Thursday, 28 April 2011

Papillons box !

The project I'm sharing with you today is my Katzelkraft DT project. I spotted this wooden box at a local garden centre and thought it would be a great project to alter.

I covered the box with Gesso and then used acrylic paint. All of the images are stamped onto white tissue paper using Olive and Black Archival ink. The stamp sets I've used are the Physalis et petits oiseaux and the Nature/Voyage Quotes sets.



As the images are stamped onto tissue paper the images can be used in reverse as the ink comes through the quite clearly. I've used Multi-Medium Matte to stick the images to the box. The butterfly has been stamped onto vellum and then I've used a Viva pen to add the pearls down the centre. The lock is from the Tim Holtz Locket Keys Ideology set as is the key.



I started out to make a metal rose for the lid, then thought that the lid wouldn't open so opted for a flatter flower. I've used the PaperArtsy scalloped flower die for the large flower and then the Tim Holtz Tattered flowers die for the 2 smaller flowers. I just cut a small circle for the centre. The swirls are cut using the Tim Holtz Elegant Flourish die, and all of the metal has been distressed using black acrylic paint.

The stamp sets are available exclusively from The Craft Barn in the UK and from Katzelkraft in France.


Sunday, 24 April 2011

Better late than never !

This card is my DT card for The Stamp Man challenge, which I should have posted on Friday ! It's been one of those weeks, when all best laid plans went out of the window! Anyway, back to the challenge, this time we would like to see you use a resist technique. There is the usual prize of a £10 voucher to spend at The Stamp Man, and make sure to hop over to the check out the rest of the DT's fabulous resist projects.

I started by making the background which is using the Tim Holtz Dabber Resist technique, which you can find on page 37 of A Compendium of Curiosities. It's the first time I've used this technique and it definitely won't be the last ! I used Rusty Hinge and Crushed Olive DI and the stamp is from the Aspect of Design Butterfly Beauties set. The main stamp is from the Tim Holtz Stuff to Say set and I've also used an Aspects of Design Framie stamp before cutting it out using Labels 5 Nestabilities. The side panel is a piece of Grunge Paper that has been covered with a page from an old book and then I've embossed it using the Tim Holtz Rays EF. The swirl is cut using the Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes die and covered with Crushed Olive DI.


The material across the card is cotton seam binding that I've rubbed Scattered Straw and Rusty Hinge DI over and the pleated and sewed down the middle.


I don't often use any bling on my cards but these brads by Marah Johnson caught my eye. The flower is made with my favourite die, the Tattered Flowers die by Tim Holtz and I've cut the flower from Grunge Paper that has been covered with the page from an old book and then I've used Crushed Olive DI over it.

I'm entering my card into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge, which is to use a Tim Holtz technique.

I hope you're all enjoying your Easter break and the lovely weather.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Nature's inspiration !

For my Katzelkraft DT project this week I was inspired following a lovely walk we had on Sunday. It was a lovely sunny day and we went to an RSPB reserve near Leek, what a fabulous place !



I decided to have a change and use a gate fold for this card, the two front panels have both been stamped using the Physalis et Petits Oiseaux stamp set using Olive Archival ink. I've blended around the edge using Bundled Sage and Forest Moss DI. The flowers are all cut from vellum using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die and then I used the Stylised Flower EF.



The two birds have been shaded using my Pro Markers. I've not used these in a while so it was good to blow the cobwebs off them !

The inside was stamped using the French Quotes stamp set again with Olive Archival ink, and given the DI treatment. The little charm is one of the Tim Holtz Type Charms.

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

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Katzelkraft new stamps !


Check out the gorgeous new stamps from Katzelkraft and a special offer too, but be quick !


Thursday, 14 April 2011

A Wedding Card

Weddings and me are like pink and me, they just don't mix very well ! So for my Katzelkraft DT project I decided to do a not very traditional wedding card for a friend at work.



The main image is from the Paris/Adore set of stamps and has been cut out with Nestabilities Labels 18 and I've put one of the die cuts from the Fancy Tags 2 behind it. The text is also from the Paris/Adore set of stamps and I've used Tea Dye DI to distress it.

