Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Paper Beads, Alcohol Ink and Nail Polish

I have had such an exciting few months that I haven't had much change to blog, I have been welcomed in to the Tattered Lace Design team and I'm loving it.  I was also asked to submit a piece for the new CD kit, My Craft Studio Papercraft Collection A Gift From.  The CD comes with a booklet and lots of fun projects for jewellery making, gifts and paper folding, it's the first time my name has been in print and I'm thrilled.  I have caught the bead making bug and have been turning scraps of paper in to lovely beads.  This necklace is made with paper beads, pearls, sliver beads and a leaf cut from Clearly for Art modelling film with one of the beautiful leaves from the Lavish Blooms collection.

You can win a set of Lavish Bloom dies by following my blog and the new Tattered Lace Challenge Blog, I have a set to give away as blog candy.  See the previous post for details :)

Silver Leaf Neckace

The cylinder beads were made from scraps of scrapbook paper and painted with a thin layer of a pearl peach nail polish, then I added a layer of crackle Barry M white crackle effect nail paint which worked perfectly, I then gave them a thin coat of Xtras Glacier Gray nail polish which is a fine silvery gold glittery polish.  The leaf was cut from Clearly For Art black modelling film which I heated with my heat tool and shaped then coated on lots of layers of silver and sherbet pink alcohol inks, the last layer of silver ink I dropped in some of the Xtras nail polish and let it run in to the silver, it was a bit of an experiment and took all night to dry.  I I was to do it again I think I would try resin or a silver nail polish rather than the alcohol inks.  I really love how it came out and will be taking it on my hols :)

Scrap paper
pearl beads
Silver beads
Silver jump rings
Clearly for Art Modelling Film
Nail polish in various shades and textures
Alcohol Inks
3 small crystal beads in various sizes
eye pins
Clear varnish

That's all for now, don't forget to follow my blog, leave a comment and pop over to the Tattered Lace Challenge Blog for the chance to win some lush blog candy.

Happy crafting
Anna x

Tattered Lace Blog Candy

Just a quick update, the Tattered Lace team have kindly offered all the design team members some lovely blog candy in the shape of the gorgeous Tattered Lace Lavish Blooms Die set.  For you to win this gorgeous collection you need to be a follower of both my blog and the Tattered lace Challenge Blog, and leave a comment on here so I can pick a winner at the end of the month.   Go check out the challenge blog, there are some gorgeous examples by the team and some really lovely entries in to the first challenge.

Please be aware that the blog candy will be posted to the winner directly from the Tattered lace team so I will have to pass on your details to them.

I will have a new project to upload later, just waiting for the varnish to dry.

That's all for now
Happy crafting
Anna x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Beautiful Tattered lace Venetian Collection

Hi, here are the samples I made for this weeks Tattered Lace new releases, the Venetian Collection plus the gorgeous rose from the new Tattered lace mag.

Really beautiful dies again, loving the church, roses and basket especially.  I really felt like getting messy this week so out came my sprays and inks :)  My Silhouette is now speckled red lol!  Hopefully it wipes off!

Church Scene
With this first card I really wanted to use the fern frame as a stencil to make a cloudy sky, the shape really calls out to be used like this so I traced it as I wanted it larger than it would have cut out and then cut the shape by hand, I then used the actual die as a stencil and softly inked the card with an ink duster and blue jeans distress ink to add some cloud shapes.  The church was coloured with Promarkers and embossed with clear embossing powder and backed with some more card coloured with a lighter grey to make it more solid.  I just finished the scene using straight swag and the inner parts of the fern in the Venetian floral.

Venetian Swag (D325)
Venetian Floral (D327)
Venetian Fern Frame (D329)
Venetian Border & Accent (D330)
Church (D332)
American Craft card stock in Lagoon and Olive
Centura Pearl white with silver
300gsm Super smooth  card stock
Promarks in Caramel, Tan, Ice Grey 2, Cool Grey 2, Cool Grey 4
Flat back pearls
Anita's wide satin ribbon in Soothing Blue
Teresa Collins Fabrications Linen stamps FAB153
Tim Holtz distress ink in Faded Jeans
Silver embossing powder
Versamark ink pad

Circles In Time
A very simple Father's day card, the image was put together in My Craft Studio, Lots of layering on this card.

