Wednesday, 1 December 2010

An anniversary card

Two postings in one day!!!   - must get back to regular blogging & not leave such a long time between.  I haven't been taking part in many challenges this last couple of weeks, so when I start again that should keep the blog ticking over nicely.

This anniversary card is for Nicky (Bob's daughter) who lives in the States.  I am afraid no ink got on my fingers for this one as the image & background papers all come from a CD.  This time it is the Joanna Sheen CD called "Dancing with Shadows" which has lots of silhouette images.

I chose this particular design because it complimented the one that I used for Nicky's wedding card.  I thought it would be nice to keep a theme running.

Because the images on this CD are PDF's not Jpegs I picked them up with the snapshot tool & pasted them into a Word document in order to have several copies of the image at the size I wanted.  I also took a snapshot of the background paper in order to produce a matching insert.  By using Word for the insert, a message can be written onto a white area produced by creating a text box.  The background paper was actually from another design on the CD, but I liked the colour - pale green - & the light fronds of branches complimented the frame around the couple. The whole thing was completed by the addition of a faux bow in pale green ribbon above the main image.  By a faux bow I mean the version where 2 holes are punched & the ribbon is fed through them from front to back at both ends.  Then the ribbon ends are crossed over at the back & brought back out through the holes to the front.  They are then trimmed to suit.  Unfortunately I don't think the ribbon shows up all that well in the photo.   Here it is;

Hooray I am back

No I haven't been anywhere it's just been over a week since I stopped by.

Brr! this weather is cold & unpleasant.  Still, this afternoon I shut myself away in my craft room & finished off some Christmas cards that a couple of weeks ago I had printed all the images & papers for.

I chose a foldover design - I think someone has given it a name, but I can't remember what it is.  Here they are & the details will follow;

I made two of the cards in green as in the photo above, as I needed 6 cards.  Unfortunately I couldn't find another design to make it 6 different ones.  Well not that I would be happy cutting out the pyramage on. All the cards had the pull out greeting.  They are images from a CD called Christmaz Pyramidz2 (2008) by CardzCardzCardz.  The last photo shows the insert outside of the card.  There was one little bit of stamping on each one - the message which comes if memory serves me right from a set from My Sentiments Exactly.

I am really pleased with the way these looked when finished.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

More christmas Cards

Well - one more to be precise. 

Today I found time to make the first of the Christmas cards for Bob's business colleagues.  Recently I have been making rather a lot of easel cards & thought that would probably be the way I would go with these.  Then when I made the two cards I showed yesterday - the crossover front ones with the pullout insert - I thought that would be the design to use.

After making that one I also had an idea for standing the cards, because they aren't normal opening cards so they won't stand.  So I have thought of two methods it is just deciding which one to do.  I have several templates for "plate" stands which would look different.  Then there is also a method where you create two flaps in the back of the card by scoring from the bottom edge up about 1.5" - 2" then cutting a curved line from the top of the score line down to the edge & also along the edge which you then pull out to create little stands.  Because this style of card has a double thickness back - they would have to be cut into the card right a the back before the two sections are glued together.  I might do a dummy run tomorrow & see how it looks.  In the meantime the one I have finished might need the "plate" stand.

Here is the finished card - it shows the card with the insert separate;

I even managed to put a little sprinkling of glitter on the trees & snow - something I am not known for - not a great glitter fan but it suited the picture.  It doesn't show up in the photo but it is there.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Christmas Cards

Well! here I am back again after nearly another weeks break.

But I have been busy - making Christmas cards for members of my three clubs here in North Wales.  I like to give one to each member & I have to say I do find it easier to make that many with the same design, strange as it seems.  So I cannot put any photos on my blog yet - perhaps a slide show of cards just after Christmas.  But another thing we do at the clubs is make a card for a lucky dip at our final meeting for the year which means that everyone gets a card from the club.  For two of the clubs this meeting is held almost the last week of November & the third club it is the first week in December.

I also make a Christmas card for each of the colleagues & their partners, who work with my partner Bob.  So I have sorted the images I will be working with & have more or less decided on the design or style.  So this weekend will probably be the making up weekend.

Here are the pictures of the images I will be using for those cards - I am creating a CD designed card - that is - the papers & images are from a craft CD.  These were from a CD called "Christmaz Pyramidz 2 (2008) by CardzCardzCardz

Here are two of my lucky dip cards;

Now I must go & make some more Christmas cards, finish the ones for Bobs colleagues, & I have a wedding anniversary card to make for Bob's daughter who lives in the USA, & a masculine birthday card for my 84 year old cousin, bless him.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Remembrance Sunday

We will remember them

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

CD Sunday Challenge - Natural World

It's been quite a while since I entered a challenge - so hopefully this is the first of more to come again.

The image & background papers are from the safari section of Jane Netley Mayhew Collection CD.  Here is the card & how I made it follows;

and here is a close up of the main image

I started by selecting several images of the cheetah in different sizes & the background paper with the head repeated across it.  The other background paper came from one of the other images on the cd.  I decided an easel card would be the way to go - just can't stop making these.  I covered the base card with the paw print background paper on the outside.  The main image is layered onto copper coloured thick paper.  I then cut carefully around the cheetahs head from one of the other images, but left the straight left side & bottom intact.  I then placed it over the first image with 3d pads. Copper ribbon was wrapped around the front flap of the card & the main image stuck over it.  For the lower panel I used the other background paper, then used a strip of the "head" background paper layered onto another piece of copper paper which was put on foam pads to create the "stop".  Two of the smaller images were then mounted on copper paper too & stuck either side of the main image on the stop.  A little embellishing with copper peel-offs completed the picture.

I am having trouble finding the right weight card to put through my printer as it is one of those that takes the card through to the back as it prints & then turns it over to come back out at the front again the other way up.  So I need to find card that will roll easily. 

Monday, 8 November 2010

Birthday Card

Saturday was our daughter-in-laws birthday & I can today show the card that I made for her - sadly no stamping - but I was pleased with the finished result & I even used a little glitter.  That's something else I am known for - I am not a great glitter fan.

Here is the card;

The papers & toppers were amongst my stash saved from past "Making Cards" magazine & are pretty shades of link/.lilac.  I was rather pleased when I noticed that the little greeting tags had both "Happy Birthday" & "Someone Special" - which fitted very nicely.  I do love making easel cards & have started now making them different shapes rather than the standard square or the shape as above.

Well! I am off now to search my favourite challenge blogs & see what I can take part in this week.  So watch this space for how I get on.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Workshop day for HSNW

Good heavens! It's been a week since I last popped in & had something to say or show.

Yesterday, my friend Sue & I held a one-day workshop for some of the members of HSNW club.  For those who may not know the abbreviation it is for Happy Stampers North West here in the UK.  Thirty Six ladies attended the workshop, & in what has become a traditional format - half were with Sue in the morning & half with me.  Then after lunch Sue & I swapped groups.  Sue's project was a multi-layered Star Book & mine was a CD Case 2011 Calendar.

Almost at the end of the day I went around taking a few photos - not everyone had completely finished their projects but there was sufficient material for me to put together a little slide show & here it is;  

Whilst I was preparing the workshop materials I was left with rather a lot of card pieces, some of which I used to produce a little project  that complimented the CD Case Calendar.  There are 2 pictures at the end of the slide show above - but I am going to reproduce them separately here;-

I had intended for them to be a handbag calendar but I think they actually turned out a little too big for that - so it will sit beside my computer for when I want to know what day of the week a certain date might be.  Will rethink the handbag version - as I have lots of card left.

