Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Geek - Illustrations by T

Yep, ANOTHER Lolly Dolly by 
Illustrations by T today!  
Boy are they addictive!
                        
"Geek" by Illustrations by T
(Printed onto Neenah Solar White Card and coloured with Spectrum Noir Markers, colour list below)                    
Geek by Illustrations by T.  Coloured by Sam Lewis using Spectrum Noir Markers.
              
SPECTRUM NOIR - COLOUR LIST:
BUY SPECTRUM NOIR MARKERS HERE
              
SKIN
TN3, TN2, FS4, FS1, FS2, CR1, CR3
               
HAIR
TN8, TN7, TN5, TN2
            
EYES
GB10, GB8, EB2
                  
LIPS
CR1, CR3
           
JUMPER
DR7, LV3, PL5, PL4, HB3
         
"GEEK"
CT4, CT3
               
HAT/LEGGINGS
DR7, DR6, DR5, DR4, CR9, CR7
        
LEGGINGS
DR7, DR6, DR5, DR4, CR9, CR7
IG10, IG7, IG5
         
GLASSES
IG10
            
UGGS
GB10, GB8, EB2, EB1
                
BAG
TB4, TB3, TB2
         
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Thank you as always for popping by.
    
xxSAMxx
   

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Rosalie by Illustration by T

Another share for Illustrations by T today, again focussing on the Lolly Dolly range!
                              
"Rosalie" by Illustrations by T
(Printed onto Neenah Solar White Card and coloured with Spectrum Noir Markers, colour list below)
                        
Coloured using Spectrum Noir by Sam Lewis - Rosalie by Illustrations byT
              
 SPECTRUM NOIR - COLOUR LIST:
BUY SPECTRUM NOIR MARKERS HERE
              
SKIN
TN3, TN2, FS4, FS1, FS2, CR1, CR3
               
HAIR
TN8, TN7, TN5, TN2
            
EYES
EB5, GB9
                  
MOUTH
DR6, DR4, CR9
           
COAT
TB9, TB7, BT9, BT8, BY5, IB2, BT4
               
WHITES
IG4, IG2, IG1, Blender
        
HAT/GLOVE

IG7, IG5, IG3, IG2, IG1
        
SHOES
BGR5, BGR4, BGR3, BGR2
            
GOGGLES
BGR5, BGR4, BGR3, BGR2
GB8, GB7, GB3
TB4, TB3, TB2, IG2, IG1
       
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Thank you as always for popping by.
    
xxSAMxx
   

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

The Big Score - Triangles in a Box

Today I'd like to share a project made using The Big Score A3 Scoring Board from Crafter's Companion along with the Advanced Projects DVD also available from the online store!
                       
Christmas Gift box by Sam Lewis using The Big Score from Crafter's Companion.
                                   
I used the following materials:
      
A3 Centura Pearl - Softly Falling 
             
A3 Centura Pearl - Snow White Hint of Silver
             
Sara's Contemporary Christmas - Seasonal Sentiment Die
          
Sara's Contemporary Christmas - Decorative Holly Die
         
The Big Score - A3 Score Board
           
The Big Score - Advanced Projects DVD - "Triangles in a Box"
         
Permanent Tape Pen
                 
Collall Tacky Glue
                    
All products above available from CRAFTER'S COMPANION .
         
OTHER MATERIALS
       
Gems
          
Christmas Gift box by Sam Lewis using The Big Score from Crafter's Companion.
                     
                    
Links you need to know 
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Thank you as always for popping by.
       
xxSAMxx

Monday, 19 December 2016

New DT - Lolly Dolly Range by Illustrations by T

Today I am happy to announce my membership 
of the Illustrations by T design team.
                     
Focussing on their quirky Lolly Dolly range, I'll be sharing samples each month and here is my first!
                   
"Viola" by Illustrations by T
(Printed onto Neenah Solar White Card and coloured with Spectrum Noir Markers, colour list below)
                        
Violin Dolly by Illustration by T. Coloured by Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter using Spectrum Noir Markers.
                       
