Sunday, 31 July 2016

Peaches and Cream

The last time I used a stamp from this collection it raised a few queries.   This is a Penny Black stamp dated 2013 they issued a few with in this delicate nature range.   Wanting a simple line design this image seemed perfect.

Stamped on hammered card in Expresso Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers.   The bottom flourish filled with Distress Stickles.

Made for
Fantasy Stampers - Peaches and Cream (The Cream is the Card stock)
Less is More - Use something tactile (hammered card and stickles)
Allsorts - A Touch of Sparkle (stickles)

Saturday, 30 July 2016

It's a Kinda Tag

This door hanger was so much fun.   I'm calling it a tag so it can be my second entry into Go Tag Thursday where the theme is wings.

The "Tag" is a That's Crafty MDF blank.   Given a base coat of Gesso and painted with DecoArt turquoise and green with some of the white tint added for blending and shading.   I knew this steampunk style owl from Creative Expressions would be the must have topper.   Embossed in WOW bronze and then coloured with Imagination Craft shimmer paints.   A branch from the same set was then stamped randomly using a bronze/copper ink pad so lots of shimmer building up.  So to finish off I rubbed on some gilding wax in Indigo and Brass.

It just happens, That's Crafty have a challenge with the current theme of "Birds of a Feather"

Also sharing with An Inky Mess - Anything Mixed Media.

Friday, 29 July 2016

A little project from a wet corner of the world

Oh yes it rained, the sort of rain that bounces of the pavement in big splashes loved it.

Go Tag Thursday this week are calling for Wings.   I'm enjoying Tag Tuesday it gives me an excuse to make a tag, not that I need one really.   This time I used a fairy stamp for my winged thing.

The colours are from Sunday Stamps, matching my Chameleon Pens as well as I could.  

The Fairy was stamped first and then masked so that the fantasy flower could appear behind it and be large enough for a dainty little fairy to hid herself in.  So this is a simple one layer tag with just the challenge colours and some gold gilding wax roughly applied to frame it.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Warning, this posting includes PINK!

2 or 3 weeks ago the Hochanda One Day Special was a Deco Art/Tando kit.  I'm familiar with Tando and paint generally but not specifically Deco Art.  The demo hours for the One Day Special had Kate Crane showing us how to use the paints, stencils and various Tando elements in the kit.

Now I've started my own tester project.  5 years a go I made a "Book of Tando" using 6" square Tando Pages.   This is a little bit like that using the Tando Mixed Media boards in the kit which at 80mm x 116mm are much much smaller.

It is going to be interesting to see how my style has changed in 5 years and how much I absorbed from the Kate Crane demos.    The paint colours in the kit are Green, Turquoise, Red and Black.  There is also a pot of white gesso and a white tinting base which works with the coloured acrylics.

On this page I have also used Imagination Crafts shimmering acrylics both with a stencil and on its own for added accents.  The butterfly was stamped in red, coated with Stampendours Old Rose Shabby EP and then outlined with red Pro Markers.   Final touches with gilding wax. and Green Glimmer Mist.

This was glorious messy fun, more pages to follow as and when.  For now I'm sharing the with
Butterfly Challenge - P is for Punches and/or Pink.   Just Pink from me this time.
Cards and More - Embossing (2nd entry)
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes (2nd Entry)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A doodle today

Circles not something i can draw as evidenced by this tangle page.   It is nice though to just sit and let the pens do the work.   Usually, and this is no exception, the process starts with a prompt from Canada, I am the Diva.  Laura is a CZT and makes wonderful pieces using officially listed tangles, mine this time does not contain any selected official tangles just the ideas that came to mind as it went along.

Just for fun I thought I'd share this with Country View Challenges whose July theme is "Have fun with Circles".   Might not be circles although that is the intention but I did have fun!

Fact is I do find myself doing something "creative" everyday.  Is it any wonder I'm so enjoying being retired and could be such a grouch at work needed this freedom.    Enjoy your creative time it is precious.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A Card today

It seemed the best way to use the artwork.

Cut 2 postcards (4" x 6") from a piece of A4 card, leaving 2 other pieces to use for something else another time.  It was only later that I realised it was one of the smaller pieces I'd been working on.

