Sunday, 16 December 2012

Mask it !

It's time for the next challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge and the theme this time has been chosen by the lovely Claire. The challenge for you is to use a masking technique.


I made this card for one of my niece's whose birthday was at the beginning of December. She absolutely adores the colour purple so I wanted to balance the neutral with different shades of the colour. I started with the background, which is also where I did my masking. The stamps I've used are by Artistic Outpost and I used the masking technique on the hot air balloons. I stamped the larger one first, masked it off and then stamped the smaller one.


The main image is a gorgeous Crafty Individuals stamp that I spotted at our local garden centre, who have just started stocking CI stamps (I may have to visit more often!) I painted the small pansy on the image using Distress Markers and the rest of the flowers have been cut using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Garland die. The crocheted lace is from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique and the gem clip is a Tim Holtz. Not much to say about this card, but I absolutely loved it and it came together so quickly !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and make sure you hop over to the main blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous work.


Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Christmas tag !

I can't believe it's less than 2 weeks to go to the big day, where has the time gone ! I'm nearly there with everything, just the last bit of wrapping to do !

So, today is the next challenge over at The Frilly and Funkie challenge and this time it's the turn of the lovely Terry to set the challenge and here's what Terry has to say:

In the Holiday spirit, show us a tag or tags celebrating Christmas or Winter. 



I decided to make a bottle tag for this challenge. I've got a couple of Christmas gifts in the bottle form so thought it would be great to do a tag for them. I've used quite thick white card stock and punched a circle in one end and rounded the corners of with a corner punch. I've used Bundled Sage and Forest Moss DI and stamped using Olive Archival ink. The stamp sets I've used are Artistic Outpost Midwinter and Sleigh Ride.


The text is from an Indigo Blu set and I've cut it out using a Nestability. The holly and fern are cut from green cardstock using the Tim Holtz Festive Greenery. I've then used my melting pot and dipped the leaves into the UTEE. The berries are made from little red beads and the croecheted lace is from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the gold ribbon from my stash.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and make sure you hop over to the main blog to check out the fabulou work by the rest of the DT.


Saturday, 8 December 2012

In the Bleak Mid Winter

The current challenge over at The Stamp Man is The Bleak Mid Winter and here is my DT post for the challenge.


I've used lots of Distress Ink for this card, and the stamps are from the Tim Holtz stamps sets Mini Holidays, Reindeer Flight and the ticket is from the Odds and Ends set. The reindeer has been cut out using a circle Nestability and the scalloped Nestability has been embossed and then covered with glitter EP.



The background has been stamped using second generation stamping for both the trees and the snowflakes. The border is made using the Tim Holtz On the Edge Die, Snow Flurries. I've cut it from Grunge Paper and then covered it with Distress Stains in Faded Jeans and Brushed Pewter. The snowflake is wooden and I've covered it with the glitter EP.

I'm almost at the end of my Christmas cards now, and I have to admit I am looking forward to doing something different ! 

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


Monday, 3 December 2012

Pocket full of Posies

We've flown through another month which means that it's time for the next challenge over at The Vintage Stamping Challenge. We're also changing the day that the new challenges are launched. Instead of being the first day of the month, it will be the first Monday of the month. For this month's challenge the lovely Claire has picked a Pocket full of Posies. This could be just flowers, a lady carrying flowers or even just flowers on a dress, the choice is yours.



This is a card I made for an order some little time ago. The main image was stamped with black Archival ink and then I painted the flowers using Distress Markers and cut it out using a Nestability. I've used Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon DI's.


The flower is made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die and is cut from Crinoline. I've dyed the crinoline using DI's and added an Ideaology brad to the centre. The butterfly is made using the Tim Holtz Mini Butterfly die and the swirl is also a Tim Holtz die.

I have to say it was nice to make something other than Christmas !

Make sure you hop over to the main blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous work. 


Sunday, 2 December 2012

To die for !

Here we are again on Sunday and also it's time for the next challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge. This time the lovely Joanna has chosen To Die For ! So, as long as you include some die cutting on your project and, of course, some stamping, then why not join us !


This is a project that I've had on the go for several weeks, trying to work on it in between making Christmas, New Home and Birthday cards ! The base structure is a Kaisercraft kit and is MDF that I had great pleasure in using a hammer and some wood to put it together ! Once assembled I gave it 3 coats of white matt emulsion and when it was dry I painted it with black acrylic paint. Then, I used Paper Artsy Fresco Gold paint which, because it is translucent,  lets some of the black show through. All of the numbers were painted with black acrylic paint and then with the gold paint. The boxes have been covered with an assortment of papers and I've swiped black acrylic paint around the edges. There was one extra box so I covered that with paper and added some lace around the top and stuck the large Christmas tree to the top.


