Sunday, 24 August 2014

Watercolour Stamping

Good morning everyone, I thought it was time to start sharing some of the things that I've made over the year.
These are some cards that I made for a Watercolour Stamping Challenge at KCUK.

For the background on this card I used a JustRite stamp. I coloured the stamp with different coloured distress inks and sprayed water on it before stamping it on to the card. The image is a Judikins stamp and I used the same distress inks and water on watercolour paper as I did for the background. The sentiment is an Artistic Stamper stamp.

For this card I used a PaperArtsy stamp. I coloured the stamp with distress ink and sprayed with water then stamped the image two or three times on watercolour paper before inking it again. The sentiment is a PaperArtsy stamp.

For the background I used distress ink again but sprayed the watercolour paper with water before stamping. For the image I coloured the stamp with distress ink and sprayed water on it before stamping.
The background stamp is an Elusive Images/Chocolate Baroque stamp.
I'm not sure who made the image stamp.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Cats

Christi is known to some as the crazy cat woman [she has five] so it's no surprise that the theme she has chosen for the latest Craft-Room Challenge is Cats.

The prize comes from one of our fabulous sponsors, The Stamp Man.

For my DT piece I've used the very handsome Tiddles [Stamps Away stamp], I'm not sure that he looks like a Tiddles but that's the name they gave him.

I used a mono print for the background and stamped the paw prints around the edge. 
I stamped Tiddles onto white card with black soot distress ink and embossed it before it dried with clear embossing powder, I coloured him with felt tips and a water brush. I used a corner punch on the corners and then matted him onto black card.
For the black cat I used a Sizzix/Alterations die.
I'm not sure what stamp company made the paw prints and meow.

My Craft-Room teamies have made some lovely projects and would love you all to take a look.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Summer Garden

It's time for the another Craft-Room Challenge and it's my turn to choose the theme. We've been having some lovely sunny weather here in the UK and the gardens are in full bloom, so my theme for this challenge is A SUMMER GARDEN.

The winner of the challenge will be chosen by the team and will receive goodies from Tanda Stamps and Woodware Stamps.

I've made a wall hanging with lots of summery flowers for my DT piece.

I stencilled some flowers with a PaperArtsy mask and Grunge Paste then I painted it with white gesso, I then painted it with different coloured acrylic paint. I stencilled the leaves on the background with green acrylic paint and drew round the leaves with black pencil, I also used coloured pencil on the pink flowers. I stamped and drew some small flowers but only a couple are showing. I cut some plant pots with a Sizzix die and added a lot of quilled flowers. I don't know who made the stamp that I used for the sign. I added some ladybirds, butterflies and a wooden bird that I'd painted.

The rest of my team mates have made some beautiful samples and they'd love you to visit the Craft-Room to take a look.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Reverse Masking

One of the challenges at KCUK last month was reverse masking, these are the two cards that I made for the challenge.

I have a lot of aperture cards that I never use so for both cards I've used the apertures for my mask.
I sponged distress inks through the mask and then flicked water on it. After removing the mask I stamped the lovely Inkadinkado cat and drew a shadow at the bottom of the image to ground it. I stamped the Artistic Stamper sentiment.

This card was done exactly the same way minus the flicked water.
The trees are an Inkadinkado stamp, I've no idea who made the dream stamp.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Blue and Cream ATCs

Before I share my ATCs with you I'd like to apologise for my lack of commenting on your blogs, I've been trying catch up with you all but I'm so far behind that I don't seem to be able to, but I shall persevere and you should have a visit from me soon.

Now for my ATCs, I've made them for the July swap at KCUK the theme is Cream and Navy. I used cream card and chipped sapphire Distress ink for all three ATCs.

The stamps I used for this one are Crafty Individuals for the background and Stampers Anonymous for the main image.

The stamp for this one is Crafty Individuals.

The stamp for this one is Stampers Anonymous.

