Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Christmas cards!

Well can you ever make too many?   Got a bit of a shift on yesterday and made a few am sharing a couple with you today.   Fortunately today is wall to wall blue, ideal to taking photo's getting the washing on the line and going out so no crafting yet today!

This white on white card was inspired by a number of challenges and is not strictly w o w but includes Silver and from the basic grey DP white stamped and embossed panel a hint of pink which is echoed in the thread with white fluff down the inside edge of the same panel.   The first layer of the card is vellum with a snowflake pattern marked out in silver.   Corrugated card painted with Picket Post stain, then a loose weave paper in a doily shape, more vellum this time with Christmas thoughts printed in white all topped with a little Christmas stamp from some years back embossed with white ep and then blue brilliance ink over the top so a little resist going on here.   Finally cooking foil snowflakes cut with a punch, and a double layer of ribbon at the top.

The challenges this is for are:
Fashionable stamping - Dreaming of a white Christmas,
Cards und More - Snowflakes
Top Tip Tuesday - Use Silver, White, and a hint of your choice
Oldie but a goodie - Red & Green must not be seen
There's Magic in the Air - Vintage or Shabby Chic Christmas Card

Then there was this little one layer card which came out really rather well.   The Holly and Berries stamp I got from my friend Julia of Craft-Room, when she sold some stamps off earlier this year and it has proved so useful.  This is the first time it has been used (by me) in almost all its glory.

The gold heat embossed greeting is from Tanda's Poinsettia set.  The greeting was masked and the holly stamp used in black memento the colouring is Pro Markers.

This card is for:
Tanda Teaser - Single layer Christmas Cards
Crafty Card Makers - Heat Emboss
Stamps R Us - Emboss it.

Right going to get the paper now, it's Jobs day and you never know there may even be one or two advertised!

More Yellow, Red and Brown for Gingersnaps

Been playing around with the Gingersnap's colour challenge again.   Yellow, Red and brown are an interesting combination.   Using inks you can make the colours merge into each other through shades of orange.   I've enjoy the distinct separation of the three and stuck with that for this card.

Brown card stock and then a strip of yellow card stock, over the top designer card from Anna Griffin Flora Collection.   This Anna Griffin card is wider than the DL base but I like the over hang and used it.   Rogue Redhead Designs, Milliner Misses, stamped in Versa fine Sepia onto a Nelli die cut tinted with DI.

Rogue Redhead Designs challenge this fortnight is to use just one piece of DP.   Hoping this Anna Griffin Card qualifies.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Craft-Room Challenge - Make your own flowers

Wow Craft-Room Challenge time again seems like we only just started our last challenge of travel and postcards, great entries again the winners will be announced next Tuesday, including the winner of the random draw, they win £10 to spend at Craft-Room on line shop.

Onto the latest Challenge, this time the very talented Hazel chose to challenge us all by asking us to make our own flowers.   You really set us to work this time Hazel.    A little while ago Von made a flower using the bag that holds cereal inside the box, since then I've saved mine time to put it to the test.   Remembering some HOTP templates to fold flowers, the designs were traced onto the bag with black pen, folded and then coloured with Alcohol inks.    Another set flat flower's were cut out and coloured in the same way these were layered and attached together with a large HOTP brad.    Not entirely happy some coloured feathers were added to the mix.   With the large flower completed it was stuck to a candle which in turn was stuck into a foil tray that had also been coloured with Alcohol ink.   The small cereal packet flowers were stuck to the front and green feathers added.

I'm sure there are dozens of ways to make flowers, in fact I know there are because the rest of the team have made them.   All their samples are on the Craft-Room Challenge site so you will not have to go far for inspiration.

While you are there check our latest Blog Candy!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Fancy fold

One thing about just having a day at home is having time to get inky.  

A challenge I really wanted to join in this fortnight is Challenge up your Life whose current theme is Music.   The stamps on the front of this card are La Blanch girl with violin and music score, the swallow's are from Stampin' up.  All the inks used were DI.

