Sunday, 31 March 2013

Card making on a Sunday

Today is Easter Sunday and as I've said before, I'm not a chocolate person, so I treated myself to plenty of crafty stash instead this last week.

This first card was all but done, I did the topper fro my previous post and to enter into PaperArtsy inspiration challenge, and knew I wanted to make it up into a Father's Day Card for the FIL, I had the Graphic 45 paper ready, but it needed something else.  I'd seen Sue Wilson use the foil art card to make aged metallic embellishments and, as I happened to be in Hobbycraft I bought one (yes it did have the design printed on, but it sands off) and had a go using a Spellbinders Iron Works die, in truth, I would say I used to fiddly a die, but it still worked.  I also happened to be at a crop at Chloe's Crafts yesterday, and it would be rude not to buy stash when in a craft shop, I got some Creative Expressions ribbons amongst this stash and used the cream and tan striped grosgrain across the bottom.

The next card is for my current boss, she was on contract setting the team up, sadly when the job came up and substantive employee was successful at interview so we will be saying farewell.

I started by layering embossed gloss card onto an 8X8 blank and using Creative Expressions PVA coloured glue I made the "pearls".  I then used Bazzill Basics for the next mat and wrapped Silky crush ribbon around the bottom, and in white ribbon I made the bow.  I used labels 20 and Just Rite stamps with embossing powder for the centre piece and layered these using 1mm foam tape.  I then cut a sentiment from stash to fit the centre of the smaller embossed dies and added some hat pins.

I would like to enter the above card into Hiding in my Craft Room challenge #91 - Freestyle

This last card was an experiment, I got the base stamp - Penny Black Flourish background which I have to say is a massive stamp, from Craftsite (link to your left). I wanted to see if it would emboss, well as toucan see it does.  I used a Crafters Companion bride stamp and Spellbinder die to create the main image, backed onto black card and mounted onto a 5X7 blank. Sentiment was from stash.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Notes from my travels

For this project - loosely based on Suzane Czosek's project on PaperArtsy's blog - I got very messy.  I used some shaving foam with paint mixed in to create background cards, I had no idea how messy this technique is, considering it uses what is essentially a soap based product.

Once the cards were dry, I chose the background I wanted for the card and then stamped a map background over the top.  I then stamped the car image  from HP1207 onto white card and used  brushed corduroy distress ink to dirty it down.

I waited for the stamping of the map image to settle and then went round the edge with gathered twigs distress ink. I then layered this onto black card.

Using Tim Holtz Craft Co-oredinations card I cut the clock out embossed and sanded back, I then went round with brushed corduroy to minimise the white cut edges.  I then layered these tog ether and stuck them on the base card, added a couple of embellishments from my stash.

I would like to enter this into the PaperArtsy - Suzane Czosek inspiration challenge

Monday, 25 March 2013

Alpha Challenge - P is for Person

In this case it's the person I admire the most, I love her movies and the fact that she didn't make movies for a long time.  She retired and took time out to be an ambassador for UNICEF.

I am of course talking about elegance and sophistication embodied, the one, the only Audrey Hepburn.  I have to be honest and confess that in my head I am this wonderful lady, you can imagine my disappointment when I look in a mirror.

I used Pan pastels to create the background, added some random "scraps" to add interest and used the stamp that is possibly the most iconic image of this person.  I then ruined the page by adding my scrawl to it lol.

I am entering this into The Craftbarn Alpha Challenge - P

Emergency Crafters DT piece - Wonderland

For this piece I started out with a wooden blank the sort that you often see religious iconography on, and base coated it with white gesso. I then used DoCrafts Artiste range of acrylic paints to create a background, I wanted a "dream like" feel to the background and as it was supposed to be Wonderland I started with purple, on the left whilst the purple was still wet I went in with pale pink till I got the effect I was after and on the right did the same but with yellow.

I then stamped the images from Oxford Impressions Classic Alice stamp plate onto the background and highlighted areas with promarkers.

I would like to enter this  into the following challengeThe Altered Alice:

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Doorway to one's soul

I started by basing the page with green and then lightened it with white whilst still wet.  You may notice the pages have cockled - I think it's because this is cheap Journal not a quality one, and as such I tried sticking a few pages together to give them more strength, that was my first mistake.

Let's face it there are many mistakes and things wrong with this page, the only bit that went right was the stamping of the door on my makeshift crinkly tissue - greaseproof paper.

I hope you like it better than I do.

This is a very poor take on Michelle Webb's page that inspired me on Paper Artsy Blog

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Pan Pastel Playtime or Getting very mucky quickly

I bought this clock blank ages ago from Crafty Individuals with the intention of doing something with it eventually.  Well it appears today was eventually!

I got my stash of Clarity stamps out and measured up which ones would fit the frames, then stamped them using archival black ink.

Then I set to work with the pan pastels to colour the images.  I then used Pan pastels tp give a wood(ish) effect on the front of the clock,  stuck the front to the back with Glossy accents (I think ouit works out as an expensive glue, but thought this warranted it) then added the mechanism.

Before the hands

after the hands were added

I would like to enter this for the following challenge Clarity Stamp - Anything goes

March Mechanical

For this page layout I wavered between two words, but my best friend @sunshine_Cazz made the final decision - Mechanical.

As many of you who know me know, I love Steam Punk and have recently started buying a range of stamps from Viva Las Vegas Stamps, I also have a large collection of other stampunk stamps from Dark Room Door, Paper Artsy, Inkadinkadoo (fab name for a supplier), Ecogreen and many many more, I think it's only Paper Artsy that I didn't use here amongst those mentioned.

I used Pan pastels for the background base and then used Peacock Green mica mist, I used a Dovecraft alphabet to re highlight the word, and then went to town on stamping using a combination of Inakadinkadoo, Dark Room Door, Ecogreen and Viva Las Vegas stamps.

I would like to enter this into the Alpha Challenge M (Ma - Me) and

Friday, 1 March 2013

Mother's Day

Over here in the UK it's Mother's Day next Sunday, I have 2 people to makes for on this occasion My hubby's mum and nanna.

I used KanBan toppers, papers from my stash, flower embellishments, spellbinders dies and Mbossabilities and Marianne dies.

And if your mum is not into flowers and pink, here is one I made as commission on a SteamPunk theme.

The main image is from Kanban as is the backing paper and the cogs, the smaller side images are from Graphic 45 Steampunk Debuntante.

I would like to enter these in the following challenges: