26 February 2018

Archie - Through the Craftroom Door - Prismacolor on kraft

Archie is my inspiration project for this week's Through the Craftroom Door blog challenge. The sponsor for this week's challenge is Rick St Dennis.

Rick St. Dennis MFA has been an artist, designer, stage designer and instructor for over 45 years. You can find his full Bio here. His digital stamp images can be found on Zibbet . Inspiration projects from the Rick St.Dennis Elite Design Team can be found on the Sparkle and Glitter blog, or for the darker images on the Airless Chambers blog. Rick also has a personal blog and on Facebook, there is the Rick St.Dennis Digi fans and friends group, where you can showcase your cards and other projects using RSD images to be eligible to win prizes.

23 February 2018

Happy Brrr-thday - watercolour pencil

A snowy day is a good day to make a wintery birthday card. A cute little snow bunny makes a great girly birthday card, pretty in pinks.

My card features an image from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps coloured with Prima Marketing watercolour pencils and embellished with pink plaid paper from Core'dinations, rhinestones from Kaisercraft, and snowflakes from Recollections.

21 February 2018

Clean / Dirty flipper - Through the Craftroom Door - Prismacolor pencil, hose decor

The theme for the March-April web challenge of the Through the Craftroom Door magazine is Mixed Media!

For my project, I made a two-sided flipper for a dishwasher using a chipboard base and characters from Wonderland. The character stamps are Kraftin' Kimmie sets, the die cut letters are Spellbinders, the colouring is Prismacolor pencil, and the chipboard hexagon is Kaisercraft.

The March-April issue of the Through the Craftroom Door magazine is full of articles and tutorials for a wide variety of crafting and card making. My own tutorial on glittered and embossed lace is also in the magazine. If you're not already a subscriber, this might be the month you want to join us! The issue is coming soon!

15 February 2018

#girlpower - Prismacolour pencil

Strong girls make for even stronger women! Every girl should know she can be anything she wants to be and that she can do anything the boys can, too.

I used a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp set with Prisma colour pencils to make a tall thin card.

Happy Birthday to ME! - Big Shot Plus

My birthday was the 12th of February. My sweetie asked me what I wanted and I said a Big Shot Plus. *grin*

It's a behemoth! It will take dies up to 8 1/2" x 11". There are both steel rule and framelet/thinlet dies that take advantage of the larger format to make larger items, many of them related to sewing projects or boxes. Plus it can cut a larger number of smaller dies all at once.
In addition to the items in the starter kit, I also got a Spellbinders Contour die that makes a dandy little box similar to an old-fashioned popcorn box.

After I tore open the plastic packaging on the Spellbinders die, my sweetie dropped by my workshop and I told him how the steel rule die could cut through a variety of materials like plastic and chipboard and.. Then I realised I had a sheet of plastic just the right size for the die, the packaging it came in!

I hadn't been super careful in breaking into the package so had a tear to work around. I had to trim the plastic to roughly 8 1/2" x 11" so it wasn't too hard to position the die to avoid the tear.

All one piece in just one pass. :)

The partial-cut scorelines put in by the die make it easy to fold the sides and bottom.

A single strip of adhesive on the tab for one side with the bottom interlocking and it was all done.

It makes a great holder for my brushes. My other cups were over-full so this is just perfect.


12 February 2018

Sleep Tight - Through the Craftroom Door inspiration, Prismacolour pencils, die cutting, decor item

This week's sponsor for Through the Craftroom Door's anything goes challenge is Sheepski Designs.

Living in Leeds, Yorkshire in the UK, working full time as a Management Accountant, currently working on 2 design teams and an obsessive crafter and creator of cards. I have no actual style as yet but do love the unusual and quirky. I may be known for producing cards in soft pastel colours.
I love anything arty. I've always drawn stuff, for as long as I can remember. In my younger days I sold a few watercolour paintings. I recently found mixed media which is a joy and love creating canvases with flowers.

I had a battle with digital drawing for about a year and finally found some software I could gel with. January 2016 a challenge team I worked on was short of a designer's images to create with so I drew some. I opened my shop a month later so I could sponsor challenges and give something back to the crafting world, to the lovely ladies who have supported me on my journey.
I've a Facebook group SheepSki Designs where I hold challenges, some for fun to win digis as well as my monthly card challenge. I've a SheepSki Designs challenge blog as well. Things are growing slowly (thankfully) so I still manage to spend at least a little time with my hubby :D

Using Sleep Tight, I created a wall hanging of a sleeping boy and his room. The image is coloured with Prima watercolour pencils paired with a variety of die cut items and Kaisecraft Beyond the Page frames.

Come join us in the Through the Craftroom Door challenge this week. It's always Anything Goes! The prize this week is 3 images from our sponsor Sheepski Designs.

09 February 2018

Here Leezard - watercolour, stencil, masking, single layer

A few (well quite a few) years ago there was a movie with a HUGE lizard that got a tie-in with a fast food restaurant with a Chihuahua as it's mascot. The movie was Godzilla and the fast food place was Taco Bell. One of the adverts, the dog, looking for a really big meal was calling, "Here, Leezard, Leezard, Leezard." From the very first I saw this stamp, I thought of that advert. So... here he is in the city with his big big bone from a big big leezard.

This project uses a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp set and a stencil made with an Impression Obsession die. Distress ink and water brush for the dog and Clarity brush for the stencilled city.

04 February 2018

Love you - Resist technique, #MyMonthlyHero

All in the name of love, resist-ance is not futile. It can make some really pretty cards.

I fashioned this Valentine card using the emboss resist technique, a background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, and the January 2018 My Monthly Hero kit.


01 February 2018

Love Story - Sheepski Designs, Prismacolour pencils

The challenge for this February on Sheepski Designs challenge blog is Red, Hearts, Romance, and/or Love. My inspiration piece combines Fantasy Romance with all of those. Come join us with the challenge.

Fantasy Romance depicts an elven couple in a loving embrace. The alternate image, included in the download, added wings to the male.

I coloured the image with PrismaColor pencils and used an Umbrella Craft die to create a scalloped heart window to frame them with a heart-filled paper.

Sheepski Designs challenge blog: https://sheepski-designs-challenges.blogspot.ca/

Sheepski Designs Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/sheepskidesigns