Monday, 30 September 2013

Snazzys DT project #1 by Astrid

Hello and welcome lovely Snazzy visitors! Well, today is somewhat of a bitter-sweet day, as this will be my one but last project for this design team. Like Gillian and Lesley, life has pulled me in different directions.....

But without further ado, today I'm showing my first project for this week using the fab Chalk Studio/MME - Enjoy Everyone paper kit and the clear stamps from Kaisercraft we have been featuring this month.

I decided to make a pocket card with several tags and a little envelope to hold a gift card. I made my card in shabby chic style to form a contrast to the bold chalk board stickers and tags that come with this fabulous collection.
Here you can see the inside:
So how did I go about making it?
Well I picked some of the lighter coloured papers, cut them down to size (my card is 6 x 6") so I cut the papers to 5 3/4 by 5 3/4" and toned them down even more by spraying them with several layers of Dylusions White Linen. I then inked around the edges with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, used various stencils and Weathered Wood Distress Ink, did some background stamping with a Darkroom Door script stamp and some of the Kaisercraft Texture stamps that are all stocked by Snazzys, and finally inked around it all again with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

For the outside I matted my chosen paper on Kraftcard and distressed the edges. I added some lace and then stamped one of the sentiments in Versamark and then embossed it in Wow Vanilla White embossing powder onto one of the labels that comes with the collection. I then embellished with a doily, some flowers and bits and pieces from my stash.

For the left inside I created two pockets and made a number of tags and a little money wallet (using a Tim Holtz die) to fit in the pockets:
The tag on the left has a stamped white embossed sentiment onto one of the stickers in the collection, the one on the right was a pre printed label that comes with the collection. Both are mounted on inked Kraftcard. The money wallet was cut from one of the papers which I had inked with Gathered Twigs again to match the Kraftcard.
Here on the right side, just one pocket with a flap. The tag was stamped again in the same way and embossed in white once more and then mounted again on Kraftcard.
For this project I have not made the description too detailed as I think the pictures pretty much speak for them selves and I did not want to bore you. If you have a question, please just email me or leave a comment.
Well, I hope you like my shabby pocket card, I will be back on Thursday with my final project for Snazzys. I wish to thank all of you for your wonderful support over the months!! Your lovely comments have been a joy to read!!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

DT Project #1 by Minxy, Featuring:

My Minds Eye Chalk Studio

Hi Stampers, Thanks for baring with me and my delayed project share.
I decided to make a vid to share the album as there were so many elements.
which you can watch right here.

 and here are some pics to boot

I hope you like my very first attempt at a paperbag album, Any questions feel free to leave a comment here or on utube and i'll do my best to help xo And like I said in the vid I will do my best when i've time to get a tutorial done on how you make the album.
Astrid will be here Monday with more MME goodness.
Till next time... Stay Inky

Monday, 23 September 2013

Normal Minxy DT service will resume shortly!

See what happens when former blog boss Gillian leaves.. all hell breaks loose lol
But seriously peeps, Sorry for the lack of a proper blog post today.
I got my project finished last minute and then I was away to london for the Ally Pally show and i've not had 5 minutes to photograph it properly.. So today your getting a quick peek

 It's a paper bag album so requires lots of pics to see it all, which I promice will be on their way either tomorrow or wednesday at the latest.

I managed to nab a quick snap of the bosses standing around drinking coffee b4 the show opened yesterday. The calm b4 the storm as they say!
Right I best get on and get these album photos snapped.. catch ya later, gators

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Snazzy's DT project #2 (by Lesley)

Hi everyone,

I hope the week is going well for you all so far and it's not long to the weekend now ;-)!

Well, this is it, my last DT project for the wonderful Snazzy's DT blog and I hope you like the card I have to show you today.  First, however, I forgot to remind you all in my Monday's post that if you leave a comment HERE on Gillian's first post with this kit, you will go into the random draw for a chance to win said fabby kit!

Again I chose to work with the lovely designs on the reverse of the lovely Chalk Studio/MME - Enjoy Everyone papers .......... there's some gorgeous dotty ones too!  I actually liked these papers so much I decided to design this card for a special friend who had a birthday last week so I got two for the price of one so to speak, lol!  Also, in honour of the fabulous Finnabair weekend at Snazzy's a couple of weeks ago I decided to give it a nod towards Anna's style.

