Thursday, 31 March 2011

Tea then stamping - walk tomorrow

Well I just can't believe it - twice in one day!

After submitting my card for the CD Sunday challenge I had a nice cup of tea then popped upstairs to do some stamping.  (See earlier posting)

One of the ladies on my rubber stamping workshop earlier in the week had some new clear stamps that had come free with a magazine.  I so liked the look of many of them that I picked up the magazine - it was the "Let's Get Crafting" issue 30 on "Cards & Stamping".  OK! So I don't normally by the magazine so for me the stamps weren't free but even so an A4 sheet of stamps for £7-99 - a bargain & a half.  After looking through the magazine I really felt that  my creativity could get a kick start with their ideas.  So off I went.

I made 5 cards - 3 of them used the papers that came with the magazine too (see I forgot to mention that you got paper & card as well).  All the stamps I used out of the set will be used again, but I particularly fell in love with the cat & the butterfly - oh yes - & the wacky font type for a couple of the sentiments.  I am more of a dog person but that cat is soooooo funky & the butterfly looks great stamped over pattered paper.

Here are the photos;
I don't think it shows up in the photo that well - but I glittered the necklace, & the little jewels are the ame colour as the flowers on the cat.

This one I actually had the brain wave to put the image & the sentiment on the acrylic block at the same time - I know, that's the obvious thing to do - but I don't always think of it.

This flower garland is really pretty & I can see it being used lots of times.

Here's that cat again - love that sentiment too.  I did try cutting the cat out but it's a bit fiddly around his tail & it actually fell off poor thing.

Here's the lovely butterfly - they are glued to the card by their body only & I am quite pleased with the antennae that I drew in.

That's me & my stamping session.  Hope you like my cards.
Please drop by again.

CD Sunday Challenge - Transport

Ooh! only 5 days between this post & my last post, things are improving.

The Challenge over at CD Sunday this week is on Transport - which was definitely going to give me a challenge, as I would have to go through quite a few CD's to find the transport images. Then I remembered that I had an MCS CD that had a motor-bike & an aeroplane on it.  I eventually found them on Klever Konstructions - Once in a Lifetime Vol 1.  Here is the card, it is a 3-d shelf card - I decided to try the aeroplane design. Details under the photos;

This is the card from the front view, you can see by the top of the back image that my card was a bit too thin. I am limited to the thickness of card I can put in my printer as it is a front loader so the card has to turn inside. I have cut out a second aeroplane a placed it over the original image with sticky pads.  The hardest part was cutting out the slots the the various pieces fitted into & because it was thinner card - making it all stand up properly.

This is the card taken slightly from the side & above to show the layers on the shelf.  I took the spare seagull & tested it for using the "spray & shine".  It looked good whilst wet, but the card absorbed it, so when it was dry it didn't look any different to before being sprayed.  I was a bit disappointed as I thought it would give the aeroplane a lift.  Never mind. I am rather pleased with it even so.

I think I will be tempted to try another one as there are some beautiful designs on the two CD's.  What I might have to do is print on the same card that I used & then adhere the pieces to a second sheet to make it sturdier.  Hmm!  perhaps I do need to hang on to my Xyron after all.

Well that's me for today.  I have promised myself some stamping time today - & I really should go for a walk, as I am trying to build myself up again with a half-hour walk each day.  But it is very windy today which is a bit off-putting.  Anyway I am off for a cup of tea whilst I decided what to do - then upstairs to the craft room.  I can always go for the walk after some stamping, can't I?

Thank you for dropping by - more soon.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Joining in again

Here I am again & whilst it hasn't been every couple of days at least it hasn't been a month again.  Whatr has brought me back?  Wild Things has brought me back!

I am joining in by the skin of my teeth for the challenge over at CD Sunday Challenge where the theme is Wild Thing.  Here is my offering..............

................ and here is a close up of the 3-d image.  

I am not very fond of cutting out decoupage type work but felt that this bird needed to look as if he was really in flight.  He is fixed with double-sided sticky pads on the body only so that the wings are free.  I felt that an easel card was the best display for this image - but then at the moment I can't do enough easel cards.  All of the elements of the card are mounted on copper paper which I felt highlighted the colour on his head.

I have just popped back in after posting - because I forgot to say that the image is from the Jayne Netley Mayhew CD

I wonder what the theme is going to be tomorrow?

Right I am off upstairs to my craft room to do some more card-making now.

Have a lovely weekend.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Wow! A whole month

I really didn't think it had been that long - perhaps this will kick start me again.  Although I think I said that a short while ago.   Yesterday I had a really enjoyable play with Distress Inks on labels.

I enjoy working with labels as they are so versatile & can convert into great toppers. Distress Inks I am still learning about, & I like trying different colour combos as they can be so striking.

The image on the tag above was stamped with black ink & then embossed with clear Embossing Powder.  The two Distress Inks I used were Fired Brick & Wild Honey.  I always start with the lightest colour first, as is standard in colouring - just going around the edges & fading toward the centre.  Next I bring in the darker shade & if necessary go back over with the lighter colour again.  I find this blends the colours together more.  I allowed the Wild Honey to lightly cross the face to remove the stark white.

For this tag I stamped the image in the same way & then coloured the tag with Crushed Olive & Wild Honey.  I was intending to leave the face clean but I got carried away with the blending & went over the chin line, so a shadow has appeared on the face.  I quite like it though.
A lightly more delicate finish for this tag using Tattered Rose & Milled Lavender.  The Milled Lavender is quite heavy if you are not careful, but again I am happy with this.

During the week I showed some resist techniques at a rubber stamping workshop I was running, & realised that I hadn't actually done much for myself recently - so to finish my stamping session yesterday I did one piece.  I used the silk art card that Barbara Grey uses, onto which I stamped an image with embossing ink & embossed with clear EP .  As the Distress Inks were out I used them - selecting Crushed Olive & Wild Honey.  I used the CO first then down the side brought in the WH - which gave it a warmer tone.  I then buffed it with a tissue.  Very simple but actually will go nicely with the CO & WH tag above.  Hmmm! that will be the project for later today.  Here is the resist -
So all I have to do now is add some embellishments to the tags & then turn them into cards.  Perhaps you will pop back to see what I have done - it shouldn't take me another month. I hope to be back again each day now or at least every other day.

Also I need to go & check what is happening in the world of blog challenges & join in.
Thank you for popping in.