Blocks of Adirondack colour have been brushed onto the card.  The stencil is by Sweet Poppy used with Dreamweaver glossy white embossing paste.   When the paste was dry the image was coloured with ProMarkers.   The little pile of left overs provided the designer paper the butterflies were stamped onto.  It also provided the black and the gold mats.

Question, is this CAS? I don't think it is but there is a lot of white space which seems to be the main criteria.

Di owner of Pixie's Crafty Workshop and the Snippets Challenge always says anything goes and really enjoys how we use up our scraps so I hope she will like this card.  Yes Di it's a card!

Other Challenges
Simon Says Stamp and Share - Add some texture.
Cards and More - Embossing

That's it from me today, other projects on the craft table but they will have to wait for another time.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Circles on a square

Some challenges are of such a nature that you need time to respond, they stimulate your creative juices but time is needed to filter the ideas the check it will work and to finally collect all the elements you need.

This month Country View Challenges - Have fun with circles, was like that for me.  So here we are nearly at the end of July (can you believe the end of July!) and finally my offering is ready.

This is a 12" canvas, the real base is brown canvas stretched onto a wood frame.   Stuck onto this is a    of sticky back canvas also 12" square.   Now I'm not going to bore you with all the details just tell you the ingredients.

Acrylic Paint, Glimmer Mist, Adirondack ink, Gesso, Embossing paste, Grunge Paste, Embossing Powder, Rubber Stamps, Stencils, Grunge Board, White lined chipboard, card stock, Die Cutting, Wire, Decoupage glue/varnish.  This last there was a happy accident with,  so some Stampendous glitter and flake were added to the mix.   Finally distressing.

In parts the canvas was frayed, but because it is sticky back that was difficult to get the strands to pull out.   some of the curl from the base is deliberate some just happened.   The work was done with the canvas the other way around the idea being the circles falling to the base.   It was only when it came time to hang it that I realised just how great it looks this way up with the circles rising.

If you know me you'll know that just about everything fascinates me and it will not surprise you that I can now see something of expanding space in this.  But I'm much more interested in what you see if you see anything.

Thought I'd share this with one or two other challenges
Allsorts - Anything but a Card.
Crafty Calendar - Punches and Dies
QKR Stampede - Up up and away (those circles are rising + in space every way is up)
Creative with Stamps - Ink Splatters
ABC Challenge - L is for Lots of Layers
Inky Mess - Anything Goes (Just squeezing in for their first challenge)
Craft your Passion - Anything Goes

No rain yet but less humid now time to give the car a bit of a run and recharge the battery.   Hope you are relaxing and enjoying your day.

Saturday, 23 July 2016


Go Tag Thursday have a theme of steampunk this week.  Cross with myself because I forgot to link to them last week!  Made the Tag with them in mind, posted it onto this blog and entered in challenges completely forgetting Go Tag Thursday.  So this week I was determined not to do that again.

Steampunk that fascinating mix of victorian ornate and inventive style and modern technology baked with imagination and iced with science fiction.   You can be fussy and fancy as you want.

I die cut the tag shape twice.  The top tag was then cut in half and then stamped and embossed.  Had to do it that way because if you cut into heat set embossing the melted powder with peel off.   Next the two halves were dusted with orange and ageing colours of DI.   The cogs are die cut grunge board, coloured with green DI.   Eyelet set they do still turn.

The second tag firstly brushed all over with the same Marigold DI as the upper tag.   Next the Tando Cog tag overlaid and dusted over with a brown (I've forgotten which shade it is), more of the same applied to the edges.   This was topped off with a Sizzix fancy die.  If you have troubles with fancy dies Sizzix are the best and it is really easy to push all the little bits out.   Turned it into a sticker and then traced the outlines with black pen.

This is also for
Allsorts - Anything but a Card, Positive thoughts here to Brenda as well and the hope that her break in the sun will help, MS is a horrid thing.

Friday, 22 July 2016

One Layer stamps and Stencils

The Penny Black Saturday challenge for July has been rattling around in my head all month, but there were so many other ideas looking to escape at the same time that it had to wait it's turn.   Here finally it is.

Penny Black do quite a few series or sets of stamps from cute/whimsical  to fairly simple looking brushstroke generally floral designs, to their layered/faded effect stamps and these delightful collage style designs.  I love them all and have stamps from across the range.  This one bird music and flowers is restful a little moment of calm in the sea of everyday life.

