination a lot, so I managed to grab a piece of cardstock for myself and started on the next project.

The clockwheels were great, but I needed to add some (CB) stamps too, and I was thinking Steampunk style. I browsed through my stamps, stopped at the Steampunk Christmas set and chose the flowers from that set.

Then trying out some different stamping inks (Stazon red, DI festive berries or fired brick, only embossing ink and embossing with red or Queens gold embossing powder). Wiping away the ink a bit on the holly leaves of the stamp, inking only the middle or outer leaves and restamping with the stampruler and embossing it, then colouring it with DI and water. Used colours: Fired Brick, Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw.

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I had a quick detour while playing with the stamps from Design by Ryn and alcohol ink, using the cover from the EZ-mount foam as base. Too bad one side was too smooth, luckily the stamps were sort of symmetric so they still fit on the piece of backing.

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Then choosing the flowers which would go on the card, and the layout. I had intended for a small flower on a big flower at first, but liked 2 big flowers twisted in eachother too. Only that would cover too much of the stenciling. A small flower on a big flower would cover the lovely gold embossed gear too much. So only 1 flower per clockwork.

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Next, some text. I wanted it to be time related. My neece, who is still on the IC in the hospital, will need lots of time to recover (if she recovers). We believe in her, and that it only takes time for her to “grow” again.  It made me think of this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7eFYtkOiXo   Nitin Sawhney – Street Guru.

In it, there is a line: Time is the essence of life.

It just fit my mood, so there we are, the sentiment. Stamped in black, and distressed with aged paper and scattered straw.

Last were the butterflies, I wanted to add some more blue to it, so stamped the CB butterfly from the summer fairy set several times. I kind of repeated the process for the flowers: clear embossing, black embossing, silverywhite embossing, no embossing. Coloured them with Distress inks and Caran D’ache Neocolors. Oh and I used glossy accent on some of them.

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Then I remembered the small wooden laser cut butterflies I had recently bought at the Xenos. I applied some gesso to it, and coloured them with the Caran D’ache Neocolors and added glossy accent to three of the prettiest.

The outline of the stencil is a bit wobbly/aged, I liked that so I cut out a “frame” equally wobbly. The basecard is straight. I coloured that with brushed corduroy, vintage photo and a little bit of black sooth and a tiny bit of real coffee. (There are more crafters out there that dip their brush in their drinks when in need of just a tiny bit of water and having no water around…right??) I wanted it to be brown to be a bit more clocklike, like an old standing clock (I know that is not the right english word for it, it’s the literal translation of the dutch word, but I think you know what I mean).

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It was fun making it, and I am pleased with the result, eventough some more green wouldn’t be too bad. Then again, the stencilling would get lost if more is added. I think the card would be great too with just the stencilling and one flower, that would be a nice card too. I’ll keep that in mind when I’m in need for a quick card. Just the stencilling, a flower, maybe even a butterfly – I still have lots of those two lying around now – and a fitting sentiment and voila, ready! (Then there is matting the card and making the envelop – I hate making those, as I usually discover at the last moment that I don’t have an envelop that fits!)

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My dining table in the end, just this afternoon (the other picture was of 2 days ago):

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The Little Prince birth theme – part 1

Daqadoodles140726za205242  Long had I been thinking about the theme for the birth announcement card. I like to design a card with a theme, something that to me, suits the child. For our first child, it was easy, I knew quite fast I wanted a bit of a spring theme, not neccesarily lambs, but sheep. He is Aries, and lambs are born in spring so that was very suitable. The birth announcement board was a felted sheep, so that matched too. For our second child, it took a little longer and I took her name as starting point. Also incorporated was something of her brother and of a parc in the area we used to visit often. The animals on her card were cats, and the birth announcement board was also a cat, (our cat). Now, our third child, I couldn’t think of anything. So I browsed the internet for something that matched his name. I found a card I kind of liked, and started tweaking it a bit (ofcourse I couldn’t just use the card as is, I had to put my “stamp” on it.). This is the original: geboortekaartI wanted less blue, and more summer colours, so i put in a yellow background, darkened the blue to more of a royal blue, then switched the colours around. But I wasn’t convinced by it, it was too.. obvious, in a way. (As the name Lodewijk is mostly associated with the European kings named Lodewijk or Louis, and those are associated often with baroque. http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lodewijk_%28voornaam%29 (site is only in Dutch). I don’t remember wether I started on the birth announcement card before or after June 6th, it seems it was after. As I wasn’t satisfied with this card I started anew to find a theme, another drawing style like the one that Freya’s card was based on. So I tried searching for comic styles (but how do you search for a style if you don’t know names from artists, comics, or styles?). Eventually I found paintings from various artists of The little Prince (Le Petit Prince) and I was immediately in love with it – it had a nice drawing style (not the balloonhead or manga style you see so much today), it had something royal in it, but also thoughtful quotes and a deeper meaning. My neece crossed my mind often while designing the card and re-reading the story. Some of the inspirational images are found here: http://cizgilimasallar.blogspot.nl/search/label/The%20Little%20Prince – this is a list of the posts which have artists work of The Little Prince, click on Read More below each post to see more artwork. One I liked very much is this one:

Kim Minji – http://www.ki204.com

Oh and this one:   I liked the yellow flowers, although there is some melancholy in the images. Ofcourse, that is also throughout the book, and the look of the little prince is a look of wonder. I thought about making the entire card myself, printing it and finishing it with stamps, even colouring those stamps. The prints didn’t look very well, so I eventually had them printed. But I did order handmade stamps, from http://memitherainbow.blogspot.nl/search?q=prince. On the 14th of June the kids and me painted a little. Tobias first painted something on his sheet, and then he started painting a vulcano. Next, he said the vulcano erupted and the entire sheet had to be covered with yellow/orange paint. DSC_1756 I loved it, and when it was drying I thought this was a perfect background for the card! See the vulcano on the bottom right? DSC_1760 Freya’s painting (and the circles from where the lid or the paint jar had fallen or stood). As it is childrens paint, it dried up a little pale, so I edited the photo’s digitally.

- I’ve written the above part a few days ago, but it’s kind of busy, not much time to write so I continue in photo’s now and no text. -

The card was made mostly digitally, then I uploaded it to have it printed by a cardprinting company, and then I added some stamping with (bought) handmade stamps from Memi’s rainbow. (I stamped the little prince and 3 stars on it, the star stamp was inked up once when stamping 3 stars.)