Happy New Year

Just popping in to wish you all a Happy New Year and to remind you that this blog has moved over to Blogger. You can find my latest post at https://viewsfrommycraftroom.blogspot.com/

I hope you will pop over and consider continuing to follow me there.

Many thanks for all your support. Take care.

Pippa

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Path of Positivity Half Way Post

We are half way through the last challenge of the year at Path of Positivity and the last of our colours, Silver, Gold and Other Metallics. With Christmas almost upon us this is a great theme for all those Christmas sparkles. I am sure you, just like me, have an abundance of glitter, embossing powder and mirri card all of which can be used in this challenge. I hope you will join in the fun.

Materials used: 
Sparkle ‘N’ Sprinkle – Rustic Flowers Snapdragons Digi Stamp Set
textured paper for pencil colouring
Polychromo pencils
metallic gold card
silver mirri card
7 x 5″ card blank

I decided to have a go with my much neglected colouring pencils for this card, mainly because the detail on the flowers is so small I struggled to do them with the Copics! I used the less rough side of the paper but did not want to produce an image that was so covered in colour that it look printed, I wanted some of the texture of the paper to show through, especially in the jug.

The challenge is open until the end of the month so you still have a couple of weeks to get an entry in. Remember the theme is optional. 

This month Sparkle N Sprinkle are our very generous sponsors, very apt considering the theme of the challenge!  The prizes on offer are: 

    • $15.00 worth of digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch (based on those projects who have followed the theme).
    • $15.00 worth of  digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
    • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight. 

You can find all the details and the link up on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.

I hope you will join us on our journey down the Path of Positivity this month. Thank you for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

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Metallic Madness?

The first Monday of the month means time for the start of the final Path of Positivity challenge this year and the end of our year of colour. This month we have the optional theme of Gold, Silver and Other Metallics.

Materials used:
Fred She Said – Lovely as a Leaf Digital Set (From the Sparkle N Sprinkle Shop)
X-Press It card
gold mirri card
7×5 in card blank
aluminium drink can
Tonic Studios Autumn Leaves die set
stitched rectangle die
metalic pens
Copic pens:
leaves – R24, YR15, G24, G94, G99, W5, W7
shadow – W0, W1, W3
metal leaf – Y15, YR15, YR16, YR18, R24, G94, E29, E49

The leaf embellishment is die cut from an aluminium drink can and coloured with Copics.

The open lettering is coloured with metallic pens.

The challenge is open until the end of the month so you have plenty of time to get an entry in. Remember the theme is optional but with all the Christmas sparkle around I am sure there will be some project you will be able to use.

This month Sparkle N Sprinkle are our very generous sponsors, very apt considering the theme of the challenge!  The prizes on offer are: 

    • $15.00 worth of digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch (based on those projects who have followed the theme).
    • $15.00 worth of  digital images from Sparkle N Sprinkle for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
    • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight. 

You can find all the details and the link up on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.

I hope you will join us on our journey down the Path of Positivity this month. Thank you for dropping in. Take care.

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LeAnn’s World challenge

I just had time to get an entry into the progressive challenge over on the LeAnn’s World 101 Facebook page. This time I have mixed digital and traditional stamping on the same card.

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Materials used:
LeAnn’s World 101 – Stewart (Facebook Freebie until 28/11/18)
Stamps Away – Pilkington Wood
Inky Impression – Sentiment stamp
X-Press It card
designer paper
silver mirri card
stitched rectangle die
various snowflake dies
black archival ink
Dovecraft glitter glue – Crystal
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
eyes – E23, E25, E29
hair – E11, E13, E15, E18
hat – C0, C1, C3, C5, C7
coat – BG90, BG93, BG96, BG99
coat trim – C5, C7, C9
trousers – E44, E47, E49
boots – W3, W5, W7, W9  C5, C7, C9
walking stick – E31, E33, E35, E39
scarf – R29, R39, R59, R89
belt – C7, C9, 100
snow – C0, C1, C3

Having reversed the image and arranging it on the page I printed it out twice, once on ordinary printer paper and again on X-Press It card. I fussy cut the paper version down the left side and made it into a mask. I attached the mask to the card version of the image before stamping out the trees.

