Thursday, 17 April 2014

Decorative Lettering

 Hi everyone, long time no see, I've been very busy redecorating my craft room/bedroom
Now that we've painted the walls a lightish blue color which gives me more light during the day instead of the dark ocean green it was before, I've been busy decorating  6" MDF letters for all four walls. Here are the last two words I decorated in different ways.
 for the top word Create I created a vintage style image paper, printed out 3 copies on A4 sheets, cut out half the sheet to cover one letter, ran it through the Xyron Creative station which applied the adhesive, after sticking it to the letter I used a nail file to sand it down to fit the letter and inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink. I then chose my flowers making sure I used one 2" Rose in different colors for each letter, I then added some smaller flowers and other embellishments, glued them all down using hot glue.

For the second word again I printed out some paper, and applied the same method to get them onto the MDF letters. I then brushed a little gesso onto each letter to give a whitish background where I would be stamping parts of stamps onto the letters. I used Memento Tuxedo ink and my small Kaisercraft stamps to give a neat look to each letter. I inked the edges of each letter with some Gathered Twigs Distress ink. I then added an array of flowers and embellishments to each letter using a 2" Rose to each letter.

They look gorgeous hanging on the walls in my craftroom/bedroom.
I hope this inspires you to try decorating some letters or words for your home too.

List of flowers used for my projects

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Two New Digi Sets Released Today

There's two new Digi sets available in my shop is a floral summery type paper set and the other is geared towards fall/autumn with gorgeous edges.

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Easter's on it's Way

Good Afternoon and Happy April 1st to you all. Today starts a new challenge at I Am Roses Challenge blog and our new challenge is EASTER and to incorporate EGGS or an EGG SHAPE into your card or project and at least two I Am Roses products.
I had this little basket sitting around, and it was a really light color, so I grabbed a spray from Lindy's Stamp Gang called Mission Bells Brown and sprayed it to a darker brown. I also had a bag full of polystryrene eggs to color so I grabbed my twinkling H20's and painted some of them into bright spring Easter colors.
I decorated the edge of the basket using the Mini Daisies and the handle using tulips from I Am Roses
I finished off the basket with a multicolored ribbon and some pearls and gems along the handle.
Flowers used
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Monday, 24 March 2014

My First Mixed Media Canvas

Just wanted to show you all the first mixed media canvas I've completed of my dog.....take a close look at all the bits and bobs I've put on the canvas.....including two dog biscuits. I added all the items to the canvas, went over them all with a coating of white gesso, then used Danny Zuko's Denim spray and Bayou Boogie Gold spray from Lindy's Stamp Gang and to add alittle orange in the middle section I used Tears on my Pillow Tangerine and finally some Mango Mania. The frame around my doggie Kody is from Wycinanka as is the steampunk gears in the upper right hand corner and the bottom left hand corner, and the wooden clock in the lower right hand corner.. All flowers are from I Am Roses, nails, hinges, keys, screws all from my hubby's toolboxes (all with his permission of course) The canvas is 16x12. I'm also entering this into the color challenge at Lindy's STamp Gang

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Saturday, 22 March 2014

A Decorated Heart Box

I've been on a buying binge for the last couple month buying up the spray sets from Lindy's Stamp Gang, and thought it was time I entered one of their monthly color challenges.

I first covered the box with Gesso before layering all the various flowers and stamens on top, I then painted a thin coat of gesso over all the flowers, and glued some lace all around the edge of the lid. I then began spraying using the following colors:
Salt Water Taffy from the Nantucket Pearls Set
A Bit of Bubbly from the Drink Me Silly Set
Cotton Candy Pink from the Sweet Treats Set
Plumeria Pink and Magical Mai Tai from the Flat Fabio Hawaiian Islands Set
it was still too pastel for me, as I wanted a darker look so I then sprayed over top of all this with
Ponderosa Pine Olive and Red Hot Poker Orange and a little Tibetan Poppy Teal from the Autumn Leaves Set
I then sprayed a little more with the Sweet Violet Purple Teal and Canna Lily Burnt Orange and finally finished off with Hibiscus Rose and Caribbean Blue from the Caribbean Cruise set
For the bottom part of the heart box I glued on some net ribbon using mod podge and proceeded to use a lot of the same sprays on it until I achieved the color I wanted.

