Sunday, October 14, 2018

Clear Christmas Ornaments with Transparent Crafter's Companion Stamped Images & Feathers

For over a decade I have seen multiple ornaments with images inside that were printed on clear sheets.  After finding inexpensive clear plastic ornaments (2 for $1 at the Dollar Tree) I had to give it a try.  I stamped some #CraftersCompanion  images onto the transparency, using a permanent black ink (StazOn Jet Black) and allowed a few minutes to dry. Cutting a circle around the image, I just estimated the size of the interior of the ornament. I'm sure more precise crafters would measure (which I would advise). I left a little tab at the top so when I rolled the circle up, dropped it into the ornament, that I could grasp the tag and pull it out to cut in any needed adjustments.  Added some thin feathers behind the image, attached the top with hot glue and decorated with beads, ribbons and more feathers.  I just love how this quick project turned out and it was cheap enough that you can make multiples for the tree or use to decorate gifts. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Summer's Last Hurrah - Necklace using Crafter's Companion Embossing Folders & Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

outside lighting  

Decided to do something a little different.  I had a thin scrap of copper craft sheet metal leftover from a past project.  After running it through some Crafter's Companion embossing folders (French Lace & Butterfly Trellis), I formed the metal into squares and the one I ran through the French Lace folder, I formed into a cone.   Since I love big bold jewelry decided to put it all together with some beads, charms, chains and make a farewell necklace to summer.  The added color on the metal is where I just touched alcohol markers by Spectrum Noir  to some of the raised areas from the embossing.  It's always fun to make a few items out of the comfort zone.

inside lighting

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Shadowbox card FAIRY and Mushrooms in the Forest using Crafter's Companion & Spectrum Noir - Sheena Douglass & Donna Ratcliff stamps & dies

Had the most fun time making this!  I made a little shadow box (about 6" x 6.75" ) out of chipboard first.  Then made attachments by folding ridges (almost like you would for a mini abum) to add scene layers 

 Used the Crafter's Companion Luxury Cardstock for the sparkly purple/gold trim and glued gold leafing fur NUVO to the edges

Just LOVE LOVE Sheena Douglass' Fanciful Fuschia stamps and dies for the flowers, but I attached them to floral wire and used floral tape so they could be used 3D.
the "grass" in front is a mixture of different colored reindeer moss and cheap green pompoms from Walmart just cut in half and hot glued onto the chipboard.

Made a simple card with Donna Ratcliff's fairy stamps and Sheena Douglass' Christmas Deer die (cut the deer out and just left the trees)

Added ribbon, reindeer moss and little mushrooms everywhere 

the 3 little white rocks .. are .. just .. 3 little white rocks :D :D 
Hope she likes it.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Crafter's Companion Fanciful Fuchsia stamp die set by Sheena Douglass coloured with Spectrum Noir markers

I just can't get enough of playing with this stamp/die set from Crafter's Companion, designed by artist Sheena Douglass.  I stamped the images with Spectrum Noir FINESSE alcohol-proof ink (the BEST for alcohol markers I've ever used! not even a spec of ink on my markers or moved by the ink) onto Spectrum Noir Watercolor paper.  Then used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to colour the images.  After cutting out with the matching dies I used some stylus tools to roll the flowers and glued them together with hot glue.  Instead of using the "stem" stamp that came with the set, I decided to make them even more 3D by sticking a floral wire in the top of each flower (again with hot glue) and wrapping the wire with green floral tape that I found at the dollar store.  The turned out wonderfully! Such little eye-candies! #CraftersCompanion #SpectrumNoir

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

SPREAD the MAGIC - Handmade card using Crafter's Companion Harmony Inks, Sheena Douglas die, Donna Ratcliff stamps

I'm not sure I'll ever get out of this chair now that I have more Crafter's Companion supplies.  I started off making a background for a Halloween project but I saw the fox stamp in Donna Ratcliff's stamp set "New Magic" and it just yelled ... "my tree" ... so ..

