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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. In today’s post; 

Acrylic Dabbers

Acrylic Dabbers are made by a company called Ranger, the colour pallet matches their Adirondack set of colours. I love these Dabbers, they are little bottles of Acrylic paint in a bottle with a special dabber in the top. The top looks a lot like the fluffy side of velcro and it has a valve inside, to regulate how much paint comes through. 

Acrylic Dabbers

Ranger Acylic Dabbers.

 

The dabbers can be a little tempremental at times. If you have left the paint to dry on the dabber top, you will need to dampen the sponge top, to get the paint flowing again. I tend to spray a little water onto a craft sheet and then swish the dabber top in that. After a bit of a press, the paint flows again. Personally, I quite like the hit n miss effect, that comes when there is some dried on paint in the dabber’s top. 

These paints work great on card and paper and also on metal and plastic too. Try them on Grungebord/paper as well. I love the versatility that these paints give. You can paint without getting extra equipment out, they also give a wonderful texture to projects as well. 

Here is a project that was coloured with Acrylic Dabbers. 

Distressed Box

Although this looks like an ancient metal box, it is in fact made from cardboard.

 

 

Links

Ranger Manufacturers of Acrylic Dabbers 

Acrylic Dabbers Link to a color chart of Dabbers from Ranger. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Welcome Back 

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. 

Sanding Block

Sanding Block

The humble sanding block, is one of those tools that isn’t impressive to look at but creates some wonderful results. Come back on Friday for some help on how to use a sanding block. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Be Kind to Yourself

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They say the best laid plans etc, well having fallen down the stairs and sprained my ankle that sure did apply to me. I had big plans for all the projects I was going to create this month, but after my accident I was forced to abandon them and rest. Rest hmmm I don’t really do that, imagine a bee stuck in a jam jar….well thats me. Between weeks of enforced rest when I hurt my back before Christmas and now this I was done with resting….but pain meant doing much else wasn’t an option.

So rather than spend any more time being  bored or feeling sorry for myself, I got out some creative books and magazines and began to read. I visited some websites and decided that if I stuck to dry media, that this was a good time to get more into art journaling. I’ve wanted to art journal for ages but although I dabbled a little last year, I still hadn’t REALLY got into it. I write a personal journal everyday, but was still struggling with the art journal on the ‘I’m not good enough’ front.

Having read some more of my Art Journalling magazine from Stampington I rediscoverd the theory that there were so many different styles out there, which means there really isn’t a ‘right’ way to journal. So I got out crayons, pencils and my journal and had a go. My creative side was somewhat lacking so I surfed a few blogs and did some pages ‘in the style’ of some of the artists I liked. Now I am much more relaxed about my art journal, I figure it is for me, so I can put in there what ever I like and no one has to see it.

Suzi Blu was the first person who got me into Art Journaling and her whole philosophy is about learning to accept yourself for who and what you are an just go with it. I had to Be Kind to myself, look after my injured foot until it heals. Take the time, while I have to rest, to explore other things, that I don’t always find the time to do. Who knows, they always say ‘Things happen for a reason’ maybe this accident gave me the time to stop still and re-asses what I’d like to do creatively.

Fingers crossed there will be some more creative posts along soon :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a picture of the stampbord necklace that I made just before Christmas. It features a Holly theme. 

Stampbord Necklace featuring Holly design

Stamps Used: Creative Expressions; Holly 

Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint, Quinacridone Nickle Azo Gold, Irredescent Gold Fine 

Ink Used; Tsukeneko Versafine in Onyx Black. 

Stampbord in Domino sized Pieces. 

These necklaces are such fun to make, the acrylic paints work beautifully on the surface and dry fast too. The Versafine ink dries perfectly over the Fluid Acrylic paint. I use a Crop A Dile to make the hole for the cord. The cord I’m using is 2mm cotton cord, it is made by Impex. 

Adding a few layers of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) in clear, over the top of the paint, has given a superb sheen and really made the colours pop. 

If you haven’t tried stampbord yet, do give it a try. It is one of those things that people are afraid of trying, but it is super easy to use. I highly recommend using the Versafine ink with it, as it is a really black, black ;) and dries superbly. 

