Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year

Hi everyone,

I know it has been a long time since I have posted anything here.  I just want to say Happy New Year, and wishing for a wonderful 2015.

I also want to say that I have decided to close this blog.  I will not delete it, but I will not share any new posts going forward.  I had intended to give information on a new blog, but I am currently undecided as to whether I will set one up.  I'll decide over the next couple of weeks.

So before I go I will share a small glimpse of a calender I made a couple of weeks ago.

I used the baroque Tim Holtz die, Prima Cartographer paper and dies, Creative Embellishments chipboard,  Stampendous and Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders, and Docrafts calender tabs.

Thanks for checking in throughout the year, and for kind words on what I have made.

Happy 2015,

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Witchy Pumpkin


Halloween is coming closer, and I created a small hanging to help celebrate the season.  I was inspired by this months Creative Embellishments challenge, where we have a beautiful Autumn/Halloween inspiration photo, and we also have to add distressing to our project

I was also inspired by this weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog where the challenge is 'O is for...'.

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for October is to use ribbon, twine or fibers, I made my project a hanging using black velvet ribbon. 

For me O is for orange, October, and that naturally means Halloween.  I love Autumn and Halloween, the crisp air, the rich warm colours, and the sense of fun that Halloween brings.  

I loved the pumpkins and the trees in the photo, so they were added on to my tag.  This challenge also gave me a change to break out some new products, and I have to say I am in love with Luminarte Twinkling H2Os.  

I started out with white card, cut to fit the Tim Holtz Shatter stencil.  I used Black Soot Distress Ink over the stencil, and when dry I placed the Tim Holtz Halloween stencil over the tag and went over it with light modeling paste. When dry I sprayed it with Hag's Wart Orange Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray.  It was too bright for me, and I wanted to go with the green/blue colour so I over sprayed it with Freaky Franken' Lime and Tainted Love Teal.  You can see a hint of the orange showing through in the background. I went over the letters of the Halloween stencil with black ink and Wine & Roses Twinkling H2Os, to help them stand out, as they had gotten a little lost beneath the sprays.

I decided to use Twinkling H2Os to colour the pumpkin and the oblong frame, I used the small frame here.  I used Spiced Pumpkin for the pumpkin body, Bamboo Heaven for the leaf, and Wine & Roses for the frame.  A match made in heaven, as I love both products.  I only have the Passion set of  Twinkling H2Os, but I shall be shopping for more.  I have the Wendy Vecchi Blossom Bucket Witch Hat for over a year, and have been saving it for the perfect project, it fit the pumpkin perfectly.  Some black card was added behind the pumpkin to make it look a little more creepy.

I wanted to add trees and bats to the frame, without bulk, so I used the Spooky Trees die set from Carta Bella using black card with Black Diamond Stickles added to them.  I layered this panel onto another made with paper from Tim Holtz Laboratoire paper stash and backed with black card for stability.  Before I adhered them, I distressed both panels and inked them with Black Soot Distress ink.  I also inked the edges of the frame and pumpkin with Black Soot.  I added black velvet ribbon to make the piece a hanging, and that completes my project.

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Spooky Canvas


today I am sharing a 6x6 canvas for Halloween.  I love Halloween, so you may be seeing more of this theme over the next few weeks.

I created this for Creative Embellishments  where this month we had to use a favourite Creative Embellishment piece.  I love so many of their products, it is very difficult to decide on just one or two pieces, but I went with the Pumpkin Faces and Creepy Trees, as I am in the Halloween mood. 

The pumpkin was coloured with Prima Resist Chalk Edgers in Rusty Keys, Moss Lawn and Dark Rust.  I then embossed it with UTEE, added some card behind with some glitter to make the eyes and mouth sparkle.  The creepy tree was inked black and covered with Black Diamond Stickles.

I placed a die cut from the Twigs On the Edge die behind the tree and pumpkin, and behind this is a panel with texture paste through the large Bubbles stencil from Dylusions.  It was sprayed with Tainted Love Teal and Black Orchid Silver Starburst Sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  I layered this onto black card sprayed with Midnight Rendezvous Raven, and added this onto the canvas which was painted with black distress paint.  The title are Elm Thickers from American Crafts.

I am also entering this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is anything goes.

Thanks for looking,

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Birthday Card


today I am sharing a birthday card.  I am entering it into Craft for the Craic's September challenge - Something with circles, and Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog - Techniques.

I layered some Prima Seashore paper onto card inked with Gathered Twigs distress ink, wrapped some trims around this, and layered the panel onto a Papermania kraft card base using dimensional foam.