Due to the preparation for the workshop & a couple of other things I have not entered any weekly challenges this week.  I hope to put that to rights this week.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Lack of my own creations

It's been a while since I blogged & this has been due to pulls on my time, plus a new health problem.  Still hopefully its on its way out of my system now.
As I haven't done any stamping or creating of my own I thought I would pop in some pictures of some fantastic craft work I saw in France during my holiday back in April this year.
There is about 21 pictures in this slide-show but I actually took a total of 61.  There were a few of the surrounding scenery - but some of the creations were a little risque - so I thought it better not to put those up on the blog, although they are harmless enough.  The last thing I would want to do is upset anyone.  Although the items including the larger sculptures are all made from fund items - such as spanners, bicycle chains. 
Hopefully tomorrow will restart MY creativity again.  That's not grammatically correct is it!
Enjoy the pictures - I just hope they are big enough for you to see details.  They should be alright in the closeups.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

You've been framed - Tag You're It!

Gosh, two posts in one day!

This post is my entry for the challenge over at Tag You're It which this week is as you can see by the post title - You've been framed".  First the picture then the details;

First I coloured white card with the DTP technique using Distress Ink - Fire Brick Red & another ink pad called Palette which was Yellow.  The yellow softened the red to this nice sunset colour.  The frame is from a set I bought at Hobbycraft & again I haven't kept the packaging.  The kitten with flowers was part of a free set on a magazine.  The sentiment from a set of friend sentiments from MSE.  All the stamping was done with black Versafine & heat embossed with clear EP.  On the bouquet & the kitten I lifted some of the colour by using a damp paintbrush then patting dry with a paper towel. The ribbon was wrapped around the card & a faux bow tied to one side.  This was then layered onto a black card.

No cards allowed - Stamptacular Sunday

Welcome to a look at my entry for the Stamptacular Sunday challenge - which this week is "No cards allowed". As always the details follow the picture;

The little gift box body is about 1.25" square & after making it I realised it would be a good base for some "inchies" to decorate it. The sides of the gift box were created with a stamp by CaroLines & had to be stamped 4 times.  After stamping with Versamark & heat embossing with gold EP I decorated the sides with the stamps which appear in the picture - I can't remember what make they are.  Anyone?  Each side was then cut out & glued together with a little thread around the neck to close.  Makes a lovely little table gift with a choccie inside.  Or they can hang on the Christmas tree.  Caroline also does a version of this stamp with a window in to create lanterns.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

CD Sunday Challenge - Monochrome

Well my decision on what to do for this challenge was not as instant as I thought.  I had great fun for a couple of hours going through my CD's trying to decide which one to use.

So! at CD Sunday Challenge the theme this week is "Monochrome" - here is my entry - details follow the picture;

The image is from Ooh La La Creations CD - "Watercolour Memories" & this particular image is called French Steps.  Once I saw it I knew it was the one to use as it invoked memories of my holiday in France this year.

I printed out the background paper & the decoupage page - but as I worked on it I decided not to do all the decoupage layers but to do just one & to frame that in matching dark blue card the same as the main image & the base card.  The dark blue ribbon was attached around the main decoupage layer & the little bow adhered to the top the point of the top layer.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Fancy Folds & More Than One Fold challenges

Just popping back in after original posting as I have found another challenge this card would suit, & that is the one at Charisma Cardz Challenge. There challenge is called "More than one fold".

Here is the photo of my entry for the challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers - which this time is Fancy Folds.   well! not too much folding involved but it is different.  details after the photos;

My entry is a double easel card.  I saw it being made on Create & Craft, but wasn't concentrating properly so I hope I have made it correctly.  Either way it does still make a differently folded card.

Very simply it is made from 3 square cards (well I used those to save me having to cut card - lazy aye?). Two of the cards are folded to make the bases of easel cards - the third is cut in half to make the topper cards to attach to the flaps. The stamp is one of those produced to make cards for Marie Curie. The card folds with the right hand flap over the centre panel & then the left hand flap over that & then tied with ribbon to close the card.

The Jewellery Quarter

This is my entry for the challenge over at Tag You're It!  This week the theme is the jewellery quarter.  Details of how I made it after the photos;

I am not into jewellery making so I don't keep a lot of blingy items in my stash.  But this beautiful jewelled butterfly stamp by CaroLines seemed to fit the bill especially if I gave it a Faberge look.

