Thursday, 29 September 2011

Two ladies !

If only you knew how long it's taken me to write this post ! To say I've fallen out with the internet is putting it mildly ! For some bizarre reason my internet connection keeps failing, and it's getting way past a joke now! Anyway, while the going is good I'd better crack on! The card I'm sharing with you today is my Katzelkraft project for this week and it is also a birthday card for one of my nieces.


The stamp set I've used is Femmes 1900 I really love these images and they will be perfect for my niece ! They're stamped with black Archival ink then I've cut them out using Labels 17 Nestabilities which I've blended Broken China DI around the edge. The embossed panel is made with a Stampin' Up EF and then I've rubbed Broken China DI over the top. The swirl is cut using the Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes die and I've also embossed this with the same EF and rubbed Broken China DI over the top too. The butterfly is another Tim Holtz die and I've given it the same treatment as the swirl and added some beads in the centre. The paper is from the Vintage Shabby paper stack, which I picked up at the week end after I sold some cards unexpectedly ! I have to say it is rather gorgeous so it took me ages before I could bring myself to actually cut into it !


The ribbon is seam binding which I've coloured with Broken China DI and the flower is cut using the Tattered Flowers die from crinoline then I've tipped the edges with Broken China DI. The sentiment was done on my PC.

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

Right I shan't linger as I don't know how much longer my connection will last..........

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Good luck !

Today has been a very sad day for me as my boss has left our company. As a PA even though you try hard not to get attached it's not easy, especially when they're a lovely person. The card I'm sharing with you now is what I made for him.


The stamp is by Vintage Memories and I've stamped it with black Stazon and then cut it out with Labels 18 Nestabilities. I've used Faded Jeans and Stormy Sky DI around the edge. The embossed panel is made using the Distressed Stripes EF and I've used Faded Jeans and a little bit of Walnut Stain DI. The horizontal strip of paper is a scrap piece from my stash and I've distressed it with DI. The background panel is made with Faded Jeans DI and I've masked off the card to make the Scottish flag ( my boss is from Edinburgh).


The buttons I picked up from a little craft shop on the Isle of Skye, so added the perfect authentic Scottish touch ! The tickets are cut using the Tim Holtz die and then stamped with a stamp from the Odds and Ends Tim Holtz set. The Good Luck stamp is a random stamp I have in my stash, I've no idea who it's by !

I'm also entering this card in to the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which is Show Men Only.

I could not believe how warm it was when I left work this afternoon ! I'm definitely not complaining and long may it continue as long as I get to see some of it at the week end too !

Saturday, 24 September 2011

The Fashionable Stamping Challenge

Well that's another 2 weeks that have flown by ! That means it's time for another challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge. The challenge this time is one of my favourites, which is Vintage. Make sure you check out the challenge blog for the rest of the DT's fabulous projects and of course the prize !




I made this card for my sister's Pearl wedding anniversary and as she's away on holiday at the moment I know I'm safe to show it ! I made the background using a Stampin' Up background stamp called En Francais and as I didn't want it to be too dark I used Versafine Smokey Grey ink. The hearts are a Martha Stewart punch and I've threaded embroidery thread around the edge and added a pearl. The swirls and border are both Tim Holtz dies.


The main image is one of my favourite stamps and is by B Line Designs. I've stamped it in Smokey Grey again and used some Faded Denim and Stormy Sky DI around the edge and some pearls. The date is done on my PC and then I've used the Tim Holtz FileTabs die to cut them out. The ribbon is some seam binding and I took apart a stick pin so that I could change the beads to pearls.



I hope you get chance to join us in this challenge. I am experiencing blogger problems at the moment and it won't let me leave any comments and keeps signing me out ! So I promise I will visit, but can't promise I will be able to leave a comment !




Friday, 23 September 2011

The Stamp Man challenge

It's time for another challenge at The Stamp Man and this time we would like to see a pear or a pair ! The prize is the usual £10 voucher to spend at The Stamp Man.

I don't know why but this week my mojo just didn't want to make an appearance ! I started this card 3 times and in the end just had to go with it. So, I started by stamping the trees from the Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight stamp set on the Basic Grey paper with Olive Archival ink. The embossed bpanel was made using the Cuttlebug Stars EF then I rubbed Forest Moss DI over the top. I used the December calendar stamp from the Tim Holtz Mini Holidays to make the background for the pears.


The pears are made using a solid pear stamp from The Stamp Man. I stamped it using Olive Archival ink, and I used a stamp from Tim Holtz Reflections stamp set before I stamped them. I then cut them out and then embossed them using the Textile EF. I then rubbed Versamark over the top and sprinkled clear EP over the top. The ticket is made using the Tim Holtz Ticket die and I've used a Stampin' Up stamp for the date.

Well that's my first Christmas card made, I need to get back into the swing of things as I haven't got any Christmas cards left from last year !


