Sunday, 27 May 2012

Happy Birthday Panel Card

A while ago you may remember I made a special thank you card based on Linda Elbourne's 'Beautiful Blossoms' article in the March issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.  Well here's another one, slightly different again, for a forthcoming birthday.  

I made three panels from cream card and lightly inked randomly over the surface with Vintage Photo, then stamped with Spiced Marmalade using a music score stamp before inking the edges in black.  I mounted tags on each panel, two of  which I made recently for blog challenges and a third one made for the card.  

The tags were pale cream and the edges were inked with with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before being stamped with Distress Ink in Pumice Stone using Crafty Individuals' CI-017 script stamp and a music score stamp.  The middle tag was then stamped with small butterflies in Vintage Photo and two large butterflies using Rusty Hinge and CI-061, one of which was then cut out and stuck on.  The images on the outer panels were stamped using black embossing powder on brown parcel paper and cut out.  These were then mounted on glossy black card.  The dress form tag is CI-306 and the Eiffel Tower stamp is from Clarity.  The Champs Elysees is from a mixed set of famous building.

Next I cut 9 small rectangles of cream paper and sprayed them with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread before stamping with Spiced Marmalade and the script and music score stamps.  I inked the edges in black and mounted 3 on each panel.  Using more cream paper, I sprayed the circles with Glimmer Mist and then stamped  one word of the sentiment on each together with the stars before mounting behind the pre-cut frames.

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Thursday, 24 May 2012

Standing At The Garden Gate

This is one of those projects which just sort fell together if you know what I mean.  I've been sifting through boxes and shelves that have not seen the light of day for a while and on one such foray, I discovered a shoe box filled with the little brass and copper coloured metal miniatures I used to collect on childhood holidays.  I had quite a little collection from  cheese dishes to tankards, kettles and bellows.  I also had a watering can, a roller and a wheelbarrow.  

Then in the drawer where I keep all those 'well it might come in useful' objects, I found the balsa wood box that contained the most delicious liqueur chocolates Louise bought for Keith at Christmas.  The lid turned sideways reminded me of a garden gate and yes, you can see where this is going can't you?

I removed the balsa wood lid and painted it pale blue using acrylic paint.  When dry I stamped tiny orange and yellow leaves using a little stamp I made last year using a Speedball Speedy Carve stamp making kit.  On top of this I stamped Mary, Mary using a See D's alphabet, and added the image from Crafty Individuals' Miniatures, People and Places 2 and the tiny paper flowers.  Lastly I used a hot glue gun to stick the metal miniatures in place and added the garden twine. Now I was going to distress the miniatures but couldn't bring myself to deface them that way as the whole point of this project was really to preserve some childhood memories.

It won't be to everyone's liking but then art or craft work of any kind is very subjective and at the end of the day,  I work, primarily, to please myself and yes, I'm very pleased with the way this turned out.

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Saturday, 19 May 2012

A Little Fabric Goes A Long Way

My old knitted phone sock has finally come to the end of it's life so I decided to make a new one.  I cut a double thickness of  fabric from some curtain lining, allowing for a seam all round and a cuff at the top.  Then I  remembered that I'd lost the case for my sunglasses (yes I know, very optimistic) so I cut some more cloth to make a drawstring bag for these as well, again allowing for seams and the drawstring at the top.  Then I decided that having a few gift bags ready to decorate would be a good idea, especially as I had the sewing machine out, so I cut another half a dozen little bags in different sizes and stitched them all together.

Because the fabric was far to light to withstand the everyday use that a phone sock would get (and I'm hopeful the same will apply to the case for my sunglasses!!) I soaked them in some cold tea to darken the cloth.  When dry I ironed it and then stamped both cases with the Eiffel Tower (Clarity Stamps) three times using Distress Ink in Broken China, Fired Brick and Vintage Photo.  

On the phone cover I stamped the first two towers then the little plane and made a mask for this so I could stamp the third Eiffel Tower over the top.  As the case for the glasses is bigger I stamped the images apart then threaded the cord through the cuff at the top to finish off.

As luck would have it, the current theme at CRAFT ROOM  is 'Add Fabric' so I'm entering these.  If you'd like to join in click the link or scroll down the sidebar for their button.

A word of warning to anyone who has an iPhone. There is a software upgrade for the phone via iTunes and last weekend I duly connected the phone and downloaded this.  It deleted all of my contacts and I'm not the only person to have had this problem.  It's advisable to always keep a back-up of your contacts: great advice which I wish I'd followed the first time round!!  Needless to say, I'm still compiling my contacts list.

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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Black and White Gothic Arches

The current theme at GOTHIC ARCHES is Black and White, other than that anything goes.  

I decided on a playing card theme, after dismissing several others as being a bit twee and safe.  I don't know why but the arch shape makes me want to move away from my comfort zone of vintage style.  I'm not sure if I'll keep it up but I think it's an added dimension to the challenge for me, so I'm going with it - for the moment anyway!

I cut the black arch using the Cricut and Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge.  I used a free stamp from Craft Stamper magazine to stamp across the white playing card then tore a piece of news print from an article about animals (seemed appropriate).  I stamped the cat from the same stamp, added the die cut spades from the Indie Art cartridge and finally added the typed wording. 

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Sunday, 13 May 2012

What A Cutie

Here's a scrapbook layout I only completed recently, even though I started it about 2 years ago at a local craft shop class.  I put it into the album to keep it clean and flat and forgot about it until I flicked through the pages the other day.

The picture is of Louise when she was about four and half and just starting nursery school in Surrey where we lived.  Her lovely red hair is still as beautiful.

This layout is from my pre-stamping days as when I first embarked on this leg of my creative journey, it was with scrapbooking and I didn't buy my first rubber stamp until about a year ago.  Now of course I'm hooked and happily combine stamping with die cuts to enhance all manner of projects.  Just shows how we grow with techniques and tools.

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

A Parisian Affair

Here's a vintage tag I made using my favourite stamping medium, brown parcel paper.   I love the effect you get and have found that the shiny side works best.

I coloured the white tag with Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy and inked the edges with Vintage Photo, then  used a Crafty Individuals' script stamp, CI-017 and Pumice Stone Distress ink.  Using the brown paper and black embossing powder I stamped the Eiffel Tower, Clarity Stamp and the Arc de Triomphe and then cut them out with a narrow brown paper border all the way round, giving the images a 3D effect.  The word Paris was stamped using bronze embossing powder.  

I'm entering this into two challenges.  First the current Craft Room Challenge which is 'Embossing'.  Click HERE to take part or scroll down the side bar for their button.  The second challenge is over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges where the theme is 'Cities of the World'.  Click  HERE or scroll down the side bar.

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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Lovely Comments

Just a quick post to say Thank You to everyone who commented on my first attempt at a Gothic Arch and to let me know that there isn't a required size for this challenge. Armed with this information, I look forward to the next challenge.  See you there.

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Friday, 4 May 2012

Underneath the Arches

I didn't realise how long it had been since I last posted but work's been hectic, home's been hectic, computer's been slow (not yet saying no!) and I've been tired.  But that's enough of the moans, groans and excuses.

Via the the lovely work of Effie over at EfemerInk, I've discovered Gothic Arches Challenge Blog.  This is a fortnightly challenge blog with different themes all of which involve Gothic arch-shaped card.  Now I don't know if there is a standard size for Gothic arches and a google search provided no information, so I'm entering this piece for fun just to test the water.  I'm sure if it's not eligible someone will tell me. 

The current theme is 'Snap Happy', requiring either a photo or a digital image.  As I've never tried this before and am unsure of the conventions,  I made a simple arch from pale green pearlescent card which I ran through the Cuttlebug to emboss.  After swiping the embossed card with olive green StazOn ink I attached a lovely image from Crafty Individuals, People and Places Miniatures 2 and a few flowers dotted around seemed more than enough adornment.

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