Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Craft-Room Challenge - Childhood Memories

I'm pre-scheduling this as I've no idea how long the disruption will go on.   By the time you see this I hope it will all be over but you never can tell!

At the Craft-Room Challenge this fortnight Maria has set our theme which Tando Creative are sponsoring.   The theme is Childhood Memories.

I used to love going to country shows where as often as not they had wonderful nostalgic steam driven merry go rounds.   As soon as Di brought this Tando Carousal out I just knew I had to make one up.  With Maria's theme the timing was perfect.

For my Carousal the main chipboard pieces were first lightly painted with white gesso before being given bright and colour coats of Viva Inca Gold.   The scroll work and edge of the platform have been gilded, while the center uprights have been stamped and decorated with gold coloured ep.    The prancing ponies were painted with Artquest Sparkling Pastelles in white and gold the saddles and  saddle cloths painted with Inca gold.   Their mains and tails have been decorated with Stampendous shabby white EP.   One of the beauties of this kit is that there is just one strip to be glued, just one edge of the roof piece to hold it in place and by doing so secures the entire piece.

We all have childhood memories our own or memories of our children/grandchildren  the rest of the team have certainly been inspired to share their magical memories with you.   One lucky winner of the random draw will win some fabulous  Tando Creative   products.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

CAS Saturday

All that pushing to get things made before the re-wire that never was left my Mo-Jo in need of a holiday.    But its OK I've discovered the joys of bursting bubbles on Facebook LOL

Waiting all week for the week-end ideas are bubbling up if there enough hours that is!   First completed project inspired by Less is More whose challenge this week is just the instruction to use an oval somewhere in your project.

The Cat image is an old PSX stamp I've had for years it always reminds me of the late great Chaos.   Oval mat and frame behind it cut with spellbinders.   Old cuttlebug strips used to emboss the ends of the card all colouring with ink dusters and distress inks. The card itself is A4 cut in half length wise and then laid on its side.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Tando Creative - September Challenge

Trees and Leaves

Every month at Tando Creative we have a challenge for you.   You do not have to use Tando products in your entry just follow our theme.   With Autumn officially starting here in the northern hemisphere (lucky folks on the southern half of the planet its spring there) we are enjoying the last of Summer's garden cloths with Trees and Leaves.

I used the Tando mini theatre wide, these come with solid back and five layers of frame.   The layers are held together with tissue tape after being sprayed with Glimmer Mists.   Some paper has been also been sprayed with both Glimmer Mists and Moon glow sprays, crumpled and then swiped with ink and ep.   Penny black birds on a branch stamped coloured and fussy cut to go on top.   Some fancy yarn glued to the top and the TH leaves, twigs and acorns diecut in co-ordinations distressed and stuck down the side, with some fantasy fibre's behind them.

The tree is more Tando chippie I love the curves and sense movement in this piece.   Here it has been given layers of Moonglow ep in different colours.    Looking forward now to seeing your Trees and Leaves at  Tando Creative .

Creative Card Crew have a challenge prompt of Trees.
Amusing Challenges are looking for anything but a card.
Hopefully my little project will qualify for these two challenges.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Rogue Redhead Nature Notes Take 4

This is sadly my last guest piece for Rogue Redhead Designs.   These stamps invite so many different styles and techniques  you can be sure that there are more to come.   The stamps I've been showcasing at from the latest plate, Nature Notes.

Autumn has inspired this card with its earthy tones but still vibrant colours and those autumn skies.   Stamped in Archival Light Brown colour brushed over with ink dusters and then whisper pens used to add highlights.

I'd like to share this card with Just some Lines who have challenged us to use 2 different colouring mediums.  Inkylicious Dusters with Adirondack dye ink pads and Whisper pens and stamping with Archival ink.


Because of a slight mis-communication I did not share my third card with you when it was published on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog so am sharing it now.

This card has a background from another set, Relish Reading, stamped this time in espresso.  Some DP has been cut into strips and woven to make the corner piece.   Clarice (my name for this stamp) stamped onto card cut with a spellbinder die and coloured with Pro Markers.   Ink dusters and Adirondack inks used to blend the back ground.

I'd like to share this card with Blogger's Challenge which is bring on Fall.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

White on White

Last week-end one of my Young's colleagues became a married lady.   Lou, the lady in question, and her new Husband are currently on a three week road trip on the East coast of America.    Surprise surprise I made the office card for them

Taking my theme from the wedding invitations which were CAS with just a simple embossed heart.   My favourite wedding stamp is a rather old Anita's stamp a simple outline that expresses both tender attachment and romance.    Using smooth white card two lines were scored down the side and along the bottom weaving them in the corner where they meet.    The loving pair were then stamped and embossed with white shabby ep.

My Sheri Crafts have a White on White challenge this week, with some stunning entries and amazing inspiration from the team.  My card is far less elaborate than anything I've seen there.

Sweet Stamping also have a White on White challenge the team there are wonderfully diverse in their samples clearly all are welcome.

Friday, 7 September 2012

The Stamp Man - Use Bright Colours

It's Friday time to wind down another week.   With changes to my plans I guess this week-end will be another crafty one, after another electrician has been to give me a quote!

