Saturday, 30 April 2011

Three of a kind

So excited this morning! Julia sent me some of the new Andy Skinner stamps to have a little play with.  the dust sucky thing was abandoned and the inks came out.  This Butterfly is from the Batik Garden set, so it had to be a faux Batik technique to start with.

Butterfly stamped and embossed in clear, Brilliance inks tapped over in a sort of flower design.   When you rub over the embossing the beautiful pattern on the wings is reveled.

Certainly did not want to stop there!  While having a little blog hop yesterday came across a new to me challenge OLW no idea what that stands for but that is not going to stop me joining in LOL

OLW want us to make 3 of a kind specifically to make three one layer cards using the same stamp but in different colours and styles to make three different cards. Colour stamp placing embossed or not all of these make a difference to the mood and feel of a card.

This time I used the same butterfly stamp in SU Celery Green and stamped it three times on and slightly off the card.  I have chosen a very small sentiment in a contrasting colour as an accent.

The third card embossed in Copper has I think a more masculine feel to it. The block sentiment and metallic colour embossing seem to stronger bolder and more planted on the card.

Why are they all thank you cards? Well one layer cards are by definition CAS cards and that can only mean Less is More who are thinking of either Thank you or Congratulations cards.

Best get back to the chores now.

What a Lovely idea Arbor Day

Did you stay in yesterday morning and watch the wedding do you think they looked happy if a little amused by it all? Or perhaps for you it was an opportunity to get to the supermarket while it was quiet LOL.

In America yesterday it was Arbor day or so Rebecca of Tag Tuesday explains.  In recognition of this the theme for this week is is a Tree or trees.   The is something inspiring about a tree the timelessness they change with the seasons while remaining unchanging.   I like trees.

For this tag I have used Tando Wavy tag and the smaller of their Leaf Branch.   The tag has been coloured with Nick Bantock inks and then a Elusive Images tree stamped over the top.   The leaf Branch was placed on the tag and coloured to match the areas of the tag it would cover, the stamp was used on the tag when it was coloured.   Leaf Branch glued to tag.   Clarities flight of birds stamped top left but it is not clear in the picture.   The whole was then blasted with Glimmer Mist.

LB bird stamped onto card in Adirondack Espresso and then water coloured with Adirondack Butterscotch and Pebble.   Bird cut out and settled on branch.

Wednesday stamper has a theme of 'no words' the challenge being to create something where the images do the talking you can use words but they are secondary.   Hopefully this tag celebrates trees without words.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Gingersnaps Orient Theme Fan Feature

Firstly Thank you Gingersnapper's for selecting me as a Ginger Gem again, completely un-expected and a great thrill.

This Watercolour paper board is my entry to the Gingersnap's Random Redhead Challenge - Fans.  The April theme has been the Orient and Fans are very much an oriental feature.

The covered board has been blended with DI and then stamped with Momento ink using Creative Expression blossom.   The image coloured with Pro Markers.   A nestie scallop circle very slightly smaller than the Creative Expression stamp  which has been stamped and clear embossed.  Again Pro Markers used to colour it.    The Vellum fan is a Personal Impression stamp, stamped in white onto the vellum scored with a ball end embossing tool and the creases folded for dimension.

The Nestie and fan have been attached with Collall 3D silicon glue, my new favourite.

A CAS Wedding Card

The topic of conversation today The Wedding of course.   My neighbours have bunting out but no plans for a street party here, lots of celebrations are planned up and down the land.

This fortnight Sue's Tanda Teaser is spot on theme with a title of Wedding Bells and the suggestion that we make something that celebrates weddings and marriage in general.    I love monochrome cards and the main Tanda stamp here lends itself to rich gold heat embossing.   The love definition is an old CS cover stamp from years back.

The off center stamping and areas of un-marked card might qualify this card for Less is More where off center is the order of the week.

Well what ever you are doing today enjoy it.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Just for Fun - Triangles

Last Thursday of April and the eve of the Royal Wedding cannot help wondering how Miss Middleton is feeling right now!   She seems to be a very level headed confident woman and imagine that she has it all thought out.  Good luck to them they make a striking pair.

