Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Year's Eve

Happy New Year my friends.    Don't forget to put 14 at the end of your dates from tomorrow, not quite so bad now as it used to be when we wrote cheques, remember those?

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year.

Here is the 2014 calendar I've been sharing with you over the holidays.   For all of next year it will sit on my desk.  Common theme each page has been stamped somewhere and each page has an element(s) from the Graphic 45 calendar pads.

Sharing this with:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - New Year/New Baby/New Beginnings
Creatalicious Challenge - 2014 Wishes (Each page is a wish)
The Crafter's Cafe - Happy New Year
Just us Girls - Photo Inspiration, my 2014 calendar is all about one minute past midnight.
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Anything Goes
Lunagirl Moonbeams - Vintage Winter/New Year

Monday, 30 December 2013

November, December

Here are the last 2 pages of my 2014 calendar.    It has been so much fun making these and all because of a magazine cover gift reminding me of a graphic 45 pad in my storkable pile from 2012.

Each page has been cut down to fit a holder so the pages each measure 5 6/16" x 4 11/16".   I've used papers from my dp mountain (always a challenge) elements from the two graphic 45 pads and rubber stamps.    Distressing techniques, ProMarkers and on this November page Alcohol inks all played a part.

December is the only page with embossing the greeting is heat embossed with gold ep.    More tissue was torn and applied here as well.

All that remains is for me to wish you a very Happy Christmas 2014.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Interrupting the Calendar show and tell

To share a little card I have made today.

I do not get a lot of time to play these days or to join in with many challenges but today I've managed both.   Less is More are looking for our favourite challenge from them.   For me CAS is all about one layer, added to which I am first and foremost a rubber stamper, their One Layer Use a Rubber Stamp was made for me!     This dragonfly is stamped in Chocolate Brown Memento,   For shadow and to colour the 'gaps' on the wings Cream ProMarkers and then to make it pop a little Raspberry Pink.   Not perhaps the names on the ProMarker Pens but good descriptions of the colours and they happen to be the colours for the Fashionable Stamping Colour theme.


Hello back with 2 more pages of my 2014 desk calendar.   September is the end of summer, beginning of autumn.    Traditionally it is the time of gathering and preserving.  Preparing for the coming of the lean times.

It is also a time of rich colour ripe, yellowing green's warm oranges fading to browns.   Some of my favourite colours and  combinations.    It is paper pads with these colours that draw me in as well and I was able to use two different pieces on this September Page.

Will just add that Stampendous stamps are gorgeous I've used then more than once in this project, but the so called cling on the back is hopeless and I will be stripping all mine down to the rubber.
So October.    This has become linked for the whole month with halloween.    Halloween 31st October the day before All Saints Day in Christian calendars.    Almost certainly this is another of those traditions whose roots go back to pre Christian times.    Imagine a world with a population less than 1/10th our modern world, one without electricity, running water, brick houses, glass windows. Mud and Wattle homes on bare earth, shared with your livestock.   A fire for heat and cooking, small related groups of people in settlements surrounded by the fields they farm.   Happy people whose days are spent living laughing and sharing.   Night falls the air grows chill, these same people huddle in their homes for warmth and comfort.   There is a small wood nearby here live hogs, maybe bears and wolves.   Hunting animals whose noise travels across the fields into the huts.    Come morning the world is garlanded with spider webs glinting with dew in the morning sun.    These were people whose spiritual world was populated by many goods and spirits and other beings who walked the earth at night when people were safely tucked up in their homes.    Early Christians descendants of pagan people lived in very similar circumstances and shared those same traditions and community memories giving rise to old superstations running wild during the night before All Saints Day.     Most cultures have a day such at this but a whole month? someone is making a lot of money!

Goodness where did all that come from!   Back to my October page more of those wonderful autumn colours and stamps from Basic Grey I just love the delicate web and the fun spider so pagan or not they have decorated my page.

Hiding in My Craft Room (an old favourite of mine) have a new challenge Anything but Holiday.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Moving into the second half of the year!

The calendar pages I'm sharing with you have now reached the height of summer.   Lazy beach side days in the sun with cooling dips into the sea, don't forget the sun screen.    The Crafty Individuals bathing beauty is the perfect image for July, combined with a background plate of shells from Personnel  Impressions.  Lots of DI, Adirondack and ProMarkers used here of course.

Thought I'd share July with Allsorts - Brown, Blue, Aqua & Turquoise.   And being just a little out of the box CMC Copic Challenge - Holiday Themed, which holiday is not specified.

August, usually the hottest month here in the UK.   The sunflower holds a mirror up to the sun turning it's face as it does toward the sun and with its wonderful frill of flame yellow and orange petals.   Little more was needed for this page just some more torn tissue, a fancy cut calendar page and the sweet little Graphic 45 tag.

Surprise no challenges that August qualifies for LOL.    You have now seen the first 8 pages of the calendar, 4 more to go as promised all pages will be shared here before the end of the year.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Late Spring Early Summer 2014

Happy Christmas everyone, have you had a wonderful time so far?    Did you get things on your wish list?   The IMPs and I had a lovely quiet lazy day with more of the same today.   The calendar has now been completed and the picture quality improved.   Here are the pages for May and June.

May is purple filled with butterflies.   The main butterfly has been stamped onto tissue paper and carefully cut out.  

June is just plain hot.   Well that's what we all hope for isn't it!

For the back ground here I used a cut down page of DCWV paper cutting slots to fit the calendar slip into.   Might just be getting better at using DPs.    The stamped flower around the edges is La Blanche.   Lots of hot Adirondak inks blended over and then lifted off the petals of the stamped roses with a water brush.

