Saturday, November 28, 2015

Dina Wakely Birds

Hello Crafty Bloggers and Happy Weekend! Down here in Aus, it's the perfect time to sit outdoors, enjoy nature and watch the birds................ which I think has inspired Team designer Amira.....

Dear Reader,

I am in bird heaven at the moment. If you were to ask me what my favourite item in my craft collection is, I would say THIS stamp set!!

It is spring here in Australia. My garden is blooming and the birds are chirping and I am playing with bird stamps. Life is good!!

The first thing I did when I got these stamps was stamp them onto watercolour paper and then I used my Sakura Koi Water Field Sketch Travel Kit to play.

Here is how some turned out.

I just love watercolouring at the moment. The randomness of how the colours flow and the ability to add on more watercolour to intensify the shade is very convenient for a beginner like myself.
I will show you what I did with these birds in a little while.

But first, I want to do these birds justice so I looked for, and FOUND, a tutorial by the artist Dina Wakely herself. You can find that tutorial here.

Oh I am SO pleased!!
Look at what little me could do!! 

Pink Background Acrylic "Song"

These birds are stamped onto watercolour paper and then fussy cut and added to the tag in layers upon layers of goodness!!
Green Background Acrylic "Song"

I used the same technique in both tags but varied the color scheme. I learnt the importance of using white and black ALWAYS with any color scheme you are using be it the background or the image. I also learnt the importance of adding elements such as collage paper, stencils and texture to really bring interest and dimension to your work. The heart on the bird is not my thing- I must give credit to Dina for that..but isn't it gorgeous? I couldn't NOT add a heart.

There is another tutorial that Dina has made where you actually stamp the bird right onto your tag. This tutorial can be found here.

And here are my tags using THAT technique in the same color scheme as above.

Green Acrylic Background "Fancy Hat"
Here, the bird is coloured in with acrylic paints as you need a heavy paint to go onto a heavy acrylic background.  I like the brushstrokes showing because it looks like the bird has ruffled feathers. The hat is not mine. Once again, must give credit to Dina for that one. However, I did stamp out the sentiment onto paper and then separated each word/few words together, dispersed them through the tag and outlined them in black.

Pink Background "Green Bough"
 In this pink background tag, I stamped the entire sentiment straight onto the tag. I feel the tag is a little bit empty and that the sentiment does not really stand out. Hmmm, a work in progress still I think!

 Now remember the water color birds from the beginning of the post? Here is what I did with them.

I saw this gorgeous Pocket letter on the Facebook Group and I knew I had to try and reproduce the construction (although mine turned out a little differently). 

I have had it sitting on my desk for a month not knowing what to do with it. 
They were waiting for the bird inspiration. 

Here is the front:

And here is the inside:

I did use a few die-cuts from the KaiserCraft Botanica Range.

Here it is one more time in full:

Thank you so much for joining me. I hope this has given you some inspiration to get your bird stamps out and have a play.
Until next time, happy crafting.

Thank you Amira! Such beautiful birdie tags and pockets.... I love them all!!
Aunty Vera :)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Paper Armoires and Prima Dolls

Hi Crafty Bloggers!

It's the weekend so let's do something special. How about a Fashion Show?
Sounds like a job for Amira! ...........

Dear Reader,

I recently discover these Julie Nutting doll stamps and joined the Facebook group and have been inspired to start making these gorgeous dolls. One of the stamps I have is Taylor. I have been stamping Taylor and paper piecing her while we watch TV in the evenings.

Then I went looking online for something extraordinary to do with her.
 I happened across this tutorial while I was bored one day and I knew I had to give it a go.
There is something to be said about creating something from paper.

You must give it a go. Look what I created.

Its a paper armoire.

Here is the side view....

It's a 2 part project. A box and frame to go on top. Check out the tutorial to see how it's made.

Here is another I created.

These are the undecorated models. The one of the left has buttons to represent the knobs on the drawer.

Take a look at how I decorated mine

I love how this turned out. I had an old orange Kaisercraft paper that went very well with the orange outfit my Prima doll was wearing.

So lets start at the top,

Here she is: outfit is paper pieced and her flesh and hair is coloured in with Kaisercraft Fusion markers. Notice the discolouration from where the glue around her bandana leaked into the alcohol from the markers...oh well.

Next, here is her whole body with the lattice die-cut behind her. I think the gold compliments the orange.
I also love the words peaking in from behind the lattice.

The piece on the inside is a cut-apart from Graphic 45's Typography collection.
Thought it was very appropriate to use it with these girl stamps.

Next her shoes.

And I love this quote. I found it among my stash.

Are you singing "that 60's" Beatles song like I am?

Next, I love how the butterfly gently takes your eyes back up the card to the bird cage.

And finally, these flowers are from the floral Bella! range.

Here is the back, pretty simple.

 You guys know me by now. I never just make one. Here is the next one I made.

Love these Sizzix frameworks die-cuts. 
This one is honeycomb.
I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder and put a layer of Biscotti perfect pearls to make them sparkle.

 Once again, this is a cut-apart quote from G45's Typography range.
SO appropriate here...

In the corner, I mademy own flower using KaiserCrafts Floral Die set.
And I added more Bella! Flowers around it.


 Here is a look at the top of the armoire. You know how some of the ones from the old days had carvings in the centre!

I heat embossed a wooden veneer butterfly and once again added Perfect Pearls in the final layer to make it shine like this and give a marbled look.

Here is my last one..

Perhaps my most favourite.

I love the vintage feel of the paper with the pink wrap in her skirt and the pink flowers.

I love the idea of using buttons as flower centres!

And this quote, once again from G45 Typography.

I love her feather top and her heart wrap.
Tsk..should have been a couture expert *lol*...

There is a little row of pearls along the bottom there which compliment the buttons. Did you see how my buttons all don't match. Years ago, this would have irked me. Now I give in to the crazy crafting of going with whats on hand.

Now, onto this GORGEOUS FLOWER!! 
I love it so much. It really compliments the piece so well.

It is from the Bella! Floral range and it looks like this.

Love how the flower trail leads the eye back up to the top of the card again.

Has such a nice flow.

And finally, look inside the armoire. 
It is a little scene. 
Like maybe she is going out for a walk and has passed by a grand alder tree and a silver fence and she is happy surrounded by pink flowers.

Here they all are together.

Looks good..if I do say so myself.
So glad I found that tutorial.
Which one is your favourite?

How special was that?! Thank you so much Amira!

And MY favourite? Sorry Amira, I can't choose........ I just love love LOvE them all!
Aunty Vera :)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Pop Up Fairy Book Card

Hi Crafty Bloggers!

I do, I do, I do believe in fairies! And I believe that Amira has a lovely fairy card to show us. 
Take a look..............

Dear Reader,

I'm back again with another fairy card using the gorgeous Fairy Dust Collection by Kaisercraft.


Here I used both the 6" x 6" paper pad and the die-cut embellishment pack.
Take a look at each element up close..

So cute, I love this quote.

And here is a look at the fairy on the front of the card...

And here is a butterfly popped up with foam tape to give it dimension.

Here is the inside of the card...

I love how it pops.....

For the inside, I used 12" x 12" papers to get the 6"x 12" size.

 You can see how it pops from different angles.

Lets add some "sticker" fairy dust.

I used stickers from the 12" x 12" sticker page to add a sentiment to the inside of the card.

 And here is the back of the card.

Love polka purple!!

If you would love to make this card, check out this tutorial.

Here is my card one more time..fairy dust and all.

Thank you for stopping by.
Until next time,
Happy Crafting

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