Well back to Thursday and the last week of Von's shape challenges.   Some of you have said that you found these challenging and I quite agree there is so much you can do with a shape its hard to know where to start.   If you check out the samples over at Just for Fun you will see that each of us had a very different take on it.

I seem to have been stuck on acetate or transparent material this month this week is no exception with the acetate top to my triangle box.   Its another of those 3D folded things i am so fond of the.

White linen card stock cut out to make the triangle base box.   All three sides stamped with the same flower and gold embossed then coloured with Promarkers.   The rest of each side then coloured with a peach colour.    For the top the triangles had to marked out with an embossing tool and then the acetate cut out, there is a little tab to hold the three sides in shape.  Some Viva gloss paint scribble down the sides, as much to show that there is an acetate top in the picture as anything LOL.

We have had a lot of fun with these shapes this month thank you Von, check the challenge out at Just for Fun.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Dragon's Dream Tag it on - With a Pocket

Well Frankie has had an operation on her hands so the poor love cannot do very much them now least of all craft so while she is recouping it is us the new DT that are holding down the fort.  Which means that we have been let loose on Dragon's Dream TIO hope you will come over and support us.

Elizabeth, brave girl, has opted to be the first of us to host the challenge.   You might have seen last week how different we all are in our crafting styles which is going to make it interesting to see how each of us interprets the themes.   Elizabeth's theme is a tag with a pocket, can think of so many ways to do this but really really wanted to get messy and inky LOL

Standard tag coloured using the no wrinkle technique with Stormy Sky, Mustard Seed and Peeled paint DI.  Added some Forever Green and Forever Blue perfect pearls to the wet ink before smearing the tag into it all.   Over stamped in Soot Black using Butterfly Kisses collage set.   The 'pocket' is an 8" square folded into a book (the technique is the one we were going to use for the little book of Secrets)   The front has been distressed with the same yellow and green then stamped with the butterfly from the collage set.    Using a piece of card used to mop up the tag inks cut little tags in the Sizzix die and stamped them with more of the same stamps.

The star and bar are FP, the star was one of my makes at the Little book of Secrets workshop that I met Frankie at the other week.   It seemed nice to reference back to it with this project.

So its Tags with pockets this week dreamers at Dragon's Dream TIO hope you will join us.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Another Friendly Plastic Mask

Following the fabulous workshop with Liz a little over a week ago I have so much more confidence now to play with FP and have another go at making a mask.

Nothing like the delightful elaborate and glamorous designs that Liz dreams up and makes but I'm pleased with it.

The crumpled bendy shapes give this in real life an slightly sinister look at variance with the soft fibers, used my Fabric Master to add those good to be finally getting some use out of that tool.   And beads watching Liz make a basic rolled bead solved my problem with those.

3 strips of FP used to make this but none of them completely used up on it.   Right off to find my FP now ready for my next play session.   Liz is on C&C tomorrow 27th April, we had a preview at the workshop and it will be fascinating to  watch.

Tando Jigsaw canvas

Well the first long week-end is over wasn't it glorious.  Just three days and then we have another long week-end, wonder what the weather will be like LOL

Had a lot of fun making this canvas got good and messy with ink all over my hands.    The Clock Repair section of an old yellow pages has been cut out and used here stuck to one piece of Tando and onto the base canvas.  Another piece of Tando was run through the big shot with the T!M ledger folder and then coloured with layers of Distress inks.   Third piece was coloured with a light Distress Ink and then over stamped with a darker colour.   A strip of metal stamped with the same image and matched to the Tando piece.

The Canvas was given a thin coat of watered down white Gesso to knock back the directory entries but leaving them legible.   Wild Honey DI blended over the top which was then stamped with the Tattered Angles  clock.    The Tando pieces laid out and the clock hands added to one and watch face to another.    Viva Ferro and Croco smeared around helping to hold the Tando in place.  Some of the Ferro smoothed and stamped into with a time themed quote and sprayed with Glimmer Mists.   More watch parts added and also three screw top brads all stuck into the paste.  Finally Spray and Shine sprayed over the whole canvas.

