Saturday, 27 February 2016

It's a little bit blue

This was a sort of mopping up exercise, the base card is a left over from last week when I was playing with my brayer.  One half is covered with blue brayer inks and odd blue marks.   With no idea where this was going Inkylicious dusters were used to discharge the last bits of colour they were holding, blue, yellow and green.

It became a stamping collage, with Clarity's Paris montage, Indigo blu's cogs and Rogue Redheads love birds.  I even went so far as colouring the dragon fly and the frames of the 2 pocket watches.  Yes 2 one was later covered with shades of blue Stampendous Frantage.   By now cutting out a piece of yellow acetate to overlay part of the card had decided itself, but first the Indigo Blu cogs had to be stamped.   Initially the cogs were to be covered with the acetate, but once it was stamped with the Rogue Redhead Love Birds, it was obvious that would not work and the position of the acetate changed.   Wanting the lovebirds to stand out they were stamped again on copper coloured metal sheet and the image cut out, it is stuck to the acetate with glossy accents the best glue for none porous  materials and pretty much invisible through the acetate.  One simple blue split pin hold the card and acetate together.

Watching "The Whistleblower" while making this card.  What a shocking story; the events depicted took place at the end of the Bosnia war and tells of the story of an American Peace Keepers struggle to bring an end to the people trafficking of sex slaves there.   And the people responsible for this trade? local men and other members of the peace keeping force.  Western Women do not take your rights and liberties for granted they are fragile and if we do not protect them there are men who would trample them.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

A Little Bird told me

Yesterday was a good day although perhaps not in the way you might imagine.   Went to London to see Mark, we had thought of walking round an outdoor market but first Mark wanted to cut his hair.   So we went to the barber where I had a Danish and coffee and him a hair cut.   While we were there it started to rain and did not let up.   OK onto plan B The Natural History Museum, off we go with the help of the underground.   Still raining we discover the queue is enormous guess we were not the only ones with a Plan B.   Plan C the Science Museum, somehow we could not find it and there was another queue getting into the V&A.  So we abandoned all ideas and went to the get something to eat instead.   And had a really good chat.

So Saturday was a wash out even the Challenges for Days Saturday List had to wait until this morning.    Then the light started to go, but not before I came up with the idea for this card and put it together.

Had a good time playing with oldies as well.    The corner is brayered good old rubber brayer and the Waterfall Big and Juicy pad.   Next One of the embossing boards from the Glitter Girls and two wavy lines.   Checked my stamps and came to this old favourite,  a Penny Black bird on a branch from the brush strokes range.  Stamped in brown and coloured with ProMarkers, blues, greens, greys and beige.  The sentiment was made for me years ago part of a plate of sentiments they made up for me.

Sharing this with
CAS on Sunday - One Layer Wonder
Hiding in my Craft Room - Clean and Simple
Less is More - Add some Texture, I love texture

Better start thinking about the work week again then.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Twofers - Anything Goes

When this is published I will be on my way to London for a day with my boy, any linkups will have to wait.

It is Jane's turn to host our Twofers challenge this fortnight and she has gone for an easy one, Anything Goes!   Well Christi and I were not going to let her get away with that so we challenged Jane to use her oldest stamp and she did.  Jane's example this week is knockout, you might want to use your oldest stamp as well but it is not essential thankfully because I didn't.

As many of you know I am making a pack of playing for the first 26 challenges at Twofers.   Anything goes (must Stamp no Digis) means just that do what ever you want.  So I used a pair of stamps designed by Sue Law several years ago.   Made by Tanda as a commissioned set; my set is just 1 of 2 in existence.

Are these just right for playing cards or what!   The clubs stamp is from The English Stamp Company whose suite stamps are proving a saviour for me.   The main images were coloured with felt pens so there is no bleed never a good look in playing cards!   The Q for queen is guided while the K for King is written in Sakura silver glitter pen.

Easy Peasy this time then get your stamps and ink out make anything incorporating them you fancy.  If Jane likes your entry you might be her chosen winner and get $20 to spend at Alleystamp.  If you have not already visited the shop I urge you to do so it's full of goodies.

Sharing my playing cards with
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Create and Inspire - Anything Goes
Creative Ladybirds - Anything Goes

Sunday, 14 February 2016


Yesterday my Son paid me a compliment, it's his birthday soon and while chatting I said I might make him a card.  Expecting a don't worry about it polite decline, instead I go cool like your cards been looking not just on fb but visiting your blog really like what you do with those rubber stamps!   Needless to say my flabber was gasted, these are not versions of his birthday card, that remains under wraps for now.

