Thursday, 31 March 2011

Just for Fun - anything goes

So many ways to use a stamp once again we enjoyed visiting you and seeing what new technique you explored.   When we started Just for Fun we gave each member of the DT a 4 week month each to organise, when there is a five week month we decided that the fifth week would be an anything goes week.   For some this is more of a challenge a theme helps to get the creative juices going!   I fall into that group but thankfully a TV Program helped with this week.

A few weeks ago on one of the documentary channels there was a program about playing cards and the discussion touched on Tarot which were originally another form of playing cards or so they said.  Anyway it occured to me that it would be fun to design and make a Tarot Card.  

This is the Magician No. 1 in the greater suite of the pack.   The stamps are all Tanda the sword, cup and infinity sign were hand drawn, as if you could not tell!   Images and border masked and card brayed after a few Versamark pen dots were made to represent stars.   Images and border coloured with Pro Markers and then the floral border embossed in WOW powder.

Hopefully this will reassure many of you that I am recovering, thank you so much for your concern LOL.  There might be the odd relapse but the style you expect should be seen here more frequently again soon.

Will you have a go at it this week and let your inspiration come from where ever and join us in our anything goes week this time at Just for Fun?  Hope so looking forward to seeing what you make.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Frothy, frilly, pastel confection

If you make beautiful delicate feminine pieces and I've visited you my comment will have probably expressed my admiration and wonder at how you do it.   Guess it was inevitable that I would have a go for myself.   The trigger was the Stampman's latest challenge Anything Tim.

Corrugated card run through Big Shot with TH Bigz die and painted with white Gesso.   Grunge paper run through Big Shot with Sizzix Wings and painted with white Gesso, then run through again with TH Water splash folder.   Nick Bantock inks blended over both pieces.    A small doily with the center cut out pleated and attached to corrugated card self adhesive gem stuck on.   Lace stretched across corrugated card, white paper roses coloured with promarkers.  Beads and glass pendant strung on wire which was wrapped round the corrugated card.   Finally a little bell with a blue bow added.  

Not as good as those I've admired so many times but hay we all gotta start somewhere.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Spring time

Guess it must be, the yellow thing has made an appearance in the sky and we lost an hour at the week-end.   That and all the daffodils nodding in the garden.  Just one or two clues there.

The Sparkles Girls are in the ,mood for Spring and sharing their spring fever with all of us.  Thats the theme this fortnight.   Did not expect to join in its kinda cute and all that then remembered this Tando trug kit.

Gave the chippie a coat of white gesso for a base and then painted it with acrylic.   Stamped and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer coloured the pansies with Promarkers.  Assembled the parts and glued the base on the handle comes pre pierced and just needs attaching with split pin brads.   To finish all the edges run over with gold leaf pen.  

Now I've got a neat little storage bin for bits and pieces that looks much nicer than the usual cardboard box!   and its a useful size the base is 17cm x 10cm (6 7/10" x 3 15/16") and it is 11.5cm (4.5") deep.

Monday, 28 March 2011

All about him

Drunken Stampers this week have suggest a male theme with the title 'All about him'.   Him being the man in your life.   Now I happen to know that the cats male or female are not particularly bothered about my crafting efforts except when it means they are not getting attention LOL.

However the stronger colours and bold images usually associated with masculine projects do appeal to me.  Brown, Orange and Teal card, Sam Poole designed stamps, the words in Versamark the  Eiffel Tower image stamped and embossed in Brass WOW powder.   The little metal charm represents Paris's strong theatrical history.

Stamping B's is another new challenge to me and they have a make for a Male challenge this week perfect for this card.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

The Stampman - All things Tim

All things Tim this is the challenge theme chosen by Frankie for The Stampman Challenge this fortnight. We are given fair warning of these challenges' but I never start until at least the Friday they are announced, why is that?

Anyway, all things Tim it kinda is, not being quite the fan that some people are I do not have loads and loads of Tim stash but will own up to liking the Sizzix dies but have not used one here. There are 2 stamp sets on the shelves used two stamps from Tattered Elements for this. The distressed frame drew round this to get the shape onto Mountboard which when cut out was coloured with shades of Orange DI. The frame was then stamped onto the board with Ancient page. The sentiment stamped and embossed with distressed EP. A strip of hessien rolled at the top and frayed at the bottom, sentiment attached along with some orange raindeer moss and metal swirls. A TH word disc suspended on string, string threaded through roll to create a hanger.

This TH inspired hanging is of course entered into the Stampman it also fits the theme for Gingersnaps annual colour challenge (rust copper ginger) and Theme Thursday (Orange).

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Dreaming of Haute Couture

Thank goodness for all those bits we save for another day.   This week Our Dragon is dreaming of Haute Couture and very elegent she has made it look.  Me on the other hand, went looked at the theme and the brain shut down.   Haute Couture! thats high fashion subtle and elegant and stuff nuttin' here like that.

As I said Thank goodness for those bits and pieces.   Last May Sue, Janet, Lucy and I met up at the Stamp Attic, we were generously given the work room for our get togather.   Sue had brought with her some stamped images for us to colour using her Copics.   Well me being me did the colouring but did not use the image so for nearly a year it has sat biding its time in one of my many scrap boxes.

Not Haute Couture perhaps but a very long time ago when I was the sort of teenager represented here I was firmly of the belief that Fashion is for the young and the more mature woman didn't really need it.   Needless to say it was a long time ago and the passing of the years changes one perspective somewhat LOL.   Tag base cut down chipboard scrap blended with DI.   Flower off another project (glue dots and vellumn not a good mix) fibre for texture.   Worse 'fashion' crime of all, rub on letters.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Mini Bird House

Di sent me some more Tando Chippie to play with the other day including this fantastic Mini Bird House.

First thought on seeing it, Ring Box.  OK so it is a tad deep but with a handy cushion (round makeup sponge) the ring can just peep out of the little hole.

Cut down some paper to cover the roof attached to the roof sections with a strip in the middle to make a hinge.   Slotted the 4 side together and painted them with acrylic and then when dry watered glue and more acrylic while that was drying decided it was too pink and loud so added a thin coat of sludgy green and then wiped all the sides with a baby wipe.   When it was all dry stamped and embossed the walls then outlined the design with Sakura pens.   A Stainless Steel washer stuck on the front arount the hole, and gold pen over all the edges.   The butterfly was stamped onto the roof and then onto vellumn cut out and just the body attached to the roof.    DI inks were used on the roof to tie it into the body of the box.   If you look you can just see the glint of a ring inside.

A new challenge to me is Tuesday Throwdown, not sure how these ladies feel about a distressed grungy look but as their challenge this week is anything but a card am entering my Tando Chippie Mini Bird House.

Moving along with the times have a theme of precious metal, the stainless steel looks like silver and theres lots of gold like gold leaf on the edges.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Gingersnaps spirit blog hop

It's Gingersnaps 2nd Birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRLS. To celebrate Gingersnap members are sharing a special piece made just for the occassion celebrating the groups theme colour, GINGER.

This little wall hanging is another small canvas board coloured with DI, lots of fab orange shade of DI my favourite at the moment is Wild Honey.   Piece of heavy weight ginger stamped with an old SU stamp and paper run through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug jigsaw die.   Pieces reassembled and stuck to the canvas with a couple of elements offset.   TH bird and cage cut out of grunge paper and coloured with more DI.   Red/copper fibre threaded along bottom and some gems hung on wire from the centre 3 holes.   Viva Ferro in orange and Viva Cracko in Copper on cage and side of canvas.    Holes punched in top of canvas and more fibre threaded through with soap stone beads used to hold it in place.


Lots of the groups members are celebrating in Ginger today along with the special announcement pieces of the new members of the DT.   Hope you will have time to visit them and get to know some of this great group of artists.

