Sunday, 31 January 2016

Trying to photo mirror card

At this time of year with low light most of the time you need a flash and that gets flare.  So you scan it and that flattens it.   In desperation you resort to the iPad and presto a half way decent picture.

Some shadow but that is the best I can do.   Started this card last week having seen a colour challenge, at Your next stamp.

Going through my Promarkers I have hopefully matched the colours.    Firstly the base silver mirror card was coated with blender pen, then the colours scribbled over.  A blender base helps the colours to spread and merge, I continued to colour and blend until the background suited.  I wanted a kinda blurred, out of focus, riot of colour, not dis-similar to the inspiration picture.

To stamp in mirror card you need to use Stayzon or a similar.   These types of ink pads and solvent based pens do not mix.   Acetate to the rescue.   The butterfly is from Indigo Blu stamped in purple stayzon.   The acetate run through my large A4 platform big shot in an embossing folder.   The embossing is a taken from the bubbles in the image.

It is not that common that I use a sentiment but this card needed something.  Taking a white tag, Adirondacks inks and Inkylicious Dusters the pink and teal were blender over the tag and a little sunshine yellow added because I like it.   The word was a recent magazine freebie stamped in purple.

The whole assembled with split pins randomly placed in the corners, choice here carefully and selectively place of deliberately misalign them.  I went for misaligned.  once assembled everything stuck to base card with sticky pads.

Also sharing this with Simply Create too and their Something New challenge.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Post cards from my craft table

Got a few things to do today so thought I'd share a couple of Post cards I've made.

This one was made a couple of weeks ago, indulging my love of green

The Crafty Individuals main image stamped in black.   The swirl pattern stamped next over a mask so that it sits behind the main image.   Felt pens in various shades of green picked out the flora and design on the vase.   Grey felt pen added for a little shading and and filled a little more pattern on the vase.

I thought I'd seen a challenge 'Shades of Green' but checking Challenges for days could not find it again.

The next post card was made yesterday, been mulling about it and then was inspired by a couple of challenges to get on and do it.  I like post cards, all mine are 6" x 4'.

The stamps are from Clarity stamped in Archival Black.    The nearest one and the only one not a solid silhouette has been given a yellow 'blanket'.  Yellow brushed in on the left hand side indicating sun, small shadows added in grey pointing away from the 'sun'.

This was inspired by
Rubber Dance - Black, White and one other
Crazy 4 Challenges - Pop (mine is the pop of yellow)
Less is More - Recipe Use a Silhouette.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Ink and Butterflies

I'm going back to work on Monday!  Semi retired means that you do work some of the time but not all the time.   So there is this interim  contact 3 - 9 months look at improving some reporting processes and back to the not working part of Semi retired.

So I should get the house straight before starting work again right?  Yeah I should but my creativity has only just woken up and it was calling to me.

This as an old Mandala style butterfly I stamped and coloured it during the week.   Base layer is acetate the anterior are far too complicated to cut out.  Next two layers are the full butterfly image fussy cut and coloured in the same way with Promarkers.  Just the little wings next and finally just the body.   Base card colour dusted with yellow, blue and green adirondack same pallet as the main image.   Finally an another old wood mounted stamp in grey for the second butterfly and the sentiment.

Sharing the first card with;
Butterfly Challenge - I is for Inks

While making the card above the next card was forming in my head.

The flower is an old PSX Hydrangea stamp coloured with purple and green Promarkers and a little Bubblegum Pink Chameleon faded to almost clear.   Blender pen passed over the coloured image just to knock it back a bit.    The butterfly is from Hobby art stamped onto the card and onto acetate.   The side view shows the added dimension from the wings.

Sharing this 2nd card with
Craft Rocker Challenges - Clean and Simple

Lights gone for the day now.  Stay warm, stay safe.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Did someone say Hats?

Black and White, Elegant also seem to be themes at the moment.   They sent me running for my Rogue Redhead 'Milliners Girls'.    Very sadly Chief Rogue Shar. closed Rogue Redhead Designs at the end of last year.  The stamps she did produce and sell while in business were all winners & I have all but one plate.

Here are the three girls stamped in black memento and fussy cat, stamped image then stuck to a die cut topper.    White tissue paper with black print provides a simple background just breaking up the sea of white..   A small piece of treasured black and white ribbon & 3 black self adhesive gems.   No additional colour just pure grey all the way.   You know right that what we refer to as black and white are shades of grey from the ends of the spectrum?

