Good Sunday morning to you, thanks for stopping by. I’m watching Barbara Grey of Clarity Stamps on Create & Craft at the moment – she is a genius with a brayer! – and thought I’d post the card I made for the Artistic Stamper challenge for March at the same time. I cannot craft AND watch Barbara at the same time. 🙂
- Stamps: Artistic Stamper Inspiration Jars. Tim Holtz Lost & Found, QVCUK set from 2010, Artemio postmark & Kanban gears stamps
- Black & coffee Archival inks, Versamark
- Distress inks – Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen
- Distress embossing powder – Weathered Wood
- Kraft Resist card
- Kraft card
- Blue ribbed card from Limetree Crafts
- Idea-ology brads & clock hand
- Stamped the jars onto white card with Versamark, covered with Weathered Wood & heat set & cut them out.
- Stamped the car onto white card with Gathered Twigs, put Versamark & clear EP on the windows & heat set, blended Weathered Wood & Antique Linen over the car, covered with clear EP, heat set & cut out.
- Blended blue DIs over the patterned jar, & covered the ‘glass’ part both jars with clear EP & heat set. Blended a little Gathered Twigs over the lids.
- Blended Stormy Sky & Chipped Sapphire over the embossed clear jar, to get the colour into the gaps in the EP. Attached the car to the jar using copper brads – I bent the car slightly so that it wouldn’t be completely flat.
- Stamped the gears onto white car with coffee Archival, stamping 2/3 times to get fainter images. Dried with heat tool & blended over DIs as above. Also blended Chipped Sapphire around the edges of the Kraft Resist card.
- Made the postage stamp by stamping onto white card with Chipped Sapphire & punching out a section.
- Stamped the postmarks with black Archival & the birds with coffee.
- Stamped the quote with coffee Archival, blended Antique Linen & gathered Twigs on top & added the clock hand with another brad.
- Assembled the card, added string coloured with Gathered Twigs.
Thank you for looking. I’m off to try to get another challenge completed today. Until next time,
Love & light
Happy March 1st, blog visitors! I looked out the kitchen window this morning & there are FOUR daffodils in glorious bloom in the back garden – Spring is definitely on its way.
Here is today’s tag. It is number four in the Chocolate Baroque Alpha Tags Swap for 2012. I decided to see if I could pare everything back, stick to one main colour, use no backing papers or layers & this is the result.
D is for:
- Dusty Concord
- Chocolate Baroque Punky Romance & Patchwork Butterfly stamp collections
- Dusty Concord & Antique Linen distress inks
- Spellbinders Donna Salazar sprockets & gears dies
- Manilla tag
Step by Step:
- Stamp image with Dusty Concord, dry with heat tool.
- Put DC on craft sheet, spritz with water & with a small brush paint areas of image.
- When image is dry blend Antique Linen & DC inks over tag.
- Stamp butterfly from image on scrap paper, colour as above, dry & cut out wings, stick them to butterfly on tag.
- Die cut two small gears from mirri card, attach to tag.
- Add highlights & handwritten ‘Dream’ with silver ink.
- Add bling & ribbon.
That’s it. Maybe I shouldn’t blow my own trumpet, but I’m happy with this tag. If nothing else, I proved to myself that I don’t have to add lots of stuff to my projects.
Until next time – I’d like to say tomorrow, but it’s more likely to be Saturday – thanks for looking.
Love & light.
Happy Sunday evening to everyone. It’s still freezing here, we had about 8cm of snow overnight & it’s set to freeze tonight. Have to admit, I’m tired of the cold, I need to feel the warmth of the sun. I have had a busy week, which included going to the Creative Stitches & Hobbies show at Glow, the new events venue at Bluewater, Kent. I also went to my monthly card making workshop. More of both in later posts.
On to today’s post, which is a 20x20cm canvas – the first I’ve ever attempted. It took me about six days to complete & my original plan was to blog its progress each day. I still may do that, so I’ll just mention some of the features of the finished project.
I used the same TF stamp on Hearty clay & hung the brass embellishment – from Calico Crafts, who have a great selection of metal embellies of all kinds – on a piece of raffia & adhered the blue gem. The gold flower behind is a Donna Downey stamp, which I covered in gold acrylic paint, it symbolises the Tree of Life. The scroll below the flower contains a secret prayer. I wanted it to look like papyrus, so I distressed it by scrunching it & blending with distress inks before tying it with more raffia.
The bottle is a Wendy Vecchi art part & symbolises a canopic jar. I stamped it with one of the Texture Fragments stamps & inked it with DIs & a gold Krylon pen. The hieroglyphs spell out ‘QUEEN’ & were stamped on to tissue paper, which I then adhered to the bottle & when dry, covered with Rock Candy Stickles.
