Friday, 21 June 2013

Have you heard???

The very Lovely Lisa and Danny have listened to my endless nagging lol...

Yep that's right Lisa is looking into getting cakey/bakey stuff in the shop whoop!!!

I am sooooo excited... and although it isn't in the shop yet - if there is anything you want drop Lisa a message and I am sure she will look to see if it's something she can get in!!

So until then ... and to wet your taste buds (or just to make you hungry lol) here are a few cakes I have made recently..

This is a wonky cake - also known as a topsy turvy cake
You can get special pans however I will be putting a tutorial together soon on how you can make them with a normal cake can!!
As for the decoration lots of lovely flower cutters, circle cutters, leave cutter and lush ribbon

My Teddy cake... all modelled myself and again if you would like one I will do a tutorial on how to make teddies/animals/ people etc..
The cake has funky ribbon and lots of different flower cutters and a butterfly cutter

Then last but not least my latest order

A giant cupcake and normal sized cupcakes
as you can see (well hopefully)there are 3 different swirls on the cakes - an ice cream swirl and two rose swirls... over the coming weeks I will show you how to get the different swirls and what nozzles to use!!

Well thanks for looking xxx

Thursday, 20 June 2013

C Fold card

Hello all, this is my first video tutorial for That Craft Place, it's a bit ropey in places, and my camera man (OH) was also a bit ropey, notice the counting in I got !!! how funny we were being "professional"... I hope you like the video, and I will post pics later of the cards I made using this technique, the only tricky part was getting the spellbinder die in the correct place.... watch and see, lets say the use of low tack tape is essential !!

Thanks Lizzy xx

I have now taken some photos to help you see the card and embellishments
a little better!

Monday, 6 May 2013

Spring/Summer Blankets ideas....

Hiya, Jo here for a little inspiration..... 

Lisa, also sells wool/yarn in the shop so I thought I'd share some pics of my blankets

I have been making a few blankets for the coming Spring/Summer months,
when it's not cold enough to put the heating on 
but for when there is a chill in the air and fancy a snuggle in a warm blanket!

Here are some of my projects I do hope they will bring some ideas to you...

I have made the above blanket using a basic granny square stitch....
and random colour changes over 4 colours of yarn

This one is the same as above but more random colour changes 
but a 1 row of cream thrown in here and there

This is a real summer bright blanket, which will be my lap/shoulder blanket this year
This is another simple stitch called the "V stitch" and 2 rows of each colour yarn

I also added a scalloped edge

There are loads of patterns on the web
but I love just experimenting and trying random colour patterns.......

and finally here are 2 pics of 2 works in progress blankets.
The first is cream, pink and brown baby size blanket 

And second blanket is a stripy granny blanket 
that will be for a double size bed/ large sofa

Don't forget to pop over to the shop's website

Big hugs Jo xxx

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Paperartsy Canvas

Hi all, just popping on to show you a canvas board I did with Paperartsy stamps, Lisa sells most of their stamps and I for one buy them all!!!! lol.  I started with a canvas board and added die cuts, I can't tell you which lol as the DT had a die cut swap, but most of our dies are from Lisa so if you like this flower scroll die just pop on to Facebook and she will take a picture of the dies in her shop.  Also don't forget, she runs an pigeon hole (I'm always calling it a piggy hole lol), this means you add items you want and pay at the end of the month when you get paid, how amazing is that, interest free :-)  I also used a mask with some embossing paste for the leaves.  Then I painted the whole thing with gesso then paints.  Then I stamped the bottom with HP1009 stamp set, then the flowers and leaves were stamped on black card with paints, from the new set of stamps ELB01. I also used the grunge flower die from Paperartsy to used at the back of the flowers.  To give it texture I wrapped fibers with wire for the stems. The saying was from the stamp set Flora and Fauna 6.

Hope you all have a fantastic Sunday with lots of crafting.  Don't forget to check out the Facebook page we have over a 1000 members now and it's a fantastic group with lots of fun, especially when Lisa puts up pictures of mishaps in the shop or tells funny stories lol.  Lots of DT hugs :-) Kezzy xxx

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Paper Piercing....

Morning all, Tracy here :)

I wanted to do a quick tutorial on paper piercing as I know it is something that some people have asked me what it is, So I thought what better way than to do a tutorial !

 Firstly you can paper pierce using rubber stamps or digi stamps, but for this tutorial I am using rubber.

You need the following items-

Card suitable for stamping
Pens (if you are going to color your image)
Ink I am using alcohol marks I use Memento
Patterned/colored paper you want to use for piercing
Adhesive...I would recommend a wet glue as this then allows for you too have a bit of movement when placing the pierced section.

You need to stamp your image onto your plain card, and then onto the patterned paper..

If you are coloring your image then do so....

