Friday, 22 July 2016

One Layer stamps and Stencils


The Penny Black Saturday challenge for July has been rattling around in my head all month, but there were so many other ideas looking to escape at the same time that it had to wait it's turn.   Here finally it is.

Penny Black do quite a few series or sets of stamps from cute/whimsical  to fairly simple looking brushstroke generally floral designs, to their layered/faded effect stamps and these delightful collage style designs.  I love them all and have stamps from across the range.  This one bird music and flowers is restful a little moment of calm in the sea of everyday life.

Stamped the image in black memento ink and coloured it with Chameleon Pens, you know I love those pens don't you? the edges of the card have been decorated with a Tim Holtz mini stencil in floral design and a yellow adirondack ink.   The inkylicious dusters used with the stencil were also used to drag more of the yellow in from the edge further brightening the main image.

I'm also sharing this card with
In the Pink - Get out your rubber (must feature pink) I've never entered this challenge before as pink is not one of my go to colours but the flowers here cried out for it, so hopefully there is enough here.
Simon Says Stamp - Things with Wings
Retro Rubber - Summertime, one entry here so caught my eye wanted to point everyone on the way to it! SewPaperPaint

It was very humid earlier but seems to be freshening up now bliss.  Hope it is comfortable wherever you are.


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Still melting, fit for nothing but getting messy


 So that is what I did.   My love of Tando has recently been re-ignited by the new Tando FB group, my having time to really play and make, and the Decorate/Tando hours on Hochanda TV at the week-end.   These Mixed Media Art Boards have been tucked away in my stash just waiting for me to be ready to make good use of them.  Today was their day.   The idea is "Whats' under the Sea" and the 3 boards are intended to reflect the journey down into the depths.


  First all the boards were given a Gesso base.   Follow by Distress paint in Green and Blue, acrylic paint in teal.   The first board (above) was then further painted with Imagination Crafts shimmering acrylics.   The water nearer the surface reflecting the sunlight above.   Inkylicious stamps, silhouette   stamps used next in Teal ink and Silver ink.   A plaid fish stencil used next with Imagination Crafts pale orange glitter paste!   A few strands of seaweed painted in and Imagination Crafts green glitter paste touched on randomly.


 Board No. 2, this has been stamped with more of the inkylicious fish Gold and Bronze inks were added to the stamping mix this time.


Finally the sea bottom.   Yellow distress paint and gold Imagination Crafts Shimmering acrylics added for the sea bed.   Part of a Woodware ship used for the wreck resting there, stamped in brown with some areas picked out in brown felt pen.   The anchor is from Rogue Redhead Designs (I am so glad I have almost all of the RRD sets as the business has now closed and they are so good.)   The embossed fish this time is from Dreamweaver and the green paste.

Once all the boards had been finished more Teal acrylic pulled in from the side.   Finally Viva crackle paste smeared over parts of the boards in varying thicknesses.   I like the Viva crackle it dries quite quickly and is completely clear when dry so it adds texture and interest without blocking the underlying stamping.

The little tiles that hold the boards are left over from the bathroom at my old house, saved because it was obvious they would be useful in time.   Dean my friendly builder is getting used to my just keeping this or having an idea about that, he even donated a few left over tiles of his own.   The glossy tiles were filed to give the glue some tooth.  The glue used is a very strong contact glue which went off quickly and there is no parting board and tile now.  A little piece of light pull cord makes the hanger at the top.

So of course I want to enter a few challenges and they are
Words 2 Craft By - Just keep swimming
Fashionable Stamping - Under the Sea
Mixed Media World - Under the Sea
Create and Inspire - Anything Goes
Decorate to Celebrate - Anything 3D
Take it Make it - Anything Stamped

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Don't swear dear


This morning two challenges showed up on the dashboard Cardz for Guyz and Try it on Tuesday, both with the same theme "Make us Smile".  Yikes thinks I thats a toughie but as I have friends on both DTs thought it deserved a go.   Settled in the craft room expecting a long slow hunt for something that might elicit a rye smile or two.

Quickly came across the Old Jalopy die and right away knew I need the Rogue Redhead set of this sweet old pair.   Die cut the car, twice and coloured it with distress inks then stuck all the elements together.   Decided on the base card and worked out the layout.   The oldies were stamped on base card and masked, everything else was stamped on scraps of card and fussy cut.

Had a great time with colours for this one.  The woman is bathed in righteous light whist the man basks in her glory somewhat bad-temperedly, in fact he is close to turning the air blue.  A female cat watches the scene playing out she has worked out that car is going no where and her safest place is in front of it.  

The old couple and the cat are coloured with ProMarkers, everything else a combination of Distress Inks and Adirondack Dye Based inks.  Well putting it together I had fun with anyway just gotta hope you like it.

Other challenges who might enjoy this.
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes



Are you melting?

