Saturday, 19 November 2016

Always Use Rubber, Things with Wings.

It has been a busy time recently making Christmas presents and other bits and bobs but next years calendar has been a very important project.   It is finished now but as some of the pages are being used as inspiration samples for Always Use Rubber it cannot be shared in all its glory yet.

The December page can be revealed now though as it features Angles, well the challenge is Things with Wings.

Lovely old wood mounted stamps again from my Christmas stamp stash, they do not get a lot of use now but could not think of anything better for this theme.   Stamped and masked the main angels and then the background stamp placed behind them.   Masks still in place Red and Green DI dusted over.   The music flourish and holly added after, and yes the holly edge is deliberate, not sure it worked but it does kind off lift the holly.   Infill colouring with Sakura Sparkle pens.   Very simple, but oh so right for December's calendar page.

At Always Use Rubber we have a monthly prize from our lovely sponsor Alleystamp.   The winner is selected by the team from all our individual challenge top 3's.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Finding the right motivation

That is sometimes the problem.   The desire is there but an actual project to get your teeth into is missing.   So you spend a lot of time stroking your stash waiting for the butterfly that is your brain to settle on just one thing.

Eventually you fancy is taken by a mask form and you get to work.    As this is a plastic form so stamping and heat embossing is not an option.  Found some Making Cards paper Saved for the watercolour type flowers.  Fussy cut some of these out to stick on with Modge Podge, before sticking the flowers on came across a couple of there things on my table a scrap of printed tissue and a floral wreath that was diecut in gold card some time in the past.   Sorted out the arrangement and glued it all down.   Starlight paint in silver on the edges and dragged in over the dry glue.   Decided this mask needed a bow and some butterflies.   Butterflies stamped in stayzon onto more scraps, this time vellum, and fussy cut.   The bow tied in green ribbon attached with silicone glue dot as were the butterflies.   Self adhesive gems and pearls to add a little bling.

I'm sharing this with
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything Goes with a Hand And Bow
Eclectic Ellapu - Pink Team Anything Goes with a Bow
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Anything with snippets

Thursday, 10 November 2016

This little house

As has become the norm on a Thursday checked out Go Tag Thursday, if you have not seen this challenge yet go, now!   There is a new theme every week and the only stipulation is to make a tag, what you do with that tag or where you put it is entirely up to you.   I've been playing with different ideas for tags.  This week the theme is House/Home.

Then i went over to Challenges for Days to see what other challenges there are than might inspire me, and found.
Colour Throwdown with a very interesting pallet.

Using DecoArt paints I whipped up something resembling the colours.

Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed Media

So what did I do?   Tando arch and frame, more of the prize I think, Tando people and a heart.   Everything given a good base of white Gesso.   Then play time with DecoArt paints and tints, colours painted on in splashes and dashes, colours mixed and painted over.   A little stamping, every house needs a cat, some pen marks more paint including black and white this time.  Everything glued together.   All good tags need a ribbon I used it here to help secure the arch to the frame and maybe as smoke from where a chimney might be?

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Purple and Gold

I like this combination.

I like it so much in fact that I stuck completely to the with just those colours.   The gold paper came with me from Southampton originally it was part of a kit, I just do not make up kits the elements were worth saving.    The stamped and embossed image is from Creative Expressions a wood mounted stamp.   The flourish is grunge board with 3 different types of gold colour applied.   Gold embossing ink, Imagination Crafts Starlight paint and Alchemy Wax topped off with 3 quarts beads.

Now who to share this little creation with?
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Perfectly Created Chaos - Heat Embossing
Lawnscaping Challenge - CAS
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Anything goes must use snippets (Gold Paper)
Less is More - Purple and Gold

Monday, 7 November 2016

Not exactly a Card

The Youngs calendar for 2013 was 12 sides of card that fitted into a clear plastic fold over frame/holder.   Toward the end of the year when the new calendars were issues I was shocked to discover that we were not using the holders again!    Shock horror what a waste, a quick dash round the building resulted in quite a few being rescued.   My 2014 calendar was made by me, in the roughly 3 years since I have from time to time made little art pieces that fit the holder, easy replaceable art.

CAS on Sunday have the theme of flowers, ideal theme and subject for a new little treasure.   I love poppies, in fact the last one of these little pages made featured this very same poppy stamp.   Keeping it CAS this time I used a Clarity corner stamp and Clarity poppy.   Stamped in green colour added with Chameleon pens.

Challenges who I hope will like this
CAS on Sunday - Flowers
Great Impressions - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Red for Remembrance
Fantasy Stampers - Poppy Appeal
Clarity Challenge - Blast from the past.

Sunday, 6 November 2016


I am a pacifist.   I think we can gauge how far our civilisation has come by looking at the ways we make war, it probably started with two family troops fighting over a good cave and in those fights it is entirely possible that no one was seriously hurt never mind killed.   Today well turn on the news we have got so much better at the art of war.

WW1 was hailed at the time as the war to end wars, in that regard it failed.   The service men and women returning from those bloody stages we then expected to just slot back into daily life as if nothing had occurred.   Many were so badly wounded that they could not, the British Legion was founded to help take care of them.   One of the things they did was to give Ex service men the job of making simple paper poppy's which were sold to raise funds to help the legion work.   Remembrance day was first marked on 11th November 1919 one year after the end of WW1.   Today we continue to honour that tradition remembering the consequences and sacrifice made in all conflicts then and since, and sadly there have been a lot of them.  

I have great respect for our service people.    No surprise then that my November page is in honour of Remembrance day and all it stands for.

This Sweet Poppy stencil was produced originally as an act of remembrance with proceeds from the first batch going to the legion, I don't know if they still donate but the intention is one to respect.

Red and Green dusted and stencil brushed onto plain white card.   Viva crackle glaze spread over it.   The crackle effect did cause the card to buckle so this is the only kinked page in the calendar.   Wanting this to stand out and speak for it's self the inks were just dusted and stencil brush dabbed around the edge of the piece.

I wanted to enter this into 2 challenges but they both require stamping so I will just invite them and their followers to come and look.

Sweet Stampin' - Red for Remembrance
Fantasy Stampers - Poppy Appeal

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Make over!

Have you noticed a few changes to this little place?   I've given myself a new background and header.   Needed to do it and been thinking about it for a little while just needed a direction to take it in.

Inspiration came for Less is More and another momentous week from them.   Chrissie co-founder and hitherto leader of Less is More is taking a break and will be a less frequent team member at LIM.   I can understand why, it is time to enjoy retirement, grandchildren and holidays.   Would just like to say thank you Chrissie, kick back and have fun.   This weeks theme purple and gold.

Just for fun I'm also sharing this with 
Try it on Tuesday - Hand made by you.

Always use Rubber - Destinations

Good Morning, we have a new challenge for you at Always Use Rubber and it is Jane's choice of Destinations.    Jane's thought process for this went Holidays (British use not just public holidays), Travel, Places you might visit and ended I think with anywhere you might send a postcard from.   Now I'm not big on going away for a week or two but I do love visiting, sitting and watching the sea. Don't forget there are Top 3 places to be awarded and the possibility of being the monthly winner with a terrific prize from our sponsor Alleystamp.

So my August calendar page is a pastoral scene set somewhere along the Jurassic Coast.   A place to sit clifftop watching the waves go by.   The stamps are all from Stamping' up, the colouring with Chameleon Pens.

How many of our entries will be the North Pole?  In the mean time I'm sharing this with

Addicted to Stamps - Holidays (not perhaps what they had in mind but what the heck!)
Colour Crazy Craft - Anything Goes


Friday, 4 November 2016

A different kind of Tag

As soon as I saw this week's theme at Go Tag Thursday I got excited, Birds and Birdhouses.   Did not know what I was going to do but think it is a brilliant theme.

The MDF Tag/Brag book thing I have used before but the papers used had not stuck well and were easily peeled off.   Back to bare board the back plate had it's paper stuck back down, the cage top lavishly coloured with Imagination Crafts Alchemy Wax.   Artistic Stamper Love Birds set provided the stamped images, XCut die cut made the flourish bird flying free and Viva gel pens added little embellishments.

I'm also sharing this with
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything but a card
Mod Squad - Going for Gold
Deep Ocean Challenge - Use Dies and/or Punches
Take it Make it - Anything goes with stamping.

This and that

Think I've got a couple of half decent photos this morning.    This card inspired by Butterfly Challenge.

The prompts this fortnight Q for Quote and/or Quicksilver.  No quicksilver/mercury in my collection of crafting materials so silver ep it is.    Got a bit of a different challenge going on, Izzy Granddaughter told me that her Mum has a new job Manager of a charity shop.   Finally somewhere to send my more tasteful and acceptable cards!   So now my wacky might have to be kept in check!

Background here Brushos over stamped with two of my favourite butterflies, the quote simply says butterfly kisses, the two words separated across the panel.   Dug out an older but delightfully delicate punch for the panel corners and opening edge of the card.

