It’s the first Saturday of the month so that means the start of a new challenge at Just Some Lines.The theme is Christmas or Winter.To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a fantastic digi stamp if you’re picked as part of the Top 3!
Aren’t they just the sweetest couple?!You can find Eskimo Kiss at Just Some Lines.So I’ve gone for my Christmas signature style card again.Just to keep them uniform you understand,I mean it’s not like I’ve left it to the last minute or anything I’ve printed these cuties onto the kraft card base and coloured them with Polychromos Pencils blended out with low odour oils thinners using paper stumps.Their buttons and the snowfall have been given a crisp white look with a gel pen.Some Polar White Flower Soft has been added for some fluffy texture on the trims on their clothing.Couple of strips of washi tape have been adhered down the left edge and a snowflake die cut from some shimmery textured card ,topped with a brad,has been placed on top of that.I got my Dymo Labelmaker out as I haven’t had a play with it for a little while to create the sentiment.I’m going to give this to my DH
Image : Eskimo Kiss at Just Some Lines
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils,Low odour oils thinners,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Polar White Flower Soft
Card : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Kars X-mas Collection Cardstock
Tools : Marianne Design Snowflakes 1,Big Shot,Dymo Embossing Labelmaker,Kars Paper Stumps
To Embellish : Snowflake Brad from Dovecraft Embellishment Kit Christmas,Helz Cuppleditch Special Delivery Brights Washi Tape
At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is ”We Washi You A Merry Christmas”.We have the fabulous 2 Cute Ink as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.
Here I’ve printed the adorable Gingerbread Girl by 2 Cute Ink directly onto my kraft card base and coloured her with PolyChromos Pencils blended out with low odour oils thinners using paper stumps.The white icing is a Souffle´pen.I added a couple of strips of washi tape down the side and topped it with a die cut flower with this sweet brad through the centre.The sentiment was stamped directly onto the base too.I’m so late making my card this year…this is kind of my signature style for this season.
After finding a few tutorials on how to make you own washi tape I thought I’d like to give it a go.I didn’t have the Scotch Magic Tape they suggested but thought I’d try it with some cheap clear sticky tape (99p for 2 rolls in The Works).It’s quite easy to do.Basically you stick the tape to your chosen patterned papers using a bone folder to eliminate air bubbles (I found it easier to trim it afterwards).Soak in water for approx. 10-20 seconds.Gently rub the paper off the pad of your finger whilst it’s under the water.It’s more about the soaking than the rubbing so if it doesn’t come off easily leave it in the water until it does so you don’t scratch the pattern.BUT of course the hardest part was waiting for it to dry…lol…
This is a great technique as you are not limited design wise and you can match it to coordinate with any of your craft collections.Best of all you get to use your scraps!How many of those leftover strips of paper do we end up with?
This is the result :
For this one I printed out the equally loveable Gingerbread Boy by 2 Cute Ink using the same colouring methods.The washi tape turned out not too bad,eh?Was a bit worried how it would look against the kraft but I think it’s OK Maybe the matte tape would give a more authentic look than regular tape however I don’t mind.If you give this a try yourself you MUST remember to use adhesive on the back of the tape strips This time I finished it off by adding a glittered chipboard piece with a cute gingerbread man brad from the same collection as the papers I used.A different sentiment has been stamped to mix it up a little.
Images : Gingerbread Girl & Gingerbread Boy by 2 Cute Ink
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils,Low Odour Oils Thinners,Sakura White Souffle´ Pen,Jet Black Archival Ink
Sentiments : Holly Hobbie Christmas Stamp Set freebie from a past issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Woodware Clear Magic Stamps ‘Must Have’ Christmas Words
Papers & Card : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank, DP Dovecraft Christmas Fancy 12 x 12 (used to make washi tape on bottom card),American Crafts Textured Cardstock 12 x 12
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Kars Blending Stumps,Marianne Design Fantasy Flowers,Big Shot
To Embellish : Dovecraft Christmas Fancy Glitter Chipboard Shape & Brads,Helz Cuppleditch Special Delivery Pastels Washi Tape
This is the last week of the 3 or More Embellishments challenge at Just Some Lines.Oh my gosh!It’s December tomorrow!To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a fantastic digi stamp if you’re picked as part of the Top 3!
I’ve coloured up the gorgeous Lissie’s Sun Hat by Just Some Lines with Graph’It Markers.The purple shades I own are perhaps a little more vibrant than the dusky plum paper I’d chosen so I’ve inked around all edges with Milled Lavender Distress Ink to tie everything together more.The papers and card have been given the other type of distressing treatment too.A length of tulle has been wrapped around the horizontal panel and a bow tied to the side.I ran the chisel end of one of my markers along the outside to add some definition.The centre has been topped with a gem pin.I bought these by mistake thinking they were brads So to adapt them I chop off part of the pin at the back using wire cutters then place a foam pad behind for what’s left over to embed itself into and adhere it using Glossy Accents.I love a happy ending I dug out a couple of metal corners to create interest and to fill the space at the top of the card.They also complete the vintage feel.
At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Thanksgiving/Give Thanks!We have the fabulous The Sugar Kissed Cottage as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.
I decided to watercolour this quaint Boy Feeding Turkey by The Sugar Kissed Cottage in just brown tones to give a more vintage feel.But for some reason when it came to painting the turkey some of the printer ink bled a little and seeped a couple of different colours into the mix.Ah well,I don’t mind.I think it adds quite a nice effect to the bird Once dry I applied Distress Ink around the edges to add a little more olde worlde charm.I carried this through to the delightful backing papers.I wrapped a length of some cotton twill tape that originally bound together a pack of tea towels around the panel then overlayed with some baker’s twine.I die cut a pair of buttons and a couple of swirls (trimmed down) out of cork sheet.I think this creates an interesting texture along with extra whimsy.I’m not sure about the boy’s true intentions of feeding the turkey But they do look as if they have a good bond.Maybe he’s saved him from a fate worse than the dinner table!And so out of this and my odd sense of humour the sentiment was borne!!
