Author Archives: Alexandra Kamann

Vintage Flowers – so pretty!

Hello everyone, Alexandra here.

When I received Januarys monthly special stamp set “Vintage Flowers in the post I nearly squealed like a piggy in the mud with joy as it is just so beautiful. It seems so perfect for colouring in and as that is one of my passions I couldn’t wait to play with it!

When I finally had the time to do it I looked at the images and wondered what colours I wanted to use to colour in the flowers. And because I couldn’t decide I started playing with a layout without colouring it yet. I used bright pink card, black felt trim, a tiny bit of black card and of course my white panel stamped with the large flower in Versafine Black, all on a plain white A5 card base.

When I was done I loved it so much the way it was I just couldn’t add any colour to it. To me it was just perfect without and I hope you feel the same. I am totally in love with this set and I think will use this loads of times from now on. Maybe I will even colour it some day… hehe! But for now it stays clean and simple, which kind of is my style anyway!

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Hope you like my offering today and have a lovely rest of January – don’t forget you can get this stamp set as the monthly special now, don’t miss it!

Playing with poppies (and Brushos…)

Hello there, Alexandra here!

I have been playing with the gorgeous October special “Poppy heads” and the Brushos I only just discovered very recently (Yes, I know, what rock was I hiding under?) Can’t believe I have been resisting these for so long, they are sooooo much fun!

And as I love the Poppy heads as well I thought a good play was in order and I want to share what I did.

First I took some watercolour card and stamped the poppy heads, leaves and stems in Versamark and heat embossed with White detail embossing powder. Then I taped it down onto my craft mat with packing tape as I didn’t have any masking tape… it worked fine although I was a bit apprehensive about that.

Here is a picture of what it looked like after I sprinkled on some dry crystals:

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It doesn’t look like much, does it? But this is after spritzing some water on and using a damp brush to move the colour inside the image lines:

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Not too shabby, is it? I really love the effect!

As it’s quite a large image and I couldn’t decide what to do with it, I have decided for the moment it is going to speak for itself in a simple picture frame.

 

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Any ideas for future improvements/uses for this are very welcome!!

 

Have a great weekend ahead xxx

 

Pretty poppies

Hello everyone,

Alexandra here with a new post. I have been playing with the lovely poppies from “Poppy Bloom” (they are available as the monthly special as a set this month, hurry to get them at a special price!).

I wanted to play with embossing powders again and with the poppies a vibrant red seemed perfect.

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I started by cutting a piece of cardboard large enough to fit the image and covered it with Versamark ink before dipping it in red embossing powder and triple emboss (or more like double-triple!). You want there to be a thick layer of embossing enamel. When it is nicely covered and still hot from the last embossing, quickly press the inked stamp into the embossing.

I used Tim Holtz Enamels to add the black dots and used a toothpick to draw the lines on the blooms with it too.

I mounted the panel on white, red and black cardstock and added a sentiment from this set to finish.

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Hope you like it! Have a nice day!

Wish you were here…

Hello crafters!

Alexandra here with a little blog post for you. I got the May monthly special a few days ago and I had the very real urge to play with them. They were calling me saying “we are like a little mini-holiday, play with us!” So I did 🙂 When I first stamped them I couldn’t stop thinking how they reminded me of postcards you would send from a holiday at the seaside. One the more whimsical, slightly arty one I could easily send to my mother-in-law who would adore this, the other more the serene, realistic looking one that my late father would have liked. Which one should I go with?

So, of course I had to do both!

I tried to do the realistic one a bit more masculine (as I said, I was thinking of my dear dad) and stamped it in chocolate brown directly onto a kraft card base. I then simply highlighted parts of the image with a white pencil and added low lights with a light brown pen. A cream ribbon, knotted to the side of the image (to distract from the fact the image ends a bit abruptly on my card) and a stamped sentiment (from the Seaside Cottage Set) to finish off a very quick card that I still rather like.

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For my second card I pulled out some pens and tried to colour my black on white image with lots of blue-green tones as well as the obligatory red and some muted yellows and grey-browns. To accent the turquoise that seems to pop most in the image I matted it onto deep turquoise card and added some ribbon of a matching colour. Again the same sentiment as on the other card, this time stamped in turquoise.