Tando is available from a number of UK stockists, including Craft-Room.   Texture embossing folder, and Spray and Shine are also available at the Craft-Room, Julia also stocks Distress inks not sure which colours she has on her shelves just now.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Just mucking around with ink and stamps

Oh and a bit of wire LOL

This little torso has been on my to do list for rather to long.  Finally yesterday it's turn came.   Painted the torso white Gesso and then using Big and Juicy inks stamped it with Creative Expression 'Vintage Sewing' and clear embossed it.   Then got to work on it with DI inks which wiped down to pastel shades, the clear EP resisting them entirely of course.    Used some back ground stamps given to me last year, with yet more DI, left to dry and then wiped off the EP.   After that the piece was given a blast of Glimmer Mist.   Do not know what is in that stuff but it rather knocks the colour out of anything already on the surface, so mopped and dried that then went back in with the DI base and re stamped the background stamps as well.

Using a wax candle rubbed areas of the top and bottom prior to painting them with Dauber Bottle Green.   Allowed that to dry and then wiped off the waxed areas, the wax being a paint resist.   Stuck a small pin cushion to the side of the base and then plaited some wire to make the hangers with.   Added a ribbon sash gave it all a coat of Mod Podge Gloss Luster and it is done.  

The girls at Sparkles Forum Challenge are a great friendly bunch and this fortnight their theme is Anything Goes, so am entering this there.

The Stamp man also has a Resist Challenge this fortnight thought this fits that requirement as well.  LOL

Sunday, 24 April 2011

A gate-fold card

The heat must have addled my brain either that or the last remaining cell has given itself a little holiday.   Could have sworn that there is a gate-fold challenge out there somewhere but the site I noted it as being has something completely different going on! Hay Ho

Here is my gate-fold card.   It is an offset opening, you can just see the punched section on the narrow side that the edge of the wider front side tucks under.   There is some gold vellum behind the punched section and green glitter over the top of the design.  

The front of the card has been stamped in gold and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer UTEE in Lapis Black.   As with all Cosmic Shimmer EP there is a residue of powder around the image and being UTEE it is a more obvious but completely unavoidable cloud.   Where the ep did not stick the design has been picked out with gold leaf pen.

The sentiment is an old one from my collection of word stamps.  The main image is a Clarity stamp and is available at Craft-Room.   Now if anyone knows anything about this gate-fold challenge please tell me or have I completely lost it this time?

Thank you Sam yes it is City Crafter Challenge who have gate-fold this week and were the inspiration for this design.

Saturday, 23 April 2011


Happy Easter everyone, hope you have been using lots of sun protection this weather is wonderful but always surprises me how we get do warm so quickly!

Still time to have a little play indoors as well.   With Friday being Earth Day there are a couple of challenges this week bang on theme with up-cycling or recycling.   The first are my old teamies at Try it on Tuesday had to pop back and join in with this peeps great to see all your fabulous samples and so many players way to go.

Another Recycling challenge that caught my eye is with Moving Along with the times.   They have some interesting samples there as well.

I started with some Mount board waste usually cheap if not free from your local framer.   A scrap of paper I've swiped a brayer over before using it on a project, the acetate top off some packaging and one of those plastic nets you get fruit in.

This is the hanging I finished with.   Along the way added some string (it was on a parcel sent to me recently) more  packaging tops more of my paper scraps and some kitchen towel use this to mop up it was then run through the Bigshot with the TH butterfly die.  The beads have just been in my stash for years but were new!

The acetate packaging cut with a Sizzix flower die and then coloured with AI.   The flowers were then blasted with a heat gun.   Von shared this technique with me a while ago the acetate moves, crumples and folds making interesting shapes.   They look a bit dark here but are more transparent irl.   The other acetate packaging was used to cut the butterfly wings and overlays the kitchen towel, otherwise those wings would just flop not such a good look really.

Just a bit of recycling fun thanks Try it on Tuesday and Moving along with the Times for the challenge.

Friday, 22 April 2011

What a treat!

