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

Things My Mum Gives Me

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today’s video is a bunch of stuff my mum gave to me. My mum is helping a lady clear her house out because she has to move into a home for the elderly and needs to cull most of her things. So some stuff has come from that. Some stuff is just mums accumulated stuff from years of making things lol.

There is lot’s of bits of everything! Mont Marte acrylic and watercolour paints, ribbons, laces, lots and lots of laces! Patterned papers from Kaisercraft, Graphic 45, Close To My Heart, My Reflections and Carolee’s Creations. There are bells and flowers too. So many things lol.

There is another bunch of stuff sitting here waiting to be filmed. A whole shopping bag of materials, 5 or 6 times more lace than was in this video and other cool things. It will probably be a while before you see that video though as I have a lot of vids already filmed I need to edit. Editing has become the bane of my existence! It’s used to be house work haha, I think maybe that’s second now lol.

There has been some things going on behind the scenes so I am sorry for my erratic posting. I am trying to get o top of things but it may take a little while so bare with me. Apart from the personal stuff YouTube is hard work! Why does no one tell you this? Bye for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

 

 

Hedgehog Hollow June 2018 Unboxing

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today is the Hedgehog Hollow June 2018 Unboxing! This one is super exciting as everything was designed by Alexandra from Hedgehog Hollow. The box is themed around making projects for males. Something that can be hard to do sometimes. You can see previous unboxings here and here.

There is not one, not two but three stamp sets in the Hedgehog Hollow June 2018 box! The large Diamond Plate Background stamp as well as the Denim Pocket and Masculine Sentiments stamp sets. The Denim pocket stamp set has words for every male relative, grandfather, dad, step dad, uncle etc as well as some other sentiments as well. The masculine sentiments is chock full of assorted sentiments.

The Demin Pocket dies not only contain the die to cut the pocket out but also has three small word dies. Then we also have the large Hand Lettered (by Alexandra) Die. I love getting the word dies in the boxes as I don’t have very many big ones just a few tiny ones.

The Hedgehog Hollow June 2018 box also contained the regular 5 half sheets of Neenah Solar White and some extra pieces of coloured cardstock. There are also two pieces of patterned paper. For those with a rolling subscription we got a sneak peek at Tonics Arabian Nights collection. We received Nuvo embossing powder in Copper Blush, it’s a very nice colour.

Sorry for the lateness of the video. I was exhausted after Vivid and then something happened within my family that took precedence over getting a video out on time. I will try to be consistent but at the moment things are up in the air. Family things are definitely taking priority at this time! Thank you for your patience and understanding! Let me know below what your favourite item in the box is. I hope you are creating some arty crafty alchemy of your own. Bye for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

 

Winners and a Hedgehog Hollow, Waffle Flower and Pretty Pink Posh May 2018 Card

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today we find out who won the 100 Sub Party giveaway. Following on from that is a card using Hedgehog Hollow, Waffle Flower and Pretty Pink Posh . The sequins may have thrown up everywhere.

Tow cards were made before the video using the Hedgehog Hollow Sweet die. Both the positive and negative die cuts were used so I didn’t waste any of the sparkly paper. One was coloured with copics like in the video, the only difference being that R21 and R22 were used for the cheeks and ear. The white embossing was done with Hero Arts White embossing powder.

For the mouse on the negative die cut I used the Aldi Graphic Markers. They do bleed a little on Neenah though. The sentiments on this one were done with LDRS ink from the March box and then embossed with the clear embossing powder I received in the box. The background was stamped with the Waffle Flower Sweet Ice Creams using  LDRS inks from the march box and Archival inks.  I used Promarkers with detail nibs to fill in the ice creams behind sweet as I didn’t think to stamp the whole panel only the edges.

For the card in the video I used copics and added some shimmer to the ice cream with a wink of Stella shimmer brush pen. The sentiments were stamped with the Nuvo Embossing pad from the box and Hero Arts white was used again.  I used Clear Kool Tak foam tape to raise the mouse and sentiments. I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish the card. All mice were stamped with Memento ink.

Congratz to the winners of my channels first giveaway :). Hope you all enjoyed these cards (I am in two minds, I should have used plain backgrounds with the sequins) and are enjoying some arty crafty alchemy of your own. My next box has landed in Sydney so should here next week. Plus I am super excited to share some cards I make with the Super Hero Chip Melinda sent me. Ciao for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

 

Star Wars Galactic Adventure Pop Up Book and Reject Shop Haul

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing with you a Star Wars Galactic Adventure Pop Up Book and Reject Shop Haul. The kids and I went to Warrawong a bit over an hour from here to watch Infinity Wars and there are a lot of shops there lol.

So many bargains at the Warrawong Reject Shop. Some I didn’t even know were bargains until I looked at my receipt after I paid.  I was extremely happy to find the Flourish and Glasshouse stacks to go with the ephemera and journal cards I had already bought. Matchy matchy things make life a bit easier when creating. See the Glasshouse Stack and Glossies in this post.

The Lemonade Stand cards and Here and Now ephemera have me curious about their matching papers. Missed those though. 🙁 However, when going through my stash I found the journal cards to match the here and now ephemera. Trying to find out what things are called is hard. When I do I’ve taken to using a Sharpie to label the packets so I know what I ‘m using.

What can I say about the Star Wars Galactic Adventure Pop Up book by Matthew Reinhart? It is amazing. I have never ever seen so many pop ups stuck into one book! Mind bogglingly awesome! The grand finale was unexpected when I was looking at this in the Salvos shop. The book most definitely had to come home with me…

Hope you enjoyed my Star Wars Galactic Adventure Pop Up Book and Reject Shop Haul. I am trying to think up ideas for how to use the playing cards. They  are huge. If you have a suggestion leave a comment and let me know. Hope you are creating some arty crafty alchemy yourself. Bye for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Aldi Graphic Markers with Swatching and Other Hauls

Hello fellow Alchemists,

In today’s video I share with you a couple of small hauls from around my town and one sent to me from Victoria :). Luckily I have made a friend who helped me out when I was in a bind by sending me the Aldi Graphic Markers.  You can check out her shop here. Unfortunately there were some issues with the delivery company. So it took a bit longer than it should have to get to me lol.

Why do I need so may clip boards? To help shoot colouring videos hopefully as you can see in this card I made. Still learning though and am thinking I may need to turn the board sideways so the angle better. Also one is for colouring on the go as I have started taking markers and stamped images with me when I go places. The stickers are just so pretty they had to come home with me.

Apparently I need a lot of cutters because I bought the mini Stanley knife set and the rotary cutter from Aldi lol. The rotary cutter is because I have 300gsm cardstock and I waste some because in order for it to fit I my paper trimmer I have to fold each sheet in half :(. Cheap washi is always good and good for happy mail I’m told :D. The mat I didn’t need but it’s a pretty blue. Purple would be even better lol.

My awesome friend Melinda sent me the Alcohol Markers so I could road test them :). So far they actually seem pretty nice. Not many blending colours but they were $1.08au a marker. There are other ways to blend like I showed in the video. In my package there were also some packets of awesome chipboard. I already have a card idea for the super hero masks :).

Hope you are getting some arty crafty alchemy on :). Bye for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist