Fairy Topper Notebook

I made this cute Fairy topper design  Fairy on Fancy Background No.3 into a notebook cover for my friends little girl.  It’s a full 8.5 x 11 comb bound scribble pad  and I will add her name to the scroll on the front.  Another gorgeous Lyn Simms design for the little fairy lovers  in our lives.

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Unity Stamps Shaker Game Card

It’s been a while since I made one of these… and I have a few new variations in mind, I just haven’t had time to do them yet. This is one I made for the Unity Stamps Facebook Group challenge which is currently ‘watercolors’. Unity (Show and Tell) using Warm inside

The circular frame is  made using a Gina Marie Designs Die “Mini Heart Lace die set”
These are the 3 inch circular windows, 1/4 inch deep  and the balls are approx 5 mm.  No foam padding needed as they are already deep enough, just fill and glue.. or glue and fill.. depending on what kind of shaker you are making.

Watercoloring was done on  Canson Mix Media 9×12  with Gansai Tambi watercolors & a BrushH2o 

 

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Bonus ….Custom cut frames with Gina Marie Dies!

Time to get busy and knock out some sample combos.. these dies are going to be so much fun.  They are fabulous as intended with the in and out cuts; but they are even better when you start doubling them up to make frames

… and even better when you start making combos.
 I had a quick play with some of my dies and came up with this one which I really like.  These frames are made up of :

MINI HEART LACE SQUARE DIE SET – GINA MARIE DESIGNS

and  the

DOT STUDS ON BOTH SIDES OF CUTTING LINE SQUARE – GINA MARIE DESIGNS

 

and then this image shows all THREE cuts
…and here is a sneaky peek at another combo…so stay tuned for more of these fun frames.  I wonder how many combos I can come up with without ordering any more new dies lol.  Although there are a few I might just have to grab to expand my frames capabilities lol.  These were made using my We R Memory Keepers Genius Ultimate Magnetic Platform on my Sizzix Big Shot

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Who doesn’t love a baby elephant?

Here is card No.1 of 2 for the newest Crafty Awesomeness Challenge which is sponsored by.. Sasayaki Glitter this month. The team got to choose two images.. so being a team of 4 .. we let two of the girls pick an image this month and the other two will choose next time. We’ve been friends so long now, that we know each other well enough to know what images we can all work with.. and which ones we can  choose to give the others a  nudge outside the box..without going too  far… * cough haha that would be me LOL

So here she is… I say she, simply because I gave her pink toe nails and a pink bow.  I have plans to make a  few more of these in blue and gender neutral colors too, it’s just such a cute image and perfect for baby showers, 1st birthdays, gender reveals,announcements etc.

This is Baby Elly’s Birthday by Sasayaki Glitter
Printed on an Epson Ecotank on Canson Mix Media  paper
Colored with  Crayola Color Escapes pencils and blended with Isopropyl alcohol.
The image was then cut with a Gina Marie Designs Die from the “LACEY LATTICE RECTANGLE DIE SET”  on the Sizzix Big Shot ( check out my post about this set &  the crafters toothbrush here )
Attached with Zig Kuretake Photo Tape

A very soft and cutesie CAS (clean and Simple)card….

 

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KennyK “Sexy Cupid” Gift Box

I was having a moment…!!! lol

I wanted to play with the new Mambi sheets that I picked up in the grab bag I mentioned in a previous haul post..soooo

This is the Mambi Paper, on a  cardboard box, one of the ones you pick up at the craft store to decorate. It  has Kenny K’s “Sexy Cupid” printed and then colored with Chameleons Pens.. and then die cut with a Gina Marie Designs die, “mini heart lace square set”.  I added smaller matching square panels to all 4 sides and then had a scattering of hearts from a Fiskars border punch in reds and pinks.

I used Zig Photo Tape to attach the paper elements &  pink velvet ribbon and  Tombow aqua to attach the bows and rhinestones.

