Monday, 29 April 2013

Sunday Stamper: Blue Jay Way.

I love the way Hels Challenge gets my mojo going after a busy weekend entertaining and being a Gran! This week she has asked us to use Blue in our offering and being in a whimsy sort of pale Spring like mood I made this: 

I dug out some small acrylic flower stamps (maker forgotten - sorry) and some lovely blue and green flower paper. I tore a strip off for the bottom of the card and inked up Tims script from his butterfly set and using Weathered Wood distress ink stamped it along the bottom. Then using the same ink I took one of the small stamps and made a top border. The plain backing paper was blue and pewter Distress Paint on a scrap and overstamped with another wee flower in Faded Jeans DI. Then I inked up a Craft Individuals Thistle Stamp that is an old favourite with Distress Markers in toning greens and blues and edged with Weathered Wood ink to bring the image in. A scrap of hessian holds a pale blue gem brad and then the two flowers at the bottom in Faded Jeans and Weathered Wood with the small sentiment to match. Yet some more scraps of paper used up! Must keep this up - you never know, I might get to see the carpet in my craft room by the end of the year!!
Back soon I hope, love to you all. x

Friday, 26 April 2013

Sunday Stampers: Paper Sun.

Being a compulsive hoarder of all things paper related I had to try Hels challenge this week which is to use paper. My craft room so needs a clear out. I have wanted to finish a little book made up of folded long envelopes which gives you a lot of opportunities to file tags and bits and bobs. I got out my 'can't throw that out' box and covered the envelopes in an assortment of papers and made the covers by cutting mount board. Then I die cut an assortment of tags all ready for filling in. I also stamped one of the tags so that I qualified for the challenge. The cover has an ink sprayed paper rose and tattered leaves that have been inked and stickled.


 Punched butterflies for added dimension. 
 Even found some pieces that co-ordinated!
A Paper Artsy stamp with a 'Tim' tattered corner stamp. 
 I used different die shapes and tags ready for photo's and musings.
The end, I loved this paper it looks like a ghostly figure leaving! There are some more pages but I didn't want to bore you with more photo's. I have used embossing powder and different brads and some inks on the paper and intend to fill it with 'important stuff'' so it is a work in progress. Fun to do and used up some of those 'bits'. Great challenge Hels! Have fun everyone. x

Monday, 22 April 2013

Tiim's tag for April

Hi everyone, just got delivery of a few more of those divine Distress Paints and so have been able to have a go at Tim's tag for April.
Only thing I didn't have was the number 4 so I substituted an F instead and used a smaller metal corner that I had in my stash. I love the way the metalic paints make different layers with the stains and inks once you have dried them. I played around and coloured a few tags while I was at it, so can't wait to make some more soon! The clearly for art makes great wings and I nearly layered them like I did in this project but I like to keep as near to Tims as I can for future reference.
So all I can say is thanks Tim, another great tag and tutorial, I love the dimension and the metallic sheen. I can see me running out of this paint real soon, and this stamp is one of my all time favourites, I have it on wood, so that shows how long I've had it! See you soon, thank you so much for looking. x

Monday, 15 April 2013

Sunday Stamper: Paint Box.

Hi everyone peeps! I am back from my lovely holiday with my eldest daughter who so needed a rest as she works very hard and very long hours. Did I say rest? We went on a cruise (a first for me)  to Italy and Greece and I walked my poor old arthritic legs off!. We ended up on the last day in Dubrovnik and I go weak at the knees in churches and love Icons and Shrines.  When I saw Hels challenge for the week, which is Paint, I decided I would try and make my own little shrine and that is why I have got way-layed from the washing and ironing - at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it -it doesn't take much to get me away from the dreaded H word!

I used Wendy Vecchi Shrine Art Parts and coated the base in gold acrylic and then used my new Walnut Stain Distress paint on the frame and ledge. I overstamped with a word stamp by Paper Artsy in brown archival ink around the edge. The Madam butterfly stamp was stamped and trimmed onto card and coloured with Distress Markers to match the Seven Dots Studio paper that I had over from a previous project and I embossed it with the rays folder by Tim for the skirt. Her Angel wings are die cut from a Marianne Butterfly die from Distress Stained paper to which I added some stickles. The Cloisonne cross bead is in a beautiful turquoise colour and I die cut the crown out of grunge board and distressed it with Pewter and Black Soot Stain. The three flowers at the bottom were sprayed with Dylusion ink and a little dabbing of Stickles in Gold. Here is a not very good photo of a shrine in a wall in Dubrovnik which caught my eye!
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I will be back shortly as I missed crafting so much but I must do some shopping and cleaning first! x

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Sunday Stampers: Mother Nature's Son.

This will be my last post for a week as I am going away with No 1 daughter for a week of Mother/Daughter time, leaving dearest hubby in charge of the cats and the remote control! Hels challenge this week is anything connected to Nature and so I have altered a postcard size tag, strange how just a little different size can feel enormous!

I used Tims' new distress paints for the background. I can't wait to get my hands on those new metallic ones so that I can make his April tag, can't find them yet,my favourite shops must be waiting shipping! Then I stamped his butterfly blueprint and Dragonfly and then stamped again onto stamping card and painted with luminark paints and then covered the coloured image with starlight embossing powder for that bit of glitter and shine. Then I stamped the wings onto clearly for art and attached with my mini attacher and curved the wings after heating. The little Bee comes from Stampotique and is a Jo Capper Sandon design, but I omited the clearly for art wings from this one.  I double layered the sentiment onto a piece of  7 Dots studio lace card and used some Batik silk remnant for the ribbon. A metal corner at the edge of the tag and there we are. Obviously some inspiration from Tims' April Tag without copying. Hope you all have an enjoyable week, I shall be full of my news when I come's a first for me where we are going! x

Monday, 1 April 2013

My first inchies!

Had a little play and made my first inchies. I had little pieces of wood cut into one inch squares and had fun with my first distress paints. Didn't really know where I was going with this, it kind of evolved but it sure was fun and I'm probably going to have yet another thing I love playing with!

I mounted them on a little chubby canvas that I distressed painted as well. Those distress paints are wonderful -  must get the whole set now and I'm so NEEDING the new metallic ones! I have run out of miniscule bits and bobs so now will be on the hunt. I'm going away with my dearest eldest daughter very soon and am thinking I might make an inchie souvenier book. I wonder what I can play with next? This is a lovely Easter Monday, just the two of us today and we are both playing. Hope you are all having fun too. x