Saturday, 26 March 2016

Old School Inky gloriousness

Oh it is so good to get inky.   Been spending too much time on the CAS route, with the long week-end seemed a good time to get back into it.


and here it is.   Layers of distress inks blended with my favourite brushes building up colour on the base card and then on the stamped image.   Tim Holtz image stamped onto white card with Sepia coloured ink.   Paper torn from one of those treasured stacks so many of us have.   Finally some paper flowers from another of those stashes.

Boy oh boy that felt good.

Sharing this with

Creative Inspirations - Nature
Allsorts - Wings

OK I've got a Challenges for days list to write.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Inky butterfly

Happy Easter!   What lovely day this is great start to the 4 day week-end, but still a little chilly.  Still washing on the line always a good feeling.

Here is a little card made last week-end and inspected by Harley.


Adirondack inks blended over the base card and spritzed with water.   Next Stamping' up background stamps randomly applied with different colour inks.    On some watercolour paper the Ken Oliver colour bursts were used for deeper richer colour.  My old mandala style butterfly stamped twice onto the paper and carefully cut out, the image was also applied to the base card and the cutouts layered over it.   Finally another favourite and much loved little butterfly stamped onto acetate and cut out, this is added to the card with glossy accents just on the insect's body.

I just love the inky random messiness of this card, which I would like to enter into the following challenges.
Fashionable Stamping - Butterflies
Penny Black and More - Feature a Creature
Hiding in my Craft Room - Blending
Morgan's Artworld - Anything with Wings

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Spring 2016


Not content with one stencil card this stencil, a framed window, had to be done.   Took a little different approach with this one.   The inner panel has been dusted with ink and left.   Whisper pens were used to brush over the stencil loosely at first and then with more attention to detail.   Once the stencil was removed a little touching up and tidying up with the outlines 'firmed' up using the fine nib of the felt pens.   I just love those little bees.

Sharing this card with
Fantastic Tuesday - ATG - Cute Critters
Creative Card Crew - CAS
Try it on Tuesday - Nature

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Lookin' out the window

Less is more have a challenge theme this week that really struck a cord "Whats outside your Window".   The rider is to use your imagination, still keeping it CAS.  Well my ideas about CAS have been getting some revision when you look at some so called CAS challenges and entries to them they are positively cluttered with more on them than some of my most piled creations.


So after sleeping on it I raided my stencils and made some fabulous discoveries, it has been far too long since they saw the light of day.   My window frame is a celtic knot, the bird on a branch is another stencil.   Inkylicious Dusters, Latte Adirondack ink blended over the stencil form the frame & base.  Whisper Pens marked out the bird on a branch and were then used to colour it in.

Other challenges for this card.
613 Avenue Create - Use a Bird
CAS on Sunday - Stencil it
Moving along with the Times - In the Garden


Saturday, 19 March 2016

Twofers - Shoes

Bit late with the post today, had a couple of late nights last week, one a fun one the other work.   On the plus side still enjoying this job.

So Twofers Challenge, poor Christi she is our host this week but also has a lot going on in her life, so she might not be around as much as usual please forgive her.   Jane and I on the other hand are standing by eagerly waiting to see your creations for Christi's SHOES challenge.   Please remember you have to stamp, pretty much other than that go for it, I did


When we first found out about this theme I was stumped, and could not think of a single shoe stamp in my stash.   Days of not dwelling on it later I remembered a couple of sneaker stamps, the other one was too big for a playing card, and the ballet shoes.

Our chosen winner will receive $20 to spend at our sponsor, Alleystamps online shop.   Gotta be worth creating a shoe themed project for.

Well the Sneakers had to be a 2.   Thing is there was just one 2 slot left, 2 of Clubs so this ended up a bit colourless.  Bought a bit of colour in by colouring parts of the shoe and using a large number 2.


Perhaps not my finest hour, but I think I made up for it with the Ballet shoes.   These are from Stamp addicts.    The Vinaigrette style of this stamp showcasing just the dancers feet dressed in lovely delicate satin ballet shoes.    The image puts me in mind of Dame Margot Fonteyn who was so talented she could stay on point longer than anyone else and made it look effortless.


Stamped in red and then as usual with these playing cards coloured with Whisper Pens.   

