Monday, 27 August 2012

Tando with a Flourish

Hi, are you here for the Tando blog hop?   If yes I'm guessing you came from Irit's beautiful blog.   If you are not hopping why not? if you pop to the Tando site to start you can catch up with a full list of the stops.   Remember one lucky person who comments at each stop along the way will win a fabulous Tando prize.

Our hop this time is featuring Tando Flourish's there are so many to choose from!   I've used one of the early chippie shapes the corner flourish which is echoed by the masking behind it.   Many of the shapes are repeated with the popular masks.   Adirondack dye inks with the Ink dusters coloured the tag.   Andy Skinner stamps also with Adirondack dye inks appealed for this simple piece.  The little charm just tops it off.

I hope you like my tag and are now ready to hop along to Caro's site, remember to leave me a comment before you go.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Rogue Redhead Designs Nature Note take 2

Here is my second Guest Designer piece for Red Rogue Designs.    Using the lovely Art Deco style plate Nature Notes.

For this card I looked at some of the smaller elements on the plate combining two images for the design.   The leaf swirl pattern makes a terrific corner accents, stamped here in Versamark.    The simple floral design stamped with Whisper Pens ink direct to rubber, needs little else.    I looked up Carpe Diem on Wikipedia and found;
Carpe is the second-person singular present active imperative of the Latin verb carpō, which literally means "I pick, pluck, pluck off, cull, crop, gather, to eat food, to serve, to want"
Make good use of your day!

Challenges that might like this card are:
Art Impressions Stamp - One layer
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes
Stampotique Designers - Single layer card
Less is More - recipe 3 - 2 - 1 three stamps, 2 colours, 1 sentiment

Friday, 24 August 2012

The Stamp Man - Alter it

Two posts in one day, gives a bit of a clue abut how busy I've been behind the scene's LOL.

This is my message in a bottle! made in response to your latest challenge for you at The Stamp Man.   This time it's Jill who has set the challenge with a theme of Alter it.   Well what could I do but dutifully drink the cider contents of this bottle leaving it empty and ready for a makeover.   A tough job but someone has to do it.

First the bottle was given stripes of clear drying Viva crackle base to give some key for the next layers to tie into.   The next layer is Dreamweaver embossing paste in pearl roughly laid on with a pallet knife giving lots of edges and texture.   Next a layer of modeling paste smoothed to some extent with wet fingers.  this is thicker in some places than others allowing the sheen of the pearl paste below to shine through.   While this last layer was wet a rubber stamp was pressed into it.  The stamp was to detailed to leave a clear image but added more interesting texture.   Next Stampendous Crushed glass glitter, mica flakes and ep has been sprinkled over it and everything left to dry.   Once the modeling paste had cured the embedded ep was melted with my gentle heat gun.   The glass does get hot and has to be handled carefully during this time, the underlying paste bubbles as well but sinks back as it cools.

Once the glass has cooled again the bottle was sprayed with Moon Glow silver.   Washi tape wrapped around the lip and the base.  A little bit more Stampendous Aged Gold ep (my new favourite ep) added over inks delivered by stamp.  Paper flowers scattered around to finish off.

Altering or re-purposing things is just so much fun and there are so many things in need of a make-over.   Check out all the magical projects the team have made and then why not join us this fortnight at  The Stamp Man  with an alteration of your own.

I'm sharing this with Inspire me Friday's, my second entry this week!  Sarah Hurley challenge is to alter something hope this will be OK.

From Tanda with Love (Pink warning)


This week at Tando we are doing it in 3D lots of projects to choose from, browsing the Tando catalogue I happened on this mantel piece decoration and as is so often the case knew it had to be done!   Especially as the is a fun Hearts Mask that has been used to decorate the heart plaques.

