Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, Seasonal Colours

Good morning, Happy Birthday brother.  It is such an easy birthday to remember 30th September.   This is his Birthday card this year.

It's also the start of a new challenge at Craft-Room Challenge with a colour theme set by yours truly.   At either end of the globe we are entering into the seasons of change Spring if you are in the lower half, Autumn if you are in the northern half.    Both times of year offer a riot of colour and are to my mind very energetic so my challenge is for you to use one of two colour pallets

Pick your pallet and work within it, trying not to introduce additional colours please.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Rogue Redhead Designs, I've used an image from the same plate that the winner will receive.  Well not the exact same plate, your will not have been cut and used.

There are lots of seasonal challenges around at the moment, here are a few of them

Fashionable Stamping - Trees, with Autumn Colours
Crazy 4 Challenges - Incorporate a leaf or leaves
Open Minded Crafting - Fall/Autumn
Daring Cardmakers - Autumnal Forest

Have fun with this one and remember to check everyone's rules.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Happy Retirement Ann and Ian

Ann until today had worked for the same organisation for 34 years, after his retirement her husband Ian joined the company working part time.   Today they retired and you just know who had to make their retirement card!  Here it is.

2 pieces of A4 card with DP joining them on the outside, the insert acted as additional support on the inside.   Their hobby's and interests include Steam Engines, Ballroom Dancing, caravanning and just getting out and about as much as they can.   Rogue Redhead stamps of the seniors even resembles them both making them the perfect choice.    Steam train a TH stamp and the fussy cut people are coloured with ProMarkers.    The sentiment says Time to Enjoy.

I'm sharing this card with
Simply Create too - "It's a Special Occasion"
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Lots of Layers

Sunday, 21 September 2014

That is the week that was

Health warning, I'm going to rant you might want to skip this first part and go to the cool card I'm sharing below.

Last Sunday my vacuum went Bang!  Whats the problem with that you may ask it saved you from doing the housework but.   I live with 3 cats, cats are furry and shed their fur everywhere and so when it gets ankle deep it does have to be vacuumed up.   So off to the shop to get a new one, bearing in mind that we are not going to be able to buy those powerful sucky tools once the shop stocks have sold out, something to do with global warming.   £100 + later a new cleaning tool made its way to my home.

New boss had her first post hand over week.   Now normally this would not be to much of an issue even if she does need to know absolutely everything and have her hand held at each step.  We are still working on the go live of a new computer system, what to new computer systems do? they go wrong.   Top this with 2 power cuts during the week stoping all work for each afternoon and resulting in 2 very late evenings in the office (6:45 and about 7:15) a new early start on Mondays on the promise of a early finish, yeah right.   And people wonder why I am stressed?

Then I get answers about the boiler at the house I am buying.   They have never had the boiler serviced and do not know when it was installed!!!! Who does not get their boiler serviced?   So I've gone back and said get it serviced or replaced to my satisfaction or the deal is off.

There is more the normal nonsense of spam calls, spilling the milk (Actually didn't do that) kind of normal day to day stuff not worth mentioning.

But, and this is important the cats are all fine.

So this week-end has been about unwinding, the vacuum was unpacked and put to work! Now this is sad but I like the new machine it is sooooo much better than the deceased one.   And I made a card.

Pumpkin Spice - Coffee or the Colours of Coffee
Less is More - Face the Music and Dance

The colour pallet (apart from the Orange) is shades of coffee, from the browns of 'black' coffee to the cream of silver top milk Camp Coffee my Mother used to make.   I've used Memento, Stayzon, and Colour box chalk inks.   The image has been coloured with Promarkers.

The Main images is a Stamps Happen Inc stamp stamped onto a scrap rectangle and fussy cut.  The blocks, music and stave are old stash collection stamps.   The solid strip is a piece of scrap from another project.   The cafe girl  on her stool always me think of Bob Fosse a brilliant mid 20th century choreographer, I expect her to break into one of his dances any moment now.

Good therapy.