Sharing my Ballet Shoes ('cause I think they are gorgeous) with;

Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket - Anything Goes
Create and Inspire - Anything Goes

PS Dame Margot Fonteyn was also a gun runner!

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Beginning to feel my years

In a very few weeks I will be 60.   This has been flashing in front of my eyes for months now the big 60.   Never really thought I'd make it to 60 don't think I'm tempting fate telling you this.    It is also silly to be bothered by a number recent months have been very good to me.   Work wise things are on the up, retirement is not going on the back burner but having a challenging and interesting role is encouraging me to stay where I am working perhaps 9 months out of every 12.   Just waiting to see.

So with 60 flashing in front of my eyes this card, with an Abe Lincoln quote, came from my hands.


The Sentiment was the starting point, stamped in gold and embossed with fine gold ep.   stamped again onto a post it page cut around to make a mask.   The old couple are another Rogue Redhead Designs stamp, looking through my stash seems there are a lot of stamps there from companies that are no longer in business.   So glad I invested in them when I had the chance.

Well surprise surprise it seems there is just one Challenge this qualifies for; Less is More with their one layer week theme of 'Make a Sentiment the focus'.

I'm so very nearly 60, HELP!

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Sunshine inspired

So Nice to see the sun yesterday, and for a longer period of daylight than last week-end.  Inspired me to get crafting' good and messy.   Some work in progress on my table, some (playing cards) tucked away for now and this.


It all started with some old shaving foam and a baking tray, mixed a little yellow and green colour burst in with the foam.   Yep good old shaving foam background the powder not activated as much by the foam as it is by water creates a subtle background.  Next up the coloured acetate, more of the yellow from last week and an embossing folder, the acrylic cut to the folders dimension.   The bird is a Clarity stamp in Teal ink onto Green acetate and fussy cut.

The glass frame came from the Range A useful place for all sorts of Alterable's.   Saw the glass frame a couple of weeks back and popped it straight into the shopping bag knowing it would be useful.   Once the contents were assembled it seemed something was missing.  A little yellow and green alcohol ink on the outside glass.

This week-end's shout out for Spring then.

Hiding in my Craft Room - Spring Colours
Less is More - Citrus Colours (ok there is not a lot of white space, it's clear glass instead)
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge - ATG Twist a touch of Spring

If you are a Mother, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Twofers - Organics

Hello, another 2 weeks have passed and it's time for a new challenge at Twofers & it's my turn to select the theme.   My choice is Organic.




Organic, something 'living' Plants Animals Insects. Organic as in farming crops and live stock grown without the use of aggressive methods or chemicals. Organic as in something that developes as you go along, not planned and/or placed but rather grows as you continue.   Jane and Christi had problems figuring out were to go with this at first, all 3 of us have gone in different directions and I'm sure you will agree once they each had a direction they nailed it.

My idea was very much going in a freestyle direction.   Had to check the pack first to figure out which cards were missing.   10 of hearts first.



All my playing cards are 3.5" x 2.5" it is the one constraint I've placed on myself.   This card started with the heart, from the English Stamp Company.  Masked this and got out the Inkylicious Dusters and Adirondack inks, blended the colours across then some direct to paper inking.   The stamping on the bottom half is a little stamp I've had for ages but don't think had inked before.   Used it here with both 1st and 2nd generation inking.    The 10 little flying hearts are hand drawn.   Mask removed a little more yellow dusted over.

Next the Ace of Spades, is a fish


Of course it is how did you not realise before?  Stamped, masked and dusted as before then a little Zen Tangle Inspired doodling.  I used Sakura pens to add little bubbles and some seaweed, as well as the all important A for Ace.   White pen made it all Pop.

All you need to do to join us is produce your own Organic piece, remember to include rubber/polymer stamping and share it with us.   One of the entries will win the $20 voucher provided by our brilliant sponsor. 

Other challenges who might like my playing cards

Creative Inspirations, have a challenge of Pretty Things, I think my playing cards are pretty.
Shopping our Stash, their challenge is 'White out' No white paper.
2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Spring (thinking of the 10 of hearts for this)
My time to Craft - One layer only (by their nature playing cards have to be one layer)