Monday, April 28, 2014

Distress Tag


Hello Friends

I am back with another tag today :) I love getting inspiration from Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2014  So today I actually decided  to play along. I am not fully aware of the rules as I can't seem to find any on his blog. So I used his tag as inspiration and did my own thing as always :)  

 I don't own a lot the items he made his tag with so I totally improvised and just used what I had. I am trying not to buy any new crafty things in the next few months and just use what I own. As I have way too much craft supplies.  I used Tim's  layout as a guide and used completely different products. It looks NOTHING like his tag at all apart from the layout a little :) 

Tim used tissue tape and paint to create a collage background  none of which I own. So I ripped up some newspaper and glued it to the tag to create the print background. Then used Victorian Velvet, Tumbled Glass & picked Raspberry Distress Inks to colour it. 

Next Tim used grunge board, cork and mirrored card. Which again I don't have so my take on his design was using stamps and rhinestones :)

 I used  paper flowers and distressed them instead of the pine cone die Tim used. I also distressed some lace and glued it around the bottom of the tag before attaching the flower. I then tied my charm with some black ribbon. Finally I stamped some butterflies and coloured with the same inks to give the tag some more definition.


This is totally not my usual style of crafting. But I love just trying new things and really liked the way it turned out.  I love experimenting with new techniques. I hope you enjoy my tag and find some inspiration to create your own.
Thanks for visiting xox

~ Supplies ~
Unity Stamp Company - Swirl Stamp from grab bag, Little things Butterfly.
Ranger Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet & Tumbled Glass
Lace
Black Satin Ribbon
Serenity Charm
Rhinestones
Ripped Newspaper

Friday, April 25, 2014

Chocolate & Friendship


 Happy Friday Friends :)

I made this quick card for Friends with flair over at the Unity blog :) I have not made a card for a while I have been busy with bottles and tags lately :)  I love this stamp a lot cause I love chocolate a lot who doesn't right?  It's called  Chocolate & Friendship. I actually used real foil from a chocolate bar I had saved just for this stamp :)

  Have a great weekend thanks for visiting  xox

Challenges
Cas-ual Fridays  Thirds - 3 papers
Artisitic Inspirations Challenge
Sister Act
Simon Says Stamp Wed  Clean and Simple

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Butterflies in a Bottle


Hello Friends

I wanted to make another upcycled bottle since I loved making the last once so much.  I went with another butterfly theme :) I wanted to make floating butterflies. I got the idea after visiting a butterfly conservatory. So I used one of my favourite stamp sets called A Friend Loveth and some fishing line.  I stamped the images using Versafine Black Onyx and sponged some Spiced Marmalade Distress ink on to them. Once they were dry I cut them all out.

 


 Next I used fishing wire and glued both of the butterflies back to back to each other.  I then coloured the bottle lid with a black sharpie. I pierced a hole in the top with a cork screw, then fed the wire through the top and glued another small butterfly to the lid to hold down the wire.



Next for the sentiment at the bottom of the bottle I used another stamp called  Your Wings Exist I thought this sentiment was perfect for my project.

~ Your wings exist all you have to do is fly ~

 I cut each word out individually and pasted them around the bottom of the bottle with a another smaller butterfly.


 I initially put in some shredded paper for grass in the bottle but it did not look right. I did not have time to buy artificial grass so I decided to use real grass instead.


You know how much I love my butterflies so I was so pleased with the outcome of this project. I just LOVE it! It is so easy to make and would be a great project for children or adults who love butterflies :)



 Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you like my butterflies in a bottle :) xox

This project was published in the Scrap & Stamp Arts January 2014 edition of the Magazine with a step by step article. You can go here and click on the  photos to see more!!