We are taking a break at Craft-Room and Challenges for Days but impressively other challenges are carrying on over the holidays.    Thank you very much to those teams your dedication is very much appreciated.

4 Crafty Chicks - Getting' Tropical
The Crafter's Cafe - Happy New Year
Inkspirational - Anything Goes

Monday, 23 December 2013

March and April

Two more calendar pages for you this evening, March early blooms in purple and green.   I'm really pleased with the Card Craft dress maker dummy kraft tags, this is one of the smaller ones which needed nothing more than a stamp and ProMarkers.

The page it's self is a cut down from the freebie 6" x 6" pad.  I've managed to do it so that only the top right corner with the bee is obviously an add on.

April, my Birthday month, Green my favourite colour and stamping something I always go back to.   April then is a homage to Spring new life and vitality.   Green DI on Green card, image stamped in brown Memento and coloured with ProMarkers.

Looking at challenges to share these with and found:

Crafts-too challenge you - Monthly theme the natural world, the 'twist' any winged thing.

and that's it, there are a lot of Late Christmas challenges and heaps of anything goes.  These are just for sharing but not to be entered into a random draw so I'll pass for now.

I pop another couple of pages up in a day or so.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Ahhhhhh that's better

Some real playtime!   There has been so little me time recently, it's the slimming diet and actually having to cook food and then clean up the mess!  What with that, Challenges for Days, The Craft-Room and Unruly PaperArts squeezed into week-ends and evenings of winter days paper crafting just for the joy of it has been taking a back seat.   Until this week-end that is!

Our desk Calendars at work came in these clear holders.   Rather useful and far to go to waste don't you think?   I'm collecting as many of them as I can going to be fun doing things with them.   Might as well start with a new calendar.

This is January.    Poor quality pictures I'm afraid blame the light.   Graphic 45 pad from last year with calendar pad from this year.   Stamping of course then distressing with various inks.    Printed papers are a bit of a mystery for me, love them have pads of them but struggle to know what to do with them.   Fun then coming up with ideas for 12 pages.

Here is February.    Used the Tando Creative hearts mask for the back ground and lots of distress inks.   There is some water splattering on this page as well.

All in all I've made 8 pages so far, the rest will have to wait until Wednesday or Thursday.    I'll share the all with you between now and the new year.

For now I'm sharing January and February with:

Crafting when we Can - Countdown/Calendar
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Suger Creek Hollow - Recycling/Repurposing

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Craft-Room , Favourites

Would you believe that this is our last challenge of 2013?   As a team we are taking a little break over Christmas and so after this one our next challenge will be 7th January 2014.

Debi, enjoying a Summer Christmas in New Zealand, is our host for this challenge and the very generous Crafty Individuals are our sponsors.

And what you ask is the challenge for this time?   FAVOURITES!   Taking her queue from her favourite season Debi asks us to share our favourites with her and explain why it is a favourite.

Like so many of you at this time of year I'm a little short on time and thought I might have to miss this one until Debi explained that any favourite would work including for us the DT our favourite team sample for this year.    Well that helped and I was quickly able to narrow it down to about 26!    Seriously I reviewed that year one evening and what a trip down memory lane that was and what talent on display both from the team and from our followers.   So I slept on it, one tag A frame card kept coming back to mind more than any other project, this one.

The mica powders on the craft card have such wonderful natural tones, the feather is one I picked up on a walk and kept because of it's beauty.    The little Kaiser Craft tree embellishment left naked the string and little metal bee charm all very natural and calm.   This is such a peaceful, restful tag and enjoyable for just that reason.

Which brings me to the point, what is your favourite technique, image, style or maybe old project?  We would love to see it and learn more about it so please bring it on we are all ready and waiting to visit for the last time this year.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Playing Cards

A few people have asked for more information, which is encouraging so I'll try to explain more.

The idea is not a new one, sets such as the one I'm proposing are made every so often when a group of artists get together.   The results are unique and very special, but this art form/charity fund raising is not that well known.    There is a market for playing cards, playing cards are collected and the 'industry' is supported by the Grand Order of Cardmakers one of the London Guilds see at the Lord Mayor's Parade every year.    When and if we are able to start on the project I will apply to the guild for advise about printing and marketing.

Any and all artist medium and materials can be used the only thing to consider is how the end result will look.   We will be designing playing cards, these are printed flat and on one layer.   So laying and texture will be reduced to one layer in the process.   That is not to say the original cannot be layered or dimensional just that it will not be reproduced that way.

Animals represented?   I'm researching endangered animals and would like to find 4 far flung creatures to represent.    Ideas so far are Amur Leopard, Sumatran Orangutan, African Wild Dog, Eurasian Lynx but there are so many other animals on the edge or close to it that no final decision has been made yet.

The cards do not need to fully depict the animal or an accurate drawing of it.   It is the sense of the creature which needs to come across, of course to avoid confusion for card players there needs to be enough of the animal represented to make the suite identifiable but not in any particular style.   So cartoons, line drawings, distinctive features, habitat with maybe just a glimpse of something identifiable will work.

I'd like the charity to be a small one where the funds raised will help make a difference.   However as my artist friends are from all around the world it might be that only a larger international charity will be fair.    That is something still very much under consideration.

Hoping you will join in, let me know in a comment or on face book.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Lets make playing cards

I am looking for 51/52 artists to help create a pack of playing cards.   The intention is to make a limited edition set for sale in support of a wildlife charity.    This is not a new idea, every so often packs like this are created generally for fund raising purposes.

So what is involved?  Each of the 4 suites will be represented by an endangered spices, each artist is given a specific card to design with the only requirement is that the designated animal is incorporated into the design.

