Sunday, 18 October 2015

I do love the autumn colours

It is that time of year, leaves turn brown and fall to the ground, some years it is dry so they become blown together in crisp piles and I still enjoy jumping and scuffing in those.   This year it is a wet autumn, perhaps the colours are less vivid but it still heralds the coming of winter, which in turns promises a new year and the new birth of spring.


This then is my homage to autumn this year.  The stamps here are Penny Black, the topper stamped in Memento and coloured with Promarkers.   Golds yellows oranges browns and reds with touches of green/grey green.   The edges cut with a deckle cut blade have been touched over with Adirondack denim blue.  The faded stalks along the bottom were stamped in Adirondack butterscotch.

Challenges to share this with

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - Anything Goes with Autumn Colours
My Time to Craft - Autumn Colours
Graph it - Autumn/Christmas Colours
Stamping Sensations - Colours of Autumn

The longer evenings are great for weaving



This first piece is Cherry Quartz, found on eBay from India.   It is so transparent that any wire work on the back will show through.  So a 6 wire frame folded round secures it on 3 sides while the wire ends top and bottom were used to hold it from the top and create the bale.  It seems to be a bit of a thing with my cab wraps that the is a front top structure that stands proud of the pendant, don't know where that idea came from but I do like it as a feature.


This is drilled Druzy quartz, having a drilled piece allowed me to just play.   On piece of wire was wrapped round round nosed pliers, when you slip this off the pliers it naturally twists, thanks for that tip Fleur Hastings.  A second piece of wire was threaded up through the hole and hooked onto the spiral at the bottom, it was not possible to thread a third piece through so that was secured at the top with weaving.  Then I just played and you might realise it is there again standing proud this time complete with swirls.


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Twofers - Colour Challenge

Turning chilly now isn't it, well for those of us in the northern hemisphere anyway.   Time for our 6th Challenge at Twofers as well.

My time again now and I've opted for a colour challenge.   Indulging my love of the cool colours and restricting us to just those colours, black to stamp with (If you cannot use one of the specified colours) on backgrounds that are either black or white.   Thats all, no additional colours for 'realism' or any other reason, just use Blue, Green and Yellow with rubber stamping.


Sponsored by Alleystamp the winner of this challenge will get a $20 voucher to spend at the store.

Big thank you Alleystamp


When we were talking about that to do for this challenge, my original idea of abstract was completely beyond me and my playing cards!  Someone suggested colour and once I'd named them they rushed to their craft rooms and came up with their fantastic samples.

With my original idea still in mind using cool colours like these it seemed time to make the playing card aspect of my cards the focal point.


I also found some terrific little suite shape stamps by the English Stamp Company, they are a little large but will be perfect for those challenges when the suite takes centre stage on my playing card set.  Having the stamps all that remained was the colour and how to use it.


4 of clubs (or clover leaf if you prefer) stamped and masked the image 4 times.   Using a block stamp with a dotted edge Blue and Green stamped top and bottom.   The yellow was added with Inkylicious Ink Dusters.   Back to front 4 added with White pen and a tiny row of flowers also in yellow along the top of the green.  By the way I see little hearts in this clover leaf stamp as well, watch this space. 


4 of Spades, clearly Mondrian inspired design here,  I used thirds to section the card and again used stamps and masks for the spade image.   Coloured with felt pens the pen marks show clearly and are rather random giving the backgrounds movement.  On the green panel a pair of feet have been stamped in yellow. 

Take a look at the inspired ideas Christi and Jane came up with, they would love you to visit their sites and to know what you think, me I think they are great.  


Saturday, 3 October 2015

Twofers - Vintage/Retro

Is it me or are we starting to get our Summers once the Autumn officially starts.    Busy getting the garden sorted for the end of the year and sun burn at the same time!

Time for a new challenge at Twofers, we are hoping you will find us and like us but for now at any rate we are also just enjoying each other.


This fortnight Jane setting the pace, and has asked us to take a look back.   Really looking for 20th century themes hence Vintage or Retro.    Still working on the pack of cards, this was a little bit of a tease but with a stamp collection the size of mine all you have to do is look and the stamps will present themselves.

The bike reminds me of my childhood bike in the '60s.   I used to cycle all over Boscombe & Bournemouth on it complete with the wicker basket on the front.  Oh for those long summer days of childhood!    Just felt the bike spoke for itself with a warm sunny glow behind it.    The 2 of Diamonds is a timeless vintage, a good one to be enjoyed with another vintage diamond.

We have a sponsor now at Twofers,  Alleystamps who are giving the winner $20, thats $20 (approx £13) to spend at their store.

Challenges I'd like to share this with
Use your Stuff - Markers/Inks   For these playing cards I've been using felt pens that do not show through on the other side of the playing card.   I've also dusted then images using adirondack or Distress inks.
Retro Rubber - Time Travel, again I think the bike speaks for itself.
Sweet Stamping - Wheels