The other challenge that this was very much inspired by is Suger Creek Hollow.   I've never joined in with them before but their challenge of Fancy folds appealed.

The fancy fold oh yes well scroll down a little





 This is the inside of the card.   A couple of years ago some promotional landed on my then desk with this fold out.   First time 'junk mail' has come in really handy I used it to work out the fold and use it from time to time now.

There is a tutorial on this fold on Just for Fun.

The stampin' up paper has been additionally stamped with the same music score which was carefully inked to avoid the straight edges so it just fades.  The other stamps are Tim Holtz (but you already knew that) stamped with colour box chalk ink.

Distressing by Cat

One of the IMPs, or it may have been two, has been playing knock the bedside lamp to the floor and last evening it was smashed.  Overjoyed because it is new I decided to salvage it, basically it was in three pieces held together by the sticky pad on the bottom.   Easy then to glue it all back in place but then what?

The base and shade are gray so quite dark colours would be required and stayzon.   The Indigo Blu, Grand Tour II and Pomp & Pageantry add to the distressed appearance.   Firstly the elegant gentleman and the Dome with script were stamped in Aquamarine.   Stamping on curved surfaces is fun with an un-mounted stamp just be careful not to let it slip.  Because the lamp base is a slick surface the ink needs a moment or two to dry.  By the way my Indigo Blu stamps came from Craft-Room, one of the several great British ranges sold there.

The next images, the Union Jack and the Map were stamped in Dark Cherry, the map was used three times to fill the space and not leave an image floating in space.   Where the glue has smeared the images did not stamp adding to the effect.

Couldn't leave the shade after all that the Butterfly is from the Grand Tour II set stamped six times round the shade in Teal.    Lamp all mended and working all that remains is to put it back but on the other side of the bed which might extend its life.

This is the other side the gentleman was stamped directly over the crack, sorry about the flare back.   Do you think something should be rubbed into the cracks to knock back the raw edges?

Quite day in the end, did not go out as planned the cold I've been looking after decided it's time had come didn't feel like going far from home.

Thought I'd share this with Creative Inspirations Paint who want to see anything but a card!  and with Make it Monday where it is always anything goes.


Sunday, 27 November 2011

Black Silver and Sparkle

Up dating the Saturday Challenge list yesterday at Feline Playful a  couple of challenge's caught my eye.   Believe me it is very easy to get distracted doing the list LOL

Catch the Bug, are looking for Silver, Black and Bling.
Drunken Stampers - monochrome
Less is More just want bling

For the card I used some mottled black from Paper Mill so grateful to have stocked up and then some before they closed the shops.   The tree is a Penny black Image embossed with Silver ep.   Clear self adhesive gems finish the card off.

Planning a day out so it will be evening or tomorrow before I get to see what the other Lim entries are.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Vibrant Christmas

Good day to get things out on the line for a good blow, not sure the washing will dry but it will certainly flap!   At a watercolour class I once joined one of the projects was washing on the line.   A boring image maybe but a great exercise for drawing/painting fabric and the ways it folds.  Non of which has anything to do with this card!

Gingersnaps colour challenge this time is an exciting vibrant one Yellow, Red, and Brown Knew as soon as I saw it that I would have to do something.   Another embossing fold and pearlised card this time part of the design has been cut out after being coloured with DI.   The rest of the card is just card and paper of the theme's colours.   The little sentiment is an old HOTP stamp (QVC UK shoppers might recognise it, in the original kit Christmas was spelt incorrectly and a replacement had to be sent out to all purchasers!)


There are a couple of other challenges that this card fits right into.


Alphabet Challenge   -   V is for Vibrant, I still check in from time to time girls and its great that you are still active.
Card Makin Mamas  -  Want to see sentiment's on the front of our cards.   I do not always put a sentiment on the front so this is appropriate. 