I'm also sharing this with 

AAA Cards - Fussy Cut CAS

Right shopping list, Onion, Garlic and Icecream

Thursday, 18 September 2014


The perfect antidote to a stressful week in the office, a little ink and time to let creativity put logic in it's place.

A little sunshine, well seems we are not getting of the real thing!  Inspired by AAA Cards a CAS challenge site with the theme of Sunshine.   The card is from a recently re-discovered pad of graduated colour, this is coated stock so the images are stamped in Stayzon ink.   The glorious sun image is by Stampendous, while the sail boat and the water are Kanban stamps.   Simple really but oozing hot laze summer days.

I'm also sharing this fun card with,
Addicted to Stamps - Holiday
Inky Impressions - Primary Colours (Red, Yellow, & Blue) that + white is all I've used.
Crafters Cafe - Water Related

Right time to get back to logic and that office place.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, Forest Friends


We had a great number of entries for out last challenge, unfortunately more or less 50% did not qualify. Mostly it seems to be an issue about the number of challenges entered but with some there were also our other rules that were really being adhered to.  Please read the rules folks we are telling each other and ignoring those entries that are ineligible.

Moan over, we have a new challenge for the next 2 weeks at Craft-Room Challenge, our host is Amber and her theme is Forest Friends.

Amber says "I have picked the theme of "Forest Friends".  I love forest creatures!  You can include any of them in your project, but I ask that they be one of the focal points and not just a "token gesture".  Please check out the New Pesky Rules to ensure that your entry/post qualifies to be in with a chance of winning."

Our sponsor for the challenge is Tando Creative, you know they send really nice goodies to our winners.


With this colourful time of year and this fab theme I have chosen to create a mix media canvas as my sample.   The canvas is 12" x 9" initially painted with watercolours two trees added with stencils and embossing paste.   When that was dry the trees were given definition with ProMarkers.   Glimmer Mists  more watercolours and stamps built up the scene.    The silhouette birds are felt iron appliqué fixed here with glue with the suggestion of a tree trunk on the edge.   The deer trotting through the woodland is a Tando Creative rain deer also coloured with ProMarkers.

I've mentioned our rules and I always look to respect those of other challenges, with this in mind I am entering my canvas into

Fantasy Stampers - Autumn Colours
Animal Friends - Golden Autumn
Stampinback - Anything but CAS (rubber stamps used 2 trees and flock of birds)
Simply Create Too - Fall/Autumn

and then I learnt of The Mirror Crack'd a new monthly mixed media challenge with the theme of Anything Goes.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Off White, Blue and Brown

Well I did mention that the colour themes around this week were inspiring me.

Blue and Brown, it's a very stylish combination this week-end I could not resist it.   I've not made one of these journal cards recently so I did for this project.

The stamps are Kanban ones, stamped in Brown Memento.   Then it was just playtime with my Promarkers lots of different Blue and Brown tones.    To finish Inkylicious ink dusters Adirondack and Distress inks blended top and bottom.

Two challenges for this colour combo, one it does not qualify for but as far as I can see it does qualify for
Daring Cardmakers -  Colour Challenge.

Something with wings is another popular theme and I hope the bluebird here will not be seen as a token gesture as it is as important to this piece as the flowers or the sentiment.

Stamping Sensations - Things with wings.

Colour themes and tags and things

When I updated the Challenges for Days list yesterday (Saturday) I was struck by the number of colour challenges and how different they are both in style and the colours suggested.   So inspired I made a couple with more spilling out of my head ……..

First Chocolate Mint

Does it make you think of the delicious chocolate with little mint sugar crystals in it?   Did me.    The die is one I picked up recently in a bargain bin as I've got a patchwork in my head for another time.    Here using the middle size die and some double sided card.   The shapes stamped with images from various set in Coffee Archival ink and coloured with Sakura.   Another bargain die provided the ribbon suspended medal.   The ribbon is white and has been coloured with a green Promarker pen.   A little bee charm just completes what is essentially a CAS card.

Less is More are of course the inspiration of this colour combination.

