Saturday, 28 February 2015

Quintessentially British - Vintage Note Cards

Red and blue union jack pennants bunting card
Hello Friends! Thank you so much for your lovely comments (and even purchase offers! lol) on my previous post with the shabby chic bird's nest ATB (Artist Trading Block).

Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L I am sharing a set of 'quintessentially British' note cards I made for my new blogging friend Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams. I 'met' Chel through a Tea Cup Exchange party over at Stephanie's blog The Enchanting Rose. Stephanie and I met through this year's the Grow Your Blog Linky Party - I love how these parties lead to new blogging friendships! :)

Papermania Portobello Road handmade vintage note cards

Chel's blog is very much devoted to her love of London, especially the Docklands, the place she grew up in. So I wanted this gift to reflect her passion about the London city :). You can find out all the details about my London themed note cards on the Scrapbook Adhesives blog today.

London city emblem and red telephone box

Supplies:

3D Foam Pennants, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White, E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, E-Z Runner® Combo - Value Pack,

Other supplies:

Artistic Outpost rubber stamps (London Underground, London Elements); inks: Memento Bahama Blue, Archival Vermillion, Tea Dye Distress Ink

Papers - Papermania Portobello Road; cardstock - Core'dinations

London Tower bridge rubber stamp

Artistic Outpost London Underground station names stamp

I would be thrilled if you found a moment to read my post about these little vintage note cards and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for stopping by today and for any comments letting me know you've been here {hugs}!

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Artistic Outpost February Challenge - Anything Goes
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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Sweet Haute - Show Me Saturdays Link Party #21
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Friday, 27 February 2015

Artist Trading Blocks and Stampendous - Big Blog Hop Finale

Shabby chic ATB Artist Trading Block with birds nest with eggs
Hello Friends and welcome to the the big “block” hop day! It’s time to pull up your comfy chair and get comfortable with your favorite beverage (hot or otherwise) while you enjoy browsing through the projects inspired by this week's collaboration of Stampendous and Eileen Hull's Artist Trading Blocks.

My first project this week was this grungy, rusty, industrial Steampunk Drama Theatre set. If you've missed it, it's really worth checking out, even if I say so myself :). I really enjoyed making this ATB and dipping into my 'dark' side lol.

And if you haven't joined the hop yet, be sure to check out all the posts this week. The designers have shared some really outstanding projects - you don't want to miss this amount of creativity and ingenious inspiration!

And of course, we have prizes! We’ll choose three winners at random from the comments on all blogs in the hop. Then from those three we’ll randomly pick a GRAND PRIZE winner! Two of the winners will receive Stampendous PenPattern Petal and PenPattern Flutter cling stamps. They’ll also receive enough pre-cut, premium matboard from Sizzix to make two boxes, plus some extra pieces for fiddly bits! The Grand Prize winner will receive the stamps as above, a whole package of matboard, AND the Sizzix Scoreboards™ XL Square Box Die die to cut your own ATB boxes!
And if that wasn't enough, eligibility for these amazing prize packages has been extended to include international hoppers, too! I say 'yay' to that!


OK, so here's the project I prepared for today's Blog Hop Finale. This time I stayed well within my comfort zone and shabby chic nature. With the Spring just around the corner, I just couldn't get this idea out of my head - I had to have a bird's nest. I suppose I might still be under an influence of my fluffy Hummingbirds' Nest project :). Here is my block in its full glory.

3D mixed media block Stampendous Nestled bird

My focal image is this gorgeous Nestled Bird stamp. It may sound strange but this is actually the first time I've used this stamp, despite owning it for a long time. Somehow I've always felt intimidated by its beauty and serenity, and I was worried I could never do it justice. But I've finally grown brave enough to ink it up :). I coloured it using Inktense pencils and my colours were inspired by the patterned paper I used.

