Monday, April 28, 2014

Matchbook box shaker

Good morning all:

I had so much fun making my first shaker card in the weekend so when I started my altered matchbook box project (for Mother's Day) I made the top a shaker too.  I thought the thickness of the box was perfect for it.  I glue a stamped and coloured acetate in the inside, then filled with sequins and beads, glue a clear acetate on top (outside), and cover with pattern paper.  So fun!!

I will link it to the Paulina's Sequin Shaker Blog Hop.

ETA:  Since I always consider Tulips to be a Spring flower, I am also linking up to Playing in Paradise Challenge #12 - Easter or Spring.

Supplies used:

matchbook box by Graphic 45
Stamp: the Artful Stamper, Hero Arts (Playful Lowercase LL764)
Ink: Ranger Distress (Walnut Stain), StazOn (Cotton White)
Pattern Paper: Pebbles (Walnut Grove collection: Eliza Jane)
Sakura Glaze Pen
colouring pencils
beads and sequins

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Shaker Ornament

Hi there, welcome back!

Today while I was taking a stroll in blog land, I came across some very fun and beautiful shaker cards on this post at Lin's blog, Sending Hugs.  I was really inspired to play so I made my very first shaker card.

So what do you think?  Even though I didn't stamp any sentiment, I thinks it's pretty clear that it's Christmas card.  Inside the shaker, I have both beads and sequins.  I hope it qualifies for the
Sequin Blog Hop hosted by Paulina, owner of  Pretty Pink Posh blog.  Go check out the details and play along!

I also want to link up to TIME OUT Challenge #4 - CASE Virginia Lu With Your Own Twist.  This is Virginia's beautiful inspiration card.

and Challenge #42 - Layer Cake at ABNH - use layers or dimensions.

Stamps: Hero Arts (Magic of Christmas CL462)
Markers: Copic (YG00, YG25, B12, B14, Y15, Y17)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), StazOn (Cotton White)
Others: Blue twine, sequins, beads

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Embossing Paste a la Cindy

Hello everyone, welcome back!

I am sure you have noticed that stencils seems to be all the rage right now!!   Virginia's View Challenge is underway and this second challenge is about stencils!  The Styling with Stencil Challenge is still on over at MFW.  So I am playing along.

I am sharing my process today, so the post is a little long!  Bear with me or skip ahead if you like.

I have use my ink with my stencil before, but I really want to try the embossing paste; however I don't have any and I won't have time to get some for this project which I want to finish as quickly as possible!  So I made my own.  I mixed Gesso and some embossing powder.  (These embossing powder does not give me good result when I heat emboss with it, so I found another way to use it up.  :) )  I secure my Hero Arts Large Lotus Pattern stencil over a piece of water colour paper, then spread the mixture over it.  Remove stencil and let dry.  The piece looks like this:

I really like the texture.  Next I use the distress ink applicator and sponged Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, and Barn Door over it.  Like so:

Next I spritz Perfect Pearl solution all over, the ink reacts with the water and blend together.  I place my stencil on top matching the pattern, and quickly dabbed the raised area with a paper towel to remove the ink.  (I don't know why I did ink it before I add the gesso mixture!?)   And it now looks like this:

Then I let it dry completely.  And I really like how it turned out, but I didn't know what to do with it!!!  As in how to make it into a card, nothing comes to mind.  So I torn it up!!  Yes you heard me, I torn it into two halves and use one to make a card like this:

Well thanks for listening.  The greeting, from Penny Black, is stamped with ColoxBox Lime pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder.

ETA (on April 9th, 16:00):  I thought I missed the deadline for the Simon Says Happy Birthday Challenge.  But it turned that the linky was closed early.  So now I have the chance to enter.

Enjoy the rest of the week!!