Saturday, 13 July 2019

Printing with shaving foam

Some Artist Trading Coins I've made for an Artisan Design UK challenge. The marbled background is made using shaving foam printing (the challenge theme) and I've stencilled Sparkle Medium on two and glass bead gel on the third to make waves using the Laurel Burst mask from the Stacy's Garden Collection. 

If you've never tried printing with shaving foam you really should give it a go - it's very easy and it makes the craft room smell wonderful too!  All you do is spray a good layer of shaving foam into a tray big enough to take a sheet of paper, drop some inks or paints on top and swirl it with a stick to make a marble pattern, lay your paper on top and rub the back gently, peel it off and leave it to stand for about five minutes, then scrape off the foam and reveal your print.  Keep going with the foam, you can add more paint or ink as needed and gets loads of prints in one session - just make sure you've got enough room to lay them all out to dry.  I used the shower squeegee to scrape off the foam but you can easily do it with a scrap piece of card.  The only thing I had to buy was a cheap can of shaving foam, as hubby has a beard!

After covering the coin blanks with the paper I added stencilling with Sparkle Medium and glass bead gel to add a seaspray effect, using a mask from Artisan Design's Stacy's Garden Collection.  The pattern is actually laurel leaves, but it's such a versatile design it can be used for all sorts of effects. The dolphins and turtle were from an old calendar, the orca is a sticker, and I finished off with some eyelash yarn and some handwritten words.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Pocket Tag

The April RAK Challenge on Newbie Junk Journal Makers was to make a pocket tag using a number of randomly selected prompts: whimsical/humorous, the colour blue, using a punch and recycling a tissue box among them.  I thought, pocket tag - what has pockets?  Inspiration came in the form of an apron, with some whimsical tags, and I managed to use all the prompts.  

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Trifold Tag

 This trifold tag was made for the #NJJM Crazy 8 swap - we were given a number of prompts to and I managed to include them all.  Lace - is used to tie the tag.  Butterfly - there are some on one of the papers and I added a sticker to one of the tuck spots.  Purple - there are some purple touches to some of the cupcakes.  Glitter or foil - I used glitter card for the diecut on the front and as part of one of the smaller tags.  Washi tape - used to adhere the journalling section. Ink/paint/marker - I've edged with Distress Ink.  Book paper - covering the back. Eyelet/brad - on each of the main tags.

The images came from a couple of old birthday cards, I was inspired by Melodi Huey's live video where she was going through some old cards and I just got some out and found exactly what I wanted straight away.  Thank you Melodi!  If you don't know the Newbie Junk Journal Makers FaceBook group, please do go and check it out, it's a fun place to hang out and make new friends.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Day of the Dead ATC Coins

If you like making ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) you'll love the new Artist Trading Coins!  2 1/2" circles instead of 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles but the principle is the same.  They're great for trying out new techniques too!

These are my first Coins, made for a RAK Challenge on the NJJM Facebook recently.  The theme was "freestyle" but as I was making mine at the end of October I used a free cover stamp from Craft Stamper magazine and went with a Dia de los Muertos theme.

I printed off a distressed purple damask pattern background paper, die cut it into coins, added a glitter glue spider's web, some book paper and a strip of script washi tape.  Then I stamped and coloured my skulls, fussy cut them and popped them on the top.  They are now winging their way to Australia, but I made myself an extra one so I can keep one myself, as I realised that I hardly have any of my own makes as they are mostly swaps and presents.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Snippet Roll

The Newbie Junk Journal Makers Facebook group ran a challenge this week to make a snippet roll.  Yes I had to look it up too!  It's basically a long strip of fabric, embellished with lace, buttons, beads, ribbons - anything you like really.  I've never made one before, but seeing the pretty little rolls the ladies on the group were posting I felt I really had to have a go for myself.  I discovered it's also a brilliant way to use up some of those little odds and ends that accumulate on a craft table!

I cut a strip of fabric from a sleeve of an old blouse, dug out the sewing machine and just started adding lace and odds and ends of ribbon until it was covered.  I then added beading samples I'd worked up years ago,  a couple of keys, a brass filigree embellishment and some buttons and beads from my bit box.

It was great fun to make and I'd definitely do another.  This one had a size restriction for the challenge but I'd make a longer one next time.  Traditionally they are rolled round an old wooden cotton reel but I might hang this one on the wall instead

Monday, 15 October 2018

Watermelon Needlecase

My offering for a recent fruit themed swap on the My Makes Forum was this cute little watermelon needle case:

The pages of the needle case were made from two circles of white felt, hand stitched to the larger green circle.  The stitches on the outside were hidden by the white and pink circles when assembled.
The outside was formed of three circles of felt, cut with concentric circle dies on my Big Shot Plus.  I sewed black beads onto the pink circle to represent the melon seeds, then stitched the three circles together with running stitch and edged the green felt circle with blanket stitch.  I just caught the green felt with the running stitches rather than going all the way through so they would be invisible on the inside.

I attached a button and a loop of ribbon to fasten the case closed and sent it off on its way for the swap.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

World Mental Health Day tag swap

The Newbie Junk Journal Makers Facebook group are running a tag swap for World Mental Health Day.  We had to make two tags with a positive mental health aspect (affirmations, quotes etc.) and swend to our swap partner.

These are my tags:
I blended several colours of Distress Oxides to make a blue sky effect.  For the first, I stamped a sentiment that I am very fond of, and added a book paper cloud with some tiny sequins as raindrops, a die cut sun and rainbow (coloured with Promarkers) and a tiny wooden bird.

For the second, I added a stamped and coloured image, some positive affirmations and a wooden butterfly.

These are the wonderful tags I was lucky enough to receive in return from my swap partner Kelly: simply stunning!