Challenges
Friends with Flair
Anything But A Card - Spring challenge 34 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Imagine Dream Fly - Bottle

Hello Friends

I decided to take part in another Take It, Make It over at the Craft Stamper blog. This month the challenge is to use a bottle. So I got really adventurous and decided to use a real glass bottle and not a stamped one. This is my very first time altering a bottle.  I did not have any bottles around so I had to go shopping for one. I was in the health food store and saw some fancy lemonade and I loved the shape and it had lettering just below the neck of the bottle that says botanically. It was perfect so I just had to have it.




I really had no idea what my theme was going to be until I bought the bottle then I knew I wanted to do something with flowers and butterflies :) I got the idea of actually colouring the bottle with acrylic paint from Pinterest. If I am honest I did not have high hopes of this working out. I have tried many things off of Pinterest and they have failed badly.  I had some paint on hand so I poured some turquoise acrylic paint in to my clean bottle and swirled it around. I LOVED the colour and how well the paint took to the inside of the glass. I let the excess drip out on to a paper towel. Then I actually used my hair dryer to speed up the drying of the paint inside of the bottle.



My next step was adding some decor. I have lovely vintage paper Kirby Teesdale Studio Paper Pack from Hobby lobby. I used that as my label then punched some butterflies in other coordinating papers. I used a stamp from Unity Stamp Company called Feather Flight. I stamped the sentiment straight on to the paper just above the flower border using Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Next I added some lace and satin ribbon to the neck of the bottle. It was a very pink ribbon so I took my distress ink pad Tattered Rose and inked some of it to make it look aged.  It needed a little something extra so I added some mini pearls in a few spots to finish it off. I LOVE the way it turned out. So much so I want to alter another bottle soon :)
Before                                                                      After



Grab Bag Winner

The winner chosen at random for the grab bag of Unity Stamps is Christina's Creations :) Please email me at  mandimance@hotmail.com with your mailing address :)  Thanks to everyone who left a comment.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Unity Be Inspired April


Hello Friends 

I am back with another post :) I just made a card for this months Be Inspired Challenge over at Unity. I love these colours but if I am honest I had no idea what to do with them. So I got out my Insightful Meadows stamp set and stamped an imaged with distress ink Worn Lipstick. The rest of the card came together after that. I used various colours of card stock to mount the flower image on to. Next I coloured clear gemstones to match the colour scheme. Finally I added a little ribbon to finish it off. I would never think of using all of these colours together but they are really pretty.  




Thanks for visiting xox

Challenges
Crafty Girlz
The Cheerful Stamp Pad
Love to Scrap 

Stamping on Stones



Hello Friends

I just got back from a trip to Maine oh how I LOVE the beach. Yes it was cold and we even got some snow, but it was just lovely to walk along the ocean and breathe in that salty air. It soothed my soul :) 

Anyway I took my journal with me and some of my stamps as I had planned on doing some art journaling. As you can see that did not happen.  I walked along the beach I thought that it would be fun to stamp on beach stones. 

So I took a few stones back to the hotel and stamped away. I only had my Memento ink with me and some Copics. It would have been better to use a different ink as the Memento got sucked right into the porous stone and what should have been a jet black colour was now a dark gray. I used the Wishing You Joy stamp from Unity. The trick to stamping on stones is to NOT use an acrylic block, you need the movement of the stamp as the stones are not completely flat. So I just held the edges of the stamp and just wrapped the stamp around the stone. Once the ink was dry I coloured them.

 I made 5 all in different colours but the red was the most striking. I returned them to the beach the next day and left them all in a little row to be washed up by the waves :)

I got up early to see the sunrise it was just lovely I could have stayed there forever  :) 

Tomorrow I am picking the winner for the grab bag of Unity Stamps. You still have time to if you want to enter go Here :)

Thanks for stopping by - Have a great weekend have a Happy Easter xox

Challenges
Friends With Flair

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Things Fall Apart



 Hello Friends

I am on a butterfly roll this week :) I could not sleep last night so I made this card. I wanted to get it on my blog before I leave for Maine for some beach time :)  The stamps are from Unity the larger butterfly is from the Here Today. Here Tomorrow stamp set. The smaller butterflies are from A Friend Loveth stamp set. The sentiment is a single sentiment called Fall Together this stamp is actually on sale this weekend for only $0.69 super cheap if you want to buy it .

