Monday, 31 August 2009

Lots to do - Words

For a few weeks now I've been intending to alter this box it is such a sturdy box just chucking it would be criminal. This is my first solo project with TSS metal and a great learning exercise, need a lot of practice but this picture hides the worst bit nicely :)
The challende this week on Lots to do / is to used words. We use them all the time why is it so difficult when someone asks us to? Chipboard letters all covered with silver ink and coated in the melt pot with 4 or 5 different coloured ep in it. Now its a great new place to store some of my bits and pieces.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Allsorts - No Stamping

Amanda over at Allsorts set the challenge this week banning the use of rubber stamps in our responses. Have taken that to mean no stamping and resisted the temptation to use clear stamps. As she says there are lots of things to do without stamping!

For this I used a dreamweaver stencil, colouring the image with daubers and them using translucent embossing paste. When it the stencil went back over the image and a layer of crackle paste applied. When that dried and the crack developed you could see the colour but the image was mostly white and a bit boring so the whole raised image was rubbed down with a sanding pad and the daubers lightly re-applied. A bit of DTP dragging, Papermania silk flowers added with brads, a teal mat over an a6 card made of my papermania strokable card!

it was tough (in fact on another card the stamps came out without my even thinking about it) but its done! Look no stamps!


i was feeling a bit blue a couple of weeks back and mentioned it on the Lots to Do forum within days an unexpected package popped through the door. Hilda had sent me the lovely tag book on the right. The tags are all made by forum members and banked with hilda who uses them when other members need a pick me up. It was a delight to receive and a real treasure.

The box on the left was made by Carian who had the shocking idea of using some of her treasured strokable papers. she kindly gave the things she made to forum members.

Gotta say the Lots to Do peeps are a wonderful crowd. Thank you all.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Tanda Teaser 113 - Floral Fantasies

Oh after a long week at work catchin' up from a weeks leave it is such a treat to make a card again! Sue chose Floral Fantasies as this weeks Tanda Teaser

Have made a trapzee card they are such good fun to do this has been cut from a Royal Langnickel card which is shiny, sorry. The images are from Tanda Art Deco set 1 surprise surprise. The corners are embossed on vellum while the centre iris has a clear ep covering.

Monday, 24 August 2009


May be shooting myself in the foot here but Something Completely Different have a DT call they are looking for 2 new team members. One of my favourite challenge blogs if you like going in new and different directions could be the challenge blog for you.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Allsorts 15 - a sketch and tear

Another interesting challenge from Allsorts again this week. but first Thank you Brenda for selecting me as one of the top 5 last week.

This week the Allsorts challenge is a sketch, have modified it slightly by placing the sentiment over the main image. With a twist you have to tear as much as you dare, with mine its more a case of spot the untorn edges.

Panels and main image are my new Crafty individuals stamps, am just discovering these. The words are my own from the stamps Andrew made up for me. colouring with ProMarkers

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Lots to do wooden spoons

Another Swap Angela is organising is a wooden cooking tool swap. No idea which spoon is going will have to see who my swap partner is!

Lots to do - Paper Craze

This weeks challenge on Lots to do is a real toughie you have to use paper. These are also for the August Recipe Swap run by Angela use Circle(s), Gem(s) & Flower(s) and any colour on an atc, a skinny and a fat book page. For the Skinny and Fat book page went back to those old boxes of papershapes many of us have great circles and the flowers are easy to trim down and layer. The background of the fat book page is kitchen paper used to 'tidy up' when spraying glimmer mist. The flower on the atc is dp from somewhere stamped and cut out.

Lots to do - August Time Swap

These 3 atcs are on their way to Hilda / who is running a swap this month with the theme of time.

Techniques used include Brayer, spraying, water spritzing, stamping embossing, melt pot and gilding. That Cork stamp got used again as well.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Ready Steady Stamp 3

Really had not expected to enter the Ready Steady Stamp challenge this time then had a revelation in the shower!

Anyway the ingredients this time are: Monument, Blue, Metal embellishment ok so far, then the bright spark over at RSS added Cuttlewax technique which requires wax paper & CORK!!!! Well could not resist seeing what others had been doing and there are some stunning entires. Noticed peeps had been using pictures of cork rather than the actual stuff..

So the revelation, Andrew at Tanda Stamps will custom make just about any stamp you want and working on the theory that pictures of cork are OK am guessing a stamped image of cork works as well? Andrew came up trumps, he photographed his cork notice board and made a stamp of it. i loved it but he was not happy and so made another using his mothers cork covered toaster for the cork image! So thank you Andrew and thank you also for the Stonehenge image which is from an as yet un-released set.

making of the card.
Stamp CORK with Ranger Resist pad onto high gloss card and over spray with Cosmic Shimmer Midnight BLUE & Aque Lagoon. Stamp MONUMENT in Silver and Silver emboss, Stamp moon and emboss in silver. Fill moon with Sakura white souffle & white gelly roll. Shadows of Stonehenge Pro Markers grey 3 & 5. Make WAX PAPER with greaseproff paper and a candle run through bug with Distressed Stripes folder and then transfer image onto card and over colour. It actually worked well but is hard to see here as the card is the base backing all the rest. Ran more greaseproof through the bug with the owl folder (had hoped to use the wax technique for this but it did not work). Colour greaseproof image with Adirondack 'Mountain lake'. Tear attach to base, tear gloss card and add to base blending with greaseproof. Little Memory Makers METAL TAG with star filler top right. Attach base to card, finished.

V is for - Viking

A couple of years back now on CSF Lesley ran a fat book swap where we each made 26 pages of one letter. My letter was V, and it has been interesting revisiting these pages to select one to represent V this week. My themes back then were Valantine, Vintage and Viking, it will come as no surprise that Viking still appeals the most, and this little page represents the warrior ancestors today.

So for the Alphabet Challenge this week V is for Viking.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Tanda Teaser 112 - Gatefold

Been playing about with this card this week, can you tell I'm taking sometime off work?

When the Tanda Teaser was posted today by Wendy as a gatefold card this seemed ideal. Not a traditional gatefold but my triangle fold cut away this time. Not Tanda stamps either but this big butterfly is so lovely.

Two A6 cards folded and stamped the main image cut way from the flap so the butterflys are emerging from the card. Main image coloured with Pro Markers and them clear embossed backgroun tinted with whisper pens.

Lots to do Mega Swap

The post delivered Andrea's book today show now you can see it! Andrea organised the swap selecting partners and telling each of us our subject and things to include. Mine was to alter/make a book which had to include an image, arrow and Andrea's initial. This is intended to be a keepsake book there are clips and pockets through the book for Andrea to store little memory makers.

Chipboard book, white gesso all the pages and spray with glimmer mists. Some pages lined with paper, some rubber stamped. Dreamweaver stencil with paste on cover repeated inside with alcohol inks, grunge board arrows sprayed with glimmer mist and touched with silver ink pad.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Allsorts - in an English Country Garden

Been a while since I joined an Allsorts chllenge but when Brenda set this week's with the theme of an English Country Garden it was irresistible. Had something like this in mind for a couple of weeks and this week-end it has all come togather.

Butterfly a Dreamweaver stencil with embossing paste, tinted with perfect pearls. The Hydrangea has been stamped in green versa mark and coloured with Pro Markers.

Am also entering this as my freestyle piece for Lot to do challenge theme free week.

Thank you Hilda

Yesterday the postman delivered this beautiful book. Hilda made the book for me as part of a Mega swap on the Lots to do Forum . To say I was blown away would be an understatement this amazing book is full of blank pages for me to journal and practice different things on. Once again Thank you Hilda I love it.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Tanda Teaser - Tag it

Sue has been away on her family holidays she came back just in time to set the Tanda Teaser for this week which is to use a tag or tags in/on your cards. Part of the fun of Tanda challenges is finding the right Tanda stamps to use (Tanda stamps are not obligatory but its nice to do). sometimes it is really hard with a design idea going one way and the collection another. Not so this week the most famous death mask in the world provided the perfect tag and set the theme for a simple stamp and heat emboss card. You cannot see it in the picture but there is a watermarked cartouch between the two images on the front of the pocket.

U is for - Unicorn

OK first off Linda, Sam and anyone else who finds PINK less than colourful go no further this little girls card is PINK.

Linda's Alhabet Challenge this week is U. Had no idea what to do for this and then some really cute papers came with a magazine, usually they would not have stuck around for long but this time the pretty little unicorns inspired me. When I know a little girl turn 5 who might like this her name will be added top right.

So apolgies to well everyone really could not resist just beng very very silly and making this!

Monday, 10 August 2009


Gosh two awards recently, time to share them and fess up to 5 things.

Firstly thank you Cheryl and equally to Sue Two good blogging friends whose work is wonderful and whose support is greatly valued.

Five things then.

1. I finally passed my driving test after 4 and half attempts! One attemp the 4th had to be abandoned half way round as i was shaking too badly to continue.

