Month: June 2016

Rainbow love with Spectrum Aqua & Pretty Pink Posh

Hiya, I hope you are all having a great day ? 
I wanted to share another rainbow card I created for the Pretty Pink Posh Rainbow Challenge. I had this idea in my head after the awful events in Orlando. 
The world definitely needs more love for everyone, that was the idea behind this card, And is something I firmly believe in.
I lined up the nesting heart dies on some Strathmore Water Colour cardstock and run it through my die cutting machine. I didn’t want to do any fancy colouring on the hearts so I took my Spectrum Aqua Markers and coloured each heart in the following colours: 
Sunflower, Crimson, Budgreen & Kingfisher 
Once dry I flicked some water over them and blotted it off with some tissue and then left them to dry. 
I then used the largest heart and die cut it out of some Neenah so that I could create a inlaid die card. 
I was going to leave it plain white but i kept looking and decided on flicking some colour across it, so I scribbled the same Spectrum Aqua colours  onto my mat and mixed it with some water and then using a small brush I flicked the colours across the card. 
For the sentiment I die cut some Neenah, along with some black card and some black fun foam. 
On the Black card and the Neenah I used my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen to add some sparkle and the I used my Xyron machine to apply adhesive to them.
 I laid the Neenah slightly off centre over the black so the black acts kinda like a shadow…I really like this look, but it was fiddly to get it right….I will add it wasn’t helped by the fact that Chloe the cat was demanding my attention and attempting to steal some sequins ! 
I then adhered them to the fun foam to give it some dimension, I really wanted the love die to be quite dimensional.
I then started pulling the card together, I used some Ranger Multi Medium Matt to adhere the heart pieces and I used some more fun foam to adhere the whole panel to A2 card base. 
I finished off with some Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, a few are from some of their fab mixes and are all listed and linked below.
Speaking of Pretty Pink Posh I am entering this into the current Rainbow Challenge 
I have to thank Paulina and the team, I have loved this challenge and really do have TONS more ideas. 
Pretty Pink Posh: Rainbow Challenge 
I will be making some more of these cards and mailing them out to people, just to try and spread a little bit of love. If you would like to receive one then let me know via email (email address is in my sidebar) and I will send some love through the post to you. 
I hope you all have a great day. Thank you so much for stopping by to my little corner of blogland. 
Happy Crafting 🙂 
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Craft Essentails – Adhesive

It is time for the second part of  my Craft Essentials Series. 
The first part of the series covered Card stock and it can be found here
Before I get started please remember that this whole series is my personal preference and from my own experiences, I am by no means an expert and always happily welcome any advice my fellow crafters have. 
I have to admit I never realised there was so many different types of adhesive, and I know that it can be very confusing as to which ones to use. 
I bet that some people are probably are asking “Why can’t I just use glue from the shop down the road? ” and hopefully this post will help you see the differences between all the types of adhesive.

I will apologize as this is a fairly long post, but I wanted to be as helpful as I could. 
There is a list of product links at the end of every section which link straight to that product. 
Wet or dry ? 
I think this question is the most common one I see asked regarding adhesive and the answer really does change depending on what you want to use it for, and also what type of project you are making. 
Do you want a bit of “wiggle” room to allow you to perfectly line things up ? Then wet glue is probably the best. 
Do you want a project that you don’t have to leave to dry for ages ? Then dry glue. 
I suppose i could leave this post at this point, but there is a bit more to take into account to enable you to get the best adhesive for your project.
 I have tried to share a little bit of what I have learnt over the years.
I have had a fair few adhesive nightmares, especially when I first started crafting, to me back then glue was glue and I wish someone had explained to me the differences.
So I am hoping that you find all the below information helpful.

