Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Seasonal Colour

Seasonal Colours is the theme that Zoe has chosen for the latest Craft-Room Challenge. She has given us an Autumn colour palette and a Spring colour palette - you only need to choose one but can do both if you wish.

Our sponsor this fortnight is Rogue Redhead Designs

For my DT piece I thought I'd have a go at some leaf printing. I've had a book for years and years called Nature Printing with Herbs, Fruit and Flowers by Laura Donnelly Bethmann, I thought it was time to read it properly.

This is the end result.

I sponged distress inks onto the backs of the leaves, sandwiched them between two sheets of watercolour paper and put them through my Big Shot.

This is the original print, I thought it was a bit pale so I lightly added some coloured pencil.

This is one of the prints that I decided not to use, I used a lovely juicy chrysanthemum and it made a bit of a mess which was a shame as the leaves were nice.

I used a cheap frame from a local charity shop.

I coloured it with black gesso and red and green emulsion paint. 

I covered the frame with Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and when it was dry painted over it with a light coloured emulsion paint. Here is a snippet, you can just about see the colours showing through. I gave the frame a couple coats of matte varnish. The print was matted onto a piece of coloured card before framing.

As usual my teamies have made some fabulous samples and they would love you all to visit the Craft-Room to take a look,

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Andy Skinner Workshop

Yesterday I spent a brilliant day at the Craft Barn doing an Andy Skinner workshop. We were given some supplies to create something, everybody created some fabulous pieces, all different. I was shattered last night with all the thinking that I had to do, my poor old brain.
This is what I made.

We used foam board, lot's of DecoArt products and lot's of different embellishments.

I started to create another piece but didn't get it finished, will try and finish it soon.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Spotllight Card

KCUK's two Septesmber challenges are a spotlight challenge and an Autumn challenge, I've made a card to fit both challenges.

It was my Wedding Anniversary this week, 31 years, so my challenge card is also for my Anniversary. Every morning hubby and me are out of the house by 6.30 for our two mile dog walk, we have two black cocker spaniels that's why I've added the dogs to the card. I love this Sheena Douglas image of the couple walking arm in arm, sharing the umbrella, unfortunately our walking arm in arm days are over, our walking sticks would get in the way, lol.

For the background I brayered some acrylic paint onto card. I stamped the main image twice and die cut part of one image then I coloured it in and adhered it to the main image matching the pattern.
I adhered the image to the background and added the bakers twine then I adhered it to a white card blank.
I stamped the two dogs and cut them out and adhered them to the card and added some die cut leaves and sentiments.

I used the following stamps
Sheena Douglas for the main image.
Katselkraft for the dogs.
Creative Expressions for the sentiment at the bottom.
Woodware for the Happy Anniversary.

I used a Spellbinders die for the shape and Tattered Lace Dies for the leaves.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges
Make My Monday Autumn/Fall Colours
The Artistic Stamper Autumn Colours

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Bird Deco Pages

KCUK's 2014 deco swap is almost at an end, I've done everybody's pages apart from mine, these are the pages that I made for Dot, the theme of her book is birds.

I'm entering this page into the Stamping Sensations Things With Wings Challenge.

For the background I used one of my mono prints and stamped a couple of Dina Wakley's Scribbly Birds. I also stamped some Hero Arts feathers with a sticky embossing powder and covered them with gold foil. I used a Sheena Douglas stamp for the bird image and sentiment, I coloured the image with watercolours.

For the Background on this page I used Adirondack Brights inks splashed with water. I stamped the Stampers Anonymous flying birds and Sheena Douglas tiny flowers.
I stamped the branch and leaves and watercoloured them, I also stamped extra leaves and cut them out and adhered them to the branch.
The bird was stamped onto white card and watercoloured, after cutting him out I adhered him to the page. The bird and leaves are Sheena Douglas stamps.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Forest Friends

Forest Friends is the theme for the latest  Craft-Room Challenge and it has been chosen by the lovely Amber.
 Our sponsor this time around is Tando Creative.  


I've made a hanging for my DT Piece.

I started by painting a piece of mountboard with acrylic paints and stenciled some leaves - I drew round the leaves with a black pencil and adhered a piece of green hessian.
I coloured some card with acrylic paint, when the paint had dried I used a Dreamweaver stencil and a brown pen to stencil the trees, I coloured the trees with watercolour pencils. The deer [unknown make of stamp] was stamped and coloured with pencils. I painted the chipboard tree and birds. I used Tattered Lace dies for the leaves.

As always my lovely teamies have made some fabulous samples and would love you all to visit the Craft-Room to take a look.

Monday, 15 September 2014

A Quick Card

I had a quick card to make this morning for a birthday tomorrow.

For the background I used a PaperArtsy stamp with vintage photo and fired brick distress ink.
The main image is a Crafty Individuals stamp that I stamped onto white card and coloured with the same colours that I used for the background and last but least I stamped the sentiment.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Hip To Be Square

This months theme at the One - Layer Simplicity Challenge is Hip To Be Square and I've made my first Christmas card of the year for the challenge.

I stamped the squares and then masked them before stamping the poinsettia and colouring it with watercolour pencils.
The stamps I used are
Rubbadubbado for the squares.
Joanna Sheen for the poinsettia.
Inkadinkado for the sentiment.

This is another CAS card that I've made. I'm not very keen on this card as I stamped the image onto pearl card and I don't like pearl card very much, the image didn't stamp very clearly.

The stamp is an Elusive Images/Chocolate Baroque one and I stamped it with black soot distress ink and embossed it with clear powder. I watercoloured it with distress inks.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Tim's Twelve Tags of 2014 - September

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend.
I'd like to share with you my take on Tim's September Tag - I wont tell you how I made it as you can find Tim's instructions here.

Here is a list of the ingredients that I used.
Black tag.
Glossy card.
Blending solution.
Alphabet mask [make unknown].
Stonewashed alcohol ink plus various colours for the flowers.
Inkylicious stamp - the main image.
Black Archival ink.
Tissue tape.
Botanicla Remnent Rubs.
Sizzix Alterations tattered flower garland decorative strip.
Indigo Blu script stamp.
Black gems.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Something Old, Something New

It's time again for another Craft-Room Challenge, the theme is 'Something Old, Something New' and it has been chosen by Annie.

This is what she has to say about the challenge.
Now about this fortnights challenge........we all have some old craft items in our stash and of course we have some new ones too............ so I would like you to make something which incorporates them both............not too hard............but you are required to list what you have used within your blog post.

Our sponsor this fortnight is Crafty Individuals

I've made a card for my DT sample and my new is an Impression Obsession dragonfly background stamp and my old is a Dreamweaver dragonfly brass stencil.

I stamped the background with the Impression Obsession stamp and various Marvi  Blending Blox inks, I also stamped some crackle with black ink.
I used a Sizzix courtyard die for the die cut and added some black gems.
I used DecoArt crackle paste with the dragonfly stencil and coloured it when it was dry.
I added some organza ribbon that I'd gathered.

My teamies have made some lovely samples so please visit the Craft- Room to take a look.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Watercolour Stamping

Good morning everyone, I thought it was time to start sharing some of the things that I've made over the year.
These are some cards that I made for a Watercolour Stamping Challenge at KCUK.

For the background on this card I used a JustRite stamp. I coloured the stamp with different coloured distress inks and sprayed water on it before stamping it on to the card. The image is a Judikins stamp and I used the same distress inks and water on watercolour paper as I did for the background. The sentiment is an Artistic Stamper stamp.

For this card I used a PaperArtsy stamp. I coloured the stamp with distress ink and sprayed with water then stamped the image two or three times on watercolour paper before inking it again. The sentiment is a PaperArtsy stamp.

For the background I used distress ink again but sprayed the watercolour paper with water before stamping. For the image I coloured the stamp with distress ink and sprayed water on it before stamping.
The background stamp is an Elusive Images/Chocolate Baroque stamp.
I'm not sure who made the image stamp.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Cats

Christi is known to some as the crazy cat woman [she has five] so it's no surprise that the theme she has chosen for the latest Craft-Room Challenge is Cats.