Stamped the image in black memento ink and coloured it with Chameleon Pens, you know I love those pens don't you? the edges of the card have been decorated with a Tim Holtz mini stencil in floral design and a yellow adirondack ink.   The inkylicious dusters used with the stencil were also used to drag more of the yellow in from the edge further brightening the main image.

I'm also sharing this card with
In the Pink - Get out your rubber (must feature pink) I've never entered this challenge before as pink is not one of my go to colours but the flowers here cried out for it, so hopefully there is enough here.
Simon Says Stamp - Things with Wings
Retro Rubber - Summertime, one entry here so caught my eye wanted to point everyone on the way to it! SewPaperPaint

It was very humid earlier but seems to be freshening up now bliss.  Hope it is comfortable wherever you are.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Still melting, fit for nothing but getting messy

 So that is what I did.   My love of Tando has recently been re-ignited by the new Tando FB group, my having time to really play and make, and the Decorate/Tando hours on Hochanda TV at the week-end.   These Mixed Media Art Boards have been tucked away in my stash just waiting for me to be ready to make good use of them.  Today was their day.   The idea is "Whats' under the Sea" and the 3 boards are intended to reflect the journey down into the depths.

  First all the boards were given a Gesso base.   Follow by Distress paint in Green and Blue, acrylic paint in teal.   The first board (above) was then further painted with Imagination Crafts shimmering acrylics.   The water nearer the surface reflecting the sunlight above.   Inkylicious stamps, silhouette   stamps used next in Teal ink and Silver ink.   A plaid fish stencil used next with Imagination Crafts pale orange glitter paste!   A few strands of seaweed painted in and Imagination Crafts green glitter paste touched on randomly.

 Board No. 2, this has been stamped with more of the inkylicious fish Gold and Bronze inks were added to the stamping mix this time.

Finally the sea bottom.   Yellow distress paint and gold Imagination Crafts Shimmering acrylics added for the sea bed.   Part of a Woodware ship used for the wreck resting there, stamped in brown with some areas picked out in brown felt pen.   The anchor is from Rogue Redhead Designs (I am so glad I have almost all of the RRD sets as the business has now closed and they are so good.)   The embossed fish this time is from Dreamweaver and the green paste.

Once all the boards had been finished more Teal acrylic pulled in from the side.   Finally Viva crackle paste smeared over parts of the boards in varying thicknesses.   I like the Viva crackle it dries quite quickly and is completely clear when dry so it adds texture and interest without blocking the underlying stamping.

The little tiles that hold the boards are left over from the bathroom at my old house, saved because it was obvious they would be useful in time.   Dean my friendly builder is getting used to my just keeping this or having an idea about that, he even donated a few left over tiles of his own.   The glossy tiles were filed to give the glue some tooth.  The glue used is a very strong contact glue which went off quickly and there is no parting board and tile now.  A little piece of light pull cord makes the hanger at the top.

So of course I want to enter a few challenges and they are
Words 2 Craft By - Just keep swimming
Fashionable Stamping - Under the Sea
Mixed Media World - Under the Sea
Create and Inspire - Anything Goes
Decorate to Celebrate - Anything 3D
Take it Make it - Anything Stamped

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Don't swear dear

This morning two challenges showed up on the dashboard Cardz for Guyz and Try it on Tuesday, both with the same theme "Make us Smile".  Yikes thinks I thats a toughie but as I have friends on both DTs thought it deserved a go.   Settled in the craft room expecting a long slow hunt for something that might elicit a rye smile or two.

Quickly came across the Old Jalopy die and right away knew I need the Rogue Redhead set of this sweet old pair.   Die cut the car, twice and coloured it with distress inks then stuck all the elements together.   Decided on the base card and worked out the layout.   The oldies were stamped on base card and masked, everything else was stamped on scraps of card and fussy cut.

Had a great time with colours for this one.  The woman is bathed in righteous light whist the man basks in her glory somewhat bad-temperedly, in fact he is close to turning the air blue.  A female cat watches the scene playing out she has worked out that car is going no where and her safest place is in front of it.  

The old couple and the cat are coloured with ProMarkers, everything else a combination of Distress Inks and Adirondack Dye Based inks.  Well putting it together I had fun with anyway just gotta hope you like it.

Other challenges who might enjoy this.
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes

Are you melting?