Wet Adhesive
 Wet glue is exactly what it sounds like, a liquid type of adhesive. And it comes in many forms. 
Most people probably think of PVA or Superglue when thinking of wet glue and will wonder why you can’t use that in crafting, well you can ! 
PVA
PVA is water based so if you use it on card/paper the paper will often warp or wrinkle unless you use it sparingly, also as it is water based it can cause ink runs & affect certain finishes. But if you do use PVA…which I know plenty who do..Make sure you use it in small amount on paper and also remember that it does take some time to stick.
But you can use it on thicker cards and also I have used it within mixed media. 
A good alternative to PVA is Tacky glue, which is PVA based but tends to stick quicker and doesn’t tend to warp paper quite as much. 
PVA is probably the most widely used glue and can be a really useful adhesive to have in your home. But remember as it is water based it isn’t waterproof and things like humidity can affect projects it has been used on.
Superglue
I have never used superglue in crafting, but I know a few people that use it to adhere embellishments as it tends to dry instantly and gives a very strong bond so is very hard to remove without ruining projects. 
If you are going to use Superglue then make sure it is a type suitable to be used within crafting.
I spoke to a crafty friend who uses it and she recommended going for a model superglue as it tends to be acid free. 
Glue Sticks 
These are often forgotten about within crafting, but can be a great adhesive to have in your craft room. Ranger do a great one which I have used numerous times over the years. It tends to be fairly fast drying and gives you that little bit more control over applying than most wet glues. If I want to adhere paper with a wet glue then this is what I tend to use.
A good tip for these is if you are using tape but want some wiggle room the applying this over the top of the tape. Some glue sticks can also be used to apply certain foils
All Purpose
One wet glue I always make sure I have is a good all purpose one. I tend to use Collall. 
I like to think of all purpose as kinda a cross between PVA & Superglue. 
They tend to have to have the strength of superglue, but with some “wiggle” time like PVA. 
It also is a good glue for use with embellishments and just if you want something that bit stronger. 


Glossy Accents & Ranger Multi Medium Matt 
A lot of people don’t seem to realise that you can use Glossy Accents as a glue, but you can and honestly it is a great, strong glue but due to its glossy nature is can show very easily on your project if any smudges or comes out from under embellishments, so be careful when using this. I know a lot of people use it for applying embellishments as it gives such a good bond.
Ranger Multi Medium Matt isn’t technically an adhesive, it is more of a medium and used in mixed media to give a matt finish and for image transfer and resist. 
But it makes an awesome glue, especially for small embellishments such as sequins and gems. Due to its matt finish it is pretty much invisible when dry, and also gives a strong bond which dries fairly quickly for a wet glue.

Dry Adhesive 
Dry adhesive tends to be tape, tape pens/guns & foam adhesive. It comes in various different sizes and also strength and has a ton of different uses. 
One of the main advantages with dry adhesive is that it is dry ! which means no drying time, and next to no mess, but it also means no wriggle room so mistakes can be harder to correct. 
Double Sided Tape
There really is so many different types of tape glue, you can buy it on a roll or in tape runner form, it really is personal choice. 
You also have different strengths, but all tend to be double sided. 
One of the post popular types of tape tends to be Scor-Pal tape as it comes in lots of different widths and gives a nice strong bond. 
Another good strong tape I’d recommend is red liner tape, this is super strong and a great tape for also applying foil or glitter stripes to projects, it can also be heat embossed.
Tape runners are very popular now, they are very easy to use and come in a variety of different “uses” from repositional to strong hold. I use tape runners more than any other type of glue, but I would shop around as I have found some don’t hold that well. The disadvantage with tape runners is that they do work out a bit more expensive than rolls of tape.
You also have the large ATG guns which are VERY popular, I will confess to have never used one so I cannot comment, but I do know a lot of people who swear by them, they are similar to the smaller tape runners, but are larger and can hold more tape, which according to a couple of crafting friends makes them more cost effective. 
I just wanted to add about low tack tape, this comes in many forms but is something I would definitely recommend, it can be used to tape down paper when water colouring, for holding dies in place and also if you want to work out placement of items. I have in the links below including several different types of low tack tape, but it is something I would suggest any crafter have a roll of. 