The art work does not have to be playing card sized, in fact larger art pieces are better.    All the designs  are compiled to make a full deck, of course the backs of the cards are all the same.     It is not unusual for the original art works to be sold as well but that is up to the artist.

We as paper crafters could create something different vibrant fun and special if we want to. 

There are collectors of playing cards just as there are collectors of other things, so we know there is a market.    By donating the sales proceeds to charity we will be helping other people/beings at the same time.

I have been looking on the internet this evening to try to find a link that might help you envision my idea.   This is the nearest I have found, and the general idea is the same all the playing faces of the cards have a common theme.

If you are interested you can leave a comment with contact details here or if you know me on Face Book you'll find my post there about this idea and can confirm your interest there.   I really hope we can do this we could all find it a fun project.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Craft-Room, Vintage Christmas

Good morning, or if you are reading this in the wee hours before going to bed sleep well.   Another fortnight has flown by and it is Tuesday time for another challenge at the Craft-Room Challenge just for you.   Mervi is your host for this challenge, and her theme for us all is a Vintage Christmas, if you have not visited Mervi's blog please do it will be a real treat for you especially if you like vintage style and/or creations that are just a little bit different.   Our sponsor this time is a small American Stamp Company and personal favourite of mine, Rogue Redhead Designs.

Christmas cards are something I don't make many of these days just one or two for very special people. That means that a lot of love goes into each one I make and a vintage theme for Christmas is right up my street.    Santa (the green man made red by that big brand of fizzy pop) is an essential image here I've stamped him onto a paisley shaped die cut, coloured him and edged the die cut with Gold ep.   To give hime the lift a main image needs his glasses frame and some of the strands of his beard gilded with gold flakes.  This has been stuck onto a circlur die cut shape whose edges have been touched with Red and Gold inks.

Plain cream card stamped with the ornaments down the opening side.  The card then cut out along the outside line of the design to give it a 'fancy' edge.   Some treasured DP added to the card and a gold snowflake peel off laid down the crease edge of the card.    Holly stamped and coloured top and bottom, larger bauble image stamped in Red and Gold then fussy cut out.    The bow is seam binding tied into a bow and sprayed with glimmer mist.   The main image is attached with an eyelet and has movement.   A little metal moon and stars medal attached the bow another metal charm, this time a snowman, sits in the v of the holly stamp at the bottom of the card.   Just in case all this gold did not add enough bling some sticky back gems adorn the baubles.

While we hope you will share your Vintage Christmas treasures with us I am sharing my card with a few other challenges.

Love to Create - 3 of your favourite embellishments, Ribbon, Gems and Little metal charms
Take a Word - Vintage
C is for Challenge - Ornament
Fashionable Stamping - Shabby Chic Christmas
Crafty Calendar Challenge - All things Christmas
Creative Corner - Heavy Metal
Crafts too Challenge you - Vintage Christmas, Polychromatic (3 or more colours)
The Crafters Cafe - Heavy Metal

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Leanne's card

A colleague went on materity leave today,  her second child is expected in 4 weeks.  This is the card I made for all of us to give her.   Made from 12" square card folded in half using, it is Kraft Card printed with Ledger journal lines Leanne is an accountant.

With just one kinda cute baby stamp luck was with me, Leanne already has a little boy and has been told that the new arrival to be is a little girl.   White card cut in a double die which was used again to provide a pink frame.   The stamped image has been coloured with Promarkers.

The dp came from a pad I brought in a sale a very long time ago.  It seemed perfect for this special card and the M S deep edge punch dresses it up nicely.

So now I can share it with the world, here are some challenges who might like it.

Ruby's Rainbow - Pink and Blue
Crafty Creations - Dies and Punches
Addicted to Stamps - Dies and Punches

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Craft-Room Challenge, Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea!

Our Suzanne has come up with a brilliant challenge for us all this time, you can take inspiration from the picture, which is titled 'Afternoon Tea' or take your queue from that title.

We are sponsored by "The Stamp Man" and the Winner will get £10 to spend at their online shop.

As always we had a great time visiting you all and seeing your fantastic stencilled and masked projects, thank you for sharing your art with us.   I wonder what you will all make of this challenge.

I love the richness of the cups in the picture and the theme of Afternoon Tea, which translates to me as High Tea.    So I decided to make a 'shape' card of my own design, and drew a cup onto folded card.

After cutting the card out it was stamped with a Stampendous and WOW find gold detail ep.    Then with DI 'Barn Door' and the ink dusters the are was coloured great care taken to avoid the stamped image.    This was coloured with Whisper Pens.   The pearls on the arch of the crown and around the rim were left white and to my mind look like 3d additions and not part of the stamped image.    The flourishes were also stamped and embossed.

A small paper doily was cut in half and the edge given a little gold EP gilding.   The centre of the doily was snipped the flap stuck inside the card so that the cup sits on a doily.

I'd also like to share this with;
Bloggers Challenge - Doilies
My time to Craft - One Layer or less

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Remembrance Sunday - The story of the Poppy

Today in churches up and down this island, and other parts of the world, special services of remembrance will take place.   The congregations will then lay wreaths of paper poppies at the memorials.

Of all the religious and/or historical events we celebrate this is one that has it's roots in modern times.   Its origins are the Great War aka WWII or the 1914/18 war.   A war that changed warfare, the leaders military and political thought of war in terms of marches to battlefields and then face to face hand to hand fighting ending in orderly retreats with clear winners and losers.   Not so this war Tanks entered the battlefields, Airplanes flew gathering information and engaged in aerial battle.    The old canon and somewhat inaccurate long range guns were replaced by more accurate and faster machines that bombarded the enemy.     Worse of all chemical warfare made it's debut Mustard Gas or Nerve Gas a dreadful completely alien to comprehension of the powers that be at that time.

