Saturday, 13 December 2014

One Layer Week at "Less is More"

The theme for one layer week at "Less is More" is SNOW!
I have had such a busy time this week, with lots of engagements singing carols... three times at Manor Farm for their Nativity in the farmyard, one rehearsal on the Isle of Wight plus our normal choir rehearsal for our Christmas concert this evening. Phew!
Here is an emboss resist , with various snowflakes (mainly freebies), stamped in Versamark and clear embossed. The ink was applied with sponge daubers in Bashful Blue and Soft Sky SU ink. A few extra snowflakes were stamped on top of the ink and embossed in silver.
The sentiment is from Butterfly Kisses.

Here are a couple of digi images from Dearie Dolls. They are coloured with Mirage Pens and twinkled with Glamour Dust. I think they're fun!
For this last one I used a Memory Box stencil with Pearlescent White Embossing Paste, again sprinkled with Glamour Dust whilst still wet. In order to get the sentiment to match I did use a die from Clearly Besotted. To be truly one layer I should probably have used the negative of the die cut as a stencil too, but sticking all the loopy bits in was a little daunting and as I've had a busy week, I'm afraid I chickened out! It is also twinkled with Glamour Dust!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Case this sketch #102


Here is the sketch from  Case this Sketch this time where the much talented Hannelie has recently joined the design team.
As you can see this is a fairly close take on the sketch but one that I was messing about with for ages... things like inky fingermarks and things like wonky stamping all adding to the frustration. Anyway here it is. 
I may send it to my son and daughter-in-law as they were both successful in interviews last week for additional positions to complement their medical workload. I'm so very proud of them both.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Take it Make it

It's time for another Take it Make It challenge at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog.This time the theme is to stamp or emboss in white!
Her I used a Dreamweaver Stencil and Pearlescent White Embossing Paste, which was then sprinkled liberally with Glamour Dust!
The dry embossing is from a  Couture Creations folder and the sentiment from Clearly Besotted.
Why not join in!
I'm off to sing carols with a group of friends in the Victorian Farm in Upper Hamble Country Park.  It's where the Wartime Farm was filmed. 
We've had this engagement for over 20 years and we always enjoy it...even though it's often VERY cold!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Elongating die-cuts

I have been asked the question today about the stitched dies I used to cut the panels for my snowman card in the previous post.
I used the Lil Inkers dies and I have both the large and small sets.
As these are American dies and the sizes used across the pond are a little different from those used in the UK, I do a little bit of jiggery pokery in order to make them fit UK measurements.
For this card I used the largest die from the Lil' Inkers Small set.
Here you can see it against my image.
You may notice that the die-cut is longer than the die!
This is how I achieve this.
  • Begin by arranging the die around one end of the image
  • Add the top plate and wind the die through the machine, STOPPING before you get right to the end of the die
  • Winding in the reverse direction, run the card back out of the machine
  • Now remove the die and arrange it around the other end of the image, ensuring that the stitches match with the previously cut ones. (I move the die and card together  from side to side so I can feel if the notches on the die are aligned in with the previous cuts) .
  • When I'm happy that I have the stitches engaged with the previous cut and that the length is what I need, I run the card through the machine once more...again STOPPING before I reach the end of the die.
So that's how you make a die-cut, longer than the die that cuts it!

If you have any questions, DO email me, if you leave a comment requiring a response, answers don't always get back to you!