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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for June 2010 is:

F

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 letter F.

Colours

  • French Navy

Products

  • Fabric
  • Fimo or other clay products
  • Film – acetate etc
  • Fantasy Film

Techniques

  • Stamp into Fimo
  • 3D with Fimo Beads etc
  • Sewn Project
  • Folding – think Origami, Tea Bag folding, Iris folding etc

Surfaces

  • Film
  • Fimo
  • Fabric
  • Felt

 If you don’t have the products mentioned or know the techniques, try ‘Free Style’, ie; Anything goes.

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,  my latest Artist Trading Card. Created for last month’s Stamping Mad Forum challenge. 

Floral ATC, SMF April 2010

Floral ATC

Stamps: Elusive Images 

Colour: Adirondack Dabbers, Adirondack inks. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for May 2010 is:

E

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 letter E.

Colours

  • Ecru
  • Eggplant

Techniques

  • Embossing
  • Enamelling
  • Etching
  • Engraving

Surfaces

  • Stampbord, I realise it doesn’t start with the letter E, but this is a great surface to etch and engrave into :)

 

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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The theme for The Virtual Crafting Challenge this month, is ‘D’. For those of you looking to get started in Distressing techniques with paper, this series is all about my favorite tools for creating Distressed looks. 

Before I started using paints to distress things, I used ink. Here are a couple of my favorite inks for distressing. 

Alcohol Ink

Alcohol Inks & Accessories

Alcohol Inks & Accessories

Alcohol Ink

This is perfect for distressing/aging and otherwise altering 

Metal, Glass and plastic. 

I use this on embellishments like clips and shiny surfaces. 

Adirondack Dye Ink

Adirondack ink by Ranger

Adirondack Dye Ink 

Great for distressing on card and paper. Although I should add that I use Espresso, Terracotta and Latte rather than Pink Sherbert!!! 

Apply with Ranger Cut n Dry foam, for an airbrushed aged effect. 

Check out my Tutorials page for more information and inspiration for distressing paper and card. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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This month the theme for The Virtual Crafting Challenge was ‘D’. Here is my latest Distressed project. 

Distressed Box

Distressed Box

 

This humble box, is not quite what it seems. At first glance you would think this is a small metal box, aged and worn with time. It is in fact, a humble card box, the kind you can buy quite cheaply in craft stores. 

I coloured the box with many layers of paint using Acrylic Dabbers. The result, is a lot like the look of a very old metal tin. I am now on the look out for small stamps which show vintage labels as they would marry perfectly with this technique. 

Distressed Box

Distressing Goes Vintage

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for April 2010 is:

D

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 letter D.

Colours

  • Denim
  • Dune ie sandy tones

Products

  • Die Cuts
  • Dye Ink
  • Distressing Ink

Techniques

  • Distressing Surfaces
  • De-coupage
  • De-bossing
  • Dos a Dos (bookbinding)
  • Decorate – ie alter an already existing item.

 

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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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for March 2010 is:

C

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 letter C.

Colours

  • Cream
  • Cerrulean

Products

  • Cuttlebug
  • Chipboard
  • Cardboard

Techniques

  • Collage
  • Coptic stitch; Bookbinding style
  • Concertina; Bookbinding/Papercraft

Surfaces

  • Card
  • Ceramic

 

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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