Inktense pencils Derwent water colour and Decoart crackle paint

If you look closely you'll see that I added lots of crackle texture all around my ATB. For that I used Old Paper Distress Crackle Paint and DecoArt Texture Crackle tinted with Titan Buff Fluid Acrylic paint. To tone them down and bring out the crackle even more I painted them with a wash using my Intense pencils.

Stampendous a Bird Sings CRH293 birdcages patterned paper

To cover my box I used the stunning 12x12" sheet from Prima Marketing  (Striking Appearance, Epiphany Collection). I adhered each side individually using Adhesive Sheets which have become my adhesive of choice whenever I want full side to side coverage. I then stamped a sentiment on a smaller piece of my DP with A Bird Sings stamp, framed it with White Photo Corners (painted with an Inktense wash) and popped over White 3D Thin Foam Squares.

Stampendous Angel Wings Quotes wooden frame Frantage

The sides of the block were stamped with the sentiments from the Angel Wings Quotes Perfectly Clear set. I added die cut wooden frames (a recent bargain find from The Works) which I swiped with Boss Gloss and heat embossed with with the Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel. Ooooh, I always love adding a bit of Frantage!

Prima marketing striking appearance epiphany collection

Inside the box I put some thick pieces of foam to fill it up so I could add my little nest with birds' eggs on top (another bargain from the Works). I also tucked in some natural 'grass' fibers and feathers and I added a spray with flowers and berries (another bargain find in the post-Christmas sales).

the works Decorative Easter Nests With Eggs and berries

Here are today’s participating designers - be sure to visit them all!
Asia King (you are here)

Asia King Under a Creative Spell Artist Trading Block

Thank you for stopping by today. If you've enjoyed your visit here, be sure to browse through my blog for other projects and ideas. And how about clicking the 'Follow My Blog' button on the right so you can stay up to date with my future crafty endeavours? :)

I'm back again tomorrow with a 'quintessentially British' make for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L :). Until then, enjoy the hop and have a fabulously crafty Friday!

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Challenges for this project:
Vintage Stamping Challenges #29 - Spring Colours
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #92 - Colour Between The Lines
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Steampunk Dramatic Society - Artist Trading Blocks Stampendous Style

Steampunk Artist Trading Block Stampendous
Hello Friends! Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my previous post with the Vintage Valentine Radio card and tutorial and for all your 'get well' wishes. It looks like my health troubles are going to hang around for a little longer so please bear with me during this time...{hugs to all}.

But despite all the troubles I am still trying my best to keep up with my DT commitments and today I'm having fun at the 'Block Party'!

This week our Stampendous gang is joining the Inspiration Team from Eileen Hull Designs for a week long play-time with Artist Trading Blocks and we hope you will play with us, too! Come and join us to explore these blocks of creativity, learn new ways to create within your current style and find inspiration to try something new.


This dimensional form of crafting is sure to spark your interest and give your mojo a serious boost! That’s why we have prizes!!! We’ll choose three winners at random from the comments on all blogs in the hop. Then from those three we’ll randomly pick a GRAND PRIZE winner! Two of the winners will receive Stampendous PenPattern Petal and PenPattern Flutter cling stamps. They’ll also receive enough pre-cut, premium matboard from Sizzix to make two boxes, plus some extra pieces for fiddly bits! The Grand Prize winner will receive the stamps as above, a whole package of matboard, AND the Sizzix Scoreboards™ XL Square Box Die die to cut your own ATB boxes! 

And if that wasn't enough, eligibility for these amazing prize packages has expanded to include international hoppers, too! I say 'yay' to that!


Eileen Hull Designs Inspiration Team will be posting a little longer than us so the comment deadline has been extended to Sunday, March 8th. A whole extra week to drool over fabulous makes and comment to increase your chance of winning. You get one entry for every comment, so you don’t want to miss the chance to leave a thoughtful comment on each project. For those who might get a little lost, we’ll post a “cumulative” list of links so far on Saturday, February 28th and Saturday, March 7th :).

And while hopping, connect with us on your favourite social media platforms!