In the thick of all this men, young and old, lived in appealing unthinkable conditions.   They dug (or later used those dug by the enemy) trenches, six foot deep open top passages cut in to the ground.   Open to all the elements rain, snow unshaded sun these places had no conveniecnces such as running water or power for a cooker or heater.    These trenches were vacated only when the men were on the march to the next set of trenches or going into face to face hand to hand battle with the men from the trenches opposite.   Battles made worse by bombardments of shells and the belief of the war lords that war and these 'set piece' battles were the same as they had been in the preceding century, the Bore war had started the change but nothing like this and its lessons were ignored.

Understandably some men simply could not take this and ran away.   Something else that has always happened in warfare men would abscond and go back to their family and fields.   Now we understand stress but not then it was seen as cowardice and deserters were executed by firing squad.

At the end of this carnage a generation of men were de-mobbed and that was that.   These men were all pretty much damaged some visibly with missing limbs or terrible shortness of breath a legacy of the gas.  Others were damaged in their mind or soul all were left to the mercy of society.

In 1919 there was a flu outbreak (Spanish flu) it killed more than had died in the war or so we have been told.   As this island began to recover that was little resource or facility to sympathise with the former soldiers or capacity to give the help.   Most had some occupation to fall back on but life was hard.   Others the maimed could only beg.

For them a societys' were formed to raise money to help them and to give them occupation.   I worked for one that continues today providing homes and care for the impaired of today Enham.   Another group now the Royal British Legion gave some of these occupation basket weaving and making other useful things.  They also made paper poppies to raise funds, I remember being told that it was one poppy for every man who fell.   Today it is thousands more.

Why poppies, they are survivors the first plants to bloom on those scared battle fields were poppies.  If you see the poppy fields in the summer (a wonderful sight in the English country side) all those little red flowers waving in the breeze.   You can see why they are such a powerful symbol.

Today we remember not just the solders of that war but of the wars that followed and continue today.   Warfare has developed and become more dreadful but perhaps it was never a bloody and raw as the 1914/18 war to end all war.

Many of us paper crafters are remembering today and this is for them.

Delicious Doodles - Remembrance Sunday
SweetPea Stampers - Let us Remember/Thinking of you
Creative Inspirations - Poppies and or Red flowers
Stamp n Doodle - Remembrance
The Male Room - Remembrance

Thank you to all of them for giving this special occasion it's voice in our paper craft world.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

I cannot resist White on White

For me WOW means lots of layers and textures, which equals Shabby Chic.   Shabby Chic is a style of Vintage which for us paper crafters refers back to the 19th Century.  19th Century Victoriana HG Wells, Jules Verne ummm Steampunk.

Ali at Ali Crafts did tell me that there was a White Challenge coming so I had a bit of a heads up, which allowed me to start a bit ahead of time.

Some thick corrugated card was stripped and painted white.   Paper perfect in pale blue, quick side track.  True white is the absence of all colour like a polar bears fur.  what we call white is really grey, pale blue  is perfect for adding shadow where you might expect someone to use grey the lightest version of which we call white.

A panel of sticky back canvas painted with pearlscent white, and some white paste spread through a stencil and crackle paste spread over the edge of canvas and card.   Using more paste and a Mac style stencil the main image was made on separate card.

Today the base corrugated card painted and sprayed with various white products and the Mac Embossed image given torn edges.  White ribbon threaded lace laid over the top from top to bottom.   Yesterday visiting Chrissie's blog I saw a fabulous ribbon flower, Chrissie has given us a link to a tutorial but being me I took the idea and made a flower along similar lines using lace.    Some white paper roses from years back added and a couple of white pearl topped brads.

The Steampunk bit
A La Blanche steampunkesque clocks and clockworks image stamped and embossed with white WOW Puff ep on a scrap of white card.   Stamped again on heat resist acetate embossed this time with WOW Pearly white ep.   One laid over the other.   Everything in place a final blast of white glimmer mist.

Finally the hanger.   I have stacks of beautiful but shabby and unmatched beads some of the white ones have been threaded onto beading line and attached at the top, the hole made to tie the line on filled with more white brads.

Can you tell I had a great time with this piece?

Other Challenges that were in my mind during the making of this are

Suger Creek Hollow - Anything Vintage
Creative Corner - You can't touch this (Texture)
Crafty Creations - Make it yourself (the flower)
Crafting with Dragonflies - Make your own flower Embellishments - No Halloween
Stamping Royalty - Anything Goes

All the challenges entered are followed by Challenges for days, if you know of other challenges that we might not follow we would love to know about them.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Bright on Dark

Well what a week that was did you get blown around much?   I understand that GB was not the only part of the world battered by winds last week, in fact our storm paled into insignificance compared to what some people were put through.

It's autumn here a time of mists with half seen figures glimpsed within and then vanishing again.   The snap of a twig beneath an unseen foot, or the cry of a bird echoing off a bare river bank making sound unearthly.   The tress start to undress covering the ground below with layers of fast fading brightly coloured leaves.   A time of fires when people gather for safety and warmth, the end of the time of plenty when feasts ensure that non of the ripening foods are wasted eating that which cannot be preserved.   While that which can be stored as food for the winter months to come.    Longer hours of darkness who knows what is wondering over the land where mortal people do not go at this time, who knows what is lurking behind that tree.  

From pre-historic times before our centrally heated homes with bright electric light pushing the shadows away.   Before street lights or science giving us knowledge, legends of gods and other supernatural beings began.   Tales we still share and scare ourselves with today.   We are our cave dwelling mud grubbing ancestors.

