Monday, 23 April 2012

Unruly Paperarts

Just a quick post to tell you that I'd love you to pop over to Unruly Paperarts today.   My first column is published today a little rubber stamping piece hoping to encourage you to get all inky!   Would love to know what you think.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Make an Arch

That's the challenge Chrissie, Florence, Janet and Sandra set themselves and shared with the rest of us at Out of the Hat.  It is already their 5th challenge and the first one I've had time to join in with!

An arch that could be fun perhaps made using some more that the recycled plastic?   Ummm then there's that £1 shop frame still waiting to be altered.  What about those corrugated card hearts and the tattered floral fabric flower in the Left Overs Box?   Some thick white card cut down to fit the frame as an arch.   Then after about 3 hours sorting shredded plastic into green's, black's and blue's and bright coloured granules stuck various elements onto the card which had been stuck to the frame.   Had intended to gild the rest of the wooden frame but .....

Next morning looked at it again and decided to create an image to go into the frame and then flow out a little.    Hero Arts Bird stamped onto card that was then embossed with a new (to me) folder.    Coloured over the card with Adirondack dye inks and the brushes, this highlights the embossing.   Some more card embossed with just the butterflies, which were cut out.   Floral embossing and butterflies coloured with La Plume solvent pens.   Frame and images assembled finally some paper flowers added at the bottom.   The embossing was important as that is this fortnights Fashionable stamping challenge! 

Other challenge's I'd like to share this with
Hiding in my craft room - Spring Showers bring ... Hand made flowers
Just Some Lines - Give a gift of Flowers
Our Creative Corner - Butterflies and why you are inspired by them. Amazing creatures so fragile looking yet so beautiful.   There is a species that flies the length of North America that takes great strength so much for fragile.   Then there is their amazing transformation from Caterpillar to butterfly fascinating and inspiring all in its-self.

right food shopping and then a report on 'The Bribery Act (2010)' Gripping stuff but the board need to be aware of it and ensure the business complies.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Distressed Shabby Chic

The week-end has started, and it is most welcome.  Been a long week both with work and maybe being just a little under the weather, well it has been very wet this week!

To start the week-end popped over to The Stamp Man Challenge to discover that this time Brenda is challenging us.  No surprise then that the theme is Shabby Chic or distressed style.   Discovering that I quite like the style even to the extent of Pink! yikes!

Little budget priced notebook from Tesco has a cheerful new front cover.   Water colour paper torn on one edge and deckle edge trimmed to size coloured with DI.   La Blanch flowers stamped onto the Paper and also onto some un-coloured paper with Aged Mahogany.   The un-coloured flowers trimmed and coloured with Aqua Markers and Whisper Pens.    Vellum stamped in white with a fan design fussy cut to sit behind the equally fussy cut Stampendous Cling Rose Corset.   A little lace trim. and some fibers threaded through the spiral binder.   Finishing touches Sakura Glitter pens and three quite large gems.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Craft Room - Ink it

I was just off to bed when it dawned on me that this post was not ready!  Turn computer back on and get typing, well cannot have the latest Craft-Room Challenge up and running with my DT post can I?

For the inky fingered amoung us this is a great challenge with a them of Ink it!   Hosted this fortnight by Nikki we are looking for non Digi stamps you have to use the kind you put ink on!

Manila tag stamped with Rogue Redhead Designs Ledger background.   Then Tando Butterfly Masks and those ink dusters came out again, with DI's this time.   More stamping and some kiss stamping to reverse images and Rogue Redhead stamps again.   A memory box die-cut topped with more Rogue Redhead flowers this time coloured with Pro Markers.  The little tag is white card given the same treatment, the ribbon is seam binding coloured with the DI's to match.

We have a terrific sponsor this fortnight, it might not be a complete surprise as it is of course Rogue Redhead Designs.

Great excuse to get your Rubber and or Polymer stamps out add a little ink of your choice and stamp away.   Please share the results with us we love to see what you come up with, and who knows someone has to win the Random draw and a voucher from our sponsor.

Seems appropriate to enter this tag in the Rogue Redhead designs Challenge which is Spring Fashion Colours there is a feast of these to choose from. 

Off to bed now but might in the evening add a few more challenges for this one.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

This is Papyrus

I got it here.

Spent some time today playing with it and finding out how nice it is to use.    Main image, Creative Expressions, stamped in Archival Ink and coloured with watercolour pencils.   Using a water brush to blend them out worked as it would on any other paper.    Found that it does not tear but is perfectly fine to cut with scissors.

Using a sakura glue pen some gilding flakes completed colouring the image.   The frieze at the top is a Tanda stamp with WOW ultra fine ep.   Heating it was a little tricky, hold the heat gun to close and the paper starts to bubble.    The cartouche at the bottom stamped in Memento and coloured with Pro Markers did not present any problems either.

So another page for my book and an interesting material to work with.

Don't think there are any challenges that this fits so I'll share it with you all.

