Saturday, 31 January 2015

Happy Anniversary

Sorry I’ve been MIA, boiler problems meant spending all of last weekend fighting with British Gas, and it’s STILL not sorted – I’m so not impressed.  So whilst I was sat here this morning waiting for the engineer yet again, I made a real quick card.  I really love the Cut Outs from Wild Orchid Crafts, they add so much to a card and are so pretty too.  I layered up a couple for extra dimension after painting with gesso and inking the edges in milled lavender.

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The flowers have been dabbed with white gesso

 

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I pleated and stitched the ribbon.  Tip, I ran a strip of Scor-Tape along the back of the ribbon to hold the pleats in place until I could run it through the sewing machine.  It worked a treat and didn’t gum up the needle either like I thought it would.

 

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PRODUCTS USED from Wild Orchid Crafts:
SELF ADHESIVE PEARLS MKX-499
50 MIXED PASTEL TONE MULBERRY PAPER MAGNOLIAS QVR-029
20 MIXED PURPLE/LILAC TONE MULBERRY PAPER TRELLIS ROSES MKX-094
40 MIXED PURPLE/LILAC TONE OPEN ROSES 15MM MKX-662
LILAC MULBERRY PAPER ROSEBUDS 6mm GST-011
50 MIXED COLOUR MINIATURE GARDENIA FLOWERS MKX-198
BACK TO VINTAGE OVAL CUTOUT SET GST-031

OTHER PRODUCTS ARE SPELLBINDERS BRACKET BORDERS, TAFETTA RIBBON FROM THE RIBBON GIRL AND LEAVES ARE A CHEERY LYNN DESIGNS DIE.

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Wee Polly

Phew!  What a week this has been.  Our Penny took very poorly with pyometra and had to have an emergency spey.  She’s on the mend now, we are so very lucky because we nearly lost her.  A £750 vet bill was so not welcome a few weeks after Christmas though.  I haven’t transferred my photo’s to the new computer yet but here’s the little madam herself taken several years ago when she was still a pup.  Yep, that’s her – “Top of the heap” lol.

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So, with all the vet drama I didn’t a chance to get in my craft room till this afternoon.  I thoroughly enjoyed having a play!  I have had this stamp since September and have only managed to get it inked today.  My bad.

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The paper is exquisite but naturally I had to cover the blessed thing up with as many embellies as possible lol.  The little thread spool was a find from The Works, a pack for a quid …. bargain.  I just wrapped some paper string around it and hit it with the old gesso.

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Copic markers were used, I didn’t bother with pencils for this one.  I used:

Hair: E40, 50, 42, 44, Y21 then went back down to the lightest colour to blend slightly
Skin: E13, 11, 00, 000, R20
Clothes: BG75 (my own mix of 75 and 72 that I have called BG73 Smile with tongue out) BG70, W3, 1, 0, 00; E47, 44, 43

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Lots of Wild Orchid Crafts deliciousness on this one (product list at end of post)

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And a peek at the inside – ugh the photos are so dark, roll on light nights!!

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And that’s it from me today, have a good week

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PRODUCTS USED:

Whimsy Stamps POLLY
Wild Orchid Crafts:
MKX-458 ORGANZA ROSE TRIM
MKX-499 SELF ADHESIVE PEARLS
GST-055 FOREVER CORNER ORNAMENTS CUTOUTS
MKX-117 OFF-WHITE CHRYSANTHEMUMS
MKX-205 CURLY WILD ROSES CREAM (I spritzed mine with a walnut mist)
MKX-125 MIXED BROWN/WHITE COSMOS DAISIES
MKX-013 WHITE OPEN ROSES 15MM AND 20MM
GST-003 WHITE ROSEBUDS 4MM
MKX-336 WHITE SWEETHEART BLOSSOMS

PRIMA DOILY DIE
DOOHICKEY SWIRL DIE
FISKARS ROSE GARDEN DESIGNER PAPER

Monday, 12 January 2015

Lizzy Love–Savannah Crush

Welcome to Day 1 of our ...

January Rubber Stamp and Die Release

Over the next 3 days we will reveal 16 *BRAND NEW* red rubber stamps/stamp sets and 1 *BRAND NEW* die/die sets. They will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and from selected Whimsy Stamps retailers on Wednesday.

Today we are excited to show you the brand new Crissy Armstrong, Time for Tea Designs, Lizzy Love and Denise Lynn stamps and dies being released this month, and I am sharing a card made with the new Lizzy Love Savannah Crush stamp and also a sentiment from the Simply Stitched Circles by Denise Lynn., which I popped on to a Slider 2 Die – it fits perfectly.  I also used the fabulous Lace Doily Border Die…… Best. Border. Die. Ever!

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I went with very non-Bev colours, eek.  But I am thrilled with how the card turned out, the black really makes everything pop!

I coloured Savannah with copic markers

Hair E29, 25, 21, 50
Skin E13, 11, 00, 000, 0000, R20
Peach R02, 01, 00, 000, 0000
Black C9, 7, 5, 3
Shading BV20, BG000, 000, C00

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The papers are from a Prima Pad – I cut out the brackets from one of the papers in the pad.  The embellies are all from Wild Orchid Crafts – Wild Rose 30mm in peach, open roses 15mm, small gardenias in white, and then I trailed 4mm white pearl string around the flowers.  I also used a corner and a flower (under the large peach rose) from the mixed metal embellishments set after painting with white gesso.

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Last pic

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PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw.

Ellie Stover
Natalie Dever
Danni Bindel
Chitra Nair
Louise Roache
Lizzy Smith
Cindy Hoesel
Bridget Curnow
Shelby Thomas
Iris Wiechmann
Maya Gomboc
Bev Rochester (that’s me )

Check back on the Whimsy Blog tomorrow for links to the  second day of sneak peeks.

Thanks so much for visiting us today. Happy hopping!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

A little bit vintage

I’ve been in a bit of a vintage mood, probably an age thing so pulled this together whilst I was having a bit of a play in my craft room today.  I dug out some old Pion papers, printed off a vintage image from Lilac n Lavender and set to.  And it didn’t take very long either, no colouring involved so it was just a case of assembling the card.

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I love these cut-outs, a touch of white paint which dries really quickly and it’s good to go on your project and they are so reasonably priced.

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Wild Orchid Crafts deliciousness, I’ve dabbed white paint on to the flowers using a make-up sponge.

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WILD ORCHID PRODUCTS USED:

MKX-204 White cotton lace
MKX-491 Vintage seam binding peach
MKX-321 Self adhesive rhinestones clear
GST-064 Frame with hummingbirds cut outs
QVR-029 Mixed pastel tone magnolias
QVR-014 30mm Wild roses white
MKX-018 15mm Pale peach open roses
MKX-336 Sweetheart blossoms white

Back tomorrow afternoon with the new Whimsy Stamps release.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Sarah Kay Sofia Wishes

Happy New Year to you all!  I hope 2015 is going to be a heck of a lot better than 2014 (um I think I said more or less these same words last year??).  We had a very quiet one and were asleep before the clocks hit midnight.  So, because I went to bed so early I was up before the birds this morning and decided to go through some of my stamps.  I hit the Sarah Kay box first and well, you know how it goes, next thing I was printing off papers and making a card.  I think I am allergic to sorting out ha!

The stamp I used is Sofia Wishes.  And my wish is that Stampavie would start doing Sarah Kay stamps again, I miss them soooooo much.

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I discovered a digi paper designer on Etsy and I fell in love.  This burlap paper is just simply sublime.  I didn’t even bother to print the files from Photoshop, I just dragged the file into Word and job’s a winner.  I’ll list the products and links at the end of the post for those interested.

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Loving the chipboard sentiment, it was a dark chipboard colour when I started out, I just sponged some white gesso on then drew in the sentiment and scroll with a pencil once dried.

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Ah, I nearly forgot to list the copic colours

Skin: E13, 11, 00, 000, R20
Hair: E25, 53
Apron/Hat: E42, 41, 40, W00
Dress/Shoes: B95, 93, 91, C5 then over with the B91 again
Background: BV20, BG70, 000, 0000

 

Products used:
Stamp: Sofia Wishes (you might find one on Ebay somewhere if you’re lucky)
Paper: Grepic Burlap Lace & Denim
Wild Orchid Crafts products used:
Trellis Rose
Open Roses 20mm, 10mm
Sweetheart Blossoms
Tulips
Cosmos Daisy 
Bead Berry Spray
Fullness of Summer cut out
Word Tags cut out set
Pearls 

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