Friday, 30 May 2014

Meet Fluffy

Sharing something just a little different for me, an image created digitally no paints, pencils of brushes were used in creating this, just fingers.   During the week I downloaded a couple of 'free' apps for my iPad.   Drawing Desk and Fingerpaint.   These are so much fun have been playing most evenings and am starting to get the hang of them but guess it's the sort of thing that the more you learn and understand the more you realise you have to learn.

This one started with a silly finger sketch on Drawing Desk, saved that and re-opened it in upgraded version of Fingerpaint I purchased after falling hook line and sinker for the program.   Using various tools in the program the original sketch was overdrawn and fluffy came into being.   As someone with 3 moggies I am well aware of the cute kitten persona they show to their humans.  Cat politics are quite straight forward, they are territorial hunters capable of a lot of straight talking with displays of teeth and clews, hence fluffy's dark side.

Edited in Pixelmator, the photo editor I use on my Mac Air.   If you had asked me a year ago I'd have said no way would I be an Apple Junkie oh how wrong I would have been just 2 months later I went all Apple.   iPad, iPhone & MacBook the works!

Thought I'd share this with
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Delicious Doodles - For the Love of Animals
Crafty Girls - Always Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything but a Card, well this only exists electronically so it's not a card.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamp Challenge - Add some Doodling
Crafty Cardmakers - Flourishes

Enjoy the week-end, I'm going to!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, Things with Wings

What better than a new challenge at the end of a long week-end?   Well at Craft-Room we have just the thing with out next challenge.

Annie has chosen this fortnights theme going for the ever popular theme of 'Things with Wings'.  Annie is a great fan of 'altered art' and would love to see any kind of project so long as wings are a prominent feature she will not mind.

Once again we welcome The Stamp Man as our sponsor, they are offering £10 to one lucky person to spend at their online treasure chest of goodies.
The Stamp Man                                   

For my sample I've created a tag featuring one of my favourite birds, Sea Gulls.  Yes I know they make a horrid noise but which ever species of gull you watch look at the shapes they make with their bodies and wings.   Watch how gracefully the command the air coming to settle on the water as stable as if on land.    Un-concerned by people in the south coast town of Swange these birds are know for stealing the fish and chips out of your hand!   Yeah that can be a bit scary.

Here I've just stamped the image 3 or 4 times the first impression onto the tag itself along with an Andy Skinner sentiment.   Tag embossed with a TH folder and colour blended over the unstamped part with the fabulous ink dusters.    Stamped image coloured with ProMarkers and layered onto the tag 3D decoupage style.

Here is a side view showing the layers.

Completed the tag with a little metal charm in the shape of an anchor.

Other challenges I'm sharing this with:

613 Avenue - Always anything goes Twist use metal
Come and Get It - Lots of Layers
Pile it on - Metal
Sentimental Sundays - Always with a Sentiment Theme Things with Wings
Dream Valley Challenges - Things with Wings

Monday, 26 May 2014

Coffee is good

Especially cappuccino, it's the chocolate sprinkles on top!   Life is also very good at the moment yesterday the hottest day of this long week-end I had another drive around the area it is so wonderfully rural miles and rolling miles of crop growing fields punctuated by pretty little villages and slightly larger market towns.   And the price of property in the area guess thats because we are out on a bit of a limb there are real bargains to be had.

Been playing as well including giving the now empty packaging.   The box and especially the lid is fragile so I reinforced the top of the box with a strip of dp on the inside and used the same paper around the outside of the top.   Added more of the paper around the outside of the box.  Then stamped some flowers coloured them and coloured them cut them out and stuck them on.   Then to secure them I covered the whole box in Modge Podge.   I'd picked up the wrong stuff in the shop, Modge Podge photo transfer medium does not dry clear you can colour it with Promarkers but that was not going to be a good fix so.

