Here’s One I Made – New Home

Over the last 10 days, Tonic have been celebrating their first birthday on Hochanda including launching lots of new Nuvo products.

I treated myself to the new ink pads and shimmer powders. I love powder pigments, you get amazing spritz effects… but with less mess.

(And the nuvo ink pads are my new favourite pads!)

I love how all the colours blend together, making using a range of products so easy.

Stash Used

  • UKCraft – Card blank
  • Oyster Card – White Card
  • Nuvo by Tonic – Glitter Drops, Shimmer Powder, ink pads, glitter
  • Stampin Up – Stamps

Thanks for reading

BMB

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Here’s One I’m Making – Easter Balloons

I love Easter and although I don’t have a wide range of spring and Easter stamps. When I see them I tend to get them.

These beauties are from a UK company called Clearly Besotted. If you have never seen them before, these stamps and dies are a joy to use… leave a good impression and are so easy to colour.

I never take endorsements for this site just rave about what I love.

I also used the BPC “Old and New” principle on this card. The Blue cardstock and the pattern paper are both from a project box which I put together 10 years ago for a big holiday we were on.

Stash Used

  • UKCraft – Card base
  • Paper Arts – Pearlised Blue cardstock
  • Rusty Pickle – Pattern Paper
  • Clearly Besotted – Stamps and Dies
  • Crafters Companion – Illustrators Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
  • Memento Black Ink Pad
  • Craft Perfect – Lilac Twine (from Tonic Craft Kit).
  • Tonic – Nuvo Drops

I just want to end by sending my condolences to the family and friends of the wonderful wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering, who sadly passed away before Easter. Her work and art remains inspirational.

Thanks for reading

BMB

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A Tale of Two Cities – Salute

I am currently on a bit of a mission to catch up on some old scrapbooking projects from 2014. Part of my inspiration is coming from BPC’s “Old and New” class, the second challenge is to use specialty papers.

The lace cardstock on this layout is by KI Memories and I found it in a project box I put together for our trip in 2008. That is old. In fact I don’t think anything on this layout is less that 8 years old apart from a sliver of gold cardstock.

These photos are from our trip to Washington DC and tell the story of the daily Gun Salute.

Stash Used

  • Bazzill – Cardstock Base
  • KI Memories – Lace Cardstock
  • Chatterbox – Pattern Paper
  • Crafters Companion – Pattern Paper
  • Craft Perfect – Metallic Cardstock
  • American Craft – Thickers Letters
  • Promarker – Alcohol Marker

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BMB

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Here’s One I’m Making – Easter Parade

After months of juggling broken laptops and cameras, I am entering the 21st century and am blogging from my phone. I thought I would start with some Easter Cards.

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Here’s One I’m Making – Christmas Cards 2017 (Part 3)

One of the best things about the Dies’ire Build-a-Card dies, is that all the hard work really is done for you. It took me a couple of evenings to cut all the bits (base, right hand side, left hand side, circle and greeting = 5×25 = 125 pieces). But after that its simple to put together.

I used mainly wet glue on this card, as the base was coated, it meant that I had a few seconds to move the cardstock around before it dried. I also decided to edge the cardstock with a brown alcohol pen, I use the wedge end of a promarker as it gives a consistent approach.

As well as the side panels, I added the centre circle. This is where I added the satin metal look, I didn’t want too much gloss so the satin was perfect for not over-powering the rest of the card.

I love tactile cards and the spinner cards just call for you to keep spinning them whilst you are making them. It was while I was playing with them that I realised that I wanted to add some more detail to the (rather flat) snowflakes. So I decided to do what I do to most cards, I added Nuvo Drops and lost of them. It took me to evenings to add all of them.

I added a metallic gold to the gold stars and (due to a slight creative detour – ie I picked up the wrong bottle of Nuvo Drops), the silver snowflake have glitter drops.

Stash Used

  • Crafters Companion – Centura Pearl White with a hint of gold and a hint of silver
  • Crafters Companion – Die’Sire Create a Card Dies
  • Crafters Companion – Sara’s Signature Collection – Scandinavian Christmas, Die
  • Stampin Up – Foil Snowflakes from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue
  • Crafters Companion – Sara’s Signature Collection – Scandinavian Christmas, A3 Cardstock
  • Crafters Companion – Snowflake Centura Pearl
  • Craft Perfect – Gold and Silver Satin Cardstock
  • Craft Perfect – Gold and Silver High Gloss Cardstock
  • Ken Oliver – Stick It
  • Tonic – Silver and Gold Nuvo Drops
  • Promarker – Brown Alcohol Pens

Thanks for Reading

BMB

 

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Here’s One I’m Making – Christmas Cards 2017 (Part 2)

I started my Christmas Card review last week with sharing the base for this year’s Christmas Card and having decided to use both the gold and silver snowflakes, I wanted to do something different. I am not really a red/green/gold Christmas colour scheme person so the challenge was to find something to go with the gold.

I was drawing a blank until I saw the A3 cardpacks from Crafters Companion, the Nordic Christmas back was Christmassy, warm colours but without any traditional red and green.

It was also a mute colour scheme, and to ensure I didn’t overpower it with the centre pieces, I went for a satin gold circle with a bright gold centre. I decided to carry this on with the silver too. I am glad satin metallics are “in” at the moment as I like the combination of the bright and the soft.

The silver colour scheme was easier, I have a LOT of “modern” christmas colours and I decided to go for a pearlised cardstock.

As the “Merry Christmas” die was so complicated, I used Ken Oliver’s Stick-It. I have never used it before, it’s a bit like a xyron machine without the machine and that you can cut down to size. I used two sheets for 25 cards. It is very sticky… very very sticky but its amazing!

At this stage I also stuck the snowflakes on the back of the cards, because they spin you need some detail on both sides. I have opted for a greeting on one side and just the snowflake on the other.

Stash Used

  • Crafters Companion – Centura Pearl White with a hint of gold and a hint of silver
  • Crafters Companion – Die’Sire Create a Card Dies
  • Crafters Companion – Sara’s Signature Collection – Scandinavian Christmas, Die
  • Stampin Up – Foil Snowflakes from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue
  • Crafters Companion – Sara’s Signature Collection – Scandinavian Christmas, A3 Cardstock
  • Crafters Companion – Snowflake Centura Pearl
  • Craft Perfect – Gold and Silver Satin Cardstock
  • Craft Perfect – Gold and Silver High Gloss Cardstock
  • Ken Oliver – Stick It

Thanks for Reading

BMB

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Here’s One I Made – A Frightful Birthday Card

I think I have said before Mr BMB is a bit of a fan of the Zombie genre and I love the Brett Weldele zombie stamps, they are great to colour and look very effective so sorting out the image for his card was easy.

I coloured this with two inks, firstly brown as I wanted a grungy effect but it worked better with a harder black background. but I ripped the edges and edged them with brown to look like burning. If I do it again, I will not use red or yellow as they are two bright.

I was also impressed at Tim Holtz’s facebook live earlier in the year when he introduced his slash dies earlier this year. He said that you would either get them or you wouldn’t… I got them, very much so!

I had a lot of fun with brusho’s and Cosmic Shimmer’s Pixie Dusts to cover the front. It’s a bit too bright for blood – I need more crimson in my paint collection. I then went a little mad with cutting out the slashes on the front (I love these dies… so easy to use).

Stashed Used

  • UKCraft – 6×6 Square Card
  • Stampers Anonymous – Brett Weldele Zombie Stamps
  • Tim Holtz for Sizzix – Slash Dies
  • Spectrum Noir – Alcohol Pens
  • Memento Black Ink
  • Cosmic Shimmer – White Pearl Pixie Dust
  • Brusho Powder Water Colour

Thanks for Reading

BMB

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