Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Hi everyone, hope your week is going well. I'm here with my take on Birgit's wonderful embossing technique from the July issue of Craft Stamper magazine for the new Make It challenge on the Craft Stamper Magazine blog. I was very taken with this technique, such a lovely idea and my version uses an artcuts wooden lazer cut heart blank for the base and an artcuts butterfly on top, distress embossing powders a crackle stamp, a Prima stencil, a Sixxix medallion strip die for the medallion, rusty wire, Tim Holtz stickers and a Viva pearl pen.
I've also used some distress paint on the paper for the medallion which I stamped over afterwards with the crackle stamp.
Birgit's techniqe is featured on page 30/31 of the July issue which is available now and I've been very lucky to have my 'make your own stamps' project featured on the cover at the left hand side.
There are three gorgeous stamps to be won from IndigoBlu, lovely incentive to join us in the challenge.:)
Back soon and thanks as always for your lovely comments, I always appreciate them.
Monday, 17 June 2013
Monday, 10 June 2013
Hi everyone, hope your week is off to a good start. I'm sharing a spread from my Art Book today, trying to process the photo's and blog those that I haven't managed to yet. I'm undecided if the flowers are lupins or foxgloves, they feel like a bit of both to me but of course it's all with a huge amount of artistic licence :D!
Lovely DecoArt paints have been used throughout over a layer of gesso and the flowers are simply made by loading the brush with two colours of paint and varying the colours to get a multi-toned look.
Have a lovely evening and thanks as always for your comments, I appreciate them. Oh, I just remembered and am not sure if this happens with anyone else but I've been unable to comment on blogs that are linked with google+ so apologies if you're linked up with that and haven't received a comment from me, I have tried. I've now taken myself off google+, couldn't really see what the benefit was anyway to be honest and just in case anyone else was having a problem with my blog.
Sunday, 9 June 2013
Hi everyone, hope you're having a lovely weekend! As mentioned in my previous post I'm sharing some more makes with Kaisercraft Stamps and this time with a theme of kraft, black, white and a touch of red topped off with shabby white embossing powder.
For the card above the background stamping is done with black Brilliance ink and the Dictionary texture stamp with the dress form stamped onto a separate piece of kraft card, cut to size and mounted over the base card. The edges are sponged with Gathered Twigs distress ink.
The flowers are die cut using the Tim Holtz Floral garland strip die from thin card coloured with fired brick distress ink for the flowers and a mix of peeled paint, crushed olive and forest moss distress inks for the leaves. I've outlined here and there with a white gel pen and scattered shabby white embossing powder over the top.
For the next card again, going with the same ink with the addition of white Brilliance ink I created the background stamping with the keys texture stamp and the bird cage for the focal image. I used more of the red flowers this time over stamped with the keys and music score stamps in white ink.
I haven't done a close up of the coat stand card but everything is more or less along the same lines.
I'm entering my cards into Country View Crafts Challenge of die cuts and Stamping Sensations Challenge of summer blooms
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Hi everyone, hope you're all well and enjoying some fine weather wherever you are. I've been away for a while recharging the batteries which was lovely and came back to demo last Sunday at the Craft Barn Extravaganza which as always was a great and very enjoyable day. It's always special to catch up with everyone and chat whilst demoing to all the lovely ladies who dropped by my table. This time it was topped off by meeting the lovely Gio from the Craft Barn blog DT who came all the way from Italy to demo.
Above is one of the cards I made, I was working with Kaisercraft stamps and they really are gorgeous to stamp with and very reasonably priced too. For this card I've used the cherish collage stamp and the music score background stamp over a distress ink background, I also used one of the butterflies from the butterflies set which is cut out and layered on top. I finished the card with some flowers cut with the tattered florals garlend die by Tim Holtz, some pearl pen pearls and some shabby white embossing powder.
I'm entering my card into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which this week is to be inspired by the letter 's' and my m 's' is the Shabby White embossing powder. The Songbirds Challenge has a theme of 'all creatures great and small' so I'm entering that too.
Hope to catch up with everyone in blogland very soon and I'll be sharing a few more samples soon.