Just the other day Joanne of My Toby Jug had a blog candy to celebrate her blogs third Birthday and I won!   Had a lovely email from Joanne to say she hoped i would find something useful in the little box she was sending.

Wow the parcel was delivered yesterday and it was jam packed with goodies.  The La Blanche stamps are the foam backed ones I often use but I do not have these two and then three un mounted rubber stamps all with an oriental theme love oriental.   Bags and bags of charms and the most adorable little shells.  Buttons and bows, ribbon glitter and adhesive.  Prittstick perfect for sticking un-mounted stamps onto acrylic.   Oh yes chocolate forgot to add that to the picture!   Thank you very much Joanne everything will be put to good use, you'll see.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Friendly plastic almost a bowl &

Finally got a chance to play with my FP today.   Two things especially appeal, the masks and the stunning bowls.   I also fell in love with the beads of FP you heat and colour yourself.   So today nothing was going to get in my way.   My bowl may not be very deep but I'm pleased with it.

Looks very flat here but you can see the different colours, lace work and ribbons I used.   The pale gold in the middle is the beads coloured with gold Perfect Pearls and gilding flakes.

I would like to scorch the fabric but am a bit concerned about melting the FP.

Realised two things this morning, 1 that the 'bowl' can be photographed on its side which might show it better.

2 and much more important.   The lace technique (holes in FP) that I used here was developed by Liz Welch, Liz's background is textiles and she initially wanted to stitch her FP to fabric hence the need for holes.   Watch Liz on C&C 27th (I think) for her latest development of this technique.

Just for Fun - Squares

With so much going on at the moment when I get a job wonder where I'll find the time to do it!

Here we are another Thursday and another Just for Fun Challenge.   As always we love seeing what people make for the challenge and of it! Stars seemed to stump a few of you wrong time of the year perhaps LOL.   Well today Von has made things a little easier for us all, the shape this week is Square.

I found this Habitat frame in a charity shop for 75p bargain alterable thought I grabbing it.   At home it joined all the other bargain alterables waiting for attention and there it was ready for Von's challenge.  As it was varnished gave the frame a good rub down before painting it with believe it or not brown acrylic paint.   Once that dried it was the pva glue and over the wet glue cream acrylic paint.    Set it all aside to throughly dry and crack before stamping and embossing the Penny Black flowers.   Finally rubbed DI round the edges.

Its Easter week-end and good weather is forecast have a wonderful time as you go out and about with family and friends.  If you do find yourself with some time on your hands and the urge to craft why not make something that includes a square or square feature and share it with us at Just for Fun.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

More news

Well if the excitement of this morning was not enough there is yet more news to share with you. Frankie at Dragons Dream Tag it On has decided to have a DT to help her with the weekly challenge and has asked me to be part of it. Took me some time to get into Tags but now I am have enjoyed following this hassle free challenge and joining in as often as. Well will have to start joining in all the time now. I am thrilled so thank you Frankie it is such a delight to be on your new team with Janet, Wanda, Elizabeth and Helen.

As if it was not enough on Monday Frankie told us this week's theme and asked us to be ready for today! This is called being pushed in at the deep end LOL.

The Theme this week is Birds - As you will, but to include at least one real rubber/clear stamped image as is the way with the dream.    For my first DT piece I have chosen an old Tanda favourite and some text also from Tanda.  Cut a nestie shape coloured it with DI while the die was still in place, stamped and embossed the image with Cosmic Shimmer 'Arctic Lake Lustre' then coloured the image with Whisper pens and American Crafts white pen.    The base tag also coloured with DI and stamped with Adirondack 'Pebble'    Fluffy fibre's to finish off, of course.

Well are you tempted to follow me over to the Dragons Dream and join in with a bird themed tag of your own?   Hope to see you there.

The Morning News

There is a new online craft shop on the block Craft-Room owned and run by the lovely Julia.   The shop stocks, among other things, Tando Chipboard.   Well as you probably already know I design for Tando so we struck up an online conversation as you do.   Upshot I am now a Designer for Craft-Room not just sharing Tando projects with the shop but also card making and rubber stamping generally.

