Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Oh la la at the Craft-room

I have not been around recently, still in a bit of a slump really but fine in myself.   If I've not visited you please don't be offended it is not personal.   Now it's time for another challenge at the Craft-Room.   Did you see how many entries we had last time! completely overwhelmed by it and our thanks to everyone who joined us.

This time it is Debi who selected our challenge and she has given us a great theme.  Anything French, that's not just Paris it is France in a way that evokes it for you.   Our sponsor? this time is Stamp Addicts who are offering one lucky person £10.00 to spend at their store.

Anything French, umm that's a poser so much choice.  I've visited Paris a few times and love it's contrasts.   Busy and modern and fast but with history and references to the past all around.  One thing it is not is shabby or rustic, but rustic shabby chic is, to my mind, very French.   I took a Kraft covered note book and dressed it up a bit.   You might not see it in the photo but over the cover there is some cream paper stamped in Sepia with French feeling images.   Then a strip of lace my local craft shop often has this wide lace in stock perfect for this theme.  The clock is from a set of printed acetate the butterfly has been added with foil.   Another piece of card stamped in Sepia and very much distressed, the negative from the foil laid over the top.    A diecut topper stamped Ladies Diary in you guessed it Sepia, a couple of pins and Fleur-de-lis button added.   the final touch some more lace ending with a big bead to act as a book mark.

Stumped for ideas, go and take a look at all the wonderful inspiration pieces the team have made.  So that is anything French this fortnight, at Craft-Room.    Sponsored by Stamp Addicts hope you will join in.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Tando Creative - Counting the Days

Last week-end a lot of my FB friends received updates about my sticky and inky fingers.   This is the result of all that wonderful messyness.

This week at Tando Creative the team are sharing home decor projects.  My contribution is this Perpetual Calendar.   Everything is in the kit apart from florists oasis foam stuff.... and glue.   A lot of glue went into the making of this.   The bowl was mostly decorated prior to being slotted together.  Each of the 4 sides was coated with clear drying glue and Alcohol glue dripped into the wet glue.   Once they were all dry the bowl was assembled, the un decorated sides show where the parts fit and these where decorated the same way, the glue helping to secure the piece.  Quickie pens traced the outline of some of the pools of colour and then gilding flakes stuck to them giving a trail down each piece.

The flowers, for the numbers, rectangles for months and clouds for days were coloured with either Adirondack dry inks or Glimmer Mists.   The numbers were coloured and then covered with Glossy Accents crackle glaze.   Parts assembled lots more glue and with a plastic straw filling the sandwich the straws slip over wooden dowels that are pushed into the oasis.

Great fun to make this will be a fun addition to my desk at work.

I'm also sharing this with
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything Goes
Rogue Redhead - Uncard

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Craft-Room Diecuts and Punches

Somehow Christmas is just not registering here at the moment, rather the IMPs and I are dreaming of Spring and warmer days to come!  Guess I'll not be sending many Christmas cards this year!

Mervi, or Mrs Claus as she is know at this time of year, chose our challenge this fortnight encouraging us to get out our punches and dies.   As Mervi says there are some wonderful punches and dies available and so many things to be done with them.  So for the next fortnight Craft-Room Challenge is excited to see how you use yours.   Of course we have a prize for one lucky winner of the random draw, another fabulous jewellery kits from Rarebird.

For my sample this time I started with the TH Tag die, using the rest of an A4 sheet to make the supporting card.   All stamping is in Momento London Fog which is softer than black.   The posy and butterfly have been coloured with pastel Promarkers.    The card and tag were dusted with Ink Dusters and just the colour on them from a previous project.    The delicate honeysuckle toppers are from a Memory Box die.   I have been having problems getting good cuts with these dies, then Lisa told me to try using the plastic bag holding cereal in boxes.   It worked!

Sharing this with
Addicted-to-Stamps - Tags
Make it Monday - Always Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge - Flutter by

Thursday, 8 November 2012

The Stamp Man - Embossing

You know little by little the old Mojo is creeping back, its a taking its own sweet time but when inspiration strikes it is all the more welcome.

This time it is a sample for the Stamp Man Challenge, its November and the challenge is to use embossing.   Yep simple as that use any kind of embossing you like and any project that takes your fancy.

For my tag I used the Stamp Man's Classical Instruments set and Stampendous Frantage ep.   The first task was to colour the tag with dye based ink and those ink dusters that now live on my work surface.   Then the stamping and heat embossing.  Next a cuttlebug embossing folder, was not sure how this would work over the ep and am thrilled with the resulting embossed embossing.   The hardest part of the whole project was eating the chocolate to free the little bell!

We all love embossing of one kind or another, and with Christmas card production now heating up you are sure to have some newly embossed work to share with us.  You never know Jill might just pick you as the winner.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Tanda Teaser 203

Whoops! this missing mojo business resulted in the new Tanda Teaser being late!!!   Going live now with a super simple theme of Anything Christmas.

I love the expression's on the faces of the penguin's from the Tanda Penguin Set 1 plate.  A quick and easy card really, all images stamped Adirondack Pitch Black or Stayzon Red.   Additional colour from Whisper pens.   Some Art Quest glitter and the card was done.

Would love you to join us, the challenge runs until the 4th December.