Friday, 30 December 2011

The Stamp Man Annual Awards !

I can't believe that it's time for another Annual Awards post for The Stamp Man. Where did that year go ! I would also like to take the opportunity to thank my followers, old and new, for your continuing support. It really does make the difference. This year has not been an easy one for many of us so it's great to have a community that you can immerse yourself in and leave it all behind.

So, without further ado, let's move on to the awards and what you need to do to join in. We would like to see your favourite/ best craft project from 2011. You will also need to take the 2011 Awards blinkie, which is on my sidebar, and add it to your blog to be in with a chance of winning. There will be a random draw for the winner and 4 runner up prizes. Check out the main blog to see the fantastic prizes !



I chose my project from the Curls and Swirls challenge back in February. You can find the details here. I love swirls so this was a great challenge and coupled with distressing and sepia tones I was in heaven !


I hope you get chance to share your favourite 2011 project with us at The Stamp Man.

I would also like to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year !

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Joyeux Noël !

For my Katzelkraft DT post this week I'm sharing the last Christmas cards I shall make for this year......hurrah ! As much as I enjoy Christmas and making my Christmas cards, I also am relieved when they're all done ! I resorted to making 2 of the same design to help things along too !


The Katzelkraft stamps I've used are from the Noël Demi Plaque 01 set. The main image has been cut out using Nestabilities and then I've used Distress Ink around the edges. The sentiment has been cut out by hand and then given the same DI treatment. The papers are from my stash and I've zipped round the stripey piece with my sewing machine.


The flower is made from Grunge Paper that's been covered with Crinoline and then dyed using Distress Stains. The swirls are made using the Tim Holtz Mini Flourish die and the numbers are cut using the Tim Holtz Mini 25 die.

The stamps that I've used are available exclusively from The Craft Barn and from Katzelkraft in France.

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and wish you all the best for 2012.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Travel at FSC

The last 2 weeks have flown by and it's time for another challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge. This time we want to see some travel on your work, so anything that is travel related and of course remember you need to stamp !


I've used a combination of stamps from Wendy Vecchi, Katzelkraft and Stamp-it. The tag is cut using the Tim Holtz tag and book plate die and I've cut it from Kraft card. I've blended Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain DI around the edges.

The book plate has been cut from metal and distressed with black acrylic paint. The Taj Mahal stamp is from Stamp-it and I bought it ages ago and I think this is only the second time I've used it !

I hope you get chance to join us !

Friday, 16 December 2011

It's all about techniques !

It's my turn to set the challenge over at The Stamp Man and you may know that I love finding new techniques ! So, the challenge that I have set you is to use a technique you've not used before and let us know in your post what the technique is ! Simple !


I was following the fab tags that Tim Holtz did this year, I've not had time to join in but couldn't resist having a go at this one as I loved the technique ! I also stumbled across Shelly Hickcox's blog and found another technique that I've incorporated too !

The tag is cut from Kraft card and then covered with acrylic paint. I then rubbed Versamark ink on the inside of the Snowflake EF and then embossed the tag. It was then sprinkled with white embossing powder and heated and you're left with the wonderful frosty effect. I then sanded it (this is where you understand why the tag was covered in acrylic paint) and the Kraft colour comes through the paint ! This was the alternative that Shelly came up with if you didn't have any Coredinations card (which I didn't). I love it and will definitely use this technique again !


The banner is cut from Kraft card and then Tissue Tape has been stuck on top and then it's been folded. The foliage is made using a combination of the Autumn Gatherings die and a fern punch. The little pine cones are from some old Pot Pourri and I've used a Snow Cap Paint Dabber to tip the edges. The numbers are cut using the Tim Holtz Mini Reindeer & 25 die I've then swiped the numbers with Snow Cap and cut a second set of numbers in black and just offset them (I don't 'do' glitter so this was my alternative ). The beads are from my stash and the ribbon is seam binding that's been dyed using DI and then spraying it with water.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge in amongst wrapping presents and writing cards (which I still need to do!)

Thursday, 8 December 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas !

Well the days are ticking by and I've still got absolutely loooaaadddsss to do ! But at least I've finished off a card order for 10 Christmas cards which is a huge relief ! The card I'm sharing today is one from the order and is also my Katzelkraft DT project for this week.

