Monday, 30 May 2011

Happy Birthday Boss !

Not only is it my Mum's birthday tomorrow, but it's also my bosses too ! I know for sure he won't be looking here !


I kept this card quite simple, and flat, as it had to be posted and didn't want anything sticking through the envelope to give the posty a fright !! I made the background using the Tim Holtz Blocking technique then I stamped over the top using a Rubbadubbado stamp and Mahogany DI. The script panel is stamped using the En Francais background stamp by Stampin' Up. I then stamped Mahogany DI onto my craft sheet and spritzed it with water, dipped a small jar into the liquid ink and then pressed it onto the text. The result was to get the impression of a wine ring on the card. The main image is an Inkadinkado stamp, I've used my Cropodile down one side and ripped the holes to look like it's torn from a note pad, then used Tea Dye and Walnut Stain DI around the edge.


The Happy Birthday was made by covering a small piece of card with EP and on the third layer I stamped into it with the Happy Birthday stamp. The swirl is made using the Elegant Flourishes Tim Holtz die and the letter is a Tim Holtz Type Charm.

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


Well it's been a real miserable day here today it's not stopped raining all day. At least it's the perfect excuse to spend some time in my craft room ! I hope you've all managed to get some quality crafting time in to !



Sunday, 29 May 2011

Last one for Mum !

This is my last card for my Mum's birthday, which is on Tuesday. It's always a challenge to make totally different cards, but I've managed it again for another year !


I started by making the background, which is covered with DI and then I've used a stamp from the Tim Holtz Haberdashery stamp set. I then covered it with Gesso and used a baby wipe to wipe away parts of the Gesso to reveal some of the stamping. When it was dry I then stamped over the top using stamps from the Paper Artsy set called Buttons 3. I used the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tag die and covered it with DI and then stamped on it using stamps from the Tim Holtz Haberdashery set and the Katzelkraft Fleurs set. I also used the Tim Holtz Mini Mask - Florets for the flowers and the leafy swirl. The sentiment on the side is from the Just a Note stamp set by Stempelglede, I used a circle punch and blended some more DI over it.



The tags are all cut by hand and I've used a small alphabet set for the text, which apologies, I don't know who it's by. The linen tape measure is by Tim Holtz from the Ideology range. The letter charm is a Tim Holtz Type Charm and the scissors are from a set of charms I picked up from a garden centre when we were out and about earlier today !

I'm entering this card into The Craft Barn's challenge which is to use one of the Gesso techqniques that they have showcased.


Thursday, 26 May 2011

Another one for Mum !

For my Katzelkraft DT project this week, I've made another card for my Mum's birthday. I know she won't be looking here so I'm safe !


The stamp sets I've used are Fleurs, Femmes 1900 and Paris/Adore. I started by blending DI over some white cardstock and then stamping the flower with black Archival ink. I overstamped the flower with the text stamp from the Paris/Adore stamp set. The main image has been cut out using the Fleur de Lis Squares Nestabilities and mounted on a larger size which I've stamped using another stamp from the Femmes 1900 set.


I've used the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die for the flower and I've used the scrip stamp again. The gorgeous brad is another one by Marah Johnson. The text on the 2 tickets has been done on my PC and then I cut them out using the Tim Holtz Sizzlet die.

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

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:


Wednesday, 25 May 2011

'V' is for .......

It's Wednesday so that means it's time for another challenge over on the ABC Challenge. We're up to the letter 'V' and what we would like to see is ....Violet on your projects.

This card was really difficult to photograph and it's still not that good but I think you can get the gist ! This is a card for my Mum's Birthday next week, I wanted to do a different fold and I've not had a go at a Tri Shutter for ages. I changed it slightly as I made it A5 size. I started by making a master sheet, using the blocking technique from Tim Holtz and also using Katzelkraft stamps and Aspects of Design stamps. The two embossed panels have been made with the Cuttlebug Stylised Flower EF and I've stamped inside using one of the stamps from the Tim Holtz Reflections set. The Happy Birthday panel is made using a stamp from the Just a Note set by Stempelglede.



