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Friday, 19 May 2017

'Time to Dream.'


Hello there Friends, Followers and Visitors,

Hope you have all had a good week, I know some of you have had wet weather, we on the other hand
have had dry sunny weather, except for today, when we have a couple of showers.   The gardens really needed a freshen up.   Tonight I would like to share another card with you all, which was shown on Imagination Craft's show on the Hochanda T.V. Channel recently and features a stamp set . for Imagination Craft's, designed by Lisa B.     I just love these sets.

  
Matt a square of black shiny card onto the 7"x7" white base card, leaving a border of the white card showing,  gluing two die-cut cogs under the black card, also cut from black card,    Matt a smaller square of  silver mirri card onto the black.



Take a smaller piece of white card and mask off a circle the size of the pocket watch, I use a  'post it' sticker.   Whilst this is in place, colour the white card with the distress inks, leaving it slightly darker around the outside edges.   Remove the mask.

   
Lay the diamond Art stencil onto the left-hand side of this coloured card, making sure the diamonds are masked off where the white circle is.   Spread the silver rose Sparkle Medium over the diamond design, using the metal spatula.   Remove the stencil and leave the image to dry.

  
Using the black ink pad, stamp the main image over the white circle, which was created by the mask.  (This ensures the watch face is white and not green like the rest of the background.)

      
Stamp 'live'  'love'  'laugh' and 'dream' between the diamonds, again using a black ink pad.

  
Stamp the group of butterflies in the bottom right corner.   Matt this onto the silver mirri matt.   Die-cut another large cog and two small ones and glue to the card front.   Use silicone glue under one large and one small cog, to add some dimension to the card.

  
Stamp the corner stamp from the set, using a black ink pad, in each corner of the white base card.

 
Well that's my card finished.   Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you all have a great weekend.   I am preparing samples at the moment for Imagination's next show  on Hochanda T.V.  at the end of this  month.    I will let you know the exact date and times nearer the time.   I am also preparing samples for the show after that too!   so  it is all go here lol.     I am loving working with all the products for both shows, particularly the show at the end of this month, as the theme is one of my favourites, sorry cannot say what that theme is yet but I will be sharing some 'sneaky peeks' next week, so please keep popping back.   See you all soon.

                                                                  Love and rainbows,

                                                                   Hugs   Jennifer xx.








Monday, 15 May 2017

Pretty in Pink.

Hi there Followers, Friends and Visitors,

Sorry I haven't posted recently. just not sure where the time has gone !!     Hope you are all well, if not, I do hope you feel well soon.   I have been busy again in my craft room, making samples for Sue & Harvey of Imagination Crafts, next One Day Special shows on the Hochanda T.V. Channel near the end of this month.    I will of course be sharing some 'sneaky peeks' of my projects a little nearer the time.   I have to say I am really enjoying working with these gorgeous stencils, right up my street lol!


On to tonight's card which was made for Imagination's ODS show  April 2017.   For this card I have used one of  their beautiful rice papers, which are so easy to use,  and   makes a very quick and   easy card.

   
Lay the script stencil onto a square of pink card and spread the Cinnamon Sparkle Medium over the design, using a metal spatula.   Remove the stencil and leave the image to dry.



Cut out the flower image from the sheet of rice paper (no, 198) and using the decoupage glue, fix this to a piece of pink card.   This helps the image blend with the background card by shinning through the rice paper.   Do not worry if you get decoupage glue on the front of the rice paper, as it will not be noticed when dry.

   

When dry, matt this onto a slightly larger piece of black card, then fix to the script background.   Matt this onto  a slightly larger square of black card, then fix to the 7"x7" white base card.   Glue three aqua pearls to the top left of the base card.

   
Lastly, glue an aqua ribbon bow to the bottom right of the main image.   Well, there we have it, card finished.   Hope you like it.   Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope you have enjoyed your visit.   I will be back again quite soon, so until then, take care of yourselves and above all, be happy.

                                                                 Love and rainbows,

                                                           Crafty Hugs   Jennifer xx.




   



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Lucky Black Cat

Hello  Followers, Friends and Visitors,

Another beautiful day here again, warm and sunny.   Managed to get two lawns cut today and spent the afternoon in my craft room working on some new samples for Imagination Craft's next shows on the Hochanda T.V. Channel, later this month.   Tonight I felt it was time to share another of my tags made for Imagination Crafts.   This one is for all my lovely friends who love their little fur balls,   I myself do not have a cat but I know lots of you do.   Hope you like it.   The tag and background look blue but they are in fact white, not sure why this is,   I'm not the best photographer lol!!

    
Cut a large tag from white card and trim with a trimmer, using a scalloped blade.   Colour the edges with a black ink pad.   Put this to one side for the moment.

Cut out a smaller tag shape from white card  but this time, with a straight cut edges.   Lay the 'arch of flowers' stencil on the smaller tag and spread some silver Sparkle Medium over the design, using the metal spatula.      Remove the stencil and leave the image to dry.

    
Lay one of the 'three cats' stencil onto a spare piece of white card and rub some black ink through the design, using a piece of cut 'n' dry foam.   When the ink is dry, trim around the cat, leaving a tiny border of white around the image.  

Draw a plank of wood onto a piece of white card, using a black pen.   Cut out and glue onto the smaller tag, at an angle, on the right-hand side.   Fix the cat  on the plank using sticky foam pads.

   
Stamp the sentiment in the bottom left corner, using a black ink pad.   Fix the smaller tag to the larger  tag.

 Punch a hole in the top, then thread some red satin ribbon through the hole.
  

   
Glue a small piece of narrow red velvet cord to the cat's neck, then glue a red lace flower to the right of the cat's collar.  



Lastly, glue a silver glitter button to the bottom left corner  and make a stand so it can be stood up if wished.



  
Well that's all folks, enjoy the next few days and I will be back soon with another project.

                                                               Love and rainbows,

                                                                Hugs   Jennifer xx.
   



Sunday, 7 May 2017

My Butterfly Canvas Journal.

Good evening Followers, Friends and Vsitors,

Hope you have all enjoyed your weekend and are well, if not I do hope you will feel better very soon.   We have had another lovely day here again but this evening feels quite chilly.   I don't mind colder evenings when the days are lovely.    I received some 'happy post' from Imagination Crafts on Friday, products for their next shows on the Hochanda T.V. Channel near the end of this month.   Wow! the new stencils are just stunning, I love them, I  cannot tell you too much at the moment but they are right up my street!   Those of you who know me, know that I have two favourite subjects I love to work with and these  are one of them.   I couldn't wait to get started lol!   I am really enjoying working with these stencils but enough teasing lol, back to tonight's project, my butterfly journal.   This was made for Imagination's  shows on Hochanda on the 1st. May 2017.


 
Remove the front and back pages of the journal.   Lay the large butterfly stencil onto the front page and spread the stencil medium over the design, using the metal spatula.   Remove the stencil and leave the image to dry.

 
Paint a thin layer of white gesso over the whole front page.   When dry, replace the stencil in the correct position and dab some Versamark through the design using a piece of cut 'n' dry foam (on top
of the stencil medium and gesso).   Remove the stencil and heat emboss with white embossing powder, using a heat gun.   (This embossing will resist the spray inks, we will be using next, so the ink will be able to be rubbed off the embossing easily).

 
Spray the page with the red, sunshine and light purple mixed media spray inks and leave to dry, wiping off the inks from the embossing, using a piece of kitchen roll.

 
Lay the script stencil on the top left of the front page and spread the cinnamon Sparkle Medium over the design, in between the feelers and wings of the butterfly,, using the metal spatula.   Remove the stencil and leave the image to dry.

  
Place the diamond stencil on the bottom right and spread the golden bronze Sparkle Medium over the design.   Remove the stencil and leave the image to dry.

  
Add dots of the Peridot Gold Starlight paint to the minute dots and in the centres of the cogs, on the pocket watch.   Paint the heart on the bottom left with the red spray ink.



                                              Now on to the back page of my journal



          
Repeat the same technique onto the back page of the journal but instead of the butterfly stencil, use the large pocket watch stencil and instead of the golden bronze, use the cinnamon Sparkle Medium  with the script and the diamond stencils.   Leave images to dry.


 
Fix the front and back pages back onto the spine.   That's it finished.   Just a couple of tips - (1)  make sure you have your watch stencil the correct way round, ie;   the numbers are facing the correct way and tip (2) also make sure you have your pocket watch stencil  the correct way up  and not as I did lol! the wrong way up!!  the spine holes on the left like I did for the front page, of course the holes should be on the right, so when you fix the back on the book, the image will be the right way up!!   Hope that all makes sense, I'm confusing myself now  ha ha..    I very quickly realised  what I had done and  was able to scrape off the Stencil Medium and covered the back with a coat of gesso and began all over again! and fortunately it worked lol no one would ever know, (well you do now lol!!)

I would also colour the backgrounds of the front and back of the journal,  at the same time so the colours on both are the same intensity.     I did them separately and the colours were stronger on the back than the front.   Ah well !  we all learn by our mistakes!   and I'm not immune lol!    Thanks for stopping by my blog.   See you again very soon.   Have a good week.

                                                                 Love and rainbows,

                                                             Crafty Hugs,   Jennifer xx.





Thursday, 4 May 2017

Pink MDF Dubadoo Clock.

Hello there  Everyone,

Hope you have all been enjoying the same fabulous weather that we have had today.   Wall to wall sunshine and blue skies, I do hope so.   A little warm weather makes such a difference to the trees and plants.   Suddenly the buds on the trees have all just suddenly opened up.

Tonight I would like to share my Dubadoo MDF clock with you.   I  didn't want it to be too fussy, so I have not added too many embellishments.    These MDF clocks are such fun to decorate,   they can be decorated with embellishments you have in your crafty stash,    Imagination Craft's beautiful rice papers,   pretty flowers, butterflies or even steampunk, just let your imagination run riot lol!    I chose to use  flowers and butterflies on mine, as I do like pretty things.