I have used the tree stamp 3 times to form the tree taking each one just a little higher than the previous one and lining up the trunks as best as I could. I need to make the tree taller and as it is a physical stamp rather than digital had to work out a way of doing so. Overall I think it worked quite well. I must confess that the little bush is there to hide a black splodge, I dropped the inked up tree stamp, whoops!

Once coloured in I cut the image with the die then stamped on the sentiment. I have added just a little glitter glue to some of the tree branches and on the snow at the bottom to make it look like frost.

The snowflake embellishments have been die cut from silver mirri card.

This blog will be moving over to  a new site at the end of the year. At the moment I am posting on both sites. If you would still like to follow me in the new year please head on over to the new address here and click whatever you need to click to keep getting the posts. Thank you so much.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
LeAnn’s World 101 Facebook Progressive Challenge
Creative Moments #157 – Anything Goes/Add a Sentiment
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #407 – Anything Goes 
Crafting With Friends #76 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC#261 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #154 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Whatever The Weather
A Gem Of A Challenge #232 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #215 – Anything Goes/Christmas/Winter
Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #94 – Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations – Christmas Inspiration
Crafting From The Heart #230 – Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T Challenge #492 – Make Your Own Embellishments (snowflakes)
PIP Challenge #1847 – Anything Goes

 

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Path of Positivity Challenge – Shades of Green

We are already halfway through this month’s challenge at Path of Positivity with the optional theme of Shades of Green. A great theme for getting started on those Christmas cards with trees and presents, holly and ivy, and don’t forget the mistletoe!

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Materials used: 
Ike’s Art – Dear Santa
Card Making Magic embossing folder – 5×7″ Christmas
rectangle die set
X-Press It card
white card
5″x7″ card blank
red gems
red ribbon
Wink of Stella Shimmer Clear
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
hair – Y21, Y26, YR24, E25
eyes – B24, B18, B29
tree branches – YG03, YG63, G29, E27
Santa’s hat and bauble ribbon – R29, R39, R59, R89
girl’s clothes – YG00, YG01, YG03, YG06
Santa’s beard and hat trim – white gel pen
bauble hanger – silver gel pen

I made up my card blank by embossing it with the embossing folder and then cutting out the rectangle with a die. I tried cutting the aperture first then embossing but the embossing stretches the card a bit so the aperture went out of shape. The disadvantage to sending the embossed card through the cutter again is that is does squash the embossing a little. If anyone knows a better way of doing it please do share the secret!

The image is coloured with Copics and then de-bossed to add a little frame. The Santa bauble has a touch of wink of stella added to the  had trim which has been coloured with a white gel pen.

I added a cluster of three red gems to three corners to represent holly berries and put the ribbon on the remaining corner.

This image reminds me so much of our girls when they were little. Our eldest had one ornament which was her favourite, a honeycombe paper chick. I’ve no idea where it came from but Becky loved it and at her first Christmas enjoyed trying to eat it!! Our youngest, Rachel, spent her first Christmas sitting under the tree running the strands of lemetta through her fingers absolutely fascinated by the reflected light from it. Both our girls are blonde so I have given the little girl in the image blonde hair. Memories to cherish.

I hope you can join us at Path of Positivity, you still have two weeks to get an entry in. The link and all the details of prizes can be found at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. 

Thank you for visiting. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Your Scrapbook Place – November Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #491 – Christmas
A Bit More Time To Craft #80 – Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends #75 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #154 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC #260 – Anything Goes
Crafty Friends #97 – Gemstones/Pearls
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #94 – Anything Goes
A Gem of A Challenge #231 – Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps #168 – Anything Goes / Use Ribbon
PIP Challenge #1846 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #229 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #209 – Anything Goes

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Chilly Owl

The image for today’s card is Chilly Owl from Limited Runs and is the image for their progressive challenge on Facebook. If you played along last time then you get the image for free, if not then it is available at the Limited Runs Stamps store, the link is below.

