Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Craft-Room Time/Timepiece

 Well will you look at who I finally met on Sunday!   Lisa of My makes 'n me fame.   Don't you just love our community of crafters and the like always eager to meet each other and exchange tips on where to find the bargains!   Lisa after however long it has been on blogland it was terrific to get to meet you at last.

Good morning, it's Tuesday again they are whizzing by aren't, Suzanne tells us that it is the pace of time that inspired her choice of theme this time at Craft-Room Challenge.   The challenge is to be inspired by Time and must include a timepiece on your project.    As usual we have a terrific sponsor for one lucky winner, and that is the ever popular Crafty Individuals.

Just over a week ago (at the Lincoln craft show) I picked up a set of Kaiser chipboard books and decided to make one of them up for this fortnights challenge.  Working on the project got me thinking of how limited a view of time seconds, minutes and hours are.   Time passes in seasons it flows backwards and forwards or so the physicists seem to tell us.   Some of those thoughts translated into this project.

The team are a very talented group and have risen to the challenge brilliantly do go and take a look at all their fabulous samples.   While you are there you can share yours with us as well.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Stamp man Butterflies Birds and Bees

Have you heard about the re-vamp of the Stamp Man challenge?   Jill has been so busy with the business and shows not to mention a busy DT the changes have become Monthly and can now be found on the Stamp Man Blog   A new challenge will start on the 1st of each month with DT samples being posted as the month progresses, worth checking back especially if you need a creative boost.   Recently Angela's amazing mask has been added to the page.

The theme this month is Butterflies, Birds and Bees

My inspiration came from the Butterfly post stampendous stamp. The butterfly from that stamp has been stamped onto vellum (some white some Silver) which was tinted from behind with ProMarkers.   The background was made using Adirondack dye based ink and ink dusters.  The flowers on the Paris Tag (cut with a TH die and then shortened, the arch at the bottom of the tower has also been cut out with the flowers left trailing) are also coloured with solvent pens.   I used Momento black for my stamping including on the vellum.  The stamps and ink pads are all from The Stamp Man Shop.

Stampendous CRP147-R Cling Butterfly Post
Stampendous Cling Frantage 2011 - CRP144 I Love Paris

We would love you to join us.

Thought I'd share this with
Flutter by Wednesday's - Any Winged Creature
I Love Promarkers - Anything using Promarkers goes

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Craft-Room - Going Oriental

Gosh this fortnight has come around quickly, had last week off work and spent some time exploring the area.  So much to see and gorgeous scenery making some very inspiring driving.   Back to work on Monday so happy to have a job to go back to.

Back to the Craft-Room Challenge, and it's my turn to tease your creativity.   Not so long ago Oriental was all the rage, understandably there are so many beautiful images especially Japanese which are so graceful.   So Oriental it is please, our sponsor this time is Tanda Stamps  and of course it is their stamp's I used for this clock.

Chipboard Art Deco clock blank painted with black gesso.   The Geisha's stamped onto card heat embossed with gold then coloured with Promarkers.   The images at the bottom of the design stamped directly onto the clock face with Versamark to which Perfect Pearls was applied.    The edges of the chipboard were inked and more gold ep used.  When everything was in place the piece was sprayed with Iridescent Spray and Sparkle, hence the flare on the picture.   I took the clock outside to photograph in the morning but still could not avoid that, sorry.

I'm pretty sure you have some lovely oriental themed stamps and embellishments tucked away please be tempted to get them out and join us.   At the least please visit the team they are all so talented and have produced wonderful inspirational samples just to encourage you, they are all on show at Craft-Room Challenge

Sharing my clock with
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu - A brand new challenge kicking off with Anything goes
2 Sisters - Another Anything goes challenge this time
Craftymess - Anything goes
Suger Creek Hollow - Show some Sparkle

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Craft-Room - Alter it

Hi! I think I'm back at last following a bit of a creative dry spell.  A lot of you know I've had quite a couple of years that were very up and down but which have turned out well but maybe things caught up with me a little bit.  Anyway the juices seem to be flowing again!

At the week-end Julia's daughter got married, fellow Teamie Maria and I were invited to the evening bash and had a great time.   Everything about the evening was magical thank you Julia.   One of the first things Julia said to us feel free to take some of the table dressings, the tables had been scattered with purple petals and lovely shiny little droplets.  Needless to say we did not need to be asked twice.    It also turned out that Maria has lost here spec's case and was using a blank (waiting to be altered) wooden pencil case and that with the table dressing got the juices flowing again.

This fortnights challenge at the Craft-Room has been set by Julia who as she explores the inky, messier side of crafting is becoming very interested in altering things and so that is what she is asking us all to do, alter something, anything recycle something or just give an old tired object a new lease of life.  Of course we have a terrific sponsor with us this time Stamp Addicts are offer a £10 to one lucky person to spend at their store.
Thank you Stamp Addicts

OK so I got home midday Sunday with petals and shiny things in my bag and an idea to make over an old spec's case.  Talk about cutting it fine LOL   First I coated the case (Picture above) with Viva Croco primer and set it aside to dry.   Next I Stamped a Creative Expressions Butterfly onto card and heat embossed it in gold.   Having cut the image out it was coloured with shades of purple ProMarkers and glued onto the case.    Gold Croco slathered over the case top and bottom and around the butterfly, I love this paste the thicker the layer the more dramatic the cracks.    Some of the petals and shiny things were pushed into the wet paste and the whole lot left to dry.    Monday morning prior to going to work (I was late by the way) Glossy Accents applied over the stamped image and that was left to dry.   What I would have done if any of this had turned out badly I have no idea! as it happens it seems to be OK.   Maria the case will be in the post to you at the week-end!

So many of us love altering please do join us and share your altered project, if you are lacking inspiration check out the team's blogs they have as usual made some stunning projects for the challenge.   See you over at Craft-Room Challenge.

Celebrating the return of my Mojo and sharing with
Anything but a Card - Shiny, Sparkly, Blingy
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Alter something!
Hiding in my Craft-Room - Anything goes, show your style
Suger Creek Hollow - Things with Wings, Butterflies birds or even Bats (mine might not be shabby chic enough in which case my apologies)