I punched the holes in the front of the boxes and dyed some thread with Fired Brick Distress Stains and threaded it through the hole. The little Christmas trees and the wreath are Tim Holtz and I've sprayed them to turn them green. I've then stuck little gems to th trees and I've changed the colours of the jingle bells using an Alcohol Ink pen and attached them using some more dyed thread.


The letters are cut using the Tim Holtz WordPlay die and I've cover Grunge Paper with Basic Grey paper before cutting the letters. The holly on the top on the letter 'n' is made using the Festive foliage die so is the miseltoe. The pince cones are cut using the Tim Holtz Tattered Pine Cone die from Kraft card that I've used some Vintage Photo DI over. The sentiment is from an Artistic Outpost stamp set and I absolutely love it ! The basket was made using the the same die using the fir part of the die and I've cut it from Grunge Paper that I've blended DI over.


I've cover the sides of the box with Basic Grey paper that I've blended DI around the edge to age it.

I'm so pleased I got this finished in time and we're now enjoying the Lindt chocolates that are hidded in each box !

Make sure you hop over to the main blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous work.

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





Friday, 30 November 2012

Friday Focus on Crinoline

It's my turn to share a Friday Focus over at Frilly and Funkie and today I'm focusing on Crinoline, which if you've visited before, you'll know I use rather alot of ! 


 On this card I've made a Crinoline snowflake using a Tim Holtz Snowflake Rosette die. I've added a shrink plastic snowflake to the centre and a bead.


For this card I've stamped onto Crinoline and used it as the background layer.

For the details of how I've used the Crinoline hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog.



Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Light in the darkness !

EDIT: We've got a slight technical hitch at the moment on the Frilly and Funkie main blog, but if you try later you should be able to leave us your project for the current challenge. 

We've come round to the next challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and this time the lovely Rebecca has chosen the theme of 'Light in the darkness' and here's what Rebecca has to say:

Create with 'light' in mind.  Think candles, bulbs, lanterns, menorahs and all things that brighten this time of year.


I had to give this one some thought as candle or lantern stamps don't feature in my stamp collection ! The stamp I used is a Katzelkraft stamp that I've had for years. I covered the card with Tarnished Brass and Antique Bronze Metallic Distress Stains and I've spritzed it with water and blended the two colours together, then stamped the candles with black Archival ink. I mounted the candles onto a Nestability die cut that I've blended Wild Honey DI over. The vertical panel is stamped with a Christmas script stamp then I've blended Fired Brick and Barn Door DI over. The background has been stamped with a Stampendous swirl stamp, then I blended DI over it and rubbed embossing ink around the edge and sprinkled gold EP over it.


The poinsettia is made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia and I've embossed it using a Cuttlebug EF. I made the stick pin and used an alcohol ink pen to colour the stick. The ribbon is seam binding and I've dyed it using Fired Brick Distress Stains.

Do make sure you hop over to the main blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous work.


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Merry Christmas !

I am slowly ploughing my way through all the New Home, Birthday and Christmas cards I need to make. I can definitely say I am now in a Christmassy mood ! We went to the Festive Fair at the NEC yesterday and now I have a 2 foot Santa standing on the hearth ! So, here's one of the cards I've made, this is one that I plan to make several of as it's quite simple to put together and time is definitely of the essence !


I stamped the background with the gorgeous Crafty Individuals swirl stamp and embossed it with gold EP. I then blended Aged Mahogany, Barn Door and Fired Brick DI over it. The vertical panel is stamped with Olive Archival ink and the stamp is an Elusive Images stamp.



The Poinsettia is made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die. I've used a Katzelkraft music stamp and stamped randomly over the flower and then blended DI over it. The gold swirls are made using the Festive Garland die and I've used gold EP over them. The centre is was covered with Glossy Accents and then sprinkled little gold balls over it. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Mini Holidays stamp set and is cut out using the Wonky Rectangle Nestabilities. The ribbon is gold May Arts crocheted lace.

I'm entering this card into the Crafty Individuals challenge with is Festive Sparkle.


Sunday, 18 November 2012

Home Sweet Home !

It's time for the next challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge and the lovely Yvonne had chosen Home Sweet Home. This challenge is really well timed for me as I have 4 new home cards to make at the moment, so here's the first !


