Sunday, 25 August 2013

Bling a mobile cover

You will never see another one like this, unless you make it yourself!   Now all my mobile tech is apple I thought it would be nice to get a cover for the new mobile and bling it up myself.

The cost of a plain cover was eye watering but it's all in a good cause.    Stamped one of Sue Law's mac style stamps (Tanda and no-longer available) in Teal Stayzon and then went over some of the lines with liquid pearls.   Once the liquid had set added self adhesive gems.   And there it is a one off mobile cover.

Something to share with some Anything Goes Challenges

Altered Eclectics - Anything altered.
Just for Fun - 1st challenge and Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes

And a couple of others with theme's my case is made for.

The Cupboard Trilogy - Monochrome, Green.
The Crafter's Cafe - Bling and Sparkly Things.

Well the crafting things are mostly packed away now, tomorrow I'll empty the kitchen ready for its make over.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Something new at Craft-Room Challenge

Morning friends, time to share one of those DT makes I've been teasing you about!   First some good news the builder called to confirm that we are all OK for the new kitchen fit next week yea happy face.

Well this fortnights challenge and it might be a toughie, it was for me.    Our Debi  who by the way is been getting very shaken down there in NZ.  So many quakes going on down there at the moment and not a peep in the news here in the UK.   Keeping you in my thoughts Debi and our other NZ friends.

Right back to Debi's challenge which is to use something new, easy right?   At Craft-Room Challenge we pride ourselves on offer great prizes and are fortunate to be supported by a terrific group of sponsors, not least of which is the sponsor for this challenge,  The Stampman.

Something new, new stash, new technique what a quandary!  Always got some new stash waiting to be used but what to use and how?   New technique generally that involves buying yet more new stash, thought for once I'd pass.   OK how about a new idea and lots of un-opened packs.    The mannequin are new and not something I've considered before they came from the Doncaster Show CardCraft stand.  The empty cotton reels are from the Port Sunlight show earlier this year and using a craft knife grooves were chiselled into the top of each of them to stand a mannequin in.   The card candy (also from Card Craft) is also new but might have been used once before, and the gaudy flowers are also know, they were in a sale.

Adirondack and DI inks used through stencils/masks some new some not, and also used to colour the cotton reels.    Those of the mannequin's not decorated with masks were stamped, and the masked ones stamped on the reverse.  White pen used to pick out some of the designs.

Here are some challenges this decoration fits with.

Created with Love - Something Sweet
Take a Word - Warm colours and you just have to check out their inspiration picture!
The Pink Elephant - Anything but a Card
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (altered)
Allsorts - Use your new Stash

It might be the some of you from these other teams quite fancy joining us at Craft-Room Challenge with something new, we would love to see you there.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Blue Sunday

This time next week I'll probably still be packing away crafting materials and emptying the kitchen.   Yes its almost time, at last, for the new kitchen.   A year ago I was expecting to be about to get my new bathroom.   The unforeseen meant it did not go to plan and it was another 6 months before my lovely bathroom was installed, hopefully history will not repeat it's self.

So been trying to get ahead with DT projects, you will have to wait for those, but the commission card above can be shared.    It is for a colleague whose husband will be 69 soon, his interests include The Mallard (the fastest steam train in the UK) the colour of which is a striking shade of blue. I do not know of an image of that train so used a TH stamp in it's place.   Memento ink allows the use of solvent pens and a La Plume one comes close to the required colour.    The rails behind the main image are also TH. Rivet and Screw Heads came from another set.    The clock mask used with swipes of Chipped Sapphire and with a strong machine/masculine vibe the metal tag plate just seemed right.

Now tomorrow will find out if this is acceptable, not really sure if Anne understands that my style is definitely on the inky/grungy side.

I'd like to share this with some challenges, thinking about it where would we all be now without challenges and groups.   The cross pollination of styles, theme, techniques and ideas ensures there is always something to inspire.   One of the reasons some friends and I maintain daily challenge lists at Challenges for Days we would love to hear your thoughts about it.

Seize the Birthday - Always anything Birthday
My Heart Pieces - Use a piece of Metal
Left of Center - Use Something Metal
Colour me Creative - Must use Alcohol Markers, Anything Goes
Just us Girls - Monochrome Blue
The Cupboard Trilogy - Monochrome
The Corrosive Challenge -  Birthday Steampunk
Fashionable Stamping - CAS (well for me this is!)
Dream Valley - Monochrome

So it might just be DT stuff for a while, but I'm sure the work on the kitchen will help my weight loss plan.