I've used 3 stamp sets, Noel Demie Plaque 01, Wonderland Let it Snow and St Nicolas. As always I started with the background which I've stamped using Versamark then used Iced Spruce Distress Ink over the top. The sentiment has been stamped using black Archival ink. The main image is cut out using the Fleur de Lys Nestability and then I've rubbed some more DI around the edge.

The foliage is made using a punch and also the Autumn Gathering Sizzlit die, the pine cone is from some old pot pouri ! The gorgeous snowflake is from the lovely Linda's Etsy shop as is the seam binding ribbon which I've dyed using Bundled Sage Distress Stains.

All of the stamps are available exclusively from The Craft Barn in the UK and from Katzelkraft in France.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:



Sunday, 4 December 2011

Dressmaking !

It's time for another challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge and this time we would like to see projects with the theme of dressmaking/corsets/accessories. This challenge came just at the right time for me as I was in the middle of making birthday cards for my nieces.


I made this card for my sister to give to my eldest niece. The main image is a BLine Designs stamp and I've used the Tim Holtz Reflections stamp on it to add some text. The word 'Love' is from an Oxford Impressions stamp set as is the tape measure. The background is made using the Tim Holtz Haberdashery set and the side panel is made using the Adverts set and it's then been distressed. I paper pierced it and then added the faux stitching with a white gel pen.



The flower is made from Crinoline which has been coloured using Spun Sugar Distress Stains as has the lace. It's then been cut out using the Tattered Flowers die and the brad is a Marah Johnson. The word daughter has been done on my PC. A few pearls and buttons and that was it!

We've had a lovely week end so far as it was another of my niece's 21st Birthday yesterday so the whole family went out together for a meal and I went shopping with her too. The only problem is...... I feel really old !

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:


I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge.

Friday, 2 December 2011

The Stamp Man Challenge

It's time for the next challenge over at The Stamp Man which is to create an ornament. When I saw what the challenge was going to be I didn't feel very inspired but as I played around with different ideas it started to come together ! The prize for the challenge is £10 to spend at The Stamp Man, and if you've not seen on my side bar, there is a prize draw for all orders placed before the 15 December.

So, onto my project, I thought I would show you a before and after shot. The wooden piece above is an off cut from a staircase spindle. It's been kicking around my craft room for ages, but in true crafting style, I didn't feel I could throw it away as it looked too useful ! So, I persuaded my other half to cut it to length and then bore out a hole in the top that was candle size.

I realised after I'd taken this photo that the candle is rather banana shaped ! I think I need to find a different one to light. I started by coating the wood with Bundle Sage Distress Stains. Then I cut the mat from the largest Fleur de Lys Nestability from Grunge Paper. It didn't cut all the way through so I had to go round it with my scissors. I then used Forest Moss Distress Stains on it.


The holly leaves are cut using the Tim Holtz Holly Branch die and I've used DI on them and then Crackle Glaze. The panels around the wood have been stamped using the Mini Holidays stamp set. The letters are cut using the Vintage Market die and then using Barn Door DI on them and coating them with Glossy Accents.


The numbers are made using the Mini Reindeer & 25 die and just inked with DI. I've put our advent candle in the holder now and it had it's first burning last night ! So now it's official........it's Christmas !

I hope you get chance to join us and look forward to seeing what you create !

Thursday, 1 December 2011

A special birthday !

For my Katzelkraft DT project I'm sharing a card for a special birthday. This card is for an order and the lady in question has reached the very proud age of 100 ! The brief I received was that it was to be a celebration so I knew which stamps I wanted to use.

The stamp sets I've used are the Cirque 01 and Cirque 02. I started by making the stripey side using Distress Inks and masking off each colour as I went along. I've then used the Sizzix Tartan EF and rubbed DI over the top.

The image is painted with DI and I've added some Glossy Accents to the juggling balls. The vertical panel has been stamped with the hat and then mounted on a piece of card that has been punched down both sides with a Martha Stewart punch.The numbers have been made using the Tim Holtz Vintage Market alphabet and I've coloured the letters with DI and the covered them with Glossy Accents. The ribbon is made from seam binding and I've coloured it with Fired Brick and Wild Honey Distress Stains. The flowers are paper and started life as blue until I coloured them using Distress Stains. The sentiment was done on my PC.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

The stamps I've used are all available from The Craft Barn in the UK and from Katzelkraft in France.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

A break from cards !

I thought I'd show you a project that I made at a recent workshop with the lovely Lin at LB Crafts. It was a fantastic day and as usual learnt loads !



The background was made with pieces of tissue paper, pages from an old book and some stamped images. We then coated it with PaperArtsy Fresco paint. The houses are all individual and we used different techniques which involved metal, paint, chipboard and inks.


The centre house below was made using the PaperArtsy crackle glaze. It's fantastic, it crackles immediately when you paint on top of it. That's definitely on my must have list !


The tree is wooden and painted and the birds were stamped and cut out.


Lots of stamping, ink and paint...... heaven !

I've not moved much today, in fact I haven't been out of the house at all ! I'm gradually getting through my long list of orders for birthday cards, which is great. Just Christmas to worry about then !

Friday, 25 November 2011

21 again !

Ooh how I wish I was ! However, this card is a birthday card for one of my nieces. Her birthday isn't until the 3 December, but I'm trying to get ahead so I can make some much needed Christmas cards !


I started with the background and I masked off the left hand side and then stamped the swirl which is by Crafty Individuals, on the right hand side with Versamark and then blended blue and red Pan Pastels over it to make a shade of purple. On the left hand side I stamped the manikin image, which is by BLine Designs, and the words, which are from a Darkroom Door set. The fancy corners are from a Katzelkraft set. The vertical panel is stamped with the Stampin' Up En Francais background stamp and then embossed with the Victoria EF. I punched the edge with a Martha Stewart punch and blended DI over it. I used a Tim Holtz stamp from the French Marketplace set and tore pieces out of the card and then blended DI over it.


The main image is a Katzelkraft stamp and I've cut it out using Nestabilities. The ribbon is seam binding and I rubbed DI over it and then sprayed it with a few drops of Chipped Sapphire re-inker in some water. The butterfly is cut from black shrink plastic using the mini Butterfly Tim Holtz die and the letter is a Type Charm.


The tickets are all cut from crinoline using the Tim Holtz die and then inked with DI. I then stamped onto them using Katzelkraft and Oxford Impressions stamps. The '21' is made using the Vintage Market die, Black Soot DI and Glossy Accents.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

It's turned really cold here, I hope you're all keeping warm in your craft rooms !

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Paris !

No I'm not going to Paris, more's the pity ! The card I'm sharing with you today is my Katzelkraft DT project. It's also a birthday card that I made for my eldest niece who was 23 yesterday.

The stamp sets that I've used are Paris Monuments and Paris Postal, both are gorgeous sets ! I stamped on to the card using Versamark and then used Pan Pastels, blending 2 colours together to make a warm orange. The centre strip is stamped with the tesxt stamp from the Paris Postal set and I've blended DI over the top. The main image was inked up and then I used the text stamp for the 'kissing' technique. It didn't work as well as I'd hoped but I still like the affect.


I made the stick pin from some beads I'd got in my stash and the ribbon has been dyed using a combination of Fired Brick and Wild Honey Distress Stains, I loved the end result ! The metal frame is Tim Holtz and the beautiful metal corners are from the lovely Linda's Etsy shop.

All of the stamps I've used are available exclusively in the UK from The Craft Barn (who have free postage on all UK orders until 18 December !) and from Katzelkraft in France.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

White Christmas ?

As much as I love snow at Christmas, when it comes to making Christmas cards the thought of alot of white fills me with dread ! So, although the challenge this time at The Fashionable Stammping Challenge is 'I'm dreaming of a white Christmas' as long as it's a Christmas card then you'll be able to join us !

I'm slowly gathering some Christmas cards, as well as wading through all the birthday cards I need to make too !
So, onto my card, the embossed panel is coloured with Fired Brick Distress Stains, then I stamped onto it with a Stampendous text stamp, stamping in different directions, then I used the Distressed Stripes EF. To darken the red a little I rubbed some Walnut Stain DI over the top. The green panel is stamped using an Elusive Images stamp then I've blended Bundled Sage and Forest Moss DI over it. The stitching around the panel is faux (I have a few problems with the old sewing machine at the moment!) The tree image is by Katzelkraft and I've used Distress Stains to paint some of the different parts of the tree. The tag on the side is from a Stampin' Up set, and the letters are cut using the Tim Holtz Vintage Market die. They've been covered with Forest Moss DI and then Glossy Accents.