I'm also entering this in Theme Thursday where the theme is Orange LOL

Silly me have not entered this into Gingersnaps colour challenge use Copper, Ginger and or Rust.

Just for Fun - a new way with an old stamp

Just for Fun this week is all about falling in love with your stamps again using them with a new to you technique.

This is my very first attempt at Gesso stamping, so pleased with the result the very first image stamped is the one shown here.    White Gesso on an old Elusive Images Stamp, stamp cleaned off immediately.    Card then coloured with DI which the Gesso resists giving this pretty effect.

Is there a technique using your rubber in a different way that you would like to try and share with us?   Hope so Just for Fun players are so creative we are learning loads of new things from you all.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Sunday Postcard - Fair Maidens

A Collage bit unusual for me.   Entering another week of un-employment really should finish sorting the box room.  Everywhere else is OK apart from that one room.   Its so much more fun to hop around blogland looking at all the challenges I've not been playing at least not recently LOL

Sunday Postcard Art hosted this week by Terri and her fabulous sample prompted me to have a go.    Anna Griffin mat cut down to 6" x 4", Leonardo DaVinci pad from Joanna Sheen provided the graceful and Fair Maiden.   La Blanche flower stamped in Versamark sepia and then water coloured with the same ink.   Angels are a Blessing cut from another pad and big and juicy ink pad pressed over the card.   Paper flowers and self adhesive gems seem to tie it all togather.

Not sure about this one collage is so difficult to do well this might just be short of the mark.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

T is for Trees

A lovely lass by name of She is hosting a chunky Grungy Book swap.   Unfortunatly a couple of people have had to pull out and She is making extra pages to complete the books for the rest of us.   Having to send a repaired page to She it occured to me that no one will be making an extra page for her.

The theme for She's book is a Grungy Christmas.   The trees are more Tando Chippie.   First off the chippie was coloured with AI and then sprayed with GM.   More stripped cardboard also coloured with AI and then spared with GM.   Silver Viva Ferro paste spread over lower third trees stuck into it.   White puff paint for snow on the branchs and along the bottom.   Baubles of Viva Gloss paint.

Its been an age since I last joined in with the Alphabet Challenge (which is nearing its 2nd Birthday)   This week they are at T for Trees rather think my page fits the bill.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Coming round to Spring

It is now officially Spring in the Northen Hemisphere with a riot of colour, flowers, birds, and new coats for our furry family! The lengthing of the day and brightening of colour inspired me to decorate the round Tando frame.

Basic frame, back and stand painted with Acrylic paints and the sunflower built up with stamps, coloured pens and inkpads the top coat of the petal's is acylic paint. The outer frame stamped in white with the small bunch of flowers, yellow sakura souffle pen. Finally Karen's flowers these come in packs of four with disks in their centre. Only needed three here these were coloured with Promarkers.

Would make a fabulous Mother's Day gift so am entering this into CYDA which this fortnight is about Mothering Sunday.
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge this week is anything but a card, guess this fits!

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Beer Mats with a Heart

At the Gingersnaps group there is an art exchange going on.   The swap is Beer Mats decorated however you please but they must have at least one heart on them.

On of the mountain of things on shelves here gathering dust waiting for me to use were these beer mats.   Their time has come!

Painted each of them with Black Gesso.   When dry stamped and embossed in WOW very fine gold the different images.   Three of these have been coloured with Sakura pens so vibrant against the black.  The forth (top right) the heart was filled in with Viva gloss paint which cracked a little perhaps it was to thick in places?   Anyhow that gave me the idea of going over the top with crackle glaze.

These will be winging their way in the post for the swap later in the week.   The swap is open to all members of the easy to join group, swaps to be with the hosts by the 1st April so you have time!

Sue's challenge this week at Tanda Teaser is to use gold on your work, abundance of gold here!   The hearts used on all the Sakura coloured mats are from Tanda.  

