Monday, 28 January 2013

An Inky Tag

Hello, Kitty here back with a inky tag that i have made using Dreamees products! Well as you may know i am loving the new silhouette style stamps so obviously i needed to use them again!
So i started out with a manilla tag and sprayed the background with Dylusions. I then used various stencils to create some texture on the background. All the stamps on here are from Silhouette Butterfly & Silhouette Flower Border. The metal embellishment & ticket is by Tim Holtz.
There you have it, a quick simple and easy tag :)

Thanks for popping by :)
Kitty xx

Sunday, 20 January 2013

A Bit of Bunting!

Good Morning!

Well, I shouldn't be at a computer right now since Dreamees should've been at the KC Stadium in Hull today. Unfortunately we had to cancel due to a mass amount of white stuff on the ground for the past week! We can't quite make it to the motorway to get to Hull so we've been forced to stay home and craft (which doesn't sound so bad when I say it like that...) We are really regretful that we couldn't make it and hope it's a great show for all that attend (stands and customers).

Right, now the difficult bit is out of the way... here's my project from last night (I'm pretty sure I finished it off between snippets of Celebrity Big Brother!). 

This has been made with our pack of MDF Bunting - this contains 5 triangles of approx. 5mm thick MDF, pre-drilled for threading together!
Right, so first off, I covered each triangle in Pearlescent dark brown card. 

**The best way we've found for base covering (and the easiest way to get slick edges) is to cover the MDF in PVA glue (just the normal kind, though quick drying craft glue does the same job) and spread this out with a plastic glue spreader, right to the edges. Lay the card/paper onto it and flatten all over, pushing out bubbles with your hands and ensuring its stuck in all the right places. Then, take a stanley knife/craft knife and cut around the MDF as if you would an apple pie (I know, that's a weird way to describe it but it's probably the best way I can!).
Place your hand under the MDF and run the knife along the edges, twisting it as need be. 
Finally, take some sanding paper (or we sell foam pads within our starter set (which also has Bunting triangles)) and sand down the edges until they've been flattened so much that it looks like patterned MDF.**

I printed off 3 different Teal backing papers from our 'Pretty Pastels' CD Rom and drew around a triangle onto each paper, trimming it slightly short on the shortest edge to mean there's a larger gap when layering up.

Next, I grabbed a polka dot embossing folder and poked the triangles in at different angles & leaving some spaces, running approx. 2-3 through each time. This way, I got random raised dots and distress as I wanted. Here's a close up of the triangles which you may be able to see the raised dots:

To pick up the detail, I distressed the edges of the triangles and over the raised dots with 'Gathered Twigs' (my new favourite alternative to 'Walnut Stain') Distress Ink Pad. 

I die-cut lots of Cogs on the Silhouette Cameo, the designs taken from our compatible CD 'Cuttables Vol. 2' - I then distressed them with 'Gathered Twigs' again and took the amazing 'Tarnished Brass' Distress 
Stain (I just got into these since Christmas & I LOVE them!) and covered the cogs randomly, rubbing it in with my fingers. 
I also took some Ranger 'Glossy Accents' and applied this to the cogs to give a raised and shiny effect.
Then, I recently spent hours playing with 'Diamond' Stickles and realised that my favourite way to use them is to squirt a blob in the middle of something and rub it it - this gives a glittery covering to almost any embellishment! So, I did that to a variety of my cogs and then attached them as and where I pleased.

I then trimmed the cogs around the edge of the triangles and attached them to the pieces of card-covered MDF.

I cut out lots of half-size Kraft ticket sentiments from 'Bloomin' Brights' - these were in Aqua, along with the full-size alphabet circles. The two colours, Aqua & Teal, are coordinatingly chosen whilst I was designing the products, along with the other varieties of colours available. I wanted to ensure that I could use both CDs together without hassle of colour matching!

I added the tickets to the pieces and cut up some gorgeous swirls too (these are an upcoming GSD die-cut file, available soon!) - these were stained with 'Tarnished Brass' again, and covered with 'Diamond' Stickles.

For the Crinkle ribbon bow, I cut a length of Tim's gorgeous ribbon and dabbed 'Broken China' Distress Stain onto it randomly. I then filled in with 'Tarnished Brass' Distress Stain and scrunched up to dry with the heat gun. I repeatedly added 'Tarnished Brass' to layer up - this was again scrunched up and heated to dry.
I then made the bow and attached a Tim Holtz Ideology Lightbulb!
AND, I rubbed some 'Diamond' Stickles over it to glitter (which looks gorgeous!)

I added lots of buttons, bakers twine & tickets to the triangles and finally punched out the letters with our 'Stampin' Up' 1 1/4" circle (these alphabet circles are also perfect for using with circular spellbinders dies!)

I distressed the edges of the letters with 'Gathered Twigs' Distress Ink Pad and dabbed 'Tarnished Brass' Distress Stain around too, rubbing slightly to blend.

I used 'Diamond' Stickles over some of the letters, carefully following the lines to glitter - I repeated this on other letters with 'Glossy Accents'/

And then I threaded some of the brown garden twine (the stuff that only comes out in Summer for tying up the stems of flowers/trees/etc!) all the way through, tying it before and after each MDF Bunting triangle to keep in place!

