Friday, 1 August 2014

A decision has been made

Hello everyone

It is an obvious fact that I have not been blogging for just over 2 months now & for a while as well my posts have been fairly intermittent.

I first started this blog on 7 September 2010 & used it to showcase my rubber stamping interest.
Later I got quite taken with digital crafting & after some consideration decided to start a blog for that work, as the title of "Ink on my Fingers" did not fit  - I started that one 1 January 2013. For quite a while the 2 ran quite nicely alongside each other. But I now think I have stretched myself too far.

If I don't do any digital work - nothing gets blogged & vice versa with stamping.  So the decision is to put them back together again along with any other crafting interest I take a liking for.

BUT to that end I am starting a NEW blog.

This blog & my digital blog will stay "live" for quite a while & I will put a link on the new blog for anyone who might like to take a peek back in time.

I would like to say thank you to those of you who became followers of "Ink on my Fingers" & hope that perhaps you will join me in my new blog.

First post on the new blog .............. Friday 1 August 2014 .............. 12 noon

'Bye for now

Oh dear - where is my head - how do you get to my new blog?

Click HERE

& make your way to
"My Crafty Corner"

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

One for Guys - challenge

Good afternoon on this beautifully sunny day.

The other day I stumbled on another challenge blog - Fan-tastic Tuesday.  They like to see square & rectangular cards - so when I made a card this morning that was a rectangle (DL in fact) I thought I would join in this challenge.

The background paper & the topper are images from a CD - Jem's Designs - Cardz 4 Men, & unusually I combined stamping & CD work.  There isn't a greeting / sentiment on it at present so that I can add the appropriate one when I actually send it to someone.

I distressed the background paper by tearing it & then using Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.  The sailing ship was stamped with versamark ink & heat embossed with gold EP then layered onto some black card to make it stand out.

Thank you for stopping by my blog - why not pop over to the challenge blog - click on the link at the top - & see what others have created.  Why not join in - it is great fun.

Less Is More - week 172 - theme flowers

Good afternoon everyone & what a beautiful day it is today.  This lovely sunshine we have had the last week here in North Wales (apart from the thunder storm on Monday) has really brought the flowers alive.  I have a beautiful orange-red rose out in flower in my back garden & lots more buds still to open.

Flower is the theme this week at Less Is More & last week I picked up a rather pretty set of stamps that had flowers & flourishes on so I thought I would use one of those.

I have used a scalloped edge card & this floral flourish from the set (from a company called "My Paper World & they appear to be German).  I stamped the image in Versamark Ink then heat embossed with a pearly gold EP.  The 2 flowers I coloured with my little box of pearlescent watercolour paints.  The "happy birthday" stamp is one of a set of small greetings by "Clearly Besotted Stamps".

Because I have put everything towards the lower edge of the card - when I decided that it is going to be sent to someone I have room to add a ribbon along the top.  But have kept it clean & simple for the challenge.

Thank you for stopping by.  Why not pop over to the challenge blog & see what everyone else has created. Just click on their name further up in this post.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Tuesday morning sketches - #249

Good morning everyone - & isn't it great to see the sunshine.  Well! we can here in North Wales - so I hope you have it where ever you are too.

It has been a while since I entered any challenges so I decided that this week would be the start of doing this again & I happened on this weeks challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I have them on my favourites & do keep an eye on what is happening but just haven't got around to joining in the fun.  But here I am today.

This is the sketch;

& here is my card;

Currently one of my favourite stamping techniques is Triple Time Stamping & I have adapted it a little here to fit the sketch.

The stamp is one of a set from a freebie on a magazine.  To stamp like this you place the 2 pieces of neutral card on top of each other in the desired layout holding them together with repositionable adhesive. Next you stamp your image(s) making sure you stamp across both pieces - I stamped mine in burgundy pigment ink then embossed with clear EP. When you separate the 2 pieces there will be a slight halo due to stamping on different heights of card. Next you layer the 2 pieces onto contrasting card leaving a narrow border around the design & place them back in their original position matching the design  It is especially effective over 3 layers - I will show one of my 3-layer cards in my next post.

For this challenge card I added the Happy Birthday sentiment on the smaller part of the image, plus some gems for a little bling & the ribbon down the side.