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Mardi Gras Mask

Pancake day is celebrated in other parts with a party and a street celebration with music floats custumes and a great fun vibe.   The girls at Gingersnaps explained that the official colours are Purple, Green and Gold.   Missed the Gingersnap event on the 8th March but have made this mask as a late entry, the section is open until the end of Lent.

This pressed paper basic shape has been in a box for around a year waiting for paint and and purpose.   The style and design were inspired by Alison (Mommabear) who made some marvelless masks last year and I'm the lucky owner of one!

Using acrylic paints I mixed the purple maybe needed a little more white to brighten it.  The divisions between the purple bits and green bits were marked out in gold pen.    Masks and other Carnival style patterns were stamped and embossed in gold and Purple.   The eyes highlighted Alison style with lush lashes.  Gems for brows lower eyelids complete the look.   The Glass head lives in my porch and it is now dress with the mask.

Friday, 18 March 2011

A tag with a surprise

Two challenges caught my eye this week, one Dragon's Dream is one that recently has become a regular favourite. For the challenge this week The Dragon is dreaming and sharing a dream with us for tags that are extended in some way beyond the regular tag. Using a tag for the basic shape this is a gatefold tag with an oriental flavour. Like a good many if not all of us events last Friday and the continuing tradgy in Japan has me deeply sorry for all those poor lost, hurt, deprived of home and shelter, or in any way effected.    Such a graceful people it is very hard to believe this happened and so soon after Christchurch.

The second challenge is Tag Tuesday, have know of this for quite a while but never joined in, tags not really being my thing just seem to do more and more of them these days.   Anyway the lovely lady at this challenge wants to be surprised!   If you have not already done so scroll down for the surprise with this tag.

There is another tag behind and hidden by the first. All the stamps are Tanda stamps, the second tag has been coloured with Pro Markers.

Non Dom Tangle

Usually the tangles are done almost absent mindly as a wind down in the evening with the TV on some American Cop show likely as not!    This time it was a little different The Diva for her 13th challenge has instructed us to use our none dominant hand which in my case is my left.   I do use both hands when drawing, if my right blocks the work then my left takes over but the right is back in control as soon as it can be!    Some of the others following the challenge noted how their dominant hand snatched the pen back, not a problem in my case.   It was my brain that was effected I'm used to just doodling away without thinking about the patterns or design but with pen in left hand simply could not think of a single pattern hence the rather basic shapes and lots of voids here LOL.    A interesting and useful exercise might have another go sometime.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

just for Fun - Use a new to you Format

Thursday again! seem to be coming round very quickly just now!    Over at Just for Fun we have another new to you theme, this time we are inviting you to use a new to you format.  Any shape or size you fancy there are so many 'out there' hope you find one that is new to you.
Mine is a Scrapling, in UK sizes a piece of A4 card cut down to make a 5.5" square card.   The piece left over makes a little card 5 13/16" x 2 3/4" just right for the Penny Black Chicks in the Gym coloured with Sakura.

This is also my entry to  By the Cute and Girly who are celebrating Spring.

OK is there a format you have yet to try an inchie maybe?   this is the week to make something in the size/shape that is new to you and share it with us at Just for Fun

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Mothering Sunday

In the UK Mothering Sunday this year is 3rd April, for us card makers now is the time to start making cards for these very special women.

For this card I used one of the adorable MUM Tando words.   This time the base chippie was painted with white Gesso.   When dry the toes and top foot were relined with fine marker pen.   The letters were then coloured with Promarkers and finally blasted with Glimmer Mist.   For this special lady nothing is too good so little self adhesive gems for the toes and a little heart.   The circle is a nestie stamped with momento and also coloured with ProMarkers.   The edge of the nestie and the base card were coloured with DI.

Sparkles Forum Challege are encouraing us to get ready for Mothers day.

The Stampman thinks Mum's should get flowers for their special day.

The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge also think Mum's deserve flowers.

Crafty Creations are 'just' thinking of Mother's day.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Stylish blogger award!

I don't usually 'do' awards really should put a thingie up saying that.   Anyway am making a bit of an exception today as Marie is new to blogland and was thrilled to be given this.   Being a good sport and good laugh Marie has passed this onto me, Stylish Blogger! have you looked round here recently LOL

Not going to select people to pass it onto it you are a follower and would like accept this please feel free to take it.   The other expectation is a list of Seven things about me ummm........

All sorts of things make me Angry, Bad Manners being quite high on that list.

I can never have enough stash, I'm greedy like that.

While I'm job hunting there is no need to get out of bed at the crack of dawn a slow start is just fine.

I take a lot of Pride in the things I make some times I even think I'm good at it!

There are some stamps that have not made to my stash these I lust over.

Those of you who can made clean and simple cards I envy

Swaps really enjoy these cannot have enough of the wonderful samples that come back there can never be a glut of those.

Alter it Monthly and Pay it forward

Remember a while back the Pay it Forward when Sam offered to make something for 5 people is they made the same offer to share the love.   Two people signed up with me.

This is the sketch book I made for Tracy.   The cover is Grunge paper coloured with Nick Bantock inks and stamped with SU images.   Some clock parts have been stuck over the images.   A Tando Large cog heart has been coloured with the same inks and run through the big shot with the cuttlebug cogs folder the raised images were highlighted with rub and buff type paint.   a couple more clock parts attached,    The book was bound in my Cinch and finally a little fly wheel hung from the binding on a chain.

Tracy has now received this so I am free to share it with you.    This cover was made with Alter it Monthly very much in mind, the theme there this month is Time and this is my entry to the challenge

This is the book for Brenda.    Grunge paper cover coloured with DI and sprayed with GM.     The stamps are Tanda and Elusive images embossed in black and coloured with Viva Gloss Paint.   Brenda used to holiday each year in Swange with her Mother.   Saddly her Mother passed last year, it was those special holidays and memories that this book was themed on.

Monday, 14 March 2011

A folded insert

This card has been received by its intended receipicant now so am free to share it with you.

This open right out insert is something I worked out when a Bank's promotion card crossed my desk a couple of years back.   Today over at Just for Fun we have a tutorial showing you how it was done, so if you are interested please do pop over and make a few notes.

This is the outside of the card well and truely embellished!

Although this is a get well card I am still entering it into Penny black at Allsorts where the March theme is Welcome Spring.

The Artistic Stamper also have a theme of Spring this month am entering this card with them as well.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Buttons and Bows

Remember those Grungy pages I was making not long ago?   5" squares cut from 12" squares leave little strips of card some of it 12" long by 2" wide, cut one of those in half and you have the base for a tag.    There are still quite a few of these strips waiting to be decorated.

This one is for The Dragon's tag challenge this week, and yes real stamps were inked in the making of this tag LOL.   The theme this week is Buttons and Bows.     Some button patterned paper cut to cover the base over stamped with some Basic Grey swirls in red.    Strips of ribbon left over from an old project made the bows and dangly strips the buttons were sewn onto.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Gingersnaps - Jewel colours + Gold

Will it surprise you to learn that my favourite gem stone it Emerald closely followed by Sapphire?   These cool dark colours are so deep when you look closely at them it feels like you can sink into them.  So when this Gingersnaps challenge was published the colour choice was a no brainer.   Rather wish the rest of the piece had been as easy but as soon as this stamp came to mind the rest sorted its self out.

Recently Sam sent me some sturdy corragated card, stripped this and coloured it with Glimmer Mists.    Cut a nestie mat and coloured it with DI then stamped and embossed with WOW powders.    Coloured the image's face with Promarkers and the head dress with sakura.   Stuck this on a piece of patterned gold card and then onto the corragated card.   The embellishements top and bottom are made of clay and UTEE.