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 SPECTRUM NOIR - COLOUR LIST:
BUY SPECTRUM NOIR MARKERS HERE
              
SKIN
TN3, TN2, FS4, FS1, FS2, CR1, CR3
               
HAIR
TN5, TN3, TN2, EB1, TN1
            
EYES
CG4, CG4, CG3
                  
MOUTH
DR6, DR4, CR9
           
SKIRT
DR7, DR6, DR5, DR4, CR9
               
BLOUSE
CR6,BP1, PP3, PP1
        
BOOTS
BGR5, BGR4, BGR3, BGR2
            
VIOLIN
BGR5, BGR4, BGR3, BGR2
TN9, TN7, TN6, GB7
EB1
         
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Thank you as always for popping by.
    
xxSAMxx
   

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Last-minute Quick Christmas Cards

Yesterday I finally got the last of my Christmas cards made and posted so thought I'd share a couple of top tips for batch making cards.
                                
Top Tips on batch making Christmas Cards, by Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter.
                
TOP TIP #1: Create a design with a lot of white space to save on printer ink later!
               
TOP TIP #2: Scan your hand drawn and coloured doodles then print to use on multiple cards.
                  
TOP TIP #3: Use your photo editing software to change the colour schemes.
                   
TOP TIP #4: Use your Crafter's Companion sentiment stamps to quickly add a greeting to each card.         
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SPECTRUM NOIR - COLOUR LIST:
                          
RED
DR7, DR5, DR4, CR9, CR7
        
GREEN
DG4, DG3, CG4, CG3, CG1
       
GOLD
GB7, GB3, CT4, CT1
         
SILVER

IG7, IG5, IG3, IG2
               
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Thank you as always for popping by.
                        
xxSAMxx

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Christmas Card - Christmas Sweater by Bloobel Stamps

Hello! I'm back again with the final of three Christmas cards today featuring Bloobel Stamps! Pop back to my home page to find the rest!
             
         
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MATERIALS LIST:
       
DIGITAL STAMP
"Christmas Sweater" by Bloobel Stamps
(Printed onto Neenah Solar White Card and coloured with Spectrum Noir Markers, colour list below)
                 
PAPER & CARD
Matt Black Cardstock by Crafter's Companion
A5 Card Blank
Papermania 8x8 Solid Cardstock
                     
STAMPS
"Vintage Christmas - Season's Greetings" Stamp Set by Crafter's Companion
            
ANYTHING ELSE
Gems
Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear Overlay Pen
            
 
 SPECTRUM NOIR - COLOUR LIST:
SKIN
TN5, TN3, TN2, FS4, FS2, CR1
         
HAIR
TN7, TN5, TN3, TN2, EB1, TN1, CT1
       
JUMPER
IG4, IG2, IG1, Blender
   
PUDDING
TN3, TN5, TN8, TN9
DR6, DR5, CR9
DG3, CG4, CG3
IG2, IG1, Blender
       
RED
DR7, DR6, DR5, DR4, CR9
                     
EYES
DG3, CG4, CG3
True Black
                 
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Links you need to know 
                          
BLOOBEL STAMPS - SHOP!
Bloobel Stamps - Facebook Page
Facebook group for sharing your Bloobel creations!
                   
Crafter's Companion - SHOP
           
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Thank you as always for popping by.
                 
xxSAMxx
                   

Cristmas Card - Christmas Tree Me by Bloobel Stamps

Hello folks!  I'm back again with the second of three Christmas cards today featuring Bloobel Stamps! Pop back to my home page to find the rest!
             
           
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MATERIALS LIST:
       
DIGITAL STAMP
"Christmas Tree Me" by Bloobel Stamps
(Printed onto Neenah Solar White Card and coloured with Spectrum Noir Markers, colour list below)
                 
PAPER & CARD
Matt Black Cardstock by Crafter's Companion
A5 Card Blank
Papermania 8x8 Solid Cardstock
                       
STAMPS
"Vintage Christmas - Season's Greetings" Stamp Set by Crafter's Companion
            
ANYTHING ELSE
Gems
Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear Overlay Pen
            
 
 SPECTRUM NOIR - COLOUR LIST:
SKIN
TN5, TN3, TN2, FS4, FS2, CR1
         
HAIR
TN8, TN7, TN5, TN2
       
RED
DR7, DR5, DR4, CR9, CR7
     
GREEN
DG4, DG3, CG4, CG3, CG1
         
YELLOW
GB3, CT4, CT3, CT1
                         
GOLD
GB8 GB6, GB3
         
BLUE
TB9, TB8, TB4
         
BLACK
IG10, IG9, IG7, IG5, IG1
         
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Links you need to know 
                          
BLOOBEL STAMPS - SHOP!
Bloobel Stamps - Facebook Page
Facebook group for sharing your Bloobel creations!
                   
Crafter's Companion - SHOP
           
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Thank you as always for popping by.
                 
xxSAMxx

Christmas Card - Christmas Ball Bob by Bloobel Stamps

Hello folks!  Today is a day for a bumper Bloobel bonanza!  That's right; not one, not two, three Christmas cards featuring this awesome quirky and fun stamp company.  This blog post marks the first of three posts today, so pop back to my home page to find the rest!
             
           
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MATERIALS LIST:
       
DIGITAL STAMP
"Christmas Ball Bob" by Bloobel Stamps
(Printed onto Neenah Solar White Card and coloured with Spectrum Noir Markers, colour list below)
             
PAPER & CARD
Matt Black Cardstock by Crafter's Companion
A5 Card Blank
Papermania 8x8 Solid Cardstock
                       
STAMPS
"Vintage Christmas - Season's Greetings" Stamp Set by Crafter's Companion
            
ANYTHING ELSE
Gems
Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear Overlay Pen
            
   
 SPECTRUM NOIR - COLOUR LIST:
SKIN
TN5, TN3, TN2, FS4, FS2, CR1
       
RED
DR7, DR5, DR4, CR9
     
GREEN
DG4, DG3, CG4, CG3
         
YELLOW
GB7, GB3, CT4, CT2
      
WHITE
IG2, IG1, Blender
       
BAUBLE CAP
IG7, IG5, IG3, IG2, IG1
         
BAUBLE GLASS
BT4, BT2, BT1, Blender
         
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Links you need to know 
                          
BLOOBEL STAMPS - SHOP!
Bloobel Stamps - Facebook Page
Facebook group for sharing your Bloobel creations!
                   
           
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Thank you as always for popping by.
                 
xxSAMxx
   

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Birthday gift box


Today I'd like to share a project made using the Birthday Party Collection by Sara Davies, from Crafter's Companion.
         
Large birthday gift box by Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter, featuring Crafter's Companion!
           
Using A3 Centura Pearl card and the A3 The Big Score I was able to create this large shoebox-sized gift box suitable for the bumper stash of new socks for my wife!
             
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Thank you as always for popping by.
       
xxSAMxx

Saturday, 10 December 2016

MEMORIES - Assemblage piece - TUTORIAL

Today I'd like to share a project made featuring the delicious Pebeo products that Crafter's Companion stock!
MEMORIES - A mixed media assemblage piece by Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter featuring Crafter's Companion and Pebeo
 Some time ago our living room clock stopped working so I stashed it away to use for a project at some point.  I used the clock for this project in conjunction with laser cut shapes and found objects all based around the theme of time and memories.

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I used the following materials:
Pebeo Gilding Wax - Silver
          
All products above available from CRAFTER'S COMPANION .
        
OTHER MATERIALS

Recycled clock
MDF & Greyboard shapes
Beads
Craft wire
Texture paste
Air drying clay
    
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HERE'S HOW TO MAKE A PIECE LIKE THIS!
     
 MEMORIES - An assemblage TUTORIAL by Sam Lewis, featuring Pebeo
  
STEP #1:
After removing the clock mechanism, apply 2 coats of white gesso.
         
STEP #2:
Add stenciling to the outside of the clock frame.
                         
MEMORIES - An assemblage TUTORIAL by Sam Lewis, featuring Pebeo
    
STEP #3:
Lay all the lasercut pieces and found objects into the frame and decide on the final layout.
        
STEP #4:
Once happy with the layout, remove all the pieces and glue into place using hot glue.
(I find it helpful to take a quick photo at this point, to help remember what went where!)
           
MEMORIES - An assemblage TUTORIAL by Sam Lewis, featuring Pebeo
                     
STEP #5:
Cover everything with 2 or 3 coats of black gesso.
(be sure to get into all the nooks and crannys, a hog hair brush works best for this)
                 
Pebeo Studio Acrylics - Dyna Paints - Sold by Crafter's Companion
          
STEP #6:
Using a DRY hogs hair fan brush, dry brush the 3 colours of acrylic paint onto your piece.
(take your time and build up gradual colour in layers) (don't be startled by the brightness of these paints, layering them over a black base tones them down whilt allowing their irridescent colour to shine!)
           
