Thursday, 29 December 2016

Forest Friends

Hi all.

Well I am back again as I managed to get in my craft room again today YAY!!, So i decided to do a make with some bits I hadn't got around to using yet.

I am really chuffed with this piece love how the colours have come through and how the whole thing comes together perfectly.

So here it is 

Forest Friends

To do this piece I used the following products:
Smooth white card
Distress Inks
Distress Marker
Inkylicious Stamp 
Inkylicious Stencils
Lavinia Stamps
WOW Embossing Powder - Gold 

The picture really does not show how beautiful and vibrant the colours really do look, I really enjoyed doing this piece and already have my next make idea. So make sure to keep a look out for that :D 

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Inspired Make

Hi all

Welcome back to my blog, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

Today's post is to share with you a piece I did yesterday when I finally got back into my craft room YAY!!.. This particular piece I was inspired by Mrs Davies Crafts after watching one of her videos on her Facebook page. So here we have it my take on what Karen did :) 

For this piece I used the following products:
White Smooth Card
Distress Inks - Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio
Inkylicious Stencil
Lavinia Stamps - Fox and Leaves

I loved how this came out once I had finished with it I wasn't so sure while I was doing it but once I had done all the focal points and then bought it all together at the end with inking the edges and bringing them in.

I hope you like what I have done here, I also have another make to share with you all which I will be doing a separate post for.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A Trio Of ATC'S

Hello all.

Today I am sharing with you a trio of ATC's I have been working on and here they are

All of these ATC's have been made using different products and the images are designed by Vera Lane Studios, which I have printed and coloured in using a mix of Promarkers and Sharpie markers.

Tried To Be Normal ATC

I couldn't resist not doing this ATC I love the quote that came with the digi, for this piece I used the following products, I have also linked where you can get the digi stamps from.

Watercolour Card
Dylusions Paints
Dylusions Border Stamp
Vera Lane Studios Digi Stamp -  Calcas 5 digi stamp bundle
White gel pen
Distress Marker - Black soot 
Promarkers and Sharpie Markers 

Pineapple ATC

Now this ATC, was another I couldn't resist doing once I had got the digi... When I first got into planners earlier this year I kept seeing pineapple stationery, pineapple planner accessories and so on ever where and could never quite grasp WHY????.. So when I found out about the quote I understood and love the quote.

For this ATC I used the following products 
Watercolour Card
Distress Inks
Dylusions Border Stamp 
Vera Land Studios Digi - Be A Pineapple 
Promarkers and Sharpie Markers
White Gel Pen 

And lastly we have this ATC called Sweet and Undefinable 

For this ATC I used the following products 
Watercolour Card 
Dylusions Paints
Dylusions Flower Stencil
Vera Lane Studios Digi - The girl was a freebie in the Facebook Group, Sentiment is apart of the Be A Pineapple set 
Distress Marker - Black Soot 
White Gel Pen 

I absolutely loved how all these ATC's came out once I was finished, The digi stamps from Vera Lane Studios are amazing to work with and I love the look of them all, I will be doing more work using these digi stamps in the future. If you would like to take a look at what other digi's there is you can find the shop on Etsy, there is also a Facebook page and group, I shall link those below.

Vera Lane Studio Digi Stamps -  Etsy
Vera Lane Studio Digi Stamps - Facebook Page 
Vera Lane Studio Digi Stamps - Facebook Group

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my recent ATC's and like how bright and colourful they are, I absolutely love the brightness and wackiness of these cards I will be using Dylusions paints more often in my work :)

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Music Soothes The Soul

Hi All

I am back again with another piece to share with you all, Yes I have been busy last few days and I am only getting around to blogging about each piece now :O naughty crafty bat.

This time I am sharing with you a piece I have done using something very new to me and of cause using one of my favourite stamp brands Visible Image :)

During making this piece, I decided to put on some music LOUD!!! and listened to some old songs which I must warn you DOES NOT WORK when you are doing the chair boogie while trying to stamp LOL... Listening to some of my music helped me to deiced on which stamp to use on this piece.

For this colourful piece I used the following products:
Glossy Card
Adirondack Alcohol Inks 
Visible Images Stamps - Soul Music (which has been revamped - You can find the sentiment in the Music Speaks Set and the Music Wave in the Sing Set) and The Ripple Effect
Memento Ink 

I am still not sure what I am going to do with this piece as of yet but once I do I will show you all what I have done with it, This was mainly just a little play around experimenting piece which was so much fun to well except from the trying to stamp while doing the chair boogie lol.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Own Kind Of Beautiful ATC

Hi all.. Me again with another ATC to show you all..

I have been watching a fair few You Tube tutorials and Demo's the passed few weeks and been making notes of techniques which caught my eye and that I would love to try so I thought I would try one of the techniques on an ATC.