Friday, 25 November 2011

Kanban Poinsettia

Cold wind today fortunately those spoilt IMPs are quite content with just a whiff of fresh air and then it's back to sleep.   In the mean time I had another play with embossing folders.

There is a challenge at Case Study this week where the design we are invited to case has stayed in my mind and definitely influenced this card.    The poinsettia is another Kanban stamp coloured with Pro Markers.

Then wondering through Feline Playful I noticed that this time at I love Promarkers it is anything goes, so I'm sharing this with them as well.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Just for Fun - Favourite Shape

Hello!   It's getting chilly now really must get that cat flap sorted just waiting now for the builder so I'm still sitting with the back door open and not realizing that all 3 cats are in!

Just for Fun and Neet's latest challenge for us, this week it is all about shapes our favourite ones.   With Nesties and other die cutters there is a wealth of shapes for us to play with, but we all have a set or two that we use time and again.   It wasn't my nesties that came to mind with this challenge but the twisted box fold.

The triangle toppers on the outside were made with card coloured by mopping up over stamped and the berries coloured with Whisper pens.   Inside another piece of card distressed with the new DI colours and then stamped with a greeting.    The roll up flower was cut from copy paper by my friend Julia, coloured with the same inks and stamp.   Can you spot the robbin?

Neet and Von have used different shapes and in different ways hope you will visit and see their samples.  Looking forward to seeing the shapes other people like this week at Just for Fun.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

One layer white on white

As if there were not enough challenges in blogland I decided to make life a little more complicated today by combining a couple of one layer challenges with a couple of WoW challenges.

White pearlised card embossed with the cuttlebug tree folder.   Below the tree embossed in white Pearl ep a row of Children from Tanda.  OK you might not see them in the picture but they are there!   Finally using Sakura glue pen traced around the embossing and sprinkled white glitter over it, umm that's not very clear in the picture either but it really sparkles irl.

The challenge's that inspired this card are:
Tanda Teaser  -  One layer Christmas cards
Allsorts  -  One layer cards
Creative Card Crew  -  Monochromatic
Everybody Art  -  Christmas Card
Fashionable Stamping  -  I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
Quirky Crafts  -  Clean and Simple
2 Sisters  -  Let it Sparkle
Crop stop  -  All in White

Actually thought I'd seen another WoW challenge but cannot find it now sorry.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tando Creative Colour Challenge

All this month at Tando Creative we have had a colour challenge and each week on the Tando Creative site there has been some fantastic samples to inspire you.   This week it is the turn of Joanne and me to share our takes on these shades of blue and brown.



I was a little stumped by the combination of Blue and Brown until unpacking after the move found and remembered some wool ribbon from a charity shop. The ribbon has been wound around the front of a Tando wavy edge square frame.   Also in my boxes of tricks some die cuts on painted paper in shades of blue and brown given to me by a blog-land friend.   The row of houses fits the frame perfectly with an old sweet wrapper behind them to accent the shape.

The backboard of the Tando frame has been covered with Paper Perfect 'blue dream'.   When the paper paste was dry it was sprayed with blue Glimmer Mist.   Patches of frame showing through the ribbon were covered with Viva Ferro Paste.   The wire secures the frame to the backboard.    Tando Clouds coloured with Distress Stain, the bird is another die cut from my friend.

The legs of the frame were also coloured with distress stain and sprayed with Glimmer mist finally the sides and edges coloured with copper coloured paint.   Perfect pearls sprinkled over wet Viva paste, metal butterfly pushed into the paste in the corner and Perfect pearls sprinkled there.

So far from being clueless the first piece of art made in my new home has turned out rather well.   Yes first I've had to sit on this for a few weeks!

It is not to late to join the Tando Creative Challenge which runs to the end of the month, there have been some fabulous entries so far and with great Tando prizes to choose it certainly worth joining in.

