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Sneak peeks. Just because I need to blog once in a while.
The Christmas themed pictures are for a special card that I’m making. They are stamped, coloured and glossy accented.
As for the little lion in the front, while I was shopping, I saw a simplistic lion themed box. It’s simple shapes reminded me of punched shapes, so I whipped up a version of what I saw.
I think the nose should be smaller, proportionally, and the mane should be bigger, but it was the best I could do without getting my die cut machine out. I was more focussed on actioning the idea before I lost it.
I think he’s cute anyway.

Update

Hey guys, just letting you know I’ve had to do a bunch of homework, and any craft I’ve been doing are presents for people who read this. Sorry I can’t show you guys yet. I might put up what I’ve been doing for my course. Ive been 3d modelling swords in Autodesk 3ds Max. Its my first time modelling in 3d on the computer. It’s far different than clay, but much cleaner. :D
I hope to blog again soon, but not sure I’ll have too much time to craft for a bit, as after Christmas, I have an inspection.
So much fun…

#204

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I began wrapping presents today, but while I was in the middle of the first one, I realised I didn’t have tags for the cards. You don’t usually need them for birthday presents, so I forgot. Lucky for me, I was able to use my circle dies again.
Ensuring I had a double sided patterned paper (the one I chose was red one side, green the other) so that the tag looked good from both sides, I stuck a smaller yellow circle for writing the names. Using a regular office hole punch, I created a hole for threading ribbon through to attach to the presents. I would have liked to used white card, but it appears to have become a ninja, and I can’t find it anywhere.
I was thinking of cutting a circle of card and one of the wrapping paper the same size and gluing them together. That way they’d match the presents and look nice. I might still try it, as I’ve only wrapped two presents so far.
I love wrapping presents!

#203

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I made this star shape by cutting a circle with my big shot, then using my hexagon punch and lined two points with the edge of the circle, making a v shape. I continued around, lining the next v with the end of the last one. The final one had to be squeezed in but that isn’t too noticeable.
I found a lot of tips while looking for ideas to use with the circle dies. Punch art is quite popular and very creative. I often wonder how people come up with these great ideas, then I spend some time experimenting and get some awesome results. About 70% of experiments come out bad but that’s how we learn and improve.
Just have fun.

#202

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Playing with my big shot machine. Tried embossing acetate from packaging and it worked brilliantly.
My arms are getting tired from cranking, but it’s fun.
Now just need to find where I put the rest of my embossing folders. I’ve seen them recently…

#201

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Horrible photo is horrible.
I wanted to make a Christmas themed headband and I thought of the leaves and flower idea. Then I bought my new circles die and stacked three sizes of red felt with a button finished with a gold thread cross for the flower. I’m not sure I like the red and white leaves in with the green. Perhaps different tones of green would look better, although it is very Christmassy, just like gaudy jumper/sweater.
It would probably also look nice as an everyday headband if the colours were changed. Perhaps a peach or white flower. Maybe more than one flower and only a few leaves. You could make a wreath using a leaf die or punch. Make the leaves autumn themed with reds and oranges or match your clothes or decor.
I get a lot of ideas that I have to write down because there’s no way I could make them all. I have about 700 notes on my phone alone. I always carry around a notebook and I’ve filled many of them. Not all of them good, but it is important to write them down. I not only think of art and craft ideas, but game ideas and how to fix certain parts of the world. I recommend that you do this too. Creativity feeds creativity. Write down any ideas you have. They don’t have to be good, you don’t have to show anybody. Even if you don’t do anything with the idea, you may look back and it will give you inspiration or just be fun to look back on.

#200

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I have circles! I’ve been wanting to get them for ages, but the only ones I could find were expensive or online. There was stars and label ones, but I’ll probably get them another time.
There is so many opportunities for creativity with these simple shapes such as stacking, framing, windows and layering. These cut through paper and felt beautifully.
My partner was laughing at my joy and excitement as I made circles.
I can tell this will be an essential tool in my crafting. So fun.

#199

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Today I decided to add some glitter to some nail polish. The gold was pretty, but the glitter wasn’t very dense and don’t have a nice coverage, so I added some gold glitter. The only gold I could find was much yellower than the one in the bottle already, but that makes it look more Christmassy.
As for the silver, I used a plain clear polish and added white and silver glitter which looks nice. The problem with this is the viscosity of the polish is thin and not designed to hold the weight of the glitter, causing it to settle to the bottom very quickly. This means I had to shake it every time I put the brush in for more varnish. Until it coagulates a bit more, it’ll have to do. It’s very pretty, as it has a hint of green from the white iridescent glitter.

#198

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This morning there was a link from my partner. He’s always volunteering me for things, and tells me afterwards. This time it was someone we know asking our gaming community to come up with a dragon skulls tattoo design. I had drawn dragons before, but never dragon skulls. People have told me before that I should do tattoo designs and I like a challenge occasionally, so I decided to try some drawings and see how I go. I couldn’t really imagine any ideas on how to go about this, so I looked up dragon skulls in google images. I found a sculpture of a skull and began to draw it. The guy asked for a line drawing with no colour, but I’m not sure if that included shading, so I’m doing it without for now. This drawing is only my first try and was copying mainly so I can get an idea of the shapes involved and form ideas. It looks a lot like a normal dragon, probably because the bones look like scales and without shading its hard to define otherwise. Also I added the eye as an undead dragon idea, but it looks too alive and I’ll try a version without it.
The ideas of tattoos are great to me, but the fear of having something go wrong or not liking it terrifies me. Between the artist creating the piece, the tattoo artist and the ink and skin, there’s so much that can go wrong but when it’s done well they can be beautiful.
I saw a woman with ‘imperfection is beauty’ written beautifully across her shoulder. Ironically she was wearing so much makeup that her face was all one colour.
I don’t have any tattoos, but if I ever do get one it would have to be one of my own designs, as I’d always be picking at it and criticising whatever’s there.