On the other hand, Less is More really inspired me this morning with their brand new challenge to use a dark background overlaid with bright colours.    Usually I stamp on white or cream colouring the image(s) to add vibrancy, but I do have a stock of coloured card.    For this piece I used a piece of dark purple stamped with watermark ink and then covered with bright perfect pearls.   Very entertained that Barbara Gray was demonstrating the same mica powders on Create and Craft at the same time!   The firework spray has been echoed at the bottom below the word Congratulations and yes the gold borders are peel offs.

Enjoy your week-end

Friday, 1 November 2013

Unruly PaperArts - It's stencil month

Thats right, the theme this month at Unruly PaperArts is all about using stencils.   You know it has been really hard keeping this a secret there has been so much going on with stencils in this house recently and now I can share it all! well almost.

One of our RAQs this month is Stencilling Surfaces, when we ask what different surfaces you can use your stencils on.   If you know my blog you'll know I use them in all sorts of ways.   My sample for this RAQ uses stencils and paste on glass.   The little bottle used to contain Tartar Sauce, next I think it might have bath salts.

To find out what else I've been doing with my stencils you will have to read my column in the 19th of the month at Unruly PaperArts.  Lots of other great projects to be seen during the month why not check the blogzine out.

Earlier this year a new challenge started all about Altered Objects and so far I've entered everyone at least once.   Naturally I'm sharing my little stencilled jar with Altered Eclectics.

I'm also sharing my little jar with
Inspire me Fridays - Always anything goes

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Craft-Room Challenge - Use a Mask or Stencil

It's that time of year when the year seems to be rushing to a close.   Christmas is in the shops, before that it is Halloween and then Bonfire night in the UK and Thanksgiving in America.  I think Canada's Thanksgiving has past but someone reading this will put me right I hope.

Being a Tuesday it's another challenge at Craft-Room Challenge.   We had great fun with our feathered friends theme, this time Esther has asked us to use a stencil or mask.   It is also the first challenge when we are joined by our two new roomies Amber and Annie.

Our sponsor this time are the very generous girls we know as Stamp Addicts, who will give one lucky winner £10 to spend at their online shop.

Been doing at lot with stencils recently, they are very versatile and fun to work with.    I'd made something completely different as my sample for this challenge but had doubts.   Then on Saturday another challenge caught my eye and gave me the idea for this card.

The stencil was used to colour through using Whisper pens in green, orange and beige (sorta yellow/green).    Stencil left in place and Dreamweaver Pearlscent paste pushed through.   Once the stencil was safely washed, and while the paste was still wet a piece of light weight string laid over the top of the image making a stem from the bottom to the top of the card.   Once the paste had dried I used Rogue Redhead stamps to add a simple sentiment.

There are so many things you can do with a stencil, the team have been very creative in their use of them, but we are sure you will show us more ideas to get everyone's creative juices flowing.   Don't forget our great sponsors.

The challenge that inspired by card?
Less is More - Use twine or string
Other challenges I'd like to share this with is
Sweet Stampin' - Wood, Trees or Leaves
Addicted to CAS - One Layer, message to Marie there.  I have real problems commenting on wordpress and having changed computers have lost your email address.  I'm sorry not ignoring you just cannot communicate with you!
There she Goes - Leaves
Eureka Stamps - Just a note, of thanks

Got a stencil, come one and let us at Craft-Room see what you can do with it.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Stormy week-end

Well it certainly is here strongish winds, driven rain and bright spots!   This is not shaping up to be a crisp autumn.   But I do think we put the clocks back tonight and this is the 10th anniversary of my quitting smoking give or take a day.    Now that is a bizarre thought and I'm happy to report that I am a happy secondary smoker.  I know the comfort that smoking brings and that 'encouragement' to quit is both deflating and self defeating.

If you are a non smoker before pointing out the damage smoking does to any of your smoking friends and family stop!    I'll not go on this as I've got no idea where the lecture came from or where it's going!

Anyway being indoor weather I've been playing.   The CAS card I made I'll share on Tuesday.   Now I wonder why that would be. then having been neat and clean I went in the other direction.   Having tried and failed to stencil with spray some corrugated card I pressed this kraft tag onto the wet stencil.    Next it was over stamped using a La Blanch stamp and Olive Green Versa Fine, a second stamp used 3 times on the bottom stamping off the edge.   The failed corrugated (a used coffee cup cuff) was flipped over and stamped on the back this time in Versa Fine Black, the images were fussy cut out and coloured with Sakura Glitter Pens, they shimmer.   Using a nail file kept for the purpose the edges of the tag were distressed, and then DI blended over in shades of green, brown and orange/rust.  The original mask/stencil (Tando Leaves) was laid back over the tag and Glimmer Mist Iridescent Gold sprayed over.   Some Viva paste spread down the side and on the edge, now the three repeat stamps were added.    Just a fun little project to while away an other wise dull day.

I wonder what these people will make of it, they are all challenges followed by my friends at Challenges for Days

Brown Sugar - Autumn
Card Crafters Circle - Autumn Splendour
Little Red Wagon  - Brads or Eyelets, writing up the Wednesday list this challenge stayed in my mind hence the brad body for the dragonfly.
Shelly's Images - A Fall Themed picture inspiration.
Use your Stuff - Orange, Brown and Green
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Lets Stencil (2nd entry)

Monday, 21 October 2013

A couple of cards

Hi, how are you on this wet and windy Monday evening.   Not so good here, gall bladder kicked off this morning so its been a day of trying not to turn into a sprit level!    Hoping for a good nights sleep and back to normal in the morning.   Anyway I've got a couple of cards I'd like to share with you all this evening.

