Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Such a Beautiful Gift From Lynne

It's always lovely to receive a surprise in the post and today, after a long and tiring day at work, I came home to a beautiful gift from the lovely Lynne at Adorn.  Do check out her blog by scrolling down the sidebar for the button.

First of all when I opened the envelope this sweet package dropped out: so enticing.


I opened it to reveal this charming vintage wall hanging, so typical of Lynne's work, together with a bundle of assorted embellishments, all wrapped up with lovely fabric ribbons.  



Thank you Lynne for making my day and being so generous with your gifts. 

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Saturday, 25 February 2012

The March of Time

The current challenge at Craft Room, click here, is Chocolate Brown, Orange and Cream, to be interpreted anyway you like.  

If we were playing a word association game I would come up with the following:  chocolate orange, chocolate creams and wait for it,  chocolate brownies!!  A delicious combo of yummy chocolate sweets in anyone's book, or is that just me?   Anyway, I felt a more masculine project would suit the colours best, so I decided to make a tag, stamping watch images from two different stamps.


I cut the main tag in chocolate brown card then a smaller tag from a cream, textured card onto which I stamped the large fob watch image using orange StazOn.  I stamped a second image onto scrap paper to use as a mask and then stamped the watch elements over the top using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.

I stamped the large fob watch again onto cream card in orange and layered this onto the central image.  The other watches are from the elements stamp, all in orange.  The phrase 'tempus fugit' was stamped on the torn brown card using Vintage Photo which produced almost a watermark effect which I hadn't expected but was really pleased with.

The card edges were inked with the orange StazOn and the brown eyelet inserted using the Crop-a-Dile.

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Monday, 20 February 2012

Feeling Blue for a Challenge

Over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges the current theme is Monochromatic plus one other colour.  Trying to think of something different for this challenge, the theme seemed to lend itself to an art journal page, so that's what I did.



I used shades of blue in Distress Ink Broken China and StazOn blue with Distress Ink in Pumice Stone as the other colour, and acrylic paint and tissue paper for the background.  

For the little images, I lightly coloured the card with the Broken China then stamped with a script stamp in Pumice Stone before stamping the main images in a shade of blue on the top.  The sentiment 'Cherish Those Dreams' is stamped in Pumice Stone and StazOn blue and then smudged, along with the main images and torn paper strips with more ink to give a faded, wistful look.

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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Spring Is In The Air

Yes, Spring is in the air at Crafty Individuals and it's also the theme for February's ATC swap at The Naughty Step so I can enter this one for both challenges.


I used Crafty Individuals CI-176 for the main image, inking it with yellow, red, orange, olive green and black StazOn , then stamped onto Distress Ink in Broken China to give a pale sky.  The butterfly CI-061 was stamped once onto acetate using red and yellow StazOn and again onto white card and cut out.  I stamped CI-131 onto acetate using black ink, but cut out only one of the girl images and then coloured the dress and flowers with StazOn.  The acetate butterfly was lightly coloured with red StazOn then layered onto the card  image, lifting the wings to give dimension.  Both butterflies were then mounted onto the ATC using foam strips.

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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Craft Room Challenge - Definitely Out of My Comfort Zone

At Craft Room the current challenge is Cute and Cuddly!  Now this is definitely not one of my favourite themes, in fact, I never do cute and cuddly anything and I don't colour images in either, so this really is not one of my better offerings.  However, a challenge blog is there to do just that, challenge us so, best foot forward and all that.

Now as usual, once I'd spent a couple of days deliberating over what to make 
 I then got stuck on a theme.  I decided to make a card using a stamped image and couldn't seem to deviate from it, even when I knew it wasn't really working that well.  Anyway, here it is.


This as close to cute and cuddly as I get with the image stamped in black and two shades of blue ink;  StaZon blue and Distress Ink in Broken China.  I can't say I'm pleased with the end result but I gave it my best shot. 

 This certainly challenged me, how about you?

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Now I want to say a great big THANK YOU to Lynne at Adorn who has very kindly chosen me to receive one of her beautiful creations, in addition to the main winners of her BloggerVersary  giveaway.  If you haven't seen her blog yet you're missing out on a real treat.  Scroll down the sidebar and click on her button to be transported to creative heaven.

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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

What a Beautiful ATC

I had to share this beautiful ATC with you which I received in my swap.  The theme was winter and when I saw this in the envelope I fell in love with the beautiful scene.  


But imagine my surprise when I opened the ATC and discovered these stunning little scenes.


It's a lovely ATC; different and engaging and my thanks to CraftyBren at The Naughty Step for making this and swapping with me.

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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

Make a small gift look really good by putting a little effort into the wrapping.  It doesn't always have to be paper or a gift bag either.  I used some cream card stock to make a simple sleeve suitable for a DVD or large bar of chocolate and stamped with suitable images.  

This is a simple but effective wrapping solution which works for any small square or rectangular item.  You simply need to measure the length and the width of the item.  Double the width to give both sides and then measure the depth or spine and add this to the doubled width measurement.  Cut out from card stock and then measure the width from one edge and score.  Score again to get the depth or spine and then once more 1cm in from the opposite edge to form the flap which glues the sleeve together.  When finished your gift should fit neatly inside.

As it's close to Valentine's Day I chose this Crafty Individuals stamp and Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, stamping this 3 times so I could decoupage the image.  The heart stamp was free with the January issue of Craft Stamper Magazine. The word love was stamped around the cover fairly randomly.


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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Make It a Guy Thing

Over at FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES the theme is 'Make It a Guy Thing' which for me, is never that easy because most of my crafting goodies are geared toward female projects.  But this is a challenge blog after all, so best idea forward.

I really wanted to use more modern images but my stash of male orientated stamps is limited as I don't make that many projects with a male theme.  However,  I do have some lovely Crafty Individuals stamps and used two of these for the main images to make a pencil pot for Keith's desk.



First I stamped the watches onto brown parcel paper using Distress Ink in Pumice Stone, then stamped the car image onto acetate using black StazOn and when dry cut out just the car.  I then stamped two large pocket watch images onto acetate using a free stamp from Craft Stamper Magazine.   I die cut the cogs and two spanners using the Cricut and Indie Art cartridge, inked them with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and sprayed twice with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread.



I stuck all the elements onto the paper strip before sticking to the pot, stamping the title text from the car plate first.  Then I stuck a large spanner at the back of the pot to hide the join in the paper strip and added the wording onto a mini peg.

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