Thought I'd share this with:
Make my Monday   -   Always anything goes
Gingerloft   -   Lace, fabric or Felt
Lollipop Crafts   -   Anything goes
One stop craft   -   The colour Blue




Sunday, 20 November 2011

A little trinket box

Treated myself to a new crape maker the other day been looking for one to use with FP it's a great way to dry heat FP.    A little pine box in the to be altered mountain that came with me needed attention and I needed no excuse.

Firstly the box has been painted with Viva 'Inca Gold' in a green gold.   Then it was stamped with Lightening black and an LB stamp.   Time to heat up the hot plate;  Liz Welch has got some rather fun metal pieces in stock for oozing, I used two leaves with green FP, you can see the result better in the picture below.    Red and Fuchsia FP and cut to the size of some metal shapes heated and cut, some of these had ribbon over the top for further oozing.    Some green wire bent to follow the flow of the stamped design glued into place with an FP flower on top.   Finally coloured rub and buff type wax worked over the FP and edges of the box, more storage.
Here is the top from an overhead shot which shows how well the FP oozed through the metal leaf shape. The little 3 sided shapes have been welded together and a pretty bead set into the center.

I'm sharing this box with the following challenges.

Bah! Humbug!  -  A gift bag or box
Inspire me Fridays  -  Always Anything goes
Art Impression Stamps  -  Red, Green and Metallic

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Meeting the Stamping Club in Skipton

Continuing my exploration of the area yesterday I went to Skipton.   For the first time this was a pleasure trip just 100 miles inland to meet Janet and Michelle.   Here they both are Janet on my right and Michelle my left, she said she was feeling sexy!   Have know these two for a couple of years they run Try it on Tuesday which when it was Tuesday Taggers gave me my first DT place.

The group meet every other Friday in their local community center and have a great time chatting giggling and doing the odd bit of craft.    We were making Christmas cards, I managed one below, and candle making.   I would show you my candle except it got left behind! Hay Ho Janet will probably keep it safe for me until next time LOL.

 The purpose of the class was to use Nesties and DP.   Mentioned the other day that I do not use DP much so it was fun seeing how to make this all match.   I used the new Christmas DI's on my nestie. The snowflake is made of shapes Michelle had cut with her Robo.

Thank you Janet and Michelle it was lovely to meet you at last and your great craft group, see you in January.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Rogue Redhead with Designer Paper

Last week I was very excited to win the Rogue Redhead Design's Challenge.    I've been hankering after Shar's stamps to a while but with the employment situation as it is could not fund them.   Now thanks to the prize and the 1st Anniversary sale Shar has I've got my inky little paws on some.   Had to get them out and have a play.

The latest challenge is to use just one designer paper.  Oh heck DP! never know what to do with it despite having stacks of the stuff.   A5 size watercolour board coloured with DI, scattered straw, denim blue and the new Evergreen Bough.   Then to make them merge more the board was sprayed with iridescent gold Glimmer Mist.    The fern and the seed head stamped onto the board with various inks, a strip of DP laid across the panel and some rafia wound round the bottom.   A Kanban shaped mat coloured with Scattered Straw DI, the flowers stamped with Brilliance Lightening black and coloured with Whisper Pens.

So of course this is being entered into Rouge Redhead Designs and also
Gingersnaps Spicy Supply challenge to use rafia and
Sir Stampalot Blues and Greens

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Just for Fun - Favourite Technique

Neet is still getting us to think about our favourite things, last week was colour and great projects using colour where shared purple seems to be very popular.

This week Neet, a technique junkie, has asked us to share our favourite techniques.   Oh gold here we go again what is my favourite technique.    A year or so ago in response to a similar question I answered Stamping.   Usually I reach for the rubber, there are so many ways to use a stamp, but for a DT project seems a little simple so I've used my new Sweet Poppy 'cat' stencil and Dreamweaver gold Paste.   Fell in love with this stencil at Ally Pally, this is the first time I've been able to use it.    The Autumn Leaves this playful feline is about to jump into are from the TH Autumn Gatherings die.   Oh the stamp? well there had to be one it's an old Anita's one used with gold WOW powder.