Venetian Border & Accent (D330)
MCS Best of NSR Vol 1 Finishing Touch
MCS Shabby Sweet
Tim Holtz Retro Circles embossing folder
Centura Pearl white with silver card stock
American Crafts Graphite card stock
Silver brads
Super smooth 120gsm

Purple Passion
Another simple Father's day card, just matting and layering and a little bit of fussy cutting for the corners.

Venetian Fern (D328)
Decorative Cartouche (D205)
Alphabet Deco (D153)
Westminster (D310)
Gold Mirri card
Stardream Punch card stock

Victorian Roses
I really loved the shape of the swags and when I started playing with the shapes I really felt I wanted to do something Victorian in style, I've used shades of soft dusky rose for this card and although it took a while to get it how I liked it, I was very happy with the end result.  The swags are embossed with gold embossing powder and the rose and ivy were coloured with Promarkers and then embossed with holographic embossing powder to give them some sparkle.  The  3d rose and small blossoms were coloured with the same Promarkers and the background was coloured with an ivory Promarker to add some texture and then inked with distress inks.  The gold mat was just a piece of card edged with a versamark pad and then covered with melt dust embossing powder in gold sparkle.  The ribbon was also coloured with a Promarker to tie it all together.  The shaped panel was made in Silhouette Studio and then cut on the Cameo.

Lacy Rose Collection (D232)
Venetian Swag (D325)
Rambling Rose (D331)
Mini Blooms (D279)
Large Ivy (D189)
Mini Oriental Ivy Flourish (DX13)
Basket Full of Delight (D333)
Ornate Frame (D247)
Anita's wide satin ribbon in Snow White, Coloured with Antique Pink Promarker
Cream lace
Cor'dinations Tim Holtz distress card stock in Tattered Rose
American Crafts card stock in Peony, coloured with Antique Pink Promarker to deepen the colour
Promarkers in Forest Green, Pine Green, Antique Pink, Ivory and Dusky Rose
Centura Pearl white gold
Super Smooth 300gsm
Tim Holtz distress ink pads in Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet
Flat back pearls
Stampendous Gold embossing powder
Melt Dust in Gold Sparkle
Papermainia Clear Holographic embossing powder
Verasamark embossing ink pad

Masked Ombre
 So I was saying I felt like getting messy, well I certainly managed to make a mess with this card lol!  I used the Venetian Florals to mask areas of the card and sprayed red, orange and  yellow inks on to the card at an angle to get an ombre look.  I then used the pieces I had used for masking to fill up the rest of the card.  The flowery border was made with the Bloomsbury panel which I extended by placing the edge of the die over hanging the edge of the cutting plates so it wouldn't cut right to the edge, I repeated this again so I had one long border. 
Bloomsbury (D300)
Interlocking Floral (D057)
Venetian Floral (D327)
Interlocking For You (D058)
Super Smooth 300GSM
American Crafts card stock in White, Crimson and Pumpkin
Mr Huey's colour mists in Sunset and Taxi
Fireworks colour mist in Lady Bug
Tim Holtz distress ink pad in Picked Raspberry
Red rhinestones

Spring Wedding
Another simple card using the lovely church and rose dies, my favourites.
Venetian Fern Frame (D329)
Venetian Border & Accent (D330)
Church (D332)
Rambling Rose (D331)
Centura Pearl in White gold
American Crafts card stock in Lavender
Create & Craft pastel glitter card stock
Anita's wide satin ribbon in Lilac Mist
Baby ribbon in Lavender
Fiskars texture plate Hearts and Stars
The Hobby House Rhinestone Sparklers 14mm - Aurora
 Krylon silver pen

Spring Basket
Finally a double easel card, I used the silhouette to make the card base, I filled the pretty basket die with lots of flowers from various sets.  The basket was a laser cut as the dies hadn't arrived so I was sent a few laser cuts, I coloured it with Promarkers and as I had some left over leaves in white on my desk I coloured them with a Promarker rather than cutting another piece of card stock.

Basket Full of Delight (D333)
Venetian Floral (D327)  
Lattice Bow (D237)
Decorative Bunting (D198)  
Mini Blooms (D279) 
Lacy Marguerite (D183) 
Foliage (D181)
Beautiful Blooms (D299)
Interlocking Special Day & Happy Birthday (D059)
Wild Orchid Crafts white stamens
Flat back pearls
American Crafts card stock in White, Latte, Banana and Peony
Promarker in Forest Green, Tan and Nutmeg

I hope you've enjoyed the update today and feel free to ask me anything or just leave some love.