Stampendous Links:
Shop Stampendous
Stampendous BlogFollow Stampendous: Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest * Instagram

Eileen Hull Links:
Eileen Hull Blog
Shop Eileen Hull Sizzix DiesFollow Eileen Hull: Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest * Google +* Instagram

The Artists on the Block Links:
The Artists on the Block Blog
Follow The Artists on the Block: Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest

So now - my project. Welcome to my Steampunk Dramatic Society! :) A bit different from my usual colourful shabby chic vibe, isn't it? LOL.


I had a lot of fun playing with DecoArt's Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff, Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Grey and Americana DuraClear Matte Varnish as well as these fantastic Stampendous Industrial stamps designed by Andy Skinner. I played with Andy's Faux Rust and Dirty Wash/Glaze techniques.


I also added some side panels stamped with White Opaque StazOn ink using the cling Steampunk set, embellished with some funky MDF shapes adhered with Adhesive Sheets.


I also added some black glittered alphas (K&Co) to the sides.


The inside of the block looks a bit like a Jack In The Box :). I first stamped the NK Studio's Fiesta pattern onto gold card and then stamped the Drama Masks with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Then I fussy cut them and popped them onto some acetate strips and fixed them inside the box with Crafty Power Tape. I also added strips of an old photo film (if you want to recycle yours, too, make sure you first scan the images onto your computer first, otherwise they will be lost forever!) which I crinkled with my heat tool.


The backdrop of my theatre scene was created with Reel Movies and Film Elements stamped onto BoBunny Time Piece Stripe and Monte Paper Mill Take2 papers. I used lots of Crafty Foam Tape to create the layers. I also added some Steampunk 'fascinators' to the masks using old watch parts and Small Dodz.


And you might have also spotted the cool picture wheel I created using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Picture Wheel. Again, I used an old photo film for the slides and sandwiched them between two die cuts - don't they look fab?


I finished the piece with some die cut gears at the back and wooden feet.

Here are today’s participating designers -

Be sure to check all the creations - they are sure to be mind blowingly gorgeous and super creative!

Thanks for popping in and for all your lovely comments. And if you enjoyed this inspiration from me, be sure to have a nosey around my blog for other projects and ideas. Perhaps you might even like to click that 'Follow My Blog' button on the right to see what I'm up to in the future :).

Good luck in the prize draw!

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Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner - Tic Tac Toe (metal, stamps, mediums)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add a little texture
Altered Art Challenge Blog February - Anything Goes
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Saturday, 14 February 2015

I'm So Tuned Into You - Happy Valentine's Day!

YYY Happy Valentine's Day! YYY

I know I've been a bit quiet recently... I've been having some health troubles keeping me away from the computer and I am awfully behind on blogging and visiting... I apologise for that my friends! But let me assure you that I really miss visiting your beautiful blogs and I will catch up on my visits as soon as things start looking up...!

I couldn't however let the 'troubles' take over completely, especially with the Valentine's Day coming up! My hubby has been absolutely wonderful and really supportive (as he always is!) so I wanted to create something really special, to show him how grateful I am to have him in my life.


My hubby looooves vintage radios (actually, I do, too!) and he has quite a few old radios in his 'little' collection. So I wanted to create something that would capture the 'retro tune' vibes. And as it happens, today I my posting day over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog and I am sharing this Vintage Radio card and a tutorial. Yay!

I would really appreciate it if you found a moment to pop over there to see my tutorial.

Supplies used:

Adhesive Sheets 4x6", E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, 3D Foam Squares - Black, Regular, 3D Foam Squares - Black, Small, DODZ™ - 3D, 3D Foam Hearts, Texture Ribbons (Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)


Other supplies:

Stampendous Tiny Alphabet and Vintage Lowercase Perfectly Clear stamps, White Detail Embossing Powder, Deep Impressions Chunky Embossing Enamel (clear), Boss Gloss, Maroon Micro Glitter

Sizzix Tags Round dies and Spellbinders Blossom Die; Monte Paper Mill Take2 papers, Maya Road Calendar rub-ons, clear embossing ink, Tim Holtz Ideaology Game Spinners and fasteners, small metal clock face from a hand watch, Tim Holtz Distress Inks/Stains (Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey), suede twine (May Arts)


Thank you so much for popping in here today and for any kind comments you'd like to share. I really look forward to seeing what you've all been up to lately and I hope I will be able to do so very very soon!