There are lots of interesting things in stock including the Creative Expression 'Button Florals' set designed by Sam Poole.   The background of the card was coloured with DI and then over stamped.   The flower heads and butterfly stamped and embossed and then coloured with Promarkers.

I am so excited about this new adventure and Julia is so nice, new stock is coming in weekly the type of things will be dictated by customer demand why not pop over and see if there is anything you like.   I know where I'll be getting most of my crafting things in the future! Craft-Room, of course.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Less is More - Acatate

No it's not a conversion to the Less is More style, sorry Chrissie and Mandi but its still not really me. Using Acetate however is very much my thing so when Maria said that this weeks LIM challenge was to do just that well how could I resist?

The thing with Acetate cards is that you do not need to do a lot with them, the effect comes from an un-cluttered transparency with your image seemingly floating in midair. A single Tanda Art Deco lily on green card cut with a Nestie, a white ink-pad pressed onto the card before it was stamped and matching green ribbon across the width of the card and its done.

When making these just remember to stick a matching shape on the inside to write your message.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Another Dragon's Dream

When Frankie proposed a tag not in a traditional tag shape I knew just where to turn, my good and trusty stash of Tando Chippie. Frankly these day's I be in a right fix without it. This then is my non traditional shape tag.

Coloured the basic shape with distress inks, another essential, and stamped it. Stamped image coloured with Promarkers, butterfly both on vellum and on the chippie coloured with Dorso colours (its a kind of wax pastel but softer than the usual kind) the colour is spread and smoothed with Lavender oil. Another first for me on this Chippie the surface of which if not roughened or damaged in any way the colour is smoothly spread and settles on the surface like any other pigment, nice smell as well.

You cannot see it here but the little metal charm at the bottom of the center dangle says Beautiful.  It is also held in place by a pinhead of my own making!

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Generous gifts

I would like it to be known that I have not crafted all day!   Its worrying how much there is to do if you have a day away!

Over the last few days some lovely generous friends have gifted me with the beautiful things in the picture.   Clockwise from the back.

Sam, yesterday Sam gave me on of her fantastic corrugated cardboard pictures.   As you all know I'm a great fan of Sam's work and style and have a growing collection of her art.  Thank you Sam

Cindy, the lovely whimsical Cindy sent me the adorable vintage style tag of the lady holding a cat.   Cindy also featured me in here weekly magazine this week a great honour I assure you especially as I am in the company of two very talented and different girls.   Thank you Cindy

Frankie, she who dreams each week and inspires our tags.   Yesterday Frankie gave me this week's inspiration a tag of a different shape.   Thank you Frankie

Lynn, last but most certainly not least.   Lynn is one of my crafting heroines with her style and flair in all things arty and otherwise.   Visiting her blog is always interesting she has made some amazing art in and/or on many surfaces.  Lynn sent me a lovely card and a welded glass pendant on a ribbon so unique and special.   Thank you Lynn.

Friendly, Friendly plastic day

The 5:30 alarm the 3 hour drive there and all the anticipation were more than worth it.   Thank you Liz for a fabulous workshop.   Good company, wonderful help and advice Liz is so generous with sharing her ideas and supporting her class, if you get the opportunity go.   We were a small band Sam, Mary (no blog, yet) Frankie and of course Liz herself.
 One of the star makes of the day, Tube beads this one that Sam made is stunning, I zoomed in but not well enough (you can see Sam is a tall lady the bead was above my eye-line pretty much) and I have to whisper the next bit, the lovely decoration on it is a peel off, its OK thought it was one of my peel offs.
 The course was called little book of Secrets and we were going to make the book, well that was Liz's plan.   With so many different techniques to try and each other's samples to admire we got sidetracked a little.   These are Frankie's results.
Mary (still no blog yet) did complete her book which is beautiful. The little dragon fly embedded in FP is holographic and stunning to actually see. Mary also used Fantasy film to cover some FP with wonderful shimmery results.

