Sunday, 23 October 2016

Acetate and Vellum

What a fabulous combination.

Two mediums I enjoy you can imagine my delight with this week's Less is More Theme, Acetate or Vellum.

The Acetate card is an old report cover, I 'rescued' a lot of these when working and bound files were being shredded.   So base card sorted.   The Vellum is years old, back in the days when the shopping channels really did bring us things that were new and different not to mention affordable.   I suspect this was something from that Dawn B introduced us to here in the UK but I might be wrong.   The kit came with A5 vellum sheets in various colours that had colour fade pattens, these were match by coated card in the same colours and designs.    The card being coated looks fantastic but is no use at all for stamping but the vellums continue to be great stash items.    I've used 3 different vellum papers to die cut the butterfly, die cuts attached to Acetate with Glossy Accents on the body.    White paper diecut stuck inside for any message, job done.

Had to wait until today to make this as yesterday was all about making bracelets.    I spent a lot of time opening and closing jump rings to make that charm bracelet mentioned the other day.

All 925 silver the bracelet chain is 2:2 for strength, the toggle clasp is much more secure than it might look the toggle is longer than the loop so is very unlikely to slip out accidentally.   There are some little charms I've been collecting for this bracelet and I am sure there are many more to come.

Also had to thread this bracelet, having seen the pattern in the Jewellery Maker magazine it is something I really wanted to construct.   The blue green stones are Lapis Lazuli, the jump rings and findings are silver plate.

Both bracelets fit nicely and have that wonderful drape and dangle that I love.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Always Use Rubber - Winter and or Spring

Always Use Rubber got off to a reasonable start, thank you.   For this fortnights theme I came up with the idea of Winter and or Spring.   A lot of people are making Winter theme, Winter season cards at the moment. We thought this might be a good way to introduce Always Use Rubber to them.

I'm part way through making my 2017 calendar and my inspiration pieces for the challenge as some of the pages.   This is January, mid winter but with a promise of spring if you look in the right places. I love snowdrops and am hoping by the end of January to see the poking up in one of those sheltered spots.   

Snowdrops in the foreground masked and a snow laden bare tree placed behind.   Snow on the ground and a Robin on a branch.   Above a clear blue sky and wintery sunshine, a flock of birds fly past.   David Essex fans, do you remember "A Winter's Tale"?  When I look at this page I can hear him singing.

Sharing this page with, and inviting visitors from, to join us.

CCEE Stampers - One Layer
As You Like It - Do you prefer new or old stash? and Why?  Old stash, I'll buy new stuff but tend to use it with the old.   I'm also a rubber stamper from way back when only wood mounted rubber stamps were available.   They are still the most satisfying stamps to use.  Everything used on this page was at least 2 years old the stamps are all 5 + years.
A Snowflakes Promise - ATG alternative Seasons.
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes (no Digis)
Craft your Passion - Always Anything Goes
Use your Stuff - Mix up the stamps, I've used 4 different makes of stamps on this project.

Hope to see you all joining us at Always Use Rubber


Friday, 21 October 2016

Vintage Male

This week's theme at Go Tag Thursday

Just reminded me of an Indigo Blu set with images a little older than Vintage really but they express the idea rather well.   Stamped the gentleman first and masked him before stamping the Union Jack.   The two expressions are from the same set and have been embossed with gold ep.  The lion was also embossed.   The round stamp coloured with felt pens really does feel like the seal of approval.    Tag edges dusted with vintage photo.   The ribbon is from a treasured meter or so only used on very special projects.

Sharing my tag with
Go Tag Thursday - Vintage Male
Crafty Creations - Not a Card
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Embossing wet or dry

I shared a necklace with you recently, I've made a bracelet to go with it.  My mother had a silver charm bracelet I don't know what became of it but I'm practicing now to make one for myself.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

February in Halloween Colours

So I did some research for the February page of my calendar.   Probably the best known February date is 14th St. Valentines Day.   Hearts then and two lovely Indigo Blu stamps poppy heart and Love is.   Then I thought of Mardi Gras, turns out in 2017 it is on the 28th February.    Colours Purple, Green and Gold.    So my February page, hang on what are the Halloween colours?   Purple, Green and Orange close enough, with little touches of black here and there. 

A5 card, hearts stamped and embossed in gold then coloured with felt pens.   Jazz images, by Hampton Arts,  stamped in Colour Box chalk inks.  The rest of the card dusted with Orange, Purple and Green distress inks.

So based on colours sharing this with.