I am, another GB summer cool and comfortable one day hot and humid the next.  Showering just seems to make it worse.   Only a Brit would complain like this wouldn't they sorry world.

I did have a little play in the craft room yesterday & might well do so again today, oh the joy of retirement.  The little tag arrangement I'm sharing was inspired by challenge at Tag You're it! but I'm about 2 weeks late hehe.   Does not change my satisfaction with the result.


Two stamps feature on these tags the Poppies are part of a Hobby Art set and the Butterfly on fruit is by Personal Impressions.    The colour pallet is Green and Red and the tags are die cuts.

Sharing my tags with:
Take a Word - Floral
Use your Stuff - Die Cuts
Cards in Envy - Heat Wave and/or Hot Colours
Crafty Boots - Picture inspiration (a field of Poppies)

Stay cool.


Monday, 18 July 2016

Dressing up the Shower room


I am so pleased with this mirror!   White painted round mirror from Ebay, various natural finer fabric including part of a shower lilly found marked down in Sainsburys.   That provided 3 pieces of fabric only used 1 here.   Ceramic mask from Powertex UK and lots of scrap jewellery, another Ebay purchase from years back.   I do not believe in the rule of if you have not used it in a year chuck it out that box of scrap jeweller has been with me through two house moves now.   All fabric and embellishments added with Powertex, I really enjoy using this fabric harder especially the Ivory.   Final touches dry brushing in gold and turquoise.

Please ignore the pink wall that has to be stripped and will be painted a cool Eau d'nil or similar hopefully in the near future.   I don't hate pink but do not like it especially covering walls.


Things are taking shape and over the last couple of months the house has really started to become mine.   Solar panels, hybrid air heat pump, replacement windows, shower room makeover, and at the end of September the whole of the front garden will be gravelled over leaving me with the manageable back to sort out and try green fingered things in.

Today I'm sharing my shabby chic mirror with:
Pixie's Snippets - Always anything goes, there are all sorts of snippets both fabric and jeweller round this mirror Di.
Love to Create - Always anything mixed media.  OK so no colouring or stamping here but with materials it is very mixed.
Creative Artiste - Anything Goes
HLS July Mixed Media - Recycle, All that junk jewellery!
More Mixed Media - Anything Goes, Pastel Colours (the turquoise/teal)

Well its a lovely day here again, left wondering what mischief to get up to next.   What ever you are doing enjoy it.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Still thinking of the turmoil our world is in.

Increasingly troubled by international and domestic events I started a new blog, just for me really, Confused of Grimsby, to express and explore my thoughts on events.  If you would like to join me on the journey please do feel free to visit and comment.  I try to be open minded and listen to all points of view.

All sorts of things influence us in our art and craft endeavours and clearly events in France over the last year or so have made their mark.


An old kinda celtic/ethnic circle stamp and a favourite sentiment.   Blue version and then the red version, the white version stamped last and embossed with white ep.   Had thought it would stand in portrait format but realised it looks better in landscape.

The first challenge I'm entering this into is Less is More, with a bit of a rye smile.  2 weeks ago their theme of kitchen colours had me entering a playing card that had a time theme to it.   Last week their theme was time, I entered with a row of trees, that is the same tree stamped 4 times.   This week the challenge is Reparation!

Another challenge is Fantasy Stampers, must stamp but it does not have to be a fantasy style.  This time they are inviting CAS entries.

It is a lovely week-end going to try to get out and enjoy the sun now.   Enjoy your day.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Twofers - These are a Girl's Best Friends

Time for another pair of playing cards.


Time for a new challenge at Twofers and the theme is mine, These are a Girl's Best Friend.   The pack needed a 7 & 8 of diamonds which put the song in my head, which made me think about real best friends.   Having been blessed with many good friends I am very lucky and my teamies on Twofers are two of the best.   Christi is still taking a break but plans to be back in September in the mean time Jane and I carry on hoping our challenge, themes and terrific sponsor Alleystamp and the $15 voucher will tempt you to join us.



7 of diamonds, I think everyone knows how fond I am of cats right up there in the Best Friends ranks.  The stamp was coloured with felt pens, allowing the stamping to be directly coloured.   Water brush used to pull the colour into to image, for the skirt some colour scribbled onto an acrylic block and picked up with the water brush.   Sakura pens add some sparkly moments.




8 of diamonds a little more abstract.   Girls like pretty things, which butterflies are.   We encourage our girls to dream and have ambitions we encourage them to soar to go as far as they can.   The main stamp here was stamped in grey and then elements coloured with those felt pens.

What are your thoughts on a Girls Best Friend?  Can you rubber stamp them?  Give it a go and share with us at Twofers.

Sharing this pair of cards with:
Creative Fingers - Always anything Papercraft Goes
Crafting with Friends - Always anything goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
DRS Designs - Pets are Family too (that'd be the Cat then)