You might know that our challenge this fortnight at Craft-Room Challenge is themed Our Feathered Friends.    Birds and nature make lovely images, I wanted to have an autumn project so this little tit a full time resident of the island is a good starting point.

The colours were kept pastel using ink dusters and Adirondack dye based inks.   The flying birds and flora were stamped in shades of brown and green.  Little orange berries and shadow lines added in yellow.  The main image is all whisper pens applied directly to the stamp.

Our challenge has another week to run and there is a fabulous Crafty Individuals prize to one lucky winner drawn at random.

I'm sharing this card with
Ooh La La - Things with Wings
Designed to Color - Use a Die (spellbinder fancy edge)
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes

And then there is this card, made with Rogue Redhead Designs challenge in mind, Diecut Divas is the theme there.

For this A frame card I stamped a background with on of RRD's back ground stamps and then distressed it with various inks and those ink dusters, they are never far from my work surface.   Marianne heart and snowflake die set used to cut the heart shape using some shabby chic style DPs.   Over this some lace has been layered.    RRD's girl in a hat stamped and coloured with ProMarkers sits on top of the heart with a die cut Eiffel Tower tucked behind her.   Some ribbon flowers and netting as the first layer complete the shabby chic intentions of this card.

Beside Rogue Redhead, I'd like to share this  with

Fashionable Stamping - Make a Card
Crafty Cardmakers - Shabby Chic
A little bit Crafty - A little bit Shabby
Colour me Creative - Anything Goes

Back to normal tomorrow, I hope.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Craft-Room Challenge - Our Feathered Friends

Hello, I'm writing this on Sunday late afternoon.   Here in GB it is the stormy season and there is a good wet and windy blow going on outside, autumns here.   But only in the northern hemisphere.

Tuesday morning once again the start of a new Craft-Room challenge.   Before we get to that want to let you know that the team will soon have an announcement on our new team members, I know, I know but working in the virtual world can be slow sometimes!

We are all a bit thin on the ground at the moment with family issues and failing laptops.   Your support for us stalwart roomies who are doing extra duty will be greatly appreciated.

Our theme this time is hosted by Hazel, who has stepped up to cover Julia's absence.    Hazel's theme is Our Feathered Friends always a delightful subject, thank you Hazel.

I brought this dove stencil at a craft show earlier this year.   Love the image so pretty and peaceful.    For my card the stencil was taped over card and coloured with Whisper Pens.   Imaginations Crafts Diamond Sparkle Medium was then spread over the stencil.   Once the paste was dry another mask over laid, this one has 2 feathers on the edges the rest being jagged.   Using Adirondack inks and ink dusters layering and blending colour to frame the birds.   A little bobble ribbon placed over the branch just adds dimension and movement.   When the occasion for this card comes I'll know and might add a sentiment.

Challenges I'm sharing this with are:
Crafting when we Can - Make it Sparkle (IRL the paste is dazzling)
The Squirrel and the Fox - Things with Wings
Get Creative - Create a Card using a mask or stencil
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Lets Stencil

Lots of autumn and halloween themes around at the moment if you would like to join something a little different then please share your birds with us at Craft-Room challenge.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Another lazy Sunday

This card started as a die I've been stroking for a while.   It is very intricate and I've been scared to use it in case it didn't work properly.   But it did and this wonderful peacock or is it a swan was cut perfectly.

Using Mown Lawn, Salty Sea and Peacock DI on a smooch mat, the die cut dragged across to give it a mottled effect even left a couple of white patches.
The black glossy card came next, but the black was too much directly behind the die cut.  Thank goodness for double sided sticky film.   A piece cut to size and the diecut attached and the film given a final neating.   Gliding flakes covered the exposed area of the film.  This topper attached to the black mat and in turn onto blue card.  

I am so glad I decided to try the die out and am really really pleased with the result.

Here are some challenges that might like my card

Challenges 4 Everybody - Always anything Goes
2 Sisters Challenge - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Mac Tag

Popped up to Harrogate at on Sunday for the Paper-crafts show there.   It always amazes me how easy it is to find new things that are simple must haves!

Among Sunday's finds were a new (to me) range of stencils and embossing paste.   Not sure of the company name the paste is labeled Glitz Craft if that helps.   The masks come in a whole range of designs including several in the Mac style.   Its a simple distinctive style that has more than stood the test of time.   Naturally I stocked up with 4 of these masks and some pots of paste including iridescent white.   Of course I've had to play with my new toys!

For this kraft card tag the indigo blu shabby jack stamped first in white and then again in pink.   Next the single Mac rose stencil laid on top and marked with pink and green Promarker, over which the new white paste was spread and left to dry.    Next from the old Tanda Mac set the small 4 rose stamp, stamped in red and coloured with Whisper pens, the same pens were run round some of the edges of the now dry paste.   Various embellishments and things pulled out of the bottomless pit of must haves from previous craft sales.   This one was a lot of fun to do.

Thought I'd share it with a couple of challenges.

Card Mania - Use Pastel Colours
Fashionable Stamping - Use a Stencil or a Mask, to be fair this one was in my mind when I started this tag.

OK thats enough for this evening.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Do you like my Hell Hound?

Earlier today it was shaping up to look like this and was going to be a tutorial!   But not getting much time to craft these days once the Glimmer Mist sprays came out he started to change radically.

The basic mask used here has been Gesso'd and waiting to go for years, just could never figure out what to use him for.   Needing a project for a future issue he seemed like a good subject.   Don't worry something will be found to replace this.

So after starting this with DI and some Tando Stencils the Glimmer Mists did come out.   And then some Paper Artsy Grunge Paste, more GM and other sprays.   Then some inks and paints.   Back out with the Stencil and more DI finally Sakura Pens for highlights.