The image was stamped 3 times onto the card.  Once complete in the centre & then a half image each side. I used Versafine ink & heat embossed it with gold EP. Then I stamped & cut out the butterfly again, & created the "jewels" with gelly roll pens giving them two coatings to create a jewelled image. The body was created with little flat back stones.  The photograph doesn't do it as much justice as it deserves - even if I say so myself.

Theme Thursday - Pink

This is my entry for the challenge at Theme Thursday this week - which is Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  More information after the picture;

The sentiment on the tag is not clear but is the word Believe, it is one of those block peel-offs with the word cut out of it.  I covered & decorated the tag with papers which were designed by Nancy Watts & appeared in a back issue of the magazine Making Cards. In this picture it looks more lilac than pink - but it is pink.

Pink is not a colour I work with very much - in fact very little, but I wanted to take part in this challenge.  There are not many people whose lives have not been affected by this dreadful disease in some way & it is to be hoped that soon there will be a cure.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Fairy Tales

This is my entry for the challenge over on the Pollycraft Monday Challenge blog.  The theme this week is "Fairy Tales".  I will put the picture here first & follow it with a description of how it was made.

The pink surround is just that of the paper laid behind it whilst I scanned it.  It helps show up the card.  Now! Why did I decided to place the stamped images onto black labels.  I am not sure - I had an idea, but it didn't come together - so I stayed with the black tags & then coloured a white card with direct to paper - a la Tim Holtz, placing the colours to co-ordinate with those on the tags.  The tags were then placed on the card. The two fairies are from a little stamp set that came free with a recent craft magazine & I don't recall which one or the make of the stamps.  The small fairy that is dotted around on the card & the tags is from CaroLines

For the fairies I blended the colour onto white card then stamped the two fairies in black ink & heat embossed with clear EP.  I then stamped them again & coloured them with Caron Dache watercolour crayons. When that was dry I cut out the two fairies & for the wings used a white gelly roll pen before finally sprinkling with fine glitter.  Glitter is something I don't use much - but it is necessary for fairies, isn't it.  I then 3-d layered the cutouts onto the image on the tags.  Some glittery fine multicoloured thread was used through the top of the tags. The glitter on the wings doesn't show up too well - perhaps I should have taken a photograph rather than use the scanner?

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Ink on my fingers? .......... more like ink on my desk!!

I had hoped to have something to talk about & show today.

But - no!  I had one of those days when things started well & then went downhill.  I was preparing, well making a sample, of a card I wanted to enter into one of this weeks challenges.  I had seen an idea on Create & Craft that I wanted to try.  Well I say "seen".  I wasn't actually watching with full concentration.  I was mainly listening whilst doing something else.  Blogging I expect - or checking out challenge blogs.  So I had to try it first.  As the steps proceeded it was coming along nicely.  I almost thought I was going to be able to make it the actual card.  Then whilst doing some stamping - the stamp fell off the acrylic block & landed on my work sitting on my craft mat. Ugh!  Later I was doing the final completion stages & had the card right side down on the mat. I turned it over & found I had laid it down right where the stamp had dropped & I hadn't completely cleaned the ink from the mat.

Back to the drawing board (& a clean craft mat) tomorrow.

Watch this space. 

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Aaaah!!!!!!!!!! Feet up & a cup of tea.

Today I spent only a couple of hours at the HSNW Stamp Festival - a most unusual thing for me as normally I am there all day, being one of the organisers.

Due to a health problem this year I have taken a bit of a back seat this time - but decided I would at least pop along & see everyone.  Plus, of course spend some money.  I had one main purchase in mind & that was the new craft mat that has been invented by Gordon of Once Upon A Stamp - one side has been treated so that it is non-slip.  This means when doing all that lovely blending of ink a la Tim Holtz - the mat will stay put - making the job easier.

I also bought a stamp from Mary K of StampCamp USA which should give me a challenge.......

I have just token a few moments out from blogging to see if Mary had a photo of it on her website, but I couldn't find it.  I will scan it tomorrow & put a photo of it on here, then in a couple of days hopefully a photo of what I have created with it.

At the festival there is a competition which this festival was for a card using only black & white.  The table was absolutely covered with cards & for the first time for quite a while I had entered as well with the card I posted yesterday for the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

Now to put my feet back up & relax.  If you live near enough do visit our festival it is amazing & in May we will be holding our 25th festival.  Just click on the link at the top of this post for more information.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - "Layer it on"

Good morning

I am finally catching myself up with challenges.  Today I completed my entry for a blog I recently stumbled on called Stamptacular Sunday.  I had previously entered one of their challenges with my "Grid" tag. Their challenge this week is called "Layer it on" & they ask that the project has a minimum of 5 layers.

I have just popped into the blog to check I haven't run out of time to enter & there are 239 entries.  Wow!  Still going to add mine though.

Now! decoupage & I do not gel too well.  But looking at my stamps I found one that I could carry out this technique with quite nicely.  It is a stamp called "Gracious Lady" by Artprints.  I have had it for some time & have used it a fair amount but not for quite a while.

The base card is a 6" x 4" black card onto which I have randomly stamped the image with Versafine Black ink then heat embossed with clear EP.  Next I stamped the image 6 times onto white card with the same ink & EP.  Then it was time for cutting out - the first image was trimmed to have a narrow white border, then the other 5 gradually having more parts cut away.  In the photo it doesn't show up too well that the first decoupage layer has had all the background cut out leaving just the lady & the left-hand border, with separately, the little corner postage mark.  Finally I layered white silk ribbon with black organza ribbon, placed the image on top & added a double "knot" or faux bow.

Here it is along with a small side view for the layers;

What do you think!

Off to look for my next challenge & to make a special wedding card, plus looking for a design for our daughter-in-laws birthday.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

CD Sunday Challenge - Decoupage

Decoupage is not my most favourite craft - so I have taken the easy route on this one & created my challenge card for this weeks CD Sunday Challenge with pyramage.  Well, it is a form of decoupage after all.  Here it is, along with a close up of the decoupage..................................

I used the "Pretty in Porcelain - CD2 from MCS.  This CD holds some beautiful images which create plates.  When I printed my chosen design I decided the actual plate was too big for the card I had in mind.  So I didn't use it - but it will come in handy one day.  I then decided that the base card had to be a pale lilac too, but that would mean the base circle would merge with it.  I didn't have anything to cut a circle a little bigger than that image.  My Nestabilities were not big enough & I don't have a round coluzzle template.  Whilst sitting at my desk thinking about it - I spotted my Ancient Page Rainbow inks which are in a scallop edge box.  So I turned it upside down & drew round it onto white card.  Voila! right size interesting base for image.  I used a strip of the matching background paper & edged it with some narrow lilac ribbon I have - sticking it to the card with narrow DSST.  When trying the layout I decided to put another ribbon strip down the left-hand side of the card.

So now I have another use for my ink pad box - making scalloped cards - brilliant.  isn't it fund when you stumble on something, another way to do things.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Black & White

I can't believe it, again, too many days without blogging.

One of the things about me that I left out of my profile was that I am one of the people who organise the twice yearly HSNW Stamp Festivals held at Port Sunlight on the Wirral.

One of the regular features of the festival is the club members Exhibition board.  Those of you who go to Port Sunlight will know that we always have an exhibition of members work on display  & that lately they compliment the competition set for the day.  Today I finally got around to making mine for the board for the October (Autumn) Festival taking place this weekend.  Here they are.......

You know - one of these days I will get the items straight in the scanner.  I'm sure there is a gremlin in there that moves them when I close the lid.

The technique is called "Split Negative".  Very basically you stamp an image twice & cut them into 2 pieces, then you reassemble them again into 2 different pictures, each one containing one half of each image.  I guess the picture is more self explanatory.  Sadly I forgot to use my stamping buddy on the top one when stamping on the black card with white EP - so there are a few flecks of white EP that can be seen.