The wooden butterfly and clock were coloured with the chipped sapphire and had Distress Stickles added.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Picture Inspiration

I can't believe that another fortnight has gone by and it's time for a new Craft-Room Challenge. It's Debi's turn to choose the theme and and she has decided to have a picture inspiration.

Debi's Green Inspiration Picture
Our sponsor for this challenge is the ever generous Crafty Individuals.

I love her picture especially the gorgeous greens, so the inspiration for my DT piece is the colour green and the pink flower on the dress.

I coloured the background with citrus Adirondack brights and shades of green Marvi Blending Blox, then I flicked water onto it and stamped tiny flowers with spun sugar Distress ink.
I stamped the main image with black soot Distress ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I coloured some card with spun sugar and stamped the flowers I also stamped some leaves and coloured them with green pencil. I cut out the flowers and leaves and adhered them and some ribbon to the card. The sentiment was stamped with black soot and embossed.
I used a PaperArtsy stamp for the sentiment and all the other stamps are by Sheena Douglas.

Please take a visit to the Craft-Room Challenge to have a look at the fabulous samples that the rest of the DT have made.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Wedding/Anniversary

It's time again for another Craft-Room Challenge and it's the turn of the lovely Mervi to choose the theme and she has chosen Wedding/Anniversary.

Our sponsor for the challenge is The Stamp Man.

                                 The Stamp Man

For my DT piece I've made an Anniversary card.

I used ripe persimmon Distress reinker with water for the background and stamped some poppies in the top right hand corner. I added a strip of striped paper from the Prima Time Traveller paper set. The ribbon is a strip of white material that I dyed with the ripe persimmon reinker and I added some gold thread. I stamped and embossed the image and coloured it with watercolour pencils. I used a peel off for the sentiment.
The stamp I used for the main image is Indigo Blu poppy heart and the stamps on the background are Elusive Images/Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Tim's July Tag

Here is the tag that I've made for the July Tim Holtz Twelve Tags of 2014 - you can see Tim's tag here. I didn't have all the supplies but managed to keep it as close to Tim's tag with the things that I had.

This is the finnished tag.

This is the background'

 I didn't have the dies that Tim used so I stamped the seahorse and drew the sand dollar and starfish then cut them out.

I used most of the things that Tim used but not the same colours, the things that are different from Tim's are
Seahorse and sand dollar.
Cuttlebug embossing folder.
Memory Box lorelai leaf die.
Metal charm.
Pee Wee glitter in the sand.

Friday, 4 July 2014

My Box Is Finished At Last

Last year I was in the Andy Skinner club at the Craft Barn, over the year we learn't lots of different techniques using DecoArt products. Over the last three or four months we had a large 30cm x 30cm Artimio box to decorate. Of course me being me didn't get it finished, so a couple of months ago I decided to finish it. When I got it out of the bag I decided that I didn't like the colours that I'd used so after a few new coats of paint and a bit of dry brushing I finally had a box that I could live with.

This is what the box looked like minus the panel in the lid.

This is the lid. I adhered flowers and metal charms to one corner, I stencilled modelling paste through a mask on the edges and for the inner part of the box I used a Sizzix die to die cut some thick card and added some chipboard letters. Then everything was painted.
I enlarged a Gecko Galz image and adhered it to some mountboard. I then covered it with Crackle Paint and adhered it to the lid when the crackle had dried.

 Here is a close up of the corner of the lid.

Here is a close up of the crackle.

A couple of photos of the sides.

And finally the inside of the box. I'm going to use the box as a memory box, so I adhered some photos to the inside of the lid, they are photos of my mum and dad, my grandparents, sister and aunt, sadly they are not with me any more - I'm the only one left. I'm in some of the photos and that's me at the top - I must have been about 18 months - 2 years. I've got lots of spaces left so I'll fill them with more photos.

I'd like to enter my box in the following challenges
Rhedds Creative Spirit - Altered Art Only
Altered Eclectics - Altered Art

Friday, 27 June 2014

Monochromatic Butterflies

We have two challenges a month on the KCUK forum and this month it was my turn to host the challenges. My first challenge was to do the watercolour stamping technique, I will post the cards that I made for this at a later date, my second challenge was Butterflies and Dragonflies, I'm posting my card now as I want to join in with the Butterflies Challenge the theme is monochromatic.