Wadda yer think will he be scary enough for some halloween fun?

I'm entering my Hell Hound into some challenges;

Ali-Craft - Halloween
Crafty Calendar - Halloween
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Totally Paper Crafts - Bring Humour to your Creation (Well it makes me smile)
Craftitude - Anything Goes beginning with S (Stencil)
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Cats/Dogs/Pets/Animals
Altered Eclectics - Always anything Altered

Hope you like my play day creation, just for the record I'm not a user of Digi Stamps so please if my entry pops up please re-draw it.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Unruly - Haunting Ways

2nd Post today!  Well not only is it Tuesday, it is also the first of the month.   So October and some changes at Unruly PaperArts.  Shar whose baby Unruly is has decided to step down as her other life commitments need more of her time.

Shar thank you for everything, starting Unruly which is unique in our crafting land filling a very special place.   The idea is that we your peers share with you our art and the techniques we use, we know that very little of what we share is new like you we are learning and absorbing all the time, but Shar had the brilliance to bring us together herd, guide, mentor and support us, sometimes chasing us up to get the blogzine produced and ready to share with you all each month.    The blogzine has been a great success and a pleasure to write for.   We are lucky in two things that at this time of change; Shar is staying on with her column and that a new editor has stepped up.

Deni joined the team last term (6 months ago) and as serendipity would have it was looking for 'something to get her teeth into' her words when Shar made her announcement.  So we find ourselves at the beginning of a new term with a new editor and some changes in the team as well.   I'm sure with her fresh keen but considered and detail approach Deni will take Unruly forward.   And yes I'm still there, but of course the most important part of Unruly is you, the reader.

Now you know we have 2 Reader Art Quests each month, and this being October our month's focus will be a little spooky.    I've made a sample for the second of the RAQ's "Going Batty'.

This being the season of reward for menaces and all that, something that is taking of here in the UK more and more each year.  I've altered a soap box to hold what ever there is for the local children when they come knocking on my door.   The papers are Basic Grey some cut and pasted onto the box some cut with an old cuttlebug set for the bats and spider.   The word Treats cut with another set of dies.

Do you like halloween and or bats? This could be the spark for you.   See you at Unruly PaperArts

Craft-Room Challenge ATCs

It's that time again!  Thank you for a wonderful array of wooden objects for my challenge at Craft-Room I'll be back over on the challenge site next Tuesday with the winner and my top 3.

This time our challenge has been set by Maria  but life with it's twists and turns has led Maria to Ireland for a little 'me time'.   Like we say in our DT call one or two of us need a breather just now!   Back to the challenge.

The theme is one of the easy/hard ones, we want you to make an ATC or series of them.   Any theme you want any style just make a little 2.5" x 3.5" work of art.   If you are not sure what an ATC is, it is an artists calling card a small card that on the front that is a demonstration of your art and style.   Traditionally these cards are never sold but given or swapped.

We have one of my favourite brands as our sponsor this time Tando Creative one lucky person will get some of their goodies.

Casting around for images I looked out a SU set, kinda London themed although the penny-farthing threw me a bit.  Stamping is my thing so the stamps were inked up and stamped into the middle of little white cards.   Next the word Celebrate added and in green the leaf swirl design.   The phone booth coloured in red with whisper pens and glossy accents used where the windows go.   A real trip dow memory lane this one, I even remember the horrid smell in those old style boxes, mobile phones might be a pain sometimes but who would want to go back to those old red phone booths?

Next the London Eye.  I went on this for the first time last year, it was fantastic.   That day was lovely and sunny so the inner circle I cross hatched in yellow pen and then blended blue ink around the outside.   Finally the penny-farthing, vintage sepia tones for this one all those wonderful DI in oranges yellows and browns.

The team may be a bit thin on the ground at the moment they are still a talented bunch looking forward to seeing what you make at Craft-Room Challenge.

And yes Netty I think you might be right but we love our Whisper Pens right!

Friday, 27 September 2013

Have you seen our DT Call at Craft-Room Challenge?

DT Call

Yes you are reading this correctly for the first time since we started this challenge we at Craft-Room Challenge are having a DT Call.   None of the current team is leaving but a couple of us are having a bit of a break and we feel it would be helpful to have 2 more people on the team.

There are just 2 places, new roomies will be chosen by the whole team.   We have become a very close group who support each other and are very friendly as a team.   Even so our styles are different and we often surprise each other with the demands of the challenges.   This call is open world wide and to all styles of crafter.

The requirements of a Roomie are
1. Must have a blog and be able to promote the challenge and the Sponsor.

2. Be willing to comment on entries, we have a number system but encourage the team to comment on as many entries as possible.

3. Write the intro to their challenge theme's and select a top 3.

4. Be prepared to pitch in when we need to cover each other, we also on ask you to committ to 70% of the challenges but I must say that currently everyone gives 100%!

How to apply
Use the link at Craft-Room Challenge to show us your blog.
Answer the questions below in an email to zoechaos@btopenworld.com
i.   Tell us how you would describe your crafting style
ii.  Tell us what you would bring to the mix & why you would like to join us
iii. Tell us about any other teams you are part of or have been in the past.
iv. Make sure your email includes your contact details!

We know you are out there and hope you will see this and would like to join us, you have until 20:00 on 6th October to apply.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Just because

It's my brother's birthday at the end of the month.   Neil if you are reading this then you will know how your card came into being even before it is in your hands.    With an outcome in mind and with crafting muse back in residence three challenges inspired this card.

Just us Girls - Red, Cream, Brown and Kraft.    What a terrific colour combination, I've used half a 12x12 kraft card base to make a 6x6 card.   I chose the ledge page as it is relevant to both Neil and I.