I'm also sharing this with Sparkles Forum Challenge, whose current theme is Autumn.   It also happens that Speedy the Cat over at Mark's Finest Papers is also interested to see what all our favourite techniques are.   Don't get to City Crafter Challenge very often but this week their challenge is 4 legged friends how could i resist?

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

A couple of quick and easy cards

There are one or Challenges around just now that really appealed.  The first is Fashionable Stamping, whose challenge this time is Past Times.

When I first saw this Stamps Happen Stamp it screamed Bob Fosse to me.   To a young girl (I was then) Coffee houses filled with smart, glamours, young people, who smoked and talked and drank (cheap) coffee long into the night, seemed very grown up mysterious and wonderful.   I imagined that they all moved with the clipped exaggerated moves of a Bob Fosse dance and looked like the girl in this stamp.

Casual Fridays have a challenge for a CAS tag thought I'd enter the matching tag with this cool stamp.
Cupcake Inspirations have a picture of a cake this week decorated with the '60's style squares I used on my card, in fact in my hunt for 60's style it was this picture that gave me the idea I needed.




 Then there is the Tanda Teaser, using traditional Christmas colours of Red and Green.

Could not resist giving this a little twist with Tanda's Penguin set.   Using the offcut from the DL card above this was very quick and simple to make.

This stamp set is one of many you can find at Craft-Room online shop.

Creative Craft Challenge have gone Minimalistic this time, hope this is minimal enough for them.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Craft-Room Challenge - Postcard/Travel

Who says cards for men are difficult not Craft-Room Challenge followers!  In the last fortnight there were some cracking entries, not limited to cards either!

Now it is Debi's turn to challenge us all, this fortnight Debi would like us to think of Postcards and Travel.

For my card I started with a piece of Postcard sized Glossy card.   Using Creative Expression Stamps and Versafine inks.   Firstly the Eiffel Tower scene was stamped and then masked other stamps from the same set were used around the edge, off the edge and over the mask.   With the mask still in place DI worked over the card and stamped images, the mask removed and some of the Scattered Straw DI gently pushed over the main image.

The post card was then matted onto a beige card mat.   The base card is cream hammered card a chocolate box ribbon runs down one side and over it some pink lacy ribbon.   The area to the right of the ribbon has been worked with DI and the topper then attached.   Finally some green hemp cord has been tied round the left edge of the card with an Eiffel Tower charm attached.

The girls at Craft-Room Challenge have once again made some stunning samples to inspire you we all hope you will join in with us this fortnight.

We still have our second Treasure Hunt as well, this is free to enter and the prize is a fabulous Indigo Blu stamp plate why not have a go, someone has to win!

Fashionable Stamping are thinking of Times Gone by so thought I'd share this with them.
The Stamp man is looking for collage backgrounds, mine is more of a collage foreground but they might forgive me.
Try it on Tuesday reminding us that it is the 3rd Tuesday in the month! have an anything goes theme of 'Wish you were here'.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Faded Romance

Gorgeous if chilly day yesterday, mind you it might not be quite so cold if the back door were not kept ajar for the IMPs the sooner their special door gets here and is fitted the better.

Did not get this little tag finished until it was too late to get a decent photograph.   Made with Dragon's Dream TIO and Gingersnaps in mind. This week TIO are inspiring us with the title 'Letter's to Juliet' and the rider of Romance.    Gingersnaps Spicy Supply Challenge for this month is to use Raffia.

The stamped image is from Butterfly Kisses stamped with Versafine 'Sepia'.   The tag was then blasted with Glimmer mists in shades of coffee, the little rose and butterfly lightly coloured with Whisper Pens.   Some Marianne rose ribbon also blasted with Glimmer mist this time red and then coffee.    Papers folded into envelops to hold this Juliet's faded memories, the little pile tied with raffia.   More raffia wrapped round the tag making a loop at the top from which a two ring hangs.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

L I M - One layer with Leaves

Two Saturday challenge's caught my eye yesterday, Less is More and Allsorts.   Then I saw that Simply Stamping this week also have a Leafy Challenge/

This week Less is More is one layer week with leaves.   Didn't you girls get enough leaves last week with the glorious autumn colour challenge?   Allsorts challenge this week is Black, White and one other.   Have I mentioned that I love green?

