Colour Me Santa

 

Using the using the IN{K}SPIRE_me sketch.

 

 

Therapeutic colouring in and a bit of Washi tape and grunge to finish it off. Job done!

Happy Saturday!

SU card: whisper white, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
SU ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Basic Black
SU stamps: Colour Me Christmas, Gorgeous Grunge
SU other: Blender Pen

 

Golden Christmas Tree

CAS cards, Christmas cards

 

Using the SketchFrenzyFriday sketch. SweetStampin want wood, trees or leaves. Allsorts want trees. PapertakeWeekly want Christmas trees.

Bit of a dismal day out there. Nice and cosy inside though!

SU card: whisper white, Crumb Cake
SU ink: Encore Gold
SU stamps: Pennant Parade
SU punches: large circle, word window

 

Grunge Thanks

 

Using MondayLunchtimeSketch and JustAddInk's request for "grunge".


 

SU card: whisper white, Basic Black
SU ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point
SU stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Six Sided Sampler

 

Happy Day

Stampin Up Oh Hello, Itty Bitties, Happy Day

 

Using this week's CAS(E)ThisSketch. PaperPlayers want a CAS masculine card and SeizeTheBirthday want birthday cards.

 

Stampin Up Oh Hello, Itty Bitties, Happy Day

 

TGIF !!!

And it's half term !!!!! That's great news to those of us who work in schools ;)

SU card: whisper white, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo
SU ink: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Night of Navy
SU stamps: Oh Hello, Happy Day, Itty Bitties
SU punch: Hexagon
SU other: Embossing Chevrons

 

Christmas Wreath

 

A Christmas wreath card for Sarn's RudolphDay challenge. FestiveFriday want a card with a wreath and Allsorts want ribbon & bows.

 

 

The wreath was a pleasant surprise. I started with the medium sized delicate doily die cut then decided to punch out a scalloped circle to turn it into a wreath. As it happens the inner bit that I was going to throw away looked more wreath like than my original plan!

Only 2 months to go!

 

SU card: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
SU punches: Scalloped Circle
SU dies: Delicate Doilies
SU other: Simply Scored

 

Halloween Wood

Stampin Up Evergreen, Halloween

 

Using this week's FreshlyMadeSketch. DynamicDuos wants orange, black & Halloween. LessIsMore wants trees. JustAddInk wants grunge. CraftyCreations, StampinForTheWeekend and MakeMyMonday want Halloween and last, but not least, StampingSensations wants creatures great and small!

 

 

I actually intended to make a Christmas card with grey and silver trees. However ... Plans went awry!

I started by stamping the central darker grey tree and then "stamped off" either side to get the wood effect with several tree silhouettes. However, thus done, it looked too sombre for a festive card so I did a U turn and went ghostly instead!

One week today and the ghosties, witches and ghouls will come a-knocking (for lots and lots of sweets where we live!!)

Friday tomorrow. Yippee

SU card: whisper white, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
SU ink: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Encore Silver
SU stamps: Evergreen, Gorgeous Grunge, Every Little Bit

 

Colour Me Reindeer

Stampin Up Colour Me Christmas

 

Using this week's SketchSaturday, inspired by the colour combo from JUGs and the KeepItSimple challenge. AddictedToStamps want to see markers.

 

 

The Colour Me Christmas stamp set is very therapeutic - does what it says - gives you 5 images to stamp and colour in!

Happy Sunday!

SU card: whisper, Smoky Slate
SU ink: Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Basic Black
SU stamps: Colour Me Christmas
SU emboss: Chevron
SU other: Blender Pen, Dazzling Details Glitter

 

Silent Night Evergreen

Stampin Up Evergreen, CAS cards, Christmas cards
 

Using this week's SweetSundaySketchChallenge and PaperPlayers colour combo.

Let'sCraft&Create has "trim the tree". CraftingWhenWeCan has "make it sparkle". DeepOcean has "Christmas is around the corner" ABCChristmasChallenge has "under the tree" and CraftyCreations want "sparkle & shine".

Stampin Up Evergreen, CAS cards, Christmas cards
 

Continuing my play with the "Evergreen" stamp set! This time I've stamped the block tree stamp in the lighter turquoise, then over stamped the Silent Night lyrics in navy.

