Sunday, 22 January 2017

Every Adventure

Hi, how are you? It's a cold Sunday afternoon here in the North West so I decided to do a post featuring one of my Rare Earth samples from last week's shows.
This image was taken using a flash which shows the blue panel well but the rest is a bit on the bright side, so the second image is without and that helps to show the embellies a bit better.

The blue panel is a piece of acrylic sheet ( which I prefer rather than acetate ). Here's how I made it:
1.Drizzle Diamond Glaze over the back of the panel.
2. Add a few drops of your choice of 3 colours of dye inks and gently stipple them into the glaze, being careful not to over mix which will result in a muddy finish.
3. Sprinkle in some crystal glitter.
4. Scrunch up a piece of white tissue paper and lay down onto the glaze mixture. Press all the creases into the mix until saturated.
Leave to dry.
Once dry, stamp your sentiment using Rare Earth Pitch Black permanent dye ink. Allow to dry also. 

Cut a piece of white card slightly wider and quite a bit longer than your inked panel. Punch the bottom edge with a decorative border punch. Wrap two lengths of ribbon around the bottom border and add button detail. The ribbon I used here is a fascinating Maya Road rubber ribbon with gorgeous little arrow icons printed on it - it's so cool! Now mount this onto some gorgeous water printed paper, or something nice and bright blue and then onto a 7x7 white card.

Here's a close up detail where you can see the lovely sparkly glittery bits.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Live, Laugh, Love


Here is another of my samples for Rare Earth. Using the butterflies mask, I have inked with Broken China Distress and a dusting brush and as you can see, this gives a really soft, delicate effect. Then I stamped the sentiment and the frame onto glossy white card using the Clear Glass. Let this dry for a couple of minutes and then ink over with Broken China and Chipped Sapphire using the dusting brushes again, until the design pops through. Cut the centre panel out using rectangle dies, mount onto white card and replace in the centre of the frame, using foam pads for a bit of lift. Mount these layers onto a pale blue card, add a pretty ribbon and a few gems and your done.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

English Rose


This card was made using the beautiful Rare Earth Rose stamp and matching die set.

Ink the distressed dots frame from the Live, Laugh, Love set with Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserves Distress inks. Stamp onto white card and then cut as a frame using nesting square dies. Distress the edges of the frame with the same 3 colours. 
Cut out and stamp the Rose using the Load n Fold stamping tool. Colour the rose with Victorian Velvet and Bundled Sage distress inks. Shape and build the rose to create a 3D flower with gel glue. 
Mount on a spotty embossed panel and choose some complimentary papers to layer. 
Finish off with ribbon knots, a punched border and tiny pearls.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Triple Lily

I inked a couple of pieces of white card with Forest Moss, Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed Distress inks, using the blending method.
Then I die cut all the pieces for the lilies from these backgrounds. This is a really quick way to achieve coloured flowers and some randomness to that colouring.
I used the Load n Fold to accurately stamp onto the die cut pieces.
Before assembling the flowers, ink any exposed cut edges of white card, or these edges will show.
Shape each flower on a soft mat and assemble with glue gel.
Cut 2 mats from dark brown card and cream ribbed card.
Assemble as shown.
Stamp the sentiment onto some cream card, using the Load n Fold for perfect positioning. Cut a chevron into the end. Mount onto dark brown and chevron the end of that too. Shape into a wave and attach to the bottom of the card.
Add a few random pearls to finish.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

News update

Hello friends, customers and fellow crafters,
    It has been brought to my attention that there is a rumour floating about that I am closing down. I don't know where this rumour has started from, nor do I really care but what I really do care about is that this is potentially very damaging to my business. In fact, the last few weeks have been so dire that I was seriously having to reassess and consider the future of the shop. Now, I am wondering whether this information has had a bearing on the situation.
    I can categorically deny that there is any truth in this rumour and that I am very much still trading and have fought too long and too hard to keep this shop alive, to let it go on the strength of a rumour.
This kind of thoughtless gossip mongering is so damaging and quite frankly it has really upset me. If I ever do decide to close, I can assure you that I will be the one to inform you. Please, if you ever hear anything relating to me - ask ME if it's true.
    I look forward to continuing to serve you for all your crafty desires for many years to come.
Yours,

Gwen. 

Thursday, 9 June 2016

TV Celebration Event.

I'm celebrating! Yes, in order to celebrate my TV debut on behalf of Imagination Crafts, I am holding a special Open Day on Sunday the 12th June, (that's this next Sunday). There will be 20% Celebration Discount off everything but don't miss out - this is for 1 day only. I will also be showcasing some up-coming workshops and giving you a preview of some of the things we will have on offer. Find out when I'm going to be on TV again. There will also be a prize draw when one lucky person will win a pack bursting with gorgeous Imagination Crafts goodies. You will get a ticket to enter into the draw for each £5.00 you spend. So, come along and celebrate with me on Sunday from 11am. See you then.
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