I am, another GB summer cool and comfortable one day hot and humid the next.  Showering just seems to make it worse.   Only a Brit would complain like this wouldn't they sorry world.

I did have a little play in the craft room yesterday & might well do so again today, oh the joy of retirement.  The little tag arrangement I'm sharing was inspired by challenge at Tag You're it! but I'm about 2 weeks late hehe.   Does not change my satisfaction with the result.

Two stamps feature on these tags the Poppies are part of a Hobby Art set and the Butterfly on fruit is by Personal Impressions.    The colour pallet is Green and Red and the tags are die cuts.

Sharing my tags with:
Take a Word - Floral
Use your Stuff - Die Cuts
Cards in Envy - Heat Wave and/or Hot Colours
Crafty Boots - Picture inspiration (a field of Poppies)

Stay cool.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Dressing up the Shower room

I am so pleased with this mirror!   White painted round mirror from Ebay, various natural finer fabric including part of a shower lilly found marked down in Sainsburys.   That provided 3 pieces of fabric only used 1 here.   Ceramic mask from Powertex UK and lots of scrap jewellery, another Ebay purchase from years back.   I do not believe in the rule of if you have not used it in a year chuck it out that box of scrap jeweller has been with me through two house moves now.   All fabric and embellishments added with Powertex, I really enjoy using this fabric harder especially the Ivory.   Final touches dry brushing in gold and turquoise.

Please ignore the pink wall that has to be stripped and will be painted a cool Eau d'nil or similar hopefully in the near future.   I don't hate pink but do not like it especially covering walls.

Things are taking shape and over the last couple of months the house has really started to become mine.   Solar panels, hybrid air heat pump, replacement windows, shower room makeover, and at the end of September the whole of the front garden will be gravelled over leaving me with the manageable back to sort out and try green fingered things in.

Today I'm sharing my shabby chic mirror with:
Pixie's Snippets - Always anything goes, there are all sorts of snippets both fabric and jeweller round this mirror Di.
Love to Create - Always anything mixed media.  OK so no colouring or stamping here but with materials it is very mixed.
Creative Artiste - Anything Goes
HLS July Mixed Media - Recycle, All that junk jewellery!
More Mixed Media - Anything Goes, Pastel Colours (the turquoise/teal)

Well its a lovely day here again, left wondering what mischief to get up to next.   What ever you are doing enjoy it.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Still thinking of the turmoil our world is in.

Increasingly troubled by international and domestic events I started a new blog, just for me really, Confused of Grimsby, to express and explore my thoughts on events.  If you would like to join me on the journey please do feel free to visit and comment.  I try to be open minded and listen to all points of view.

All sorts of things influence us in our art and craft endeavours and clearly events in France over the last year or so have made their mark.

An old kinda celtic/ethnic circle stamp and a favourite sentiment.   Blue version and then the red version, the white version stamped last and embossed with white ep.   Had thought it would stand in portrait format but realised it looks better in landscape.

The first challenge I'm entering this into is Less is More, with a bit of a rye smile.  2 weeks ago their theme of kitchen colours had me entering a playing card that had a time theme to it.   Last week their theme was time, I entered with a row of trees, that is the same tree stamped 4 times.   This week the challenge is Reparation!

Another challenge is Fantasy Stampers, must stamp but it does not have to be a fantasy style.  This time they are inviting CAS entries.

It is a lovely week-end going to try to get out and enjoy the sun now.   Enjoy your day.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Twofers - These are a Girl's Best Friends

Time for another pair of playing cards.

Time for a new challenge at Twofers and the theme is mine, These are a Girl's Best Friend.   The pack needed a 7 & 8 of diamonds which put the song in my head, which made me think about real best friends.   Having been blessed with many good friends I am very lucky and my teamies on Twofers are two of the best.   Christi is still taking a break but plans to be back in September in the mean time Jane and I carry on hoping our challenge, themes and terrific sponsor Alleystamp and the $15 voucher will tempt you to join us.

7 of diamonds, I think everyone knows how fond I am of cats right up there in the Best Friends ranks.  The stamp was coloured with felt pens, allowing the stamping to be directly coloured.   Water brush used to pull the colour into to image, for the skirt some colour scribbled onto an acrylic block and picked up with the water brush.   Sakura pens add some sparkly moments.

