15 September 2018

Craft4crafters show in October.....plus a giveaway!!!

Happy Saturday guys, The sun is shining and all is good here so I thougth it would be a good time to tell you about my up coming workshops and do a giveaway.

As you know I became a certified Altenew Educator last month and as such I can now teach crafting skill using the Altenew brand.

I will be running classes at the Craft4crafters show here in the UK next month.  The show runs from 18th-20th Ooctober at the Bath and West Showground in Somerset.

I will be holding 4 workshops each day, here are all the details

Stamping Techniques - Getting more from your stamps

Everyday at 10.30am to 11.30am - £7.50

In this workshop, you will learn techniques that will allow you to use your stamps in new ways, perfect for those who are starting out with stamps or for those looking to find new techniques. You will create a card, bookmark and tag using stunning stamps and inks from Altenew. 

Scrapbooking and Home Decor with Altenew Products

Everyday at 12.00pm to 1.00pm - £8.00
In this workshop you will learn how to use stamping techniques to create larger projects, it could be a scrapbook page or a piece of home d├ęcor. If you’ve never scrapbooked before this is a perfect introduction, bring along a photo or two and we’ll create a piece you’ll be proud of. If home decor is more your thing, you can create a piece to take home and add to a box frame. 

Creating Watercolour Effects

Everyday at 2.00pm to 3.00pm - £8.50
In this workshop you will learn quick and easy ways to produce stunning watercolour effect which can be used in all your crafting projects – you don’t need to be a fine artist to use watercolours, they are a great tool for crafters and hobbyists too.

Contemporary Christmas Crafting 

Everyday 3.30pm to 4.30pm - £7.50
In this workshop you will create 5 projects in a contemporary style. If you like clean and modern looking cards or would like to create them for your loved ones then this workshop is for you. You will be using Altenew product to achieve a high end look. 

If you would like to book on to any of the workshops, please email tkoszler@yahoo.co.uk and include: The name of the workshop, your name, how many people wish to take part in the workshop, and the date and time you wish to attend.

*** GIVEAWAY ***

I have 3 pairs of tickets to giveaway, 1 here, 1 on my Instagram page and 1 on my blog

To enter here please leave me a comment with your name and which workshop sounds most interesting to you. Giveaway ends at 4pm on 29th Spetember

Feel free to pop over to my Facebook page and Instagram and enter there too.

Good luck.

09 September 2018

Pop Art meets Altenew

Today I am sharing a card I created after watching one of Lydia Evans video tutorials she created for Altenew. You can see the post here, Lydia using a halftone stamp to create Pop art card to die cut from. As soon as I saw the video I knew I had to give it a go and put my spin on it, so here goes......

Using the Halftone Circles Stamp set I stamped several circles in all the shades of  the Tea Party mini inks, these will be for the flowers layers. I then stamped the leaf layers using the Green Meadows mini inks.

I then set about cutting all the layers for the flowers and leaves using the Peony Dreams 3D dies. Once everything was cur and release from the dies I stacked and glued them together.  Toadd some definition to the layers and add striking detail I used a black fineliner pen to outline the layers. I also ran a black alcohol marker around the edge of the flowers and leaves.

I wanted a background for the flowers to sit against but didn't want anything to fussy or detailed. This is where the Watercolor stripes cover die came into play. I cut it from white cardstock and adhered it to a black card base. The black and white is the perfect backdrop for the pop art style flowers and leaves. I adhered everything using glossy accents, it's my go to wet adhesive.

The last thing to do was to add a sentiment, I chose the "stay awesome my friend" from the
Leaf Canopy stamp set. I heat embossed it on to black card using Altenew's Clear embossing ink and Pure white crisp embossing powder.

All the items used can be purchased from the Altenew store

05 September 2018

Altenew watercolours - Creating a grungy card

Good morning Crafty friends, today's post is all about Altenew's watercolor 36 pan set, I recently purchased them along with a few other Altenew products and thought I'd jump straight in and see what I could do with them. 

I started by creating swatches to show the colours vibrancy and how well they flow, let me tell you I am blown away by how bright and rich in pigment these paints are, I'll be sharing more about my swatches and how I store them in a separate post.

So this is the first card I've made using the watercolours and as you can see it's very different from my usual CAS cards. 

I started by adding paint in concentric circles using the largest of brushes from the Watercolor brush bundle to add some colour to the cardstock, I made sure it was very wet so that when I added some plastic wrap I could move it around to help create texture.

After about an hour of drying time I peeled back the plastic wrap and this is how it looked, cool hey. It reminds me of the tie-dye we did at school many years ago.

I wanted to add some depth and pattern to the painted panel so I decided to use the Leaf burst stencil with some of the watercolour paint and a make up sponge, I dabbed the paint through the stencil building the colour as I went. After a quick blast with a heat gun I used a fine liner through the stencil to outline the pattern.

