Monday, 29 April 2013

Wish You Were Here

It's time for another Craft Room Challenge and it's my turn to choose the theme and I want everyone to make a holiday postcard. The postcard has to be 6 inches x 4 inches landscape or portrait with a holiday theme - the postcard can be made using any medium and digital postcards are allowed as well.
Crafty Individuals are the sponsors for the challenge.


I've made a couple of postcards. The first one is from Africa, I coloured the background with Dylusions ink and stamped the silhouettes with black archival, the rest of the images were stamped onto card, coloured and cut out and adhered to the postcard. I used Promarkers and felt tips to colour the images and used Quickutz dies for letters. Some of the stamps that I used are Clarity stamps, I'm not sure who made the rest.

My second card is a beach scene. I used Crafty Individuals stamps. I started by brayering acrylic paint across the card and I stamped all the images onto a separate piece of card, coloured them with Promarkers and cut them out. The little seahorse is a Cricut diecut.

The rest of the DT have made some fabulous cards so why not visit the Craft Room Challenge to take a look.

Thank you everyone that took part in the So Sentimental challenge, the entries were fabulous and Mervi  will have a tough time choosing her top three.

Inchie Bicycle

The theme for Every Inchie Monday is Bicycle.
I made two inchies, the background was stamped with a Stampers Anonymous stamp. I used the same stamp  to stamp the image onto shrink plastic hoping it would shrink to fit the inchie but it didn't shrink enough so I made another one and added a charm.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Alpha Challenge - W

W is the letter for the latest Alpha Challenge  at the Craft Barn but there is a twist - we have to put circles in the background.
The word I used is Wheels.

I painted the background with DeckoArt acrylic paints then stamped the bicycle. I then coloured one of the wheels with a felt tip and randomly stamped the wheel on the page. I then drew the circles using a circle stencil and my Sharpie pens. I then stamped the honeycomb pattern with white acrylic paint and used my white Posca pen and black pen to write the letter W and Wheels.
The stamps I used are.
Stampers Anonymous for the bicycle.
The Artistic Stamper for the white honeycomb.

  I always forget to do a close up of the word in the dictionary - but I remembered this time.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Spring Meadow Inchie

Spring Meadow is the theme for this weeks Every Inchie Monday challenge.
I think mine could be a summer meadow as well.

I stamped my PaperArtsy stamp onto card that I'd coloured with Distress inks.
I cut my inchie the from the part of the  image that had a couple of little birds.
I tried to do little flowers with my Sharpie pens and white Posca pen but they just look like a lot of little dots.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Elegant Ladies Birthday Card

I'm sharing with you today one of the cards that I made for the Gecko Galz DT using the beautiful April products.

Gecko Galz Bellissimo digi stamp.
Background paper from the Gecko Galz Butterfly Meadow Paper Pack.
White Card Blank.
Black Card.
Black Ribbon.
Ribbon Slide.
Sticky Backed Gems.
Happy Birthday Stamp.
Print the image onto the background paper and add the ribbon and slide then matt this onto black card.
Matt another piece of the background paper to some black card and adhere this to the card blank. Adhere the image.
Adhere the gems and stamp the sentiment.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Pretty In Pink

Pink is the theme for the Paperplay April ATC swap. I don't usually like pink but I do like the picked raspberry Distress ink.

Background bubblegum pink Dylusions and PaperArtsy script stamp. For the image background I used picked raspberry Distress ink direct to the card and splattered with water, then I matted it onto black card. I stamped the PaperArtsy image twice and cut the flowers out of one and adhered them to the other image. I added ribbon and some gems.

I used the same inks for this ATC. All the stamps are PaperArtsy. I coloured the cat with Promarkers and coloured the stripes with a glitter pen

Again I used the same inks. The main image is a Paperbag studios stamp, I stamped it with picked raspberry and added some beads to the centre. I used a versamark pen and embossed some blush Print Magic Powder around the edge.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Every Inchie Monday - Life

The theme this week at Every Inchie Monday is Life.

I stamped the leaves onto a background that I'd made a few weeks ago. I adhered a tree charm and added the words. The stamp I used is an Inkadinkado stamp.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Steampunk Deco Pages

I'd like to thank my new followers for following me - I hope you enjoy looking at my work.

Today I'd like to share with you the two pages that I made for Wendy in the KCUK deco swap - her theme is steampunk.

I used Distress inks to colour and stamp the background. I stamped the flower onto gold metal and embossed it then cut it out and attached it to the page with a game spinner and brad. The light bulb was stamped onto card, I cut it out and covered it with glossy accents. I added a few metal cogs.
The stamps I used are
PaperArtsy for the background and flower.
Stampers Anonymous for the three gents and light bulb.

I used distress inks to colour and stamp the background. For the glasses I stamped the image onto white card and acetate - I cut them both out and adhered the acetate over the stamped image. I adhered them to the page and added some chain. I embellished the page with cogs and some gems. I stamped the words and cut them out before adhering to the page.
The stamps that I used are
Karantha stamps for the background and main images.
Stampers Anonymous for the background.
7Gypsies for the background.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

So Sentimental

Another fortnight has gone by so it's time for another Craft Room Challenge. The theme is So Sentimental and it has been chosen by the lovely Mervi. She would like to see texts, scripts, messages clearly on your projects.
Tando Creative are the sponsors for the challenge.

I decided to make a canvas for my DT piece.