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Live and Love Crafts #32 - Hearts
A Vintage Journey - Tic Tac Toe (twine/die cuts/stains)
The Shabby Tea Room #245 - I [heart] You
Our Creative Corner - Tic Tac Toe (metal/die cuts/embossing powder & embossing powder/stamps/twine)
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Friday, 30 January 2015

Stop And Smell The Flowers - Timeless Rose And Other Blooms

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. ” 1956 The Walter Hagen Story

What a lovely quote, don't you think? :). And that's exactly what we're doing at Stampendous HQ this week - we're smelling the flowers! And here is my floral offering for today :).

Supplies:

Stampendous: R2183 Timeless Rose,  S5071 PenPattern Butterflies, DCS5071 Butterflies Die Cut SetEKM01 Pastel Pink Ultra Fine Glitter (Stack Art Elements - Silence Kit)
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko® SSH57 Jumbo Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Handle

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: 3D Foam Squares – White, Regular; E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips; DODZ™ – 3D; DODZ™ – Small; Adhesive Sheets

Plus: Cardstock by Bazill Basics Paper®, patterned papers, old bookpages, vellum, shopping tags,
All A Flutter embossing folder by Couture Creations, ribbon by May Arts, fabric flowers, DIY moulded flowers, gems

Media: STAEDTLER® ergosoft® watercolour pencils, Liquid Pearls (Petal Pink, Buttercup)

Instructions:
1. Prepare a tall card base, cover with patterned paper and add some machine or faux stitching along the edges.
2. Cut two smaller rectangles from cardstock and use as mats for one vellum and one bookpage panels.
3. Emboss vellum with All A Flutter folder and add Liquid Pearls to the raised areas for added dimension.
4. Stamp Timeless Rose onto bookpage panel and colour with pencils.
5. Add both panels to the card as shown and mount over foam squares.
6. Stamp PenPattern Butterfly onto cream cardstock, die cut and cover with Adhesive Sheet.
7. Sprinkle the butterfly with Pastel Pink glitter, add gems and adhere to the card. Add detail with Liquid Pearls.
8. Finish the card with Liquid Pearls, shopping tags, ribbon, gems, flowers and fussy cut butterflies. Adhere with DODZ.

I love flowers - who doesn't? :) And I love floral stamps. That's why I feel so blessed to be part of the Stampendous family as we have 'bucket-loads' of beautiful floral images and I get to play with them all! Pure awesomness!

So why don't you have a quick look at what my DT Sisters have been creating this week with their floral picks!


And sharing today:

I hope my post have inspired you to pick up your favourite floral stamps and create something to make Spring come quicker :). Thank you for stopping by today and your lovely comments letting me know you've been. They are all so much appreciated :).

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting For All Seasons #94 - Things With Wings
The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog #188 - Lots of Layers
Penny's Challenge #212 - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays #194 - Anything Goes

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Craft And Hobby Association 2015 Project: Mixed Media Dragonflies - Part 2

If you're looking for my Grow Your Blog 2015 Link Party blog post, click HERE.

Hello everyone! Thank you for stopping by today to see the second installment of my Mixed Media Dragonflies CHA ensemble. I'm posting it a little early than originally intended :).

In my first post I shared a Mixed Media Dragonflies Canvas With Adhesive Sheets and today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L I am sharing the remaining items - an altered wooden plaque and an altered mobile phone cover. I would love it, if you found a moment to hop over to the blog to find out all the details how I made these items.

Here are my three pieces together.
 