Sam's work, Miss neat and tidy herself.   Knowing and loving Sam's grungy inky, some would say messy, style it was almost shocking to see how contained she is in her work very neat and tidy and look at all those straight lines.   For both Sam and I this was a day about techniques (once we realised we did not have to make the book and follow directions to the letter) Sam was away suspect we will see a bowl coming soon.
Oh look messy me cannot cut a straight line to save my life!   Von your florist sand embeds itself into warm plastic and makes really interesting patterns.   For me it was just playing, usually I'll work on one project start to finish but at a day like this I'm a sponge just looking to have samples as reference for the future, got those!
Look at this lovely bowl one of the many samples Liz had with her.   The FP has been welded to organza looks very delicate and organic.  Just look at the peaks of FP and the wonderful shadows they cast.
Masks, well these were what first attracted me to FP and to see Liz's stunning work first hand WOW. Pictures cannot do these justice.   This one stitched onto fabric is so dimensional and tactile, delicate and strong all at the same time amazing.

This is another of Liz's stunning masks and another wonder to behold.

Once again Liz thank you for allowing us our freedom and going with the flow.   Thank you Sam, Frankie and Mary for being such wonderful companions on the day.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Gingersnaps inspired by any previous challenge theme take 2

All being well when this posting appears I will be somewhere on the road to Nottingham! and yes it is a jolly long drive over 3 hours! Liz Welch is holding a Friendly Plastic workshop there and despite the lack of funds I need a crafting excursion will just have to sit on my hands.   Also an opportunity to meet Sam  and Frankie :)

This little card has been made for Janet to include in her Poppy Appeal.   Janet is planning a card sale at a 'night at the Proms' organised by her OH also with the Poppy Appeal as the designated charity.   If you can make a card or two and give them to her for the sale I'm sure she would be grateful.

This is also my second entry into the Gingersnaps once in blue moon challenge where we are invited to be inspired by any of the past challenges.   For my second entry the inspiration comes from October 2009 when the theme was Harvest.    The stamp is un-marked so cannot tell you whose it is sorry.

Stamped and embossed in gold on canvas the edges of which have been frayed.   Canvas stuck onto white board and the uninked areas distressed with DI, the poppy flower coated with Glossy Accents.    Butterfly stamped onto some more of my used table protection (again this is an un-marked stamp) and embossed in the same gold.    A piece of Basic Gray cut to width of card and attached as a mat for the mounted canvas.   Finally more butterfly's from the same set stamped in versa mark and coloured with Perfect pearls.

I am also entering this into Simon Says which is to show some distressing, the frayed edges and DI inking qualifies hopefully.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Home Sweet Home

Wall Hangings and home decor hand made items are becoming very popular among paper crafters. Tando have lots of different sets that are perfect for including in your home make over and each one will be unique.

For this hanging 3 sets were used, at least in part plus the numbers from the Advent number set.    The Large Leaf Flourish came's as a single item, this one has been coloured with Promarkers in shades of green, yellow and orange.   The Home Sweet Home trio of plaques provided the three back plates which were painted with buff acrylic paint and allowed to dry, pva glue was then painted on and while wet green acrylic painted over it.   The different speeds of drying result in the cracks the thickness of the glue layer establishes the size of the.   The words also from the trio of plaques were dipped into UTEE (in a melt pot) a mixture of clear and cosmic shimmer orange.   Finally from that set 5 of the 6 little hearts were coloured with orange chalk and arranged in a flower shape.   The Short House set provided the street light the two houses the little bush and the fence.   These were coloured with Promarkers, Sakura pens and Chalk.   The houses were given a coat of Rock Candy Crackle paint and some Distressed Ink rubbed into the cracks.    Common or Garden string used to hang it all together.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Just for Fun - Stars

Thursday has come round again time then for another Just for Fun challenge.   Von has chosen another shape for us all this week and that is a Star.   Well we have to be challenged as well you know.

This one stumped me for a while until coming across this acrylic star and some old glass paints.   Not the Gallery Glass type these are thiner and applied with a paintbrush.  So a simple sample from me this week.   Perhaps you will have something else to share with us in the form of a star?   The other girls on the DT certainly have do pop over to Just for Fun and check them out.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Tanda Teaser - White and Silver

Every fortnight Sue sets a new Tanda Teaser today is the very latest. Yes it is a quick response from me but its one of those themes that just tells you what to do.

