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Home For Christmas - Sweet Birdhouse Ornament

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hello everyone! I hope you are well on this lovely December day. It's really sunny and calm today where I live. You could easily mistake the seasons if it wasn't for the bare trees with just a handful of dry leaves on them...

But seeing that it's a December day, all I can think about is Christmas! We finally put up Christmas decs up yesterday. The house is looking really beautiful with all the decorations and lights... and our Christmas tree is proudly standing in the centre stage. I might even share a few pictures soon :).

And speaking of decorations, today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I have a pinable tutorial for this sweet little DIY Birdhouse Ornament.

It was really fun and easy to make so I hope you will enjoy reading the tutorial.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L supplies I used:

Adhesive Sheets – 4×6”

Other supplies:

Stampendous: Christmas Diamonds – Perfectly Clear stamps, Crystal Micro Glitter, Gold Micro Glitter, Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter

DecoArt: Snow-Tex, Americana Decor Chalky Finish Lace paint

Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz ink

Thank you so much for visiting and for any kind words left to let me know you've been. I've been so busy with my projects and commissions that I am really behind with my blog commenting - but I have been keeping an eye on your beautiful blogs! I hope things will settle a bit soon so I can spend more time drooling over your beautiful projects :).

Don't forget to check out the tutorial for my little DIY Birdhouse Ornament and I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Artful Christmas - Art Anthology And Stampendous Blog Hop Finale

Friday, December 12, 2014

Festive greetings to all! :) I hope you are well my friends and are enjoying getting ready for Christmas!

But Christmas preparations aside, this week the Design Teams at Stampendous and Art Anthology have been playing together to create beautiful items with rubber stamping and paints. Oh boy, what an amazing week it's been so far -  if you've missed all the wonderful projects be sure to check them all out.

And today it's our big blog hop finale! Along with the inspiration we have prepared some awesome prizes packages for the 'happy hoppers'. Here is what you could win:

Each of the three prize packages will consist of:
Stampendous Creative Palette Monoprinting Plate
$20 Stampendous Gift Card
6 X 9 Art Anthology Stencil
1 - Colorations Spray
1 - Dimensional Paint
1 - Dimesional Crystal

To be in with a chance of winning hop along the participating blogs and leave some love. The more comments you leave, the higher your chance of to win (NB. the winner must have a US shipping address).

And here is my inspiration for today. A bit of a change from my Tuesday's vintage mixed media Santa card, don't you think? Today I have a trio of CAS (clean and simple) Christmas cards with spray paints, Frantage and stamps. Uhmmm... delicious!

I created the backgrounds by spraying Art Anthology Heart Color Spray onto white card. Then I sprayed pools of paint onto my craft mat and used them to ink my Stampendous Jumbo Snowflake Trio stamps. BTW. Did you know that the Snowflake Trio stamps coordinate with the new Snowflake Die Set? Pretty cool if you ask me! :) 

So I repeatedly stamped my snowflakes over the sprayed background and I moped any leftover colour with my handy cheese cloth, which just happened to make its way onto my cards! :) 

I trimmed the background panels to fit my A5 size card blanks and I sprinkled some Frantage Shabby White Embossing Enamel in the centres and heated the powders from underneath.

Once the powders were melted, I again inked my snowflake stamp with the Heart Color Spray to have them ready for the next step. Next I remelted the embossing powders with a heat tool and quickly stamped the inky snowflake impression into the hot enamel. I let it rest for 2 seconds then lifted the stamp up to reveal an amazing textured impression in the enamel. This is such a cool technique - I absolutely love it!

Finally, I adhered the backgrounds to the card bases with Creative Photo Corners in White and Crafty Power Tape. I added some sentiments stamped with Black Archival ink (Believe Christmas, Rare And Wonderful, Christmas Air) and some 3D Foam Snowflakes sprinkled with Crystal Micro Glitter.

OK, ready to do some hopping? Here's who's playing today:

Asia King (you are here)

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments. 

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Letter To Santa From Art Anthology And Stampendous

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Ho ho ho my dear Friends! Welcome to the totally mixed-medialicious blog team up from Stampendous and Art Anthology! Oh, we are having so much fun this week playing with lovely stamps and paints - what can be more enjoyable than smooshing silky, dimensional paints around and adding some rubber stampin'?

Yes, we're loving it and we hope you will, too! We've got lots of inspiration prepared for your viewing pleasure, lots of helpful tips and ideas.

And to make this collaboration even more fun, we have prizes! There will be three lucky winners, each will receive a superb mixed media prize pack: 

$20 Stampendous Gift Card
6 X 9 Art Anthology Stencil
1 - Colorations Spray 
1 - Dimensional Paint 
1 - Dimesional Crystal

To be in with a chance of winning, visit the participating blogs playing throughout the week and leave some love (yes, we love comments, your kind words make us really happy and fill our creative hearts with joy!). The more love you leave, the more chances to win (NB. the winner must have a US shipping address). You have until the end of Sunday 14th December to enter.

Now onto my inspiration. This is my second take on the  Jumbo Dear Santa stamp, which I absolutely adore. My previous sparkly Christmas Santa card had more of a 'colourful shabby chic' vibe. This time I opted for a textured art journal-ish style but still in keeping with a vintage look I was after.

I started by creating a background for my card using the paints, inks, stamps and the Bubble stencil. Here is my finished background.


Stampendous: snowflakes stamp from Jumbo Penguin Snow, script stamp from Stack Art Angel Wings Kit
Art Anthology: Heart and Silk Tie Color Sprays, Stone Effects - Sand Stone, Sorbet - Kenyan Copper, Velvet - Lemon Tart; Bubbles stencil

I cut some scrap pieces of patterned paper to form a Christmas tree and adhered it to the background with Adhesive Sheets. I stenciled the baubles through the Bubbles stencil with Kenyan Copper paint. The star was painted with the Lemon Tart.

Next I stamped the Jumbo Dear Santa onto kraft card and coloured it with Inktense pencils. I added some accent highlights to the Santa's suit with the Kenyan Copper paint - I love shimmer paints and this one is supper yummy! I popped the Santa onto some 3D Foam Squares and adhered him to the card.

To finish the card I added some rub-ons, banner and cut of words (from Prima flowers packaging).

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: Adhesive Sheets 6x12"3D Foam Pennants3D Foam Squares - Mix WhiteCrafty Power Tape.

Other: Inktense Pencils, Echo Park Lovely Notables papers, Finnabair Prima - Vintage Vanity, Opaque Cotton White StazOn ink, Black Archival ink, Dylusions White Linen ink spray, Maya Road Calendar rub-ons.

Soooo... playing today are:
Asia King (that's me!)

Thanks for stopping by and for all your lovely comments! Happy hoppin'!

Big hugs 

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Finnabair Daydreamer Workshop At Artist Trading Post

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Hello everyone! Just wanted to pop in to share what I was up to last weekend :)

On Saturday I attended a workshop with the amazing Anna Dabrowska aka Finnabair. The workshop was hosted at the Artist Trading Post in Wirksworth. 

For those who are not (yet) familiar with Anna's work - Anna is an incredible Polish mixed media artist, known for her signature eclectic industrial collages.

I waited for almost two years for an opportunity to attend Anna's workshop. So you can imagine how exciting it was for me to be able to finally make it :).

The class I attended was for the Daydreamer collage. It was packed full with fantastic metal embellishments from Anna's Mechanicals range (Prima Marketing). It was like an early Christmas treat for me! 

I was really lucky to share the table (and quite a few laughs, too!) with wonderful ladies: Karen, Michele and Tracey. I also learned a thing or two about crafts industry people - I won't go into details but let's just say 'size matters' :) ha ha ha!

Here we are with Anna and our completed projects (from the left: Tracey, me, Michele, Anna and Karen).

And here is an obligatory selfie of the day :).

The whole group together...

And my completed canvas :).

If you ever get a chance to attend Anna's workshop - go for it! Anna is an amazing artist and a fantastic teacher. Her art is truly inspirational and so is she!

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Christmas And Snowflakes Are In The Air

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hello Everyone! Happy After Thanksgiving to all my American friends! :).

Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I am sharing this quick and easy sparkly background Christmas card in my favourite Christmas colour palette. It would be fabulous if you had a moment to hop over there and check out all the details :).

Now confession time. I love vellum. Unconditionally. I'm always completely smitten by vellum used in seasonal winter cards. It is so versatile and delicate. 

I often use it for my sentiment panels, like on this recent Christmas Poinsettias card or these: Rare And Wonderful Christmas card and the quick Season's Greetings cards from my 'Chrsitmas archives'.

Other supplies:

Cardstock - Core'dinations, Spellbinders - Snowflake Pendant die set, Stampendous Christmas Is In The Air cling stamp, Stampendous Micro Glitters: Crystal, Pink, Ice Blue; Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder; Tsukineko Radian Neon - Pink ink; Perfect Pearls, sequins.

I hope you enjoyed today's post and thank you so much for stopping by today. Also big hugs to all leaving some love under this post :).

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Challenges for this card:
Live and Love Crafts #29 - Favourite Christmas Colour Combo (Pink, Blue and White)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
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Colouring My Way Through Tombow and Stampendous Team Up

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hello everyone! I think Christmas must be in the air as everyone seems to be very much in a blog hopping/prize giveawaying mode at the moment :). Yes, that's right - another blog hop share and more prizes to come!

But first I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who left some love on my previous post with the Poinsettias Christmas Card - your kind words are so appreciated. I've also welcomed new peeps who signed up to receive my posts by email - thank you so much for your support! If you'd like to see my future posts popping in straight into your inbox, you can subscribe to my blog with a couple of easy clicks.