I adhered a torn piece of a book page to the canvas and then I painted the canvas with Fresco Finish paint and stamped various images. I used a Imagination Crafts stencil and DecoArt Modeling paste for the leaves. When it had dried I painted the leaves and using my finger put some Treasure Gold metalic wax on them. Using my finger I added the modeling paste to the edge of the canvas and  when it had dried I added some metalic wax.
I embossed some Frantage embossing powder over some Tando Creative butterflies and adhered them to the canvas. I die cut a label with a Spellbinders die and stamped the sentiment.
I used PaperArtsy stamps for the background and the sentiment is an Artistic Stamper stamp.
Here are some close ups of the butterflies.

The rest of the design team have made some fabulous samples so why not visit the Craft Room blog and take a look.

I'm entering my canvas in the Country View Crafts Butterfly Challenge.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Ally Pally

Had a great day at Ally Pally yesterday. The show was very busy and I couldn't get over the length of the queues, I didn't spend as much as I usually do but amongst my stash were some Fresco paints, Dylusions spray, a Lynne Perrella set of stamps, PaperArtsy mini stamps, Tim Holtz die, MDF blanks, beach hut stencil and a few little bits and pieces.
Below are photo's of some of the lovely people I met. 

Wendy and me

Helen, Nicky, Sam and Alison.

Penny, Carol, Wendy and me.

I also met up with lots of other people that I didn't get photo's of. 
Now all I've got to do is find some time to play with my new stash.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Alpha Challenge - Letter R

The latest letter for the Alpha Challenge at the Craft Barn is the letter R.
For my entry I have used the word RAIN.

I stippled my page with white gesso. When it had dried I sprayed various colours of Dylusions inks letting some of it run down the page. I stamped the images onto a separate piece of card and coloured them in with Promarkers. I cut them out and adhered to the page. I added some tear shaped gems for the rain.
I used a Dylusions stamp and an Inkadinkado stamp for the little doggie.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

When is a Gargoyle Not a Gargoyle?

When it's a Grotesque.
 I belong to the Andy Skinner Technique Club - we meet once a month at the Craft Barn and not only do we learn lots of arty things but Andy also shares a few facts - apparently a gargoyle has a spout for water to come out and a grotesque hasn't - so I'd like you to meet Grot the Grotesque.

I wish I'd taken a photo before I painted him - he started of white.
He was decorated with DecoArt acrylic paints and crackle glaze, the crackle doesn't show up very well in the photo. I thought he looked a bit fed up so I put the words I'm Bored at the bottom. I can't decide whether he's going to live indoors or out.

Here's Grot with a few of his friends.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Inchie - Mountain Peak

Mountain Peak is this weeks theme at Every Inchie Monday.

My inchie reminds me of the mountain that we drove over in Ireland last year.
I drew the scene and coloured it with watercolour pencils.
I also drew another mountain peak with snow on the top.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Script ATCs

More ATCs to share with you today. These were made for the Paperplay March swapl


The background is  coloured with Distress ink and stamped with PaperArtsy and 7Gypsies stamps.
The main image is a PaperArtsy stamp. I stamped it onto a seperate piece of card and cut it out.
I used a Sam Poole stamp for the sentiment.
I added some gems and staples.

The background is coloured with Distress ink and stamped with a Wendy Vecchi stamp.
For the main image I used a Chapel Road Artstamp stamped onto coloured card and matted onto black card.


The background has been coloured with Distress ink and stamped with a PaperArtsy stamp.
The main image is a Cats Life Press stamp. I stamped it onto a piece of Stampboard and triple embossed it. I used some gold cord and gems to embellish it.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

French ATCs

I'm sharing with you today the ATCs that I made for the KCUK March ATC swap. The theme was French.

I used Distress ink to colour the backgrounds. I used Hampton Art, PaperArtsy, and Invoke Arts stamps and I embellished them with lace and charms.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Travel Inchie

This week the theme is Travel at Every Inchie Monday

 For my inchie I used a Hampton Art stamp. I stamped it onto the yellow card, cut it out and adhered it to the blue background.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

In The Library

It's time for another Craft Room Challenge, the theme is In The Library and it has been chosen by the lovely Debi. Here is why she has chosen the theme and what she would like you to create.

 I love books, if I'm not in my studio I've got my head in a book, so for my theme I've chosen, In the Library. I want to see books, stamps of books, mini books, altered books, pages from books, text, script .... I think you've probably got the idea?

Our sponsors for the challenge are  Rogue Redhead Designs .

Rogue Redhead Designs specializes in vintage, eclectic
 and modern stamp designs. Pressed into quality red rubber, these highly detailed images are sure to impress. 

I have an old book of birds so I photocopied a couple of pages and I'm sorry to say that I didn't draw the birds but used some Joanna Sheen bird stamps. I love these stamps but they don't get used very often.

The Kingfisher

I used a watercolour pad and watercolour pencils.

The Swallow

The rest of the DT have made some wonderful samples so why not visit the Craft Room Challenge to take a look.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Gecko Galz Spring Fling

Today it's my turn to be spotlighted in the Gecko Galz Spring Fling, this is a wall hanging that I made.


Images from Gecko Galz Birds of a Feather Collage Sheet.

Background Paper from the Pocket Full Of Posies set.


Acrylic Paint - I used a pale pink, blue and cream.

Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.



Flowers from my stash.



Coloured Card.

Black Peel Off Letters.
Paint the board with the acrylic paint, tear the background paper and adhere to the board - paint parts of it with the paint and a dry brush. Edge the board with the distress ink.

Adhere the hessian to the board and paint patches of it with the paint.

Adhere the lace to the board.

Distress the edges of the images and colour with the distress ink then adhere them to the board.

Cut the coloured card into triangles and add the peel offs. Edge with the distress ink, then adhere them to the top of the board.

Adhere the flowers and add the pearls.

Make a couple of holes and attach the ribbon.