Friday, 11 March 2011

CoC #35 Design Details

So we come to it Challenge 35 the last of the Tim Holtz Techniques as in his Compendium of Curiosities.   For the last of these challeges Linda saved the last technique in the book Design Details explained on page 67.   Great way to use up some scraps.

Do not know yet what Linda has in store for us in the future but she promises something.

Wise Words & Blog Candy winner

The theme for The Stampman ATC swap this month is Wise Words.    Luckily I have some lovely word stamps from Clarity so that was 2 ATCs sorted, the third uses a quote from Abe Lincon.    The one on the left uses a Clarity stamp and then a couple of CS cover stamps lightly watercoloured with Sakura.   The Middle ATC is another Clarity stamp in the centre of some pearlised paper cut to be a trifold topper.   The third ATC uses Brayered vellum stamped with the Abe Lincon quote.   All three have started their journey to Skipton today.

A couple of weeks ago I put some blog candy on offer, lots of good reasons why those who wanted it should be given it so used the good old random generator and the winner is..........................................................................................................................................................
No 1   HEIDI      If you get in touch with me Heidi letting me have your address the cute stamps will be on their way to you.  My emaill address is on my profile.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Just for Fun - Trying a new technique

We enjoyed visiting the people who joined in last week at Just for Fun some stunning mixed media work on show.
This time the prompt is to try one of those techniques you always mean to but never get round to! You know the one for you, it was on someone's blog and or in your favourite magazine so hopefully this is that last little incentive you needed to try it. Don't worry if its not perfect nothing is at first we all need to practice but if you don't try you'll never know.

So following Sam's tutorial the other week I had my first go at the Bandana technique. Not bad for a first time but room for improvement so will have to try it again.

The two stars and the word Music in the middle are are Tando Chippie, the colours are all stayzon inks and the images were stamped in black stayzon. Multi coloured ribbon makes the wall hanging.

Come on what technique have you been promising yourself you'll try?   now is the time to have a go and share it with us all at Just for Fun

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The Diva's Challenge #12

In the last week or so there has been a bit of a discussion on Linda Farmer's blog about copyright of patterns and the use of the word Zentangle.    The art and philosophy of Zentangle is the copyright of Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts who own the Trademake Zentangle and the company that trains and licences Teachers.   This means that bods like me should not use the term, we can however use the patterns if incorported into our work and have a lot of fun making pen marks on paper.

Recently I have been following the blog and challenges of a charming young Mum The Diva and joining in with some of here weekly challenges.

This week we are allowed to include the colour Blue in our tangle.    Usually this art form is black and white The Diva explains why but this week she has suggested we explore the colour blue suits me.   Had a lovely evening scribbling away, then getting my whisper pens out and seeing how many blue ones there are and how they would look.  As you can see from the binding rings this is not the 3.5" square recommended by the Zentangle people.

Monday, 7 March 2011

KCUK March ATC Swap

The theme this month at Katys Corner is a free choice, make what you want theme. Always one of the hardest to do so much choice what to do?

Well today is the nicest day here this year a little warmer blue skies its nice to be out and about for the first time in a very long time. So to celebrate this I've gone with a spring theme.

The ATC on the left uses a Papermamia daffadil mandala stamp over Tanda's crackle which was embossed in gold, and Sue's dotty stamp.   The ATC on the right uses two CS cover stamps and Viva gloss paint.   For the one in the front MS punch used as a stencil with dabber inks in green and blues, ovestamped with images from Tanda's Art Nouveau Set 2

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Craft your days away in black and white

Craft your days away have a challenge this week to use black and white.   Now it just so happens stamping in white on black is one of my favourite styles so it had to be done, besides an April birthday card is required!

White card with silver edging as a base.   White vellum cut down to just inside the trim and black card to form the center.   Stamped the Pansies in white and clear embossed.    The same stamp used in white and black on the vellum.