My sentiment is 5 stacked die cuts glued together to create a faux chipboard, I used the Bold alpha dies for this.  Lastly I added some Nuvo drops in blue and white to embellish the card.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out and think I may try this technique again with softer shades.

Thanks for stopping by today, I'd love it if you left me a comment with a technique you'd like me to try, bye for now x

31 August 2018

Paperbabe Stamps challenge #81

Hey crafters it's time for a new challenge over at Paperbabe stamps, the theme this time is picture inspiration

You can use the picture in any way you wish to inspire a project and join our challenge.

I create mixed media page to help spark your creativity

I started by inking a distress oxide background using the colours from the inspiration picture as my pallet. I then used the Bottle of stamp set to create my potion bottles. I added texture to the background using the Checkerboard stencil and a brown fineliner pen.

By adding the words from the stamp set in a repeated pattern across my background it not only adds interest but feels like someone is reading out a spell.

If you want to join in the fun pop over to the Paperbabe Stamps blog and link up your project and you could be in with a chance of winning a prize from Kim.

Good luck, I can't wait to see what you make.

23 August 2018

Altenew Educator Certification Program - Final challenge

Hey there crafty friends, today has been a big day for me. I ran a workshop teaching Altenew stamping and card making as part of my final challenge for the Altenew Educator Certification Program.

My brief was to run a workshop teaching 2-3 cards that lasted around 2 hours. I had 2 lovely men and 2 young ladies on my workshop who had varying skill levels. I decided that we would use the following products in our workshop

Here are my sample cards

I had so much fun seeing how everyone's confidence grew, on the last card we made everyone put their own spin on my inspiration card.

Here is a picture of my participants with their master pieces

and a closer look at their cards

I was really pleased with how everything went and the lovely feedback I had from the participants. I would have loved to have had a projector and overhead camera so that the participants could have got a closer look at me stamping, maybe that is something for the future.

I cant wait to hear if I have been successful and passed the challenge, being part of the AECP has been amazing and to be able to say that I am a certified Altenew Educator will be honour.

17 August 2018

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #80

Hey crafters, it's Friday and almost time for a restful weekend but first....

It's time for a new challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps and this time is our faviorite
"Anything goes"

You know how this one works, create anything you like, let your creativity roam free and share your project with us for the chance to win a prize.

Here's my DT inspiration

I created a little note card, using the Kawaii face stamps and the DesignA adorimals stamp set.

I stamped the cute fox and coloured him with pencils. I used distress oxide inks to create a background. I used a brayer to roll the diluted oxide onto the card, this gives a really cool effect. I then stamped one of the stamps from the DesignA tweed stamp set to add a decorative edge and finally added a sentiment from Whimsical woodland set 4.

I also thought a little twine bow would add a little more dimension to the card.

By placing my little fox on foam pads he sits proud and stand out, look at how cute he is.

If you'd like to join in with the challenge pop over to the Paperbabe Stamps Blog and find all the details including the linky tool.

I look forward to seeing what you create.

06 August 2018

Altenew Summer Sale

Happy Monday crafters, the sun is shining and all is good so I thought I'd take a moment to share something with you.

Have you been waiting to grab yourself a crafty bargain? Look no further than the Altenew Summer Sale <<< click here

The sale see prices slashed by up to 50% across a range of goodies, I've picked my top choices for you and added them below

And don’t forget to use the shipping discount code for more savings!
  • $7 off on all orders over $100 with code SHIP70FF
  • FREE U.S. shipping on orders over $200 with code SHIPFREE
There are plenty of bargain, while searching dont forget to check out the Altenew Academy section as there is a new course coming - Water color basics and beyond, this is going to be fab as I have heard a little whisper that the Watercolors we've all been waiting for are launching this month.......Yay. I believe the new release is on the 16th so keep an eye on social media for more info.

Thats all from me today, see you soon x

02 August 2018

I'm a little late to the party as I've been away and wasn't around for release day of Paperbabe Stamps newest additions.

Fear not, I have made some projects and have inspiration to share with you.

Lets take a look at the new stamps

First up is Isometric Fun

This set can be used to create 3D lettering, Optical illusion and patterns. There are so many ways that you can use this set in your projects and we can't wait to see what you crate.

Next up is the Like Clockwork set which coordinates with the Hatter frame from our last release.

Adding clocks, cogs and hands to you cards and mixed media projects will be fun with this set, you can use the elements together or separately, let your creativity run free.

I have made a couple of cards to show you how the stamps can be used

To create this vintage themed card I used the following stamps and stencils Bottle ofLike clockworkOrnate crownRose layersStripes stencil and the Bottle of stencil. I kept the colour pallet simple with shades of brown to add to the aged feel of the card.