Happy Crafting
Anna x

Quicky Update

Hi, well it's a lovely sunny day here today, shame I'm off to work in a bit :)

Just a quick update with a few odds and ends I've been doing, I know I've failed miserably to keep my blog updated, I tend to put all my photographs of my work on Facebook and forget to post on my blog.  As I'm now part of the Tattered lace design team and we have started doing blog challenges, hopefully it will make me keep more up to date.

Again I apologise for the rubbish photographs, I'm hoping to get some proper studio lights this month.

Pearl Wedding Anniversary
Firstly a commission for a Pearl wedding anniversary party.  The lady wanted purple silver and white for here theme and had given me a lovely verse which she had written to thank all her family and friends for being part of their lives.  I thought that was such a beautiful idea.  I put the verse on to scrolls which she wanted for each guest, as well as invites, gift tags and place cards.  I used Decadry printable pearl paper which I have to say is the best printable pearl paper I've ever used. I cut the tags and place cards on the Cameo.

Decadry pearl white paper
Centura pearl white silver, Cadbury purple
Silver mirri board
MCS Simply Silhouettes vol1
flatback pearls
pearl hearts
Tattered Lace  Wondrous Wings (D024)
Lacy Daisy (D182) 

Golden Champers Engagement Card
A quick card for one of Mark's work colleagues made with Tattered Lace dies.
Centura pearl in white gold
Gold mirri card
Rhinestone sparkler
Tiny gold rhinestone stars
Craft Concepts In Stitches embossing folder
Tattered laceDies -
Lacy Marguerite (D183)
Champagne Glasses (D269)
Westminster Corner (D309)
Champagne Bottle (D313)
Bloomsbury (D300)
Congratulations (D241) 

Easter Fun
Finally something a little bit different, we do a lot of charity work at our little shop and this year all our proceeds are going to local charities.  This month we are raising money for a local pre-school and this was my contribution.  It's a piƱata chocolate cake with loads of cadbury mini eggs inside, we had a guess how many mini eggs are hidden in the cake competition and the winner got the cake as a prize.  I had a lot of fun making this and apparently the cake was very good, the customer who won it said his kids had eaten most of it already lol!

Happy Crafting
Anna x

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Tattered Lace Lavish Blooms Challenge

Hi, today is my first Tattered Lace design team blog challenge.  I'm hoping it will be the first of many.

The last few months have been hectic, but also very exciting, I love coming up with new ideas for the Tattered Lace samples, especially the flower dies as they are so versatile.

If you fancy winning a £50 to spend at www.crafting.co.uk head on over to the Tattered Lace Challenge Blog here.

The challenge for April is based on the beautiful Lavish Blooms dies. To enter the challenge you can either link your blog post or email your project to Challenge@Tatteredlace.co.uk . Closing date for email entries for the Lavish Blooms Challenge is midnight on 28th April 2014.

So onto today's card using the Lavish Bloom lily set, I was feeling pretty chilly and fed up with the miserable weather so I wanted to make something that reminded me of summer, you can't get anything more summery than gorgeous tiger lilies.  Hopefully I will be making a tutorial video sometime next week on how to make the lilies.

Tattered Lace Lavish Bloom Lily Die (D285)
Tattered Lace Lavish Blooms Stamen Set (D289)
Tattered Lace Lavish Blooms Leaves (D286)
Tattered Lace Mini Blooms (D279)
Tattered Lace  Wondrous Wings (D024)
American Crafts card stock in Melon
First Edition Boho Chic Paper
Stardream Card stock in fairway Green
An odd scrap of yellow texture paper
Distress ink pads in Honey, Peeled Paint and Ripe Persimmon
Docrafts Urban Stamp All Aboard Postmark
Promark in Mandarin and Gold
Flex Markers in Watermelon and Amber
Stampin Up marker in Chocolate Chip
8 x 8 card blank
Glitter in Rainbow Red and Rainbow Orange
Decadry Gold metallic printer paper

I hope you like today's offering, happy crafting
Anna x