I really hope you like this project - it will hopefully be featured in an upcoming issue of Simply Homemade in the near future!

And speaking of that magazine - we're in the current issue! (Issue 26) We have a feature include the following projects:

See you soon!

Hayley xx

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

First look at the new CDs & MDF!

Good morning - long time no see!

Well, yesterday we released a whole range of gorgeous MDF blanks on the Dreamees website  and I can't believe how quickly they're selling (at this rate we won't have much stock left for Hull on Sunday!)

We popped down to our suppliers the other day to pick up 3 massive boxes full of MDF blanks and before that, he was very sneaky in not showing me this gorgeous house money box... which of course, I jumped at the chance to alter!

I've used the Small House MDF Money Box which is only £6.50 online from us, with FREE first class shipping, and here's what I've altered it to look like:

I've used the two brand new CDs which are set for release on Friday (18th Jan):
'Bloomin' Brights' and 'Pretty Pastels'.

The black papers are from the Pastel CD and the pink from the Brights. All butterflies and flowers are printed from the CDs and cut out, leaving a small white border.

As for the letters (spelling art, idea and create), these are taken from the accessory part of the CDs and reduced in size accordingly. Ticket sentiments and the plaque on the back of the money box are also taken from the CD and I've used a little 'Black Soot' distress ink and a 'Black' pro marker to colour in the hard-to-reach places (cheating a little bit, I know!).

All black ribbon was just dug out from our collection and I used an old lightbulb for the 'idea worth remembering' part and created a gorgeous little 'bicycle' from screws, washers, curtain hooks & safety pins (believe it or not, they came in a package from Santa on Christmas Day and I was over the moon!!).

An image of gorgeous bicycles made from old screws came up on my facebook feed the other day and it inspired me so much to try it - I'm so chuffed with how it turned out! (You can view the ladies facebook page here)

Heres the images individually:

Hope you like it (I know I do!)

Have a wonderful day,

Hayley xxx

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Beautiful Butterflies....

Hello lovelies Nicola here today with a card I have made using the beautiful Silhouette Butterfly Stamp Set

I wanted to colour this in using my new Spectrum Noir pens. Now my card was a bit of an experiment as I wanted to create a coloured background using my Spectrums to see what result I would get.

I decided to keep the card fairly simple so I made an A5 tent fold card blank. I stamped the images as shown using Memento Rich Cocoa Ink. I have then coloured the background and butterflies in shades of: Yellows - CT2 ~ CT4 ~ GB5 ~OR1 Pale Hues: FS2 ~ FS3 ~ FS6 ~ PP1

I used Distress Ink Vintage Photo around the edges of the card. I then cut three of the butterflies wings using my craft knife so they raised up slightly.

I finally embellished them with a gem and stickles glitter glue in Diamond and Fruit Punch, finishing with the ribbon at the top.

As I said before the colouring is an experiment with my new pens, but I also wanted to show how lovely this stamp set is.
If you want to buy the stamps or check out the newly released range hop over to HERE and see the gorgeous collection.
Thank you for stopping by today and I look forward to showing you my next project soon!
Happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Monday, 14 January 2013

Silhouette Flowers

Hello, Kitty here with my latest creation.
This nice and simple card features some of the fabby new stamps...
I created the background using a few Memento Ink Pads and i applied them 
using my Dreamweaver brushes. I wanted a striking bold look so i simply stamped
the Silhouette Flower Border twice in black ink. I then stamped the sentiment that comes with that stamp set. The butterfly is from the Silhouette Butterfly Stamp Set. They coordinate perfectly together. I mounted the completed piece onto black card and onto a white card with a dash of ribbon.

Kitty xx

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Thank You.....

Hello lovelies, Nicola here today!

I have made a card for you to see today. I decided to make a 'Thank You' card, which I am going to give to my hubby. I wanted to thank him for such a lovely Christmas. I have used the A Boys Life CD which has lots of fantastic elements to use. I chose the fishing topper as my hubby loves fishing!

The backing papers are from the cd too and the letters. I love these, they are like scrabble tiles. The ribbon and buttons are also available from Dreamees and you can find the set HERE

I hope you like the card I have made today!
Don't forget that Dreamees has launched a new collection of stamps which are absolutely gorgeous...hop to the DREAMEES ONLINE SHOP to buy yours now, I just know your going to love them. Also while you are there, why not pop a yearly membership in your basket. It is only £5.00 for the year and you get 10% of your orders online and at shows and monthly freebies too.
Thank you for stopping by,
happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola XXX

Friday, 4 January 2013

Birthday Chandelier

Hello & Happy New Year to you all you Dreamee's readers :)
Hope you all had a fab time over the festive period, i am still exhausted but very excited about 2013 as i have already so many ideas buzzing around my head!
Here is a simple yet stylish card for today...
So for my card i used The Elegance Collection CD. I printed out one of topper sheets for the image and all the papers were printed in Pink off the cd so it coordinates beautifully. All i added was a few rhinestones, a bit of ribbon & lace.

Now if you haven't checked out the Dreamees website recently then pop over and have a nose. Yes there is new stuff!!!! They have just released some fabulous new designs for January which you can find here. I am itching to get my hands on the Hexagons.. i love hexagons at the moment and those ones would be fab!

Thank you for stopping by & hope to see you all soon :)
Kitty xx