24 August, 2016

Mindfulness in black and white

Hi and happy Wednesday!
The geometric 'Visometry' stamps by Visible Image keep on inspiring me. Especially when stamped repeatedly next to each other, creating large patterns.
This time I played with the large hexagon from the Visometry Set 6, and used for creating the background for my art journal page:

For colouring I used only cold grey markers, as I wanted to keep the background simple. To some areas I added some doodling on top of the grey colour. Colouring and decorating the background was a perfect mindfulness exercise!

The quote text is stamped using Visometry Alpha 1 set. Before gluing down the picture I inked the left part of the page with black Distress ink which lifted the picture a bit from the busy background.

Such a fun page to make! Who says you need to buy a printed colouring book for practicing colouring mindfulness!

For more information on the Visible Image Visometry stamp sets I used please click on the pictures below:

Wishing you a colourful day. I'm so happy you stopped by!
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22 August, 2016

Scrapbooking layout with die-cut and hand-sewn embellishments


I hope your weekend went well. Did you watch the Olympic Games in Rio? I'm not a huge fan of sports, but the big games always get me stuck in front of the TV. However, when watching my hands always need something to do, so if I'm not knitting I work on my paper crafting projects.

This Saturday I stayed up long waiting for the men's jaweling final to start. While waiting I decided to make a scrapbooking layout using a photo of my daughter I had taken earlier that day. The page design had to be simple enough to highlight both the lovely photo and my beautiful new Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies, and at the same time be a perfect TV evening project that could be finished in front of the TV. So this is what I came up with:

I started with cutting a large rectangle of white cardstock, and embellished it's two corners with a die from the beautiful Sizzix Mixed Media #2 die set. The magnetic platform is of great help for keeping the dies perfectly in place while cutting- a true must have in your stash!
Then I took a simple leaf die (the one with 3 leaves) from a new Garden Greens Sizzix/Tim Holtz Thinlits die set,  placed it on the edge of the rectangle, and run through my Big Shot. I repeated the step a few times, without paying too much attention on the placement of the die. Too symmetrical is boring!

I glued down the die-cut rectangle on a sheet of craft paper, and traced a border around the edges. In addition, I continued the leaf patterns, attaching the die-cut leaves on the traced border. Once done, I punched a stitching line on the pencil-drawn line.

Stitching the border and leaves took quite a while, but I loved the outcome! For stitching I used three strands of standard white embroidery floss.

Once the border and leaves were finished I attached my photo on the white rectangle. For this I used two-sided tape, but used only a small piece of tape in the middle of the photo. I was going to stitch a border around the photo which would attach the photo anyways on the background. In addition, punching stitching marks through two-sided tape is tricky, and I avoided that by using tape only in the middle of the photo.
I used a metal die as guide when punching the stitching line (a bit older Framelits die similar to this one). It worked perfectly!

The simple layout does not have any journaling, and a simple title underneath the die-cut rectangle. The little heart is die-cut using the 'Heartfelt' Bigz die, and for cutting the title I used an older Decorative Strip Die.
As final step I coloured the leaves with a white pencil. I thought about adding white paint splashes, but then decided to leave them out.
For securing the ends of the embroidery floss I taped the entire page on a sheet of white cardstock, hiding the floss ends between the two papers.

I'm very happy with how the page turned out. Maybe I will put it in a frame later :)

Wishing you a great day. Thanks for stopping by!

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20 August, 2016

Crazy cats on a self-made background

Hi and Happy Saturday!
When browsing through the web I came across a fun challenge blog, Pile It On! There are many inspirational and great challenge sites out there, but this one takes them all to a new level: The task is to make a project (card, scrapbook layout, altered item, ...) using more than one challenge. How cool!

My take on the challenge is a card with fun stamped and die-cut elements:

I started with embossing small dots a piece of white cardstock (love *this* Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folder!), and continued inking it with dark grey ('hickory smoke'), black ('black soot') and red ('fired brick') Distress inks.

I had a vision of making my stamped cat an alley cat, and for creating a proper background decoration I die-cut bricks from red cardstock. The die I used was a new Tim Holtz design, one of the three dies from his Sizzix Thinlits Mixed Media set #3.
After gluing down the bricks I stamped on them and brushed them gently with a dry brush and white gesso. Loved that grungy result!

The Crazy Cats by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous are adorable! The matching Sizzix die set is easy to use; especially if you are using a magnetic platform underneath to keep the dies securely in place while cutting.

The party hat and the balloons are from the Crazy Birds accessories stamp set. 

It was such a fun project to work with. I love playing with collages like this!

I'm happy to enter this card to the following challenges:

Pile It On, #114: Make your own background

Crafting By Designs, August: Anything goes

Creative Moments, #100: Anything goes

Inspiration Destination, #99: Anything goes

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog, #291: Anything goes

Sisters of Craft, August: Anything goes

The Crafty Addicts, #22: Anyghing goes/Use die-cuts

Craft Your Passion Challenge, #325: Anything goes

Through The Craft Room: Anything goes

Wishing you a nice weekend! Hope you have time to do something that makes you happy ♥.

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12 August, 2016

Card with stencilled background for August Take It Make It challenge

Have you already had a look at all the amazing DT projects and entries for our Craft Stamper August Take It Make It challenge? Gorgeous projects, aren't they! It's so inspiring to see all the various ways that stencils and masks have been used- in case you have not yet had a look I suggest you follow this link to the challenge post and this link to see more DT inspiration put out for you!

My second August project was a card with stencilled background:
Card with stencilled background

When working with projects like this I usually use a white cardstock for the background. However, this time I worked on a leftover piece of paper with light patterns; I just added more colours with yellow, orange, brown and green Distress inks.

For decorating the background I used a stencil by Carabelle studio and black and brown Dylusions paints. The Tim Holtz ink blending tool works perfectly for stencilling with paints, too!
After drying I added more texture to the upper and lower corners of the background, using golden texture paste and a Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stencil.

The foreground image is one of my favourite stamps by Dina Wakley. For colouring the image I used watercolours, acrylic paints and a white gel pen.

Detail of a card with stencilled background

I lifted the foreground image from the background with a piece of corrugated cardstock that I cut a bit smaller than the fussy cut image. Foam stickers would have worked just as well, but the corrugated cardstock is a much cheaper way to do the same trick!

Card with stencilled background

I hope the amazing projects on the Craft Stamper blog inspire you to take out your stencils and masks and I'll soon see your project among the challenge entries. 'Anything goes', as long as you use stamping somewhere on your project.

Wishing you a great weekend!

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