Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Ethel's Shopping List Notebook

For my latest CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS DT project I decided to alter one of the long slim shopping list notebooks using the Wrinkles Don't Hurt stamp sheet.
I covered the notebook with papers from my stash, then I attached some torn strips of the paper that I'd coloured the edges with Distress ink, then I added a piece of corrugated card that I'd coloured with ink. I stamped Ethel and the sentiment onto some card and coloured with Promarkers, then I cut them out and coloured the edges with Distress ink. I added a few sticky backed gems.
Vintage photo, aged mahogany and victorian velvet are the colours of Distress inks that I've used.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Painting the Rosed Red

They're painting the roses red at the ALTERED ALICE this month so paint has to be used somewhere on projects. The paint I've used is red Pergamano Pintura.
I wasn't sure what I was going to do until I saw that one of the Dover Publications freebies last week was a page from a children's Alice colouring and puzzle book, the maze was just what I wanted so I made this easel card.
I coloured the maze with Promarkers and used the paint on the roses and card men then attached it to the easel card that I'd covered with spotty paper. I made the roses with torn red paper that had a white core so I  used the paint to get rid of this but left a little bit of the white showing. I attached some die cut leaves and the roses to the card. The rose bottom right has been made with an Artistic Stamper stamp that I decided to leave white. I rounded the corners of some small playing cards then attached them to the card base, the last thing that I did was to paint some splats on the cards.
For the leaves I used Marianne Design and Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations dies.
Here is a close up of the white flower.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Things That Move

LESS IS MORE are looking for Things That Move for their challenge this week. I decided to use this lovely Stampsmith ballerina.
A few weeks ago I coloured some acetate with Alcohol inks and used a piece of it on my card, I'm not very good at stamping on acetate so I like to lay it over stamped images and secure with brads, that is what I've done with this card. The sentiment is a stamp by Art Declassified.

Playing With Spray Inks

The August challenge for the Voila Ink group at Bella Creations is to use spray ink on your project. I used Adirondack Color Wash.
I started by attaching a Crafters Workshop tree mask to a piece of white card and sprayed it with lettuce and cranberry, then I removed the mask and sprayed it with butterscotch. When the ink had dried I distressed the edges and went round them with forest moss Distress ink. I stamped the butterflies at the bottom and stamped some extra onto a piece of coloured card and cut them out.  I covered the butterflies with clear rock candie Distress Stickles and attached them to the card with foam pads and added some sticky backed gems to their bodies. I put some sari ribbon down the left hand side and attached the whole thing to a white card blank that I'd coloured the edges with forest moss Distress ink.
The stamps that I used are Tim Holtz Stampers anonymous.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Wrinkles Don't Hurt

Here's the latest DT card that I've made for CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS  using the Wrinkles Don't Hurt stamp set. This time I've used Ethel sunning herself.
I stamped Ethel and the sentiment onto white card then masked Ethel. The card was then coloured with scattered straw and dried marigold Distress ink. I removed the mask and coloured Ethel with Promarkers then I embossed the card using the  Sea Scape Spellbinders Impressabilities. I masked Ethel again and coloured the embossed area of the card with vintage photo Distress Ink. I found some pink and white checked fabric amongst my bits and bobs so with a Promarker I added some darker pink spots to match her bikini, then I frayed the edges to make it look like a towel. The fabric and Ethel were then attached to a white card blank that I'd edged with vintage photo. I stamped the signpost and aeroplane, with stamps from the Beach Gals stamp set, coloured them in, cut them out and added them to the card.
All the stamps used are CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS stamps.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Craft-Room Challenge, Masking.

Thank you everyone for entering the White On White Challenge, all the entries were fabulous.
The latest Craft-Room challenge is Masking and it has been chosen by Esther. You can use ready made masks, stamping or both.
Don't forget to display the Craft-Room logo with a link to the shop to be eligible to enter the draw for a £10 Craft-Room voucher.
Here is my sample.

I coloured a piece of white card with dried marigold and antique linen Distress ink then stamped the clock, bicycle, hand and men with black Archival ink, I then masked the four images. I stamped various bits and bobs onto the card and distressed the edges, then I went round the card with faded jeans and vintage photo Distress ink. When I removed the masks I took out some of the background colour from the images with a water brush to make them a bit lighter. I used some cogs and chain to embellish, then I coloured the edges of a white card blank with vintage photo and attached the decorated card to it.
All the stamps that I used are Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps except for the Inkadinkado happy birthday.
I do hope you will visit the Craft-Room Challenge Blog to look at the Design Teams fabulous samples and then enter the challenge.

I'm entering this in the Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog Men/All Things Male Themed  Challenge.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Computer Card

I made this card for my friend's son's birthday using a My Craft Studio CD. Everything has been done on the computer apart from the black peel offs around the edge of the card and the main image. I double embossed the larger guitar to make it stand out a bit more and I attached it to the card with foam pads.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Oriental Fan Card.

This is a card that I made for the GECKO GALZ  Design Team. I've use the Fans and Parasols Ephemera Collection.
I started of with a piece of white card, to matt the image onto, and a white card blank and went round the edges with black soot Distress Ink using my finger. I added some colour to the image with a watercolour pencil. The background is a piece of oriental patterned card and a torn strip of black and gold paper across the middle. I wrapped some gold thread round a piece of white embossed card and attached it to the background, then I attached the image. I wrapped some gold thread round the left hand side of the background and then attached the background to the card blank. The fan was stamped onto a piece of card and heat embossed. After it was cut out I added a gold fan charm and a gem I also added a couple more of the gold charms to the card for embellishment.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Less Is More Playing With Ink

They are playing with inks at Less Is More this week so as I've just bought some Distress Stain Dabbers I thought I would use those. I dabbed some worn lipstick, scattered straw, victorian velvet, rusty hinge and tattered rose onto some paper then pressed my white card blank onto it. I then stamped the image and sentiment.
The stamps that I've used are
Dina Wakley/Stampington for the main image, I love this stamp.
Creative Expressions Dream set for the sentiment.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Creative Expressions Card

I received my Murray and Ethel stamps from CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS  at the weekend and this is my first piece of DT work for them.
I stamped the car onto white card and coloured it in with Promarkers then cut it out. I covered a card blank with papers from my stash and added eyelets for embellishments. I stamped the sentiment onto white card and used scattered straw and fired brick Distress ink to colour it then I matted it onto some black card. The last thing was to attach the car and sentiment to the card.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Butterfly Card and Poppy Tag

Here are two projects that I've made for the GECKO GALZ Design Team using the Card Toppers Ephemera Sheet.
I have some acetate that has gold butterflies embossed on it so I coloured the back of some with alcohol ink and then attached it to a white card blank with some gold brads. I wrapped gold thread round the topper then matted it onto black card and then gold card. The butterfly is cut from another topper. I attached some black stamens and some gold beads on the body.
I started of by cutting the tag out of some patterned card then I stamped the poppy silhouette onto card and attached it to the tag. With a punch I cut some notches out of the corners of the topper then wrapped some gold thread around it. I then matted it onto some black card and attached it to the tag. I made the flower out of tissue paper and attached it to the tag with a brad. The last things that I did was to add some black sticky backed gems and some ribbon.
The stamps that I used are by Elusive Images.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Another LIM Card

I've found a bit of time to make another card for the Less Is More colour challenge. This time I've gone for the colours of the Union Jack. The main image is matted on to dark blue card. For the main image I used a Crafty Individuals stamp and I used a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp for the background. The happy birthday is an Inkadinkado stamp.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

LIM Colour Challenge

The challenge over at Less Is More this week is to use the colours of your nations flag. I decided to use the colour of the English St. Georges flag which is red and white.
The stamps that I've used are Cherry Pie Art Stamps and I used crimson Archival ink.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Craft Room Challenge No 6 White on White

Thank you everybody that entered the Craft-Room Summer Holiday Challenge, the entries were fabulous.

