Thursday, 15 January 2015

Frosted Flowers

This is my reminder post for the wonderful Rubber Dance Colour Challenge. There is a prize of gorgeous stamps up for grabs so why not give it a go?

On this page, I wanted to use non-winter stamps to create a very cool and wintry journal page. My background is on watercolour paper. I stuck some book paper in place and sprayed with Distress Spray Stains (OMG I LOVE). When dry I stamped the Weed Love images.

I stamped the Bold and Beautiful Rubber Dance flowers with Distress Embossing Ink and embossed them in white. I then cut them out and blended two colours of Distress Inks over them.

The metal pieces on here are treated with Picket Fence Distress Paint and Treasure Gold Pewter to blend them into the page. The gemstones on the flowers are also painted with Picket Fence to make them more subtle.

Loved making this page - hope you like it!

Also entering this for the That's Crafty Challenge (blue)

We Do Doobadoo (Romantic Whites)

Frilly and Funkie (Winter Wishes)

And Craft Stamper's Take a Stamp (cos I can and am feeling evil!)

Katy x

Stamps used:

Rubber Dance Bold and Beautiful

Rubber Dance Weed Love

Rubber Dance Winter Wonderland

Monday, 12 January 2015

Flower Power with Rubber Dance

Quick post from me today with a great use for background stamps. I made a felt flower to update a craft bag I have had for years.

I die cut felt flowers using Tim Holtz' Tattered Florals die and stamped them Rubber Dance flourishes using StazOn ink - hold the inked stamp in place for a good five seconds on each impression to let the ink seep into the felt. I also edged the petals using the same ink and a piece of foam.

Coat the back of each flower with PVA glue and leave to dry to stiffen the felt so it doesn't flop about so much when worn.

Glue or sew the layers together with a vintage-style button in the middle and add a broach back. And there you have it - simple, quick, effective and cheap!

I used this gorgeous background stamp for my make (Rubber Dance have lots of lovely background stamps to choose from!).

Katy x

Monday, 5 January 2015

Tim's Tags 2015 - January

Somewhat fittingly, the theme of Tim's first tag of this year is 2015. Fitting, because one of my
resolutions is to do all of Tim's tags this year - something I've not managed to complete before.

So in the interests of getting off on the right foot, here's my version of his January tag. I used Distress Paints and Sprays as per his tutorial, but went for much brighter colours as I want my 2015 to be happier than last year.

I followed the steps for the Alphaparts but added a swipe of Mustard Seed paint here and there over the dried Broken China.

I used totally gorgeous Rubber Dance stamps too, of course! The ATC Backgrounds One set.

I added some inked seam binding and I finished with the word stickers, using those which represent ideals for my future :).

This is Tim's fabulous version:

Here's to the next 11! Can't wait!

Katy x

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Journal Page for Rubber Dance

Over on the Rubber Dance blog today is a step-by-step guide to how I created my journal page for this month's Colour Challenge!

A couple of months ago I went to a wonderful workshop with the amazingly talented France Papillion. She totally encouraged me to have a go at journaling - something I had never been comfortable with. So this is MY style of journal page - lots of product and technique but comfortable and still my work. Kind of a hybrid scrapbook page/journal page. A single layout because for me that flows more easily than a double. Not so much about emotions as about memories.

I think I may be a convert to MY form of journal page - it does not conform but so what? If you are thinking about journaling for 2015 then I say go for it - and do what is natural - not what you think a journal page is about. I have France to thank for that lesson.

If you want to know more, do check out my tutorial over at RD Blog.

Katy xxx

To find the stamps I have used, here's the Rubber Dance web shop:

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

The year that was

It's been a funny old year. After finally plucking up the courage to leave my job from hell my creativity flourished and all of sudden I found myself invited to Design Teams (Rubber Dance and Tando), winning awards including the Compendium of Curiosities top spot (amazing!), and being honoured to be asked to Guest Design at PaperBabe Stamps AND A Sprinkle of Imagination.

Other highlights included being taught some awesome workshops by Andy Skinner, France Papillion, and Mark Smith of JMTV; having a commission in Beads and Beyond magazine; celebrating my first anniversary, joining the madness that is the Moxley crop, and making some wonderful new friends.

I thought I'd round up this year of creativity with some of my favourite makes from 2014 (in no particular order). Hope you enjoy! Here's to an equally crafty 2015.

Gorgeous MoonGirl :)

Keepsake box for Rubber Dance

Xmas Wreath for Tando

Bee Canvas

Andy Skinner Workshop

Guest for PaperBabe stamps

My CC3C Winning Entry!

Slide Mailer for Rubber Dance

Tim's Tag May


K xxx

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Tim's Tags meets my Design Teams!

Today I am sharing my take on Tim's 12 tags of 2014 for December.

As soon as I saw the tag Tim had made I thought of the gorgeous deer chippies that Tando make and knew they would work a treat with the new Rubber Dance Winter Wonderland stamps I helped to design.

To begin with I used Tim's technique to make the background with lovely Distress Stains (LOVE these). I didn't have any Frosted so I used Frosted Film which took embossing lightly and added a lovely frosty look to the tag. I used texture paste and Distress Glitter again to make the 'snow', adding splatters of white paint over the Frosted Film.

The greeting is simply stamped and watercoloured with Distress Ink. I also added some bling just to make it a little bit more snowy!

See you in 2015 - Happy New Year!
Katy x

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

A Very Merry Christmas!

Me and my snowman wish you a very merry one!  Can't take ANY credit for this little cutey as it was a class taught by my dear friend Barb Gasby. She does folk art commissions too (much more pro looking than mine LOL!).

The little holes now have jingle bells attached :)

K xxx