Next, Pretty in Pink

This one started under electric light I was delighted this morning that it was working out as well as it has.   Handicapped as pink is not really one of my go to colours there is a surprising amount of useable bits to help.   Pink card stock cut with the trusty TH tag die and left overs + left over of green from the project above cut with yet another bargain bin set of dies for some flowers.   A freebie paper pad provided the blue bird and bunting at the top, this is largely hidden by the old Basic Grey fibres.   Crafty Individuals Ladies of Paris stamp used with Memento brown ink and just the forefront image coloured with Promarkers.

This was created for
Allsorts - Pretty in Pink
Suger Creek Hollow - Tag your it

It's only now Sunday afternoon and at least one more colour combo calls.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Tando Creative endless opportunities.

More or less 5 years ago a brand new paper crafting product came onto the Market.   High quality strong and durable Chipboard.   This board came laser cut shapes intended I think for scrapbookers, arch shapes, inches, twinchies simple basic shapes that would take a battering.

The owner/designer Di Oliver a paper crafter herself got some of her friends to test the products and write about them on their blogs.   It was from one of these blogs that I learned of the product and went looking for retail sources.   My early efforts were with the arches and the jig saw pieces.

Over the last few years the range has grown and now includes many 3D projects, a much wider range of shapes and elements that can be used for all manner of crafting projects.   Flexible and strong masks were soon added to the range these match and compliment the chip board extending the possibilities.

Late 2010 I was invited to join the design team for Tando Creative, giving me the opportunity to test, experiment with and explore the opportunities the range provide.    There was even the opportunity to write the first tutorials these were in the form of a book made of 6' square chipboard stamped embossed coloured heated and goodness only knows what else on each side.   The finished book can be seen here.

The adventure continued with more and different projects.   Mobiles proved to be successful.  2012 was  a terrific year for GB for the Craft Barn extravaganza that year the Tando team laid on GB themed projects.  Below are 3 of my samples for the event show casing the then new buttons, another whole raft of opportunities and ideas.

Later in 2012 life got rather complicated with work being done in the house the demands of the design team became to much and I stepped down from the team but the pleasure taken in Tando products remains and it is a delight to try new additions to the range when they become available.

This is one such, a book cover.

The kit comes as a 6" square project with front and back boards and a 3/4" spine.   To complete the cover there is a laser cut topper for the front.   I painted this topper with pearlised paints in different colours and several layers to get deep rich colours.   Behind this is a 6" thin metal sheet hand embossed with using a TSS mould and tools.   Decorative tape helps hold the structure together with paper from my stash lining it all on the inside.    Sweetpea stamps provided the steampunk bee stamped with Stayzon onto foil lined card.   

Recently Tando Creative opened their own on line shop Tando Creative Retail  where the entire range is available.

The book cover is my entry into
Altered Eclectics - A monthly challenge where anything altered goes (except cards).
Rhedds Creative Spirit - The other monthly challenge where anything altered goes (except I think cards)

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, Something Old Something New

We loved your Cat themed makes over the last fortnight I'm sure we will have a lively debate choosing our Winner and Top 3.    While we are doing that we have a new challenge at Craft-Room for you.   

It is Annie's turn to host the challenge and she has come up with a goodie.   Something Old, Something New; Old and New stash? thats the direction my project took.   The New is a stamp and embossing folder set by Couture Creations I picked up recently, the butterfly and flower were stamped and then embossed.   The blue tit is a Craft Stamper cover stamp that had not been used previously.   The topper and mat were cut with a deckle edge blade, one of the old things used the others were my felt pens used for colouring and the Blue Glass ep the sentiment is embossed with.

Our sponsor for the challenge is Crafty Individuals, the designers of the Blue tit stamp used here.

With our rule of no more than 5 other challenges I am being very selective about challenges I enter.
Sweet Stampin' - Embossing
Simply Create too - Show us Something New
4 Crafty Chicks - Something Old Something New
That Craft Place - Summery Colours
Come and Get it - Things with Wings