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Hello Everyone,

 

Well what a busy time it has been lately!  But I have been doing some craft and have some catching up on blogging for you all.

 

So here is a card.

 

 

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This is a little bit away from what has been my usual style.  Just an embossed background panel with some die cut strips across the bottom in yellow and white, a simple ribbon tied on the side and those three gorgeous shabby flowers.  All finished with a ribbon cut sentiment.

 

Simple and really nice.  The colours are a step away from my usual too.

 

Hope you like it. :)

Hugs

Lauren

Nice and Simple

Hello Everyone,

 

The days are getting cooler and the trees are starting to turn, I must get some photos of autumn colour this year, there are some glorious reds around and I love them.

 

So I made a card, not red, but very pretty.

 

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Nice and simple, easy to make card, with an embossed background, a ribbon cut in gingham, a sentiment sideways, I remembered to do that this time and a couple of new look flowers and those gorgeous butterflies.  So simple, quick and easy.

 

Hope you like it.

 

Hugs :)

 

Lauren

Shabby

Hello Everyone,

 

Well seems I am on a roll with the blogging and the cardmaking.  I do love to fiddle in my craftroom and make things, especially things with dies on them.

 

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Thi one is a 5×5 inch panel for the card with ink burnished edging A smaller panel of paper and 2 ribbon cuts of matching paper, all stitched around the edge and burnished with ink as well.  The ink used is Ranger Distress Vintage Photo (because it is easy and I have the sponge applicators for it, so convenient).

 

The card is finished with die cuts from Marianne and Joy, a flower made with EK Success Whale of a Punch and Medium flower, a ribbin cut sentiment from Penny Black (gorgeous stamps) and some swirly pearls.

 

Oh and on the background there is shabby ribbon and lace as well.  I really like this one.

 

Hope you get crafty real soon.

 

Hugs :)

 

Lauren

Merry Christmas

Hello Everyone,

 

Autumn is really starting to show itself with cooler nights and early morning, yes I know we don’t really know what cold is here so close to the coast, but it is cooler to me and I love this time of the year, it is my optimum operating temperature and I am happy to have it.

 

So I made a card.  Yes yes a Christmas Card even.

 

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Sadly everything about this card is crooked, but them is the breaks sometimes.  I used a Clearsnap product of adhesive strips for the trees and added glitter to them…  simple you would say, but I was not over impressed as the ‘sticker’ (glue) did not transfer easily and did not adhere to the cardstock, hence the movement.  Maybe I just need practice.

 

Well I have more of them so practice I will get at some stage.

 

Hope you get messy fingers playing crafty things today.

 

Hugs :)

 

Lauren

Hello Everyone,

 

Wow time gets away when you think you will do that in the morning and keep putting it off.  My blogging is a bit like that, left till everything necessary has been done, the downfall of a busy life I suppose.

 

So I made a card anyway and post it for you now.  Easy peasy this one is.

 

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strips of washi tape, a couple of store bought shabby flowers with pearls in the centres (love the way the white pearls take on the colour of the flowers) and a ribbon cut sentiment for Happy Birthday :)

 

How simple is that?  Gotta love washi for a quick background.

 

Have fun and create something :)

 

Hugs :)

 

Lauren

Hello Everyone,

 

Teddy has decided to share his fabulous texture paste recipes, we love playing with this stuff on canvas and on cards.

 

Before we bet onto the gooey stuff we will show you a canvas made with it (mixed with paint for colour of course).

 

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And some cards too, I love playing with this stuff, and I love stencils too!!

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Great effects with paint on the stamps too.

 

So now for the recipes :)

Rough Texture Paste

1/2 cup Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons white school glue or PVA
1-2 Tablespoons White Acrylic Paint
(some water may be necessary)
Instructions:  I took an air tight container and put in my baking soda.  I then added the glue, acrylic paint and started mixing.  I used a couple of disposable chopsticks to mix it up.  I just mixed to get a smooth consistency, I added a few drops of water to get it to the consistency I wanted.  There are many types of texture mediums in the store, from light to heavy, so the amount of water you add will depend on the heaviness of the texture you are looking for.  Done!

(The mixture keeps well in the air tight container……..some of the moisture float on top,  just give it a stir and it will be good to go!)

Smooth Texture Paste

1/4 cup Talcum Powder (I used Johnsons Baby Powder, Make it smell good too!!)
1 tablespoon White All purpose School Glue or PVA
1 tablespoon White Craft Paint
Some Water
Instructions: I began by mixing all the above ingredients with a bit of water until I had the consistency I was looking for.  I tested the texture by letting the medium drop from my stir stick.  If it flattened out quickly into the rest of the mixture, I added too much water.  I fixed this by adding more of the talcum powder until I felt the texture would hold nicely when applied to a mask.  Personally, I like the talcum powder version better than the baking soda!  Just use an old credit card or a pallet knife to apply the mixture to your mask or stencil….you’ll love the results!
So that’s it for Teddy this week, hope you like it ;)
Hugs :)
Lauren

 

 

Hello Everyone,

 

Teddy has decided that we want to keep a record of all our information we have collected over the years, so he wants to do a Thursday Tip article each week (well we will see how long this lasts anyway).

