Monday, 30 January 2012

Love/Romance Challenge ....

Hello everyone and welcome to the first Snazzy's challenge here at the DT blog ...

 Our first theme is "Love/Romance", if you want to play along, all you need to do is create a project that ties in with our theme, you have from today until midnight on the 13TH to pop it on your blog then link back here so we can see what you have made. The Design Team will choose their favourite entry and the winner will be announced on Valentines Day .....

The winner will receive the Design Teams January Kit  ....

The Design Team have been busy creating some samples to share with you ....

Products Used:
Wooden Block
Darkroom Door Word Block Stamp Plate (DDWB008)
7Dots "Dreamer" Paper & Embellishment Collection
Archival Inks
Adirondack Paint Dabbers
Ideaology Embellishments
Studio 490 ATC Art Parts Set


Products Used:
White/Black & Red Cardstock
Darkroom Door Word Block Stamp Plate (DDWB008)
WOW Bright White Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad

Products Used:
Various Canvas
Alcohol Ink
Darkroom Door Word Block Stamp Plate (DDWB008)
Recyled Plastic Packaging
Various Sizzix Dies

Products Used:
Titan Buff Acrylic Paint
Darkroom Door Word Block Stamp Plate (DDWB008)
Distress Inks
Prima Paper
Martha Stewart Punch
Archival Ink

To enter you can upload your entries from your blog , after you enter your details, click NEXT which will allow you to select the photo you wish to display as a thumbnail. 

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Snazzy DT Blog Challenge #1 .... Candy Alert

Hello everyone .... to be in with a chance of winning this fab blog candy, be sure to check out the DT blog on Monday for our first challenge of 2012.

You won't want to miss out, here's a sneak peak ....

Friday, 27 January 2012

DT Project #3 by Astrid

Featuring 7 Dots Studio Dreamer Collection

Hello everyone. Today I am showing you the last two projects created with this amazing paper collection. I am also showing you some ideas with two other wonderful products available from Snazzys, namely their very own Steampunk Supplies and Viva Decor Flexible Stencil "4 Borders". I created two tags.

The first project is a steampunk tag, as you can see. I covered the tag with a piece of one of the papers, added another strip along the bottom and over that created some texture by pressing some texture paste through one of the stencils. The stamps used are from Darkroom Doors Steampunk set, available from Snazzys. The chain and steampunk elements are from their Steampunk Supplies and the lock and key are Tim Holtz.

The next tag is more "Shabby Chic". All papers used are of course from the collection. The little pen stamp I had in my stash, I'm sorry but I can't remember where it came from. Along the top of the tag you can see a further example of the borders mask.

Well, that's it from me. Please come back next Monday when we will be hosting our very first challenge on the blog. There will be samples from all of the DT members and if you decide to join in there is a wonderful prize to be won generously offered by Snazzys. Hope to see you then!!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

DT Project #2 by Astrid

Featuring 7 Dots Studio "Dreamer" collection & Creative Expressions "Tickets" Plate

For my second project I decided to show you an altered  Triptych to demonstrate how the amazing products we are showing you this month can be used for mixed media projects.
The triptych is made by Creative-UK and is available from Snazzys.
This is how I did it:

I first sanded the wood blank down a bit and then coated it in two coats of Gesso. I then tore several bits of one of the dreamer collection papers and glued them on all three sides of the triptych. The next step was to add some Tim Holtz distress stains, a mix of Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Picket Fence to blend the paper in with the rest of the background. I then added some texture paste through a Prima mask in one corner and once it was dry spritzed it with Cosmic Shimmer Misting Ink Spray and some Walnut ink. I added a brad from my stash and further embellished with Tim Holtz keys and Locks from his Ideaology Range and various elements from the Dreamer Collection Stickers and Elements sheets. The little girl is a vintage photo I had in my stash.

Well, that's is from me just now but I have one more little project to show you on Friday using some other new products available from Snazzys, so I hope you'll be back to take a peak.

Monday, 23 January 2012

DT Project # 1 by Astrid

Featuring 7 Dots Studio "Dreamer" Collection
Creative Expressions "Tickets" Plate

Hello everyone
This is Astrid here with the final week’s projects using these amazing products all available from Snazzys of course.

Well, if you have been following the posts this months, you will have seen just how versatile this collection is for my fellow DT members have shown some incredible projects already.

I will start this final week off by showing you a book card I made. Instructions on how to make these can be found all over the internet, but if you would like to know more details of how I made mine, please contact me.

Inside, holding tag

Here is a detail from the front cover. The butterfly was stamped twice and coloured with distress inks. The background clock stamp is a Kaiser craft stamp. I had this in my stash already, but Snazzys sells Kaisercraft products.