The image is from Tando Leaves Mask run through the Big Shot.   Sakura pen filled the debossing, a simple greeting stamped in black.   The green polka dot ribbon down the side covers a mistake.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Getting into the swing of crafting again

Feeling quite settled now and this week it has been nice to be back in a creative groove.

This card used one of my favourite Stampin' up stamps retired for quite a while now it promises summer and futures to me.    Stamped here onto glossy card that had been coloured with DI using wrinkle free distressing and then sprayed with Glimmer mist.

The bird topper is one sent to me a while back by Valarie.   It was some of her hand made backgrounds, in pink but I sprayed it with the same blue and green glimmer mists.    The ribbon on the left is two blue and silver ribbons layered.  

The card was made with these in mind:
Stampalot Challenge   -   Blue and Green
Art Impressions Stamps   -   Use two ribbons
Stamp Insanity   -   Chilled out Blues

Friday, 11 November 2011

Tanda Teaser 184

Sue has set another smashing Tanda Teaser for us this fortnight.   We are asked to share our ideas for Christmas cards with traditional colours of Red and Green.

For this card I used the Tanda Poinsettia set, stamped onto white card and gold embossed, then coloured with Pro Markers, 3 layers have been made this way.    The floral display has been placed onto a green mat.   White card edged with gold pen is the base the greeting also gold embossed is also from the Tanda set.

Sharing this with
Rainbow Lady's Challenge   -   Inspired by a Princettia
Sweet Stamps   -   Red, Green and Gold
Tip top Tuesday   -   Anything Christmas
Make my Monday   -   Vintage/Traditional Christmas

Some of you might like to know that yesterday (Thursday) Pounce gave our new home its first present, a blackbird.   Bird released hopefully non the worse for losing a few feathers.   Pounce seems to think that upstairs should be his new killing ground, interesting times ahead.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Just for Fun - Favourite Colours

Neet is continuing to look at all our favourites, this week it's colour.   This is almost as bad a favourite stamp I love colour!

One colour family that features quite a lot on this site is Green.   The meeting of warm (Yellow) and cool (blue) but sitting in the cool range.   Related to gold an all year round presence on this island I love green, with blue a close second.

For this 15.5" x 12.5" canvas I started with soft pastel covering the whole and allowing the frame to show with darker lines.   Using different shades of green patterns were drawn onto the surface, different  colours were added as the design went on.  Some blues and yellows were included.   When the background was OK the canvas was sprayed with Glimmer mists and Cosmic Shimmer sprays in shades of green.   Next the Shimmer green pastel dragged down from the top.   Viva Ferro in gold spread around the bottom right corner and the two lines in the center of the canvas.   Metal leaves cut with the TH tattered leaves die stuck into the ferro.    Viva Croco in Turquoise spread roughly over the top corners, giving the piece a lot of depth.    Finally twisted sari silk describes a creeper spreading over the canvas.   I'm rather pleased with the resulting celebration of Green.

Von and Neet have their own favourite colours to share check them out at Just for Fun.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Rogue Redhead Winner

Just a quick post, I've just found out that I am the lucky winner this month at Shar's Rogue Redhead Design's Challenge.   The next challenge starts on Saturday if you are tempted, I'm off to spend my prize now!

A Winter's day card

Off to Leeds again today to meet another agency you never know this one might turn up a job.    Have another little card to share with you that was made using another Kanban set.

Simply stamped directly onto white card with brown Ancient Page.   Additional colour and shading added with Pro Markers.   Puff Paint used for snow with glamour dust sprinkled over it.   Silver pen to draw the frame.

Not at all sure about this card at first but over the day it grew on me.   I'm sharing this with

Craft your passion   -   Anything goes + Brown
I did it   -   Christmas/Winter
A Gem of a Challenge   -   Cold & Frosty
Speedy the Cat's Challenge   -   Fall or Winter

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Another Christmas card

Yesterday was quite a frustrating day, one of my email accounts stopped working and it took me most of the afternoon sorting it out.  What a waste of good crafting time, I could have made lots of Christmas cards LOL

Made this one that I'm rather pleased with, got my Kanban stamps out, this little bird on a floral spray really charms me.    A swipe of DI ripe persimmon onto blank card the stamp in Archival Ink in black and the berries colored with Red whisper pen.

I'm sharing this card with
Less is More   -   Red and Orange
Heart Song Inspirations   -   Anything goes
Make it Monday   -   Always anything goes
The Crazy Challenge   -   Something with Wings

Monday, 7 November 2011

Cute Alert!

I know cute is not something you expect to see here but there some cute stamps in the collection generally Penny Black like this one.

As soon as I read the challenge this month at PB&M@A this stamp popped into my head.   Nestie mats cut and coloured with DI, image stamped with Ancient Page and coloured with more DI watercoloured on.  Sentiment stamped in gold on the smaller mat.    Music score torn to size, the edges distress with you guessed more DI.   The base card and edges of the mats stamped with Sue Law's dotty stamp.

I'd also like to share this with:
Creative Inspiration Paint   -   Anything goes
Paper Sundaes   -   Rectangles
Allsorts   -   Anything but Square
Squiggles and Giggles   -   Go Dotty

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Firework colours

First thing Saturday morning I checked out the Less is More challenge!   and this week it is a great fun one, inspired by our British Bonfire Night and the many splashes we will see this evening against the night sky.   The challenge is Red and Orange.

Gorgeous warm autumn colours, that got me thinking about Canada.   One day I will get to see what must be a glorious autumn display.   With that spectacle in mind this black based card was stamped with Tanda stamps in Perfect Medium.   Perfect Pearls in Real Red and Copper has been brushed over the ink.

I'd like to share this with
Inky Impressions   -   Photo Inspiration
Craft your days away   -   Autumn




With Autumn still very much in mind I made this card using the same materials and Clarity stamps.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Just a quick tag

Today I came across Shar's Rogue Redhead Design's Challenge.   The current one ends tomorrow and the next starts next Saturday.   So with just 24 hours to go quickly made a tag to share.

The theme of the challenge is Fabulous Quote on a Tag.   The quote I've used is a TH one from 'Urban Tapestry'   The base tag stamped in versamark with a Lb Blanche music script and then coloured with DI.   The seed heads are 'Sparkles' from Penny Black stamped onto acetate.   The quote stamped in DI onto more card ripped and the edges worked with more DI.  The orange ribbon is the last of that length so I've made the most of it.

Right off to join my neighbours round the bonfire.

Window art

For the past couple of days I've been working on this.   The original idea came to me when I moved into my last house, that was when I got the embroidery hoops and that 11 years ago was as far as it got.

Now coloured cellophane has been added.   Firstly the hoops were painted with a black and copper mix.  Then the cellophane laid across the inner hoop and secured with the outer.   Laying the hoops face down Tattered Angel's masks were placed inside and spray etch used over them.   Some Tando (a piece from mixed Swirls large and two Heart cogs) coloured with Cosmic Shimmer sprays.    The swirl joins the three hoops with glue and staples.   Wire runs from the blue hoop down the front of the red hoop and across it from behind then up the front on the other side and carries on up the front of the yellow hoop.   The Tando heart cogs are attached at the bottom with more glue and staples.

