Thursday, 15 December 2016

Guest Designer - Ioulia

It is time to welcome our Guest Designer for our Christmas Wishes challenge.  Please say hello to Ioulia of julD Handmade who was the winner of the Elements of Nature challenge.

Hello, I am Ioulia (julD handmade) from Greece and I am so happy to be a Guest Designer at Stamps and Stencils. It is such an honor to be here today. Thank you so much.

I loved painting and crafting from my early years, but instead of becoming an artist I became an engineer who loves to create things in her free time. So,crafting is my hobby. My favourite is clay and texture in paintings. I am impressed by new techniques and altered materials.

The challenge for this month is Christmas Wishes. I decided to create a small mixed media canvas.

First I made an air dry clay reindeer.

Then, I used a burlap canvas panel (14x22cm) and I stuck upon it a scrapbooking paper, corrugated cardboard and paper lace.

I made a paper flower with scrapbooking paper and a gear. I added a felt snowflake, black wire, red wooden beads, cords, a little bell and some fabric pieces.

I splashed with white gesso and stuck 3d balls and a piece of lace.

I coloured with pigment colours and I added the reindeer and the words “Merry Christmas”.

I hope you like it. You are very welcome to stop by my blog to see a few more close ups. Thanks again for inviting me to be a Guest Designer this month.

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This is our last post for 2016. The Stamps and Stencils team would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season and we hope to see you back here on January 5th for our first challenge of the New Year. In the meantime you still have time to enter the Christmas Wishes challenge and perhaps you will even have some new craft goodies to create with.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Dylusions Christmas Card

Hello, everyone!

Branka here and today is my turn to bring you an Inspirational post.

I would like to show you how to create the Dyan Reaveley's style Christmas card from start to finish.

I used a 4x6 inches manila cardstock, three Dylusions ink sprays in Lemon Zest, Postbox Red and Bubblegum Pink and a spray bottle with water. I sprayed my cardstock with water and then start to spray with my inks creating puddles. Then I sprayed more water on top and let my inks to bleed. 

This is the result of my first layer.

For the second layer, I used my Dylusions mini snowflakes stencil  (Let it Snow) on top of my background and I sprayed it with water. I waited for about 10 seconds to blot it with my kitchen roll.

Since the Dylusions inks are reactive with water, I achieved some nice ghosting effect here.

For the third layer I decided to use my White linen Dylusions ink and my mini snowflakes stencils. 

This is my finished background.

I used one of the border stamps from the Dylusions Around the border set and stamped it several times onto my white cardstock using my Black Archival ink. 
I used my Dylusions paints (in the same colors as my inks I used on the background) and  I also used some of my Amsterdam Specialties acrylic paints (fluo paints) to color my stamped images. I like to use my fingers to apply the paint but you can use a brush if you want.

This is the result of my coloring.

I wanted to add some border on the edges of my card, so I used another border stamp from the same Dylusions stamp set.

I stamped the image only on two sides of my card using the black Archival ink.

I cut out my colored stamped images using my scissors and distressed the edges using the same black Archival ink. I also distressed the edges of my card. Then I started to build my Christmas tree. I wanted to achieve some dimension so I used my double sided foam tape to glued down the images.

To create a star on top of my tree, I used my Dylusions stencils Starry Night to trace the star using my Fude ball pen in black.

I used my Distress Stickles in gold onto my star.

For the Christmas gifts, I used my Tim Holtz mini blue print stamp and colored it with my Dylusions inks and a brush.

I added some white highlights onto my border using my Sharpie white poster pen.

Thdn, I stamped the word JOY using the Dylusions Dy's Alphabet stamp and my black Archival ink.

I outlined the stamped letters with my white pens.

I wanted to create some more dimension so I added the Glossy accents on top of my stamped letters.

This is the finished card.

I decided to use my black cardstock for the card base but you can use any color you want.

You may wonder where is the photo of my finished card. Well, I left my finished card on my working table waiting for some sunny day to take a photo. I have a cat. She liked my card a lot. I guess you know the rest of my 'Oops story'...
If you have a cat/cats, please keep in mind that they love the Dylusions :)

I hope I have inspired you to create your mixed media piece and to join in our 'Christmas Wishes' challenge here at Stamps and Stencils!

Hugs! Branka xx

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Winners - Tag. Bags and Boxes Challenge

Sorry to be a tad late but I guess late is better than never so here are the winners from the Tags, Bags and Boxes challenge.

The Design Team has chosen this altered bag project as the Winner for November.  This cheerful bag has a wonderful non-traditional colour palette and will be a keepsake for the recipient along with the gift it holds.

Congratulations Leanne.  Cec will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your Guest Designer spot.

And now the Top Three as chosen by Cec, the hostess for this challenge:

Anne - Redanne

Congratulations ladies.  Please email Cec at to claim your Top Pick badges.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas Wishes

Ahhhh! Christmas, like it or lump it, it rolls around every year and seems to arrive faster than ever. If you celebrate Christmas, it's likely that you'll be making cards, gift tags, decorations or even creating your own wrapping paper. My Christmas Wish is to see some of the creative things you are making, in order to spread a little seasonal love to your families and friends. My only request is that you include some stamping or stenciling or even both! Here's what we've all been up to.........

Have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

This challenge will be open until January 4, 2017 at 20:00 UK time.