The theme is White and Silver, very elegant demands to be a grown up card.    Acetate forms card, white card cut with nestie, twice.   The one attached to the front  has been stamped and embossed with one of Sue's Mac stamps the ep is WOW.   White and silver ribbon to finish off.

Please do go check the challenge no winners or losers no prizes but Sue works so hard keeping it going it would be simply wonderful to see more people joining in.   You do not have to use a Tanda Stamp in fact you do not have to stamp, there is no preferred style just make and share.   Tanda Teaser lets make it a place to be seen.

Sparkles April Swap - Bookmarks

Sparkles forum is a nice friendly little but growing group,  mostly they are what I call cute and clean crafters but they are very friendly and open to all styles.   Why not visit and check it out.

There are a number of swaps going on including one each month that the members vote for.  We chose book marks for April and these are mine.

Card cut in nestie and distressed with DI, stencils laid on top and more DI dabbed through.    Butterfly eyelets at the top and matching ribbon.   Angel they are on their way.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

The Stamp man - Embossing

The days are just flowing past now and there is lots of time for crafting :) A very good thing.

This fortnight the Stamp man have introduced a new DT member and chucked him in at the deep end getting him to set his first challenge!   Neil has chosen Embossing for the theme this time.

Ummm Embossing = texture = I like a lot.

Playing with the melt pot the other day using Cosmic Shimmer clear and coloured UTEE and a rubber 'mould' created the circle shape.  With that as my starting point decided this was to be a canvas with a grungy machinelike piece with lots of metallics.    A5 size stretched canvas lightly coloured with copper rub on pigment and then touches of green in the same medium.    A piece of copper coloured metal run  through Big shot with Tracks folder and then rubbed over with Alcohol Inks.    Green card cut with a Nestie and worked with DI.   Cobbles stamped in gray and then the Sam Poole car stamped in black and clear embossed.    More of the copper rub on was rubbed over the car image and edges of the card.   The sides felt a little bare, the tape was stamped directly onto the canvas in black.

Monday, 11 April 2011

W is for White

What a cracking week-end we have just enjoyed well here in the UK sorry if you are still waiting for Spring or are feeling the chill of autumn.   Glorious wall to wall blue here feels like the end of a long dark cold period.

Weather report over.

The Alphabet challenge is nearing the end of the Alphabet again this is one I dip in and out of but have a fondness for.   This time round they have W for white and ask for pieces in white and one other colour.   With all this new growth and spring that had to be Green.   An A5 canvas coloured through sequin waste with Green Dabbers around the top and streaked from the bottom.    Heat resist acetate stamped and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Green, white vellum cut to fit below acetate.    Green felt waste from TH Swirl die wrapped with green wire, sequin waste  punched with flower die vellum punched with same die.  Green and white ribbon wrapped round canvas.

Long may spring continue without it getting too hot LOL

Sunday, 10 April 2011

All at Sea

Have we been lucky or what with this lovely spring weather?    My Mum used to say something about not casting your coat until May is out but hay weather like this!

Still finding lots of time to craft and seek out interesting challenges to inspire it.   This card came about with 'My time to craft' having a nautical theme, been a long time since I joined them but after seeing the next two challenges it all came together in my head.    Stamping B are looking for Navy blue and Green projects well with a colour combination like that had to join in, and the colours go with nautical.   The final piece of the jigsaw, or project if your prefer, MAWTT have a sketch challenge.   Do not usually join sketch challenge's but as soon as i saw this one knew exactly what to do.

So here is it a nautical, blue and green, sketch card LOL    Lots of stamps, and inks and layers!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Dragon's Dream Tag it on - Triptych

Frankie had a lovely dream this week, she dreamt a triptych tag.   As always her dreams inspire ours and we follow her direction with dreams of our own.

