Monday, 27 January 2014

A quick and easy design idea

That was bugging me.

Less is More have a sketch challenge this week it's a nice design similar to my usual CAS layout.   It stuck in my mind, well actually the Mojo is waking up and there are one or two ideas brewing in there.

I have a collection of Washi tapes, along with buttons, ink pads paper pads dies and many other useful items that do not get used often enough.   Enough back to the Washi, I've been thinking about different ways of using it.   Here a narrower piece has been laid over a wider piece of similar colours.    Some designer paper used to cut the die which has been carefully placed over the tape.

Thats it no stamping, no inking.

Some of those other ideas might result in most posts this week.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Into Tags at the moment

They are such a neat and useful format, great to make and so useful when finished.   Suspect this one could be destined to be a card topper.

I've got to say I love being in work and am so grateful that everything worked out as it has but I do miss have play time.   Especially inky messy play time, not today though.   Chores complete and a stamp just crying out to be inked just gotta go with the flow.

Card embossed with splash folder and then cut with the tag die.    Distress ink and Adirondack ink blended over after which a blast of Dylusions white sprayed on.    CI Butterflies stamped and clear embossed, then fussy cut out.    More Dylusions sprays and Glimmer Mist Sprays the embossed image could not really be re-heated so image left to dry.   While cutting the tag a small frame on the same die was cut, this was also coloured with the sprays and attached to the tag with a piece of Washi tape behind it.    Plain white paper blasted with the sprays and while wet the inks were moved around the page.    Paper dried with paper towel and then used for die cut flowers.    Before assembling everything a green ink pad run round the tag edges to give definition.  Finishing touch, there is always a finishing touch right? Green sticky back pearls in the centres of the flowers.    Green really is my favourite colour.

I'm sharing this with

Addicted to Stamps - Flowers
Dream Valley - No Designer Paper
Fashionable Stamping - Tag Along with us
The Squirrel and the Fox - Use Embellishments
Brown Sugar - Embossing
Crafty Catz - Monochrome
MilkCoffee - Monochromatic
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Animal Friends - Dies/Punches, hopeful that Butterflies count.
Country View Challenges - Monochromatic

All of these challenges, and more, are listed at Challenges for Days challenge listing site updated daily.


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Aquarius

Thank you to everyone who joined in with Christine's challenge last week.  I know Christine will have quite a task choosing her top 3.

This week we are back with the team and it is Esther's turn to host the Craft-Room challenge.    As we are now in the time period covered by the star sign Aquarius Esther has taken her inspiration from the stars and is looking for projects that are Water Inspired.  Take a look at the teams samples and you will see that your inspiration might be in the form of a technique or like mine more literal and be a representation of water or the water pourer himself.

Tando are out sponsor again this time, they have a fantastic and constantly growing range of products and I know Di will send out random winner a terrific prize.

I will confess to loving this challenge, so much so I made 2 samples!

First the tag cut using a TH die and then embossed with an embossing folder.  Sorry cannot help with the details it is one that I've had in my collection for a long time.    DI inks stormy sky and another blue blended over the tag using the ink dusters.    Water was then spritz onto the tag leaving droplet marks.    The fish were coloured with Orange ProMarker run over the raised area.   Sakura Glitter Pens used to help the embossed area's pop by running colour at the base of each embossed part.   Not clear in the picture is the glossy accents used to further highlight the embossing further.


This second image still has to be mounted in some way but I just love the image as it is.   I think the stamp is intended to be a fossil but it just screamed remains of a fish floating on a lettuce leaf to me.   First the image was stamped and then a mask cut to cover it.    Torn paper covered sections of the card and 3 different shades of blue ink blended over.    The main image coloured with ProMarkers while the divides of  blue colour highlighted with clear/glossy Sakura Pen. white Sakura Pen touched over this.

One day I will find a use for this but for now it is just one of those things I've made and am very pleased with.

Blue is the main colour used with these two and so I'm linking my samples with a couple of Blue challenges.
Kaboodle Doodles - Use Blue
613 Avenue - Winter Blues

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Great new (to me) colour combination

Yellow and Brown.   Spotted this on the Challenges for Days list on Saturday.   The Challenge is Inkspirational  and this colour combination excited me right away it has simply never occurred to me.

Choosing to make a tag with the TH die and kraft card I got a brown base right away.    The TH hot air balloon is one I picked up from a bargain bin at a craft show, not sure when but I do know the seller was Ali Craft.   I've really got to know this business since moving to Grimsby always so friendly with a great mix of stock.   They also have a monthly challenge which for January is Anything Goes!

The balloon was stamped on both the tag and onto white card.   The actual balloon and basket were coloured with Promarkers cut out and shaped to have dimension on the top of the tag.  The little banner on the side of the basket was replaced with ribbon and the stamped image it replaced added to the top of the balloon.   Some Washi tape with vintage images down one side a corrugated card die cut cog and a glassine paper die cut flower all help embellish the tag.  Twine wrapped young the tag and ribbon coloured yellow to match the overall colour theme popped through the hole at the top.  
Overall I'm really pleased with this little Steampunkesk colour poppin' tag so I'm sharing it with
Victorine Stamps - Use 3 Layers
Addicted to Stamps and More - Use Markers (both colouring the image and the ribbon)

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Christine's Picture Inspiration

Now all the Christmas/New Year holidays are over for another year we are back at Craft-Room with new challenges for you.    Last year after Julia and Maria went on sabbatical before we recruited Annie and Amber we turned to our FB group for a little help.    One of our group is a lovely lady from France Christine Cesar, Christine suggested a picture inspiration and produced this terrific collage for us to be inspired by and to work from.


Christine says about the challenge;
And now introducing the challenge :
Dear crafters i am happy to be Zoe and DT members guest for this challenge. I will ask you to capture the spirit of the card and do your own card or page featuring what you extract out of it. Hoping you will have fun to challenge whith me.

We have a special one off sponsor as well (But I try and get them back!)  Ali Craft are giving one lucky random winner £10 to spend at their online shop.

I think Christine's inspiration piece is very clever and thought provoking.  There are a lot of different elements and themes going on, Christine has done a brilliant job of tying them all together.    Keeping the instruction to capture the spirit extracting inspiration from it 3 things settled in my mind.   Time (Time keeping pieces) Coffee and Metal.


As is often the way with my art this project evolved as it went on.   The starting point my Geli Pad and adirondack Latte ink, when this had coloured a piece of card Expresso ink and a TH mask pressed into it.   Mask off, card back on and then the edges trimmed.   Some corrugated card stripped and another mask, this time Tando Creative, places top left the skull design picked out with copper paste paint.   The skull was topped with a little die cut crown from the scraps box.    The chipboard cogs were added next after being sprayed with Glimmer Mist (Coffee Shop) Coffee coloured Galssine paper stencilled bottom right this time with ProMarkers and another skull.  Lace, flowers some Prima some cut and rolled myself, and part of an old necklace arranged and added.   The time and metal theme brought out again with the metal wings and clock charm.

It was a lot of fun developing this thank you Christine for a fabulous challenge.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Winter Blues


Less is More's challenge this week caught my eye (again) their theme is Winter Blues.    DI and Adirondack inks and Sakura Pens and some torn paper.   The birds are an Andy Skinner stamp.

One of our senior managers is leaving soon this is going to be our card to him, once it was finished I realised that it is perfect for him.

I'm also sharing this with:

Allsorts - Free and Easy
and a challenge I've not entered before
Cute Card Thursday - Banish the Blues

Right this dieting means I have to cook! off to check the pots on the hob now.