Slathered the whole thing with Artist Spackle putting quite a thick layer spreading it all over using fingers and pallet knife.    Once everything was covered and textured it was sprayed with two shades of green glimmer mists.   Knowing that this is being shared with Fashionable Stamping, some actual stamping was necessary.   A couple of Lily Rose freebie stamps misted with water and pressed into the paste.   I used an Andy Skinner stamp on the top in the same way and sprinkled some ep onto the image.    Orange glitter sprinkled around the side of the tops.   Heat gun used to help speed up the drying process.   Stamped areas of paste given a blast of white dylusions spray to help pick out the stamping.    Orange organza ribbon tied around the top.   Finally some of the original flower stamps left over cut down and added with silicone glue.

Fashionable Stamping challenge is 3D object set by their guest Alison who happens to be a very talented artist.

Other Altered Art, Recycling challenges I'd like to share this with.
Sunday Stamper - Wind of Change
Altered Eclectics - Always anything Altered
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Always Altered Art

Right back to the remains of the long week-end, are you enjoying yours here in the UK?

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Purple Butterfly

Carried on playing yesterday using up some scrap card and paper.   The paper has been embossed in a freebie embossing folder.    Die cute butterfly purples blended over it with those fabulous brushes, more purple blended over the top and bottom edge of the card.   A strip of TH Tissue Tape along the bottom and some purple gems on the body of the insect.   Birthday greeting from a new freebie cover set stamped with the Seedless Preserve distress ink used for the colour blending.   Little tip I picked up from the TV the other day, if you sand the top of your polymer stamps just a little to start to turn them white they take the ink and impress better, this is especially true of freebie sets where the quality of the material might not be quite as good as the more expensive ones you buy.

Sharing this with
Allsorts - Purple Passion
Hiding in my Craft-Room - Embossing
Addicted to CAS - Off the Edge (Butterfly)
Crafts 4 Eternity - To Die for

Washing is nearly ready for the line now.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

New to me PSX Azalea

I love the PSX botanical stamps and often treat myself to another found on ebay.   Yesterday I paid for the latest one which was delivered this morning!  The sellers name ins Pope if anyone is interested.

Well it had to be tested didn't it?   First stamped it in grey memento and coloured the linage with ProMarkers.   Die cute a heart shaped doily in white vellum and the off white of the card looked wrong against it.   So stamped it again in Green Stayzon onto more of the white vellum.   Both images fussy cut and layered the vellum over the card the light colouring on the card shows through the vellum as very subtle tones just right for the flowers.   I've used this technique before, with another of these stamps it adds extra delicacy to the project.

Sharing this with
Less is More - Flowers
Fussy & Fancy Friday - Picture Inspiration, it was the flower itself.
Creative Knockouts - Lots of Layers (3 layers here + base card)


Potato Stamping

Something I have never done before but with the Craft Stamper challenge this month I decided to try this style of messy stamping fun!

Cutting a spud in two gave me two pieces to play with the bird was the first side and these are efforts 2, 3 & 4 I decided they make a nice little spring family.   The cherries were cut on the other piece, just a nice frame for the birds.

Would I do this again? you betcha.

Craft Stamper Take it Make - Potato Stamping
Blogger - Things with wings
Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards - Use a Tag

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Recycle

Hi it's Tuesday (well here in the UK, in America it is still Monday while in New Zealand Tuesday is nearly over.   Aren't time zones fun) Back to the UK where this is set to publish at midnight Tuesday morning, just the right time to announce a new challenge at Craft-Room.   Esther is our hostess this time with her theme of Recycle.    So with thanks to all of you who joined us over the last two weeks it is time to re-make something or make something over.

Our sponsor this time is Ali-Craft
English crafters may well be familiar with Ali and Iain at craft shows all over the island, theirs is a great stand for something a little different.  They have a terrific online store as well that anyone can go and browse.

Recycling and me do go together, I'm always fascinated by what something can become, so this was music to my ears kind of theme!    Last year at work we each had desk calendars contained in fold back plastic covers, it was a surprise then when this years calendars were not new pages to use in the cases.   Discovering that these cases were to be discarded I went on a mission to personally dispose of as many of them as I could get my hands on.   I've shared a few here already.