This will now go in my box of completed cards & await an insert when I decide who I am sending it to.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Why not pop over to the challenge site & see how others interpreted the sketch.  Just click on their name at the start of this post.

Have a lovely day.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A great card shape

Hello again

I have decided that I will show here the cards that I make whether they have stamping or not.

Recently at a meeting of one of my clubs, a member showed us how to make this stretch card. I just fell in love with the shape - but added my own take on it.

Here is the first one I made;

I made something very similar quite a few years ago - but we called it cascade card then.  The cascade part is a stand alone card but I added mine to a folded base card for a change.

Ooh! nearly forgot - there is some stamping on this one - the "Happy Birthday".

The second version I added another little "my touch";

This one is for our son & daughter-in-law for their wedding anniversary.  At one point I discovered I had cut one set of the papers wrong.  I had forgotten to turn the shape over - so I had 2 pieces the same.  I didn't have enough of the floral paper for it so had to use the stripes - but I decided to use it with the stripes going the other way (horizontally)  I am quite pleased with the recovery.

The difference in this one?  I have filled in the space at the top of the cascade where it sits on the base card.
There is another already in the pipe line for another birthday that is due.  These will look really great for Christmas too.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Finally some stamping

Good afternoon

I do not know where the time has been going recently, but there is rather a lot happening in this household at the moment & stamping seems to be low on the agenda.  Mores the pity.  I am getting cards made - but not all stamping - perhaps I should show those as well!

But here are a couple of some recently stamped cards;

I am not sure why my photos have this bluish tinge to them - but the card is actually white.  The stamp I have used was part of a free set on a magazine just recently - it's just the sort of image I love.

I stamped the image with Versamark ink & then embossed it with gold EP.  Next I coloured in the image with some watercolour paints.  They are a very cheap set that I have had for quite a while - but they have such a lovely pearlescent finish to them - I love them. They are a little like Twinkling H2O's & I so loved the colour range that I went back to the shop & bought another set to make sure that I had them for a while.

A slightly different version of the same image.  I usually do make a couple of cards with a new stamp. Again they have been coloured with the same watercolour paints.

I have already used the image on another card - & will show it tomorrow when I have finished layering it up & adding ribbon.

Thank you for stopping by - I do apologise for being missing quite a lot of the time - but I am gradually getting back into more stamping so you should find me here a little more often now.

'Bye for now - happy stamping!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Saturday, 19 April 2014

New technique

Well, it is to me as I have only just found it.

Hello everyone I hope your Easter weekend is going well.  I am popping in today to show you some cards I have made using the "new" found technique called Faux Silk.

This was my first try;

The Faux Silk uses a stamped image on card which is then covered with stick glue & crumpled tissue laid over the top.  It is a very delicate effect.  Here are two more cards with this technique;

I can see me using this technique quite a lot & I think quite a few of this years Christmas cards will be made using it.  Oh dear - I have mentioned the "C" word in April!!!!  Still it is never too early to start is it.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

One more background card

Good evening everyone - well I have managed to get another card out of my background piece of stamped card.

There was one long straight edge to the piece - so I used my picot scallop scissors to cut a fancy border.  Then I punched out a tag along with one in each of black & the rust coloured card.  I also used my petal pairs punches - well only one actually - to cut a flower.  I cut 2 of the same shape rather than different shapes & interlinked them, then added a gem for the centre.  I completed the card by stamping "happy birthday" in black onyx Versafine ink.  My base was a scalloped edged white 5"x 5" card.

This is all I now have left of that A5 sheet.  Will I get another card from it - we will have to see.

I think I fancy doing this again with another piece of stamped card.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit - please pop back again soon.

Friday, 11 April 2014

A second background card

Good afternoon everyone & today I am showing you another card I have made using pieces from the background card I made earlier.

Here is the card;

Another cream 5x5 card on which I used a thin strip that had been left over after trimming one of the triangles on the first card.  For the main part I used a tea plate to get the curved edge on the patterned card, which was then layered onto black card leaving a narrow border just at the curved edge.  The little black images that look like duck feet are actually a little trefoil stamp.  That is what they call 3 leaves together, isn't it?  The card then finished off simply by the Happy Birthday greeting.

