Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Joyous Little Works of Art

Here's another collection of lovely ATCs I've received over the past few months.  It's really thrilling to receive these in the post and see how others have interpreted the same theme, ranging here from barbecues to flowers to weaving. 


I've just discovered a new challenge blog called Fashionable Stamping Images, see the link in the sidebar.  Lynne at www.lynnesbowsandbelles.wordpress.com is on the DT and their current challenge is Ribbon and Lace, closing 10th September.  Both blogs are worth following and I'm definitely going to try and enter the challenge this month.
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Saturday, 27 August 2011

She Sells Sea Shells, Sitting on the SeaShore

Having finally finished decorating the bathroom, I wanted something seasidy to go on the wall and when I saw a papier mache frame in a local craft store I thought it would be perfect.

First I painted it with cream acrylic paint then when dry painted a layer of light blue acrylic paint roughly  over the top to give a distressed effect.  I was lucky enough to find some really old, very hairy string in my
mother-in-law's shed and used this to tie round the top crosses to give it something to hang on.  I then used sea shells we'd collected from local beaches and some tiny coloured pebbles which came in a gift set from Louise to decorate round the frame.

To make it easier to stamp the images I wanted, I cut another piece of thick white card to fit the inside of the frame and painted this to match.  I then stamped onto this before sticking inside the frame with Glossy Accents.

I used the Art Nouveau lady from a Clarity stamp for the main image.  She has a lovely border round her but I didn't want this to stamp so I used mini post-it notes to mask off these areas before inking in blue StazOn, then removed them before stamping the image on the background.  I made a mask of the same image and used this when stamping the background flourishes in Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  For this I used a large heart stamp which has flourishes on it.  I used the same colour ink to stamp some seahorses on the background and then stamped a few more in black to give some depth.

The large shell was found on a recent trip to Tentsmuir Woods and Beach, near Leuchars and is glued on with Glossy Accents, thus proving its stickability!  Finally, as this is going to hang in the bathroom, I gave the whole thing a coat of Glossy Accents to make it easier to clean and less prone to steam damage.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Here's another card made with one of the new Crafty Individuals' stamps, CI -324.  I had great fun putting this one together mixing torn paper, lace and inks.

I put a strip of pink patterned paper across the middle of the card and then using a 6" x 6" square of paper from the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby paper stack, stamped the image using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  When dry I tore the two female images (the complete image can be seen in the middle of the card) and inked the edges with more Brushed Corduroy, mounting them on the paper strip.  I took some smooth white card and inked lightly with Distress Ink in Milled Lavender then stamped the whole image again using black StazOn.  I used the Brushed Corduroy to ink the edges and put this panel in the middle and finished of with some cream lace and randomly placed gems.

Take a good look at your rubber stamp collection to see where individual elements can be torn out or masked off, increasing the versatility of the images you have.  It's amazing how many smaller elements from one large stamp can be used independently when you really look.
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Sunday, 21 August 2011

The Good Old Days

Between work and family commitments I've also had to clear my little corner of craft land to make way for the new window, although work hasn't started yet so fingers and legs crossed it will soon.  The problem is everything has been stacked up in the opposite corner of the room which makes any kind of crafting a challenge, still never let it be said I didn't try.  Of course the lure of some new stamps helps and I've been playing with some of the new Crafty Individuals stamps which I received recently with a magazine subscription.

I inked the white card blank with Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy and Rusty Hinge,then  stamped the image CI - 325 onto the matt side of some brown parcel paper using VersaMark ink and then heat embossed in black.  Once mounted onto black cardstock I used a Crop-a-Dile to punch and insert the eyelets in the corners.  I heat embossed the sentiment and matted and layered as the image and then mounted both on the card with foam pads.

I have heat embossed on brown parcel paper a lot and really like the effect.  Usually I use the shiny side which when heated, takes on an almost translucent effect like greased proof paper.  It's good to experiment with different textures and finishes, especially for masculine cards and I think the brown paper works particularly well for this. 

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

An Oriental Affair

Life over the last few days has been hectic, challenging and tiring which hasn't left very much time for anything else, let alone crafting.   However, I did manage to make this card using a new set of  PaperMania clear stamps.  I've wanted some Chinese themed stamps for ages but couldn't find a set which was versatile enough.  This double set fits the bill nicely with a selection of trees, blossoms, symbols, fans and lanterns. 

First I used the Chinese symbols and gold StazOn to stamp onto the black Bazzill cardstock to make the background which I matted and layered onto gold mirror card and the card blank.  Then I took the largest fan image and stamped this onto gold mirror card using black StazOn.  I added some silver gems to the flowers on the fan, punched a hole in the bottom and threaded black and gold embroidery thread through it. I secured the gold ribbon around the spine of the card before adding the fan, using foam pads for dimension and completed the card by adding an insert onto which I stamped the fan image again. 

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Thursday, 11 August 2011

What A Lovely Project

Craft Stamper Magazine is always filled with beautiful and inspiring ideas but in the August issue there was one particular project from Debbie Dolphin which caught my eye.  The project was to make a lovely book card  and the article was called 'Delicate Folds' P.46  and it looked so stunning I couldn't stop going back to the article time and time again.  So I gathered everything I needed and here is my interpretation.

