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Monday, 12 November 2018

Cardmaking with Cricut & Stamps

It has been years since I have had space to unpack and use my Cricut machine. The result of which is that I had to refresh myself on exactly how the machine works. I found it was like riding a bike; slow going at first, but I soon got the hang of it again. I cut four sheets of 12" x 12" papers which I will be converting into projects over the next few blogs. For today's blog, I use only one of the shapes to make a card. I combine this with some very simple stamping. I borrowed this idea from Pinterest.


I selected a number of pictures on the Cricut Expression 2, filling a whole page.


I then cut these designs on four different paper sheets.


Carefully lift the designs and residue paper away from the cutting mat.


This was what I was left with after all the designs had been cut out.


I then used another 12" x 12" monotone craft paper. I cut this in half to serve as the card.


I folded the cut paper in half so that I was left with a 6" x 6" card.


I then used double-sided tape to stick the bodice of a dress, which was cut with the Cricut machine, to the card.


I drew the outline of a skirt to the bodice, using a pencil and ruler.


I then found a stamp set with small flowers to use to stamp a pattern on the skirt.


I selected one of the flowers in the set to use. I also used Pumice Stone Distress Ink, by Tim Holtz.


I stamped random flowers onto the skirt.


I selected a second flower motif.


I filled in the spaces with this motif.


Then I selected a tiny flower motif.


I filled in smaller gaps with this stamp.


I carefully erased the pencil lines of the skirt.


I randomly applies glue dots to the open spaces on the skirt.


I stuck rhinestones on the glue dots.


Then I used some strips of paper, which I salvaged from the cut-out papers, to glue three strips to the top of the card.


I glued two more strips to the side of the card.


This card was finished in next to no time.


You can also watch a short compilation video of these steps on YouTube by following this link:
https://youtu.be/OFH5eEVi2Yg


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Art Journal: The Birds & The Bees

Being alone is not the worst fate in life. Too often I speak to people who are caught in abusive relationships which they struggle to escape from. Yet, I also see relationships that make me long for someone I can call my husband and partner in life. In today's art journal blog, I take time to acknowledge this longing for someone special.


We start the project on black paper and use a white chalk pencil to draw our picture.


The picture is a simple one of a watering can with a bouquet of cosmos flowers stuck in it. One flower is lying on the ground next to the watering can and a bee has approached one of the flowers in the can.


I use shades of grey, white and black to help create the impression of roundness in the watering can and its spout.


I then colour three different shades of cosmos flowers. I again use white and black to create highlights and shadows.


The bee is done in shades of grey, black, white and yellow.


The stem of the flower and its leaves are done in greens with white and black to add detail.


I now spray the whole picture with fixative to prevent the soft pastels form smudging.


I use a white Posca marker to write the journalling: "Sometimes my heart longs for someone to share life's beauty with."


The finalized page layout.


You can also watch a compilation video of the steps in this project here:
https://youtu.be/WSuwwrqbjZY


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
You can subscribe to any of these blogs and receive regular updates by email. Simply register your email address at the top of the applicable blog.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Art Journal: Fishers of Men

It occurred to me today that I sometimes get so busy living an everyday mundane life, that I allow this to swamp the Life I am actually aiming for, and that is eternal life in Jesus. We do need to check every so often if we are not perhaps too busy with the things of this world. Take a step back and reconsider your own priorities today, when I take stock of mine. While we're at it, let's remind ourselves that we are also supposed to make time to do some fishing, especially the kind that catches men for God.


We start today's project on black paper with a white chalk pencil.


Start by drawing the face.


Add the hair, neck and shoulders.


Add the clothing.


I then decided to change the eyes somewhat and returned to the face.


Draw two hooked fish on the opposite page.


My drawings are now in place.


I colour the first fish with a combination of soft pastel bars, soft pastel stencils, a charcoal pencil and the white chalk pencil.


The second fish gets the same treatment.


I then use the charcoal pencil to add detail to the fish.


I spray this page with fixative to prevent it from smudging while I'm working on the opposite page.


On this page, I start with the clothing and the neck and shoulders of the figure.


I use the same colours on the face of the figure. Then I use the charcoal pencil to add detail to the drawing.


Lastly, I colour the hair.


It is time to give this page a treatment with fixative to prevent smudging.


I now use a white paint marker to jot down my thoughts.


Here is what I've written: "Life matters. But, so does eternal life. Do not become so wrapped up in living that you neglect taking care of the next life. We have been called to be fishers of men. Perhaps it is time to go fishing once again. - Miekie"


The completed layout.


You can also watch a short compilation video of the steps above here:
https://youtu.be/TQxTKqxPaQQ


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
You can subscribe to any of these blogs and receive regular updates by email. Simply register your email address at the top of the applicable blog.