This time my old Plaid Gallery Glass and Liquid led sprang to mind.   The range as recently been making a reappearance on TV Shopping, well my supplies are all 14 - 15 years old I have not brought any since moving away from Bournemouth but the bottles that I have (some still sealed) have moved with me twice now.   As you can see they worked fine even if my skills were a little rusty.   The humming bird is taken from a stamp I have while the flower is a Plaid Gallery Glass design.   They can be decorative on their own in a window or with a piece of acetate over the plastic paint, can be used as a container for other pages.

Remember I said a little while ago that I'd come up with a new kinda art journal format?  Well this is it. A lot of the pages I've already shared but here are some more.

This one (above) made use of acetate report covers 'rescued' when the old reports were being shredded at work.   The office is a grand place to find recyclables. 

Finally here (below) is another altered calendar case, ProMarkers and Stayzon ink used on different sides of this one.

Sharing these cases with my two favourite monthly alter it challenges.
Altered Eclectics - Always anything Altered.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Always anything Altered

As well as
That Craft Place - Alter a Can or Alter it (these are its)
Simply Create too - Anything but a Card

Saturday, 10 May 2014

One Layer Thank you

I love this image it is just so relaxed and happy.   I imagine an older couple comfortable and relaxed in each others company.   The sentiment seems to go well with the image, perhaps either would say to the other?   Image stamped in grey memento and coloured with Whisper Pens, for this sketchy style they show the brush strokes giving texture, light and shade.   Less is More - One Layer Thank You is the inspiration for this mornings project.

Odd weather sun and showers, think I might go out for a little while and have a bit of a mooch in the area again.   Still very much discovering this part of the island and am enjoying the contrasts of wolds and the farmlands around about.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014


Those of you who have been visitors for  or more years will remember this little tiger.   He is an intrepid hunter of worms, frogs, birds, mice and even rats!   Spotted once, in his younger days, proudly trotting home with a mouth full of feathers.  The largest of my colourful trio of IMPS, he is also a wimp and was nearly called custard.   The first time he & I met he 'hid' behind a bicycle wheel!     Easy to see then why the image below struck me as representing him.

No challenges me thinks for this one just a general share.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Pink and Green

We have a teamie call out going at Challenges for days, if you can help us maintain the challenge lists please pop over to the site and find out how you can volunteer.   We update a list each day with the latest challenges including the ones I'm entering with this little card.

Back to work Tuesday after a lovely long week-end, lots of sun and plenty of free time.   Time to play, maintaining those Challenges for Days lists help as well we get to see so much that is happening in Craftland.

This is another of the sample cards I've been making for my sorta journal.   This one was inspired by
Inkspirational - Green and Pink
Without Words - Pink (&/or Purple) and Green

It is such a pretty fresh and spring like colour combination and although I'm not a pink person I do love this combo.   Not used it for a while either so a good excuse if any were needed.

Cut a piece of nice white card 4 5/8" x 4 3/8".   Stamped it with Pennyblack finch and flowers in Bamboo Memento.   Below the main image stamped a crackle effect also in the green ink.    Around the other 3 edges of the image swirls stamped in Pink.   Using my ink dusters Pink and Green DI applied over card leaving the centre white.   The main image coloured with Whisper Pens.   The bird and main flower stamped again, cut out and coloured with the Whisper Pens, added to the card with Silicon glue giving them stand out dimension.   Finally a Cherry Lyn Designs flourish die cut in green card and added to the piece with more Silicone ink.

1 Stamping.
2 Applying colour with Ink Dusters.
3 Use of colour pens to colour image.
4 3D
5 Die cut

Five different techniques makes this eligible for Monday's Simon Says where the theme is 5.    Every Sunday I look at Cherry Lyn Designs and promise myself I'll enter this week the theme is lots of layers and I've made it!   Country View Challenges have a May theme of Nature's Glories, for me that is what the main image is all about.

So back to work, shame it would be so much more fun to stay at home and play!

Just a little playtime

Fashionable Stamping have a new challenge, Around the Globe - Circles.   This was in my mind this morning while looking through my stamp collection for a airplane image.   Still not found that but have created this postcard.

