Sunday, 31 October 2010

Sir Stampalot workshop

Had a great time yesterday at a workshop led by my great blog buddy Brenda and new blog buddy Chris The workshop at Sir Stampalot is a wonderful light airy place to work so well equiped well worth a visit if you get the opportunity. Still a bit confused why it took 2.5 hours to drive 160 miles but given an average of 60 mph it stacks up.

Anyway these are 3 of the 4 cards we made, my colour choice for the 4th means it needs finishing here at home. The two Christmas cards were designed by Chris if you visit her site you'll see she loves to use buttons she has a great big box full and we all chose buttons for our chrissie tree cards, you cannot see them here they are hidden by the tree at the front. Brenda introduced Alcohol ink and acetate to a couple of the girls including Chris who fell in love with it and created a wonderful piece of acetate with it. We used it on the back of stamped acetate and then layered a torn page and crumpled tin foil behind it.

a great day will try to get back up for another of the girls workshops.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Lots to do - Halloween

Shaped cards are lots of fun and there are so many fun funky shapes you can use and the peeps who joined in with Lots to do last week had some fab easel and other shaped cards on display, thank you all.

This week, well this is Halloween eve so what else could it be so comeon and show us your spooky side.

Here I've used purple and orange card, stamps by Inkadinkado, Basic Grey and Tanda.    Acatate and corragated card.    Cut an apature in the orange card and squares in corragated and acatate to fit behind.     The birds stamped onto the acatate with permanent ink and attached with black brads 'hidden' behind the cutout flaps.    Spider webs, cat and word stamped and embossed with black sparkly ep on purple card.   Stamps lined up on orange card and stamped to overlay and again embossed.

So to all our friends out there to the west hope you enjoy your Halloween celebrations this is to wish you fun.   Hope you will pop along to Lots to do and share your Halloween makes with us.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Tanda Teaser - Funky Feathers

Its the birthday of one of the girls at work this week this is the card I made for her.

Pennyblacks 'Chicky night' stamped coloured with Promarkers and cutout.   Plain card with the greeting stamped and embossed near the bottom.  Brightly coloured feathers stuck behind the chicks.   Claire claims each of the chicks is her in one guise or another LOL

Feathers oh yes this fortnight the Tanda Teaser is funky feathers. This then is one of those odd occassions when NO TANDA STAMPS were inked in the making of my entry.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

CofC #19

This week Linda has pointed us at page 61 of TH's book. On this page you will find directions for the technique 'Extreme Masking'. We are asked not to tell you what we actually do you need to check TH's site for that.

Not having any block masks had to cut my own star shapes. Ummm off to NEC in a week think I might have to look for some other shapes.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Tuesday Tagger - Deep Purple Halloween !!!

You showed us nursery rhymes last week I do not remember at all! Great to see all your fabulous takes on the theme you are so creative and imaginative very inspiring for all of us thank you for playing.

Hope you are all enjoy this weeks theme chosen by our E A Poe fan Lyn aka BlackDragon. No one else could have selected our theme this week but Lyn and her fasination with all things goth and witty take on it. We are looking then for your makes with a Halloween theme and they must include Deep Purple. So spooky it is looking forward to seeing what you do.

This little mask came from Craft Barn who are our sponsor this week. Don't forget to pop a link to them in your post.

Well a mask had to be my make for this week, primed with white gesso and then painted with white acrylic. Mixed my own purple with red, blue and black paint for shadows on the skull and eyesockets and to mark out the teeth two if which were painted gold. Various flowers attached with brads and glue and a few teardrop running down the face. 6" square of basic grey paper with TH web mask over it painted with the same purple and then wiped with a baby wipe, mask removed more flowers and a cuttlebug spider coloured purple attached. The whole attached to 6" square of card to make a wall hanging.

So what will you make and share with us at Tuesday Taggers this week?

Monday, 25 October 2010

More Alphabet Postcards

Just finished K the last of my October postcards for the Alphabet Post Card Swap at Lots to do Revisited   each month we make 6" x 4" postcards with the next three letters, this time we made covers as well.

J is for Jaunty Angle
K is for Knots
L is for Lovely Layers

Sunday, 24 October 2010

SCD - Green and Yellow

The open challenges with just a colour instruction continues at Something Completely Different and this week we are asked to use Green and Yellow.

Checked things out on Friday before leaving for work, OK thinks I 2 great colours will come up with something for this. Then on the motorway found myself behind a bright emerald green car, the yellow numberplate standing out and flanked by glowing red light covers. Those colours have stayed with me but not a clue what to do with them LOL

Have used bright yellow (with red) for Christmas cards in the past, rather think with the help of brillince inks it works. Thats another one for the box then.

Drum roll please

Gosh those 2 weeks flew by thank you to everyone who entered into my blog candy draw, have seen some fantastic blogs i might never have come across if their owners had not entered.   It would be wonderful to send something to everyone but just not enought to go round really.   Perhaps it'll happen again one day LOL

So without further ado its time to announce the winner, I know you have already checked below and yes thats right its you


Congratulations my friend can you drop me a line confirming your address and I'll get it in the post to you.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Lots to do - An Easel or a Shaped card

Hello again its Saturday again the start of 2 days of play time, well at least for some of us. Its also the first day of a new challenge at Lots to do Lots of lovely entries last week its good to go back to basics sometimes and most of us UK paper crafters entered the craft as card makers. This week we are looking for cards again, easel cards have become very popular and for good reason they are always effective. It does not have to be an easel card any shaped card works for us.

I am the only person I know who uses this shape/fold its my take the square 'box' fold. Simply brown card folded and pearlscent cream card cut to mat on fronts. Basic grey swirls with gold ep and quotes from Hero arts.

Sure you will surprise us with some interesting shapes and cards. So pop over to Lots to do and leave us a link to your work. While you are there follow the link to Alison's blog, you know how I love masks and she has made two beautiful masks a real treat and inspiration to see.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Tanda Teaser - Going Dotty

Bit late this fortnight with my response to the Tanda Teaser but had to wait until someone had received her birthday present and now she has, Happy Birthday Hun.

Sue sets some lovely challengs each fortnight and this one is 'Going dotty'. Having painted the frame I stamped it with Tanda's 'altered' dots plate which is fab because the effect differs with the amount of pressure applied.     Lots of GMs, ferro paste, more GMs grungy swirls and some lovely autumn embellishments, presto a Tanda Teaser

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

CofC #18

Has it really been 19 weeks since Linda started this weekly challenge. It remains lots of fun with the number of entries increasing weekly.    This week we are using the Dabber Resist method to be found on page 37 of Tim Holtz's book 'A Compendium of Curiosities'.    We have another 17 or 18 techniques to practice yet and prizes on offer every week!

For those of you who wandered yes there is a Tuesday Tagger challenge this week just been a bit busy round here and not had time to make my DT piece for it but please do go and check out what the rest of the team have done and play along.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

SCD - Black and Orange

Well feels like Autumn is here and getting chilly in a hurry had to put the heating on today! and someone put the big light in the sky out.

Lots of colour in this month's weekly challenges at Something Completely Different this week they are asking for Black and Orange.

My response to the challenge last week was a 'spooky' one wanted to go in a different direct this time. Still have pages to make for the Grungy book Swap at Lots to do Revisited Combined the two last week and have done so again this, the prompt was 'Imagine'.

Orange paper from Doodlebug design cut to size (5" square) and attached to mount board.   Stamped and heat embossed thinking man image manufacturer unknown.    Words Journey, Imagine, Dream & Believe and the screw heads are from EcoGreen crafts.  Cogs and Curly smokey steam are Tando chipboard coloured black with daubbers and touched with copper coloured Viva Inca Gold.   Two cogs joined by 2.0mm Jewellery wire.   Thinner copper wire spiraled round a paint brush handed and threaded with fibre.   Viva graphite ferro paste and terracotta terra paste dabbed along bottom and used to attach thin wire.

Lots to do - Plain and Simple

Morning peeps another week-end more play time.   Don't know about you but I'm panicking now about getting my Christmas cards done, really should have joined one of the Christmas card a week challenges hay ho.

We had a lot of fun visiting you all again this week good to see so many of you still have your oriental things near to hand.

A nice easy one for all of us this week we are going  plain and simple at Lots to do With lots of seasonal cards to make quick and easy plain and simple is a stand by for yours truly.

Holly is a plant I love and associate closely with Christmas this is a favorite stamp use it every year in different ways, stamped and embossed in gold coloured with Pro Markers. The sentiment is a HOTP press one.

Looking forward to seeing your Plain and Simple makes this week.  Have fun!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

CofC 17

You know by now I'm sure about Linda's weekly challenge using TH's many and varied techniques. We are asked not to tell you what the methods used are just point you at the page in his recent publication that it is described on. This week the technique is Fragment Charms and is detailed on page 64.

Having just got a pad of Basic Gray halloween papers and given how popular the theme has become it was simply a matter of choosing which ones to use. Threaded the completed charms on fibres not sure what they will get used for yet but something will come to mind LOL

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Tuesday Tagger - More than 2 legs???

Good Morning, its that time again another Tuesday.    We saw some real treasure boxes last week congratulations on such great work to everyone who joined in.