Less is More - Use Fabric or Felt, the Red Hussein is the fabric and the overall design is Clean and Simple.

Allsorts - Button up 3 Cream Buttons attached to the hussein with brown wire.

For a greeting I've used brown card and off White/Cream ep

This is going to be a good week-end.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Craft-Room Challenge - Use something Wooden

Hello! Esther is off on her hols we have swapped!  Which means it's my turn again to
select our challenge theme at Craft-Room Challenge.   First let me say Thank you for everyone who joined in with Hazel's trees and leaves challenge a fabulous collection of entries.   Poor Hazel has the unenviable task of selecting her top 3 from them all.

We have another New Sponsor this time The MDF Man no banner but go and take a look at all the goodies he has ready and waiting for altering.   He has given us a selection of his Cogs as a prize for one lucky person drawn at random.   When I saw the stand at a local craft show I had to get a selection of goodies to try, here I've used the 12" framed cogs and some of the cogs from a set similar to the one in our prize.

'Altering' this was great fun.   I first painted everything with white Gesso on one side and Black on the other.   Next a layer of PVA glue and while that was wet orange acrylic paint.  Texture paste and crackle paste over the top of it all Patina Glimmer Mist.   Various sheets of metal run through the big shot with floral dies, a Tando clock face sprayed with more Glimmer Mist.    Everything laid out and layered with the extra addition of lace and lace bows.   A long spindle clock mechanism fitted through the pre-drilled hole in the base piece and hands fitted.    The hands are actually to long for the clock to work so before this goes up in my new kitchen another shorter set will have to be found.

I just love doing this sort of thing, do you?   Go on make something using and or featuring real wood and share it with us at Craft-Room challenge, the random draw could be yours.  Just spend a moment if you would checking our rules.

Following a number of sites for Challenges for Days checking the rules is routine and I've done just that with these.

Altered Eclectics - Always anything Goes provided it is an altered something.
My Time to Craft - Autumnal Colours
Ali-Craft - Autumn, for me this shrikes Autumn think its the colours and distressing
Inspire me Fridays - Always Anything Goes
Crafts 2 challenge you - Month's theme Texture, Fortnight challenge Show us your Style.  Oh come on this is 100% me!
Paper Crafting Journey - Flowers

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Something to share at last

The kitchen is finished, and has seen action no shortages of lunches for next week at work!  The joy of having a dishwasher again getting pots dirty is so much less frightening.

The studio has been restored but the muse is taking her own sweet time joining me there.   Not for lack of ideas or inspiration just that little spark needs encouraging.   A couple of challenges popped out at me today resulting in the card here.

Just us Girls have a technique challenge where you are to use the Grid Technique.    Rogue Redhead Designs challenge is to use Autumn Colours.

The colours of this time of year are so rich natures final show before she sheds her cloths for winter, all those fallen leaves make jolly good mulch as well.    Colours then bronze, copper, reds, oranges, greens and yellows.   The Grid Technique check out this tutorial the Just us Girls team have shared on their site, don't you just love how people around the world share techniques like this?

So those are the ingredients what to do with them.    Pulled out lots of DP in various autumnal shades and finally settled on just the one with a flora design.   The base card is 8"x8" folded and coloured with Adirondack dye based inks and ink dusters, the seed heads are from one Rogue Redhead stamp in Copper.    The topper having decided to use RRH's love birds (this time in Bronze) I cut a piece of yellow card, embossed it with the grid and then placed the open birdcage mask over it.   Green ink blended over it before the birds were stamped, the image was then coloured with Whisper Pens in shades of browns and oranges.

Nice to get inky this afternoon, its no fun out of doors.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Challenges for Days Blogcandy

Earlier this year with the help and support of some good friends we started a blog tracking paper-craft challenges on a daily basis, Challenges for Days.    Now we are settled and comfortable with our daily routine, we are keen and eager to share the lists with anyone and everyone.

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Friday, 6 September 2013

Unruly PaperArts starting a new Term and looking for new Columnists

Want to be an Unruly PaperArts Columnist?  Here's your chance!

Unruly PaperArts is a collaborative Blogozine featuring regular and guest columnists as well as reader-submitted articles on stamping, mixed media, collage, altered art and scrapbooking.

Believing that creativity is boundless our articles are designed to introduce new products, techniques and simply inspire, encouraging our readers to discover all that is magnificent and messy in their own art.  We are currently seeking a few new columnists for our October 2013 – March 2014 term.

As a Unruly Columnist you would be expected to:
  • Complete 2 – 3 articles in your chosen specialty/column over the period of your six-month term, keeping in line with our monthly theme, and
  • Participate and provide at least one sample of art for each of the 2 Reader Art Quests over the course of your term.  Reader Art Quests is where we challenge and invite the public to participate and create to a set theme which falls under our broader monthly theme.
Your articles can be technique or supply related. You may use any products you desire to create your project. We would love for each of your articles to include a step by step rundown on how you made your project with photos and a supply list. The UPA requirements allow some flexibility. Applicants should have their own blog and be willing to communicate with other team members via Yahoo and Facebook Groups as Unruly Paper Arts uses both of these social networks.

Previous Design Team experience is not necessary to apply.  All applications will be considered.
Please send an email to daniemay71@gmail.com with “UPA Columnist Application” in the subject line.
Please include the following in your application:
  • Name and blog address
  • Current and Previous Design Teams
  • Publication Credits if any
  • 3 – 5 links to what you believe to be your best work
  • A brief description of your artistic style and a brief description of what you see your future column with UPA covering, including its focus, area of craft and style.

We will be accepting applications from September 3 to September 15, 2013. We will send out Columnists invitations for open spots by September 20, 2013.