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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for May 2011 is:

Die Cuts & Embossing

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the Challenge too.

Products

  • Brass Stencils
  • Embossing Folders
  • Die cutting machines; Cuttlebug/ Wizard etc
  • Electronic Die cutting machines; Slice/ Cricut/Vagabond etc

Surfaces

  • Card
  • Paper
  • Metal
  • Fabric
  • Acetate

Techniques

  • Embossing different surfaces
  • Colouring your embossing (Video tutorial coming soon)
  • Using dimension with your die-cuts (Video Tutorial coming soon)
  • Use your die cuts on Cards/ATCs/ Art Journals/Books etc

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Bit of a different post today. Just had to tell you about this wonderful chance of winning free classes for life with Julie Prichard & Chris Cosen online classes.

Julie Prichard is an amazing artist I have taken several classes with her, she rocks. Her classes ROCK and Chris Cozen does too. When you buy a class you have access to online video tutorial and a whole network of help. From making new creative friends to interactive help from the tutors and fellow students.

I highly recommend Julies classes, take one now for the amazing chance of winning all future classes with her and Chris in the Land of Lost Luggage Network.

Please visit Julie’s Blog, for full details T&Cs.

Click here to see our available workshops.

 

Thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a video tutorial for more techniques in my Rock n Roll series with Zig Pens. This time I’ll show you how to create butterflies and bows.

For the projects on the video I used the following Zig Markers.

  • Brushables
  • Calligraphy Markers
  • Writers

You can also use the Art & Graphic pens too, I didn’t have those until after this film was made.

For more information on stockists and colours in each range, plese visit Kuretake’s website.

Best wishes and thanks for watching, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post a peek into my art journal, where I’ve been doodling with my new Zig Art & Graphic pens.

Rock n Roll Flowers with Zig Art & Graphic pens

Rock n Roll Flowers with Zig Art & Graphic pens

Pens used; Zig Art & Graphic set of 12 Muted tones.

Sketchbook Used: Daler Rowney; Ebony Sketchook 

If you haven’t already, you have to try these pens! They are unlike anything else, but truly wonderful. The Art & Graphic pens work beautifully on the 150gsm acid free paper in the Daler Rowney sketchbooks.

Best wishes and see you soon

Billie :)

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Recently a friend of mine on a stamping forum was looking for larger images to colour with her Pro Markers as she struggles with her sight. I was watching Nancy Watt on Create and Craft TV and saw they had digi stamps pre printed on Pro Marker friendly cardstock for sale and it gave me an idea.

Dover Publications; Clip Art CDROMs & Books

Dover Publications; Clip Art CDROMs & Books

These are Clip Art images on CD Rom made by Dover Books. Although some of their CDs are of pre coloured images, many are just black & white outlines. Perfect images for colouring in with Markers of any kind. My other half who is more technical minded suggests you colour up to rather than over any printed line, as the Pro Marker is likely to pick up and collect the printer ink. If you are printing for Aqua Markers try not to saturate the final print with water or some inks will run. It’s one to test, depending on your card, printer and ink combination.

These are just ideas to try out. I would recommend you try them with your older markers first rather than your most favorites, just in case the ink does run. Try colouring up to near the line and let the pen bleed up to the line, rather than touching the line with your pen ;)

There are all kinds of subjects within the range. They would work well for altered art and art journalling too. Check out options for surfaces to print onto for altered art applications. I’m thinking acetate (get the special printable kind) or even onto decal paper, which gives you options of appling the final image to curved surfaces :)

Links

  • Dover Clip Art CDRoms. This will take you to the clip art CD ROM section of their website. There are coloured images as well as black and white ones.

Hope you enjoy using these books & discs as much I do. They are a lot of fun for all kind of creative projects.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;  a few books collectivly. Dover Clip Art CD ROM books.

Dover Publications; Clip Art CDROMs & Books

Dover Publications; Clip Art CDROMs & Books

  • Publisher: Dover Books

My Reason for Buying

I’ve had these books for a while now. I wanted some oriental images for cards and book covers and it was getting very expensive to buy stamps. With the CD ROMs I have the option of resizing the image in a graphics package. Useful if I want to make a batch of similar cards/projects.