Challenges who might like these cards are:
Can you Case It - Black and White Elegant (or B&W Fun)
Glitter and Sparkle - Monochrome (2nd entry)
The Craft Barn - Hats

Monday, 18 January 2016

Strong Woman

Strong, iconic women have always attracted me.   I've been working on my family tree recently and the lack of place for women in Victorian/Edwardian society is marked by the lack of information gathered in the census.    We forget how recent our independence is, at the beginning of the last century we did not have the vote and our property became our husbands on marriage.   During both WW1 and WW2 women were needed as workers but once the wars were over and the men allowed to return we had to be sent home.   Look at the advertising for domestic things in the years following these wars.

Now we have the vote and opportunities unthought of a generation or two ago.   They were hard won and it was the fight, work and sacrifice made by strong women that got us the rights and privileges we enjoy today.

The two Creative Expression stamps used here represent that female power for me.   They are a pair showing I think the two sides of one person.   On a lighter side they remind me of a very old low budget film 'She'.   The She in question had achieved immortality by walking through a special blue fire that only occurred at certain/special times.

Stamped in versa mark blue onto a white postcard blank.   The flourish background stamped in Weathered Wood DI.  Some colouring to the images in shades of blue and just the one natural shade for skin tone.   The versa mark blue rubbed round the edge of the card and stormy sky brushed over the white card to make the main subject(s) pop even more.

I'm entering this into
613 Avenue - Stylish and Elegant
Glitter and Sparkle - Monochrome (I saw a little skin tone in the samples so fingers crossed)
Addicted to Stamps - Masculine (They like a strong woman)
Just us Girls - Colour Dark Blue, Light Blue and White (I did spot a little more colour on one of the samples so hoping the skin tone is OK)
Graph it - 2nd entry Winter Blues
The Friday Mash Up - Colour challenge

Craft Stamper Make it Take it - Anything goes with rubber stamping

Its cold here, think I need to go and cuddle a radiator or something.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Twofers - Metal Heavy or not

It is nice to see that our little challenge is growing, Christmas is past and people are starting to make a wider range of projects our prompts are inspiring more people to join in.   This fortnight it is my turn to host the challenge and I have chosen Metal for our theme.   It can be metal of any kind and represented in any way knifes and forks, medallions or ploughs any thing that represents the theme Metal.  We are a stamping challenge and ask that all projects include it in some way.  

My metal is Gilding flakes, gilding is the use of paper thin leaves of gold.   Not sure that my flakes are precious metal but they are certainly metallic

For the 5 of Diamonds I used the treble cleft from Inkadinkado, an old rubber on wood stamp.   Stamped in red and then quickie pen used to apply tacky glue.   The diamonds are from Clarity treated in the same way.    Once the gilding had settled the red glow was added with Ink Dusters and the 5 drawn on with Sakura pens.

The 10 of Diamonds has been completed in the same way, this time the 10 diamonds down the middle are Tim Holtz stamps used in full as designed and then again in half on the outside.   The two flocks of 10 birds are from the same TH mini set.   The main diamonds are from the English Stamp company and as I'm sure you can see the 10 is gilded.

What will your metal projects look like?   Remember one person will be chosen to be the winner with $20 to spend at Alleystamps.  I can vouch for the quality of their service 

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Sales bargain

Well that's what you do in January isn't it?   In the Co-op I found a great bargain box of dishwasher tablets.    Brought my prize home and decanted the contents into the half full box of dishwasher tablets under the sink.    Left me with the real prize a terrific sturdy box to alter.

Took me a few days to work it all out and do everything.    First step deciding what sort of storage to made, it is not big enough to be a magazine holder but you could keep all sorts of things in this.   So carefully cut off the top and down the sides.

Wondering how to cover it led to a rummage in my stash of 12 x 12 papers and two pieces of co-ordinations.   Lot of measuring folding and cutting a piece of 12 x 12 covered one side inside and out.  A strip of a third 12 x 12 paper covered the outside spine.   Next tissue tape over seams and edges.   Out with the Sweet Poppy stencils and Dreamweaver embossing paste.