Got the Vellum out again

This card is one started on Friday, its a second response to The Stamp Man Challenge.  It has been years since using vellum this way.    The tulip is a Rubber Stampede image, stamped onto the vellum in white ink.    Coloured from behind with Water Soluble Wax Pastels not that water was used here it does not make pretty results with vellum.

Dug out some old Parchment craft Magazines and adapted one of the designs to complete the piece.    Using pergamano tools to perforate part of the design and remove some of the vellum.   A white card backing the image helps push the image forward.

I really aught to do more with my old Parchment craft tools and patterns!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Doodle a Card

I can certainly do that.  

Was it just 4 days at work last week?  The good thing is feeling at the end of the week that I'm keeping up or catching up or both and still enjoying it.    Bit of a busy morning today then home to play.

If you know me you will know I enjoy a doodle.   Once more the Less is More Challenge have come up with something up my street.  Thank you Chrissie and Mandi this one layer card week to include penmanship of our own very much allowed me to play my way.

A ZIA tangle on a 5" square card! now is it CAS enough?

Monday, 9 April 2012

Inkylicious Bookmark

Some years the spring holiday is wall to wall blue light winds all round very pleasant.     Not this year LOL.   It was necessary to pop to the shops today knowing it would be crowded and I was not disappointed gave town a miss but did need to get lunches for the rest of the week.

Came home and played, one or two pieces for future sharing are ready and then this bookmark.   Been quite a while since making one of these and it was fun to do.   Grunge Paper 3" wide and 5.5" long, just long enough for an on the edge die.  Before it was die cut Nick Bantock inks blended over the Grunge Paper on both sides.   After it was die cut stamped it down the center some of the image picked out with Crackle accents.   Some white lace coloured red with Glimmer Mist, some green organza ribbon and brown fiber each threaded with a glass bead and then through and eyelet set in the bottom of the book mark.

Sharing this with
Artistic Stamper - April Challenge Ribbons and Lace
Always Crafting - Anything but a Card
Gingerloft Challenge - Anything but a Card
The Crafty Pad - Use a die cut

Well it's back to work tomorrow so I'm off to bed in a moment, not complaining happy to have a job!

Sunday, 8 April 2012


Has Easter Sunday been good to you lots of yummy chocolaty eggs?   Been very good myself, so far LOL

This square is just under 8" a response to the Fashionable Stamping prompt of Nautical.   Lots of layers of ink but only the ship is a separate piece of card.   Prima mask over a Tattered Angels flourish mask.  Adirondack inks and those magical inkylicious dusters, they sit on my work surface all the time now.   Compass stamp also Tattered Angels, knots a Judykins stamp, the seagulls from Tanda stamps.   Finally the ship an Aspects of Design stamp coloured with ProMarkers.

Now what to do with it?

Saturday, 7 April 2012

3 shades of Green

Are you enjoying the Spring holiday, two more days of R&R here in the UK.   Time to catch up some more on commitments and have a little play.   Oh yes and cut the green stuff!

This week the Less is More challenge is Three Shades of Green.   Could not resist could I?    Made a mask of 3 inchie squares coloured through with those fantastic brushes and three shades of Green DI.   The stamp is a HOTP cover stamp from a magazine recently stamped in Brilliance Lightening Black.   And that is all there is to it.

The stamp was chosen wtih Stamp Scrap and Doodle in mind and their challenge of things with wings.

Friday, 6 April 2012

More recycled plastic and some vellum

Happy Easter.  Seems we had traditional Bank Holiday weather today, still there are 3 more days to go.   It has been good crafting weather.

It just happens that I enjoy working with vellum and so when today's challenge at The Stamp man was announced the fun began.   Been an age since my last paper pierced/embossed piece, it can be very therapeutic just pushing the needle through the paper.  A watercolour board partly covered with dark paper and the decorated vellum attached over it.    The naked board  brushed with colour to knock back the stark white.   Some glittered Vellum die cut with a memory box die eventually this was attached over the coloured paper and vellum.

A dragonfly stamp used as a template for bits of recycled plastic.   The green, blue and whitish pieces are the sort used for reinforced packing smooth on one side corrugated on the other.   At the Harrogate show recently treated myself to some Moonglow Starburst sprays three of these were used to colour the paper flowers.  Little chunks of plastic used for the center's and dotted over the vellum diecut.

A little different perhaps but I'm quite pleased with the Dragon fly!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Some Steampunk

The long week-end looms, will the weather turn for the better for the holiday?  Just have to wait and see in any event we will get what we get.

Didn't get to play at Flying Unicorn last month it seemed all the challenges were scrapbook ones, well it is a scrappers group.  This month there are some more open formats including a Steampunk one, oh goodie.

The base is a watercolour board, coloured with Adirondack inks.  Stamped with Adirondack Expresso.   Glossy card run through the Big Shot in an embossing folder and coloured with Alcohol inks.   Some stripped corrugated card die cut into cogs and coloured with Glimmer Mists add layer and texture while vintage seed pearls and a K & Co topper add the elegance we expect with Steampunk.   There is a watch part stuck in there somewhere.

