Amp It Up August collab with Heavenly Imaginings Card Week

Hello fellow Alchemists,

This is week two of the Amp It Up August collab with Heavenly Imaginings. It’s card week! This week I stuck with the same them from last week’s gift cards and tags.

Kaisercrafts Twig & Berry, Yuletide,  December 25th and Silent Night papers were used. Some ephemera from these collections helped me pull these cards together.

I also used some glitter tags I got from Kmart on clearance one year after Christmas. Seriously casing my stash for this collab! This collab is proving to be a good way to get all my Christmas items together . 😃There was only time to make three cards this week. They will however fit well with my master plan! Especially seeing as I used black as my base colour for the cards. Ribbons from my stash and pearls from cheapy shops were used to embellish the cards.

Hope you ate enjoying the collab. Be sure to check out the other lovely ladies linked below. They are all super talented 😃 Thanks for joining me.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Please check out he other Lovely Ladies in the collab:
Heavenly Imaginings
Alexis and Melinda’s Art Space
Blue Raven Art and Craft
Crafty Kylie
Fiona Jane
Joanne Leigh
Wendy Mason

 

 

How I Decorated My Planner for August 2018

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing how I decorated my planner for the whole month of August. It was a bit of a marathon! Keep reading to see what I used.

The Reject Shops amazing paper pads and ephemera packs are mostly what I used to decorate, though I did throw in a Kaisercraft at the end. Unfortunately I don’t own many matching Kaisercraft pads and ephemera.

I started with my favourite pad and ephemera from The Reject Shop, the Fanciful collection. Mermaids, unicorns and fairies, swoon! All in pretty pinks and purples. I used one of each along with some other ephemera to accent the papers.

Next I used my Here & Now journal cards and ephemera as I don’t have the paper pad that matched this collection. I trimmed two journal cards down and used pieces as matting, borders and an accent piece. I also used one of the larger pieces as a replacement for paper. The ephemera pack for this collection was huge. 180 pieces! It was hard to choose what to put on the page!

Then I used the Twig & Twine Collection. Opting for the more pale orange pieces instead of the stronger peach colour. This collection even has butterflies, which is another of my favourite things! This collection has a lot of vintagey goodness 🙂 I also stamped some plain washi to match.

This next one I think is my favourite layout for the month. I used the gorgeous Carpe Diem collection.  Beautiful purples, mauves, pinks and blues. Again I cut up a journalling card in place of washi as well as some glitter tape. I had to add the gorgeous rose even though it didn’t leave me much space to write lol.

Lastly I used Golden Grove by Kaisercraft with it’s lovely golden yellows to indicate coming into spring. There was a paper with lot’s of strips I utilised as washi. I used some of the bigger pieces of ephemera for this week so did not need to use many.

Hopefully you enjoyed my month long planning lay outs. Go do some arty crafty alchemy yourselves. Catch you all later.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Amp It Up August Gift Cards and Tags Collab with Heavenly Imaginings

Hello fellow Alchemist,

Welcome to the Amp It Up August blog hop hosted by Heavenly Imaginings. This week is Gift Cards and Tags and a group of us lady’s have put together some lovely projects to share. I will link everyone below.

Today I made five tags and six gift cards. I have an overall theme happening because for the last week I want to tie most things together 😊 The papers and ephemera are all from Kaisercraft and the Mini Vellum Tags are from Making Memories. The paper pads I used were Twig & Berry and December 25th. I used ephemera from the Turtle Dove, Silent Night and Twig & Berry collectibles.

Stamps used came From Studio G, Holiday clear stamps and Hampton Arts Joyous Holiday by Alison Wong. They were stamped with Versamark embossing ink and sprinkled with either Hampton Art gold or Alison Ellis Designs Golden Sparkle embossing powder. After being stamped and embossed on black cardstock they were turned into small word banners.

To all the big tags I cut with the Tom Holtz Tag Collection dies I added ribbons. I also added ribbons and stickers to all the Making Memories Vellum Tags. To finish everything off I added miscellaneous pearls and rhinestones.

Don’t forget to check out the projects of the lovely ladies below 🙂 Hope you are creating some arty crafty alchemy yourselves. Bye for now

The Arty Crafty Alchemist.

Please check out he other Lovely Ladies in the collab:

Heavenly Imaginings
Alexis and Melinda’s Art Space
Blue Raven Art and Craft
Crafty Kylie
Fiona Jane
Joanne Leigh
Wendy Mason

Rainbow Card Using The July Hedgehog Hollow Sunny Studios Box

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing with you a Rainbow Card using the July Hedgehog Hollow Sunny Studios Box. You can see my unboxing here and the first card I made with it here. I love the paper Sunny Studios gave us in this box! Pretty pretty rainbows 🙂

Starting with my usual Kmart card base and cut one panel on the long side with the stitched ric rac border die from the Sunny Studios Ric Rac Border Dies. Taking the ric rac die, I cut six different colours of the Rainbow Bright paper that came in the box. Then using the 6 pieces of ric rac to create a rainbow above where I die cut the card base and adhered them with Helmar glue.

I  then took the Rainbow Text Die and cut it five times with black cardstock that had one side covered with Crafts 4 U double sided tape. Layering these up gives dimension. The sentiment is from the Over the Rainbow stamp set from the box and stamped with the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform with Archival Ink. With the stamped element in place I added the dimensional rainbow word.

 

Next I used a bunch of sequins to decorate the card. I used some I purchased from Ali Express and some from Darice. These were glued down with Lawn Fawndamentals glue. Finally for a little more shine I decided to add some Glossy Accents to the stacked rainbow word.

It was fun to create this Rainbow Card using The July Hedgehog Hollow Sunny Studios box.  Be sure to check out my 250 Sub Party video so you don’t miss out! Hope you are creating your own arty crafty alchemy, bye for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

 

 

July Hedgehog Hollow Sunny Studios Card feat Coastal Cuties

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I’m sharing a card made with the July Hedgehog Hollow Sunny Studios box. Of course if you watch the video you will see I did things the hard way 😂 You an buy a box here and see my unboxing here.

Firstly I used the Ric Rac Border Dies to cut two pieces of ric rac in both blues, the teal and the white grey. Then I grabbed my Distress Oxide in Salty Ocean and Antique Linen along with some cheap makeup brushes. I then created some sand with the Antique Linen and sky with the Salty ocean. The sand wasn’t getting dark enough for me so I grabbed a blending tool to add a darker layer. To create clouds in the sky I used some paper towel and water.

Things got crazy with the water when I changed my mind how it was going to look mid way ☺ I decided to use a piece leftover from cutting the ric rac as my horizon and then worked from there. Alternating colours and using the grey as whitewash and breaking waves.

 

The cuties were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on my Stamp Platform and then coloured with Copics.

Water droplets and goggles glass – BG11

Swimmers and hat ribbon – B66 and B69

Bucket and floater ring – R35 and R46

Hat and Starfish – E31, E33 and E35

Hair and Starfish – E59, E57 and E55

Skin – E0000, E000, E00 Mouth R46 and C7 Cheeks R11

I fussy cut the girls out and adhered them to the card. I used stippling with the Copics to give the sand texture and added some Starfish that I coloured with Copics. The Starfish and sentiment came from the Hampton Arts Make a Splash stamp set. Finally I added some water droplets from Coastal Cuties around the sentiment, adding in some BG11 Copic

I hope you enjoyed the card I made with the July Hedgehog Hollow Sunny Studios box.  Hope you are creating some arty crafty alchemy yourselves, by for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

June 2018 Spotlight and Daiso Hauls Featuring DCWV Confetti and Floral Brilliance

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing with you my June 2018 Spotlight and Daiso Hauls Featuring DCWV Confetti and Floral Brilliance. There are flip throughs of both of these in the video below. You can see other DCWV stacks here.