This week the challenge at Tuesday Taggers was set by Michelle who has an eye for a challenge as well as a great set of crafting skills. Michelle is asking for anything with more than 2 legs and the team have come up with some great fun and witty replies to her challenge. Looking forward now to seeing what you will make of it.

Am now into Christmas Card making and opted for one of Barbara Grays wonderful 'Twas the night...' stamps lots of beings here with more than 2 legs including a really cute mouse.   The strip of background paper is from 'in my minds eye' a post Christmas bargain back in January.

Monday, 11 October 2010

SCD - Purple and Green

Had an early night last night, feel now like part of the week-end went missing!  

This week at Something Completely Different the colour challenge is Purple and Green. Those clever girls over there have avoided the obvious and not made a single spooky sample between them! Me on the other hand, well this will double as my next 5" square page for the grungy book swap on Lots to do revisited the prompt for this is 'Ghost Busters'

The green and black backing paper is from basic gray, not really into halloween but could not resist this think it must be all the fantastic halloween makes to been seen around at the moment. The two bats are a cuttlebug die on gold mirror card that has been coloured purple with a promarker. The ghost is one of my favorite Tanda stamps stamped on the back of some glittered vellum turned right way round the image is less sharp and more ghost like. Ghost buster? the skull enough to scare the haunting out of any self respecting ghost LOL

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Time to share the love

Have been very fortunate this year and won candy from Neet, Cathy and of course Sue Wilson from Particraft Ltd.   As I hardly ever enter these things it has been special and very much appreciated, so its time to share.    Some of these came from my stash used and unused, some from Ally Pally just for this and some from the prize from Sue who kindly said that i could share it.    There is:
Medallions starter kit including rubber stamp, glitter and glue.   Creative Expressions unmounted stamps.   Anita's rubber stamp,  Two Tanda Rubber Stamps, set of 4 Foam mounted stamps,   two packets of Prima E line flowers,  Metallic brush pen and Brilliance starlite black inkpad.   Oh my gosh all those stamps quick before I change my mind!

What do you have to do?   Not a lot you do not have to be a follower or advertise the candy (but you can if you want to :))   You do need to let me know you have been and seen so best to leave a link with the little blue frog below.   now I do not know how to make a post sticky someone said change the posting date but how! so I'll add a link to this in my side bar and the winner will be announced on the 24th October.   Good luck

Saturday, 9 October 2010

The Stampman - Autumn

Suspect over the next few days there will be more time for me to craft, the TV is kaput little sky plus box is not working so someone from sky will be out on Wednesday to see to it ummmm one less distraction LOL

The feast of autumn colour continues with the latest The Stampman Challenge where the theme this fortnight is Autumn. Well if the Greenman is not a representation don't know what is.

Mask given a white gesso base followed by acrylic paints in greens orange buff brown yellow and red. This was followed by Glimmer Mists in green and copper and Tuscan Sunset and golden yellow and left to dry. Plain paper coloured with Big and Juicy (Spice) Spellbinders die cuts and TH leaves die used to cut leaves, bits of white paper still showing coloured with DI, leaves given a blast of Tuscan Sunset and the Golden Yellow. The now dry mask had Viva Ferro applied round the edges in Graphite and Orange, Creative Expression Leaf stamps then stamped over mask in green and Aged Maghony DI, gold ep sprinkled on and melted. Paper leaves, Reindeer moss dried apple slices small cones and acrylic berries attached. Between layers of the above some pva glue coloured with Alcohol inks was also attached. Quick blast of golden Spray and sparkle bit more Ferro and a final blast of GM in Green. Von did want dried orange slices hanging from the ends as earrings, i think that gilds the lilly (or greenman) but as this is your mask Von if you still want them just say the word. LOL

Lots to do - Oriental

Its the week-end again, someone at work said it is going to be the last nice week-end of summer!    Surely not.    What ever the weather we have a great new challenge for you at Lots to do We are looking east this week with an Oriental theme.

You will almost certainly have seen the chap with the fancy punches at the craft shows, his speed and accuracy with those punches is spellbinding.   One of them was used here on an off centre gatefold card.   Double Happiness is a Dreamweaver stencil with gold diamension paste.   The little border below the image is heat embossed with Cosmic Shimmer and some of the ep was sprinkled over the partly dry diamension paste.

