Thursday, 25 August 2016

Going for Colour

These negative image stamps from Imagination crafts are great but I've still to get the solid colour area really solid.

For this Tag I used 6 DI inks with some torn paper and my trusty Inklicious Dusters, knowing that the multi coloured base would be stamped with the kittens kinda faux technicolour coat technique.   Reasonably pleased with the result a 7th colour applied to the unstamped edges.   The butterfly is an old favourite stamp, Hobby Art I think.   Stamped in Teal Memento coloured with ProMarkers in pretty pastels, I used some of the torn paper used as a mask for this.  Well those kittens are watching something.   The ribbon is also multi coloured and matches the rest of the tag, it is secured at the back with a cocktail stick.

Go Tag Thursday - Go Bold with Colour
Mod Squad - Teachers Pet, Use a pet or animal
Butterfly Challenge - K is for Kraft and or Kaleidoscope
Sisterhood of Crafters - Pretty pretty ribbons

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Hot sunny summer day

The sort of day that inspires summer like crafting.  So its a card, with butterflies and flowers.

Quick whinge I cannot get on with the butterfly die.  I've tried using different weights of paper and card.  Wax paper, another piece of paper or card behind the paper/card I want to cut.   Different positions on the platform and different die cutting machines.  It is mostly the middle 2 cutouts but as you can see on the kraft card used here more or less all of them fail to cut cleaning.   I resort to snipping them out with scissors, not quite how a die is expected to work.

Anyway today I cut 3 butterflies out.   The Kraft one was cut with wax paper and that was used as well.   Finally a little left over blue vellum provided the 3rd die cut.   The flower is part of an old freebie set from a long forgotten magazine.   Stamped in green memento and coloured with a mix of ProMarkers and Chameleon Pens

Challenges I'm sharing this with are
Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly with K Kraft Card and optional kaleidoscope of colour.
Deep Ocean Challenge - Things with Wings
I love ProMarkers - Use a die cut
Inky Chicks - Lots of butterflies
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Anything Goes must use snippets (The blue vellum and the wax paper)

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

My new toilet seat

Seriously.   I've had some work done in the Shower room and WC, a new seat will just round the project off.  Now the cover usually is left plain but why it is not as if it can be used for anything being lifted as it is several times a day.   So faced with a large plain white flat surface what choice did i have?    The halloween theme?  umm that is a bit of a surprise but on the window shelf of the WC there sits proudly a sparkly skull, well WC's are scary places and you never know what you will find in them!   Added to which I have just acquired some new halloween stamps by Stampendous The skeleton lady and the skull with crow.

So Marked of an area 4cm from the rim to allow the lid to rest when raised.  The rest of the lid rubbed down with sand paper.   Next tubes of artist acrylic paint, purple for the top, orange for the middle and a mix of black and white for the foreground.  Wet paint pushed and pulled around to mingle and some red added.  Acrylics dry quickly enabling the 2 Stampendous stamps to be added with Stayzon.   The centre panel of hessian, a bit of natural fabric shower lily and the plaster skull were added with Powertex that wonderful fabric harder.   The skull filled in with Titanium Buff.

This morning I decided to add the TH bird stamped in black stayzon and then like all the stamped images touched up with black ProMarker.  Some dry brushing added green and purple to the stiff fabric, the same colours used on both the stamped skull and the skeletons dress, finally a little imagination craft silver shimmer touched in places.   Finally a layer of Viva crackle paste to seal and give an extra effect to the overall project, this lifted some of the paint at the edge where the lid starts to curve giving an added layer of distressing.

Now all I have to do is fit it!  Oh yeah it is going onto the toilet.

I'm also sharing this with a couple of Mixed Media Challenges
Creative artiste - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Things to Alter - Always anything goes
Altered Eclectics - Always anything goes
More Mixed Media - Anything goes (option bright colours)

Monday, 22 August 2016


adj having a strange allure or beauty; originating in a foreign country > n non-native plant.

Generally speaking here in modern Briton finding something exotic is a bit of a challenge, we can pretty much access anything we want.   So this week's Less is More challenge theme got me thinking, what do we mean by the word exotic hence the dictionary definition.   What does the word mean to me? "Something strange/unusual and beautiful in it's strangeness."

A Viking longboat, you don't see many of those around here these days.   Once fairly common place especially on the North Sea Coast where I now live, they have now been replaced by Car Ferries!  In my imagination they must have been strangely beautiful well made sea worthy ships with mysterious carving.

