Saturday, 24 June 2017

Winter village

I hardly ever use this die set - can you see why?

Take a look at the church on the right - in real life, buildings don't follow the slope of a hill, they are built with all their lines perpendicular. If you were to enter this church, you'd have to walk downhill to get to your pew, and anyone who dropped a pen at the front would find that it rolled all the way to the back. Even the bell in the tower would hang at an angle and be impossible to ring!

However it is a useful die for creating winter scenes, so I do use it from time to time, but always try to position it so that the wonky buildings don't take centre stage.

For this card I stamped the trees in green ink and embossed them with a powder called Tapestry - Jungle which has several shades of dark green in it, and after heating while the powder was still hot I scattered a very tiny bit of white embossing powder over to give them a snow-kissed finish.

I am sharing this with Christmas Cards All Year Round - House or Cottage

On Safari

A few months ago, the cover gift on Papercraft Essentials magazine was a really sweet set of safari themed stamps, including hunters (thankfully armed only with binoculars) in male and female versions as well as lots of animals and sentiments, and a matching embossing folder of tiger stripes and pawprints. I spent yesterday and this morning playing with the stamps. I stamped all the images and coloured them with Promarkers, then fussy cut them - wouldn't it have been great if they'd given us an opportunity to buy matching dies? - and used them to create an assortment of cards.

Before reading on, I'd like you to join me in turning a blind eye to the fact that you would never find all of these animals on the same continent, except in captivity! (And don't get me started on penguins and polar bears!)

#1 - outside

#1 - inside

#1 - closed




For #1, I used a pre-cut aperture card and stamped leaves from the set around the edge. The strip of pawprints across the front and the tiger striped inner panel were made using the embossing folder, with the strip cut from Coredinations and sanded and the stripes done with orange card and lightly inked with brown.

#2 has the balloons stamped once onto the card and again onto a snippet of yellow then paper pieced. The leaves in the first two cards are made with a Woodware punch.

I added a Debbi Moore African tree stamp and a punched sun to #3.

#4 has the addition of the boy hunter from the stamp set and two clouds cut with a Dies r Us die.

I would like to enter the following challenges :

C.R.A.F.T. - Animals
Addicted to Stamps and More - Make your mark
CAS  on Friday - Animals ( card #4 only)
Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine anything goes (card #4 only)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #87 Arty

For this fortnight's challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, Edna wants us to get Arty.

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In other words, she (and we Sistahs) would like to see a piece of mixed media work - and we'd love it if you could make it snarky too!

As you probably know, I really struggle with mixed media. I never seem to be able to work out which direction I'm heading in, or how to steer a course to where I want to end up. I like to have a clear picture in my mind of what the finished item will look like and how I'm going to get there, and I'm still too inexperienced with mixed media techniques to be confident in how they will turn out. However, I got myself inky and messy and came up with this:

First of all I gave myself some direction by deciding how the card would look if I was making a simpler one - I would have put the butterfly, on a couple of layers, in the middle of a large die cut, and added a heart or flower in the corner. With that in mind, I found it easier to focus on where I was heading.

I covered an A5 card with a piece of Bo Bunny paper; the grid lines and some of the green distressing were part of the design on the paper but I added a little more green ink to define the edges. Then I stamped the mesh in green and the diamond basket weave in grey - two stamps from a very old Linda Luckin set. Next I used a brass stencil and texture paste to add a motif to diagonally opposite corners, and when it was dry, inked it with Distress Stain.

I die cut several butterflies using the good old Cuttlebug butterfly die and some French text paper, then inked them and added liquid pearls to the bodies of two of them. I added colour and texture to my die cut shape using the faux letterpress technique, inking a magazine cover gift embossing folder before using it to emboss the shape. Then I layered up mesh, hessian, the label, butterflies, some text printed vellum and corrugated kraft, adding a few more liquid pearl drops to the kraft layer.

