Saturday, 7 December 2013

Make your own Christmas gifts - feather earrings

What do you give someone that allready has everything? Well what about some home made feather earrings. They will be absolutely unique and you can be sure the receiver do not have a pair like it before. 

I made the earrings using the technique described here.

Good luck with your Christmas gifts!


Monday, 2 December 2013

Christmas Treats

Look at this little Cutie!!!!!! I love Christmas and i love making Christmas cards even more. I've stamp a lovely curly whirly border in black and decorated with sweetie themed cardboard embellishments that were free in a magazine. I stamped a snowflake themed background in black ink for behind the ginger bread man, and stuck on some tiny red, white and green christmas dome dots within the pattern to add a feature to the background. Why not get stamping this's so much fun!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Happy Thanks Giving

To all our American Friends. Happy Thanks Giving. We hope you all have a wonderful day.
The Photocentric Team x 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Do not waith for happy ♥ Make yourself happy

I made an inspirational page for a recipe challenge at A2Z Scraplets.
The recipe:
The colour red 
Material or felt 

More than 1 photo 
Paint or mist 
A2Z scraplet
And this is my take:

I used several stamps on the background.

I used Fabscraps wild at heart paper and stamps made using the Teresa Collins stampmaker from Photocentrics.

Stamps used:


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Merry Christmas - Snowman

Christmas is just around the corner and i'm getting in to the Christmas Spirit. This week i have made a snowman glitzy themed card for a friend. I used clear ink to stamp the snowflake background and then covered it in wow embossing powder - glitter blue. It creates such a lovely snow effect. To accomodate the glitz i used some glitter white and red card to make the Merry Christmas Sign and Snowman.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

View from the top ♥ Ballon stamp

Have you made the balloon from the amazing June/July Free download? I am using it again and again every where I can fit it in.
On this page I am combining it with paper and decorations from Pink Paislee's Cottage Farm and chipboard from A2Z Scraplets. The picture is of my silly cat that just had to climb the tree we were cutting town I guess to see what the view looked like from the top.

I sprayed the chipboard with Gesso and then I gold embossed the edges.


The stamp used:


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Remembering my vacation

We did have some rain on our vaction - I can almost not remember that but I have the pictures to prove it. 

For this page I made a map stamp of the island Bornholm which we visited for a week.

I also used some of my old favorite chevron stamps for the background.

I used Teresa Collins Summer stories collection for my page and used the Silhouette to make some matching decorations.

See you soon!


Monday, 28 October 2013

Hi ♥ Hej

Hi, Today I am showing a page with two different stamps. The first is a feather stamp I made. The technique is shown here. Second I used the baloon from the July free stamp design.

On this page I used a stencilet from A2Z Scraplets to make the entire background and then just framed it with a blue pattern paper from FabScraps.

I have stamped 2 feathers on the background and a third on paper that I cut out to create some dimension.I made the feather stamps with my Teresa Collins Stampmaker from Photocentrics with the technique shown in this link.

The chipboard I altered using blue ink and two layoers of jeans colored embossing powder.


I also stamped some ballons and added the title Hi [Hej in Swedish]. The Ballon stamp is also made using the  Teresa Collins Stampmaker from Photocentrics.It is from the July Design found here.


Sunday, 27 October 2013


Photocentrics and Teresa Collins Stampmaker are sponsering this month's challenge from The Studio Challenges. It is a Pinterest Challenge. Get inspired by this picture:

 I must start with telling you I really do not like purple. Nevertheless, I am always up for a challenge so I decided to get inspired by the mask, the gold, the feathers and the color purple.

My page is made in different layers. I started with a purple PP from FabScraps Angelic Christmas on which I placed a slightly smaller water color paper. I placed it a bit skew and stitched it on. I then added some stencils from Crafter's Workshop and a lot of different stamps I made using the Teresa Collins Stampmaker from Photocentric.


Next I cut out two photos and some FabScraps PP slightly bigger than the photos. I creased the PP in my hand and then distressed the edges with Dusty Concord distress ink before I smoothed them out again and added beneath my photos.

The Chipboard is from FabScraps and I altered them first with gold ink and then with gold embossing powder before I distressed the edges with Black Sooth distress ink.

I stamped with a text stamp randomly on the background.

I fuzzy-cut a cage and birds from the FabScraps Angelic Christmas PP and added a purple feather. I also punched a purple stripe from the PP but I made it more like the colors of the photo using Picked Raspberry distress ink.

And last I mounted everything.

I think the stamps on the background really supports the design of the page and it is so great to have the possibility to design any stamp I want using the Stampmaker.
All old stamps I keep in a plastic yar so I can look through them every time I make a page and choose the once I think will support the page. 


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

You brighten up my day ♥

This page is used based on the October sketch challenge at A2Z Scraplets. As I had this bike photo I love I wanted to use the bike stamp from the July Free download. I also added a few swirls from the January Free Download to emphasis the happiness in the page.

Bike and swirl stamps are made using the Teresa Collins stampmaker. 
I made the background using a water color paper, lots of distress ink and even more water.

I used a scraplet word "You Brighten up my day" altered with turqouise embossing powder and black sooth distress ink.

Have a scrappy happy day!


Friday, 18 October 2013

This is where you fell asleep

I love reading. and I read alot. That means needing bookmarks. here are two different bookmarks I made for the HSN show.

Have a lovely day!


Friday, 4 October 2013

Cat jewellery

Today I will show some cat jewellery that I made using a cat stamp and some shrink plastic. These were also made for HSN.

This is what you need:
A cat photo
Shrink plastic
A good scissor
A hole punch
Some jewellery details

This is how you do:
1.  Trace the cat in the photo and remove the background
2. Make the photo into a negative (check this video out to see how to)
3. Make a stamp
4. Stamp on the shrink plastic
5. Punch a hole
6. Fuzzycut around the stamped image and the punched hole
7. Warm up the plastic so it shrinks
8. Add the jewellery details.
9. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Projects from HSN

Maybe you have seen Teresa Collins at the HSN show? I missed it due to the time diffrenece. Anyway I had the priviledge to send some creations off to Teresa at the HSN show and now I am sharing them here on the blog.

First I made a celebration tag using a picture of one of my cats Cosinus. First I used Photoshop to remove the disurbing background and then I made the negative and finally the stamp. It is a very easy process. 

I will be back in a few days showing a few more of my projects.


Sunday, 29 September 2013

The world's best ♥

For Father's day I designed a few stamps and one of them, "The world's best"-stamp, can be used for many more purposes. On this page for example:

I also made a few simple icon stamps for some extra decoration.
Here are the negatives I used:

Stamps: My own design using the Photocentrics Teresa Collins stampmaker
Paper: SodAlicious
Chipboard and maks: A2Z Scraplets
(Chipboard altered using gesso and lots of mists)

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

HSN here we come!

 The countdown to our Teresa Collins appearance on HSN has begun! 24 hour craft event!

 Be inspired!

projects by Christine Illis

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

More pages using June stamp designs

I keep going back to one of my all time favorite stamp designs - the June 2013 free download.
I very often use them for details on my pages. 

I used the rose stamp as a decoration on the side of the photo and hidden journaling.


I also used one stamp at the bottom of the page.

I also made another page using the rose stamp. I used it almost exactly in the same way but the result is very different:

This time I stamped with gold ink and embossed with gold embossing powder {for a challenge at The Studio Challenges}. I used Teresa Collins Vintage Finds to get the golgy look.  

What do you use the stamps for? For decorations or the main motif? What type of stamps are your favorites? Do you use the free download or do you prefer to design your own stamps? I do all of this.

 ♥ Petra