Monday, 20 April 2015

Thrifty crafting?

Good morning crafty friends and hope you are all well today. Well it's the end of the Easter holidays for us, so it's back to school all round at Casa Mia!

It's new challenge time at Incy Wincy Designs and this time we're on a mission. We all know that feeling as crafters that we want our projects to look like a million dollars but we only want to spend pennies creating them? Well this week, we're hoping to pool our crafting knowledge with yours and find those fancy and frugal tips as our challenge for you this week is Faux Techniques! Now if you (like some of the IWDT who shall remain nameless!) are thinking "WHAT!!!!!!!", why don't you head over to SplitCoast Stampers and have a look at some of the amazing tutorials their designers have come up with?

Obviously, this effort deserves some reward doesn't it, and this week we've got 2 kind sponsors. The first is Emma Canning of  Flat Friends Boutique and I'll be showcasing an image by Megan of Dilly Beans tomorrow.

Emma has also given the us a selection of images to showcase, so here is my project for you featuring one of Emma's delightful images, and a Faux Button:

My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card base - is a premade 14.8 cm square card base which I have cut, scored and folded to make a centre stepper card
  • Papers - the "Gorgeous" paper and the multi-hearts papers both come from the, sadly now retired, Strawberry Kisses CD-Rom which was produced by Crafter's Companion. I have also used a co-ordinating paper from the Vintage Floral CD-Rom, which I printed onto the reverse of the multi-hearts paper, just to add interest with a corner folded over.
  • Image - is Love is in the Air by Emma at Flat Friends Boutique. Emma has got some really gorgeous images in her store, so please pop over and have a look and treat yourself to one or two! I've brought this sweetheart and her balloon to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours before die cutting using the largest die in my Die'sire Essentials Rectangles set:
    • Skin - FS2, FS3, TN2
    • Hair - GB8, GB9, GB10, EB8
    • Dress - BT5, BT6, BT7, Blender Pen
    • Jacket - CR4, CR6, CR7
    • Boots - TN7, TN8, TN9
    • Balloon - CR8, CR10, CR11
    • Outline - BT1
    • Clouds - Craf-T chalk in Light Blue
  • Sentiment - comes from a set called The Wild Ones Birthday Collection which was a cover freebie from Quick Cards Made Easy magazine. This was stamped using Memento ink in black, onto a tab shaped die from the Die'sire Just The Ticket die set before it was adhered to the back of the centre step.
  • Faux Button - which I made, more-or-less!, following this tutorial by Leesa, a former teamie at The Crafty Pad. The only differences between mine and Leesa's "buttons" are that I cut mine with my smallest Die'sire Essential Hearts die, I edged with Spectrum Noir Pen EB7 and I slicked a layer of Glossy Accents over my "button" to give it some shine! I love this technique as it means I can make a button to any shape (within reason!) using the papers I've used on my project if I want, I can choose which bit of the papers I want to see as the top of my button. and I can choose how many button holes to have and where they go! Here, I was able to to centre the word "gorgeous" in my button before using my punching tool:

I hope you'll come over to Incy Wincy Designs and check out the wonderful creations by my very talented team-mates. Don't forget to come back and share your favourite Faux Techniques with us - this challenge will end on Sunday 26th April 2015.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
  • 3 of Something at Top Tip Tuesday - I'm using 3 different papers and 3 different shaped die cuts. My TOP TIP for you this time is to use your smaller dies and punches to make faux buttons so that your buttons effortlessly co-ordinate with your project!
  • Favourite Alcohol Markers or Distress Inks (and why) at As You Like It Challenge - It's Spectrum Noir (Alcohol) pens all the way for me. Why? I fell in love with the Crafter's Companion brand 4 years ago when I bought my Ultimate Pro and started out making cards. These pens came out a few months later and I bought the base sets (which I've gradually added to), PLUS I don't actually own any Distress Inks .....  !!!!!!!!!!!!! That's pretty conclusive then! ;o)
  • Challenge 76 - Anything Goes with a Twist ... Use a Die or Punch at Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge
  • Challenge #89 - Use a Die Cut at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
  • Layer it Up with Christine at CD Sunday Challenge

I'll be back tomorrow to share my card using a Dilly Beans image. Until then, have a good day!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. Great card Helen love the image and papers, love the theme gets ur brain ticking.
    Hope all goes well at school, our children went back last week.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  2. Super card Helen, lovely pretty papers and a sweet image!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  3. Fab card Helen. I love the layout with the little fold-over corner.

  4. great image and design Helen - faux techniques eh? Interesting challenge and I love your faux button. brilliant. Hope work wasn't too bad. Hugs Rachel x

  5. Love your easel card. The faux button is great, I just did some of this myself for a make your own challenge, so I love your tip. Thank you for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday! Brenda

  6. Great card. I love the colour combo you've used. I'm popping over to see these new techniques you talk about.....sounds like fun. Thank you for joining us at CD Sunday. Wynn DT

  7. Great design. I love the faux button.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday DT

  8. A fabulous design and I adore the cute faux button - will have to try this for sure!
    Thanks for sharing your card with us at Top Tip Tuesday challenge and for the great tip!
    Hugs, Kat x

  9. Your card is gorgeous and thank you for joining in our challenge by CC&CC ,good luck and hope to see you again next time
    Hugs xxx Dt Anneke and have a nice day.

  10. Beautiful layered creation, just right for our latest challenge.
    Thanks for joining us at CD Sunday
    sue-b DT x

  11. Super card and lots going on with it. many thanks for sharing with us at CD Sunday this week.

    Jenny x
    CD Sunday DT

  12. I love the way you have folded back those corners (mental note made). Thank you for sharing with us.
    Carol xx
    Cd Sunday DT

  13. SO cute card, love image !!! Thanks for joining us at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT


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Helen x