The front panel has been stamped with a Katzelkraft stamp, after stamping it twice on a piece of scrap, then I've stamped over the top with a Stampin' Up stamp. I've cut it out using Labels 18 Nestabilities. The flower is made from Grunge Paper with a piece from an old book that I've stamped on. It's then been cut out using the Tattered Flowers die by Tim Holtz. The gorgeous brad is by Marah Johnson and I've attached a Word Stick and also 2 type charms that I've stuck a piece from the master sheet inside. The word 'Mum' is made using the Tim Holtz Vintage Market Sizzlit die and I've covered the letters with DI and then Glossy Accents and mounted the letters onto one of the dies from the Fancy Tags 2 set.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:



Saturday, 21 May 2011

One more Golden Wedding !

If you visitied for WOYWW this week, you will have seen this project half finished on my craft table. It took a bit of doing, as my mojo up and left and I couldn 't seem to get myself in gear !


The main image is a trusted Inkadinkado stamp which was requested for this card, it's been stamped with Memento black in and then shaded with Pro Markers. I cut it out using Nestabilities Labels 4. The embossed panel is made using the Vintage Wallpaper EF by Stampin' Up, I stamped on the inside of the EF with a Tim Holtz Reflections stamp then used Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Wild Honey DI over it. The horizontal panel was made using the Paint Dabber Resist technique, the stamp is a Viva - Silikon - Stempel stamp.


The letter and the year was done on my PC and cut out using a circle Nestability. The background was inked with Antique Linen and Scattered Straw and stamped with a stamp from the Baroque Motifs set by Stampin' Up. The organza ribbon was gathered with a running stitch. The swirls are cut using a Sizzlit die. The rose was made using a Grunge Flower die by Paper Artsy, and I stamped a blank page from an old book to make it.


As seems to be the norm these days, I've had to make a box as the card won't fit into an envelope ! The corners are stamped using a Clarity stamp using Wild Honey DI.

The rose is made with some more paper from an old book that's been stamped using a Katzelkraft stamp and a Paper Artsy die. The leaves are made using Tim Holtz's Tattered Leaves die.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Friday, 20 May 2011

Anyone for Bingo !

It's time for another challenge over at The Stamp Man and this time we have loads of choices for you! We'd like you to select some ingredients from our recipe bingo grid and make us something gorgeous! Take any 3 ingredients in a line, horizontally, vertically or diagonally and use them to make us a fabulous creation. Simple as that ! You can use more than 3 if you want to, but you must be sure to use at least 3 and let us know in your post which line you have used.


Blue
Embossing powder
Stitches (real or faux)
Torn/ripped
Ribbon
Red
Die cut
Homemade background (no patterned paper)
Sparkle and bling

The line that I've used from the grid is Die Cut, Ribbon and Stitching. I knew I definitely had to get stitching in there somewhere !



The main image is an Aspects of Design Scalloped Framie stamp, cut out using a Scalloped Circle Nestability. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz stamp from the Odds and Ends set. The little butterfly has been stamped onto vellum using Archival Cobalt ink. The left hand panel is made using a Tim Holtz stamp from the Adverts set and it's been stamped several times with Archival Olive ink. The right hand panel is made using the Cuttlebug Stylised Flower EF and I've stamped on the inside of the folder with a stamp from the Tim Holtz Reflections set with Archival Olive ink. I've then blended DI over it. Both panels have been sewn around the edge with my sewing machine. The 2 tickets are made using the Tim Holtz Sizzlit Ticket die and 2 stamps from the Odds and Ends set.


The brad and metal flower are from the Tim Holtz Foliage embellishments and the letter is a Tim Holtz Type Charm. The word 'life' has been made from Grunge Board letters and I've covered them with Olive acrylic paint, sanded them when dry and then rubbed Walnut Stain DI over them. The background paper is from the Prima Botanical paper set.