I hope you like them.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Autumn at Tuesday Taggers

Today I finally finished the third challenge I was working on this week.  It wasn't because it was difficult that I have been slower, it was because I had an idea of a way to meet this challenge & just didn't get it right.  Hence it went in the bin - something I don't often do.  I usually put it somewhere to see what I might salvage at a later date, but I was too disappointed in it this time.

At the moment the autumn colours are amongst my favourite, perhaps it is just because of the season approaching, & of course I love the blending of inks.  I was quite pleased with the way the cloud over the sun worked by swiping the edge of the ink pad.  I was a bit concerned at first that I might end up with too wide a stripe. But I seem to havae got the balance right.

So here it is;

I coloured a basic luggage label with the Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, then went over it with the orange & green shades of the Autumn Leaves inkpad by Kaleidacolor leaving just a little light space near the centre.  The bare tree was stamped with Adirondak Espresso & the small leaf stamps from the Autumn Leaves pad.  Then a couple of small gold peel-off leaves to add a bit of light.  All the stamps are by CaroLines.  The sun was created by lifting a circle of the ink with a damp paint brush, then the edge of the Adirondak pad swiped across it for the cloud.  Finally a light brush with a damp paint brush to soften the cloud.

So now its off to Tuesday Taggers to upload the photo to their blog.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Tag in a Pocket

Hello again - gosh 2 posts in one day.

I am back to show you my entry for the challenge over at Tag You're It.  This time its -  Tag in a Pocket.

My pocket has four tags in it - actually its four pockets with a tag in each.  When I saw the challenge I thought - at last I can use a project I found on the Internet a couple of months ago & have been meaning to try it.  So here it is.  I have used mini photos on the tags of a recent family wedding.  The pockets?  They are recycled toilet roll inners.  The papers to decorate the pockets were some 8x8 scrapbook pages I had - unfortunately already taken out of the pad & I can't remember whose they are.  Really must remember now to note where I get materials from.  The main colour at the wedding was burgundy this deep pink was the closest I could get to it.

I enjoyed making this & I think it will become a project at the clubs that I run.  so start saving toilet roll inners ladies.

The pocket

The Tags

Now to upload them on the Tag You're It blog.

Something Sweet

OK! I am back to blogging after a few days break.

The challenge over at Sunday CD Challenge was "Something Sweet".  Now I don't have a lot of cutie sweetie CD's but recently I did purchase Seraphina & Friends.  So that is the CD I turned to.  Turning to the CD is easy - the difficulty arises in choosing which image. Finally I decided on the little mouse on the swing, but which one - I chose the letter L because it is the first letter of my surname.  I made a very simple easel card, putting a smaller image on the raised panel to act as the stop.  I added a little glitter on the swing chains, plus a button at the other end of the front banner, then I wrote "cute as a button" on the panel.  My hand-writing is not too good - I really should have printed it off on the computer, especially as I have some Safmat to print on.

Now I have loaded the photo I can see that I had a light behind it - you cannot see through the topper quite that much in real life.

and here's a close up of the stop panel;

Now to link it to CD Sunday Challenge blog.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Just popping in

Well! another few days have gone by without any postings.  Not a very creative weekend.  I did a lot of looking around other blogs & creative websites for ideas & inspiration, but no practical creativity.

I made up for that today having prepared two projects for challenges I am going to enter & starting on a third. I will be completing them tomorrow & photographing them for linking to the challenge sites.

Also today I downloaded Picasa 3 - so will have to spend a little time finding out all the things it does, so that I can upload some good photographs & create some slide shows.  I also hope that with the advent of a new month I will start to blog far more frequently.

Friday, 24 September 2010

CD & Stamp challenge

Another creative day today - much more satisfying -  just hope I can keep this going.

First card to be made was one for my brothers birthday - then one for a colleague who is in hospital.  The two cards were a Clean & Simple design & used the same image from the Joanna Sheen - Jane Netley Mayhew Collection.

Also I have finally got round to entering a card in the Sunday CD Challenge which this week is to use a stamp along with CD images/papers.

I chose a Winter Wonderland background, from the free My Craft Studio CD with this weeks Crafts Beautiful, & layered it onto some silver holographic paper, then onto a white card.  Along the bottom I placed some blue ribbon through a start shaped ribbon brad.  The stamp I used was one of Carolines silhouette fairies.  She looks like she is about to lift off from the ground. I had several attempts with this one as at first I didn't think the blue ink went too well with the background colour.  So then I decided to stamp & emboss with white EP.  Now! the embossing powder would not stick to the paper even though the stamp had been well inked.  So I brushed away the powder & noticed that the image could still be faintly seen.  So I dried it with the heat gun.  I liked the finish - so stamped another one slightly higher & moving towards the tree.  The lower image is quite clear & looks like it is part of the background paper - the one a little further up is not so clear but it is there.Then the final one I stamped in blue ink as if she was about to land in the tree.  I enjoyed this challenge & the images on the CD are beautiful - I don't know if it is a full Winter Wonderland CD but still worth the cost of the magazine.  There is also an offer in the magazine for another free MCS CD - just pay the postage.  Here is my card; 

One of these days I will get the project straight in the scanner.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Grid - Colour - All Sorts

Goodness - I can't believe I haven't been here for nearly 4 days.

I have not been that creatively active - but have made up for it today.  As I have been popping in & looking at other crafters blogs I noticed that quite a few of them enter multiple number of challenges.  How do they find the time?

Well! if you look carefully - it's very clever - you make a card, tag or whatever is required in a way that will fit several challenges.   So! today was the day for me to enter challenges in this way.

Over at Stamptacular Sunday the challenge was to include a Grid. Then on the
Tag You're It  blog there was a colour challenge.  The final one was over at Tuesday Taggers where the theme was "It Takes All Sorts".  The colour challenge did test me - as to being able to find colours close enough - I would describe them as a very light creamy colour, latte coffee & pearlescent blue.

Also at Tuesday Taggers this challenge is being sponsored by Ribbon Oasis.  I haven't yet learnt how to put a logo on here - but click on the highlight & go to their website - they are just gorgeous.

So! what did I do?  Take a look at the picture first - then I will describe beneath it how I produced the finished tag.  I am very much into tags at the moment & so was very pleased whan I managed to make this one fit three challenges.

For some reason the photograph does not do it credit on the grid detail, which I produced on my Hougie board.  The left to right diagonals are clear but the right to left diagonals do not seem to show very well. The tag itself is the creamy colour & I have coloured it with Stonewash  & Latte Andirondak Ink using a sponge applicator - a technique I am using a lot.  I stamped the image twice on spare creamy card.  The top one was stamped in Stonewash & left to dry a little.  I then went back & used a damp paintbrush on it to pull the colour into the design.  The second image was stamped with Latte & actually stayed wet long enough for me to emboss with clear EP.  I then coloured the flower with a Caran d'Ache watercolour crayon in pale blue.  The two medallions are attached to the gossamer pale blue ribbon & hang free from the tag. The stamp is one of Carolines earlier Kaleidoscope images.

Phew! I think that makes up for a lack of blogging.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Crafty Cardmakers challenge entry

I have just posted the challenge card mentioned in the previous posting.  As I did I noticed the statement "time to put all those flowers & frills away for this one".  Oops ... memo to self .... make sure you read any blog challenge special comments thoroughly.  As my design has no frills even though it has flowers they may let me off this time. 

Now to go & check all those blogs for more challenges this week.

Clean & Simples challenge

Today I have made a card for the Clean & Simple challenge over on Crafty Cardmakers.

I had started working towards entering into a cd challenge but due to various reasons I ended up leaving it too late to enter. So with a little change of direction I am still able to use it.  Here is the card - the little pink border is just the coloured paper I have to lay behind it on the scanner.  The scanner lid has a white inside so you can't tell where a card ends if the colour isn't put behind.

The floral spray is from My Craft Studio - No Stamp Required Florals CD, & the oval shape was cut with a Coluzzle template.  The image has been coloured with watercolour pencils & the sentiment produced on my computer. After playing with the layout I decided to place it on an angle & to have the image layer off centre.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Tag You're It! - Fairy Garden Tag

Hello welome to todays blog, here is my tag for this weeks challenge on Tag You're It!