Thursday, 23 May 2013
Hi everyone, at the Craft Barn Blog this week it's all about backgrounds and I've been using my gelli plate to make the background paper and the flowers for my card above. A little explanation of how I made my print and lots of inspiration from the rest of the team is over on the Craft Barn blog where everyone's been getting messy with backgrounds!
Craft Barn products that I used:
Tim holtz strip die harlequin
Distress ink black soot
Prima stencil - Chevron
Tando mask - sequin waste
Memory box die - fancy blossom h
Pebeo relief paste
Enjoy your day,
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Hi everyone! Here today with my second creation for the reminder post at Craft Stamper magazine 'make it take it' challenge two at Craft Stamper Blog. We're doing our versions of Helen's fantastic torn frame from last month's issue of the magazine and there's still time to join in with the challenge.
I made another tag using a Sizzix framelets die for the shape and after colouring with Dylusions inks I stamped with a set of Tim Holtz blueprints stamps. I used the globe on the underneath layer to be revealed when the upper layer was torn back. The reverse side of the upper layer was inked in black before I attached it to the bottom layer at the edges.
I added a few Tim Holtz rub ons around the tag, a black and white doodled edging, some eyelets and twine to finish off.
Enjoy your day,
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Simon Says Stamp and Show. The paper which is around the size of a 6x6 paper pad I've made myself using a pretty Wendy Vecchi flower stencil and the heart stencil and mask together with another floral stencil from the stencil girl and some letter stencils.
I'm also entering the Country View Crafts challenge of 'how does your garden grow' and the Songbirds Challenge ' Bloom and Grow'.
Have a lovely Sunday,
Monday, 13 May 2013
Hi everyone. It's a new letter for the Alpha Challenge today at the Craft Barn blog and this fortnight the letter is K. My word is 'king' and I chose to work with one of the lovely new Crafty Individuals stamps and this is such a pretty image. I stamped directly onto the page with black ink, coloured with pencils and then outlined my word with black pen.
Enjoy your day.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Hi everyone, I hope you're having a good week so far. I have a tag to share today and this is one of the jumbo size Ranger tags which is a nice size for the big bloom I made using the large flower from the tattered florals die.
I used some buckram fabric painted with some Fired Brick Distress paint and cut some flowers from the tattered garland die to go with the large flower.
For the Tim Holtz Alterations Eiffel Tower die cut which I cut from thick board I used some texture paste before painting with distress paints.
The background is created with a Wendy Vecchi brick stencil and modelling paste which was painted over with distress paints after drying. I added some Dylusions ink on top as well before stamping with various stamps from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Urban Chic stamp set. I've also added Tim Holtz rub on's around the tag. Decoration is distress painted ribbon, paper flowers, painted butterflies, hearts and pearl pen pearls.
I'm entering my tag into the anything goes challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and the Paper Flowers challenge at Unruly Paper Arts (hopefully my tag fits for UPA, I have paper flowers and flowers that I made).
Monday, 6 May 2013
Hi everyone I'm here with a card and tag made for the Spring Bouquet week at the Craft Barn Blog which is showcasing the gorgeous PaperArtsy Stamp designs of Jo Firth-Young and Lin Brown, I know we all enjoyed working with the stamps which are beautiful and there's lots of inspiration from my team mates all week.
I chose the lovely Lin Brown 02 set which features this gorgeous tulip and butterfly, a couple of sentiments and there are leaves and another flower too. My write up of what I did is on the Craft Barn Blog and all the products I used are below the close up picture.
Paperartsy Lin Brown 02 Dylusions Inks Bubblegum Pink Pure Sunshine Lemon Zest Fresh Lime London Blue Glossy Accents Stamping Card Black Pen White Pen
Hi everyone, I got my May ATC done today for The Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 and enjoyed the new rub on's technique very much. I love how the rub-on's retain the white paper underneath after the ink has been applied, it's a great way to create a background. As I've been inspired by this technique I'm also entering my ATC into the challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show which this week is 'inspired by'.
I used stamps from the TH Urban Chic Stamp set for my stamping and created my own plaque using a Magnolia heart tag that I heat embossed with white powder and then edged with black. I embellished with some Memory Box flower and butterfly die cuts coloured with markers.