The technique i chose to try on this ATC was the watercolour stamping technique with Distress Inks... So here it is

I absolutely love how this turned out as I was so nervous in trying it just in case I misted too much water onto the stamp etc - Hence why I tried it on an ATC ;) I also did my watercolour stamping BEFORE doing the background as I wanted to try out the awesome Distress Micro Glaze.

What did I use to do this piece?? Here is what I used:
Watercolour Card
Distress Inks 
Mini Mister
Visible Image Stamps - Own Kind Of Beautiful 
Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders - Firework Burst ( I highly recommend this one the colours it throws off are awesome one of my favourite pixie powders)
Distress Micro Glaze (another fantastic product)
Memento Ink

If you have not tried watercolour stamping with the distress inks yet - I highly recommend giving it a go and maybe do like I did and do it on an ATC size piece first.

I was so chuffed with the outcome of this piece that I will definitely be re-creating it again with more detail and stamping on a larger piece, so keep a look out for that.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Graffiti Wall Tag

Hi all 

Today's post is to show you the completed project I gave you a sneak peek of on Sunday, I was inspired to do this tag from a stamp I recently purchased and I wanted to try out some of the modelling paste I purchased too :)

So here we have it I will also post up some other pictures to show the detail in the tag and will also list after this pictures the items used with links to the stamps.

Now for some of the pictures showing the detail in the tag.

To do this tag I used the following products:

Manilla Tag
Modelling Paste mixed with Tea Dye Distress Ink
Distress Inks 
Dina Wakeley Stencil
Bee Crafty Stamps - Inspired By Banksy Graffiti Area 
Mini Splat Stencil By Creative Expressions
Versamark Pad 
Memento Ink 
WOW Embossing Powder - Lilac 
Dylusions Ink Sprays

I hope you like my Graffiti wall tag as much as I enjoyed bringing it to life, make sure to pop back to see what else I have been making :)

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Crafty Sunday -

Hi all 

Well It has been a long time since I have been able to craft on a weekend for me (custom orders needed doing lol) and I took full advantage of being able to do just that.

So today I have done another ATC YAY!!! on this one I did a few techniques I have not done before and I think trying them on an ATC is perfect due to the size of them and I am over the moon with the outcome.

Here is today's ATC

I used the following products to make this ATC
Watercolour Card 
Distress Inks
Memento Ink - Black 
Dew Drop Brilliance Ink - White 
Sponge Finger Dobber
Circle Stencil 
Visible Image Stamps - Where dreams take you and Edgy 

The techniques used on this ATC were.. Watercolour using Distress Inks, and the Bokeh Technique.

I also started on another project which I will blog about properly in a new post as soon as it is completed, I have not been able to get it finished today due to leaving it to dry and so on but I do have a little sneak peek of my WIP (Work In Progress) to show you all. 

Any ideas on what I could be doing???

Make sure to pop back in a few days to find out what the above is and what I used to create it.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Gorjuss ATC

Hi all 

Today's post is another ATC post, I think I have caught the ATC bug lol

I wanted to do something a little different with this one and finally use one of the beautiful mini collectible Gorjuss Girls stamp.

For this ATC I used the following:
Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry and Black Soot
Gorjuss Girls Stamp - The Getaway 
Watercolour Pens
Sentiment is from - Quote Bubbles Set by Dylusions

I thought the quote I chose for this suited the image perfectly with how she is stood - Yeah "Don't give me attitude I already have it!"

Hope you like what I have done and keep your eyes open for more ATC's 

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Friday, 9 December 2016

Bat Crossing ATC

Hi all 

Well I am a little late today with my posting but I am here now and ready to share with you my second ATC with you all :D 

So here we have it..... BAT CROSSING ATC

I just had to have my very own Batty ATC :D Well come on I am The Crafty Bat and it would have been rude not to.

For this ATC I used the following:
Distress Inks: Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed
Dylusions By Dyan Reaveley - Eat,Drink and Be Scary Set - I used the 3 Bats and the Bat/Cobweb Stencil
Dina Wakley  - Scribbly Trick or Treat Set - I used the Scribbly Bat out of the stamps along with the stencil with different wording on and used the Caution: Bat Crossing part 

Check back tomorrow for another ATC 

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Thursday, 8 December 2016

BUBBLES ATC!!! - Artist Trading Card

Hi all

Well I am back again with something new to me which I have been wanting to do for a while and really enjoyed doing it, I have decided to try and do a different ATC each day if not will be one a week :)

So for my first one I thought I would do something a little simple but still effective

Here is my first every ATC - Yaaaay The Crafty Bat is finally doing ATC'S

For the ATC I used the following:

Watercolour Card 
Distress Inks - Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers and Black Soot on the edges 
Bee Crafty Stamps - Angry Bubbles
Lavinia Stamps - Bubbles
3D Glue Pen 

When I first saw the Angry Bubbles stamp I did have a bit of a giggle to my self and I just knew I had to use it along with the bubbles from Lavinia Stamps, they work fantastic together and make a brill ATC. 