I cut a 20 x 20 cm white cardbase, lightly inking the edges with Iced Spruce Distress Ink and adding a little bit of stencilling. I then cut a 19cm square from my chosen paper, heavily distressing the edges with various punches from my collection and a distressing tool and then inking the edges, again with the Iced Spruce.  I adhered this centrally to my cardbase with double sided tape.

I then chose an appropriate sticker from one of the sheets and stuck it to some Kraft card, trimming round it to leave a narrow border.  Next I took a couple of snippets left from my previous project and distressed and inked  the edges.  I embossed a piece of co-ordinating Core'dinations in a folder, sanded it and then added a little Treasure Gold gilding wax.  I also used a thin strip left from one of my used sheets which had a little border on.  I wanted it to look as though this strip came from behind the label but as I'd already stuck it down I cut a couple of little slits in the Kraft card and slotted it through.

Then followed quite a bit of faffing about deciding how I wanted to layer the various bits of card.  Sorry Anna, I'm still over thinking, lol!  Then followed some more faffing while I decided which embellishments I wanted to use (that always takes me forever), how I was going to layer them and where I was going to put them.

Some of the embellishments have touches of Treasure Gold to highlight but I omitted any inky spraying.

I stuck a circle of the designer paper to the bottom of a clear domed 'pebble' which gives a slightly magnified effect before adhering it to the cog.

So, there you have my final project which I thoroughly enjoyed making and which I hope you all enjoyed.  As always don't forget to leave a comment on THIS post if you would like to be in the random draw to win this fab DT kit.

Next week it's Minxy (aka Nicky) taking up the baton so don't forget to drop by and say Hi!

A final thank you and best wishes for the future to Val and Don (aka Snazzy's) and all my lovely teamies.... you are simply the best!

Once again, thank you all for your visits and comments over the past two years and I'll see you out there in crafty blogland soon.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Snazzy's DT project #1 (by Lesley)

Good Morning lovely Snazzy's visitors,

Today I'm showing my first project for this week using the fab Chalk Studio/MME - Enjoy Everyone paper kit and the same clear stamps from Kaisercraft that Gillian worked with last week which you can find here.

Whilst I love the chalk effect designs on these papers I also love the designs on the reverse so I decided to use those for my project and decorated a little set of MDF drawers which I use to store some of my lace collection.

  I began by painting the whole surface of the drawers with black acrylic paint (Frescos Little Black Dress).  I then chose two of the paper designs I wanted to cover the drawers with and cut out all the pieces so that they left a thin black border.  Before attaching with Cosmic Shimmer (dries clear) glue I distressed all edges and inked with Iced Spruce Distress Ink.  I used the same ink to add a bit of stencilling using the Hero Arts stencil from last month's kit.

I then cut out one of the chalk effect frames, stamped a quote from the Smile set of stamps with Versamark and heat embossed with Wow Brilliant White EP (I also used some bracket stamps from an ancient set in my stash) before adhering this to the top of the drawers.  I handcut some circle flowers from scraps of the papers I'd used and punched some leaves from co-ordinating Core'dinations card and arranged these around the frame.

Finally I cut a piece of one of my chosen papers to form a pocket on the back of the drawers and distressed the top edge and inked all the way round.  I stamped a quote from the Confidence set of stamps and heat embossed with the same embossing powder onto one of the sticker labels which I then attached to the pocket piece.  I then adhered this to the drawers with strong double sided tape.  I used this to hold some self-adhesive gems.

On Thursday I will be back with what will be my final DT project for Snazzy's DT.   After several months of shall I/shan't I, by coincidence I have ended up choosing the same month as Gillian to end my time as a member of what has been a wonderful team to work with.  The bosses have always sent us fabulous products to play with and I shall miss the anticipation of wondering what each month's parcel will contain and my teamies have been brilliant.  However, I have had increasing family demands on my time partly because my OH retired earlier this year and somehow seems to think I should spend more time with him, ....... can't imagine why ;D, lol!  As a result I find I have a room full of lovely stash and no time to play with it so I have decided to step down from the DT and have some personal 'play time'.  I would like to thank Val, Don and Gillian for selecting me as one of the original DT members, it's been great.  I'm glad that with the wonders of the internet, blogging, Twitter, etc., we will all stay in touch I am sure and I wish the bosses and all the team all the best for the future.  Gillian I know your hard work with your studies will pay off in the future!