Here is the back cover

I'll be back later in the week with some further projects, until then Happy Creating!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

DT Project #5 by Minxy : Featuring:

:7 Dot Studio 'Dreamer' Collection

Well here I am with my final project of the month.. It's been an amazing intro to the team and I just want to thank everyone for the warm welcomes, support and kind comments.
So I mentioned yesterday that today's project was somehow related to the book I made.. 
And now you can see how!
It's a cute little bag to home your little book. This makes the perfect little gift for someone special.
So how do you make said bag I hear you cry.. Well you CLICK HERE and you'll be whisked off to another of my videos where I show you.. that's how!
The bag in the photo above actually turned out to be a bit small once my book was all filled up so in the video I give correct measurement to make a more fitting size bag.
And after the video I jazzed the new bag up a bit, with a few of the 'dreamer' collection stickers.. which by the way if I haven't mentioned before are a really good quality, nice a thick. I outlined each sticker with an oil pastel and rubbed in to blend the sticker into the background.
So that's it from me.. Don't forget to pop back in a day or 2 when the lovely Astrid will be sharing more lovely projects to inspire you. And then there is a little challenge at the end of the month which you won't want to miss!
So till next time..Stay Inky

Friday, 20 January 2012

DT Project #4 by Minxy: Featuring:

:7DotStudio 'Dreamer' papers
:Creative Expressions 'Ticket' stamp set

Yep it's me again with yet another project.. I know I know, I got a wee bit carried away this month what with it being my first week on the team an all.. You've been very spoiled for sure and the funs not over yet..
Today i'm sharing a little mini book created from a single piece of the 'dreamer'12x12 paper.
This particular paper sheet is entitled 'sleepless'.
 I've used a selection of my photo's and embellished with Tim Holtz and 7Dot 'Dreamer' die-cuts, bottle tops, 'Dreamer' stickers and the creative expressions 'Tickets' stamped and cut out for added dimension.
Now usually this would be the bit where I tell you how I made it but not today!!!
Nope today I have actually made a little Utube Vid to go along with this project which you can watch HERE
I do a quick flick of the book in the vid for the nosey among you lol
For my closing tie I used a bit of plain white lace that I actually coloured using Distress Stains.
And because the lace was fairly elastic I found when I had finished the book I could fit a mini pen down the spine.
Don't you just love a happy accident!

I'll be back tomorrow with my final project this month..
All I can say is it's something to go with today project, So I hope to see you back tomorrow!
Till Then..Stay Inky

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

DT Project #3 by Minxy: Featuring:

:7DotStudio 'Dreamer' collection
Hello again snazzy folks, here I am back with my third project of the week.
This time I decided I wanted to show off the beauty of the paper so have gone for a scrapbook layout using the oh sooooo pretty 'Daydreaming' sheet from the 7DotStudio 'Dreamer' collection.
I have a love for shabby chic and for grunge so these papers which combine the 2 are just LUSH.
 The page started off with some scraps I had left over from the letter I shared on Monday.
I picked a streampunk pic of myself that I had edited in sepia tones.
I thought I looked like a bit of a dreamer in the pic so I actually cut out the 'dreamer logo' from the bottom of the paper, you know the bit you slice off & throw away..  I added it to one of the 7dotS matching 'dreamer' die-cut elements, roughing up the edges with a distress tool.
To be in keeping with the steampunk theme I used one of the cool snazzys own brand metal steampunk supplies.

But it needed balancing out so I picked some of the very cool Kaisercraft wood flourishes.
I got out my sewing machine and added some lines to look like the cages were suspended by the thread.
I did a bit more sewing before adding a whitewashed bird {i used picket fence distress stain}, I die-cut some Tim Holtz gears out of metal, and aged them up using 'timber brown' stazon.

A few more goes on the sewing machine with more scraps and the page was done!
This is only my third ever 12x12 scrapbook layout {which to be honest I find quite intimidating to make} but with this paper collection it took all the scariness away for me, and I am proper happy with the results. 
So what do you snazzy folks think.. Do you have a paper collection that just rocks your world and makes it easier to craft a layout? {if not you really should try this line..well if I can do it so can anyone!!}
Right that's enough waffle from me.. I'll be back on friday with another project for you
until then.. Stay Inky

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

DT Project #2 by Minxy : Featuring:

 :Creative Expressions 'Tickets' Plate
:7DotStudios 'Dreamer' Collection

I'm totally in love with the idea of mixing my mediums so I thought this the perfect place to show that you don't have to work with just paper on a project. Fabric is good too!
As this card shows..
For the base square I did a wood effect using acrylic dabbers, I then edged it with a gold krylon pen.
 Next I layer a square of hessian bag, followed by a square of cotton which I had stamped with sepia archival ink using the very cool 'ticket' stamps from creative expressions.
For the centre I used one of the stickers from the 12x12 'dreamer' collection sticker sheet cut down slightly with some fancy edge scissors.
I die-cut a heart and painted it with gold acrylic dabber, I then wrapped with a single strand of hessian and added another little sticker to complete the look.
Simple, pretty and a mix of mediums.
So next time you look at your supplies.. think what you can do differently!
Right that me done for today but i'll be back again tomorrow with more 7DotStudio goodness.

