Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Sunday Stampers: Every Day I Write The Book.

Hi to every dear person who reads my blog, hope you are all enjoying the sun. It's that time  of year when young folk go off travelling, families pack up for the holidays and festivals abound. (I hope Glastonbury stays dry, I can still remember when No 2 went off to it the year of THE mud!) As Hels challenge this week is the written word I thought I would make a small canvas with lots of words as a double meaning because it is through travel and experience that we write the book of our life? I hope you agree any way!

I gesso'd a small canvas, then used distress stain and paint for the background. The legs stamp is by Paper Bag Studio's, the small script on the side is a clear Tim Holtz stamp and I used his rub on words and ticket and metal word strip. the FLY stamp is by crescendoH and I found a small collage picture in my stash, then I hung it by a piece of knotted string. I wonder where you are all going this year? I am off later on in the year to Scotland to visit Iona which has been a dream for so long! Can't wait, we are going up on the sleeper train, what fun! But before that I am seeing Robbie Williams on Sunday at Wembley, not bad for 63 aye? I shall rock along with the young-uns! Have an adventurous week one and all, thanks for looking. x

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Sunday Stampers: My Guy.

Greetings one and all. I treated myself to Tim's men stamps on Friday so was delighted to see Hel's challenge  over on Sunday Stampers for this fathers day is My Guy, and so has given me a good excuse to break them in! I have had a lovely Sunday with My Guy, as our three daughters all met up at No 1's home and contributed to a lovely feast for him, which included my dearest son-in-law and edible grandson and No 3's fab. boyfriend so it was a houseful! I got back a little while ago and hot-footed it to the craft room to come up with this card.

Firstly I inked a background on a large Kraft blank with coffee archival and a watch backgound stamp. Then I had a eureka moment. I couldn't remember where I put my black card stock, so I cut up some black fun foam instead - guess what? It's brilliant as it gives depth to the card without making the front weigh heavy against the back. Must remember this one! Then I took some gold paper and some black and white ledger paper from my stash and ran a piece of white card stock through the vagabond with the clock embossing folder. This was duly coloured with Rusty Hinge, Weathered Wood and Vintage Paper inks and the edges distressed and inked with Black Soot. The man has been given the water colour treatment with my distress markers, then I used photo corners and distress  painted a glary silver watch embelishment with Distress Paints and it looks better for it I might add! The sentiment was mounted on black fun foam and there we go! I never have men cards in my stock, so this will come in handy. Hope you have all had a lovely Sunday with your Guys, I'm settling down later with a glass of vino d'plonk to enjoy the White Queen. Thanks for looking. x

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Tim's June tag with a purple haze!

Hi everyone, isn't it a glorious day? I have been busy in the garden so have not been a good blogger for a while, but I love Tim's June tag and so enjoyed making it, that then I thought I would have a go at doing it my way so I offer up the two for your perusal! Here firstly is my colour and stamp edition: 

I used all Tim's techniques, using Picked Raspberry Distress paint, Dusty Concord inkpad and Brushed Pewter stain for the background with the Papillon background stamp in archival. For the water-coloured image I chose a Paperbag Studio stamp which is one of my favourites and coloured it as his instructions with my water brush and Distress markers in matching colours. The ribbon at the top was stained to match and I found some co-ordinating beads to accent. I should like to also enter this for Hels challenge over at the Sunday stampers which is Purple Haze as it seemed to appropriate not to double up as the colour goes! Here next is the first tag I did in which I tried to copy Tim's as far as possible, never quite looks as good as the great mans' tho!
I love taking part in this challenge as you learn so much from him. I did his course 'Creative Chemistry' and learnt lots of techniques using the distress range but it's good to have a masterpiece to copy! I especially love the way you can use the inks, stains and paints to make the fabby background. Well I hope to be back a lot sooner than last time, have a good week everyone, thanks for looking. xx