Finished that card and realised its another back to the front and so is my second entry to the Tanda Teaser this fortnight.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

CofC #34 and a Delicate tag

Oh my the last but one of Linda's Compendium of Curiosities challenge.   We have been reassured however Linda has something new in store for us which she will tell us all about on Monday!    Have to say the challenge has made Mondays a day to look forward to.

The Dragon has dreamed delicate tags this week and wants us all to do the same.   Nice being the Dragon in touch with her roots and not at all firey.   Actually realised after that Frankie asks you to use at least one stamp on your project so this does not qualify. :(

So Avco stencil with card through Big Shot' stencil still in place watercolour pencils used over details.    Cut the embossed shape out and traced the outline of the shapes with sakura glitter pen.

The fragment collage is from a childs music book and some little images cut out from an ATC set, the actual technique can be found of page 63 of the book.

The fragment is attached to the rest of the tag by a single thread strung with little pearls. 

Friday, 4 March 2011

Tanda Teaser - Back to Front

It is a mystery to me how Sue continues to come up with new and different Tanda Teasers but every fortnight up pops a new one often unlike any seen anywhere else on blogland.

The latest Back to Front asks you to use the same background stamp for your main front image.   As soon as I knew what it was this card sprang to mind.   The Art Deco corner stamp from Tanda is one of my many favourites.

Cut down an A4 card to make a 5.5" square card.   Stamped the corner image in Lightening Black on the background.   The topper is a piece of grunge paper worked with DI, sprayed with GM and then stamped with Brillience ink in Yellow.

If you can see your background in the foreground please go and support Sue at Tanda Teasers.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Just for Fun - Try it out Mixed Media

3rd of March, can you believe it another year is already rapidly flying.   We had a great first month at Just for Fun, meeting some lovely ladies who are new to blogland as well as some friends we have know for a while.

We have some exciting news to share with you as well.    The wonderfully talanted Neet has agreed to join the DT starting this week.   To say we are thrilled would be an understatement.   If you have not seen her work before you are in for a treat.   Welcome to the team Neet.

This month the theme's are mine and I'm hoping to encourage people to try something new and or a bit different.    This the first week the prompt is to make a mixed media piece.   OK we paper crafters could be said to be mixed media artists already but the idea this week is for you to get different paints inks and media out and see how you can mix it up.

This canvas was painted with my cheap watery acrylic paints, typically they thickened up for this! and then sprayed with GM.    A Tattered Angels mask laid over and Inca Gold sponged over that.    FP used to mould the fish (Mould from the cake decorators) and the freestyle piece at the bottom.   Viva Ferro paste and Viva Cracko along the bottom.   Some wire swirles and pearls, a wire shape with FB beads on some of the spokes, single chain crochet and a few shells complete the aquarium scene.

Hope you'll have some fun and mix it up with us at Just for Fun this week.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

PA@A and Sparkles

I may have left the http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com/ DT but can still join in the challenges well I have quite a collection of PB stamps.

Blogland friend Jackie is on the Sparkles DT and its good to support your friends.   Besides a little bird whispered they would both like non cuties to join them.

So for http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com/ its Welcome Spring and for Sparkles it is Pink Blue and Brown.

Brown card stock Stamped with versamaek and clear embossed with a PB sunflower.    Pink and Blue DI worked onto card and some WOW Pearlescent powder in blue and red lightly and roughly sprinked over it.   The topper is some sheet music stuck to card and cut with a nestie, DI worked over the top which was then stamped with another PB image.   the blossom and the birds lightly coloured with Whisper pens.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

3 Squares

Another new challenge (This year I think) is Less is More.   Recently I commented on how difficult I find it to leave space, but do love elegant cards.   A lot of blogland friends are joining the two ladies at Less is more and seeing their fabulous creations this week with just 3 squares joining in became very appealing.

This card designed its self in those moments between sleeping and waking this morning, althought there was a bit of a tussle over the idea of including a watermark!   Its all that space but restraint won out.

Inchie punch made the 3 squares down the side threaded the ribbon which ends with a little round buckle.   Greeting silver embossed and its done.