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Although both cards were fairly quick and simple to put together I am happy with the outcome and they fit exactly for the intended recipients in my head. Hope you like them as well!

Bye for now,

Alexandra

A quick Easter gift

Good morning!

Alexandra here today with a quick Easter gift I had to make the other day to give to someone and I didn’t have much time… (familiar theme there!)

I had some Mini eggs and about 15 minutes of time, so this is what I came up with:

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Most of the time I had went on colouring this beautiful stamp called “Spring Frame”. I used waterbased pens for that  and tried to blend as I went along.

I filled some Mini Eggs into a long thin Cellobag and closed it up. A piece of pink card folded in half and cut into a banner was stamped on one side with a nice Easter greeting (Also Hobby Art but I can’t find it on the website, sorry!) and I adhered my cut out Spring Frame to the front.

Just two small pieces of double-sided tape to keep the eggs inside the folded card and voila, one little gift ready to give!

Have a nice Sunday everyone!

Beautiful flowers

Hello lovely Hobby Art fans,

I had my card ready and photographed yesterday afternoon to post last night and then my body didn’t play ball 🙁 So instead of writing up this little post I had an early(ish) night and strapped my hand in a splint in the hope I’d be better again today. I am still hurting but I am well enough to type this post – yay!

 

I have used the beautiful new set “Flowers for friends”, to try and tempt the spring weather out soon. The set is the March Monthly Special as well. So if you like it, this month is the perfect time to get it!

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I have stamped the main image from the set in Memento black and coloured it using Copic pens. Inspiration for the colours came from the papers I picked out before starting. I then fussy cut it and mounted on foam pads for dimension.

To get the sentiment sitting neatly on the paper I stamped the frame from the set directly onto the backing paper and again onto white. Sentiment was stamped inside the frame on the white card only and then I cut out around the main part of the frame leaving the swirly bits on the outside off. When I then mounted it on top of the paper the image underneath just exposes those cut of bits and it looks whole again but with a white background on the sentiment. (Hope that explanation makes sense…)

Fairly simple as you know me, but I still love the sunny colours and how it showcases the gorgeous image.

Have a great day all,

Alexandra

A walk in the park…

Hello everyone, Alexandra here with a blog post!

If you tuned in on Wednesday to see Jenny demonstrate the gorgeous new sets on Create and Craft, you will have seen a few of my cards that had autumnal leaves on them. I seriously love that set and had a big play, stamping, cutting out and distressing leaves of different colours.

For the card I want to share with you today I used some of those same leaves again and incorporated a bit of background stamping as well.

It’s one of those cards that come together quickly and easily if you got the bits lying around anyway and just play. If I had to create it from scratch (i.e. cutting out those leaves again) it would have been a lot longer 😉

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I stamped directly onto the card blank in Memento Dandelion Yellow, Potters Clay, Pear Tart and Cottage Ivy, the sentiment is stamped in Brilliance Chocolate Pearlescent (the sheen doesn’t show up in pictures unfortunately…). All I had to do then was choose my leaves and arrange them so it looked like they were falling down. Easy peasy lemon squeezy 🙂

Oh and before I forget, I used Falling Leaves and Sunny Day Greetings, the leaves were distressed with Walnut Stain and Aged Mahagony Distress Ink.

Hope you like it!

A quick christmas card

Hello, Alexandra here.

It’s my turn for a blog post today and I thought I would share a quick christmas card I made with the lovely Poinsettia Tree stamp.

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I started out with a piece of kraft cardstock (4 inches square) and stamped the image in Versamark before embossing in gold detail Embossing powder.

I used Prismacolor pencils to add some colour to the poinsettias, holly leaves, star and snow to the ground, blending with blending fluid and a paper stump. Glossy Accents over the star and poinsettias give them shine and while it was still wet I sprinkled a little bit of yellow fluffy stuff into the center of each flower. With the help of the tip of a toothpick I applied white Enamel Accents to the mistletoe berries and some of the other dots.

Here is a more detailed view:

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The panel was then matted onto red mirri cardstock (4,25 inches square) and white (4,75 inches square) and then glued to a kraft card blank and finished with a sentiment from Christmas Post.

Easy peasy, hope you like it!

 

Owls and Robins…

Hello there,

after some difficulties with the blog on Sunday I can now edit this post and show you directly what I have been up to

If you have watched Jenny on C & C last Friday you will have seen some of my cards as well and as I thought it might interest some people how I did a few things I took some pics while creating them.

Firstly I made this little number with Otto, the Owl. He can be found here.

I stamped and coloured the image plus a holly sprig from Berries and Birdsand coloured them with Copics. Then I looked for a paper that would give the impression of falling snow but when I couldn’t find anything I liked I decided to make my own.

I randomly placed some small round labels I had lying around (I use them to mark my Ciao pens with their numbers on the end of the caps). Then I used a sponge applicator to rub Memento in Paris Dusk all over the sheet.

When I was happy with the colour I peeled off the labels…

It then looked like this:

Not perfect, but I liked it and the card came out nice, I think.

Next I had promised some people to show how nice the ‘no-lines technique’ would look on the robins from the  Berries and Birds set, so I coloured this little fella and I LOVE him! Quite proud of how he turned out…

I wanted to put him on a card that would showcase him without distracting too much so I just stamped the little branch with berries under him and coloured (again in ‘no-lines) and used a die to trace a circle around to frame him.

I then used a craft knife to cut that circle out. Bit of a job between his tiny legs but I managed it.

I placed some coordinating coloured card (die cut this time!) around the cut out and finished the panel with some strips of the same card and pearls. Then I just popped the whole panel up on foam pads and stamped the sentiment through the circle onto the card blank. Voila!

 

There were a couple of other cards I made, that are quite simple and straight forward so no blurb about them from me… 😉

 

 

 

Hope you like them!!!

 

 

Christmas Bauble Decorations

Hello everyone,

this is Alex and today it is my turn to do a blog post here. I think you should know I’m a little rusty *hehe* as my last blog entry on my own blog was about 2 years ago… Oh dear! *lol*

But apart from the posting about it, I have been very busy crafting and have had the pleasure to play with Hobby Art Stamps for a while now. But enough waffling on, I have a little project I want to share with you today.

I have used CS081D Christmas Flourishes and CS080D Penguins, both from the Sharon Bennett Collection as well as the gorgeous wooden bauble shapes all of which can be ordered on the website.

I created my first bauble (the big round one) with the Penguins set.

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Here is a close up of the front and back…

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I coloured the wooden shape with Silver Wink of Luna and set it aside to dry.

I then cut out 2 circles out of white smooth card and stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment on one of them and used an ink blending tool to rub light blue ink over the edges. I then added a few stamped stars around it. I used Wink of Luna as a stamping ink by just lightly brushing it over the stamp before putting it down on my paper. It gives a lovely silvery sheen to your stamping and is quite easy to apply.

On the second circle I stamped the penguin with santa hat with Memento black in the middle and used the two small tree stamps either side to create a little scene. I coloured the image with my markers and added a little Glossy Accents to his eyes and beak as well as the ground to make it shine. A nice spotty ribbon through the top makes it ready to go on the tree when the time comes 🙂

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Next I used the Flourishes set to create this vintage-inspired drop bauble.

Here is a close up of front and back again…

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This time I traced the shape of the bauble onto my paper and hand cut it twice. I applied ink with an ink blending tool to the edges of one and all over the other one. Then the same ink was used to stamp the images from the set. The spotty line one I actually stamped twice. One of the great advantages of clear stamps is that you can bend them to your shape and stamp them to fit. Just hover the stamp on your acrylic block over your shape and adjust until you like the way it fits and stamp – voila!

I then used Wink of Stella fine in Gold to add detail on my images and placed gold coloured gems in the dots. Finally a lovely christmassy ribbon to finish it off.

Hope you liked my offering and maybe have a go yourself?!

By for now,

Alexandra