31 March 2016

Tutorial 15 - Spread Your wings

Thank you for joining me today, I have a wonderful project to share with you.

I created this gorgeous mixed media project using a few techniques that I hope you will try out yourself.

I started by laying masking tape in different directions over some Kraft card

I then sponged on some Gesso to cover the whole piece, It took 3 coats to give a good coverage, you can leave it to dry naturally or use your heat tool

I used my heat tool on the last layer, in a few areas I held the tool closer the the surface as this created little bubbles in the paint which give a very nice distressed texture.

Next I used a piece of sequin waste as a stencil and a make up sponge to apply some shimmer mists in black

I then added some Emerald green through another stencil

this time I spritzed a purple over a stencil to give more depth to the project

I used all the excess ink from the make up sponges to colour a MDF butterfly, I love the grunge look

Using the same colours I spritzed a piece of card and then used my fingers to flick some water over the surface, this moves the ink around, once I dabbed the surface with kitchen paper the areas the water had been appeared lighter, I like to call this faux bleaching....

I wanted to add a sentiment to my project using the spritzed background so I tore strips of the card which reveled white edges, I then inked them with some distress ink and stamped them with my chosen words.

I also die cut some butterflies out of the card too

I placed the stenciled back ground into a frame (minus the glass) and now it's time to construct the master piece

I added the MDF butterfly and sentiment using hi tack glue

and the placed the little die cut butterflies to make it look as if they were flying across the page

I added 5 lilac sequins to highlight and add sparkle around the sentiment, I always use odd numbers of embellishments as it's more pleasing to the eye. 

Here are some close ups of the finished project

If you'd like to try making a mixed media project like this I would recommend visiting www.colourarte.com/ as the have some awesome products. One of my favorites is Twinkling H20s as they are so versatile.

The ColourArte Blog is full of inspiration, videos and tutorials, so why not make yourself a drink and sit back and have a look and maybe you can share a project with us soon.

Until next time; Happy crafting Tx

23 March 2016

Beau Papier mini makes

Evening crafters

This is just a quick post and you'll have to forgive me for the quality of the photos as I have a bad shoulder and typing, photographing and crafting are too painful (plus Hubby tells me off when he catches me not resting it)

I dug out my Beau papier kit from Craftwork Cards at the weekend and was thinking about what I could do, in the kit I had some small circle toppers and wanted to use them as the main feature on some cards.  I purchased some 4x4 Kraft cards from Papermania and these are the results;

I think I will make some more and put them into little gift boxes and give them to friends and family as presents. It's always handy to have a supply of cards on hand.

Hopefully I will be able to create again soon.

T x

20 March 2016

Visible Image, Distress Ink and CWC label tape sentiments

Just a quick post, I've been playing around with a combination of crafty supplies as the post title suggests and I've had so much fun I just had to share these cards with you.

I think this card is my favioute 

Although this is a close second

This one is also up there with the others

I'm not 100% sure on the sentiment placement on this one

This one looks better in real life

These cards use a mixture of techniques that are all so simple to learn, I will do some tutorials and share them with you. 

Thanks for stopping by

19 March 2016

Workshops available to book now!

So it's Saturday morning and as I'm writing this many of you will still be in bed enjoying a much needed lay in, Not me! I was woken at 8:10am by the delivery lady ring lots of yummy craft goodies.

I wanted to let you know about my workshops that  I am running at the Craft4Crafters show in April.

Below is a list of days, times and workshop details. All workshops can be booked by emailing me direct at tkoszler@yahoo.co.uk

Introduction to book folding 

11am-12am Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd

Join me in my highly creative and enjoyable workshop where you will be able to learn the first steps in book folding, In this class you will get the chance to make a book folded hedgehog and discover how easy it is to take the skill you have learnt and progress to the next level and take up this great hobby. £2.50

Butterfly Wall hanging

1pm-2pm Thurday 21st, Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd

In this class you will get the chance to make a truly stunning paper butterfly wall hanger using recycled book pages. I will take you through step by step how to make this decorative creation which you will be able to take away with you. £3

Rose Wreath

3pm-4pm Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd

Have you ever  fancied learning how to make paper roses, great for using on all types of applications. In this workshop you will be using book pages to make 2 different styles of roses which can be used to decorate a wreath. £3

If you haven't booked your tickets for the show yet you can do so by visiting the Craft4Crafters website, I will also be running ticket giveaways over on my facebook page Home is where the craft is

I would love it if you could join me, it would be lovely to meet some of my followers.

Have a fantastic weekend T x

18 March 2016

Paperbabe Stamps challenge 29

Picture Inspiration

Today we have a new challenge on the blog. Why not join in by posting a picture using the link on the paperbabe stamps website and you could be in with a chance of winning a prize.

I was inspired by the flower colours in the picture; pink white and green and decided to make a spring themed card.

I created my card using the Adorimals digi collection and kawaii face stamp set to created a bunny which I then hot foiled and added to a foiled daisy background.

Pop over to the Paperbabe blog here for all the T&C'S and more design team inspiration.

Robins Nest design team project - sneak peak

It's that time again folks, I have a new project live on the Robins Nest Blog.

Here is a bit of a sneak peak

Can you guess what I have made with this pile of goodies?

Click here to see if you where right.


16 March 2016

Book page art

A quick post today to share with you something new I tried this week.

I have been putting together materials for some workshops using book pages and had some spare so thought to myself "how can I take a book page and make it beautiful?"

I know, add a few stamped images and colour with promarkers

Isn't it pretty? I love it so much I am going to frame it.

I will be trying more images to achieve different results and will keep you posted.

I'm back Friday with 2, yes 2 design team projects to share, until then have a fab evening T x

12 March 2016

Competition time - Tickets to the Craft4crafters show to give away

Exciting news

Following on from yesterdays post I can now tell you that I've teamed up with the lovely people over at www.craft4crafters.co.uk and have a pair of tickets to give away for the upcoming show at The Bath and West Showground 21st-23rd April.

If you'd like to win these tickets all you need to do is pop over to my Facebook page Home where the craft is and comment below the pinned post and tag who you would take with you, it's as simple as that.

All entrants will be allocated a number and the winner will be chosen using a random number generator.

Entry closes on Friday 19th at 5pm and the winner will be announced here at 6pm 
Good luck and remember although sharing isn't required, sharing is caring!

11 March 2016

Exciting news, this week has been amazing....

Oh my word, this week has been so super, I can barely type as I am just smiling so much and am so excited.

The week started with a huge opportunity that I was not expecting, more about this in a moment.....

Tuesday I received a phone call from Create and craft TV to tell me I had been chosen as their club member of the month and would feature on their website and receive a £20 account credit to spend on craft goodies.

Wednesday I got the chance to work with some papers for a craft magazine, which are a future freebie and hopefully my card will feature in their magazine and on their social media pages.

Thursday I accepted Mondays offer and lots of planning has begun and it's so much fun 

Today I received a huge bouquet of flowers from Create and Craft and to celebrate had a lovely breakfast treat with my husband.

I wont keep you in suspense anymore, so without further ado, my exciting news is;

I will at the Craft4crafters  show 21-23 April at Bath and West Showground. Over the 3 days I will be running workshops teaching 3 different projects.

I can't tell you how excited I am, it's a big dream of mine to be able to show what I do at craft shows and now I have taken the plunge.

I will be releasing details of the workshops, how you can buy or even win entry tickets to the show and much more very soon.

Phew, that was a lot on info. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, I'm off for a lie down. take care T x

10 March 2016

Tutorial 14- Distress Inks tie-dye watercolor effect (Part 2)

So here we are, part 2 of the distress ink tie-dye tutorial. I will be showing you how I used the amazing overlay in my crafting to create not 1 but 2 cards!

For this stage I will be using

My decorated overlay
co-ordinating paper from the Craftwork Cards Celebrations paper pad
double sided tape
a card blank
Cadni fix foam pads
a craft knife
metal ruler
Hi Tack glue
and my trusty pergamano tool

I started by cutting a piece of the blue paper to the same size as my card overlay

On the reverse of my overlay I added the candi fix pads to the die cut chevrons and removed the backing with my pergamno tool ***TOP TIP- My tool has a very small needle style tip for paper piercing, I used it once and slightly bent the tip but have found it is perfect for removing the backing from Candi fix, I stab at the foam pad and pul up and the backing comes away so easily, no picking at it with your fingers nail***

I then layed my blue paper face down onto the overlay making sure to keep things lined up square, i pressed down to make sure the foam pads stuck and then turned it over and removed the main body of the overlay

This is what I was left with, I love it so much.  As the chevron elements are die cut some of them have little pips that require a nip with scissors of a quick sand with a nail file.

I stuck the chevron embellished paper onto a card blank using double sided tape

 I then added some twine down the spine or the card for some extra texture 

And here is the finished card using what would be classed as waste material.

Next heres what I did with the main overlay

 I attached it to a card blank using Hi Tack glue

I love the colours and how it just pops

I stamped a couple of sentiments using Black ink onto the overlay

and then added some blue pearl gems

the finished card, I hope you'll agree it's a very modern and funky and would suit many recipients.  

I hope to bring you many more tutorials and hints and tips very soon
T x