Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Janet my lovely team mate from Tuesday Taggers is mad for atcs her collection of swaps received is over 1000! She has a little swap running right now over on a forum we are both members of. The swap is to make 4 atcs using your favourite background technique, not sure i have a favourite just enjoy messing and seeing what the results are.
The first ATC Hummingbird is made up of the waste from my acrylic pallet, this was used on the last mask I made. When the painting is finished the paints might just be spread and mixed a little more then left until the opportunity to use the waste comes along. Here the background was cut to size and stamped. The image was stamped twice more on the same paper and layered 3d decoupage style. The top bird and centre of the flower have been given glossy accents treatment.
The Wild Cat is a Dream Weaver stencil with chalk inks. Tanda stamps for the cat words and grass all just stamped in black the leopard has some Promarker shading, and sakura green eyes.
Birdhouse the background is another piece of yesterdays alcohol ink play. Stamped with images from LB in SU white stuck to another atc sized card with feathers sandwiched. the white ink smudged a little liked the effect in places but in others went over the image in white pen which really sharpened it up and made it pop (I think).
Forth black card 'painted' with the starch technique, might not have done that properly but like the effect here of white light moving on a dark background. Overstamped with Clarity Paris collage stamp embossed with cosmic shimmer red and good old black sparkle a few gems added to this one as highlights, one watch face filled with glossy accents
Time for another challenge from the wonderful Linda As you know by now we are using the different techniques in 'A Compendium of Curiosities' each week Linda selects one and tells us which page it is on. We are not to describe the technique in our blog just tell you the page and name. This week its the lovely messy one on page 51, Alcohol Ink Monoprint.
Got lots my inks out and got messy LOL made several pieces chose this one for my card. Stamped background and pireced it in the cinch. Matched topper to teal and orange card, matching holes at the top of the teal card, the orange mat has been stamped with text, a new Viva stamp. Attached topper with wire in a blanket stitch and finally threaded some cord along the top. Left it overnight thinking it needed something more but cannot imagine what and so on balance decided it is probably ok as it is.
Decided to make this my second entry to the Gingersnaps Wings challenge that closes on the 4th July.
For this is a vintage themed wedding card trimmed the front with a scollop cut and made an insert with a fiskers boarder to show from behind. Lilly stamped and embossed in gold stamped and embossed again on vellum lightly watercoloured and attached bottom part way up. Sentiment stamped and embossed in gold, pearl beads threaded and laid under and over the vellum gold inkpad swipped over card edges.
What will your wedding make be?
Sunday, 27 June 2010
This time wove some ribbon backed it with tissue and cut out a triangle Stuck it to back of doll and halfway down peg leaving open flaps at the bottom. Stuck some lace round neck and near bottom. Now we are looking like a choir boy. Bit more ribbon for a stole wire arms painted face and hair, vellum book and mirror card halo.
Alphabet challenge this week is I for Icy asking for icy colours. To me that is white, silver and blue. Painted peg and base white, three strips of lace sewn togather and gathered at the top. Clear beads stitched down the seams with silver thread, blue beads around the top and white pearl beads on the flower in the middle of the lace panel. Blue underskirt is tissue coloured with GM for another project and saved. Arms are wire covered in knitted wire ribbon from the Ribbon Man (I think), hair strands of silvery coloured hairy fibre and a little white fibre fringe. Clearly an Ice queen she has three glitter covered snowflakes as sort of wings and crown. Very unsure who is anyone will get this one but she at least fits the challenge.
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Photocopied a blueprint onto plain copier paper and ran it through the bigshot with the new TH embossing folder distressed brickwork. Worked Scattered straw, frayed burlap, rusty hinge and shabber shutters onto the paper. Using Tanda's Town Set stamped the sentiment onto the background stamped and embossed the houses onto card the the windows glossy accents, the roofs, chimmeys, doors, and steps a touch of sakura and the houses lightly coloured with barn door. An old key completes the card.
Allsorts are looking for embossing this week am entering this into their challenge as well.
Could not get to sleep last night too hot so wondered back down and got the brayer out. Glossy card Big and Juicy Spice using the shaft of light technique and Clarity stamps. Inked card and using the green end of the pad stamped the grasses in and out of the shaft of light and round the edges. A little of tan end on cotton wool along the bottom. Stamped the dragonfly in stayzon onto acatate and cut them out, one stuck flat onto the card with Diamond stickles. Bent the wings up on the second dragonfly, spread stickles over the whole sticking it down with just the body. Highlighted the plants with touches of White Inkssentials, Yellow and Green Sakura. All those extra wings shadows just adding to the sense of movement.
