Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Mid-Month Inspiration at Stamping Sensations

Hello there,

It's my turn to offer some mid-month inspiration at Stamping Sensations by trying something new.  Now, I've always wanted to have a go at stamping on candles but I've never got round to it before, so here goes :)  I checked out a couple of videos on You Tube before I started to see how people had coloured their images.  As you need to stamp and colour tissue paper, it's a very delicate operation.

As our theme this month is 'One for the Girls,' I thought I'd opt for something floral as we all love our flowers, so I chose to use 'Rose Bloom' by Stacey Barras as it was a really good fit for the candle that I was using.

I decided to use my Stamping Press as I wasn't quite sure how well the Stazon Ink would print onto the tissue paper.   Here is the process, step by step in photos:

Stamped twice onto tissue paper with Stazon ink

Delicately coloured using Derwent Inktense pencils

I got very brave at this stage and used a damp water brush to intensify the colour.
I also used a red colour brush to darken some of the red areas.

Next, I cut out the image, leaving just a little white tissue showing around the image.

I laid the cut out image over the candle and wrapped a piece of baking parchment tightly around the candle.  Using a heat gun to adhere the tissue paper to the candle, it was like embossing magic as you can see the wax melting as you move along.  It's important to keep your heat gun moving so as not to create any holes with the hot wax, it all happens very quickly.

The end result!  
I added a piece of ribbon and a matching bow around the base of the candle to add the finishing touch.

For a first attempt, I'm very happy with the end result, although I would like to have another go and just leave it at the stage where it's been coloured with the pencils as I think that would give a subtle sketchy look.

I've thoroughly enjoyed trying a new technique (For me) and I hope that I just might have inspired you to have a go if you've never tried stamping on candles before.

Happy Crafting,
Sandra x 

Saturday, 7 April 2018

CI Samples - Take 2

Hello again and I hope that you're all ready to enjoy the weekend.

I'm here today to share the last of my Crafty Individuals samples from the March shows and here they are:




That's the last of my samples for now but I'm busy making more samples for the next show which is on the 1st of May.  

Wishing you a very happy and colourful weekend x

I would like to enter my first card into the following challenges:

Allsorts - Be there or be Square

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Crafty Individuals Samples - March 18

Hello there,

I do hope that you've all enjoyed the Easter break. 

I'm here today to share a few of the samples that I made for Crafty Individuals when they were on Hochanda last week.  The stamps are beautiful to work with and the hardest thing for me is having to stop making cards!  Here they are:



That's all from me for today but I'll be back at the weekend to share the rest of my samples from the shows x

Sunday, 1 April 2018

One For The Girls at Stamping Sensations

Hello there my crafty friends,

It's time for a new challenge over at Stamping Sensations and out theme this time is 'One For The Girls.'  I thought long and hard about what stamps I would like to use for this challenge and then I remembered a stamp that I haven't used for quite a while called 'Fashion Girl Vintage Fifties' by Flonzcraft and I think it hits the brief really well.  Here's my card:


I started by stamping the girl and the mirror with Versafine and then I used a clear embossing powder over it.  I masked off my images and then used red Brushos to create the background.  I used a Tim Holtz die cut on the corners and then mounted the card on to a piece of red card to give some contrast.  I added some gold peel offs and a ribbon to the mirror to make it stand out a little more.  The sentiment stamp that I've used is from an old stamp set by Crafter's Companion but I thought that it worked well with my glamour girl.

We are very generously sponsored this month by Gordon and Justin at:
Once Upon a Stamp
 and the lucky winner will receive a £25 gift voucher to spend at their online store

Stamping Sensations is a stamping challenge, so we must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artwork, this means: Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest.

All the details of our challenge rules can be found here

Please note:  If we don't comment on your entry it will be because it doesn't follow our theme to qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third part hosts such as Instagram, Flickr or Facebook etc.  We really don't want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who follow the rules.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Crafty Individuals on Hochanda Today

Hello there,

Just a quick post from me to let you know that Jean Hardy from 'Crafty Individuals' is on Hochanda today at 8am and at 3pm.  Lesley Wharton from 'Chocolate Baroque' is joining Jean too, so there will be some fabulous demos.  I've loved making some samples for these shows and here's one that Jean showed a sneaky peak of yesterday:


This is one of my favourites and I hope you like it too.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

That's Crafty - Spring into Action
Try It On Tuesday - The Call of Spring

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Rudolph Day - March 18

Hello there,

I don't know if it's just me or is someone out there making all the clocks move faster?  It's 'Rudolf  day' again and if my calculation is right, then that's almost a quarter of the year gone already!  Where is all of this time going?

The card that I'd like to share with you today is one that I've made before but I've changed the colour again and made it blue this time.  Hope you like it:


The stamps and stencil are by Inkylicious and the embossing folder was free with a crafting magazine a couple of years ago.

I'm adding this to the 'Rudolph Day Challenge' over at Scrappy Mo's. and also to:

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge - Embossing

Friday, 23 March 2018

Card for a Friend

Hello there,

It seems like ages since I blogged but the last couple of weeks have been busy ones with one thing and another.  Crafty Individuals have a few shows coming up shortly, the first two being on the 29th of March, so I've been making some samples with their lovely stamps and papers.

It was lovely to see some sunshine yesterday and it actually felt like Spring had arrived.  Then my hairdresser said that we are likely to have more snow over Easter.........Noooo, enough is enough!  I'm ready for blue skies and a touch of sunshine now.

I thought I'd share a card with you today that I made for my blogging friend Leanne as it was her birthday a short while ago:





The Baroque Splatter Script stamp is by Crafty Individuals and the butterfly and sentiment are by Inkylicious.  The background was made using Distress Oxide inks.

That's all from me today, so I'll wish you all a very happy and colourful weekend x



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