Sunday, 28 August 2011

The Fashionable Stamping Challenge

It's time for another challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge. This time we would like to see either ribbon or lace or both!


This card is for my other half whose birthday is on Thursday. I'm pretty sure he won't look on here ! It's also another 8 x 8 inch card. I'm starting to get used to the extra space ! I started with the background and stamped randomly using Darkroom Door photographic and bird stamps. I did use a Tim Holtz mask, but as the design grew I covered it up !! I used a piece of DP and tore the edges and stamped the small birds from the Darkroom Door stamp set. I then tore a page from an old book and gave it the DI treatment with Forest Moss and Bundled Sage. The thin vertical panel is a stamp from the Tim Holtz Stuff to Say set. The main image and text are also from the Darkroom Door bird set and I've made photo corners for it.


The swirls are made using the Tim Holtz Mini Flourish which I've blended Distress Ink over and then painted with Crackle paint. The tickets are stamped using the Stuff to Say set and the all important ribbon is made using seam binding which I've coloured using Forest Moss Distress Stains. The corner embellishments are Candi by Craftwork Cards. The sentiment is also from the Darkroom Door bird set and I've cut it out using a Fancy tag and added a Philosophy tag.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:


I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge. Check out the main blog to see the other DT projects and for the prize !


Monday, 22 August 2011

Happy 1st Birthday !

Well that was Monday ! I have to say Monday's don't agree with me..... I don't suppose I'm alone there !

This card is for an order, I'm not overly keen on making cards for children, but I quite liked how this one turned out. I visited Mo Manning's store and her images always seem to hit the mark for children's cards. I started with the background which is a technique I spotted in the latest Craft Stamper magazine. I used Post It notes cut into strips as masks and then sponged Stormy Sky DI over them. I've coloured the image with Pro Markers and cut it out using the Rectangle Nestabilities. The letters are all cut using the Tim Holtz Vintage Market Sizzlet die, they've been covered with Stormy Sky DI and then Glossy Accents.


The rosette is made using the Tim Holtz Rosette die and I stamped letters randomly over the card before I cut it out. I've gathered a piece of ribbon and mounted the centre, including the no.1, on the top. The border is made using a Martha Stewart punch and I've blended Stormy Sky and Faded Denim DI over it. A few buttons from my stash and that's it !

I'm entering this card into the following challenge:


Thursday, 18 August 2011

Katzelkraft project

For my Katzelkraft project this week I've made a card that was inspired by watching a colleague doodle while we were in a meeting together ! Fascinating where your inspiration comes from !


The stamp sets I've used for this project are Wings, Fleurs and Nature. I started by making the background, I stamped with black Archival ink and blended Barn Door and Spiced Marigold DI over the card. I then covered it with Gesso and scraped off the excess. When it was dry I stamped the word nature randomly over it in black Archival ink. The three panels are stamped with black Archival ink and then distressed.


The butterfly is stamped onto acetate and then I've added gems to the centre. The metal frame has been treated with Alcohol ink and then mounted over the text on silicone.

I'm also entering my project into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which is 'bling'.

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

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Fashionable Stamping challenge !

I am very pleased to let you all know that I've been asked to join the DT for the new challenge blog Fashionable Stamping ! The challenges are all about stamping, no digi's allowed, so right up my street, as it were ..... The challenge for the next 2 weeks is Handmade Flowers, so any project where you've actually made the flowers yourself. Check out the main challenge blog for the prize and also the fabulous work by the other DT members.



For my project I started by opening my Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities to look for a new technique. I settled on page 49 Shabby Chic, which I absolutely love so you will no doubt see it again ! The stamps I used for the technique are from Tim Holtz French Marketplace and the swirl is a Craft Individuals. I then made the roses from a PaperArtsy Grunge flower die, I've wanted to have a go at making porcelain flowers for some time. I haven't got a melting pot so I used a Versamark pen and then coated the roses with UTEE. I had to do this 3 or 4 times but it worked quite well in the end.


The main image and the balloon are B Line Designs stamps which again, I absolutely love ! I stamped them with black Archival ink and then covered them with clear EP. I then used Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Wild Honey DI around the edges.


The vertical strip is made from a stamp from the Tim Holtz Papillon set, again I've stamped it with black Archival ink and then covered it with clear EP. The lace is from the lovely Linda's Etsy shop (if you haven't paid it a visit you really must!) and I've sprayed it with water with a few drops of Tea Dye re-inker in it. Finished off with a Type Charm.