One of the challenges running at Gingersnaps is 1) Make a paper crafting or mixed media creation using transparency or acetate. Their overall theme for June is wings, this lazy hazy summer day is for them as well.
Friday, 25 June 2010
My little Torti girl is hopping around on 3 legs this week, she has injured a nerve in her leg and needs a bit more attention than usual. Little things like opening doors because the catflap is to difficult plus if someone picked a fight with her she would not be quite her usual fisty self. So yours truely is staying in well we who dwell with cats have to be prepared to do our duty. LOL Good thing I'm not working really.
Had planned to go out with Von tomorrow to see Lucy but had to postpone for now. So Von popped in to see me bringing with her the sleeve of one of her OH's old sterile environment overalls which it seems are made of Tvyek. Very differnt from the Tvyek Hilda sent. So we cut a bit out dripped some alcohol inks onto it and stamped a flower image in stayzon. Lots of colour bleed making a very interesting piece. Heat gun and yep up it shrivels, Von then suggested making a hole in it and applying heat to the hole ummm like that so holes in the flowers making them pull in at the middle. It is different but the results are similar and great fun.
Added a few microbeads in Glossy Accents stamped the flower in versa mark onto some scrap card and used clear EP on part of the stamped images. Tyvek stuck to card and a little fibre threaded round.
When the Cinch was shown on TV it was clearly a must have! Now I've owned a BIA for a couple of years or more but never actually put it to use, why then get another gadget? Sat on my hands for 24 hours but desire won out and a day or two later my lovely new toy arrived. Had to get it out of the box and try it at once well so simple and easy to use I like this.
Next thing was to decide what to make with it oh a box, to send the New Home swap below a box is going to be needed cannot just pop that into a nice padded envelope. Have some really thick card its almost 1/16" thick so nice and sturdy. cut 4 pieces and punched the holes no effort the guides work the punches work all nice and tidy. Then changed my mind and decided it have an acatate front, a little bit of lining up and a perfect match. Stamped the sides with Elusive image stamps and the little trailing Clarity stamp embossed in white and second time round in gold. Cut a base to fit the sides in and punched the holes to tie them all togather. Having tied it all up needed a top Cinch not required for this.
You'r right I did not use the wires not sure yet about replacements and once they are used I'll need more plus would not really work for the box. Give me time I'll get to it and a darn site quicker than I ever have with the BIA!!!!
Silly me this box fit the Gingersnap transpancy challenge this month. Their theme for June is wings and winged things and this challenge calls for acatate or transprancies in your entry, with an acatate front and lots of butterflies embossed on it guess this box is my second entry!
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Gosh its hot this week! and I have a tiny confession no idea what is happening in the football, must be one of a very small group of people at least here in the UK.
Linda's new weekly challange taking us through 'A Compendium of Curiosities' is published every Monday but it takes a day or two to work out what to do. This week we are to refer to page 62 and use the technique published there. Loads of fabulous entries to be seen On the Challenge
Mentioned yesterday that I have a old map or two, this is the same one of the North West of England printed onto acatate. Fragment one picks up part of the map left over from yesterdays canvas. The car is a Tanda stamp embossed in black and is coming through the map, papermaina papers for the arrows above and below the acetate. The second fragment covers a butterfly kisses sentiment stamped onto the arrow pattened paper.
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
To celebrate the recent move of Lots to do Forum I'm hosting an altered art swap. Swappers are invited to make 3 somethings anything you fancy making altered bottle tops, beer mats, bookmarks, absolutly anything so long as your finished pieces have to do with A New Home. If you fancy joining in all you need do is joinup at the forum.
This piece was made using some of the tyvek that Hilda sent to me and one of the beer mats that Lesley sent. The beer mat is covered with a copy of an old, pre motorway, map that has been printed onto printable canvas. UTEE poured into a cookie cutter and the lolly sticks stuck in before it cooled. The flowers (Tanda stamsps) stamped onto tyvek that had already been coloured with distress inks, cut out and then heated. If heat is applied for long enough the material reacts like a plastic bag and disintegrates, with these pieces the heat was applied just long enough for it to start to twist and curl.
My other two swaps will have to wait Alter it monthly have a Home Sweet Home theme next month so I'm saving them for that.
Sun sport and strawberries what more can you want? oh yes Shoes. Sally chose this weeks challenge at Tuesday Taggers and for me at least it was a challenge, had to hunt and rummage to find these stamps! While looking for inspiration I fell to wondering how it would be if we could only have one pair of shoes a year throughout our lives!
