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.