Joanna Sheen stamp used on a 6" x 4" postcard blank and coloured with ProMarkers.   As the markers have not bleed through it is perfectly possible to send this as a post card to someone perhaps needing a bit of support and encouragement.

Creative Friday - Maritime
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark
Aud Sentiments Challenge - For a Man + a Sentiment
CAS-ual Fridays - Time to Colour

Not planning days out this week so hoping to spend a little more time getting inky and messy.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Different colours for me.

and a torn book page, that took some doing.   Pinks! and Blues the scheme got stuck in my head must have been waiting for this tag.

The starting inspiration was Go Tag Thursday, I really enjoy these challenges they offer something just a little different every week.   Could not make the last theme work but this one Book Print for me hunting out a book from a charity shop for just this purpose, and it is still hard.   Having torn the page the real work started, what on earth to do with it.   Got as far as trimming the page to fit the tag and hand dry embossed the bottom corner vellum.   Because vellum is transparent there was no need to dig out the light box but took a while to find my embossing tools.   Then I went to bed.

Must have dreamt pink and blue, just not my colour scheme well it wasn't anyway.   First time out of the package for the fabulous Stampers Anonymous floral stamps which are beautifully drawn.   Stamped in black memento then coloured with Chameleon Pens and playing with their built in blender ink.   Thought the butterfly was going to be stamped and fussy cut but it was so good to work with the vellum and a metal stencil that it became the better option.  A little lillic distressing around the edges to finish off.

Other challenges I joining with this tag:
Craft Rocket Challenges - Things with wings
Creative Knockouts - Tag Time
My Time to Craft - Embossing (Heat or Dry)
Crafty Creations - Words/Letters on the background.
Try it on Tuesday - Book Pages

It's very windy this week-end, not good if you like to craft with the patio doors open and your stuff all over the place!   But for your benefit I'll try, I'm nice like that hehehe.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Twofers - Sentiment

Well this time we have reached a point we hoped we never would.    For a year Christi, Jane and I have offered fortnightly challenges that might at times have bucked the general trend, but we have  had very little interest.   The entries we have had were of a fabulous standard so picking our winners and top 2 or 3 has been hard, but the number of entries has been disappointing.   So we have decided to take a month of, re-group and come back in October with a few changes we hope will inspire and encourage more peeps to join in the fun.

So Jane's challenge for this fortnight at Twofers is the last for now.  Jane's prompt is Stamped Sentiment as the main feature.    As always our very kind and generous sponsor is going to give the winner a voucher worth $15 to spend at Alleystamp her online store.   Thank you Janine for your support and continued commitment to us.   Alleystamp will continue to sponsor us when we return having declined my offer to stop, just how generous is that?

So onto my project for this theme, Sentiment main element on playing cards!

I did it!   4 of hearts with a very cute elephant and a very apt sentiment in the circumstances.   9 of Diamonds and a sentiment to live by.   Guess what.   These are the last 2 cards in my pack.

There they are all 52 playing cards.   All one layer and where coloured felt pens were used so no bleed through giving them away on their plain white backs.  No jokers, run out of challenges and I'll be doing something different when we come back.  

Over to you now remember to stamp the sentiment that is the focal point of your project.   Jane's winner will received a $15 voucher for Alleystamp.  Join us at Twofers for a chance to make that voucher yours.

I'm entering this fortnights pair of cards into:
CAS-ual Fridays - Time to Colour
Creative Fingers - Anything Papercraft

Friday, 19 August 2016

Under the sea - again

It has been a popular theme this year and inspired me more than once.

A 6" square Tando grey board is the base, and my newest stencil from Dreamweaver was the starting point.   Embossed the Jellyfish with gold Dreamweaver paste.   Once it was dry I went over it with DecoArt gesso and acrylic paints.   Painting complete 3 shells from Stamping' up placed on the bottom, coloured these with ProMarkers and then masked them.  Yellow distress paint give the sand bed for the shells with touches of Imagination Crafts Inca Gold seems to make it more watery.   Fish and bubbles added with a Craftylicious set stamped in black, silver and gold.   (Should be Bronze, Silver & Gold really but didn't think of that at the time).   The fish outline filled with Sakura SoufflĂ© pen.    Finally scraped some of the paint off the jelly fish so that glints of the gold paste show through.

Inspired by and sharing with
If you Give a Crafter a Cookie - Picture inspiration

Make my Monday - Picture Inspiration

Mixed Media World - Summer/Sea/Nautical
Take it Make it - Stencils and Masks
A Vintage Journey - Stencil it