8 of diamonds a little more abstract.   Girls like pretty things, which butterflies are.   We encourage our girls to dream and have ambitions we encourage them to soar to go as far as they can.   The main stamp here was stamped in grey and then elements coloured with those felt pens.

What are your thoughts on a Girls Best Friend?  Can you rubber stamp them?  Give it a go and share with us at Twofers.

Sharing this pair of cards with:
Creative Fingers - Always anything Papercraft Goes
Crafting with Friends - Always anything goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
DRS Designs - Pets are Family too (that'd be the Cat then)

Friday, 15 July 2016

Tribute to Nice

You would think now that the Shower room is finished and all the other bits and pieces are done today I would have wanted to clean up.  No, woke up this morning with ideas bursting and bouncing around in my head.   Then I caught up on the news about the latest attack in France.

This is another  of the 4.5" x 5.5" pieces I make from time to time, they go into desk calendar folder making nice little pieces of office or home decor.  

The corner stamp are green shoots of a better future.   Everything is is either Blue, White or Red the colours of the French Tricolour.  The imagery is also French inspired, yes I know Nice is not Paris but this is intended as support for all of France, all of Europe, all the world.

First the Eiffel Tower stamped on base card.   Next the two girls at a cafe stamped and fussy cut then coloured with Blue and Red.  Using thin sticky pads image attached to the base.   Next the bicycle also stamped. fussy cut and coloured.   Thicker sticky pads for this as it lies over the cafe table and the base.   Next the large butterfly same treatment this time using the blending ability of the chameleon pens to play with the colouring.  This butterfly attached at the top of the base card by it's wing and then laid over the other elements.   Finally the small butterfly, just stamped and cut out then glued directly onto the base card.

All stamping (except the green shoots) was done in Adirondack Denim.  I mention this because I am entering this into the Butterfly Challenge, D Dimension &/or Denim.  Hopefully Avril will have forgiven me to turning down the prize last week.  It was not really my thing and should go to someone who will appreciate it.

Dream Valley Challenges - Colours of your flog, today my flag is the French Tricolour.  At least for now my national flag is the Union Jack Red White and Blue but I'm not sure how long the union will last now.

Melonheadz friends - Red, White and Blue
Pinspirational - Picture, which was a lot of the inspiration for this piece prior to the ultimate message I hope it sends.

Peace & Love

Monday, 11 July 2016

Chipboard, Tag and Tissue.

Workmen back today!  Both the shower room and the loo have a working sink now.   And the new shower room light is in.   Just the pipework to be boxed in and the floor tiled, then Wednesday new oven, hob and fridge/freezer.   So looking forward to the end of the work, even if I will then have to do some wall painting.

Anyway today while the workmen were upstairs this morning I played downstairs.

Using more of the Chipboard from the Craft Stamper Subscription gift, that stuff is going to go miles!   First the base tag, Inkylicious Dusters, Aged paper, 3 shades of Pink a little Shabby Shutter and Blue. Next tested some printed tissue over the tag to find the best part to use.   The tissue torn to fit and stamped with roses.   The flowers were then coloured with Chameleon Pens again making full use of the blending/fading capability of these pens.    Using Docrafts decoupage glue the tissue was struck to the tag.

While the tag was drying 2 hearts from the same chipboard supply were colour dusted, blue for the little one.   The larger heart has been dusted with yellow, pink and blue the colour on both hearts was then heat set so the next images could be heat embossed.   The butterfly is one of my 3 favourite butterfly stamps, the little bird is a Craft Stamper cover stamp.

A sticky back pearl flourish added to the now dry tag and the two hearts stuck in place.  An upside down bow tied at the top.

Sharing my Tag with
Stamps and Stencils - Tic Tac Toe.  Left side row down Flowers, Tissue, Image.
Go Tag Thursday - Have a Heart
Take it Make it - Anything Stamped Goes
Love to Create - Anything Goes
AAA Cards - Tags
613 Avenue - Birds or Feathers Or Both

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Yet more time

This time purely co-incidental, as one of the Less is More team pointed out my last week's entry and DT piece for Twofers would have been a good fit.   Less is More have a Time theme this week so I had to make another card for them.

Do you have a daily drive, are there trees along that route?   The magic of the day by day changes, no two days are ever the same the changes seem to be gradual until you look back over a year.   Something I've tried to capture here from Spring to Winter.   The stamps are Elusive Images the leaves are from ProMarker.