Now, back to the blog hop bonanza. This weekend Stampendous and Tombow are playing together to colour their way right into Christmas! From first thing on Friday till COP on Sunday evening we are sharing projects featuring magical stamped images coloured with Tombow markers. And here is my inspiration for today.

This is a 6x6" card with a kraft base and the background covered with Authentique paper from the Rustic Collection. To adhere I used MyStik dispenser

I stamped my Jumbo Dear Santa image with Ganache StazOn ink onto the back of my patterned paper - the paper is quite thick and textured so the colouring was a lot of fun. To colour the image I used the following markers, picking up the colours from the blending palette with my water brush: 905, 985, 879, 098, 947, 856, 837, N35 and 026.

Next I stamped the presents again onto the background paper, cut them out and added to the main image with Adhesive SheetsTo embellish the corners of my stamped panel I used the encrusted jewel technique with Encrusted Jewel Kit - Red, Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel and White Mica Fragments. Finally I added the panel to the card base over White Thin 3D Foam Squares.

I also added a sticky canvas panel which I smooshed around in ink from the pens, misted with lots of water. The seam binding ribbon received the same treatment. When the canvas dried I repeatedly stamped the worded panel from the Jumbo Dear Santa set with Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink. 

To finish off the card I added a banner made from 3D Foam Pennants covered with the stamped canvas. I also added some glittered baubles and dots from the 3D Foam Christmas Shapes set. To add the sparkle I used Gold, Maroon, Copper and Crystal Micro Glitters.

So, are you ready to hop over to the next and final stop - Tombow blog? Here's the prize that three lucky people will receive:

To take part in the prize draw, hop over to all the participating blogs and leave some love (cuz we loooove to know what you think about our projects!). The winner has to have a US mailing address. Here is who's playing today:

Asia King (you are here!)

Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments! Feel free to also browse other Christmas projects on my blog :).

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Getting In The Holiday Spirit With Stampendous and Spellbinders!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to the Spellbinders 2014 Product Partner Holiday Blog Hop!

I am extremely blessed to design for Stampendous and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L who have both joined Spellbinders this year for a year long partnership. This blog hop is an introduction to a quarterly festival of blog hop events which will bring you looooots of amazing inspiration as well as amazing prizes!

Over the next three days you are invited to visit all the partnering companies' blogs for inspiration and for the details on how to join the the main blog hop giveaway. Spellbinders will choose one lucky winner for each day and each winner will get a bumper back of fantastic goodies!

The featured brands may also be hosting their own special giveaways... so be sure to check them all out!

DCWV logo   want2scrap logo  May Arts ribbon   Faber-Castell logo

DecoArt logo    Clearsnap logo     Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Stampendous logo    Avery Elle logo  Xyron logo  Canvas Corp logo

And here is my offering for today. This is officially my first Christmas card this season! :). 

OK. So my colour scheme may raise a few eyebrows perhaps - what, white, pink and green for Christmas??? But ever since I made this Happy Dreams Do Come True glitter background card I just couldn't get this colour palette out of my head. Don't you think it's beautiful? :)

I cut a 6x6" card blank and a mats from green and pink cardstock and adhered them using
MyStik® Permanent Strips

For my background I stamped several Stampendous Jumbo Poinsettias with Brilliance Pearlescent Olive ink, using the free template (included in the stamp set) as a mask. I coloured the images with Tombow's ABT Dual Brush Pens (026, 098, 837, 856 and 905). 

Next I added a Spoonful of Snow Embossing Powders and Elements around the stamped panel and to the flower centres - heating them from underneath to set. I mounted my image to the card base over White Thin 3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Next I stamped the pinecone branch from the Jumbo Forest Friends with the olive ink onto green cardstock and added snow 'clumps' in a form of Chunky White Embossing Enamel. Again adhered them with thin foam squares. 

For my flower cluster I die cut several Layered Poinsettia flowers from handmade paper and arranged them with the help of my trusty DODZ™ - Small.  I added a bow made from May Arts Suede String and added some tiny jingling bells. To adhere my flower cluster I used DODZ™ - 3D.

For the sentiment
I die cut two panels from Spellbinders Labels Eighteen and bonded them with Adhesive SheetsI stamped Believe Christmas with Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy onto the die cut vellum and heat embossed it with Crystal Embossing Powder

Whilst heating, the vellum started to curl but it looked kind of funky so I kept it :).

To finish I added some accents with Liquid Pearls.

Of course Stampendous are celebrating this joyous occasion with our own giveaway each day of the hop! Be sure to hop over to Stampendous blog for all the entry requirements and the official rules

To enter Stampendous giveaway visit all the participating designers' blogs and leave some love! We love generous heartwarming comments - they make us really grateful and really happy!

Here is who's playing today in the Stampendous team:

Asia King (that's me!)
Tenia Nelson

and back to:
Spellbinders 2014 Product Partner Holiday Blog Hop

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comments - they are all very much appreciated

Big crafty hugs and happy hopping!

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