I did warn you that I was getting stuck in to some longer projects and here is the first one. I am really happy with how this turned out and while its not perfect its not bad either. The pattern is from Six Penny Memories and is called The Crazy Cushion. It is a Victorian design used to use up scraps. It is stitched onto calico to stabilise the different types of fabric, which wasn't strictly needed this time as the scraps were all polycotton from my scrap stash. I would definitely do future projects onto calico as it has a lovely feel to it. Obviously a quilt wouldn't need it but wall hangings and cushions could well benefit from it.
I love this stamp by Sheena Douglass, I thought I'd something a bit different with it today though. All the card used was Sheena's stamping card so white to start with. The main card was misted and clouded with Tim Holtz's Distress ink and spritz with water and dabbed. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with clear powder and then coloured with the distress ink pad. The back ground for the wolf was great fun to do. I painted the backing card with Pebeo DYNA in blue/black and let dry. In the drying time I then had a piece of acetate which I spritzed with Cosmic Shimmers, I let it dry until it was tacky and had an old paint brush and swirled the colours around a bit before letting them dry completely. While that was drying I stamped and cut out the wolf image in Tuxedo Black on white card. I cut the two backgrounds to the same size and secured them together with brads. I put a piece of grey sparkly paper through an embossing folder and trimmed it. I've then just layered it up. The back ground is so shimmery and appears to swirl around as the light catches it from different angles.
So having done that and having been pleased with the effect I had this card to make up. I made the topper the other day, which I showed earlier on this blog. I had a piece of white card stock to make the base and just edged it with a mauvey pink chalk dew drop ink pad. I had another piece of Sheena's stamping card and splashed some water around on the card with a large paintbrush. I then spritzed it with Cosmic Shimmer Mist in a gorgeous purple, and because I was too impatient I dried it with my hot air gun. Photo's don't really do these backgrounds justice, they are sooooooooooooo sparkly and gorgeous.
I am still exploring the possibilities of what the TODO can do. Today I just wanted to do something simple and effective. I love stamping (did I mention that?) and I love Distress Ink Pads too. I love colouring with Distress Inks, either drawing the colour out with a damp brush or picking up colour from my craft mat and using like paint. This image uses both those techniques and worked rather well on Kraft card, although I am showing you the image rather than the finished card as it does take quite a while to dry.
New friends are lovely and always welcome but the old friends are comfort and relaxation
This lovely Sheena Douglass Paint Fusion Pansy for example. It has been a long time since I did this last but it was terrific to just slide back into it and relax and enjoy the wiggling. Following yesterday's debacle with the Stick n Spray and Spray and Shine I haven't given it a spray of anything lol. I did discover that these little desk tidies go into the TODO, removing the central base put the pot in and put the inked up stamp face down on the pot, put on plate D and apply pressure by moving the roller.
My first stamped card in over two years! Am I excited? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I have to say that any mistakes you may notice are entirely driver error (too impatient to tape things down). The TODO cut all the squares, embossed and stamped the card. I used Distress Ink pads to stamp the image, I then drew out the colour with a damp paintbrush. I struggled a little bit in trying to remember how to colour with cut and dry foam but it soon came back to me. I am absolutely thrilled to bits with this machine and I'm still trying to find negatives for you
Following on from my heart box the other day, I decided that my new shiny paintbrushes should have a container all to themselves.
I used the lavender stems from Sheena Douglass' Simply Sweet stamps and the Swirls from her new paint fusion stamps. I was feeling rather smug so I blinged it up a bit and the sprayed it with what I thought was Spray and Shine by Crafters Companion!!! HORROR OF HORRORS! What I'd actually used was Stick n Spray!! So gutted I can't tell you, and guess what? I have an empty can of Spray Away so can't salvage it with that.
Look what has arrived at Sassie Acres! I've played about with it a little bit now. I was going to devote a whole day to playing with it today, but The Goffer has been in and out like a fiddlers elbow today and as it's a weighty beast I need him to move it for me. So I have wasted a day.
However, I had a quick play sat on the bed and did some embossing, die cutting and a cheeky bit of stamping with it. I love it! Because of my shakes and hand weakness I find these things difficult to do. It's fair to say that it has that 'new' stiffness about it but I still managed the functions with ease and adjusting the roller was an absolute doddle. I shall be ordering some foils soon to try out the hot foiling function, but so far I've found it to be a very simple piece of kit. With nice crisp embossing and die cutting. By lifting out the plate (easypeasy) the BIG Sissix dies go through and cut out my patchwork dies a dream. It was a very expensive piece of kit but the amount of things that I can do with it is incredible. I can see many opportunities for using TODO in my mixed media crafting, such as cutting out dies and using the negatives for texture paste, applique, cutting chipboard (I struggled with my Big Shot), using empty drinks cans to make shapes to paint and add to canvas. I am really excited with the possibilities it offers along with the opportunity to use my big wood mounted rubber stamps that my hands just can't cope with.
I've been trying to find a negative angle to tell you about, but to be perfectly honest with you I haven't yet come across one yet. I suppose the biggest negative for many would be its size as its a bit of a beast.