The embossed panel is made using the Victoria EF and I've used a Martha Stewart edge punch. The background is made using a swirls stamp from the Physalis et Petits Oiseaux stamp set. I've stamped it with Scattered Straw DI and then blended more around the edge with a little Tea Dye too. The flower is made using the Tattered Flowers Tim Holtz die, and I cut up the lining of a basket for the material ! The gorgeous brad is one of my precious Marah Johnson brads. I did the date and initials on my PC and used a Tim Holtz die to cut them out.

I'm also entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge which is distressing.

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


Friday, 8 April 2011

The Stamp Man Challenge

It's time for another challenge over at The Stamp Man, and this time we would like to see embossing. Now that can be dry embossing, heat embossing, triple embossing etc... whatever takes your fancy ! The prize is the usual £10 voucher to spend on goodies at The Stamp Man, so it's got to be worth having a go....don't you think ?



I took the opportunity to make another twisted easel card and to complete my Mother's Day orders too ! The main image is from the Floral 01 set of stamps by Aspect of Design. I stamped it again onto a piece of mountboard and then used Scattered Straw DI before triple embossing it. I cut the large image out using Nestabilities Large Labels and used Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain DI around the edge.




The rose was made from the pages of an old book and I used Aged Mahogany around the edge. I've used a Tim Holtz ornate plate around the word Mum.

The papers are from the Prima paper stack called Botanical.

Quite simple but I liked it in the end, I don't often use paper these days but these Prima papers are rather yummy !

I hope you get chance to join us, the closing date is 21 April.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Knock, knock .....

The project I'm sharing with you today is my Katzelkraft DT project. I saw this door hanger at the local garden centre and decided to give it a whirl !

I coated it in Gesso and then, when it was dry, I sponged Scattered Straw and Old Paper DI over it. I stamped all over it with stamps from the Katzelkraft Paris /Adore set (though you can't see most of it as I've covered it up!). The main image was stamped with Archival Coffee ink. I used some brown and black acrylic paint around the edge of the door hanger.



The swirls are cut from Grunge Paper using a Tim Holtz die, then I covered them with Walnut Stain DI and Tim Holtz Distressed Stickles. The lace is a scrap piece from my stash. The ribbon around the hole is also Tim Holtz, and I swiped it with Walnut Stain DI, though the photo hasn't shown this too well.


The flower is also made from Grunge Paper and I used a Paper Artsy Scalloped flower die. I stamped all of the pieces with the text stamp and used Old Paper, Tea Dye and Walnut Stain DI. finally I sprayed it with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist, and also sprayed the rest of the hanger too. The lock at the top is also by Tim Holtz.

The stamps can be bought exclusively from The Craft Barn in the UK and from Katzelkraft in France.

I'm entering this project in to the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge, which is anything but a card.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Spring in Provence !

How lovely that would be ! Oh well never mind, April showers can be quite enjoyable too ?!?!?....
The card I'm sharing today is one of the set I made for Mother's Day. I had a couple of last minute requests from those who shall remain nameless ( but they are related to me!).


My Mum loves it in Provence and so I decided to dig out my Serendipity stamps which I was given a few years back as a birthday present. I covered some white card with Antique Linen and Scattered Straw DI then stamped the image with black Memento ink. I then added some shading with Pro Markers, but didn't go too mad as I wanted to keep the image looking shabby. I cut it out with Nestabilities Wonky Rectangles. The flowers are all cut from an old book using Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die and I've touched around the edges with Barn Door DI.



The french sentiment is from a Katzelkraft set of stamps called French Quotes. The papers are all Basic Grey and the letters are cut using the Tim Holtz Vintage Market Sizzlet die. I stamped over the top of the letters using a Crafty Individuals stamp and then blended Tea Dye DI over them.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges :

News just in !! The Stamp Man is having a blog candy give away ! It's already started and ends at 9PM on 26 April. You can check it out here.