I wanted to use bright colours for this card as it's for my one of my niece's and she's definitely not a pastel kind of girl ! I used Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade DI for the background. I stamped the large flower with Spiced Marmalade and the smaller one with Peacock Feathers and used a little Brushed Corduroy around the edge. I've used a Darkroom Door stamp set for the centre panel and stamped it lots of times in different directions and then blended Peacock Feathers and Ripe Persimmon DI over it. I did a little spritz and flick and then mounted it onto some black card.


The house shape is cut using the Tim Holtz Artful Dwellings die and I've embossed it with the Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes EF. The numbers are cut using the Vintage Market die and I've used Metallic Distress Stains to colour them. The centre panel is stamped with another Darkroom Door stamp and I've cut it out using a Nestability. The crocheted lace is by May Arts and the ribbon is seam binding, which has been dyed using Peacock Feathers re-inker. I stamped the house, which is also from the Darkroom Door set, with black Stazon onto shrink plastic and attached it to the bow with a small link ring.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the main blog and check out the rest of the DT's fantastic work.

I am entering this card in to The Artistic Stamper challenge which is Anything Goes. 


Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Chipboard and Metal !

It's time for the next challenge at Frilly and Funkie, and this time the lovely, talented Marjie has chosen the theme of chipboard and metal. Here's what Marjie has to say:

This week we're looking for two elements on the project of your choice.  We want to see chipboard and metal.  It can be purchased, homemade, or faux.  You can use branded chipboard pieces or cut up a cereal box... choose items from the hardware store or simple household metals like staples or paperclips. Ranger's foil sheets would work too. The options are endless! We want you to be creative and can't wait to see what you share with us.


I've made this card for my sister to give to her eldest daughter. I started with the background and blended Milled Lavender DI over white card stock and then stamped an Elusive Images stamp in the same ink. On the piece of Crinoline I used some Crafty Individuals stamps and stamped them using black Archival ink. I used the Tim Holtz text stamp from the Papillon set and blended Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves DI around the edge. The main image is an Indigo Blu stamp and I've stamped it with black Archival ink and cut it out by hand.


The heart is made from chipboard and is from a Chippies set, which I've sanded, painted with white acrylic paint and then stamped with a Katzelkraft text stamp. The gorgeous lock is by Melissa Frances. The dress form is wooden and I've also painted it with white acrylic paint and stamped it with the same text stamp as the heart. I've used Tim Holtz Foil Tape for the zig zag, which is made with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I've used alcohol inks, and acrylic paint on it and then rubbed black Stazon ink across the top. The beautiful lace is form Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Make sure you hop over to the main blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous work.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Pretty in Pink !

I'm busy making birthday cards at the moment as I have quite a few family birthdays just before Christmas. You would think by now I would be organised and have them made so I can concentrate on Christmas......mmmmm well maybe not !


I started with the background and blended Tattered Rose DI over some white card. Then I screwed the card up into ball and carefully unfolded it and use Victorian Velvet DI and rubbed it over the top. It highlights the creases in the card created from screwing it up. Then I ironed it flat and stamped the flourishes and text which are Katzelkraft stamps. I stuck some Tissue Wrap to some white card and die cut the doily using the Tim Holtz die. The gorgeous cage is a Poppy die and I've stamped the french text over it and blended some DI around the edges. I've slipped the text in between the cage bars, which is made from a Crafty Individuals stamp as is the Just for You text.



The main image is a Katzelkraft stamp and the word Paris is an Elusive Images stamp. The gorgeous brad is a Marah Johnson, and if anyone knows where I can buy these I would love to know as I can't find them anywhere ! The little ticket is also a Crafty Individuals stamp and the beautiful lace is from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique, which has a 10% sale at the moment so well worth hopping over there.

I'm entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which is Inspiration Francais and the Our Creative Corner which is to make your own background. 

It's been a beautiful day today so we've managed to get out and about and enjoy the gorgeous Autumn colours that are still on the trees. I hope you've all had a wonderful week end too !


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Frilly & Funkie Step x Step

It's my turn to share a Step x Step over on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog. I always have alot of birthday cards to make at this time of year so I thought I would kill 2 birds with one stone.



You'll find all the details on how I made this card here.


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Colours at VSC !

It's time for the next challenge at the Vintage Stamping Challenge and this time we're looking for some colour ! In particular the colours we would like to see are red, green, blue or purple. Now if you can combine all of  these colours in your work that's great but we're just as happy to see one of them. Which is a good job as I was having a blue phase when I made my card !