I stamped the Graphic 45 boat with Versamark and heat embossed it with Seafoam White Heat it Up embossing powder.  I then sprayed it with Prima Summer Sky mist and Tainted Love Teal Starburst Spray from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  I die cut the image with X-Cut circle dies and matted it.  I sprayed card with Shabby Turbine Teal Starburst Spray and more of the Summer Sky, stamped the sentiment from Verve Stamps with Archival Ink, and die cut and matted it.  It was added to the card using dimensional foam.  All edges were distressed and inked with Black Soot distress ink.

Thanks for looking,

Monday, 1 September 2014

Halloween Bookmark

Hi everyone,

two posts in the space of a few hours is a strange occurrence for me.  I have been busy with work and making albums, so  I had not looked at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog for a couple of weeks, and when I looked a few hours ago I saw that they had a Kraft/Halloween challenge.  I could not pass it up, as Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year.  I then remembered that Eclectic Paperie had an embossing challenge running for August, so I am just getting in on time for both challenges.

I think this is going to be my new bookmark for a while.  It is quite large at around 6x4, but as it is for me, that's fine. 

I started with kraft card, and heat embossed the spiderweb from Halloween Blueprint from Tim Holtz with clear embossing powder.  I then went over the area with Seedless Preserves Distress Stain, distressed the edges and inked them with Black Soot Distress ink.  

I stamped and heat embossed in black the skeleton/spiderweb image from the Eclectic Collages Tim Holtz set.  I coloured this image with Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Stains.  I added some Confetti White Perfect Pears to water and splashed drops of the liquid on the panel.  When dry they were a little too strong so I went over the image with the distress stains again.  I did not want to waste the remaining mix, so I painted the spiderwebs on the larger panel with it to add more interest.

To break up the purple and blue panels, I added another which I coloured with Ripe Persimmon Stain.  I added some Remnant Rubs from the Apothecary set to the purple and orange panels.  I stamped and embossed in black the bat from the blueprint set and coloured it with Black Soot ink, trimmed and adhered it to the card.  It was looking a little too dark so I layered this onto more kraft card.

I rarely use kraft card, and this was a good challenge. It is interesting to see how the colours turn out on this background, and I liked using clear heat embossing on it.

Thanks for looking,

Christmas Card

Hi everyone,

I am sharing a card that I am entering into The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge where the challenge is to use stencils and texture paste, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is Anything Goes.

I made an early Christmas card measuring 6x6, using from BoBunny's Somewhere in Time 6x6 paper pad, lots of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, and a steampunk tree from Creative Embellishments.

I used the gears Kaisercraft stencil with testure paste on some Tim Holtz watercolour paper, and when dry I sprayed it with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays from the Industrial Chic set - Time Travel Teal, Shabby Turbine Teal and Steampunk Sepia.  I also added some Black Soot Distress ink to the panel.

For the steampunk tree I sprayed it with Golden Sleigh Bells and Cattail Copper Brown Starburst sprays, and added some splashes of Ponderosa Pines Olive and Midnight Rendezvous Raven .  I added Versamark over the top when dry and heat embossed it with Clear UTEE from Ranger.  Underneath this layer I used the Steampunk On the Edge die from Tim Holtz and heat embossed it with the copper embossing powder from Papermania.  The textured panel and paper underneath were distressed and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 

Thanks for looking,

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Painted Industrial

Hi everyone,

today I have an altered canvas to share.  I am entering it into several challenges:  Linda's Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 7, this challenge is the Painted Industrial technique, which can be found on page 46 of you copy of Tim's book.  The challenge this week is generously sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.  For anyone who is interested they have $10 international shipping, and excellent customer service.

I am entering it into Craft for the Craic's August challenge, which is to use a craft item never used before.  I have so much stuff in my room that has never been used, it's shameful.  I am also entering it into Creative Embellishments August challenge, there is an inspiration photo, and a twist where we have to use a song title as our project title.

My base is an 8x8 canvas, the edges are painted with Black Soot Distress Paint.  I layered paper from the Wallflower paper pad, I have never used this before, there are gorgeous papers in there.  I distressed the edges, added Pumice Stone Distress ink on the edges, bring a little into the paper, and over the edges I inked them again with Black Soot Distress Ink.  On the paper I stenciled music notes using a stencil from Artemio and Iced Spruce Distress Ink.  I used music notes as inspiration from Creative Embellishments photo.  I added music notes from Botanical Remnant Rubs by Tim Holtz too.  I also used a stencil from Glitzcraft called Timeless Sentiments with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  This frames the doily, which was cut with X-Cut die and painted with Black Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze.