Here is my altered wooden wall plaque - a shelf for my altered phone cover.


And a couple of close-ups:



Supplies used for the altered wall plaque:

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Adhesive Sheets - 6x12", DODZ™ - Small, DODZ™ - 3D, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White, 3D Foam Squares - White Mix, 3D Foam Pennants, 3D Foam Keys & 3D Foam Swirls (Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®), 3D Foam Wings, 3D Foam Butterflies

Media: DecoArt Americana Metallic Oyster Pearl and Spa Blue acrylic paints, Prima Color Bloom sprays (Soft Teal, Summer Sky), Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (Peach Delight, Lemon Zest, Iridescent Gold), texture paste, white gesso 

Other supplies: Tim Holtz Layered Stencil - Gothic, PaperArtsy - Bloom stencil, wooden wall candle holder, printed napkins, various embellishments and findings, paper flowers, buttons. 

Now onto the altered phone cover. I had a used mobile phone cover in my stash and I thought it would make a great notepad, perhaps for keeping phone messages or telephone numbers?


And a few close-ups:


And the inside:


Supplies used for the altered mobile phone case:

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Adhesive Sheets - 4x6", DODZ™ - Small, DODZ™ - 3D, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White, 3D Foam Squares - White Mix, Crafty Foam Tape - White, Keepsake Envelopes

Other Supplies: Stampendous: Vintage Typewriter & Vintage Press Perfectly Clear stamps, Phone Elements Cling Rubber stamp, phone cover, printed napkins, cheese cloth, various embellishments and findings, paper flowers, buttons

Media: Stampendous Boss Gloss, Stampendous Periwinkle and Aqua embossing powders, DecoArt Americana Metallic Oyster Pearl and Spa Blue acrylic paints, Prima Color Bloom sprays (Soft Teal, Summer Sky), Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (Peach Delight, Lemon Zest, Black Cherry, Iridescent Gold), Tsukineko StazOn (Jet Black, Blue Hawaii, Midnight Blue, Emerald City), white gesso

I hope you enjoyed the second installment of my mixed media project. Thanks for stopping by and for all your heartwarming comments!

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Grow Your Blog - Linky Party 2015


Hello and welcome to the GROW YOUR BLOG 2015 Link Party! The lovely Vicki from 2 Bags Full is the hostess

If you are new to my blog... Warmest welcome! My name is Asia King and I come from Poland. Asia (read something between Asher and Ashya) is a Polish diminutive from Joanna, just like Bill from William :). I am married to my best friend, lovingly nicknamed MySteve, and a mum to our furry feline baby called Kropek. Both lads support my creative efforts in their own way :0. I now live in the beautiful county of Oxfordshire in the UK.

I am passionate about all things handmade and I am particularly fond of upcycling. My blog is mostly about papercrafting, card making and rubber stamping but I also like to play with mixed media and altered art, furniture decoration and handmade home decor items.

I am really fortunate to be one of the Design Team members for two fantastic craft manufacturers: Stampendous and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. I am also a part of the Bloggers Outreach Program for DecoArt.

My blog is my little diary where share my creative makes as well as technique and project tutorials. I usually blog about once or twice a week. I also regularly post on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog, where once a month I also share a full project tutorial.

If you'd like to get a quick flavour of my style of crafting, click on the picture below and hop over to my Pinterest gallery to see my latest makes.

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To follow my blog (I would be delighted if you did!), simply join the site via one of the Followers buttons on the right. And if you check the top of the sidebar, you will find my social media icons so can track me down there too! I do have my own YouTube channel with helpful video tutorials (I will be adding more soon!), so feel free to subscribe to my channel, too.

You can also subscribe to my blog by entering your email address. That way you will be notified when I post something new and you won’t miss anything!

I would of course like to return your kindness and follow you back - so do let me know your blog address so I can easily hop over and find out more about you!

So... make yourself comfortable and enjoy! And if you have any questions, feel free to contact me, I'm always only one click away!

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