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.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

In Times Gone By

Happy Sunday everyone ! We have beautiful blue skies and sunshine this morning, which is such a relief after the last few days ! Another fortnight has whizzed by which means it's time for the next Fashionable Stamping challenge. For this challenge we would like to see projects with a theme of 'In Times Gone By'. Check out the main blog for a fabulous passage that Dot has included which may give you a starting point and of course the other DT projects which are fabulous !

For my card I have used the gorgeous Darkroom Door set called 1920's Chic. I stamped the main image using Memento Black ink and then shaded her with ProMarkers. It was only after I'd finished that I'd realised I'd done it on 2 pieces of paper that had stuck together! Fortunately, I managed to stick it onto some card and all was not lost ! The embossed panel is a Stampin' Up EF and I stamped the card using the Stampin' Up background stamp called En Francais, before I embossed it. I've rubbed Old Paper DI over the top. The background is made using one of the stamps from the Darkroom Door set, and I've coloured the card using Old Paper Distress Stains before I stamped on it, then whizzed around the edge with my sewing machine.

The advert is from the Tim Holtz Adverts stamp set and I've added some little black gems to it. The flower is made from crinoline using the Tattered Flowers die and I've coloured it with Barn Door DI. The ribbon is seam binding which has also been coloured with Barn Door DI. The gorgeous filigree corner embellishment is one of the gorgeous items that Linda has in her Etsy shop. (The seam binding and the crinoline are from there too.)If you're looking for some embellisments that will make the difference, make sure you pay Linda's shop a visit.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

So, as it's such a beautiful day, we're going to head off into the countryside with a pic nic. I hope you all have a lovely day and hope you can join us in this challenge.

Friday, 4 November 2011

The Stamp Man Challenge

First of all apologies for the poor quality photograph, I'm back to photographing by artificial and that is never good ! So, we've arrived at the next Stamp Man challenge and this time the challenge is a Collage or a Collage background. This one caused me to scratch my head, I can tell you. I'm not sure now if I like what I've done, but you have to just call it a day sometimes ! Please make sure you check out the other DT members creations, they are fabulous !

I started by covering some white card with Old Paper Distress Stains and then using the snowflake stamp from the Tim Holtz Mini Holidays set and I stamped them in Archival Coffee and Sepia. I stamped the text from French Marketplace and the Postcard stamp with black Archival ink. I then pulled out some Mulberry paper that I had lurking at the back of my shelves and used Walnut Stain Distress Stains on it. I stamped the word Believe using a white dabber. I also stamped some more snowflakes using the white dabber to mount the main image on.

The swirl is cut using the Elegant Flourishes die and the buttons are from my stash. To give it a little sparkle to finish I sprayed it with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls spray.

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