100 Sub Party

Hello fellow Alchemists, 

Welcome to the 100 Sub Party, I am not going to tell you much about it, you will have to watch the video bellow for information :). No sneak peek pics either! I want to take the time to thank everyone who has subscribed in the past couple of months for getting me to 100 subs so quickly!

I am super excited to have reached my first milestone and I hope you enjoy my 100 Sub Party! I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to subscribe and join me in my arty crafty journey. Hopefully we can have some more party’s together. You have two weeks so good luck!

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

 

 

Hedgehog Hollow May 2018 Waffle Flower and Pretty Pink Posh Box

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Yay, the Hedgehog Hollow May 2018 Waffle Flower and Pretty Pink Posh Box is here. I scream you scream we all scream for Ice Cream! Can you guess what’s in the box? lol. This is a box full of fun and I had just recently purchased some DCWV papers that I will be showing in future videos that are going to work perfectly with this box!

What did we get in the Hedgehog Hollow May 2018 Waffle Flower and Pretty Pink Posh Box? Mice with Ice creams in the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and loads of ice creams and sentiments. In the Hedgehog Hollow Sweet Sentiments stamp set we have words words and more words. Being British Alexandra spelt the words in both British and American English for those of us who aren’t American :). This makes me super happy. Hopefully next year we will get a MUM set! lol

Our Pretty Pink Posh sequin mix and Tonic Nuvo Glitter marker go super well together and will even work nicely with the LDRS Tea Party ink cubes from last months box. Then we have the Sweet word die designed by Alexandra to go with our Sweet Ice Cream and Sweet Sentiments stamp sets.

Regular Subscribers also got the Tonic Nuvo Clear Mark embossing pad. I have only ever really had Versamark or Ranger so it will be good to try something new! On a side note whichever the white Ranger embossing pad is, it’s awful, turns into a pancake after a year or two or disintegrates!

What is your favourite thing from the box? I have to admit mine is the Nuvo glitter marker in Strawberry Bon Bon, is there a purple one? If there is I want it! Hope you are creating your own arty crafty alchemy! Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with an announcement!

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

 

Hedgehog Hollow LDRS Furry Fabulous Watercolour Card

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing with you a Hedgehog Hollow LDRS Furry Fabulous Watercolour Card. It has taken me so long to get the video out as it has been nothing but trouble. The video almost ended up in the bin! You can see my unboxing here and my previous project here.

For this card I Stamped my Furry-Fabulous images onto Arches 300gsm 100% cotton paper with LDRS Hybrid Raven Ink. The painting was done with Winsor & Newton Artist quality watercolour paints. if you watch the video you will see I regretted that decision! There were a  bunch of different brushes used and tonnes of mistakes. We got there in the end though! One of my favourite shades of paint got used which is Cobalt Turquoise light. I also got to try Cerulean Blue and Neutral Tint for the first time :D. Well really this was actually my first time using Winsor & Newton Artist Grade, I have used Cotman many times and I can say there is a very big difference!

Colours used in my Hedgehog Hollow LDRS Furry Fabulous Watercolour Card

Sky – Cerulean Blue

Grass – Sap Green and Cobalt Green Yellow Shade. Sap Green to darken the colour mix.

Dog Bowl – Neutral Tint and Sanguine

Dog – Nose – Neutral Tint Fur – Raw Sienna, Neutral Tint, Sanguine and Gamboge Genuine, Neutral Tint to darken for each layer of fur. Dog Tag – Raw Sienna, New Gamboge and Neutral Tint.

Winnie – Skin – Sanguine, New Gamboge, Gamboge Genuine and Raw Sienna. Dress – Cobalt Turquoise Light Hair – Add Raw Sienna to dog hair mix and water a small portion down for the base. Use the unwatered down colour to start adding darker hair where needed and then add more Neutral Tint to darken the colour for each layer.

For the sentiment I used the LDRS Hybrid Raven ink from the box. Then it was mounted onto a Kmart card base (I am hoarding my Neenah from the box to stamp and colour on) with some foam tape.

Hope you are getting your own arty crafty alchemy on and that you enjoyed this card. Thank you for stopping by.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

May Reject Shop Haul and Flip Through of their Newest Collection

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am going to keep this post short and sweet and show you a new swoon worthy collection from The Reject Shop called Stillwater. If you love water coloury paper pads these are for you! On a side note this is not today’s scheduled video. My computer keeps eating it!

