Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Its Crafting Time DT Challenge - May sketch

A bit of a move away from my usual stuff for this one!

Scrap 365 magazine arrived through my letter box and I just fell in love with some of the really fussy designs, which for someone who likes neatness and straight lines (even my tearing tends to be neat!) is a bit scary.
I was also toying with the idea of working at 'fat book' size (4x4in) instead of ATC, so I have combined the two with this months sketch for Its Crafting Time.
I bought lots of big, blowsy papers that I thought could be good to tear, fussy cut, over stamp, paint and ink.

I also fell in love with some new dies; Mix'd Media Elements by Spellbinders, and Leane Creatief 'Lea'bilities' circle swirl and flowers.
A set of the new Martha Stewart decorative design silicone molds also fell into the basket...
Anyway, to playing...
Having tidied up (!) I couldn't find my metal trays for melting embossing powder in, so I sacrificed a spoon. I mixed WOW clear glos ultra high with a tiny bit WOW burgandy red regular and heated it carefully from underneath until it melted. The I swapped hands, and keeping a low heat on the melt, poured carefully into the silicone mold.
This seemed to work really well, so I tried it with WOW metallic copper instead of the burgundy.
The first stayed quite clear, but in the second one, the metallic seems to have gone to the outside of the mold.
The two shapes popped out of the mold really easily and gave a fairly clear impression. I managed to trim off the excess with scissors whilst it was still warm. The next job was to cut the square. This is from Stella Ruby 'Mrs. Foxglove's Brunch'. I cut the frame from a paper in my stash that is all browns and reds in a huge paisley pattern that I have alswys thought pretty horrible!The birds wing is also cut from the same paper. The leaves and wiggly bands are both cut from sections of the background paper. The tiny flowers are from the very last few pieces of some Tim Holtz paper in my stash. The crown is also cut from a section of the backing paper. I used the piece that the crown came out of as a mask and inked through with Versa Colour silver onto the backing paper. The edge is coloured with Memento Rhubarb Stalk. I also used this colour to ink the bird whilst still in its die. The big flower is die cut from My Mind's Eye 'Spirit Bright'. I have pieced everything together using sticky pads cut up very small, photo glue, and ultra sticky tape for the two UTEE pieces. The final additions are, as ever, the bling!!!
I really like the result. It is pretty, interesting and has lots of texture. I might even try it on a scrap book page!

I am also entering this project at: - butterflys and blooms


  1. Beautiful! I've never heard of melting EP to pour in a mold. Interesting!

  2. Oh this is an awesome project, I love it and it was great to read how you did it all. You know you are going to have to do something altered with that spoon now and I can't wait to see it if you do. Thank you for sharing this with us in our Anything Goes challenge on Art With No Boundaries. I also didn't know you could pour hot EP in silicone molds, so thanks for the tip.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

    1. I am now sitting looking at the spoon!!!!!

  3. Fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Dilly Beans! :)

  4. This is totally cool. Love all the parts. Thanks for the tutorial. The flower center is great and I will be on the lookout for that mold. Thanks for shareing with us at Dilly Beans this week.

  5. Great creation - I love the "UTEE" pieces you made they look great! Thanks for joining us at Art With No Boundaries!

  6. How cool and creative! Love the artsy feel. Thanks for joining us at Dilly Beans. xxD

  7. Wow, you've made a brilliant job of this! Love all the wee deitails you've included. Fab!
    Thanks for joining us over on Fat Pages With Attitude.
    Hugs Alison x x

  8. This is quite fabulous!!
    I like the moulded shapes you made for the flower centre.
    very inspiring!
    Thank you for joining us at the Art With No Boundaries challenge and thank you for sharing your lovely creation!
    Hope you'll join us again!

  9. Great card, love the colours, thanks for joining us at ATCs and cards with Attitude this fortnight

  10. This looks amazing, great to see and read about all the details! =9
    Thanks for joining us at Art With No Boundaries!
    Hugs, Elenor DT