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.