Friday, 14 December 2012

Blog Candy Winner

Well it's time to announce the winner of this fab blog candy kindly donated by Craft Range,

Janet has drawn the winner and the lucky person is
<a href='' target='_self'>Elizabeth</a>

Thanks for joining in Elizabeth, if you get in touch well arrange for the parcel to be delivered.

Watch this space everyone as The Craft Range will be drawing the winner of the die cutting machine shortly.

Hope you're having a great day in this horrible weather! Keep smiling!

X Michelle

Saturday, 1 December 2012

What a Nana!

I really am a complete and utter idiot! I finished these lovely little tea light gift boxes at 1.30am on Thursday night to take to our Friday stamping club, packed everything away ready to set off bright and breezy on Friday morning..........and left the samples on my desk!

One day I may recover enough grey matter to be a whole, complete crafter instead of needing the lovely Janet to remind me to wipe my nose!

Well done you Stamping Clubbers for (getting it) despite my poor memory. Some fabulous tea light gifts were produced!

X Michelle

Friday, 30 November 2012

Welcome to our new home

Life at Lovin' Ink has become much bigger than the little shop we began with so to celebrate we decided to have a new blog and take some pictures so you can see our faces !
The shops who we deliver workshops for have also kindly agreed to sponsor our launch so first off here is the prize from Craft Range, Burnley.

So what do you have to do to win this fabulous prize?
Firstly you need to become a follower of Lovin' Ink - Please leave a comment here and also share our news on your blog.or facebook page.

and for the extra time of popping over to follow Craft Range  blog and leave a comment there you will be put into a prize draw to win this little baby!

This has been used to demonstrate once and comes complete so is a great prize.
The winner will be picked from the comments on Craft Range blog

You have until November 30th to play along x

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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

More exploding Boxes!

Isn't it amazing how two people can make the same thing and end up with completely different pieces. Earlier this week Janet made the Sample for Samuel Taylors and I've made this one for workshops we're doing at The Craft Range

Same idea totally different look but could you choose which is best? Don't think so! I so love it when Janet and I work together, our ideas just complement each others perfectly don't you think?

I'm loving our new blog, we've so many ideas bubbling away between us there aren't enough hours in the day to make everything! Some wonderful projects to come though so do check back and say hi

X Michelle

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Christmas al la Tim

 The last workshop at Embsay will be to revisit some techniques and also introduce the man himself Tim Holtz.  After finding these fab LED Christmas trees an exploding box was definitely a must!
 Inside and the view from above.
Making the most of the gorgeous products Tim puts together this class rounds off the course this year.
Fancy joining us on December 1st 10-4pm ? We would love to see you .To book contact Samuel Taylors here

Thanks for stopping by our new blog - click to home to find out about being in the candy draw.

Friday, 7 September 2012

A little freebie for our friends!

Janet and I recently ran a workshop teaching a few resist techniques and thought it was such a pretty project, we'd like to share it as a special pressie for those of you who have supported us over the years and as a reminder for the fab folk who joined us at the workshop.
The cards were made all using different resist techniques then were presented in a half front box to give as a gift. I always give a nicely presented box of cards to my family for Christmas and they make lovely stocking fillers, least ways they have never complained yet!

This card was made by sponging gesso onto a butterfly stamp then stamping it randomly onto the card and leaving to dry.
When dry I just inked it with a brush using adirondack Inks. On this card I used Peach Bellini, Aqua, Raspberry and a touch of Sunshine Yellow.

This card was made by first Stamping the text with versamark and embossing with clear embossing powder, before inking again with the Adirondack inks. The embossing powder was then removed by placing a kitchen towel or grease proof paper over the image and ironing with a moderately hot iron.
A few stamped swirls and butterflies finished off the layered look.

The background for this card was made in the same way as the previous card with the topper created again with embossing.

This time an inverted image (one where the background is not stamped and the main image is silhouette, basically a negative image) is stamped and embossed not patterned paper and then inked well with a sponge applicator, to obscure the pattern on the paper. For this card we used a hero arts stamp.

This card was made by stamping the images onto semi gloss card with versamark and then brayering kaliedocolour ink over the whole card. The bouquet set of colours match the Adirondack perfectly don't you think?

Now for the box!

Cut a sheet of card 10 x 12 inches and turn landscape way.
Score at 1" , 2", 8", 9" and 11.5".
Turn portrait and score at 1" and 2" from each edge

Cut as shown and make all the folds, creasing with a bone folder.
Stick down the 1/2" flap using a wet glue, then ignore this flap of the box for a moment.

Stick the tabs in place as you would for an ordinary box.

Then fold over and adhere the three 1" flaps as shown.

The remaining part of the box is then stuck in place to give a short top with space enough to slip the cards into the box. Cut a mat of 2 1/4 x 5 3/4" in white card and another piece of card 2 x 5 1/2 to stamp with gesso and ink up as in the first card. Decorate with ribbon and a butterfly to finish you gift card set.

Stamps used

IndigoBlu Mounted Rubber Stamps - Discover Your Passion
Andy Skinner Clear Stamps - Antiques

Hoe you like the tutorial as much as we've enjoyed making it and do send us you pics if you give the project a go, we'd love to see what you do.

Keep your eye on the tutorial tab at the top of the page as we'll be adding more free tutorials and some to buy and download too.
Back soon
x Michelle & Janet x

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Tea Cup Candle and Gift Box Tutorial

Teacup Candle and Box

1. Measure the width of your saucer

2. And the height to the rim of the cup

In this case the width was 13cm and the height of the cup was 8cm

3. Cut two pieces of card 8 + 13 + 8 = 29cm square

Score at 8 cm from each side of both pieces.

Box Top

4. Cut out about 1mm along the score line on two sides up to the score line on both pieces of card

5. Position the largest labels 8 die 4.5cm above the bottom of the card.

Keep in place with low tack tape.

6. Place a piece of card over the die (to reduce impression of die on side flaps) and fold the flaps of the box over it so that the card will fit through your cutting machine. Cut with the flaps on the top.

7. Emboss around the outside of the die with a ball tool.

8. Cut a piece of acetate large enough to fit over the aperture.

Adhere the acetate with DS tape and score the acetate in the same position as the score line on the card.

Box Bottom

9. Place the card so that the cut flaps are towards you.

Fold the two side flaps away from you along the score line and glue in place.

Score the remaining flap 4cm from the edge and fold down towards the box. Glue this in place

10. Turn the box so that the opposite side is facing you and trim off the two side flaps at the score line

spread the remaining flap with pva glue

11. Adhere this flap to the corresponding flap on the box top.

12. Make up the box as shown above so that it looks like a cake box.

Stick with pva glue as this will strengthen the box.

Breath a huge sigh of relief when the cup and saucer fits! then decorate

Sunday, 2 September 2012


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