This Friday is time as well for the next challenge at The Stamp Man. As always there is a £10 voucher for the shop to be won and once again it is Jill who is hosting the challenge.   There were some amazing alter it projects to be seen over the last 2 weeks I really enjoyed visiting everyone.  This fortnight as Summer turns to Autumn we are focusing on Bright Colours.

Had a bit of a mishap with an ink pad and card recently, we have all done it and dropped the pad face down spoiling the card.  Perhaps not so spoiled this time it was 'dropped' a few more times over the card so that some of the marks peep out from under the dp.   The image is one that Jill gave me to use and shamefully I do not know which stamp set it is from!   The little Bee is also stocked by the Stamp Man and is a Magenta stamp.

Frantically trying to get things made before packing away all my inks stamps and tools a simple colouring with a little 3d was  a delightfully quick and easy make, which at the time was good news and at least it things have had a bit of a sort out.    People who join us at  The Stamp Man  Challenge always make the most of our themes and am looking forward to seeing what you all come up with.  And have you seen what my teamies have produced? Sensational!

It's fun to look around and see if there are other challenge's a project fits into, a great way to discover new challenges and meet more crafters, here's what I found this time Celebrate the Occasion - include a bee in your project.   I've just checked out Amusing Challenge where they are looking for projects coloured with markers!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Tanda Teaser 201 - Myth and Mystery

Bit of an update, all the dashing about getting sorted was in vain, the builder seems to have gone out of business!   Thankfully I had not paid him anything in advance, just have to go through the whole process again of getting quotes and so on.   for now though I'm back!

Guess what, I'm hosting the Tanda Teaser this month!!!   My good friend Sue has been keeping the challenge going by herself for some time now.   As many of you know I've been a supporter of the challenge for several years now, doing as much as I could to encourage and support Sue.   I'm also a member of the Tanda design team so it seemed right that we share responsibility for the Tanda Teaser.    Each Tease lasts for 4 weeks and is just for fun.  Sue and I will be taking turn and turn about.

For this one I used some of my favourite Tanda stamp sets, Dragons and Fantasy.   The background is of course no wrinkle distress which came out with a wonderful streaked 'sky' the perfect playground for flying Dragons.   The flames in black glitter paste are a Imagination Crafts mask, the dragon's horde is made of glitter and Stampedous crushed glass glitter. The main dragon stamped and fussy cut is coloured with Sakura glitter gel pens.   All inspired by a Myth and Mystery theme.

The support is 8.5" x 6" glossy card attached to an A4 card and edged with TH tissue tape.   My only regret is that you cannot see how this sparkles and shines irl.   If you have never joined  Tanda Teaser  it's very easy use what ever medium you like in any format, just be inspired by the theme and join us with it.

I just happened to notice that The Corrosive Challenge have 2 weeks of Myth and Magic so am sharing my panel with them.   Deep Ocean Challenge are calling for things with wings hopefully dragons qualify.   Crafty cardmakers are also looking for things with wings and for this challenge it does not have to be a card it can be anything with wings!   Wings are always popular and Tammy's Scrapin Corner also have a Winged theme.   Finally, for this list, there is Make it Monday an always anything goes linky party that I've not joined for a while but now as I'm up to date and the builder will not be here........... always a silver lining.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Craft-Room Challenge - Collage

Well I might not be around much over the next couple of weeks.  The house is being re-wired and a new bathroom fitted.   Very exciting but all my crafty goodies will have to be put away so I've been frantically trying to get all my DT projects ready ahead of time!

We have a great new challenge for you at Craft-Room Challenge this fortnight.   Selected by Esther, a crafter after my own style and very good at it!   Esther is looking for collage, simple as that a picture or art work made by sticking and layering images and mediums.    We are also very pleased to have Indigo Blu as our sponsor again, one lucky winner will receive a fabulous prize.

No surprise then that for the front cover of another sketch book or journal I've used stamps from three Indigo Blu sets.    The cover is wood chip given a thin coat of gesso just to knock the wood back a bit.   Then using distress inks and masks the collage was stamped out on the cover.   Next some of the main images were stamped onto DP and fussy cut.   The cog stamp top right has been used with glue and gilding flakes.    

Check out the rest of the team's fantastic inspiration pieces they are simply gorgeous.   See you over at Craft-Room Challenge 

There is a new challenge Anything but a Card and as is the norm they are starting with an anything goes type of theme, anything but a card that is!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Unruly Paper Art - Off to Collage

Off to Collage, now that is a word that gets me in difficulties Collage, College what's the difference? ummm in meanings they are completely different but with me it's always wise to check.   Any way Shar thought being the beginning of school year and all a play on the two words would be fun!

So once I'd sorted out the words I thought it would be fun to make this for the Readers Art Quest 4x4 challenge this month.   Stamping Collage's are great fun with lots of masking.   Fat book pages or 4x4 are traditionally made of mount board some framers will give you their off cuts.   A little back to school theme here with an apple, the easel, pens and in the background a fountain stamp and crown.    The apple and pens stamped in momento and coloured with Pro-Markers the paint splattered easel coloured and stamped with whisper pens.

Unruly paper art Readers Art Quests are all about your readers and their projects, it is the readers who get to vote for their favourites.   Will we see your work there?