As you probably know by now I am addicted to The Reject Shop of late, so much prettiness for paper crafters abounds there! This stack and ephemera pack is so close second to my favourite which was the Fanciful collection which you can see here.

We all have to get the mundane supplies as well but I am happy I found these envelopes for the competition that is coming up. I am just struggling to find an idea that won’t cost people a tonne of money! Hopefully in the near future! Hope you liked my haul, comment below what your favourite item is or what you would make with one of the items.

Hope you are creating some of your own Arty Crafty Alchemy. Thank you for stopping by.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

#therejectshop

Caroline’s Gifts Part 2

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing  Caroline’s gifts part 2. Caroline gave me some more stuff while I was at craft group 😀 Two grocery bags full in fact. When I say full, I mean bursting at the seams lol. I am very greatful to have received so many lovely things.

There are some more lovely scrapbooking papers including some of my favourites from DCWV. There are stickers and rub ons and vellum poems. Lots of little bits and pieces. Some chipboard from Graphic 45 that matches the papers I got in the first video.

There is quite a lot of Creative Memories stuff. A whole pack of different coloured border strips, stickers, die cut Christmas words, punches! I am very excited about these especially as one is the hexagons and hexagons are back in again… The Creative Memories cutting system with the three little blades and some of the shapes to cut and templates to see the sizes.

Whilst I have hexagon dies already to make a card with many hexagons on it I think the punch will be a much better and faster option. The Ebosser I have takes 30 seconds to pass the plates through the machine, in that time with the punches I could probably punch around 20 lol. Double that if I used both punches at once.

What was your favourite item that Caroline gave me?  If there anything in particular you would make? That doily was lovely, while I was editing the video I was thinking that it would make a great addition to a journal or mini album cover.

Thanks for joining me, hope you’re creating your own Arty Crafty Alchemy. Bye for now.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Hedgehog Hollow March 2018 LDRS Pop Up Box

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Sorry for the late post. Between my daughters science assignment, feeling fluey and computer issues I am really behind the eight ball today lol. Hope everyone else is well! Todays video features products from The Hedgehog Hollow March 2018 LDRS box (Little Darlings Rubber Stamps). You can see a project I made with the February box here.

What I thought was going to be an easy card to make turned out to be a pain in my butt haha. I had a few errors along the way, had to edit a couple out as time was getting away from me lol. There are still a couple in there though! Mostly I just kept adding tape to the wrong places lol.

The middle bars looked a little plain to me so I decided to add the straight Lawn Fawn Meadow Border to them. It was a little higher than I’d have liked but the grass added an extra element that I really liked especially as I always feel like I need to fill everything up!  Winnie, the doggy and some accessories from the stamp set Furry Fabulous out of the Hedgehog Hollow March 2018 LDRS box as well as the Flowers from the February boxes Some Bunny Lawn Fawn set were stamped with Memento ink. If you watched the video you will see why I did not use the LDRS Hybrid Ink. I used the co-ordinating dies for Furry Fabulous and Some bunny to cut my coloured pieces out.

The Copic and Promarker colours I used are:

Doggy – YR20, YR23 and Promarker O538 (Apricot) Nose – R00, R01, R02 Dog Tag – Y28.

Winnie – Skin – E000, E00, E01 Dress and Bow – BG10, BG11, BG13 Hair – V91, V93, V95.

For the flowers I used the colours above as well as – RV55, RV52, Promarker G159 (Lime Zest), YG03 and YG06

Bone – C00, C0

Hope you liked what I made with the supplies from the box. I have my thinking cap on for my next make. My new box has been sent so I best get a wriggle on lol. What’s your favourite thing from the Hedgehog Hollow boxes so far? Hope you are creating some Arty Crafty Alchemy of your own, Bye for now,

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Make Your Own Metallic and Pearl Paints Like Finetec/Coliro

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am showing you how to make your own Metallic and Pearl paints like the Finetec Coliro and the Gansai Tambi gem and starry colour palettes. They are super easy to make with liquid Gum Arabic and any type of fine Mica Powder.