There is still some of the card left & I think I might get 2 more cards from it. May not get to look at it though until Monday as I have a busy weekend now that the weather has brightened up - plants to put in the garden has to take priority.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Playing with backgrounds

Hello everyone - I thought I would show you something I have been doing with my clubs recently - I challenged them to make an A5 piece of background card & then using the serendipity style make some cards with it.

This is my piece of card made at the same time

It started life as a white A5 card on which I randomly stamped various images in black archival ink (Versafine). Once the ink was dry I then used Distress Inks to colour over the images - I used Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo & Fired Brick.

I then started to cut it up into different pieces & here is the first card I have made

The base is a 5x5 cream card then the two patterned triangles are adhered onto some black card & trimmed leaving a thin border.  The sentiment was a freebie on a magazine some time last year & the dots are white flat backed pearls which I have coloured with a black permanent pen.

Now I need to see what I am going to make with the remainder of the card - hopefully 2 more cards.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Less is More - Week 166 - A touch of Turquoise

Hi everyone
After only just making my card in time for last weeks Less is More challenge I have managed this weeks challenge much earlier.

The theme this week is colour & the colour is turquoise, & the challenge is being sponsored by "The Ribbon Girl".  Turquoise is one of the colours, I think, where you are not sure if it is blue or if it is green or even somewhere in between.

Here is my card;

the colour in the photograph is more blue than green - but I would say the ink I used leans towards a greener blue.  Does that make sense?  The stamp is a little heart stamp that was free on the front of Craft Stamper one month & I decided it would make quite a nice butterfly.  Little gems made its body & the end of its antennae.

I think this is the earliest I have entered a LIM challenge & is probably the less less is more design I have created.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit, & don't forget to pop over to the LIM blog (just click on the name at the start of this post) & see how others have interpreted this challenge.  Also why not pop over to The Ribbon Girl & take a look at their lovely products.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Less Is More - Week 165 Round & Round

Good morning everyone & a rather grey & murky morning it is too.

But never mind we have challenges to brighten up the day & the one I am writing about now is the one at "Less is More" where the theme is Round & Round.  A popular theme at the moment as I have seen it on other challenge sites too.

Here is my inspiration for my card;

I chose these stamps to use after having a tidy up of stamps on my desk & as I put them away in my folder I spotted this one.  I think it was a freebie on a magazine. I had several ideas about what to do with the circles.  Card candy, buttons, gems, sticky dots with glitter on - my mind started to run wild.  

After stamping the design & embossing in silver - I chose;


Looking at the stamp after I had made the card I realised it would also make quite a good small scale design for zentangle patterns.  I don't think this set will be going back in the folder just yet.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit. I am off now to see what others have done with this challenge - why not join me - just click on the link at the start of this post.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Another fun workshop, but ...

... this time I was pupil not teacher.

On Sunday a stamping group I am involved with had a really lovely workshop hosted by Stephanie of Clearly Besotted Stamps.  A lot of their stamps have matching dies & this certainly added to the fun on the day.

We were very lucky that Stephanie & her group had prepared little packages for us that contained all the card that we required for each item we were making. They provided all the stamps & dies & started the day with giving us a very useful tip for using these.

In all - we made - an Easter card & a box to hold small Easter eggs; 4 cards which were then presented in an acetate window box.  The theme for most of the items was butterflies which was just up my street - as I think they are one of the most beautiful creatures we have.

Here is what I made;

There was a tag to go with the box of cards but I didn't complete it as I wasn't sure what I would be doing with them.  Probably a gift for someone - or a raffle prize & I think I might decorate the box a little more.

A great day & it was so nice having me time.  What's more whilst I was at the workshop my DH was cooking dinner - well, after all - it was Mother's Day!

Monday, 31 March 2014

A fun workshop

Hello everyone - I thought I would pop in with some photos I took at a workshop I held last Thursday.

It was a workshop I had been asked to try as there had been a few requests.  A mixed media card making session.  The idea was to change the look of a piece of paper & use it on a card, thereby getting people to use more of their scrap pieces & odds & ends of stash.

Part of the way through the session this was the state of the table;

The ladies had gone off for a well earned cup of coffee.

refreshed & ready to continue

Two of the ladies were card makers & liked clean & simple - the other three were interested in "getting messy" as they explained it to me.