Sunday, 11 August 2013

Steam Bee

Still playing with Pixelmator and finding it a fun tool but heaps more to learn and understand.

Spent the morning yesterday revising distressed cracked paint technique.   On this tag the result is rather wood bark like.   That led to the wonderful new Brigid Ashwood's Steam Bee from Sweet Pea Stamps.   Stamped directly onto the tag and coloured with Sakura Glitter pens that added a sheen to the image.   Bees are Spring/Summer insects and so are Butterflies so partnering a butterfly die cut, using mechanical print paper.    A mix of Stampendous ep, glitters sprinkled over the top, the tie is twisted sari silk.

Right now I've re-mastered the paint effect the results are being shared with

Cut it up - Whats bugging you
Get Creative - Summer inspired Tag

Best do some chores now.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Craft-Room Bingo

Good morning it's that time again!   A new Craft-Room Challenge to share with you.

With all the glorious weather we are enjoying (with the odd welcome spot of rain), and the school holidays in full swing you might not have the time/energy/inclination to craft.    But if you do we have a fabulous theme for you this time.

After your fantastic response to to Suzanne's Heat Embossing challenge we cannot wait to see what you make of this one!   Mervi dreamt up the Bingo Grid, and the whole idea of our very first Bingo theme.    Don't you just love her choices?   All you have to do is decide which line top to bottom, side to side or on the diagonal you are going to use.

We also have a very special one off sponsor for you this time.   Sweet Poppy Stencils

As a big fan of this business I was thrilled when they gave me a floral stencil, a paste spreader and a pot of their 'Glossy White' paste.   One lucky person will be drawn at random to receive this set of goodies.

For my sample I chose to recycle a kraft paper bag.   This was one of the projects I worked on at a crafting retreat week-end recently.    The line at the heart of this is Flower - Stencil - Kraft.     The stencil I used is another Sweet Poppy one this time Poppy (10% of the sales of this stencil go to the Poppy Appeal).  Dimension paste pushed through and Stampendous Shabby ep sprinkled over the wet paste.

Looking at it while it was drying I wondered what to do next with the bag.   What are the other 6 items on the grid? rubber stamping my favourite thing to do, brown OK I'll stamp some swirls in brown.   Butterfly, and Gems Liz has a really sweet butterfly die which she let me use, after dusting the little embellies with inks Gems were stuck to their bodies.   That left Blue and Lace, out with the dusters and blue ink pad the bag is edged in blue finally a little strip of lace along the top.   Full House!   The bag came from a shop a long time ago and has become creased over time which just adds  to the finished project.
As always it is over to you now and we are ready and waiting to see how you use Mervi's grid.

There are other Design Teams who are ready, keen, and eager to see what we make of their theme's, they might like this one and they are:
Card and Scrap - Anything Goes
Seemacrafts - Butterflies
2 Sisters Challenge - Anything Goes
Bloggers - Alter it
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Always Anything Goes

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

August at Unruly Paper Arts with Powder

August!  The UK schools have all broken up for their long summer break and the holiday season is now well underway.   I don't think we will have a full compliment in the office now until nearly the end of September!   So if you are a parent with Children at home for the summer you might not have so much time for crafting, not to worry we will all still be here when you get your life back!

For the rest of us the routine goes on doing what ever it is we do.   For me that means getting inky.

New Reader Art Quests opened today at Unruly PaperArts.   The overall theme this month is 'Take a Powder'   Whoopi thought I EP and lots of it, now what can I do that is a little different.    I do not have a house number on my door so thought I'd make myself some, all they need now is weather proofing.

Two paper formed numbers painted yellow and green (oh you can see that) then still playing with EP and paste pushed through stencils.   Using Andy Skinner stencils (Masks) I love with these that the stencil over hung the base causing the paste to go through and then drip down the sides of the number.   EP sprinkled over wet paste and some of that also attached to the drips.   Usual routine wait for the paste to go off before melting the ep.   Clocks stamped and black ep used, touches of paint used to highlight areas of the raised images.    For now these hang on the wall where they seem to make people smile.

So there you have RAQ 1 'Use an Embossing Powder'.   RAQ 2 is Chalk.   I you fancy either or both please join in.

Some challenges I'm joining with are:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Rhedd and Rosie - Time
The Stamping Chef - Anything but a Card
Through the Craft-Room Door - Always anything goes