 

SU card: whisper white, Pool Party, Night of Navy,
SU ink: Pool Party, Night of Navy, Encore Silver
SU stamps: Evergreen, Gorgeous Grunge
SU emboss: Polka Dots

 

Golden Evergreen Tree

 

Using this week's SeizeTheSketch. Let'sCraft&Create has "trim the tree". CraftingWhenWeCan has "make it sparkle". DeepOcean has "Christmas is around the corner" and CraftyCreations want "sparkle & shine".

 

 

"Evergreen" is a new stamp for me and I'dbeen having a play yesterday (once I'd done a mad dash round the house with the vacuum first!). I love the bold yet soft tree image which you can then layer with an outline stamp or the Silent Night lyrics. I've used the outline stamp here in gold.

 

SU card: whisper white, Old Olive, Mirror Gold
SU ink: Old Olive, Encore Gold
SU stamps: Evergreen, Pennant Parade, Confetti

 

Party Monster

CAS card, one layer cards, Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge

LessIsMore wants one layer cards with a witches or monster theme. OneLayerWednesday wants us to use Autumnal colours; SUOChallenges want masculine and CrazyForCAS wants a card for a child.

 

Now I usually have no embellishments whatsoever on my one layer cards but I couldn't resist some wibbly wobbly eyes for my monster.

Those of you who follow my blog may well recognise the little party monster - it is one of my son's favourite stamps. It's a birthday cards for one of his friends.

SU card: whisper white
SU ink: Basic Black, Basic Grey, Encore Gold, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi
SU stamps: Gorgeous Grunge

 

Hanging Button Wreath

2Sisters have 'anything goes' this week. HidinginMyCraftroom has 'Scraps Saturday and CreativeCorner has anything but a card.

Had a play this afternoon with my friend's daughter & my 'button box'. This was the result!

We just threaded buttons & bows around a wire circle, then added a bit of iridescent glitter for good measure. Can never have too much bling, heh?!

Can't believe the weekend is nearly over. Where did that fly to then?

 

Thermomorph

I was recently asked to review a new product Thermomorph. It arrived very promptly from Amazon UK. You can purchase it here. It normally retails at £19.95 with free P&P; but is currently on special offer at £17.95.

Together with my son, we had a play this afternoon. The instructions on the tub are fairly self explanatory - however I would add, use metal instruments (eg. a spoon) to take the pliable stuff out of the hot water and mould it/use it on a metal baking sheet. My son managed to get it stuck it to a paper towel & got in a bit of a mess. The instructions state use water at 60degress but in the absence of a thermometer, we just poured water from a recently boiled kettle into the bowl and it worked fine. Once the opaque tiny balls begin to melt they turn translucent and resemble frog spawn!

 

COLOURING

Once we had a clump of malleable plastic in our hands, we first tried adding colour. First up was food colouring - at my son's insistence I should add! This did not work and just left aforementioned son with bright blue stained hands!

We then added some Mica powder and massaged it into the plastic successfully to give a pretty iridescent colour.

Other experiments included mixing in glitter (fairly successful) and trying to push sequins into the plastic (not successful, they didn't stick).

All my paints and dyes at home are water-based so on the basis of our experiments I am presuming they would not be successful in colouring the plastic. I am confident you could colour the finished article with other solvent based paint.

 

SHAPING

Once pliable, you can twist, shape, roll out, and cut the plastic. However we found it hardens fairly quickly so you need to work quite quickly. Not a great problem though - you just drop it back in hot water to soften it again.

We rolled it out on a metal baking sheet and used cookie cutters. We also used rubber stamps to emboss the product whilst still soft.

 

IN CONCLUSION

Excellent value for money - you only need a small amount so the tub will last you ages and ages.

It is easy to use, quick and makes no mess.

Our crafting experiments worked to a certain extent but definitely looked "home-made". I think the way to go is to use silicon moulds to get a professional finish. These would yield some great embellishments for craft projects. I have seen some lovely results on other blogs using this method. Here for example. Unfortunately I do not have any silicon moulds; I do possess plenty of cookie cutters and rubber stamps but these did not yield good enough results to convince me to use the product again in this way.

