Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Making your own washi tape and Scripture Cards

I saw a tutorial on making your own washing tape using the type of stickers that you can print on your own computer.  Now would you believe it was over a year ago I saw this tutorial, I have no idea where I saw it.  I have tried to find it, there are several on the net but, I can't find the one I saw.  You need labels such as this, there are several makes and they come in a variety of sizes.

What you next is decorate your labels using watercolour, acrylic, stamps, doodling - what ever takes your fancy!  
Remember as you peel off your stickers anything outside the precut area will be left behind.
These are my first set of Scripture Cards for the challenge Glory Art - at Triple The Scraps .  Patter does amazing art journaling.

To make these I first cut the card 2.5 by 3.5 inches. I covered the card with a backing paper which I gessoed over to tone it down a little.  I used several different rolls of bought washi tape, my own, and two different patterned serviettes.  I love using the top layer of serviettes in my art.  I printed the Bible verses.  I am waiting for some Renaissance Wax to arrive and I want to try protecting the cards with it.

Do let me know if you have a go at making your own washi tape or Scripture Cards.  I would love to hear from you.  Till next time x

Friday, 23 January 2015

Free on Friday

Welcome to my first "Free on Friday" post.  I have another bulb image for you.

I haven't seen any snowdrops yet, but they are always a pretty  sight.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Fun with Grand Calibur - last Thursday freebie (possibly!)

 My raspberry plate arrived so I have been doing some embossing with my Grand Calibur as well as some more die cutting.  I experimented with some angel hair (on the left)  I put the angel hair on the die with a sheet of card on top.  For some reason I have to add two sheets of card on top of my embossing folder or it will not emboss.

I read of a method of inking the embossing folders at Tickell Expressions (see post here ).   The bottom 3 I inked afterwards.  The larger ones I inked the folders. I prefer inking the paper instead of the folder.  1) the inking the folder method uses more ink with less coverage and 2) I ruined one of my stamp pads swiping it across the folder.  I used a small stamp pad and I think I would have had more even coverage with a larger one.
However the technique (same post) of using two different folders, I liked very much.  One of the folders was a diamond background and the other was a dotty background.  

Last Thursday was the first Thursday freebie of 2015, today is possibly the last.  Not because I am stopping offering free images, but because I am changing the day.  Starting tomorrow it will be "Free on Friday" .  I shall be scheduling my posts so if I am not well it will still be posted.  Today's image is a from a vintage bulb book which I shall be featuring for a few weeks.

See you on Friday. take care x

Friday, 16 January 2015

My New Grand Calibur

I have joined the ranks of the die cutters!  Today I used my machine for the first time.

I covered my base plate with as many dies as I could reasonably put on.  The black ones are X-cut, the flowers are Die'sire, the phrase is Tattered lace, The feather and the flower corner were free in a magazine.  I used thin card to place on top and following the instructions I put the "sandwich" of plates though the machine and these were the results:

The X cut came out very easily with a little help from the poking tool.  This company gets bonus points from me because the included a magnetic sheet to keep the dies on.
The Tattered lace phrase came out easily as well, as did the free flower corner.  The feather needed a little help to release it from the card, but the two Die'sire flowers needed a lot of help to release them from the card.  I know you can run the sandwich through twice, but I don't think it should be necessary when everything is new.

 I am waiting for an order of Sizzix dies to come and my raspberry plate so I can try out embossing.  So far - yes, I know I have only used it once! - so good.  I did have a problem turning the bottom white handle which secures the machine to the table, but turning the handle was relatively easy and I am off to try thick card and paper!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

1st Thursday Freebie for 2015

I have been trying to think of a catchy title such as "Free on Friday";  "Thankful Thursday" or "For You on Friday".   This year I want to make use of scheduling posts more often as it worked so well when I did it for December.  That way I wouldn't panic if  I forgot and I could post on other days when I wanted to share something.  Anybody got any ideas?  I quite like "Free on Friday" which means changing the day, but I don't think that would matter do you?   My dear daughter has just been round and it turns out today is Thursday!  I don't know what happened to Wednesday - maybe I slept!!  I am typing this with my darling puppy next to me on the sofa.  I took her for her first walk today and we didn't get far at all!  Still it is not a nice day to be out for although the sun is shining it is very windy and cold!  We shall try again later or maybe tomorrow!

Here are today's freebies for you, the original black and white picture is from a book of mine.  It is of an embroidered bouquet of daisies and wheat.  I tried to turn into a digital stamp not very successfully (bottom image), but I do like the different tinted versions.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

January 6th The Ephiphany

The Epiphany is an ancient Christian feast day and is significant in a number of ways. In the East, where it originated, the Epiphany celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. It also celebrates Jesus' birth.
The Western Church began celebrating the Epiphany in the 4th century where it was, and still is, associated with the visit of the magi (wise men) to the infant Jesus when God revealed himself to the world through the incarnation of Jesus. 
In Italian tradition, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5) in a similar way to  St Nicholas or Santa Claus. But children get gifts from both Father Christmas and Befana.
 However the eastern tradition of celebrating the birth of Jesus on 6 January precedes the creation of the Gregorian Calendar by hundreds of years. By the year 1500 AD eastern Churches were celebrating Christmas on 6 January and western churches were celebrating it on 25 December even though both were using the Julian Calenda
There you go! - Thanks to Wikipedia!
 It isn't a big celebration over here.  My mother never put the three wise men in her Nativity crib.  They were always placed in another part of the room until 6 January as they were still travelling!

Monday, 5 January 2015

New Gif

Having fun with a new signature!