This first card is a Papermania stamp from 2015, very new for me that is!   I love the delicate flowers and stem.  First the flower was stamped and coloured then a mask was made and used.   An older 5 block stamp inked using different colours of yellow felt pens.   Missing parts of the block coloured in with the felt pen and a water brush.   The main image stamped in memento was coloured with Promarkers and the stem given a covering of Glossy Accents.   The sentiment is another old stamp this time from Hero Arts.

The second card came to me while working on the first.   Stamping' up fans will recognise the stamps used.  They come from two different set but could have been made for each other.  All the stamping is in Versafine the best ink for detail images/impressions.

Sharing these with
Less is More - one layer - stem (They also have a DT call this week, throwing my hat into the ring).
Sweet Stamping' - Clean and Simple
Addicted to CAS - Bloom
Inkspirational - Pop
Alphabet Challenge - Y for you choose

Right off to think about a card for a 42 year old son.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

The end of an inky week-end

Well having lamented at the lack of crafting time working leaves seems I've made up for it this week-end.   I've been playing with my new Ken Oliver Colour Bursts.  These strong pigments need to be used lightly as I found out first time round.

My first effort was a mess used far to much powder and water.   Fortunately the mopping up kitchen towels proved to be much more interesting and useful.   This is part of one of them one of the added benefits of using these paper towels is the added texture they bring to a project.  The stamping is on an acetate panel, stayzon ink on one side alcohol inks on the other.   The flower is from Stamplorations, the sentiment, "Thank you for being you" is an old Hero Arts stamp.

I thought I'd share this on with
Country View Challenges - Make your own background + DT Call
Monthly themes for Crafting - Asymmetric (A FB group)

Second attempt.   This time water was brushed over the card, a little pigment sprinkled on and then brushed over, first the yellow and then the green.  One of the things I found and loved is that there are little specks of other colours in the mica.   The brushed/wash look is exactly what I was going for teaching me one fab technique with these powders, there is lots more to learn yet.

The two tree stamps are old Elusive Images stamps, the Birds old Andy Skinner polymer stamps as are the 'weeds' in the foreground.

Given the relative success here I'm sharing this with a new challenge on the block
Creative Carte Blanche - Try something artistic you have not done before.

Thats this week-end then, got to chase up the pension company this week I'm still waiting for the full details of my fund.

White on White, or Hearts and Flowers, CAS, or whatever

Or even look no ink!

White on White is a look I like a lot, putting it together can be problematic especially if you want to stamp, a white stamp on white card comes not show up very well.   Today I decided not to stamp but use diecuts instead.

The silhouettes make a lovely pair, the perfect valentines couple.   Those and the base heart are Marianne dies, the other die used is from Memory Box.  The flowers are from Tim Holtz.

Sharing this with
Allsorts - CAS
Less is More - White on White
Inkspirational - Photo inspiration

Fussy and Fancy - Monochrome

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Twofers - Numbers

Back at work for the last 2 weeks only a 3 month contact with an agreement to extend for up to 6 more months if we all agree.   Mixed feelings having nearly always worked it feels normal but it isn't what I want long term.  If I can get the happy balance of some work and roughly the same amount of time retiring it will be great.

Has meant less time of crafting of any kind which is a serious downside.  Still I have managed my sample for this fortnights challenge at Twofers.   Christi is our challenge leader this time and for our 13th challenge she has chosen the theme of numbers.    Recently we feel that we have been 'discovered' as more people are joining in which is great as a $20 prize from Alleystamp is always offered for the host's selected winner.   Thank you Alleystamp you are a terrific sponsor and as a customer your service is also recommended.

Here is the pair of cards I have created for the challenge this time.

I wanted to use the Kaiser Craft bingo card collages for my playing cards, it was only when starting that it became obvious that the same bingo card was used for them.  Fortunately I needed a pair of 6's.   For the 6 of diamonds the image was stamped in Versa mark 'London fog' and overstepped with the English Stamp Company's curvy diamond.   The 6 written in silver Sakura pen, those pens along with the Whisper pens are coming into their own with this set of cards.   Some of the unlinked elements of the image were filled with Whisper pens, I'm really pleased with the way he butterfly looks in the finished result.

The 6 of diamonds was first stamped with the English Stamp Company's heart, inked once and stamped 3 times the pattern repeated on the other side.   This was overstepped with the Kaiser Craft Penny Farthing/Bingo card collage.   This time I turned to my Inkylicious Dusters and Adirondack inks blending over with Red, Yellow, Green and Blue.    Making this pair was great fun, and marks the half way mark of the pack.

Both Christi and Jane have worked hard and created brilliant samples for our Number themed project as well.  They would love you to visit them and say Hi.

I am also sharing this with
Creative Fingers - Always anything Goes
Left of Centre - Things with Wings
Alphabet Challenge - You Choose
Moving along with the Times - Things with Wings