I'm entering this project into the following challenges:


I hope you get chance to play along with us for this challenge !

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Katzelkraft Tag !

It's Thursday again so that means it's time to show you my Katzelkraft DT project for this week. I don't often do a tag but after taking delivery of the Tim Holtz Bigz die it gave me the perfect opportunity.


I used the Nature set of stamps and started by stamping the tree using a white Paint Dabber. When it was dry I covered the tag with various colours of DI and then spritzed some kitchen roll and rubbed the ink off the tree, I do love this technique it resists beautifully !



I stamped some white card using a quote from the Nature/Voyage set of stamps and then blended DI over it and cut it using the Tim Holtz Rosette Die. The centre is a flower from the Nature set that I stamped onto Grunge Paper and hand cut out. The brad and the metal tag are also Tim Holtz.

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

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

WOYWW #102

This is a first for me, I've marvelled at how brave everyone is to show their work space and thought it was time for me to show mine too !

I have this need to be able to see as much stash as I possibly can, therefore the space I get to actually craft in is very tiny ! I have tried to tidy away bits and pieces that I'm not using but they soon manage to creep back on to my table. My current project that you can see on my table is a Golden Wedding card order, which will be ready to share by the week end, hopefully. You can also see my coveted ticket that gained me entry to the wonderful Tim Holtz workshop back in February of this year which, I hasten to add, is signed by the main man himself ! So it has to take pride of place on my table too !

If you want to be brave and show yours too head over to Julia's.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Box Frame

EDIT: Blogger issues meant that this post was deleted temporarily, and as it was a scheduled post for Thursday morning, it was not restored straight away and also deleted part of the post. So if you think you saw this post and then it wasn't there, this is the reason why.

My Katzelkraft DT project that I'm sharing with you today is box frame that I bought ages ago. Firstly, I must also apologise for the poor photograph, I finished it just as the light was fading and after going round every room in the house this was the best the I could do !


I covered the box with Gesso and then I sponged Stormy Sky DI over the top. The stamp sets I've used are Nature - Hummingbirds and Nature - Fleurs Grunge . The flowers are stamped on to Grunge Paper and the letter is also Grunge Paper.

I've used a 10 Second Studio embossing plate and distressed the metal with black acrylic paint for the 2 panels inside the box (hard to see I know !) The star in the middle of the flower is from a gift bag and I've covered it with alcohol ink.

I'm also entering this project in the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which is anything goes.


Wednesday, 11 May 2011

U is for .......

It's time for another challenge over at The ABC Challenge and this time we would like to see 'U' is for Underneath. You can interpret this anyway you like as long there is something underneath! The sponsor for this challenge is Wags and Whiskers, check out the ABC Challenge blog for the prize.


I started by making the background piece, I used Distress Inks and stamped them onto my craft sheet and then spritzed it with water and then 'swooshed' a piece of white card stock in the ink. I then stamped using various stamps and then I added some more DI to make the colours stronger. Then I wiped Gesso over the top and used a baby wipe to take off some of it. When this was dry I stamped again using the yummy swirl stamp by Crafty Individuals.


The centre panel was stamped around the edge with a Katzelkraft stamp and the main image is from a TJ Designs set called Vintage Collage.


The sentiment inside is from a set of stamps by Stempelglede called Just a Note.


The flower is cut from metal using a Paper Artsy die. The bottom layer has been distressed using black acrylic paint and the top layer has been coloured with alcohol inks, the embossed look is done freehand. The black swirl is made using the Tim Holtz Elegant Flourish die.

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

Friday, 6 May 2011

The Stamp Man Challenge

It's time for another challenge over at The Stamp Man and this week we would like to see a Poppy in your creation. Janet's husband is organising a fund raising concert on the 25th October for the British Legion and they are trying to get together some cards to sell. If you would like to donate your creation to the concert, you can post it to The Stamp Man, but you are not obliged to - you can enter the challenge with any Poppy themed project and you will be eligible for the prize and top places whether you send them in or not.