Using the Isometric fun stamp set I created a optical illusion that give the impression of stacked blocks. I added a sentiment using the Birthday wishes stamp set

I also have a little extra that I've been working on

I've been experimenting with creating letters using the isometric grid. It's a really fun thing to do, you just need to practise and plan before you start on your final piece.

The new stamp sets are in the store and ready for you to purchase

Please pop by the Paperbabe stamps blog and see what the rest of the talented DT have created.

20 July 2018

Paperbabe stamps challenge #78

It's time for a new challenge over at the Paperbabe stamps blog and the theme this time is 
"It flies"

So think wings, feathers, butterflies.......

I put together a mixed media note card to help inspire you

I started off by creating a background with distress oxide inks and Checkerboard stencil , Knit stencil and Roses stencil to add texture to my background.

I then stamped and heat embossed butterflies using the Pieridae Butterfly stamp set. I also added some detail with a fin liner and edges the card with black ink.

If you'd like to join in with the challenge pop over to the Paperbabe Stamps Blog and find all the details including the linky tool.

I look forward to seeing what you create.

17 July 2018

Today shall be called Teal Tuesday

Today I have been beavering away in my craft room creating some cards using Altenew products. I seem to be in a teal mood and cant get enough of Altenew's Platinum embossing powder either.

Let me share my project and tell you a little about how I made it.

I started by working with the Sea Shore inks and creating a ombre background. Once dry I stamp the wood Pallet background and heat embossed it with Platinum embossing powder. This effect is soooo pretty.

I then stamped and embossed the frame from the friend set and embossed it to match my background. I then cut some of the Rose flurries from white card. I weaved the foliage through the frame and adhered them to my card. i then added the roses and tucked some leaves under them.

(Look at the depth and dimension) 

My sentiment was also from the Sweet friend stamp set, I stamped it with embossing ink and sprinkled it with embossing powder. Once heat set I used a banner die to cut it and added it to my project with foam pads.

The teal, white and Platinum colour pallet is so classy and pure I love it. I have added links to all of the products I used below to make it easier for you to find them on Altenew's website.

See you again soon with more pretty creations.

14 July 2018

Time for a change

Happy Saturday Crafters, how are you enjoying this crazy weather we've been getting? I dont do so well in the heat so I've been indoors with a huge fan on keeping cool.

I wanted to share some news with you regarding my crafty life and whats happening.

Over the last 2 years I have been part of the Tattered Lace (and associated brands) design team. This has been an amazing journey and has helped me make lots of friends.  I spent a lot of time making samples for various TV launches and learning new things. Now is time for a change, I have stepped down from Tattered Lace and their other brands teams, this is going to give me a chance to catch my breath and focus on some new ventures.

I can't share all the details yet but it is an exciting time for me.

The things I can share are; I have almost finished the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I have one final challenge to complete.  I will be holding an Altenew workshop at the end of August where I will be teaching various techniques and showing you how to get the best out of your stamps.

I will post more information about the class which will be held in Bristol UK, if you are interested in knowing more then please leave me a comment.

Lastly I am having a huge craft clear out and destashing lots of craft goodies. If you would like to take a look you can click on the link below

I will be back soon with some new cards after I finish reorganising my craft room.

T x

11 July 2018

Contemporary Rose flurries tutorial

Today I am going to be walking you through a card I put together a while ago using Altenew's Rose Flurries 3D Die Set and Watercolor Stripes Cover Die

I received so many wonderful comments and lots of people asked me how I create the card, so I thought I'd put together a little tutorial.

I will be using Artist Markers Set AArtist Markers Set B and Artist Markers Set C to colour my flowers. I will also add a sentiment using the Frosted Garden Stamp Set.

The Rose Flurries die set contains a lot of dies and can be a little overwhelming to start with, my tip here is to mark each die and the packaging so you know which die create each flower. This makes things easier if you only want to cut a certain flower.

I use stencil/low tack tape to adhere my dies to white card which I have backed with double sided adhesive.  I also lay the dies out in the order that they stack to create each flower, this saves me time and makes colouring easier.

I die cut the Watercolor stripes cover die from black card and adhere it to a white 4.25 x 5.5 inch card blank.

Using Altenew artist markers I colour all of the flowers and leaves while still in the cardstock, this makes it less fiddly.

Putting the flowers together is really quick if you have used the double sided adhesive sheet on your card stock.

Next I stamped my chosen sentiment from the Frosted Garden stamp set onto a small piece of white card.  All that is left to do is put the card together.

Thanks for popping by today, see you again soon.

07 July 2018

Fleurs Mullberry launch

Did you catch the 9am Fleurs Mulberry show?

Stock was selling very fast!!!

Here are my DT Samples

I've added links to the products used below

Corrine will be back on your screen at 5pm on Create and Craft TV, so if there is something that takes your fancy I'd buy now and record the show for hints and tips.