Saturday, 21 February 2015

Celebratory Blog Candy

Good Afternoon Crafters

Today we are celebrating the launch of our brand new website.

The link to the new website is here.

To celebrate we are giving away blog candy to one lucky follower

To be in with a chance of winning you need to do the following:

1. Be a follower of our blog
2. Leave a comment
3. Like our Facebook Page
4. Add your name to the inLinkz

The winner will be chosen by Random Org. on Saturday 21 February 2015

Good Luck!
Linda xxx

Friday, 30 January 2015

Altered Mirror

Good Morning Crafters

Where has January gone?  
I can't believe that it will be February on Sunday.

Today we have a beautiful altered mirror tutorial by Amy.
Amy will now talk through her tutorial with you.

Materials used:

Wood framed mirror - IKEA £1.50

Embossing/texture paste
White gesso
Turquoise acrylic paint
Heat tool
Sepia ink pad
Black soot distress ink
Gold gilding wax

As soon as I saw this panel stencil, I knew it would fit perfectly on the IKEA mirror I'd bought ages ago sat waiting in my craft stash to be altered.

First I gave the mirror a coat of white gesso. 

Once dry I placed the meadow flower panel stencil on the frame & spread silver texture paste through it. It doesn't matter what colour texture paste you use as it will be painted over 

I reversed the stencil & repeated the technique on the opposite side panel of the frame. I continued to do this until the design was all over the mirror, masking & allowing drying time in between.

Next I added a coat of gesso followed by 2 coats of turquoise acrylic  paint. 

I squeezed a small amount of both gooseberry fool & blueberry ice inkadinks onto my craft mat & added a bit of water then applied it as a wash all over the mirror with a brush. 

I carefully heated the embossed areas with my heat tool to allow the paste to bubble slightly to add a bit of texture & also to dry the inkadinks.

I blended brown ink & black soot distress ink in random areas on the mirror frame & then replaced the stencil & applied black soot to the embossed flowers & leaves. 

Finally, I applied gold gilding wax, lightly at first with my finger, & then I  concentrated the wax on the flowers, leaves & edges of the mirror.

That's it, ready to hang on the wall!.

Doesn't this look fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by Today!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Daisy Box

Good Morning Crafters

Today our tutorial is all about recycling!

Samantha K has decorated a box from her stash.

Items used to create this project

Imagination Crafts -  Butterfly and Daisy Stencil
Imagination Crafts - Inkadinks (I used Candy Floss & Cranberry Sorbet from the sunset set)
White box with lid
Home made or purchased texture paste
Distress inks (I used Peacock Feather, spiced marmalade & squeezed lemonade)
Gilding wax (I used pearl moon)
Acrylic paints (I used bright pink)
Various flowers
Lace Trim
Frame or die cut frame
Small piece of acetate
Old Christmas bead chain decoration

Step by Step

1. Remove any string or items from the box that you aren't going to need (i forgot and removed my little tag bit a bit later on)

2. Take your choice of Inkadinks and add each colour to a separate small amount of water. This creates a wash in your pick of colours.

3. Use the wash to randomly paint your box, until all areas are covered.

4. Using your imagination crafts stencil and your texture paste, stencil through with the texture paste to leave the now raised image on your box.

5. Complete all sides and leave to dry.

6. Once dry take your distress inks and use them to highlight/colour the texture paste.

7. Use the same stencil on the lid of the box and stamp through with your acrylic paint, mine was a bit brighter than expected and so i tried to dull it down a little by stencilling some white over the top.

8. Use your texture paste to stencil on random pieces, i used the butterflies. Then colour these once dried with your distress ink.

9. Start to coat your box and lid with an acrylic paint wash, adjust the thickness of the paint with water to suit the thickness you want it to go on. Let it dry.

10.  Take your bead decoration and attach it with hot glue or another strong adhesive. Then paint over this with undiluted acrylic white paint.

11. Take your frame and a sentiment of choice and using the acetate as a window, position and fix to your lid. Take the lace trim and adhere around lid edge.

12. Attach your flowers around your frame with a strong glue. Coat in white acrylic paint (including the lace). Re-paint any areas of flowers or box that need re-painting, trying to leave a little of the colour all over showing through. (Alternatively you can make it all very white and then use sprays etc to add your colour, this option though is a great way for those that do not have sprays, but still want to have a bit of colour showing through.

