Friday, 23 August 2013

The Rubber Buggy 'Bikini Tilda'

Hi there & I'm posting for my Saturday spot at The Rubber Buggy Inspiration Blog. I thought I'd ink up my  brand new Bikini Tilda from the new Sea Breeze collection. I used this great sketch from Simply Magnolia & papers from the same Magnolia collection.
The papers I used are Vintage Summer Roses, Grandpas Rose Garden, from the Sea Breeze collection & New England Wood from Bon Voyage collection. I distressed the edges with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain using a blending tool then scored with the edge of the scissors.
The card blank & Vintage tag eyelet is kraft cardstock & papers are matted onto white Bazzil cardstock. Tim Holtz on the edge scrollwork die has been cut from kraft & distressed with Snow Tex. The bunting (which I have to say is my absolute favourite thing at the mo!) I hand cut & curled around the twine. I then wrapped the twine around my finger & secured the loops with staples.
The image has been coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Inks on watercolour paper with a (dry) watercolour brush. Stamps around the image are HOTP & LOTV. The topper is mounted on a Spellbinders die that I cut from kraft card, distressed with Picket Fence Distress Stain & threaded with thick twine. I edged the Tilda topper with pearl bead string. The 2 clay corners are handmade with Martha Stewart clay moulds & white air-dry clay.
Distress Inks:
Skin - Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo
Cheeks - Tattered Rose mixed with Aged Mahogony
Hair - Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
Bikini & Flowers red - Aged Mahogony
Highlighted with Sakura Pen-Touch - White
The swirl above is a Doo Huckey die & the die cut flowers are a Marriane design rolled roses die. Other flowers are mainly Kort & Godt.
I LOVE making bunting & whilst everyone seems to be out of stock of the lovely Mganolia Doo Hickey bunting dies at the moment - I thought I'd hand cut my own! I left a tab that I curled around the thick twine, then cut little knotches & distressed for a shabby chic look, I then spelled out 'fun' in mini-alphas.
Above shows the removable Doo Hickey Vintage tag with Tim Holtz stamped sentiment & Blue Moon silver heart charm. Below shows peek of inside! Sentiment is from HOTP CD-rom.
Suggestions for Rubber Buggy Products:
I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Simply Magnolia - Sketch
The Ribbon Girl - A touch of red 
 Bunny Zoes - BINGO (Top row - ribbon or lace, die cuts, tag)

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Bikini Tilda shaped & masked Magnolia card

 Hi there & today I'm sharing this shaped Magnolia card I made using 'Bikini Tilda' from the new Sea Breeze collection.
Check out this lovely inspiration photo from MDUC, which I tried to incorporate elements of and loosely based the colour pallete around.
I made a scene using masking technqiues with Tilda and 2 background stamps, then made the shaped  card blank with Go Kreate Frilly Frame #5 die.
Papers are from the same Magnolia Sea Breeze collection. Edges have been inked and distressed slightly with scissor edges. Below shows double loop edge punch by Martha Stewart. The die cut swirls are Tim Holtz on the edge scrollwork. I cut them from kraft & added Picket Fence Distress Stain & when dry shabby white Frantage embossing powder.
The image has been created using Bikini Tilda (Sea Breeze), Vintage Sweedish Bench (Once Upon a Time) and Happy Easter background (Little Easter) stamps. I stamped Tilda, masked over her and stamped the bench, masked the bench (still keeping Tilda masked) and stamped the background. When stamping the background I added the ink, then I masked the bottom half of the image by adding a sticky note directly to the stamp, positioned approx where the bench would be downwards so that none of the Little Easter image showed below the bench.
Distress Inks:
Skin - Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo
Cheeks - Aged Mahogony mixed with Tattered Rose
Hair - Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
red on Bikini & Flowers - Aged Mahogony
Bench - Pumice Stone, Milled Lavendar
Cloud - Whethered Wood, Pumice Stone
Sun - Squeezed Lemonade
Stems - Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters
Highlighted with Sakura Pen-Touch, White
Flowers are Kort & Godt, Prima & LLC. I hand cut the sign, stamped the letters in Studio G alphabet stamps and curled around the wood.
Above shows Magnolia Doo Hickey So Wrapped So Lovely tag with lace tied around and Blue Moon key charm tied with twine. Tim Holtz hardware findings hindge cut from grungeboard & coated in Snow Tex, then Picket Fence Distress Glitter - set with pearl brad.
Above shows Doo Hickey Lovely Fence die cut from kraftcardstock & covered in Picket Fence Crackle Paint. Shaped and highlighted with Picket Fence Distress Glitter. Below shows the inside with HOTP printed sentiment quote.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:

Magnolia Down Under Challenge - Photo
Deep Ocean Challenge - Odd Shapes
Divas by Design - Use some twine
Lovely hAngler or Sweet Magnolia - Punches or Dies
Magnolia-licious - Lace
Marvelous Magnolia - Lots of Layers
Mid-week Magnolias - Shaped cards
Time for Magnolia Challenge - Sun, Sea & the Beach
A Creative Romance - Masking

LOTV Inspiration Blog cards

Hi there -today I am sharing firstly some cards I made for LOTV that were recently posted on their inspiration blog & can be seen 'for real' in the shop if your lucky enough to live near by! (Sprinfield Centre, Bagley Lane, Farsley, LS28 5LY). They were then feautured on the LOTV inspration blog, which can be seen below. 
 I have some exciting news that I recently opened a second blog 'my Pastel Euphora' which is where you can find all of the projects below, materials used & how to make etc. On this blog I'm going to share my more magazine style of cards that I make like this, mostly using Vintage & Shabby Chic stylings in pretty pastles. I'd love some new followers if it sounds like your kind of thing & as always visits & comments are much appreciated! I will also be giving out some 'welcome candy' soon on there for followers of both my blogs so be sure to check back for that ;)
Anyway here is the LOTV post...
''I thought we’d have a break from Christmas for a couple of days, these are some lovely cards and a little box that were made for us by Deb Hughes using some of our sentiment stamps ...