Foam
This is an essential for me, you can again buy this in several different forms from huge rolls to small precut squares/dots. 
Foam adhesive gives dimension to projects and tends to be used in shaker cards and also the currently very popular slider cards.
My advice is to invest in both the roll and the precut squares. The roll is very handy and allows you to cut large pieces….trust me you do not want to try and cover the back of a large piece of card stock, or make a shaker with lots of small foam squares, I have done it and it took forever and was a nightmare and ended up with foam tape everywhere….even on the dog !!
 Foam adhesive tends to be fairly inexpensive and would be something I couldn’t craft without. 

Misc Adhesives 

In this section I wanted to cover a couple of adhesives that don’t really fit in with the above, or are brand specific.
Hot Glue Gun 
If you haven’t used one or seen one these work by melting solid glue sticks onto whatever you want, they glue tends to dry straight away and gives a good bond. 
This is something that is handy to have, I have to admit I have used mine more around the house than in my craft room. But be aware they do get very very hot and will cause burns if not used correctly. If you are using one please use a glass/heatproof service and be careful ! 
If you want to apply quite large/heavy embellishments then I’d definitely recommend  a hot glue gun. You can pick them up fairly inexpensively and you can even get cordless ones now. 
Stick-It 
Stick-It adhesive sheets are fairly new and have been so well received. 
They are a very thin sheet of double sided adhesive which can be die cut, or used in large pieces. 
The thing for me that sets this apart from other double sided adhesive sheets is that it doesn’t fully bond until you firmly press it down,so if you place an item down and then want to move it, as long as you haven’t fully pressed it down you can. 
Also because it is so thin it really is brilliant for using to adhere die cuts without adding any extra dimension to them. 
A brilliant adhesive, that I would highly recommend, especially for people who use a lot of die cuts. 


Xyron machines. 
Xyron now offer lots of different machines which take different sizes, some you can add magnetic backing to items and also laminate. They run purely off you pulling the adhesive sheet, or the larger machines you need to turn the handle so no need to worry about electrical elements which is great if you want to craft with children. 
They are also good if you don’t want any extra dimension to your projects. 
I have the small sticker maker which, like all the machines you buy cartridges for and I have had mine for years. I am currently debating if to buy one of the larger machines as I have seen lots of good reviews. 
They are a dry adhesive which does have a lot of uses and are great for apply a nice even layer of adhesive. Something I’d recommend trying if you haven’t.
 Amy over at Prairie Paper & Ink has created a couple of projects recently using Creative Stations so i’d check out Amy’s blog for some more info.
Glue dots 
This probably would come under tape adhesive as they come on a roll. They are small circles of double sided adhesive which can be used for applying embellishments, small elements and you can also apply glitter to them and create your own glitter dots. These were hugely popular in crafting in the 90’s, but I don’t see many people using them anymore which is a shame as they are a great adhesive for smaller items. 
 Spray Adhesive 
These seem to bit of a love or hate item, but they can be a useful adhesive to have. 
If you want to adhere a delicate item, or even a large item that you want to get a nice even layer of adhesive on then Spray adhesive can be the one for you. 
You can various spray adhesives just make sure you get one which has the correct bond for you….you can get repositional or permanent. 
PLEASE make sure you use spray adhesive correctly and in a well ventilated area. 
I have an old box which I lay items in and then the box is take outside and sprayed, this is something I would recommend doing.

I hope this post has helped to show why there are so many different adhesives, and also what some of their uses are. 

