Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, Something Old Something New


We loved your Cat themed makes over the last fortnight I'm sure we will have a lively debate choosing our Winner and Top 3.    While we are doing that we have a new challenge at Craft-Room for you.   

It is Annie's turn to host the challenge and she has come up with a goodie.   Something Old, Something New; Old and New stash? thats the direction my project took.   The New is a stamp and embossing folder set by Couture Creations I picked up recently, the butterfly and flower were stamped and then embossed.   The blue tit is a Craft Stamper cover stamp that had not been used previously.   The topper and mat were cut with a deckle edge blade, one of the old things used the others were my felt pens used for colouring and the Blue Glass ep the sentiment is embossed with.

Our sponsor for the challenge is Crafty Individuals, the designers of the Blue tit stamp used here.

With our rule of no more than 5 other challenges I am being very selective about challenges I enter.
Sweet Stampin' - Embossing
Simply Create too - Show us Something New
4 Crafty Chicks - Something Old Something New
That Craft Place - Summery Colours
Come and Get it - Things with Wings

Sunday, 31 August 2014

a short stroll down memory lane


As the schools go back this week there will be some girls with terrific tans and memories of friendship in the sun, beside the sea.    Just as there are many of us who remember our long gone school holidays and the fun filled days at the beach.

This stamp an older Crafty individuals brings it back.   The tag, long time stash, must have a coating of some kind the effect it had on Promarker was very interesting especially the look it gave the sky I rather like it.    Once the tag was completed to make a card just a strip of sticky back lace, Eau de Nil, extended the water line with the tag placed over the top.

Sharing this with
Less is More - Beside the Sea. Poor photo the actual card is white not purple of blue.
A Gem of a Challenge - Summertime

Monday, 25 August 2014

Red, Orange, Yellow

That' the current colour challenge at Inkspirational currently.  It appealed to me when it started last week but I was not sure I'd get to it.   A bank holiday gave me the time needed to play a little.


The result this little altered carry tin.   Remember Paper Mill? they used to sell all sorts of chipboard sets in these great little carry tins, this one held letters.   Yesterday I was going to use a few and transferred the rest to another tin.   In the end the letters did not get used still there was this great empty tin.    Alcohol Inks Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange and Red Pepper worked all over the tin.   Orange ribbon wrapped around the handle.

The front cover is from a Tando creative set, the base worked with yellow and red inks.   The sun stamp (well what other image would go with this) is an old one purchased from ebay inked with gold and covered with gold ep.  The frame worked with Orange inks and then embellished with Orange, Red and Yellow gems.

Result a great hot new storage box.

Beside Inkspirational I'm sharing this with

Altered Eclectics - Always anything altered
and
Allsorts - Bright Sunshiny Colours

Well the long week-end is over and the promise of Autumn is with us.   All being well this was the last Bank Holiday I'll spend in this house.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, Cats

It's Christi's first turn at hosting the Craft-Room Challenge this week and as a completely bonkers cat lady, even worse than me, her choice of theme is CATS.

The prize comes from one of our fabulous sponsors, The Stamp Man.



Here is my sample.  It is not often that I use DP but having recently rediscovered this set thought it should be put to good use and it is pretty.   I've used a contrasting paper with the tag die with some yellow ribbon behind.   The main topper used 2 stamps, the frame with flowers is by Stampendous, the cat in the middle is an old Personal Impressions, think they fit really well together.   All colours done with Promarkers.

We would love you to join us at the least take a look at the terrific samples my roomies have made.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, A Summer Garden

It's been an interesting couple of weeks for us on the Craft-Room Team with discussions around quality of entries and what we are really looking for. As a result our rules have changed which are intended to encourage people who really enjoy (as we do) taking inspiration from our challenge theme.   Quality over quantity is our motto.

Hopefully this will not be to tough on Hazel who is our hostess this time.    Taking her inspiration from the season, here in the northern hemisphere, and the glorious weather we are enjoying Hazel's theme is Summer Garden.

Certainly deserves something a little different, at least for me.    Us Brits are well aware of the TV shopping channel 'Create and Craft' and their membership scheme.   Every couple of months or so they offer a special product to members who only have to pay the P&P.   Recently the offer was a Craftwork cards kit to make this garland (well 3 garlands but I've only done this one so far).   Struck me as perfect for our Summer Garden theme.

I've used both the free kit and elements from another Craftwork cards kit that proved irresistible a couple of years ago.    Hope you are tempted and will join us and share your Summer Gardens with us at Craft-Room Challenge.

Our prize this time is a Tanda stamp set and a Woodware stamp set.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

1 Tag, 2 sides

























A fun little project that would have been my sample for the current Craft-Room Challenge until I decided on the panels instead.

Tag shapes cut with the TH die and then a window cut in one with the ticket shape die.    Tags coloured with Glimmer Mist.    A new Crafty individuals mask of birds in flight used with Adirondack inks and the ink dusters, the brushes get into the detail of the mask.   Crafty Individuals stamps used on both sides the flowers and dragon fly coloured with Sakura pens.  Some of the foil coloured with alcohol inks left from a previous project sandwiched between the two tags.   The double sided tag embossed with the sun rays folder.   Another dragonfly stamped onto acetate and fussy cut, a row of self adhesive gems used on the body.  The centres of the pink flowers have micro beads glued into them.

The whole thing has a wonderful shimmer/sheen that unfortunately does not come over in the photos but you get the general idea.

Looking around thought to share this with Sweet Stamping - Take Fight.



Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Craft-Room Challenge Green Inspiration

 Green Inspiration
This gorgeous picture was created by Debi our hostess this fortnight at Craft-Room Challenge.   All Debi wants is to see is something created by you inspired by some part of the picture, it would also be nice for her to hear how you were inspired.


This is my take on the challenge.   3 Tando panels 15" x 5" each given layers of Mown Lawn Distress Paint and Peeled Paint Distress Stain.   A Crafty Individuals flock of birds stencil used on one with Imagination Crafts bronze glitter paste.   The tree parts, flowers and butterflies are all Tando from the same kit.   These were coloured with various mediums, the butterflies stamped as well with the stamp used on the panel and then everything arranged on the panels.    Before sticking them a stamp used on the opposite corner to the birds and other stencils used with Vintage Photo DI, the same ink used on the outside edges of the outer panels.   PVA glue applied to the back of each chipboard element will hopefully ensure everything should stay firmly attached.   Finally wanting to add more texture and searching my EP box I remembered setting up some 'altered' glue with green ep a while ago.    After melting the ep the glue pulled off the plastic fairly easily and pieces added to the boards.

So had all this to do with Debi's picture.   Well Green, I just love Debi's mood board, the grace and beauty of the images, the strong reflections of nature all combined to lighten anyone's mood.  This piece  of wall art will be displayed on the wall of my new home when that is decided on.

As always there will be a winner drawn at random from all the qualifying entries, this time we are sponsored by Crafty Individuals, and have some lovely goodies from them to send to someone.

Here are some great challenges I'm sharing this project with.
Love to Create - Bright and Sunny
Lunagirl Moonbeams - Use your favourite colour (Green just in case you had not figured that out)
Imagination Crafts - Anything Goes (using IC Glitter Paste)
and 1 I nearly forgot!
Fashionable Stamping - Dreaming of Summer