Sunday, 30 June 2013


Earlier this year I started joining in again at UK Stampers Forum along side lots of helpful friendly helpful chat there are swaps.   Swaps are great fun both in making something to match the theme and for seeing others work and learning their techniques.   One of the monthly swaps is post cards.

It just happens that this month (July) Unruly Paper Arts is all about postcards as well, and yes later in the month my column makes an appearance showing the making of this card.
It is also my sample for the RAQ looking for your holiday themed post cards.

Here are some of the other postcards I've made and swapped recently.
April, theme Yellow and Circles.
this one used lots and layers of different yellow paint mediums.   Red circles in Promarkers yellow circles distress paint.

May, theme do your own thing.
The background of this card is kitchen paper towel used to clean up my Gelli pad between prints.

June, theme Hats
The stark contrast here of the white ink/ep against the dark background is similar to white on black which I love but using maroon makes it possible to write on the back.

July, another anything goes theme not sure yet what my post card will be for that.   The thing is with a 4" x 6" format you can do just about anything you would on a folded card but without layers they can go naked into the post.

Very excited to read this morning that Fashionable Stamping have a new theme for the next fortnight of Mail Art.   Sweet Stampin' have a, to me, irresistible theme of Not Cute!  If you are going away for your holiday's this summer, or if you are 'down under' perhaps a winter break?   Why not take a few blank cards and tools with you, you could make and send your own holiday themed postcards.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Craft-Room Challenge - Yellow and Blue make Green

Where did the last two week's go?   I've no idea mind you work has had it's moments and I've found Breeze Bike Rides so guided rides and a big confidence boost.   If you are tempted to get out on two wheels but like me perhaps need a little boost check them out I know I'm very glad to have found them.

New challenge at Craft-Room Challenge starting today, Julia is on her holidays somewhere sunny so we have swapped and it's now my turn to host. I've chosen a Colour theme for you Yellow, Blue and Green.   And that's about it but I am being very rigid you can only use those colours, if your support is not one of them then it can be white and if your stamping is not one it can be black but that it is.   Design Seeds are a great source of inspiration and their bottles image recently gave me the inspiration for my theme.

So what did I make?  A mask something I've not done for a while but the form seemed to suit.   Basic mask shape in a butterfly design, sprayed with Glimmer mists in Yellow and blue round the edges, in places these two merged into green some green spray at the top re-enforced the colour.    Printed paper in keeping with the colour scheme die cut and added along with a couple of yellow flowers and some blue self adhesive pearls.   The cheeks have something I call altered glue.  Basically PVA glue squeezed onto a plastic bag and ep sprinkled over (I used gold/yellow in the scheme)   Once the glue has set heating the ep resting on top allows it to melt onto the glue creating interesting embellishments.   Used here on one side the altered glue has been over painted in blue while the other left gold.

Before moving on to the challenge's I'm sharing this with a word about our sponsor.   For this challenge we have a fab prize of a stamp, paper pad and sheet of images from Crafty Individuals.

Now for those other challenge's who might like my project as well
Crafty Calender - June - Things with Wings.
Always Something Creative - Nothing Angular 
Suger Creek Hollow - Mixed Media
Opus Gluei - Give me Wings
The Crazy Challenge - Anything but a card
Kaboodle Doodles - Pastel Colours

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Craft-Room - Here Comes Summer

OK first things first, Netty asked about the bike ride having seen on FB that I was venturing out.  In short not bad, got the bike a couple of months back and then it snowed and rained... Anyway been out a couple of times the week-end being the third.   Still very nervous of cycling on the roads so did not do the planned ride but I will.

OK Craft-Room Challenge and after your amazing response to Esther's use your scraps challenge we have another to tease and delight you from Maria.   The theme this time is Here Comes Summer! well we can but dream and it was nice last Friday.   We are joined again by Rarebird and another of their wonderful jewellery making with FP kits.   All you have to do is join our challenge with something distinctly summer themed.  

I've recently been get back into ATC mode for some swaps on UK Stampers Forum, while thinking of this challenge I came across some background I made ages ago and it seemed just right for a couple of summer themed ATC's.   The stamps i used are special as well, they were designed by Sue Law for a meet she and I had with a couple of other friends this is the first time I've  used them.   Some Promarkers and the Sue's dotty stamp and they were done.   They really express a British Summer at least to me.   Hope you are going to join us with your summer projects.

Other challenges I'd like to share this with are:
Alota Rubber Stamps - Summer Feeling
Crafters Companion - Summer
Stamp and Create - Summer Fun
Wordplay Saturday - Summertime

Right it's Monday evening and Sky Arts have the Queen and Paul Rodgers concert on so please excuse me but I'm just gonna schedule this and enjoy that.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

A song from the 60's but can I remember who sang it? Can I heck 99% sure they were a British Band but beyond that............. Anyone know?

This lazy Sunday afternoon is going to be spent gettin inky after a little wander to the corner shop.  Here are my first makes of today 2 Scraplings.  

Scraplings are the invention of Shar based I think of the little piece of card left over, in American sizes, from making square cards.   They are 1.5" x 4.25" folded.   UK paper/card sizes are different my biggest nightmare was cutting 1.5" with my big trimmers.

So card folded each stamped in grey memento and coloured with Promarkers.  I really like that the images are longer than the little pieces of card.   these were made of Rogue Redheads Challenge - Slender Benders.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Do you sew?

I don't but all the bits and bobs that go with sew fasinate me.   Little packs of needles, spools of thread and pretty pearl headed pins.  So when it came time to decorate/alter this mdf pot from SY Lincoln some of those things or images of them came to mind.   This would be a useful storage for any seamstress.

Painted the pot first with gesso and then with Green Viva Inca Gold.  Then some stamping and heat embossing.  The scissors are a Kaisercraft stamp, also from SY Lincoln.   The others are Sam Poole apart from the sewing machine on the next picture which is a Tanda stamp.   Sizzlits die cuts for the second set of scissors and the needles and threads.

Colouring with DI as a water colour and Whisper pens.   Pin wheel is naturally real most of the pins are accessible!   Buttons little reels of thread and ribbon picked up here and there along the way.

There are a couple of challenge's I'd like to enter this into
Ali-Craft - A new monthly challenge site offering a scummy Graphic 45 set as the prize, they also have a DT call going on.   For the first challenge the theme is 'Open'.

Country View Craft's - for their 4th challenge the theme is Die Cuts.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Unruly Shabby Chic

Remember the harp stamp from Port Sunlight, here it is again.   I was not scheduled to make a sample for this months Pink and Brown Shabby Chic RAQ at Unruly Paperarts but with a set of door hangers and that fabulous stamp I simply had to.

The white door hanger was given a coat of pink DI with a floral mask in place, the mask removed and a lighter shade of pink dusted over the whole.   All the stamping was done with brown ink, coloured with various pink and brown mediums.   Some lovely brown lace, paper flowers and some of the floral strip again coloured with different mediums.   Pink is never an easy colour for me but I'm thrilled with the end result which now hangs proudly on one of my bedroom doors.

Challenges that might like this are:
In the Pink - Anything goes so long as it has lots of pink
Milk Coffee - Load on the flowers.
Crafts and Me - Shabby Chic
Deep Ocean - Ribbon and/or lace (I love this challenge sites banner)