STEP #7:
Grab your gold and silver gilding waxes and using your fingers highlight and define areas of the piece until happy with the final result. 
             
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MEMORIES - A mixed media assemblage piece by Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter featuring Crafter's Companion and Pebeo             MEMORIES - A mixed media assemblage piece by Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter featuring Crafter's Companion and Pebeo
                     
Thank you as always for popping by!  If you make anything using these techniques be sure to share with me on social media using my hashtag #thecrippledcrafter ! My social media links are in the sidebar.
       
xxSAMxx

Friday, 9 December 2016

Christmas Banner Wreath - TUTORIAL THURSDAY

I hope you are enjoying the Crafter's Companion Blog Hop! Today is the last day to join in the Hop for the mental health charity MIND .

Join me as I share with you how I made the Christmas Wreath that was featured in the Blog Hop.
                             
Christmas Banner Wreath TUTORIAL from Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter.  Featuring Crafter's Companion!
                       
I used the following materials:
                
Gemini Die Cutting Machine
A3 Centura Pearl Cardstock - "Softly Falling"
A3 Centura Pearl Cardstock - "Snow White Hint of Silver"
Sara's Contemporary Christmas - Seasonal Sentiment Die
  Sara's Contemporary Christmas - Decorative Holly Die
Crafter's Inspiration Magazine - Issue 12 - Snowflake Die & Border Embossing Folder
  Collall Tacky Glue

       
All products above available from 
CRAFTER'S COMPANION
       
OTHER MATERIALS 
Paper Plate
Wired Ribbon
Gems
 
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STEP #1:
Using 2 sheets of Softly Falling Card, cut both sheets into 1¼" wide strips
(accross the short edge of the sheet so that each strip measures 1¼" X 11¾")
                      
Christmas Banner Wreath TUTORIAL from Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter.  Featuring Crafter's Companion!
           
STEP #2:
Using a bone folder, gently soften the centre of each strip
(to make bending them in half a curve rather that harsh fold)
       
Christmas Banner Wreath TUTORIAL from Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter.  Featuring Crafter's Companion!
                   
STEP #3:
Cut the centre out of the paper plate
                      
STEP #4:
Bend each strip through the hole in the plate and glue with Collall Tacky Glue
(Overlap each strip over the previous one)

Christmas Banner Wreath TUTORIAL from Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter.  Featuring Crafter's Companion!
           
STEP #5:
Continue until all the plate is covered
(don't worry about tucking the last strip under the first one as we'll cover this join later)
             
Christmas Banner Wreath TUTORIAL from Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter.  Featuring Crafter's Companion!
                 
STEP #6:
Cut a triangle wedge out of each strip to make a banner shape
(the length at which you keep each strip is up to you, mine measures approximately 4½" from centre to tip making for an overall wreath size of 13½")
           
Christmas Banner Wreath TUTORIAL from Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter.  Featuring Crafter's Companion!
                 
STEP #7:
Using the border embossing folder from Crafter's Inspiration 12, emboss a 2" strip of Centura Pearl Cardstock (Snow White Hint of Silver)
(once you've embossed the cardstock once, flip the card in the embossing folder to emboss the other end of the strip)
                  
STEP #8:
Trim to 1¼" wide and trim a triangle from each end leaving a banner shape
(overall banner length of 10½")
        
STEP #9:
Mount the embossing banner onto blue Softly Falling cardstock and trim to leave a ⅛" border
           
STEP #10:
Gently shape the banner and attach to the wreath with hot glue
(position one end of the banner to cover the last banner that we positioned in Step #5)
           
Christmas Banner Wreath TUTORIAL from Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter.  Featuring Crafter's Companion!
               