Once the paste had dried the edges and Co-ordination card worked on with a file for distressing.  Further ageing with DI and the ink dusters.   Then I just wanted to embellish and titivate.   The Tattered Angels Owl stamped with stayzon onto an old acetate file cover, trimmed and then coloured on the reverse with Promarkers.   Cannot use stayzon and Promarkers on the same side they do not get along together.    The image give a coating of spray glue and stuck on top of the embossed tree.    On the same side tacky glue scribbled over and Stampendous shabby ep applied.   The heat gun to melt the ep also slightly buckled the owl adding to the overall distressed effect.   On the other side some felt flowers were added to the stencil/embossed vine.

Finally needed to put something onto the inside spine.   Cut down a piece of white card to fit and stamped it with the Kaisercraft street lamp. Coloured with Promarkers the white card was toned down with lots of DI dusted on.

Finally on a lovely sunny winter's day I had to open the patio doors to get halfway decent photos without too many shadows.

I think this altered box fits with these challenges.

Stamplorations - Mixed Media must use a Stencil
Sweet Stamping - Always anything but a card

That Craft Place - Anything Goes

Love to Create - Anything Mixed Media/Creative

Tuesday Throwdown - Add dimension

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

With a Flourish

It is a lovely day today, but it comes with the warning of snow to come but then it is January and it has been very mild so far this winter.   In the garden the snowdrops are coming on love these early flowers,

I have been in the craft room quite a bit this week, settling into retirement is proving to be very easy who said I wouldn't find enough to do?  

This card has taken a couple of days to design there are lots of flourish stamps to choose from, perhaps that should be there are lots of stamps to choose from.   These flourishes are among my favourites.   The large flourish stamped and then heat embossed with Wow powders, Brass.  The smaller flourish stamped in gold, getting an angle without shadow reduced the shine in this picture.   Finally the little dragonfly stamped in silver.

I'm sharing this with
Less is More - one layer Flourish
Just us Girls - Use something metal or metallic both the inks and the ep are metallic.
House of Cards - Embossing (&/or colour)

Right best go and make the most of this sunshine before the sun goes down.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Internet problems and creative challenges

For several weeks now I have been having real issues with my broadband supposedly fixed but heavy weather proved that to be wishful thinking.   Now an engineering is coming on Monday afternoon, hopefully it will be fully fixed after that.

Mind you poor connection stops me spending too much time playing silly FB games and instead get a little inky.

Above is a simple stamp and colour using a Pennyblack stamp felt pens and a little watercoloring.   The image is stamped in Sepia.   I'm sharing this card with CASology whose theme is Simple, and Cards and more who are looking for one layer cards.

The sorting through my stamps I came across one that has never before been inked, this pair of sneakers from Woodward.    Coloured this one with Promarkers, with all the playing cards I've been making my Alcohol ink pens have been a bit neglected and it was good to use them here.   Blue suede shoes was running through my head during the making of this card.  What you cannot easily see here is that the right shoe has been stamped twice and layered up on the card.   Sharing this with Your Next Stamp and their colour theme, I've used 4 of the colours here, two blue shades, grey and white.   Winter Blues is the theme at Graphit colour markers.

Still connected, will it last long enough to link up?

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Twofers - Birds


2016 has begun, fresh clean new calendars are up ready for the next 12 months activity.    New Years resolutions made day 2 still keeping yours?   This is also the year that I basically retire, will happily temp from time to time but the emphasis is on working less and playing more.  What can I say watch this space!

Twofers we are starting our new challenge today, Jane is our hostess this time with her theme of Birds.   As always both Jane and Christi have come up with inspiration pieces that do just that inspire.  Please go and check their projects if you have not already done so.

There are thousands of Bird stamps you can use for a project like this, narrowing it down to just one or two is the hardest part.   

My pack of cards is growing, almost half way now, and plenty of scope to finish them.   Here as always I used felt pens for the colouring, the Jack of Diamonds is a Craft Stamper cover stamp which just fits neatly twice onto the 3.5" x 2.5" card blank.   It was great fun colouring this one, those little feathers on the front are coloured blue, green and yellow.

The King of Spades, well the main bird is rather sinister looking or so I thought.  The flock behind looking like a Kings subjects keeping a respectful distance.   He is crowned with yet another stamp from my stash adding to his majesty.   In keeping with the darker aspect of this card the edges were dusted with a purple DI.

Both the Diamond and the Spade symbol are from the English Stamp Company.

We would love you to join us at Twofers with your birds.  Just a couple of rules to remember you must use a rubber/polymer stamp and no digis.