Thursday, 27 October 2011

Christmas cottage !

For my Katzelkraft DT project this week I've made another Christmas card, that makes the grand total of 4 ! I think I'm going to have to pull my socks up and get cracking being as it's less than 8 weeks away!

The stamp sets I've used are Saint Nicolas and Noel. I've used the snowflake stamp from the Noel set and embossed it with white embossing powder. I then blended Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans DI over the top. The main image is painted with Faded Jeans DI then cut out with Labels 17 Nestabilities.


The sentiment is from the Saint Nicolas set and I've cut it out using Nestability tags. The ribbon is seam binding that I've used Faded Jeans Distress Stains to colour and the snowflake is wooden and I've covered it with a white paint dabber.

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


Sunday, 23 October 2011

Coffee, cream and chocolate !

It's time for another challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping challenge. For this challenge we would like to see coffee, cream and chocolate, so that's colours ranging from a soft cream through to a rich black (just like the really rich dark chocolate !) The prize is a fab set of Stampendous stamps, check out the main blog for the details.


I couldn't resist using my Pan Pastels again and started by using the snowflake stamp from the Tim Holtz Mini Holidays stamp set. Stamped with Versamark and then rubbed the Pan Pastel over the top. The side panel is made using a Rubber Stampede stamp and Coffee Archival ink, the stitching is faux. The main image is also from the Mini Holidays stamp set and I've used the Fleur de Lys square Nestabilities.


The ticket is from the Tim Holtz Odds and Ends stamp set and the flourish is the Tim Holtz Mini flourish. The flower is cut from crinoline using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die and then I've used Antique Linen DI to give it a touch of cream. The brad in the centre is a corduroy one from my stash. The snowflake is wooden and I've added a piece of Candy and then covered it with Glossy Accents.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Right, I'm off to watch the Rugby World Cup Final now looks like it should be a good match !

Friday, 21 October 2011

Christmas at night !

When I saw the challenge for The Stamp Man this time I hadn't got a clue what I was going to do for my DT project ! The challenge is 'night time' and the prize is a £10 voucher to spend at The Stamp Man.


So, thinking cap on, this is what I came up with ! I got my brayer out for the first time in ages, I love the effect of the brayer I just don't seem to be able to make it do what I want ! I started by punching a circle from a Post It and then brayering over the top with Adirondack Stonewashed and Denim ink then used some Black Soot DI around the top edges. I sponged some Wild Honey DI around the moon shape so it wasn't so stark. I masked off the bottom part and sponged some DI along the edges to give the impression of hills. The trees are from the Reindeer Flight set of stamps by Tim Holtz as is the reindeer.The small leaves and branches are cut using the Tim Holtz Sizzlet die called Autumn Gathering. I've used a white gel pen to draw around the edges. The word is from the Mini Holidays Tim Holtz stamp set and I stamped it using a white paint dabber, dried it with my heat gun then rubbed Faded Jeans DI over the top.

The snowflake is wooden and I've used the white paint dabber on it too and added a button to the centre. The ribbon is seam binding and I've used Faded Jeans Distress Stains to colour it. To finish I sprayed the whole project with Glimmer Mist, Marshmallow, you can't tell on the photo but in real life it's added a lovely shimmer to it.

I'm entering this card in the PaperPlay challenge which is to use black.

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

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Tulip birthday !

I've been playing again with my Pan Pastels and thought I'd share all the wonderful colours that I shall be dabbling with !


The card that I've made is for a woman at work, it's her birthday on Tuesday and I wanted to use bright colours so I thought I'd combine the red, yellow and green. I stamped the text from a Wendy Vecchi set and the star with Versamark. I then blended the Pan Pastels over the ink.


This was the result ! I sprayed it with a misting of hairspray to seal it (not quite the right thing but it seems to work!)

I stamped the tulip, from the same Wendy Vecchi set, with Versamark too and blended more Pan Pastels over it. The little green 'blobs' are made using a Viva Paper Pen. The background panel is part of a master sheet I made using the plastic bag and ink technique. I've stamped the border stamp which is another Wendy Vecchi one, along the bottom.


The sentiment is from a Papermania set and the frame is part of the Tim Holtz Tag die. I've cut the butterfly using the Tim Holtz Mini Butterfly die from acetate and then used alchol inks. I put three blobs of Viva Paper Pen down the centre and unfortunately they merged together ! Some buttons and a bit of Ideaology and that was it ! Just need to remember to post it now tomorrow morning !

We've got one of my nieces coming round tonight for a meal. She decided that for her birthday instead of a present she would like us to cook her a meal ! So, there's a bit of smoked salmon, skate wings and creme brulee, I think that should go down well !

I'm entering this card into the Our Creative Corner challenge which is Totally Transparent - I've used some acetate for the butterfly.


Thursday, 13 October 2011

Good luck !

Thank goodness there's only one more day to go until the week end......it's been a very long week ! The card I'm sharing with you is one I've made for a lady at work who left today. I wanted it to be a bit quirky so it would suit her !

I started by making the background, which was inpsired by the latest Craft Stamper magazine. Take a plastic bag and 2 or 3 different coloured inks, I used Distress Inks, and put your hand in the bag and scrunch it up, dab on to the ink then onto the card ! Simple ! I then stamped on to it using stamps from different Tim Holtz sets. I blended Pan Pastels around the edge and I sealed it with a spray of hairspray. The stitching around the edge is faux. I made a master sheet using a text stamp from a Wendy Vecchi set and Pan Pastels. The vertical panel is cut from the sheet and then I then used a Martha Stewart border punch. The main image is a PaperArtsy stamp and I've stamped it onto a piece from the master sheet.