The Fairy is part of a cute little set that was a free gift on a magazine.  I cannot remember which magazine which is a shame.  The tag is just an ordinary luggage label which I have slightly stressed with the green & orange shades from Kaleidacolor Ink Pad - Autumn Leaves.  The fairy was coloured in with Letraset Aquamarkers, but the card that I stamped on was not best suited to the aquamarkers - but I still like the effect.  On her wings I used a clear gelly roll pen & then covered it with a fine sparkle glitter. I then cut around the stamped image with my curved stamp-edge scissors and stressed the edges a little with the green ink as above, it was then mounted on the tag with sticky pads to raise it slightly.  The little spray of flowers was also from the free set.  Finally a length of ribbon looped & popped through the tag hole.  I enjoyed making this little tag & it will join a collection of tags I have been making recently & mounted in my book of tags.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Introducing some of my work

ETA - I have entered my Diamond Anniversary card in this weeks challenge at "Tuesday Taggers".  The card was made this week for a colleague - so quite timely really. No stamping this time.

Welcome, on this rather blowy Monday.  If it continues to blow like this we could lose leaves off the trees before we see those lovely autumnal colours.

I have had a rather rickety start to this blog as I hit a couple of snags with things disappearing that I thought I had set up.  But through the kindness of others I think everything is OK now.

I spent the weekend looking at challenge sites to see those that would interest me, so now I just have to have a go.  This I have done already by joining Splitcoaststampers (SCS) & taking part in one of their Sketch Challenges - here is a photo of my version - I called it "Coppery Autumn".  The tree & owl stamps are from the "Autumn" set by Kanban.  The patterned background squares were created with those sponge moulding tools (the name of which I have just forgotten) & some little edger stamps from CaroLines.  I was going to include a picture of the sketch but got a bit tied in knots on the layout, so have only shown you the card.

Also over the last few days I have been making a card for a colleague who has friends about to celebrate their Diamond Wedding. Today it reached completion after a couple of frustrating moments.  I had originally decided to make it a side stepper card, but for some unknown reason the card would just not fold flat - it tipped up on one side.  Yet I checked & rechecked measurements & position of the cut. So after 2 attempts I cut my losses & did an Easel card.  Here it is;

I think the photo could have done with lightening a little before posting. The holographic card in the main topper looks multicoloured in this photo - which I suppose it will do when the light hits it anyway - but it is completely silver & looks like lots of crushed glass ......... oops I mean diamonds.

Well, there we are then - my first proper post.  I look forward to chatting to you again, please pop back soon.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Right! here I go then

Good afternoon & welcome to my blog.

I have spent many a pleasant hour looking into other crafters' blogs & many times I have wondered whether to have my own blog or not.  What would I put on it I asked myself.

Recently I found myself with a little more time on my hands than I have been used to, so I decided to do something else I have thought about doing.  That, was to join in some of the many card challenges that I had been looking at on various blogs.  I soon found out that for most of them you  really needed to have a blog.  So now the idea of a blog of my own was starting to become a reality.

In the meantime I joined Splitcoast Stampers to take part in some of their challenges - for which a blog was not essential.

So! here I am.  All about me & my crafting is in my profile.

Why did I call the blog "Ink on my fingers?" ..... & the question mark is really important in that title.  Friends & crafting colleagues know that although Rubber Stamping is my main passion I do not like getting messy fingers.  Although obviously I do from time to time. Daft isn't it?  Ah well, it takes all sorts to make the world go round, doesn't it.

Phew! thats a long post.  Future ones will be more about craft than about me & will include photographs of my work as I go along.

Thank you for dropping by & I hope to talk to you soon.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Welcome to my new blog

If you have stumbled across my blog - thank you for looking in - there is not much to see at the moment as I have just started building this site.

I hope to eventually share with you my rubber stamping & other paper crafts.

Please come back in a few days when I will have got started properly.