This will be the first of many ATC's I will be working on and look forward to showing you them all.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Imperfection Is Beauty Canvas

Hi all

Today's post is to show you all a Mixed Media Canvas I have done. It took me some time to decide on what I was doing today as I have so many ideas and techniques I want to try I couldn't choose.

So here is my Imperfection Is Beauty Canvas 

To do this canvas I used the following and the resist technique: 

20 x 20 cm Canvas 
Versamark Ink Pad
WOW Embossing Powders in White and Gold 
Black Gesso (On The Sides)
Brusho's - Cobalt Blue, Emerald Green, Violet
Bo Bunny Glitter Paste - Caribbean
Visible Image Stamps - Imperfection Is Beauty Set
Dylusions Floral Flourish Stencil 

I think the sentiment from this set fits perfectly with this canvas piece as I do not think it is as perfect as i would have liked and shows Imperfection Is Beauty :D 

I hope you liked seeing this piece as much as I liked putting it together.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Inspirational Monolith

Hi all :)

Today's post is to show you all what I have been busy doing today.... I finally got around to using one of the Visible Image MDF Monolith's I have been meaning to make something with these since I got them few months ago.

Here it is.... This picture shows front and back I will also add individual pictures with a list of products used for each side and will link to the stamps and monoliths used.

I have had some new goodies so wanted to get to work with some of them and make something inspirational.

Side One

To do this side I used a number of different materials and I have listed the below:
 Brusho's in the following colours - Purple and Turquoise 
 Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders in the following colours - Midnight Blue, Emerald Green and Purple Violet
300GSM Watercolour Card
Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Polish
Memento and Versamark Ink
3D Glitter Glue 
WOW Embossing Powder - Gold 
Visible Image Stamps - Sparkle In The Rain and Smile Sparkle Shine

Side Two 

For this side again I used a number of different materials and will list them below including linking to the stamps used etc.

300gsm Watercolour Card 
MDF Monolith 
Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders- Scarlet Mist and Purple Mist
Versamark Ink
WOW Embossing Powders - Black and Gold 
Visible Image Stamps - Take The Moment and Tomorrow Doesn't Exist

The base of the monolith I used a Star stencil, Versamark Pen and Gold WOW embossing powder.

I hope you like what I have done with this monolith and it gives you some inspiration, I absolutely love the look of both backgrounds and the pixie powders really do give a beautiful shimmer, unfortunately the camera couldn't pick this up.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

I would like to enter this piece into the following challenges:

Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes Challenge No:114
Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes Challenge 22
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Blast From The Passed

Hi all

Today's post I thought I would share with you all some Blast From The Passed cards I made which all have Delicious Doodles Digi Images on which I have colours. Some of the are inspiration makes from when I was on the Design Team, I am slowly getting back into colouring in Digi's with my Promarkers I have actually missed doing it and I am hoping to incorporate them into some Mixed Media makes too :D 

Looking back on passed makes really does make me smile and shows how far I have come in my crafty journey I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I did making them :) I will also link you too each Digi Stamp that is used in the makes.

The image used on this one which was coloured using Promarkers is called Fairy Fae and you can find her HERE

This one is called Gothic Fairy and can be found HERE

This is one of my favourite images from Delicious Doodles and is called Leather and Lace can be found HERE

Here we have Woodland Friends and you can find this one HERE

Here we have a lovely scenery called A Scottish Castle, can be found HERE

This one is a mix of two of the Delicious Doodles Digi's We have Beach Huts and Ice Cream Sundae. You can find the Beach Huts HERE

This is another of my favourite makes well of cause it has skulls lol, This one is a mix of a digi,sentiment and background paper by Delicious Doodles. The digi is called Skully Santa and can be found HERE

Here we have Woodland Friends again in a more of a Autumnal theme, you can find this dige HERE

This one is a mixture of Digi's and Background papers.. In this make we have the following: Gates Of Hell, Gravestone Scene, Horrorscope Capricorn and Pile Of Bones Backing.

This one we have a mixture of digi's and backing papers again: in this one I used the following: Pirate Polly, Treasure Map and Damask Background

This one I added in my all time favourite inspirational quote " Magic is believing in yourself, If you can do that you can make anything happen", The digi used on this piece is called Rose and Butterfly Frame.

This one was made using a template and includes a gift box on the side which includes four tea light candles. The digi used on this one is called Daffodil's and Butterfly Frame

And last one I wanted to share with you all is this one. The digi's used on this one are the following: Celtic Fairy, Celtic Crosses and Lucky Clover Corner

I hope you have enjoyed looking through some of my blast from the passed makes and they give you some inspiration if you would like to take a look at all the other digi stamps available from Delicious Doodles you can do so HERE.