The metal heart is placed where it would have been in a simpler version of the card, and finally I couldn't resist adding this stamped Dylusions sentiment because the message it conveys is absolutely the total opposite of my own experience when making this!

I  found that despite my expectations, I thoroughly enjoyed making this and I think I'll be delving into the realms of mixed media more often in future.

I would like to share this with the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - H for hearts
Sweet Stampin' - Lots of Layers
Country View Challenges - Hearts
Mix it Up - Anything Goes/Stamping    

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Vintage Haberdashery

When I saw this morning that the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is  Sew and Sew,  rather unusually for me I knew exactly what I wanted to make and had to set to work straight away.

I dug out cardstock, a topper and sentiment from an old Hunkydory kit and added a die cut dress form that was sent to me by a friend and lots of haberdashery style embellishments from my stash. A bit of distressing and a bit of inking was all I needed to add.

The butterflies on the topper, along with the buttons and bow, also mean it fits the Bingo part of the theme at The Butterfly Challenge, so I'm dropping in over there too.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Stars at Cardz 4 Guyz

Today out new theme at Cardz 4 Guyz is Stars.

I've had a lot of fun creating my starry card!

I wanted to get the effect of a starry sky, so I smooshed distress ink onto acetate and rubbed my card in it, then when the card was dry, sprinkled with darker blue brushos and spritzed with water. Because I'm impatient, I  them heat dried it before applying the waste from a sheet of peel-off stars to use as a stencil and sponged grey ink through it. However maybe the heat made parts of the peel off stick more firmly than usual, because as I tried to peel it away some broke off and was stuck hard to the background. I went to get my pokey tool to pick it off with, but then thought actually it looked rather good, so I left it in place. 

I stamped the words "Rock star" (from a Studio G mini set) over the background and then made the embellishment by stamping the star circle, which I think was a Craft Stamper freebie, onto gold mirri with black Stazon and finished it with a blue gem. I had planned to put it in the centre of the blue panel, but the gold peel off waste meant that it looked better up in the corner to balance the gold at the bottom. Finally I stamped the musical stars border, I'm afraid this is a set I've had so long I can't remember the make.

I'm sharing this with
Glitter'n'Sparkle - Fathers day/masculine
Loves to Craft - Anything Goes
Mix it Up - Anything goes/Stamping  

Monday, 19 June 2017

Summertime at Ooh La La Creations

It's time for our new challenge at Ooh La La Creations and this time our theme is Summertime.

I've used an image and papers from the Paula Oakley Collection, available here , and made a large 20cm square card with them.

I wanted that central square to fit exactly when placed from corner to corner, and was up to my ears in glue when I realised I couldn't work out the size in my head, so I think Mark was a bit surprised that although I was sitting crafting I had an urgent need for him to find the square root of 200 for me! (For future reference, it's 14.14 and a square with edges that length in cm will perfectly fit diagonally onto a 20cm square card)

If you look carefully the main image has a tiny white line around it between the picture and the turquoise edge, and I wanted to replicate that, but my white gel pen didn't show up very well on some of the papers so I went for contrast and used a black fine liner instead, then distressed the edges of each piece.

Finally I added Candi to the corners, picking up the cool blue and aqua shades.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Fridge Raider

I love this sweet stamp of a cat stealing the milk - it's an unmounted stamp that was a gift from a friend when I first started stamping, about 20 years ago, and I don't think it was new at the time, so goodness knows how old it really is!

I've coloured the kitten with Promarkers and cut it out with the Gummiapan stitched Ovals dies. The hearts, too, are cut with a Gummiapan die, and the sentiment is a Dylusions one.

For the background I stamped various "catty" bits all over some kraft, and then tried to bleach the colour out from the cats' eyes, however the bleach didn't really take on the kraft so it's left them with a slightly ghostly effect - fine for a background but I'm glad I didn't use it for a main image!

I'm getting naughty (or at least my bad kitten is) with the ladies at Naughty or Nice where it's an anything goes challenge this month,  and also playing along at Little Red Wagon where the theme is Dogs or Cats?