Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Some recent stamping

Goodness - ten days since I last blogged!

This week I have managed to do some stamping & selected one or two designs to work with.  One stamp I had had for a while but this was its first outing of use.  It looks like tulips with their leaves & stems wrapped in a Celtic knot, a really nice design - I seem to remember I bought it from The Stamp Man.

I think it would also look nice, & different, if it was coloured using non botanical colours.  Is that actually what I mean?  I think it is.  I might give it a try.

The other image that I used was of a poppy surrounded by oriental script.  I stamped this in Versafine black ink & embossed with clear EP, then I coloured the card over the top of the image with distress inks using a felt pad & applicator.  Before colouring I trimmed it with postage stamp edged scalloped scissors.  This meant the ink caught a little more on the edge,  The nice thing about this technique is that some colour can be removed.  On the dark blue image I was a little heavy handed with the colour near the centre, so just went back afterwards & removed some by dabbing with a damp baby wipe. Here are the photos;

I am very pleased with those - now to decide which ones to do next.

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Theme Thursday challenge --- Family

Hi it's me again - 2 blogs in one day - that is good!

Mind you it is easier to blog more frequently when entering challenges & the challenge this time is over at Theme Thursday & the theme is "Family".

For this challenge I decided on a tag - I do enjoy making tags.  Looking amongst my stamps I couldn't find anything that seemed to fit the challenge so I decided on ........... well, take a look & then I will explain;

 Is it my eyes or is that wonky!  The family group is my mother, with her mother & brother. I printed it on ordinary copy paper so that the image would not be too precise.  When looking for the tag  to use I found I had a couple of brownish coloured ones so that was my base.  I then used Adirondack Caramel lightly sponged over the picture - not too heavy & not evenly, just to get an aged look.  It was then mounted onto some burgundy paper & with a very small alphabet set of stamps I have I stamped the word "family" in burgundy ink.  In my ribbon box there was this calico style lace in just the right shade.  The gold peel-off word says "special" - which of course family is.  I then added  a burgundy ribbon loop plus 2 small cream  & one burgundy rose.

Very pleased with that - I hope you like it too.

CD Sunday Challenge -- Friendship

Hello everyone
Well! the weather today was not for going out in so I went off to my craftroom in order to make cards for two blog challenges.

The first one is over at CD Sunday Challenge where this week the theme is Friendship.  Now! I have quite a collection of CD's - perhaps not the best admission for a rubber stamper to make - but I enjoy working with them especially the background papers.  Which one was going to give me friendship?  I didn't need to think for too long as I have a lovely CD called "Seraphina & Friends" from Doolicraft.  I have only used it a couple of times so it seemed the appropriate place to go.  Here is the card, & how I made it follows;

It's a mini easel card - only about 4" square.  I initially chose the set called "If friends,.." which is where I got the easel base from, using it straight from the CD printout.  But I had also taken a liking to another option which was "Playtime"  where the 2 friends are flying kites.  It also contained the sentiment.  So I mixed & matched the elements.  "Playtime" had 2 sizes of the picture & that lovely floral frame as well.  So I cut out the frame then cut out the white inner panel going very carefully around the flowers.  I have just bought myself a glass cutting mat & that really made a difference.  I then placed the frame over the picture on little foam pads.  The sentiment has been laid on a strip of the spotty border with foam pads & then onto the base of the card once again on foam pads. I also used some of the spotty border each side of the main image. The three little blue floral flat backed gems just finished it off. 

Doesn't it just bring back memories of playing skipping with your friends at playtime?

I hope you like it & thank you for looking.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Love is in the air ........... Whateva!

Hi everyone
Ooh I love that title & it's all because I have made one card that is to be entered for two challenges.

Over at CD Sunday Challenge the theme is - "Love is in the air"
Over at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge the theme is - "Whateva!"

I originally picked the images for the CD Sunday challenge & took quite a bit of time trying to decide on the shape I would make the card. For a change taking my time over those thoughts worked well as I stumbled on a great easel design on a Create & Craft programme.  I then remembered that there was the Whateva challenge at Stamptacular Sunday & managed to find an appropriate stamp - so hopefully this little card fits both criteria correctly.  Here is the card;

It's a Double Twisted Easel card.  The CD I used was Doolicraft's "Seraphina through the Ages" & I think this image is from a section labelled - love is in the air. Also there is a decorative LOVE stamp underneath the pink flower.  I found it very difficult to get a good close up of that part of the card - sorry.
I forgot to mention that the picture on the left hand side is a little pyramage picture of the courting couple.
The piece of card has to basically be a square so that when it is folded the length is twice the depth.  That is an 8" square folded in half will give you a doubled card measuring 8" x 4".  One of the halves is then cut in half from the fold to the outer edge.  Then those two squares are scored diagonally starting from the folded edge towards the outer corner.  Exactly as for a single twisted easel.  The part to watch carefully is when placing the images on the easels, as in order for them to be correctly orientated they have to be adhered on their sides. Here is a picture of the card laid flat to show you what I mean.  You can see a little clearer now the stamped image on it too.

I really enjoyed making this card - I hope you like it & thank you for dropping in.  Should you like to have a diagram of the measurements & cutting lay out - leave a comment & I will do my best to post a picture on the blog.  But it is very straightforward & the beauty of it is - it can be made any size providing you remember when folded length is twice depth.

I do hope you visit again.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

What did I do during January?

Hello everyone
Well! That's the first month of 2011 finished & I wondered just what have I done with my stamping during this month?

Fairly early on in January I had made a decision to make as many cards as I could - possibly at least one a day.  More importantly to once again, as I did in 2010 make every card that I needed.  I hoped that being a stamper that most of them would be rubber stamped.  I do have rather a lot of other card-making stash that has accumulated which I knew I would have to use as well.

I sorted out background papers & matching toppers into sets & put them in a box.  Then I made the decision to open the box every so often & make a card with whatever was on the top.  This I have managed to do.  I was helped with the number of cards by also entering a couple of challenges - the number of which I hope to increase during February. Also, as you will see in the photos, I selected a stamp to work with most of the time - for this month is was the sentiment about Birthdays that was used.  I coloured the card with Distress ink or dye-based inks such as Kaleidacolor, having first stamped the sentiments in Versafine black & clear EP.  Then run the image through my Bigshot & a Nestabilities die.  I really enjoyed looking for toning ribbons, jewels & other means to embellish the cards to suit.  I did also use my image that I call my"Twenties lady" a couple of times & will probably use that a bit more during February.

That brings us to February & what am I going to do this month. Well! it will be  more of the same - although taking a look again at my "stash",  there are quite a few background papers that would take very nicely to being stamped on.  So that will be one method for this month.  All I need to do is select the rubber stamp I am going to mainly work with.

As many of the cards I make are put to fund-raising good - those cards will be made quicker - that is - a more clean & simple style.  I shall save the ideas & techniques that need a bit more time for the cards for family & friends.

Here is a slide show of my January cards - I hope you enjoy looking at them & thank you for stopping by.

I have just watched the slideshow & there was a card in there that I didn't make - I must have picked it up erroneously - so I have removed it & rerun the slideshow..