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    Stitched party time

    Hi crafters. I stitched another rainbow using the retired Paper Smooches cross stitch die. I embossed some bursts from Visible image Rays of light, as well as a sentiment from Paper Smooches Birthday sampler stamp set, with gold powder onto acetate. I thought the sentiment was hard to read so I embossed over the top in white. I cut out the acetate and stitched it to the panel. I am entering this card in the following challenges: Paper Smooches Rainbows challenge: Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Bright and cheerful. Happy crafting, Christine

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    Stitched rainbow

    Hi crafters. There’s something therapeutic about stitching a rainbow. The current Paper Smooches challenge is Rainbows so I decided to stitch one using the retired Paper Smooches cross stitch die. I used floss in bright colours and worked my way along the panel. I cut the panel so I had room to stamp underneath if I wanted. When I finished I considered stamping a sentiment along the bottom, sticking a diecut on top, but I eventually decided to emboss a sentiment from Paper Smooches Birthday sampler onto acetate. I cut the acetate with a banner die and sewed it down on the left side. I am entering this card in…

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    Rainbow triangles

    Hi crafters. This card is all based around the Paper Smooches triangles die. First I cut it from thick watercolour Paper and scribbled Arteza water based markers in rainbow order down it. I did this with the little bits still intact, so I have little triangles for another card. I also cut this die from sticky-backed fun foam. I gently laid the foam onto a thick piece of clear acetate and cut around the acetate. I used this as a stamp for the top and bottom of the card. I drew lines and worked out where to place my diecut in the centre of a 5×7 cardbase. I then put…

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    Foiled star card

    Hi crafters. I wanted to try some more hotfoiling. I took a kraft 5×7 card base and used rose gold foil with the Spellbinders scattered dots pattern glimmer plate. The star was hand cut from photo paper that I had previously experimented on with spray stains. After cutting it I hotfoiled on a Universal crafts hotfoil plate with copper chocolate foil. I did some distressed foiling of the star edges with a zig glue pen and rose gold foil. The star is popped up on brown fun foam and foam tape. This was super quick to make. I like the foil on kraft. I am entering this card in the…

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    Make a wish

    Hi crafters. I experimented with fabric again this week. The fabric was sprayed brown and the coated unevenly with white gesso. I stamped a Judikins woodblock stamp onto this with archival ink a couple of times. I then put stains on top to colour it but most of the stains disappeared. I added some brown brick stamping with crayon and a Prima stamp. I added yellow crayon to the inside of the window. The paper doll was coloured with crayon. The stars at the top were hotfoiled on with the Sizzix birds and stars die and silver foil. The sentiment from Tim Holtz Simple Sayings was heat embossed in silver…

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    Embossed vellum

    Hi crafters. CAS mix up challenge has an embossed vellum theme this month. I started by putting alcohol ink on my vellum. I added some blues and a grey plus isopropyl alcohol. I then dry embossed the vellum with a dandelion embossing folder. I was hoping the embossed bits would go white, but it was subtle. This made the dandelion a bit hard to see so I rubbed white paint over it. I tried it on white, grey and blue cardstocks and blue was the clearest. I sewed the vellum to the blue matt and glued that on the card. The white embossed sentiment is from Hero Arts Greetings Occasions…

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    Typewriter sprays

    Hi crafters. I decided to make a background with the Tim Holtz Alterations typeset alphabet die. This is a long die, so I could only run it in a landscape direction for a 5×7 card. I ran it through with watercolour paper until the panel was covered and then sprayed with many bright sprays. I spattered a black piece of paper with white paint and the colourful panel with black paint. I lightly stamped the MFT typewriter text background on the panel. The sentiment was foiled in orange with the Spellbinders Birthday Hugs and wishes glimmer plates. I am entering this card in the Simon says Stamp Monday challenge: Sprays…

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    Spray resist on fabric

    Hi crafters. This card was inspired by watching the Tim Holtz demo on micro glaze. I thought I would see if it worked on fabric. I started with an ugly sample piece of upholstery fabric. On the wrong side of it I splashed on various coloured spray stains by shaking the nozzles over the fabric. The colour wicks out into the dry fabric. Then I stamped in archival jet black ink using Prima Messy writing, Offset dots and Carabelle Collage des Ronds. I then placed the Creative Expressions Abstract Triangles stencil on top and applied Distress Microglaze with a sponge blending tool. I also tried to rub this in a…

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    Vintage sprays

    Hi crafters. This card was inspired by watching Tim Holtz Saturday demos. The demo led me to a card by Tami Bastiaans where the background and main panel were made from canvas. This got me thinking of spraying some fabric for a background. I cut a piece of vintage-looking dress fabric and sprayed it with turquoise, blue, green and gold sprays plus a few splashes of gold acrylic paint. I sprayed it with water and then let it dry. You can see it below with some of the unstained fabric. I found that Couture Creations Die cut n bond is slightly narrower than a 5×7 card so I placed that…

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    Monster explosion

    Hi crafters. I have been watching some of Tim Holtz’s Saturday demos and that influenced this card. I sprayed many colours onto plastic and dipped some mixed media cardstock into the sprays. I dried that and dipped it in a couple more times. Then I dripped gold spray over the panel. I then stamped the Concord and 9th/ SSS Stamptember 2018 Monster and balloon in archival ink. I sprayed fixative over everything to try and seal it, but it still reacted with water when I added stains on top to colour the balloon and monster. I added some pencil over the stains and gold embossed a sentiment on the balloon…