The holly and the branch are cut using the Tim Holtz Holly die. I've covered them with DI and then used some Distress Stickles around one edge, I've also added some Picket Fence Distress Stains to the branch.

I do hope you get chance to join us for this challenge.

Friday, 18 November 2011

The Stamp Man Challenge

It's time for another challenge at The Stamp Man and this time Brenda has set a fab challenge. We want you to take your inspiration from one of Tim Holtz' tags of Christmas, so that means there are 48 to choose from ! You don't need to make a tag, just use the techniques as inspiration and make sure you say in your post which technique you were inspired by. As usual there is a £10 voucher up for grabs for the winner !


So, I wandered over to Tim's blog and started looking through his fab collection of tags. When I saw day 7 from 2010 I thought this was the one I was going to use as my inspiration. The background paper is from my stash and I gave it a coat of Old Paper Distress Stains. The embossed panel is made using the Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug EF, the card was given a coat of Old Paper Distress Stains and then after it was embossed I rubbed Waltnt Stain DI over the top and then some Picket Fence Distress Stains.

The flower is made from Grunge Paper which I stuck Crinoline onto as I didn't have any sticky back canvas. I then used Distress Stains, Fired Brick and Bundled Sage to colour it. I then cut the flower out using the Tattered Flowers and Tattered Leaves die and followed Tim's instructions on how to put the flower together. The Merry Christmas is from the Mini Holidays stamp set, cut out using the Wonky Rectangle Nestability. The swirl is made using the Elegant flourish die. A little bit of ideaology, some card Candi and some seam binding coloured with Fired Brick Distress Stains and that was it !

This was a great challenge and I do hope you get chance to join us.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Let it snow !

For my Katzelkraft project this week, as you can see, I've made another Christmas card. I'm on a mission now to get as many made as possible !

The stamp sets I've used are Saint Nicolas , Wonderland Let it Snow and Noel . I started with the background and stamped the snowflake from the Noel set with Versamark and then used a Pan Pastel. The horizontal panel is a Cuttlebug EF and I rubbed Versamark over that too and used the same Pan Pastel. The main image is shaded with ProMarkers and then cut out using the Wonky Rectangle Nestabilities.



I've used the merry christmas stamp for the vertical panel behind the snowman. A nice and simple card this time, but at least it's one more in the bag !

All of the stamps I've used are available exclusively from The Craft Barn in the UK and from Katzelkraft in France.

I'm also entering this card into the Fab 'n' Funky challenge which is Baby it's Cold Outside.


Sunday, 13 November 2011

The Craft Barm blog candy !

I was just having a quick blog hop around when I noticed this at The Craft Barn ! Make sure you hop over there to find out what you need to do to be in with a chance to win this fab blog candy !


Right off for my dinner now !

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Les Fleurs !

For my Katzelkraft DT project I'm sharing a card which I've made for an order. I tend to get swamped with birthday card orders on the run up to Christmas and this year is no exception! Heaven knows when I'll get some Christmas cards made !

As usual I started with the background and I used Pan Pastels and stamped the images with Versamark. I then stamped the text with black Archival ink. The vertical panel is a torn page from an old book that's been give the Distress Ink treatment. The horizontal panel is embossed using a Quickutz folder and then I've rubbed Distress Inks over it. The main image is from the Fleurs set and I've dropped a blob of Glossy Accents in the centre of the flower.The dragon fly on the tag is from the Wings set.


The butterfly is a Tim Holtz mini butterfly die and I've cut it from Grunge Paper and then stamped the butterfly from the Wings set on to it. The flower is cut out using the Tattered Flowers die and I've coloured it with Distress Inks.

I'm entering this card into the Cupcake Craft challenge which is 'Textalicious', use something with text on.

The stamps I've used are available exclusively from The Craft Barn in the UK and from Katzelkraft in France.