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A while ago I entered a competition run by one of my favorite stamp companies Crafty Individuals. Although I didn’t win I was really pleased that pictures of my two entries were shown on their website.

Here are a couple of pictures of the ATCs made for the competition, sadly the photos don’t show the pearlescent sheen that the Perfect Pearls spray gave the backgrounds. The Wren in the second ATC was glazed, which also doesn’t show in the picture so well. My photography skills need work!

My ATC for Crafty Individuals ATC competition January 2009

My ATC for Crafty Individuals ATC competition January 2009

 

This is the second ATC I made for the same competition

My ATC for Crafty Individuals ATC competition January 2009

My ATC for Crafty Individuals ATC competition January 2009

 

Links

If you haven’t found them yet here is a link to the Crafty Individuals website

http://www.craftyindividuals.co.uk/

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The 6×4 Challenge is a monthly challenge where you will be asked to create a piece 6 x 4″ in size. There will be a theme set, but the media you choose is entirely up to you.

January’s theme is

Rubber Stamping

Create your finished piece from  a 6 x 4″ piece of cardstock. The project must involve stamping in some way.

If you would like the chance to choose a theme for next month, hurry over to www.stampingMadForum.co.uk register to the forum, and sign up to the swap on there and next month it could be you setting the theme.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here is my Artist Trading Card that I made for August’s swap over on Stamping Mad Forum. The theme was Nature.

 

'Nature'

I used Katzelkraft rubber stamps from their Floral plate, Crafty Individuals stamps for the swirls and crackles, Ranger Adirondack dye inks, and Perfect pearls sprayed on using a mini Mister spray.

 

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Billie :)

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Here is a picture of the birthday card I made for Lynn over on the Stamping Mad Forum.

Birthday card I made for Lynn

Birthday card I made for Lynn

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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For those of you who know me from http://www.stampingmadforum.co.uk/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl you will know I am a big fan of a stamp designer and paper crafter Anna Griffin. This is a bit of an irony as I am such a tom boy kinda girl, that the floral style of Anna Griffin shouldn’t really appeal, but I adore her botanicals range of stamps.

Today’s book was made on 4th June 2008, as you can see given the learning curve I am writting stuff for the blog ahead of publishing dates. This book is another in the longstitch bindings, and features a wrap around cover, which I created using the Scor It board.

 

Long stitch book with wrap around cover, Anna Griffin stamped cover. 

 

Here is a closer look at the longstitch itself. I bound this one using a lighter Barbour thread of 25/3 cord, which I coloured using the same Adirondack ink that I had used on the cover, Pink Sherbert. I then waxed the thread to keep the colour sealed in as the dye ink would run without this.

 

Long stitch book with wrap around cover, Anna Griffin stamped cover. 

 

Since this book has such a feminine stamped image, I decided to add a Pink organsa ribbon to help hold the book closed and add interest to the cover.

 

Longstitch book with wrap around cover, Anna Griffin stamped background. 

 

My book is A7 in size and features ivory pages, which I cut using the handy Dream Kuts machine. It will be going to my Auntie for her birthday in September. For details of where you can find out how to learn longstitch for yourself see __LINK TO PREVIOUS POST__

 

If you have any questions or comments please use the box below.

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Billie :)

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Today I would like to share my first step into Hemp leaf binding aslso know as Asa-No-Ha-Toji.

Japanese Stab Binding; Hemp Leaf bind My first attempt

I have decorated this one, so here is a picture of the finished book. As before I have used Ranger Adirondack inks for the background of the stamped area, and Versa Fine for the main image. The name of the stamp is Dancing Crane but it reminds me of the Peace Crane.

 Japanese stab bindings; Hemp leaf bind; Stamped cover

This book is A6 in size, and has twelve white pages. I will try making thicker books when I have a stand for my Dremel drill. At present I am only using a needle tool to make the holes, so I am piercing the two cover boards, then using a cover board over half the pages and piercing through those. I then repeat this for the remaining pages. Once I have a drill stand, it should be possible to clamp the entire book together and drill through everything in one step.The thread I have used is Barbour No 18 cord 3, which is pre coloured black. I have waxed it myself before sewing.

Instructions for this bind, that I followed, can be found in Volume I Non Adhesive Binding; Books without Paste or Glue by Keith Smith. There is a link to Keith’s website in the side panel of this blog labelled ‘Bookbinding Links’

If you have any comments or questions do leave me a message in the box below.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie xx

 

 

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Today is a suggestion for how to make the most out of your craft time.