I thought this little guy was quite sweet on his sledge and he gave me the impression he was whizzing down a snowy slope which gave me the idea of creating some snowy hills in the background. I used a torn piece of paper and a piece of artist's sponge then sponged Iced Spruce and Salty Ocean DI over the edge of the paper. The little snowflakes are also stamped with Salty Ocean DI. I used the advert stamp from Tim Holtz's Mini Holidays set and did some second generation stamping on some white card and stamped the word Postcard from the same set with Cobalt Archival ink. I covered some white card with Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and then used the Doily die and blended some DI over it. For the background I used a stencil and Iced Spruce and Salty Ocean DI again. I also stamped some snowflakes from the Mini Holidays stamp set using Cobalt Archival ink and stamped some white dots using white acrylic paint and a Wendy Vecchi stamp.


The main image is a Flonz stamp and I've painted him using Distress Markers. The sentiment is from an Artistic Outpost set and is cut out using the Movers & Shapers labels die. I dyed some seam binding with Faded Denim Distress Stains and I also dyed the hemp I used to tie the bow and added some little crystal beads.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and remember there is the $20 voucher up for grabs to spend in the Flonzcraft online store for the winner.


Sunday, 4 November 2012

A little bit of music !



It's time for the next challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge. This time the lovely Esther has chosen the theme of Music. I've taken the opportunity to make another Christmas card as it is fast approaching and so far I've only made 4 cards !





I used an Elusive Images stamp set for the background and stamped 'Deck the halls with boughs of holly' and 'Tis the season to be jolly' using Olive Archival ink and doing second generation stamping. I then blended DI over the card and did some Spritz and Flick. I tore a piece of a page from an old book that had no text on it and stamped on it using on old favourite Christmas text stamp, but I don't know the make of! The lovely cottage is from the Artistic Outpost stamp set called Midwinter. I added a little stickles to the cottages roof.



The holly leaves, branch and berries are all cut using the Tim Holtz die and I've coated them all with Distress Rock Candy Crackle paint. I stamped the music onto some shrink plastic cut it out and shrunk it. I stamped the text onto the twill tape using Olive Archival ink. The numbers are cut from white card using the Tim Holtz WordPlay die and I've blended DI over them and then painted with the crackle paint too.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you check out the rest of the DT's fabulous work.


Thursday, 1 November 2012

Emboss it !

So where did October go ? I can't believe we're into November already, which also means it's the next challenge over at The Stamp Man. For the next month we want to see embossing, this could be dry embossing or heat embossing, or both !


I received the December edition of the Craft Stamper magazine earlier this week and fell in love with the free stamp. I stamped the background using this stamp and Archival Vermillion and Olive inks. I've used a Sizzix snowflake EF and blended Festive Berries, Evergreen Bough and a little Gathered Twigs DI over it. I've then sprinkled a little gold EP around the edge to add a little shine. I used an embossing diffuser for the main panel and stamped santa in the centre.


The holly leaves have been cut using the Tim Holtz Holly Branch die. I stuck Claudine Helmuth's sticky back canvas onto some Grunge Paper, cut the leaves out and then embossed them with the snowflake EF. I've then rubbed Evergreen Bough DI over them and also sprinkled a little gold EP around the edges of the leaves.

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


Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Tic Tac Toe anyone?

It's time for the next challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and this time the lovely Linda, and owner of Frilly and Funkie has set the task of playing Tic Tac Toe !

It's quite simple just choose a line from the grid vertically, horizontally or diagonally and make sure you use all 3 elements in your project ! As I've not got round to obtaining the Metallic Distress Stains yet, which I need to rectify! I chose the line of lace, crackle paint and buttons.



I started with the background and stamped the snowflakes from the Artistic Outpost Sleigh Ride set with white acrylic paint. Once dry I then blended Iced Spruce DI over the top. The borders are made using the On the Edge Snow Flurries die and I've used more Iced Spruce DI and also stamped the snowflakes with the same ink over them.


I cut the centre panel from some thick cardboard using the Vintage Cabinet die. I then painted it with white acrylic paint and used the Paper Artsy Crackle Glaze and mixed the colour for the top coat. When it was dry I then stamped over the crackle using an old Rubber Stampede text stamp and also the pine cone stamp from the Artistic Outpost Midwinter stamp set. The main image is from the Sleigh Ride set and I've cut it out using a Nestability. The tag is stamped with another stamp from the Sleigh Ride set and I've added a little wooden Prima button.


I do hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and make sure you hop over to the main blog to check out the fantastic work of the rest of the DT.