What can I say? I love pattered paper lol. Spotlight have another DCWV sale on right now but shockingly I have not done an online order(or been to the store)! The watercolour florals in Floral Brilliance are amazing 🙂 I  almost didn’t buy the Confetti stack  because I had gotten Confetti Party in a mix up and wasn’t sure I needed both. However after seeing the iridescent shimmer of some of the papers…Swoon!

I also snagged a bunch of the Couture Creations GoPress n Foil foil rolls. I absolutely love these and they are a bargain! Normal price for these at Spotty are $3 per 5m roll. I had a coupon at the time so only paid $1.82 per roll. That’s amazing and a little goes a long way!

I also bought some Heidi Swapp Colour Shines as well as some Mr Huey’s mists. The colours are so pretty, you can see me mist them in the video. I also bought the Minc Toner Pen to try and it will be interesting to see how it works. It took me about 10 minutes to get the ink to flow!

From Daiso I bought some stuff to try out. Paint palettes, Paint sticks (swatched in the video), a brush pen, mechanical pencils and wide sticky note rolls. I have been using the aqua mechanical pencil a lot and really like it. The rubber grips make  it easy to hold onto.

Hope you enjoyed my Spotlight and Daiso Hauls Featuring DCWV Confetti and Floral Brilliance What was your favourite item from my haul? What would you love yo use? Hope you’re doing your own arty crafty alchemy. Bye for now

The Art Crafty Alchemist

Man’s Shirt Card feat Junes Hedgehog Hollow Box

 Hello fellow alchemists,

Todays card  is a Man’s Shirt Card feat Junes Hedgehog Hollow Box. There are still a couple of previous boxes on the Hedgehog Hollow website. You can see the new July box here as well as some lolly taste testing. challenging myself I stuck to items mostly from the June box. Apart from ink (there was none in this box) and buttons, I succeeded.

The brown patterned paper in the box threw me off, however I  used it as the basis for the card. The paper reminds me of the 70’s lol. Turning over the top corner of the paper created a collar. After die cutting the pocket from the paper I stamped it with Sepia Archival ink using the Hedgehog Hollow Denim Pocket stamp set.

Cutting a slit in the paper from the bottom to under the collar let me add in an accent piece.  Mimicking piping that matched the folded over collar using a scrap piece of the patterned paper. Hunting through my buttons I found three thought were  perfect for the shirt.

After cutting the Hand Lettered Dad die from cardstock with double sided adhesive on one side three times I layered them together. Then I covered the die cut stack with the Nuvo Clear Mark Embossing Pad and sprinkled with Copper Blush embossing powder.

The skin was coloured on Neenah Solar White with Copics. The buttons are stuck down with Helmar glue after adding some brown Hampton Arts twine to them. After a battle stamping the extra sentiments from the HH Masculine sentiments I made a sentiment strip to finish the card.

I hope you enjoyed todays Man’s Shirt Card feat Junes Hedgehog Hollow Box. Leave me a comment below letting me know how I did with my challenge. Hope you are enjoying some arty crafty alchemy yourselves.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Hedgehog Hollow Sunny Studios Box July 2018 and Saltwater Taffy Taste Test

Hello fellow  Alchemists,

The Hedgehog Hollow Sunny Studios Box July 2018 has arrived! For all those rainbow loving beach goers out there, hold onto your hats while we see what’s inside this box! To get your own box head on over to the Hedgehog Hollow website. To see my June unboxing click here and a card made with the first four HH boxes click here.

In this month’s bumper box we got spoiled with two stamps sets and two die sets. First up we have the darling Coastal Cuties stamps that can be used for pool and beach scenes. Then we have a nice long set of three Ric Rac Border dies. They are 6” or 15cm meaning you can use them on either edge of a standard size card.

Then Sunny Studios have  given box subscribers a matching stamp and die set. The word rainbow is our die and we then get the Over the Rainbow stamp set to coordinate with the Rainbow Text  Die. The stamp set gives many sayings to go along with the die. For e.g. you can stamp You can’t have a, use the diecut Rainbow followed by stamping without a little rain.

There was the usual 6 card bases of Neenah Solar White as well as a couple of extra pieces of cardstock to use as mounts or die cut with. The bonus item this month was a bottle of Harvest Moon Tonic Nuvo Glitter Accents. The star of the box was Rainbow Bright Paper stack. There were 12 rainbow pieces with either hearts or stars on the reverse and 12 different colours of gingham with a lined pattern on the reverse.

I hope you enjoyed my Hedgehog Hollow Sunny Studios Box July 2018. I can’t wait to dive in and play with these items. Let me know your fave below. Hope you a creating some arty crafty alchemy yourselves, bye for now

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Hedgehog Hollow Card Using All Four Boxes

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am making a Hedgehog Hollow Card Using All Four Boxes. I did not start out by planning it this way but as I was going through the boxes it organically happened. I did cut a lot of the footage of me flipping through the boxes and choosing papers to save time lol. Luckily all the flowers were already cut out so that saved me a tonne  of time!

Knowing I was going to use the Hedgehog Hollow Pocket stamps and dies I planned accordingly, finding two papers that looked good together. Hunting through my as yet unsorted ink pad swatches I found a colour that closely matched the papers. At first I was concerned the Milled Lavender Distress ink was too pale. The Tim Holtz stamp platform helped me get around this by allowing me to repeatedly stamp the images on top of themselves, building up the colour.

I die cut the Sweet word die three times on white cardstock backed with Crafts 4 U wide double sided adhesive tape.  Layering them up and covering them with Milled Lavender and clear Wink of Stella. The stamped and cut pocket was adhered with foam tape to raise it up.

After quickly shaping a bunch of the precut Lawn Fawn Spring Sprig flowers I adhered them with Helmar glue. After sticking the layered up sweet to the pocket I added some more flowers. Then I added more bling to a card than I ever have before!

Here  are the cards I helped my little friend make.

A little crooked but not bad for a 4 year old. The next one uses chipboard from a previous haul that you can get here.

What did you think of my Hedgehog Hollow Card Using All Four Boxes? It didn’t go quite the way it was envisioned, card making is like that though… Hope you are all creating some arty crafty alchemy of your own. See you next time 🙂

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

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Ebay Haul With My Assistant and Swatches of Jane Davenport, Tombow and Prismacolor

Hello fellow Alchemists,

It’s another haul video! This haul is from my favourite eBay seller from Canada. Prices have gone up since I purchased from her (I think I got lucky with the Jane Davenport Paints) but I got some super bargains. In fact I am in the process of doing a new order… The other two paint tins and some Happy Planner sticker which are super expensive over here.

Almost everything was swatched by my lovely assistant, she was defeated by the Mermaid Markers though. To be honest I do think there is a learning curve with them. The Brights watercolor set exceeded my expectations when it came to pigment load. They are so vibrant and pretty. Jane’s website does list the pigment information too. The sparkle pens are gorgeous both light and dark papers and I can’t wait to try out the face stamps and decorate my butterfly effect cover .

The Prima Art Alchemy Rose Gold was gorgeous. More research is needed on how to use the two Antique brilliance waxes as I am unsure how to use them or why my Amethyst is weird. The antiquing medium and the amethyst colour seems to have separated and everything is just brown. Although the Opal Magic is very light it is super pretty over dark surfaces to give a hint of shine.

As for the Prismacolor Premier and the Tombow Galaxy Markers the Jury is out. I wanted to try the pencils for the blending capabilities but I have no idea how to get the nice smooth blends. Due to my arthritis a lot of intensive colouring can become a problem so we will see how it goes. Unless I can get the hand letting aspect down the Tombows may be pointless. I have many other mediums that can do the same thing with colouring.

Ok I have been wordy enough for today. Hope you are creating some arty crafty alchemists yourselves. See you next time.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist