Saturday, 12 August 2017

You are tough - Visible Image

Here is my Saturday inspiration for Visible Image using the beautiful and striking Face It stamps and mask, and also, you will see I have used the quote from Life can be tough - but in a bit of a chopped up way. 

I like looking at text stamps and seeing what you can do with them - in this case I got my scissors out and physically cut them apart, so that they looked like this:
By doing this, I was able to create myself a whole new sentence, which you will see repeated throughout the piece of work:
Look carefully and you will also see that I have added a stamp from the Visometry set, and also the fabulous crackle from Create It too - just to add a little depth. Once I'd used my separated sentiment, I simply stuck it all back together again on my acetate backing, ready for being used in full on a future project. 

Take a look at your stamps and quotes, and see what else you can make up with them! 

And while you're thinking about it, you might want to take a look at the Visible Image Summer Sale!!! As if you need an excuse to buy more awesome stamps....


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Happy crafting!

Nicky




Thursday, 3 August 2017

Pretty Flamingos by Fuzzy Lemon

Inspiration today from my own trousers... I really should have taken a photo but I love my flamingo print pants and when I saw this amazing die by Fuzzy Lemon I knew I had to have it!
So here are a couple of cards made with the one die available from CraftStash.


On this card, the flamingos are die-cut in white card and I have simply turned one over and run it back through the machine between two sheets of paper. This flattens the die-cut edges and it no longer looks like the 'reverse' of the die-cut. I painted both flamingos with pink, red and black Nuvo Aqua Flow pens, applied with a waterbrush, and I simply blended the colours, slightly roughly, to get different shades of pink on my flamingo pair. 

The stamping has been done with a Nuvo clear mark pad and Glacier White embossing powder on black card, a simple heart cut out to mount the flamingos on. Pink and white sequins were a must to finish the card!
For this card I die-cut each flamingo's body twice, curling the wings for extra dimension. Everything was glittery, from the water to the grassy bits, very handy elements from a recent Die-Cutting Essentials set of dies, called Freshwater Friends. 
I stamped the greeting onto heat-resistant acetate and wrapped it round a bit of glittery card, the only way to get this kind of effect as it is impossible to emboss onto glitter. I liked this way, it's a bit different, so I must remember to do this again! 
To get your hands on this gorgeous die by Fuzzy Lemon, and many more like it, go to the Fuzzy Lemon section on the CraftStash website, it couldn't be easier! 

Happy Crafting!
Nicky xx








Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Remembering Reykjavik - with Tonic Studios

I took a trip down memory lane when I received these amazing Tudor Town dies from Tonic Studios. As well as making Tudor houses, as they were intended, I saw something else too, I decided to recreate a scene from our fabulous holiday last year to Reykjavik and Iceland. 

We were struck by the beauty of the coloured houses, both in the city and in the surrounding villages, and they really encapsulated the scandi style. There was no limit with colour, so I got playing with my brightly coloured Craft Perfect card, the Toy Emporium die set, a lot of Christmas trees and a bit of white tissue paper...

All of the houses were created with the very same set of dies, I changed the shape of the windows by snipping the bay window frame and even put some skylights in too. The key to these houses was cutting all the features in white, and putting black card behind them. They were incredibly simple to make and each one is still a working box, with opening bottoms into which you might put a gift or a treat.
The first house had to be in Tonic Orange of course, but this photo shows the bay window, from which I cut all the other windows too - see the window on the side - it is the centre panel. The skylight is 2/3 of another panel, just snipped out and stuck onto black card too. 
On the yellow house I positioned the bay window on the end, and added extra windows to the side. The wooden beams are snipped from the end detail panel. It just takes a few seconds to look at the dies and see how you can snip them apart.
For the blue house I added a blue roof with white detail. The window on the side is two panels stuck together.
This house is particularly snowy! But it just shows that you don't need to use all of the dies to make a complete model. I just used the base roof panel in white to cover it. 
I made my Scandinavian church out of lemon card using the George and Dragon die. It is so far removed from the Tudor style, again just by cutting out all the detail in white. 

You'll see lots of Christmas trees, both around the village and on the mountains in the background. For the 3D trees I stuck three together after folding each in half lengthways. I was very lucky to find some modelling clay on top of the cupboard and rolled tiny balls of red clay to place into the base of a little pot, made out of a punched circle and a centimetre strip of red card, then I sliced down the 'pot' in three places and wedged a tree into each one.  I had just as much fun making my diarama with tissue paper and lots and lots of Christmas trees (the tree is part of the Toy Emporium set!) 
I just want to go back to Iceland now!!!

Please check out the amazing samples made by the rest of the design team, they are stunning and imaginative - a Tudor street, tea rooms, country cottages, beach huts, sheds..... the only limit is your imagination!

Thanks for reading and
 Happy Crafting!
Nicky x