Image : Boy Feeding Turkey by The Sugar Kissed Cottage
Sentiment : From the depths of my mind and created in Microsoft Word 2010
Mediums : Boldmere Watercolour Paint Tin,Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Paper & Card : First Edition New Leaf 8 x 8 Pad,,American Crafts Textured 12 x 12 Cardstock
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Large Classic Squares & Postage Stamps,Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Postage Stamp,Swirls from Marianne Designs Rectangle Frame & Circle Frame,Buttons from Marianne Designs Tag and Buttons,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : DCWV Adhesive Cork Stack 6x 6,Creative Expressions Pastel Colours Baker’s Twine,Re-purposed Cotton Twill Tape from my junk stash
This is the last week of the 3 or More Embellishments challenge at Just Some Lines.Eeek!And a reminder that Christmas is creeping ever closer!”To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a fantastic digi stamp if you’re picked as part of the Top 3!
So I thought I’d have another go at using my Graph’It Markers to colour the sweet Em – Thank You String by Just Some Lines.Think I need some more skin tones tho’ A few white gel pen highlights have been added too.I chose some pretty First Edition papers to accompany her along with this lovely cardstock.I made a curved panel with a Spellbinders die and layered some die cut scalloped ovals on top before fussy cutting this gorgeous gal and adding her to the mix.The ribbon is some that was wrapped around a towel bale and I,being the ‘it-might-come-in-handy-one-day’ hoarder that I am,found it to be a perfect match to the pink card It always seems no matter how much ribbon I buy it’s the little bits and pieces I collect that do the trick every time!I dug out some paper twine and tied a flower charm to that.To compliment the colours on Em,and to complete the card,I tucked a couple of pins under the bottom of the vertical piece.
Image : Em – Thank You String by Just Some Lines
Mediums : Graph’It Markers,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Papers & Card : DP First Edition Family Ties 8 x 8 Pad,American Crafts Textured 12 x 12
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Spellbinders Borderabilities A2 Curved Borders One,Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies Ovals,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Ribbon,Paper Twine,Charm and Pins from stash
At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Buttons Galore!We have the fabulous QKR Stampede and The Robin’s Nest as our sponsors too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.
How cute is this little Stuffed Reindeer by QKR Stampede?!He’s been printed directly onto the kraft card blank and coloured with Copic Ciao Markers,trying to retain the tartan detail.Just love how the colours turn out on these card bases I’ve added some real buttons,threaded with jute twine,to his eyes and trousers.I had hoped to find a tiny pom pom for his nose amongst the kids crafting supplies but the only ones there were far too big.Never mind.A couple of scrap strips have been trimmed with decorative edged scissors to create a kind of ric rac look.In the top corner I’ve used some Epiphany epoxy button stickers stuck onto more scrap papers.I found these half price in my local craft warehouse and figured that rather than buy the special punch to go with them it would be easy enough to trim around them once adhered to paper.I then used a pokey tool to pierce the holes ready for threading Worked a treat…Yay!A leftover holly die cut is just peeking out from beneath them.Finally I stamped a sentiment,a freebie from one of last year’s Christmas magazines,in the top right corner.Chosen because he makes me smile
Image :Stuffed Reindeer by QKR Stampede
Sentiment : Past magazine freebie
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink
Papers & Card : DP Basic Grey Jovial 6 x 6 Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Green from stash
Tools : Fiskars Paper Edger Scissors Pinking Wide (unfortunately these seem difficult to source in the UK),Holly from Marianne Design Holly Garland Die Set,Big Shot
To Embellish : Buttons from Woodware Coffee and Cream Buttons (eyes) & Bag-O-Buttons Whirligig (trousers),Jute Twine,Epiphany Crafts Self Adhesive Buttons in two sizes
Just a reminder that the month long 3 or More Embellishments challenge at Just Some Lines is still open.To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a digi if you’re picked as part of the Top 3!
I’ve used the cheerful Em Joy by Just Some Lines on my card.She’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers and her shoes have been glammed up with a Red Copic Atyou Spica pen,along with the heart on her dress.It’s always so difficult to capture the sparkle on camera Does anyone know the secret?
Here’s an attempt in a close up :
Not brilliant but…it’s kinda there
Please click on the pics for a better quality view.Not sure why but the ones in the post always look a little blurry.
I decided to make this sort of patchwork background using a die set that I just had to buy way back in the Summer but have only used here for the first time!!These pretty papers were a freebie from a mag.I thought I’d add some interest to the sentiment by embossing it and then trimming it,and the red card it’s layered on to,down to fit the corner.It’s popped up on foam tape too.I’ve used Raffia Lace ribbon,Natural Ric Rac,a Tiny Wooden Shape which I’ve topped with a gem and another gem,in the shape of a flower,has been added to the sentiment.
Image : Em Joy by Just Some Lines
Sentiment : Part of a magazine freebie set
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Red Copic Atyou Spica pen,Jet Black Archival Ink
Papers & Card : DP Raspberry Road freebie from Quick Cards Made Easy,American Crafts Textured 12 x 12
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,X-Cut Tilly Daydream Hexagon Dies,Craft Concepts Hexagon Illusion Universal Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : cArt-Us Tiny Wooden Shapes Fantasy Circles,Paper Cellar Raffia Lace Ribbon,Natural Ric Rac and Gems from stash