Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Craft-Room Challenge 1st Birthday

Gosh Craft-Room Challenge is a year old!  Such a year so many people following and sharing their terrific art work with us.   And the team, what a fabulous group they are to work with, they and you have made it not just a popular challenge but great fun.

Thank you  Mervi ,  Hazel ,  Esther ,  Nikki ,  Debi ,  Maria,   Suzanne  and  Julia .

Now we could not let the occasion pass without a celebration and that means a blog hop with lots of prizes.  Like all such events the rules are simple, our hop has a little twist instead of looking for a letter at each stop there will be a very easy to answer question.    Remember do not leave the answer
to the question in your comment!  But do please leave a comment at each stop, there is a prize donated by each team member to be won, selected from the comments left at each blog.   Collect all your answers and send them in an email to me (Zoechaos) the winner will be selected at random from all the correct entries received.  If the email link does not work, my email address is zoechaos@btopenworld.com.

There is a prize at each stop including the Challenge, just leave a comment at each stop.   The main prize is one of Liz Welch's Bend it Shape it DVD's which will go to the someone who sends me an email with all the correct answers.   The usual random draw will be used to make the selection.

The stops along the way are:

Liz Welch Yes Liz is joining us on the Blog Hop

 So this is the last stop, time to go back to the Craft-Room Challenge find the question there and send all your answers to me.   Oh you are looking for a question here, hope you will find this a really easy one

What is your FAVOURITE paper-crafting technique? 

We have a challenge for you as well!   Julia thought there could be only one theme 'Birthday' so over to you make anything you like so long as it has the word Birthday on it somewhere.   Our Sponsor for the challenge is Julia, we started supported and sponsored by Julia who during the year closed the shop but she still has a few goodies tucked away.

You would think wouldn't you that with a question like What is your FAVOURITE paper-crafting technique? I would have used mine for my sample.   Not sure it is my favourite but it is certainly one of them.   Embossing past pushed through a Sweet Poppy stencil and left to dry for a day.   The stencil was then laid back over the image and gilding glue dabbed through it.  Stencil removed and washed, gilding flakes cover the image.   The background is an old one made with shaving foam, and yes the greeting is a peel off one.

We hope you have enjoyed the celebration hop and will join in with the challenge at our favourite challenge Craft-Room Challenge

Sunday, 27 May 2012

A little shabby chic

Glorious again! popped over to Lincoln for the Sincerely Yours show.   First time I've been to one of these shows definitely pleased to have gone good range of stands some of which were not at Port Sunlight the other week.

Two new acquisitions a Dreamweaver stencil Wisteria and a Kaiser Craft Stamp Lady Jude.  And maybe one or two other things but lets concentrate on those.

Stencil first coloured with Ink dusters and Adirondack Dye pads.  Next the TH clock mask and more ink dusted over with one of those wonderful dusters.   Next Lady Jude stamped in Versafine gray and coloured with watercolour pencils, yellow and pink produce quite a good skin tone.    Some little with sticky gem center's and scissors hang from her waist on ribbon.

New toys quite a success then.   Enough to share this with
Our Creative Corner - Shabby Chic
Suger Creek Hollow - Vintage Fashion

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Well Summer's here!

Goodness wall to wall blue big bright light in the sky and long long daylight hours.   A British Summer and it is glorious, the way you roll out of bed one day and its hot the day before might have been miserable wet and cold but overnight all that has changed.   Long may it last.

I brought a set of Art Parts watches some time ago cannot remember when I did the first one.  Uncovered them when rummaging recently and decided it was the perfect time to make over another.   The base has been covered with tissue tape, the rest of the chipboard coloured with DI Aged Mahogany.  It was then filled with broken jewellery, watch parts, some bling, fabric and a little flying skull charm.   Some chain and this pocket watch is complete.

Sharing this with
Secret Crafter - Anything but a card
So Artful - Steampunk with earthy tones


Sunday, 20 May 2012

Pearls, Swirls and Steampunk

It has not all been work recently there has been some play.  Like this response to Suger Creek Hollow's challenge this week, Pearls and Swirls.

The starting point was a Robert Heinlein Sci-Fi story I read about 30 years ago.  Set in the future the behaviors and standards of a previous time prevailed, including duels!   Private conversations were said to be 'Under the Rose'   A handy La Blanche stamp provided the roses protecting this couple's secrets.  All but one that is, the romance has caused her heart to take flight giving away the secret that she at least is a machine!  2 keys, perhaps they both are.