Thursday, 15 September 2011

Autumn Tag

For my Katzelkraft DT project this time I decided on a tag. The more I make, the more I seem to be getting really hooked on them !


I started by gluing some torn pieces of an old book to the tag and then used Wild Honey Distress Stains all over it. I then blended Wild Honey and Forest Moss DI around the edge. The stamp set I used is called Automne and I inked up the leaves with Archival Olive ink then tipped it around the edges with Archival Coffee.



I stamped the text onto a scrap piece of old book paper and then blended Wild Honey DI over it. The leaves are made from Grunge Paper that I stuck a page from the book onto before die cutting them. The die is the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves and I've added a Type Charm to finish.

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

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Fashionable Stamping Challenge

It's time for another challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge, and this time we would like to see a Tag ! Check out the main blog for the rest of the DT's fabulous tags and also for the prize !

I started by puttings drops of Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters and Bundled Sage re-inkers on my craft sheet and then spritzed it with water (this seems to be my favourite technique at the moment!) Then I stamped with Archival Olive ink using the Wendy Vecchi 'Art from the Heart' stamp set. The sentiment is from the 'Be Happy...Make Art' set. The butterfly is from an Inkadinkado stamp set.


The tulip is stamped onto Grunge Paper that I've blended Forest Moss and Wild Honey DI over. The Tim Holtz Mini Flourish is also cut from Grunge Paper and I've used Wild Honey Distress Stains on it. I stamped the head of the tulip onto some shrink plastic, punched a hole then shrunk it ! The ribbon is seam binding that has been coloured using Forest Moss and Wild Honey Distress Stains. The eagle eyed among you will have spotted a 'splodge' on the right hand side - lesson that was learnt is don't use Red Pepper alcohol ink on another project next to your finished projects !

EDIT: Unfortunately the weather has taken a turn for the worse today, here on the Isle of Skye, but lucky for me the cottage we're staying in has Wi-Fi so I'm taking the opportunity to enter a few challenges ! I'm entering this project into the following challenges:


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

Friday, 9 September 2011

The Stamp Man Challenge

It's time for another challenge over at The Stamp Man. This time we would like to see black and white with one other colour. The prize is a £10 voucher to spend at The Stamp Man.
This was most certainly a challenge for me not being able to reach for my Distress Inks !


I started by making the background using the stamps from the Classical Instruments stamp set by Aspects of Design. I distressed the edges and then lightly rubbed some Black Soot DI around the edge (couldn't not use them at all !) The vertical panel is made using the Allegro Cuttlebug EF.

The main image is also from the Classical Instruments set and I've paper pierced around the edge and used a black pen for some faux stitching. The corduroy brad is from my stash. The swirls are made using the Tim Holtz Mini Flourish die and the ribbon is seam binding that I've used Wild Honey Distress Stains on to change the colour.

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

Friday, 2 September 2011

Birds galore !

This is a scheduled post as we are on our way to the Isle of Skye today ! The card I'm sharing with you is another one I made for my other half's birthday. He's mad on wildlife and photography so we're hoping that Skye will have alot to offer us !


I started with the background and I put drops of Tea Dye, Old Paper and Scattered Straw re-inker on my craft sheet and then spritzed it with water. I then 'swooshed' the card onto the craft sheet, I love the colours that came out as a result ! I then used the Automne Katzelkraft stamp set with Archival Coffee and Olive ink. Both birds are from the Darkroom Door Love Birds stamp set. I cut the smaller one out using a square Nestability and masked off part of one of the text stamps to add 'Little Bird' to it. I stamped the larger bird then stamped it again onto a Post It note and masked it off while I over stamped it with the text. The two leaves are also from the Katzelkraft stamp set and I've stamped them onto Grunge Paper and used more DI on them.

The sentiment is from the Darkroom Door set and the frame is cut using the Tim Holtz Tag die. I've then cut out the inner part to make it large enough so you can see the text, covered it with Walnut Stain DI and then coated it with Glossy Accents. The swirls in the background are made using the Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes die and I've covered them with Vintage Photo DI and then Crackle Glaze.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Les Papillons !

The project I'm sharing with you today is my Katzelkraft DT project. Since I've photographed it I think it needs a little more, but I will have to ponder on that one !

I started by covering the chipboard with torn pieces from an old book. Then I stamped onto them with the Wings stamp set, blended DI over them and then covered them with Gesso. When that was dry I stamped again on top of the Gesso. The butterflies are cut using the Tim Holtz Mini Butterflies die.




I've die cut a piece of card using the Tim Holtz Baroque die and then stamped onto it using a stamp from the Nature Quotes stamp set. The final page has a die cut using the Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes and 3 more butterflies.


The letters on the front are cut using the Vintage Market die and to make them stand out I've hand drawn a black line around the edge.

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