ColourQ - Colour Palette.
The House that Stamps Built - Picture Inspiration, I've taken the colours.
Creative Friday - Purple

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

When is a Dragon a Seahorse?

When it is a Sweet Poppy Stencil.

As in the one I've used on this wooden draw box.   The box was prepped with DecoArt chalk paint, DecoArt Crackle glaze and more chalk paint to make it crack.   When it was dry the stencil placed on top and dye based colour pushed through and black pen for the eye, on top of this a clear embossing glaze added.

The next day play time.   The two fish are from Bombshell stamps in America.   Stamped in red Memento then coloured with felt pens using belief it or Red and purple as well as pink!  DecoArt acrylics in Turquoise and White added touches and a mix of the two coloured the Dragon/Seahorse neck and jaw.   

The draw part was prepped in the same way and then a strip of Imagination Crafts shimmer paint painted along the bottom.   Stamping' up shells stamped in grey and coloured with more felt pens.

Treasure Gold in Rose Quartz coloured touched onto corners and edges, along side this Imagination Crafts Alchemy Wax in Bronze was added.   The Bronze has also been rubbed over the Seahorse into the gaps between the stencil paste, colour was then taken off the actual embossed areas.

This is going to be the home of some of my pearl jewellery.    Thought I'd show this box off with:

Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafting Musketeers - Boxes
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff - Mixing up the Stamps

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

April's Page

Phoenix stencil is a new one for me from Sweet Poppy, yep one of those that I got on Sunday.   Think I've found a new and interesting way of embossing and colouring the images.   Firstly using a stencil brush or Inkylicious Dusters apply Adirondack dye based ink or Distress inks, then add embossing paste either clear or as here Imagination Crafts glitter paste in the usual way.    Using dye based inks means that when wet paste is added the ink is re-activated and tends to be absorbed by the paste.

Left the card overnight to go off and give myself time to think about the next steps.   I already knew that this would be for April.   The Phoenix is a symbol of re-birth, a fresh start, new beginnings, I love the symbol rising from the ashes.   Easter is also in April in 2017 again a celebration of renewal. So this has to be the April page.

The flame stencil used below the phoenix is I think Imagination Craft but if I'm wrong I apologise.   The outlines were traced with yellow felt pen and then coloured with more of those pens.    Shabby Shutter DI dusted onto the bottom of the page.   Adirondack Lake Mist and Sunshine yellow were dusted over the top part of the card.   Clarity blossom branch stamped green Memento and then coloured with the felt pens again.   April is done and literally dusted.

While making this I was struck that the colours used are Autumn shades, Yellows Oranges reds Browns and Greens.  So I'm entering this into the following challenges.

Artistic Inspirations - JFF Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations - Shades of Autumn
Addicted to Stamps - Embossing wet or dry
A Gem of a Challenge - Colour

Monday, 17 October 2016

Day out and a little jewellery

Had a nice day yesterday, wondered over to Doncaster for Stamp Magic at the Dome.   In the morning the weather as wet spray on the 180 convinced me to drive a little more slowly than I would in better conditions.    In places it also looked like I'd missed the best of Autumn with bare trees along the way.   Coming into Doncaster the weather started to improve as did the scenery at the Dome facility.

I guess I'm jaded but the show was something of a let down.   Yes of course I managed to spend money, the man selling card stock was there as ever with smooth white card at a good price so stocked up on that.   Sweet Poppy stencils had some interesting designs, including the only decent Robin in the whole show.    Inkylicious were there as well, as regular visitors know I don't seem able to do anything without their dusters.  For me that was more or less it, very surprised there were no alcohol inks or distress re-inkers.   In fact there were no stand out products at all, god for peeps like me no massive spending spree either!

One nice surprise while there on the Inkylicious stand I reached for a shopping basket at the same time as someone else, as it happened there were just 2 there 1 each.   Glancing up I realised that the other person was Sally Holmes of Crafty Salutations.    Sally is a talented crafter and also natural world photographer who I very much admire.   Sally is also a lovely person and it was great to have a little catch up.

Driving home the sun was out, it had become a beautiful afternoon.   Just had to keep reminding myself that my foot is not made of lead.   Home safe sound and with out speeding problems (fingers crossed) I finally managed to make this necklace that has been tickling my imagination for a little while.

Feature copper S hooks, copper jump rings and copper wire.   Very low on copper wire will have to get some more.   I have had the cabochon for ages and cannot now remember what type of stone it is. Black with white flecks.   It hangs nicely on the neck as well.

Umm I've got some new toys to play with, share later.