Loving all the glorious color.
Stamps, Die, & Inks by Crafter's Companion
Tree Die - Sheena Douglass - Autumn Branches
Fox, Sentiment, Grass Stamps - Donna Ratcliff - New Magic
Paper for stamping and background - Crafter's Companion / Spectrum Noir Water Color Cardstock
Black Paper - Bazzill

Here's a few photos of the progress of ink for the background:
Using different size circles cut from scrap paper I "masked" off as I applied the yellows

Added some oranges and purples

Some of the darker brick red (Bordeaux)
Quck SPLASH of water squirted from a spray bottle

After the water dried the colors were more muted but the water distress was gorgeous

I went back over the inks with more ink to revive the deep yellows and purples 

Some added Bordeaux ink and it's taking shape 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Crafter's Companion Harmony & Finesse Ink Pads - images colored using Spectrum Noir Markers - Fairy & Mushroom Stamps by Donna Ratcliff

I have used ink pads for various art and mix media projects for over 20 years, I have never met the likes of Crafter's Companion water reactive Harmony ink pads.  I can't even enjoy using my old pads now (not even my distress and archival inks).   I purchased 5 sets (4 Harmoney (water-reactive), 1 Finesse (alcohol proof) from HSN and now I have to get all the other colors!  I won't be able to happily craft without them.  Such excellent quality. 

Playing with the inks I made a quck "sunset" like background by just smearing the colours together.  Sprinkled a couple dashes of water to get a beautiful splattered effect.  Added some mountains and some stamps and just had a relaxing morning before the sun came up.  Playing in my little art journal.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Crafter's Companion Fairy stamps using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

Waiting for my new Crafter's Companion (CC) ink pads (they should be here in a few days) - I only have a couple so far, so I pulled out some old ink pads and smeared on a background.  The beautiful blending of the CC Ink pads just can't be matched.   The "skyline" looked like a good place for a fairy to live so it gave me the opportunity to use my new fairy stamps (from CC also)  - all the stamped images, the Snail Shell House, Fairy, Ferns, & Acorn Lamps) are stamped on CC Spectrum Noir Watercolor Cardstock.  After coloring them with alcohol markers (Spectrum Noir (by Crafter's Companion)) I fussy cut the images out, and attached them to the background by running them through a Xyron machine to apply adhesive.  Art Journals are a new thing for me.  I know crafters/artists have made them from the beginning of time, but I always wondered ... "WHY?" "what's the purpose?" ... Now I know IT'S SO FUN! and a great way to try out new techniques or products without messing up a project.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Acrylic Pour - 8" x 10" canvas - NEWBIE - Second Pour - Needle Pull

2nd attempt at pouring - I'm going to have to give in to buying the treadmill lubricant to get cells I suppose (I did try adding the part glue and it didn't seem to work for me) - but I still loved the colours - reminds me of planet earth a bit.  I did drag a needle through the dark blue paint to give it more of a spider web look.  Such a fun and meditative activity.  Definitely something I'll keep trying in the future.  Maybe I'll perfect the cells at some point.   This one looks like it needs a quote in the lighter blue corner ... hmmmm ... I'll think on it.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Acrylic Pour on 6"x6" canvas - NEWBIE - First Pour attempt

Like a lot of crafters, I stalk YT for videos of things to try.  For over a year I watched videos on acrylic pouring.  How to get "cells" -- so I pulled out my top notch {insert sarcasm here} products (OK OK so basically 50 cent paints from Walmart) and decided to give it a try.  I LOVE it ... I didn't get the "cells" I wanted (I didn't have the silicone (or the knowledge)) but I think the colours still turned out fantastic.  I might have found a new crafting addiction.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Patriotic 4th of July Mini Loaded Envelope for Independence Day swap

Just a few pics of the MINI LE - 4th of July theme.  the little "firecracker" is filled with charms for a little gift.

The back pocket shows the signing of the Declaration of Independence topped with a 3D Sticker from Anna Griffin's Madison collection patriotic "bunting" 

The "wands" include a star "shaker" wand that I created using Anna Griffins shaker dies.  A working pinwheel - I used a wine cork to make the mechanism.  Thought it looked rather rustic.

The feather and inkwell are made from resin molds.  I made the ink well from clay a while back and since I love he quill/ink look, decided to make a mold of it so I could reuse it often.