You then need to cut out the sections you wish to "pierce" I want to pierce her top on this stamp. You need to be careful and make sure you stick the stamped lines...

Then glue your sections onto the main image. I also like to add shading the pierced sections just to give it more depth. And there you have your finished paper pierced image. 

I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and have fun piercing ! 

Do pop over to the shop and facebook group to see what other fabulous things are in stock.

And don't forget, there is also a That Craft Place challenge every fortnight - you can find it HERE.


Monday, 15 April 2013

Fabric on canvas

I have made this canvas for my best friend as she is moving and is an obsessive sewer!!!  I added textured paste through a harlequin mask to the corners and then mixed gesso and dusty concorde distress ink, and painted over the canvas.  I sprinkled aged wine frantage over the canvas and heated it from underneath.  stamps from the  Sewing Room set from Visible Image were stamped in versafine and distress inks onto cotton fabric and trimmed.  I stamped the mannikin onto a double layer and sewed round it before stuffing it to add dimension.  I used the sewing stitches to add detail to the edges of the canvas.  I stamped the corset from Visible Image in dusty concorde distress ink and in versamark ink and frantaged it.

You can get all the supplies to make this canvas, or one similar from Lisa ... either from the shop and facebook group.

Do pop over to the shop and facebook group to see what other fabulous things are in stock.

And don't forget, there is also a That Craft Place challenge every fortnight - you can find it HERE.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Visible image Molly with a twist

Lisa has just got another order from Visible Image, and i thought I would show you a card I made using the cutie Molly - but with a bit of a twist ...
Molly looks really sweet until you notice the teddy is headless!!!  That got me thinking about zombie-fying Molly!  I simply coloured her skin as I normall do and then went over using pastel biege promarker to give that undead look!!  I added the stitching using marsh green promarker, but resisted adding any blood!!
I distressed round her using pumice stone distress ink.  I stamped the hearts from the Teen extra set in versamark and then embossed them using hunter green frantage before cutting them out.  I used papers from MME pads and embossed the plain one suing a Sizzix folder.  To add texture, but keep that girly feel I added jute raffia and a lace/pearl string.  Finally I stamped the sentiment and cut it out and added a  button.

Do pop over to the shop and facebook group to see what other fabulous things are in stock.

And don't forget, there is also a That Craft Place challenge every fortnight - you can find it HERE.

Colouring medium: promarkers
Skin: sunkissed pink, blush, ivory, pastel pink, pastel beige
Hair: warm grey 1-5
Clothes: marsh green, apple cider,pear green
Papers: MME
Embellishments: hearts from Teen extra set, lace and pearl string, raffia, button

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

House of Cards

Morning everyone, it's Susan here with something I made for our current challenge. The challenge theme is Animals and I wanted to get away from doing the usual card with an animal on it... So not wanting to make life easy for myself I decided to make a card game... yeah, I know, crazy huh!

I cut 16 ATC sized bits of card (2.5in by 3.5in) and stamped them with this cute little frog and rabbit stamps which are Docrafts Country Companions range.

I then coloured them with my Promarkers and inked round the edge of the cards with some DI and stamped little leaves round the edges of the cards too. There's also a handy little box to keep the pairs in. 

I had hoped to get a photo of one of the boys playing the game but the answer was a resounding no!

The Box Lid

Box and Cards

Complete set of cards

Frog and Rabbit - Docrafts
Leaves from a set by Majestix Stamps

 Colouring Medium 
Old Olive - Stampin Up


Crumb Cake - Stampin Up
Pine Needles - Tim Holtz DI

Fabulous Phlox - Memory Box
M&F Scoring Board to make box

 So there you go, an idea to inspire you to enter our current Animal challenge! 

Please pop over to the shop and Facebook group to see what other yummy goodies Lisa has available.


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Hi All Tracy here, just wanted to show you a recent card I made using some of the Visible Image Stamps, and some of the lovely papers that Lisa sells.

This handsome fella is called Edgar and was brilliant to color.  And you can buy him from Lisa Here
The papers are Bazzill.
The sentiment stamp is from Tom Holtz and was stamped using Versamark and then embossed using white embossing powder, I finished off with some ribbon and Embellished using Cosmic Shimmer Coloured glue....These stuff is FANTASTIC and I cannot recommend it enough, Lisa has lots of different colours, including glitters. Not only does it look great to embellish with, it is also a brilliant glue !

Don't forget to stop by the Challenge blog to join in this fortnights challenge, the theme is Animals (who doesn't have come animal stamps).
Also if you are on Facebook join the That Craft Place Group where you can purchase all the yummy items that lisa stocks, talk to other crafters & also get change to win some yummy stash.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Creating backgrounds using distress inks (part 2)

We are continuing with out backgrounds and distress inks week.  Yesterday I showed you have to create backgrounds using a blending tool.  Today we are going to get a little messier and use the "wet" technique!