I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose ;)

Contents

These books contain the images that you will find on the CD ROM. When you put the CD into the computer you need to instal the reader for the images, but not the images themselves so it doesn’t take up too much space on your computer. Some of the books contain pre coloured images, others just black and white outlines. Refer to the copyright agreement in the front of the book to check what is and isn’t acceptable use of the images before you start using them.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Space saving; To get this many images in rubber stamps would take up an awful lots of space, the discs and books offer you lots of images on each disk and take up next to no space to store.
  • Cost effective; You get a lot of images on each disk, it would be a lot more expensive to buy stamps for each image.

The biggest advantage for me was the option of being able to print multiple images on a single sheet and to be able to resize the images too. You do need to take the jpeg that is on the desk into a graphic packgage or Word document to be able to do this. Straight from the disc you would get a single image on your page in the size the disk gives you.

Cons

Not a con as such, but if you do choose to enlarge the image in a graphics package, don’t over do it. If you increase the size of the image from the disc too much it will pixilate.

Value for Money

Excellent, these are a great visual resource. You can use them for all kinds of creative work. Simply print an idividual image to colour in, or use as a template to create on a range of surfaces. I’ve printed one of these off and traced a design onto a wooden blank to burn using Pyrography. Do check the small print for what is and isn’t acceptable use for the images before you create something for profit though.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, I am building quite a collection of these books on a range of subjects.

Summing up

These books are great. The book gives you a visual reference for whats on the disc, which is nice as you can sit and browse through till you find an image you want to use then print off your favorite one. Once you open the image if you put it into something like Word you can alter the size, which is useful. I like these books and highly recommend you try them out.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for March 2011;

Pat Pitingolo

I discovered her work thanks to Art Journalling magazine by Stampington, which is where I first saw her amazing pages. For those of you who haven’t yet found Pat, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are: 

Pat; Hi. I’m Pat Pitingolo from Lost and Found.

Lost n Found Pat Pitingolo's blog.

Lost n Found Pat Pitingolo's blog.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

Pat: I live in the US in the Midwestern state of Ohio.

What you do:

Pat: By day I work as an office assistant at a small, liberal arts university. The rest of the time, I am a wife, mother, friend, and maker of things.

What got you started in your creative journey?

Pat: I’ve always had the desire to make things. My mother was a big influence as she was always knitting, crocheting, or sewing late into the wee hours. As a child I preferred craft kits to dolls or toys. In school, I spent more time designing the cover of a report than writing it! I majored in art in college and worked in advertising and design before devoting most of my time and energy to raising a family. For many years my creative outlet consisted of making Halloween costumes, home decorating projects, and participating in mail art. When my youngest went off to college a few years ago, my creative life blossomed. I started taking art classes, experimenting, and blogging. I found some creative friends and we meet regularly to learn new techniques and generally inspire and encourage one another.

What inspires you: 

Wilderness1 by Pat Pitingolo

Wilderness1 by Pat Pitingolo

Pat: Everything! My motto is: I never met an art form I didn’t like. I’ve dabbled in journaling, lettering, altered books, book arts, painting, collage, assemblage, mosaic, sewing, quilting, felting, and more. I enjoy looking at art as much as I do creating it and the internet is a wealth of inspiration. If I had to choose what inspires me most, I would probably say words, color, geometric shapes, outsider and folk art, and anything made with found objects.

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

 
 

 

Blur1web by Pat Pitingolo

Blur1web by Pat Pitingolo

 

Pat: I would spend ALL of my time exploring art. I would travel the world taking classes and workshops, meeting artists, and journaling about it in my own handmade journals. I would also have my own art gallery filled with artwork that I discovered on my travels.

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Pat: I enjoy the whole creative process. It absolutely thrills me that something can be a tiny spark in your mind one day and a tangible object that you can touch and hold and share another day. I love that concept and everything that happens between the thought and the finished piece. I enjoy getting my hands dirty and sticky playing with paint, glue, paper, and fabric. The greatest feeling to me is when inspiration strikes and you have to drop everything and follow an idea to wherever it leads. Art is one giant adventure and I never want the journey to end.

Links

To find out more about Pat and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below. 

  • I invite you to visit my blog, Lost and Found, at http://patpitingolo.blogspot.com/ as I appreciate your visits and comments. I hope I can inspire you to try something new or discover your own inner artist.

Thanks to Pat Pitingolo for being our Featured Artist of the Month for March 2011.

Happy by Pat Pitingolo

Happy by Pat Pitingolo

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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