Settling down now to watch the British GP where it is very wet.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

No one challenges Shabby Chic anymore

Which is a shame.   But then no one does Oriental anymore either or Steampunk, what style(s) do you miss?   Mind you it is not always necessary to have a challenge or theme is it?    

At Twofers we have another week of our Clocks/Time theme to run, but at the time of writing we only have one entry!   And the winner of the challenge will get $15 to spend at Alleystamp.  So having this clock to share with you all I thought I'd mention it.

The base for this clock, Tando chipboard, was something I'd tucked away and forgotten about until re-discovering it while getting something else out.    Don't you love it when you re-discover something really special like this?   

Painted the back board with black chalk paint and set aside.   Laid out the various elements to find a pleasing arrangement and trimmed things to fit.   Having figured out the layout the chipboard and all the other elements were coated with Powertex and set aside to dry.   Powertex has to be left for an hour or more to dry after which you can add colour by dry brushing or gilding cream by finger.   I did both.  A piece of velum was attached to the back board to go behind the clock face.

Once everything was done some metal numbers from we are memory keepers completed the face.

I'm sharing this with
A bit more time to craft - Anything Goes
Things to Alter - Anything Goes (2nd Entry)
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (2nd Entry)
Eclectic Ellapu - Pink Team Anything Goes

Thought I'd seen another challenge to enter but cannot find it now.   Will look again later.
Fount it!

That's Crafty - Feminine

On the home front, the shower is fitted and can be used from about midday today.  The best of the room still requires a lot of work but I can go and have a shower soon!

Friday, 8 July 2016

3 Canvasses same general idea

Recently (well 3 months ago) Creative Carte Blanche started a monthly challenge aimed at creatively experimental people.   Each month a simple prompt, do with it what you will.

Some time ago, no.  A long time ago 3 6" canvasses made it into the craft room, the idea being to make some sort of triptych.

Canvas one was given a background wash with Ken Oliver colour blast.   Used far too much pigment so gave up and stashed it.

Canvas two was stamped on, the canvas was not supported sufficiently from below so the stamping was bad.   Attempts were made to rescue it but not that well and it to was stashed.

The third canvas was set aside untouched.

Then Creative Carte Blanche published their July theme.   Blossoms and Book Pages.

The first two canvas were given a coat of white gesso.   Oh my the way that Ken Oliver was reacted with that, problem solved.   Canvas 2 the gesso did not completely cover the stamping but with additional elements it would not be a problem.    Tearing/cutting up books is still to hard for me to do except for books of printed velum and music books.   Stamping onto acetate and colouring from behind supplied blossoms.

So Canvas one a piece of torn printed velum, an acetate top and a piece of washi tape to hide the velum glue.  Love how this one came out.

Canvas two, torn music page in place overstamped it with a Bird of Paradise improving the stamping with a matching felt pen.   Two more felt pens added additional colour.   As the original stamping was showing the butterfly from it was stamped again onto the printed velum and fussy cut out.   Another stamped and coloured piece of velum is the final element, it stands a little proud of the canvas and moves if there is any movement in the air.

Then came Canvas 3.   

A genuinely blank canvas.   Paper stash provided a good wordy piece to stick down the centre.  The I decided to use embossing paste with a delicate celtic knot stencil.   Didn't go exactly to plan but you can see the delicate knot pattern in the dried white paste.   Know you'd think I'd learnt my lesson with those colour bursts but no out they cam again into the wet paste.   A small grunge board covered with washi tape, the same tape crosses two corners.  Ribbon and hessian shapes provide the 'blossoms'.

No surprise then that I'm sharing these with Creative Carte Blanche.
As well as
Love 2 Create - Anything Mixed Media
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - Colours of Summer

Time for tea, thank you for dropping by.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Black and White Poppies

After checking the Wednesday challenges yesterday afternoon an idea got stuck in my head and would not go away.   So much so that this card had to be completed.   Cut a square base card and layered it with a gutted black square and a matching white inner square.   From the same old QVC, Kanban box of stacking toppers the block flower shape.

The stamp is a PSX one or at least in that style, stamped and embossed first on the black mat in white.   The carefully lined up and stamped in black on the white card.   Finally worked out the best part to top it all off with white on the black flower again.  I love the look of white stamping on black card.