A kind friend gave me some tags for my Birthday three of these joined by a paper lining on the back created this   triple set.    Blue, Green and Pink  DI worked onto the tags which were then stamped in the same colours with Elusive Image stamps.   The main image was coloured a little more with Whisper pens.   Then the three tags were  lined on the back with paper some peachy fibre hides the seams.

Friday, 8 April 2011

More swaps

These are both for swaps being hosted by Sam over at the UK Stampers forum.

The first 3 ATCs with the theme of in the post.   Had a lot of fun with these using background papers and stamps and DI even got needle and thread out!
These are two sets of twinchies.   Sam is looking for one set of 6 with a distressed theme.   This time I used 4" squares of card and wrinkle free distressing and then over stamped in the same DI inks.    The cards were then cut into 4 squares each and the edges treated roughly.   Only expecting one set back in the swap just made 2 sets in case anything went wrong.  LOL

Some Swaps

This last couple of weeks at UK Stampers there have been a couple of fun swaps. The first was to make a bookmark, rather than just a regular flat rectangle it seemed a bit of fun to use a piece of Tando chippie with some shrink charms hanging at the bottom. The chippie has been coloured with Viva Inca Gold in bronze, gold and green and then over stamped and embossed on both sides. Tattered leaves die used to cut the white shrink which was then stamped on both sides with leaf images from Creative Expressions, in green red and yellow. Holes punched before the plastic was shrunk.

The second was for a 3" wall hanging, as you can see this was a few days ago while I was in pink and blue frilly feminine mode.    Grungeboard precut in inchies with the little connecting tabs kept intact painted with white Gesso and then Nick Bantock inks blended over it.    Tattered Flower die to cut the grunge paper which was then lightly coloured with the Nick Bantock inks so that some of the grunge colour still shows.   Grunge paper curled in both directions and attached with a little spray of Gyp behind it.   Two die cut leaves one gold one silver tucked behind the flower and a metal charm attached with a brad, some lace trim makes the hanger.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

just for Fun - Circles

A bit of anything goes is always good fun and there were lots of ideas from the Just for Fun players last week!

Now we are into April it is Von's turn to set the challenges.  Von has opted for an overall theme this month of shapes and this week the theme is circles.  One circle or lots of circles in on or around your piece.

A good excuse for another make over for me this time a small Camembert tub.   This little ply wood boxes are just to good to discard and make handy little storage boxes for bits and bobs.

For this one some white velvet ribbon was stuck round the edge of the top and then some narrower stripy ribbon stuck over it. A round nestie cut the card to cover the top, and a creative expression mandala stamp used on acetate, five layers cut out and coloured with Viva Gloss paint. The longest part was waiting for the paint to dry before sticking the acetate togather and on top of the lid.

Its always interesting to see what everyone makes hope you have a circle to join us with at Just for Fun.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

2 in one day!

Not just sharing 2 cards with you in one day but entering them both in Gingersnap challenges but different one's.   There is a new Gingersnap challenge today starting their April month theme of Oriental and this week Beautiful Geisha's.

Both the stamps used are Hobby Art images stamped in black, the Geisha clear embossed, the tree and sun in matt black.   Inca Gold Red used to colour the sun.    After recent events in Japan it seemed right to keep it uncluttered.

Am also entering this into Less is more although 2 stamps might disqualify it this for me is a very clean and simple card.

Gingersnaps inspired by any previous challenge theme

When ever there are five Wednesday's in the month Gingersnaps have a Blue Moon Challenge five Wednesday in March this year so last week they set a Blue Moon!   As there have now been over 100 Gingersnap Challenges all of them have been listed for us to use as inspiration.

Looking down the list Black, White and Silver caught my eye.   This was originally inspired by the Silver Screen and that age of Hollywood glamour  of the black and white movies.

This wonderful stamp of the piano player reminds me of that age when the silent movies were shown with someone playing a piano in the pits to help set the tone.   Music still tells us how we feel about films when we see them now.   This chap is more likely to be a lounge player or as I always think a Jazz player.   Stamped in black on white and coloured with Promarkers all five of the cool grays.   Promarker silver used for highlights. When finished blue and silver alcohol inks brushed over.