I absolutely love Terri's work and I have seen her work changes through the years and she even has three colouring books out :O. I will admit there is a fair few of the new Digi's that I would love to add to my collection and will be doing as soon as I can.

I have linked all the Digi's that are available in her Etsy shop if they have not been linked I am sorry but can not find them in the shop. You can also take part in the monthly challenges which run over on the Delicious Doodles blog which can be found HERE.

I will be doing more Blast from the passed blog posts so keep your eyes open for that and for the new make posts.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Sunday, 27 November 2016

New Crafty Goodies

Hi all

Today's post is all about some new craft materials I have had over the past few weeks and thought I would show you all :)

So a for a while now I have been very intrigued about the Gelli Plates, So I started to watch some demo's/tutorials on You Tube some being from Lavinia Stamps and was really impressed with what you can do with the Gelli Plate and even more surprised that you can use a number of different materials with it also.

After seeing what you can do I started to look around everything I needed and realised I would have to get things bit by bit UNTIL.... I was looking through Lavinia Stamps website and come across the Gelli Plate Starter Kit :O and looked at what you get in the kit at the fab price they have it all for including getting to choose ANY two of their stamps with the kit... I was SOLD!!!

It arrived SUPER quick and I was so excited... Here is the kit

As you can see it comes in an A4 storage box which alone are about £2 each.. Now I bet you are wondering what you get in the kit?? 
Well here we are everything you get 

Included in the starter kit is the following:
Brayer Roller 
Gelli Plate 3" x 5"
Stamp Block
Pack of Matt Card 
Set of Distress Inks 
Versafine Onyx Black 
Versafine Deep Lagoon
Perfect Pearls
and ANY 2 Lavinia Stamps (I chose Eden and Spiral Of Spells)

You can get the kit HERE

The next thing I got was some Adirondack Ink Pads which have been discontinued so can be very hard to get hold of... The reason why I wanted these inks is because I have noticed on the majority of the videos I watched on the Gelli Plate people were using these inks as they give the best coverage and print. The distress inks do also work but sometimes you will find you will get a droplet effect with them which I would prefer a cleaner finish. So I searched all over and found a couple places that sell them and then I checked Ebay and so glad I did someone was selling them on auction the seller had put up different listings some were for 4 some were for 3 inks. One of the sets I bid on I lost :( GUTTED!! BUT I did win two lots YAY!! and at BARGAIN prices. These are the colours I have so far.

Lastly this week I got some awesome new materials from my local craft centre to do more Mixed Media Art work :D EEEEKKK!!!

We have some Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders, Black Gesso, Stencil, Spatulas, Crackle Paste, Modelling Paste, White WOW Embossing Powder and of cause ANOTHER Lavinia Stamp :D 

I can not wait to get stuck in with all these beauties and share with you all what I have been up to I am mostly excited about getting stuck in with the Gelli Plate and the Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder's. I will of cause share with you all what I make and will of cause share my views on the Pixie Powders.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Mixed Media Tags

Hi all
Today's post is something a bit different which i have been meaning do for a while now, I have been doing some Mixed Media Tags, I had so much fun doing these and plan on doing more.

Here are the three tags that I have completed so far.

As you can see they are all different, I am going to list what I used for each one and show you an individual picture for each one too.

So the first one I did was this one

For this tag I used the following:
Tim Holtz - Manila Tags
Dina Wakeley Stamp and Stencil Set - Silhouetted Essentials
Dylusions Stamp Set - Hearts Edge Set 
Inkylicious Stamps - Dancing In The Rain Set (one of the sentiments)
Distress Ink
Mini Mister
Blending Tool
Memento Ink 

The next tag I did was this one and I have to admit i love how this one came out.

For this tag I did the monoprint technique for the background and used the following materials:

Tim Holtz - Manila Tag
Distress Inks
Mini Mister
Blending Mat
Heat Tool
Visible Image Stamp - Leave Your Fears 
WOW Embossing Powder - Gold 
Versamark Ink 
Memento Ink - Black 

The last tag I did using the monoprint technique was this one

For this tag I used the following materials:

Tim Holtz - Manila Tag
Blending Tool 
Distress Inks 
Mini Mister 
Blending Mat 
Heat Tool 
Lavinia Stamps - Fox 1 (Kernal), Moon, Fairy Lanterns, and a Tree
Inkylicious Stencil - Sun/Moon Valley and Mountain 
Memento Ink - Black 
Versafine Ink 
WOW Embossing Powder - Silver 

I hope you like what I have done on these tags and they give you some inspiration. I will definitely  be doing more mixed media tags as i really did enjoy bringing these to life and trying something new... I LOVE the Brusho's if you have not tried them I definitely recommend them.

Happy Crafting

Xx The Crafty Bat xX