Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Emergency Crafters DT Piece - Romance

Well it's February so that means Valentine's day, and all those smushy compilation cd's are being advertised by the truckload and the men folk are expected to buy flowers and chocolates.

NOT in this house, I rarely eat chocolate, and as I work full time, flowers are a waste of money as only the neighbours get the benefit of them from our living room windowsill.  I would much rather have new crafting goodies any day of the week, and thankfully my hubby knows it.

For this challenge I decided to be really brave, throw caution to the wind and have a go at a multi media canvas.  NO not a multi media in terms of having the computer and projector and all whistles tooting, but various media of art.  I used acrylic paints for the base, Dew Drop inkpad for the spotty areas of the background, I used Creative Expression Stamps and an Indigo Blu Stamp, which I stamped in flitterglue and tried to guild, didn't quite work as the glue just soaked into the canvas, but you can make some of it out.  I then used some black Maribou feathers and a wirework heart embellishment and a Creative Expressions key embellishment.

Hope you like.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Orange and Purple and a Flutterby

I used a #5 tag - or so the packet said, I say this because I don't like the price that a particular brand of craft tag are and usually buy them from stationers, so I would not normally know what size they were meant to be, but this packet are from that range and were probably bought for me!

I used dried marigold distress ink on the bottom and versa-colour cubes in boysenberry and lavender on the top, using a dried baby wipe to blend them together.  I then splatted Wild honey Distress stain on and stamped the florals in the same as the top of the tag but with added heliotrope too.

Finally I stamped the butterfly in Archival black.

I would like to enter this into the  Dragons Team Tag It On challenge Orange & Purple and a Butterfly here

Alpha Chellenge - H

For this time's challenge i am using the word Hotchpotch,  because I think describes my stamp collection extremely well along with my crafting style.  I use a Hotchpotch of techniques and manufacturers.  I enjoy playing with stamps, inks paints and in the main getting messy.

I started by trying to highlight the word with clear embossing powder, but I think a combination of the thickness of the page and age of the paper meant this didn't work as well as expected, but we persevere on, don't we?

I then used a variety of distress and pigment pads combined with a dry baby wipe to create the background, I then splatted some distress stains on.  Once all of this was dry I went bonkers grabbing different manufacturer stamps and different styles of image to create a Hotchpotch page.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Chronology with a twist

A few of you will have seen a couple of my cards done with the Do Crafts Chronology range, well, guess what!! Here's another.

I used the stamp with brushed corduroy Distress Ink, and blended around the edges.  I then cut it out with the Faux Stamp dies or as I like to call them scalloped squares.

I then took a 6X6" scalloped square blank and blended the clock background using a Crafters Workshop mask in Brushed Corduroy and blended around the edges with Antique Linen.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Pencil Box - Inspired by Michelle Webb

I've been a fan of Paper Artsy stamps for a long time, and I have a fair few, I also follow Leandra on Twitter and she's been teasing us with guest designers on her blog.  This week it was the wonderfully talented Michelle Webb, who did a number of projects including a Papier Mache pencil box, which I just happened to have lying around waiting for the opportunity to do something with.

I used Paper Artsy stamps, but all other materials are from my stash as I have not yet delved fully into paints etc, I currently use the Do Crafts Acrylics which do me for now, till I build my confidence and skill level.

The Interior colour scheme

The Exterior Colour scheme and base stamps

Interior stamped

The Function of the box - to hold things to decorate with

 The girls looking decorative

The top in all it's glory
I am entering this into the Paper Arty - what I was inspired to make this week spot, but I would confess, it's probably no where near the best you will see entered here, but I gave it a go.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Craft Barn Alpha Challenge E

E isn't the easiest letter in the alphabet to come up with a journal page for, but I went with Extract as I was hoping to extract the artist/journalist in me.

I started by gluing the page in the journal and basing the rest of the page in purple, what I hadn't realised was I had picked up a metallic paint and it went on thicker than expected.  I could live with that so played around with another few colours over the top to "thin down the purpleness" I then used cosmic shimmer spray in the bottom corners, used a Stamps Away mask with Distress inks finally using  Paper Artsy and Andy Skinner stamps to add some artistic interpretation.  Hope you see the artist in me.

My word for this challenge

The over all  effect

A bit closer on the over all effect

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Sunday, 3 February 2013

New Home card and Chronology

This first card is just a little cutey and dead easy peasy!!!!!

5" square cream card blank, Clarity Stamp - Wonky House, Spellbinders die - lace accent, Vintage Photo distress ink.

Stamped the image through the spellbinders die to ensure it was far enough into the card to accommodate the die, using a water brush dragged the colour of the distress ink down, cut it out on the Grand Calibur and embossed, then stuck the lot on the card blank.

The next card is made entirely with the Do Craft Chronology Range and distress inks