13. Using your gilding wax, gently rub over the textured/raised areas and the beads. This gives it all a glorious shimmer and really catches the light. (Hard to see in the photos).

14. Buff it all off and you should be left with something similar to this.

Won't this make a lovely gift for a mum on Mother's Day?

Thank you for stopping by Today!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Love Canvas

Good Morning Crafters

Our Sue is on Create and Craft tomorrow at

10.00 am and 4.00 pm

We have some exciting new products on the shows so make sure you tune in!

Today we have a beautiful tutorial by our Shilpa.

She shows us how to create this beautiful canvas.

Cinnamon Sparkle Medium
Heart Leaf Stencil
Flourish Fountain Panel Stencil
Gilding Glue
Red Gilt Gilding Flakes

To prepare the canvas, adhere design paper with gel medium/Modge Podge
Apply Gesso, let it dry.
Apply a thin layer of distress paint/acrylic paint with baby wipe

Apply Cinnamon Sparkle Medium through Heart Leaf Stencil and let it dry completely.
Apply Scattered Straw distress ink through Flourish Fountain Stencil randomly on the surface.

Resin Heart is white, colour with distress paint/acrylic paint
Dry with heat tool, apply gilding glue onto heart with sponge/dabber randomly, let is get sticky.
Next, stick Red Gild Gilding Flakes, this gives it a rich colour and texture.

Arrange Flowers, Flourishes and resin heart onto the canvas

Create border with Flourish Fountain Panel stencil Sparkle Medium.
Apply Tarnished Distress Paint at the edges.

We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial
Thank you for visiting today.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Wedding Wall Hanger

Good Morning Crafters

How has your weekend been, a busy one here, we hope you all had a good weekend.

Today we are sharing a beautiful tutorial by Carol.
We hope you like what she has created and inspires you to have a go.

Imagination Crafts products needed:

Other Items:
Black Gesso

Firstly trim your patterned card so it leaves a border when attached to the MDF. 
MDF can them be coated with black gesso.

Attach stencil to the patterned card.

Sparkle medium was then applied with a spatula.

Once happy with the coverage remove stencil and leave to dry.

Once dry attach a loop of ribbon to the front of the MDF then attached the patterned card with wet glue. A bow and some pearls finished the wall hanger off.

Thank you for visiting Today!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Spring is on the way when you see a Snowdrop

Good Morning Crafters

How has your week been?  
We are very busy at Imagination Crafts HQ!

Today we are sharing a beautiful springlike tutorial by Samantha Wade

Decoupage Snowdrop Stamp Set
Black Card
Moonlight Mica Powders

Stamp with versamark ink
emboss with white embossing powder on black card.

Colour in with Mica Powders, Moonlight collection from IC,
if you like wink of stella you will love these.
Mix a little medium and water to paint with them in a palette.

Stamped again, colour and cut out to decoupage the heads onto the main image.

Stamp the snowdrop heads, colour the same as before then use silver gliding wax around the edge of the card.

Matt the snowdrop heads onto the 6x6 card.
With 3d foam matt the snowdrop image.
Then glitter glue around that edge.

Hope you like the card and if you like snowdrops hop on over to the challenge blog to see how Samantha has used the same stamp in a different way. 

Thank you for visiting!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Felt Phone Case

Good Morning Crafters

Time to share another tutorial with you.
Today Christine is showing how to make and decorate a felt phone case.

Black Stars Sparkle Medium
Orchid and Butterfly Flight Stencils

Cut a piece of felt 2 and a half times as long as your phone and 1" wider each side

Check your phone fits by folding up the bottom to cover your phone leaving a flap to turn over at the top. 

On the front of the Case - Use the Stencil "Orchid"  to stencil the flower using Black Stars Sparkle Medium. Let this dry thoroughly. . 

Sew up the case on the inside then stick down the inside edges of the flap for strength using PVA glue.

Add velcro on the both sides of the  flap to use as a closure. 
On another piece of Felt stencil two Butterflies. 
Cut these out when dry. Stick or sew these to the front of the case for decoration. 

Thank you for visiting Today!