Plaques and letters given a coat of Gesso and allowed to dry.   Using Ink Dusters the painted chipboard has been coloured with DI's.   The mask was then positioned over the shapes and again with the dusters hearts in various quantities and sizes were added to the project.   Now the fun could start!   My new favourite's Stampendous Shabby Embossing Enamels.   Kept adding crushed glass glitter until happy with the results and then a little Vintage Photo DI was brushed on to tone the pinks down and add to the Shabby Chic theme.   The heart added to the O is from my box of Tando Bits and Bobs coated with Viva Gold Craco.  

Here are some close ups




Have you checked out the Tando site and seen any of the fabulous projects the team has been sharing?

Sharing this with
LEJ Designs - Vintage
Divas by design - Anything Goes
Inspire me Fridays - Always anything goes

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Unruly Paper Arts - Journalling without words


Time for my next column at Unruly PaperArts, bit of a toughie turned out nothing like I had imagined or expected!   You never know you might like it!   All this month the blogzine has been concentrating on Journals I've been thinking about journals without words.



Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Craft-Room Pins and/or Charms

Hello again!  We have come round another fortnight to a new Craft-Room  Challenge.    With the school holidays in full swing I suspect that for many of you challenges and crafting generally is a bit of a luxuary.   An extra thank you to all of you who joined us for our last challenge.

Our newest challenge is hosted by  another of our talented team Nikki, and the theme this time is Pins and or Charms.   Once again it is our pleasure to welcome and thank Crafty Individuals for sponsoring us again.

Can you tell that it was a lovely Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago when my sample card was made.   The joy of the sunshine and cheerful summer colours certainly inspired me.   All the stamped images are from Crafty Individuals.   The butterflies stamped in Archival Ink onto glossy card and fussy cut.   A piece of patterned card die cut with a Spellbinders pattern and used as a mat/backdrop for the main image.   More CI stamps used with Shabby EP for a background.   3 bling pins added top left and a silver heart charm with a paper flower behind it, bottom right.    Then lots of little paperflowers and some ribbon.

Would love you to visit the rest of the team and see their terrific takes on this theme.  Better yet would love you to join in with us at  Craft-Room  Challenge .

I'd like to share this with
2 Sisters Challenge - In the Garden
Craft your Days Away - Anything Goes so sad this is their last challenge
Craft Punked - Flower Power

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Rogue Redhead Design - Nature Notes take 1

Well get me Guest Designer of  Rogue Redhead Designs, getting to share Shar's latest half plate release with you all. If you like rubber you will be impressed with these really deep cut un-mounted rubber plates.
Thank you Shar for inviting me to be a Guest Designer show casing this lovely new half plate of stamps - Nature Notes.   It is a real treat to get to see these beautiful Art Deco themed images.  These are the latest stamps from Rogue Redhead Designs.

Stamped onto glossy card in Archival Black this has a photographic feel to it while the image is so serene and calming.   With Autumn on the horizon the colours of the season inspired my card.

Glossy card Brayered with Big and Juicy Foliage and then simply stamped and allowed to dry.   Vellum mat cut with Spellbinder die.  TH die used for the twigs and leaves, with a little altered glue laid over the top.


Saturday, 11 August 2012

Did someone say Fur 'n Feathers?

Goodness I'm becoming a clean and simple crafter!  I'm sure it is just a phase and I'll grow out of it soon!

Anyway CAS is a great way to start a week-end and with lots of things to do I can get messy later.   The design of this card was set of course by those two Chrissie and Mandi who challenge us weekly at Less is More.

The current theme at Tanda Teaser is also CAS so you know I'm sharing this with Sue there.

Tanda stamps from 2 set the cat first and then masked before the feathers were added.   Everything stamped in Versafine Sepia and coloured with Sakura pens.   Those pens are great for this kind of colouring where you want stroke marks and texture for the cats fur.   With 3 cats at least 2 of whom are active hunters this combination seem perfect to me!

Right off to get my eyes tested now!!!!

Friday, 10 August 2012

The Stamp Man - Precious Metals

Ooh I'm so excited it's here and now time to share my first Stamp Man DT piece with you all.   I'm still spinning from being invited to join the team, many of whom I know all of whom have been most warm and welcoming thank you Jill and the Girls.

