Thursday, 26 April 2012

It's been a long week!!!

Sorry I've been AWOL!  I'm having a very busy and tiring week at work.  I even missed WOYWW yesterday!!

Just thought I would share a quick card that I have made for my dad's birthday
The base of this card is covered in Tim Holtz Kraft resist paper which had been coloured in distress ink.  The word stamp is a Woodware stamp - love what this stamp says. The little monster is the Stampotique Key Keeper which I adore (and you can see that I have used loads!!!).  The Key Keeper is coloured using pro-markers.

Hopefully my dad will like this as much as I do...  TTFN....

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 202 - Summer in the City

This week the fabulous Hels has set the challenge of using 'Summer Colours' - though looking out the windows today I am wondering where spring is, let alone summer!!!

Here is my entry this week:
I coloured a tag using Worn Lipstick Distress stain and then stamped a Studio 490 stamp in worn lipstick distress ink.  The leaves (Studio 490) were stamped in Peeled Paint distress ink.  The quote was stamped in archival.  The edges were inked using Walnut Stain distress ink.

The daisy was created using Melon Mambo card stock and the centre is Lava embossing powder fro Cosmic Shimmer.

I finished the tag by adding 3 butterflies.

I think the gerbera really reminds me of summer!  Now I only hope we see some sunshine and not just the horrid rain that we have.

Pop over to Hels' place to see what other have created.

Compendium of Cusriosities 2: Challenge 2

This week's challenge over at Studio L3,home of the fabulous Linda Ledbetter  is :

Technique 2: Faux Patina
A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2, page 58

Here is my version of Tim's great technique:

For this tag I used glossy card stock which is suitable for alcohol inks.  I then inked using bottle, stream, raisin and snow cap mixative alcohol inks, which a squirt of blending solution afterwards.

I then used archival ink to stamp the steam punk men, mixes media and quote directly onto the tag.  For the faux patina metal I used a mix of stream, bottle and snow cap mixative alcohol inks. Once dry I lightly sanded to reveal some of the metal.

If you want to have a nose at other creations head over to Linda's place to have a nosey!  Better still, 
Simon Says Stamp are picking one lucky person to win a $25 gift voucher.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Sainsbury's Winterstoke Road Craft Club

Well, the first class is over and the time just flew by!!!  I had 7 ladies tonight - none of whom had crafted before.  To welcome them to the club I created tags which I gave out last week:

We were creating 3 stamped projects tonight, 2 of which were inspired by a Stampin' Up workshop that I attended a few years ago.
The tag was created using a rectangle of real red card with the top cut and punched to create a tag shape.  A balloon was stamped onto a rectangle of white card and coloured in using Stampin' Write markers.  This was then adhered to the tag and finished with ribbon.  A nice and simple way to start the class!

Red card was folded to create a card blank.  A streamer was stamped in red onto the background.  A cupcake and sentiment was stamped onto white card and coloured in before adhering to the card blank.  The ribbon was then attached to the bottom to finish.

This project got the most 'ooohs' when I showed the group how to emboss.  A swirl was stamped into the corner of patterned card using Versamark and then embossed in cold.  Flowers were stamped, embossed and coloured on Vanilla card and edged with versamark and embossed.  This was mounted onto gold glitter card and all adhered to the card blank.  The project was finished with random butterflies that had been die-cut.

As you can see the ladies got stuck into their projects.  Here are their final creations:

As you can see they all did very well.  Looking forward to the next class!!

WOYWW Week 150

I cannot believe how quickly the weeks are going! Thank you for all of the great comments last week - I appreciate every single one of them.

It has been a really busy week both at home & work.  Here is my desk as it looks at the moment:
I have started a craft club at work and the first meeting is this evening - I wanted to share my love of crafting with colleagues and we have 3 great projects planned.  The box you can see is full of everything ready for the class - all kits are prepped and ready to go!

To the left of this you can see my fabulous bade from Julia - thank you, thank you, thank you.  It will go everywhere with me! 