I'm really happy with how it all turned out and its' now hanging on the wall in my newly decorated craft room. I call it my Secret box cause I figure if we were ever broken into, who would think anything would be hidden in what looks to be just a piece of art on the wall....wink! wink!

Anyhow I've used a couple of the colors from the I hope it qualifies.
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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Two New Digi Sets

Just released two brand new Digi sets......geared towards the cardmakers that would like to make mixed media cards but don't have all the paints, stencils, stamps, etc to create such cards.......well now you can make it look like you have with these two new sets. Each set comprises of 30 papers.
You can find both sets here
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

A Flower Banner for IAR Project

Hello, firstly let me apologize for the not so great quality of this picture, I had no choice but to take it with no sunshine, so I had to use a couple bright halogen lights off to the side in order for the items to show up. I couldn't use the ceiling lights as they are right in front of my card display banner and just created a giant glare, but hopefully the pictures below will give you a better idea of what I created.

 A closeup of the two flower balls at either end of my card holding banner. To create the two flower balls, I took one styrofoam ball, cut it in half, so each one could fit over the nail in the wall holding the rope up. (a lovely way to disguise nails)

A closer look at the letters, picture was taken individually of each letter and then merged together in PSP.
Wooden letters are from Craft Shape Supplies, which I then painted with white gesso, stamped using a variety of stamps, I also used stencils and embossing paste to create texture, and finally sprayed with some sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang, then added some Sherri Baldy images and finally some gorgeous flowers from I Am Roses

The flowers that I used on the lettering are

I've also used the same flowers on the flower balls in keeping with the color theme. I hope this inspires you to create your own card making display (p.s. you don't need a window behind, it can be hung on a wall)
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The Easter Bunny and some Sad News

I've used the Easter Bunny Stack stamp for this card as it's coming up to Easter next month. Our latest challenge at High Hopes stamps is Chevrons. For my chevrons I used a stencil and embossing paste on a sheet of adhesive linen, and then used some color sprays in purple, yellow, blue, green and orange. Once the embossing paste and inks were dry I peeled off the backing and carefully laid the adhesive fabric onto some cardstock. The flowers are the mini daisies from I Am Roses, the lace and ribbon is from my stash.

Sadly this is my last challenge with High Hopes as my interest in cardmaking has disappeared for the time being as I venture into the world of mixed media canvases.

If you are in need of a High Hopes stamp, check out our Diva stores:
Lacey Stephens - Stamp and Create based out of the US
Nikki Fairbairn - Bunny Zoe's Crafts based out of the UK/Europe
One Crazy Stamper based out of Canada
High Hopes Website

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

One Lazy Frog!

Good Afternoon I'm back again, this time with my DT card for High Hopes Challenge.
This week our challenge is "Clean and Simple"
For my card I created the scene on the computer and printed it out onto white cardstock, then stamped out my image and mounted it using tape and a little slot into the card where it sits forward a bit. The stamp is "Lazy Day Frog"  and is part of the latest release, drawn by Annie Lang. The sentiment is computer generated, pearls and ribbon from my stash.
I hope you'll join us this week for our challenge and a chance to win a High Hopes stamp of your choice.

If you are in need of a High Hopes stamp, check out our Diva stores:
Lacey Stephens - Stamp and Create based out of the US
Nikki Fairbairn - Bunny Zoe's Crafts based out of the UK/Europe
One Crazy Stamper based out of Canada

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A Little Sneak Peek with some Inspiration

Good Morning, I'm here showing you a couple cards I made for some inspiration using some of my Digi sets, only this time I'm giving you a couple sneak peeks for a new Digi set coming out at the end of March....this one focuses on Mixed Media, so for those of you that would like to do some mixed media but don't have the supplies to do so, here is a collection of papers all ready done for you, showing some texture, some distressed stamps, and yes even some flowers.

Both cards show one of the new papers in the set, and I've used a couple of Sherri Baldy's bestie stamps colored with copics in similar colors to the papers....they complement each other so well. The flowers on my second card were made by me using scrapbooking flowers from I Am Roses, some yellow stamens and a bit of coloring from reinkers on them.