I used the same white Bazzill cardstock and 2 sheets from my current favourite paper pack Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby to line the outer and inner panels of the cover, securing some contrasting organza ribbon under these to tie the book together.  I then inked a piece of plain white card roughly with Distress Inks in Milled Lavender and Brushed Corduroy and then overstamped this with a script stamp from Crafty Individuals CI - 017 and used this for the smaller panel on the front of the card.  Here's a piece that turned out a little too dark so I started again with less of the Brushed Corduroy.

You get the idea and you can see how easy it is to make your own customised cardstock to match a project.  This piece has triggered another idea for a later project too. 

The dark purple lace panel was cut on the Cricut using the Cindy Loo cartridge and in the centre of this I placed a die cut clock face with a small watch part in the centre.


The accordion folds for the main part of the card were easy to do following Debbie's instructions and I inked the edges of mine in gold StazOn.

I used a lace-edge punch to make the frame round the edge of the folds and then used a tiny daisy punch to cut some pale peach pre-cut corners.  Once these were stuck on I distressed all the edges with an emery board.

I used the same Distress inked cardstock to stamp some cherry blossoms, from a PaperMania clear stamp set, in black ink which I then cut out.  I cut some of the garlands up for the outer frame and used the rest whole to make a frame inside the card.

I added more Brushed Corduroy ink to the background card to make it darker and stamped the butterfly from Crafty Individuals CI - 061 and mounted this with foam pads inside the blossom garland, also mounted on foam pads.

I loved this project and would definitely make this again as it's perfect for a really special occasion and the inside can easily be personalised.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

My Growing Art Collection

Here are some more of the wonderful ATCs I received over the last few months from my talented swap partners. 

It's great to see how different people interpret ideas, sometimes offering a completely different take on a theme and other times producing similar but still unique cards.  This little collection represents a number of different themes and I think you'll agree, they're all just lovely.

Whoops!  Deleted the signature again by mistake.  Anyway, Happy Crafting 


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Saturday, 6 August 2011

July's ATC Swap at Crafts on the Net

The theme for this month was weaving - in any shape or form.  Ages ago I bought a pack of brightly coloured 6" x 6" woven sheets so I simply snipped a bit off one of them, added a piece cut from one of those bags you get fruit in and stuck them both together.  I wanted to add a little poem or quote but couldn't find anything I liked, not even on my usual site Quote Garden.  So I made one up (although if there is already a quote like this I didn't knowingly plagiarise and I apologise).

The second card proved much harder and it took me over 3 weeks to come up with an idea and then it was purely by chance.  I was tidying up my rubber stamps and found the free stamp from the May issue of Craft Stamper Magazine which is a hot air balloon and that gave me my idea.

  I used the stamp to create the background and then wove thin strips of paper to make the balloon basket, adding some hand-drawn ropes.  Next I needed someone or something in the basket and as I really enjoyed the hot air balloon flight we did over Florida, I thought I add myself.   I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp onto the basket and added a few chipboard embellishments to finish off. 

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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Wish You Were Here Craft Room Challenge

The current challenge at Craft Room is Holidays which could be a favourite destination or special memory.  Here's the link if you want to enter http://www.craft-roomchallenge.blogspot.com

At first I thought about a scrapbook layout but then I kept coming back to postcards.  Most people send or used to send a postcard to family and friends back home telling them what a great time (or otherwise) they were having and so I decided to use this format.  I knew I wanted to use an old photo of my sisters and family paddling in the sea in Norfolk and so made a vintage postcard which could be part of a scrapbook layout later or made into a postcard book a bit like a tag book.

Sea Palling is in Norfolk and I have many happy memories of going to stay with my Uncle Keith (Mum's brother) and Aunty Ivy in their beautiful cottage in Rollesby on the Norfolk Broads.  We used to go to Sea Palling most days and I'll never forget it's huge stretch of beautiful sandy beach and sand dunes.   My memories of Sea Palling are at least 16 years or so after this picture was taken around 1948 of my Mum, two sisters, Nan and family friend Bea, enjoying a paddle at a place I used to call Sea Pauline when I was very young.

I cut a piece of white card to 4" x 6" and inked the edges and also roughly inked onto the card surface with Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy.  This is the colour I used throughout the project.  I used a piece of the Tim Holtz Shabby Chic Vintage paper pad, cutting slightly smaller than the postcard backing, inked the edges and stuck this on.  I scanned and printed the photo out to a smaller size, inking the edges then mounted it onto a piece of white card,  inking the edges of this as well and stuck onto the postcard.

I used a Crafty Individuals postcard stamp for the top of the card and then using my Cricut and the Gypsy Font,  die cut the words Norfolk and Sea Palling from white cardstock which I had roughly inked using the flat of the ink pad to swipe the colour on.  I wrote the sentiment and added the journaling at the bottom using an archival pen.  I kept the information to a minimum just stating the date and who was in the picture as the reverse of the postcard has plenty of room for more journaling if this was to be added to a postcard book or it could be stuck onto a page layout on 3 sides and hidden journaling tucked behind.

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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Craft Room Top 3

Lucky me, I made the Top 3 again at Craft Room for their Butterfly's challenge. 

A big thank you to Zoe and the Design Team for choosing me.  My badge is on the sidebar and if you want to join in with their great challenges, click the link below it. 
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