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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To enter for the candy (& let us know you have shared the news) use the link tool with a link back to your blog post.   When we have 100 entries we will draw the winner, only one link per blog sharing the news please.     Thank you.  XOXO

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.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Craft-Room Challenge Trees and Leaves

Morning!  Kitchen update new cupboards are in just need everything connected up and the tiling done.   Soon able to put everything back and discover if the dishwasher still works after 2 years of inactivity, fingers crossed.

Oh was than not why you visited today?  did you want to hear about Craft-Room Challenge? OK   I must apologise to all the lovely people who shared with us and there were lots of you but I have not been to get round commenting.   It's all the upheavel here I'm afraid it has thrown me off balance.   Here and now I promise to do better this time.

It is Hazel's turn to challenge us this time, it might be that the time of year and seasonal changes were in her mind this time with her theme of Trees and/or Leaves.  So apt which ever hemisphere you live in Autumn for us in the north and spring for those of you in the south.

We are joined by the ever popular Crafty Individuals as our sponsor this fortnight the prize is another stamp, dp pad and image sheet.   Thank you Jean and Malcolm for all your generous support.


For my sample I've made a little A frame tag card using two kraft tags.   The top has been stamped in Perfect Medium and then Perfect Pearls dusted over.   The tree topper is a little wooden Kaiser Craft embellishment, the feather is a found one.   This is one of those themes that really show the teams range you will love all their samples.  Don't forget the challenges are all about you and what you make of them so please share.