Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Mechanical Greetings

Mechanical Greetings

Hi Everyone!

Brrr!  It is getting chilly out
there now.   Time to snuggle
up to the fire............. should 
have bought some muffins
(the ones that are a bit like
pancakes of course).  

Now when I say mechanical
greetings I probably mean
kinetic greetings but either
way movement is involved!

To start us off, Angela Radford
 has come with a greeting card 
that is just right for the 
mantelpiece ...........

Hi all, Angela here to show you one
 of my favourite ways of getting
 movement in my cards.

 I started with a sheet of watercolour paper
 but lightweight card would work too. 

Use your distress inks on a craft mat and
 smoosh the card through it until you
 get a light coverage.

 Once this was dry I used a Paper Artsy Christmas
 stencil by Kay Carley with several colours of 
Distress Oxides.

Looks okay but I just couldn't resist adding more!

So clear Gel medium next through
 the same stencil and allow it to dry.

 Now at this stage I could not decide on the
 colours I wanted to use so cut the paper 
into two and then added the colours with 
Distress Oxides.

Splatter water over the colour and 
allow to activate and dab off.

And here are the two samples.

 If you buff the card a little the gelled 
areas will show up more.

 I couldn't resist it! One more technique: 

Splatter thinned paint onto the surface
 and allow it to dry.

At this stage I folded the front of a card blank
 to make a Z fold card and layered this with
 the Masterboard and matching coloured card. 

You will also need a piece of card for the front 
slightly smaller than the size of your chosen
 card blank. 

This front section is not completed
 at this stage as can be seen below.

Now for the fun part using the Elenazinski 
Christmas set 19. 

Stamp these onto card and heat emboss 
with clear embossing powder.

 How cute are they?!

Next the colouring.
 I like to use watercolour pencils for this. 

When these were dry I also added 
glaze to the eyes.

Now cut three strips of clear acetate and
 attach three of the figures to this and the 
other two on each side of the front section. 

I also stamped the sentiment at this stage.

Turn the front section over and attach
 the acetate strip to the back with the 
stamped figures facing you.

Turn this over and bend the acetate 
towards you. Use a bone folder to smooth
 the acetate into position and then it 
can be mounted onto the white card 
and attached to the front.

And here is the finished card. 

It only takes a little draught to make 
these little guys wobble which I just love.

A side view of the Christmas family
 sending their sentiment. 

Hope you enjoyed watching me make 
this fun card xXx

Products used for the Mechanical Family

Such a fun card!  Thank you
so much Angela

I could just see them bobbing about
on my mantelpiece ......... you
have to hand it to PaperArtsy, they
come up trumps every time ....

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Song Challenge

Song Challenge

Happy Sunday!

This seems like an oxymoron
given the song I have chosen: 

Paint It Black

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors any more, I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by, dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a newborn baby, it just happens every day

I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door I must have it painted black
Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts
It's not easy facing up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the setting sun
My love will laugh with me before the morning comes

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors any more, I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by, dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I wanna see it painted, painted black
Black as night, black as coal
I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black

The song was written by those veterans of Rock;
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
and performed by
The Rolling Stones

My underlying thoughts were for
the challenge to be anything you like
 but in monochrome (black and white),
however, as other colours are mentioned,
 perhaps incorporating just one of them
would make for a striking piece of work...

Here's another of Karen Gist's
beautiful coasters to give you
some inspiration:

As always, you can enter as many times
as you like via the link. 

The link will close at midnight on 
10th December

If the link isn't working, then please
email a picture of your work to me
and I will be glad to post it for you

Good luck and I look forward to
seeing your work

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Crafty Emotions

Crafty Emotions


Have you got all your weekend
chores done? Good for you!

Now it is time to sit back and
relax and what better place to
start than with Jane Castle's
Thank You card........

"At this time of year it's so easy to concentrate
 solely on Christmas but it's probably a good
 idea to have a couple of cards ready made
 and 'In the Bank' as to speak for those 
special thank-you's. 

Not only for a fabulous gift but dinner parties, 
drinks gatherings with neighbours 
and then there's 'New Year' parties. 

Today I'd like to share with you a card that
 can easily be adapted using different colours
 if it's for a male or depending on what
 you might have in your 'crafting stash'.

I started by preparing my outer frame, for this I painted 
a piece of smooth white card with Mud Splat paint. 
Once dry it was then given a coat of Weathered Wood, 
left to dry again and then a final coat of Blush

This was then put to one side as I wasn't sure 
at this stage how large I would need
 to make my aperture.

Using the following stamp set and inks I proceeded
 to build up the layers of my wild flowers.

The first to be stamped was the cow parsley, 
this was heat embossed with white EP.

Then I gradually filled in the bunch using 2 other 
stamps from the same set. 

Finally I added a few hand drawn stems using a
 Distress Marker. 

After trimming to size I punched 2 holes, 
1 each side of the stems, threaded some
ribbon through and tied a bow.

After cutting my frame to size I then decided to
 add some narrow lace to the inside of the aperture. 
This was attached using narrow double sided tape.

A die cut tag was then stamped with my sentiment 
and this was attached using a dragonfly brad.

Using a different sentiment on the tag this could be 
adapted for many different occassions, so one could 
make a couple of cards and add the tag when needed!"

Items Used

Lace from sewing stash

What a lovely card Jane;
thank you.

Just goes to show you don't need
a load of stamps and supplies
to make a stunning card

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx