Tidying up after finishing a project, randomly surfing the Sizzix website and saw this. It still hits me with surprise when I see my name up with this group of remarkable women who collectively have a ton of industry experience. AND on top of that, they are REALLY nice people ...... that is the sweetest icing on the cake right ? They are funny ...... and make me laugh ...... and always ready with help when anyone needs it.
This invitation to work with Sizzix came out of the blue at a time when I thought I was done. It's humbling, scary too when you think of how amazing the team already is ....... and working with quality products. It really is my own happy miracle.
Here's to another year of journeying creatively !
Hearts are a shape that almost everyone loves and can use in cards. Today I have an easy card made using a Clear Stamp set with Framelits with an embossed background of Textured Fades stars. The Framelits and stamp set is true value for money as you get a whole lot of varied heart shapes as well as a useful scallop edge die.
These are the Sizzix products I used :
Powder Blue and Teal Big shot
Stephanie Barnard, Love, Hearts and Hugs, Clear Stamp 12 pk/set with Framelits 658837
Alterations Texture Fades Embossing Folder Iron Gate and Stary Night 659727
This was how I began :
I chose 2 different heart images from the stamp set and used Archival Rose Madder.
Next, select the matching Framelits and together with the Magnetic platform, die cut the hearts.
Trim a white cardstock to fit the size of the embossing folder (5 x 6 inches), mist it lightly with the yellow. Dry the cardstock with a heating tool.
Run the cardstock through the Big Shot with the embossing folder.
Ink with Distress Spun Sugar gently. Trim the embossed cardstock to the size you would like for the card.
Trim a piece of Kraft pattern paper slightly larger than the embossed cardstock. Scallop the bottom edge using the framelits in the pack.
I added another detail to the hearts by drawing in the shape with a fine black marker .
Stamp the word Love with Archival Jet Black and fill in with color using the Distress markers,
Using 3-D foam dots, assemble the cluster of ballons on the top right corner of the card. Glue strings to the background, then adhere the word Love over the strings to securely glue them down.
That's it, really easy to do ! There is no such thing as having *too many cards* as I believe we all have occasions for them sooner or later.
March is here, have a wonderful month ahead !!
You not an artist?
Again, thank you so much, this is so appreciated ! This is one of the reasons why when I see a beautiful or compelling photo or post on Instagram or Facebook, I leave a comment. Whether the person expects it or not, that's not for me to say ...... but I am guessing most will appreciate it. So, remember to go beyond the *like* button (when you can) by adding a comment.
On another topic :
Over the past year, I've added more mediums to my work in an attempt to find a different way to create. I still LOVE the scrapbook products that have come out, though these days I pick and choose the ones that work best with mediums. Much of my paper supplies have been given away, more of what I have will be trimmed down as I try to simplify the work space to reflect the type of projects I make now.
Beyond all this, I keep thinking how truly lucky I am to be with Made With Love and the Sizzix US Design Team, because good products make good designers.
This was what I made yesterday ......
The Sizzix dies are :
Bigz Weathered Clock 657190
Alterations Frameworks Honeycomb 659430
Originals Frame Ornate #2 658222
Distress Paints : Antique Linen / Mustard Seed / Spun Sugar
Claudine Helmuth : Blank Canvas.
Burlap : DCWV 12x12 pack (which will last a long time !).
All the items you need to make a similar project is available at Made Wtih Love.
One of my favorite instagramers is Ashrafmalique, a truly talented artist who works on his skill while at universtity reading architecture. Some of you may know of him as the artist recently featured in the newpapers with his intricate sketch of the Eiffel Tower. His work in color pencil of an iPhone was recently hijacked, stolen and posted on Twitter by another person. Many rallied around him, reporting the thief and finally forced Twitter into taking down the thief's account
I have an instagram account, so do many people I know and it's a wonderful way of keeping in touch, finding inspiration, style, art and craft, looking for products you might need and as entertainment. Often I wonder what it was like BEFORE social media and am truly amazed at how addictive these visual portals are.
Unfortunately, this comes hand in hand with some who think it's OK to steal images or pictures and post it as thier own. I've seen this done by 2 Singapore food instagramers who have taken photos off magazines or the 'net and claim it as a recipe they baked or cooked and photographed, with no credit whatsoever to the original creator.
One can watermark photos, but they are ugly ......... who wants letters splashed across a photo ? But many of us who post photos on Blogs have come to feel this is necessary.
Previously I used to provide detailed printed instructions for classes which scrappers can take home and I saw it as an add-value in making the class attractive. What I found next were a few using my instructions, replicating the projects and teaching in private classes of their own. The argument was : as they had already paid for my class (and the set of instructions), they can (and do) teach the projects to others. Here I stress : it's only a handful that do this, in the small Singapore craft community we know who they are, word gets around fairly quickly. Interestingly, these few feel that design in craft has no copyright ....... because they've paid for the class and therefore have *bought* the design.
Generally most scrappers take classes for their personal enjoyment, it's a fun timeout to their usual routine. I appreciate these crafters as their support encourages me to think up classes they might like, and hopefully they will be able to use the techniques and skills picked up in class for their own use.
I don't give detailed handouts anymore. If there are printed instructions for the class, they are very brief, I collect them at the end of it ....... and I watermark photographs of my projects as much as I can. Self preservation is not selfish, it's a necessity in this changing world of crafting within social media.
Busy is good ....... that's one belief I have. The days past so quickly, and mostly I love what I do, which is always great.
The one question I have : is this art ? When I read Blogs of women who make art (it's usually women), I see fabulous work with alot of thought and soul. I totally LOVE Jenny Doh the former editor of Somerset Studios who owns Studio Crescendoh where she paints and organises classes. Her art is edgy, makes you think and she is very much being herself. Posts on her Blog are confident and honest, with insights into being arty, what it means to her and to others.
Maybe I don't make enough art ? Much of what I do is work related and involves experimenting to find ways to use scrapbook products .... making samples for display or classes.
Making art requires discipline ..... if one is serious about being an artist, one gets up each day, one works on a painting or sketch, a project. Defintely I am lacking the *discipline* gene ..... I hate schedules and having to take them seriously, which is why I'm good when things are *loose* and easy. Unfortunately, having a flexible life is perfect if it does not affect anyone else (aka : NOT working at all !). When one works, everything needs to run on a schedule, on deadlines and planning,
And really, I can't be a serious artist. I LOVE scrapbook supplies too much and this is where I will forever be considered a crafter, a few notches (maybe alot ?) down from a serious artist. But you know what ? It's ok, no big deal because in the scheme of today, I am so lucky. Doing what we love is important and polishing the skills within what I do is essential because in the scrapbook industry, experience is everything. The fact that numerous, truly wonderful products are there for me to use makes me giddy with happiness.
Yep, it's all good !
Products : Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Forest Moss, Black Soot, Archival Jet Black / Dylusions Vibrant Turquiose /
Daler Rowney Gesso and Texture Paste / Stencils by Tim Holtz / assorted stamps / Prima wood chip clock
Have a great week ahead !
Hello crafters, welcome back ! Today let me share with you a quick tutorial on how to work with a Sizzix Textured Embossing folder to create a background useful for cards, tags, even Project Life. This is the card I made using a favorite embossing folder :
Below are the details :
The Sizzix products I used are :
Powder Blue and Teal Big shot.
Extended Cutting Pads
Textured Impressions Embossing folder 656585
Alterations Tattered Flower Garland Decorative Strip 657824
Bigz Easter Elements 657485
Bigz Frame Fancy 658038
Other products : American Crafts white cardstock / Dylusions spray Pink Bubblegum /
Distress Inks : Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick and Gathered Twigs /
Distress Crackle paints : Clear and Picket Fence / Daler Rowney Texture Paste
This is how I made the card :
First I spritzed a white cardstock with Dylusions Pink Bubblegum, you can use any color you might have at home. Dry completely with a heating tool.
Trim the cardstock to fit a texture folder and run it through your Big Shot.
Next, take a small amount of texture paste and with a palette knife, smooth the paste randomly into the textured cardstock.
Ink the cardstock with an ink of your choice. I've used Distress Inks Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs.
Brush Clear Distress Crackle Paint over the portions that have texture paste. As this dries, cracks will appear creating an interesting texture.
This Fancy Frame die was inked with Distress Inks Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs.
A pale green-beige pattern paper was die-cut with the decor strip and the flowers inked lightly with Distress Ink Worn Lipstick and Antique Linen.
This butterfly die cut was painted with Crackle Paint Picket Fence, dried completely and inked with Distress Ink Worn Lipstick and Antique Linen.
I added a little spritz of Dylusions Pink Bubblegum for more color on the butterfly as well as to make the crackle on the butterfly surface more obvious.
When all your elements are ready, you can start assembling the card.
Insert the small die-cut flowers with brad centers in and around the frame. For this card I used a tag with the word Happiness cut out from a pattern paper.
Here is a detailed picture of the flowers.
Thank you for joining me today. It was fun making this card, you can customise the message to suit the person you're giving it to. They will love looking at the texture and layers you took the time to create.
See you soon,
This was a project I enjoyed enormously ! Dressforms are popular in scrapbooking and I like that it represents a woman without having to paint a woman ..... I'm BAD at painting faces or the human figure !
The idea started after conversations with my older daughter. She is in an crux : pursue her music dreams ...... looking after stray animals ...... going into university ..... and not wanting to give up any of the choices, and knowing her time is finite. Tough choices for her and I can't do much to help aside from offering the advice of following her heart. Doing what you love will always lead to success, whether it translates to making enough money to live is another matter. Above all things I do not want my children regret not trying, in their older years thinking *what if ?*. At a younger age, there's more time to recover from mistakes, to switch paths and make other choices.
I love the shape and intricate design of the Webster's Pages resin heart, and it can be beautifully altered with paint !
Texture with molding paste and using the Tim Hotlz stencils.
Here's a list of the mediums I used :
Daler Rowney : Texture paste, Antique Gold Metal Cream
Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Paints : Black Soot, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Picket Fence, Spiced Marmalade, Spun Sugar, Antique Linen
Dylusion : Bubblegum Pink
Heidi Swap Colorshine : Gold Lame, Georgia Peach
Tattered Angels Chalkboard : Banana Pudding
I hope you'll have time to get arty soon, have a wonderful weekend !