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Materials used: 
Limited Runs Stamps – Chilly Owl
brown card
X-Press It! card
pearlised white paper
Britannia leaf die
leafy branch die
gold peel off sentiment
small flower buttons
Copic pens:
feathers – W00, W0, W1, W3, W5, W7, W9
eyes / legs – Y13, Y15, Y17, E15
beak – E31, E33, E35, E39
hat – R29, R39, R59, R89
log – E41, E43, E44, E47
grass – G21, G24, G94, G29, G99
sky – B000, B00, B91, B93

The log I drew in myself following instructions from one of my Kit and Clowder classes (well worth the money and so good if you want to improve your colouring skills.)

The leaves are die cut and coloured with Copics. The pearlised paper does not let the Copic ink blend very well so I have tried to use different greens in patches to show definition.

The little buttons and the greeting sticker have been in my stash for a few years now, just waiting for their turn to shine.

Thank you for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Limited Runs Facebook Progressive Challenge #20
Your Scrapbook Place November – Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams November – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1844 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart ##227 – Anything Goes
Ike’sworld Challenge #114 – Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps And More #317 – Make Your Mark
Creative Inspirations November – November Chill  (I know the leaves are green and their are flowers in it but this year in the UK we still have green leaves on the trees and flowers in the garden!)
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #405 – Anything Goes

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Path of Positivity Challenge #63 – Shades of Green

We are almost at the end of our year long colour journey and for this month we are in the greens. It does seem an appropriate colour to choose as we head towards Christmas. Already the shops are starting to get their Christmas goodies in and displays up. With our clocks changing last weekend and the nights drawing in with the shortening days the anticipation is building up.

I do love Christmas, I love a really winter’s day, cold, frosty, snowy if possible but blue skies and winter sunshine. I don’t ask much!! It is a joy to have the winter greenery of the fir trees, the holly and the mistletoe when so many trees are bare or brown leaved and the gardens have lost most of the delicate colourful flowers of summer. The Christmas tree speaks of hope that the earth will be reborn, that life will bloom again in the Spring and that winter is not all dark and gloomy.

As I write this we have just had our chimney swept ready to get the log burner fired up again. The scaffolding is up to replace the front windows which should be happening any day soon so this winter we will be lovely and warm – I can’t wait!

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Materials used:
Scribbles Designs – Silent Night Wreath
PSX – Nativity (rubber stamp)
black archival ink pad
Memento ink pads – Cottage Ivy, Northern Pine
stencil brush
dark red and dark green card
X-Press It card
square card blank
Stickles glitter glue – Star Dust
Anita’s Clear Gloss
Copic pens:
holly leaves – G21, G25, G28, G29
other leaves – YG00, YG23, YG17, G29
berries – R29, R39, R59, R89 \

The card blank has been folded to create an easel card. The nativity is stamped on a scrap of white card with black ink and then coloured with Denim ink using a stencil brush.

The main image is printed onto X-Press It card and coloured with Copics. The background is coloured with two shades of green ink using a sponge and keeping the centre white.

Glitter glue has been added to the leaves to give a little sparkle and the clear gloss added to the berries.

As always the challenge at Path of Positivity are anything positive goes and is open for a month. The optional theme is Shades of Green and while you do not have to follow it there is the chance of an extra prize for doing so. With lots of Christmas tree and wreath images about at this time of year this challenge would be ideal.

We have two great sponsors this month, Scribbles Designs and Ike’s Art. For details of how to enter and the prizes on offer please check out the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. You will also find links to the other team members for more inspiration.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks #427 – Christmas
A Bit More Time To Craft #79 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore #57 – Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude #45 – Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #489 – Winter
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #404 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC #258 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #154 – Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge #230 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #93 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #215 – Anything Goes/optional twist Christmas/Winter
Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1844 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #227 – Anything Goes

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Moving – Again!

Just a head’s up to say that from January this blog is moving back to Blogger. All the posts have now been transferred over and for a few weeks both blogs will be posting identical posts. This site will probably go dead at the end of January to give everyone who wants to continue following me the chance to head over to the new site.

So from now but from Jan 1st officially the Blog address will be: https://viewsfrommycraftroom.blogspot.com/  The blog is keeping the same name : Views From The Craft Room.

I would just like to thank all my regular followers, I still cannot believe there are so many of you, and hope that you will relocate with me.  I will put up a few more reminders over the next few weeks in case anyone missed this post.

Thanks for following me. Take care.

Pippa

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Be Thankful at Crafting With Dragonflies

I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a winner of a recent Crafting With Dragonflies challenge and part of the prize is a guest designer slot so this is it. I had thought of calling this post ‘Back to My Roots’ because I have had the ‘real’ stamps out along with inks, dies and stencils. It felt really good to be back using techniques that I started with years ago.

The theme for Crafting With Dragonflies Challenge #116 is Be Thankful.

 

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Materials used: 
Free Stamps, Dies and Stencil set from Simply Cards and Papercraft #177
banner die from stash
X-Press It card
Personal Impressions embossing powder – Pastel Lilac
Versamark ink pad
Adirondak Espresso ink pad
Memento Lilac Posies ink pad
stencil brush
Copic pens:
V01, V12, V15, V17, V09

The sentiment is computer generated and cut with a banner die. The cup cuff has been embossed with the Pastel Lilac powder and coloured with a Copic pen. The coffee bean paper is made using the sencil from the set and Espresso ink. I used the inky brush over the whole piece at the end to tone down the white background.

The cup cuff, steam and little heart embellishment were all cut from the  bits of card left over from fussy cutting the cup and a second lid.

The second lid has been attached to the cup with foam pads for dimension.

I hope my card has inspired you to maybe go along to Crafting With Dragonflies and have a go at the challenge yourself. With Christmas around the corner it is a good incentive to lay the Christmas cards aside for a short time and make up some Thank You cards!

Thanks for dropping by. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Lemon Shortbread #79 – Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenges #23 – Inspired by a Song (Your the cream in my coffee)
Crafty Creations #377 – Anything Goes
Creative Moments #155 – Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #403 – Anything Goes
Back to Basics and Beyond #14 – Stencils or Masks 
Crafting With An Attitute #44 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC #257 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #153 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Humour
Less Is More #383 – Dimension
A Gem of A Challenge #230 – Anything Goes

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Taking it outside the box

The image for Ike’s World Progressive Challenge this month really is a challenge being the grim reaper. A lot of craft challenges and digital stamp companies have taken the halloween approach to October. I am not a fan, never have been, I try to be more a Philippians 4:8 girl. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (NIV)

So you see my dilemma. So I have been pondering all month. I was just going to skip this month and then buy back into the challenge in November but then I had a bit of a brain wave. I have been wanting to try a bit of Bible journaling for a while but never really got around to it so when Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, came to mind I thought I would try out an idea in an old Bible I have been saving to practice in.

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Materials used: 
Ike’s Art – Death #2 (available on Facebook Page)
white tissue paper
bookbinding glue
Polychromo pencils:
clothes
– Black 199, Cold Grey VI 235, Cold Grey V 234, Cold Grey IV 233, Cold Grey III 232
bones – Cream 102, Ivory 103, white 101
scythe  handle – Burnt Sienna 238, Ochre 187, Terracotta 186
scythe blade – Cold Grey III 234, Cold Grey II 231, Cold Grey I 230

If you read my post a while back on the decorated candle, I used the same technique for printing the image onto tissue paper. There are a lot of  videos online which will explain the process.

Once I had my image sized correctly and printed onto tissue I very carefully coloured it using the Polychromos. Because it is so easy to tear the tissue I had to work very lightly building up the colour in a series of layers. I did not attempt to burnish as I think the tissue would not be strong enough to take it, that is probably why the photo is showing up areas that are quite grainy looking.

When my image was coloured as best as I could do I carefully tore around the edge leaving a little border then glued it to the page with a bookbinding glue. Because the edge is torn rather than cut it gives a softer join so once the glue had dried it was hard to see where the image and the page meet with the naked eye (the photo shows it up more as it is zoomed in).

When I left school I trained as a librarian and we did a bookbinding and book repairing unit at college. I will always remember the lecturer talking about how evil sellotape is and should never be used to repair books! He was right, of course, over time it yellows and goes brittle and leaches into the paper damaging the pages. Do you know the correct way to repair ripped pages? Go on have a guess! Yep tissue paper and bookbinding glue! I knew that unit would be useful again one day even though I ended up working in school not in a library.

Thanks for popping in. Take care.

Pippa

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