Last but not least I want to thank all you lovely visitors who so kindly take time to leave comments.  Anyone who blogs will know how much they are appreciated and how much encouragement they give.  I'm sure I'll still be seeing you around t'internet on a regular basis but for now.............

NB  At the time of scheduling my posts the Snazzy's webshop is down for maintenance work.  If I get chance to come back and do the links before the post publishes I will but otherwise just about everything I used can be purchased from Snazzy's so just give them a call.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Design Team Project #2 By Gillian

Today for my final project here at Snazzy's, I'm back sharing a simple and clean project {well for me it is simple and it's clean .. i.e not grungy. Gather up your ingredients, it won't take long.

I used Distress Stain (Picked Raspberry) along with the Kaisercraft Clear Stamp (Smile). Simply splat and stamp .... seriously it's that easy. I then adhered the clean background onto some black cardstock.

 This time I used Distress Stain (Peacock Feathers) and the Kaisercraft Clear Stamp (Confidence).

To add some more dimension I used the bottle cap from the Distress Stain and inked it up using Archival Ink (Jet Black).

Well as they say "that's it folks" .. I would like to wish everyone at Snazzy's continued success and a huge thank you to YOU the Snazzy followers for all your support and kind comments during my time here. x

Lesley will be back on Monday sharing her creativity using this months kit.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Snazzy Design Team Project #1 By Gillian ....

Good morning everyone, Gillian here with my first project of the week. Yet another month has sprung from nowhere and it is time for the Design Team to create with some more goodies. This month we will be featuring the Chalk Studio/MME - Enjoy Everyone Paper Kit along with these Kaisercraft Clear Stamps ... I'm working with Smile (CS130), Confidence (CS124) & Life (CS125).

The base of my project is using a Studio 490 Art Parts Fancy Oval Frames which I covered using the 12x12 Lettered Paper from the Paper Kit, adhering with Cosmic Shimmer Glue then sanding around the edges, this saves any cutting.

These papers have a beautiful white shading/chalk effect throughout the designs, so bearing this in mind I sponged Distress Paint (Picket Fence) around the edges to pull everything together. I then painted the Gears from the Art Parts Set Steampunk Gears & More using Distress Paint (Pitch Black), before stamping with Kaisercraft Clear Stamp - Arty, again using Distress Paint (Picket Fence).

I've sprayed the flowers {which were Gold/Bronze in colour prior to spraying} from the Prima Sunrise/Sunset Collection with Dylusions Black Marble & White Linen then thouroughly heat drying before adhering using Cosmic Shimmer Glue. I then added some Ideaology Light Bulbs and a Philosophy Tag.

Next using a left over rectangle Art Part shape, I painted this using Snowflake fresco Paint as I wanted  full coverage before stamping with Archival Ink (Jet Black). At this point I did not fully load the Kaisercraft Clear Stamp {Life} with ink as I didn't want a "crisp image" this would then match the whole overall effect of the project.

To tie in the top right hand side, I painted a Kaisercraft Wooden embellishment using Distress Paint (Pitch Black) then spritzed some Dylusions White Linen over the top before adding some more flowers as above.

So that's project #1 ..... I will be back on Thursday with my final project for Snazzy's. I have had the privilege of assisting Val & Don over the last few years in sharing the business that is Snazzy's with you all, setting up the Design Team blog and working with the best teamie's. As the old saying goes "all good things come to an end" .... with another year of studies ahead as well as working full time, something has to give. I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone at Snazzy's for letting me share the journey with you guys, and I wish you all the very best in the future. x

Without further ado the winner of last months Random Comment is ..... Helen (StampingByH)
Helen said...
Gorgeous mix of colours. Hope your studies allow you to "play" more soon... this is just beautiful. 

Congratulations Helen, please contact Snazzy's with your details to claim your prize.

To be in with a chance of winning the Random Prize, leave a comment HERE.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Sweet Life - DT Project by Hels

Gooodly Morning Snazzyfans... as promised I am back again with my second offering using the fabby 7Dots Studio 9th Wave Collection papers designed by the wonderful Finnabair and the Hero Arts Stencils we have been playing with this month.  The base for my project is a firm papier mache 3d board which is perfect for taking lots of layers of the gorgeous papers in the collection.

I started by covering the whole base with a darker patterned side of the paper and lightly sanding around the edges to get rid of any snarly bits (I am a bit rubbish with a craft knife... and if you too are a bit rubbish with a craft knife, sanding the edges makes the papers fit nice and flush)  Next I cut some more papers to layer over in graduating sizes, with the smallest bit making a border across the board.  I used the Stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to add some dots in two sizes and then sanded off all the edges of the layers of paper so they had a nice shabby finish that matched the base piece too.

I used some dies to cut a tab, in which I added a Rub On and then added a tag cut from the papers and again, sanded on the edges and some tattered lace to the border over the middle.  Tearing the tops of the layers was a bit of a doodah accident.... I hadn't meant to be quite so rough with my edge distresser and went a bit bonkers and off came the corner of the middle piece... so I improvised, tore the corner of the top piece and then stapled them together... aha, a cunning plan to avoid it looking like I made a booboo!  

I made a 3d rose using diecuts... and added Iced Spruce DI and the large dotty bit of the stencil to add a bit of variation on the flower and also cut a banner and some leaves which I coloured with Forest Moss DI... again, sanding all the edges so they matched.  Finishing touches were black paint around the edges of the base board, an acetate butterfly and a sweet little birdy and some pearl pins.

As ever, there's a "random commenter prize" up for grabs this month so please do pop over HERE to Gillian's first post where you can join in and have a chance at winning a cool prize.  Thanks for looking.. have a great day!  TTFN

Monday, 2 September 2013

Love Bird - DT Project By Hels

Gooodly Morning Snazzyfans and a very happy Monday to you all!  Blimey, we are already in September, I don't know where the time is flashing past to!  This month we lucky DT girlies have been playing with the most delish papers from 7Dots Studio, designed by the uber awesomely talented Finnabair.  The paper collection is called 9th Wave and, as ever with Finn's designs, it is beautifully coloured and the textured backgrounds are a delight to work with.  Coupled with a fabby Hero Arts Stamp Set and matching Stencil, I have created an altered photo frame for my first piece this month. 

I am a self confessed donut and forgot to get a piccie of the frame before alterations took place... I shall politely describe it as cheapo plastic covered faux wood circa 1970's stylee... but with a little bit of TLC, I transformed it into something much more glam.  Here's the paper insert I created.... and how I made it:

Starting with a piece of 6 x 8" paper from the 9th Wave Collection, I tore up a couple of strips of paper that are more purpley/pink in hue and used those colours for the base of my composition.  I used Dusty Concord and Black Soot Distress Ink to add some stencilling in the form of little dots to the edge of the paper, nudging the stencil so I have a nice subtle shadow going on.  Next up I used Ultramarine Archival Ink to stamp the torn paper image over the dotty inked bits and zapped this with a heat tool to dry the ink.  I added some larger stencilled dots by spritzing White Linen Dylusions through the Hero Arts stencil and then did a little bit more stamping, firstly using Plum Archival for the heart - stamping this twice to over lap the hearts and then with some Jet Black Archival to add a few solid lines and a couple of dotty lines.  The background papers are so gorgeous that you don't need to add anything extra to them but I do like the subtlety that the stencilling has introduced.

Next I set about adding some colour to paper flowers, using Crushed Grape and Black Marble Dylusions and some spritzes of Antique Rose Cosmic Shimmer to add some blingyness to the flowers.  These were then layered up with some metal Mechanical's embellies and some other bits and bobs from my stash.  The word was added using Alphaparts.  The frame was rather sad looking so I applied White Fire, Pewter and Royal Amethyst Treasure Gold to it using a brush... I love the way the metallic colours have blended together to give just a hint of purple on the frame.

As ever, the generous folks at Snazzy's are doing their random-commenter prize again this month.  Do CLICK HERE to see Gillian's first post and the deets how to partake... and also, please do scroll back through the months' posts to see all the delish designs the other DT girlies have made... they are all amazing as ever.  I will be back later in the week with my next offering... these papers are just soooo lush, I have hardly any left... oooh, any excuse to buy more stash right?  Speaking of which, don't forget that Snazzy's has a website... CLICK HERE for the shop!   Thanks for looking, have a fabby day!  TTFN