Now on to the latest challenge that has been chosen by Nikki and she has chosen White on White.
I started of by stamping some feathers onto a white card blank and embossing with some glittery embossing powder. I don't know who makes the stamp. Then I embossed a piece of white card with a rose Cuttlebug embossing folder and rounded the corners of. Then using the lotus Spellbinders Pendent die and my Epic Six I cut two pieces and cut them in half and attached them to the sides of the embossed card then I attached the whole thing to the card blank. I made some parchment feathers and stuck them together to make a fan, then I attached a tassel that I'd made by fraying some white satin ribbon and wrapping cotton round it, then I attached the pearls, this is just a piece of card with some sticky backed pearls attached to it. The other embellishment that I used is some pearl strands.
For lots of inspiration visit the Craft-Room Challenge Blog to see the fabulous work that the rest of the team has done.
My photography is not very good, it should look a lot whiter than this.
 Close up of the parchment feathers.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Creative Expressions Design Team

I had some fantastic news yesterday, I made the CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS  Design Team. I'm so excited and can't wait to start working with the other DT members.  It's going to take a long time for me to come back down to earth.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Fun Swap

Firstly I'd like to thank everyone for their commiserations for the  loss of my cat Dino. It's lovely to know that there are so many caring people out in blog land.

In July KCUK had a fun swap. Dot sends out something to the people taking part and we have to make something crafty with it to send to our swap partner, I had to send mine to Darlene. Dot sent us the two money envelopes and the piece of leather on the right of the photo. I was stumped, it took me ages to decide what I was going to do with it, in the end I decided to alter the notebook on the left of the photo.
This is the end result. I covered the notebook with some paper from my stash and coloured it and the envelopes with some rusty hinge and broken china Distress ink. I then stamped a variety of images over the front of the book and envelopes. I attached the envelopes to the front and inside front cover leaving the tops open to make pockets. The next thing I did was to attach a piece of tissue tape and a row of Martha Stewart die cut birds to the top of the envelope. The blue letters were cut with the chip block letters Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations die. I stamped the pattern on the leather using teal blue Stazon and cut the bird out with a Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Die. I had a little bit of leather left so I stamped 3 little birds and cut them out to use as embellishments. I decorated a tag/bookmark the same way as the notebook to fit into the front pocket.
The stamps that I used are by TJ Designs, Inkadinkado, Crafty Individuals and Penny Black.
The notebook and bookmark.
Inside the notebook

Thursday, 4 August 2011

A Sad Post

Not a lot was done yesterday craft wise or anything else. My lovely pussy cat Dino passed away. She'd been very poorly for a while but still lived life to the full but yesterday she decided that she'd had enough. I shall miss her.
I'm of to the hairdressers soon but shall try and do a happier post when I get back.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Feeling Fruity

Less Is More   are feeling fruity this week. This is the card that I've made for the challenge.
I used my Cricut Expression to cut out the fancy edged piece of white card then stamped the recipe on it, then I coloured the image with Promarkers. The stamp is a Joanna Sheen stamp. I matted the image on to some red paper from my stash, the green paper is also from my stash. The little happy birthday is by Inkadinkado.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Material Girl

I've made this hanging for the Just For Fun  challenge, the theme this week is fabric and/or fibres. I stamped the image onto a piece of fabric and then attached it to another piece of fabric by using one of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine. I've had the machine for about 27 years and it doesn't get much use anymore. I attached the material to the card then wrapped some fibre round in such a way that it formed a hangy piece. Then I attached some diecut flowers and butterflies and some gems. I attached a metal tag but I'm going to remove it as I don't think it looks right. I enjoyed making this so my poor unused sewing machine may find a new lease of life.
The stamp that I used is by Paperbag Studios.
The punches that I used for the flowers and butterflies are Martha Stewart punches.
For the flourish I use a Marianne Design die.