  I water coloured the background a very light turquoise and then mounted it on to pink card then a white square card base. I then stamped lots of butterflies and water coloured them a light pink. Once they were dry I added pink glitter to all the butterflies and tiny turquoise gems. I then glued each butterfly only gluing the body to the card and pinching the wings. Finally I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the card.

I hope you enjoy my card thanks for visiting xox

Oh I wanted to remind you I am doing a giveaway. A grab bag of Unity stamps if you want to enter head over to Here :) 


Challenges 
Card Concept - Add a Butterfly   - I was going for the freestyle collage look 



Friday, April 11, 2014

Giveaway! :)

Ok my lovely friends I am doing a giveaway :) I am cleaning out all my stamps to make room for new ones. I came across several grab bags that I had from Unity. So I decided to combine them and do a giveaway there are over 50 stamps in this lot a couple are duplicates.


 All you have to do is leave me a comment on this page telling me your favourite colours to craft with. I will choose a random winner next week on Sat 19th April  :)

Thank for stopping by xox

 

Dream Big Butterfly Charm


Hello Friends

I thought I would make a quick tag for Friends with Flair :) I created this background with Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade distress inks. I used two Unity Stamps on this tag one of these days I will use just one stamp :) I always like to mix and match my stamps.  The butterfly stamp is called Dream Big and the background stamp is called Newspaper Posies. I used the orange and yellow ink for the background stamp just to add some more dimension to the water marks. Next I used Memento ink to stamp all the butterflies and the sentiment.



I added some ribbon and gemstones in the same colour scheme. Then a punched a tiny hole in the corner and added a silver butterfly charm :) I love how it turned out. I do not usually work with these colours but I wanted to do something a wee bit different to my pinks and blues :) I hope you enjoy my tag  :)

Thanks for stopping by xox

P.S I am also doing a giveaway a huge grab bag of Unity Stamps if you want to enter visit the page HERE

Challenges
Butterfly Challenge 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wishes

 Hello Friends

I am totally going crazy with my distress inks lately :) I made lots of different tag backgrounds tonight. I wanted to squeeze in a quick tag for the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Challenge. I used a stamp from the Unity Stamp Company called True Wishes. I love this stamp and the little wishes that flow from it. I used Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and made a big ole mess on my craft sheet with lots of water to create the background. I heat embossed the dandelion with white and silver glitter embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment in both colours of the ink and cut out the words and placed it on to opposite colours on the tag. I hope you enjoy my tag.

Thanks for visiting xox

Challenges
 Friends with Flair
Paper Wings - Get Inky

Monday, April 7, 2014

Day 7 Itty bitty Challenge


Hello Friends

I am back here is my final tag phew :) I made it. I had to go back to tags I love making tags :)  I used 3 stamps on this tag 2 of them are Itty Bitties. The flowers are from Angie Girl - Dream with your Heart. The butterflies are from the A Friend Loveth stamp set this is my fav Unity stamp. The sentiment is from Feather Flight. I used my distress inks on this one to create the background. The colours are Bahama Blue and Faded Jeans. I used white embossing powder on the flowers. I stamped the butterflies and the sentiment on to vellum and and heat set it with white embossing powder. I added some glitter to the tiny flowers and some gems to the butterflies. I love it :) 

Thanks for visiting xox

Challenges
Whoopsie Daisy Challenge - Things With Wings
Inky Chicks - Butterflies

Day 6 Itty bitty Challenge

Hello Friends

I am playing catch up on my Itty bitty challenge. I never got around to making one yesterday so I made two today here is the first one. I used two stamps on this card.  This cute little bunny I got free with my last order it is called Lil Bunny Wishes. I also used True Wishes I love this dandelion stamp. I plan on using it a lot :) I paper pieced the bunny with a light tan colour of card stock.