There is lots of stamping on this canvas; as well the Donna Downey flower stamp & the Chocolate Baroque Texture Fragments, there are the Egyptian image stamps from my stash & Chocolate Baroque’s Punky Romance collection.
So, that’s my entry to the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge. It’s not perfect by any means, bit for my first go at a canvas, I’m fairly happy with it.
Thanks for looking & I hope to be back tomorrow with something completely different. Until then,
Love & light.
Happy Wednesday to everyone. Here I am again, this time with my final take on Sir Tim’s 12 Tags of Christmas. Although I didn’t manage to complete the challenge during the actual 12 days, I’m still glad that I made 12 tags. Above is Tim’s tag & here is the relevant blog post. You will notice immediately that my tag is nothing like Tim’s, except for the holly wreath. This time I couldn’t even attempt the technique, as I have no paint daubers, or Christmas embossing folders, so I had to come up with something else. So, the ingredients:
- Ranger alcohol inks – Eggplant & Purple Twilight
- Ranger Inkssentials foil tape sheets
- Distress inks – Seedless Preserves, Evergreen Bough, Gathered Twigs
- TH Texture Fades embossing folder – Regal Flourish
- TH Baubles
- Dawn Bibby Designs Green Glitz shimmer spritz
- Tattered Angels glimmer chips – Holly wreath
- White, glossy cardstock
- Spellbinders Labels nestabilities
I decided I wanted the background to really stand out, so I kept the labels diecuts small & unshowy. I heat embossed the ‘Christmas Wishes’ with silver embossing powder on to white cardstock, before blending Seedless Preserves DI over it.
Having the pack of glimmer chips from Tattered Angels has been really great this year, I never used them as much previous Christmases. They take distress inks so well & shimmer sprays so well. They are light, but not flimsy. I covered this one with Evergreen Bough DI, then spritzed it with DB Green Glitz mist. Again, the photos do not do it justice. I coloured the baubles with Red Pepper alcohol ink & attached them & the wreath to some baker’s twine, & tied that to the ribbon, which was white before I coloured it with Seedless Preserves DI. I found the red glitter glue in my stash – one of the first things I bought when I started cardmaking, way back when. I think it stands out very well against the green.
And that’s it, until after Christmas. I doubt I shall be doing any crafting, but I will have some cards & things to show. I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, thanks for visiting & keep crafting.
So, as per, here is Tim’s tag & the link to his blog post. He is definitely coming up with some great techniques this year. This tag gave me the chance to use his gorgeous facets.
- Seasonal distress inks
- Forest Moss, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo distress inks
- TH Idea-ology facets
- Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold mist
- Darkrom Door – Santa Claus image
- Kraft cardstock
- Sizzix Broadway Melody alphabet dies
- Krylon gold pen
- Glossy Accents
- Baker’s twine
- Promarker ‘Poppy’
I found a piece of holly patterned paper in my stash & stamped a flourish stamp twice, before embossing the flourishes with clear embossing powder. The paper was very bright, so I blended Seasonal distress inks over, before misting with PP Heirloom Gold mist.
In November, I won a selection of the new ‘Dear Santa’ images from Darkroom Door & this is the one I chose for this tag. The other image is from my stash, I’ve got lots of them & have them for years.
When I cut the letters I coloured them with a Krylon gold pen. I liked how the Krylon reacted to the Glossy Accents. I made the banner with a long strip of white card, scrumpled it & used distress inks over the creases.
Love & light.
Phew, I made it! It’s been a long day & it’s now after 11pm, but here is my take on Tim’s tag #2. Go to his blog to see the original & the best.
I am going to keep this very brief, because I need to go to bed.
Again, I had none of the main ingredients, but I think today’s substitutions work better than yesterday’s did. Speaking of tag #1, I am going to remake it. I had lots of ideas last night, (typical!) & I will put them into practice over the weekend – at least, that’s the plan.
‘Christmas’ was cut from the Broadway Melody alphabet dies from Sizzix. I used Kraft card, covered each letter with Versamark & heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I blended the winter collection of distress inks on the tag, misted with Perfect Pearls Biscotti.
I put the metal holly embellishment on the tag, because there’s holly on Tim’s Kraft Resist Christmas card. I used Promarkers, (Poppy & Pine), to colour the metal & I have a feeling I will be removing it. I don’t think it fits the rest of the tag.
Okay, that’s it, I’m off to bed. Tomorrow, not only will there be Tag #3, there will also be the brilliant Barbara Grey of Clarity Stamps on Create&Craft.
Good night all. Love & light.