2. I used to fall out of airplanes for fun. This activity continued both before and after passing the driving test!

3. I eat very little meat, not because of any morals (don't have them) just don't like the taste

4. I have dyslexia, honest its not just bad typing all the time.

5. Love music from Mozart to Meat Loaf

And now who to pass these gifts onto. This is the hardes part it is just not possible to select just 10, as previously forgive me if you name is not here it is oversight not exclusion.


Sunday, 9 August 2009

Lots to do - Stampboard

Yes you have seen the lid before, just a week ago :) it now have a campanion. Lots to do this week is looking to see what we can do with Stampboard.

OK so I kinda play with the inky fingered but am not altogather familiar with the toys. Everyone raves about Stampboard but until this evening had not really got it, think i might be getting there now.

Applied alochol inks to the board and then stamped (QVC foam backed stamps) in Adirondak black. Not having any tools started scrapping with a craft knife, loved the way it made thin lines following the shading. Rubbed the ink off the edges with a file and lifted ink outside the stamped images to intensify the images. sprayed with glimmer and then scraped again.

So here it is the second round on the hanging.

Tanda Teaser 110 - Forever Friends

Wendy set the Tanda Teaser This week with the theme of Forever Friends, her own Friendship card is very witty. Have been enjoying mucking around recently but it felt like time to make a pretty card with clean simple lines.

The green mat is plain green card given a coat of green glimmer mist. The flowers are from Tanda's Flower set 1 coloured with Pro Markers, the words are from a set Andrew made up for me. A bow and small heart shaped gem are the finishing touches

Friday, 7 August 2009

T is for - Thank You

It is the letter T this week over at Linda's Alphabet Challenge Thank you for friendship support and encouragement.

The bright background paper here is waste from an acrylic pallet over stamped in green. The words Thank you were stamped (apart from the chipboard T) with the alphabet set from the SSP guild possibily the best alphabet set i have come across yet.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

SCD - Circus

Don't you just love a challenge that really does that? Something completely different have really been inviting us to think outside the box in recent weeks. This week, the last of the post card size, has CIRCUS as the theme. Just Circus take it which ever way you see it!

There are no Circus stamps or papers of anythings in my stash, and no views of Picidilly or Oxford Circus either. So a hunt on the WWW found pictures of clowns to copy and a strippy background to suggest a tent. Do go and see that the SCD DT have posted some great fun ideas there.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Lots to do & Stampin' for the weekend - Recycled

Both Lots to do and Stampin' for the week-end have challenged followers to make something from something else this week. Some call it Recycling others Altering.

Have heard of altered lids but never made one before, saved this last time a jar of something finished just in case... the inside and edge of the lid has been decorated with alochol ink. A brad attaches the ribbon behind. The Stamped acetate filling the lid was originally for the box below but it did not work out and has been recycled here. The sun and moon embrace was also made for the box and also recycled here.

No idea what to do with this but have used a longer piece of ribbon to attach more to as and when.....

S is for - Sun

Linda's Alphabet Challenge Is up to S! it has been going so quickly. Well S has to be for Stamp the Shells decorating the base of the box. Shells are often found on the Shore which hopefully will be Sandy (at least yellow). Shore, where there is a Sandy Shore there is a Sea. Above it all, in the Sky, the Sun with little rays of Sun Shine Showering done. OK I will stop now its S.
Ready Steady - STAMP Set their second challenge with an interesting list of ingredients, you have to include The Sun, Yellow, Ribbon(s) Triangle, & Acetate.
So I've made a box. the base is in yellow card stamped with shells , old Hero Arts stamps, and trimmed with a little blue frilled ribbon. The top is acetate capped with a toilet paper sun embracing the moon from an art mould. Paper moistened and coloured with glimmer mist and worked into the mould left overnight to dry and then over sprayed with gold spray and shimmer. Yellow and Orange ribbon hang down each side to represent sun rays. The box itself is a pyramid made of 4 triangles.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Tanda Teaser 109 - Here come the Celts

This weeks Tanda Teaset has been set by Sue before she flew off on her family holidays. I had only just ordered and received the Tanda Celtic set 1 spooky. Ordered last Saturday and delived first class post on Monday by the way excellent service thank you Andrew.

Back to the card. The side panal has been dry embossed and then touched through the stencil with warm green cats eye chalk ink. The Wizard is inspired by the idea of the Celtic wise men the Druids probably stories of Wizards are based on Druid leaders. Third panal is the dog image from the celtic set and the reason that i got the set! Both Wizard/Druid and dog have been heat embossed and coloured with Pro Markers.