Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Easel Card -Video Tutorial

Good Evening Everyone,
Well its a late night blog for me today due to the time it has taken me to upload this video! Unfortunately where I live the internet is really slow and trying to do anything after 3pm is a nightmare! 
Anyway, onto the Tutorial. I hope I have given the beginners to Card Making enough information as well as a few ideas for you hardened crafters!

The Video tutorial is for a card I shared on Facebook yesterday and I had lots of really positive comments about it! Thank you!

For those of you who have just started card making, or who haven't got the Die I used in my Video, I have put together a 'Make it yourself' kit. 
It comes with everything you will need to make the card except for Glue and your time! (and of course there is this video for you to follow)!

I can customize the kit to suit your colour choice. Just drop me a message and we can take it from there! (birdcagecraftstudio@hotmail.co.uk or Via Facebook)!

£4.00 per kit including P&P (UK only)
Payment through Paypal please!

Here are a few of the Cards I showed on the video!

I hope you have enjoyed this post! 
Please leave me a comment and come and visit again. xx

Sunday, 26 April 2015

My Card Swap Shares!

Happy Sunday Everyone!
I have a couple of cards to share with you today. 
The first card is one I  made for last months Swap Group I run on Facebook and it was all about 'BLING'! 
We also had to make a card that has its own stand!
Well, i'm not really a Bling Girl, but this is what I came up with. I was quite pleased with the way it turned out in the end!
(Next months Challenge is using those free Paint Chips you can get home decorating stores. Why not pop back and check out my ideas)!

Making the Card Base!
Back of the card!

Close up of the 'Bling'

OK, now onto the 2nd Swap!
This month we had to create a card using Neutral Colours as a tribute to a lady who sadly passed away and who used to love these colours. Also it would have been Margaret's birthday this month!

Side View of the Card
Close up on the front of the card!

Front View of the card 

Thanks for stopping by. 
Come back tomorrow for my Video tutorial on how to put the above card together for yourself!
Happy Crafting xx

Monday, 13 April 2015

Off The Edge - An IndigoBlu Challenge

Hello and Welcome back to my blog! 

I decided to take up the Challenge from IndigoBlu to create something "Off The Edge"!

Using some of the IndigoBlu paints was a must for me this time round as I love the versatility of them so I started off with various colours and a round sponge to create a background on a 12"x12" piece of card stock and covered it in multi coloured circles!

Once the background was created I cut the card up into four sections so I could make 4 cards and decide which one I would submit for the challenge!
I wasn't happy with the way the fourth card turned out, so ended up with three cards!

I decided to submit the Stylised Flowers for the "Off the Edge" Challenge. This is how I put the card together!
The image was stamped onto one of the painted panels and then I cut around two of the flower images to bring the image Off the Edge!

The flower heads were given the Mega Flake treatment using large flakes of Lancashire Rose flakes picking our the rose colour, then I used Gin & Tonic and picked out some of the green coloured flakes!
I then mounted the flower panel onto black card!

A piece of white card was folded in half and I cut off a length down the right hand side of the front face of the card and stamped a sentiment (from the Hocus Pocas stamp set) with Black Stazon, then using FlitterGlu to stamp the image of  Dandelions (from the Wild Meadow stamp set) slightly coming off the edge of the card! I covered the image Gin and Tonic flakes!

Thank you for stopping by today! Visit again soon. 
Happy Crafting, Sue xx

Sunday, 5 April 2015

My kind of recycling. Altered Glass Bottles!

Hello and Welcome back to my Craft Blog!

So I was doing some recycling the other day and decided to hang on to the empty sherry bottle (Not mine by the way) as it was such a lovely blue colour!

I had a couple of ideas forming in my head and as soon as I had some time to myself I sat down and started to experiment!
Out came my IndigoBlu Paints & Gesso, some Texture Paste & Masks, Kroma Crackle Gel, Micro Beads, old jewellery and so much more...............!

Happy Easter Sunday to you! xx

The Altered Bottle in all its Glory!

So to begin..........Wash the bottle out and remove label if you can!
 Paint bottle with GeeSoo-Good (Gesso) to  give the other paints a Key to adhere to!
I chose to use black to give the base a darker look!

Start adding texture to the bottle, I used some Dreamweaver embossing paste,
through a mask to give the bottle a pattern and add texture!

I then added White GeeSoo paint to cover up most of the black!

I then mixed up  some Kroma Crackle and  Acrylic Paint. ( Grandmas Teacup colour).
(I did this as Kroma Crackle dries white)
I added this to certain parts of the bottle in a thick layer to make sure it came out in large cracked areas and a thinner layer in other areas!

This is what happens to the thick layer of Kroma Crackle & Paint!

I then used the pearl paints, Sleeping Beauty and Snow white to paint all over the bottle, then went back over and blended the two colours together to get different colour effects!
I then added some chipboard pieces I cut out using my Sizzix Die, and painted with Sleeping Beauty! I then added some Cream coloured Roses from my stash and gave them the Snow White treatment and added a dusting of Blue Mica Powder!

Close up of Paint, Paste and Crackle effects

Now the fun part. Adding old jewellery and some painted metal embellishments.
The embellishments were cut to size and painted with white GeeSoo Good!
I find Crystal effects works brilliantly to stick down all sorts of hard materials!

I covered the top of the bottle with Lace and found a small silver Bezel, filled it with Crystal effects, placed a small resin flower in the middle and filled up the remaining space with tiny white sequins .

In some of the empty spaces,I added more crystal effects and Tiny Glass Beads. I also added the glass beads to the top of the bottle neck and the bottom rim of the bottle! Once dry I painted over them with the Snow White paint!
Top of the Bottle

To finish off the bottle I added flat backed pearls and dusted over the bottle with Mica powders in white and blue to add a bit of shimmer!

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look today! Hope you stop by again! xx