The three photos above are from the card makers & I think the lady who made this last page was just getting into the idea of mix media.

These photos are from the ladies who wanted to "get down & messy"

I am really pleased with how the morning went & some of them are interested in mixed media on other surfaces.  So - time to get my brain & creativity in gear.

Thank you for stopping by & I will be back again shortly with photos of some items I made at a workshop I attended yesterday (Sunday 30 March).

Friday, 21 March 2014

The white wash continues

Hi everyone

Last night I showed the white wash technique to one of my Rubber Stamping Groups & I think they fell in love with it as much as I did.

Whilst demonstrating the technique to them on kraft card & a pale grey card, as in my previous post, I was asked if I had tried it on black card.  The answer was no & that I would do it before the next meeting.  Within a couple of minutes I had been passed a piece of black card so that I could try it whilst the ladies wee "playing".

This is how good it looks - forgive it just being the piece of card - I didn't have the means to turn it into a proper card.

I should have taken a photo after I had just stamped & embossed the image - because although I used white EP it looked creamy on the black card & looked stunning.  Well! I thought so.  I will be trying it on black card again & making a complete card - so will photograph it at the embossed stage.

I do like the CAS style & this white wash technique certainly fills the bill - I will be using it a lot more.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Monday, 17 March 2014

more white washing

Hi everyone

I have now bought the white ink refills from Stampin' Up for this technique & so have worked another couple of samples.  The refills work much better than squishing my white pigment ink pad onto an acrylic block.

I worked 2 more samples - one on kraft card again & one on a light grey card, I haven't matted & layered them yet - here they are;

very pretty!

Thank you for stopping by - please call again.

Friday, 14 March 2014

New technique .....

... well, it is for me.

I have promised to show my stamping clubs a new technique I discovered & really fell for.  Of course before I can show them I must try it - properly.  The technique this time is - White Washing.

It came to my attention through a newsletter I get via email & then I Googled it to read about it more. It appears to stem from "Stampin' Up".

Here is my attempt;

In this technique the image is first stamped with Versamark ink then embossed with White EP. The white wash comes from using white ink refill & painting the image with it.  I am awaiting a delivery of white ink refill so today I tried using a white Versacolour ink pad & squished it onto a small acrylic block & picked the ink up with a damp paint brush.  When the white wash is dry you then paint in with coloured ink the various elements of the image.  I used Colorbox & Versacolour ink pads which again I squished onto an acrylic block & used a damp paint brush.  It is a very delicate finish & I was pleased with the result.  On the little flower that is on the piece of card to the side I didn't use the white wash step - so that I could make sure that the next stage of colouring did work & as you can see it did because this flower is quite dark.

 A closeup of the main flower in the image. I am going to create another version & this time use some very pale grey card to see how that will look. I haven't seen it done on black - so |I might have to try that too.

After that result I feel happy enough to show my club ladies.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

special birthday card

Good evening everyone - today I made a special card for our grand-daughters for her 18th birthday this weekend.

I started the morning off with the great idea of using my new Tonic Pop-up Dies - but that went downhill quite quickly as I could not get a good cut.  I have an E-bosser & put the die through about 6 or 7 times. I was initially using the pop up mechanism for inside the card - but one of the perforation edges actually cut through. So that went to the bin - well not quite - I kept it for using for oddments of card.  The die for creating a topper also didn't work well - so I gave up the idea. In the end I chose one of the Verso Tonic Dies that has the tag shape in the centre.  I had used it at Christmas so new it would cut OK.

Here's the card;

I used just one half of the blue scalloped card - the other half was the piece I spoke about above that almost got binned.  I did use the 18 plaque from the pop up dies & the tag shape was from a set of dies the make of which I cannot remember. Onto the tag I stamped a "happy birthday" & her name in Versamark ink & used a pale blue EP to tie in with the card.  I used double-sided tape to adhere the blue card to the white base card - but the join was a little uneven - so I covered it with white satin ribbon wrapped around to the back.  Looks quite effective.  Some flat backed clear gems at the corners & a couple of flowers with gem centres, made with the Petal Pairs punches out of white paper & some coloured with Promarkers to match the card, to complete.

Next big occasion - a golden wedding card.  But first I must sort that pop up die.  I did Google the problem but didn't really find anything - although I spotted someone saying that Jodie (of Tonic) had some tutorial videos which covered some problems.  I popped in to see what I could find & she has done a video for each of the various embossing / die-cut machines on how to build the sandwich for Tonic dies.  So tomorrow I will try the sandwich & see if it is any better.

That will be after I have printed the insert for the 18th birthday card & placed it inside the card & got it ready to post.

Thank you for stopping by - please call again.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Less Is More - Week 162 - One Layer Card

Hi everyone today I am showing you my card that I have made for this weeks challenge over at Less Is More where the challenge is a One Layer Card with the added theme Spring Flowers.

Here is my card;

I used a white scalloped edge 5x5 card & stamped the image & the sentiment in Versamark then embossed with gold EP.  The daffodil stamp is a much loved & much used stamp from All Night Media - I have had it years.  The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts & I have had that quite a while too.  I then coloured the image in with my H2O style water colour paints using my aqua brush.  Just to finish & tie the two images together I put some yellow paint inside each of the letters with openings - ie - a,e,g etc.

Thank you for visiting my little blog & please do pop over to the challenge blog - just click on the name at the top of this post.  You will see some amazing cards.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

A recent birthday card

Good morning everyone & I hope it is as lovely & sunny with you as it is here in North Wales - so nice to see that bright light.

I am here today to show a recent birthday card I made - it couldn't be shown until the recipient had seen it.

The base card is a 5x5 scalloped edge white card which I ran through an embossing folder.  I had to use the embossing folder twice & it was my first attempt at creating a matching pattern.  It wasn't 100% so the ribbon helps cover the slight miss.  I stamped the flower with Versamark ink then coloured it with Pan Pastels. I cannot say whose stamp it is as I no longer have the packaging & there is no indication on the acetate they are mounted on.  

I then trimmed the card with deckle edge scissors plus another square that was only slightly larger. The larger square I edged with the Pan Pastels to make my mat.  I found I still had some pink/plum EP so that is what I used for my greeting.  A trio of flat backed pearls completed the image.

This is also the first time for quite a while I have used my Pan Pastels.  I am trying to look at "my stash" each week & use something that hasn't seen light of day for a while. We all have things don't we?

Thank you for stopping by my little blog I hope you enjoyed your visit.  I have another card to show later after it has been seen by the recipient.

Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

two into one does go ..

.. because for the first time for some time I am entering two challenges with the one card.

The two challenges are - "Anything Goes" at Just For Fun Challenge Blog and Sketch #239 at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I have only recently discovered these two challenge blogs - so this is my first entry.

Here is the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches;

and here is my card;

I have created a square card & rotated the sketch.  The medallion stamp I have had a while & cannot remember whose it is.  I stamped it with black archival ink then coloured it with Promarkers "Rose Pink" & "Amethyst".  I carefully cut around the image leaving a narrow white border & raised it on sticky pads.  For the stripes I used ribbon & stamped the greeting in Brilliance ink which I then embossed with clear EP.

This is the second card I have made this week with this stamp - I am quite taken by it - & can see some more ideas forming.

Thank you for visiting my blog & please click on the links above to the two challenge blogs & see what others are creating.

'Bye for now.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Less is More - week 161 - Colour

Good afternoon everyone & a rather nice day it is too. Earlier it looked like we might get rain but it has held off & we have had sunshine.

Now, I haven't joined in a Less Is More challenge for some time & felt that this week I should sort myself out & start joining in again.  The theme this week is Colour & the colours are "Yellow & Green"

Here is my card;

This medallion stamp looked so clean I am not sure I have even used it before.  It has a small one that comes with it too.  When I looked at it in the drawer I knew it was the one for this challenge. I stamped it in Black Archival Ink then coloured in with Promarkers - using - Lemon & Leaf Green. The "Happy Birthday" was stamped using Adirondack Citrus.  The medallion was placed on sticky pads to raise it a little from the base card.

I am really pleased with this card & I can see I am going to use it again in different colourways.  It has also inspired me with other ways to use it too.

Thank you for visiting my blog - please come back again & why not pop over to the Less Is More blog to see what others are doing. Just click on the name at the top of the post.