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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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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of a card I made recently.

Vintage Floral Card

Vintage Floral Card

Stamps: Anna Griffin, sentiment & corners. Katzelkraft Floral stamp

Inks; Tim Holtz Distress inks

The base card is hammered so it is a textured surface, the text stamp I used was clear and the ink I stamped it with was Distress ink, for these reasons, in some areas the ink skipped out (didn’t stamp). Rather than ditch the card, I chose a similar toned pigment ink and stamped the text again. The pigment ink, clung better to the stamp and stamped perfectly. Rather pleased the original ink went a bit wrong, as this new technique looks a lot like a shadow and makes the text look 3d.

Shadow stamping

Shadow stamping

I should add that shadow stamping wasn’t a technique of my own invention, Barbara Grey has shown it on C&C a few times, and it was remembering that which gave me the idea of trying to add a pigment ink to the background. Looks good though, doesn’t it.

Have fun and don’t forget, there’s no such thing as a mistake in stamping, just a new opportunity to try a different route :) Even if some elements of a card go terribly wrong, you are sure to be able to save some parts to use again on another project.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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A special free gift for you today. The tutorial for gift tags from a few weeks ago seems to have been very popular. I spent the weekend putting the finishing touches to my own gift tags, and decided my handwriting might not be as elegant as I would like, so I created a printable sheet for the back of the tags, which I could fill in. It looks pretty good so I thought you might like to use it too.

Elegant Tag Backers to Download

Elegant Tag Backers to Download

Christmas Gift Tag Backers 2010 There are nine tag backers to an A4 page.

BTW: Your tag backers won’t have my copyright logo on the tags themselves ;)

All you do is click on the link and it will open a new window, the backer opens up a PDF which you can print immediately or save to your computer for later. The greeting on this backer is green, as my tags were green, if you ask me REAL nicely I might make you a set with the greeting in red.

These backers co-ordinate with the gift tags created in the following film;

Decorate the front of the tags using your favorite designs of papers & stamps. You could also use printed toppers from a craft CD. Here are my finished tags, decorated with images from Joanna Sheen’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady CD.

My Finished Christmas tags for 2010

My Finished Christmas tags for 2010

Hand made, elegant and not that time-consuming ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share the latest page created for my advent calendar project.

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 10

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 10

Advent Calendar; Day 10

  • Stamps Used; Anna Griffin; Boarder stamp, Holly and bauble from Clear sets
  • Inks Used; Adirondack Bottle
  • Paint Used; Adirondack Acrylic Dabber; Gold
  • Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia

I’d love to see your results if you are making daily pages for a similar advent calendar. If you missed the tutorial at the start, here’s Part 1, which contained a download for how to create your calendar. Hope you like this project and will join me tomorrow for the next page.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share the latest page created for my advent calendar project.

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 4

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 4

Advent Calendar; Day 4

  • Stamps Used; Rubber Stamp Tapestry; SHO 20007 Embellished HOliday Wreath. Anna Griffin; Sentiment
  • Inks Used; Adirondack dye ink; Cranberry, Bottle, Pesto, Eggplant. Versafine; Onyx Black
  • Paint; Adirondack Acrylic Dabbers; Gold
  • Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia

I’d love to see your results if you are making daily pages for a similar advent calendar. Hope you like this project and will join me tomorrow for the next page. If you missed the tutorial at the start, here’s Part 1, which contained a download for how to create your calendar.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share the latest page created for my advent calendar project.

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 3

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 3

Advent Calendar; Day 3

  • Stamps Used; Anna Griffin Clear stamps
  • Inks Used; Adirondack Bottle, Cranberry. Versafine; Onyx Black
  • Paint Used; Adirondack Acrylic Dabbers; Gold.  Twinkling H2Os, Stickles; Xmas Red
  • Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia

I’d love to see your results if you are making daily pages for a similar advent calendar. If you missed the tutorial at the start, here’s Part 1, which contained a download for how to create your calendar. Hope you like this project and will join me tomorrow for the next page.

Snow

Thought you might like to see some of our snow ;)

Our bin looking much like a pint of Guinnes hehehe

Our bin looking much like a pint of Guiness hehehe

Isn’t nature wonderful, look at the just one of our amazing  icicles!

Big icicle!

Big icicle, this is a whopper. over 3 foot long!

Don’t slam the doors, or Damocles the icicle will get you!

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share the latest page created for my advent calendar project.

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 2

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 2

Advent Calendar; Day 2

  • Stamps Used; Anna Griffin Clear stamps
  • Inks Used; Adirondack dye ink; Cranberry and bottle. Versafine; Crimson
  • Paint used; Adirondack Acryic Dabbers; Gold
  • Cuttlebug Embossing folders borders
  • Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia

I’d love to see your results if you are making daily pages for a similar advent calendar. If you missed the tutorial at the start, here’s Part 1, which contained a download for how to create your calendar. Hope you like this project and will join me tomorrow for the next page.

Snow

The snow arrived BIG time yesterday, it has snowed constantly for 2 days now and we have a foot of snow out there. Will take a pic, when its safe to do so. Need to dig out the wild birds water bowl its totally burried. The feeders are very popular today with chaffinches, blue tits and great tits on there. The robbin and dunnock are looking hungry too.

If you have to travel, go careful and stay as warm as you can.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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