The shoe stamps used were from a QVC TSV a few years back it was a big wooden box of stamps that pretty much failed. You often see the stamps in the bargain bargain bin at shows but a few of us got it on the day and this week was very glad I had. Cream card used for panel and nestie shape coloured with Nick Bentock inks stamped and embossed in silver, shoes coloured with sakura. Tanda stamp for Birthday greeting, flowers and little brads, 3 hearts 1 flower from where ever perfect colour match.
While small the hearts are they in appreciation of shoes, am entering this card into the Alphabet Challenge where h is for hearts.
Sunday, 20 June 2010
The lovely Linda Ledbetter very talanted light has decided we need some fun and an excuse to work on some of the techniques in the latest publication of 'THE BOOK'. For starters Linda directs us to page 35 and a nice gentle start. Great for peeps like me who need a nudge to actually try the various methods so thank you Linda, to see other entries follow this Link
DI Inks used Shabby Shutters, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge & Frayed Burlap. Music and faux stitching stamped in Brushed Corduroy, faux stitching also stamped in chipped sapphire. Water technique not one to use for detail but the compass makes a nice circular water mark and the features of the skull and the treble cleft have popped out nicely.
Faux stitching must be the third of 3 Skinnies for the 3rd swap that Hilda is hosting at Lots to do forum The 2nd and middle one does not have any stamping on it!
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Skinnies, 5" x 3" continue at Something Completely Different with a theme of blue and white this week. Great to have this colour scheme in the summer, blue and white are not just for Christmas LOL.
Main image is the little soldier stamp Andrew at Tanda made up for me. Stamped onto stampboard, coloured with Promarkers and glitter glue. The edges have a combination of Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire blended on the edges. White card cut to size, blue paper 1/4" smaller length and width, left a bit of thread hanging just to make it less neat.
Wednesday 23rd June
So glad so many people like my little stamp I drew him with the intention of doing a second without a front and showing the clockwork but could not completely figure out how it would look so left him dressed. Andrew converted my artwork into a clear stamp. If you ask him nicely I'm sure he will make one up for you and his charges are very reasonable.
Today Gingersnaps start a new challenge calling for shades of blue, thought my little solider blue fits the bill quite nicely. No wings you say but oh he has drum sticks and flaps them LOL
Good Morning, its Saturday again! Was going to trim the hedge but dark looking clouds are making me think twice. My neighbour is very good cutting their side frequently he tidies some of mine at the same time but the main hedge in the back he leaves for me and my twice a year or so session. No birds nested there this year suspect they have seen the IMPs round here.
Onto a challenge Lots to do is all about quotes Hilda is inviting us to make anything we want so long as it includes a quote. This quote is a famous one from Mae West a lady know for her excesses and love of fun, she also had a few toy boys or so the stories go. This tag then had to be OTT, base of red card stamped with SU Whisper White which stays white. Round nesties cut in cream card some Nick Bentock red ink and stamped with CI images of vintage gals. Quote is a Penny Black stamp. Green lace along the top, some paper flowers and self adhesive gems. Tag capped with feathers and a bow.
The tag is one of a set of three made of a tag with quotes swap Hilda is hosting at the Lots to do Revisited forum If you would like to join our friendly place and join this or any of our swaps please do follow the link and join in.
Right to trim or not to trim that is the question perhaps it is better to shop than chop......... I really need to get a job!
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
With the new look we have new June swaps Hilda is running several, one of which is to make 3 atcs with either the word ART on them or with an art image.
The first (left) uses stamp bug words ATC and ART. A small section was punched out with a V&A punch behind is a small piece of acetate covered with gilding flakes. The atc was run through the big shot with the Spellbinders butterfly embossing sheet. Colourbox chalk inkpads in pink, red and brown were used to colour the atc making the debossing stand out. The words were stamped and heat embossed on top.
The next one uses a piece of Joanna Sheene paper over stamped with a butterfly kisses Old Master collage stamp.
Finally the 3rd base was coloured with DI inks and then stamped with an image from Stamp bug's Beauty plate, clear ep over the stamp. Butterfly kisses from the old master plate stamp onto more card coloured with just spiced marmalade and barn door stamped and embossed this time with black ep.
Hope my swap partners like them.
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Goodness we were blown away by the number of entries last week the letters are rubbing off our keyboards!
Tuesday morning and a new challenge at Tuesday Taggers this week its a vintage feel with Vintage Bookmarks. The super talented Ildiko chose this weeks theme and the team have all come up with some great takes on it please pop over and see. Hope you will play along as well.