I like to have a selection of both wet & dry adhesives, but again this is my personal preference. 
Just remember whatever glue you use make sure it is Acid Free and suitable for the project. 
I have ruined projects by using the wrong type of adhesive and it was horrible. 
If anyone has any other recommendations of glues, or any hints and tips then leave a comment below. 
Next Craft Essentials will be Ink Pads. 
If you want me to cover any Craft Essentials then let me know. 
Have a great day & happy crafting 

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Penguins in Paradise Shaker

Hey lovelies, I hope you all had a nice weekend with plenty of crafting. 
I got a few crafting projects done and also some family time, so all in all it was a good weekend. 
I have a fun card to share today, I have also created a video tutorial for this card over on the Spectrum Noir Blog it shows a simple way to colour black and white objects using your Ice Grey Spectrum Noir Markers, so head on over to the blog to check that out if you get chance. 
I honestly cannot help smiling whenever I see this little dude and although the set comes with lots of sentiments I thought this one best suit this cool penguin…lets be honest he is pretty dam cool…that face !!
I wasn’t going to make a shaker card, but you guys all know me and sequins by now I just have to try and add them somewhere so a shaker seemed perfect for that. 
The sequins were in the Simon Says Stamp May card kit along with the paper & card used, but I also added some extra sequins I had from Pretty Pink Posh and some really old ones in my stash. 
I added some Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to his rubber ring and then added some glossy accents on top, as well as his beak and feet just to finish him off.
I do have the matching die set, but decided to fussy cut him as I didn’t want the white around the edge.
When I do another card with this guy I might do some paper piecing on his rubber ring, or maybe add some stripes. I also want to do another shaker with one of the other penguins in this set but with one of the Pretty Pink Posh Storybook dies…if you haven’t checked them out then do, although be warned you will probably be like me and want them all !!!
Thing I love most about this card was other than the the colouring nothing else was really planned and I honestly had SO much fun creating it. 
I do hope it makes you smile as much as it had me. 
I hope you all have a great day, thank you for stopping by. 
Happy Crafting 
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You’re One Of A Kind

Morning ! I hope you are all ready for the weekend ? I have a full weekend of crafting planned and i might even sneak in some movie time. 
I wanted to share a card with you today that I created using the Simon Says Stamp May kit (link is below) 
This was a totally unplanned card and i just knew i wanted to do some quick and easy watercolouring with my Mission Gold watercolours, and I wanted to use the stamp set from the kit and this is what I came up with. 
I really wanted to use the one of a kind sentiment so decided to do some muted flowers along with a bolder multi coloured rainbow flower….The rainbow idea came from the fab Pretty Pink Posh team who are currently running a rainbow challenge..I have a ton more rainbow ideas planned, you have been warned lol and they want you too pick one of the images below for inspiration. 
Now I got mine from Vera because i thought rainbow clouds are so pretty, but sadly we dont get them, a rainbow flower would be so pretty, but again we don’t get them…doesn’t mean we can craft lots of rainbow clouds and flowers though 🙂 
Pretty Pink Posh: Rainbow Challenge
I have used some Pretty Pink Posh Sequins….I know I have a sequin addiction but hey what can i say I like pretty things ! 
The backing paper just kind of fell into place with this card and was not the original piece I picked, but went so much better. 
I have also added some Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to the rainbow flower but you cannot really see it. 
So All in all a really fun card that I enjoyed creating, so thank you to Paulina and team for the inspiration, you guys rock ! 
Make sure you head on over to the Pretty Pink Posh Blog to check out the challenge.  
I hope you have an amazing day. Thank you for stopping by, and happy crafting 
x
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Fathers day & Creating textured fur

Hiya lovelies, I hope you are all well ? 
As it is Fathers day this weekend I wanted to share a fun card that can be sent for Fathers day, but can also be sent for birthdays etc and the technique can be used on any card. 
The card I have created is from a lovely set from Hero Arts Called Lil Hoot (as always full supply list with direct links is below). I have used a tutorial from one of my Spectrum Noir Teamies which can be found here 
 How cute is this stamp ? the textured fur is so easy to create to.
 I have taken the technique one step further and in my video below I show you how you can add even more texture if you wish, both techniques can be used together, or separately depending on the result you want. 
I hope you enjoyed the video, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel to be kept up to date with all the new videos…I will be posting videos a lot more regularly soon so let me know if there is anything you would like to see a video about 🙂  
Before I go i just wanted to let people know that this week my Facebook was hacked and I lost my account, including my Facebook page ! So if i have gone from your friends list that is why. I do have another account and page which the link to can be found on my sidebar. 
I hope you all have a great day. 
Happy Crafting 

