Monday, 27 August 2012

Waiting At The Altar

Here's a tag I'm entering into the CRAFT ROOM challenge Pins/and or Charms.  Pop over to their blog to check it out.


I used a Crafty Individuals' plain white tag and inked all over using Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters.  Then I stamped over sections using a flower stamp from a Kanban Chinese set using VersaMark ink and dried it with a heat gun.  I used DI in Mustard Seed to ink over the top and then sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread. This gave the flowers a slightly darker outline and when dry I used the same stamp and the Mustard Seed to stamp over the tag again.


The image is from Crafty Individuals' Miniatures, People and Places 2,  framed with a die cut using Cricut cartridge Elegant Edges.  The pin was made using an earring finding and some beads and the butterfly charm is metal with a little Ranger Stickles added to brighten it up.

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

I've been working on some new pieces of art to hang in our newly decorated halls and decided to combine elements from my paper crafting as well as paintings.  

This canvas was painted with artist's acrylic paint in Mars Black then stamped using Titanium White acrylic paint.  You need to be careful with acrylics because they do stain and once dry will not wash off.  I used some of the free stamps from Craft Stamper Magazine as they are not too detailed and therefore easy to clean.  Have a container of warm soapy water to hand and put the stamps into it as soon as you've finished using them and wash then with a sponge or soft brush.  Instead of using an acrylic stamping block which is inflexible and difficult to use on canvas, I left the stamps on their acetate backing so I could push the image into the soft canvas surface and used a paintbrush to cover the stamp with paint. 


For the flower panels I used thick white card which had a slightly shiny surface, so I gave them a coat of artist's gouache to give a matt finish.  Then I used black and red StazOn to stamp the images.  The large panel is from a Kanban set of Chinese themed stamps and the other two are Inkylicious stamps.  The butterfly was received in a craft swap and was the perfect size for this piece.  The panels were inked round the edge in red and then adhered to the canvas using a hot glue gun.

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Just A Quickie

Good grief, how time flies.  I've just realised how long it's been since my last post.  

Louise was home the last week of the summer break, then I did some more decorating at the weekend and now I'm back at work and it's taking a while to get back into the swing of things.  Anyway, enough excuses.  This is a quick post with pictures of a double-page scrapbook layout in my Madeira holiday album.  All the pictures were taken at a convent, dating from the late 15 century and which was breathtakingly beautiful.

I used papers from a Tim Holtz 12" x 12" paper pad, can't remember which one though, and distressed the edges then matted the photos onto a slightly darker brown card.  


This is the left-hand page with part of the title which runs across both pages.


The sub-title 'Hidden Treasures' is on a large pull-out journaling tag which also hides another photo underneath.

My holiday albums are for showcasing our favourite photos and to remind us of the lovely places we visited. I let the photos do the talking, with factual journaling about the visit.  Hence, no fancy embellishments or titles.  I save those for family and other fun layouts.

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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Through The Dress Shop Window

The current CRAFT ROOM challenge is Fashion which is a nice girly topic so you'd think I'd reach for the pink colours, as I'm still in that colour phase.  However I already had the arched card inked with China Blue Distress Ink and it reminded me of an old-fashioned dress shop window.  Now my intention was to use other colours as well. honestly but as usual, it ended up monochrome - again!!  I really do try to use more colours and I think I am until the piece is finished and there it is: shades of the same.


I sponged some darker blue StazOn through a piece of sequin waste to add more interest and then stamped the chandelier, free with the July 2011 issue of Craft Stamper magazine, in black StazOn.  The small dress form was stamped in blue StazOn and cut from Crafty Individuals' CI-306 stamp   I received the large dress form  in a stamp swap recently and with the addition of the bow it was perfect for this piece.  

The dress and shoes were cut using a Cricut and Gypsy Wanderings cartridge after running the card through a Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder.  I added a small piece of darker blue behind the cut-out designs so they stood out more.  


The little metal hanger came off a shop bought die cut and both pieces were added using foam strips. The flapper is Crafty Individuals CI-324 stamped in black StazOn, cut out with some blue highlights and gems added for interest.

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Capture A Butterfly

I'm finally on the last leg of my marathon, 6 year decorating stint.  Yes, the end of the hallway is in sight.  And speaking of which, we have an enormous and quite old, wooden framed mirror at one end of our hallway which I suspect would bring down the entire wall if we tried to remove it.  There's nothing wrong with it so I've decided to paint it a deep, rich red to break up the cream of the walls.

I felt something red was needed to counterbalance this the other end of the hallway, so I made this butterfly hanging using a canvas and two pieces of ATC sized Stampbord.   I painted the canvas using artist's quality red acrylic paint then stamped over the top using black StazOn and Crafty Individuals CI-017 script stamp.


I masked off a border round the Stampbord and painted the centre with the same acrylic paint then painted the border using black paint.  I stamped the same script stamp over the red, having stamped lightly onto paper first, then stamped the borders and butterflies using VersaMark and black embossing powder.  The top butterfly is CI-061and the other is from the August issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.

I'm entering this into the current FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES 'Anything Goes' challenge.  Click the the link or scroll down the sidebar for their button.

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