Just above this is one of the finished projects from my desk last week - Last week I had prepared and coloured the centre image and I have now finished my swaps completely.  These are ready for an event that I am going to in Reading in a couple of weeks.

Right, I have waffled on long enough!!! Pop across to Julia's place to nose at other desks.  Thanks for looking..... Happy WOYWW day!!!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Sunday Stamper 201 - Man of the World

Evening bloggers.  Hope you have enjoyed the lovely weather today. I finished a 4 day working week feeling more tired than my normal 5 day working week so decided that today would be a play day.

Hels' has set 'man of the world' for this week's Sunday Stamper challenge.  Here is my entry:

I have used one of my favourite Tim Holtz stamp sets for this (although they are all my faves!).  I coloured the background using broken china distress stain and added a torn bit of kraft paper to the bottom. I stamped the largest stamp from the set in antique linen (can't really see it in the photo) and then the diagram stamp, pointed finger and 'admit one' in walnut stain. The gents (don't they look very handsome) were stamped in brushed corduroy onto creamish card stock.  Seam binding was coloured to match the tag. And tickets used to embellish the tag.

Really pleased with the end result.  Pop over to Hels' place to see what everyone else has created.

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge: Technique 1 - Custom Foam Stamp

Happy Sunday to you all. 

It's time for the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge over at Studio L3.  This week's challenge is to create a custom foam stamp.

Here is my version:
The background was coloured using pumice stone distress stain.  The script stamp from Tim Holtz Papillion set was stamped using vintage photo.  The custom stamp is from the Tim Holtz 'Sewing Room' sizzix die.  It was cut in foam and mounted to give a better impression.  The image was then stamped using walnut stain ink.  I finished my tag by adding some washi tape to create a belt on the dress form. A ruler was added, along with a metal tassel from my stash.  I added a few embellishments to finish.

Hope you like my version of Tim's technique.

Don't forget to pop over to Linda's place to see what the challenge is about.  Even better, it is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp who have gift certificate to give away to one lucky entry!

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

ATC Swap

It's ATC swap time over at Rebel Stampers.   Here are my creations:

April Craft Stamper Free Stamp

For this I covered an atc with papers from the Spring Stack.  A punched a yellow strip of card using a scallop punch and added this to the bottom.  I stamped the image onto differed coloured card and cut out, adhering to the atc.  To finish I added tiny star buttons and white detailing.

Here, I covered an atc with papers from Tim Holtz shabby chic collection.  I then stamped London bridge in black and added a crown brad. I finished by inking around the edges.

Two simple atcs!

Thanks for looking.....

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

WOYWW - Week 149

Blimey!  It's Wednesday already!

Thank you for all of your kind wishes last week - I am feeling loads better!  Nothing that a little chocolate doesn't cure.

Here is what I am currently up to this week:

Nothing terribly exciting to show you - to the left you can see some die cuts that I have stamped and coloured - these will be used for other projects this week.  Next to these is the totally a-mazing Mad Hatter stamp from Stampotique.  I have been carrying him in my handbag for weeks because he is just soooo cute.  You can buy him from Here.  Finally to the right of all the mess you can see that I have started some projects using the Alice stamp that I showed you a few weeks ago.

Anyway, that's enough of my rambling and showing you my incredibly messy workspace!  Pop over to Julia's gaff to have a nose at other people's desks!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Sunday Stamper week 200 - I got your number

Hope you have all been enjoying the Easter weekend.

Because of the horrid weather today it has been a great opportunity to get inky (any excuse!!).  Here is my entry for Sunday Stamper this week. It is a very special one as it is number 200!!!!

I inked a tag using worn lipstick distress stain then stamped a Studio 490 background using the same colour.  I stamped a Tim Holtz number stamp in walnut stain.  The bottle is a Tando Creative which has been inked in walnut stain.  I cut a vial labour to a smaller size and stamped 200 onto it.  The flower is a Studio 490 Art Part which has been coloured using Barn Door, and the stem has been hand drawn using a Promarker.

