Sunday, 1 July 2012

How did you...

...spend your weekend?

If like me, you work full-time in the non-crafting world it can often be difficult to fit in the time to do some crafting whilst at the same time going to work and dealing with 'life' in general. I have to say that the last two weekends have been great as I was able to spend time watching some fab demos (Letraset Promarkers & Flexmarkers - and - Making the most out of punches and dies). This weekend was even better was one of Andy's "Tim Holtz style" days so I got to spend the day playing with distress inks/stains and alcohol inks. It was a day of the usual wonderful inky messiness.

We arrived to find some bare grayboard/chipboard on the tables - some quite large scalloped rectangles and some smaller plain rectangles.
What we managed to create from this board was a pretty decorated box.
(Sorry about the slightly fuzzy pics).
The lid and outside of the box was covered in glossy CS that had been coloured using Adirondack alcohol inks in Cranberry and Cool Peri. The inks were dripped onto a craft mat and then sprinkled with blending solution - or as it became known "Vinegar" (it was just like sprinkling vinegar on your chips LOL).
The inside of the box was lined with matt CS which was coloured with Ranger Distress Inks in Milled Lavender and Picked Raspberry (from the "Summer" limited edition stack).

As an aside; two of the colours in this stack caused a lot of discussion...someone accidentally called it 'Pickled' raspberry and it stuck LOL, we were all calling it that when it was mentioned...the other colour which caused a lot of debate was "Mowed Grass" - numbers were split over whether it was correct or whether it should have been 'Mown' grass. I think we came to the conclusion that it would have been easier to call it 'Cut grass' LOL.
In addition to creating the box and covering it we also got to play with the new embossing folders from DoCraft that form part of the new promotion. For such reasonably priced folders (Embossing; £2.99 - Tri-bossing; £3.99) the images are lovely and produce super results.

You can see an embossed panel on the top of the box. Using silver miri-card this was run through the BigShot using one of the 'Strictly Christmas' designs. I then dabbed alcohol ink around the edge (Cranberry & Midnight purple) - I will be attaching it to the lid of the box but at the moment I can't make up my mind what ribbon to use under the panel...I'll have to remember to let you see the final result when I've sorted out some embellies.

It was a fabulous day and as always, because folk could pick their own colour combos, the end results were very different.

Thank you Andy for a lovely day of crafting - I hope you have a super holiday (you deserve it) and come back refreshed and bursting with lots of ideas for more classes...........................................


Jenny1676 said...

It was a good day wasn't it!! Pickled Raspberry and the vinegar are still making my chuckle!!

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scrappyjen said...

Wow! That looks like an amazing project. Glad you found some time for yourself. Have a great week. jenx

Virginia said...

Oh that's fantastic - looks like you had great fun - could do with a play day if I'm honest!

Debbie said...

The box is fab, sounds like a great class and a really fun day! :)

Debbie x

Kim Dellow said...

that looks lovely! what a fun thing to do Toni, glad you had fun! Kim

Lynn Stevens said...

Sounds like my kinda day. Awesome box project. The "cut Grass" comment cracked me up. LOL
hugs Lynn