My top tip is to ink your stamp then lay the stamp on the desk, and take your piece of stampboard to the stamp. Really go for it, be brave, pounce and then press firmly to ensure the stampboard has full contact with the stamp. Hold the stamp down with one hand, grip the edges of the stampboard with your other hand and pull straight up. This avoids the chance of skidding your stampboard across the stamp and blurring your image. 

You can colour stampboard with inks, pens, pencils as well as paints. Adding UTEE as a final layer will help seal in your work to protect it from scratching, but is an optional extra. If you haven’t got a heat tool and UTEE, try just stamping onto it. It’s great fun and a superb surface to ‘play’ on. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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A little while ago I joined Julie Prichard’s Layer Love Class I would so reccomend anyone who likes this style of painting, to do this class. Julie’s videos are excellent and her support of students in the Ning network, where the class is hosted, is amazing.

 

Here is my first painting, for Lesson 1 of the class;

 

My first layer love painting. Lesson 1

My first layer love painting. Lesson 1

 

I was pleased with how this painting turned out. I can see me trying to make journal pages in this kind of style, once I’ve had more practise with the technique. I’m loving these Golden products, they work so well. These Fluid Acrylics are fantastic.

 

My new Golden stash...isn't it lovely!!

My new Golden stash...isn't it lovely!!

Links

If you like this painting and would like to find out more about Julie’s class. Please visit her website, details of the classes are on the Workshop tab at the top. The class I am currently doing is the Layer Love.

In September, Julie Prichard is also offering Art Journaling classes on-line too. More details on those classes are also available on her website

Thanks to Julie for her excellent tuition, and encouragement.

 

Many thanks to Julie for the help and encouragement on this class

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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If you have been reading my blog for a while you will have noticed that I like Celtic knotwork. If you like Celtic Knotwork and would love to be able to create your own knotwork designs, but can’t face the thought of grid paper and sleepless nights then I have a link that you will love.

There is a company called Clanbadge, they have created a wonderful font that you can either download from their site or have a CD delivered to your door. There a variety of styles of Celtic font available, Outline, Inverse, Filled In and also 3D.

The idea is that the various sections of the knotwork are created by using a font, this means that if you press various keys on your keyboard you will get sections of knotwork instead of letters. You create your design by building designs using the keyboard in word processing programs that you already have on your computer. Put them design in Photoshop and you can imagine all the glorious special effects that you could achieve.

The beauty of creating your knotwork this way is that you can build your design quickly and easily and have fun, no more intricate measuring it is also very simple to alter your finished design. Changing the size of your design is as simple as selecting the entire piece and increasing the font size as you would in any other word processing document.

These are an awesome set of fonts I’ve been using them for a few years now and I love them. They are also bringing out a variation that will create charted knotwork patterns ready for cross stitch. There are also Tatoo design set available too.

How you use your completed designs is up to you, your only limitation is your imagination.

Links

Clanbadge homepage http://www.clanbadge.com/

Charted Knotwork http://www.clanbadge.com/charted.htm

Celtic Tatoo Design Set http://www.clanbadge.com/tattoo.htm

If you buy these fonts as downloads from the site you won’t be charged shipping. You are only charged shipping if you would like the CD. You can also opt to have a download and a CD sent, this enables you to get started straight away, but have the security of a cd should your computer have a ‘wobble’

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Kreativ Blogger Award

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I had a lovely surprise the other day, my friend Sari over on http://arcticstamper.wordpress.com/ gave me this award. Having had a rough month then working frantically to get all these tutorials done on time, this award really cheered me up. Now who to pass it on to hmmmm

To receive this award I must pass it on to 5 people whose blog inspires me.

The rules:

1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

Well, it’s always difficult to nominate inspiring blogs because there are just so many of them. But, here goes, in no particular order:

Kiley over on http://www.kupokiley.blogspot.com/ I love your work and your blog always inspires me to make more books.

Rhonda over on http://myhandboundbooks.blogspot.com/ I love your work and your blog always make me want to try new techniques with my bookbinding as well.

Büchertiger over on http://buecher-tiger.blogspot.com/ I love your work, your ideas inspire me.

Jak Heath over on http://crafterskitchen.blogspot.com/  OMG words fail me, your paper craft is exceptional and you always make me want to rush to my craft supplies and get crafting.

Amanda McIlhatton over on http://mandymc-happyaccidents.blogspot.com/ I love her elegant cards and her colouring techniques are incredible.

Sending you love creative sisters

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie

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