6 July 2014

Ribbon girl June card challenge GDT - Summer

Hi everyone, I'm back today with my final challenge card as guest designer for The Ribbon Girl challenge blog and I've thoroughly enjoyed working with their beautiful products, thanks again Mary and Andrea! The theme for the June card challenge is 'Summer' so I've gone for a mainly hot colour scheme of orange and pink, flowers and butterflies.

I coloured a sweet Santoro Mirabelle image with watercolour markers and then cut the image out. The background and die cut rectangle are distress ink coloured embossed pieces of card, I used a crafts Too roses folder to continue the summer theme.

I embellished with beautiful Ribbon Girl pink candy stripe ribbon, lace, cheesecloth, lace butterfly, crystal butterflie, gemstones and pretty flowers all available here.
Have a lovely Sunday!
Chris x






4 July 2014

Simon Monday Challenge - W is for white

Hi everyone, hope your weekend is odd to a good start. I'm joining in with the W is for White challenge at the Simon Monday Challenge and as my white I've used a white pen to highlight and white acrylic ink for spatter over the tag.
The background is a mixture of teal and lemon zest Dylusions inks which I've blended together with water. The stamping is with gorgeous Crafty Individuals stamps 'build a meadow', 'summer meadow', 'butterfly mornings and wild flower afternoons' and 'four postmarks' stamps.
When the stamping was complete I doodled a border with black and white ink, highlighted the stamping, colouring in some of the flower and butterfly element stamps and finally added some white ink spatter.

I'll be back on Sunday with my final Ribbon Girl guest designer post, see you then!
Chris x

2 July 2014

Flip-it's card and gift card folder

Hi everyone. I have a flip-it's card and gift card folder to share today made using sizzix dies to cut out my mixed media paper.
Lots of Paper Artsy Fresco Finish chalk paints in opaques and transluscents (Mermaid, Beach Hut, Snowflake, Blood Orange, Very Berry, Inky Pool, Lilac) were added to build up the colours  in several layers and then the stenciling was done with the transluscent shades of the paint. The final layer of stenciling was done with white paint mixed with Paperartsy matte glaze to knock it back a bit and all the colours except blue were used through the Tim Holtz heart stencil.

 I stamped over the card base with various stamps from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set Bitty Grunge but left the centre extra panel piece free from stamping for contrast apart from the Tim Holtz Hashtag sentiment and the stamping on the heart die cut with a Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers heart die.  All the edges are doodled with dots of white, black and Sakura glaze pen, the glaze pen adding a bit of shine and the heart has also been given a layer of Ranger Distress Rock Candy Crackle paint.

The little gift wallet is coloured in the same way but with less colours of paint and less stamping. The sentiment panel has been coloured with the same colours as the card and stamped with another of the hashtag sentiment stamps before doodling and adding the distress crackle paint.

As I've used a stencil for the hearts I'm entering my card and folder into the July Country View Crafts Challenge of 'stencil it'.


29 June 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - June


Hi everyone, hope you're having a lovely weekend. Here by the skin of my teeth is my June Tag for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2014 and this is definitely going to be a favourite technique for the future. TH's tag is here if you're joining in...there is one day left :D!

I picked some of the brighter colours of distress inks: picked raspberry, ripe persimmon, mowed lawn, peacock feathers, mustard seed and shaded lilac, I really like the bright summery effect of these colours together. I continued the colours for the butterflies and also for the ribbons and enjoyed using Paula Cheyney's technique to tie the ribbon.

 I was very lucky and excited to be picked as one of the winners of the May Tag challenge and would like to thank Tim and Mario and the sponsor of the challenge Inspiration Emporium for my lovely prize...what a treat!

I've improvised with the stamping on the right hand side of the tag using stamps from the Urban Chic set and I used an ideology clock face instead of the cogs but it was nice that I had the same butterfly stamps which I cut out and the star stencil.. I changed the layout and cut out a whole tag from watercolour paper using the stencil as a template.

Enjoy your Sunday!


23 June 2014

21st Birthday card

 Hi everyone, I hope you had a good weekend and are enjoying a lovely summer so far. 

I'm joining in with the Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge 5 which this time is Distress Watercolouring Part 1 on page 39 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities 3 book. This challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.

I ended up working through page 39 and 40 to include part one and two using the party hat image from the Birthday Blueprints stamp set.

I added the happy birthday sentiment from the TH hashtags set (great for male cards!) and to add to the collage style I added the 21 birthday numbers and a couple of other sentiments and an arrow from the TH 'life quotes' remnant rubs. The image panel is completed by using the Ranger Spritzer and basically the technique on page 40 of CC2 except with different colours. I also added some brush splatter with watered down distress inks from the markers.To make up the card I layered the panel on dimension tape over paper from a TH paper stack with twine and an ideology metal key.