Does that give this an air of Steampunk? The Fashionable stampers will soon let me know, and so will Crafting when we can I'm sure.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Tando Creative - Alter it

Half way through May already! suspect if you look back to this time last year around now i was making the same where has the year gone comments.   This one is slipping away at least as fast.  We are also half way through the May Tando Creative Challenge which is Alter it.  Just alter anything you fancy and share it with us, as usual there are Tando Creative goodies to be won.

My sample is a Tando Kit, another of Di's charming house kits this time with side panels that open as an album.   Mine is filled with pictures of the IMPs.   Pounce has been hunting again so having birds as part of the theme seemed apt.    The main house sides were embossed with the brickwork folder, and then painted.   The window frames and door also painted, the roof was painted first and then heat embossed.

Well just about everyone has something to alter so if you have been waiting for an excuse to get on with your project, this is it!   Tando Creative Challenge 

I'm also entering my 'Cat House' into the following
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Anything goes
Karen's Doodles - Something for Mom
Make it Monday - Always anything goes
Simon Says stamp and show - Anything goes
The Crazy challenge - Outside

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Craft-Room Challenge, Using Fabric

The Craft-Room Challenge team all love embossing so seeing so many entries last time was a real treat.  Mind you Esther has her job cut out for her selecting a top 3!

This time it's Maria who has selected our challenge.  I met Maria last Saturday at Port Sunlight a delightful girl who shops til she drops which is about an hour after everyone else!  We had a great time, thanks Maz.  Anyway back to the plot Maria's challenge to us is to use fabric of some sort in some way in our projects.

I've mentioned previously a book/picture journal that's on the go.   This is the back cover,  Satin fabric stamped with Adirondak dye based inks.   The fabric then glued to some mount board used for the cover.   A dragonfly and butterfly stamped onto tissue and added to the  cover with Modge Podge.   I love the washed effect the glues created with the dye based ink.

Once more we have a terrific sponsor for our challenge, Indigo Blu a stamp company who have made a heck of a mark in our craft world recently.  As a great fan of Indigo Blu I'm already just a tad jealous of the lucky winner.

Sharing the book cover with:
Paper Sundaes - Things with wings
Crafty Calender - Things with wings
Fairy Tale Challenge - Things with wings

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Its very black and white

Hello! yep I'm still here just had quite a lot work wise and gall stone that has been less than joyful.    Pain under control now, work not so much but have been having a little play today.

The Saturday list sparked this card with two challenges both calling for Black & White.   One Challenge is Allsorts,  another is Suger Creek Hollow.

Using super smooth card and then some black and white Anne Griffin offset as a base mat.   Some sheer black ribbon ruched down the folded edge and black paper and white vellum die cut make a panel with the black pushing the pattern on the vellum into view.  An Aspects of Design stamp stamped and embossed with black ep then carefully cut out creates the torn effect topper.   Rather than distress the edges of the card a Fiskers stamp used over the edge.  Finally two butterflies cut with a Marianne die.

Not very inky perhaps but certainly got me in the grove.

Right the cats are all looking at me and licking their lips! think I'd better go and feed them.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Craft-Room Challenge - Emboss it

Writing this on Sunday evening a very wet and windy Sunday the best place was home, this is spring!   Been playing with some canvas something to share with you later when it is all done, might be a while yet.

Today as this is published it is Tuesday and time for a new challenge at Craft-Room.   Each challenge we set all the lovely people that join in share fantastic things with us it is very exciting when a new challenge starts waiting to see what people will come up with!

This time it is Esther who is leading the way, Esther also designs for Stamp Addicts and those lovely ladies are our sponsor this time with £10.00 for one lucky person to spend at their shop.


Esther's challenge for us all is to use an embossing technique dry embossing or heat embossing you choose.  

For my sample I had a little play with colour and different techniques.   Usually if you heat emboss an image and then clear emboss over the top it seems to enhance the first embossing, not it turns out with Moon glow two tone, rather deadened the two tone effect.   The stamps are all Judykins with a plain shadow stamp used for the background.   The middle square has been triple embossed and the flower stamped into the melted ep.   Cut the tag shape out and then run through the Big Shot in an embossing folder.    The team used now to my often quirky off beat makes have been very generous in their comments on this.   Please repay their kindness with visits to their blogs and share some love with them.

The Fashionable Stamping challenge also have an embossing challenge running so I thought to share this with them.