STEP #11:
     
DIE CUT THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:
                  
Blue Softly Falling Cardstock:
13 X small snowflakes from Crafter's Inspiration 12
1 X Merry Christmas from "Seasonal Sentiment"
8 medium & 4 small holly berries from "Decorative Holly"
           
Centura Pearl Cardstock (Snow White Hint of Silver):
13 X small snowflakes from Crafter's Inspiration 12
1 X Merry Christmas from "Seasonal Sentiment"
3 X sets of holly leaves from "Decorative Holly" (9 leaves in total)
8 large & 4 medium holly berries from "Decorative Holly"
                   
STEP #12:

USE THOSE DIE CUTS! :
                        
Snowflakes:
Attach a foam dot to the back of each white snowflake.
 Using tacky glue or the foam dots, attach all the snowflakes around the edge of the wreath, alternating white and blue.
(decide to which banner you are going to attach the bow/hanging loop and don't put a snowflake there)
               
Merry Christmas sentiment:
Apply tacky glue to the back of the white sentiment and apply to the blue piece, offsetting slightly.
Apply more tacky glue to the back of the blue piece and attach to the large banner on the wreath.
              
Holly Leaves:
Apply tacky glue to the back of the holly leaves and apply to a piece of blue cardstock.
Once dry, fussy cut out the leaves.
Put to one side for now.
            
Holly Berries:
Apply tacky glue to the back of the blue berries and attach to the larger white berries.
Use hot glue to construct the holly bundles, three bundles with 2 leaves and 3 berries per bundle, plus one bundle with 3 leaves and 3 berries.
Using more hot glue, attach the holly bundles to the wreath in a random way.

                           
STEP #13:
Grab the wired ribbon and make a triple bow.  Leave the tails long.
Use the bow maker on the Ultimte Pro if you have one; it makes bow making much easier!
(wired ribbon will help the hanging loop and bow tails to hang better, but normal ribbon could certainly be used in it's place)
         
STEP #14:
Cut more wired ribbon for the hanging loop.
Use hot glue to attach the bow to the wreath, catching the hanging loop between the wreath and the bow.
              
Christmas Banner Wreath TUTORIAL from Sam Lewis AKA The Crippled Crafter.  Featuring Crafter's Companion!
         
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If you make a wreath using my tutorial, why not tag me on social media to show me what you've made?! Find my social media links in the side bar and use the hashtag #thecrippledcrafter
                                 
Thank you as always for popping by.
             
xxSAMxx

Monday, 5 December 2016

Mind Crafternoon BLOG HOP


Join Crafter's Companion as we host a Crafternoon Blog Hop for the mental health charity MIND .
        
12pm on Mon 5 Dec 2016 - 5pm on Fri 9 Dec 2016
         
       
Looking after your mental health is incredibly important.  I have struggled with severe depression and anxiety for many years.  Now, for the most part, I am managing well and living a productive life. 
          
The stigma assigned to poor mental health can be as much of an issue as the problems themselves and whilst this is improving, there is still a long way to go.  Social inclusion, understanding and mindfulness are all ways in which we can improve not only our own mental health but that of others in our communities as well (both local and online!).
                       
So, whilst you enjoy this week of crafty fun, please take time to contemplate what you could do to make life a little easier for yourself or others around you.   
           
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How the BLOG HOP works:
          
1. Visit each blog in the Hop List
(Enjoy the inspirational projects and tutorials by each blog host!)
              
2. Comment on each blog along the way 
 (Leave your email address so that you can be contacted if you win!)
            
3. Win prizes!  
(The host of each blog will choose 1 commenter each 
to win a product used in their inspiration piece!)
                 
You should have arrived here from Angela's Blog
NEXT STOP: Gemma's Blog
                                       
If you get lost along the way, or come to my blog from anywhere other than Angela's Blog, then jump to the top of the hop list below and make sure you hop to each blog on the list!
               
Christmas Wreath, Blog Hop and Prizes... what more can you want! Featuring Crafter's Companion and Sam Lewis
If you would like to know HOW this festive Christmas wreath was made, come back on Thursday for a full photo tutorial!

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I used the following materials:
Christmas Wreath, Blog Hop and Prizes... what more can you want! Featuring Crafter's Companion and Sam Lewis
         
HOP LIST!
                  
Crafter's Companion UK Blog
                           
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Don't forget that Crafter's Companion are hosting the MIND Crafternoon event to fundraise for the charity!


Throughout the week there are also fun events and raffles with amazing prizes happening over on Facebook.
Be sure to Join the Facebook Crafternoon Event!
       
Get your Raffle Tickets HERE!
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CraftersCompanionUK 
        
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  Thank you as always for popping by.
             
xxSAMxx