Butterfly Challenge - Always with a butterfly Q for Quotes and/or Quicksilver
Creative Ladybirds - JFF Anything Goes
Perfectly Created Chaos - Heat Embossing and thank you Mrs A for bring this challenge to my attention.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Shortage of daylight

Am not liking this condensation of daylight and it is going to condense even more before we get those longer daytime periods.   Well those of us on the northern half of the planet are, the further north the fewer daylight hours we will have for a little while now.   Problem with that is the restriction it places on our crafting time.  Crafting by electric light is OK up to a point but colouring and colour matching can lead to some un-expected -intended results.    Taking pictures of finished projects is difficult as well so this is all I have to share today.

Might add more pictures tomorrow to do it full justice, the overall dimensions are h 13" w 9.5" d 3.5".    It has taken me a couple of days a lot of which was waiting for ink, paint and glue/sealant to dry.

The base is a ply wood panel from HobbyCraft might have to get another one of these.   It has been painted in Black Gesso to set the other elements off.   The big paper mache puffy heart has a base coat of white gesso then been spray painted with Imagination Crafts mixed media spray and Glimmer Mists.    I love building colours up this way and the added benefit of drip marks,    The fan shapes at the top at the top are part of the amazing Tando prize I got earlier this year, the flower shape came from a purchased Tando kit.   The fan base coloured with Glimmer Mist, the top as you can see was split up.  The frame painted in black gesso, the inners and the flower run through an embossing folder and then painted with Imagination Crafts starlight paint then brushed over with Imagination Crafts Alchemy Wax.    Fans and Heart glued onto the black base everything left overnight to really dry and set.

Today happy that everything was in place the heart was stamped and heat embossed with gold ep.  Then Modge Podge brushed over the whole piece.   Health warning here the Imagination Crafts spray paint is water based, the Modge Podge re-activated it which resulted in changes to the other colours that had over sprayed it but I think it is still OK.    Into the wet Modge Podge Stampendous glitter shits and flakes were sprinkled and a piece of holey lace placed at the bottom of the base board.     Then it was the long wait for that to dry before hanging it on the wall to photograph.

I'm entering this into 
Crafting with Attitude - Always anything goes.
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Creates and Makes - Always anything goes with option This month Ribbon or Lace
Altered Eclectics - Anything Altered Goes
DL Art - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Get Creative - Anything Goes

Hope to be back tomorrow daylight/photography permitting.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Is it to late for Purple and Green?

I do have a couple of projects on the go, but nothing to share with you yet apart from this shell pearl necklace made up yesterday.    The beads were all in a bead scoop with lots of others but all the purple ones have been used here.   Silver plate chain and findings and a lot of fun.

With the same sense of fun in mind thought I'd share this with
Cupcake Inspirations -  Always a picture inspiration

Crafty Gals Corner - Anything but a card.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

November, already

I know it happens every 12 months, this is the time of year for some of us when Autumn settles in, seems it has started as it means to go on.  Dull, wet and overcast, best make the most of those few daylight hours and get crafting.

 At this time of year all over the land foxes are pairing up, locking, and getting ready to welcome next springs cubs.    When I found this little fox mask at the Range it just fell into my shopping basket demanding to be a future project; and it has been ages since I last 'did' a mask.

The paper mache form was given a white gesso coat first followed by Imagination Crafts gold shimmer paint.   The remains of a fat square dipped into Bronze Powertex and throughly coated before being laid out on a piece of card.  The face settled onto the fabric, time for scraps and snippets.  Various pieces of lace and ribbon given the powered treatment and laid over and around the project, together with a couple of little wooden trimming things.   Next small balls of clay were dipped into the remains of the powered and added randomly over the project and some Brushos sprinkled onto the still wet Powertex.   Everything then left overnight.

We are told with Powertex to leave it an hour to start to go off before applying any dry brushing, but if you leave it longer the hardening process is more advanced and there is a firmer surface to work on.   Water spritzed to activate the brushos.  Playtime, pigment powders and varnish provided by the Powertex people Green, Orange, Red and Copper were used given the darkness of the Powertex used it was the Copper that worked best.

Back to the mask and out with the ProMarkers in Red and Orange.  Brush marks in the gold were filled with pen the eye sockets outlined and dots added to accent shapes.   Rough string used for the hanger added with contact glue, a bit messy but the string is not going anywhere.   The Papyrus die cut butterfly is a bit battered and the worse for having sat on my work table.   You might remember that I have problems using this die and this was another failure damaged by my efforts to get the bits out.   What better finishing touch but a battered butterfly?

Over time the drying process continues and the treated fabric gets stiffer and stiffer, it has long since been peeled off the backing card.   This project now hangs in the hall with a lot of my other masks.  From there I'm sharing the with.

Altered Eclectics - Always anything altered goes
Mixed Media Mojo - Autumnal with twist Metallics
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Always anything altered goes
A Inky Mess - Always anything mixed media

In closing, my Granddaughter called me yesterday to tell me she had just had her nipples pierced.  Yep I cringed as well.