It is a Postcard for the May swap at UK Stampers, the only requirement there this month is the use of DP.   The paper around 3 edges is from Bo Bunny a collage of printed numbers, each strip less than 1" wide.    The stamped images are from TH and a 'free' stamp set.   I missed this set when it was on a magazine front but found it on ebay, that giro was just far to appealing to miss out on.

Adirondack dusted over the card and then ProMarkers used to colour parts of the giro, working over the blended inks making more tones of colour.    Finally a TH mister previously filled with Glimmer Mist.   GM can and will clog a mister but by unscrewing it and shaking the tube managed to get some red splatter.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

A CAS of threes

Play time continued yesterday with this DL card.   The inspiration for this came from CAS-ual Fridays (three thirds) and Less is More (three colours or three shades of one colour).

Having cut a piece of A4 card down to DL size the off cut used for my newest Crafty Individuals stamp, those pretty little birds on vine.   Stamped this in Versafine Olympia Green, thats the first green and the first technique.    Recently someone posted about using embossing folders with a rolling pin, working this way you can vary the pressure and placement of the embossing.   I am so sorry I cannot remember who or where but want to give this person full credit for a brilliant idea.   Not having a rolling pin I used a wooden pestle applying more pressure to the edges but working over the whole piece of card, thats technique 2.    Next on the base card using a Dylusions stencil, Inkylicious dusters and DI Peeled paint a border was created the ink applied more heavily nearer the bottom than the top, technique 3 colour green 2.   The sentiment stamped in the same versa fine ink and this ink also used to mark the edges of the topper.    Finally 3 self adhesive pearls, 3rd colour of green.   I like Green.

It is not so sunny today, not sure how I'll use the day but am confident something will suggest it's self.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Long Week-End

It's Saturday, the first day of a long week-end here in the UK, and it is a lovely day.   For me the washing is done and on the line and I've had a lovely morning playing with stamps and inks and things.

The butterfly stamp is new to me from innovative Stamps I've bookmarked their site and know I'll be going back.   In the stamp the butterfly is resting on a circle which has been completely obscured by the 3D flower I stamped, inked cut and layered up.   The background was built-up with Adirondack dye inks and ink dusters then Stamp-Bug wild flowers and the dragonfly stamped onto scrap and then secondary stamped here.    Been a while since I last visited Stamp-Bug think I'll have to go and spend a little time on their site soon.  The colouring is all Do Crafts pens the butterfly has been given a coat of Glossy Accents into which some distressed glitter has been sprinkled.

Challenges I'm sharing this with
Crafts 4 Eternity - Stamp it
Cute Card Thursday - Here comes Summer
Allsorts - Butterflies
Crazy 4 Challenges - April Showers bring May Flowers

Umm now what shell I do?

Thursday, 1 May 2014

A New (to me) Challenge site

We added a new challenge to the Wednesday list at Challenges for Days yesterday, Butterfly Challenge.   This is the second week of their 6th fortnightly challenge.   For this site you have to use a butterfly or more on your project.    The theme of this challenge is Glamours Butterflies, use glitter and bling.

I have a small stamp mountain of butterfly images, probably true of most of us.  This then is a site bound to appeal to me.   For this piece I've used 3 Kaiser Craft stamps, the bodice by Stampendous and a swirl of unknown origin.   All the inks for stamping are Adirondack, Docrafts/Whisper pens for colouring the images.   An ink duster added more colour around the edge.   Stickles has been used to trace the outlines of the butterflies, being clear and sparkly it picks up the colour amplifying it.   Then during a sleepless period last night a row of small pearls added to the body of the bottom butterfly and some sparkly adhesive gems added to the others.

The Sisterhood of Crafters are looking for things with wings.
Craft your passion are all up in the air with things that can fly
Crafty Cardmakers want Insects to be our focal points.
Addicted to Stamps want Things with Wings
Fashionable Stamping have requested Flying Things.

This project is on the reverse of the Izhe image posted previously, I've found a different way of creating a little sample journal which I'll share with you in a week or so.   Just sharing some of the projects for it now.