 

Here he is on his first day at Big School this year, he is gorgeous isn’t he, and what a great helper he is to me as my creative director in the craft room!!

 

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BASIC STAMPING:  INKS AND STAMP PADS

 

Ink & Stamp Pads are the rubber stamper’s palette. A wide array of colors and types are available.

 

DYE BASED INK:

Acid free, quick drying, fade resistant and smear proof when dry, dye ink is fabulous for general stamping. These inks will dry on regular paper or cardstock, vellum, glossy stock or metallic coated stock. Dye ink is a semi transparent ink and lighter colours will not ‘cover’ image beneath it.  It and is also great for colouring with Alcohol Markers.

 

Examples of Dye Inks are Clearsnap Vivid, Stampin Up Dye Inks, Adirondak Dye Inks, Ranger Distress Inks (slower to dry), Memento Dye Inks

 

PERMANENT DYE INK PADS:

 

Acid free, quick drying, fade resistant and smear prof when dry, permanent inks are great for general stamping.  These inks are great for scrapbooking and stamping onto photos as they are archival safe (always check the label). When stamping on photos, do not heat set, but allow ample drying time for the ink to cure and become permanent.  These inks can be used on glass, plastic, acrylic or metal quite successfully when heat set and then allowed to cure for several days. (On a glass surface these inks are semi-permanent, since they can be completely removed with alcohol.)

 

Permanent Dye Inks are Solvent based and are perfect for using for colouring images with water based pencils, paints, chalks, crayons and other watercolour mediums.

 

Examples of Permanent Dye Inks are StazOn, Memories, Ranger Archival

 

PIGMENT INK PADS:

Known for their very bright and opaque colors, pigment ink is thicker and slower to dry, making it perfect for heat embossing. Pigment ink will dry on any surface that is not coated, since it requires absorption in to the surface for drying. Heat setting with your embossing heat tool will speed the drying time when you do not wish to emboss. When using pigment ink on coated stock such as metallic, matte or glossy, heat embossing is required, since the ink will not dry.

Examples of Pigment Inks are Colorbox, Ranger Adirondak Pigment, Versacolor

 

TINTED CLEAR EMBOSSING INK PADS:

 

These pads are filled with clear, slightly (blue) tinted glycerin base or a slightly pink pigment base which are all forms of embossing fluid which is especially formulated for use with heat embossing powders.  The slight tint makes it easier to see where the image that has been stamped is.

 

Examples of Embossing Pads are Clearsnap Top Boss, Ranger Perfect Medium, Tsukineko Versamark

 

HYBRID INK PADS:

There are hybrid inks that take the best qualities of both die and pigment inks.

Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink  has the dense, matte lustre of chalk pastels in a fast drying archival ink.  So many beautiful muted chalk like colours that can be blended while still damp, or so very opaque for coverage when dry, they can be buffed to a shiny finish.  They are ideal for paper, foil, clay and many other surfaces, can be heat set to be permanent and waterproof.

Ranger Distress Ink has the slow drying and workability of a pigment ink as well as the lightness of a dye ink that it is. They stay wetter for longer allowing you to emboss, or to blend and shade like no other ink without getting lines from DTP techniques.  These inks ‘colour wick’, meanin they will spread when spritzed with water to achieve tone on tone effects.  The colours are extremely stable and will not bread down when wet or heated.  The colours are gorgeous.

Brilliance and Mica Magic ink pads have the opacity of pigment inks as they have added mica pigment to them, give a brilliant sheen while being very quick drying.  These are lovely to work with and create wonderful depth of colour and shimmer to any stamped image.

 

INK & STAMP PAD STAMPING TIPS

 

  • Store your stamp pads level and upside down. This prevents uneven ink distribution and keeps the surface fully inked.
  • To prevent your stamp pads from becoming muddy, clean your stamps when changing colors.
  • Solid color stamp pads in dark colors such as black, blue or dark purple work best for stamping images which you plan to color.
  • Only re-ink your pad with the same brand and the same color of ink with which it was filled when it was new.
  • If your stamp pad felt or foam comes adrift from the casing, it can be attached again with Super Glue.
  • With a little care and an ink refill, your stamp pads can last for many many years.  Ink refills are another session on their own, so many uses.

 

So there it is, Teddy has one completed for you.

 

Hugs ♥ :)

Teddy and Lauren

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