Do hope you will visit us at Lots to do and share your oriental projects with us.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

CofC #16

This is a second go at the challenge this fortnight DI inks used as described on page 33 of the book. Think this a better result than the other one. Hope 2 goes is OK Linda, oh yes thats right is is my second entry into Linda's 'A Compendium of Curiosities' work out.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Pink Engagement card

For those of you that know this is the PINK engagement card.

for those of you who don't know a colleague asked me to buy a card for her today something she can give her friend at the friends engagement party.   Well really me buy a card, to be fair my colleague did not know about my 'habit'.   she does now and has visited the blog.   If she likes this tomorrow her need for a card is sorted and if she do's not someone is sure to get engaged sometime LOL

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

CofC #16 and Tanda Teaser

Not at all sure if I have done the wrinkle free distress technique on page 33 of TH's book correctly or not but as we have 2 weeks this time, until next Monday may have a second attempt.   Anyway this is my entry to Linda's great weekly challenge getting us to use the techniques in TH's book. Fabulous prizes as well.

My lovely friend Sue sets the fortnightly Tanda Teaser we do not have to use Tanda stamps, although I try to, or even stamp come to that. This time the challenge is called Curly Swirly, Tanda's twin hearts stamp is made of swirls and I've tried to add more with the Rainbow Glazes. There are many lovely peeps who listen and this Hero Arts thank you stamp makes a lovely sentiment.   If you havn't checked out the Tanda blog you've missed out on a long running and great fun challenge, the forum is a great place to hang out as well if a little quiet these days.

Tuesday Tagger - In a box

Not a happy bunny today sorry but Blogger has been driving me Sane!   Since Sunday it has not allowed me to upload pictures at all, to cure this I have been forced to open a Picasa web album and now of course it is easy but....... rant over

Thank you for everyone who joined us last week at Tuesday Taggers Autumn is such a colourful time of year.

This week Georgina has chosen our them and its a cracker, we would like you to make a box and show us something handmade inside it. My box is an origimi fold with fimo clay broach.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

SCD - Colour Challenge

Goodby September Hello October, time for season change and challenge changes. At Something Completely Different its going to be a month of colour! Starting with Autumn Colours; Brown, Orange and Gold. While at Sir Stampalot its Autumn Breezes with buttons and a bow.

Well how can you resist challenges like these?  Not easily when you have a 12" square brown canvas just waiting to be used.    Lots of DI inks in shades of brown and orange blended over the top, masks stuck on and lots of Glimmer Mists in oranges sprayed on followed by Cosmic Shimmers and Memory mist.    There are new paints from Viva 'Inca Gold' picked them up last Sunday, worked gold and orange around the web masks.    Dreamweaver stencil and gold diamension paste bottom left, canvas left to dry.    Later the stencil was used again and while it was drying Viva Ferro and Viva Croco spread around the canvas.    Leaf images stamped onto copper metal sheet.    Leaves cut out and stuck on the front of the canvas.   But why stop there? Sir Stampalot want buttons and a bow. In my minds eye orange coloured flower shaped buttons sttached and a raffia ribbon wrapped round canvas and tied in a bow at the front.

Thank you Sioux for suggesting that I enter this at Artistic Stamper Creative Team Sioux has just joined the DT there and this months theme is layers.

Lots to do - Vintage

No your eyes do not deceive you this Vintage style Christmas card is 3 D Decoupage and peel offs and Alcohol Inks!   Well yeah Alcohol inks you might expect but the rest.  No one will be more surprised that I was at this LOL

There were some fabulous altered items you shared with us last week only finished checking them out on Friday evening been a bit occupied this week.   Thank you to everyone who joined in.   This week at Lots to do we are looking for vintage makes.

Both Alison and Hilda are mistresses of Vintage dope you will visit us at Lots to do and see their work as well as share yours.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Pennyblack @ Allsorts - Colours of Autumn

Been a bit of a change at http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com/ there are 5 new design team members and I am one of them.   Cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have been asked, thank you Brenda.   The team are all fabulous crafters with a wonderful mix of styles.   Do visit the blog to see links to their blogs and to see the great selection of inspiration for the October challenge.

The October Challenge, that would be Colours of Autumn.    Start thinking about Autumn you start to think about the clocks changing, the leaves falling and all those lovely spider webs hanging like garlands in the garden.    Have watched a couple of sunrises recently and loved the blues, pinks and purple grays.   Used DI in blues and pink on the base card then applied the TH clock mask followed by the corner web mask.   More DI in yellows oranges and browns blended over the top.   The web lines were then highlighted with sparkling sakura and sepia glossy accents.   Penny Black Golden Leaves 3982K stamped and embossed cut out and more DI applied.   Once leaves attached on card Viva Terra and Viva Ferro in orange shades applied, once they were dry the whole piece was given a quick blast of GM.

It will not surprise you to know that this is also my 'Watch the clock' page for our grungy book swap at Lots to do Revisited forum