I hope these new papers are just the thing you're looking for. I know I really enjoyed using them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Thanks for stopping by

I'm entering the following challenges
Besties Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Love to Create - Anything Goes

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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

It's Flowers time at High Hopes

Good Afternoon, today sees a new challenge at High Hopes Stamp Challenge, the theme this week is Flowers, so we'd like to see either a High Hopes image containing flowers or just adding some flowers to your card. For my card I used Smiling Shelby cut out and mounted using foam pads, in front of the Sign Post with the sentiment Sending Smiles

The flowers are all from I Am Roses, made by me using the scrapbook flowers, some ink and stamens. branches are a combination of punch branches and die cuts from Tim Holtz, butterflies are holographic stickers that I've had for years. Papers are from an upcoming Digi set and a freebie. Die cut shapes are all from the Dienamics range.
If you are in need of a High Hopes stamp, check out our Diva stores:
Lacey Stephens - Stamp and Create based out of the US
Nikki Fairbairn - Bunny Zoe's Crafts based out of the UK/Europe
One Crazy Stamper based out of Canada
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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Anything Goes with I Am Roses

Good Afternoon everyone, today is a new monthly challenge at I Am Roses, and I'm showing you the box I altered using two of my favorite colors of flowers from I Am Roses. I've chosen the two colors of Peach and Seafoam, which are in the Pastel Section of the website. The box is a tea box divided into 24 sections and holds all my metal embellishments from Tim Holtz, Graphic 45, Prima and some charms and metal wires.

Our challenge this month is "Anything Goes", but you must use at least two products from I Am Roses on your project.

I first covered the box in papers from Graphic 45, and used Distress Inks on the edges to give a vintage look to it. I then added some metal feet and corners to the box using a hot glue gun (with many burned fingers) I added some wooden cogs which I covered using Frantage embossing powders, a couple Tim Holtz metal embellishments, some pretty lace, ribbon, some crystal and pearl stems, and of course the gorgeous flowers from I Am Roses. A complete listing of the flowers used is at the bottom of the post. I totally forgot to take a pic of all the goodies inside the box....duh!

I used one of the gorgeous chipboard diecuts called Blueberry Swirls from Wycinanka in Poland for the centre of the box on which I added a vintage image printed out onto Glossy Photo paper.

Here's a couple closeups of the gorgeous R77 Roses 2"

List of flowers used

Thanks for stopping by.......have a wonderful weekend
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A Little Baby Dragon

Hello, today is another new challenge at High Hopes Challenge, and our theme is "Banners/Bunting", so we'd like to see some form of a banner or bunting on your card, and don't worry if you don't have a die, you can easily make your own banners or bunting.
For my image on my card I've used the Dustin Pike stamp called Stork with Baby Dragon 
The banner is a die from La La Land Crafts on which I spelled out Baby. The diaper/napper pins are a Marianne D Die, flowers from I Am Roses and of course the papers are all from Bearly Mine Designs Digi Sets Just Plaids, Patchwork Party, Mini Dots

If you are in need of a High Hopes stamp, check out our Diva stores:
Lacey Stephens - Stamp and Create based out of the US
Nikki Fairbairn - Bunny Zoe's Crafts based out of the UK/Europe
One Crazy Stamper based out of Canada
High Hopes Website

I'm entering the following challenges
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes/use Flowers
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute with Spots and Dots
Emerald Faeries Challenge - Let's See a Banner

Thanks for stopping by today...have a wonderful day!
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Friday, 14 February 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! to all my friends and followers. I've got a couple projects to show you today I created for I AM ROSES. The first is a notebox I created using a template I made a couple years ago. I made it out of chipboard, then covered it with some Maja Design paper. I've added loads of I Am Roses flowers including my favorite R77 which is a 2" rose and comes in some amazing colors. I also painted a bobbin then added some paper to it, painted a clothes peg and stamped on it with a script stamp, added a  memo pin and metal butterfly that I embossed with frantage embossing powders and glued this to the top of the box to hold a little note. I've used a few embellishments along with the flowers, items I've bought off Ebay, such as a pearl drop, pearl strands, cheesecloth, and irridiscent beads.
Flowers used

My second project is a wooden heart which I covered with a paper I created using various vintage images I've collected over time and merged and masked them to create the paper. I also inked the edges with Victorian velvet distress ink, added a pearl flourish, some beads, a couple flower soft strands I made, and of course a selection of flowers from I AM ROSES.
Flowers used

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