The challenges that inspired this were:

Crafting by Designs - Black and White
The Male Room - Make Flowers Masculine

And another influence that made it's self felt in the design

My Time To Craft - Triple Stamping

A little something

The building work is progressing so I'm still being very clean and tidy.  We have got to the tiling stage but a couple of changes along the way are extending us well into next week.  But if the water stays on today perhaps I can do something a bit more messy.

The current challenge at Crafty Individuals is Miniatures and as most of their stamps are on the small size this is a great way to showcase them.    I've used a left over snippet of card that this pair of birds just fit on.

The colour scheme is this weeks challenge from Can you Case it Blue Turquoise and Lime.  Tando mask dusted with Broken China DI.  The image stamped in Peacock Feathers and the lime Green provided by the ribbon & the little sticky back pearls.

I'm also sharing this with Stamping Sensations, ATG with a Stamp and Ribbon.  This challenge was also in my mind while this little card came together.    Pixie's CraftyWorkshop is always anything goes but you must use snippets.   Entered here for the first time last week and got a terrific shout out from Di, thank you it is always so nice to be acknowledged.

Having a stay at home day, enjoy your day what ever you are doing.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

More Clean Crafting

Well that's the thing with not getting inky you get more time to play, and as I had a couple more ideas running round in my head.

Woodware Poppies, yes another Poppy stamp I've got lots and am beginning to think all of them should get an airing between now and the 11th November so watch this space.

Woodware Poppies in Memento Black and coloured with ProMarker Poppy red.

Inspiration from
Less is More - The colours of my Kitchen
CAS on Sunday - Black, White and one other
Inkspirational - Anything Goes with Red

Not sure how much water I'll have today so gotta get houseworkey stuff done while I can.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Clean Crafting!

The Bathroom is getting a makeover into a shower room.  Be fab when it is finished but between now and then the water keeps getting turned off, not good for messy style crafting.  A couple of my projects are on the back burner until the work is finished for now it is strictly clean crafting.

This card was inspired by the summer, holiday/vacation, sea side challenges around at the moment.   It is a Stamps Happen Inc image that I've had for years and love to use.   The drawing is so straight forward and lends it's self to a vinaigrette style that makes colouring it a treat as well.  The ink did catch quite badly but I kept this one because it is one of those accidents that add more then they take away.

Using the Chameleon pens inbuilt blending and colour building abilities bring depth and dimension to the picture was a doddle.  No sentiment tend not to use them but if one is called for it can be added later.

Sharing this card with
Crazy 4 Challenges - Lighthouses
Sweet Stamping - Summer/Holiday destinations
Delicious Doodles - Beside the Sea
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Try it on Tuesday - Happy Holidays (at the suggestion of Mrs B thank you Avril)

Got some other clean but stamp and ink ideas to go and consider now.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Hats off

Been getting messy again, got to say I am loving this Powertex stuff.   It is delightful and will turn any natural or natural mix fibre into something ornamental.   This time it is an old straw sun hut that got the treatment.  Using an old cotton fat square tattered flowers and tattered leaves were die cut in advance.

First it was the inside/underside that was coated and left to dry.   Carried on with the bronze on the top including the plaited rope with little shells worked into it.  The bird was also coated as were some of the flowers and leaves.   The paper-mache bird stands on its own but it looks better with a little foliage draped at and over it's feet,   Having used up the small amount of bronze I'd poured it was time to start adding ivory to the rest of the die cuts and introduce them to the project.   I had also cut some short lengths of teeshirt cotton, coated this with the ivory Powertex and then rolled them up and attached then to the bird.   Might add a few more of these later just want to see how the overall project feels after a few days.  The final touches are dry brushing with coloured pigment suspended in a varnish.  This time I've used yellow and gold, one of the joys of dry brushing is the way the colour transfer just keeps going you think the brush is empty give another quick brush to check and discover  yet more colour as been added.

Powertex projects can be used as outdoor decorations provided they are fully coated which stiffens the fabrics and seals them.   This hat is intended for an outdoors life, just have to work out how to secure it so it does not blow away.

I'd like to share this with
Things to Alter - Anything goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything goes
ARTastic Challenge - Country/Rural theme

Here is the hat one from the back

And finally with it perched on a wall light in the living room

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Mellow Years

Finally in my old age there are signs that I might be mellowing, or is it just yellowing with the passing of years?