My bookmark is 7" long x 2.5" wide for the base which is an old double sided 12" x 12" page. A second piece of the reverse sits inside as a mat for the 'La Blanche' foam stamp floral image stamped in versafine sepia and coloured with Pro-markers. The circular scene in the middle has a top coat of glossy accents. vintage style lace attached on 3 sides and threaded with embroidery ribbon tied at the bottom a little bow attached below it with a metal charm from a bead shop.
This week at Allsorts the theme is Lace and or Buttons, am entering the bookmark for their challenge.
Monday, 14 June 2010
Went to Craft Barn yesterday mainly to see Suze Weinberg working magic with a melt pot. Great day lots of fabulous demos head stuffed full with ideas, no job = no money so was very good and did not buy much just a couple of Viva clear stamp plates wonder how long they will be £3.55?
Back to crafting and Lots to do challenge to use birds and or wings in your work this week.
Have covered a little note book, the base is printable canvas stamped then over painted with Viva matallic and Sakura glitter pens. A spray of Golden GM produced intresting results the canvas went all tacky and dabbing it with kitchen towel lifted paint making it distressed and more textured. A little Spiced Marmalde on the top and Viva Ferro with cosmic Shimmer paint on the bottom.
Just remembered that Gingersnaps have a winged challenge running and am entering this for that. To see the current challenges at Gingersnaps check out their left hand column the challenges run for roughly 4 weeks at a time so there really is time to get your entry made.
Saturday, 12 June 2010
Izhe was looking especailly debonair the other day simply had to snap a couple of shots little did I know there would be the ideal use for one them so soon. The imps scrap book is an 8" x 8" this skinny is going to make a focal point on the next Izhe page.
June is a month of skinnies at Something Completely Different who this week are turning our attention to Cats. Print picture, frame it with nesties cut base card to 3" x 5". Stamp and embosse row of cats and 3 blind mice colour with Promarkers and cover with Glossy Accents. Stamp word and paw print in black. When everything dry Nick Bantock inks blended on base and frame then wiped off glossy accents.
Like many tuxedo marked cats Izhe is long legged, light on his feet, playful and decidedly silly.
Friday, 11 June 2010
The rule is make green your main colour well sometimes its fun to work in monocolour. I'd also say green is my favourite colour but looking at how often I use blue not sure if it really is! Green card with a swirl stamped in green, in my minds eye paper cut with nesties and edged with more green chalk ink. Green tissue run through big shot with TH flower die, curled and rubbed with green ink, pinned together with felt flowers cut with the same die. Birthday greeting stamped and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Green.
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Tanda Teaser has turned into a fortnightly challenge giving people more time to enter. There is no need to use Tanda stamps for the challenge it is open to anyone any style that fits the theme. Its Sue's challenge this time to make a card for the Big Man. During the next two weeks its Fathers Day at least here in the UK but knowing that not all of us have Dad's to make cards for it is left as an open Man's card theme.
Viking set 2 are the stamps used for my card, lots of stamping masking and more stamping and embossing in Cosmic Shimmer Ancient Copper. Card and center shield coloured with Scattered Straw, Brushed Corduroy, Rusty Hinge and Barn Door.
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
WOW what a fabulous response we had last week if yours was one of the 90 entries Thank you we love that you enjoy the challenge. This week we are looking for flowers over at Tuesday Taggers our lovely Janet chose this and with all the gardens now busting with summer blooms inspiration is everywhere.
After some bright bold 'in your face' pieces recently its nice to have a pretty theme to use some cooler colours with. All the stamps are from a SU set including the little bee randomly stamped on the base card and once again with the word. Nestie label plates for mats and to stamp the image on. The blue backgrounds is watercolour paper washed a long time ago using the salt technique, the glossy main image card picked up wet distress inks from the craft mat more recently. Stormy sky DI worked on the edges of all nestie cut card. Blooms coloured with Pro Markers.
Alphabet Challenge this week are on the letter F, for Flowers perfect for them as well!
Sunday, 6 June 2010
Another month, June! another format over at Something completely different For June we are being asked to work on Skinnies small cards just 3" x 5" thought they had to be in portrait but the SCD team have worked in both portrait and landscape. The theme this week is House or Houses.
A piece of glossy card, big and juicy pad 'Spice' Tanda stamps including my impeller again this time for a sun in brilliance yellow.
The acceptance protocal. Thank the giver Lynn
Proudly display the award LOL
Tell up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth, or switch it around and tell six outrageous truths and one outrageous lie.
