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Saturday, 21 December 2013

A Very Steampunk Christmas to All

Thank you for taking time out of your busy holiday season to stop in for Leslierahye's Very Merry Holiday Steampunk blog hop.   This year I have created a simple layered tag.
The very rich treated papers add little touches of music notation and shiny keys.  Velvet ribbon and distressed cotton ribbon bring softness to the piece.  Dies were used to bring in the familiar motif of gears as well as creating the tag itself.  The 'To: and From:' was stamped on old book paper, as was a very faint gear and some holly.
Supplies Used:  
DCWV the Timeless Type Stack
Recollections Regent Street paper
old book paper
Scraperfect Best Glue Ever
Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets dies
Sizzix Tim Holtz Tag and Tie dies
Ranger Distress and Archival inks
Viva Las Vegastamps Nesting Gears stamp
Recollections Merry Merry clear stamps 'holly', 'to and from'
Velvet ribbon and cotton lace from the Dollarstore

 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours, and happy hopping.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Soul Dreamer Layout

 This two page journal layout utilizes monoprints made with a homemade gelatin plate as backgrounds to some amazing images from Crowabout studio-B.  The green and red prints were made with a plastic mesh sheet from the dollarstore crafting section used as a texture plate.  The next layer was made by using the page to clean up the gelatin plate after printing.  Notice the yellow ghost image of the homemade harlequin patterned stencil.  Frames were created with craft paint and Bic Mark its and Dollarstore permanent marker.  The images were slightly altered and added over the backgrounds.

Supplies Used:
ScraPerfect best glue ever
DecoArt Paints
Color Factory Paints
Dollarstore Composition book
Staples copy paper
Sharpie Fine marker
Bic Mark Its
Dollarstore permanent marker
Uniball Signo broad white pen
Plastic square mesh sheet
Homemade stencils (made from Dollarstore plastic file folders)
Homemade gelatin plate
Crowabout studio-B images

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Dr. Dreadful and his magnetic personality

Welcome one and all to my entry in Leslierahye's Halloween steampunk blog hop.  This year I used Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells paper to create a spooky fridge magnet.

Beware of the frightful Dr. Dreadful, his brews and potions are deadly.  If you do not proceed with caution you may be skeletonized like the poor victim in the background.  The Recollections clear stamp skeleton was stamped in versamark ink and embossed clear.  The potion bottles and name label were fussy cut from GR 45 paper, the doctor himself was cut from the front cover of the 12x12 pad. Fiskars paper edger scissors added the 'stamp' edge.  The potions and name label are popped up with foam tape to create a 3D look.  Black Distress ink was used to grunge the whole piece up.  The very bottom layer (unseen) is a sheet of adhesive backed magnet purchased from the dollar store.  I am very pleased with how well the magnet handles the weight of all the papers I asked it to support.  The adhesives used were Miracle tape and Scraperfect Best glue ever.
Thank you for stopping by.  I wish you all a very steampunk Halloween, happy hopping!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Fall Steampunk Thank You card

I am very excited to be one of the stops on Leslierahye's Very Fall Steampunk blog hop.   Fall is the time when the leaves turn and the crops are harvested. Fall is the time of year for giving thanks, in that spirit I created a 6"x6" steampunk thank you card.
 Starting with a great 12"x12" piece of Recollections Signature Steampunk Botanicals treated paper cut in half to create the 12"x6" cardbase, and the remaining piece cut down to 6"x6" to use as a card front.  Distress inks and markers were used to reinforce the fall colour themes by altering the paper.  Extra leaves were added with a clear stamp from the Hot Off the Press "Masculine Collage' collection and both Ranger Archival ink and Versamark ink.  The Versamark leaves are embossed with Pretty in Ink's green vertigris embossing powder, as was the gear stamp from the previously mentioned HOTP stamp set.  The sentiment is found in the Spellbinders Just Rite clear stamps "For all you do vintages labels three" and stamped in Archival ink on dollarstore cardstock altered with distress inks.  Several Spellbinders Donna Salazar "Sprightly Sprockets" die cuts are embossed with Pretty in Ink's copper embossing powder and added for extra steampunkishness.
Close up of sentiment and detail
Thank you for dropping by, hope you enjoyed my project. Happy Hopping.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The roaring twenties

I just love this flapper stamp from A.J.'s Digi Shoppe's Roaring Twenties collection.  It was so fun to colour her fabulous outfit.  All of the stamps in this set are just calling out to be hand coloured (although if that is not your thing you can print the coloured versions instead.)  If you are a fan of art deco check this set out!

Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Digi Design: Amanda Marks
Supply:  This cardfront made with  Colorbok papers and stickers was adhered with Tombow mono glue to Staples cardstock.  The sentiment is from Just Rite Clear Antique Valentine Tags One CR-0435.  Stamp inked with Ranger Archival Ink.  Digi coloured with Prismacolor pencils. 

Sunday, 26 May 2013


It is that time of year again, graduation is here.   I am very pleased and excited that my stepson is graduating from high school.  To celebrate his accomplishment I am sharing an image I drew of a graduation cap.  Please feel free to use this image as you so desire.

Congratulations Grad class of 2013! 

Monday, 22 April 2013

Homemade Stamps for Earthday

To celebrate earthday and in an effort to try to keep my impact on the planet minimal I decided to make stamps that can be used again and again to make any number of different projects. They are simple to make and very effective.  

Make a negative space roller stamp by cutting down a sheet of craft foam so that it fits exactly around a tin can.  Draw your design on the craft foam with a marker or use exsisting stamps to mark where you will cut out your pattern.  Use a craft knife to cut out your design and remove the shapes.  I think that large chunky shapes work best but if you have mad craft knife skills feel free to go wild.  You can use your craft sheet as a stencil for sprays at this point if you so desire.  

In order to glue your craft sheet to your tin can you will need some pretty impressive glue.  Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue worked really well for me.  Be sure to get glue all over the back of your craft foam focussing on the edges. Remember to cover your work area with something you don't mind getting glue all over.  Press the foam firmly around the can until you are sure it is good and stuck.  Glue your cut outs to things like bottle caps and old peanut butter lids to use them as positive image stamps.  

One of the main things to keep in mind when making stamps is to keep the surface of the stamp level so it will stamp the entire image properly.  The blue peanut butter lid pictured here has a slight lip around the edge that is even with the craft foam star so it stamps an image of a star inside a circle.  That was a lucky accident.  Even your junk can be artful, if used creatively.  

Ink your newly created stamps with acrylic paint (craft paint works fine) grab some old paper bags and cereal box card and stamp up some fun wrapping paper with matching tag.  

Thank you for stopping by.  Have fun hopping Leslierahye's Earthday blog hop.