   
(1 )    MDF clock painted with the clover MDF paint.

(2)     The pattern around the front rim of the clock was done by laying the gear stencil onto the rim
          and spreading some white stencil Medium through the design, using a metal spatula, stencil
          removed and the images  left to dry.

    
(3 )    The sticky backed clock face which is supplied with the clock kit, is stuck in position on the
          inside of the clock back.   The easiest way to do this is to lay the front rim of the clock onto the
          base, then place the clock face in the centre and smooth down.   Next the outer rim was glued
          onto the front of the clock, using Imagination  Craft's magi-bond glue.

   
(4 )    Press the feet of the clock into the slots on the base, so easy to do.

    
(5 )    Paint the alarm bells on the top of the clock with White Gold Starlight paint

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(6 )    Flowers glued in position, top left and bottom right.   A large leaf from my stash was painted
          with  White  Gold Starlight paint


     

(7 )    The butterflies were cut out from a sheet of rice paper, then glued onto some white card, using              Imagination Craft's decoupage glue.    When they were dry, I trimmed them, leaving a tiny
           border of the white card showing.

   
(8 )    One butterfly was glued to the top right of the clock rim and the other was glued to the
          top left.

    
(9 )    The clock mechanism was then fitted.   This is also very easy to do, full instructions come
          with the kit.

(10)   All that remained to be done was to add a battery and enjoy your beautiful new clock.  

   

The clock is now finished,   The clock hands in the kit may not be like these particular ones, as I had no hands or mechanism, I had to use my own from a sweet little clock which was made for me  by my good  friend, the lovely Karen Clare.   Needless to say they are back on my beautiful little clock which sits in my craft room, to remind me of the time, as I do get carried away when crafting lol!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving me such lovely comments, they are much appreciated.      Hope you all enjoy the coming weekend.   I will be back again soon.   Happy crafting.

                                                              Love  and rainbows,

                                                                Hugs   Jennifer xx.



    











Monday, 1 May 2017

Take Time Out to Relax.

Hi Folks,

Hope you are all enjoying your long weekend, well sadly it is nearly at an end and tomorrow is another working day !   this weekend has just flown by, sorry couldn't stop myself saying that, as 'Time' is the theme for Imagination Craft's One Day Special shows on the Hochanda T.V. Channel lol!   I do hope you managed to see last night's show, as well as the 9am. and 12 noon shows today.   Two more shows to go - the 4pm. and 7pm. this evening, that is.....if there is anything left to sell ha! ha!   wow !  fabulous products, brilliant demos by our lovely Sue and Lisa B.    The beautiful stamp sets were designed by Lisa B. and are just stunning, as well as the main image, there are many more stamps in the set, so you can create your own 'time themed' backgrounds.

I thought I would share another card with you which was shown on this mornings shows.   I will try and keep the written step by step guide as short as I can........but I think you know me by now, I can talk the hind legs off a donkey ha ha !    O.K. let's get started.

   
I have used a 7"x7" white card as a base to work on.   I cut a piece of white card approximately four and a half inches square.     I then used Imagination Craft's Mixed Media Spray Inks, sunshine, red and light purple to colour this piece of card.

Next, I stamped the main pocket watch image onto the centre of the coloured card using a Versamark pad.   I then heat embossed it with black embossing powder.

        

I then stamped a tiny butterfly from the set, in each corner using a black inkpad.    I then stamped four butterflies onto a spare piece of white card, using a Versamark pad and heat embossed them.


      

Next I cut out each butterfly and glued them onto the original stamped image.   I also added a touch of silicone glue under each wing.    By doing this, it means that you do not have to cut out the butterfly's feelers, which can be a wee bit tricky to say the least.   I have in the past cut out nearly all of the butterfly, then Oooopsee lol!  I accidentally snipped off the feeler and a butterfly with only one feeler is not good!!!


    
Next I stamped the main image another four times onto a piece of spare white card, using a black ink pad.   Cut it out and 3D onto the original embossed  image on the coloured card, using silicone glue.

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I then coloured a piece of white card with the white gold Starlight paint and when dry, I stamped the watch onto it.   I then cut away the face, leaving the outer gold case and glued it onto the 3D image.

     
   
                    Using a black inkpad, stamp a cog wheel in each corner of the white base card.

   
Next, stamp the words 'Take Time Out to Relax' at the centre top of the base card  and 'On Your Birthday' at the centre bottom of the base card.

      
   
All that remains to be done is to matt this image onto a slightly larger piece of Imagination's shiny black card, then onto a larger piece of white card and finally onto another larger piece of black card.
This then gets glued to the base card and hey presto,  your card is finished.   Hope you like it.   I'm signing off for now, must get organised with a cup of tea, ready for the 4pm. show.

See you all again soon, when I will have a different project to share with you all.   Take care of yourselves and enjoy what time   (sorry for the pun again lol !)  is left of the Holiday weekend.

                                                              Love and rainbows,

                                                                Hugs   Jennifer xx.