Like so many of us I love butterflies and one of the loveliest sights is a butterfly taking full advantage of the sun by resting on a warm brick wall wings outstretched  and sun bathing there.   Those of are few times when you can really look at the colours and patterns nature has gifted them with.

This tag was prompted by Butterfly challenge, Y is for years and/or yellow.  Thank you Mrs B for selecting my last entry as a top pick I was so surprised and thrilled.  Don't expect that to happen again but the theme got me thinking.   Started with my birth year as the stem of the flowers, not sure the number 60 was needed but it was added anyway.   Out came the new (to me) TH mini stencils, this time one that passes for brickwork coloured a part with scattered straw and then blended more of the colour from the left to help the fade.   The roses stamped in something or other Lemonade are the same as used the other day on a pink and green tag, La Blance my first ever set of their stamps.   The rose outline has been picked out in yellow Do Crafts Pen.    The butterflies are a Hobby Art stamp, Memento expresso is the stamping ink the colouring is with Chameleon Pens well one yellow pen.

Along with the Butterfly challenge I'm sharing this with
Shopping our Stash - How does your garden grow?
Seize the Birthday - Topping options Birds, Bees or Butterflies
The Artistic Stamper - All things Bright and Beautiful
Crafters Cafe - Things with Wings
A Vintage Journey - Monochromatic, taking a little artistic licence here stamped in Brown but then brown is kinda a very dark yellow.

Had a fabulous day with Crafty Friends yesterday, it is the Summer Caxby crafters retreat week-end.  could only manage one day this time as today I have to strip the bathroom ready for the builders tomorrow.  But did manage a little wire work with this ring and made a start on another pendant.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Twofers - Time

Well clocks and time is the name Jane has given her theme this fortnight.   It is also the start of the countdown to the completion of my pack of cards.   Yes this is challenge 23, that's 46 weeks and 46 cards, just 6 more to go!

I was in a very monochromatic CAS mood when I made this pair, 10 of clubs and 3 of hearts in case you are wondering.   Three of hearts easy, 3 little clock faces and the 3 hearts are from a clover leaf stamp.   10 of clubs a little more of a stretch, there are 10 club symbols, the 10 on the large clock face has a glossy accent highlight while a 1 has been placed in front of another clock.   I love time themes but this one came at the wrong end of the pack or was just plain bad planning on my part.

Time is usually a popular theme so it will be fun to see who joins us and who hopes to the the $15 voucher for Alleystamp.

I'd like to share my playing cards with
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Less is more - The colours of your Kitchen Mine is Red and White, mostly white.

Friday, 1 July 2016

It's a kinda Magik

Been busy, getting away from all the referendum fallout, and dressing up a Kraft covered ring binder.

This is the as yet unadorned back.

To start a mask was used middle front with orange green purple and black distress ink, around this more DI was added in the same colours.   The the ring binder was parked.

A magician stamp, Stamps Happen Inc, found in a bargain bin sometime past.   Coloured with ProMarkers the use of a blending pen and Sakura Glitter pen, then carefully fussy cut out.   A Tanda dragon given the same treatment,

A Tando arch was embossed with Dreamweaver paste and an Andy Skinner mask.   When the paste had set a Dreamweaver crackle paste.   When it was dry went to work with the inks specifically green and black.

Decided where all the elements would sit and added another stencil for a spurt of flame from the dragon.  Everything stuck in place, and some stone blocks indicated with black pen the flame was outlined in Sakura Glitter.

The whole given a coat of Decoupage glue to set and seal everything.   Then decided it needed a little more so pulled out a Tando border, coated it with gold ep and added a little Stampendous rust.  Glued it in place and scraped some black sand texture paste on.

Happy with the I added a little more colour, some metal letters and a liberal layer of Dream Weaver crackle paste.   Just in case you had not figured out what kind of book this will be.

So there it is in all it's glory ready for me to add magic touches and ideas on the inside.   I don't journal that seems far to organised and wordy for me but sometimes ideas deserve to be saved until the time is right.  I need a book of magiks to save these little gems in.

Sharing this project with
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
CCEE Stampers - Mixed Media
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Decorate to Celebrate - Anything 3D goes
The Crafty Addicts - Hobbies (not magic but a store of future project ideas)