Here it is in daylight

Now hanging on fishing line in the back bedroom.   I'd like to share this with
Inspire me Friday's   -   Always anything goes
Little Darlings Challenges   -   Not square
Allsorts   -   Anything but square

Friday, 4 November 2011

A little Steampunk

Exploring my new environment by going to Leeds yesterday.   Great shopping center and a smashing edge of town retail park with a branch of Hobby Craft.   Bit disappointed with it really the smallest range of stamps!   While there picked up a very inspiring book 'The art of Steampunk' fabulous pictures and examples of amazing 3d projects.  The hand well that is a future project.

Came home to discover that my former team mates at Tag it On have a 'Steampunk and old fashioned toys' challenge.   Fueled by a book full of inspiration got out my tags and some other bits and pieces.    TH on the edge die for a wonderful ornate edge.   Using the TH compass mask coloured over the mask and tag with metallic ink, coloured in some of the masked area with Sakura ink.   Little Clarity cyclist stamped in Adirondack Espresso stamped at the bottom.    The Clarity graceful lady stamped onto white card and cut out, her dress has been colour washed with a brown Sakura pen and yellow for her hair.   She has been given metal mesh wings diecut with a TH die.    A clock hand became the compass pointer and a resister controls the power to the wings.   Pearls and Grommets complete the steampunk theme.  The cord used to suspend the tag has been looped by splicing it, not the easiest thing to do with such a small cord.

A tag then for Dragon's Dream TIO and also for
Creative Craft Challenges - Fancy Edges
Ruby's Rainbow - Use metal
Cooking it up with Katie - anything but a card
Diva's by Design - Use metal
Papercraft Star - Add a flourish
There she Goes - Use Jute, hemp, burlap or twine

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Just for Fun - Favourite Stamp

What a great month October was at Just for Fun, Von's month of recycling was great fun.

Now we have a month of favourite's led this month by Neet.   We all have them, lots of them, sometimes they change with the wind other times our favourites last and last.   When Neet told us what the November challenge's are to be my first thought was Oh Cricky.   Then it came to me these old Anita's stamps are firm favourites of mine.

The stars background stamp is so useful this time it has just been stamped and heat embossed.   The Father Christmas is just so warm and cuddly, stamped him in memento black and coloured him with Pro Markers.   Carefully cut him out added some puff paint and attached him to the starry background.

These are two of my favourite stamps had them for years and every Christmas get them out.   What is/are your favourite stamp(s)?  Really looking forward to seeing them suspect my wish list is going to grow.   Please join us at Just for Fun where you can see Neet's and Von's great samples and share yours.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Craft-Room Challenge - For a Man

About 30 years ago my x had a second hand book shop, he used to get all sorts of things including this lovely old ledger recording the account of Joseph Hawley Bart.'s horses and carriage stabling and maintenance 1863 - 1869.   Every so often on the pages there is an Inland Revenue stamp to the value of 1d.

When the water colour board was finished seemed keeping it in the book was a fun idea.

The water colour board was first sprayed with Glimmer Mist Marshmallow (white).    Indigo Blu stamps for the Man, the quote and domed tower, the zeppelin is by Creative Expression and the Ravens from an un-named set.    All were stamped in black or different shades of gray.   Blue/Gray distress stain, Weathered Wood, highlights the quote.   The man stamped again onto Glossy card as were the birds both raised off the board with silicon glue.

Clearly the man is a traveler who has collected  souvenir's and is keeping them in a safe place.   Part of the book has been hollowed out the page edges wrapped with tissue tape and the board stuck behind.   Embellished with film strip, two metal charms and a piece of sea glass.    All of these are shades of gray.

At Craft-Room Challenge this week Mervi has asked us to make something for a man, the team as always have produced fabulous samples please do check them out.   Have you seen our great Treasure Hunt its easy to join in and there is a great rubber stamp plate to be won

Also entering this into
Gingersnaps - Black and Grays
Crafting when we can - Halloween and/or anything but a card
Kraftin Kimmie - Monochromatic
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Monochromatic
Moving along with the Times - No Girls Allowed