Noticed that Crafting when we can have a challenge this fortnight of things with wings, fancy the airplane qualifies.   Creative Craft World are look at projects with a blue theme this month.  By the Cute and Girly this month have the prompt 'Once upon a time' screams steampunk to me Victorian Sci-Fi/Fantasy what more of a fairy story can you want?

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Unruly sponging

Have you checked out the new blogozine Unruly Paper Arts yet?   The front page of the first issue was published on the 1st a little later the same day the first Art Quests were launched.

What is an Art Quest?  Its your invitation to make something using a particular technique or theme and share it with us.   All Art Quests run for two weeks after which unruly followers will vote for their favourite projects.   There are 2 Art Quests each month we would love you to join in.

This first one is Sponging, well Issue 1 of the publication is all about being inky.   Mine started as a tag made of Kraft Card.   Remember the 80's and how everyone went for sponged walls? Well using a bone dry natural sponge and some DI the card was stipple sponged and then stamped.    The TH Elephant (one of my favourite stamps) stamped onto light card and then before the DI dried completely using the distress sponging technique it was coloured.  This had the effect of fading down the stamp marks softening the image.   Fussy cut the image adding it to the tag with a piece of loose woven fabric between.   The natural feel of the tag led to the idea of using glass beads, raffia, hessian, a metal skull charm and a BBQ skewer to make a wall hanging.

Time to get your sponges out and and join the fun.

As Unruly Paper Arts starts a new chapter for Sharon Bliss so one of her earlier, and very successful, blog-land advantures draws to a close.   Gingersnaps started with a Copper, Ginger, Rust colour challenge one that has been repeated annually in celebration.  It is fitting then that it should be the last Gingersnaps Challenge, I'm sharing my hanging with the challenge.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Craft-Room, Spring

Writing this posting The Carpenters song 'Sing, Sing a Song' is playing in my head! Guess I'll be hearing it for the rest of the day wonder if the words will become clearer.

This time at Craft-Room Challenge we have the theme of Music chosen for us by Hazel.   A perfect theme for the time of year and with the glorious spring we are enjoying here in GB.   Our sponsor this fortnight is Tando Creative, my favourite chipboard.

Certainly put the chippie to the test with this hanging.    The inner's from the Gothic Layered Arch Frame provided the bases.   The bare board elements were given a single layer of white gesso, on the base the Music Score mask was used with soft green and blue ink lightly brushed over.   The bases were then run through the big shot with a music score embossing folder after which the embossing was highlighted with further inks.   Next holes were punched in them eyelets fitted and chain to link them.  Distress glitter added and finally they were set aside while the toppers were prepared and glued on.

The musical instruments have been coloured with Starburst Sprays and then stamped with a random design and flitter glue over which was scattered gliding leaf.    The letters were coloured with Art Quest shimmer paints, the capital M has been stamped and heat embossed with the another music score image.

Those base's took quite a bashing but they look fantastic don't you think.   You do not have to use Tando in your Music themed project but the lucky randomly drawn winner will win both Chippie and a  Masks as the prize.  
Tando Creative

Lots of spring themed challenges around at the moment thought I'd share this with a few.
Catch the Bug - Spring/Easter
Little Claire's - Spring
Sweet Stampin' - Spring/Easter
Fashionable Stamping - Spring is in the air

Monday, 2 April 2012

Tando Creative - Green and Yellow

Just jazzing things up a bit here.   This month at Tando Creative Challenge we have a colour theme Green and Yellow.    Great Spring colours not to mention I like Green, a lot.

For this sample the base Tanda Chipboard is the Triple Arch Layered Frame removing all the separate panel pieces layered the the frames and painted them yellow.   The backing board painted green and then stamped and embossed in Green and Gold.   The frames were glued on top some tissue tape stretched along the bottom.    Sparkle and Shine stamps inked with black and coloured with various Green and Yellow Pro-Markers.   A large glass bead stuck to the front with metal charm festooned Green Pipe cleaner stuck behind.  

You do not have to use any Tando products to enter the challenge anything project featuring Green and Yellow will qualify.   The prize for one lucky entry will be a choice of the fantastic Tando range on offer. Hope you will join us with something Green and Yellow.

Our Creative Corner caught my eye this week with their challenge of How Green is your Spring thought I'd share this with them.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Playing for playing's sake

Seem to have been very busy recently leaving little time to just get inky for the sake of it.   This morning managed to put that right!

This is another page for my book very much inspired by the time of year.   The birds are all busy building their nests and pairing off, the males are busy singing their territory. Life is bursting out all over!

I've also fallen in love with the inkylicious dusters they blend colours so gently without any hard lines.   First off the bird was stamped and masked then the background stamps added.  With mask still in place Adirondack Lettuce, Watermelon and Sailboat dusted over.   The mask removed and bird coloured with Whisper Pens.

Spring for me.

There is a lot of white space on this page, at Less is More this week the challenge is Picture Inspiration with pinks and greens and a flavor of spring.    There is also Picture Inspiration at Allsorts, a very different picture but once again bursting with spring pinks and greens.