The sentiment is from the Stempelglede stamp set called Just a Note and the metal frame is one I recycled from a card I was given. The flower is made using the Tattered Flowers Tim Holtz die and the centre flower is cut from Crinoline and then I've blended Wild Honey DI over it and stamped the Wendy Vecchi text stamp on it and used a black corduroy brad in the centre. The swirl is made using the Elegant Flourishes die and then I've blended Wild Honey and Vintage Photo DI over it.

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


Father Christmas !

For my Katzelkraft DT project this week I decided it was time to take the plunge and start to make my Christmas cards ! I spent quite a while just staring out of the window as I coudn't think what to do. So this is a simple card, but I am quite pleased with it !

The stamp sets I've used are Wonderland - Let it Snow and Noel - Demi Plaque. I started with the background and used my new favourite thing which is Pan Pastels. They are gorgeous ! I was lucky to win a set of 12 from the lovely Lin at LB Crafts. You may see quite alot of them in my projects ..........
I started by stamping the holly stamp with Versamark then rubbing the Pan Pastel over the top. Then I stamped the Season's Greetings stamp with Forest Moss DI. To tie the background in with the date stamp I rubbed Black Soot DI down the edge of a ruler then rubbed it up and down on the background.


The main image and the date are both cut out using a rectangle Nestability and I've rubbed Bundled Sage and Forest Moss DI around the edge. The ribbon and pearls are from my stash.

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

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Wendy Vecchi Style !

We've zoomed through another 2 weeks so that means it's time for another challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge ! For this challenge we want to see anything but a card. Check out the main blog for the rest of the DT's work and for the prize.


When I saw what the challenge was going to be this time round I decided it was an opportunity to alter a frame I bought ages ago. I also spotted that the challenge this week over at Simon Says Stamp and Show is to make a project in Wendy Vecchi's style. I've got a couple of Wendy's stamp sets so decided to give it a whirl ! I have to say I've really enjoyed making this project. I started by covering the frame using a technique I saw in the latest Craft Stamper magazine. I used lots of different scrap pieces of paper and I also stamped onto some of them using the text stamp from the Art from the Heart stamp set. They're all stuck down with PVA glue, then another coat of PVA over the top and while that was still wet I sprayed it with water mixed with alcohol inks. I think I needed a darker colour as it didn't show up as well as I was hoping. I used Walnut Stain Distress Stain to add some 'splodges'. The letters of the word 'dream' are grunge letters which I've covered wth black acrylic paint and when they were dry I sanded them and rubbed Rusty Hinge DI over the top.



The butterflies are cut using the Tim Holtz Mini Butterfly die from Grunge Paper. The tulips are from the Art from the Heart stamp set and they're also stamped onto Grunge Paper that I've blended DI over. The spotty flower is an Inkadinkado stamp and again I've stamped onto Grunge Paper then cut the flower in half. The text in the centre is from the Be Happy..Make Art set as is the border across the top. The bottom border is from the Art from the Heart set and the swirl is cut using the Elegant Flourishes die from Grunge Paper.

I'm entering this project into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which is to show THE Wendy Vecchi Style; One Stop Challenge which is Anything goes and By the Cute and Girly which is also Anyting Goes but there's also a blog hop which I'm just off to do !

I hope you get chance to join us at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge.


Friday, 7 October 2011

The Stamp Man Challenge

I love Autumn and so for my DT project for The Stamp Man I decided to indulge myself and use all of those lovely colours ! The challenge, before I forget to tell you, is circles ! The prize is a £10 voucher to spend at The Stamp Man.

I started with the background and stamped it using a Stamp Man skeleton leaf and the butterflies from the Tim Holtz Papillon set. The embossed panel is made using a Quickutz EF then I've rubbed lots of different coloured DI over the top. The stitching is faux, as I decided to add it after I'd stuck everything else down ! The main stamp is a Scalloped Butterfly stamp from The Stamp Man that fits perfectly with the scalloped Nestabilities. The butterfly is a Tim Holtz die and it's been cut from card that I stuck some old book pages on to. I used a Viva Paper Pen for the centre dots.


For the leaves I used a freebie stamp from the Craft Stamper magazine and stamped it onto Grunge Paper that I'd blended DI over. The letters are made using one of those cubes of little letter stamps.

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


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

Saturday, 1 October 2011

A bit mod !

First of all I would just like to share that I've won the Pan Pastels giveaway over on the lovely Lin's blog ! Can't tell you how made up I am ! So, now that the excitement's over, the card I'm sharing is one I made for a card order. I was a little nervous about doing this one as the brief was black, white and silver, which I don't normally do. Anyhow, the lovely Chris Dark came to my rescue with a fabulous image, as the other part of the brief was for it to have a Lambretta on it !



So I decided with the colour restrictions it had to be 'mod' ! I started by masking off the white card and sponging Black Soot DI to create the black and white stripes. I then used my Scor-Pal to create the black panel with the scored lines. I typed the word Lambretta in different sizes on my PC and used that as the background to the image. The image has been shaded with Pro-Markers and I've added some Glossy Accents to the lights.

The numbers are cut using the Tim Holtz Vintage Market die, covered with Black Soot DI and then Glossy Accents. The frame is on the tag die by Tim Holtz and I've cut it from metal that has been mounted onto humungo tape and black card. I then cut out the inner piece so that the numbers would fit, and used this cut out piece as a frame for the text. A few nail heads and a piece of ribbon and that was it ! I kept it quite simple as I didn't feel grungey was the right thing for the person this is intended for.

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

We've had a lovely day today, we've been up to the Peak District, which is only 30 minutes from us. It's so relaxing to sit in the sun and watch the world go by, I didn't want to come home ! I hope you've all managed to get out and about in this glorious weather.......before it disappears next week !