I gave the card to the recipient at his celebration on Saturday evening and I'm glad to say that he was really pleased with it. As it was a card for a male I'm also entering into the Country View Crafts Challenge 'only men allowed' where hopefully it'll be male enough to fit in with their theme.

1 June 2014

The Ribbon Girl guest designer card

Hi everyone, I'm back today with my card for a guest designer spot at the Ribbon Girl blog. It's such a treat to have been asked to participate as the Ribbon Girl is where I buy gorgeous ribbons and other pretty goodies for my cards. Thank you Mary and Andrea for the invite!

My card is for the May Card challenge with a theme of numbers and I've coloured a sweet Gorjuss girl image on kraft card in pencil over a background of stamped numbers.

Products from the Ribbon Girl are the hessian fabric which I've fringed by pulling threads, the wired edges hessian ribbon, the green lace, all of the flowers, the Melissa Frances resin corners and the bead string.
Have a lovely Sunday.

31 May 2014

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014

Hi everyone, I hope you're well and enjoying the weekend. Managed to get the May Tim tag done today and although I don't have a huge amount of the more decorative ideology pieces, I did have enough to complete the tag. This time everything on the tag is a TH item which I think is a first! Tim Holtz's tag for May can be found here.

I didn't have the letterpress folders so I improvised with the wordplay die and cut the letters from chipboard and then cut them again from black card so that I could create a shadow effect by overlaying them. I chose paper from the TH Menagerie paper pad and created my distress ink background to match the floral parts of the paper in tattered rose, mowed lawn and mustard seed.

I'm enjoying the tags I've managed to do so far although I still have a couple that I need to post that were made but not in time to add to Tim's site. If you've been joining in with this I hope you're enjoying it too.


1 May 2014

12 tags of 2014

Hi everyone, I'm popping on with my last minute April entry to Tim Holtz's 12 tags of 2014.

I improvised with the items I used but really enjoyed the making of it and particularly trying the background technique and the grunge board technique. I used a Tim Holtz strip die in place of the one he used and cut it again from one of his patterned papers for the inside pieces. I don't have the pine cone die so I used the tattered garland die instead,

Hope you've enjoyed making your tag if you joined in.

Chris x

16 April 2014

Winged Things at Simon Monday Challenge Blog


Hi everyone, hope all is well with you all out there in blogland and it's lovely to be back here with a post after my extended break. It's been some time since I entered a challenge and as I liked the winged things theme of this week's Simon Monday Challenge Blog challenge I decided to enter my tag.

The tags are actually by Artcuts made from Birch ply and have the gorgeous burnt lazer cut edges that I like. I used a large and a smaller tag as the base for apply DecoArt Desert Turquoise acrylic paint through some stencils. I really like the natural colour of the wood under the paint and the great thing is that they can be sanded back if necessary.

The little butterflies and heart are also from Artcuts and these were painted in the same paint then covered in stickles glitter glue. To finish off I added some twine through the holes in the tags and an word sticker.

Have a good evening!

22 January 2014

Craft Stamper - Take it, Make It Challenge Six: Halfway Reminder

Hi everyone, catching up a bit late with my tag for
but better late than never :-)!

I've used a Tando flower stencil to create my graduation this time spritzed with Dylusions inks in dark to light and the turned the stencil over and used it like a stamp. I also outlined the flowers in black and white pens and stamped the background with Kaisercraft texture stamps: postmarks and dictionary.

I moulded a clay butterfly and it's been painted with Decoart paints with a bit of black frantage embossing powder over the top.

Hope you'll join in with the challenge, there's a great prize on offer and superb inspiration from my team mates.

Back soon,

8 January 2014

Magnolia-licious DT - Penny Black Winter Tag

Hi everyone, hope your're having a good week so far. I have a tag to show today for Magnolia-licious DT using the gorgeous Penny Black Stamp Set 'Mimi's Winter Fun', which is full of sweet images for winter.

Mimi and the little seal pup are coloured with pencils and the background with gelato sticks. I added some extra snowflakes to take the snowflake design in the stamp right up the tag and I've used a white gel pen outlined with black for that. To finish the tag I added lots of stardust stickles, some bakers twine and a couple of chit chat stickers. 

5 January 2014

12 Tags of 2014 and OCC

Hi everyone, hope you had a good weekend. I have a tag to show today made to enter into Tim Holtz's 12 tags of 2014 which for the January tag has a great industrial style and also to enter the  Our Creative Corner Challenge where the challenge is 'no more shopping sins' and involves using hoarded stash.

Well, like many I have hoarded stash and there are a couple of items on the tag that I haven't used such as the pocket watch die and the game spinners. I really like how the metal effect came out and it was satisfying to actually use some of my hoarded ideology bits and pieces. I've stuck as far as I could to Tim's tag, same pumice stone background and pocket watch metal covered die cut and I've improvised on other items that I didn't have.

The sanding of the rub on's is a nice effect that is a technique from the tag by Tim, it really does make them part of the background.

Thanks as always for your lovely comments.