This is the 3rd of the mystery DT projects for the current Crafty Awesomeness Challenge which is sponsored by KennyK stamps  this month.  You still have a few days left to enter….so come on over

 

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New Gina Marie Dies haul

Well I couldn’t resist one more quick die haul before my little shopping spree for the year ended.. so I grabbed these. new_gmd_dec

I don’t have  a lot of masculine dies so the GONE FISHING DIES set was a definite  plus…. I have a friend with a husband who loves to fish and I am sure I can find some fun humorous sentiments to go with these.  He is terribly accident prone and has pretty much been rebuilt  more times than the Bionic man… so he has a sense of humor that matches my own lol.  Just as well really since he is such an easy EASY target haha.  Any man who can break  their pelvis while standing on a two foot wall fishing… just gotta learn to roll with the punchlines LOL.

He has been more trouble since he retired than ever…. who knows what he will get up to next. In this weeks saga… he is getting surgery on the finger he decided to chop off at the tip last week. *rolleyes. Rest assured,  all of the appropriate jokes have been distributed and his wife  has declared herself unwilling to scratch his butt for him if he chops anything else off lol.

Aint love Grand !!!  But we love him anyway… he’s like that 3 year old who gets into trouble and you give them the stern lecture, while trying  not to giggle at their antics. He’s my favorite A$$hat and I would be lost without my partner in crime when it comes to bad humor.

The SNOWFLAKE BORDER DIE 5.5 LONG border was just too cute to pass by

.. I love my frame sets, so had to grab at least one of these MINI HEART LACE SQUARE DIE SET ..and they kinda look  like 4 leaf clovers in this design too.. so perfect for St Patrick’s Day and good luck cards.

The FLOWER BRANCH DIE just caught my eye and I had to grab it..and then somehow.. the ORNAMENT & SHADOW DIE SET just fell in my packet * grin.  

Now I just have to find time to  do some fun new projects with all this new stuff  🙂

Marvelous Molds – Silicone Mold Sale & 25% coupon

I know some of you caught my last post about the new Silicone Molds I found…. well if you wanted to try them..NOW is the time.  I just got an alert that there is a 25% discount, free shipping on orders over $50 …..AND some designs are on sale.

These are the silicone molds designed for cake decorating with fondants and marzipan AND other crafts, like Plaster of Paris, polymer clay, resin etc.  SO if you love to upcycle, mixed media, make altered art and create with ephemera. this might be of interest.  This is not just about decorating wedding cakes anymore… they carry a variety of designs from lace, texture, flowers, sea shells and ribbons.. all the way to boats, fish, and skulls. mm_sale_banner

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Marvelous Molds – cake decor, polymer, plaster and more

Some of you may have heard me  talking about a desire to start working with resin again.. and you may have already seen Playdoh projects and the like on here in the past.  I was so excited to accidentally stumble across this site when I was updating affiliate info on the blog.  CHECK these out…..

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Now these are  Food Grade Silicone molds…. but they can  be used for plaster, soap, wax and a bunch more crafting  media.  They can withstand 400 degree heat, so work with allsorts of materials.

One of the really cool features of these molds that I liked a lot was the cutting edge built in to the design and the wide array of designs and texture plates available, which would be great for my playdoh, polymer and plaster projects.  If you enjoy crafting with 3D embellishments…  check these out.  I know a bunch of you do mixed media pieces and upcycle and re purpose pieces in a variety of media.

I picked out a few of my personal favorites to show you, but you really have to go check them out for yourself.  Whether you are a cake decorator… and we have a few of you ladies too in my various Facebook Groups and contacts, or you are a mixed media artist, jewelry maker, modeler or whatever…. these are definitely worth a look.
As soon as I have some spare  money, hopefully after Christmas…. I’m grabbing some of these and a new supply of Tap Plastics resin.  Woot… so excited to find really cool molds  to play with.

The video on the page I am linking to is worth a watch even if you aren’t a cake decorator… it  has some useful information and tips on it that apply to any use.

