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Monday, 25 October 2010

All Things Sugar Nellie Wk 26 - Not a Card

corner bookmark photographed with flash
to show glittering on bottom scallops

reverse showing tone on tone

This week the Paper Craft Planet Sugar Nellie Forum Challenge is to make anything but a card. I've been wanting to try making a Corner Bookmark for quite some time but other things have intervened, so this was the perfect excuse to use the tutorial on the Splitcoaststampers forum.

I have used the one stamp throughout the project, just varying the positioning so as to suit the various areas. For the outer scalloped edge I used the two sides of her hairdo & on the back for the tone on tone effect I stamped the very top of the hairdo into each corner.

Stamp Sugar Nellie Kathy Hare Entangled.
Inks etc... Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark watermark stamp pad.
Colouring Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, Paper Stumps & Sansodor; Stickles Glitter glue (Ice Stickles Crystal Ice).
Cardstock Assorted colours from "stash".
Punches Woodware (circle & scalloped circles, scalloped square).
Daisy Ribbon from "stash".

Challenge Entered

Friday, 22 October 2010

My Creative Classroom - Rubber Stamping Back to Basics Wk 3

Resist Brayering

Tone on Tone & Chalking

Heat Embossing & Sponging

Thursday, 21 October 2010

My Creative Classroom - Rubber Stamping Back to Basics Wk 2

Direct to Paper

Bleeding Distress



My Creative Classroom - Rubber Stamping Back to Basics Wk 1

I've been getting my fingers inky & working through techniques & assignments for some on-line courses from My Creative Classroom (Rubber Stamping - Back to Basics with Glenda Waterworth & Rubber Stamping - Terrific Techniques with Glenda Waterworth) that I was given. As I am not able to get to classes physically this is proving an amazing resource & I am learning much from the optional practical assignments.

I'm not having much success with my resizing for the MCC photo gallery so I shall share my "homework" by "blogging" it.

Road Testing Blacks


Floral Card

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Sugar Bowl 45 & All Things Sugar Nellie Wk 25 - Pillow Talking Snowflakes

front of card

close-up of image, some of the debossed bordering
detail is just visible above left of her head
& below her outstretched leg

close-up showing corner detail,
textured gold cardstock & jewelled swirl

close-up showing floral spray, snowflakes,
ribbon & crimped cardstock

inside of card

close-up showing pierced scallops & glitter card

For my second entry into the Sugar Bowl using Tiets' multi-layered sketch I set out with a plan of using golds, browns & reds to reflect the optional autumn theme. I'd seen Elaine's DT sample using the new Simply Sassy Pillow Talk & an idea had germinated in my mind with the image pointing in astonishment at a snowflake as if to say "Look! It's still Autumn but it's snowing". Well, as usual, the card had a life of its own & somewhere along the lines the browns & greens went missing along with Autumn.

The red crimped cardstock was made using a Woodware paper crimper & the red gem swirl using a Bazzill Basics Jewel Template.

This is my first posting using the Mac from start to finish including uploading & editing photos - a bit of a steeper learning curve than we'd intended as my PC is now unusable after a rather trying week with Dell Support. Our original intention was that I should make a gentle transition from the PC to the Mac. I have to say the Mac is a delight.

Stamp Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy Pillow Talk.
Inks Memento Tuxedo Black (image), Distress Inks (Aged Mahogany & Peeled Paint) for inking some cardstock edges.
Colouring Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, Paper Stumps & Sansodor; Stickles Glitter Glue (ice Stickles Gold Ice).
Cardstock An assortment of reds, golds & creams plus green in various finishes & textures from "stash".
Punches, Dies etc... Woodware (Circle & Scalloped Circle, Snowflake, leaves), Xcut (Snowflake Corner),  EK Success (Swirl Flourish & Corner Rounder), Spellbinders Nestabilities (Classic Scalloped Ovals Large).
The ribbon, flower, pearl, sequin & most gems (a few being Kanban) are from "stash".

Challenges Entered
The Sugar Bowl Challenge 45 - Tiets' Sketch
All Things Sugar Nellie (Paper Craft Planet) Wk 25 - Snowflakes

Monday, 11 October 2010

Sugar Bowl 45 & All things Sugar Nellie Wk24 - Sketch of Layered Warm Red & Green

front of card

close-up of image showing glitter on 
flower centres

close-up showing detail of glitter on swirls, texture of
cardstock & embossed Mirri card

inside of card

Instead of using the optional theme of Autumn with Tiets' Sketch for the Sugar Bowl Challenge 45 I have used the Warm Christmas Colours of the Sugar Nellie Paper Craft Planet Challenge Wk 24. As usual I have replaced the text on the sketch - this time with a swirl.

The girl's dress & hair ribbon as well as the ribbon around the flower pot are paper pieced.

Stamp Sugar Nellie Manga Pointsettia.
Inks Memento Tuxedo Black (image), Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy (inking cardstock edges).
Colouring Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, Paper Stumps & Sansodor; Stickles Glitter Glue (Xmas Red & Ice Stickles Gold Ice); Inkssentials White Opaque Pen & Letraset Black Fine Line Drawing Pen.
Cardstock Forever Friends Gift Wrapped A4 Double-sided Textured Cardstock; Mirri & coloured cardstock from "stash".
Paper Forever Friends Santa's On His Way... A4 Paper Pack (paper piecing).
Punches, Dies etc... EK Success (Swirl Flourish), Spellbinders Nestabilities (Large Deckled Rectangles), Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Swiss Dots).
The jewelled glittery red flowers are from "stash".

Challenges Entered
The Sugar Bowl Challenge 45 - Tiets' Sketch
All Things Sugar Nellie (Paper Craft Planet) Wk 24 - Warm Christmas Colours

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Whiff of Joy Challenge DT - #89 Jane's Sketch

 front of card

close-up showing texture of  Moondust linen effect cardstock

 angled photo showing glittered flowers in Willow's hair

close-up showing glittery flowers, swirl & corner detail

inside of card

The Whiff of Joy Challenge #89 is a sketch by Jane. Since this is my final posting as a Guest on the Design Team I would like to thank everyone involved for making me so welcome & allowing me to learn much from the experience.

I purposely substituted a swirl for the sentiment on the sketch so that the card could be used on several occasions (Christening/Dedication or New Baby). To see how the other members of the Design Team interpreted the sketch have a look here.

Stamp Whiff Of Joy Willow Holding Baby.
Inks etc... Memento Tuxedo Black (image), Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink for inking most cardstock edges.
Colouring Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, Paper Stumps & Sansodor; Stickles Glitter Glue (Waterfall).
Cardstock Moondust linen effect blue & Moondust blue, matt blue & matt white from "stash".
Punches, Dies etc... EK Success (Swirl Flourish), Fiskars (Lace Ornate Corner), Spellbinders Nestabilities (Labels Six), Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Floral Fantasy).
The ribbon, single blue gem, flower gems, pearls & jewelled glittery blue flowers are from "stash" whereas the various sizes of pale blue gems are Papermania.

Below is a summary of what I learnt whilst colouring this image - it may be skipped if not of interest.

This is the first time I have coloured using pencils with paper stumps & low odour solvent to blend. Here in the UK Derwent Coloursoft pencils seem the most readily available together with Sansodor as the blending medium. I also have a set of Faber Castell Polychromos pencils & spent some time experimenting with both sets (each set is a tin of 36) finding that the colour range in the respective tins varied somewhat & that the type of cardstock I used made a difference. I was rather heavy handed at first with the ordinary cheap cardstock (WH Smith) & decided to try the smooth cardstock (Artylicious Bright White) which I have been experimenting with using when colouring with Copics. This proved  more efficient & much easier. I settled for using the Coloursoft pencils as I found them easier to blend & then did some research about the binding mediums for the respective sets - wax is used for the Coloursoft & oil for the Polychromos. Presumably that is what makes the difference in blending. I have read that the Prismacolor pencils have a concentrated amount of pigment & therefore are a superior quality but as yet I do not own any.

top image - Polychromos
bottom image - Coloursoft
left 2 colour sample rows - Polychromos
right 2 colour sample rows - Coloursoft

At the very top are 12 samples from a set of Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor (vegetable oil is used as the binder).

Realising that it probably wasn't a good idea to mix the different brands/binders on a project I decided to look at how the brands behave individually on the two different cardstocks. The right hand patches are blended towards the left using Sansodor. By far the easiest was the Coloursoft on the Artylicious Bright White. The Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor was hard going with the Sansodor on either cardstock & the tin has been relegated to a cupboard for later use when I am more experienced. The coarser texture of the WH Smith cardstock is visible with each brand.

(Click on images to enlarge)