Nice and simple but really enjoyable.

Anyway, if you want to take part and see what I am talking about, check out Hels' place.  There is even a chance to wear some great blog candy!

Have fun!!

Friday, 6 April 2012

Easter Greetings

Hope you are all enjoying Good Friday.  Today I thought I would share with you some of my Easter creations.

Firstly, I would like to share an atc that I made for a swap over at  Rebel Stampers.
The main image is the free Indigo Blu stamp from last months Craft Stamper magazine. I stamped this in chocolate ink onto pink card stock.  I then punched a scalloped circle and inked the edges.  The background paper is leftover from another project and comes from the Stampin' Up designer series paper range.  I then stamped a blossom image in coral ink onto the background paper and around the edges of the atc - the blossom is also from the Stampin' Up range. 

Moving on from here I would like to share a card which I made for my husband:
Again, I used the free stamp from Craft Stamper last month and stamped it in chocolate ink onto pink card stock.  The background card is chocolate and has been embossed using the square lattice Stampin' Up folder (which if you follow my blog regularly you will have seen alot!!!).  I have kept this card simple and simply added a ribbon and some pearls.  I am really happy with this card and think that it has turned out quite masculine (despite the pink!).

My last share today is of an Easter card that I created for friends and family:
I have used some scallop card stock which I have had for ages to partly cover a card blank.  For the uncovered  part I have stamped the blossom stamp using wisteria ink.  I then die cut a Sizzix shape in 2 sizes on 2 different colour purple card stock.  On the larger die cut I stamped the blossom all the way around and on the smaller die cut I stamped the Easter girl image from Stampin' Up.  I then simply inked around the edges and adhered them to the card and embellished with a couple of buttons.

I hope you like my Easter creations and wish you and your families a very happy and peaceful Easter.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Creative Chemistry 101

Yay!!  I finally finished the challenges - & loved them!!!  It was a fabulous 2 weeks and I loved the fact that I could work at my own pace because my day job can get quite busy at times.
Here are the last 3 days -
Day 8:
Dabber Resist
The image doesn't do the tag justice as the white resist really pops on the tag.

Crackle Paint Resist
Shattered Stains
Day 9:
Perfect Distress Mist
Perfect Distress
Perfect Splatter Distress

Day 10:
Rock Candy Distress Stickles
As soon as I added the stickles the distress ink underneath started to wick, even though it had been dried first - as we now know, that's because distress is water based and will always react!

So, that's all 10 days completed!!  I plan to bind the tags together and will show you when I have done this!  It's still not too late to join in - visit here for details.

Right, off to work to sell chocolate eggs!!! Have a great day.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Sunday Stamper week 199 - On The Road Again

Well,  I finally caught up with Sunday Stamper today.  The challenge this week was transport and I wanted to create something simple.  You can see Hels' fabulous creation here.

This is my creation:
I created a one layer tag.  Firstly, I used bundled sage distress stain on the background of the tag. 

I then created masks for the speedometer and car.  I stamped the car in fired brick distress ink then once dry I put the mask over it.  The speedometer was stamped in the corner using wild honey distress ink.  The tyre track and words were stamped in black soot. 

I am really pleased with how this turned out!

WOYWW Week 148

Good morning.

I am really behind with my crafting this week.  I had plans to create so much on Sunday then spent the whole day in bed feeling poorly!!  This scuppered my plans to make eggs, which I do each year, so I decided to do something different this year with the time constraints that I have:
So - I used the Stamin' Up candy wrapper die and cut loads of them.  I kept them quite simple as I haven't got time to decorate them as I normally would, and filled them with mini eggs - yum!!  If anyone saw my recycle bag this week they will think I have an addiction to mini eggs because there are so many empty bags (LOL!!!).

I'm off work today and so hope to catch up with all the creativity  missed on Sunday - so watch this space!!!

Anyway, pop over to Julia's place to snoop at all of those lovely desks.

See you soon!!