I covered my card blank with some spotty paper from my stash and stamped the background, I stamped the image onto the spotty paper and matted it onto some blue card. I added the ribbon and wooden butterflies. The butterflies look very dark as I coloured them with chipped sapphire Distress ink, I also stickled them.
I used Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz stamps.

I'd like to enter my card in the
Butterfly Challenge - Monochromatic.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Inspired By A Tattoo With A Little Pen Work

Another fortnight has flown by and it's time for another Craft-Room Challenge, it's the turn of Zoe to choose the theme and she has chosen Inspired By A Tattoo With A Little Pen Work Of Your Own.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Tando Creative,

I must admit that when I saw the theme I hadn't the foggiest idea of what to do until I started to think about my uncle Bill, I was about 10 when he died, I can't remember too much about him apart from his tattoos - I was always facinated by them, he had been in the navy and most of his tattoos were of a nautical theme, so for my DT piece I've gone nautical.

I found this digi image of an anchor, I thought it looked like a tattoo. I added some pen lines to make a sea and coloured it with coloured pencils.

This is the card that I made with the image.

The background is paper from my stash, I matted the image onto some black card. I embellished the card with string, metal charm, ticket and a Tando compass.

Why not pop over to the Craft-Room to see the inspirational pieces that my teamies have made.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Black and White Deco Pages

Here are the latest deco pages that I've made for the KCUK deco swap, this time the pages are for Anne C. and her theme is Black and White.

I love this Crafty Impressions Doo Lally Pip stamp set, they're not the usual stamps that I go for, but there's something about juggling blackbirds that appeals to me.
I used a mono print for the background and stamped a kaisercraft alphabet stamp with white gesso over it.
The main image, sentiment and chipboard bird were stamped with black soot distress ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

I'd like to enter this page into the That's Crafty Challenge - Birds

For the next Page I used PaperArtsy/Lynne Perella Stamps.

I used a Kaisercraft stamp to stamp the crackle onto the white background.
I added some striped ribbon, tissue tape and a Sizzix die cut.
The main image was stamped using black soot distress ink and clear embossing powder.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Paperplay Tag No 2

This is the my second tag for the Paperplay June tag swap, the theme is Tag On A Tag.

For the main tag I used one of my mono prints and stamped some script with white gesso.
I stamped the image across the bottom and added some tissue tape. I stamped the image on the small tag and coloured it with distress ink. I adhered it to the large tag and added a wooden butterfly that I'd coloured with Treasure Brass and then added some ribbon.
I used PaperArtsy stamps.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Paperplay Tag

Good morning everybody, it's a lovely and sunny here at the moment, hope it's the same where you are.

I'd like to share with you one of the tags that I made for the June Paperplay tag swap, the theme is Tag On A Tag.

I coloured the tag with Portfolio Pastels and then used a mask and baby wipe to take of some of the pastel. I stamped the buildings and some script and adhered some narrow tissue tape to the bottom of the tag.
I coloured the small tag with Distress ink and stamped the image, then I adhered it to the large tag and added some seam binding that I'd dyed with distress stain and a wooden bird that I'd coloured black.

All the stamps are PaperArtsy.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Sun, Sand and Surf

It's time again for another Craft-Room Challenge and it's Ambers turn to choose the theme, she has chosen Sun, Sand and Surf.

Our sponsor for the  challenge is Crafty Individuals.


For my DT piece I've made a tag.

I use Dylusions ink for the background and Distress ink for colouring the images, I also added a piece of embossed card that I had left over from a previous project.
I used Crafty Individual stamps for the images.
I added some orange material, bakers twine for the banner and some shells.

I'd like to enter my tag in the Crafty Individuals challenge - Tag You're It.

The rest of the DT have made some fabulous samples and would love you to visit the Craft-Room to take a look.