Thanks for visiting xox

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Courageous Lion


Hello Again

I got my new stamps in the mail yesterday and I had to make another card. I actually started this one last night and I just got around to finishing it.  I LOVE this stamp! The minute I saw it, I had to have it. Phyllis Harris has to be the BEST Children's illustrator I have ever come across. Her drawings of children are just AMAZING. The very first stamp I bought from Unity was the wee girl stamp called Your Wings Exist and I love it.  When I saw this lion stamp I was in awe!!! I love The Chronicles of Narnia and her design was based on that. This one is called Strong & Courageous Boy. There is also a girl version which I also bought and she will be getting inked soon :) 

Now on to the card :) I am still working on my colouring skills and I was not having much luck with my alcohol markers. So I decided to paint with distress ink. Yes, everything is painted apart from the flesh colour on the boy which is a copic marker. I used a small paint brush and an array of ink colours that were smooshed on to my craft sheet and mixed with a wee bit of  water. I blended some of the inks together to create other colours. The lion took me forever to paint.  I was not happy with the way he was turning out so I kept adding more and more ink until he was a nice golden orange colour. I made this card for my husband so I wanted to keep the card quite simple. I layered it on to black card then a turquoise card base.

Thanks for visiting I hope you enjoy my card xox

Challenges
Simon Says Stamp Monday


Itty Bitty Day 5 Kraft/Turquoise Tag


Hello Friends

This is my day 5 tag for the challenge. I made another kraft tag using Wishing you Joy Itty Bitty. I embossed the flower with white embossing powder and paper pieced the flower with turquoise card. I found this ribbon months ago at Walmart and I finally got to use it on this project. I love the white vines on the turquoise ribbon. I added white and turquoise rhinestones and kept it quite simple.

Thanks for stopping by xox

Challenges
Eureka Stamps
Crafty Ribbon

Friday, April 4, 2014

Itty Bitty day 4 - Distress Ink Joy



Hello Friends

I went a bit crazy with my distress inks for this tag :) I love getting messy with these inks. I love purple so I decided to go with that for today's colour scheme. I used Dusty Concord for the bottom colour and Milled Lavender for the top colour. I sponged the tag and sprayed a lot of water so the colours would bleed together. I dried it with my heat gun and sprayed more water until I was happy with the background effect. I used the flower from the Feel the Joy stamp set. I heat embossed it with white embossing powder so that the white colour would pop. I created the words with an alphabet stamp set I got free with Papercraft Essentials Magazine. Finally I added some rhinestones and ribbon.

Thanks for visiting xox

Challenges
Simon Says Stamp Monday
Friends with Flair
Sister Act Challenge
 Eureka Stamps



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Itty bitty Day 3 - Posies


Good Morning Friends

Here is a tag I made for today's challenge. I used the Newspaper Posies stamp on this tag. I used a kraft card as the base and stamped my flowers on to cream card and fussy cut them out. I coloured in insides with a spun sugar distress marker. I added some tiny gemstones and glued them all on. I that tied some satin ribbon to finish off the tag.

Hope you Enjoy xox

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Itty Bitty Challenge Day 2 - Puppy


Hello Friends

I wanted to take part in the Unity Itty Bitty a day challenge on Facebook this week. It came at such bad time all my stuff is packed away I just moved house! But I managed to find 3 Itty Bitties and some ink last night but no card :(. This morning it was like a treasure hunt in my living room lol  I found tags and a box scrap paper and ribbon. So I decided to do some paper piecing to this lil puppy. How cute is he?? I just got my google eyes yesterday from the dollar store so I added them too. The spotty paper and ribbon is from Recollections at Michaels. The stamp is called Puppy Ruff I just love it.



 I coloured his wee nose pink I wanted to pretty much keep it black and white with just a touch of colour in there.


Thanks so much for stopping by
 xox 


Challenges