These turned out far better than I expected. I used a range of different mica powders to show that maybe you have something similar in your stash or your house that you can use too. I used Pearl Ex, Perfect Pearls, Colorworks gold powder and even a powdered eye shadow. You could even break up any of your sparkly eyeshadows and grind them down to a powder to make paint.  Gum Arabic is a type of glue/binder that is often used to make watercolours so once the paint is dried and won’t wipe off your surface.

I have given a quick demo on some painted flowers, though I didn’t use the best brushes they still turned out pretty well. I am not a hand letterer yet, though I did do some calligraphy in my younger years, so will mostly use this paint to add shimmer highlights to flowers and butterflies and well anything else I think needs some added sparkle!

I have only mixed up five colours so far but I am sure I will add more. I have the whole collection of Pearl Ex and about eight Perfect Pearls. I also have a few bottles of those eye shadows that I bought to make paint. So I will be able to add a lot of variety to my colours when I make more 🙂

Have you made your own Fintec Coliro ot Gansai Tambi type paints? They remind me a lot of H20s, though I never had them either :(. I used to love watching people make things with them. I have mixed pearl paint as I needed it before. That was with the powdered Gum Arabic though. I have read to get that to disperse properly you need to use warm water.

Hope you are making some arty crafty alchemy magic of your own. See you next time.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

Harvey Norman Haul March 2018

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am sharing with you my Harvey Norman Haul. I only went in there because my daughter was looking for something for her tablet and it was cooler in the store with the air con than in the car lol. That decision cost me oops.

As you can see I got a bunch of stickers and die cuts. They range from really small to medium/large and some even have dimension. I really like the wedding ones, the pastel colours are cute! I bought lot’s so I could share some in a future giveaway. 100 subs hint hint. Almost halfway there 🙂

Honestly, I don’t get the random moustache thing! Why is it all over everything! The baby stuff having moustaches really has me puzzled. Is that just me? Do you think random moustaches on things is crazy too? I was so hoping that fad had passed by now…

Hope you are doing some arty crafty alchemy. Thanks for stopping by.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

 

My First 10 Distress Oxide Swatches

Hello Fellow Alchemists,

Today my lovely assistant, better known as my daughter, and I are creating Distress Oxide swatches from my first 10 colours. You saw me haul the Distress Oxides here. We are using four different methods to create the swatches and adding water to some.

We are creating our Distress Oxide swatches using manila tags, brushes, blending tools and foams and the ink pads themselves. The Distress oxides have a different effect than regular distress inks. When water is added they “oxidise” or form a paler layer on top. But that’s not all, because Distress Oxides are both a pigment and a dye based ink pad the more water you add the more of the dye ink wicks out the bottom. Remember the Distress Embossing powder over regular Distress Ink and spritzed with water? It is similar to that except now we have the pigment ink on top doing it’s magic instead.

Firstly my assistant took a brush and blended the colour over tags lightly? Ok well she was a bit heavy handed but she didn’t know any better, lol. Then she used the Blending Tool to do the second Distress Oxide swatch. For the third and fourth swatches she went directly to the paper from the ink pad. The first two swatches had water flicked on them from her fingers, the third had water from the Distress Spray Bottle and the fourth had no water.

We created Distress Oxide Swatches in all 10 of the colours I currently own. Antique Linen, Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Walnut Stain and Black Soot. I picked these colours to try and have a somewhat well rounded palette. Also because these blend so well it’s easy to make your own colours as well while blending. Above is the re-swatch of the black soot as the right sample is the one with the dry inkpad.

What is your favourite Distress Oxide colour?

Hope everyone is creating their own Arty Crafty Alchemy this weekend. I hope to but my daughter has part one of a science experiment due 🙁

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

#distressoxide #timholtz #swatching #lawnfawn #stampshammy #rangerink

Scrapbook.com Haul Video March 2018

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Welcome to my brand spanking new arty crafty space :). Come join in for some arty crafty hauls like today’s video, upcoming product reviews and tutorials as well as some general arty crafty goodness. This channel has been started to get myself back into the swing of creating again as I have had over a year of not really doing much and I love to create!

Recently I did at scrapbook.com order. Living in Australia  means it takes a good while to get to me, my parcel took around two weeks to arrive! There was one thing I bought that I forgot to show you as it was mixed in with my sisters part of the order so scroll down after the video to see what it was.

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