However, I do foresee this product being of great use in DIY projects around the house. I made an excellent cover for tin cans (for those half finished tins of cat & dog food in the fridge!) and a peg for a board game piece that got lost.

 

Non Traditional Xmas colours

Stampin Up Joyous Celebrations, CAS cards, Christmas cards

52ChristmasCardThowdown wants no red or green this month and Allsorts wants us to use 'A B C'.

StampinForTheWeekend has anything goes.

 

Stampin Up Joyous Celebrations, CAS cards, Christmas cards

 

The Encore Silver ink pad is fabulous. It gives really rich full coverage with a shimmer. The ink lasts for ages (mine are several years old & still going strong!)

I used the square punch to make my banners.

A decidedly grey & dismal day out there ... But a great day to spend crafting!

 

 
SU card: Whisper White, Pool Party, silver glimmer
SU ink: Encore Silver, Pool Party
SU stamps: Joyous Celebrations
SU punch: large Oval, Square
SU other: Jewels Diamanté

 

Modern Medley

Stampin Up Everything Eleanor

 

Inkspirational and AddictedToStamps have 'anything goes'. Had a play with Modern Medley patterned papers! A couple of cards and a decorated notebook.

 

 

Yippee skippee (to quote an SU stamp set) it's the weekend!!

 
SU card: Basic Black, Very Vanilla
SU ink: Basic Black
SU stamps: Everything Eleanor, Pretty Petites, Morning Post
SU punches: Petite Label, Itty Bitties, Decorative Label, Scalloped Circle, Corner
SU dies: Apothecary Accents, Delicate Doilies
SU other: Jewels Pearls

 

White Star

White on white cards, CAS cards, Christmas cards

 

Using SeizeTheSketch. CASology has 'crisp' as it's theme. LessIsMore wants 'white on white' Christmas cards. FestiveFriday wants to see a star and KeepItSimple wants white.

 

Happy Friday!

 

SU card: Whisper White, Silver
SU ink: Encore Silver
SU stamps: Joyous Celebrations
SU punch: Square, Star

 

Happy Halloween

Stampin Up Owl Builder Punch, Wacky Wishes
 
PaperPlayers, CraftyCalendar and Crazy4Challenges have a Halloween theme and CraftyCreations want 'things with wings'.
 
Stampin Up Owl Builder Punch, Wacky Wishes

When is the Owl Builder Punch not an owl? ... When it makes a bat and a ghost! Clever heh!?

To make the bat wings, I punched a 1 3/8" circle, cut it in half and used the 1" circle to scallop the straight edge.

If you would like a go making one if these pouches it is incredibly easy.

 

  • Take a piece of A5 paper (decorate or emboss it if you wish).
  • Fold it in half width way, score and open back up.
  • Position the paper portrait style and mark the halfway point on the top and bottom edges.
  • Using the top halfway mark and the halfway fold mark on the left side, bring the top left corner down towards the centre.
  • Do the same for the other 3 corners.
  • Fold it all up into a pouch.
  • Holding the 2 overlapping sides together, punch a hold through both pieces (I used the circle Itty Bitty punch).
  • Do the same for the other side and secure the pouch closed with some ribbon.

 

Hope your weekend's going well!

SU card: Whisper White, Basic Black
SU ink: Basic Black. pumpkin Pie
SU stamp: Wacky Wishes, Itty Bitties
SU punch: Owl Builder, Itty Bitties Circle, 1" circle, 1 3/8" circle
SU die: Apothecary Framelits

 

Modern Medley Thinking of You

Stampin Up Everything Eleanor, SU Wetlands

PapertakeWeekly has 'anything goes'. MyTimeToCraft wants 'vintage or shabby chic' and FridayMashUp wants some fussy cutting.

 

I love these new Stampin Up Modern Medley papers in black and vanilla - definite vintage feel to them! Teamed with a favourite stamp set Everything Eleanor. The sentiment is from Wetlands.

Happy Saturday! And did you know it's World Cardmaking Day? (Neither did I till a mooch around blog land!). What better excuse for a little cardmaking ...

SU card: Basic Black, Very Vanilla
SU ink: Basic Black
SU stamps: Everything Eleanor, Wetlands
SU dies: Apothecary Accents
SU other: Jewels Pearls