Nominate seven creative writers who might be into doing this. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate and let the owners of those blogs know:
So some facts or otherwise
1. Not a fan of cats pesky little creatures leaving bits of fur all over the place.
2. Independently wealthy & living the life or Riley.
3. Until recently I was a regular on the F1 circuit known by all the teams and welcomed in all the garages.
4. I am Stig, the masked racing driver on TV.
5. I am blessed by a great group of friends both in the flesh and in the real (virtual) world.
6. I never buy crafting stash.
7. Not a creative writer at all cannot think of any more to add :)
On to the super talented friends and crafters that this award is being passed onto
1. Sue C Sue is the mistress of ProMarkers and layouts her work never fails to blow me away and her descriptions lead me to believe she will be skilled at creative writing LOL
2. Lesley A long standing forum friend who's work is so elegant and sophisticated can only wish for a smidgin of her style
3. Neet Generous caring sharing crafter check her blog to see some amazing work both by her and from the courses she has been on.
4. Janet whose Mojo has gone walkabout perhaps this will help her find it!
5. Von who lives just up the road! and who's experiments in mediums and techniques are a constant source of inspiration.
6. Dr. Babs Who is now safely back in NZ after her recent visit to the UK. A teacher she should be able to write a creative line or two LOL
7. Lisa whose blog I've followed for a while always enjoing the diffent styles and techniques she uses.
8. Yeah the rules say 7 but I had to miss you off, please do not feel left out but take the award and pass it on.
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Have often admired the art of others with Wax but never tried the medium myself. Hilda's challenge this week on the Lots to do is to use Wax, its a medium Hilda has used quite a bit always with stunning results and her example this week is gorgeous. Bit thank you Hilda for keeping the blog going its always something different and interesting one of my favourite weekly challenges.
So wax all I have are sheets of wax from a candle making starter kit, tore one up and melted it and poured it into a grape mould. This mould came from a cake crafters shop locally they make them there and so different to the usual crafting moulds. Repeated this three times, between melting and cooling sessions the grapes image stamped and coloured with promarkers, masked and music script overstamped. More wax melted and poured all over image repeatedly. When the image was well covered put it in the fridge to set the wax. Once cooled peeled wax off the main image melted a little more and stuck the bunches of grapes on.
Surprised by the result and love the silkie feel of the wax. Any ideas how to keep it?
Thursday, 3 June 2010
The third and final challange from our Tanda meet was set by Janet aka Dr. Babs who gave each of us a paper serviette with the image of Paua shell on it and 2 shell fragments. Janet also gave me this beautiful card. Could not imagine doing a card as lovely as hers so was stuck for a while, until the morning when I woke up with this idea in my head. Not working is not a bundle of laughs but at least there is time to play.
Gesso base, Acrylic paints, Stamp bug 'Complex creation' stamped and embossed, Glimmer Mist, tissue added with Modge Podge. Viva Crackle paste and a spray of spray and shine. Cropadile puched holes with eyelets for thread to hang mask, covered by shell disks threaded and hung from one side, great Craft Stamper cover stamp a shell stamped and embossed and decouparged onto other side. A large gem fills one eye with the shell fragement over it as a brow and a few self adhesive pearls. First time one of these masks has been so masculine think he is quite the Merman.
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
This week is all about texture at Tuesday Taggers, time to get out those fibres and ribblers and pastes you have tucked away. For me texture adds so much dimension to a piece not necessarily touch but the illusion of texture. Try brushing Rangers Daubers over wet PVA glue it will crack in line with the brush strokes! great effect but still smooth to stamp on thanks to Von for this tip. So while you are recovering from the Bank Holiday and keeping the family occupied for half term - sympathy to those of you with youngsters in the middle of their GCSE's - have a play with what ever you have to hand and get away from it all with some touchy feely craftin''.
My base card run through the big shot with an old Fiskers texture plate, then worked with Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire and Crushed Olive. Nestie shape cut out and treated to same colours then Tanda ship stamped in Chipped Sapphire spritzed with water before stamping. If you know power boats you may know what an impeller is, something that forces water through the system i think. Found two at my old job that had been replaced and Andrew turned the image they made into stamps. Stamped onto metal with blue Stayzon, metal embossed and shapes cut out and stuck to card with glossy accents. Finally the word travel stamped and silver embossed sideways top left. Not at all what I had in mind when choosing the theme for this week but hay ho here is how it came out, think its all those mens cards we saw last week.
We have a great prize this week from Tanda Stamps just leave a link to them in your post to be in the random draw.
Exciting news to share with you our very own Michelle is a published designer, check out the July issue of Craft Stamper to see Michelle's beautiful Oriental ATCs themed around Haiku poems she and her brother composed.
Take care and have fun.