I used the dress form from the Sewing Room die and the Angel Wings die, with the Bubble Texture Fade and Clockworks embossing folder for the Painted Industrial technique.  I added a pair of the large wings from the Regal Adornments set, painted with Mustard Seed Distress Paint, taking the yellow colour and inspiration from the photo, and a Faucet Knob to the dress form, neither of which I have used before, and a mini gear which I coloured with Pitch Black Alcohol Ink.

In two of the corners I added two pieces from the Steampunk Corner Set, the small and medium, and painted them with Black Soot Distress Paint.  I embossed them with clear embossing powder, but sanded some of the embossing off, to give them a more distressed and less shiny look.  I used an Ornate Plate to add my title with some more Botanical Remnant Rubs, using 'Spread Your Wings' by Queen as my song inspiration.  I have added a link if anyone wants to check it out.

I think that covers everything,
Thanks for looking,

Friday, 1 August 2014

Butterfly Card


today I am sharing a card which I am entering it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog where the challenge is Anything Goes.

I was also planning on entering it into the Creative Embellishments challenge for July, where we had to use embossing, and there was also an inspiration picture.  However, I did not finish in time, but have decided to share the inspiration anyway.  I was inspired by the colours and the scene spoke of nature, so I used the woodgrain embossing folder and the butterly.

I received my first first order from Creative Embellishments a couple of weeks ago, and loved everything I received.  I shall be placing more orders in the future, and look forward to creating many projects with their products.

 The card base is a kraft card from Jillibean Soup, on to which I layered a panel embossed with a Tim Holtz woodgrain texture fade.  Before it was embossed I used Gathered Twigs Distress Stain to colour the white card, and after it was embossed I went over the raised edges with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress inks.

The flourish was coloured with Mowed Lawn and Broken China Distress Paints, and while the paint was wet I sprinkled clear embossing powder from Heat it Up on it and heat embossed it.  The butterfly was coloured with Festive Berries and Ripe Persimmon, dried and painted with Ice Silks glaze to add a little shimmer.

The sentiment is from Kaisercraft and was stamped with Archival ink and edged with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.  This is where I lost my time, as I could not decide whether to have the sentiment panel painted or not and tried different combinations, finally settling on white, and then it was too late.  I am not a very quick crafter, and am continually amazed at how fast time can pass while making something.  In saying that, the card did come together fairly quickly once I decided which embossing folder I wanted to use.  This is what is great about challenges, they can get you to focus on something you would not otherwise have done.

Thanks for looking,

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 6

Hi everyone,

today I am sharing my first make for the Compendium of Curiosities challenge run by Linda Ledbetter.  This challenge is to alter a Tim Holtz Burlap Panel, inspired by page 37 of A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. #3. There is also a chance to win a $25 shopping trip in The Funkie Junkie Boutique if you enter, so thanks to Linda Coughlin for that.

I have had the mini burlap panels for quite a while, and have never done anything with them.  So I am so very happy to have finally altered one.  I also used a couple of other Tim Holtz products not used before, so this was a productive project for me. 

I am not going to go into any details, as per the requirements of the challenge.  I will say that this is the first time I have used the Industrious Stickers and the butterfly stamps from the Papillion set, and I love them.  Looking forward to altering more of the burlap panels, and using more of my goodies that I just seem to hoard.

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, 13 July 2014

IndigoBlu Card

Hi everyone,

today I am sharing a using an IndigoBlu stamp that I had wanted for a very long time.  It was free with Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine.

The background panel was created by placing the Prima circles stencil on white card and going over it with gel medium.  When dry, I sprayed it with a couple of sprays, I cannot remember the colours as I made it a couple of months ago, and decided to use it this week.  I was waiting for a suitable project.  I added gold Stickles on the edge, and wrapped black lace around the centre of the panel.  The frame was made by stamping the frame from the Ladybird Gorjuss stamp set from Docrafts with Versamark ink, and heat embossing it with gold Heat it Up embossing powder.  I trimmed it and sprayed it with Golden Sleigh Bells Starburst Spray from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  I stamped the IndigoBlu stamp on white card and cut it so it fit in the frame.  I added a wooden Bare Basics butterfly from Papermania. It was painted it with Teal Zircon Silks and stamped it with the script stamp from the Tim Holtz Papillon stamp set.

I am entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, which is from scratch.

Thanks for looking,