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Christmas Card

Here’s my latest  card, I wanted to try something new I have had in mind for a while.  I have a Comb Binder and had wanted to use it to create a “laced” look on one of my projects.

The card base is a green glitter card stock from Dollar Tree, the image was printed on 110lb Georgia Pacific and features  Scrapper’s Delights Images “Santa Little Helper”  and “CU Back to to School  Freebie 2” colored with Chameleon Pens, Zig Kurecolor and Zig Memory System Collection.
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The DT team have some fun cards to share with you over on the  Blog  and don’t forget to grab your Friday Freebie Progressive image and come join us on the Facebook Group.

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Spotlight Series Day 4 – Carol Clarke, CUP Designer

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Who are you ?

Carol Clarke, I’m a self employed Artist & Designer, wife, mum of 3 & grandma of 6!

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Where are you ?

I live and work in a village in  Nottinghamshire.  My commute is horrendous … I roll out of bed, stagger down the stairs …. and settle down with my laptop …. absolutely awful I know …. but I mostly manage to get to work on time every day! lol

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

 It was around 2006 when I first offered designs for sale but I had been cardmaking for a long while but couldn’t find any designs I liked so I had been drawing my own for a long while …. other cardmakers saw them and wanted to know where to buy them so around 2006 I started putting them on CDs to sell …. and it blossomed from there!!

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What was the first product you ever had for sale?

My earliest products were listed on eBay and those listings are long gone …. but this is the 1st item I offered for sale on Craftsuprint in 2009

“Dressing the Tree”

 

 

 

 

Favorite quote?

My Grandma said ‘Never mind the dust it will still be there when the children have grown up’  She was so right!!

 

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

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What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

“Old Man Ken on the Beach” reminds me of my Dad who will be 90 this year and he always wore a string vest and rolled his trousers up on the beach when I was a child.

 

 

 

How many people work with/for you?

Me, me and only me …. unless you count my hubby who keeps me well supplied with coffee throughout the day! lol

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?
 I was a doctor’s receptionist and secretary

 

What’s your favorite color?

Pink …. and I love it even more if it’s got polka dots on it!

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

I loved art but I had to give it up in the 3rd year as my parents thought needlework would be a better O Level to take.  They were right in that I not only got an A in Needlework but I went on to make my children’s clothes on an old Singer Treadle sewing machine (and knitted/crocheted all their woollies too) which saed me lots of money when they were small.   but it’s ironic that I went on to make my living from Art! I did go back to school and Art College as an Adult returner once my children were older and took 3 GCSE’s and an A level in Art …. getting A’s in all of those too!

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

Oh YES …. unfortunately for anyone who is listening!

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

This Carousel card has been very popular with customers

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What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

My sticky tape putter onner thingy (otherwise known as an ATG!)

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

Chocolate, love the stuff …. and I’m sure midnight calories don’t count … they don’t … do they???!!

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

It varies from but My On the Shelf Cards was the longest at over a year to get from my head to fruition.  They normally start with an idea or question …. like … Is it possible?   I wonder if I can?  How can I do that?   Will this work? etc

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like

Looking over the decking and the garden to the fields at the bottom of the garden and then the Derbyshire hills in the distance … we get cows trimming any plants that dare to grow too high! lol

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Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

My parents!!

 

What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

I love Christmas … I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren and it’s a magical time of year especially when viewed though the eyes of a child,

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

oOOooooo disgracefully … of course!!

Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise 

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3D on the Shelf Card Kit – Little Rambler Lady Martine

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

No No NO!!

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

I love to walk.  I am lucky to have lovely countryside on my doorstep and I walk a minimum of 2 miles every day.  I call it my green stress buster!

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

It has to be my Original concept On the Shelf cards I have now drawn and uploaded nearly 1900 of them …. And my favourite is always my newest one and today that is a little Irish Dancer. irish  but I also love my older ones like Santa santa  and the fun ones too

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