Distress Inks Oxides

Firstly many apologies to any of my followers for lack of posts recently. September was a very hectic month for me with work, god kids etc so I literally needed a break from anything and just relax and do nothing for couple of weekends.

Anyway…  Distress Inks blending …am I the only one that get’s really stressed out with this ? I mean, I have watched countless videos ( all seem effortless ) and followed various tutorials and yet I still struggle.

I am wondering if I am apply pressure to hard , to soft, wrong paper / card. I tried normal card, neenah card and watercolour card …. endless thoughts about this run through my head.

So after watching everyone highly recommend the new Distress Oxides, off I went again watching video tutorials which only made me weep inside wishing I could be that creative and how great the ladies were doing them.

Along came my birthday and I was so lucky to receive both sets of Oxides and I have to say I made my swatches today ( as blending foam pad is unable to sit nestled under pad unlike mini distress ink pads )  and the colours are great and yes it was flawless to use. Maybe these are for me and would make my blending much easier….. time will tell as will be using / testing these next weekend.

I would however recommend the 2 videos by Jennifer McGuire as she talks and explains everything easy and I will attempt some of her examples and fingers crossed be able to post very soon.

Video 1  and Video 2  

Would love to hear your tips for ink blending please

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Happy Anniversary

After my successful baking marathon for my gorgeous god daughter’s christening, I can now sit back and relax and craft ( or in my case attempt to craft ).

It is my eldest god daughter’s wedding anniversary approaching and I had two idea’s in my head that I wanted to create. Am almost happy to say the card’s came out pretty close to my image.

I am undecided on what one to use ! The couple and Paris does have significant meaning to them both, But I have to admit I do like the cute couple looking into the sunset. I am also pleased with how the sunset finished as I am totally useless with Distress Ink blending, I have tried all sorts of paper and this was watercolour paper.

All of the dies are from slow boat and unbranded but 1 love them

A Little Update

Sorry for lack of blog posts recently, I have been so busy with work, family and also prepping for an upcoming Christening.

As I mentioned previously my happy mail has almost arrived and now slowly drifting off as not waiting for many to arrive. Have to say I am so impressed with what I have so far and no doubt be ordering more in future.

As I had a rare weekend off, I finally got to test some of the dies and no doubt many of you will be familiar with the make of these. I did a trial run of Christmas Cards and also made a trial attempt at the ” favour” boxes as may need to make 60 of these for upcoming Christening.

Anyway here they are. Hope you like 🙂

Happy Mail Arriving

Well my happy mail from China is slowly all arriving, I say all arriving that is kind of incorrect as have quite a few more to come !

Had to have a play around with the new dies and I am very impressed. Also a while back I made my God daughters Christening Card, but when all the lovely dies arrived I knew I was not 100% happy with it so I re did it and I am alot happier.

Here are a few cards I made… Hope you like them

 

Rainbow

Today I decided to have a go at creating backgrounds using Distress Inks… Still a failure with this but will keep on trying. It could be me being too heavy handed or simply using wrong card ??

Anyway by pure fluke I made this Rainbow card. I say “card”, just that I have decided not to waste cards but to have a go at making bases for card so if i wish to give a card out all I have to do is pop it on.

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Supplies :- Distress Inks : Fired Brick, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio, Shaded Lilac & Wilted Violet.

Die & Stamps : Clearly Besotted April Showers

Nautical Poppy

Well I had all good intentions to use my fab Breast Cancer Awareness stamps and die cut this morning but just could not get an image to create this…typical as all week I had some good images in mind, I must start to jot these down !

Anyway, as my mum’s birthday is looming as she loves Poppies, I decided to give this set another go. Have to admit I am pleased with the outcome and am sure she will love it.

I then came up with a Nautical theme, I have no idea why but came up with this design.

Hope you like 🙂

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Supplies Poppy :- Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners Victorian Floral Poppy & Die, Inks :- Distress Ink : Shaded Lilac and Scattered Straw, Memento Dew Drop Tuxedo Black & Cottage Ivy, Happy Birthday Embossing folder. Dovecraft 3D Cream Pearl Effects

Supplies Nautical :- Nautical Stencil, Distress Ink : Tumbled Glass, Memento Dew Drops Inks : Danube Blue, Bahama Blue & Summer Sky. Stamp & Die Set : Clearly Besotted Stamps : Best Dad, Square Stitch Die

 

 

Poppy Disappointment

As it is my mum’s birthday soon and her favourite flower is Poppies… I was pleased to find a stamp set & die set for a good price.

Well today I had a rare day off and thought I would give them a go… how disappointed I am with this set. Firstly the stamps are not individual stamps, nor would then attach to a stamp block or my WRMK…. so I had to work blind with them.

First attempt was stamp image and place paper on top then use die cut and second attempt was to use distress ink on to paper, place die on top and then stamp outline in black and place paper on top….must be an easier way to use these stamps surely ? Of course there is … means I have to cut them out and add foam or stix 2 on top *sighs*

I honestly thought given they are Sheena Douglass I would be impressed but alas I am not.

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