The prize comes from one of our fabulous sponsors, The Stamp Man.

For my DT piece I've used the very handsome Tiddles [Stamps Away stamp], I'm not sure that he looks like a Tiddles but that's the name they gave him.

I used a mono print for the background and stamped the paw prints around the edge. 
I stamped Tiddles onto white card with black soot distress ink and embossed it before it dried with clear embossing powder, I coloured him with felt tips and a water brush. I used a corner punch on the corners and then matted him onto black card.
For the black cat I used a Sizzix/Alterations die.
I'm not sure what stamp company made the paw prints and meow.

My Craft-Room teamies have made some lovely projects and would love you all to take a look.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Summer Garden

It's time for the another Craft-Room Challenge and it's my turn to choose the theme. We've been having some lovely sunny weather here in the UK and the gardens are in full bloom, so my theme for this challenge is A SUMMER GARDEN.

The winner of the challenge will be chosen by the team and will receive goodies from Tanda Stamps and Woodware Stamps.

I've made a wall hanging with lots of summery flowers for my DT piece.

I stencilled some flowers with a PaperArtsy mask and Grunge Paste then I painted it with white gesso, I then painted it with different coloured acrylic paint. I stencilled the leaves on the background with green acrylic paint and drew round the leaves with black pencil, I also used coloured pencil on the pink flowers. I stamped and drew some small flowers but only a couple are showing. I cut some plant pots with a Sizzix die and added a lot of quilled flowers. I don't know who made the stamp that I used for the sign. I added some ladybirds, butterflies and a wooden bird that I'd painted.

The rest of my team mates have made some beautiful samples and they'd love you to visit the Craft-Room to take a look.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Reverse Masking

One of the challenges at KCUK last month was reverse masking, these are the two cards that I made for the challenge.

I have a lot of aperture cards that I never use so for both cards I've used the apertures for my mask.
I sponged distress inks through the mask and then flicked water on it. After removing the mask I stamped the lovely Inkadinkado cat and drew a shadow at the bottom of the image to ground it. I stamped the Artistic Stamper sentiment.

This card was done exactly the same way minus the flicked water.
The trees are an Inkadinkado stamp, I've no idea who made the dream stamp.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Blue and Cream ATCs

Before I share my ATCs with you I'd like to apologise for my lack of commenting on your blogs, I've been trying catch up with you all but I'm so far behind that I don't seem to be able to, but I shall persevere and you should have a visit from me soon.

Now for my ATCs, I've made them for the July swap at KCUK the theme is Cream and Navy. I used cream card and chipped sapphire Distress ink for all three ATCs.

The stamps I used for this one are Crafty Individuals for the background and Stampers Anonymous for the main image.

The stamp for this one is Crafty Individuals.

The stamp for this one is Stampers Anonymous.

The wooden butterfly and clock were coloured with the chipped sapphire and had Distress Stickles added.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Picture Inspiration

I can't believe that another fortnight has gone by and it's time for a new Craft-Room Challenge. It's Debi's turn to choose the theme and and she has decided to have a picture inspiration.

Debi's Green Inspiration Picture
Our sponsor for this challenge is the ever generous Crafty Individuals.

I love her picture especially the gorgeous greens, so the inspiration for my DT piece is the colour green and the pink flower on the dress.

I coloured the background with citrus Adirondack brights and shades of green Marvi Blending Blox, then I flicked water onto it and stamped tiny flowers with spun sugar Distress ink.
I stamped the main image with black soot Distress ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I coloured some card with spun sugar and stamped the flowers I also stamped some leaves and coloured them with green pencil. I cut out the flowers and leaves and adhered them and some ribbon to the card. The sentiment was stamped with black soot and embossed.
I used a PaperArtsy stamp for the sentiment and all the other stamps are by Sheena Douglas.

Please take a visit to the Craft-Room Challenge to have a look at the fabulous samples that the rest of the DT have made.