Monday, 16 January 2012

DT Project #1 by Minxy : Featuring 7DotStudios 'Dreamer' Collection

Hi you snazzy folks!
Minxy here {or my real name Nicky} I answer to both!
So here I am, Officially the newbie to the team, 
So...A little about me: 
I was born and bred in London but I moved to the west country in 2000. I live with my partner of 7 years in a quiet little town in the middle of nowhere. I am currently changing jobs due to health issues.
I have crafted since the age of about 4 but the obsession only really took over when I moved into my 1st proper home 11 years ago. It started with card making, then I got my internet connection!! I joined some forums, swapped some ATC's, then I discovered Tim Holtz and things were never the same again!! 
I would say my style is very eclectic,  I love mixed media, collage, stamps, inks, paint, mediums as well as fabrics, felt and lace.
My most used crafty item has to be my Distress Inks, I use them on pretty much everything I make!
I would say I am a jack of all crafts, Master of none!! gotta try everything at least once don't ya! 
If I had to name a favorite style it would be a toss up between Grungy and Shabby Chic. But really anything  goes!
I have previously been on 1 other DT and I hope to get myself published some time this year!
Right that's enough waffle from me.. now on to the art!

For my first project I want to share this awesome papier-mache letter that Snazzy's provided me with to show off 'my style'. 
They have a whole range in the shop so you can make words and phrases like ART and CREATE.
I started by covering the whole letter with pages from an old dictionary, I used a piece of the 7DotStudio Dreamer collection paper entitled 'Night's Fever' to cover just the front.
Then I got busy with the Tim Holtz stamps.
I used black and sepia archival ink and snowcap acrylic dabber to stamp with.
 Next I had a route about in my stash and found some mesh which I layered in the corners and topped with idea-ology trinkets.
A few alteration die cuts later and just a smidge of lace and it was complete.
 So as you can see there is a bit of everything chucked on for good measure.
Bit of steampunk, bit of swirlage & lace and plenty of grungy'ness!
 I hope you have enjoyed my first offering, I'll be back again tomorrow with my next piece, 
Hope to see you then xx
Stay Inky

Friday, 13 January 2012

Design Team Project #2 featuring 7 Dots Studio Dreamer Collection (by Lesley)

Hello Everyone,

As it's now Friday evening I hope you are all looking forward to doing something nice this weekend even if it's only winding down doing nothing much after a busy week.  I've had a week out and about quite a lot so not much crafting time but I did manage to get my second project finished in time to show you (by the skin of my teeth, lol).

A couple of months ago our lovely 'Headmistress' Val posted a fab envelope book on her blog here.  Val made it for one of the brilliant workshops she holds at Snazzy HQ (wish I lived close enough to go :o( ) and because I expressed a real interest in it Val kindly sent me some envelopes made into the 'bones' of the book so I could see how it was put together.  I've kept the original envelopes for future reference (I'm bound to forget how to do it with my sieve-like brain) and used some of my own which are a bit bigger than Val's, together with the fabulous 7 Dots Studio papers to make a Book of Inspirational Quotes I like from my stamp collection.  

I'm not going to give details on how I made the book as that wouldn't be fair to Val and instead I am going to bombard you with lots of photos and a list of products I used.  If anyone has anything they would like to ask, please email me (email addy on my blog profile) and I'll try to answer your query.

Front flap and first page closed

Front flap and first page opened


First double page with tags in place

Second double page

Close up of heat embossed butterflies,
one on acetate and one on 7 Dots paper.

Close up of flittered flourish corners and
quote on tag

Third double page without tags

Close up of right hand page

and with tags in place

and finally the back cover

Product List
7 Dots Studio Dreamer Collection - papers, stickers and die cut elements
Creative Expressions ticket stamps
Chocolate Baroque stamps
Crafty Individuals stamps
Hampton Arts stamps
Tim Holtz stamps
Paper Artsy stamps
IndigoBlu stamps 
Ideology and Grungeboard
Distress Inks and Stains
Adirondack inkpads
Versafine inkpads
Flitter Glue and Crafty Notions Autumn Green Gilding Flakes
Clear Embossing Powder
Marshmallow Glimmer Mist
Crafty Notions White Matte Colour Spray
Glossy Accents
Paper string and sari silk ribbon

Some of these items (including some of the stamps) are from my own stash but Snazzy's can supply many of them including all the inkpads, stains and many of the other incidentals.  Just give them a call!

Well, that's it from me for this month.  I've had a lot of fun with my two projects and next week will be the turn of Nicky with her first project for the DT so I hope she's had fun too.  As always, thank you for your visit and your much appreciated comments and don't forget to check back towards the end of the month to see what the challenge will be.

Lesley  Xx