The Design Box

Do you ever find that inspiration strikes, when you are not able to do anything about it? You have a brilliant idea for a card, but the kids are asleep so you can’t move stuff around to create it without waking them up.  Maybe you are going on holiday and this is the first chance you will have some time for yourself, you would like to make some cards but haven’t got space in your luggage for craft tools.  Maybe you have to spend a lot of time in bed and don’t have the energy for long crafting sessions but have loads of ideas. Well read on, after a little preparation, even a few minutes will leave you with card designs to be proud of.

You will need

  • A storage box
  • Blank card
  • Permanent ink or embossing ink, heat tool and embossing powder
  • Card bags or similar clear bags
  • Scissors
  • Rubber stamps, stencils, templates, punches whatever craft items you have
  • A hard backed plain paper notebook. Consider an artist’s sketch book style, as they are more robust than an exercise book.

Here are the steps to creating your own Design Box

  1. Taking the blank card, fold a collection of blank cards in the sizes you love to work in. If you have one of the scoring boards that offers selections of sizes, try making one of each.
  2. Next stamp your rubber stamps on to pieces of card using permanent ink. If you do not have permanent ink, use embossing ink but do cover it with embossing powder and then heat set. (It will make your images last longer, hot hands in the summer would smear the ink otherwise. Been there worn the t-shirt and had to make more).
  3. Cut out your images and group them together into themes and place them in a card bag, labelled with the theme name. If your image fits in to several categories, just stamp extra images to put some in each category. Close the card bag with a paper clip to prevent the images dropping out.
  4. If you take part in a lot of swaps, consider writing the stamps details on the back of your stamped image. This will make it easier to tell others which stamp you used, it will also help with later planning.
  5. Do the same thing with your other craft items; punches, stencils etc.

From now on these images ‘live’ in your design box.  They will be used to create patterns to copy from.

Storage box and card bag

Storage box and card bag

Stamped images

Stamped images

Details of the stamp, written on the back of the image

Details of the stamp, written on the back of the image.

Grouped images are stored in card bags in the box.

Grouped images are stored in card bags in the box.

What can you do with your Design Box?

Now when inspiration strikes you can get your Design Box out and play with different layouts. Lay your chosen stamped images onto the blank card of your choice and move them around till you see something you like.  If a design isn’t working on one size of card try it on a different size. It is amazing how different your stamp images look like this, I have rediscovered stamps that I’ve hardly used and now are favourites. It is also useful if you are making ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) you can see how your stamp would look on the small size card.

When you have a design that you are happy with you have a choice.

  • Make your card copying the ‘pattern’ you just created
  • Draw your design in your notebook. If you have ideas for colours make these notes next to your drawing. It doesn’t have to be a detailed sketch as long as you note where the images are going and list the stamps name; you will remember what your idea is. (Using this method you can return your images back to the box ready for next time)
  • Get another card bag and leave all the images together for creation at a later date. (If you are going to do this, you will need more than one copy of each image)

Why should I use a Design Box?

This is very useful when you only have a few minutes to spare and would love to create but haven’t got time to get all your supplies out. Great for holiday as it can all be stored in a small box.  Handy if you are stuck in bed as nothing is heavy or bulky.

This method saves a lot of time, rather than taking an hour to create a card which you then may decide doesn’t work, with the layout method you can try different variations of image and card size without using up lots of card stock.

Sometimes we get a whole afternoon or even a whole day to craft, but in the real world how often do we get time to do that. You don’t always feel like getting all the craft things out (and putting them all away again coz it’s almost time for tea and you need the table). With the Design Box you make the most of your precious craft time, and can create your newly ‘designed’ card when time permits.

Here are some pictures of how I have used the Design Box to design an Anna Griffin style card.

Here are my Anna Griffin stamps grouped in bags; Motif, Cartouche, border and Text

Here are my Anna Griffin stamps grouped in bags; Motif, Cartouche, border and Text.

I would then either draw this design in the notebook (see Card Log) or make it.

The elements placed on the card
This shows the elements placed on the card.

Card log notebook

The last in this series of articles on organization and will feature a Card Log, however due to ongoing problems with photo/text alignment and old posts displayed as underlined, there will be a delay before I post any more. I am in the process of investigating the problems and trying to resolve them. It appears only to be a problem on the home page, not on the articles themselves. It also may be only a problem to viewers using Internet Explorer.

Thanks for reading and hope to be back soon.

Billie

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