You will :
  • distress inks 
  • a water mister
  • smooth cardstock
 Swipe your ink pads onto your craft mat ...
 then mist them to 'activate' them.
 Now swipe your cardstock through the inks in different directions.
 You will get this effect ...
 Dry with a heat gun
 And repeat swiping through the ink until you get the effect you want.  You may want to clean your mat and start with clean ink for each turn, depending on how muddy and mixed up the inks get.

And you can use this technique to stain ribbon and seam binding ...
 I swiped black soot and aged mahogany onto my mat, and sprayed with water.
 Then I misted the seam binding and scrunched it through the ink and dried it off.

And here is the card I made ...
I used Men's Collage from Visible Image, and ghost stamped Visible image crackled background over the distressed background.  I added webbing, the stained seam binding and a cog charm which I stained with alcohol inks.

And here is another tag I created using the spring and summer limited edition Distress Inks.  The background as created as above, dried and then stamped over with crackled background and retro dots background stamps from Visible Image, and then the Visible Image butterflies were stamped over in versafine ink, as was the Visible image sentiment.I then stamped a couple of the butterflies in the distress inks, cut out and popped onto 3d foam pads.  The seam binding was coloured as described above.

Do pop over to the shop and facebook group to see what other fabulous things are in stock.

And don't forget, there is also a That Craft Place challenge every fortnight - you can find it HERE.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Creating backgrounds using distress inks (part 1)

Distress inks are a great way to great your own back grounds - you can be as bright and contemporary or as muted and vintage as you want.  And it is a really easy technique to master - if i can do it anyone can!!

You need a few basic items to start:-
  • distress inks (although you can also try airondack inks)
  • cut and dry foam, or a blending tool and the foam pads, or brushes
  • smooth cardstock

 I used smooth cardstock and cut a tag.  I love my blending tool, and the foam pads are re-useable, just wash them clean after use.
The inks I used for this tag were Vcitorian Velvet, vintage photo, frayed burlap and faded jeans.
 I started with the VIctorian Velvet and inked up the foam pad.  In order to get a softer look, start circling the ink on youtr craft mat, working onto the cardstock.  You get a much smoother look by circling, and as some of the ink is taken off you get a softer look. 

 You continue building up the colour, moving round the tag, and going over the areas you have covered until you get the depth of colour you want.
 I made the corners and bottom darker than the middle of the tag.
I then took the faded jeans pad, and repeated the process, focussing on the top of the tag.  Again, I started circling the blending tool on the craft mat to make sure I didn't get blotches of colour.
 You will find that you leave finger marks on the ink when you are turning the tag - to prevent this use a peice of card and put it over the ink and hold the tag down - if that makes sense!
 So here is the tag, having been distressed .
Now i wnt to make the edges darker, so I repeated the process using vintage photo ink, just round the edges, repeating over the parts I wanted darker.
 You can see how I have circled the tool, so I get a blended edge to the colours.

You can dry the inks off between colours using a heat gun.  I personally prefer to leave them wet as you get a smoother blending of colours in my opinion.  And remember they will dry slightly lighter than they look when you first put them on.

I finished the tag off by stamping Visible Image butterflies and vintage photo and victorian velvet, and Visible Image tall grass in frayed burlap.

Do pop over to the shop and facebook group to see what other fabulous things are in stock.

And don't forget, there is also a That Craft Place challenge every fortnight - you can find it HERE.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Tissue paper background.

Hi All, Tracy here. I wanted to share with you how to make a different background using tissue paper, inks & embossing powder.

Take a piece of plain tissue paper and roughly cut to the size you need..

Next scrunch into a ball, I do it into a fairly tight ball as I like lots of texture..

Now taking distress ink go over the tissue paper, the reason to do this is otherwise you end up with the whiteness of the tissue paper, I have used Tea dye, but change the colour to match whatever colour embossing powder you want to use...

Next I very roughly went over the tissue paper with a gold/bronze pigment ink, this will allow the embossing powder to stick and will also add extra depth...

This is what the tissue paper now looks like...

Next add your embossing powder, I used a bronze embossing powder, but you can of course use any colour, and this looks brilliant with some of the embossing fragments that Lisa sells...

Using a heatgun VERY carefully melt the embossing powder, make sure you keep the heatgun moving, and that you keep it a little bit further away than normal due to how thin tissue paper is. You will then have your finished item...

And this is it used on a card....

It is a very different look that could be used in so many ways.
The stamp I have used it Visable Image Isabella, and she is available from Lisa, as is the seam binding and card.

Do pop over to the shop and facebook group to see what other fabulous things are in stock.

And don't forget, there is also a That Craft Place challenge every fortnight - you can find it HERE.