Deb has used the Vintage Sentiments – Just To Say set and also our Calendars stamps on her lovely cards"
Links to products:
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

The Rubber Buggy 'Jardin'

Hi all & I'm super excited today to be back posting for my Saturday spot at The Rubber Buggy inspiration blog.
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 I've made a Magnolia card using 'Delightful' Tilda who I have to say is my absolute fave Tilda so far - just how much more appealing can these images get?!! I decided on some yummy lilac papers by Maja Design in my favourite shabby chic style, which seems to have given the card a 'Wedding' theme that I wasn't necessarily aiming for to begin with, but I think the lattice and shabby white seam binding have also added to the Weddingy feel.
The lattice effect die is by Spellbinders, cut from Core'dinations Whitewash cardstock. I also cut the Lovely Fence die, Scalloped circle matt & large lilac flower from the same card.
I coloured with image with Distress Inks - I;ve been trying for ages to get my images to look a little softer & paint in a more shabby chic style that other crafters do so well, but I really struggle to STOP painting in details & adding to the depth of shading (I'm sure that's what most people struggle TO me to be coopsite!) Anyways even though I don't really think I've managed to do this yet, for my second painted image after over a month break I'm reasonably pleased with. The dress was painted in Shaded Lilac - I LOVE this new colour & it didn't really need anything adding to it to perfectly match the designer papers...but that's why I love DI's so much!
Distress Inks:
Skin - Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo
Cheeks - Tattered Rose mixed with Aged Mahogony
Hair - Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
Dress - Shaded Lilac
Tights - Pumice Stone

Flowers are a mixture of Kort & Godt and Prima. I sprinkled around the image and on some of the paper corners with White Frantage Embossing Powder then added some white pearl bead string. Below I spelled out 'jardin' in mini-alphas on the So Wrapped Doo Hickey die.

Above shows the Magnolia Doo Hicket So Lovely die with shabby seam binding bows, Tim Holtz Hardware Findings die cut from grungeboard and covered in Snow Tex & silver bird cage charm available from The Rubber Buggy. Below shows the bottom of the hindge from the Hardware Findings made in same way as lock.
Suggestions for The Rubber Buggy Products:
I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Live & Love Crafts - Warm or Cool colour pallete
Marvelous Magnolia - Anything Goes
Totally Tilda - Tilda's Wedding
Magnolia-licious - Lacy Lace
7 Kids College Fund - Anything Goes with Vintage twist
Creative Inspirations - Monochrome

Friday, 16 August 2013

I'm back!!! with The Rubber Buggy challenge 'Back to School'

Hi everyone & fianlly...I am back!!!
As some of you will know I had plans to re-decorate my craft room, and whilst that STILL isn't complete yet, it is now totally re-organised and back in working order. I've done all the fiddly storage items like getting all of my teeny tiny buttons, brads & bits 'n' pieces organised into brand new proper storage boxes (instead of my old cardboard/makeshift ones that were falling apart!) with different compartments so everythings looks neat, tidy & colour coded. So thats the hard part (or certainly the part I least like to do!) I've completely re-arranged the whole room & made little areas for different techniques, like a stamping & colouring table & shelves, a die-cutting storage table, sewing table & organised all of my different sized papers into their collections in plastic sheets. It must be working as I'm whizzing around on my chair much less than I used to as everything I need is right there infront of me!
I just need to re-paint now and get some nicer looking of the larger furnature/storage items as & when finances allow. But on the whole the room works so much better, plus it's just taken me half the time to complete one of my SC&P commissions than it usually would - just beacuse everythings tidyed and all my tools are to hand. Wow - such a pleasure to be crafting again - I should have done this years ago!!!
I'll take some pics when the cosmetic parts all done ;)
Anyhow enough of my rambligs I'm posting today for The Rubber Buggy who I just like to thank for being so patient with me whilst all of this has been goin on, so please join me in supporting this great, fun 'Back to School' theme!

The suggested colours for the Back to School theme were red, yellow & black...well whilst these colours are perfect for back to school theme - I just don't do primary colours!! So I used these scrummy Vintage Garden papers by Pion Design which have a redish, yellowish colours but in a softer, more shabby pallet that suits me down to the ground! I then added some heavy dark metal objects & black stamping for a hint of black. I used 'Tilda with Spitz Pocket' from the Special Moments collection 2013.
Distress Inks:
Skin - Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo
Cheeks - Tattered Rose mixed with Aged Mahogony
Hair - Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
Dress & Shoes - Victorian Velvet, Pumice Stone shading
Socks, Pocket & Dress lace trim - Pumice Stone

Embellishments include Martha Stewart clay frame & corner, Dymo red tape sentiment distressed with white paint, Tim Holtz hindge die covered in Crackle Paint, silver owl charm, shabby seam binding bows, lace & button tied with twine, doily & Tim Holtz metal file tabs & bull dog clips. The flowers are WOC & Magnolia berries both available from The Rubber Buggy (see below for links to products used).

Links for Rubber Buggy Products:
Tilda with Spitz Pocket
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Magnolia Doo Hickey Dies
WOC Flowers
Other flowers & Berrries
Lace & Trims
Metal charms

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Dutch Magnolia Chickies - Anything Goes
Lovely hAngler or Sweet Magnolia - Buttons or Bows
Magnolia Mania - BINGO (middle row - Tilda, pink, stitching)
Magnolia-licious - Lacy Lace
Stamp & Create with Magnolia - Back to School



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