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A Bit Of An Assortment
It was too wet Friday afternoon to do anything in the garden, but I did manage a little trip down to the garden centre and picked up a few more pots of plants and some grow bags. I’ll need to get the plants into the raised beds over the next few days, and then put a good plastering of slug pellets around them as this wet weather will have got all the sligs and snails out I think.
So, while the weather hasn’t been up to much I’ve been doing some assorted crafting. I hope you like the creations I’ve got to show you today.
As I’m on the Design Team for Stamping Dragon Designs I’ve been trying to think up some activities and challenges for the SDD Facebook group.
What’s the oddest crafting challenge you’ve done?
I’ve currently got a “challenge with a difference” event running in the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook Group with lots of Stamping Dragon Design Loyalty Points on offer. Basically the challenge is:
“What if … you were given a stunning digi-stamp that you’d wanted for ages and couldn’t wait to craft with, but there was on one condition to you being given the digi-stamp – that condition was that you made something with it using only crafty supplies you could gather together in 5 minutes.
Doesn’t matter how long you think it would take to make your creation. Doesn’t matter how big or small a creation you think you’d make. Assuming that you’ve got suitable cardstock to print the digi onto and a printer to do the printing – What are your must have assortment of crafting cardstock, colouring medium, tools, embelishments, ect., that you’d grab first and know that you could make something with?“
– So it’s not a challenge to make anything. The challenge is to collect together anything you consider essential to making a nice card with a digi-stamp on it, and do the collecting in 5 minutes and take a photo or two of the collection.
Basicly it’s a chance for us all to be a bit nosy and have a look at what other crafters consider their “must grab” items for crafting.
Of course, if I was asking others to do the challenge I had to do it myself (even though I can’t award myself any loyalty points). So here are the results when I took the challenge.
- Most of my regular readers have probably already picked up on the fact that I do most of my crafting in bed with my damaged leg elevated, so of course my starting point was an empty bed, not an empty craft table – though I don’t think that most crafters who have a craft table would be starting from an empty table.
- The time stamp on this photo says it was taken 6 minutes after the “before” photo, but I actually collected all these things in 4 minutes – and then spent a couple of minutes searching for where I’d put my camera down – which wasn’t in it’s usual place!
- This bag is what I call my “use it every time I craft tote”. It resides on a shelf near the foot of my bed, so only needed to lift it up and move it 6 feet. It has bits of lots of stuff in it, from several types of glue and sticky tape, rulers and bone folders, to scissors and a craft knife. It really needs to be emptied out and sorted as it is overflowing a bit as more sticky back gem sheets and ribbons and rub-ons have worked their way into the bag than there is actual room for. Other than some cardstock from one of the shelving unit I could sit on the side of my bed and grab everything else from an unit of crafting near the side of my bed.
- Amongst the stuff on the unit by my bed was a digi-stamp that I planned on colouring so I just grabbed the ProMarkers I thought I’d need for the project.
I coloured the image and made a card with it all within an hour. But by that time it was dark and raining outside and I couldn’t get good enough lighting to take a tidy photo of the card. Come back for a look at my blog in a day or two and I should have a photo of the card I made to show you.
Please do come over and join us on the SDD FB group. I’m already thinking up another “What if …” challenge for after this one is finished and other SDD Design Team members also periodically drop in with little challenges.
(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)
I think I’ve got Christmas, Crafters, and Men covered in this little batch.
- Surf Dude Digital Stamp by Gordon Fraser, Waves Scene by Gordon Fraser and Beach Fun Santa Digital Papers by Amanda Vande Zande (I printed this digi-stamp sheet, together with the waves sheet at a little under half size, and a background from papers kit onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I coloured the digi-stamp in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers. The colours I used were: Buttercup, Gold, Imperial Purple, Prussian, Oatmeal. I took an A4 sheet of white, linen textured cardstock and scored it using my Hougie Board before I folded it in half to make my base card. I trimmed the waves background a little and went around the edge unevenly with one of the ProMarkers used on the digi-stamp. This was then matted onto the other background, sticking it in place using finger-lift tape. After trimming the edge of the mat I attached it to the card front. I shaped the digi-stamp a bit and attached it to the card using glue gel. I finished off by putting some irridescent white glitter glue over the white areas of the waves. Unfortunately this doesn’t show up well in the photo but it gives a nice finishing effect tot he card. I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
- Close-up of digi-stamp.
- Even closer look of stam at a bit of an angle.
- This card is made using elements from the kit that came with the latest edition of the Hunkydory magazine and a charm that came free with a crafting magazine. I took an A4 sheet of white, linen textured cardstock and scored it using my Hougie Board before I folded it in half to make my base card. I cut one of the backing sheets from the kit to a smaller size than the card front and went round the edge of it using an Imperial Purple FlexMarker. After choosing my topper I stuck a strip of ultra tacky tape behind one edge and put a piece of lace from my crafting stash down the edge, pleating and folding as I went. I stuck another piece of tape behind to stop the ruffles coming loose. I used finger-lift tape to attach the background panel to the card front and then 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the topper and paper ribbon. I tied some embroydery floss to the charm and attached it using glue gel so that one end is behind the topper.
- Angled view of card.
- Even closer look at card front.
This a set of 4 notelets I made from one sheet of Hunkydory images. I’ll probably make a box from them to give them as a gift, but this hasn’t been done yet.
- The images are from the “Patchwork Forest Traditional Decoupage” kit that came free with the Hunkydory “Return to Patchwork Forest Luxury Card Collection”. The base cards are sheets of Adorable Scorable cardstock that I cut in half, scored using my Hougie Board, and folded in half to make A6 base cards. The images were attached to these using finger-lift tape. I then went over the roses on the image with a swirl of glitter glue. I’ve not put on any greeting because they will be used as simple note-cards.
- 3. and 4. Were made the same way using other images from the same sheet. On the 3rd it’s the berries that have been glittered using the same glitter glue.
- Snow by Eileen Deliot and Blue Harmony Papers by Janette Padley (For this card I used the image as a simple topper. I printed it out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at the size I required and then trimmed it. I matted it onto another sheet of the same cardstock and trimmed to leave a border. I then stuck it onto a sheet of the cardstock that had been printed with one of the paper brackgrounds and again trimmed to leave a border. I took an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board and folded it in half. I then stuck the matted and layered topper to this. I used finger-lift tape throughout for sticking the layers together. I finished off by adding a peel-off greeting “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”, and also put some crystal glitter glue over the snow areas that appear white in the light on the picture. The card now twinkles nicely but unfortunately it doesn’t show up in the photo.)
- Angled, closer, look at the same card.
PLAYING WITH CLAY:
This was a fun project I worked on with my youngest nephews – we have a couple of other spart decorated and two more not started on – we’ll probably add some fine, clear, wire to them to hang them up as a mobile once we’ve finished decorating all of them.
- Fish, H: 8 cm, polystyrene, 5 pc and Silk Clay, asstd colors, 22 tub (To cover the fish I used different colours of Silk Clay. I just took smallish pieces of the clay and pulled and streched it for a while before making it into thin, flat, pieces and placing it on the fish. I went all over the fish with different coloured pieces, making sure that each piece adhered to its neighbouring pieces and smoothing down as I went. Once the whole fish was encased in the clay I used a plastic clay tool knife to put a few markings on the fish and left it to dry.)
A quick and easy cord necklace.
- The necklace is simply made by knotting an orange bead onto a cord and then doing a standard sliding closure knot as you’d find on a Shamballa bracelet.
- Close-up of the “pendant” of the necklace.
- Close-up of the “macrame” knot closure of the necklace.
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