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Spectrum Noir June Challenge – Use a die

It is new challenge time again at Spectrum Noir….I swear someone stole most of May, it went way to fast. 
The theme is Use a Die, all you need to do is make sure your project uses at least one Spectrum Noir Product and you could win £30/$30 of Spectrum Noir Products. 
To enter the challenge, and also check out what my teamies created for the challenge just click the link below. 
https://www.facebook.com/SpectrumNoir/app/600469859988196/
I have used a really sweet set from Wplus9 called “Wishing You”…all items are listed and linked below. I have used no lines colouring and done some water colouring using my Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils. 
Once I coloured the bunnies I fussy cut them out and put to one side.
 I created the background using Distress Inks, blending them to try and get a dusky sky look.  There is some great star stamps in the same set and I used Hero Arts White Ink to stamp out a starry night, I wanted them to be subtle so i second and third generation stamped them and then added some Clear Sparkle and some star sequins. 
I used a couple of dies, but the main one was from Papertrey & Ink. I die cut from the background making sure I kept all of the little pieces, and then using the same die I cut another 4 from Kraft card and adhered them all together, I then adhered them back onto the background, making sure to line up and use all the smaller pieces.
I also used Lawn Fawn Hillside borders dies and cut from watercolour card and coloured using Spectrum Aqua Markers to create a grassy hill. 
Once everything was dry i then adhered it all to a Kraft card base, using some 3D foam on the bunnies for dimension. 
I hope you like the card, thank you so much for stopping by and make sure you check out the challenge
I hope you all have a great day, and a lovely weekend. 
Happy Crafting 
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Hot Stuff Clearly Besotted

Hiya lovelies, I hope you are all well 🙂 
The card I am sharing today was meant to have a video with it, but when i went to edit it there was some sort of strange light thing going on, so no video today ! 
I have used the Hot stuff Stamp set from Clearly Besotted (all links are below) for this card. 
I was VERY lucky to get an awesome gift from hubby last week. A gorgeous set of Mission Gold Water colours, people who know me well know how much I love water colours ( I used to water colour before i got into paper crafting) and the Mission Gold have been at the top of my want list for a long time, but at £200 a set I just couldn’t justify buying them, but Amazon has recently dropped the price on them and hubster grabbed them for me….I was like a kid at Christmas when they arrived. 
I have said I will do a short review on them when I get chance, but I did use them for the first time to create the background of this card and have to admit I really am loving them so far. 
I have linked below, I know they are still on offer at the moment, but obviously I am not sure when that will change. 
I have coloured this little cutie using my Spectrum Noir Markers and added some of the Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to his little horns. I added some dot detail to give some texture and couldn’t resist adding some white gel pen dots to his cheeks. 
 I fussy cut him out and adhered him to the water colour background using 3D foam Tape. 
The sentiment is from another stamp set, I wanted a simple sentiment and as he looks like he is waving i thought this one was perfect. I white heat embossed it onto some Matt black card stock. I then used So to Speak dies from Clearly Besotted and run that through my Die Cutting machine. 
To give some dimension, and to keep the water colour panel flat I adhered it too some fun foam. 
I used a sheet of paper from Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Polka In The Meadow and die cut using Stitched Rectangle die to match the water colour piece. I then created a card base the same size..It is slightly larger than A2 and adhered everything onto the base. 
Me being me I couldn’t resist adding some sequins to finish the card off. 
I am thinking of making several more of these but in different colours and all saying something different. 
Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you liked the card. 
As always a full product list along with direct links is below. 
Have a great day & happy crafting 
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