On to the challenge which this fortnight has been set by Angela who says we must use Gold, Silver or Bronze to tie in with that terrific medal haul Team GB have already achieved with 2 more days to go!   Congratulations to all contestants who have given us two weeks of wonderful sport and inspiration.

For my wall hanging I started with a sheet of gold coloured metal and a Stampendous stamp, actually the stamp comes in two parts the frame and the cameo but they do look good together.   Stamped the images and then got to work with my embossing tools.   Some time later, actually the following evening, the embossing was complete and the metal attached to a backing card.   Now the fun started, using a quickie glue pen patterns, lines and swirls were drawn on the metal then sprinked with Shabby Green EP, when that was melted the process was repeated with Aged Wine EP and again with the Shabby Green.   Keeping the ep hot and molten some crushed glass glitter and some mica were added followed by more ep.   Finally satisfied with this layer of colour and texture with metal embossed flowers poking through the panel was allowed to dry.    Gold coloured ribbon attached to frame the piece and provide a hanger.   To finish off a little butterfly stamped onto gold coloured vellum cut out and attached.

Well there you have it, my Stamp Man sample and like all the team I'm eager to see what you all make of the challenge.

I'd like to share this with
Ruby's Rainbow - Anything but a card.
Gingerloft Challenge - Silhouettes
Pile it on - Add metal
Inspire me Fridays - Always anything goes

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Craft-Room Fashion

It's been a bit of a merry go round here recently not sure if I'm coming or going!   A new Gym has opened in town and yes I've joined and yes I have been going! All these young girls hardly breaking a sweat as they pedal gracefully and looking at everything going on around them!!! Then there is this mature, fat woman dripping and redder than a beetroot LOL It's rather nice to be back in that groove, wonder if I'll lose weight.

Still between all this exercise and working crafting is still top of the list at home!    We have a new challenge for you over at Craft-Room Challenge  the theme this time is Fashion, chosen by Hazel.   We are sponsored by a new brand on the block Flonz!    They have a terrific range of stamps and very generously allowed all the team to select one or two to use.    Polymer stamps with lots of detail that impress well.


I've used Vintage Fashion Girls - Twenties 02 stamped onto a tag that had been coloured with DI's and those fabby Ink Dusters.   The girls have been coloured with Pro-Markers.   The DL card has a DP torn layer and DI's over the top.    A piece of the same paper used to make a pocket to hold the tag.

As always our amazing and talented team have made beautiful samples to inspire you all, as Hazel says we all love Fashion.   What are your favourite fashion styles/statements you'll find lots of inspiration over at The Craft-Room Challenge and we would love to see your fashion pieces.

Part of the fun is of course discovering other challenge's that our projects might fit with, or which might inspire our work.   I am entering this card into 
Amusing Challenges - Use a tag!
Suger Creek Hollow - Something old (the DP is years old) Something New (The Flonz stamp is of course brand new)
Not a long list but very select.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Tanda Teaser, Clean and Simple!

Cats are just so funny, i was nearly late for work the other day, happened to spot Pounce in the garden being very silly with a twig.   Then this evening Minx decided that as the front door was open she would go out, on her return via the flap in the back door she gave me quite a ticking off.   She soon forgave me, something to do with the sofa and strokes.

Onto this card, Sue has set a new Tanda Teaser for the next 4 weeks, Clean and Simple.   As you may or may not know Tanda are one of my favourite stamp makers and I always try to support both them and my friend Sue.    Hence this little card.

Tanda Stamps in Momento black in coloured with Pro Markers.   I used a fresh green on the flowers using blossom pink to add shading.   The leaves are also green while the wood is orange!  The center's of the flowers each has a small gem not visible in the picture they just add a touch of sparkle.

Update, Sue got her dates muddled so this challenge runs for 5 weeks and there is still 1 week left of the Sport themed challenge!

Other challenge's I'd like to share this little card with are:
Try it on Tuesday - Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique - 3rd birthday Anything Goes
Twisted Tuesday - Another Anything Goes with the twist of doing your own thing