Sunday, 10 November 2013

The eclips Saga

Finally, the eclips tale of woe is over! Sizzix simply replaced the poor dead original machine as it's laser had failed. (Thank you Sizzix), and now, after weeks of stress, wasted paper and waiting, I have a machine that cuts what I want, when I want, and does it absolutely beautifully! (Well, almost always!). Mind you, I still have a great deal of learning to do, about the different functionalities etc. but that will happen.
My daughter visited yesterday and we spent an hour before dinner cutting out this cute little caravan, a design from SVG Cuts. I hadn't used different colours and scraps of paper on the one cutting sheet before, so we used the time well, learning as we went.

 
The side view
 
The van is meant to sit proudly on the top of a neat gift box, but Sarah found the thought of it on it's own, with a battery tea light inside irresistible, and she got it all made in about an hour post prandial!
Isn't it sweet!
 

The front view, with curtains!


The back view, with bunting, flamingo and tail lights.



All cozied up for the night!

The lads were a bit sceptical and wanting to know where was the tow bar, honestly, no romance at all, them. But Sarah was very happy with how it turned out.

I am now busy learning how to weld letters together, I have a very important seventh birthday looming large and would like to make something spiffy for the occasion...watch this space!

Bye now,
Di

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Thank You

The PTI MIM Stamped Square Frames challenge, (Link here), was interesting as it's always good to have new ways of using the stamps you have. Sometimes a frame can add a lot to a card, and doing so without adding dimension can be useful when needing to put cards in the post.

I hesitated to enter this one, it is so simple and basic compared to so many of the other fabulous entries...never mind, be brave! It was a good exercise and one I will definitely repeat. I enjoyed seeing how many entries had Lovely Layers as a focal point...I always struggle hard with getting the stamping just right on that set! I especially like that set on vellum, but I can't seem to find an ink that works with the vellum I have...I may need to order some thicker quality and try that. The type I have just pools the ink as if the surface is non-stick! So frustrating.

Anyway, back to the point Di. I tried using all sorts of other stamps for the purpose of this challenge but quickly found that things like hand saws, leaf sprays and other non-straight PTI items needed much more mental energy to align perfectly than I could rustle up. Something to play with later...





Things I used:
Ink:Versamark, PTI Vintage Touch - Camomile
Paper: PTI Kraft cardstock
Dies: Happiness in Bloom Leaves, Beautiful Blooms II #3
Stamps: Boutique Borders - Father, Peaceful garden - sentiment
Other: Clear embossing powder, yellow enamel dot (unknown aetiology), tiny polka dot embossing folder (also unknown - came in a magazine, but it is very sweet!), pop dots.

While I was browsing through all the entries on PTI I came across a stylish black card with a distressed heart embellishment at this blog. Connie had discovered the instructions for making the distressed embellishment in the bottom of a drawer she was cleaning out...she gives lovely clear instructions for this simple technique. I couldn't resist trying it out...


 
 
 I also used a SU hearts as the punch was on my workbench, on a scrap of light cardboard from the bin, the Scotch Quick Dry glue and my only 3 colours of alcohol inks, Rust, Pitch Black and Stonewashed...it worked a treat. As you heat set the goo it bubbles up and turns all glossy and enamelled looking. Once dry they have a slight iridescent sheen and are quite sturdy. I think I may have overheated the tiny black one...on close examination it has quite an ashy aspect, leaving a little soot trail behind it and isn't as glossy as the other two, but what else could one expect from such a black little heart?
I will definitely be using this technique on other items, but maybe I'll think to wear gloves next time, I really got very inky indeed with the alcohol ink...
Thanks so much Connie, for sharing this tip.
 
Thanks for looking..
Di