For my card I used stamps from the Aspect of Design Nature set and Aspect of Design Framies. I coloured the poppy in with Pro-Markers and used DI around the edges. The poppy and the word is cut out using Labels 5 Nestabilities. The embossed panel is made using the Stylised Flower EF and then distressing the edges and giving it the DI treatment.


The background paper is from the Prima Botanical pad and I've stamped the butterflies onto it using Tea Dye DI. The bow is made from binding tape and I've rubbed Scattered Straw DI over it and frayed the edges slightly.

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

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Cat's out of the bag !

Just thought I'd share my excitement! If you've received your Craft Stamper magazine today, like I have, you will see that The Stamp Man are featured in the Stamping Contrasts article. You will also see, if you look carefully, that I have 2 cards featured in the article ! How cool is that !


Both cards have been made using the Aspects of Design 01-Florals stamp set, amongst other things.


The whole article looks fabulous so make sure you grab a copy of June's magazine and check out what the other designers have made !



Merci !

For my Katzelkraft DT project this week I've made a thank you or a 'Merci' card for a lady at work who has been very supportive over the last few months while I've been studying. I'm pretty sure she doesn't look at my blog so I'm safe !

The stamp set I've used for this card is Nature. I started by stamping the background with Spiced Marmalade DI and then using the same ink to blend over the card. Then I used the Tim Holtz Acrylic Dabber resist technique using one of the swirl stamps for the horizontal panel. The side panel has been stamped using Coffee Archival ink and then embossed using the Victoria EF and then given the DI treatment. The word 'Merci' has been cut out using Fancy Tags 2 and I've blended DI around the edge, and I've mounted it onto a piece of card that I've used Barn Door DI on and also stamped with one of the flower stamps and cut out using Labels 18 Nestabilities.


The swirl is a Sizzix Bigz die and the flower has been made using one of the Tim Holtz Tattered flowers die and the 2 smaller flowers are stamped and cut out by hand from Grunge Paper.

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

I'm also entering the following challenges:



Wednesday, 4 May 2011

T is for ........

It's time for another challenge over at The ABC Challenge and this time we would like to see 'T' is for two images. The sponsor for this challenge is Wild Rose Studio and the prize is a Milton stamp.


I think I've gone a bit astray on this challenge as it wasn't supposed to include text in the 2 images, but I'm hoping I'm forgiven !

I started by stamping the background with a stamp from the Tim Holtz Haberdashery set using Bundled Sage DI. The manikin is from the same set and I stamped it with Adirondack Pesto ink. The second image is a PaperArtsy stamp and is stamped with the same ink. The needle book is stamped onto some linen and then I've zipped around the edge with my sewing machine.



The letters are grunge letters and I've painted them with Olive acrylic paint, sanded them and then used Walnut Stain DI on them. The white ribbon is Tim Holtz and the pins are from my stash, I took the original pearls off and changed them to green to blend with the card.

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


Sunday, 1 May 2011

The Stamp Man ATC swap

It's time for the next ATC challenge over at The Stamp Man and the theme for this month is Friendship.


I was fortunate to see Barbara Gray at work over the week end which prompted me to get my brayer out again. I've never had much success with the brayer so it doesn't get an outing very often.

I started by masked off a circle then brayering using Denim, Lettuce and Pesto Adirondack ink. I stamped the flowers from the Aspects of Design Butterfly Beauties stamp set using Pesto Adirondack ink. The butterflies are also from the same stamp set and I stamped one onto vellum. The ticket is cut using the Tim Holtz ticket die and I've used the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die for the top right hand corner using just small portions of the leaves. The letter 'F' is a Tim Holtz Type Charm.

I hope you get chance to join in with this month's swap !