Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Wise Old Owl

This is a lovely stamp, not one I would've bought myself but one I certainly enjoy using.  As soon as I saw the current challenge 'Forest Friends' (ending tomorrow) over at CRAFT-ROOM , I knew this would be perfect. 
Using Distress Inks for all the stamping, I started by stamping the kraft card with an Inkylicious twig stamp in  Brushed Corduroy and Spiced Marmalade.
I used a thick piece of cream card for the topper, inked with Brushed Corduroy and the owl stamped in Vintage Photo.  The feathers, free from Craft Stamper Magazine, were stamped in Vintage Photo onto cream card inked with Brushed Corduroy. 
Some raffia and the Woodware sentiment stamped in Black Soot finished off the card.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Parallel Universe Syndrome

Yep, I've been there again.  The parallel universe where time seems much slower than reality!!  Why the rambling?  Because yet again, I didn't realise how long it's been since I posted.  To be fair I have been baking more than usual.  I've made sweets from the 'Sweets Made Simple' cookery book which accompanied the recent TV series:  fudge and toffee.  Both really quick and simple and way to delicious.  We're really trying to stick to the whole 'one small piece a day' mantra - yeah right!  I've also been baking mini coffee muffins and trying out some new recipes from the BBC Good Food Magazine.  So lots going on in the kitchen, nothing much happening elsewhere though but that's the trade-off with time at the weekends. 
I've also started an art class so hopefully I'll be painting more and will improve my technique as well.  I'll share anything that's worthy but in the meantime here's a painting I did recently at home, following a tutorial in 'Paint' magazine July issue, which is free to Members of the SAA (Society for All Artists).  The article was about keeping watercolours lose by artist Joanne Boon Thomas and I liked the free style of the painting featured so I had a go.  What do you think?


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Look What I Found

I stumbled across this little publication purely by accident when walking past the newspaper stand in my local supermarket.  The magazine was on the top, above my head height and it was only chance that made me look up.

I was attracted by the cover (who wouldn't be?) and after flicking through, bought it. 
This is a lovely, eclectic magazine written like a diary with snippets about crafters and their work from around the world.  Gorgeous pictures and graphics give it a real shabby-chic, vintage feel and it's all mixed in with occasional recipes and some die cut crafting goodies.
This is issue number 6 and it retails for £4.99, with 122 pages.  If you like to have something sumptuous and a little different on your coffee table, this could be for you.  Let me know what you think.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Using Up the Leftovers

After another quick tidy-up of a craft drawer I found some backgrounds that I created at least 2 years ago for some triptych cards.  I had several colours as I made these for different people and always knew they would come in handy for something.  I decided to make an ATC (Artist Trading Card) with one of the backgrounds, mounting this onto a piece of 2.5" x 3.5" black card, standard ATC size.

The card was already inked with DI Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade and had the sequin waste circles inked in StazOn red, which is darker than the DI.  You can see these in the bottom left  corner.
To make the ATC I used Fired Brick and Crafty Individuals' script stamp on the bottom half of the card, then stamped one of my new stamps from Flonzcrafts of the Art Deco lady.  I finished the image with a ribbon bow, some black stickles for the dog's collar and the sentiment at the bottom.
I'm entering this into two challenges:
Craft-Room Challenge Blog - Something Old, Something New

Monday, 1 September 2014

New Challenge at Altered Eclectics

I can't believe it's September already but that means a new 'Anything Goes' challenge over at ALTERED ECLECTICS.  Please remember this is an altered art only challenge, no cards, scrapbook layouts or other papercrafts please.
For my DT project this time I chose to alter a wooden spoon. 

The spoon is painted with Craig & Rose, Opulence pearlised silk wood paint in Rich Sari.  I bought this from a well-known DIY store and have used it on both wood and thick card. 
The images are from Crafty Individuals' Miniatures, People & Places 2 image book, torn into small pieces and glued across the bowl of the spoon and down the handle.  Once dry, I lightly brushed over the white torn edges with the Craig & Rose paint to mute the pictures and blend them together.

The lace was wrapped around the handle and glued into place at the top and bottom, then secured with the ribbon.  The wooden hearts were also painted with Craig & Rose and stuck on using a hot glue gun.  A few pearls were added to the hearts and round the bowl to finish off.