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

I do hope you get chance to join the challenge and look forward to seeing all your wonderful flowers !


Friday, 12 August 2011

The Stamp Man Challenge

So it's time for another challenge over at The Stamp Man which this time is Anything goes with Summer colours.


For my project I've made an 8" x 8" card, which is a first, I've wanted to have a go for ages. It definitely puts a different spin on your design... there's so much more space!
I started with the background which is covered with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint DI then I've stamped the butterflies from the Tim Holtz Papillon stamp set in Archival Olive green. The five panels were all covered with Distress Stains Wild Honey. On two of them I stamped using the Aspects of Design Butterfly Beauties using Archival Coffee. I've also used the mini mask from the Florets set and sponged more Wild Honey DI over it. The two embossed panels are made using the Cuttlebug EF Bloom Dots and a Quickutz EF. I've then used the Wild Honey DI direct to paper method. The flower is made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die and I've cut it from card that's been 'swooshed' in re-inker blobs that have been sprayed with water. I've also used crinoline for a couple of the layers that have been coloured with Distress Stains Wild Honey.



The swirls are cut using the Mini Flourish die and the ticket is stamped with a stamp from the Stuff to Say set. The small flowers are cut using the Tattered Flowers die from shrink plastic. I've then covered them with acrylic paint, let it dry and stamped the centre with the small flower from the Aspects of Design set, punched a hole and then shrunk them ! The die cut butterfly is a left over from a class I did at the wonderful LB Crafts. The ribbon is made from seam binding that I've sprayed with re-inker mixed with water.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:



Sunday, 7 August 2011

Sunday Tag !

We've had a really lazy Sunday today, but then isn't that what Sundays are for ! I managed to spend some time in my craft room too and decided to make a tag. I have to say I am falling in love with the Tim Holtz Distress Stains, so you may see them featuring alot in my work !


I cut this tag using the Tim Holtz Sizzix die and then covered it with Wild Honey Distress Stains. I then stamped the images from the Tim Holtz French Marketplace set of stamps with Coffee Archival ink. I've also used a stamp from the Papillon set and stamps from a Darkroom room set called Love Birds.

The flower is made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die and I've cut them from Crinoline which I bought from the lovely Linda's Etsy shop. I sprayed the flowers with water that had a few drops of Scattered Straw re-inker in it. The swirl is the Tim Holtz mini Flourish. The letters are cut using the Vintage Market die and then inked with DI and covered with Glossy Accent. I cut the postal mark from the French Marketplace and then gave it the same treatment. The ribbon is seam binding and I've then coloured it using the Wild Honey Distress Stains.

I've entering this tag into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which is to make a tag.

Well that's it for today, need to go and sort of work clothes and boring stuff like that now ready for tomorrow.


Saturday, 6 August 2011

Good Luck !

I made this card for a good friend who has recently left work. She is a very special lady who has given me a lot of support so I will miss her.

The background was made using a stamp from the Stampin' Up set called Baroque Motif and the the flower stamp is from an Inkadinkado set. I've stamped them using Coffee Archival ink and then blended Wild Honey DI over it. The vertical panel and the flower are made from the Tim Holtz Kraft Resist stack. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz stamp set called Stuff to Say and I've stamped it onto a scrap piece I had left over from the water and alcohol ink technique. It's been cut out using Labels 18 Nestabilities and mounted onto brown card.



The border punch is a Martha Stewart and the swirl is a Marianne Creatable die. The flower was made using the Tattered Florals Tim Holtz die and the brad is a Marah Johnson.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Katzelkraft DT project

For my Katzelkraft DT project this week I've cased a project that I saw in the latest Craft Stamper magazine. Storage is always an issue and when I saw this folder I decided to give it a go.


I swirled Wild Honey and Walnut Stain Distress Stains on to my craft mat then sprayed it with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls spray. I then pressed the pre-cut mount board that I'd covered with paper, onto the craft mat. I then blended Wild Honey and Vintage Photo DI around the edge and did some 'splodges' of Distress Stains (which I loved doing!)



I've then stamped using Walnut Stain DI and black Archival ink using stamp sets Paris Monuments, Paris Postal and Adore. The lettering on the front is made from Grunge Board letters that have been covered with black acrylic paint, sanded and then I've rubbed Vintage Photo DI over them.

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 project into the following challenge: